Sonia Sandhu Beauty http://www.soniasandhu.com Makeup:Hair - Chicago and VA/DC/MD Indian Makeup Artist Wed, 04 Feb 2015 05:24:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.5 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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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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