Eye love your lashes

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Lately false eyelashes appear to becoming less of a special occasion add on and more of an everyday staple for some. I’m still a little too lazy to put on lashes daily but I do have a few tips/thoughts on the practice.

Which Lash? Which Lash?

That is the question… Personally I see no reason why anybody should spend more than a couple of pounds on one set of lashes and certainly never over £5 – my lashes are always budget (often from Savers) and I have no complaints. One of the best things about false lashes is that they can be layered so you can create a unique lash that’s perfect for you and more often than not can be reused; as long as you look after them.

Now you can also go for individual lashes too (which if are done well can look amazing) but I find them a little fiddley to work with so unless I am having them done professionally I stick to full bands.

Putting them on.

  1. First things first measure your eyelash to your eye and cut it to size. It’s always better to have your lash a tad too short than having a nasty overhang!
  2. Next wrap your lashes around something small to make them more malleable. I tend to just use the handle of an eye shadow brush. By doing this the eyelashes will be somewhat more willing to go where you want them to.
  3. Apply your chosen adhesive. Although I swear by cheap and cheerful lashes I can’t worship the adhesive that comes with them. Luckily you can buy glues separately or, if you want something really heavy duty then weave glue has been known as a stronger alternative for your lashes. Cheap and sturdy weave glue is a couple of pounds for a big tub and will last ages – be warned though they tend to contain latex so aren’t good for allergies and will take a lot more work to remove.
  4. Once you’ve applied adhesive wait for it to get tacky. If you stick your lash on straight away it won’t stay where you put it, the glue will go everywhere and the whole process will just become a mess. When the glue has gotten tacky pace the lash above your lash line (not on your you will probably rip out your lashes when you come to take them off – ouch) and press them into place. I do this part by hand but a lot of people like to use tweezers and if you can get scissor tweezers it can be even easier!
  5. While the glue dries don’t be afraid to play with the lashes and gently nudge them the way you want them to go.
  6. Once dried put on a little bit of mascara to blur the line between your lash and your false ones.

And there you go, just a few tips on how to get the most out of false eyelashes. I don’t claim to be a guru but I hope this helps!

 

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Don’t pay through the nose for luscious lips

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I don’t know about you but I suffer from a toxic combination of dry lips and a love of lipstick which together means I have chapped/peeling lips year round (a condition which does not go well with the ever popular matte lipstick). Any of you who share my pain will know that moisturising your lips doesn’t quite fix the issue and lip scrubs can be quite expensive for what they are – often upwards of £4. Luckily for us there are hundreds of recipes on the internet to make your own lip exfoliate and yes, they’re almost all edible. Below I have written the recipe I use to make a wonderfully cheap lip scrub with ingredients you probable have lying around the house anyway!

What you’ll need

Oil (Any oil is fine, I just use the same vegetable oil I use for cooking).
Sugar (A lot of recipes I see say that brown sugar is the best for this but once again I just use granulated because I’m a cheapskate. Basically as long as it’s gritty you can use it).
Extract/Essence (This isn’t an essential but makes the scrub smell gorgeous and a lot tastier if you accidentally-on-purpose eat some. I tend to use vanilla as my flavouring).
Some sort of tub (If you have an old lip balm tub lying around that’s great but it not I’ve been known to use an egg cup and some cling film. This item is more for if you want to keep the excess lip scrub you make for later).

What to do

  1. Pour some sugar into your tub/bowl. The amount you use will just depend on how much scrub you want to make. This lip scrub will keep for a week or so in the fridge and I like to use mine once a day.
  2. Add oil slowly to the sugar and stir until it just sticks together. You don’t want to drown the sugar in oil – think the consistency you see in shop-bought brands.
  3. Once the sugar and oil are combined add a small amount of your flavouring. A little goes a long way in this instance!

And there you go, this lip scrub is so easy to make and costs barely anything to make. Rub it gently on your lips and then leave it to soak for a few minutes before disposing of it (I won’t judge you on how) and applying lip balm liberally. Another great trick I use between lip scrubs is sometimes using my toothbrush, when I’m brushing my teeth, to very gently loofah my lips. However this isn’t quite as effective or tasty as using the scrub!