Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Let's Get Out Of Debt And Save Some Cash

Okay so with future life plans in place I seriously need to get serious (yes) about getting out of debt and saving some of my hard earned cash. If you too need to get out of debt or even just save some extra cash, some of my tips may come in handy.


Getting Out Of Debt...

So with debt, bad or good it's easy to get down on yourself and kind of in a way blame yourself for what you got into. We're not feeling that way anymore! The only way to shrink the debt and reclaim your life is to get over it. It happened, it's there so let's just own it and pay it all off as quickly as we can. These are the 5 simple steps I have set up for myself so give it a go!

1. Set yourself a realistic goal that you can stick to. For me 2015 is the year for becoming debt free and I have worked out that is a very realistic goal that I can stick to and not slip up.
2. Make a list of ALL your debt with the exact amount you need to pay off (include account fees that will be included within the time you're paying off your debt).
3. Put together a weekly (or fortnightly) budget of your incoming dollars. Account for rent/board, food, gas and all the other everyday slash weekly life expenses.
4. Remember to save some 'other' cash for yourself. It's not going to last and be realistic if you're putting all your 'play' money on your debt. Depends on your life style obviously but $100 of play money is a good amount for me per week. So when I do need say a new foundation or want to go out for dinner with friends I can and don't have to dip into my savings (more on savings soon).
5. Don't give up! Imagine the feeling of being all debt free and well intern feeling free!

Saving Cash...

So for saving money I have set up 2 separate savings accounts with my bank.
One is a long term savings account which will help me with my business ventures in the next few years. Which I cannot touch anytime soon and I kind of made sure the bank adds a fee (which I do not want to pay) if I do touch it. Naughty, naughty!
The other is a short term savings account or simple saver as the bank calls it. This account is for unexpected things such as; new tyres for my car or other things that just pop up in life. Which I can use a few times with no account fees coming out.
I have made a plan which I plan to stick to. My plan is $50 each week will be put into both accounts. Yes every week. Louise I do mean every week!
If I don't touch my long term account for a year it will have $2400 plus interest.
Now seriously $100 per week may sound like a massive chunk of cash to save but even the short term account or what I call my rainy day fund, will take away so much stress when you do need things that life just plants on your lap.

It's easy to say just start off being money smart and you'll never have a problem. But I mean as long as we can handle it and not get too over whelmed all will be good. It's just about taking control of your finances and your life. So let's do it together and get out of debt and save some god damn' cash!

Love always,
Louise XoXo.

Monday, 13 October 2014

What They Do : Foundation

Today i'm here to talk all about foundation. It is made to even out skin tone, hide imperfections and a lot of other things. Foundation now comes in many forms with many different finishes and benefits. It will take a while to find your true love foundation but once you do it will be worth all the trial and error. To help not get too many ones you dislike and waste money, you need to exactly what you are looking for and want out of a foundation before purchasing.


Understanding Different Types Of Finishes:
To understand what types of foundations are best for you and what you need, in your kit or for yourself, you need to understand what the different finishes mean with foundation and then it will be easier to decide what you want/need.
Matte – Powder type finish with no shine.
Satin – Does not have a shine to it but more of a sheen to it.
Semi-Matte – This finish is a good mix between satin and matte. Kind of more natural looking.
Dewy/Glossy – I describe this finish at a wet look. Not my favourite finish to be honest. Unless you have mature skin I would step away from this. In saying that, in winter time this foundation is less drying.

Skin Type:
Normal/Dry Skin: For these skin types, a satin or dewy foundation would be better. If you use a matte finish foundation, then powder it sometimes it can make your skin appear dryer which is not ideal.
Combination/Oily Skin: For these skin types, a matte or semi-matte foundation is a good choice. A matte finish helps more with shine and a semi-matte is a good more natural option.

Different Consistencies:
Liquid: Liquid is well, liquid. It comes in heaps of different ways like pump bottles and pour bottles. It also comes in all types of coverage and finishes as well. This is my personal favourite because it is the cleanest and most hygienic option. Well I sure think so.
Cream: Cream foundation normally comes in a pot. When I use creams I get a spatula to transfer from the pot to the lid and then put my brush in the lid. Is more hygienic but can take a while if doing for everyday use. You can still use your clean fingers but with this type of foundation, using your fingers most of the time makes it lower coverage. Perfect if that is what you are looking for. Creams sometimes have both a matte and a satin aka sheen finish.
Mousse/Foam: This type of foundation you need to shake then you can use. It kind of foams up when you release it from the bottle. So press lightly at first. Less if more with this product. It may look like a little but a little goes a very long way. Most, yes I say most mousse foundations have a matte aka powder like finish but for most skin types, will still need to powder over top. Well I would recommend it anyway for a longer lasting finish.

Understanding your skin undertones, will help you choose the right toned foundation for you. Having a foundation with the wrong tone is a mistake that no one should ever make. Easier to tell what tone you have than you would think. I am yellow which is a warm, undertone. Here is a little in sight to knowing what you are:
Cool - Pink, red or blue. Look for:  Neutral or pink based foundations.
Warm - Yellow, golden or peach. Look for: Yellow or peach based foundations.

There are many types of different types of coverage you can get from foundations. From Sheer to full coverage. Full does not mean cakey. This is something that most are confused by. Foundation becomes cakey mostly when you wear a lighter coverage foundation but try to slap on more layers than you need. Or when you use the full coverage that you ant but do not blend it in correctly.
Sheer – Almost transparent coverage with most of your natural skin showing through.
Light – A light coverage foundation hides un-evenness but does not conceal anything like freckles at all.
Light/Medium – This type of coverage helps hide discolouration, blotchiness and some freckles.
Medium – Almost full coverage with little of your skin showing through.
Full – Complete coverage with none of your natural skin showing through.

Anti-Aging: These types of foundation more commonly come in a dewy finish. Which is more flattering to mature skin. I would not recommend using one of these products if you do not need it. Especially if you are using an anti-aging skincare and that is all your skin needs. Using one with the other when you don’t need it, may make your skin become more problematic than you would like. Moisturising and firming foundation is mostly always a good option for the more mature skin.

Blemishes: Foundations that are created to help blemish skin normally have some kind of drying ingredient in them also. If you have dry skin with blemishes this may spur on the problem.  For oily skin these kind of foundations can be a great thing to try and use, especially an oil-free formula .

Love always,
Louise XoXo.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Beauty DIY : Eyelash Growth Serum

We all wish we were blessed with long, healthy eyelashes. Although you can do things such as tinting them to make them appear longer but if they are longer than you will never have to pick up those fake lashes again. This is an easy and cheap DIY recipe that you can do at home. Using everyday really does make a world of difference.

My lashes after using eyelash serum.


1/2 Teaspoon Coconut Oil
1 Small Container
1 Teaspoon Vaseline
1 Teaspoon Aloe Vera


1. Pour all ingredients into empty container.
2. Mix together well.
3. Using a small thin brush apply thin layer to the upper lash line on clean dry skin.

Apply the serum at night after your night time beauty routine for desired results.

Love always,
Louise XoXo.

Friday, 3 October 2014

My Favourite Blogs

Yay it's Friday! Hope your week has gone well so far. I'm not really up to much this weekend. Just chilling out in Rotorua and going to catch up with one of my besties, which I am so excited about like you have no idea. It's so cold today burrrr and the heat pump is making weird noises so I turned it off. Snuggle blankie time I think!
Days like today (rainy and cold) are the best for just watching Youtube and reading blogs right?! So I thought i'd share my top 5 blogs with you. Let me know what blogs you're loving lately.

photo 4

mr price look

Love always,
Louise XoXo.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Halloween DIY Makeup

Now that it's October it's time to get in the Halloween spirit. I love this time of year, dressing up and especially all the parties. If you don't have all the fancy blood and cosmetics to help you with your costume, no need to worry. This DIY is a sure fire way to make sure you are well prepared for this super fun time of year. Give it a go and have a play around for the effect you are looking for.

Halloween is coming. | via Tumblr

DIY Ghoulish Face Makeup 

1 teaspoon of corn starch
1/2 teaspoon of water
1/2 teaspoon of cold cream
Food coloring to add desired effect

1.Stir together the starch and cold cream until it is well blended together. Add water and stir, then add the food coloring.

2. On a clean and dry face apply the makeup. Use your fingertips to spread onto large areas. Use a small paint brush to paint designs on face. The makeup can be easily removed with soap and water. 

DIY Blood

Bottle of corn syrup
Hot water
Little squirt of liquid soap
Red food colouring

1. Pour the corn syrup into a bowl and add hot water, adding and stirring until you have the desired consistency.
2. Add a wee squirt of liquid soap to make the blood easy to clean off later on. Add red food coloring. You can add a drop of blue or green if you like to make the blood a darker color
3. Pop in the refrigerator until ready to use. Smear on as needed!

Love always,
Louise XoXo.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Be Hygienic : Makeup

Why hello October! In this post I will talk about the importance of good hygiene when it comes to cosmetics. At home and away there are a few ways to protect yourself from being exposed to things like yucky bacteria lurking. So read on if you want to be in the know when it comes to being clean and hygienic, when it comes to all things makeup.


General Cleanliness:

Personal hygiene and general cleanliness are very important. Especially when you are; touching anywhere near your face. Ensure you thoroughly clean your hands and nails before makeup application. Also I would recommend not keeping your makeup anywhere where it may get infected or dirtied by another product or item. It is easier to keep everything together and clean.

Should Someone Use My?:

Of course it is fun to have a get together and play with each other’s makeup. Never ever mascara though there is no question about that. If someone uses your eyeliner, give it a sharpen and a wipe before using it on yourself again. Clean brushes before and after someone else uses them. Most other products can be easily wiped clean back to aye okay condition.

At The Makeup Counter:

At makeup counters all testers have been poked, tried, dropped… You name it. When trying products on make sure creams are wiped, sanitized with alcohol and tools are clean. Never apply a product directly from the packaging to your face. For products such as mascara and lip-gloss, disposable wands are a great way to stay clean.

Keeping Your Collection Clean:

When having a clean-up, spray your makeup with isopropyl alcohol. This will dry quickly, so it can be sprayed directly to your makeup products. Your mascara wand can be cleaned and sanitized by running it under hot water and then spraying with isopropyl alcohol. This will keep your mascara wand clean and it will work better than a dirty one. It is never ever a bad idea to keep all your makeup in a constant state of sanitation.

Hygiene Tips For Artists And Their Makeup Kits:

If you can, clean and wipe all tools and products in front of your client to make sure they know you are hygienic and clean. Products should also be clean in between clients as well. Use a clean spatula to scrape products from containers and place them on a palette. For powder products, remove the top layer with a tissue. Keep disposable wands in your kit for mascara application and never ever double dip the wand into the tube. Sanitize pencils by sharpening them between clients. Do not forget to clean your sharpener each time too. When working with a client, use a spatula or a cotton bud to place lip stick or lip gloss on a palette and apply with a lip brush. Use isopropyl alcohol to sanitize any tools. Be sure the alcohol has evaporated before using any tools on the client.

Love always,
Louise XoXo.

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.