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I hate long lasting lipsticks. They’re too drying for me and I never like the finish. If you’re interested in some ways to keep your lip colour on without resorting to long lasting formulas (that often don’t last long at all) here are a few tips:
Use pencil on top of lipstick. The wax acts like a barrier. Just make sure you blend away the line. I never use a freshly sharpened pencil for this a rounded one works best.
Blot a little powder on top to keep the lipstick in place for longer. Less is more in this instance. I like to use a little blush instead of powder for added colour depth. On occasion I have used an eyeshadow.
Press lip colour into the lips using your finger. This creates a stained satin effect.
Completely fill in the lips using a lip pencil that is the same colour as your lips. This acts as a base and ensures lipstick stays put for longer. I use Natural Collection Almond pencil all over my lips most days and then I add a little lipstick or gloss to the middle of my lips and smudge. My lip colour usually stays put for longer that way.
Exfoliate your lips so product doesn’t bond with dry, flaky skin.
Post by Amy Dillon and can be found here: http://bit.ly/c60VXW
I pay a lot of attention to nail care but I often forget the importance of looking after the nail bed. Using particular essential oils on the nail bed stimulates growth and encourages strong nails.
Here is a synergistic blend of oils I have been using to strengthen my nails. I have already noticed a difference. My nails were starting to split and peel, they much stronger now.
I mixed the oils and pored it into a small, sterilized, dark bottle to stop the oils deteriorating. When I want to use the treatment I add 10 drops of the blend to a tablespoon of avocado oil and massage it into my cuticles. I leave it to soak in and take effect.
· 2 drops Rosemary oil
· 8 drops Lemon oil
· 5 drops Jojoba oil
· 2 teaspoon Grapeseed oil
· 3 drops Carrot oil
It’s best to use this treatment after you have given yourself a manicure.
Post by Amy Dillon and can be found here: http://bit.ly/cFI3QS
This scrub contains oils that are perfect for bums and thighs. This is amazing for sloughing off dead skin on these areas, revealing fresh skin. The combination of cornmeal, which acts as a great natural scrubber, oils and massage stimulate lymphatic drainage which helps the body eliminate toxins.
All you need:
- 2 tbsp Grapeseed oil
- 6 Drops Juniper Essential Oil
- 3 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
- 80g Cornmeal (from your local supermarket)
Mix the oils by shaking them in a bottle or jar with the lid on. Shake well. Pour the oil over the cornmeal and mix until it looks like a gritty paste.
Apply it to damp skin and massage well for at least two minutes. The more energy you put into the massage the better the results. If you want to increase the effects you can use a muslin cloth or massage mit instead of your hands.
You can also use this scrub on your upper arms and feet.
This is one of my favorites. It stimulates my circulation and lymphatic system. It also leaves my skin baby soft for weeks. If your skin is in a bad way and in need of some rescuing try this twice a week for a few weeks.
I keep on top of exfoliation weekly so I only resort to this mask when my skin is in a bad way, usually once of twice every season.
Have you any exfoliation tips you can share with us?
Post by Amy Dillon and can be found here: http://bit.ly/cl4faK
If you read the tiny print on a bottle of insect repellent like I did it’d spur you on to try something natural. You can make your own insect repellent without any harmful chemicals. It also doubles as moisturising oil.
You only need five ingredients to make the oil. I used to buy my oils from my local health shop but all too often they are far too over-priced. I buy mine online from a soap supplier. EBay is also a good place to find aromatherapy shops.
And there we go, no more mosquito dodging!
Blog post by Amy Dillon and can be found here: http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie/make-you-own-natural-insect-repellent/
Making your own aromatherapy foot spray is so easy. This recipe is natural, deodorizing and refreshing.
Lavender and Cypress essential oils have antimicrobial properties that keep odour at bay. Witch Hazel makes your feet feel fresh and tingly as it’s a great astringent.
Spray on your feet morning and evening.
This recipe is definitely one of my favourites. You could also decorate the bottle and give it to your boyfriend as a subtle hint :)
Post by Amy Dillon and can be found here: http://bit.ly/aKhDfV
I previously did a post outlining how to make a wrinkle preventative using ingredients suited to those in their twenties. Today I am moving up a decade. This anti-wrinkle oil has ingredients prove to protect, sooth and nourish the skin whilst keeping the aul’ wrinkles away.
Dilute the following ingredients in 2 tablespoons of almond or hazelnut oil. Store it in a sterilised glass bottle (like the tincture bottles from natural shops).
Post by Amy Dillon and can be found here: http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie/diy-anti-wrinkle-oil-30s/
I am often asked how the shape of facial features effect make-up application. I will start with lip shape since the last email I received was from a girl who wanted to correct a wide mouth. No one’s lips are perfect but there are a few things to bear in mind when choosing make-up.
Use gloss – Matte lipstick can make lips look flat. Gloss will give the illusion of depth. Apply it to the centre of the bottom and top lip to make them appear plumper and de-emphasise the length.
You could also use a lip liner to emphasise the bow of the lip. This will draw the eye away from the width. If you are emphasising your eyes with make-up it’s a good idea to use a nude colour on the lips.
You could also try lining the inside of the lip line if you want to de-emphasise your lips completely, although this is extreme and unnecessary.
I hope this helped!
Contribution by Amy Dillon and can be found here: http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie/tips-for-wide-lips/
Look to your pillowcase! The fabric can hold and harbor oil and bacteria not only from the skin on your face, but also oils from your hair. Be sure to toss your pillowcase in your wash weekly to prevent breakouts from where you lay your head at night.
I've found that the empty Elements compact cases are perfect for mixing your own custom shades of lip gloss or cream eye shadow. Just select your favorite E.L.F colors and mix them until you create your very own new shade of gloss or shadow! Mix a variety of different glosses or shadows and you have your own mini travel set--customized to your skin-tone. Your new combinations will keep perfectly in the Elements compact case!
If you don't like the deepness of your eyeliner, you can soften it by adding a little powder shadow of a similar shade with an eye shadow brush. Our Studio Small Smudge Brush will do the job!
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