cosmetic tips

5 easy tips to keep your skin clear and cleansed!

HI guys & girls! I’m back with a new post and this time it’s all about looking after your skin. 

When it comes to your skin, it is never to early to start looking after it. Most people know the importance of making sure their skin is looked after but sometimes, we all have those days were we don’t do enough to keep our complexions looking at their best (I know for me it’s after a night out and SOMETIMES sleeping in my make up because I’m too lazy to take it off, least I’m honest!).

Here are 5 easy ways that I think really can make all the difference. 

1. Drink water As simple as it sounds and I know we’ve all heard it a million times, the benefits of drinking water for your skin are unbelievable. This really will help hydrate you from inside out, clear up any problem areas and flushes out all the bad toxins. After all, we are made up of 80% water so why would this not be the perfect solution?! 

 2. Plenty of sleep Finally, a step that I’m the master of! Getting a good nights sleep helps get rid of dark circles, improves skin tone and help keep the wrinkles at bay. I like to make sure I am getting around 8 hours sleep per night (just as well because without this, I’m no fun) and after doing this during the week, I notice that my skin just seems to look more bright. Lack of sleep can cause dark circles, puffiness to the skin, dehydration and spots so always make sure to try get as much as you can. There is such a thing as beauty sleep! 

3. Avoid harsh sunlight Being from Scotland, this one is kinda easy for me cause the sun rarely appears but if you’re from somewhere that the sun is around more often (lucky you!) then it’s important to protect your skin from the harsh rays which are given off by the sun. The sun dries out all your skins natural oils so it’s really important to make sure you are protected and avoid getting too much sun (specifically around your face) as this can cause those little fine lines we want to avoid.

 4. Always remove your makeup before bed I’m guilty of coming home from a night out and not always doing this but it is so important. Make up can be heavy on the skin and sleeping with this can cause it to sink into your pores which can clog them up and cause spots - I’ve always been really lucky with my skin and never gets spots but when I leave make up on, I notice that areas around my eyes are creased and my skin feels so dry. Always remove your make up with a gentle cleanser which works well with your skin (alcohol free as this dries out the skin) to remove all the product/dirt leaving your skin super soft. 

5. Buy a good moisturizer that is suitable for YOUR skin type This step is crucial to looking after your skin and too often, people use moisturizers which just won’t be doing their skin any favors - for example - a person with oily skin using a moisturizer for dry skin and the list goes on.  Always look for a moisture which will be kind to your skin type as this will work best for your skin in every way. My skin can be dry at times and I swear by Clarins hydra quench for my skin as It just compliments my skin and leaves it feeling full of moisture and soft. There are creams of all prices out there so just have a little look around to see what one you think would work best for you. If you’re wondering what skin type you are, the easier way to see is to take a dry tissue, pat it around your face and pay attention to your T-zone (forehead area and down nose) - examine how your skin looks after this - does it look just normal, dry, oily or a mixture of all (combination) - this will help give you a good indication. 

If you really aren’t sure, pop into your local beauty department store and speak to someone - Clinique, Clarins, Kiehl’s ect (somewhere which has a large skincare range).   

One of my favourite books for looking after my skin and hair at home is this - it is FULL of things to try out at home and this is the kind of DIY I enjoy. Brilliant for anyone that is on a budget - definitely worth the purchase - you never know, you could be the next Liz Earle!

Natalie :) xoxox 

Makeup Tips Blog - Best of 2012

With the new year rapidly approaching and hundreds of new products to hit the market I thought it was about time I tell you my best in beauty’s of 2012. As a beauty writer I am constantly trying out products some good and some bad but there are a few products that I always end up going back to.

Eye Makeup Remover

Winner: Bioderma Crealine H20

Runner Up: Maybelline Express Care Eye Makeup Remover.


Winner: Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Primer.

Runner Up: Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer.


Winner: Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturising Foundation.

Runner Up: Bourjois 10 HR Sleep Effect foundation.


Winner: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer.

Runner Up: Maybelline Fit Me concealer


Winner: Maybelline Shine Free Loose Powder

Runner up: Essence Mattifying Compact Powder.


Winner: Kit Cosmetics Cream Cheek/Lip Duo.

Runner Up: Bourjois Little Round Pot Blushes.


Winner: Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Runner Up: None! I am yet to find one that works as great as Hoola!


Winner: Benefit High Beam

Runner Up: Benefit watts up. (Yep two from Benefit, they make the best illuminators!)

Eye Primer:

Winner: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue

Runner Up: E.L.F Essentials Eye Lid Primer


Winner: Essence Gel Eyeliner

Runner Up: Stila Smudge Pots.


Winner: Smashbox Hyper Lash

Runner Up: Benefit They’re Real


Winner: Urban Decay Naked Palette.

Runner up: Loreal Infallible Eyeshadows.


Winner: Maybelline Define A Brow

Runner Up: Rimmel Eye Brow Pencil.

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Tip of the day:

You can get more out of your eyelash curler if you warm it up a little with your blow dryer first. On the highest eat and lowest power, keep the blow dryer running on your lash curler for about 15 seconds right before using it. It’s similar to the way you would use heat to curl the hair on your head. By adding heat you can hold your curl longer and better.


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When you're applying mascara to your lower lashes hold the thinnest part of a wedge sponge underneath them, this will prevent any mascara transferring underneath your eyes and prevent excessive product getting onto the lashes and clumping.
Tip of the day:

When you’re doing an eye makeup look, always leave yourself a clean eyeshadow brush to blend with. Blending using the same eyeshadow brush you used to apply the eyeshadow can make it harder to blend cleanly and evenly. You could also risk having too much product on the brush and ruining your work, leaving you with messy, harsh lines.

Concealer vs. Corrector

Many people don’t know the difference between corrector and concealer. They’re all the same right? Wrong! This post will be all about the difference between corrector and concealer.

Concealer is used to hide blemishes/imperfections or give more coverage to areas your foundation didn’t cover. It is the color of your skin-tone, or a few shades lighter or darker, depending on your skin color, or what kind of look you want. These come in cream, powder, and liquid formulas. Some even have moisturizing, highlighting, oil-controlling, or blemish controlling properties. This is most commonly used over corrector to balance and even things out.

Corrector is used to even out your skin tone, camouflage blemishes/imperfections and to give you a more evened out, flawless look. These come in many different colors, depending on what you want to correct, using the color wheel. If you want to correct acne/redness, use green corrector. For undereye circles, use yellow, orange, or peach. For discoloration, use purple. These come in cream, powder, or liquid formulas. They are sold in concealer-type formulas, or in primer-type formulas, for all over correction. There are even setting/finishing powders that have green, yellow, and pink all together, to even everything out! These are most commonly used under foundation or concealer.

Bottom line? Concealer is used to cover, Correctors are to correct and camouflauge.

Thanks for reading! Hope I helped. Stay beautiful! xoxo

Five ways to wear Lipstick

When it comes to makeup lips are the main category I’m addicted too. My lip collection is undeniably large and I’ve always got 500 new lip products to test out.I love experimenting with different formulas, finishes and looks.


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Luxurious matte formulas are my weakness and even though they can be drying on my sensitive lips, I just can’t resist them. Rich berries and deep plums complement matte formulas but fun girly pinks shouldn’t be avoided either. To achieve the matte look, dab your lips with one ply of tissue and dust a little translucent powder over your lips.  Use a mattifying lipstick such as Australis Matte Me Lipstick Mattifyng Base or opt for a great matte lipstick like MAC Cosmetics Lipstick Matte Formula.

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Tip of the day:

Dreading those tired mornings when you’re too lazy to get up, shower, and do your makeup and hair? Develop quick ways to get ready without waking up too early. For your makeup, skip the foundation and use concealer to cover up any blemishes and set it with powder for a matte finish. Dry skin? Use tinted moisturizer or bb cream - they are very good at locking in moisture throughout the day. If you’re feeling special, wing your top liner. But if not, add some pencil liner to the outer half of your eyes and smudge for a subtle and smokey effect. Smack on some tinted balm or lip stain to add color, and put a little dab of blush or cheek stain to the apples of your cheeks to look healthy and lively. For school, pack oil-absorbing sheets to avoid shine and keep some of your lip color with you! (We all snack during class and eat off the color, unfortunately.) We have all had those really tired mornings where we’re too tired for the shower. In that case wipe a wet washcloth over your body, put on lotion, perfume, deodorant, and spray in some dry shampoo. Or you could shower the night before to save time in the morning. As for styling your hair, throw it in a “neat-sloppy bun,” if you know what I mean. Wrap your hair around a sock or a donut bun maker, it doesn’t need to be perfect because it looks cute when it’s messy! Or braid your hair for a sophisticated school-girl look. No need for heat - it wastes time and damages your hair more than it needs to. Throw on a chic, comfy outfit, throw on your backpack (don’t forget last night’s homework of course), and hit the books!
Affordable DIY Beauty Tips
Best Beauty Bargain Buys

Wow, that’s a mouthful, haha! This post is going to be all about multi-purpose, cheap, yet amazing products.

1) Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

This is a perfect face wash for people with super dry or sensitive skin. But, you can also use it as a body wash, or use it to wash your makeup brushes. It has a lot of uses, and works very well, as it is super gentle, and a great cleanser.

2) E.L.F. Makeup Brushes

These brushes are incredible! You can get some for a dollar, or some for three dollars. They are durable, soft, and work just as well as more expensive brushes.

3) Maybelline Eyeshadow Quads

Maybelline sells eyeshadow quads with 4 pigmented, buttery, and quality eyeshadows for around $5-6. They have many different colors, from blues, to pinks, to neutrals! Most are shimmery, so they give you a wide-eyed look. These eyeshadow quads are definitely worth it!

4) Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks

Revlon has some of the best lip products in the business. They have a variety of finishes, from matte to pearl to cream. They have MANY many shades, and some have been around since the 50s! This is one of the best lipstick ranges, and they are all about $4-6. Definitely recommend!

5) Sinful Colors Nail Polishes

These are pretty good quality, and have an amazing shade range! They are $2 each, and last a while too. They don’t chip for a couple days, and aren’t streaky or unpigmented. These are some of my favorite nail polishes, and they are definitely amazing!

Thanks for reading! Stay beautiful! xoxo

Does Toothpaste Cure Pimples?
I’m Judge Makeup Tips and I’m about to bust you for believing one of the biggest beauty myth’s out; you now have the right to buy a spot treatment.

“Hey! You should try using toothpaste on a pimple the next time you get one! ” she said. The only way I can even think that someone may of come across this is by accidentally getting some toothpaste on a pimple after brushing their teeth. Using toothpaste on pimples as opposed to a proper spot treatment has become a pretty popular beauty tip out there but if you are using it, you probably shouldn’t be. Sure it may of worked once or twice when you got a little curious and let this beauty myth get the better of you but it’ll actually just cause more problems than it solves.

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Tip of the day:

We’ve all heard that drinking a lot of water can help keep your skin clear, hydrated, plump, and healthy. If you don’t really like drinking water it can become hard to make it a habit. If you’re like me and have trouble getting yourself to drink the proper amount of water throughout the day, infuse it with some kind of fruit to give it some flavor. Cucumbers, strawberries, oranges, limes, lemons, mangoes – practically any fruit would be great infused into your water. Drinking water will become a lot easier when it isn’t so bland and boring.

How to make your lipstick last longer

As we all know, lipstick is a great way to finish off your look, and make you look pretty and put together. But, it can also make you look washed out or ruin your entire look. So, read on and find out how to make your lipstick last all day.

1.) Exfoliate your lips

Exfoliating your lips helps get the dry, flaky dead skin off your lips and provide a smooth base for your lipstick. So instead of clinging to those flakes, the lipstick will cling to your lips instead.

2.) Apply lip balm prior to lipstick application.

The waxiness of the lip balm will give something for the lipstick to cling and settle into. And it will help prevent dryness throughout the day.

3.) Use a lip liner/primer.

Not only will it make the color more vibrant and noticeable, it will prolong the wear. It will prevent bleeding, fading, and will lock the lip color into place.

4.) Blotting.

After you apply lipstick, take a tissue and dab the excess off your lips. This will help create a stained look/effect, and will help it stay longer, because your lips won't have as much to absorb.

5.) Lightly dust some translucent powder on top.

This helps set it, much like setting your foundation. It will also give you a matte finish.

Thanks for reading! Stay beautiful xoxo