Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

It's the last day of the year and I just want to say THANK YOU for visiting this blog in 2013.  I’ll try my best to post more frequently in 2014.

My best wishes for a New Year that fulfills your dreams and hopes...




DIY: Purifying brush cleanser

Hello everyone!
In the previous post I showed you how to cleanse your make-up brushes daily.  I also gave you a simple recipe for a  DIY daily brush spray cleaner.  This post is about weekly deep brush cleansing!
Deep cleansing:
Once a week, take some time to use a brush cleaner to deep clean and condition your brushes!  No need to spend a lot of money on a brush cleanser, just follow these simple steps to make your very own natural purifying brush cleanser!
You will need:
  • 2 parts antibacterial liquid hand wash
  • 1 part olive oil


Method:
  1. Mix antibacterial liquid hand wash, olive oil and a little bit of water on a plate.
  2. Gently swish brush bristles around on plate.
  3. Take brush under running water (always have brush pointing down) and further work up lather. 
  4. Rinse well with water and gently squeeze excess water out without pulling bristles. 
  5. Air dry with bristles pointing down - you don’t want the water to loosen the glue holding the brush together. 

Take these steps to clean your brushes will not only extend the life and quality of your brushes, it’ll help prevent unwanted blemishes and breakouts. 

DIY: Daily brush spray cleaner

Hello everyone!

Today I have some brush cleaning tips for you.  You cleanse your face morning and night daily, but how often do you wash your make-up brushes?
Our brushes collect all sorts of dirt including dust, make-up, oil and bacteria.  If you don’t clean your brushes on a daily basis, all that dirt is being transferred to your face along with your make-up!  Here are a few steps you can take to make sure you keep your brushes, and your skin, clean!
Daily cleaning:

Take a make-up remover wipe or an antibacterial hand wipe to lightly clean your brush.  Gently swipe your brushes back and forth on the wipes to clean after each use.  Or you can use this DIY daily brush spray cleaner.

You will need:
  • alcohol (aka surgical spirit)
  • distilled water
  • lavender essential oil
  • spray bottle
Method:
  1. Pour the alcohol and water into a clean spray bottle, I dilute mine about 2 parts alcohol and 1 part water.
  2. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil, this will help reduce the alcohol smell and also help condition the brushes.
  3. Spray it onto a tissue or directly onto brush bristles.
  4. Gently wipe brush onto a tissue to remove make-up.
  5. Let brush air dry - no need to rinse.
Use this spray to quickly remove traces of make-up between applications.  
For deep cleansing, use this DIY purifying brush cleanser once a week.

Remember, cleansing your brushes prolongs their life!


Saturday, December 21, 2013

The best eyebrows for your face

Hello everyone!
Today's post is another eyebrow post - I told you I'm obsessed! ;-)
Eyebrows can change the way your face looks, so it’s important to have perfectly shaped brows that complement and balance your face.

If you don't know your face shape, take this quiz and find out!
Here are some tips to help you choose the most flattering eyebrow shape to complement your facial features:
Oval face
Oval faces are lucky; oval faces are considered the perfect shape.  Full brows with a prominent arch are most complementing and to create the appearance of fuller cheeks, shorter length brows work amazingly. 
Round face
Choose medium to full brows that are more angular than round, an arch will complement your natural features and offset the roundness of your face. 
Angular face (Heart, Inverted triangle, Diamond, Pear)
Your face already has angles so medium brows that are rounded with a soft arch work best.  A high arch will only make you look permanently surprised! 
Square/Rectangle face
Like an angular face, you want medium brows that aren't overly flat or arched.  A soft arch will soften the angles of the face. 
Long/Oblong
Flat straight eyebrows will help to shorten your face vertically and a low arch will help open up your face horizontally.
Note for all:
Steer clear of thin eyebrows.  Eyebrows need to be in proportion with your face like all other features, so it’s best to get them groomed by a professional to ensure they are perfectly suited to you. 
I also came across these very useful eyebrow shaping tips from doeadeery.com:  




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Related posts:
Quiz: What's your face shape?
Re-grow over-plucked eyebrows!
Eyebrow pencil tips

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Open flame liner?!

Hello everyone!
Today's post is about one of the oldest tricks used by make-up artists.  It gives you an intense smudge and it’s super easy.
Warming the eyeliner pencil makes it more malleable and easier to use, and the slightly softened tip won’t drag on skin but will give a smooth, intense line!

You will need:
  • an eyeliner pencil.
  • an open flame (a lighter / a match / a candle.)



Method:
  1. To soften it, hold the tip of the pencil in the flame for one or two seconds.
  2. Wait 15 seconds for the pencil to cool down.
  3. Roll it a little on the back of your hand to mould and keep the tip pointed.
  4. Applying almost immediately (provided it’s cool enough) will give the most intense, smudgeable line.
Other ways of warming pencil liners include; rubbing the pencil between your fingertips, drawing it across the back of your hand, blasting it with a hair-dryer, or leaving it on top of a radiator.
Is lighting your liner something you've tried, or would be tempted to try?  Tell me in the comments below!



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Photo from here.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Tag post: Winter tag

Hello everyone!
Although it’s not technically winter yet, it definitely feels like it.  So today’s post is a winter tag!



Top 2 winter beauty essentials - Easy, a good lip balm and a hydrating moisturizer!
Top 2 winter fashion essentials - Boots and scarves.
What shoes do you tend to wear the most in the winter? - Again, boots.  I literally cannot wear anything else, otherwise I would freeze!
Favourite winter nail polish - Anything festive; reds, metallic, glitter etc. 
Favourite winter drink - Hot cocoa!  I don’t drink alcohol, so I’m not left with much choice. ;)  
Favourite winter candle - I love Yankee Candle’s Sweet Strawberry.  I know it’s not a winter fragrance but for some reason it reminds me of Christmas.
Does it snow where you live? - No, never!
Have you ever made a snowman? - No.
What holiday do you celebrate? - CHRISTmas - I’m Catholic! 
Favourite Christmas/Holiday song or album? - I am currently obsessed with PTXmas (Deluxe Edition) by Pentatonix 


Little Drummer Boy - Pentatonix

Favourite Christmas/Holiday movie? - I watch all holiday movies on Hallmark, Lifetime, ABC Family etc.  My all-time favourite has got to be A Christmas Carol (1984) – I watch it every year with my mum. 



What is your favourite winter treat? (candy cane, gingerbread, etc…) - Homemade bounty bars!
Hope you enjoyed this tag post.  I tag all of you!  Leave a comment with your answers.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

JuicyCanvas : Customizable Art & Fashion

Hello everyone!

This is not a regular beauty post.  I recently stumbled upon a website called JuicyCanvas and  I loved the concept so much I thought I’d share it with you.

Founded by husband-and-wife team Artur Maklyarevsky and Deb Brugiati,
JuicyCanvas is the first art and fashion marketplace that allows you to customize (or “remix” as they call it) trending art and print it onto beautiful daily-life products, such as; American Apparel t-shirts, baby onesies, tote bags, mobile cases, hoodies and stretched canvases.

Take a look:




They are currently fundraising to take their project to the next level, on Indiegogo.  They plan to build a mobile app and launch new products they've been testing for months.  They are seeking the backing of art and fashion enthusiasts and they are also rewarding contributors with customizable perks.  You can get more info about this here.  Every little bit will help!

Support JuicyCanvas and help them reach their goal!



Follow JuicyCanvas on social networks:
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Eyebrow pencil tips

Hello everyone!

As we all know, well groomed eyebrows balance your features and frame your eyes As I told you previously, I'm kind of obsessed with eyebrows

A common way to groom your eyebrows is by using eyebrow pencil.  This post will explain how to use it correctly.

If you want well defined, natural-looking eyebrows, all you have to do is follow these few simple steps and additional tips below.

Step 1: Fill-in the eyebrows with your pencil using thin, hair-like strokes.  Use short strokes that overlap, to make the eyebrows appear fuller.


Step 2: Blend colour and groom brows with an eyebrow comb or spooley brush.
Step 3: (Optional) For very defined brows, take a small flat brush and apply creamy concealer around the brows to tidy up the edges.  
Step 4: (Optional) Keep you eyebrows in place with a brow gel.

Tips:
  • Choose the shade closest to you natural colour.
  • Never, ever fill in your brows with black pencil!  Unless you want the black Sharpie brows, don’t do this.  Even if you have black eyebrows, you want to fill them in with a dark brown colour - not black.
  • Make sure your eyebrows are groomed, before applying any make-up.  
  • When it comes to filling-in your brows, the key is to remember to imitate the look of the hairs.
  • Never use solid tick lines to “draw in” the eyebrows.  A series of thin, overlapping strokes provides a more natural-looking result.
Remember eyebrows are sisters, not twins.  



Related posts:
Re-grow over-plucked eyebrows!
What is the point of clear mascara?

Photo from iStockPhoto

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

DIY: Perfumed body powder

Hello everyone!

Today I will show you another beauty DIY; your own customized perfumed body powder.  This also makes a great last minute gift, and I bet you can find all the necessary ingredients at home.

You will need:
  • cotton balls or cotton disks
  • a  perfume/essential oils of your choice
  • corn flour (cornstarch)
  • a glass jar with a lid
  • powder puff


Method:
  1. Get a cotton ball or two and spray them with your favorite perfume.  About 30 sprays.  You can also put drops of essential oils like rose or lavender on the cotton balls instead.
  2. Place the cotton ball(s) in the bottom of the glass jar.
  3. Fill the container about half full with corn flour (cornstarch) and close the lid.
  4. Shake the container vigorously.
  5. Let the perfumed powder mixture stand for 10-14 days so the perfume/oils can penetrate the powder.
  6. Use a powder puff and enjoy your own customized perfumed body powder!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

NEW launch! GlamST: Try beauty products virtually and receive advice

Hello everyone!

Imagine if you could try your make-up virtually just by posting your photo, and also get the best beauty advice.  This is the main idea behind GlamST (GlamStreet).


GlamST is a new platform that helps women find the perfect beauty product.  It combines virtual tester technology with intelligent recommendations and social advice to help choose the best beauty products online.



GlamST aims to combine technology with blogger and social recommendations to help women choose the best make-up for them.

The app is already available in Windows 8 store - click here!.  


Features

  • Try make-up virtually in face and lips in your own picture
  • Get inspired and create and save your own look
  • Learn how to apply make-up & discover latest trends in beauty products

And on December 2013 (mark your calendar), GlamST will be launching their web platform!  I’m so excited!  Register now - click here.


Saturday, November 09, 2013

DIY: Translucent face powder

Hello everyone!
Today's post is a simple recipe for translucent face powder!  Not only is it easy to make, but it also gives your skin a break from all the toxins and chemicals found in commercial face powders!  The ingredients are items that you probably already have in your kitchen.



This powder is very effective at mattifying the skin and setting your make-up and because it’s made with skin-loving ingredients, it will also nourish your skin!  Here’s how you make it:
Ingredients:
  • Arrowroot powder: this powder is made from dehydrated and ground arrowroot, which is known to have skin-smoothing effects.  
  • Corn flour (cornstarch): absorbs excess oil, helping to give your skin a matte finish
  • Cocoa powder: has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which help to firm and renew your skin
All three ingredients can be found at the cooking and baking supply section at the store!

Method:
  1. Combine 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder and 2 teaspoons of corn flour in a bowl.
  2. Add in a little cocoa powder until it reaches a shade similar to your own natural skin tone.  This is a translucent powder, so I suggest you only use between ½ and 2 teaspoons.
  3. Mix thoroughly.
You may keep your powder for up to six months in a sealable container.

really love this DIY loose powder and I'm pretty sure you'll love it too!

Saturday, November 02, 2013

DIY: Nail art dotting tools

Hello everyone!

Today I want to talk to you about dotting tools.  Nail art dotting tools come in a variety of sizes and are used to help create dot and circle patterns. 


How to use: As you probably know, just dip the end of your dotting tool in nail polish, and dot away!


It’s also easy to create your own nail dotting tools using stuff you have lying around at home.  I use these all the time to create polka dot designs. (Check out some of my designs below!

Here's how you can make four different DIY dotting tools.  Enjoy! 

1

From micro points to polka dots, a toothpick is the obvious and most popular choice for dotting.  Be sure to purchase picks with flattened bases for an extra shape to play around with!
2

Bobby pins are another cheap and convenient alternative.  Just bend them out straight, and use the round tips at the end like regular dotting tool.

3

You can also use ballpoint pens.  I suggest that you use an old one with no ink left. 

4


You can also create your own dotting tool by sticking a straight pin into the eraser end of a pencil.  I really like this one because if you use a bigger straight pin, you'll have bigger dots, while with smaller straight pin,  you'll have smaller dots.  It's very versatile.


 

Well, there you have it.  Have fun experimenting!  And here's a little nailspiration...


Nails Of The Day (NOTD): 
Christmas tree nails
Neon, polka dots and glitter
Easter/Spring nails




Photos from here, here, here and here.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Silver crackle

Hello everyone!

Today's post is a double NOTD post!  My mum and I are both wearing  Silver Crackle nail polish.  Check out both looks below and vote for who wore it better! ;) 

This is what I am wearing on my nails today...  





I applied one coat of Sparkling Black nail polish and one coat of Silver Crackle on my thumb and ring finger nails.

My mum is wearing Silver Crackle on top of a Shimmery Burgundy polish...




Tips:

The thinner you apply the crackle polish, the smaller the cracks with look.
Never try to apply two coats of crackle nail polish.


Do you like the end results?  Who wore it better me or my mum? ;)  Let me know in the comment section below.


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

DIY: Solid perfume

Hello everyone!

Here’s how you can make an easy, portable, all natural solid perfume

Ingredients:

  • beeswax
  • carrier oil (like jojoba, sweet almond or grape seed)
  • essential oil/s of your choice



Use equal parts grated beeswax and carrier oil (2 teaspoons of each) and about 40-45 drops of essential oil.

You will also need an old lip balm container.

Method:
  1. In a small bowl/container, measure out your essential oil blend and make sure you like the smell while it’s concentrated.  Keep in mind that the smell will soften once you add it to the beeswax and carrier oil.
  2. In a small double boiler, start the water heating on the bottom pot and melt your measured beeswax into the dry top pot.  When your beeswax is pretty much melted, add in the carrier oil and stir until everything is liquid.
  3. Turn the heat off and mix in your essential oil/s. 
  4. Carefully pour your home-made perfume mixture into your chosen container.  If, for some reason, the perfume hardens before you’re able to get it into your container, don’t panic.  Just put the bowl back on top of your double boiler and let it re-melt.  Don’t leave it over the heat for too long, because the essential oils will evaporate.  Within a few minutes, your perfume will set, and it will be completely hardened.
Enjoy your new perfume!


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Jack-o'-lantern

Hello everyone!
I haven't posted a NOTD post in months!  Today I want to show you another Halloween inspired nail art -  Jack-o'-lantern nails!  Check out my previous Halloween inspired nails: bloody Halloween.

This nail art is very easy to make.  All you will need for this jack-o'-lantern manicure is an orange nail polish, a black nail polish and a clear top coat. 



Tip: The detailing of the eyes, nose and mouth can be done with a nail art striper brush.  If you don't own one, you can use an old liquid eye liner brush. 
Will you be wearing Halloween inspired nail art this year?
XOXO
Euphrasie85

 

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