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.

Dr Nick Lowe Sebum Control Cleanser

I am always searching for the perfect face cleanser and I think I have found the one..finally! It’s like finding the perfect man, nearly impossible ; )

As I am the kind of girl who does wear makeup every day, as much as I like to wear it, I also cannot wait to take it off when I get home from work.  There is nothing like the feeling of freshly cleansed skin after a hard day at work and this cleanser certainly gives you that feeling.

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Dr Nick Lowe Sebum Control Cleanser is dermatologically tested and alcohol free.  It allows you to deeply cleanse your pores without stripping your skin of vital moisture.  This is key, especially with sensitive and acne prone skin, just like mine.

Dr Nick Lowe has a range of amazing skin care products which have been tested over 30 years to treat many skin issues.  One being acne, blemish prone skin which is what this cleanser is specifically made for.

There are a lot of cleansers out there made specifically for acne prone skin, but I find them too drying and too harsh which defeats the purpose of using a specialist skin care product.  After researching Dr Nick Lowe’s products, I was extremely excited but at the same time a little dubious, given I have tried so many skin care products I just haven’t been happy with.  But, for the first time ever, I absolutely love cleansing my skin and removing my makeup.  It completely removes all traces of makeup which I have found difficult with other products.  My skin feels so clean, fresh, smooth and not dry at all.  I cannot explain how amazing this cleanser is and how perfect my skin feels after.

There have been times when I have used cleansers before using this cleanser and my skin just hasn’t felt 100% clean but, with Dr Nick Lowe’s Sebum Control Cleanser, I honestly can say it does.  I have also noticed my break outs have significantly reduced since using this product.  Happy days!

Have you tried the Dr Nick Lowe Sebum Control Cleanser and what do you think of it? Or are there any other acne prone skin care products you cannot live without? I’ll see you soon. X.O

Top 5 MAC Lipsticks

Which girl doesn’t have MAC lipsticks in her collection? I for one have about 70 odd and always seem to manage to find more shades that I want to purchase.  But I do have my firm favourites which are staples in my collection and I find myself always going back to these 5 shades.

1. Spirit
This was the first lipstick I purchased from MAC all those years ago and have always re-purchased it.  It’s my go to lipstick which suits my skin tone, suits any outfit whether its day or night and I also use this as a base/primer when I am mixing lipsticks (something I love to do). It helps cancel out the natural colour of my lips so I can add a really vibrant colour on top. It’s a brown with a hint of pink and is a satin finish so isn’t drying either, and the colour pay off is spot on.

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2. Faux
A gorgeous pink nude, again in a satin finish which is perfect for day time wear or for the evening this goes really well with a smokey eye.

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3. Pink Nouveau
I love this colour.  Its a bright bubble gum pink and really compliments my skin tone.  When I feel like my complexion is looking a little dull or I just fancy some colour, this is the colour I always go to.  It really brightens your look and is the cutest pink ever.

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4. Modesty
I find modesty is the perfect perfect nude.  I like to layer this on top of Spirit or Faux, as it’s very creamy and can make those two lipsticks look a little more natural.

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5. Ravishing
This is a stunning in between spring summer shade.  It’s an adorable tangerine coral colour which will suit any skin tone.  It’s so pretty and light and again, goes with any outfit or makeup look. Add a flush of peach blusher and you will look radiant and glowing.

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So my top 5 MAC lipsticks are a collection of shades which are easy to wear on a day to day basis as well as in the evening on a night out.  What are your favourite MAC Lipsticks and are you as addicted as me?  I’ll see you soon. X.O.

My Favourite Makeup Brushes and Why

We all know, to achieve a flawless makeup look you need good quality makeup brushes.  However, this doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy the most expensive brushes out there, as they aren’t necessarily the best.  Also, good quality brushes can have more than one use.  For instance, sometimes I use a particular eyeshadow brush to help me contour and/or highlight. It’s all about experimenting and what works for you and the look you are trying to achieve.

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So let’s start!

Foundation Brushes

Beauty Blender – ok, this isn’t a brush but it is the best invention ever and I hardly ever use anything else to apply my foundation. You will not get a more flawless look than with the beauty blender.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush – so this is a brush and is the best brush I have ever used to apply foundation.  It will never leave a streaky finish which I find a lot of foundation brushes do, which is really annoying as you have to to go back in and try and smooth out the streaks with either your fingers or another brush.  Way too much hassle for me! You will not get this problem with the Face Expert Brush and is not expensive at all!

Over the years, I have collected and used a number of foundation brushes but these are the only two I ever use now.

Powder/Blush Brushes

Mac 129 Brush – I use this brush to apply blusher or sometimes face powder.  It just depends on the phase I am going through.  For either purpose, this brush has been a firm favourite for nearly 10 years and is still going strong.

MAC 182 Kabuki Brush – I love this brush, I use this to apply blusher, or bronzer.  Again perfect application of the right amount of product is achieved with this brush.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush – this is one of the softest brushes I own and like to use this for all over setting powder.  It deposits the right amount of powder to your face which avoid the cakey look.

Eyeshadow Brushes

Mac 224 Fluffy Brush – I use this brush for literally so many different things.  I use it to apply eyeshadow, highlighter, contouring (when I want to achieve a very defined contour) under eye setting powder…what else? I could not live without this brush and if I was stranded on a desert island with only one makeup brush, this would be the one!

MAC 219 Pencil Brush – This is great for smoking out eyeliner, or adding highlight to the inner corner of your eyes.  So soft and is the perfect size for both these purposes.

Makeup Forever Angled Brush [product number has rubbed off] – Amazing for winged eyeliner, but I used this religiously to fill in my eyebrows.  It’s so soft which ensures I don’t fill in my eyebrows too harshly and are just the perfect natural shape.

So out of my 50 or so makeup brushes, which I love, these are my firm favourites which are staple brushes in my collection.

I do have one more brush, which I invested in recently and I love it.  I searched everywhere for it as I believe it is sold out or discontinued.  It is the Nars Contour Brush.  I cannot explain how perfect your contour comes out by using this brush and it’s the easiest brush to use for contouring! It deposits the right amount of product in the right place and can be achieved in literally seconds.  I am so glad I came across this little beauty wonder, as I know it will be in my favourites collection for life.

So out of my 50 or so makeup brushes, which I love, these are my firm favourites which are staple brushes in my collection.

What are your favourite brushes and do some of your brushes have multi-purpose uses like mine? I’ll see you soon. X.O.

 

Kim Kardashian’s Glowing Golden Makeup

 

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So I am not a massive fan of Kim Kardashian herself, but I am a little obsessed with her makeup, I mean come on, which girly girl isn’t right?  Have you noticed how much softer Kim Kardashian’s day to day make up is recently? She has great features and looks like such a yummy mummy with the new makeup looks she is sporting these days.  So much so, she had inspired me to wear less too.  Don’t get me wrong, she still wears a full face of makeup but it’s much lighter and fresher and she certainly seems to have ditched the smokey eyes during the day! Yay!  It’s all about the fresh face with golden and bronzed tones.. I am in love with these looks.. Some of the products she has been using are:

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation  – one of her all time favs and gives a completely flawless look.  She mixes a couple of different shades to get the perfect tone for her complexion. Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation is also another favourite of hers but is a bit more pricey but worth it if you fancy a splurge and photographs really well. I’ve tried it and it goes on extremely well and doesn’t budge.  Of course, I only save this for nights out as it’s one of my luxury products.  Tom Ford Eye Shadow Palette in Cognac Sable is what she likes to use on her eyes to achieve that golden/bronze glow.  Again another splurge, but consists of gorgeous soft gold and bronze shades. A little goes a long way, trust me! To achieve the all over bronzed I’ve just got back from the beach look, Chanel’s Soleil Tan De Chanel is something you cannot go wrong with! It’s so creamy and goes on naturally with no harsh orange tones, an excellent investment and I use this bronzer every day!

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In terms of mascara, Kim has ditched the full on lashes and now opts for a few individual lashes followed by a coat of mascara.  She likes to use her own brand mascara.  I personally haven’t tried it but suggest Benefit’s, They’re Real which is my all time favourite mascara and cannot live without it.  It really opens up your eyes without looking too full on and the best thing.. no falsies needed!

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Kim is known for her love of MAC’s lipstick in the shade Angel, however she is also known to like the nude shades from the Charlotte Tilsbury range which are creamy and very natural looking.

So, that is how to achieve her current soft and golden look.  I know some of the products are a little on the expensive side but I can vouch for them, totally worth it!

What do you think?  Do you have any makeup products that give you an amazing glow without looking over the top? I would love to hear about them.  I’ll see you soon. X.O.

Lemons – and why I can’t live without them

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Lemons? And why can’t I live without them?  So I have been obsessed with lemons for the past year and here are two reasons why.

1. I squeeze half a lemon into a tall glass of warm water every morning. I drink this slowly at my desk whilst checking emails.  I have noticed that I feel refreshed, cleansed and somehow I really do feel like it is detoxing my system.  One thing is for sure, it makes me visit the ladies more often but that is a good thing as it means it really is flushing out all the toxins and my insides feel all nice and sparkly again : )   It has also improved the condition of my skin.. I suffer from acne, and I feel drinking lemon water every morning has helped clear up my complexion.

2.  I rub half a lemon into my skin at night before I go to bed. Or I squeeze the juice into a round cotton pad and dab it onto problem areas where I may have scars. I am carful not to dab onto open wounds as it can sting, but sometimes I just go ahead and do it anyway as I feel like it really does cleanse my skin, I can take the pain ; ) The lemon juice help kill bacteria and is also a natural lightening agent, therefore really helps with lightening my acne scars.

Let me know if you can’t live without lemons just like me, what you use them for and is there anything else I can use them for beauty/health wise? Thanks for reading.. I’ll see you soon. X.O.

 

Face Cream vs Face Oil

I have suffered from acne since my early twenties and have battled it year after year.  I’ve used medication from the doctor for so long to control it, but I know the liquid antibiotic I have been using for so long is damaging to my skin and will in turn age me! No No no! There are other ways to maintain and control acne and one of the many important factors is what you put on your face.  The one thing we all do every day, or should be doing is moisturising.  But with what?  A cheap tub of something from Boots that seems to do the trick or an expensive top end brand which breaks the bank? Whose to say what is best for you?

Well, having battled acne all my adult life I have always researched what is good to slap on my face.  Let me be very clear, it’s not how much you spend that is going to keep your skins clear and young but what is in the product. Always go for non-comedogenic creams and parabens free.  I have my favourite, which is the Embrylolisse face cream, this is soothing and calming, doesn’t break me out and is a superb makeup primer.. win win..  However, I have come to learn that oils are in fact better for our skin than creams.  OIL?? Really?? Yes..! Fact: most face creams do nothing for our skin and we just end up wasting money time and time again on various creams on the market that do zilch and I mean literally zilch for our skin.  Face oil is the secret to healthy and youthful skin.

Thousands of years ago when moisturisers were not around what was used? OIL!  Organic oils are the best and there are so many on the market.  I have done my research and I can say, hands down Certified Organic Rosehip Oil by Trilogy is the best thing I have ever used to moisturise my face.  Rosehip oil has so many benefits for your skin, it hydrates, repairs and nourishes. You would think oil will make you shiny and slick, but no, this oil sinks into your skin, brightens, moisturises and repairs acne scars, which is fab for me! So, I am not going to go into too much detail in this post about face creams vs face oils, I will do a more detailed post with the pros and cons of both but I wanted you all to know and understand that oils are extremely good for your face.  Anything natural and 100 % pure such as coconut, almond, argan or anything organic is great for you.  If you feel uneasy about using an oil during the day, do what I do and massage this into your face at night and let the oil do it’s magic whilst your body repairs.. let me know what you think? I am definitely converted to face oils and wouldn’t dream of going back…I’ll see you soon X.O.

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