Sonia Sandhu Beauty http://www.soniasandhu.com Makeup:Hair - Chicago and VA/DC/MD Indian Makeup Artist Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:17:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.8 March 2015 Birchbox Review http://www.soniasandhu.com/march-2015-birchbox-review/ http://www.soniasandhu.com/march-2015-birchbox-review/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:17:26 +0000 http://www.soniasandhu.com/?p=1763 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! http://www.soniasandhu.com/make-your-own-sea-salt-spray/ http://www.soniasandhu.com/make-your-own-sea-salt-spray/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:53:03 +0000 http://www.soniasandhu.com/?p=1759 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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Pantone Color of the Year – “Marsala” http://www.soniasandhu.com/pantone-color-of-the-year-marsala/ http://www.soniasandhu.com/pantone-color-of-the-year-marsala/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 05:24:01 +0000 http://www.soniasandhu.com/?p=1755 Wow what a beautiful color! This color is Marsala….not Masala….LOL :)

Marsala is a rich wine color and perfect on all skin tones.  Or course since it has become so popular it is always hard to get your hands on certain products.  So here are a few of my favorite high end products with drug store dupes! More to come!!!

 

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Top Secrets for Beautiful Hair http://www.soniasandhu.com/top-secrets-for-beautiful-hair/ http://www.soniasandhu.com/top-secrets-for-beautiful-hair/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:44:49 +0000 http://www.soniasandhu.com/?p=1747 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! http://www.soniasandhu.com/sonias-favorite-mac-lipsticks/ http://www.soniasandhu.com/sonias-favorite-mac-lipsticks/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:27:26 +0000 http://www.soniasandhu.com/?p=1738 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! http://www.soniasandhu.com/sonias-favorite-eyeliners/ http://www.soniasandhu.com/sonias-favorite-eyeliners/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:31:25 +0000 http://www.soniasandhu.com/?p=1729

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! http://www.soniasandhu.com/happy-new-year-free-upgrade/ http://www.soniasandhu.com/happy-new-year-free-upgrade/#comments Sat, 03 Jan 2015 11:28:19 +0000 http://www.soniasandhu.com/?p=1716 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! ♥ http://www.soniasandhu.com/%e2%98%9b-different-eyeliner-looks-go-bold-%e2%99%a5/ http://www.soniasandhu.com/%e2%98%9b-different-eyeliner-looks-go-bold-%e2%99%a5/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:44:31 +0000 http://www.soniasandhu.com/?p=1708 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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♥ Tips Your Momma Never Told you! ♥ http://www.soniasandhu.com/%e2%99%a5-tips-your-momma-never-told-you-%e2%99%a5/ http://www.soniasandhu.com/%e2%99%a5-tips-your-momma-never-told-you-%e2%99%a5/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 07:20:33 +0000 http://www.soniasandhu.com/?p=1658 Hello Beauties!! Ok so this post is all about the TOP secrets that your Momma did not tell you about! so SHHHHH…dont tell her you know and surprise all your friends with these tricks.. you will be the smartest women around!

1. Rinse your hair with Vinegar or Beer!

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♡ Ok so yes we all drink Beer and hate the smell of Vinegar BUT who would have ever thought these two items would be great for HAIR?  Oh yes my friend! Rinsing your hair with beer helps restore moisture to your locks while using vinegar will up the ante in shine. Soak your hair in either liquid (not at the same time) for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water and get ready for some beautiful locks!

 

2. Shave your body with Conditioner!

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♡ Love how your conditioner makes your hair super soft? Imagine how it can make your body soft and silky too! If you’re out of shaving cream, lather your legs with conditioner instead of soap. Conditioner will soften the hair on your legs making it easier to shave (and it will leave your skin feeling extra silky).

 

3. Eyeliner in the Freezer?

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♡ This is a new trick that you probably have never heard of! If your eyeliner is soft and always crumbles while putting it on then this is your trick!  Try leaving the liner the freezer for 15 minutes prior to applying your makeup. It should glide along your lash line seamlessly after that without falling into pieces.

 

4. Heat up your Lash Curler!

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♡ To make your lashes EXTRA curly and sexy looking heat up your lash curler with a hair dryer for five to eight seconds before curling them.

 

 

5. Aways apply Sunscreen – even in the Winter time!

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♡ Apply sunscreen everyday – no matter what the weather is! Did you know that 80 per cent of the sun’s UVA rays pass through the clouds?  Those UVA rays are the culprit to wrinkles, ages pots and even skin cancer!

 

 

6. Avoid having overly red cheeks

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♡ Giving yourself a natural glow on your cheeks is the look for spring. But you’ll want to avoid brushing on too much. So always start your blush line two finger widths away from your nose and only apply it on the apples of your cheeks. This will ensure you create a natural glow without going overboard.

 

7. Use Hairspray for your brows

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♡ Spray a clean mascara wand with hairspray, then brush brows and style them as desired. Even  the most hard to tame brows will fall in line with this trick.

 

 

8. Try body lotion to take off makeup

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♡ If you do not have any makeup remover available just use some body lotion to take off even stubborn eye makeup! Just make sure you lotion is gentle enough to use around the eye area :)

 

 

9. Flat Iron your hair for waves, curls – not just to straighten!

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♡ Flat irons are amazing tools with multiple uses. Not only can you use it to straighten your hair,  you can also create tight curls or soft romantic waves.

 

 

 

10. Used Coffee Grounds for Great exfoliation!
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♡ Used coffee grounds make a great scrub! It has caffeine in it which helps with cellulite! Who  knew?

 

 

Hope these 10 tricks help you with your daily beauty regimen!! I will be posting a few each week :)

XOXO

Sonia

Please comment below and let me know what you think!! ♥

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hot Lipstick Trends – Spring 2014 http://www.soniasandhu.com/hot-lipstick-trends-spring-2014/ http://www.soniasandhu.com/hot-lipstick-trends-spring-2014/#comments Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:07:10 +0000 http://www.soniasandhu.com/?p=1602 As Spring is around the corner (as least we hope here in Chicago!) we all would like to know what are the hottest lipstick trends?  Here are some makeup trends happening now for Spring!

Hot Neon Lips!

Yup you heard it right, hot neon lips, bright-bold-SEXY! Something orange, something pink, all with sugar and spice. :)

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Try these colors:

MAC Candy YUM-YUM (sounds so good doesn’t it? LOL) – Neon Pink

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MAC Relentlessly Red (oh ya!) – Bright Pinkish Coral Matte Lipstick

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MAC Heroine (Kinda naughty!) – Bright Purple

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MAC Dangerous (The name says its all!) – Orangey Red Matte

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Have fun trying out these hot colors out!

XOXO

Sonia

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