Sunday Tip #17

Every Sunday I shall share here a beauty tip that I’ve read or heard about, and leave my comments or thoughts on it. Please feel free to leave your views, too! :)

Now I don’t say that this is a must-do, but if you do use sunscreen and/or foundation (Whether it’s sheer, medium or high-coverage), or wear makeup overall, double cleansing, which can mean cleansing twice or more commonly using two cleansers (Usually the first one being a cleansing oil) can help to thoroughly clean your skin, removing all the sunscreen and/or foundation and/or makeup as well as all the gunk that may have accumulated on your face throughout the day. Having cleaner skin from double cleansing also means 1) less breakouts, as there is a decrease in any pore-clogging residue and 2) a more effective skincare routine, as your skin is well-prepped and will be able to better absorb your skincare products afterwards, which as a result, makes it regenerate better.

Here is a good article from Viva Woman on double cleansing :)

Some famous cleansing oils you can try as your first step in double cleansing would be Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils, but cheaper alternatives such as one from Hada Labo and the Biore Cleansing Oil also exist now so it depends on your preference and budget. Personally I am a huge fan of Dermalogica Precleanse, which I’ve been using for many many years now with great results and no negative reactions (Touch wood), especially since Shu Uemura‘s, which was the first one I tried, broke me out :( I also like to use a separate makeup remover for my eye makeup first, then use cleansing oil when double cleansing over my eyes (Gently!) to remove any leftover residue.

Sunday Tip #16

Every Sunday I shall share here a beauty tip that I’ve read or heard about, and leave my comments or thoughts on it. Please feel free to leave your views, too! :)

Believe me, it saves a LOT of time and frustration. Sure, it may be awesome to have the latest, trendiest haircut, but when you can’t style it on your own without a team of dedicated hair stylists or without the skill of one you’re bound to feel disappointed and annoyed and not to mention you’ll waste a lot of time just doing your hair, so try go with what looks good on you, and you can manage on your own- if you want some individuality because you think your hairstyle is too “plain” or “common”, you can opt for colours, and hair accessories are always available! :P

In the same vein I would always recommend people to embrace their natural hair texture and work with it instead of against it. For me, I have naturally thick wavy hair, and I used to have it straightened/rebonded  constantly- sure, the straight, sleek hair was easy to manage and take care of (Wake up and go, no applying a lot of products to style it after washing it), but in the long run maintenance was high as the regrowth was always very horrible (Thick wavy hair jarring against the straight sleek hair) and I needed to get the procedure done every 3-6 months… which was of course expensive and very damaging as well due to chemical processing. Now that I’ve had it permed to give my waves more “boost” and definition (Not to mention I look better with curly/wavy hair as opposed to straight), I only need to go through chemical processing once a year at the very least, and regrowth at least looks natural! Only thing is I need to invest in slightly more time to apply hair products after washing but I’m happier! :D

Sunday Tip #15

Every Sunday I shall share here a beauty tip that I’ve read or heard about, and leave my comments or thoughts on it. Please feel free to leave your views, too! :)

This week’s very short tip is brought to you from Total Beauty, or more precisely from this article here. It might seem like a money-wasting, rather obnoxious and elitist tip to some, but having experimented with it myself I do find myself agreeing. Higher- or or mid-end tools do tend to give a better, more professional result than lower-end tools, so if you can afford it, go for a better quality tool. It can help improve your application and/or usage, and subsequently your technique, as I’ve experienced personally especially in regards to eyeshadows (Which I’m still learning and experimenting with, but can now apply with either a brush or just my fingers) and liquid foundations (I mainly use my fingers, and lower-end brushes and/or sponges, for example, can make it harder to blend, soak up more product than necessary and/or leave a patchier or streakier finish) :)

However, now I find that good quality tools, in this case more on brushes, tend to be more affordable, for example Ecotools, Sephora‘s in-house brushes and maybe perhaps even Real Techniques and Sigma. M.A.C isn’t that bad either, and I hear Sonia Kashuk‘s pretty good too. It’s worth saving up for better tools as they also last longer!

Sunday Tip #14

Every Sunday I shall share here a beauty tip that I’ve read or heard about, and leave my comments or thoughts on it. Please feel free to leave your views, too! :)

This week’s tip is courtesy of Lisa Eldridge, which was mentioned in this video of hers (Again, no thanks to Sukie of A Little Bit Of Everything). It’s a good tip to use for when you’ve been crying, or have swollen eyes/eyelids due to allergies for example and need to look presentable for whatever reason :P But that’s apparently not exactly the only thing it’ll do, apparently as I’ve found out, though this is based on my experimentations!

I’ve only recently begun to seriously experiment and play with and use eyeshadows, mainly because I’ve just gotten my hands on the Urban Decay Naked2 palette on Tuesday (I am seriously loving it, by the way), and I find that using a matte shade, in this case the shade Tease from the palette, actually makes your eyes look a little “sunken in” and as a result, for me, my eyes looked bigger with deeper-looking eye sockets! According to Lisa Eldridge in the video, matte eyeshadows recesses the eye area while shimmery eyeshadows would bring it forward, and I do find it’s quite true so I thought I should share this :D

Hmm… maybe I should add a few more matte eyeshadows to my collection to experiment and play around with… and for that I am currently eyeing TheBalm Meet Matt(e) palette! :P

Sunday Tip #13

Every Sunday I shall share here a beauty tip that I’ve read or heard about, and leave my comments or thoughts on it. Please feel free to leave your views, too! :)

I think this is a really random tip, but this tip came to me randomly as an epiphany one day while I was out, my tattoo was just healing (I will have a post on this soon hopefully!) and I had forgotten to apply moisturiser on the area. I whipped out my lip balm (I was using Jurlique Love Balm and Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lip Moisturiser), wiped it gently with a piece of tissue paper, used my finger to dab the lip balm and then dabbed it onto my tattoo… and it worked very well! Oh and of course I wiped my lip balm with tissue paper again after that before using it on my lips :P

I have, also, in an extreme pinch, used lip balm as an emergency moisturiser on very dry patch(es) on my face when I have them and they show very obviously. Just a tiny bit will do (Application method similar to above), and if you seem to have overdone it and it looks oily just blot it gently it a piece of tissue paper. It worked very well and said dry patch(es) never materialised again for the rest of the day, and no, I didn’t look like I had an oily spot on my face :)

A little note though- I don’t think that using lip balms with menthol or mint or lip plumping properties or tingly lip balms in general would be a good idea as it MIGHT irritate the skin. I tend to try and use “neutral” or “gentler” lip balms. Either way to be on the safe side it’s best to test if your skin is allergic to your lip balm before trying this tip out, and if it doesn’t it’s good since you have emergency moisturiser on hand!