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Does Vaseline cure dry lips?

Vaseline has been a product people have loved for generations and I’ve never quite understood why… Tell someone you’ve got dry lips? They’ll instantly respond with “put some Vaseline on them” but does Vaseline (or petroleum jelly) really cure dry lips?

Jeweled Vaseline

Vaseline doesn’t provide any benefits to the lips, none, zero, nil. Vaseline is a “barrier” product, not a hydration product so all it will do is lock in moisture and help protect the lips from any further damage, this is all well and good but if you have very dry lips your lips wont have any moisture which means the Vaseline can cause them to dry out further.

Lips don’t have any oil glands which means they don’t produce any moisture. If you have dry lips you will want to use something that treats them and provides moisture like a lip treatment or mask and THEN apply a barrier lip balm on top, preferably one that is natural and organic rather than petroleum based.  Still got dry lips? Read how to fix dry lips and keep them in tip top shape.

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1920s Gatsby Flapper Girl Makeup Tutorial

The 1920s are one of my favourite era’s, simply for the fashion , hair and makeup.

The makeup was so elegant and anything but natural looking. The face was matte, the eyes were smoky and the lips were deep red. The hair was short, finger waves were the norm and hairbands were an absolute must. 

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How to use Pencil Lip Liner

One of the most common questions I am asked is “What is the proper way to use Lip Liner?” Lip Liner can be a tricky product to apply, when done right lips look well defined and shaped, when done wrong they look more like a clowns mouth… This lip liner tutorial will teach you how to line your lips using a lip pencil and how to perfectly apply lip liner.

How to correctly blot lipstick

After applying a good lip balm, and allowing it to absorb for 10 minutes blot off your lips by kissing a tissue. If you have very dry lips try gently exfoliating & using a lip mask the night before.

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Makeup essentials for when you’re time short.

BB Cream

A BB Cream (or tinted moisturiser) is perfect if you’re in a hurry because they give skin moisture and a healthy glow, as the coverage is usually sheer they can be applied and blended quickly. Opt for one with a high SPF so it can double up as your sunscreen too!

Try: Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream with SPF 30

Pink Lipstick

A creamy, pink lipstick is perfect for brightening up a sallow complexion. Apply it directly from the tube onto your lips for the best colour pay-off . To really enhance your skin, apply some as a blush onto your cheeks using your fingertips.  

Try: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Kissable Pink

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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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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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