Posted on November 16, 2016
Every woman needs a good mascara for sure. In this world of wearing falsies, having naturally long lashes seems a blessing indeed. So for me choosing the right one is very important. Having tried many mascara’s over the years, I only stick to one.
DMGM MAGNUM eyes collagen boost mascara is AH-mazing! Ever since i have been using this one, I have never felt the need to even try another one. This suits me perfectly as it clearly enhances my long lashes making them appear even longer..Bolder, blacker, darker are three words best suited to this one.
Okay let’s list down what this one has to offer:
The consistency of the product is thick having dark black color with matte finish. Because of its thick texture you need to remove extra product in tube before applying it on to avoid clumps but this is the same reason it provides quite a good volume to lashes. It really is smudge proof and will not smudge unless you rub your eyes very harshly.
Even though this product has been around for a while now but its definitely worth a review as many of us spend on high end mascara’s but end up with average results.
So ladies! This one is light on the pocket and gives better results than most mascara’s in the market.
Wings & Strokes rating: 4.8 /5 *thumbs up*
Posted on November 2, 2016
One of those days when you can’t wait to get a new post off your chest..you can’t wait to get it all out..your feet are restless and your fingers are tingly lol. Yes, you guessed it right! That’s the day you have Huda Beauty on your mind 😀 With the Diva’s new palette launch at Sephora with all those luscious shades to choose from, its hard not to write a review. So let’s begin!
As they say when Huda Kattan creates new products, the world notices. Raising the bar with her unique Textured Shadows, she’s created a palette of highly saturated mattes, chrome pressed pearls, and 3D metal shadows. The best thing is that you can build these colors up. No matter what the occasion, believe me this palette has you covered!
What’s in the palette and what is each of those gorgeous shades all about:
Dubai – a smoky bronze
Fling – a shimmering cranberry
24K – an extravagant gold
Rose Gold – a lust worthy rose gold
Trust Fund – a copper (interesting name for an eye shadow)
Blessed – a vintage gold
Angelic – pink with gold reflections
Moon Dust – a stellar gold illumination
Bossy – a maroonish clay
Flamingo – notice-me pink
Shy – a subtle dusty shade of pink
BAE – a cream-colored base shadow
Black Truffle – a very very dark wicked black
Suede – a smooth gray
Coco – a dark brown
Maneater – a callous, brutal shade of mulberry
Henna – a warm traditional reddish-brown
Sandalwood – an earthy tone
(Image courtesy: google.com) (Too precious to waste on swatches 😛 so i decided to pick an image that caters to different skin tones).
The shades are beautiful. Each shade is enough to last you many many occasions which is what we all want considering the amount we’ve spent on this one, I know many of you have been saving for this beauty. Also in some of her videos she has shown how you can create different nail colors using the palette and toping it off with a transparent nail paint to seal and lock in the color. This seems rather interesting and I would love to try it out. The best thing is that you don’t need two different palettes to create a certain look. I do believe Huda’s next one will bring in hues and shades of blue, green, purple etc. and they are going to be as pigmented as this one. Can’t wait!!!
Let me know how many of you got your hands on Huda’s debut palette.
W & S
Posted on November 2, 2016
Hi my angels!
Hope you are doing great and living life to its fullest!
Wednesday turned out to be all about makeup. I went out for some shopping and of course no shopping is complete for women till they get their hands on some makeup on their way home 🙂 so yes!!! Got my hands on some lipsticks, lip liners and some eye shades, bobby pins (the more the better), conditioner and a toner. So yes when I got home, I laid out my stuff of course, and decided to give my makeup tools a good cleaning. That led me to sort and organize my makeup, I’m a complete pain when it comes to organizing and sorting stuff as I’m very particular about small details. I believe that the more organized you are, the more stress free you feel when getting ready. Cleaning turned out to be great and also made me realize how many mascaras I have. I love mascara’s! They help create dramatic eyes even on days when you don’t want too much on your face, mascara does the trick. I’m blessed to have naturally long eyelashes so of course a good mascara is very important!
I’m very happy with my makeup station right now. I would love to know what is that one makeup product you absolutely swear by. It’s always good to hear from you.
W & S
Posted on October 31, 2016
Hey you gorgeous ladies! Dark circles are every woman’s worst nightmare. We are always looking for ways to minimize their appearance which means we are willing to try all kinda home remedies which work on some and don’t make any difference at all on some women leaving them disappointed. There are a gazillion concealers out there in the market and having tried many i somehow stick to the one and only Maybelline Age rewind. It is a very good concealer. It lightens and brightens areas that need concealing and brightening. The best part is that it’s light on the pocket.. It doesn’t last all day and needs another application after a few hours but its still worth it. I’d suggest use it with a good primer and you are good to go!
I would give it 3.5 out of 5
Let me know what you think.
W & S
Posted on May 22, 2016
Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, we say in present times it lies in the hands of a make up artist! Make up is an art indeed! If done the right way it can do wonders to help enhance your features and boost your self confidence. It’s not just about what you put on your face but how you put it is what makes all the difference. Skill, Technique, Application!
Meet Aleen Rehman, an exceptionally talented makeup artist from the capital of Pakistan. She talks to Wings & Strokes about her journey and passion for makeup, has some beneficial tips for summer make up, and offers great advice to the upcoming talent.
W&S: Tell us about yourself
Ms.Aleen: I am a beauty blogger/makeup artist. I love fashion and shopping. Beyond that, I adore my little dog who always brightens my mornings by waking me up. Lastly, I enjoy traveling and hope to visit Turkey in the near future.
W&S: Where is home?
Ms.Aleen: Islamabad, Pakistan
W&S: What inspired you to be a makeup artist?
Ms.Aleen: I got inspired by a lot of makeup artists around the world. Especially by seeing their makeup videos on Youtube. The list is endless but my original inspiration was Pixiwoo
W&S: What do you specialize in?
Ms.Aleen: Makeup and hairdos
W&S: Who are some people that have inspired you throughout your journey?
Ms.Aleen: My husband is the one who has inspired me the most. He has always been very supportive and helped me achieve my goals. He has inspired me to do more with my life, to follow my dreams and to be passionate about things that I never planned on doing on my own.
W&S: How long have you been a makeup artist and how did you get your start in the industry?
Ms.Aleen: Its just been over a year, and I started on a very small scale, trying and testing on my family members. They enjoyed being pampered and I enjoyed pampering. In hindsight, it worked out well.
W&S: What do you love most about make up?
Ms.Aleen: Makeup is so much fun to play and experiment with. I love how many colors, combinations and textures there are. And who wouldn’t want to experiment with their look and different colors? One day you are Maleficent and the other you are Harley Quinn. All it takes is your imagination and you can use it to do lots of amazing stuff.
W&S: If you weren’t a makeup artist, what else would you do?
Ms.Aleen: Definitely become fashion designer, given my love for clothes, dressing up and being obsessed with reading fashion catalogs.
W&S: A website or blog you often visit, or a magazine you swear by?
Ms.Aleen: Harper’s bazaar – its an American fashion magazine.
W&S: How would you describe your signature look and what is it about your style that sets you apart from other makeup artists?
Ms.Aleen: My signature look is pretty simple. Winged liner, mascara, some peachy or pink lipstick.
W&S: Did you have any formal makeup training?
W&S: What is your daily routine as a freelance makeup artist?
Ms.Aleen: Well, I wake up early-ish(thanks to my dog), view my makeup blog and then head towards breakfast. During the day time I usually read on-line articles on makeup and tend to follow up by viewing Youtube videos on the same. If I am motivated enough, I will most likely set up my dressing table and practice a certain makeup style just for the heck of it. Its good for the mind and keeps me sufficiently occupied. My evenings are usually fun TV sessions with my husband. We watch a lot of shows together and just chill.
W&S: Summer is here and we know the challenges women have to face to make their make up last longer, what would you advice?
Ms.Aleen:I would suggest everyone to use oil-free foundations and stick to SPF. Set the makeup with a translucent powder or makeup setting sprays. And try to use waterproof eyeliner and mascara.
W&S: Today’s woman is busier than ever. What is the easiest/quickest way to turn a day/work look into something that works for night out?
Ms.Aleen: Well if I had to turn my day look into night I would apply bronzer on the hollows of my cheek, apply a bright lipstick and some highlighter on the high points of my face and I’m good to go.
W&S: What three makeup item should no woman leave home without?
Ms.Aleen: Mascara, lipstick , concealer.
W&S: How important is it today to diversify, to work with multiple clients, or do you work solely for yourself?
Ms.Aleen: Diversity in today’s world has become essential. If you think you are good at something, you should pursue it. Sometimes people shy away from their true-calling and often pursue a lifestyle for the sake of it. However, in my opinion, keeping your options open and diversifying is key in achieving your goal. The more you test, the faster you learn about yourself.
W&S: What brushes do you work with?
Ms.Aleen: Real technique and Mac
W&S: Your favorite song of all time?
Ms.Aleen: Head is a Jungle by Emma Louise
W&S: Your favorite movie of all time?
Ms.Aleen: The Other Woman. Its hilarious
W&S: Photographers that you like to work with?
Ms.Aleen: Its my dream to work with Sebastian Kim. His work can be found in Harper’s Bazaar, muse and many others.
W&S: What’s your take on selfies?
Ms.Aleen: I have never been into selfies but sometimes I have to take them for by blog.
W&S: What do you think is vastly overrated?
Ms.Aleen: The city of Bangkok.
W&S: If we took a peek in your makeup kit what would we see?
Ms.Aleen: A lot of stuff, especially a concealer, mascara, lipstick and setting powder. My kit is incomplete without these essentials.
W&S: How do you keep up with all the new trends and styles? How do you incorporate them into your makeup repertoire?
Ms.Aleen: Its pretty overwhelming, because trends change in a blink of an eye. So to know what’s ‘hot’ and what’s not I follow online fashion, beauty magazines, Youtube tutorials and makeup blogs. They have got almost everything one needs to know about styling trends, fashion and makeup.
W&S: What is that one thing you wish you had designed?
Ms.Aleen: I designed my wedding dress so no regrets on this front.
W&S: How often do you clean your makeup tools such as brushes and combs? How does it affect the wear and tear of your tools and how do you feel about the associated expense?
Ms.Aleen: Cleaning your makeup brushes is actually a really important process you shouldn’t skip for the sake of your skin. And I wash them at least once a week. In order to prolong the life of the brushes, we need to take care of them and it really depends on how you are storing and/or cleaning them.
W&S: Any particular assignment you would have wanted to take up?
Ms.Aleen: Not one that I can think of to be honest.
W&S: What have you learned from your journey?
Ms.Aleen: Life isn’t perfect; nor do always get what you want. Regardless, pursuing your passion to the extent that it becomes the thing you enjoy the most is the type of happiness one ought to experience. Put simply, you only live once, might as well make the most of it.
W&S: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Ms.Aleen: I believe its more important to focus on making the present count than spending too much time fretting about the future. Making my mark now will most likely determine my future.
W&S: Tell us about your upcoming projects/work?
Ms.Aleen: Upcoming work includes learning many more makeup techniques and showing my followers the best way to master them. The great thing about makeup is that you can be creative and your upcoming work is always spontaneous and can be anything which people don’t usually do. With regards to projects, I hope that I establish myself to the point where I run a cosy salon. Fingers crossed!
W&S: Final words of inspiration for upcoming talent?
Ms.Aleen: Like I’ve been saying, pursue your passion and don’t let random indicators deflect your talent. Never shy away from what you fear. Practice makes perfect so if you think you are good at a particular thing, don’t’ think twice, just go for it!
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Happy Summers Everyone! Ciao!
Posted on May 9, 2016
Summer is here and it is impossible to beat the heat and sun rays that constantly damage our skin and hair. Let’s begin by finding ways to minimize the damage and make the most of this weather.
Your best bet is to make friends with H2O. That’s right! It is extremely important to stay hydrated. Water just about covers all, takes care of your internal and external problems. Keep in mind that if you drink a lot of caffeinated beverages, triple your water intake.
Summers can be long and so its up to you to make the most of it! If you have useful tips to share, feel free to comment below.
Happy Summers! 🙂
Posted on January 22, 2016
Speaking of red, Coca Cola has over the years launched various Coca Cola statement shirts, caps, bags etc. How many of you rocked Sophia Webster “Share a Coca Cola” pumps in 2015?
Rita Ora look absolutely stunning as she wore these classy pumps to celebrate 100 years of the Coca-Cola Contour Bottle at the Coca-Cola Contour Centenary Bar in London, England.
Credit: Daniel Deme/WENN.com
Credit: Daniel Deme/WENN.com
She wore a Veni Vici Couture strapless peplum gown with a flowing train and for her second look at the event, she went for a halter-necked red dress and paired with Sophia Webster’s ‘Share a CocaCola’ pumps. Not only she looked stunning, I’d say it was just the right marketing strategy. Thumbs up!
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