Hair 101: Easy Trick to get NO HEAT Beach Waves

Hello beauties! Using heat on your hair everyday is so damaging, and it’s a good idea to give your hair a break every now and then. That’s why I want to share a easy NO HEAT trick that you can use on your hair to have effortless waves. This trick is perfect because it makes it look like you styled your hair, even though you didn’t! It’s super quick and easy to do… so keep on reading to find out what it is!

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  •  You start off by parting your hair where you normally part it.
  • Spray it with some texturizing hair spray, or you can use a texturizing mousse of your choice. This will help give your hair texture and hold the waves better.
  • Then, section it into 4. (2 sections of hair on each side.)
  • Braid each section of hair and tie an elastic to keep it secure. (In total you should have 4 braids) It’s up to you on how tight you want your braids to be.

TIP *The looser your braid is, the looser your waves will be and vice-versa.*

  • Sleep overnight with the braids, and when you wake up and undo the braid… you’ll have amazing beach waves!
  • Spray in some leave in conditioner to help your hair look shiny and healthy!
  • I hope you enjoyed this trick!

Stay Fab,

Sonali 🙂

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation Review

Hello Beauties! I’ve heard so much about this dream liquid mousse foundation that I just had to try it out! Keep reading to see my thoughts on this product and if you should add it to your makeup collection!

Packaging & Price

I absolutely love that I can pump the foundation because otherwise it can get very messy. The pump allows me to control how much foundation I want and is much easier. Other than that, there is nothing really special about the packaging. I got this foundation for about 10 bucks at shoppers drug mart, which is a good price, considering it is a drugstore product.

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Texture 

The foundation feels super smooth and nice. It has a velvety touch and feels exactly like it claims- a liquid mousse! I love the way it feels on my face, and it is not sticky or too thick like other foundations. This foundation is also extremely easy to blend on to the face. It looks so seamless and natural on the skin.

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Coverage & Look

I find this foundation provides a light to medium coverage. It was able to even out my skin tone, cover blemishes, and even lighten up the appearance of my dark circles. It also gives a nice glow to the skin. I personally like the healthy and naturally dewy look. If you prefer a matte finish, then this foundation may not be for you. This next point can be a advantage or disadvantage, depending on what you like to use foundation for. It does not have any SPF in it. This is a disadvantage because you have no protection on sunny days, but you could always just wear a moisturizer with SPF, underneath your foundation. It is an advantage because you won’t have a white overcast on your face in flash photos, if you wear the foundation at night.

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This is me wearing the foundation with the rest of my makeup done

Final Thoughts

pros

-twist-lock pump bottle

-smooth texture and easy to blend

-affordable and readily available

-light- medium coverage (covers blemishes, lightens dark circles)

-provides nice glow (could be con for some people)

Cons

-No SPF

-not a matte finish (could be a pro for some people)

-not a full coverage foundation

RATING: 8/10 

you should definitely try this foundation if you like a natural and glowing finish!


*All opinions are my own

Stay fab,

Sonali 🙂

Easy & Yummy Sunburst Morning Smoothie Recipe

Hello beauties! It is important to have a nutritional breakfast in the morning, after all it is the most important meal of the day! But I know that the morning is a very hectic time of the day, and you may not have the time. If that’s the case then this delicious smoothie is perfect for those days when you’re running late!

This recipe makes 2-3 servings.

You will need:

  • Handful of frozen mango chunks
  • Handful of frozen blueberries
  • 3 strawberries
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 cup of milk (you can add more depending on your preference)
  • 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)
  • Splash of coconut water (optional)


Stay fab,

Sonali 🙂

How to use a Beauty Blender

Hello beauties! I wanted to create a quick post on how to use the beauty blender properly. If you don’t have a beauty blender, I recommend buying one because it is seriously so worth it! Foundation goes on so flawless and easy.

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  1. Use a clean beauty blender.
  2. Soak it in lukewarm water. Or run it under lukewarm water. Squeeze the water out of the beauty blender.
  3. Repeat previous step 2-3 times or until the beauty blender is a lot bigger in size. (It is completely normal for the beauty blender to expand!)

The beauty blender is now ready for you to use!


*All opinions are my own

Stay fab,

Sonali

My Favourite Lip Products!

Hello Beauties! Everyone knows that the lips complete the look! That’s why I’m here to share my favourite lip products with you all! Whether you want a product that moisturizes or provides a bold colour, this list has it all! Hopefully this will help you next time you go shopping to expand your lipstick collection!

Baby Lips by Maybelline “Quenched”

I love using this product for when my lips just need hydration. It is small and easy to take with you on-the-go. It leaves a nice sheen on the lips.  I also use it before putting on lipstick because it helps it go on smoother. And of course, the fruity scent is heavenly!

Mango Butter from The Body Shop

Lip butters are a must-have for the winter! My lips get very dry and chapped and this mango butter works wonders! My lips feel so soft and smooth and the smell is so yummy and amazing! You will not regret adding this to your collection!

Smoochies by Covergirl “Kiss & Tell”

It is a bright pink colour that is perfect for spring! It is definitely a buildable shade. Sometimes I’ll apply a thin coat for a light pink, and sometimes i’ll layer it to get a bright fuchsia. It is so moisturizing and leaves a shiny/glossy finish on the lips. I just can’t get enough of this product!

swatch of “kiss and tell” on my lips

MAC lipstick “Giddy”

This is my absolute favourite lipstick colour! It is a natural nude pink shade that is so diverse. I like to wear it with bold eyeshadow looks, or i’ll just pop it on when I have no makeup on to give my lips some colour and life.

MAC “giddy”
swatch of “giddy” on my lips

Maybelline lipstick  “405 Yummy Plummy”

This shade is perfect for the fall/winter. Plum shades are so in right now, and this one is definitely my favourite! It looks especially great on deeper skin tones.

Maybelline “yummy plummy”
swatch of “yummy plummy” on my lips

These are all my favourite lip products! Comment if you want more posts on my favourite products. 🙂 Talk to you soon!


*I am in no way affiliated with any of the brands mentioned in this post and all opinions are my own.

Stay Fab,

Sonali

Dramatic Dark Blue Smokey Eyeshadow Look

Hello beauties!! I decided to do a nice smokey eyeshadow that is perfect for any night out! I chose to do a blue smokey eye, however you can switch it for any colour of your choice! If you want to know how to get this look, continue reading!

1. I applied some foundation to my eyelid as a primer to ensure that the eyeshadow stays on, and so I could get the pigment that I wanted.

2. I applied the dark blue shade to my entire lid. You can apply whatever colour/ shade you want. Pack it on until you get the desired intensity of colour.

Lord and Taylor Palette (Blue eyeshadow) *use any colour/shade of your choice

3. I used black heart from the naked 3 pallette (you can use any shade of black/ dark brown that you own) and applied it to my outer v and inner third of the lid. Make sure you blend this very well so that there are no harsh lines.

4. I went back and added more blue to the middle of my lid to add more intensity. I also smudged some underneath my lower lash line to bring the look together.

5. I wanted some shimmer, so I used a champagne colour and applied that in the middle of my eyelid on top of the blue to add some sparkle.

Maybelline 100 Cozy Cashmere Palette (Champagne Colour) I know it’s basically empty haha! That’s just how much I love the shade!

6. Lastly, I did a winged eyeliner and applied some mascara.

Maybelline Classic Volume Express Waterproof Mascara
Maybelline Classic Volume Express Waterproof Mascara
Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner


Voila! In 6 easy steps you achieved a gorgeous eyeshadow look!


*I am in no way affiliated with any of the brands mentioned above and all opinions are my own 🙂

Stay fab,

Sonali

5 Quick and Easy tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

Hello Beauties! It’s easy to get caught up in a busy lifestyle and forget to take care of your body and health, but these 5 tips will make it easy for you to get back on track to a healthier lifestyle! *In no particular order 

1. Drink water in the morning.

Right when you wake up, you should drink a glass of cold water. This will help jump-start your metabolism for the rest of the day! But don’t just stop there! Drink at least 8 cups of water a day to keep your skin clear and to flush out any toxins out of your body.

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Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

2. Smaller plates

This one seems weird but it is probably one of the most useful and effective tips! Using smaller plates will trick your mind into thinking you’re eating more than you actually are! When we use big plates, we try to fill it up with food because we think we need that much, but in reality your body doesn’t need that much.

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3.  Find a hobby

Exercising can be a daunting task to some- especially if it’s done in the gym, so find an active hobby and start making exercise fun! I personally enjoy dancing, so I try to get in 30 minutes of dancing a day. There are tons of classes you can take for different activities. You’re bound to find something you love! Maybe you’ll like zumba, yoga, or maybe swimming? You’ll never know until you try!

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4. Get the right amount of sleep

Sleep is very important because it’s your body’s time to rejuvenate and get ready for the next day. Sleep deficiency is actually linked to an increased risk of heart disease,  high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. So it’s important to get the right amount of sleep! The average person needs 8-10 hours of sleep to function properly. This will help you improve your focus and provide you with the energy for more effective workouts.

5. Get your juice on!

It can be hard to eat the recommended amount of veggies and fruits in a day for a lot of people. A quick way to get the right servings of vegetables and fruits is to put it in a smoothie/juice. It’s convenient to make and such an easy way to down your greens! A recent fad has been “green juice” and it is packed with the vitamins and minerals your body needs!

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Stay Fab,

Sonali

Review: Rimmel London 9-in-1 skin perfecting BB cream

Hello beauties! Spring is just around the corner, which means warmer weather, and for some of us (including me), that means oily skin. The best way to prevent your face from melting off is to keep your makeup light and pretty, and I’ve heard  BB creams are perfect for that! So I went to Walmart and picked up the Rimmel London 9-in-1 skin perfecting BB cream, to see what all the craze was about, and I thought I’d share with you all my thoughts on this product.  Hopefully this helps you if you are considering purchasing this BB cream.

Rimmel BB cream
Rimmel BB cream

1. Colour Range & Texture

This BB cream comes in the shades: Light, Medium, and Dark. The colour selection isn’t very large, so you may have to buy 2 and mix them to get the shade that’s right for you. However, I use the shade Medium by itself and I’d say it matches me very well. The colour is very orangey (is that even a word), so I find that this BB cream works best in spring and summer because everyone’s skin gets a bit of a tan, and the orange in the BB cream doesn’t look as harsh. Also, this BB cream is a fairly thick consistency. It’s not too thick but definitely thicker than most BB creams which makes it harder to blend into the skin.

The consistency is creamy
The consistency is very creamy.
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2. Application 

With this BB cream, I suggest you use your fingers to blend because I found this method to look the most natural. It is almost impossible to blend with a beauty blender (trust me I tried) because of the consistency, but a brush could be used (It’d take time though) if you dislike using your fingers to apply makeup.

3. Coverage & Overall finished look/feel

It provides a light coverage but you can build it up to medium. If you want full coverage then this is not the product for you. I personally like that it is a light to medium coverage because during the warmer seasons I want my skin to breathe, but at the same time I don’t want to look like a zombie.  Also, a recent trend has been no makeup-makeup and this BB cream does exactly that! This product provides a skin like feel that I absolutely love. It is so soft and doesn’t crease up in fine lines.

Rimmel BB cream can be used to create a beautiful no makeup- makeup look!
Rimmel BB cream can be used with other products to create a beautiful no makeup- makeup look!

Does it fulfill its claims? 

It says its a 9 – in – 1 skin perfecting super makeup. It claims to:

1. Prime

2. Moisturize

3. Minimize pores

4. Conceals

5. Covers

6. Smoothe the complexion

7. Mattifies

8. Brightens the complexion

9. Helps protect

A lot of these claims are just really repetitive like “conceal” and “cover” really? They are literally the exact same thing! It does feel moisturizing and you can skip the primer with this product, but it didn’t mattify my skin. I had to use a translucent powder to reduce the shine, but if you have normal/combination/dry skin you should be fine. I don’t have huge pores to begin with so I can’t really speak for that one, and the rest of the claims are basic ones that every makeup product can fulfill.

Final Thoughts

I give this product a 7/10. I’m not a big fan of the consistency and I feel as though there are better BB creams out on the market that I would like to try. This was my first time using a BB cream, and I do think it fell short just because I hear such amazing things about BB creams all the time. I do like the fact that  it is very natural looking.  In fact, my sister said to me “you’re skin looks so clear!” and she didn’t know that I was wearing makeup, so that felt good to hear. Also, it’s perfect for the spring/summer time because its easy and quick to apply and allows my skin to breathe. Overall it is a good product, and if you try or have tried this product let me know how you feel about it in the comments! 🙂 Talk to you soon!

* All opinions are my own and I am in no way affiliated with any of the products/brands mentioned in this post.


Stay fab,

Sonali