How to Not Suck At Makeup

Tell it like it is why don’t cha?!

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This youtube vid from Tati is something I wish I had when I started my makeup journey from oh so many years ago. She goes over so many of the problem areas we make up enthusiasts come across when we’re starting.
My personal favourite recommendations are:
  1. Remember to blend your foundation down through your jawline to your neck. That way you don’t look like you’re wearing some weird makeup mask.
  2. Don’t touch up your face by smashing a whole lot of powder onto it with a big powder brush. Blot the areas that are looking a bit oily. Use a crease blending brush (you know, the round soft one you use to blend eye shadows) to apply power only to the areas that need it.
  3. For liquid lip lovers, scrub your lips before you apply! I love the recommendation of sugar and olive oil, but my personal favourite is a mix of brown and white sugar, with honey and a dash of virgin coconut oil for yumminess and moisture!

Watch it all below!

What were your favourite tips? Let me know below in the comments!

8 Essential Lazy AF Beauty Hacks

Ladies, it’s the middle of winter. It’s cold as hell and it’s raining all the time. No wonder I’m permanently wearing my Snuggie and Ugg boots. And did I say it’s cold as hell?

It’s peak season to embrace being lazy AF and binge watch Veep.

But you have to get out some time, right? Even if it’s just to pickup a daily pizza (damn, I have really let myself go).

So, here’s my 8 favourite essential lazy AF beauty hacks from around the Interwebs to make you look a little less like a gremlin.

1. Use a credit card to create the perfect wing

2. Peppermint oil + lip gloss = plump bea!

3. Pop your mascara into your bra for 5 minutes to warm it up

4. Cover your lipstick with a tissue and dust translucent powder over it for all day lips

5. The most ingenious way to use a lash curler

6. Turn any pencil eyeliner into an intense gel liner

7. Dry your hair extra fast, ditch the towel!

Tees are way more absorbent and will get your hair dry a lot faster!

8. Thicken your hair with eyeshadow

Find BuzzFeed’s original 44 Lazy Girl Beauty Hacks here!

That’s it for my favourite lazy hacks! Let me know what your most lazy beauty hacks are below in the comments, and I’ll give it a go!

Now, back to Veep…

5 Beauty Tips to Crush the dreaded Travel Face

Hit the ground running as soon as you disembark from your flight. There’s no need to sleep off jet lag with these 5 flight tested beauty tips.

Next week I’m heading to Hong Kong on an insanely early flight. Normally it goes something like this. I drag myself out of bed and grab my packed bags hoping I didn’t forget anything last night. Then I sleepwalk my way through the customs and boarding before waking up on the other side of the flight only to, wait for it… Crash in the hotel and wake up sometime around dinner feeling like I have jello for a brain.

Sound familiar?

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As anyone who’s ever traveled internationally will tell you, trying to get rid of what I call “travel face” can be a 24 hour struggle many of us lose to big dark glasses, a poncho and pretending to pay attention, while hiding in dark corners.

But it doesn’t have to be this way! So here are 5 flight-tested beauty tips that put you on the path to crushing that “travel face”. 

Bring a facial mist with you.

The air on planes sure is drying. Have you ever noticed when you rub your fingers mid flight they feel almost like paper?

Time to pull out the facial mist. Keep a small amount of distilled water in a small spray bottle, and pull it out whenever you need a little bit of instant hydration for your skin. It’s also a great way to refresh your makeup just before you get off so you’re ready to hit the ground running.

I love to mix in a drop of peppermint oil to add that extra plump and freshness.

Downsize, travel light and fast.

Apart from the fact that you can’t, there are so many reasons to downsize your favorite skincare essentials before jumping on a plane. You can bring the right cleansers, toners and moisturizers for your skin, tiny bottles are easier to carry, and you can find many flight safe options at your local chemist.

One great tip? Only bring what you need, make sure to leave a bit of air in the top and tap them gently to get any air out of the bottom. Then Pop them in a zip lock bag before you load them up into your carry on. Knocks, bumps and even changing cabin pressure can cause them to burst.

Sun Damage is Real.

This makes no sense until you start to think about it scientifically.

The higher you are, the closer to the sun you are and the thinner atmosphere is. You can’t force everyone to close their windows, there’s always some annoying kid who won’t ever do what anyone says, anyway.

So bring some SPF along and don’t forget to reapply every 2 hours during a day time flight.

Multi-purpose skincare solutions really shine here. Estee Lauder’s Daywear BB Cream with SPF 35 is perfect. It not only provides coverage that smooths your skins appearance, but also moisturizes and protects it from the sun.

Lather up Ladies.

Speaking of moisturizers, remember how I said that the air inside a plane was incredibly drying? Yeah, seriously, it’s like jerky perfect drying.

To combat this it’s time to bring out the big guns, especially if it’s a red eye, and you’re not going to be awake to maintain your skincare. Along with your trusty BB Cream with SPF you’re going to need a night cream, an eye cream, some lip balm and a serum like Kevyn Aucoin’s Primed Skin Developer to help keep all that moisture locked inside your skin.

Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.

Finally, you’re body is made up for 60% water, so don’t forget to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Above all else, water is your greatest friend for defeating that “travel face” and crushing jet lag.

Those small cups they bring you during food service? Nup, that’s not gunna cut it honey. An average person needs at least a liter of water for every FIVE hours of flight time. That’s 4 normal cups, or like 6-8 of those tiny ones they give you.

Don’t be afraid to ask for more water from flight attendants, they’re doing the same thing you are, keeping hydrated (how do you think they stay so cheery?). Or, if you’re afraid to do that, don’t forget to bring an empty bottle through customs and fill it up before you board.

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And that’s it for the 5 essential flight-tested beauty tips to help you crush “travel face” like a boss. Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below! I’ll give ’em a try and if they make the cut, who knows? We might feature your tip right here!

 

Ombre Lip Inspirations

I’m going to be completely honest guys. Yes, I do have a Pinterest account. No, I have no idea how to use it. I know, right?! It’s pretty much a given if you’re a beauty blogger.

It’s such serendipity then that my love of makeup led me to explore the kaleidoscopic picture book that is Pinterest! As you guys who have read my stuff before know, I am a lips lover (hrm, that didn’t come out right). And while looking for lipspiration I came across some amazing ombre lips.

For those of you who don’t have a clue what that means I really recommend checking this video out. Ombre lips, bae!

I’ll be trying these out later but before I do that, I thought I’d share my favorite 8 with you!

1. Byzantium Metal

I had to look this shade of purple up. Seriously. Google it. It’s so hypnotizing. I’m pretty sure vampire goddesses wore this about a hundred years ago before they went snacking on some equally hypnotized… meal.

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2. Starlight

Iridescent and dark like the night sky. I love these lips as much as staring up into the milky way. Which, to be honest, I don’t do enough of, but I will tonight!

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3. Sparkly Pink!

All the shades of pink plus glitter. What’s not to love?!

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4. Dark to Light

I love these lips so much. It’s super unique. I mean, sure, you can make your top lip dark and your bottom lip light. But blending it down to your bottom lip so it looks like it’s one big ombre shade? Genius.

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5. Fusion Korean

I call this one Fusion Korean because Korean’s love the dark inner, light outer lips look, and this is like that… except if your lips also decided to also take acid at the same time.

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6. Oh my!

Image result for wow emoji ’nuff said.

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7. The Sea At Night

This reminds me of that scene in Life of Pi where the water lights up at night and a whale emerges from the deep. Don’t know what I mean? watch this. In the film it’s a tragic but, also such a beautiful moment.

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8. Roses are Red

I mean. It’s just obvious, right? Imagine the ruby red lip color that you love to wear out the most. Then give it steroids. Voila! You get this.

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8 Makeup Hacks That Are So Crazy They Work!

I keep tellin’ you guys, as much as I love makeup, I totally suck at it sometimes. I’m proud of my brows, but pretty much everything else is a struggle sometimes.

Sometimes, I just wish there was a cheat code. It doesn’t need to be insta-makeup, I still like putting it on, but, just, you know, a whole lot more room for error, and a whole lot less money required.

That’s when I came across these 8 hacks for makeup. They seem weird and stupid but, trust me, they totally work.

1. Ice Cube Primer

Sure. You could jamsu it up, but who really enjoys smashing their face into a big bowl of ice cold water like their bobbing for apples. Except there are no apples.

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Ice cubes to the rescue! Pop some of these icy bad boys into a new zip lock bag after you’ve cleansed your face, just before applying anything and rub it all over your face. This tightens your pores, reduces puffiness and softens your skin when you do eventually start applying makeup.

2. Oh Yeeeeeah Lipstain

Lip stains are so in. I know. I’m totally guilty of buying 60 different shades of the same red. But it doesn’t have to be such a massively expensive exercise, and it could be a whole lot more tasty.

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Get some Cherry Red Koolaid (yup, you heard that right). A tablespoon will do. Add a couple of drops of water until it forms a thickish paste. Then apply! Make sure you don’t thoroughly clean your brush afterwards so you don’t attract ants.

3. Rescue broken powders

You’re in a rush. You’ve just finished your makeup with some setting powder. You try to wrap it up and pop it in your bag, but, silly you, today you accidentally woke up with butter fingers! Buh-bow. The powder in your compact breaks into a million pieces and so does your heart.

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OK, only joking. It’s not that serious. What you do, get your powder brush and pick up as much of the powder as you can into the compact. Then using a teaspoon break it down even further until it’s a fine dust. Mix in some isopropyl alcohol until it turns into a paste. Shape it flat with a butter knife and then leave it open to set for a few hours. By the time you come back from work, voila! It’ll look like new.

4. Pantyliner Protection!

Yeah, this one is a weird one.

I love a good smoky eye as much as the next girl, but you know what I do hate? All that fallout that ends up ruining the rest of your face. I used to place a fan brush under my eye to catch this, but who has 4 hands?

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So, you know pantyliners? They’re actually fantastic for catching fallout and the powder just sticks to the absorbent side. Simply cut them into 2 or 4 pieces, shape them to fit underneath your eye and stick them there before you start putting on that “night out on the town” makeup.

When you’re done, simply remove and dispose!

5. Blotting paper for cheapskates

Man, I feel like I need a pack of these a day. No. Not cigarettes. Blotting paper. And it sure can get expensive, especially in hot weather, with oily skin.

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Did you know there’s a cheat right in your kitchen? Simply grab some coffee liners and cut them into a compact shape you can carry around. Squares, circles, Spongebob Squarepants. Whatever tickles your fancy. Pop them in a little ziplock baggy and blot away! The material of the paper is perfect for catching excess oil without removing makeup along with it.

6. Eu de can’t smell it anymore

I spend a good thousand dollars on scents each year. I just can’t help it. So it’s no wonder that I get a little annoyed when you spritz yourself a little in the morning and, by lunchtime you back to smelling like an armpit.

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Here’s an amazing tip I’ve found to help you make that scent last all day. Dab a little bit of Vaseline on to the pulse points around your body before you spray! It should help that scent go just a bit further.

7. No surgery plump lips

I get it, not everyone is blessed with lips the size of a young Angelina Jolie, or even Kylie Jenner. How are we ever going to find the canvas to put those luscious lip kits of hers to use?!

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Not to worry. There’s no need to spend thousands of dollars on surgery to plump up your lips. Grab some peppermint essence oil (you can find it at your local organics store) and apply a couple of drops of it to your lips with a cotton bud. You can also add a few drops of it to your lip tints and lip glosses to add that extra fullness, as well as make them stretch a bit further.

8. Ghetto Beauty Blender Storage

I love beauty blenders. I love them so much that I made my own, and I’ve pretty much given up on foundation brushes altogether. But what happens when you’ve just got too many of them. They’re a wierd shape and you don’t want them to dry into an even wierder one. Hmmm….

You know what blenders are also shaped like? Eggs.

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Yup, you can see where this is going. Grab an unused plastic egg carton (plastic is preferable as it doesn’t harbor germs) and make sure its clean, before you pop all your beauty blenders inside!

That’s it for this post ladies! I hope you learned some money saving hacks! I’d love to hear what other hacks you guys use for great makeup or just to save some money! Leave them down in the comments below and I’ll be sure to try them.

Managing Cystic Acne without a Prescription

I’ve lived with acne for the last few years. It isn’t the embarassing breakouts we live with in our high school years. It isn’t a phase that I will grow out of. For a growing number of people like me, the stresses of modern life has caused cystic acne to flare up in their 20s, 30s and even 40s.
 
While you can go for prescription medication, dermatologists usually leave that as a last “nuclear” resort. Dermatologists see hormonal imbalance, genetics, diet, and topical causes such as skincare and makeup as potential causes. For most it’s a combination of all the above, but hormonal imbalance seems to be a common factor among all cases.
 
So how do you go about rebalancing your hormones?
 
While topical creams, medicine, injections and laser treatments can be important treatments, so is modifying your lifestyle.
 

1. Diet

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One of the biggest things you can do is to change your diet. Stop consuming dairy, if at all possible, or limit yourself to clean, organic dairy products. Skip the flavored milks and processed cheeses. Limit the amount of red meat you consume and try to find hormone and anti-biotic free poultry. Fish and seafood is a great source of protein. Try drinking alkaline water, cut out the alcohol and take a daily probiotic.
 

2. Clean your skin

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It’s surprising how much the skin on our faces is exposed to. So, it’s no wonder that regular cleaning can really help reduce acne flareups. Shower immediately when you get home, especially if you’ve gotten all sweaty from a hot summer day. Make sure your pores remain clean and clear. Regularly wash your hair as well, especially if it is long, and allow it to dry before going to bed. You don’t want to encourage bacteria with a warm wet place to breed (ew). Finally, something that a lot of people overlook is to make sure your pillow case and sheets are clean by not eating in bed and not going to sleep with makeup on.
 

3. Get a peel

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When battling acne, make sure you team up with a skincare specialist to devise the right regime for you. The wrong regime can make it worse. Peels containing retinoids or glycolic acid can also help acne. They are like a turbo clean for your skin.
 

4. Take some time for yourself

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This is probably my biggest problem. As I said above, hormonal imbalance is a common factor in all adult acne. Stress can have a major effect on your hormones and usually for the worse. So if you’re feeling frazzled and overwhelmed, there’s a reason you look worse for wear. Take some time for yourself. Without your health and wellbeing, all the money in the world can’t help you, nor your skin.
 
Whatever you choose to do dermatologists warn not to wait until your acne becomes severe before seeing them. Often, it can be contained with early intervention, and there are techniques that can be performed to lessen scarring.
That’s it for today’s helpful post! If you have any other tips for managing acne, I would love to hear them below in the comments, or even try a few myself!

My favorite eye makeup tips to make you look like you know what you’re doing.

Looking fab ain’t always easy. Especially when you have no idea whether what you’re doing is right (pretty much most of the time). So, when I came across these makeup tips that help you make the most of your eyes I had to share them!

Eye shape, brows, lids and lashes, I got you covered! Now there’s no excuse to go out looking like you’ve used a Homer Simpson made makeup gun.

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Use multiple layers of mascara for that extra “boost”! Sometimes I even use 3 layers.
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Raise your brow.

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For a smokey look to an existing color start with a black base.
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For longer lasting and more vibrant eyeshadows start with a white base!
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Use your inner lash line! It can make a world of difference.
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What kind of eye shape are you?
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White liners are the bomb! If you get any one do-it-all product a shimmery white liner has to be it.
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Use light pressure on the crease, medium pressure on the lid for natural shading.
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Some inspo for you!
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Wanna be pro at applying eyeliner? Start with dots and then connect them together with an eyeliner brush for a smooth straight light.
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How eyeliner can change your eye shape.
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The perfect lash curl!
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Getting an eye lift without surgery!
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THIS is how you apply eye makeup. Don’t look straight ahead, rather tilt your head up and look down into a mirror. This makes your lid tight reducing the chance of ugly creases when applying.

 

Got any eye makeup tips of your own! Share them in the comments below, and who knows, we may feature you in our next spot!