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So I know its been a while since I have posted consistently, to my faithful readers I am sincerely sorry, but a lot has been going on these past few weeks!

Here’s what’s been keeping me busy:

1. I finished my internship at Totem with CAA Magazine at the beginning of June and I officially GRADUATED from the Centennial College Book and Magazine Publishing Program.

2. I landed an awesome part-time internship at 29SECRETS.com with Editor Jill Dunn who has worked for Elle Canada and Glow. Located in Toronto’s fashion district, at 29Secrets I’ll be helping out with updating and writing beauty, fashion, wellness and relationships content for the site!

3. My boss, Beauty Editor Denise Wild at my ongoing internship at Anokhi has also been keeping me busy. Early June, I worked on a beauty photo shoot for the upcoming Fall issue where I finally got to meet Anokhi’s Editor-in-Chief Hina Ansari -a vibrant and intelligent woman- and have been interviewing some wonderful DESI BEAUTY MAVENS for some copy that will appear in the Anokhi issue that drops in September!

4. My fiance and I have been busy planning the details of our south-asian wedding—from sending out invites and finalising our last few vendors. In the next couple of months be sure to stay tuned for details of the most awesome and professional SOUTH ASIAN WEDDING VENDORS in the business that we are using this September!

5. All last week I soaked up the SUN in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with my family for our annual family vacation, We stayed at the RIU PALACE PACIFICO, a beautiful property with great food, drinks and entertainment.

So basically its been a really crazy month! But in all this time I’ve had a lot of time to think up of great new things to share with all of you. So stay tuned for great beauty product reviews, South Asian – Punjabi wedding info, cultural musings, and my first official blog contest over the next few weeks. As always I will continue to blog about anything South Asian that interests me and my readers so read on and let me know your thoughts!

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Its been a while since I wrote, thanks for your patience as this week was my last week of classes so I haven’t blogged in a while. Come Monday I am bound for the real world of magazine publishing as I start my editorial internships at Totem with CAA Magazine and Anokhi Magazine. At Anokhi I will be interning in the beauty department, so stay tuned for updates on my blog as I get my hands on some work at both of these awesome publications.

Evening Makeup Tools: Benefit’s Brow Gel and  Annabelle’s Sharpener

With beautiful Spring weather and a long weekend, I am sure you all have big plans for an evening out this weekend! So, I thought you’d find these two product reviews handy. By using these two tools in your beauty regiment for your long-weekend night on the town, you’ll perfect your look and save time for more fun!

Benefit Speed Brow Quick Set Brow Gel
Shade: 01 Light to Medium
$27.95

This tinted brow gel comes in a small tube with a mascara like wand for easy application to give your eyebrows the perfect amount of colour and smooth finish. So for all of you women on-the-go who fuss with powdered brow pigments and still find your brows turn out too dark, this gel is your answer!

Apply the Benefit Brow Gel with the applicator wand brushing in an upwards direction, the direction of your natural hair growth, to add life to your brows. Let the gel set, about 10 to 15 seconds, and presto, professional, but natural looking brows that match your darker makeup for the evening.

EDITOR’S TIP: For best results, make sure your eyebrows are threaded or waxed when using the gel. Maintain the shape of your brows with a professional threading every 2 to 3 weeks, depending on how quick your brows grow in. Fight the urge to pluck stray hairs at home in between visits to your aesthetician, this makes the growth uneven and may make it difficult for your aesthetician to remove all hair when you head back to the salon. Plus, chances are you may ruin your shape!

Annabelle’s A-98 Single Sharpener
$2.98

So you must be thinking “What? She’s reviewing a sharpener for makeup pencils, they are all the same and they never work anyhow!”
Well, actually when Annabelle initially sent me this sharpener, I was just as skeptical. But, after using the sharpener when my eye pencils grew dull from use I was pleasantly surprised! Annabelle’s A-98 Sharpener re-sharpens both waterproof and regular pencils to a perfect point, giving you the a thin, precise line every time! In fact, I even tested the sharpener on a couple of other brand of liners, including MAC and SOHO and got the same sharp tip each time.

Although the sharpener includes a cleaning stick to remove liner residue from the blade, I found it difficult to remove all residue with the cleaning stick alone. On my second use, I found residue from the previous black waterproof liner found its way onto the tip of my coloured eye pencil.

EDITOR’S TIP: Take a kleenex dampened with rubbing alcohol and wrap around the cleaning stick before inserting it into the sharpener to clean. The alcohol will ensure ALL residue is properly removed.

Nonetheless, my eye pencils have never been sharper, so my eye makeup looks increasingly flawless, once again thank you Annabelle!

Use these two  quick and easy tools and you’ll walk away with a beautiful and flawless makeup job!

For Bollywood fans and Hollywood movie buffs alike, the latest Bollywood movie, My Name is Khan is a must see! Although I love watching Bollywood films, often I find it difficult to justify watching all of them since the industry produces over 600 a year. Choosing the right ones to watch can be difficult. After watching My Name is Khan in the theatre I wanted to make sure to sell, sell, sell the movie to my readers!

So here are my  5 Reasons to Watch My Name is Khan:

1. Bollywood’s Duo Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol Return Together to the Big Screen!

For dedicated Bollywood fans My Name is Khan is a big treat. Do you remember  Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenghe? How about Kuch Kuch Hota Hai? Was Khabhi Kushi Kabhe Ghum one of your favourites?

What do all of these beautifully Bollywood blockbusters have in common?

Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol! And after  9 years the two stars return on screen to steal audiences’ hearts again. Fall in love with the two of them all over again in this captivating and unique romance.

2. The Director, Karan Johar

Karan Johar’s production company Dharma Productions reached international acclaim with movie titles including Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kal Ho Na Hoo, and Kabhi Alvi Da Na Kehna. Known for compelling stories, touching on issues, including adultery and terminal illnesses, Johar built a following of fans, even those who may not watch other Hindi films.

My Name is Khan is no different than any of Johar’s other films as it evokes deep emotions and speaks directly to its viewers about controversial issues other Bollywood directors fear to address. Through his dedication to producing meaningful art, Johar created new archetypes for the Bollywood genre.

3. Disability Advocacy: Autism and Asberger’s Syndrome

The main character Rizwan Khan, played by Shah Rukh Khan has a rare case of autism called Asperger’s Disorder, a pervasive developmental disorder. People with the disability have a good command of language, but lower functioning social skills. For example, people with the syndrome experience trouble in having meaningful personal relationships, difficulty showing emotions, and making eye contact with others.

Rizwan Khan grows up in India facing stigmatism in school from other children, and even from his own brother. Yet, through the support of his mother and later on Kajol’s character, Mandira, and his sister in law, he is able to recieve treatment in order to lead a successful life. Johar’s film sends a message to audiences to accept people with disabilities and to make the effort to educate others about disabilities in order to limit discrimination under these grounds.

4. MNIK Fights Against Islamophobia and Racism

Set in a post-911 political climate, in My Name is Khan Rizwan Khan and his family- Mandira and her son Sam, are faced with discrimination because of Rizwan’s Islamic background (Mandira is of Hindu faith) and the misconceptions people associate with the religion due to media conceptions and the general ignorance of the people living in their neighbourhood.

After facing a terrible loss, Rizwan and Mandira’s inter-religious relationship is tested. To gain back his life and an attempt to find justice for his family, Rizwan makes a proclamation to the world, “My name is Rizwan Khan and I am not a terrorist,” in response to this Islamophobic political context.

Anyone who has either experienced racism because of their ethnicity, skin colour, or religion should watch My Name is Khan. In addition, if you have ever participated in a racist act, or held antagonistic views against a person of a different background watch Johar’s film. The positive message, to value diversity and to love humankind despite our differences, makes this film not only a must see, but a lifelong lesson for generations to come.

5. Media Think!

The buzz leading up to the movie’s release was and remains intense. Everyone is talking about My Name is Khan from Bollywood buffs online, the media- whether its the media in India discussing the controversial topics of the film, or stations here in North America. Plus, Anokhi magazine’s Editor Hina Ansari landed an official interview with Khan himself, so you can read about his reasons for choosing to work on this film at Anokhi onine.

When I first went to watch the movie the shows were all sold out, so I had to return to the theatre the next day for the latest show – the only show left with tickets.

When there is this much BUZZ the best thing to do is just see for yourself what the hype is about!

So don’t just take my word for it, visit the official My name is Khan website to see official trailers, read about the phenomenal director and casting, download free ringtones from the soundtrack, and become a fan even before you head out to your local theatre!

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