Monday, December 31, 2012

Purse essentials for a night out! (Happy New Year)

 Amazing Pheobe Embellished Hardcase clutch (Accessorize) 
Never leave for a night out without…

Oil blotting paperThere’s a fine line between glowing and greasy.  Dab away the oil gently so you don't wipe away what's left of your make-up.  TipIf you don't have blotting papers, head to the ladies' room and tear off a piece of toilet-seat-cover paper.  

Lip glossChoose a gloss with some shine and a hint of colour.

Q-tipsGood for cleaning up smudgy eye make-up.
 
Eyebrow gel/Clear mascara Just in case you notice your eyebrows need some grooming.
 
Hairbrush, hair bands and bobby pins - In case you need to tame your hair.
 
Hand sanitiser Hand sanitiser is a lot quicker than going to the the bathroom to wash your hands. 

And last but not least, don't forget your compact mirror.

Wishing that you are blessed with all that you desire in the year ahead.  Happy New Year! 

What are you purse essentials for a night out?

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to take a quick moment today to wish you all a merry Christmas!  I hope that your day is filled with cheer, and may beautiful moments and happy memories surround you with joy this Christmas




 Il-Milied it-Tajjeb! (in Maltese)


XOXO
Euphrasie85

Monday, December 17, 2012

Beauty tips for this festive season!


Hello everyone!
Whether you’re going home for the Holidays to see family, or partying with your friends, undoubtedly you’ll want to look your best.  With these beauty tips you’ll be stunning!

Festive make-up:           
 
  • Vibrant red lips are a must this festive season.
  • Black liner swept across the top lid makes a bold yet elegant statement.
  • Choose eye shadow shades the suit your eye colour.  Check out this post: Eye shadow colours that complement your eyes.
  • Smokey eyes quickly change your look from day to evening.

A is dark, B is the lightest, C is the second lightest, and D is the darkest.

Holiday hair:
One of the best beauty skill you can master is the art of simple hairdos.  Check out this post to learn how you can create this elegant, simple and most importantly quick, sophisticated hair bun.


Skin:

Although you may like sipping alcoholic drinks, your skin doesn't!  Alcohol dehydrates you and can leave your skin dry and dull.  So remember to drink plenty of water and use moisturising creams and masks.

Enjoy the Holidays!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Christmas tree nails


Hello everyone!
Christmas is almost here and today I'm going to do a Christmas nail art tutorial… hope you like it!

 “I'm the happiest Christmas tree,
hoo hoo hoo, hee hee hee…” J

What I used:
  • Base coat
  • Gold nail polish (background)
  • Dark green nail polish (tree)
  • Red and green glitter polishes (lights)
  • Orange glitter polish (star tree topper)
  • Top coat

You can use any other colour combinations you like and you could also use nail rhinestones as toppers!


Step 1:
Apply base coat.

Step 2:
Apply 2 coats of your base colour to all your finger nails.


Step 3:
Decide which nails you want to decorate with a Christmas tree and draw a green triangle on those nails.  I chose to decorate one nail on each hand but you could do all ten nail if you wish.


Step 4:
Apply the glitter polish/s on top of the green polish.

I applied a red glitter polish

Step 5:
Apply a dot of orange glitter polish on top of your tree or you could also use nail rhinestones as toppers!


I added a green glitter polish

Step 6:
Apply top coat and you're done!

How are you going to decorate your nails this holiday season?

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Quiz: What's your face shape?


Knowing your face shape is essential when choosing your hairstyle, make-up, eyebrow shape and even glasses.  There are nine different face shapes; do you know which one you are?  Take this quiz and find out!


1. What best describes your forehead?

A. Square
B. Narrow
C. Round

2. What best described your jaw line and chin?

A. Square
B. Pointed
C. Full or Round

3. Describe the width of your face?

A. Wide
B. Average
C. Narrow

4. Look closely at your face - What do you see the most?

A. Angles 
B. Sharp edges
C. Smooth round curves 


Your results:

If you answered mostly A, you have a Squarish Shape… Now find out which one you are:

Square - Square forehead and jaw, full cheeks, almost as wide as it is long.

Rectangle - Square forehead and jaw, longer then it is wide.


If you answered mostly B, you have an Angular Shape… Now find out which one you are:

Heart - Rounded forehead and sharply tapered chins.

Inverted Triangle - Square forehead and sharply tapered chin.

Diamond - Narrow forehead and jaw with fuller cheekbones.

Pear - Narrow forehead and widest at the jaw line.


If you answered mostly C, you have a Rounder Shape… Now find out which one you are:

Oval - Round forehead, tapering cheeks and chin.

Round - Round forehead, full cheeks and smooth round jaw line.

Long/Oblong - Round forehead, tapers to chin. 


I hope you find this helpful!  

What's your face shape?  Leave your result in the comments below!  (I’m an oval shape J)

XOXO 
Euphrasie85

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The gel cast... Scrunch out the crunch!


Hello everyone!

As I previously told you, I have naturally (2c/3a) curly hair.  I haven’t straightened my hair in months and I’m loving my natural texture. J

Personally I prefer using gel over mousse and creams.  Why?  Because gel helps my hair stay frizz free and defines and holds my curls better.  That said, I DO NOT like the stiff, wet look at all!  I like my hair soft and touchable.  

I love Annalynne Mccord's curly hair

If you are using gel on your curly hair, chances are your hair dries hard and stiff.  This is called the gel cast. The gel crystallises and forms a barrier around the curl.  

How to get soft, touchable curls using hair gel:
  • Always apply (alcohol-free and silicone-free) gel to freshly cleansed and wet hair.
  • Do not touch your hair again until it dries.  This is key!  During the drying process the gel may harden and crystallise, forming a gel cast, but don’t worry.
  • When your hair is completely dry, simply break this gel cast by shaking hair at the roots, gently scrunching out the crunch to reveal luxurious, bouncy, soft, touchable curls!

Uploaded by DevaCurl 

Some people like the hold and definition they get with the gel cast and don't scrunch out the crunch.  I think the difference that scrunching out the crunch makes, is simply amazing!  What do you think?  Leave a comment and let me know.

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Photo from here.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Step by step blue-green smokey eye tutorial!



You will need:

  • eye primer/ foundation)
  • light blue eye-shadow
  • light green eye-shadow
  • creamy black eyeliner
  • blue eyeliner 
  • mascara


Step 1: Prime your lids with your foundation or eye primer.

Step 2Apply (creamy) black eyeliner.



 Step 3: Apply the light green shadow on top of the black liner.



Step 4: Apply the light blue shadow and blend.



 Step 5: Line lower lash line with black liner.


Step 6: Line upper lash line with blue liner.

Step 7: Apply mascara.


This is the finished look.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

XOXO
Euphrasie85


Friday, November 09, 2012

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Half moon manicure


Hello everyone!  I have another NOTD post for you.  

This is what I'm wearing on my nails today...  



Here is how you can recreate this look/Tutorial:

You will need:

  • 2 nail polishes
  • reinforcement rings
  • top coat

Step 1:
Apply 1 or 2 coats of the bottom colour (pink). 



Step 2:
Once your nails are completely dry, place half a reinforcement ring on each nail. 

Make sure that your nails are completely dry before placing the reinforcement rings on them or else the stickers will peel off the polish.



Step 3:
Paint the top half or your nail with 1 or 2 coats of the top colour (black). Let this coat dry for at least 10 minutes.



Step 4:
Carefully pull the stickers off.



Step 5:
Finish with a clear top coat.



I really like the end result.  What do you think?  Leave a comment and let me know!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Monday, November 05, 2012

Three methods to whiten yellow nails


Nail polish can leave yellow stains on your nails (and so can nicotine) that can make your hands look very unattractive.  If you have yellow nails, you can use one of these quick, easy and cheap methods to whiten them.


Method 1:
Dissolve a denture-cleaning tablet in a bowl of water and soak your nails for 10 minutes.


Method 2:
Brush your nails with a paste of lemon juice and baking soda.  


Method 3:
Make a paste of three tablespoons of baking soda and one tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide.  Apply the paste to each nail.  Leave on for 5 minutes.

Tips:
  • Always wash and moisturise your hands and nails after applying any of these treatments.
  • Before applying nail polish, always apply a  base coat to prevent staining. 

Hope you find this helpful! J
XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): A bloody Halloween


Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since my last NOTD post.  Today I want to show you my Halloween inspired nails... 



A bloody mess!



Happy (almost) Halloween!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Monday, October 22, 2012

At-home deep-conditioning hair treatment



All you need for a  deep-conditioning hair treatment is;
  1. a plastic shower cap (or even a plastic bag) 
  2. a hair mask (or your favourite conditioner)

Hair masks are an effective way to restore moisture to your hair.  You could buy your mask from a store or you could also make it at home.  You could also use your favourite conditioner instead.

How to get the most out of your hair mask:
  • Choose a mask according to your hair's need.
  • Shampoo and detangle your hair.
  • Don't use a conditioner after shampooing and before applying the mask.
  • Remove excess water from wet hair before application.
  • Use a generous amount and concentrate on the ends.
  • Apply on the entire length.
  • Wrap your hair up in a shower cap while the mask works its magic.  The heat from your scalp amplifies the mask’s effect.
  • Note: You should use your hair mask as directed in the instructions.  Certain ingredients used in hair masks could damage your hair if left on for too long.
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water.  As always, finish off with a cool rinse.

Do you use any hair masks?  Do you have any requests for future DIY hair mask recipes?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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XOXO
Euphrasie85

Sunday, October 14, 2012

DIY: Carrot facial mask

Hello everyone!

Those who follow me on Twitter or Like the blog’s Facebook page already know that today’s post is another DIY beauty recipe!

Do you know how to make a carrot facial mask?  Carrots are rich in vitamin A and anti-oxidants. Consuming carrots daily will promote healthy hair, bones, finger nails, and vision.  This mask can help prevent wrinkles, balance out oily skin and treat acne.


Ingredients:
  • 1 large carrot
  • ½  tbsp. honey
  • ½  tbsp. olive oil

Method:
  1. Peel one large carrot and steam until tender.  Do not overcook carrots; they will lose their health benefits.  Mash the carrot with a fork or masher until it's a creamy consistency.
  2. Mix in ½ a tablespoon of honey (read Honey face for more info. about honey) and ½ a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.  Olive oil helps nourish and clean the skin at the same time, leaving your skin supple and glowing.
  3. If the mixture is too thick, you can add in more extra virgin olive oil or water to thin it out.  You can add more honey to the mix to give it a thicker texture.
  4. Let the mixture cool down.
  5. Apply the carrot mask onto a clean face.  Leave it on for 15 -20 minutes. 
  6. Wash it off with warm water.  Pat dry and apply your favourite moisturiser.

Store any leftover mask in the refrigerator and use within a week.
Check out more DIY facial masks

XOXO
Euphrasie85


Photo from here.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Baby products for your sensitive skin


Hello everyone!

Do beauty products or detergents cause your skin to become irritated?  If you answered yes, you may have sensitive skin.  For less irritated skin, you could try substituting some of your regular beauty product with baby products.

Here’s a list of five baby products for your sensitive skin:
  • Baby wipes are great at removing make-up.  I was pleasantly surprised by the power of baby wipes; one wipe removes all of my make-up (even eye make-up) without any sign of irritation.  


  • Sunscreens that are formulated for babies are perfect for sensitive skin, and they won’t irritate your eyes.  
  • Baby lotions are the best body moisturisers for sensitive skin.  These lotions come in a variety of scents too.  You can find baby lotion in lavender, vanilla, chamomile, and other scents! 
  • Diaper rash cream can be used as a facial mask and an acne spot treatment.  Read Smooth as a baby’s bottom! to find out more about the cream’s active ingredients and why it works.


  • Baby shampoo is great too.  It won’t irritate your skin (scalp, hairline or forehead), and won't strip your hair either.

If a product is safe to use on babies, it is probably save for your sensitive skin too! 


Hope you find this helpful! J
XOXO
Euphrasie85


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