The GLAM Review!!

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Speechless.. Honestly I don’t know how to start raving about this “HOLLY GRAIL” product today in this post. I know I’m pretty late on the band wagon but as they say “Better late than never 🙂 “ when this product was out I saw the rave about it in Sephora, YouTube, Blogs, Facebook .. You name the social media and it was on the top charts. I did wanted to try it back then but I really couldn’t come up with a good reasoning with myself that is it worth spending $69 on a 1.2 oz jar? (I know that sounds crazy). Then later my mind was off the product for a while but then last holidays Sephora came out with the limited edition value set for $79 which had a full size (1.2oz) THURSTYMUD and 2 small sizes SUPERMUD and the YOUTHMUD. And me being a sucker for good bargain I couldn’t resist and finally bought these beauties home 🙂 . So lets talk about them

First of all what I like about the GLAM GLOW products is that they are no Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates chemicals which I usually check whenever I try any new skin care products cause these chemicals can damage your skin in the long run.

SUPERMUD facemask

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This mud mask is magic in a jar. It takes care of the common skin concerns that we all have like breakouts, discoloration and black and white heads. It sucks out the impurities and dirt from those clogged pores and leaves the skin feeling smooth and with a nice glow. When this mask starts to dry on your face you can see small dots on your face and that indicates that those were the most problematic area on your face and the mask is doing the work on improving your skin.

I have used the Origins mud/clay mask and compared to that, this glam glow mask suited my skin much better and didn’t leave it feeling dry.

YOUTHMUD facemask

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This mud mask is good for more aged skin compared to teenagers. It really exfoliates the skin by working with the natural moisturizing collagen of the skin. After using this mask I felt my skin more tight and my pores smaller. This mask also helps clean your skin by removing impurities and not drawing out all the natural oils of your facial skin.

THIRSTYMUD facemask

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This mask! AH! What can I say… Its like water for your skin. When I tried this mask for the 1st time I could feel my facial skin drinking this mask and feeling hydrated and clam at the same time. It was like the Zen moment for me. If you have really dry skin then its mask is lifesaver for you. I have wore it overnight and slept like a baby in it J . Next morning when I washed off this mask I could feel my skin thanking me! I religiously apply this hydrating mask after applying the SUPERMUD or the YOUTHMUD facemask and have found really good results and improvements in my skin.

Sometimes I multimask with these 3 beauties at the same time by applying the SUPERMUD mask just on my nose and the YOUTHMUD mask all over my face. And once I wash off the mud masks I apply the THIRSTYMUD mask to hydrate the skin. It’s a great tip! Also you can check out my previous blog post on Winter Skin care routine to know more tips on how to keep you skin moisturized.

So go ahead and try out these products. Trust me its value for money! I have definitely seen improvements in my skin and people have complimented on my skin when I have no makeup on. And it’s not only for women but men can also use this mask. Sephora has a value set available for $69 (I haven’t tried the POWERMUD from this set, but I’m 100% sure it wont be disappointing). Click here

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Why do I look like a GHOST in my Pics!!

Before I tell you girls anything about todays tip I would like to thank my lovely, pretty and loving friend (and my wedding makeup artist) Rashmi Pote (from Mumbai, India) for sharing this amazing tip on how to avoid looking like a ghost in flash photography. What to say girl you solved one of my biggest makeup problem 🙂 xoxo

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“White reflects light” (that’s a no brainer 😛 )

After finishing my makeup for any evening/night event when I looked at myself in the mirror I felt beautiful, gorgeous and confidant that im gonna put out my best face and ready to rock!!! But when I look at those pics clicked in flash photography my mind screamed “why im looking like a ghost??!!!” and felt like all those time spent on perfecting my makeup just went in drain. I know we all have been there and used all kinds of filters on those instagram or photo edits apps to avoid the ghost effect. But don’t you worry girls the mystery is solved 🙂

“Avoid using products that contain SPF at night!”

Your daily moisturizers, primers, foundation, concealer, bb cream, cc cream, etc containing SFP have light reflecting particles which risks for flashback in pics, when you are under the flash photography during night/evenings. The higher the SPF in your product, higher is the chances of you looking like a ghost in that flash photography. These products are your best friend during daytime and also helps you protect from sunrays but at night they just turn their backs on you.

“Avoid HD makeup products”

Most of these HD makeup products contain high amount of silica and silver mica, which again reflects lights in flash photography.

“Problem solved”

Use any product, which have a matt finish, which will make your skin look healthy and would not make your skin shine, which reflects flash during night photography. If you still like to use products with SPF at night make sure they are SPF 15 or lower, don’t go for higher SPF ones, and use a tinted settling makeup powder instead of translucent or white powder.

Hope you’ll enjoyed todays quick tip 🙂 Please like if enjoyed this quick and great beauty tip. Also I would love to hear from you guys so leave a comment down below.

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Keep Clam And Apply Red Lipstick!!

Ok girls roll up those sleeves, shake off your shoulder cause its time to step out of the neutral lipsticks shades comfort zone and dare to put on those RED lipstick.

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Trust me once you find the right red shade for your skin tone girl I bet its no turning back for you. I never use to wear bold lip colors, neutrals were always my best pal but after great failures on trying red lipsticks I took the courage and still remember my trip to Sephora at Prudential center in Boston with my mom to buy my first red lipstick. Cause it was (and will always be) in trend and a classic beauty fashion, everyone was rocking it and I was like OK!! I need to give it a try again and who knew that bold lips would be my new bff 🙂 . When I explained my fear and failures for red lips to the makeup artist at Sephora, he was like “ I got your back girl and trust me you will be in love with red lips after today”. He made me sit my back facing the mirror of makeup booth and once he finished applying, he turned me towards the mirror and BANG!! I was taken aback with the way I looked. To be honest I was a little tiny bit uncomfortable but after few minutes I loved it and couldn’t stop looking at myself in mirror over and over again. And I learnt from him how to find the right red shade and all about different undertones of red shade.

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So buckle up and let’s find the right red for you my beautiful friend. First and the most important thing is to know your skins undertone. Cause once you have that mystery solved you’ll not only know what’s the right red shade for you but also what are the best colors and shades suitable for you. Now look at those veins on your wrist, are they blue, green or both? If they are blue then you have a more cooler pink undertone skin. If they appear to be more towards green then you have a very warm yellow undertone skin. And if they appear a mix of both like me then you have a very neutral olive undertone skin and can rock of any color 🙂

If you’re Fair Skin

Coral/Orange undertone reds and dark reds with pink undertones look great on you. They add a shot of color and really brighten your look but aren’t overpowering! The plus point about fair skin is that bold reds and deep colors can look fantastic. You should avoid wearing anything too light shades with yellow undertone cause they would make you look sick and will not compliment your complexion.

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Right reds for you

  • NYX Matte Lipstick in “Pure Red”
  • Revlon Super Lustrous RED in “Fire & Ice”
  • YSL Rouge Volupté in No. 16
  • Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipstick in Are You Red-dy

If you’re Medium Skin

Anything from true red to pinky-cranberry shades will work well with your neutral/olive undertones. And to get those flirty red lips go for blue undertones.

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Right reds for you

  • MAC Lipstick in “RiRi Woo
  • NARS lipstick in “Shanghai Red” (this is my flirty lips red)
  • Rouge Dior Lipstick in Red Premiere
  • CoverGirl TruShine Lipcolor in Valentine Shine
  • Chanel Rouge Allure in Audace

If you’re Dark Skin

Deep/rich burgundy reds look great on you’re skin tone. Also colors like clear reds, deep plump and berries match true to your complexion. Don’t go for ashy tones colors cause they would make you look like a zombie 😛

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Right reds for you

  • Lancôme red lipstick Rouge in Love “Rouge Valentine”
  • Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Smoky Rouge
  • L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Red Rhapsody
  • Hourglass

Hope by now you know which is the right red shade for your skin tone 🙂 . So this Valentines Day put on some flirtatious red lips girl and wow your man!!

Essential Skin Care Tips During Winters

The dry, low humidity, itchy and irritated skin wintertime of the year looks like never ending. It gives some relive to oily skin types like mine but it brings tears to people with dry skin types. And no matter whatever skin type you are taking extra care of your skin is very important or it may lead to some serious damage. So lets look at the most essential winter skin care tips.

The Switch

Its very important to change the moisturizer, cleanser, mask you have been using during summers cause in summers we use products that are less moisturizing, oil free, non-greasy. But it’s very important to use products that are good in moisturizing your skin during winters.

Use cleansers, which doesn’t rip off all the natural oil from your skin and leaves your skin feeling soft, clean, and not dry. My current favorite is the Shesido purifying cleanser from their ibuki line (and it’s the best I have tried so far for oily skin)

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Moisturizers are very essential and like water for your skin during wintertime. So use of good oily moisturizers will leave your skin hydrated. So go for moisturizers, which are high in glycerin and petroleum jelly. But it’s very important to reapply moistures during the day just like we reapplied sunscreen during summers. And speaking of sunscreen you’ll learn just in a few mins below how equally important it is to use during winters too. Also remember to apply good night cream or night serum before you snuggle up in those warm comforters cause your skin repairs itself at night and it would require some extra help from these products 🙂 .

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Along with cleansing and moisturizing you need to nourish your skin on a daily basis to have that glowing skin. Go for fruit based face masks as they hydrate your skin and doesn’t leave them feeling dry. You buy them from a beauty store or a drugstore or can make your own face masks at home by using ripe papaya, strawberry, grapes, ripe mango, etc. Grind them in a Grinder and mix yogurt with it. Apply it on your skin and keep it for 20-25 minutes and then wash with plain water. Apply the fruit pack at least once in a week to get the best result.

Sunscreen

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Sun rays causes even more damage to your skin during winters. The intensity of sun rays on our skin are more in winters compared to summers cause the skin is not only getting hit by sunlight directly but also the snow reflects back the sun rays from the ground. So, you should go for sunscreens to avoid sunburns. You should use it each day before going out. You should also wear a hat and a nice scarf to protect your skin from drying in winter.

 

Humidifier

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Having a humidifier is very important during winter’s cause it not only eliminates the statics but also help you keep your skin hydrated and keeps it soft, and not get it damaged and flakey by the dry air caused by heaters. Avoid taking a shower in very hot water, as it will provide you with a drier skin. Lukewarm water will be the best variant.

Healthy Diet

Last but the most important thing is to have a healthy and balanced diet. Dermatologists also advise to create a healthy diet plan. You should eat healthy foods rich in vitamins. They should also contain fatty acids, which will fight against your dry skin. You may go for walnuts, tuna, salmon and many others, which are high in Omega 3.