Beauty

REVIEW ~ Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

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Image: Left – before it’s damp || Right – after it’s damp

Beauty blender and sponges have been in the market from a while but I never really cared about them. I thought they are just another way for the cosmetic companies to draw us in. I gave in around October because my curiosity wouldn’t let me be. I decided on Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and damn did I choose well.

Packaging

It’s made out of foam and has a flat surface on the top for the whole face and a pointed tip at the end for corner of eyes and nose.

So far it’s only available in orange color.

How to Prepare the Sponge

The best way to use it is by damping it. Just take it under the tap of running water. Let it soak the water and then squeeze it out a couple of time. You will notice the sponge gets bigger in size. Yes, that’s what it is supposed to do, don’t worry. Squeeze out all the excess water before using it.

It’s not necessary to be very gentle with squeezing the water out but I would suggest be gentle enough that you don’t end up tearing it apart or getting a mini heart attack thinking that you did.

You can use the sponge dry too but I have noticed that doesn’t give the best finish.

Application

The application is similar to the brush. Once it’s wet (or dry), you can take your foundation as you normally do with a brush; put it on your hand first to warm it, or dot it over the face or take it on the flat surface of the sponge. It doesn’t matter which method you go for. Then start to dab, stipple or rub in the foundation like you would do with a brush. Use the flat surface for flat areas and the tip to reach the corners.

I don’t prefer using the sponge dry but if you do, the method is the same though I would really suggest you not to take the foundation on the sponge and then apply it on the face.

Finish

Damp: It gives a well blended and flawless finish. I have used it with both liquid and cream foundation and also with a foundation that doesn’t give you more than two minutes before it sets in.

Dry: It gives a good finish but you might find some streaks if you don’t use the sponge right as paint brush motions. That’s why I prefer the damp method. It’s absolutely fuss free and you don’t even need to be careful with how you go about in on the face, lol. It does the job for you. #LazyGalAlert

After You’re Done Using It

This sponge takes time to dry after you’re done with your foundation. Keep it out to dry completely before storing it back.

Bonus

It can be used with pretty much any product making it a multi-tasker. It’s perfect with cream contouring, blush, highlighter, anything really. I have read a post where the blogger does her complete makeup with it and the final result was full blended and perfectly done face. I think it was a sponge challenge or something. I can’t seem to find the post now or I would have linked it up. Anyway, you can YouTube it and you will find a gazillion videos on it.

Shelf Life

It has a very short shelf life. It’s suggested to change it after every three to four months. I am pretty sure none of us will be listening to this suggestion.

Cons

I have noticed that it retains some of the water after you damp it and no matter how much you squeeze it, it doesn’t come out. I think it drinks up a little of the foundation too. Not too much but enough to stain its surface. I believe this will make us change our sponge after a while lol.

What I Don’t Know About

I really need to learn how to clean this sponge because as you can notice so far I am not able to take out the foundation stains and yes that’s driving me insane. Honestly, I didn’t get much to look around the internet on how to do it. If you have any easy methods please help a sister in need and leave them in the comments below.

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I am absolutely in love with the Miracle Complexion Sponge. Before using the sponge I thought its okay if the foundation goes a little streaky on the face but after using it I know that’s not supposed to happen. I am highly recommending it to everyone. Give it a go and I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

PS. Thanks a ton to Makeup Medley Muscat for getting me the sponge. ❤

Until next time people,

Byeee xx

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Fitness

FITNESS ~ A Little Background of My Injury

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I doubt I have spoken about it here but I thought let’s give it a go. Round about this time last year I was in a gym filling their forms and paying for a membership for 6 months. I was nervous and excited at the same time because I believed joining a gym would help me get back into my fitness routine. Fast forward three months, I was working full time, barely made it to gym three times a week and losing whatever fitness I had left.

I decided to take up drastic measures and started working out at home early in the morning and later in the gym in the evenings if I made it in time. My gym’s closing time was 9pm and I would leave work around 7pm or sometimes 8pm so I would mostly not go. The morning workouts were always rushed as I would leave for work around 6:30am so I was at my desk at sharp 7am. During one such rushed workout session in February I ended up injuring a back muscle on my left side. The pain was horrible. I couldn’t move, walk, sit, lie down proper or do pretty much anything. My doctor instructed me complete bed rest.

Fast forward to July; the pain was still there even if it had lessened a bit in magnitude. I would get bouts of it quite frequently. If I put just a little pressure on my left side, I’d be in tremendous pain within half hour. Three months later the pain was gone but I would still get fits occasionally.  This rendered me from exercising completely and all I could really do was lying in bed most of the time. Every time I would exercise the next day I would not be able to move. The most recent fit I got was in the middle of October. I woke up one day and I could hardly stand up. It took me three to four days to recover. All this time Panadol and hot bottle were my best friends.

In November I got sick of this injury taking over my life and ruining my health. I became so inactive and unhealthy I could hardly keep up my breath. In November I took the plunge and got back into working out. I started off with walking on my treadmill for 30 to 45 minutes. I would do it at least 3 times a week. By the end of November I got more serious about setting a proper routine and wanted to get started with exercising.

We are in second week of December. I have been walking at least 4 times a week for 30 to 45 minutes now. Today I did my first round of exercise and I am so happy about it and extremely breathless. I haven’t felt any major pain in my back yet and I am hoping it doesn’t start again. *fingers crossed*

The reason I am writing this post is to share with you guys that I couldn’t exercise for a complete year and it had made me very unhappy. But it made me realize that unconsciously I was always a fitness enthusiast. I always thought that exercise was something I would do just to lose some fat but now I realize that I actually love working out. The other thing I wanted you guys to know was that a lot of us are suffering from some kind of injury or health issue and its okay to lie down for a while till you’re not okay. Your internal system would let you know when it’s enough and you need to stop making your injury into an excuse and get your shit together. I believe that’s what happened with me. 9 months after my injury I started thinking that maybe my injury was not as horrible as I believed it in my head and I needed to start looking after my fitness and health again. I took it really slow because I didn’t want to go back to bed rest and I believe that was/is the best approach when you start working out again post injury.

I really hope I stay on track and get back to being well and fit again.

Thanks a lot for reading! 🙂

Love,

Fam xx

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Entertainment, Music

Song of the Day~ Honeymoon by Lana Del Rey

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There are violets in your eyes
There are guns that blaze around you
There are roses in between my thighs and fire that surrounds you
It’s no wonder every man in town had neither fought nor found you
Everything you do is elusive, too, even your honey dew

-Honeymoon by Lana Del Rey

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Life

Last Night~ <3

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It rained here last night, the first of the season. I was and still am beyond happy about it. The weather was amazing since morning yesterday. It was windy all day and the sky was filled with heavy clouds. I wasn’t really expecting it to rain and I guess that surprise factor added more to my joy. I don’t remember the last time we had such amazing weather.

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For me, rain is my weakness. When I heard it raining I grabbed a long scarf because pajama party all day all night #LivingTheJoblessLife and made a dash for the garage. It felt so good, aah! ❤ I love rain; I love being in it, I love the sound of it, I love the smell of wet earth afterwards, I love everything about rain. Some people might say what’s the big deal but seriously when you live in the desert, rain is your miracle.

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You know what; such weather always reminds me of Twilight, the movie and the book. To be honest, I was watching Twilight when it started raining. I had, okay who am I kidding, still have this tiny little dream of living in Forks one day, ha, because rain lol. I was in fact checking out their Twilight related festival info after last night. Maybe one day I’ll go there for it and experience Forks for myself. It would be like a dream come true. I hope the Cullen house is real and is there only as I loved that house.

I don’t really know if this amazing weather is going to stay or we will have more rain in the coming weeks but I so hope we do. Our summer comes very early and stays for forever. Nice weather and rain doesn’t come our way much often so I am really keeping my fingers crossed for it to stay a while.

It is cloudy today as well and a little windy and I am working facing the window, ha. Hope you guys are having amazing weather wherever you are. It’s the small things that make this life so beautiful. ❤

Much love,

Fam x

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A Bit of Shopping

BEAUTY HAUL ~ Real Techniques Brushes

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I am having a hard time believing we are in December right now. Where has this year gone really? 😐

I did a haul in October and because November was just one massive blur I am going to share whatever I got in today’s post. I was talking about building basic brushes collection in the start of the year and I had my eyes on MAC mostly but after trying a few of their brushes I was not impressed and decided to look elsewhere. I am still in that stage where I am figuring out if I like makeup for real or will I be abandoning it after a while so I don’t want to get really spendy yet. Real Techniques sounded like a great option for brushes and after reading such rave reviews I thought to give it a go.

The first thing I ordered was their Core Collection. It’s a set of 4 face brushes of different kind. You get a pointed foundation brush, foundation buffing brush, contouring brush and definer brush. I have given them all a go except for the foundation brush and find them nice to use. They have been through a wash too and damn do I have things to say about them. You will just have to wait for a full fledge review, sorry peepz! So far my favorite is the buffing brush. I have read some saying it’s similar to Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki but I don’t own that one yet so I can’t compare. I do have my eyes on it so prolly a comparison will happen someday very soon. 😉

Next I bought two separate brushes – Blush Brush and Powder Brush. They are good too and do what they are meant too.

I would admit one thing; I was expecting the brushes to be super soft and though they were soft but not as soft as I had them in my mind. Sigma and MAC has set my brushes softness standard pretty high, ha.

Then I got one of their Miracle Complexion Sponge. I would sum this purchase up in Chandler’s baffled voice and expressions ‘OH. MY. GOD.’ I mean that. There are so many beauty blenders/sponges around and I never gave them a serious thought but after using this one I want to try every single one from every brand because I truly am blown away by the awesome result. I will do an in depth review soon, promise.

I also got Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel (Click here for first impression post!). It cleans the brushes super quick. I have tried it a few times and it’s been great.

So this concludes my haul. In case you’re from Muscat and curious where I got all the above mentioned stuff from, it from an Instagram page @MakeupMedleyMuscat. They have RT stuff at the best prices. They also have other brands that are not easily available in Oman.

I will see you guys in my next post!

Byee ❤

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Hair Care

The Deed Has Been Done

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I GOT MY HAIR CUT YESSSSS!!!!!!

I am a massive short hair fan. There is just something so very attractive about a short bob, boy and pixie cut that attracts me so very much. In February I blogged about how I am going to try take care of my hair so I can cut them short and dye them blue (Click here to read it). Well the taking care part didn’t happen much and my hair fall didn’t stop too. So two weeks ago I was in one of my ‘fuck it’ mood and that’s when I decided I’m cutting my hair short. ‘Fuck it’ is my favorite approach for making ‘rational decisions’.

If you follow me on Instagram (Click here if you’re not!), I posted a picture and you can see they were pretty medium to long length. I never really had long hair while growing up and that’s why I suck at managing them when they grow below my shoulders. Anyway, when I told my hairdresser, who is one hell of a meanie, that I wanted a short bob, I received a look that said ‘NOT HAPPENING’. It took me fifteen minutes of nonstop talking (I don’t do that shit) to convince (read beg) that I really do need it. After a lot of exasperated scowls and tantrums, we came to an agreement that the cut will be short but with a bit of oomph effect to them. This is the end result and I am over the moon right now!! 😀 Short bob with a mix of layers and steps is exactly what I had in mind when I would picture myself. It’s so perfect!!

What do you guys think?

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Beauty

MAC Lip Pencils Review And Why You Should Get Them

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Makeup is an expensive hobby to keep especially if you love trying new stuff like me. I would invest in basic things (according to me) like foundation, blush, lipstick and kohl, but if you ask me to invest in things like mascara, eyeliner, lip pencils, lip gloss, bronzer I would be a little reluctant. But give me a product that’s a multi-tasker and then we’re talking.

A few blog posts back I mentioned getting MAC Lipstick Ruby Woo as a present and how I would never buy one because of the price tag. RO 9.275 for one lipstick, seriously? Not happening. Fast forward to a few months and my hopeless attempts at applying Ruby Woo perfectly on my not so defined lips. I had no idea how to make it work and the idea of getting a lip liner wasn’t something that would happen with me because lazy AF. I don’t use a hair conditioner after shampooing my hair, what makes you believe I would use a lip liner to define my lips before I apply a lipstick. No I don’t care my lips need them. I would never go that extra mile for anything. Also, they are always almost the same price of a lip stick which seems unfair to me.

Ruby Woo lip pencil hit the market a bit back. I really wanted the lipstick to look good on me, so I went to the store, swatched it, and bought it. MAC Lip Pencil in Ruby Woo has the same deep red shade as the lipstick. The pencil has a defined tip and glides on the lip’s line perfectly to give you your desired result. Putting on lipstick after that has been an easy peasy task. It looks so well done, ha. The best thing about it is its creamy formula. Some days I use it as a lipstick if Ruby Woo lipstick is being too dry.

My MAC Lip Pencil love affair didn’t end there. Last year just around autumn/winter, I swatched a few lip liners from MAC and there were some brown shades I really liked. I was kind of sure I would get them but I have been obsessed with bold lips recently and I ended up buying MAC Lip Pencil in Beet. It’s a berry toned/magenta shade and I absolutely love it. It has the same creamy formula and because I don’t really have a lipstick to go with it yet, I apply it all over my lips and it looks fab.

Now a lip pencil range that has amazing nude and vibrant shades, is creamy and can be worked on as a lipsticks too, is available and you don’t avail the opportunity to use it, would be a very sad thing, really! Do I say it’s worth the money? It so is.

Let me know in the comments below if you try some or if you have a favorite one already. Also, I would love it if you suggest some other lip pencils to me. I heard Maybelline came out with a new range. Need to check them myself.

Thanks for reading, guys! 🙂

MAC Lip Pencils: RO 8.000

Store: Muscat City Center – Ground Floor opposite Claire’s (It’s renovating ATM)

Entertainment

Downton Abbey ~ Season Finale

*some spoilers included*

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I don’t know if any of you watch Downton Abbey but I do and I absolutely love it. I have seen a few period dramas but nothing has compared to Dowton’s class and tasteful delivery. I have been following it from season one and now that we are done with the finale season I am feeling rather sad. I hate endings, I hate goodbyes. I will miss Downton Abbey so very much I can’t even put it to words.

Sunday’s episode was quite a handful. There was so much going on. Mary was on her full on bitch mode. Edith was on self pity mode. The elders were busy hoping things turn out good for both the girls and Branson, oh sweet Tom Branson, was ever so helpful in trying to maintain the peace of the house. I also love how he played cupid for Mary and Henry.

I thought we wouldn’t see Dowager Countess and miss her wits in the episode but Branson was such a clever man to write to her and ask her to come immediately to the rescue of her ‘heartbroken granddaughters’. Her conversation with Mary will always be a memorable scene. Mary is perhaps the only character who can cry one second and be super strong the next. I idolize her. My most favorite part however was seeing Edith in her office. She looked so happy and at peace. She deserves the best for how much she has suffered.

Downstairs, Barrows was being such a cutie in bed reading a book and his hair covering his forehead. He is just so beautiful. His friendship with Master George is goals. ❤ I also find Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes very adorable. The way she kissed him on the cheek was too cute!!

I went a little crazy last week when I watched the seventh episode of season six and was going impatient because one week is a long time for a new episode!! I wanted more of Downton Abbey and decided to rewatch season one and two. And I did. Ah, I loved seeing all the different changes the show has gone through over the years. The house had a massive staff in the start and I realized how much they have downsized. I had almost forgotten the constant rivalry between Mary and Edith. The first season was full of it. It was such a treat to see Lady Cybil. I think of her every time I see Tom. But the center of attention was of course Mathew. Boy was it amazing to see his gorgeous face again and the love story between Mary and him. It made me miss him a lot.

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In Sunday’s episode Mary visits Mathew’s grave. It was such an emotional scene.

‘I don’t have to tell you why I am here. Either you know everything or you’re not hearing me now. The truth is… I love him! I believe we are right together. But I so very much want to feel that you’re happier for me… (sobs) as I’d be happy for you, my darling. Remember however much I love him I will always love you.’

-Mary Crawley

I cried so much. I think some love stories remain with us forever. For me both of Mary’s will.

Now all I want is Mr. Mosley and Baxter to get married – It’s about time really – and for Anna and Mr. Bates to have their baby all healthy and be happy. This Christmas Special better be the bomb. As much as I am dreading the final goodbye, I am also looking forward to the episode.

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Life

All Hallows’ Eve~ (Being Fancy Really!)

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Happy Halloween, Guyss!! 😀

This is my most favorite day ever. A few things I love about All Hallows Eve:

1- Carved Pumpkins

2- Spooky Decors

3- Halloween themed Movies

4- Dressing up as whatever you want

5- The makeup 😉

6- Getting ready with a friend or a band of friends

7- Trick or Treat

8- Candies & Chocolates

9- All the excitement and fun!! 😀

Hope you all have a wonderful time tonight and have something fun planned. I watched Hocus Pocus last night for the first time and it was superb. I might end the day with another Halloween movie. See ya’ll later!

Have a Spooky time!! 😀

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A Bit of Shopping

The New Things + First Impression #2

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I recently did a spot of shopping and picked a few things I wanted from a while.

1 – Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – Waterproof (RO 6.800)

I mentioned this in my last wish list. I wanted to buy new mascara and and settled for Maybelline Lash Sensational because of the raving reviews it’s been getting. I got it on offer from Center Point. You get Maybelline’s Lasting Drama 24H Automatic Gel Pencil for free when you purchase Lash Sensational mascara.

I have used it a couple of times. It’s truly waterproof and doesn’t come off from normal cleanser. I think you would need a proper eye makeup remover. I found it a little clumpy but it settles after a while. I am still testing it out and am undecided how I really feel about this product but hopefully by the time I do a review I would have a clearer idea.

2 – Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel for Makeup Brushes (RO 8.000)

Yes!!! I finally have it!!! *happy dance*

I have been after this cleanser from a bit and I am so happy to finally have it. I tested it just once and I am very impressed by the result. It didn’t even take me two minutes to clean my brushes and they came out squeaky clean, super soft and no shedding. I am going to try it a couple more times over the weeks and will report back. Though let me just tell you guys, I am already in love with it.

I would like to give a huge shout out to ‘Makeup Medley Muscat’ for arranging this cleanser for me. Thank you so much!! If you’re from Muscat and are looking for someone who can get you not easily accessible brands and products, I would recommend MMM. They are really friendly, helpful and suggestions are always welcomed. I am linking their Facebook page and Instagram below. Let them know if you’re visiting their page because of my blog. 🙂

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