Cookie Lyon’s best makeup looks

For all the other people out there addicted to Empire, Cookie is probably the main reason we keep coming back. She is tough, fierce and she has never looked less that 100% fly. Apart from her coats, one of my favourite things about her is her makeup. These are all the times her makeup rocked it.

That time when her lipstick matched her coat.

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That at time when her red lips and smokey eyes had her looking like a  21st century music mogul Cleopatra.

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That time when she rocked a vintage fringe AND purple lipstick.

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That time she showed us how to wear brown lipstick

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Even when she’s showing us a softer side, she’s still killing it.

Carry on, Cookie.

Cute things to do with short hair

Pixie cuts and bobs are all kinds of cute. They look great all on their own, without any styling or adornments. But if you do want to do something different with yours, you have almost as many options as those with longer hair.

You will need plenty of bobby pins and hairspray for the following.

First of all, you could pin it all up in a faux updo with bobby pins. Just tousle and curl it first and then twist and pin till you get the desired effect.

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Faux-Hawks are another great look that is actually easier to achieve with short hair. Back comb and hairspray the top section and then pin it in place.

Try a simple side braid at the front.

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If you don’t know how to French braid, follow this pictorial.

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For a look that appears complicated but is actually incredibly simple, try either the double twist, or the triple twist.

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Or finally, wrap your hair up in a gorgeous silk scarf!

With these ideas, you’ll have all your long-haired friends desperate for the chop.

The secret anti ageing treatment that will cost you nothing

From the age of fifteen I noticed frown lines on my forehead that magically appeared over night. Every morning since then I have woken up to frown lines. It wasn’t till I was about 20 that I learnt why. Dehydration. The morning is when our skin is the most dehydrated because we’ve gone several hours without water. When our skin dries out it wrinkles, it flakes, it becomes tight and less supple. This is also what happens to our skin when we age. So to help our skin look younger, the secret is: WATER!

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We’ve all been told a thousand times the benefits of drinking water, but as humans are inherently appearance oriented, we only take heed when it affects our looks. Well this is how drinking water affects your appearance. Drink it and look young.

In fact that’s not the only benefit water has for your skin. It can help prevent acne because it helps your kidneys do their best job at flushing out your toxins. Not to mention all the other health benefits of drinking water.

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The most expensive face creams in the world will be useless if you cells are in need of water, and water is FREE. It’s a no brainier, really.

Great Etsy beauty finds you (probably) had no idea existed

Etsy is a treasure trove of handmade and vintage items. It is more than just crafts and vintage clothes. There at thousands, even tens of thousands, of beauty shops. Because it is all handmade, almost everything out there is organic and vegan friendly. You will find things on Etsy you would never see in shops, some for good reason, but mostly items are original pieces made with love.

For an exhaustive range of sparkly nail polishes, the Vegas based shop ILoveNP has got you covered.

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At around £6.82 each, they’re slightly more expensive than a drug store brand, but in which drug stores would you find this colour?

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Etsy classic, Portland Black Lipstick Company, does exactly what it says on the tin. Great black lipstick for just £9.54. But they also have a range of other similarly ‘alternative’ colours. Their namesake, however, is their best seller.

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For cute soaps that you won’t find anywhere else, go to AubreyEApothecary and Soapopotamus. These guys have soaps AubreyE has soaps shaped like sushi:

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Gummy bears

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And even coal (a great stocking filler)

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And soapopotamus has deliciously realistic looking Cinnamon buns:

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Liquid ‘honey’ soap

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And a half-dozen of the glazed, please

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For just £4.77! Turn your bathroom into a mini bakery.

If price isn’t an object, For Strange Women has a delightfully gothic selection of vintage style perfumes in both solid and liquid form, in beautiful packaging. However the cheapest perfumes start at around £35, or you could spend around £100 on solid perfume necklaces.

Finally, Fat and the Moon is a cosmetics company that has natural beauty products from deodorants to lipsticks.

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This lip and cheek stain is just £8.18 and will have you going from zero to vamp in 3.5.

So if you are looking for gifts this holiday season, or just want to treat yourself, don’t forget to make Etsy one of your stops before heading out to the shops. You may be pleasantly surprised.