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Top 5 Best Mascaras available locally

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Mascara is a must-have makeup product for women. Mascara always gives a glamorous look to the eyes. It opens them up, makes them look bigger and dramatic. Eye makeup is not even complete without a mascara. It is used to add volume, shine and colour to your lashes. There are so many famous brands providing mascaras. Here is the list of Top 5 best mascaras in Pakistan.

1. CoverGirl Lashblast Luxe Mascara:

Cover Girl lashblast luxe mascara gives your eye lashes a cluster look. Its glossy effect gives your lashes a shimmery effect.

Pros:

Lengthen and Volumize Lashes.
Easy removal.
No smudging or Flaking.
Long Lasting For 12 Hours.
Shimmery look.
Available in four shades.

Cons:

Original Lashblast Luxe Is Better than this product.
Price: Rs 899.

2.  Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara:

Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara is famous due to its fine and thin texture. It is light-weighted and gives an incredible look to eye lashes.

Pros:

Gives Instant Longer and Lusher Look.
Long Lasting For 12 Hours.
No Smudging or Flaking.

Cons:

No Volumize Lashes.
Price: Rs 499.

3. Maybelline Volum’ Express the Colossal Mascara:

Maybelline Le Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara gives a polished look to your lashes. This mascara makes your eyes look covered and fluttery. It’s thick and dramatic look make the eyes fuller.

Pros:

Gives 9X Volume.
Light-weight.
Extra Black Color.
Dramatic Pigmentation.

Cons:

Wet.
Thick Texture.
Price: Rs 500.

4. L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara:

L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara is the most popular L’Oreal product. This mascara gives your lashes a more dramatic look. It is very safe for eyes and will not give any side effects to your lashes.

Pros:

Volumize and Curl Lashes.
No Flaking or smudging.
Creamy Formula.
Easily Removable.

Cons:

Doesn’t Provide Much Length.
Strong Chemical Smell.
Not Waterproof.
Price: Rs 1200.

5. Diorshow New Look Mascara:

Diorshow New Look Mascara is the most demanding mascara in Pakistan. It always crafts the eye lashes to look attractive and glamorous. It makes the lashes fuller and thick.

Pros:

Gives Infinite Volume.
Multiplying Effect.
Doesn’t Clump.
Gives Volume to Every Single Lash.
Thin Texture.
Light-weight.
Gives Fuller Lash Look.

Cons:

Hard To Remove.
Price: Rs 1800.

Entertainment Movies

PADMAAVAT

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The story

Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) – the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor), is known for her beauty and valor in 13th century India. She captures the fancy of the reigning Sultan of Delhi, the tyrant Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh), who becomes obsessed with her and goes to great lengths to fulfill his greed.

The review

Based on a Sufi poem of the same name written in 1540 by Malik Muhammad Jayasi, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has added his own flair and interpretation to ‘Padmaavat’, giving it a fairy-tale sheen. This makes all the controversy pointless, and pale in comparison to the spectacle that unfolds. Bhansali reunites with two of his favorite leads in recent times – Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, but adds Shahid Kapoor to complete this trio of commendable acting talent.

Shahid is steadfast and unflappable as Maharawal Ratan Singh – the ruler of Mewar, brimming with Rajput pride. He brings a regal aura to the character that warrants him winning the confidence and loyalty of the Mewar kingdom and more importantly, Rani Padmavati’s heart. Deepika is radiant as the Rajput Queen whose beauty, brains and valor moves the entire plot along once Alauddin Khilji becomes obsessed with her. Padmavati’s allure beyond the superficial is prominent post-interval, when her character comes to life and she gets to showcase her acting range.

Ranveer as Alauddin Khilji is seen as an unhinged, barbaric Sultan, who is consumed with a ravenous libido for power and flesh. He unleashes an animal magnetism on screen with a scarred face, kohl-lined eyes and a greased torso. The scenes between him and Shahid are some of the most engrossing, as both flex their acting muscles at opposite ends of the moral spectrum.

Besides them, Aditi Rao Hydari stands her ground as the naive Mehrunissa who gets a rude awakening when she discovers her husband Alauddin’s true nature. Jim Sarbh is somewhat misplaced as the Sultan’s slave-general, unable to generate enough menace to overshadow his master’s own. Nonetheless, the ensemble moves well in tune with Bhansali’s vision of this larger-than-life retelling.

The director’s expertise in heightening opulence and grandeur is well-known, further distinct in 3D. Cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee compliments him by beautifully capturing some jaw-dropping scenery. However, the effects in the action/ war scenes don’t meet the expectations raised by a film of this scale. Also, the songs don’t do much to further the narrative other than providing visual delight. Granted, it could do with a tauter screenplay and shorter run-time but ‘Padmaavat’ is an entertaining, large canvas experience, brought to life with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s stroke of visual brilliance.

Entertainment Food

Tao: A Pan Asian Restaurant in Karachi – Review

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Pan Asian cuisine has always been known for its blend of complex flavors, and at Tao, you can experience it all as there is something for everyone.

However, it falls into neither the ‘mind-blowing’ nor ‘terrible’ categories, and is a space where different people with different tastes can find something they like. Unlikely to be anyone’s favorite restaurant, it is equally unlikely to a hated spot. Tao is pleasant, inoffensive and safely middle of the road. While many restaurants are polarizing, Tao’s perfect averageness actually makes it universally acceptable.

Combining elegance and a refined ambiance, Tao achieves a rare zen-like balance evoking a sophisticated vibe. The soft lighting and unique cool interiors are both comforting and calming.

The space has been utilized very well with a variety of seating options, accommodating a cozy dinner for two, a meal with a large group of friends or perhaps a live sushi bar where you can sit on stools as your sushi is prepared right in front of you. But it is the splash of a fountain that you notice almost immediately as you enter Tao which allows for a soothing and relaxed atmosphere.

The menu has an extensive array of modern Asian cuisine with a variety that comprises the full spectrum of flavors ensuring that there is something for everyone. With wide ranging choices from soups, starters, salads, and sushi the main courses start on the sixth page of the menu. By keeping a Pan Asian theme, the restaurant is able to serve an assortment of dishes ranging from Japanese to Thai to Chinese. Most of this is traditional fare injected with subtle continental influences.

It would have been nice to be served a bread basket or some kind of amuse-bouche before the meal. Anything to nibble on while customers wait, even something as simple as green tea would be appreciated. It is subtle little touches like that make dining out special, and the absence of this detail is felt strongly.

Covered in a rich, sweet glaze, the ‘Salmon Teriyaki’ might have been interesting if it was not overcooked. Salmon should have a silken texture and melt in your mouth, this was dry and rough to the extent that the excellent teriyaki sauce could not save it.

Recommended by the server, the ‘Crispy Beef’ was very good. Richly flavored and juicy despite being thin cut it had a serious kick and was satisfying.

‘Spicy Crispy Vegetables’ was a personal favorite with its play on textures and unique tangy sauce. Deliciously crisp on the outside and soft and tender inside, it was deceptively simple definitely a dish one worth returning.

‘Pad Thai’ is an iconic and popular Thai dish and mandatory to fully experience the cuisine. Chewy rice noodles with bean sprouts tofu create an interesting blend of flavors without one note overpowering the others. The earthiness of the noodles was lovely, but it could have used a touch of lime.

The drinks may have been the best part of the meal. Instead of leaving it as an afterthought, the drinks seem to be specifically designed to complement all the dishes well. The ‘mint ginger lemonade’ was refreshing (because of the mint) and exciting (because of the ginger). If you are in the mood for something fruitier, the strawberry lemonade is also excellent.

The overall food at Tao is not that mind-blowing neither a disaster, you get everything sitting under a single roof.

Rating: 4/5

Food: 3 | Ambiance: 4.5 | Service: 5 | Value for money: 3.5

Real Brides

Celebrities who rocked the wedding season 2017/18

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Winters in Pakistan are the most celebrated season of the year. Along with so many other things these beautiful months bring weddings. Designers, event planners, banquet halls etc have their hands full of businesses and the cities twinkle with lights. Celebrities attending weddings are widely photographed. Here are some of our favorites who totally rocked the wedding guest look and stole the show!

The best of them all was most definitely Maya Ali. The diva seemed to be invited to a number of engagements, dholkis and mehndis these past couple of months and she nailed the look every single time. She looked stunning in black and gold and equally beautiful in an emerald green lehnga choli.

Sanam Baloch’s younger sister Ghanwa Baloch got married this year and Sanam looked absolutely stunning in all her functions, but our favourite look was one of mehndi when her long hair, bindi and light makeup complemented the bling of her outfit. On the wedding day, her hair and makeup was done by Natasha and she wore a very heavy brown and gold lehnga designed by HSY.

Mahira Khan was photographed at a wedding in a lovely embroidered steel blue formal wear and she looked stunning. Truly stole all hearts!

Sajal was seen wearing a gorgeous colorful outfit at Zara and Asad’s wedding and with long straight hair, she was definitely the most beautiful wedding guest.

Ayesha Omar attended a wedding where she was in the limelight, as she stunned in a pale peach ghagra and choli with her characteristic light and subtle makeup.

Neelum Munir wore a lovely orange gota work shirt on her sister’s wedding. She posed with her guests, among whom Saima Noor looked as gorgeous as Neelum herself.

Javeria Saud attended a wedding with her whole family. Mother and daughter wore similar dresses and the whole family wore black that just made them stand out.

Kubra Khan was also looking gorgeous at a friend’s wedding in her widely flared lehnga. She danced to her heart’s content and looked gorgeous while at it.

Sadaf Kanwal looked elegant at Saheefa’s wedding in all gold and a sleek bun. It seemed as if golden was the color of the season and lehnga choli the outfit, as most of the celebrities wore the same with little variations.

Features Sinful Spouses

My Brutal Lord

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A chilling tale of an injustice meted out to many women even in this day and age!

The gate opens, a car enters and stops in the garage. A man gets out of the car and walks into the house. This entire activity takes no more than three minutes, but these are the most crucial three minutes in Naheed’s life. If she manages to put the warm food on the table, get her girls to sit there and is herself also comfortably sitting waiting for her husband, then the rest of the evening will be spent in peace but if any one of these things is out of place before Amir her husband walks through that front door, all hell will break lose.

Amir is a self-made man. His is a typical rags to riches story and he proudly tells whoever cares to listen about the hardships he had to endure. His immediate family that is the wife, Naheed and two beautiful daughters, Anum and Sidra know every story by heart but are still subjected from time to time to a rerun.

Naheed’s parents were well off and she was a pampered child. That is why when she met Amir in University she fell in love with his fighter spirit. She forced her parents to agree to the match, even when they did not see it fit, and now 15 years later she wonders if that was a good idea.

Amir is an honest, sincere and straight forward man but he is a hard core disciplinarian. His philosophy of life is simple: if you want to achieve something in life you have to discipline yourself. His family did not have it easy in life.

The first time Naheed was subjected to punishment for lack of discipline came very early in their marriage. She was getting ready for an evening out with her newly wedded husband. The plan was to watch a movie and have dinner afterwards at Naheed’s favourite restaurant. She wanted to look her best and when Amir came to pick her up after office at the scheduled time of 7 pm, she was still putting on her makeup. She heard the horn of the car, but continued to apply the final touches to her face. She heard the horn thrice and smiled to herself thinking that her husband is impatient to see her. It took her 10 extra minutes to satisfy her vanity but as she reached the door, she saw her husband coming out of the car. She ran towards him apologizing but he pushed her and entered the house. She followed him and kept saying, “Let’s go we will be late!”, but he said nothing. When he opened his mouth his anger scared Naheed out of her skin. He said that they were late already and tore the tickets. He said that he could not stand people who were not punctual and wasted money and time. He did not talk to Naheed that night. He went to sleep without food in his study.

Naheed was shocked at her husband’s behaviour. She felt hurt and humiliated and wondered the whole night if she had made the right choice.

This continued for a few days, during which Amir didn’t speak to Naheed and frequently yelled at servants for their little mistakes. On the fourth day when Naheed’s parents had invited them for dinner she approached Amir, apologized for wasting time and requested him to accompany her to dinner. Amir reluctantly agreed.

Naheed was ashamed to admit to her parents that she was wrong and they were right all along in assessing Amir and rejecting him as a suitable match for their daughter.

The discipline related incidents became a routine and Naheed was seriously contemplating divorce when she found out that she was pregnant. Amir was there at every step of the way with her during her pregnancy and childbirth. Naheed’s stance softened and also Amir was very conscientious about his economic responsibilities towards his family and the house. Naheed would listen to her friends complaining about their husbands not supporting them, not paying attention to them, flirting with other women, some were sick and tired of interfering in-laws, whereas Naheed had none of these problems. Everyone around her, thought she was blessed and luckiest of all.

This made it harder for her to think about parting ways with Amir whose obsession with discipline was making her a nervous wreck. Everything had to be done on time, whether it was a minor detail like having lunch dinner or tea or a slightly more complicated adventure like taking a trip. Naheed could not enjoy any outings because she was afraid all the time that she will make a mistake and Amir will humiliate her in public.

She had another daughter two years later. Her children were her only source of joy but when they reached school going age they too were subjected to the same discipline standards which apparently was the reason behind Amir’s success in life.

Naheed’s life became even harder because she was always trying to protect her little girls from Amir’s bursts of anger and in the process she would often accept blame for their little mistakes, which she in her mind did not merit scolding or punishment.

Naheed has spent ten years of her life making sure Amir gets what he wants from her and his children and she will spend many more years doing the same. She can never relax because her mind is always trying to figure out if there is anything that will cause Amir to lose his temper. It is like she has to tip toe through life making sure another human being gets all he wants. But what about her? Is she not entitled to living her life the way she wants to? Is her life less valuable than her husband’s? She has already wasted her youth trying to measure up to Amir’s standards but what options does she have in our society?

There are many people like Amir who make their wives’ lives a living hell; some use discipline as a weapon, others have a cleanliness obsession, and many more such futile pursuits. They never try to find out what kind of a life will their wives like to have and what is important to them because they believe that wives are born to serve their husbands. Their opinions, likes and dislikes do not matter. Is it enough for a man to ensure that he has met all his family’s material needs? Is it enough that he does not cheat on the wife, works hard and provides for them economically? What about the hell such men create for that family, from which they can never break free because in our society such are the men who are supposed to be the best a woman can hope for?