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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WOJOOH Launches its very own Make-up line – Wow by Wojooh

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Last weekend i had the pleasure of attending the launch of WOJOOH brands new make up line called – Wow by Wojooh. The event was held at the glorious Nawaara restaurant in JW Marriot Marquis in Dubai. Featuring a lovely pink theme the venue had everything from the lighting, decor, furniture and the host itself decked in a lovely shade of crimson pink. Beauty experts were present throughout the venue offering visitors some great beauty tips and hacks and various make-up techniques on application of foundation, lip color, eye-shadow and more.

The low-down

The line Wow by Wojooh, is the result of the beauty brand’s 17 years in this market. It has been developed to meet demand from an increasingly sophisticated and makeup savvy consumer base. It will consist of a total of 140 products and shades ranging from heat-proof foundation to extreme wear lip lacquer.

What makes Wow by Wojooh different from the rest?
Wow by Wojooh combines European makeup know how with regional expertise and creativity. It is made in Europe but inspired by the demands of the region, keeping the Middle Eastern consumer at the very center of its creation.

The heat and the humidity demand strong, long lasting ingredients along with high concentrations of pigmentation that provide great coverage. Wow by Wojooh has all that and more. Wojooh is famous for its expertise and its friendly, connected approach. The launch of Wow by Wojooh will be accompanied by on-line makeup tutorials, videos and in-store expert advice. The brand is with its customers every step of the way!

Beautylicious WOJOOH Goodies in my Box!

The best thing about Wojooh products is that these products can multi-task! My Wojooh goodness box contained the following awesome-sauce products!

1) COLOR GLAMOUR – Highly Pigmented Eye Shadow Palette

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Color Glamour palettes come in 3 essential combinations with velvety, pearly, metallic and sparkling shades. Full of minerals and easy to blend for an immediate color payoff, silky to the touch and oh so addictive, you won’t be able to put that palette down! The color intensity on the palette is exactly what you can expect to see on your lids. The combinations are endless for a sultry smokey, summery sun-kissed or a dashing diva look.

2) Master Blender – All in One Complexion Unifier (My Fav!)

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I have been on the look out for the perfect foundation sponge for the longest time and now I finally have it. This sponge is best used to precisely dab foundation or concealer into those hard to reach zones (corner of the eyes, nose crease, etc) It can also be used to evenly blend and layer liquid facial products, AND its PINK! what more can a girl ask for ? 🙂

3) LASH IT ALL – Volume, Length, Curl

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Lash It All is the only true all-in-one mascara with a smudge free formula and a clump-free guard system. Pamper your lashes with its unique silicon conical brush for easy and precise application. Surprise: the super-intense black mascara smells like beautiful magnolias!
Delivering volume, length AND curl, lashes are all thicker, all multiplied, and all darker!

4) COLOR RITUAL – Breathe-in Nail Polish

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Color Ritual – Breathe-in Nail Polish is uniquely formulated to allow water and air to pass through, permitting nails to breathe. Painting just got easier with a precision brush while discoloration and yellowing got the boot thanks to a UV filter in the formula. Besides 28 pearly, metallic and sparkling shades, you’ll find 2 anti-chip top coats: for a classic glossy finish or for that edgy matte look.

5) LIPSTUCK – Extreme Wear Lip Lacquer

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Lipstuck is an extreme lip lacquer formulated to have its array of intense matte colors last and last. The smooth texture is enriched with natural minerals. Water resistant and non-transferable, it holds on tight, so don’t you worry about leaving a trace behind! Guaranteeing you that eternal lip color, light catching and comfortable in texture, this lip lacquer is so supple that it shapes and hugs your lips perfectly for a voluptuous smooch. There’s more good news: unlike many lip stains, Lipstuck will keep your lips hydrated.

Wojooh, formerly known as Faces, is the Middle East preferred beauty retailer having over 70 stores across 10 countries in the region. Wojooh is the Middle East reference, sharing your love of beauty. The new make-up truly is as amazing as it looks in the images. The application is flawless and lasts upto 10 hours, definitely recommend it.

Thank you so much for having me there team Wojooh! It was one amazing night! Check out some snaps from the launch…

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Until next time then lovelies ! 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

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

 

Product Review: FOREO Luna Mini

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Introducing a new innovation in skin care technology, the recently launched Foreo Luna Mini comes along with just ‘ THE’ answer to all your skin care problems.

Bringing forth an exciting new way to care for your skin, FOREO’s premium range of LUNA™ skincare devices will give you an instantly radiant, healthier-looking complexion. We’ve been cleaning our faces the same way for centuries – now it’s time to make the change!

Getting Beautiful Skin Just Got Easier

Not only is the LUNA™ mini a seriously stylish device, it also delivers on its promises. Just 1 minute’s use morning and night will leave the skin looking naturally beautiful with a healthy-looking glow, while dirt, oil and makeup residue are driven away. Simply apply your cleanser of choice, wet the LUNA™ mini, turn it on and cleanse your way to clearer and cleaner skin.

Beautiful Skin Anytime, Anywhere

With its smart, compact design, the LUNA™ mini is fully rechargeable for up to 300 beauty treatments per USB charge, so it’s perfect to take on the go. It’s also completely waterproof which means you can use it in the shower, plus there’s no need for any replacement brush heads. With a 2-Year Limited Warranty and a 10-Year Quality Guarantee, there’s every reason to invest in your skin!

Deep Cleansing Never Felt This Good

Forget booking appointments for facials, you can have your mini facial right in the comfort fo your own home. Nonporous, the LUNA™ mini keeps bacteria buildup away for a far more hygienic cleansing surface than standard sonic brushes. Each one of the LUNA™ mini’s 1,300 nonabrasive touch-points are coated with smooth silicone for cleansing that feels so good, it’s like getting a mini-facial. These touch-points are specially configured into 3 zones – so whatever your skin type, the LUNA™ mini has the answer

Some of the many AMAZING BENEFITS:

  • Clearer, brighter and healthier-looking skin
  • New way of cleansing that is deep, yet gentle
  • Skin is freed of dirt, oil and makeup residue
  • Pores are cleansed of blemish-causing impurities

Color Range:

The Luna Mini is available in 5 attractive colors that are bound to win the hearts of beauty lovers around the globe. My personal favorite is the Mini Magenta, but then again I am a sucker for anything pink 😉 Small in size, yet big on results thats the Luna Mini for you ! You can get this one of a kind skin care device at all Harvey Nicholas stores across Dubai

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Comment below and let us know your experiences with the Luna Mini.
Hope you enjoyed reading the review as much as I did reviewing and writing it, until next time then beauty lovers 😉

Product of the week: Ponds

Hi lovelies,

Here’s a quick tip off for you’ll. I have recently started using Ponds products and I just can’t seem to get enough of them. The Facial foam and BB creme act like a miracle for the skin. Use the @pondsarabia Facial foam for an instant glow followed by the @pondsarabia BB creme for a flawless look. These have worked like a dream for my skin, total love ❤️

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Product Review : Fun in the Sun with Neutrogena

Hi Lovelies,

Hope you all have had a fabulous week so far!

The beauty blog me has come up with yet another exciting product review. I have taken the liberty to try out some lovely Neutrogena products for all you beauty lovers out there! Read on to know more about Neutrogena’s scintillating new range of products.

If you are planning to embark on a travel adventure this summer then these Neutrogena products are a must have in your carry bag.Not just will they will help you look your best, but will also keep your skin glowing and protected throughout the summer season.

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I have now been using the Neutrogena Visibly Clear® Pore & Shine facial wash for over a week now and it has done some serious wonders for my skin. With the prickly heat in Dubai getting worse day-to-day my skin was having some serious acne breakouts and it looked just awful. The Neutrogena face wash has worked like a magic potion for my skin, not only did the acne visibly reduce but it completely disappeared within 3-4 days. I haven’t seen one come on as yet either.

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The Neutrogena Visibly Clear® Pore & Shine facial wash keeps both pores and shine under control. It removes 77% of excess sebum and unclogs pores, giving you a naturally fresh, matte finish and visibly refined looking skin. All you need for a flawless-looking complexion this summer!

Next on the bucket list is nothing short of a saviour the Neutrogena Deep Clean Makeup Remover Wipes. With one easy sweep, these ultra-soft, pre-moistened wipes effectively and gently clear away makeup – even waterproof mascara, dirt and oil leaving skin thoroughly clean. Definitely a must for your travel beauty kit!

I can’t stress this enough: don’t leave anywhere without applying SPF. There’s nothing as damaging to your skin as UV radiation. It causes wrinkles, brown spots and the accelerated aging of our skin. Sunscreen is the best ally we’ve got! So, make sure you pack the Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen (SPF 30, 45 & 55). It’s water-resistant, it feels weightless and has a matte finish on your skin. Plus, it’s PABA free and non-comedogenic too.

I am sure after reading this review you cant wait to get your hands on these Neutrogena Goodies! Trust me you will be as excited to use them as I was, oh and did i mention the face wash smells absolutely divine, I haven’t come across a better scented face product in my life. Everything you need in terms of names, pricing and availability can be found below. Hope this helps !

Until next time then beauty lovers xx

Product information:

Neutrogena® Visibly Clear® Pore & Shine Daily Wash, AED 44.86

Neutrogena® Deep Clean Makeup Remover Wipes, AED 29.14

Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen (SPF 30, 45 and 55), AED 67.82