Top 4 Foundations

Hemayal and I have a warm/yellow undertone but different skin types as I have combination to oily skin and she has dry skin, I have acne prone skin with acne marks and she has clear skin but these 4 foundations work great for the both of us so if you’re skin type matches ours then here are the Top 4 suitable foundations for you.

Being a blogger getting ready is an essenital part of our work and these foundations stay on perfectly during shoots and events that last around 6-7 hrs.

1 – Giorgio Armani Luminious Silk Foundation

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As the name suggests, this foundation literally makes your skin look like silk. It gives a luminous feel to your skin but if you’re looking for some coverage then this is not the perfect foundation for you. You can still make it work by mixing it with a foundation that has good coverage but it won’t do such a great job alone. Works best during good skin days.

Originally for $64, sells for 9-10k in Pakistan.
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Pro –
Not cakey – Skin like
Luminous feel

Cons – 
Expensive
Doesn’t give a good coverage

2 – Maybelline 24hr Super Stay Foundation

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What we love the most is that despite being full coverage this specific foundation is very lightweight and doesn’t look cakey AT ALL. You have to work with it quickly since it tends to dry down on the skin and you can’t blend it if you leave it on for too long. Also, we got a few dms where people said it oxidizes but it didn’t oxidize on either of us, despite having it on for hours.

Availibity
We got #Maybelline Superstar 24H full coverage foundation for 2199/- from maybellines counter at Packages Mall, Lahore. It’s available on almost all maybelline racks and counters. It is originally for $9, not sure why it’s so expensive here.

Shade – Ivory

Pros –
Full coverage
Matte
Light weight

Cons –
Dries quickly

3 – Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation

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Another light weight foundation that helps your skin breath and at the same time covers your imperfections. Actually one of the very few foundations that has a good range of option for medium skin tones like ours. Full Coverage, water resistent foundation perfect for long hours.

Originally for $12, online pages sell it for 1500 onwards.
Shade – 02/03
Pros
Lightweight
Buildable
Flawless Finish

Cons 
Itches some people

4 – Loreal Infalliable 24hr Foundation

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Claims to be a stay fresh foundation that fights makeup meltdown and gives a flawless finish throughout the day. It pretty much does do what it claims and doesn’t dry out on the skin.

Originally for $14, sells for around 3k in Pakistan.
Shade – Natural Rose

Pros
Medium to high coverage
long hour foundation.

Cons
Expensive for drugstore
Tends to get oily after a couple of hours

How to deal with Acne!

Acne, something that we all wish we never have, something that no girl wants to have but at some point in our life, we have.

Background to my acne story

Just about 6 months ago i started my battle with Acne, the triggering moment of my acne was my very first Facial, i had ever gotten a Facial done before, which is why my skin reacted in a negative manner. The Facial was carried out in a very professional way, but my skin didn’t take it too well, after my treatment was done, my skin became very sensitive than usual.

The time i got my Facial done, i had to attend weddings & events back to back, which means getting in contact with heavy makeup. I was wearing makeup every single day for good 2 – 3 weeks, the next triggering moment was poor removal of makeup. It is so important to remove makeup off our face properly, the chemicals from those products if left on the skin for too long can clog our pores & cause bacteria on the skin, and that is the last thing we ever want.

These two points have been the main cause of my Acne, Facial & Poor removal of makeup.

How i took care of my skin?

1 – Visit a good dermatologist or doctor

This was the very first step i took when my break outs became serious, i took a visit to my Doctor and explained the issue i was facing. I was then prescribed ‘Contraception pills’, shocking i know! My first reaction was ‘i’m not married doctor’, i was then told that Contraception pills are sometimes given to young girls to control their hormonal system, the change in our hormones can cause our skin to break out for example ‘Teenage acne’. I then started to take those pills, but it didn’t make any difference to my skin. I went back to my doctor who then referred me to a dermatologist in London, my skin was then checked and i was given a gel called ‘DUAC DAILY GEL’
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Duac gel was given to me to put over my pimples every night before going to bed, i used this gel for good 3 months to actually see the results, this gel at the beginning was quite irritating on my skin, but i was later told that i was applying it wrong. This gel is quite strong, which is why it should only be applied to the pimples.

2 – Find the right skincare products

This step has been one of my life changing step, after using numerous amount of different skin care item, i was able to find few of the most amazing skin care products that has totally changed my skin game.

Cleanser/Facial wash

These are three cleanser/facial wash i have used through my acne phase, i will start with my most used/favorite out of the three.
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  • Kiehl’s ultra facial cleanser – This Face wash has become my everyday facial cleanser, i use this day & night to cleanse & remove makeup. This does an amazing job of removing your makeup including eye makeup, it cleanses the skin without leaving your skin feeling too dry or tight. This is a fragrance free product which is amazing if you have sensitive & acne prone skin, the gentle formula is very comforting to the skin, a little product goes a long way. You only need a pee sized amount to wash the entire face.
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  • No 7 melting gel cleanser – I have recently started using this cleanser to remove my makeup, this is a very interesting type of cleanser, it comes out as a gel, turns into an oil when applied to the skin and then turns into a milky texture which really fascinates me on how it does that. This is not foamy at all, feels like cleaning your face with oily liquid, but it does the job of cleansing the skin beautifully. This is for normal to dry skin users, it would not work on oily skin.
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  • Olay refreshing facial cleanser gel –  I have been using this facial wash for years, even well before my skin broke out, this is an amazing facial wash which removes all the dirt & makeup off your face. This is the most foaming cleanser out of the three mentioned above, however, this did start to break me out when my acne became extreme, hence why i stopped using this. The reason i’m mentioning this is because this will be an amazing cleanser if you don’t have acne prone skin.

Toning
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  • Pixi glow tonic – This has become my holy grail skincare product, this toner has completely changed how my skin looks, it has really brightened & toned my skin as well as helped me to take control of my acne & breakouts. This is all because of the active ingredients in this product, glycolic acid is an amazing ingredient which should be Incorporated into our skincare as it helps with lightening discoloration of the skin, and exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cell, revealing new brighter looking skin complexion. Highly recommend all ladies to try this product, you’ll thank me later. I use this day and night after cleansing my skin with my facial wash, this is one of my most crucial step in my skincare routine.

Moisturizing
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  • Kiehl’s ultra facial cream – I have been using this cream for nearly a year now and still can’t get over the fact of how amazing it is. This is a perfect dose of hydration for all normal to dry skin toned ladies, this cream softens the skin without making the face look greasy or tanned looking. If any of you suffer from dry patches, this cream is amazing for getting rid of them (but don’t forget to exfoliate you skin as well). I use this cream at day time only after toning my face to complete the whole skincare routine.

Treatments
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  • Kiehl’s midnight recovery oil – I just can’t say enough about this product to be honest, this oil has been a blessing to my dry acne prone skin, i use this every night before going to bed after toning my face with pixi tonic (mentioned above), i don’t know what this oil has but it transforms my skin into baby soft texture when i wake up in the morning. It makes my skin even as well as helping me tackle pimples, it soothes and hydrates the skin, giving you a perfect base to start your makeup on.

These have been my daily and most used products that have made my skin clear and healthier looking to what it previously was.

3 – Be confident

I know having pimples on your skin sucks, no body likes any form of imperfection on their face, but you should never forget to accept that you are beautiful no matter what. ALLAH has made us all equally beautiful and perfect, trust your self and bring out your inner beauty because it’s worth it :’)

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Skin Care Routine

Hi, my lovelies!

Quite a lot of you have been asking me to share my skin care routine, so today I’ll tell you how I take care of my skin! Don’t let all the products in the picture scare you, I don’t use them all in one day, lol.

Before I start I would like to mention how my skin isn’t too oily or too dry, its a combination of both and I don’t get a lot of acne or breakout so the products I’ll be mentioning below are those which suit my skin the best.

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I’m currently using The Body Shop’s Pomegranate Softening Face Wash as it removes my makeup pretty easily and leaves my skin feeling baby soft. I keep on changing my face wash a lot so I can’t say that is my very favorite one or the one that I’ve been using for months because I’m yet to find that ultimate favorite one!

Facial Skin Polish;
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I’ve been using this Hollywood styles Facial Skin Polish for months and I absolutely love it, I use it twice or thrice a week. I use it every time I think my face is looking dull or tan or when it needs a little care. It removes dead skin from your face and eliminates dark spots.

Detoxifying Facial Clay Mask
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I use this Avocado and Green Tea mask twice or thrice a month, it helps in minimizing and detoxifying the pores. It also leaves your skin looking fresh and is to be used after cleansing your skin for better results.

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This cleansing butter is my go to for when I can’t get makeup off my face, it gently removes makeup and all the dirt from your face and leaves your skin feeling clean and pampered.

Soft Touch Double Action Cleanser:
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Soft Touch Double Action cleanser has been passed on to me by my mom and I absolutely love it, It’s a little time consuming to massage it on your wet face until it dries and whisks away the dirt from your face but its worth the time and energy.I use it on a pamper night once or twice a month!

Revive Pomegrante face oil
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I’ve already talked about this product so I’ll just share the link of my previous post Here.

Conatural  Saffron Complexion Builder;
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You can read about this product here.

Soft Touch Moisturizing Scrub Cream
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One of my favorite scrubs as it unclogs pores, removes black heads and exfoliates your skin. It actually does help in brightening your skin by whisking away the dull and dead surface from your face. I use this one for my hands and feet aswell!

Sephora Lotus Mask
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Sephora’s Lotus Mask hydrates your skin and reduces the sign of fatigue and tiredness from your face. I use it once a month and It leaves my skin feeling moisturized and fresh.

Facial Cleanser
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I ordered this Facial Cleanser from Fashion City and it comes with 5 interchangeable heads that can be used in your daily skin care routine.
1- The brush head can be used while you wash your face with a face wash as it will thoroughly clean your skin and it will improve the blood circulation of your face.
2- The two foam heads can be used for applying your foundation evenly and scrubing your face as one of them is soft and the other is hard.
3- The rough pink head can be used to whisk away the dead skin from your face.
4 – The roll on can be used to massage oil or massaging creams on your skin/face.

I hope I’m able to help you guys with this! 🙂 x

Aura Revive Pomegranate Face Oil

Aura crafts sent me their ‘Revive Pomegranate Face Oil’ about 2 weeks ago and ever since then I’ve been using it and I must say that you should all try it out as it is a must have for your skin this winter season.
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It comes in a 30ml dropper bottle which makes it pretty easy to apply without wasting any oil or creating a mess out it.

It is a mixture of Pomegranate and Apricot Oil which play a huge role in reviving your skins condition and moisturizing it.

I massage 3-4 drops of it on my face every night before going to sleep and I’ve definitely felt my skin being more hydrated than it was before, it has also lead to a reduction in fine lines on my face. It is a non sticky lightweight oil which makes it even more better!

I would totally recommend you guys to try this oil out specially if you’re looking for a natural cure for your ageing skin.
You can contact Aura Crafts on their page Aura-crafts.com or on their Instagram Account