Summer Nail Trend

Ready to slip onto the sandals, and thinking to try a mani-pedi trend of this season. Here are some of the most popular everyday wearable summer nail trends.

I have collected these beautiful nail art pics and categorized these hot nail shades in four groups-

Neutral nails- Neutral shades including some soft pink, caramel, and light peachy shades are in trend now.

Shiny Nails- Shiny, metallic finish or little bit glittery will be perfect for a summer-glam look.

 Two-tone- Like the lip trend, two-tone shades are equally popular in nail trend.

 Black nails- Black nails are also quite in fashion.

Hope you will find your favourite cool shades for these hot months.

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A Clean Summer Face

Healthy skin should always feel smooth, soft, supple and properly moisturized. Even in the summer days, with all the heat, dust and tons of sunblock cremes can make our skin dull, tired and clogged the pores very easily. And especially in the summer, when we have so many outdoor activities, we have to stay outside for a longer time, we need to protect the skin in a more sensitive way.  Sunscreen is meant to be a barrier for the skin against the UV rays, but at the same time, sunscreens should not be the first and only skincare in our summer skincare routine. On the contrary, it should come last or just before applying the makeup. Sometimes, sunscreen can be applied as a daytime primer for face also. So, what should we include in our summer skincare that would make our skin well hydrated and also help to protect against the heat and UV rays?

Cleanser-

We need a gentle but effective cleanser in summer, which will make our skin clean and de-clogging the pores from makeup and stubborn sunscreens, while not making the skin super dry. We have several cleansing options, the gel cleanser, the foam cleanser, the creme cleanser, acne cleanser, makeup cleanser and all in one cleanser. I prefer the gel cleanser on a daily basis, and when I apply makeup I like to do double cleansing. At first, I use the makeup remover to get rid of all the makeup and then a gentle cleanser. Sometimes, I use a simple moisturized beauty bar to keep the cleansing routine simple. And when I feel my skin need some extra cleaning, I use the detoxifying cleanser like Indian mud cleanser or active charcoal cleanser.

Toner-

During warm weather months, a skin toner can come in handy to combat breakouts caused from sweat, sunblock, and dirt clogging our pores or a combo of all three. Our skin also tends to be more oily during sticky summer days, so toner is a step in the cleansing process that removes all the stuff left behind on your skin after washing, such as makeup, excess oils, impurities, dead skin cells, or even residue left from your cleanser. By wiping away all these pore-cloggers, you reduce acne and prevent future breakouts. Choosing the right toner for your skin is a vital step and the wrong toner will affect the ph balance of our skin. Toner for dry and combination skins are totally different from the toners for oily skin. So, we have to choose our toner according to our skin’s needs.

Exfoliating-

Exfoliation in the summer is a very needed skincare step. Whether it’s a scrub, clay mask or the chemical exfoliants, it’s very important to exfoliate our face at least twice a week. It will clean the clogged pores, it will remove the dead skins, it will help the blemish-prone skin and also works great to minimize the appearances of wrinkles.

Lactic Acid

Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), also considered as a chemical exfoliant. AHAs are acids derived from foods, and, as it turns out a type of acid that’s safe to apply to our skin. Regular and proper use of Lactic Acid serums can help your skin to reduce the appearance of aging, and they can be an especially good remedy against fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging from sun damage.

Peel-off Masks-

Though I am not a big fan of peel-off masks, in these hot and humid days I really can’t overlook all the benefits of these masks. Firstly, these masks are a type of physical exfoliant, which means they remove the top layer of skin to slough away dead skin cells. This makes skin feel smooth and looks glowy. Regular use of these masks actually helps to reduce the pore size and revealing firmer skin. Plus, by making peel-offs a part of your weekly routine, you may also begin to notice a reduced appearance of fine line and wrinkles.

Antioxidants-

Use of antioxidants helps our skin against the sun damage. Its anti-inflammatory results help to calm the skin and it also beneficial in skin firming and scars treating. Vitamin C, Retinol, Vitamin-E are some of the most popular and commonly used antioxidants in our skincare products.

Vitamin C-

A favorite among dermatologists, vitamin C is one of the most studied antioxidants available on the market. It has many skin benefits, it helps to boost collagen production of the skin, and make our skin brighter. It also helps to fade dark spots and therefore works as a tone corrector. I use vitamin C serum in my daily skincare, it is the first thing I apply after clean my face.

Eye creme-

Eye cremes should be used all year round, it is a basic skincare step that is needed to follow no matter what is the weather. It nurtures the most delicate part of our face, it prevents the fine lines around our eyes and also fades the visible appearance of dark circles.

Moisturizer-

Yes, we need a moisturizer even in the summer. A light and hydrating moisturizer is a must requirement in the summer skincare steps.

Nowadays, facial mists or hydrating sprays are very popular to keep the skin moist. Carry them in purses, and a spray a little when your skin feels a little dull, you will get the instant glowy skin.

Sunscreens-

I can’t give enough emphasis on sunscreens. We should use sunscreens even we are staying inside for most of the day.  It not only helps our skin from tanning but also helps the skin from the UV rays. SPF -30 is the minimum requirements for every day uses in the summer. And for the water activities, High SPF and water-resistant sunscreens are safe to use.

Other than this skincare regimen, we have to drink plenty of water in summer days. Exercising, cutting off the caffeine, adding melons and greens in our diet will also help our skin to be healthy from inside. In summary, proper cleansing, toning, weekly exfoliating, regular moisturizing and daily uses of sunscreen should be the key steps of skincare, and with that, we also need a little self-love.

Be Summer ready

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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