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3 Tips to Easily Apply Red Lipstick

Hello, lovelies!

Red lipstick is a makeup chameleon. The shade is classic and can transform any modern, edgy, bright, or romantic makeup look. Despite the beauty of red lipstick, it can be a pain to apply thanks to feathering, smudging or streakiness. If you’re planning to rock a red lip this season, here are a few tips you need to know!

Powder the lips to prevent feathering 

This is a unique trick that I rely on when my lip liner is running low. To prevent feathering or bleeding lipstick, apply powder to the lips before applying lip colour. The powder gives the lipstick a base to adhere to which helps the colour stay in place.

Prep your lips first

Red lipstick adheres best to smooth and hydrated lips. Apply a lip scrub to exfoliate, then follow up with a balm to hydrate before selecting your favourite shade of red to ensure maximum colour payoff.

Apply a lip liner that matches your lipstick shade

Red lipstick is not forgiving when it comes to lines or mistakes. If your lipstick bleeds often, apply a lip liner to your pout to prevent lipstick from fading or emphasizing lines or texture.

What are your top tips for wearing red lipstick?

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3 Essential Online Shopping Tips

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We all love online shopping – it’s convenient, a timesaver and easy. Whether you are a seasoned online shopper or completely new to the phenomenon, it is a common activity in our modern society. With the holiday season approaching, online shopping is becoming more prevalent. Here are my top tips for the best online shopping experience!

Subscribe to mailing lists 

Receiving continuous e-mails from mailing lists can be annoying, but most retailers offer discount codes and promotions for their online stores. Mailing lists are a great way to stay updated on upcoming sales, discounts, and promotions from your favourite retailers without having to venture into the store. If you find that these e-mails are annoying, I’d recommend starting with subscribing to stores you shop at regularly.

Read reviews 

I love reading customer reviews before I buy a new product. This is especially helpful when buying items online, especially because the item is not immediately tangible. I often read reviews of the product I’m interested and photographs to determine if it is the best product for me.

Start with small items

If you are new to online shopping, or have reservations about it, start with smaller items to get started. New jewellery pieces or a wallet are great places to start when shopping online for the first time.

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3 Tips to Keep Your Lips Soft All Winter and Eliminate Dryness

Hello, lovelies!

Do you suffer from dry, chapped lips during winter months? I find myself constantly reapplying lip balm and sugar scrubs to maintain soft, supple lips. Here are the top tips I use to keep my lips soft in colder weather!

Choose the right lip balm 

Not all lip balms are created equally. Some lip balms contain ingredients like menthol and camphor which can actually dry the lips further. If you’re looking for a balm that adds extra moisture to the lips, ensure that it contains ingredients like aloe, coconut oil, and shea butter.

Buff away flakiness with a sugar scrub 

You should use extra care when exfoliating your lips. If you want to eliminate extra dryness and flakiness, use a sugar scrub. Sugar crystals will gently exfoliate the lips without drying them.

Resist the urge to lick dry lips

This may seem counterintuitive, but licking dry lips may actually cause them to become further aggravated. Instead of naturally moistening the lips, try applying a moisturizing balm or mask to introduce extra moisture.

Protect your lips

It’s important to take steps to avoid dry lips in the first place. During cold winter months, try sealing moisture into your lips with a balm or lip mask. One of my favourite ways to protect my lips during the winter is by wearing a warm scarf over my mouth to prevent dryness.

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3 Useful Tips to Grow Your Blog, Create Good Content and Gain More Followers

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As a blogger, I’ve learned a lot. While I’ve found plenty of ideas and tricks that have not worked, I’ve also discovered strategies that have grown my blog. Today I’m sharing the essential tips that I apply daily to help grow my blog!

1. Use tags and categories

I use this feature daily when writing new blog posts! By adding up to 15 relevant tags and categories to your post, you will increase the visibility of your posts in search engines. Once my blog began to grow, I gained more regular readers by adding relevant tags to each post.

2. Create an eye-catching title

Creating a title that is unique and eye-catching is also a great method to increase the search ability of your posts. A great post title also shares the value of your writing with your readers. One tool I rely on to create SEO-friendly titles is CoSchedule.

3. Hyperlink previous blog posts

I find this tip most helpful when I am writing a blog post that contains similar content to a post that I have already shared. Hyperlinking to previous posts helps to showcase older posts, but also keeps older content active.

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3 Mascara Tips to Enhance Your Lashes

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Even if you weren’t born with long, voluminous lashes, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get them with a few easy tricks. I love experimenting with new tips and ideas to apply mascara to lengthen and enhance my natural lashes. Here are my top tips to enhance eyelashes with mascara!

Twirl your mascara wand for maximum effect 

Twirl your mascara wand inside the tube instead of pumping it to avoid letting excess air into the product. Pumping the wand into the tube increases the likelihood that bacteria will get into the mascara. Twirling your mascara wand inside the tube will also help dispense extra product onto the wand.

Find the best wand shape for your eyes

Not all mascara wands are one-size-fits-all. If you have monolids or a smaller eye shape, a smaller mascara wand will enable to reach all your lashes. The point of mascara is to ensure that it reaches all your lashes. If you have a smaller eye shape, look for a smaller shaped mascara wand.

Curl your lashes for 10 seconds at a time 

Your eyelashes are fragile, so they should only be curled once at a time. Hold your eyelash curler on your lashes for 10 seconds to give them volume without causing them to loosen from your eyelid.

What is your favourite tip for applying mascara?

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3 Coffee Hacks That Will Save You Money

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If you’ve followed my blog or Instagram for a while, it’s no secret that I am a little obsessed with coffee. I drink 1-3 cups per day and am always experimenting with my coffee maker to try new flavours, save money, and rejuvenate my daily coffee-drinking experience. If you love coffee, here are three tips to help you save money on your daily cup!

1. Make your own iced coffee 

This trick is a great method of creating DIY iced coffee. Freeze coffee into an ice cube tray to create coffee ice cubes. Pour hot coffee over the ice cubes to create a quick iced coffee that won’t become watered down.

2. Order a cup of black coffee 

Ordering a cup of hot, black coffee is one of the main ways I save money at Starbucks. A cup of black coffee has the most caffeine and it costs less than fancier coffee drinks. I usually buy a grande (medium) black coffee from Starbucks at a cost of $2.82 and a total of 360 mg of caffeine.

3. Buy a special mug 

Using a special mug every morning will reduce the urge to buy a cup of coffee from the store every day. By using this special mug at home, you’ll save money in the long-run plus you’ll get more use from your at-home coffee machine.

Are there any ways that you save money on coffee?

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3 Easy Ways to Practice Self-Care and Avoid Burnout as a Student or Professional

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If you are a student or a professional, you are bound to experience burnout. It is important to devote time to yourself to lessen the effects of burnout on your mental and physical health. Self-care comes in a variety of forms, but here are a few simple ways that you can implement it into your daily routine!

Wait, what is burnout?

Simply, burnout is physical or mental collapse that results from being overworked. When you experience full burnout, you are unable to function effectively on a personal or professional level.

3 Ways to Practice Self-Care and Avoid Burnout

1. Try to get more sleep

Lack of sleep is a major predictor of burnout. Try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule or a relaxing routine to help you unwind at the end of the day. Once you begin to sleep better, this becomes a key sign that you’re recovering from burnout.

2. Make time for activities that you enjoy 

The key here is to practice activities that are also self-care for you. Find activities that nourish and relax you. Activities that I engage in to relax include exercising, blogging, and journaling.

3. When feeling overwhelmed, do something simple but productive 

When you feel overwhelmed or overworked, do a simple activity to clear your mind. It can be something as simple as checking e-mails, cleaning, or checking messages. These small tasks can help you determine which smaller tasks are ‘doable’ at that moment and clears you mind to let you return to larger tasks.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Makeup Brushes: The Ones You Need and How They Work

Hello, lovelies!

Makeup brushes are an essential component of my daily makeup routine. I use a variety of brushes to apply my makeup products, and finding the right ones can truly transform the way your makeup looks. It is very useful to have multiple brushes in your collection. This guide to makeup brushes covers everything you need to know about how to use them!

Powder Brush

A powder brush has long, fluffy bristles to distribute powder (think loose, translucent powder) evenly across the face without leaving the skin feeling caked.

Blush Brush

A blush brush is slightly denser than a powder brush, and has smaller bristles. Most blush brushes feature a dome-shaped head that allows you to apply concentrated colour that can be built and blended.

Contour Brush

Contour brushes are usually angled and have softer, dense bristles that allow you to apply a concentrated amount of product to the face. The angled shape of this brush should fit snugly underneath your cheekbones for precise bronzer application.

Kabuki Brush

This type of brush has a flat top with soft, voluminous bristles to apply bronzer, blush or other types of powder products. A kabuki brush works well to buff product into the skin or into specific areas such as the forehead.

Foundation Brush

Foundation brushes come in a variety of shapes (angled, flat, fluffy) but the most common type is flat. The flat shape of a foundation brush is perfect for applying liquid or cream foundation to the entire face before percise blending.

Fan Brush

This type of brush has a dual purpose – it can be used to apply highlight or to clean up any excess powder on the skin. These brushes have lightweight bristles and are shaped like a fan to delicately apply powder highlight to the cheekbones and nose. These bristles also work well to dust away excess powder from the skin.

Concealer Brush

A concealer brush is typically small and flat to enable precise application to the nooks and crannies of your face. This brush is ideal for applying concealer underneath the eyes, near the nose, or the forehead.

Eyeshadow Brush

Eyeshadow brushes come in a variety of shapes. A fluffier eyeshadow brush works best to apply shadow to the lid and blend it out. Smaller, pointed eyeshadow brushes are perfect for applying eyeshadow into the crease or corners of the eye.

Eyeliner Brush

Most eyeliner brushes are slim and ultra-fine. The type of eyeliner brush I use has an angled edge to create thin, precise lines with a cream or liquid eyeliner.

Brow Brush

Angled brow brushes are ideal for applying all types of brow products (think powders, waxes and pomades). These brushes have a spoolie on the end to groom brows and blend the product once applied.

Lip Brushes

These brushes have a pointed tip to precisely apply lip colour from the tube. A lip brush lets you build the intensity of colour, or to outline and fill-in the lips.

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3 Creative Ways to Use Loose Powder in Your Beauty Routine

Hello, lovelies!

Loose powder is a staple in my makeup kit to lock-down my foundation and concealer while preventing oil buildup on my skin. Loose powder comes in various colours but the most common shade is ‘translucent’ as it does not leave any coloured residue on the skin. I apply loose powder during different stages of my beauty routine and here are a few ways that you can use it too!

1. Plump your lashes

Loose powder can amp up the volume of your eyelashes. Dust loose powder over your eyelashes before applying mascara to increase the fluffiness of your mascara. If you apply multiple coats of mascara, dust powder in between each coat for extra fullness.

2. Bake your makeup

I mainly apply loose powder to ‘bake’ my makeup. This technique involves coating a liquid makeup product in powder to set it. To bake my makeup, I dust a heavy amount of powder over my face after applying wet concealer and allow it to set for a few seconds. Once it is set, I dust off the powder. This helps to seal the cream product onto the skin.

3. Increase the longevity of freshly-applied lipstick

This trick works like an extra coat of lip liner. After applying one coat of lipstick, place a tissue over your lips. Dab loose powder over the tissue and press your lips together to enhance the longevity of your lipstick.

How do you use loose powder in your beauty routine?

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3 Tips to Effortlessly Apply Liquid Lipstick

Hello, lovelies!

I adore liquid lipstick! The fluid formulas are opaque like traditional lipsticks, but last longer and dry to a matte, transfer-proof finish. Liquid lipstick can be tricky to apply at first, so I’m sharing my favourite tips to help make the application a breeze!

1. Prep your lips

This step is crucial, since most liquid lipsticks are drying. I always like to exfoliate and moisturize my lips before applying a lip liner to ensure that my lipstick has maximum wear.

2. Use less product than you think you need

It is better to start with a small amount of product then add more as needed. This will make it easier to apply additional lipstick without your lips feeling caked or dry.

3. Avoid lip balm

Lip balm tends to breakdown liquid lipstick. Rather than applying lip balm throughout the day, you should apply it during your lip prep.

What are your favourite tips to apply liquid lipstick?