MUA(Make Up Academy) Makeup Brushes Review

Hello Beautiful People!

Been a long time ever since I posted my last article and I kind of miss it. Life was so busy and lots of changes happened including my website but I am back now officially. For my come back post, I decide to write about my current favorite makeup brushes from the brand, Make Up Academy.

Introduction to the brand: 

Make Up Academy, widely known as MUA is a very affordable makeup brand that has hit the local market of Dubai recently. They are located in Outlet Mall and for details, you can contact them on Facebook. They have variety and wide collection of beauty products that can help one to create different and complete looks esp for beginners.

 

The day I came to know they were available locally, it was one of the happiest days of my life because as a beauty blogger all I want to do is test new products and for that the PRICE matters a lot. MUA carry a lot of new and latest products at a very affordable rate.

So here are some of the brushes that I received from them and after using them a LOT, I am ready to share my views.

 

MUA F6 angled brush, angled brush, contour brush, blush brush
MUA F6 angled brush

 

 

F6- an angled brush ideal for powder contouring.

 

 

 

F2 small stippling brush
F2 small stippling brush

 

F2- small stippling brush.

This is the first small stippling brush I own that I love using to highlight my cheek bones and apply blush

 

MUA E6
MUA E6

 

E6-This brush is ideal for coming the lashes and to separate clumpy lashes. Also good for taming brows.

 

 

MUA E3- blending brush
MUA E3- blending brush

E3- One of my favorite brushes to blend eyeshadows on my crease.

 

 

 

MUA E4
MUA E4

 

E4- My recent love, A brush perfect to line my lash line whether upper or lower and a cat wing liner’s best friend.

 

 

 

 

 

My Feedback: 

♥ affordable

♥ sturdy handles

♥ very soft bristles

♥ feels very soft on skin

♥picks up powder shades very well

♥ transfers a very pigmented shade on skin

♥ do not shed even after many washes

♥ do not stink at all

 

 

 

Disclaimer:

The products mentioned in this post were sent to me as PR package but all views and opinion shared is honest and based on experience after using them.

What’s In My Makeup Pouch

After all my serious product reviews, raising beauty related issues articles , I thought of giving a shot a light-hearted and fun post. I have spent few months of my life watching What’s in my Purse videos and remember having so much fun watching them. So I thought of doing one myself in a blog post form and of course a video related to this post will be up too shortly. But I thought of starting first with my makeup pouch then a separate post for ” What’s in my bag” 😀

So here is what you will find inside my makeup pouch

Givenchy-JaneIredaleI carry 2 makeup pouches in my purse and one mini brush holder. The first one I have is the Jane Iredale Makeup Pouch that came along with the starter kit Basharacare sent to me. Check the related post here. The second I have is the Givenchy makeup pouch which I received as a gift upon purchasing from Sephora. These two are my favorite makeup bags, awesome quality and very classy. The third is a mini brush holder that I used to hold my spooly and the pencil products I have.

what is in my makeup pouchProducts: Try clicking the names of the products to see the detailed review I did( if I did). Some I haven’t reviewed yet, so obviously it won’t be linkable.

  1. Urban Decay Naked Flush Palette. 

I carry it as it has a blush, bronzer and highlighter inside. Very compact as you have all three products in one place.

2. Jane Iredale Hydration Spray:

This spray has been so helpful and handy. Dubai’s weather will either cook your skin or melt it down. This spray is so refreshing at the same time so hydrating that going out of the house without this has become impossible.

3. L.A Girl Matte Pigment Gloss : Lately I have been obsessed with matte lippies and this brand has topped my list,so is the reason you will find this in my purse. I carry with me a nude shade , ready for times when I need to leave the house hurriedly without any makeup on, this lip product will just do its job when I am in the car.

4. Givenchy Mascara:

For some reasons I started liking this mascara for everyday use when I am in mood of having just a natural look. It is also ideal for touch ups if I’d need to or if I needed to do my makeup in the car and the size is so travel friendly and can be tossed easily from one bag to the other.

5. Essence Brow Mascara: This brow mascara is one brow product that I have reached to a lot lately and one of the most important as anytime my brows can deceive me and won’t be in place ,so I need this to put them back in shape. Can’t get enough of this. My eyebrows are so stubborn.

6. Sephora Makeup remover- My holy grail makeup remover esp for my eyes. I will definitely write a detailed review on this. Very much handy to be in purse if you would need to clean up some makeup mess on your beautiful face.

7. Jergens Hand cream- Who doesn’t need a handcream in the purse?

8. Evidence L’Eau De Parfum- Since it is the only travel sized perfume I own, it was the first to be in my purse. Not to mention the heavenly scent! It is just a wow.

9. Oil Control Film – If you have an oily skin, girl you need this.

10. Hand Sanitizer

11. Wet tissues

12. Some eyeliners and lip liners which is inside the mini brush kit.

13. Spooly for my brows

14. Random stuff as hair bands, bangles, scarf pins, Q-tips etc.

So these are all you will find in my makeup kit. I have one separate brush for my blush but I put that in my purse as it won’t fit in my pouches. Hope you guys enjoyed looking at the stuff inside my makeup purse. If you have a similar post to this, do tag me and I will check it out.

How To Use These Makeup Brushes For Face

makeupbrush-powderbrushI tried my best! Trust me. But these are the least that I can show :/ There were many in my collection. So, don’t be bored if the video has become really very long as I tried giving extra information and tips but due to time, I had to just omit some parts 😦 I hope this will help in any way.

Featuring in this video are all makeup brushes you will find in makeup brush sets, what they are used for and which ones worked for me.

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Powder Brush

Can be used for compact powders, loose powder, blush and bronzers.

Snapshot 3 (10-20-2015 10-12 PM)Kabuki Brushes

Ideal for Liquid foundations but can be used for powder and cake foundations too. Use them for your cream contouring and highlighting or for applying face powder, no restrictions 🙂

tpered brush-real techniqueTapered Brush

The one in the picture is by Real Technique. It is basically a contour brush but I use it to apply blush and highlighters. Amazing results.

Flat foundation brushFlat Foundation Brush:

These are flat foundation brush , if you want , you can try with it but I am not able to use it for foundation instead I use it to apply face mask, concealer & cream contour.

These are some of the brushes I mentioned in the video. To see the complete video, click here. Here is a suggestion for everyone, if you are a beginner, I suggest go for an affordable makeup brush sets, they are equally of good quality as high-end. Do not splurge on high-end, first try from the drugstore which ones suit you. Drugstore makeup brushes are also of extraordinary quality, they will give you the same result as any other brushes will. Never think that if you are using MAC , then only you will get flawless results because it is totally wrong. Achieving flawless makeup is by the technique and product you use not your brush. My makeup brushes are mostly from the Drugstore because I am very satisfied with them. No complains whatsoever , so check down below my suggestions.

  1. Bh Cosmetics Brush sets
  2. Coastal Scents Brush sets
  3. Morphe Brushes
  4. Real Techniques.

I also have bought some sets which is not of any well-known brand such as Make Up For You. If you get your hands on one of these sets, then use it! Regarding shedding of bristles even two of my Sigma brushes started shedding after my first wash. Moral of the story, go for affordable ones with good quality. The brands I mentioned above are the ones providing us with reliable quality brushes.

Where you can order the above if you live in UAE- Click here for my recommended online stores that can get them for you. OR check out the websites , http://www.girliestuffs.com and Glamazle.com

Note: Make sure to clean your brushes every week. This is how I clean.

REVIEW -Too Faced Le Grand Chateau |Holiday Collection

toofacedlegrandchateuiHoliday season and I am all up for holiday palettes! Every now and then I go to different beauty websites checking for the right holiday palette for moi. Most of the brands will be coming out with some amazing value holiday collections so you guys need to watch out for it. The first I got for myself is the Too Faced Le Grand Chateau.

Packaging:

Perfect!

toofaced holiday collection The Inside:

We get 3 different palettes with 6 eye shades and one blush in each. The palettes comes in a book like case which is very easy to handle. Inside is also everyone’s favorite the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

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Too faced tried giving us all that we need in these palettes, from matte to satin, shimmery to glittery. Name it and you get it. The packaging is really cute and I love the idea of separate palettes as it makes it really easy to carry and so ideal if you want to gift it to someone. It has this note space at the back where you can write the name of the person you want to give it too.

toofacedmakeupreviewThe mascara , I haven’t tried as yet, but it has been raved about by the beauty queens of YouTube so I hope you shouldn’t find it hard searching for its review. However I will put up my review as soon as I’m ready for it.

What I do not like is the pigmentation is not as good as what Too Faced usually offers to their buyers. I was expecting a lot more. I won’t say it has a very poor color pay off because that is not the case it all. Pigmentation is good and colors are so beautiful with eye shadow base but not as good as I expected from the brand. Special mention to the duo chrome shades which are in these paletts. Yoohoo! I’ll be popping swatches of these on my Instagram , so be there with me ❤

I would like to mention the blush in these palettes, I wish they had some darker ones too as  dark-skinned girls as myself can’t use it as blush. Well I’m not really dark but wheatish and still I can’t seem to use these for my cheeks.

Price: AED210 From Facebook Seller. (U.A.E residents)

Best Hair Mask – Prevent Hair Fall & Fast Hair Growth

Here you go girls, finally the secret hair mask that will stop hair fall and increase hair growth. Without further a do, let’s move on to the actual reason this post exists.

what you need:

  1. Egg- 1
  2. Plain Mayonnaise- 1tbsp
  3. Bowl

Increase the quantity if you think it is not enough for your hair.

Method:

  1. Mix both the ingredients in a bowl and beat well.
  2. Apply on head concentrating on scalp in circular motion.
  3. Massage for 5 to 7minutes.
  4. Tie up your hair.
  5. Leave it on for 30 minutes
  6. Rinse and shampoo

Note: It is advisable to do hot oiling before applying mask for better result. Check out the home-made oil I use due to which I have seen results in just first use. Apply mask twice or thrice a week.

Check out the video to check how I did it.

Best Oil for Hair Growth & Prevent Hair Fall

Disclaimer: While this oil is very effective and showed results, it might not be the case for everyone. But there is no harm in giving it a try.

This is my first port related to “Hair Care” and I thought it to be the best time to share with you all some of my favorite oils that I have used for myself as well as kids. Well, let’s include hubby dear too. I have years and years of relationship with these oils, I use them for different purposes but today is all about hair care so let’s get started. Women’s most common issue is hair fall specially after having kids and if you live in U.A.E, you’d know what I’m talking about. The water here is the main cause for hair fall. There may be other reasons for hair fall like stress, too much dandruff or inadequate attention towards hair ,we need to work on this as soon as possible or we will end up being bald. If not cured, it will just worsen. This is the reason people complain of less volume in hair. It’s a process, excessive hair fall leads to less hair! So I tried many oils but to be honest I become impatient after a month when I do not see obvious improvement. That’s the reason I keep experimenting and trying different oils.

Just so you know, I do not use any hair products such as hair spray, I do not use any kind of serums for ironing or curling (because I do not do them)The only products that I ever applied on my hair are shampoo, conditioner and hair oils. I have naturally thick, silky and soft hair but everything was ruined after I had baby. I had too much of hair fall and I didn’t attend to it immediately thinking it will be “fine” on its own. Don’t make this mistake.

So, finally I’m able to create my very own mixtures of oils that suited my hair because just after using it for one month only, I can see a difference. I’m not saying huge difference, but there is definitely one. I applied this daily on the first week, showered daily but applied shampoo only thrice a week but if I need to shampoo in between I use baby shampoo(by the way our family use baby shampoo hoping it has less chemicals). From the 2nd week on wards, I apply it on alternate days.

What you need:

  • Almond Oil- 80ml OR 1/3 cup (available at LULU)
  • Coconut Oil- 80ml OR 1/3 cup (Lulu & Carrefour)
  • Castor Oil- 1 tbsp    (Lulu & Carrefour)
  • Black Seed Oil- 1 tbsp   (Lulu & Carrefour)
  • Empty Bottle- Daiso
  • Measuring cup

The above info on where to buy the oils is for the residents of the UAE

Method:

Mix all 4 oils in one bottle and shake gently.

Note: Take equal portions of Almond and Coconut oil OR if you prefer, you can take more of coconut oil and lesser almond oil and adjust the rest of the measurement.

Just play around with the measurement according to what you think is your hair’s need. It is totally safe. Sometimes I take more coconut oil as it is my favorite for hair growth. 🙂

Watch the video to see how I do it.

Review- Glamgals Creme Matte Lipstick

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Glamgals Professional Creme Matte Lipstick

Ingredients:glamgalslipsticksingredient-review-lipstickreview-makeuptips-Shade: 105 Girly Purple- It has a total of 12 shades

Price: AED45

Pros:

  • it has SP15- ideal for the U.A.E weather where the sun has full potential of hurting your skin with its kiss :/ SPF will protect your lips from that.
  • contains Argan Oil
  • the box has complete information of the product like ingredients,expiry date, main elements etc.review-makeup-makeuptips-beautytips
  • affordable
  • very creamy
  • not drying
  • glides on lips smoothly
  • nourishes lips due to oils it contains
  • though the color is purple, it is so wearable and doesn’t at all look overwhelming
  • 12 shades to choose from

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Cons:

  • the packaging- I wish the lipstick bullet where the product is in, would have been of good material as Glamgals’ other products which has an awesome packaging.

Check out my earlier Glamgals Product reviews on their nail product and dual lip gloss that won my heart.

My final verdict:

As I have mentioned the Pros and Cons already, I wouldn’t be going to much of those details. I’m sure you might be wondering about the longevity of the lipstick. It is not long-lasting, which is very much okay with me because it doesn’t claim to be one. Not unless you are buying a long-lasting lip product, you shouldn’t expect one to be. Lipsticks always need touch ups that’s the reason I make sure I carry the lipstick shade I am wearing on a particular day, in my purse as I’d be needing it for touch ups sometime later during the day. So here you are getting extra makeup tips from me. 😛 However the Glamgals Creme Matte lipstick did last for hours till I had burger and french fries party 😛 You get so much of the product in the tube that make is so worth every penny and of course the quality which I already have raved about earlier.

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glamgalscrememattelipstick1For my lip swatches, check out my Instagram.