My favorite beauty items for Fall!

Hello everyone! Now is the time that we’ve all been waiting for which is Halloween, but I’m not here to do any Halloween looks instead I wanted to share you guys some of my favorite items for Fall. To be honest fall is my most favorite season of the year, the weather is nice the trees are turning orange and falling, so BEAUTIFUL! Ok without further or due let’s get in to it

My first item has to be lipsticks, burgundy, nudish brown or beige colors are perfect for fall. I just find those suites the season really well!

My choice for burgundy lipsticks are

Stila stay all day liquid lipstick  – Ricco

this is a beautiful matte burgundy red with a purple undertone

Dose of colors – Black Rose

Another beautiful burgundy red but this one is quite darker than the first one. Great if you want a bold look!

 

My choice for beige tone lipsticks

Colour pop lippie stix – Cami

This shade is the perfect combination of nude and beige! it will look stunning in mostly every skin tone and it’s very affordable, that’s always a plus!

Jouer liquid lipstick – Terra

This is their newest fall collection and the color is just stunning! It will be a great fall shade as well as an everyday lipstick color. It is also great because it applies nicely and will go with every outfit we have!

 

My choice for Brown lipsticks

Charlotte Tilbury matte revolution lipstick – Birkin Brown

This shade is just gorgeous! It is a brown shade with a lovely red undertone, with lighter skin it will show up quite bold but still flattering, with darker skin…oh my god! It just look so flawless and beautiful, it really does compliment the skin very nicely!

My next items are eye shadow, for me eye shadow is the most fun of all! There are so many shades and looks that you can create with it so let’s see what I have this Fall season…oooh:)

Charlotte Tilbury eye shadow quad – Vintage Vamp (just look at the name….isn’t it just perfect for fall?)

This is a more higher end eye shadow quad but the quality is just amazing, the color pay off is so good, those gold and dark maroon shade is just calling out for FALL! And you can definitely create and entire eye make up with only this quad – plus this is very easy to travel with because of it’s size.

 

Morphe eye shadow palette – 35f fall in to frost

Now this is a more affordable product and look at how much eye shadow you get! You get 35 shades of beautiful shadows and honestly the pigmentation is just as amazing as a lot of the higher brands. That gold and cranberry shade is just to die for!

 

 

Now the last item that I really wanted to mention is blush, I only have one to share but lately this has been one of my top using blush. I use this everyday when I come to class, I even bring it with me!

Tarte amazonian clay blush – Expose

This is the most use product of mine, it has a nice neutral shade with deep pink undertone which makes it perfect to use with a lot of different skin colors. I find that this will go with any make up look you are going for so if you are those kind of people who don’t really want to think much on what color they use and just want one trusty color, than this is it!

 

I hope you enjoy this and are able to find a product that you like!

 

Minnie XOXO

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5 Types of Clay and what it can do!

 

Clay masks are classic skincare go-tos, probably because they can provide some pretty incredible results. They can rejuvenate skin, draw out impurities, and restore a healthy moisturized glow. But there are more options now than ever when it comes to picking the right clay mask. We all want to achieve the best possible glow for our individual skin types, so here’s the dirt on each type of clay and what it can do for your skin.

Bentonite – One of the most popular clays in masks today, Bentonite is used in many acne treatments. Its ability to absorb excess sebum and sodium makes it a great option for oily skin types. When mixed with water, the composition changes making it swell and causing the molecules to become charged with more electricity. This causes toxins to lift out of pores and cling to the clay in magnet-like fashion, so it’s also an option for skin ailments such as eczema and psoriasis.

 

Kaolin – White Kaolin clay is the gentlest of the clays used in masks, so it’s an option for sensitive skin. Yellow Kaolin clay is more absorbent and a better exfoliant than white, but is still a great option for sensitive skin types. If your skin produces excess oil, you can opt for red or pink Kaolin as they are even more absorbent than the others and also detoxify and remove impurities. It can be a bit confusing and require purchasing the clays individually, but luckily plenty of masks on the market have gentle formulas.

 

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Umbrian – Originally found in the small idyllic town of Nocera Umbra, Italy, this charcoal-toned, ultra fine and mineral-rich clay works to give you a balanced and pure complexion that glows. Fresh (a well known beauty company or their organic ingredients) has a whole line of umbrian clay products that work with normal, oily, combination, dry and even sensitive skin types. A three-in-one treatment, their purifying mask multitasks as a daily deep cleanser, instant purifying mask and spot treatment to reveal a more refined complexion. The clay works together with calming sandalwood oil and soothing chamomile flower and lavender water to restore balance and reduce swelling and any blemishes or skin irritation.

 

Rhassoul – Originating from Morocco, this clay works wonders for skin and hair. Like the other clays, it draws out impurities such as blackheads and excess sebum, but tends not to leave skin feeling dry. Mix well with oatmeal for a face scrub or apply as a mask. As great as it is for skin treatments, Rhassoul’s claim its ability to absorb buildup in hair, leaving it shiny and voluminous.

I hope you guys find this helpful and try out some of these clays! You can always buy these clay powder individually and then mix it in with other ingredients or you can buy facial mask or products from skincare brands that include different type of clay in it. See you guys in my next blog!

 

Mnnie XOXO

 

DIY remedies to reduce blemishes

Recently I’ve been breaking out a lot due to my lack of sleep during the exams and it leaves my skin with a lot of blemish and scarring. Blemishes can always be a pain because of how long it takes to fade or completely gone and that is what I’ve been through for the majority of my life. So today I wanted to share with you some DIY that is easy to do at home that would help reduce the appearance of our blemishes!

What is blemish?

A blemish can be described as a discolored area or a mark on the skin, generally caused by the outbreak of acne. Of course, there are several other types of blemishes too, which cannot be blamed on acne. There are some blemishes that people are born with, like birthmarks. However, you may notice other common forms of blemishes too, such as environmental factors, use of certain medication, hormonal imbalances and so on. You could also get a blemish because of using certain products, like bleach, on your skin. As you get older, you could also notice the appearance of age spots, which are a type of blemish on the skin. Some of the other common types of blemishes on the skin include liver spots, sun spots, skin tags, freckles and moles.

Here are some DIYs that will help improve your skin

Cinnamon and Honey Mask

While honey maybe sounds as if it should be avoided due to its stickiness, actually, it has natural antibiotic properties that can kill germs that may cause acne. Cinnamon is a natural anti-microbial to help stop bacteria in its tracks. When combined, these two powerhouses can help combat and treat acne effectively and easily.

How to make and apply it: Rinse your face and pat the skin dry. Mix two tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon until completely blended. Then you can either apply the mask to your entire face or spot treat. Leave on for ten to fifteen minutes then rinse thoroughly and pat skin dry.

Egg White Mask

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Egg whites help reduce acne and fade the scars the acne can leave behind. Egg whites are loaded with protein and vitamins that heal skin and help rebuild healthy skin cells. They also help soak up excess oils produced by the skin which can clog pores.

How to make and apply it: Separate two to three egg whites from the yolks and whisk until frothy. Let them stand for a few minutes while you rinse your face and pat dry. Apply a thin layer with your fingers and allow it to dry a few minutes. Continue to apply layers until you have three or four in total. Let the mask dry for twenty minutes then rinse completely and pat skin dry.

Milk/Yogurt and Honey

While dairy products have been accused of causing acne, applied reasonably, milk or yogurt can help treat acne scarring and improve skin tone. Milk soothes irritated skin and tones down any redness. Honey is a natural antibacterial that kills bacteria living on your skin which make acne worse.

How to make and apply it: Combine one tablespoon of room-temperature milk or yogurt and one tablespoon of honey well. Apply to skin using a cotton ball or your fingertips. Apply a thin layer and allow drying before adding more, if you wish. Let the mask sit for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse the mask thoroughly and then gently scrub your skin with a washcloth in a circular motion to remove any dead skin cells.

Oatmeal Mask

Oatmeal has long been used for a variety of skin ailments because it soothes the skin by reducing inflammation and redness. Adding honey boosts the mask by including honey’s natural antibacterial properties.

How to make and apply it: Prepare one serving of steel-cut oatmeal according to package directions and add two tablespoons of honey. Let cool to room temperature then apply to your skin. Leave on for twenty to thirty minutes. Then rinse thoroughly and pat skin dry.

Honey and Avocado Mask

Avocado is loaded with vitamins and minerals and it is gentle on irritated skin. Combine that with honey’s antibacterial and you have a great face mask to treat your acne and blemishes. This mask both soothes inflammation and kills bacteria.

How to make and apply it: Rinse your skin and pat dry. Scoop out the meat of one whole avocado and mash it into a paste. Combine one tablespoon of honey and mix well. Apply the mask to your skin and let it sit for fifteen to twenty minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat skin dry.

 

By doing these facial mask 1-2 times a week you will start to notice the difference, but be patient because these things takes sometime to heal! :))

 

 

Minnie XOXO

 

 

 

The difference between Bronzers & Contours

One of the most commonly questions everyone seem to ask is what’s the difference between bronzing and contouring? Well they both have a brownish color that applies around your face but they both give a different effect.

Bronzer

What is Bronzer?

Bronzer is a product intended to give a sun kissed glow to the skin. Basically mimicking what would happen if you went out in the sun just enough to get some healthy color.

When you are looking into buying a bronzer you should consider a few things.  First and foremost, bronzer can be either matte or shimmery, but in my personal opinion it is best to avoid large shimmer or glitter. A little shimmer is fine.  Often if a bronzer has a ton of shimmer or glitter it could make your skin look quite muddy.  Next consider the color of your skin.  For a natural effect, fair ladies should avoid anything too orange.  Instead look for a more neutral shades that still has some warmth.  Those with darker skin can be a little more lenient as the orange tones will actually add a warmth and glow to your skin.  Generally the darker you are the more orange you can get away with.

What do I do with it?

There are many ways to apply bronzer but a good rule is to gently dust it onto the areas of your face that get hit by the sun the most.  You are trying to mimic a sun kissed effect.  Areas like your hairline, the bridge of your nose and the tops of your cheek bones for example.  When in doubt less is more, a subtle bronze glow is better than full on Oompaloompa or accidental muddy look. So start little at first!

 

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Contour

What is Contour?

A contour shade is used to create areas of color that mimic a shadow.  If you want an area of your face to look like it sinks in further and/or sticks out less, then contour is your answer.  Want your nose to look slimmer?  Contour.  Want your cheeks to look slimmer?  Contour.  Want your jawline to look sharper?  Create more shadow underneath with contour.

When you are setting out to buy a contour shade there are a few things to remember.  First  you should know that few brands actually put out a stand alone contouring product.  More and more brands are coming out with them recently, but generally speaking contour shades hide unsuspectingly among the blushes and the bronzers.  I think this is where a lot of the confusion comes from actually.

The first rule of contour is NO SHIMMER.  I usually never make claims of hard and fast rules in makeup, but this one I feel is pretty much undeniable.  The idea of a contour shade is to create the illusion of a shadow, so using something that catches light makes no sense.

The other thing to remember is that it should look like a shadow, so you don’t want a warm color. You should also remember however that shadows aren’t gray, they are gray mixed with the surrounding colors.  So while you should be looking for a color that is not warm, you don’t want it to be a completely cool gray tone either, that just wont look natural.  Basically, something in the taupe family will work best.

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What do I do with it?

As I mentioned above, you want to place your contour color in any areas that you want to recede.  This will vary depending on your face shape, or what you want to change about your face shape.

I usually like using a flat angle face brush to help me contour and a fluffier brush to bronze the skin and don’t forget to always use a light hand, you can always add more but it’s a lot harder to take it away.

 

So this is the difference between Bronzing and Contouring, it might be a little bit tricky when you first starting it but remember that practice makes perfect!

 

Minnie XOXO

What is Baking?

By looking at the title you might think baking is what you do to make cakes and cook things, well, you are right but in the beauty industry it is a completely different thing!

Where did baking come from?

Baking, or cooking, is a trick that has been used by drag queens and celebrities for decades.

Those who use the technique regularly tend to be performers and models who need to prevent their make-up from melting while under bright lights for lengthy periods. But lately it has now become very popular among make up lovers, make up artist, bloggers etc. and so a lot of people is now using this technique in their make up routine because of the lasting power and the flawless finish.

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How does the technique work?

According to respected make-up experts and the thousands of tutorials on YouTube, baking consists of applying your base or foundation as normal and then coating a very heavy layer of concealer in somewhat of a triangle shape below your eyes.

Once the concealer is applied, blend your concealer with a make up sponge or a brush to make the concealer blend in with your foundation.

Next, layer the concealer with a dusting of loose translucent powder, this depend on how long lasting you want your make up to be. Some might put a light layer of powder which is a more natural look or some might put on a heavy layer of powder to make it creasless  and long lasting (Be sure to really moisturize your eye area because baking will make it drier than usual)

Here is where the baking comes in, leave the powder and concealer to set for approximately 5-10 minutes while continuing to apply the rest of your make-up. In extreme cases, some leave their face to bake for up to 30 minutes. This will allow the heat of your face to set the concealer or foundation as well.

Once the baking is done, lightly brush away the excess powder to reveal an even complexion. You will end up with a creasless finish! But remember that it could sometimes look cakey so blend the concealer nicely is a must!

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Another tip is to use a damp sponge to apply the loose powder by doing this it will give a nice amount of powder and you can layer it without clogging up the powders.

Famous loose powders to bake with

Ben Nye Luxury Powder

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Ben Nye Luxury Powders have been used by makeup artists for years. One of the most popular shades that works on medium and tan skin tones is Banana. Its yellow tone makes it a color corrector that creates a brightening effect underneath the eyes and anywhere else you let it spend some time. It gave the concealer an extra boost in coverage and its matte finish is great for hot and humid days.

Laura mercier translucent loose powder

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The powder is so finely milled that it disappears on the skin, and a huge plus is that it doesn’t alter the color of your concealer or foundation. The result is a smooth, lightweight texture that doesn’t have a cakey or chalky appearance.