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Here you can read all my thoughts and advise on bridal make-up, general, make-up and skin care and all sorts of other wedding related topics.


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By emilyfaith85, Nov 15 2019 04:10PM


What does vitamin C in skincare actually do?

It's antioxidant properties aids in your skin's natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged skin cells.

Vitamin C is a key anti-ageing skincare ingredient that helps to gently brighten and smooth your skin. It's one of the most powerful antioxidants and helps protect your skin against free radical damage caused by the environment, which can breakdown your collagen and encourage wrinkles and sagging. Sounds good huh!

But choosing the right product for you can be tricky. It comes in different concentrates and if you have sensitive skin then it's important to be careful not to go in too heavy.

Products with lower concentrations of vitamin C...

REN glow daily vitamin C gel cream - this is one of the simplest ways of getting vitamin C into your daily routine as it's bundled together into their day cream, simple!

Balance Me Vitamin C repair serum - replace your usual serum for this one. If you suffer with sun damage then this could be for you.

Pixi Vitamin C tonic - replace your usual toner for this and wipe it over your face on a cotton pad.

If you want to try higher strength vitamin C products then give one of these a go.

The Ordinary 23% or 30% suspension - at a great price point it's not going to break the bank. The grainy texture is a little odd but apply it before your night cream and use your night cream to help it settle into the skin. The brightening properties in this little bottle are well worth getting past the strange texture.

Murad intensive-C radiance peel

A slightly different method of application, this combines ascorbic acid with glycolic acid – a pairing to smooth, brighten and protect. Apply a layer on to cleansed skin once a week and leave for 10 minutes before washing off.

Do you use Vitamin C in your skincare? Tell me the products you love...

By emilyfaith85, Nov 14 2019 10:41AM

Concealer is without doubt my desert island product. Concealer is the product that can save you from wearing too much foundation or even wearing foundation at all. It's much thicker than foundation and will grip to the skin much better and therefore will cover spots, blemishes and dark circles far more effectively.

What order to apply it... Apply your primer as usual and your concealer comes next (unless you're using a colour correcting product too, in which case apply the colour corrector and follow with concealer). Apply it either with a clean finger or a small fluffy blending brush. You then apply your foundation over the top. If the concealer has shifted in places (particularly if you're covering a bad breakout) then reapply concealer now where needed. Set the make up with a powder. Press the powder onto the skin gently to avoid moving and more product.

Purchasing the right concealer.

You want a concealer that matches your skin tone or is a touch lighter. If it's too dark then it will almost make your skin look grubby.

Remember when applying concealer to your under eyes that it will settle into lines and creases there's not a huge amount you can do about this apart from patting it in a few times while it's setting. Don't apply any powder under your eyes if you struggle with creasing as this can make it worse. By patting it in it will eventually stop gathering in the creases.

I always apply concealer in the following places... dark circles, spots, dark spots, around the corner of the nose, and under the brow before applying eye shadow.

My favourite concealers are... Arbonne Concealer (great for covering spots)

Maybelline New York Fit me and anti age eraser (good for under eyes)

Mac pro-long wear concealer comes in loads of different shades

Revolution conceal and define concealer. Great value for money and good coverage

Do you have a favourite concealer?

Image by Martin Dabek Photography
Image by Martin Dabek Photography

By emilyfaith85, Mar 31 2019 02:37PM

Mascara is quite often said to be a desert island product. With many clients professing to 'not leave the house without a bit of mascara'. I personally always feel a look isn't complete without mascara and especially when working with fair lashes it can even make a look appear strange or odd until the mascara is applied. If you have fair lashes yourself, always bare this is mind. Go with the eye shadow you had planned and trust your instincts with your eye shadow application until you have finished off with mascara.

Black mascara is the most effective in terms of achieving the most stand out look but if you want something more subtle then browns are readily available too.

When looking for a new mascara consider what you want from it. Volume - I.e you want you lashes to look fuller and thicker or length - I.e you want them to look longer and more defined but not necessarily thicker. Some will profess to do both. People can be quite particular so read reviews and the blurb about the product to be sure it matches what you're looking for.

Waterproof mascara does exactly what it says on the tin. It can't be removed with water and if you cry / get caught in a rain shower it won't be streaming down your face. They're great for weddings etc but not the best for your lashes as you need something stronger to remove it. So don't wear waterproof daily. Some mascaras will say they're water resistant, this is not the same thing as waterproof. They might not smudge immediately with water contact but can be removed with water and will dissolve with excess moisture.

My 3 favourite mascaras are...

Doucce Mascara

Arbonne it's a long story mascara

Maybelline Collosal Volume mascara