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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