Monday, 29 September 2014

Makeup : How Long Should I Keep?

I always get asked this question: 'How long should I keep my makeup for, before binning it?'
I mean everyone has their own answers to this question but I wrote up kind of a guideline that you can follow for this.


Mascara: Replace your mascara after 3 months of opening. Mascara has the shortest life span of all make up because the risk of transferring bacteria is so great. If your mascara starts to dry out beforehand bin it.

Pencils: Cosmetic pencils can be kept up to 2 years. To make sure you are keeping clean, sharpen before each application.

Eye Shadow: Liquid shadows should last about 12 months. Powder shadows will keep about 2 years.

Lip Stick: These will last about two years

Blushers And Powder: Discard your cream blushes after a year, powder blushers and other powder products after about 2 years.

Foundations And Concealers: Most foundations will last about 18 months. Oil free lasts a bit less, around 12 months.

If products change in consistency or smell, you should bin straight away. Some items have a live date on them to indicate how long you should keep them when open. If storing non open products, keep in a cool dry place.

Love always,
Louise XoXo.

Friday, 26 September 2014

What They Do : Primer

Ima start a new series called What They Do. So basically i'm going to tell you just that. Give you the insight and knowledge into products you may or may not of known. Before we start obviously I need to state that this is just my opinions. Not trying to say I know everything or anything like that but I just want to share what I do know (or think I know aha). Great? Yes well let's start with primers.

Decided to give this guy a go

Primer was created to put on your clean and dry face before foundation. Kind of like how you would prime your walls before paint. Okay so that did not make it sound very appealing but you get the point. There are many different types of primer you can get and many different benefits to each different one. When choosing a primer for yourself you just need to be sure you get the right one for you and your skin. You need to go into it knowing what you want to get out of a primer as well as what type you would like to use.
When using primer there are a few things you can do to help yourself out. If you only need primer on your t zone, only apply it to your t zone. No use wasting product if you do not need it all over. Which you won’t find out until you have used the product for a bit. After applying primer, wait at least 30 seconds for it to absorb into the skin, before applying your foundation.
I am not the type of person who thinks “everyone” needs this product. To be honest, I have tried so many primers before and for my skin honestly none of them made any difference. So day to day use I do not use a primer. I just use my day lotion as a type of barrier and then foundation over that. In saying that, because I do not use it does not mean you will not need to. It is all about knowing what works for your skin and doing that. But knowing what skin type you have will help you choose and experiment with primer.

Skin Type:
Normal/Dry Skin: A hydrating/moisturising primer will be best for these skin types. Keeping well hydrated will help with the application of the primer and also make your foundation look and go on smooth.
Combination/Oily Skin: A mattifying primer is great for oily skin to keep access oil from breaking through throughout the day. Especially in the summer for combination skin as well.

Redness: Now you can also get colour correcting primers as well. Most redness correcting primers come in a green tone. They help tone down the pigmentation in your skin, as well as priming your skin for the foundation application. If you have extreme redness then a primer like this would be perfect for you.
Pores: Pore refining products normally are not used as “primers” although do help prime the skin. With this product, less is more. You can get pore filling priming products that you can use on fine lines as well. With this product I would recommend using on the top of your regular primer just on the areas needed to reduce the size of pores
Anti-Aging:  Firming priming products are now on the market. Some anti-aging primers are not firming tho so be sure before of what type you want. Some anti-aging ones are just moisturising. Which I am not saying is a bad thing, it is just up to you what you would rather have for yourself and what is more important. If you do not need this product and your skin is too “young” you may break out so if so, discontinue use and maybe stick to a regular moisturising primer.
Fine Lines: Primers that fill in fine lines normally have a kind of matte silky feel to them. Sometimes I use a line filling primer just under my eyes to help with a few lines I have got going on there. Not a magic worker obviously but can help with small problem areas. If it is just for the fine lines you use it for I would not personally use all over. If you need to use another primer plus this one, I would choose an anti-aging one to help out as well.

Dull Complexion: A dull complexion can be helped with a primer that tackles, just that. Usually in a pink toned or illuminating type of product. An illuminating product brings life to the skin when it is a tad dull. If you want to bring your skin back to life, these kind of primers will help you out. With an illuminating primer you can even mix it in with your foundation to make a more natural foundation look.

Love always,
Louise XoXo.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

FOTN : Face Of The Night

So tonight I am off to hang out with one of my favourite gal pals Kayla. We're going to chill, be silly and go have a few wines in town somewhere. Felt like having a wee play with makeup today since lately i've been lazy and caught in a rut, wearing the same ol' same ol' browns. Some may say silver is boring but haven't done it in a while so shush your face! =] Happy hump day!

No idea what I am looking at.

Abit too close for comfort? =]

Foundation: Revlon Colorstay Combination/Oily Formula (150 Buff)
Concealer: Revlon Photoready (002 Light)
Powder: Revlon Photoready Powder (Translucent)
Bronzer: Benefit Bronzer (Hoola)
Blusher: Nars Blush (Orgasm)
Illuminator: Elf Blush (Pinkalicious)
Mascara: Benefit They're Real Mascara (Black)
Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked Palette
Brow Powder: Phoenix Cosmetics Brow Powder (Charcoal)
Lipstick: NYX Round Lipstick (509 Narcissus)

Yes I pull weird faces. I get it aha.

Love always,
Louise XoXo.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

My Makeup Story : TAG

I used to see this tag everywhere and I think it's so interesting to read. So I thought it would be a fun one to start off with. I tag everyone so remember to send me the link if you do this as well so I can have a read. 

Putting on makeup is never the answer!!!

1. How old were you when you started wearing makeup?
I remember I started wearing makeup when I was about 11 years old. I started off with the most orange powder foundation ever, that I would cake on and not blend into my neck aka total disaster. The vice principal of the school I went to, used to make me and my friends stand in her office and scrub our faces with some sort of harsh cleaner. We would go back to class and put our makeup straight back on. Rebels right?! Aha. This was about the time I started 'trying' to wear black eyeliner in my waterline. I used to be so scared of even myself putting something near my eye to the point my eyes would water so much.

2. How did you get into makeup?
As a career is how ima answer this question. I remember when I was 16 and having like a 16 life crisis or something (it totally exists ha). I asked my dad how I was meant to figure out what to do with my life. He said: What would you do that makes you happy that you would do for free? I seriously never thought about doing makeup as a career at all. A couple of months later I made the move to study makeup artistry in a new city.

3. What are some of your favourite brands?
My all time favourite brand is Revlon and I guess i'm kind of one sided of that matter since I worked for them for a few years but Revlon will always be my number one. Other brands I adore are: NYX, Elf, Urban Decay, Stila, Too Faced, Chanel and seriously the list goes on...

4. What does makeup mean to you?
It's not even really about makeup to me. It's about confidence, being able to be yourself and express yourself in ways that are you.

5. If you could only wear 4 products on your face, what would they be?
Never going to happen but if I had to choose 4 I guess they would be: Foundation, Mascara, Brow powder and probably a nice pink lipstick of course.

6. What is your favourite thing about makeup?
I love experimenting and just having fun with makeup. That's what it's all about yeah?!

7. What do you think about drug store vs high end makeup?
I have fantastic products that are both drug store and high end so I really don't know. I feel like if you can find a product you adore that is drug store then frigin' run with it and save some money girl. But that being said it is a nice luxury to pull out a gorgeous YSL lipstick from your purse to pop on when you're feeling down.

8. What is one tip you can give to a beginner?
Just one? Ummm... Just keep learning and practicing. Never stop practicing because as they say practice makes perfect. If it doesn't make perfect it at least will improve. Loves it!

9. What is one makeup trend you never understood?
The black lip I feel like I will never really understand like granted some people can pull it off. On me I just look like a freaky goth thing. But yeah each to their own I guess ha.

10. What do you think about the beauty community on YouTube?
I can't really put my 2 cents in because i'm not part of that community. I love watching YouTube videos though. I feel like people judge too much like they are people on the screen and they are going to have faults just like everyone else.

Love always,
Louise XoXo.

A Fresh Beginning For BeautyAndLouise


Hello there again. BeautyAndLouise is now starting over. To be honest I think I just got over whelmed with everything. By that I mean everything just in general. So the best thing to do, well for me at least is to clear out the clutter and start all brand new with a fresh mind. Especially with a new direction I have really enjoyed organising both my career and writing, which really is a huge passion of mine so I have missed that like crazy.
I know people are nosy and I could sit here blabbing and ranting on forever but to be honest those negative things don't need anymore of my attention. Right?! Someone should of told me that to begin with haha. But seriously life is a journey and a beautiful one but everyone once and awhile we get lost and somehow forget. But let's just all look to the future and say: "Heck yes! Bring it on!".

Love always,
Louise XoXo.