Essentials guide 2015: Fall/ Winter edition

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What I love about fall and winter is just closing your eyes, smelling the air and bringing all the things that started at the beginning of the year into retrospective, coming across  a weird feeling (every year) that we’ll be closing another year behind us soon and hop onto another roller coaster.

As all things bring change, our wardrobe needs a transformation to keep us warm and chic so let’s begin on what to keep from the summer closet:

Fall’s transitional pieces:

`1. The striped shirt

A classic black and white striped shirt is a great layering item which is in spot light in a big way this year. Whether bright or camel color coats, blazers, sweaters, it nails the perfect Parisian touch.

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2.Dress over pants

Throw in a leather, bomber, varsity jacket, a sweater or a duster coat to add more flare to your style. If you have a high slit flowy dress from the summers it’s a great idea to pair it with ripped denim underneath and a leather jacket on top!

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3.Duster coat/Long light cardigan

The floor length light weight coats are perfect to keep you protected form the slight chill in the atmosphere. Get one to last you a while as it will continue to be useful for many years. I saw some great styles at boohoo.com and MISSGUIDED (UK), moreover they are available in blush, camel and Khaki colours which adds a sophisticated touch to your entire look. If you want to mimic the Kim Kardashian look then look no further this is an investment piece for sure.

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4. Chambray shirt/Double denim/Denim jacket/Denim overalls

This is a staple at the moment bring out anything denim you have and use it in full swing. Keep the whites or the light washes just throw a sweater, duster coat or scarf around it during the autumn/winter months. Look for more double denim styles here .

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Fun Fact: it will be freaking hot till October in my city and I will be craving to try these out for so long. Please comment and tell me your key pieces this fall/winter and check out and Like on Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest .

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3 blogger awards

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Give a round of applause to the marathon blogger babbajazzleblog , thank you for nominating me for 3 blogger awards . This woman reviews gems (lust worthy makeup items, I mean) and has kids to monitor great inspiration ohh and did I mention she just created a Pinterest worthy home, definitely check out her blog!

Premio Dardos Award 

Rules

Give thanks to person who nominated you

Pass on the award to other bloggers and let them know they have been nominated!

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Versatile Blogger Award

Rules
Give thanks to the person who nominated you

Share 10 things about yourself

  1. Sunrise and sunsets are my favourites
  2. Morning coffee is a must
  3. Fancy stationery gets me going
  4. Cloud gazing and star gazing are activities for me
  5. Love seasonal fruits
  6. Love getting henna done
  7. Lipsticks are one of my favourite things in make-up
  8.  My cats, my babies (before babies)
  9. Hooked to Instagram
  10. Love flowers (any kind any time ;))

Nominate 10 bloggers and notify them that they have been nominated

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Beauty Blogger Award 

Rules

Give thanks to the blogger that nominated you

Answer the 10 questions you were given

Nominate 10 people whose blog is about fashion or beauty

Make 10 questions for your bloggers to answer

Let the bloggers know you have nominated them

My 10 questions 

1. Favourite lipstick brand and colour?

Revlon’s lipstick crayons; kissable balm stains (original and matte)

2. Name a beauty product that you hate?

BB and CC cream,s I have tried to use some so I can at least like them and they all made me greasy, if anyone can suggest any that did not turn greasy on dry/combo skin please let me know.

3. Favourite perfume?

Paco Robbane Lady Million and Ralph Lauren Romance.

4. How many items of make-up are in your daily routine?

Only 3-4 since I started a day job, I have to say I am so upset.

5. What’s your skin care routine?

Cleansing every night. Weekends I cleanse, scrub, mask and tone.

6. Do you contour? What products do you use?

Yes I actually still like it more than strobbing. Kryolan Bronzing powder or the Photoready bronzer by Revlon (sadly not available anymore now) and the E.L.F cream contour dua in St. Lucia (so good) moreover I only use matte bronzing formulas.

7. Favourite makeup brand?

Overall, Revlon I guess.

8. Drugstore or High end makeup?

Ohh I get very few chances to try out high end so I would definitely want to have more high end products.

9. Top makeup tip?

I don’t know if it’s top most but start your eye liner wing from the outside corner!

10. Name something you have bought recently because another blogger has recommended it?

BIODERMA Micellar solution ( I was so glad it is available in my city)

Nominated bloggers for all 3 awards and questions remain same:
1.styledbylauren
2. lafemmecarmen
3.thelifeofkristyn
4.srtbeauty
5.livinglifewithjoy
6.Rustic beauty
7. curlyhairedmessymane
8. lipsticklovely
9. glamourvortex
10. filipinoinsideout

I hope you enjoy the post and don’t forget to check out my Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest .

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Tools that Rule (PART 2)

blog3REVIEW: BH Cosmetics Studio Pro 18 Piece Brush Set- Part 2-EYE BRUSHES

This is a review of the rest of the eye brushes included in the 18 piece brush set ( check out Part 1 face brushes ). These brushes were one of my first proper brush sets and I have to admit looking at all the various eye brushes it was a bit over whelming. However, I obviously google-ed and learned so many techniques to put these brushes to the test and I have to say they made my skills better every time so let’s dive in:

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1.Tapered blending brush

Use it to blend eye shades or softening harsh lines. The thickness and length of the bristles make it easy for a new user to adapt to the to and fro motion needed for acing the blending technique.

2.Angled shadow brush

Great for making a smokey corners around the end of the eye or if you want a softer liner effect just take this brush and dip in gel liner or black eye shade and keep close to the eye lashes and focus on the end of your eye and pull inwards ( keep the pointed side on the outer side of the eye). Again the thickness of the brush makes it userThis brush i use for the smokey corner.

3.Flat liner brush

It helps me to perfect my brow shape and I also use this for creating more emphasis on the crease to area. It makes eyes more prominent as it adds depth.

4. Small smudge brush

 It picks up the right quantity of powder and never makes the powder formulas fall here and there especially good to use when lining the lower lash line.

5. Large blending brush

This one is a little to big for my eyes, however I use it to contour my nose serves me just fine!

6. Medium shader brush

I will be honest still trying to figure out  a how to use this (lol). I think once people become really good in makeup techniques they also become very particular hence I may learn about the magic after a few more rounds.

7. Pencil Brush

This brush has a pointed tip really good for people who have small or hooded eyes for creating a prominent outer edge and also for highlighting the tear duct area. This brush is good for reaching in small areas.

8. Angled brow and Liner brush:

The brush is a standard for liner (gel, liquid or powder formula) but I find it that the point is not stiff and the bristles spread out here and there and I cannot get a good line.

9.Eye detailing brush

 One of my top favorites I use for lower lash line and filling in my water line.

10. Spooley brush

This is great removing clumps of mascara or brushing through unruly eye brows also combing in clear mascara gel to set the shape of the brows (remember to use light feathery strokes when using this).

11. Fine liner brush

Good for tight lining the eyes or can be used as a lip liner as well. Just please don’t switch between the two without properly cleaning it 😉 I use it for lips mostly and it serves the purpose quite nicely.

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Overall I can say as an amateur makeup user these brushes have helped me a lot improving my skills. The bristles are good quality and soft, which is important for the eye area. A great set of brushes especially for people who have newly ventured into makeup and want to master the new found techniques without denting their wallets!

Please let me know your favorites and keep the conversation going on Twitter Facebook Instagram Pinterest ,

Contributed by Sharmin Mahbuba  on The Sassy Editor.

Tools that Rule (PART 1)

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REVIEW:  BH Cosmetics Studio Pro 18 Piece Brush Set (PART 1)

Makeup brushes are essential  tools hence today I’ll  review the BH Cosmetics Studio Pro 18 Piece Brush Set with Belt.

I was looking for a brush set that includes face and eye brushes and something easy on the pocket. After reviewing millions of brush sets on Youtube, BH Studio line is a total package moreover because I was lucky to bag a great deal on their website where the Studio Pro line was discounted for $24 originally priced at $60, guess what I was all smiles.  I must say all those brushes are so soft just made for your skin.

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This brush set is a great dupe for Sigma and MAC brushes, anyone who can’t invest in those should totally opt for BH.

Today I will only review the face brushes as it can get boring to go through all at one time. Following are the 6 face brushes:

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1. Large Powder Brush

Great for buffing powder application, setting makeup at the end; you can also slip it into you purse for slight touch-ups.

2. Duo Fiber Stippling Brush

One of the popular brushes, it gives a smooth liquid and creme formulations be it foundations or blushes.

3. Blush Brush 

Classic brush for powder blush but  for me this is bigger and can put blush in other areas as well. I believe it should be little small and applicable only in check area.

4. Classic Foundation Brush

This brush!! Perfect foundation flat applicator. The best part is it is thick bristle brush usually others make streaky application this one will give you the blur effect on your face.

5. Angled Contour Brush

 I use this brush more for highlighter application. This is a bit rounder and thick for precise contouring I like a more pointed edge for it. Great for the strobbing technique now a days.

6. Concealer brush

 Looks like the mother “classic foundation brush” but is a smaller version. This conceals amazingly. Little touch and buff is enough for creating a smooth surface to work on.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this review, please share your favorites. Stay tuned for the next installment of the review where I take down the eye brushes from this set. Don’t forget to follow the blog and checkout Instagram Facebook Pinterest Twitter .

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Sharmin Mahbuba.

Announcement: New Contributor

Hello everyone,

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I am please announce that my friend Sharmin Mahbuba from Bangladesh will be contributing her reviews on The Sassy Editor. This girl has become a makeup maven, I know her since 2012 (which is not very long ago) and she would hardly put makeup but since her broke and fabulous days were over this girl  worked on her skills and invested in some gems.

I want her to start her own blog but remember the case with most of us bloggers we are scared or to shy to put up our content and off course sharing your perspectives with the World can be a daunting task. Hence I suggested she contribute her experience at my blog and see how it fares.

Please give out your feedback as it will support us in making our content better and it will also help Sharmin in creating her own blog one day.

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Thanks!

July Favourites

Here’s a quick run down some essentials I shall keep working on in August:

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1. The Body Shop, Vitamin E face mist

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I really enjoy it for work days as air conditioning can dry skin out so I try to spray some after a few hours on my face for a revived 2nd half. However simple rose water in a spray bottle would work just as good and i will add that once this is finished.

2. Beauty UK nail color in smoky lilac

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This is a must-have for me. Any mauve/lilac shades for the nails just binds the outfit and makeup together for any day.

3. Jensen Relaxing Massage Creme

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The zesty orange scent freshens up the mind. The formula is a thick creme only take a few dollops for face and neck. Wet palms with hot water and message into skin softly down to your neck. The result is clean and glowing skin!

4. Detox water

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Water infused with mint leaves, lemon wedges, freshly grated ginger and sliced cucumber just adds instant energy, makes skin vibrant and detoxifies toxins from the body. Make this your long term staple to see the effects yourself.

5. The Body Shop, Almond Hand and Nail creme

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This is a miracle worker for the hands. If you have dry skin or face extreme wrinkling on hands in winters this is the nutrient they need. This creme absorbs quickly and makes them shiny as if they are saying “Hello Sunshine”. The balance of intense moisturization and quick absorption is unique. A great creme to lather quickly before work or any event to make your hands stand out.

Hope you enjoyed a quick favorites put your down in the comments and check out my Instagram Twitter Facebook and Pinterest

Morning routine 101

Busy days at work just compromise makeup choices in the morning. However it taught me few things can make a refined appearance as well!

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1. Concealer: I usually use a concealer close to my skin color not lighter and in yellow beige tones gives more coverage.

2. Bronzer: Light touches just sculpt the face and adds some depth to the features.

3. Lipstick: A bit of nude depending on your skin tone will set the neutral tone/make a statement with matte orange/coral of rosy pink. I keep on changing my lip colors every day!

4. Face compact: Always keep a wet and dry formula, they give more coverage. Buff the powder ideally with a kabuki brush on the rest of the face down to the neck.

5. Brown eye pencil: Carrying the same black from work to evening is getting monotonous for me. I keep a  bronze brown pencil to line the eyes for work. This shade gives a softer look but also makes eyes prominent.

6. Lip gloss: I keep a nude lip gloss to just give a sheen to my lips during the second half of work day to freshen things up!

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Forgive the daisies i was playing with pic monkey app 😉

List of products:

  1. Kryolan Bronzer
  2. Luscious cosmetics concealer
  3. Bourjois concealer
  4. Bourjois Effect Smoky eye pencil
  5. Rimmel Nude in Asia 007(pink nude) (the other one is beige nude)
  6. Luscious cosmetics pressed powder (can be used wet and dry)

Make sure to have lots of water during the day so less makeup won’t makeup you look fuzzy! Comment below on your morning favorites and Like on Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest Follow on WordPress !