Sonia Sandhu Beauty » Makeup:Hair - Chicago and VA/DC/MD Indian Makeup Artist

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  • WELCOME!

    Thank you for visiting my site! I have been in the beauty industry for over 15 years! So you can say I am here to stay since I love it so much :) The flairs of beauty, makeup, and fashion are my passion and I love making others feel gorgeous! I am a natural artist that will assure you the best looks for your events. I have been featured in multiple wedding websites, fashion magazines and have been sought by many clients for my services.

    Here is a little more about me:
    - MAC Certified Artist - have been with MAC for over 10 years
    - Trained in London with Ash Kumar - the Leader in Asian Beauty
    - Trained by DYF - Dress Your Face - Tamanna Roshan @dressyourface
    - Teach multiple Makeup seminars

    I assist with bridal events as well as other special occasions, such as baby showers, fashion shows, proms, and nights out-on-the-town. I do hair, makeup and drapings of South Asian Outfits. I want you to focus on enjoying your special day and leave all-things-beauty to us! We assure you that will be you will look fabulous for your special occasion!

    I also work with photographers, DJs, Wedding Planners as well as a med spa to help you with your special day, so just ask and I would be happy to provide you with more info!

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March 2015 Birchbox Review

March 2015 Birchbox

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ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick – Dusk Till Dawn – $20 (3 Lipsticks)

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One thing is for certain: Parties are for practicing your best electric slide or teaching fellow revelers how to Dougie—not worrying about smudged lipstick. Gladly, this hydrating, semi-matte lip color lives up to its cheeky moniker. Whether you’re heading to a backyard BBQ or a black tie gala, it’s guaranteed to stay put through plates of baby back ribs, champagne toasts, and beyond.

What do I think? I really enjoyed this lipstick. Got this as a sample this month and loved the color Dusk Till Dawn and it smelled really nice too! It went on very soft and gave my lips a nice smooth texture like lipgloss but more matte.  I would say this lipstick is NOT matte as described since I feel mattes and even some semi – mattes are totally shine proof and a little more drying.  This was totally not! It was hydrating.  I would buy these in the future.younger-looking skin with a blend of smoothing antioxidants and collagen boosters. If acne is still a nuisance for you, fear not—the fast-drying liquid is ideal for all skin types and won’t clog your pores.

Paula’s Choice RESIST C15 Super Booster – $48 (0.67oz)

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If the skincare world had a gifted program, this vitamin C face treatment from Paula’s Choice would be a shoo-in. The light-as-water formula visibly brightens skin in a matter of weeks, fading dark spots and wrinkles caused by everything from acne to sun exposure. Not only that, but it promotes plumper, younger-looking skin with a blend of smoothing antioxidants and collagen boosters. If acne is still a nuisance for you, fear not—the fast-drying liquid is ideal for all skin types and won’t clog your pores.

What do I think? I love serums.  This had a very nice thick consistency and I loved how it sunk into my skin.  I wish I could have had a bigger sample to see how my skin would really change it about 7 days but this sample only lasted maybe 3 days which to me isnt enough time to properly review a product and see how it would be effective.  I do love the brightness it gave me instantly and for that reason I would probably purchase it in the future.

Amika Nourishing Mask – $28 (250ml)

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When it comes to hair health, split ends and dryness are two of our worst enemies. Fight both with this nourishing, all-natural hair mask from amika. Packed with sea buckthorn berry and jojoba oil, it intensely hydrates strands while repairing damage and sealing frayed ends. Best of all, it’s free of parabens and other unwanted chemicals that have no place near your head.

What do I think? Oh my! I LOVE this mask…actually its more like a deep conditioning treatment.  I put it in my hair after I shampooed and left it in for a few minutes and then rinsed it out. The SMELL! I loved the rich smell of this product and it reminded me of an exotic spa.  Then my hair was super smooth and soft and not frizzy at all! Love this product and will definitely buy!

Mirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara – $29 (0.35oz)

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This jet-black mascara is like Taylor Swift at the Grammys—it just keeps on winning. This award-winning favorite from the Aussie brand is leading the pack, and for good reason. It separates, lifts, and curls lashes for some serious, long-lasting drama.

What do I think? This is a nice mascara but nothing special.  I love my drugstore mascaras so not sure if I would buy this one since it us pricey and nothing out of the ordinary.  Good for everyday.

 

Roloxin™ Lift Revitalizing Facial Treatment – $110 (10 single use packets)

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If you’re drawn to the instant gratification of Botox but leery of the potential drawbacks (we’re talking painful needles and costly appointments), you’ll go nuts for this wrinkle-smoothing mask. Each of these single-use treatments is like a facelift on demand. The breakthrough formula creates a lattice-like structure on the skin, smoothing irregularities and stretching it taut. Wrinkles fade, pores are visibly diminished, and the effects last for up to 24 hours. Small wonder, then, that Roloxin™ Lift won a Best of Beauty Breakthrough award from Allure magazine. Use it daily, or save it for special occasions when you want to feel superconfident about your skin.

What do I think? These were amazing samples since they are so pricey! They did give me an instant lift and lasted throughout the day! It made me feel as though I had some botox done but only for the few hours after the peel.  So maybe use it when you are about to go out on a special occasion? I only used one packet to see if I would notice a difference and it was great.  I would consider purchasing these again but it is very costly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Make your Own Sea Salt Spray!

We are all looking forward to the summer months and those beach-y waves! Oh those Beach Waves….how beautiful to have that messy tousled hair…that tan skin and that warm sun! But right now its freezing outside and there is barely sunshine every few days! Well at least we can fake the tan and have the beach waves right now! Make your own sea salt spray and know what you are putting on your body! Here is a very easy recipe for DIY Sea Salt Spray! This will enhance your hair and not dry it out!

DIY Sea Salt Spray

Recipe for DIY Sea Salt Spray:

  • 8 oz. of warm filtered water.
  • 4 or 5 drops of the essential oil of your choosing
  • 2 teaspoons of coarse sea salt or Epsom salt.
  • 1 teaspoon of gel.  (any brand will work but use organic if you can)
  • Spray bottle (mix all of the above together and shake well)
  • Spray on towel-dried hair and scrunch with hands.

We all cant wait for summer!! Happy March…..we are all closer to the fun filled days of sunshine!

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Top Secrets for Beautiful Hair

How do women have the perfect hair? Here are some tips!!

1. Scrub your hair less!

We all know the benefits of washing those locks less often. We’re definitely on board with anything or anyone that says we don’t have wash our hair every single day (since we have so much to do!!). Girls with perfect hair know to have a product in their beauty arsenal that everyone should be on board with – dry shampoo!! A blast of this powdery substance will not only absorb oil at your roots, but give you sky-high volume. My personal favorites are Batiste Dry Shampoo - which also comes in different tints so its not white all the time and can hide gray hairs for you if needed:)

2. Add More Moisture

The key to gorgeous hair is moisturizing your hair perfectly! Every girl with perfect hair will swear by this stuff! These treatments will instantly leave your hair feeling soft, supple and newly hydrated. Try using Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment twice a week for 10 minutes and you will seriously give new life to your locks.

3. Oil Is the Answer

Oils are all the rage, and for good reason, too! In addition to hydrating masks, oil treatments will seal the cuticles of your hair and replenish its health, thus preventing frizz and adding MAJOR shine! Try using OleoTherapy Deep Recovery and it will nourish damaged hair and leave it looking (and feeling) silky smooth!

4. Ditch the Heat

This can be a tough one for any girl. And we’re definitely not telling you to toss out your beloved straightener or curling iron, but a break every now and then is necessary. Girls with gorgeous hair understand that the key to a not using any heat products is finding the perfect products for air-dried looks.  Try using  EverStyle Texture Series Beach Spray for a beachy wave look that will look  natural and effortless! Do this whenever the mood strikes and your hair will thank you!

Using Protection

For the days you DO use heat, it’s incredibly important that you use a heat-protectant like Chi 44 iron guard thermal protecting spray prior to styling with your favorite hot tool. Not only will it protect and repair your hair, but also it will lock in your style for all-day perfect hair!

 

Hope this helps!!

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Sonia’s Favorite MAC Lipsticks!

MAC is known for their lipsticks! I love them and each lipstick has a soft undertone of Vanilla aroma. Here are my personal favorites and what I hide in my personal makeup box!

‘All Fired Up’ –  A Bright Fuchsia Matte lipstick. This color has warm red  undertones and looks great on tan skin.  Its the perfect for day or night wear.

‘Candy Yum Yum’ – A Neon Fuchsia Matte Lipstick. This color has blue cool undertones. This is a show stopper color! Perfect when you want it to be all about your lips and nothing else!

‘Heroine’ – A beautiful Purple Lipstick. This color has blue color undertones.  Everyone needs something purple! So hot for this season!

‘Angel’ – A Soft Pink nude color.  Made famous by Kim Kardashian. Love this since you can pair it with any lipliner and change the lipstick! Gives you the perfect natural looking pink lips! 

‘Diva’ – A dark burgundy matte lipstick. Beautiful on all skin tones.  I love the richness this color brings to the lips and the look.  Great for Fall/Winter but I still use it in the Spring as more of a stain….for that natural bitten lips look. 

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Sonia’s Favorite Eyeliners!

Starting from the top middle:

1. KAT VON D – Waterproof Autograph Pencil – “Puro Amor - true black” – Love the softness of the pencil and the true dark color when applied in the waterline!

2. INGLOT Gel Eyeliner – “#77″ – the absolute LOVE of my life in eyeliners.  This is the blackest and richest pigment you will ever find in a gel liner and stays put forever! Love that this product has a matte coverage and applies smoothly and sets quickly. Waterproof and smudge-proof.

3. M.A.C. Liquid Last liner – “Point Black” – Talk about waterproof! This wont budge even when sweating, crying, or even rubbing or your eyes! This is the best kept secret since M.A.C. does not keep this on display, its always in their drawers though!! Just ask for it!

4. M.A.C. Eyeliner Pencil – “Feline” Love this soft yet dark black liner for the waterline, can be smudged out for that smokey.  It is not totally waterproof – only water resistant so you can create that sultry eye easily!

5. Maybelline Gel Eyeliner – “Blackest Black” – This is wonderful for the everyday eyeliner queen.  Smudge-proof and waterproof for 24 hours and you can buy this at a very affordable price!

6. M.A.C. Chromaline Gel/Cream Liner -  ”Black Black” - A waterproof gel/cream liner that is similar to a  liquid liner.  Love that this product has a matte coverage and applies smoothly and sets quickly.  Waterproof and smudge-proof.

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Happy New Year! Free upgrade!

Hope everyone had a wonderful 2015! I am excited to say that this is the year that I have already booked most of my weddings all the way into November 2015! I wanted to say thank you to all my clients out there for spreading the word and recommending me:)So happy!! Also, if you book your event (new clients only) by 2/1/2015 I will upgrade your package to airbrush for free for 1 event!! YAY for 2015!!

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☛ Different Eyeliner Looks – Go Bold! ♥

Eyeliners are the best way to go Bold with your makeup looks.  You can try a bright color on your eyes without looking like you have too much makeup on or you have no idea what you are doing.

Try using a turquoise, purple or green to draw a nice clean line on your lids.  This will create a bolder look and emphasize the eyes.  If you want something more soft – just smudge the liner a bit and create your perfect smoldering eyes.

Using a bright liner under the eyes on the lower lash line creates a even more softer look.  It will look nice smudged into the lower lash line with a neutral eyeshadow on the top of the lid. 

Eyeliners

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