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Health & Wellbeing

Beauty from the inside: The effects of Vitamin C on the skin

I love this series of Beauty from the inside posts. Today I’m looking at the effect Vitamin C has on the skin. Vitamin C is the building block of collagen, the protein that gives the skin elasticity, structure and tone. It also protects the skin from free-radical damage which can lead to disease and on a smaller scale, free radical damage to the skin.

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, this means that our bodies don’t store it. We need to get enough vitamin C from our diet.  Vitamin C is necessary for the growth and repair of tissue. It is essential for healing wounds so if like me you are trying to get rid of that lingering pimple mark, get the juicer going.

Vitamin C can be found in:

  • Kiwi (Highest), oranges, mango, papaya, lemons, limes, grapefruits, papaya…
  • Broccoli
  • Peppers
  • Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries etc
  • Tomatoes

I have on occasion resorted to ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) supplement. According to researchers many of us are mildly deficient in it since our bodies can’t sythesise or store it. When I feel a cold coming on I always get a breakout, this tells me that my immunity is low. My immunity, or often lack there of, has a very obvious effect on my skin, epic breakouts. As a result I try to boost my immunity as best I can; exercise, balanced diet, water, sleep and plenty of vitamin C from my diet.

Lips, Make-Up 101 Series, Tutorials

Tips for making your lip colour last

I hate long lasting lipsticks. They’re too drying for me and I never like the finish. If you’re interested in some ways to keep your lip colour on without resorting to long lasting formulas (that often don’t last long at all) here are a few tips:

  • Use pencil on top of lipstick. The wax acts like a barrier. Just make sure you blend away the line. I never use a freshly sharpened pencil for this, a rounded one works best.
  • Blot a little powder on top to keep the lipstick in place for longer. Less is more in this instance. I like to use a little blush instead of powder for added colour depth. On occasion I have used an eyeshadow.
  • Press lip colour into the lips using your finger. This creates a stained satin effect.
  • Completely fill in the lips using a  lip pencil that is the same colour as your lips. This acts as a base and ensures lipstick stays put for longer. I use Continue Reading

Give the illusion of Whiter Teeth

If you don’t fancy heading down the laser whitening route or start dabbling with bleaching treatments there are few things you can try to make them look whiter:

  • Avoid brown, orange and coral shades of lipstick. These warm shades bring out the yellow tones in you teeth.
  • A cool toned red lipstick will make your teeth appear whiter then they are.
  • Pink gloss is a softer option Continue Reading
Nail Care, Nail Polish/Care, Tutorials

Beauty Tips: Beautiful Nails

Even if my skin looks awful or I’m having a fat day, groomed nails make me feel better. Here are a few tips I have picked up over the years. Don’t forget to comment with your tips, I’d love to see hot everyone else looks after their nails.

1. If I use polish regularly I use an acetone free nail polish. Acetone is too harsh for my delicate nails.

2. I leave a hand cream beside the soap in my bathroom so that everytime I wash my hands I use cream. M&S are great for the soap and lotions duos in cute containers.

3.If you’re doing garden work drag your nails over  a bar of soap before you go outside. The back of the nails will load up with soap and stop dirt getting down there.

4. Always wear rubber gloves when washing dishes. Water is hard on nails.

5. Never file your nails after a bath, they split (I have done this so many times!)

6. Soak your nails before using an orange stick to push down the cuticle, or use cuticle cream.

7. Use a nail hardener if you’re nails split easily.

8 I swear by Vaseline Intensive Care hand and nail cream (the pink tube). I rubbed this on my nails 3 times a day and 2 months later my nails are long and strong.

9. From my experience, acrylics ruined my nails. It took nearly 6 months to get them back into good condition after having them removed.

What are your nail tips?

Foundation, Make-Up 101 Series, Make-Up Artist Series, Make-up Tips

Make-Up Artist Series: Different Types of Foundations

Here is a list of the different types of foundations used by Make-up artists and what they are used for:

Liquid: Used when trying to achieve a natural look. Perfect for young or clear skin. Usually applied with a foundation brush, stippling brush or damp make-up sponge. Professional liquid foundations are best.

Cream: Use for more coverage or on older skins. Use a very light touch.

Tint: Used often on mens skin or very clear skin.

Panstick: Used for theatre work. They are grease based so they need to be set with powder. It’s best to buy them in a palette to have a variety of shades.

Camouflage: Used to cover scars, acne etc

Pancake: Used when trying to create flat make-up.  It’s usually used on the body or fantasy work. They are water based, dry quickly and doesn’t rub off on clothing. It is applied with a damp sponge.

There will be more from my Make-up Artist Series tomorrow.

Drugstore Make-up, Face of the day, Reviews

Maybelline Quad – Enchanted Forest

PIC_0110I picked up the Maybelline eyeshadow quad in Enchanted Forrest for a couple of dollars in the US a few months ago.

I have tried a few of the Maybelline quads before and I wasn’t impressed with the quality. But this particular quad came highly recommended. So I decided to give it a go today.

The colours work really well on blue and green eyes. These quads come with instructions on where to apply them. I didn’t follow this. I used the highlight shade on the lid, the lid colour in the crease and then the outer corner colour in well, the outer corner. I used the crease shade under the eye.

the pigmentation isn’t outstanding but it is nice. It’s perfect for day wear. I don’t think they are pigmented enough for a big night out though. They’re soft and easy to apply. Best of all, they are cheap!

Have you tried these yet?

Foundation, Tanning Products

How to wear Foundation with False Tan

I had a question from a reader which I decided to post since there are so many tan lovers out there.

And the question:

“I have blonde hair and fair skin but every foundation I wear on a night out always looks different compared to my tan in pictures what do I do? I see loads of girls with blonde hair and they look fine”

My answer:

The problem could be how the false tan photographs rather than the foundation. My suggestion is to bring whatever foundation you wear onto your neck, face and chest on a night out. That way you photograph evenly. MAC sell Face and Body Foundation for this purpose, Make Up For Ever sells one too.

If you use liquid be sure to powder the neck and chest so the make-up doesn’t transfer to your clothes.

Also check your powder make-up to see if it contains Titanium Dioxide as this would make your face photograph whiter.

It would also help to buy 2 different shades of the same foundation as your false tan won’t be the same colour as it fades each day.

Thank you for your questions :)


Bridal Series, Foundation, M.A.C

Product Recommendations for Brides – What I use

This post has been requested quite a bit.

Here are a list of products I use for Bridal Make-up and that I recommend. This is not an exhaustive list, there are thousands of fantastic products. These are just what I use on brides.

Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow, Make Up Forever HD Foundation. Estee Lauder Double wear for those who want mega coverage.

Powder: Make Up For Ever Loose Powder, Rimmel Silky Loose

Blush: MAC, Nars. Cream: MAC Lillicent looks fresh and suits most.

Concealer: Bobbi Brown (creamy)

Bronzer: Benefit Hoola, MAC Blunt

LipLiner: MAC, Estee Lauder, Gosh

Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline, MAC Engraved (waterproof)

Mascara: Loreal Telescopic Waterproof,  Loreal Double Extend Waterproof

Lipstick: MAC, Benefit

Lipgloss: MAC, Dior, Stila, Gosh

Eyeshadows: MAC, Nars (click here to see post on choosing eyeshadow for your eye colour)

More from the Bridal Series tomorrow.

Fashion & Accessories, General

Clearing Out Your Closet

I hate clearing out my wardrobe. Hate it with a passion. I’d actually rather clean toilets for a day over a closet clear-out (I think that tells you how much I hate doing it!)

Today I decided to bite the bullet and get down to spring cleaning my closet. I find clutter makes my mind feel cluttered. Clearing out does wonders for the soul for some reason. Maybe it’s because it feels like a bit of a fresh start or  clean slate.

I thought it might be useful if  I share my clearing out method :) Continue Reading

Bridal Series, Tutorials

Bridal Series: Midday Brides

Brides who are getting married in the afternoon should factor in that the Midday sun can cast shadows on your face. There are a few steps I recommend to help your make-up photograph well.

Foundation: Choose a light weight foundation without sheen. Dewy make-up is best for morning brides. Wear as little foundation as you can get away with as this is the time of day that it will show most. Blending is the most important step with foundation. Ensure your foundation matches  collarbone. Bring the foundation on to your neck so your face and neck photograph the same colour.

Powder: Use a finely milled matte powder to finish the skin. It will keep your make-up on all day and ensure that your skin looks great in photographs. Some translucent powders contain Titanium Dioxide which tends to make the face look whiter in photographs. It is best to avoid these powders on your wedding day. Blending is key here.

Blush: Use a soft shade that compliments your skintone. Powder blush is best for oily skin whilst normal or dry skinned brides can get away with cream blush.

Eye Make-up: As the light casts shadow at this time of the day it is important that your eye make-up isn’t too dark. You could end up looking like your eyes are pieces of coal in photographs, not a good look. Use a highlight shade to open your eye (nothing frosty, shimmery is ok) I would recommend that you keep the  lid shade and crease shade matte to avoid an over shiny eye in your photos. click here to read about what eyeshadows accentuate your eye colour

Eyeliner: If you decide to wear some keep it thin so it doesn’t take over. For a softer look press some eyeshadow into the lash line. Avoid lining the water line as this will close in your eye and it will dominate your look at this time of the day.

Mascara: Ensure you coat both sides of the lashes. People often forget the back of the lashes, this can look odd. Particularly if you have fair hair. False lashes look amazing on every bride. They can be very subtle but make an enormous difference to the size your eye appears. They also add a touch of glamour.

The most important thing is to blend, blend, blend.

More from the bridal series:

Beauty Tips for Brides

Make-up for Morning Brides

Bronzer for Brides



DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Skin Care, Tutorials

Smooth Lips Mission

Right, I am sick of dry, flakey winter lips! I find it so irritating that every lipstick I apply looks awful because of the state of the skin underneath. Usually I apply Carmex at night and that does the trick. In Winter it’s not enough, thank you fussy lips!

Why? It’s probably because down to freezing temperatures, icy winds and central heating. No doubt there are thousands of you in the same boat. So I am on a mission to get rid of the dead skin and have smooth lips.

Today I raided the kitchen presses to find something I could use as an exfoliant. I wouldn’t use an abrasive scrub since the skin on lips is quite thin and fragile (I did try it a few years ago and my lip started bleeding, ooops!)

Get to it: I settled for baking soda. I put half a teaspoon into the palm of my hand and rubbed a damp toothbrush on it. I gently rubbed the toothbrush back and forth for about 15 seconds. Rinse and done!

Result: It loosened the  flakey, dead skin and left my lips softer. Brushing my lips seemed to  increase circulation temporarily and left my lips plump for a while, I love delightful side effects.

I’ll be doing this regularly, I love the feeling of smooth lips. I would advise that you do this over the sink to avoid mess.