Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Strobing | The "anti-contouring"

Hello everyone!

For those who don't like contouring and those who never quite figured out how to contour, meet "strobing".  Basically strobing is an "anti-contouring" technique.  
Strobing uses highlighter to bring out your features and helps you achieve a dewy and neutral look.  This technique uses light to shape your face rather than contouring which primarily uses shadows.  Typically we pair highlighting with contouring but highlight is quite beautiful on its own, especially in the summer months. 
How to get the look:

With strobing, you simply apply a generous amount of highlighter in the inner corners of your eyes, under your brow bones, the tops of your cheekbones, your temples, your Cupid’s bow, the bridge of your nose and anywhere the light naturally hits your face and then blend.  The key is to find a liquid or powder highlighter that compliments your skin tone.


Here are some highlighters that are perfect for strobing:



Radiant Highlighter • The Body Shop 
Benefit High Beam Complexion Highlighter • Benefit
Topshop Beauty Glow Highlighter - Gleam 4g • Topshop
Rimmel Good to Glow Highlighter - Notting Hill Glow • Rimmel
MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder
Benefit Watts Up Soft Focus Face Highlighter • Benefit 
CLINIQUE Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlighter • Clinique 

I also like Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator by NYX.

Do you prefer strobing over highlighting and counturing?  I certainly do!  Comment below and share your favourite strobing products!  









Thursday, July 16, 2015

The amazing beauty benefits of honey

Hello everyone!

Today's post is dedicated to the sweetest skin-loving ingredient, and one of my personal favourites; honey!  Honey does not only have numerous health benefits, it has also been used for centuries as a natural beauty product.

Honey is... 
  • Naturally antibacterial, so it's great for acne treatment and prevention.
  • Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down ageing.
  • Extremely moisturising and soothing.



Check out these blog posts to learn more/view additional DIY beauty recipes using honey:
DIY: Milk and honey hair mask
DIY: Yummy facial scrub/mask
DIY: Greek yoghurt, oatmeal and honey facial mask

Tip: Always use pure raw honey.

And for more recipes, check out this infographic by Beauty Secrets Revealed: 12 amazing beauty benefits of  honey.


Is raw honey part of your beauty regime?  


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Sunday, July 05, 2015

The best sunglasses for your face

Hello everyone!

A while back, I posted a quiz to help you
 determine your face shape.  I also told you that knowing your face shape is essential when choosing your eyebrow shape and glasses, among other things.  


(If you are not sure what your face shape is, click here to take the quiz.  And to choose the most flattering eyebrow shape, click here.)  

Today's post will help you choose the best sunglasses for your face shape.  If you want to find out more keep reading!


Different sunglasses look better on different face shapes.  Sure, you could try different sunglasses out until you find a pair that work for you, but if you need a little help, check out these tips...




Heart-shaped face: Any frames that are wider on the top than they are on the bottom work well.





Round face shape: Oversized, rectangular, and angular frames set off roundness.



Oval face shape: You can pull off any round or square frame.  Keep proportion in mind, and try not to go too big or too small for your face.




Square face shape: To soften your strong features, choose sunglasses with soft lines or rimless edges. 


I usually wear retro square or oversized sunglasses.  Which style is your favourite?  







Related posts:

Quiz: What's your face shape?
The best eyebrows for your face

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Sunscreen ingredients to avoid! | A safer alternative

Hello everyone!

My previous post was all about SPF and misconceptions about sunscreen.  Read it here.  Today's post is about sunscreen ingredients you should avoid!

So, what’s wrong with our sunscreens?
Research has found that many sunscreens contain chemicals that mess with our hormones and can play a significant role in cancer development.  You should avoid these chemicals and find a safer alternative.  


Active ingredients in sunscreens come in two forms, mineral and non-mineral/chemical filters.  Each ingredient has different uses for protecting the skin and keeping its stability under sunlight.  Yet each may be hazardous to human health

The most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters.  These products typically include a combination of two or more of these active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzoneoctisalateoctocrylenehomosalate, octinoxateretinyl palmitate and paraben preservatives.  

Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.  Also, a small amount of sunscreens combine zinc oxide with chemical filters.

Read the infographic below and learn why you need to skip sunscreen products that contain these chemicals.


Looking for a safer alternative?  Why not try to make your own sunscreen using the ingredients below?


You can find the recipe, here!


Does your favourite sunscreen contain any of the above mentioned hazardous ingredients?  Will you be making your own sunscreen this summer?  Do you want more DIY sunscreen recipes?  Do let me know in the comments below!  






 

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