Archive | June, 2015

Review: Nivea Cocoa Butter Body Lotion

28 Jun

Hey gorgeous girls! I hope you all are having a great weekend. My days are getting busier and busier because it is Ramadan here and most of my time is spent in cooking, fasting, praying and taking care of my tod. Speaking of fasting, let me just share with you how reduced water consumption in this sweltering heat wreaks havoc on my otherwise healthy skin. I develop dryness during Ramadan which doesn’t go away even with layers of petroleum jelly and strict skincare regime. The situation was so severe this time that it got me really worried until I saw this amazing body lotion by Nivea at a local store.

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I have always been a huge fan of Nivea products and this new lotion has instantly become my holy grail product. It is enriched with Cocoa butter and vitamin E and provides intensive nourishment with Hydra IQ deep moisture and long lasting feel. It smoothens your skin immediately and leaves behind a delicious, pleasant smell of cocoa. It is free of colourants, ethyl alcohol and animal derivatives and efficiently smoothes away dullness. The best part is that it doesn’t make you sweat AT ALL and absorbs in your skin well. I would strongly recommend it to anyone with slight to severe dry skin. It comes in a 250ml bottle and keeps your skin nourished all day long. 4.5 stars out of 5 for it! 🙂

XOXO

Makeup Look 7

18 Jun

Hello lovelies! Sorry for being away from my blog for a week now. I was hell lotta busy. Today marks the beginning of Ramadan, an Islamic month of fasting, and last week was spent in its preparation. Hopefully I’ll have more time to post now 🙂

Amidst the hectic schedule and domestic chores I did manage to doll up using my new drugstore falsies. They are absolutely gorgeous. Take a look first.

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Makeup look 7

For this look I used the following products:

Foundation & Compact:

Color Studio Professional Pro Luminous in shade Natural Skin 103
Pressed compact powder by M.A.C cosmetics in shade Medium

Lips:

Slim Lip Pencil by NYX Cosmetics in shade Red
Rich Red Lipstick by Mikyajy Cosmetics

Eyes & Eyebrows:

Eyeshadows by Mikyajy
Eye liner and Mascara by Elizabeth Arden
Eyebrow pencil Spiked by M.A.C
White kohl by Mikyajy

Cheeks & Contour:

Mineralize blush by M.A.C Cosmetics in shade Gentle
Contouring essentials by Anastasia Beverly Hills

How do you like this look? Yay or Nay? Drop in your feedback via comments. I love hearing from you 🙂

XOXO

Review: MAC Lavender Whip Lipstick + Makeup Look 6

11 Jun

Hello beauties! How are y’all doing? Weekend is approaching fast and I am super excited! 😀

Today I’ll be reviewing a gorgeous lippy by MAC cosmetics in shade Lavender Whip. It appeared as a part of MAC Baking Beauties Spring 2013 collection. I am not a huge fan of lavenders and lilacs as I find them a little wonky for daytime and would rather opt for pinks and peaches. However, surrendering to my constant urge for experimentation, I purchased this beauty for around $15. First, lets have a look at it.

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The best feature of any MAC lipstick, apart from its shade, is its super creamy texture. Lavender Whip has a striking gorgeous shade with smooth texture. It is long lasting and totally smudge-free. I find it really comfortable to wear for the whole day. The pigmentation is stronger than the counterparts but appears a little paler than the true colour. Hence, I applied a lip primer (NYX in shade Nude) prior to the application and the resultant shade was way closer to the original one.

Now comes the complete makeup look.

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I only used pastel shadows on the eyes to create a softer look since main focus was intended to be on the lips, of course. Also, I didn’t contour at all nor did I wear any falsies since I was in a rush. I hope you like it. Let me know what you think of this look. You may have a sneak peak at some amazing MAC lipstick shades here!

Much love!

XOXO

Mascara Tips & Tricks

9 Jun

Hi beauties! As a beauty blogger and makeup addict, I am often asked about what mascara I use. I actually have a wide variety of these magic wands as I rarely leave the house without mascara. I feel it’s the one beauty product that can actually transform my face and make my eyes prominent. The key is to find the perfect mascara for you and applying it correctly. Below are some of my favourite mascara tips and tricks.

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1) Mascara Application:

Place the wand deep into the base of the lashes, wiggling it in left to right direction. It’s the mascara placed near the roots — not the tips — that gives the illusion of length. Next, pull the wand up and through lashes, wiggling as you go. The wiggling part is key because it separates lashes. In the final step (which I always skip), close the eye and place the mascara wand on top of lashes at the base and pull through to remove any clumps.

2) Mascara Selection:

When picking a mascara, you should consider the formula you want (lengthening, thickening, waterproof or non-clumping). You should also consider price. Either get a good basic drugstore mascara or spend more money on a luxurious mascara. I find the fancier mascaras are less clumpy and last longer, but it’s likely no one would be able to tell if you were wearing a drugstore brand or a department store brand. I prefer Elizabeth Arden mascaras and always use waterproof mascara.

Never try mascara on at a department store, there’s too much risk for infection. Instead, check out the store’s return policy and take a few home to try.

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3) Avoid Clumping:

The best way is to use lash combs as they keep lashes glob-free and perfectly separated. To use a lash comb, first apply mascara at the lash base, then wiggle the lash comb through to the tips of your lashes.

Not into the lash comb? Get rid of clumps by removing excess mascara from the wand. Wipe wand on tissue, this eliminates blobs before you start.

Another great way to get rid of clumps is to sweep a clean, fresh mascara wand through lashes when they’re wet. Either buy new ones or recycle old ones. They’re called “spoolies” at Sephora.

Recycle an old mascara wand if you don’t want to bother with spoolies. When you finish a mascara, clean the wand with eye makeup remover, then wash with soap and dry. Keep it clean by washing it whenever you wash your makeup tools.

4) Mixing Mascaras:

A trick makeup artists use to make lashes pop is apply one coat of lengthening mascara, followed by one coat of thickening mascara. Remove excess product with a clean spoolie wand.

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5) Coloured Mascara:

Basic mascara rules are simple: Black works for everyone but can be harsh on light-skinned blondes. Blondes should opt for brown/black by day and reserve black for night. Burgundy or plum colors make blue eyes pop, as do blue mascaras. Purple mascara looks great on brown eyes.

6) Use an Eyelash Curler:

Curling lashes gives eyes the appearance of being wider and brighter. Shoot warm air from your blowdryer on the mascara curler for 3-5 seconds to warm it up before curling lashes. Touch it first to make sure it’s not too hot. It’s a myth that you have to curl lashes before you apply mascara. You can curl lashes after mascara application, just make sure the mascara is dry first. 

7) Zig-zag the Mascara Wand:

Zig-zagging the wand back and forth during application helps cut down clumps.

8) Apply to Top Lashes Only:

Many makeup artists recommend applying mascara only to the top lashes (I abide by this rule). If you want to make eyes appear wider, apply mascara to the bottom lashes but make sure you give lashes a light touch. Not great at getting those bottom lashes? Try putting a tissue under them before application.

9) Use a Mascara Primer:

Primers coat lashes and separate them before you apply mascara. Makeup artists swear by them. I tried it and liked it, but because it’s an added step, I usually skip this one.

10) Multiple Coats of Mascara:

Apply the coats of mascara all at once before the first coat dries. Once the first coat dries, you’ll get clumps if you attempt another swipe at the lashes.

11) Do Not Pump Wand In & Out of Tube:

This only introduces air into the tube, which will cause your mascara to dry out sooner than it should.

12) Wait to Blink & Doublecheck Once Dry:

Since I have long lashes, I try to wait 5 seconds before blinking after I apply mascara or I end up with mascara dots all along my lid. I also doublecheck my lids before I step out because chances are good, I’ve got those dots going on and it’s embarrassing to find out hours later that you’ve done a poor makeup mistake.

I hope you’ll find this post useful. I’ll soon review my current favourite mascaras for you. So stay posted!

XOXO

DIY masks for oily skin

7 Jun

Hi ladies! I’ve been receiving a lot of queries about oily skin and how to take care of it especially during summers. I thought I should a post on it to facilitate all my readers.

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Oily skin is the most troublesome kind of skin that requires proper care. Else, one would fall prey to blackheads, pimples, acne etc. Below are a few budget-friendly DIY face masks to pamper your oily skin.

1) Avocado and egg white face mask:

In most cases the oily skin is really dehydrated beneath the surface. Hence, a moisture boost in the form of avocado will actually help regulate the sebum production.

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado peeled and mashed
1 egg white
1 tbsp lemon juice

Method:

Mix avocado pulp, egg white and lemon juice to form a smooth paste. After cleansing your face, apply the mask onto your entire face making sure to avoid the eye area. Keep it on for 20 minutes then rinse it off with lukewarm water.

2) Orange and Aloe Vera face mask:

This combination works well to hydrate the skin and give it a matte effect by absorbing excessive sebum.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tsp Aloe Vera gel

Method:

Mix the two ingredients together and apply after first cleansing your skin. Avoid the eye area and relax for 15 minutes, while the mask works its wonders. Rinse with lukewarm water and a gentle washcloth. Apply once, or twice a week.

3) Banana and Honey face mask:

The banana and honey face mask is known for its soothing properties. It replaces the oily shine with a healthy glow effectively.

Ingredients:

1 banana, preferably ripe
2 tbsp honey
Drops of orange/lemon juice

Method:

Mash up the ripe banana, add honey and mix well. For best results, mix the ingredients in a blender. Now add a few drops of orange/lemon juice, and apply it on a clean face. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then proceed to rinsing your face using a cool washcloth, or a steaming warm washcloth. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer.

4) Cucumber, yogurt and oatmeal face mask:

The cucumber, yogurt and oatmeal homemade face mask soaks up the excess oil, balances and hydrates the oily skin.

Ingredients:

1/4 cucumber
1 tbsp yogurt
1 tbsp ground oatmeal

Method:

Wash, peel and puree the cucumber and add one tablespoon of yogurt, and one tablespoon of oatmeal. Mix well until you get a smooth paste that you will smear on a clean face, in even layers. Allow for the mask to work for about 10 to 15 minutes, rinse it off with cool water and pat dry.

5) Strawberry, honey and lemon juice mask:

Strawberries and lemon juice contain natural ingredients which work in treating open pores and excessive oils. Thus, aid in preventing the acne outbreaks.

Ingredients:

6 fresh strawberries
3 tbsp honey
2 egg whites
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Method:

Mash the strawberries with a fork or toss them in a blender until they are pulpy. Add lemon juice, honey and egg whites, making sure to blend them well together with a whisk. Apply the mask to your face after having previously washed it, avoiding the eyes. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.

Do tell me if you try any of these remedies. Much love!

XOXO