The Secret To Getting Gorgeous Lips In The Winter Months

Written by Shanéad Nicole, @shaneadnicole

Keep your skin looking lush all Autumn/Winter ’18!

Cold air, strong winds and exposure to the outdoors all contribute to the condition of our skin and hair 💁🏻‍♀️

Let’s face it - looking after these is super important during these freezing, cold winter days ❄️

Here are some tips to help you stay gorgeous and slay ALL season! 

Protect yourself

SPF will always be on trend! Remember to layer up your SPF skin care underneath your makeup. Although our makeup contains some level of Sun Protection Factor, it’s always best to make sure you’re covered by using a moisturiser with added SPF for extra protection – even in the colder months! 👀

This prevents dryness, itchy skin and irritation; when it comes to sun protection, more is more! Never forget to keep your lips moisturised in the cooler months - make our Ultimate Moisturising Lip Balm part of your beauty regime!

Hydrate your body (& your skin)

Drinking plenty of water during the winter season not only ensures you stay hydrated and alert - it also helps to keep your skin and hair looking its best!
It’s all about the prep this year, so make sure you keep up to your skincare routine and water intake. 💧

Drink around 4 glasses of water per day to keep dehydration at bay - gotta love a bit of H20! Pssst... our Volumising 24K Gold Collagen Lip Masks are also the most amazing lip treatment!

Prevent pimples

Oil, dirt, and sweat (eww!) can linger on the skin for long periods all year round which can create bacteria - so make sure you are fully removing your makeup and other products from your skin at night. Use gentle cleansing products such as cleanser, exfoliator and toner to remove your makeup before you go to bed. 🛀

Make sure your face is completely clean, then apply a serum and night cream to your face - this will help to prevent pimples and breakouts whilst treating your skin overnight (like a mini facial)! Do the same with the skin on your body - wash, scrub and make sure you apply moisturiser daily.

You can also use our Volcanic Ash & Charcoal Lip Scrub to exfoliate your lips as needed, especially to tackle those pesky spots around the lips!

Pucker up!

Plump, juicy lips are still on trend - of course 👄🔥

After making sure your lips stay hydrated and nourished, use our Volumising Lip Plumper for extra oomph to keep those lips looking delish!

Our products help stop dryness, cracks and irritation on your lips.
Our lip plumper also works as an amazing primer to help your lip colours last that little bit longer!

So there you have our Plump It! tips to keep you looking & feeling the freshest - until next time, babes! xx

November 16, 2018 by Becki Sams

Do Lip Plumpers Really Work?

By Aiman Khalid, @aimzfolio on Instagram & blogger at aimzfolio.com

Ahh, to get those Angelina Jolie bee-stung lips! With Insta gurus flaunting those fuller lips using fillers, people who aren’t blessed with plumped lips are running to lip surgeons. But fillers always come with side effects.

Thanks to lip plumping products, we can all get the feel of bigger lips without undergoing the needle!

But do these products really work?

Do lip plumpers really work?

Yes, they do! Lol that seems like a simple answer, but I tested a bunch of lip plumpers like Plump It!, and the results were instantly plumped and beautiful lips.

Click here to see for yourself.

How do lip plumpers work?

Remember the last time you had spicy food, how your lips tingled? Well, that is what these lip plumping products contain; ingredients like cinnamon, ginger mint, wintergreen, menthol or capsicum.

These fiery ingredients that are actually found in our kitchens creates a reaction enhancing micro – circulation and boost the blood flow to the lips making your pout a lot sexier. Now you know what causes that tingle!

How do you use lip plumpers effectively?

Now you know lip plumpers work and completely safe to use with no side effects, there are still a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Make sure to prep and prime your lips before using any lip plumper. Use a lip collagen mask to moisturize and hydrate your beautiful natural lips.
  2. Since lip plumpers work by creating a sensation/reaction inside the lips, according to scientists once our bodies get used to these sensations the ingredients become less effective, so you may have to gradually increase the amount you use.
  3. These lip plumpers are not a permanent solution, but are still good for a few hours. Luckily you can reapply as often as you like!
  4. Using too much of these lip plumpers may lead to dryness, so after care with a good lip balm is a must.

How do you get the perfect pout?

There is a very simple method to use a lip plumper in order to get a perfect pout:

  1. Use a lip collagen mask to prep, and exfoliate to prevent your lips from scaling.
  2. When using Plump It!, click once for a more natural plump. Click twice for a more pucker pout. Click thrice for those Kylie Jenner fuller lips.
  3. Apply a lip balm to moisturize.
  4. Use any lipstick or a gloss (if you’re craving more pout ;) )

And there you have it! Now you can flaunt those plumped up lips with your squad in no time.  

October 26, 2018 by Becki Sams

Halloween Lip Looks: The Hot List

By Shanéad Nicole, @shaneadnicole on Instagram

BOO!

👻

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s easy to fall in to that pre-party panic that we all know so well! 

Be sure you keep the terror at bay with our line-up of the best Halloween makeup tips & tricks (…or treats) 😉

This Halloween Hotlist was made to give you some great ideas for the most petrifying party season & help you plan ahead! We hope it will help you say ‘expeliarmus!’ to that last-minute Halloween terror
(one for our Harry Potter fans there 💁🏻‍♀️).

Dark Lips/Witchy Vibes – Sarah Sanderson (‘Hocus Pocus’)

 

Why not try a dark, witchy lip look like Sarah Sanderson from the classic Halloween flick, ‘Hocus Pocus’?
Now there’s a witch we all know & love!

Use a dark lip liner on the outer edges of your lips – a great tip is to make your cupids bow appear more pointy - serving serious sorceress vibes 💎

Fill the inner part of your pout with a deep plum, purple or burgundy shade to channel your inner enchantress!



Joker Lips/Harley Quinn-inspired (‘Suicide Squad’)

The Joker lip look is a timeless Halloween favourite – give it a modern, feminine twist by taking some tips from Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn! 

Take your favourite fiery red lipstick & apply it generously to your lips 💄then - here comes the fun part – smudge it across your mouth with the back of your hand!

The beauty of this one means it doesn’t have to be perfect – easy peasy 🙌

For an ultra-Joker look follow the same process but be sure to make your crooked smile appear much larger & more menacing by overdrawing your lips with the lipstick – try drawing from cheek to cheek to spread the smile across your face!

 

Skull/Jack Skellington ('The Nightmare Before Christmas')


‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ is a Halloween cult classic movie – the citizens of ‘Halloween-town’ are led by their frontman Jack Skellington – a creepy, curious individual with a skull for a head!

To get the look, simply apply white face paint to your whole face 💀

Then, take a black kohl eyeliner pencil & draw a thick line, horizontally, across your closed mouth – this doesn’t have to be perfectly straight (it adds to the spookiness)!

Then, draw short vertical lines along the line you just drew to create the stitches.
Make sure the vertical lines are spaced out & varying in length to create that creepy, wry smile!

 

Black Lips - Evil Pixie/Scary Fairy

Why not channel your inner mystic goddess with an Evil Fairy inspired look? 🧚‍♀️

Use your favourite purple or black lipstick, then add your favourite ethereal highlight on the central & inner part of the lips – framing your cupid’s bow for that perfect Pixie pout 💋


Iridescent purple, pink, blue or even green highlights work best for this look.


Add some wild colour contacts, a blown-out, smoky eye look & an intense cheek bone highlight to complete the look! 👀

 

Red Glitter Lips - Jessica Rabbit ('Who Framed Roger Rabbit?')

Who wouldn’t want the famed pout of Disney’s most evocative female character?
Jessica Rabbit is the illustrious wife of the odd character Roger Rabbit (of ‘Who Frame Roger Rabbit’) who is most well-known for her seductive image. Perfect for Halloween! 💃



Our Plump It! Volumising Lip Plumper would work wonders for this look – designed to enhance the plumpness of the lips with active ingredients, Plump It! is the perfect alternative to real lip fillers – resulting in the perfect pout.

For this look, simply apply a red lip liner around the outer edge of your lips – be sure to accentuate your lip shape and size by slightly overdrawing the cupid’s bow & lip line. Ensure your liner is sharpened to a point so that this step is as neat as possible 💋then fill in the whole lip with your brightest rouge liquid lipstick and top it all with a shiny red lip gloss!

Bonus tips for this look: 

  • Paint over the liner you applied using a precision lip brush to ensure the edges are super tidy (outline the edges with concealer to clean up - but be sure to do this before applying the glitter!)
  • Press in a finely milled red glitter on top of the gloss using your finger or a brush – the trick is to pack the glitter on in small stages to ensure it stays put with no gaps
  • Top the glitter with a thick layer of clear lip gloss for extra shine
  • A matte base foundation, purple eyeshadow & the biggest lashes you can get hold of will finish the look 

Animal Lips - Dead Deer/Black Cat

Another simple, yet effective Halloween inspired look is the Dead Deer - cute and scary, all at the same time!

Apply black kohl or liquid eyeliner to the tip of your nose – draw an outline horizontally along the bridge of the nose and around the nostrils, then colour in the whole tip. Go over this with a black eyeshadow for a matte finish.

Next, draw a black line down the centre of your cupid’s bow toward your top lip and fill in your top lip with a jet-black matte liquid lipstick!

 

Ventriloquist Dummy Lips/Billy the Puppet from 'Saw'

This look is one of the most terrifying looks on our Halloween Hotlist!

For this lip look – use a bright red lipstick or liquid lipstick on your lips (go as neat or as messy as you fancy).

Then draw two dark lines from the corners of your mouth, down to your chin to create the illusion of a ventriloquist dummy’s mouth piece!

 

Kitty Lips - Cheshire Cat Grin

The ‘Cheshire Cat’ is mostly recognised for its huge grin with a mouthful of teeth!

For this look, use a black eyeliner to plot out the signature grin – the wider the better!

Next, mark out where the pointy teeth will go – you can space them out to create a more cartoon inspired look or keep them small & close together for a more sinister result! Finally, fill in the teeth with a white face paint & fill in the remaining mouth area with black face paint.

And there you have it – our Halloween Hotlist to inspire you this ‘All-Hallows-Eve’! We hope this helps get your creative juices flowing for the most mystical, magical night of the year!

Enjoy babes! x

Image credit

Jessica Rabbit: https://bit.ly/2CGQgGR

Dead Deer: https://bit.ly/2Ccsq4H

Cheshire Cat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1vZ-kV732c

October 19, 2018 by Becki Sams

A/W 2018 Beauty Trends

It’s time to ditch the harsh contouring & full on, baffling makeup looks - Hooray! Natural is back on trend!

Think baby soft, dewy skin, full & natural brows; plump, juicy lips & some rich, vibrant colours thrown in for good measure!

Here’s a list of the top lip trends this Autumn & Winter ’18 with a few tips & tricks to up your makeup game this season.

October 12, 2018 by Becki Sams

How To Get Instantly Bigger Lips, Without Going ‘Under The Needle’

Everyone wants bigger lips – right?! Ever since Kylie Jenner shocked us all with her enormous gorgeous pout, people have realised how drastically a face can look model-worthy with just that one enhanced feature. It has become somewhat of a trend to get lip fillers, and it’s now rare to see a fashion icon or beauty blogger without a swollen mouth.
October 05, 2018 by Becki Sams