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How To: Bright, Awake Eyes.

posted on: 4 March, 2013

I often get complimented on my peepers, I was lucky enough to get the Johnson blue eyes from my Dads side of the family, but nonetheless there are a few beauty tips and tricks I do to make sure my eyes are the main point of my makeup.

I’m not one for heavy eye makeup, I think with my colouring and features it can be too harsh and make my eyes look smaller than they are. Occasionally I’ll wear a bit of winged liner or a dark smokey eyeshadow but mainly I stick to neutrals and work on making my lashes look curled and voluminous. To start my bright eyes mission, I gently pat on a little bit of concealer around my under-eye along the orbital bone and down in to a sort of point about half an inch under my eyes, I usually use the By Terry Touché Veloutee concealer as it’s very light but completely camouflages bags without looking dry and sinking in to the creases. I really recommend this but for a budget concealer, try the L’Oreal Touche Magique concealer in two shades lighter than your foundation.

After concealer, I’ll fix up my brows as shaped brows pull your whole look together and shape your face – I use the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Granite for this, it’s easy to get the hang of and it shapes, defines and tints your brows in one. I find that this gives me that nice combed brow that models always seem to have. I try and keep my eyebrows as natural as possible, just keeping the unruly hairs in place and adding a bit of colour.

Next up, I move back to my eyes and curl my lashes with the only curlers I recommend, Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers. These really are amazing at lifting, curling and holding the lashes in place, curled lashes always make you look so awake and really open your eyes. Afterwards I use a “daytime” mascara as I like to call ‘em – the ones that separate the lashes and give a more natural look, rather than heavily defined. There are some mascaras that were just made for giving you lift without looking smudged, and L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic is one of them. I wouldn’t wear this for a night out or a special occasion but for looking bright eyed, it’s a must.

Lastly, I dot on a little of Benefit’s Eye Bright, a powder highlighter in pencil form (you heard) that is perfect for highlighting the inner corners of your eyes and also the brow bone. I swear by this, it makes all the difference.

What are your tips for that “I’ve had 8 hours sleep” look?

How To: ‘Under The Weather’ Quick Fixes.

posted on: 8 January, 2013


Everyone you meet at the moment is suffering from some kind of ailment or just those plain old January Blues – I am feeling incredibly run down and a little overworked so I’ve been relying on this combo to help me look healthy and perky.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir £32
Ah one of my favourite and most reliable products – I absolutely swear by this to calm my skin, give it a little glow and simmer those spots. Spritz a little over face in the morning, the mint will have you feeling fresh and alive in no time and it’s an absolute essential when you’re ill. I usually use this like a toner and then spend a minute massaging it in, this encourages circulation and makes skin look oh so lovely.

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector in Rose Shimmer £25
When you’re feeling lazy, the last thing you want to do is apply anything that requires effort – chances are you won’t have the energy to make it look right. Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector is an absolutely God-send for those days, it’s not shimmery or glittery but really wakes up skin for an incredible boost, the rose shimmer shade is really warming to the skin tone. It takes no time to apply a bit of this for an awake glow to your skin. Don’t waste time on anything that will engineer your downfall.

L’Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer £8.49 *
This highlighting pen is pretty much a multi-use one-stop cover-it-all product that I swear by after nights out or when I ain’t feelin’ too great. It’s a budget version of the cult classic YSL Touché Eclat, perfect for covering those dark circles and any dark marks. I usually dot a little down my nose and on my cheekbones to help me look a little more alive.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers £20
Nothing, I repeat nothing, makes you look more awake than bright eyes so get curling those eyelashes because I always find this is the trick to making me look like I’ve had 10 hours sleep when really, we’re missing that zero. Give two squeezes on each eye with these cult lash curlers by Shu Uemura, you can skip the mascara if you want but this step is essential.

MAC Bare Study Paint Pot £14.50
This pearl eye shadow cream is perfect for adding a touch of highlight to eyes, I usually use this to dab a little glow on my brow bone and in my inner eye. I usually leave eyeshadow and add a touch of mascara for a more fresh-faced look but I know adding this light-reflecting cream will make my eyes look so much bigger and brighter.

Benefit Coralista Blush £23.50
Usually when I want to look perky, I reach for peachy blushes for a nice natural flush to my skin. I always love adding blusher to my pale skin because it makes such a difference and I look more alive. I love Benefits Coralista, a subtle shimmery coral shade that suits all! I’m yet to find someone who doesn’t love this healthy flush of colour. See my full review here.

I’m continuously a little under the weather due to my useless immune system and I always manage to cover it up with my favourite products. What do you use when you’re not feeling your best?

How To: Makeup Removal.

posted on: 17 October, 2012

Bioderma Crealine H20 - £10.95 (eBay)
It used to be that evening makeup removal was a laborious chore that I would do anything to avoid, it is perhaps why I don’t wear so much makeup these days – especially eyeliner. Yep, that’s exactly how much I hated the task. 
I’ve introduced a couple of products in to my nightly routine which has made the mundane task of removing makeup less of a chore.
The first of these products is of course Bioderma, a favourite of mine for removing any kind of tough makeup, as well as foundation and base products, without spreading it around your face. Bioderma is a micellar solution, it dissolves the makeup so it’s easily removed without looking like Taylor Momsen. 
This really makes makeup removal so simple and easy, I squeeze a little bit of this on to a cotton pad and hold it over my peepers for a few seconds and then wipe off eye makeup. Le simple. 
Bioderma can be used to take off all makeup, but I prefer product number two – REN No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm. Who doesn’t love a cleansing balm? Simply squeeze a small amount of this in to hands, warm it up between your palms and massage in to skin. 
I usually have a lifetime supply of muslin cloths (eBay link here) on hand to gently remove the excess – running the cloths under warm water makes removing makeup so easy. I tend to take eye makeup off first with the Bioderma so my cloths aren’t stained by my eye makeup, but if I’m feeling particularly lazy then I skip the first stage and use the cleansing balm all over as I only have mascara and eyeshadow to take off. 
So there we have it, the lazy girls guide to removing makeup. Surely I’m not the only one who hates this task?! 
What products do you use to remove makeup?

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Tips For Growing Hair.

posted on: 21 September, 2012

One thing I’m always astonished by is how quick my hair grows. At the start of this year it was barely touching my shoulders and I had a fringe at my eyebrows. I’d say the my hair is now a good 4 or 5 inches longer since January and a whole lot thicker and healthier. My hair obviously isn’t long as such, but a lot of people ask me for tips on getting their hair to grow so here we are. These are just what has worked for me in the last 8 months and not everything you can do.

01. The first thing to remember is how much heat damages your hair. The last time I used my straighteners was… months ago! I rarely use them or apply any heat to my hair on a regular basis. I know everyone isn’t like this, I probably prefer my hair slightly more wavy but I’m lazy and I’ve also seen how much my hair grows sans heat. Try and reduce the heat you apply to your hair, I use my hairdryer to dry my hair after every wash, so probably 3 times a week but I don’t overdo it. I gently brush through and apply serums and/oils and then run my fingers through to separate and leave to dry naturally for around 20-30 minutes – this makes all the difference and you’ll notice you really cut down on drying time!

02. Find hair products that suit your hair type. I really wasn’t a fan of my hair until I got to know it, it’s fine and can get oily and weighed down easily – using heavy conditioners was weighing down my hair and I found myself needing to style it with straighteners or tongs constantly and wash/dry it more often, meaning I was using heat all the time. After I bought shampoo and conditioner for fine hair, like the Phytovolume range from Phyto, my hair sat better and lasted longer between washes. I wasn’t reaching for styling tools constantly and my hair wasn’t falling flat at every opportunity.
Once a week, if you feel it’s necessary, use a hair mask on your hair to keep it in check. I rarely do this as I hate too much conditioner in my hair, so I leave in my normal conditioner for a few extra minutes occasionally. This will prevent damage to hair and keep it silky smooth.

03. Be gentle. Although I have fine hair, the ends can get tangled easily. I stopped using conditioner for a while because I felt that it was just weighing down my hair, so before I found something which was lightweight and suitable for my hairtype, I had tangled, dry ends. Not good. I used to get my boyfriend to brush my hair and it would take so long, even with a Tangle Teezer (which I’m not a fan of), to brush and detangle my otherwise soft hair.
I swear by a small amount of L’Oreal Mythic Oil in the ends of my hair, it detangles and protects and leaves my ends silky smooth. I also use the Denman Tangle Tamer to brush through, it’s such a good brush to gently detangle hair without breaking or damaging it. I have recently found out this is a kids brush, but it’s one of my favourite hair brushes and very cheap so I really recommend it! It’s so gentle and I think this is one of the reasons my hair never seems to break off or have split ends.

04. Protect from heat damage. Using heat is going to happen, as I’ve already explained not even I can live without it and I’m pretty laid back when it comes to my hair. I swear by a quick spritz of the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection spray, not only does it protect against heat damage but it also leaves hair silky smooth! Great for those who rely on straighteners to tame unruly hair.

05. Eat well and take supplements. Unfortunately for me, I have a rather awful immune system which means I have to take vitamins regularly or I get sick. I was brought up eating well so it’s kind of stuck with me, and the added vitamins are probably another contributing factor to my good hair growth.
I don’t take anything special, usually just Multivitamins but I make sure to get Iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin B and Zinc on a regular basis. I don’t take anything specifically for my hair, these are just to keep me well but a balanced diet will help with hair growth.

What are your tips for growing hair and keeping it healthy?

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