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Some rules to follow on buying foundation.

Always opt for water-based and oil-free foundations whenever possible. Even for people with dry or sensitive skin, oil-free foundations are still recommended. Oil (that is not naturally secreted from human glands) is not always advisable for application on facial skin because it is what causes clogged pores, blackheads and acne.

Always check the ingredients before you buy the foundation. The packaging may look appealing and it may be from a respectable company but you should still check the label. Different ingredients will react differently on different people so keep this fact in mind.

Always choose a foundation that is suitable for your skin type. Do your research beforehand to find out what skin type you are. Do it online and ask for a doctor’s opinion whenever possible. In fact, I really do recommend visiting a good dermatologist should you ever get the chance. Some makeup artists will have in-depth knowledge of facial skin care but they might not have as much experience in taking care of it as dermatologists do. (Word to the wise, a good dermatologist is one that will take the time to explain things to you as he/she will not only think of “time=money”. He/she will not rush you into making a decision and will give you all the facts and information you request and need in order to make a decision that benefits YOU.)

–  Be selfish in how you spend your money. It is YOUR money and you have EVERY right to be skeptical about buying any product you come across. There is a possibility that the product may increase in price or be discontinued – but that’s okay because there will always be other similarly (sometimes lower-priced) good products out there to purchase. After all, this is your skin you are subjecting foreign ingredients to. Also, the market prices are forever changing but the ingredients will always remain.

Always try to avoid foundations with too many artificial ingredients present. While rubbing alcohol is known to be a harmless (and at times beneficial) product for the skin (as it is an antiseptic and evaporates quickly), it may not be suitable for certain skin types – specifically those with sensitive skin. Test the product out thoroughly before purchase. If you feel any sort of burning sensation, this may be due to an allergic reaction.

– Last, but not least, a good foundation (for your skin type) is one that blends in well, gives adequate and natural-looking coverage and does not cause any clogged pores, blackheads or break-outs. Nevertheless, always make sure to take your makeup off and wash your face well before you go to bed. Even good foundations can cause break-outs if left on the skin for too long.

Make Up Forever HD foundation

Great oil-free liquid foundation for people with mature skin who want a natural-looking coverage that balances uneven skin pigmentation and does not accentuate wrinkles. Since it is medium to full coverage in consistency, a person of mature skin can use this to their advantage and apply as much as needed. Personally, I found the coverage to be lighter than Make Up Forever’s oil-free Mat Velvet Mattifying foundation (but this is to be somewhat expected as the latter foundation was primarily formulated for people with oily skin.)

Since the HD foundation has moisturizing ingredients, it could also benefit people with normal to dry skin. The fact that it is somewhat watery in consistency makes it easy to apply and blend. It glides onto the skin smoothly and leaves the face with a very fresh-looking finish and a subtle dewy look – an added advantage for people with dry skin.

http://www.makeupforever.com/products/complexion/hd-foundation.html

Al Hashmi Kajal Eyeliner

Some of you have seen in it your local drugstore or beauty shop, some of you have seen Sarah Jessica Parker use it in Sex & the City 2 and some of you have seen it in a random mini-market somewhere…and you might have thought it wasn’t worth a second look. Well, that’s exactly what I thought at first – but after I bought one and tried it, I completely changed my mind.

This little baby has got to be one of the best, if not the best, kajal (kohl) eyeliners I have ever come across. Do not be fooled by the simple packaging, the quality of this eyeliner is beyond superb. Not only does it glide on easily – which is something surprising since it is dry in texture and consistency – it does not smudge…AT ALL. Long-lasting, smudge-proof and very easy to apply in a small, slim blue or red cylinder-shaped container that’s purse-friendly (and even pocket-friendly!) What more could a girl ask for in a decent black kohl eyeliner?

If any of you have heard of any other brands that make kajal (kohl) eyeliner of decent quality, do let me know! For now, Al Hashmi Kajal eyeliner has my vote.

Note: these types of eyeliners are known to contain lead which is a substance that can cause allergic reactions or have negative consequences on the eyes. Personally, I’ve yet to experience any issues, myself, but if I do, I will update this post.

AllCosmeticsWholeSale

For those of you  that prefer to stick to high-end brands when it comes to certain (or all) beauty products, a good website to check out is:

www.allcosmeticswholesale.com

Most of the branded products available on this site are sold at a lower price than the average market price. You may also be lucky enough to find some discontinued items from certain beauty/makeup lines (but not a guarantee.) There are also various brands of products sold on the site (like Maybelline, Rimmel, L’Oreal, etc…)

Note: for people residing outside or far from the US or Canada, shipping costs can be high.

A reminder note.

Dear Readers,

Different products work differently on different people. What you read here is my own opinion and it may not apply to everyone. Please consider carefully what you choose to spend your money on.

Until next post.

Coastal Scents Concealer Palettes and Quads

I recently purchased concealer palettes and quads from Coastal Scents during their Thanksgiving Sale (50 % off) and, having used different products, I would like to give my honest opinion on the products. Of course, in the end, it is up to you – fellow readers – what you choose to consider. You know what you prefer and what works for you.

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Eclipse Palette (for product image, click on below link.)

http://www.coastalscents.com/makeup/palettes/face-palettes/pl-026.html

Priced at 14.95 US Dollars, this concealer palette is most likely suitable for people with oily or combination skin. I have oily skin and I found that it worked really well on me. With 15 different shades that you can mix and match together to suit your skin tone, this item is a good deal if you’re wanting to buy a budget-friendly concealer palette.

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Camouflage Concealer Palette

http://www.coastalscents.com/makeup/palettes/face-palettes/pl-011.html

Priced at 16.95 US Dollars, this concealer palette has a more creamy consistency and would most likely be suitable for people with normal to dry/sensitive skin. With 10 different concealer shades, you also have the chance to mix and match colors to suit your skin tone. I tried this product and found that while it gave good coverage, it’s not a concealer I would use on a daily basis due to its creamy texture (unsuitable for my oily skin type.)

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Camo Quad

http://www.coastalscents.com/makeup/face-1/concealer/camo-quads/co-001.html

For people who are looking for a compact size concealer packet with the basic number of shades, this is a product worth considering. The Camo Quad, as its name points out, has 4 different concealer shades with a semi-creamy and somewhat thick consistency. I found that it gave very good coverage where needed and the fact that it’s small makes it easy and practical to carry in a bag or purse. Budget and size-friendly, this is a concealer palette for a lady that’s always on-the-go and likes to touch up on her makeup throughout the day. Priced at $7.95 and available in Light, Medium and Dark, it’s worth a look-see.

Camo Quad Color Corrector

http://www.coastalscents.com/makeup/face-1/concealer/camo-quads/co-004.html

This Camo Quad is very useful for people who suffer from skin color discoloration, uneven skin pigmentation, skin redness or dark undereyes. It comes in 4 different shades (purple, blue, yellow and green.) It may be a useful makeup product for any lady or makeup artist’s collection.

A few new discovered treasures.

Hello fellow beauty junkies!

Illamasqua Lipsticks:
Not only is the texture and consistency of the lipsticks brilliantly thick and rich, their colors are so pigmented. Good for photoshoots.

Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer:
It does conceal undereye darkness to a certain extent and blends in nicely. It didn’t get cakey and had decent staying power. Since the concealer is somewhat thick in consistency, it can also be used on other areas on the face.

Sephora Smoothing & Brightening Concealer:
For those of you that would like to add a little extra glow under your eyes without it seeming too obvious or somewhat fake, using a “brightening” or “color-correcting” concealer can really help. Sephora’s range of Smoothing & Brightening Concealers do a great job of concealing and brightening the under-eye area. According to the general makeup guidelines, light pink or lavender concealers are used for color-correcting or brightening under-eye areas on people of warm skin tones to counteract yellow or sallow skin. Warm pink (or peachy-pink) is more suitable for doing the same job on people of cool skin tones as it would be more effective in counteracting blue-ish or purple-ish under-eye dark circles. After the pink concealer is applied, a yellow one is added on top and blended in accordingly.

Not sure what skin tone you are? This link may help: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/267071/am_i_warm_or_cool_a_guide_to_determining.html?cat=69

ELF Mineral Lipsticks

For all of you makeup lovers out there that like to shop with a budget, these lipsticks may just be one of the biggest makeup treats for you, yet! Now, before I get all of you extremely excited, I would like to point out that (according to what I am aware of) ELF makeup is only available in stores within the US and is only available to order online for people residing in the US, UK, Canada and a few other countries (please see link at the end of this post.) So, if you actually want to buy ELF products and you are not a resident of the US or any of the countries that ELF ships online orders to, you would have to ask a (very kind and helpful) friend of yours that is visiting the US to buy some of these goodies for you. Your other option is to ask a friend of yours that resides in one of the other countries (that ELF ships to) to order them for you online and ship them to you. Of course, you would have to pay the shipping cost so the former method would be the better (and cheaper) choice.

ELF (an abbreviation for Eyes Lips Face) is another drugstore brand that I have come to have faith in for my beauty fixes. At first, I was extremely skeptical about buying and trying anything from this brand because of its products’ extremely low prices. I mean, surely it couldn’t be possible that a company would actually produce makeup of decent quality and sell them at such budget-friendly prices. Well, I was wrong. A lot of ELF’s products are of very decent quality and at such low and affordable prices, I have become very grateful for the brand’s existence.

One of my favorite lines of makeup from ELF is its Mineral makeup line, and some of my favorite products from the Mineral makeup line are the ELF Mineral Lipsticks! At only 5 US Dollars a piece, these lipsticks are nicely pigmented and last on my lips longer than some of my more expensive lipsticks do. When I say nicely pigmented, though, I don’t mean they’re very strongly pigmented (that is the norm with mineral makeup), but their colors do clearly show with one sweep. They glide on smoothly and they’re very moisturizing which is great for me because I have lips that tend to get dry very easily. They don’t have an awkward smell or taste to them like some lipsticks do…I won’t name any brands but they’re out there. Last, but not least, they are available in a variety of neutral, warm and nude shades. My favorite ELF Mineral lipstick colors are Natural Nymph, Runaway Pink and Nicely Nude.

To learn more about ELF and which countries it currently ships to, please visit: www.eyeslipsface.com

Get a little lippy.

Hello again my fellow beauty junkies.

So, for this post, I have decided to share with you my most preferred brands of makeup when it comes to lipstick. Every beauty junkie needs to get a little lippy from time to time – in a good way, of course. Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the brands I turn to when I want to get lippy:

Maybelline:
Ever since I started wearing makeup, I’ve been using Maybelline lipsticks.  My favorite line of Maybelline lipsticks are the Moisture Extreme lipsticks by Maybelline New York. There’s just something about the way these lipsticks glide on (so smoothly) that make them some of my all time favorites when it comes to getting lippy. I also love that subtle sheen to the colors that makes lips look that much more luscious and juicy. Also, they are available in a wide variety of colors and their moisturizing properties are great for people who suffer from constantly dry lips (like me.) Last, but certainly not least, they are totally wallet and budget-friendly!

Revlon:
Well, of course I was going to mention Revlon in this post at some point. How can I not? I’m obsessed with this makeup brand. My favorite lines of Revlon lipsticks are the Revlon Matte lipsticks, Revlon Colorburst lipsticks and the Revlon Colorstay Soft & Smooth Lipcolor lipsticks. The Revlon Matte lipsticks are great for those that like lipsticks with a matte finish…need I say more? They apply very nicely, are decently pigmented and can last on the lips for hours if there is not a lot of eating or drinking involved. The Revlon Colorburst lipsticks are very similar to the Revlon Matte lipsticks in texture but they have a slightly creamy finish and are a little more pigmented. The Revlon Colorstay Soft & Smooth possess all the qualities of the two former types of lipsticks and they last a little longer on the lips – so that’s a great plus. Again, this is a brand of makeup that is also wallet-friendly and convenient for budget-shoppers.

Rimmel London:
What can I say? I’m a sucker for drugstore brands. Rimmel has also been one of those makeup brands that I started off with in my teenage years of trying to beautify myself. It has been there for me through thick and thin. My favorite line of Rimmel London lipsticks is the Lasting Finish Intense Wear Lipsticks and lemme tell ya, these lipsticks do exactly what their title says: they go on intensely and last for hours. Very well pigmented with a nice semi-matte finish, these are great lipsticks for nightlife lovers that like to party a lot without having their lipstick disappear within the first hour.

MAC:
Don’t worry, I didn’t forget the Holy Grail of lipstick brands, I just didn’t want to start with the obvious. I mean, one of the first brands that people refer to when it comes to makeup is MAC – and for good reason – but I also wanted to share my thoughts with you on the other brands out there. Other than the blushers and eyeshadows, the lipsticks are my favorite products from MAC. Their consistency, their texture and their application is just….sublime. Even though my lips tend to get dry easily, my favorite line of MAC lipsticks are those with the Matte Finish because they are so richly pigmented that one gentle swipe of them on the lips is usually enough to get lippy in a really obvious way. While MAC lipsticks may not be your wallet’s best friend if you are on a budget, buying one or two of them once in a while won’t create such a huge dent.

Michael Todd:
I am not sure if this brand of makeup is available in the United Arab Emirates because I purchased some of its lipsticks on the internet. I know the brand is available in the US and the UK but that’s about it. If it is available anywhere else, please do let me know! My favorite line of lipsticks from Michael Todd is its Creme Lipsticks – they’re long-lasting, they apply very nicely and smoothly and they’re richly pigmented. Their pricing is just a bit more expensive than that of MAC’s lipsticks but with quality that is good enough to be a worthy rival, if you’re the kind of gal that doesn’t mind splurging on her makeup purchases, you won’t be sorry you put your bucks on Michael Todd’s Creme Lipsticks.

NYX:
One of my favorite drugstore makeup brands, NYX has been faithful to me for a long time and is purely awesome in so many ways. My favorite lines of NYX lipsticks are the Round Lipsticks and the Matte Lipsticks. The NYX Round lipsticks are wonderfully pigmented with just the right amount of moisture and creaminess to them (not too creamy, not too dry) and deliver a very nice, smooth and half matte/half velvety finish…if that even makes sense. I find them to be great for both daily casual and occasional evening wear. The NYX Matte lipsticks apply smoothly with a finish that is just as they are described. Very richly and intensely pigmented, these lipsticks are for you gals that like to be flashy when they wanna get lippy. Go ahead and add some vibrant color to your lippiness with these babies.

So, what are your favorite brands and types of lipsticks? Feel free to let me in on how you like to get lippy, I’d love to hear from you 😉

Eyeshadow Primers 101

This is a mini review on the different brands of eyeshadow primers I have purchased and used over the last few years. I’m not going to go into detail because there are quite a few primers I’m going to talk about, I’ll just be discussing the key points concerning the pros or cons of each product. Finally, I will be reviewing each item in no particular order!

1) Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion:

I’ve actually purchased and used this primer in its original version and the “Sin” version. They both feel and work the same way, in my opinion, with the only difference being the color of the primer. The UDPP in Sin has a sheer and shimmery pinkish-copper color to it and can also be used on the eyelid alone if you want a barely there frosty eyeshadow look. While I think this eyeshadow primer does help eyeshadow stay on longer than average, I don’t find it to be the “best” primer for me because my eyeshadow does still end up creasing after a few hours. The space on my eyelides seem almost non-existent when my eyes are open so eyeshadow tends to crease easily if I’m not wearing a good eyelid primer under it.  I would recommend this primer for people who have wide spaced eyelids because it definitely does make the color of eyeshadows look more vibrant and last longer. I give this primer an 8/10.

2) Too-Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer:

This has got to be one of my favorite eyeshadow primers, ever. It’s definitely in my top 3 list of eyeshadow primers, that’s for sure. I love that it makes my eyeshadow last for ages without having to do any touch-ups. I love that it actually does prevent my eyeshadow from creasing and that it makes it look so much more pigmented. The cost of this product is ridiculously overpriced in Dubai because I buy it in London for half the price. Nevertheless, a little of the primer goes a long way so if you want to invest in something that’s top-notch in quality, you won’t be sorry with this baby. For me, it was an investment worth making. 10/10.

3) NYX Eyeshadow Base:

For a budget-friendly eyeshadow primer from a brand that’s considered to be “drugstore”, this product turned out to be a lot better than I expected. Very reasonably priced and very easy to apply. The product comes in a little jar so you can apply the primer with an eyeshadow brush or your fingers. Its soft and light-weight texture blends in so smoothly and easily that it feels like you never applied anything on your eyelid in the first place. It does a good job at making eyeshadow colors pop out and last long enough throughout the day. For me, I didn’t find it to be that effective at preventing eyeshadow from creasing but considering its price, I would purchase this item again. I like that it’s available in 3 colors: White, White Pearl and Skin Tone. I give this product an 8/10.

4) ARTDECO Eyeshadow Base:

Decently priced for a brand that’s considered to be mid to high-end. It comes in a little jar and is very easy to apply with fingers or an eyeshadow brush. Even though its color (in the jar) appears to be medium-dark beige, it applies as a very light nude beige that merges with your skin tone as you blend it in. It does a very good job at making eyeshadow last longer and preventing its creasing. I would recommend this product for people who have eyelids that tend to get oily as it has a very smooth and matte finish. I give it a 9/10.

5) Benefit Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eyelid Primer:

The first thing I’d like to say about this product is that it is NOT for people whose eyelids tend to get oily or suffer from eyeshadow creasing. My eyelids only get oily-ish in really warm climates and since I do not have wide-spaced eyelids, eyeshadows crease easily with me. I did not find this product to be very beneficial for me as an eyeshadow primer that I would use regularly. However, during cold climates, this eyeshadow does work well enough for me. Still, I wouldn’t buy it again unless I decided to move to a cold country…which won’t be happening any time soon. For the sake of being objective, though, I would give this product a 9/10 for people who suffer from dry or dry/sensitive skin. For people who have combination or oily skin…I’d give it a 6.5/10.

6) NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils:

Okay, I know what some of you may be thinking….that NYX’s jumbo eye pencils are not eyeshadow primers. Okay, they’re not labeled as eyeshadow primers but that doesn’t mean we can’t use them as eyeshadow primers! If any of you have actually tried to use one of these babies as an eyeshadow primer, then you already know what I’m talking about. For those of you who haven’t, go to the makeup store and buy at least ONE of them in a color that would work under most eyeshadows, like Milk or Cottage Cheese, and then go home and give it a try. (Or perhaps try it at the store, at least!) You might just be surprised. It really does create a good eyelid base for that eyeshadow color to stick to. Also, since it’s in a pencil-form, it makes applying it a breeze! For their pricing and effectiveness, I give those jumbo eye pencils a 9/10.