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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

My current eyebrow routine | How I dye my eyebrows at home

November 16, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


I love eyebrow products and have a wide variety in my makeup collection; pencils, pomades, powders, tinted gels, pens, etc. Still, a few years ago, I discovered the magic of eyebrow tinting. Tinting makes your brows appear thicker and darker. I adore the results and the fact that I no longer need to use products daily. 


Many use at-home kits to tint their eyebrow themselves instead of having them done by a professional. A dye kit costs much less than one professional appointment, and you can use it for many applications. And if you do not like the results, it fades in about a week and a half.


I have been dyeing my brows, as well as my mum's, for years now. Doing my own eyebrow tinting every few weeks is easy, effective, and budget-friendly. You can purchase an at-home eyebrow dye or use Just for Men Mustache & Beard Brush-In Gel or L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Rescue.


Want to try eyebrow tinting at home? Here is everything you will need... 


  • Your dye of choice
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Cotton swabs
  • Baby wipes or water wipe
  • Foaming face cleanser


Method:

  1. Pick your dye and shade.
  2. Use a cotton swab to apply a small amount of petroleum jelly around your brow to ensure the colour does not run. Do not apply it to your brows.
  3. Follow the instructions on your dye kit and mix the product accordingly. Usually, this means mixing a small amount of base colour with a tiny amount of developer.
  4. Apply the dye with an angle brush. If grey hairs are a concern, apply to the greys first.
  5. Wait for 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. After five minutes, wipe off the dye with a baby wipe
  7. Then, apply a tiny bit of foaming cleanse or mild shampoo on your brows and add some water. 
  8. Wash it off gently in the direction the hair grows. Do not rub. 

eyebrow tinting collage

To keep that gorgeous brow colour on point, you only need to refresh your eyebrow tint every three (3) or four (4) weeks.



Do you dye your eyebrows too? Leave a comment and let me know.


Talk to you soon.






Friday, October 15, 2021

Halloween makeup ideas for kids and adults

October 15, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Halloween is almost here so in today's post, I want to show you some spooky makeup ideas for the whole family. 


I chose five (5) classic Halloween characters that are always fun to dress up as. These makeup looks can be worn by both adults and children. Halloween is one of the best holidays for kids as they get a chance to dress up and trick or treat. A little face paint will complete their costume!


No matter whether you are a makeup expert or a beginner, these ideas are simple and easy to apply.


The Wicked Witch Of The West

A fictional character who appears in the classic children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 

  1. Use green face paint to cover your face.
  2. Make sure all exposed areas of the skin, neck area and ears are painted green. Paint the fingers and hands with the green makeup, if desired.
  3. Using the black colour, add details to the face. Create a high-arched, witch eyebrow over each eye. 
  4. Line the eyes for emphasis. 
  5. Apply the black to the lips for a dramatic effect.

The Wicked Witch Of The West


Zombie

If you are looking for easy Halloween makeup, then you can opt for zombie makeup. This makeup does not take much time.

  1. Take a sponge or soft makeup brush and cover the entire face using white face paint. Let this colour dry completely.
  2. Then, you can use grey colour for a decaying effect, while red/purple will be used to get a bruised effect, whereas yellow and green will be used for a gangrenous effect.
  3. To get some dark circles, take dark pencil eyeliner and make sure to blend the edges of the eyes using red/purple eyeshadow.
  4. Take a black powder or paint and blend it on the cheeks to get a hollow and sunken effect.
  5. Take dark lipstick and apply it to the lips. Also, make sure to get some bloody-looking scratches with the help of a sponge.

zombie costumes


Cat

A simple and popular Halloween makeup idea. If you don’t have much time, just wear a brown, black, or white dress and draw on little whiskers to complete the DIY kitten look.

  1. You can start with pink (or black) paint on the nose and draw a soft upside-down triangle shape nose.
  2. Then, draw lines on the cheeks for whiskers.
  3. Get a cat ears headband; this will give a super cute cat look for Halloween night.

little girl with cat face painting

little girl with cat face painting

It/Pennywise 

It is a shapeshifting monster that usually takes the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. 

  1. Use a skin safe glue stick to block out your eyebrows and allow the glue to dry.
  2. Pat on white paint to your neck, face, and ears. 
  3. Brush on black eyeshadow to your eyelids and lower lash line. 
  4. Contour your jaw, mouth, temples, and chin with grey or black eyeshadow. 
  5. Draw on the eyebrows, then add creases between them. 
  6. Enhance your eyes with black eyeliner. 
  7. Paint your nostrils and the tip of your nose dark red. 
  8. Apply the same dark red colour to your upper and lower lip.
  9. Use an angled lipstick brush to apply the red face lines. 

boy wearing a Pennywise costume


Jack Skellington (or skeleton)

A fictional character and the main protagonist of the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack is the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town.

  1. Use a skin safe glue stick to block out your eyebrows and allow the glue to dry. 
  2. Use white face paint to cover your face.
  3. Just under your brow, draw a line diagonally toward your natural arch with black makeup.
  4. Curve up and around the brow bone then, down and around the eye.
  5. Fill in the eye area with black.
  6. Pull a thin black line outward from each corner of your mouth.
  7. Using small flicks of the brush, add Jack’s signature mouth lines.
  8. Fill in the lips with black and blend out the edges into the lines around the mouth.

man in Jack Skellington costume


girl with skeleton makeup


Now, it’s time to show up your creativity and pick the best Halloween costume and makeup.



What's your favourite costume idea out of these five classics? Let me know in the comments below! 




Sunday, October 29, 2017

Calavera (aka sugar skull) make-up

October 29, 2017 0 Comments
Hello everyone - it's almost Halloween!
In a number of different cultures, there is a dedicated celebration made especially to remember the lives of family and friends who have passed away.  Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday, celebrated on the 1st and 2nd November simultaneously with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.  The festivities start at midnight on the 31st of October.  
Calavera (aka sugar skull)

Sugar skulls are often used to decorate the gravestones of the deceased.

Calavera (aka sugar skull)

Calavera (aka sugar skull)

If you want the perfect mixture of spooky and sweet, this year you could try the calavera (aka sugar skull) make-up!  Check out the infographics below for an easy step-by-step tutorial.

Calavera (aka sugar skull) make-up

Calavera (aka sugar skull) make-up

  • Hope you have a spooky time on Halloween.  But don’t get too scared though.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Pink & silver mani-pedi

May 23, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I have another NOTD post for you.  This time it's a mani-pedi nails of the day.  I hope you like it! 

This is what I'm wearing on my nails today...


I applied two coats of pink nail polish and then one coat of the silver crackle polish on top.  I applied the silver polish only on my middle and ring fingernails.


Oh, and I'm also wearing the same colours on my toenails!

Do you wear matching polish on your fingernails and toenails?  If not,  what are your favourite mani-pedi colour pairings?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Monday, May 12, 2014

DIY: Removing a gel manicure (2 methods)

May 12, 2014 1 Comments
Hello everyone!
In today's post I will tell you everything you need to know about removing a gel manicure at home!
One downside to gel manicures is the removal.  You can’t just use a regular nail polish remover.  It’s also very tempting to pick and peel off the polish once the nail starts to grow out or the gel begins to lift.  DON'T DO IT!  This will essentially damage and weaken your natural nails.  Salons do offer to remove the polish for you but, this would cost you time and money.
Fortunately you can remove the gel at home yourself, the same way your nail technician would!  

You will need:

For the soak-off method -
  • nail file/emery board
  • nail buffer
  • pure acetone
  • 10 cotton balls
  • 10 small pieces of foil
  • an orange stick

For the file-off method -
  • 2 nail file/emery board (a course one and a finer one)
  • nail buffer


The soak-off method:
NOTE: Choose a well lit and ventilated area!  
  1. Soak 5 cotton balls in acetone and lay them on your nails.  Wrap your foil squares around each finger and let it sit for at least 10-15 minutes.  Acetone is a chemical that reacts with the gel nail to loosen its adhesive and free it from your natural nail.
  2. When you pull the foil off, don’t unwrap it, just pull it straight off the tip of your finger.  That way it stays the same shape in case you need to slide your finger back in it for a few more minutes.
  3. Start scraping the gel nail off with your orange stick.  It should fall right off.  If there’s some that seems hard to remove, put it back in to soak a little longer.
  4. Once you remove all the colour, shape your nail with an emery board and use a 4-way buffer to buff and polish.
  5. Repeat the same procedure on your other hand.

If you cringe at the idea of soaking your fingers in acetone, there is an alternative.  If you do not want to use any chemicals to remove your gel manicure, you should try the file-off method.

The file-off method:
  1. File down the surface of the nails - Use a coarse nail file/emery board.  File gently and in crosshatches to keep the work evenYou don't want to keep filing once you get down to the natural nail, since you could damage it.
  2. File the remaining gel with a finer-grit emery board.  Work slowly and gently to make sure you don't file the surface of your natural nail. Though damage is hard to avoid when using this method, working gently will minimize it. Continue until the gels have been completely filed away.
  3. Use a buffer to smooth the surfaces of your nails, which may have become scratched from the filing process.

I used the file-off method to remove my gel manicure.  I have to admit that I did scratch my natural nails.  They do look a little crazy without nail polish, but I did not damage my nail bed.  By the time I finished my regular manicure (shaping, buffing, base coat, polish, top coat), the scratches were hardly noticeable!
So which method is the best?  It depends on you and which one is more convenient for you.  If your skin reacts to acetone, it is advisable that you go for the file-off method to avoid any irritation.  However if you don't like filing your nails then you should go for the soak-off method.  The file-off method is more time consuming.
I hope this helps some of you the next time you’ll need to remove a gel manicure.  How do you remove your gel manicures?

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Revamped gel manicure

May 07, 2014 1 Comments

Hello everyone!

Remember the glitter gel manicure I showed you in my previous NOTD post?  Well it's been two weeks and as you can see in the photos below, now it doesn't look as good!


I don't want to remove it yet (I'm worried the process will damage my nails), so I decided to revamp it!

On my glitter nails, I used a Shimmery Burgundy nail polish to paint a v-shape over the gap between my cuticles and the gel.  I also applied two coats of  the same polish over the teal colour.  I sealed this manicure with one coat of top coat, as usual.


I really like the shimmery burgundy and gold colour combination!

With this revamped mani I hope I can put off removing the gel for at least a week, allowing my nail to grow a little longer.

Do you like my revamped gel mani?  Tell me in the comments below!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

DIY: Purifying brush cleanser

December 31, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!
In the previous post I showed you how to cleanse your make-up brushes daily.  I also gave you a simple recipe for a  DIY daily brush spray cleaner.  This post is about weekly deep brush cleansing!
Deep cleansing:
Once a week, take some time to use a brush cleaner to deep clean and condition your brushes!  No need to spend a lot of money on a brush cleanser, just follow these simple steps to make your very own natural purifying brush cleanser!
You will need:
  • 2 parts antibacterial liquid hand wash
  • 1 part olive oil


Method:
  1. Mix antibacterial liquid hand wash, olive oil and a little bit of water on a plate.
  2. Gently swish brush bristles around on plate.
  3. Take brush under running water (always have brush pointing down) and further work up lather. 
  4. Rinse well with water and gently squeeze excess water out without pulling bristles. 
  5. Air dry with bristles pointing down - you don’t want the water to loosen the glue holding the brush together. 

Take these steps to clean your brushes will not only extend the life and quality of your brushes, it’ll help prevent unwanted blemishes and breakouts. 

DIY: Daily brush spray cleaner

December 31, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I have some brush cleaning tips for you.  You cleanse your face morning and night daily, but how often do you wash your make-up brushes?
Our brushes collect all sorts of dirt including dust, make-up, oil and bacteria.  If you don’t clean your brushes on a daily basis, all that dirt is being transferred to your face along with your make-up!  Here are a few steps you can take to make sure you keep your brushes, and your skin, clean!
Daily cleaning:

Take a make-up remover wipe or an antibacterial hand wipe to lightly clean your brush.  Gently swipe your brushes back and forth on the wipes to clean after each use.  Or you can use this DIY daily brush spray cleaner.

You will need:
  • alcohol (aka surgical spirit)
  • distilled water
  • lavender essential oil
  • spray bottle
Method:
  1. Pour the alcohol and water into a clean spray bottle, I dilute mine about 2 parts alcohol and 1 part water.
  2. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil, this will help reduce the alcohol smell and also help condition the brushes.
  3. Spray it onto a tissue or directly onto brush bristles.
  4. Gently wipe brush onto a tissue to remove make-up.
  5. Let brush air dry - no need to rinse.
Use this spray to quickly remove traces of make-up between applications.  
For deep cleansing, use this DIY purifying brush cleanser once a week.

Remember, cleansing your brushes prolongs their life!