I picked up 5 Stereo Rose Mineralise Skin Finishes from MAC last month for a giveaway. So many of you couldn’t find it so I couldn’t help myself. It’s super easy to enter. All you have to do:
So we all want full and pouty lips but unfortunately many of us have far from the lips we covet. There are a few things to consider when applying make-up if you want your lips to appear fuller.
Use lip plumping products to increase blood flow to make the lips appear fuller. A pure peppermint essential oil lip balm will do this naturally by drawing blood to the lip.
Add a little gloss to the centre of the lips to add depth
Choose neutral tones – natural pinks and tans.
Avoid very dark colours
You can also experiment with lining the lip just outside of the natural lip line with a lip liner identical to your natural lip colour. Be careful though as this can look unnatural unless you choose the exact same colour as your lips, even one shade darker will appear a little funny looking.
I hope this was useful!
Let me start off by saying that I am usually a bit lazy when it comes to base and top coats. To be honest I’m lucky if my nail polish dries without a dint of some sort. I’m very fidgety and find it difficult to sit still long enough for layers to dry.
I have tried a few different base coats and haven’t found one that was useful. The worst being the Boots Expert base coat which made my polish peel off.
I bought mine on special – buy one Sally Hansen product and get the second half price. I choose the nail hardener as my second item, review to follow on that one.
Back to Double Duty. I apply one coat before my nail polish and one coat after.
1. It keeps my nail polish chip free for days
2. It prevented my nails from yellowing after days of dark polish
3. A little sticky until completely dry but not enough to mess up your nails
It’s also cheap… in most countries. Ireland as per usual has a disgusting hefty mark-up so if it’s not on special you can buy it for €2.50 on ebay. I wouldn’t pay more! But I shall be repurchasing.
What nail bases and topcoats do you recommend?
It occurred to me that I tend to make videos about products that have excited or pleased me. This is probably because I enjoy positivity. Very often the products I don’t like get off lightly.
Both of these hair tools have let me down, big time!
I would be interested to hear about any hair tools that have left you feeling disappointed or even annoyed. That way we can help each other avoid money wasting.
It’s been a while since my last morning waffle so it incumbent on me to share the contents of my head with you. (hair post will follow this afternoon)
Hair extensions – If you follow me on Twitter you know that I had some extensions added to my hair last week. I’m a happy woman – blog post and photos will be up this evening.
Where is my tan gone? I’m wondering why I bothered sunbathing at all this year. My tan disappeared after two weeks. This means I’m back to fake tanning. I had my first ever spray tan last week using Xen (post and pics will be up in the morning for this one). I was very impressed, to say the least.
Getting excited about Autumn/Winter – As much as I’m moaning about my tan fading I am looking forward to Autumn clothing. I love layering and accessorising, it’s been too hot to do either lately. I find earrings and necklaces make me feel Read more…
I really enjoyed lollipop26′s diet ramble video and I could relate as I’m sure many of you can. Dieting and weight control are such huge issues for us, just bear in mind that I’m no expert and this is a vlog on my own experience. It’s also my first ever vlog :)
I would love to hear about your dieting and weight experiences. It’s good to share :)
I got my greedy little hands on Origins Mushroom Relief Advanced Face Serum. I was excited since this is a product for relief of redness, sensitivity and reactivity – three words I associate with my skin.
Apparently it’s a clinically proven formula so I have high hopes for this one. Two positive observations on first glance is that it has a dark glass bottle which prevents light affecting the ingredients – no plastic contamination either. Also, it has a pump which means no oxygen reaches the product to affect active ingredients.
It contains a blend of Chaga, Cordyceps Mushrooms ans Sea Bukcthorn (I can see you nodding in understanding, just like me). It’s also made without parabens, phythalates, mineral oil, Paraffin, Patroleum etc. Basically no bad stuff.
According to the instructions I must apply the serum to a clean face morning and evening. Doesn’t sound like too much work so far.
There is no leaflet so I’m going to have to pay their website a visit for more information. I’m not entirely sure I should continue using other skin care products at the same time.
This bottle contains 50ml / 1.7 oz but also comes in a smaller 30ml bottle. The 50ml costs £50 and the 30ml £41. It is expensive but hopefully it’s worth the dosh. I’ll get back to you on that one.
On the label it states that Dr Weil donates all his after tax profits to the Weil Foundation. Nice.
Have you tried any Origins products?
Make your own skincare time. I tried this one myself yesterday.
This mask is great for dry, combination, ageing or damaged skin. It tones, cleanses, reduces inflammation and hydrates the skin – all from ingredients in your kitchen cupboard.
You also get the added benefit of knowing exactly what you are putting onto your skin.
All you need:
- 1 large egg white
- 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 tablespoons of grated fresh cucumber
- Still bottle water
Beat the egg until it forms still peaks. I’m a weed to I use the electric mixer. Fold in the orange juice and cucumber, stir gently.
Smear the mixture onto your skin and leave for 20 minutes. I wiped mine off with cotton wool pads and bottled water. I like to finish diy masks by applying a little witchazel to the skin as a toner.
It keeps for 1 day in the fridge so I tend to apply the mask twice or share with my mum :)
I have been asked quite a few times to explain the process of covering an indented scar. This method is great for covering all manner of indented scars – acne indented scaring, chicken pox marks, indented surgical scars etc.
A mixture of highlighting, shading and covering can make a scar look less indented. The idea is to create the illusion that the surrounding area protrudes less.
- Cover the scar with a camouflage/concealer that matches your skin tone of the surrounding skin.
- Apply a slightly paler shade than this around the inside edge of the scar. I like to use a small liner brush for precision and eliminate mess. Tap this with your fingertip. Don’t rub it in.
- Set with a thin veil of powder
- Apply a slightly darker cream (than the one that matches your skin tone) to the area just outside of the scar (the perimeter). Once again tap don’t rub.
- Set with powder.
If the scarring is mild you could pick yourself up a concealer palette with a variety of shades to experiment with. However, if the scarring is more obvious and visibly discoloured or deep I would recommend investing in some camouflage products. I use veil and dermacolor in my kit but there are plenty of brands on the market to suit your skin and your wallet.
I hope this helped!
*Image from derma-rollerplanet.com
Lip liner is one of those products that I don’t rely on personally – Professionally it’s an essential, but for my own lips not so much. I like lip products that I can smear on in a hurry and reapply later without needing to look in the mirror. Lip pencil is just not conclusive to this lazy habit.
I recently purchased MAC lip pencil in Stripdown – following many of your recommendations (yes, it’s all your fault)
I’m happy to report that I have abandoned my lazy ways, temporarily at least :)
I rely heavily on Beurre by MAC in my kit but had never been attracted to Stripdown. It looked a little muddy to me. I’m glad to be wrong. It’s one of those neutral shades that goes with most lipsticks and glosses.
Last week I paired it with Revlon Peach lip gloss, Petal and MAC Hue (not all at the same time, that would be a little high maintenance of me).
I have been converted!
No matter what lipstick or gloss I pair it with it doesn’t interfere with the shade. It just leaves my make-up looking more polished. I will be picking up another for my kit.
Do you wear lip liner often?