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Your guide to applying cream eyeshadow

A couple of years ago, I purchased a cream Essence eyeshadow. It was in a small round tub, and it was a silverish grey. I liked the color when I seen it the first time. This little tub sat in my draw for years, and in the beginning of the year I was packing all my products and I had a look at it; it wasn’t very creamy and unfortunately I had to get rid of it. Something which I hate doing even if I’m not using the product!

After that I stuck to powder shadows, until I seen the Kyshadows in Kylie’s Holiday Edition, and I fell in love! I had to get my hands on these little tubs. After months of saving up I was finally able to get my hands on these products. And yes! It was so worth the wait. The colors and pigmentation are amazing.

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Swatches of the Kyshadow; pictured above is Yellow Gold, Golden Plum and Camo.

When I first tried these products I had no idea that cream eyeshadow cannot be applied the same way that powder shadows are applied, and after an application in less then half an hour the product creased.

I was quite angry and disappointed and I thought something could possibly be wrong with the product. I then thought if this product costs so much it should at least be working, little did I know that I wasn’t applying it properly!  After many failed applications, I decided that I needed to do something about this! There had to be a way for it to look good on me.

After testing and trying out many different methods, I finally came up with something that actually works and guarantees the product to stay on your eyes for an extremely long period of time.

  1. This is the most important rule of cream shadow: apply it using your finger! You may use a small flat brush but for it to actually sit, use your finger!
  2. Apply a concealer to your eyelids, this could be a cream or liquid concealer and then use a damp Beautyblender to blender the product in.
  3. Then apply a dab of eyeshadow primer, just a teeny tiny bit not a little bit more.
  4. Once you have done that, apply an eyeshadow that is the same color as your skin, I used a foundation sponge to apply and blend the eyeshadow.
  5. If you are going to be applying a powder eyeshadow, then you need to apply it in this step. You cannot apply a powder shadow after you have applied the cream shadow, so ensure your apply all your powder products before you apply the cream eyeshadow.
  6. The cream shadow is applied last, using your fingertip to spread and pat the product to how to you want it to be.
  7. I then apply a fixing powder to my eyelid.
  8. Lastly, I use a fixing spray so that it can stay in place.

Yes I know it sounds like a lot of work, but these are some steps that need to be done in order for the cream shadow to stay in place. Once I figured this out, I’m constantly using my cream shadows as I don’t have to work about it creasing.

 

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Above I’m using the shade Yellow Gold.

P.S. Did you find this method helpful?

Makeup Glam: Get this Look

Hello lovies! Not too long ago, I went for a wedding and I did this super glam look which I’ve been meaning to share with you.

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Makeup details:

Eyes: Kylie Cosmetics eyeshadow in Camo on the lid and the crease, and then I used the BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel highlighter on the inner corner of my eye to make my eyes pop.

Eyeliner: Rimmel Exaggerated Liquid Liner

Brows: For the Brows I used  Rimmel Brow this Way, I cannot get enough of this product!

Face: Foundation is Artistry in Cappuccino.

Concealer: LA Girl Cosmetics in Toffee

Baking: Ben Nye Banana Powder

For contouring and highlighting I used Artist Of Makeup Contour in Dark and                     highlighter in Medium. To obtain a bit of shimmer I used the highlighter from the               Carli Bybel palette.

Setting: LA Girl setting spray.

Lips: Kylie Cosmetics in Vixen

P.s. Do you love this look? I know I definitely do!

 

DIY: Charcoal mask

Hey babes

Charcoal masks are all over the internet and on social media sites! These charcoal masks promises you different and flawless skin and boy! it does live up to those expectations. Long before charcoal masks become a trend I was already experimenting with it and I loved the way it looked and made my skin feel so I made it part of my beauty regiment.

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Throughout the day toxins from around the world we live in clog our pores. Once your pores are clogged it has a negative impact on your complexion. When activated charcoal is used in a face mask it helps to pull the dirt out of your pores and makes them less visible; this leaves your face super fresh and a radiant complexion. It also helps with oily skin, activated charcoal can pull the unwanted excess oils from your skin, leaving it super smooth.

Yours truly is here to share one of my favorites which always leaves my skin extremely glowy and fresh.

This mask is extremely easy and you will see a huge difference in your skin.

You will need:

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  • Two tablespoons of activated charcoal
  • enough honey to create a paste

I used the powdered activated charcoal, you can obtain activated charcoal at your local pharmacy, if you do have the capsules you can open it up and use the powder within the capsule, however the capsules are more expensive then the powder.

Mix the activated charcoal with a little bit of honey, add more if necessary until you obtain a paste. Once you’ve made a paste you can apply it directly to your face for about 30- 45 minutes and then wash off. Apply a moisturizer thereafter.

What these ingredients do:

Activated charcoal draws bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro- particles to the surface of the skin, helping you to achieve a flawless complexion and fight acne at the same time.

Honey : Honey is a naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention, its full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging. It is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow and a flawless complexion. Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.

Your pores will thank you later!

P.S. if you try out this mask, do let me know if it had the same effect on your skin, and you welcome.

Is the Silisponge the new Beauty Blender?

I’m sure you’ve heard and seen all the fuss about this weird little clear object which resembles plastic and all the beauty gurus have been ravishing about how its changing their game of makeup. I too like most of you seen all this, but I wasn’t sold on a small, weird little plastic hanging my makeup game but being the curious being that I am, I obtained a Silisponge.

When it arrived I was astonished at how it looked, but it felt really soft and extremely cool on my hand. I was extremely sceptical about using it, and it lied on my table for a few weeks until recently, when I was obliged to use it as all my blenders were just washed, little had I known that this small, weird plastic would change my life!

 

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The SiliSponge

 

The Silisponge is at first a bit challenging to use but once you get the hang of it, your face will thank you! I promise! Silisponge uses about a quarter of the amount of foundation that you usually use with a brush or blender, if you apply the normal amount which you usually use you will notice that the silisponge doesn’t work and it won’t blend because there’s way too much product. You have to actually get the hang of the amount of product you need in order for the sponge to work. This see through plastic is made out of silicone and encapsulated in a super- flexible material which called thermoplastic polyurethane, and this allows your products such as foundation, concealer, highlighter or creamy blush not to soak thus using less product.

And that’s not even the best part of the SiliSponge! Unlike your other applicators, its super easy to clean. You can rinse it clean with water and soap, wipe it with a clean cloth or if you in a hurry, you can wipe it with one of  your makeup wipe. That’s the absolute best part of the SiliSponge, you can wash or wipe and be on the go, the moment you are done! Unlike other applicators where you have to wait for hours. The only thing which I don’t like about the SiliSponge is that its a bit challenging blending around the nose and the inner corner of your eye, its going to take a little bit more practise to get the hang of that.

My verdict: Apart from that, I love the Silisponge and I do recommend going and getting yourself one immediately!

 

 

Outfit Of The Day: Check and Red Lips

Hello Dolls!

I haven’t blogged in forever as I’ve been busy trying to get my degree but now that its in my pocket, I will be having more time to spend on blogging. I just realized that I haven’t did an outfit post and I have been meaning to, so this post will be dedicated to a super gorgeous yet casual outfit.

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I absolutely love this outfit, it can be dressed up and down at the same time. I went for an extremely long checked shirt (that is super halaal) and I paired it with a dark blue denim that I folded at the end so that my killer boots won’t be missed!

The print of the checked shirt made it busy but not too loud. Since there was a lot of blue going on, I added these black ankle boot heels which are super comfortable and can be worn during every season of the year! How great is that!

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A black over sized handbag matched perfectly with the boots and helped the outfit come together.

And finally for my hijab, I went for a dark blue scarf that matched with the hues of blue of the shirt. The twisted turban style added a twist to my very put together outfit. My makeup was super subtle so to round off my look I added red lipstick, of course!

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Outfit details:

Check Shirt: Legit

Blue denim jeans: Edgars

Black ankle boots: Mr Price

Scarf: Pick and Pay Clothing

Handbag: Michael Kors

Lippie: Mac in Russian Red

 

 

How To Contour and Highlight

When I first discovered contour and highlighting over a year ago, I was mind boggled! I was so fascinated and I had to get my hands on these products that would help me get such amazing results. At that time there wasn’t contour and highlighting sticks, so I had to search and search. Finally my search paid off when I was visiting my brother, and decided to pop into Mac which was just around the corner. I was shown a conceal and correct palette and I wasn’t really bought on it being the one to get my perfectly chiseled face. The artist there then just did a light contour on me, and I was sold! I used the conceal and correct palette till I got my hands on the Artist of Makeup Contour and Highlight Stick, and I’ve never looked back.

Since I’m going on about contouring and highlighting let me break it down for you, and then help you perfect your contour and highlight. Contouring is when you use a darker shade of product (which I’ll get into shortly) to define your features and creates an illusion of structure and lift on your face. Highlighting involves using shade of product quite a few shades lighter then you skin color to illuminate and draw all the attention to those areas of your face. In the picture below the darker product is the contour and the lighter one is the highlighter.

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Depending on your face shape the places that you apply your products to your face will be different. The picture below will guide you on where you should apply product.

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Now that I’ve broken it down for you, I’m gonna share with you how I do my contouring and highlighting. I used the Artist of Makeup Highlight and Contour stick.

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I applied Contour to the places on my face that I’d like to define and highlighter to the places that I would like to stand out. Contouring and highlighting your nose allows your nose to appear more defined and shape.

I then took my angled brush and blended the contour, and then took my beauty blender and blended everything together. When blending, dab the blender on the areas with the product and everywhere else.

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After blending the product

Once you’ve blended everything in really well you can apply a touch of blush just a little above the contour. However, if you are a bit like me and you want that even more defined look, then do continue reading.

To make my contour and highlight stand out even more, I applied the Revolution bronzer lightly over the contour, I then used the Revolution highlighter over where I just highlighted and then a shimmer highlighter over. To set I used my Max Factor Translucent Powder.

I love love the AOM products, they are literally the best, totally worth the splurge. For a drugstore product the LA Pro Girl Concealer can be used which can be purchased at Dis-Chem, just ensure that you choose a really darker and much lighter shade to get that really defined look.

A concealer or foundation alternatively can be used, just ensure that you choose a darker product for contour and a much lighter shade for highlighting.

Contouring and Highlighting just gives your makeup the WOW factor that its lacking.

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NYFW embraces the Hijab

While most of us were celebrating Eid and I was engrossed in the lovely world of assignments, Anniesa Hasibuan made history! I’m sure some of you are not too sure about who’s she and why she’s so important that she deserved a blog post plus respect and awe from me. Well let me clear all that up for you!

Whilst we all were Eid vibing, Anniesa Hasibuan made history by showcasing a hijab collection at NYFW. Yes, NEW YORK FASHION WEEK!! Anniesa is a 29- year old Indoniesian fashion designer from Jakarta, that has been displaying her work of modest wear at various fashion weeks but she certainly reached a milestone when her Spring/Summer 2017 (SS 17) was showcase during NYFW. The fashion industry welcomed this collection with open arms and there was nothing but ravishing about her and her collection.

 

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The designer herself: Anniesa Hasibuan thanks attendees

The collection consisted of evening wear inspired from Indonesia and its fashion, classic techniques and a distinctive touch of the hijab. The hijab was worn with crystal- crusted eye wear, pajama pants and very chic layering. The collection consisted of a vast amount of pastels, embellishments made each garment stand out, silk kaftans and robes were layered in many ensembles. The final piece included an ensemble with multi-colored embellishments and a gorgeous trail with a matching hijab. The designer made the hijab look extremely trendy and a must have accessory this Spring and Summer.

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Photo credit: Google Images

How stunning is the final ensemble! Displaying a hijab collection in one of the most critiqued industries and them actually embracing shows how much we’ve moved forward in terms of modest wear and religion. While countries are banning the hijab, New York chose to be accepting and provided a platform to show the hijab and how it can be worn and still look stylish, chic and beautiful. The Indonesian culture plus the Islamic head scarf mixed with modesty and lots of embellishments definitely made a statement and will be talked about for years to come!

If you want to see more of the show and the stunning garments as these are only a few of the ensembles from the show, then watch the video below:

 

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