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While the IIFA Award night is scheduled for tonight, I thought of doing a review kind of thing of the various premieres, press conferences, fashion shows, etc that happened over the whole week in Singapore. That’s where the whole of the Bollywood is right now btw leaving Mumbai viraani and sunsaan. I love doing red carpet posts and wanted to put up something different anyway after the whole Cannes overload last month!

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nargis fakhri iifa

Nargis Fakhri in Anaiika saree: Okay this has to be my favourite look of the event. The armour inspired blouse, electric blue saree, high pony with a pouf, pouty lips, minimal jewelry…things I LOVE. Don’t miss the lapel on the shoulder. If I ever get to walk a red carpet (the chances are very slim btw!) I can see myself doing something like this.

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Bipasha Basu iifa

Bipasha Basu in a Shivan Narresh 9yards. Ummm…I don’t know how to react. One word phrase that can best describe her: IN YOUR FACE.

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bipasha basu iifa

Bipasha chose a light blue off shoulder dress while visiting a zoo during the day. The thin cord at the waist and multi-coloured bangles complete the look. Its good when you start..but the moment you start going down and reach the feet..ugh!

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Bipasha Basu
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Bipasha Basu

Bipasha walked the ramp for designer Sunnet Varma in a pink gown. Though the photo is here not to speak of the gown but of the photography. Like the angle. (Mental note: next time take the photos from below to look tall and grand)

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Chitrangada Singh

Chitrangada Singh in a Pratima Gaurav sari. The red border and fuchsia pink blouse totally compilents the off white sari. Like the whole look. I’m a Chitrangada fan anyway.

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Neha Dhupia, Ayushman, Chitrangada Singh

Chitrangada in a tangerine dress from the Dior Spring Collection and Louboutin nude pumps. I love tangerine. I love Chitrangada. But sometimes fashion defies the rule of math: a+b≠c. #Epic fail.

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Kalki Koechlin and Abhay Deol

Kalki Koechlin: I don’t expect much from Kalki ever. FACT. And most of the times she turns up too oompa loompaish for my taste. BUT the white embroidered suit she wore for the premiere of Shanghai (the movie is pathetic btw) got her some points. I’m infact in a search for a nice white/cream salwaar no surprises that I stopped and took notice.

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Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin flaunted this Chanel gown. The dress has this Hawaii feel to it, don’t you think? The blue eye makeup takes this Hawaii feel to a whole new level. I love the back though. And the messy hair braid!

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Kalki Koechlin Shanghai premiere

Kalki again at the press conference. The Nimish Shah looks flat and does nothing for her.

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Dia Mirza

 Dia Mirza in a blue Anita Dongre gown at the Shanghai premiere. Like the colour. Like the hem.

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 And here she looks straight out of her prom

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Parineeti Chopra

Parineeti Chopra in a short grey toned Anand Bhushan dress. Reminds me of the recent Christian Louboutins collection inspired by Bollywood. So Shehensha-esque!

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Priyanka Chopra

Could not find much pictures of Priyanka Chopra but found these. Can’t see much so I will reserve my comments.

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Priyanka Chopra
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Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi Sinha in Shane Peacock dress. There is too much going on the dress #Fail

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Sonakshi Sinha

 Not related to the event but spotted her in a short black dress a while back which looked good on her. Its VERY VERY rare that you would read something good about Sonakshi here at VNA.

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Shriya Saran

Shriya Saran in a Pratima Gaurav sari (like Chitrangada). Love the back and the dewy makeup and that’s about it.

Pick your favourites?

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstck Burning Sunset 294 (Made For Me Intense) Review, Swatches
My mom always give me those I-don’t-get-you glances whenever we shop together. Like last week when we went shopping to Sarojini Market (my mom is the best shopping partner ever!), I was jumping at every fuchsia pink, glow-in-the-dark green or electric blue dress I came across. And the next minute I was jumping at the soft beige and off white satin tops. After an hour or so she stopped me and asked in a very interrogation like tone “Colour or NO Colour??
I think I belong to both the groups..can’t leave either of them! Like the way I wear nudes, soft pinks, neutrals and MLBBs while leaving home but come back with orange or red lips. And this lipstick I’m showing you today has seriously given me some dual-personality disorder.

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L’Oreal Paris Claims: Let’s get intense with dare to wear colour! Introducing new L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Made For Me Intense lip colour. Made to match, true to life colours. Intense color with lasting hydration for an ultra-glamorous look.- Soft and creamy texture leaves lips feeling moisturized smooth with a stunning finish.

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L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstck Burning Sunset 294 (Made For Me Intense) Review, Swatches

The Colour Burning Sunset is very true to its name. It is bright orange but has enough amount of red and yellow in it to resemble the glory of the setting sun. When you roll up the tube for the first time, you are bound to get a mini heart attack with all the shimmer packed into it (click on the picture above for a closer look). But once you swipe it, you get a full blast of orange red colour along with some diffused gold shimmer. The lipstick gives a high glossy shine with all that diffused shimmer in it. It makes your lips look plumped up.

Pigmentation: Below you see one very feather light swipe of the lipstick. I barely touched it against my skin and got a full OPAQUE colour. I apply it with my fingers or a lip brush since I get way more colour than I want.

Texture, Longevity, formula and other things: If you have used any of the L’Oreal Paris Color Riche lipsticks in the past, you must be familiar with the soft creamy formula and this one is no different. You don’t need a lip balm underneath it and dry lips girls can easily carry it off. It glides on easily like butter. Its packed with shimmer though its not gritty or chunky like the Maybelline High Shine lipsticks. I get about 4 hours of wear with meals and it leaves behind an orange stain along with some shimmer before wearing off completely. It is not transfer proof and I’m not a fan of lip stains on the glasses I use!

The Color Riche lipsticks are so soft that they get dents on the tube (the same issue you face with the Nyx round lipsticks). If you are not a fan of shimmer on your lips, try it in the stores first before getting it since this is loaded with shimmer. I’m myself not a great shimmer fun. So, I restrict it to night time outings. Or I apply it with fingers during the day to get a tinge of colour.

Check out the swatches:

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 that’s one light swipe you see

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L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstck Burning Sunset 294 Review, Swatches
bright orange lipstick
L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstck Burning Sunset 294 Review, Swatches

Now time for some gyaan. If you saw my post on Fan Bingbing‘s makeup breakdown, you know she flaunted THIS lipstick on Day 1 of Cannes 2012. The colour is difficult to capture and the yellow in it comes out more in the photos when it is actually reddish orange. Also, Barbara Palvin is also sporting this lipstick dabbed with a very light hand on top of some other lipstick, now you know where all that glossy shine is coming from.

Pooja asked me to compare it with my other orange lipsticks. Mac So Chaud is more tangerine and cool and matte. Deborah Atomic 03 has very no red in it. L’Oreal Always Apricot is sheer and less orange.

Price: Rs.785 ($15)

So is it for you? Yes if you love orange lipsticks and equally like glossy shine and shimmer. This is all packed into one. The lipstick is creamy, amazingly pigmented and stays on for 4hours with meals. If you don’t like shimmer I would not recommend it to you. L’OR Electric rangeCannes Electric range has colours which are bright, blingy, electric and bold. And if I’ve to pick up my personal favourite from the whole range, it has to be this lipstick (I’m a lip colour addict!).

Accept it or not, we Indians wait for Aishwarya Rai to walk the red carpet at Cannes 2012. And this time, with all the post pregnancy weight, so many speculations were going around her outfit choices. Many predicted she would stick to Indian designers since if there is anything in the world that can make you look graceful even if you are fat, its Indian 9mm saree. But she proved everybody wrong by opting for an Elie Saab steel blue-grey sheer gown with a train. This outfit fared much better than her previous outfit..and that shows on her face too.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Cannes 2012

She opted for beach waves, silver clutch and midnight blue nails with the look. What do you think? I yhink the dress does a great job for her body..obviously nothing can hide the fact that she IS over-weight, so no point trying.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Cannes dress
Aishwarya Rai Cannes 2012
Aishwarya Rai Cannes 2012 in Elie Saab
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Cannes 2012

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Cannes 2012
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Cannes 2012 makeup

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Cannes 2012 makeup

Seems like she is a fan of L’Oreal True Match foundation. I would still prefer the Infallible foundation for the long lasting coverage it gives.
On the eyes, she has L’Oreal Infallible Mono eye shadow in 02 Hourglass Beige. On lower lash line, smudge some Infallible eye shadow in 05 Purple Obsession (seems to go well with her gown).
Line your lower lashline with Super Liner 24hr gel liner and the make a winged eye liner on upper lid with Instant Impact Felt Liner.
Curl lashes with Volume Million Lashes mascara (which seems to a cult favourite with everyone at Cannes).
Apply the True Match blush in Rosy Cheeks. And on lips use Glam Shine lipgloss in golden tattoo.
And its done!