What are Paraben’s?!

Hey guys!

I always have clients asking me what are Paraben’s? so i thought i would share with you what i know..

Paraben’s are a controversial preservative used in cosmetics, they prevent the growth of bacteria and are easily absorbed into the skin.

Paraben’s are controversial because they are suspected of being “Endocrine Disruptors” these are chemicals that can have harmful effects on the body’s endocrine (hormone) system.

Paraben’s can mimic Estrogen and studies have found the presence of paraben’s in tumours both cancerous and non cancerous. This doesn’t mean they caused the tumours and there isn’t a link to prove that they do, but there also isn’t any proof they didn’t.

I think big brands usually try to cash in on women’s fear so “Paraben Free” is something you will see quite often, making paraben’s more sinister than they have actually proved to be.

Doctors do worry about paraben’s having a cumulative effect so if you want to avoid them here is a list of brands that are paraben free:

Aveda (shop online or find a salon)

Bare Minerals* (http://www.bareminerals.co.uk)

Burt’s Bees (Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care Products & Natural Personal Care Products)

Dr. Hauschka (Dr. Hauschka Skin Care)

John Masters Organics (Natural hair, skin and body care products)

Josie Maran Cosmetics (Argan Oil and Natural, Eco-Friendly Skincare)

Tarte (http://tartecosmetics.com/welcome-letter.php)

Korres (KORRES Modern Greek Apothecary – products formulated with nature’s most powerful ingredients. – Clone – Clone)

Origins (Homepage)

Pangea Organics (Home)

If you ever wondered what Paraben’s were i hope this helped 🙂

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  • Bare mineral’s used to contain some paraben’s but have discontinued those products, so only buy new stock 😉

 

Perfect Cheeks..To Contour? Or not to Contour?

Hey Guys!

Today i am doing a tutorial on Perfect Cheeks, as well as addressing what has to be the most asked question to make-up artists of 2014 “Should i be contouring?” this video answers that question as well as shows you three quick steps for gorgeous cheeks 🙂

Products used:

– Sun Shimmer Bronzing Powder (shade light matte) By Rimmel

– Little Round Pot Blush (shade Rose 16) By Bourjois

– Natural Nude Palette By Physicians Formula

Hope you guys have the best holidays ever!

Let me know in the comments if you like this video 🙂 xxx

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Holiday Lips!

Hey y’all!

I found the perfect product for bright holiday lips! If you (like me) are bad at keeping lipstick neat and tidy Lipstains are perfect for you. I love having bright lips, but when I am working, eating or socialising lipstick staying in place is the LAST thing I want to worry about.

The other day while I was taking my frequent (and quite frankly therapeutic) stroll down the makeup isle of Priceline I found these Lipstains by Savvy..they are only $8.99 and come in amazingly bright colours and they actually stay on for ages then fade away nicely and I love them! That’s pretty much it..here is a picture of me wearing the shade watermelon 🙂 xxx

Happy Holidays!

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3 Easy Steps to the Perfect Winged Liner!

Hey Guys!

I know i did this video a few months back but the poor quality of it was REALLY bugging me, so i have reshot it with better lighting.

Winged Liner was something that was extremely hard for me to perfect..granted i started trying at 12 but still! it took way to long and considering its very “In” i thought i would try and simplify it so you guys don’t have to struggle like i did!

So please enjoy and let me know if this was helpful at all!

xoxoxo

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Wake up looking awesome! (Well better at the very least).

Hey guys!

So I know we all want to wake up like Beyoncé (flawless) but some people (a.k.a me) wake up looking like there has been a small tornado in their room, this is not helpful when I need to get ready quickly or want to look pretty waking up at a friends house etc.

So I decided to give some actual thought into if there was anything I could do to change the outcome of “tornado” mornings here is what I did and I found it made a massive difference 🙂

– Ensure all makeup is removed from face so skin can breathe, you may think you will look better keeping makeup on at a significant others place but the reality is dry skin and panda eyes! Not to mention the break outs from clogging your pores for the whole night :/

– Brush hair, spray dry shampoo in the roots and put an oil such as Moroccan oil through your ends then put your hair in pigtail plaits, by doing this your roots will stay fresh you ends moisturised and hair knot free (not to mention the effortless wave you get when you take the plaits out 😉 )

-Sleep on your back??? Yes this is a strange one but apparently sleeping on your back prevents sleep lines, puffiness and pimples caused by keeping your face pressed against a pillow all night.

– Just before you go to sleep put a thick layer of Lanolips 101 ointment on your lips, this will act as a lip treatment so you don’t wake up with chapped dry lips.

– Groom eyebrows the night before, if your eye brows are in great shape they can add a lot of definition to the eyes without having to wear makeup

– Brush and floss teeth really well (don’t forget to scrape your tongue!) and follow up with whitening treatment or if you wear plates make sure you wear them to ensure your teeth are nice and straight, keep water by your bedside and sip through the night to avoid bad breath

– Avoid nicotine, alcohol and caffeine four hours before bedtime..well preferably avoid these things all the time but I’m trying to be realistic here.

– Last but certainly not least get an early night! Beauty sleep Is REAL..lack of sleep can cause skin to sag and lose it’s lustre as well as blood vessels dilating which causes dark circles, so get eight hours sleep if you can!

Let me know if this makes a difference to y’all! I also want to hear your tricks to waking up fresh 🙂

Have a great day xxx

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How to get the best from your foundation!

Hey guys!

Now we have gone through this journey of finding your perfect foundation we need to ensure it’s applied in a way that will benefit you most!

There are many different ways of applying foundation the main ones being sponges, brushes and my personal favourite fingers. Fingers warm up the product and this gives a more natural look when it’s being applied, I also hate wasting product and I find that I go through foundation quicker because brushes and sponges absorb more. When it comes to my clients I use brushes because they are more hygienic than fingers. However I use my fingers for things such as concealer (just remember If you are going to use your fingers always have freshly washed hands and use hand sanitiser immediately before touching someone’s face!)

In this video I am going to take you through the most popular foundation tools and give you an easy intro on how to use them, I have written a description down below but there is more detail in the video and it helps to see the techniques 🙂

Fingers-

– Put foundation on back of hand pat your fingers into foundation
– Dab foundation onto the face in areas you most need it (not blending)
– Use your fingers to massage this in almost like a moisturiser
– Feather out at edges, less is more I try and put only minimal to no foundation on places where I don’t need coverage.

Sponge –

If you are using a sponge like the popular Beauty Blender be sure it’s damp, this is the way it was designed to be used and will absorb to much product if it’s not.

– Dampen sponge (not so it’s dripping just so it’s nice and fat 🙂 )
– Put foundation of back of hand
– Dip your sponge in foundation and stipple onto face, stipple is a makeup term that basically means bouncing softly onto the face (definitely see video for this one)

The flat foundation brush-

– Put foundation on back of hand
– Dip in foundation (do not over load the brush)
– Brush onto face starting at the centre of the face
– Feather it out at the hair line to avoid streaks
– Blend in with fingers or pat over with brush (technique in video)

Kabuki Brushes –

If applying mineral powder foundation you want to use a kabuki brush. Kabuki brushes are more dense than normal powder brushes therefore they pick up more product so when applied it’s gives better coverage

Buffing brushes/fibre optic brushes –

If you have been doing these techniques with these tools and are not happy with the result and the makeup is still sitting on your skin you can use brushes like these ones to buff over the foundation once applied.

Thanks for reading/watching! I hope you guys enjoyed the foundation series, please be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel ” Katy Clucas ” for more videos 🙂

Love Katy xxxx

Foundation Series – Part 1, Know Your Canvas.

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to my foundation series! I have decided to delve into the world of foundation for all the lovely people i know that find it hard to find a perfect foundation (myself included before i trained). My mission is to simplify it!

This series is going to be broken down in episodes, as well as written blogs so you can print out the info the applies to you! Episode – 1 is “Know your canvas” i show you an easy test to determine skin type. 

Here is the written guide to skin types that i specify in this video –

Normal Skin – Shows no signs of flaking, neither big nor small pores, doesn’t have excess oil or breakouts.

Dry Skin – Small pores, tight feeling, flaking skin.

Oily Skin – Large pores, shiny, excess oil, prone to breakouts.

Combination Skin – Shows signs of all three, can be oily in t-zone and dry around the rest of the face, prone to breakouts as well as dryness.

Once you have determined your skin type i am going to do specialised videos for the different skin types, including recommendations of foundations for these skin types, this is Episode – 2 “Pick your foundation”.

Episode – 3 will be “Pick your shade” i will be guiding you through the complicated world of foundation shades and colours.

Episode – 4 will be Perfect application, i will be showing you various ways to apply foundation and how to set it so it stays! 

Hope you enjoy the first instalment!

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Been crying? Tips to hide the evidence here.

Ok so something bad has happened that has caused you to cry. I’m going to give you tips for two scenarios, and hopefully this should cover you for crying emergencies 🙂

Scenario one: You are at home and have been crying all night but need to look fresh for the day 😦 these tips below are designed so that if you cry again during the day the impact on your make-up should be minimal.

– Wash your face with a gentle face wash, no exfoliating of any kind and only using tepid water. Not hot or cold as both can cause irritation and more redness.

– Soak green tea bags in cold water for 5 minutes, squeeze out excess water and hold on your eyes for 10 minutes (the antioxidants in the green tea is thought to ease puffiness) If you don’t have green tea bags get a wash cloth and dampen it with cool water (not freezing) hold it around your eye area for about 5 to 10 mins (if possible lie down and take deep breaths whilst you are doing this).

– Put a few drops of Clear Eyes eye drops in, I do no usually encourage the use of clear eyes but if you do need it try to only use it for one day. This will greatly prevent the redness of eyes temporarily.

– Have a big glass of cold water.

– Gently dry your face and apply a primer, I like the revlon photoready primer.

– Apply a light application of a sheer foundation such as make-up for ever HD foundation, then conceal any redness with a green under toned concealer ( see my concealer post if you’re wondering which ones are green under toned ).

– Then on the cheeks I would recommend the Face Of Australia face and body illuminator in the shade ‘angel blush’ this adds a tiny bit of colour as well as a glow.

– Curl lashes then apply waterproof mascara, again I wouldn’t recommend waterproof for every day use as this is bad for your lashes if worn everyday, but if you feel you will cry again i say go for it, wearing mascara will really open your eyes open and give definition without having to wear liner or shadow.

– On lips go for a nourishing lip treatment with a bit of colour such as lanolips lip ointment with colour.

Lastly put some fragrance free Huggies baby wipes, clear eyes, waterproof mascara, concealer and tissues in your bag in case you cry again through the day, if you forget these these things and are caught off guard in a public place read below!

Scenario Two: caught off guard in public ekk!

– Firstly find a bathroom!

– Take a few deep breaths, drink some water.

– Most people suggest splashing your face with water, but if you are anything like me who wears make-up every day this will make you look even worse! Instead slightly dampen (don’t drench) some toilet paper and dab to try to remove excess black make-up and cool the face.

– Once you have removed all the make-up possible and cooled your face, pat your face dry with clean dry toilet paper.

– If you have your bag and you have a cream concealer cover any redness. If you only have a powder, unless it’s super amazing coverage then I would not use it to cover redness. You end up still looking red but as though you have tried covering it up, it’s better to just try and calm down till the redness fades than packing on the make-up.

– Apply any kind of lip balm that you may have in your bag to take the attention away from your eyes.

If you are reading this and sad, I really hope this helped a little bit! Feel better xxxx

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Valentine’s Day Make-up.

I think this type of makeup should be natural and boy friendly..glowing and kissable 😉 using tints and powders rather than gloss and creams so that the make-up is long lasting.

-Do your base as usual but set with a translucent powder then highlight with a warm nude powder highlighter..I actually like the too faced ‘silk teddy’ eye shadow from the palette i mention below.

– Pop a bit of pink or red stain on lips and cheeks for long lasting colour, I like Benetint and Posietint by Benefit.

– Apply Smiths Rosebud Strawberry lip balm to your lips, this balm is great because it’s not glossy or sticking and it tastes like strawberries..yum! If you can’t find this one, a good ol’ yummy lipsmacker is a good option too.

– For boy friendly eyes I like warm neutral colours, the too faced “natural eye” neutral eye shadow collection is great! It comes with handy instructions too!

– Curl your lashes with a Shu uemura eye lash curler and apply a few coats of mascara, my fav is ‘i love extreme’ by essence cosmetics.

– Lastly I would recommend sweet breath drops! You have one drop and your breath is super fresh..available from pharmacies xxxx

Obviously you don’t need to use these brands but just stick to the basic colours I mentioned, a touch of pink or red on the lips and cheeks followed by a sweetly flavoured balm that isn’t sticky or glossy, warm tones on the eyes and lots of lashes accompanied by fresh breath.

❤ ❤ ❤

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