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MAX FACTOR MIRACLE CONTOURING PALETTE

Hiya my lovely people? How have you all been?

Can you imagine makeup before contouring? I certainly can’t, my round face definitely needs contouring to look more defined. And I am sure, there is no better way to define your features than contouring. I know you already know that, just saying 😛

I was very much excited about trying the Max factor Miracle contouring palette which I received in my Voxbox by Influenster. Read further to know what I think about this drugstore contour palette.

Product description

High definition, minimum effort. Contour in 3 easy steps. Miracle Contouring Palette is a 8-shade palette, designed by Max Factor make-up artists to suit every skin tone. Creamy soft texture allows for a quick and easy contouring look as formula is easily blendable and buildable.

Price and availability

Price is 138 AED. Available at Souq uae Amazon

Ingredients

  • Squalane
  • PPG-2 MYRISTYL ETHER PROPIONATE
  • Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate
  • TRIISOCETYL CITRATE
  • Petrolatum
  • Phenyl Trimethicone
  • CANDELILLA CERA/EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX/CIRE DE CANDELILLA
  • OZERKERITE
  • COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA/COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX/CIRE DE CARNAUBA
  • CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT
  • Tocopheryl Acetate
  • Ascorbyl Palmitate
  • PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT
  • C10-18 Triglycerides
  • Propylparaben
  • HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL
  • Tocopherol
  • BHT
  • [May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-:MICA
  • TITANIUM DIOXDE (CI 77891)
  • IRON OXIDES (CI 77491
  • CI 77492
  • CI 77499)]

My experience with Max factor Miracle contouring palette

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The Max factor miracle contouring palette comes in a sleek, elegant and lightweight packaging. The packaging is perfect for travelling. This palette is refillable, now that’s thoughtful. The palette has a spectrum of 8 natural shades to contour, lift and highlight. This is a universal palette which suits all skin types and surprisingly, I have seen this work for almost all skin tones.

Love how pigmented the shades are.If you want, you can also build up the intensity to get the look you want. The best thing about the Miracle contouring palette is the formula. It has a creamy formula which is very easy to blend. Blends like a dream and looks so natural. Even if you are a beginner, this contour palette is taking you places. Because it is so easy to work with it. Quick and easy contouring it is. Being said that, I have found that the highlight shade doesn’t blend as well as the other shades, but it is still okay.

The shades are very pigmented especially the darker shades. But the intensity is buildable and the lighter shades might sometimes need layering. Even after layering the contour looks quite natural. So you have nothing to worry about when adding that extra layer.  It mimics the shadows in your face, so let’s pretend we have a more defined facial features.

You can use a brush or beauty blender to blend this. You can use even fingers as it blends really well. But I personally prefer using a brush because if you use a sponge you will need more product and the contour will be less visible.

The staying power is also quite good. So I don’t see why you must not be giving this palette a try. Since the Max factor miracle contouring palette is designed by makeup  artists I had high hopes and I must say, it somewhat stays to it’s claims.Um, well almost. Too good for a drugstore palette, I must say.

Overall

What I like:

  • Sleek and travel-friendly packaging.
  • Universal palette, so one palette and everyone in the family can share :P. Well, if you are okay with sharing.
  • Creamy, soft texture allows for quick and easy contouring.
  • Formula which is easily blendable and buildable.

What I don’t like:

  • Some shades does not blend that easily,  but still okay.

I think the Max factor miracle contouring palette is a great drugstore alternative if you are looking for a good contouring palette. Since it blends well and is quick and easy, this palette is perfect even if you are getting started with contouring. Honestly, I still love my Anastasia beverlyhills palette more. But compared to ABS, this one is easier to use.

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Swatches 

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Have you tried the Max factor Miracle contouring palette? Which is your favorite palette?

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me by Influenster for reviewing purpose. But this has nothing to do with my honest review.

 

 

 

 

AWESOME BEAUTY HACKS YOU MUST NOT MISS!

 

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When I check any blogs, beauty hacks are my favorites. I love how people come up with some really cool tricks or hacks either to make everything easier or to get amazing results. If you follow me on my social media accounts, you already know I share some beauty hacks there, mainly on my Instagram account. So today I am posting those beauty hacks here.

To be honest, this beauty hacks post wasn’t planned. My whole family is sick with flu and fever and that includes my little girl too. If you are a mom, you probably know the struggles. So this week I couldn’t really finish things for my blog post. But I felt really bad not to post anything. Therefore, I decided to compile the beauty hacks I have been posting in my social medias and do a beauty hacks post.

So these hacks are not about a specific topic like makeup, skincare or haircare. There is a little bit of everything. Hope you like it!

The primer hack

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Mix your favorite primer to a cream foundation to make the foundation more translucent! By doing so you are able to retain coverage of the cream foundations without looking cakey!

The long lasting durability that cream foundations has over liquids and powders remains the same . Moreover, makeup blends seamlessly with the first layer of primer!

You have tips for plump lips too

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If you don’t wish to use the lip plumpers but you wish to have plump lips, try this DIY instead. All you have to do is mix a little peppermint or cinnamon oil into your lip gloss!

DandruffTry this!

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You might have already tried a lot of things to get rid of dandruff. If all the methods failed, don’t worry you still have a very easy yet effective method to get rid of it. Mix two parts of brown sugar with one part of your normal conditioner. Massage this into your scalp and leave it for 2-3 minutes and then rinse it off. Viola!

Ever tried kiwi cleanser?

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Kiwi is such a beautiful fruit and tasty as well. But have you tried using it as a cleanser and exfoliator? Just mash up a kiwi and use the pulp to massage onto your face and neck. This acts as a great cleanser and exfoliator. Apart from this kiwi also

  • Keeps skin firm
  • Rejuvenates skin
  • Fights acne and signs of aging
  • Gives smooth and glowing skin
  • Lightens skin tone.

Foot blisters? Use diaper rash cream!

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New shoes definitely look great but we all know the struggle! Don’t worry, no foot blisters are going to stop you from wearing it. Dab some diaper rash cream on the blisters tonight and wake up with happy feet!

I have the driest lips, so I do this!

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Just before I go for my hot shower I apply some vaseline on my lips. Once I get out of the shower I have soft and supple lips!

If your lips need some extra exfoliation then after you have done this, using a washcloth or towel very gently rub your lips and there you have it, lips as soft as a baby’s lips!

Brush off the blackheads

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Take some toothpaste ( preferably white) on a toothbrush and brush your teeth. Just kidding even my toddler know how to brush her teeth.It’s not that:P

This one is for getting rid of blackheads. Take some toothpaste on a new toothbrush and gently exfoliate the affected area using the head of the toothbrush to get rid of those blackheads!

If you like to know more methods of removing blackheads, please check out my post on 28 ways to remove blackheads

Oranges for dark elbows/knees

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Rub a slice of orange or lemon on your elbows and knees to get rid of dark elbows and knees!

Because all women want a dewy skin, right?

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The classic trick! You might already know this, but I am still sharing for those who don’t because this is my favorite!

Mix a few drops of any facial oil with your liquid foundation to give that dewy finish to your makeup.

Healthier eyebrows and eyelashes

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Apply coconut or olive oil using a mascara wand nightly before bed. Wash off next morning. You can also use castor oil.

DIY toner

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Take an empty bottle, add juice from half a lemon. Then add  a half cup of water, shake well! DIY toner ready.

If you are interested you can also check out the recipe for another DIY toner, Lavender and honey toner.

You can also check out my post on Natural cleansing, toning, and moisturizing method.

Ran out of sunscreen use diaper rash cream instead

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Mainly because diaper rash cream contains zinc oxide, it can be used as a sunscreen! If you wish to know more such hacks using baby products, please check my post 30 beauty hacks using baby products.

Easiest lip scrub

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All lip scrubs I have bought are on the expensive side. But that doesn’t have to stop you from exfoliating your lips. Try this super easy lip scrub! Mix olive oil or honey with sugar and using this massage your lips gently in circular motions.

Check out the Vanilla and lavender lip scrub.

Let your lipstick last longer

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Yes! the classic bloating technique! You can also try dusting some loose powder or eyeshadow on top of the lipstick to make it last longer, but remember, this might alter the lipstick shade.

So these were the tips I shared in my social media accounts. I am loving this and think of doing more beauty hacks post here, what say?

In the meanwhile, if you would like to see more beauty hacks/tricks and know more about me, please follow me on my social media accounts!

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DIY SHEA BUTTER BODY SCRUB

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I am a real fan of shea butters. I use it for my face, hair, lips, body, feet and hands. Sometimes for moisturizing, sometimes for healing various skin issues ;sometimes alone sometimes along with other ingredients; shea butter is one amazing product! I have used shea butter body scrub (no, not homemade but from a very good brand) in the past and I love it! But I keep on trying and experimenting with different products and diy’s so I use some others at the moment.  But a few days back I really missed my shea butter body scrub so I thought  instead of buying it I should make it at home. So I went through the ingredient list of my favorite shea butter body scrub for inspiration (Please don’t use the word copying,!) and made my own shea butter body scrub at home! (more…)

BENEFIT HOOLA BRONZING POWDER- IS IT WORTH THE HYPE?

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The Hoola from benefit cosmetics is an award-winning and one of the top-rated bronzers in the beauty world. We have been hearing this and a lot more about hoola for a few years now.So is it really worth the buzz? Why should you really pay for a bronzer, which is expensive (come on! it cost AED 145 ) when you have so many affordable ones which are brilliant as bronzers in the market?  Hopefully all your doubts about the hoola bronzer will be cleared by the end of this post. So lets jump straight into my review of the hoola bronzing powder from benefit cosmetics. (more…)

BECAUSE MOMMIES ARE SPECIAL

Mothers day is approaching and how are you planing to celebrate this special day with your mum? I know that we all love our moms to infinity and beyond (remembering Buzz Light year here). So we don’t really need one special day maybe. But thinking again, how often do we make our moms realize we love them? How many times have you told her that you love her. If your relationship with your mom is like mine, you both love each other a lot, but fail to express, then this day is for you to show some love. Lets all make our moms realize how special they are, because moms deserve it (and more).

To make her day special its just enough to say you love her, I know. You might have already thought of gifts to give her, jewelry, watches, a spa day or maybe cook for her (her favorite food?). Sorry guys this post is not about various ways of celebrating mothers day or various gifts to give her to let her know she is so special. When I came across a whole new range of beautiful products from lush to pamper and love your Mom on this Mothers day, I thought I must share. Because we all love lush, and this, I think is a perfect gift to make our moms more relaxed and pampered. Not just your mom, I am going to buy this for myself too,because I am a mom too!

For a Mother like no other, she deserves LUSH 

Treat Mum this Mother’s Day with limited edition products and gifts from Lush. For a mother like no other, pamper your Mum with a floral spectacle like Rose Bombshell. Mum can indulge in her choice of Ladybird bubble bars, Yummy Mummy shower cream, or Love You Mum gift set all carefully crafted just for this special occasion.

Ladybird

Bubble Bar

 

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This friendly little ladybird wants to take you under its wing and run you a hot floral bath, filled with sweet geranium oil to aid relaxation. A little peppermint oil gives a menthol hint to this flowery mix, helping to revive and uplift your mind and body.

And look at it, how cute it looks!

Price: AED 39

Sunrise

Soap

 

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Grab hold of your own little piece of the red planet, formed
by layers of juicy tangerine and brightening Sicilian mandarin oils and lather up an extra (terrestrial) toning lather. Dig deeper still to discover a soft murumuru and organic silken tofu core.

If you really want to know why it is called the sunrise, then you should see the picture of the full product. You might be confused if its sun, if I don’t tell you!

 

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Price: AED 41/100g

Yummy Mummy

Shower Cream

 

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The mother of all shower creams, made with Fair Trade organic cocoa butter for blissful lathers and velvet-soft skin. This gloriously sweet blend of Brazilian orange and geranium oil is a sure-fire way to pack some pampering into your daily routine.

Price: AED 52/100g

Rose Bombshell

Bath Bomb

 

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Bursting with yellow rose petals, this bomb is a floral spectacle in your bath. Rose absolute blends with rose oil, Sicilian lemon and floral geranium oils for a beautiful, skin-softening experience.Not convinced yet, see how it melts!

 

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Price: AED 37

Gift sets

If you want to make your mom feel even more special, then you could pamper her gift sets. I love the quirky design of the gift sets.

Just for Mum

Five fabulously pampering soaks await the mum who opens up this pretty package. If mum fancies it, there’s one for each day of the working week, or she can have some truly luxurious weekend baths.

Contains… Intergalactic bath bomb; Twilight bath bomb; Guardians of the Forest bath bomb; Yoga Bomb bath bomb; Rose Bombshell bath bomb

 

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Price: AED 250  

Thanks Mum

Here’s three beautiful shower products to treat you royally, wrapped up in stunning recycled Khadi paper made in rural India.

 

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Contains… Intergalactic bath bomb; Twilight bath bomb; Guardians of the Forest bath bomb; Yoga Bomb bath bomb; Rose Bombshell bath bomb

Price: AED 180

Mum

It’s time for some well-deserved relaxation with this bountiful extravaganza, blooming with freshly made florals.

 

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Contains… Sakura bath bomb; Sunflower bubble bar; Ladybirdbubble bar ummy Mummy shower cream; Respect Your Elders soap; Love and Light hand cream.

Price: AED 300

Happy Mother’s Day

This pack is filled with the sunniest uplifting products to help recharge her batteries and pamper mind and body. In a re-usable tin for her to plant her flowers or put her favourite bath bombs in. Whether it’s a quick wash with Sunrise soap or a long, uplifting Think Pink soak, there’s something to make her feel appreciated every day.

Contains… Rose Bombshell bath bomb; Think Pink bath bomb; Sunflower bubble bar; Yuzu and Cocoa bubbleroon; Sunrise soap; Helping Hands hand cream; Lemony Flutter cuticle butter; Yummy Mummy shower cream.

 

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Price: AED 390

Love You Mum

The gift of pampering baths, to be enjoyed in absolute peace and quiet. These two luxurious bath products are carefully packaged 
in handmade Khadi paper, made by an organization in rural India which uses material offcuts to create beautiful papers.

 

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Contains… Rose Bombshell bath bomb; A French Kiss bubble bar

Price: AED 110

Ladybird

 

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A trio of bath time treats to make busy bees feel as snug as a bug in a warm hug. If you bug your mum about one thing today, make sure it’s that she has a good long soak with one of these luxurious bath treats.

Contains… Sunflower bubble bar; Honey Bee bath bomb; Ladybird bubble bar.

Price: AED 170

I know now you might be even more confused about which one to buy. But don’t worry you have a few more days to figure it out! Once done rush to your next lush stores or visit their website by clicking here. (non-affiliate link, just helping).

HOW TO MAKE ROSE WATER AT HOME

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When February has showed up, wherever you look you see roses. So thought of writing about how you can make rose water at home. I know I am a bit late, but as the phrase says better late than never. Now in this post you get to know three of my favorite ways of making fresh rose water at home. My favorite because its so nice and the methods are really simple. (more…)

LAVENDER AND HONEY FACIAL TONER

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Years back, before getting into some serious skincare routine, toner was something which I thought was unnecessary for my skin. I didn’t want to use too many products on my skin back then. Later on when I realized toner is essential for skincare I started trying out so many of the store-bought toners, from almost every range from most brands. But to be frank I was not really happy about any of them. So after that I started using toners which I made at home. The best part about the toners I make are that I I can customize according to my skin needs and also I can use ingredients which I already have at home  . And they work really well! Seriously! So today I am going to tell you about one of my favorite homemade toners, lavender and honey facial toner.

Why use toners on face

Before getting into the lavender and honey facial toner, I thought it would be a good idea to start with why use toners on your face, I mean any toners. So lets start with this first. But if you already know why and you just want to know about the lavender and honey facial toner, you are welcome to scroll down and read just the part you want. So what toners basically do to your skin is:

  • It moisturizes.
  • It refreshes your skin.
  • Balances the pH level.
  • Leaves your skin softer and smoother.

The lavender and honey facial toner

So let get into our topic now. The lavender and honey facial toner is one of my favorite toners, like I said. You might have already guessed the two main ingredients by now, lets find out what other ingredients you need and how much.

You need:

  • 1/2 tbsp of honey.
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar.
  • 1/2 cup water.
  • 3-4 drops of lavender essential oil.

How to make the lavender and honey facial toner

If you are using raw honey (that’s best) you have to add about two tablespoons of warm water to dissolve the honey. To this stir in the ACV , water and finally the lavender essential oil. Transfer this to a bottle. And its done!

You can use any other essential oils and prepare the facial toners of your choice by the same method. For example, you can use tea tree oil to prepare your own tea tree facial toner, my other favorite. Or you can just make a very simple facial toner by using juice from one lemon and 1/2 cup water or the ACV facial toner by using 1 part ACV to three parts water.

How to use the lavender and honey facial toner

After you are done cleansing your face, take the toner on a cotton pad and apply it on your face and neck. Or if you are using the spritzing bottle, just spray the facial toner on your face and then follow with your normal skincare routine. This is not just for the lavender and honey facial toner, this method is for using any toners in general.

The benefits of using the lavender and honey facial toner

I have already mentioned the benefits of using toners but this particular facial toner helps in treating acne, and in boosting the renewal of skin apart from the other benefits of using toners like leaving your skin fresher, younger, softer smoother and moisturized.

 

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So what do you think about the lavender and honey facial toner? Or do you have any other favorite facial toners? Please comment below and let me know about it.

 

 

BAKING YOUR MAKE UP USING BABY POWDER

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Are you familiar with the term “baking” or “cooking” your make up . If you follow a lot of makeup artists on instagram or any other social medias, you might definitely be aware of what baking or cooking of make up really is. You might already be doing the baking of make up( may be every day). Or you might have tried baking your make up atleast once because baking of make up is a huge trend now. No wonder as Kim Kardashian’s make up artist informed us he use the technique on her. Since no one can beat them at the contour game, we must believe it.

As I am a mommy, my darling baby and her things always inflence me in one way or other. The idea of using baby powder for baking of make up struck me when I was writing my previous post 30 beauty hacks using baby products. But I didn’t want to write about it before trying it out. Now I have been using the baking technique using baby powder for a couple of times and I am extremely happy how it turned out to be. (more…)

30 BEAUTY HACKS USING BABY PRODUCTS

 

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After having a baby, I have learned a lot of things. I also had to make some (read as complete) changes to my lifestyle. Changes both good and bad, like now when we go shopping our primary focus is on baby stuff as any other parents. You also get a lot of products during baby shower or later,which sometimes you don’t use at all. So I had to come up with these beauty hacks using the baby products.Okay, I admit, I am that beauty-obsessed  mother spare even her baby’s products! Thank God! my baby is not big enough to know it!

So my today’s post is about how you can use baby products in your beauty routines. (more…)