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Looking for a DiorShow Extase dupe

Getting 3 kiddos fed, dressed, and out the door on time on school mornings, is challenging on a good day. Between prepping breakfasts, packing lunches, double checking bags for homework, and generally refereeing Big A and S while simultaneously holding or nursing Little A, means I have precious little time to make myself presentable. As a result, mascara has taken the front and center stage of my makeup routine for rushed mornings because who has time to carefully paint on eyeliner?!
1. DiorShow Extase (discontinued) 2. IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara
I was crushed when Dior discontinued their Extase mascara. I adored it. The brush had the perfect shape, and unlike DiorShow or Blackout, this formulation was amenable to multiple, clump-free coats. Unfortunately, none of the current offerings in the Dior mascara lineup feature a similar brush to Extase. IT Cosmetics offered a comparable brush and sounded like it might be a good dupe. On the positive side, the m…
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HRH Duchess Superwoman

By now we aren't surprised by the remarkable poise and composure demonstrated by the Duchess of Cambridge mere hours after the grueling task of childbirth. Nonetheless, for the third time, I found myself in awe of this woman; appearing in a stylish dress, feet in heels (heels!), perfectly coifed, and with a seemingly genuine smile upon her face, posing for photographers outside the hospital. We know she has access to a glam squad (because obviously), so I wasn't surprised by that. But having been through childbirth three times myself, I just couldn't understand what happened to the edema. Are there special diuretics administered as part of the royal protocol which dictates a mandatory photo shoot before royals are permitted to return home? And while some may be quick to dismiss that this is all part of the job she signed up for, I have sympathy. Sympathy because she is experiencing the mother of all periods, sitting atop a pad the size of a kayak, wrapped in enormous mesh …

A Puneri beauty routine featured in "Allure"

Check out model Rasika Navare's beauty must-haves. This global beauty feature has become one of my favourite monthly must-reads in "Allure".

Two Faced Mascara Melt-Off

**UPDATED** We all love mascara that doesn't budge, but who enjoys nightly battles with mascara removal? Not I. Which is why I was excited to give this product a whirl. It promises quick, easy, and effective mascara removal. I simply applied a coat to my lashes using the kind of wand you would expect for lower lash mascaras. I let the product remain on my lashes as I washed my face (approx. two minutes). I used a cotton pad soaked in my favorite eye-makeup remover to gently sweep off the mascara.
The Mascara Melt-Off definitely speeds up the mascara removal process, with significantly less tugging and rubbing of lashes. I felt that the results were a more thorough mascara removal than makeup remover alone.

That said, the directions stated to use a cotton pad to wipe off the mascara; but I found that you most definitely need to soak the pad in your usual remover. Also, I should note that I tested it on non-waterproof mascara. I have no idea how effective it would be in the case of …

Maneet Chauhan's home featured in March issue of "Food Network" magazine

I love cooking and I love all things desi, so a feature on chef Maneet Chauhan would naturally be of interest!

Sunscreen for greasy gals, part II

I tested these two sunscreen products out in the pre-pregnancy months, so I know that preggo hormones did not impact my oily skin nor the performance of these sunscreens. I do prefer the MISSHA Essence Sun Milk sunscreen (previously reviewed here) to Shiseido's Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector. I have two issues with the Shiseido sunscreen: 1) mega-watt shine post-application, and 2) a very obvious, white cast to my face due to the zinc oxide. Also, I'm just going to state for the record that $33 for a tiny 1-ounce bottle is laughable in terms of pricing. Seriously.
On the days when I am rushing out of the house in the morning with the kids, I wanted an easy product that did not require meticulous blending but would still provide sun protection. I thought the ColoreScience Sunforgettable loose mineral sunscreen powder would be a quick and easy option. I had hoped that the powder would be easily dispensable and the SPF 50 would mean that I wasn't sacrificing sun prot…

Work work work work work

Maybe she is fully immersed in-character, or perhaps Ms. Balan has hit upon a signature look for herself. Either way, there is a definite trend here. Silk saris, often paired with statement accessories, and wavy locks pulled to one side, our Begum Jaan apparently has a very specific style preference. Almost a uniform of sorts.