Aloha Weekend! D.I.Y Duties

 

Making the most of the dry hot weather, I take all the effort to make D.I.Y masks for face/hair on the weekends.

Hair mask:

  • Egg yolk
  • 2 Vit. E capsules
  • Coconut oil

My scalp is dry hence, it has helped in keeping it moist and the hair less tangled. The frizz still needs to be worked upon maybe it’s also due to by blow drying the hair.

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I leave it for 15 mins max, otherwise I always experience my hair breaking while washing. Application should be focused on the roots, if your ends are dry and feel brittle, you may try to add mayonnaise from the bottom to mid length, 5 mins before washing.

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Hello fall, what’s in my bag?

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The weather is changing and so is everyone’s routine as we prep for the cooler months and closing the year. My go to bag goes through a change because the weather in my city becomes dry and hot…you heard that right..Hot! Automatically my skin routine changes as my skin is dry and I have to be extra careful.

 

Let’s dive into my bag which is a new one from ZARA (a medium tote bag) as my work bag. My previous work bag exceeded expectations in every department hence, this one better live up.

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ZARA- medium tote bag

 

My essentials are :

  1. Sunglasses
  2. Face and hand moisturizer : The Body Shop Almond hand & nail creme, Origins Ginzing face moisturizer
  3. 2 good lipsticks (one nude and one dark)
  4. A pocket mirror
  5. Wallet
  6. Perfume/gum/keys
  7. Lip balm- EOS in mint

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Millennial Pink: Timeless, yet very now.

If you guys heard this term it is the rave at the moment. There’s no one shade of pink that can be marked millennial pink, but several shades of pink from salmon to grapefruit pink and many others are encompassed to form millennial pink.

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Rose Quatz (Pantone), Pale Dogwood (Pantone), blush pink, nude pink, salmon pink, flesh tone pink, rose gold can all be included in the category. The color is eccentric as it goes well with all basic colors and monochromes.

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I was lucky to find a tone of similar pink in footwear. The color is fresh and gives a great touch to the darker hues of winter.

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Monthly Work Force

 

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My monthly favorites list consists of some of my daily items I have been using for a while and have become staple in my routine.

  1. Cut work pointed pumps

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Pointed flats have become a necessity for work. They complete the look with every outfit traditional or western. The blush nude color is feminine and classy. The cut work on these shoes gives it a zing and yet keeps it professional.

2. Essie nail color in Sugar Daddy

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An absolute favorite for work  or setting the base for white french tips. It gives a clean and healthy glow to the nails.

 

 

 

 

3. Maybeline Fit Me concealer in shade 25

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I was not convinced on the first purchase however, throughout my time using it my opinion became positive and repurchased the product. The best aspect is the glow/dewy finish and covers quite a bit. However, their is limited color variation and it can be difficult to select for dusky/tan skin tones.

4. Zara Floral perfume

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Fresh and floral, perfect morning/day time scent. The only downside it is not long lasting. However, cost effective and brightens up the summer mornings.

 

5. “that gal” Benefit primer

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That gal brightening primer by Benefit

I don’t use primers every day since my skin starts to break out. I use it on big events so the makeup can stay together in the humidity I have to face in my city.  The is a brightening face primer and helps to maintain the dewy look. Moreover makeup, looks even better after you come back from the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday Magic: Kylie Lip Kit

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I got a chance to get my hands on the coveted lip kit by Kylie cosmetics on sale and I knew Mary Jo K was going to be my pick.

The red is absolute, matte with velvet finish. The consistency is light and I usually clean my spooly a bit as little goes a long way. In the beginning it may feel a bit glossy and cherry red, however, it goes matte in seconds and gives the perfect red.

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Kylie lip kit in Mary Jo K

The liner is important, it stays longer with the lip liner. I went to a wedding and ate oily food but the color din’t budge. However, once I was on a dinner and didn’t apply the liner and the color came off lightly.

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Application can be tricky for darker colors especially reds as it dries of quickly and the shape of the lip should be lined so the your hand can trace. If it goes a bit off its a hard formula to clean up.

 

 

The best part about the color is that it suits all skin tones, when i was looking at reviews it looked so good on the fairest to the darkest tones.

Definitely going to get some more from Kylie’s collection for every day shades. This red is definitely not for work, works well for parties/weddings or dinners.

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Tempt Tuesdays: Korean Beauty Update

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Korean skin care products have stormed the beauty industry lately and with good reasoning. Asian beauty in general focuses a lot on nurturing skin inside out moreover, there are skin care remedies are passed on through generations and focuses on prolonged usages.

Today I will review the mask sheets which have become synonymous to the skin care regime of many. I took 3 for try outs however, honestly the results are cosmetic and you need to buy a bunch to really see if it the skin is adapting positively.

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(L) Innisfree mask sheet in Lime (R) dear Klairs rich moist soothing sheet mask

In addition, these are not cost effective. It may seem one mask is for (approx.) USD$ 3-7 (PKR 300-500) but if you buy a month’s supply it will add up to the cost of any high end skin care product.

I tried dear Klairs rich moist soothing mask, innisfree It’s real squeeze mask in lime, PUREDERM eye and neck hydro gold gel mask . The first and the later being my favorite and definitely will stock up on more.

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Use the masks at night after cleansing, take a warm wet towel to put on your face so when the mask is on, your skin absorbs the ingredients and work the magic. The mask sheets are huge and very moist, I recommend taking the moisture/formula from the sheet, rolling and massaging (upward direction) around the neck as well.In the last 5 mins you can put it over your eyes.

Total time 15-20 min, don’t wash the face, leave it and wash in the morning. My skin was quite supple and soft in the morning and you look more clean and awake. I  prefer using the PUREDERM eye and neck masks before going to any big/important events.

These masks are definitely travel friendly and good for looking great during work trips when skin can get dehydrated due to long flights and sun burns.

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Top 5: Work Essentials

lifestyle1Since work has been top of mind for quite a few months, I thought to share a few work favorites:

1. Lipsticks: 

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(L-R) NYX-SAN PAULO,Medora-EPIC NIGHT(MATTE),Rimmel-103,YSL-70, Revlon Matte Balm-SULTRY

I love opaque lip  colors, hence, jetting out with some nude and bold shades these days. Trying to get the hang of brown but (lol) I end up removing and adding pink to it.

2. Pointed flats:

These are true work essentials, comfortable, sleek and professional. They look look on point for any meeting and office day out.

3. Palmer’s (Multi-Effect) Perfecting Facial Oil with Vit.E:

Since the centrally air conditioning system has made my skin dry, I use it before makeup and my skin looks healthy all day long. No dry patches!

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4. Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins:

This is packed with ingredients that keep the skin soft and supple in the morning.  You feel awake and refreshed as soon as you get out of bed. Full sized product is pricey but i believe it will be worth it.

5. Mint/lemon water:

This is a summer essential, with temperatures rising to 38 degrees Celsius water is just not enough, the mint and lemon/cucumber, detoxify the body and help in keep it cool.

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Review: L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask Exfoliate and Refine Pores

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I was excited to see the budget friendly masks online and moved to the counter as soon as I reached my local store.

First I was interested in getting the L’Oreal Pure Clay Purify and Mattify clay mask (green one) but was informed by the salesperson that it works well with oily skin and will give a smooth & mattifying look.

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I retracted because I have dry skin; however, she suggested the Pure Clay Exfoliate and Refining pores clay mask with red algae to revive dry/dull skin.

Apply a nice even layer not to thin, covering the neck area leaving it for 10-15 mins max. Take room temperature or warm water, just sprinkle some water on to the fingers and massage the skin softly.

DO NOT wet hands and remove the mask, the key is to keep it wet enough that the massage can be done easily without skin being pulled or stretched harshly. This will clean & remove dead skin, open clogged pores and makeup impurities. Clean with a wash cloth in the end.

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The mask has a strong scent which I did not like, however, the after effects are soft and supple clean skin which shows slightly after the first use but if you regularly apply it weekly, it has helped my skin to be even and smooth. Meanwhile, I have not seen the brightening effect claim as of yet.

I’ve been using it for a month, once a week only. It does suggest you can use it 2-3 times a week however, I’m skeptical about using scrub type masks too often as the skin can get irritated due to the grains. At times I did use to before attending an event or for special occasions which would make it twice a week.

Rating:

Scrub/mask: 8/10

Repurchase: 6/10

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Style Files: Day to Night Fall

My first fall outing

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I wore a denim shirt (could be a denim jacket as well) for the day and went without it at night. The jogger pants are super comfortable and look dressy as well. Paired the look with a classic fall red lip and maroon nails.

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