My Favourite Cleansers that are long lasting and are only £25.

Hi guys, welcome back to my blog. An extremely important part of makeup is surprisingly enough, taking it off. We only get one face after all and it is solely our responsibility to take care of it. We have all been 17 or 18 and left our makeup on from the night before. It’s almost like a right of passage isn’t it? But believe it or not, from age 24 our skin is beginning to mature. Of course the odd night here or there of not removing our makeup isn’t going to cause any dramatic changes, but it is important to develop good habits from an early age.

As I am only 28 years old, I thankfully have great skin in terms of fine lines and wrinkles- resting bitch face helps this haha. Though in all honesty, I don’t frown when speaking which I do believe helps. Over the years I have tried and tested lots of ‘drugstore’ cleansers. As I get older these do worry me as I wonder if something at £3/£4 is actually doing my skin any good. However, I don’t want to spend £50 on one product.

A few months ago I began using Alpha-H and I believe these are a great product at a reasonable price. My skin used to be oily but now is more normal/dry with a slightly oily forehead. I haven’t changed my cleanser as I absolutely love the one I am using. It is technically for normal/combination skin and my goodness I love it. After months the bottle still feels quite full which is brilliant. It in no way irritates my skin and feels so silky when applying. I always remove my makeup first with a facecloth or cleansing mitt and then do a deeper clean with the cleanser. It is highly recommended for spot prone skin so it’s definitely worth a try.

(Photos from beautybay.com)

The product itself is very soothing and leaves your face absolutely spotless. My face never feels tight or dehydrated after using this which is so important. I purchased mine for £25 off Beauty Bay.

They have another cleanser which is a ‘Balancing Cleanser’ that is suitable for all skin types and as with the other cleanser, will leave your skin hydrated and completely free of excess oil and makeup.

I highly recommend the Alpha-H brand as a whole. Their full range of products are absolutely amazing, especially their moisturisers too.

Let me know if you give the cleanser a go and what you think of it.

Love, Sarah

My top tips for getting clear skin.

Hey guys, today I would like to chat to you about how I managed to clear my skin. For many years I thought using harsh exfoliators such as St.Ives products would really get deep down into my spots and clear my skin up. From little knowledge I imagined the harder I scrubed, that I would get rid of all the old skin cells and make way for fresh, new skin.

It was only after reading an article by a skincare brand that I started to think about what I was doing. When you really think about it, some of those scrubs actually hurt when using them. The tiny bits inside the product are scraping away and causing further damage to the skin. If you have any broken capillaries on your face (those little red lines on your cheeks perhaps), exfoliating isn’t going to do those any favours.

After this research I decided to bin the harsh exfoliator that I had been using for years and look into a more gentle form of exfoliation. In fact, I found when I started cleaning my face properly i.e. double cleansing and using the correct moisturiser for my skin type, that I didn’t need to exfoliate. The cleansing mitt that I use from Primark really acts as an exfoliator too. I definitely noticed a huge difference in my skin and how it was reacting to products when I changed my routine.

Of course, I’m not saying it was a miracle worker as when one problem ends another usually begins. But for sure my skin wasn’t even as sensitive as I was being more gentle with it than ever.

In terms of spots, I don’t ever suffer as bad as I used to and my skin has never looked better. It’s all about finding a way of managing the conditions you develop.

I often hear people talk about exfoliating their spots and it makes me think they should try leaving them alone for a while. Perhaps this method might work for you if you give it a go. As a makeup artist though I am very conscious of skin and try my best to control it when I can.

Another simple tips for helping clear up your skin include:

  • Changing your pillow cases often. In cases of very oily skin, turn the pillow on the second night and change the pillow case on the third day. That way you get two days from one pillow case.
  • Using the correct products for your skin type is so important. There is no point in using something because your friend uses it. The chances of both your skins reacting the same is unlikely. Speak to a skincare specialist if you are unsure what type of skin you have. Then you can use the correct products and you will be surprised how much of a difference this will make. Our skin is usually trying to tell us something. I can be that you are dehydrated, need more sleep, need to eat less sugar or fatty foods or as simple as an imbalance of hormones. If you can figure this out you are well on your way to a clearer complexion.
  • Avoid touching your face throughout the day. Our hands harbour lots of germs and we are spreading them onto our faces without even knowing.
  • Sanitise your phone often as when you are talking on the phone it is up against your face and also has lots of germs.
  • The next one is an obvious one but drink more water.
  • Pay particular attention to the time of the month. If you know that you get some spots around that time, then don’t panic and think all your hard work isn’t paying off- hormones play havoc with all of us.
  • Last but not least, clean any makeup brushes you use often. Those things are the perfect breeding ground for spots!

I hope some of these tips help. There are lots more but I find that these are good methods of trying to control acne. If you ever have any further questions about how to treat your skin, definitely speak to a skincare specialist as they always know best.

Thanks so much as always,

Love Sarah xxx

My opinion of the Primark Glow Setting Spray- Is it worth it?

Hey, I hope you are all having a lovely day. A question I am frequently getting asked is about setting sprays and do I use them? On myself on a daily basis, unless I feel as though I have applied too much powder then no, I don’t. In saying that, I know my makeup will not budge all day. On clients, I always apply a setting spray. This is because it may be the first time doing their makeup and it can be hard to judge their skin. Setting spray is a great way of ensuring I have done my absolute best to make your makeup last all day and night.

Favourites of mine are the Urban Decay All Nighter and the Gerard Cosmetics in Watermelon (which my clients LOVE the smell of).

I am a bargain hunter and always on the search for products which cost less and work exactly the same as their more expensive competitor.

My sister actually bought this for me in Primark in London to see if I would like it. From what I remember she said it was £4/£5.

My first thought was holy moly, I got drenched! You need to hold it a good distance away from your face- definitely further than other brands. The next time I tried it I knew this so it worked perfectly. There is a lot of product released with one or two pumps so little goes a long way. It dries in perfectly and absorbs excess powder. I find myself using it often now when my skin feels drier.

Would I recommend it?

Yes of course, for that price you cannot go wrong.

Is it better than other brands such as MAC and Urban Decay?

Who knows? It performs well and honestly a lot of setting sprays are relatively similar in terms of the results they produce.

I know there is a ‘Matte’ and a ‘Hydrate’ version available. I am sure the ‘Hydrate’ spray would be class for the hotter weather and if you are feeling a little flushed.

There really is no reason to always spend lots of money on products. In my personal opinion, the reason your makeup lasts all day is due to lots of factors. You will need to have prepared your skin correctly, applied a sufficient amount of foundation and concealer, set the makeup and avoid touching your face all day. The setting spray won’t be the reason whether it lasts or not, but it can make the finish more perfect.

Thanks for reading,

Love Sarah xxx

Which Note Cosmetics Foundation is right for you?

Hey guys, I hope you are well. As you all know, for the past couple of years I have been a HUGE fan of Note Cosmetics. Their brand is amazing from foundation to lipsticks and all in between. I could chat all day about all the products I love and use, but for today I am sticking to foundation.

Over the past few months my skin has went through a massive change. Thankfully, there has been a Note Foundation for me to change to which is amazing. Originally my skin was extremely oily. So the first foundation I tried was the Mattifying Extreme Wear Foundation, which to be honest I absolutely hated.

On my skin it was too heavy but that’s not to say that you wouldn’t love it! Absolutely give it a go if you suffer from very oily skin and want zero shine. I think it would have been better suited to me when I was a teenager/early 20’s.

Instead of giving up on the brand. I was curious to see how the Detox and Protect Foundation performed.

Well I was pleasantly surprised! For over a year I basically wore this every single day. What started out as a ‘cheaper option for during the week’, turned into my every day foundation despite what I was doing. I would wear this to weddings and everything in between. As a fake tan wearer, the shades are more yellow toned which suit me perfectly. There are more shades being developed which will only be a great thing for anyone who is more ‘pink’ toned in skin.

I have raved about this foundation for so long now that lots of my family, friends and clients are all using it and love it as much as me.

Towards the end of last year my skin turned really dry and the Detox and Protect Foundation was no longer doing me any favours. I then purchased the ‘Luminous Foundation.’

I have been using this for the past five months now, every single day and I am just finished my first tube. The coverage is AMAZING and it doesn’t cling to my dry skin. What I absolutely love about this brand is how versatile it is. The fact that I can go between two formulas, depending on my skin is just amazing.

The price point is also just brilliant. All three foundations are under £12 and they last for such a long time.

So with all that being said my personal opinion on which foundation suits which skin type is:

Detox and Protect Suits Normal/Oily/Combination Skin

Mattifying Extreme Wear suits very oily skin

Luminous suits Normal/dry skin.

If you haven’t already tried the foundations then definitely give them a chance. As always, not everyone will suit them and thats ok! I also don’t give any advise on shades unless you are standing right in front of me, so ask for help if you are buying them in a store, as I don’t want to guide you wrong!

The two places I buy mine from is the Medical Hall in the Quays, Shopping Centre Newry and McKeevers Chemist Armagh. Have a look at their website for a full list of retailers who stock the brand.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely week,

Love Sarah xxx

The easiest way to apply false lashes

Hey everyone, I hope you are having a lovely day. For this week’s blog post I decided to show you a step by step guide to applying lashes. It’s one of those things that people are scared of and can never seem to get right. Perhaps one weekend you manage it on the first or second attempt and then the next weekend you fling them across the room in frustration. Does that sound like you?

Well I have taken some photos to try and explain each step as simply as possible. I will say that it does require good eyesight and sometimes I find that the people who struggle the most, maybe can’t see what they are doing. So make sure you have good lighting as well as a close up mirror so you can’t go wrong.

Before we begin, I will apologise for the quality of photos. I don’t photoshop or know how to edit so I did the best I could. Let’s get straight into it.

What do you need?

Step One:

Using tweezers, gently take the lashes from their packaging. If you are too rough you will damage them so peel them off slowly. For the purpose of this blog I have used a set of lashes with a very thin band and are more for creating length than volume. Lashes with a thin band tend to be lighter and easier to apply. Once you get the hang of them, then you can try heavier lashes with ease. I have previously applied mascara as well as some black eyeliner to blend in the band, so if you haven’t already done this then apply both of these products.

With larger lash bands the eyeliner will help blend in the lashes and this is important. For the lashes I have used in this blog, I could have skipped this part as the band is so thin.

Step Two:

Hold the lashes up against your eye to see if they are the correct length. If they are too long then you can carefully cut a little bit off the outer part of the lash- the longer side usually. (I forgot to take a picture of the scissors).

Step Three:

Once you have the correct length of lashes, take some Duo glue and line the lashes. I apply it directly from the tube, just be careful you don’t squeeze too much out. You can apply the glue on the back of your hand and then onto the lashes if that is easier.

As you can see I applied a generous amount over the lash band, taking care not to coat the lashes themselves. The most important part of the whole process now is setting the lashes down and leaving them for THREE MINUTES. Do not be tempted to lift them sooner as they will be too slippy and wet to apply. This is were most people go wrong and apply them immediately. If you wait until they the glue is tacky, when you place them on your lash line, they won’t budge.

Step Four:

After Three minutes, using the tweezers lift one of the lashes in the centre. Be sure to apply the correct lash to the correct eye. Usually in lashes like these the shorter lashes are usually for the corner of the eye.

Place the lash as close to your lashes as you can but still touching your eyelid. I place it in the centre, let go and then secure down each end separately.

Step Five:

After applying the lash to the other eye, I go back to the first eye and using the tweezers I squeeze my own lashes together with the false lashes and this helps them look like one.

The lashes should now be placed perfectly and will last all day/night.

My biggest recommendation is the Duo glue which you can buy from Superdrug and Boots. It will last you a very long time and is the best I have ever tried!

I hope this helps any of you who struggle with lashes!

Thank you for reading my blog,

Love, Sarah xxx