What to Pack in your Party Purse

By Friday, July 25, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

I don’t know about you, but sometimes those Indian party purses can be so darned tiny, it’s next to impossible to fit everything in! From our keys to our iPhone, makeup & more, there’s no way that thing will close.

Well I have a system I’ve been using for the past few years. I keep a kit of just the essentials ready to go for whenever I’m heading to a party and in need one of those purses. I decided to share what to pack in your party purse in a video below.

Let me know if you like these kinds of videos and I’ll post more :)

 

The best Highlighters in the biz

By Thursday, July 24, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

Deepa berar highlighter

 

Highlighting is everything. I mean who doesn’t want radiant skin & high cheekbones? Not every product out there will do exactly what you want, and that’s why I’m here! To help you filter through the fillers and find the true gems.

 

 

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I received a sample of Benefit’s Watt’s up in my birthday gift from Sephora last year (they give you a gift for your bday every year, how awesome is that??) and I fell in love. I wasn’t much for shimmery skin before that, but this one gives you the most gorgeous glow and it has a sponge to blend which makes application super easy.

 

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YSL’s Touche eclat is GORGEOUS. It is the softest highlighter of the bunch and gives you a subtle radiance while concealing at the same time. It’s better for those of you that want a slight hint of luminosity and it’s perfect for aging skin.

 

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Ok I know I go on and on about this product, but NARS radiant creamy concealer is the ish. It gives you coverage which makes it perfect for those of you that want that heavier Kim K highlight and it’s liquid so it doesn’t look like a pile of gunk on your face.

 

 

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I just discovered the Becca Shimmering Skin perfector in Opal and I have to say I love the color of this.  It has a little more coverage and shimmer than the Touche Eclat so it’s perfect for those of you that still want a natural look but a little more oomph.

 

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The Laura Mercier Radiant baked powder in Highlight 01 is amazing. It gives the softest highlight and is a powder so it’s super quick and easy to apply. It’s the highlight I have on in the picture above.

 

Have you tried any of these?

 

How to get rid of Dark spots & Pregnancy mask

By Monday, July 21, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

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Dark spots, discoloration and pregnancy masks develop over time and can seem tough to get rid of, but with all of the advancements in skincare chemistry and laser technology, treating dark pigmentation is achievable.

 

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If you are just starting out with treating your dark spots & pigmentation, the best place to start with is creams. The most effective cream will come in the form of a serum. Serums are highly concentrated delivering a higher concentration of ingredients to banish dark spots. Look for a serum containing Vitamin C as this will help brighten & lighten dark pigment and retinoids which is a derivative of Vitamin A that boosts the skins cell turnover rate. This in turn reduces the appearance of fine lines and discoloration. Bonus. Try the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance serum.

 

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There are a ton of treatments out there from chemical peels to microdermabrasion that can help with your dark spots. At home kits like the Ole Henriksen Power Peel system are great for those of you that want to try a more affordable option, or you can always visit your dermatologist and get a professional peel or even microdermabrasion. These treatments basically remove surface skin which allows new, healthy cells to generate.

 

 

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If you really want to see immediate and drastic results, laser is the way to go. Laser penetrates the skin to destroy the cells containing the dark pigment, all while not affecting the surrounding cells. This is probably the best option for those of you with a pregnancy mask. Pregnancy masks are larger, more concentrated spots of dark pigment that develop when pregnant and while in some instances fade away after the baby is born, for a lot of women they stay long after.

 

Have you tried any of these treatments? If so I’d love to hear your experience, just click the comments to share with us how it went!

Urban Decay Naked 3 Smoke eye tutorial

By Friday, July 18, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

Deepa Berar Urban Decay Naked 3

 

Here’s this week’s look! I used the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette which is amazing, it’s got a lot of rosey tones to it which is so fun and pretty. This video was a request and I decided to do a bit of a different eye look than I normally do, just feeling inspired lately I guess :)

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Hope you like the video! Have a great weekend everyone :)

 

 

The right Eyeshadow placement for your Eye shape

By Thursday, July 17, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

When it comes to eyeshadow, the most common question I get asked is “how do I apply eyeshadow to suit my eye shape”?

It can get pretty confusing with all the images you see on Instagram, pinterest, etc. Don’t worry though, I’m going to break it down for you!

 

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I love this chart, it’s a handy little guide to use. All you have to do is figure out which one is closest to your eye shape. To find that out there are a few things you can look at:

 

-How far apart are your eyes? (wide set vs close set)

-Are your eyelids pushed further in than your crease? (deep set)

-Do your eyes turn down slightly at the corners? (turned down)

-Does the skin on your crease come over your eyelids? (hooded)

-Are your eyelids rounded? (protruding)

 

Once you figure out your eye shape, refer to the chart. The shaded parts are where the darker colors should go and the lighter parts are where, well, the lighter colors should go. Basically it comes down to this- you are balancing the shape of your eyes with the shadows.

 

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Dark makes things look smaller and further away, and light does the opposite, makes things look bigger and closer. So what you’re essentially doing with placing the shadows is you are balancing your eye shape to look more like the classic, most flattering eye shape: Almond eyes.

I hope that helps, if you have any questions, post in the comments :)

Bella Trois Girls night in

By Wednesday, July 16, 2014 2 No tags Permalink 0

The Bella Trois girls and I are back with another cute, girly video for you. This on is a girls night in :)

 

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There’s a production in my bedroom HAHA. That’s the only time that’ll ever happen ;)

 

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It was so much fun to record this video because I am a HUGE fan of the sleepover. When I was little, my cousins Monique & Kelly and I would strategize ways to get our parents to let us sleepover at each other’s houses pretty much every time we met up which was like weekly lol.

 

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I am in love with satin pj’s. I mean if you’re gonna do pj’s, you gotta go full out Hugh Hefner style. I got these coral satin pj’s from Victoria’s secret. Sooo comfy :)

 

bellatrois diy mask

 

A DIY mask is a necessity. This one is very hydrating for the skin and full of natural, good-for-you ingredients. Watch the video below to find out how to make it!]

 

bellatrois spa night

 

And of course no girls night would be complete without some drinks. I am in love with Jacob’s Creek Moscato. Moscato is a sweeter wine, tastes very much like grape juice (I was a HUGE grape juice fan growing up) so it’s definitely not for everyone but a great starter wine for those of you looking to get into wines.

 

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Cheers! Hope you enjoy the video ;)

 

 

The best Brow product for your Brows

By Tuesday, July 15, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

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It’s all about eyebrows these days. Check instagram and you will see post upon post of impeccably manicured and filled in brows. Eyebrows are definitely having a moment. Looking to hop on the trend but not sure which product to use? Look no further, I have the different types of brow fillers broken down right here for you!

 

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Eyebrow powder has been a pretty popular choice for a while now and is the formula that will give you the best filled in yet natural look. That’s not to say that you can’t build it to give you fierce brows but the formulation is lightweight and gives a medium coverage. The great thing about these Anastasia duos is that it is smudge-proof and the 2 colors in 1 gives you the option to make parts of the brows (like the inner corners) softer and more natural looking.

 

 

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Brow pencils have been around since the beginning of makeup. They are by far the most popular choice because of their ease of use. All you need is a slight flick of the wrist and you can draw your eyebrows in strand by strand. This MAC brow pencil needs no sharpening and the fine tip allows for the most precise application.

 

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Brow gels have come a long way. It used to be that they were a lightweight, clear gel formula that was solely meant to comb and set the brow hairs into place, well Benefit has added to that with their Gimme Brow formulation. This one contains little fibers that create thicker brows (so cool!) and it is colored as well to coat grey hairs or darken lighter hairs. It’s also water resistant (bonus!).

 

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Ok a lot of you don’t trust your grooming capabilities which is where Brow kits come in. This Too Faced one contains 2 brow shades, a highlighter, setting wax, grooming tools and STENCILS. The stencils are perfect for guiding your shape along.

 

 

anastasia dipbrow copyOk so this is the latest innovation in brow products- Anastasia’s brow pomade. The formula is creamy like a gel liner and glides on smoothly to give you defined brows that are perfect for those that want that super sculpted look. Also, it’s perfect for people with oilier skin and great for humid weather.

 

Looking for some help with shaping your brows? Check out my How to shape your eyebrows video I posted a while back:

 

 

What do you fill your brows in with?

Get ready with me! Pink lace Anarkali suit

By Friday, July 11, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

Last week I posted my 1st ever “Get ready with me” video from Day 1 of my hosting duties at Chin International Picnic. Well I have the look for day 2 for you! I wore a pink lace anarkali suit and some fun accessories like my pearl beaded headband from Aldo. Everything else I wore is from India.

 

 

The event was so much fun and Gippy Grewal & Sharry Mann were amazing on stage! Can’t wait for next year :)

My Top tips & tools to apply Concealer

By Thursday, July 10, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

Earlier this week we talked about the best concealers to cover dark undereye circles. Today we are going to talk about the tools you need to apply them. I mean there are literally dozens of brushes, sponges, etc available, how do you know which ones to choose? Well I’m breaking down my top tools and tips to apply concealer for you!

 

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If I had to go with only one brush (I’d die) the MAC #195 brush would probably be it. It has a great pointy edge to get into corners but the fuller part allows you to cover more ground when blending .

 

 

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I like the Crown oval lip brush (yes I said lip brush) to spot cover blemishes and for covering just that part of the inner eye corner that is the darkest. It prevents you from spreading your darker concealer out too far.

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This Crown foundation brush is great when you are using those heavier cream concealers. It helps to blend out and prevent excess product from sitting in one area. This makes your overall look more natural. I’d use it to blend, not apply.

 

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Ok I just recently fell in love with the Sephora pro airbrush concealer brush. Amazing. I’d use it to apply and buff out your highlighting concealer. I’ll be posting an updated concealer tutorial soon and show you exactly what I mean.

 

 

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If you watched my “Updated foundation routine” video you’ll know how much I love this sponge. It’s not only great for foundation though, it’s good for concealer too, just use the pointy tip to push the concealer into the skin and blend out the highlight.

 

What’s your fav tool to apply concealer?