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  • NO PRIME IS A CRIME

    “To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often”, is the policy I follow when it comes to primer. Makeup primer, a gel applied after moisturizer and before foundation, provides a smooth surface on which to apply makeup, and it can also help keep your makeup in place, which is especially important during humid summer months like we live in for most of the year.

    Priming is an essential step in any makeup routine. Not only is it great for your skin, but it is necessary in ensuring your makeup stays flawless from dawn till dusk. This barrier between your skin and your makeup protects you from clogged pores, helps minimize fine lines and acne scaring, and can even temporarily eliminate the appearance of dark spots.

    A Few benefits

    One of the main benefits of using a makeup primer is it seals your pores. Most makeup primers don’t really have anti-aging properties, though some may include anti-aging ingredients. While they don’t help fight acne, they do help conceal it better and more subtly than concealer, though I’d suggest still using that after you apply primer. Some others will be makeup stays on longer, reduce redness, smoother makeup application, light in weight, easy to apply, softens skin and the absolute best part about using a makeup primer is they work with any skin type, along with any skin color.

    My picks after using nearly 30 + primers these have stayed back in my vanity.

    1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – I placed it No. 1 is cause the primer game started with this magic potion. It comes in varied option but the original is a backup for a failed primer. A transparent primer gel that smoothes skin and blurs flaws. It was developed to help makeup look better and last longer on set. I know it has won many awards and called an Iconic primer. I have used the Pore minimizing, Radiance, and hydrating options as well.
    2. Stila One Step Corrector - This innovative, triple-swirled helix serum instantly color-corrects, brightens and covers skin imperfections for a flawless face with no fuss.
    3. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer – this replenishing face primer is your instant cure. It hydrates, smoothes and brightens skin for a dewy, healthy looking finish. My current staple.
    4. COVER FX Calming Primer - A soothing primer that helps reduce redness and soothes highly sensitive, inflamed, and irritated skin.
    5. Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer – Its not hyped for no reason, this Quickly minimizes the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin!
    6. Embryolisse Lait - Crème Concentre – A real beauty secret, favored by dermatologists for decades; A nourishing, multitasking moisturizer that primes, hydrates, and removes all traces of makeup.

    So don’t commit the crime lets prime.

     

  • How to clean your makeup brushes

    Are you guilty of neglecting your makeup brushes? Letting the powder and cream formulas build up on the bristles for weeks? Using more than one color without cleaning in-between? Well then you are a true make up junkie who is having the common dread of CLEANING THE BRUSHES.

    Washing your makeup brushes should be a regular part of your beauty routine. When you use your brushes, bits of makeup, oil, dirt, and even bacteria can get trapped in the bristles. So while it might seem basic, skipping this step can lead to clogged pores and pesky breakouts. Not to mention the fact that quality makeup brushes can be expensive. So learning how to properly clean them is one of the best ways to protect your investment.

    The first step to keeping your brushes clean is picking up a daily brush cleaner and spritzing it on your brushes after each use. Once a week, it’s time for a deep cleaning or Spa time for the brushes as I say it. Luckily, cleaning your makeup brushes is quick and easy with all the new inventions that brands are coming up with.

    All You will need:

    Step 1: Wet the bristles.
    Rinse the bristles under water. Avoid getting water above the handle of the brush, which can loosen the glue over time.

    Step 2: Gently massage in soap.
    Swipe your brush across your palm in a gentle brush cleanser my favorite is the Real Technique deep Cleansing Gel. If you have more than one brush to wash, set each one aside after soaping it up. If using your hands doesn’t feel thorough enough for your deep-cleaning desires, then no worries You can slip on the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove or set the Practk Palmat in your sink, both of which have an insane amount of rubby nubby patches to really wash away grime in the grooves of your brushes. The only drawback: You have to wash the matt and mitt after each use, too, to prevent bacteria accumulation. For the very soiled brushes or foundation brushes, I usually swirl the brush in a little olive oil and then use soap so it cleans the brush intensely.

    Step 3: Rinse again.
    Continue to massage the bristles while running them under the water until it runs completely clear. Avoid getting the handle wet.

    Step 4: Squeeze the water out.
    Gently press on the bristles with your fingers to release excess water. Don't tug too hard and Reshape the brush head.

    Step 5: Let it dry.
    Lay the brush or brushes flat overnight. Do not lay them on a towel—this can cause mildew. Instead, set the brush down on a counter, with the bristle part hanging over the edge. When the brushes are completely dry, fluff the bristles a bit. Your brushes are now ready to use.

    Apart from this another great way to clean the brush is using the StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Drier. It cleans and dries all makeup brush types in seconds, leaving brushes clean and ready to reuse straight away.

    Remember this Dirty brushes become more abrasive and dry as they become more caked with product and debris from your face. In turn, this irritates your skin. Cleaning your brushes regularly keeps them soft enough to not cause damage to your face. Dirty makeup brushes are also a breeding ground for bacteria.

     

  • Winter beauty trends

    Winter beauty trends are the opposite of no-makeup makeup: electric eyeshadow swept across the eyes, berry lipsticks smeared over lips, and metallic pigments.. but the takeaway is clear: This season have fun with beauty, and most importantly, stay true to yourself.

    For fall, there isn't one eyeshadow color trending above others. But there is one key texture—metallic, in shades of all shades. And we're not just talking about a dab around the eyes but a little silver swept under the eye, a little copper pressed on the center of the lid or swept across lids unapologetically, a beauty statement of strength that mirrors the girl power message - Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette or Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow fit this statement.

    Another trend very strong is the HALO look - Update the classic smoky black eye with a pop of red or gold. Adding the halo of colour over the centre of your lids is an easy way to make your eyes pop. So many new palette launches have that one odd color to add to the center of the eyelids. Try the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette to create the halo eyes.

    Eyeliner Interrupted - Black liner all the way around the eye can have a minimizing effect, but by adding a few centimeters of a pale pearlescent liner on the top and bottom lids, the eyes suddenly open up in an unexpected way. Even a lot of electric shades of liner has been spotted with pastel eyes, for eg lilac eye lids with electric pink liners this was my personal favorite and I have already turned my lip liners to eyeliners.

    If you're going to wear one lipstick color this fall, make it a deep shade of berry. Most youtubers and bloggers are spotted with their lips painted various shades of purple, burgundy, or blackened plum. A very good addition to this list will be Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick June Bug or you can pick up Glambry liquid lipstick Elanor.

    Straight And Sleek - Forget the bouncy blow-dry - pin-straight, high-shine hair is the new way to make an effort when it comes to your styling regime. We have seen KKW sporting it at all events. The plain shiny long tressels. And consider also the style's ponytail counterpart - slicked close to the head and worn arrow-straight down the back.

    Full, false lashes on your top lash line invariably make your eyes look larger and more awake. Try the Velour Mink Lashes they will last you upto 29 uses. While we at Lashes try to Get a drawn-on lower lashes by trying a waterproof, smudge-proof mascara made especially for your bottom eyelashes. Try the EYEKO Sport Waterproof Mascara or TheBalm Water Resistant Black Mascara

     

  • Eyebrows on Fleek

    Lets start with what is Fleek — means that something is on point, a word well known to makeup-lovers — is when eyebrows are perfectly groomed, filled, and shaped. In essence “brows on point" and "brows on fleek" are the same thing. Remember Eyebrows help shape, define and give your face character. Keep into consideration your eyebrows are sisters not twins; one may need a little more attention than the other.

    Filling in your eyebrows and shaping them can be quite difficult if you are a beginner, but Eyebrows on Fleek" has grown to become a makeup phenomenon. Here are some easy steps to follow and below some amazing products to help.

     

    1. Shape your brows - What you want to do is look at your brows closely and observe where your arch and tail is, and pluck away the excess hairs. Use a brush or a pencil to see where your eyebrows should start and end, and where the arch should go. Different eyebrow shapes can do different things to your face.
    2. Find the right color - Pick an eyebrow pencil that suits your skin color which is a shade close to that of your brows. Personally I always prefer a shade lighter so I can build on the color if needed.
    3. Outline your brows - Brush out your eyebrows with an eyebrow brush to create an outline to your desired shape. The Shape of your brows can depend on your face structure but here is a quick tip – take a pencil or brush and Line it up from the corner of your eye to the edge of your nose. The place where the instrument overlaps your brow is where it should begin. Mark the spot by making a dot there with a pencil. Then for the arch look straight in a mirror and The peak of your brow should fall near the outer side of your pupil and Lastly, the end of your brow should come to a point on the outer corner of your eye at a slight angle
    4. Fill in the brow – now that you have determined the shape you need to fill in the sparce areas of your brows. You should never fill them in one solid color, Start off light and gradually darken all the way to the tail ends of your brows.
    5. Clean up with concealer - Using a concealer that is a shade lighter than your skin tone, outline your eyebrows and blend the concealer out with a small brush. You can add more concealer bit by bit as you go along.

    My recommended products would have to be from Anastasia Beverly Hills since she is the queen of eyebrow, Browfood has some good range from Eyebrow enhancers to brow fillers to the best Gel Fix. A few celebrities to follow for the #EyebrowGameStrong Camilla Belle, Rita Ora, Shay Mitchell, Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins

     

  • Mother's Day Beauty - Glamazle.com's organic ranges

    Latest organic, vegan and cruelty-free makeup options from Glamazle.com

    1. Dr. Brandt Skincare MAGNETIGHT Age-Defier™ is an antiaging, iron-infused mask and magnet removal tool that work together to refine, purify, and brighten the look of skin. The MAGNETIGHT Age-Defier™ is a powerful mask that combats signs of aging and dramatically transforms the look of skin. Harnessing the power of attraction, the magnetic properties of the iron-based formula visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles and lift away impurities as they calm and illuminte dull, stressed skin. The face appears magnetically youthful, bright, and energized.
    Price: AED 399 for 90g

    2. The Farsali Rose Gold elixir is a day time moisturising, organic, nut-free and non-comedogenic oil made with acne-clearing rosehip and pumpkin seed oil, revitalising vitamin E, lemongrass and orange peel oil and beautifying and anti-aging pure 24K gold flakes. Its properties make it an anti-aging product that can be used to hydrate the face and lips and can be added to foundations for flawless, non-cakey texture. The oil can be added to dried products to refresh and add moisture safely.
    Price: AED 225 for 30 ml

    3. PediSpa Detox System Black Charcoal Intro Kit a simple 4-step kitted system to detox and rejuvenate your feet. Contains 4 oz of the Soak, Scrub, Mask, and Creme - the perfect introduction to the Pedi Spa Detox Collection. Black charcoal is a highly effective detoxifying ingredient. It works by behaving like a magnet, attracting and absorbing thousands of times its own weight in dirt, oil and impurities. Each particles has an incredibly porous surface area, allowing it to bind with many toxins and impurities.

    How to Use

    STEP 1 Soak: Pour approximately 14g / 0.5 oz of Soak per gallon of water. Allow feet to soak for 5-10 minutes before beginning foot care service.
    Step 2 Scrub: Stir contents before use. Apply 14 mL / 0.5 fl oz of Scrub to towel dried skin, smooth over foot and lower leg and gently massage into skin. For a softer exfoliation slightly dampen the skin or add water. Rinse in foot bath with soap and water.
    Step 3 Mask: Apply a thin coat (7 mL / 0.25 fl oz) of Mask to dry foot and ankle and wrap with a towel or plastic bag. After 5-10 minutes, immerse foot into bath and use a towel or scrub brush to remove mask.
    Step 4 Massage: Apply Crme generously (7mL / 0.25 fl oz) to feet and legs. Use your favorite massage technique. After massage is complete, remove any excess product with a warm damp towel.
    Price: AED 250

    4. Rediscover a beautiful, radiant complexion with La Valle Caviar Essence Day Cream. Formulated with nourishing Caviar extract and a luxurious combination of vitamins and complexes, this essential moisturizer increases your skin's firmness and elasticity. Skin regains its natural glow and suppleness. Recommended for Normal to dry maturing skin, the cream includes caviar essence golden spheres, with botanical complex of white lupin and alfalfa, red algae for anti-aging, water, nectapure for supple rejuvenation, and essential oils of lavender and lemon for color correction and tightening of the skin.
    Price: AED 989 for 50 ml

    5. Urban Veda Reviving Body Scrub supports healthy cell turnover with natural milled seed particles. Protect, pamper and preserve skin's natural moisture balance with moisturising Omega-rich bio-oils, enriched with gentle complexion-enhancing organic extracts and flower waters. Naturally formulated to Ayurvedic principles to embrace the therapeutic properties of plants, UrbanVeda Rose +8 botanics restorative flower water, essential fatty acid and antioxidant complex help support skin regeneration for all skin types.Support healthy cell turnover with naturally exfoliating volcanic Pumice and milled Peach seed powder. Protect, pamper and preserve skin's natural moisture balance with moisturising Rosehip, Arjuna and Evening Primrose, enriched with gentle complexion-enhancing Borage, Jasmine, organic Pomegranate juice and Rose Damask flower water.
    Price: AED 85

    6. StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Drier is a totally unique way to hygienically clean and dry makeup brushes in seconds.Uses centrifugal spin technology so that brushes are literally ready to re-use in seconds. No more messy basins or waiting hours for brushes to dry. Regular cleaning of makeup brushes is critical to avoid the build-up of bacteria, which can cause spots, skin abscesses, infections and cold sores. The beauty of the StylPro is that it's really simple to use. You just attach any makeup brush using one of eight collars, before dunking it for 10 seconds, spinning for another 10 seconds and then drying for five to 10 seconds. That's your makeup brush completely clean and dry in less time than it takes to choose a shade of lipstick!
    Price: AED 399

  • Review of the China Glaze Ghoulish Glow nail polish

    Being a director of a site retailing makeup and cosmetics comes with advantages and perks of enjoying new collection FREE. During a showcase meeting with China Glaze team I got to try some of their new collection, what really caught my attention was the history behind China Glaze and Ghoulish Glow.

    I was just never convinced with the brand name “CHINA” glaze but at the meeting the team explained it’s a 13year old American Brand containing China Clay as a nail hardener, the same material that gives porcelain its shiny finish. Since the Health Authorities don’t allow Clay in the name they named it China Glaze and has nothing to do with China. The brand caught my eye particularly for its staying power, its wide range of on-trend colors and its beautifully designed packaging.

    Enough said about the brand, lets talk about this glow in the dark polish. I know Halloween is few months away but this polish got all the attention it should get at home and office. I usually try these polishes for my niece who loves makeup and polishes and she is only 9. Tried it, went home, showed it to her and wow it did exactly what it says slightly scary but super fine.

    How to use it – I just applied 2 coats of the polish let it dry, held a flashlight over my nail for 30 seconds and voila it glowed for a while. Like all glow in the dark it needs to be charged with a little light. I think IMG_3603the glow is just fine. If it glowed constantly, it would be boring. Every now and then, when I walk into a darker area, they glow a little. Of course the curious person that I am wore it to a club and wow it glowed all evening and got a lot of compliments. It was so much fun when I actually convinced one of the guys in the office to try it and we all went into the dark stairways to see it glow.

    I did read reviews where people have complained about it being steeply priced and very milky in color. I used it on a black polish and it gave a nice muddy effect to the nails. I would buy it for 36AED and share it with friends since it wont be of much use to me alone.

    Next on list to try is the Gelaze collection.. Stay tuned to read more on it.

    So to get your nails on this and more amazing products from China Glaze, visit our website at Glamazle.com

    Keep glowing ladies!

     

  • Neutral Palettes how many one needs???

    As you all know I am kind of a makeup hoarder and what pops up is the number of neutral palettes I have, urban decay naked palette, urban decay naked 2 palette, urban decay basics, the balm nude tude palette, coastal scents revealed palette, Smashbox full Exposure Palette and very recently the Lorac Unzipped Palette. Below is my opinion of what suits me best and incase they all got stolen which one I would rebuy.

    I have read a lot of blogs where they have mentioned Coastal Scents Revealed palette is a dupe to the naked palettes, which I would somewhat agree to but not in quality ofcourse. 17 out of the 20 eyeshadows can make up the 2 palettes, so if you are not looking to splurge on 2 palettes you can get away with a much cheaper option. The eyeshadows are pigmented but for me sometimes blending is an issue and they look like blobs on eyelids. The plus side is they don’t contain glitter like the naked palettes which helps me purely since I have very oily eyelids.revealed1

    The Balm nude tude palette was sent to me as a sample from the balm cosmetics team, I fell in love as soon I opened it. It sits in my office and I usually use it to touch up makeup for my evening outings straight after work. This palette is similar in size to Urban Decay’s Naked Eyeshadow Palette, and the theme of nudes/neutrals is similar, but there isn’t much overlap in the shades themselves. Overall, the quality is high and consistent with theBalm’s eyeshadow formula, however the shade silly was super glittery and I had issues of fall out.balmnudetude

    Urban Decay Naked Basics is my travel buddy, I love the smaller/thinner size, and it has mostly matte shades with one beautiful highlight shade (Venus). The rest of the colors are the basic ones that every one needs. The colors are saturated but buildable. This is my second purchase as it is used by my sister as well. The Swatches is below.
    naked basic swatch

    Smashbox Full Exposure palette, I have a personal incline to this brand as I started experimenting makeup with it a decade back. I loved their cream eyeliner, brow highlighter fullexposurewhich I used as basic shadow on daily basis. So it was only obvious for me to buy their signature palette as soon as it was released. This 14-color beauty will meet all your neutral needs; what I like about it is that half of the colors are matte and half are shimmer. I am not a fan of the shimmer but these are chunky shimmer and perfect for a clubbing night. One needs to apply with caution and watch for floaters. I wouldn't repurchase this palette only because I find myself reaching for the matte shades mainly.

    Lorac Unzipped my latest addition, I picked up one of the damaged units that arrived, 2 of the shades were broken but that wouldn’t stop me from using this beautiful palette. Lorac specializes in amazing shadow palettes, and this one is no exception. You get a collection of 10 stunning shadows with shimmers, satins & mattes to please everyone (and a mini Behind the Scenes Eye Primer). This palette is perfect for a simpler Neutral Eye and perfect to create a beautiful wedding look. I have seen some youtube tutorials and was tempted to get it. The pigmentation of these shadows is wonderful. The shades inside are rosey/warm bronzey tones that just work together beautifully.

    Finally, which I would rebuy - Naked Basics and Lorac Unzipped. These would solve my neutral warm look requirement.

    My opinion is, if the eyes are the window to the soul, why not make that window as pretty as possible?

    nakedbasicandunzipped

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