Hair · Makeup · Nails · skin

Beauty hacks, tips and tricks

Hello beauties,

Today I’m going to share some of my favourite beauty hacks, or you could call them tips and tricks.

Those who know me well know that I am obsessed with ‘hacks’! Life hacks, beauty hacks, cleaning/organization hacks you name it I’ve probably tried them all!
I will happily sit for hours and watch hacks videos on YouTube, well.. because I have no life obviously… There is just something so entertaining about them.
So without further rambling, lets get onto it…..

 

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Using baby powder for oily hair instead of dry shampoo

Now I definitely love me a good dry shampoo however this is a goody and an oldy that I have been doing since school days (that’s a long time ago for those wondering) well and truly before ‘dry shampoos’ were even a thing.
The tip with this one is to put the powder onto a brush and brush it through your hair.
You want to make sure you don’t have any visible powder anywhere on your head of course. And don’t use too much you don’t want to look like you are going grey!

 

Drying nails under cold running water 

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When I first started doing this I hadn’t read about it anywhere I was just in a rush one day and thought why not try drying them in cold water.
This hack is obviously great for those people like myself that do not have the patients to sit around and wait for nails to dry and even when I do spend the extra time drying I still always manage to knock them on something and ruin all that hard work!

 

Hairspray on a spooly to tame and set brows in place

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Now you could just use a brow gel or something along those lines but when your all out or want to try something else then this one works great.
Using a clean spooly (which you can buy in bulk at most drug stores/pharmacies) spray some hair spray onto the spooly and then comb through your eyebrows, style them the way you want and they should be good to stay like that all day long.

 

Line your waterline with a white eyeliner to make your eyes appear bigger and brighter
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Using a white eyeliner in your waterline can create the illusion of bigger eyes, just as using black eyeliner on the bottom waterline can close your eyes in and make them look smaller. So try accentuating your eyes with this hack

 

Clean your makeup brushes often

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Okay so this tip really is a no brainer but I myself cannot even take this tip on board, I definitely do clean my brushes… but often? Nope! Just being honest!
I clean my brushes when I notice they need washing this could be around every 2 to 3 months. However I don’t use my brushes daily.
One of the main reasons you should clean your makeup brushes is they harbor bacteria and then you go and use that brush and wipe it all over your face! And that ladies and gentlemen is how you get breakouts! So go get cleaning!!

 

Fixing broken makeup with rubbing alcohol

Now this one I have not yet tried but have been meaning to do so. I have a broken eyeshadow that I want to save. And I think this is an awesome trick to save any powder product that could crack and break.
The idea is to break your product up into a fine powder and then add some rubbing alcohol and press back into container and let it dry. I am going to attempt this myself one day soon and will make a post on it so stay tuned for that one.

 

Well that’s it for my favourite beauty hacks, hope you enjoyed the read and even try some out yourself, if you do let me know in the comments or if you use these hacks already let me know.
If you have any other great hacks I’d love you to share them with me in the comments, I’m always on the lookout for more hacks!

 

Sammysbeauty xoxo

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Makeup

Everyday Makeup Routine

Hello Lovelies,

Today I am going to run through my typical everyday makeup routine. This is sort of my ‘go to’ makeup for any day event or outing, I just change the eyes up for a more dramatic look if I am going out for an evening or dinner etc. and I might also deepen my contour and change lips of course.

I always start with a clean moisturised face

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 I have been using this Kora Moisturiser recently

Then I use a primer, I currently use this Inika primer on my cheeks and chin and for my nose area I use the Garnier 5 sec blur to help minimise my pores

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The foundation I am currently using is Lóreal True Match in the lightest shade they have cause I am so pale! Colour 1R Rose Ivory

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I dot this on my face and then blend it with my foundation brush

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The concealer I use is Rimmel ‘wake me up’

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I blend this into my under eye area with the beauty blender

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I then set my foundation with the Estee Lauder powder in colour ‘ecru’

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I blend this all over my face with a powder foundation brush

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For brows I use the Estee Lauder Brow Now pencil in light brunette

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I contour with this cream concealer contour palette, I actually purchased this one off of eBay and I love it.

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Using a mixture of the two darkest brown shades I contour my face using a brush.
I only do the basics as this is my quick everyday makeup. For a night out I would contour far more then this

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I then go in with a bronzer, the bronzer I use is Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess

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For eyeshadow I used the Choose Chi Chi palette

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I used these colours on my eyes

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I then lined my lash line with this eyeliner from Face of Australia

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I used Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara

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For highlighter I use the Wild & Radiant illuminating palette by bhcosmetics

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I put this on the top of my cheek bones

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Then I lined my lips with Lip Liner by Ofra in ‘Wine’

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and finish off the look with a lipstick

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I used an Estee Lauder lipstick in ‘Desirable’

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And that’s my makeup completed!

This is my before and after

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Whilst I am busy sitting at my makeup desk beautifying myself I have a little helper… He sits under my desk with his toys and plays, however this time he was annoying and wanting attention and when I captured this picture he was sooking (hence the duck lip look he is giving) could put some lipstick on those lips!

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Well I hope you all enjoyed today’s post, learning about my everyday makeup look.
If you have any questions please leave them in a comment below.
Have a great week!

Sammysbeauty xoxo

 

Makeup · skin

Garnier Perfect Blur 5 sec

Hi Lovelies,

Hope your all having a great week!
Today I have a quick review of a product I purchased awhile ago now and have been using for quite some time.

The Garnier Perfect Blur 5 sec

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It is a smoothing base perfector. It claims to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, imperfections, pores and shine in just 5 seconds! Using light reflectors. “Immediately skin looks younger”

I personally struggle with very enlarged pores on my nose 😦 they are so big and no matter what I do they never seem to appear minimized.
Big pores are my enemy!
I also get a very oily nose (from the sebum in the pores) and occasionally get pimples around that area aswell. However I also get peeling dry skin on my nose too either from using really drying products to try minimize pore size or to help with pimples orrrr from….. well I hate to admit it but yes it is true I cannot help myself and sometimes squeeze my nose to clear the pores! I know that this is naughty and I shouldn’t do it but as I said I can’t help it, it’s like the devil on my shoulder is encouraging me whilst the angel is on strike.
Point is some days the skin on my nose is not co-operating and it needs a bit of extra help to make the foundation sit better and look flawless. Plus I will try just about anything that says it helps to minimize or ‘blur’ the look of pores!
So when I saw this at Priceline I obviously had to try it. I used a little on back of my hand whilst in store and as it says it blurred the look of pores and smoothed in less than 5 seconds.
I liked the feel of it and went ahead and purchased.

I now use this product daily on my nose area only. You can use it all over your face however I only require it on my nose.
I find it a great product for what I need it to do. Smooth my nose area and blur any imperfections and pores.
It doesn’t necessarily fully cover or disguise the pores but it does help minimize the look of them and make them not so obvious when your up close and personal looking right at my face! ;o
It gives a base for my foundation to stick to when foundation just won’t stay.
And makes my skin feel silky smooth like velvet.

Price is not exactly cheap at about $17 for 22mls.

If you have tried this product yourself I would love to hear your thoughts on it.
Or if you have ideas, remedies, products or anything that I can try for these damn pores I would also love you forever if you shared your knowledge with me 🙂

Sammysbeauty xoxo

 


 

Disclaimer:
All opinions are my own.
All photos are my own, taken by myself.

Makeup · Personal · skin

Cleansing, skincare, makeup removing, night routine

Hello Beauties,
This is a post that I had started some time ago now and I wanted to still post it because it is still somewhat relevant.
My night routine is always changing with life. When I’m working I tend to have a different cleansing routine to when I’m at home and don’t leave the house for the day.

So today I’m gonna chat to you about one of my older personal skincare/cleansing routines.

I’m sure you’ve all heard many times before that you should always cleanse your face and take your makeup off at the end of the day before going to sleep. You should never sleep with your makeup on, why? Well let me tell you why…

Our skin in covered in pores, your pores secrete sebum that helps protect skin, moisturise and removes dead skin cells and other irritants from our pores.
However if you have makeup on you are blocking the pores and not allowing the sebum to come through and then possibly helping start acne and clogged pores, which could also then lead to enlarged pores!! And take it from me… you do not want enlarged pores! They naastay!
Also during the night time is when your skin is repairing itself and if it’s covered in a layer of foundation it’s not going to be able to do that effectively.

Having worked in the beauty industry I always get asked the question, “why do I need to have a makeup remover and a cleanser? Can’t I just use one of them?”
Well ladies and gentleman that brings me to the rule of 2 step cleansing or double cleansing, there are many names for this process.
It is the process of removing the makeup on your face before and as well as using a cleansing product to cleanse skin.
If you are not removing makeup and dirt from your face then your other products are not going to work as effectively.
To get optimal value from your cleansers, serums, treatments, moisturisers etc. you need to first remove makeup dirt and any impurities on your face that you may have captured throughout the day, this can be done using a facial wipe, makeup remover on a cotton pad, makeup removing lotions, balms, creams or oils etc. Second step is to cleanse your face with any cleanser of your choice cream, gel, lotion, foaming, oil etc. there is endless options.

Anyway moving on I like to change up my skincare routine every now and then to try new products and new ways of cleansing my skin to find what works best for me.
This was my routine I use to follow. I’d do this every night, especially if I had been at work and had a full face of makeup on.

First off I like to make sure I have my hair up and out of my face because there is nothing more annoying when your trying to wash your face and your hair is getting stuck to you!

micellar To start removing my eye makeup I use Garnier Micellar water. Also one of my favourite products.

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Soaking 2 cotton pads in it and then holding them onto my eyes for about 20 seconds to let the product soak in and lift the eye makeup. I then gently wipe any excess off of my eyes.

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I then use these smartskin facial cleansing wipes to remove as much makeup off of my face as I can.8
I then wet my face and massage my Garnier daily cleansing gel wash onto my face and then rinse my face off.1
Depending whether I feel I need it or not I will then sometimes use St. Ives apricot scrub.

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It is an exfoliating scrub however I don’t recommend using it every day, about 2 times a week should be enough depending on your skin.
You should never exfoliate your skin every day, it is too much and too harsh for the skin. You can cause irritation to your skin or acne.

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After I have finished cleansing I then soak a cotton pad in my Garnier daily pore reducing toner and wipe that over my face, focusing on my T-zone.

After I have removed my makeup and cleansed my face I then go ahead with applying my skincare products

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I use Advanced Night Repair Serum all over my face

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I then use Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum around my eye area

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And then follow up with moisturiser. Moisturising for me is very important even if I skip my serums I always moisturise or my skin feels dry, tight and uncomfortable.
I either use Estee Lauder DayWear which is my favourite all time moisturiser.

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I always finish up with some sort of lip balm/moisturiser which ever is closest at the time.
I get dry lips easily and I always feel more comfortable with lip balm on.

So this is what I have been doing as of recently and I find that it is working great for me and my skin.

Have you used any of these products? What do you think of them?
I would love to hear about your cleansing routine, leave me a comment below telling me what products you like to use.

Hope you all have a great day!

Sammysbeauty xoxo

Hair · Makeup · Nails · Personal · skin

‘Lust Have It’ Unboxing/Review September and October 2015

Hello Beauties!

So my life has been fairly hectic lately, amongst working hard with Christmas coming up, moving house and personal/family stuff going on I have not found time to get my posts up in time 😦 I’m sorry for being a bad blogger xx

So this post as you can guess from the title is going to be a combined September and October lust have it unboxing review.
Because I should have my November box by next week… hopefully.

So on with the first one….

September

 

 

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This months box came with a black mesh zip up bag, something a little different. However mine was broken and has a tear down the side 😦
I’m not jumping with joy over this bag this month as I have received doubles and some of the products just didn’t work for me.

For those who are unfamiliar with Lust Have It, It is a monthly subscription box with 5-6 deluxe sized beauty items and sometimes full size products. Priced at $19.95 a month including postage and handling.

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Designer Brands, Twist n Go. RRP $4.99. Full size.

I have already received one of these in a previous box. It does work well if I want to quickly remove my nail polish without putting remover onto a cotton ball.
However make sure you never let it tip on the side as it will leak everywhere and the smell is impossible to get rid of :/

 

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White Glo, Proffesional Choice toothpaste, 24g. RRP $5.49. Sample size.

Toothpaste…. The whole cosmetics/makeup that Lust Have It is supposed to have seems to be getting few and far between 😦
I guess it’s good that its whitening toothpaste but it’s not really going to help people with discoloured teeth they are better off going to get it professionally done.

 

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Your Tea, skin magic tea, 1 tea bag. RRP $35 USD. Sample.

Got this magic skin tea and to be honest I have no idea what it does apart from being a tea to drink because when I went on their website they had no information on this tea and the benefits of it ? Plus they don’t have anything in stock of any of their teas or teaware.
It also says on the info card that I should have received 6 tea bags however cannot find the other 5 :/

 

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Ofra, Lip Liner Wine. RRP $19.50. Full size.

To be honest I would be annoyed if I had paid almost $20 for this lip liner. I saw the name of the colour (wine) and got excited because I’m really into dark red/plum/wine colours at the moment but when I saw it I realised how light it is, I swatched it and was disappointed that it came out a more nude/brown colour.
I then put it on my lips, at first it didn’t go on it was so dry it pulled across my lips and was like dried chalk, just wasn’t working.
As you can see from the photo below the colour on my lips is not very dark and wine like at all it is more of a nude shade.

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Kerastase, shampoo and hair masque. RRP $42 (shampoo) $62 (masque). Sample.

I will eventually try this shampoo and Conditioner after I finish the other Kerastase hair products I have received. Have heard that Kerastase is a good brand for hair products.

 

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UB Cosmetics, Tint Stick. RRP $23.00. Full size.

I swatched this and it is nice for a light pink stain to your lips however is slightly drying, but the colour definitely stayed.

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October……

Came with a pink mesh zip up bag.
When I opened this one I was rather excited as there were a couple good products I was interested in.
Unfortunately this months box didn’t include the info card 😦 but I have managed to track down the info for you anyway.

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Hair & Me hair rejuvenation treatment. RRP $19.95. Full size.

I have not heard of this brand before but am always willing to try hair treatments.

 

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Flormar nail polish. RRP $12. Full size.

I got excited for the nail polish because a girl can never have enough nail polishes right!?
I got the colour 228 it is a dark maroon/purple colour? something I would definitely use especially on my tootsies as I love dark colours on my toes.
I have not tried it yet so I don’t know how the quality is but fingers crossed it’s good.

 

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Bioderma Sensibo light. RRP $32.99 full size 40ml. Sample size.

According the bioderma website this is a daily moisturising and protecting treatment for sensitive skin that increases the tolerance threshold.
I always like to try new moisturisers and the small sample sizes are perfect for trips away from home. Will definitely try this moisturiser.

 

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Flormar eyeliner pencil. RRP $19.95. Full size.

Slightly disappointed with this product as I got the colour green… a colour I would never wear or ever be able to pull off with my skin tone and eye colour.

 

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Lust Have It Highlighter compact. RRP $29.95. Full size, Exclusive.

When I saw this I was super excited. I am really into highlighters at the moment and am obsessing over theBalm’s Marylou Manizer and my new BH cosmetics highlighters I recently got.
When I saw this I instantly thought it looks just like Marylou manizer and was so excited to try and when I swatched it was fairly happy with the result. The next day I put it on with my work makeup and was sadly very disappointed… I could not see it at all! I don’t know what happened to the shine and glow but it was just not there and I tried looking in many different lights.
I haven’t bothered using it since.

 

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Atkins chocolate candies. RRP $9.00 in 5 pack box. Bonus.

Yes you read that correctly I got candy in a beauty subscription box, they must have run out of makeup…….
Even worse it’s ‘diet’ ‘low carb’ chocolate 😦

 

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Your Tea, skin magic tea, 1 tea bag. RRP $35 USD. Sample.

Same as my september box I received only 1 teabag and am still missing the other 4? Maybe they are going to give me one each month. (my subscription’s almost finished) I’ll only end up with 3 tea bags lol.

 

That brings me to the end of my 2 lust have it unboxing’s. As usual, if you have any questions or opinions/personal experiences with any of these products or would like a review on any specific products let me know, I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

 

 

Sammysbeauty xoxo

Makeup · Tags

Halloween Makeup Tutorial – Bleeding Face

Hello!!

I am running late with my Halloween post this year but I finally have it here for you all to see!

I wasn’t sure what I should create this year and when I did a quick search for inspiration I saw a picture of a girl with blood dripping from her eyes and decided I wanted to recreate my own version…
So if you are looking for inspiration for Halloween costumes/makeup hopefully this will help inspire you.

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If you would like to create this scary bleeding face look for your Halloween costume this year then follow my quick tutorial below.
And don’t forget to let me know if you do it and post a photo!

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These are the products I used to create this look.

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Start with a clean face and pin hair back out of the way, you don’t want your hair sticking to the blood on your face. I’m using this very sexually appealing headband 😉

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Apply a light foundation to your entire face to give you that pale sick ghostly look.
This was the lightest foundation I had.
And blend foundation in.
You can also go over the face with a white powder to make it lighter.

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Then start applying eyeshadow.

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You can use any colours for this look, however I chose to go with dark colours, greys, blacks, whites etc.

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I used this black khol pencil to darken and line my eyes

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And blend out black eyeliner

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You then want to bring the grey colour down to darken your under eye and inner corner.

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Apply mascara

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Now it’s time for the blood!
Dab the blood under your eye area using finger or cotton tip

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Using a cotton tip let the blood drip down your cheek from under your eye.
So that it creates a real dripping blood effect.

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The creativity is in your hands for this part, you can do it to both eyes with as many drip lines as you choose.
You can stop there for a bleeding eyes look or continue on and do lips aswell

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You want to look ghostly pale and dead so apply concealer or light foundation onto your lips

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Then go ahead with the same steps using the cotton tip drip the blood off of your lips and let it run, apply wherever you want the blood to be

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I then used this red lipstick on my actual lips because the blood didn’t stay on my lips and I didn’t want to get it in my mouth.

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Then you can add other bits where you want them, I added a drop of blood from my nose and then darkened up my eyeshadow with a darker colour to create a more darkened bruised eye.
And your done! Now you can go scare people.
Add a creepy scary costume and go trick or treating or to a Halloween party.

 

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Hope you enjoyed this scary halloween look.
Let me know if you recreate your own version in comments below.
Happy Halloween!

 
Sammysbeauty xoxo

Makeup

BH Cosmetics Goodies!

Hi my beauties,

So today I received a package waiting for me at my front door which was a great way to start my day! 🙂
I love receiving packages in the mail. To be honest I think that’s the main reason I get a subscription box each month for the excitement of getting mail. I know… I’m sad haha.

Of course the contents of this box was makeup, would it be anything else!?!

A couple weeks ago I ordered a few things from BH Cosmetics.
If you haven’t heard of BH Cosmetics they are an online cosmetics store based in America of course (as is all good things in life) they have extremely great quality products and amazing cheap prices! Cheap makeup for us Aussies that pay millions of dollars for makeup compared to America. I’m not even sponsored by them but I make a good advertiser for them! haha.  You also cannot go past their SALES! They have the best sales and it seems like they are everyday!

If you have not already, you must go now and look on their site! I guarantee you will not be able to help yourself and will be buying everything!!!

I have shopped with them many times before and am never disappointed.

I made 3 purchases….

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Wild & Radiant Baked Illuminating & Bronzing palette
6 Colour concealer & Corrector palette &
Creme Luxe Lipstick

 

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6 Colour concealer & Corrector palette in Light
This one comes with 3 concealing colours on top and 3 colour correctoring colours on the bottom.

I am obsessed at the moment with colour correcting palettes, I have been using a cheapy one from eBay to try and loved the way it concealed my dark circles under my eyes and any blemishes.
The way it works is by neutralising the area by using colours, colours directly across from one another on the colour wheel cancel each other out.
The colours that come with a colour correcting palette are generally
Green used for neutralising red, any redness from rosacea, blemishes, acne scarring, birthmarks etc.
Purple/lilac used to neuralise yellow undertones, dullness.
Pink/peach/salmon used to neutralise blue/purple such as under eye dark circles, bruises, dark spots.
You cannot wear the colour correctors without makeup over the top or you will have pink and green patches over your face…. So make sure you put foundation over the top.

I am human just like everyone else and get pimples here and there and sometimes cannot help myself and irritate them and make them red and angry and the green concealer is a life saver. However my favourite is the peach coloured ones for my under eye area.

 

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Wild & Radiant Baked Illuminating & Bronzing palette

Contouring and highlighting is really popular at the moment.
And I have personally been lusting over the Mary-Lou Manizer compact from The Balm.
I have not yet got my hands on one but have decided to try this BH Cosmetics one first.
Although it is bronzing aswell I don’t know how I will go using as an actual bronzer because it is very glittery and I prefer more of a matte or slight shimmer bronzer.

But the lighter colours will be perfect for the top of my cheekbones!!!
I LOVE the look of highlighter on cheeks! Gives a beautiful healthy glow.

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I did a quick swatch of the colours and am happy with the colours and pigmentation they give. Can’t wait to try them out!

 

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Creme Luxe Lipstick in Moody Merlot

I recently saw a fair skinned girl wearing a deep plum lipstick and loved it, she pulled it off so well!
Being a pale fair skinned girl myself I thought I would give it a go, if she could pull it off why couldn’t I!?
It definitely isn’t a colour I would usually go for, in fact it’s one that I usually stay far away from.
I tried a couple different plum colours at work and decided I needed to get one.
I saw this colour when I was on BH Cosmetics site and had to get it!
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I love it!
I put it on and the texture was amazing it was super creamy and soft and felt so hydrating.
It was easy to apply and went on smoothly.
The colour was very strong and vibrant.
I have a photo of it straight on and one where I had pressed it onto a tissue to soften it a bit. I like both of the colours the lipstick was a great purchase.
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Very happy with my purchases from BH Cosmetics as always.
If you have used BH Cosmetics products before let me know down in the comments!
I would love to know what you use and how you are liking them.

Make sure you check them out!

Sammysbeauty xoxo

 


Disclaimer:
All opinions are my own.
All photos are my own, taken by myself.