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Melt Proof Makeup Tips for This Summer | Guest Post


We all love summer, but our makeup doesn’t. One of the downsides of hot weather is melting makeup – a faux pas to be avoided at all costs. To help you deal with this unpleasant problem, we’ve compiled a list of useful ideas you should consider.

Get a primer  

A makeup primer is an incredibly useful product if you know how to use it properly. The way to do it is to apply it gently before putting on your makeup, but after you’ve slathered some moisturizer on your face. All you need is a pea-size dot of oil-free primer that will not grease up your skin. It can be applied in seconds and its effect will last for hours. It prevents your makeup from flaking and makes it last much longer, which can be a real challenge during hot summer days.

Go light  

The best advice for boiling-hot days is to go light on your makeup. No matter how useful makeup can be, your skin will appreciate the opportunity to breathe without the layers of primer, foundation, concealer and other products. Moreover, the less makeup you put on your face, the less makeup can melt onto your clothes – as simple as that. Dab a bit of concealer on the problematic areas and wear a wide smile; most of the time, that’s all you really need.

Pick creamy shadows

Powdery makeup is a no-no in the summertime because it easily becomes cakey and heavy in hot weather. Instead, go for creamy shadows which are more durable, and they also glisten nicely in the sun. Moreover, keep in mind that having the right brushes is half work done. Even if you’re not a professional, investing in high-quality makeup tools like Sigma brushes can really make a difference. Creamy eye shadows also tend to look more lively than the regular, powdery ones.

Make it waterproof   

Waterproof makeup is taking the world by storm and there’s a good reason for it. This type of makeup is resilient and can get you through any weather and setting. Moreover, if you decide to go for a quick dip, you won’t get the famous racoon eyes. With or without water, this is the best way to ensure durability. A waterproof mascara is particularly a must.

Expect the unexpected

To make sure you can deal with any makeup crisis that might arise, always carry the essential ‘repair’ kit in your purse. Mini-sized packages of makeup always come in handy in times of crisis. Another thing to keep in mind, and in your purse, is blotting paper ‒ the best ally against an oily forehead and nose. Apply it regularly to your T-zone in order to prevent any unwanted shine.

Forget about powder blush

As we’ve already said, powdery products are not a good choice during hot weather. Blush, however, is one of those products that you can rarely do without. Compensate by opting for cream or gel blush that you can rub in carefully to ensure a long-lasting effect.  

Choose a liquid eyeliner

Some women shy away from liquid eyeliners since they take some getting used to, which can be slightly frustrating if patience is not one of your virtues. However, in the summertime, the pros definitely outweigh the cons, since liquid liners won’t smudge as easily as pencil liners tend to.

Trust vibrant colors

Summer is the time when we’re not afraid to flaunt our lively colored clothes and funky patterns. Similarly, tinting your lips in bright colors or experimenting with vibrant eye shades is something you should definitely try. This will not only spice up your look and make it more suitable for summer, but also refresh your whole appearance, especially if neutral and balanced colors are your usual choice.  

Use these easy tricks to prevent your makeup from smudging and melting in hot weather. Once you’ve done all the steps, kick back and enjoy the sun knowing that your glowing look is here to stay.   

I hope you enjoyed the post! A big shout out to Mia for writing this post! Check her out below. 🙂


Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for She loves writing about her life experiences. Traveling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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June 23, 2017

Stick It To Them With Your Lipstick: FW 2016 Key Trends!


Okay, so lips are going to be a big deal this AW 2016. There are a lot of new fun trends to try out, and some are more dramatic than others. So if you are itching for a change of look that focuses on your lips, read on for some inspiration.


Lip Care

First of all, there is no point dressing your lips up if they are in a bad state. That is why you need to make sure of two things. Firstly get rid of any dry skin by exfoliating your lips. You can make your own cruelty free and natural exfoliator here.

You also need to ensure that your teeth are in the best condition possible. Wearing bright lipstick draws attention to you mouth area. Also, some lipstick will make your teeth look yellower. So make sure you have been for a recent scale and polish or check out the whitening methods discussed on


The first lip trend we have to talk about is the ombre. Ombre is a term for one one colors that is graduating into another. This can be a dramatic or a more natural look depending on the colors you choose. For some serious vampire drama go for a red and black ombre. For something a little more subtle go for a lighter link to a darker rose on the outside of the lips. If you are not sure which lipstick shade will suit you best you can check out the advice on



The glitter and foil lips look so much fun, but they are only for big nights out and special occasions. Unless you are a fashion major, people might think you have gone crazy of you turn up to class with this look Try something a little more natural instead.

Luckily for everyone that wants to try this look, glitter is huge this season, so there is plenty of it around. You need to line your lips first and then coat with a nude lipstick. Then while the lipstick is still tacky, press the glitter onto your mouth.

You’ll probably need to try this a few times before getting it perfect. Remember too; that glitter has a nasty habit of going everywhere. So put lots of loose powder on your chin, so you can quickly brush away the inevitable fall out.


Takings its cue from the 90’s vibe that is popular at the moment, darker lip shades are also really in. We are talking anything from a violet or plum colors to a midnight blue and even black. Wearing shades like these can create a super stunning look, but be sure that your brows and eye makeup match, or your lips can be too overpowering.

The trick to getting this look right is lining your lips on the outside with a clear liner. This makes your lips look bigger, and it also stops the dark lipstick bleeding.

Then take a lip brush and apply your chosen shade. Set with translucent powder and then apply another coat. This should keep the color on and give you that vibrant burst you are looking for.


I hope you enjoyed learning about some of the trends that you’ll see on the runway this Autumn/Winter! I know that I definitely want to try some of these out, what about you? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

October 5, 2016

Make Your Makeup Last Longer With These Vital Tips


You finish doing your makeup, stand back, and admire the view. It’s so beautiful. The perfect flick to your eyeliner, your cheeks rosy but not too much, your lips carefully lined to add a few vital millimeters. You smile at your reflection, head out of the door and – bam. The next time you see your reflection, your makeup has slid down your face. You look like the Joker, which was not exactly the impact you were going for.

It’s an all-too-real scenario for modern woman, as makeup has not quite caught up to busy, heated lives. Even if the temperatures are cool, you run the risk of under eye makeup falling and making you look like you haven’t slept for a week. You spend an evening transferring more lipstick onto glasses than you have on your mouth. It’s got to stop.


Prime, Prime, Prime

This is unlikely to be fresh news to makeup devotees, but priming is an essential. At first, the idea of a specific item that does little more than keep things in place seems like a rip off – but it does it well. While we use the word for another makeup item, primer is actually your foundation.

For an extra boost, run a cotton pad soaked in rubbing alcohol over your face and let dry before using primer. The alcohol will soak up any oil or grease, otherwise known as the makeup killers.

2016-04-13 10.27.31Dare to go matte.

Matte eyeshadow is a great staple of many makeup sets, and for good reason. It, generally, has a little more staying power than its shimmery cousin. Matte lipstick is notorious for how temperamental it can be, but a good base helps it look better. If your lips are chapped, run some sugar over your lips with your fingers to give them a little exfoliation.

Finally, choose a clear lip liner to define the exact end point of your lips. Clear is particularly good, as you don’t have to purchase a separate liner for every shade of lipstick that you own. If this is looking like getting expensive, then a few Ulta promo codes are your friend.

Dab off excess.

This one applies particularly to mascara. We want big eyelashes so we layer the stuff on to get the results we’re looking for, forgetting about the excess product build up. When you are finished with application, run your fingertips over your lashes. You want to do this to the point where no color deposits on your finger. Waterproof mascaras are great for this and add an extra layer of protection.

meltedlipLook for stains rather than glosses.

Lip stains have more longevity than lipstick or glosses. They are designed to deposit color more with the lip than just sit on top of it. Choose creams over powders wherever possible, as by their very nature they sit flatter against the skin – and are harder to shift.

Finally, what you shouldn’t do…

A worrying tip you will see online is to spray a thin layer of hairspray over your completed face. Don’t do this. It’s straight up not good for you to be inhaling that level of spray, and it doesn’t work either. Stay clear and try the solutions above instead.


I hope these tips help you & that you enjoyed the post!

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

September 20, 2016

The Perfect Minimalist Fall Beauty Routine


leaves-1149004_1920Ever feel like you have WAY too many beauty products? We’ve all been there. The sheer amount of products on the market these days can be confusing, time consuming and above all else expensive. So with fall approaching, there has never been a better time to de-clutter your beauty regime. Embrace the fresh glow the cooler weather brings and try these tips for a minimalist fall makeup routine…

1) Ditch the foundation

If you’re still lucky enough to be sporting a tan from the summer weather, show it off! The fall’s cold wind will mean your natural rosy glow will come out, also saving you on blusher. If you’re not the tanning type or if you do just prefer a little more coverage, try a tinted moisturizer. This will protect your skin from drying out or getting chapped. The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Tinted Moisturiser is a great cruelty-free option.  

2) Wear lip balm rather than lipsticks

Desperate to grab your favorite dark red matte lipstick as soon as the leaves change color? As tempting as it may be to delve into the depths of your make-up bag, lip balm can actually be the best option for your lips in the fall. Balm will stop your lips from chapping and a slight sheen can add to that fresh, dewy look (especially if you use a facial highlighter too). If you really can’t pull yourself away from lipsticks, opt for one with moisturising properties to ensure your lips don’t dry out.

3) Don’t forget the basics

A fresh, healthy look is essential for the fall – and oral hygiene is definitely one of the most important factors in this. If you feel like your smile is looking a little lacklustre, give whitening strips a try. They work out a lot cheaper than a trip to a cosmetic dentist and you can do it from the comfort of your own home too. Just make sure you pair the use of strips with a good brushing and flossing routine. For a cruelty free option for whitening your teeth – check out Snapwhite!

4) Go easy on the eye makeup

If you’re out and about for the day, make sure you take the weather into account when deciding on your eye makeup. Harsh, cold winds and rain can easily make your eyes stream, and lines of mascara running down your face isn’t the best look! If the weather looks like it could wreak havoc with your hard work, stick to a simple look of dewy cream eye shadow and a few lashings of mascara. Alongside some lightly filled in brows, this natural look is perfect for going back to school or college too.

5) Keep your hair weather-proof

There’s likely to be a lot more wet/damp weather in the fall, so it’s important to make sure your hair is prepared for the elements! More water in the atmosphere means greater humidity, especially if the summer sun is still peeping through the clouds. Try using a deep-conditioning treatment once a week so your hair doesn’t start to frizz the second you leave the house.


Hope you enjoyed the post! What’s your fall beauty routine? 🙂

Xoxo, Rae


August 24, 2016

New Goodies from Profusion Cosmetics *


Hey lovelies! If you’ve been around for a while, you have probably seen my past post about Profusion cosmetics, if not – you can check it out here (I hope my picture taking has improved…) Well, I was lucky enough to be chosen again for their Insider Program! They sent me some new goodies (that don’t even seem to be on their website yet!) to try out and talk about what I like or what I don’t like. If you’re interested in hearing about some affordable makeup products, then keep on reading.

treasurebox3treasurebox2Eep! I love the packaging on this makeup palette. It’s quite large and has lots of products in it. I love the cheetah print on the package, you think it would look cheesy – but it really doesn’t. I think it gives it a nice feminine look! This palette has 35 eyeshadows, 10 lip glosses, 2 blushes, 1 bronzer + highlight, a couple small brushes and a wood eyeliner pencil.


I swear I took these pictures in natural daylight, but these pictures don’t seem to be doing the colors in this palette any justice. (I promise, they are a lot more vibrant in person!) I love the variety of colors in the shadows, you get a mix of mattes, shimmers and glitters. You have lots of options to make a bunch of looks! You get 10 lip glosses, (I’m not a huge fan of glosses + I swatched one of them and it wasn’t too pigmented) in a bunch of different colors to pair with your eye look. One of the blushes is a bright pink and would be great for glam looks and the other blush is more of a natural looking color, so it would be perfect for everyday looks. (P.s. they’re matte blushes too!) The bronzer is a nice cool toned brown, that’s not too light or too dark and the highlight shade is a little bit too dark for my skin tone (I would really call this just like a face powder). These are matte too! I ended up mixing the “highlight” and bronzer together to create a lighter color, I like the way it turned out. Here are some swatches…


Here are some eyeshadow swatches (don’t mind the eczema on my arm lol). The colors are pigmented and very smooth, there was a little fall out but that’s fine with me. The colors are super buildable and look great. I think the peachy-pastel pink is my favorite but I need to test out some other colors too! (The pastel purple reminds me of the Wet N Wild spring eye trio, anyone else?)


Here’s a swatch of the bronzer (just by itself, not mixed) and the natural blush color. These are super smooth! I love them.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with this palette. I probably won’t be using the lip glosses, but that’s just me. I love the variety of shadow colors and how you can create a whole look without having to grab another palette (that’s what really sold me).


I also got this set of 6 precision gel eyeliners, which I’m pretty excited to use. You get a matte black, matte brown, a bronze, gold, rose gold and a shimmery white liner.

liners liner

Here’s the packaging. I like the silver finish on these!


Here are the swatches of the liners: (bottom – top: black, brown, bronze, gold, rose gold, creamy beige). The brown was a little patchy and rough to lay down some color, but it eventually worked. I really like the shimmery liners, even though I think the colors could be better related to the liner names (if that makes sense…) The rose gold is more of a pale pink, but I’m okay with that. I don’t have these colors in my collection so I’m excited to play around with them. They say that they’re waterproof on the packaging, but I do have to disagree because they wiped off instantly with a makeup wipe, while ones from other brands that I have stay a little bit longer. I would recommend setting these with powder to get them to stay a little bit longer! They do glide smoothly, which I like and lay down enough color that’s noticeable.

Overall, I think these liners are okay. I wish some of them had a little more color impact and we’re more durable (pigmentation wise).

concealerkit2 concealerkit

This is the PRO Concealer kit! It has 5 different shades of concealers, 1 banana shade, 3 skin tone shades and a salmon color. The banana shade is good to brighten up areas on the skin, the skin tone ones are obviously there to conceal any unwanted marks on your face and the salmon one is good to color correct dark circles. Since I’m so pale, I used the third concealer in to cover up my dark circles with the brush in the kit and it worked really well! These are super creamy, they remind me of butter. I really like these! I just wish it would have included a green concealer and maybe a lavender one, rather than 3 skin tone shades. But overall, I think this is a great little kit to have to make your makeup look fabulous.


Here are swatches (they are swatched opposite of the way they appear in the palette). The banana shade almost doesn’t show up on me haha! I think the salmon shade would have been too dark for me to cover up my dark circles, but I think you can do a lot with this kit.

Overall, I love it! I think it’s super handy and I will be putting it to good use.

What do you guys think? Do you want to hear more about these products in a video, or tutorial? Let me know!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3



Disclaimer: This products were sent to me for free in return for a review. I am apart of the Profusion Insider Network, where I receive products to review on my blog and other social networks. All opinions are 100% my own and are honest. I am not being paid for this post.

July 13, 2016