As much as you may hate them, cold showers are much better for your hair and skin than extremely hot ones. They’re brilliant at firming the skin and boosting your circulation!
Have you ever picked a fragrance to wear based on your mood or to match an outfit for the day?
In addition to makeup and the style of clothes you wear, the fragrance you spritz on can play a powerful part in adding or detracting from the image you want to represent and, it can even influence your mood and that of those around you! So choose your fragrance carefully. Play with perfume and wear a different version of your signature fragrance on your pulse points, (such as a stronger, deeper-toned perfume oil instead of a light eau de toilette or an eau de parfum) to unfold a new fragrance altogether throughout the day and evening as it combines with your body chemistry, or even choose an uplifting fresh citrus perfume if you usually wear florals or orientals. Make sure to layer on a matching perfumed lotion or body cream if you’d like the fragrance to last.
Here are some of my fave perfumes…
Dry skin sufferers, take note, (especially during the autumn and winter seasons when the central heating is turned on high!): A humidifier might just change your skin forever, making your complexion satiny soft. Turn one on before you sleep and let it work its magic.
(by @Shahena_Ali, Naturopath & Naturopathic Nutritionist)
Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush Review…So Many Uses For It!
(My previous post on this brush got deleted in a system error! So I’m re-writing this for you all! *cry*)
This little versatile beauty tool is fast becoming my favourite all-rounder brush, despite being shocked at the price when I first got it; I’ll explain why…it does the job of nearly 5 different brushes! It’s an excellent eye socket contour brush, cheek, nose and face contouring brush, highlighter brush as well as having the perfect sized brush head to be a wonderful powder blusher brush to fit the apples of your cheeks. Although it may seem very pricey, it actually is worth it as it more than pays for itself over and over again; I don’t use separate contouring, highlighting or blusher brushes, I simply use this for all of those things.
The brush itself is amazing to use with very pigmented powder blushes such as Nars Exhibit A or Nars Seduction or even the Sleek Powder Blushers, this is because the pointed domed shaped brush head picks out just enough colour to dab onto the apple of your cheek and then the remaining graduated brush hairs around the pointed end act as a ‘diffusing’ tool. Absolutely brilliant to create that ‘lit from within’ glow with pigmented powder blushers. Because it’s made from natural hair (goat hair in fact!) I would not use this brush to apply any cream products as otherwise the hairs would become loose, damaged and less ‘fluffy’ even when you wash it.
Although it seems quite fragile and delicate, it’s actually quite robust, but even so, I would still keep it in it’s card box container when not in use, so as to prevent the thin handle from becoming unravelled or a little bent. It has an unusual handle wrapped with wisteria, and this gives it that ‘bendy, springy’ feel when you hold it by the thinner end and use the brush in a back and forth or swirling motion.
The pointed tip of the brush is also the perfect size for precise and quick contouring of the sides of the nose to make your nose look slimmer, as well as contouring cheekbones and jawline. The brush actually blends any contour powder really well with only a few strokes. You can even use it to blend colours or contour in the eye socket line, as the size of the tip of the brush head is small enough!
Here’s A Great Inexpensive DIY Natural Lip Scrub to help Brighten, Lighten & Soften Rough, Chapped Lips
I usually make a really quick and easy DIY home-made lip scrub by adding a few drops of Olive Oil to some sugar and rubbing the mixture onto lips for a few seconds. This is a brilliantly cheap and simple way to get super gorgeous smooth ‘baby lips’. If you really want to brighten lips (or have more pigmented lips that need to be ‘lifted’ a little) then try adding a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice, as well as some ground unroasted almonds crushed into a paste, to the Olive Oil and use brown sugar (the brown sugar, malic acid in almonds and the lemon can all help to lighten and soften the skin after a few applications). If you don’t have almonds, then simply add some milk (lactic acid in milk works to help brighten the skin on the lips after a few applications)
Shop For Beauty Without Throwing Your Money Away: Part Four
A great way of making a saving with eye primer, eye shadow and eyeliner is to buy a cream eye shadow such as MAC Paint Pot (£14.50) (available in shades ranging from nude, vibrant colour to black); this is a very blendable, long-lasting, multi-purpose make-up item which, depending upon which colour is selected, can be used as an eye shadow primer, opaque eye shadow or even as a gel-type liner, also great for lining the waterline as it’s waterproof, so long-lasting and doesn’t fade.
I love using the MAC Paint Pot in the neutral matte nude, flesh coloured shade ‘Painterly’, it’s excellent as an eyeshadow primer to make any eyeshadow last longer on my eyes as well as to brighten any pigmented lids or darkness around the eye lid; it’s also great to use as an under-eye concealer, flesh-coloured cream colour shadow and also as a nude eyeliner for the water line (to open up the eyes and make them look bigger, brighter and more wide-awake) this is great to use the morning after a heavy or late night.
Shop For Beauty Without Throwing Your Money Away: Part Three When shopping for new make-up and hair and beauty products I try to make sure I get the most out of my purchase by first analysing whether: a) the actual product itself can either be used on at least 2 out of the three areas of ‘face, body and hair’ b) or if it can only be used on one area (i.e. face) then it needs to have at least two or three different functions, for example, sun protection, colour and anti-ageing benefits. The lips are a good example of this, prep them once a week before applying make-up with this Inexpensive DIY Natural Lip Scrub to help Brighten, Lighten & Soften Lips for a simple way to soothe and brighten rough, pigmented lips.
Lips need colour as well as love and care, and with a wonderfully multi-tasking coloured lip balm such as Love Lips™ Anti-Ageing Pheromone Balm Gloss (£22.00) from The Powder Lounge, I’m able to simultaneously sort out any dryness on my lips (even the really flaky, sore dryness from when I’ve been out in the wind and cold or from the heat of the sun on holiday, as well as from the super-aircon on the plane during flights) and add a pop of smooth looking colour as well as look after my lips all at the same time. It has a balmy texture and shiny finish that really feels like it’s drenching my lips with moisture (the best thing about it is that this well-moisturized feel lasts fr hours). It’s nourishing Hawaiian Kukui Nut Oil, Shea Butter and anti-ageing Peptides and Ceramides protect my lips from ageing and seem to smooth out any lines along the lip-edge, at the same time it plumps my lips instantly; (it can actually plump up lips by up to 40% in 29 days if applied 3 times a day).
The other great thing about this product is the fresh minty flavour and mood-lifting pheromone it contains, (I feel like I’m walking around with freshly brushed teeth for the whole day when I wear this). The mint extract gives an instant lip-plumping action so when I wear the brighter colour, it let’s me rock a super-shiny on-trend colour and take care of my lips nicely, all with one make-up item.