Beauty hacks

There are some tricks we all pick up along the way when it comes to make up application and skin care. Today I am sharing some of my favourites.

1- I find beauty blenders amazing for putting on make up. I usually apply foundation with a brush and then dab over with a damp blender to press in the foundation. This gives the best finish and the product is pushed into the skin, lasting longer.

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2 – If you want your lipstick to last longer, pop a piece of tissue over the lips. Next, dip a powder brush into some translucent loose powder and apply over the tissue. Apply a second coat of lipstick and repeat. Works every time

3 – If you get mascara on your face let it dry for a few minutes. Get a cotton tip and wipe it off. This is so much easier than trying to remove wet mascara.

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4 – Smudged nail varnish? No problem! If you bang a fresh nail and it’s not too big a mess, simply wet the tip of a finger with your tongue and gentle wipe over the smudge. Sounds gross I know but it works.

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5 – If your foundation is too thick and you want to a sheer finish simply mix some moisturiser with it.

6 – Don’t rub your eye cream directly under your eyes. This is a sensitive area and too much product can irritate. Press on the orbital bone instead and the product will absorb upwards.

7 – Fake tan not budging? Some tans can be stubborn and it’s horrible going around with patchy tan. If regular moisturisers don’t help move onto oil. This will help strip the tan off.

8 – Unruly brows a problem? You know the ones that are long and wild! Get a spooly brush and brush the brows down. Whatever hairs are long give them a quick snip with a nail scissors. If you are nervous about this, leave it to your brow specialist!

So there you have it. I would love to hear if you have any beauty hacks.

Jessie X

Cocoa brown EXTRA dark

So let’s talk about cocoa brown EXTRA dark tan.
It’s no secret that this brand has been a long time favourite of mine and when it came to picking a brand for the salon I didn’t think twice.

I always wear the dark one hour mousse tan and when the extra dark came on to the market I was excited to try…. And it hasn’t disappointed.

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I was afraid it was going to be too much but it really isn’t. I normally put on two layers of the dark. With the extra dark there is no need.

I am used to having a natural tan after living in Sydney. I will have moved home a year ago in a few weeks and to say I am white is an understatement. I tan easily so felt like the Extra dark gave me a nice deep shade, without being too much.

Who would I recommend to try?
Anyone that has used the mousse and wants a deeper look. If you are very fair stick to the normal mousse or the dark but if you are sallow or olive, head straight to the dark.

Warning:
Be careful along the boney areas, especially the hands and fingers. I found it stuck here a bit more then the others for the first day. I always get clients to apply chocolate whip on the palms of the hand and between the fingers to act as a barrier. This is a handy product to have also to use post treatment. It helps prolong the tan and also helps it to wears it off more evenly. Act quick with the hands to avoid any excess and there should be no issues.

My verdict: 5/5
This will be my shade for the next few months.

I am on day three now and it is lasting really well. (Please note My pictures have not shown the true colour of the tan very well so I didn’t include them. My phone has been acting up a bit recently but you can take my word for itπŸ‘)

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Have any of you tried yet?

Jessie X

Fresh summer essentials

Dare we say it but I think summer is here! Hurrah. I’ve decided to put together a few simple products that I think are essential for the summer months.

Moisturiser with sunscreen:

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Absolutely essential! We should be wearing a sunscreen everyday even in winter for it is vital this time of year. Please don’t forget to apply on the chest area too as this is a prime location for sunburn and then before you know it, lovely pigmentation appears! My personal favourite is asap moisture daily defence. I have used this for a few years and it’s my go too. Sun screen is a tricky one and what suits one won’t suit the other, so please let me know if you have a favourite as I would love to try a few more

A soft blusher:

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I think a soft blusher on sun kissed skin looks amazing and a soft coral or peach is a beautiful shade for summer. Some personal favourite brands at the minute are Note cosmetics and Catrice. The price point is super and the colour payoff is excellent

A good bronzer:

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Keeping make up light with bronzer is a winner for summer. An all time favourite is Hoola bronzer from Benefit and they have just released a Hoola lite! I have yet to try this but would be perfect for paler skin types.

Lipgloss:

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We all love a bit of lippie but sometime a fresh lip with a slick of gloss is all you need. There is something very refreshing about this look. There are so many affordable brands that have great glosses. I always have a Primark one on the go and the Note Bb natural colour lip corrector has also become a favourite

So there you have it. Some simple ways to have a fresh face for the summer weather, however long it may last.

Jessie X

Current empties

My empties this time round are all to do with the face – Foundations, concealer and a hydrating mist.

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Maybelline Fit me dewy and smooth:
€11.99
This has been empty for a very long time and I really don’t know why I haven’t found time to repurchase. You will have seen in old posts that this is an all time favourite of mine. I would even go as far to say it’s my absolute favourite foundation. I was wearing shade 125 but it’s a little dark for me now so I need to do another colour match. This is for normal to dry skin and so worth a try. There is one also to suit oiler skins. I like to use mineral during the day as much as possible but this is my next favourite and I always used at night-time when I had it.

Maybelline Fit Me concealer:
€8.99
Another goodie from Maybelline. I have been using the last drops of this the past few days. It’s a handy one to have. I like to use Mac prolong wear for night-time or days I look very tired but otherwise this is lovely. I apply with a beauty blender and it doesn’t cake in my fine lines.

Note luminous moisturising foundation:
€9.95
I’ve talked about this a lot lately. I’ve been using this foundation since February and I’ve liked it, not liked it and liked it again. The coverage is great and it blends very well. I feel sometimes it’s not hydrating enough. When I use when my skin is more hydrated it’s great. I find it wears off quickly around my nose and I need extra powder but that’s a small thing. For the price point it is so worth a try. Note cosmetics have some great products and I will try it again in the future along with more from the range.

Garnier moisture bomb protect hydrating mist:
From €8.99
I like the idea of having a mist that will hydrate throughout the day. I love the skin nerds spritz o clock on her snapchat and agree it is worth doing. However, I didn’t like this product. It did hydrate but I felt like I was spraying deodorant on my face. I’m going to try a few more but this wasn’t for me and I won’t be repurchasing.

Let me know if you have tried any of these.

Jessie X

Stila review- magnificent metals foil finish eyeshadow

Hey guys,

Today I am doing a quick review on a product I have had in my kit for ages. I picked this up some months back and have only used it on myself and a handful of people.

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With us all raving about the new stila glitters I thought it would be good to do a review on their past product.

The idea behind this is to create a heavy metal look and there are 12 shades to choose from. I went with a navy blue and would probably go with some copper shades in the future. It comes with a little dish and liquid eye primer. You simple mix a drop of primer and eyeshadow together in the dish and pop on the eye with your finer or a brush. You can layer for a more dramatic look.

This can get messy if not careful so I would apply before foundation. It also acts as a funky liner under the eye for a real edgy look. It takes a little bit of time to dry so be patient but the colour pay off is something else. Here is a link to the stila website and video of how to use

https://stila.co.uk/products/magnificent-metals-foil-finish-eye-shadow

I’m giving this 4/5 only because it takes time to get used to.

This retails at around €40. I would recommend getting a neutral shade such as gold or copper to start with. You will get more wear out of it and buy the darker shades if you want more drama.

Jessie X

Make up artists I am loving

Today I am doing a quick round-up of some of my favourite make artists.

Some I have been following for a long time and others are more recent. Instagram is my main social media platform for checking these guys out and I often check in on their websites or YouTube channels.

Let me know if you follow and love any as much as I do.

Wayne Goss:
I’ve done a post like this before and Wayne is always top of the list. I love him. He is honest, engaging, informative and a truly amazing make up artist. There is no more to say. Check him out.

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Ciara Allen:
I have been following Ciara for a good while now on Instagram. She’s a breath of fresh air. Again a fabulous artist with beautiful looks. She has a brill attitude and seems really sound. She also has a love for hoop earrings like myself. The final thing I will add is that if you follow her insta stories she seems very supportive to people in the industry.

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Jeanette Cronin:
I started watching Jeanette’s Youtube videos a year ago and she’s so good. She is talented and pretty amazing when it comes to full on glamour make up looks. She has just opened her own make up studio in cork and I can only imagine it to be all types of fabulous. I’ve booked in to do some one to one training with her in June to perfect some glam looks and I cannot wait.

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Sharon Farrell:
Sharon has been one of my absolute favourites for a long time now and has been on my list of artists before. She’s an Irish make up artist living in Sydney and again seems like a seriously lovely person. Her make up looks are gorgeous. She give very honest reviews and her videos are a lot of fun.

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Jessie X

Fav looks from Met gala

The met gala happened last night and it is always a time we get to see some quirky styles and great make up looks. This year was no different even though I thought lots of people played it safe.

Here are some of my favourite looks. All images are from Vouge.

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The next few are again some of my favourite dresses but also make up looks. Bright make up made a come back. I loved Selena Gomez pink eyes.

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You can’t beat a classic nude look either or smokey eye like Naomi Campbell’s.

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Who were your winners on the night ?

Jessie X

Make up inspo

Hey guys,

Another bank holiday this weekend. Hurrah.

I’ve put together some make up inspo looks for the weekend that is in it.

These are also looks that you may decide to try if you have an upcoming event or wedding.

The first few looks are soft and fresh for people that do not like a heavy makeup. The others are for glitter lovers.

All images are from Pinterest.

Enjoy

Jessie X

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