Dose of Colors Lipstick Swatches: Karma, Play Date, Coy & Love Potion

I had these Dose of Color Lipsticks sitting aside for months now saying I won’t open them until I have the opportunity to swatch them, sadly by that time – they’ve upgraded their packaging! #slackermovements

None the less, their formulation is the same and the lipsticks are just as creamy and pigmented as ever before.

From left to right: Karma, Play Date, Coy, Love Potion

Dose of Colors Lipstick Swatches

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In indoor warm lighting on iphone 6 with no flash:

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In window lighting on iphone 6 with no flash:

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Extremely tempted to now order the whole collection of 10 PLUS their new MATTE lip collection!

If you’d like to see how these look on a desi-brown skin-tone, drop a message and I’ll swatch them out for you in my next post – won’t make you wait months for it this time either! 🙂

xox

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The Desi Makeup Vixen

The Great Debate: Product vs Application

Before you go and shell out some dollars on a new foundation or eye shadow, try re-visting it with a new technique 🙂

A great product is nothing without the right application!

Take my Makeup Forever HD Foundation for example. I use to love this little bottle of magic years ago but lately – it doesn’t wasn’t doing what it use. I assumed my skin changed so I started mixing in some Smashbox 15 Hour wear and decided it was time to invest in a new foundation.

In a rush one morning and my brushes being in need of a good wash, I opted to quickly grab my old buffing brush sitting on my dresser because it was the only one that was clean and unused. Quickly threw some foundation on the back of my hand, sprayed a bit of rose water spray onto my little old buffing brush and effortlessly worked it into my skin.

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15 seconds later I looked into the mirror and voila – there it was – that glow! That glow I fell in love with years ago! The glow that gave my Makeup Forever HD Foundation and Buffing brush the spotlight on my makeup table for years.

Totally just fell in love with my MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Foundation all over again ❤ ❤ ❤ There’s such a big difference between a regular foundation blending brush and a buffing brush finish when it comes to liquid foundations.

Bored with how some of your own products are working?
Try these quick tips:

– moisten your shadow brush before applying eye-shadow for more intensified colour

– skip the big fluffy brush and opt for one that’s smaller and more compact. Use this to buff your powder into your skin after your foundation for a more flawless airbrush finish

– conceal your lips with your foundation prior to applying lipstick for it’s true colour to show

– use a tiny bit of eye-shadow primer on your lips before your lipstick to hold the colour and make it last all day

xox Love, Neelu
Lead MUA for DMG Designz
TheDesiMakeupVixen@gmail.com

Lancome Grandiose Mascara Review

Lancome Hypnose has been my number one high-end mascara for months now so I was super excited when I received the Grandiose Mascara from Influenster to try out!

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Website Description:

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GET READY FOR A GRANDIOSE LASH TRANSFORMATION:
FANNED-OUT LASHES, DIVINE CURVES.

WIDE-ANGLE FAN EFFECT MASCARA
LENGTH – CURVE – VOLUME

This grand mascara reinvents a new application technique with its new swan-neck wand. Grandiôse provides length, curve and volume all-in-one as well as access to all lashes from corner to corner and root to tip.

First impressions:

The packaging and wand is absolutely EVERYTHING! ❤ I haven’t seen a prettier mascara. I love the fact that they gave it a bit more weight to add a touch of luxe to it too.

I was EXTREMELY disappointed to see the spiky silicone wand 😦 I’ve had horrible experiences in the past with these and I wasn’t looking forward to going through it all again.

At first the swan neck seems awkward when you’re pulling it out of the tube but you eventually get use to that.

The first week or two I found that the lashes did get a bit clumpy. This could also be that I’m use to layering mascara – throwing on a volumizing formula and then separating with a lengthening brush. However, the more I used it… the less runny the formula became and the clumpiness minimized.

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What I loved about the swan neck was it allowed me to get every little lash (top and bottom) without any mess – I’m usually in a rush while I put on my morning face trying to get out the door to my 3AM bride so I often end up hitting the tip of my mascara wand on the sides of my nose. It’s not easy trying to get those little hairs on the inner corners of my eyes but this mascara gives me control of the playing field 🙂

Overall, I love Lancome and this mascara did not disappoint for a luxury product! I’m in love with the wand and the fact that my lashes don’t feel so stiff the way other mascaras make them feel . This mascara gets my lashes dark, thick, well covered and yet still flexable.

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Bonus: The first weekend I tried it (when it was on the clumpier side) I had two of my clients ask me if I was wearing false lashes! I’m a huuuuge lashaholic so I guess this means this is that perfect balance between having big lashes with a natural look.

xox Love, Neelu
Lead MUA for DMG Designz
Lash Stylist, Red Carpet Glamour

Client: Preeti – Bollywood Party Makeup

Just because us artists know what we’re doing when it comes to hair and/or makeup, doesn’t mean we like to get ourselves ready all the time. Sometimes we want to sit back and get pampered just like the rest of our clients ❤

Here’s a short clip of myself and Darick G (#DMGDesignz) dolling up one of our artists for a glamorous Bollywood night out

For Bookings and inquires, get in touch with us through our Services page or email TheDesiMakeupVixen@gmail.com

xox Love, Neelu
Lead MUA for DMG Designz
Lash Stylist at Red Carpet Glamour

Goodbye 2014 – Hello 2015! [[ Important Information ]]

Just a reminder loves, these are the [[ LAST THREE DAYS ]] to secure your booking and lock in our 2014 Rates.

As industry standard, prices will be increasing on January 1st 2015 for all NEW bookings (this does NOT apply if you have already received your contract and have secured it with your deposit).

Although it’s normal in this industry for prices to increase periodically to reflect industry standard for current level of service and expertise – it’s actually been about six years since we last touched some of our rates

Please keep in mind, this is not something we do just “on the side”, this is our full-time career and passion ❤

Our 2014 bridal season has been absolutely remarkable. In-between our completely booked year and teaching makeup…

– I am now also certified in Semi-Permanent Lash Extensions by Master Stylist Veronica Tran with a full studio setup (Lash Bookings: Red Carpet Glamour )

– Flew to L.A to train with my Idol, Scott Barnes (Celeberty Makeup Artist/Author/Creator of the J.Lo “Glow”), – AND personally trained with Make Up by Lilit in L.A on her signature smokey cat-eye technique

– on top of my former DressYourFace HD Bridal Makeup Certification

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Looking forward to starting our 2015 season with some amazing brides, more photos on our new camera and a destination wedding at Grand Palladium in Jamaica!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year! And remember – “Life has no remote – get up and change it yourself!”

xox
Love, Neelu
Lead MUA for DMG Designz
TheDesiMakeupVixen@gmail.com

Shellac Polish on my Toes and Why it was the Worst Idea Ever…

I’m a sucker for sales and probably every marketers dream they say!

I went in for just a basic manicure and pedicure ($45) but ended up walking out with a $75 bill which included $30’s worth of up-selling lol *fail*

But my feet did look and feel great so that makes it O.K right? 🙂

So here I am today, sitting on my kitchen floor, with foil paper over my toes, in the spare 30mins I had before my gym class….


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Why, you may ask? It’s been a bit over three weeks and my toe nails have really started to grow out to the point they bother me when I’m wearing my runners. My schedule hasn’t allowed me to get out for another pedicure and the shellac is to thick to get a smooth cut through with a basic nail cutter 😦

To top it off, can you see what’s wrong in the image below?

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Let me show you…

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Yup, the acetone decided it wanted to have a hidden leak today and corroded the paint in our BRAND NEW DINING TABLE… Anyone know how to hide it before my husband figures out what happened? LOL 😦

But let’s be real: THERE IS NO NEED TO PUT SHELLAC ON YOUR TOE NAILS

Your hands endure your day-to-day activities…. getting washed 10x a day, opening cans, picking your teeth (whatever it may be). But your toes? Your toes just roam around comfortably in your socks, sandals, slippers (talk about living the good life). Nail polish on your toes always lasts longer than on your hands! *captain obvious here*

If you’re anything like me, worried about it wearing off because you’ll end up living with that chipped polish for more than a week or you cant sit still waiting for your nails to dry for more than 10mins (only to later find that something dug into a not completely dry part!) Seche vite makes the most amazing topcoat you’ll ever try!

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It dries your polish to-the-touch in just 2mins and creates a beautifully thick super high-gloss finish on your nails. I always pick mine up at Sally’s Beauty Supply for like $7 bucks and it lasts me a year because I rarely have the patience to do my nails at home!

xox Neelu

One Product I Won’t be Wasting my Money on and Why you Shouldn’t Either…

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Bliss Fabulips Pout-o-matic Lip-Perfecting System Website Description:

“Super-charge your lipcare routine with our breakthrough fabulips ‘pout’-o-matic, the must-have beauty tool for women who must have beautiful lips. This pro-powered lip-perfecting device uses gentle rotation and a custom-designed head with massaging nubs to softly yet effectively stimulate and exfoliate your pair, buffing away flakiness and dryness. Used with our nourishing fabulips sugar lip scrub, ‘pout’-o-matic will instantly revitalize, rejuvenate and smooth. The result: soft, healthy, beautiful lips that will look even more amazing with your favorite lip color.”

The Kit comes with the pout-o-matic device, Fabulips sugar lip scrub and batteries included and sells for $69.00. Replacement heads need to later be purchased.

Are you kidding me? I feel sorry for the poor saps out there that actually go out and by this new “device” :/

How can you get a flake-free kissable pout at a fraction of a cost?

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Step One: Before bed, slather on a good amount of your favourite chapstick/lip treatment: I love Fresh Lip Treatment. It’s a bit thick but it really hydrates and leaves my lips so soft in the morning.

Step Two: When you’re brushing your teeth, lightly brush over your lips with your toothbrush! All the flaky bits will come off and the ones that wont, will come off when you do it again tomorrow. If you find that the toothbrush method is too harsh for your skin, you can also use a wash cloth to gently rub off dead skin from your lips.

Not only does this exfoliate your lips, it also increases blood circulation making your lips more plump naturally.

Step Three: Throw on some more chapstick/lip treatment until you’re ready to put on your lipstick. Heck, you might as well throw on a lip plumper if you’d like even fuller lips or make your own with cinnamon/cloves/cayenne pepper mixed with burts bees lip balm (let me know if you’d like a quick tutorial) When you’re lips are freshly exfoliated, it’ll soak in a lot better giving you more than your normal results!

There you go! Now go find something awesome to spend that $69.00 you just saved on and leave me some love below 😛 ❤

8 Yoga Tips for Beginners: Interview with Yoga Instructor Annu Gaidhu

Starting yoga for the first time can be intimidating simply because it’s different than your usual workout… It’s not just picking up a weight or hoping on to a piece of equipment.

I remember the first time I attended a yoga class. The whole class had a flow; I was looking around trying to figure out where to put what hand and what leg into the sky at what angle. Needless to say – I didn’t go back. There was nothing I liked about it.

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At least not until I discovered hot yoga – I love steam rooms! I love how your skin just glows, how much lighter you feel after. And then I thought, running an hour on a treadmill to burn “X” amount of calories or hanging out in a steam room, getting more beautiful skin, just doing some poses to burn “X” amount of calories in an hour… I had to try again!

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So I tried again, this time at another company. The instructor at this location and the way she taught our yoga “practice” was so much different than the first time; she asked who was new, she explained to only do what you can, listen to your body and lay down when you need a breath. She broke down each of the poses, she came around to make sure we were doing them right, adjust us when we weren’t. She taught us how to get into a pose, how to come out of them and how to push yourself further when you were comfortable.

The first few classes I still felt silly and self-conscious but once I was able to let go of my ego, listen to my body and clear my mind… a lot of the wobbliness dissolved and I was completely hooked ❤


Today we meet with Annu Gaidhu: Certified Yoga Instructor, University Student and Pageant Queen ❤

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What’s your zodiac sign?
Gemini.

What’s your educational background?
I am currently in my last year completing my undergrad for Child and Youth Care at Ryerson University. I have also completed my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training alongside Health and Wellness Coaching.

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Your favourite quote?
Through my personal journey I believe the words of Buddha resonate with me best:

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future. Concentrate the mind in the present moment”.

I love this because I believe that each and every moment presents us with an opportunity to choose and see the perfection in our current circumstances. Too often we are consumed by the to “do lists” in life that we forget to embrace the current moment and to allow ourselves to let go, be free and detach ourselves from worries and stressors. We might not be where we want to be at times, but I believe we are precisely where we are supposed to be.

Describe a typical day for us: 
I always like to start my day off, as I tell my students, by setting an intention for myself for the day. Something I want to accomplish, an idea I want to challenge or simply a risk I want to take – I make sure to acknowledge it. Asides from my busy schedule with school, I make sure to take some time out for family, friends and some down time for me throughout. There isn’t a specific regime I have everyday, its always a new day filled with new opportunities, just the way i like it!

What do you love about teaching yoga?
For me the greatest gift you can give someone is to show them how to love themselves. I love teaching yoga because through its practice an energy that lives inside each person can be summoned. It can bring the best version of yourself to the forefront. I believe we all have a unique purpose here in this world, something that is worth tuning into and paying attention to. Through my teaching I can bring something good into the world and inspire another human being. That is the greatest gift of all. My message is simple: I encourage getting out of your comfort zone and to just breathe. It is easy to focus purely on what comes easy to us and what we are good at. Things are difficult for a reason and we hold the most tension in the parts of the body we don’t usually focus on because we shy away from pain. Know what pain is and acknowledge it is here and needs to be here; it is how we move forward. The resistance you feel is important. Let this go when you step on your mat and focus on your least favorite poses as they are the keys to the evolution of your soul.

 

What do you love about practising yoga?
What I love about practising yoga is that it allows for an hour during my day for what I like to call “mindful me time”. I get an hour to let go, detach away from society and just focus on myself. Anything that I am holding on to that was stressing me out or weighing on my mind, I use this time to acknowledge it and then begin to let it go. Each class is an empty canvas that I can physically, mentally and spiritually work together to strengthen that unique beauty we all have inside of us.

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Has it taught you anything you wouldn’t have expected?
Definitely! My path to yoga has allowed me to discover who I am. Through my first yoga class three years ago I was amazed at how much balance and ease that one class brought to my life. I wasn’t really a person who would go to the gym consistently, but I realized very quickly that for that one hour it was just me, myself and my mat.  Also, there were no weights or machines that I had to pretend I knew how to use haha. I was able to I discovered a practice that left me feeling grounded, confident and better able to deal with stress.

What’s your “Zen”?
My zen is doing what I love with the people I love.

How is yoga beneficial?
Yoga is beneficial in many ways. Yoga is aimed to unite the body, mind and spirit. It helps you raise awareness around your body’s posture, alignment and patterns of movement. You have an environment in which you can completely de-stress and start to feel healthier, be more energetic, happier and peaceful.

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Yoga as spiritual practice or yoga to get in shape?
I believe when you are on your mat it becomes your own personal practice unique to no one else but yourself. Whether that is for a spiritual purpose, to get in shape or even both! You make it what you want and kick ass while doing it!

Any advice for the ones that have never tried yoga?
Yoga is definitely something I would recommend everyone to try at least once in their life. One thing I always encourage others to be mindful of is not to pay too much attention to what the pose is “supposed” to look like. What you should be focusing on is how your body is feeling and only taking it to wherever is comfortable for you. Its your own practice, listen to how your body is feeling. Don’t be what you are told to be, don’t be what you tell yourself to be. Be what you know is true to your heart. Also, drink LOTS OF WATER especially if it’s a hot yoga class!

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What’s essential to get started?
Some tips I feel are essential to get started for your first yoga class would be:

1.   Always remember yoga is suitable and beneficial for all individuals! Despite your age or fitness level— so when you go into your first class, don’t be intimidated because it is your own practice. No one is judging you so don’t let your ego guide you!

2.   Choose a basic yoga flow class if its your first time. Don’t jump into a power yoga class or classes that are more advanced. Flow classes still give you the workout you desire but focus more on basic asanas (poses) as opposed to more complex ones.

3.   Be at class at least 15 minutes before it begins. This way you have time to set up your mat, change and find a spot you feel comfortable in, without disrupting others in the room.

4.   It is extremely important to speak to the instructor before class if you have any injuries or medical concerns so that they are aware. This way if any modifications need to be made, or if any personal recommendations need to be made, you have the opportunity to address them beforehand.

5.   Wear loose clothing! This is your time to sweat so wear something you’re comfortable in. Bring lots of water so you can remain hydrated. And if you don’t own your own yoga mat, generally all studios have communal ones to rent so don’t worry!

6.   Eat light before class! It’s not a good idea to do practice with an empty stomach because at the end of the day, you may start feeling light headed as the body and mind requires fuel. If you want to eat a quick snack before the class, you can grab yogurt, fruit or vegetables. A lightly filled stomach will provide you a better edge to get into some poses, and give you the energy you need.

7.   It is extremely important for silence when participating in the class. Maintaining silence in the room is difficult when someone’s cell is ringing—plus it’s distracting for your fellow yogis. Be mindful of the other students sharing their love and energy with you.

8.   The last and most important tip I feel is essential for your first class is to just breathe through it all, be happy and embrace your practice to the best you can make it. Happy Learning!

And Lastly, What’s your favourite yoga pose?
I love king pigeon pose ! one of my absolute favorites. Hard at first but well worth the practice.

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Get in touch with Annu to start your yoga journey!
Contact number: 647-622-4195
Instagram: @blissyogawithannu
Website: www.blissyogawithannu.com
Email: blissyogawithannu@gmail.com

Fresh Inc… you’ve done a good good thing xox Sugar Lip Treatment

This winter has been wreaking havoc on my lips. I smile, they crack. I purposely smile to see how dry they really are – they crack and bleed. I tried blistex (the blue little container), the traditional white squeeze tube and the moisture melt… nothing was really repairing them.

Then I came across my empty tube of Fresh Inc Sugar Lip Treatment… for two days I took out whatever little bit was left with a qtip and slathered what I could all over my lips.

Hallelujah! *a halo glows*

I now remember every reason why I love this lip treatment SO FREAKIN MUCH and WHYY ITS WORTH EVERY PENNY ❤ After just two days, my lips are almost completely back to normal!!

Fresh Inc… you’ve done a good good thing xox

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For a more detailed blog, check out my past post here: http://loveneelu.com/2013/01/11/chapped-lips-this-winter-fresh-sugar-lip-treatment-to-the-rescue/