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Primer Tricks

  • pink-green-and-lilac-primersTinted Formulas: light pink primers can add a glow. Lilac shades brighten sallow skin, and green formulas neutralize redness.
  • Don’t Pile Up: When you overload on primer, it piles under your foundation, instead a small drop will rub into the skin for even coverage.
  • Pat your Eyes: Pat around the eyes and on the lids, primer acts as a three-in-one. It prevents makeup from smudging by absorbing oils, it softens, and it counteracts redness.
  • **TIP: To set your makeup, follow this order: primer, liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer, translucent powder. Without a dusting a powder, the water in your makeup and the silicones in most primers repel each other.

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    Review: Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil – by Negin Mirsalehi

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    I think it is safe to say that I’ve found a new addiction! I’ve been using Negin Mirsalehi’s Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil for about 5 months now. I’ve restrained myself from writing my review about it until I gave it enough time to really try it out. I surely wasn’t disappointed. It was the answer to all my hair woes and beyond.

    Being a beauty enthusiast meant that I had my own hair oil recipes that I would lovingly mix up to target all my hair concerns. Despite that, my hair went crazy upon my move to London. I was suffering from insanely dry hair and lots of hair fall due to the change in environment. Thus I decided to give Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil a try. Not only does it come in an exquisite package which you can proudly display on your dresser; it is made with natural oils and ingredients and I’m positive that just like myself you all have a weakness for natures’ bounty.

     

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    This product is incredibly versatile and it can be used in a myriad of ways. I have devised my own routine for using this oil as follows:

    1. Bedtime: I dispense 2 drops in the palms of my hands, rub my hands together and then apply it to my hair; scalp to roots going downwards.
    2. Hair Mask: I also use it as a hair mask following the same method as above but using more of the product. Don’t worry if your hair feels greasy, you will notice how amazing it will feel after you shower it off in the morning.
    3. Wet Hair: When my hair is wet after my shower, I dispense one drop to the palms of my hands and I distribute it evenly to the hair ends only.
    4. Before Styling: I also use the oil on dry hair before using a straightening or a curling iron. I dispense less than a drop to the palms of my hands and apply it to the tips of my hair. You can also apply a bit to the roots going down to the ends if you feel that you hair needs the extra hydration.

    I noticed a big difference in my hair after I started using Gisou Hair Oil. It definitely feels a lot more hydrated; it has grown longer, it looks shinier, and the general health of my hair has improved. I can finally rest assured that my hair is being protected from all the environmental elements here in London.

    The oil is super dense that a single drop of the oil can work your entire hair. This means the product can last you for a whole year which in turn means that the price is quite reasonable when you consider the amount of time the product will serve you.

    I love love love this oil; it has become an integral part of my beauty routine. I even ordered the Propolis Infused Texturing Wave Spray…. it’s on its way!!

    Thumbs up Negin

     

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    Lip Fillers. My Experience

    Let’s talk lip fillers.

    I was so curious to find out how my lips would look like, I always traced my lips with a lipliner but it doesn’t really do the trick.

    I went behind my parents back and decided to get lip fillers, the first time I did it we put a very little amount so it’s not noticeable and because I was scared to ruin my lips. Then it became a routine,  I kept going every 2-3 months to put a little bit more and that’s when my parents noticed and told me I did not look my-self, but again I didn’t listen.

    Up until two years ago which was the last time I had lip fillers I over did it, my lips were insane (not too much, but it was a lot for me) my friends said it looked natural and somehow it did but it wasn’t me when I smiled. I still think it looked good but looking at how my lips are now, I won’t go back.

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    It was painful, but I can tolerate pain. The first day was fine but I wasn’t allowed to have anything warm. The swelling the next few days from what I can remember was not too much, but again every person is different than the other. I heard from others that they’re lips were too swollen.

    You must be wondering why is this post about lip fillers?

    I wanted to share with you my experience that back then I liked it, but looking back now I wouldn’t do it. The last time I got fillers was two years ago, and when my wedding was this year it gave me a reason to really not play with my lips because even if you think they look good, it’s not you. Something will change.

    I am not against it, if you want to do a tiny amount that’s fine, but it never stops at that. The only thing I do now is Lip Contouring. I do it once every 12 months.

    Lip Contouring also uses the derma fillers but not on the lips, around them. It hurts way more than lip fillers, but it keeps it natural and removes the curiosity or the urge of having bigger lips. It’s a series of multiple injections along the lip border outline. It enhances your natural lip line and it accentuates your natural lips without adding any fillers inside your lips.

    03D438F0-65AA-44AC-A59C-DAE11A195979Don’t get me wrong I am not advertising lip contouring either, just sharing my experience of the lip fillers, and what I do now instead.

    When I was asked if I had my lips done, I never lied. I would say yes and where I went to get them, before I was so hyped up about it that I thought it was the most amazing thing, it’s not. I won’t do it again, not because of any side effects but because it took away a part of who I am.

     

     

     

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    Baby Johnson Cleans your Makeup Brushes

    IMG_5365Cleaning your makeup brushes on a regular basis is an absolute must for many reasons.  After multiple uses, bristles begin to build up with residual makeup, which makes them less effective when it comes to application and they become a home for bacteria that will irritate your skin and cause breakouts.

    Professional makeup artists usually clean their brushes after every use, but for us at-home users, every week is a good time, but again it depends on often you use them.

    • Step 1 You’ll need Baby Johnson and a fresh towel to lay the brushes on to dry. .
    • Step 2 Add Baby Johnson on to a surface , run your brush’s tip under lukewarm water and gently swirl the brush tip of a surface (a bowl). Tip: Never turn brushes up vertically — make sure they’re always facing downward — otherwise, water will weaken the glue that holds the bristles together.
    • Step 3 Once all the residue is completely gone, set your brush flat on the towel to dry.

    Instead of using a bowl or the surface of my sink I’ve been using the Cleaning Mat by Sigma Beauty. I love it because it has 7 different textures to remove everything off your makeup brush without damaging the brush.

     

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    Smarter Ways to Wear Makeup…

    You wake up every morning and wear the same makeup you’ve been wearing for years, same routine? Well, save time and energy to wear makeup the smarter way, it’s easier than you think.

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    • Prep the Skin:
      Preparing the skin is a must before you apply any type of foundation. This means starting with a light moisturizer with SPF and primer, Apply moisturizer first and allow it to set a minute, then apply primer. Taking these steps prior to foundation will ensure your skin is both protected, moisturized and smoother with less visible pores and fine lines.
    • Translucent Powder:
      Translucent pressed powder is the great equalizer if you’ve applied too much eyeshadow or blush. Blend away a bit of the excess and pat on some translucent powder.
    • Order:
      Apply lipstick first and then add your lip liner. Once lipstick is applied you can see exactly where you need the lip liner. Moreover applying eyeshadow first before foundation can be a great clean up time saver.
    • Blending:
      Blend the shadow on your lids right into the liner, no one will be able to tell where the eye shadow ends and the line begins, so the liner will look perfect. Also make sure you blend the foundation really well. My favourite blending product is the Beauty Blender, it leaves no residue.
    • Perfect lips:
      Use a colorless lip pencil prior to lipstick or lip liner application. This will reduce appearance of any fine lines around lips! Try using lip liner as your lip color, too. Line outer lips and fill in with same color.
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    The Eyeliner…

    I never really moved with a certain makeup trend automatically, it usually takes me sometime to feel a trend and most of the time I don’t follow it.

    But this one, the eyeliner trend. I love it, I am so into it I think it’s because I used to love wearing eyeliner in many ways as a teenager growing up. The eyeliner trend however, is not for everyone. It is a bold look of an incomplete wing, graphic or a crazy eyeliner look that defines the eyes.

    Personally I feel makeup brings out my features, and in that sense I apply makeup in a way that really shows off my character. Experimenting with the different eyeliner trend is actually a way for me to express myself and what mood I am in. I love it.

    Here are the top eyeliner trends:

    1- Colored Eyeliner: I would go for a one color eyeliner or mix it with a little bit of black. The most subtle colors are purple, blue and emerald green or even gold it also matches with any of your outfits. You can apply it as a wing liner, or under eye the with a pencil to smudge it out.

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    2- Negative Space Eyeliner: It’s just the regular wing liner, just minus filling in the wing, so leave the inside of the wing unfilled.

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    Negative Space Liner on myself

    3- Incomplete Wing: Start with a regular winged liner and the extend the line on top of your crease tracing it in a V Shape. Do not extend to more than 1/3rd the length of your eyelid. The easiest liquid liner that provides the easiest application is by Grandiose Liner by Lancome, (bendable eyeliner).

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    Incomplete Wing on myself by makeup artist Pierre Lahoud

    4- Dark Eyeliner: It’s the look I went for yesterday, it’s a classing eyeliner look only you make the line thicker and go for just black eyeliner. Apply the liner on the upper eyelid and lower connecting them in the inner corners of your eye.

    The most inspiring eyeliner look that rocked the runway was the Colorful graphic cat eye look at the Jeremy Scott Show.

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    Apples? Cheekbones?

    gleeful-mac-blush-02Sometimes it’s quite confusing to know where to apply the blush to achieve the look you want, here are two simple ways:

    – For APPLE like blush:- Smile in the mirror so your apples pop out. Hold the smile while you brush the blush along. Try not to get too close to your nose.

    – For CHEEKBONES blush:- Suck in your cheeks so your cheekbones pop out. Move the blush along the top side of it. Try not get too close to your eyes.

    I use the Charlotte Tilbury Blush, it’s so pigmented and gives me the subtle pinkish color that works so naturally with my makeup.

     

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    Clump the Lashes

    Sometimes I love the idea of makeup being a little bit messy. Mascara is the best cosmetic to achieve this look.

    For this look, apply multiple coats of mascara, deliberately clumping the lashes together and tapping the skin under the lower lashes with the end of the wand. Careful though you don’t want to be too messy too.

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    Products used for this look:

    Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Cocoa Mirage ( two matte shades)

     Tom Ford Extreme Mascara in Raven 

    Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Espresso,

    Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate in Intensity 2 (used as contour and highlight),

    Tom Ford Cheek Color in Savage,

    Tom Ford Lipstick in Nude Vanille,

    Tom Ford Concealing Pen in Medium,

    Tom Ford Traceless Foundation in Natural.

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    Eye-lighting – basic

    Even though it’s all about brightening the inner corner of the eyes and making you look 100% more awake. Highlighting is a very important technique used in makeup. If you highlight incorrectly or in the wrong place its a recipe for disaster.

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    “Highlighting the inner corner of the eyes has been around for awhile,” explains celebrity makeup artist Kira Nasrat. “When you add an extra layer of highlighter in the inner corner of the eyes it makes your eyes pop and look further apart.” (Marie Claire)

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    The placement of the highlight is very important when trying to create naturally beautiful eye makeup. Your lighter colors (whites, creams, and pearls) should be applied in the inner corners, the middle of the eye, and just under your brow bone. Apply your lightest colors first, and then move on to your darker shades.

    Apart from the inner corners of the eyes you can use the highlighter under the eyes to hide any dark circles to create the soft focus effect. You should use a solid highlighter and apply it after foundation but before concealer.

     

    P.S. For a night time look apply a more metallic shimmery shade than the regular beam highlighter used for the day.

     

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    For Flawless Foundation

    When foundation is done wrong, there’s no hiding the mistake. You need to learn/ know how to apply it because a bad foundation always shows.

    Use a Brush: Spread foundation into the skin with light, circular motions. This technique also lets you use less product and build coverage, since it’s easier to add more foundation than to take off excess.

    Apply foundation everywhere: You probably already know to blend foundation past your jawline and onto the neck, but if your neckline is showing, you’ll want to blend the color there too. Plus, don’t forget the ears! Fair-skinned complexions in particular are susceptible to redness on the ears. P.S. blend a light layer of foundation over your eyelids and lips.

     

    Use highlighter before foundation: there’s no strict or defined way of applying makeup, some people apply concealers before foundation others don’t but I can tell you what actually works. for a subtle natural look, you can actually apply your highligher before the foundation so the glow looks more natural, as if it’s actually coming from your face (natural light). Having the highligher applied before your foundation can help last a full day, I don’t know about you but when I apply the highligher after foundation it tends to get a little dull throughout the day. Having it underneath, gives that glow.

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    Ishimmer Foundation Recommendation:

    1- Giorgio Armani Silk Foundation.

    2- Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation.
    3- Becca Aqua Luminous Foundation.
    4- Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r
    5- Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation