Tuesday, 31 January 2012

10 Makeup for tips when time is a problem!

Hello beauties!

I spent the morning (and early afternoon!!) with an old school friend of mine, Lizanne. It was a bundle of fun catching up, and getting to know her as a 'grown up'. Not only do we have loads in common, but we have enough differences to keep the relationship interesting. And, Lizanne inspired today's topic too, so double win! She has the most beautiful little blue eyed baby girl, named Emily, and since the little angels' arrival, not so much time for herself.

So, that got me thinking, what tips can I give to new mommies (other than my quick makeup look, which you can see here) who don't have even 10 minutes to get ready? And I came up with this:

1) If time eludes you, and you need a little colour in your face, slap on some mascara, and a bright colour lip! It'll bring some colour into your face, and wont take long at all.

 2) Mommies run around constantly, so invest in a good cream eyeshadow (taupe is always good), apply that to the lid, and dust it lightly with translucent powder. This has better staying power than normal eyeshadow, and wont crease!

3) Use the same tip on your cheeks, dab a bit of lipstick on your cheeks, and blend with your fingertips. Also set with translucent powder, and your cheeks will look rosy all day!

4) Find a good concealer, that matches your skintone. Conceal all your imperfections, and under your eyes, as well as down the centre of your face. This will give your skin a lift, and make you look more awake!

5) Apply mascara to your bottom lashes first, and then to the top ones. This will eliminate your chances of smudging your eyelid when you apply to your bottom lashes! Don't leave homw without mascara, as this is what will make you look awake and a little polished. If all else fails, grab the mascara! (That, by the way, is my mantra.)

6) Fill in your eyebrows, and apply mascara. Filling in the brows immediately frames your face, and makes your eyes stand out.

7) Use a blush as eyeshadow, and the same one on the cheeks too. Not only is the matchy look in right now, but it's super fast to apply!

8) If you need to wear foundation on your whole face, mix it with your moisturiser (or get your hands on a tinted moisturiser) and apply that for face not sagging underneath layers of makeup!

9) Apply some eyeliner on your top waterline (don't know where that is? check out this blog post!), or make small dots with it between your top lashes. This will make the lashes look fuller!

10) Stick with eyeshadow shades you can apply over the whole lid, and don't need shading. Greys and soft browns look great on everyone!

Stay beautiful!

Monday, 30 January 2012

Bloomin' Bubbles!

Hello beauties!

Hope you had a fantastic weekend. It was my dad's birthday on Friday, and we had a lovely family gathering and pizza celebration! I always love hanging out with my cousins, and had the opportunity to do that. Also, I love my daddy to bits!!

Anyway, I've been working on something for a while now, and I want to share with you! When I did my nail course, my instructor told us to always have something to sell in the shop. Because when your client is having their nails done, you've got to be able to talk about something, and making money out of that topic is always good!! And, since I've been on my animal cruelty free campaign, I found something that is an awesome fit!

I've been making soap, bath salts and lipgloss! All from natural products and essential oils, that HAVE NOT been tested on animals. :) Since I'll be selling this in the Bloomin' Couch, I figured I'll call these products "Bloomin' Bubbles". Soon, I'll be expanding the range to include bubble bath and liquid soap too.

Here are some pics!

 This is Vanilla Honey flavour.
 I also have rose flavour, and the big soap has real dried rose petals in, to gently exfoliate your skin. (Look at me throwing in big sale-sy words!!)
 This one I'm calling sweet sunshine, since it smells like candy drops and looks like sunshine!
 This one is plain ol' lavender!
 This is magnolia scented, and has pink swirlies suspended inside. Because all good soap needs swirlies!! =]

 I also have rose and vanilla bath salts. I'll get more to choose from as I go on!

I'm sorry I don't have pictures of the lipgloss, since I've been handing it out to be tested by my trusty... testers! But I'll make some more pronto!

Now, as far as prices go, I'll be selling the big soap bars (150 g) for R20.00 each.
The small soap (70 g) for R15.00 each.
The bath salts (150 g) for R15.00 each.
The lipgloss (10 ml) for R10.00 each.

I'll also make products with no added colourants and flavouring if you guys want those kinds of products. All my soap has essential oils, coconut and almond oils, and colourants in them. The added oils make the skin feel really soft and smooth, and the essential oils help with a really soft and wonderful smell. I've personally tried out all the products, and I've had family and friends test it out too, and overall it has only had positive feedback, so please try it out!

Please vote in the poll on the next scent you think I should get!

Stay beautiful (and bubbly) folks!

Friday, 27 January 2012

What's the deal on brushes!

Hello beauties!

So, today's video is all about makeup brushes. How to use them, how to clean them and why I like to use them. A few of you guys wanted to know more about the brushes, and I figured, since I've been doing videos, it would be a great opportunity to do a video!

I try to clean my brushes (and the brush roll) at least once a week, or with every new colour I use. I use the Inglot brush cleaner (it retails for around R100 per bottle), and shampoo on my big brushes. You can also use olive oil and dish washing liquid

I really hope you like this video!

Please don't forget to vote in the poll, which closes on Monday, so your look will be the next one I film.

Stay beautiful, and have an awesome weekend!!

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Wednesday Review - January Glambox

Hello beauties!

I got my Glambox last week somewhere and I was impressed. For a simple R100.00 per month, you get 4 or 5 products, some full size and some samples (which are large enough to use for a while) valued at a lot more than you're paying. You get the opportunity to use products you wouldn't have bought because the're too expensive. And what's more, the box is delivered to your doorstep via courier, and at no extra cost.

In the January box we got 5 products, two full sized (one of them being worth around R250.00). Here is how it looked :

 The packaging is great. Nothing inside this could get damaged! Which is awesome, because there is nothing I hate more than getting damaged goods when they arrive. I also like that the packaging is really girly.

 Inside, you get a 'postcard' describing what is inside the box, telling you why each item was chosen and included.

First up, there is this Elizabeth Arden sample, plump perfect ultra lift and firm moisture SPF 30 cream. It's a 15 ml sample. The full size product retails at R545.00 for 50 ml. This is a really good product, and it leaves the skin feeling moisturised and soft. It also offers great protection against the sun, which is great here in our HOT summer!
 Next, we got the full sized Like Silk eye makeup remover, 135 ml. Its price is around R39.99 and I've got to say, I like this one. I'm very specific when it comes to makeup remover, and this one is soft and gentle on the skin, while being powerful enough to remove layers of makeup. Its also the first runner up in the Fair lady consumer awards, in the bargain skincare category.
 This little fragrance sample is the most beautiful smell! It is called Parisienne by Yves Saint Laurent, and it is a 1.5 ml sample. The full size product is sold from R630.00 and comes in 30 and 50 ml. It really is a wonderful smell, and I'll be spritzing it on on Valentines day. :)
 This Elancyl tonig shower gel is great too. Its a 30 ml sample, and I've been using it every day since I got the box. You'll get the full sized product for R150.00 and you can pick it up at Dischem or Stuttafords. Some of the other girls got the Elancyl toning foaming scrub instead of the shower gel I got. This is a really soft feeling product, and smells so fresh and clean! I love it!
 The last product is the Avon anew clinical eye lift pro, and it is full sized at 20 ml. Now I've been using Avon's eye cream for years, just not this one. I love their skincare products, and I love them even more since they are animal cruelty free. This product retails for R245.00, and is great. You have a cream to apply under the eye, and a gel to apply on the eyelid. It is moisturising without being greasy, and is gentle on the eyes.

Would I get Glambox again? Yes. The value for money is astounding, and you get high quality products to show for your buck. It is beyond simple to sign up, and you can choose between 1, 3 and 12 months packages. The only drawback is that they don't have an option for animal cruelty free products, but maybe that can still change.

Stay beautiful everyone!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Funky make-your-own nail art stickers!

Hello beauties!

There are so many options on the market when we buy nail art stickers. More to choose from than you can believe. But have you ever stood there, looking at the designs, and thought there is nothing here I like? And since most of us want quick and simple nail art, the stickers are the simplest answer. I mean, what is easier than sticking it on and painting a top coat?

I was browsing YouTube the other day, and came across this recommended video, which shows you step by step, how to make your own nail art designs, and simply 'stick' them on. I thought it was brilliant, and I had to share! The video is in French, but it has subtitles, and you can see what she is doing even without having to read the instructions. Here is the video.

For those of you who can't watch the video for whatever reason, she is basically painting a thick layer of clear nail polish onto a plastic document sleeve (you know, the ones you use in files). She lets it dry, and then paints her design onto it using nail polish or acrylics, and lets that dry. Then she removes the design from the sleeve, places it on her nail, and paints clear nail varnish over. Incredible huh?

Stay beautiful everyone!

Monday, 23 January 2012

Art by me!

Hello beauties!

Totally beauty-unrelated, I know, but I had to share! I had so much fun doing this!

Now, Liani (ps. when last have you checked out her blog? It's full of awesomeness) asked me to paint something for her house so long ago, I can't even remember it. She actually gave me the canvas she and told me where she wanted to hang it. This was so long ago, I can't even remember where she wanted it!! :)

Anyway, I saw something on Google, called melted crayon art, and I really had to try it. So on Friday, I got some crayons, and I made my art! :D I had a blast! And, I thought of you guys, and made a step by step photo tutorial, so if you want to try it, you can!

So, you're going to need some crayons. How many depends on the size of the canvas. I had around 45 but please don't ask me the measurements of the canvas!!

I also had to remove some of the wrappers, because I got two different brands of crayons and one brand had wrappers and the other didn't. On my second project I left the wrappers on, and I found this helped the crayons stick to the canvas better.

 Here is the canvas (made by none other than my father in law!). I painted it white before I got started, and then I sorted the crayons into colour groups. I also packed them out onto the canvas first, just to get an idea of where I wanted to stick them. I stuck them using good old wood glue and I decided to place the crayons diagonally on the canvas just to make it look a little funky.

 I gave it about half an hour to dry, and then I drew on my picture. I decided on a couple under an umbrella. I drew out the basic shape, and then filled it in using a black crayon. My second attempt with the ballerina was painted on with black paint, because I struggled to get the crayon even.

 I blocked out the picture with sticker paper, because I didn't want the crayon to melt over the picture. Then I went outside, placed some old newspaper on the table I was working on, and using my hairdryer, melted the crayons. I worked from the top down, holding the hairdryer at an angle. And I got this effect :

If you're planning on trying this project, I would suggest you wear old clothes, or an apron, as it splatters everywhere. Also, don't melt the crayons close to the house if you don't want colourful walls and windows. I suggest a long power cord and working on the grass. It gets messy!

Cool huh? My second one I did on Sunday, featuring this ballerina posing. You can't really see it in this picture, but the crayon splattered all the way to the other side of the canvas, making it look like the colour is catching up with her. The colour isn't as vibrant here as it is in real life, but I still think it looks pretty cool!

Hope you enjoyed this! On the agenda for the week is a cool nail tutorial tomorrow, the review of the January Glambox on Wednesday, I have NO IDEA for Thursday, and my new video on Friday (which is about makeup brushes). Please vote in the poll to let me know what video you want to see next. I also want to thank you for your support in last weeks poll, I'm doing the L'Oreal competition!

Stay beautiful!