You all can be sure to look forward to the following over the next week:
– winter outfits of the day
– winter outfits of the night
– trendy winter make-up tutorial
– prep and prime tutorial
– foundation reviews
– ten minute hairstyles to go
Let’s face it – not all of us have the time to escape to a spa for a weekend of relaxation. I guess this is one of the reasons why homemade face masks are becoming increasingly popular. Not only are they a great solution for quickly and easily giving your skin a boost, they are also all made from completely non-toxic ingredients. In fact, you can eat most of them!
1. FOR ALL SKIN TYPES: THE BASIC MASK
Use some bentonite clay or kaolin clay and add enough water to make a paste. Apply to face in a circular motion until face is covered. Let dry and use a warm, wet washcloth to remove.
2. FOR DRY SKIN: THE TROPICAL MASK
Mash one banana with 1 tablespoon of honey and mix until it forms a smooth paste. Apply to face and allow to stay on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse well.
3. FOR OILY SKIN: THE CHAI MASK
For a delicious smelling mask that also gently exfoliates skin, mix this mask that doubles as a sweetener for chai tea. In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of honey and 1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon and nutmeg. Rub on face and let sit 20 minutes. Remove with a washcloth and warm water. (Note: some people react to cinnamon or nutmeg on skin. Test a small amount on your inner arm before using)
4. FOR NORMAL SKIN: THE GUACOMOLE MASK
For dry skin, mash 1/2 of a ripe avocado with 2 tablespoons of honey and apply to the face. Let sit 20+ minutes and rinse well.
5. FOR ACNE PRONE SKIN: THE COOL CUCUMBER MASK
This one is especially great for oily or inflamed skin. Blend 1/2 of a cucumber with 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of bentonite or kaolin clay. Add additional clay if needed to create a paste. Apply to face and leave on for 20 minutes. Remove with a washcloth and warm water.
For many people, the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. Can you relate to this? If so, read on for my top five winter skincare tips to ensure that your skin stays moisturised and healthy through the winter months.
1. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine. Find an “ointment” moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. Many lotions labeled as “night creams” are oil-based.
2. Slap on the sunscreen
No, sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Winter sun can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about thirty minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.
3. Give your hands a hand
The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Wear gloves when you go outside, and if you need to wear wool to keep your hands warm, slip on a thin cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause.
4. Butter up your lips
Invest in a range of good quality lip balms and lip butters. Apply these three to five times throughout the day to avoid dry or cracked lips. Many budget-friendlier products are often just as good as the prettily packaged ones, so no need to splurge here!
5. Hydrate for your health
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: drinking water helps your skin stay young looking. In fact, it’s a myth. Water is good for your overall health and the skin of someone who is severely dehydrated will benefit from fluids. But the average person’s skin does not reflect the amount of water being drunk, according to doctor’s.
With a change of season comes a change of trends in both fashion and make-up. That’s right girls, the time has come for you all to take a break from your favourite bright lipsticks and make space for a trendy new bunch! Deep reds and purples, baby peaches and pinks and bare nudes are all the rage this winter. So, do yourself a favour and read on to find out how to wear my pick of the season’s best winter lip colours!
FOR THE SIMPLISTIC GIRL: NUDE LIPS
Nude lips are a winner all-year-round, in actual fact. My favourite nude shade this season is MAC Japanese Maple, a gorgeous Cremesheen + Pearl lippie, that in my opinion is the perfect light beige nude to compliment a pasty winter complexion!
HOW TO WEAR IT:
1. SUBTLE SHIMMERY EYES: Using a neutral beige eyeshadow with a bit of a shimmer to it (try Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten or Bare Escentuals Eye Glimmer in Good Fortune) and a large soft blending brush, apply a generous amount of product to the ball of your eye and blend up into the crease . Then apply one coat of black mascara to your top lashes and ensure that your brows are combed in place using a clean mascara wand for a perfectly polished nude look.
2. FLUSHED BABYDOLL CHEEKS: Using a natural rosy pink blush of your choice (try MAC Powder Blush in Fleur Power or MAC Cremeblend Blush in Ladyblush) on a medium-sized blush brush, apply a subtle amount of product to the apples of your cheeks. You may choose to finish off this look by applying an illuminator (try Inglot Face & Body Illuminator) to your temples, down the bridge of your nose, and the centre of your chin.
FOR THE FEMINISTIC GIRL: PINK LIPS
A pretty sheer pink on the lips is one of my all-time winter favourites. I love MAC Politely Pink, a lustrous baby pink that looks lovely on bare lips or over a nude lip, as well as MAC Bountiful, a shimmery light pink gloss that gives lips the perfect subtle glow!
HOW TO WEAR IT:
1. SMOKEY BROWN LINER: A sultry brown eye pencil paired with a neutral pink lipstick always make a great pair! Using a brown or charcoal eye pencil (try Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Starfish or MAC Technakohl Liner in Uniform), draw a thin line on your upper lash line as close to the lashes as possible. Then use a flat or angled liner brush and smoke the liner out using soft backward and forward strokes.
2. GOLDEN EYES: Using a hint of gold pigment (try Inglot AMC Pure Pigment in Gold) on a flat liner brush, apply product to the inner corner of your eyes. Finish off the look by applying a golden blush (try MAC Powder Blush in Peach) to the apples of your cheeks and down the bridge of your nose.
FOR THE SOPHISTICATED GIRL: PEACH LIPS
If you’re not really into the nude lip trend, try peach. I love Gosh Darling, a velvety pinky peach lipstick that looks incredible on its own or over lips dabbed with a touch of concealer.
HOW TO WEAR IT:
1. BRIGHT EYES: Using a powder highlighter (try Stila Highlighter Duo in Kitten) and a flat liner brush, apply product to the inner corners of the eyes (don’t forget the tear duct!). You may also choose to apply the same highlighter to other areas of your face such as your temples, down the bridge of your nose, the centre of your chin and your cupid’s bow.
2. DRAMATIC WINGED LINER: Ready? Get steady! Using a gel liner (try MAC Fluidline Eye Liner Gel in Blacktrack) and a thin angled liner brush, create a dramatic winged liner. Finish off the look with two coats of lash-volumising mascara (try Christian Dior Diorshow Black Out Mascara).
FOR THE EDGY GIRL: PURPLE LIPS
This may seem somewhat super daring, but I’m totally in love! MAC Cyber is the hottest purple shade on the market that can be worn with neutral eye make-up or a sultry smokey eye.
HOW TO WEAR IT:
1. GOLDEN BRONZE SMOKEY EYE: Get your best bronze and brown shadows together (try MAC Eyeshadow in Woodwinked, Amber Lights, Sketch and Mystery) and create a gorgeous warm bronze smokey eye to compliment your deep, dark, reddened purple lips.
2. NUDE EYES: Using a nude matte eyeshadow (try e.l.f Studio Matte Eyeshadow) on a large soft blending brush, apply product to the ball of your eye and blend up into the crease. You may choose to blend a darker shade of brown into the outer corners of the eye, but it is recommended that you keep this look nude and natural.
FOR THE CLASSIC GIRL: RED LIPS
Okay, so I know I’ve already done a review on this baby, but I couldn’t resist blogging about this amazing lipstick a second time! MAC Diva is not your plain, boring, everyday red. It is, instead, a “black red” with a gorgeous matte finish – perfect for the winter!
HOW TO WEAR IT:
1. SULTRY CAT EYES: Using a liquid liner (try Rimmel Glam’Eyes Professional Liquid Liner), create a sleek cat eye liner on the lid of each of your eyes. You may choose to lightly apply a black eye pencil to the first quarter of the outer corner of your lower lash line to finish off the look. Don’t forget a coat of mascara!
2. STRONG CONTOURING: Using a bronzer (try MAC Bronzing Powder) or a contouring powder of your choice and a contouring brush, strongly contour the hollows of your cheeks for the illusion of strikingly high cheekbones. You may choose to finish off the look by applying a light bronzer (try MAC Shimmer Blush in Trace Gold) to the apples of your cheeks.