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….

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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…

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

Neutrogena Introduces The Visibly Clear® Spot Stress Control

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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

Human+Kind – The skincare brand with a conscience

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Hello,

The Beauty Blog Me is back with yet another beauty fix for all you lovely ladies.

Introducing an innovative beauty brand, Human + Kind has come up with some sensational natural beauty products to simplify your life.  We have all been there , running late and having absolutely no time to wash our hair. Well now we have a solution.

The Human+ Kind Shampoo+Bodywash is a 2 in 1 cleansing product designed to ease your shower routine. This 99.6% natural product is SLS and paraben free. The product is designed to work both as a Shampoo and a body wash. Since it is designed to function as a shampoo, you have the option of choosing from a variety of three to suit your hair type.

You can use the Orange Shampoo+Body Wash for Dry, damaged hair along with the matching conditioner. The product is designed to add volume and shine due to the orange extracts that also invigorate your skin.

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For Sensitive Hair and Skin, the Apple & Herbs Shampoo+Body Wash works wonders while being gentle. With the extracts of Calendula, Aloe Vera and Marshmallow root, the products restores moisture, soothes your scalp and helps in detangling your hair easily.

And if you are unsure about the nature of your hair or are looking for something that works on all concerns, why not go for the Grapefruit Shampoo+Bodywash that is designed for all hair types. It nourishes and softens your hair and skin while the gentle fragrance of grapefruit will leave you feeling energized.

The Shampoo+Body Wash’s also come with complementing hair conditioners that are designed to add further nourishment to your hair, which are also available in 250 ml tubes that are perfect to carry in your hand bag and for daily use.

Human+Kind products are on sale in the UAE at the following outlets: Boots, Marina Pharmacy,United Pharmacy, Organic Foods & Café, Make Up Etc. in Palm Strip Mall Jumeirah, The Change Initiative and Down To Earth, as well as online through Glambox.me & Zanedo.com (My Fav)

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Product & price information:

All-in-one Shampoo+Body Wash Normal hair 250ml, AED45

All-in-one Conditioner Normal hair 200ml, AED45

All-in-one Shampoo+Body Wash dry hair 250ml, AED45

All-in-one Conditioner dry hair 200ml, AED45

All-in-one Shampoo+Body Sensitive 250ml, AED45

All-in-one Conditioner Sensitive 200ml, AED45

The brand also has some great skin care products.To check out the complete range and learn more about the story of the Human+Kind brand, log on to http://www.humanandkind.com.

Until next time, stay gorgeous 

xoxo