Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Simple solutions to get perfect skin


Do you suffer with very dry skin?
If your skin is very dry it can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. Use a cleansing oil twice a day and a rich moisturiser in the morning to give your skin some extra moisture. Cleansing oils are unique as they use oils that don't dstrip the skin of its natural properties.

Uneven texture getting you down?
You can help your skin to look its best by using products that target pores, skin texture and tone. Whilst it won't be a miracle cure, over time it will help your skin to repair itself and improve the texture. Microdermabrasion is great for helping to rid of the top layer of dead skin cells enabling you to reveal the healthy layer beneath which will help brighten your skin and repair cells.

Reduce the oiliness of your skin
The best tip when you have oily skin is to opt for a oil free moisturiser. Apply a detoxing masque twice a week and leave it on for five minutes to allow it to fully penetrate the skin.

How to cope with pigmentation 
Pigmentation is often caused by skin damage so the best prevention is to use a product with a high sun protection factor. Pigment correcting serum will also help to reduce any existing damage. You may want to use a facial tanner which will help to blend and even out your skin.

Monday, 6 July 2015

How to fix broken makeup


It can be frustrating when your favourite cosmetic product breaks but you can still salvage the situation with a little bit of creativity.

Dried out mascara
You can revive a dried out mascara by adding five drops of saline solution or eye drops to the bottle and mixing it with the wand. You'll be amazed at how much longer your mascara will last!

Broken powder compact
Bring your compact back to life by putting clingfilm over the broken powder and crush it with the back of a spoon. Add two to three drops of rubbing alcohol and smooth the mixture together with a spoon. Leave to set for 30 minutes and it will be as good as new.

Bashed up blush
If you find your blusher has had its day you can use what's left of the blush to create a cream blusher. Empty the remaining powder into a pot and mix it with your favourite moisturiser to form a  paste. Add some foundation primer to give it some extra hold and mix it up until your're happy with the colour and texture.

Smashed eyeshadow
Get inventive with broken powder shadows by crushing it into a very fine powder. When finished transfer it into a small acrylic pot and you have a loose powder eyeshadow.

Snapped lipstick
Use a lighter to warm the base of your broken lipstick so it melts slightly then press it back onto the remaining part. Place it in the fridge for a hour and the lipstick should have molded together giving your lippy a new lease of life. If it's too far gone to be repaired you can create your own lipstick palette. You can get a kit by Japonesque and use each compartment to create a brand new makeup tool.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Get a Fresh Faced Look With MUA Undress Me Too Eyeshadow Palette


The Hype
It's time to embrace your natural side as MUA goes back to basics with their latest eyeshadow palette. Undress Me Too is a 12 shade palette that has a range of warm, classic shades to encourage you to embrace this season's fresh faced look.

The Lowdown
With colours from light beige to black the palette covers a broad colour spectrum for a variety of looks. They are so varied that they will suit all skin tones.  There appears to be 7 matte shades, one that appears to be a cross of matte and shimmer and four pigmented shades. I'm not the biggest fan of matte shades as they always appear a bit 'flat' to me but the palette still has four pigmented shades to give it a bit of va va voom. At first glance the shimmery shades appear really pigmented and intense. The matte shades are of course more plain but that is to be expected. It comes with a really long dual eyeshadow sponge applicator but it doesn't have a mirror.

When swatched the matte shades were as I expected, quite light and very hard to actually get any colour. The shimmery shades were very pigmented, which I love, and really add a bit of glamour to your look.

I used Fiery and Devotion as a example of the kind of look you can create. I used Devotion across the majority of the lid and Fiery on the outer corner. The gold sunset look is perfect for the summer months.

Get yours for £4.00 at Superdrug 

Advantages

  • A range of matte and shimmery shades for a variety of different looks
  • Suitable for all skin tones
  • Great for this seasons fresh faced look
  • Great budget price

Disadvantages

  • Some of the matte shades are very disappointing and flat 

Monday, 29 June 2015

Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque Red My Lips Review


The Hype
Bourjois take on your lipstick woes with their new collection of liquid lipsticks. Rouge Edition Aqua Laque is designed with a unique aqua formulation so once it's applied it will not feather or run, eliminating the need for a lip liner. The formula has a non-sticky consistency allowing for the lipstick to glide on easily, helping to create a light water like sensation on the lips. With Nymphaea extract the lipstick is designed to keep lips smooth and moisturised throughout the day. Available in 8 shades from soft pinks to statements reds so there is a shade for every skin tone and preference.

The Lowdown
For the purpose of this review I am testing Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque in Red My Lips. I bought this product quite a while ago but unfortunately I hadn't got around to testing it yet. If you've read my previous reviews I love a bright red and Red My Lips certainly fits into that category. The product has a lip gloss style wand but the consistency of the product was thicker than a normal gloss. The lipstick is amazingly easy to apply as the wand which can be manoeuvred around the curves of your lips easier then a typical lipstick. It has a really smooth aqua like texture that simply slides on without any resistance leaving lips feeling moisturised. The colour is amazingly strong and really stands out.

The lipstick is pretty long lasting and even after eating and drinking there is still some residual colour.

With strong colour, ease of application and comfortable wear the Bourjois Aqua Laque is a fantastic lipstick. I give it 5/5

Available for £8.99 at Boots

Advantages

  • Comes in 9 shades from soft nudes to bright shades so there is something for everyone
  • Comfortable and does not irritate the lips
  • Strong colour
  • Moisturising
  • Brilliant shine
  • Fairly long lasting

Disadvantages

  • None that I can see

Friday, 26 June 2015

Mirenesse Secret Weapon iCurl 24 Hour Mascara Video Review

Birchbox gives lots of opportunities to try new products and when I saw Mirenesse Secret Weapon iCurl 24 Hour Mascara I was secretly quite excited. I'm always on the hunt for the best mascara and Secret Weapon claimed to give the ultimate curl and length. Watch my review and see if it lives up to its claim.

Have you tried this mascara? What do you think of it?

Available for £24 at Beauty Bay