Hah!! Finally got to do awards related post after ages. Sorry guys for the delay. It might have taken 2 months for me to post but I did!! It’s always great to be nominated for different awards as I feel appreciated, noticed and this is a way to interact with fellow blogger and help each other.
So Lindsay nominated me for two awards and Mirror the love nominated me for one but I decided to merge both the awards as they are the same ad I feel so happy that through these awards, I discovered two more amazing blogs that I can go to during my coffee time. Interesting stuff to read and fabulous pictures. You guys should check them out. Go ,go go. 😀
Award #1The Premio Dardos Award
The rules are:
Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.
Pass the award on to other bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated.
Award #2 The Beauty Blogger Award
1) State the name of the blogger that nominated you.
2) Answer the questions you were given.
3) Nominate 10 people whose blog is about beauty or fashion.
4) Make 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
5) Let the bloggers know that you nominated them.
Lindsay’s Questions for me and my answers 😀
How long does it take to do your makeup on a regular day?
15 to 20 minutes if simple eye makeup, no contouring and correcting.
2.Smokey eye or natural for a special event?
Smokey all the way…<3
3.What brand of makeup brushes do you prefer?
BH Cosmetics, Good quality at affordable price.
4. Do you ever go makeup free?
Yes, many times. In fact most of the time.
5. What is one makeup product you wish companies would improve and why (nail polish, lipstick, blush, etc.)?
Many to mention. Not really improve but stop bringing to the market like lip concealer, lip primer, eye primer, I feel they are not really necessary. Bronzer and powder contouring products should be the same and not separate, why make people spend unnecessary and on top of that makeup became confusing due to this.
6. How old were you when you started wearing makeup?
I was 25, eyeliner and lipstick only. I started wearing full makeup at the age of 28.
7. What’s your best tip for perfect eyeshadow blending?
Get the right blending brush, blend till your fingers hurt but not eyes. 😛
8.What brand of foundation is the best?
Many. But my favorite foundation has been my Karaja pore minimiser ,so for me it is the best. Otherwise Loreal and Maybelline has some really good foundation.
9. Who is your makeup idol?
I look up to Nikki tutorials on Youtube. I would want to be able to do makeup like she does.
10. What’s your favorite mascara brand?
Loreal, Burjouis and essence.
Mirror the Love’s Questions for me and my answers 😀
Any blogging regrets?- None
Biggest beauty trend regret?- Lip enhancers
One product you think everyone should have?- Moisturiser
If you were creating your own beauty line, what would you call it?- “Native”
Have you ever had a beauty “disaster” while doing someone else’s make-up?- I still need more faces to be able to do some disaster. hahaha
Bold eyes, bold lips or both?- I can go with both. Not following rules really, just depends on occasion.
What has been your biggest life lesson so far? (taken from a question asked to me!)- Attend to yourself first before others, this way you are fit to attend to others then.
Favourite music video make-up?- None
What is your favourite make-up remover?- Bioderma
What is one product you just can’t get the hang of? Or if that’s not applicable, that you cannot stand to use?- False Eyelashes. Somebody teach me the easiest way please!!! GRrrr
I nominate the following bloggers because they are amazing and would want to hear more of them. ❤
Finally we are here today for the last segment of the Makeup Series for Beginners and I had a step by step post on how to apply makeup a month ago and split it up into different segments. Foundation Routine, Eye Routine and today we have the Lips Routine.
You will find below how I apply my lipstick/lip gloss and what steps I follow when preparing my lips for that.
Steps in order:
Exfoliate lips- Make it a habit to exfoliate your lips. Lipstick makes dry and chapped lips more visible hence to avoid that, exfoliate regularly. While there are many lip exfoliators/scrubs available in the market, I use my very own home-made lip scrub. Do you want to make your own too? Click the picture to know how.
2. Condition Lips- Always condition your lips. Keep it hydrated all the time to avoid gross flaky dry skin. There are plenty of lip conditioners and balms in the market and one very reasonable option for that is Vaseline also known as Petroleum Jelly. You do not have to spend a fortune on lip balms. You can find it in all price range. My favorite lip balm at the moment is from Utama Spice. click the picture below to know why.
3.Line lips- Lining my lips is very important for me. By doing this, I am giving my lips a more defined shape and outline at the same time prevents lipstick from smearing around lips. Make this a habit and always include in your makeup routine. Use lip liner that matches your lipstick shade ,if not the closest.
Lip liner suggestions: Get any lip liner from drugstore to high-end, it doesn’t really matter as they perform the same way. I have from NYX, Essence, NARS, Misslyn etc.
4. Apply lipstick / lip gloss- Last step is to apply your desired lipstick or lip gloss. Lip products come either with matte or glossy finish. It is totally on you which you prefer. Nowadays I am more into matte lipsticks as I find them more long-lasting and they hold on to your lips very well that they don’t smear all over. I like the look of matte more but occasionally I love wearing my glossy lipsticks too if I go for light eye makeup , I like keeping my lipstick dark and shiny then. The same way, Lip glosses nowadays have come in matte formula and is very much “in” and are commonly known as Lip cremes. L.A Girl matte lip pigments are my favorites. Click the picture to know why. While lip cremes are ruling over the beauty world currently, one cannot resist the charm of lip gloss. The touch of that shine is what a girl needs most of the time. So always experiment and understand what you like. As I mentioned earlier, there is no rules to makeup. You can even give your glossy lips a touch of matte by following this method.
Lipstick/lipgloss suggestions: NYX, Maybelline have very good options of lip products both matte and glossy , however you can find equally good in other brands like L.A Girl, Sleek, Mikyaji, Givenchy, Anastasia Beverly Hills etc.
You just need to explore the market and do not hesitate to try to experiment on new products as you will find hidden gems there. ❤
Other lip products such as lip primer and lip concealer are very unnecessary in my point of view. Apply your lip liner all over lips , it will act as base for your lipstick and will cover your lips’ natural pigmentation acting as lip concealer. Continue reading “Makeup Series- Lips Routine for Beginners”→
Hope you all are taking care of your skin,very well very well . Makeup isn’t everything we need to look beautiful. What matters is the “thing” under your makeup and that is your skin, that needs a lot of care specially when you get older. As bad as “older” sounds, let’s face it as it is reality. Once we hit 25years of our ages, we need to pay more attention to our skin and start using anti-aging products. As we grow older, our skin becomes drier as it stops producing necessary properties that maintains youthful glow hence leaving our skin with wrinkles and unwanted spots.
In my case, I started anti-aging products a the age of 32 and I sometimes feel bad for having started it really late but “late is better than nothing” , right? Since then I have tried different products , there have been hits and misses but something makes me wonder, that is the products that work for me do not last longer. I feel like they do their job better for 1.5 to 2 months at most then later it just stops giving me results. That’s the reason my hunt for skincare products keep going and I have embraced the fact that my skin responds to certain product for maximum of two months and not more than that. So it is very much natural if you find yourself in the same position as mine and not freak out. Anyway ,this was just a random thought I wanted to share. Moving on to the purpose of this post, as promised, I will be coming with different skincare solutions for all your problems and today I have another one.
B Natural Organics is a Botanically Active Skin Care company that provide you with natural healthy skin care line that is free of artificial colors, synthetic fragrances and harmful preservatives.
Today I have for you , the Anti Aging Collection.
They were so kind and generous to send me one of their best line to try and share with you all and I received them in a very cute box, very well packed with two booklets containing information about their company and the details of the products sent. It makes me feel really good to receive PR samples in a very good condition, properly packed with all information. First impression is the last impression ,as people say and it is true. So this brand won my heart the moment I saw what I received.
What the kit contains:
1. Bio-Active Cleansing Treatment
2. Daily Botanical Enzyme peel
3. Niacin Complex Balancing Mist
4. Sea Kelp Moisturizer
The above are the four products you need mainly but with those you get 3 other products listed below.
5. Aloe Leaf Body Lotion
6. Mother of Pearl Facial Scrub
7. Pomegranate Facial Scrub
So they provide you with a complete range of anti-aging products you need in one kit. The best part is, if you do not want to spend a lot yet on something you haven’t tried before, they have a “Trial Kit” for you which are sample sizes as you see in picture. The quantity is good enough and will last for 3 to 4 weeks depending on usage. The trial kit is for $25. You get 7 Organic anti-aging products good for 1 month which in my opinion is a great deal. The full-sized kit costs $85 which I feel will be too much for those who haven’t tried their products yet considering the fact that it will be their first time using it. So I suggest get yourself the trial pack first , try it and I’m sure you will opt for the full-sized one. Please note the full-sized kit contains 1 to 4 products plus one eye cream. Please check here for details.
What they say:This anti-aging cleansing treatment utilizes aspen bark enzymes to microscopically exfoliate the skin. This process stimulates collagen and elastin proliferation to plump and tighten skin. Pomegranate and blueberry juice provide intensive anti-oxidants while vitamins and extracts nourish and protect the skin with every cleansing. Made in a pure aloe vera juice base to add a rich supply of amino acids to help combat the signs of aging. Your skin will be left clean, stimulated and radiant. The anti-aging and nutritional benefits of this cleanser are accumulative.
What I say:It is one of the best cleansers I have used. There are very products that gives you instant results and this is one of them. It has transparent thin liquid inside which forms lather when rubbed onto hands ,making application very easy. Skin feel very smooth, fresh and cold after rinsing. The softness of our not-so-old yet not-so-young skin is restored which is the best part. However, you will feel your skin tightened and stretched which is okay as the product is doing its work.
How to apply: Massage the product onto skin in circular motion for at least a minute(face & neck) ,rinse with tap water.
What they say:Botanical Enzymes have been called the most important skin care agents of the decade. The active enzyme used in our Daily Botanical Enzyme Peel loosens dead cells from the skin’s surface by dissolving stubborn glue-like substances that refuse to release dead skin cells through normal cleansing. These cells create a barrier for proper absorption of moisturizers and serums, so getting rid of these dead cells means that fresher cells are exposed resulting in optimal absorption of products.
What I say: This enzyme peel increases the production of collagen that diminishes the appearance of fine lines and removes all stubborn impurities.As such I do not see any difference physically but definitely feel a little burning sensation.
How to apply: Apply all over face using cotton pads , just the way you apply face toner. It feels a bit tingly at first. This has to be applied once a week until the tingling sensation becomes bearable, then you can increase the use gradually. At first, your face will become reddish ,do not freak out as this means the product is doing its work.
What they say: This balancing mist is a powerhouse of nutrients, alpha lipoic acid, and DMAE to tighten, nourish, and protect the skin. Our liposome delivery system imparts vital nutrients as it adjusts skin to optimal pH levels for complete nutritional absorption. Made in pure aloe vera juice, adding a rich supply of amino acids to help combat the signs of aging. This mist is a nutritional treatment in itself..
What I say: This comes in a spray bottle which has to be applied right after the Enzyme peel. On days you do not use the enzyme peel, still this has to be applied as it is one of the key steps of this whole routine. After this is sprayed, the burning sensation due to enzyme peel will increase a bit and there will be more redness but this redness won’t be there longer. Hardly lasts for 5mins then skin color is back to normal. This feels so refreshing that I use this on and off during the day to hydrate my skin. Not sure if it’s fine to use it in such a way, but I did as it feels really nourishing.
What they say: We have incorporated intensive amounts of antioxidants, proteins, vitamins, allantoin, and red raspberry seed (offering one of the highest anti-oxidant profiles for natural sun protection). While our fruit extracts offer natural glycolic and lactic acid and our sea kelp offers protection from environmental toxins. Our preservation system is aspen bark extract, which is loaded with salycilates for intensive anti aging results. From the depth of your pores to your skin’s surface, our anti-aging cream will repair, nourish and protect your skin, while restoring the natural glow of young, healthy skin. Specially formulated without the use of waxes to provide deep absorption for optimal results.
What I say: The moisturizerfeels a bit greasy and uncomfortably suffocating on the skin when applied. But then eventually I learned and found a way how to adjust it with time. When applying , massage it gently till it is absorbed by skin and see the magic. Skin feels very soft, non-greasy and very nourished. Now it has become my favorite moisturizer.
Watch out for the review of Aloe Leaf Body Lotion, Mother of Pearl Facial Scrub and Pomegranate Facial Scrub shortly.
Please note, all products mentioned in this post was sent to me by Be Natural Organic for reviewing and all views and opinions expressed are solely mine and not at all monitored or paid by the company.
I really like talking about my favorite products, be it old or new, if I like them, I will let you all know. If you follow me on Instagram, you must have seen how I talked about my obsession with Sleek Makeup Blushes. I won’t bore you with so much of details as probably you all know about this already but at the same time will try to convey my message in a very brief manner.
Brand: Sleek Makeup
List of Products’ Shades:
Blush Palette 1
Name: Pink Sprint
Swatch: Left to Right- Pink Parfait, Pink Ice, Pinktini
Longevity: 3/5 2 marks deducted because Pinktini does’t last long but the other two are perfect.
Blush Palette 2
Swatch: Left to Right- Furnace, Bonfire, Molten
Colors: 4/5 1 mark deducted as I feel Molten and Furnace are both shimmery, I think one of them should be matte finish as the colors are similar.
Longevity: 4/5 the shimmery ones lasts a little less than expected. But no big deal.
Blush Palette 3
Swatch: Left to Right- Turbinado, Muscovado, Demerara
Colors: 3/5 2 marks deducted as Turbinado and Furnace from Palette 2 are very similar.
Conclusion: I love these palettes for all of the above reasons, the marks deducted is totally forgivable, everything is perfect including the price.
Hey hey hey!!! Giveaway number 3 is up already. Took me a while to gather stuff for the giveaways I am going to have. I’m so excited for this as I have chosen most of my favorite products to share with you all. All items are bought by me with lots of love and I really wish you all will like it.
So there will be 2 boxes with at least 10 makeup products that I will giveaway to one lucky winner. This is an international giveaway so do not worry at all as it doesn’t matter which part of the world you are. ❤ Yayy!
So here is what you get in box #1:
e.l.f cream eyeliner in Punk Purple e.l.f matte lip color in Rich Red e.l.f duo eyeshadow e.l.f Brightening eye Color in Luxe e.l.f Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal Valcena Paris Natural Absolute Day Cream-opened hygienically for one time trial purpose Valcena Paris Action Jeunesse . Click here to check the review for these amazing products. Glambox Foundation brush Avon Glow powder eyeshadow in Rivera Blue Avon Roll-on antiperspirant Quick Makeup Stickies Stencils . Click here for the review on this one. ❤
How to enter:
Go to my Facebook page and follow the giveaway post there for the rules and if you have come back here and commented, you earned one entry already. 🙂
For additional entries, go to my Youtube channel, susbcribe , give a thumbs up to this video and you earn 2 entries for this. 😉
After my bad experience and frustration with my previous subscription with Glambox, I was in a hunt for other sub boxes that ship internationally and was so lucky to find Kuwaii Box that not only ships worldwide but ships them for FREE!! Isn’t that amazing? I found other boxes too but the temptations of the products in Kuwaii website was just too much. They are so full of cuteness that I feel like a kid again. I really don’t want to keep you guys waiting so let’s just move on to what I received. Scroll down for the video where I showed each and every stuff.
Kuwaii Box is a subscription Box you will receive from Japan and Korea. They have different super affordable subscription plans to offer to their subscribers and I suggest you check them out here.
I received a total of 11 items in the box and some cards and flyers.
So, like many subscription boxes out there, they have 1 welcome card with list of items they sent printed at the back.
I also received flyers with the following info:
Share your Kuwaii Box & Win a Kuwaii Megabox worth over $100. – So use#KUWAIIBOX and share on all social media they are pretty much everywhere.
Japan Candy Box- This is another subscription box full of sweets and snacks that you can subscribe to and ships for free worldwide.
3. Blippo Kuwaii Shop- This flyer offers you 10% discount code you can use when shopping from http://www.blippo.com
4. Welcome Card and Items List
Kawaii Neko Plush
Tin Dinosaur Pencil Case
Macaron Ink Pen
Cloud Memory Letter Set- Check out this video below to see what are the colors of envelopes I got. ❤
Korean Deco Tape
Popsicle Squishy Charm
Mini animal Spray Bottle
Alpaca Tin Case
Puffy Paradise Stickers
Naru Naru Gumi Numi DIY Candy Kit
Polka Dots Shoe Laces
So here are all the items I received in my August Box , hope you enjoyed looking at them as I did and my daughter is the happiest to own all of them except for the mini spray which I am keeping for my makeup use. So if you are someone , who loves subscription boxes and are interested in little cute things then definitely go for Kuwaii box. It is even very good as surprise gifts and very affordable.
I know ,this is a very old product and I am too late to review and swatch as probably all of you must have owned this already ,if not ,at least are aware of this product. But I just had to bring it out once again as “Strobing” is so much in nowadays. With strobing conquering the whole beauty world, how can I just ignore a highlighter? So I decided to bring to you different highlighters that I already own and plan to own shortly 😛 and review them. For today, I have the Urban Decay Naked Flushed in the shade Streak.
The box looks like any Urban Decay makeup product. That is their signature look probably, you don’t even need to read and you will just know it is from Urban Decay. The back of the box mentions everything about the product in the palette one in English and one in another language.
These are the sides of the box where you will find all the necessary details such as ingredients , location etc. Nothing new or special with the ingredients, they are pretty much the same as any other bronzer,blush or highlighter.
The palette consists of powdered bronzer, highlighter and blush. The bronzer is brown with a bit of orangish undertone. Highlighter is sort of pinkish which I think is just perfect for any skin tone. The blush is a very beautiful peachy shade. The colors are no doubt, very pigmented but …so here comes the “but” ! They are too powdery, though they feel very soft, velvety and creamy. When I swipe my brush on the palette, I can see a lot of powder accumulating on the sides which is a total turn off for me considering the worth of the product. It is a high-end brand, people, for the amount we pay , I at least expect perfection. I use my Sleek Blush palettes a lot and those palettes never had any kind of fall outs. Sleek palettes cost around AED65 here in UAE and UD Naked Flushed AED235(approx). With this price difference, I have the right to demand a lot!
I will link Check out the video to view a live swatch of this palette so you can see for yourself.
Longevity: UD Naked Flushed Blush longer but the highlighter and bronzer is
***This product was sent to me by Ebeautique for review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are totally mine and by no means not PAID.