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The ONLY eyeshadow brush you need!

Hi beauty! 

Thanks for stopping by! Today I’ll be talking about one eyeshadow brush I use on the daily to create all of my makeup looks. This works for day or night time looks! I know that when it comes to brushes, there are SO many options out there and it can be very confusing.

The ONLY brush I use for my crease and entire eye area from lid to brow is the Morphe M441 blending brush which runs for about $6 on Morphe.com. I used to use the Mac 217 blending brush which goes for $30! until I came across the Morphe. This brush is PHENOMENAL! I am not kidding. If I could only choose one eyeshadow brush for the rest of my life, it would be this one. It has lasted me years, doesn’t shed at all and still works beautifully. It blends shadow so easily and can be used in the crease or all over from the lid up to the brow bone. I use this brush every single day to dust a light bronzer over my lids for a little color or I will use it in my crease for evening looks.

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The second brush is optional because you can actually use your finger for your eyelids…but I use a flat brush such as this one or the one pictured above and below, to pack color on my lids such as a shimmer or if I want to use a different color than what I used for my crease. As I said, this brush is not a necessity and I usually use my finger…but having said that, it can be useful if you want to pack a LOT of color on for a dramatic look, or if you want precision for a cut crease with concealer and shadow.

Beauty Tip: To create the perfect eyeshadow look, take the Morphe 441 blending brush and dust a light color or bronzer into your crease and then with your finger or a flat brush, pack on shimmer or a different color on the lid. Blend the outer edges, add some mascara and you’re done!

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Xo, Sahar

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How to get smooth, acne and blackhead-free skin naturally!

Hello loves!

Today’s post is a beauty tip (or hack!) on how to exfoliate your face or body for smooth, acne and blackhead-free skin naturally!

There are SOOO many exfoliating products out there and for such ridiculous prices! The last sample I received of an exfoliating product had ingredients listed that I couldn’t even pronounce. Why bother spending a ton of money, when you can get the same if not better benefit of a natural product that is most likely right in your pantry (and only $2!)

Now this one might come to you a surprise…(or not)…but you likely have this product sitting in your fridge to keep smells at bay lol

Arm-Hammer-Pure-Baking-SodaAnd TA-DA! Here is the magic product….Baking soda! Now HOW does this product keep your face smooth, exfoliated and acne-free you ask?

  • Baking soda dries up acne and is a natural antibiotic that heals the skin. Its long term benefits include fading acne scars and speed the healing of acne damage.
  • Baking soda can help remove blackheads. When left on your nose (like a mask) for a few minutes, it loosens the tough skin so that you can easily extract the blackheads with a tissue….most of the time it just does the trick after I wash it off!
  • Baking soda keeps oily skin at bay and prevents pores from clogging up. It provides a beautiful smooth canvas for makeup application.

I usually mix a small amount into my daily face wash but you may not need to use it every day. My skin is quite oily and I do wear a lot of makeup, so I need to exfoliate often.

If you have never tried this before, or if you do not regularly exfoliate…complete a patch test in a small area first to ensure you don’t have any reactions. If you do not have a reaction then you can mix a tiny amount (about the size of a pea) of baking soda in to your face wash no more than 2 times a week. 

It is important not to leave the baking soda on your skin for too long. I try to stay away from “Baking soda masks” as it can irritate your face due to the pH and acidity of the product. You can get some for cheap here!

There are so many other uses for baking soda as well…you can add it to shampoo to keep flakes or dandruff away and to exfoliate product build up on the scalp….you can add it to your toothpaste to whiten your teeth (not often though!) I use it to exfoliate and soften my nails and cuticles… It’s an all around great product 🙂

What types of exfoliating products do you use? Have you ever thought of using baking soda? Try it out and let me know your thoughts! 🙂

Xo, Sahar

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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 😦 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) 😦 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 🙂 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 🙂

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 🙂 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 😦  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 😀 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 🙂

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…flawless 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 “Custard” 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 “Carlilash” 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 😀 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 🙂 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 🙂 

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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… here and here
  • Dr Brandt Pore no more primer…instantly mattifies and shrinks pores here
  • Loreal Visible Lift foundation…flawless 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 “Custard” 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 “Carlilash” 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 😉 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! 😀

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! 🙂 I want nothing more than to make people feel and look the best that they have ever felt! 😀

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… here and here
  • Dr Brandt Pore no more primer…instantly mattifies and shrinks pores here
  • Loreal Visible Lift foundation…flawless 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 “Custard” 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 😀 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 😀

Xo, Sahar