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Natural Hair Care

So recently I have been thinking about starting back on making weekly masks for my hair as it seems to have stopped its growth spurt and I am desperate to grow out my fringe and my hair a bit longer so I can cut in some layers.

Here are my favourite natural hair masks that I believe work in conditioning your hair.

1: First of all is oiling your hair. I know I have mentioned it before but it is the most important thing you can do for your hair to make it thick and long and strong. You can use any oils such as Macademia oil, olive oil or almond. Any oils will work wonders if yu rub them into the scalp and the ends of your hair and leave on for a few hours or overnight.

2: Egg masks are also great for your hair if a little more messy. All you need is one large egg and simply beat it together the yolk and the white and apply to your hair, they say for around 30 minutes but I usually just leave the mixture on until it starts to dry.

3: Try an avocado hair mask to add some fullness to you hair. Now this one is really messy and to be honest I think its more of a special occasion mask as it can get everywhere! All you need to do is beat the flesh of an avocado with a tablespoon of honey and some olive oil. Leave in for 20 minutes to half an hour and then wash out with a gentle shampoo.

Try any of these natural hair treatments and you should start to feel fantastic! I recommend doing them once a week every week for 6 weeks before you see a dramatic improvement but you should see results straight away. Make sure you keep having regular trims also. Every 6 weeks for hair that grows quickly and 12 weeks if you hair grows slowly.


Clarins Skincare Haul

Clarins Skincare haul

For those of you who follow my blog, you will know that I recently went on holiday to Turkey. Whilst I was there I thought I would take advantage of the duty-free shopping in the airport. Above in the rubbish phone photo you can see what I got as part of the travel kit one of the moisturisers I bought separately and missing from the photo is the Clarins Hand And Nail Cream which I am loving.

I thought I would go through which of the products I love and why and the ones I recommend!

Bottom centre: Clarins One Step Facial Cleanser- this facial cleanser I do use anyway and I really love it. It is about 20 GBP to buy separately but it is really worth it. It takes of all of your make up off as it is oil based and it also cleanses and tones at the same time. I am quite lazy in the morning before work with my skin care and I really like this product for that reason. In one step you are cleansed and toned!

Clarins Daily Energizer Lotion SPF15- This energizer is great for normal skin, it does what it says and really energizes you in the morning whilst keeping you moisturised but not oily throughout the day. I can wear this at the moment because my skin is drier than it normally is but when I am oily I don’t think I would be able to wear that moisturiser I think I would have to go back to a gel moisturiser.

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm- you get a travel size of this and I have loved this for years anyway so I do have a full sized one at home that conveniently had just run out. Apparently you should only use this product on special occasions so that your skin doesn’t get used to it. It is a radiance booster and primer in one and really makes you look amazing. It is the only primer with my oily skin where at the end of the night my make up is still perfect so I save it for really special nights out.

Clarins Eye Contour Gel- you get a small size of this gel and it is supposed to reduce dark circles ad puffiness which it definitely does and it has such a great light texture that you could wear make-up over. I am only 21 and don’t really need too much contouring so I don’t think I would buy it again, I think I would go for something a bit lighter but if you have a problem with puffy eyes my friend tried this who does and she found it worked really well!

Clarins Daily Energizer Gel- I went to Clarins and purchased the Daily Energizer Lotion because I felt the Hydra Quench Cream I got with the travel kit was quite thick and better for at night. Whilst I was there they gave me sample of the gel for cleansing which matches and so I have tried that. I really like this gel but I prefer the one-step because it is just so easy to remove make-up and it does everything in one step.

Clarins Hydra Quench Cream- Now this moisturiser is for normal to dry skin and is very moisturising and feels really luxurious on the skin. It doesn’t feel greasy and also doesn’t create too much oil on my skin. I think this moisturiser is perfect for someone with a drier skin and I have used it at night-time and have found my skin looks great when I wake up.

Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion- This is the only product I wouldn’t buy again. Everyone knows Clarins is expensive and I really like this body lotion but you do have to use quite a bit. Whilst it smells delicious and really does moisturise all day I have to use twice the amount of my normal moisturiser to be able to get it to spread and as a student I can’t keep on doing that!

So that was just a bit more on my skin care haul and what I thought of it. I wanted to show you exactly what I bought so sorry for the Iphone photo but at least you get the idea!

Products For Glowing Tanned Skin- Holiday Make Up

I am off on holiday tomorrow and I cannot wait. So in the spirit of all things holiday I thought I would share with you some of my favourite products. It is just a short post on the make-up I am taking with me on holiday as well as what sort of make-up I will be buying from duty-free.

What I am taking:

Nars Illuminator in Orgasm

Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzer

Nars Blusher In Orgasm

Maxfactor Masterpiece Mascara

Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser

Urban Decay Naked Pallette

Then there are a few products I will be buying from duty-free at the airport. I am hoping that there is a Clarins skin set with a cleanser, toner, moisturiser and the flash balm as I love Clarins skin care and would like to go back to using Clarins as I am getting bored with my skin routine which happens a lot! I am also going to be buying some YSL lipsticks perhaps a coral and a pink because they are moisturising and really pigmented and look great with a tan and without.

I am also going to treat myself to a perfume, depending on how much money I have left it could be Bottega Venetta or perhaps Jimmy Choo. Both of which I love.

What are your go to products for holiday?

Curly Hair With No Heat

If you have naturally curly hair then you know what I am talking about when you hear me say that I have hated my curly hair for years and years. There is something to do with growing up that makes you immediately hate your curls and want to burn that curl out with any possible heat treatment you can find.

My problem was always that my curly hair looked great but I didn’t like how it made it look shorter, as I have such a thing about thinking I look better with long hair. Hey, we all have our body hang ups and I wont bore you with mine!

So recently I read a story in a newspaper about Thandie Newton saying that she is embracing her naturally Afro Caribbean hair and how she is proud of her curls. I started thinking, why don’t I wear my hair curly? After all it takes 5 minutes to do and it means I don’t have to wash my hair every day as it looks greasy much less quickly.

Okay so here is how I style my curly hair:

First of all I wash my hair with a curl enhancing shampoo and conditioner. I have two current favourites one being the more expensive Bedhead by TIGI Hi Def Curls shampoo and matching conditioner, which I think works great at enhancing those curls. For a cheaper option I love Herbal Essenses Tousle Me Softly shampoo and conditioner which really works at smoothing the hair shaft and making those curls look healthy, I don’t think it creates curls as well but it makes my hair feel really soft afterwards.

Next I style my hair. Sticking with the theme of Bedhead by TIGI I use the Foxy Curls Mousse to create my curls or if I am on a budget then i use the John Frieda Ease Curl Reviver Corrective Styling Mousse.

I style my hair the same way with either mousse, basically I section my hair usually into 3 sections, so I get some at the bottom, make a middle parting (or whatever parting I am having and do either side. Starting with the bottom I run the mousse through the hair and use my fingers to twist strands of hair into curls.

Please note this will only work if you have naturally curly hair. Now all you have to do is let your hair dry naturally and watch those curls form. Spray some hairspray if needed but really you shouldnt have to as the mousse should do all the work for you.

Kendall Jenner Make-Up Look

Wow- how beautiful is Kendall Jenner? For those of you that don’t know who she is, I have blogged about her before and it is safe to say I have a little make up and style crush when it comes to this girl. First of all look at that hair! So long and gorgeous and her make up is always so flawless. She is obviously inspired by her older sisters and has been taught at an early age how to get that Kim Kardashian look!

I love this everyday look she does, I found this picture on her twitter its an instagram shot but you can see the make up a bit better than in other photos. I think this make up is great for every day and perfect for a first date if you want to look like you didn’t spend hours in front of the mirror and you actually just look naturally great!

Get the Kendall Jenner look:

1) Eyes- First of all sweep a primer such as MAC Bare Study Paint Pot over the lid and up to the brow. Next apply a light slightly shimmery beige over the lid such as Shroom by Mac. Contour the crease with a fluffy blending brush and a warm gold eyeshadow such as Woodwinked by Mac. Next fill in your brows with the eyeshadow colour you usually use, not too thick but defined enough to give the eyes some drama. Then apply a liquid or gel liner along the lash line in a moderately thick line without flicking out at the end. Apply lashings of mascara and if you like more definition do as Kendall has done and use a charcoal grey pencil on the waterline or a soft black.

2: Face- All of the Kardashian girls love their foundation. To copy this look if you don’t have flawless skin and you need to recreate this perfect skin look I recommend Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua which has such a thin texture but a great coverage. Just smooth on with fingertips or use a brush if you prefer.

3: Cheeks- Kendall is just wearing a soft pinky peach blush and it looks like instead of wearing a powder she has a bronzer all over. My favourites to use for this look would be Nars Laguna Bronzer and Nars Orgasm Blush.

Lips: For lips use a tinted lip balm such as the Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait.

And now all we need to do is grow our hair so it goes all the way to our bums and practise that model pout, well we are halfway there at least!

Evangeline Lilly Make Up Look

How to get Evangeline Lilly’s amazing look. My boyfriend loves her. He doesn’t know her name he just calls her ‘lost girl’ and I can see why he loves her so much. Look at that flawless skin and sun-kissed glow. This girl is so naturally beautiful and her look is so difficult to replicate. Especially her natural look.

But this look is something a little bit different for Evangeline Lilly. She has a gorgeous silvery eye and pink lip.

Here is how to get the look in easy steps:

1: Fake tan: You need a good fake than that will make you look sun-kissed without looking orange and will give you a glow. My personal favourite is Xen Tan Dark Lotion thogh there are great fake tans if you are on a budget.

2: Foundation: She has quite a full coverage foundation with a dewy finish so choose a foundation that is slightly more covering but still looks healthy.

3: Eyes: I love how simple but dramatic this eye look is. First fill in your brows so they are defined but not over the top. Next apply a sliver cream eye shadow to the lid and under the eye. Next apply a silver eyeshadow over the top to hold that in place. Use a blue eyeliner that’s a bright aquamarine colour on the waterline and apply lashings of mascara  for a great summer look.

4: Cheeks: Apply a cream blush in a pinky colour something like MAC Lady Blush to give you a healthy sheen and a pop of colour.

5: Lips: For the lips use a pink  lipgloss. My favourite for this look would be Mac Plush Glass in Posh It Up which has flecks of gold which will brighten up that cool toned eye.

This look is great for a summer night out and if you don’t like to wear heavier foundation (as this look was for a photo shoot which is why her skin looks so airbrushed) then you don’t have to. Just go for a lighter coverage foundation instead or a tinted moisturiser.

Kristen Stewart Make-Up Look For the Eclipse Screening

Kristen Stewart Eclipse Screening Makeup

Wow Kristen Stewart!! What amazing make-up. I have always loved her rock chick look and I especially loved the natural look for the wedding in Twilight. This, however really inspires me to get out my eyeshadows and recreate. Just a fantastic look by make-up artist Beau Nelson.

Heres how to get her look:

Face: She doesn’t have a heavy coverage foundation on and she looks more tan than usual, so use a foundation with a lighter coverage that is slightly darker than your natural skin colour such as Mac Face and Body Foundation.

Eyes: These are the main feature so definitely make sure you get this right. Start with a black base such as Mac Paint Pot in Blackground. Make sure you only apply this base to just below the crease and blend well but not above the crease. Next push Mac Eyeshadow in Cranberry over the top of the entire lid and also underneath the eye. Next focus Mac Eyeshadow in Black Tide in to the outer V creating a slightly winged out look. To finish the eyes apply a black pencil or gel eyeliner to the waterline top and bottom and mascara.

Cheeks: A soft blush without any pink was used on the cheeks to give a healthy look but ensure that all emphasis was on those amazing eyes. Try Harmony blusher From Mac.

Lips: Beau Nelson used Beaute Lipgloss in the colour Wanted to create a natural my lips but better colour.

And that is the Kristen Stewart look. Hope you liked it!!

Amanda Seyfried Make-Up Look

Get That Amanda Seyfried Look. After watching Amanda Seyfired last night on the Jonathon Ross show it struck me what a natural beauty she is. She wears very little make up and is always so relaxed looking, I thought this would be a great idea for day make up.

Get the look:

Face: To get Amanda’s healthy look but with a little more coverage use a foundation like Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum with a buffing or stippling brush to apply little product. Next conceal any red blotchy areas or blemishes with a concealer such as Mac Studio Finish concealer.

Cheeks: Use a pinky/peach such as Mac Something Special for a healthy glow. A cream blush creates the appearance of really healthy skin.

Eyes: First fill in your eyebrows lightly with your usual shade. Next use a lilac eyeshadow around the eyes with a slight shimmer, something like Mac Digit. Apply mascara such as Dior Show or if you are on a budget something like Maxfactor Masterpiece mascara. For this look the eyelashes should be the main focal point so make sure each lash is coated well without any clumps.

Lips: A lip balm is enough to finish the look, make sure its tinted pink to create a moisturised healthy look. For this a great lip balm is Burt’s Bees Pink Blossom Tinted Lip Balm.

To finish the look we must talk hair. If your hair is mid length to long this will be easier for you. If your hair is short just style your hair as usual but give it a bit more body at the root.

Firstly center part your hair. Make sure your hair is dry and choose sections around an inch and a half thick. Straighten these sections to get them warm and apply large velcro rollers rolling your hair away from your face and securing about mid way up the hair. Keep doing this till you get to the middle parting at the back of your head and then repeat on the other side.

Wait until your rollers are completely cool then remove them. Your hair should have a gorgeous silky wave that rolls backwards that will look more natural than if you do it with a curling iron.

Give it a try and let me know how you get on!

90210 Jessica Stroup/ Silver Make-up Look

90210 Jessica Stroup-Silver

I LOVE Jessica Stroup or Silver from 90210. Her look is so natural and gorgeous. I think her hair really frames her face. She has such great bone structure and these great big eyes. This make-up look makes her eyes stand out as being even bluer whilst looking like not a  lot of make up, as she has minimal product on the rest of her face.

To get Jessica’s Look:

The key to Jessica’s look is 3 elements, the hair, eyebrows and eye make-up. The rest of the face can be natural however as long as these elements are done correctly you can look as great as Jessica Stroup.

1: The hair- Invest in a good hair cut, go to the hairdressers and ask them to choose a hair cut for you that suits your face and will bring out your features, because Jessica has such a symmetrical face and pretty features, this short bob looks fantastic on her, you don’t have to copy the hairstyle, choose one that will look great on you.

2: The eyebrows- I am a firm believer that good eyebrows frame the face. Everything seems to look better if your eyebrows are a great shape and are perfectly filled in. Jessica has done a great job at filling in her eyebrows, being a celebrity she probably gets her eyebrows threaded routinely and has them tinted and fills them in with a pencil or powder.

3: The Eyes- Now the eyes are simple but instantly define and look fabulous with little effort.

  1. Sweep a coppery bronze colour with a small amount of shimmer up to just above the crease making sure you blend out the lines.
  2. Line the water line top and bottom with a black eyeliner that won’t budge. For this you could use Mac kohl in smoulder.
  3. Use the same black pencil and sweep a thick line from the outer corner of your eye to about half way in, making sure the line gets thinner till it is thin enough to look natural. Now blend the line slightly so it doesn’t look as sharp, just concentrate on the edge and blend a very small amount.
  4. Mascara both the top and bottom lashes with a mascara that concentrates on length and separation rather than volume to look natural.
  5. Conceal under the eyes with a light concealer such as Clinique Airbrush Concealer to brighten the eye area.

To finish, use a tinted moisturizer for the skin if you have good skin, or a foundation with a healthy glow, such as Bourjouis Healthy Glow Serum and then dust a light layer of bronzer with a large powder brush over the entire face instead of powder. Make sure this is a very light layer as you don’t want to look orange just sun-kissed!

On the lips just use a lip balm to create kissable lips without any effort!

You now look like Jessica Stroup, it’s a shame we don’t all have the designer wardrobes to match!!