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Going Green for 2016

Hi Everyone!!

I hope you all have had a great start to the year! In this post, I want to talk about something that I have been thinking about for a while now…Going green aka going natural with beauty products!

I’ve been doing a lot of research on beauty products out there and…it is INSANE how many toxins and chemicals are in the products we use every day ūüė¶ Including toothpaste, shampoos, etc!! Obviously, I think it’s impossible to go 100% green…but I can definitely look at ingredients and ensure that the big no-no’s are not on the list.

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(Wearing Bite Beauty Matte Lipstick in Cognac! One of my faves and all natural!)

I started going the more natural route with skin care, deodorant etc…but it has taken me a long time to do so with makeup! The most difficult part I think, is throwing away¬†all the money I have spent!!!

What I currently use in my beauty regimen:

For a few years now, I have been using

  • Deodorant: Tom’s deodorant which is natural and aluminum free here
  • Face Wash: Neutrogena Naturals face wash (although I am switching to a fragrance free, more natural product as I don’t think this one is very good)
  • Nuxe Rose Petal face wash here
  • Toothpaste: Nature’s Gate here
  • Face Moisturizer: Organic cold pressed Rose Hip seed oil here¬†(My next post will be a review on this AMAZING oil!!)
  • Exfoliator Face/Body: Baking Soda (It’s amazing at keeping acne away and keeps your face as smooth as a baby’s bottom!)
  • Body/Hands/Cuticle Moisturizer: Good old fashioned tub of Coconut Oil here
  • Makeup Primer/Set: Organic Rosewater spray here
  • Lip balm: Bite Beauty Agave Lip mask, coconut oil or Vitamin E here
  • Soap: Royal Herbs Natural Honey & Oatmeal soap here
  • Shampoo & Conditioner: Nature’s Gate here

I suspect transitioning my makeup will be a bit more difficult as I have to do some more research on product ingredients. Basically, the main things I want to avoid are: Parabens, Phthalates, Lead and Sulfates as well as ensuring products are cruelty-free.

Sephora is pretty good with listing product ingredients and if they are formulated without the ¬†cancer causing junk….so I feel that that’s a good starting point. So far, I ¬†have found that Tarte, Bite Beauty, Urban Decay and Kat Von D are some of the many brands that formulate products without parabens and are cruelty-free.

I have a feeling this is going to be heartbreaking as I am sure many of the products I own should be tossed (ahem, Anastasia Beverly Hills) ūüė¶ After doing a ton of research, I found that¬†Anastasia Beverly Hills does not even disclose what the ingredients are in her lipsticks and glosses and I can’t find them anywhere on the net! Based on the product ingredients I have seen on Sephora…it doesn’t look good. ¬†Ingredients in her contour kit and brow products include talc, parabens, phthalates..I have emailed the company asking for the lipstick/gloss ingredient list.

This topic is obviously a bit overwhelming and can drive me nuts! It will be an ongoing work in process. I am definitely going to take this a bit more seriously this year…as I use a TON of products on a daily basis.¬†I do think, however, that if you use all makeup but go a more natural route for skin care…it is one step towards the right direction.

Have you thought about going green? What products do you recommend or are you wanting to try out?

 

Xo, Sahar

 

 

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Glowy Bronzey Makeup!

Hey friends!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you all had a lovely holiday and a great start the new year ūüôā I spent this NYE at home in my jammies… making pizza, drinking champagne and watching A Pitbull NYE on TV LOL! It was awesome.

Hope you all had a fun and safe NYE ūüôā

I haven’t posted in a while due to my crazy work schedule and the holiday season. I was super busy!! BUT…I promise to get right back on it. I did create a few NYE looks that I will post at a later date as well as a few product reviews…but for now I will post one of my fave looks from this past week…

I love glowy bronzey makeup all year round ūüôā It doesn’t have to be summer!! I think winter time is perfect for this makeup because it’s so dull and grey out…..but you won’t be!!

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This is one of my all time favorite looks all year round. I love warm eye colors and matching them up with dewy, bronzy skin.

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Lately, since the weather has been making my skin super dry…I have been using Rosehip seed oil as a moisturizer in the morning and night. In the morning I just mix¬†a few drops into my foundation and apply..at night I will add a few drops into my hands and just press it into my skin. This stuff is AMAZING. It gives my skin SUCH a gorgeous from-within glow. I am going to write a different post specifically reviewing the oil and its benefits.

Makeup Details!

  • La Roche-Posay Ultra fluid lotion SPF 60 here¬†ALWAYS start with a serum or lotion SPF
  • Dr Brandt Pores No Pore Face Primer on T-zone¬†here¬†
  • Organic cold pressed Rosehip Seed Oil here¬†1-2 drops mixed into foundation
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation here¬†(A very glowy, luminous foundation…if you have oily skin naturally then I would suggest only wearing this in the evenings)
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer “Custard” FAVORITE here¬†blended with beauty blender here¬†BUT I just recently discovered a dupe here that will get you 5 sponges for the price of 1 original BB!!! Same great quality and highly recommended!!
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Setting powder here
  • Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour palette here
  • BH Cosmetics/Carli Bybel Highlight on all high points of face¬†¬†here
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz in Chocolate to outline brows¬†¬†here
  • Mac eyeshadow in “Espresso” to fill in brows¬†¬†here
  • Morphe 350 Eyeshadow Palette on eyes (the BEST warm colored palette ever SOLD OUT sorry ūüė¶¬†¬†here but an alternative is this¬†palette
  • House of Lashes “Noir Fairy” lashes¬†¬†here
  • Kat Von D tattoo liquid liner in “Trooper”¬†¬†here¬†My FAVE liquid liner, creates a wing effortlessly!!
  • Mac Lip liner in “Plum” and lipstick in “Viva Glam 2” and “Honeylove”
  • Anastasia Lip gloss in “Undressed”¬†¬†here

 

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Thanks for stopping by xo!

 

 

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Kitty Cat Halloween Make-up!

HISSSSSSSSSSSS! Meeeoooow!!

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BOO! Hope I didn’t scare ya ;-D

This look was SUPER popular, so I definitely had to create a blog post for it ūüėÄ Halloween is near and it has always been my favorite time of the year….¬†Although, I feel that I have become much more of a scaredy cat these days lol (no pun intended :D) But I do love Halloween because I get to play around with all kinds of different makeup looks! Here is my inspiration for this kitty cat makeup look:

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She’s a cutie right??!

Anyway…I went to fright night in Vancouver last night, which is filled with haunted houses, monsters, and crazies! Of course, I was chased as usual! Never fails! This year, I don’t plan on going out for Halloween night…back when I lived in LA, I used to go out every single year but I feel as though creating these makeup looks at home with a glass or two of wine is just as fun for me ūüôā

SO! I decided to go with a super blended black smokey eye for this look as it just seemed perfect. The liquid liner I placed on my bottom lash line definitely gives more of a dramatic cat eye effect. I also like to use this technique on any other makeup look to give it the eyes a bit more drama and an elongated effect.

Now before I go into my makeup details, I DO have to rave about The Kat Von D tattoo liner¬†in “Trooper” Honestly, this eyeliner is AMAZING! If you don’t have it, I suggest going out right now and buying it! You will NOT be disappointed. This liner is perfect for anyone from a beginner to a pro. The tip of the brush is phenomenal…it allows for such precision and essentially creates the perfect line or wing effortlessly. I used the liner for my eye details as well as for the whiskers and dots on my face. I am planning to get the liner in brown as well because it would be perfect for day time.

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Make-up Details!!!

  • Murad invisi-blur primer, anti-aging treatment and SPF serum..amazing stuff!!!¬†here
  • Dr Brandt Pore no more on T zone (You can do either this one or the Murad OR both, but if you want more bang for your buck go with Murad)¬†here
  • Loreal Visible Lift foundation‚Ķflawless gorgeous coverage, photographs beautifully…gives a dewy glow (not recommended for oily skin in warmer climates)…I mentioned it was discontinued but I found it on Amazon YAY!!!!!! here
  • Nars creamy concealer in ‚ÄúCustard‚Ä̬†here¬†and Mac Prep and prime highlighter¬†here¬†blended with damp beauty blender¬†(You can use either¬†but the Mac prep and prime gives more of a brightened, highlighted effect)
  • Laura Mercier Translucent setting powder¬†here
  • Kat Von D Shade + Light contour palette here
  • Kat Von D¬†Tattoo liner in Trooper for eyes/face/nose details…you can also use any black eyeliner pencil
  • MAC¬†lip liner in “Beet” for bottom lip color
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills¬†Tamanna Palette on the eyes…Used Noir, Bengal and Chocolate…you can get these as single shadows from her line…or use any similar colors.
  • Velour Lashes/Carli Bybel ‚ÄúCarlilash‚Ä̬†here
  • Lancome¬†Hypnose Drama mascara on top and a bottom lashes here
  • MAC¬†eyeshadow in “Espresso” to fill in my brows

I hope you enjoyed this look and have a wonderful Halloween!!!! Be safe and have fun!

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Xo, Sahar

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A Fall Perspective & Make-up look!

Happy October beautiful people!!!! 

I actually couldn’t be happier that it’s October ūüėÄ As I’m sure you all know by now, fall is my absolute faaaaaaaaavorite season! I never knew this until I moved to Vancouver. I remember visiting Vancity during the fall and being completely drawn to the trees, all the colors and leaves falling to the ground. I used to think hot, sunny, summer weather with no seasons was the best…but unfortunately you miss the beauty of seasons when you live in sunny Southern California! Fall quickly became a season I adored living in Vancouver and I look forward to it every year.

Each year, on a nice sunny fall day, I grab a Starbucks and take a long walk by myself. It’s a time where I can simply be present, take in the beauty of life, and of nature. It’s a time where I can be thankful that I am alive and well, while appreciating how far I have come and everything and everyone I have in my life. It’s so easy to forget all of this in the hustle and bustle of a busy life. I used to think that I was drawn to fall simply because of the colors and leaves but I found that there is a much deeper meaning behind my admiration for this special season.

Bear with me here as I give you my perspective ūüôā As I’m walking through the park, the leaves are falling over my head and while I am stepping on the many leaves that are on the ground… I can’t help but feel that this is a time of renewal and an end to the present year. I feel that each leaf that falls is a part of me that I’m leaving behind. We are constantly growing and changing each year and I feel that fall really symbolizes this. So whatever it may be that you’re leaving behind this year…negativity, old jobs, old friends, maybe things or ideas that haven’t worked out…whatever that has happened to change you as a person…simply picture¬†the leaves falling¬†and that you’re moving forward. A new year full of opportunity, happiness, experiences and excitement is headed our way friends!

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NOW! On to the make-up of course! If you’ve made it this far, you rock! lol Here is a look I created last weekend ūüôā¬†

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I mainly used browns and beige/golden shimmers for this look. Just want to let you guys know, if I mention a certain palette, it doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy it! If you have similar colors then you can use those! You can even use matte bronzers and shimmery highlighters as eyeshadows! Here’s a¬†Tip! Wet your brush before¬†dipping into any¬†eyeshadow or highlighter to give a more vibrant and pigmented¬†look!

Make-up details!

  • Ginzing eye cream and face moisturizer‚Ķ¬†here¬†and¬†here
  • Dr Brandt Pore no more primer‚Ķinstantly mattifies and shrinks pores¬†here
  • Loreal Visible Lift foundation‚Ķflawless gorgeous coverage, photographs beautifully¬†here¬†Unfortunately the one that I have has been discontinued (I stocked up on my last LA trip) but¬†here¬†is the alternative product they offer.
  • Nars creamy concealer in ‚ÄúCustard‚Ä̬†here¬†and Mac Prep and prime highlighter¬†here¬†blended with damp beauty blender¬†(You can use either¬†but the Mac prep and prime gives more of a brightened, highlighted effect)
  • Marcelle loose setting powder¬†to set everything, gives a gorgeous, flawless smooth look¬†here
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit¬†to contour hollow of cheek bones¬†here
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna palette...Nude (or any beige color)¬†all over from lid to brow bone, Bengal & Chocolate (any light and dark brown) in the crease¬†¬†here
  • BHCosmetics/Carli Bybel pallete…light shimmery colors mixed on lid and¬†golden highlighter on cheek bones, tip of nose, lips (will be back in stock soon!)¬†here¬†Some alternative highlighters I am obsessed with and that are just as beautiful are¬†here¬†and¬†here
  • Lancome Hypnose Drama¬†mascara (My¬†go to all time fave)¬†here
  • Velour Lashes/Carli Bybel ‚ÄúCarlilash‚Ä̬†here
  • Mac¬†lip liner in “Stripped” and Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lips in “Pure Hollywood” here
  • Brows filled in with Mac eyeshadow in “Espresso”

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I hope you all enjoyed this post and that you might look at fall in a different light (if you haven’t already ūüėČ Get out and ENJOY the beautiful day, be thankful for what you have and how far you have come. Be present…happiness¬†isn’t controlled by anyone or anything…it’s within yourself¬†‚̧

Xo, Sahar

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Dark purple/black smokey eye and blending tips!

Hi loves! ūüėÄ

I’m back again with another post!! I am making sure to give you lovelies enough¬†makeup/beauty fun to last as I am going to be pretty busy for the next little while.

I was recently accepted into a Medical Aesthetics program to become certified to¬†provide non-invasive medical treatments for cosmetic purposes (You must be a doctor or nurse to apply). Such¬†treatments include Botox, chemical and facial peels, fillers and lasers etc. I am actually VERY excited to start, as this is combining my love for beauty and skin care with¬†my nursing career! ūüôā I want nothing more than to make people feel and look the best that they have ever felt! ūüėÄ

This is the dark purple/black smokey eye I created the other day:

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I’ve always loved the look of a super black smokey lid with a lighter color blended in the crease…especially purples and pinks! When I was younger, I used to just slap on a bunch of black eyeshadow all over my lids and call it a night LOL I never, ever¬†blended anything in and never used any transition colors. I’ve definitely learned that applying a few transition colors such as a lighter brown or nude helps make the black shadow flawless and easier to blend. You never want to apply a dark shadow on your lid without a base nude or lighter color underneath. So what I did for this look was…

  • First apply a wash of a nude/beige color (Fresh) from the lid to the brow bone with a fluffy brush.
  • Then I added a light brown color (Bengal) into the crease with the same brush…
  • Wet a small flat brush and pat in the black shadow (Noir) then pack it on the lid (a wet brush gives more vibrant color)
  • I then used the¬†fluffy brush to¬†blend, blend, blend¬†out the black harsh lines with the¬†purplish color (Sangria)

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I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna palette for this look. I really love Anastasia products…she does a wonderful job! These eyeshadows are SUPER pigmented and the black one (Noir) is no joke…it is literally the blackest most pigmented shadow I’ve ever used. You barely need to dip your brush in, it’s amazing. ***This palette is currently not available but ALL of the eyeshadows are being released as singles next month! I would HIGHLY suggest getting your paws on “Noir” as a single must-have black eyeshadow***

Makeup details!

  • Ginzing eye cream and face moisturizer‚Ķ¬†here¬†and¬†here
  • Dr Brandt Pore no more primer‚Ķinstantly mattifies and shrinks pores¬†here
  • Loreal Visible Lift foundation‚Ķflawless gorgeous coverage, photographs beautifully¬†here¬†Unfortunately the one that I have has been discontinued (I stocked up on my last LA trip) but¬†here¬†is the alternative product they offer.
  • Nars creamy concealer in ‚ÄúCustard‚Ä̬†here¬†and Mac Prep and prime highlighter¬†here¬†blended with damp beauty blender¬†(You can use either¬†but the Mac prep and prime gives more of a brightened, highlighted effect)
  • Marcelle loose setting powder¬†to set everything, gives a gorgeous, flawless smooth look¬†here
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit¬†to contour hollow of cheek bones¬†here
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna palette...Fresh on lid to brow bone, Bengal in the crease, Noir on the lid and Sangria to blend out the harsh black lines in crease. You can keep adding more Sangria or Bengal and blending to get the desired look/color.
  • Lancome Hypnose Drama¬†mascara (My¬†go to all time fave)¬†here
  • House Of Lashes “Iconic” lashes here
  • BHCosmetics/Carli Bybel pallete¬†golden highlighter on cheek bones, tip of nose, lips (will be back in stock soon!)¬†here¬†Some alternative highlighters I am obsessed with and that are just as beautiful are¬†here¬†and¬†here
  • Mac Cosmetics lipstick in “Honey love” and lip liner “Whirl”

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I start class tomorrow and will be so excited to fill you guys in¬†about all the cool things I learn¬†ūüėÄ I hope this post was helpful in some way and I will definitely try to be back soon! As always, thanks so much for stopping by and see you in the next post!

PS What makeup tips and tricks were you unaware of in your younger years?? Mine was definitely blending ūüėÄ

Xo, Sahar

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It’s fall <3

Helloooo my lovely beautiful people!!

Thank you for stopping by! It is officially fall in Vancouver and I couldn’t be happier! Growing up in LA, I never experienced seasons and only knew heat and sunshine all year round. Obviously that isn’t a bad thing…I grew up on the beach and loved every minute of it. I was a sun worshipper (PS don’t be one, I know first hand that there are consequences :() BUT The change from summer to fall still gets me every time!! It’s so strange when it gets cold and rainy all of a sudden…I’m like whatttt is going on?!?! haha ūüėÄ It did take me about 4 years to get used to the weather and to really learn to love the rain…but I am happy to say that I am officially a Vancouverite and absolutely love the rainy, gloomy weather:D

On that note, I’ve realized that moving to a new place really does test you and it changes you as a person…getting out of your comfort zone is important…it’s how we learn more about ourselves, who we are as people¬†and¬†all the things we are capable of doing, and being. It could be anything, such as learning a new language, taking the bus, going back to school, or picking up a new hobby. I highly recommend you lovelies get out of your comfort zone…even for a day. You’ll be shocked at what you find out about yourself;)

ANYWAY on to the MAKEUP! Here is the final look I created yesterday

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IMG_1913Make up Details are as followed! ūüôā¬†

  • Ginzing eye cream and face moisturizer…smells like oranges so yummy here¬†and here
  • Murad invisi-blur primer, anti-aging treatment and SPF serum..amazing stuff!!! here
  • Dr Brandt Pore no more…instantly mattifies and shrinks pore 100%! (You can do either this one or the Murad but if you want more bang for your buck go with Murad) here
  • CoverFX cream foundation to cover redness, etc..has anti aging benefits and SPF! here
  • Georgio Armani Luminous silk foundation mixed in as well here¬†
  • Nars creamy concealer in “Custard” absolute fave concealer, doesn’t crease! here
  • Marcelle loose setting powder to set everything, gives a gorgeous, flawless smooth look here
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit to contour the cheek bones here
  • Becca Opal highlighter on cheek bones, tip of nose, lips for the glow here

Eyes, brows, lips

  • Morphe Brushes 35B palette on the eyes, use any light brown, dark browns, and reddish cranberry color here
  • Wet your brush then apply Mac loose pigment in “Melon” on the lid, beautiful golden color here
  • Kat Von D liquid liner “Trooper” here
  • Velour Lashes/Carli Bybel “Carlilash” here
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder duo to fill in brows lightly here
  • Sephora cream lip stain in “Marvelous Mauve” here
  • Mac Lip liner in “Whirl” to cool down the color here

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Thanks so much for looking and hope you beauties have a lovely weekend!

Xo, Sahar