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Note by J Dot – Makeup review

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Surprisingly enough, there are not many online reviews for JDOT makeup yet. Note is a Turkish beauty brand whose official distributors in Pakistan is JDOT by Junaid Jamshed. We decided to try the most of the products from the range to see how the cosmetic products wear throughout the day. The line is pricey, but we did find some gems.  Here are our top picks from the entire makeup line:

1. Luminous Moisturizing Foundation


Where the foundation was concerned, the brand only manufactures two shades, both of which are pretty light. It would be nice if locally available products have a wide spectrum of shades given that people of all skin tones are found in Karachi and Pakistan. We decided to try 01, the lightest shade.
The foundation does have SPF 16, which means you can skip applying sunscreen underneath your makeup. The formula itself is pretty moisturizing, and provides for a medium – full coverage. If applied with a damp makeup sponge, you can achieve a very natural and sheer looking base too (for the no-makeup makeup days!) For the price, we would have preferred a pump, but the packaging used for the squeeze tube is pretty solid and doesn’t feel flimsy or cheap.
Overall, it’s a pretty good foundation and is priced at Rs. 1485.

2. BB Cream in 02

The BB cream comes in three shades; 01, 02 and 03. The formula is smooth, and glides on very easily. It is perfect for those who want coverage every single day but don’t want to commit daily to a full coverage, possible cakey base. It’s easy to create a natural makeup look with this, but it sets fairly quickly, which makes it great for layering as well, to increase the coverage. It claims to be paraben-free and dermatologically tested, which is another plus.
Priced at Rs. 1285

3. Luminous Silk Compact Powder in 04 SAND

The packaging of the compacts is really nice, with a big mirror and a sturdy pan. It also provides a sponge for application. The only disadvantage of the packaging might be that it may be too big for your makeup/travel pouch. It’s a yellow-based face powder. It is very finely milled, which means that it does not look cakey when applied.  The powder provides decent coverage, and is great for under eye brightening as well.
Priced at Rs. 1185

4. Rich Color Lipstick in Merlot

This is a classic red shade. The formula is very creamy and smooth, and it feels comfortable on the lips. It doesn’t set immediately though, so you might experience a little bit of bleeding or feel it move around a little. However, it is a rich and opaque red and although the price is a bit steep for a local product, the formula justifies it. It doesn’t set to a matte finish, but is not overly shiny either. A good red to invest in. It’s our favorite from the line, but the nude shade is just as lovely!
Priced at Rs. 685

5. Ultra Rich Color Eye Pencil in Black 01



This eye pencil’s formula is very creamy and the color pay off is great. It is a true jet black, and the longevity is great too. We recommend patting on some black eye shadow over it when you apply it to the waterline for it to last even longer. The only con is that it needs to be sharpened regularly and doesn’t come in the twist-up tube that makes life so much easier!
Priced at Rs. 550

 

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What Goes On Must Come Off – The New Makeup Remover Everyone’s Talking About

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What’s worse than getting home past curfew after a rad party? It’s removing heavy eye makeup and budge-proof mascara (shortest horror story) when all you’d rather do is sleep without a care in the world. Nevertheless, sleeping with makeup on is a big no-no as it can clog the pores and irritate the skin.

If you’re tired of rubbing your eyelids raw and shedding a few precious eyelashes in the process, Vaseline will be your new best friend.

Vaseline? Really?

Yes, you heard that right! A pot of good ol’ Vaseline is a lifesaver when you want to remove heavy makeup in a matter of minutes. Vaseline’s light, emollient texture helps heavily pigmented makeup slide right off without damaging delicate skin around the eyes. The best part yet, it comes highly recommended by Dermatologists, and they swear by its sheer efficiency.

What else can Vaseline do?

Apart from Vaseline’s tried-and-true makeup removing properties, it can also come to your rescue in the middle of a makeup mishap.

  • It can tame grizzly brows and baby hair
  • Replenish dehydrated skin
  • It can sub in for mascara

Works as a lip balm

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50 Shades of Foundation Frenzy – How to Pick One That’s Right for You

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The secret to a selfie ready face? The perfect foundation! A foundation should help make your skin look like the best version of itself. The wrong tone and formula can make your skin look sallow and cakey. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for your next beauty haul.

Know your undertone

If you don’t know whether you have a cool, neutral or warm undertone, chances are you’re wearing the wrong shade of foundation. Here’s what you need to know:

  • If you have a naturally rosy glow or the veins on your wrist appear blue or purple, you have a cool undertone.
  • If the veins on your wrist appear greenish, you have a warm skin tone.
  • You have a neutral undertone if your veins appear bluish green.

Sounds like too much work? Don’t worry! Just use the metal jewelry trick. If Gold jewelry pops more on your skin, you have a warm undertone, and if silver looks better, your undertone is cool.

Formula Matters

Before you pick the formulation, pick the coverage type; Full, Medium, or Light. Light to Medium coverage foundations will always be more buildable and you can add layers based on the look you want to go for.

The formulation depends on your skin type. If you want an oil-free formula for acne-prone skin, try on a shade that’s LIGHTER than your original shade. Oil-free, matte formulations tend to oxidize after a few hours and turn yellow or orange. Also, steer clear from dewy foundations as they are packed with light-diffusing particles.

For those with dry skin, go for a dewy formula that will cover imperfections and keep skin moisturized throughout the day. Another wrong move that most people make when buying foundation is trying out the shade on the back of your hand. Try it on your jawline instead to check if it’s a match.

Pro tip – Not a fan of heavy formulations? Get Fair & Lovely’s BB Cream – it gives your skin just the right hint of color for a lit-from-within glow.

Two’s a charm

If your shade is not on the cards, don’t settle for any other – mix and match to create your perfect shade. You’ll need a lighter foundation and one that’s slightly darker than your original shade. The good thing about having a foundation duo at your disposal is that you can use it for contouring.

Pro Tip – Always shade test the foundation out on your jawline. This will help get you closest shade to your skin tone.

Got more tips to share? Let us know in the comments below.

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