DIY Beauty: No Stress Face Mask

One of my favorites DIY maks by a long shot, I’ve used this one so many times, expecialy when I’m really stressed out any my skin feels like it want’s to crawl off my face.

What do the ingredients do?

Yogurt: This little beauty is moisturizing, helps clear acne, relieves sunburn and reduce discoloration. Like lemon some people don’t react too well to yogurt because of the live cultures in it. 

Lemon Juice: Contains; alpha-hydroxy acids, citric-acid, vitamin C and is anti-bacterial. Over time lemon slowly reduces hyperpigmentation and scars owing to it’s mild bleaching properties. It is also a mild natural exfoliant and good for (slowly) removing blackheads. Some people don’t react too well to the citric acid in Lemons so I really wouldn’t recommend more than a teaspoon for per face mask.

Honey: Is a natural antimicrobial, antioxidant, and hygroscopic (retains water). Its fantastic for skin which is irritated, mildly sun burnt and just in general needs a bit of love. 

And the Rice?

Rice has emollient, exfoliating, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also fantastic for controlling shine on the skin as it, like potatoes, contains starch (an astringent) which absorbs sebum (oil produced by the skin).

  • Just because something is ‘natural’ does not mean that you can’t have a reaction to it, if your skin reacts negatively to any of the ingredients mentioned or if you have an allergy them DO NOT use this recipe.

Review: Each Peach Massage Bar

After having finished my second bar of this recently I figured I really should do a review on this gorgeous little bar, it smells so nice (but unlike the name suggests it smells nothing remotely like Peaches).

“With this massage bar, we have combined cocoa butter, shea butter, avocado butter and mango kernal butter”

I really should have a tag devoted to all things which smell nice, I’m such a sucker for things which smell nice (and scents strong enough for me to be able to smell in the first place).

Because these are hand made in batches some of these vary in colour as you can see above. Ooooh and just in case you didn’t know Lush have started uploading videos on You Tube showing how they make their products which are so fun to watch.

Basics:

  • £5.50
  • 65g
  • Hand made
  • Vega/Cruelty-free
  • Long lasting

The tin isn’t entirely necessary but is quite handy to keep this quick-melting bar in unless you keep it in the fridge.

These bars really do last an age. I haven’t compared properly to see if a solid bar last longer than a tub of moisturizer but I’m pretty sure it would.

“The fruit oils give a lovely lighthearted fragrance that smells of summer and sun”

The minute you have it in your hand it starts to melt on your skin pretty quickly and can slip around a bit like a wet soap bar but isn’t too difficult to use. The oils in it will take a bit of time to sink into your skin though.

If you’ve applied this all over your skin after the bath/shower it seems to take less time for your skin to absorb it. But if you apply it strait to your skin in then you are going to have to give it a while (and I do mean a while) to sink in or you will stick to your clothes.

Tip: Keep this out of the sun (or in the fridge) unless you want a scented puddle.

If you’re not applying this right after a shower of bath I’d recommend you keep to applying just in areas that clothes won’t cover. Some people will hate it for that reason but I love it. Especially in the winter if I’m wearing a short skirt I love applying it on my legs and hands to protect them from the cold (and smell lovely).

The smell lasts for ages! It’s a bit like the Lush R&B Hair Moisturiser in the sense that people will think you’re wearing perfume, that’s how strong the smell it.

Ooooh and before I forget, one thing I love to do is rub this product all over my hands and then run it through the ends of my hair. It keeps my hair moisturized and you get this lovely summery whiff of lime/lemon, .

You can get this product at your local Lush or online here.

Gothic Doll

I was asked to do a Gothic Doll look ages ago and several times, I wanted to one without the eye-enlargening lenses (I’ll do one of those later) and something which was slightly cartoonish without being too over the top.

My main insperation came from this photo:

I think it was almost a year ago one of you asked me to do this look so I’m happy that I finally got one requested look done (one down a couple o’ hundred to go).

Enjoy the tutorial :)

Review: Face Front Loose Pigments

Disclaimer: Items provided for review.

When it comes to Face Front’s makeup their pigments really are their strong point. I’m a fan of their blushes and I think they can count me a fan of their loose pigments now too.

Basics:

  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • 5g
  • $11.50 0r £8

The texture of these remind me quite a bit of the Barry M Dazzle dusts, a loose but highly pigmented bundle of powder.

  • Bitter Dark: This colour and Feeling Deep are almost the same. The only difference between this colour and feeling deep is feeling deep has more sparkle and is a slightly more red toned.
  • Bold Gold: A slightly opaque pigment but easy enough to layer if you want more coverage. Would be beautiful for a spring bridal look.
  • Aqua Marina: Pretty much the loose pigment of Unknown Planet, slightly sheer but layerable (if that’s a word?)
  • Feeling Deep: The glittery flamboyant cousin of Bitter Dark, the glitter does have a tendancy to just blow away which isn’t very good.

  • Fierce Contender: This colour is just begging me to use it in an Indian bridal look! So shiny! (magpie instincts kicking in).
  • Butter Me Up: So similar to a Dazzle Dust by Barry, can’t remember the name off the top of my head, but it’s a lovely coppery gold colour.
  • Sea Salt: Also very similar to a Barry Dazzle Dust in Blue Iridescent, just every slightly finer than Blue Iridescent.

(All swatches were done with one swipe and without primer)

I really loved these loose pigments, I’m my mind they are comparable to the Barry M Dazzle Dusts and you all know how highly I rate those!

One negative is I’m not too fond of the packaging as with a dispenser like that the product has a tendency to get extremely messy, I might just remove the top all together.

If you liked the look of these you can purchase them here from the Face Front website here.

Or if you’re from the UK you can purchase them here.

Do you prefer loose pigments or pressed eye shadows?

Dupe: Lush Tins

Seeing as I did my review of the Lush shampoos recently I though I should mention an alternative to the Lush shampoo tins that I found recently. While I do love Lush there are some things, such as the tins, which I think are a tad bit overpriced.

Around a week ago I was hunting around on e-bay and came across a seller that was selling tins which were just perfect for some of my upcoming DIY beauty tutorials and just so happened to be a perfect replacement to the Lush tins.

Basics:

  • Lush tins cost £2.50 (for 1)
  • Alternatives cost £2.99 (for 3) plus £2.20 shipping = £1.73 per tin

To be honest I prefer the dupe over the Lush tin, as I mentioned in in my video review the Lush tin was just a tad bit too small when the sampoo bar was new, while the dupe is a bit larger and fits it no problem.

You can buy the dupe here

DIY Beauty: Rice Face Scrub

I got the idea for this one a few months ago when I was looking through some Demalogica products at the airport and saw a rice based exfoliator.

It got me thinking about how to make my own DIY version (and cheaper version) and after trying out and testing the following idea for a a few weeks I went ahead and made the video.

Variation ideas:

If you want to spice up this recipe a bit you can add one (or both) of the following ingredients.

  • Bicarbonate of Soda: Is an antiseptic perfect for gentle exfoliation, however it can be quite drying so if you have dry skin I would avoid adding this ingredient.
  • Lemon Juice: contains; alpha-hydroxy acids, citric-acid, vitamin C and is anti-bacterial. Over time lemon slowly reduces hyperpigmentation and scars owing to it’s mild bleaching properties. It is also a mild natural exfoliant and good for (slowly) removing blackheads. Some people don’t react too well to the citric acid in Lemons so I really wouldn’t recommend more than a few drops per scrub use.

Why Rice?

Rice has emollient, exfoliating, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also fantastic for controlling shine on the skin as it, like potatoes, contains starch (an astringent) which absorbs sebum (oil produced by the skin).

Although I use both white rice and brown rice in the video I highly recommend that (if you can) to use brown rice as white rice has both the bran layer and the germ layer removed which means a lot of the nutritional benefits are lost such as magnesium, iron, vitamin B1 and B3 and the natural oil in the bran is also lost with white rice.

  • If kept in powder form and away from moisture you can keep this for up to 6 months.
  • Don’t over exfoliate! Even though rice powder is very gentle once or twice a week is enough.
  • Just because something is ‘natural’ does not mean that you can’t have a reaction to it, if your skin reacts negatively to any of the ingredients mentioned or if you have an allergy them DO NOT use this recipe.

Hope you enjoy the video :)

Review: Lush R&B Hair Moisturiser

One good thing about my hair when it was short is I didn’t get friz, insane curl yes, but friz no.

Now that my hair is longer it tends to get really, really frizzy, and as I want to donate it again as soon as it’s long enough I’m trying to keep it in good condition.

Even though the ends (and middle) of my hair is dry, my roots get oily really quickly which is why I don’t like conditioners which are built into shampoos, so I thought I’d give this one a shot.

Basics:

  • 100g
  • £10.95
  • Cruelty-free

My sister absolutely adores this products and swears by it, she has much coarser hair with very tight curls so I was quite interested to see how this would work out for me.

The smell of this (like most Lush stuff) is quite strong, a predominant smell of orange-blossom and jasmine with hints of coconut.  You will either love it or hate it, if you are someone who get’s overpowered by strong smells this probably isn’t the product for you. People will think you’re wearing perfume, that’s how strong it is! 

This product also claims to prevent split ends and that (if applied regularly after washing your hair and after swimming) it certainly does.

Bellow is a picture of my hair after I came back from holiday, and considering the amount of abuse I put it though (constant sun exposure + salt water) not to mention I haven’t trimmed it in over 3-4 months, it really did uphold it’s claim.

When I first bought this pot the price was a bit of a kick in the gut, but now that I’ve used it for a a month or two (these photos are after using it for 2 months) I can tell you that a little goes a long, loooong way!

Tip: If you can, get a sample size of this product before you buy. This is a love or hate product.

I have reasonably thick wavy hair and I just need a blob the size of a 50p to properly cover the ends of my hair. If you have very fine hair I wouldn’t recommend this product, I think you would find it far too heavy.

This product can be applied to dry or wet hair, my favorite method is applying it to wet hair right after I have washed it.

It’s described as a hair moisturiser but it’s has a slight styling-cream property, I love using this right before I put my hair in curlers to keep my hair moisturized and provide a bit of hold for when I take my hair out.

You can get this product at a local Lush store or online here.

How to: Take a Face Cast

After last weeks hand cast tutorial the perfect follow up is a face cast tutorial. Again I was very lucky to have Stuart Bray demonstrate the whole process and if you’re into special effects I highly recommend you check out his website.

I know a few people are like “eh? What’s this for”…..just wait ;) This face cast should be getting used in quite a few future tutorials on both channels.

What was used in the tutorial:

  • Alginate
  • Plaster Bandage
  • Stone powder

I hope you enjoy the video :)

Review: Face Front Mineralized Blushes

Disclaimer: Item provided for review.

I got to use Funfair (the bright pink) blush in my winged eyeliner video a few months ago but I hadn’t had the time to play around with the other colours, swatch them and review them up until now.

Basics:

  • $15.50-£10.50
  • Cruelty-free
  • Made in the USA
  • Vegan
  • 9 grams

A few of the other products I’d tried from FaceFront didn’t quite float my boat, not the case with these. The packaging does have a tendency to get a little messy, I’m almost tempted to try and press them myself as it would make it a lot more practical.

The problem I’ve found with packaging like this is that sometimes it can be a little hard to get a even distribution of it on your blush brush if it’s loose rather than pressed.

Not that it would really stop me using these, as you can see from the swatches above they are just beautiful! Funfair and Kept Coral are sheer but buildable. Both are very shimmery so if you are going for a wearable look you can’t be heavy handed with this.

Kept coral in particular is so so beautiful on darker skin tones, orange-y colors can look a bit odd on lighter skin tones if not applied correctly but on dark skin tones it is s-t-u-n-i-n-g!

Unearthed petal it a mate-is blush with a tiny amount of sheen. It’s a perfect colour for contouring but I’m also quite interested to try it out as an eyeshadow.

If you like any of the colours I’ve shown you can get them from the FaceFront website here

or in the UK from Cocktail Cosmetics here.

Which one out of these three did you like the most?

DIY Brush Holder: Nail Varnished

I go through candles quite fast, really fast!

I’m obssesive about always having a candle burning in the bathroom when I’m at home so as you can imagine I have quite a few candle jars, but so far I haven’t thrown away a single one because I have found so many uses for them.

Today I wanted to show you what I do to the candle jars I use for my makeup brushes. This one will be the first of a series of candle jar decorations but for the moment I’m going to start off with this simple one.

What I used:

  • Latex
  • Nail Varnish
  • Candle Jar
  • Nail Dotting Tools

These are really easy to do, and what I like about it is you can be quite messy (as demontrated by the one on the right) and it still looks fun and interesting.

I got the idea for this one after reading MakeUpSavvy’s blog post about how she decorated her candle jars, i figured if it looks good on the inside of the jar how will it look on the outside? :)

Hope you enjoy the tutorial :)