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Wednesday, 28 July 2010

A few holiday pictures and a holiday must have!

I went to South West Cornwall on holiday for 10 glorious days! Here's a few pictures!

My husband and I are water sports enthusiasts so we hired a kayak for the day and explored the coastline around Falmouth.
The view from our barn at sunset
Me in a wetsuit and life jacket. Covered in salt and SPF cream!
One rainy day, so we went to the Eden project. So did everyone else it appears!
St Ives Beach, beautiful clear waters and soft light sandy beaches.

If there is one product I am very glad I brought along it's my shimmering facial whip in Golden Peach - I used it all the time on the eyes as a subtle shimmer, cheeks as a blush and on the lips over a lip stain.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Normal Service will resume shortly!

Just a quick note to say that I've returned from holiday and will be back to blogging asap! I wish I was as organised as other bloggers with guest and scheduled posts but alas I am not. I have lots to share with you!


Friday, 9 July 2010

Nail Maths. 1+1 = 3 nail looks!

e.l.f Smoky Brown

OPI Going On Green
Don't mind the tip wear, this is day four of two coats of Smoky Brown (without a top coat too). This colour also works really well with OPI Rosy Future (irridescent blue/pink). Leighton Denny Butterfly Wings (irridescent white/purple) and anything which is a hint of colour and shimmery!
I am affiliated with e.l.f Cosmetics so it was sent free for my review.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Twilight Tutorial.

Coming soon to my YouTube channel, I thought I'd take a foray in to the vampiric world for my next tutorial. I bought some coloured contact lenses and used Alice as my inspiration. Sparkly glitter and fangs are of course optional.

The lenses aren't really that orange they are more amber, which makes them more wearable. Although my husband says you can't tell! MEN!

Here's the tutorial!

Friday, 2 July 2010

Look of the Day - Metallic Aqua + BlogTV Roundup

Last night on BlogTV was really good fun, as ever I talked a lot and there were some weirdies who decided to invade and make us cringe. However Sirvinya did an excellent job manning the doors and booting out those undesirables. The discussion raged (mainly by me jabbermouth) about which type of foundations suit which skin types. As many of you missed the broadcast due to time differences, I'm going to try and summarise it below!
Skin types are determined by how much oil your glands produce. Overactive = oily and Underactive = dry.
You can tell if your skin is combination if your skin feels shiny in the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) at around lunch time.
Sometimes there is nothing you can do about your skin type and it does change as we get older (normally getting drier and more sensitive). Sometimes it is affected by certain medications and hormones too.
There are things you can try if your skin has changed and you're not sure why.
Are the cosmetics you're using too strong for your skin? Try to break the cycle of oil production and sensitivity by using gentle but deep cleansing products. Always use a toner that is not alcohol based. Use moisturiser which is light and has an SPF of at least 15.
Are you touching your face a lot and do you use clean brushes/tools on your face? Dirty brushes, towels, pillowcases and hands are the biggest cause of blemishes... don't chuck your make up or face products until you look carefully at this area.
For dry skin, are you drinking enough water, eating all the essential fatty acids you need in your diet? Are you over cleansing or not using a rich enough moisturiser?
For combination skin, you can combine what you need from the above, so if you have dry cheeks then use a richer moisturiser, but avoid it on the T-zone.
For sensitive skin, avoid very strong products and make sure your skin is well protected from the environment using a sunblock and moisturiser which doesn't affect the skin's pH balance.
Make up for skin types
Tinted moisturisers - great for dry skin, not much coverage, so use a concealer where needed.
Liquids - all rounder but can cling to dry patches. If oily then look for oil free or mineral infused products.
Cream to Powders - High coverage, moisturise well before applying if dry. Great for oily skins, look for oil free formulations. Can feel heavy, so use lightly.
Minerals + Powders - great for oily skins as they mop up oil but don't clog pores.
Stick - only for those requiring camouflage level cover or photography. Not easy to blend, very drying and heavy. I use these as concealers sometimes.
Airbrush - if airbrush was cheap then our foundation worries would be over. Definitely need a primer to hold the product on as it is easy to remove just through touching the face.
Primers are only necessary if your skin is oily or you need extra long wear (12 hours or more).
And on to the look I wore on Wednesday!

It was great to see everyone who came and I hope to do it again in the future on a different topic!

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Melt Proof Make Up Tutorial.

Tired of ending the evening looking smeared and melted? I've put together some melt proof tips for this scorching weather we're having in the UK. I'm not complaining, I just want my make up to stay put! If you have to be in a hot and humid environment, you might as well continue to look cool!

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