Long Lasting Bulletproof Base

Hello again cuties!

Nothing is worse than glamming yourself up for a special occasion to have a melted, shiny ass face after 2 hours. We’ve all been there honey…

I’ve put together some tips for you guys to help to keep a full face of makeup stay put for 7+ hours on a sunny day. This routine is perfect for any occasion where you want a full coverage look. This method is geared towards a combination/oilier skin type so if you’re on the drier side adjust the method slightly to fit your needs.

Sooooo let’s get to it

Prep

First off, I start my makeup with a freshly washed and moisturised face (NOTE:  for oily/combo skin don’t use a moisturiser that’s too thick or creamy. Opt for a gel based moisturiser instead, I use Clinique Moisture Surge)

Some people see this as a big no no but I don’t use primers if I need my makeup to last. Sounds stupid right? I feel as though primers create a slippy layer (esp the silicone based ones) between your makeup and skin. On myself, I’ve found primers to be pretty useless and my foundation to be less long lasting.

Concealer

I then conceal any blemishes and scars with a heavy duty, high coverage concealer such as MAC pro longwear (NC35) with a small brush blended over with an ever so slightly damp beauty blender.

Foundation

Estée Lauder Double wear is the plug. This product is a make or break when it comes to a long lasting base. This stuff doesn’t budge however hard you try. I pop this on in the shade Cashew (3W2) in thin layers to build up the coverage where necessary with a stippling brush, less is more! Again, be sure to go over each layer with a damp beauty blender.

Setting

Powder is your best friend when it comes to a long lasting look. To set the foundation in place, I press in MAC studio fix powder in C40 with a flat topped dense brush everywhere bar under my eyes. Be sure to press rather than swipe, this is gonna hold the foundation in place as well as beef up the coverage.

For under the eyes, Ben Nye Banana Powder, Revolution Banana Powder or any finely milled setting powder is the way to go. These powders won’t cake up underneath your eyes leaving the area flawless and smooth.

Definition and Blush

Proceed with your fave method to sculpt cheekbones sharp enough to cut a bitch. I use the NYX Wonder Stick in Dark and their powder contour palette. And add some blush if you wish.

Highlight

Your face is probably looking as dry as Gandhi’s flip flop at this point but we’ll fix it! My fave highlight combo at the moment is the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Highlighter in Peach Glow applied to the apples of the cheeks with my fingers. Gilded Honey on the tops of the cheekbones, again with my fingers. A quick spritz of a setting spray to seal in the first layer. I then go in with Becca Champagne Pop right on the tops of my cheekbones with a fan brush. This method gives such a pretty gradient effect and all over glow without the greasy, overly glittery look. Spritz some more setting spray over the cheeks.

Setting Spray

The last step is to make sure you set your whole face with a heavy duty setting spray such as the UD All Nighter Spray. Be careful to avoid the T-Zone as these areas will become less matte as the hours go by, any moisture in these areas is going to make you shinier faster. Add a little bit of highlight if you feel too flat.

And viola! 

I’ve used this method numerous times for weddings and parties where I’ve needed to stay looking flawless without the high maintenance.

I hope you’ve found this useful!

Product Break Downimg_7577

  • Clinique moisture surge
  • Mac Pro longwear concealer – NC35
  • Estée Lauder Double Wear – 3W2 Cashew
  • MAC Studio Fix Powder C40
  • Revolution Banana Powder
  • NYX Wonder Stick – Dark
  • NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette
  • MAC Mineralize Blush – Warm Soul
  • Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Highlighter – Peach Glow & Guilded Honey
  • Becca Champagne Pop
  • ABH Dip Brow Pomade – Dark Brown
  • Morphe Palette – 35N
  • Morphe Palette – 35OS
  • NYC Black Eyeliner
  • MAC Lipstick Retro
  • Eyelure Lashes 157

 

 

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Maca Magic

It may be a little TMI but I feel as though this information might be able to help somebody!

Back Story

As many of you know, it’s difficult to go about your business at that time of the month when you have a sore tum, aching back and a bad attitude. If you suffer with heavy, painful or irregular periods Maca Root may be the answer. If you have diagnosed condition such as PCOS or endometriosis this may help you out but I recommend you do your own research on top.

I’d say I suffer with moderate to mildly severe period pain that I’m finding exhausting. After trying mefenamic acid on prescription and the usual over the counter painkillers, taking a combination of paracetamol and ibuprofen every 4hrs on the dot is the only routine I’ve found effective. This adds up to a massive 648 tablets a year, my poor poor liver!

After doing some research on herbal supplements around 6 months ago I stumbled across Maca Root (I’ll get into the nitty gritty in a bit). After reading about it’s hormone balancing (adaptogenic) properties I thought I’d give it a go and see if it improves PMS and period pain. It’s relatively cheap and easily accessible in the UK at £10.99 for 60 capsules at Holland and Barrett.maca root

AND IT REALLY WORKS!

So what is it? How does it work?

Maca root is a root vegetable found in the Andes. It’s been used by the indigenous peoples of South America for hundreds of years as a herbal remedy for a wide array of conditions that effect both men and women. More information on uses of Maca can be found at http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/7-benefits-of-maca-root-for-women/.

Maca works as an adaptogen. In a nutshell, this means that it helps to naturally regulate hormones to restore a healthy balance. This works by stimulating your body to secrete more/less hormones to compensate in hormone imbalances and deficiencies.

The drop in estrogen and progesterone before a period is thought to be the leading cause of PMS, similarly an excess of prostaglandins causes your uterus to contract overtime. Estrogen aids production of serotonin (a feel good neurotransmitter) and endorphins. This steep drop in estrogen can therefore cause changes in mood and behaviour by making us feel down and irritable. Maca root helps to reduce the effects of hormonal imbalance and therefore improves mood and reduce cramping.

My Results

After taking Maca root for 4 or so months I can safely say I no long suffer with period related mood swings at all! Pain is reduced so significantly it only takes a tablet or two to completely numb the pain, I have never felt so comfortable on my period. In addition to all this good stuff, my period has become much lighter and is 2 days shorter than it once was which is amazing.

I’d be lying if I told you Maca has eradicated my period problems completely, but I can tell you it has made coping with them a tonne easier. Sometimes I even forget I’m even on!

The struggle with period pain is real and I sympathise, I hope this was informative!

Kav x

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