I Put On Eyeliner & A Bindi

Sep 30, 2014 by





After two months of volunteering in Mumbai, I had allowed myself to revert to coping solely with my baser needs. You know – food, water, shelter. Other things like feelings or makeup didn’t really fit into the equation. Although for some inexplicable reason, I insisted on applying powder every morning whilst beads of sweat formed on my upper lip. Perhaps I was trying to grasp desperately to what I had once known to be normal.

Once my two months were over, allowing myself to actually feel pretty was a nice change. If you want to see my sweaty and decidedly not pretty self, just watch this video. Natural beauty, I am not.

While I traveled for two weeks in the comfort of air conditioned buses and hotels with hot showers and no cockroaches, I actually enjoyed letting my curly hair go wild in the Indian heat, putting on eyeliner and sticking a bindi to my forehead. These two weeks were not only a reintroduction to Western society (traveling with individuals who had only just arrived in India), but a flash of brightly coloured harem pants, a gurgle of the healing Ganges, a crack of sky-searing sunrise, and all the spicy food I could get my hands on.

Those two weeks are mostly a feeling now. I tried to capture that here, in this video…

(PS – crank your volume up for the second song… I just can’t get enough)

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  1. Great experience Colleen – the volunteering and the luxury treats… gotta take care of yourself and indulge 🙂

  2. Great video Colleen! (I too love that XX song – they used that as their opening at a concert we went to a few years back…it was an amazing start to a great show!)

  3. Loved the video, Colleen! It really made India come alive for me (having been to Nepal, I already knew what that country was like, but I loved revisiting it through the video too!) and I love that you had a Canadian band to rock out to at the start!

    • Colleen

      I’m so glad you could relate to the video. I was wondering how the Nepal bits would make you feel, knowing you’d been there. That New Pornos song is just very apropos for travel, non?

  4. Not a natural beauty? I don’t know why you would say such things about yourself. You’re gorgeous — inside and out. Just own it. 😉 And the sunset/sunrise at the beginning of that video?? Amazing!!

    • Colleen

      Okay you are the nicest human. Maybe I will never outgrow the awkward teenager in me – curly hair and braces. She lives on.

  5. Emy

    I LOVE your videos! well, I love videos that’s not a surprise I suppose but I really like how you put clips together and the music you choose! 🙂
    that was lovely! also you’re very very pretty au naturel 😉
    you should see me when I’m sweaty and with no make up. and when I cannot straighten my hair 😉
    Also I am SO jealous of your pictures with the Taj! They’re just perfect!

    • Colleen

      Thank you so kindly.
      I would love to see what you would do at the Taj. I bet the setting would agree with you beautifully!

  6. What a fantastic trip! I can’t like, I kind of love the idea of never feeling it necessary to get dressed up or wear make up 😉 but I guess I would miss it were it gone.

    • Colleen

      It was a fantastic trip, Alex! And yes, I think that’s why I appreciated the makeup after feeling gross for so long! A change is always nice.

  7. The picture of you in front of the Taj Mahal is absolutely breathtaking, Colleen. I loved the video VERY much but I did have to Shazaam both of the songs. I really liked “Go Places”…I’m going to check out more of The New Pornographers music now. Thank you 🙂

    • Colleen

      I’m glad you liked the New Pornos. They are a great Canadian band.
      And thank you for your kind comment!


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