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Hi, ALL! I wanted to write a blog post on this topic for a while but before I did I had to have tried most of these foundations long enough to give my honest opinion. It's been hectic with wedding season recently, as well as trials. Trials have given me the chance to try these foundations out, I ask them to keep me updated throughout the day with how their base is looking, whether it has oxidised, flaked, separated, etc.

A few things to know about foundation before reading my reviews.
If you are Middle Eastern or South Asian you will probably always need to mix your foundations, sucks I know but that's the only way you will get the result you're after. We tend to have a different undertone that's uneven. for example my client would have perfect even skin but it will be different from her chest and when she is photographed it looks odd.

Some foundations match perfectly as soon as they are applied but two to three hours later you will notice it will go grey or orange (oxidising) I think this is what the women at the counters get wrong because so many females complain that they get matched wrong, it may not be their fault it's usually the lighting of the store or by the time you get home it has oxidised and your NC30 no longer matches your skin.

When i'm applying foundation I go down the neck and on to the chest to make everything appear even. I use 2 shades, one for the face and one for the neck/chest. It looks really odd at first but my clients notice how after 15/20 minutes it looks the same colour. Have you noticed how your chest either looks more yellow toned or pink toned compared to your face?  that's why we use the two shades. One could be warm and one cool, it is basic colour theory.

If you find a foundation and one is too dark and one is too light opt for the lighter one because it will most likely darken after a while (plus with contour and bronzing it works out better). I have used the exact match on trials because that's what my client asked for and I would get a message 5 hours later saying her base was too dark, but I did what was asked. Now I try to explain to my clients as much as possible about colour theory so while they are looking in the mirror they don't get frightened.

To my current fave foundations that look great in photos and real life!

Atelier Waterproof foundation

I'm very happy to have come across this brand! This foundation has changed the look of my work completely! It gives the perfect sheen, almost like a filter. It's sweat and waterproof so all you crying brides this is the ONE! It is oil free and has hydrating agents to keep the skin looking refreshed and glowy. I really like the range of colours this foundation has, the tones are great for Middle Eastern skin tones. Scent free.

By Terry Densiliss foundation

I first tried this brand in the Middle East, They were one of my main sponsors for my workshop. I was amazed by everything especially THIS foundation. I talked to the lovely girls that worked for the brand and they gave me an insight on By Terry, they told me to try this foundation on my models and I thought why not, I love trying new foundations. I liked the slight scent, the colours were great, I mainly use shade 7.5 on olive skin tones. It was full coverage but at the same time light looking, if you know what I mean? It didn't have that cakey look I could tell it was skin. I came to discover that it had this lovely finish because it contains a serum...wrinkle serum! So that's why the skin looked so plump and glowy! It has a matte finish and it great to create an even skin tone.

Benefit Cosmetics Hello Flawless foundation

Whether you're looking for a everyday foundation or something for the evening this is an all rounder. I noticed how it worked well on a lot of skin tones, it gives a instant brightening look. I like blending this with my fingers because the warmth of your hands really works the product into the skin, you can layer this if you want it for an evening event and it will still look like skin. Works well with liquid highlighters and cream blushers. This foundation also has hydrating benefits.

Dior skin Nude foundation

I am in love with this one! Every time someone asks me "I want a foundation that evens my skin tone but I want it to look and feel light weight" this is the first product that pops up into my head. I love how this photographs, it gives the most stunning glow, yes glow not the sweaty look, haha. It has build-able coverage but i always suggest to conceal first then apply this you get a great result.You can use a face powder after this and that gorgeous glow will still be shining through. The only thing I have noticed about this that it dries darker! If you think you're a 030 go for the 020 shade instead.

Those are my most used foundations, when you mix your own I suggest you use one high end and mix with a drugstore foundation. Usually I go for brands like L'oreal, Revlon and Maybeline :)

I hope this post was beneficial to you.

Fyza Ali xoxo


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Hey loves! I waited over two months to do this post, I was reviewing a lash treatment that I had done in Los Angeles. My cousin told me about a Salon in Beverly Hills because we were looking for somewhere to get our nails, hair and lashes done while we were there. We got recommended a few by some people but the service wasn't so great when it came to booking (manners are so important to us, once someone is rude we don't care how well known you or your business are we won't bother!) So my cousin gave me the contact details to Nail Bar & Beauty Lounge (321 S. Robertson Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211)

The service here was impeccable, we felt like a part of their family straight away! Customer service is a huge deal for me, I can't deal with rude staff or attitude. They had the most amazing team for nails, the atmosphere was relaxing and the staff were talkative and bubbly, including the receptionists.

We originally went in for lash extensions but Elysee the beauty specialist recommended a new treatment to me that I had never heard of. It's a keratin lash lift that doesn't involve perming solution. I wasn't too sure about it because I've always had flat short lashes and nothing has worked so I didn't think this would make a difference. She showed me her customers before and after photos and I was gob smacked! I was sold, I had to try this treatment! The treatment is around one hour and five minutes, the most relaxing atmosphere is created for you with soothing music and I was SO comfortable, I almost fell asleep!

Here are some images

One hour and five minutes later, Elysee gently removed the tint and the silicon pads from my eyelids, not leaving a trace of tint (both top and bottom lashes were tinted), she hands me the mirror and I am in shock... I never knew I even had these lashes! She kept telling me that they were my own and not a single lash extension was used! It was like I had ten layers of the perfect application mascara, my lashes were touching my brow bone every time I blinked. She then explained the treatment in detail to me and I HAD to share this life changing treatment with you guys.

'Keratin Lash Lift' can achieve effective result on your lashes at a higher quality level compared to other cosmetic procedures. With Elysee's 'Keratin Lash Lift' & the special technique she developed, you not only significantly improve the visual effect of your lashes, but also improve the ciliary hairs. This is because it uses a KERATIN - base filler hair. As a result your lashes become thicker and thicker, increase the volume and become healthy. With absolutely NO chemicals. and it lasts up to 8-12 weeks. Keratin Lash Lift is a revolutionary European technique that adds mega volume to enhance your natural lashes. 

During the procedure she individually lifted each lash to add the appearance of extreme volume and length to my lashes. This is COMPLETELY different technique compared to everything I had seen so far. THIS IS NOT A PERM! It is safe, the results are breathtaking!

Each day for over 2 months my lashes started looking better, I showered, swam, went to the Middle East for a while and still my lashes were lifted. I barely had lashes so I can't imagine how this treatment would look on someone with good lashes. I'm looking for someone in London to do this treatment because my lashes have gone down and I am so upset, it made a huge difference to my makeup routine if I can't find someone here to do this treatment for me I will have to get on that ten hour flight to LA!

If you're in LA I highly recommend this place! I know this treatment is available in Russia but i'm not sure where else. If you know please let me know so I can share with everyone.

Thank you to Jennifer and her amazing staff at Nail Bar and Beauty Lounge not only for the best service but for her kindness, probably the highlight of our trip in California, haha!

Lots of Love from Fyza and Sonia
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Fun Blue Make-Up Look

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I love a little colour once in a while! Recently I thought I haven't done make-up on my sister, Sonia in a on one of my days off I decided to do that. I didn't think of a look in my head I just went with the flow.

She already had a fresh tan with the help of Million Dollar Tan and the 48C Middle East sun, so I knew I wanted the skin super bronzy.

I started skin prep with Kiehls ultra face moisturiser, Primed with Benefit Professional primer and i let that sit on the skin for a while before starting on the base.

Colour Correction - of course I can't do a make over with out this. I corrected the redness around her nose with green corrector, a salmon coloured concealer around her eyes slightly. Once I blended that into her skin I used Benefit Cosmetics Boing concealer to conceal any blemishes individual with a small brush and also the under eyes, I used the concealer to go over the areas I corrected with the green and salmon concealer.

Using Motives Cosmetics colour perfection quad in medium dark I slightly contoured below her cheek bones, nose and forehead- I did this before applying any foundation, concentrating on perfecting the skin with concealer, it's always best to use more concealer than foundation. Using a mixture of L'oreal True Match and MAC face and body in C4 with a Beauty Blender to blend the contour and concealer together. I take a while to blend it all together until it is seamless, you're not supposed to be able to tell where you started and where you stopped. The skin should be glowing and contoured to perfection at this point - no harsh lines or muddy looking nose (if you want to know more about tones to contour i have a blog post on that too!)

To add a little OOMPH! to the under eyes I used Maybelline Age rewind foundation in Classic beige, this brightened the under eyes without the ashy/grey look. Blend with mini Beauty Blender for the best result.

Primed with Benefit Stay Don't Stray eye primer, as a base colour I used a black kohl pencil starting form the lash line, I smudged that up to the crease using a Wayne Goss #20 Brush, I created a wing with the kohl pencil and smudged it to give a smokey effect, using the colour Naked from the Naked Palette I applied it to the crease using a Wayne Goss #19 brush, for the main blue colour I wet my Wayne Goss #18 brush  and with L'oreal infallible eye shadow in midnight blue and pressed it onto the lid, this intensified the colour. I blended that in the a clean fluffy brush so it blended in with the Naked crease colour, I finished the eyes by smoking out a black kohl pencil on the lash line and water line, wetting the brush again with the midnight blue colour and applying that on the bottom lash line.

I highlighted her brow bone and inner tear duct with Laura Mercier candle light highlighter.

For brows I used MAC brow pencils in lingering and spiked, setting them with Benefit Cosmetics Gimmie Brow blonde - this technique lightens the brows!

I set the under eyes with Colourless Ben Nye loose powder, I powder contoured with Smashbox bronzer, Cheek bone highlight by Laura Mercier loose powder in candle light, blusher is MAC fluer power.

Estee Lauder Lip liner in nude with Nars Lipstick in Chelsea Girl

I used the buffing technique to blend it all together at the end!
If you want to know more about the buffing technique I use you can watch this video

I hope you benefited from this post.

Fyza xoxo
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