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I’m a young creative professional with a love for makeup, skincare, hair & beauty #CheriePartner

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Queen of Hearts ♥️ Glam Halloween Makeup
Queen of Hearts ♥️ Glam Halloween Makeup
Okay, so you want to do a Halloween makeup look, but you’re only really confident with eyeshadow and some simple base makeup. You don’t want to draw with liquid eyeliner all over your face because, like me, you’re a little bad at it! Well, I bring to you my take on the Queen of Hearts makeup from Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”. The 2010 remake may have been riddled with narrative discrepancies, but the makeup was pretty great. ♥️♠️♦️♣️ Okay, so first things first, you’ll need to do your base makeup. I used REVLON - ColorStay Makeup for Normal/Dry Skin SPF 20 which is an okay foundation on my fairly dry, sensitive skin. I don’t think it gels well with my REVOLUTION - Conceal & Define Infinite XL Concealer which I usually rate four stars. But, after today, I noticed that the foundation and concealer combo, when set with some powder on a beauty blender, got really quite oxidised and chunky looking. Maybe I dried out my under eye too much? I lightly contoured with a cool tone contour shade for fair to medium skin tones. Mine is from a Revlon Contour palette which isn’t listed on Cherie. Check out my previous posts as I use it all the time and manually list it. I filled in my brows, of course, and kept them strong but pretty natural in colour and darkness. You could block out your brows and draw on thinner and darker brows, if you want to look more extreme like Helena Bonham Carter’s character. I used one matte blue eyeshadow for the entire eye look. I also used a no-name-brand eyeshadow brush shaped almost exactly like the Fenty Beauty All-Over Eyeshadow Brush 200. After packing shade “A Capella” from the MORPHE - The James Charles Palette onto my lids, I used the flat brush to mark out my crease (I have hooded eyes, see my previous posts for advice). Once the brush was almost free of product, I flipped it on its side and gently blended along the crease line, drawing it out slightly towards the tails of my brows. I added a little white shimmer shadow to my inner corner for extra brightness. I then blended my lower lash line with the taupe shade from theHUDA BEAUTY - Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette . Using the REVLON - Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner I lined my eyes and brought the liner into the inner corner of my eye for extra drama. You could add a wing to this look, but I personally don’t like how wings look on my eyes and face. Of course, finish up with a bright red lipstick in any shade that suits your skin tone. I used a slightly more blue red as this foundation is pretty cool toned. I believe its a discontinued Revlon Colorstay lipstick (probably should throw it out!). It’s a creamy sorta finish that stays a little tacky, very richly pigmented, and maybe exists in an updated formula in the Revlon line. I need to buy some more lipsticks as my collection is so old! Finish off with mascara or lashes! 🃏
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ColorStay Makeup for Normal/Dry Skin SPF 20
REVLON-ColorStay Makeup for Normal/Dry Skin SPF 20
Easy Fairy Glam Makeup for Halloween 🧚🏻‍♂️
Easy Fairy Glam Makeup for Halloween 🧚🏻‍♂️
Hi everyone! I thought I’d share one of my go-to makeup looks for parties and Halloween events. I’ve done this look in a variety of colours, and today I bring to you the purple version of my Fairy Glam Halloween makeup. The last pic is my 2018 version! Click here file higher quality https://www.instagram.com/p/BpwBhDMFq_j/?igshid=3smuove9ziiw Start off with fresh base makeup. I used NATIO - Clever Stick SPF15 but in the shade Light. It has a pretty heavy feel but a lovely finish on my fairly dry skin! I had to set very liberally because of the tacky finish. Once powdered, I used an angled blush brush to apply the MORPHE - The James Charles Palette shade Pinkity Drinkity all over the lid and cheeks. I buffed some Love That into the brow area where it meets the nose. Then I packed some Single onto the outer corner to get me started. Finally, I popped some Escape onto the lower lash line. I then used a smaller, fluffy blending brush to connect the outer corner to my brow colour 💜 I mixed Love That and Single together to transition the shades nicely. I blended Love That a little down my nose, too, for some drama. I applied Artistry to the inner half of the eyelid, and Hello to the inner corner for some excitement 💙 I contoured the cheeks with the shades Skip, a little bit of Love That to connect with the outer corner (like when doing a draping technique) and then some 518 on the apple of the cheek to warm it up. Dust some skip onto the tip of the nose for extra fairy real ness 🌸 To complete the look, add a pair of false lashes or a load of mascara to add some contrast to the otherwise soft and flirty look! ✨ Of course, you can always add diamantes or jewels or pearls to this look for an even more ethereal feel! ✨ You can translate this look into just about any colour palette. One of my personal favourite combinations is yellows, oranges, and pinks! ✨🌄 I makes for real sunset summer fairy vibes. Whatever colours you use, remember to drape the lighest shade all around the eye and cheek. Try keep the warmer shades on the cheek and the darker shades on the eye, as cool shades on the cheek might look a bit dark and sinister (which is great if that’s what you’re after, obviously!!) 💅🏻 For a summer sunset vibe: yellow all over the eye and cheek, orange in the brow and crease, bright pink in the outer corner and on the apples of the cheeks, a bit of red to contour the cheekbone. Highlight with gold or pink tones! For a more nature fairy look: light green or yellow all over the lid and cheek. Brighter green in the brow and crease, darker green or brighter blue in the outer corner, maybe forego a green/blue/yellow contour, rather just drape the green a little onto the cheekbones and leave it there! I fear it might make you look ill if you contour in green, haha! What combo do you want to try? 🌸
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Clever Stick SPF15
NATIO-Clever Stick SPF15
I Don’t Like the Tomicca Nail Dip Powder Set
I Don’t Like the Tomicca Nail Dip Powder Set
I should have listened to the negative reviews. I thought the positive reviews and my experience doing nails (LED gel polish and poly gel) would help me with this. Unfortunately, the Tomicca Dip Powder Nail Kit from Amazon is not the value-for-money solution you’re looking for 😿 The kit is easy enough to use, although I had to switch a few steps around (see my previous post on this set). It was AU$49.99 so we’ll-priced, and the products all came in good condition, which I was grateful for. The first result I got with this set was okay, and I was curious to try again when I needed a fresh set. Mind you, the liquid products have a strong smell so don’t leave them under your nose for long! That’s when the real trouble started 🤦🏻‍♀️ This stuff is nearly impossible to get off, and it hurts to do so! I, of course, buffed the nail surface to rough it up and break the seal of the top coat. I then tried 100% acetone on bits of cotton wool, and wrapped my nails in foil, like you do with LED gel polish. No luck. I then tried soaking in a container of acetone, and still no luck. Once dry again, I used my electric file to try and grind the product off. This was extremely slow-going, and I couldn’t turn my file up any higher after a certain point because it burnt my nail beds 🔥 So you have to go on a lower revolution speed, which makes the grinding super slow. It took more than an hour to grind off most of the product and I actually left a little on each nail because I was scared to go too close to my nail beds. Honestly, if you have any tips for this stuff, let me know, as I’d like to salvage my $50 if possible, but otherwise, I will not be using this kit again! I think it’s better to save up a little more money and go with a more reputable brand, preferably something that is stocked in good quality beauty salons! Has anyone tried the Azure Beauty nail dip powder kit, and what was your experience like? Do you think it is better or worse compared to the Tomicca kit that I used? 💅🏻
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Easy Mistakes to Make with At-Home Hair Dye
Easy Mistakes to Make with At-Home Hair Dye
This year has been full of “firsts” for a lot of people. First global pandemic, first time working from home, first time wearing a mask, and all kinds of things we never thought we’d do. For a lot of people, that includes their beauty routine. Not just makeup and nails, but hair cuts and hair colouring too! I used to dye my hair at home for about 6 years, so I know how tricky it can be to find the right colour and gets good application. If you’re thinking of dyeing your hair at home, here are some great DOs and DONTs to keep you on track towards a good result: What Not to Do: 💸Although it can be tempting to go for the lowest price, this is not always the best strategy. Look at online reviews for brands and products that are trustworthy. 🤔Don’t buy a product if you doubt its authenticitry either (as in, it says its Clairol hair dye but the name is spelt wrong, for example). 👩🏻 Don’t start applying the dye around the face first. Start at the nape of the neck, or the crown of your head, and work outwards. If you start around your face, that hair will become darker. 🤦🏽‍♂️ Don’t leave the dye on for longer than recommended, as it will likely make your hair drier and more brittle. What to Do: 👩🏿‍🦱👩🏼‍🦰🧑🏼‍🦱 Do pay attention to your hair texture and thickness. Your hair will have a higher or lower number of cuticle layers depending on your ethnicity and general family genetics. Many Asian textures have a higher number of layers between 16 and 18, European and mixed ethincities tend to have between 10 and 16, whilst many kinky, coily, and Afro textured hair types have between 8 and 12 layers. Fewer layers means hair dye and bleach penetrates much quicker. 🧴Apply some Vaseline to the skin around your hairline to limit dye contact whilst applying. 👧🏽 Start your dye application with a middle part right down the back of your head, then split each section into two more section. You’ll have four sections altogether. Start applying your dye from the roots, working on the bottom sections first, then the top, starting from furthest from the face and working closer. This avoids patchiness and too-dark hair at the front. 💇🏼Do avoid the ends of your hair if you are re-colouring from a past application. If they’re a good colour, focus on the roots. If they need a little refreshing, add two pumps of shampoo to any leftover dye in your dye bottle and lather it onto your ends a few minutes before you’re due to rinse. This deposits a little colour without frying the ends. 💆🏻‍♀️Always depply condition hair after dyeing it! A Few Great Hair Dyes I’ve Tried: I always loved the JOHN FRIEDA - Foam Permanent Hair Colour nice mousse texture is easy to use! CLAIROL - Natural Instincts has mostly natural ingredients! CLAIROL - Nice 'n Easy Permanent Hair Color is a safe bet too. Please drop recommendations for natural hair types in the comments!!! 💋
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Foam Permanent Hair Colour
JOHN FRIEDA-Foam Permanent Hair Colour
My Favourite Exfoliation and Moisturiser Routine
My Favourite Exfoliation and Moisturiser Routine
The days when you exfoliate and moisturise really do “be like that”, don’t they! I absolutely live for the days when I get to do a more in-depth skincare routine and get a fresh glow going. My favourite products at the moment include a subtle physical exfoliant, an acid exfoliant, and two moisturising products. Generally, I use Murad - AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser once a week, because physical exfoliants are just so satisfying. The granular texture of this cleanser is super fine, and so is much more gentle as far as physical exfoliants go. You always want to avoid big “chunks” in an exfoliant as they easily create micro-tears on the skin. On days when I use the Murad cleanser, I follow up with The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalane which has a pleasant “dry oil” texture. I massage it into my skin gently but with firm fingers, massaging in circular motions for about a minute. For a day or two after, I’ll stick to my Simple - Hydrating Cleansing Oil and CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin to keep my skin fresh. A day or two later, I’ll use The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA on clean, dry skin. I then wait at least 15 minutes before applying a generous amount of my Cerave moisturiser to rehydrate my freshly exfoliated skin. It’s important to be aware of how often your exfoliate. It’s super easy to over-exfoliate your skin and cause MORE redness, inflammation and breakouts than what you may be trying to remedy. Acids and serums are very irritating to inflamed pimples, especially hormonal breakouts, so be weary of your skin condition and the best advice for dealing with your concerns. As a rule, I don’t exfoliate more than twice per week, usually sticking to one. And always, always moisturise your skin after a few minutes. The wait allows your skin’s PH balance to settle, and the moisturiser stops your exfoliant from drying you out.
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100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalane
The Ordinary-100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalane
DIY BB Cream: My New Fave Trick for Summer
DIY BB Cream: My New Fave Trick for Summer
Note: I am wearing some concealer and strobe stick in the “after” pictures. Okay, so I’ve just learnt this quick and super simple recipe for making your own Tinted Moisturiser! I can’t believe that I’ve never heard of this before, and can’t wait to test it more this summer ☀️ So, I found out that you can create your own tinted moisturiser by mixing some of your favourite face cream with some of your favourite mineral makeup powder! When I moved to Australia, I noticed that my usually dry, fairly sensitive skin was not tolerating foundation during the summer. The high humidity here caused every foundation I owned to break up, powders would bunch to it, and I’d look terrible by midday! Some days, I wished I just hadn’t worn any makeup 😫 I started using the nude by nature - Natural Mineral Cover Foundation SPF 15 on top of a high quality moisturiser and full coverage concealer, and enjoyed the results. However, I always felt a little bit drier than I wanted to. Now, I’m going to be testing out this new trick ✨ Mix a pump of your favourite moisturiser - mine is currently the CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin - with a good couple shakes of your mineral powder foundation in a container. Mix the two ingredients together, and dab it onto your face. You’re boosting your hydration whilst blending the natural mineral coverage into your skin! 😇 I bet this method will be much longer lasting than just slapping makeup on top of slippery face cream. Adding more mineral foundation will increase the pigmentation and coverage of your tinted moisturiser mixture, but I don’t expect to get anything more than light coverage out of this. Still, this is a beautiful fix for uni days, grocery runs, or any time I want to look a bit more vibrant without the effort! Two ingredients that I already own, and a couple seconds of mixing 😍
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Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin
CeraVe-Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin
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Protecting Your Skin
Protecting Your Skin
🌼 I have combo skin leaning more dry (probably because I live in Southern California which is essentially a coastal desert and also full of smog and sun so I need all the protection I can get) 🌼 My skin is currently in a pretty good place where it falls more in the normal range but I do still get occasional breakouts and bouts of oiliness and dryness 🌼 Here’s some of my favorite products for protecting my skin: 🌼 Krave Beauty Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser: This is a great affordable gel cleanser that’s packed with antioxidants. Anything which Matcha in it is going to be packed with antioxidants. Hemp is also a great ingredient for keeping the skin soothed and hydrated. I like to use this as a morning cleanse or a second evening cleanse. 🌼 Youth to the People Suberberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask: This stuff is magic. It contains Maqui Berry which is actually the most antioxidant rich fruit in the world as well as vitamin C and moisturizing Squalane. I use this at night after my moisturizer and it leaves my skin feeling so soft and bright. My favorite mask of all time. 🌼 Farmacy Very Cherry Bright Serum: This is an awesome vitamin C serum to protect your skin during the day from pollutants, UV rays, blue light, etc. I really like this for my combo skin because it’s a lightweight gel that contains four different types of hyaluronic acid and keeps my skin hydrated and plump but not oily or sticky. I use this every morning after my toners and before oils/moisturizers. 🌼 Purito Green Level Safe Sun: Never forget sunscreen. It’s the absolute most important product you can use to protect your skin. I love this because it’s affordable, lightweight, and doesn’t leave a white cast. I apply this after moisturizer in the mornings (and don’t forget to reapply every 2 hours)
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Centella Green Level Safe Sun
PURITO-Centella Green Level Safe Sun
Closed comedones be-gone
Closed comedones be-gone
CliniqueCLINIQUE - Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Absolute dream at removing makeup and for a deep overall cleanse. I always use with a warm, damp cloth to remove. DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum I could probably live without every other product, expect for this one. This has been the biggest game-changer for my closed comedones. I’ve tried nearly every acid or toner on the market for acne and this one is the only one that’s worked and that I will repurchase. It’s very expensive but absolutely worth the price tag. I only use this at night. NUXE - Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil I was pretty skeptical to try this at first but it really moisturizers well. I like that it’s a dry oil so it penetrates quickly and doesn’t leave too much of a residue. I only use this at night because it’s rather pungent and too oily for my makeup base. Warning, this product doesn’t interact well with most other serums I’ve tried — lots of pill action. Kiehl's - Ultra Facial Cream No fuss, no frills moisturizer. Love this after a shower when my skin particularly requires lots of moisture. Sits really well under my makeup. I don’t have any complaints. Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 Love the gel texture of this sunscreen. Easily applied and leaves no white cast, however, it is pretty shiny looking after application. Sits very well under makeup, however. I appreciate the moisture this provides though. I’ve tried other sunscreens that are dry-touch, and they leave my face feeling dry and cling to dry-patches. This product doesn’t do that. Looking to incorporate some vitamin C or another moisture-boosting serum into my routine! Recommendations are happily accepted!
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Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil
NUXE-Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil