Makeup hacks gone wrong

We are suppose to be moving into the ice age but global warming is winning which is causing temperatures to reach a higher degree and those who will not be able to adapt to the heat will eventually die. Fresh water will be scarce because the poles will melt and become undrinkable water which will increase the sea levels causing the coastal areas to be flooded.  

But excuse me, the world has bigger issues than just the normal ‘The world’s coming to the end’ scenario. Double excuse me, but makeup is our first humanitarian crisis. Forget Trump, forget the silicones Kardashians and just take the rest of your life to ponder about how you will never be able to take pictures without makeup anymore. Plus what else is there to think about, I mean South Africa already has a SpongeBob for a president, water shortages and no electricity for 20 hours of the day, so what do we have to lose?
Why waste thousands of rands on luxurious branded makeup and tools when you can just make life much easier by being a cheap skate? It’s ridiculous how expensive makeup is and to all South Africans dismay- we have to be selling the fake products for quarter of the original price just to make some pocket money. And if that little amount does not allow you to purchase one Huda Beauty eyeliner at a local trade fair then you just wait and hope that this valentines you get a bouquet of original makeup (as cliché as it seems) *hint hint*
But I have to ask… What’s the new craze with women using blades on their faces? Just because one famous artist said she uses it, does not give you the incentive to as well.  I know the world is falling apart and women want to be equal to men, but does it really come down to shaving your face ? Come on, you don’t want your face to become prickly, turn green and have razor scars! Eww!

But nonetheless, I can’t believe that majority of makeup hacks still do not work. And after spending endless amount of time researching and looking at hacks which I thought would be easy enough to at least get me through a ‘5 makeup hacks tried and tested’ post, the realization hit me- well more like fell on my head- but anyways… I would much rather prefer calling it ‘The fails of 2016!’ Now don’t be disheartened and stop reading because maybe you’d learn something and perhaps not pull your teeth out- if it turns out to be the new style in the future.
Are these makeup hacks fails?

  • Use your lash curler to get the perfect eyeliner sitch- FAIL

    Ok, the reason this was an epic fail beats me. This was actually more messier than a teenage boys room. Unless you have a fetish for drag pandafide queens, I would not suggest using this. But when you do get set up on a blind date with someone out of your league and you want to look as if you just came back from a haunted house on Halloween- then go for it.

    • To make your lipstick last all day, hold a tissue over your lips and dust them with translucent powder- PASS

    Surprisingly this worked so I can’t complain but since I went to school with really red lips the following day after testing this out- I would suggest that you order yourself some really powerful makeup wipes. Though, you might just taste powder if your tissue some how gets torn between your lips. (NB. I WAS NOT CHEWING ON THE TISSUE, JUST SAYING)

    • Place the eye stencil on your eyelid and colour on the empty spaces with mascara- FAIL

    Really now! How on Mars are both wings suppose to be the same size with the same pointiness at the same angle. If I can not perfect my eyeliner with a stencil, how on Jupiter does everyone else manage to wing that butcher knife eyeliner. I find it so astonishing and hell of creepy at the same time that makeup hacks have come down to this. 

    • Brush your teeth with turmeric powder for whitening- PASS

    Mind the taste and the yellow stains left on your toothbrush because this actually works. It’s definitely different from those masks that leave your face looking yellow as if you enjoyed a holi fight or went to a colour run with staining features. This is probably my favourite hack from all because who would not want to have flawless white mealies?

    • Mix corn flour and coco powder together and apply to your oily hair as dry shampoo- PASS BUT NO

     A few weeks ago, a hairdresser advised me to use this as a healthy option instead of dry shampoo. And since my hair becomes oily over night, it would also be a cheaper way out, though it did cover up my baldness. But it made me look as if I had poured a bucket of sand on my head- yes, that rusty shabby hairdo was not working. So I guess I’m stuck to washing my hair everyday to avoid being Ms Over Indian Oily Head. 
    Well that’s all I have for you today… Like and comment down below and make sure to follow me on Instagram @safiyabhamjee and @safiyabhamjee_blog for weekly blog posts. 

    Toodles

    Xoxo.

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      First radio interview 


      My body refused to run out of the studio while my voice disappeared leaving me stuck at the middle of the sentence, not remembering the three questions that jumbled up in my mind and saying nothing further than AND  at the end of the answer that was not fully answered due to the adrenaline that freaked me out. 

      Ohhhkaayyy… You must be thinking that what you just read was super wacko but I was petrified and all those emotions I was feeling as I was on air. I still can not get over the whole experience. 

      I was interviewed by Seraj Bassa on the ‘Drive Home Experience’. The Alansaar crew were welcoming and kept telling me to relax and just be myself, but being the anxiety freak that I am, I froze. I was prepared for months before hand but as soon as I was put on air, everything I planned to speak about came out in *Gibberish*. 

      Maybe I’m just over-exaggerating but the emotions were there for sure. The 10 minutes interview felt like it was going on forever and I was so nervous that I repeated the word ‘personally’ so many times without acknowledging that I was even doing that. 

      Everyone had told me in advance that they were tuning in to that station specifically to hear me, which did not help when Seraj told me to imagine that no one is listening to you. But maybe I’m critising this whole chapter way too much. 

      Overall- the audience said that they enjoyed listening to me speak about my BLOGGING LIFE. And I was congratulated by many. When I had replayed the recording, I was scared that I would have hurt the audience ears with my voice but…. I was revealed that it was not that bad for my first time. 

      And as for Seraj, it seem like second nature. He spoke from the top of his head and remained totally relaxed. I guess he is used to it since he has been presenting for years on radio. I would like to thank him for taking some time of his show to interview me. It was a scary experience but I can not imagine not doing and learning from that for the future.

      What is Imaan?

      Hey guys… so one of my close friends has started a blog to inspire the youth. It will definitely benefit and inspire you to become the ‘better you’, which I spoke about in my last post. Let’s see whether our 2017 ‘BETTER YOURSELF CHALLENGE’ is going to pass with flying colors. And what could be a better way in becoming the best you can be by learning from someone else? Make sure to check out his page and follow.

      Life of a believer

      Imaan is the most beautiful gift a person can receive. There are approximately 7 billion people on this earth and yet Allah has chosen and blessed us with this great gift of imaan. Imaan isn’t just saying that you believe in Allah and his Rasool but it’s saying it with total conviction and sincerity. Every Muslim has imaan but does every Muslim practice on this imaan and make it stronger? Everyone of us is guilty of this. We need to remember that Allah  does not need us , we are merely slaves trapped in this world. Every person on this earth exists solely to worship Allah . Allah can easily snatch away this gift of imaan. We have to learn to live our lives in such a manner that Allah becomes pleased with us. The sahaaba were such people by which Allah was pleased with them and they were pleased…

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      Not exactly a new me! 

      “New year, new me”- why does every year start off with this saying? Yes, you want to become a better you. Yes, you want to go to the gym. Yes, you want to do well in school. But are these goals that you set for yourself worth it? I would prefer saying – “Another day, another bipolar me”. Let’s face it, no one has the same mood everyday and there is not always a day that something new falls from the coconut tree. And I’m definitely sure that “2017” is not going to change you within seconds during that New Year’s Eve party. But there’s no harm in putting in the extra effort to change for the better throughout the year. *ponders about why I run a blog when I’m useless at giving advice*
      Oh my gosh! I didn’t realize it was such a big deal until the needle touched 00:00 on New Years. What exactly? MATRIC! The final year of school and I should be excited that I’m leaving that prison, but the anxiety of thinking that I need to get into university has been pushing down on my shoulders from that night. 

      So I’m not entirely sure how my blog is going to work for this year as I have to work twice as hard to score all A’s- is that counted as a New Years resolution? I won’t promise you guys that I will have a blog post every week, because there’s a high possibility that I will not have any access to gadgets during the year. But if I do find the time and I manage to sneak my phone out of my parents wardrobe (just because I’m such an uncool rebel) then you know what to expect. Perhaps it would be a good detox from social media. 

      Goals for 2017? 

      Well mine is just as cliché as every year, with the normal “become a better me” but as the year goes on I will see where I am suppose to be. Everyone has their own views on 2016 and whether it was a good or bad year for them, but I think that 2016 taught me more than I should have known for a 17 year old. Friend drama, fights, bad grades…. You can name it. But there were a few sparks that will always steal the spotlight when I think back to 2016. But that is so last year so I’m not going to talk about it any further. 

      So here’s to a great year ahead! Here’s to leaving aside the people that blue ticked you, the people who talked behind your back, and the people who don’t treasure and love the real YOU! Here’s to forgetting the past and just doing your best. Because why would you want to waste another year of your life for no reason? 

      Skin Republic 

      I was abit worried when I had received the ANTI-AGE face masks from Skin Republic. Do they really think I look that old? So many of you guys messaged me asking why I’m using such a product while I’m still a teen, and I had to keep making excuses. 


      To be honest, many people think I’m twenty something; that’s WITH and WITHOUT makeup. So what choice did I have?  When my sister had given birth earlier on this year, some old cranky aunties came to visit her. It was just my luck that they had to see me and enquire about my life *sigh* (such typical Indians). They honestly thought I was getting married, 25 and older than my sister who had just gave birth. Yes! They were unbelievable!! 
      I was definitely going to try these face masks after all my embarrassing old face experiences. I’m not sure whether it helped me to look younger but it sure did make my skin feel smooth and reguvenated.

      Better skin in just 4 weeks!


      Who is Skin Republic?
      Skin Republic is an innovative range of sheet masks (yes, those scary Hannibal Lecter sheet masks you’ve seen all over celebrities Instagram accounts) targeting skin care concerns from top-to-toe.

      The range is made in Korea- the skin care capital of the world– dermatologist tested and suitable for all skin types. 

      Did you know your skin regenerates every 27 days? 

      It takes just under a month for you to see the effects of a new skin care regime. 

      The Collagen Infusion Face Mask will help: 

      • Promote firmer, younger looking skin
      • Revitalize and rejuvenate
      • Unlock your inner glow

      So maybe it didn’t help me to look 12 again but it sure did rejuvenate my skin and unlock my inner sparkle. 

      Himalaya Toner 


      The Himalaya Refreshing & Clarifying Toner is my new best friend, as few alcohol free drops cleanses all your pores with just a cotton pad. 
      It refreshes your skin without over drying it as well as tightens the skin. It helps to control excess oil secretion to leave your skin clear, soft and radiant. 

      The lentil and citrus lemon is a natural astringent and cleanser, but besides the obvious, it smells really good. My first impression of this product wasn’t a ‘WOW’ing one but after I’ve seen the results, I can’t stop using it. 

      Peel off lip stains 


      I’m sure you guys have heard about The Huda Beauty lipstains and it’s magic. But have you come across the fakes?

      I purchased this from a local makeup retailer who was selling it at R70 and was anxious to find out whether this product was another fakey.

       •Firstly, the low price gave it away 

      •Secondly, it didn’t stain my lips at all

      •and Thirdly, it cut my lips. 

      Once again, another makeup item is completely unless and simply harms your lips. You can definitely cover up a pimple or mark with concealer and foundation but how can you cover up swollen lips? 

      OH MY GLOSS!

      OH MY GLOSS!!! Have you tried out Rimmel London’s  new range of lip glosses? I’m not usually a fan of glossy lips but this one just won me over. This is in the OOH LA LA shade. It lasts up to 6 hours of shine and comfort. This definitely leaves my lips feeling way more moisturized as it contains Argan Oil and Vitamin E.


      Removing solution 


      The struggle to remove my not so winged eyeliner and mascara with water and face wash has come to an end at last. For those, who are still in that boat, you better carry on reading. I finally got my hands on a makeup removing solution and I’m excited to announce that it is from the bioderma range. 

      This is first time I’m trying out this product from this brand, and I can’t wait to try out more merchandise. 

      But anyways… I love this product because it takes out makeup completely and does not require a ‘rinse your face’ after the process. It cleanses and soothes the skin especially if it is sensitive. It ensures that all impurities are removed which can prevent acne which I think is definitely a BONUS. 

      It’s a easy way out on nights when you feel too tired to remove your makeup and it doesn’t take more than a minute or two to use this product; just because it’s that good. 

      Nivea Perfect & radiant: Day cream


      Need a perfect glow that restores even skin tone for a radiant complexion? ✨ We all need special care to restore our skin tone and natural radiance while being protected from the sun. 😎

      A couple of weeks ago, I had won a Nivea competition held by @modestfashionblogger_ 💕 She was ever so kind and picked out her favorite products from Nivea’s range. 

      The Facial Day Cream is SPF 15. To be honest, creams including a sunscreen protectors have saved me so much of time on a busy or rushed morning. Plus it’s light on the skin which is extremely refreshing ⏱


      Results: • inner radiance is revealed ✅

      •dark marks and spots are reduced✅

      •the skin is more mattified ✅

      • the complexion is improved as the skin tone is evened out✅

      •the skin is left feeling smooth and smooth ✅