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Beauty Buys

There have been a number of beauty buys of late which have made their way onto my permanent beauty list…

1. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps – Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter – This body butter not only smells and feels amazing, but its whipped texture makes it easy to apply and for the skin to absorb.

2. Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer – I’m always on the hunt for beauty products that illuminate in a natural looking way. This liquid bronzer is the perfect combination of shimmer, shade and sheer factor that lights up your face with just a few dabs.

Use it as a highlighter (on your cheek, brow and collar bone) or as a bronzer (apply to the apples of your cheeks and temple area) for that summer glow.

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado – I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I’ve never been much of an eye cream user. It’s not that I haven’t tried (OH! How I tried!!) but no product had me coming back for more. The fact that I have now purchased a second Kiehl’s Creamy eye treatment speaks volumes of this product! The texture when applied feels almost glycerin like… however!!! this is what makes it the product special. The glycerin like texture means the product stays put (and doesn’t make its way into your eyes) and is slowly absorbed throughout the night. This, combined with Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream is my answer to skin hydration in Spring/Summer.

Trending Beauty

If you’re after a little beauty inspiration, here are two makeup trends that will get you playing in no time.

The Look: Vivid Candy Coloured Eyes
Seen At: Peter Som, Rochas, Max Mara, Fendi and Dior
How To: Keep it clean. Apply one colour as a solid or smudged eyeliner across either your top or bottom lashes.
After an easy fix? Check out these adhesive pastel liners by Dior


The Look: Graphic Eyes
From the perfect wing to graphic shapes and lines. The common factor – heavy black.
Seen At: Chanel, Rochas, Anthony Vaccarello, Lanvin, Paco Rabanne, Giamba, Versace, JustCavalli, Leonard, Elie Saab… 
How To: Get creative! Start by flirting with a thicker winged eyeliner. If you want to try something bolder, add an additional line, follow the crease of your eyelid or add a shape a-la Anthony Vaccarello’s star.
After an easy fix? Try Maybelline New York Master Graphic Pen Liner for both thick and thin detailing.

Images Via: Polished Presence Pinterest, Imaxtree, Harpers Bazaar UK, Style.com
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Beauty Tools

When it comes to beauty products, I am very much a creature of habit – I have my clear favourites. And as much as I like to play with new products, it’s very rare that I waiver. Last week after sitting down to do my nails (and misplacing my favourite cuticle pusher) I realised I am just as loyal to many of my beauty tools as I am to my beauty products. Below are a few of my trusty tools…

1. Metal Cuticle Pusher
This tool is probably one of my favourite nail tools – in fact I don’t know how I went without for so many years. It literally halves the time and effort of cleaning your nail bed versus their plastic or wooden alternatives.

2. Cutex Nail File
This nail file is the ultimate in shaping. Yes it’s metal and yes it looks severe, but let me assure you this super fine file helps me achieve my shape quickly without any rough edges.

3. Manicare Cuticle Cutter
To cut or not to cut… Let’s just say I like to trim occasionally and this is the only tool I use.

4. Manicare Scissors
I’ve had my fair share of nail scissors, but these babies have the perfect combination of bend and point to ensure precision every time.

5. Manicare 4 Step Buffer
Not only is this nail buffer essential for prepping the nail surface prior to polishing, but when I want a polish free look, this buffer adds the perfect level of shine.

6. 1000 Hour Heated Eyelash Curler
This little gem is how I curl the hard to reach lashes in the inner and outer corners of the eye. It also provides the perfect natural curl finish to your tips.

7. Tweezerman Tweezers
Expensive – yes, worth it – definitely! They’ve got the perfect angle, point and grip to grab hold of even the finest of hairs. Bought mine back in 2008 in Switzerland – still have them!

8. Tesshape Eyelash Comb
So I picked this comb up in Japan, after forgetting my original eyelash comb at home. I’m glad I did, because it has already outlasted every comb I’ve had in the past (no metal teeth falling out during the cleaning process) and they work a treat for separating lashes after hastily applying mascara.

9. Forever 21 and Sephora Blending Sponges
The fanned Forever 21 sponge is a great way to finish up for a streak free look. The Sephora sponge, provides the prefect round end for blending cream blush and a precision point for foundation application.

10. Tweezerman Eyelash Curler
This is the only metal lash curler I buy and use. It lets me get right to the base of my lashes for the ultimate lift.

11. Too Cool For School ‘Makeup Remover’ Q-tips
Too Cool For School is a Korean cosmetics brand I first fell in love with 2 years ago. When it comes to innovation in beauty, they’re leading the charge… but it’s their humble q-tip (which you pull apart, to send the liquid makeup remover rushing to the cotton tip) that is still my fave. No excuses for smudged or uneven eyeliner with these saviours around.

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Beauty Buys

For the most part, I tend to stick to my favourite beauty products (the tried and tested), but every now and then I come across products that come highly recommended or that stir too much curiosity not to try. Below are three products that have recently entered my home and are here to stay…

1. Hello Hair Hydrating Mask 2. Mario Badescu Drying lotion 3. Maybelline Master Graphic eyeliner 

My favorite new find is the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. What exactly does it do? It helps with those pesky pimples that pop up out of nowhere. How to use? First and foremost – do not shake the bottle. Use a q-tip to get to the pink substance at the bottom of the bottle and apply directly to your affected (clean) skin.

Eyeliner is one of my must-have beauty products, so I tend to watch this beauty space…Maybelline master graphic eyeliner is an angled liquid pen liner, thats great for a strong winged or graphic effect. Super easy to use and comes in the darkest of blacks for maximum impact.

Hello hair hydrating mask was actually a gift from a girlfriend (i’m sure she was sick of hearing me whine about my dry ends). This very fluid mask is super hydrating and leaves your hair with a beautiful lustre.

Knotted, Twisted, Braided…

Whilst deliberating over my next hair cut/change, below are some chic and easy styles I’ll definitely be trying…

Images: Polished Presence Pinterest – Women Hair & Makeup (many have linked tutorials)

Can’t do without

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had my fair share of sun, wind, heat, salt water and chlorine… below are a couple of products that have saved me from looking too ‘weathered’…

Nivea sunblock and carotene lotion – protective, non greasy and moisturising.
Pantene 3 minute hair masks – the easiest way to keep brittle hair at bay.
Metamorphosis exfoliating powder – just mix with water for one of the best face exfoliants I’ve tried. LOVE this stuff!
Bumble & Bumble A tint of brown hair powder – This heavy duty dry shampoo is a life saver after long flights or early morning starts. Note: This product does transfer, so if you’re someone that scratches your head or plays with your hair this product is a big no-no. Also, be sure to wash it out before heading to bed.
 
 

P.S The above photo was taken at my current destination in Kos, Greece. One word; STUNNING.

Beauty Buys

If you can’t already tell, I am one of those people that loves to experiment and try new products… particularly when it comes to beauty products. A visit to the local drug store for a prescription can turn into a 45 minute beauty/makeup play session. This month my beauty buys have been travel focused – keeping my skin hydrated and doing my best to hide those eye bags from broken sleep.

New purchases: Napolean Auto Pilot Moisture Mist, Transformulas EyeLifting Gel & Clarins Beauty Flash Balm …

P.s Sorry there isn’t an outfit post today, in fact expect posts over the next six weeks to be a little sporadic based on my galavanting and wifi access x A

Scrubbing Up – Coconut & Sweet Citrus Scrub

A few months ago, I was given a beautiful salt scrub by a girlfriend. It was moisturising, smelt divine and had the perfect level of exfoliation … in no time I was scratching the bottom of the jar. For the next few weeks I went on a little mission to find a replacement scrub, but all I found was overpriced scrubs ($45 for a small jar!? – really?) or scrubs that smelt like bathroom sprays. I decided I needed to make my own…

What you’ll need?

  • 1 Cup of Solid Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 2 Cups Epsom or Sea Salts
  • Essential Oil of your choice (I used a Sweet Orange & Jasmine Oil)
  • Citrus rind of your choice (I used lemon) – optional
  • Jars for storage

Instructions:

  1. Place the solid coconut oil, epsom salts and 5 drops of essential oils into a bowl and mix.
  2. Peel rind from your choice of citrus and mix in bowl. For a bigger citrus hit, fine grate the rind and combine well into your mixture.
  3. Transfer the mixture into an airtight container – top with more citrus peels.

Tips:

  • For a gentler scrub replace the salts for sugar.
  • The rule of coconut oil to salt/sugar is 1:2.
  • Don’t like coconut oil? replace it with grapeseed, almond, olive or jojoba oil.
  • Add a ribbon and tag for a beautiful and useful homemade gift.

 

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Cleansing Thy Brushes

When it comes to cleaning make up brushes, there is mixed advice on how, with what, and the frequency of washing.
The idea of washing my brushes weekly in soapy water and then drying overnight sounds so tiring, so I don’t. However the idea of using dirty brushes (with however many unknown germs breeding on them) scares me more.

So, what is it that I use? I use an anti-bacterial brush cleaner
How often do I use it?
– Concealer & Foundation Brushes – Weekly
– Eye makeup & Blush brushes – Fortnightly
– Eyeliner Brushes – With every use (which is not often considering I use a pencil the majority of time)
Note: If I find myself using a particular brush more often, I clean it more regularly.

How to use said anti-bacterial brush cleaner?
1. Pump the spray formula onto a tissue and/or directly onto the brush bristles.
2. Then lightly swipe your brush across a tissue until the majority of colour/product has been removed
3. Pump some more spray formula onto the bristles and gentle wipe away the rest of the colour and moisture using a tissue between your fingers, being careful not to squeeze too hard or rub against the bristle direction.
4. Air dry brushes. The great thing about most sprays is they’re quick drying and are gentle enough to be used on both natural and synthetic brushes.

Is anti-bacterial brush cleaner enough?
I’m not sure, but I’d rather be safe then sorry. That is why once a month I give my brushes a longer, full clean to remove all the built up product deep at the roots of the bristles. What do I use? warm water, clarifying shampoo, tea tree oil and vinegar.

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How to: Natural looking Brows

One of the funniest things I get complemented on is my eyebrows. The reason why it’s so funny? A. I do them myself  (and I’ve never thought myself much good at it)  B. I am too scared to have anyone else do them for me for fear of super thin, surprised or tadpole brows.
So how and what do I do?

My tips/Instructions are as follows;
1. Brush brows to ensure they’re all in the right direction
2. Using the below guide, a ruler and eyeliner pencil, dot where your eyebrows should end (1) start (2) and where the high point should sit (3).
3. I generally begin with where the brow should end, followed by where the brow should start. Lastly, the high point.
4. I use the thickness of my brow (excluding the few strays) to dictate the overall thickness of the brow. Using the ruler for a straight edge, pencil in a rough guide. Please do not opt for too thin a brow. Start with a thicker brow, as when you’re looking at your brows in isolation and up close, you can get a little tweezer happy.
5. Tweeze with the direction of the hair. If you have a lot of hair or are extra sensitive (hello few days before my monthly visitors), you can use a cold pack to slightly numb the area.
6. I don’t tweeze from the top (I think having a slightly unruly appearance looks more youthful) however you can and should trim if you have too many strays.
7. To keep brows in place, use a clear brow gel or spray some hairspray onto an old mascara wand and brush.

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