Make Up Solutions with QVS Beauty

A wise old saying goes that ‘a workman is only as good as his tools’, and for me the same is true when it comes to cosmetics. So many people buy expensive, exquisite brands of make up, only to apply it with the same old, let’s face it, rather manky make up brushes and tools they have been using, and probably not cleaning, for years. QVS Beauty, who make a brilliant range of affordable make up tools recently found, in a survey, that only 61% of us clean our brushes once a month, so imagine the build up of make up, grime and bacteria as we use the brushes again and again without cleaning them.

If this is you, then maybe it is time to treat yourself to some new tools. And once again, I am turning to QVS Beauty, a brand you may have seen in on your supermarket travels as they are stocked in Asda and Tesco. QVS Beauty brushes start from just £5, and they also stock a range of beauty essentials that range from exfoliating gloves to tweezers and eyelash curlers. Each tool comes in a clear packet that can then be used to store the tool, and also has good instructions for the use and care of the tool.

The brushes in particular are very good quality. They have wooden handles with metal casing, and the brushes are super soft, with the foundation and blusher brush having nylon bristles, and the powder brush having natural bristles. The brushes are lovely, and a very stylish addition to any make up bag or dressing table.

QVS have a really good and affordable range that extends beyond make up brushes. This includes both slant and square edged tweezers and a set of eyelash curlers that come with an extra set of silicon pads and yet cost less than a fiver. I also love the exfoliation gloves that are super quality and work so well with a salt scrub.

To find QVS Beauty products, click here to visit Asda.

 

Getting Your Glam On

I am a great believer in the adage that we are all beautiful in our own way. We all have our best features, and then the ones we would love to change if we had the chance. But even though we are all beautiful in our own way, it doesn’t mean that we can’t give Mother Nature a helping hand when it comes to looking our best. Sometimes that means faking it to enhance what we have already been given. Whether it be fake tan, fake lashes or lip plumping kits, we all have make up and beauty items that we turn to when it comes to getting our glam on. The rule with beauty is that as long as we are looking after our skin, we can wear whatever make up we like. A gentle skincare range like Dermalogica will ensure that we can put out full face on, and still have baby soft skin at the end of the day.

What other beauty fixes can we use to give nature a helping hand?

Fake that tan

I wrote a post last week about faking our tans and looked at the health implications that mean we now want to be sun kissed without the threat of skin cancers. But many of us do prefer the look of our skin when it is tanned, when we have a lovely, healthy glow that makes us look and feel better. St Tropez is one of the best brands around, but if you are on a budget I would definitely recommend St Moriz which is a stunning dupe brand with fabulous results. I often use their self tan mist, it is easy to apply and costs less than £5. (You can read some of my tips for applying fake tan here).

St. Moriz Professional Self Tan Mist Medium 150ml £3.99 Click to visit Boots

Fake those lashes

Long, thick, lustrous lashes are the dream of most of us. But, in reality, my own lashes are fairly thin, not as long as I would like them, and quite blond in appearance. And so, when it comes to a night out, I fake it. Eyelure are the queen of false eyelashes, with a range of styles that can either add to the thickness of your lashes, or give you a full on, swinging sixties, dollybird look. My current favourites are the ‘Cheryl Oh My Goddess’ set that are dark, featherlite and fluttery and give a real glamorous look.

Cheryl – Oh My Goddess £7.25 Click to visit Eyelure

Fake those lips

We can’t all be blessed with bee stung lips or a perfect pout, but again, we can give nature a helping hand. Many lipglosses now contain ingredients that will plump your lips. Soap and Glory’s hilariously named Sexy Mother Pucker brand has a variety called Pillow Plump. This features LIPSWELL, a natural flower oil infusion and glassy-shine technology that will give you a pretty glorious pout.

Soap & Glory™ Sexy Mother Pucker™ Pillow Plump XXL £10 Click to visit Boots

You are beautiful, but sometimes we just need to fake it!

Go Glam with Gold

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Gold – is there a color more glamorous that this rich, shimmering hue? Probably not. Although gold is a great color, a lot of ladies shy away from wearing it in any way other than as part of their jewelry which is such a shame because gold is a very popular color in fashion right now, and there’s barely a woman alive who can’t pull it if off, providing they use it in the right way.

 

Want to get more gold in your life? Check out these game-changing ways to wear gold:

 

Find the Right Shade

 

Unfortunately, some shades of gold can wash you out or clash with your eye-color, which means that you might not get quite the effect you’re looking for when wearing it. The good news is that it has never been easier to find variations in gold clothing and accessories, which means that all you need to do is tray a few out until you find the perfect shade to complement your skin, hair, and eyes and make you look like a queen.

 

Dressed in Gold

 

Gold clothing. Sounds too scary for you, right? Well, it needn’t be because you can find gold clothing in all shades and hues, so you don’t have to wear a gold lame dress to try out the trend, although go for it if that’s your thing! A good way to start with gold is by trying out a muted golds sweater or slogan shirt with gold writing, but you could also jump in with some gold PVC pants or a sophisticated rose gold evening dress – the choice is yours.

 

If you are wearing a gold garment, it is usually a good idea to team it with something a bit more muted. A gold shirt, for example, will look great with a taupe skirt and a gold dress covered with a black or natural jacket will stop it from being too showy, if you want to wear gold in an everyday situation.

 

Accessorize with Gold

 

If you’re too scared to take a chance on a gold outfit, fear not! Gold accessories have and will continue to be popular, as you can see from https://www.frostnyc.com. Wearing jewelry is a great way to start experimenting with gold and finding out whether traditional yellow gold, rose gold or bronze hues suit you best. When it comes to gold accessories, start out with smaller, finer pieces for a sophisticated look, adding in bigger, bolder pieces if and when you are comfortable with the color. Gold accessories will add a little sparkle to your outfit without going over the top, which is why they are such a great option.

 

Makeup

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Another great way to glam up your look and make a statement with gold is by wearing it on your eyes and nails. Gold eyeshadow, in particular, can make your eyes pop, give you the look of a classic Greek Goddess or pretty popstar and stop your makeup from looking safe and boring. The trick is to choose a few different shades of gold and blend them together for a subtle sexy look that rivals the smoky eye for sex appeal.

 

If you aren’t comfortable enough to go for gold in the eye department, why not paint your nails gold instead? Gold nails are relatively uncommon, but your nails are so subtly located that you won’t feel self-conscious about wearing the color. Anyone who does notice them will be impressed by their elegance, beauty, and uniqueness.

 

Glittering Gold Shoes

 

Want to spice up your little black dress and stop your outfit from being a bit bland and boring? Check out http://shop.nordstrom.com/sr/gold-heels and pick up a pair of stunning gold heels. Not all that glitters is gold, but these shoes certainly are, and they’ll make sure you stand out each and every time you wear them.

 

If you’re not a glitter kind of gal, a nice solid pair of heels in your favorite gold hue will have almost as much impact on your outfit, with the added bonus that you’ll probably look a bit more sophisticated.

 

If you choose a pair of gold sandals, make sure that you get a nice gold manicure too – your toes deserve as much attention as the rest of the body, and it’ll bring your outfit together.

 

Add a Belt

 

If you don’t want to go out wearing a big block of gold, why not break up your outfit with a pretty gold belt, that will nip in your waist and make your outfit shimmer and shine. A gold belt work with a black or white dress will look particularly good and elevate your plain outfit to a whole new level.

 

Her Hair is Gold

 

Of course, one of the prettiest ways to bring more gold into your life is by having your hair dyed a sexy shade of golden blonde. Even a few well-placed highlights will frame your face, make you look and feel more sophisticated and look great with any of the other gold accessories you choose to try out.

 

Hair Accessories

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If you don’t want to dye your hair gold, you could always add an accessory or two to your locks instead. It’s not hard to find gold hair bands, barrettes and if you’re feeling brave, even tiaras, which will certainly make you stand out.

 

Don’t Overdo It

 

Although all of these ideas look great and will help you to glam up your look in an instant, I feel like it’s important to say that you really shouldn’t overdo gold, unless you’re looking to push the envelope and get your outfit talked about. If, for example, you’re wearing a gold dress, accessories it with silver earrings, necklaces and bracelets, rather than adding layer upon layer of gold. If you have too much gold on you at any one time, you could end up looking tacky, and no one wants that!

 

As you can see, there are lots of ways that you can look more glamorous by adding gold to your look. If you’ve never worn such a bold color before, it can be daunting=, but it’s so worth it when you see how much more noticeable your outfits are and how envious the more timid gals are when they see you strutting your stuff in everyone’s favorite metallic hue.