Makeup Basics – How To Apply Foundation Using a Beauty Blender

Makeup Basics – How To Apply Foundation Using a Makeup Sponge / Beauty Blender

Hi everyone, I am back from my vacation. I have been gone for over 12 days but had some posts and videos for the first 5 days to stay connected with you. But I got really sick while I was in Kashmir and had a tough time travelling back and also visiting my family in Chandigarh. I came back to Delhi last night and am still struggling to keep everything under control. Housework is now in order so I am now slowly getting back to my work routine. Today I edited and shared my video on how to apply liquid foundation using a makeup sponge / Beauty Blender. I had filmed it before going to Kashmir but did not get to edit it then. Anyway, I thought of sharing the video on my blog since I think the right way of using a makeup tool greatly enhances the way makeup looks.

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How to Use Beauty Blender to Apply Foundation

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Makeup Basics: How to Apply Liquid Foundation using a Beauty Blender Tutorial

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Here is how to apply liquid foundation using a beauty blender:

  1. Pump out adequate amount of the foundation on the back of your hand.
  2. If you are using a foundation with thin consistency, then dot it all over the face before blending it in with a makeup sponge. This way there is reduction in product wastage since water-y foundations get absorbed in the sponge. But if you are using a creamy foundation (like I did in this video), you can directly apply it on the face using the beauty blender sponge.
  3. Dab the circular base of the beauty blender all over the face concentrating on blending it all in completely until it looks even.
  4. Apply a little on the neck as well as ears to make the whole foundation look natural.
  5. If required, set the foundation with a powder and then proceed with the rest of the makeup!

My FOTD:

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Makeup Products I’m wearing in this video:

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Invisible Skin-Fusion Foundation
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
MAC Select Cover Up
The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow pencil
MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation
Innisfree Mineral Glow Stick
Oriflame The One High Impact Eyeliner – Plum
The Body Shop Metallic Eye Definer – Burnished Amber
Chanel Rouge Allure 40 Prodigious
Maybelline the Falsies Volum’ Express Mascara – Waterproof

You can also check out my tutorial on How to Apply Foundation using A Buffing Brush.

I hope you found this makeup basics tutorial helpful. Please leave comments below for what other makeup basics you would like me to cover in this series!

The Body Shop InstaBlur Eye Primer – Review!

The Body Shop All-in-one InstaBlur Eye Tinted Concealer + Primer – Review, Swatches!

Hi everyone, today I am going to share my review of The Body Shop InstaBlur Eye concealer + primer. I picked up a few months ago and have been testing it for a while. At first I only used to prime my eyelids but it was much later that I found out that it also worked (or was supposed to work) for the under eye area. So here is a detailed review for you!

The Body Shop InstaBlur Eye Tinted Concealer + Primer

The Body Shop InstaBlur Eye Tinted Concealer + Primer

Product: The Body Shop All-in-one InstaBlur Eye Tinted Concealer + Primer

Price: $1095 INR | Buy Online

Claim: Our first eye primer that works to conceal under eye dark circles, All-In-One Instablur Eye Primer neutralizes redness on the eyelid and enhance the vibrancy of eye shadow color.

  • Yellow tint works to neutralize the appearance of dark circles and redness on the eye lid
  • Makes eyes look less tired and more refreshed
  • Use under eye shadow to prolong wear and enhance colour vibrancy

Use this primer alone, without other makeup, to even skin tone under your eye for a natural, minimalist look. Or, pair Instablur Eye with our other beauty products; it’s the perfect base for heavy duty concealers or eye shadows.

Quantity: 8 ml

The Body Shop InstaBlur Eye Concealer + Primer

The Body Shop InstaBlur Eye Concealer + Primer

The Body Shop InstaBlur Eye Tinted Concealer and Primer comes in a white squeeze tube with black twist open lid. The opening of the tube is in the style of nozzle and it dispenses very tiny amount of product at a time. The packaging is very simple, hygenic and travel-friendly.

The concealer itself is peachy in color with yellow undertones. It has a solid consistency even though it looks like a mousse. The texture is weird in my opinion because it blends like a silicone-based primer. It has a dry almost flaky look before it is blended. The best way to apply this product is with the fingers since that way it gets warmed up and spreads evenly.

The Body Shop InstaBlur Eye Primer

The Body Shop InstaBlur Eye Primer

For at least a couple of months I used this only as my eye makeup primer but when I found out that it could be applied on the under eye area for makeup, I started it all over the eye area.

I loved using it as my eyeshadow primer as it made my eyeshadow last longer. Since it is tinted, it also created an even base on my eyes so even lighter shade (like MAC Brule) looked really good as stand alone shadow. Else they look uneven without a tinted base on my eyelids (pigmented and oily). Since I have dry skin on my under eye area, I felt like the primer made my concealer last long but it looked a bit dry. I like how even my under eye area looks after using this product with reduced appearance of fine lines but it still looks a bit dry to me. I like having a cream under this primer! I am happy to report that the under eye concealer lasted better with the primer (but it should anyway.)

This is a fragrance free product in my opinion since I do not notice any scent on it so if you have sensitive eyes you can pick this one.

The Body Shop InstaBlur Eye Tinted Concealer + Primer

The Body Shop InstaBlur Eye Tinted Concealer + Primer

Rating: 3/5

Recommend: Maybe

Repurchase: No

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Overall, The Body Shop InstaBlur Eye All-in-one Conealer + primer is a pricey primer which can be used as an eyeshadow primer as well as an under eye primer. I cannot reckon how it is different from other primers since most face primers can be used for the same purpose. I feel like there is too less of the product considering the price and as I have already mentioned this can totally be replaced by a regular primer. I am not really going to repurchase it even though I think it worked well. So if you are into eye primers or want a travel-size primer for the eyes and under eye area, I’d say try this one out!

Have you tried The Body Shop All-in-one Tinted Concealer + Primer? Which is your favorite makeup primer? Comment below!

The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow Pencil – Review!

The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Design My Eyebrow (Auto) Pencil – Review, Swatches, Price, FOTD!

Hi everyone, so I have finally sit down today with a resolve to talk about my most used makeup product of all time. Even you might have seen this product featured in most of my makeup looks in blogposts and videos. I have only used the Maybelline Fashion Brow Duo Shaper in addition to this brow product. And the reason is simple, I love this eyebrow pencil so much. Since The Face Shop products are now accessible to us in India, I thought I would review The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow pencil for you, so in case you find it interesting you can grab it too!

The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow Pencil review

The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow Pencil

Product: The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow Pencil – 03

Price: 5$ (~ 400 INR) | Buy Online

Claim: A smart triangular automatic eyebrow pencil that you can adjust the angle to make the inner eyebrows thick and the outer part thin. Soft texture completely adheres to the eyebrows for more powerful long lasting abilities!

Quantity: 0.25 g

The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow Pencil price

The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow Pencil

The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow Pencil comes in a brown pencil form with yellow print. It comes with a flat tip which is pointy on one side and blunt on the other. The slight triangle shape is perfect. Since the pointy side can be used to draw lines while the thicker side can be used to fill in the brows. The other side of the pencil comes with a spooly which can be used to comb the brows and set them in shape. This is my favorite brow product to use both at home and when I am travelling. Did I say it comes in a retractable packaging? It does! And it is complete in all respects!

This eyebrow pencil comes in different shades and I picked up a medium brown shade but if you have dark eyebrow hair than me (or lighter) you will be able to find a match. I feel like a medium brown looks more natural on me than black. It is not a creamy product by any means but it is not chalky either. It has a powder-y finish which looks very natural. And despite not being creamy it draws smoothly on the skin.

The only little concern is that the cap on the spooly side has become a bit loose. Of course I have been using it consistently for more than a year so that can the culprit otherwise there are no cons of this product.

It lasts all day and being a bit waxy it nature, it keeps the eyebrow hair in place.

The Face Shop Eyebrow Pencil review

The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow Pencil

The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow Pencil review, swatches

The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow Pencil

The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow Pencil - Swatches

The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow Pencil – Swatches

Ok so when I sat down to write about this product, I felt like I could go on and on about how good it is. But since it is an eyebrow product, I think that is all I have to say about it. But it is one kick-as* product and you will know once you start using it!

FOTD featuring The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow pencil:

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FOTD

Rating: 5/5

Recommend: Yes

Repurchase: Yes

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Overall, The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow pencil is an affordable, well-pigmented eyebrow pencil which looks natural and also keeps the eyebrow hair in place. It has a smooth texture with a powder-y finish. The spooly on the other end makes it even more. The retractable packaging, simple packaging, spooly end make this a 10/10 product. it is easy to use and stays all day. I highly recommend it to everyone. Of course in case you cannot get your hands on this product, pick it up from Amazon store!

Have you tried The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow Pencil? Which is your favorite brow product? Comment below!

Canmake Hyper Slim Gel Eyeliner – Review, FOTD!

Canmake Hyper Slim Gel Eyeliner – Review, FOTD, Price!

A couple of months ago, I was on a Canmake Hyper Slim gel Eyeliner rut. Canmake is an affordable Japanese makeup brand. I was using this eyeliner for every eye makeup look I created. It was so sleek, I sometimes used light strokes to do my brows, used it to tighline, add it on my waterline or just use it to create a flick of my eyeliner for a sharp cat eye look. This is slimmest pencil gel liner I have ever come across and it is truly a multi-purpose product. So here is a review for this Canmake Hyper Slim Eyeliner!

Canmake Hyper Slim Gel Eyeliner review

Canmake Hyper Slim Gel Eyeliner

Product: Canmake Hyper Slim Gel Eyeliner

Price: $ 10 (~600 INR) | Buy Canmake Eyeliner Online

Claim: Canmake Hyper Slim Gel Eyeliner comes in a tantalizingly creamy texture in a hyper-slim gel 1.5 mm ultra sharp tip. It is waterproof, gives a bold, rich, jet black line and keeps the perfect line for hours!

Quantity: 0.5 oz

Canmake Hyper Slim Gel Eyeliner price

Canmake Hyper Slim Gel Eyeliner

Canmake Hyper Slim Gel Eye Liner comes in a black retractable plastic pen form with gold print. It is a classic and attractive packaging. And even though most pencil gel liners are in similar packaging, this was is slimmer and hence stands out! The 1.5mm tip is the sleekest one I have ever used in pencil gel liners so it is definitely a special product for me. But the slim tip makes it a bit delicate so you have to be a bit careful to how much you pressure you apply.

This eyeliner has a good color payoff and swatches as jet black as it looks in the packaging. Until I came across Maybelline the Colossal Kajal Super Black, I considered this Canmake eyeliner to be the blackest black pencil eyeliner.

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Canmake Hyper Slim Gel Eyeliner

It has a creamy formula which glides well on the eyes and sets to a satin finish. It can be smudged before it sets and since it takes a bit of time to settle, you have plenty of time to play with it. I used it for precision, my point being why use a slim tip to create a smudged look 😉

I have water-y eyes but still this eyeliner stayed all day with little fading especially around the corners . It did not vanish comepletely. Little retouching in the middle of the day ensured my eyes looked defined all day! My only issue was that there was too little of the product in the packaging. It took me less than 2 months to finish it off. Of course it happened partly because I had gone crazy about it and used it every single day!

The only issue might have been availability but these days Amazon.com is our best friend! They stock Canmake and sell it at a great price. Buy it here.

FOTD featuring the Canmake Hyper Slim Gel Eyeliner:

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Rating: 4.75/5

Recommend: Yes

Repurchase: Yes

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Overall, Canmake Hyperslim gel liner is an afforable, creamy and pigmented eye liner. It glides smoothly and gives an opaque finish in one swipe. Two swipes made me like the look even more. The packaging is attractive and it is definitely perfect for carrying around for touch ups. The slim tip makes it a multi-purpose product. Highly recommend it!

Have you tried the Canmake Hyper Slim Gel Eyeliner? Which is your favorite eyeliner? Comment below!

Biotique Bio Honey Water Clarifying Toner – Review!

Biotique Bio Honey Water Clarifying Toner – Review, Price in India!

Hi everyone, I was testing and reviewing so many international skin care products in the past. But recently I have decided to give some Indian brands a go. While Forest Essential remains my favorite for skincare, it is luxury brand. So that is why I picked up a super affordable product from a brand I used to love way back in 2008-09. So today I am going to review their Bio Honey Water Clarifying Toner!

Biotique Bio Honey Water review, ingredients, price

Biotique Bio Honey Water Clarifying Toner

Product: Biotique Botanicals Bio Honey Water Clarifying Toner

Claim: Honey is the nectar of life, composed of healing, brightening sugars and minerals. This lightening lotion is blended with pure honey, aloe vera, Manjishtha, Nutgalls, Carrot, Sandalwood and the fresh waters found in the foothills of the Himalayas. This toner refreshes, tones, brightens the complexion and brings skin into perfect balance!

For all skin types

Quantity: 120 ml

Price: 175 INR | Buy Biotique Bio Honey Water Online

Biotique Bio Honey Water Clarifying Toner Ingredients:

Maju Phall Galls, Carrot Seeds, Gritkumari Leaf, Manjistha Root, Rose petal, Honey, Japa Flower, Purified Water

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Biotique Bio Honey Water Clarifying Toner

Biotique Bio Honey water comes in a white see through plastic bottle with a green lid. It has a small opening at the neck of the bottle to dispense the product while the lid has a stopper. It dispenses appropriate amount of product. Since the toner has a water-y consistency this is not a travel-friendly packaging. The skin toner itself is pink in color but when you pour it out, it looks clear.

The Biotique Honey Water Toner has an alcoholic scent and feels cooling to the skin. I have used it a little over a month and even though it did not notice a huge difference, I think it helped keep my skin clean. It does remove excess oil from the skin and also removes any makeup residue left after cleansing.

I do think this contains alcohols because of the scent it has and ow it feels on the skin even though it is not mentioned on the packaging. It still does not feel drying to the skin. I usually skip toner in winters but I make it a point to apply a gentle toner to the skin. This one has worked well for me!

Biotique make another toner in addition to the Bio Honey Clarifying Toner, the Biotique Bio Cucumber Pore Tightening Toner!

Biotique Bio Honey Water review

Biotique Bio Honey Water

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Biotique Bio Honey Water Toner

Rating: 4/5

Recommend: Yes

Repurchase: Yes

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Overall, Biotique Bio Honey Water is an affordable, effective toner that works well to remove excessive oil from the skin and close the pores after cleansing. I think it will work great for all skintypes especially dry to normal skintones. Bio Cucumber Water from the brand is more suitable for the oily skin types even though they can also use the Bio Honey Water. Because of the easy availability, affordable price and effective toning properties I highly recommend this skin toner! Mamonde Rose Water Toner and Innisfree Rose Clear Skin remain my favorite skin toners!

Have you tried the Biotique Bio Honey Water Clarifying Toner? Which is your favorite toner right now? Comment below!