While we’re all quick to moisture our face and body during the winter, our lips can often feel left out of the mix. Don’t let your lips suffer from the icy temperatures and try some of our favourite products which will heal them in no-time!
Lanolips Banana Balm 3-in-1, $15.99
If you’re looking for an affordable drugstore lip balm, Lanolips is the perfect option. Their poplar Banana Balm 3-in-1 protects lips, plus gives them an extra amount of shine so you don’t have to use any other products. Get it while you can – it’s always sold out!
By Terry Baume De Rose SPF15, $78
A little on the pricey side, this is a cult-favourite for a good reason! The super soft formula is ideal for those suffering from dry, chapped lips and can also be used as a base for lipstick. It’s extremely hydrating with a hint of rose, which is perfect for all occasions.
Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips, $26.80
Keep this compact tube in your handbag or clutch and re-apply as needed to soothe dry, cracked lips. The lightweight formula is also ideal for skin suffering from acne, eczema and sun-burns.
Nuxe Baume Levres Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, $19.99
Another favourite amongst makeup artists at an affordable price is the Baume Levres by Nuxe. This French pharmacy brand creates hydrating products for both the face and body which is targeted at women with sensitive skin. Apply it to your lips before going to bed and wake up feeling completely hydrated.
Luca’s Pawpaw Ointment, $4.99
We’re closing off this list with an essential that all women need to have in their handbag: pawpaw ointment. The multipurpose balm is made to cure cracked lips, but can also be used on burns, cuts, nappy rash and bites.
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Changing your skincare during the summer is just as important as adjusting your makeup, especially if you suffer from oily skin which is a nightmare to control during the warmer months of the year. If you didn’t catch the first part of our makeup overhaul for summer, definitely check it out before embarking on our skincare routine.
Below are just a few of our suggestions to keep your skin looking it’s best during the summer time.
Keep skin looking hydrated by choosing a daily moisturiser with added SPF. Don’t go crazy and choose something that contains over 50+ since the odds are, that it doesn’t actually give you more protection. Anything between 15-30+ will be enough to last under your makeup, and you can always touch-up throughout the day (especially if you’re outside at the pools or at the beach).
Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturiser, $23.99
Don’t forget about protecting your lips from sun damage! This is especially important since lips show some of the first signs of damage by harmful UV rays. Keep a compact lip balm in your makeup bag, and touch-up as many times as you like!
If you’re already suffering from burnt or chapped lips, choose a product which is packed with aloe vera – this will fix your lips in no-time.
Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tube, $6.95
You may find that the texture of your skin all changes when the weather takes a turn (for better and for worse). One of the easiest ways to start with a solid skincare routine is by using a neutralising toner – you want something to regulate your skin without overly drying it out. Apply a few drops onto a cotton pad, then dab onto freshly cleansed skin. Focus on problem areas such as the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin.
Aesop B & Tea Balancing Toner, $33
Even though the weather might make your skin feel heavy and oily, that’s still no reason to avoid using a serum on your skin. Serums work in a variety of different ways to cure many different skin problems – they even out dry patches, hydrate the skin, reduce lines and wrinkles, decrease dark circles, and also make skin feel soft and youthful.
You can apply a serum in the morning, under your makeup, and even at night before going to bed. Apply just 2-3 drops into your hands and pat softly onto the forehead, cheeks, nose, and over the chin. Wait for it to settle completely before layering with other skincare products.
Tarte Maracuja Oil, $46
What better way to effectively remove all the gunk and dead skin cells from your face? Use a powdered exfoliator which is gentle for even sensitive skin types, and doesn’t leave your face looking red and itchy afterwards.
The best time to exfoliate is before going to bed, so lather up and don’t forget to work the product into your neck. Follow-up with a nourishing night moisturiser which will put back all the moisturise that your skin has just lost.
Indeed Laboratories Facial Powdered Exfoliator, $27.99
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The most handy thing in your purse right now has got to be your lip balm. This all-purpose miracle tube can soothe dry hands, tame stray eyebrows and keep down those dreaded flyways after a blow-dry. Oh, and it also keeps your gorgeous smackers totally kissable – even when the wind kicks up and the harsh, cool air threatens to strip those lips of any and all moisture. Here are our picks of the best balms at each price point:
Make Up Store Lip Care Mix, $35
This handy pot is an amazing 3-in-1. The green cream is for exfoliating the lips to get rid of dry flakes and make them smoother. The white cream is a moisturiser and can also be used to remove excess lipstick when cleansing. And finally, the pink cream finishes off the treatment with sweet shade of colour.
asap Hydrating Lip Balm+, $20
asap Hydrating Lip Balm+ perfects, heals and protects. It’s suitable for all skin types and contains a powerful antioxidant that even keeps coldsores at bay as well as acting as an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent. This lip balm can be used on its own or as gloss over lip colour and even contain SPF15+.
Suvana Organic Lip Balm, $9.95
This certified organic lip balm may as well change its name to ‘miracle in a tube’. The active ingredients of cocoa butter, paw paw and honey nourish, soothe and soften … not just your lips, but wherever you happen to rub it! A little goes a long way so it’s a keeper. Stash in your handbag as your go-to wonder cream!
- Estee Lauder Pure Colour Crystal Gloss in Lemon Pop
This will create a gleaming sheen that is the look for now. Just make your eyes heavy and slap on the gloss
- MAC Lip Glaze in Angel Blush
It?s a brillant soft lip glaze that is ideal for a day-to-evening transition.
- Clinique Glosswear in Kissyfit
You must get your hands on a pot of Kissyfit. This latest pot of magic from Clinique has more of a pink tone than the best-selling Air Kiss plus SPF 8.
- Bourjois Effet 3D Ultra in No. 83
One of the best golden shades of gloss on the market. The metallica look is back so don?t sit there run and purchase. Be ahead of the rest!
- Lancome Juicy Tube in
We can?t get enough of Lancome?s juicy tubes. They are fast becoming a cult beauty necessity. This colour will look just like you?ve been kissed. It tastes as good as it smells. Mmmmm mmmmmmspan class=”articleTitle”>Mascara ? how do you wear it?
These days mascara?s can almost do anything, lengthen, thicken, add volume, define, curl? and find you a husband, no just kidding. So, is it really necessary to spend a lot of money on them? Make-up artists do admit that the more the mascara costs the more it will probably do and be easier to apply; need fewer coats and have a better brush.
Now we hope you are not panicking. If you don?t have enough money to spend on expensive mascaras don?t fret. A cheaper version, if applied properly will give the same result. One of the tools you do need is an old mascara brush ? any type of brush will do. Remember, make-up artists insist that the brush is the most important tool when applying mascara.
- A dry brush ? check out Body Shop or David Jones make-up brushes
- Eye-lash curlerWhat to do:
To get your eyelashes to bend, try running the eye-lash curler under hot water, blotting it and then curling. The warmth will increase the curling process and increase the hold. One make-up artist suggested you heat the eye-lash curler up with your hairdryer. But do be careful that you don?t touch your eyelid with the curler when it is that hot. Ouch! One of Naomi Campbell?s hottest tips from the 90s.
After you have curled your lashes, start by tilting your head back and raising your brows. This will help you hitting your eye socket with the brush and ruining the application.
Now, for the mascara application. Pick up the lashes with the brush and wiggle it back and fourth and push the brush toward the eyelid. When you feel the brush touch the lid you then release it. That way you are actually coating the lashes right the way down to the base of the hairline which will give you the thickest and most natural coverage.
If you find that your mascara brush has not been the best or your lashes aren?t separating evenly, use the dry mascara brush to smoothe them out.
Once you have applied one coat of mascara, apply a second one. If you can try to apply the second coat before the first coat dries to avoid flaking you will then have beautiful, perfect eyes.
- Johnson’s Baby Lotion This is one of the most versatile products around. The best way to use Johnson’s is to use it as a primer under make-up or for a leave-in-hair conditioner and styling product. The great thing about this product is that it is great for anyone who has really sensitive skin.
- Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara This is what all the models and pro’s use. If you want your eyes to stand out you have to apply mascara to both your upper and lower lashes. The other great thing to Great Lash is the GREAT price.
- Benetint Benetint is great for everything? for blush and lips. It gives you a really natural colour that looks like you have just been kissed.
- Carmex Lip Balm A lip balm that I love. It has salicyclic acid in it which will help to exfoliate the lips and is incredibly moisturising. A pot of gold.
- Clinique’s Black Honey lipstick This is the ultimate version of a great berry-coloured shimmer lip gloss. It is a perfect lip colour for every type of woman.