Depotting Solo Eye Shadows…

If by any chance you’re an eye shadow junkie like myself, it’s more than likely you’ll have a stash of mini solo eye shadow pots scattered amongst your make-up collection. However, thanks to beauty space saving essentials such as the Z Palette range, it’s totally achievable to tidy up your hoards of solo shadows by carefully de-potting the pans & storing them in one handy place. No more rummaging through masses of individual singles *woo hoo*

But before trying this out for yourself here’s a few extra tips to help get you started…

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1) Depot your stash in batches, that way you can get everything done all at once.

2) Figure out how your going to organise your palette before you de-pot & don’t forget to jot down the brand/shade. Being super organised will save you time & confusion in the long run, particularly if you’re working with lots of similar shades.

3) Always be sure to take your time when removing them from the pot to avoid damaging your shadows… the bigger the pan the more likely the product is to crack with leverage.

4) Don’t attempt to de-pot cream or baked shadows as these usually don’t come in pans.

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Hope you’s all find this weeks video a handy one, it’s certainly something that’s been on my to do list for quite some time! Goodbye messy solo pots, hello organised palette *happy sigh*

Don’t forget to stop by and say a quick hello, and do let me know if you’ve any tips for depotting your shadows too, we’d love to read them in the comments below! Thanks for watching 🙂

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Eye Liner Tips for Beginners…

Eye Liner Tips For Beginners

Are you a nervous wreck at the sight of a liner wand? Does your hand quiver at the mere thought of simply trying to draw a line across your eye lids never mind any of the ‘fancy flicks’ you often dream of perfecting? If you’re a newbie to lining your lids, regardless of age or experience, then why not check out my top tips on eye liner for beginners! And if you’re feeling really creative you can also check out how I Create The Perfect Winged liner in 5 Simple Steps. 

But before we go wild with the flick let’s get to grips with the basics 😉 Ready to line those lids gals? Then let’s get started…

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With 3 different types of liner to choose from, it’s safe to say that most of us have our secret preferences as to which we prefer eye doodling with! Pencil usually works a treat if you’re aiming for a softer finish and is perfect for those ‘smoked out’ or ‘soft’ every day looks. Gel liner tends to come in a tiny pot and is applied with a liner brush (Real Techiques has a great range of affordable brushes), and although it can be quite drying there’s no denying it often results in a super smooth line. Liquid (my personal favourite) is great for creating beautiful cat flicks and dramatic looks, however be on your guard as it does require a steady hand, patience and fair bit of practice if you’re a first time user.

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Although black is considered one of the most popular colours for eye liner, it’s not the be all and end all. You could opt for a warm grey or soft brown to compliment the colour of your eyes or to tone down the finish if you’re aiming for a more wearable everyday look. Don’t forget, if you fancy glamming things up why not try a striking purple or electric blue? It’s amazing how vibrant a coloured liner can transform your eyes – perfect for a girls night out.  Alternative check out some of the glitter liquid liners… these are SUPER easy peasy to apply and a great way to get used to adapting to liquid liner without the need for a majorly steady hand.

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When I’m creating a dramatic eye look I love to use little strips of tape that I place against the side corner of each eye. Not only does it keep my shadow looking defined it also gives me a great template and guideline when it comes to lining my eyes…

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Scotch Pop Up tape is perfect for this! After all, every little helps to get those lids looking super even and on fleek 😉

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Another great tip is to slightly pull the skin surrounding your eye & tip of brow taut. This draws the skin tight creating a smooth surface for you to create a super sharp line!

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If you’re planning on lining your eyes with pencil, then it’s generally a good idea to warm the pencil lead first by either cupping it with tissues or rolling it over the back of your hand. It may be a little messy, but it makes such a difference when it comes to application as it glides on so much smoother and it’s less likely to feel uncomfortable or crumbly!

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Yet again another tip for pencil lovers… creating a much softer result by using a smudger or small brush to very gently blend your kohl liner out.

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Remember to be very gentle so you don’t rub it off completely, but by blending your liner out you’ll get a much softer result that’s perfect for an everyday look or classic smokey eye.

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If you’ve opted for gel or liquid, always give your liner time to dry by closing your eyes for a moment and allowing the liquid to set… particularly if you have hooded eyes as quite often the liquid or gel can end up transferring when blinking if it’s not entirely set. Okay, so it may add another minue to your routine but it’s totally worth the risk of not having to retrace your steps by fixing any mistakes!

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If you really want to brighten up your eyes and make the colour pop then why not opt for a nude liner? It’s perfect for making tired eyes look so much brighter when you run a nude coloured pencil over your bottom and upper water line.

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For this I use Rimmel Scandaleyes pencil. Although it’s also available in white, I feel it’s a little too stark for me whereas the nude just tends to brighten up my entire finished look perfectly!

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What’s your favourite liner? Are you a pencil, gel or liquid kinda gal? Do you have any top tips for beginners when it comes to applying liquid liner? Whatever your thoughts are do stop by and say a quick hello in the comments below! Wishing you all a fabulous weekend 😉

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Lipcote: The Secret of Lasting Lipstick…

Lipcote Review

A few weeks ago I posted ‘The Perfect Red Lip featuring CHANEL‘ and was shocked to the bones to find out that quite a few of you lovely ladies weren’t already familiar with Lipcote. Having been asked multiple times to elaborate on Lipcote, many were super curious to know a little more about this mystical lip saviour. So seeing as the party season is firmly on our doorstep here’s exactly why you need this little bottle of pout potion to seal the deal…

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My love affair with Lipcote started way back in the 90’s when statement lips were a high school disco essential *cringe* I was a huge fan of Rimmel’s Heather Shimmer back in the day, but trying to keep the colour locked in for the duration of my teenage school discos was a bit of a hassle, especially having to constantly reapply. However as destiny would have it I stumbled across a tiny bottle of Lipcote nestling amongst the shelves of my local pharmacy; intrigued at its claims of keeping my lipstick locked in place I bought a bottle not really expecting much, however since then it’s became each & every time I wear lipstick

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“Lock Lippie to perfection. Lipcote, the Original Award Winning Lipstick Sealer is the secret of lasting kiss proof lipstick! From a girl’s night out, hen or wedding do, to a red carpet and catwalk event by the makeup professionals, this Brit beauty cult classic, made with natural ingredients is the ultimate makeup tool no self-confessed lipstick fan should be without!”

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1) Colour your lips as usual & blot using a tissue to remove any excess. Repeat.

2) Apply an even layer of Lipcote over your lips & slightly beyond.

3) Keep your lips parted for a few minutes to ensure the Lipcote sets successfully.

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On initial application the original version had a bit of a bitter waft & taste of alcohol due to the intensity of the formulation however fear not gals as thankfully the sassy Lipcote team have relaunched it with a new vanilla scent/flavour *woo hoo*  There can initially be a minor tingling/stinging sensation but again that tends to fade extremely quickly – however if your lips are dry or cracked avoid using for two reasons:

1) To prevent spread of bacteria or infection into the product

2) To prevent coiling yourself into a spring like position from the pain of what will feel like vinegar being poured into an open wound. Ouch!
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Absolutely… for a 70ml bottle it’s a mere £3.60 which will likely last you 100 applications! Most definitely a wise investment if you’re a regular wearer of lipsticks, particularly bold colours as it works a treat by keeping the colour firmly on your lip rather than your wine glass, teeth, fingers, food, boyfriend… need I go on?

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I’ve been a fan of Lipcote for a number of years & it’s never let me down. Okay, the initial smell & slight stinging sensation may not convert everyone into being as much of a fanatic BUT it’s affordable, long lasting, easy to use & doesn’t turn a matte lip shiny – thanks to it’s quick drying invisible formula. For £3.60 I think it’s beauty bargain… for keeping my lipstick locked to my lips all night long – it’s invaluable!

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For more info why not visit the Lipcote website where you can treat your lips to their very own bottle, use the Lipstick Finder to unearth your perfect shade or check out the Beauty Insider section to read what’s happening with other bloggers!

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How do you make your lippy last? Have you tried Lipcote yet? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below. As always, thanks for stopping by! Wishing y’all a fabulous weekend 🙂 ️

Cheerio chums…

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