Making Fenty Foundation work for me

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Fenty Foundation has been the crème de la crème of foundations since its launch in 2018. Unfortunately for me, it never worked for my skin type. A year after trying to make it work for me, I finally found a product that allows for a flawless base. Here’s the problem, the solution and my technique. Hope you enjoy a quick read.

The problem with my skin type 

The Fenty Foundation is a dry-set, matte foundation. It has a hint of a glow, but really, it lacks any glowy depth. This is a dream for very oily, oily and to a certain extent, combination skin, but the minute a hint of a dry patch shows up, this foundation fails to perform. This was my issue with the foundation; I’d have to exfoliate my face, add a thick layer of moisturizer and still, it clung to my dry patches, looked cakey for the most part and did not compete with my superhero bases.

The solution

Whilst, I had tried adding a face oil as the last step to my routine before applying the foundation, I had never tried mixing it! This has been a revelation. As I usually shy away from too much oil to break the foundation, this one requires a good 3 drops to make it more manoeuvrable and skin-like. Currently, I’m applying three drops of Diptyque Face Oil with 3 pumps of foundation and it has made my skin look like a dream. This hack gives my face a more natural (but high) coverage and allows the product to wear off more beautifully without clinging on to any dryness or becoming cakier through the day.

Bonus tip: I have also added 2 pumps of oil and one pump of Becca Liquid Highlighter or the Iconic Glow Drop to add an extra boost of glow.

 

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The technique

I usually prefer my application with a beauty blender, but I find that the Fenty Foundation, combined with the oil can easily soak up in the tool, without providing me with the coverage. So, I start the process by mixing the product on my Scott Barnes glass palette and apply it with a Zoeva flat top brush, with the final step of tapping my beauty blender to ensure my base is streak-free and blended to perfection.

Be aware! 

Ironically, when I applied the Fenty Concealer on top of this, it really broke down the concealer and made it look patchy. I find that balanced concealers like the Too Faced Born this Way or Tarte Shape Tape work better as both of these are high coverage, not fast drying and set under the eyes.

How to wear Blue Eyeliner

Hi Everyone,

If you’ve ever wanted to dare to go blue, this is it! It’s the simplest look in the whole wide world featuring Sephora’s Eyeliner for $7 or AED 69! I absolutely lovvvveee it!

Enjoy!

Glow All Out

Love a little (or A LOT) of glow?

You’ve come to the right place. This tutorial hacks up all of my favourite products and techniques to give a summer-y, bronzy glow, so go on, watch it NOW!

25

Birthdays and beginnings have a nice ring to it. As a 20 something, a lot is going in my mind right now, from soul-crushing ambition to a certain pride from overcoming my past. It’s as if the stars have aligned for me to live this exact year, this exact moment, with the exact people I was supposed to meet and the exact person I was supposed to be at 25.

Naturally, every instinct of mine is convincing me that age is just a number and that nothing is greater than a feeling of being young, doing reckless things that can be mere mistakes or makings of a new person. I can’t shake that feeling of being old’er’, and not really knowing what I want? What defines happiness to me? Where do I see myself in 5 years? So many BIG questions, and answers that seem farther than ever before.

But like they say, every cloud has a silver lining, a redeeming quality that makes it all bearable at once. And I think I’ve found mine, in the people I hold close, ones I share my birthdays with or nights speaking about love and life. On the bad days, they keep me grounded, stable and a shred of myself. Every year I age with them around, I feel like I’m closer to the person I was meant to be.

I’m not gonna lie here, life as a 20 something is crazy, so many emotions, so many heartbreaks; some real, some plutonic; but it’s all right there. Everything is as intense as ever, there are moments of utter despair and loneliness, followed by joy and elated happiness; there are moments of deep love and moments where you hate everything, everyone. We react so quickly now, with a loud tweet or with a WhatsApp screenshot to our best friends, and we forget to feel. Millennials are really good at that; we share our pain but refuse to confront it.

After that really bitter revelation, I’ve got to mention all the good things, even if they do eventually in fact come to an end. Being here, in this exact moment, I feel two things – Confused & Grateful. Confused because I have no freaking idea how I got here and where the hell am I headed. I have no idea why I’ve missed opportunities or why I’ve always been an outcast. On the other hand, the eternal gratefulness comes from all the memories missed and memories live, it’s from every hardship I cried through and laughed after, it is for every person who left, leaving the door open for someone new to walk into it.

It’s a good feeling. It’s a good place to be. It’s a good way to live.

KIKO FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Affordable brands that really pack a punch are everyone’s favourite! They’re an absolute staple that you don’t feel guilty about re-purchasing or splurging in every other color that is out there. I’ve just been having a love-affair with my Kiko finds. It’s a fairly new brand in the UAE and only available at MCC and DCC, but well worth the trip. I have done a whole YouTube video that you can check out below with my first impressions; but if you want to see my check-ins wearing all the products for 8 hours and more with my final thoughts, you have to do a double whammy; read up and watch next.

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HARRY POTTER MAKEUP TUTORIAL | GRYFFINDOR

Accio Makeup!

When I think of translating the spirit of Gryffindor into a makeup look, I think of burgundy’s, gold’s and warm hues of orange. So it’s no surprise that I’ve used up some of the most iconic shades associated with this esteemed Harry Potter house to create my rendition in form of makeup.

I’m somewhat of a Harry Potter geek who might have some denial issues about Harry & Ginny, but you live and let go (or, you try to). I hope you love this tutorial, I’m now going to move on to the full list of products used:

Eyes:

  • Lorac Pro Palette – Cabernet, Burlap, Goji, Tangerine (All for crease-work)
  • Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow – Element
  • Kat Von D Trooper liner
  • Kiss Lashes So Wispy 02
  • Burberry Eye Definer
  • Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara

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Face

  • Koh Gen Do foundation
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer
  • Rimmel Match Perfection Translucent Powder
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer
  • Gucci Cherry Love blush
  • Becca Champagne Pop Highlighter

Lips

Damned by Kat Von D

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Thank you for reading!

SELENA GOMEZ MAKEUP

Are you a makeup noob? Grab yourself a cuppa and watch this easy-peezy Selena Gomez Revival Tour makeup tutorial. Four eye-shadows, one winged liner and a pair of dramatic lashes later, it’s a red-carpet ready look. It’s really one of the simplest makeup looks out there, so go on and give it a whirl.

I’d love for you guys to tell me what you want to see next, write them in the comments below 😀

CULT BEAUTY HAUL

I love a good old haul! I’ve recently ventured into beauty products that have a holistic touch and after rummaging through the Cult Beauty site, I found a few things that I had to have! After waiting on my door for 2 days, I received the package, excitedly I wanted to do my first beauty video. Cult Beauty also sent me their goody bag with the order, which has SO MANY beautiful products! Watch my haul now: Continue reading CULT BEAUTY HAUL

Black to Ash Blonde Transformation

Oops, I did it again…

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Eastern Mangroves Anantara Spa Review

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I have a thing for traveling (as if it weren’t apparent from my crazy Instagram feed filled with travel moments). I had an adventurous stay at Anantara Hotel and Spa two weeks ago and believe me, nothing would make me happier to be there right about now. Continue reading Eastern Mangroves Anantara Spa Review