Spring clean your make up!

Spring clean your make up!

As with everything, make up too can expire! Yes, as strange as it sounds, it is important to keep checks on make up and how long you’ve had it for. Using make up that may have expired can affect our skin as the chemicals in the products tend to change over a period of time as they have been exposed to oxygen, and microbes from the air around us. These are some of my top tips to keep your make up in check, and how often you should keep certain products. Eye and lip make up particularly is prone to contamination if you have shared it or let some one borrow it.

Start off by gathering all make up products, and arrange everything such that you have all lipsticks in one pile; eyeshadows in another, foundations in another… I’m sure you have got the hang of it now! 😉

Any opened products that you have had for over two years – chuck them straight into the bin!

Make up that has any musky or weird smells, that goes straight to the bin too.

Make up application tools such as brushes that may be falling apart; sponges and puff that are broken, throw them out too.

Liquid products that are runny or separated need to be tossed away. Liquid make up such as foundations tend to separate over time as the chemical compositions change, in oil based foundation, the oil separates into a separate layer from the other liquid.

For those colours that you may have purchased to match with certain outfits, but haven’t worn in over 6 months, dispose them. You haven’t used them and it is very unlikely that you will wear them again.

Avoid storing any make up or beauty products on the window sill or in the bathroom as the heat of the steam ruins make up.

Bobbi Brown suggests the following life spans for products that have been opened:

Cream cleanser – 1 year

Gel cleanser – 1 year

Cream moisturisers – 1 year

Oil-based foundations – 1.5 years

Water-based foundations – 1 year

Lipstick – 1-2 years

Mascara – 3-4 months

Powder – 2 years

Shadows – 2 years

Brushes – wash every fortnight if your using it on yourself. Make up artists need to wash/clean after every client.

Sponges – same rule as the brushes, but wash weekly if its personal use.

Having clean make up applicators prevents all those nasty break outs, and you will also notice that it will be a lot easier to apply the make up.

Get in there and spring clean your beauty products!

What are your make up/ applicator cleaning tips?

🌸Happy Spring Cleaning 🌸

Love

Akruti

💄

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Review: Coastal Scents 88 Original Palette

Review: Coastal Scents 88 Original Palette

Having heard a lot of positive comments and recommendations, I recently purchased my first Coastal Scents eyeshadow palette. It is the 88 Original Palette that consists of a mix of matte and satin/shimmery colours. I was rather impressed with their delivery as it came packaged in a pretty looking box, along with my other purchases, which I will be reviewing soon. The packaging was really good, all of my purchases were intact and neatly packed. The 88 Original Palette cost me $10.95 on sale (approx.  £6.50) from their website (http://www.coastalscents.com/pl-001.html). The only drawback is that they don’t deliver to the UK, but can be easily purchased on Amazon, or eBay costing between ÂŁ17 – ÂŁ22.

 

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Coastal Scents postage packaging 🎁
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The box was colourful and full of life!

 

The palette has a strong hard shell plastic case. The case is good quality and does not look cheap at all. I love that its black and sleek, and does not have any fancy prints on it. The palette looks really professional and does not take up much room, making it easy to store. The black case has a latch in the centre, which holds the palette tightly shut, keeping everything in place.

 Inside the palette, along with the 88 eyeshadows is an inbuilt mirror, and two dual-tipped applicator sponges, which I haven’t tried out (I prefer to use the Real Techniques Starter Set 1406 brushes and a few brushes from Coastal Scents: they are much better!!! 😉). There is also a plastic sheet on top of the eyeshadows that comes with the pack, and I would suggest keeping this as it doesn’t smudge the shadows.

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The colours are bright and vibrant. One of the reasons I purchased this palette is because of the large range of colours available – in satin as well as matte. Most colours are strongly pigmented, however you may need a shadow primer depending on your natural skin tone for the colours to stand out on the eyelid. I have found the shadows easy to blend and layer on effortlessly. One of my biggest concern before purchasing any eyeshadow was the fall out upon application- the Coastal Scents palette has minimal fall out, similar to the Mac eyeshadows. This palette can be used to create any sort of look – bridal, smokey, natural, or even funky.

For Halloween, I created a heavy smokey eye, bat girl inspired look using the bright yellow, purple, black, and a neutral/nude shade was used as a transition colour. The shadows stayed on for the whole evening, and did not smudge or slide at all (I did use my concealer before applying any eyeshadow).

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The complete look!

I suggest you try this eyeshadow palette as not only is it inexpensive but you get a wide range of colours that are amazing quality.

😘

Everyday eyeshadows by MAC

Everyday eyeshadows by MAC

Having recently started up a new collection of make up, I decided to invest in MAC, after getting rid of my old make up palettes. When I was looking to buy the starter eye shadows, I tried to search whether anyone had made up a good collection that can be used especially for Indian skin. I love MAC eye shadows, they have minimal fall out, their pigment is true to the colour, easy to use and blend. Indian make up normally has a very bold eye, which can be paired with either a bright lip, or a nude lip; my personal favourite. The gold’s, antiques and browns are perfect for a natural look that can be worn either everyday or even special occasions.

MAC Golds, Antiques and Browns
MAC Golds, Antiques and Browns

I normally use a lighter shade on the inner corner of the eye, such as Ricepaper or Retrospeck. For the centre of the eye I would generally use one or two shades darker, such as Amber Lights. If using frosty, shimmery colours on the inner corner, use a matte colour for the outer corner such as Embark or Blackberry, which gives a good balance. Using an applicator brush, pick up a tiny amount of any brown shade eyeshadow, gradually building until you achieve the look or intensity wanted. If using matte shades on the inner and middle of the eyelid, then you can use a shimmery shade for the outer corner. Blending is key to achieving a natural flawless look.

L-R: Retrospeck,  Ricepaper, Gorgeous Gold,  Goldmine, Amberlights
L-R: Retrospeck, Ricepaper, Gorgeous Gold, Goldmine, Amber lights
L-R: Woodwinked, Bronze, Antiqued
L-R: Woodwinked, Bronze, Antiqued
L-R: Blackberry, Embark, Sketch
L-R: Blackberry, Embark, Sketch

These are just a few of my tips and tricks using these basic neutral colours for eyeshadow. Different intensities and depths of the eyeshadows can be achieved by building up the eyeshadow, for a bolder look. The products mentioned above have been listed below.

Golds

MAC Goldmine Frost

MAC Gorgeous Gold

MAC Retrospeck

MAC Ricepaper

MAC Amberlights

Antiques

MAC Antiqued velvex pearl

MAC Woodwinked

MAC Bronze Frost

Browns

MAC Embark

MAC Blackberry Matte

MAC Sketch