Beauty found in your kitchen?

We have all seen Instagram come alive with a ton of DIY makeup hacks and skin care secrets found in the kitchen, I always thought these were a little bit irrelevant but after doing some research and experimenting some tricks were actually surprising.

As well as many of the norms that are plastered of the internet, I am also going to mention some own great ways your kitchen can help your beauty regime as some of these tips I have used for years.

Lemons- My go-to when I want to remove my fake tan! Lemon juice almost dissolves any patchy tan due to its acidic nature. I apply lemon juice on to a small cloth and scrub in circular motions. It really helps to remove stubborn areas of fake tan much better than many tan removers out there and lemons are literally 30 pence!

Another obvious one with lemons is mixing with baking soda to form a paste and use to whiten teeth but truthfully I have not seen any benefit to this at all. I feel like the mixture may damage the teeth more than whiten as I certainly didn’t notice any whitening on my teeth after doing this for a month.  I guess everyone is different though so it may work better for others.

Sugar- Again an obvious one, but wonderful for any type of exfoliating especially when combined with the lemons! For example, it can be made into a scrub for lips or into an exfoliate for the body, I use one cup of sugar and one lemon to form a gritty paste when I have run out of exfoliating scrub. I think a bonus to this is that you know there are no harsh or nasty chemicals in the scrub.

Egg whites- Whisk one egg white until it is kind of foamy and paste it on to the skin for ten minutes as a mask to target pores. Hey if it is good for Kim Kardashian then . . .

Mayonnaise- Put. It. On. Your. Hair. You guys will thank me later, so nourishing for the hair and it promotes hair growth due to proteins in the egg. I try to do this once a week and I feel that it really seals split ends. I leave it on my hair for an hour then wash off with water and then shampoo.

Honey- Use the TINIEST bit to use as a facial lotion, it really gives such a glow to the skin and whilst I don’t know the science behind it my skin always looks so smooth after applying a tiny drop of honey on to my face. It is slightly sticky but it kind of seeps into the skin, I remove any excess with a warm towel.

Banana- Great for hair and for face. A mashed up banana and honey can be used to condition hair but also to put on to the face as a thick mask to promote radiance. I have never tried this but almost everyone I know swears by this so I need to jump on to the bandwagon!

Coconut oil- Can use for all! Lather it all over the body, put in your mouth as a mouthwash to whiten teeth and get rid of bacteria, use in hair to seal split ends and create glossy locks, use for lips as a lip balm and finally rub into eyelashes for conditioned lashes. Coconut oil has been so hyped up this past year for a reason, it simply delivers in many ways.

Olive oil- This is a fantastic one for cuticles as a little olive oil on cotton wool or a cotton pad nourishes the nail bed which over consistent use helps to grow strong and healthy nails. This is one of my faves. 

Cocoa Powder- Ok this one is for my fellow brunette babes, if you are running out of dry shampoo but need to refresh your hair then a small dusting of cocoa powder on to the hairline absorbs any oil temporarily. I have no idea why this trick doesn’t get more recognition because it works wonders!

Flour- Another one for people who like to fake tan, after washing off fresh tan there is always fear that there may be some colour transfer in areas such as elbows, underarms, wrists, neck and ankles so rubbing flour into these areas helps to create a barrier between your clothing and your skin meaning no stains.

Honestly some of these tricks save so much money and time, for example I can get through a ton of body scrub but I don’t wanna be paying £7 per bottle every two days! Sugar and lemon is literally under £1

Any tips you guys have for beauty straight from the kitchen?

 

 

Can we just rave about these products . .

YOU GUYS, I honestly can not speak more highly about the following products. I have been using all of these for a while now and it is fair to say I am obsessed with them. Most of them are available in supermarkets and they are defo worth purchasing as they give such benefits to the face.

  1. Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil Free Moisturizer. If you guys have seen my previous blog posts, you will know I have oily skin so this oil free face cream has been my staple product. I apply it before I put my makeup on as well as at night and it does such a wonderful job of keeping oil shine at bay. It costs around £4 which is super affordable and I have yet to find a better oil free face cream. On top of this the lotion is not sticky and dries quickly. It is such a multi-use product and I really recommend any oily skinned ladies like myself to invest in it.
  2. Sally Hansen Cuticle Nail Oil. Looking after my nail beds has been something I only started to do this year and I am already noticing such a difference in the quality and strength of my nails. The cuticles are crucial to nourish for long and healthy nails so after applying this everyday for a month I have genuinely seen my nails grow much healthier and stronger. The trick is to paint on bare nails and gently massage in into the skin, when you paint your nails make sure to remove all traces of the oil though! It costs around £7 and you can buy it in all large supermarkets. Sally Hansen is the queen of nails after all . . . .
  3. L’Oreal Brow Artist Brow Mascara ( shade medium/dark) I am not one to really fill in my brows with a ton of product but what I do like to do is keep my brows groomed and defined. This brow mascara keeps my brows in place and doesn’t add too much colour to my already dark brows. The brush is small enough to ensure precision when coating and the bristles grip enough product meaning only a little is needed. This was about £7 and I honestly feel it does the job just as well as the Benefit Brow Gel. Whilst there are only a few shade choices, the colour is not super intense meaning you can get away with a shade slightly lighter or darker.
  4. E.L.F Poreless Face Primer. I adore the consistency of this primer. My pores look smaller and my makeup just glides on. I am a real fan of E.L.F products as they are professional looking and have such a good quality to them considering the low price tag. This primer feels like a mix between a gel and cream and creates such a smooth canvas. It was about £5 and I got it in America but E.L.F do have a website so I really recommend checking it out! Other products from the range worth buying are the Liquid Setting Spray/ Face Mist and the white baking powder for setting concealer under the eyes. The best part? All under £5 the last time I looked.
  5. Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation. My saviour. Not only does it give full coverage but it is so long-lasting. I honestly can go a full day without touch ups! Yes I put it to the test when I had to be at the airport for 34 hours without re-applying my makeup and it passed. The applicator is genius as you can use it as a concealer too meaning this product serves many purposes.OK at £25 it is not the cheapest but it is also not the most expensive high-end foundation out there! It is also oil free and fabulous for sensitive skin. The shade ranges are categorised into tones so you can be sure to find a shade and tone that ou are happy with. For reference I wear shade 8 in Golden Neutral which is the most yellow tone from the range.

If you buy one product with your wages this month make sure it is one of these. I have been blown away by these products hence always re-purchasing them whenever I run low.

Let me know if you guys have tried any of these!

Sample game? STRONG

Who doesn’t love grabbing new samples at makeup stores? But sample collecting can actually save you a load of money if you are savvy . . .

I wanted to quickly write about a way to save money on foundation for those times when you really can’t afford to splurge out on a new full-sized bottle. You know those mini pots and bottles sales assistants put samples of foundation in? They can easily last a week. By storing these little samples and requesting them regularly your foundation supply will last much longer. I used to live off a sample pot every week for about 3 months meaning I didn’t have to buy foundation. Sneaky? Oh yes, but beneficial? Without a doubt.

Most makeup stores will willingly give out foundation samples but there is a certain technique to it. Here are some things to consider:

  1. Obviously don’t go to the same department store every time to request samples. The sales assistants will just realise you are rinsing their sample supply. 
  2. Once you know which shade you love, always make sure you request that shade so you are given a colour you are happy with, say something along the lines of ” I got a sample of ( insert shade lighter) but it is too light, can I have a sample of ( insert the shade you want) to try” This ensures you are given the correct shade, if you repeat this in a few department stores you will have 4 samples of foundation which can last you a month.
  3. Most glossy magazines feature adverts on foundation, rip out those pages as usually small print at the bottom says ” bring in this advert for a free 10 day sample” Most times you won’t need to show the advert but it is good to have just in case some sales assistants are snooty and less than willing to give you a sample.
  4. Always mention your skin type. When I want to buy a new foundation I always ask for a sample as I have oily skin and some foundations just don’t help that.This technique is pretty much certain to get you a sample as certain foundations work for certain skin types better, a person will dry skin will appreciate a creamy formula much more than a person with oily skin so always ask if the foundation will suit your skin and then ask for a sample so you can try it yourself.
  5. Don’t be disappointed if you are told ” we don’t have that shade in sample size” as you can ask for the closest shade to perhaps mix with your other foundations. The skin is not all one colour on the face therefore different shades of foundation within the same colour spectrum actually can add more dimension to the face. I never just apply one shade of foundation over my face.

I hope this quick guide helps you ladies out, hey broke college students I know the feeling perfectly of not having money for full-sized foundation . . .

Bronzed radiant base makeup

I posted a picture up online a few days ago and I had a few messages complimenting me about my base makeup, and saying it looked bronzed and radiant ( thanks guys!) If you know me personally, or have read my previous blog posts you will know that I am obsessed with looking sun-kissed and bronzed. Hey, it even says so in my “about” page . . About

I have stuck with the same base makeup regime for a while now as it works for me but I wanted to mention some ways in which you can look extra bronzed and glowing and radiant and well just all things sun-kissed. 

img_6955 This was the picture I posted

Firstly, I always apply a big scoop of facial moisturizer the night before ( I use oil free lotions because I have very oily skin so I don’t need it to look like I am melting when I apply my makeup) I feel this to be a very important step as it soothes the skin whilst you sleep creating a clear canvas for the next morning whilst also plumping up the skin.

When I worked at KIKO Milano, I got to try the ” Glowing Potion Serum” which was part of a seasonal collection and I must say . . It is a game changer! It has pearly beads in it which adds instant glow to the skin but the slightly sticky texture acts as a primer as I have found out from own experience. I know the glow potion is not sold anymore however KIKO do have similar serum products from their skin care range which works just as effectively, minus the packaging of the original glowing potion serum. ( I just wish I stocked up on more bottles when they were put in the sale) 

The foundation I use is Clinique Beyond Perfecting which I genuinely swear by. It is my favourite foundation by far and I have been using it for many years. It is also oil-free for those of you with oily skin like mine. I know a lot of people probably wonder why I want radiance if I have oily skin that shines but an oily chin is not the same as glowing cheekbones! To blend my foundation I ALWAYS USE A BEAUTYBLENDER WITH FIXING SPRAY ON IT, INSTEAD OF WATER. I love ELF fixing spray as it is a liquid so it adds a certain amount of gleam to the skin when lightly buffed into the foundation. I would say this is the thing that made the biggest difference to the radiance of my skin in this picture.

I usually use two shades of foundation to add some dimension to the skin! The face is not one colour therefore mimicking natural light on the face defo adds the glow! When doing this I also add a TINY bit of powder highlight to add to the lighter areas of foundation to really open up the face and make it POP.

Without a doubt, highlight is crucial for this look! I swear by Revolution London Highlight ( I will never stop saying this, read why here:This highlight? It’s £3! ) However instead of applying on my cheekbones I have noticed that applying it on the apples of your cheeks aka the meaty parts, really gives definition when you smile or even just move your mouth. It levels the eye with the highlight too which adds attention to the eyes and brows.

Lastly, I skip setting powder. I know I probably need to use it but I much prefer blotting papers as it doesn’t add or remove makeup, it simply creates a more matte look to the areas that need it rather than the whole face. Therefore my cheeks and brow bone can glow but my chin and forehead certainly can’t.

 

 

All things skin . . .

I wanted to just write a little about skin and how it is crucial to any kind of beauty which is why we should all look after it! I used to be one of those people who would just remove my makeup with wipes and that was it. I never use to apply lotions or creams and only occasionally would use a face scrub. There were a few problems with this, my skin was constantly oily looking and didn’t have any radiance to it, it was just kinda grey?

That is why this year I have been trying really hard to make my skin a priority and I have been seeing absolutely excellent results. My skin has never looked better and more glowing. The thing that made the most difference was using a cleanser after I wash my makeup off as this really draws out any build-up in the pores.

I usually wash my face with a bar of soap and warm water, then use a makeup wipe to remove any patches of makeup that weren’t removed followed by a cotton pad and cleanser to get rid of impurities. This routine has been something I try to do every night especially in cold water months! 

I wanted to give a few tips on making the most out of your skin and how to maximise the potential of your skin as after seeing how happy I am with my skin currently I wanted to share the things I noticed:

  • Use suncream whenever you can! Even makeup containing suncream is better than nothing at all. Nothing ages skin more than the sun, you might not see damage at the moment but it is always better to prevent ageing from an early age rather than try to reverse the impact of the sun when you are older!
  • Exfoliate your skin not only with an exfoliating face wash but also by using an eyebrow razor to get rid of the top layer of skin. This is something that really creates a smooth canvas as not only is peach fuzz gone but the top layer of skin is removed meaning more radiance as a glowing layer of skin is underneath.
  • Drink water. Yup an obvious one but really, nothing is better for skin than the things you put inside your body which show on the outside. I also take supplements such as omega 3 supplements to boost the radiance to my skin and I have to say they are worth the unpleasant taste as my skin looks more firm from taking them.
  • definitely invest in a cleanser. I recently raved about Tesco’s eyes and face cleanser which is only £1.50 and it is so creamy! It works as a 2-1 as it is also a makeup remover ( it says on the bottle!) 
  • Massage your creams and products into your skin properly! I used to just slap on my creams and face washes and not really work the product into the skin, but now I give myself enough time to really massage and work the products into my skin.
  • Don’t neglect your body either! I know the feeling of wanting to skip lotions on the body because it makes your skin feel greasy but I am loving those spray lotions that Vaseline have come up with as you can literally spray them in the shower and then go. It is quick, easy and non-sticky.
  • I mentioned this in another post but once a week try to deep-steam your face to open up the pores and remove the dirt from them. I do this simply by boiling water and pouring it in a bowl, then putting a towel over my head and above the bowl of steaming water. It is so relaxing too, and just 5 minutes really works to remove any impurities the skin may have. After splash the face with cold water to close the pores.
  • This one is kinda optional but I love to use a light moisturizer with a hint of fake tan on my face. Gradual tanners for face are extremely light so it takes a while to notice any colour and often it is more of a glow rather than a ” tan” but this just makes those no makeup days look so much better for me.

I hope these little skin care reminders will motivate everyone to look after their skin as it really is the key for flawless and effortless beauty.

Spray tans: The low-down

I know a spray tan might seem daunting. Going to a salon and having to strip down to a paper thong and stand in a little tent? Yeah not the highlight of my week. . . However so many times people come out disappointed with having their spray tans done ” professionally” I know I have! So here is a lil low down with tips on what to expect, how to get exactly what you want and how to keep your tan lasting. I haven’t had a spray tan done professionally in about 6 months ( that is a long time for me!) but I defo know a thing or two about them having got them done every week last year!

When you walk in, you will have to remove your makeup and wear a paper thong, you can keep your bra on if you want but most salons ask you to remove your bra to get an even colour. You will be given a hair net and some sticky soles to put on your feet so that the bottom does not turn orange when you are standing in the tent. Next, the spray tanner ( is that a word? ) will put lotion on your ankles and elbows so the tan does not settle in these dry parts of the body.

Depending on what brand of tan is used, the tans usually go 8, 10,12, 16 I belive with eight being the lightest. In my experience, I usually have a 12 but it is not as dark as I want it to look. For reference, a 12 is about a medium shade and 8-1o are fairly light. 16 is the colour they all tell you never to get ” It is so orange” says the tanner to me when I ask about it however I have a feeling this would be the level of tan I would want so I need to try it at some point . .

You will be given lots of poses to do such as lunges so the tanner can spray all areas of the body, WARNING: the spray is so cold on the skin but it lasts 2 minutes so try to put up with it! OK here is something I learnt. The skin on the stomach doesn’t hold tan as well as the arms or legs so ask for the tanner to double spray this area. That way it will look more like the colour of your arms and legs when developed. 

If you feel like the colour looks too pale even when it is sprayed on then speak up! Tan doesn’t develop that dramatically ( again depending on what brand is used) so the colour you have when instantly sprayed isn’t gonna be totally different to when it is developed. Also if an area goes patchy within a few days, go back to the salon and they should spray you again free of charge. One time I had a massive orange line down my arm and the inner side was pure white which I didn’t realise! So I was offered a correction . .  Do not try to scrub it off as the tan will split and go patchy.

Perhaps the worst part is leaving the salon feeling sticky and self-conscious of the fact you temporarily look like a shiny orange human being. However wear all black and loose clothing and you won’t see any tan stains so you can reach your home in peace. I also suggest blotting the face with a tissue so that the colour isn’t as obvious on the face. The face should always be a little lighter than the rest of the body so it looks more natural.

Some little tips:

  1. Do not shave before your appointment! I repeat! You will be left with an orange shaving rash instead of a red one as the tan collects into the pores and trust me, it takes weeks to remove! 
  2. Try if you can to sleep in the tan overnight then wash off the next morning as washing the tan off too soon will mean it hasn’t had time to develop.
  3. If you must go out straight away after getting your tan, apply baby powder to soak up any wet areas of tan so it kind of dries the tan and means less transfer of colour on clothing.
  4. Use oil free lotions ( the cheapest variety works just as well) as oil in lotions breaks down tan super quickly. One of the best lotions for fake tanners like myself is Vaseline Aloe Vera as aloe vera is known to keep skin from drying. Ultimately fake tan fades as the skin naturally sheds the top layer of skin so applying lotion daily means you can get a few more days until the dreaded patchy tan moment commences . .
  5. Always stick to cold showers or room temp showers to ensure your fake tan lasts longer, hot water opens the pores and strips away the colour meaning a quicker fade.

I have a tanning post about my favourite tans which I will link below: Fake tan favourites I can’t live without

Let me know if you guys have ever had a dodgy tanning experience as I would love to hear! I have defo had some dodgy tanning moments in my lifetime . . .

Tips for oily skin

As someone who has oily skin, I have definitely spent a large proportion of my time trying out products and tricks to combat that 3pm oily chin scenario. If you have oily skin it’s not all bad as it means less wrinkles as you grow older but it is so annoying when you are trying to have a matte makeup look. Nothing is worse than looking like a shiny mirror in pictures. Therefore I wanted to add some tips I swear by to reduce the oil on your skin:

  • Exfoliate weekly, this is important for removing any bacteria that is deeper than the surface of your skin meaning a more effective clean into your pores.
  • Buy blotting papers, miracle workers when you need a quick shine removal! Blotting papers work wonders due to powder particles inside the sheets which result in mattifying the skin.
  • Pore strips. These are like wax strips but they remove the dirt from your pores on the nose, now idk about you but my nose is always where the most shine collects so these pore strips mean less shine as you are removing the dead layer of build up on the surface of the skin.
  • Oil free products. Personally, this has been the most beneficial for me. When I switched to oil free foundations, creams and other lotions I put on my face I noticed less shine. Anytime I used a regular foundation with oil inside it, I had shiny skin, coincidence? I think not.
  • Don’t touch your face. If you constantly touch your face all you are doing is transferring bacteria from your hands onto the face.
  • Water. Drink it, Use it and Worship it. Oily skin? Wash your face with an oil free soap. Oily skin? Drink water to balance the hormones and toxins in your body which show on the face. Oily skin? Use tea tree face masks then splash off with water. 
  • Layer makeup. Try not to put a load of product on the face all in one go as this will simply make it hard for your skin to breathe. If you build your makeup in layers it is going to stay looking fresh a lot longer as it will take longer for the oil to work its way up to the top layer of your skin. 
  • Clay mud masks. These can be great for drying up all oil on the face in the short-term but be careful as using these too much tricks the body into thinking the skin is dry which then means the skin produces more oil for the face. Not what we want!  Use sparingly but definitely effective for occasions ( always use a mud mask a few days before said occasion as sometimes they cause minor breakouts)
  • Use a finishing spray. Ah yes, I bet everyone is thinking back to the times hairspray was used ( and probably still is) to set makeup. Luckily for us, there are tons of setting sprays out there. My personal favourite is ELF finishing spray as it is affordable and doesn’t make my makeup slide off my face.

I hope these tips are useful for all those with an oily skin type! I feel that my skin is less oily this last year and I do feel it is because I have made these small changes in my beauty regime.