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Can you make your own eye makeup remover?

I’m all for a good DIY option, but when it comes to skincare and makeup… not so much. Whether it’s making your own lip plumper, restoring your mascara or creating your own setting powder, chances are I’m against it. One of the most popular beauty DIY’s is to make your own eye makeup remover, most of which go something like No Tears Baby Shampoo, Baby Oil and water because “If it’s OK for Babies it’s OK for me” Sure products formulated for babies may be safe, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are good for your skin. 

DIY Makeup Remover

Generally speaking shampoo is not the best option when it comes to eye makeup removal, especially on a daily basis even if it is no tears baby shampoo; it isn’t designed to be used directly on/in the eyes.

Most baby products also contain mineral oil, a highly controversial ingredient which sits “on top” of the skin like a barrier, but doesn’t actually provide any benefits to the skin, not to mention it is a highly comedogenic ingredient (meaning it can create breakouts) and is often responsible for milia seeds (them little white pimple-like things you sometimes find around your eyes)

If you want to make your own eye makeup remover stick with gentle natural oils like cold pressed, virgin Olive and Argan oils or better yet just buy an eye makeup remover! I love Bioderma Crealine h2o (which works as a cleanser for the face, eyes and lips)

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Best of 2013 - Skincare

Another year is over which means another year of testing out brand new products. I’ve tried the good, the bad and the ugly this year when it comes to beauty products and whilst some products sorely disappointed be others greatly pleased me. Here are my all-time favourite products of 2013 which I have loved for months on end and get Makeup Tips seal of approval (for reference I have dry skin) Let me know what were your favourite skincare products of 2013?

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Is wearing makeup actually bad for your skin?

Makeup is really bad for your skin; is one of the most common beliefs and misconceptions, millions of people believe that wearing makeup everyday (or any day) is terrible for your skin but is it really causing that much harm?

The truth is, as with any beauty product; makeup can cause contact dermatitis and aggravate preexisting skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and acne. Generally speaking, makeup is only going to cause damage to your skin if it is left on for extremely long periods of time (such as overnight or days on end) and if the skin had not been properly cleansed & makeup has not been thoroughly removed.

Makeup can actually be beneficial for the skin. On a day to day basis skin comes into contact with environmental damage, pollution and of course sun rays. As makeup provides almost a “barrier” over the top of your skin, it can actually help to protect your skin from environmental damage and if it contains SPF, your makeup will help to protect against sun damage too. As long as makeup is thoroughly removed at the end of the day, makeup should not cause any harm to the skin. Make sure you give your skin a good double cleanse and use a toner to regulate the pH balance of your skin each night. Give your skin the love it needs with this how-to guide.

Night-time Skincare 101

Night-time is when we get our beauty sleep so it’s important we go to our best efforts to make sure our beauty routine is down pat. Before you hit the hay, there is just a few things you oughta do to have your skin looking and feeling it’s best when you wake up. An ideal night-time skincare routine usually goes a little like this…

Cleanse (twice)

Remove Eye Makeup




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Should you avoid using Oil on your Skin?

I’m Judge Makeup Tips and I’m about to bust you for believing one of the biggest beauty myth’s out; you now have the right to use oil.

We’ve always been taught to avoid oil in our food and on our skin, but should you really be ditching the oil in your skincare? Well what I’m about to say might shock you but oil can be good for your skin. I’m not talking about mineral oil (Paraffinum Liquidum) that’s the bad kind and a big no-no the molecules just sit on top of your skin and aren’t absorbed which stops any other products from working as effectively and beneficial ingredients from penetrating your skin, plus it can increase skins photosensitivty (making skin more sensitive to the sun). I’m talking about the good oils like Rosehip, Argan, Jojoba, Avocado, Olive, Macadamia, etc. Oils can be fantastic for the skin so you needn’t be scared of them. I love to use cleansing oils, and skin treatment oils (such as Rosehip) underneath my night cream and I’m always opting for cleansers, treatments, moisturisers, lip balms that are packed full of hydrating and nourishing oils that give my skin a gorgeous healthy glow. Even if you have oily skin you can still benefit from skin oils, try using a cleansing oil, oil is attracted to oil so it will help to balance out your skin without drying it out and if you have breakouts 5% Tea-tree oil makes a great spot treatment.

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Should You Really Skip Moisturing If You Have Oily Skin?

I’m Judge Makeup Tips and  I’m about to bust you for believing one of the biggest beauty myth’s out; you now have the right to moisturise.

“Honey you shouldn’t moisturise if you have acne or oily skin ” said your grandmother, mother and aunty. Your family members might be right about loads of things but when it comes to the whole “Don’t moisturise on oily skin” saga they couldn’t be more wrong.

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How to Cleanse With Oil

Cleansing is an essential step in every skincare routine oil however we are often told is not. You shouldn’t be scared of oil because believe it or not it should be an essential part of your skincare routine, whether you have dry, oily or combination skin. Oils can be fantastic for the skin - especially when it comes to cleansing; they can break up every speckle of makeup, including waterproof and long-wear products. They can also be used to “pre-cleanse” the skin if you don’t like the oily residue some cleansing oils can give.


First of all you’ll need to know your skin-type so make sure you take a look at the “Figuring Out Your Skin-type" guide. Next of all I’m going to give you the low-down on why cleansing oils are fantastic for all skin-types, not just dry.

Dry skin: Great because it hydrates the skin and helps to cure dry and flaky patches.

Oily skin: Fantastic because of the simple rule in science; oil is attracted to oil. In the long run a cleansing oil will help to balance out the oil production in your skin without stripping it of all its natural oils.

Combination skin: Perfect because it balances out the oil production of your skin by hydrating the drier areas and reducing oil in the oilier parts.

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Does Toothpaste Cure Pimples?

I’m Judge Makeup Tips and I’m about to bust you for believing one of the biggest beauty myth’s out; you now have the right to buy a spot treatment.

"Hey! You should try using toothpaste on a pimple the next time you get one! ” she said. The only way I can even think that someone may of come across this is by accidentally getting some toothpaste on a pimple after brushing their teeth. Using toothpaste on pimples as opposed to a proper spot treatment has become a pretty popular beauty tip out there but if you are using it, you probably shouldn’t be. Sure it may of worked once or twice when you got a little curious and let this beauty myth get the better of you but it’ll actually just cause more problems than it solves.

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Does Chocolate really Cause Acne?

I’m Judge Makeup Tips and  I’m about to bust you for believing one of the biggest beauty myth’s out; you now have the right to eat chocolate.

"I really want to eat chocolate but it causes acne…" she said. Sometimes when I hear someone talk about a beauty tip which they believe to be true; I squirm a little and ask myself (and them!) "Where on Earth did you hear that?" In this case it is the Pizza Face theory which says your diet has a direct effect on your skin. Whilst in some cases according to some dermatologists & doctors this is true (IE: too much sugar which can cause inflammation, resulting in pimples) a vast majority of the time it isn’t. Chocolate doesn’t cause acne but it is still best to eat healthy foods in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. (Bonus points if you eat high quality, dark chocolate which is full of antioxidants unlike white and milk)

BEAUTY MYTH: BUSTED! Chocolate doesn’t cause acne, case dismissed.

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