Washing Away My 20s | Beauty Resolutions For My 30s

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Well goodbye 20s. It’s been a good run. As I enter my 30s, I look back on the past ten years fondly. My twenties was filled with highs and lows, but above all, memorable experiences. I won’t bore you with an emotional trip down memory lane, but when I look back at my 20s, I smile with satisfaction (my Mum probably cries at the thought of my antics).

Turning 30 hasn’t been a welcomed transition on my part. So much so that the husband and I have jetted off to the tropical beaches of Barbados just to soften the blow. I dreaded the big 3-0 and what’s not to fear?! I’ve developed a few more grey hairs, I can no longer party until 6am without hibernating for a week after and my idea of a great night is falling asleep on the sofa in front of the tv. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with getting older, but I considered myself somewhat of a medical marvel, age only caught up with those around me.

Low and behold, my theory has proved incorrect and I am now a fully fledged member of the over 30s club. However, rather than shy away from the truth, I’m embracing my new found age and adopting a few healthy beauty habits along the way. Gone are the days when I could sleep with a full face of makeup or quench my thirst with copious amounts of wine. My 30s require more attention to my beauty routine, because when I’m 40 (crying a little inside) I want to look as youthful as possible.

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So as I lay here on the beautiful white sand of Barbados, I watch my 20s wash away and hello to a happy, healthy and beautiful decade ahead. Here are my beauty resolutions for my dirty thirties…

1. Wear sunscreen every day

We hear it all the time and, more often than not, we turn a blind eye to this vital bit of advice. The sun causes 90 percent of wrinkles, and prevention is easier than curing. Wearing sunscreen on the daily basis not only reduces the risk of skin disease, but it prevents premature ageing and sun spots. I’ve struggled in the past to find the perfect non-greasy sun protectant so choosing a moisturiser with added spf will make life a whole lot easier.

2. Learn how to blow-dry my hair

I learnt the fine art of hot rollers at a young age. Fed up with spending most of teen years with poker straight, limp hair (thank you 90s), I learned that big, bouncy curls are my thing. However, I could never achieve the L’Oréal “I’m worth it” effect that I got with a great blow-dry at the salon. Practise makes perfect in this situation, but I will make it my mission to become a pro.

3. Find the right shade of red

I’ve never really been much of a red girl. I’ve always indulged in berry pinks and muted mauves, but this year I will spend time investigating into my perfect red lipstick. I’ve dabbled a little into the classics, Ruby Woo and Russian Red, but neither have I found to be particularly earth shattering.

4. Amp up my eye cream

The skin under your eyes is delicate and thin so treating your peepers to an anti-ageing eye cream which contains a power ingredient called retinol will keep those pesky lines at bay. Retinol thickens the skin and also makes dark circles appear less prominent.

5. Buy quality makeup brushes and take time cleaning them

I’ve always been into quality makeup brushes, but keeping them clean is a different story. I’ve tried making it into a repetitive habit, but I find myself getting lazy. Perhaps because I have more makeup brushes than sense, but this year I have decided to give my brushes a deep clean once a week, who am I kidding?…twice a month to ensure the longevity of the brushes and keep bacteria at bay.

6. Remember that every drink shows on your face

I’m not saying go teetotal, but indulging in a bottle of wine (or two) will have adverse effects on your skin. After a night out, my skin looks dull, dehydrating and overall blah. Hydration is important, but you won’t find the hydration you need at the bottom of a wine glass. Water, water and more water is key. At least two litres a day if you want to look young, plumped and glowing. If you are going to have a messy night one day, treat your skin to a hydrating face mask the next.

7. Remember that beauty is work

If I could go through life with a mere splash of water, a cheap and cheerful moisturiser and a slick of mascara I would be a happy bunny. However, the truth is, I’m not that kind of girl. I take time in my grooming. I spend a fair bit of time in the evenings putting on my lotions and potions and although it can get quite annoying, I must remember that it’s all for the greater good. It’s always slightly cringe worthy listening to women my age or even older who think that they can get away with the same routine they had in their teens. Sure, they may have a few more coins in their pocket from saving all their money and they have more time to catch some zzz, but I would rather invest my time and finances into my looks now than regret it when I’m older.

8. Get regular facials

Along with a great skincare routine, I have vowed to make facials a regular occurrence in my life. Sure they’re a little expensive, but along with getting pampered, I’m giving my skin the added push that it needs. Researching into the latest trends and facials tailored into my skin requirements will put me in the right direction.

9. Mourn your twenties, but celebrate what’s ahead

They say that your 20s are for learning and your 30s are for living. Put your mistakes behind you and look forward to what lies ahead. Your thirties are there for you to confidently strive in life knowing what you want and how to get it. So put your best foot forward and learn to be the best possible version of yourself. Don’t forget that the best beauty accessory you could ever adopt is a cracking smile and a lot of confidence.

So there we have it. Those are my 9 beauty resolutions that I am determined to stick to over the coming year. Thank you to everyone for the birthday love. This has by far been the best birthday ever and I’m forever grateful to be able to share my day with you all. Here I come 30s, watch out!

DIY Plumping Lip Scrub

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The pursuit of bigger, more voluptuous lips is greater than ever. With celebrities such as Kylie Jenner promoting fuller mouths, many women go to extreme lengths to achieve their perfect pout. There are an array of crazy inventions on the market promising you bigger, juicier lips. Of course the most obvious method is lip fillers for no-nonsense women who want results and want them fast. Then there are at home contraptions such as suction lip enhancers; which, in my opinion, are the most ridiculous inventions ever made.

Then there are lip plumpers; which I experimented heavily with during my teens. A gloss, gel or balm like consistency containing ingredients to irritate the skin therefore encouraging swelling. Although they are great at creating instant results, I find myself reaching for other methods of lip plumping these days. The wrath of a plumping lip product is vile. Once applied, the cooling minty sensation turns to what can only be described as acid burn. My lips feel as though I’ve had a good old snog with a sting ray and as much as I’m a glutton for punishment, I’d rather not put myself through the torture.

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I learned the value of lip scrubs when I fell in love with liquid lipsticks. Removing the dead surface of your lips brings out fresh layers of skin, making your lips soft and smooth. Lip scrubs are also excellent for increasing blood flow in your lips; which encourages growth. The good news is that the market is filled with an array of excellent lip scrubs, but it’s super simple to create your own. With added fresh ingredients such as cinnamon; which can help plump and fill out your lips, you get a plumping lip scrub without the pain factor.

DIY Plumping Lip Srub

2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
2 teaspoons raw honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon powder or cinnamon oil (if you do use oil then reduce the vitamin E oil by half)

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and decant into a small, empty container. I tend to make small batches and store them in empty lip balm jars for easy travel and to ensure that a huge amount of the mixture doesn’t go bad.

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Apply to lips using your fingers and gently rub in circular motions to slough off dry skin. Rinse with warm water and follow with your favourite lip balm.

Have you tried any homemade remedies for the perfect pout? Share your recipe below!

Bargain Contour

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If you’re a regular to my blog then you know that I love a good contour. Palettes, pans, compacts, powders, creams – I’ve tried the lot and my makeup storage space (or rather, lack of) reminds me everyday that I’m just a little obsessed with sculpting.

With so many contouring products available on the market, it’s hard to know which one is worth the investment. With each product lovingly described as flawless, smooth, pigmented and so on, it’s no wonder us women accumulate so much makeup – we can’t tell the difference between them!

Along with contouring, I also have a little addiction to online shopping. When I say little, I really mean gigantic. I feel slightly sorry for those who have been subjected to my online shopping frenzies. It’s a truly scary sight to witness. However, needless to say, much like my makeup addiction, this is one habit I’m not quitting any time soon. So with both of my loves fixated into my mind, I recently went to town on a Makeup Revolution haul. Purely for research purposes of course!

Makeup Revolution is a makeup brand; which prides itself on affordable alternatives to many of the makeup world’s cult classics. With worldwide shipping and a concession stand in my ‘temple of solace’ Superdrug, I kicked myself for not discovering this ingenious brand sooner. From prices starting from as little as £1 and products looking very similar to those which I have paid more than double the price for, I had a feeling that this brand was either going to be the best discovery of 2016 or a complete bust.

I naturally gravitated towards their highlight and contour products in the hopes that I could feed my addiction with yet ANOTHER product. However, besides the Radiance palette; which by the way is an awesome alternative to the Laura Gellar Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators, I was slightly disappointed with the variation of products. Some looked like cheap knock offs, whilst others didn’t have the right shade selection for my skin tone. It was then, when I decided to browse through the Mono Eyeshadow section, that the makeup angels began to strum their beautifully harmonious harps in my head.

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The Mono Eyeshadow in ‘Delicious’ caught my eye immediately. Not as a beautifully hued eye shadow, but as the most perfect cool-toned contour powder I have seen in a drugstore/highstreet alternative. Not sure what made me gravitate towards the Mono Eyeshadows to be honest, because I’m more of a palette girl, but with a price tag of £1 my gluttony took over. The reviews seemed pretty positive and many customers purchased the eye shadow with the same notion as me so I made the purchase and a few short days later it was in my possession.

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Upon first inspection the packaging seemed quite impressive. Much larger than a MAC shadow (2.3g as opposed to 1.3g), the rectangular shaped pot looked like it would be quite easy to swipe a contour brush through. The transparent, plastic lid contains the brand’s logo with clear visibility to the shadow shade; which makes it easy to spot in your makeup bag. The snap closure was sturdy and despite being made out of plastic it didn’t feel flimsy.

The texture was surprisingly creamy; which wasn’t expected for a £1 shadow. I swiped my finger across the pan and was also pleasantly surprised to see that the pigmentation rivaled many of my higher end contour powders. Despite this, I knew that the proof was in the application. After all, many makeup products can give a great colour payoff in a swatch, but the real test is when you apply it to your face. Of course, being the overzealous makeup lover that I am, I went straight in with a makeup brush and contoured away. I first went in with my Sigma (F05) Small Contour brush, but I realised that this powder required a much more tapered brush for precise application. I then went in with my Sephora Pro Contour Brush #79; which deposited the colour perfectly in the hollows of my cheeks.

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The colour can only be described as a grey-ish cool-toned matte brown; which may seem an odd choice of colour for a product that is to be applied to your face, but when it comes to contour, the cooler the better as natural shadows of your face don’t tend to have orange/warm pigments. There’s no glitter and no sparkle; which makes this contour colour completely flat and very natural. The grey tone allows for you to contour without running the risk of looking muddy and it works great as a transition shade for your eyes. I love running this through the crease of my eyes when I’m looking for some definition without having to push myself to do a full shadow look.

The colour payoff is amazing once you build up the colour and it blends to perfection. It’s not as intense as my Morphe (06F) Pressed Powder palette; which is somewhat of a blessing as this gave me a semi ‘natural’ looking contour without looking like a complete drag queen. My only gripe about this shadow is that it’s quite ‘dusty’; which I suspect is not down to the shade, but the product itself. Once you swipe your brush into the pan, there’s quite a bit of fall out; which can cause a lot of product wastage. However, for £1 a piece, you would hardly feel guilty for repurchasing or stocking up on backups.

You can purchase the ‘Delicious’ Mono Eyeshadow here and here.

Have you tried any of Makeup Revolution‘s products? Comment below with your favourite picks for me to try out in my next haul.