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

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

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.

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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.

The history of Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder is one of the brand that I find to be very classy and quite grown up, since I started getting in to make up and beauty this is one of the top brands out there and has definitely been a lot of people’s favorite, this is also one of my grandmother’s favorite beauty brand for over 30 years! So after reading a researching a little more in to the brand I think is a very interesting thing to read, it’s always nice to see the history of each brand and how they have grown over the years!

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Estee Lauder latest model, Kendall Jenner

Estee Lauder

Born Josephine Esther Mentzer in 1908, Estee Lauder was brought up in the unispiring area of Corona, Queens. In 1924, at the age of 16, Lauder began working for her uncle, a chemist, making skincare products and selling them to beauty salons. She eventually began experimenting with her own recipes, from the beginning she had a clear vision and it was classy. In the 1930s she decided to focus on creating luxurious packaging for her products, she also changes her name to Estee Lauder, it wasn’t until 1946 that she launched Estee Lauder Cosmetics.

Her retail strategy was to sell in high-end department stores, which matched her view of the brands customer, a refined woman who wanted high quality products and packaging. Like her rival Charles Revson, Estee was a real face to face saleswoman and put in the work to make her products take off, by visiting the stores and handselling herself. She put  great stock in touching the customer, applying cream to their hand or wrist, and hooking them. Later on, even when the company had exploded, she would often insist on training her own staff to work in department store concessions. Estee Lauder’s advertising fit in with her vision unlike Revlon’s all singing and shouting color campaigns, she employed a sense of sophistication with black and white photography, and by using the same elegant blond model,Karen Graham, over many years.

 

In 1953 Estee Lauder had it’s first really successful product with Youth Dew, a bath oil that acted like a long lasting perfume due to it’s high concentration of essential oils, which lingered on the skin. It became instantly popular, partly as it was seen as a good value. But it was the launch of Clinique in 1969, the first “dermatologist tested, fragrance free cosmetic brand” that changed everything for Estee Lauder. Based on  a three step skincare routine (wash, exfoliate, moisturize) Clinique was groundbreaking in it’s “scientific” approach to skincare. It also employed a novel advertising campaign, using elegant still life photos of the products-an approach it maintains to this day. In 1976 the company introduced Clinique skin supplies for men, the first men’s range to come from a women’s brand.

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Estee Lauder herself 🙂

Estee Lauder died in 2004, having outlived all her rivals, not only a formidable woman in her own right, the company is still hugely successful financially, and a major beauty presence across the world, but it continues to be majority owned by the Lauder company which is a rare feat. The Estee Lauder company owns more that 25 brands, among them are giants such as Mac cosmetics, Bobbi Brown, Aveda, Smashbox, and Tom Ford Beauty.

 

“If You Give, You Get”

Estee Lauder

Minnie XOXO