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17 Sep

PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week announces dates

Zaheer Abbas' bridals made a debut at the first PLBW last year while Nabila opened the show with a Gold to Bold concept. One expects something conceptual to happen this year too. As expected, the Pakistan Fashion Design Council has proven that they are sorted and well organized. They have already sent details of the upcoming PFDC L'Oreal Paris Bridal Week, announcing that the event will be held in Lahore between October 3 to 6, 2012. The final lineup of designers has not yet been revealed but the orientation letter from official publicist Lotus promises that it will come by the end of the week. Fantastic. It's no secret that PFDC will be opening Pakistan's first official multi-label...
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27 Jul

Draw out those liners: cat’s eyes are blinking this season

L'Oreal's super liner to make the cat's eyes as easy as a blink The L'Oreal ad that will undoubtedly spark off a strong trend this autumn/winter. There's something cosmic about how different elements combine to create trends, in this case the cat's eye liner. L'Oreal's Super Liner hit the magazines last month, right after the extended eye was seen on various international runways as a beauty trend to look out for. And then Rajesh Khanna died. That has nothing to do with the trend, of course, but it did for me. Because when I was YouTubing the golden oldies (Kaka's songs) I rediscovered Sharmila Tagore and what incredible style she emitted. And above everything else, those eyes were the centre of attention...
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20 May

The LSA countdown begins…

 The Lux Style Awards fashion nominations highlight the industry’s strongest contenders as well as some fresh, new game changers. (Dawn Images: 20.5.2012) Amna Ilyas models for the Khaadi Khaas campaign for Spring Summer 2011  Model of the Year (Female) Nominees: Amna Ilyas, Ayyan Ali, Cybil Chowdhry, Mehreen Syed, Rabia Butt One of the most popular categories sees Amna Ilyas upgraded from Emerging Talent (2011) to a nominee in the race for Model of the Year (Female) this year. But the competition is tough as she’s up against Cybil and Rabia, the strongest contenders. Ayyan and Mehreen are just as popular though one feels Ayyan loses out on the runway as Mehreen does in print. Winning streak: For striking the perfect balance between...
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11 May

Let’s fry ’em! Nuggets on the 11th LSA nominees: 1

Best Model (female) of 2011 Mirror, mirror on the wall Who's the fairest of them all? Best Model (female) nominee: Cybil Chowdry Cybil is one of my favourite models. She's beautiful and tall and she has the poise and grace to take the statue away. The only problem could be her age but then when has that ever been a hindrance before? Let's not drag it in now. Best Model (female) nominee: Rabia Butt The younger and gorgeous Rabia Butt poses the biggest competition for Cybil. Rabia is a hot contender and she's won this award twice before. Rabia's biggest competition, however, is Ayyan.  Between them, it's anyone's game. I personally am very fond of Amna Ilyas as a...
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5 May

I stopped using soap when I was 18

Pond's Acne wash is keeping my pores clean and L'Oreal TR-10, though heavy, works as good protection at night. When it comes to cleaning the hands I'd rather wash with a sanitizer than touch a foreign bar of soap that's been God knows where! I haven't used soap - the original soap that we buy as a bar - since 1992. Shower gels and scrubs work for bathing and face washes do the trick when it comes to face care. I see bars of soap as germ-breeding, dust catching and bacteria infested coffins of infection. I cringe every time I have to touch one at someone else's house and prefer to disinfect with the fragrant Body Shop Satsuma Hand Cleanse Gel that...
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26 Apr

It’s time for FACE-WASH not FACE-OFF!

The market is flooded with face washes; I myself - over the years - have used various L'Oreal options, Johnsons' Clean and Clear, Body Shop Tea Tree Foam Wash and others whose names I do not remember. However, when 11 new face washes arrived in the mail courtesy Pond's I thought to myself, "why not?" Seen here are five of the options. Some of the face washes from the Pond's range. I immediately discarded the White Perfect option because I have no desire to lighten or whiten my skin. If anything, I'm always looking for a product that will give me a tanned or darker look. The rest of the face washes (9) are sitting in their pouch all...
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22 Apr

Paint my nails a shade of summer!

Technically I'm a fashion blogger but fashion and beauty are joint at the hip so it was only a matter of time before I picked up the pen to blog on beauty too. Thanks to the pile-up of fashion weeks in the last one month, many complimentary beauty products came my way for sampling. And truthfully, they have inspired me to write. Here are the nail lacquers to begin with...
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21 Mar

Nabila’s two-headed twins

As you can see I am taking a break from my writing (not that all my stories have been submitted) but I needed a breather and for me this is it. Nabila's show on Sunday came as a welcome detraction from the wretched Pakistan v India cricket match. Not only did I get to see many of my fashionable friends but the evening also provided a wake up call for creative consciousness. Many, in fact most of us, tend to go down the commercial route and forget that creativity is key to excellence. Nabila gave us that wake-up call as she shook people out of their comfort zones with this brilliant rendition of L'Oreal Professionnel's Spring/Summer 2012 campaign, Somptueux.  Colours...
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5 Dec

So who’s showing at the PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week?

Ali Xeeshan is one of the names to look forward to at the upcoming PLBW. It is quite a mouthful, I agree. But the PFDC L'Oreal Paris Bridal Week will launch as Pakistan's first council-endorsed therefore credible bridal fashion week in Pakistan. The implications of this title are huge, given that bridals constitute the most lucrative segment of Pakistan's fashion industry. To a Pakistani designer, bridals are what oil is to the Arabs. Bridals lubricate fashion's finances, if not trends and we are about to see them recognized and regularized at PLBW (that's my self coined hashtag for the PFDC L'Oreal Paris Bridal Week until Lotus comes up with a better abbreviation). Other than pump up the purse,...
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