#365BeautyTips

#365BeautyTips: Day 15 – 21

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The third week of #365BeautyTips has come to an end and as promised, I have put together a round-up post which puts all the beauty tips, shared this week, in one place. The idea is to share any extra information and answer the questions that you may have asked on my social-media posts. Remember that if you want to stay up to date with my 365 days of beauty challenge, then follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 15

I wasn’t particularly happy with how this look came out, my face seemed blated and the eyeshadow wasn’t as vibrant as I was hoping for. So I will need to play around and see how I can improve it.

Face:
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Light
Catrice 3-in-1 Skintone Adapting Makeup in Lighter Skin 010
Catrice Lumizing Bronzer in C01 New Bronze Age (review)
Essence Blush Up in 20 Pinky Flow

Eyes:
Hean Creamy Eyshadow Stick
Essence Quattro Eyeshadow in 14 Magenta and Me! (Light pink and Dark Pink)
Catrice Absolute Eye Color in 820 Lilac Maniac
Essence All about Greys eyeshadow in 04 Greys
Essence I love Extreme volume mascara (waterproof)

Brows:
Billion Dollar Brows eyebrow pencil in Universal

Lips:
L’Oreal Xtreme Resist in 503 All Night Long

#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 16

I had another day out and about so thought that I would share my current go-to look, which gives me that extra boost of confidence on days that I need it. I really love bold red lips and found the perfect duo which offers long lasting matt perfection! A lot of bloggers have already featured the LA Girl Matte lipglosses but a few have also mentioned that it feels like concrete on your lips, when it dries. I recently discovered that by using the Essence XXXL Longlasting Lipgloss Matt Effect, it changes the texture and leaves you with silky smooth lips.

Face:
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Light
Catrice 3-in-1 Skintone Adapting Makeup in Lighter Skin 010
Catrice Powder Blush in Lumination
Pink concealer (review)

Eyes:
Design 12 Color Eyeshadow in Salt of the Earth
Elizabeth Aarden Mascara in 01 Black

Brows:
Billion Dollar Brows eyebrow pencil in Universal

Lips:
La Girl Matte Lipgloss in Secret
Essence XXXL Longlasting Lipgloss Matt Effect in 07 Silky Red

#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 17

IMG_3020 (960x1280)Rodial’s X-Treme Hangover mask is probably one of my most featured masks on the blog. It’s a goodie and if I am honest, I reach for this more than a hot water bottle during my monthlies. It helps treat breakouts and removes stubborn blackheads without any pain thanks to its active ingredient called Glycolic Acid.  I once described Rodial’s range as a one that is designed for your skin, using the right ingredients and formula that truly leaves your skin feeling nourished and well taken care of. For the entire review, read more here and here.

#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 18

IMG_3036 (1280x960)Monday saw me sharing my latest mani tips and this one featured a new sort of 2-step nail polish from LÓreal’s infamous Infallible Range. Let’s just give credit where credit is due because their Infallible range is just killing it! I will have more on the foundation soon, but in the mean time – stock up on this goodie! The 2-step range boasts a 10-day lasting power, with high shine gel-like quality. Although I am not passionate about this colour duo (MTX027 – Orange) I did enjoy playing around with the base coat (silver) to see how it really works. The idea is that you apply the the silver polish first which works as a solid colour to makes polishes applied on top, appear more vibrant in colour but what I discovered is that the colour not only looked better, but it also dried quicker, applied smoother and lasted longer. The orange shade is very similar to the colour film that we used to use in school projects and when applied over the silver, it kind of looks like a highlighter was coloured over your nailpolish – if I am honest, orange just isn’t my colour. BUT this base coat really sold me on the range and I will definitely be stocking up on some more, during the next LÓreal beauty sale at Clicks and Dis-Chem. There is a wide range of these 2-step gems which all include a base/top coat with a stunning polish that works together to give you the best-looking salon quality nails.

#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 19

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I recently wrote an article for Hung Up which shared tips and tricks to treat and prevent dry lips. We often have the misconception that dry lips only happens in the cooler months, but it is quite common to experience dry lips right through the year. It’s very important to keep your lips hydrated and recently, I have been reaching for Essence’ Kiss, Care, Love Lipbalm.  Its main ingredient is premium castor oil which helps restore moisture, leaving you with plump hydrated lips. I especially love the subtle tint of colour, which is great if you’re wanting a little something-something to make your lips pop.  There are 4 shades available – this is 07 fruity beauty which gives the most beautiful pink shade for daywear.

#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 20

IMG_3043 (960x1280)For the first time in ever, Axl went and spent what was meant to be just the morning but soon became the entire day, out with his granny and aunt. I had loads of work to do and after feeling accomplished by the pile of work that I had completed, I decided to reward myself with an indulgent bath courtesy of LUX, who had just sent over a pretty-pink parcel.  Their Silk Essence and Pink Floral body wash is a great, satin-like texture that’s perfect for summer months. I also highly recommend the Evenly Beautiful exfoliating body wash with burnt sugar, Karite butter and almond extract for winter which gently exfoliates your skin, removing dead skin-cells commonly known as winter skin. Their body washes leave your skin silky-smooth with a formula that works into a thick lather. These body washes also happen to include fragrances composed by the world’s best perfume experts, leaving you with a subtle feminine scent that lasts all through the day.

#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 21

IMG_1786-1280x960I really want to start featuring more budget buys, because I don’t believe that beauty has to cost more than your rent. I am a bargain hunter when it comes to sales, dupes and knock-offs and a huge advocate for not always trying what everyone else brags about. Yes, I do have some higher-end brands but these were either gifts or bought on a sale that I couldn’t turn away from. It’s great to indulge and buy that MAC lipstick that you’ve always wanted to try, but truth is, when you have a beauty addiction as big as mine and the desire to explore looks and colours that you never thought could be pulled off, well then you sometimes have to opt for cheaper things and every now and then you find a real gem like this one from Signature Cosmetics which is their take on the infamous Urban Decay Naked Palette. I wrote a full review with swatches, which you can find here.

And that is a wrap on the last 7 days. Whoop-Whoop! I am hoping that this week will allow some time to record a tutorial that can be broken up over the next few days to give you a good idea how to create your own inspired look – let me know if that’s something that you’d like to see? Remember that I love any feedback – what have you enjoyed seeing, what would you like to see more of and perhaps if you have any suggestions, questions or products you would like me to chat more about.

I am Megan Kelly, the creator behind By Megan Kelly, mom of two boys, named Axl and Eli, and local business owner providing digital marketing solutions. I live on copious amounts of coffee, can be bribed with chocolate and will never admit to having too much makeup – although, I probably do.

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