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.

 

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