Men's Mondays | The Three Types of Suits

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I thought it would be nice to have a post dedicated to the men who may be reading my blog or would like more guidance in men’s fashion.  I’m not sure how many men’s fashion blogs or articles are available but I wanted to offer up my two cents. 

Like most, we all love men in suits.  It’s something about the classy, done-up, business man vibe.  Whether you’re a man looking to understand suits more or a girl that’s shopping for suits themselves for their significant other, this post will give you the basics on the standard three types of suits available:  the American Cut, the English Cut, and the Italian Cut. 

The American cut is usually single breasted, with a looser, comfortable fit.  It has moderate padding present on the shoulders with a ‘notch or peak’ type lapel.  The waist is only slightly tapered with pockets in the fashion of a flap or a slash.  The American suits generally has a single vent at the back of the suit (the little cut at the back of the blazer).  The trousers that usually go alongside the blazer is one of a full cut with no pleats. 

The body type suitable for the American suit is one with a bigger, wider build. 



On the other hand, the European/Italian cut is more high fashion being double breasted with significant padding on the shoulders.  The labels are wide and notch, and the waist is tapered to be thin.  The pockets are usually a flap.  The complimentary trousers include those of a tapered waist, accentuating the hips with no pleats or breaks present. 

The body type for those of the Italian suit are those with a slimmer and athletic build. 



The English cut is said to be a happy medium between the American cut and Italian/European cut.  It contains little to no padding on the shoulders, a thin notch or peak lapel, and tapered sides at the waist.  The pockets are generally a flap as well.  The trousers that usually match this suit are those of a high waist and with single or double pleats present. 

The body type for the English cut is those with a more muscular and athletic build. 


All in all, those are the basic differences between the three different types of suits.  Therefore, if you find yourself stuck on what to buy, try catering to your body type to find the most flattering cut for your build. 
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Favorites | August 2017

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August was a bit of a slower month, mainly considering life had gotten in the way more than once.  Nevertheless, I still managed to conjure up some favorites after trying new products or old classics in my collection.

Face: Nivea Soft Cream



Price: (300 ml) £4.79

As much as it is a sin, I am constantly switching up my moisturizer but I keep coming back to the Nivea line of creams and lotions.  I think they are pretty much a South Asian staple. I have tried expensive high end products ones with lavish claims but a trusty pot of Nivea never fails me.  They work to moisturize my face without leaving it looking oily or agitated.  The price is even better so I don’t feel guilty about reuse.  It’s extremely gentle on the skin and the product isn’t too thick or heavy; eliminating any chance of discomfort. 




Price: $11.00

I am usually quite skeptical about color changing products but this one is amazing.  The product in the tube is clear, similar to Vaseline but more beige.  However, on the lips, after a few seconds, it turns into a deep rose color.  On the other hand, it became a beautiful blush baby pink on my mother’s lips considering she is fairer than I am.  Therefore, I do believe it does adjust according to your natural lip color which makes it suitable for all skin tones.  You don’t have to worry about looking too washed out or too done up!  It’s perfect for on the go and I can imagine it complimenting very heavy full face makeup as well as subtle natural looks.

P.S This smells exactly like gulab jamun. 




Price: $3.00 or £4.50 

It’s been far too long since I’ve had my eyebrows threaded, meaning I’m dipping into my makeup stash for every eyebrow pencil, gel, or powder that I can find.  My favorite for nearly 4 years now is one that I keep reaching for regardless of new finds.  The ELF Eyebrow Kit consists of one dark colored gel for filling and a lighter, cool toned brow powder to keep the brows in place.  In addition, it comes with a very useful eyebrow brush which doesn’t get enough credit.  I can even double it to use for applying winged eyeliner.  I find you can go bold and daring, or soft and subtle so it is most definitely a ‘one size fits all’ kind of product.  Furthermore, with such a small price tag, I think the product is even more worth it.  One brow kit lasts me over months before I even hit pan.  With a product for the eyebrows, one which you are most likely to use on a daily basis, a lower price but no compromise on quality is difficult to find but achieved with this product.  


It is really difficult to find jeans which flatter my shape without being too figure hugging that it begins to cut into my blood circulation. However, the Levi’s Skinny Jeans are ones that fit like a glove and does not feel restricting.  It is the perfect length so I don't look even more petite than I already am and it doesn’t flatten out the derriere despite being ‘skinny’ jeans. Despite the hefty price tag, you can find discounted versions of these jeans on many websites, such as mandmdirect.com. 



Price: £8.50

This scent is a classic.  Growing up, my grandmother would always thread jasmine flowers on a string and clip them into my hair.  I could never work out how to do it myself but my hair would smell like that beautiful white flower for nights on end.  This scent is nostalgic.  I love how it has a muskier woody and spicy base note.  This makes it a lot more elegant and sophisticated compared to pure jasmine so can be worn for individuals of all ages and all occasions.  I was hesitant to buy it considering when I first used it, nearly a few years ago, the packaging was more subdued but it is the same glorious smell nevertheless.  


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Interview | Meet Kishen Tanna

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First off, I want to apologize for the lack of blogposts as I'm going through a busy time in life but I had the amazing opportunity to do a mini interview with the talented Kishen Tanna.  I've been a subscriber of his on Youtube for over a few years now and am so excited to let you guys get to know him a little bit better.  


What career path do you want to pursue if you know?

The goal is to star as an action superhero in cinema. Its been my dream as a kid. 


Where does your inspiration come from for your videos?

It used to be when I would sit on the toilet, but thats where all the crap ideas would come from and I slowly found a link to why that was. So nowadays its from everyday in life, from every circumstance.


How do you deal with hate if you get any?

Its hard to answer that because the minute I get any hate my mum responds to them and starts disliking their videos. So because of my backup, I dont get a chance to react.


Favorite video you’ve made till date?

The water challenge with my friends back home in 2013!


What is your proudest moment?

Back when I was in year 7 I had a massive crush on this girl. For valentines day I bought her a necklace and ring. The next day she gave me it back and rejected me. Years went by and in Year 11 puberty helped me look atleast half decent. Turns out this girl took a liking to that and one day in class she tells me "Kishen youre pretty hot now you know.." I looked at her and gave her a smirk and walked away.


Something that most people won’t know about you?

Once a goal is in place my work ethic is ongoing and killer but in silence.


Fun/Silly fact about you?


I can move my bottom lip and make it dance to a beat.


What advice would you give young people, especially those of the south-asian decent, to pursue their dreams and deviate from the norm (Engineering, Law, Medicine, etc.)?
I think its easier for us to pursue what we want now however for the minority, keep pushing and go for what you achieve. Your parents arent living your life for you, you are.

Follow him on all his social media!
Twitter: @KishenTanna
Instagram: Kishen_Tanna
YouTube: KishenTanna

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Tag | 41 Makeup Questions

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Hey everyone!  I've got another tag coming your way to break apart the consistent reviews and add something different to my blog.  I thought it would be super fun to do so lets go!

SKINCARE

1. How many times do you wash your face daily?
I wash my face twice a day: in the morning I use a light daily face wash, and at night I use a deep cleanser or exfoliator.  

2. What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)
My skin type is combination/normal: I have an oily T zone but tend to get slight dry patches around the jaw or mouth area.

3. What is your current facial wash?
Neutrogena Blackhead Cleanser

4. Do you exfoliate?
Of course!  I tend to exfoliate about 2-3 times a week.  Either I use an exfoliating face wash by Neutrogena or I use my Vanity Planet facial brush set.  

5. What brand do you use?
Neutrogena

6. What moisturizer do you use?
Currently, I am on the hunt for the perfect moisterizer but a trusty one for me is Aveno.  It's a fraction of the price compared to high end ones and makes my skin feel smooth and plump.


7. Do you have freckles?
Nope! Sometimes I wish I had them.  

8. Do you use eye cream?
I'm currently trying out the Mircella Eye gel to see how it comes through.  

9. Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
I am a victim to the odd spot but by the grace of God I have been lucky enough to not suffer with acne. 

10. Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?
No, I've never needed to, again all glory to God.  

MAKE-UP

11. What foundation do you use?
I currently am using the L'oreal True Match Foundation.  

12. How about concealer?
I am in love with the Wet n Wild Photo Finish Concealer which is perfect for the brown girls that are on the hunt for a cheap as chips concealer that works with our skin tone.  

13. Do you know your undertone color?
Yes, I have yellow and warm undertones.  

14. What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I really love them and think they're very fun to play around with.  Although I am no expert in this department, I do wish to one day invest in eyelash extensions.  

15. Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
Yes, but sadly I tend to stretch my luck because mascara is expensive.  

16. What brand of mascara do you use?
At the moment, I am rocking an underdog mascara: Rimmel London. 

17. Sephora or MAC?
Sephora for variety but I do love MAC.  

18. Do you have a MAC Pro-card?
No unfortunately.  

19. What makeup tools do you use in make up application?
Eyelash curlers, makeup brushes, makeup sponges, makeup wedges- you name it, I've probably got it.  

20. Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
Yes I do, I use the ELF Eyelid Primer which is cheap but does the job.  

21. For the face?
I don't surprisingly, I prefer to reach for illuminators or facial mists.  

22. What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?
This is a tough one.  I use a lot of eyeshadow from various brands but I would have to say anything from the Maybelline the Nudes palette or ELF's Baked Eyeshadows which are tremendous quality.  

23. Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
I use gel eyeliner for the upper lid and then pencil or kohl on the bottom to waterline/tightline.  

24. How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
I don't do it anymore but growing up it was a daily occurrence.  More so now, I find that after lining my water line my eyes get watery so I need to start my makeup look with that so my tears don't ruin my face makeup.  

25. What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
I do really like and appreciate them.  I think they offer more vivid color and sheens but they are difficult to master and work with.  

26. Do you use mineral makeup?
I do!  I love BareMinerals for example.  

27. What is your favorite lipstick?
Rimmel London Dark Knight Water L-oops and ColorPop Satin Lipstick in Hello Kitty.  

28. How about lipgloss?
I am not a lipgloss person but I use to love the Soap and Glory lipglosses.  

29. What is your favorite blush to use?
Cargo Blush in Bali just seems to compliment my skintone the best and RMS beauty in Vogue Rose.  

30. Do you buy your makeup on ebay?
No I don't.  I'm too scared to deal with non-commercial vendors with regards to makeup or ingestibles.  

31. Do you like drugstore makeup?
Of course! 90% of my makeup is drugstore.  

33. Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets)
Unfortunately, I've never had the chance to go to one but I most definitely feel like I would reap the benefits if I am lucky enough to attend one. 

34. Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?
I have taken makeup classes and certified when I was 15/16 because I just love it so much. 

34. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
I can be if I have music blaring at the same time and I'm trying to dance.  Or, I have a bad case of randomly sneezing continuously making it difficult.  

35. Name a makeup crime that you hate?
When people don't blend.  Blend out your contours, highlights, blushes, eyeshadows and even your lipstick! 

36. Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick, eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
On a day-to-day basis I love neutrals but dramatic neutrals like smokey eyes.  I rarely do play with pops of color but if I do it would be reds, blues, greens, and purples.  

37. Which celebrity always has great make up?
Deepica Mutyala.  I am her biggest fan.  #telugutwins.

37. If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use?
Most likely I would use mascara because I think having done up eyelashes can just pull a non-makeup face together with ease.

38. Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
More often than not. 

39. Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
I am slowly becoming more comfortable in my own skin and I think God has blessed me very much. 

40. In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
L'oreal (and all of the companies it works with), Benefit, ELF, MAC, and RMS.  

41. What do you think of Makeup??
I personally love makeup.  I think its really fun to switch up your look from grunge, goth, or simple and sweet.  It's a creative outlet and it most certainly an art.  I do agree that makeup should enhance your natural features rather than turn you into a different person but using it for costume-looks as well is just another fun idea.  I think there should be no rules or laws when it comes to makeup and if you feel comfortable and confident with AND without it, then no one else should judge.  
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