Tuesday, 17 October 2017

All you should know about Makeup Brushes


So today i'm going to talk about a most important tool used in makeup. Makeup brushes are the only makeup tools which has the ability to totally change the makeup game. Right brushes with right techniques will give you a flawless look but with wrong choice of brushes and wrong methodologies you can totally ruin your look.
I have been using makeup brushes since i learnt to apply makeup. For me "Eye looks" had always been a special place in my makeup looks. If you ask me, for me eye makeup is the main focus and passion in overall looks i create. I am so amused to see those tiny sponge spatulas with eye kits. I don't know who created them and what was the thinking behind. They are useless piece of junk and if you think you can apply your eye shadows with that junk than you are mistaken.
Today i'm going to give you a brief information about what are actually right brush for you to use on different areas of face, eyes lip and so on ....



Let's first talk about material of brushes which make it easy for us to categorize them according to their needs.

Material

  1. Synthetic Brushes
  2. Natural Hair Brushes
Synthetic Brushes

As name indicates, they are made up of synthetic bristles. Unlike natural hair these bristles are made with nylon or plastic and to give it a natural hair look sometimes some brands do dye them. These brushes are cheaper as compared to natural hair and have less fall out.
If you talk about the usage of these brush then these brushes are useful for liquid or cream applications. As these are synthetic bristles so these bristles lack pores like natural hair. When we use these brushes for liquid and cream product application, we get the maximum product as the absorption is equal to zero.


Best used for


  • Liquid and cream concealers
  • Liquid and cream foundations
  • Cream contouring
  • Cream blushes
  • Eyeliner
  • Lipstick
and so on ...




Natural Hair Brushes

Natural hair brushes have bristles made from real hair of animals like goat, sheep, horse, squirrels and so on... These brushes are little more pricey then synthetic ones and are prone to shed more. They are more softer and are best to use for powdered products. As i said earlier natural hair has porous surface thus it can hold the product and give better payoff.


Best used for


  • Eyeshadows
  • Powder foundation
  • Mineral foundation
  • Blush
  • Powder contour
and so on ...


Let's discuss them separately!


Brushes for Eyes


As it's been told earlier that natural hair brush are best to use for pigments and powders . I got a 22 pieces brushes set from Coastal Scents which is a sister brand with Bh cosmetics. In my set i have a combination of natural and synthetic hair brushes. For eyes there are different brushes for different use but all comes with natural hair. These brushes are very soft and good for blending. I have been using them for 2 years now and still they are in perfect condition.

Brush 09 Blender Brush (Natural Hair)




This is a blending brush with little long hair bristles. I use this brush for blending out all the grids i create with my different shades. As it's natural hair so it blends out all color so gracefully. My most favorite blending brush.

Brush 08 Large Shadow Brush (Natural Hair)




I rarely use this one though it has a volume with little densely packed hair. It is good to be used as an overall shadow brush for lids. I use it to put my powder after concealer and for making a layer of base coat on my lids.

Brush 10 Doe Foot Blender (Natural Hair)




This is the brush which i use on above my crease. Due to its shape it makes it very easy to blend shadow over above the crease area which is almost on the brow bone side. I blend my crease shadow with this brush which gives a subtle and well blended look.


Brush 11 Dome Shadow Brush (Natural Hair)






This brush is best to use on brow bone to define a specific area and also for highlighting inner corners of the eyes. I also use it on my outer corners of the lid.

Brush 12 Dome Blender (Natural Hair)




This brush is for defining crease. Due to its shape it exactly leaves the color where we want it to. Its pointed from the tip so it creates a very defined crease with more color impact.


Brush 14 Detail Shadow Brush (Natural Hair)




Like brush 13 this brush is also used best for packing of shadow on lids but due to its small bristles it is more good to be used on tricky areas like inner side of the lids. It has dense yet delicately shapes bristles which does the job so neatly.

Brush 13 Medium Shadow Brush (Natural Hair)





This brush has bristles which are densely compact. It is used best for lids where we want to pack shadows and pigments. This brush nicely packs layers of pigments on the lids due to its texture and shape.

Brush 18 Brow Brush (Natural Hair)






This brush is one of its kind. Just like smudger this brush is best for buffing but for intense impact. This has very tiny and highly packed bristles. I sometimes use it to define my lower lash line.

Brush 19 Smudger Sponge (Rubber)






I rarely use this brush. This brush is good to be used to sudge liners. For smokey eyes this is a best smudger as the brush head is not like regular foam smudger. Its more towards hard side so it smudges very well.

Brush 17 Pointed Blender (Natural Hair)





I use this brush to blend my crease with the base shadow. It has a pointy head but very loosely packed bristles. So i never take any shadow on this brush otherwise it will spread everywhere. Its for blending out specific areas.

Brush 20 Large Liner/ Brow Brush (Synthetic)




This is a brush which is best for shaping brows. It makes a very defined outline with less efforts. It can also b used as liner brush but i never did.

Brush 21 Medium Liner/Brow Brush (Synthetic)




This brush is also good for defining brow shape but is used for more definition unlike brush 20. Also its good for gel liner application and makes a perfect wing.

Brush 22 Small Liner /Brow Brush (Synthetic)




This brush i use to draw hair line on my brows. As this brush is thin and draws a very thin line so it creates a very real look of hair on brows. Its also can be used for very thin application of liner.


Brushes For Face




For face we are mostly using synthetic brushes but it still depends upon the product we are using. As mostly people use liquid foundations so synthetic brushes are best for that but i use natural hair brush for mineral powder foundations.

Foundation Brush

Brush 04 Flat Buffer Brush (Synthetic)



This flat brush has thick densely packed bristles and flat top. These kind of brushes are best to use for flawless air brush kind effect. These brushes give a smooth seamless finish. They buffs out foundation so flawlessly and results are always amazing.
It is always good to first pour foundation on the back of the hand and then use it as much required. In this way the body heat makes the foundation warm and it mixes up with natural oil of the skin. So now the foundation have bristles resistance and it wont be pushed up in the bristles and will give maximum product payoff. Now dip the brush in the product and dab dab dab... on your face and then blend it with soft swirling and sweeping motion. A good quality brush would always have soft and dense bristles.


Brush 6 Foundation Brush (Natural hair)



The taped tip of this brush makes it easy to reach every corner of the face. Like paint brush paint your foundation on your face with this tapered brush in short downward and outward strokes. Then pat and dab to remove all the creases or lines formed. These kind of tapered brushes gives a full coverage with liquid and cream foundation. But i'm rarely using this brush for my foundation application as its made of natural bristles and will definitely soak a lot of product. But if you want a fuller coverage then these kind of tapered brushes are your thing but make it sure to look for synthetic bristles.
Personally i don't use this brush from my set and i also don't like to paint my face with a thick layer of foundation


Rounded Foundation Brush

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This kind of domed brush is very dense and thick and gives full coverage. Use this brush in circular motion for seamless application.


Brush 2 Duo Fiber Buffer (Synthetic + Natural)



This brush is good for liquid foundations as well as powder foundation. This is a duo fiber dense brush means its a soft blend of synthetic and goat hair. This brush is good to be used for powder or liquid foundations and pigments. It gives light to medium to  coverage.


Brush 03 Round Duo Fiber Brush (Synthetic + Natural)


This brush is good for blush and bronzer application.


Brush 05 Angle Brush (Natural)





This brush is ideal for accentuate bone structure. I use this brush for contouring all over my face.


Brush 01 Large Fan Brush (Synthetic)




This large fan brush is good for dusting away excess powders and shadow pigments fall outs. I use it to dust away excess powder after baking and after finishing my look i simply dust all over my face to clean any excess powder or hair fall out.

Brush F8 Fan Brush (Synthetic)




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This brush is very thin and has very soft fibers. I use this brush for highlighting my nose bridge, cupid's bow.


Brush 07 Concealer Brush (Synthetic)




This brush is just like tapered foundation brush. Its bristles are very tightly packed and has a broad tapered face. I use this brush for concealing large areas on cheeks or under eyes.


Brush 16 Detail Concealer Brush (Synthetic)




This brush is for concealing tricky areas where a broad brush cant reach like side of the nostrils, lips corner and acne spots.


Brush 15 Lip (Natural)



It's is a very thin brush and creates a very precise lip line. Its also good for filling in lips with shade.


My Rating to Coastal Scents 22 Pieces brushes Set




Synthetic Brushes from Makeup Revolution London


Shadow brush and smudger from FrontCover London

Small Precision and Tapered Brushes from BareMinerals











Thursday, 4 May 2017

Black Mask Review



Recently it was so much talk of the town and everyone was anxious to try out this Black mask because of the tremendous outcomes. This mask is available with many brand names in all qualities. If you are lucky enough to find the right one for you.
When it comes to skin care we are always concerned to choose the right products from renowned brands. Recently i visited a gift shop and saw this mask on the counter. The way the counter was all cleared up with only few pieces left, within few minutes it grabbed my attention. I have seen so many brands in so many different hypermarkets but never got so much curiosity to try this thing. Anyways i grabbed one pack and was waiting for the day when i will finally give it a try. Being so much occupied with my kid's school projects and all i even couldn't get enough time to properly cleanse and scrub my face. So as soon as i found out time for myself it grabbed the pack to check the results as it was the best time to try this product to see will it really help me to get rid of those black n white heads which were peaking from my face for quite a few days now.

For live tutorial on this mask do visit my channel here


This mask just blew my mind with 1st application. It pulled out as many of the white heads as it could do. It has a little strange smell but wasn't too strong. As it as a kind of peel off mask the best way to apply is with brush.

Now lets move on to the Ingredients list!

These days we are so much concerned about Halal, cruelty free and most importantly health hazard chemicals. So before using this mask i just invested a little time to investigate each n every ingredient like what it is and what side effect it can cause. So i'm just adding a line about all the ingredients on the list


Disodium-EDTA

It primarily works as a preservative, chelator and stabilizer, but has also been shown to enhance the foaming and cleaning capabilities of a cosmetic solution. As a metal chelator, it counteracts the adverse effects of hard water by binding with heavy metal ions contained in tap water, which in turn prevents the metals from being deposited onto the skin, hair and scalp. This makes it a particularly useful ingredient for rinse-off products that inherently require water to come into contact with the skin. Essentially, this ingredient deactivates the metal ions through bonding with them, which inturn prevents cosmetic products from deteriorating, maintains its clarity and prevents it from smelling rancid. You can find this ingredient in virtually every personal care product including facial moisturizer/lotion, sunscreen, anti-aging treatment, cleanser, shampoo/conditioner, hair dye, body wash and eye cream. For more details visit the link here

Germaben-II unwanted ingredient:(

If you are making lotions, and you wish to keep your lotions nice and creamy without mold and other nasties growing in your creations, you need Germaben II. Germaben is a mixture of propylene glycol, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, and propylparaben. It is meant to be used as .3 to 1.0% of the total weight of your lotion. Germaben II needs to be at a temperature of 140F degrees or below to effectively inhibit mold and bacterial growth.

Carbopol Aqua SF-1 naOH

Carbopol® Aqua SF-1 polymer is a lightly cross-linked acrylate copolymer. It is a novel, liquid, acrylic rheology modifier designed to suspend, stabilize, thicken, and enhance the appearance of surfactant-based personal cleansing products and soap-based cleansing systems. It is a cost-effective and easy-to-use product that provides exceptional clarity around neutral pH. Carbopol Aqua SF-1 polymer is the gold standard for thickening and suspension of surfactant systems with more than 10% active surfactants. For more details check it here


Polyvinyl Alcohol

Polyvinyl Alcohol increases the thickness of the lipid (oil) portion of cosmetics. It may also be used as a film former or a binder.




Apply it with brush and leave it for 15-20 minutes or until completely dry. Try to pull the mask as intact as possible. Wash off the residue and rub some ice so that the pores opening will shrink again.


You can see the white heads clearly in this pic.

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Saturday, 28 May 2016

Beauty's Glitter Mousse Platte 2 By RDizz



I'm so so so excited to give a review on my most beloved glitter palette ever. As you guyz have seen my previous review on Nyx Glitter Cream Palette ,which was a totally disappointing experience for me. I'm not a loose glitter fan so never tried any loose glitter. Few weeks ago saw a review on Mousse glitter palettes by some FB members and i was totally speechless. The results were awesome and i urged to try one but there was no option as this is a Pakistan based product.



Fortunately few days ago saw a post that a famous known makeup artist in uae PerniaZ MUA announced the retailing of this glitters and i couldn't resist and ordered one.
The results are as expected .... tremendous!
There are 3 palettes in this mouse glitters with allot of Golds, Blues, Silvers and Purples. I ordered Palette 2 which is a combination of very soft shades.
I have swacthed them on my hand and there was no limit of my excitement as i was swatching them.



Swatches




My Verdict

I found these glitters as smooth as they can be. Once you start application they will give you a smooth, patchy-less coverage. As compared to nyx its easy to blend and you can even buildup the intensity. As i applied it on hand i observed that its applicable without eye-shadow because its texture is too rich and coverage is full. You will not find any patch or gaps beneath.
Staying power is 6 to 8 hours but u need to spray makeup fixture after few hours.

Some of the Looks i created:






Pros

  • smooth application
  • full coverage
  • glue not needed
  • application without any fuss
  • buildable
  • longer staying power
  • water proof
  • chemicals free/natural ingredients

Ingredients


Staying Power

I tried to wipe it out with tissue and this is how it turned out. Its sticks to your skin so good that its not easily wpied off. As copared to my Nyx glitter which was easily wiped off with tissue.



Check out how amazing it looks!


How easily i swatched them check out




Availability

If you are in Pakistan thanyou can buy them on its official page
Beauty World
Pric: 900Rs almost

If you are in UAE than you can buy them from PerniaZ MUA
Price: 45 AED

Rating







Wednesday, 25 May 2016

NYX Glitter Cream Palette Review




So guyz I'm here with my another review after so long.
Today I'll talk about Nyx Glitter Cream Palette which i owned from past one year now. I had all the 7 palettes but now i have gifted 2 of them to my friend as she was interested in trying them.
When we talk about glitters we always get stuck with the idea of using glue and primers yet the messy ouutcomes. So got attarcted by these paletteas they were creamy so i thought to give it a try as they will be fuss free and easy too.
When i first tried one palette i was quite disappointed to see the result. They were not as good as they look in the palette. It's almost impossible to blend them and they crease allot. Extreamly poor staying power and falls off after almost 2 hours.
Let me show you the swatches one by one!

  • Bronz Goddess









  • Ice Queen








  • Royal Voilets






  • Ocean Breeze






  • Eden



You can see the patchy swatches which were looking more pretty when i swaped my finger into the palette but when swatched over hand they gave this patchy, uneven look.
I tried them on eyes allot of time with different techniques but all waned


Pros

  • U will get color variety
  • You can use them on body, lip, hair
  • Good for kids activities
  • No glitter glue or primer required
Cons
  • Poor pigmentation
  • Very less staying power
  • Fall off after some time
  • Difficult to blend
  • Will crease and spread
  • Patchy look
Availability & Price

You may find them on dessertcart.ae if you are in Uae and on Amazon for rest of the world.
35dhs each
I got in a deal and payed 75dhs for 7 palettes 😊

Overall verdict

If you are a serious makeup lover than this may not be for you but if you are a makeup junkie or have other technique to use them than they might work for you





Rating