Spring Trends 2016
The team at Beautifinda asked me to share the current spring trends with their readers. You can head over and see the article on their site here, or read below.
The “no makeup” makeup trend seems to be over. It’s all about bold lips and eye looks that pack a punch.
Candy apple red lips are one of the hot looks for the season from high glossy lip to a beautiful sheer stain. My picks to achieve this look is Mac’s ruby woo for a matte finish or face of Australia divine shine lip lacquer in cosmic rush.
Bright pops of electric blue are gracing catwalks everywhere at the moment. You don’t have to don circa 80’s blue eye shadow to achieve this trend. Think bold eyeliner or coloured mascara. Try Too Faced sketch marker in steep blue.
Too Faced liner in steep blue
Say goodbye to matte heavily contoured skin. Non-touring is all the rage for spring. Think soft glowing skin, try mixing a liquid bronzer with a brown cream for a natural tan gleam, like Nars liquid laguna bronzer.
Nars laguna bronzer
Pops of peach and pinks are so hot for spring and so easy to achieve. If you don’t own a peach eye shadow try using a blush on the lids to achieve this look. Loreal’s blush sculpt trio in 102 nude is perfect for adding peach tones to the eye and the cheeks this spring.
Hair this season seems to be all about keeping your hair up off the face. Big messy buns are so hot right now and I couldn’t be happier. For a more elegant look try a sleek modern ponytail or a beautiful braid.
photo via The beauty department
This spring has seen the revival of nail art. Intricate works of art are finding there way onto nails everywhere, either as a feature nail or the full set.
photo via chill beauty bar
I think the take away message from the seasons hot looks is fun. Makeup is about expressing yourself. Don’t take it to seriously, have fun with it.
How to care for hair extensions
How to care for hair extensions can be both exciting and daunting. The idea of long flowing locks with out having to painstakingly grow your own hair is very enticing, but they don’t come without some responsibilities.
The only real struggle I find is having to blow dry and straighten my hair each time I wash it. When you have hair extensions you can’t just let your hair air dry you have to properly blow dry it each wash.
This probably isn’t such a big job for someone with very thin hair naturally, but I have incredibly thick hair, so with the added volume of the extensions it’s a shit load of hair to dry.
Washing your hair extensions
Washing your hair with tape extensions can be a bit difficult I find it the oat difficult part of caring for hair extensions. It took me a few washes to figure out the best method for me. I find gently rubbing the shampoo around the edges of my hair and rinsing, then on the second shampoo placing smaller amounts of shampoo on my fingers and reaching in and around the tapes on my scalp.
I then rinse it all well and add either a treatment or conditioner (I usually alternate each time) to my hair from below my ears to the ends, I leave this on while finishing the rest of my shower.
Once out and towel dried (be very gently, do not matt the hair) apply a leave in treatment to the mid lengths and ends of the hair.
Drying your hair extensions
Sectioning the hair into small section and blow drying using a large round brush works the best for me. My natural hair is very thick and has a curl so this method helps smooth both the extensions and my hair together. Making sure that the area under each tape is completely dry.
Once all the hair is totally dry I apply a heat protectant and brush through, sectioning it off again I then straighten the hair using the evy iq 1.5 inch straightener. I also use a hair oil to help keep the extensions nice and hydrated.
The only other changes I make while having the extensions is the type of hair brush I use, I love the tangle teaser brushes, I am currently using the lady Jayne brush and I love it.
Hair extension maintanance
Approximately every 6 weeks(depending on how fast your hair grows) you will need to go back to the salon and have your extensions moved back to the scalp. The first time I had extensions I struggled with the new way I had to wash and brush my hair. I was super keen to get to this appointment as I assumed they would take the extensions out wash my hair then re-apply them. This is not the case at all, so don’t do what I did and go with dirty hair.
The hairdresser removed each section of tape extension removes the old tape and re-tapes them before placing them back in the same place. You can’t wash your hair for 3 days after the new tape has been applied to help it bond. (another great reason to wash your hair just before your appointment)
I love having the extra length the extensions give me, they make me feel glamorous and polished. If you have been considering getting hair extensions I hope this has been helpful. If you have any further questions please let me know. xD
This year marked the 2nd annual Pro makeup and beauty show held in Brisbane. Once again Jodie and her team have delivered an outstanding event, full of top of the line exhibitors and invaluable education.
pro makeup and beauty show brisbane
I started planning my shopping list and which demos I wanted to see early on. I have found with all trade shows it is easy to get caught up in the excitement and miss out on the things you wanted to see.
It is really easy to get blinded by the bright lights and shiny packaging and buy all the things. This is when having a list and a budget in mind really helps.
I was working Saturday morning, so I wouldn’t get the show until after lunch. Top of my list were the visart eye shadow pallets and the Maq Pro corrector and lip pallets from makeup and glow.
Visart eye shadow pallets and Maq pro creme pallets
They are so coveted I knew they would fly of the shelves, so I asked a friend of mine who was going to be there first thing Saturday morning to pick them up for me. I got the visart pallets in 01 basic, 04 dark mattes, 05 sultry muse and 06 paris nude.
When I arrived at the show on saturday afternoon I did a lap of all the exhibitors, made a few impulse purchases such as the eco sponges that fascinated me.
I headed to the main stage to see Joel Richy share his take on highlighting and contouring.
Followed by the very knowledgeable Dale Dorning who shared his must haves with the audience including some of his own Proof cosmetics.
Dale Dorning working his magic
Zoe Tranter from Makeup and Glow gave a detailed insight into airbrushing.
I had a large list of Inglot products I wanted, and at other trade shows it has been a nightmare to get to the counter and then have your order filled, so I grabbed an order form to take back to the hotel to fill out. I dropped it off to the great staff at the Inglot stand sunday morning and picked it up later in the day, it was so much easier.
Sunday at the brisbane pro makeup and beauty show also delivered some incredible demonstrations on the main stage. I had the opportunity to see James Vincent present his signature style. He is not only so very talented, but so funny he had me in stitches.
The remainder of the day I spent helping out the incredible team from Makeup and Glow, as my kit is made up of majority of their products, I used my knowledge and hands on experience to help shoppers find their way. As the day progressed I started adding more and more products from makeup and glow to my shopping bag, it is so nice to have the opportunity to touch and see the products.
The thing I love the most about the show is getting to catch up with industry peers. As most of us work for our selves we don’t have the same work/employee relationships that others get from there work places. We make strong connections online via groups and forums, so it is such a great opportunity to get together.
I managed to get all the items I had on my shopping list, picked up so many insider hints and tricks and had a fantastic time catching up with colleges and friends. I want to send a massive congratulations and thank you to Jodie and all the brisbane pro makeup and beauty show team for, once again pulling together an incredible event.