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Baking isn’t just for cupcakes – Bake your face flawless!!!

Let me start off by saying that I love a dewy makeup look! Its great for the daytime, looks more natural and I love the glow it gives my skin. It also gives the skin a better chance to breathe and gives it a healthier appearance. In saying this though, for night time glam looks, I like a bit more you know? More makeup, more glam, more lashes..just more of everything! And that’s where the BAKING comes in. I finally tried the technique for myself after watching a tutorial on Youtube and I thought why not see what the hype is about. And iv gotta say I LOVE it! Baking your makeup for night looks, really does take your face to a new level of FLAWLESS. You never have to worry about looking oily or touching up as it leaves a matte finish but with a glow so there are no dry, patchy spots. So what do you need to bake your face flawless? Lets get to it!

start of with a clean face and add your base makeup

You will need your usual makeup including foundation and contouring sticks etc, baking is merely taking these up a notch and setting this onto your skin. It almost looks like the makeup has merged with your natural skin creating that flawless look. First I do my makeup as normal including my eye makeup. I then contour as normal. Then comes the concealer. First I use a pink concealer (I use the Sheglam one from http://www.shein.co.uk). Use this under your eyes, the middle of your forehead, a thin line down the centre of your nose and on your chin. Then directly over the pink concealer, I apply the yellow concealer (also Sheglam from http://www.shein.co.uk). Then you need to use a brush to thin the concealer out in all these areas. Bring the concealer from under the eyes down to your cheeks, almost in a “V” shape. And take the concealer from the centre of your chin all the way up the sides of your jaws. After this, I use a makeup sponge to lightly dab on the concealer areas (its important to dab and not rub the concealer so it almost melts into the skin).

contour and concealer

Now we set! Take translucent powder, pat onto a makeup sponge and tap the powder on all the areas with the concealer. Use a thin brush to add powder down the centre of your nose.

Now lets start baking babaaay!

Using a thin brush and the translucent powder, add a thick layer of powder down the centre of your nose. (tip: if at any stage during the process of adding concealer or powder, the contour on your nose gets smudged or lighter, feel free to go over the contour lines with your contour brush again, to redefine them.

Now use a darker setting powder (I use “sand” from the Sheglam collection), and again using a makeup sponge I tap the powder lightly on all the areas that we added contour to. Using a thin brush, add the darker setting powder on the sides of your nose as well. This helps set and define those contour lines.

Now we take the translucent powder and makeup sponge and add a thick layer to all the concealer areas, including under eyes, centre of forehead, centre of the chin and on the sides of the jaws. All of these areas will now look very white (you will look a bit crazy at this point but don’t worry its part of the process).

Bake you makeup for 15 minutes

You now need to let this set for 15 minutes (if you have extra oily skin, I would leave for 20-25 minutes). Once this time has passed, your makeup is done baking and your face will be beat! Before brushing away the excess powder, add a little blush to your cheeks. Now take a makeup sponge and gently wipe away the excess translucent powder from those areas.

baking your makeup

I then apply my highlighter, lipstick, lashes etc after this to finish the look.

And that, my dear friends, is how you bake your makeup flawless and beat your face (even more) beautiful!

Try it and let me know how you get on with it. Happy Baking Hunnies!

Love, Arita X

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beauty, fitness and travel, skincare, Uncategorized

How to reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks

We all know the feeling of dieting and working out trying to get bikini ready, in time for summer or that long awaited vacation. We aim to eat better and tone those muscles so that those tiger stripes on our thighs and buttocks magically disappear. Unfortunately though, that’s not how it works and there are a few necessary requirements/tips to feeling better about stretch marks and cellulite.

Now I know that most of us (including myself), are constantly in search for that miracle cream or procedure that will banish our cellulite /stripes forever. Theres good and bad news with this. Lets get the bad news out of the way. There is no permanent or quick solution! Be it due to genetics, weight loss/gain or simply the fact that its perfectly normal to have them (its a part of being human, and beautiful humans at that), stretchies and cellulite are here to stay and we do have to realise that we are beautiful with or without them.

Having said that (and I do believe its so important to take that on board), if you feel more confident in your bikini with a little help from a cream or a squat, then I’m here for it too. Just as makeup makes us feel a tad more confident as it accentuates the beauty that we all already have, so too do these products /tricks i’m sharing with you now.

Ok lets get into it!

  1. Moisturising

Starting/maintaining a good skincare routine is key anyway but keeping your skin hydrated and moisturised is very important to the overall look of it. I stumbled upon Nivea Skin Firming lotion a few months ago and (in conjunction with a few other things (coming below)), I really have noticed a difference to my skin with cellulite. I love the rich texture of the lotion and my skin really feels soft and moisturised afterwards and while im not sure if I noticed a significant difference in 2 weeks (as per the bottle), I have noticed a difference after a few weeks. Its packed with Vitamin C and Q10 which is brilliant for skin brightening and anti wrinkle treatment. They do have one that gradually adds a tan to your skin but I did not love it to be honest. the color is too yellow for me and it leaves awful streaks when its wearing off. (im still washing off the streaks so I would avoid the tan option).

Nivea Firming Lotion

2. The Cream

I also came across, and use religiously everyday, the Nivea Firming and Goodbye Cellulite cream/lotion. This promised to “firm and reduce the appearance of cellulite” in 3 weeks. I use this twice a day, and have been for about 3 months now and iv got to say, while I can’t say for sure if it did anything in exactly 3 weeks, it has definitely made my cellulite look slightly better, my skin does appear slightly lifted and more firm in the thigh/bum area so I am really loving this.

Nivea Firming + Goodbye Cellulite

I must also mention that I do also use a combo of Rosehip and Marula oil to these areas as well and I think all these together have changed the appearance of my skin.

3. The Fit

Most of us don’t really think about it but the fit of a bikini is so important to how we look and feel in it. A well fitted bikini can provide that slight lift that we need. I have found that getting a bikini bottom that fits just right, will give you an instant butt lift which will not only make your bum look great but it will also lessen the appearance of cellulite which you may have, because as it gently lifts the skin, it will look smoother. For me, finding the perfect bikini bottoms has been a bit of trial and error. But once you’ve found the styles you like, you will find it much easier to go shopping for bikinis and have fun while doing it:)

How to reduce cellulite and stretch marks

4. The Cover-Up

Foundation covers a few things right? Before using this product that im about share, I used a bit of foundation over my stretch marks but they’re not really waterproof or work as well. Dermablend Professional Leg and Body Makeup is really great at covering up “imperfections”. It is a bit thick, so a little really does go a long way but that really helps to create a smooth effect to the skin and even out skin as well. Its used by professionals for those “airbrushed” photoshoots etc so you can believe this stuff works!

Dermablend Body Makeup

Those are my top tricks for “getting bikini ready”. I have scaled back on using the makeup as often when im on vacay etc, only because I really do believe that confidence does come from within and we all do need to love the skin we’re in and be comfortable in it. So while I love using these, and they are amazing, remember it all starts on the inside and no amount of makeup will “make up” for any inadequacies we feel deep down. Work on the inside as much (if not more), as you do the outside:)

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Lots of love

Arita X

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