I love wearing vibrant, bright lipstick colours. When I apply my lipstick in the morning, I use a few simple tips to keep it in place all day long. (Just a note about these tips: Despite how many I’ve tried, I have discovered that even my longest-wearing lipstick is not kiss-proof.)
1. Exfoliate your lips
Applying a lip scrub to your pout before lipstick prevents your lips from becoming dry. Use a gentle lip scrub to exfoliate the lips and create a smooth canvas for lip colour.
2. Prime your lips with foundation
If you do not have a lip liner, your favourite foundation is a great substitute for a lipstick base! Apply your foundation to the lips and let dry. The colour will diminish the natural pigment of your lips to create a neutral base for lipstick. Lipstick also tends to adhere to the lips better if it is swiped over a base product.
3. Set your lip colour with powder
Apply a translucent/pressed powder to your lips between lipstick coats to strengthen the base for your colour. A translucent/pressed powder will also help set any liner that you applied to the lips.
What are you best tips for long-lasting lipstick?
Makeup remover wipes are ideal for removing makeup in a pinch, but did you know that you might be using them incorrectly? I like to use makeup remover wipes to remove the initial layer of makeup on my skin, but I’ve learned a few little tricks that might be reducing the effectiveness of the beloved makeup wipe!
Relying solely on a makeup wipe to remove all your makeup
We all know that removing makeup at the end of each day is important. How do you remove your makeup? If you’re using just a makeup wipe to remove everything, you may be leaving residual makeup on your skin. A makeup remover wipe works well in a pinch but it doesn’t effectively breakdown makeup enough to cleanse the skin. I notice this whenever I use makeup wipes, and typically have to wash my face immediately after to remove all my makeup.
Letting the wipes dry out
Makeup remover wipes are pre-moistened. If you leave the wipes exposed to air, there’s a chance that the wipes will dry out and won’t be as effective. Ensure that you firmly seal the package after removing a wipe to prevent the entire package from losing moisture.
Wiping the skin too hard
A big misconception about makeup wipes is that the harder you scrub your skin, the more makeup you’ll remove. It doesn’t take aggressive scrubbing to remove makeup fully and you may end up irritating the skin instead. I like to gently swipe the wipe across my skin in a light buffing motion.
What is your favourite way to remove makeup? Do you like or dislike makeup remover wipes?
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?
It can seem tough to complete every task on an endless to-do list. There may never be enough hours in the day to complete everything, but with a few simple tips, it is easy to increase your productivity.
1. Complete the least desirable task first
Starting your day by completing the task you dread the most will encourage you to complete it faster so you can move on to more enjoyable tasks. Completing the hardest, least-desirable tasks first will make your day better.
2. Create a daily ‘to-do’ list
I love creating daily lists of tasks. A daily list enables you to visualize the tasks you must complete throughout the day. Also, it is a helpful tool to prioritize each of those tasks. Are some tasks urgent? Does it have to be completed by the end of day, or end of the week? A ‘to-do’ list provides you with a framework of what must get completed on a daily or weekly basis.
3. Stay positive, and take breaks
A positive outlook will help you stay on track. Working hard is easier when you are happy and positive. One way to increase your positivity is to take regular breaks throughout the day – breaks help you refocus.
4. Schedule everything
My planner is attached to my hip, and I believe that if something doesn’t get scheduled, it does not get done. Scheduling every appointment I have or task to complete helps me stay productive and on-time.
Do you have any time-management tips? If so, leave a comment below, I’d love to hear about them!
June 10 was National Rose Day. Anyone who knows me will know that I am an avid wine drinker. This will be a short and sweet blog post, as I’ve been suffering from seasonal allergies since Friday! To commemorate National Rose Day, I’m sharing my favourite types of rose. *clink!*
Barefoot Bubbly wine is technically a white wine, but the wine has a bright pink hue. Sparkling wines are crisp. The brand’s White Zinfandel wine is my go-to. I enjoy light, refreshening wine flavours. This bottle contains notes of strawberry and peach. The addition of a bubbly texture gives the wine a crisp, delightful taste. I choose this wine most often due to its light taste (and the bubbles, of course!)
Yellowtail Wine hails from Australia. This wine is prominent during my family’s holiday celebrations, especially Christmas and Easter. Pink Bubbles (I love that name!) is another sparkling wine, but it contains more carbonation. The flavour of this wine is bright. This Yellowtail carries strawberry tasting notes with hints of lemon.
Jacob’s Creek Moscato Rose
This type of wine is a delicious mix between Rose and Moscato. Jacob’s Creek Moscato Rose is a true summer beverage – tasting notes include fresh summer berries. This wine is created “frizzante” style, meaning it is gently sparkling.
What is your favourite type of wine?
Blush is for more than just adding colour to your cheeks. There are multiple ways to add blush to your daily makeup routine. A beautiful blush shade is a versatile for the eyes, cheeks, and lips.
Turn your favourite shade into a nail polish colour
Crush a small amount of blush to turn it into a powder before mixing it into transparent nail polish. After adding the blush, shake the nail polish bottle well to blend the colour. Apply it to your nails the same way as other nail polishes.
Blend out tan lines
Do you have any unwanted tan lines? To cover (or blend out) tan lines, dip a large, fluffy brush into a light blush shade. Blend the blush into your skin to block out tan line.
Create a monochromatic colour palette
Blush is an ideal tool for creating a monochromatic makeup look. With just one product, you can add more vibrance to your face. Apply your favourite shade of blush to the eyes, lips, and cheeks for monochromatic makeup. I like to create this look with peach or pink blush.
Honey is often used as a sweetener. It is a delicious, sweet addition to recipes. It also has medicinal purposes. Honey is full of healthy antioxidants that are potent when used on the skin, hair, or nails. Today I share a few of the ways to add honey to your beauty routine.
1. Use it as an exfoliator
Honey contains antioxidants, enzymes and other nutrients that purify and nourish. The moisture in honey hydrates the skin. Create a gentle exfoliator by mixing one tablespoon honey with one tablespoon baking soda. Gently rub the mixture into your skin then rinse with water.
2. Use it to treat acne
Honey contains both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. These ingredients help fight acne-causing bacteria. Honey also contains anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness in the skin. Apply a dab of raw honey to any blemishes and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with water.
3. Use it as a hair conditioner
Raw honey is a great ingredient to add shine and lustre to the hair. The nutrients and enzymes won’t weigh the hair down. Add coconut oil into the mix to condition the hair. Mix one tablespoon raw honey with two tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply the mixture to the bottom of hair strands and work your way up. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes and rinse.