Secret To Soft Sexy Skin

See the alliteration there, oh will the english teachers/professors/nerd be so happy about it. But do you know what will make us all happy? If we had soft sexy skin. So many of us think about that and sigh and groan “I’ll never get that” but that’s so wrong (and so negative too tsk tsk :P). All you have to know is one little secret.

Drybrushing.

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This amazing invention of god is perfect: it buffs away dead skin leaving the skin much smoother and product absorption just that much better and a closer shave to those ladies who likes to shave their legs. AND as a bonus, as if the amazing effects weren’t amazing enough, it helps to minimise to appearance of cellulite because it increases blood flow. Now, let me just say for a second that you can’t just “get rid of cellulite” just like that (I’m sorry ladies 😦 ) but this will help just make it look better. 🙂

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So as to how I use it, well. I do this BEFORE I shower, on DRY skin (ie. DRYbrushing). I start on my lower leg (calf/shin area) and use the brush in upward strokes (toward the heart). I continue up my leg until the top of my leg. Then I go back over it in circular motions to stimulate the blood flow more and obviously I do that for both legs. Then I go onto my arms where I do the same thing: brush strokes towards the heart then circular motions.

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Then I move onto my belly and back. On my belly, I work in downwards motions and I genenerally don’t work it in circular motions and I find that this skin is slightly more sensitive. Then I do my back more vigorously (well, technically the same just for a tad longer) because it is hard to reach.  I basically do this everywhere except for on the girls (because that would hurt and the skin there is very sensitive) and definitely NOT on my face (even more sensitive. Besides, I have my Clarisonic for that). 

This is basically the most amazing way to achieve that soft skin that we all crave for.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Tell me what you think and what your favorite soft skin strategies are.

See you tomorrow

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Protect Your Eyes This Spring/Summer With the RIGHT Sunglasses

It’s hard to know exactly sunglasses are suitable for your face shape and the hottest accessory for the spring/summer season is always the sunglasses so I hope this post will help you decide. There are 6 basic face shapes: oval, oblong, round, square, and heart, and it may be very difficult to place yourself into one specific category and that’s completely normal. So lets just delve right into it.

Note: the photos used in this post are not mind and I did not create them.

OVAL

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You typically have very balanced proportions and your chin tends to be narrower than your forehead and you may have high cheekbones.

If you have an oval face, you’re very lucky. You’ve got the most versatile face shape. You can where any type of sunglasses but softer angular shapes will play up an oval face.

OBLONG

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You typically have a longer face with narrower cheekbones and chin. You may have a larger nose and a taller forehead.

If you have an oblong face, you want to counteract the fact that your face is longer than it is wide by avoiding narrow frames and frames with embellished tops. Rather, go for the oversized or wrap ones.

ROUND

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You typically have fuller cheekbones with a narrow forehead and jawline. Width and length are basically the same.

If you have a round face, you want to make your cheekbones seem more in line with the rest of your face. Avoid rounded frames as this will accentuate the roundness of your face. Try wide and rectangular frames.

SQUARE

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You typically have a broad forehead and a square jawline. Your face is generally more angular.

If you have a square face, you are wanting to counteract the angularity by adding curves. Thus, avoid shades with geometric shapes and a rectangular frame. Rather, go for round, oval or cat-eye frames.

HEART

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You typically have a wider forehead and cheekbones but a narrower chin. Your face kinda looks like a heart. 🙂

If you have a heart-shaped face, you are wanting to counteract the wider top part. Avoid heavily embellished frames but opt for cat-eyes or round frames instead.

The Miracle Pair

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Butterfly flames like the ones above are flattering on all face shapes. You can’t go wrong with them.

 

That brings me to the end of my post. Tell me what your face shape is and what are you favorite shades! I want to know. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed it. See you tomorrow.

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Off With The Makeup: How to Remove Makeup Properly

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You know the number one makeup rule is never to sleep with your makeup on, right? Well, it’s not an easy job. The make-up-removing process is always on that requires that little extra effort that some so many just cannot be bothered to exert at the end of a really long and tiresome day but I can guarantee that removing all your makeup at the end of the day will be so unbelievably beneficial for your skin.

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  • Face Wipes. These easy and magical things are not as evil as so many people claim. Just make sure that when you use them, you’re using a good and effective one and use more than one sheet. Also make sure that you purchase one for a good skincare brand that actually dissolves the makeup. I recommending using 1 for your cheeks, 1 for your forehead and then all over your face again, and 1 final one for your eye makeup. It’s so quick and easy. However, there are so many ways to remove makeup.
  • Cleansing Milks/Oils. These are considered far far better because they’re believed to have a better formula. Because everyone’s skin is different, I find it difficult to recommend one but I do love the MAC removing oils/milks. Just try your favorite skin care brand and the sales lady will usually refer you to a pretty good one. When buying it for the first time, try and get a sample or a smaller bottle just in case. Once you found one that doesnt leave an oily film, make you break out or leave residue on your face, you’ve found the perfect one.
  • Now in comparison: I personally can’t say which one I ultimately prefer up for the face wipes the MAC Makeup Remover wipes are amazing because they actually have the same formula as their bottled product. I just like these more because I then don’t have to use a separate cotton pad/wipes (annoying…) or my fingers (which are potentially dirty).
  • Double cleansing. Always double cleanse when removing makeup. There’ll always be something that could potentially cause problems, especially to people with problem skin like me.  

Eyes, Lips and Cheeks

  • Waterproof makeup. I find waterproof makeup so hard to remove. It gets to be SUCH a hassle. I honestly don’t know what else to recommend but waterproof makeup removers. When removing eye makeup, just rest it on the eyes for a few seconds, and then pull downwards and outwards. This will help your lashes grow longer and healthier.
  • Non-waterproof makeup. For non waterproof makeup, any makeup remover will do, to be honest. 

My Recommendations

For both waterproof and non-waterproof makeup, I honestly think that the MAC makeup removers are the best ones I’ve used. Because I have very sensitive eyes and acne-prone oily skin, it’s hard for me to find something that works so well.  The MAC Cleanse-Off Oil is an amazing product that you can just use to wash off your whole face and even though it is an oil, it does not break me out and it does not affect my eyes. It removes everything so so well. 

Another very cheap and easy alternative is baby oil. Maybe makeup gurus (like the MakeUpChair on YouTube) holds the baby oil as their chief method. Personally, I don’t trust it as much because it feels as if it’s not as good as the brand ones.

Disclaimer: This is just my opinion and I am in no way a professional. This is not a sponsored post and all products mentioned were tried and bought by myself.

Does anyone else have something to add, or want to share their makeup removing experiences and tips? What is your holy grail remover?

So that is all for this post.

Thanks so much for reading and see you tomorrow

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HOW TO: Find Your Skin-type

Hey guys. Sorry I’ve been a little bit MIA, but hey, I’m not going to sit here and make excuses (I’ve just been so busy). There will be two post today and tomorrow to make up for it because of that. So let’s jump straight into this.

Okay, in the world of skin care, it’s so important to classify your skin so you can “combat” whatever issues that you may have (and even if there is nothing wrong, to maintain its good condition). It makes it so so SO much easier to determine which products to use, and your skincare goal.

So how I’m going to do this is: there will be 5 questions with 4 answers (A, B, C, or D) and then, you can tally up how many of each response you get and then at the end there will be a “most of __ response” means you’re most likely a ___. (Oh yeah, keep in mind that this is in no way a “professional” judgement of your skin type or the be all and end all because some people’s skin can be a more than one skin type so just take this with a pinch of salt). Also keep in mind that the lines/wrinkles point may not apply to younger people but do keep it in mind.

1) How does your skin appear?

A) Cool, fresh and supple
B) Thin, flaky, and lacking moisture
C) Shiny around the T-zone area
D) Shiny all over

2) How do your pores appear?

A) Pretty normal
B) Very fine
C) Visible
D) Quite opened

3) How does your skin feel when touched?

A) Pretty supple: not flaky, not oily
B) A bit dit and flaky
C) A bit oily here and there and a bit dry sometimes
D) Pretty oily

4) Do you have facial lines or wrinkles?

A) Very few
B) Very deep
C) Only expression lines
D) None

5) How often do you get pimples?

A) Seldom
B) Hardly ever
C) Sometimes
D) Often

That is the end of the mini quiz!

If you got:

Mostly As: You are very very lucky. You have “normal” skin. You have an even complexion, pores that are “normal” sized and very few lines/wrinkles. Your skincare goal is to just protect and maintain.

Mostly Bs: You have dry skin. You have very very fine and almost invisible pores, dry and tight skin, cheeks that tend to be flaky and dry and visible lines and wrinkles around your mouth and eyes. Your skincare goal is to hydrate and moisturize, treat and then protect. Make sure you moisturize and exfoliate regularly.

Mostly Cs: You have combination skin. That means you are oily on the t-zone and dry on the cheeks. Basically, your skin is a mixture between dry and oily skin. Your skincare goal is to control shine, minimize dryness and treat and protect. Basically to find a balance! Make sure you cleanse well and moisturize your cheeks/dry-zones

Mostly Ds: You have oily skin. You have an all-over shine and have slightly larger pores. You may be acne-prone. Your skincare goal is to minimize shine, control breakouts, and protect. Make sure you cleanse really well, use a toner and (as weird as it sounds) use a moisturizer (as this will actually help keep your skin from producing the excess oil).

Some other skin types and issues are:

Acne-prone skin: I think this one is rather self-explanatory. It means that you tend to get blemishes, breakouts, white-heads, and blackheads. If you are acne prone, don’t you worry. There are so so so so SO many people out there just like you (for example, ME!). If you’re interested in checking out my skincare routine and how I try and manage it, check here!

Sensitive Skin: This means you have thin delicate skin that flushes easily. You may be prone to broken capillaries and rashes (or peeling skin). You may frequently get allergic reactions to cosmetic products. This is also a really really common issue and a lot of people have this to some extent. Don’t even worry. Just try and use slightly more natural products, less chemicals and research products before getting them.

I hope this post helped. What is your skin type? How do you work with it and has it changes throughout your life? Tell me down below!

Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist by any means and see my little disclaimer above (just before the 5 questions).

Thank you so so much of reading. See you in my next post.

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Everyday No-makeup Makeup

When you wake up in the morning and you need to rush out the door, the last thing you want to do is spend ages in front of the mirror applying your makeup. Well, at least I know that I hate doing that. So I’ve recently come up with a routine that I exercise every morning when I want makeup on. It’s so quick and so easy.

Let’s jump into this routine!!

1) Cleanse your face
I always cleanse my face before applying makeup so I’m not trapping the natural oil and/or dirt under my makeup because that will just call for breakouts!
2) Use toner.
My mother emphasizes this like crazy as part of the cleansing process.
3) Moisturize
Use you favorite face moisturizer. Some may decide to replace this with a primer but I find that it doesn’t really matter with me.
(Note: In all 3 steps above, I’m using the Clinique 3 Step skincare line but I’m actually in the process of changing that.)
THIS IS WHERE THE MAKEUP STARTS:
4) Apply your favorite foundation or tinted moisturizer.
I generally like my MAC Studio Moisture Tint in Dark (I got this when I was uber tanned) despite the shade being a tad bit dark. It adds some color to my face and is quite okay for a tinted moisturizer and my skin agrees with it which is a plus. Sometimes, however, I want slightly heavier coverage because of some more active breakouts or whatever. So I then use Make Up Forever HD Foundation (I don’t know the shade, argh, but I think its either the 3rd or 4th one) and this one works nicely for me, although not my favorite foundation, it’s good for everyday.
5) Concealer
I don’t have an under-eye issue so I just use the MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC30 on blemishes and my hyperpigmentation. I adore this concealer. I just works so so perfectly for my skin. So much love for this product.
6) Contours
I have a cream highlight so it’s really important to put that on under any powder stuff that you’re using. So I just do my highlights just along the top of my cheekbone and right on my brow bone. That’s usually it for highlight. But I bronze quite a bit. I work my Body Shop Honey Bronzer in Deep Matte (shade 4) right under my cheekbone (the hollows of my cheeks), the outer extremities of my forehead and right under my jawbone. I absolutely adore this product. I’ve used it so much that I’m pretty sure I’m going to hit pan very soon.
7) Blush
I usually use either Margin (a shimmery dark peachy color) or Fleur Power (a perfect matte pink) both my MAC. I either blend this in with my bronzer, so right above, (if I want a contour effect) or onto the apples of my cheek (if I’m lacking some life and color that day).
8) Eyeshadow
I usually use an all-over the lid color like MAC Paintpot in Bare Study (which stays on all day) or MAC’s Pink Venus. Those provide for the cleanest and simplest make-up looks but you could also use colors like MAC’s Haux or Satin Taupe into the crease.
8.5) Eyeliner
This is a step 8.5 because it’s optional. I don’t always use eyeliner if I’m just going for a simple everyday look but you can. Maybe a gel or liquid is the best because they stay on all day long.
9) Curl your lashes.
Seriously, do it. Why wouldn’t you?!
10) Mascara
Use your favorite mascara (mine is currently the Benefit Bad Gal Lash). Place the wand at the base of your lashes, wiggle and then pull up. Do this until you’re satisfied.

You’re done. That was quick wasn’t it.
So that was MY everyday makeup look. What did you think?

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COTTON CANDY: Pink Ombre Glitter Nail Tutorial

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Hi Guys!!! So today I will be doing a tutorial on the nail look above. All of the nail polishes I’ll be using is from OPI, but you can use any nail polishes that you like 🙂 You can also do this with any colour in the same ombre glitter way, I just chose to do it in pink because I had the resources available. Along the way, I’ll also but a mini-review of the nail polishes that I used. Also, please request anything you’d like to see in the comments section below.

I’ve seen so many tutorials online, and all of them seem to use glitter powder or something which I think is quite unaccessible and I feel this way is a lot easier and better haha.

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Nail Polishes from Left to Right:

OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, Suze and the Lifeguard, Princess Rule, Teenage Dream, RapiDry Top Coat

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I ALWAYS ALWAYS apply a base coat to protect my nails from the chemicals in the coloured polishes more and this one is my favourite. So I apply one coat of it onto all of my nails and let that dry before moving on. (As you can see, I’ve used this Base Coat so so much and there’s only like 1/3 left. 😥 )

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Okay, so this is my plain pink, that doesn’t really have shimmer/glitter in it. It’s calles Suze and the Lifeguard and I remember when I bought it a year ago, it was absolutely amazing, the colour was just so natural and I absolutely loved it. But then, I kinda just didn’t wear it for a while and now I really dont like this colour but there’s so much left so I dont want to waste it becayse OPI is quite expensive.

So anyways, I apply one layer of this onto my nails and I know its uneven and streaky but that’s okay. (You can apply two layers if you want, but I don’t like my nails to be really thick so I don’t tend to). But this is the perfect pink base because it’s a very strong true pastel pink colour.

Tip: Let each layer dry completely before painting the next to avoid “gooeyness” after you’re done and to avoid smudging.

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This is Princess Rule and this colour is amazing, especially on top of the Suze and the Lifeguard one. It has tiny holographic/silvery glitter in it. It’s such a gorgeous colour and the colour payoff is amazing. Haha.

So I paint one layer of it over the top of Suze and the Lifeguard and it seems to fill in the steaks and gaps of the first layer really well.

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This is Teenage Dream from the Katy Perry Collection. And I absolutely love this polish. It’s really chunky and the glitter just looks really good on the nail because of its different glitter particle sizes.

This is the “hardest” part. You basically layer on on top of the first two layers so that more of the glitter is concentrated to the end. So in essence you do only half a nail and you just gradient the glitter to create the ombre effect.

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You have to wait for the Teenage Dream to completely dry before you progress to this step. This is the OPI RapiDry TopCoat and I love it because I previously am way too impatient and not-bothered to wait for the traditional Top Coat to dry which meant I always messed it up so this RapiDry is SO SO SO much better. However, a disadvantage is that it’s thinner and doesn’t give the shine.

Apply 2 coats of this Top Coat, but if you’re using the regular one, just apply one coat.

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THIS IS THE FINISHED PRODUCT.