5 DIY Easy Beauty Hacks

Who doesn’t love a sneaky DIY? I have 5 easy-peasy beauty tips to get the most out of your products and most importantly,  your budget!

[ 1. Get instant 3D lips by adding frosted eyeshadow! ]
Add a soft coating of shiny eyeshadow over the top of lipstick or lipgloss for a fuller look
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[ 2. Instant ‘plumping’ lipgloss ]
Just add peppermint oil to any of your favourite lipglosses for that plumping tingly effect! Easy as pie
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[ 3. Touch up french manicures with… anything! ]
Any smooth, long, bendable surface can be used to touch up a french manicure! I’m talking tape, rubber bands, even paper! Just hold sturdy in place and paint!
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[ 4. Banish split-ends between hair cuts! ]
Simply separate hair into sections, twist, and cut any hairs that are sticking out!
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[ 5. Coloured lips using eyeshadow ]
Coat lips with a sticky lipgloss (thin lizzy lipgloss is crazy sticky) and apply any eyeshadow on top! Get creative! Today I’m a mermaid…
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xo

A Sticker for your Kisser

At the start of semester I purchased a gold lip sticker to wear to a Shapeshifter gig during re-orientation week! I had tried nail stickers before (see here), and one of my besties suggested I try lip stickers! At crazy-cheap eBay prices ($1.70NZD) I couldn’t say no. But unfortunately like most things in my life, it got thrown into my makeup draw never to be seen again. UNTIL NOW. I decided to finally try these bad boys and I must admit it was a little weird…

The packaging reads:
[ Shape your lips with your mouth wide open to the “AHH” shape. Next measure your lip length and cut on the dotted vertical lines. Then measure the depth of your lip staying outside your water line and cut on the horizontal line. ]

That easy huh?? It was all lies. 
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The result? A mixed review… First of all, the lip shape did nowhere near fit the shape of my mouth, even with the option of cutting the edges. The cutting part was also mildly stressful as cutting off too much meant no return. The actual colour was more of a brownish leopard print than a gold which was disappointing. Also the definition between the sticker and your ‘water line’ was very exact so a sneaky peek of pink can always be seen (on my lips anyway). To apply it was literally like a temporary tattoo… you hold it on your lips and apply water. Weird. This had good point and bad points…

lip sticker, lip tattoo, how toThe good: It will stay on! I had to scrub like crazy to actually get this stuff off! If it was intended for a long night out it would definitely make the distance. They’re also super comfortable as they move with your lips. I forgot I was wearing them!

The bad: The photos above were taken after about 2 hours of wear. As you can see, the sides of the mouth where the most moisture sits started to wear down and distort the sticker. Not cute. The sticker was also hard to match to my lips.

These would be fun for a dress up party, and if I ever go anywhere dressed as a leopard they will be at the top of my list! Until then, I think I’ll stick with good old-fashioned lipstick!

xo

Mix ‘n Match: 4 lipstick colours you didn’t know you had

A couple of weeks ago I posted a photo on my instaglam of a lipstick colour I had created by mixing two of my favourite lipsticks! I don’t know if this is an existing thing or not – but I felt like the person who created sliced bread! No longer do I look at my makeup collection and say to myself ‘hmm which of these 9 lipstick colours should I wear tonight?’ I say ‘WOH which of these 72 lipstick colours should I wear??’ (9×8 options?) although some of them do look terrible together so it’s probably more like 50, or 20 – but still, it’s more than 9! Also I may need to clarify for any boys that may happen to read this – by colours I mean shades, because yes, they are all pink xo

Here are my FOUR fave combos! (I actually discovered another goodie but you’ll have to wait for that one)
I like to apply each colour to a different lip – this isn’t just for a funky photo, but it stops you mixing the colours on your actual lipstick!

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[ Mirenesse Stiletto + Lime Crime Countessa Fluorescent = ]

lipstick, colour, mix, beauty[ Barbie Pink! ]
This is such a cool colour – the orange tone brings out the pink to make it that much brighter

lipstick, colour, mix, beauty[ Revlon in Soft Nude + Lime Crime in Countessa Fluorescent = ]

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I love my Countessa Fluorescent, but it can be overwhelming! Mix it with a little nude and your away laughing!

lipstick, colour, mix, beauty[ Mac in Morange + Mac in Russian Red = ]

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[ Tangerine! ]
Can’t decide between red and orange? Try both!
It makes it that much more vibrant and that much more fun!!

lipstick, colour, mix, beauty[ Mac in Lady Gaga + Revlon in Berry Smoothie = ]

lipstick, colour, mix, beauty[ Baby Gaga! ]
I tend to find that Gaga is a little toooo pale for me and tends to wash me out.
Mixing it with Berry Smoothie gives it that little extra colour that I need!

Try mixing some of your own lipstick shades before rushing off to spend your hard earned pennies!
xo

Naturally Nude

Nude tones scream class! They’re subtle yet sophisticated. They say, ‘Hey I put in effort today’, without yelling from the rooftops “LOOK AT ME!”. Especially at uni, when I want to feel good and ‘done’, but blatantly rocking lipstick at 9am on a Monday will scare off the nerdy kids – And I love nerdy kids!!

I’ve been looking everywhere for the perfect ‘life colour’ as I like to call it. A colour you can chuck on and wear everywhere (including to uni) and I found it!! Supreme Style from Mac’s Supreme Sheen range. Love love love.

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[ I love this colour, if you can even call it a colour – it’s so simple and makes my lips feel soft and plump while providing a hint of pink and coral undertones to the nude base ]

Now let’s talk nails! Surprisingly I picked up this $4 (yes FOUR dollar) nail polish from a pharmacy and awkwardly enough it kind of works better than my more expensive brands… what is happening to the world? It glides on so well and hardens in minutes! I haven’t had such an easy nail experience since my boyfriend did my nails while I watched Mad Men! (jealous much?)

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[ Plain colours not your thing? Try jazzing it up with a nail art pen! I used another bargain brand in gold and ran the pen along my nail bed.]

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Keep your face on: 5 makeup staying tips

My tips on how to keep your makeup in place aaaall night (or day) long.
Lets start from the top:

1. Brows
To keep stray hairs in place, try spraying some hairspray onto the bristly end of a brow brush and giving them a good comb.

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2. Complexion

Although foundation is called ‘foundation’ as in, it goes at the bottom, there is a vital first step: PRIME. Primers really do help your makeup last soo much longer and they prevent build up by leaving your skin soft and smooth to work with. Currently I’m using the Invisible Fill Airbrush primer by Mirenesse cosmetics. Cheaper alternative? Moisturise!! It wont particularly help with your makeups staying power, but it will give an easy and smooth application.
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3.Lipstick
Want to help your colour last all night? First, moisturise your lips with a small amount of lip balm. Too much will cause your lipstick to smudge and come off on every glass/person that you come in contact with. Next, apply your lipstick using a lip brush. This will ensure you don’t apply too much as;
A) it will come off on everything
B) it will help to stain your lips rather than the product sitting on top
C) you wont use up your lipstick as quickly!
Next, apply a lip liner to the outer edges of your lips. This will help define them and act as a barrier between your lipstick and the rest of your face!

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4. Smile
The ultimate beauty bag essential! Vaseline.
Not only can it be used for anything and everything, applying a small amount to your front teeth will keep your smile bright and stop lipstick sticking to your teeth. Amazeballs.

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5. Eyeliner crease
We’ve all experienced the trauma of the awkward eyeliner crease… This is where your top liner somehow finds its way onto the crease of your upper lid. I didn’t want to fork out for a fancy eye-primer so I went back to basics…
To get rid of any oil on your lid which may cause eyeliner to run, dab a skin coloured eyeshadow or face power across your lid before applying your liner! Lately I’ve been using the Studio Magic BB Pore powder by Mirenesse.

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How do you make your makeup last? Let me know! x

Autumn Lipstick Shade

Autumn has been attracting me towards deep colour tones such as teal and dark mustard – and of course, maroon. I’d been looking everywhere for a deep dark red for my lips this Autumn until I discovered ‘Electric Kiss’ from Mirenesse Cosmetics’ Glossy Kiss range. The product is infused with BB mineral pigments and vitamin E leaving lips soft and plump!
It’s so sultry and deep I feel comfortable wearing it in the day, as well as at night.

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[ The colour was difficult to capture on camera, but I think the 4th shot of the collage represents the red tone the best ]

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[ Comparative swathes of Electric Kiss (1) and a bright red Flirty Kiss (2) both by Mirenesse. You can see how much deeper this red tone is ]
Love love love

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I wouldn’t really call this a lipstick, it’s kind of a cross between a lip balm and a lip stain – reason being it feels soo soft while the colour wears so well and will last all day.  I can’t stop rubbing my lips together as I type this! And how cute is the packaging?? 

The Glossy Kiss range will become available this week at Mirenesse.com
Be one of the first to try it x

Charity of the Month

Charity: The acquiring of goods for free or lesser value than their originally proposed market value

Now that we have that clarified, let me explain that I have a mild (extreme) and shameless addiction to all things charity. In my mind, if something is 50% off, I am technically making money – and don’t try to tell me otherwise. This month I did particularly well!
Here are my top charity purchases this past month:

Costume Jewellery
RRP: $60 ($30 each)
Charity: $6 ($3 each)

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Pascoes Cubic Zirconia earrings 
RRP: $45
Charity: Freeeee (FW voucher for first 500 purchases)
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NOOZ Shear Blouse
RRP: $40
Charity: $15
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Revlon Lipbutter in Berry Smoothie
RRP: $24.99
Charity: Freeee (FW goodie bag)
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Mirenesse Cosmetics
RRP: $$$
Charity: Gifted
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[ I love finding new makeup brands to try out, which is why I’m so so stoked to have the opportunity to try out Mirenesse Cosmetics! I’m already won over by the packaging!
Posts and reviews will be up over the next few weeks so keep an eye out x ]

Happy shopping!!

Favourite Pink Summer Lipstick

Countessa Flourescent by Lime Crime

This colour is so much fun! It gives a pop to a plain outfit or adds a touch of spunk! I don’t think I’m quite indie enough to pull off some of the lipstick colours that are available by Lime Crime but oh I wish I could!

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To pull off colours like blue, green or pale purple successfully, it really depends on the personality of the wearer, and most importantly skin tone. Tan skin tones paired with pale lipstick shades tend to look sick, it really does remind me of a dehydrated sailor. But that’s just me…
I find Lime Crime lipstick will last all night and only needs a top-up occasionally! My only disappointment is the packaging – it reminds me of play lipsticks I had as a child. In my opinion you can never go wrong with simple makeup packaging.

To shop the Lime Crime lipstick range click here
Happy shopping x