Foundation Tips/Hacks: Everything You Need To Know

Foundation— although seems a very simple step in makeup application but there’s a reason they call it Foundation! Why you may ask? Because it has the power to bring your entire makeup look together with a flawless and strong base.

So let’s proceed with a few vital foundation tips and hacks, which I believe every girl/woman should know! And if you are a beginner in this subject, you don’t want to miss this post😉 Please keep reading…

1. Apply all these products in order: Moisturizer, Primer, Color corrector, Foundation and Concealer.

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Generally, when we use Color correctors, there is a tendency that we are likely to follow the traditional guideline to apply them on our skin, but, this is actually a very crucial step to observe and understand before using them!

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For example, if someone says that orange/peach color corrector works best to correct someone’s under eye dark circles and darkness (pigmentation) around the mouth, then it isn’t necessary that it will work good for you as well! So, the best thing to do is to test and try different options with each makeup application before you finalize anything for yourself!

Usually the ‘Pale Pink’ corrector targets blue tone spots on ‘Fair Skin’. ‘Peach’ color corrector targets blue tone shadows on ‘Medium Skin’. ‘Yellow’ targets dark tone shadows on ‘Olive/Tan’ skin. ‘Green’ cancels out redness. ‘Lavender’ cancels yellow tones. ‘Orange-pink’ targets dark spots on ‘Dark Skin’.

 

2. Know your skin type and corresponding foundation formula. Your skin type and foundation formula go hand-in-hand. Also, keep an open mind to update your foundation routine in every season; both shade and formula wise. Foundation shade & formula you’ve been using in winters may not work well in summers and vice-versa. You can choose any one from Powder foundation to liquid foundation to stick foundation according to your preference and skin type.

And then conceal the blemishes etc.

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3. Use the foundation shade with the right undertones for your skin. There are 3 types of undertones for both skin and the foundations available in the market: Warm, Cool and Neutral. Your foundation will only complement your skin, if you’ll pick and apply the right undertone foundation, while the wrong one will make you look washed or ashy. Use your jawbone to test out atleast 3 different shades before finalizing anything.

 

4. Warm up your foundation before application. To make the most of your foundation, warm it up slightly before applying it to your face. This will thin out your foundation slightly, giving you a more natural coverage.

 

5. Start from the middle and always swipe downward. Blend the foundation from the center of your face to outward for a more natural finish. The most coverage is often needed in the centre of your face. Apply your foundation here first, and blend it out towards your jaw and hairline. Also apply your foundation with downward strokes to avoid highlighting the peach fuzz on your face. If you go upward on the face, it will fill in your pores and make them stand out.

 

6. Try to apply foundation in natural light (unless you are doing makeup in night time). Start with a thin layer of foundation and build as required. Foundations come in basically 3 types of coverage: ‘Sheer’, ‘Medium’ & ‘Full’. For example: Full coverage foundations hardly need a build up!

 

7. If you like applying your base with a brush, use the makeup sponge or beauty blender afterwards to buff the tiny strokes and press the foundation into skin for a more natural finish. Don’t forget your neck! Make sure you apply the foundation all the way down to your neck, so that the face and the neck will look the same shade.

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8. Keep the powder only to the T-zone. Powder is great in achieving the matte look (for combination/oily skin) but some of us have a tendency to add too much and that becomes an overkill. Try to powder just along your T-zone instead, because that is the spot where you can get more oily over the time.

 

9. You can always turn your matte finish into a dewy one (if you’ve a dry or combination skin) by adding a drop or two of your facial oil to your foundation.

No.-13-Facial-Oils10. If your foundation is too light or too dark for your skin, you can customize your shade with these lightening (or darkening) products. Finally, don’t forget to set your foundation by using a face mist or setting spray and you are good to go!

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Setting Sprays to set the makeup look:

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These are the tips and tricks that I personally keep in mind while applying the foundation/makeup on my face. I’d love to know if you can add more, it surely will be a help🙂

See you all soon in the next post!
Until then…

Personal Style: A Summer Lookbook

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Happy Friday everyone!

Today’s (short) post is a collection of different outfit ideas, reflecting my personal style.

Most of the items/pieces I wore in this post are already sold out, so I was unable to add their links.

Hope you’re having a good week.

Also I’d like to take a moment and say “Thank you” all for stopping by and leaving lovely comments on my all my previous posts🙂 It means a lot!❤

Please scroll down for more (outfit) details:

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      Off Shoulder Chambray Dress – Primark | Camel suede Pointed Laceup Flats – Primark

 

culottes and top

                                Top – Express | Culottes – Old Navy | Pointed Slingback Heels – Zara

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Open Shoulder Top (Bell Sleeves) – Forever 21 | Denim Shorts – H&M | Gold Chain Sandals – Guess

distress jeans off shoulder

Off Shoulder Blouse – H&M | Distress Jeans – H&M | Metallic Silver Pointed Pumps – Nine West

I wish you all a Happy weekend.🙂

See you soon in the next post.

Until then…

Monthly Favorites

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Summer has always been my favorite season of all. Especially, the place where I live, summers are not too harsh here. I believe, in summers like in any other season, body care (skin, hair etc) can be tricky as well. And it is advisable to update the body care routine  often. Personally I agree to that and this way I get a chance to try many products (good or bad) at different times of the year. Having that said, the products I’m loving currently I would like to share in this post under Monthly favorites. I guess this post is a teeny-tiny late for July favorites but since this is going to be my first monthly roundup post, I guess its still not too late😉

OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo

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When it comes to hair I’d say I am not very comfortable to try as many products on my hairs. Therefore I like to do a lot of research before putting anything on my hairs. I do not like to use the products with very harsh chemicals, thus I got this one.

I’ve been using this shampoo from last few months now and I really liked the results. The formula in this product contains argan oil which works great for frizzy thin hair. It does add shine, volume to the hair and cleans the scalp thoroughly.

Shea Moisture 100% Pure Jamaican Black Castor Oil

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We are all well-known with the benefits of coconut oil, but if you are someone like me who is suffering from bad hair health for long, you’d love to give this product a try. Castor oil controls hair loss and helps in hair growth.

Castor oil is very thick, which can make it hard to apply. What I do is I add one part of castor oil to one part of coconut oil, mix them well and apply, give a gentle scalp massage and leave the oil for 2-4 hours before wash as usual.

I’m doing this from last couple of weeks now (once a week) and I noticed less thinning and more volume. I am definitely going to add this product to my haircare regimen for life (I guess🙂 )

 

Aveeno® Protect + Hydrate™ Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

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This next product is normal everyday use facial product, which I love using on my face everyday. What I love about this product is that it does not leave that stickiness on the skin. It provides perfect amount of moisturizer and it feels very light on the skin after application. Not many sunscreens I’ve used so far impressed me the way this one did! This product is oil-free, sweat and water resistant for 80 minutes with fast absorbing formula.

Banana Oat Instant Smoothing Mask

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The other thing I’m mentioning in favorites, which I believe, is a pure necessity in summers. Everyone likes to use face masks which can replenish the damaged skin cells due to the excessive exposure in sun.

I got this mask last month and used few times. It smells delish. It calms and nourishes the skin in an instant. Although summers are not so brutal here but this cooling mask is something I look forward to continue during this time of the year.

Origins Drink Up™ Intensive Overnight Mask

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“A luxurious night time mask to quench skin’s thirst” as stated… and trust me it knows how to do its job well. Its a great option for those who have dry or combination skin. It dosn’t contain any harsh chemicals like parabens or sulfates. Since its an overnight mask, it does feel very (little) sticky but not something uncomfortable to sleep in. It has a subtle smell which is tolerable. I use this mask once or twice a week on my face and leave it on my face overnight. It makes my skin feel amazing and fresh the following day.

MARC JACOBS Daisy Eau So Fresh Eau de Toilette

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This one was my first ever Marc jacob’s purchase in fragrance department and I am totally flattered by it since the day I got it. It has such a nice summery,  light and floral fragrance which makes it best for everyday use.

• Topnotes: Natural Raspberry, Grapefruit, Pear
• Midnotes: Violet, Wild Rose, Apple Blossom
• Basenotes: Musks, Cedarwood, Plum

 

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick

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Sheer Liar from Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick collection (launched recently) is the one thing that I wore every single day on my lips previous month. I’m truly obsessed and had no reason to not add this product to the favorites list! If you want to check more details (swatches + review) on this product, please check the following link:

https://outfitsandmakeupblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/01/urban-decay-vice-sheer-liar-lipstick-review-lip-swatch/

Revlon® Nail Enamel – 165 Romantique

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This nail polish from Revlon is absolutely amazing as the color is so beautiful, perfect for the summer when everywhere you see trending the blush pink tones, you just can’t resist this one!

This pretty much wraps up my favorites for July month. Hope you had a wonderful month of July. What have you been loving this/previous month? Have you tried any of the products in today’s post? If so, what do you think of them?

Happy August🙂 and see you soon in the next post.

Until then…

NYX Cosmetics Mini Haul PART-2: Swatches & Reviews

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As mentioned in the previous post that there would be two parts of ‘NYX Cosmetics Haul’; here comes the next one – Part 2, where I’m going to share my experience and reviews about other two beauty products that I purchased from NYX recently.

For those who are new to my blog, please click following link to check the previous post:

https://outfitsandmakeupblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/nyx-cosmetics-mini-haul-part-1-swatches-reviews/

Let’s first talk about NYX Ultimate shadow palette in Brights.

NYX ULTIMATE Shadow Palette (Brights)

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This palette has 16 very beautiful, eye-catching shadows that are .02 oz a piece. As the name tells, all the colors in this palette are pretty bright. Cost of this palette is $18 (USD).

This palette has a very nice range of matte and shimmery shades. Most of the shades feel pretty smooth, although few of them feel a little powdery, but they can be easily fixed when you apply them using a wet brush.

Some of the colors do need a bit more building up than others, but for the most part, these shadows have some pretty intense pigmentation.

As for the colors available in this palette, the first row contains a ‘shimmery red’, ‘matte fuchsia’, ‘matte neon orange’, and a ‘matte true orange’ colors.

In the second row mainly it has cool toned pinks and purples. To be more specific, there’s a ‘matte purple’, ‘matte fuchsia’, ‘matte rosy pink’, and a ‘matte lavender’.

Row three has most gorgeous shades of blue. It has a slightly ‘shimmery blue’, a ‘matte bright cyan blue’, a ‘satin teal-green’ and a ‘matte sea-green’.

And then, in the last row it has two shades of green and two shades of yellow. Greens are – a ‘matte spring green’ and a ‘lime green with gold and lime sparkles’ and for yellows – a ‘matte golden yellow’, and a ‘matte bright yellow’.

(The few shades which I mentioned that contain glitter, the glitter is not awkwardly visible on eyes!)

 

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In my personal opinion, I feel this palette is a bit on pricey side for this brand. But I’ve used a few colors on my eyes, and I really liked the way they show off with good quality and nice texture. All the shades have good pigmentation but they don’t look gaudy on eyes, which is the best thing about them. Also, I’d say this kind of palette may not be for everyone, but if you are really into makeup, a color selection like this can come in handy for particular looks, or if you just want to have some fun with a bright eye look!

Overall I’ll give this palette a 9 out of 10.

NYX Honey Dew Me Up

Next in the line is NYX Honey Dew Me Up (Cost $17) is a skin serum and facial primer by NYX. This product is inspired by the golden glow on honey.

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NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer comes in a glass jar with a spatula applicator. It’s a light gold almost clear color gel that has gold flecks in it. It has a subtle scent. It contains collagen which promotes very intense moisture. The gold flecks aren’t an issue at all as they seem to just melt down and disappear after application.

The texture is honey-like thick and gooey and it absorbs easily but leaves a very sticky feel. It does however set to a very smooth and dewy finish and it would be a good option for people with very dry skin.

I was really excited about using this product in the beginning but I can’t really notice its use as a primer! It’s not a bad product as such but I don’t see any results and I’m a little disappointed for spending 17 bucks for this. As a primer it really doesn’t smooth out the skin as a traditional primer does. And it doesn’t really even cover the pores or blur imperfections like a regular primer does.

But I would still like to keep it as a part of my skincare regimen as it contains collagen! I didn’t find much of its use in makeup but I use it every morning after exfoliating, as a skin serum and leave it for 1-2 hours before cleansing my face thoroughly. It does provide little radiance to skin that it claims. Overall I’ll give this product a 6 out of 10.

So these were my views on these two products. Have you tried them already? How do you feel about both of these products? Would love to hear from you.🙂

Until then…

NYX Cosmetics Mini Haul Part-1: Swatches & Reviews

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NYX cosmetics is a worldwide well-known brand. The best thing about this brand is the quality it provides for the money value. Recently, as I was exploring their website, few products caught my eye and the way these products were getting hype, I instantly knew I had to try them😀 So I bought a few of them and I am so excited to share this ‘mini’ haul because most of the products I bought, I’m quite impressed with their quality for such a reasonable price!

Out of all the products I purchased, few of them are from their new collection and few are from the regular old ones!

Since it’s a joint post for the Haul and Reviews together, I’ve decided to divide this post into two parts. Lets roll with the part-1… Shall we?

NYX Slim Lip Pencils (lip liners)

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I got total three lip pencils from NYX, costing 3.50 USD each. They (NYX) provide a wide variety of colors. I tried few lip liners from this brand few years back, which I didn’t like much then. Reason: the colors I got, most of them were really dry and chalky so I had to throw them right away! Since then I was on NYX break!😀 But recently while looking for new product launches on their website, I decided to try a few lip liners as well (I took my chances😉 ) So I ended up buying these three picks:

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NOTE: I did these lip swatches without wearing any chapstick under, so that you can get a real feel of how much creamy or matte they actually look!

1. PALE PINK: It is a light mauve cool-toned pink with a lavender undertone. The texture is workable but not so creamy. But the good thing is that it does not look chalky on the lips (specially for my skin tone). Also It provides a very solid base for a lipstick or lipgloss. The pigmentation for this one is okay! Its almost similar to my natural lip color with a little more pale undertone.

2. NUDE PINK: This shade is a medium pink nude.  The color is very neutral; neither too cool nor too warm. If you have a medium olive warm skin tone, then this shade is for you! The moment I applied this shade on my lips, I knew my search for the perfect nude pink for my skin tone has ended! Also the pigmentation and staying power is good.

3. PRUNE: It is a very pretty voilet – plum shade. It has a creamy texture but as you wear it on the lips it gives a matte look. It has good staying power, and the only thing I noticed in all three lip products is that they feel little dry after sometime, so it is highly advisable to well moisturize you lips before using the lip liners with chapstick etc. if you’re going to wear them alone (without adding any lipstick or lipgloss).

Likes: Colors are pretty. (Not chalky, specially these 3)
The texture is smooth. Pigmentation is good.
Staying power is decent.
Affordable.

Dislikes: Needs sharpening. Feels dry especially if you have dry lips.

Overall I would say these lip liners are great for the given price and they do have a lot of dupes for MAC lip pencils. If you can work with the dryness, I would say go try them as many as you can😀

NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadows

Well to begin with, I would say these could be ‘The best’ eyeshadows for the starters! I got two shades for a price of 4.50 USD each. I am quite impressed with their quality, the colors, the texture and what not!

Infact I’d say I’m obsessed! The colors are very pigmented. You can use them either ways, either dry or wet, they’ll work just as fine. The formula is easy to build on and quite bendable.

1. SHOWGIRL: The first one I got is #Showgirl, which is a very pearly/frosty copper brown shade. It definitely looks more beautiful on eyes than on arm (swatch).

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2. LOL: The other one is #LOL which is a matte deep orange color.
I had never tried an orange color shadow before. But I tried this on my eyes and it perfectly complimented my skin tone and it works great as a transition color.

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I recently found out that NYX has officially launched its products in India. And I’m assuming, many of you, would have already tried quite a few products here and there by now. Would love to know what did you get your hands on🙂 See you in the next ‘part’ of this post!

Until then…

Theory Of ‘Capsule Wardrobe’

If you are the one who spend too much on clothing, but still whenever you go to your closet  and feel as if you have nothing to wear (when actually your closet is filled with lot of wanted or maybe unwanted pieces), then this post is for ‘You’😉 If you’re tired of spending continuously a lot on clothing items and still doesn’t feel happy and content, that means it is the time you should re-organize your closet and finally introduce the concept of ‘Capsule Wardrobe’ in your life!

Being well dressed doesn’t require lots and lots of clothes or many expensive items, you just need to know how to invest in the right pieces and coordinate them well. For this purpose, it is both important to be a smart shopper as well as to be a smart organizer of your wardrobe.

(I know its a loooong post, so just bear with me😀 )

What Is A Capsule Wardrobe?

I’m sure many of you must already know about this. But if you are the one who is still missing it out… keep reading!

A capsule wardrobe is a ‘mini’ wardrobe: a collection of versatile (basics and key) pieces/items in order to maximize the number of outfits which can be created using the same pieces interchangeably.

The capsule wardrobe is applicable to any style (workwear, loungewear, occasion-wear) aiming to save:

(a) your time to get dressed

(b) money spent on clothes and

(c) of course all the energy thinking about what to wear!

All you have to do is to create a Four Capsule Wardrobes; one for each season and you are good to go!

Idea Of Having One For Yourself!

Starting your own capsule wardrobe that reflects ‘your personal style’, is a very important point to consider before creating one! As one clothing item that can be quite comfortable for one person may be completely out of the comfort zone of some other person. Don’t add items in your capsule wardrobe about which you are not quite sure that you are going to use in future (or for at least next 3 months).

How To Get Started?

* First thing first, you need to clean out your full closet. Take absolutely everything out and start filtering. Make three different piles for ‘Keep’, ‘Donate’ and ‘Discard’. And while doing this “BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF!”

* Now start putting the filtered items back in your closet. These pieces/items should be the ones that you absolutely ‘Love’ wearing. They fit well. They define your style. They compliment your personality very well and you feel comfortable & confident wearing them.

* Once you are finished with this step, make a plan and budget to shop for the missing pieces. Also, If you’re not very comfortable about getting rid of the clothes you just cleaned out, simply store them somewhere else instead! And later, if you realize you miss something, you can go and grab it.

As you go along with the process of building a capsule wardrobe, you can edit it to fit with your own lifestyle! If you need two capsule wardrobes (one for work and one for the weekends), just go for it. The initial idea of building a capsule wardrobe was consisted of 37 pieces (for 3 months) including:

Dresses and Jumpsuit/Romper (in case of summers)
Tops: Shirts, Blouses, Tunics
Bottoms: Shorts, Pants, Jeans, Skirts
Shoes: Heels, Flats, Boots, Sandals
Accessories: Scarves, Jewelry, Belts, Tights etc.

But if you ask me, there are no set rules other than the items you are keeping should fit well to your personal style! As they say, “it’s not meant to be a miserable experience—it’s meant to be more fun and experimental”. Try to keep it simple. The goal is to minimize the total stuff needed. Store or donate what you don’t need right now and try to avoid shopping for at least… until you start planning for the next season!

For me, a capsule wardrobe means more time, money and energy saved for other important matters in life rather than spending a lot of time caring too much about clothes; without even compromising with your style which results in more contentment and happiness!🙂

What are your thoughts on having a ‘Capsule Wardrobe’? Do you too think its beneficial and a great idea to have one? Would love to hear your thoughts soon!
Until then…

H&M Beauty: Nail Polish Swatches

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H&M has always been one of my favorite stores. Its been a while now, H&M has launched their beauty line in USA. Few weeks back, I got a chance to purchase and try few nail-paints from their huge nail polish collection. The range of colors in the nail polishes is endless. You can find almost any color in any shade you can imagine!

The quality of the H&M Nail polish is great. The color payoff is also amazing as well as it doesn’t get flaky. The brushes are wide and flat and slightly rounded which helps apply the polish quicker on the nail. I really loved the brushes and for all those who love a wide flat nail polish brush, its a pretty awesome option!

I got total 6 nail polishes. Most of the polishes give a really pretty glossy finish and gets fairly opaque coverage with 2 coats. But if you have time and patience for 3 coats of polish you will be totally set.

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MIMOSA BLOSSOM: This shade is a very pleasant pretty light yellow in color with a little bit of shimmer added. As you can see its not totally opaque. I have applied 2 coats here, but you can apply 3 coats to get desired result!

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ORANGEADE: Its a very bright orange shade with a glossy finish, perfect for spring/summer. I have applied 2 coats for this result.

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HELIOTROPE: Heliotrope is a pretty lavender shade with shiny finish. Again, I’ve applied 2 coats of this polish here!

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MILKY TEA: Its a pinkish nude shade. It has little sheer finish, but not so much. I have applied 3 coats to get the actual color on my nails!

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PEPPERMINT: As the name says its a minty green color. Pretty opaque and glossy in finish. I’ve applied 2 coats for this result.

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ROCK OYESTER: Is a metallic gray kind of color. Very opaque. I just needed to apply single coat to get this color on my nails!

Each nail polish had cost me 5.99 USD.The quantity in each bottle is 8 ml. The formulas are smooth and nice.

Overall I think H&M did a great job on all the packaging of these products. I did expect H&M beauty products to be a bit more affordable but I do think the quality of what I’ve tried so far is really great.The formulas are fantastic and application is a fun!

That’s all I have today!🙂
Did you try them yet? Let me know your thoughts on these!

Until then…

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