Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Why to use a makeup primer? and two of my favorite primers

Hello beauties!


Applying flawless foundation and making it last all day is one of the biggest beauty concerns for women like me who love makeup. When I first started using and collecting makeup I believed that primer is just an additional step that does not have much effect on makeup because I had read many makeup artist do not use primers but than I bought Makeup Revolution ultra face base Primer just to try it out and it completely changed my views.


If you are new to makeup or have never used a primer be ready! I am going to convince you to invest in a primer by the end of this post. So let's get started with the benefits of primer:

  • So as the name suggests a primer is the product we use to prime (prepare) our skin before putting on any makeup. When we use foundation over  primer it has something to hold on to so it stays on longer.
  • I have combination skin which gets really oily around nose areas in summer and with the oiliness comes the problem of visible pores. A silicon based mattifying primer helps in addressing both of these problems. A good primer helps in blurring the visible pores and also give a smoothing effect to the skin which makes foundation application easy and quick.
  • Since the primer fills the pores, lesser amount of foundation is needed to get the same coverage. Less foundation means less cakiness. 
  • Even if you don't want to put on makeup you can use a primer to get smooth, poreless looking skin.
Now that you know how important it is to use a face primer to get flawless long lasting makeup, I am going to share with you my two favorite primers that give all the above benefits without burning a hole in your pocket.

The first one is of course the Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer. It keeps my face matte all day which automatically means that the makeup will last longer. I reviewed it in detail a long time ago, in case you want to read it here's the link.



Another primer I like using is Maybelline baby skin. It is also a colorless, silica based primer which does not feel heavy on skin. It doesn't have any fragrance or tint. It claims to blur out the pores and give smooth skin and it actually lives up to its claims. It does not claim to prolong the durability of makeup but it's an additional benefit. Overall just like most maybelline products it is a great value for money.


That's it for today girls...
I'll be back soon till than take care...
Bubyee..

Sunday, April 16, 2017

How to deal with the stress of being unemployed...

Hello Beauties!


 I have been meaning to do this post for quite some time but I usually don't talk about very serious and personal stuff on the blog so I wasn't sure about writing this post (not that makeup isn't serious stuff for me. Of course it is but today's topic is more serious because it involves emotions and stress and finances and basically everything in life.
So a few weeks back I finally decided to leave my job. In the beginning I was all happy and satisfied but then the euphoria faded down and I realized it is not as easy to cope with unemployment as it seemed in the beginning. I do not regret my decision at all but now I know it is one of the most stressful life experiences. It's only been a few weeks since I quit but I already feel frustrated because being unemployed changes the way we see ourselves. I started comparing myself with others who are doing better with their lives, I was losing my self esteem and confidence and I used to feel miserable all the time. But then I thought feeling miserable is not going to do any good I need to take control of my life and so I started to look for ways to fix my life and get the maximum out of my free days.

Here are the few things that have helped me in getting my life sorted. I am still not working but I feel so much better and purposeful now.

Routine:
 You don't have anywhere to go, you don't have much to do, you have lots of free time so you can spend as many hours in bed as you want. Right?...
WRONG.
Do not procrastinate, do not become lazy it will make you feel more miserable. Get up, do the things that need to be done early in the morning. Pay more attention to yourself.
Remember when you had a job you wanted to do a lot of things but didn't have time? Now you have it so utilize it, don't waste it lying in bed.
I make a to do list everyday as soon as I get up and tick the items off when they are done. I exercise regularly now and pay more attention to my skin care and health. My to do list also include "what I am going to eat in a day" so I don't end up eating any junk when I am bored.

Hobbies:
If I am asked what are my hobbies I am never able to give a specific answer because I like doing a lot of things. I like reading, I love putting on makeup,I like accounting and baking and making DIY crafts, I like reading other people's blogs so I do a lot of these things but I do these only during the time I have set aside for these activities in my timetable.
- Do not waste all your time on social media and gadgets I suggest you to get a productive hobby.

Freelancing:
Freelancing and working from home is a thing these days. There are websites where you can find freelance work but usually it is difficult for newbies to get work there so I suggest you to join some Facebook groups and contact people offering jobs which you can do.
As I said I like accounting so I help some small businesses with their accounts and finance work.

Get dressed every single day:
 You are not going anywhere doesn't mean you can stay in your PJ's all day. Keep this for weekends only, on weekdays get dressed properly. Take shower, do your hair, wear some makeup, lipstick and mascara have magical powers to instantly boost your mood, believe me.

Travel:
Since I was finally not busy, my dad planned a family trip to KSA and Dubai and I don't think I need to talk about how much traveling can change your perspective of life and can help you have a fresh start. You learn a lot of things when you travel, you learn to value experiences over things, you learn to face different situations, you become open and accepting towards different ways of life.
If you have enough savings, TRAVEL.  But of course it is not sensible to spend all your savings on traveling especially when you are jobless so try exploring you own city instead.

Meditate:
I used to meditate regularly few years ago but then... life happened, I got busy with studies and work and everything and stopped practicing it, but now I have started it again. I feel so much better when I meditate I can't even explain it. You need to do it yourself to see what I mean. I'll do a separate post very soon about what techniques and what Apps i use to meditate.

Feel Alive:
Do things which make you feel alive watch cricket or football matches, play video games, do things which you are passionate about, they make adrenaline spun and make you feel alive and help you get rid of miserable feelings.

So that's it for today...
I'll be back soon... till than take care
Bubye...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hair Brush: cleaning and maintenance...

Hello beauties!

Hair brush cleaning
I am back with another hair related post well it is not actually about hair but about hair brushes but isn't that the same thing? Yes it is ,because a good quality and well maintained hair brush make a hell lot of difference to how your hair look.
So here I am sharing a few tips which can help you in getting the best out of your hair brush. So let's get started:

Most women are very careful about cleaning their makeup brushes so they don't get any pimples but it's surprising that they neglect their hair brush which is equally important. All the dirt and germs and oils and all gross things from our unwashed hair are piled up in the hair brush and when we use it again everything is transferred back to our clean hair which makes them look dull and dirty, so cleaning the hair brush regularly is very important and also it's very simple, just follow the steps below:
- Remove the hair from brush after every use. I use the tail of rat tail comb but you can also use a pen or pencil. Just run the pen through the bristles a few time and pull out the hair strands. Don't forget to make a hair ball and discard it immediately.
- Wash your brush with a shampoo or soap regularly. I usually do it in 2-3 weeks (sometimes after a month). Just soak the bristles in soapy water for a few minutes and lightly scrub with an old tootbrush or fingers. Then let it dry for a few hours.

- Do not use brush on wet hair instead use a wide tooth comb as wet hair tend to break more and are not easy to pull out from the brush.

- Buy a good quality hair brush that doesn't get ruined when you wash it or pull out the hair from it. Usually we don't pay much attention to the type of brush we are buying but it is important to get the right brush for your hair for example a natural boar bristle brush is gentle and good for fine hair and nylon synthetic bristles are best for super thick hair, so do your research before buying one. You can use a hair brush for years so it's worth investing in plus a good quality brush will last longer than a bad one.If the plastic balls at the top of bristles start coming out or the brush starts tangling you hair too much you should immediately buy a new one.

So that's it for today. I'll be back soon till then take care...
Bubyee..

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pakistani dresses trends- 2017



Hello beauties!

I am back after a long time and today I am going to talk about some dress trends in Pakistan for the upcoming season. As we are transitioning from winter to spring the brands are launching new collections and I have noticed many trends from the 90’s are making to the rack again.  So today I thought of sharing three of my favorite trends from 90’s with you which are making a comeback.

Frill and bell sleeves:
Bell sleeves are the perfect way to make your casual lawn dresses playful and interesting.

image from Instagram
 Flared pants:
Flared pants are all the rage internationally and our local brands are following the trend in their own style with these gharara pants. Culottes and boot cut pants are also keeping their popularity alive in this upcoming season. 

Ethnic by outfitters
Ghararas:
 Flared pants are trending in casual and semi-formal dresses but when it comes to formal wedding and bridal dress in 2017 a lot of women are choosing the traditional ghararas. I have always preferred lehngas over ghararas but now I am in love with traditionally embroidered ghararas and can't wait to get one for myself. Well, since the designer wear formal dresses are too expensive so I'll just search some tradition Pakistani clothes online to get some inspiration and will get a dress made for me from some local shop.

So that's it for today.
I'll be back soon till then take care...
Bubyee...

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Fabrics and colors for upcoming winter season...

Hello beauties!

It's that time of the year again when we can finally get a break from lawn and bright summery colors. Winters are fast approaching and all I see on my Instagram and Facebook feeds are winter collections of various brands. The perfect pictures of models flaunting these dresses make me go head over heels for them but of course my bank account does not allow me to buy every single piece I see so I need to make choices.
The plethora of fabrics and wide variety of colors make it difficult to decide what should I invest in but asking myself these few questions before buying clothes help me get out of this dilemma.
1- How often can I wear this piece?
2- Does the color and cut flatter me?
3-  Is the dress versatile? Can I dress it up or down for different occasions and places?
4- Is the price reasonable? ( Cost Vs benefit analysis )
5- Do I already have any similar piece in my wardrobe?

Today I am going to talk about some of my favorite color and fabric trends in ladies dresses that I prefer wearing in winters...

For everyday wear in not so cold winter of Karachi cotton, linen and Khaddar suits are perfect but the satin collections of various brands can also be worn on a daily basis if accessorized appropriately.

The lightweight chiffon is generally considered a spring/summer only fabric but on formal evening events like weddings nothing looks better than a chiffon dress even in winters. You just need a heavier warmer fabric beneath the chiffon overlay of a dress and it will be good enough for winters. The best thing about chiffon suits is you can dress them up or down for any occasion with appropriate accessories.

Everyone starts wearing dark colors as soon as the winters approach, yes they look good but this winter I think we all should leave the blacks, dark blues, maroons and purples and experiment with some different colors. How about trying on some bright hues such as forest green, Mustard yellow or rust brown?
Get some inspiration from these designs...
Kayseria
Gul Ahmed
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L.A Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer- Review and Swatches

Hello beauties!


I am back with another Friday favorites post and the product I am going to talk about today need no introduction. When these concealers were launched they became an instant hit and many beauty bloggers and You Tubers are still raving about it.
I too wanted to try these LA Girl Pro HD Concealers for a long time. I originally wanted to buy two shades one lighter shade to use as a concealer/ highlighter and the other one for contouring.
I did a lot of research to choose the right concealer shade for me and when I finally decided a shade I went to place my order on daraz.pk only to find out that shade pure beige is out of stock :( so I decided to buy only the darker shade "toast" which is most popular among Pakistani ladies for contouring. I bought this about 3-4 months back and now sharing my thoughts about it here... So let's get started:
  • The concealer comes in a plastic tube with a brush on the tip as applicator. The packaging is something I am not a fan of because whenever the tube is squeezed a lot of product comes out and deposits over the brush. So I need to be very careful before squeezing the tube and I need to clean it after every use. 
  • Toast is a very browny brown shade i.e. it doesn't have orange or pink undertones its just brown. 

  • The pigmentation of the concealer is intense and a very little amount is needed so I need to be very careful while squeezing it out from the tube, I usually take out the product at the back of my hand and use my fingers to put it on my face.
  • The product blends easily with a wet sponge and with fingertips but I find it difficult to blend it with any brushes as it tends to dry very quickly. 
  • The staying power of this product is amazing, it's waterproof and doesn't budge all day.
  • It's easily available online on daraz.pk and other makeup selling pages at very affordable price.
So that was my mini review of the LA Girl Pro HD Concealer...
That's it for today...
I'll be back soon till then take care...
Bubye...




Thursday, November 10, 2016

7 lipstick mistakes and how to avoid them...




Hello beauties!

I am back and today I am going to talk about every makeup junkie's first love i.e. lipsticks. A lipstick can brighten up your mood and can make you look polished in an instant. A lipstick can turn you into a diva in an instant but it can also take you from chic to clownish in a second if not applied right. So today I am going to share with you 7 things that you should avoid when it comes to applying lipstick and also I am going to share a few tips with you on how to avoid these mistakes.

1- Cracked and dry lips:
 We always cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize our face before makeup but most of us forget to exfoliate and moisturize our lips. Preparing the lips before putting on any lipstick especially a liquid lipstick is as important as preparing the rest of your face before makeup.
How to avoid:
- Exfoliate your lips with a gentle scrub. You can also make a DIY scrub with sugar and coconut oil.
- Always put on a lip balm or Vaseline before starting your makeup so it sinks into the skin by the time you put on your lipstick if it doesn't sink in completely wipe off the excess with a tissue.

2- Dark Lip Liner:
A lip liner that doesn't match the lip color! that's my biggest pet peeve. When I was a kid many of my mom's friends and cousins used to wear this dark almost black lip liner with a lighter color filled inside, it was a thing back then but some women still do it don't know why. That just looks ugly girls.
How to avoid: 
Use a lip liner shade that matches and blends with your lipstick. 

3- Lipstick on teeth: 
When you are done with your makeup don't forget to do the teeth check.
How to avoid: After applying your lipstick stick one of your fingers into your mouth with lips slightly pouted, then pull your finger out slowly.In this way the excess lipstick will be removed now just wipe off the lipstick from your finger.
4- A lipstick that's too light:
When it comes to lipstick, it's a rare case when you go too dark, going too light on the other hand is very common.
 If you put on a lipstick that is too dark it doesn't look as bad as a lipstick that is too light. A dark lipstick can make your lips look thinner but I think it's better than looking like a living dead.
A nude lipstick can make you look fresh and polished but most of us make this mistake of picking a lipstick that is too light for our skin tone and end up looking lifeless.
How to avoid:
Try different shades on your lips before buying.

5- Going over border:
Most of us tend to think that overdrawing our lips will make them look fuller well it is true to some extent but if you go slightly overboard it can make you look crazy.
How to avoid:
 - Use gloss at the center of your lips.
- For fuller lips learn highlighting and contouring techniques and use them instead of going out of the border.

6- Unblended patches of lipstick:
I have seen girls who try to make a dark lipstick lighter by dabbing it randomly over the lips and then leaving it unblended. They think it will give them a subtle hint of color but it looks patchy.
Come on girls if you want light lipstick buy a lighter shade or if you want to work with your existing one put it lightly all over your lips and then wipe off the excess with a tissue.

7- Applying too many layers:
Applying too many layers of lipstick (especially of liquid lipstick) so that it stays on longer is another mistake we make. It sure does increase the staying power of lipstick but we end up with patchy and not so attractive looking lips.
How to avoid:
Apply only two layers. Apply the first layer, blot it with a tissue paper and then apply the second layer.

So that's it for today girls...
I'll be back soon till then take care...
Bubye...