Monday, April 28, 2014

My Favorite Eyeshadow Primers

I really apologize for missing in action for quite a long time. Its these scorching summers and terrible sweats that made me a bit lazy and tardy and on one of those hot summery evenings (like today) I am attempting to complete at least one article.

Today I shall be talking about my favorite eyeshadow primers. These are my saviors and help me get through a lot of my blog tuts and of course my makeup jobs on clients. I simply adore the fact that these eyeshadow primers make my job so much easier and the impact that the eyeshadows get is really high plus the staying power and longevity is what makes my clients happy and (they call me again) pretty even in the most compromising climatic conditions.

Lets have a looksie....

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tackling the Summer Situation!!

How to Keep Your Skin and Hair Looking and Feeling Great!!!

Summer is brilliant for lots of things, but having sweaty skin and greasy hair is not so great!
Maintaining a beauty regime throughout those hotter days is essential to keeping your skin clear and your hair looking healthy.
There are some absolute ‘must-dos’ during Summer if you really want to look and feel amazing. 


You may not be familiar with them all, but there are hundreds of tips that will make you feel fresher during the summer months. It is important to take these on board if you want to look like a total babe during the holidays!

Skin Care
Taking care of your skin can be challenging, especially when hormones are flying around, ruining your gorgeous looking skin, it usually happens at times when you could do without it - what a pain!
Here are the best ways in which you can look after your skin this summer:

      ALWAYS Drink Water -Water hydrates the skin and gives it a youthful and clear texture. Our skin is constructed with cells that are all made up of water. Therefore without topping up your body with more water, the skin cells will eventually stop functioning as well as they could be, causing a breakout. Although drinking water is essential, directly applying water to your skin is also essential. Direct contact will allow the water to get into your pores and clear out any dirt or bad germs.                                                                      One of the other problems many women struggle with is cellulite and stretch marks, the intake of water will fill out those skin cells and help to push out the cellulite and other marks.

      Skin Type - Everyone’s skin is different, you can either have dry, oily or combination skin. It is vital that you know your skin type before you go out and buy products as most products will highlight the type of skin they are made for, so you should always go for the correctly matched ones. The thing you should not do is use a product designed for dry skin if you have oily skin, as this can encourage your skin to produce more oil - you don’t want that!


      Exfoliate - Our skin cells can be easily damaged through the buildup of dirt, make-up and other environmental factors. Therefore you should exfoliate the skin as regularly as possible, this will essentially mean that you are getting rid of the dead skin cells before they can gain more bacteria.  The methods of exfoliation and how regularly you should do it depends on the skin type. Following this however, you should not exfoliate every day, this can cause the skin to become irritated, red and patchy. You can purchase a wide range of products to use during exfoliation, you should use a product that is natural and is going to get deep into your pores in order to remove bacteria. Exfoliation scrubs require you to use specifically designed gloves to physically scrub it into your skin cells. There is also the choice of skin peels which are ideal for those with oily skin, as these can remove any excess oil from the T-zone.

      Freshening Up - Daily routines are important to your skin because your skin will begin getting used to the way you treat it. If you discover dark circles around your eyes in the morning, you need to decrease the darkness - without cheating by applying concealer! If you need to reduce black bags, apply hot green tea bags to the eyes, the natural elements in the tea will freshen up your eyes.                                                                  The next stage to freshening up is using a green tea based toner and cotton pads to get dirt from your pores. You should apply pressure around the face in a circular motion and you will see any removed bacteria on your cotton pad. You should do this every morning before applying makeup, otherwise you are building bacteria straight into your skin cells.                                 

Try to remember to eat fruit throughout the day and eventually this will pay off and your skin will remain youthful and gorgeous!


The summer weather makes our hair sometimes appear too dry or too greasy, women can have many problems with their hair - especially in the summer. It may seem impossible to get that typical shiny hair effect like all the models on TV adverts, however, our tips prove that it is achievable.

      Hair dye - The biggest issue so many of us share is the thinning of our hair or the way it looks ‘dead’ after dying our hair so much. The most obvious way to avoid this is simple - stop dying it, but I understand that this can’t always be an option. It is always advisable to avoid peroxide at all costs, this is the number one chemical of killing a person’s hair! Many hair dyes now contain natural colourants that will moisturise the hair without chemically damaging it.

      Washing your hair - The biggest mistake you can make is getting into the habit of washing your hair every day. Doing this will wash away all of the natural oils produced by scalp, causing your head to produce an excess amount each day. With an excess amount of oil, your hair will look greasy more regularly, making it shiny but for all the wrong reasons!                              Aim to thoroughly wash your hair every two days in a warm to cool temperature of water to avoid heat damage. Use a good shampoo and conditioner that will benefit your scalp and hair type then rub it until it covers your entire head. After rubbing the products into your scalp, make sure to wash ALL of it out, it can be easy to rush it and leave product in the hair giving it a greasy appearance. One way to avoid the greasy feel, is to wash with a blast of cold water directly onto your roots, this will make your hair look glossy and flawless.

      Heat protection - Heat can damage your hair and make it dry and lifeless. To avoid this, use hair protectant spray before you blow dry it and wear a hat or a bandanna in hot weather. This simple step is sure to decrease the chances of permanent hair damage.

These tips promise to make you feel and look good this summer. Make sure you follow them all to get soft skin and silky smooth hair!

What do you think of this blog? Can you think of any other tips for the summer? Let us know in the comments

This blog was writen by Rachel Jensen on behalf of EssentialFragrances, one of the UK’s leading online retailers of men’s and women’s fragrances.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - Quick Review

This is quick review of a newly purchased and a new favorite mascara from the house of Too Faced Cosmetics. Do hit the 'like' button and subscribe and support. Hope to more of such videos soon.

Thanks a lot.

Till then,


Friday, April 11, 2014

My favorite Summer Blushes - Peaches and Corals

Summer makeup is all about 'sorbet' colors. Its all about bringing color to your face and enhancing or faking your tan (please do not get tanned under the sun. Its not natural. Its dangerous). Summer makeup is given special emphasis in a lot of countries that face strong and severe winters and this is the best way to get rid of the wintry paleness and get a glow back.

If not pinks or roses, your best friends are oranges and peaches and corals. I am not a huge fan of orange blushes as they scare me (I feel that a bright orange blush could emphasize the blueness of the skin instead of hiding it), I love to have apricots and peaches and corals in my vanity to uplift my client's complexions (LOL). So here are 4 of my favorite blushes in this category...........

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My Favorite Summer Blushes - Roses and Pinks

I must say that I am a crazy blush hoarder and I just love blushes. Blushes can do magical things to uplift the complexion, create that 'desired' healthy flush whenever you want it and balance the makeup by being a bridge between your eye makeup and lip makeup. Its a perfect complexion enhancer and an easy way to create that radiant look.

I love pinks and peaches for Spring and Summer. Use them alone or pair them with a bronzer and you've the most amazing summery glow. In this article I am going to talk about my favorite pink and rose toned lets have a look.......

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review : Clinique All About Eyes Quad - Jenna's Essentials

Today I am reviewing my favorite Clinique eyeshadow quad called Jenna's Essentials, a lovely quad of the most basic eyeshadows inspired and named after Clinique's Global Artist Expert, Jenna Menard. I am so happy to see Clinique concentrating on makeup and on the new ideas inoculated by the brand after realizing the potential of the color market and bringing in dermatologist developed and approved brand of allergy tested and 100% fragrance free cosmetics.

I purchased mine from the Shopper Stop at Juhu for 2150 INR for 4.8 gms as it was almost out of stock everywhere. Jenna's Essentials happens to be an everyday palette with some very quintessential and basic colors for any beginner to step in the world of makeup. So lets have a look at this beautiful essential quad....................................

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Makeup that lasted long!!!

(This is one of my favorite looks for Summer from the house of Dior for Summer 2014. It may not wearable but its adorable and I can imagine how sizzling it would look. Its just a pictorial representation and has got nothing to do with the article. I shall be doing the look break up in the Rapid Fire Makeup Article series that will start again.)

Summers have arrived and the heat is scorching and killing me already. Its 'hot' beyond hot this time and its just the beginning of April. There are 2 entire months of heated torture and I am waiting for rains very desperately. LOL. To think about makeup in such heated conditions is to only expect a huge melt down on the face and to erase the sweat tracks on the cheeks with a tissue.

This is not what I expect from my makeup...So this year I thought of making the makeup almost invincible. A makeup that would last and live upto 4 hrs in the scary climatic conditions outside. A makeup that is almost sweat (water) resistant and can be pulled by most of the ladies out there. This is a makeup look I tried on my mother (who doesn't wear any makeup) on a Sunday afternoon (when she wanted to go for a wedding) and she was flabbergasted to see that little makeup lasting through the entire day. Since the wedding was indoors on a scorching Sunday afternoon, I am proud to announce that her makeup really lasted well and she did dab the excess sweat with tissue as per my instructions and it was a miracle. Unfortunately I didn't take a picture but I can share what I did.

Let's see the waterproofing in a step by step manner............

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


People have been buying from Sephora left-right-center and I am the one who is brooding on the fact that I cannot lay my hands on anything (also translates as no money, bankruptcy and no one to get the products). This article is for those who want to shop from Sephora and may have missed some quirky and lovely products. These products are from the most visited 'What's new' section of Sephora and look quite interesting albeit customer reviews.


I have got some weirdos emailing me on providing the client who has given these links. This disclaimer is for those nosy people. I do not endorse and am not linked with Sephora in any manner. The links provided in this post are only for references and are not affiliate links. Beauty Traveller has not received any compensations for publishing this post. I hope this information clears the fog. And in case it doesn't then please make your way to my SPAM folder.

So lets see what's happening beyond the jump break.........

Lancome Dream Tone - A Beautiful Skin Naturally

I had to publish this PR note (and some more interesting ones) since I am using this product and I can't tell you how lovely it is. Still on the samples of no.02 and soon shall open the bottle for reviewing. 

“A truly beautiful complexion is without marks or blemishes, is perfectly even, and radiates health.  It is completely free from imperfections, and this type of skin is one that women are happy to show make-up free. Radiant, perfect skin says something about who we are and serves as a message to the outside world. It is a direct reflection of our inner well-being and balance - and brings confidence to our everyday lives. For all these reasons, skin quality is something important for almost all women, of all ages, of all skin types, all over the world.

The options to achieve perfect skin are many. Anti spots or anti-redness skincare, brightening skincare, BB creams, CC creams, foundations... Products that hover between skincare and makeup, that enhance the skin with a beautifully natural result, but with the very real drawback that the result is rarely complete and most of the time fleeting.

Staying ahead of the curve regarding women’s expectations in beauty is important for us, and, with this in mind, now once again, Lancôme creates the opportunity for a departure in the habits and beauty rituals of women all over the world. A unique and comprehensive response to the universal desire for beautiful skin, an everyday treatment creating a skin finish that is natural and that really lasts: we’ve called it DreamTone.

Based on important scientific discoveries on pigmentation made by our research teams, and deployed in 3-page turning formulas, the exclusive Triple Action Technology in DreamTone provides the answer to the desire for beautiful skin. It’s the first bespoke, all-round, pigment corrector that acts on both dark spots, the lack of uniformity and colour irregularities, on the three great pigmentation profiles identified by the occidental world. Attributed with nine patents, DreamTone’s 3 exclusive formulas show previously unrecorded levels of performance, metamorphosing the skin, revealing its natural beauty and developing a quality to the skin that women hitherto had only dreamed of.

With DreamTone, Lancôme opens up a new era in cosmetics: the skin of dreams, naturally, without make-up."

Youcef S. Nabi
President, Lancôme

Sephora SAYS

What it is:
A new-generation customized skintone correcting serum. 

What it is formulated to do:
This powerful skintone correcting serum targets imperfections and leaves skin looking flawless. Dark spots and blemishes will appear diminished, color imperfections and redness will be reduced, and the look of sallowness will be replaced by a warm, peachy glow. Overall, skin will look smooth, beautiful, and healthy. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates 
- Phthalates 

Research results:
- 74% saw glowing skin 

Within 7 days of use: 
- 70% noticed a more even skintone 
- 76% saw dullness reduced 

Within 4 weeks of use: 
- 69% saw the appearance of dark spots reduced 

Within 8 weeks of use: 
- 78% saw color imperfections reduced 

Based on global self-assessments of women of multiple ethnicities in an 8-week study: 
- 72% said it was so powerful, they dared to bare their skin

Suggested Usage:
-Activate: Start with your Advanced Génifique for softer and more radiant skin that you can see and feel. 
-Correct: Follow with your Dreamtone day and night. Dark spots you see now will be visibly lighter and you’ll see a more even skintone. 
-Care: Apply your moisturizer and eye cream to help.

2 Medium

Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Squalane, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Polysilicone-11, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Hydroxyphenoxy Propionic Acid, Grifola Frondosa Fruiting Body Extract, Carbomer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Mannitol, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Disodium Edta, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-15, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Acrylates Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Ci 19140 / Yellow 5, Ci 75470 / Carmine, Ci 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride, Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Geraniol, Eugenol, Limonene, Citronellol, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance.

I am mentioning no.02 since that will be the one I am going to review soon.

Till then, 


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