Archive for the ‘Beauty Tips and How-to’s’ Category
Sunday, April 26th, 2015
It might be to obvious to beauty experts, but many of us still fail to stick to a 3 step skincare regime; cleanse, tone/exfoliate and moisturise. Whilst there are plenty of quick fixes out there, taking the time to follow a routine everyday is the only sure fire way to improve your skin. True you might need a targeted treatment to hand, but without getting the basics right first, you won’t be getting the most from your skincare. Because of this, Clinique have designed a 3 step skincare regime which can be tailored to all types of skin. Each step works in harmony with the next, helping you achieve balanced, happy skin.
Why cleanse? Even if you don’t wear makeup, cleansing is still a hugely important part of any skincare routine. The majority of people – especially us city dwellers – expose our skin to pollution on a daily basis, and unless it is cleansed away this can have long-term, damaging effects. And no, we’re no just talking about blemishes! Free radicals that are not taken care of will eventually lead to premature ageing, as well as leaving skin looking dull. The Clinique Liquid Facial Soap is not just simple solution, but an effective one too. Post-makeup removal, all it takes is 1-2 pumps to provide a purifying cleanse without stripping the skin of all of it’s natural oils. The last thing you want from your cleanser is for it to dry your skin out, so this is perfect.
Why tone? A lot of people mistake toner as an extra cleanser. Whilst it is true that it will help remove of any extra grime left over from cleansing, it does so much more than that. Toning lotions restore the pH of skin after cleansing so skin is left balanced. On top of this, Clinique’s Clarifying Lotions provide gentle daily exfoliation without the harshness of a scrub. This works by loosening the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal soft, smooth skin. As a result, any product you apply following it will absorb much more efficiently, allowing active ingredients to work their magic. As with the cleanser, Clinique have tailored this staple product to several different skin types, so whether your skin needs extra balacing or a moisture boost, they have you covered!
Why moisturise? Do we even need to answer this question? Whilst this is no brainer for those with drier skin, women who suffer with oily skin might not realise that foregoing moisturiser will actually make matters worse. No matter your skin type, it needs hydration to work at its optimum level. The Dramatically Different Moisturisers can be used twice daily for best results, improving skin moisture levels, texture and suppleness over time. Immediate results are also great because skin feels hydrated and protected throughout the day. You can’t complain about that! The gel version is oil-free, ideal for anyone who suffers from acne, whilst the lotion is for anyone who needs a richer more nourishing fix.
Trial the 3 step system now in our Clinique British Beauty Blogger Edit box, and for more information on Clinique’s 3 step system visit www.clinique.co.uk
Sunday, April 26th, 2015
Contouring has been hot topic in beauty this past year, and for good reason. Adding definition to your face can create an instant lift effect, dimension and accentuate some of your best assets – your cheekbones! With so many complicated tutorials out there, it’s easily forgotten just how simple contouring can be. Clinique know all about this, which is why this spring they’re all about flaunting cheekbones with 3 stunning and easy to use products.
This is probably the most essential part of contouring, as creating the illusion of shadow will instantly make cheekbones pop! Clinique have made it as simple as possible with their Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour. All you need to do is use your fingers to feel where the bottom of your cheekbones end (and suck in!), then applying directly from the stick to build up colour. Always try to avoid applying the contour shade too close to your mouth/nose (about 3 fingers width away), as this can begin to look unnatural. Next, it’s blending time! The beauty of the creamy formula means you can easily blend with your fingers, but if that’s not up your street a dense buffing brush will do the trick perfectly.
What the contouring illusion is all about is a trick of light but making it look like light is falling on your face from certain angles. The genius of makeup! So, where there are shadows, you need highlights too. Say hello to the Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight. The key to a good highlighter is not that it is lighter than your skin tone, but that it is light reflecting to make your skin glow. This offering from Clinique contains pearlised pigment to do just that…and we’re not talking glitter here, just a subtle illuminating sheen. Just like the contour version, the formula in this is very blendable straight from the stick, making it quick and easy to apply. The key area you want to apply this is the top of your cheekbones. Again, suck in those cheekbones and find the part that is most prominent to apply.
The Colour Option
If you’re a powder devotee and not so keen on cream formulas, then you’ll love the Clinique Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palette. Contouring with blush was all over the catwalks this season, so this is bang on trend. If you’re one of those people who always applies their blush on the apples of their cheeks (like me), then this might take you out of your comfort zone, but just go for it! The palette has 3 different shades, all of which you can use to add depth and create light; the only difference is that this way there is more of a colour pop, making those gorgeous cheekbones stand out even more! Just use the darkest shade to add depth and lightest shade to create light, as above. The pallette itself is available in 4 different variation (and another 2 online exclusives), so you can find the shades that compliment you the most. Of course, with this you cannot use fingers to apply of blend, so for precise application above and below the cheekbones, use the Eye Shader Brush. Next, with a light swirl of all 3 shades using the Blush Brush, blend across the cheekbones. Wallah – hello cheekbones!
To find out more about Clinique and their luxury makeup, just visit www.clinique.co.uk
Monday, April 20th, 2015
Brows! Brows! Brows! I can’t say there is ever a season that isn’t about brows! Whether they are invisible, bushy, angled or unkempt you always have to remember to do something with your brows, which I love that we can change them. This for me is the exciting part of someone’s face. You can also tell a lot about a person by looking at their brows, are they perfectionists, tomboys, faddists? Oh the fun that can be had!
BeautyUK have created the High-Brow All In One Brow Definition Kit. Brows are very important in the creating a finished look, so taking care of them needs to be easy; well this kit manages to make it just that at a high street price. It has 3 different shades and a wax. The shades are all great colours (none are too red), and because they are all in 1 kit you can use a couple shades, which is the key to creating natural brow. Makeup artists call it shading.
There are a couple ways to use this kit. You can follow the 3 step guide on the back of the package; use the brow gel all over the brow, fill in the eyebrow with a shade of your choice, apply the setting powder and then pluck any unwanted hairs to finish it off. This is a good option if you like a bold brow, because if you apply the wax first then the powders you will get a thicker coverage and probably create a stencilled brow. If your desired effect is a more natural brow, far more in season for spring/summer, I suggest you use the angled side of the brush and press some of the powder into any gaps you may have in your eyebrows. To create the finished shape, sharpen the bottom edges of your brow THEN apply the wax.
Either way this is a super handy little kit! If I wanted to nit pick the only thing I’d add is an eyebrow brush/mascara wand! I can’t wait to see your take on the perfect brow!
Get your BeautyUK High-Brow All In One Brow Definition Kit in our Glamour Spring Beauty Edit, and to find out more about BeautyUK visit www.beautyukcosmetics.com
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
They say it’s all in the details, and the same goes with beauty. Many of us don’t pay as much attention to our hands as we should do, and when we really neglect them it shows. To combat wear and tear (which can lead to the delicate skin on our hands ageing prematurely), we’ve discovered a few handy products.
We just can’t argue with the results of the Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex. If you want youthful looking hands (who doesn’t?), then this is an absolute must have for the handbag. Brimming full of active ingredients, this is more than your average hand quencher. This wonder cream fuses the best of science and nature; one active, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp which is derived from mushrooms, is 400x more moisturising than Hyaluronic Acid. Yes, the Hyaluronic Acid. Not only does it target hydration levels, but this hand cream address 7 other concerns; smoothness, texture, elasticity, evenness, density, firmness and brightness. Give it just 10 days to work it’s magic, and you’ll see visible results!
You might already think that the Nuxe Crème Fraiche de Beauté Mask is a fantastic face mask, but wait until you try it on your hands! A dry skin saviour, it works just as well on tried hands as it does on a dull complexion. The soothing formula is an extra special treat for your digits and will make the back of your hands look completely revived. Slather all over hands and then pop on a pair of plain cotton gloves to let this mask do it’s thing without the mess factor. Nails also benefit from the bonus of a moisture boost, so anyone who suffers from brittle nails will love this beauty hack!
Speaking of nails, our hands feel practically naked at LIB when we haven’t lacquered up. For a clean, polished off look were loving the essence I love TRENDS nail polishes in the pastel and nude shade ranges. These purse friendly polishes don’t skimp on performance. They provide effortless high coverage with two coats, although one coat will still even out nails to give them a more natural look. The staying power is second to none, with the polish staying true to it’s chip-free claims.
Will you be treating your hands to some TLC with these beauty treats? All were featured in the British Beauty Blogger Dream Box 3, so if you were lucky enough to get your hands on one, there’s no excuse!
Monday, March 23rd, 2015
When you hear the words ‘face mask’, you instantly think of a blackhead, blemish fighting clay number that pulls impurities out of the skin. Whilst these kinds of masks are a staple in our beauty cabinets, there are so many more options to choose from suitable for every skin type. Not to mention, we are so over detoxing. Right now, it’s all about putting life back into your skin post-winter. Cold weather can leave your skin feeling dry and dull – not exactly the fresh faced look you want to enter into spring with.
A cream mask is the perfect fix-it! One of the best out there has to be the Nuxe Crème Fraiche de Beauté Mask , designed to be a rescue remedy for dry skin. It’s brimming with 8 plant milks that feed the skin with nourishment, and on top of that it is also infused with aloe vera, a well known super plant! All it takes is 10 minutes for it to work its magic. As soon as it’s applied, the cream formula will soothe any discomfort, and the after effects are just as impressive. Any signs of redness are eliminated, and skin is left looking perky. Who doesn’t love that freshly moisturised feeling? One of the best things about cream mask is that they are effective fast, and they don’t dry on the skin which can be off putting for some people – especially when it comes to washing it off!
This mask ticks all of the boxes for spring skin needs, but it’s a great option to keep to hand all year round. Lets face us, it’s not difficult to find an excuse to slather this on as a hydrating treat during any season!
Get your hands on the Nuxe Crème Fraiche de Beauté Mask now in our Glamour Spring Beauty Edit box!