If You Ever Feel Down…

Hello Beauties! Today I wanted to do something a little different than most of my ¬†other posts. Life is a roller-coaster and it has its ups and downs. It is really easy to get stuck in the lows of life, and forget what being happy feels like. This isn’t to say, that you always have to be happy- that’s unrealistic. But it’s important to remember that the bad times will pass, and there is always light at the end of the tunnel. I found this amazing video on youtube; it is such an inspiring and beautiful visual poem. I suggest you all watch it because it truly is enlightening. If you ever feel down… just remember you’re not alone and it will get better.


Stay fab,

Sonali ūüôā

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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*Not my picture*


  • ¬†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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

DIY Face Mask for Acne 

Hello beauties! Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of breakouts on my face, so I began looking online to find a face mask that prevents and treats acne/blemishes and came across a Apple Cider Vinegar mask on¬†top10homeremedies.com I put the link to this specific face mask if you want to go look at it in the picture below. They have many more face masks so you should definitely check it out! I just thought I’d share this mask with you because it worked very well for me.

Credits for recipe and picture:  http://www.top10homeremedies.com/diy-homemade/top-3-diy-homemade-acne-face-masks.html
Credits for recipe and picture:
http://www.top10homeremedies.com/diy-homemade/top-3-diy-homemade-acne-face-masks.html

For this face mask you need:

– 1 tablespoon Pure Apple Cider Vinegar

Р2 tablespoon Cooled Green Tea 

– 1 tablespoon Honey

Р5 teaspoons  Sugar 

Bowl and  a Spoon (obviously)

You simply mix these all together, in the order they are listed, and you can use a cotton pad to apply. I just folded a piece of paper towel, and it worked just fine.

This is what the mask looked like for me when I mixed in the ingredients.

Apple Cider Vinegar Face Mask
Apple Cider Vinegar Face Mask

You can add more sugar to get a thicker consistency. When applying the mask, rub your skin in circular motions to exfoliate. Let it sit for 8-10 minutes and then just wash it off.

I did my research and found out the benefits of each ingredient in this face mask so keep reading to see what these natural ingredients can do for your skin.

Benefits of this face mask: 

Apple Cider Vinegar:

It unclogs your pores and allows your skin to breathe. It also balances the pH levels in your skin which balances the production of sebum, which prevents your skin from getting too oily. Because of it’s anti-fungal,¬†antibacterial, and antiviral properties, apple cider vinegar¬†helps prevent acne and any skin infections.

Green tea:

It reduces inflammation of acne and has anti-bacterial properties that prevent and fight against acne. It is also full of great anti-oxidants that your skin will thank you for.

Honey:

It contains anti-microbial properties, so it helps cleanse your pores and does not let microbes grow. The anti-oxidants in the honey help keep your skin youthful. Honey also helps keep your skin soft, smooth and gives it a healthy glow. The stickiness of the honey helps take unwanted dirt, microbes, and dead skin which helps prevent skin infections and unclogs your pores.

Sugar:

The sugar helps exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin and excess sebum, leaving you with a smooth and glowing complexion.

Let me know in the comments if you try this mask out! ūüôā


Stay fab,

Sonali

5 Makeup Must-Haves for Travel

Hello beauties! Travelling is a lot of fun, but packing a suitcase is a whole other story. Packing can be a frustrating thing, but I’m here to make it easier for you… and your makeup bag. I’ve come up with a list of 5 beauty/makeup must-haves for any glamorous traveller! Plus, I added pictures of products I recommend! ūüôā

1. BB cream/Tinted Moisturizer

You can apply it with your fingers making it easy and convenient for you to do while on-the-go! Provides you a good coverage without all the hassle of a foundation.

Maybelline BB cream
Maybelline BB cream

2. 2-in-1 Blush & Bronzer

Don’t ever skip out on the blush/bronzer because every girl needs a little colour on her face! 2-in-1 products are a lifesaver for anyone that’s constantly travelling because it’s one less product to carry around in your makeup bag.

Quick tip: Get the most bang for your buck by using bronzer as an eye-shadow! You can sweep some of the bronzer  in the crease of your eyes, for some added depth and natural looking eye makeup.

Covergirl 3 - in - 1 blush, highlight, and bronzer
Covergirl 3 – in – 1 (blush, highlight, and bronzer!)

3. Mascara (preferably waterproof) 

Mascara does wonders for your eyes because it: a) defines your lashes b) makes your eyes pop and c) helps you look more awake. I suggest using waterproof mascara if you are going to spend time at the pool/beach and because while¬†travelling you have to be prepared for any type of weather, and you don’t want panda eyes due to an unexpected rain shower¬†(we’ve all been there).¬†

 Quick tip: when applying mascara focus on the outer lashes to create the illusion of bigger eyes.

Maybelline Classic Volume Express Waterproof Mascara
Maybelline Classic Volume Express Waterproof Mascara

4.  Lipstick/ Lipgloss/ Lip-balm

We can’t forget about the lips! Choose your favourite shade of lipstick/lipgloss to complete your look. For the days you want to rock your natural lip colour, (you go girl) I’d suggest using a moisturising lip-balm. Always carry a lip product in your purse because you never know when you may need a retouch.

Covergirl Colorlicious Lipgloss in shade 700
Covergirl Colorlicious Lipgloss in shade 700
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Covergirl smoochies lipstick 255 #SweetTweet
Baby Lips by Maybelline in 'Quenched'
Baby Lips by Maybelline in ‘Quenched’

5. Neutral Eyeshadow Pallette (travel size)

Try to find a palette with matte shades because they are easier and faster to apply and look more natural. If your palette includes a black shade, you can use it as eye-liner. I strongly recommend the naked basics palette. If that’s too expensive then try the NYX drug store alternative. I found out about this alternative thanks to this blog post:¬†http://blushandlace.com/2012/12/20/urbandecaydupes/

Naked Basics Palette (travel size)
Naked Basics Palette (travel size)
NYX Eye Shadow Palette Caviar and Bubble
NYX Eye Shadow Palette Caviar and Bubble

Hope you enjoyed! Let me know in the comments what your makeup must-haves are when travelling!

* 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

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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Credits: http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/iswatch-rimmel-london-bb-cream/#sthash.rkvoxCta.dpbs

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! ūüôā 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