My Top 5 Make Up Tips

We all have little tips, tricks and random makeup application methods that work for us when applying makeup. Whether it be the type of brush you like to use to apply your foundation, using your fingers to apply certain products or perhaps even the order in which we apply products.  Different things work for different people but I wanted to share my top five tips and tricks which I have stuck to for many years and have never let me down.

1.  Use two different brand mascaras 

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I like to use two different brands of mascara when coating my lashes.  It sounds strange, but when I use this method, my lashes appear longer, fuller, almost “false” like but not clumpy.   I am not sure of the exact reasons as to why my lashes appear this way, but I think the ingredients in the two different brands “react” somehow to give a much fuller effect than using one brand with the same number of coats.  I alternate between the two different brands for each coat and probably end up only applying 2 coats of each, sometimes 3 depending on how I feel.
My favourites: Benefit – They’re real!  and Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express Mascara

2.  Filling in eyebrows before plucking 

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I used to always get my eyebrows threaded at the beauty salon but out of shear laziness I have mastered my own little tweezing routine.  I simply fill my eyebrows in with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, making sure I am happy with the shape.  I then simply tweeze any stray hairs around which are visible with my tweezermans.  Once I am happy, I clean away the pomade, which leaves me perfectly shaped eyebrows.
My favourites:  Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade and Tweezerman Tweezers

3.   Minimal Powder

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Powder is not always a must, and a lot of makeup artists will tell you this.  Powder can be very overbearing and if applied in the wrong way, can look dry, flat and cakey.  I have found the key to using powder is using it very sparsely.  Once I have applied my foundation and concealer, I like to slightly dust powder under my eyes with a small fluffy brush,  as well as the middle of my forehead to stop creasing and shine and just down the centre of my nose.  That is it.  I find you do not need to powder your whole face as most of the time your cheeks have been powdered with blush and/or bronzer.  Any added powder on top can take away the natural glow.  To set my makeup instead of powdering my entire face, I like to use a fixing spray.  This allows your makeup to stay put all day as well as still looking natural and dewy, which is my personal preference.  There is no harm in a little shine creeping up during the day, it’s just adds to the natural look.
My favourite: Banana Powder by Ben Nye

4. Using two different brands of foundation

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I only do this when I feel like I need a little extra coverage or for special occasions/nights out.  I like to apply one layer of one foundation and then another layer with a different brand.  I find this combination gives you an extremely flawless finish and I guess it works a little like the two brand mascara trick above.
My favourites: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and Makeup Forever HD Foundation 

5.  Eye makeup followed by concealer/foundation

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I always apply my eye makeup first, followed by foundation and then concealer.  I find if you apply your eye makeup after foundation and concealer, no only are you at risk of fall out but also at risk of finger marks which can happen when applying eye makeup in this order.  Your makeup will look more fresh when doing it this way.

I would love to hear of any tips and tricks you may have.  What works well for you?  I’ll see you soon X.O.

How I store my makeup brushes

So, if you are like me and have a ton of different makeup brushes, it can get quite disorganised and messy on the dressing table and quite frustrating when you are looking for a particular brush and you just can’t find it.  I used to get really annoyed with them being in a makeup bag, or a drawer or just lying around.  So here is a simple way to store your makeup brushes, looks cute on your dressing table and most of all actually stops them from getting damaged : )

I purchased these vases from Ebay, (you can get them in glass or acrylic but personally, I like the glass vases) which you can get  for a reasonable price.  I also purchased these clear pellet granules which are super duper cheap, and really help to keep the brushes separated, and standing upright.   Fill the vase about a third of the way, and pop your brushes in.  So simple, organised and pretty.

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I love how it looks on my dressing table. See?

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Another little trick I have is to clean out glass candle jars once they are finished, and store cotton buds and cotton pads in them, just like this : ) How cute!

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How do you store your makeup brushes? I’ll see you soon. X.O.

How I clean my Makeup Brushes

How often do you clean your makeup brushes?  Every day, every week, once a month?   Sometimes we don’t find the time to clean our brushes but it is extremely important to do this on a weekly basis.  Not only for hygiene reasons but also to preserve the lifetime of your brushes.  Some of mine have been in my kit for 10 years and this is down to the way I take care of them.

I know it can be time consuming to clean your brushes, especially if you have a lot like me, but it is important and I wanted to share my routine with you.  You will need:

  • Kitchen Tissue Roll
  • Baby Oil
  • Shampoo
  • Small/Medium Sized Bowl.

So firstly, I take two sheets of kitchen roll, lay one on top of the other and then folder this into quarters.  I then soak the kitchen roll ‘pad’ that I have just made, with baby oil and let it sink in a little.  Next, I take my first brush and swirl it around on the baby oil which helps break down the makeup from the brush.  You will see how much makeup comes off from just doing this step!  This stage is really important as the majority of the makeup will come off onto the pad, which will save time later on.  So do this with all your brushes and keep changing the kitchen roll as each one gets soaked up with makeup.

I usually do this step in the bathroom sink.  First, you want to fill a small bowl full of warm water.   I then squirt a little shampoo into the palm of my hand and swirl the brush around and around trying to get all the makeup off.  I then dip the brush into the bowl and  rub it against the side to help clean each and every hair as well removing the shampoo residue.  With really dirty brushes, you may need to repeat this step.  As the water gets murky, refill it with fresh warm water as you go.

Once all the brushes are done, I lay out each brush on a towel on my dressing table to help let them dry naturally.  Do not use any artificial heat as this will damage the brush hairs as well as the brush handles.

So that is it, it’s really simple yet effective and your brushes feel and smell gorgeous after.  How do you clean your brushes?  I’ll see you soon. X.O.

August Favourites

So here is my first ‘Favourites’ post and I am really excited to share with you what I am loving this month.  I love trying new makeup and beauty products, but never do I just buy anything and everything without researching it, reading reviews, analysing the ingredients as well as establishing what exactly it’s going to do for me and will I really benefit from this product?  Let’s get started.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

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I have been going through a phase of changing my foundation over the last 2-3 months.  I have always been a huge MAC girl and have used their foundation for the last 5-6 years.  But recently, I have found the foundation just hasn’t been sitting right on my skin, which can happen as our skin changes over time and products we can’t live without suddenly become products we certainly can live without.  So, as I do, I started to research foundations and I came across the Giorgio Luminous Silk Foundation,  I watched some reviews on YouTube and read a ton of reviews on Google, before I decided to go ahead and purchase it.  I cannot tell you how happy I am with this foundation.  It’s one of the easiest foundations to apply and just sinks into my skin when I apply it.  Even after a 9 hour day, when I come home from work, this foundation looks exactly how it was applied when I put it on in the morning, bar a little shine which does not bother me as this just looks healthy.  When you hear ‘luminous’, you may think, shiny, shimmer etc, but this foundation give you an incredible yet subtle glow which looks completely natural and makes your foundation look like skin.  This is a clear winner and now part of my daily makeup routine.  It is a little pricey but, in my eyes, completely worth it.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer – Custard

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One thing I cannot be without is concealer.  Concealer not only brightens the under eye area, but conceals blemishes which foundation may not completely do.  I have been using a mac concealer, and again have just not been happy with it over the last few months.  I know a lot of people suffer from the creasing effect under the eye, which is the one thing I have never been able to figure out and don’t think I ever will.  I am not sure why it has taken me so long to purchase this concealer, but I can see myself using this for a very long time.  I only have very slight creasing by the end of the day (as long as you powder) and looks as fresh as it did when first put on in the morning.  Big thumbs up from me.  I apply this with my fingers rather than a brush as I feel it gives a more natural finish.

Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade

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This product is fabulous.  I am really fussy about my eyebrows and this product really allows you to shape and fill in your brows without looking cakey.  This stuff won’t budge all day long come rain or shine.  I actually now use this product to help me tweeze my eyebrows into the perfect arched shape, and will do a separate post on this with step by step instructions.

MAC Lipstick – Kinda Sexy

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I am completely and utterly in love with this colour and it will definitely be joining my top favourite MAC lipsticks.  It is a nude coral colour which is great for my skin tone.  It’s a matte lipstick so can be a little drying, so its worth adding a little vaseline or lip gloss on top to avoid the dry flaky look.  I am currently using this every day and am completely addicted to it.

The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer AKA “The Bronzing Bandit”

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I am not usually a fan of shimmer bronzer, but having seen this on YouTube, I loved the way it really gives you a sun kissed glow without you looking too shimmered out.  I recommend this product, it’s incredible.  Sometimes, if I want a more dramatic look, I layer this on top of the Chanel Soleil Tan De Soleil and they both really compliment each other.

Kevin Aucoin Celestial Powder – Candlelight 

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I am really big on highlighter and the Kevin Aucoin Celestial Powder has been on my wish list for some time now.  I love building up highlight for an evening out but I still like to apply a subtle hint during the day as I am totally against matte, flat makeup and love skin that looks natural and glowing.  This highlight is stunning, it isn’t overly pigmented yet provides the perfect highlight without looking too powdery or shimmery.  I feel like I am not even wearing any highlighter and my skin is producing the natural highlight all by itself : )

Chanel Soleil Tan De Soleil

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OK, where have I been and what have I been doing without this bronzer?  I am a huge bronzer girl and have tried all sorts under the sun.  I can honestly say I have found the perfect bronzer which I see joining my staple all time favourites.  I love cream products as they always give you a more natural look.  This is so easy to apply, almost velvet like, has no shimmer whatsoever and is the perfect shade of brown, with not hints of orange at all.  Some bronzers look ‘dirty’ but this instantly perks up your skin as if you have just come back from a day at the beach! Perfect! And it smells so fresh and gorgeous. Totally addicted!

So those are my August favourites, but to be honest can see most of them becoming firm beauty favourites of mine.  Are you loving any of the products I have mentioned?  Don’t forget to subscribe if you like what you read.  I’ll see you soon. X.O.