Refresh in the new year!

It’s a new year and I found myself sifting through my personal make-up kit thinking 1. I never use half of this stuff, 2. It all needs cleaning, 3. I want all new make-up…I had to talk myself out of buying new makeup (I own a ton!) but I did buy a new eye palette I must admit.

I’m not sure how you organise your make-up but I have one draw that holds everything and one smaller sectioned bag that is my “everyday case”.

Having a smaller case with your basics makes your routine more efficient instead of spending forever trying to find things.

I organised, cleaned and replaced now it feels sparkly and new. Here’s how!

1. Take everything out of your case and set this aside.

2. Wash your case with soap and water, providing it is the sort that can be washed like this if not then use baby wipes.

3. Wash any brushes that were in your case (see my tools maintenance blog to learn how). Sharpen any pencils such as lip, eye, brow.

4. Sort through all the makeup you removed and take out anything you haven’t used in weeks (you can always put it back, but you will probably forget about it) this step is some what therapeutic I must say :).

5. Once you have chosen the makeup you definitely use. Clean the exteriors of the products with baby wipes so they look shiny and new again.

6. Finally once your kit and brushes are dry put everything back in, have a spot for everything that way it’s easy to find and you can have an extra two minutes sleep in the morning hehe 😉

I have pictured my personal kit below (don’t judge me!) my personal makeup is not as luxurious as the makeup in my professional kit, I often experiment with different brands on myself before buying them for my professional kit..any questions on what products are feel free to ask xxx

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Applying false lashes for New Years? Here’s how!

Firstly get a proper lash glue, the best I have used is DUO lash glue. This comes in the white (that turns clear) it also comes in a dark grey colour perfect for a smokey eye. The glue that comes in the packet is poor quality and will not last the whole night.

Once you have the right glue, next is choosing the right lashes. When choosing lashes for a DIY application it’s really important to get great quality lashes. The better the quality the easier to apply and longer they will stay on.

You can tell the quality of lashes by looking at the base of the false lashes. If the base is clear or thin that is what you want. This means the lashes are light and flexible not only will they look more natural but they won’t be heavy and stab the corners of your eyes when you blink (yay!).

If you are applying falsies for the first time I would recommend getting a full strip lash (rather than individual lashes, they are tricky to apply on your own) also I would practice applying them before the day so it’s not stressful.

The brands I would recommend are “Helen Dowsley lashes”, “Smoke and Mirrors lashes” if you can’t get these then M.A.C cosmetics and Katy Perry lashes in Priceline..although I would not recommend every type of the Katy lashes for your first application, I will put a picture of the ones that are most natural below. If you still don’t know what will suit you, Helen Dowsley lashes have an app! Yep! You can try before you buy (pictured below).

So! Now you have you lashes how the on earth do you apply them?!

1. Do your eye shadow and liner before application.

2. Curl your lashes then put a light application of mascara just to cover any eyeshadow fall out.

3. Before putting glue on the lashes gently remove them from their container and place them on your eye lid to measure if they are to long for the length of your eye. If they are longer than the length of your eye use nail scissors to make them shorter. This is referring to the strip of the lash not the actual lashes themselves. Trim the outer length of the lash, then measure the piece you cut off and do the same to the other lash.

4. Get your DUO lash glue and squeeze a little on the back of your hand, get the end of a make-up brush dip it into the glue and run the glue along the base of the false lash (don’t be heavy handed with glue). Dot a tiny bit more glue on either end of the lash this helps them to stay stuck even when you blink.

5. Wait for the glue to dry a tiny bit before applying the lash, you can tell because it starts to go from white to yellow before turning clear. When it starts getting a bit yellow you are ready to apply. Take your time, line it up and make sure it’s as close to your lash line as possible, use a cotton bud to push them right in close.

6. If something goes wrong, you may have to take them off and repeat the application again. Make sure you peel off any glue that is on the false lashes. Before trying again.

7. Once your lashes are on, it’s important to make sure they blend in with your eye makeup. I find the best way to do this is to use gel eyeliner and and angle brush apply eyeliner along your lash line.

And voila! Lashes! See it’s not to hard. New Years makeup in my opinion should be super fun party makeup, as well as long lasting and kiss proof 😉 so finish off the New Years look with a kiss proof lip stain like Benetint, and their Moonbeam highlighter on your cheeks..gorg!

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