The Best Foods for Healthy, Clear Skin

The Best Foods for Healthy, Clear Skin

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While skincare rituals provide benefits for your skin, what goes into your body has a massive effect on your complexion too. Cake and pizza are delicious treats, but they’re not the best foods to consume. For a healthy, clear complexion, eating the right foods will make a difference, so here are some of the most powerful skin boosters you’ll find at the grocery store.

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Oily fish

Packed with omega 3 fatty acids, oily fish, such as tuna and mackerel contains anti-inflammatory properties that help to keep your skin clear. Omega 3 fats are also known as good fats that aid brain and heart health, so they’re perfect for looking after your body too!

Green tea

Green tea is bursting with antioxidants which help to increase blood flow and oxygen to the skin. Studies have shown that switching your diet to include green tea will improve your skins elasticity, texture, and diminish sun damage. If you want to add green tea to your skincare routine, try boiling a pot and waiting for it to cool. You can then pour it into a spritzer bottle to use as a refreshing facial toner.

Peppers

Vegetables containing antioxidants reduce free radicals, which are uncharged molecules that destroy cells to promote aging of the skin. Antioxidants help to neutralize these damaging molecules to prevent premature aging. Therefore, upping your intake of vegetables, such as peppers will promote a youthful complexion.

Oranges

Oranges, lemons and other citrus fruits boast high amounts of vitamin C, which boosts collagen in the skin. Collagen is a vital aspect in keeping the skin firm and supple, so remember to drink lots of fruit juice or snack on a piece of fruit to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant.

Sweet potato

Sweet potato has an abundance of benefits for the skin and health. A serving of sweet potatoes boasts vitamin C and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene turns to vitamin A when in the body, which helps to boost healthy skin cells. If you’re looking to achieve smoother, glowing skin then opt for foods rich in vitamin A and C.

Water

Possibly the most essential ingredient that the body needs, we require around 8 glasses of water per day. Water is vital for keeping the skin hydrated and healthy. When we are dehydrated, we are prone to dry or scaly skin. It’s also likely that we’ll suffer from headaches and tiredness too. Try to sip water continuously throughout the day to keep your skin soft and smooth.

Dark chocolate

If you want a sweet treat, go for the darker variety of chocolate. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, which may help to encourage radiance and a younger looking complexion.

The Perfect 5 Minute Smokey Eye

The Perfect 5 Minute Smokey Eye

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When you lead a busy lifestyle, you don’t always have time to spend applying your makeup. Creating a beautiful eye makeup look doesn’t need to complicated. If you want a quick and easy smokey eye, using the right makeup products and simple application skills will allow you to create a striking look, suitable for both day and evening. Here, we show you a few steps for making the perfect smokey eye in just 5 minutes.
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What you’ll need

Ensure you’ve got the right tools and products on hand, before you start application. For a super easy smokey eye, go with cream shadows. These are really quick to apply, and make blending a breeze. For brushes, you’ll need a blending brush and a shadow brush (though, this depends on the type of eye products you use).

How to start

Begin by applying an eyeshadow primer to prep the eyes. We like Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and MAC Paint Pots – you can use your finger to apply and blend your shadow base as we are going to be applying product over the top.

Next, apply a shadow as your base color. For a daytime smokey eye, opt for a beige or taupe shade. We really like Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in moonlight – a light metallic champagne beige, or Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream Shadow in shore – a pale nude shade. Apply this with a flat shadow brush all over the lid. Next, apply a darker shade in the outer crease. We love Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in bark – a rich brown shade. Apply this straight from the stick and use a blending brush to blend the shadow upwards and outwards.

For liner, use a liner pen in brown, such as the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in mad max brown. Line the top lash line, bringing the liner out into a small cat flick. If you’re not confident applying a liner pen, then try Clinque’s Quickliner for Eyes in dark chocolate. This liner has a sponge at the opposite end, so you can smudge out your liner if you make any mistakes.

Finish the look with a coat or two of your favorite mascara. One of our treasured mascaras is Dior Diorshow Mascara. If you want to finish your look with a little highlighter under the brows, then try Benefit Cosmetics High Brow Glow to help define your overall eye look. Apply straight from the pencil, and blend gently with your finger.

Evening

For a quick and easy evening smokey eye, follow the above steps but use different shades. Silver and blue are both great shades to use for an evening look. As a base color, try Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow in galaxy – a deep silver shimmer or Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Stick in frannie – a silver shimmer. In the crease, opt for Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in tuxedo – black or Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream Shadow Stick in shadow – a smokey blue/grey. For liner, use an intense black, such as Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in jet black for an extra dramatic look.

 

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Handbag Heroes

Handbag Heroes

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Having a few beauty items in your handbag can help to keep you fresh throughout the day. If you’ve got a small bag then you’ll only want to carry the essentials around with you. If you’re unsure as to what key items to carry with you, consider these following products.

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Hand sanitizer

This is a practical item to have, especially during the winter months. It will keep your hands clean and germ free. It’s also handy for cleaning up any beauty bits. Bath and Body Works have some luscious mini sanitizers that come in a range of delicious scents, and they fit into your handbag too.

A powder compact

If you have oily skin, a powder compact is a must have. It will help to refresh your makeup and hide any oil coming through your base makeup. Try using a pressed product like Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder, which has a sponge for easy application.

A lipstick

If you want a quick update to your makeup look, applying lipstick will make a difference. It’s also ideal for changing up your makeup before after work drinks, or if you are heading out to dinner straight from work. Try YSL Volupte Sheer Candy, a glossy sheer color that’s highly wearable. Alternatively, opt for Sephora Luster Matte Lip Color for a long lasting lip shade.

Fragrance

A fragrance will keep you smelling great throughout the day. You don’t need to carry around a large bottle of perfume. Instead, use a rollerball or travel size version, such as Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Rollerball.

A nail file

Having a nail file in your bag will help during any nail breakage emergencies. Daimancel Mini Nail File is the perfect size to fit into any handbag.

A facial mist

If you have a spacious handbag, a facial mist makes a great addition. When the weather is hot and humid, using a facial mist will keep your skin feeling cool and fresh. First Aid Beauty Vitamin Hydrating Mist has an alcohol free formula, so it won’t dry your skin out. It will energize your complexion, and it can also be used to set your makeup. Evian Facial Spray is also a convenient facial mist to have, refreshing your skin from heat or dry air, as well as keeping your makeup looking fresh.

A hair brush

If you are going to get caught in the rain, wind, or even heat, a hair brush is a must have tool in your handbag. The Sephora Luxe Combo Travel Brush won’t take up much space in your bag, and it’ll smooth your hair in a minute.

A lip balm

If you’re suffering from a cold, or your skin becomes affected by the weather easily, a lip balm is the perfect solution. An effective balm will nourish, protect and soothe any dryness. The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment is a great choice for any beauty lover.

The Best Modern Day Classic Scents

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Wearing a fragrance can complement your hair, makeup and outfit, as well as evoking particular memories. Finding your perfect scent can be easier said than done as perfumes tend to smell different on each person.

Did you know that fragrances fall into scent categories? Even classic scents, such as those that are well known in the beauty world belong to a certain group. Knowing which classic scents belong to which category will help you to find the best one for you. With that in mind, here are some popular classic scents that are well worth splashing out on.

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Tom Ford Black Orchid

Black Orchid is a luxurious scent that has captured the attention of the beauty world. Enriched with notes of black truffle, black orchid, black plum and patchouli, this sensual and timeless fragrance is a must have in your beauty closet.

Fragrance group – oriental floral. Oriental floral scents are extremely popular, especially in the fall and winter as they’re generally deeper than traditional floral fragrances. Created in 2006, this perfume will stand the test of time as a glamorous addition to your overall style.

Dior Miss Dior

A wonderful, modern scent for the young woman, Miss Dior contains notes of Italian mandarin, jasmine, rose, and musk. This romantic formulation was relaunched in 2012 and is an update on the original 1947 fragrance.

Fragrance group – chypre floral. Chypre floral scents make a beautiful daytime addition. Miss Dior represents elegance with a feminine edge for a traditional and wearable scent that will appease women from their teens upwards.

Ralph Lauren Romance

A modern day, romantic classic, Ralph Lauren Romance captures the essence of falling in love. Featuring notes of marigold, ginger, white violet, musk, day lily and sungoddess rose, this scent is perfect for an intimate evening.

Fragrance group – floral fruity. Floral fruity fragrances can be worn in the daytime or evening, depending on their blend. Ralph Lauren Romance, created in 1998 is a highly wearable floral fragrance that is comforting, yet sensual.

Chanel Allure Sensuelle

A fragrance list wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of Chanel. Despite being underrated in the beauty world, Allure Sensuelle is a warm, powdery and sophisticated scent with notes of bergamot, mandarin, pink pepper, rose, iris, and amber. It’s ideal to wear in the colder months due to its spicy blend.

Fragrance group – oriental floral. Many oriental floral fragrances contain powdery bases with spicy notes for a sexy and deeper tone. Allure Sensuelle is perfect for those in their twenties and upwards who are searching for a glamorous and evocative scent.

Marc Jacobs Daisy

A fragrance that has become massively popular in the last few years is Marc Jacobs Daisy. Combining notes of ruby red grapefruit, violet petals, musk, vanilla, strawberry and white woods, this light and airy scent is perfect for young women in search of a summer daytime fragrance.

Fragrance group – floral woody musk – floral woody musk scents add a powdery dimension to a traditional floral composition. Daisy is a fresh and bright scent for those who like to wear a modern, juicy blend.

 

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Fall Beauty Trends

Fall Beauty Trends

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Fall is always an exciting time of year for beauty lovers. With Christmas on the horizon, you can expect many stunning beauty trends to follow. If you want to stay up to date with everything that’s happening on the beauty scene, then you might be interested in the trends for Fall 2015.

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Oh so flush!

This fall, you can expect to see less contouring and barer faced looks, as you are going to see flushed skin, instead of highlighting. If you love the typical English Rose look, or just a hint of blush then this is the perfect trend for you.

How to do it – keep your base natural and apply just a small amount of blush on to the apples of your cheeks. You could use a cheek tint, if it’s easier for you to apply.

What to useBenefit Benetint Lip & cheek Stain, Clinique Cheek Pop, Ben Nye Powder

Go gothic!

Gothic trends were all over the runway earlier this year, and it’s an easy trend to try out. Opt for dark lips and matte skin, or go for thick black liner.

How to do it – go for either lips or eyes as applying both dark lipstick and black liner will appear too heavy.

What to useClinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in Blackmail, Kevyn Aucoin Liner

Back to the eighties!

An ode to the 80’s was a key trend at fall fashion week. Super bright eyeshadow is something that you might not want to try out, so opt for dark nude lips or shimmery eyes instead.

How to do it – wear a nude lip, or go for glittery, slightly metallic eye shades.

What to useUrban Decay Revolution Lipgloss in Kinky, Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama, Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Cosmic

Smokey eyes with a twist!

Smokey eyes are always a popular trend at this time of year, especially for wearing in the evening. This fall, opt for dark grey or navy shades instead of brown and blacks.

How to do it – keep your lips simple and wear a dark, smokey eye with lots of mascara.

What to useMAC Eyeshadow in Deep Truth, Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Giove, Make Up Geek Eyeshadow in Stealth

Simple shadow!

If you lead a busy lifestyle then this is one trend you can get on board with. Eyes are kept really basic, with just a simple wash of color. Opt for a light or dark nude and swipe all over the lid of the eye.

How to do it – apply just one layer of color on the eyes. Keep mascara looking natural, and opt for a light pink or nude lip.

What to useMAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Vintage Selection, Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten, Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Hollywood red!

Red lips make a striking makeup look. Anyone can wear a red lip, you just need to find perfect shade and texture for you.

How to do it – scrub your lips beforehand and moisturize, especially if you’re wearing a matte red lip. Keep the rest of your makeup basic and focus your attention on the lip area.

What to useMAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, Smashbox Lipstick in Legendary, Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Color in Mightiest Maraschino

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Get That Summer Glow – No Filter

Get That Summer Glow – No Filter

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Being just a few days away from Labor Day, it’s safe to say the Summer is coming to an end.
That’s right ladies prepare to say goodbye to your bikinis and booty shorts and hello to sexy sweaters and leggings.
As we head into fall our skimpy wardrobes and beautiful beach days won’t be the only things we miss.
It doesn’t matter what your skin tone is like there’s just something about the summertime that brings out the glowing Goddess is in ALL of us.
If you’re interested in keeping your Summer glow all year around -without the help of a few Instagram filters- read the advice below!
Beautiful Skin Comes From Within 
The best way to make sure you get that perfect Summer glow all year round is by eating a diet rich in the vitamins and minerals proven to promote healthy skin and one of those vitamins is none other than Vitamin E.
Vitamin E is one of the most, if not the most, important vitamins for skincare. When taken internally it can reduce wrinkles and fine lines, fight free radicals and much more.
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This precious vitamin can be found in green leafy vegetables, nuts and avocados, just to name a few. If you can’t be bothered with all of that, you can pick up a bottle of vitamin E capsules from your local drugstore or supermarket.
Sweat It Out
Everyone knows regular exercise can provide a slew of health benefits including improved mood and increased energy levels, but did you know that it can also help your skin get that coveted Summer glow?
Exercise both increases circulation and reduces inflammation meaning that the improved blood flow will help carry waste products away from healthy cells and your skin cells will stay nourished and beautiful.
Exercise doesn’t even have to be hard! All you need to see results is 45 minutes a day of moderate cardio, such as running or dancing, five days a week. Within a few weeks you’ll be able to see the amazing changes to your skin.
Don’t Hate, Exfoliate
Another great way to get that glow is through exfoliation. Exfoliation is a process that removes dead skin cells  from the surface of your skin to reveal the beautiful glowing skin underneath.
Our bodies shed millions and millions of skin cells each day and naturally because we don’t see large sheets of dead skin all around us, it’s easy to assume that not all of the dead skin comes off.
To get rid of this buildup you can use anything from exfoliating scrubs to body brushes and chemical peels. It’s not “one-size-fits-all” so do a bit of research and find out which exfoliation method is best for you.
If You Can’t Join Them, Beat Them 
Surprise surprise I’m talking about make up.
Now I’m not saying to go and “beat” your face, but instead you should use a product that gives you sheer coverage such as a BB cream or tinted moisturizer, both of which cover skin imperfections and leave you with a natural, dewey look.
If you find it’s not enough glow or you, just add a little bronzer and you’ll be ready to go no matter what time of year it is!
If you follow these tips you’ll definitely have that summer glow all year round.
Do you have any tips for getting glowing skin that you’d like to share? Comment below!

by Natalia

The Best Products for Healthy Hair

The Best Products for Healthy Hair

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Our hair is just one part of our body that gets pretty damaged. There are several reasons why our hair can become damaged so quickly, however, there are also a few solutions that can help us achieve glossy, healthy locks.

Whether you have short or long hair, finding the right products can be a real challenge. So, how do you know which products to use? Here’s our essential guide for discovering the best products for healthy hair.

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Our hair can become damaged by environmental factors, heat appliances, and a poor diet. So, to find the best products, we need to look for those that will address these factors.

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap

Redken’s miracle in a bottle product addresses all signs of hair damage. From weak hair to split ends, this leave in treatment helps to strengthen damaged hair while providing heat protection. Ceramide and proteins work to repair damaged strands while 18-MEA enhances shine. You can use this treatment on dry or damp hair, though it’s recommended to be used before styling. Simply, dispense a small amount from the pump bottle and apply evenly all over the hair.

Kerastase Resistance Ciment Thermique Resurfacing Reinforcing Milk

A heat protection must have, this creamy treatment is a heat activated milk that protects damaged hair. This hair product is best applied to damp hair before styling and instantly smooths to make styling easier. Helping to strengthen split ends, your locks will look shinier and healthier after use.

Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream

This anti-frizz cream is formulated without silicones or oils to condition the hair while aiding styling. As silicones and oils can weigh the hair down, this cream is super lightweight and avoids build up to give your hair a smooth, shiny, and healthy look (although personally I use organic oils for face sometimes too). You can use this cream before styling to ensure that your locks look tame and conditioned.

Macadamia Deep Repair Hair Masque

If you need intense hydration then this is the perfect product for you. Formulated to rebuild damaged hair, this rich hair treatment is used after shampooing. You can leave it to work its magic for up to half an hour to nourish and repair. After rinsing, style your hair as normal and you’ll have silky, shiny and bouncy locks.

Orofluido Elixir

While some oils can leave your hair feeling greasy, this incredible hair oil strengthens and adds shine. If you have dull, damaged hair, use this oil after styling to leave your hair looking glossy. With a vanilla scent, not only does this product smell dreamy, it also works to protect the hair from sun damage. Enriched with argan, linseed and cyperus oils, it’s lightweight and hydrating. It’s won many awards in the beauty sector which proves how popular this elixir is. Use in place of your normal shine or finishing spray.

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A Guide to MAC Cosmetics Pt.2

A Guide to MAC Cosmetics Pt.2

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Following on from our recent MAC guide, we thought you would might like to delve into the brand a little deeper. MAC cosmetics are a popular beauty brand and they have hundreds of products to choose from, so how do you know what are the best products to purchase? Here are the beauty products you need in your collection.

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The Neutrals

MAC have a vast range of eyeshadows. You can purchase these in pan size and put them straight into a palette (which you’ll need to purchase separately) or you can buy them in regular casing – these are slightly more expensive than pans but you can depot them manually into a palette. As with many MAC products, shadows have different finishes. The main ones to look out for are matte, veluxe pearl (metallic shimmer), frost (slightly shimmery), lustre (slightly glittery), satin (slight sheen) and velvet (demi matte).

From the original line up, our recommendations for starting a MAC shadow collection are;

*Satin taupe (frost) – a taupe brown with subtle silver shimmer. This shadow is buttery smooth and soft with high pigmentation. It’s truly one of the brands best shadows and will fit into any shadow collection.

*Era (satin) – a gold beige with subtle shimmer. One of MAC’s underrated shades, this shadow is perfect for the majority of skin tones and is super soft without any fallout.

*Malt (matte) – a pinky beige. This shadow is highly recommended for those who love a matte finish. The texture is soft and longwearing without feeling dry or chalky.

*All that glitters (veluxe pearl) – beige with gold pearl. This shadow is a popular choice for many and is a truly stunning shade that will complement any palette.

These neutral shades make a good basic line-up for any palette and can be paired with many other shades for a range of looks.

If you prefer a different texture of shadow then opt for a cream formula.

Paint Pots

Paint pots are a cream shadow that can be used as a primer, wash of color or paired with other shades. These are very longwearing and are ideal for those with oily skin.

Our pick of shades includes:

*Bare study – a light beige with gold pearl.

*Indianwood – metallic bronze.

*Vintage selection – peach beige with a frost finish.

The Liner

If you wear liner then try MAC Fluidlines. These are a gel liner that have a creamy and blendable formula for longwearing color. The liner needs to be applied with a brush – a pointed or flat brush is ideal. Here are our picks:

*Blacktrack – classic black that is a staple in many makeup collections.

*Macroviolet – a deep purple with subtle red pearl. An ideal choice if you want a hint of color on your eyes.

*Dipdown – a dark brown shade that provides a nice alternative to black.

The Cult Classics

Though MAC is well known for their color cosmetics, their skincare line packs a similar punch. There are two standouts here that have both become favorites with MAC fans.

*Strobe Cream – a hydrating moisturizer that highlights in a subtle way. Wear under foundation, mix with your base or apply over the top. You can highlight specific areas of the face or add luminosity all over your complexion. This magic cream brightens and reflects for beautiful glowing skin.

*Prep and Prime Fix + – a light, refreshing and hydrating water that helps to provide an airbrushed finish as well as ensuring that you base makeup doesn’t appear caked on. You can also use this water to dampen your makeup brushes before application, freshen you makeup during the day or use it as a base.

 

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A Guide to MAC Cosmetics

A Guide to MAC Cosmetics

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MAC Cosmetics need no introduction in the beauty world and it’s easy to see why many people are huge fans of the brand. With a wide range of professional products that can be used by the everyday beauty lover, there is a product to suit everyone. Whether its foundations or lipsticks, here is a guide to some of the products and finishes you’ll find at your local MAC counter.

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Foundation

Foundations can be difficult to find but knowing what type of coverage and finish you prefer will help you to discover the perfect base for you. MAC offer several types of foundation with the standouts including;

Studio Fix SPF15 – Full coverage foundation that has a matte finish. Best suited for combination and oily skin types with blemishes or imperfections.

Studio Sculpt SPF15 – Medium coverage with a hydrating finish. Best for dry to combination skin types with slight imperfections.

MAC Face and Body – Sheer coverage with a hydrating finish. Best for normal to dry skin types that prefer a light coverage. This can be used on both the face and body to minimalize imperfections.

Matchmaster SPF15 – Medium coverage foundation with a demi matte finish. Best for combination to oily skin types.

Mineralize Moisture SPF15 – Sheer coverage foundation with a natural finish. Best for normal to dry skin types that prefer a weightless finish.

Powder

MAC also offer a range of powders from highlighting your best features to setting your makeup. The popular products include;

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural – A mineral based powder with a natural, light finish. Best for normal to dry skin types.

Mineralize Skinfinish – A mineral based highlighter powder that comes in a range of shades. Some shades are limited edition and you’ll find them in various special collections.

Blot Powder – Available in both pressed and loose form, this powder offers oil control and is best suited for oily to combination skin types.

Prep and Prime Finishing Powder – A sheer powder that blurs imperfections, controls oil and sets makeup. Can be used on all skin types.

Blush

MAC blushes are hugely popular and choosing the right type of blush will depend on your personal preference.

Powder Blush – The standard type of blush that’s available in a matte (flat matte) finish, satin (light sheen), sheertone (sheer powder), sheertone shimmer (light shimmer and color) or frost (shimmery) finish.

Cremeblend Blush – a creamy but buildable finish.

Mineralize Blush – Mineral based and lightweight color.

Cream Color Base – Creamy with buildable coverage. Can be used as a blush and highlighter, depending on the shade you choose.

Lipstick

It’s impossible to mention MAC without referring to their lipsticks. They’ve become a cult classic and every makeup bag should have one. Here is a guide to the lipstick finishes available.

Frost – Shimmer finish.

Cremesheen – Lightweight color with a glossy finish.

Matte – Longwearing, complete matte finish.

Retro Matte – Creamy with a matte finish, high pigmentation and longwearing.

Amplified – Longwearing, pigmented color with a smooth finish.

Satin – Matte finish with a sheen. The most standard type of finish.

Lustre – Glossy finish.

5 Great Budget Beauty Buys

5 Great Budget Beauty Buys

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We love using drugstore beauty products! When you’re on a budget, cheaper beauty products can still do the trick! There are so many health and beauty blog tips, as well as budget beauty products to choose from so knowing which ones do the best job will save you both money and time. From foundation to makeup brushes, here are the budget beauty buys we love!

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Loreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

The perfect foundation for normal to oily skin types, the Loreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation is a great choice of base for those on a budget. With a matte finish, this foundation stays in place throughout the day, even in the heat. The lightweight texture helps to smooth the skin, hide imperfections and minimize the look of pores. If you have any large blemishes, you’ll need to use concealer as this foundation is somewhere between a light to medium coverage but there’s several shades available for a range of skintones.

Real Techniques Sculpting Brush

Contouring is a huge trend right now and we are big fans! If you’re looking for a good contouring brush that isn’t going to cost you a great deal then check out the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush. This angled brush is super soft and is the perfect size to define your cheekbones. You can use this brush with both cream and powder products and it makes them easy to blend. You can also use this brush with blush too!

NYX Taupe Blush

If you’re searching for a product to pair with the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush then NYX Taupe Blush is the one. A soft, blendable powder, this light brown blush shade suits a variety of skintones from porcelain to olive. As this blush is fairly sheer, you can apply it without worrying about over application.

Wet N Wild Silent Treatment Palette

One of the best budget eyeshadow palettes you’ll find, the Wet N Wild Color Icon Trio in Silent Treatment costs just $2.99 and contains three eyeshadow shades. Silent Treatment has a pink shade for the brow bone, dark brown shade for the crease of the eye and taupe for the eyelid. Each shadow is highly pigmented, soft and long lasting. This palette is great for creating both daytime and evening looks, whether you want to wear all three shades together of wear one as a swipe of color.

Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Gloss

Color Elixir Lip Gloss by Maybelline has the color of a lipstick, feel of a balm and shine of a gloss. Those looking for a gloss that isn’t sticky will love these. They feel comfortable to wear, hydrating and deliver a pop of color. If you don’t like wearing lipstick then give these a try as they’re really wearable and don’t cost a fortune either.

 

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Review: Lancôme Advanced Genifique

Review: Lancôme Advanced Genifique

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Developed from 14 years of research, the Lancôme Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate is the brands newest serum designed to tackle anti-aging. Housed in a sleek, contemporary dropper bottle, this concentrate aims to add radiance to your complexion while smoothing fine lines.

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So, why use a serum?

Unlike a cleanser or moisturiser, serums can penetrate deeper into the skin to actively solve a range of issues that your skin may have. A serum is lighter than many other skincare products and should be applied after cleansing and toning and before your moisturiser in order to work effectively.

This anti-aging serum would probably work best on those aged 30+ or those who have visible signs of aging.

The formulation

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate is packed with powerful ingredients to target ten aspects of skin, including firmness, elasticity, fine lines, wrinkles, sagginess, texture, resiliency, radiance, even skin tone and clarity. With anti-oxidants like vitamin C, the formulation boasts ‘Lancôme’s added biotechnology ingredient’ to create an innovative serum. It contains no parabens or sulfates.

What Lancôme’s research results demonstrated

This serum was tested on 32 women over the course of 8 weeks and results were

Texture +57%
Resiliency +49%
Elasticity +50%
Firmness +49%
Sagginess +46%
Fine lines +42%
Wrinkles +46%
Radiance +52%
Clarity +47%
Even skin tone +42%

So, what did I think?

On first impressions, the bottle is very modern looking with the dropper making it easy to dispense a small amount of serum. With this product, a little goes a long way and you really don’t need to go overboard with application.

The serum itself feels light and silky. Once applied to the skin, it’s absorbed fairly quickly to leave a velvety finish. I like that the product soaks in quickly as it means you can immediately apply your moisturiser. It also doesn’t leave any residue so it’s perfect for a range of skin types, including very oily skins. From the first use, my skin felt smoother and firmer. I usually follow up this serum with an anti-aging moisturiser in order to achieve the best results possible.

I’ve been using this product for several weeks and I have seen a difference in my skin tone. That’s not to say that this serum works miracles because it doesn’t. Despite seeing a difference in certain factors, there are also a few things I haven’t seen. I personally don’t find that my skin really looks a lot brighter than before. I actually find that the best thing for helping to brighten my skin is by eating healthy foods and drinking lots of water. However, when it comes to targeting fine lines, I really do feel that this serum does a great job as my skin feels firmer, smoother and more refined. If you’re going to try this, I would highly recommend using it in combination with other anti-aging products in order to get the maximum benefits. The Lancôme Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Serum isn’t super cheap but it provides results in terms of targeting fine lines and it has a beautiful, light texture that absorbs quickly and won’t make your skin break out. If you’re searching for a new anti-aging serum then this is definitely one to try.

 

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