Tip Monday: Best Photo Editing Apps for Insta

September 29, 2014

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3 Things: If Money Was No Object

September 28, 2014

Wish List

      
If the all-powerful beauty genie appeared from a magic Dyptique candle holder, and would grant me three beauty-related wishes at this very moment, I'd wish for the following products:

Jo Malone Wood Sage& Sea Salt Cologne
Now I have enough fragrances that will last me for good few years, but when I smelled a sample of this cologne, I knew straight away that I needed it in my collection. The scent is so fresh and lovely that I'd want to smell like this every single day. It's strange that it didn't sound appealing to me before.

Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Mascara
If you've followed my blog from the very beginning, then you'll know that I love my drugstore mascaras, and I wouldn't trade them for anything... up till now. I received a deluxe sample size of the 'Baby Doll' mascara with my purchase, and I can attest that this is a good example of why I'd pay more for a mascara that only lasts four months max.

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm
I haven't tried this one for myself, but the UK beauty bloggers have convinced me that I need this gem in my life. There is nothing better than cleansing your face at the end of the day (well other than applying makeup), so why not use a luxirous moringa cleansing balm, right?

If money was no object, what three beauty products would YOU wish for?

This Week's Most Loved

September 27, 2014

For some odd reason, this past few weeks I wasn't into makeup all that much, so that being the case I thought I'd start using some beauty products I've been neglecting lately. There is no better feeling than rediscovering a product you've loved in the past, but have forgotten about in the never-ending process of 'shopping the stash.' So, as a result, here's a little report on the the things I'd been using-and loving-this week that I thought were worth mentioning in today's post.

Unlike transparent primers that only extend the wear of your eyeshadow, this one in particular is also a color-correcting primer, which comes in two shades (Light/Medium&Medium/Deep), and can be used both as an eyeshadow and a concealer primer. It helps my eyeshadow stay put all day- not that I have the oiliest lids to prove the longevity- and works well as an under eye brightener. On days when I want a light coverage, I dab this alone under the eyes, however when I need more coverage, I'll use this as a primer and then apply a proper concealer, or corrector afterwards.
I'm a big fan of the 'Double Wear' range in general, so when I heard that a 'lighter' version of my favorite foundation is being released, I just needed to have it in my life-duh! It met all of my expectations- the texture is light, yet it provides enough coverage to cover the imperfections, plus leaves a natural, air-brushed finish. Moreover, it is long-lasting and will stay put throughout the day regardless of the weather conditions. I just added this to my 'holy-grail' foundation list. Bam.

The Bobbi Brown corrector never fails to satisfy my expectations. I always reach for this whenever I need a bit of extra coverage to cover the dark circles under the eyes due to lack of sleep. I figured that the best way to apply it is using a finger tip, since the warmth of the skin helps to easily blend the product. Next time, however, I think I'll get a peach based shade instead of the pink one.

Before I bought an eyeshadow palette, this was the only matte eyeshadow I owned, which I used in my crease and the lower lash line, but never, ever on the brows. Swiss Chocolate is a gorgeous matte medium warm brown with a slight reddish tone-it's my staple eyeshadow whenever I travel since it takes up so little space.

Although I don't like to set my makeup- I prefer the dewy finish look- I've realized that my T-zone gets oilier than usual, so I started applying a translucent powder to set my makeup now. As a result, I think I get less shiny during the day and I don't need to blot as much as I used to. The thing I love the most about this product is that it doesn't transfer any color and is relatively inexpensive.

Have you tried any of the products I mentioned in this post? 

Moisturizer for the Colder Months

September 20, 2014

Happy Saturday! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. In today's post I wanted to write about my go-to moisturizer that I've been loving for a good few years now-the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer. I'm a huge fan of Kiehl's skincare products, and this moisturizer is no exception. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, my love for this brand started with the purchase of this creme.

I clearly remember that my skin wasn't at its best condition when I first got it- it was extremely dry and patchy. However, after incorporating the Ultra Facial Moisturizer into my regular skincare routine, my skin never looked and felt better. It's a great basic moisturizer: light-weight and non-greasy in texture, absorbs quickly, and keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day. Also, it's great for both day and night time use. I highly recommend this if you're looking for an effective moisturizer yet light in texture, then this one is for you.

Kiehl's description: Inspired by our beloved Ultra Facial Moisturizer, this 24-hour,light-textured daily hydrator leaves skin comfortable and visibly well-balanced, particularly in harsh weather conditions. Our formula is made with Antarcticine- a Glycoprotein extracted from microorganisms sourced from sea glaciers and notable for an ability to protect skin from cold temperatures- as well as Imperata Cylindrica, a plant indigenous to the Australian desert which possesses superb water retention properties in dry conditions.

11 Quotes to Keep You Going

September 19, 2014


1. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. -Thomas A Edison

2. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -Mark Twain

4. What you do speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you say. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

5. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. -Theodore Roosevelt

6.Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. -Napoleon Hill

7. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. -George Addair

8. A year from now you may wish you had started today. -Karen Lamb

9. Change your thoughts. And you change your world. -Norman Vincent Peale

10. What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. -Napoleon Hill

11. The purpose of our lives is to be happy. -Dalai Lama

 

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