No More Mutton!

Is this your role model?

Whether you’re 60 or you’ve just turned 30 and think THAT’S IT NOW – everyone wants to remain youthful. You want to look healthy and happy no matter what age and there are things you can do to keep looking young…

Here are five simple steps that really WILL  make a difference:

1. Less really  is  more.

How many times have you heard that right? As you get older, do you feel like you should be slapping on more makeup to fill in those lines and add that glow you think you’ve lost. Well, STOP!

Keep looking fresh by easing up on the dark eyeshadows and eyeliners. Stick to frosted shadows and instead, opt for a bright lipstick! Focus on your well-cared for skin.

2. How are your locks looking?

If you still have big 80’s bangs and a crinkle perm then sorry but YOU’RE OLD. You’re not helping yourself by having a dated-trim, so pick up the latest mag, close your eyes, point your finger and choose a BRAVE new chop! dare you.

3. Dress well.

There is NO excuse for dressing even a little bit cool. Fashion is everywhere and in every form. Primark do ‘takes’ on Topshop and Topshop do ‘takes’ on the high-end stuff mere mortals cannot afford. So what’s your excuse? Get in there and copy what’s on a mannequin for starters…

4. Trendy Wendy.

Add trends sparingly. Animal print is cool yeah -but- dressing head to toe in it, ISN’T. Match a black-based outfit with a splash of print, like a hangbag, or a scarf – much more on-trend AND youthful.

5. Off the cuff.

Jewellery: Be careful! You don’t want to end up looking like a regular-bingo-attendee, nor do you want to look like you raided the local pawn shop.

If in doubt – think simple. Cuffs are in right now, as are simple pendant necklaces, oh and big rings too. But these trends aren’t allowed at once. One at a time.

So there you have it – 5 simple steps to looking [and staying] young.

Please share this with as many people as possible because, to be frank, I can’t cope with seeing mutton dressed as lamb more much longer – the more muttons that know; the better!

Peace and Love. 

Keep it light girls!

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Go Gradient Gal!

Start from the top left hand corner and work round it like a clock.

1. Base coat – for obvious reasons.

– Apply a light coat.

2. Choose your colour scheme. I chose pink but I’ve seen it done it blue and orange and they look equally amazing!

– Get the lightest colour possible you can get your hands on. Most use white but as I didn’t have white, this pale pink was the closest (and I feel it works just as well!)

3. Apply the light colour all over your nail.

4. Take the next shade up. I chose my OPI strawberry shade nail varnish.

5. Mix with the lightest shade you used in stage 2. (Two to three drops of each should be enough for both hands). – I used a plate to mix on and a cocktail stick to mix with.

– Apply this about a third down your nail so 2/3rds are covered.

– Make sure each layer is completely dry before applying the next (or it’ll get messy!)

6. When dry, choose the shade darker than step 4. I chose my OPI shade ‘You’re a Pisa Work’ which i absolutely adore. Drop about 3 droplets of your darker shade onto the mixing plate.

7. Mix this with the remains of what you’ve been using. Add a drop of the original light varnish if needed.

8. Choose your next colour. and repeat process – This time covering only 1/3 of your nail.

9. It should look a little like this. Don’t worry about any mess – It is easily removed with a good varnish remover and precision brush.

10. You can get darker & darker but I decided to finish with a purple as this is a gradient of pink. I mainly did it because a lot of my pinks are very similar shades, so to create a thorough gradient I went with a lilac shade into a darker purple.

11. This is my lilac from OPI – shade ‘Panda Monium’.

12. Mixed into this deep purplePamplona Purple.

13. Back to top coat. Make sure you leave it dry for longer than usual.

NOTE: I’m not going to lie, it’s a little fiddly but I did manage to do it first time. If you find it difficult, don’t be disheartened – give it a try – afterall; practise makes perfect!

Tips & Tricks: Beauty dilemma’s – solved!

Whether you have a beauty dilemma or you’re just picking up some new tips & tricks of the trade. You won’t be disappointed!

Problem: I love my [insert high-street shop here] costume jewellery but they always leave me with a green [delete as appropriate] neck/wrist/finger/earlobe.

Solution: Don’t worry. This really, really works…

Simply get some clear nail varnish, or the nearest to clear you have, and coat it all around the underneath of the jewellery (basically the bits that you don’t see but touches your skin). For example, on a ring, all around the band and underneath the design: It works a treat. No more green fingers!

Problem: You can see there’s lipgloss in the tube, yet you can’t get it out. How annoying!

Solution: Pour boiling water into a mug, drop the lipgloss tube in it for a couple of minutes (leave the end with the lid at the top & make sure you can still pick it up). The heat will loosen up the product and will unstick so you can scoop the rest out. (This also works with Mascaras in tubes – or anything else gel-like).

Problem: Your nail varnish won’t dry and you need it to – quickly!

Solution: Sounds crazy but trust us here. Coating your wet nails in cooking spray will help them dry very quickly. ‘Frylight’ is probably the most popular one you’ve heard of. (Just make sure you use the original flavour to avoid garlic-y finger-tips!) The normal one doesn’t smell at all and it’s just a case of wiping away the excess oil after.

Problem: But I don’t have cooking spray in my house?!

Solution: Don’t worry! Something you definitely will have is ice. Everyone has ice. After painting your nails, simply slide your nails into a bowl of ice water and after a minute (brrr) your nails will be completely dry! Not only this, but any smudges or mistakes you made will have fallen off. Score.

Problem: My feet are sore/achey/flakey – but I can’t afford to get a pedicure/it’s midnight and going to get a pedicure now is highly inappropriate.

Solution: Whatever your situation, you want soft, healthy feet again right? Well have you got some socks & some moisturiser or Vaseline? Good. Simply douse, smother and pile on your choice of moisturiser to your feet. [It doesn’t even have to be an expensive/high-end one] – pull your socks over and leave for a couple of hours. For best results, do this before your go to bed and pull off your socks in the morning – you will revel in the difference, promise.

Problem: None! Because abeautybag has solved them all.

Heeheehee.

You’re welcome.

xoxox

50 Shades of Grey: The stuff that really makes you happy

While I recognise you might have clicked on this for a review of the book that spread faster than a cold in an office; you’re sadly mistaken. However, this is the stuff that creates genuine screams and squeals, real excitement and a feeling of pure happiness; why I’m talking about makeup of course.

 But in true dedication to the cheeky literature by E. L. James, I’ve chosen items from the amazing www.thelondonperfumecompany.com website and I’m sharing the real pieces of Grey you want to experience.

 Just look!

OPI Nail Lacquer – Silver Shatter
£7.99

Toni&Guy Serum Polish Stick
(RRP £8.49) – £5.49

Stila Pencil Sharpener
(RRP £6.00) – £3.99

Christian Dior Capture Totale Nuit Intensive Night Restorative Crème.
(RRP £112.00) – £95.99

Yardely Lace 15ml Eau De Parfum, Compact Mirror & Volume Boost Heather Lipstick Gift Set
(RRP £12.95) – £4.99

Christian Dior Global Anti-Age Concentrate Radiance
(RRP £132.00) – £119.99

Tigi Bed Head Hard Head Mohawk Gel for Spiking and Ultimate Hold
(RRP £12.79) – £11.99

OPI Nail Lacquer – It Totally Fort Worth It
(RRP £11.00) – £7.99

Tigi S Factor Creamy Moulding Wax
(RRP £15.90) – £12.59

Prada Tendre Purse 10ml Eau De Parfum X 3 Gift Set
(RRP £39.99) – £25.99

So there’s my must-have shades of grey. Not quite 50, but I reckon 10 is enough to keep you satisfied.

I love www.thelondonperfumecompany.com because 99.9% of the products are always cheaper than what’s on the high-street. Why would I leave the comfort of my own home to get something double the price when I can get bargains at the click of my finger!? Their products are always so professional (and their delivery is soooo fast) so I never have to wait long!

What’s your favourite website to get your beauty products? Let me know!

xox

The Perfume Bottle: Stash or Trash?

Perfume! Whether sweet, woody, fruity or musky – everyone has a favourite. People today use perfumes like an accessory. You’ve got your hair done; clothes smart and jewellery present… what tops it off? A good squirt of your favourite fragrance of course!

Perfume has become ‘wearable art’ – just like clothes and jewellery – it takes careful consideration to choose the perfect product.

So with this in mind I was clearing out my apartment as I had way too much clutter for my own good. Out went the stacks of magazines that were piled so high they were taller than my 2 year old nephew and out went the makeup cases that have been empty for years (but because they cost me a small fortune I couldn’t bear to dispose of them). Anyway slight tangent but it brings me to my question…

Have you ever kept hold of your old perfume even though it’s run out simply because the bottle is so beautiful?

Yep, me too..

It got me thinking as to just how many people took part in, what can only be described as, ‘unnecessary hoarding’ .. and I was pleasantly surprised that it’s not a totally crazy thing to do.

So here are a few bottles that I fell in love with and not only would keep if they were mine, but I want them anyway! Enjoy.

Bond No 9 Eau De New York Eau De Parfum
£116.99 (RRP £155)

LOLA by Marc Jacobs

Beautifully pink

From £42.99

A sweet treat

The iconic Jean Paul Gaultier
£41.99 (RRP £47)

Bond N09 Andy Warhol Silver Factory Eau De Parfum
£133.99 (RRP £170)

Can’t go wrong with Chanel

The Classic Chanel No 5
Refill £50

Vera Wang – Princess