28 March 2010

I love Plaits/Braids

Braids/plaits are in fashion again. I simply love them. It makes your hair look pretty. Today i am uploading some of my pictures of the braids I have done. I hope you will like it.

Fishtail Braid

 Fishtail Braid

Braid Inspired By Korean Actress Song Hye Kyo

Braid Inspired By Korean Actress Song Hye Kyo

 French Braid

Small plaits with Bun

Small plaits with Bun

French Braids

French Braids

25 March 2010

High Street Fashion Rocks

Who wants to buy designer dresses, bags and shoes when high street has got so much to offer? With designer brands you end up paying huge amount of money just for one stuff but with you will get loads of clothes with same amount of money. See the difference is there. Here is a quick view of high street fashion for spring/summer 2010 from high street.

Stores - New look, Topshop, Faith, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge and Lipsy

16 March 2010

Review on Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse and Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation

Today I am going to do a review on two Maybelline foundations which I have tried and tested. Hope it will give you bit more information on this product and help you decide when you are trying to buy one of these products. This review is purely based on my experience of using this product and you are free to put your own comments if you have tried this product.

 Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse
Maybelline Promise - Revolutionary whipped formula provides an air-soft, perfect matte finish coverage, with a weightless feel. Color pigments offer superior coverage, blends effortlessly for a soft, natural-looking and  even-toned result. 

This foundation is available in 16 shades so it offers people more choice and its coverage is very good. It is wonderful for covering blemishes and blends very well into skin for even finish as promised. The only cons is that this product is best suited for normal skin as it is powdery. If you have dry skin then your flakeyness of your skin will actually show and if you got oily skin then it gets stuck on pores. Therefore, this product is best suited for normal skin.

The only thing I would suggest is that people with dry skin to use a moisturiser first, and to wait for it to soak in then apply foundation for the best results.

 Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse
Maybelline Promise -  Air-whipped formula provides skin perfecting coverage, smooth, 100% pore less finish with natural luminosity, air-brushed natural perfection, blends effortlessly for a flawless, air-brushed finish, oil-free, fragrance-free, safe for sensitive skin and good for all skin types.
This foundation has got air brushed finish which gives flawless finish. It blends in very well and looks natural. It never goes cakey and feels soft. It also made my pores looks smaller. This foundation in particular has been designed well. It has got pump and you can lock it after use. Also pump helps you to squeeze the right amount of foundation you need and
it is good for all skin types.

The only cons of this product it gets bit oily after couple of hours. Avoid using this product with face primer as it makes you face look very oily if you use with primer.

Out of these two products, I prefer liquid one as it suited with my skin best than matte one. When I used matte one it made my skin flake in areas where my skin is dry. I used matte for couple of months but now I use liquid one as it gives perfect coverage and does not make my skin flake. I would recommend people to use liquid one than matte mousse.

13 March 2010

Travel Beauty Bag Must-Haves

As the holiday season is fast approaching, most of the girls tend get confused  about what cosmetics to carry in their travel beauty bag for their holiday. If you are going away and don't know what to cosmetics to take then don't panic. Here are the list of products you should take them with you wherever you are travelling. Basically you need to take products for your face, body, hair and lips which will make you look glamorous day or night. The key point is "Travel light and ofcourse look glamorous".

Foundation - Foundation is must have to make your skin look flawless.

Pocket sized pallette - small pocket sized pallette which consists of both eyeshadow, lip glosses and blush saves space and makes you look beautiful.

Kohl/Mascara - Mascara and kohl to make ur eyes look prettier.

Cleansing Wipes - Take cleansing wipes to remove the make-up.

Eyedrops - to get rid of tired eyes and make it look brighter and fresh.

Sunscreen lotion - to prevent from sunburns. Its always good to carry sunscreen with SPF 15 and above.

Lip blam - Lip blam can be used as a lipgloss on top of lipstick and it also gets you rid of chapped/dry lips.

Body wash - take a small bottle of body wash to cleanse your body.

Moisturiser - all-in-one moisturiser can be used for both face and body. Moisturiser keeps your skin hydrated no matter what the weather is like.

Shampoo/conditioner - a small size bottle of shampoo and conditioner is a must have to make your hair look glowing and healthy.

Brush - a good hair brush is a must have.

Perfumes - carry sample perfumes instead of big bottles.

Goodluck Packing and Happy Holidays!!

10 March 2010

When Does Cosmetic Expires?

Do you know when does your cosmetics expires? If you don't then you could be wearing expired cosmetics and putting yourself in danger of getting different kind of infections from eye to skin infections. Cosmetics do not tend to have expiry date as they are not required by law to have expiry date which can be complicated to know when your cosmetics has actually expired. Don't get disheartened because I will be giving you expiry dates for cosmetics today. 

Cream foundation -18 month
Liquid foundation (oil free) -12 months
Extra tip: If your water-based foundation dries out before it's expiry date, add a few drops of alcohol-free toner and shake to mix it in.
Concealer - will last up to 12 months. 

Cream & gel cleansers - 1 year. 

Pencil eye liner - will last up to 3 years.

Eye liner (liquid) - 3 to 6 months

Eyeshadow - 
Powder eyeshadow - up to 3 years. 
Cream Eyeshadow - 12 months
Extra tip: A dark eyeshadow can double as eyeliner and most of the makeup artists actually use them as eyeliner. Use a little damp super-flat eyeliner brush and dab in dark eyeshadow (black or brown) and apply it on your eyes.

Make-up Brushes - Wash every 2-3 months in a mild detergent. 

Make-up Sponges - Wash weekly and discard monthly. 

Lip liner - Up to 3 years.
Extra tip: Do not buy push-up lipliners as they're expensive, tend to break and you never really know how much you have left until you run out.

Lipstick - 1 to 2 years, some say 4 years as well
Extra tip: If you store lipstick in the refrigerator, it will last longer. If you want you lipstick to last longer during the day then apply lip liner first and afterwards lipstick. This will long laster.

Lipgloss - 18 months

Mascara - Mascara expires fastest so throw out after 4 months.
Extra tip: If you don't want your mascara to expire faster than its fresh date, don't pump the wand in and out as you're only exposing the product to drying air. 

Nail Polish - Up to 12 months

Powder blush - up to 2 years
Cream blush - 12 months

From the time you open it, the life and effectiveness of the product decreases and bacteria grows. Treat makeup products with care. Keep them in a dry, cool area and remember any cosmetic that changes texture, or smell, should be discarded immediately.

7 March 2010

Eyebrow Threading or Waxing?

Eyebrow threading originated from India and is widley used in India and Middle east. Even salons in western countries are widely offering eyebrow threading services to their clients now. In current suitation, the popularity of threading has sky rocketed and many celebs are using threading as a method of eyebrow hair removal. It is a very different technique than any other hair removal method as it involves twisting a double stranded thread, which is always made entirely of cotton and once hairs are woven into the thread, they are then pulled out. This threading technique is not just for eyebrows but can be also be used to remove other facial and body hair.

The main benefits of threading is that the results are know to last longer until three to four weeks because it does not irritate the skin and putting toner over the area you threaded helps close the pores left open from the hair removal. It is not expensive and they do not use any chemicals at all. Eyebrow threading can be bit painful than tweezing but it is not as painful as waxing.

Eyebrow waxing has been practiced in western countries from many decades. It  involves applying either cold or hot wax over the part of the eyebrow to be waxed then strip of muslin or linen is applied over the wax and massaged into the wax. After the hair stucks to linen or muslin it is ripped off quickley. Waxing may offer good shapes, it is likely that they will not be nearly as precise as the shape that you can achieve through eyebrow threading. Eyebrow waxing is something best left to the professionals only because applying molten wax to the brow area near your eyes could end you  to A&E as it takes specific training and years of experience to really master this technique. Some people can have sensitivities towards depilatory wax so it could trun into nightmare.

From my own experience, I love threading more than waxing. I had my brows waxed once and it was very painful. I was not happy with the results as well. Threading does hurt a bit but it is more accurate than waxing or tweezing. Threading is the best way to get your eyebrows done because when you wax them its taking part of your skin off every time. I would recommend threading to everybody.