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Posted on February 9, 2015

Makeup tips for Valentine’s Day

Makeup/ Tips

valentine's day gift

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.


  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!


  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!


  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 November 24, 2014

Top 6 concealers under €10

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The festive season is upon us, so in my world – and in many other people’s worlds – the annual pre-Christmas splurge has already begun. It is time to start digging into our savings and start shopping for gifts. Unfortunately, that means we can’t really spend as much on ourselves as we would like to – especially when it comes to beauty products!

Luckily, not all beauty products are out of reach and some inexpensive ones can give us similar results to the high end products.

Here are six concealers that won’t break the bank:

SEVENTEEN Phwoarr Paint

This under eye concealer can hide a multitude of sins. It has a smooth and creamy texture and is more than just a little forgiving to dark circles. It can be a little drying for some people so be sure to use it with a primer.

seventeen phwoarr paint

PRICE: €6.99

Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer

The Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer has been praised by a lot of Youtubbers. It seems to be the ultimate concealer for many beauty gurus and for good reason: it’s super easy to apply, has a beautiful finish and it actually lives up to the ‘lasting perfection’ name.


PRICE: €5.49

No7 Match Made Concealer

This award-winning concealer has an easy-to-apply formula that provides coverage for all sorts of flaws and imperfections. It evens out the skin tone and is also shine-free. The one thing I like about this product is that it’s available in up to 17 different shades – we can’t really fault it, can we?


PRICE: €9.75

Witch Concealer

The Witch Concealer is great for hiding the odd spot and blemishes. This cosmetic stick has an extract of Witch Hazel which means it’s treating your skin at the same time! It works well for those who have a pale complexion or oily skin.

witch concealer

PRICE: €5.69

Sleek Corrector and Concealer palette

This little palette consists of a corrector, a concealer and a setting powder. The three combined help create a fresh and awakened look when applied under the eyes. It is available in 5 shades to suit all skin tones and here’s the best part: it has an SPF of 15 -you really can’t go wrong!

sleek concealer

PRICE: €9.99

Revlon PhotoReady Concealer

Revlon’s PhotoReady Concealer is a lightweight concealer that camouflages imperfections around the eye area.  It is oil-free and gives the illusion of an airbrushed appearance – perfect for the selfie junkie!

revlon photo

PRICE: €9.69

 Are you using any of these concealers? If so, I’d love some feedback! 🙂

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Posted on June 18, 2014

How to put mascara on like a pro



During the summer days, I like to keep my makeup to the minimum: a bit of lip gloss here, some eyebrow pencil there and of course, a pea size amount of face primermy holy grail beauty product. Less is certainly more I think, especially when you want to avoid having a makeup meltdown.

However, the one product I do enjoy layering up a couple of times is my mascara, waterproof mascara.  I absolutely love big lashes and I think they really add some life to my face. Not to mention how much little effort put on mascara requires.

If you want to draw immediate positive attention to your eyes, then you can follow these steps:

Step 1: Look straight and put the mascara wand at the base of your upper lash. Wiggle it from side to side while going in an upward direction.
Step 2: Coat the inner and outer part of your lashes until they have the length that you’re looking for.
Step 3: Let this dry so that it adds volume to your lashes the second time you coat.
Step 4: In the meantime, tilt your head a bit forward and then coat the bottom lash from the root to the tips – Don’t forget to wiggle!
Step 5: Repeat the process one more time and then let your lashes dry again.
Step 6: Use the tip of the wand to swipe across the tips of your upper lashes to extend them.

scandel tips

Do keep some cotton buds handy in case you have a little accident!
Don’t pump the mascara wand in and out of the tube. Instead, twist it in a circular motion until you get the desired amount of product.
Do scrape off any excess mascara from the wand before you apply.

Didn’t I tell you it was such an easy process? Enjoy the sun ladies!

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Posted on May 11, 2014

Top 3 primers for smooth skin

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primer collage

Now that the sun has finally started to come out, it’s only fair that I do a review on the products you (and I) will probably need in the next couple of weeks (if we’re lucky, that is).

bareMinerals Prime Time
This is a reasonably priced primer that has a velvety finish. Unlike the other two, the bareMinerals Prime Time is gel based. This means, it’s pretty easy to work with. It’s great for flaky skin as well as oily skin (as long as you only use a pea-size amount). I don’t think it does much for hiding pores,but it does help your makeup stay put for much longer.
PRICE: €23.00, Debenhams

Garnier 5 Sec Blur
This primer is perfect for older gals as it’s great for filling in fine lines and wrinkles. It creates a smooth base for your foundation and you only really have to use a tiny bit of product to get the full effect. The mousse-like consistency makes it the perfect dupe for Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch,meaning you get the same results for only a fraction of the price!
PRICE: €16.39, Boots

Benefit The POREfessional
If you read my review on this primer, you’d know that I’m a big fan of it. I think it pretty much does what is says on the tin (minus the smoother than silk part).It has lasted me for over nine months now and I still have a lot of product left – that’s what you call getting your money’s worth! Have a look at the full review of this product here.

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Posted on August 23, 2013

Benefit: The POREfessional

Beauty/ product review

Benefit the POREfessional

Unfortunately for me (and any other person who has been cursed with sebum-prone skin), when it comes to maintaining a healthy look throughout the day, a little bit of extra care has to be taken into account. This can be particularly stressful on warm and summer days, so one of the ways to avoid a makeup meltdown (or any other type of meltdown) would be to use a face primer, or should I say Benefit: The POREfessional face primer. (34.50E)

Although it may seem a bit on the pricey end of things for such a small tube (22ml), the reason why I like the POREfessional face primer is because the product is highly concentrated, you really only need a pea size of it (maybe even less if you’re only applying it to your T-zone) so at the end of the day, you will get a good wear out of this product.

What Benefit say:

Quickly minimize the appearance of  pores with the POREfessional. apply this silky, lightweight formula to minimize the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-silk skin

What I say:

I think ”smoother-than-silk” is a bit of an oversell to be honest, nevertheless, the POREfessional really does do an amazing job at minimizing the appearance of pores (even without foundation!) So the fact that it can be worn before, after AND without any foundation at all is always a plus when you’re trying to keep it light during the summer!

Benefit POREfessional

  • Before foundation:The POREfessional creates a smooth and even canvas before you apply your foundation so it minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines leaving you with a seamless finish.
  • After foundation:The POREfessional can be used during the day for a touch up in case your pores come out during hiding. (we don’t want that now do we!)
  • Without foundation:Because the POREfessional is quite mattifying, it is perfect for oil control (not to mention the Vitamin E derivative it contains which is known to protect skin from free radicals)

As you can see, the POREfessional has a bit of a beige color, but don’t be alarmed because after it is blended in it just leaves a smooth and mattifying finish.

Benefit POREfessional

There really is no reason why you shouldn’t at least give POREfessional a try….I know the name is a bit cheesy, but we’re all a bit guilty of being cheesy from time to time so get off your high horse and get shopping!

Have you tried Benefit’s POREfessional primer? if not, what are your favorite primers? 

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Hope you’ve had a chance to read this weeks post on stiletto nails on the Starlit Jewellery blog…

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