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Clean me!

I have to say that cleaning my make-up brushes has become a boring and rather laborious task. I like having clean brushes but would rather they had their own sort of washing machine that I could put them in! lol, first world problems ayy!

But then I discovered this cleaning glove which has made the cleaning process so quick and easy. The different grooves helps me to clean and rinse all of my brushes with ease. Whether it’s an angles eyebrow brush or a big fluffy powder brush I can wash them all till they are squeaky clean using this glove.

I bought it on Amazon (UK) for under ten pounds and is one of the best cleaning tools I have used. Its silicone and has an inner glove which is made of a cotton like material that allows you to keep your grip. The different sections on the glove are labelled so you know which area to use to wash the brush, rinse and remove excess water.

My preference is to use an ordinary shower gel and warm water when cleaning my brushes as I find these to be just as effective as the make-up removers. I also wash my brushes regularly because my face doesn’t like dirty brushes and will quickly let me know in the form of spots when my brushes aren’t clean.

Let me know what tools you use to clean your make-up brushes.

Have a lovely evening x

Beauty blender benefits

Being one who looks for ways to cut down on the 'getting ready' time I like to use make-up tools that will allow me to achieve a flawless look without having to spend too much time. To be fair unless you're an absolute pro, rushed make-up shows, so its best to allocate yourself enough time.

There are some parts of my make-up that I previously preferred to apply with my finger-tips including glittery eyeshadow, foundation and concealer. However, since discovering and using the beauty blender I much prefer the finish that I achieve when I use it. I only use it to conceal and contour but the finish is far more flawless and quicker than other methods.

The beauty blender also has a large surface area allowing you to blend out more product across the skin.

Before using the blender I wet mine and squeeze out excess water and I only use it to blend liquid products.

To clean my beauty blender I use any good moisturising bar soap, and using circular motions I cover the blender in soap, run under warm water and keep squeezing until all the soap is out and the blender is totally clean. I then leave it to dry naturally.

This is a great tool for applying all liquid make-up products, I haven't tried other brands yet but have so far enjoyed my experience of using this one. You can shop the beauty blender here.

I'd love to hear about the blending tools that you use and what you prefer to use.

 

Have a lovely weekend x

Celine!

Could we just take a brief moment to applaud the style genius who is Celine Dion’s stylist? I have to say that her creativity and eye for colour is something else! I love each and every single one of these outfits. She certainly knows what suits her an is unafraid to explore shapes and fit. Check these lovely outfits out!

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Make-up products and beauty tools you didn’t know you didn’t need

Let’s face it, its great that we have soooo much choice when it comes to eyeshadow palettes, brushes, foundations, you name it. But there are some products you can definitely go without. Here are just a few:

Lower lash mascara – I’m fairly confident that the mascara you use on the upper lash will be just as effective when used on the lower lash. If you want to catch all the super small lashes, try a comb mascara as opposed to a brush mascara to coat those little lashes. A comb mascara will also beautifully coat and separate all of your longer lashes too.

A cream for your neck – Whatever face cream you choose to use will be just as effective on your neck. Our necks should actually be treated the same as the skin on our face because its just as delicate and deserves the same level of care and attention.

Aftershave balms – If you shave your legs and underarms opt for coconut oil or a vitamin e oil instead to protect and hydrate your skin after shaving.

Translucent Powders – I always thought I really needed this because I have oily skin but if you are using the right facial wash, creams and primers you’ll find that you wont need to use lots of powders and can achieve the finished look that you desire. However, if you are going to have an extremely long day and will be taking lots of pictures then you may want to carry the powder around with you incase your skin gets oily but it probably wont be needed for a normal day at uni/work.

Lip primer – If you would like longer lasting lipsticks then you can use the primer that you use on your eyelid on your lip too, its just as effective.

Hope you’ve found this useful!

Have a great day! x

 

 

 

Relaxed hair care

The way we care for our hair has changed in recent the years. Over the last decade more and more women are caring for their hair using a diverse number of products. Wearing wigs of different colours and lengths allows all women to experiment with new looks switching from diva to princess in seconds! Our hair says something about us and whether you are daring with yours or not, the way we care for our hair does matter.

I have relaxed hair and I enjoy maintaining it but I’ve noticed that different processes produce different results, I’ll explain…when relaxing your hair how long it is conditioned for and the method used to dry it affects the finish and the texture. For example, after relaxing the hair if you choose to use a wrap mousse and then blow dry your hair the finished look is likely to be lighter, more silky and straighter with less body if you use a  dryer and comb. Setting your hair without heat can leave some kinks but also give more volume. Choosing to dry the hair after relaxing using a volumising mousse or setting rollers will give the hair far more volume, body and bounce as opposed to simply curling or straightening the hair.

Knowing your hair and the type of hair that you have is important to treating it correctly. Take time to look at how your hair reacts to different products and how different hairstyles affect your hair too. Some people have hair that grows when in plaits or when in a weave, others have identified the opposite effect.

Its also important to take note of the different textures of hair that are on your head. There are parts of the hair such as the hairline especially that can be fine and delicate, breaking easily when brushed too excessively. Some also have thinner hair at the crown of their heads. Take note of these and ensure that the hairstyles you choose to wear will benefit your hair in the long term.

Nutrition also plays a part in the care of our hair, look after your relaxed hair by drinking water and eating a healthy diet to ensure that your new growth is healthy and strong.

A regular trim of the ends of your hair does wonders for relaxed hair. Keep your tresses pretty and strong by having your hair dresser trim your ends often. Don’t be afraid of loosing length by trimming your hair, those little snips actually promote hair growth and can make hair healthier and longer.

If you don’t have time for your relaxed hair in the mornings try treatments that work on your hair during the night. A lot of brands have creams and moisturizers that get to work while you sleep. Shop around to find one that works best for you…Mizani have a product thats great and is only applied twice a week.

I hope this has been helpful.

Have a great week! x

Pretty Eyes

This week I placed an order with a lashes company in the UK called Demure Lashes. I like to think that I’m all set when it comes to my make-up products and lashes because I’ve found a set of brands that I really like. However, when browsing on their website I couldn’t help but try a couple of their styles for myself. I decided to buy Marina and Chloe.

The Marina lashes are very thick  and are definitely for a glamorous evening look. They were super easy to put on because of the natural curvature of the lash and using the right glue meant they stayed put all day. Due to the slightly thicker band on this style of lash I would recommend giving your lash glue a little more time to get tacky before applying to make sure that they stick well. If you aren’t a regular lash wearer, be patient and keep a steady hand to ensure you can really get the lashes as close to the base of your own lashes as possible to achieve the best look.

I usually prefer to wear lashes with an invisible band which are popular with the wispy style of lashes that you often find with Naturalash or Ardell lashes. When I saw that Demure lashes had the wispy style with the invisible band I had to try these too.

Both lashes are completely different in the finished look that they give but for an everyday wear I would happily wear the Chloe style. They are so light and give a lovely soft look with or without eyeliner.

If you would like to find out more check out the Demure Lashes website or visit their Instagram page

Here are some pics 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your weekend x

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Marina lashes
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Chloe lashes
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Demure Lashes
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Demure Lashes