My favorite concealer

Hello again! This must be one of my most favorite topic ever…CONCEALERS! I can live without any brow products, blushes,contour,mascara but not concealers. It’s my most use product (obviously because of my dark circles and blemishes) it has become something that I could not live without, if I have to choose between foundation or concealer I would definitely go for concealers!

And after trying so much concealer I have found both great ones and the not so good ones so I recon why not share my opinion in case it could help some of you guys.

Let’s start with my MOST favorite concealer

 

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Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer – Custard

This has to be my top favorite concealer of all (at the moment, there are still a lot of concealers that I heard good things about but yet to try them out!), as the name say it is very nice and creamy and the consistency is on the thicker side, BUT don’t be scared of it being thick because this thing covers up pretty much anything and still look radiant! It’s not too drying which is great for a concealer with this amount of coverage, I basically use it for my dark circles, my blemishes, some acne and sometime I only use this with a setting powder and I’m good to go!

Rate  : 10/10

 

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Mac Pro long wear concealer – NC 20

This was all the rave on youtube and social media, everyone is using so I had to try it! This one is also on the thicker side but not as much as the nars concealer, it does have a tacky feeling to it once you get the product out. I find that using fingers might not be the best solution for this product because it’s not as easy to blend out because of it’s tackiness BUT once use with a Beauty Blender (or a foundation brush, but I prefer the beauty blender) it gives the perfect amount of coverage and looks great! It does crease quite a lot if you don’t set it with powder but once you set it, it does last a very long time. The only down side has to be the packaging the pump makes it a lot harder to adjust how much product which normally…ended up with too much.

Rate: 9

 

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – 1,2,3,4

Again this is also something everyone should have, people have been obsessed over this concealer because of the coverage and the affordable price point. To me this is a good concealer, the coverage is great but it is very drying and requires a quick application because it dried up really quickly. The color selection is not so great with only 4 colors to choose from, I ended up needing to mix the colors together because the lightest one is too ashy and 2nd one is too pink while no. 3 and 4 is too dark for me, so I ended up using more time than I should to just to mix all of these. But over all it’s a nice concealer from the drugstore.

Rate: 7

 

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Maybelline Fit me – 10,20

This is also my favorite concealer from the drugstore, it’s affordable, nice coverage, and the texture is amazing! One of the smoothest and creamy texture I have found. Sadly it is not available in Thailand so I bought mine from the UK, but seriously, it is very good! I love using this under my eyes and blemishes, it’s not as full coverage as the Nars or Mac ones but it give’s a very nice amount of coverage and doesn’t look cakey!

Rate: 9.5

 

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Benefit Boing concealer – 01,02

This is one of the brands most selling product and people loved it. But unfortunately for me, I’m not as happy with it as I should have been. Before getting this product I have really high hope for this product because of all the reviews online.

But it just doesn’t work for me, I tried using my fingers, my brush and even my beauty blender and still it not what I expected. The coverage is alright you can layer it for more coverage, it’s quite hard to blend especially with your fingers but the most annoying thing with this concealer is no matter how much I moisturize my face or eye area and how much blend and gently set it with powders, it is always cakey and creasing and emphasizing my fine lines. I gave it a try so many times and I don’t think I’ll be using it again, even though it looked nice right when I just applied it but within an hour all of this would happen and I just can’t fix it. 😦

Rate: 3

 

So here it is both my favorite and not so good product, I hope you enjoy and remember, what works for me might not work for you and what works for you might not work for me. These are only my personal opinion in case you have the same skin type or problems like me.

 

Minnie XOXO

 

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Throwback in time: 1960s Makeup trends

Hello again! After looking up some of the history of beauty in each decades I have chosen to go with the 1960s trends. Even when it’s heavily punctuated by radical social and political upheaval, the 1960s was an amazing decade. Women took their fashion and makeup inspiration from a variety of sources including the Hollywood icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy and blonde bombshell Bridget Bardot. What impact did these diversely different styles have on the makeup trends of the swinging 1960s? Let’s take a look!

1960s Makeup Trends

The 1960s were perfectly sandwiched between the classic, refined beauty of the 1950s and the gutsy, mod styles of the early 1970s. On one end of the beauty spectrum, ladies sought to emulate Jackie Kennedy’s impossible elegance with bouffant hair, pillbox hats and makeup that emphasized their natural beauty.

Conversely, others were more drawn to the edgy, rebellious nature of the Mod subculture. These women often sported stylishly short haircuts and highlighted their eyes to the extreme while downplaying the rest of the face.

And who could forget the sexy looks of Bridget Bardot? No matter which beauty theory the gorgeous ladies of the 1960s prescribed to, the decade’s emphasis was placed firmly on the eyes as the traditionally trendy red lips of the 40s and 50s fell out of fashion.

1.Face

The beginning of the 1960s saw women applying pale, cream foundations for a fabulously flawless face. A typical 1960s woman would then set her foundation with liberal application of a translucent powder to create a perfect matte finish.

However, as the decade progressed, Max Factor’s iconic Pan-Cake makeup became increasingly popular. The breakthrough formula, a foundation and powder in one, was applied to the face with a damp sponge to achieve a polished but natural complexion. This “less is more” is ideal for the rest of the decade with women avoiding the previously acceptable cakey look at all costs.

Much like today, 1960s girls relied on concealer to correct and conceal small blemishes and areas of redness.

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2.Cheeks

Believe it or not, blush was not a must in the 1960s. Those who did want to add a gentle flush of color to their cheeks generally opted for delicate, peachy colors. Other fashionable choices included the subtle use of soft rose and warm brown blushers. Powder was the most common formula though creams and liquid were also available. Blusher was applied in the shape of a narrow triangle beneath the cheekbones and in the hollows of the cheeks.

3.Eyebrows

Eyebrow trends have undergone a dramatic transformation throughout the decades as we know from our look at the 1920s and 1940s.  In the 1960s, the english vogue look was well-groomed eyebrows, usually sculpted and defined with the use of a brow pencil. Some women chose to shave their inner brows completely only to fill them in more softly in short strokes.

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4.Eyes

The eyes were at the heart of 1960s makeup. For a classic, daytime look, many women copied Jackie Kennedy’s elegant eye makeup. Light matte and pastel colors on the lid, such as pale pink and champagne shadows, were popular. However, even women who preferred this natural look frequently opted for bolder blue and green eye shadows for evening engagements. Just like today’s makeup application, a taupe or soft brown shade was used in the crease to create definition. The brow bone was also highlighted, usually with a white matte eye shadow.

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Often, eyeliner was applied close to the upper lash line and along the waterline to intensify the eyes and give the illusion of longer lashes before a generous amount of mascara was applied.

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Of course, this demure look didn’t suit everyone. Some girls gravitated towards the Mod style immortalized by Twiggy. To create this look, a bold white, blue or grey eye shadow was usually applied to the lid. Next, a dramatic cut crease was created by applying a dark eyes shadow or pencil liner along the crease of the eye. This resulted in a sharp, graphic line that remained unblended.

Thick, black liquid eyeliner reigned supreme on the lid while white pencil was used on the waterline to open up the eyes. Often, huge pairs of doll-like false lashes followed. Twiggy took this step even further by using liquid liner to draw in individual lower lashes for a surreal effect. This intense look was completed with a lashing of mascara.

5.Lips

While the women of the 1960s emphasized their eyes, lips took a backseat. Some women even applied foundation over their lips to help them blend in with the rest of the face! Those who did wear lipstick stuck to colors that wouldn’t take the focus away from their eyes, such as pale pinks, corals and very subtle reds. However, daring Mods could sometimes be seen sporting white lipstick.

And there you have it! A little peek of our make up and trends during the old Hollywood times. To be honest I really do like the style and the make up and hair back then I just find it to be very classy and sophisticated, always nice to look at and never get’s boring!

Minnie XOXO

What are color correctors?

 

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Hello again! You might be wondering what is color correcting? Do we even need it? Well the answer is it depends, if you have a nice flawless skin then you might not need it but if you do have redness, blemishes, dull gloomy areas, or even dark purple or bluish vein then you might considered on using color correcting!

One thing you should know is color correcting doesn’t mean it will cover your blemish or scars, that’s what concealers are for. Color correcting is a way to correct the tone of your skin and then neautralize it with you skin tone concealer. If you notice people like to color correct under their eyes because most of them (including me) can appear kind of greyish if you have quite severe dark circles.

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Here are what different shades of color correctors can do!

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White concealers: can be intimidating if you’re not sure how to properly use them. If you’re not careful, you can easily end up looking like Powder from the movie… well, Powder. So, to avoid looking like a sick hospital patient, be sure to use white concealers for highlighting areas on your face. For instance, when you’re highlighting and contouring your cheek bones, dab a little on your upper cheek bones, right under your eyes, blending outward towards your ears. You can also use this in the inner and outer corners of your eyes to appear more awake, under your brow bone for a subtle brow highlight, down the middle of your nose and in your cupid’s bow for a perfectly highlighted face.

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Purple, lavender, or lilac concealers: are best suited for eliminating any unwanted yellow undertones on your skin. People with a pasty, dull, yellow complexion will love how a purple concealer or primer adds a beautiful glow to their face. As you probably guessed, purple is directly across from yellow on the color wheel. To remove yellow tones from your entire face, consider a color correcting purple primer. If you’re looking to conceal yellow spots, a spot concealer is best.

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Green Concealers: As I just mentioned, the color green neutralizes the color red, which is why green concealers are wonderful for getting rid of any redness on your face. Use a green based spot concealer to remove redness from an annoying zit, or any acne scars. If you have widespread redness, (rosacea, windburn or sunburn), then a color correcting green primer will be best to significantly reduce redness and give an even toned base for flawless foundation application.

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Pink Concealers: Okay, so maybe pink isn’t the best color to describe this group. It’s more like salmon or peach. These are ideal for brightening around the eye area and masking signs of fatigue. This particular concealer color is a mixture of red, orange, and yellow hues, which are across from the blue, purple, and green hues on the color wheel. That’s why this color is best to combat dark under eye circles. Since it’s a great brightening agent, these concealers also work well to cover raccoon eyes and to give sallow olive tones skin a much needed radiance.

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Yellow concealers: are perfect for hiding purple or blue bruises, veins, and under eye circles, so it’s no surprise yellow is right across from purple on the color wheel. Yellow concealers are typically the most general, and are great for evening out skin tone to give a bright base for your foundation. Depending on your skin tone, they can also be a perfect as an eye shadow base if you don’t have a eye primer handy.

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Orange Concealers: For all of you with lighter skin tones, you will want to stay away from orange concealers for the most part. The exception? If you’re doing facial contouring and need something that can work as a liquid bronzer. Other than that, this color is perfect for people with darker skin tones looking to hide dark circles or other spots with deep discoloration.

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Neutral Concealers: If you’re one of the lucky ones that doesn’t have too many problem areas to hide, this will work fine for you. Any regular concealer should work to veil little imperfections or the occasional pimple. Just choose a shade similar to your skin tone, or one shade lighter, and you’re all set.

Minnie XOXO

6 Beauty hacks that everyone should know!

I’ve been on the hunt lately on different beauty hacks that actually worked and very easy to do! Finally I have came across these beauty hacks that will definitely make our life a lot easier just by using some tools that are laying around our house!

1.Quick dry shampoo

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This has to be one of my favorite OF ALL TIME! It had save me from really greasy hair on days when I’m too tired to wash it (I know, but everyone has those days right?) even my friends saw me use this trick before going for class XD

just apply some baby powder to the roots of hair. It will give quick volume to hair and will act as a dry shampoo, make sure to lightly rub it in so there won’t be any white cast. Do not apply too much otherwise you will end up look like an old lady…that did happened to me and I need to use some water get rid of it.

2.Perfect cut crease

Cut crease makeup is in trend lately. It also looks sexy and glamorous. But, to do a cut crease makeup is not easy. To make a perfect crease, apply a piece of scotch tape or cello tape or first- aid tape from the end of your eye to the end of your brow. After you are done with your makeup remove the tape carefully. By using this tip you have to do it before applying your base or foundation because once you pull the tape the foundation will also get pulled off!

3.Fixed dried gel liner

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I love gel liners. They are perfect for wing liners. But, what if they get dried. :O Gel liners tend to get dried quickly because they are exposed to direct air. Maybelline gel liners are the liners which gets dried very quickly (but they are amazing for it’s price point). All you have to do, to fix it is just put it in the microwave for 10 seconds and your gel liner is new now!

4.Curled lashes for a long time

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Some girls are not blessed with naturally curled lashes. For them, lash curlers are their best friends. But, lashes curled with lash curlers do not stay for long time. Want the lash to be curled for long time? Just Heat the lash curler with dryer then carefully curl your lashes. lashes will stay curled for maximum time. How easy is that!

5.Clean mascara

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This trick is actually for the beginner makeup lovers. Many of us are not able to get perfect mascara, we ruin our eye makeup while applying mascara. So, here is the trick to avoid that mess. Hold the spoon horizontally to cover your eye lid, then with the other hand apply mascara as shown in the picture.

6.Long lasting lipstick

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Apply the lipstick. After 30 seconds, blot the extra lipstick with tissue. Then, again apply a coat of lipstick. Then use the tissue and lay it on our lips, use a brush or a make up sponge to apply some translucent powder on top, make sure to pat the entire lip. This will set your lipstick and make it last longer!

I hope you enjoy this hack as much as I do, it really makes a difference!

Minnie XOXO