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…
- Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries etc
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.
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 Read more…
I get so many emails from busy mums who have no time to take care of their skin and apply make-up. Although I’m not a mum I am often late and in a hurry, usually in a flap! Here are a few tips for those of you who need to apply make-up on the run. I have chosen products that have multiple uses, that don’t require touch ups and most importantly – products that can be applied without a mirror!
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 Read more…
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?
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.
I 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?
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”
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 :)
This is a simple way to soothe sensitive skin. This bath is great for dry, itchy skin. It will also soothe a rash.
- 10 Drops Chamomile Essential Oil (or Lavender Essential Oil)
- 200g Rolled Oats Read more…
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.