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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 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 Things I Do Every Morning For a Productive, Energized Day

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The way you start your day has a significant impact on how the rest of it unfolds. I enjoy taking charge of my day by engaging in a morning routine that makes me feel both energized and relaxed. If I am intentional about my morning, the rest of my day usually unfolds smoother. Here are three things I do every morning for a productive, energized day!

Have the tools I need for the day organized and within reach 

This applies to every aspect of my morning routine. For example, when my coffee cup is right next to my Keurig, or when my face cleanser is within reach on my bathroom vanity, I feel much more organized. I like to ensure that items I use every single morning are easy to find.

Drink coffee

I adore coffee, and would consider my Keurig as one of my best friends. Drinking coffee each day is a staple in my morning routine for two reasons. First, the caffeine gives me an energy boost to start the day. Second, drinking coffee has become a routine task for me each morning and I feel relaxed and ready to take on the day once this task is complete.

Get dressed and apply makeup 

This one may seem obvious, but I feel more energized when I am completely ready for the day. Just making myself look productive after dressing and applying makeup instantly leads to feeling productive.

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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 Facial Cleanser Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

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Applying facial cleanser seems like a basic concept. You may think it’s impossible to make any mistakes when you pump cleanser into your palm every morning, but there are actually a few little missteps you can make that can disrupt your daily routine and your skin. Here are three mistakes you probably didn’t know you were making with your facial cleanser!

1. Rubbing your skin too much

A gentle, circular massage is all you need to work the product into your skin and boost circulation. If you’re rubbing your skin too much while cleansing, there’s potential to irritate your skin. If your skin appears red and inflamed immediately after you rinse cleanser off your face, it’s a good sign that you’re rubbing the skin too much.

2. Storing your cleanser in the shower

It’s convenient to store all your products in one place. However, storing your cleansers in the shower can actually ruin them. If your bottle of cleanser absorbs any shower spray, it could dilute the product. To preserve the integrity of your cleanser’s formula, keep it stored in a cool, dry place.

3. Not removing all your makeup before applying cleanser

It is important to double-cleanse in order to remove all makeup residue. I often double-cleanse by applying a cleansing oil to remove all my makeup before applying my regular cleanser to wash my face. Removing all traces of makeup will ensure that your cleanser is properly absorbed into your skin.

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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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3 Creative Ways to Use Loose Powder in Your Beauty Routine

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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

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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?