Month: December 2016

EYE MAKEUP TIPS FOR OILY EYELIDS

Today is a special day for her because she was going on a date with the man of her dreams, the man whom she had a crush on like forever. And today she decided to do the makeup inspired by her favourite YouTuber. And how pretty she looked, the eye makeup was so good it made her beautiful green eyes even more beautiful.She wore the most beautiful dress. And everything was just perfect until she decided to check herself in the mirror for one last time. When she looked into the mirror she thought her best dream had converted to her worst nightmare. Her eyeshadow had creased, her eyeliner was all over. Oh! No! She had racoon eyes.

If this has ever happened to you or at least something similar then this post is for you, my friend!

Everybody has oil glands, the reason for oily eyelids is the glands which are located at the eyelash line. Like I said, everyone has it but some might have oil secretion even more, just like the case of our face. That doesn’t mean a person with an oily face will necessarily have an oily eyelid or vice versa. But I am sure if you have oily eyelids you know the struggle. You know how fast your eyeshadow creases and sometimes your eyeshadow looks patchy or lose intensity and you know how it feels when your eyeliner transfers to your top lids or fades.

We all have been there, me too! Until I learned some amazing eye makeup tips. Three simple steps to a flawless eye makeup for oily eyelids. Here I am not talking about makeup I am talking about the prepping you must do for your eye makeup to last long…and longer!

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The three simple steps 

Trust me it’s easy! I am not asking you to include more time-consuming steps to your makeup routine. These are easier than you thought and very important steps, if you have oily eyelids or not and it takes just 10 more seconds or so but saves the agony of your makeup becoming a mess just after a few hours of application. The process isn’t a big deal but the results are.

Step1: The cleansing 

As much as it is important to apply makeup on a clean face, it is equally important to apply eye makeup on a clean eyelid. You don’t want any leftover mascara or eyeliner on your eyelids. All you have to do is use a makeup remover and wipe off any residual makeup or oil. For the lazy bones, you can use wet wipes instead.

I like using micellar water.

My suggestions:
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Water
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
Clinique Take the Day off makeup remover

 

Step2: Blotting

Yes, blotting! Even after you have wiped off the eyelids there might still be oil residue on your eyelids. You have to get rid of it as much as you can. If there is oil on your eyelids then once you apply eye makeup it breaks down the makeup, which we don’t want obviously. Moreover, if there is oil on your eyelids, your eye makeup will end up looking patchy. So for a flawless eye makeup, this step is very important.

My suggestions:
Boscia Green Tea Blotting linens
ELF Shine Eraser Oil Blotting sheets

Step 3: Eyeshadow primer

I am quite sure you are already using eyeshadow primers. Eyeshadow primers seal the oils of your skin away from your eye makeup and help your eye makeup last longer. It also helps in better pigmentation of your eye shadows and also a smoother application. You can also use concealer for this, but always remember to dust some loose powder on top of any cream/liquid concealers before applying eye shadows. And, please remember less is more when in this case too. You only need a very small amount of the primer.

My suggestions:

Urban decay eyeshadow primer potion

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Primer

Nyx HD eyeshadow primer

Then do your magic. Play with eye shadows and create the look you want and may your eye makeup stay all day!

Few other eye makeup tips

  • If you have oily eyelids, start by applying thin layers of eye shadow and then build up the intensity. Don’t start with a thick layer.
  • When choosing eye makeup choose the ones that are long-lasting.
  • If you have extremely oily eyelids it is better to avoid cream eyeshadows at least avoid using these very close to the lashline. But there are some awesome cream shadows like the Maybelline colour tattoo,which stays all day.
  • If you are using cream eye shadows, it will be best if you can layer it with powder ones or at least try to dust a very very small amount of translucent powder on top. Similar is the case with eyeliner, if possible layer your eyeliner with an eyeshadow so that your eyeliner stays put for a longer time.
  • When choosing eye creams, take care of the formula, go for gels or oil-free ones that don’t leave your eyelids greasy. If your favourite eye cream makes your eyes look greasy, then save it for night time.

These are some of the eye makeup tips for oily eyelids for flawless eye makeup. Don’t forget to share your tips and tricks in the comment section below.

 

SOAP AND GLORY WISH UPON A JAR REVIEW

Hey my lovelies, How are you all doing today?

“Wish upon a jar” Wow! Seriously what a name! And what is the greatest wish of all the women across the globe….Stay young forever! Admit it or not, who wants to look old. Well, I am seriously not saying ageing is bad, but ageing gracefully is a different thing. If you wish to have a good looking skin even when you are old…No, you don’t need botox, you have to take care of your skin now! You must start using anti-aging products at least in your late 20’s.

I am not going to talk more about it, and as you already know I am reviewing an anti-aging night cream from soap and glory, Wish upon a jar. Let’s see what are the claims from the brand about this one.

Product claims

A must-have in the medicine chest. Packed full of actives to regenerate your complexion. Intensive. Exhilarating. With results that are consistently ‘amazing’. A potent anti-aging mix of tetrapeptides, essential fatty acids, antioxidants and oxygen boosters… it brightens, lifts, smoothes away wrinkles, and leaves your face looking radiant. Go ahead, take a wish…

• SUPER-YOUTH™P3000 – a powerful anti-aging complex with clinically proven levels of palmitoyl tetrapeptide and fine line eliminator, DELINER™
• ENERGINSENG™ – a special blend of energy-and-oxygen-boosting actives, including ginseng (it’s like a wake-up call for your face) • EFA ANTIOXIDANTS – a super rich, rejuvenating, moisture-boosting blend of evening primrose and grapeseed oils
• PLUS a dash of skin illuminating ‘diamond dust’
• leaves skin looking radiant

Ingredients

Aqua (Water/Eau), Glycerin, Octyldodecanol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Tetradecyloctadecyl Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed )Oil Glyceryl Stearate, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), PEG-100 Stearate, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Laureth-7, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethiconol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Carbomer, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Leaf extract, Polysorbate 20, Benzimidazole Diamond Amidoethyl Urea Carbamoyl Propyl Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, CI 15985 (Yellow 6)

Price and availability

$20 for 45 ml and available at  Boots Amazon

My review of the soap and glory wish upon a jar

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This product was initially a collagen day cream and later they changed the formula and now it is a night cream. The packaging of Wish upon a jar is dope! I mean, seriously just look at it! It comes in a silver spherical tub, which looks like a ball, a sparkling one! The most difficult thing about this kind of packaging is that you cannot click a beautiful photo of the product without your image in it 😛

But I seriously love the packaging. This can be the perfect Christmas gift too. The night cream has a very luxurious texture, thick and rich. The texture of this cream makes it a great night cream especially during winters when my skin feels dry. Normally my skin feels super dry and stretchy during winter and if you live in UAE you know what I am talking about. But I must admit this year is a bit different, at least for now. This cream leaves my skin so smooth and soft. I also wake up with soft and supple skin.

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Moisturisation this cream gives is brilliant. I am sure this night cream will moisturise even the driest skin but not in a greasy manner. My skin is combination, more towards the oily side, and since it works for my skin, I think it will work for oily skin too. I have used this cream during summer season also, so I know. But the texture of this cream always made me feel it is great for winter. But summer or winter, my skin didn’t feel greasy and I absolutely had no breakouts. And at this point let me tell you, this cream claims to be for all skin types.

One thing which is not so pleasant about this cream is that it gives a feeling that something is on your face, not a really heavy feeling but still you know something is there. The smell of this cream I thought wasn’t good. But I know people who love the smell and say it’s chocolate orange. But I dislike the scent, gives me the feeling of a cheap face cream.

Where I have a problem with it is, actually I don’t a problem, but I am not sure if the claims of vanishing wrinkles and lifting your skin are true. But maybe it is because my skin doesn’t really have those issues. Maybe people with aged skin than mine might really have benefits with it. It claims to contain such amazing anti-aging components which are difficult to spell (please check the ingredient list and the product claim section).

Even though this is an anti-aging cream and I really am not sure if it delivers what it claims in that aspect, I love the results. It makes my skin soft, supple, radiant and brightened. What else can ask for in a night cream So I am really happy. I think the quantity you get it less. But nonetheless, I love Wish upon a jar from Soap and Glory.

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Overall

In love with

  • The silver sphere in which it comes.
  • The texture is so thick and rich.
  • Contains some really amazing anti-aging ingredients.
  • Really moisturises my skin and it lasts the whole night.
  • Leaves my skin softer, smoother, radiant and brighter.
  • Not greasy and does not break out my skin.

Not in love with

  • Quantity is less.
  • The scent.

Wish upon a jar is a great night cream as it moisturises my skin even during winters when my skin is dry, dull and stretchy and it leaves my skin softer, smoother, brighter and more radiant. I am not sure about erasing wrinkles or firming of the skin but I am really happy with what it gives.  I am rating it 4/5. Even though I believe wish upon a jar by soap and glory will be best for matured skin, I think others with younger skin also can give it a try as the results are amazing.

Have you guys tried Wish upon a jar? Which night cream are you currently using? Please leave a comment below as I would love to hear from you.

 

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MAYBELLINE INSTANT AGE REWIND CONCEALER

Hey my beautiful friends! How are you all?

I have been MIA…. again:( I was actually busy celebrating my husband’s birthday which turned out to be on the UAE national day weekend so got to celebrate both and now I am sick and on my bed…So first let me tell you something, it seems that only half of my brain is working the other half is behaving like a drunk cow (drunk cow?? See I told you..) So beware my lovelies, I may say something which seems crazy, please  just ignore, it is just that side of my brain which is drunk 😛

But that will have nothing to do with my review today..Why? because I have made notes already, Thank God!

Today’s product on my reviewing desk is a concealer, which has already been raved a lot but just would like to let you know what I think about it. And I am talking about the Maybelline instant age rewind concealer.

 

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Product claims 

WHAT IT IS

Instant Age Rewind® Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer. The eye area appears radiant and refreshed in no time.

BENEFITS

This super-concentrated treatment concealer features a micro-corrector applicator to help instantly erase dark circles and fine lines. Infused with goji berry and Haloxyl™.

Ingredients

Aqua / Water / Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Glycerin, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Nylon-12, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG / PPG-10 / 1 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Methylparaben, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Chlorphenesin, Ethylparaben, Aluminum Hydroxide, PEG-9, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Tetr Apeptide-7. May Contain: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides.

Price and availability

Price is $9.99 at Lifestyle but you get for $6.45 at Amazon Boots Walmart Ulta

Available in 6 shades -Fair, Light, Medium,Honey, Neutralizer, Brightener.

What I think about the Maybelline instant age rewind concealer

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The Maybelline instant age rewind concealer comes in a transparent plastic tube packaging. Being transparent is definitely an advantage as you can see how much product is left to be used.

There is a sponge applicator at one end of the tube. Now the size of this applicator actually surprises me. It is a little larger than what you would expect for a concealer. The applicator is really soft but it will be difficult to use the applicator on smaller areas like the area around your nose clearly because the applicator size is quite big. That is if you choose to apply the concealer directly using the applicator. You can use a brush. Maybelline claims that the sponge applicator is protected with an anti-microbial system, so it is hygienic, I don’t buy it. Just after a few uses the sponge look and feel messy, I don’t know if that’s just for me though. You can remove the sponge part if you like as a lot of product gets soaked in the sponge.

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To use the concealer, just twist the collar of the applicator, which is maroon in colour and is clearly marked with arrows. The product comes out on the sponge applicator. This part can be tricky too as you might end up twisting more than what is necessary and a lot of product might come out. this happened to me, thus causing product wastage.

What I really love about the concealer is its thin formula, so light-weight.It has medium to high coverage and covers my dark circles really well. I use a corrector underneath if my dark circles are really bad. Maybelline has a neutralizer shade from the same range, which is to be used under the concealer shade if you have extreme dark circles. I haven’t used the neutralizer so I cannot comment. It also covers blemishes and spots really well.

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When you look at the concealer inside the tube it looks dark and on the applicator, it looks even darker than the real shade of the concealer. So keep that in mind when getting your shade. But I am sure you are wise enough to swatch and try before getting a concealer as it might be really tricky getting the right shade.

The concealer blends easily but remember to blend fast as it might dry quickly. The most important thing to note when using this concealer is that a little goes a long way. A very very small amount of product is actually required. When I first used it I had used more than what is required and ended up looking like a white plastic doll, no racism intended.

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See in the above picture, on the right side of my hand, when compared to the left side I have used too much product so that side has a white cast.

Maybelline also has a brightener from the range for highlighting purpose. But the other concealer shades are also quite highlighting type. It brightens my under eye area. Not just that, I like using this concealer for highlighting rather than just concealing. It highlights but not at all shimmery, just the glow.

I haven’t experienced any creasing with the Maybelline instant age rewind concealer, nor has it settled into any fine lines and yes, I set it with a translucent powder. The staying power is also quite impressive, stays for 8+ hours. I don’t think the claim of this one being a treatment for dark circles and fine lines is true. It contains Haloxyl which helps to reduce dark circles.The concealer does not make my under eye area dry but it is not really moisturising as well. If the under eye area is on the drier side then you might need a really good moisturiser, as I believe, this one will look cakey otherwise.

Final verdict

In love with:

  • Medium to full coverage.
  • Lightweight texture.
  • Travel friendly.
  • Blends easily.
  • Does not settle into fine lines and no creasing.
  • Goes on smoothly.
  • Brightens under eye area.
  • Covers dark circles, blemishes and spots.

Not in love with:

  • Shade selection, you might not find the right shade.
  • If over applied will look cakey.
  • The applicator is large, soak up a lot of product, might not be hygenic.

Overall, I think the Maybelline instant age rewind concealer is a good one if you manage to find your perfect shade. The main issues I have is with the sponge applicator otherwise I really like the concealer. I rate it 3.5/5.

Have you used this concealer from Maybelline? Your thoughts?

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