Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Ways To Save Money On Makeup!

For those of you who can't afford to buy a ton of makeup, here are some ways to save money on them.

1. Go for drugstore makeup.

They may not seem like the best, but try experimenting and trying out different products and I bet some of them are even better than the high end ones.

2. Multitask your products. 

 Pencil Eyeliners

- Use it as eyeliner.
- Get the right colour and use it as a lip liner.
- Use it as an eyeshadow. Either use a blow dryer and melt the product down or draw onto your eyelids and use a brush to smudge the eyeliner and create a smokey look.
- Use it to fill in your eyebrows.
- Contour your nose. Using the right shade, draw lines on your nose and use a  brush to smudge the eyeliner to create a shadow.


- Use it as eyeshadow
- Fill in your eyebrows.
- With the right colours, use it to contour your face. - Get the right colour and use it as blush.
- Get the right colour and use it as bronzer.

- Use it as lipstick.
- Use it as a cream blush.
- With the right colour, take a liner brush and use it to line your eyes.
- With a brownish tone lipstick, use it to contour and highlight your face
- With the right colour, use it as an eyebrow wax and then set it with powder.

- Use it as mascar
- Swipe along your eyebrows to thicken them and keep the hairs in place.
- Get a liner brush, dip it into the mascara bottle and use it as a liquid eyeliner.

- Use it as a concealer, to cover up spots.
- Use it to prime your eyelids to intensify your eyeshadow.

3. Get a matte taupe eyeshadow

Guys, I swear by this eyeshadow shade! It is seriously a must have. You can use it to contour your eyelids, nose, face and to blend your eyeshadow out to create a smokey look.

4. Make your own makeup

Making your own makeup can not only save a lot of money, it is also safer as it won't contain harmful chemicals that most makeup contain.

So those are some ways I find helpful to save money on makeup. Bye :)


Sunday, October 27, 2013

10 Ways to Convince Your Parents To Get You a Cell Phone

Urgh trust me, I've been in your shoes. You want something but your parents disapproves it. I remember the time I asked my parents for my first cell phone and it didn't go well but after a while, they got me one. Here are some helpful steps to get you that phone you really want!

1. Find a reason why your parents should get you a cell phone. Most parents would often ask you WHY DO YOU NEED IT, so come up with a good reason. Probably for safety reasons.

2. Come up with a fake scenario to show them how difficult it is for you to not have a cell phone. Whenever you are out with your friends or even in school, always borrow your friends phone to call your parents to inform them something. Do this a couple of times and tell your parents that your friends are mad at you for borrowing their phones too many times and it would be a lot easier if you had your own phone. 

3. Plan out your conversation. Write down all the possible questions or rejections your parents may throw at you and come out with good reasons. This will give yourself more confidence when you are talking to them. 

4. Get good grades, do well in sports or win some awards in school. This way, your parents will see how matured and responsible you are.

5. Never ever tell your parents that ''everyone in school owns a phone and why can't I??'' . Your parents will think that you want a phone just to impress others and not for the right reason. 

6. Be extra nice but not too much till it's so obvious. Help your parents out, treat them nicely.

7. Handle your other belongings with care. Losing your belongings, even misplacing them will give an impression of how irresponsible you are.

8. Save money and offer to pay for the phone. 

9. Find a good time to ask your parents. Ask them when they're in a good mood or when they are extremely proud of something you did.  When you ask them, never say ''I want a phone''. Instead, use the word 'can' and 'please' to show respect.

10. Whenever they say no, don't get all whiny and put on a sour face. Act matured and just tell them it's ok and politely walk away. I know how heart broken if feels when you face rejection but complaining and throwing a tantrum will just show your parents how much of a spoiled brat you are.

I hope these ways had helped you guys in some way. Good luck :)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

How To Control Oily Skin

Unfortunately, not all of us are born with perfect skin. Some of us suffer from oily skin and it can be a pain in the ass at times. Oily skin is caused by over-active sebaceous glands, that produce a substance called sebum, a naturally healthy skin lubricant. We can never completely prevent the oiliness of our skin but there are several ways to control it

1.  Wash your face twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Don't wash your face too often as that will make your skin dry. When your skin is dry, your oil glands are meant to produce more oil to lubricate your skin.

- Use an oil-control face wash.
- Exfoliate your face at least twice a week to unclog your pores.
- When drying your face, do not rub. Use a clean towel and gently dab.

2. Prep your skin the right way. Prepping your skin the right way can not only help with your oily skin but it can also create a proper base for your makeup.

- After cleansing your face, use an oil-control toner.

- Then, use an oil-control moisturizer.
- If you wear sunscreen, choose one that is water based.
- Use a makeup primer that helps control your oily skin. 

3. If you wear makeup, go oil-free!

-  Choose oil-free foundations. Foundations that contain oil will clog your pores and cause breakouts.
- Only buy non- comedogenic foundations. These types won't clog your pores.
-  Choose a foundation that has a matte finish.
-  Use a translucent powder to eliminate a shiny face.
-  Stay away from cream blushes and bronzers as they contain a higher concentration of oil.
-  If you have oily eyelids, be sure to prime them before applying eyeshadow.

4. Control your shiny face throughout the day.

- Use blotting tissues to get rid of the excess oil on your face.

- Bring along your translucent powder for touch ups.

I hope you guys find these steps helpful. Have a good day :)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

My Traumatizing Blood Test Experience!

          Hey guys! So, 2 days ago, I had my first blood test done at a pharmacy near my house. I was afraid of the pain but my biggest concern was that the doctor wouldn't be able to find a good spot to draw blood and has to insert the needle into multiple places! I tried to keep my mind as positive as possible and hoping that everything is gonna be alright. I had to fast for at least 11 hours before the blood test to make sure my sugar levels aren't disrupted but I was only allowed to drink water. I went to bed early to avoid starvation. The next morning, I was advised to take a bath to help with my blood flow and off I went to the pharmacy.
       As I arrived, there were quite a lot of people waiting to get a blood test too. There was a woman before me who had been poked several times at different areas as the doctor couldn't draw blood. I felt soooo bad for her. Finally, it was my turn. The doctor decided to draw blood from my left hand, at inside part of my elbow and he tied a strap around my arm. He then took out the injection and I have to admit, the needle was quite big compared to the other shots I've had before. He then swiped that area with alcohol and he inserted the needle. It was quite painful, more painful than a normal shot. He tried to draw blood and nothing came out! That was when I started freaking out. He twisted and moved the needle inside my skin and it freaking hurt. After 10 minute of twisting and moving, still no blood! I then started feeling dizzy and the doctor noticed that my face started getting pale. I was sweating and I felt cold. I almost had a blackout! The doctor pulled out the needle and let me take a rest. I literally felt like giving up! I drank some water and he tried again, this time, at a different spot. He did the same process on my right elbow. This time, still no blood and again, he started moving the needle inside my skin. it hurts just as much as the first attempt. After 5 minutes, he tried a different spot. I seriously felt sorry for myself. The third attempt was also done on my right elbow, but a different spot. FINALLY! There was blood! I felt soo relieved and happy. It took only a minute to draw out the amount of blood needed. The doctor asked me to breathe in as he pulled the needle out and it was all over. There was some bruising afterwards and the spot where he inserted the needle the second time was swollen and it hurts whenever I bend my elbow but the pain went away in 2 days.

        For those of you who are afraid of the pain, if your doctor is able to find the right spot, it would only hurt when he inserts the needle and it wouldn't hurt at all when he is drawing your blood. It would also hurt a little when the needle in pulled out. In my case, I did felt pain the entire time because my doctor had to move the needle inside my skin to find blood but when there was blood during the third attempt, he kept the needle still and it didn't hurt anymore. So that was my blood test experience. It definitely did not go smoothly for me but it did for the other patients there. I guess it wasn't my lucky day. Hopefully it would be okay for me next year. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Causes of Under Eye Dark Circles and Ways to Treat Them

Give me a break, everyone has under eye circles and we all hate it.  Here are some of the common causes or under eye circles.

Here are some effective ways to prevent or treat your under eye circles

1. Get at least 8 hours of sleep!

2. Don't allow stress to take over your life. It can be hard at times when you're facing problems or examinations but its always good to keep yourself as stress-free as possible.

3. Limit your intake of caffeine and only drink alcohol occasionally.

4. Quit smoking. This could be hard but with proper help and support, you can do this.

5. Don't tug your eye area!. Do not scratch or rub your eyes really hard. The skin around your eyes is super thin so treat it with care. When you're doing your makeup, avoid pulling your eyes when you're applying eyeliner along your waterline.

6. Treat your allergies.

7. Increase the intake of food rich in iron like spinach, egg yolks and red meat. Also consider consuming iron supplements.

8. Moisturize! Use an eye cream if the area under your eyes is dry.

9. Some peoples' skin produces excessive melanin around the eye area so use a sunscreen that has at least spf 30.

10. Take a look at your parents or your family members. If they all have darkness under their eyes, your under eye circles are most probably caused by genetics. If that's the case, there really isn't a way to treat your under eye circles as it is no longer a medical condition but not to worry, we have makeup! You can use a concealer or even color correctors to hide the darkness.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

How To Choose The Right Foundation

As we all know, foundation is the most important tool in your makeup as it creates a better canvas for the rest of your makeup. If you are a beginner, just follow these simple steps and you'll find the right foundation that suits you perfectly.

Step1- You need to understand your skin type.

 Do you have dry skin, normal skin, combination skin or oily skin?

If you have dry skin, your face would feel dry, tight and sometimes flaky. The type of foundation that you should be going for are cream foundations and liquid foundations.

If you have normal skin, your complexion is usually even and the surface of your skin is never too dry or too oily. You can basically rock any type of foundation.

If you have combination skin, your T-zone which is your forehead, nose and chin, would be oily while the rest of your face is dry. You should go for an oil-free liquid foundation or an oil-free cream foundation.

If you have oily skin, your skin would feel greasy and look shiny. You might also be suffering from blemishes or even acne. You should go for a pressed powder foundation or an oil-free liquid foundation.

Step 2- Choosing the right type of finish

For dry skin, go for a dewy finish
If you have normal skin, you can go with a dewy or a matte finish
If you combination or oily skin, look for foundations that has a matte finish.

Step 3- Understanding the right undertones

Foundations often comes in 3 undertones, cool, neutral and warm. So, how do you determine your undertone?

Take a look at your veins. If they are blue in colour, you have a cool undertone. You can also tell if you are cool if silver jewelries look great on you.

If your veins are green, you're warm. Gold jewelries also look the best on you.

If you have a neutral undertone, your veins are basically turquoise in colour and you look great with both silver and gold jewelries. 

Step 4- Choosing the right shade

People always say that you should match your foundation to your chest but this isn't the best idea if your face and chest are 2 completely different shade. If your chest is way lighter than your face and if you go with the shade of your chest, your face would look ghostly and ashy. So always match your foundation to your jaw. 

Do a couple of swatches along your jaw and ask a friend to see which shade matches you the most. There are times where you might not be able to find the perfect shade. In that case, you should buy 2 foundations, one that is lighter than your skin tone and one that is darker. Now you're able to mix and match! Remember, NEVER use a foundation that is way lighter or darker than your skin tone to change the colour of your skin. Foundation isn't meant to do so.

Good luck finding your foundation :)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Plucking Eyebrows Without Pain

Plucking eyebrows can be very painful at times, especially if you're a beginner. Here are some steps to reduce the pain.

1. Ice the area that you're going to pluck.

2. Dip a washcloth in warm water and press it against the area. 

3. Moisturize the area. Apply lotion or vaseline to ease the plucking.

4. Pluck according to the direction of your hair growth.

And remember guys, you will eventually get used to the pain as you keep plucking.