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I wish I knew this before getting Eyelash Extensions

HAPPY NEW YEAR DOLLS!

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I hope each and every one of you had a lovely festive season, and I wish you all the best for the upcoming year. I would also like to thank each and everyone of you for keeping up with my blog, I know I haven’t had the best track record on blogging but hey it’s a new year and I’m going to try and catch up. Today I’m going to be writing about eyelash extensions and my experiences and knowledge thereof.

Eyelash extensions are amazing, they take your makeup and your face to another level and ensures that you always are on point even on your-not-so-pretty days. There is however a downside to getting your eyelashes done, which I wish I had known prior to getting them done.

If you are reading this and have no idea what eyelash extensions are or what I’m talking about, what world are you living in?

Well, let me break it down for you. Eyelash extensions are individual lashes which  are applied to your natural lashes which enhances the length, thickness and fullness of your own lashes, its usually done by a certified technician, you can do it by yourself but its a tedious task; these extensions which are done by a technician will cost you an arm, yes, really! its quite expensive, although totally worth it and it will last for about 4-6 weeks or less. False eyelashes and eyelash extensions are not the same thing, false eyelashes can be taken off immediately after wearing them, whereas lash extensions lasts for quite a while.

The perk of having these lash extensions is that you look fabulous all the time without even trying, you even wake up fabulous! Who doesn’t love waking up that way! However it takes hours to get them done, and you might have to lay down with your eyes closed for up to three hours which makes you quite cringy!

You also might have to alter the way you sleep, if you sleep on your face on in any other weird face position, when you wake up your eyelash extensions are good be all weird, heading in all directions. In the morning when you wake up, to wash your face you will have to be extremely careful around the eye area and when you shower too. If you are like me and shower more then twice a day then they don’t last as long and they not as pretty after each time I shower.

And did I mention that they are quite high maintenance? Each day you are required to brush out your lashes, I used an old mascara wand. After over two weeks, you most likely will have to go fill them in as the lashes may start falling off, and it could cost up to R200,00 or more, depending on the eyelash clinic. Also its quite challenging putting on eyeliner and removing off your eye makeup has to be done with make-up remover wipes, and should be done carefully as a lash could come off whilst you wiping.

Lastly, when you have extensions on, your normal eyelashes don’t grow and frankly when I took them off they looked shorter; if you continuously have extensions your eyelashes will be like little stubbles. Each eyelash starts falling off on their own, but if you do decide to take them out on your own cos as they start falling out it looks like spider webs, sort of, then you can use baby oil to carefully take it, however this can be extremely painful.

Yes, I do wish I knew this before I got extensions, although I don’t think I would have changed my mind, because lets face it, lashes are everything! I will most likely go and do them once again, although I’ll now know what to expect.

What are your thoughts or experiences regarding lash extensions? I’d love to hear about it!

 

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Foundation on a Budget

Foundation forms the base of any look, and with the right foundation blended into your face you can conquer the world! Yes ladies, you all know what I’m talking about. In the morning when you put your face on,your foundation is your go- to product and once you’ve perfectly blended it in and added some eyeliner, mascara and a bold lippie, you are a queen ready to slay the day and whatever may be headed your way. It is crucial to purchase a foundation that caters to your needs, blends effortlessly and doesn’t allow any holes to occur in your pocket. As a student and a makeup junkie, my face always has to be on point, so it is crucial for me to get a good buy for my money. Foundation just covers up whatever you would like to hide, while giving you a fresh looking face. Yes, you need sleep in order to have nice looking skin but foundation just helps to enhance your skin and just gives you a face that doesn’t look weary or tired.

Foundation is one of the basic essentials that every girl needs in her make- up bag, whether you are a makeupholic or not. My skin is not that bad but I do love a good foundation just to ensure that my face is dewy and at times flawless. When I started wearing foundation, I would just use the same one without realizing what the actual differences between different foundations and brands were. As I started learning more about foundation I realized what my needs were and knew what I was looking for as I went shopping. I was able to obtain foundation that suited my needs and at the same time fitted my wallet. I’ve decoded the best foundation/s on a budget that will your face an effortless look, without looking less then a high- end product.

5. Maybelline FIT me!

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Maybelline FIT me: R179,95

Maybelline FIT me Matte + Poreless Foundation contains SPF so you won’t get sunburnt during the day. Its super matte and long lasting. It blurs out your pores, so you won’t have to worry about your pores showing! It also gives your face a super dewy finish, and leaves your face looking extremely fresh and who doesn’t love a fresh, dewy face for a night out, after working tirelessly for hours. With this lovely product you won’t be needing to put your makeup on all over again if you heading out for the night.

4. L. A. Girl Perfecting Liquid Makeup

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L. A. Girl Perfecting Liquid Makeup: R79.95

The cheapest foundation from the lot but don’t undermine this little guy. Its super cheap and the results are amazing. This product is super creamy, blends seamlessly and gives your face a flawless finish lasting throughout the day. It also gives your face a super fresh look.

If you haven’t found the right concealer, do try the L.A. Girl Concealer, its just as amazing as the foundation! I promise.

3. Revlon PhotoReady AirBrush Effect

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Revlon PhotoReady Foundation: R289,95

All the products from the Revlon Photoready collection are amazing. This foundation does give your foundation an airbrush effect. I love this foundation because it has a bit of a sparkle in it, so it cannot be used for a very natural look. However its long lasting, gives your skin an really nice finish and blends really well. It also makes you look amazing in photos, which is an added bonus!

2. Rimmel Stay Matte

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Rimmel Stay Matte: R119,95

This is a dupe for the Kat Von D Lock-it Tatoo Foundation, so you know its more than amazing! This foundation is extremely light, it feels like you have no foundation on! It blends flawlessly, looks super natural and leaves your face matte for the entire day. Need I say more?

1. L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H Foundation

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L’Oreal Infallible 24H: R185,00

This L’Oreal Infallible foundation is everything! Like literally everything you need in a foundation. It has an extremely light texture and blends seamlessly. And like the name says it lasts for 24 hours! Yes, for real! Just ensure you blend it really well and once you have completed your makeup, you apply a setting powder so it does last for hours. It also hides blemishes and is waterproof, and did I mention it looks amazing on your face!

*Products can be purchased at a local Dis- Chem or Clicks near you. Prices are subjected to change.

How to get perfect brows

Hello dolls

This week I won’t be publishing a blog post as I’m in the midst of studying. I’ll be uploading one as soon as I’m done with exams. If there’s something specific that you would like me to blog about please comment below and I will get to it.

I made a Vlog of how I get my eyebrows on fleek, and hopefully it will suffice for me not blogging this week.

Product Review: Lime Crime Velvetines

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I received these Lime Crime lip colors a over a month ago but I haven’t worn it. I swatched it when I first got it and loved it, I used it on a few of my clients and loved how it looked but I still hadn’t tried them. About two weeks ago I decided well I can’t let these lippies stand so I decided to try them.

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Swatches of the Lime Crime Velvetines

When I first put it on it felt really glossy on my lips, and I thought well aren’t these suppose to be matte? After about ten minutes it turned matte and looked amazing! I loved the pigmentation and how matte it is. Yes it is a bit pricey but it looks really good so why not splurge? Another great thing I discovered when wearing this was how long it stays, you could eat a whole steak and sip mocktails the entire night and it would just stay as it is! If you happen to fall off to sleep, you will wake up with it looking exactly the same as how it was when you just put it (not that I fell asleep with it). A facial wipe doesn’t just remove the lip color, you will need makeup remover and a lot of cotton swabs. I always like my lips to be moisturized, it doesn’t have to be the whole bottle of Vaseline but I do like it to be moisturized. The glitch on the Lime Crimes is that after a few hours your lips don’t feel as moisturized, and might actually feel dry even though the pigmentation is amazing. I put a bit of Vaseline just to get a bit of moisture and I was good to go. Apart from that little glitch, I do still think its amazing.

Verdict: 3.5/5 because of the small glitch apart from that its worth the purchase.

It’s a bit pricey if you mostly buy drugstore products, but it doesn’t cost as much as other high-end products. Its very matte, the colors are amazing; they are also extremely pigmented and long lasting. Are there better lippies out there? There’s always a better one, but for the price you getting a really good lip product.Worth the splurge? Definitely

 

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Above I’m wearing the lip color: Saint 

If you have tried these Lime Crime lippies, do comment below and tell me whether the experience was mutual. And if you enjoyed this post please like and share because sharing is caring!

Your Guide to Makeup Brushes

 

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I love love brushes, they are everything, literally everything! Anyone that has started using brushes or already owns a gazillion will agree with me. Without brushes your makeup doesn’t look as good, because let’s be real, your hands can be used but there’s an extent to them also; like how are you putting powder or even applying and blending eyeshadow with your hands? Yes, you could be able to do that but the result is you looking super basic, so don’t even bother. With the introduction of brushes, your hands don’t even have to get messy and it just takes your makeup to another level, so you won’t ever have to worry of looking basic. Its amazing that new brushes keep on coming out and somehow we still find a use for them and absolutely need them in our collections. Yes, I’m one of those! But I can’t say no to brushes.

There are so thousands of different makeup brushes, and its difficult choosing the right one for a specific purpose, and then you end up buying a brush which you never use because you don’t know what to use it for or use the brush but incorrectly so there’s no use for the brush. Most of the time its these simple errors that keeps us back from obtaining a flawless finish. Well those errors will be easily taken away by yours truly, as this post is dedicated to brushes and their specific uses.

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Above is a picture of the brushes that you will use to obtain a flawless finish, I will start from the top and explain each one till the end.

  1. The Powder Brush: This brush is used to apply powder on your face and also to blend powder. It can also be used to blend the rest of your face if you do not have another brush. The powder brush can also be used to apply bronzer and blend your highlighter and contour on your face; it doesn’t have the same effect as a highlighter or contour brush but it works pretty well. This is definitely a brush that you need in your makeup kit.
  2. The Body Brush: I don’t really use this brush but this brush comes with a set if you buy one. It can be used to evenly blend and distribute products on your face and body. It really helps to even out the product on your body, so that everything looks like one tone and not multiple shades at once.
  3. The Blush Brush: I don’t even really have to explain this one because I’m sure you know exactly what its for, but if you don’t, allow me to explain it once again. The blush brush helps you to take the blush and apply it your cheekbones. The brush is usually and angled fluffy one to evenly distribute the different hues across your cheekbones.
  4. The Foundation Brush: This brush is usually similar to a concealer brush but much bigger and more flatter. You can apply foundation to the brush or to your face and then use the brush to evenly distribute the product across your face. Make sure you use the brush to evenly blend out the product across your face. You can then use powder, body or contour brush to ensure that the product is well blended into your skin.
  5. The Highlighter Brush: A highlighter brush allows you evenly apply and blend the highlighter on the areas that you applied it. You can then use this brush to apply a shiny highlighter over your creamy highlighter after it has been blended in. A fan brush can also be used to evenly apply the glittery or shiny highlighter to your face.
  6. The Contour Brush: The contour brush can be used to apply and blend the contour to your face. The contour brush is usually an angled brush that’t not very  fluffy but really helps to get that angled look. Ensure when you use this brush that when you blending it, you blending it as your contoured, so that your angled look is not all over but only at the parts where you would like it to look like its angled.
  7. The Primer Brush: The primer brush displayed above is a bit fluffy but the angle is rounder. This brush is used to apply primer to your face and then blend the primer in. A primer brush can also be a bit smaller to easily blend the primer in. This brush can also be used to blend in the concealer and other products on your face.
  8. The Concealer Brush: This brush is much similar to the foundation brush but its much smaller and the bristles are also much more then the foundation brush. It can be used to apply concealer to all the areas of your face you would like to conceal and also to blend the concealer on your face. It can also be used to apply contour and highlighter to your face, and color corrector.
  9. 10, 11, 12. Eyeshadow Brushes: All these brushes are used for eyeshadow.  9 & 10 can be used to apply the base of your eyeshadow and also eyeshadow on your eyes. The flatter ones are used to apply the eyeshadow to your eye. The rounder ones such as 10 are used to blend the eyeshadow. You cannot use 10 for anything other then blending the eyeshadow. If you apply product on it, it will fall and its not going to be in place because it is NOT for application. Please remember this as many are prone to this mistake.

13. The Brow Bone Brush: This brush can be used to apply product to your brow bone, not your brows! It can also be used to blend the highlighter if highlighter is applied under your eye brows.

14. The Brow Brush: The brow brush is always a small, flat, super angled brush. This can be used to apply product to your brows, as well as fill in your brows, and line your brows to get a perfectly arched brow.

15. The Eyeliner Brush: Yes you know what this brush is  for. Its used to apply eyeliner to your and will also help you obtain that winged eyeliner that you’ve always been lusting after. The thinner the brush, the thinner the liner will be and the easier it will be to use.

16. The Lip Brush: This brush can be used to apply lip products such as lipstick, lipgloss and lip liner. It will help you not only to apply the products to your lips, but get your cupids brow right and perfectly line your lips. You can also use this brush to ensure that the product is evenly distributed across your lips and to blend in different colors.This brush will also ensure that inner corners of your lips have product too.

These are the most basic brushes that you will encounter, and I hope this has helped to know what brushes to use, when and for.

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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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A Beginners Guide to Makeup

I’ve been asked many a times by friends and acquaintances as to what they should put in their makeup bag as they would like to start wearing makeup but are not sure what they should get and what their starter kit should be like, and at times I’ve been dragged to the store to help with these first time purchases. So yours truly decided it was about time to take matters into her own hands and do a post on this.

You have decided that you’d like to enhance you features a bit, and you think that makeup could help with that but you don’t have the slightest clue where to begin because everything looks right. Now that you’ve decided to look into makeup, you don’t want to spend that much of time and money since you not sure how committed you will be to this relationship. Although you’ve heard so much about how good and satisfying this relationship can be, out of curiosity you’d also like to try out this wonderful relationship and see the direction its heading to.

If that sounds like you, do continue reading.

After much consideration I’ve come up with the beginners makeup kit, which will help you start up your own little makeup kit and well, if it works out (which I’m sure will) then we can build up on these products. These products are very basic but crucial to your kit, I’ve selected only the best without allowing a hole to appear in your wallet.

  1. BB Cream or Foundation 

Garnier BB Cream: R109,95                                                      ; Revlon Photoready Foundation: R289, 95.

Foundation or BB Cream has to be the first item you put into your basket when starting off your makeup kit. I love the BB Cream as it evens out your skin tone, moisturizes and just gives you a hint of coverage especially if you not really ready to take the plunge into foundation. For foundation, the Revlon Photo Ready foundation is amazing, it provides you with a full, flawless coverage for the entire day and at the same time gives you a nice fresh look.

My other picks: Essence Bb cream, Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation, L’Oreal Infallible 24H Foundation, Maybelline Fit Me!

2) Mascara

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Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless: R139,95

Mascara is essential to your eyes, it enhances your eyelashes and just helps to accentuate your face. if you’ve read one of my previous posts, you’ll be aware of my love for mascara and how much I love the Rimmel Lash Accelerator as it will provide the shortest of eyelashes with length and at the same time helps your eyelashes appear fuller.

If you’d like to make your eyelashes appear curlier and longer then consider investing in an eyelash curler once you’ve figured out the usage of mascara.

My other picks: Please read https://juwairiyabakharia.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/eyes-on-a-budget/

3.  Concealer

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Revlon Color Stay: R179.95

If you putting on foundation you have to use concealer to even out the imperfections, as foundation gives you coverage but not the same coverage that a concealer would. Apply concealer under you eyes to decrease the puffiness, and wherever you would like to conceal. I love the Revlon Color Stay concealer as it is an inexpensive concealer that is able to cover up everything that needs to be covered including blemishes and discolorations.

My other pick: Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch; L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Concealer Crayon.

4. Eyeliner

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Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil: R29,95

This eyeliner is amazing, it lasts really long, its a bold black and it doesn’t smudge. This product is included into your kit since it allows your eyes to appear bigger and brighter and it defines your eyes, this could be applied on your eyes waterline and on the upper part of your eyes.

My other picks: Maybelline The Colossal Kajal

5. Lipgloss

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NYX Butter Gloss: 119,95

Every girl knows how essential this product is to your kit, whether you a makeup junkie or a tomboy; a lippie is the essence of your makeup bag. The NYX butter gloss is reasonably priced, they have an amazing range of colors so if you don’t want drama on your lips opt for a neutral shade and on the days you would like to be bold, there’s extremely striking colors. The butter gloss doesn’t dry after a few hours and it also moisturizes your lips at the same time.

My other picks: Revlon Ultra Matte HD Lipcolor; Yardley Liquid Matte Lip Vinyl

 

6. Translucent Powder

 

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MaxFactor Translucent Powder: R179,95

To complete your look, translucent powder is a must. No it will not make you look like you have another face or you head is heavier. It will finish up your look and set it to last for hours. I love love this Max Factor Powder it just gives me a wow factor once I’m done, it sets my makeup and allows me too look the same for hours. This lightweight setting powder creates a natural-looking, matte finish. Ensure when choosing a setting powder that its not too light as this makes you look like a ghost. If you unsure about your color opt for the colorless setting powder.

My other picks: NYX HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder

And lastly 

7. The triangular Makeup Sponge

wp-1473061220031.jpeg I’m sure you’ve walked pass these in the shops but are unsure what its used for. Well, let me help you with that; these triangular makeup sponges will help you blend all the products you applied on your face. It’s cheap and you get quite a few in a pack, this will help put your look together.

* Optional: Blush

Blush can be added to your kit if you would like to add some color to your cheeks and transform your look.

My picks are: Maybelline Face Studio Master Hi-Light Blush in Pink Rose; Rimmel London Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint; Revlon Powder Blush in Haute Pink.

P.S. Products can be purchases at a local Dis-Chem or Clicks; prices are subjected to change.

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