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 🙂

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

Bronze Makeup Look 

Hello beauties! I’ve been absent for a while because of school work but I’m back with a makeup look that I know you’ll love! I used the Naked 3 Palette for this look because it contains beautiful rose gold shades that compliment any skin tone. If you don’t have this palette you can use any shades that are similar to the ones I use.

EYES

I always start my makeup off by doing my eyes first because I always get a little fallout from the eye shadow, and I can easily just cover it up when I put my foundation on later.

First, I put urban decay’s primer potion on my eyelid to ensure that my eye shadow lasts long. I also sprayed MAC’s fixed plus onto my brush to get more pigment from the eye shadows. Then, I applied the shade trick, which is a nice shimmery gold colour, on my whole eyelid. You can build it up to your preferred intensity. I put on quite a few layers of this colour because I really wanted a bronze makeup look.  (Hence the name of this post) I wanted just a hint of a pink in so I added the shade buzz on just the center of my eyelid and blended it outwards. To add more depth to my eyes, I added the shade nooner, into my crease and blended it out. Then I added the shade black heart into the outer v of my eye and really blended it out so it didn’t look harsh. (If you haven’t noticed already, blending is the key to natural looking eyeshadow) I went back in with trick and focused it on the inner third of the eye lid just so the eye shadow doesn’t look too dark. This is optional but I also added the shade strange under my brows to highlight. I finished off the eyes by applying winged eyeliner and mascara.

 

FACE

I use a sponge to apply my foundation because I feel it gives me the most natural and seamless looking coverage. I used the FIT ME foundation by Maybelline in the shade 310. When applying foundation, I recommend starting from the centre of your face (nose) and working your way outwards. I recommend this because usually you have the most imperfections around the centre of your face, so you get good coverage there and it prevents you from wearing more foundation than you need. I do a dabbing motion with my sponge because it gives the most effective coverage. Then I go ahead and set my foundation with the FIT ME powder to keep shine at bay. Next, I move onto contouring and highlighting. I take my bronzer and apply it in the hollows of my cheeks. I highlight down the centre of my nose, chin, cupids bow and cheek bones. *if you want me to create a post dedicated to how I contour and highlight, like this post! Finally I apply some blush and voila! My face is done!

 

LIPS

For the lips, you can really choose any colour you want because bronze is a versatile shade, so its totally up to you. You can go for a bold red lip or even a plum or a nice pink. I decided to go for a lip colour very close to my natural shade just a bit more pink-red.

And that’s pretty much it! Hope you guys try this look out and let me know in the comments below if you enjoyed this post.

Here’s the finished look!

*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

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! 🙂

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! 🙂 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