Using Kevyn Aucoin essential skin enhancer as an under eye concealer.

Oh, I’ve missed blogging and vlogging! Soo excited to be back. I never imagined people would actually ask why I wasn’t making videos anymore. I am so thankful to each of you who has continued to support me despite my absence the last two months. It really keeps me going. I was in India for about 2 months for my visa stamping and that really threw me off track (since I didn’t have my recording tools and much of my stash). Once I was back in the states, I was busy moving into our new home. Now that I have almost settled at the new place, I felt it was time I got back to things I really enjoy doing.

So, my first video is a quick one. I’ve discovered yet another gem of a concealer. It’s none other than Kevyn Aucoin essential skin enhancer. It is a highly pigmented product that can double up as concealer and tinted moisturizer/foundation. Just mix a tiny amount into your moisturizer or tinted moisturizer to increase coverage. I have been testing it out this summer and it stays on beautifully on my oily skin. More on that when I review it as a base product. This blog post/video is geared towards using it as an under eye concealer.

This concealer will work on most skin types but I would stay clear if you have any dryness around your eyes. This product does well only with moisturized skin. Also, one has to be careful with how much you use. If you use too much, it will end up creasing. This can be avoided by using a small amount at a time and setting it with powder.

It’s pigmented enough that I can skip a corrector thereby reducing the no. of products I use on my face. Considering how little I use each time, this tub will last me for years! :-)  Overall, this is my new favorite concealer for covering up my under eye circles. Have you tried it?

Maybelline lipstick swatches

Maybelline lipstick swatches

Today’s video is on lip swatches for various Maybelline lipstick collections. I hope this is helpful. For reference, I am an NC40-42 in MAC.

Concealing Acne / breakouts / pimples

Concealing Acne / breakouts / pimples

Here’s my second video in the conceal Acne series. This time, I am focusing on concealing the mini mountains on our skin. Well, at least they feel that way. Every time I get an acne, all I can think of is how people I am interacting with are staring right at it! Of course its not true, but that’s how my brain functions unfortunately. Anyway, onto concealing it.

With all the drying, harsh chemicals we use on acne to speed up the healing (disappearing) time, the skin around the acne gets quite dry and parched. So, the first and most important step (although counter intuitive) is to moisturize! Yes, you heard it right. Go ahead and moisturize your skin. If you skip this step, no amount of concealer is going to hide the acne since the dry flakes will always show through. It’s also a good idea to have some form of sun protection on, either in your moisturizer or on its own.

Once the skin is prep’ed, go ahead and apply a thin layer of foundation. Blend it well into your skin. Choose a concealer that matches your skin tone and apply it to the acne. Finally, set everything in place with some powder. Ta-da… Acne? What? Who? 😉

Too Faced better than sex mascara – application

Too Faced better than sex mascara – application

Today’s video is a step by step demonstration of me using my favorite mascara – the Too faced Better than sex mascara. I hope this is helpful incase you are thinking of purchasing this mascara. These are relatively expensive ($23) but I typically purchase these during the Sephora VIB sale and that saves me a couple of bucks on these ($18-$19).

http://youtu.be/oTSn7q8BEgw

For a detailed review, please click here.

Steps to conceal acne scars

Steps to conceal acne scars

Acne is quite a pain in the behind and is quite personal. Only individuals who suffer from some form of acne truly understand it. While there are various causes of acne, it almost always leaves behind a scar, which can take its own sweet time to disappear. So, it not only traumatic to deal with acne but also hiding the battle wounds aka acne scars. So, today I wanted to focus on covering acne scars. I also plan on doing another video where I’ll be talking about concealing active breakouts/acne. I hope this video is helpful to any of you going through your own battle. Just remember, you are not alone in this (this helps me). :-) 

http://youtu.be/XLpcrkf0-EM

GRWM – Night out with friends…

GRWM – Night out with friends…

Here’s my first GRWM post! I usually don’t end up filming these since I am in a constant rush to get ready and leave. It’s very unusual for me to have hours to get ready. So, I have no idea how people film these! This weekend I went out with hubby and some friends to a local Blues live music restaurant/bar. The music was soothing and it’s always fun to watch people dance (when high on booze). 😉

Anyway, onto the makeup. I tried out a new foundation – Covergirl outlast stay fabulous foundation and I must say that I am impressed. It stayed put all night. It deserves a review of it’s own. I also used my IT cosmetics Naturally pretty palette to create quite a warm, neutral eye look.

Here’s how you can create this look.  http://youtu.be/V8TK7xOR2Gs