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My beauty must haves for 2013

19 Feb

Winter does mad things to your skin. (So does Summer but that’s another post waiting to happen!)

I have tried quite a few Make up products over 2012 and 2013 to cover up/ hide/camouflage my pale and dry complexion but I have now realised that I was going about it all wrong! Instead of concentrating on which foundation would cover up my rosey red cheeks I needed to sort out the skin underneath!

To be honest – I normally have very good skin so I knew that my complexion was not down to any underlying disorders like Acne rosacea or psoriosis which people either forget or do not know can be helped with medication; Metronidazole 0.75% can be obtained by your GP to help rosacea for instance. There are also Make up techniques you can use such as using green concealer underneath your foundation to take the majority of the redness away! I will go into this in more detail on another post 🙂

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So… I have only ever used Simple products such as face wash, day and night face cream and their under eye cream (always remember to use a different cream for the delicate area around your eyes!)

I have always had very dry skin around the front part of my cheeks and no where else. I normally try and add a thicker cream just to this area which does tend to help but since getting lots of new products for Christmas I haven’t needed to!

Peaches and… Clean

This Soap and Glory face wash smells incredible. I don’t think I would recommend it if you have very sensitive skin as you can definitely feel it working away as soon as you put it on damp skin; I lather it up and leave it on for a couple of minutes. Then rinse with warm water. Keep it away from your eye area. My face feels really clean afterwards without it drying out and feeling tight. peaches

*Bev’s tip of the day – I think Salma Hayek does this too**  Always try to wash off your Make-up at the end of the day or night time. Then in the morning I just rinse my face with warm water and no soap or face wash. You don’t really want to take off the layer of natural oil that your face produces during the night – this is a great tip for For dry/ normal skin – however, if you have oily or teenage skin prone to break outs I would still use an anti bacterial face wash in the morning.

Serum

After dabbing my face dry* with a soft towel, I have started to apply a face serum. I only use a pea size amount all over my face and leave on for 5 minutes to soak in before putting my moisturiser on.

*I have dabbed my face instead of rubbed it dry since I was little! Any action that you do a couple of times a day (in my opinion)  could increase giving you wrinkles! So stop rubbing!lacura

The face serum from Aldi (of all places) is amazing!!  it is called ‘Lacura – face Care , Restorative Multi Intensive Serum’ and is a whopping £3.49!!!  It includes Vitamin E and Shea Butter which are great for dry and skin. On the Aldi website it advertises that “Its moisture complex has a 24 hour effect to help improve the skin’s elasticity. When used regularly the skin feels noticeably smoother and tighter.” And I would totally agree. My skin is very much smoother but I do feel it is the combination of serum and moisturiser that has helped!

Moisturiser

Seeing as the serum was such a bargain find I feel this is why I allowed myself the purchase of  a new (Expensive!) moisturiser as well 🙂  I’m (unfortunately) a sucker for packaging, and the Bobbi Brown glass jar and embossed black lid on their Hydrating Gel Cream instantly caught my eye. I wiped a smidge across the back of my hand and the luxurious cream smelled sort of tropical and clean all at the same time, and I was at the till before I knew it – albeit £36 worse off.

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Thankfully these new purchases have worked wonders to my dull complexion and I found as soon as I started my new routine I was using less foundation and bronzer daily and I am back to only using BB Cream! (See previous post for more info on BB Cream!)

Well recommended peeps 🙂 

Makeup* your eyebrows!

9 Sep

 My last post was all about eyebrows, and how important they are in framing your face. Not everyone needs to have statement brows like Jennifer Connolly or Camilla Belle but just see the difference between a happy medium See Gwen Stefani – Nuff said.

 

 

Thicker statement eyebrows have been on trend for a while now so it is refreshing to see that the high arch will be back for autumn winter 11 – I know did you ever think there would be an eyebrow trend?

You cannot just follow trends if they do not go with your face shape but you can use makeup to pretend or try it out!

First off, once you have had your eyebrows threaded and it has left you with your perfect brow shape  (See previous post here)  you will need to know a little bit about how to contour your face with Makeup.

When focussing on the eyebrows you need to know that the area underneath the end of the eyebrow needs to be highlighted – When putting on my eyeshadow I start with MAC Vanilla shimmer pot as a base for other makeup – Then when I am finished I will put an extra bit just on that area under the eyebrow so it is uber prominent! I will show a step by step in my next post! x

I have a massive crush on Kim Kardashians’ Makeup face. Its always perfectly applicated (it could possibly look too polished day to day- but I still love it) and this photo shows exactly the right places that should be highlighted and where should be shaded darker. If you think about where your bones are prominent on your face such as you cheekbone and under your eyebrow bone your on the right track!! * hint* This also helps with where you put your bronzer/ blusher I.E. NEVER a pink stripe  on the top of your cheekbones! TOO HIGH! It can be blended up like the below 🙂

Her eyebrow has been shaded with an angled makeup brush to give the perfect shape and long line at the end. Therefore if you want to recreate this look you need to get the right tools!

If you have unruly brows you need an eyebrow brush – Any old mascara wand will do or if you fancy a treat the Dior brush has a lovely shape and handle! After you have tamed your brows you may want to put a lick of clear mascara on top; this is only for quite long eyebrows that never want to stay in your perfect shape!

The Bobbi Brown eyebrow brush has thick bristles so if you put a little brown powder (eye makeup will do as long as its the same if not darker shade than your own brow colour) and work the brush over the eyebrows it will colour them in without staining the skin under your eyebrows – this can happen when people use an eyebrow pencil straight onto their skin! And its not a good look!  If you fancy an even more perfect eyebrow shape put a bit of brown eyeliner/ eyebrow pencil on the back of your hand and blend with a brown eyeshadow – using the angled brush create the shape you want to! Simples!

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In my next post I will be showing how to do different eyebrow shapes with Makeup!!

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