My lash essentials

I have some items that I have come to love as I look for dependable items with which to apply my lashes and the lashes I choose to wear. Its really great to know that there are soooo many great lash brands out there catering to almost every look you wish to achieve. Whether its a dramatic sharp look or simple everyday wear your bound to find something that meets your needs.

Beauty products should be all inclusive regardless of your skin colour, eye shape, eye lash length its possible to now find something that suits you.

Personally I prefer strip lashes to individuals for the simple reason that I find these much quicker and easier to apply, and as you all know I’m all for make-up that cuts down the getting ready time.

So the pic I uploaded shows a pair tweezers with good grip that I picked up from Boots and the eyelash glue by Eylure also from Boots. What I like about this eyelash glue is how little you need and how long it lasts for . I wear lashes everyday and one bottle can take me for about 4 months plus it lasts all day! Its not harsh on the skin and is tough enough to keep your lashes in place even in high winds lol.

As for lash styles when it comes to daily wear I prefer to go for what gives the most natural look and the wispy style I believe helps me achieve that best. Of course I opt for something a little more daring for special occasions but for everyday glam Ardell lashes and Natural Lash are my current favourites and these I pick up from any good hair and beauty store.

Whats your go-to lash brand for everyday wear?

Have a wonderful day 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

 

Levels to save time

Depending on how long I have to get ready to leave the house I have developed a ‘level’ grading of what to include or leave out of my make up regime. I thought I’d share my level 1 or basic make-up routine with you and I hope it will help you too.

The Level 1: This is the very basic make up and should take about 20 minutes to complete. I begin by preparing my skin using Kiko Mat Base Corrector Primer. I always always prime my face, no matter how little the make-up, if you have oily skin your foundation will last longer when you’ve prepared your skin well.

I then fill in my brows using the Sleek Browkit. This can be done fairly quickly with a good angled brush, you can pick a good one up at Superdrug for a few pounds. Once I have done this I define my brows using a flat brush from Kiko number 210 using a drop of MAC’s pro longwear concealer mixed with my foundation. I mix the concealer and foundation for a more natural look and to avoid the light halo effect around my eyebrows.

Using a medium sized concealer brush I then blend around the brows to smooth in the concealer/foundation into the area around my brows. I also use this same mixture on my dark areas (underneath my eyes) and moving out along my cheek bone- this is pretty much all the contour I’ll do. You can choose to add some of this vertically down the centre of your face from the middle of your forehead, down your nose and a dab on the middle of your chin to create more contrast. Always blend in with a make up sponge.

Once I’ve defined , I grab my Sephora colourful eyeliner in black and apply. I like my liner to be bold and clean and as I’m not wearing any eyeshadow or lashes, my liner should make the statement :). I follow this with some mascara.

After this I apply my foundation using Zoeva’s brush 104, this gives a beautifully smooth finish.

Then I apply my favourite lip liner and lipstick and I’m ready to go!

With some practice this should take 20 minutes or less and is a great quick make-up routine to complete when you’re in a rush.

Have a great day!

 

Claudia x

Lash alert

False lashes – Applying eyelash extensions to the eyes in order to enhance the length and volume of the lashes. If like me it took you a while to get used to the application and use of false lashes and glue you’ll appreciate all of the great products there are on the market now. Great applicators, glues and of course the lashes themselves. I have been wearing lashes for a few years now would like to share some tips with you all:

When choosing your style of lash consider the look that you wish to achieve. This could be dramatic, flirty, bold, simple, natural etc. and buy the lashes that compliment the look you’re going for.

Before applying your lashes always check that they are the right length for your eyes. Your lashes shouldn’t end after your eyes or begin too close to the tear duct. If they are too long, cut them to size with a pair of cosmetic scissors. The perfect length for a natural look is measuring from the inner eye where your lashes begin right through to the outer part of the eye.

My favourite eyelash glue is by Eyelure. It’s a white glue that dries clear. It doesn’t have a strong smell and holds lashes beautifully all day! I’ve tried lots of others and I really do think this is the best on the market. You can pick up a bottle at any big Boots store. Our eyes are precious and its important that we don’t damage our own lashes. I like this glue because I can carefully remove my false lashes at the end of the day without pulling on my own lashes.

If you have a shaky hand when applying lashes use tweezers and don’t allow the glue on the lash to become too tacky before applying. If you allow the glue to dry too much and find its not where you want it you can easily move it then gently hold it in place until dry.

Apply the lash to the very base of your eyelid to create a much more natural finish. You can use the opposite end of the tweezers (the non-tweezing side) to smooth down the lash and ensure that its resting securely on your lashes.

I always apply my lashes AFTER my eyeliner, so even if you don’t quite get the lashes neatly on the base of your eyelid its not as evident.

Allow your lashes to dry completely before continuing with the rest of your make-up.

If you wear your lashes more than once always clean off the excess glue in-between wears using tweezers or warm water on a cotton bud.

Keeping your lashes in their case keeps them in shape and dust and dirt free.

If you like extra volume apply your mascara before putting your lashes on. This adds depth to even the thinnest of false lashes.

 

I hope this helps! x