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 routine is also important.

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

Keep Your Skincare Organic

The general belief is that a skincare routine helps to keep your skin in tip top condition, but the reality is that some products actually cause more harm than good, with ingredients that contain parabans,  harmful ingredients and chemicals.

If your skin is suffering from your skincare, you should switch to an organic routine like the Amanda Jo Organic Bunny subscription box which curates some of the best organic beauty products around.

Fake that tan

I’ve written many posts 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

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

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

Is Home Teeth Whitening a good idea?

One aspect of the beauty industry that keeps on growing is the teeth whitening market. There is more and more pressure these days to have a beautiful white smile to compliment your hair and outfit. Having white teeth is a sign of good health and is something we all want, and the best, professional teeth whitening is done by a professional dentist, although you can now buy home whitening kits too. If you choose to have your teeth whitened, either by a cosmetic dentist, or at home, make sure you seek advice from professtionals like https://www.vallancedentalcentre.com/ before you go ahead.

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Benefits of home teeth whitening

One of the obvious benefits of whitening at home is the convenience. A lot of people do not like visiting the dentist, so if there is a way to avoid this they will take it. Most effective products have been designed to be as simple to use as possible with simplicity being key.

Price, as mentioned above, is another key benefit. The best quality professional services will cost hundreds of pounds, whereas many home kits are far cheaper. Toothpick dentists suggest you will pay between £200 and £900 for professional treatment.

With the right product, you can actually strengthen tooth enamel. This is important for your overall dental care and provides an added benefit aside from the actual aesthetic considerations.

Types of home products

The cheapest and easiest product to use is whitening toothpaste. Almost every brand offers a whitening option, and you can simply replace your normal variety with the enhanced one. People tend to have mixed results with these products but they can be worth trying.

Whitening strips tend to be more effective, but require more time. Normally, you have a pack of strips for upper and lower teeth and leave them for between 5 and 45 minutes, depending on the product recommendations. These are not always advised as there is no professional supervision, and the trays can be poorly adapted to the teeth which can cause bleaching of the gums.

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Benefits of going pro

If you want to spend the money and need the quickest possible option, professional whitening is the way to go. As mentioned, some dentists provide kits that you use at home from a mould, but laser whitening is far quicker and you don’t have to mess around applying the gel each day.

Some home whitening options may not last quite as long and require more effort. Lifestyle will influence how long a professional treatment lasts, but it is estimated from a few months to 3 years.

While there are always small risks involved in any procedure, knowing a professional dentist is present will always give you peace of mind and assurance that everything is being done correctly.

Overall, home teeth whitening provides a cheaper alternative, but you sacrifice some of the convenience of going to a professional. As long as we spend so much time drinking coffee, tea and red wine though, there will always be a demand for anything that can help us look our best.

Choosing Your Eye Makeup Based On Your Clothes

This is a question that appears much more often than you may think. Different people have different skin tone and eye colour. If you want to look your best, you want to consider various parts of your body, including hair colour and eye colour. Choosing great eye makeup based on the clothes you wear is going to make your entire appearance look complete.

Blue Eyes

In this case the best possible colours to consider are blue, pink, purple, violet, taupe, black and gray. Add some subtle shades when wearing day clothes and opt for the darker, trendy alternatives as you create your night look. All blue eye shades are brightened by fuchsia, turquoise and silver. If you are thinking of wearing this shade as a daytime look, make sure you opt for a matte eyeshadow. In order to make your colour really pop, look at the All in one pressed banana powder from Ofra Cosmetics, this banana scented matte powder will help you to conceal any dark shadows from under the eyes and can also highlight your under eye area.

Green And Hazel Eyes

The hazel eyes tend to reflect surrounding colours. In this case you do not want to take the clothes rules into account. It is important to change eye makeup colours so that they perfectly match different outfits. The exception is when the colours do not look good based on the skin tone you have. Most often the hazel eyes will appear green. This is why you want to consider khaki, plumb, deep green and brown as they perfectly match. Use various shades in the color families mentioned so that you would create a perfect look for various outfits and occasions. The really funky favorites are light green, gold and bright purple.

Brown Eyes

All brown eyes will look awesome in shades of purple, orange, brown, plump, pink, deep blues, peach and salmon. Colours will look best when matched with skin undertones. As an example, in the event you have olive skin and brown eyes you are going to look great when using shades of brown, peach and pink. If the skin is fair and you have dark hair, shades of plum and pink should be considered. Always consider lime green, hot pink, royal blue and tangerine as funky favorite colors.

Classics With All Eye Colours

Charcoal, navy or white base will define the area around the eyes and highlighting is great with soft powder blue shadows. Try to consider using gold or silver shimmer. All eyes will pop with sparkle shadow. Finding the eye shadows colours with an exact match to your eye colour will normally be tricky. We cannot use magical combinations as we are different. This includes tastes and opinions.

Conclusions

The tips mentioned above are going to do wonders but it is always a really good idea to experiment. Applying eye makeup will often make clothes look different but your personal experience is the one that should have the final say. Do be sure that you consider colour season to properly determine makeup colours used. Never choose colours that do not match for a safe combination