Archive for the ‘Beauty Tips and How-to’s’ Category
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
Finding the right eyeliner can be as tricky as finding a needle in a haystack sometimes. There are a huge number of finishes and styles available on the market today, including kohl, gel, pencil, shadow, liquid, cake – the list goes on! This can make finding the liner to suit your style and preferences a bit of a challenge, and one that I was rather worried about stepping up to.
For me, smokey eyes and winged eyeliner can be bit of a struggle. I’m not naturally good at eyeliner, and have lost count of the number of times I’ve been frustrated by uneven wings or wonky lines when it comes to my eye makeup. However, if you have the right eyeliner pen you can conquer the world (or your makeup, at least!) and after trying out the Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner, my faith has been restored in pen liners. Here’s why you should switch to pen liner right this minute:
1) It’s easy to handle
No fiddly brushes here – if you’ve used a felt tip pen, you can use one of these liners. As you can probably tell by the name, the Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner is pleasingly chunky for an eyeliner pen, which makes it even easier to keep steady when you’re perfecting that double flick. Every time I used it I got it right on the first go, which was a great result for me!
2) You can do loads of different styles
Pen eyeliner is super versatile – you can create big, bold lines for a graphic statement, or switch it up with thinner strokes for a more subtle daytime look. The tip of the Eyeko pen is flexible enough to create winged flicks and you can create the exactly look you want. Even after a hard day at work or a night out with the girls, the eyeliner provides long-lasting colour and it is one less makeup item to worry about.
3) It won’t break in your bag
The great thing about a pen eyeliner is that you can chuck it in your makeup bag without fear! Unlike fragile glass pots, small brushes or twist-up pencils, you can guarantee that the Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner is going to survive any journey you take it on.
4) It lasts for ages
I’ve found that pen eyeliners lasts longer than the other types of eyeliners. Even after a hard day at work or a night out with the girls, this eyeliner provides long-lasting colour without smudging, fading or crumbling. Basically it stays put until you decide to take it off, which makes it one less thing to worry about when you’re doing your makeup.
5) The colour payoff is great
If like me, you like your black liners to be really black, then pen eyeliner is the way to go. The Eyeko Fat Eyeliner is formulated with algae extract to make the liquid glossy and richly pigmented, and I found the lines were really clean and precise. Generally liquid liners are always going to come out on top when it comes to colour payoff, no matter what colour you choose.
The Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner costs £12, which is a very reasonable price considering the fantastic quality. You can also get this little beauty in Latest In Beauty’s Get The Gloss The Cult Collection box, which has all of your winter beauty essentials and makes an amazing present this Christmas. It contains 7 must-have products and you can get it for just £15.95!
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Miracle by name, miracle by nature! Dr Lipp’s Miracle Balm is a multi-action product that can be used for nearly every part of your beauty routine, from taming eyebrows to soothing cracked heels – every girl should have one in her handbag for beauty emergencies! Take a look at the top five ways we love to use this balm…
1) As a super quick highlight
Dab a little Miracle Balm on the tops of your cheekbones and under the brow bone for a glossy highlight that will make you look more put-together in seconds. This works particularly well if you’re wearing cream blusher as the Miracle Balm blends beautifully.
2) To make your lips look bigger
Once you’ve applied your favourite lip colour, use a lip brush or your finger to apply a small amount of Miracle Balm just in the centre of your bottom lip. It’ll make your pout look fuller, guaranteed!
3) For glitter eye makeup
Want to recreate that super chic glitter look on Instagram? Miracle Balm can help! Use a clean eyeshadow brush to dab Dr Lipp Miracle Balm on your lids or under your eyes, then dip the same brush into cosmetic grade glitter and gently press it into the balm.
4) For softer cuticles
For healthy-looking nails, don’t forget to treat your cuticles! Massage a small amount of Dr Lipp Miracle Balm into each of your cuticles before pushing them back gently with an orange stick. The balm will help soften the cuticle and prevent cracking.
5) As a lip scrub
To help heal chapped lips, apply a layer of Miracle Balm and leave it to work its magic for 15 minutes. If your lips still need a little TLC, give them a gentle scrub with a clean toothbrush and then reapply Miracle Balm.
Want to get your hands on this fabulous product? You can find it in our Get the Gloss Cult Collection box!
Monday, November 2nd, 2015
Although we all love Christmas, there’s no denying that it can be one of the most stressful times of the year. If you’re already feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of the festive season, then aromatherapy may be the perfect way for you to relax and take a little time out.
“Essential oils can play a huge part in helping us relax and unwind during the hectic Christmas period,” says Lucy Reetooraz, aromatherapy advisor at Amphora Aromatics. “Just a few drops of Lavender or Chamomile oil in a bath or room fragrancer can help with insomnia, soothe nervous tension and lead to a more balanced state of mind.”
Not sure where to begin? Here are four ways that you can use aromatherapy oils to feel calm and in control this winter.
Relax and unwind
Simply dilute five to ten drops of Chamomile, Lavender or Marjoram essential oils in a tablespoon of a carrier oil such as Sweet Almond and blend with bath water. Lie back in the warm, aromatic water, breathe deeply and relax.
Top tip: For a non-slip bath, use full fat milk or cream instead of a carrier oil.
Feel more awake
To feel refreshed and rejuvenated, dilute five to ten drops of Eucalyptus, Pine or Rosemary essential oils in a tablespoon of carrier oil and add to your bath.
Top tip: To stimulate clarity of thought, put five to ten drops of Peppermint or Rosemary on to a handkerchief and inhale when needed. For acute distress, replace with Lavender, Ylang Ylang or Clary Sage.
Add four to ten drops of Lavender, Mandarin or Ylang Ylang essential oils to a traditional or electric burner to help with insomnia. Blend up to three oils together, using at least two oils from the same plant family and chose a top note, middle note and base note.
Top tip: Add a cup of Epsom salts to your bath to ease muscular aches and pains.
Beat a cold
Got a cough, cold or sinusitis? Pour 500ml of near boiling water in a bowl and add two drops of Eucalyptus, Lavender, or Peppermint essential oils. Drape a towel over your head and inhale the vapours for five minutes only.
Top tip: Try this with Tea Tree oil to help fight your cold and blemishes at the same time!
For all the essential oils you’ll need to create a relaxing Christmas, why not check out Amphora Aromatics? They have a fantastic range of aromatherapy products, created with pure ingredients sourced from all across the globe. For more information, visit amphora-aromatics.com or call 0117 904 7212.
Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
It happens every year. One minute it’s the start of Autumn, and then suddenly Halloween is in three days’ time and you have nothing to wear for that party you were invited to – argh! Don’t worry, we’ve found these seven budget buys that you can pick up from the high street to create a last minute beauty look.
Eylure Halloween lashes in Carnival, £6.95 at Boots
Eylure always have fabulous Halloween offerings, and this year is no different! Their new Carnival lashes are created from layers of netting that were inspired by gothic Venetian masquerades. Add a red lip and a mask if you have one, and you’ve got the look sorted.
BLEACH Aquamonious Colour Kit, £7 at Boots
Don’t panic, they’re not permanent! If you’ve got bleached or blonde hair, then BLEACH’s temporary hair dyes are perfect for adding some colour to your Halloween hair. Apply a mix of Washed Up Mermaid, Sea Punk and Blullini for seriously cool mermaid hair – no tail required.
Maybelline Colossal Smokey Pen in Black, £5.99 at Superdrug
Black eyeliner is the ultimate multitasker for Halloween – you can use it to create a cat eye, to draw on details (Frankenstein stitches, anyone?) and even as lipstick in a pinch! This Colossal Smokey Pen from Maybelline is more useful than most as it comes with a handy blender that can be used to create a smoked out eye. Keep the rest of your base and lips pale, and voilà – you’re Wednesday Addams!
Elegant Touch Vampire Kiss Nails, £6.95 at Superdrug
If you don’t have time to do fiddly nail art, then press-on nails are the ideal shortcut. These blood-spattered Vampire Kiss nails from Elegant Touch are scary yet chic, and would look fab paired with a red lip and fake fangs.
Umberto Gianni Glam Hair Backcomb in a Bottle, £6 from Boots
Whatever Halloween look you’re attempting this year, you’re pretty much guaranteed to need hairspray. This cult favourite from Umberto Gianni will give your hair instant volume and texture, which makes it the perfect product for backcombing.
Barry M Lip Paint in Black Cherry, £4.49 from Superdrug
So it’s a given that dark lips look fantastic at Halloween, but if black isn’t your style, vamp it up with a deep oxblood red like Barry M’s Black Cherry Lip Paint. It’s dark enough to look spooky but is more wearable and flattering than black.
MUA Vampy Halloween Bundle, £12 (+ £3.95 two day delivery) from muastore.co.uk
Okay, this one is cheating a little as you’ll have to order it online, but we promise it’s worth it! This affordable bundle from MUA contains everything you’ll need to create a full Halloween look, including MUA’s new Velvet Lip Lacquer, Metallic Liquid Lipstick, two matte eyeshadows, liquid eyeliner and false lashes. You’ll even get a bottle of fixing mist to keep your look in place all night!
Monday, October 26th, 2015
Ladies stop with those savage shellacs and those unhealthy acrylics – we have all the nail answers you’ve been looking for. Behold…
The 3 secrets to sturdy nails!
Good nails are a sure sign of health and vitality-in most cases bad nails are a good indicator of vitamin deficiencies or health issues. But why is it so hard to grow and maintain gorgeous natural nails? Is the question most women ask themselves whenever they gaze down at their nails.
Just like your hair, your nails are not alive, they’re actually dead. Nails are made up of a hardened protein called keratin, also found in your hair and skin. Do remember that your nails grow out of your nail bed. It isn’t your nails that are sensitive, your nail bed is.
So how do you maintain them? Well, it’s simple. As a nail expertee, I’m going to guide you through the 3 things which have made my own nails indestructible, durable, everlasting… and any other powerfully strong words you can think of.
- ALWAYS cut, file and moisturise your nails regularly!
When you decide to do some nail maintenance (which should be a minimum of 3 times per week) you should always file them to make them neat and eradicate any sharp or harsh edges. When filing them, you should file in one direction. If you’ve been naughty and filing in both directions this means your nails are way more prone to splitting and weakening.
If your nails need a trim, always be careful not to cut them too short and never cut down the sides of the nails as this makes them more susceptible to breakages. Finally once you have filed your nails to a round or square shape, moisturise your hands to soothe the nails and skin around the nails. Your cuticles are so important to keep your nails healthy, so moisturising them and pushing them back is a must!
My favourite hand and nail moisturiser to use is The Body Shop Vitamin E Hand and Nail Treatment.
- Take supplements
I truly believe this is the foundation to all fantastic nails – VITAMINS! Your nails can really suffer without the correct vitamins, and it shows. Nails with white spots indicate a lack of zinc, iron and/or calcium. On the other hand, nails with reddish/brownish spots indicate a lack of folic acid and vitamin C. Any other discolouration could be a sign of stress/illness or disease.
Supplements that contain silica, biotin and iron are ideal for gorgeous claws. Iron in particular works quickly to rejuvenate brittle nails. Green leafy vegetables, red meat and nuts also contain extremely high amounts of these vitamins.
Holland and Barrett have an incredible selection of skin, hair and nail supplements. My ultimate choice is the Holland and Barrett Naturally Inspired Vitamins for the Hair Maximum Potency for £15.85. Although these vitamins are for the hair, they are chock full with all the vitamins needed for your nails. After all, your hair and nails are made up of the same proteins!
- NEVER go a day without wearing nail hardener!
Your nails are susceptible to all kinds of environmental damage. Think of it this way – your skin gets burnt in the sun, just like your nails get damaged by day to day activities such as cooking, cleaning etc. For this reason, having a layer of protection shouldn’t go a miss.
My favourite new find is the Nailkale Superfood Base Coat. This innovative line of kale infused varnishes are designed protect and strengthen your nails. Kale is a leafy green cruciferous vegetable full to the brim of all the essential vitamins. Funnily enough, one cup of kale contains 3g of protein. Remember when I said that nails are made up of the protein keratin? This makes nails and kale an incredibly smart solution for stronger nails!
The Nailkale Superfood Base Coat is a powerful nail treatment that offers keratin hardening and activation to stimulate nail growth, hydration, anti-breakage and anti-splitting protection, and deep nourishment. Coat nails with this formula for healthier-looking, brighter nails and a high gloss finish.
Dermatologically tested and boasting added superfood extracts of aloe vera, lemon, ginseng, pomegranate and grape to deeply nourish, smooth and brighten the nails. The formula is also enriched with vitamins A, C, E, F and H for added nourishment and protection against breakage and splitting.
Want to try this nail saviour? Get your hands on a full size of the Nails inc Nailkale Superfood Base Coat (worth £15) in our Glamour Beauty Power List 2015 box now!
Top tip: If you want your nails even whiter, I’d recommend coconut oil. Coconut oil contains incredible detoxifying properties, with a technique called ‘oil-pulling’ the coconut oil will quite literally pull all of the toxins out of your nails whilst moisturising them with vitamin E.