Most of us women are too hard on ourselves and cannot just appreciate our natural beauty… Instead of loving what we see in the mirror, we cover up our imperfections and even create non-existent ones in our head.
For starters, spend less time in the mirror. When we see our reflection, we judge our appearance and neglect our other qualities. Plus, it’s difficult to complement yourself because it’s human nature to compare yourself to others.
Let fashion show the world who you are, not who you are trying to be. Wear clothes which reflect your personality; including style, length, attitude, pattern and colour.
Don’t forget comfort! Your dress may look stunning, but away from the mirror, you’re adjusting it every five minutes and feel incredibly self-conscious in public. You should feel beautiful, not uncomfortable.
Avoid wearing makeup every day, and let your hair fall naturally once in a while. Let your skin breathe and recognise yourself without layers of foundation. Cosmetics are a beautiful confidence booster, but you should stay familiar with the real you too.
Re-frame your mind to notice the things you love about yourself too. These can be little things such as the length of your eyelashes, lips, skin colour etc. It’s important to complement yourself whilst the rest of the world is busy disliking itself.
Spend time with people who make you feel good about yourself. Immediately disengage with anyone who insults your looks or belittles you. Make more time for your family, as they will love you no matter what, and hear the good comments louder than the bad.
Enhance your features in natural cosmetics which smell great and leave you feeling confident. Moisturisers with a floral scent are so pleasing to smell and can brighten your day. Throw out any products which are sticky on the skin and are uncomfortable to wear. Life is too short for that!
Laugh and smile more for you are beautiful exactly the way you are and don’t need anyone telling you otherwise!
What we put into our skin determines what it looks like on the outside. You can pile on all the makeup and moisturizers in the world, but if you don’t take care of your insides, all you’re doing is just covering up.
Here are some refreshing smoothies for healthier skin. (P.S. they also taste great for the summer months!).
Smoothie Recipes For Healthy Skin
Drink one smoothie a day for glowing skin and radiating confidence. For these smoothies, mix ingredients together in a blender and top with coconut water or tap water to liquidise to your preference.
The Green Machine
This smoothie contains a large cucumber, of which is mostly made up of water. This reduces water retention, bloating and hydrates the skin to resolve any dryness.
– 2 green apples, sliced
– 2 celery sticks, chopped
– 1 cucumber, diced
– the juice from 1 lemon
– 2 handfuls of spinach
The Fruity Lover
So refreshing and nourishing, the Fruity Lover will nourish your skin. The vitamin C in the strawberries revitalise the skin and balance oily skin. The added benefit of the one carrot repairs skin cells.
– 300g mango, sliced
– 300g strawberries, chopped
– 200g pineapple juice (with no added sugar)
– 1 carrot, diced
Blueberries are the active ingredient in this smoothie because of its high levels of vitamin C. This natural antioxidant produces collagen to keep skin looking young and healthy.
– 300g blueberries
– 150g red cabbage
The Purple Treat
Beet juice has a huge benefit for anti-aging. Once absorbed, it repairs damaged cells and fights against aging. By adding a handful of kale to this smoothie, you also fight back against damage from pollution, UV rays and harmful chemicals in foods.
– 1 small beet, chopped
– 1 cup strawberries
– ½ a banana
– a handful of leafy kale
Pick your favourite smoothie and up your vitamin intake the easy way. You can also make them in batch to always have in the house, or perhaps freeze as an ice pop for a hot summer’s day.
Share your pictures with us on Instagram ( Hashtag: #RevealYourBeauty ) – We’d love to see your creations! 🙂
We all want to have healthy hair, that’s for sure! There are umpteen home recipes for silky locks, but when the time is against you, it’s not the easiest thing to find random ingredients in your cupboard.
Avoid expensive hairdresser chargers, but keep your hair in tip-top condition with these optimum haircare products. Let’s see them one by one:
Dr Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Shampoo is a gift from heaven at only $16.01. With natural extracts from mango, Aloe Vera, papaya, lemon peel and more, this soothing shampoo stimulates the hair’s keratin fibres to leave hair visibly healthier and smoother to the touch.
Vichy Dercos Nourishing Shampoo is suitable for men and women who have dry and damaged hair. Lather into hair for a few minutes to stimulate blood flow in the scalp and treat yourself to a massage at the same time. Hair can become damaged from UV rays, dying, heat products, brushing and pollution, but this shampoo will reverse the effects and leave it protected and supple.
Apivita Softening Conditioner has 95 percent natural ingredients, of which include chamomile and honey. Most conditioners can weigh hair down and leave it greasy, but Apivita’s formula is light enough for everyday use, and even repairs and protects hair damaged from styling products.
Kérastase Gelee Conditioner leaves hair soft and shiny, whilst leaving it clean and fresh. If you’re looking for manageable hair that is frizz-free, then this conditioner will be your best friend. The main ingredient – cellulose powder – thickens the hair fibre for amplified volume, so it looks like you’ve had your hair professionally treated just after the first application.
Messinian Spa Beauty Oil doesn’t just nourish hair, but the face and body too. Hair is left refreshed and hydrated with a sweet scent of lavender, orange and lemon. It’s perfect for those on-the-go as it’s quickly absorbed and hair is instantly softer and shinier.
Nuxe Huile Dry Oil repairs, softens and smoothes hair whilst leaving a captivating fragrance. Unlike other oil treatments, it doesn’t just leave a temporary effect, but repairs and treats hair so it is shinier and healthier long-term.
Do you have some other hair treatments which leaves your locks silky and healthy? Share your secrets in the comments!
Whether it’s a slow Monday or has been a wild Thursday night out with friends – you don’t want to have a dull and tired face ,for sure.
We’ve got the best makeup tricks and beauty tips to make you look energised and fresh! So, grab yourself a coffee to perk up and give these a try. Let’s see these awesome cosmetic tricks for tired face, one by one:
Easy DIY for Your Eyes
- Store a spoon in the freezer and pop it just under the eyes for those mornings when you need an extra hand waking up.
- Keep a cucumber in the fridge and slice into thin pieces. Put a slice on each eye and have a nap whilst you’re waiting for your alarm to go off. The natural ingredients in cucumbers help to reduce any puffiness and alleviate red eyes.
Makeup Tricks For Your Face
- For dark circles under the eyes, choose a primer suitable to your shade. For circles with purple tones, use a yellow-based concealer. For blue and purple tones, choose a combination of orange and yellow concealers to screen. For blue under eye circles, opt for an orange-based concealer.
- Don’t just conceal right under the eye, but take your makeup further down the face to blend with the rest of your face. Apply in a triangular shape and use a shade lighter than your natural skin colour.
- Choose a shimmering, pale eyeshadow to brighten the eye area, and apply underneath the lower lash line too. A dab of a matte white eyeshadow on the inner corners will highlight the whites of the eyes too.
- Awaken your skin and control redness with a simple splash of cold water. Follow up with a moisturiser rich in vitamins and minerals to feed the skin, and a green primer for a good base before foundation.
- If you have dark circles under your eyes despite having a good night’s sleep every night, invest in a day and night eye cream to hydrate the skin and brighten your face.
In an ideal world, we’d all get eight hours sleep a night, but for when you don’t have time to, fake it with the above tricks 😉
Every female wants to feel their best, without taking any dramatic measures. Our hair can be our pride and glory, or an element of ourselves we feel ashamed about. In order to flatter your features and feel confident in your own skin, a quick hairstyle touch-up can be just the thing!
Here you will find the perfect hairstyle ideas according to your face shape, that will make you feel great in no time. Let’s see them one by one:
○ Round Face ○
To narrow your face and balance it out, you should opt for a style which isn’t too thick nor stops at the jawline.
- Wear your hair down and don’t put behind your ears. Letting it flow naturally will slim the cheeks.
- If you’re hoping for a pixie cut, style it with plenty of short layers and lots of texture.
- Elongate the face by styling it straight and not curling the ends towards the face. Let the hair grow just past the jawline and combine with a thick side fringe.
- Round faces can rock a middle parting, but to ensure the face doesn’t look larger than what it is, add some texture and kinks to show off your cheekbones.
▢ Square Face ▢
Style your hair softly so it flows and doesn’t accentuate your strong jawline.
- If you have long locks, combine it with long layers which curl towards the face and not outwards, as this will soften the jawline.
- For a pixie cut, ensure you have plenty of volume on the top to elongate the face. (You can also get away with crazy spikes and lots of texture).
- A long bob is so flattering, so long as there is a middle parting. Allow the hair to fall in front of the face and flow just below the jawline. If it is flattened to the head, the face could look squarer.
♡ Heart Face ♡
Heart shaped faces are pretty much perfect, and an appropriate hairstyle will accentuate your features and balance out a thin chin.
- A bob which cuts off at the chin is perfect for diamond faces as it will help widen the jaw.
- If you want long locks, choose plenty of layers which are at their thickest around the chin.
- You are blessed in that you can style your hair back, so for those last- minute moments, spray plenty of hairspray and rock a high, sleek ponytail.
The next time you visit the hairdressers, don’t just pick a style you like, but one which best suits your face shape; your perfect hairstyle! It’ll look so much better on you, for sure!
Makeup is a magical wand which can make our skin look smoother, but that isn’t where foundation ends. It can totally transform the sculpture of your face and give you high cheekbones and a smaller face.
Here are some excellent ways to create contoured skin with a handful of cosmetics.
Contoured Skin Makeup Tips
Contouring may look time-consuming, but we’ve narrowed the process down to just a few handy tips.
Step 1: Using your foundation, apply all over the face, and down to the neck if applicable.
Step 2: Reach for a foundation two shades lighter, or a pale concealer if you already have the lightest shade, and apply from the forehead down to the nose, around an inch in. Apply on the chin also.
Step 3: Next, take the darkest shade of your contouring kit and mark the outside of the nose on both sides – or to slim your nose even further, take it in a little closer.
Step 4: Frame the chin line too to define and thin it.
Step 5: Use this same shade underneath the cheek bones and take right to the ears.
The power is all in the blending, so invest in a beauty blender to avoid any noticeable lines.
How To Make Your Face Look Contoured
Here are a few ways to make your face look thinner and more contoured without any makeup.
#1: Dye your hair ombre, and have it darker closer to your face for when it’s tied up.
#2: Slim a round face by going for volume at the top of the hair. Create height at the top of the head by backcombing and using hairspray.
#3: Match the height of a ponytail to your cheeks to create the illusion of a slimmer face. A high ponytail will make a round face look rounder.
#4: Long side-swept bangs will slim a face.
#5: Cat eyes or smoky eyes will draw attention to your eyes and not the shape of your face. Highlight the eyes just under the eyebrow to brighten the eye area.
Do you have any tips for contouring your skin or making your face look slimmer? Share yours in the comments and help to boost a stranger’s confidence!
We all want to get our hands on the latest cosmetic gadgets for supple, blemish-free skin. Searching through stores for the best product can be confusing with every brand claiming to be the most promising.
So, let’s talk about one brand which is packed with anti-aging ingredients as well as fighting against animal testing – Caudalie Vineactiv.
Caudalie Vine[Activ] Products
Eye Cream: Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream
The eye area is delicate and requires gentle ingredients to moisturise and revitalise under the eyes. The Vitamin C ingredient helps to improve the look of wrinkles and boosts the skin’s tone.
Vitamin E takes on the challenge of filling the skin with antioxidants to repair deep within the skin.
Skin Hydrator: Detox Night Oil
A powerful hydrator is essential for the skin at night as this is when the skin repairs. If you find that your skin is overworked and dull, this night oil can relax the most tired skin with help from lavender extracts.
Formulated with paraben free, phenoxyethanol, phtalates, mineral oils and sodium laureth sulfate, it is safe enough to use under the eyes and has anti-aging properties.
Moisturizer: 3-in-1 Moisturizer
The air is polluted and deposits can lie on the skin and cause damage. Formulated with care, this moisturizer can fight wrinkles too.
Tested under dermatological control and against animal testing, it’s suitable for most skin types.
Grape polyphenols help to improve the look of winkles to rejuvenate skin and boost skin’s tone.
Anti-Wrinkle Serum: Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum
This serum is highly concentrated with Grape polyphenols to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fight against the effects of stress and pollution. Skin is left with a radiating glow without a sticky or oily effect.
Vitamin E protects the skin with antioxidants, not just for vanity, but health purposes. Apply night and day to the face and neck area before or after your usual face cream, or it can be used alone.
Interested in purchasing any of these products? Apply the discount code Vine10 for a saving of 10 percent 😉
Let us know your thoughts about Caudalie VineActiv Range and which product is your favourite!
We’ve all had and heard horror stories of fake tan going wrong. From stripy wrists to patches of orange on our arms, tanning isn’t for the ill-practiced. But when applied correctly, a golden glow can make you look slimmer and give you confidence on the beach.
Here are a few hidden secrets on how to apply fake tan the right way. Let’s see them one by one:
Before picking up your bottle, prepare the skin – this is where most novices go wrong. Removing any dead skin with a loofah or exfoliator. Stick with an oil-free product to discourage the tanning lotion from leaving uneven discolouration.
After this stage, moisturise the body and thoroughly massage into the wrists, elbows knees and heels, as these are the areas which are often the driest and will absorb most of the fake tan.
Always use a mitt to prevent the fake tan sticking to one part of the body. Many people squirt the product onto their leg or belly and swirl around, but this will result in uneven patches.
To get stubborn areas such as the knuckles, hold a claw position. Bend at the knees also, because we don’t have straight legs all day so you want to get into all the difficult areas.
If you’re using a gradual tan, moisturise your body in-between applications to prevent any cracking. The reason you’re left with an uneven colour is because of an imbalance of moisture in the body.
Avoid rubbing the tan in circle motions as this won’t leave you with a desired finish. Instead, add some of the product to your hands and smooth upwards and downwards (this will also prevent sticking in any stray hairs).
Take the product all the way up to the jawline, otherwise you’ll end up with a tanned body and a white neck. You want your tan to look natural.
For a Long-Lasting Tan
It’s a well-known fact that moisturising your skin after showering every day will maintain your tan. When bathing, stick with an oil-free shower gel as harsh ingredients can strip the tan away, or like a drying soap.
Be cautious about swimming too as the chlorine will take days off your tan. But if you can’t ditch the pool, moisturise all over and apply another coat to top up your tan.
Keep away from the sun’s harmful rays and still go home with a golden glow. Happy tanning!
The summer months are here and we’re all so geared towards lounging on the beach and in our back garden with an iced cold cocktail… But we also know that direct sunlight can damage hair and lead to dry and brittle strands!
We’ve collated a list of our favourite products to keep your locks shiny and glamorous. Let’s see these essential summer hair products, one by one:
Apivita Shine and Revitalizing Conditioner, $16.54
Not only does this conditioner repair dull and damaged hair, but it helps to lift lifeless hair without weighing it down.
Give your hair the shine and vitality it deserves so it reflects against the sunlight. Apply a generous amount to hands and smooth through hair and massage through the ends. Leave on for two minutes and rinse off with warm water.
Apivita Propoline Tonic Conditioner, $19.06
Apivita’s Tonic Conditioner is lavished with nourishing ingredients such as laurel and honey. Its main job is to revitalise and nourish hair to leave you with soft and shiny strands.
If you suffer with a lack of shine and knotty hair, this product will reverse the adverse effects from the environment and even aid with genetic factors such as hair loss and breakage.
Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner, $27.35
Many of us are guilty of letting our hair reach a damaged conditioner before beginning the treatment stage. If this sounds like you, then this Moroccanoil Repair Conditioner has been sent from heaven just for you!
No matter your issues – whether that’s damage from heat styling, too much hair dying over the years or dehydration from the sun – this product is the holy grail for every woman.
Its highly concentrated formula restores hair’s health and adds moisture and elasticity to dry and dull locks.
Before applying, squeeze excess water out of the hair and smooth through the conditioner from mid-length to ends. As it’s a rich conditioner, avoid the roots and leave on for two minutes for optimum moisture.
Keep hair hydrated and in tip-top condition to maintain its natural moisture with these summer hair products. To aid hair further, avoid excess heat from a hair dryer and straightener and dry naturally and tie in a messy bun!
Give Yourself a Boost With Makeup
The way we feel and express ourselves comes from experience and confidence. For those bad days or those with low self-esteem, enhance your features and bring a smile to your face with these essentials.
Product: Korres Pomegranate Concealer
Hide those blemishes with this creamy concealer which lasts all day. Enriched with pomegranate extracts, it also has antioxidant properties to reduce your breakouts and keep you smiling all week long.
Product: Marie Dalgar Mascara Extension
Everyone yearns for lengthy lashes with masses of volume. This holy grail mascara by Marie Dalgar gives you maximum length and curled lashes you never thought possible.
Product: Korres Sunflower & Evening Primose
Suitable for those who’ve had a bad week and need to inject some colour into their makeup regime, is Korres’s primose eyeshadow. Unlike most shadows, the active ingredients in this absorbs moisture so you can have long-lasting makeup with presence.
Product: Korres Sunflower & Evening Primose
This gorgeous pink shade is subtle and confident at the same time. Easy to apply and delicate on the eye area, it makes all eyes pop. Team it with one coat of mascara for a daytime feel, or rock a party with smoky eyes and false lashes.
When you’ve had a bad week, it shows in your eyes, and most us have dark circles we’d rather hide.
Korres have invented a brightening concealer which covers blemishes, broken capillaries, sunspots and even stubborn dark circles. Radiate and shine bright from head to toe every day.
Product: Korres Cherry Lipgloss
Dust your lips with a popping cherry shade with the infamous Korres’s makeup. Hydrating and flattering, it’s a reward for a long and tiring week, and it’s so easy to apply that you can do it last minute in the limo on the way to your private party (we can dream, right?).
What are your favourite beauty products from above? Share them with us in the comments or part with your best go-to’s!