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There's nothing like a good makeup haul for a 'pick me up'. This week has been quite a busy challenging tiring week that I'm glad to have a breather this weekend. Super excited about my new finds from online shopping. Here's what I got:

Maybelline Brow Pomade Deep Dark, By Terry Carnal Attraction Lipstick, Charlotte Tilbury Amber Haze Colour Chameleon, Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub, L'oreal Telescopic Mascara

L'Oréal Paris Telescopic Mascara Extra Black
I'm no stranger to L'oreal mascaras. For one I am a huge fan of the LOréal Paris Double Extension Renewal Serum Inside Mascara. However I've just come to realise I havent tried L'oreal Telescopic at all so I picked this up. I was utterly surprised by the teenie tiny brush and even more so when it instantly thickens and lengthens the lashes. I recommend this for small Asian lashes as the wand enables precision.

Picked this up to flatter my dark brown eyes and I must say it does deliver. It is a golden bronze shade, a bit like MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow but in longwearing stick form. You can apply it all over the lid like for an eyeshadow look but I prefer simply lining my upper lash line. This is the third addition to my CT Colour Chameleon stash. I wonder which will be the fourth?

This is my first lipstick from By Terry (they are so expensive that they hurt my purse). I picked this one up in the recent Space NK sale and I hope you do to. This gorgeous shade is a pink berry, similar to MAC Rebel Lipstick. The formula is a lot more luxurious however. It glides on easily on the lips and stays. You could wear it two ways - with a matching lip pencil, or alone smudged out with a finger to create a stained berry lip. I often do the latter. Love it!

Maybelline Eyestudio Brow Drama Pomade Crayon
It's incredibly difficult to find a good eyebrow pencil for dark eyebrows. Many lean too warm and make the brows a touch gingery. The ideal shade for dark brown eyebrows would be one that leans grey - and I must say I'm content with the shade 'Deep Brown' I have here by Maybelline, although it could be even more grey. I love the chubby pencil and how its easy to use. Its a little pigmented so small feathery strokes go a long way.

Flaky lips call for a lil scrubbing and I've turned to no other but Lush's offering. I was tossing between Popcorn and Mint Chocolate but the former won due to both jojoba oil and coconut oil for extra moisturisation. Apply lip balm straight after use for a juicy pout.

Maybelline Brow Pomade Deep Dark, By Terry Carnal Attraction Lipstick, Charlotte Tilbury Amber Haze

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Saturday, January 23, 2016 • 0 comments
Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01

I love pretty highlighters especially when applied high up on the cheekbones. I remember getting mesmerised at Don Leone's Italian watching this pretty doll's cheekbones glistening in the light as she moved and laughed, now that I think about it I hope she didn't catch me taking frequent glances... but then again she might have had too much of that delicious red wine to notice. In my searches for highlighters to produce that gorgeous glow, I stumbled upon this pretty gem that I'll review for you today. It's Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01.

Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01

Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 is a white gold luminous highlighter that's not as metallic the current cult favourites eg. the Anastasia highlighters. It is quite subtle and works well in office / work type environments. Apply with a small brush or with the fingertips high up on the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose and beneath the eyebrow arch. See swatch below:

Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 Swatch
 Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Powder Highlight 01 (£24) is available from Space NK.

Care to share - what's your favourite highlighter?

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Thursday, January 07, 2016 • 0 comments
My Attempt at Kylie Jenner Lips

Thanks to the popularity led by older half-sisters the Kardashians, the next generation of fashion inspirations - the Jenner sisters have taken the beauty world by storm. Kylie Jenner in particular, the younger of the two, is known for instagramming a full pout which is now revealed thanks to the help of a few mls of fillers. We shouldn't discount her makeup skills however, as a sister contour-queen sister, she too is experienced clever makeup trickery and lip-contour.

I've scoured the web for similar shades to achieve this pout. As her family is an avid lover of MAC I thought that would be the best place to start.

Kylie Jenner Lips
MAC Brave Lipstick and MAC Whirl Lip Pencil

In this look, I've used MAC Whirl Lip Pencil to line and fill the lips. It's a brown pink shade that would look good on everyone. I overl-lined my top lip - concentrating on the sides of the lips and avoiding the Cupid's bow to avoid that drag queen or 'I don't know how to apply lip liner look' that colouring over the Cupid's bow can give.

After lining I apply MAC Brave lipstick a creamy brown pink shade that is a few shades brighter than Whirl. To achieve the matte but luscious finish, tap over some translucent powder. I've used MAC Blot Powder here but any translucent powder would do.

Finish up with large fluttery false eyelashes and you're good to go. Don't forget to Instagram a few selfies Kardashians style.

Livia | The Skin and Beauty Blog


Kylie Jenner Lips

Sunday, January 03, 2016 • 0 comments
Word of these Becca highlighters have been circulating in the beauty world for months now. It was only when I made the effort to pop by my local Space NK did I believe how precious and beautiful these are. It's tempting to pick up all the Becca highlighters as anyone's inner magpie would agree but I restricted myself to just a couple, with one left I am lemming for which I find myself still constantly thinking of...

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed. Now this is the definition of a highlighter. It makes cheekbones truly pop. It is super flattering on photography, both flash and not. It is more metallic of the two. Truly beautiful.

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed. Of the two I picked up this is the more wearable everyday type of highlighter. It is a shimmery pale gold that reflects in a natural way to emphasize the cheekbones. I believe it would suit medium to fair skintones, deeper skintones would perhaps find this too ashy.

Have you tried Becca Highlighters? If so which one is your favourite? And by the way, happy new year! x

Livia | The Skin and Beauty Blog

A Post on Becca Highlighters

Friday, January 01, 2016 • 0 comments
50 New Year’s Resolutions for a More Beautiful You! 
Happy new year everyone! With the New Year just around the corner, I compiled a list of 50 New Year's Resolutions to try if you're feeling stuck finding a good idea. Don't worry, its impossible to do all 50, pick one and see if it works for you!

Quit bad beauty habits 

1. Quit Nail biting. Not only are chipped nails unsightly, but did you know that you can get worms from biting your fingernails? Wearing coloured nail varnish can help you stop.

2. Quit picking on your skin and pimple popping. These habits can lead to facial scarring.

3. Stop smoking.

4. Stop using tanning beds, which can increase your risk of skin cancer. Try fake tans instead!

Get Organized 

5. Clean out your closet. Check out Anna's tips on Capsule Wardrobes.

6. Reorganize your makeup drawer.

7. Clean out your makeup bag.

Better Hygiene!

8. Toss your pillowcases in the wash every week, especially in the summer to remove the build up of sweat and oils from your face and hair, which can cause breakouts.

9. Clean your mobile phone at least once a week. Ever notice that the right side of your jaw has a few more blemishes than you'd expect? That could be from all the bacteria on your mobile! You can use a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol on a tissue and gently wiping down your phone.

10. Don’t share makeup with friends! This is the easiest way to transfer germs, get a pink eye or even cold sores (herpes).

11. Avoid trying makeup testers at makeup counters for this same reason.

12. Get rid of your mascara every 6 months as they are a breeding ground for bacteria. You can attach a label to your mascara with the ‘expiry’ date or the date of opening to remind you when you’ll have to throw it out.

13. Throw out your old makeup sponges after use to prevent re-using dirty and bacteria-laden sponges.

14. Clean your lip and eye pencils every month by sharpening them.

15. Clean your makeup brushes weekly to prevent the build up of dirt and oils, which can lead to breakouts and infections.

Try a new Look 

16. Try a new beauty dare once a month! It may be red lipstick or winged eye liner, who knows – you might find a new look that suits you.

17. Experiment with new fashion trends. Breaking out from the usual black and adding in a new colour or accessory can instantly transform any outfit.

18. Change your hairstyle - If you can't remember the last time you got a different style, now is the perfect opportunity to go a little shorter, get a fringe, or add a few face-framing layers.

Better shopping habits 

19. Get the perfect shade of foundation by using your jawline to test. This is the most evenly toned area of your face. Don’t use your arm or hand as your skin colour may be completely different!

20. Wear blush for that instant pick-me-up!

21. Find affordable style and save money eg. Primarni and H&M

Get a healthier glow! 

22. Get at least 6-8 hours of beauty sleep. This gives your body enough time to revitalise itself.

23. Relax and give yourself a time out now and then to reduce stress and accelerated ageing that goes with it.

24. Schedule a beauty date with your best friend, sister, or mum. That way, you can both feel indulged and have some quality catch-up time.

25. Hit the gym at least 3 times a week for a naturally glowing complexion and a hot body!

26. Drink more water – at least 2 litres of water a day to flush toxins out of your body and keep skin looking supple and healthy

27. Eat more good-for-your-skin foods like vegetables, salmon, almonds, and berries.

28. Take a multivitamin every day - I love Holland & Barrett Pure Cod Liver Oil Multi-vitamins.

Gain new beauty habits 

29. Maintain your eyebrows with monthly threads or waxes. Clean eyebrows instantly improve your look!

30. Commit to a skin-care routine. Try a new regimen for at least two weeks before changing products, as this is the amount of time it usually takes for a formula's results to show.

31. Apply a moisturiser with at least SPF 30 to your face, neck and body prevent premature aging.

32. Don’t forget to apply SPF on your hands, especially before driving to prevent the sun’s UV effects on your hands!

33. Start using an eye cream. It's never too early or late to fight fine lines and wrinkles!

34. Use a body brush a few minutes before your morning shower to shift cellulite.

35. Moisturise after your daily bath or shower while your skin is still a little damp as your skin absorbs better at this time than when it is completely dry.

36. Start using a toner to clean your skin and also tighten pores.

37. Remove your makeup at the end of the day by either washing them off or keeping cleansing wipes by your bedside to prevent clogged pores!

38. Exfoliate your skin once a week using mild soap and a washcloth, loofah or exfoliating gloves (my favourite!).

39. Avoid taking very hot steamy showers as this can dry out your skin.

40. Start using a product with glycolic acid or retinol, which can help prevent and dissolve fine lines, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin texture and acne.

Take better care of your hair. 

41. Shampoo your hair every 2 days as washing your hair daily can strip it off its natural oils.

42. Don’t comb your hair immediately after you shower to avoid breakage. Instead, wrap it in a towel and let it dry for 10 minutes.

43. Use a wide-toothed comb to comb newly washed hair. This reduces chances of split ends.

44. Invest in an ionic hair dryer, which is gentler to hair and also dries your hair faster!

45. Avoid using the flatiron too often.

46. Use a heat protectant spray before using hot hair styling products.

47. Stop splitting your ends, instead trim them to prevent damaging your hair.

Improve dental care 

48. Floss your teeth daily. Did you know that brushing alone cleans only 65% of your teeth?

49. Keep a toothbrush at your desk and brush after you finish your coffee or tea. This will help prevent staining.

And lastly… 

50. Be flawsome! Start loving yourself for who you are, this includes wrinkles, flab, cellulite etc. Use these to guide self-improvement instead of self-loathing, and don’t let these hold you back!

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