Beauty 101: How To Deep Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Cleaning your makeup brushes is the most boring part of a beauty routine – but it is also one of the most important! If you could see all of the germs and bacteria on your brushes you would never let them near your face. Using dirty makeup brushes can cause a number of skin issues such as acne, blemishes and skin reactions. To avoid these issues this is how you deep clean your makeup brushes.

  1. Wet

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Ensuring brushes are faced downwards, submerge the bristles of your brushes in warm water.

2. Cleanse

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Using non-alcohol based cleanser and a cleaning glove, lather the bristles and swirl on the glove for a deeper clean.

3. Rinse

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Wash brushes off until the water runs clear and squeeze out any excess water to prevent the bristles from fraying.

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Allow brushes to air dry on a flat surface ensuring the bristles are hanging over the sink to dry quickly and easily.

I hope this post was helpful! If you have any tips and tricks for cleaning your makeup brushes leave them in the comments section below!

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Beauty Jargon Defined: 10 Beauty Terms Explained

The world of beauty and cosmetics can be a confusing one, there are so many words and phrases that are completely lost to you. Like what the hell is a cut crease? and what’s the difference between a shader brush and a blending brush? Well don’t worry you no longer have to ponder these questions, here are 10 beauty words and phrases defined!

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  1. Strobing: (verb)

“To place highlighter in large amounts to the high points of your face (particularly along the cheekbone) to make features pop without the use of heavy contouring.

2. Baking: (verb)

“To set a thick layer of concealer with a layer of powder you allow to sit on the skin before dusting the majority of it away.”

3. Cut Crease: (noun)

“When applying eye shadow only in either the natural crease or drawing a line (cutting) just above the crease, very defined and sharp, creating a separation between the actual lid and the upper eye area then blending that line outward towards the brow. This also can make your lid appear bigger making the eyes seem bigger.”

4. Squareletto: (adjective)

“An up-and-coming nail shape that is super long, like stiletto nails, but squared off at the tip.”

5. Hit Pan: (verb)

“When you come to the end of a palette or compact and have to scrape out the remaining contents.”

6. Tan-touring: (noun)

“The art of using self-tanner to contour by applying it whenever you’d typically apply bronzer.”

7. Foiling: (verb)

“Applying eye shadow with a wet brush to create a shiny, foil-like effect.”

8. Lipstick Feathering: (noun)

“When lipstick bleeds into the lines and wrinkles around your lips.”

9. Chroming: (verb)

“Using lipstick as a highlighter when you’re short on time.”

10. Tightlining: (verb)

“Applying eyeliner to the upper waterline to give the appearance of thicker eyelashes and bigger eyes.”

I hope this post was helpful! I’m thinking of writing a beauty dictionary, let me know what you think in the comments section below.

10 Tips For The Perfect Self Tan

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If like me you just don’t seem to tan at all in the natural sunlight, fake tan is your best friend! But fake tanning also comes with it’s difficulties, trying to get the perfect shade, have a smooth, natural look and avoid streaks. Here are 10 tips to help you get the perfect self tan.

  1. Exfoliate thoroughly, removing dead skin give a smooth surface to apply tan prevent streaks and patches.
  2. Do not use moisturiser or deodorant the day you tan, this can cause discolouration.
  3. Before tanning take a cold shower to close your pores and prevent them from getting blocked.
  4. Use aloe Vera on your hands, elbows, knees and feet – these are places that often change colour.
  5. Make sure you use a mitt, you don’t want tanned nails or palms.
  6. Bend your fingers into a claw to get an even tan on your knuckles.
  7. Attach a tanning mitt to a back brush for easy reach.
  8. Apply the tanner to the centre of the mitt and fold the mitt in half for even application.
  9. Start slowly, if your tan isn’t dark enough you can apply another layer rather than struggling to remove tan if you have over applied.
  10. Exfoliate your palms after tanning to remove excess tan.

I hope this post was helpful! If you have any self tanning tips tell me in the comments section below!

25 Styles for Long Hair

Having long hair is brilliant when it comes to styling, the number of styles you can create is endless! But it can be hard to thing of different hair-dos everyday. This is why I have found 25 styles to make your luscious long hair even more fabulous!

 

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I hope this post was helpful! Tell me which hairstyles are your favourites in the comments section below!

10 Commandments For The Perfect Lipstick

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Getting the perfect lip look can be a hard job if you aren’t a professional, there’s so much to think about, colour, texture, formula, blending – the list is endless! Here I have wrote a list of the 10 commandments for you to get the perfect lip look!

  1. Exfoliate with a sugar lip scrub to get rid of dry flaky skin,
  2. Keep your lips hydrated, drink plenty of water and use lip balm morning, night and just before applying lipstick.
  3. Find the nest shade for your skin tone – the general rule is peachy colours for light skin, deep reds for dark skin and for a medium skin tone almost any colour will suit you!
  4. If you’re going for a bold lip colour keep the rest of your makeup minimal.
  5. Use a primer before application for longer lasting lipstick.
  6. Use a lip liner for a more defined look and to make your lips look plumper.
  7. If you’re looking for the perfect nude – easy! Match your lip colour to the colour of your nipple. (The may be a little hard  to do in the middle of a store.)
  8. Slightly smudge around the edges for a fuller look
  9. Start in the centre of your lips and work outwards to avoid errors.
  10. Apply a layer of lipstick, blot with a tissue and apply another layer for longer lasting lipstick.

I hope this post was helpful! If you have any tips for getting the perfect lip look tell me in the comments section below!

15 Tips for Strong and Healthy Nails

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Personally, nail care is very important to me, having long pretty nails just make you feel more confident and feminine. I think we have all been through the heart breaking experience of breaking a nail – but what if you never had to experience that again? Here are 15 tips for stronger, healthier nails!

  1. Keep your hands clean, scrub your nails to remove dirt and dead skin.
  2. File in one direction to prevent layers from separating
  3. Use cuticle oil daily to promote healthy blood flow and nail growth
  4. Paint your nails to lock in moisture
  5. Keep your hand and nails well moisturised
  6. Only cut your nails when dry
  7. Rub lemon on your nails to remove yellow stains
  8. Never trim your cuticles – this can cause inflammation or infection
  9. Keep nail tools clean
  10. Use gloves when cleaning to protect from chemicals
  11. Use a mild soap to scrub nails
  12. Make sure you are getting plenty of zinc in your diet
  13. Buff your nails gently for better blood flow
  14. Use acetate based nail varnish remover to prevent your nails drying
  15. Take vitamin B for stronger nails

I hope you enjoyed this post! Do you know any tips for healthier nails that I haven’t already listed? Tell me in the comments section below!

 

 

 

 

My 5 Favourite Beauty Instagram’s – April 2018

In recent years beauty and makeup seems to have become a global obsession and there is no denying social media has played a massive part. With social platforms at your fingertips it’s so easy to access such a wide range of topics and connect with people from all over the world. Beauty and makeup has come on leaps and bounds, it’s now easier than ever to discover new brands, products and tips and tricks. One of the best platforms for learning about beauty and getting inspiration is Instagram. I have put together a list of my 5 favourite beauty Instagram’s to teach and inspire you.

 

  1. Irene Khan – @irenesarah

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Irene is an Influencer from Los Angeles who specialises in beauty and travel. With an Instagram following of 445k you just need to take one look at her to know why so many people look to her for beauty advice. Many of Irene’s posts are pictures of her look and video tutorials so that you can look like her too!

2. Nikki Fontaine – @nikkifontaine

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A lesser known, but equally as fantastic Instagrammer. Nikki is a makeup artist and blogger from New York. This girl has some serious talent, not only when it comes to makeup but as an artist too. If her page doesn’t get you inspired I don’t know what will.

3. Carli Bybel – @carlibe

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A beauty blogger and Youtuber from New Jersey, Carli’s Instagram, with a following of 5 million, is jam packed with everything a girl loves. Her Instagram has lots of makeup tutorials, gorgeous looks and her style is to die for!

4. Kelly Strack – @kelly_janexx

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Kelly is an influencer and youtuber from New York, her Instagram showcases her flawless beauty and style with occasional tutorials and product recommendations and even has her own merch! Be sure to check out her website, link is down below!

https://teespring.com/stores/kelly-strack?aid=marketplace

5. Beauty FX by Celeste – @beautyfxbyceleste

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I am completely obsessed with this account! A little different from the others I have talked about, Beauty FX by Celeste concentrates on swatches, product recommendations and new cosmetic products from a wide range of brands.

There you have it! My 5 favourite beauty Instagram’s of April 2018. Tell me who your favourite beauty instagrammers are in the comments section below!