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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Boost your mascara with lavender oil

April 25, 2018 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

As I told you in previous posts, essential oils can promote healthy hair and scalp.  In fact, I put tea tree oil in my shampoo to prevent itchy scalp.  But did you know that you can also use essential oils to help promote healthy eyelash hair growth?  Here's how...

All you have to do is put one drop of 100% pure lavender essential oil in your mascara tube right when you open it for the first time.  One tiny drop of essential oil is enough.  Then you just apply as usual.

Just 1 drop of pure lavender oil:
  • extends the life of your mascara
  • kills mites and bacteria
  • promotes lash growth
  • strengthens your lashes
  • + it smells amazing!

Boost your mascara with lavender oil

  • Some people claim to have had issues with some kinds of mascara but it has worked well with the mascara brands that I use.  
  • Only use 100% pure lavender essential oil; no added ingredients!

I’d love to hear from those of you who have tried this!  Has lavender oil made your lashes longer and thicker too?

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Friday, September 16, 2016

End of summer favourites

September 16, 2016 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Summer is coming to a close, and in honour of all the summer days I've enjoyed these past months I thought I'd rave about my favourite beauty products.  Some, of course, I will keep using through autumn...

Hair care products
This summer I cut my hair several times, currently it's at collarbone length and I love it.  My hair is wavy and frizzy so I've been straightening it a lot this summer, since I find it easier to manage that way.  However my hair tends to look oily by the second day and I will not heat style my hair more than once a week.  Luckily I found three amazing products that solved all of my hair problems.

Yves Rocher Botanical Hair Repair Oil
This is a pre-poo (pre-wash) oil is enriched with restorative babassu, jojoba and macadamia oils to nourish the scalp and strengthen the hair.  Contains more than 99% natural ingredients.  I apply it twice a week to dry hair before shampooing, leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash my hair.  My hair feels soft, hydrated and virtually frizz-free!  

Aussie Miracle Recharge (Take the Heat Conditioning Spray)
This product is enriched with Australian jojoba seed oil, and also contains the hair-penetrating ingredient panthenol.  I've used quite a few heat protectants in the past and some tend to tangle my hair, this product does the exact opposite.  It is  both a heat protectant and a detangling leave-in conditioner.

Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo (Mega Instant)
I love this dry shampoo!  It smells great and it cleanses and revives my hair in a matter of minutes!

Here's a list of my top 5 summer make-up favourites:

Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara 
I'm obsessed with this mascara - It gives me the "false lash effect".

Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara (Browny Brows 02)
I've used all kinds of eyebrow products over the years and this is my everyday go-to brow product.   It makes my brows look denser and perfectly defined all day.

Essence Stay All Day 16h Concealer (20 Soft Beige)
A long-lasting concealer with light-reflecting pigments.  Its creamy, soft texture, makes it very easy to apply.  Makes all my skin imperfections disappear.  Love it!

Catrice Prime And Fine Mattifying Powder - Waterproof
This translucent powder withstands humidity and mattifies the skin for hours.

Catrice Made To Stay Smoothing Lip Polish (060 Mission PINKpossible)
This is my favourite lip colour.   This product is amazing; it combines the colour of a lipstick, the durability of stains and lustre of a gloss in one product.

Shower products
These two were my shower must-haves this summer:

Yves Rocher Exfoliating Shower Gel (Organic Raspberry)
The 100% natural fruit seeds gently exfoliate the skin.  Its gentle formula allows for daily use.  It's also paraben free and has a biodegradable formula

Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser (Indulging Honey)
I find in-shower lotions to be the most convenient way to moisturise.  This one if my favourite because I just adore the sweet honey scent.  

That's all for now.  These were my 10
favourites beauty product this summer.  What were your favourites of the summer? 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My mascara secret

May 14, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Don't you hate it when you purchase a new mascara but you don't really like the wand it comes with?  Or when you have to throw away your old mascara tube along with your favourite wand?  I do!

Personally, I LOVE L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara.  The thin, flexible plastic wand, coats and separates each lash and makes my eyelashes  look fuller and longer!  It give me the  "false lashes" look without wearing falsies.

However, I still like to try out new mascaras.  I personally love volumising mascaras, but I don't like the ginormous wands they usually come with.  They make it almost impossible to apply mascara without ruining the rest of your eye make-up!

So here's my "mascara secret"...

I throw away my old mascara tubes but save the mascara wands.  I just clean the wands and reuse them!  If there’s a particular mascara wand that works very well for your, why not use that with other mascara formulas?

All you need to do is follow these simple steps:

  1. Clean your favourite wand with an antibacterial liquid soap and leave it to air dry.
  2. Once it's completely dry,  you can use it to apply any mascara you want.    
  3. You can dip it straight into the tube, but I prefer a more hygienic method.  Gently swipe your favourite (clean) wand onto the wand of the mascara you want to use (which is loaded with product).
  4. Apply mascara with your favourite wand.

Remember: Discard mascara after about four months of usage.  Bacteria build-up can lead to eye infection and irritation.  For more info read Mascara 101.

And there you have it!  Easy, right?

I hope you find this helpful!  What's your favourite mascara?  Have you ever applied your mascara with a different wand?  Leave a comment and let me know.  

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What is the point of clear mascara?

Monday, July 15, 2013

What is the point of clear mascara?

July 15, 2013 0 Comments
Clear mascara is one of those make-up products you might not use very often.  It defines and separates the lashes, adding volume and the illusion of length.  But did you know that there are other ways you can use clear mascara?

Here are just some of the ways to use clear mascara: 
  • It is essential for the natural look - especially on the beach when you still want extra oomph, but without the panda-like effect.
  • Clear mascara can be used to tame the eyebrows - for an instantly polished look.
  • Try it as a base coat.  Layer a light base of clear on first, let it dry, and then apply the dark mascara.
  • If your regular mascara tends to smudge, you can apply a top coat of clear mascara to seal it.
  • Use clear mascara after curling the lashes to hold the curl.
  • If you only apply dark mascara on the upper lashes, use a clear one on the bottom - for a lighter, daytime look that won't run.
  • Coloured mascara – Get loose powdered shadow in a fun, bright colour and dip the wand in it.  Twist in the shadow and lightly add to your lashes.  This will create a subtle hue.  Wash the wand, let your lashes dry, and add on a sealer coat of clear.
  • Using the above method, you can create your own tinted eyebrow gel.
  • Acts as a sealant when dipped onto an angled brush and applied over eye-liner.
  • Helps put fly-aways in place.  This works great for when your hair is pulled back.

If you have more tips, leave them in the comments!

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Step by step blue-green smokey eye tutorial!

November 16, 2012 1 Comments

You will need:

  • eye primer/ foundation)
  • light blue eye-shadow
  • light green eye-shadow
  • creamy black eyeliner
  • blue eyeliner 
  • mascara

Step 1: Prime your lids with your foundation or eye primer.

Step 2Apply (creamy) black eyeliner.

 Step 3: Apply the light green shadow on top of the black liner.

Step 4: Apply the light blue shadow and blend.

 Step 5: Line lower lash line with black liner.

Step 6: Line upper lash line with blue liner.

Step 7: Apply mascara.

This is the finished look.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!


Thursday, October 04, 2012

Tightline those lashes!

October 04, 2012 0 Comments

Hello everyone!
Tightlining your eyes is a great way to give the illusion of fuller, darker lashes.  The idea may seem a little scary, but it's pretty easy to do.
Note: Tightlining and lining the waterline are not the same! 

Tightlining your eyes is an easy way to add a subtle definition to your eyes.  Instead of lining the skin above your lashes, you line between the lash line (aka the "invisible eye liner").

How to tightline your eyes:
  • First make sure that whatever you are using to line your eyes is clean and safe to use.  
  • Gently lift your eyelashes upward so you are able to see the tiny gaps between your lashes.
  • Using either a gel or pencil eyeliner, lightly dab the eyeliner in between each individual lash, as close to the root as possible.
  • For a bolder look, tightline your bottom lash line as well.

That's it!

Do you ever tightline your eyes?  Do you have any tips for doing so?


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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Make your eyes look bigger

August 26, 2012 0 Comments

Hello everyone!  Do you want brighter, bigger eyes?  

Here are a few simple tips and tricks to make your eyes look bigger, with make-up!

  • Apply two coats of mascara instead of one to create a lifting effect.  To make sure that every lash is coated, use a mascara wand with angled bristles. 
  • Curl your lashes.  Place the curler at the root of your lashes and gently pulse three times.
  • Use eye shadow colours that complement your eyes
  • Use light colours on your lids to draw attention to the shape of your eyes, especially if you're wearing glasses.
  • Conceal under-eye circles.  
  • Your eyes will look bigger if you keep a clean shape by waxing, tweezing or threading your eyebrows.
  • If you want to add length and volume, try false eyelashes.  They're easy to apply and will make your eyes pop.
  • After you apply mascara, dot liquid eyeliner between your lashes to fill in any sparse spots. 
  • Apply white eyeliner in the inner corners of your eyes.
  • Tightlining or lining your waterline with black liner will make your eyes look smaller, so try to avoid that.
  • To make your eyes pop, line bottom lids with a shimmer eye shadow.  Stick with light, neutral colours for daytime and darker tones for night-time.
  • Trading in your eye make-up for a bright lip colour will actually make your eyes look bigger.  
Hope you find this helpful. J


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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mascara 101

January 29, 2012 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

One question I get a lot from people is what mascara I use.  I love mascara, and I strongly believe that how you apply it makes all the difference.  Mascara frames your eyes and it gently intensifies the eye by thickening and darkening the lashes. 

mascara tube
I want to share my mascara tips and tricks with you.
How to properly apply mascara:
·     While applying mascara look straight into your mirror with your chin slightly lifted so you can see your lashes.
Twist the wand left to right at the base of the lashes.  It's the mascara placed near the roots (not the tips) that gives the illusion of length.

eye close up
I'm not wearing any make-up, just mascara.

Apply 2 or 3 coats of mascara?
What that means is to apply the coats of mascara all at once before the first coat dries.  Once the first coat dries, you'll get clumps if you attempt another swipe at the lashes.


  •  Do the top lashes first. 
  •  Make sure that the wand isn’t overloaded with mascara.
  • “Zigzagging” the wand back and forth during application helps reduce clumps.
  • After applying mascara try not to blink for a few seconds.
  • Always remove the mascara (and any other make-up you’re wearing) before going to bed, otherwise, your skin and eyes will become irritated.
  •  Discard mascara after about four months of usage.  Bacteria build-up can lead to eye infection and irritation.
  • Never curl your lashes after applying mascara because the eyelashes can stick to the curler.
  •  Never share your mascara.   This will contaminate the product.

Do you have any more tips or tricks on how to apply mascara?  Leave a comment!