Skip the salon: 10 professional DIY makeup tips

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Hi all, I came across this amazing post on the web and thought of sharing it with you all. Check out these 10 amazing DIY beauty hacks! We spend hundreds & thousands of dirhams at beauty salons in our quest to look perfect and flawless. We cannot do it ourselves because we do not possess the knowledge that beauticians and makeup experts do. The good news is that now you can, read on to know how you can look absolutely gorgeous in the comfort of your own home.

1. There are so many great ways to use Vaseline in your beauty rituals. For thicker, darker, longer looking eyelashes just apply some Vaseline to your mascara brush everyday and then use your mascara regularly. You’ll see noticeable results!

2. In the UAE, we are exposed to heat and then air conditioning throughout the day, which can make the skin dry and flaky. For a smooth application of foundation it’s important to get rid of that dead skin sitting on the top layer of your face before you apply foundation. Mix a bit of brown sugar with honey and gently scrub your face and lips (use a toothbrush for the lips). It’s an easy and cost effective method to exfoliate the skin but works!

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3. Makeup looks more complete when colors are coordinated. Color coordinate your lips with your cheeks to create a uniform look that brings your makeup together and looks natural. I love using any lipstick or colored lip balm and then applying some to the back of my hand. From there I use my middle finger to apply the color to the apples of my cheeks by blending upwards and outwards. Looks natural yet together, and it’s so easy to do!

4. It can be tricky to wear red or deep colored lipsticks. As you’re applying lip liner smile a little so the lips get tight and it’s easier to apply. Fill in the entire lip with the lip liner and then with the help of a good lip brush apply the lipstick starting at the center of the lip and blending it outwards. Using a lip brush takes more time to apply but gives you precision.

5. Everyone loves a nice contour. Fake those killer cheekbones by making a fish face to find the natural cheekbone contours of your face. Then use a large fan brush to sweep on a contour powder or matte bronzer. The fan brush blends as it applies.

6. When you make a mistake while applying lipstick don’t wipe it away. Wiping smears the color further and creates a messy look around the lips. Instead, use a bit of concealer on a pointed concealer brush to erase it. I love to use the #195 from MAC. It’s the perfect brush!

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7. We all have days when we breakout with pimples. To make them less obvious, stick with matte textures. Anything shiny or shimmery on top of a pimple reflects light making it look more obvious.

8. To create a ‘glow from within look to your skin’ apply your illumizier before you apply foundation. By doing so, the skin absorbs the illuminizer and then blends into the foundation for a more natural glow. I like using Pond’s Gold Radiance Day Cream because it’s a cream but has a gold shine to it.

9. When you’ve applied too much foundation and don’t know what to do, instead of wiping it off which will irritate the skin; spray on MAC Fix + and then take a tissue and lightly pat it on your face. Your makeup will instantly look more natural.
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10. We’ve all heard that using a white pencil in the water line can make the eyes appear bigger. For Arab and Asian skin try using a nude pencil instead. White can be too harsh for our skin tones, nude looks a lot more natural and makes the eyes look bigger!

Hope this helps, comment below to us know what worked fr you!

Until next time then xoxo….

No Ordinary Lip Balm! Figs & Rouge Lip Balms – The Multi-Tasking Extraordinaire

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2 in 1 sounds good; but what about a product that is a multi-tasking extraordinaire? In comes the Figs & Rouge 100% Natural Lip Balm. This multi-talented balm is natural goodness for your skin in a 17ml tin. With a simple list of ingredients (Ricinus Communis Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Wax, Limonene, Citral, Linalool & Geraniol) and a promise of being 100% natural.

The balm is available in a variety of flavours from playful Lemon Berry to classic Aloe Mint. The vintage tins inspire a sense of nostalgia and take you back to the brands’ English roots.

The Lip Balm has a thick texture that makes it easy to work with on skin & hair and has a humectant effect that works well will all skin and hair concerns. Once applied though, it is light to wear and can be applied in concentration to areas with more severe concerns. The balm sets matte and doesn’t feel greasy. The tin is convenient to carry in your clutch and is essential for everything you may ever need in a balm.

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Here’s a list of 10 things you the Figs & Rouge Lip Balm can be used for:

1. Lip Balm

2. A dry Skin Remedy for Ankles, Elbows and Knees

3. For Definition – Rub a small amount between your palms and run it down the centre of your legs to make

your legs appear longer without an obvious shimmer.

4. Apply a small amount with an angled brow brush to set your brows. Go over it with a spooley brush to fix

them in place.

5. When travelling apply a thin layer on your face and lips to avoid excessive loss of moisture caused by the dry

cabin air.

6. Stray? No way! – Use a small amount of balm to set your stray hairs in place. If you have shorter hair and

want to add texture to your do, use a slightly larger amount to achieve the look.

7. For a glossy eye shadow look – We love a good smokey wet eye look, but most petroleum based jellies

smear easily. This balm gives you the look minus the grease and the mess.

8. Cracked Heel? No Big Deal! – Apply a thin film once daily for 5 days to your cracked heel (preferably at

night).

9. Cuticle lovin’ – Apply it to the skin around your fingers and toes to nourish the nail bed.

10. Mix n’ Match Buddy – Create your own lipstick colours using a small amount of the balm as base. Mix old

lipstick colours and pigments from your previous powder makeup or pigment creams to come up with signature

shades of lippies. Since it has a thicker formula than petroleum jelly, it will glide on as a lipstick should and

stay put for longer!

With the Figs & Rouge multi-tasking lip and body balms the possibilities are endless! Available at outlets including Boots the Pharmacy,Organic Foods & Café, The Change Initiative and Make-Up Etc for only AED 30, the lip balm is a complete steal!

Try it out and let us know what you think, untill next time then!

The beauty blog ME, xoxo

Sally Hansen Introduces the all new MIRACLE GEL!

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OMGel! It’s a Mani Miracle!

The Beauty Blog ME fairy god mother is back with some fabulous news yet again! Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Proves that Genius can be Bottled!! A sensation in nail colour innovation has gripped the nation. Launched on 14th October, the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel launch event at the Hilton Hotel, JBR, caused a complete colour commotion as 19 ‘gelicious’ shades of 14-day durability were unveiled.

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In keeping with the playful, joyful hues in the new Miracle Gel nail line, Sally Hansen filled Pure Lounge at the Hilton Hotel with magic, fun, luck and laughter. Flipping a miracle-granting coin into a wishing fountain saw lights transform the crystal clear water to a vibrant shade from the new Miracle Gel range. Guests also received a wish bracelet to match their ‘lucky colour’ before being whisked off to enjoy a complimentary manicure in the varnish shade of their choice.

The relaxing mani experience introduced guests to the revolutionary new gel manicure system. Part lacquer, part gel manicure, Miracle Gel is the most convenient manicure ever, and is achievable in just two easy steps. Applying two coats of the Miracle Gel Colour Coat of choice is followed by applying the Miracle Gel Top Coat. The result? Chip-free confidence in nails that cure in natural light, increasing in strength day by day.

Adding another exciting aspect to the event was the photo-booth. Perfectly polished guests were invited to step into a photo booth for an instant snapshot of the event.

What  you need to know about the Miracle Gel nail color?

THE SCOOP:   The first salon-quality manicure that combines pure nail color with high techno gel…exclusively from Sally Hansen. Love the high shine, glossy look of a gel manicure but could do without the complexity of LED lights, time consuming removal, and expensive price tag? Now, Sally Hansen, the leader in nail color innovation, is making manicure history with an entirely new way of thinking about long lasting nail color. Its new, patented Miracle Gel, is the first ever part lacquer, part gel manicure system that delivers up to 14 days of lasting color and shine in just 2 easy steps. Simply apply two coats of the Miracle Gel Color Coat, followed by the Miracle Gel Top Coat, to achieve the most convenient manicure, ever.

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THE TECHNOLOGY:   The Miracle Gel manicure contains patented Tube Technology. This allows a higher level of actives and continuous care ingredients to release into the gel lacquer film, prolonging the integrity of the film resulting in beautifully durable, shiny nails. The advanced Color Coat and Top Coat formulas contain an oligomer, and the Top Coat also contains a photoinitiator. The photoinitiator in the Top Coat formula reticulates with the oligomer contained in the Color Coat, thus curing the formula without the need of an LED/UV light. As the manicure cures over time, it becomes more durable due to the increased hardness of the film. So LED/UV lamp curing is not necessary, only natural light. Then, when you’re ready to change up your look. Miracle Gel comes off easily with both acetone-based and acetone-free nail polish remover – no soaking, wrapping, scraping, or filing necessary.

THE COLORS:    Available in 47 new and of-the-moment shades, cutting-edge Miracle Gel gives you a whole new way to think about color. Today’s color trends don’t follow rules, they make their own. Day or night, summer or winter, the hottest nail looks defy boundaries and capture timeless beauty with a playful, joyful confidence. So go ahead and embrace the pleasure of Miracle Gel’s color palette that complements all skin tones with fresh color categories.

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HOW TO USE:    Shake gently and apply 2 coats of Miracle Gel color. Activate curing with Miracle Gel Top Coat. No base coat needed.

 AVAILABILITY & PRICE:    Available starting November at Faces and Lifestyle stores, Price is 43 Aed for Miracle Lacquer, 45 for Top Coat and 70 Aed for Duo Pack (Nail Lacquer and Top Coat)

Hope you love this new beauty fix as much as I did. Comment below to let us know your experiences with the new Miracle Gel!

Until next time then lovelies…

– The Beauty Blog ME xx…

2b – New Generation of natural Lifestyle drinks launches in UAE

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The night of 29th September witnessed the launch of yet another fascinating new product in the UAE. ‘2B Active’ and ‘2B Relaxed’, two natural and refreshing fruit-flavored carbonated drinks were launched on Thursday at Armani hotel during an exclusive event along side the brand’s official ambassador and well known Bollywood celebrity Nargis Fakhri.

During the interview with the beauty blog me an excited and energetic Narghis went on to say how psyched out she is to be the face of an innovative product like 2b. ” I personally am a very health conscious person and always try and eat healthy.This multi-functional beverage fits well into my mission to promote healthy living which is why I have chosen to associate with it.”

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The unique thing about this drink is that it is an all natural healthy drink that not only gives your body the required nutrition whilst giving your immune system the necessary boost! The lightly carbonated, multi-functional fruit drinks contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Packed with essential vitamins and minerals, and no added sugar, 2B is a great way to help meet daily nutritional needs.

What I though of the 2 drinks:

2b Chill – An innovative chill-out drink with natural ingredients designed to promote a calm, relaxed and healthy lifestyle. Tangy yet sweet, this drink is created using extracts of hops and lemon balm, topped off with honey and a fruit mix made up pomegranate, banana, apricot, cranberry as well as the amino acid L-Tryptophan. 3/5

2b Thrill – This drink tasted slightly better than 2b chill to me. It contains amino acid L-Arginine, that is commonly sold as a health supplement to improve vascular health. The drink is also loaded with nutrients including maca, ginseng, royal jelly and an energizing mixture of apple, grape, mango, passion fruit and guava. 4/5

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Quite different from anything we currently have in the market the all new 2b drinks are the first of its kind healthy energy drinks that actually taste great too. Carry it with you to the gym, sip it on the beach or even have it at work to give yourself the kick you so need! I would definitely recommend you guys to try out this new fun n functional fruit drink with a twist!

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Where can you get it?

The drink is available at all convenience stores throughout the U.A.E including Al Maya, Choithrams, Al Safeer, Lifco, All day Minimart, E-mart, F-mart, Istanbul, Emarat, Abu Dhabi Co-op Society , and soon will be available in Spinneys, Geant, Union Co-op Society.Waitrose, Cinemas and all major vending machines across UAE.

It will also be available soon at all major Hotels, Clubs, Bars, Fitness outlets and Spa’s across the country.

About the Drink:

Packaged in a chic 250ml can, 2B is a tasty natural alternative that is designed to resonate with consumers who want an energy boost 2B active or 2B relaxed. The drinks were developed by Dr.Armin Breinl, member of the Austrian Anti-Aging Society, with a new formulation that features natural ingredients to promote health and well-being.

If you happen to try it out then comment below and let me know what you think. Until next time then, stay you, stay beautiful!

The beauty blog me

xoxo…

Konjac Sponge launches in the Middle East

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Hello, I come bearing some more good news for all you gorgeoustias today. Happy days are here again.

The Far East has been in the limelight for the past year or two, thanks to its innovative beauty and healthcare regimes, and for the first time, one of the top,global beauty crazes of the year, Konjac Facial Sponges, from the Konjac Sponge Co. are available for us in the UAE.

Konjac Facial Sponges have taken the world by storm with a cult, celebrity following including, Victoria Beckham, Angelina Jolie and Miranda Kerr. Unlike harsh chemical cleansers, Konjac sponges, created from the root of the Konjac plant, which grows in South Korea, Japan, China and Indonesia, gently exfoliates the skin and can be used every day for a deep, facial cleanse.

What makes the Konjac Sponge Co.’s sponges amongst the best on the market, is the fact that the sponges, which are available in an array of colours, are infused with natural clays, which provides deep pore cleansing and clarifying, and a variety of other, all-natural ingredients, to provide additional benefits to various skin ailments, such as dehydration and oily, acne prone skin.

The Konjac Sponge Company offers a selection of sponges in a variety of colours:

• Red: Dry, dehydrated skin

• Green: Normal to oily skin

• Pink: Devitalised, tired skin

• Natural: All skin types

• Charcoal: Acne/Spot prone skin

The Konjac Sponge Company also has a number of special purpose sponges available, including Konjac Baby Bath Sponges, Konjac Travel & Sports Sponges and the Konjac Gentlemen’s Sponge.

The Konjac Sponge’s are both kind to you and the environment. Each sponge is made from 100% natural vegetable fibre, which is naturally cleansing, removes water based make-up and is 100% colour free and biodegradable.The sponges are soft and gentle, yet sufficiently exfoliating and PH balanced. Each sponge lasts between 4 to 12 weeks.

The Konjac Sponge Co. sponges are available from September in The Organic Café and Make Up Etc, with more outlets to be announced soon. Prices start from AED 60.

Complete review up soon once I get my hands on this yummylicous beauty treat!

Until next time then, stay gorgeous

xoxo

Foreo & Yllume Facial at Harvey Nichols Dubai

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Hello lovelies,

I am back with another review, however this time it is not a particular product that I have tried and tested but a whole range of products.

A few days ago I was invited by the lovely team at Emerging Beauty brands to come in for a complimentary facial at Harvey Nichols Dubai courtesy, Foreo and Yllume.

Might I add it was a glorious experience. I went in looking tired and drained and came out looking fresh and fabulous.

The lovely Marie who was doing my facial was so full of knowledge and insights on facial & skin care, i was amazed to find out the many things i did NOT know about caring for your skin.

Let me take you all through the step by step procedure of the facial. The good thing is that if you have the products with you then this is something you can easily do yourself at home. For this facial, 5 Yllume products were used all of which are available at the Harvey Nichols store in MOE.

 

STEP 1

Cleansing – We began the facial by using the Yllume Ultimate Illuminating Complex Cleanser on my face and neck, Marie used her fingers and gently massaged my skin specifically the T-zone area as that is where most of the Bacteria settles.

Beauty Tip: While massaging the face always do it in a circular motion and start from the center then move outward. Also remember to ‘LIFT UP’ i.e. use sweeping motions starting at the base and sweep up

STEP 2

Cleansing Device – Moving along Marie then used the Foreo Luna cleansing device to cleanse my skin. The blue Luna works well on combination skin which happens to be my skin type, it comes along with a lot of benefits such as

  • Deeper, gentler cleansing for a healthy-looking glow
  • Skin looks and feels firmer for a more youthful appearance
  • Improves the absorption of your favorite skincare products
  • Promises all-round cleaner, fresher, more radiant skin

STEP 3

Face Mask – After washing my face with a damp sponge, she went on to use the Yllume Ultimate Illuminating Complex Mask on my face and neck. The mask contains colourless carotenoids that heal, calm, protect, control and slow the activity of tyrosinase – the enzyme that stimulates melanin production – working directly on melanin content within the skin cells, evening out hyper-pigmentation and lifting uneven skin tone. The Cross polymer papaya extracts also add to the exfoliating effect by lifting off the dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin.

 – Facial Massage – With the mask evenly spread out on my face Marie began massaging my face, neck and shoulder area. This one truly was the best part of the facial as it left me completely relaxed, i almost drifted off to sleep while Marie kept working the magic of her hands.

STEP 4

Toning – After removing the mask, Marie applied the Yllume Ultimate Illuminating Complex Tonic Mist to close the pores on my skin. The mist uses Polynesian Lagoon water (volcanic water) that is highly pure and rare which is them infused with Vitamin C and white tea extracts that brighten and refresh your complexion.

Beauty TIP – Make sure to always use a Toner after applying a face mask, as the mask opens up the pores on your skin. The toner however closes the pores therefore not allowing any bacteria form getting inside your skin.

STEP 5

Moisturizing Cream – Last but not the least to finish off the facial Marie applied the  Ultimate Illuminating Complex Cream. The cream is an absolute delight to have on as it works as a 3 in 1 mechanism. It has the properties of a day cream ,a night cream, an eye cream and sometimes even works as an intensive mask. it enriches, restores and deeply moisturizes whilst leaving the skin beautifully soft and smooth.

 Some images from the Facial room:

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– Blue Foreo Luna range for Combination skin

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The beauty room at Harvey Nichols, MOE

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– Displays in the Beauty room

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– Foreo Luna & Yllume skincare range

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– The lovely Marie and I post facial

Product & Price information:

Yllume Ultimate Illuminating Complex™ Skin Supplement -AED329
Yllume Ultimate Illuminating Complex™ Cleanser – AED230
Yllume Ultimate Illuminating Complex™ Tonic Mist – AED220
Yllume Ultimate Illuminating Complex™ Cream – AED488
Yllume Ultimate Illuminating Complex™ Mask – AED 378

 

Neutrogena Introduces The Visibly Clear® Spot Stress Control

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stres ControlHello lovelies,

Some wonderful news just popped into my inbox earlier today and I thought of sharing it with you guys. Neutrogena has come up with The Visibly Clear® Spot Stress Control range!

Yes you read it right, with its unique formula, the range helps to both treat and prevent spots before they appear, so we have one less stress to deal with.

Spot and acne-prone skin types shed even more skin cells which deposit on the skin’s surface, clogging pores and hair follicles. As this debris of dead cells and follicles builds up, the skin produces excess oil, which in turns leads to blackheads, breakouts and spots.

The microbeads in the Visibly Clear® Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub gently exfoliate the skin, whilst its Microclear® technology breaks through oil and dirt to unclog pores, allowing the formula to penetrate deep down and help clear spots. Frequent usage of the Visibly Clear® Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub has been clinically proven to reduce by 88% the occurrence of spots in the future as well.

Moreover, there are plenty other benefits derived from the regular usage of the Visibly Clear® Spot Stress Control: it improves our skin’s complexion and texture, from dull to radiant; it keeps the skin smooth and soft; and it diminishes the appearance of large pores, giving our skin a healthy polished glow.

So, keep calm and smile on! The NEW Visibly Clear® Spot Stress Control is one sure way to beat the stress in our life.

Product and Price information: 

Neutrogena® Visibly Clear® Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub, AED 44.86

Neutrogena® product range is available in pharmacies and supermarkets across the UAE.

 

 * Prices may vary depending on the outlet