Author - Sunday Haliday

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Lip Contouring Instagram Trends

Clearly regular contouring has been done to death, because all we’ve been hearing about lately is lip contouring! It’s become a pivotal step in Instagram and YouTube tutorials, and although it’s nothing particularly new, it seems as if a few famous pouts have sparked desire for bigger, better lips amongst the general population. Huda Kattan of Huda Beauty recently took to her blog to show off her lip contouring routine, complete with precise outlining and multiple lipstick shades to create a highlighting effect.

The whole idea is to create the illusion of plump, fully dimensional lips a la Kylie Jenner. I’m sure there are some lucky ducks out there that were born with gorgeous, luscious lips, but the majority of us could use some assistance from products and tutorials. Even Kylie herself has admitted to getting a little bit of help from over-lining and later, cosmetic injections. Don’t reach for the filler just yet, though – give this a shot first and see how much of a difference it can make!

How to Become a Lip Contouring Pro

Step 1: Prep

To start the lip contouring process, give your lips a good exfoliating with a scrub like this one from Bite Beauty. This’ll remove any dead skin from the lip area so that your products can go on smoothly. If you’re after something a little more luxe, this Sara Happ scrub is the stuff of miracles. It comes in flavours like Creme Brulee and Red Velvet, and will help eliminate any dry, flaky skin, leaving lips looking soft and ready for product.

Next up is a lip primer to help the products to stay on as long as possible and make the colours pop. We’re loving this nourishing lip primer from Napoleon Perdis – it’s enriched with Vitamin E to help condition and repair the lips, and menthol to freshen and soothe. Bite Beauty also offer a fantastic lip primer that’s formulated with silica to stop products from feathering, as well as essential oils like Jojoba and Argan Oil to lock in moisture. Mint provides a little plumping action.

Step 2: Outline

Now, it’s time to actually apply some coloured product and get contouring! Outline your lips as you usually would, making sure you’re as precise as possible. Then, around the cupid’s bow area, extend the lines downwards to create a little ‘X’. Fill the sides of your lips in slightly further than you generally would, shading inwards to thicken the line. When it comes to picking the perfect lip liner, take your favourite formulas into consideration. If you love a good, tough lip pencil, this one from Jane Iredale comes in an amazing variety of colours and really imparts the pigment onto the lips so you’re not required to press and press. For a product with a creamier texture, we can’t go past the Mirenesse Auto Lip Liner Duet, which offers two shades so you can simulate an ombre effect and really amp up the definition. Of course, Bite Beauty is pretty much heaven for lip product addicts, so naturally, they’ve got a fab liner in their range – the Contour Lip Liner has a slanted tip that’s a little thicker, so you can graduate the colour with ease and blend out if necessary.

Step 3: Fill

Grab out your favourite lippie for this step! Find a corresponding shade that’s the same or slightly lighter than the colour you’ve used to line your lips, but make sure not to vary the colours too much to avoid that incredibly 90s, dark-lined look (unless that’s what you’re going for, of course!). Apply the lipstick all over the centre of the lips and blend into the lip liner with a lip brush for a gradient effect. If you haven’t already got a go-to lipstick shade that this step brought to mind, we adore the new Napoleon Perdis Miss Jean lipsticks for a little something different – the colours are incredibly unique and the formula is crazy smooth. These gorgeous mattes from Bite Beauty are also featuring in our current faves. For a more glossy formula, make a beeline for the Kryolan Lip Emphasizers. These will plump and volumise the lips like you’ve never experienced before!

Step 4: Highlight

The final step in your lip contouring master plan will be highlighting the lips to give the illusion of high points and low points, which helps to simulate fullness. Try and find a colour that corresponds well enough with the lipstick you used to fill in the lips, but isn’t any darker. A gloss with slightly less pigmentation but a lot of shine is absolutely perfect for this step! Apply with a light hand to the middle of both your top and bottom lip, and once again, grab that lip brush to help you blend the product out. These Curtis Collection glosses are simply divine and would work perfectly for this final step. Alternatively, find a good quality, non-sticky clear gloss like this one from ModelCo, designed to visibly plump the lips. You could also use it in the first step to give you a juicier canvas to work with! Finish all your hard work off with a dab of highlighter on the outer cupid’s bow, like you’d regularly apply as part of your highlight and contour routine if you have one. We can never go past the famed Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors or the cult fave Ofra Rodeo Drive Highlighter!

Do you plan on trying lip contouring at home? If you’re a pro, what are your favourite products to use? Let us know in the comments!

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AHAVA A Peel For Sensitive Skin

AHAVA Treat Facial Renewal Peel for Sensitive Skin

 

FINALLY – A PEEL FOR SENSITIVE SKIN…ECZEMA, DERMATITIS AND ROSACEA TOO!

 

GENTLE ACTION – PERFECTED SKIN

More a mask than a peel, AHAVA’S rejuvenating FACIAL RENEWAL PEEL features two patents. The AHAVA’s Osmoter™ and Citration™ system. AHAVA’s Osmoter™ draws moisture and nutrients from the depths of the skin to its outer layers, where it is needed the most. This is how AHAVA products activate your skin from within.

 

The ONLY PRODUCT of its kind in the world, the technology utilises Dead Sea Water to stabilise and deliver pure Vitamin C alongside other active ingredients to smooth the skin’s surface, reinforce collagen synthesis and promote increasingly even skin tone.

 

 

AHAVA Treat Facial Renewal Peel Product

 

 

RESULTS

  • 76% reported softer skin after just one use*
  • 96% reported smoother skin in just 7 days*

 

*In consumer tests performed over 4 weeks by an independent institution.

 

Most importantly, this peel/mask has been created with a variety of SENSITIVE & SENSITISED skin conditions in mind. A less irritating alternative to chemical and physical peels, this peel/mask also and addresses a variety of skin concerns and conditions, providing immediate and long-term results.

 

Suitable for ALL SKIN TYPES, however, it is a much loved go-to peel for those with eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, psoriasis and other reactive skin conditions.

 

The perfect emulsion of non-granulated exfoliators is amazingly beneficial for fine, delicate, couperose & aged skin. You’ll have to try it to believe it.

 

AHAVA Treat Facial Renewal Peel Application

 

CLIENT TESTIMONIAL

“This Facial Renewal Peel/Mask is a miracle in a tube! Please do not take my word for it. You have to try this one for yourself! I have NEVER felt anything like this before, and I have been to high end Spa’s, and have had high end treatments, but NEVER experienced anything like this! This is a magical mask that changes the texture of your skin! I even use it on my hands. I have had a weekly treatment with this Peel/Mask, and I cannot emphasise enough just how magical this treatment is. It truly is a DIY treat that you MUST indulge yourself in. With regular use you can see, and feel amazing results”

– Mary

 

THE AHAVA PROMISE

NO FILLERS, NO FLUFF, NO FALSENESS.

AHAVA believe in a balance between nature and science. Take a look deep inside their formulas. There’s a lot you won’t find.

 

  • You will never find parabens in AHAVA formulas.
  • All products are vegan, just like AHAVA products have always been.
  • AHAVA products endure strict allergy testing and are approved for sensitive skin.
  • Our natural ingredients are sourced from nature, never from GMOs.
  • AHAVA formulates products without the questionable compounds sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), Phthalates and Triclosan.

 

AHAVA Treat Facial Renewal Peel Product out of Tube

 

 

AHAVA Treat Facial Renewal Peel Box

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How To Use Olaplex No. 3

Olaplex No. 3 — How to Use This Miracle Treatment

Olaplex made those of us prone to colouring our hair sit up and take notice when Kimmy K managed to get her hair from dark brunette to stunning platinum blonde seemingly overnight (or, you know, over four days while she hid and had her assistants run out and do her errands).

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Which Kimmy is better?

This, of course, inspired the rest of us mere mortals to rush to their nearest hair salon and demand the same results — which is every hairdresser’s worst nightmare. That is, until we discovered the little ‘miracle in a bottle’ that helped Kim achieve her look — the Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector.

Olaplex Hair Perfector 100ml No.3

What is Olaplex?

You can think of Olaplex as your hair follicle rebuilder. If you can imagine your hair follicle as a thin vine, blowing in the wind, external elements like heat, colour and rough combing can cause this vine to split and break down. When applied before, during and after colour treatment, Olaplex can re-strengthen this vine and rebuilt it from the inside-out.

Another piece of good news about this already jaw-droppingly exciting product is that it can be applied to all hair types, including virgin, coloured, textured or highly compromised. The Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector is an ideal hair mask of sorts that will help fortify, smooth and protect your locks.

What’s the Difference Between Olaplex Nos. 1, 2 and 3?

Olaplex No. 3 Full Range Hair Bond Perfector

If you’ve read up a little on the Olaplex phenomenon, you’ll know there are actually three different formulas — aptly named Olaplex Nos. 1, 2 and 3! Each works slightly differently, so here’s a quick run-down.

All treatments contain the same key ingredient, just in different dosages for their own distinct purpose. Olaplex Nos. 1 and 2 are available for professional use only. No. 1 gets added directly into the hair colour or lightener to protect and repair hair while it’s being coloured. Stylists also use Olaplex No. 1 as a standalone treatment on particularly damaged hair — it can be key to a total rebuild of the hair follicles!

Olaplex No 2. is a cream formula, so can easily be applied after a colour service to restore the strength, structure and integrity of the hair. This is used by the pros, often post-Olaplex No. 1 to ensure a transformative, fortifying experience.

Finally, Olaplex No. 3 is a take-home treatment that can be used to keep hair strong and healthy between colour treatments in-salon. Olaplex No. 3 is easily accessible by consumers, and you don’t need to have had either of the prior treatments to use it. It’s the most powerful at-home hair rebuilding agent on the market — just read the stacks of glowing reviews!

How to Use Olaplex No. 3

Olaplex No. 3 Take Home Treatment Hair Perfector

So, you’ve picked up a little bottle of Olaplex No. 3 and you’re just dying to use it — we don’t blame you! Here’s exactly how you can start perfecting your hair from home with Olaplex.

  1. You can either start by washing your hair lightly with your favourite shampoo to rid your hair of oil and build up, or if you feel your hair is already clean enough, you can apply Olaplex to dry hair. However, if you apply dry, you’ll need more product to thoroughly saturate the hair.
  2. Apply a good amount to towel dried (or dry as mentioned above) hair and comb through gently.
  3. Leave to sit for at least 10 minutes. If your hair is extremely damaged (or if it just needs a little boost), you can leave the Olaplex on for up to 90 minutes.
  4. Rinse out in the shower, then follow up with shampoo and conditioner. Olaplex is not a leave-in treatment, and is meant to be followed up with your everyday haircare routine.
  5. Style hair as usual!

The results you’ll experience post-Olaplex can be varied, but one common misconception is that it’ll leave your hair silky-soft like never before. Although Olaplex is sure to soften the hair a little, it might not be as soft as you’ve come to expect, as it’s not a hair mask or deep conditioner. Remember, Olaplex works from the inside out to repair broken hair bonds. What you should notice is that your hair is a little more manageable, and also that breakage is less obvious up-close. You might also reap some added benefits, like a burst of gorgeous shine!

It’s recommended you use Olaplex No. 3 no more frequently than once a week, but you can also use it less frequently based on your needs.

The results experienced from Olaplex are permanent, so the reconnected hair bonds won’t break on their own. However, the daily elements of your haircare routine can create damage and thus re-break the repaired bonds. These processes include styling with heated tools, over-brushing and colouring the hair. To help restore once again, simply grab out your trusty Olaplex No. 3 again and repeat the process.

Will you be picking up a bottle of the Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector?

Let us know over on Facebook or Twitter!

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