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 🙂

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

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

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

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

– 2 tablespoon Cooled Green Tea 

– 1 tablespoon Honey

– 5 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! 🙂


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