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My Favourite Perfume

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Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum

I was gifted this perfume for Christmas back in high school, and have been wearing it ever since! I think it is truly a challenge to find the perfume that works just right for you, as everyone’s body is different, and the aromas will react differently with your body chemistry. After much trial and error with numerous different perfumes, I finally found the one!

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Longevity

How long a perfume stays on your body depends on the perfume concentration and your body chemistry, and is different for everyone. For me personally, the aromas stay on my skin for approximately three days. If I were to spray it onto fabric, for example a pillow, the smell lasts a couple of weeks. For added longevity, it is recommended that you layer the fragrance with other products from the same line: Coco Mademoiselle Foaming Shower Gel | Coco Mademoiselle Moisturizing Body Lotion | Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Body Cream | Coco Mademoiselle Velvet Body Oil Spray

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Fragrance Notes

In the Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum, the top note is Sicillian Orange, the middle notes are May Rose and Grasse Jasmine, and the base notes are Patchouli and Vetiver. Overall, it has a strong sensual character, but is still fresh and not overbearing.

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Eau de Toilette vs. Eau de Parfum vs. Parfum

Eau de Toilette is the least concentrated fragrance of any perfume, ranging from 5-15%. The aromas tend to be lighter and more subtle.

Eau de Parfum is more concentrated, ranging from 15-20%. The fragrance is more saturated and the notes take longer to develop, making it keep it scent longer.

Lastly, Parfum is the most concentrated perfume, coming in at 20-30%. This is the strongest scent, for which you only need a very small amount. The rule of thumb is, the higher the concentration, the stronger the saturation of fragrance and the longer it lasts.

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Money Saving Beauty Tips and Tricks

As much as I love beauty products and playing around with makeup, it is not the cheapest of pass times. Over the years, I have developed a few beauty tips and tricks that not only save time but money as well; both of which are precious to a university student on a budget.

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Use lotion as makeup remover. I usually remove most of my makeup in the shower with soap and water. However, when I get out of my shower, there always tends to be makeup left over around my eye area, since I do not like scrubbing soap too close to my eyes. So, I apply lotion all over my face, and with a Q-tip, I clean any residue from around my eyes. Not only is my face fresh and clean, but moisturized as well! Any lotion works for this, but my favourite is THIS ONE.

Use body soap/shampoo instead of shaving cream. Having to buy shaving cream is a waste of time and money. Not only do I have to look for an extra product, but I am paying for something that can exclusively only be used for shaving. Replacing it with soap or shampoo serves the same purpose: to create a slippery texture on your skin so that the razor will glide and catch the hairs. Conditioner can be used as well, but I find conditioner too expensive and precious to waste on hair removal.

Use a men’s razor for a closer and smoother shave. Men’s razors are designed for coarser and thicker hair removal, and shave much better than a women’s razor. They still have the same features, including the lubricating strip, finer and thinner blades for less tug and pull, and a rotating axis to get those hard to reach places (ex: behind the knees). Even better, they are cheaper too!

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Use bronzer as a substitute for eyeshadow. Bronzer is a highly pigmented product that comes in different finishes, such as matte, shimmer, frost, pearl, and cream. Since it is used on the face for contouring and is a product that is meant to be blended, it can alternatively be used as eyeshadow for the eye lids. It creates such a deep warm colour and blends really well. Not only am I saving time looking for eye shadows, but I am also putting money into a single multi-purpose product.

Use lotion instead of a face primer. Being on a tight budget, I could never justify spending so much money on a primer that you would not even see on my skin. However, I knew I needed some kind of base for my makeup to stay on properly. Lotion not only moisturizes your skin, but helps the makeup to stick to your face for a longer-lasting look. My whole life I thought I was the only one who did this, but I found out this year that James Charles (amazing makeup artist!) does this too! Again, I use THIS lotion.

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Use shampoo to clean makeup brushes. Shampoo is meant to remove excess oils and grim from your hair, while still be gentle as to not irritate the skin. It also helps with hair luster and manageability. The best makeup brushes are made with natural hair, as they move freely, allowing you to pick up enough product and blend it in nicely. They create a better application and are more durable than synthetic brushes. Cleaning them with shampoo will give those hairs the same benefits as with your own hair, and still really removes any excess makeup from them, leaving them squeaky clean!

Buy in bulk. Definitely my favourite method of saving money. I typically only make purchases if the item is on sale. If I know it is a product I will be using long-term or is one that I really like, I will buy a larger quantity of that discount item. It may seem like  more work and you will for sure use up more storage, but you end up saving a lot of money in the long run. Moreover, if you are shopping online, buying in bulk almost always qualifies you for free shipping! It is a win-win!

 

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Major Makeup Haul

Hello! As we transition into Spring, it is time for new makeup; darker shade of foundation, new concealer, bronzer, self tanner… Since I have purchased and tried so many new makeup products recently, I thought I would review them in this post. In addition to that, I am sharing some of my all-time favourite beauty products! Enjoy!

Loreal foundation

L’Oréal Paris Foundation Infallible in 302 creamy natural

I have been using this foundation ever since it came into the market last year, and so far it is the best foundation I have ever used. I love how it has a creamy texture and is weightless, hence does not appear caky on my face. It offers full coverage (unless you have a giant soul-sucking pimple, which to be honest, I do get occasionally), and has a matte finish, which is perfect for my oily complexion. For the shade, I use 302 during Winter & Spring and 303-304 during Summer & Fall (depending on how tanned I get). When wearing the 302, if I want more bronzed/darker skin, I will just apply a bit more bronzer. This trick really helps to save money instead of constantly buying different shades of foundation throughout the year.

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Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer in vanilla (light 2)

I have never needed to purchased concealer before since my foundation was always enough to cover any blemishes. However, this year my pool-pimples (what my coworkers and I call our pimples that arise from the highly-chlorinated pool water at work) have gotten more severe and I needed another layer of product to help conceal them. I asked around and everyone agreed that Nars was the best brand of concealer, and so I purchased it. I am happy with the results and really gives me that extra coverage. I only use it sporadically and only on the areas that need it. This prevents having too many layers of makeup on my face so that it does not look caky.

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L’Oréal Paris Brow Artist Designer Eyebrow Pencil in 303 dark brunette

I have been using eyebrow pencils by L’Oréal ever since I started filling in my brows around four years ago. I like this particular recipe because you do not need wax to seal the product in, it last all day and does not smudge in water (perfect for when I am teaching in the pool!).

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L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara in blackest black

This is my all-time favourite mascara! Mascara, in my opinion, is the most important beauty products a girl can have. I have definitely shopped around looking for the perfect recipe until I found this one. It brings and volume and length I look for without clumps. I like to apply three coats per eye, in order to achieve my desired eyelash length.

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L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara in blackest black

This is the waterproof version of the previous mascara, and it is even better! It gives me even longer lashes with almost no clumps. I wear this one quite frequently since I am in the water teaching most of the time, and holds up really nicely. For sure has my 5-star rating!

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Elizabeth Arden Eye Pencil in smokey black (part of the 2017 Holiday Blockbuster)

For eyeliner, I usually only tight-line my upper water line. I find that wearing liquid eyeliner above my lash line weighs down my eyes and makes them appear smaller. I like this particular eye pencil since it is smooth to apply and does not smudge or leak as much as others I have used in the past.

physician's formula BB

Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Powder SFP 30 in light/medium

I have recently discovered this product and absolutely love this as an alternative to a full face of primer, foundation, and concealer. When applying, I can immediately see it blending away any blemishes, evens out my skin tone, and reduces the visibility of pores.  It leaves me with clear skin and a very natural-looking makeup. I usually do this type of lighter makeup for the gym, for work (when I am in the pool), or during hot summer days.

physicians formula bronzer

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Pressed Powder in light to medium

This is my all time favourite bronzer! It applies very smoothly onto my skin and leaves it feeling soft. It is the perfect shade of bronzer, leaving me sun kissed and not too orange. I usually only use the matte or satin finish bronzer since my skin is oily and usually already looks shiny.

Use my code FRIENDQMYTZ2CRAM6X for 50% off your next Physicians Formula purchase!

elizabeth arden holiday blockbuster

My current favourite blush (middle palette) is from the Elizabeth Arden 2016 Holiday Blockbuster. Unfortunately, it is no longer available for sale. The blush is the perfect shade of pink for my skin tone and leaves my cheeks a with a natural rosy glow. I mostly use the pink shade to the right-hand side of the palette.

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BH Cosmetics 28 Color Neutral Eyeshadow Palette

This has been my favourite eyeshadow palette since last year. I use it almost on a daily basis (unless I am doing my “fast no-makeup makeup look”). The pigments come out really well on my skin and the powder is soft and applies easily. #1 and #2 are always my go-to colours, either for a very subtle eyeshadow or for the base of other colours. #3 is used along my upper-lash line to create a smudged eyeliner look (I find that it adds definition and volume to my lashes). Lastly, #4 is sometimes used as a highlighter in the inner corners of my eyes or above my upper lip to give the illusion of plumper lips.

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St Tropez Self Tan Dark Bronzing Mousse

This is my all-time, absolute FAVOURITE bronzing product! It really gives me that deep tan that I am looking for without turning orange. It applies really well with the applicator mitt (I really recommend using it, it is the best method of application). It keeps my skin smooth-looking and hydrated without being sticky. Also, I work at a highly-chlorinate pool, thus a chlorine-resisting self-tanner is necessary. This one has proven to be the best, and does not come off in the water. During the summer, when I am in the pool 10hrs a day, it will only start to come off after 4 days (which I think is really good considering the amount of chlorine and dry skin that flakes when working at a pool).

 

 

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13 Days of Halloween Makeup-Harlequin

Hello! I hope you are having pleasant weekend! My next look in the series “13 Days of Halloween Makeup” is that of a harlequin. These characters who were once jesters in traditional theatrical entertainment are now represented as evil and machiavellian beings.

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Time: 45 minutes

Difficulty: 3/10

This look can be divided into three major steps. First, I used white face paint and translucent white powder as the base, in order to create a very pale complexion. Second, I did a smokey eye makeup using silver and black eyeshadow. Moreover, I used liquid eyeliner and mascara to complete the eyes, and black eyeshadow to fill in my brows. Furthermore, I applied a dark brown, almost black eyeshadow under my cheekbones for contouring. Lastly, I used liquid eyeliner to create the black shapes around my eyes, my nose, and my mouth. I overdrew my lips and added more curvature to mimic the devious  and cunning grin found on most harlequins. Once dry, I outlined the four triangles with the same silver eyeshadow I had previously used on my eyes. This makeup look is mostly straightforward and can be varied with numerous colours and diamond patterns. Have fun with it!

What has been your favourite look so far? Let me know down below:)

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13 Days of Halloween Makeup-Morticia Addams

Hello everyone! In continuation to my “13 Days of Halloween Makeup” series, I have done a look for Morticia Addams. She is a character in the Halloween movie “The Addams Family”, and proves to be a favourite with her gothic elegance and timeless beauty. Click here for more information regarding Morticia Addams.

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Time: 60 minutes

Difficulty: 3/10

In this look, I used white face paint and a translucent white powder as the base, which was blended down to my collar bone. Morticia has a very pale complexion, and I do not, so I had to use almost three coats of white face paint to lighten my skin. I did not make the paint opaque on my skin, but rather translucent in order to create a more natural look. Moreover, I found this a little challenging. Unlike foundation, where I can just rub it into my skin, I had to use my finger to dab the paint onto my skin. This was a result of trial and error, and was quite time consuming. Next, I filled in my brows with black eyeshadow, and exaggerated the arched brow shape. Then, I proceeded to the eye makeup. I used a light silver eyeshadow blended all over my lids. Then, I used a darker silver in my crease, and blended upwards. Finally I used a black eyeshadow in my crease and blended towards the outer corner of my eyes. To finish to eyes, I applied mascara and some eyeliner. Afterwards, I started contouring my face. Morticia has very aquiline features, and so I focused on my cheekbones and the sides of my nose. Instead of using bronzer, like I typically do, I used a dark brown, almost black eyeshadow. I concluded this look with a red lip and a black wig.

Hope you enjoyed Morticia Addams’ makeup look!

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13 Days of Halloween Makeup- Broken Pumpkin

Hello all! Today I am sharing with you my fourth look in my series “13 Days of Halloween Makeup”. As much as I like to think outside the box for makeup and costumes, sometimes it is nice to go with a look that already belongs with the theme. In this case, that of a broken pumpkin is easy and definitely goes with Halloween.

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Time: 30 minutes

Difficulty: 1.5/10

For the normal side of my face, I just did my regular makeup. For the pumpkin side, I used bronzer, shimmery orange eyeshadow, dark brown eyeshadow, black eyeshadow, and lots of liquid eyeliner. First, I made my right eyebrow “disappear”, using a glue stick, powder, and foundation (click here for the tutorial I used). Once my eyebrow was dry, I started off by covering half my face with bronzer. I applied a thick amount to really bring out the orange tint. Next, I used a shimmery orange eyeshadow and create lines where I wanted to make the dark creases of the pumpkin. Ultimately, this just adds more dimensions to the final look. Next, using my dark brown eyeshadow, I made a blended line above the orange lines I had previously made. Next, I drew a thin line using black eyeshadow over that. Next, I took a wet Q-tip and outlined the shape of the broken pumpkin. The trick is to do many edges in all directions, to imitate where the pumpkin would break off. Then, I traced that edge with my liquid eyeliner. Once dry, I created a shadow of this outline using the same dark brown eyeshadow as before. I followed this inside of this outline and blended the colour. This adds dimension and depth. The final step in the makeup look is to use liquid eyeliner to outline and fill a carved mouth, nose, and eye. I also traced some eyeliner onto my “normal” side, to imitate cracks and crevices.

Please comment down below! I would love to hear your feedback:)

 

 

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13 Days of Halloween Makeup-Leopard

Hello everyone! I am back with my third look in my series “13 Days of Halloween Makeup”! I was very excited to do this particular look because I have never attempted drawing leopard spots (they look so hard to do, but are actually very simple!) and leopards are actually my favourite animals!

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Time: 45-6- minutes

Difficulty: 4/10

For this look, I used 4 different shades of eyeshadow, lots of liquid eyeliner, white face paint, and translucent white setting powder.

I started off with my normal makeup, which include mascara, eyebrow pencil, foundation, and bronzer for contouring. Next, I filled my lids with dark brown eyeshadow, which I then blended upwards, above my crease with a lighter brown eyeshadow. I blended this colour to the insides of my eyes, then down the sides of my nose. I later used this same brown colour to further contour my cheekbones. I then used my white face paint and created to winged sections under my eyes, a band across the width of my nose, and from my nose to my chin, to create a snout-like area. It was a little challenging spreading it evenly and consistently. Also, for the white under my eyes, once it dried, I used a wet Q-tip to define the shape.  Once dry, I set the paint with a translucent, white power. Now comes the amusing part. I used eyeliner to line my top lashes and along the bottom of the white under my eyes. Afterwards, I coloured the tip of my nose with the eye liner, and dragged a line from under my nostrils to my top lip. Lastly, I filled in my top lip. The last step of this look is the spots. With my liquid eyeliner applicator, I made spots in a C-shaped manner. The trick is to have fun with them, add thickness and curves in your lines, and try not to be too precise. I made smaller spots near my “snout” and in between my eyebrows. It is very subtle, however I filled in the spots with a nude eye shadow colour to create dimension. I finished with little dots along my upper lip to imitate whiskers.

I finalized this look with two buns, one on each side of my head, to emulate a leopard’s ears.

Hope you enjoy! Leave me your thoughts down below:)

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13 Days of Halloween Makeup-Arabian Nights

Hello again! In continuation to my series “13 Days of Halloween Makeup”, I have my second look completed; Arabian Nights. My inspiration for this look actually came from a very well-know Christmas ballet: The Nutcracker. So many of us are enraptured by the love story between Clara and the Nutcracker, but not many know the original ballet by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Clara does receive a nutcracker for Christmas, and she does end up in the Land of Sweets, but she also encounters all the different inhabitants of that magical kingdom, including Spanish dancers, Arabian dancers (see music below), Chinese dancers, Russian dancers, Danish shepherdesses, and so on. Furthermore, I have always been captivated by the beautiful eye makeup done by Arab women. It is truly an art form in its own.

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Time: 45-60 minutes

Difficulty: 3/10

For this makeup look, I started with the eyes. Since numerous women in the Arab community wear a Niqab, the only part of the face is the eyes, which is usually accented with different colours to make them stand out. I used five different eye shadow colours. I started with a light pink blended all over my lids. Then, I used a dark plum in my crease, blending it up to create dimension. Afterwards, I used a bright pink colour between my crease and brow bone, and in the inner corner of my lids. Next, I used a black eye shadow which I used around my eyes, following the lash line. I then used more of the same dark plum shadow and blended it outwards and underneath my lower lash line. My lower lash line is a gradient starting from black, to dark plum, and then to the bright pink again. Finally, I used a shimmery pearl white shadow in the inner corners of my eyes.

After the eyeshadow was complete, I used an eye liner pencil to line my water lines. This gives the illusion of thinker lashes. I then used a liquid eyeliner to line both lash lines, which merged together in a peak in the inner corners of my eyes.

For my brows, I filled them in with a brow pencil and black eye shadow in order to get a fuller, darker brow, as seen in the Arab community.

I ended this makeup look with a dark shade of foundation and bronzer, to imitate their golden skin.

I hope you enjoyed this look! Next one is coming out soon, so stay tuned:)

 

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13 Days of Halloween Makeup – Lion

Hello everyone! October is upon us and is it the time of year in which we start planning for Halloween. The ambience is filled with scary decorations, candy, pumpkin carving, horror movies, but my favourite part is all the halloween makeup ideas! I have always loved experimenting with my makeup and this is one of the only times during the year that I can let my creativity go wild! It is with that in mind that I am starting a series of posts called “13 Days of Halloween Makeup”. I will be posting 13 different makeup looks for Halloween, with a brief description of each.

My first Halloween Makeup is of a lion. Given that my zodiac is a leo, and even though I do not believe in astrological myths, I do have to admit that my personality is an exact match to the traits of a leo. I am kind, big-hearted, optimistic, definitely straightforward, loyal, headstrong (everyone would agree), egotistic, dominating, and yes, at times, arrogant. With all that aside, I was extremely excited to do this look, because I have always felt that my “spirit animal”, (again, very skeptical of this superstition) would be a lion.

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Time: 30-45 minutes

Difficulty: 2/10

For this look, I focused a lot on the eyes. They have to imitate the piercing eyes of a lion, and capture the gold flakes in the iris and the black outline around the eyes. I also did some contouring with a dark brown powder along my cheekbones, underneath my cheek apples, and along my nose. The last step is adding the black eye liner in the inner corners of the eyes and dragging it down to make that peek, on the nose, and on the upper lip. To conceal my bottom lip, I just used foundation and added some nude eye shadow and bronzer to match it as closely as possible to my skin tone. My hair is naturally curly and pouffy, so this hairdo was not very difficult. I simply teased my roots and added hairspray to hold everything together to mirror a lion’s mane. I did add some glittery gold eyeshadow to my roots and at the top of my forehead to add a bit of glam. However, it is very subtle because of how small the flecks of gold eyeshadow are.

I really enjoyed this look and hope you did too! I am excited to share with you my next look, however it is a surprise. So, until next time!