11 Gross Makeup Things All Girls Do But Don’t Want To Admit

I love makeup, but here’s the thing–I don’t think that it feels the same way about me. See, I wear a lot of it, and I definitely spend a lot of money on it, too, but, for whatever reason, it never really looks quite the way that it should on me. My eyeliner is often decidedly wonky, lopsided, and overall just “off,” while other times, my face appears to have absorbed all of my makeup in the time between its application and my arrival to work, giving me a bare-faced look that, while fine and all, I definitely wasn’t going for–meaning that both the time and money spent on the product had been, in effect, wasted.

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Best Product Discoveries of 2015

Each year I share with you my favourite products that I’ve continuously used throughout the year, but in all honesty not much has changed in the way of my go-to products since 2014. Rather than writing a long, repetitive list I’ve instead decided to share a combination of different products I’ve tried this year that I feel are incredible and worthy of being classed as some of the best products I’ve tried.

Trilogy Make-up Be Gone Cleansing Balm

Although I only started using this towards the end of 2015 it deserves a special place on this list. Easily one of the best skincare products/cleansers I’ve ever tried this natural  cleansing balm removes every trace of waterproof makeup, dirt and oil without stinging, irritation or excessive greasiness.

Go-To Face Hero

Although a relativity new skincare line, Go-To has been a staple in my beauty routine since it launched last year and I can’t see that changing any time soon. “Face Hero” is one of the best skincare serums/oils/super products my skin has ever been lucky enough to try. This product immediately hydrates, plumps and smooths the skin leaving it dewy and smooth.

MAC Pro-Longwear Concealer

This product has a lot of hype so I had my reservations when it came to trying it (so much that I only decided to give it a go early this year) but I don’t regret it. If you’re after incredible long wearing coverage then this is the product you need in your makeup bag. Full Review

Illamasqua Gel Sculpt - Silhouette

Another product that I only tried towards the middle/end of this year but, easily one of the best. Extremely under-hyped this sheer, gel-like contour stick gives the most natural looking, cool toned contour you’ll ever see. Full Review

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Palette

A discovery that occurred early in 2015, I haven’t been able to put this product down all year. It’s simple and to the naked eye, doesn’t look like anything special (you won’t find any bright pearly shades or glitter in this palette)  However, this palette is practical, oh so practical. It doesn’t matter what look I’m doing, I always find a use for this palette in my routine. There’s so many different neutral looks you can create with this palette, and *gasp* I find myself using it more than the Urban Decay Naked Palettes.  Full Review

Stila Stay All Day Brow Gel

Que *my favourite eyebrow product ever* Some people hate this product and other people simply just don’t give it the time of day but this tinted brow cream is my all-time favourite brow product. The texture turns a little dry once you squeeze out the product which means you can create super natural, feather like brow strokes.  Full Review

Ciate Precious Metal Eyeshadows

Ciate are famous for their nail polishes, but very few people know of their makeup line. The Ciate Precious Metal Eyeshadows aren’t a very well known product but I love them either way. Used dry these loose, shimmering eyeshadows give a gorgeous sheer sheen to the eyelids but used wet they look like pure liquid gold/rose gold/bronze on the eyes.

Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer

Everyone has been into matte lips this year but I’m still a sucker for anything glossy. Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer’s are incredible long wearing, high pigment glosses that leave a stain on the lips and feel super comfortable. (I’ve never rubbed my lips together so much whilst wearing a product, and they don’t budge!)

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayons

This year, Burt’s Bees got nude. Well not technically but they did create the best nude lipstick I’ve ever found and one of the very few that works on my fair skintone. The semi-matte high pigment formula make them a winner in my book and the other shades in the range aren’t bad either. Full Review

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Does Kool-Aid Work As Lip Plumper? I Tried It To Find Out

Like most girls my age, I have been primed and conditioned by some forces larger than myself to find myself constantly in the pursuit of one thing and one thing only–a pair of lips that appear to have been gnawed on by fire ants or exposed to a small amount of a very potent toxin. This is to say, a smile that possess that coveted “slightly pained and swollen” aesthetic–full, but not too full–and is a look that I like to refer to as One Subtle Pout. Now, there are gobs of lip glosses and plumpers on the market that claim to give you this effect, but here’s the thing: they are expensive. (I know this because once, when I was sixteen, I dropped an entire afternoon’s worth of babysitting money on the teensiest vial of DuWop Lip Venom, which my mom called “irresponsible” and tried to make me return, but the joke was on her because I had already lost my receipt!) But you know what’s cheaper than most lip plumpers? Kool-Aid. This is why, after a number of beauty bloggers told me it was possible, I turned to using Kool-Aid as a lip plumper.

7 vintage beauty tips that you should try today

My mom used to try and pawn her old clothes off on me. My reply was always something in line with, “Mother, I wouldn’t wear that tunic from the ‘70s if Grace Coddington herself passed it down to me.”

That is, until mom’s entire wardrobe made an appearance in various updated incarnations at NYFW. Was I surprised? Not really. They say everything old is new again, right?

Mom tends to do that. She takes great pride in passing things down to me, whether it’s an old skirt or beauty tips she abided by in her youth. Despite the advances we’ve made in modern day beauty products, there’s something quaint about tying rags in your hair or using strawberry puree to give your skin new life. 

However, that doesn’t mean I’m willing to try everything or recommend you try it. Charcoal was commonly mixed with petroleum jelly and used as as eyeliner and brow filler, but how much sense does it make to track down charcoal and smear it on your eyes when $3 waterproof eyeliner exists? Nada. 

The upside of vintage beauty tips resides mainly in convenience and cost saving. If your wallet isn’t bursting with Creme de la Mer income, most of these tips are easily accessible and in many cases, already something you have at home. 

So if you’re in the mood to channel Rita Hayworth or you’re just flat broke and still want to look decent, here are some handy vintage beauty tips that still make sense to try today. 

Originally posted by notin-nottingham

Rag rolls

Create curls without heat damage or sleeping on big clunky rollers. Cut up an old piece of fabric so you have 10-15 long strips about 1.5″wide. When your hair is still a little damp, spritz on leave-in conditioner and divide your hair into small sections. Roll up each section using the fabric strips and tie up the ends. I realize how confusing this sounds so here’s an easy to follow Youtube tutorial that even the likes of me can follow.

Originally posted by gypsyastronaut

Beer hair rinse

Women in the pin-up era swore by rinsing their hair in warm, flat beer for extra volume and shine. Have I tried it? No, but I have one lonely bottle of Mill Street Organic I’m willing to donate to this beauty endeavour. Select a hoppier beer for the best results and rinse with cold water following your beer bath. 

Originally posted by uniquevintage1

Baking soda to whiten teeth

Long before Crest Whitestrips, you had good old baking soda to give you a mouthful of pearly whites. It makes sense since baking soda is a mildly abrasive, and is also used to get stains out of clothing. No complicated steps involved in this one, just combine baking soda with water and lemon juice to create a paste and rub or brush onto teeth. Rinse and admire.

Originally posted by nitratediva

Strawberries as a facial cleanser and tint

Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly were proponents of this beauty tip – and who are we to argue with these iconic beauties? Their rationale was that strawberries helped improve the skin’s complexion and luminosity. Smaller pores was also part of the deal. While this beauty tip seems more time consuming than simply purchasing a jug of drugstore facial cleanser and being done with it, it’s an all natural alternative for those who prefer little to no chemicals in their beauty routine. 

Originally posted by chungskings

Mint leaves/cucumber/rose water for dark undereye circles

Dark circles have plagued women for as long as we’ve been concerned with appearances. Women used to crush mint leaves and apply it to their eyes and watch dark circles disappear. Cucumber is another solution that’s well known to us. Rose water has many beneficial properties but its calming effect on skin is probably why most people use it. It’s been known to banish redness and puffiness and leaves a lovely scent behind. 

Originally posted by theglossdotcom

Cold cream

Cold cream still exists – but you’d never know it. It seemed to disappear into oblivion, replaced by a million different potions. Some promise to cure acne, dark circles and redness while others claim to turn back time. Cold cream was used for a variety of purposes back then and I’d be curious to see if it makes a comeback. Sometimes, paring things down, including your beauty routine is all your skin really needs. 

Originally posted by nitratediva

The benefits of a little ice water

If American actress, Joan Crawford was your grandmother, she’d probably tell you to splash ice water on your face every morning to maintain a perfect visage. Supposedly, a little facial ice bath will constrict the opening of pores and reduce any redness on your skin. 

How to achieve a natural glowing look

As some of you already know I am a huge fan of radiant, dewy skin. Not only does it look youthful but it truly accentuates your features. I may have said that before so forgive me lol. I used very few products for this look, sometimes less is more. I typically achieve a glow by using powder highlighters which are known to appear slightly heavier, but for this look I’m using a liquid highlighter. Reason why I chose this specific liquid highlighter is because it blends into the skin in a way thats not too noticeable. It still gets the job done without leaving a trail of makeup or looking cakey. I really love this Gerard Cosmetics BB plus illumination creme. I do suggest mixing it with your foundation or even just a moisturizer. If you mix it with your moisturizer it will give you a beautiful healthy glow, if you mix with a foundation it will offer coverage with the addition of the glow. Its totally your choice but I still wanted some coverage therefore I used my Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Ok so first I applied my moisturizer, I didn’t include it in the photos but feel free to use your own daily moisturizer. Then I sprayed my face with Mac’s Fix+. I applied my foundation with a damp beauty blender as shown in the photo above. I then applied a fair amount of the BB plus illumination creme on my Morphe Brush M436, I started stippling the product onto my cheek bones, bridge of nose, cupid’s bow, brow bone, décolletage and a hint above the brow. Finished the look with another spray of Mac Fix+. Applied my favorite mascara, (Too Faced “Better Than Sex”) and a lip balm. And there is this! I actually really like this look because its so effortless and soft, let me know what you guys think!

Decanting & Melting Lipsticks

As a makeup artist, it can be a pain trolling through endless tubes of lipsticks to try and find the right colour.
And don’t get me started on organising your kit to travel with SO many lippies! You end up trying to choose your favourites just so you don’t have to pack all of them.

My go-to method for having them all in one place and preventing having to leave any behind when travelling is to decant and melt them down into 1 convenient palette. 
I am over the heartbreak of not wanting to demolish a perfectly moulded lipstick, the novelty wears off when you go through so many.
But no doubt many of you will watch my tutorial on this method and go into sheer panic! 
Fear not… It doesn’t ruin your lippy, or change the consistency. The lipstick was originally melted when poured into the mould, we are just re-melting it and setting it into a new shape. 

As a makeup artist, this is super convenient, sanitary and makes life so much easier as you can see all the colours through the clear plastic lid. 
PLUS… If you are decanting MAC lipsticks, you can take 6 empty tubes back to a MAC store and they will give you a free lipstick. 
You can also combine eyeshadow pots, foundation bottles, etc…

The tutorial on this method will follow this post later! 



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There are hundreds of different beauty products out on the market, but if you’re not a massive makeup addict like me then you really don’t need every single product under the sun. What I love when it comes to makeup is there are no rules and one product can be used in multiple different ways so you can get away with just a few products in your makeup kit.

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Decanting & Melting Lipsticks - Ideal For MUA’s & MakeUp Hoarders

If you saw my last post then you’ll have been expecting this tutorial! 

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