5-Minute Make Up Routine

Hey everyone! My topic for this week is the 5-minute make up routine. Most women do not have time to spend 20 minutes on their make up in the morning but still want to look presentable for their day. The problem with creating an ultimate 5-minute make up routine is that everyone’s face and skin problems are unique to them. In this blog I will go over base, cheeks, lashes and lips. My suggestion is that if you have a problem area that you do not like, such as uneven skin, focus your time on that. The extra time you have at the end can be focused on things that you’ve skipped!

Base (1 to 2 minutes)

            My biggest problem is dark circles under my eyes and some uneven spots on my chin. If you have uneven skin I HIGHLY suggest Tarte’s CC Primer Stick and CC Undereye Corrector (both pictured below). These products are wonderful for quick color correction. If you have even skin then you can simply use a little concealer down the center of your face to cover any dark spots or shadows. Then apply a simply sheer powder to further even out your skin tone. This process should only take 1 to 2 minutes depending on your skin issues.

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Cheeks (1 minute)

            With only five minutes, you want to do a quick natural cheek so you have a nice dewy look. If you’re like me, your whole goal for makeup in the morning is just to make yourself look more awake than you actually are. Cheek stain or even lipstick can help you achieve this. To find your perfect blush color, simply take your hand and palm up stretch your fingers back as far as you can. The color of your fingertip is the natural color of your blush.

Just make sure that you have stretched your hand back far enough to get the perfect blush color. I recommend Tarte’s cheek stains and powder blushes. They have a great selection on colors and lip colors to match (pictured below). Simply apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks.


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Lashes (1 minute)

            Lashes should be simple. Simply curl your lashes and apply your favorite mascara. Some of my favorites are Better Than Sex by Too Faced and Lights, Camera, Lashes by Tarte. Both mascaras will give you nice volume and full natural looking lashes. A good rule of thumb is to toss your mascara every three weeks. The chemicals in the mascara will make the alcohol in the product stronger and it becomes harder on your lashes as the product gets older.

                                                                                                                   Buy the Tarte Mascara here and the Too Faced here.

ProTip: You can buy travel sizes of more expensive mascaras so you save money and don’t feel bad tossing it after a few weeks!

Lips (1 minute)

            When it comes to quick lips, I highly suggest using a lip color or stain that is close to your natural lip color to enhance your beauty. Stains will last longer on your lips throughout the day. If you can find a cheek and lip stain product that works well for you that’s great! I again recommend Tarte’s line of lip colors (pictured below). Tarte tends to carry lip colors that match naturally. Depending on the time of the day or how you’re feeling you can add a clear coat for shiny lips.

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Break Down

  • Base (1 to 2 Minutes)

  • Cheeks (1 minute)

  • Lashes (1 Minute)

  • Lips (1 Minute)

Total time 5 minutes.

            If you have time after finishing your full routine you can go back and add some powder to your base if you haven’t already or even use a little highlighter or bronzer to do a little quick contouring. The most important thing about having a 5-minute make up routine is just to keep it natural. Make sure all your lines are blended if you do use browner to do some minimal contouring!

If you have any questions about this blog or the products listed, please feel free to ask!


Stay beautiful,



April 27, 2015 — Amar Gandhi

10 Make Up Brushes You MUST HAVE!

These are the brushes that are a must have in your collection! I will explain why you need them and how to use them. I will place pictures as well, because some companies go by numbers.

1. Flat Foundation Brush

 This is the first thing every artist and person who loves make up buys first. Starting off as a beginner , this should be the first item you purchase. This can be used with liquid, and cream foundation.


2. Buffer Brush

This is another form of a foundation brush. This brush can be used with liquid and cream foundation. It just sets well on the face.


3. Small Angle Brush

With eyebrow being the praise, an angel brush is a great investment and brush to have. This brush fills in your brow to give it the perfect arch.


4. Concealer

This brush is very important to have simply because it cleans up areas on your eyebrows, and dark spots.

5. Powder Brush

This is also a very important brush to have as well. You can apply your setting powder, transparent powder, and skin finishing powder. This is for all over the face after you’ve applied your make up.

6. Eye Shadow Brush

Eye shadow brush can be tricky because there are soooooo many!!! But for my beginners, let’s just use this all over shadow brush until you are more experience.


7. Big Angle Brush

The big angle brush can apply to your contour or your entire face for foundation.  You can use this for blush as well.


8. Blush Brush

Mistaken for a powder brush, blush brush is something amazing. Why? Because powders come in so many shades. Just so you won’t get confuse, a blush brush is usually smaller than the powder brush.

9. Beauty Blender

Now this is not a brush, but it can be used to apply your foundation or to blend everything on your face before applying a setting powder. We suggest that you use liquid foundation if you choose to use this beauty tool. This tool can also be used to highlight for your contour.

10. Flat Eyeliner Brush

This is best applying liquid eyeliner! This brush is way easier to manage if you have shaky hands or just starting out because it mashes the color into the lashline unlike a liquid pen, unless you are a pro.


Brushes can be expensive, make sure you know how to use them and what they are for. Synthetic brush work well and are less expensive and can be found at your local drugstore.











Day makeup tips for natural look

                   I’m going to give you some tips on achieving a natural look. This Look will be perfect if you want to spruce up your look it’s great for running errands during the day.


First of all you need a base, try using a foundation that is lightweight and gives you a dewy look. If you have oily skin try using a blotting powder on the areas that you areconcerned about. BB and CC creams are great as well.


Then I used a concealer to cover up the area that I needed to cover up the most like under my eyes, around my mouth, and nose. After I used a setting powder in the shade banana, using a powder with a yellow tone it will brighten up your complexion.


For the eyes I used a quad from Lancôme has more of a cool tone taupe you can use more of a warm brown. Take the soft taupe brown in put that in your crease then to add a little bit of depth I added the deep dark brown in the crease as well and blend away the harsh lines. In the inner part of my lid and my inner tear duct add in a champagne color.


I filled in my brows with a powder rather than a pencil just because it looks a bit more natural. I didn’t use any black eyeliner to my look I replaced it with a brown color it’s still intense but not too bold like black.


For blush I used a soft pink color and added this rose gold powder as a highlight down my nose Bridge, cheek bones, forehead, and chin. Put on your mascara and a pink lip gloss to finish up your look.




This look is soft and subtle your skin will look flawless and will have a nice healthy glow. Thank you and good luck!


"Tips on How to Apply Bronzer"

Hello My Beauties!

Whether you’re going on a date or just going to hang out with some friends, we all have those days when we just want to add a little dimension to our face because we get so tired of looking so blah!

Applying your bronzer incorrectly can make your face look dirty and sometimes even orange! Luckily I’m here to show you some simple steps to correctly apply bronzer.


So first things first, purchasing a bronzer and brush.

Choosing the tone of your bronzer will all depend on how dramatic of a look you’re looking for and your skin tone. In most cases your bronzer should be at least 2 shades darker than your natural skin tone. For example:

Fair Skin: Honey colored bronzer

Medium Skin: Rose-bronzed or gold flecked bronzer

Dark skin: tawny or amber bronzer




When picking a bronzer brush, try to avoid small and stiff brushes because they will give you blotchy results. A good brush would be a wide, rounded top, fluffy brush



Ok! My Beauties! Now the fun part begins!

Now that you’ve chosen a bronzer and brush we will put them to the side for now because first we must apply our foundation and concealer. The reason why we apply our foundation and concealer prior to applying bronzer is because we need create a smooth, blank canvas for our contouring.




Having a blank canvas will make applying bronzer way easier, so grab your brush and bronzer and swirl your brush around evenly around your bronzer and tap the excess into the lid of the container. When it comes to make-up its always easier to apply light even coats to build color or coverage, rather than adding a lot at once, Trust me this is a mistake a lot of beginners always do! With that said, the bronzer should be applied to the areas of the face the sun would naturally hit which are, the forehead, cheekbones, and down along the jawline and lets not forget along the sides of the nose. Make sure to avoid streaks and Finished!




April 19, 2015 — Amar Gandhi

5 contouring and highlighting tips

This year, contouring and highlighting have become the best ways to accentuate the features you love, and minimise the attention placed on the features you may not be as confident about. They allow you to not only slim, illuminate and define your face, but also give you a chance to try different techniques and pick the ones best suited to you.

1. Know your face shape

The first most important thing before highlighting or contouring, is knowing your face shape. Some people think that if they contour the way Kim Kardashian might, that it will automatically look good on them, but that isn’t true. Each face shape has different areas that should be contoured and highlighted. For that reason, before starting, always make sure to research beforehand what face shape you have, and choose which areas you want to place more of an emphasis on. To help with this process, you can always use the Sephora app that has an “Identify your face shape” guide, to help you choose which areas to contour or highlight.


2. Know your skin type


Just like everyone has a different face shape, we also have different skin types. Based on your skin type, you will want to pick different products to use for contouring and highlighting, therefore, it’s super important to know what type of skin you have, in order to choose the best products for you. For example, if your skin is on the oily side, you’ll probably want to use a powder contouring kit. If your skin is a bit drier, then a cream contour kit is probably more suited to your skin type. With that being said, choosing the products you like best for your skin type is also based upon preference. No matter your skin type, there’s always a way to make a certain product work for you. For example if you like using a cream contour kit even though you have oilier skin, you can always use setting powders to mattify the look.

3. Know your skin tone and color

Skin tone and color is also important to know before you choose the products you’ll use for contouring and highlighting. By finding your skin level and tone, it will help you choose the best highlighters and bronzers. First determine if you’re light, medium or dark. From there you can distinguish if you have a cool, warm or neutral skin tone. Cool toned skin usually has pink undertones, while warm toned skin has yellow undertones. Neutral skin has a mixture of both. You can always use press on this link to help you figure it out!

4. Daytime V/S Nighttime 

Even after you choose the best products and techniques to contour your face, you can always switch it up depending on what you’re doing. Usually contouring is for more of an evening look, as it does require heavier makeup, but you can always make it great for the daytime as well. For example, if you’re having an evening out, you may want to dust a bit more bronzer over the parts you've applied contour makeup, just to outline the face and emphasize your bone structure. However, if you’re just going out for a walk, you might not want to put as much makeup on, so just a light application of a slightly darker foundation under your cheekbones will still create the same effect.

5. My favorite contouring and highlighting products

Personally, I like to try out different products for contouring and highlighting. I bought the Aesthetica Cosmetics Powder Contouring Kit, which looks super similar to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, and I love it! I do have oilier skin, so I liked that it was a powder kit, but I also tried the Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Makeup stick and I also loved that. Now I usually use the Revlon stick in a shade two shades darker than my skin color to contour and I still use the contouring kit if I want to set my makeup, like after applying concealer under my eyes.


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By: Sarah Valji



How to clean your boots!

Boots are an amazing apart of any person shoe closet. But as seasons change, a lot of wear and tear can bring them to look like you don’t take care of them. So to solve your problems, below I have a few tricks and tips to help you.


  • Salt Lines

Currently I live in Saint Louis, and outside of the fact that I don’t like cold weather or snow. I have to deal with it until I move to that wonderful sunny all year around state. I still take care of my items and dress appropriately. If you live in a icy, salt field state or country, I am pretty sure you had a ring around your shoe. Now you can for sure take your boots to a shoe repair store to clean them, but nothing beats free! So, take warm water, vinegar, dab the towel on the boots and let the boots dry away from heat.


  • Scuff Marks

So scuff makes me so annoying and I might be tempted do other things with my boots. But instead, take luke warm water and baking soda. Once their clean, buff them dry.

  • What about Suede?

With sude, there needs to be a different approach. Grab a larger eraser (grab one at the dollar store in the kids section), or sand them away with a emery board. To raise the nap on the boot, clean with a tooth brush or towel.


  • How to avoid all of this!

Before you step foot out in four inch snow, spray them with water repellent coating . This works on both leather and Suede. Trying spraying it on both on and off season and after cleaning them.

  • Items to invest in

Baking soda

Saddle soap

Water and Stain repellent


April 12, 2015 — Amar Gandhi

Types of makeup brushes and their uses

Makeup brushes can easily take any makeup look to the next level. Without them, we tend to use a lot more makeup and it’s harder to achieve clean lines. Many makeup artists even claim that they are nothing without the tools of their trade. Here are 5 essential makeup brushes that will give you a flawless application.

1. Foundation Brush

If you are using a liquid foundation, foundation brushes are the best way to apply and blend your base. First start by putting a small amount of foundation on the back of your hand. Next use your finger to dot the foundation on your face and use the brush to blend it all in. Alternatively, you can dip the brush right into the foundation and apply it straight onto your face.

2. Beauty Blender

Even though a beauty blender isn’t a brush, it is the perfect way to ensure impeccable, streak-free application with minimum product waste. You can use a beauty blender when applying primer, foundation, powder, cream blushes, and any other complexion product. Personally, I like to use my beauty blender after applying my foundation, to evenly blend my base.

3. Powder Brush

A powder brush is essential for setting foundation. I prefer using a matte colorless powder, however you can use a powder brush to apply any type of setting powder. By dusting your brush into the powder and tapping out the excess powder, it allows you apply a thin layer of extra coverage to without displacing your foundation.

      4. Blush Brush 

  Your blush brush should be the smaller version of your powder brush, to ensure a more precise      application. There are different brushes for different types of blush. If you are using a cream blush, you    will need a denser flat topped brush, but if you are using a powder blush, the brush will be similar to    your powder brush.

5. Angled Brow Brush


Recently there has been a lot of emphasis on eyebrows. They not only draw attention to your eyes, but frame your face. Using an angled eyebrow brush, you can create a bolder eyebrow shape and enhance your natural brows. Be sure to use quick soft strokes as opposed to heavy strokes to achieve a more natural look.



Ps. The brushes above are staples in my makeup bag but don’t forget, there are many other brushes you can use, including a brush for bronzer, lipstick, highlighter and more!


By: Sarah Valji

April 12, 2015 — Amar Gandhi

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

If you’re a beauty enthusiast like me, putting on makeup in the morning is not only an essential part of your day but also the best part! The best advice anyone has ever given me is to clean my brushes out once a week. I’ll be honest; I used to clean them once a month and didn’t really think much of it. Once I started cleaning out my brushes on a regular basis I noticed that not only was my skin less oily with fewer minor breakouts but my makeup looked better than usual!

So why should you clean out your brushes…

Dirty brushes have a build up of dirt, bacteria, oils and dead skin cells. All these things can cause breakouts. A dirty brush will not pick up the full pigment of makeup as well. This means that you’re not getting the full potential of your foundations and powders.

The Proper Way to Clean Brushes

You’ll need…

Brush cleanser

Warm Water

Clean Cloth


  1. Run brush under warm water to loosen dirt. You do not want to use hot water because it can ruin brushes by loosening the glue.

  2. Apply brush cleaner and gently rub bristles into the palm of your hand in soft circular motions. Continue this step until the bristles are clear of makeup.

  3. Gently rinse your brush with warm water to remove the cleaner.

  4. With a clean cloth remove excess water.

  5. Lay brushes flat to dry.

*Brushes will need to dry over night.

Brush Cleansers

            If you are not sure what kind of brush cleanser to use I have found 3 of the best on Sephora. You can also go to any makeup up store or pharmacy and look in their cosmetics aisle. I use Ulta brand cleanser for my brushes and it works wonderfully. If you’re looking for something more budget friendly you can try E.L.F. cosmetics. Their brush cleanser is very inexpensive. You can also use shampoo in a pinch or make your own cleanser with 2 parts dish soap and 1 part olive oil.

  1. Make Up For Ever Instant Brush Cleanser $22

Buy it here.

  1. Sephora Collection Hit Refresh Brush Cleaner Set $12

Buy it here.

  1. Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner $24

Buy it here.


Just remember to keep it clean and stay beautiful,





April 11, 2015 — Amar Gandhi

How To Apply False Lashes

Hey Lovelies!!! So today I will be sharing a tutorial with you about falsies. So many ladies would love to try them, but don’t know how to apply them. Well, it’s super easy and with just a few steps, and some practice you’ll be applying them like a pro MUA in no time. Let’s gather our materials

What you’ll need:

1 pair of strip lashes

Tweezers (optional)

Any brand of strip lash glue (I like Duo, dark)



Before you begin, if you are using lashes that you have worn before, be sure to remove any old or excess glue to ensure a smooth application and flawless finish. This can be done by gently peeling the old glue off, or dabbing a Q-tip soaked with makeup remover or alcohol along the band of the lashes. Ok, let’s get started!!!

Step 1: Remove lashes from packaging and ensure they are the correct size. Measure the strip along your lash line. If they are too wide be sure to clip the inner corner. It is important that they fit properly otherwise, they will be very uncomfortable and lift easily at either corner

Step 2: Gently squeeze the tube of glue so that a small bead forms on the tip of the nozzle. Glide the band of the lash along the bead of glue. Keep the motion even and consistent. This ensures even distribution of glue, and no clumps.

Step 3: Bend the lashes into a U-shape formation. Wait 15-30 seconds to allow the glue to become “tacky”. If you’re using dark glue, you can tell if it’s ready when it goes from a very light grey to a dark grey. Once completely dry the glue will turn black.

Step 4: Using tweezers or your fingers, whichever you prefer gently place the lashes along the lash line pressing the falsies into the lash line as well as the lashes.

Step 5: Once the lashes are in place secure them by pressing them into the lash line. You may support them for a few seconds with your finger to ensure that they stay in place until completely dry.

Step 6: Using a bit of mascara, blend your natural lashes in with the falsies for a seamless look.


So, there ya have it, step by step how to apply falsies. Hope it was helpful and thorough. Feel free to comment or leave questions if you have any. Now that you know how to apply them, feel free to stop by www.nubounsom.com/angiebrand to purchase Cruelty free 100% Mink lashes. And if you use my code: queenoftheglammed you get 20% off your entire purchase!!! Thanks lovelies. Be sure to subscribe for special deals and updates. Follow my Insta @queenoftheglammed_mua and be sure to LIKE My Make Up Brush set on FB. Thanks for reading, love ya!!!!

Blog by: A. Brand

April 09, 2015 — Amar Gandhi

10 Best Hairstyles for Spring 2015

Time to grow out all those bobs and lobs! Spring 2015 runway trends are showing some serious length. This season is all about Boho waves, trendy ponytails, braids and twists, big buns, mega blowouts and mixed materials! Keeping all those things in mind I have found some cute and easy to do hairstyles with tutorials for you to check out. I really love the mixed material fabric hair tutorial below! Hope you enjoy it as well. Just have fun and be creative!


  • Boho Waves

Tutorial here.

Pro Tip: Using a sea salt spray or dry shampoo will help create the perfect rough texture look for your waves!


  • Crisscross Ponytail

Tutorial here.

I’ve always been a huge fan of the ponytail because let’s be honest, its super easy but this is a great twist on something so basic. I’m in love with this style.

  • The Perfect Blowout

Tutorial here.

Pro Tip: A good blowout can last you a few days with the use of dry shampoo. Less heat styling will keep your hair healthy.

  • Mixed Materials

Tutorial here.

I love that runway this year is adding different materials to hairstyles. This style is definitely a statement! I can’t wait to try this.

  • Low Bun

Tutorial here.

Pro Tip: Make this finally look of your blowout before you wash your hair again! Dirty hair will hold texture and create a better style for this look.

  • Knot Braid

Tutorial here.

I don’t know about you but I’m sick of seeing fishtail braids, so this is a nice refreshing twist on a braid!

  • Top Knot Bun

Tutorial here.

Pro Tip: Use a volumizing mouse when drying hair for this look!

  • Natural Waves

Tutorial here.

This look is so easy to achieve! I love it and you can do this with medium and shorter length hair as well.

  • Braided Bun

Tutorial here.

Pro Tip: Use a smoothing balm with this look to create a sleek braid and bun.

  • Short Hair Style

Tutorial here.

I didn’t forget about the shorthaired ladies! I have a medium hair length and I have trouble braiding it at this point so this updo is perfect if you want a little something different! It’d be super cute with a headband too.


Have fun with these tutorials!


Stay Beautiful,