Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

ELF BRUSHES REWIEW

NARS TRANSLUCENT PRESSED POWDER

Hello my Peeps

With so many options of translucent and setting powders from every popular and not so popular makeup brands. Its time consuming and nerve wracking to make a decision when it comes to purchasing the best setting powder. You go in the mall or any makeup store and stand their like a zombie lurking at every makeup product they have, and want everything in your basket. But honey its about money :) so instead of wasting your money and putting everything in your basket do your homework before purchasing read my blog ;-) just kidding. Read reviews about the product they recommend you at the store. Ask them questions after all it's their job to make you knowledge full of the product you will be using. 

Nars is an amazing makeup brand and one of my favorite. If you ask me how many translucent powders I have well, I am a Makeup Artist so I have to have it all. Haha! Not really I do have more than one but I keep the quality products after all clients trust me and I can never let them down. 

I have used Nars translucent powder lot of times I wanted to do that before I put it on my blog to give an honest opinion. They have two versions of it one is loose and one is pressed. I liked both but, I like the loose setting powder more than the pressed. I know some people don't like its messy and flies all over but for some reason they have are tad diffirent, the pressed version has a bit of shimmer in it. I like the press one for on the go and when you are traveling. 

It is a setting powder, it looks opaque white but when you apply it with a brush it disappears on the skin making it looking airbrushed and photo friendly. With the pressed one you really can't see what you are getting on brush you have to swipe brush like 3 times in the pan and you have to use a nice dense brush. I use it with mac 187, elf powder brush and makeupforever powder brush. These are my 3 favorite brushes to use with the pressed version.

I like this powder a lot. You have to get used to it you may use it too much and it may look chalky but it will settle down with time. You just need to sweep across your face once. And make sure your foundation sets I mean it's not dewy other wise it will clink to the spots. You are not supposed to use any setting powder before your foundation dries. Unless you are using a powder or Gell foundation. You can use this powder directly on well moisturized skin if you are not a heavy makeup wearer and want to keep it short, and if you have a really good skin :) just sweep across your face and it will give you a flawless face look. 

Anyway I don't want to make this too long and the bottom line is yes this powder is worth to spend your money :) and I totally recommend it. 

I hope you enjoyed reading my brief note on Nars translucent pressed powder. I will come back with more tips and review only at your favorite blog <3 Until You read again

Take care

Good Luck

XoXo 

Friday, July 31, 2015

REAL TECHNIQUES BRUSHES REVIEW










Hello my dears

I wanted to write about these brushes from day one I bought them. But I wanted to give you all my honest opinion and hands on experience. Not just a review.


This brand is created by two of the most amazing beauty gurus on YouTube Samantha Chapman and Nicole also known as PIXIWOO on YouTube. If you are a Makeup Artist, beauty addict, makeup junkie or crazy about INSTA and YT beauty world in short social media addict you should know who PIXIWOO is and you even must be owning these amazing brushes.


Why it took me so long to review about these brushes? Well since I am a Makeup Artist I already own enough brushes that I could do makeup on multiple people without cleaning in between. I do have ELF brushes and some other drugstore brands which I like and of course I have most of all mac, makeup forever and Sephora brushes so I really didn’t feel like reaching on to these brushes, Until I saw social media going Cray Cray about real technique and if you know me by now I had to test out my self why the social media was going so crazy over these brushes.


Man! I feel bad for not having these brushes in my collection earlier or at least feel guilty for taking them for granted. I have no words to describe the goodness of these amazing brushes. They are definitely worth every penny and comparable to higher end brushes. No jokes I reach for these brushes a lot more than I reach for my other high end ones.


I own two sets and three single packed brushes. The sets I own are CORE COLLECTION and STARTER KIT. The single ones I have are EXPERT FACE BRUSH and STIPPILING BRUSH and BlUSH BRUSH.  I honestly want to own every single one of them and yes I will :-) In sha Allah

The CORE COLLECTION: ---
·      Includes 4 full-size brushes + case:
·     Detailer brush: precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition
·     Pointed foundation brush: use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage
·     Buffing brush: ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation
·     Contour brush: delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish
·     Panoramic brush case is a 2-in-1 case + stand
·      Look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
·      Ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free
·      Extended aluminum handles are light and easy to use


The STARTER KIT: ----
·      Includes 5 full-size brushes + case:
·     Base shadow brush: applies a smooth, flawless foundation of color
·     Deluxe crease brush: soft, oversized design for effortless contouring
·     Accent brush: designed for precision detailing, spotlighting, highlighting, and smudging
·     Pixel-point eyeliner brush: tapered cut is ideal for dense or fine eyeliner application
·     Brow brush: distinctive shape easily defines eyebrows

These brushes as described are made with finest synthetic taklon bristles and hand cut makes it super flawless in applying any texture of makeup, be it powder, cream, liquid or anything. You can right way feel the quality speak it self when you hold the brushes in your hand. They even have non-slippery grip so if your hands get sweaty or greasy in between applying makeup from your moisturizer or for any reason these brushes wont fall off your hands. The EXPERT FACE BRUSH is one of the best seller as well as the large Powder brush, which sold separately from the kit.

I am telling you, you wont be disappointed in any way these brushes are top of the line brushes in industry. They are cost effective starting any where from 9 dollars for single brushes and 14.99-17.99 for the set depending where you are purchasing. I have seen the sets cheaper on amazon.com for just 11.99 sometimes. So keep an eye on sales like that.

I got mine from Kohl’s when they were having the best sale ever which was buy one gets one half off. Basically I paid less than 50 dollars for 11 brushes. What is more amazing than that? Aaaaaahhhhh talk about money saver $$$

If you don’t own these brushes and thinking about getting them, I say stop thinking and just go grab’em you will fall in love with every single one of them I promise <3

I hope you liked my truest opinion review on world’s most cost effective and best working makeup brushes. Until you read again…
Take care, & Good Luck
XOXO




Thursday, July 2, 2015

MAKEUP FOREVER ULTRA HD FOUNDATION REVIEW







PACKAGING OF NEWER AND OLDER FOUNDATIONS


TO THE LEFT ULTRA HD FOUNDATION IN SHADE Y405, TO THE RIGHT OLDER HD FOUNDATION IN SHADE N153

ON LEFT ULTRA HD FOUNDATION IN SHADE Y405 AND ON RIGHT OLDER HD FOUNDATION IN SHADE N153






 

ULTRA HD FOUNDATION IN SHADE Y205 AND OLDER HD FOUNDATION IN SHADE N117

ULTRA HD FOUNDATION ON LEFT IN Y405 AND OLDER HD FOUNDATION ON RIGHT IN SHADE N153

BOTH FOUNDATION AFTER BLENDING


FOUNDATION BLENDED AND SET
LOOKS LIKE YOUR OWN SKIN  EXTREMELY FLAWLESS ON CAMERAS AND TO THE NAKED EYE.


ULTRA HD FOUNDATION APPLIED IN SHADE Y405 ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE FACE ONLY.




Hello Beauties!


It’s about that time, which I wait for days to review! Thanks to their early Pro Preview Event, Finally got my hands on this new awesome product by Makeup Forever. One of my top favorite brands! Its not really new only thing they did is made it even better!! Even more invisible on cameras even more luxirous! Even more HD!! Yessssss!!! You hear me! Even more High Definition!

Makeup Forever was first to introduce HD foundation, they added lot of other things to this range like blushes, powders, and primers. Their ever famous HD setting powder is till date the most awesome and in demand product on the market. Ever since they launched HD foundations it went viral in a very short time and now it’s sold in every corner of the world. What is more amazing is they have broaden their shade range, Yes! they had like 26 shades before but now they have 40 NEW shades catering to every skin tone and texture. WOW!

 I am comparing the new ULTRA HD foundation with their older foundation formula. OH EM GEE!! It’s the best foundation! I am in AWE It is invisible and has medium buildable coverage. So lightweight, and moisturizing at the same time! Coverage is ahhhmaaazing!! You can apply this foundation with sponge, brush or hands. It blends seamlessly with any tool and technique just don’t apply too much and blend it, go little by little. I do this with every foundation I use.

According to MUFE they are claiming this foundation to be  4K compatible. You may ask what the heck is 4k?? They are promising this foundation is 4 times more high definition than their older version which is compatible with newer HD cameras available now which are 4 times more high definition then the previous ones. This foundation also claims to make our selfies more prettier crispier and photoshoped! So you don’t have to use that extra filter to make your mobile phone picture look fabulous.

Depending on your skin condition you will need a primer and concealer. It’s always a good rule of thumb to start with a primer specially if you are wearing makeup for special occasion or long hours. I did apply this foundation using different methods. I used a sponge, brush and my fingers to blend in to my skin. I have also applied this foundation with and without primer and concealer and I felt for my skin I don’t even need a concealer. Like I said it depends on how your skin condition is based on that you can choose to wear concealer. I felt the coverage was medium and it is buildable. It gave a full coverage using flat foundation or stippling brush, but with sponge and fingers it gave medium to sheer coverage. Nonetheless it applies super smooth, feels like you have nothing on and gives your skin this flawless smooth photo finish look! The shade was so perfect, being a makeup Artist I always end up mixing 2-3 shades to get my perfect shade or on any one else. But these newer formula and shades are so on point! I can have just 4 or 5 and am good to go for makeup on any skin tone.

They also changed their numbering, before they had numbers like 150,117,173 now their labels are Y305, Y225, R130. Its much easier for regular people to choose which category they are in. Y stands for Yellow tones and R stands for Red tones.
Totally lives up to its claim! Definitely looks like your own skin even having 3 layers of foundation. OH EM GEE! I am totally head over heels for this foundation and I can’t wait to try their HD FOUNDATION STICKS! which are coming in August. yaaaaayyyy!!!


I did see several videos and read different blog post about this foundation. And some people were sad that MUFE is going to replace their previous HD foundations with these new revamped version. I am so happy that they came up with such amazing formulation and I am not at all sad that they will be no longer carrying the old version. 

This foundation is MASTER of all  HD foundations out there! it is "THE HD" Foundation! Seriously you have to try it to believe it. Sephora will be launching this foundation officially in second week of July and it will retail about the same price as previous one which was 43 US Dollars. All I can say is go and grab a sample if you don’t want to commit to full size before you spend your 43 dollars. You will be hooked for ever <3 thats my promise to you.

I have included pictures with both my cell phone and Professional DSLR camera.  You can see it looks flawless under any lense. I will do another post including my full-face makeup with this foundation. I wanted to get both Yellow tone and Red tone shades in my kit but since I got this mailed to me I forgot to add R’s. I will be exchanging few Yellow shades with Red tones since I have all yellow added in my kit.

As Described On the Packaging of ULTRA HD FOUNDATION: -Created for the very latest high-definition technologies of the film and TV industry,
ULTRA HD advanced formulas look invisible on 4K cameras and to the naked eye. Perfect for the makeup pros and for you.
ULTRA HD foundation feels like a second skin, but still provides medium coverage, and the light-diffusing formula looks natural and makes skin look flawless and feel moisturized. Exclusive 4K Complex guarantees invisible. Natural and comfortable makeup. The fluid texture blends in seamlessly and conceals imperfections to unify the skin texture.

Also Check out this amazing video review in 4K by one and only Wayne Goss A.K.A Gossmakeup CLick here to View

My ratings on this foundation is 10 on 10. Go try it your self you won’t be disappointed except that you won't be using any filters for your pictures :)
If you guys are in New Jersey I highly recommend going to the Garden State Plaza Mall MUFE store and ask for Randy, she is the best sales girl you will ever find, she is the reason I am more in love with this brand. She won't push you at all until you feel the need to get it and she genuinely describes the product benefit. Even if you aren't in NJ no worries! just call the store and ask for her and she will ship it to you. She is my go to girl! and my MUFE BFF <3

I hope you enjoyed my post as much as I enjoyed it putting it together for you all. Until you read again.

Take care,

Good Luck ….XOXO

Friday, June 12, 2015

MAKEUP FOREVER STEP 1 SKIN EQUALIZER







Hello all my wonderful peeps

I am little behind to review these primers even though I got them the month they were released.  Sorry guys for such delayed review. It’s challenging to juggle between work, home and kids. I love doing what I do! Blogging, Makeup, photography and technology. I feel caught up sometimes to do things on time but I never feel tired or bored. 

So back to the topic on these equalizer primers. I will be honest I know every one is different so something might work for me might not work for you, and that’s why I always tell my clients and readers to get a sample of everything and try it out first before committing to full size. I love Makeup Forever; this was one of the first 4 brands I started out as a MUA. This brand is trustworthy and I love using their HD line, from foundations to blushes. But for some reason I wasn’t very excited to use their new formulated Step 1 primers. I look for 3 things in products as a MUA
Cost effective
Long lasting
Photo friendly.

They pretty much fall in all three categories. Pricing at 36 US dollars weighing 1.0oz they come in 11 shades with 6 just for radiance for different skin tones. I liked how they came with 6 different radiance shades for accompanying different skin tones and the best part is you can even mix it to customize. 

I tested all 4 of them under different foundations and just powder foundation since its summer. It held up to good 8 to 10 hours.  I even tried mixing 2 primers and used it to see how it goes and it went pretty decent.
These primers also claim to have some skin care benefits as well. According to Makeup Forever it features Acti Tensor 3D Hyaluronic Acid and regeactive, which helps to hydrate, firm and smooth skin to create the perfect makeup canvas. 

I did see in their ingredients that they do have some skin care added to it, so it’s a plus thus you can use it alone and just top it with your favorite powder foundation in summer.
Among all of their primers I love the radiance much better than the other ones. The nourishing one is ok it’s not that promising but I like the Mattifying, Smoothing and Radiance primers the most. Smoothing primer, which is said to be used for mature skin to blur any wrinkles, pores and other imperfections. All 6 radiance primers have some tint added to them for evening out skin tone adding radiance and to wipe out any skin imperfections. 

SEPHORA DESCRIPTION:
Step 1 Skin Equalizer is available in 10 formulas to target every texture and tone concern: 
Texture: 
Mattifying Primer reduces shine for oily skin. 
Smoothing Primer evens the skin's texture. 
Hydrating Primer preps normal skin and restores balance. 
Nourishing Primer moisturizes and comforts. 
Redness Correcting Primer neutralizes. 

Tone: 
Radiant Primer Blue adds radiance to light skin. 
Radiant Primer Pink adds radiance to light to medium skin. 
Radiant Primer Yellow adds radiance to light to medium skin. 
Radiant Primer Peach adds radiance to medium to tan skin. 
Radiant Primer Caramel adds radiance to dark skin. 

My ratings on these primers are 7 out of 10. Since all of them are not meeting their description except for the Radiance Smoothing and Mattifying one. Like I said everything works different depending on their skin condition and requirement, its always good rule of thumb to try out before you come to a conclusion. 

I hope you liked my post and I will be coming with more.  Until you read again,

Take care & Good Luck 

XOXO