Sunday, 27 October 2013

Halloween Looks

I decided to film a quick video consisting of three looks that would be awesome for Halloween. I am aware that for some, these ideas are pretty tame, so if you want something a bit more scary, check out my Exorcist video on my youtube channel. I hope some of you find this helpful!

Click here to print out the "Handbook For The Recently Deceased" cover to make your own. Please do not share this cover online without crediting back to me, as I was the one who made it.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Simple Tips for Glowing Skin

As the weather gets warmer, the less I want to be cake-ing on make up, so I want to ensure that my skin is looking its tip top! Here are a few simple tips I've come up with to achieve a glowing and radiant complexion.

-It goes without saying that you MUST use a sunscreen or a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30, everyday if you want your skin to look it's best, especially as you age.  Apply this onto a freshly moisturized face and allow it to soak into the skin for a minute or two before applying make up over the top. The sunscreen will not only prevent you getting burnt by harsh UV rays, but it will also act as a barrier for your skin, and will help to stop the sun drying out your skin which is one of the main cause of wrinkles later on. 

-Every night and day after cleansing my face, I apply a moisturizer to lock in natural oils and to further hydrate my skin. During the day I tend to lean towards a lighter moisturizer as I find my make up goes on better  this way. However, at night, I use a richer moisturizer to keep my skin nice and hydrated throughout the night.

-If you are like me and prefer a more sheer base in terms of foundation, using either a tinted moisturizer or BB cream type product is ideal to create that lovely glow. Due to my combination skin type, I do find I need to set my foundation with a little powder, so if you do decide you need to do this, apply the powder very light handedly to avoid creating the classic 'Cake face'. If you do run into this issue though, don't fret! Using a spray toner or even a little water in a spray bottle, lightly mist the face to get rid of excess powder-y-ness.

-In order to achieve that dewy, healthy glow, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, (approx. 8 glasses). I love drinking water, so this is fairly easy for me to remember to do, however, if constantly drinking glasses of water isn't really your thing, fill a large drink bottle with water and sip it throughout the day. This is perfect if you are always on the go!

-Try your best to get into a habit of eating generally healthy foods as they really do impact the state of your skin. Instead of snacking on chips, try eating edamame beans instead. Not only are they really yummy (they seriously are!) they are super good for you! Also be sure to eat lots of fresh fruit as they contain antioxidants which help reduce inflammation.

-If you feel your skin is looking a little lack lustre, go out for a power walk or run to get the blood under the skin, flowing. This is great to do if you are going out somewhere in a few hours and want to look particularly 'glowing from within'. If you don't like walking by yourself, gather together a group of friends to walk with, that way you will be talking most of the time and you can keep each other company!

I hope these tips have been helpful to you! Let me know if there are any blog posts you'd like to see me do in the future!

Friday, 11 October 2013

Milk Maid Braid Tutorial

Hello lovelies!
Today I am here with a hair tutorial! I was sent two Sebastian products a little while ago, and I wanted to show you them in action! On a side note, recently I've been trying out a more sheer approach to my base makeup - using a little bit of foundation and only using it on problem areas. As a result of doing this, my freckles can be seen a bit more, (i've been trying to embrace having them because I never thought they suited me, even though I adore freckles on other people!)

If you do try out this hairstyle, please send me a picture via Facebook, twitter or instagram!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Playlist: Music For Doing Stuff

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Okay, so I've been thinking about doing this sort of post for a while, but I was slightly hesitant because I know that music is such a personal thing and not everyone may like the sort of music I like, (I don't favour a particular genre or anything, if it suits the mood I'm in or generally sounds good, then I will add it to one of my playlists). Anyway, I decided to publish this, and if people don't like it, that's totally cool :) If you do like it however, please let me know in the comments below and I shall make more!

I think I mentioned it in another post, but I'll say it again. I HAVE to listen to music while I paint (I'm currently in the process of completing my yr 12 NCEA painting board) or do anything for that matter, whether that be applying make up, making my bed etc. I have a specific playlist for the music that I listen to while doing these things, and it is called "Music For Doing Stuff", (Wow, original title there Albertine!) I thought I would share a few of the 161 many songs that I have included in my playlist for you to hopefully enjoy!


Nivea In-Shower Rich Body Lotion- I recently purchased this product after seeing it featured on just about every beauty blog that I read, and deciding I had to see for myself whether it lived up to all the hype. I can safely say it does! When I first used this, I must admit it felt wrong to be applying a body lotion textured cream on my legs and arms in the shower instead of after, however I proceeded to do so before hoping out of the shower. After drying my skin felt UBER hydrated and smooth! I know I shouldn't have been too surprised at the results seeing as it does tell you what it does on the bottle and Nivea is a trusted brand of mine, but it was the weirdest thing to come out of the shower and not have to use a body lotion or butter. The only thing I would have to complain about would be how slippery it makes the shower floor after use. That is probably my own fault though, as I did go a little over board when squeezing out the product onto my hand. Ooops!

Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm- I've been loving using this lip balm before I go to bed as it really hydrates my lips for hours after application. The thick, honey and citrus scented balm glides over the lips without feeling too sticky or oily and leaves you with perfectly moisturised and crack-free lips when you wake up the next morning. I ordered mine off as I don't think they sell this brand in NZ, (Maybe they do and I'm just not looking hard enough!) Another lip balm that is very similar, is the Orange Blossom lip balm by Nellie Tier, which smells almost identical to the NUXE one. While I mostly use this at nighttime, I occasionally use a little bit if I am going to be wearing a matte lipstick (such as the beautiful yet SUPER drying Ruby Woo by MAC). I find this prevents my lips looking like cracked clay by the end of the day, (Ooh! Unintentional Rhyming!)

Caudalie Beauty Elixir- I had been 'umming' and 'ahhing' whether or not to buy this due to the mixed reviews online, however with the YOLO attitude I possess, I gave in, (Sorry, I won't ever say that word again) While I don't feel it has made a miraculous difference in the appearance of my skin, this beauty elixir has settled nicely into my "I feel like pampering myself" skincare regime. I love to use this straight after a shower to help cool down my face and to prepare my skin for serum and moisturiser. It not only feels cool and refreshing, it also has a delicious sweet mint/herbal scent. (in the words of my mum "It smells like one of those beauty spas!") The only negative would be that it runs out quite quickly! I have been using this probably about 3 or 4 times a week for about 3 weeks, only using a few sprays each time and I'm already down a quarter of the bottle! I'm considering buying the larger bottle when I run out.

Real Techniques Setting Brush- You are probably aware that I love the Real Techniques brushes, due to my excessive mention of them on my blog, so it is no surprise that I purchased the setting brush to add to my collection. I've been using this brush to apply my highlighter on my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose as I find it to be the perfect size for this. Before I had been using my RT contour brush to do this, but I found it to been too big and it would sometimes apply too much product, so I now use it for blending out concealer instead.

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush- I LOVE this product!!! The watercolour like texture of this blush delivers excellent colour pay off which is easily build-able without looking cakey or fake. The product melts into the skin to create a healthy flush of colour that lasts up to approximately 5 hours. I have the shade 'Flush', which is a beautiful soft pink (despite looking quite dark in the bottle) and I am definitely looking into purchasing more colours. One of the many things I love about this blush is that you barely need to use any product, meaning that one 15mL bottle will last you a very long time. I apply this with my RT stippling brush, however you can purchase the Daniel Sandler Watercolour blush brush separately. In all honesty, any synthetic brush would do.

I'd love to hear what products you've been loving! Have you tried any of the products mentioned above?

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