Spring Look-Pink/Mauve

Here is a daytime spring look which I have created recently, inspired by this beautiful blooming season. Pink-purplish eye makeup with soft pink lip.

The products I have used are-

For the base-

Origins Ginzing moisturiser, Kopari Coconut-Rose spray, Lancôme Concealer, It Cosmetic Celebration foundation.

Eyes-

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Chocolate, Too Faced Chocolate Gold Pallet, L’Oréal Infallible black eye pencil, Lancôme Grandiose Mascara.

Blush- Laura Geller

Lips- Lipliner and lipstick, Bond Girl, Charlotte Tilbury

I used So Boure and Cocoa Truffle on the crease, then blend the colours. I have used Rollin In Dough on the brow bone. Then New Money-Livin Lavish on the center to the outer lid and lower lash line. Finishing the look with Dripping Diamonds on the corner of the eye.

Enjoy your Spring Days everyone.

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New Kylie Jenner Lip-kits

Tried for the first time and immediately fall in love with these KYLIE JENNER lip-kits. Each Lip Kit comes with a full-size Liquid Lipstick and a matching full-size Lip Liner. I got mine from Ulta.

I like pigmented lip colors, and these are super pigmented lip colors. The colors are true, long wearing and give the lips the ultimate all-day coverage. I don’t mind the matt looks, also they are not super dry for my lips. Once I moisturized my lips properly, I apply the lip liner first and then the lipstick. Both the formula give a creamy effect and really glide on the lips very smoothly, blends well too.

I got two shades- Dazzle from their new Velvet Liquid Lip collection and Head Over Heels from Matte Liquid Lip collection. Dazzle is a warm, terracotta orange shade and Head Over Heels is a beautiful plum shade.

Definitely, there are more gorgeous colors and formula to chose from KYLE COSMETICS. I am already making my future shopping list. What about you? Share your thoughts about KYLE Cosmetics.

STAY BEAUTIFUL

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SPRING PERFUMES

“I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright.”
— Millard Kaufman

I have found some fruity and floral scents at Ulta, which are great for spring and anytime.

JIMMY CHOO FEVER

Beautiful packaging, elegant, fun and worth trying. It has a playful floral scent, which can be addictive and sensual too.

MARC JACOBS DAISY LOVE SUNSHINE

Undeniably feminine with a youthful yet sophisticated composition, Daisy Love has creamy florally smell of petals from the Daisy tree mingle with the warmth of cashmere musk. It is one of my favorite.

ESCADA MIAMI BLOSSOM

If you want to experience some fun, fresh, fruity-citrusy perfume then try this one. It is ideal for spring to summer, reminds me of Miami Beaches and Pool Parties.

PHILOSOPHY AMAZING GRACE MAGNOLIA

This is a new scent with a beautiful composition of Magnolia, Musk, and Italian Bergamot. Available at Ulta, price- Eau de toilette spray fragrance 2oz., $50.

STAY  HAPPY AND FEEL BEAUTIFUL

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Lip Trend- Two-tone​ Lip Color

Like the Ombre hair color? and now try the Ombre lip color trend or two-toned lip color. The two-toned lip trend got it’s popularity a few years ago, and now it is back in the trend and it is being hugely used by the fashion designers, models, celebrities, and for everyday looks. Ombre lips are basically gradation of colors, same color but fading from dark to light from outer lip to the inner lip or vice versa. Sure, it seems like a tricky makeup trend, but surprisingly it is very easy to follow. And the looks will be totally different, if try with the pink-orange shades then the lip will look like the stains we get after eating a popsicle.

THE STEPS OF OMBRE OR TWO-TONED LIPS-

The first step is the color selection. To decide the colors, I like to pick one color that will be my main lip color. Then I choose a color that is either lighter than my base color or darker than my base color.  But it has to be similar in hue.

The main technique to do this lip trend is to use the gradient from outer most edge to the innermost part of the lips or even going horizontally across such that one corner of the mouth is lighter in color than the other corner.

The simplest form of ombre lips is to use the lighter shade on one lip and the darker shade on the other lip and then blending them in at the inner side of the lips. This technique is hugely popular on the runway shows.

Another technique of using the colors is to line the lips with a lip liner that is one shade darker than the base lipstick color.  First, use the dark shades little thicker on the corners and gradually making thinner to the curves of lips. Then apply the base lipstick to the lips leaving out the innermost part of the lips. Finally, use the lighter lipstick and top off with clear gloss to even it all out.

Many brands have already launched some beautiful shades of two-toned lipsticks. I have tried the Laneige Two-toned lipstick, I am really impressed, it is a glossy one, and it gives me a bright stained lip.

STAY BEAUTIFUL AND BE HAPPY.

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Bubble Mask

What is BUBBLE MASK? Bubble Mask is a kind of face mask, which anyone can easily apply at home. After cleaning the face, apply it and wait for 15 minutes to activate the mask and then rinse off ( depends on the individual mask’s instructions). It’s a new trend in the beauty industry. Originally, it’s a K- Beauty trend, which now gets immense popularity among many countries. Especially in the USA, from the luxury brand to the mainstream companies, all are producing different versions of Bubble Masks. Also, in social media, Bubble Mask has been claimed a must try beauty product.

How does it work on our skin?

Yes, definitely you will feel a little weird and also look crazy while using this mask, but in reality, it’s more than a trendy beauty gimmick. It actually works. I feel it works better than the sheet masks for my skin. Because, the Bubble Mask, more specifically the Bubbling, oxygenating masks actually rely on other ingredients to preserve their bubble action until the right time. When you open them up, the bubbles are unleashed into the air gets to work and in just 15 minutes the mask starts to detoxify, oxygenate and fight against pollutants and helps the skin to achieve that pore-less, brightening and purified feel.

The concept behind Bubble Mask is fairly simple: The bubbling and fizzing action is meant to infuse the skin with oxygen and help the mask’s ingredients penetrate. Experts say, good ol’ oxygen can help wounds heal by increasing circulation, which gets more cells where they need to go to help you recover. As we get older, our circulation decreases so oxygen can make up for that. And in the process, it can up your collagen production for plump, bouncy skin. 

I have seen many high-end brands as well as some drugstore brands who are producing Bubble Masks. Different bubble Masks for different targeted treatments, like Honey Bubble Mask for hydrating, Charcoal Bubble Mask for purifying the skin and so on. I like the fizzing effect on my skin, it’s kind of relaxing and I love the instant result. Try one today, it’s so much fun.

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Winter Hair Care

Like our skin, our hair also needs extra care in this winter season. Dryness, dullness, dandruff, frizziness, hair thinning, split ends and other many more hair problems can create unacceptable bad hair days. So, the time is here to winterize our hair routine. I like to keep my hair care simple yet effective.

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As a mom of two, hovering among many daily activities, I really struggle to follow a perfect winter hair care. Still, I try to protect my hair from the dryness. I like to oil my hair twice a week, mostly with organic coconut oil or almond oil and I like to use very little oil just enough to moisture my scalp and hair. Because the more oil I use, the more shampoo I would be needed to wash away the oil. To prevent hair falling and hair thinning I use a mixture of oils (Castor oil, Coconut oil, and Almond Oil) and use it at least once a week. Tea tree oil and Aloe vera gel are also beneficial for hair fall.

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And in the winter, it is best to use as little chemical as possible. Then, after the shampoo, I like to use a leave-in conditioner or Moroccan oil. Also, because of using hair color, I always use Sulphate and Paraben free shampoo.

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Shea butter or coconut based shampoo and oil-based conditioners are always good for dryness.

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Thick hair needs deep conditioning, once a week, hair mask is just fine and also I keep the conditioner away from my roots, again the less is good. For thin hair, the regular hair conditioner is enough, or the heavy conditioner can make the thin hair flat.

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I also reduce my blow dry time and rely upon the good old towel drying technique. I always use heat protectant product before using any hot tools for hair, like the dryer, straightener or curling wand. And after the hair styling, I use this amazing hair styling product which helps me with the frizziness.

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And for dandruff, I like to use a homemade hair pack, made with plain yogurt, lime juice, and honey.

Go natural and keep it moisturized- that’s my basic winter hair care mantra.

STAY WARM AND FEEL BEAUTIFUL

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Favorite​ LUXURY BEAUTY GIFT, PART-2​

Let’s start with my favorite luxury skincare products. We all need hand cream and L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE is one of the famous brands who create such luxurious hand creams.

This Holiday Hand Cream Trio set is for $29.

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This Delicate Cherry Blossom Treasures set is for $64.

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Next on skincare is Clarisonic Mia. This cleansing system has given my skin the ultimate smooth finish, great for all skin type and I have found this amazing gift set at Sephora for $199.

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Next one is a kit to recover the skin from the long-wear makeup’s. This skincare kit from Tacha is an ideal for any skin type. Available at Sephora for $64.

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Mask Heroes Face Savers-Dr. Jart,$36.

In this set, Dr. Jart brings together six of its bestselling face masks, including two cult-favorite Lover rubber masks. The Hydration Lover Rubber Mask is a targeted two-step rubber mask that facilitates the delivery of actives while providing cooling benefits.

This set contains:
– Hydration Lover Rubber Mask
– Firm Lover Rubber Mask
– Dermask Micro Jet Clearing Solution™ Mask
– Dermask Micro Jet Brightening Solution™ Mask
– Prescriptment Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask
– Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal Sheet Mask

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Now ’tis the season with some beautiful Holiday Pallets. Beautiful packaging, high pigments, bright and colorful, perfect gifts for Holiday.

Nars Ignited Eyeshadow Pallet, $59.

A limited-edition eyeshadow palette featuring 12 multidimensional shades in matte, shimmer, and glitter finishes for all skin tones.

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Pat McGrath Labs-Mothership V eyeshadow Pallet-$125.

A palette of 10 richly-pigmented shades and five next-generation formulas that come together to fashion your most fixating looks for luxury at your fingertips.

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Soft Glam Eyeshadow Pallet- Anastasia Beverly Hills, $42.

Every day to night palette with 14 shades, including essential mattes and glam shimmer finishes.

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Under The Christmas Tree Breakaway Face & Eye Set- Too Faced, $49.

A super festive beauty collection that includes three breakaway palettes for a total of 18 eyeshadows and three face products, plus a deluxe size Better Than Sex Mascara.

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Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette- Huda Beauty, $27.

A range of compact eyeshadow palettes, expertly curated by Huda herself, offering beauty lovers a complete day-to-night eye color wardrobe.

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Hope you all like my two parts of Luxury Beauty Gift ideas. Happy shopping everybody.

BE MERRY AND ENJOY THE HOLIDAY SEASON

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FAVORITE​ LUXURY BEAUTY GIFTS, PART-1

Who doesn’t like to get a little attention and being pampered in this holiday season? I know I do, and when there are so many luxurious beauty products are on display, who can resist not to buy them or gift them to closed ones. Every year, makeup and cosmetic brands launch their special editions, different product sets with a new look that also includes colorful holiday packaging. Great for gifting or just to keep them for yourself.

Here are my favorite luxury beauty products:

I got this amazing lip color set from Sephora, beautiful colors, perfect for medium skin tone. This set has five full-size lip color from Charlotte Tilbury, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Huda Beauty, Smashbox, and Bare Minerals along with nine deluxe lip products in multiple formulas, finishes, and shades. $47 at Sephora.

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This lip set from Charlotte Tilbury is great for stocking stuffers or perfect for yourself. It features two best selling shades in most beautiful packaging. $22 at Sephora.

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GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY-Holiday Lip Ornament, Nude Lip Set: $38
– 0.13 oz/ 3.9 mL Lip Magnet Liquid Lipstick in 508 Androgini (nude rose)
– 0.04 oz/ 1.2 mL Rouge D’Armani Matte Lipstick deluxe mini in 102 Androgino (antique rose). Lip Magnet 508 is the perfect nude blush, for ultra-matte lips with up to eight hours of wear for an on-the-go nude lip touch-up.

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Huda Beauty Contour and Strobe Lip Set- $25. A limited-edition gift set that makes it easy to create Huda’s signature contoured lip look. It contains the color Trophy Wife & Shameless—Perfect for a sophisticated, feminine look with the plummy, rose-toned shades of Trophy Wife combined with the rich pink and copper duo-chrome pigments of Shameless.

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PAT McGRATH LABS Lust Mini Matte trance Lipstick Trio- Colour Blitz, $25 – Obsessed, Full Panic and Elson. I bought it from Sephora, the lipsticks are richly-pigmented with a sensually creamy, powerful pigment that evokes glamour with every application. Beautifully packaged for holidays, ideal for gifting. This product is an Allure Best of Beauty Award winner.

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Next are the luxury fragrance sets-

The classic Chanel No.5 will be always my first preference. The now and forever fragrance. The ultimate in femininity. This set contains:-

3.4 oz/ 100 mL N°5 Eau de Parfum Spray
– 0.70 oz/ 20 mL Twist & Spray Refillable Spray. $172.

Then we have Miss Dior Bouquet Set- It is a limited edition set, scents are delicate and flowery. This set contains- 3.4oz/ 100mL Eau de Toilette. 0.33oz/ 10 mL Rechargeable Travel Spray Set . 0.16oz/ 5mL Mini Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet. $133.

Yves Saint Laurent-Mon Paris Gift Set is a new sparkling fragrance inspired by Paris, the city of intense love. This set contains:
– 3.0 oz/ Eau de Parfum Spray
– 0.33 oz/ 10 mL Eau de Parfum travel spray
– 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Body Lotion, $126.

Next is a travel set, Flowerbomb Travel Duo by Viktor & Rolf. $35.

This set contains:
– 0.25 oz/ 7.4 mL Eau de Parfum
– 0.5 oz/ 14.8 mL Eau de Parfum Refill
– Funnel

to be continued…

How to prep skin before applying makeup

We all know that makeup can create wonder to your skin and when you apply makeup with the right technique and with the right amount prepping, it can look flawless. There is no secret that a professional makeup job often looks so naturally gorgeous because of the preparation that goes onto the skin before applications. Now, this prepping can be time-consuming, if you want to pamper your skin with all the luxurious products and high-end brands, then absolutely you can do that. But when you are juggling time between your daily routine and beautifying yourself, then all you need is some simple steps to follow before applying your foundation. The absolute must skin preparing is needed to follow not just to look flawless but also this skin prepping is going to save your delicate skin from various products in a long run, thus, prepping your skin before you apply your makeup is vitally important. So, let’s jump into the must needed steps of skin prepping before applying makeup:

Cleanse:

Making sure your skin is optimally cleansed is the first step in achieving that flawless makeup complexions. Clean all the previous makeup residue, like a little smudge of eyeliner left on the eye corners, thoroughly clean the eyelashes as waterproof mascaras can be hard to remove and then clean the lipstick stains from lips.

Toning:

Toning is an important second step that completes the cleansing process, and a simple toning with a cotton is all you need to open up the pores and give your skin that natural fresh look. A good toner will remove any remaining bits of oil, dirt, and makeup left behind by the cleanser. More importantly, the toner will help to soothe, nourish and hydrate the skin while restoring its delicate pH balance.

Spraying rose water on all over face and neck will also make the skin well nourished and glowing.

Moisturise:

To achieve the dewy natural makeup look, moisturize your skin is a key step. I can’t put enough emphasis on how important is this step. No matter what your skin type is, oily or combination or dry, using skin appropriate moisturizer will definitely help you to achieve your desired makeup look.

Prime:

Finally, the last step in achieving the best makeup prep possible is by using a really great primer. Think of your face as a blank canvas, you cleanse it, make it nicely moisturized and then the primer will help your skin becomes so smooth, that any makeup you apply afterward will beautifully blend and give you the ultimate natural finish.

There are some extra care for your skin for that selfie-ready makeup-

Exfoliate:

Follow up your cleanse with a great exfoliator to really rid of excess build-up and clogged pores, leaving your complexion silky and refreshed. You do want to be careful to not over-exfoliate however, exfoliate your skin two times is enough to improve the skin texture and reduce the visibility of blackheads and whiteheads.

Eye creme and eye primer:

Eye creme is also a very essential part of your skin care routine and applying eye creme before the eye makeup will surely help to protect the sensitive eye area.

And there is no secret that eye primer is a must so that the eyeshadows can pop up beautifully.

Sun protection or SPF:

For a daytime makeup look, protect your skin from the harsh UV rays is highly recommended. Though, nowadays, SPF can be easily found in many makeup products, using those are also a great help for the skin.

Serums and Hydrating Mists:

The various kinds of serums are available for making the skin looks great. Sometimes I use them before the makeup and sometimes I skip this step. It basically depends on the condition of the skin and it varies from day to day.

The hydrating mist sprays are good options to put extra hydration in the skin to prevent the dryness. And with these steps, I want to wrap up my most favorite skin prepping steps before applying makeup. Hope this helps you to find your way to prep the skin.

And as always STAY GORGEOUS, HAPPY BLOGGING

K-BEAUTY From TARGET

Nowadays, K-Beauty aka South Korean beauty and skin care products are the well-known name among the worldwide beauty enthusiasts. K-beauty is all about natural ingredients to treat the skin and give the ultimate glow to the skin without any makeup. Target has introduced K-beauty products in their Glow Studio by the seasoned K-Beauty experts at Glow Recipe.

I tried the Glo Studio Hydrated Glow K-Beauty Routine Kit from Target. It is a trial kit size, 5.1 oz. for $13.79. It includes: the makeup melting Make P:rem Black Cleansing Water, the soothing Whamisa by Glow Recipe Green Tea Serum Toner, the hydrating Make P:rem Micro Tension Cream, and the innovative Make P:rem’s In-Shower Face Pack. The full-size products are available in the store and Target website. They have Glow Studio Youthful Glow K-Beauty Routine Kit – 3.8oz for the sensitive and mature skin and Glow Studio Oil Be Gone K-Beauty Routine Kit for oily skin type.

Let’s talk about the products now. I purchased the kit from my local Target store. And believe me, the products have delivered the results as they claim to be. Just after one use of these products, I got the glow like I just had a salon facial. I simply followed the steps as the box said, and instantly see the difference. My skin got super hydrated and insanely glowy. So, here comes the product descriptions and how to use them:

Step 1: This black cleansing water is a great cleanser, I used it in the morning. And it literally pulled all the oil around my t-zone and some makeup residue from my face. I will definitely buy the full size.

Sweep a cotton pad soaked in the Black Cleansing Water over the skin or hold a soaked cotton pad to areas in need of point makeup removal for 15-20 seconds to dissolve and sweep it away. Follow with regular skincare or a foaming cleanser for a more thorough cleanse. Use AM and PM.

Step 2: This serum toner is the first product in this routine that gives the actual glow to my skin. It’s very hydrating, it can be used alone to prep up the skin before applying makeup.

Dispense the Green Tea Serum Toner into palms and gently pat onto face. Repeat as needed for extra hydration. Use AM and PM.

Step 3: So, now comes the moisturizer, and it is a super hydrating moisturizer as I expected from the box. I think it is a great moisturizer for dry and dry combination skin type.

Warm a dime-sized amount of the Micro Tension Cream between palms and press into skin. Continue patting to ensure absorption and lock in hydration. Use AM and PM.

I am always in search of the in-shower products. It’s easy and time saving. Use the In-Shower Face Pack for a boost of hydration when skin is feeling extra dry and tired. After cleansing in the shower, spread a thin layer of the mask all over face like a moisturizing cream, avoiding eyes and mouth. Leave on for the duration of your shower (15~20 minutes), rinsing off before drying off. Follow up with your regular skincare after the shower. Use AM or PM, 1~3 times a week.

This skincare routine will be very useful in the dry winter days. And this trial size kit is definitely helpful to decide what product to buy. I will definitely purchase the Green Tea Serum Toner and the Cleansing water in full size. Hope you like my review on this K-Beauty skin care routine.

STAY BEAUTIFUL

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