POPSUGAR Beauty featured my bright purple pout this month!

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Could not be more excited to be feature on POPSUGAR Beauty!

What is POPSUGAR? Where have you been?! The home site describes POPSUGAR Select as a beauty blogger network “featuring the best fashion, beauty, fitness, food, home, mom and video bloggers hand-selected by our editors.” I joined the network several months ago, and decided to submit my first post late last month…I am now ecstatic to announce that my post was selected for feature!  I am a huge fan of POPSUGAR, as is everyone else I know, so this was a huge honor and I am more than happy to be on the site this month.

POPSUGAR Post History: A Little Background on the Look

Looking through spring spreads, and makeup on the runways I was blow away ad inspired by so many of the looks I was seeing.  Bright neon pouts were definitely trending, usually in orange hues, and I decided I wanted to partake :).  I have yet to find a bright orange I like, so I started looking around for alternatives.  Look no further than the Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid!  While I am a huge fan of this color, I wanted something a little brighter—ie, more on the neon side.  Enter MAC Heroine Lipstick, a GORGEOUS formally discontinued special edition shade that had recently come back for good due to popular demand.  I remember staring longingly at swatches of lipstick when I was first introduced to MAC lipsticks wishing I could get my hands on a tube…needless to say, when I saw that it was back, I immediately put an order in.

To make a long story short: NEVER shy away from what you truly want, take risks, and who knows—you might end up featured on POPSUGAR, donning the spring lip color of your dreams.

Have you seen my POPSUGAR Beauty post? If not, check it out here!  And be sure to visit my channel to see the video tutorial.

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Smokey Cat Eye for a Valentine’s Night Out

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Hey guys! I know it has been a while and I have seriously missed blogging so much! I am so happy to finally be able to get this post up, because I loved this look and I think it will work for a lot of you regardless of skin tone and eye color! I got to use a to of my favorite products, but also threw in some new products that I am really enjoying.  Milani’s Sangria lipstick, MAC’s Beautymarked and MAC’s Cranberry eyeshadows are among the newer products that I got to play with for this tutorial, and I have to say I’m sold!  Want to see them in action? Here’s the video:

 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anQdmHRYhUs

Face

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation, Cappuccino
Covergirl 3-in-1 Foundation, Tawny
L’Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon, Medium/Deep N6-7-8
Ben Nye Banana Powder
MAC Bronzer, Sun Power
LORAC Pro PaletteEspresso

 

Eyes

Maybelline Color Tattoo, Pomegranate Punk
LORAC Pro Palette, Sable
L’Oreal Liquid Pencil Liner, Black
MAC Eyeshadow, Brown Script
MAC Eyeshadow, Beautymarked
MAC Eyeshadow, Cranberry

Lips

MAC Lipstick, Double Shot
Milani Lip Liner, Sugar Plum
Milani Lipstick, Sangria
NYX Lipliner, Never

Brushes

Sigma Brushes

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I usually (pretty much always) prefer and go for the nude lip, but I actually really love the way Sangria works with the eyeshadows I used. Yay, for trying (and most importantly, liking) new things! I hope you all will try this look out.  You can swap out the eyeshadow colors to give this sultry smokey cat eye a different effect every time.

I hope you enjoyed the video and had an amazing Valentine’s Day no matter who you spent it with!

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College Tips from a recent Ivy League Graduate!

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Hey guys! I know most people are on break right now, so I thought it would be a good idea to get this video up in between semesters! These are some of the most important tips that I personally believe really make a difference in your overall performance in college.  They range from academic to personal, and when applied together, these tricks help maintain the best overall balance between the two!  As you may already know from My Story, education is so incredibly important to me.  As women, I know a lot of us like to look pretty and make sure the makeup and hair are on point, but I think it is even more important to make sure that we push ourselves to the limit when it comes to excellence and achievement and school is one of the best places to do that! I know education has opened doors for me that I never could have imagined gaining access to, so I hope that you will find this information helpful as you pursue your own academic goals. As my parents always told me, “Education is your golden ticket.  It’s one of the few things you can acquire in life that can never be taken away.

Here is my academic profile: I have been to private schools all my life.  I attended two Quaker schools, also known as “Friends School,” between Kindergarten and 12th grade.  I absolutely loved it and I truly believe that the Friends school system is one of the best, if not the absolute best, when it comes to providing an excellent holistic education.  From high school, I went to Dartmouth College and to say I loved it there would be an understatement! It is a small Ivy League college in Hanover, New Hampshire that has ranked #1 in Undergraduate Teaching by the US News for the 4th year in a row (since the inception of this ranking criteria).  I am currently taking time off after college to work and pursue a few dreams of mine before I go to college.

How to Do Well in College: The List

 

1. Meet with an Advisor ASAP

2. Use iCal or a Planner

3. Start Assignments Early

4. Maintain BALANCE ie., Don’t Overdo It

5. Stay Grounded

6. Meet with Professors

7. Sit in Front

8. Follow Your Passions

9. Have a Thought Journal

10. Network

11. Take Notes in the Text

12. Keep Things in Perspective

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All about why I chose the name for my beauty and lifestyle blog!

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A lot of people have asked me why I chose to start a blog and name it  “Maha Maven.”

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Maha means “woman with beautiful eyes,” and Maven  means “expert” or “connoisseur.”

 

I taught myself the tricks and techniques to enhance the things I loved about my appearance.  My eyes are my favorite physical traitso you will notice that most of my makeup tutorials revolve around eye makeup, drawing attention to my eyes and making them stand out.

People always stop me on the street to ask what foundation I am wearing, tell me they love my eye makeup, or to ask me what I use on my hair.  I have been asked to share makeup tips, recommend makeup looks, and help tweak application techniques to achieve a flawless makeup look.  This led me to put all the knowledge and expertise I gained through experience in one place: www.MahaMaven.com.

 

Through this blog, I am talking to women like me.

 

Women who have always been different, but refuse to fit the mold.  I am writing to women who, like me, look around their world and don’t see faces, bodies, or stories like theirs on the front pages of major magazines.  I created Maha Maven for women who open these same magazines, and wonder why they are missing from the centerfolds.

 

I am writing to women who challenge the assertion that they have to choose…intelligent or stylish, academic or creative.

 

I am writing to women who have been told that they can’t be both.  Who were made to believe that they cannot have it all.

 

This is for women who want to be taken seriously as students and professionals, but who also have a passion for creativity, beauty, and style.

 

I learned to resist the urge to try to fit in.  I learned to be and love myself, as I strived to be a person whom I could respect.

 

 

“Maha Maven” basically means “beautiful eyed expert,” and this embodies what I want this site to be about: empowering women to find their best traits, enhance them, and own them.  You are an expert at being you.  It’s about teaching women to be and look their best, and assert their best selves to the world. No apologies, and no questions asked.

 

I started this blog to share what I have learned.

 

Here are my tips, my advice, and my stories. Here is my journey.

 

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Get a glimpse into what I think about beauty and self esteem

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“The mission of my blog and my life really, is to showcase the complexity and creativity that is an inherent part of being a woman. Through my writing and through featuring other creative women, I hope to awaken something in my readers who are lacking meaning and purpose in their lives. Further, I strive to provide a place for storytelling, for women to share their inside out beauty, what they’ve learned about themselves through adversity and what makes them feel beautiful.” GG from All the Many Layers

 

Hey guys!

So I know this is the first post by me of its kind, but I assure you it is the first of many.  I know I spend a lot of time talking about outer beauty and how to enhance it, but I truly do believe that all the outer beauty in the world is secondary to a truly beautiful mind and spirit.  When GG asked me to do this feature, I was honored and overjoyed! I am so happy to be able to share with you how I have come to be confident and self-reliant when it comes to valuing myself and my appearance.

I am really excited to start to open up about everything I have learned in my life about being a woman who has always felt different, and learning to come to terms with and accept that.  I can’t wait to begin to share how I have grown to be confident in my skills and passions as I work towards achieving my goals!

I hop you enjoy the feature, there will be more content like this coming soon.

 

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