Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Ten Beauty Hacks I Swear By!

 
I sometimes find that the simple, most affordable things you already have at home work the most effective within your everyday Beauty Routine, here's 10 Beauty Hacks I swear by.
What's your most simple Beauty tip you always use?
This is an amazing multi-use product to use for moisturising, a make-up remover, cooking, cuticle oil and a hair mask.
This for me works better than Shaving foam for shaving your legs, it leaves your legs silky smooth and conditioned!
I don't know about you but sometimes I cannot get some of my nail polish bottles open, but this is such a simple trick using an elastic band tied round the top, that gives great grip to open your bottles easily!
Do you ever dread buying new shoes as much as you want them because you can't take the pain from nasty blisters they can give you! I use this simple trick of spraying deodorant on my feet as blisters are caused by sweat from your skin rubbing on your shoes.
 This is a great affordable alternative to whiten your teeth and can be found in your kitchen cupboard! All I do is wet my toothbrush and dip it in a tiny bit of Bicarbonate of Soda, I then clean my teeth as usual, I do this about once a week or you can mix a bit in with your regular toothpaste.
This is an amazing tip I use every day, do you often get mascara everywhere but your lashes or you sneeze right after you've done your mascara, I defiantly do! So all you need to do is let your mascara completely dry then just pick it off the dry mascara with a small cotton bud, simple!
This hack I discovered recently when trying to think of a better way to remove unwanted nail polish from around the nail, it helps give you a crisp finish to your manicure, all you need to do is dip the flat end of a cuticle stick in some nail polish remover and wipe back and forth around the nail to remove.
This is the only exfoliator that works the best for me, it's a simple DIY Exfoliator I've used for years and contains just sugar, olive oil & honey and leaves my skin silky smooth.
This is a perfect pick me up for your eyes if your like me and suffer from a lack of sleep these days! Just pop two used green tea bags in the fridge for a couple of hours then place on your eyes, for an instant refresh. 
A make-up brush is not only great for applying your make-up but for blending in your self tan down over your hands and feet to give you that flawless finish.
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Friday, 25 July 2014

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review and Photos

I've never tried the cult Beauty Blender Sponge but I hear it's amazing, so I was excited to discover that my favourite brush brand Real Techniques had bought a similar version out.
Here's my thoughts.
Have you tried this sponge or the Beauty Blender let me know what you thought via my social media or in the comments below?
On the packaging it is described as a 'Base/Flawless Miracle Complexion Sponge' which helps you cover imperfections, blend and contour, it also has an online tutorial on how to use the sponge which is reminiscent of all Real Techniques products.

Price
This retails for £5.99 which I think is great value for money for a premium drugstore make-up sponge.

Packaging
This comes packaged in Real Techniques signature packaging which is full of bullet pointed useful information and as mentioned above a video on how to use the sponge.
Application
This feels amazing to the touch, it's so soft, I've never felt a make-up sponge so delicate and velvety. I used this damp with my Revlon Photoready Foundation on the right side of my face and the Real Techniques Buffing Brush on the left to compare application.

I prefer wetting my make-up sponges as I think they give an even more flawless finish. When I popped this under the tap it expanded really big so you can work the sponge over large areas of the face.
Upon application this felt amazing and gave a lovely dewy flawless finish to the skin, compared to the brush it gave a flawless application, but it didn't quite give you that seamless dewy, airbrushed appearance the sponge gave.
Overall Thoughts
Although I can't compare this to the famous Beauty Blender, for me this is the best sponge I have ever used for foundation application, it gives the most beautiful finish to the complexion, it's affordable and the packaging is informative and useful for any make-up sponge novice.

I look forward to see what's next for Real Techniques as there products are quite frankly some of the best premium drugstore brushes out there.

I award the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge 4.9 out of 5
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Friday, 11 July 2014

My Top 10 Summer Nail and Beauty Essentials featuring MAC and Maybelline

My Top 10 Summer Nail & Beauty Essentials
I love Summer time it's my favourite season, the sun is out, the evenings get lighter and I love having tanned skin, going to the beach, wearing bright Summer clothes and having BBQ's! So here are My Top 10 Nail & Beauty Essentials I can't live without throughout the Summer months!
What are some of yours?
1. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
When it's hot outside, I hate wearing a heavy foundation, but still like something to cover up my imperfections and the Maybelline BB Cream is perfect I love this stuff as it has the right amount of coverage which feels light on the skin and has an added SPF of 15.
 
2. Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Continuous Spray SPF 30
When it comes to protection I opt for a high factor to start with and I love this Hawaiian Tropic Spray as this has a fine mist which is less messy and sticky, I just find sprays much more convenient.
 
3. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh
I recently did a blog post review on this perfume, it's a gorgeous Summer scent as it's fresh and not too heavy and has a lovely floral accents to it which beautifully refreshing.

4. Barry M Gelly Nail Polish in Greenberry
If you didn't know by now I am a sucker for Mint Green and this has been my favourite Mint polish ever since I got my hands on this Barry M colour, it is the perfect Neon Mint shade and looks amazing on toes!

  5. Maybelline Megs Plush Mascara Waterproof
This is one of my favourite mascaras as it catches every lash, I call it the lash catcher and this it's great in waterproof for those pool and beach days.

6. Maybelline Baby Lips Balm Hydrate
My lips are always so dry in the Summer and so it's imporatant to always carry something to keep them hydrated when I'm out and about.

7. Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
I always take the spritz version of this toner away with me on holiday, I have a mini one for my beach bag and it's perfect for refreshing the face throughout the day as it contains cooling Cucumber and Aloe Vera.
http://uk.lizearle.com/cleanse-tone-moisturise/instant-boost-skin-tonic.html
 
 8. H&M Vanilla Hand and Face Wet Wipes
Wet Wipes are a must in my beach bag as they are perfect for refreshing your hands and face and for wiping those sticky hands after applying sun cream and eating.

9. MAC Lipstick in Candy Yum Yum
This for me is the ultimate Summer lipstick, it's a perfect pop of neon pink for those Summer days and nights!

10. Victoria's Secret PINK Ready To Party Body Mist
I love any Victoria's Secret body mist for the beach, the scents smell amazing and are amazing for a refresh throughout the day and a great alternative to a heavy perfume.
 
 
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Thursday, 10 July 2014

DIY Mason Jar Make-Up Storage Ideas

I have been obsessed with Mason Jars lately as they are so versatile to use for anything from food, drinks, to vases and of course make-up storage and if you know me by now I am partial to a DIY or two! I just love searching for inspiration and using my creativity to make things which are affordable and half the price of what you would buy in the shops. I always see things I would like and think hang on a minute I could make that instead! So here's my latest DIY creation, easy Mason Jar Make-Up and Décor storage ideas.
 
If you recreate any of these, don't forget to send me a picture on Twitter using the #pinkparadisebeauty www.twitter.com/pinkparadsiebea
 
Chrome & Glitter Mason
You will need:
- Mason Jar
- Silver Spray Paint
- Artist Sponge
- PVA Glue
- Silver Glitter
- Scotch Tape
Pink & Purple Ombre Mason
You will need:
- Mason Jar
- Artist Sponge
- Pink & Purple Paint
 
Silver Glitter Polka Dot Mason
You will need:
- Mason Jar
- Sticky Labels
- A lipbalm or something to make your polka dot stencil
- Silver Paint
- PVA Glue
- Artist Sponge
- Silver Glitter
- Silver Spray Paint
- Pencil
- Scissors
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