8 Beauty Resolutions to keep in 2014

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As we roll in this new year, we must begin to get comfortable with change…because it is inevitable. So let’s change for the better and charge into 2014. We say start with easy resolutions before you tackle the BIG ones, like making beauty goals and sticking to them! Here are 8 to get you started:

1. Clear out old clutter in your makeup cabinet.

Check dates, check cleanliness, and check to see if you still like it or have even used it. How many times have you gone to the store, saw a product you loved, and when you put it on hated it? So you put it away thinking you’ll try it again…but it’s never the right time, right look. Either donate it to a friend if sanitary, or ditch it!

2. Switch from drugstore mascara to makeup counter mascara.

Why? Have you tried Benefit’s THEY’RE REAL mascara? This product is the number one selling mascara in the UK, and for good reason. The product helps to create long healthy lashes that stay looking that way all night without the clumps.

3. Learn a new tip or trick from a professional.

It’s a new year, and so, it’s time for a new look. The professionals at ILLUMIN8 offer a Personal Makeup Workshop that is designed to teach you how to create the perfect day – to – evening look effortlessly. Next Workshop 11 January, runs 10am – 5pm, and if you bring a friend you get a deal!

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4. Try a new product once every three months.

This way, at the end of the year you have some fun, new items in your kit that you would not normally have. Have you seen these Miley Makeup, STICK ON LINERS? Fun & Funky!

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5. Promise to wash your face every night before bed.

We all say we do it, we all try to make it a habit, but when we wake up to see yesterdays mascara smudged all over our tired eyes…guilty! Makeup is basically a form of dirt, especially mixed with the daily oil and toxins exposure. Be kind to your skin. 3-5 minutes is all it takes.

6. Give your body a good exfoliation once a month, and for more mature skin, once a week.

Body scrub can be found in many stores around UAE, but you can also make some fun options at home! Here’s a quick recipe that is sure to soften your skin and make you smell divine.

  • 1 Glass Jar to store scrub
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1-2 drops vanilla extract depending on your love for vanilla!
  • 1/3 cup mineral salt
  • ½ cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • -Mix Sugar, Vanilla and Salt together, then add Coconut Oil. Voila! Your first at home Body Scrub!

7. We blow-dry, flat iron, curl, spray, tease, brush, then wash, rinse and repeat. But where is the hair love?

Mark your calendar’s monthly for a good hair treatment. Consider Redken’s ALL SOFT Heavy Cream Hair Softening Treatment. It’s made with argan oil and targets dry/brittle hair for intense, inside-out softness, sleekness, and brilliant shine!

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8. Most importantly, Rest & Hydrate. Nothing is more important to skin than H2O and sleep. During the night, your body naturally enhances its ability to fight environmental and natural damage, which translates into a better and brighter complexion. Sleep can reduce the appearance of thinning skin, stretch marks, discoloration, age spots & fine lines. And most of us are aware the skin is the largest organ in the body, but did you also know that water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin? So, it’s important to apply water to our skin and keep it there – through drinking lots of it, this will not only show a visible difference in hydration, but it can prevent wrinkles, as well.

WE WISH YOU WELL IN 2014!! WE HOPE TO SEE YOU IN OUR STUDIO!

Beautiful Competition: Sheryl Porbanderwalla

As Coco Chanel once said,

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Fashion, being a mode of expression, is always changing. This rapid pace of change is directly linked to popular culture and socioeconomic happenings around the world. Recently heavy metal, tartan, skirts with high hemlines, low rise and slim fitting jeans and designer sunglasses are all in fashion. Fashion from the 80s is being revived with upturned collars, leggings and side ponytails. It has become fashionable to carry an IPod as an accessory as one walks around. A person’s fashion shapes who they are and how they live their lives.

As a makeup artist my inspiration has been the word of Ralph Waldo Emerson,

“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.”

To achieve my full artistic expression, my must-haves are:

  1. Personality & Business Cards.
  2. Primer from Laura Mercier/Pore Refiner from Benefit for oily skin. Image
  3. Lip Exfoliator from Body Shop.
  4. MAC Strobe Cream.        Image
  5. Makeup Forever HD Powder.
  6. Aqua Black Eyeliner from Makeup Forever.
  7. 5 Camouflage Palette from Makeup Forever.Image
  8. Rimmel’s Lipstick in Kate – No 1 is the best scarlet red for all skin tones.

Beauty is something men and women the world over worry about and try to achieve daily. Television, magazines and the Internet are promoting the way our society should look. To me beauty is natural and we all possess it in varying degrees. The Egyptians were the first to hallmark beauty and makeup was a conquest made by them and they were very successful at it. Beauty for them was life or death, they would always step out of their homes with their masks on, and that is meant literally! They believed that not being beautiful was a statement of laziness.

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The ideal of beauty is flawless skin, thin bodies, shiny hair and beautiful eyes, however to many beauty goes beyond the skin. It is a combination of what is inherent and visual that together it makes you feel good, raises self-confidence, and provides attention towards oneself and gives you pride, making you mostly happy. Being beautiful on the outside is not the battle we need to win; it is remaining beautiful within.

“Beauty “and “being beautiful” are two sides to the same coin. Ones external appearance and strife to achieve a level of visual beauty have a limited reach when making impressions. However letting ones inner beauty shine and reflect in your actions will allow you to make lasting impressions.

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My approach to beauty and beautifying people is to look for that facet where their external beauty and their internal beauty meet. It could be their smile, which make their lips their asset. A twinkle in their eyes that make their eyes the asset. Thus guiding me on the feature that would be the focus on my canvas.

Benefit Pink October Giveaway

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Breast Cancer awareness month is upon us, so what better way to honor Pink October but with a giveaway! ILLUMIN8 has collaborated with Benefit Middle East to highlight this celebrated month.

Win this goody bag from Benefit Middle East!

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1. POREfessional, 2. Take a Picture it lasts longer, 3. They’re Real Mascara, 4. Posietint

To enter, simply invite your friends to “like” the Benefit Middle East Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/BenefitCosmeticsMiddleEast

Then, send us a screenshot of your mutual friends with Benefit Middle East’s Facebook page and the person with the most mutual friends will be our Benefit Middle East Giveaway Winner!

  • Competition is open to fans in United Arab Emirates only.
  • Must not be a prior winner.
  • The winner will be announced Tuesday, October 29, 2013.

Three products for summer dew

Dewy cheeks, radiant skin and sun kissed face are one of the most natural looks to sport this summer. Here are our best buys to achieve this look without any fuss.

 Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Illuminating

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This is a life-saving product. The moisturiser glides on to the skin, without any caky-ness. The products have minute iridescent particles that hit the light and provide a beautiful glow. This one is perfect for summer as it contains SPF 20. With the slight use of Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Powder on your T-Zone, the look can be perfected for eveningwear as well.

Benefit Fine One One Blush

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This blush has such gorgeous pigments to create the perfect rosy look for day or a night out. It gradients in three colours; pink champagne, sheer watermelon and soft coral creating the perfect three-dimensional blusher effect. To top of the perfect skin for this summer, check out the next one!

Guerlain’s Terracotta 4 season’s bronzer

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The four shades of bronze ensure that you don’t get an awful orange cheekbone. This bronzer is perfect for some serious contouring, but works well to create a sun kissed look. Apply a light handed application on your forehead, chin, hollow of your cheeks and nose with a stippling brush for a well blended look.

Disclaimer: Any third party does not sponsor this review; all products are bought and tested.