Some hate the rain but I like the romanticism that it portrays in the movies. Whether you are caught with no umbrella or feel a sense of breeze rushing through your strands, look chic 24/7 with my favourite beauty tips.
“I never want to do the same things twice. I like surprises” – Audrey Tatou
Our hair is like a crown on our heads and directs the results for the rest of our appearance. A bad hair day will always stop our makeup and clothes from feeling perfected.
Spend 15 minutes per day with clean hands, gently massaging your scalp. When you are in the shower, try to resist the temptation to turn up the heat.
A 10p sized amount of shampoo is all that is required. Rub in both hands and press in separate sections to avoid a large buildup of product in one area. Repeating is unnecessary but be sure to wash out thoroughly. Shampoo residue left in the hair can build up dandruff.
I prefer to find natural shampoo’s and conditioners that do not contain SLS.
To create shine, once your hair is styled, turn the blow-dryer setting to cold, add the nozzle and point it down and diagonal away from your face. Take sections and slowly glide the dryer from your roots to about your ears. To finish off, add a hint of shine serum or oil.
This is my everyday hairbrush which you can read about in this review.
I’m a firm believer that you what you put in your body has an effect on how your body looks. With skin being the largest organ, I try to stay hydrated and eat a wide variety of nutrition.
Since my facial at Harley Street, I have switched to Lulu’s Time Bomb moisturiser which has removed the dryness and left my skin more soft.
Determine the difference between your skin type and condition. Your skin type is genetically what you are born with – dry, oily, normal and combination. You can purely control. Whereas a condition – dehydrated, sensitive, premature ageing; are all caused by external factors and can be treated.
Dry skin is primarily losing a lack of oil and dehydrated is caused from a need for water. So anyone could potentially have dehydration. Sometimes with oily skin, it produces more oil in an attempt to add hydration.
If you are finding your skincare is not helping your skin, it may be worth double-checking that you are not mixing skin types and conditions. Also consider external factors; are you over exfoliating? Has your diet changed?
Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle – Erno Laszlo
With cleansing, I always cleanse twice and skip toners. It’s a debatable topic in the beauty industry, however from my experience in cosmetics, I find them irritating to skin. It’s worth searching for a cleanser that doesn’t need a toner and therefore won’t shoot your pH up.
I once watched a video by Sarah Chapman who said to use your knuckles lightly when washing. I am not the biggest fan of makeup wipes and Micellar water. I always trust good old-fashioned cleansers which need water.
Body & Bath
Whenever I want to feel and look chic, I always crave a bath. At the minute I use both Better You Magnesium Flakes and Dr Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution in Lavender. The former instantly eases muscle aches and makes me feel more relaxed for bed, whilst the latter has the most incredible smell and is quite soothing.
I have an old beauty book which says to either take short baths or long baths. Between 10 & 20 minutes is the worst. After 20, your body begins to re-hydrate.
I swear by sugar and olive oil as a body scrub. I also like dry buffing where I used small circles with either gloves or a body brush and exfoliate before getting in the water.
As amazing as bubble bath feels, it can be quite drying.
Always moisturise as soon as you are finished. Because I sampled them for i the stylist, I again use Better You Magnesium Body Cream. It actually adds magnesium without me needing to consume a tablet or supplement.
Regardless of if I have 1 hour or 10 minutes, there are some tricks that I never skip out on.
- Gold eye shadow under my eyes. What’s key is that the gold is not really gold. I like mine subtle and as least shimmery as possible. I take a fine brush and generously dab under and then blend.
- Contour everywhere. I use one of the YSL contour palettes and sweep across my cheeks, temples, sides of my face and eye crease. Contouring is to make features appear smaller. So if you had a small forehead compared to the rest of your features, you would want to avoid contour on your temples. Go for a natural shade that’s not to orange.
- Using a lip brush. Admittedly for years in makeup I was not bothered about using one as I didn’t think of them to significantly impact. But now it is one of my preferred tools. It helps to make a smooth line, stop bleeding and a fuller lip.
- Fingers to warm up the foundation followed by a buffing brush. I like to use my fingers as an application tool and sweep up and out. Blending inwards can show too much product on the centre of your face. A buffing brush then helps to fully blend and smooth. It is easier however, to use a brush when applying on other people.
- Pressing my thumb down on my mascara tube when I’m putting on mascara. This stops it from drying quickly and removes mascara clogging up on the tube. You may need a tissue after.
Nails are the finishing touch. They can instantly make someone look chic. My biggest tip of all is to simply keep track. Don’t wait weeks for them to grow uneven and potentially weak before you redo a manicure.
When I worked at a beauty salon, I was taught to file one way as going back and forth over a nail is damaging. Try to use the least amount of layers when applying nail varnish. Otherwise it can go streaky.
When you get towards the nail bed, pause and then slowly push the brush back. The first coat should be thin and the second with more polish.
If you accidentally smudge or ruin your nails once painted, take a small amount of nail varnish remover and with your finger, tap over the top. Depending on how much damage is done, you may be able to save and add another light coat over the top.
What is your best tip to look chic 24/7? And which of mine is your favourite?
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