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Product Review: MAC Prep + Prime Lip Base and Clarins Exfoliating Cleanser

I have used both the MAC Prep + Prime Lip Base and Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract for some time now, and I think they are worth writing about.

 

 

MAC Prep + Prime Lip Base

I apply this MAC Prep + Prime Lip Base first before applying my lipstick. I have used it for years now, and I think it is one of the best lip primers at the moment.

Here is the product description –

A colour-free lipstick base that adds light moisture, smoothes and refines the lips. Improves the appearance of the applied lip products.

 

 

PROS

  1. My lips tend to get really dry, this moisturises my lips perfectly!
  2. My lipstick stays on all day without needing a top up, and without cracks, thanks to this fab lip base.
  3. It can be used alone as a lip balm.
  4. It has a lovely texture and smells good too.
  5. A little is all that is needed.
  6. I like the compact size, so easy to pop in a small bag.
  7. It is available to buy at many beauty shops for £14.

 

CONS

None.

I can’t fault this product at all. I recommended to anyone dealing with dry lips, or struggling to apply matte lipsticks. This MAC Prep + Prime Lip Base is all you need.

 

Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract

I use this Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser once a week, and I have done so for a few weeks now.

Here is the product description –

The Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract is a spa-fresh exfoliating facial cleanser that polishes-away make-up, embedded impurities and spent surface cells in one time-saving step to reveal the glowing skin beneath. The bi-phase scrub both cleanses and exfoliates, gently removing everything that makes the skin look dull, leaving the skin smooth, soft and luminous. Orange extract works to soften, refresh and revive. Moringa Seed extract, with anti-pollution benefits, purifies and refines the skin and helps to restore its natural radiance. Gentle Silica Microbeads tackle clogged pores, exfoliate and renew. The exfoliating scrub leaves skin comfortable and ultimately refreshed. Suitable for all skin types.

 

 

PROS

  1. I love the compact packaging.
  2. It smells amazing, I could sniff the orange scent all day.
  3. It is a great multi-tasking product – Cleansing and Exfoliating at the same time.
  4. It is great for all skin types.
  5. It is easily available to buy at many beauty shops for £21 for a 100ml.
  6. It leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and clean.
  7. You only need a small amount, a little goes a long way.

 

CONS

  1. It stings the eyes if they come in contact, so do not apply around the eye area.

 

I love this Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser. I love how it makes my skin glow. I do recommend it and I can see myself using this product for many years to come.

 

Have you tried any of these products before? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading.

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How to make your make-up stay on all day

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There’s nothing as upsetting as spending hours getting your makeup just right only for it to fade away after a couple of hours. I find it so annoying.
Makeup helps to enhance your beauty but when your makeup fades or melts away during the day, its aim is defeated.
Here are some things you can do to make your makeup stay on all day:
1.    Exfoliate regularly
Makeup lasts longer when your face is smooth. This is because a smooth skin allows you to apply makeup evenly. The presence of dead skin cells can make your face rough. Exfoliation helps to clear away dead skin from your face, leaving it silky smooth. Exfoliate once or twice a week using a gentle scrub. A good face mask should be used at least once a week (more on face masks in my upcoming product review post).
2.    Cleanse your skin
Oily skin makes it difficult for the makeup to stay on longer. Using a gentle cleanser and a cotton ball, thoroughly cleanse your whole face. Do not neglect your neck. The cleanser will rid your skin of dirt, grime and oil right to the pores of your skin.
3.    Apply moisturizer correctly
After cleansing your skin, applying a moisturizer will keep your skin from staying dry and allow the makeup to be easily applied. When applying moisturizer, make sure you pick an oil-free moisturizer that is light weight. A moisturizer that contains SPF to protect your skin from the sun is a bonus. Apply a thin layer of moisturizer and allow it to sink into your skin.
4.    Apply a primer
A good primer helps to seal in the moisturizer and fill in the pores to give your skin a smooth even surface. A primer prevents your makeup from being absorbed in your skin. This will make your makeup last longer.
5.    Choose quality products
Using low quality products is another reason why your makeup does not last long. Quality products contain substances that will not only take care of your skin but also ensure your makeup lasts longer too. From my experience, the more expensive the beauty product, the longer it stays on. I find MAC lipsticks and powder stay on for ages, Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation is the best in the market, English Mineral Makeup Kabuki Brushes are fab for blending, and I love the No 7 Airbrush Away Primer, it creates an amazing foundation.
6.    Layer your makeup
Makeup that is caked up on your face makes the makeup crumble in the creases. The right way to apply your makeup is to apply it one thin layer after another. This will make your makeup stay longer on your skin and creates a more natural look. This rule on layering doesn’t only apply to your skin but to your lips as well. Apply lipstick one thin layer at a time.
7.    Set the makeup with powder
After applying your makeup, set it in with some translucent powder. The powder will make your makeup smooth and get rid of excess oil from your skin. Make sure you give special attention to your under eyes by lightly brushing some powder there. The powder will seal up your makeup.
8.    Finish off with makeup spray
Makeup spray is a special spray that contains substances that will help seal the makeup in place and prevent it from melting away. It also helps to even out your makeup and make it look like natural skin.

 

These tips help my makeup stay on for as long as I need it to. How do you keep your makeup in place? Please share your tips in the comment section below.

 

30 Blog Post Ideas for Beauty Bloggers

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My Fashion Post Ideas for Fashion Bloggers was well received. So I have decided to go ahead with a few more post ideas for other niches. Here are 30 blog post ideas for beauty bloggers:

 

Empties Post – Where you show off the empty bottles or packs of beauty products you have used.

Face of the Day – You showcase your perfectly made up face and how you achieve the look.

Wishlist – Featuring beauty products you are lusting over.

Beauty Muse – I do this monthly. It is all about featuring a beauty muse, anyone you admire. Here is my latest beauty muse post.

Skincare Tips – Here, you can share skincare or beauty tips you have tried and tested.

Product Review – You can review a beauty product. I do this weekly. Here is my latest product review post.

Interview – You can interview a beauty entrepreneur, like a founder of a beauty brand or a makeup artist. Here is an example of a recent interview I carried with a skincare founder.

Makeup Tutorial – You write about various makeup tricks and tips, and how to get them write. For example you can write about contouring and highlighting.

Red Carpet Looks – You can write about various celebrity red carpet looks.

Hairstyles – Hair falls under beauty, so you can talk about hairstyles for different occasions or seasons.

 

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Brand Spotlight – Here, you can blog about your favourite beauty brand.

What I Have on my Dressing Table – Beauty products you have on your dressing table.

What I Have in my Handbag – What you have in your handbag.

What I Have in my Makeup Bag – What you have in your makeup bag.

Beauty Blogs I Love – Beauty Blogs you love reading. A good way to introduce your readers to other blogs.

Beauty Post Linkups – Link up beauty posts you enjoyed reading or found informative. A good way to spread the blog love.

Beauty Products I Use Everyday – You can write about beauty or skincare products you use everyday.

Beauty Products I Will Buy Again – Beauty products you have used, and will buy again.

Makeup Artists Worth Following  – Makeup artists worth following on social media. Another great way to spread the love in the beauty world.

The Different Face Shapes – You can talk about the various face shapes and their features.

 

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Makeup for Various Face Shapes – You can talk about various makeup for the different face shapes.

General Posts – Here you can talk about general beauty topics. Like beauty crimes, drugstore vs high-end makeup brands, and so on.

Makeup for Skin tones – You can write about different makeup products for skin tones.

Press Days & Events – Events with beautiful pictures are always a good one.

Beauty Product Essentials – Beauty products you can’t live without.

Holiday Essentials – What beauty products to take go on holiday with.

Cosmetic Work – Any type of cosmetic work you may be undergoing or thinking of undergoing like laser hair removal, stretch marks laser removal, lip fillers, whitening the teeth, and so on.

A Haul – Hauls are fun if you like showing off talking about your purchases.

Beauty Boxes – Showing off the contents of your beauty box is a good idea too.

A Beauty Gift Guide – A beauty gift guide for Christmas, Mother’s Day, or Valentine’s Day, is also a good idea.

 

What do you think of these blog post ideas for beauty bloggers? Do you write any of these posts regularly?