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Dark purple/black smokey eye and blending tips!

Hi loves! ūüėÄ

I’m back again with another post!! I am making sure to give you lovelies enough¬†makeup/beauty fun to last as I am going to be pretty busy for the next little while.

I was recently accepted into a Medical Aesthetics program to become certified to¬†provide non-invasive medical treatments for cosmetic purposes (You must be a doctor or nurse to apply). Such¬†treatments include Botox, chemical and facial peels, fillers and lasers etc. I am actually VERY excited to start, as this is combining my love for beauty and skin care with¬†my nursing career! ūüôā I want nothing more than to make people feel and look the best that they have ever felt! ūüėÄ

This is the dark purple/black smokey eye I created the other day:

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I’ve always loved the look of a super black smokey lid with a lighter color blended in the crease…especially purples and pinks! When I was younger, I used to just slap on a bunch of black eyeshadow all over my lids and call it a night LOL I never, ever¬†blended anything in and never used any transition colors. I’ve definitely learned that applying a few transition colors such as a lighter brown or nude helps make the black shadow flawless and easier to blend. You never want to apply a dark shadow on your lid without a base nude or lighter color underneath. So what I did for this look was…

  • First apply a wash of a nude/beige color (Fresh) from the lid to the brow bone with a fluffy brush.
  • Then I added a light brown color (Bengal) into the crease with the same brush…
  • Wet a small flat brush and pat in the black shadow (Noir) then pack it on the lid (a wet brush gives more vibrant color)
  • I then used the¬†fluffy brush to¬†blend, blend, blend¬†out the black harsh lines with the¬†purplish color (Sangria)

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I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna palette for this look. I really love Anastasia products…she does a wonderful job! These eyeshadows are SUPER pigmented and the black one (Noir) is no joke…it is literally the blackest most pigmented shadow I’ve ever used. You barely need to dip your brush in, it’s amazing. ***This palette is currently not available but ALL of the eyeshadows are being released as singles next month! I would HIGHLY suggest getting your paws on “Noir” as a single must-have black eyeshadow***

Makeup details!

  • Ginzing eye cream and face moisturizer‚Ķ¬†here¬†and¬†here
  • Dr Brandt Pore no more primer‚Ķinstantly mattifies and shrinks pores¬†here
  • Loreal Visible Lift foundation‚Ķflawless gorgeous coverage, photographs beautifully¬†here¬†Unfortunately the one that I have has been discontinued (I stocked up on my last LA trip) but¬†here¬†is the alternative product they offer.
  • Nars creamy concealer in ‚ÄúCustard‚Ä̬†here¬†and Mac Prep and prime highlighter¬†here¬†blended with damp beauty blender¬†(You can use either¬†but the Mac prep and prime gives more of a brightened, highlighted effect)
  • Marcelle loose setting powder¬†to set everything, gives a gorgeous, flawless smooth look¬†here
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit¬†to contour hollow of cheek bones¬†here
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna palette...Fresh on lid to brow bone, Bengal in the crease, Noir on the lid and Sangria to blend out the harsh black lines in crease. You can keep adding more Sangria or Bengal and blending to get the desired look/color.
  • Lancome Hypnose Drama¬†mascara (My¬†go to all time fave)¬†here
  • House Of Lashes “Iconic” lashes here
  • BHCosmetics/Carli Bybel pallete¬†golden highlighter on cheek bones, tip of nose, lips (will be back in stock soon!)¬†here¬†Some alternative highlighters I am obsessed with and that are just as beautiful are¬†here¬†and¬†here
  • Mac Cosmetics lipstick in “Honey love” and lip liner “Whirl”

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I start class tomorrow and will be so excited to fill you guys in¬†about all the cool things I learn¬†ūüėÄ I hope this post was helpful in some way and I will definitely try to be back soon! As always, thanks so much for stopping by and see you in the next post!

PS What makeup tips and tricks were you unaware of in your younger years?? Mine was definitely blending ūüėÄ

Xo, Sahar

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beauty, mentalhealth

Eliminate Hormonal Acne Naturally!!! (For women)

Hello my beauties! I am actually VERY excited to write a blog post/review on this and have been wanting to do it for a while! Of course, I wanted to wait a few months to see if results were consistent and the product actually works…and let me tell you…it is absolutely AMAZING!

  • Before I start, I want to clearly state that I was not sponsored in any way to write about this product. This worked for me and I simply felt compelled to write a review in the hopes of helping other women who have been¬†battling hormonal acne

I have had hormonal acne for as long as I can remember. It started around the age of 20 and continued on until I started using¬†ESTROsmart by Lorna Vanderhaughe at the age of 28.¬†I can’t tell you how many times I cried over the horrific breakouts and cystic acne that just wouldn’t go away. I tried every single cream, pill, serum, face wash, spot treatment to washing my makeup brushes every other day, switching makeup products to even trying birth control in hopes of eliminating¬†the acne. NOTHING worked. I could never go out anywhere without makeup on and it was so frustrating. I¬†just kept packing on the foundation and powders¬†which in return clogged my pores and made things worse! Many people may be unaware, but severe acne can actually cause¬†low self-esteem,¬†depression, and social isolation!

I discovered ESTROsmart at the Vancouver Health Fair three months ago and have been taking it ever since. It took about three weeks before I started seeing actual results. After two months of consistently taking ESTROsmart, my acne completely disappeared, I have no more PMS symptoms or mood swings and no menstrual cramps. My skin has been clear including during that time of the month when acne is worse! This product has literally changed my life, increased my self esteem and has made that time of the month effortless.

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The great thing about ESTROsmart is that not only does it help balance hormones and eliminate acne naturally, it also has some serious anti-cancer benefits:

  • Maintains healthy estrogen-to-progesterone balance
  • Protects and treats your fibrocystic breasts
  • Detoxifies toxic estrogens from plastics, pesticides, cosmetics and more
  • Halts abnormal cell growth, including breast lumps, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, and thick uterine lining for those with PCOS and ovarian cysts
  • Halts conversion of good estrogens (2-hydroxyestrone) to bad estrogens (16-hydroxyestrone)
  • Eliminates PMS and makes periods effortless
  • Maintains healthy PAP smears

EACH 2 CAPSULES CONTAIN:

  • Calcium D-Glucarate:¬†is a powerful detoxifier of excess and toxic estrogens.
  • Indole-3-Carbinol:¬†is an anti-cancer plant nutrient found in cruciferous vegetables. Research has shown that I3C helps to break down cancer-causing estrogens into non-toxic forms. I3C maintains a healthy cervix, protects against HPV cervical lesions and controls abnormal cell growth found in those with uterine fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts and breast lumps.
  • Green Tea Extract:¬†contains polyphenols, catechins and flavonoids shown to be protective against estrogen-related cancers.
  • Turmeric:¬†is the yellow pigment of turmeric. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and it works to inhibit all stages of cancer formation: initiation, promotion and progression.It also protects against inflammatory calcium loss from our bones and aids digestion.
  • Diindolymethane¬†(DIM):¬†helps to break down cancer-causing estrogens into non-toxic forms. DIM is one of the products created by the breakdown of I3C.
  • Rosemary Leaf Extract:¬†a potent antioxidant, protects cells from cancer-causing agents, inhibits the growth of cancer cells and helps to detoxify toxic estrogens.
  • Sulforaphane¬†(from BroccoPhane broccoli sprout extract) has been shown to stimulate the body’s production of detoxification enzymes that eliminate environmental estrogens. Sulforaphane is a powerful antioxidant and anti-cancer agent that also stops brown spots on the skin.

The price is a bit steep at $42¬†on Amazon and trust me I was skeptical at first as well….but I can’t rave about this product enough. It is for any woman who wants to balance hormones naturally without having to be on birth control. ESTROsmart can be found in any nutrition store in Canada. For my readers who are outside of Canada, you can purchase this on Amazon here. I sincerely hope this helps some of you ladies out there who are battling with hormonal acne. I definitely feel your pain!!!

Xo, Sahar