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Posted on February 1, 2017

10 commandments for perfecting your lip game

lips/ Makeup

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Is it just me or does anyone else think that having a strong red lipstick game is a prerequisite for a successful February? Well if it is just me, then let me try and convert you…..

I honestly think there’s nothing worse than seeing someone desperately fail at trying to pull off Monroe’s infamous red lip. Dried out and cracked up lips don’t look pretty under any lip shade, never mind red – that one colour that is particularly unforgiving to such beauty sins.

Because this is a judgment free zone and a place where we can share all our beauty secrets, here are 10 golden rules that will help you a achieve a perfect pout: read them, recite them, cherish them and then pass them on to your fellow mates so that they can do the same :)

1. Be sure to exfoliate your lips before applying your lip product. This will help get rid of any dead skin lying on the surface of your lips.

2. Before lipstick comes lip balm. Not only does it make your lipstick apply more smoothly (especially with matte textures) it will also keep your lips soft and moisturised.

3. Remember to line your lips and then fill them in. This will help the colour stay on longer.

4. Lining your lips gives them more definition. Be sure to sharpen your lip pencil to get the most out of this rule.

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5. Apply your lippy with a lip brush to let the colour really get into your lips. Again, this is another way to prolong the lip colour.

6. For a non-surgical lip augmentation- because not all of us can have Kylie’s lips – simply apply a bit of highlighter to your cupids bow.

7. To avoid getting lipstick on your teeth, poke a (clean) finger into your mouth. I know, it sounds rather disgusting, but it works all the time.

8. Use a cotton bud to clean up around the edges of your lips and then follow up with some concealer. This will give your overall look a clean finish.

9. Finish up with translucent powder to prevent the lipstick from bleeding and to help the colour stay put.

10. Remember, a strong lip game speaks volumes! :)

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Posted on April 11, 2016

Product Review: Too Faced Melted Lipstick

product review

too faced ruby

So this day last week, I did something different.  I got myself a product I wouldn’t normally go for. I’ve always been a matte girl when it comes to lippies, so any lip product with a bit of a gloss tends to scare me – think hair down on a windy day, painful!

I must say, my stress and concerns about glossy lipsticks were quickly put to rest after I started using this Holy Grail product. This liquified lipstick by Too Faced has definitely set the bar high for any other glossy lipsticks I will be looking at from here on out.

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This shade in particular is called Ruby. It’s a blood red that is highly pigmented and buildable. One coat leaves a slightly matte finish and wears almost like a stain. However if you much rather a glossier finish, you can build it up! It isn’t overly hydrating when wearing glossy nor is it too drying as a stain. It feels very comfortable and lightweight on the lips, which I think is particularly important when wearing it glossy.

It wears really well during the day, especially when you use a lip liner before hand. The first time I used this lipstick without a lip pencil, I wasn’t impressed with the fact that I had to constantly reapply during the day – not something a lot of people enjoy doing. So I would definitely recommend using a lip pencil with it as it does absolute wonders with the longevity of it.

According to Too Faced, the Melted Liquified Long wear Lipsticks have

the staying power of stain, the intense colour of a liquid lipstick and the high shine of a gloss in one long-wear formula.

Mine certainly tick all three boxes and I can already see myself getting another bold shade -or two.

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The colours in this collection range from vibrant tones to more neutral shades and are available to purchase in Debenhams for €23.  Can you see yourself getting one? Tweet me @FilomenaKaguako :)

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Posted on March 2, 2016

February Favourites!!!

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I was introduced to a number of new products in the last few weeks; some of which I couldn’t put down, and others I know I’ll probably never use! These little gems made it to the ‘couldn’t put down’ list as they are my ultimate February faves! :)

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Courture The Mats Lipstick #202, €33.00, Debenhams

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I was absolutely love struck when I first tried this lipstick on! I wasn’t wearing any foundation at the time and I still found it very flattering on my skin tone. I always say that if a lipstick can look good on you when you have no makeup on then you know it’s a keeper! This lippy is super pigmented and very long lasting (up to 6 hours). The formula is quite creamy for a matte lipstick, but that makes it glide on very easily. It isn’t drying at all and it doesn’t accentuate fine lines on the lips!

ALEX AND ANI Unexpected Miracles Spoon Ring, €36, Arnotts

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At the start of last month, I attended a breakfast event in Tropical Popical  for the ALEX AND ANI ring launch in Ireland. We got pampered with manicures and healthy treats, but best of all, we got a sneak peak at the brand new ring collection by this much-loved jewellery brand. Of the items I was gifted with, this Rafaelian silver wrap ring was by far my favourite. Not only is it a statement piece, but the meaning behind the ring is something I can resonate with and have always believed in. I love what it symbolises and I also how it looks on! There are four other spoon rings in this collection: Tree of Life, Hand of Fatima, Endless Knot, Lotus Peace Petals and Path of Life with equally powerfully messages.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector 100ml, €18.50

february faves the body shop

It comes as no shock to me that this hand protector is a best-selling product! I find it super softening on my hands and it relieves my skin even when it is at its driest. It restores the skin by adding moisture and suppleness to it and making it as smooth as silk! I am a firm believer that a woman should never leave the front door with dry paws and with this hand protector we’ll never have to! It has an unusually appealing scent of hemp which I wasn’t expecting at all.  I think it helps to add that this cruelty-free hand protector is a limited edition re-design by one of the world’s most renowned street artists – EINE. The word CHANGE communicates a positive message to remind us that the power of change is in our hands #EnrichNotExploit

Organic Surge Ultra Light Oil Control Lotion 50ml, €24.99, Allcare Pharmacies

february faves organic surge

Organic Surge is an affordable skincare range designed to give skin the loving and goodness it deserves by using natural and organic products. I was only introduced to their products last month, and of the three I tried and tested, I liked this product the most. It works amazingly well on my skin and I found that it really does regulate oil production as my skin has less of a shine whenever I use it. It is lightweight, subtly scented and has a velvety formula which absorbs very easily. I find that it always leaves me with a healthy glow!

PS Nails, €1.50, Penneys

february faves penneys

This is quite possibly the best thing that happened to me last month – I don’t even care how sad that sounds! For someone who naturally has good nail growth, I’ve been struggling to get my nails back to the length that I am used to. Acrylics, gels and shellac have done absolutely nothing to my nails but damage them, so I recently  decided to go back to basics. These nails are from Penneys PS Collection and come in a packet of 24 nails(nail glue included). I honestly wasn’t expecting them to last as long as they have but so far they have lasted me two weeks and they’re still going strong! I’ve used press-on’s before and found them very helpful with nail growth, so I’m really hoping that these guys have the same effect! Never thought I’d ever say this (so proudly too), but these are #PenneysFinest

I hope you enjoyed my post, let me know if your February faves were! Tweet me @FilomenaKaguako :)

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Makeup tips for Valentine’s Day

Makeup/ Tips

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The first thing that springs to mind for a Valentine’s Day look is the red lip: a defined and sultry red lip. But what comes after that? Not a lot of people get that far!

When it comes to Valentines Day makeup, your look should be three things: subtle, but not invisible, sexy, but not slutty and effortless, but not lazy. These three things combined will surely give your date something to admire  and who knows, they might even get you another date ;)

Tip #1: Subtle, but not invisible

subtle but not invisible makeup

Like any other day, your face should not look like it’s caked with makeup. There’s nothing attractive about having foundation streaks across the face or under your jaw line. Keep your base light and natural and when choosing a blusher, use a colour that is close to your natural skin tone.

Steps:

  1. Cleanse, tone and moisturise the face.
  2. Prep it with primer.
  3. Apply foundation and then a bit of concealer on the areas that need extra coverage.
  4. Use a light bronzer to contour cheek bones.
  5. Add a pop of colour on the cheeks.

Tip #2: Sexy, but not slutty

valentine's day makeup

The iconic 50s look of the winged liner and a red lip always gets a few heads turning. When done correctly, a winged liner just oozes of sexiness. The red lip just tops that off! Be sure to take your time when doing your winged liner, a small mistake can cost you more time. And to make your lipstick last longer, make sure you blot, apply your lippy (using a lip brush) and then blot again. Blotting helps the colour get right in there!

Steps:

  1. Prepare eye makeup with a neutral eye shadow.
  2. With a gel or liquid liner, draw a line from the outer corner of your eye towards the brow.
  3. Create the winged effect by bringing the line back to the center of your eye lid.
  4. Slightly thicken the line and then fill in the gaps.
  5. Set with black eye shadow.


Tip #3: Effortless,but not lazy

beach wave curls

I can’t think of a time or place where you can’t rock beach wave curls! They give off that ‘I woke up like this’ look, without making you feel like you actually did just roll out of bed! They’re effortless and sexy at the same time, and the best part is: you don’t even need a curler to pull of this look, straighteners work just fine!

Steps:

  1. Starting from the back of your head, grab a small section of your hair.
  2. Twist the hair around your fingers until you get to the top.
  3. Put the rolled hair in between your straighteners and hold for a few seconds before releasing.
  4. Repeat the process all the way through and then spray your hair with holding spray.
  5. Run your fingers through the curls to break them up

Hope you found these tips useful! If you have any suggestions, feel free to speak up! Also, don’t forget to enter my Valentine’s Day giveaway, as you’ll be in for a very lovely treat if you do win! :)

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Posted on October 9, 2013

How to make your lipstick last longer

How To/ lips

mac rebel

 If you are one of those people who have to constantly worry about retouching your lips, search no further because on enhancewhatsyours.com you’ll find the top tips for having your lipstick last longer so the last thing you have to think about on a night out is constantly doing retouches on your lips (can be pretty annoying!)

So here’s how to make your lipstick last longer:

Prep your lips:

1. Exfoliate: I can’t stress how important lip exfoliation is for your lips, as you might have saw in my D.I.Y lip scrub, regular exfoliation replaces old cells with new cells which is a great way to keep your lips soft and subtle.

Note: If you’re preparing for a night out you can give your lips a gentle scrub with your toothbrush for a quick/fresh exfoliation

2. Lip balm: Before lipstick comes lip balm, let it settle on your lips to keep them moistened and prevent them from cracking. If there is any excess balm make sure you blot it off.

The nitty gritty:

inglot lip pencil 857

1.Lip liner: Line your lips starting from the cupids bow and then fill them in with the liner. This will lay a foundation for your lipstick. Here I’m using a lip liner by Inglot which I love because it’s highly pigmented and also has a lip brush at the other end. (It’s so good, I sometimes use it as a lipstick on it’s own!)

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2. Lipstick: For the best results, apply your lipstick with a lipstick brush, as it allows the color to really get into the lip and stay on longer. Get a tissue and blot your lips a couple of times to press the color into your lips. After this, go for a second coat of lipstick.

I will be using Rebel by MAC it’s another one of my favorites. And as you can see, the two colors are quite similar so it’s just perfect because the lip liner won’t take away from the lipstick’s true color!

how to make lipstick last longer inglot 857

3. Concealer: As we do to get perfect eyebrows, use concealer to tidy up around the lips and give them a clean edge.

how to make lipstick last longer inglot 857

Note: I also like to use the highlighter from my Gosh BB Skin Perfecting Kit and apply it to my cupids bow, this will give you and effortless pout!

And that’s that, 5 simple steps to have your lipstick last longer! How do you normally apply your lipstick?

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Posted on May 8, 2013

MAC Lipstick: Ruby Woo

lips/ product review

mac ruby woo

I have recently become obsessed with the matte world…..it all started off with a  matte black manicure and it even went as far as matte black cars! (I know, I know,I went a bit matte crazy!) but I must say, the one thing that truly stole my heart was MAC’s matte red lipstick;  Ruby Woo.

It really did woo me….

For me, this lipstick is definitely a holy grail product. I think that every person (including men) should have this on their dressing room table. Even if you’re not going to use it (which I think you’d highly regret), its retro, absolutely gorgeous to look at, and if that isn’t enough, it actually smells nice! Now that’s not something you  find in a lot of lipsticks these days…..

Okay, I was messing about men having this product, I was getting a bit ahead of myself there, but, that just goes to show how much of an impact this lipstick had on me, as well as the impact it can have on you!

I know Riri woo has been out for quite sometime now, and a lot of people have been going crazy about it. I have nothing but love for Rihanna herself, so no disrespect, but I must say that only a few people can get away with rocking that lipstick, and let’s face it, not everyone is Riri.

RUBY woo on the other hand, does not raise that question, the stress of  ”finding the perfect shade” does not apply with this product at all.It’s just one of those magic lipsticks sent from above (with the help of MAC cosmetics of course) and really does suit every skin tone.

It’s classic and represents elegance in the most retro way, you really can’t go wrong!

mac ruby woo

Another thing we have to remember about this lipstick is that it is matte, so because of this it lasts the longest out of any lipstick out there. I would easily bet that this lipstick would last for days if you didn’t take it off (just make sure you use a drinking straw!) so you would only have to go for one lip touch-up when using this product.

Now everything can’t be rosey right? So just a word of precaution:

Before applying this devilish color, be sure to have lip balm on your lips because if not, u won’t embrace this product as much as I did when I first tried it!

Matte lipsticks require you put on a good bit of lip balm due to its drying nature; they are a lot more dense and contain less moisture. But sure that isn’t the most difficult thing now is it? A bit of effort can go a long way…..

Now that u know, stop reading, moisten up those lips and get shopping!

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