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March 30, 2016

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit

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I am in love with these Glow Kits (click here to buy). These are sold at Sephora, ABH website and wherever ABH is sold. They retail for $40 (USD) for each kit and come in two different editions, GLEAM and THAT GLOW. GLEAM appears to be more cool toned and THAT GLOW, warmer tones.

Initially, I thought they were a bit pricey, but now I think that they are well worth the money. The pans are bigger than I had expected. Each pan has 0.26 oz of product compared to their individual highlighters which are $28 for 0.32 oz of product. You’re basically paying $10 for a full sized highlighter. These are the descriptions of each shade as per Anastasia Beverly Hills website:

Sunburst – Bright, luminous gold with a metallic finish

Golden Bronze – Sultry, warm bronze with a gold-flecked finish

Bubbly – Rose champagne with a pearlescent finish

Dripping in Gold – Lavish gold with a vivid, reflective finish

The THAT GLOW kit in my opinion, is the better option of the two kits because they offer a wider range of colors from an opal to bronze to champagne to a true gold.

For a Makeup Artist, this is really a great deal especially when you compare it to similar highlighters like Becca Cosmetics which are $38 for 0.25 oz of product. Clearly, this is a steal.

Here are the swatches on my skin tone (NC44-45):

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PROS:

  • More product for your buck
  • MUA friendly
  • Highly pigmented
  • Wide range of colors
  • The consistency is smooth and not chalky
  • Works with almost any skin tone
  • Easy to carry around
  • Packing is really impressive

CONS:

  • Individual pans are not sold separately, so if you run out of one you may have to buy another kit
  • Bubbly and Dripping Gold can look relatively similar (although they are not)
  • May not be as affordable as getting their individual highlighters (So Hollywood, Rivera…)

If you’ve tried out this kit, or would like to, comment below.

Love,

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February 20, 2016

REVIEW: (Kaepop) Colourpop x Karrueche Collection

Karrueche and Colourpop teamed up to for this collab of Super shock shadows (eye shadows), Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks, Blushes and Highlights or Super Shock Cheeks as Colourpop calls them. The collection launched on the Colourpop website (click here) on February 4th and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. Colourpop has been one of the few brands that though, haven’t been in the industry for as long as MAC and other brands, have gained my trust in the quality and affordability of their products. They are also one of the few companies that display swatches on ALL skin tones, and have proven to be the most true to color. I love Colourpop and I love Karrueche so it seemed obvious that I should get my hands on the collection.

  1. Super Shock Shadows (eye shadows)

There are four shadows in the collection, Wilshire (Mid tone warm peachy beige in a Matte Finish); Crenshaw (Warm saddle brown in a Matte Finish); Beverly (Deepened blackberry in a Matte Finish); & Sunset Blvd (Warm golden bronze in a Pearlized Finish), which retails for $20 as a set. There is also the option of getting them individually, which retails for $5 per shadow and you get 1 oz of shadow.

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PROS:

  • Colourpop shadows are usually very creamy
  • They have good pay off for the most part
  • Long lasting/wearing
  • The pearlized shadows are very pigmented
  • Good range of day to night colors
  • Affordable

CONS:

  • You have to seal the lids of these shadows every time you use them, otherwise they get hard and is not as pigmented
  • Beverly looked so promising, however, when I swatched it, it didn’t seem as pigmented as I imagined
  • The eyeshadow collection had 3 matte shades and 1 pearlized, it could have been 2 pearlized and 2 mattes as I much prefer Colourpop pearlized shadows than their mattes
  • Glo up (highlighter) and Sunset Blvd (eye shadow) are pretty much the same colors, and I just feel like each item should be different. I would just get Sunset Blvd ($5) and use it as both an eye shadow and a highlighter and save the $8

Ps. These shadows are best used with your fingers or a synthetic brush

2.  Glo Up (Super Shock Cheek)

There are 3 Super Shock Cheeks in the Kaepop collection, Bronze Me (bronzer), Flush’d (blush) and Glo Up (highlight). I got Glo Up and I must say that it is amazing. Again, all of Colourpop Super Shocks are so creamy and well-pigmented and Glo Up is no different. The website describes this color as “A rich gold with flashes of golden copper in a Pearlized Finish”, and I couldn’t agree more. These Super Shock Cheeks retail for $8 and it comes in 1.5 oz, so it is a little bigger than the eye shadows. I give Glo Up 5 stars.

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PROS:

  • Really affordable for a highlighter
  • A lot of product for the price (1.5 oz for $8)
  • So creamy (very pigmented) and applies to the skin very well (not blotchy like some highlighters)
  • My favorite item in the collection
  • True to color (true gold highlight)
  • No fall out, or highlight going all over your face

CONS:

  • Same/similar color as Sunset Blvd

PS. I prefer to use my fingers to apply Glo Up, but a duo-fiber brush is good also

3. Ultra Matte Liquid lipsticks

There are three liquid lipsticks in the collection, Kae (a deep warm yellow brown), Rooch (a deepened russet wine), and Chi (a cool tone nude beige) and comes with its matching lip liners. These retail for $6 each and lip liners are $5 each. You get 1 oz of product which is really good for the price. Colourpop is known for their affordable liquid lipsticks which have really good quality however, in my experience the darker colors like Limbo and LAX have not been their best formulas. I must say that when I swatched both Kae and Rooch, Kae seemed fine but Rooch was very drying and the consistency was not smooth at all.  I didn’t get Chi, as I thought it would have been too cool for my skin tone.

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PROS:

  • I like that it had different packaging, the Kaepop Ultra Mattes have gold accents instead of the usual silver
  • Decent range of colors for all skin tones
  • Kae seems to have a better formula than its counterpart, Limbo
  • The matching lip liners is a good idea as you don’t have to search around for the matching liner

CONS:

  • I have to say that the lippies are my least favorites
  • The formula of Rooch is similar to LAX, its not smooth and it flakes in no time
  • I wish the collection had more unique shades as they have similar colors in their original line (Rooch is similar to LAX, Kae is a dupe for Limbo, Chi seemed to be an unique color though). Rooch and Kae are just too similar
  • Inconsistency with the formula
  • More everyday or day time appropriate colors should have been included as that’s what Karrueche is mostly seen wearing

PS. These work better when your lips are exfoliated before (lip scrub recipe here), and be very precise in your application of the darker colors especially

If you’ve tried anything from the Kaepop collection, let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below.

Love,

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January 16, 2016

My skin care routine: Dry/sensitive skin (night time)

IMG_3647Lately, my skin has been so dry and gross so I’m going to share with you everything you need to know about taking care of your skin; how to take off your makeup properly, exfoliation, at home facials…EVERYTHING basically!

Step 1: Removing makeup/Cleansing

I know that taking off your makeup can be the most tedious chore ever, BUT YOU NEED TO! If you like having blackheads and clogged pores, then okay, but if you want to wake up flawless, girl you better take your makeup off before bed.

Start by removing all the makeup with a makeup wipe and even if you don’t wear makeup, this is for you. There is still dirt and oils on your face that you need to take off. I use the Simple Micellar Make-up wipes along with the Bioderma Crealine TS H2O Micelle Solution with a cotton round, if I’m wearing eye makeup.

Then, I cleanse with either Simple Moisturizing Face wash or Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser which cleanse the skin without over drying. After I follow up with some serums or oils for added moisture.

NB. Exfoliating is also very good for the skin especially if you wear makeup. However, you only need to exfoliate once for the week, twice at most as it can be very drying to the skin. My simple DIY exfoliator is honey and brown sugar. AHMAZING!

Step 2: Moisturize

This is by far one of the most necessary step in your skin care routine whether you have super dry skin or oily/combo skin. Lately, I’ve been using the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir which I absolutely LOVE!! It’s seriously a game changer. It adds so much moisture to my skin without extra chemicals and harmful ingredients. It makes the skin appear brighter and firms the skin and is great to add with your foundation for a dewy finish. YOU NEED THIS!!

I also love the Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation when my skin is really dry. It really is a miracle product for overall moisture especially in the winter or if you have overly dry skin.

Step 3: Extras 

I call this step extras because you can definitely stop at step 2 but these extra steps sometimes make all the difference. Let’s say your pores or the texture of your skin has been rough and your foundation doesn’t look as smooth as you would like, I use the Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment. This helps smoothen the texture of the skin and firms the skin overnight (no gimmicks, I’m not being sponsored…yet).

I absolutely think that the Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum is by far the best skin care product I’ve used. It so effective its not even funny. The entire orange line from Murad has worked the best for my skin type however, I have issues with hyperpigmentation and occasional pimples leaving behind their ugly faces (I got emo there sorry). I have had this product for some time and I recently broke out on my cheek and it left a scar on my face and now its gone. I have seen results overnight, its amazing.

NB. For my occasional pimples, I’d use GSK Betnovate cream 0.1% which also caused my pimples to disappear. I believe you need a prescription for this cream now, but it has worked for me so please consult your doctor or pharmacist before use. 

Masks: 

I can’t talk about my skin care masks without talking about a stalwart in my skin care routine, Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing!!! (Yes, it deserves extra exclamation marks). This stuff speaks for itself, it has a host of benefits and I use it once a week to clean my pores and detox my skin. No wonder its called the worlds most powerful facial 🙂 .

I use GlamGlow THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment once a week to help rejuvenate my skin. Its really expensive but a little goes a long way. This is a skin care staple if you have dry skin.

I also love sheet masks, which are a part of Korean skin care and works really well. I use the My Beauty Diary Whitening Mask. Its basically a mask that fits your face and is filled with the respective serum and you leave it on for a couple minutes, peel it off, and massage the remainder of serum into your skin. There’s different types but My Beauty Diary is my favorite brand.

TIPS:

  1. CHANGE your pillow cases/ bed linen once a week.
  2. ASSIGN one separate wash cloth to drying your face.
  3. DRINK more water.
  4. EAT less dairy and more fruits like berries, oranges, grapefruits etc
  5. LIMIT red meat and try eating more salmon or tuna.
  6. WASH your hair once a week. It can prevent pimples.
  7. USE beauty oils and massage your face regularly.
  8. USE only clean hands when touching your face.
  9. SWEAT more (workout/saunas).
  10. GET regular professional facials. (Favorite Spa: The J Spa- San Fernando Trinidad, 868-221-0695)

WELP! This was a mouthful. If you learned something or have a question, please let me know in the comment section below.

Love,

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November 13, 2015

Fierce Feature: @itscharissaaa

1. Name and where are you from. 

Hi! My name is Charissa Singh. Born & raised in South Trinidad. I currently reside in New Jersey, USA.

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2. Tell us about yourself.

I’d like to think of myself as a God fearing twenty three year old, who’s just trying to balance whatever life throws at her while working and having a bit of fun doing it, lol.

3. How long have you been a Makeup enthusiast and what how did you start wearing makeup?

I was probably a sophomore in high school, at sixteen or so, when I started really paying attention to other people’s makeup & the different looks they wore. I immediately became attracted to the makeup world. I started wearing makeup when I turned eighteen. When I discovered YouTube however, the attraction quickly turned into a mild obsession. I would definitely say that it has played a huge part in my love for makeup….it still does.

4. How would you describe your makeup style? 

Without a doubt, my makeup style is very simple and classic.

5. Favorite makeup artist/makeup inspiration? 

I wouldn’t quite say I have one particular makeup artist I emulate. Within the celebrity world, I love the makeup done on the Kardashian/Jenner girls, (excluding Kylie). While they don’t always look natural, their makeup always seems seamless and I can appreciate that. I guess you can say I am a bit of a fan of Mario Dedivanovic and Joyce Bonelli…to an extent. I also really admire Jackie Aina, Nicole Guerriero and also Jaclyn Hill, all of whom I discovered on YouTube. They are all incredibly skilled and creative. For every day inspiration however, I use good ol’ Instagram.

6. What is your current makeup regimen? 

My current makeup regimen is so simple, it’s actually laughable. My “every day” makeup includes a little bit of foundation for an even skin tone, under eye concealer (which is a must for me), mascara, lip balm and a decent setting spray. That’s it! I guess you can say I’m a bit of a minimalist.

7. Top 5 Favorite Makeup products?
These are my top 5, currently:
  • Smashbox Primer Water – I can’t completely explain why I love this product. It just works! It keeps your makeup looking fresh all day long!
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – THIS IS LITERALLY EVERYTHING! Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s so good! It has medium to full coverage and lasts all day long. Coming from someone who is extremely oily and rarely does touch ups, that’s saying a lot.
  • ABH ‘World Traveler’ Couture Eyeshadow Palette – I love every eyeshadow color in this palette. They are all extremely pigmented and blend amazingly.
  • LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealers – These are really great medium to full coverage concealers, especially for their price. Once they set, they do not budge.
  • Lime Crime Velvetines – Amazing & comfortable long lasting liquid lipsticks with a great color range.
  • BONUS ITEM…(if I’m allowed) MAC Peach Lustre – Ok, so I know I’m cheating with this one but it’s worth the mention. Corrects beautifully and really just makes the job of your foundation and concealer ten times easier.
8. Favorite Go-to Makeup look

My ALL TIME favorite makeup look is really easy to achieve. I usually start with my brows and then move on to eyes, using warm neutral shadows (that I can find in my Morphe 35O palette). I sweep a deep burnt orange in the crease as a transition color, rich chocolate brown into the outer V and then add a golden peach or coral on the lid. Once everything is well blended, I move on to my face. I usually try to have a flawless base using primer, corrector, foundation and then concealer under my eyes. Once I set my eyes using the baking method, I move on to contour and bronze using my ABH Medium Contour Kit and then reach for a peachy/pinky toned matte blush. Once I apply all my matte powder products, I go in with my Primer Water and set everything, just to ensure I don’t look cakey. I then go back to my eyes and tight line, line my upper lash line, curl and apply mascara to my top and bottom lashes. And that’s it for the eyes! Of course, I got to go back to my face and highlight my cheekbones and the tip of my nose..9 out of 10 times, using Becca x Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop. On my lips, I usually go for Lime Crime’s faded and then spray another setting mist yet again. Then wala, all done! This routine usually takes me fifteen to twenty minutes, which to me isn’t really that long.

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9. What are you favorite makeup brands?

Ah, man…favorite makeup brands, this is hard! Recently, I’ve been loving Anastasia Beverly Hills. All of their products I own haven’t disappointed me yet and it really makes me just want to buy more! On the more affordable side, I really enjoy NYX. They have a wide range of products, most of which perform really well. Last, but not least, Morphe! If you need brushes or shadows, they got you. Once again, really affordable and such good quality.

10. What are some of your favorite makeup tricks?

I won’t really call these tricks per say, just simple, extra steps I do. After applying my foundation, and concealer, I take a damp beauty sponge (either the Beauty Blender or Real Techniques Miracle Sponge), and blend everything seamlessly. It makes a world of a difference. On simple makeup days, I use my bronzer as a crease color. I save time and still look put together.

11. Is there any advice you’d like to leave with us?

Practice, practice, PRACTICE! Take it from someone who has yet to perfect extremely dramatic eye looks and winged liner. Don’t be discouraged if your look doesn’t turn out the way you imagined. Learn from your mistakes and keep playing with different products and tools to improve your application. It’s all about trial and error. Last but certainly not least, have fun! After all, isn’t that what makeup is about anyway?

Thank you Charissa for this amazing advice. If you want to see more tips and makeup ideas, follow her on Instagram @itscharissaaa

xx
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August 18, 2015

NUDE MAC lipsticks for medium-dark, dark skin tones

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I wear a nude/mauve lip almost everyday and for every occasion (see Instagram), that is,  if I’m not wearing Heroine (MAC). So I’m always in search of the next best nude, especially for my skin tone. I love nude lippies, I think its so versatile and easy to wear but I always have to be careful not to look like I’m dead or used chalk as lipstick, as nudes are so close to my skin tone.

If you are a medium, medium deep or deep skin tone, you should stick with more mauve shades of nude instead of the light brown nudes. Mauve tends to flatter warmer skin tones as it picks up the pink/orange undertones in the skin. If you can’t find the perfect nude lippie, or just looking for an everyday lipstick, then keep reading…

Fun facts about MAC Lipsticks:

– all are $17USD, $135 TTD

– long-wearing (especially with a lipliner underneath)

– highly-pigmented

– moisturizing

– over 186 shades

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1. Mehr- (dirty blue pink) this is a matte lipstick but its very moisturizing. The color is really amazing and can be worn everyday like all of these lipsticks. It is similar to “Twig” from MAC which has been my favorite for some years now.

2. Up the Amp (lavender violet) I am falling in love with this color more and more every time I wear it. Its amazing because at a glance it looks purple, but it really just gives a different gradient of mauve to me. I love this color, I wouldn’t use it for everyday, but I sure can use it to spice up any look for any occasion.

3. Cosmo- (pink coco) this is my least favorite of the 5. I think it’s a little lighter than expected, but its workable. It doesn’t make your lips look like chalk trust me. It gives an amplified finish, and I would not wear it everyday, though it is quite flattering.

4. Verve-  (muted brownish-plum) I am blown away by this lipstick. It is just perfect. I was getting tired of the same shades of nude/mauve but this is a must-have. Its a perfect balance between dark and nude. I love love love this color. I think it would also pair beautifully with Stone lipliner from MAC.

5. Fast play- (neutral pink) this is very comparable to ‘Amorous’ from MAC. It’s a deeper shade of mauve but I would so wear this everyday, or on those days where I just want to look different. What’s best about this color, is that it can be paired with any color and any skin tone. It looks flattering on NC 42-NC 50 skin tones and it gives a nice satin finish.

Which of these do you like? Did your favorite MAC lippies make the list?

Love,

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July 13, 2015

Review: June beauty favorites

I have been obsessed with these products lately, so I just had to share them with you. These products have made my makeup routine easier and it’s worth the money.

1. Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation ($39USD)

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My shade: Tan Deep Honey

YAY: The best part about this foundation is that it provides sun protection, it has buildable coverage and it feels very light weight. It has non-chemical sunscreen filters and fragrance free so it is great for those with acne or acne prone skin. It also provides a powdery finish for normal to oily skin. And because of its buildable coverage, I wear it as a BB cream as well as a full coverage foundation. The most popular shades are Fair, Ivory (both excellent for very light skin tones), Light, Tan, and Tan Deep. Light Medium is slightly peach while Medium has a yellow tinge that requires careful inspection in daylight to ensure it matches well. The darkest shade (Deep) is slightly orange but you can work around it. This is a must-have.

NAYIt is pricey; sometimes it can be difficult to blend

2. Artist Couture by Angel Merino in Mermaid Fantasy ($26.99USD)


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YAY: This shade is one of the best highlighters I have ever seen. Its turquoise shimmer gives it its unique look. It is long-wearing and the shimmer can be intensified by Fix + spray. I also use this as an eyeshadow as well. The color is payoff is great and a little goes a long way.

NAY: It is pricey for a small amount

3. MakeupGeek Eyeshadow pan in Mermaid ($5.99USD)

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YAY: I can’t begin to express how much I love MUG eyeshadows in general and Mermaid is no exception. The quality is amazing, and it looks good on any skin tone. It’s so creamy and can be intensified with Fix +.

NAY: You would need a Z palette for an e/s pan

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills contour refill in Carob ($14USD)

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YAY: I had been searching for the perfect contour shade for medium to dark skin tones without that muddy look. This refill is not only the perfect shade but it is long wearing and a little goes a long way.

NAY: You would need a palette to store the refills

5. LA GIRL Pro Conceal in Orange ($5USD)

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YAY: These PRO Conceals are very much comparable to the Prolong wear concealers. It is full coverage and very creamy. This corrector in particular, helps get rid of hyperpigmentation and dark circles, and a little does go a long way because it is very pigmented.

NAY: The packaging can sometimes make you lose a lot of product

6. Smashbox Photo Finish primer ($36USD)

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YAY: This primer is life!! It really keeps your makeup on all night, tried and tested! It also creates such a smooth base which makes makeup easy to apply. It doesn’t clog your pores like some primers and isn’t oily. It works especially for rough skin textures.

NAY: It’s pricey

7. MAC sized to go pigment in Rose ($10USD)

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YAY: These pigments are out of this world pigmented and the specs of gold and rose gold throughout this pigment is insane. I only use a little at a time and it goes along way. It works just for a pop of color and is great for prom and special events. Depending on the angle and lighting, you might see several colors coming out of this one pigment. I also love this cute size because I can take it everywhere and it fits snug in my kit.

NAY: Pigments can be a little messy

8. The makeup bulle($14.95)

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YAY: This product is a must-have for makeup artists as well as makeup enthusiasts on the go. It blends from cream to powder in an instant and because it fits snug on your finger, it makes getting hard to reach corners, easier. The texture of the bullet is similar to the Beauty Blender so you know the quality is great. You just pop it on your finger and blend. The size is also pretty universal so no need to worry. Quick and simple; the price isn’t too bad either considering you would have it for a long time.

NAY: You may need to dampen it a bit to blend creams

9. House of Lashes in Siren ($9USD)

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YAY: HOS lashes have awesome quality because they’re made with 100% human hair. It’s so wispy and flirty but at the same time it looks really natural. You can wear these for any occasion and with the right glue, it lasts all night long. #LASHGAMESTRONG

NAY: For lashes, they can be pricey, but it’s worth it trust me

10. Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray ($30USD)

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YAY: I saved the best for last. OMG, THIS IS THE BEST SETTING SPRAY EVER!!! I used this for the first time at 2pm, I went outdoors until 7pm and then went to a concert and got home at 2am and makeup didn’t crease and I didn’t look oily at all. I was so surprised because not even my Fix + spray or Model in a Bottle does that. This spray is amazing and I would highly recommend it.

NAY: The price, but its totally worth every penny

I hope you enjoyed my June favorites, comment below which are your favs or anything you would like me to review next…

Love,

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June 21, 2015

How to always be on time

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So we all know the struggle of getting ready and out the door yet making it to work or school on time. I know for me, every morning is a struggle so I came up with some tips and tricks to help you always be on time and make your mornings a little less stressful.

1. Set alarms to help you stay on track

We all know how quickly time goes in the morning. You think you have an hour and then after making breakfast, its like you have 10 minutes left. So, set an alarm for the time you should be leaving the house and then another at midpoint to that time so that you would know how much time you have left. So basically its like three alarms; 1) to wake up, 2) midpoint to leaving the house and 3) the time you should be leaving the house. I know its a lot but it has helped me stay on track and thus, you’d always be on time.

2. Meal prep

Meal prep is so crucial not only because you want to be healthy but it can help you save money and time as well. There are several options for meal prep, you can choose to prep on Sunday for the week or every night for the following day, whichever is more convenient for you. You can even do both Sunday and midway through the week. Its up to you.

My favorite food thats healthy and on-the-go is shakes. I make a lot of protein shakes especially and its so simple and quick and its healthy and makes you feel satisfied. My favorite recipe is to throw some milk (almond), 1 scoop of protein powder and some almond or peanut butter in a cup and shake it and there you go. You have a great meal that will keep you till about 10am or even lunch time.

Another great option is salad in a jar, you can chop up vegetables of your choice, toss it in a jar with some salad dressing and you’re out the door. Some other convenient options include: frozen vegetables, salmon burgers, or even boiled eggs which you can leave to boil on a medium to low heat as you are getting ready. Try investing in a pill organizer or just any container for vitamins and pack them with your multi vitamins or supplements, leave it in your bag so you won’t forget to take them.

3. Clothes prep

As we all know ladies, it can take forever to find something to wear on mornings. And when you’re hustling to get out the door, finding an outfit is the last thing you need to be doing. I think I spend the longest time trying to choose what to wear and if I prepared what I was wearing from the night before or even the Sunday before (ambitious much?) when I’m doing meal prep, that would eliminate the time wasted in the morning trying to find matching pants or shirt.

TIP: Invest in dresses for work as it is the easiest outfit to put together, keep it professional of course 🙂 

4. FIVE minute Makeup routine

Now, I know you might be saying, “girl, I don’t have time to do my makeup in the morning.” And I’ve been there, I don’t have much time myself. However, what if I told you that you can still have that Kim K glow and be on time for work? So firstly, you need to watch your face, do it right now…I’ll give you a minute. Okay, minute over. See what is important for you to do. For me, I need to hide my under eye circles and my eyebrows is a must. There are some key steps that we cannot afford to skip no matter what the occasion. Our eye brows frame our face, it can make you look like you put in all this effort and you really didn’t. So for me, I focus on hiding my under eye circles and doing my eye brows. I can afford to skip foundation, eyeshadow, and winged liner. So it takes me little to no time to put my peach corrector on my dark spots and then dab some concealer over it, blend and the skin is done. I fill in my eyebrows with eyebrow powder and then fill the gaps with a pencil and that’s done. I pop on mascara and I can put my lipstick on in the car. And that’s that. Ten minutes max. There’s no need to be extra with your makeup, keep it fresh and simple.

TIP: If you can’t seem to get this in 10 or so minutes, pack a makeup bag and do your makeup at work.

5. Hair routine

If you have curly hair or unmanageable hair then this step is for you. The key to getting your hair done quickly on mornings is prep. I wear the same styles to work every day, I keep it professional yet stylish. I do a top knot almost every day and before bed, I would make sure to style it in the way I would for the next day so in the morning all I have to do is brush or refresh the curls and I’m out the door.

TIP: You can also try styling your hair and then putting a satin bonnet or wrap over it the night before. 

The key to being on time is prep and keeping your routine short, simple yet effective.

I hope these tips help you to be on time and ease your morning routines whether you are a homemaker or a professional.

Love,

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April 25, 2015

COLOURPOP: WHERE THE LIGHT IS REVIEW (KATHLEENLIGHTS)

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I was so excited to receive these eyeshadows in the mail. Kathleenlights is one of my favorite Youtubers as well as Colourpop is one of my favorite eyeshadows, so it was just perfect when they came together to create this foursome. Overall, I’m in love with these shadows, all of Colourpop super shock shadows are very pigmented, long-wearing and is very velvety, so it came as no shock that these were just the same. My favorite color from the collection is Kathleenlights, it is just gorgeous on any skin tone and flattering for any occasion. Here’s a review of these shadows, which might I add, is $5 for one, total of $20USD. I mean its a win-win situation. Click here to buy.

1. Kathleenlights– this pearlized color is the most gorgeous blend of bronze, copper and gold. I have worn it in the daytime as well as the night and it is flattering all round. This color can be worn everyday, bridal looks or for special occasions. A lot can be done with this color and I’m noticing that the more I experiment with it. As most of Colourpop Super Shock Shadows, it is better to be applied with your fingers as it gives better pay off that way. One swipe is all you need for this stunning color. The only thing I can say about this color is that it is an exact dupe for MAC “Amber Lights”, so I’m not sure if that was intentional or what. Although, I’m not complaining because Amber Lights is $16 and Kathleenlights is $5.

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2. Blaze– this is a metallic color, and as most metallics I have my reservations because of the tremendous fall outs and sensitivity to flash photography. HOWEVER, this shadow does not have much fall out but you do get some flashback, not a lot with flash photography. There are specs of silver sparkles in this shadow, it is a beautiful gold color. I do believe that this color is similar to “So Quiche” from Colorpop, So Quiche has more pink metallics and Blaze has silver metallics, but the base color is similar.

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3. Cornelious- this is such a perfect shade of taupe is not even funny. I would usually use taupe from the Lorac Pro palette, but this one has better pay off. I use it as a transition color, but it would be pretty as a base or even a lid color. Its super creamy but still maintains a matte finish.

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4. Glow- I think this is a really versatile color, I’ve never seen any color like it. Its like a great mixture between white and cream (like a creamy vanilla). Its great for the inner corner or base or my favorite, the brow bone. I think this color is too light for tan skin tones, however you can make it work. It is a matte shade but its creamy, and also whats great about it is its versatility.

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Overall, these eyeshadows are such a great buy as you can use it for any occasion. Golds and coppers are flattering on every skin tone so you wouldn’t have to worry about if it would look good on you. The packaging is not the best as its a bit bulky to store in your makeup kit, but if thats not an issue for you, then I’d highly recommend this foursome. Colourpop is one of the best shadows I’ve seen, other than Makeupgeek Cosmetics, and they’re a affordable and long wearing.

If you love this foursome as well, comment below 🙂

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April 13, 2015

DIY Turmeric Face Mask (Acne & Dark Spots)

Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog. Today, I will share my favorite most natural way to get rid of acne and dark spots from on your face. You can also use this mask on the rest of your body to get rid of body acne or discoloration on the body. It’s easy and inexpensive so here’s what you’ll need:

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  – 1 tbsp turmeric powder

  – 1 tbsp plain (Greek) non-fat yogurt 

  – 1 tsp honey (pure)

  1. Mix all ingredients together.

 2. Apply to clean face with clean foundation brush or with    clean hands.

3. Leave for 10-15 mins and then rinse with lukewarm water. Moisturize!

DISCLAIMER: This mask did not cause my face to stain however, every one is different and you need to wash it off thoroughly. It is also a natural mask, so in order for it to be effective, you must use it 3-4 times a week and be consistent. 

Why these ingredients: 

  • Turmeric– lightens overall skin tone, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial (ACNE/LIGHTENING)
  • Yogurt– contains zinc, lactic acid, calcium, and B vitamins which are all good for the skin (NOURISHING)
  • Honey– moisturizing, will add rehydrate the skin naturally (MOISTURIZING)

If you have tried this mask, comment below. We’d love to hear how this DIY mask has worked for you 🙂

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March 14, 2015

Review: Anastasia Contour Cream kit (medium)

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I had been in search of a great contour kit that had several contour shades and that I can use on different skin tones. I wanted a cream contour particularly because I have dry skin and I think that creams are easier to achieve a more sculpted look as the pay off is heavier than powders. So after much research, I decided to indulge in the Anastasia Coutour Cream kit in medium. Should you get it or leave it? Well keep on reading…

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This kit comes in 6 shades (as pictured above), which are mostly a combination of warm and cool tones. I would use warm coral as a corrector and I have to say it is very comparable to my holy grail for hyper-pigmentation, MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in peach lustre. My contour shade is chocolate, but if I wanted something more subtle, I would use cinnamon. Also, I use banana under my eyes and my cheekbones because it gives me a very natural highlight. Even though the color can look very intimidating in the kit, Banana blends really nicely, especially when I use Ben Nye Banana powder to set it.

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PROS:

– The consistency is very creamy, and it is super blendable. It works best with people with dry or even normal skin types.

– I love the medium kit especially for makeup artists as it gives you a wide range of shades to choose from. Even though it is medium, I believe that theres a contour shade for most skin tones in there. There is also the light and deep kits which I think was a really good idea as there are so many ranges of skin tones as it appeals to everyone.

– It is very pigmented and stays on all day. These are really true to color and therefore can give you that sculpted look you’ve longed for. I know that people with darker skin tones have a harder time finding that perfect contour shade and one that would be visible on the skin. If thats you, then this is the right palette for you as it is heavily pigmented, a little goes a long way.

– The versatility of this palette is beyond amazing. I use this kit for everyday as well as for a more glam look. The consistency of the creams are very buildable so you can achieve whatever look for your occasion.

CONS:

– A few shades, particularly Banana I find can be very drying. And as I use it under my eyes, thats not so good. I am now forced to use the highlight shades with Fix + or water to achieve a more dewy look.

– It can be a bit expensive. You get 6 shades for $40 but trust me its worth it.

So if you are thinking about getting this kit, you definitely should. Its versatile, blendable and super creamy. It might be expensive and some shades are drying but it will last a long time and you can always use a wet beauty blender.

If this review helps, don’t forget to share, comment and like if you like.

Love,

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