STAR WARS MAKEUP COLLECTION

Covergirl has released an exclusive Star Wars themed makeup line to coincide with the build up to the new films release. Just like tickets for the movie, this makeup is selling out fast so it looks like you’ll have to be quick to get your paws on it.

The flawless Janelle Monae is one of the faces of this collection, if you needed more of a reason to love it.

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The products consist of two mascaras ($6.85), 6 different shades of lipstick ($6.99) and 6 different nail polishes ($5.49).

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They are marketing the collection as the Dark Side and the Rebel Alliance, however each different shade of lipstick and nail polish is made for 6 specific looks.

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  • Stormtrooper (lipstick in Dark Purple)
  • Droid (lipstick in Gold)
  • Dark Apprentice (lipstick in Red and nail polish in Fury)
  • Mystic (lipstick in Lilac)
  • Chrome Captain (lipstick in Silver)
  • Jedi (lipstick in Nude and nail polish in Speed of Light)

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This looks like a fun collection and because it is Covergirl, it is affordable.  If I were stateside I’d go out and bag some of it before it all sells out.

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Home remedies for bleaching facial hair

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Deciding whether to bleach that ‘stache is a choice. You can just rock it Frida Kahlo style (one of my idols). But if you do choose to lighten your facial hairs, here’s a home remedy that is less powerful than bleaching, but much friendlier to your skin.

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Lemon juice is natures bleach. Just mix lemon juice and honey to form a paste and apply to the area. Leave for 20 minutes before removing (unless you experience irritation).

According to livestrong.com, there are two other fruit based remedies that can also work.

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Tomatoes, believe it or not, can lighten facial hair. You just have to rub a cut tomato half over the areas you want to bleach and then leave the juice on for 4 minutes before washing off.

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And papayas. You can mix papaya pulp with milk to form a paste and then massage into the dark hairs for 10 minutes. After you have finished rubbing it in, leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing.

Obviously, because these are all fruits that you can ingest, the bleaching effect is mild. You may have to repeat the process a few times for the lightest results. But it’s all safe to do because it’s food!

Good luck!

The best, most expensive soap I’ve ever used

I was in a very hip (the word ‘hip’ makes me feel so old) restaurant, and their bathroom was stocked with Aesop’s Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash. And it was the best hand washing experience of my life.

It doesn’t just smell great (vetiver root, petit grain and bergamot) but it’s also EXFOLIATING!  It has those little grains (petit grain I guess) that smooth away all the roughness of the day, and when I rinsed it off my hands were soft as a baby’s. If you wash your hands as much as I do, most soaps make them dry and red. This one took care of my hands like they were at a spa. First thing I did when I got up was look up how much it was. Alas, it is £27. But if you are Mr Rockefeller and are looking for Christmas gift ideas, this would make a great present. Because no one would spent £27 on hand soap for themselves.

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The evolution of the eyebrow

From Ancient Greece, to modern day, the eyebrow has undergone quite a lot of changes. Some of the trends are cyclical, some (hopefully) are one offs. But it’s definitely safe to say that eyebrows are not just a modern day obsession.

In Ancient Greece, the unibrow was king

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The 1920s saw the arrival of the pencil thin curved brow

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By the 1940s some sense had been recovered thanks to the gorgeous arches of stars like Lauren Bacall

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This trend has remained as a staple ever since. However there have been variations. For example the bushy brows of the 1980s

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They went super thin again in the 90s.

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Which brings us to the defined, albeit slightly over made up, arches of today.

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But when done properly, they can look pretty peng.

What’s next for the eyebrow?

Winter beauty trends 2015

Matte is out

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Gloss is back, in lips and foundation. Now people are ‘strobing’ (a revived 00s trend) instead of matte contouring, shimmery faces will be everywhere. As will glossy lips. Just like our school days.

Blushing beauties

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Bare faced looks with lots of blush seem to be everywhere. Think wind-beaten atop a mountain.

On the line

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Lining your waterline is back (for me, it never left). For ultra quick smokey eyes, bring back the kohl on your lower waterline.

Vamp lips

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This is a staple of every winter look since I can remember. And this year is no exception. Dark lipstick is very unforgiving to apply with a steady hand. And remember, a little goes a long way.

Which eyebrow shape best suits your face shape?

We all have one of 3 natural eyebrow shapes. The arch, the arc (like a semicircle) and the straight line. Unfortunately, we are not necessarily born with the eyebrow shape that best suits our face, so we have to shape them. It is such a pain trying to get my dead straight eyebrows to form some kind of arch. But straight eyebrows only make my square face look squarer. Check out this picture to see which eyebrow shape best suits your face.

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Of course it’s no surprise that for most of them, the best eyebrow shape is the classic arch. It is a classic for a reason.

So unless you have a long or oval shaped face, arch it up.

Bobbi Brown Brow Shaper review

The Bobbi Brown Natural Brow shaper is a spooly and coloured gel that you brush over your brows to achieve fuller looking brows in seconds.

imageIt retails at £16.50 and in my opinion is well worth it.

If you want to enhance your brows but don’t want the whole ‘drawn on with a sharpie’ look, this is the perfect alternative for natural looking brows.

This is my ‘naked’ brow

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And then this is my brow after one very quick sweep of the spooly.

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It looks more filled in but without looking like there’s any makeup on it.

And that was only after a rushed application as I was heading out the door.

If you want a more precise defined look, you’d be better off with a pencil. But if you just want to enhance what you already have, I definitely recommend this product.

Best Celebrity Fringes 2014/15

Bangs are a great and easy way to update a tired hairstyle. Unfortunately, they don’t always work. Sometimes, however, you get lucky and your new fringe looks great. Here are some celebrities who got lucky and look great with a fringe.

Suki Waterhouse 

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Rihanna 


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Even if it was just for a magazine shoot

Lake Bell

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Taylor Swift 

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Kerry Washington 

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Olivia Pope forever ❤

And finally as of yesterday…

Ciara

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Zendaya’s hottest beauty looks

Zendaya is one of the coolest people on the planet hands down. Everything she does is just 👌🏼

And that includes her makeup. These are, in my opinion, her best looks.

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Those brown smokey eyes with the matte brown lips and perfect eyebrows.

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Pink lips with subtle brown eyeshadow and just a hint of pink blush.

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And lastly, my favourite…

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No makeup.

Expiration dates on makeup

We all know what a bummer it is, when your makeup collection is worth thousands, and then some magazine reminds you that it will be out of date in 6 months and you should throw it all away and start over. That just isn’t going to happen. If I’ve spent money on an item of makeup, I’m going to use it until it runs out. However here is a list of makeup products and when you should stop using them.

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Mascara: 2-3 months

Nail varnish: 1-2 years

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Liquid foundation: 6-12 months

Perfume: 8-10 years

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Lipstick: 2 years (1 year for lipgloss)

Lotion: 2 years

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Eyeshadow and other powders: 2 years.

So what happens if you don’t obey these rules? Well with any product you use on your eyes, there is a greater risk of infection. With foundation, more breakouts. But if you take good care of your makeup, don’t share it, store it properly and clean your brushes regularly, you might be able to keep using it for longer. Use your good judgement, and if in doubt, don’t put it near your eyes.