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How to fix dry lips

I’m someone who has suffered dry lips for as long as I can remember and boy have they gotten bad. Some days I would wake up with dry, cracked, peeling and sometimes even bleeding lips, and no matter how many diet changes I made, how much water I drank nothing really helped, but after my years of beauty blogging I’ve come across a few amazing products and tips to help  get rid of dry lips and keep them in tip top condition…

How to get rid of Dry Lips

Some of my favourite lip care products which include: *Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, Manuka Honey, Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, *Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid, *Suvana Paw Paw & Honey Balm, *Rosehip Plus Roll On Oil

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Orange lips, they may have been a trend on the runway last year, but that shouldn’t stop you from wearing them now. A bold lip is hot, especially as we come into the warmer months and overall orange is the perfect summer shade.
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Orange lips, they may have been a trend on the runway last year, but that shouldn’t stop you from wearing them now. A bold lip is hot, especially as we come into the warmer months and overall orange is the perfect summer shade.

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Makeup Products for Beginners

Drugstore Makeup Products for Newbies.The best basic drugstore products for beginners (and multi-tasking products)

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Whether you’re in the Southern or Northern Hemisphere you’re about to jump into a new season and it’s time to make some changes. It’s  important to make quite a few changes in your skincare to keep your skin in tip-top shape, but it’s also a good idea to swap a few things around in your makeup bag.
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Face
Winter: In winter skin tends to look drier and lack luster so a light to medium coverage foundation is generally best at hiding minor imperfections, for any other imperfections use a good concealer. For winter you may need to change your foundation & concealer to a lighter shade so that it perfectly matches your skintone. If you have oily skin ensure you set the oiliest areas of your face with some translucent powder on a powder puff. Try: Revlon Colorstay Foundation, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer, Essence Translucent Mattifying Face Powder,  *Ultraceuticals Mattifying Daily Moisturiser SPF 30+ (sunscreen should be worn everyday in every season to prevent skin damage.
Summer: ‘Tis the season to ditch heavy, full coverage foundations and embrace your natural skin. Switch to a BB Cream or tinted moisturiser instead of foundation (if you have really great skin just stick to concealer) It’s also a good idea to use a foundation & concealer in a shade darker for Summer as skintones generally turn slightly darker.  Powders have a tendency to oxidize with oils on the skin and as skin tends to be oilier in the summer time it’s better to go for a setting spray instead of a powder. Try:  Missha Skin Perfect BB Cream, Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, *Ultraceuticals Mattifying Daily Moisturiser SPF 30+ (sunscreen should be worn everyday in every season to prevent skin damage.
Cheeks
Winter: High pigment powder and cream blushes are fantastic for giving skin that real rosy glow in the winter time (try a cream blush in a berry shade applied with a stippling blush for winter-kissed cheeks) Swap a dark, shimmery bronzer for just a hint of contouring under the cheekbones and around the hairline. A pinky illuminator will help add a pick me up to dreary winter skin. Try: Bourjois Baked Blush, ELF Studio HD Cream Blushes, Revlon PhotoReady SkinLights Illuminator in Pink Light.
Summer: As the weather heats up and we become more active our makeup becomes very prone to fading so instead of high pigment blushes opt for a sheer cheek stain (which can also double up as a lip colour) Use a powder bronzer with minimal shimmer (or a gel bronzer, I like *Bobbi Brown All Over Bronzing Gel)  and apply in a “3” motion (around the hairline & temples, under the cheekbones and down near the jawline) for a sun-kissed glow (bonus points for adding a champagne toned illuminator on your cheekbones)  Try: Benefit Cheek & Lip Tints, Benefit Hoola, *Bobbi Brown All Over Bronzing Gel, Stila All Over Liquid Luminizer in Kitten

Eyes
Winter: It’s the perfect time to experiment with makeup. Loads of lashes, smoky eyes, winged eyeliner, cut creases and glitter, nothing is too much (except maybe a full eyelid of winged eyeliner or frosty blue eyeshadow)
Summer: Keep the eyes clean of jet black mascara and opt for a clear mascara which can be wiggled through the roots of curled lashes and brushed through the brows to give your makeup a fresher edge. If you insist on eyeliner and eyeshadow opt for either a hint of brown eyeliner smudged in between the lashes (or a nude shade on your waterline) and a dusting of bronze eyeshadow over the eyelids. Try: Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara, Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Lips
Winter: Dark berries, plums, reds, wines,  mahogany’s and burgundy’s with blue undertones in matte formulas get a big tick and are a definite must for winter. Either use a fantastic matte lipstick, a mattifying lipstick base or after applying lipstick place a tissue over your lips and dust a small amount of translucent powder over it  to achieve the matte look. Dark, matte shades tend to be quite high maintenance so having well hydrated lips and using a matching lip liner underneath are essential. If you want to amp it up a little more dab a blue toned illuminator onto the center of your lips to make lips look larger and add an unexpected twist. Try: MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick, *Australis Mattifying Lipstick Base
Summer: Dark, matte formulas may look luxurious, but in the summer time it’s better to go for something a little less high maintenance. Instead, opt for bright creamy lipsticks, sheer tinted lip balms and stains. Try:  Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters, Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms, Benefit Cheek & Lip Tints.

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Whether you’re in the Southern or Northern Hemisphere you’re about to jump into a new season and it’s time to make some changes. It’s  important to make quite a few changes in your skincare to keep your skin in tip-top shape, but it’s also a good idea to swap a few things around in your makeup bag.

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Five ways to wear Lipstick

When it comes to makeup lips are the main category I’m addicted too. My lip collection is undeniably large and I’ve always got 500 new lip products to test out.I love experimenting with different formulas, finishes and looks.

Matte:

Luxurious matte formulas are my weakness and even though they can be drying on my sensitive lips, I just can’t resist them. Rich berries and deep plums complement matte formulas but fun girly pinks shouldn’t be avoided either. To achieve the matte look, dab your lips with one ply of tissue and dust a little translucent powder over your lips.  Use a mattifying lipstick such as Australis Matte Me Lipstick Mattifyng Base or opt for a great matte lipstick like MAC Cosmetics Lipstick Matte Formula.

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How to Apply Red Lipstick

Red lipstick, it’s the most popular beauty look of all time and there is no surprise why; It can make you look & feel like a million bucks, it can give you so much confidence that you feel like you can rule the world so why wouldn’t you want to wear it? It’s an all-round colour and can be worn no matter what season, as a gorgeous poppy spring colour or a deep winter shade; In this how-to guide you’ll learn how to apply and rock a kick-ass red lipstick.

Products for Red Lipstick

You will need: a lip balm (I like *Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm) a lip liner that matches your lipstick (I used Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner in 50 Red) a red lipstick (my favourite is Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in 530 Fatal Red) a lip brush (I love Beau Make by Abbamart Synthetic Lip Brush) a concealer (I used Maybelline Fit Me Concealer) a flat liner brush (I like Beau Make by Abbamart Flat Eye Defining Brush)

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Makeup Hygiene

When it comes to food, medicine and everything else in-between we take every measure to ensure we are hygienic, but we rarely do the same when it comes to makeup… Whilst it may not be food, it still expires. Using old, expired products are anything but pretty.

A: Never share your makeup. Whether it’s your best friend who needs a quick coat of gloss before she bumps into the guy who promised he’d call or your mother, sister, aunt grandma and anyone else in-between; sharing isn’t caring when it comes to makeup. Even if you’re blood related keep your makeup to yourself, the lending of a mascara, gloss or lipstick can result in eye infections or a nasty cold sore…

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B: Clean your brushes. Yes your brushes do actually need to be cleaned so if you’ve been using the same grimy powder brush that’s been sitting on your bathroom counter for the past 5 years, it’s time you get a new one and some brush cleaner, stat. Brushes should be deep cleaned once a week with either a gentle shampoo or some good quality brush cleaner (avoid baby shampoo it contains mineral oil which can often leave a film over your brushes) After each use try to spot clean your brushes with some rubbing alcohol; it removes bacteria and leaves your brushes fresh and ready to use for the next morning!

To learn about makeup hygiene check out my article over at the Huffington Post!


How to Make Your Lipstick Last.

Lip colors are one of the key products to creating a stellar makeup look. Whether they are an accessory to your sultry eyes or a statement on their own, no one wants their lipstick disappearing by lunch time. Using these tips you are sure to maintain a longer lasting lip color.

Preparation:
Before applying any makeup, preparation is key, even for a small area of the face such as your lips.

Exfoliate:
Some people prefer to exfoliate their lips prior to lip-color application, but if you have sensitive lips try to stay clear of this or do it the evening before. Exfoliating will remove flaky skin from the lips and ensure a smoother application of lip color. You can either use a specialized lip scrub or use a wash cloth soaked in warm water. Remember to always rub in small, circular motions for the best results.

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Makeup Tips Blog - Best of 2012

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With the new year rapidly approaching and hundreds of new products to hit the market I thought it was about time I tell you my best in beauty’s of 2012. As a beauty writer I am constantly trying out products some good and some bad but there are a few products that I always end up going back to.

Eye Makeup Remover

Winner: Bioderma Crealine H20

Runner Up: Maybelline Express Care Eye Makeup Remover.

Primer

Winner: Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Primer.

Runner Up: Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer.

Foundation

Winner: Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturising Foundation.

Runner Up: Bourjois 10 HR Sleep Effect foundation.

Concealer

Winner: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer.

Runner Up: Maybelline Fit Me concealer

Powder:

Winner: Maybelline Shine Free Loose Powder

Runner up: Essence Mattifying Compact Powder.

Blush:

Winner: Kit Cosmetics Cream Cheek/Lip Duo.

Runner Up: Bourjois Little Round Pot Blushes.

Bronzer/Contour

Winner: Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Runner Up: None! I am yet to find one that works as great as Hoola!

Highlighter:

Winner: Benefit High Beam

Runner Up: Benefit watts up. (Yep two from Benefit, they make the best illuminators!)

Eye Primer:

Winner: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue

Runner Up: E.L.F Essentials Eye Lid Primer

Eyeliner

Winner: Essence Gel Eyeliner

Runner Up: Stila Smudge Pots.

Mascara

Winner: Smashbox Hyper Lash

Runner Up: Benefit They’re Real

Eyeshadow

Winner: Urban Decay Naked Palette.

Runner up: Loreal Infallible Eyeshadows.

Brows:

Winner: Maybelline Define A Brow

Runner Up: Rimmel Eye Brow Pencil.

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