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3 Tips to Keep Your Skin Soft in Winter and Eliminate Dryness

Hello, lovelies!

Achieving soft, smooth skin in the winter is easier than you may think. Temperature fluctuations and warm, indoor air are often the culprits of dry, dehydrated skin. Here are my top tips to eliminate dry skin!

Choose your cleansers carefully

The ingredients in your daily cleansers can contribute to dry skin. Avoid soap-based cleansers and soaps in favour of creamy cleansers. Anything that has alcohol listed as an ingredient is drying.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

This tip comes from advice that my grandmother always drilled into my brain – moisturizing is the key to youthful skin. Apply moisturizer as soon as possible after showering to lock-in moisture. Moisturizer often works well when your skin is still slightly damp.

Eat well for healthy skin

Never underestimate the power of hydrating foods. Staying hydrated during the day will benefit your skin. Eat foods with high water contents for hydrated, radiant skin.

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3 Eyeshadow Tips That Will Change Your Routine

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Eyeshadow can be intimidating for even the most advanced makeup artists. Knowing how to use the product can help you apply it effortlessly. Here are three unique tips to help you achieve a flawless eyeshadow look!

Make eyeshadow shades more vibrant with a white base

Apply a white base before eyeshadow to make the hue pop. Blend the white shade all over your eyelid before applying other colours for vibrancy.

Easily fix broken eyeshadow

Has your favourite eyeshadow palette broken? To fix any broken eyeshadows, apply a fee drops of rubbing alcohol to the broken eyeshadow, mix it, and smooth the eyeshadow with a small spoon before pressing it flat. Allow it to dry for a brand-new look!

Reduce eyeshadow fallout

My favourite trick to reduce fallout is to do my eye makeup first. If there is any fallout, I can quickly clean it without disturbing the rest of my makeup!

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3 Unique Ways to Use a Beauty Blender

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A Beauty Blender makeup sponge is a unique, multi-purpose tool that you can have in your makeup kit. Along with blending foundation, a Beauty Blender is useful for a range of creative makeup tricks! Here are three creative ways that you can use a Beauty Blender sponge.

Use it to bake your concealer

I love this trick when setting concealer underneath my eyes! This trick works well with a slightly damp Beauty Blender. It may seem strange to apply the powder with a wet sponge, but water won’t transfer to your skin. Dampen the tip of your sponge, load it with powder, then dab it underneath your eyes to set your concealer.

Use it to blend your foundation and moisturizer

Sometimes, an oil-based foundation won’t blend with a water-based moisturizer, or vice versa. If you use a Beauty Blender to apply your foundation, it will be easier to press the product into your skin after applying moisturizer. This technique blends the products together and reduces the look of a caked complexion.

Use it to apply nail polish for an ombre manicure

Giving yourself an ombre manicure is one of the most creative ways to use your Beauty Blender sponge. Apply your desired colours to the flat end of the sponge and press it into your fingernails for an ombre, colourful nail design.

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3 Creative Ways to Use Dry Shampoo

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Dry shampoo is a staple in my morning routine when there just isn’t enough time to wash my hair. Along with eliminating excess oil in your roots, dry shampoo can be useful for many aspects of your beauty routine!

Add faux highlights to your hair

Dry shampoo is available in a range of colours. While coloured dry shampoo is meant to blend into your hair, a few sprays can give the appearance of highlights in your locks.

Secure bobby pins

Bobby pins are often slippery and don’t stay in place. Spritz each bobby pin with dry shampoo before placing it in your hair for a secure hold.

Boost hair’s volume

Dry shampoo doesn’t just have to be saved for oily strands. Flip your hair upside down, add dry shampoo to your roots then concentrate it into the rest of your hair for extra volume.

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3 Tips You Need To Know If You Have Acne-Prone Skin

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If you suffer from acne, it can seem impossible to control. I’ve had acne-prone skin for ages and have tried various methods of combatting my combination skin. I’ve tried various tricks but here are the top three tips I use to combat acne-prone skin!

Avoid over-drying your skin

Many products meant to combat acne are over-drying, and this can trigger oil production. To ensure your skin retains moisture it is best to avoid alcohol-based products and moisturize immediately after cleansing.

Clean your makeup brushes

Cleaning makeup brushes regularly is an essential step if you have acne-prone skin. Makeup brushes can harbour dirt and bacteria which may exacerbate breakouts. Brushes should be washed once a week with a gentle brush cleanser or shampoo.

Examine your haircare products

Until recently, I had no idea that my haircare products were contributing to frequent breakouts on my forehead, cheeks and neck. Check the list on your shampoo or other haircare products for aggravating ingredients and adjust your routine accordingly to reduce breakouts.

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3 Natural Ways to Remove Makeup At the End of the Day

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Just as you apply makeup each morning, you need to remove it at the end of the day. But did you know that finding a good makeup remover doesn’t have to be costly? Here are three inexpensive ways to remove your makeup!

Coconut or olive oil

Oil dissolves oil. The basic idea behind dissolving your makeup with an oil is that it will mix with the oils in the makeup to remove it. Apply a small amount of coconut or olive oil to a cotton pad and gently wipe your face. Once makeup has dissolved, rinse with water to clean the skin.

Create a cucumber cleanser

Toss a cucumber slice into the blender to create a paste before mixing it with olive oil. This method will remove makeup while the cooling agents in the cucumber will reduce puffiness.

Craft a DIY makeup wipe

Combine aloe vera, witch hazel, liquid soap and coconut oil in a jar before shaking well. Stack round cotton pads into the jar and shake to coat them.

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3 Tips to Take Better Blog Photos in the Winter

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Blogging in the winter is tough. Shorter days bring less daylight, and reduced hours to take bright, well-lit photos for a blog post. Today I’ve gathered my top tips for taking better blog photos in the winter. If you’re in the same boat, keep on reading!

Utilize the help of apps

There are many apps available to enhance the natural light in your photos. I often brighten dark photos with the help of apps like Lightroom.

Timing is key

Whenever possible, it is better to take photos in natural light. The sun is often at its highest point by midday, and this translates to the brightest light available for the day. With this in mind, pay attention to locations that have the brightest light to achieve the best photos.

Pay attention to the backgrounds

I love using bright, white backgrounds for product photography and flat lays. White backgrounds make objects appear brighter by reflecting light.

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