Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Valentines Jewellery With Dower And Hall And Win Pretty Earrings - Ends 14/02

When I owned my own jewellers with my husband we used to pride ourselves on selling jewellery that was made with the utmost quality. Every year we used to visit International Jewellery London, a big trade show looking for beautiful jewellery that we would be proud to sell. This is where I came into contact with Dower and Hall.

Dower and Hall are a British company established in 1990 by husband and wife Dan Dower and Diane Hall.  All their jewellery is made in their London workshop by skilled jewellers in sterling silver, gold vermeil, 18ct gold and platinum.

The Wild Rose range

Their designs are pretty and feminine, and notable collections include the 'Feather' collection with lifelike detailing, the 'Nomad' range of organic design necklaces, earrings and bracelets and the 'Wild Rose' range that has a romantic feel. 

They also make a range of jewellery that can be personalised, called the Cherish range. Cherish lockets are designed to bring individuality to your life and make a perfect gift for birthdays, anniversaries as well as Valentines Day.

The Sealed With A Kiss Range

The Sealed With A Kiss range has pretty pendants set with crystal glass, inside floating treasures and loose gemstones, shimmer and shine in the light as they move with the wearer. These pendants are a lovely gift and the perfect keepsake, to be adored and treasured. 
Love Heart Entwined Bracelet

Another range I think is so pretty is the Love Heart range. This Love Heart entwined bracelet above is made of sterling silver, the hearts have a hammered finish and the clasp has the distinctive Dower and Hall detailed catch. That is what I love about Dower and Hall, the little details that make the jewellery extra special.  Also All the jewellery above would make fantastic Valentine's day presents. I personally would be overjoyed to receive the Love Heart entwined bracelet, hint hint Mr W!

At the trade show in London, we bought a selection of Dower and Hall jewellery and sold it in our shop in South Wales. I loved it so much I bought the Nomad nugget bracelet which I still wear today. 

Wild rose earrings with topaz drop

Today on my blog I am giving you a chance to win a pair of silver rose earrings from Dower and Hall. These stunning earrings are inspired by English country gardens and feature a white topaz on the beautiful drop. Worth £75 they would make a great gift for someone or a treat for yourself. Entry is easy through the Gleam application below. Good luck!

Win a pair of silver earrings

Monday, 16 January 2017

8 Essential Apps for Managing Life as a Student

The life of a student can be chaotic, especially if you are working as well as attending classes. Fortunately, there are a number of excellent apps that can help you in almost every area of life. Here are some of the best ones: 


Note taking is an essential part of student life. Evernote consistently ranks as one of the top apps in the genre. The free version allows you to take notes and access them across all mobile and desktop devices. You can also take audio notes and searchable pictures of books and classroom presentations. 


If you prefer to record classroom lectures rather than trying to type while listening, SoundNote is one of the best on the market. The app also has note-taking capabilities. 

Office Lens 

If your lecturer is prone to making a lot of whiteboard notes and diagrams, Office Lens, a Microsoft Office add-on is a must. The app allows you to take a picture of whiteboards (or other displays) and then convert the picture to a Word, PDF, or PowerPoint file. 


Just because you are a student does not mean that all of your other activities have to fall by the wayside. Wunderlist is a free app which lets you make a note of the events and activities that you want to do and stores them on the cloud. The app will send you email reminders and notifications for date specific events and allows you to check your list from any device. 

Hungry House

Studying on an empty stomach is not a good idea. Cooking at home or going out for a meal is often just not part of the plan. The Hungry House app is one of the highest rated restaurant apps on the market. It allows you to search for restaurants in your area that offer takeaway or delivery. You can sort by type of food, search the menu, and place your order without ever leaving your desk. 


One of the keys to reducing stress and success as a student is being well organised. Student planner apps are plentiful, with many of them offered at no or very low cost. The most useful apps send reminders for important events via email or alerts to your device. Timetable is amongst the best apps available and offers a nice clean interface. The My Class Schedule and Class Timetable apps use the standard spreadsheet or datebook style layout. All three are highly rated and easy to use. 


TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. What started as a conference in 1984 has turned into one of the most critically acclaimed collections of talks, performances, and presentations in the world. TED covers an incredibly wide range of topics and interests in almost 100 languages. The TED app educates and entertains as well as providing a very quotable source of material for research projects and papers. The free TED app provides access to an incredible and growing archive of material. 

BBC iPlayer 

You no longer have to bemoan the fact that you have missed the Dr Who Christmas Special or other BBC television or radio programmes. This free app gives you access to the vast collection of programmes from the past week. 

Can you recommend any apps to help with organising your life whether you are a student or not?


Friday, 13 January 2017

Become a Beauty Therapist

If like 66% of millennials you’re considering a career change then you’re at that proverbial fork in the path of life. Do you take the path which is more familiar to you? Or do you take the path less known? It’s a difficult decision and the temptation to stick to what you know is overwhelming. 

That career in beauty that you’ve long dreamed of will have to wait - just another pipedream. But it doesn’t have to be like this - your dreams can become realities. Your career as a Beauty Therapist is closer than you think. All you need is a little ‘know how’. 

If you’ve reached the point of considering a career change then it will come as no surprise that one of the most cited reasons for not actually changing jobs is a lack of knowledge as to how to go about it. A new career is something completely different, an unchartered territory just waiting to be explored. It is both exciting and terrifying.

The time to take the plunge is now. Stop wondering ‘what if’ and start making that change.

The Training Room is here to help, as expert training course providers in beauty therapy, we know a little bit about what is needed to help you get your dream career in the beauty industry. Let’s start at the beginning…

Decision Time: You Want To Be a Beauty Therapist 

You’ve probably done the research already. You know what a Beauty Therapist is, your manicures from your pedicures and you are no stranger to the odd massage, either.

Next, comes ensuring that you are a good ‘fit’ for your desired role. It is important to note that there is not a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ set of characteristics for the role of a Beauty Therapist - however, there are those which may make you more suited to the role. These include. a keen eye for detail, keeping up to date with the latest fashion and trends and the ability to make your clients feel relaxed, amongst others.

The National Careers Service and Plotr have some good information on what makes a good Beauty Therapist as well as other interesting information. 

What Qualifications Do I Need To Become a Beauty Therapist?

If you wish to practise beauty therapy in the UK then first you must be qualified. There are two main routes to become qualified. These are: apprenticeship or through a recognised college or training provider, such as The Training Room.

Qualification through an apprenticeship may take a long period of time and be poorly paid. 
On the other hand, training courses such as those offered by The Training Room are often offered on either a full-time or part-time basis making them more flexible and quicker to complete.

You can find out much more about what qualifications are needed to be a Beauty Therapist here.

Qualifications With The Training Room

The Training Room offers Beauty Therapy Courses which are internationally recognised and HABIA approved.

Following the ITEC syllabus, The Training Room will take you through level 2 in Beauty Therapy Techniques and the level 3 in Beauty Therapy. What this gives you is a fully comprehensive qualification in beauty therapy which sees you qualified at the highest entry level in the beauty industry.

Covering everything from lashes to nails and massage to health and safety practices, the course equips you with everything you will need to know in preparation for life as a Beauty Therapist. In addition, you will receive a one-day Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course, GelColor by OPI, to set you up to provide your clients with killer claws! (And to give you an edge in those all important job interviews.)

For more information about the beauty therapy courses which are offered by The Training Room as well as some handy downloadable content, visit the website. You can also read about our course funding options here. 

Beyond Training - What Comes Next?

After gaining those all important qualifications it’s time to explore your options.

Beauty therapy can be an extremely rewarding and flexible career options; full-time or part-time employment or even self-employment - you decide, all are feasible career options.

The Training Room, to help ease the stresses of job seeking, provides all it’s students with an unrivaled career support. You will receive full career support from registration for up to 3 years, as well as a guaranteed interview with one of The Training Room’s corporate partners such as: The OnBoard Spa by Steiner, Clarins or Nuffield Health.

In addition, as the ITEC qualification is internationally recognised there may be options to work abroad. Other exciting opportunities may be available in the television or film industries - the beauty industry doesn’t have a glamorous reputation for nothing!

Considering Becoming a Beauty Therapist?

If we’ve sufficiently put your worries at bay and you’re ready to take your first step to becoming a Beauty Therapist, why not take a look at The Training Room’s beauty therapy courses? Your new career is just a click away!

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Meditating With Spinning Rings

Many people have yet to try the marvellously calming practice of meditating with spinning rings. Spinning rings, also known as meditation rings, are an ancient part of Tibetan culture as they symbolise the Tibetan prayer wheel, one spin of which harmonises your environment and increases empathy. They are formed of a main ring body which encloses the wearer's finger, as in any ring, and then a separate band which revolves around the main body of the ring when the wearer spins it with either of their thumbs. This unusual jewellery design, with motion in mind, is to allow the practice of meditation using the rings. 

Spinning rings are also known as worry rings as they are fantastic for relieving anxiety. This is because they offer the wearer something to do with their hands at any given moment. Movement of the hands has been shown, through use in therapeutic settings, to enable a person to process difficult emotions.

Upon wearing a spinning ring, you will find yourself fiddling with it at all times of the day, whether you're on the train, watching television or speaking with people, as it can be both soothing and absorbing, depending on your activity. This small action can ease the wearer into a meditative state which is deeply beneficial for mind and body. 

Traditionally, these beautiful rings would have been a meaningful aid to more focused meditation, and indeed you may find that you would like to give this a try. As with any meditation, it's best to find a quiet, temperate place, away from distractions and noise. Some people choose to sit, some lie down, but really any way in which you are comfortable is fine. 

A common misconception is that it is necessary to completely clear your mind of thoughts in order to meditate effectively. This is impossible and will lead you to spend the entire time chasing thoughts out of your mind. The best practice is to allow thoughts to wander freely through your mind, but simply not engage with them and let them drift out again, unanalysed. You may introduce the motion of the ring at any point to aid this unengaged processing of thoughts, and may also chant if you so wish.

Spinning rings are not only a wonderful, interactive and spiritual piece of jewellery, and a tonic for the mind, but they're also fashionable, contemporary silver rings, which can be worn as a beautiful accessory to your everyday attire. They align your whole being with beauty and harmony, inside and out.

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Five Of The Best Floral Shirt Dresses

Shirt dresses are a modern-day fashion staple that come in all styles and are suitable for all shapes and sizes. Although they can be super smart when needed, they are not just for work wear. I love the pretty floral and girly styles that are everywhere at the moment. If you want a more simple casual look there are styles out there for you too.

Here is a selection of my favourite floral shirt dresses from House Of Fraser this season. Let me know which ones you love.

Yumi Bird and Floral Print Shirt Dress was £60 now £30

This Yumi bird and floral print dress in a colourful all-over print, features contrasting black detailing on the collar and cuffs. There is a button up front and the waist tie is a fab addition to give your waist definition. Made from polyester, this dress is lightweight and great to pack on your travels.

Oasis Lotus shirt dress £46

This Oasis Lotus shirt dress reminds me of a Japenese flower garden with beautiful blooms. It's a great outfit to dress up for dinner with a smart clutch bag and some sparkly earrings or to wear to work or shopping with some black leggings and a tote bag. A touch of elastane adds some stretch to the material too.

Phase Eight Naomi Shirt Dress was £99 now £59

Phase Eight make some beautiful clothes and how gorgeous is this modern shirt dress? The sleeveless design is super for Summer holidays and the dress is a great length, sitting just above the knee on tall girls and below the knee on shorties like me. The self-tie waist adds that finishing touch for waist definition.

Phase Eight Vanna Lace Shirt Dress was £250 now £185

Perfect for a special occasion this monochrome shirt dress from Phase Eight has a gorgeous floral lace overlay and a design that will skim your curves. Featuring a penny collar and sparkling button fastenings through the front, this pretty dress is fully lined for comfort too. I'd wear this to a wedding or a day at the races and it would be perfect to wear to my son's graduation next year.

Jolie Moi Floral Print Shirt Dress was £75 Now £39

This dress by Jolie Moi reminds me of the style that Kirsty Alsop would wear, in a 1950's retro style and with a super floral print. Again this dress would be smart enough to wear to work or out for the day, or even whilst making homemade gifts at home. Unleash your inner Kirsty!

What do you think of these shirt dresses? Do you have a shirt dress in your wardrobe? 

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Monday, 9 January 2017

Hair Problems And Solutions

There are few things that can affect your self-esteem as much as your hair. Adverts bombard us with models that have shiny, thick, healthy-looking hair but what if you don't have 'perfect' hair? 

Most of us at some point in our lives have a hair problem, maybe your hair has become greasy or dry and damaged, maybe you are starting to get the odd grey hair and not sure whether to leave it and accept it or colour your hair. Maybe you are noticing hair loss and not sure what to do. In this article, I will look at different hair problems and possible solutions.

Greasy Hair

Age, hormones and genetics play a big part if your hair condition and if you have greasy hair then all these factors may come into play. You can however, do something about it.

Firstly use a shampoo that is specially formulated for greasy hair, a simple solution that does not add any extra moisturisers. Massage it right into the roots. If you use conditioner, use a lightweight formula just on the ends, you don't want any extra oil on the roots on the hair. Avoid shine sprays as they add extra conditioning treatments.

A dry shampoo can be used in-between shampoos, to help keep the grease at bay. As most are powders they help absorb the grease. Brushing your hair too often can also stimulate oil production so just stick to detangling the ends and avoid brushing from the roots and always brush with a clean brush (make sure you clean and wash the brush regularly).

Avoid touching your hair too often too as that transfers oils from your fingers to your hair.

Dry Hair

If you have dry hair then the same things can affect your hair as those with greasy hair, namely age, hormones and genetics. Dry hair can also be caused by the use of styling implements such as straightening irons, hairdryers and heated rollers.

If you have dry hair don't wash your hair every day if you can help it and use a shampoo designed for dry hair when you do. Use a conditioner every time you wash your hair to add extra moisturiser and when using a heated appliance on your hair use a styling product designed to protect your hair from the heat. If you can avoid using heated appliances then do.

If you bleach or colour your hair try and cut down on how often you do this as it can dry hair out. Using a treatment mask can help improve the moisture in your hair too. 

If your hair has become damaged although conditioning treatments especially those with Argan oil can help, the only real way forward is to have it cut and take greater care of your hair in the future.

Hair Loss

Everyone gets hair loss as it's a natural part of your hair renewing itself but when hair loss becomes a problem it can really affect your self-esteem.

Hair loss can be a particular problem in pregnancy and the menopause and both men and women can get male or female pattern baldness, where testosterone combines with dihydrotestosterone and hair is not replaced when it falls out naturally.

Oral contraception, as well as HRT can also affect hair loss. 

Alopecia areata also known as spot baldness is a medical condition and there are two types - scarring alopecia, where there is fibrosis, inflammation, and loss of hair follicles, and nonscarring alopecia which can be reversible. Steroid injections can help although it's sometimes possible to use a steroid cream, gel or ointment. Scarring alopecia can be permanent, unfortunately.

Often hair loss is temporary but if your hair has not grown back even though your hormones have adjusted themselves it may be time to consult your GP. There may be medications you can take but they don't always work for everyone.

When hair loss is permanent there are ways to mimic your real hair, in simple terms a wig or hair piece can be used but modern revolutionary treatments such as Advanced Tricho Pigmentation Treatment or ATP are another option. ATP is a specialised process where small amounts of pigment are applied to the scalp or brow to replicate real hair. ATP can help create the illusion of thicker hair or disguise a receding hairline.

Grey Hair

If you have grey hair there are two schools of thought - colour it or embrace it.

If you are going to colour it for the first time I would advise going to a salon and getting advice on what colour suits your skin tone. You may have had very dark hair when you were younger but if you went back to this colour it may look harsh as you get older. Instead of an all-over colour you may want to go for low lights or highlights. Having your hair coloured professionally for the first time will give the best look, and you can pick up tips on how to do it yourself in the future. 

Tell me have you ever had problem hair? If you did how did you resolve it?

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Friday, 6 January 2017

Planning Tips For A Holiday To Iceland

One of my dream holiday destinations is Iceland. The land of amazing natural beauty, stunning waterfalls, glaciers, hot springs and the northern lights, has to be seen to be believed. 

I am so lucky to be visiting this beautiful country in March this year, so I hope you are looking forward to my posts in the near future. Now I have started to plan my trip I realise that there is a lot of information out there on what to do and where to go, so I have compiled a list of planning tips for a holiday to Iceland from bloggers that have been there.

I hope this will help you plan your trip, and if you have been I hope it will give you some great memories.


Ensure you have plenty of money (you'll find most people, both tourists and Icelanders, use their bank card as opposed to cash) as things are so much more expensive than you'll have anticipated. A meal that costs £40 for 2 in the UK costs over £100 in Iceland. Also, don't bother buying bottled water as Icelandic water is the purest you could possibly drink. The hot water does stink of egg though so prepare for a smelly shower. 

Hallgrímskirkja church

I just went in December and it's very expensive. We took a Mastercard and pretty much just used that and had about 6000ikr (£50) in the purse for emergencies or souvenirs.  We decided not to bother with the Blue Lagoon after several locals told us about Fontana. It's gorgeous but I suppose BL is more touristy so it just depends on your personal preference. We also took a portable phone charger but never needed it. Get the Reykjavik card which gets you on the buses and into several museums/zoo etc for free and discounts at restaurants, other museums etc. Also, the tap water is literally the best water I've ever had. Crisp, clean, pure. Enjoy. 

The Northern Lights

I recommend booking a northern lights trip for your first night there because if the lights don't show they can rebook you for free for the following night and so on until you get to see them. If you visit Blue Lagoon, don't pay for a facial pack, as there are mounds of the stuff by the water which you can just help yourself to. All the public buses have wifi so you can upload your pics to social media on the go so I recommend taking a portable phone charger too. 


If you're planning to chase the northern lights, get familiar with this website. It's the Icelandic Met Office and has a handy Aurora forecast page which will give you an indication of the likelihood of seeing the lights. Remember: Storms and heavy cloud cover is not your friend when it comes to the Northern Lights. 
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The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a must and if you can push the boat out go VIP. We also did the half day tour of the glaciers and geysers and it was brilliant.
For drinks visit Kaffibarrin which is the cool little bar part-owned (if not all) by Damon Alburn. For a truly memorable meal, I can recommend The Fish Company restaurant in Reykjavik - an amazing meal but not cheap. 

Catherine Battle Mum

Iceland was the best holiday of my life! I did a trek in 2009. Would definitely recommend the Blue Lagoon!!! It was stunningly beautiful and very relaxing. There was a bar in the pool with electronic wristbands to purchase. Was so refreshing and my skin felt epic afterwards.
Lucy Real Mum Review

Take your own towels to the Blue Lagoon, and your full makeup kit; you'll need it! 

Ethnographic open air museum

Move away from the obvious, Iceland has some of the strangest, weird and wonderful museums in the world. Do your research before travelling and you can see so much more than whales and geysers.
Emma Fashion Mommy

My biggest tip is to hire a car - it's the best way to see the country in your own time instead of relying on tour buses that rush you around. You also don't need to hire a 4x4 if you're planning on sticking to the Ring Road and not going on mountain roads so car hire doesn't have to be too expensive. 


My one top tip would be to not just concentrate on Reykjavik. It's a fantastic place, but we really loved South Iceland in particular. It's a long drive (especially if it's snowy!) to Jokulsarlon, but it's so worth it to go to the beach where the blue icebergs crash onto the volcanic shore. It's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Ally Dowsing-Reynolds Digital Diva

Make sure you are prepared for any kind of weather and make an Icelandic music playlist.  
Anne-Sophie City Cookie

Skagoss Waterfall

I would say look to stay in self-catering accommodation. We stayed in a log cabin out in the mountains (with a naughty sheep who tried to get in every night!) and our own "hot pot" outside, a chic city apartment in Reykjavik and a farm where the children got to ride their own Icelandic horses. Self-catering allowed us to have some really unique experiences.

Tell me have you been to Iceland? Where is the most beautiful place you have ever visited?

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

How To Organise Your Travel With A Knomo Curzon Bag

Stylish well-made travel bags are SO hard to find. Until recently I had a simple Cath Kidston large bag as my carry on luggage for my travels. It did the job but was rather basic and was quite uncomfortable on my shoulder if I had to carry it for a long time. So when I was offered to review the Knomo Curzon leather tote bag I was really looking forward to trying it out.

Knomo London is a luxury bag and accessory company that make top quality items with the emphasis on the detailing and exceptional design. They focus on making bags that make every day easier, by having brilliant organisation features, including hidden pockets and multiple pouches to efficiently organise your life.

Curzon leather shoulder tote

The first thing that struck me when I saw the Curzon leather tote bag was that it seemed incredibly spacious. Measuring an ample 39.5 cm wide, 16cm in diameter and 27cm high, this bag is a really perfect size for a travel bag, the type where you can put everything in for your weekend away. It may not look that spacious but in fact, this bag is like Dr Who's Tardis due to its clever design.

Firstly the outside has two front pockets that have lovely strong zips. There is nothing worse than a dodgy zip! These front pockets also have RFID blocking technology. This helps protect you from 'electronic pickpocketing' from RFID skimming - reading the electronic chips that are in some credit cards passports and driving licences. Such a clever idea.

Secondly on the other side of the bag is another compartment with a strong magnetic popper, perfect to pop in a book or magazine.

Then the bag opens really wide. On the inside right, there is a large compartment, which is slightly padded and perfect to slip in your laptop, I can comfortably fit my 15inch Macbook pro inside with lots of room to spare. Also on this side is another large pocket, big enough to hold a book, Filofax or organiser perhaps.

On the inside left, there is a secure zipped compartment approximately 30 cm in length. Sewn into this side are two small pockets, suitable for your phone or a small purse, two credit card compartments and two pen compartments. 

This bag is undeniably fabulous. It is made of soft leather and oozes quality but what I was particularly impressed with was the finishing - the stitching is even, and dare I say it virtually perfect, the handles are slightly padded and of a decent length if you want to carry it or put it on your shoulder, and the metal zips feel strong and secure.  On the bottom of the bag are small metal studs to protect the base as well.

It also feels incredibly comfortable on your shoulder which I was really pleased about. The bag weighs less than a kilo which I think is great for a leather bag of this size, but if you wanted an ultra lightweight version, they also make the same design in nylon with leather edging which is lighter again.

The Knomo Curzon leather bag is spaciously stylish, uniquely useful and fabulously fashionable.  It combines organisation with elegance, sophistication with design. It's that perfect bag to take out to meetings or to use for your travels as a cabin bag. It can hold enough for an overnight stay or even a weekend away if you are clever with your packing. Don't believe me? Have a look at the video below and you will be surprised.

I'm seriously impressed with the Knomo range, and I have my eye on the Elektronista digital clutch bag next. A clutch bag with a built in phone charger and lots of pockets for some serious organising. All the bags have a two-year guarantee too. At the moment they have a sale on as well so you may be able to snag a serious bargain!

The Knomo Curzon leather tote bag is priced at £269 and for a bag that will last you many years, I feel it's worth it. If you are looking for a stylish spacious tote bag of the utmost quality, you won't be disappointed. Get your #LifeOrganised with Knomo. Highly recommended.

Monday, 2 January 2017

My Beauty Tips For Perfect Makeup

I am a child of the 80's and since then there have been many different makeup trends and fashions. From blue eyeliner to glitter makeup, nude lips to bold reds.

I've been wearing makeup since this time and I have learnt in my experience that makeup styles come and go, but there are tips and tricks you can pick up along the way that will make your makeup look flawless whatever your choice of colours and styles. 

Examine Your Skin

Your skin can change with age, environment, weather, what you eat and what tablets you take so it's useful to examine your skin closely in front of a mirror every few months. 

In the Summer my cleansing and makeup routine is different than in the Winter and you may want to buy different products to deal with issues such as oil production, dryness, adult acne and so on.  

Apply To Clean Skin

It may seem simple but ensure your skin is clean before applying makeup. Tone and moisturise your skin if needed and let the moisturiser sink in for at least ten minutes if you can. This will provide a good even base for application. 

If you have oily skin you may wonder about applying moisturiser but think about a mattifying lotion, Garnier for example produces a good mattifying oil-free moisturiser that will stop extra shine. 

Use Good Lighting

When applying makeup it's important to use good lighting. Invest in a Hollywood light bulb mirror if you can to give some added glamour to your bedroom or bathroom and provide the perfect light to apply makeup. 

You don't want to apply too much foundation, just enough to even out any blotchiness and uneven skin tones and hide any blemishes. Blending your skin base, blusher, eyeshadows and concealers in good light is important to avoid any harsh lines or marks. 

Use A Primer

A primer is useful to help your makeup stay in place all day. Allow it to sink into your skin for 10 minutes before applying any foundation. I find a primer is particularly useful if I am travelling to a hot climate or I have a busy day and will be out from morning to night.

It's important to protect your skin from UVA rays in the sun which can cause premature ageing so ensure either your moisturiser, primer or foundation has an SPF of 15 or above. Some primers can also be tinted to correct redness, brighten sallow skin or add a glow.

Pick A Suitable Foundation

Pick a suitable foundation for your skin. Some offer heavier coverage than others and if you have good skin you may only need a tinted moisturiser or BB cream.  Makeup counters are useful for tips and advice if you are not sure what product to buy. My favourite products at the moment are Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation for a mid to full coverage all year round and La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur for the summer months.

You may be persuaded to buy a brush or beauty blender for application and whilst both can be great (I like a beauty blender myself) you need to make sure they are spotlessly clean and washed on a regular basis. Alternatively, you can apply makeup with clean fingertips. Always blend well along the jawline, hairline and upper lip area to prevent 'tide lines'.

Use A Concealer Wisely

A good spot concealer can hide blemishes whilst an illuminating concealer can make you look rested and awake. Generally, an illuminating concealer, a shade lighter than your skin tone or foundation can help hide dark circles and lines under your eyes. 

Powders Last Longer Than Creams Or Gels

A powder blush and eye shadow generally last longer than cream or gel versions so for a long lasting look apply these. For a soft natural looking blush use a cream or gel.

To set your makeup apply a translucent powder that has no colour but will make it stay longer and take away any shine. Another option would be to use one of the many setting sprays on the market to stop your makeup sliding down our face throughout the day. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder is a favourite of mine and has been for years.

Lipsticks, Lip Stains or Lip Gloss

If you want lipstick or gloss to last longer use a lipliner first. This also prevent your lipstick 'bleeding'. I find using a lipliner all over my lips adds a long lasting base.  Choose a lipstick or lip stain with a long lasting formula to make it last all day or a gloss for a more softer lip.

All you have to do now is apply mascara, and a touch of eyeliner if you want a more dramatic look and you're done. 

So here are some beauty tips for perfect makeup. Do you have any?

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