Origins Active Charcoal Mask

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Hello lovelies! Here’s the Origins Clear improvement active charcoal mask. I cannot recommend this mask enough. It’s really a God send! I have enlarged pores on my cheeks & chin. Girls who face similar problems know what a challenge it is to come across a product that really cleans out the pores to make your skin look poreless!

This baby will do just that. The dark grey gel like texture makes the application a breeze! It literally makes your skin look brighter, poreless and smooth without that dry tight feeling. I’m truly very impressed with this mask 😊👌🏼

Origins Charcoal mask

 

It’s a dark grey in colour and dries to a light grey and leaving dark spots or marks wherever you have dents or pores on your skin so you can actually see the size and number of your pores in all its glory! This retails in Sephora and the Origins website for $27 for a 100ml tube.

I apply this when I want to detox my face to a squeaky clean finish. I have been using this a lot lately because I have been applying a lot of makeup and you need to keep your skin clear of any trapped makeup from your pores. Hence adding this mask to my beauty regime has proved very helpful for my skin.

Have you used this mask? Please do let me know what you think of it. I would love to know your thoughts! 🙂 Xx

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Heavy Metal glitter eyeliner by Urban Decay

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Hello lovelies! Here we have the Urban Decay Heavy Metal eyeliner in ‘Midnignt cowboy’. Urban Decay glitter eyeliners are my go to eyeliners for a glittery eye look, although I usually end up using gold & silver most of the time. You can pair it with loose glitter for that amped up shiny look or you can use it on it’s own over any eyeshadow. Best part is that it’s already got a gluey formula so you don’t need glue separately. They have a range of awesome colours. A must have in every makeup lovers kit! 👍🏼

Midnight Cowboy by Urban Decay's Heavy Metal glitter Liners

 

Who has the time to mix glue and glitter and apply it with a seperate taklon eye brush? It’s just too much work and fussy! I adore the fact that it has a liquid liner’s applicator. You can control how much glitter you actually want on your eyes without going overboard. The heavy metal range retails in Sephora  and the Urban Decay website for $20.

(P.S. Apologies, I haven’t had a chance to take a picture whenever I have used this liner on my eyes but I shall make it a point to insert one soon!)

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Blue eye makeup using Accessorize Bejewelled eyeshadow palette!

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Hello lovelies!

Hope you’re all having a fab day so far! 😊  I mostly used the Huda beauty Rose gold palette & the Accessorize Bejewelled palette to achieve this look. And for those who didn’t know, Accessorize have some amazingly pigmented eyeshadow palettes. I currently own 3 and they’ve never let me know. Hope you like this look! 💙

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This look wasn’t inspired by anything in particular but this blue taupey colour in the Accessorize palette was so unique that I couldn’t wait to try it out so I just sat down on my makeup chair and just started blending and I was really pleased with how it all came together in the end 🙂

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FACE:

Foundation: Mix Makeup forever official HD foundation Y127 with Urban decay cosmetics All nighter foundation in 5.0. Cream contour: Smashbox cosmetics contour sticks. Setting powder: Soap and glory kickass powder. Powder contour : Nyx cosmetics contour palette. Blush: Benefit cosmetics Rockateur. Highlighter: @beccacosmetics Champagne pop.LIPS: Huda beauty Bombshell matte liquid lipstick.

LASHES:

Huda beauty Samantha

EYEBROWS:

Anastasia beverly hills Brow wiz medium brown.

EYES:

Apply ‘shy’ from the Huda beauty Rose gold palette in the crease, buff it out taking it slightly above the crease. Apply ‘sandlewood’ on the crease. Apply ‘Henna’ on the outer V mainly on the upper corner. Take the ‘light blue’ shade from the Accessorize Bejewelled palette (sorry there are no names for the shades in this palette) put it all over the lids. Apply the ‘dark blue’ shade over it. Buff the crease with a clean brush for a blended finish. Mix the ‘taupey blue’ shade with ‘dark blue’ and apply on the lower part of the lid till the lash line. Buff out any unblended edges.
Apply ‘henna’ on the lower lids and go over with ‘dark blue’. Blend. Apply any white highlighter on the tear ducts. Apply Urban decay cosmetics 24/7 glide on eye liner in Abyss on the waterline.

CONTACTS:

Olens Jenith natural gray

 

If you have suggestions or recommendations for future makeup looks please don’t hesitate to leave your comments! 🙂

XxX

 

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Smokey look using Zoeva’s Cocoa blend eyeshadow palette!

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Hello loves!

I achieved this makeup look using the Cocoablend palette by Zoeva. I was really looking forward to trying out this palette and I’m glad I finally got the chance.

This palette is very beautiful and the shades are so pigmented and velvety. blending was a dream with this palette so if you are planning to buy it then please go ahead, you will not be disappointed 🙂

 

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FACE:

Foundation: Urban Decay cosmetics All nighters foundation 5.0. Setting powder: Soap and glory Kickass powder. Bake under the eyes, forehead & bridge of nose with Nars Crystal translucent powder. Powder contour: Hoola by Benefit cosmetics. Bronzed skin with Natural collection cosmetics in the shade Suntint bronzer. Blusher: Rockateur by Benefit cosmetics.

EYES:

Cocoa blend palette by Zoeva cosmetics. Above crease: shade ‘substitute for love’ mixed with ‘Bitter start’. Darken crease with ‘Freshly toasted’ mixed and  ‘Substitute for love’. Darken lids with shade ‘Beans are white’. Blend crease and outer & inner corners with ‘Substitute for love’ to soften the darkness. Lighten brow bone with ‘Bitter start’.

LIPS:

Huda beauty lip contour & matte liquid lipstick in ‘Bombshell’.

LASHES:

‘Samantha’ by Huda beauty.

EYEBROWS:

Anastasia beverly hills Brow wiz dark brown.

CONTACTS:

Pure hazel by Bausch and Lomb.

 

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Hope you like it! Please let me know if you have any suggestions for future looks! 🙂

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In the pursuit of perfection..

Hello lovelies! Happy Thursday 😊

Hope everyone’s having a nice day so far. We are constantly trying to perfect ourselves in the pursuit of making everything perfect. But in the process we lose so much valuable time. Seize the moment and just do what you have to do. Don’t let those nagging & doubtful thoughts take over and ruin your momentum. Just go for it!

A step towards progress is far enriching than a step towards perfection 😊

 

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Tips for aspiring MUA’s & makeup lovers!

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Hey lovelies! How are you all? As some of you may know that I’m an ‘aspiring’ MUA, I refrain from calling myself a pro because I feel we’re all constantly learning all the time and everyone is different and unique in their own way so there’s always a thing or two we can learn from each other 🙂

I have complied a few tips that I hope will be useful for my fellow bloggers and MUA’s looking to improve their craft. Hope you all find it useful!

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1. Becoming a makeup artist can really take a toll on your pockets if you don’t already own a pro kit. Makeup is not cheap, especially professional makeup. But please do not stress about buying ALL the products recommended. There are ways around it. For example; brands like Graftobian, Cinema secrets and Kryolan have foundation palettes that cater to all skin tones! Invest in cream palettes than individual foundation bottles of different shades. It ends up being more cost effective and you learn how to colour match your clients too!

 

2. You don’t need ALL the eye and face brushes. I literally started out with 5 eye brushes and 5 face brushes. That’s it. Key is to gage on what you are comfortable with  and what results you want while applying makeup. For example, I usually use the fluffy Mac 217 which is a popular eye shadow brush to apply eyeshadow on the lids which means I hardly reach out for my flat eye shadow brush unless I’m doing precision work. So observe which brushes you tend to reach out for most and what feels comfortable in your hand.

 

3. I cannot stress this one enough. Practice, practice, practice on colour correcting! The biggest challenge I faced when I started out was getting that even flawless finish. (Read concealing dark circles, hyper pigmentation, scars, etc) I truly struggled until I learnt the art of colour correcting. Once you nail this bit, you’re already half way to getting a flawless foundation base every single time! 🙂 So take your time learning this part and invest in a cream based colour correcting palette that has the oranges, peaches and greens to get you started. NYX does a really good one!

 

4. Improvise on your style. Everyone has their own unique style and taste in makeup. However, being a makeup artist means you should be able to deliver the type of look that your client wants but steadily build your own name by creating a niche of your own in your area. For example, some brides want a very soft sheer look while some want a heavy bold cakey look. It’s all down to preference but if you do not enjoy applying cakey makeup then slowly advertise yourself as someone who is great at delivering a softer look. This comes with time and word of mouth but eventually be ready to say no to clients if  what they are asking for is not your style. If you are not passionate or happy with what you’re delivering then that will start reflecting on your work. In the beginning while you are still finding your place, observe what type of looks you love creating and what makes you happy.

 

5. There’s a new palette or primer or that perfect concealer that is launched every month! It can get very daunting if you are starting out and are faced with a decision about some new item that has just been launched! Popular Youtubers and beauty gurus are sent new makeup to review and if you follow them, it can get very annoying when you are trying to save up but instead you are being swayed to buy new makeup that will ‘totally change your makeup game’. Being a makeup lover I know how hard it is to resist myself from buying newly launched items from brands that I love but honestly speaking, if you can then spare yourself that sort of temptation because makeup is all about the application technique. You can get the same high end look by using similar drug store products!

 

6. This is the most important tip. Please do not feel upset and undervalued if you feel that you are not getting the attention and clientele that you deserve. If you are feeling that it’s not happening for you, I  promise you that it will. If makeup and beauty is your passion then do not give up on it. It is not easy making a name in the beauty or makeup industry and I speak from experience because I have struggled a lot myself. But slowly and surely I started to get noticed and people started asking me for my availability. I am not super popular or anything but I’m grateful for where I am. It didn’t come easy but eventually it did. That is only because I kept going and never gave up even on my lowest days…So I’ll say this once again; DON’T give up! Your time WILL come 🙂

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