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Papercuts and chapped lips

If you thought lip balm and chapstick were only used for dry lips, think again. If you’re like me and regularly get papercuts, I have a simple tip to help you.

Papercuts heal faster and don’t sting as much if you apply a little lip balm or chapstick on them. It will seal the cut and prevent bacteria from entering the it. Yet another reason to always have on with you!

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KIS argan oil power serum

People always ask me which products I use to keep my hair healthy and soft. I don’t really use anything other than normal shampoo and conditioner, but one thing I can’t go without is  the argan oil power serum from KIS.

My hair used to be really dry, so I asked my hairdresser what I could do about it and he recommended it to me. I was quite skeptical at first, but it really works!

You just take a little oil after you’ve blow dried your haird and use your hands to apply it on the tips of your hair and then on the rest. Don’t use too much, otherwise it will look greasy.

I can certainly recommend it for slightly damaged hair, because the oil will make your hair look healthy and shiny. I don’t know if it’s available everywhere though, seeing as it’s a Belgian brand.

 

Draw attention to your eyes

If you’re looking for a way to draw the attention to your eyes, you can try using a coloured mascara. First, you apply a layer of black mascara and then cover the ends of your lashes with the colour of your choice.

For example : I have green eyes, so I tend to use a green mascara. If your eyelashes stick together, like mine sometimes do, just take an eyebrow brush and use the comb to lightly comb trough them. You’ll immediatly see the difference a little colour can make.

Brown eyes look great with earth colours, like green or brown.

Green ones look fantastic with plum or violet.

For blue eyes, you can try yellow or a darker/lighter blue than your eye colour.

People with grey eyes can work with almost any colour and focus on the undertones. ( for example : if you’ve got green undertones, you can use a green mascara.)

Finally, we have amber eyes, which look good with a light blue colour.

If you’re still not sure which colour to use, you can take a look right here

 

 

Simple face painting

Monday, we could choose what we wanted to do in our make-up class and we decided to get creative. I kept it simple, but I’m quite pleased with the result. I’ll give you a description of how I created this look, so you can try it too if you want.

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What you’ll need : I used orange, black and white supracolor make-up from Kryolan, a make-up sponge, a thin brush and a little bit of white glitter. Of course, which colours you use is up to you. I used these colours because they looked good on the model.

 

First, you take a little bit of the orange colour with a sponge and you apply a little on the eyelid, above the eyebrow and under the eye.

Then, you can either use an eyeliner pencil to draw the shapes you want ( this is easier to remove, in case you want to change something ) or you can skip this step and use the thin make-up brush and black colour to create the shapes.

Next, you take a different brush ( preferably a little thinner than the one you just used ) and you draw the little white dots. I made mine quite big, so there was an obvious contrast between the black and the white, but the size and where you decide to draw them is entirely up to you.

I don’t know if you can see it in the picture, but I also used white glitter on the white dots. You can use the same brush as before and dip it in water. After you’ve done this, you dip it in the glitter and fill up the dots. The water will make the glitter stick better, so you don’t have to worry about that.

I used a little eyeshadow on both eyes, starting with a dark orange colour on the outside, a golden orange in the middle and white in the corners. I used an eyeliner pencil to draw a thin line under the eye, but I didn’t use it on the eyelid, because I thought it might have been a little too much.

Dry skin and foundation

When you’ve got dry skin like me, applying foundation can cause your skin to get quite flaky. It can create smudges and even though you try to remove the flakes of dry skin, you will just create more. An easy trick is to take a little moisturizer and mix it with your foundation. Don’t take too much, about 1/4 of moisturizer in comparison to the foundation will do. Now, you should be able to apply your make-up without worrying and it will also look more natural, as the colour won’t be as dark anymore.

    

Applying your foundation with a mask brush will help to prevent smudges and apply it evenly. When you apply your make-up with a sponge, the sponge will also absorb a lot of the foundation, which the brush won’t. That’s why some professionals prefer to use a mask brush, to which I couldn’t agree more.

Shopping in Brussels

Me and my friends went to Brussels today and after running to catch the right train and a brief moment when we might have been a bit lost, we arrived at the MAC store. The people who worked there were very friendly, talked to us about the MAC products and even gave us a demo. Their brushes and make-up are great for professionals in the make-up business. Everyone can go shopping they have really good cosmetic products and will help you if you don’t know what kind of make-up is best for your skin type.

After that, we want to the Make Up For Ever shop to look at their products. They have a wide range of cosmetics, from bodypaint to contacts and normal make-up. There’s also an academy, where people from all over the world, who want to be a professional make-up artist, come to learn. You should definitely visit them if you’re ever in Brussels.

    

We also went shopping, which was a little confusing at first, because a lot of the shop assistants spoke French (I understand it, but don’t really speak it fluently) but eventually, we figured it out. I bought a light blue Shamballa bracelet, which is a Tibetan bracelet that should bring luck to whoever’s wearing it -let’s hope it works- and lots of sweets from Sucx. I have a big sweeth tooth and I felt like I was in heaven! If I ever go to Brussels again, there’s no doubt I’m going back to that shop.

    

How to use an eyebrow pencil

I personally think the eyebrows are the most important feature of the face. Have you ever seen one of those pictures of people without their eyebrows? It’s a huge difference and not for the better. If you’ve got really light eyebrows and you want to make them a little darker, you can use an eyebrow pencil. Try to use the same colour as your hair, or one that resembles it.

First, colour the base of your eyebrow with the pencil and then the end. Then, use eyebrow powder of the same colour ( you can also use eyeshadow ) to fill up the rest. If you want you can use a tissue to cover up the skin above the eyebrow, so you don’t go too high.

Don’t worry if it’s a little too dark, you can remove the excess by combing trough with an eyebrow brush. Afterwards, you can easily see the difference and it’s not difficult to do at all.

You can also use a stencil that matches the shape of your eyebrows to help you.

So Polish update 2

I almost reached a week… but yesterday the polish started coming off. Only on my thumb and index finger though, but since it was on both sides, I felt it was best to take the others off too. I didn’t do anything that could damage the nail polish, but it’s possible that it wasn’t sealed enough, since it was the first time I tried this. Overall, I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, even though it didn’t stay on two weeks like the product promised.

So Polish update

I promised to tell you how it went with the Professionails nail polish I tried and here is the first update!

The So Polish has been on my nails for three days now and it’s still perfect. I’m happy about this, because my experience with other nail polishes has learned me that after the third or fourth day, they usually start coming off. The polish is also still as shiny as when it was applied and I look forward to seeing how long it will stay this way. I certainly haven’t been extra careful, so that’s proof it stays on even though you do the dishes.

Let’s see if I can make it another three days, without the polish being damaged 🙂

Catrice Ultimate Lip Glow

Last week, I went shopping for make-up and I saw the Catrice Ultimate Lip Glow. I tried it today and it’s simply brilliant! It intensifies your natural lip colour, giving your lips a brighter colour  without the need of a thick layer of lipstick. It’s one of my favourite lipsticks, because the colour isn’t too flashy. Brightly coloured lipsticks don’t exactly agree with me, making it hard to find one that draws the attention, but doesn’t make me look like I just kissed a clown.

Catrice Ultimate Lip Glow