Monday, March 31, 2014

Primer 101

Hello everyone!

Make-up primer is one of those beauty products that can make a big difference in the look and wear of your make-up.  It preps your skin for make-up and creates a smooth base.  Even if you are happy with the foundation you are currently using, a layer of primer underneath can bring it to a whole new level.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you learn how to apply make-up primer:
  • Moisturise: Apply a light moisturiser before your primer and allow it to fully absorb into your skin for a few minutes.  Primer is applied after sunscreen and moisturiser and before any foundation or tinted moisturiser.

  • Blend: A little primer goes a long way, so apply a pea sized amount with your fingertips and starting in the centre of the face, work your way out.  You can also apply the product with a damp foundation wedge sponge.  Be sure you cover all areas as evenly as possible, use a little extra in places where your make-up tends to wear off quickly, such as in the T-zone or over large pores.

  • Apply foundation: Once your primer is on, allow a few minutes for it to set before applying foundation.

  • Finish with powder: To really lock in your make-up, apply a dusting of translucent powder over your base, specifically focusing on the T-zone area where make-up tends to slide off first due to oil production.
Tips:
Tinted formulas: If your skin is dull, light pink primers can add a glow.  Lilac shades  brighten pale skin, and green formulas neutralize redness.
Eye primers: Gently patted around the eyes and on the lids.  Eye primers prevent make-up from creasing, soften crow's-feet, and eliminate redness.
Acne: Skip any spot treatments if your primer already contains anti-acne ingredients (like salicylic acid or tea tree oil).

Do you use a make-up primer?  Tell me how it works for you in the comments section below!


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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Give your hair a break!

Hello everyone!

I have a confession to make: I hate wearing my hair down!  I feel like it's always in my face.  My hair is usually pulled back tightly in a top knot bun.

Hair buns and ponytails are good at keeping hair out of your face, but they can also cause major damage.  Tight hairstyles can add stress to hair follicles, causing breakage.  

You should try to keep tight styles to a minimum.  I am currently working on this.  If you are anything like me, here are a few tips that will help:

Upgrade your hair bands
Removing hair elastics often leads to breakage.  When you must tie your hair, opt for hair ties that slide easily out of hair.  Look for metal-free elastics, which help to prevent breakage. 

I'm currently loving the spring hair bands.  They are even save to use on my curly hair!

Wear it loose
Make sure it's not too tight and it's loosely secured with a hair band.

Switch it up
Consistently tying your hair in the same spot can weaken the hair shaft and result in breakage.  Instead of always putting your hair up the same way, switch things up: wear a high ponytail one day, a low one another, a braid on one side, a braid on the other, etc.  

Let your scalp relax
When you're relaxing out at home, give your hair the chance to relax too.  Leave your hair down during your time off so your poor scalp can take a break.

Don't wear wet hair up
Avoid tying  your hair when it's wet;  when your hair is wet, it's at its weakest and breaks easily.

Sleep on silk 
Sleeping on silk pillowcases reduces breakage and can also reduces frizz.  At the very least, wear your hair down when you sleep. 

Do you prefer wearing your hair up or down?  Let me know in the comment section below.  Also, check out the related posts for more information!
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Tag post: The beauty blogger tag

Hello everyone!

Today's post is another tag post!  Check it out:


1) Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
My hair is wavy/curly.

2) What is your natural hair colour?
Medium brown

3) Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
I used to go to a salon but I have been dying and cutting my own hair for years.  I also colour and cut my mum's hair and cut my brother's curly hair!

4) Do you wear the same style every day or do you change it?
I wear whatever I want!

5) Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
Mostly I do my own mani/pedi.  

6) How often do you change your nail polish?
Once a week, more or less.

7) Do you polish your toes in Winter or just in the Summer?
I don't usually wear toe nail polish during the Winter months.

8) How long does it take for you to put on your make-up?
I'd say 10-15 minutes on average.

9) What do you do first, face or eyes?
Face.

10) Do you collect make-up or just buy what you need when you need it?
I collect lip products, shadows, eyeliners, blushers and nail polishes.  I don't collect foundations, concealers, powders and mascaras.  I definitely have more make-up than I need.

11) How often do you wear false eyelashes?
I bought a couple of different once a few months ago, but I haven't tried any of them yet!

12) Do you do a full face of make-up every day?
No.

13) Do you wear make-up when you are home alone or with family?
No, never.

14) Will you leave the house without make-up?
Yes.  I don't mind.

15) How many high-end products do you have?
I have quite a few, but I definitely have more drugstore make-up than high-end.

16) Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you're getting dressed?
If I have to be up early I'll try to decided on what I'm wearing the night before, but on most days I'll choose something as I'm getting ready.

17) How often do you change your handbag?
I change it  to coordinate with my outfit.

18) What time do you get up and go to sleep?
I don't have a set sleep schedule.  I just try to get 7-8 hours of sleep.

19) Do you work out?  How often?
I try to hoop for 1 hour every day.  It's a really great workout and I love hooping to my favourite music! :)

20) Left-handed or right-handed?
Right-handed.

21) How tall are you?
I 'm 5' 2.5"

22) Do you speak a foreign language?
Besides Maltese and English, I'm also fluent in Italian, Spanish and French!  Speaking five languages, I'm never out of options when it comes to music, TV shows, movies and books! ;)    

23) How many pets do you have?
Currently, one.  His name is Cookie, my super cute and cuddly guinea pig!

24) How often are you on Blogger?
Every day.  I like to check my blog and browse through other people's posts.

25) Do you read comments posted on blogs?
I read all of the comments on my blog and I read some comments on other blogs too.  I also read all the messages I receive on my Facebook page and reply to all the questions you ask me. 

26) Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
Yes!

27) How did you come up with your blog name?
For my DIY beauty recipes, I use ingredients from my kitchen pantry.  I combined beauty and pantry together with my name and the name Cosette's Beauty Pantry was born!    

28) What kind of camera do you use for photographs?
Fuji FinePix S5700

29) How often do you clean your house?
As often as needed.

30) What is your favourite colour?
I don't have one.

31) Do you swear?
No, never.

32) What are you doing with the rest of your day?
It's almost midnight so... not much! ;)  


What did you think of this tag?  If you liked it, I tag you to do it too!


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello Spring!

Hello everyone!

After what seemed like a very long Winter, Spring is finally here!  I love Winter, mostly because I'm kind of obsessed with Christmas and the Holiday season in general.  But still, by the time we reach the end of February, I am sick of the cold, humid weather!

Here are some Spring related posts from the blog archive:
  • Spring skin care tipsIt’s Spring, and as the seasons change, so do our skin care needs.  Here are a few Spring skin care tips.
  • DIY: Pedicure - Spring aka sandal season!  It’s time to show our toes to the world.  Here are some tips for a perfect pedicure.
  • Fighting cellulite!Although cellulite is hard to eliminate totally, if you follow these tips you should see a significant improvement.
  • DIY: Anti-cellulite coffee scrubTopical caffeine has been shown to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Easter/Spring nailsI you don’t celebrate Easter, you can skill rock your bunny thumbnail this Spring!

Do you have any tips that work for you?  Share your beauty secrets in the comments section!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Virtual make-up makeover! (GlamST.com launch)

Hello everyone!

A few months back, I talked to you about the the launch of GlamST; a new platform that helps you find the perfect beauty product. 


GlamST allows you to virtually try out different make-up products from the comfort of your own home.  Let me tell you a bit more about the site, and show you my virtual makeover looks!
Once you join, you can choose a model or upload your photo.  If you choose the later, the site will take you through a few steps to adjust your photo and then you're ready to go!  Once you have your photo ready, it's time to start testing products!  There are three sections: Face, Eyes, and Lips.  Each section has a few subsections, such as, foundation, mascara and gloss, among others. 
As you try on products you also have the option to control the amount of product you apply.  If you decide you like something, you can save the look or add it to your shopping basket.  It's that simple!
For my makeover, I chose to create two different looks!  Check out the before and after photos and the products I used:
Before


#1 Everyday/Office Look
After
Tested Products


#2 Night Out Look

After

Tested Products

GlamST aims to create a positive community of women that feel comfortable with their choices and who they are.  I encourage you all to join GlamST; it's free, easy and fun to use.  I also find it quite useful to test new products before purchasing! 

To get the latest updates, like GlamSt on Facebook!



February favourites

Hello everyone!

This is my first monthly favourites post.  Here are some of my favourite beauty products from last month!

St. Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub Blemish Fighting
It claims to gently cleans pores and helps fight  blemishes without over drying.  It's oil-free and has 2% salicylic acid.  I love this scrub and so far it seems to work.

Suave Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil
This oil is infused with argan oil.  I use a few drops on wet hair.  It conditions the hair without weighing it down. 

Cien Anti-Aging Hand Cream
It's intensely moisturising and protects against sun damage.  It is very rich and a little goes a very long way.

Sibella Lip Balm  
This is my second tube!  It smells great and it's very moisturising.  Definitely one of my favourite lip balms ever!

What beauty products have you been loving lately?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): St. Patrick's Day - Shamrock

Hello everyone!

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day and  this is a super easy way to decorate your nails for the occasion!
  


Paint the leaves in a V-shape, just like the Valentine's Day hearts.



Did you know? 
According to legend, Saint Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Have you got anything special planned?





Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The best brushes for your hair

This post brought to you by Mont Bleu. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hello everyone!

Hair brushes are an essential cosmetic tool.  As you may know, the best brushes for your hair are considered to be those with natural boar bristles.  
Boar bristles are easier on hair than cheap plastic brushes.  Plastic hair brushes aren't necessarily bad for your hair but they just don't benefit hair as much as natural bristles.  Boar bristles have the same structure as our hair.  They distribute natural oils, polish hair, and smooth the cuticle.  The bristles also gently massage your scalp, increasing blood flow to your hair follicles.
Mont Bleu offers you high-quality wooden hair brushes with natural boar bristles with massage pins in between.  Not only that, they also offer a selection of beautifully decorated luxury wooden brushes. You can choose the right hair brush for you.  Plain or hand decorated with Swarovski® Elements  crystals to brings a sparkle to your everyday tool!  A great gift idea for beauty geeks or for yourself!
Hair Brush with Swarovski crystals
When looking for a good brush, consider if you need a round brush (great for blowouts) or a paddle brush (best for detangling).  Mont Bleu's brushes also have ergonomic  handles; you won’t feel tiredness in your hands during blow dry or simple combing.  
Round Boar Bristle Hair Brush
Boar Bristle Paddle Hair Brush
Mont Bleu's hair brushes are designed in Germany and hand decorated in Europe.  Their quality meets the highest standards.
Remember a good hair brush is an investment, a quality brush will last a long time.  Use the code SHB14 to get a 30% discount on all hair brushes from Design Glassware by Mont Bleu E-shop.  Go get yourself a high-quality hair brush.  You won't regret it!

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Saturday, March 08, 2014

International Women’s Day 2014

Hello everyone!

“Equality for women is progress for all” This is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, being celebrated today, March 8, across the world.   



Check out these inspirational quotes… 




Which one is your favorite?  
Pin your favourite one and have an awesome weekend!
Happy International Women's Day, ladies! 








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