How to Save Money on Makeup

If you need to tighten up your spending and saving efforts, consider taking your beauty allocation out of your monthly budget to free up some extra cash.

You don’t need to give up makeup when tightening up your budget.

Consider Why You Buy Makeup

Do you buy makeup to look pretty for a date or to make you look more professional at work? Do you buy makeup out of habit or buy it whenever you feel down, as a pick-me-up?

Make sure that you have a valid reason for purchasing cosmetics. If you have a false impression that makeup will make you feel better, you must try to break this shopping habit.

Try It Before You Buy It

Not too long ago, I ran out of blush so I went up to the store to buy more. I picked out a shade that I thought looked similar to the one I had purchased before. Wrong! The bright shade made me look like a clown. Had I tried this item before I made the purchase, I would have saved myself some money instead. I also could have prevented another trip back to the store to buy more.

Some stores and brands offer refunds if the product doesn’t meet expectations. Learn more about stores and brands’ policies, to see if you can return items you don’t like.

Only Buy the Most Important Products

I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I do like to wear blush. It makes me look more vibrant and alive, and so I don’t mind spending a little more money on blush. Similarly, I have a friend who only wears mascara, so all of her makeup budget goes toward mascara. Choose the important products and treat them as a splurge – or the only makeup you purchase at all.

 Buy Quality Makeup Brushes

Sometimes it really doesn’t matter what product you use as long as it is applied properly. Applying eye shadow with a Q-tip is not going to look as good as an eye shadow brush no matter what brand you choose.

Good brushes can be very expensive so you need to make sure that you take proper care of them. If you spend more money on brushes, you’ll be able to get away with buying cheaper makeup.

Makeup brushes, sponges, and applicators last longer when you wash them in soap and water every three to four months. Carefully rinse the brushes and applicators, squeezing away any excess water, then leave them to air-dry on a clean towel.

Remember That Less Is More

Don’t overdo it when you apply makeup. You only need one coat of mascara and one coat of blush to last the entire day. Using a damp makeup sponge to apply foundation cuts down on the amount of foundation you use. Don’t wear makeup every day; save your products for when you have special plans, instead. When you use less makeup, you save money because your makeup lasts a lot longer.

What are some of the strategies you use to save money on makeup ?

Hope these tips have been helpful:)

6 Ways To Avoid Dry Hair This Winter

Winter is tough on hair. Just like skin, hair needs protection from the grip of Old Man Winter to remain soft and healthy. Defend your tresses from cold air, whipping winds, static electricity, and even indoor heat. You want to have lovely locks to show off when spring (finally) comes!

  1. Wear a hat: Cover your hair to shield it from snow, wind and rain. The elements dry your hair out and make it more prone to breakage. Fight static electricity under your hat by using a heat protectant spray before blow drying. A heat-activated product can help make your hair more manageable and add a brilliant shine.
  2. Get regular trims: Trimming your hair every four to eight weeks is a good way to maintain hair health and keep your locks looking fresh. Take a half inch off the bottom to reduce the chances of developing dry, split ends.
  3. Lower the water temperature when you shower: Even though a steamy shower might be just what you’re after when the temperature is below freezing, hot water can zap moisture from your hair making it brittle and more vulnerable to breaking. Suds up with lukewarm water and follow with a cool rinse instead.
  4. Let hair air dry: Allowing your hair to air dry is best. Blow drying draws moisture out of your hair increasing the chance of breakage. Heat-free drying helps keep your hair shiny and healthy. Short on time? Try taking your shower in the evening so your tresses can dry naturally overnight.
  5. Use an oil treatment: When winter wreaks havoc on your hair, restore moisture with an oil treatment. Choose a lightweight leave-in formula with argan oil to instantly revitalize dull, dry hair.
  6. Deep condition once a week: Moisturizing is the name of the game for winter haircare. Use a deep conditioner weekly to replenish moisture and combat the effects of hot styling tools, indoor heating and cold winter winds.

Follow these tips and with a little extra effort, you can keep your hair hydrated and looking great this winter.


Avène Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream Review

I recently got my hands on the Eau Thermale Avène Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream which claims to restores fragile skin to reveal a more youthful-looking and hydrated complexion. Micronized zinc and copper combine in this moisturizer to help shield your skin from damage while accelerating circulation and healing.

The reason why I got my hands on this was because it is a Water-in-Oil formula. It’s a little heavy as a daily moisturiser as it is difficult to work with but once it’s rubbed in I found it absorbs well. It leaves a lovely film of moisture onto the skin. I use it as a night cream and every morning without fail I wake up with the softest and smoothest face. I can feel this product has really penetrated and hydrated my skin from the inside which is quite rare. Usually with other creams they just feel like an extra coating on my skin but with this product it is not the case.
I recommend this product for anyone who suffers from skin sensitivity, eczema and other problematic skin conditions. Its extremely thick and one tube seems to vanish in no time at all. This is the only downside to this product. It can become expensive using it after each and every shower or bath. Love that its not highly perfumed and is so soothing and skin feels soft to touch afterwards. I would purchase if possible.

I would rate this product a 4.5/5.

It costs $28(USD) APPROXIMATELY INR1985 for 40ml.

Thank you:)

Why is sunscreen important?

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We have all heard about the dangers of the sun, but did you know skin cancer is the most common form of cancer? One in five people is diagnosed with skin cancer, and this number is growing due to increased ultraviolet exposure from the sun.

Still not convinced you need to lather up before your next outing? Here are a Few Reasons Why Wearing Sunscreen is Important.

It decreases your risk of developing deadly cancer.

Using sunscreen daily, even when it is cloudy or raining, dramatically decreases your risk of developing skin cancer. This is especially true of the deadliest form, melanoma, which is responsible for 75% of all skin cancer deaths in Iowa.

It keeps you looking young.

Did you know the number-one cause of premature aging of the face is ultraviolet exposure? By wearing sunscreen, you are slowing down the development of wrinkles and leathery skin.

Sunscreen keeps your skin tone even.

In addition to slowing aging of the skin, sunscreen prevents facial brown spots and skin discolorations.

The ozone layer is depleting.

The ozone acts as a sun shield for the earth by absorbing harmful UVB rays before they reach the ground. As the ozone layer depletes, your body needs added protection from these harmful rays.

Sunscreen is important for all skin types.

Even if you don’t burn easily, wearing sunscreen is still important. Sunburn is an immediate reaction, but sun damage occurs over a lifetime. Although skin cancer is more prevalent in people with lighter skin, it does not discriminate and can still affect those with darker skin.

Sunscreen is more convenient than ever.

It isn’t inconvenient! With so many sunscreen options, including sprays and sunscreen that is built into moisturizer, applying sunscreen is more convenient than ever. Just be sure to reapply every two hours and after a swim, even if you are using the water-resistant kind.

Sunscreen protects you from more than sunburn.

If you have ever had sunburn, you understand just how unpleasant red, burning skin can be. Heatstroke and heat exhaustion are two other extremely nasty health issues that can arise from extended sun exposure. Sunscreen, in combination with other precautions such as increased consumption of water, can help you avoid these issues, which can lead to nausea, muscle cramps and even brain damage if left untreated.

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I really hope that you found this post helpful.


The Difference Between A Makeup Sponge & A Foundation Brush

There are a few major differences between a makeup sponge and classic foundation brush. Neither is better than the other, necessarily. It really all comes down to your skin type, the type of makeup you apply to your skin, and your personal preference. Above all else, you have to be happy with the feel of a tool on your skin and be able to say to yourself: oh yes, I look good!

If you’re on the fence about whether to buy a Beauty Blender or a foundation brush, I got some clarity here.

Differences Between A Makeup Sponge And A Foundation Brush

Reasons To Use A Foundation Brush

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Foundation is notorious for being a little challenging to apply. It can take some practice to make it blend just so and look completely natural. Since the goal of foundation is to make it look like you have flawless skin, this can be hard. For decades, a simple foundation brush was good enough, and it still is for many makeup lovers. For one thing, a quality brush lasts longer than a sponge so you won’t break the bank having to replace it often. Here are a few more stand-out benefits of using a foundation brush:

If you have dry skin, you can apply foundation straight to your skin with a brush without dampening it first (something you should do when using a BeautyBlender). Dry skin types need all of the moisture they can get and adding water to your face will only make your skin drier and could create a clumpy situation when it comes to your makeup.

Brushes also excel at full-coverage makeup. Brushes absorb less makeup on their bristles than a sponge. For that reason, you save money on the product in the long run and you can more precisely apply foundation to your face for full coverage that blends well.

Reasons To Use A BeautyBlender Makeup Sponge

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There are several great reasons why the Beauty Blender has so many fans. For starters, it glides effortlessly over your face, which is especially helpful around the delicate eye area. Less pushing and pulling means less skin damage. Sure, you may spend more money on replacing your Beauty Blender, but if you’re the type of person (be honest with yourself) who rarely washes her makeup brushes and runs the risk of re-using a bacteria-filled brush on your clean skin, you are better off with a tool that you’ll be forced to replace.

Thanks to the shape of a makeup blender, it’s a versatile sponge that can be used not only for foundation, but to apply concealer, bronzer, and highlighter, as well. When you consider how much use you will get out of your Beauty Blender and how you’ll need to purchase a different makeup brush for nearly every application type, you may find the investment in a Beauty Blender is well worth it.

I hope that you found this post helpful.


Makeup tips for girls with glasses

You should feel #blessed to live in a time where there are so many cute glasses available and geek is somehow chic. So, the next time you’re getting ready and you go to reach for your contacts, don’t! Instead, use these tips that’ll help you avoid annoying makeup mishaps and look great in your glasses no matter what.

Blot away excess foundation to keep your makeup from coming off onto your frames.

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This is especially important to do on the bridge of your nose and on your cheeks, since that’s where your glasses rest. Often times foundation comes off on your glasses because you have too much moisturizer or foundation on from the start, so be sure to use thin layers of both to avoid them. Use a makeup sponge, like the beauty blender, dampen it a bit, and roll it over the bridge of your nose and along the tops of your cheeks to lift off any excess product or foundation you’ve applied. Don’t worry, it won’t remove what you just put on; it’ll simply leave you with a non-cakey look. Lastly, dust on setting powder, which will keep your glasses from sticking to your foundation and removing it when you do decide to take them off.

Use an eyelash curler to keep your lashes from hitting the lenses of your glasses.

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First, you’re going to pick up an eyelash curler, if you don’t already have one. Then, before you apply your mascara, focus on the roots of your lashes when curling them; that way you don’t have the issue of your lashes grazing the glass as you blink. Trick: tilt your head back, hold the curler so it’s almost sitting against your cheek, and give a couple pulses at the very base of your lashes without clamping it too tight. Finally, lift the curler away from your cheek at an angle, reposition it to the mid-point of your lashes, and clamp it along the length of them for an insane curl.

Go heavy on the mascara at the root of your lashes, but not on the tips.

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Apply one coat of mascara from root to tip as you normally would, but with the second coat, focus on just the roots. If the tips of your lashes are as heavy as the base, they’ll fall straight again, hitting the glass. Instead, wiggle the wand back and forth against the roots of the lashes, so that you have the intensity at the root, but it won’t be heavy at the tip.

Always apply concealer under your eyes to prevent them from looking sunken in.

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Now is not the time to skip concealer. Although you might think glasses hide your dark under eye circles, the lenses can actually magnify the circles and make them more obvious. So, consider an under eye brightening concealer such as your new BFF. Tap it on underneath your eyes with a dusting of setting powder on top, and prepare to look brighter and perkier — and not just like you’re using your glasses as a shield.

Complement your bold frames with an equally bold lip.

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Balance is key here. A great pair of statement frames and classic eye makeup will always look best. But the lips don’t have to be glossy or totally traditional. A gorgeous bold eye with boxy glasses and matte, powdery bold lips is chic and modern or a hot pink lipstick be the perfect finishing touches to your overall look.

Here’s to “glasses day” no longer being the makeup equivalent to wearing sweatpants!

I really hope you loved this post, especially my girls who wear glasses :B


How to pick the perfect foundation?

How To Choose The Right Shade Of Foundation?

The first step to flawless beauty, is finding the right shade of foundation for your skin. After all, faces are complicated and you can see imperfections others always can’t. There are oily T-zones, spots, blotches and different skin tones on different areas of the face. The best way to smooth out all these problems is picking the right foundation.

Yellow Is The Way To Go!

Of course, while one can’t recommend specific products because everyone’s preference is different, but I’m happy to share some insider tips on how you can pick the best colors for your skin and create the perfect base to set off your beauty. “Look for a foundation with a slightly yellowish cast or undertone,” is my first piece of advice. “As an Indian girl you’re bound to have some yellow undertones in your complexion whether you’re pale or dark.” Steer clear of pink, peach or whitish shades because “they’ll make you look chalky and old-fashioned. Meanwhile, a yellow-based foundation blends beautifully into skin, give a fresh, healthy skin tone, exactly what the right foundation should do.”

Find The Right Shade

Don’t use foundation to create a fairer skin tone; “Use it only to perfect your existing skin tone; going a shade lighter will look unnatural.” Start by making a stripe of the foundation from your cheek to your jaw line, and gently blend it into your skin. Do this in natural light. Now do the same with another foundation that’s one shade lighter and another that’s one shade darker. “The shade that blends in completely should be your pick, but double-check it against your forehead, since most women tend to be darker here.” If it works in both areas, you’ve picked ‘your’ shade. It is suggested of having two foundations, one for winter when skin is paler, and one for summer when skin is slightly darker. “For those in-between months, you can always blend the two to develop your own shade.”

Find The Right Formula

Foundations come in many different formulations, ranging from mousse and liquid to cream and powder. “I’ve observed that many women are scared to wear foundation because they’re unsure whether the formula is right for their skin type.”

Dull, Dry Complexions

You need a formula that gives glowing, dewy skin; pick a hydrating and moisturizing foundation that delivers sheer coverage like tinted moisturizers or balms for light-medium coverage. Opt for a creamy liquid or mousse foundation if you want medium to full coverage. Avoid powder and mattifying foundations because they will make your skin more dry or chalky.

It is suggested to go for  Lakme Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse 16hr or Maybelline New York Dream Cushion Fresh Face Liquid Foundation. (Available on Nykaa)

Oily Complexions

The trick is to find a foundation that makes your skin matte and shine-free. Try an oil-absorbing foundation. “Look for oil-free or mattyfying on the packaging.” Usually oil-free or oil-reducing liquid foundations give you light to medium coverage, while cream and compact foundations give you full coverage. Choose a formula that contains silica beads and lecithin; silica soaks up oil on the T zone while lecithin hydrates drier areas on cheeks.

It is suggested to go for  Essence All About Matt! Oil Free Make Up or  Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation. (Available on Nykaa)

Emergency Cover Up For Blemishes

“My biggest nightmare is waking up to a zit on my face when I have an important function to attend in the evening.” Start by applying foundation all over your face. Stand back to gauge how much of the pimple’s redness is already camouflaged. Then using a concealer brush, apply concealer in the exact same shade as your foundation directly on top of the blemish, blending outwards in a star shape and then blending the edges gently with your fingertips. Next, press a small amount of powder on it to set. Repeat, continuing with concealer and powder until it’s completely camouflaged.

It is suggested to go for  Wet n Wild MegaGlo Makeup Stick – Conceal and ContourL.A. Girl Pro Conceal HDNYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer WandL’Oreal Paris True Match Concealer (Available on Nykaa)

I really hope you found this post helpful.