Easy facial at home!

According to a report in Finance Times written a year ago, South Korea is one of the most polluted country in the world (https://www.ft.com). Even earlier this year on January 14, 16 & 17 people received warning messages from Korean government about the issue of increased fine dust in the air (http://www.straitstimes.com). While these pollutants can do plenty of harms, today one particular thing I’m concerned about, which is SKIN! I remember during my 22 days visit in Bangladesh, everyone was complementing how amazing and glowy my skin became! But sadly after returning my skin became really dull, and almost after 6 months I got two giant sized cystic acnes, two painful to even touch! Also suddenly I started getting plenty of white heads and also some black heads. To be honest, my skin has had always issues with white heads, but black heads had never bothered me before! I WAS REALLY WORRIED WHAT POSSIBLY COULD CAUSE THIS DISASTER! But then it came to my mind that increased pollution can really mess with the skin. And also as I use plenty of makeup, dusts could get easily stuck on my pores, so if I am not careful enough while removing my makeup, even for once, it can do potential damage later. So, to deal with this situation, I decided to take a facial every 15-20 days. But as facial at salons are kinda expensive like 35 KW, and also because I enjoy doing this kinda stuff, so I decided to do it myself.

Basic steps of facials include: 1) Scrubbing and popping out zits & white heads 2) Putting on a mask that suits your skin 3) Finally moisturizing your skin!

For the first step, I took my favorite FREEMAN Charcoal & Black Sugar Mask. In one of my previous blog (https://munirachowdhury.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/charcoal-mask-pack-i-am-using/) I wrote detailed about this mask and mentioned how much I love this product! Just take the some of products and apply it on clean & moisturized face. Keep it for at least 5 minutes. And then rinse your face with water while massaging with your fingers in circular motion. Now the most important part of scrubbing step, which is STEAM! If you don’t have any other ways of taking steam on your face just rinse a plain soft cloth in warm water and gently dab it on your face. However, I like taking some warm water on a deep dish, and holding the dish close to my face. But be careful not to spill warm water on your body while doing this! Next take a pimple stick and pop those white/ black heads, bumps or zits by pushing the ring of the stick around the area where they are located.

Second step is putting a suitable mask and waiting till it dries out!. For this step, I chose NATURE REPUBLIC Ginger Real Nature Clay Mask. I heard clay masks works great for clearing the clogs in the pores, and I didn’t regret my decision at all! After drying out, clean your face with water while both massaging and lightly tapping with your fingers. Tapping helps to increase elasticity of your skin.

And the last step, which is Moisturizing! Almost everyone knows about Korean Sheet Masks. Dripped in serum like stuff, they are actually quite effective in moisturizing your face. Even if you use a sheet mask without doing the first two steps, you will almost immediately see your changes! Anyways, I used MAMONDE Rose Moisturzing Flower Essence Mask this time. You should keep the face mask on your face for 15-20 minutes at least and afterwards gently tap on your face so that it can absorb the serum well enough.

You will surely be able to see how soft and beautiful your skin becomes after doing this easy three steps facial. Although I know, each people has different skin types, but these are very basic routines of skin care, so I hope it will work for everyone. For better result please do once in two weeks.

So, this is all about today! Hope it was helpful for you! Have a good day!

-Munira Chowdhury, 17/04/2018

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Practicing makeup on my beautiful friend

These days I’m all about makeup, I’m either doing it on myself or on other people! lol 😀 Earlier this month, my new friend Hani Balagtas, an amazing talented designer and owner of Myunji (http://myunji.com/), asked for a makeover from me, as she is hoping to start a blog in Korean about fashion and stuffs like that. So, we chose a convenient time, and on that very day I went to her home. The whole makeover took me nearly one and a half hour. I used both of her and my collection of makeup products. She is very pretty naturally, so to be honest I didn’t have to put much effort on her makeup. It was an amazing experience for me, I was almost getting the professional MUA vibe, lol :p

I chose a whitish-pink half cut crease for her, and with her white dress she was looking amazing! She chose the shade of the lipstick and it complimented the look really well! Here’s the list of the products I used:

@maccosmetics prep+ prime primer
@maccosmetics studio fix foundation nc 42
@missha.official under eye brightening concealer
@missha.official pro touch face powder
@tonymoly.official lovely eyebrow encil
@makeuprevolution ultra contour palette
@tonymoly.official cheektone powder p05
@missha.official single eyeshadow in black
@beautyglazed glitz glam eyeshadow palette
@anastasiabeverlyhills modern renaissance palette
@thefaceshop.official pure sauvages lashes
@maccosmetics liptensity lipstick in brick dust
@skinfood_official tinted moisturizer

I hope you enjoyed the post! Let me know of your thoughts about it! And please check Myunji’s collection, I’m sure you will be able to find something suitable for you there!

-Munira Chowdhury, 20/03/2018

First Mac Haul from Lotte Department Store in Myeongnyun: Mac Studio Fix Fluid Skin balancing Complex & Skinfinish Natural Compact Review

A Messy World

Buying international makeup in Korea is quite expensive, because you have to pay a lot of taxes. But again buying base makeup in Korea is a waste of money for brown girls like me, because they have very limited ranges of shade available in their beauty market, so almost every time you end up buying the wrong shade. I’ve tried a variety ranges of base makeup products of K-beauty, none of them ever was an exact match for my skin which is an olive-yellow combo. All I ever got was something close to my tone, I often had to use yellow food color or two to three foundations together to have that “closer” tone. Anyways, I was tired of going through this foundation shade dilemma and also realize that buying two to three foundations and the food colors always actually costing me nearly same the amount of buying international products…

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First Mac Haul from Lotte Department Store in Myeongnyun: Mac Studio Fix Fluid Skin balancing Complex & Skinfinish Natural Compact Review

Buying international makeup in Korea is quite expensive, because you have to pay a lot of taxes. But again buying base makeup in Korea is a waste of money for brown girls like me, because they have very limited ranges of shade available in their beauty market, so almost every time you end up buying the wrong shade. I’ve tried a variety ranges of base makeup products of K-beauty, none of them ever was an exact match for my skin which is an olive-yellow combo. All I ever got was something close to my tone, I often had to use yellow food color or two to three foundations together to have that “closer” tone. Anyways, I was tired of going through this foundation shade dilemma and also realize that buying two to three foundations and the food colors always actually costing me nearly same the amount of buying international products with the tax and etc.

Not only international makeup is expensive in Korea but also not available everywhere. Only stores like Lotte department Store, Shinsegae etc. carries those international brands. The nearest one from me is the Lotte department store, which is three subway stops away from me, in Myeongnyun. Last month on one evening, I went there for specifically a Mac foundation and a compact powder.

I did a little research before going and the reason I chose Mac is because they have a quite variety of shades and comparing the price with Estee Lauder or Makeup Froever, they are cheaper.

Anyways, the foundation cost me nearly 48,000 won and the compact was for 47,000 won. With the purchase they offered me a free sample of Mac prep + prime natural radiance base lumiere primer. There was a nice guy at Mac outlet, who helped me a lot to choose my shade. MY husband was quite impressed and surprised to see how good the salesman is with the makeup! He was even more surprised because it is very rare for guys in my country to know or be familiar with makeup stuff. Also for my makeup lover readers, I want to mention that, the salesman’s was covered with makeup and was quite flawless! 😉 I mean not the whole eyeshadow and eyeliner kinda makeup but more like a natural makeup with base makeup, shaped eyebrow and lipstick.

I totally love the consistency of the foundation, not so liquid not so creamy. But the foundation container doesn’t come with any pump, which is kinda painful when you are in hurry. I heard later that you have to buy the pump separately. I mean Mac is quite a big industry, it wouldn’t cost them much providing the container with the pump. The guy there chose nc42 shade for me for the foundation and medium tan for the compact. To be honest both of them were just the perfect shade for me, but the point to be noted that, if you do a little research you will find out that Mac base makeup products have a tendency to oxidize few hours after applying, which is making my makeup look “too natural”. I mean, come on, who doesn’t want to look extra and not so natural after spending hours in applying makeup. So, I kinda regret choosing nc 42, I should rather go with nc 40 or 37. Same with the compact, I would go rather lighter than medium tan next time. But, for now I can make it work with using light concealer but it’s kinda makes me late every time I’m in hurry.

Here’s some of my pictures using the both of them together, as you can see compare to my other makeup, the base look kinda pale. These pictures are edited and filtered otherwise you could’ve understand the difference better :

Hope you enjoyed the post!

Munira Chowdhury, 26/02/2018

Valentine’s day 2018 in Korea: outfit and makeup idea

Hello everyone! Although my today’s post is for ladies, but I wish you boys a wonderful valentine’s day with your loved one’s! So, in this post I have two makeup tutorials and one outfit suggestion for you. The outfit suggestion is even more suitable if you live in Korea.

The first makeup tutorial is a peach makeup, which is a halo eye makeup using the color combination of the fruit(peach).

For this makeup I used the following products-

-MAC Cosmetics #prepplusprime
-maccosmetics #studiofixfluid foundation #nc42
-maccosmetics #studiofixpowder #mediumtan
-MISSHA 미샤 pro touch face powder no 23
-missha.official under eye brightening concealer in natural biege
-missha.official perfect concealer in natural
-missha.official colorbeam shader in crystal
-missha.official the style liquid sharp eyeliner
-missha.official salon de lash

-eBay eyelash
-Makeup Revolution ultra contour palette
-It’s skin 잇츠스킨 babyface petit mascara
-itsskin.socialog babyface creamy lip liner 01
-itsskin.socialog life color lip crush matte 04, 03
-토니모리 – Tonymoly cheektone powder p05
-tonymoly.official lovely eyebrow pencil
-BH Cosmetics #takemetobrazilpalette
-CATRICE cosmetics ultra black luxury lashes volume mascara

You can find the tutorial here-

For this makeup I chose a different outfit, modern hanbok or modern version of traditional Korean clothes.

I bought this dress from Gmarket. Actually it was a surprise gift from my husband, not sure about the price but should be around 40,000KW.

The second tutorial is about easy and classy smoky eyes. So, long I’ve been busy with creating halo eyes or cut crease, I forgot my first love, which is smoky eyes! ♥

This tutorial is only about eye makeup and here’s the list of the products I used-

-Beauty Glazed glitz glam eyeshadow collection
-MISSHA 미샤 color beam shader incrystal
-Missha salon de lash glue
-더페이스샵 (THEFACESHOP) pencil eyeliner in newyork black
-It’s skin 잇츠스킨 babyface petit mascara
-eyelash form eBay

And here’s the link of the tutorial-

This palette that I used here, is also a gift from my husband, Beauty Glazed glitz glam eyeshadow palette which is the dupe for the palette with same name by Glamierre. I was literally speechless by these gifts from him, I had no idea my husband can choose makeup palette or dress (specially when it is a hanbok) for me, all by himself. This man keeps making me falling on love with him more! ♥ Although the palette is a dupe, and a lot cheaper than the real one, but it’s quite pigmented and easy to work with. You may notice some fall out but you can easily swipe them off with a brush!

Hope you enjoyed the post!

Munira Chowdhury, 14/02/2018

4 ingredients cheese cake recipe

Hey everyone, hope you guys are having an wonderful weekend! ♥ So few days ago, I experimented with my new adjustable baking mold by making a cheese cake. I posted the picture in my facebook page and there I got plenty of requests for the recipe. So here I’m, writing it finally! 😄

First of all, you will need a adjustable baking mold (I used a 6″ one). Mine was a gift, from my elder sister when I went to Bangladesh.

Second, you will need the following items-

-200 grams of Philadelphia cream cheese (bought from Gmarket)

-1 cup fresh cream (bought from NC mart near Pusan National University)

-1/2 cup granular sugar (available everywhere!)

-Sable cookies, I had to use 5 of 35 grams packets of these cookies (Available in NC mart. whole packet is 315 grams, total 9 small packets of 35 grams each )

Direction:

1. Crumble the cookies finely. Now press them on the bottom of the pan with the bottom of any heavy cup or jar. Now, bake these crumbs on the pan for 4 minutes at 200°C.

2. Take a heavy bottom dish and beat cream cheese, fresh cream and sugar altogether until thick and stiff.

3. Put this mixture on the baking mold. Cover the pan with something and keep this in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours.

After 8 hours, take it out from the freezer. Loosen up the mold from sides and take it out in a upward way carefully. Your cheese cake is ready to serve! You can also sprinkle some cocoa powder on top of it and then serve it like I did. 😊

Here’s the final picture of my cheese cake ♥

Hope you enjoyed the post! Let me know your thoughts about it! ♥

Munira Chowdhury, 04/02/2018

Makeover on other people

Sometimes people believe in yourself more than you do, and that’s when you can truly realize your potential. ❤ sharing my experience of doing makeup on friends and families ❤

A Messy World

Although I consider myself a MUA, but I learned every little thing about makeup practicing on myself. So, whenever someone asked me if I could do a makeover on them, I was not really sure at first if I could do it at all, because I never had any idea what it’s like to put foundations or eyeshadows on other people. But sometimes people believe in yourself more than you do, and that’s when you can truly realize your potential. ❤ My labmates (female) always told that “you should do a makeover on us sometimes”. But, as mentioned before, I never really understand my potential, and always thought they weren’t really serious about it. But few months ago, when they asked me again, I finally understood they were actually serious. So, at the end of december we fixed a convenient date and that was the first time ever I did…

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