Nail Care

With winter moving in for the next 3 months lets talk nail care

Trimming

The trimming length comes down to personal preference. The only thing to be careful of is not going too short. You should always leave a slight bit of the white tip, even if your preference is for short nails. There is delicate pink skin under the nail tip called the hyponychium and if it gets exposed from short cutting you will have an increased risk of infection. And the downside to long nails is they’re more prone to bending and breaking – so keeping them just a few millimetres longer than the tip of your finger is ideal for growing strong, healthy nails.


Filling & Buffing

It’s often assumed (or even just an automatic brain function) to file nails using a back and forth action, however DIY filers should file the nail in the natural direction of its growth. Aka from the edges up towards the centre in one direction, alternating sides. Filing in one direction will prevent any accidental tearing. The best nail shape for growth is ‘Squoval’to protect nails from splitting at the side walls and help them grow stronger

Similar to filing, the best way to buff your nails is again in the direction of their growth, working from the cuticle to the free edge in a vertical upward movement.


CUTICLE CARE

Remember to  apply cuticle oil frequently. Application should be before bed or when you won’t be washing it off straight away

Basic foundation buys

Face Basics

While the best way to have amazing skin is to have an awesome skin care routine. It doesn’t hurt to have a little help that doesn’t break the bank.

The 3 things you need are foundation, concealer, and powder.

The most important thing to note when choosing these products is your skin tone. In order to get the perfect match, you should always test the product on your face, your wrist is not the same colour to your face. I don’t know why people forget this all the time. Your skin gets so much more sun then your face.The best way is to be in-store with the help of a beauty assistant.

Here are some brands that you can get pretty much anywhere.

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  1. Maybelline New York FIT me!
  2. Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
  3. Australis Concealer
  4. Rimmel London Clear Complexion Powder
  5. ModelCo MINERAL POWDER – My favourite

Basic makeup tips

Here are some real easy makeup tips to add your routine, or to help you cut down your routine in summer.

In the summer months I only use a few products because wearing too much makeup in summer is just a bad idea. I also like to limit the amount of products so I’m not spending all day painting my face.


Start with SPF protection. Its summer, its sunny! I normally buy a BB or foundation with coverage however in summer I use a dedicated SPF cream because it’s much more sunnier and I find that I sit in the sun more often. I’m using SunSense Daily Face SPF 50+


Using a BB Cream or Tinted Moisturizer is a quick & easy way to even out your skintone and its not to heavy. I’m currently using Garnier Miracle Skin Cream Day cream


Mineral powder over the top of your tinted moisturizer or BB cream will smooth out imperfections & cut back redness, giving your skin a beautiful satiny finish and set your “makeup”. I’m using Nude by Nature Natural Mineral Cover


Blusher is an instant face brightener, it warms the face. I’m using MAC pro longwear blush in Blush all day


In summer a long wearing eyeliner is always a good idea, I use the Maybelline  eyestudio master precise ink pen eyeliner. It has a really thin tip that I use to build up my look depending on how I feel that day


When applying mascara take care to layer it on to the lashes while they are still wet to avoid ‘clumping’. I’m currently using Maybelline Lash Sensational Black Pearl Waterproof. I like using waterproof in summer because you never know when I might drop by the beach or end up just sweating up a storm.


Light to medium lipsticks are the most flattering,  as bright colours exaggerate imperfections like yellow teeth & lines round the mouth. But Red lipstick stick can add that touch of glamour to your look. Remember to use a lip liner to prevent bleeding. I’m currently using Rimmel Dare to go bare! New Nude collection from Kate Moss in 42

Day 7 and 8

Some days its just easier for me to take the photo later at night then in the morning as I’m on the train and generally running late for work.

But here is day 7, Autumn look. I’ve gone for a red lipstick with gold eye shadow. Nothing to much but this is apparently what is on trend here in Australia, so Who am I do argue.  


Day 8, Cat Eyeliner.
I lightly lined the bottom of my eye because I think a full dark line is too much for work. I actually think I look really old with fully lined eyes. But that’s a story for another day. 

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March

I’ve been so MIA this March, I’m sorry
I’ve been so busy with the wedding plans

I’m got the venue, caterers and photographer BOOKED
I even did my MARCH flower trail run 🙂

I put up a quick photo of the flowers last post and haven’t done much since
I plan to do a how to DIY your wedding flowers once I’m done on my wedding frenzy

But I thought I would share with you this AMAZING April calendar from one of my favourite retails, (it was free and sent to my email)

http://www.morboutique.com/uploads/MOR-CALENDAR-APR.pdf

Some of the dates my be only relevant to my Aussie friends…sorry

Day 3 of my Good Hair week

Day 3
I actually did this style while on the train… I’m sure everyone around me was annoyed at my constant re-attempts.

The side on my chignon looks lovely the back not so much. I feel like if my hair was shorter it would have been easier.

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Day 3 of Good Hair Week

For the tutorial for this look I visited http://yetanotherbeautysite.com/
They have these lovely tutorials there for hairstyles really nice clean pictures I’m pretty sure my Pinterest is full of their images. I would recommend watching a video of this hair style too. I still have no idea where they hid all the hair.easy_chignon

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