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 😉

 

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4 Mistakes drying out your lips!!..with easy solutions!!

Hey guys!

SO its winter and your lips are dry, sore and red! but you have been using a ton of lip balm?! what more can you do??!

Here are the 4 mistakes i’ve seen most of my clients make..followed by SUPER easy solutions..Just in time for winter!

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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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10 Products We Can’t Live Without!!!

Hey y’all!

Me and KYA thought it would be fun to grab five products each that we love and would be super ugly without (kidding 😉 ) but seriously we think you guys would love these! Coincidentally we share a few of them, check out the video to see why we love them so much…

Katy’s top 5:
1 – Secret Camoflauge by Laura Mercier
2 – Exceptionoil by Go-to Skincare
3 – Lip ointment with colour by Lanolips
4 – I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara by Essence Cosmetics
5 – I Love Punk Jumbo Eyeliner Pen by Essence Cosmetics
KYA’s top 5:
1 – HD foundation by Make Up For Ever
2 – Secret Camoflauge by Laura Mercier
3 – Auto Pilot Pre Foundation Primer by Napoleon Perdis
4 – Loose Translucent Powder by Face Of Australia
5 – I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara by Essence Cosmetics

Check out her youtube channel here:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQlwECSGo1lDdwYYfSLlHqw

And to see more from me follow me on instagram: ktmakeup
Website http://www.katyclucas.com

Let us know your favourites as well!! xoxoxo

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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Natures miracle treatment.

It’s coconut oil! now before you dismiss it as a beauty trend (and yes coconuts are “cool” at the moment) take a moment to think about why it has been used for thousands of years in tropical cultures, because it works.

So why is coconut oil so effective? Compared to moisturisers or hair serum coconut oil does not contain water, water temporarily makes the skin feel moist but quickly dries drying the skin along with it. It is also free from petroleum that can dry the skin.

Coconut oil is composed of medium-chain-length fatty acids, or triglycerides MCTs, now let’s be honest I have no idea what these are but they act as an antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial agent. It also contains vitamin E, is rich in antioxidants and has a high content of Lauric Acid.

Here are some of the many uses for coconut oil, you many be surprised…

– A natural all over body moisturiser for soft, hydrated skin, for me coconut oil is what keeps my skin moisturised for the longest. If used on the face, the connective tissue in coconut oil is strong so it helps to slow down fine lines. If you have oily skin and break out easily (like me) it’s best to use a minimal amount tapped onto the top of your cheekbone area to keep your under eyes moisturised and plump.

– It is claimed that it can improve or completely heal in some cases skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.

– Use it as a eye make-up remover, Put a few drops on a cotton pad and gently rub over eyes (this also helps to grow long and healthy lashes), Wash with cleanser afterwards.

– Massage through hair as a treatment, leave in for 10 minutes then wash like normal in the shower..if you want to leave it in so it penetrates more you can put a towel on your pillow and leave it in over night. Doing this treatment will leave your hair shiny and soft (especially good for those with dry scalps because it actually penetrates the roots).

– Rub into cuticles for strong and healthy nails, it has anti fungal properties so will also help with fungal nail infections.

– Use it to shave instead of soaps or creams that can be drying, it’s also a natural alternative if people have sensitive skin (Good tip for boys too).

– Make your own scrub

Face scrub:
Mix baking soda into your coconut oil, the baking soda exfoliates your face while the coconut oil moisturises.

Body scrub:
Mix brown sugar with your coconut oil as a body exfoliating scrub..the sugar rubs off dry skin then the oil leaves your skin super soft. If you are prone to fungal infections focus this scrub on your feet because coconut oil is known for it’s anti fungal properties.

– If you have super frizzy or curly hair it can be used (in minimal amounts) to smooth frizziness.

– Sunscreen?! Now I would never recommend not wearing sunscreen, but if you happen to be caught out with none and you happen to have coconut oil it blocks out up to 20% of the suns rays..only if you are caught out though!

– Mouthwashhh?!??? Yep mouthwash..it’s kills harmful bacteria in the mouth and prevents bad breath..not sure I will be trying this one out.

– Treat head lice on children naturally by combining coconut oil, olive oil, tea tree oil..the tea tree aggravates lice and the other oils suffocate them.

The 100% virgin coconut oil is the purest oil to use, but it doesn’t smell as nice as you think it would. Pure Fiji have an exotic oil that mixes coconut with things like almond oil and macadamia oil with a little bit of fragrance so if I’m going out then I use this one.

It’s also great for massages, now go get tropical ;)!

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Get beach pretty!

So we all know it’s a big no no to wear makeup to the beach (unless you are snooky or Paris Hilton) you still want to look pretty, but if you wear makeup you may walk into the water looking glam but walk out of the water looking like a drowned rat..sorry had to be said.

Here are my solutions to get beach pretty!

1. Use invisible zinc tinted daywear sunscreen, this gives high sun protection and also a bit of coverage..best of both worlds! Be sure to reapply and always apply sunscreen 20mins before sun exposure otherwise you risk it being ineffective.

2. Use Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream colour to add a pop of colour to your cheeks..it’s water resistant but be sure not to rub it off..shade 5 is what I use but there are a few colours suitable for cheeks.

3. Make sure your brows are in nice shape..use a clear brow gel to brush them into place..it won’t last after swimming but it won’t leave any stains on your face.

4. Curl your lashes (preferably with a high quality lash curler such as shu uemura) and use a clear gel on your lashes as well.

5. Apply a lip ointment such as lanolips lip ointment with colour..not only does it give you some colour but it’s also SPF 15.

6. Lastly coat your hair in a hair oil, it protects your hair and when the oil heats up in the sun it acts like a treatment.

Slip, slop, slap! Xxxxx

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