Monday, 17 January 2022 13:59

How To Wear Pantone's Very Peri With OPV Beauty

The new year wraps up in a new colour: 'Very Peri', Pantone's Colour Of The Year 2022. You too can add this shade of royal purple with independent brand OPV Beauty.

Very Peri Pantone Color Of The Year 2022 - OPV BeautyCourtesy of OPV Beauty

With UK Google searches for Very Peri up by 5,000%, here is how to incorporate it into your beauty looks all year round, with the help of OPV Beauty...


About "Very Peri"

Pantone announced their colour of 2022 as 'Very Peri' describing it as "displaying a carefree confidence and a daring curiosity that animates our creative spirit, inquisitive and intriguing PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri helps us to embrace this altered landscape of possibilities, opening us up to a new vision as we rewrite our lives."

Just A Sprinkling Of 'Mild Peri'

Shift Loose Pigment by OPV Beauty - Very Peri makeup products

If you have opted for a more natural makeup look after all the lockdowns, add just a sprinkling of Very Peri to your eyelids, and customise it to create your own style. Whether it is a brush along the crease, a stamp in the inner corner, or a smokey blend out from the outer corner, this shade makes an impact.

Use the Shift Loose Pigment by OPV Beauty (£8.50 on opvbeauty.com), a highly concentrated pigment that is easy to apply and create whatever look you are going for, as well as also being vegan and cruelty-free.

Graphic Liner But Make It Metallic

OPV Beauty's Metal & Glitter liner in shade 909 - Pantone Color Of The Year

The Graphic Liner trend is going nowhere with #graphicliner having over 770 million TikTok video views!

Add to the colour of the year, the trend of the year with OPV Beauty's Metal & Glitter liner in shade 909 (£10). Long-lasting and smudge-free, this liner is perfect for adding a shimmer to your look or being your entire eyelid look. The precise applicator sweeps seamlessly for a smooth, professional finish.

Father, Son, And Purple Eyelids

GoldLust

 Lady Gaga stunned at the House of Gucci UK premiere with a floaty purple dress, and glitter purple eyeshadow to match - almost like she knew it was going to be the colour of the year.

If you are heading "out out" this year, make your eyes more eye-catching with Pressed Glitter in shade Gold Lust by OPV Beauty (£8). Cruelty-free and waterproof, this pressed pigment stays super sparkly for hours.

The Queen's Lipstick

Deepen 'Very Peri' with a full-on vampy purple lip like Anya Taylor-Joy. Perfect for those winter nights or summer parties (fingers crossed!).

 OPV Beauty Mystery Liquid Lipstick - Very Peri Pantone's Colour Of The Year 2022

Be bold with the Mystery Liquid Lipstick from OPV Beauty (£8) that gives you an effortless application, and your lips a tender coverage that dries to a gorgeous matte finish.

Very Peri will give you confidence and a halo of mystery and we are sure including it in your palette will give you much fun with OPV Beauty.

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Tuesday, 28 December 2021 10:57

Festive Skin? Make it Healthier!

Holidays are for relaxation and self-indulgence but your skin is not always that happy with it. Bruce Green, chartered scientist and founder of SOS Serum Skincare, explains why.

Fresh skin for the new year. Ph. Audrey Fretz, UnsplashPh. Audrey Fretz, Unsplash

Overindulging during the festive season does no good to your skin. Bruce Green, founder of SOS Serum Skincare, reveals how it goes hand in hand with some skincare dilemmas.


Holidays And Your Skin, What Bruce Says...

"First of all, we throw our healthy habits out the window and enjoy many alcoholic beverages, and eat more sugary treats, fatty foods. Alcohol is a diuretic, which forces water out of the body making it harder to rehydrate. It can cause the skin to look sallow and make pores and fine lines more visible. Sugary foods can result in a quick rise in blood sugar which can cause a spike in insulin. This jump can increase skin and hair oiliness leading to inflammation and potential breakouts. But this isn't me saying not to enjoy yourself! Here are a few tips that can help your skin this festive season."

Rehydration

Bruce Green's expert tips for healthy skin. HydrationImage courtesy of SOS Serum Skincare

"This is the big one. For every drink of alcohol, drink a glass of water – the one for one rule. Water flushes out toxins and restores your hydration levels."

Cleanse

How to make festive skin healthy. Ph. Ron Lach, PexelsPh. Ron Lach, Pexels

"I know it's tempting after a sparkly social evening to reduce or even skip your facial cleansing routine but DON’T! After hydration, this is the next most important factor to protecting skin from party fallout. But be gentle and use a non-alcoholic, mild or no perfume face cleanser. SOS Cleanse (£15) is perfect for this as it is lightweight and rehydrating."

SOS Serum Skincare Face & Body cream

"Give exfoliation a miss until your skin cell regeneration batteries are re-charged. Follow cleansing with natural non-fragranced serums and moisturisers like our  SOS Serum (£15) that delivers comfort, moisturisation and protection to the skin."

Rest

Bruce Green's expert tips for healthy skin. Ph. Kelly Sikkema, UnsplashPh. Kelly Sikkema, Unsplash

"Take advantage of an alcohol-free night in your schedule and have an early bedtime. Your body, mind and skin regeneration is crucial and you will instantly look and feel better for it."

Wait

How to have healthy skin for 2022. Bruce Green's skincare tips.Image courtesy of SOS Serum Skincare

"New cosmetics, skincare products and perfumes will often come to you as Christmas gifts but don’t slap them all on at once or your skin could have a freak-out! Wait until your skin has settled and balance restored before trying out a new skincare formulation; your skin could reject something for all the wrong reasons."

With these expert tips in mind, you can be sure that 'festive skin' can be healthy and glowy for the new year!

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Wednesday, 01 December 2021 15:01

How To Find The Right Eyebrow Shape For Your Face

Armed with a brush, pencil and tweezers, we learnt how to map out our eyebrows. Your face also tells you something about the right 'angle' your eyebrows should take. We are going to listen to these suggestions...

Beauty tutorial. Right eyebrow shape for your Face shape. Ph. Soroush Karimi, UnsplashPh. Soroush Karimi, Unsplash

The right eyebrow is essential to give depth to your expression as well as balance. Find how the perfect brow shape balances every face and can even correct it.


Square, heart, oval or round. As beautiful as your natural face is, we know you secretly wish to sharpen those cheekbones or soften your jawline. Here again, the right eyebrow will do the trick. Every face shape has a perfect eyebrow match. To find it, seat straight in front of your mirror - again - and look at your 'oval'. Your face might not be a perfect oval, so follow our guide to find the eyebrow shape that can create harmony.

Oval Face

If you have an oval-shaped face, your lines are symmetric and balanced. Your eyebrows should have a slight arch and a softer shape. There is not so much work to do. Just remember to start and end them at an equal level.

Round Face

If you notice that your face has almost the same width and length, then your face is round. To sharpen and lengthen your oval, opt for a lifted arch.

Square Face

The main feature of a square face is a defined and angular jawline. The width and length are almost the same. Lift your eyebrows with a defined yet soft arch by keeping the body of your eyebrows fuller and natural-looking.

Eyebrow shape for rectangle faces. Ph. Hadis Safari, UnsplashPh. Hadis Safari, Unsplash 

Long Face

In this type of face, the length is prominent, almost double the width. To give more space and breathe to a long face, elongate your eyebrow and keep the arch low.

Rectangle Face

A rectangle face is long but has a more defined, squared jawline. Focus on the body with full and natural eyebrows with a soft curve.

Diamond Face

If you have a diamond face, your forehead is short, and your contours are well-sculpted with high cheekbones and a pointed chin. Make your face more delicate, choose softer and rounded eyebrows.

Triangle Face

If your forehead is narrow, but your jawline is strong, then you have a triangular face. Here as well, it is all a matter of adding sweetness: your best-friend eyebrows should have a low, curved arch and a full body.

Heart Face

If your forehead is larger than your jawline and your chin is pointed, you likely have a heart-shaped face. Keep your eyebrows straight and a rounded arch without playing too much with your pencil. Do not over-change this shape.

You can also take celebrities with a similar face shape as an example to style your eyebrows. This beauty task is a fine game of balance.

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The roaring '20s wanted them super thin; the '80s loved them full and wild. How to have your eyebrows on point? Trends and decades aside, your face suggests the right shape for you. Learn how to use face mapping to find the brow shape that feels truly yours.

How to have eyebrows on point. Ph. Garin Chadwick, UnsplashPh. Garin Chadwick, Unsplash

Before plucking away those bushy brows, learn everything about face mapping and how to find the right eyebrow shape for your face. Then, you can take your trusty tweezers...


Face Mapping

How to face mapping for perfect eyebrows. Ph. Nataliya Vaitkevich, PexelsPh. Nataliya Vaitkevich, Pexels

Try to imagine yourself without brows for one second. Something will look odd; your face will be rather blank! Your face tells how your eyebrows should be and the technique to decypher 'this message' is called face mapping. Face mapping allows you to find where your eyebrow should naturally start, arch and stop.

To practice it, you will need a mirror and a brush with a thin handle, plus a spoolie brush and an eye pencil. Then a sturdy pair of tweezers to get the work done.

How To Face Map Step-by-Step

How to find your eyebrow shape, face mapping. Ph. cottonbro, PexelsPh. cottonbro, Pexels

Start with makeup-free and brushed-up eyebrows. Sit straight in front of a mirror with your brush and pencil at the ready.

  1. Place the handle of your makeup brush - or alternatively an eye pencil - parallel your nose. Where the handle meets the inner corner of your nose, that is the starting point of your eyebrows. You can mark this first point with a light coloured eye pencil.
  2. To determine where your eyebrow should arch, point the handle of your brush in the outer corner of your nose to form an angle. Keep looking straight ahead. The handle will draw a line crossing the centre of your iris, follow this line and mark your second point.
  3. Now, always from the outer corner of your nose, place the brush diagonally. The handle will reach the outer corner of your eye, there is where your eyebrow should fade to stop. Mark this third point.
  4. Use these three points to pluck what grows beyond the imaginary contour. Use tweezers with a comfortable grip like Rubis Gold Slant Tweezers (£22.50).

Rubis Gold Slanter Tweezers Bobbi Brown recommendedRubis Gold Slanter Tweezers

Bobbi Brown once said 'Rubis is the Ferrari of tweezers'. Tweezers should be an investment for years to come. If you are sick and tired of cheap, a-couple-of-use-only pair of tweezers, this is the tool your beauty kit is missing.

How to face mapping - the right eyebrow shape for you. Ph. Anthony Shkraba, PexelsPh. Anthony Shkraba, Pexels

The temptation to get rid of every stray facial hair may still feel very strong at this point. Start gradually with your professional tweezers until you are pleased with the result and see your face harmoniously shaped.

 

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Thursday, 11 November 2021 07:43

Autumn Skincare Saviours from Aviela

Investing in a quality skincare line may just be what you need this Autumn. Aviela are a 100% natural African shea butter brand helping you transform your skin through the colder months. 

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Thursday, 30 September 2021 10:57

All Year Round Beauty With Sugar Coated Vegan Wax

The autumn and winter months are bearing down on us quickly but that does not mean that we should abandon looking after ourselves and keeping our bodies in tip-top condition especially when it comes to our waxing.

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Thursday, 02 September 2021 13:03

How to grow your eyelashes and eyebrows naturally

Fuller eyebrows and thick eyelashes are very fashionable these days. Although you can find many products on the market that promise you dreamy results, you can try natural homemade remedies first before browsing the drugstore aisles.

How to grow eyelashes and eyebrows naturally

A hot beauty trend seen on magazines, beauty blogs and Instagram is sporting fuller brows paired with feathery eyelashes. To achieve naturally full results, you can try these three well-known homemde remedies.

 

How To Grow Your Eyebrows With Olive Oil

Olive oil for eyebrow growth and benefits

Olive oil is a God-sent ingredient for your beauty because it contains vitamins A and E, which will increase the growth of your hair. Vitamin E nourishes each hair strand, while vitamin A promotes the production of natural body oil, which helps hair development.

How to: apply a drop of olive oil on the tip of the finger and then gently massage the eyebrows, leaving it for a couple of hours and then rinsing with a face cleanser. This step can be part of your beauty routine at least once a day to see its effects in a matter of a few weeks. Need more intensity for your eyebrows? You can always opt for a brow tint for more colour and drama at the end of your treatment.

Egg Yolks For Healthy Eyebrows And Eyelashes

Egg yolk to grow your eyebrows and benefits. Ph. Klaus Nielsen, PexelsPh. Klaus Nielsen, Pexels

Hair is made of a protein known as keratin, and eggs are an excellent source of proteins. Moreover, egg yolks are also a good source of biotin, which stimulate the growth of your eyebrows and eyelashes. As you can spot in many haircare products for hair loss and hair growth, keratin and biotin are two natural allies.

How to grow eyebrows naturally. Ph. Cottonbro, PexelsPh. Cottonbro, Pexels

How to: separate the egg yolk from its white, the beat the yolk until the consistency is uniform. Next, apply the mixture to your eyebrows with a brush and, for the eyelashes, a clean lash wand. Leave it for 20 minutes, and then wash it off with warm water. This homemade recipe can give you a faster growth rate if you use it twice a week. Be careful: use it in moderation because egg yolks can clog your pores and cause acne.

How To Grow Your Eyebrows and Eyelashes With Milk

Milk to grow your eyelashes and eyebrows naturally and benefits. Ph. Charlotte May, PexelsPh. Charlotte May, Pexels

Milk has well-known benefits for your skin and hair. Milk is used in many dermatological products because it contains casein and serum, two vital proteins that stimulate the development of healthy hair.

3 natural remedies to grow your eyelashes naturally

How to: moisten a cotton ball in milk and gently apply it to your eyebrows and eyelashes. When applying it to your eyes, remember to remove excess milk by gently squeezing the cotton. Keep it for 15 minutes and wash it off with water. Doing this every day will give you the desired results.

Day after day, you can admire longer and healthier eyelashes and brows because the simplest beauty solutions are a step away from you... in your kitchen.

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The desire to travel was going to peek out sooner or later. Now that you can travel with more freedom, how to pack your luggage with confidence? We have searched and put in practice smart tips that will change once and for all the way you prepare your suitcase.

15 tips - how to pack your luggage- Ph. Daria Shevtsova, PexelsPhoto by Daria Shevtsova, Pexels

Travelling is an enjoyable experience but getting ready to reach your destination can be rather stressful. Packing your luggage is not always as straightforward but with these 15 tips, you are going to pack like a pro traveller.


Maybe you are not used anymore to pack for long distances, maybe you wish to bring all your wardrobe with you or you want to fly with peace of mind. Between strict regulations and security checks, without mentioning airlines' endless policies, packing your suitcases is never that easy. The tip list unrolled in this blog will show you how to pack your luggage as a game. 'Playing Tetris' turns your luggage into an easy-to-solve puzzle and also allows you to save some space for extra souvenirs. Shall we play Tetris?

1) Find The Right Luggage

The right luggage for travelling. Ph. Max Vakhtbovych, Pexels Photo by Max Vakhtbovych, Pexels

If you plan to travel by plane, your suitcase may need to have specific dimensions to fit properly and safely inside a cabin. In any case, hard-shell luggage is the most reliable and lasting choice. It is an investment over time that will protect your belongings and also suggests you when much is too much. 4-wheel models are the easiest suitcases to carry around. A little push goes a long way!

2) Make A List And Check It
This game needs some logic. Exactly like you do your usual grocery list, write down a list of essentials and clothing you will need. As the packing day approaches, do a final check to make sure you do not forget important items on your way.

3) Lay Everything On Your Bed
This elementary tip will prevent you to throw everything instinctively in your bag. Place your essentials, toiletries bag and especially your clothing selection flat on your bed. Now you have a clearer view of what you want to bring and what you need. From here you can start your final selection.

Smart tips to pack your luggage. Ph. by Monstera, pexelsPhoto by Monstera, Pexels

4) Build Your Outfit Ahead
Much depends on your travel destination but always try to pack as light as possible. Wear your bulkiest clothes on the plane and pack garments that you can layer up for the breeziest nights. Plan your underwear based on the days of vacation and include a 'fancier' outfit. Remember: never bring too much with you. Most of the time, those 'just in case' outfits will sit undisturbed at the bottom of your luggage.

5) 'Shoe Tetris'
Let's the game begin! You will soon realise that packing your suitcase is like Tetris: once you know your pieces, you can turn them to stuck them neatly. You can save extra space if you put your shoes heel to toe and stuff them with your socks. Make sure to wrap them in a plastic bag and place them at the bottom of your suitcase to keep dirt away from your nice clothes.

6) The Heaviest First
It may sound obvious but the heaviest belongings should be placed at the bottom of your suitcase or backpack. The gravity will push them down naturally anyway. With this tip, you will not squish or break anything else.

7) Rolls And Cubes

How to pack your luggage like a pro. Ph. Vlada Karpovich, PexelsPhoto by Vlada Karpovich, Pexels

Roll your clothes to gain more space and use packing cubes or cheaper Ziplock bags to keep everything well organised and protected.

8) Dirty Business
The joy of packing is dealing with clean and nicely folded clothes but you will need to pack your dirty outfits at some point. Bring with you some spare plastic bags to store used clothes away.

9) Extra Bag: Allowed

Bagpad, protective bag paddingsPhoto by Bagpad

You may want to bring with you a nice pochette to match that fancy outfit mentioned earlier. Stuff your handbag with soft clothes or use special paddings that will prevent your leather and vegan handbag to crease or lose its original shape. You can try a bag padding like Bagpad that matches your signature handbag dimensions. 

10) Makeup Made Easy
'Less is more' applies to makeup when travelling. Minimise your makeup allowance by selecting multipurpose cosmetics and crayons that can work on eyes, lips and cheeks. Slim down your list and forget the most valuable palette in your stash and big liquid products. Opt for a compact face & eyes palette with versatile and neutral shades you can use day to night. 

11) Protect Your Beauty
Invest in a padded makeup pouch as makeup artists will do or recycle bubble wraps from other packagings. This cheap quick fix will protect your compacts from impacts and damages whether you are travelling by plane, train, coach or car.

12) The Toiletries Dilemma
It is crucial to know in which bag you are going to store your toiletries: is it your hold luggage or your carry-on?
Hold luggage offers more freedom for what concerns the size of your liquids, excluding nail polishes which are forbidden. Although this should be the rule, always check your airline company policies and list of prohibited items on board. Your carry-on or hand luggage toiletries need to comply with air travel safety regulations: each liquid item must be no more than 10 0ml and must fit in a clear and resealable plastic bag with a max volume of 1 litre, measuring around 20x20cm.

13) Smart Travel Sizes

Smart travel tip, make your own travel sizes. Ph. Sarah Chai, PexelsPhoto by Sarah Chai, Pexels

Of course, none of your regular liquid treatments or personal care products will fit the above requirements. The bad news is that you cannot take with you your half-used bottles as they will be rejected at the checking area. Travel sizes are the solution but we guess you want to travel both light and smart. Cosmetic travel-size products are easy to find in any drugstore but they are expensive compared to the full-size version. Creating your own travel sizes is cheap and very easy, you can turn any treatment, liquid makeup or personal care product into a travel size with mini containers or sustainable travel sets like this we have tested for you.

14) Toliteries Come First
Now that you have cut down the size of your essential toiletries and prepared your pouch ready for inspection, keep it at the very top of your hand luggage, so that it is easy to reach before entering the safety check area.

15) Tandem Travel, Safe X2

Smart tips, travel in couple. Ph. Mikhail Nilov, PexelsPhoto by Mikhail Nilov, Pexels

A fight being cancelled is a nightmare but losing a big suitcase is equally frightening. Here, travelling as a couple is safer for both. Have a spare outfit of your travel companion in your hand luggage and so your friend or partner. In the worst scenario ever, both will have something for a quick change while waiting to retrieve the missing bag.

What to have in your hand luggage. Ph. Shopify PartnersPhoto by Shopify Partners, Burst

Solo traveller? If you are travelling alone with two pieces of luggage, save your trip by having always at least one complete spare outfit in your hand luggage in case your hold suitcase gets lost. Also keep your medications, documents and power charger in your hand suitcase to protect the most valuable items closer to you and keep your mobile always charged.

These tested 15 smart packing tips will drastically cut the time you need to pack your bags so that you can enjoy your journey, seat back and relax.

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Wednesday, 16 June 2021 10:43

Top 5 Beauty Trends on TikTok


Where did we get all our information from before TikTok existed?


The ever-growing social media platform has offered us some of the greatest tips and tricks. Be it bargain DIY or trying to become the next Gordon Ramsey, we’ve learnt we can take on any challenge.  Perhaps TikTok’s most influential topic is beauty, as focused on by BBC’s Glow Up this year. Below are some trends that are sure to improve our skills, and maybe even prepare us to apply for the next series. 

1. Robe Curls

With Covid causing a national shut down of hairdressers, our locks have been longing for some TLC. It’s fair to say the past year has seen a fair few bad hair days, but we’ve persevered, finding solace in online platforms such as TikTok for the latest tips. We’ve even found a new way to achieve that salon bouncy blow dry in the comfort of our own homes – using a dressing gown tie. Funnily enough, this unconventional hair tool provides voluminous curls that require no heat. Less damage to hair and doesn’t cost a penny – we’re sold.

@gillianxgrace

@shopsilkyy Heatless Hair Curler! I can’t wait to see the results, part 2 coming soon! ? ##heatlesscurls ##shopsilkyy ##hair ##hairtutorial

♬ originalljud - S U P E R M O D E L S


2.Eye Bags

After spending the last however many decades discovering new ways to conceal our eye bags, this beauty trend aims to do the complete opposite. 2021 is all about embracing natural beauty and uniting in the fact that most of us have eye bags – and that’s okay! In fact, now it’s even trendy. TikTokers have been using lipsticks to create an exaggerated eye bag effect. After all, it’s been a long year so it’s no surprise everyone’s feeling tired and not afraid to show it.

@sarathefreeelf

♬ Greek Tragedy (Oliver Nelson TikTok Remix) - The Wombats
3.Facelift Concealer

As mentioned above, latest beauty trends consist of more natural ways to glow up. For this tip, we’re swapping out needles and saving our pennies for a change in concealer placement. Kim K started the overly bright under eye a few years ago. Now beauty gurus are telling us to switch up this application. Using a concealer one to two shades lighter than our skin tone, place the product in an isosceles triangle shape under the inner section of your eyes. Then add a stroke on the outer corner of your eyes above your cheek bones. This ultimately gives the appearance of a more snatched face.

@meghaess

Facelift anyone? #facelift #concealerhack #makeuphack #makeuptricks #makeuproutine #itsaremix #gotthisforyou #makeuptutorial #skincareroutine #foryou

♬ BDASH Breathe - BDash


4. Q-Tip Lipstick Trick

Perfecting the outer corner edges of our mouth are always the most stubborn when it comes to lipstick application. It’s not easy to see where the liner should finish and we can sometimes end up with the dreaded clown lip. TikTok beauty queen Huda Kattan has solved all our lipstick problems offering a q-tip as the solution. By holding the cotton bud in your mouth while applying, the results are smudge free. There’s no need for guessing work with this precise and easy hack.

@tesslamariee

Sandstone lip & cheek, linked in bio ✨ #qtiplipstick #makeuphack #howto #easymakeup #mamamakeup #lipcolor #ROMWEGetGraphic #PonderWithZion

♬ original sound - theanoughceke
 

5. Colour Theory Foundation

Perhaps one of the most shocking transitions, who knew painting your face multi-coloured could result in a flawless personal skin match? This is a beauty trick even a 2-year-old could help you with – it’s that easy. When applying white, red, blue, and yellow dots on the face and then buffing them into the skin, the colours will melt together and disappear. The concept behind this at-first magical trick is that primary colours neutralise your skin tone. All foundations are actually made from the same pigments, so by custom creating your own, you’re finding the perfect match at a fraction of the cost.



Main photo Photo by Content Pixie on Unsplash

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Wednesday, 20 January 2021 10:31

Perfect Looks That Celebrity Makeup Artist Swear By

With all those YouTube tutorials and tips on the internet, it is now much easier to master applying makeup. However, it is not enough to just invest in expensive products.

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