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
[ 2. Instant ‘plumping’ lipgloss ] Just add peppermint oil to any of your favourite lipglosses for that plumping tingly effect! Easy as pie
[ 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!
[ 4. Banish split-ends between hair cuts! ] Simply separate hair into sections, twist, and cut any hairs that are sticking out!
[ 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…
Exam time wreaked havoc on my nails! They were being constantly chewed, picked at, and broken – never having time to actually remove my tragically chipped 3-week-old nail polish, one of my friends forced me to remove it and repaint them at the study table as the chips were starting stressing her out! Tops friend. And great procrastination!
To give my nails (and my mind) a pampering, I decided to try a splatter effect with all this new free time I have! This turned out to be super fun – and super messy! But that was the best part… Follow my easy steps and give it a try!
Step 1: Gather your essentials! I used two straws, cue tips, tape (or post-it notes in my case), nail polish remover, and your choice of nail polish colours! I also made sure I did this on a washable/disposable surface (my old uni folder). I used AVON ‘midnight plum’ for my base colour, and for my splatter colours OPI ‘the “it” color’ and Revlon 017 ‘shear heaven’. Plus a Cutex top coat for the finishing touch!
Step 2: Place the tape around the edges of your nail – this will stop your hands getting so messy! I painted my base colour the night before to make sure it was SUPER dry.
Step 3: Dip one of the straws into your first splatter colour. I let it drip back into the pot once before beginning the splatter to make sure I didn’t get a big gob of polish on my nail.
Step 4: BLOW BABY BLOW. This is the fun part! Blow the crap out of the straw, re-dip, and blow again until you get the amount of splatters you want. Use a clean straw if you want to add a second colour.
Step 5: Remove the tape, and clean up any polish with a cue tip – Top coat time!
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.
[ 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?)
[ 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.]
The weather has been so nice here I was inspired to try some Summer themed nail art.
The colour wouldn’t come out quite right on my camera – but this is actually a pale/peachy orange colour.
To give this ‘sunset’ kind of effect I applied a bronze glitter polish at the edge of my cuticle, then cleaned the brush off before sweeping it up the nail giving this effect. I then took a polish with bigger sequins in it and applied this to the cuticle end of the nail. I tend to add detail to only one or two nails – it’s a little more fun that way!
[ Left to right: 4ME polish, colour unstated (have no idea where this came from), BYS ‘Million Dollar Baby’, O.P.I ‘Goldeneye’ ]