HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT BLUSHER FOR YOUR SKIN

Blusher is a must-have in any make-up routine. A complexion isn’t complete without a hint of gel, cream or powder formula to brighten it up and give it a youthful glow.

How to Pick The Right Blusher

There is a whole range of products and formulas to choose from, however, you want to make sure the product you pick is right for your skin type and colouring. Here are 5 tips to help you pick the right blusher for your skin type and colouring:

Be aware of your colouring- If you have yellow undertones to your skin or your skin is sallow, you will more than likely have to go for warmer shades of blusher in a shade of coral or orange. If you have blue/pink undertones to your skin and you are very light in complexion, you will most likely suit cooler shades of blusher in rose tones of pink or deep tones of cool pink.

Have at least two shades of blusher: One lighter for day time and one darker for evening use.

Test different shades before you buy. Test the blusher shades you think will suit you on the back of your hand. You want to make sure that the shade is not too dark or too light on your skin. The right shade will give a hint of colour with a light glow.

Be aware of texture- Powder blushes are more suited to younger looking skin. If you have more mature skin, opt for cream of liquid blushes. These are more effective because they will look more natural on your skin type and blend in a lot easier.

Do you have sensitive skin? Natural products will work best for you. Blushers with some natural extracts are better for your skin and will prevent break-outs, especially for those with sensitive skin. Check your ingredients before you buy.

Why More Scottish Women are Seeking Image Consultants and Personal Stylists

Personal Styling and Shopping

It is well known that clothing, accessories and footwear feature prominently in women’s spending habits with the UK retailing industry recording substantial growth in the last 4 years. However, as more and more Scottish women find ways to cut down on their spending and save more money, Image Consultants (also known as Personal Stylists) are in greater demand now than ever before. The image consulting industry first started in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Before that time, “image consulting” for the general public was not a familiar concept. Politicians, models, TV personalities and celebrities were the only likely candidates to hire an image consultant or receive an image makeover. Today, the demand for quality image consultants by regular women has risen to a high as new markets have emerged in Scotland.

Much has been written about women’s body image over the past decade – almost all of it suggesting that more and more women are growing increasingly dissatisfied with their physical appearance. The 1997 Psychology Today Body Image Survey shows there’s more discontent with the shape of our bodies than ever before, with 56% of women being dissatisfied with their overall appearance.  Image Consultants have come to women’s rescue by ensuring that they help clients look their best and feel more confident in their appearance. Image Consultants work with a client’s colouring, body shape and individual personality elements to identify the building blocks of what works for the client and their lifestyle. They train and coach clients along the way to integrate this learning into their lives far beyond the consultation or the fashion trend of the time.

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Our image consultation and personal styling bookings have increased dramatically this year alone. I think more and more Scottish women are starting to realise that with the extensive choice of shops and products out there, It is hard to know what to pick and extremely easy to waste money on clothing, shoes, accessories, make-up and skincare products that don’t  work on the individual. Both men and women have now realised that by gaining the basic knowledge about body shapes, styles, colours and general image, they can be in more control of their appearance and the products they choose to spend money on.

One Scottish woman who benefited from image consulting at ‘Style Me Flawless’ is Julie, a Consultant from Glasgow. She said: “I found myself only wearing half of what I had and never felt great in what I wore. My confidence has been boosted dramatically. I have found that people are reacting more positively to me, my husband loves the new me and I look forward to opening the closet door and picking my outfit for the day.”

Image Consulting also worked for Moira, a business woman from Glasgow. When asked about her experience, she stated: “I feel much slimmer, more comfortable and much more stylish!”

With an increase in demand for image consulting services, it is believed that Scottish women will once more embrace their body shapes and image in a more positive manner, dress in stylish ways that are much more personal to them, save time and avoid overspending. For more information or to book a consultation, visit Style Me Flawless on http://www.stylemeflawless.co.uk

Your personal stylist,
Numba Pinkerton x

Why Muslin Clothes are Essential for your Skincare Regime

Why use a muslin cloth?

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Regardless of your skin type, proper deep cleansing not only prompts dry skin to become hydrated but, but removes excess oil from oily skin, and  promotes proper blood circulation. The daily build up of environmental pollution, grime and grease, as well as makeup accumulates over the skin’s surface and can ultimately lead to clogged pores, acne, black heads, excessive dead skin cells and dull skin complexion.

The skin on the face is very delicate so being too vigorous or using the wrong exfoliating products can damage the skin barrier; the layer of oils and proteins that maintain its moisture and protects it from impurities. Stripped of this barrier, your face is at risk of breakouts and premature ageing.

Muslin cloths, particularly made from organic cotton fabric of plain weave and from a wide range of weights, are perfect for cleansing the face.  They not only remove makeup but gently exfoliate skin whist cleansing and dry much quicker hence are more hygienic. A muslin cloth can be a great alternative to facial scrubs for people with sensitive skin, and for those with normal skin, facial exfoliating can be reduced to once or twice a week only.

How to use a Muslin Cloth

A muslin cloth works best with a cream cleanser. If you have sensitive skin, the combination of a muslin and good cream cleanser makes such a difference to your skin; making it smoother, glowy, fresher and younger. After applying the cleansing cream, rinse the cloth in hot water and remove using a gentle circular motion. Finish with a splash of cold water to close the pores.

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 Why are Muslin Cloths so Effective?

  1.  They have a gentle exfoliating actionthat leaves skin clean and really smooth, minimising the excessive use of exfoliating products.
  2. They help to remove any lasting residues of dirt or make-up without scratchingthe skin.
  3. They are re-usable and are made from 100% unbleached organic cotton. This makes them far more environmentally friendlythan cotton wool. To clean them, just stick them in the washing machine on a cold wash.
  4. They dry very quickly, which prevents the growth of bacteria.

So, why not try incorporating a muslin cloth in your skincare regime and see the difference it makes to your face?

Not sure about your skin type and what products would be most suitable, check out our skincare consultation HERE.

Spring/Summer 2014 Hair Trends

Spring is here and it’s time for a hairstyle makeover! This blog will provide some inspiration and guidance to keep you on trend as you decide to go for a new hairstyle or cut this spring/summer.

spring hair trends 2014

 1. Shiny Waves

 

As seen at: Calvin Klein Collection

 To get smooth, shiny waves like these, “you need a styling product that encourages the curl and holds the set,” says hairstylist Garren, who suggests mousse (we likeJohn Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Building Mousse). “It thickens the cuticles and alters the texture slightly, so hair responds better to heat.” Curl sections all over, then deconstruct them. “Use a wide-tooth comb to break curls into waves,” says hairstylist Morgan Willhite. “If you want softer curls, use a brush.”

2. Soft Framing Wave

 As seen at: Diane von Furstenberg

 This is a soft face-framing wave that shouts casual chic with just the right amount of polish. Tip: Don’t over apply product or overuse the heated styler – it’ll look too “done”. Use a straightener to curl, by wrapping it round, once that builds in shine it will give that playful young finish.

 3. Random Waves

 As seen at: Christopher Kane

 Keep waves random and tousled for a care-free feel. This is a great look on ombre hair, too.4. Skimming BobAs seen at: Burberry ProrsumSam Rolinson’s chin skimming bob was the talk of SS14 fashion week. Worth a try for those who want to show off their cheekbones.

 5. Side-Swept Layered Bob

 As seen at: Burberry Prorsum

 Tip: Essentially this is all in the cut. After that, keep product to a minimum and build in the body and shine with a rough dry that is speedy and locks in moisture.

 6. Layered Short Cut for Thick Hair

 As seen at: BalmainProduct

 Tip: Ensure your hair is full, thick and strong by using a thickening rerum overnight.

 7. Extremely Short All Over

 As seen at: Derek Lam

 Can’t decide on a hairstyle? Go for the no-hair or extremely-short-all-over hair-trend. We love this look. Perfect on afro hair.

8. Mid Length Multi-Coloured Hair

As seen at: Ralph Lauren

 Add some highlights and lowlights to your mid lengthed hair, to add some wow factor to your hair do. Product Tip: Tame wayward locks and control frizz and static with Moroccanoil Frizz Control.

 9. Long Locks

 As seen at: Burberry Prorsum

 Product Tip: Keep long locks in order with a brilliant Tangle Teezer Long & straightAchieve spring/summer ’14’s long and straight looks by blow-drying locks rather than straightening hair. Always opt for a centre parting for that model off-duty vibe.

So what are you waiting for? Take a risk wih your hair this spring/summer, whether its a complete change of hair cut or simply a change in styling.

Home-made Face Masks under Scrutiny: Do they work?

The Internet is full of home-made beauty/hair remedies including deep conditioners, hair masks and styling gels. Home-made hair masks not only  allows you to save tremendous amounts of money, but you also more control over what ingredients go in (or on) to your hair. Plus for most, it’s fun to experiment, blend, and test out. And for the most part, they’re pretty great! But there are those recipes (especially for deep conditioning and repairing) that make some claims that can seem pretty lofty…at least for food. This article will explore four of the most popular food masks.

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Oat Flour

Oat flour masks, conditioner mix-ins, and more are touted across the internet as an instant hair thickener.

How it’s Done: Mix in a few tablespoons of oat flour (I tried Bob’s Red Mill) into your favourite conditioner, or make a pre-mask with oat flour, and some of your favourite oils (or water).

What it’s Supposed to Do: Allegedly, the lipids and the protein in oat flour bind to the keratin in your hair, making it thicker and shiny.

Does it Work?: Sounds good, right? Simple, inexpensive, and miraculous. Unfortunately, this food additive works in theory only. On the molecular level, the particles of protein within oat flour are too large to penetrate the cuticle of hair. Translation: the protein won’t stick to or thicken your hair. All the good stuff goes down the drain. However, a product with hydrolysed oat flour or oat protein has an altered molecular structure that allows for penetration and promotes thickening of hair. Spare yourself, and leave the oat flour in the kitchen.

If You’re Going to Try it: Be prepared to do at least two or three washes or co-washes. Walking around with little brownish-white granules in your hair probably isn’t such a great idea.

Banana

Even Dr. Oz’ fan site promotes the banana hair mask as the miracle that will moisturise and reverse damage to hair. And let’s face it, who doesn’t at least trust Dr. Oz a smidge? Besides, how terrible could a banana be?

How it’s Done: Pulverize a banana in a mixer, magic bullet, food processor, whatever. It is recommended to mix in supporting ingredients like honey, oils, and/or yoghurt.

What it’s Supposed to Do: Moisturise, nourish, impart shine, soften hair, and control scalp issues like dandruff.

Does it Work?: In theory, I could understand how all of the vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes could work to nourish and soften hair. In all of my research, I found no evidence to refute any of the claims made. For now, I’ll file this one under yes. However, it may not be worth the hassle.

If You’re Going to Try it: You may be better off with something pre-mixed, like baby food bananas. In my experience (and there are a plethora of people on the web who share the same story), what seemed like a great idea became an impossible task. Despite how well whipped my banana mask was, I ended up with bits of banana stuck all up and through my hair. Like, hopelessly stuck. Stuck as in even a fine-tooth comb and fingernails couldn’t help. Stuck as in I had to wash my hair several times over the course of two days to get all of it out. Of course after so much post-washing, any benefits I might have gained had long gone down the drain.

Avocado

This creamy green fruit has found its way onto many a head of hair over the years, and is a touted ingredient in tons of moisturising hair products.

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How it’s Done: Mash an avocado into a paste, and add enough water (or anything you like, really) to make a creamy mask.

What it’s Supposed to Do: Moisturise, soften and shine hair.

Does it Work?: In one word — YES. The oils in avocados are one of the few that can penetrate the cuticle and actually moisturise hair. Therefore, the ability to soften and moisturise hair doesn’t rest only on how avocado coats the hair, but the moisture will remain after the mask is rinsed down the drain.

If You’re Going to Try it: Make sure to use a soft, ripe avocado. They are easier to work with in terms of making a paste for a mask. Alternatively, if you’re a bit concerned about mashing avocados in your hair, you can opt for avocado oil and reap similar benefits.

Egg

Eggs are famously high in protein, sulphur and biotin. Protein and sulphur are the building blocks of hair, and we all know the role biotin plays in hair growth, health, and strength. Knowing this, why wouldn’t you scramble a few eggs on your scalp?

How it’s Done: Whip up a few eggs, and apply to scalp. Alternatively, you can combine with other ingredients to potentially pack a bigger punch. A common mix-in is avocado.

What it’s Supposed to Do: Strengthen, shine, and prevent breakage.

Does it Work?: Remember what we said about oat protein? Just because you slather it on your hair doesn’t mean your hair is going to soak it up like a sponge. You can swaddle your strands in slabs of beef, and get no protein out of it. If the protein doesn’t have the necessary molecular weight, your hair can’t use it. As far as the sulphur content goes, there may be a little benefit there. Lastly, there is no scientific evidence to support that the hair or scalp can absorb biotin. In my opinion, you’d be better off eating the egg than making a mask of it.

If You’re Going to Try it: Be sure to rinse your egg mask with cool water – not warm or hot. I’d hate for you to have to walk around looking like a toddler threw their breakfast eggs in your hair.

What hair mask recipes have worked wonders for you…or fallen short of their promises?

How to dress yourself Slim- 6 Basic Tips

If you have not mastered the art of slim dressing yet, this article will give you a few quick tricks on looking slimmer and more feminine.

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Tip # 1: Ignore the size tag

Far too many women regulate what they buy by the number on the tag. Instead, you should purchase based on what fits – whether that is a size 6 or a size 26. Every manufacturer is different, and you should never limit yourself to the size on the tag. If you need a much larger size in a certain brand, don’t let that deter you from making the purchase of a great item. Simply remove the tag when you get home if you are bothered by the number. Basically, you want to look for clothing that most flatters your own individual figure, and always remember to dress proportionately. For instance, don’t pair a full skirt with a blousy top, or you risk looking extra round.

Tip # 2: Select a Proper fit for your individual figure and proportions

  Many people wear clothing that is either too small or too large – which only accentuates weight. Clothing that is too large and bulky will add weight and clothing that is too tight will do the same.People who wear tight clothing have the false hope it will make them appear skinnier. Those who prefer baggy clothing assume the loose fit will “hide” fat, making them appear smaller. Neither of these two notions actually assist in creating a slim silhouette. Clothing that is too tight simply re-locates fat, causing unsightly rolls whilst loose fitting, baggy clothing visually adds 10 pounds of bulk, making you appear much heavier than you actually are. Basically, you want to look for clothing that most flatters your own individual figure, and always remember to dress proportionately.

Tip # 3: Don’t be afraid to wear bright colours

Wearing bright and bold colours is not only shows your creative and fun side but also highlights your best assets. Team bright colours with darker shades to achieve a more balanced look. If you have full thighs and wide hips try wearing dark pants or a nice pencil skirt on the bottom and a pop of colour on top. Darker colours on the bottom will help slim down those stubborn areas. By applying fun bright and bold colours to the top it will bring focus to the best parts of your body. If you have problems up top instead of your waist and legs, do the opposite. Wear bright colours on bottom and darker colours on top. If you want some variety to pair with dark colours, wear fun accent pieces by adding  accessories like a lengthy scarf, necklace or bracelets.

Tip # 4Choose tailored clothing

Many clothing companies mistakenly create pieces that look square when laying flat on a table. Clothing should display shape and movement, even when not being worn. All shirts should taper slightly at the waist and under the breast bone. Pants and skirts should also taper slightly at the waist, and flair out a bit at the hip. Tailored clothing gives your entire body gorgeous curvaceous shape, making you look feminine and attractive.

Tip # 5Highlight your Waist

Adding a belt to your waist line can make you look like you’ve been working hard at the gym! This little trick can take pounds off you, making you look slimmer and more feminine, highlighting just the best of your womanly assets and creating those sexy attractive curves that men die for! Feel slimmer and sexy with the help of a simple belt. The best colours are black, brown and beige which will go with most tops or dresses.

Tip # 6: Get a pair of comfortable Heels

Shoes are extremely important in creating a flattering look. While not always practical, wearing heels will extend the length of your body, which is key to looking slimmer. Luckily, there are many varieties of heels, which include platforms, pumps, clogs, wedges and stacked heels. These are normally comfortable for every day wear, and can extend the visual appearance of your legs for a slimmer look.

We hope you enjoyed the article 🙂

Why Use a Facial Toner?

The bare minimum you should give your face every day is WASH, TONE and MOISTURISE. To keep your skin looking and feeling young and healthy a good cleansing, toning and moisturizing routine is essential, both for men and women alike.While washing and moisturising parts are rather clear, the toning one often confuses. So, here it goes for you unbelievers:

Toning

Toning is the process of removing dead skin cells,  from your face, as well as removing any extra oil, dirt, makeup or cleanser that may remain after cleansing. What toning actually does is puts your skin back to its normal PH level and prepares it for moisturising.Whilst Clensing opens your pores to clean them out, toning closes them! IF you don’t tone you are technically washing your face for no reason because  you lose moisture in your skin and you become dehydrated. Also, you are leaving your pores susceptible to dust and other air borne particles settling in your pores. Toning will help keep your skin clear and firm by leaving you with a layer of new healthy skin cells. Toners will also instantly freshen up your skin, so you can use a toner to ‘put together’ your face after a long night of  clubbing and dancing!

Toners are often heavy on water and alcohol and sometimes contain other ingredients like salicylic acid, witch hazel, benzoyl peroxide. Most of the dermatologists say that if you cleanse your face regularly twice a day with the appropriate skincare products you can go without a toner, but those with oily or acne-prone skin swear by toners as they keep their skin clean and fresh and remove the excess oil from the surface of the skin. Most people with problem skin look for a toner containing alcohol as it dries the pimples faster. You should look for a product specifically designed for your type of facial skin. For oily or acne-prone skin, go for a toner containing salicylic acid, glycolic acid, hydroxyl acid. If the amount of alcohol is too much it can provoke production of more oils which in turn means more pimples, more blackheads, clogged pores.

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 To Apply: First, thoroughly clense your skin and rinse with luke warm water. A toner should be applied with a cotton pad. To prepare your toner, saturate the cotton pad and pat the toner gently over your face and neck area. Apply it to the forehead, cheeks, chin and nose, or to the whole face. Never rub your skin when applying toner. 

Your skin is now ready to moisturise. Moisturising replenishes the skins natural moisture which can help  prevent dry skin and the formation of wrinkles. So, if you have not started using a toner yet, this is the time to get yourself one!

Get an A+ Manicure in Your Own Home (Fake Nails)

Getting an A+ manicure doesn’t necessarily mean a visit to the beauty salon to have a cosmetician work on your hands, especially not when you can get the same results in the comfort of your home at a fraction of the cost!

Having had problems with my natural nails over the years (due to my bad habit of biting nails), I have tried  many different cosmetic nail options to try and make my nails look better. Manicures have never worked for me, mainly because my nails have never been long enough to get them done. Gel nails have proved a nightmare and not flexible enough for modelling jobs. The only option that has worked effectively over the past years for me is artificial (stick-on) nails. Artificial nails look real, they don’t chip easily, they can last up to 10 days and have definitely saved me a fortune over the years whilst achieving  perfect natural looking (fake) manicured nails. Plus, I always get complimented on may nails which feels fantastic! Any woman can get a perfect (fake) manicure at home with some patience and by following the guidelines below:

Firstly, you can purchase fake nails of various lengths and styles from many high street stores. I find Superdrug has a good variety and more reasonable prices. The average price for good quality fake nails is about £6.45. If you are a model, choose natural looking short length nails. Most nail packs come with 24 nails, a nail file and glue.

Applying fake nails is extremely easy and only takes up about 10 minutes of you time. To apply the fake nails, you will need the following items: Nail glue, brush, buffer, nail file, cuticle pusher and cuticle nipper, although the last few items are not extremely necessary.

To begin, push your cuticles back, then remove excess cuticles and buff/clean nails before applying fake nails. File your nails down if you need to. Step two of the procedure implies choosing the nails that fit your nail, lay them out in front of you in order. Then apply nail glue to your natural nail (only) or another way is to apply the glue to both your natural nail and the fake nail.  Ensure you apply plenty of pressure  for  about 10 to 15 seconds to make sure all air bubbles are pushed out from in between the natural and the fake nail. You can then proceed to filing the nail in the shape that you like and that best suits your hand.  They should last up to 10 days!

Removing them is just as easy. Remove by soaking all fingers in an artificial nail remover, take your hand out after five minutes and file the nail. Then place your hand back into the solution – don’t be tempted to pull them off. Although I must admit I have done this several times, and it rally doesn’t affect my nails at all!! If you dare to go wild for a special occasion or holiday, you have many different fake nail options too!

I hope this blog helps everyone with horrible natural nails like mine!

Author: Numba Siluka