Sonia Sandhu Beauty http://www.soniasandhu.com Makeup:Hair - Chicago and VA/DC/MD Indian Makeup Artist Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:46:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 ☛ 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

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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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Here are a few of my most favorite products right now!

1. MAC Lipstick – All Fired Up (www.maccosmetics.com)

All Fired UpThis lipstick has a beautiful matte finish and is a bright fuchsia color.  It delivers a big bang on your lips with a cat winged eyeliner, lots of mascara and a nice contoured face.   I have noticed that this color has been out of stock everywhere – so when you find it make sure to stock up! This color will become a classic and a must have with almost every outfit.

2. MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish (www.nordstroms.com)

Screen shot 2014-01-19 at 11.16.37 PMThis highlighter is a must have for any makeup artist as well as anyone! It’s texture is smooth and it gives you just the proper amount of highlight without making you look oily.  I put it on the tops of my cheeks and a little under my eyebrows to lift my eye and cheek area.  Everytime I wear this product everyone tells me how I am just glowing! I love to have that natural look of healthy skin – even when I dont!

3. PCA Skin Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (www.amazon.com)

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This product is wonderful because it balances out the moisture in your skin.  I usually have dryer skin in the winter and it helps without making my face oily (I have T-Zone issues).  The SPF protects against the harmful rays of the sun.  Also please remember to use sunscreen even in the winter! Just because the sun is not out doesnt mean that you dont have to put on SPF!!! This product is only sold in doctor’s offices or on Amazon.

 

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Winter Skin Tips http://www.soniasandhu.com/winter-skin-tips/ http://www.soniasandhu.com/winter-skin-tips/#comments Sat, 18 Jan 2014 05:30:43 +0000 http://www.soniasandhu.com/?p=1578 We all know how winter skin can be so rough! Its dry, its itchy its just plain nasty.  So how do we get through the winter months and still have that natural glow as we just got back from vacation? Here are a few tips that should help your skin survive the brutal cold.  I know that living in Chicago I have been using these tips and its really helped.

1. Exfoliate your entire body

  • Why exfoliate? You must get rid of all of the dead skin cells in order for the lotions and oils to penetrate into the layers of your skin and keep the moisture inside your skin.

  • Use a gentle combination of Olive Oil (to Hydrate) and Brown Sugar (As an abrasive) to gently scrub your entire body, this is very cost effective as well as gentle on your skin since its all natural! You can add some Rose Oil for a soft scent.

  • You can always buy yummy scrubs from the retail shops.  My favorite is from Lush Cosmetics(http://www.lushusa.com) – they have fresh handmade scrubs that smell nice and also are very good for your skin.  One of the ones I have tried and love is the Ocean Salt Scrub  - it makes my skin so soft and feels as though I just left the beach.

2. Avoid Dehydrating Ingredients

  • What are dehydrating ingredients? Anything that is alcohol based – YES even drinking alcohol will dehydrate the skin and make your skin lose its luster! Alcohol based products strip the skin of its natural oils and thus dulling your complexion.

  • Try using natural products such as Rose water or making your own! Here are some simple recipes (Thanks to The Tasty Alternative for these recipes):

Tea Tree Tingle Facial Toner

-1/2 cup filtered water
-2 teaspoons vegetable glycerine 
-15 drops pure tea tree oil
Witch Hazel Facial Toner with Rose Oil
-1/4 cup filtered water
-10 drop pure rose oil
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Toner with Sweet Orange Oil 
-1/3 cup filtered water
-8 drops orange oil (or oil of choice, the oil is optional and used mostly for scent)
Benefits of Witch Hazel?  - it is Anti – Inflammatory, Antimicrobial, an astringent, a moisturizer, and helps with sun damage.
Benefits of Vegetable glycerine? – It is a compound that comes from vegetable oil, usually palm or coconut. It has strong humectant properties, meaning it is able to retain moisture. It is clear, colorless and very sweet. Because it is soluble in water and alcohol, natural and easily produced, it is beneficial for manufacturing purposes and is one of the most common additives in a range of products from cosmetics to food. There are many benefits to vegetable glycerine.
  • I have tried toners from the retail shops and I recommend EAU Roma Water from Lush Cosmetics! Its great for dry skin – which is what happens in the winter.  You can of course get the best one for your skin type.  Check out www.lushusa.com for all the toners 

3. Hydrate your skin always

  • Make sure to always hydrate your skin no matter how dry or oily your skin is.  Remember that the oil glands in your skin will produce MORE oil if you dont have the proper moisture levels in your skin.  So when you try to dry out your skin due to acne and so forth at the end of the day it will just be more oily.  So try an oil-free moisturizer. 
  • Massage Oil on your entire body at night before you sleep and wake up with soft skin!  Use Vaseline on your feet and cover up with some soft socks to lock in moisture.

Remember your skin is the largest organ of your body, so make sure to give it that extra tender loving care – it will thank you for it!

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Whats in YOUR Gym bag? http://www.soniasandhu.com/whats-in-your-gym-bag/ http://www.soniasandhu.com/whats-in-your-gym-bag/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:25:47 +0000 http://www.soniasandhu.com/?p=1546 Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 4.33.04 AM

Winter is here and everyone is hitting the gym to make sure they look amazing for next years swim suit season!  Now that you have your gym membership and know what weights and cardio you are doing…how do you pack a proper gym bag?  Here are some tips for you :)

 

Have the Right Gym Bag!

Having the right gym bag can make a world of a difference.  First it has to be cute AND functional! It should have lots of  pockets to carry your sweaty clothes, shoes, toiletries and even a zippered pocket for your personal accessories.

Pack it Properly!

Make sure to pack your gym bag with things you will always need such as these:

  • Hair Ties
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Facial Wipes
  • Facial Products
  • SPF if you are working out outdoors
  • iPod and headphones

and of course a hot dress and heels for heading out on the town after your trip to the gym!

Sexy Gym Attire

Having a nice workout outfit will make any sweat session much better.  Personally I love working out in a top that sucks everything in and makes me feel trim already! I wear yoga pants too a lot of the time since they fit snuggly and are comfortable.  Always wear socks with your gym shoes so they absorb the moisture from your sweaty feet and help with that smelly foot order in your shoes! I take a light hoodie with me as well since I like to layer my clothes and then peel each layer as I get hot.

 

After workout meals

Be sure to pack a quick protein based snack just in case you wont be able to eat within an hour after working out. Here are some high protein snacks:

  • Package of Almonds
  • High Protein Bar
  • Peanut Butter with an apple
  • Protein Powder or Drink

 

 

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Secret Mascara Tips! 4 Simple rules http://www.soniasandhu.com/secret-mascara-tips-4-simple-rules/ http://www.soniasandhu.com/secret-mascara-tips-4-simple-rules/#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:53:24 +0000 http://www.soniasandhu.com/?p=1538 Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 4.54.40 PM

So everyone wants to know how to get their lashes PERECT! Here are a few tips that can help :)

 

1. Make sure to get into the inner corners of your eyes!! 

  • Use your mascara wand in the inner corners of your eyes FIRST and that way you wont forget those little tiny baby hairs.  This will ensure that you get the smallest lashes.  Once you cover the inner corners you can continue to the middle of your eye and finally the outer corner.

2. Use your eyelash curler!!

  • Make sure to use your eyelash curler starting from the base and then go out in the middle of the lashes and then finally at the tips.  Hold each squeeze for at least three seconds or the curl wont last.

3. Apply light coats!!

  • Start from the roots and out towards the tips of the lashes.  Go light to avoid any clumps on the lashes.  You can always add more product – its hard to take it off.

4. No Mascara on the bottom!!

  • Dont put mascara on the bottom of the lashes unless its a main event.  This will help the top lashes stand out and bring out the eyes more.  This makes the lashes look more natural and soft.

Want more tips?? Visit Beauty Frizz http://www.beautyfrizz.com/makeup/great-mascara-tips-for-short-eyelashes/

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Om Shanti Om Wedding at the Stonegate http://www.soniasandhu.com/om-shanti-om-wedding-at-the-stonegate/ http://www.soniasandhu.com/om-shanti-om-wedding-at-the-stonegate/#comments Fri, 21 Jun 2013 04:15:04 +0000 http://www.dollfacelooks.com/?p=1492 This beautiful wedding was one of a kind!  Sexy Shalini and her soon to be hubby Praveen met through some friends and were always “just friends”.  Praveen came to America alone to study and wanted the best that America had to offer…… and he finds his perfect bride.  They stayed close and were good friends for a year or so before they officially started dating.  Praveen is the type of guy that is laid back, doesnt like heights, is a typical good educated guy.  Shalini is beautiful, sweet and has a smile that lights up any room.  She is more of a risk taker than Mr. Praveen.  So when Praveen knew that Shalini was the one he decided that the only way she would say yes would be if he could totally thrill her!  So what do they do?  They went sky diving and this was when he asked her to marry him! How could she ever say no to a guy whose worst fear was heights and here he was jumping out of a plane to ask her to be his for life? One of the most sweetest stories ever! I had the pleasure of doing Shalini’s and her families makeup for all of her events!  On her mendhi night we had a beautiful orange Punjabi suit so we decided on doing a bronze bronze golden drama eye with a pop of Orange in it. We added some thick lashes and then had a glossy peachy orange lip to compliment.  For Shalinis wedding we did a Smokey copper eye with hints of red and brown and bright lips. Shailnis sister radhika was no less of a diva than her sister. She also was very passionate about makeup. So for her events we did some Smokey eyes and some bright lips :) Here are some pics from my Iphone….

 

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All the vendors we worked with were amazing!

MANDAP AND DECORATIONS: Ravi http://www.ravismandaps.com/

DJ Sohbash:  facebook.com/DJSOHBASH

Photography: Ken www.ksmoments.com

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Reason, Season, Lifetime http://www.soniasandhu.com/reason-season-lifetime/ http://www.soniasandhu.com/reason-season-lifetime/#comments Mon, 10 Jun 2013 06:32:18 +0000 http://www.dollfacelooks.com/?p=1480 So this weekend was one of the most interesting weekends I have had in a long time, my beautiful bride gave me some advice that was so touching to me. She was married at the beautiful Marriot in Naperville and it was the perfect setting.  All serene and holistic.  I have not been a very calm person or a person that believes in any type of meditation but meeting this bride changed my perception of what meditation really is.  As I was getting her ready for her big day I noticed how calm and not bridezilla like she really was.  It was more of “whatever happens …..happens” attitude which is not really what I am use to in the wedding world.  She put on some very interesting music and it was very Yoga like music.  As I listened closer it turned out to be Punjabi Prayers by Snatam Kaur. She is an American lady who has decided to live as a true Sikh person.  Very inspiring.  She has such a beautiful voice that calms you and makes you feel very blissful.  I mean you dont even have to be Indian to really enjoy and appreciate this music.

I want to thank this sweet bride for introducing me to this way of life and hopefully soon I can get my mindset to actually start mediating.  Sometimes in life you meet someone just for one reason and that is to show you a new path that may help you in the future.  People you meet come into your life for a Reason….a Season…..or a Lifetime. Who came into your life today?

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Expert Nail Tricks!! http://www.soniasandhu.com/10-expert-nail-tricks/ http://www.soniasandhu.com/10-expert-nail-tricks/#comments Mon, 03 Jun 2013 03:56:15 +0000 http://www.dollfacelooks.com/?p=1474  

So I am so loving our Chicago summer….NOT! Its so cold outside but I still feel like a good mani pedi makes it feel like summer :) here are some tricks I learned that will help you get cozy inside your home and have the perfect nails!

1. Make sure your nails are super clean before you start any mani or pedi – this will help with the nail polish to stay longer! Just apply some nail polish remover on your nails – even if there is no polish!

2. Remove any discolorations- scrub your nails with a some sugar and lemon and it will clean up any weird colors on your nails :)

3. Dry your nails and apply the polish. Make sure that you completely dry the nails as the polish wont go on wet nails.

4. For a perfect coat of polish – always apply in three strokes. Then you can let it dry and then apply the second coat is three strokes. One stroke right in the middle and then one on each side.

5. Try painting with your non-dominant hand first and then you dominant hand. This will minimize any mess ups!

6. Just like with makeup, to make a color look bright, add a white base nail polish.

7. Dry your nails with COLD air! Speeds up the drying time :)

Enjoy your amazing home mani pedi!!!

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