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

Blue smokey eye – Wearable edition

I often find blue eyeshadow quite difficult to work with, especially on skin tones similar to mine. So, this weekend I challenged myself to using blue and creating something wearable. I am very pleased with the end result, not only because I could now wear blue on my eyes but also because I used a palette that I’ve almost never used since purchasing it – The Urban Decay Vice 2 palette! I fell for the hype around this limited edition palette and ended up purchasing it but the colors (bare a few) never called out to me. So, it just sat in one corner of my makeup collection, completely ignored.. well, until now. Hoping to get more use out of this palette now. :-)

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If you would like to watch me create this look, please click here.

Wearable smokey eye for Valentine’s Day using drugstore products

Wearable smokey eye for Valentine’s Day using drugstore products

So, it turns out my Flu ended up with giving me a ear infection! and that’s why I couldn’t hear a darn thing from my right ear for two weeks now. I’m on antibiotics to heal it but I still can’t hear much from my right ear. All this while I’m still recovering from the never ending flu symptoms. I’ve survived on crocin, lozenges, ear drops and cough syrups these past few weeks! I am much better than what I was a few weeks ago but you can still hear the congestion in my voice. So, I apologize for that. I hope to be fit soon and bring you more tutorials.

Anyway, here’s another Valentine’s day eye makeup for you all. This time around, it’s a wearable smokey eye and I’ve used all drugstore products for creating this look (except for the eye primer). I really hope you like it.

 

Makeupgeek (MUG) eyeshadow swatches

I so wanted to film another Valentine’s Day look for you all. But, unfortunately I am still down with flu and my right ear is blocked! So, I am unable to speak & hear properly. I am either too loud or too low in volume when I speak. Hopefully, I’ll be ok in the next few days. Fingers crossed on that! Another tutorial will be up soon after. Meanwhile, I have a MUG eyeshadow swatch video for you. Although most of the eyeshadows are great value for the price, a few eyeshadows are not so great (as you’ll see from the swatches – Boo Berry). Nevertheless, I have heard great things about their new foiled eyeshadows and can’t wait to try them!

http://youtu.be/pQ4DgwtcE70

 

Liz Earle Skincare purchase

Liz Earle Skincare purchase

Oh, I have waited so long for this to arrive! Firstly it took me over two years to finally order these products and secondly, it took them two weeks to deliver it! But, I am so glad I finally have them to try. Is it just me or do you also anticipate the arrival of their products and cant wait to hold it in your hands?? I literally check my mailbox every day once I know I am expecting a package. ;-) Anybody else who does that?

So, one of my goals that kicked in towards the end of 2014 and into 2015 is to really focus on my skin. I used to have great skin as a teenager and in my early 20’s. My goal is to go back to that. I have an oily-combination skin type and usually break out during that time of the month and when I eat anything too sugary/sweet or too oily, which is quite often! I also get hormonal breakouts around my jawline. And to top it, it takes forever for them to leave my face and then its months before that damn scar goes away. So, long story short.. it sucks!

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I ended up with purchasing the Liz Earle cleanse and polish hot cloth cleanser (came with two muslin cloths) , the deep cleansing mask (came with two mask sponges), deep cleansing mask wipes (for the tons of face masks I try) and the Instant boost skin tonic (toner).

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Some of the products came in little zipped bags which I plan on reusing to store the muslin cloths and mask sponges! It also came with a thank you letter from the Liz Earle company. If only it came with some samples as well, like Sephora, Origins and Ulta (That’s just my little obsession with trying new products talking). :-)

Have you tried these products? I am so excited to see how my skin fares with these products in the coming weeks.

Sexy brown smokey eye for Valentine’s Day

Sexy brown smokey eye for Valentine’s Day

Here I have first of my Valentine’s Day looks for you. Doesn’t matter if I am ill and sound tired in the video, I hope you can bear with me. This look features a purple-brown smokey eye with an extended black shadow liner to create a sexy, soft cat-eye look. I hope you like it.