flaky lips

Does Vaseline cure dry lips?

Vaseline has been a product people have loved for generations and I’ve never quite understood why… Tell someone you’ve got dry lips? They’ll instantly respond with “put some Vaseline on them” but does Vaseline (or petroleum jelly) really cure dry lips?

Vaseline doesn’t provide any benefits to the lips, none, zero, nil. Vaseline is a “barrier” product, not a hydration product so all it will do is lock in moisture and help protect the lips from any further damage, this is all well and good but if you have very dry lips your lips wont have any moisture which means the Vaseline can cause them to dry out further.

Lips don’t have any oil glands which means they don’t produce any moisture. If you have dry lips you will want to use something that treats them and provides moisture like a lip treatment or mask and THEN apply a barrier lip balm on top, preferably one that is natural and organic rather than petroleum based.  Still got dry lips? Read how to fix dry lips and keep them in tip top shape.

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anonymous asked:

Girl, what's your facial routine? your skin looks divine!

Ah you’re a sweetheart 💖💖

Before I shower, I wipe my face using a makeup remover. YSL Top Secrets Water removes everything in one go but literally any cleanser with toning moisturiser will do. Then I wash my face with La Roche Posay Micellar Makeup Removal Gel to make sure that no stray traces of makeup remain. Some people say that exfoliating daily is bad for your skin but since I wear makeup almost everyday and tend to have oily skin, an exfoliator scrub is really effective to prevent acne that comes from dead skin being clogged up! Usually I massage a face wash onto my skin and then use the Mia 2 Clarisonic to gently go over my face. It’s a miracle worker; before I used to have flaky lips and horrifying blackheads around my nose, both of which ever since have gone. Maybe once or twice a week I’ll skip the Clarisonic for a face mask like the Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask if my skin looks tired or I’m on my detoxify day. Sometimes I use the Korres Rose Mask afterwards just for the glow, y'know?

After the shower, I put on a hyaluronic acid toner from HadaLabo which is truly miraculous because all the other toners Ive tried previously are too heavy or not moisturising enough, either way making my skin oily minutes afterwards. Then I put on the 3ce White Milk Sleeping Mask which I think is better than a lotion? Mostly because it’s meant to hydrate and brighten your skin gradually over several hours rather than in one go - which sounds like advertising schimick, but it does work magic on my face. Right before I sleep I put the Laneige Water Face Mask over everything. It comes as like a gel in a large jar and I just slather it all across my face. Since its water based instead of being an oil based moisturiser it doesn’t clog pores and cause breakouts at all, and my skin is always happy and healthy the next day I wake up. 

I’ve been following this routine ever since Christmas when I received the Clarisonic and since then I’ve never had any breakouts despite the late nights and ridiculous amounts of alcohol being drunk. Also all the previous acne scars have disappeared entirely! I really hope this was helpful to you and if you have any questions always feel free to message me xx

anonymous asked:

What is your best makeup trick ?

F A C E:

  • Before applying any beauty products, hydrate your face with moisturizer. Don’t skip this step if you have dry skin.
  • Applying primer before foundation will even the surface of your skin, make your pores look smaller and your skin look smooth.
  • If you have combination skin, moisturize the dry areas and apply primer on the areas that get oily before applying foundation.
  • If you have a lot of red spots on your face, use color correcting concealers that come in mint green colors. Simply apply the product on the red areas using your finger or a makeup sponge and wait for it to dry, then apply foundation.
  • If your skin tends to get dry patches, exfoliate it at least once a week. It will remove dead skin cells and will make your skin smooth.    
  • When buying foundation, consider your skin type. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, choose foundations with oil-free formulas. If your skin is dry, opt for hydrating foundations. Foundations with hypoallergenic formulas are best for those whose skin is sensitive.
  • If your skin is dry, avoid matte foundations because your skin might end up looking flaky. Instead, look for products that have moisturizing and hydrating qualities.
  • When you’re in a makeup store and you’re trying to pick the perfect foundation shade, test if the shade is right for your skin tone by applying a little bit of it on your jawline. Don’t try to test if the shade is good for you by applying it on the back of your palm or your wrist because the skin tone of your hand differs from the skin tone of your face.
  • Does your foundation seem to look normal right after it’s applied but it changes its color/turns orange within an hour or when you go outside? It’s because it oxidizes, people with oily skin may experience this more often than those with other skin types. To prevent this, use a primer and stick to oil-free foundations. 
  • Once you’ve applied foundation, set it with powder. Makeup powders create a silky finish and minimize the look of pores and other small imperfections. It can also control face shine. If your face tends to get oily throughout the day, simply reapply the powder on the oily areas.
  • Does your makeup make your face look pale when you take pictures with flash? That’s probably because you’re using a foundation that is high in spf. To avoid this problem, avoid foundations that contain spf higher than 30.
  • Liquid highlighters are a lot more concentrated than powder highlighters; therefore, use them sparingly. 
  • Some people have a hard time blending out their contour. If you find difficulty with contouring kits, you can always use a foundation that’s a few shades darker than your skin tone as a contour. It is much easier to apply, especially if you’re a beginner.
  • Use translucent powder to prevent makeup transfer, it will set and mattify your makeup. A setting spray can also help you avoid makeup transfer.
  • Always clean your brushes after using them because they will transfer bacteria to your face, causing break outs.

E Y E B R O W S:

  • When doing your eyebrows, keep in mind that they should look shaded and soft, not like a straight, hard line. 
  • Before applying makeup on your eyebrows, brush them upward with a spoolie brush to enhance their shape. You can also enhance the shape of your eyebrows by slightly overdrawing them or applying eyebrow products on the sparse areas.
  • Always use products that match the color of your eyebrows; otherwise, they won’t look natural.
  • After you’ve applied eyebrow products, brush your brows with a spoolie brush to blend out the color and soften any harsh lines. You can also apply concealer to define them.
  • A clear eyebrow gel can be worn over an eyebrow pencil or powder to make those products last longer.
  • Are you trying to grow out your eyebrows? Forget about tweezing or waxing. It may take up to 15 weeks for your eyebrows to grow back fully so you have to be patient. While they’re growing back, you can use a tinted gel or a pomade to make your brows look more presentable.
  • Castor oil promotes hair growth so you can use it to make your eyebrow hair grow faster (you can use it on your eyelashes too).

E Y E S:

  • The easiest way to apply eyeliner is by tilting your head back and looking into the mirror. If you’re a beginner and it’s hard for you to apply the product, you can make dots along you upper lid and simply connect them. 
  • Does your mascara clump? Make sure that your lashes are clean before you apply it. If you apply mascara while still having some on from the night before, your lashes will most likely get clumpy. 
  • A blending brush should only be used for blending your eyeshadow. Don’t apply new eyeshadow with a blending brush, especially if it’s already been used because it’ll mess up your makeup.
  • Warm colors like browns and golds and shimmery shades complement brown hair and blue eyes the most.
  • Blondes with fair skin should choose shades like brown, bronze, silver, beige, gray and neutral shades.
  • You can prevent your eyeshadow from creasing by applying translucent powder. After priming your eyes, apply a little bit of translucent or loose powder on your eyelids using a powder puff or a sponge.
  • Fake eyelashes can be worn more than once. If you take care of them, they can last for a very long time. The first thing you need to do once you remove them is to remove the glue. You can do this by simply pulling at the glue until it begins to come off. It’s also important to clean the eyelashes with an oil-free makeup remover before you put them away. Keep your lashes in their original package to prevent them from collecting dust and bacteria. 

L I P S: 

  • If your lips are flaky, take a toothbrush and gently brush off the flakes. This will boost the circulation of your lips. You can apply some lip moisturizer after doing this to keep your lips hydrated.
  • Before applying your lipstick, use concealer to saturate the color of your lip lines and to make your lips look bigger. Apply it onto your lips and spread it a little over your lip line.
  • Overdrawing your lip line is the key in making your lips look bigger. Use a lip liner that matches you lipstick and apply it slightly outside the natural lip line. 
  • Apply some lip gloss on the middle of your lips to make them look fuller and plump.
  • Once you’ve applied lip products, apply concealer on the areas where you went over your lip line. 
  • Bright and deep lipstick colors compliment people with medium to dark skin the most. Try bright and deep reds, pinks, coral, shimmery peach lipsticks and lip liners. 
Accutane: The Starter Kit

What you need:

-A really good chapstick. Aquaphor is the only thing I’ve found that works.

-A really good face lotion. Aveno baby is my personal favorite.

-A gentle sunscreen for your face. Wear this daily.

The Do’s:

-Do drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. You’ll need it.

-Do exfoliate your face, but incredibly gently. See my method here

-Do keep your chapstick with you AT ALL TIMES

The Don’t’s:

-Don’t be even the littlest bit rough with your skin!

-Don’t use traditional exfoliators. They will kill your face.

-Don’t ignore your skin. Use moisturizers!!

-Don’t continue to use topical acne medication. It will further dry out your skin and possibly irritate it. 

The Most Common Side Effects:

-Dry lips

-Dry, flaky skin. Especially on your face.

-The inside of your nose drying out

-Increased sensitivity

-Increased sun-sensitivity.

Side Effects That I’ve Experienced:

-Dandruff

-Blurry vision (fluids becoming unbalanced in your eye, it doesn’t last long)

-Increased eye goo in the morning


Good luck on your Accutane journey!

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DIY DUPE FOR LUSH LIP SCRUBS ♡

Welcome to my blog  LEARNTOMAKEUP

I’m Valeria and I’m happy that it’s finally Sunday☺

This time I’m posting a new DIY and it’s HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN LIP SCRUB!

Have you ever heard about this popular brand LUSH? Well they sell handmade cosmetics like scrubs, soaps, creams and such. They have nice things but let’s be honest we all not have tons of money to spend on that we wish we had!

Maybe it’s not the money but not all the stores have international shipping and we can’t have those amazing scrubs.  

Well here is a DIY on how to make your lip scrub and it’s easier than ever. You need a few ingredients that you can find in your own place. 

I will show you 5 types of lips scrubs you can start doing! You can add them your own color, flavor and smell too.

You can keep the scrub up to 5 minutes in your lips and to see the results you must do it 2-3 days a week minimum.

1. LEMON LIP SCRUB 

This DIY lip scrub helps to exfoliate dry lips and bring moisture back in. This easy homemade lemon lip scrub smells amazing and helps lips feel silky smooth.

This lip scrub is made with honey, jojoba oil, sugar and lemon essential oil. I recently started using jojoba oil in my skin and hair beauty routine and it’s made an amazing difference. Jojoba oil is one of the best oils out there. The fatty acids in the oil help lock in moisture and revitalize dry skin and hair. 

The rough texture of the sugar will exfoliate your lips while the jojoba oil and honey help bring back moisture. The lemon essential oil provides a refreshing scent, one that I use in the majority of my scrubs and hair masks.

DIY LEMON LIP SCRUB PRO’S: 

Exfoliates and moisturizes dry lips with this refreshing lemon lip scrub.

INGREDIENTS:

• 1 teaspoon Jojoba oil

• 1 teaspoon raw honey

• 2 tablespoons sugar

• lemon essential oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

• In a small bowl combine jojoba oil, honey, and a few drops of lemon essential oil.

• Stir in sugar; mix until fully combined with honey.

• Apply to lips and gently rub to exfoliate. Leave on lips for four or five minutes to help the jojoba oil moisturize.

• Use a wet washcloth to remove scrub.

You are done!

2. VANILLA LIP SCRUB 

The sugar acts as an exfoliant to smooth chapped, dry lips, while also tasting great. The olive oil, is a super moisturizer that helps the sugar work. Your homemade lip scrub can be flavored. This recipe is for vanilla flavor but you can also buy other flavors of extract in the baking section of the grocery to make flavors like bubblegum, peppermint and chocolate.

DIY VANILLA LIP SCRUB PRO’S:

Makes your lips soft and silky feeling, make sure to put on a good moisturizing balm on your lips afterwards, too.

INGREDIENTS: 

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1 teaspoon of any food coloring shade you want

• 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

• 2 teaspoon Olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

• Mix ½ teaspoon of olive oil and ½ teaspoon of granulated sugar in a bowl.

• Add in a drop of vanilla extract and mix it with the sugar and the oil.

• If you want you can add 1-2 drops of food coloring into the mixture. It is recommended to stay light on the food coloring since it might temporarily stain your lips and pick a practical color.

Put the mixture into the container.

And here is your vanilla lip scrub!

3. CHOCOLATE LIP SCRUB

The only things you’ll need to make your own DIY Chocolate Lip Scrub are sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, honey and olive oil. What I really love about this scrub is how customizable it is. 

Want it to have a more caramel flavor? Use brown sugar instead of white sugar. Want a different flavor than vanilla? Substitute in almond extract. Not a big fan of olive oil? Use coconut oil instead. It’s easy to make this completely your own.

DIY CHOCOLATE LIP SCRUB PRO’S:

Your lips will love you for using this flavorful DIY Chocolate Lip Scrub that’s easy to make with ingredients you already have on hand and your lips will be softer than ever.

 INGREDIENTS:

• 3 tablespoons Sugar

• 1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder

• 2 teaspoons olive oil

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1 teaspoon honey

INSTRUCTIONS:

• Mix ingredients in a bowl.

• Apply a small amount of lip scrub to lips, rubbing in small gentle circles.

• Allow to sit for about a minute.

• Wipe off with a soft wet cloth.

• Store the rest of the scrub in the fridge.

4. RASPBERRIES LIP SCRUB

Since you need such a small amount of this sugar scrub for lips, you are measuring out your ingredients in tablespoons rather than cups.  I found that the raspberries were ripe enough that I could smash them with a spoon and the sugar, coconut oil and raspberries were very easy to mix together in a small bowl. 

Don’t be too rough, lips are tender!  Afterwards, just wash off with a washcloth soaked in some warm water, pat dry, and apply your favorite lip balm. 

RASPBERRY LIP SCRUB PRO’S:

A gentle and sweet sugar scrub for soft, kissable lips!
Goodbye dry and flaky lips!

INGREDIENTS:

• 6 tablespoon white sugar

• 2 tablespoon coconut oil

• 3 ripe raspberries

INSTRUCTIONS:

• Place ingredients in a small bowl and smash together with the back of a metal spoon

• If the mixture is too wet, add more sugar, too dry, add another berry!

• Place into a small container with a lid and store in a cool, dry place for up to 2 to 3 weeks.

• Gently massage a small amount onto your lips. Rinse with warm water, pat dry and use your favorite lip balm.

5. FRENCH TOAST LIP SCRUB

Like most good natural scrubs this one uses sugar as the exfoliant and carrier oil to moisturize and repair. A dash of cinnamon to stimulate blood flow. This mixture has a delicious smell while moisturising your lips.

FRENCH TOAST LIP SCRUB DIY PRO’S:

Trust me, you do not want to miss out on french toast flavored lip scrub. Do those winter lips a favor and scrub your way to smoother smile with this easy DIY french toast lip scrub.

Enjoy new freshly polished lips!

INGREDIENTS:

• 1 teaspoon organic white granulated sugar

• ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon

• pinch ground nutmeg

• ¼ teaspoon pure maple syrup or honey*

• ¼ teaspoon coconut oil 

• 2 drops pure vanilla extract 

INSTRUCTIONS:

• Stir the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a small dish.

• Add the maple syrup/honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract, and mash everything together. At first it’ll seem like there’s not enough moisture to get everything to combine, but keep mashing until you’ll end up with a thick, fragrant, sugary paste.

• Take a small amount of the scrub onto your finger.

•Massage the sugary mixture into your lips, buffing off any dry skin.

• Once your lips feel sufficiently scrubbed, simply rinse away the remnants of the scrub with some warm water. 

*As always I’m open to suggestions and opinions so if you need information about an specific topic don’t forget to tell us! *

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Thanks for reading my posts and love you all, Valeria.

How to fix dry lips

I’m someone who has suffered dry lips for as long as I can remember and boy have they gotten bad. Some days I would wake up with dry, cracked, peeling and sometimes even bleeding lips, and no matter how many diet changes I made, how much water I drank nothing really helped, but after my years of beauty blogging I’ve come across a few amazing products and tips to help  get rid of dry lips and keep them in tip top condition…

Some of my favourite lip care products which include: *Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, Manuka Honey, Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, *Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid, *Suvana Paw Paw & Honey Balm, *Rosehip Plus Roll On Oil

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Stolen

Sister Winchester - Stolen part 1

Pairings: Dean Winchester x sister reader, Sam Winchester x sister reader

Y/N = Your name

Word count: 1059 

Summary: After one of your first hunts with your brothers, you are falling asleep in the back of the Impala. Baby rounds a corner and hits a mysterious figure who has suddenly appeared. The figure and you disappear after coming into contact. That was two years ago, now you are shackled in a dingy basement with the thirst to find a way out.

A/N: I will be super surprised if anyone reads this let alone wants to know what happens next. It’s my first ever fanfic, so please by kind and forgive me for my extremely rookie skills. I might put a part two up but if you have any suggestions don’t feel shy to message me. Lots of love and happy Halloween from Australia xx  

“Almost home Y/N. Not long now sweetheart.” Dean soothed whilst the moonlight lit up his features so you could make out the light green of his eyes. You were slipping and out of consciousness due to extreme exhaustion from the hunt. Your neck strained whilst you tried to reposition Sam’s squashed jacket beneath your head. Your curled body laid in an awkward position in the back of the Impala and you shivered in the early October chill. The three of you listened to Hey Jude on the old cassette and the soft hum of the Impala’s motor, whilst Dean sped along the vacant highway. Dean hummed the melody of your mother’s lullaby and then he peered over his shoulder to see your now sleeping form. A smile flickered across his features, reaching his eyes. He couldn’t be prouder; it was a tough hunt but you had proven yourself an asset rather than liability to the team. Whilst tackling the vampire nest you mowed down five vampires and even saved Dean himself, after he became cornered. Lost in the memory Dean led the Impala around a gradual bend in the road where the tree cover became thicker. Once the road’s path became visible after clearing the bend, the Impala’s headlights trapped the outline of a figure in it’s high beams. He stood in the middle of the road and seemed to appear out of nowhere.
“Watch out Dean” Sam yelped whilst he brought up his hands to cover himself from the imminent blow. Dean slammed on the brakes making the tires screech and turned his own face away whilst gripping white-knuckled to the worn steering wheel. But it was too late, the car drove straight through the figure. However the figure had caused no physical impact to the car or the brothers inside. No glass was smashed, no indent was formed on Baby’s hood, no blood was shed thankfully. The impala slowly rolled to a final stop. After slowing and catching his breath and counting his lucky stars, Dean turned to check if Sam was okay. Sam’s  bulging eyes continued to focus on the spot in which the figure should have hit the car.
“Jeez, what the hell was that?” Sam breathed
“Ghost, spirit a shared hallucination between the two of us. It could be loads of things.” Dean replied 
“ A shared hallucination. Is that even possible? But I guess Y/N hasn’t seemed to stir from it.”
“Yeah, strange usually she’s a pretty light sleeper”

The two brothers turned together to see your reaction to their close call. But the back seat was now vacant with only Sam’s jacket laying on the leather seat.. You had disappeared, like the figure into the darkness.
The brothers turned wide-eyed to each-other before jumping out of Baby and calling your name into the night up and down the highway, whilst the moonlight hit and reflected off the hood.

Your head lolled to lay on the rough eroded brick wall. That memory which formed a dream, seemed to constantly flood your dreams. That was two years ago. Now awake again, you repositioned your knees and brought them to your chest whilst you lent against the rough wall for support. Your body crouched in an upright position in the corner against the cold floor. One of your arms wrapped limply around your knees for warmth and the other just dropped by your side to the ground on an odd angle. Your skin was highlighted white from the moonlight in which shone through the basement window. The colour of the bags under your eyes mirrored the night sky’s in which hugged the moon in place. Your eyes seemed to bulge from your now skeletal shivering body as your skin pulled around your exposed bones. You dragged your delicate fingers across your rib-cage. The drumming of your fingers from this action took you back to when you were a kid and would drag your fingers or a stick against the corrugated iron sheds on Uncle Bobby’s property. If you really concentrated, you could place yourself in the setting and walk around the once familiar property. You strained yourself to remember every detail of it. The illustrations from books which laid on uncle Bobby’s desk, the tiles of the bathroom upstairs and where you use to put the plates after washing and drying them by hand had seemed to slipping from you memory. You could almost believe you were there again though. Your fingers fell in and out of the cavities in which had formed between your rib-cage bones as you continued to try and hold on to this slipping memories.
A dripping noise distracted you as it didn’t fit in the dry, dead weed landscape of the car yard at Bobby’s in which you now mentally strolled through. Annoyed, you willed your eyelids to peel away from each other. Your vision was blurry but after a couple blinks you focused on a small puddle of water in which was forming from the landing water droplets in which you had heard. Adrenaline and excitement ran from your heart to your fingertips, as you pushed yourself from your supporting wall. You were slow, numb and absent to the world around you only focusing on the constant drum of drips hitting the stone floor. Your joints creaked and cracked, muscles pulled and tightened in warning of oncoming cramps but you pushed through the objections. You reached the tiny puddle and placed your hands either side of the puddle. You lent down hungrily like a lioness from those animal documentaries in which you use to watch with Sam. An old British man narrated whilst the camera panned over the waterhole. Sam and you watched them late at night in motel rooms whilst waiting for Dean and Dad to return from a hunt. You sucked the granulated water from the stone floor with dry flaky lips whilst droplets hit the back of your matted hair.
The refreshment was less than a mouthful but this small quantity relieved you and the flame of hope seemed to flicker a little wilder in your heart after this unexpected treat. The shackle around your ankle rubbed uncomfortably on your worn skin in which you clutched and readjusted into a less painful position. You looked up to the moon like the night in which you had disappeared and wondered if the moon felt as entrapped as you. Every night it was so alone, watching from afar whilst the sparkling stars danced teasingly just out of the moon’s reach. You loved the moon. Ever since you were a little, you always pretended it was your mother watching over you. The moon kept you sane, as it was one constant in your life in which you could always count on. Even though it left from time to time, it would always come back. That was the important thing, it returned. You considered how it would be like when you would return like the moon to your brothers. Their smiles and thei embrace. being able to hear their laugh again and inhale the rich scent of home in which they were always laced with. Like the moon, your brothers were the only other thing in which kept you sane. The fire within your heart raged that night fuelled with sorrow and anger. You would be with your family soon you repeated over and over as you fell asleep again whilst you bathed in the presence of the moonlight for another night.

my heart is home is where you are | naruto

naruto weekend: favorite otp
sum: it’s been so long since he held her like this. the scratch of his stubble under her fingers makes her think, this is home. 
a/n: this is supposed to make up for the v e r y obvious lack of nh in the boruto movie. :)

Hinata can’t be sure when he comes for her.

One moment, her husband is looking back at her from the blue of their son’s eyes; the next, he is here, in the flesh, lying sideways next to her in a hospital bed.

His shirt is open halfway down, and her hand trails a broad path from collar bone to sternum to waistline. Three holes, off-centered but no doubt aimed with specific purpose, mar her husband’s torso. Hinata can feel the depth of each one under her fingers.

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How to Care For Your Lips

If you’ve been following Makeup Tips Blog for a while now you’d probably know that I’m a severe sufferer of dry lips and lip care is something I’m extremely passionate about.

DO: Remove Your Lip Colour

Whether you’ve worn a gloss that lasts five minutes or a lipstick that has lasted all day, chances are you will still have a little residue of something left on your lips. This is why it’s especially important to give your lips a quick clean at the end of the day. When removing lipstick I like to use a nice oil and cotton pad as to prevent drying out the lips.

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Moisture-maximizing hand creams? Check. Toning facial mists? Check. From velvety matte lip crayons to the blackest black mascara, discover the most wanted must-haves we’re falling for this season. Read on to learn how these covetable favorites are the perfect upgrades for your autumn beauty routine. RENEE TRILIVAS

Hyper-hydrate your hands with L’Occitane En Provence Shea Butter Hand Cream:
Treat chapped hands to this luxurious cream that boasts an ultra-softening shea butter formula, sans greasy residue.

Paint your pout matte with BITE Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon:
This season, skip the shine. Try these creamy pencils that draw on super-pigmented shades with precision, from sultry nudes to striking brights.

Delight your senses with Marc Jacobs Honey Rollerball:
Even if the weatherman is predicting rain, sleet, or snow, this energizing scent—a buzzworthy blend of pear, orange blossom, and honey—drenches every day in sweet sunshine.

Fake flawlessness with SEPHORA COLLECTION Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation:
Blur imperfections with this micro-fine spray foundation. Its lightweight, buildable formula disguises blemishes with a satiny, soft-focus finish.

Refresh your skin with Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist:
Start fresh with one rose-scented spritz. This facial mist gives your complexion a much-needed dose of soothing moisture and softness.

Nourish your nails with nails inc. Nailkale:
Take your pick of nine chip-resistant shades, all infused with antioxidant-rich kale to help promote strong, healthy tips—steeped in high-gloss color.

Ace your base with SEPHORA COLLECTION PRO FLAWLESS AIRBRUSH #56:
Buff your way to practically poreless skin with this professional-quality brush. Its densely packed bristles diffuse any format of foundation for a smooth, natural effect.

Moisturize your lips with Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment:
Pamper dry, flaky lips with this reparative balm filled with renewing ingredients like hydrating sugar, cupuaçu butter, and passionflower seed oil.

Black out your lashes with Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara:
Take your fringe to the dark side with this luscious mascara that saturates lashes in the blackest black color, while softening and conditioning.

Treat your lips to some love with Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy:
Slather this lemon-scented serum over lips to minimize fine lines with a powerful antiaging trio of amino acids, and acmella flower, and kigelia Africana fruit extracts.

Indulge your complexion in cocoa with Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation:
Get a taste of sweet, even skin with this delectable powder foundation that features an oil-absorbing cocoa complex for lightweight, non-cakey coverage.

SHOP SEPHORA>

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L'OCCITANE / Hand Creams
$28.00

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BITE BEAUTY / Matte Crème Lip Crayon
$24.00

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MARC JACOBS FRAGRANCE / Honey
$24.00

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SEPHORA COLLECTION / Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation
$28.00

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NAILS INC. / NAILKALE
$14.00

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SEPHORA COLLECTION / Pro Flawless Airbrush #56
$32.00

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JURLIQUE / Rosewater Balancing Mist
$35.00

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FRESH / Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment
$25.00

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JOSIE MARAN / Argan Black Oil Mascara
$22.00

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FRESH / Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy
$35.00

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TOO FACED / Cocoa Powder Foundation
$34.00

You’ve found the perfect outfit, the perfect scent, and the perfect man—er, manicure, so now slick on a romantic lip color to complete your Valentine’s Day ensemble. Try these three simple steps for stay-put color that lasts from drinks to dinner and beyond. RENEE TRILIVAS

PREP & PRIME:
Smooth on a lip scrub to buff away dry, flaky skin, then condition lips with a moisturizing balm.
TIP: For ultimate staying power, pat on a small bead of primer to lock pigment in place. 

SKETCH & SWIPE:
Starting at the cupid’s bow, outline lips with a matching liner and blend inward with a lip brush, filling in the entire mouth. Next, swipe on lip color beginning at the center of the lips.
TIP: Use a universal clear lip liner for subtle definition that works with all shades.

SET & SEAL:
Blot, then set lipstick by pressing a translucent powder over lips with a shadow brush before layering on a second coat of color.  
TIP: Trace the outer edges of your lips with a highlighting concealer and blend to perfect the lip line and prevent bleeding.

BONUS TIP:
Couple lasting lips with fluttery lashes to amp up the look in the wink of an eye. Try swiping on volumizing mascara or go all-out with a set of false lashes. Lip up, and lash out—happy Valentine’s Day!

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REVIEW: Topshop Velvet Lips in Raven

Black tends to be a difficult lip color to wear but that doesn’t stop many of us goths. If you are as meticulous and OCD about your makeup as I am, the process of applying and wearing black lipstick can be a pain because it demands precision and can quickly become shabby looking through the course of eating, drinking, smooching, talking, etc. Luckily, a lot of very good quality black lipstick choices have come on the market that minimize a lot of the stress about maintaining a neatly done black lip. This review is about one of those options, a shade called Raven from Topshop.

Raven is part of Topshop’s Velvet Lips line. Velvet Lips are liquid lipsticks that go on shiny and quickly dry down to matte finish. These are touted as long-wearing, like many similar liquid lipsticks.

I first heard about Raven through another blog, and sought it out online. Initially, I purchased it from Topshop for $20, shipping from the UK. This was during the holidays and I became impatient because of the long time it was taking for the order to be dispatched. I then found it was also available through Nordstrom’s website for the same price, ordered it, and had it in a couple of days. The one from the UK showed up a short time later, so now I have a backup.

Raven comes in a clear tube with a twist-off cap and an attached doe-foot applicator. Pretty standard. The product applies evenly and is opaque with one coat. Lip liner is optional. It has no discernible fragrance or flavor.

To apply it, I like to start from the center of my lips and work my way out to just inside the edge of my lips. Then, using the pointed end of the applicator, I fill in along the outline of my lips. It’s important to let the first coat dry before filling in anywhere that might need it, otherwise it can look caked on. 

Once dried, Raven is a true matte black with tiny silver sparkles. So pretty! Somehow, I feel the sparkles soften the look a bit. 

Like similar products, Raven can make lips look and feel dry, even powdery. It also accentuates any dry or flaky patches on your lips, so exfoliating first is a good idea. These traits seem to be true of most liquid lipsticks. 

Raven lasts a very long time, but with a few caveats. If you apply a chapstick or balm before or after putting on Raven, it will smear. Likewise, if you eat food that is oily/greasy, it will fade and require blotting away any grease before touching up (I have yet to find a lip product that lasts through a greasy meal; I don’t think it’s possible). Lastly, if too much of the product gets applied, I find that it starts to flake and crumble off, so if a touch-up is necessary, it should be done with a *very* light hand.

Raven can be removed with a bi-phase makeup remover that’s safe for lips – I like Lumene Waterproof Makeup Remover. 

Compared to other black lipsticks that come in traditional tube packaging – e.g., Illamasqua, M.A.C., Manic Panic, Make Up Forever, even PBLC – Topshop Velvet Lips in Raven is the choice for longest wear and a deep black, velvety matte look. It’s also unique because of the sprinkling of silver sparkles in it. 

Pros:

  • very long-wearing, stays put once dry (no feathering)
  • even, opaque, velvet matte color
  • silver sparkles add dimension and interest

Cons:

  • drying, and balm/gloss makes it rub off
  • can be tricky to apply

Overall, I give this a 4.5/5 star rating. If you think this is for you, then I suggest you grab it; I believe it is limited edition.

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5 Steps to the Perfect Bold Lip

It’s finally that time where the leaves are turning from green to brown and we’re swapping our bikinis for warm jackets. Autumn 2015 has finally arrived, and with the start of school, university and NYC Fashion Week it comes bearing gifts - fashion trends. From the Boho ponchos at Lanvin to the high lines at Hermès, there’s a look guaranteed to suit you no matter what your taste is.

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thiccmamii  asked:

Have you ever used lip tar? I was just wondering what your opinion of it is because I want to buy some but I don't want it to get super flaky and ugly

OCC Lip Tars are awesome! Totally not dry and flakey what so ever but still long lasting. What makes them so popular is their variety of fun, bold colors and their pigmentation. You need the tiniest drop to get intense color pay off to cover your entire lips. They are pretty comfortable to wear the formula isn’t drying but I wouldn’t consider them lip stains they are more like long wearing liquid lipsticks. They go on creamy and moisturizing and dry to more of a satin finish. 

$18 at Sephora! 

lexability  asked:

I have dry lips, how can I wear lipstick without making them look drier?

Dry lips can be a struggle (I should know!) and adding a lipstick can make them look and feel even worse. Lipstick can completely change your look, boring outfit? Add a bright red lip, colourful clothes? Try a nude lip, but dry looking lips? Never a good look.

Hydrate the lips

If you’ve got severely dry lips you may need to do a little more than just applying a lip balm and calling it a day. Keep lips in tip top condition by using the tips in my how to guide: how to fix dry lips.

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anonymous asked:

Darcy/Steve - apple pie

“No, I’m telling you, this is the best apple pie you will ever eat, and the irony makes my soul happy.“ 

Steve half-smiles at her, more because of her enthusiasm than her amusement at him and patriotism. “All right, I’ll try it.”

"No, not try. You will love it,” she told him, slicing out a piece and pushing the plate toward him with wide eyes and an excited grin. “Feel free to thank me in orgasms and money. Or both. I’d be happy with both.” 

He choked on a laugh, but didn’t comment, instead cutting off the pie tip with his fork and lifting it. Before it reached his mouth, he paused and told her, “Just so you know, I stopped at a lot of diners on my road trip, and they all boasted the best apple pie in fifty states.” 

"Honey, do I look like a grungy diner you stop at on the highway? No. This is a Grandma Lewis recipe, which means it has a 51 star rating, my friend.” Before he could argue, she added, “The extra star is for you, personally, Cap.” 

He muffled a grinned and shrugged before he slid the fork into his mouth and let it settle on his tongue. He’d planned on teasing her, telling her that it was a close tie to one he tasted in a diner in Alabama. But when that perfect mixture of apple and spice hit his tongue, there was no reigning in his reaction. He moaned. Right from the gut, he let out the most sinful moan of his life. 

He didn’t even realize his eyes were closed until he opened them to see her grinning at him. Licking his lips, flaky bits of crust clinging to his mouth, he cut off another bite as he asked, “Orgasms, huh?” 

She laughed heartily then, but not so much later, when he made her moan for reasons that had very little to do with apple pie, except when he was licking the sauce off her stomach.

God bless, America.

{how to apply red lipstick} This method really stays put, thanks to all the layers and solid foundation. Use a cream lipstick rather than a matte. Matte will just dry out, and cream offers a larger variety of reds anyway. The lipstick used here is Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle. {you will need} foundation foundation brush or sponge lipliner  cream lipstick lip brush tissue or hankie for blotting  powder Before starting, you want to be sure your lips are soft, and not chapped or flaky. Apply beeswax lip balm overnight, or for flaky lips, try a sugar scrub or light brushing with a clean toothbrush.  1. Blot or brush foundation on lips and let dry. This provides a solid and blank canvas for gripping.  2. Line lips with lipliner, and color in a bit. Be sure to reach the corners of your mouth.  3. Apply lipstick with a lip brush. A brush allows for minimum pulling (which could mess up your previous layers) and maximum control.  4. Blot, making sure to blot all corners (sometimes the cupids bow get’s neglected).  5. Lightly dust on power with a brush.  6. Apply lipstick with a brush again as before.  7. Blot as before.  8. Finished! 
5 top tips for making your lipstick last longer


So we all know the feeling of applying our lipstick and after about 5 minutes, it has all rubbed off again. Here is a list of just some of my tips that will help keep it lasting that little bit longer – I’m not claiming any of these are brand new ways, just some that work for me! 

  1.  Firstly and most important – make sure your lips are lipstick ready by applying a non oily lip balm to remove any dead skin cells. If you do have some skin, try a lip scrub or even a toothbrush to remove this – there is nothing worse than seeing your lipstick with flaky lips, definitely not a good look for anyone. 
  2.  This one is 1 of my favourites, I must admit. I remember back when I was about 14/15, everyone in my school used to do this without putting any lipstick over it. Probably the worst look in the world but thankfully we have moved on since then…most of us. Can you guess what it is yet? Yes, Foundation lips. By putting foundation on your lips (whilst doing your whole face of course) or even applying a little bit on concealer, it will give your lipstick something to stick to and helps make it last longer and can bring out the intensity of a lip colour.
  3.  Using a lip brush will help you give your lips a good layer of colour and you can apply as much/as little as you like, once you put lipstick on with a brush – it tends to stay there. You don’t need to purchase an expensive brush, any lip brush will do the trick. 
  4.  The obvious one but still worth making note – lining your lips before applying your favourite lipstick. As well as making your lip colour stronger, it helps the products stick for longer and will not glide as much. 
  5.  Once you have applied your lipstick (either from the bullet or using a brush) place a thin piece of tissue paper over your lips, hold down and taking a press powder – dab the powder into the tissue paper as this will help hold your lipstick in place, remove the tissue and you’re good to go! 

 Let me know the tips that work best for you, I’m always wanting to know other people’s little tips so I can use them too!

 Natalie :) xox