Taking your makeup off is pretty arduous at the best of times, especially heavy eye makeup and mascara. Our eye area is so delicate that the daily process of rubbing and washing our eyes can be a literal pain.
One thing you can do (which I have always done over the years and swear by it) is to take your mascara off first before anything else. Take your thumb and forefinger, wet them slightly with water and delicately massage your lashes between your fingers. Then just rinse your fingers under the water and keep going until 90 percent of the mascara has gone. You may look like a sad panda at this stage but your mascara will have loosened with the warm water and you don’t have to spend the next ten minutes rubbing your eyes with a cotton pad or a facewipe (gasp!). Plus you will more likely get rid of ALL your mascara this way. Then just simply continue with your cleansing routine.
Waterproof mascara requires something a little different – for this you’ll need an oil based remover like Bobbi Brown’s Instant Long-wear Makeup remover. Shake to mix the liquids and use some soft cotton wool. To get rid of any excess mascara in the base of your lashes, soak a cotton bud in your remover and gently brush along the lashline. Bobbi Brown is now doing this remover in travel sizes which means it doesn’t have to break the bank if you want to try it out. Plus they fit perfectly into your makeup bag which is delightful. Check out their new miniature range here.
Tally Ho product junkies!
This weeks blog will be featuring a special lady. Fran’s mum! She has been busy putting Clarins Double Serum to the test…so listen up!
‘Hi all. My name is Bernice and I am 68 years old. My skin has always been quite good but as I’ve got older it has become quite dry and lost its elasticity. I often get dry flaky patches around my nose and as I live in Spain, the problem has become acute with the dry hot weather. I also suffer with redness, especially on my cheeks. MadeUp gave me a sample of Clarins Double Serum so I thought I would give it a try. It’s an anti ageing product claiming to even out skin tone and boost hydration as well as smooth wrinkles.
Over the years, I have always tried to look after my skin, cleansing morning and night and moisturising. I’ve used good creams, but never thought to add a serum into the mix. I was a quite sceptical at first as I thought it might be be oily, but in actual fact it’s quite the opposite. I used one pump every morning and evening before moisturising for 8 weeks and the results were very good. When I applied the product over my face and neck, it absorbed into my skin very well without leaving any residue. It’s fairly rich so a little goes a long way.
The plumpness has returned to my skin and it feels much more hydrated. The dry flaky patches have stopped and my skin feels so much fresher and brighter. I would definitely recommend it to all my friends. It’s quite expensive at £55 but my advice would be to get a sample from the Clarins counter to see if you like it as you will no doubt see and feel a difference only after a couple of days.’
You can find it here.
It’s Mother’s Day in the UK on Sunday 10th March so don’t forget to buy a present!
If you’re looking for a pampering treat, Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm is an amazing product. It’s a cleansing balm that will treat your skin and will remove all traces of make-up, yes, even eye make-up. It smells amazing too, with extracts of uplifting Neroli, Orange and Mandarin. You can also apply a thin layer as a night time treatment for a bit of extra pampering and I’ve also found it to minimise open pores so a great all rounder!
The summer is coming and we all know what that means. Wedding Fever!! 😍🎉💋👰🎩💄💗
My family friends Dan and Emma are getting married soon and so we thought we would grab an opportunity to do a makeup trial. After some discussion on what kind of colours Emma usually wears/ prefers, we decided to give it a go. My partner in crime Lauren, always tells me that the skin needs to be prepped correctly. Otherwise, no matter what you put on top, the makeup won’t sit well on the skin.
A bride must always prepare her skin for the big day – making sure she exfoliates and moisturises in a way that is right for her. How do we know this? By really noticing and looking to see how your skin behaves. There is no magic potion or wonder cream, it’s about finding something that works for you. Don’t ever be afraid to ask advice. Ask professionals about skincare, read up on blogs and get swotting up 👍
Emma’s skin was a little dry so I cleansed and moisturised, leaving the moisturiser to soak in for a few minutes. Then I used a ByTerry base in cream beige which has a medium to heavy coverage. On your wedding, choose a base that will last all day. Estée Lauder Double Wear is another great foundation that is long lasting.
Emma loves browns and earthy tones, so I applied one bronze over the lid and a matte brown to contour from my Smashbox eyeshadow palette using a 217 brush. I then lined the top lid with Estée Lauder blackened cocoa kohl and set it with a brown shadow for a soft definition on top and a little on the lower lash line. We didn’t have any posh eyelashes with us so I used some cheapie ones just for our test 😯 On the day we will use lashes with a much more delicate lash line so they look more natural. Individual lashes are good idea to keep it soft and natural too as they add volume where you need or want it most.
I then contoured the face with a matte Clarins bronzer with a little mac blush to brighten the cheeks. Cream blush is also a nice alternative for the big day as it smudges on easily giving a healthy glow without looking too matte. A Estée Lauder nude lippy topped with a Clarins lip perfector and the lips were done. Next time, we will line the lips first for more definition. A sweep of Mac mineralise and a slick of mascara and we were finished.
Until next time…
One of the best things about doing make-up lessons is going through people’s make-up bags. More often than not I’ll find a very old, never-been-washed blusher brush (don’t be ashamed!) and an old, broken eyeshadow palette that has seen better days.
My advice to you ladies is to clear out your make-up bag now and again! It’s a cleansing process, you’ll feel liberated throwing out that year-old mascara and on the plus side you can replenish with some lovely new products.
So, how often do you clear out your make-up bag?
To keep those peepers bright, you must first get lots of sleep and drink lots of water. That’s a no brainer really. Secondly, try using eye drops on a daily basis when you wake up in the morning. They flush out your eyes of excess makeup and give them a refreshing lift. If your feeling daring you could keep them in the fridge 😳. Another good way of de-puffing and keeping the eyes bright is to use a cooling gel mask or pop a couple of slices of cucumber onto your lids – it’s a old trick but a goodie….any excuse to take 15 mins out of your busy day for some QT. If you have a glass of Hendricks gin and tonic nearby – just throw in the cucumber or dip it in some houmous when you’ve finished with them. That’s what I call posh recycling.