Monday, August 25, 2014

'No MakeUp' Look MakeUp

No Makeup make up look is majorly based on looking good, fixing your flaws and features without looking like you are over doing it. The aim is to look perfect as if you have no makeup on. This article is specifically dedicated to those of you who prefer to wear the most natural, basic, light, day-to-day makeup. Here are quick tips for achieving this.

For a seamless result, use either a BB cream, or mix you favorite foundation (liquid, cream or stick) with a face moisturizer. It doesn’t give a full coverage because, obviously, we are aiming for a natural look.  Buff it in your skin really well with a buffing brush so it gives a no-face-mask effect. If you have any breakouts, all you have to do is dip a small eyeshadow/concealer brush into the mixture you did for your face, and, very lightly, feather it on the problem area. Apply a little bit at a time. Nobody is going to judge you if you have any imperfections since you are aiming for a natural. Nobody’s ‘naturally’ perfect y’know  ;)
For under your eyes, use your concealer to highlight and hide,  patt gently with your fingers to make sure there is no trace of unblended concealer underneath and work it really well into your skin. This will erase the darkness around your eyes and make you look a little more awake.

My favorite products:
Vitamin Face Base
Bobbi Brown foundation stick
Estee Lauder BB cream
Maybelline BB cream
Bobbi Brown creamy concealer kit
M.A.C pro longwear concealer
Real Techniques Buffing brush

If you have any discoloration or visible veins on your eyelid, all you have to do is pop on a creamy eyeshadow in a natural nude color (color will vary according to your natural skintone), and blend it well with your fingers all over your lid. Apply Mascara (again brown or black, each according to your preference), to your upper and lower lashes, but don’t over-do it to prevent clumping. We want a natural effect afterall. Instead of wiggling the brush into the roots, you can be fine with just brushing your lashes from roots to tips in a swift movement. You can leave off with transparent mascara if you like, but I do not prefer that since we want to enhance our features, yet with minimal applications.

My favorite products:
Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow in Bone
M.A.C paintpot in Painterly or Groundwork
Maybelline Collosal Mascara
Rimmel Scandeleyes Lycra flex Masxara
YSL Shocking Mascara

This is optional. To add color to your cheeks with a natural effect, it is a great idea to use those 2-in-1 lip and cheek products (cream or liquid tint). Stipple it with your fingers on the apples of your cheeks in a tear drop shape starting off from your hairline on the sides of your face, towards your nose. Do not apply very close to your nose though, just end about half way through the width of your eyes. Layer bit by bit and do not apply a lot at once. The warmth of your fingers will help it settle and blend in well.
You can also use your regular powder blush, but be careful with that. Since you didn’t use any face powder and your face is a little bit damp, your powder blush may cling and stick over your face really well. So, dab lightly and apply bit by bit, again from your hairline towards the apples of your cheeks, until you are satisfied with the result. Do not use a shimmery blush since we want a natural flush, just as if you have been running  for a whole hour non-stop (minus the sweat of course, imagine that!)

My favorite products:
The Body shop lip and cheek tint
Benefit Benetint
Nyx Cream blush in Natural or Boho Chic
Nyx powder blush in Peach
Nars powder blush in Desire
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Calypso or Fresh Melon.

With the same product used for your cheeks (that is if you used the cream or liquid tint), pat it on your lips. You can apply two shades. Start at the outer third of your lips with the darker shade and move inwards (just like your cheeks). Apply the lighter shade at the middle of your lips to give the illusion of larger, poutier and fuller lips.
You can also just apply a simple nude or natural pink lip gloss or lip balm as a quick and easy option.

My favorite products:
Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in 100 love bug

M.A.C mineralize Glass in Got a Style

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sexy beach hair look.. no worries

A summer spent at the beach and by the pool is one of the world's utmost happiness and pleasure, yet, it can spell disaster for your hair. Every time you go outside in the summer, you expose your hair to the harsh rays of the sun. Most people know how to protect their skin in the summer by applying sunscreen, but very few people think to protect their hair. Summer is great time for fun and relaxation, but without awareness, it can also lead to a lot of damage to your hair. As long as you take a few steps to protect your hair from the elements, you won't find yourself needing to cut off your lovely locks at summer's end. Too much exposure to heat and sunlight can leave your hair dry, dull, and lifeless. However, there are a few very simple steps you can take to protect your hair from the sun, chlorine, and salt water that I have compiled for you.

Cover up

The best way to protect your hair is to keep it covered up if you will be spending a long time in direct sunlight. A headscarf, a baseball cap, or any cute hat will do. Covering your hair also does you the favor of keeping your scalp and the tops of your ears from getting sunburned.


If you don't want to cover your hair, then treat it the same way you treat your skin; cover your hair in sunscreen. Yes, what you have read is right, hair sunscreen. If you have long hair, it is a good idea to pull your hair back into a braid or a cute messy bun and coat it in a layer of sunscreen. There are leave-in conditioners, mousses, finishing sprays and beach sprays now that all contain UV filters to protect your hair

In the summer, I like to create my own hair protection serum and keep it in a spray bottle to carry with me and spray on my hair every time I go outside. I mix equal parts sunscreen and conditioner with a bit of water and a squirt of lemon juice. The sunscreen protects my hair and the conditioner makes it soft as the sun helps it soak in. The lemon juice adds natural looking highlights to my hair (If you have dark hair or do not want to add any highlights, you can just skip the lemon juice and the mixture).

Cut loose split ends

Make sure to frequently trim your ends to prevent split ends from traveling up the hair shaft and damaging hair. Russo recommends scheduling a trim every four to six weeks to maintain both your cut and the health of your hair.

How to Protect Your Hair at the Pool

The chlorine in pool water protects you from bacteria, but can wreak havoc on your hair. The best way to protect your hair is to rinse off in fresh water as soon as you get out of the pool. Sometimes, after a summer of swimming at the pool, blonde hair starts to turn a shade of green. If that happens to you, don't freak out. Many brands sell chlorine removal shampoos that will return your hair to its normal shade. To avoid hair from turning green. Mix a pint of spring water and a teaspoon of baking soda to get all the chemicals out.

How to Protect Your Hair at the Beach

Just the same as the after pool process, after a swim in the sea, try to locate the nearest shower and rinse off immediately.

Nature’s Protection (Fruits and Vegetables)

During the summer months your food should contain especially generous amounts of vitamins C and E as well as beta-carotene. As effective antioxidants they neutralize the free radicals, which are more numerous in bright sunlight. Otherwise, these free radicals damage or destroy cells. Particularly rich in antioxidants are fruits, berries and vegetables, such as apricots, berries, grapes, broccoli and spinach.

Best hair Products I recommend:

Victoria's Secret So Sexy Wave-Enhancing Spray,

Redken Outshine 01 Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk,

Redken’s Color Extend Sun Solar Screen with SPF 12

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist (Aerosol),

Garnier Sleek and Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment

Tresemme hair conditioner (again according to your hair type, all of their range is just perfect and a must for every girl)

Pantene Prov Oil Replacement

Bumble & Bumble (all of the hair range is just amazing)

Try Oscar Blandi Capri Sun-Shield Spray sunscreen

Kerastase Aqua-Seal hair sunscreen

Fekkai Marine Clean Detox after sun Shampoo

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Friday, August 15, 2014

My body Skincare & favorite fragrances routine

Every girl has certain products she uses on a daily basis until she consumes it all up (..and might be restocking as well). These products are the ones I truly love and cherish and will be definitely using for as long as I shall live!

Fragrance mist (body scent splash): 
Bath and Body Works in Be Enchanted and Pink Chiffon.

I first got introduced to Pink Chiffon on its first release on Valentine's day in 2012 in the U.S.. I started off with their body lotion and ever since I have been using all of its range. It is as if was created for me (BBW should consider naming it after me! LOL), to the extent that whenever smells it anywhere, they immediately recall me wearing it and remmeber me. A friend of mine once told me she screamed at someone in an outing just because she was wearing the fragrance and she was like "That's Ayat's, why are you wearing this scent!". Cute!

Be Enchanted is an all-day, all-night mist which can work from early morning office scent till late at night dinner with the girls type of outing. I even use it on the beach and while running errands. This is my 2nd bottle and all got all of the range from shower gel to shimmer mist and body lotion.
Body Lotion:

Again, the all time Pink Chiffon from BBW, and Love Addict from Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush collection. It has again my favorite candy-like strawberry-ish scent with a hint of Almond to tone the sweety scent a bit down.

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