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Kookie and the Woes of Beautyland

Make-Up for dark skin

So girls we can all finally pick the shade of foundation that suits our complexion. No more, just 40 shades of beige, but 50 shades of all the colours in between and beyond. Yaaaaay Thank you Iman, Thank you Rihanna! But I have to be honest, I'm not a make up girl so I didn't fully understand the hype - Yep I said it! This is a girl who would dress 'dressed' up and walkout bare faced with not even a pencilled eyebrow! It was one of my nieces that said "auntie, I watched one of your videos and couldn't get over you not having eyebrows, don't do that again!'" What did she mean? Of course I've got eyebrows, but she meant pencilled in. It is something that never occurred to me up until this time last year! What made it worse was when my bestie threatened to throw away all the make up and beauty products I did own, from 2003! Don't laugh this is serious! That made me realise I needed a shake up! - If you think that's bad you don't want me to sit down and tell you the rest of my beauty regime, put it this way I'm surprised I still have skin left on my face!

Shocked Monkeys

Now, it can be a bitter pill to swallow when someone tells you you've been doing it wrong all that time. I mean I have gone through my whole life with pretty good skin, so I never moisturised or used anything at all. I'd simply wash and go! Hey don't judge! Know better do better is the saying. So how can you do better if you don't know, and better still how can you do better if you're not interested? I always saw beauty as a narcissists heaven - I mean isn't that how she turned to stone? Now I'm older and every girl on Insta has a full face of make up or a shop full of beauty products on their shelves, I've really had to take notice!

My journey for answers

So the truth is out, I fell down the rabbit hole and landed in BeautyLand and I'm trying to get back home, except, in order to do that I need to embrace or understand this new world! Okay okay, I admit I have got a beauty regime now! Make-Up on the other hand, well I know after a night out I look like an extra from Thriller! The fact I know the dance moves doesn't help my case! But I'm always intrigued to know what others do. So I found an MUA, two Beauty Bloggers, a Nutritionist and some Avid Beauty Lovers, and this is what they had to say:

Mitra MUA - My top tips on Make Up application:

1 - Blending - blend everything and then blend some more (That's where I was going wrong) 2 - The key to making your base look as flawless as possible is using a good moisturiser

3 - Always set your make-up with a pressed or translucent powder - this will make your base last longer as well as control oil (Thats why my make-up keeps sliding off my face)

4 - The trick to getting the most out of your mascara is to look down and really massage it from the roots upwards.

My favourite products are:

Avid Beauty Lover - Kez - Beauty tips

1- I never sleep with make up on! No matter how tired or late it is, I always remove it so my pores can breath!

2 - I always use a day and night serum - My day has to have SPF to protect while I'm out and my night is more moisturising.

3 - Exfoliation is very important to me, to rid my skin of dead skin cells and help encourage cell renewal.

4 - Because I wear make-up everyday for work, on the weekend I go without, it's really important that I do that, my skin needs to breath.

5 - Always moisturise!

6 - Olive Oil and brown sugar granules are great for chapped lips to remove dry skin.

My favourite products:

Spring In Motion - Nutritional Therapist - Mel

Because of the change in weather you may find your skin a bit drier than normal. If that is the case as a general tip I would recommend the following:

1 - Drink plenty of water a minimum of 1.5 litres this varies dependent on height and weight. Keeping hydrated keeps your skin plump and clear.

2 - Moisturise your skin more, especially in winter. My favourite as a face moisturiser is Rosehip oil, it contains fatty acids that are nourishing to the skin. Jojoba oil great for dry skin by replenishing lost moisture. Wheatgerm delivers Vitamins A, B &D to the skin as well as fatty acids and antioxidants, which help to moisturise and heal dry cracked skin as well as help prevent scarring. 3 - Eat more food containing omega oils - Oily fish, Avocados and Nuts (Pumpkin, Sunflower, Linseeds are a great alternative) .

I like to use:

Avid Beauty Lover - Dija

For me it's not so much about what I use but how I use it!

1 - If I wash my face with warm water, that opens my pores, I always close my pores with cold water.

2 - I exfoliate often! Exfoliating your body before shaving is a biggie for me.

3 - To moisturise my body I use Coconut and Shea butter. For my face I prefer Simple moisturiser because I can build up the intensity.

My favourite products are:

Beauty and Lifestyle Vlogger - Kaine

1 - I use a gylcolic acid peel called Nip & Fab it has 5% intensity. Prefer Glycol because it penetrates the skin better, whereas lactic acid moisturises more. I use this 2 times a week it has gotten rid of my dry patches and my skin looks more radiant.

Before I do my make up I usually do the following:

2 - I use Simple Face Wash daily and if I want a deeper clean, I add a small amount of Bicarbonate of Soda. I don't do this too often as it can dry out my skin.

3 - Next, Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil

4 - Then Jasmine enriching cream from Neal's Yard - especially in the winter, it's a great combination.

3 - And once a week I exfoliate with Neal's Yard Orange and Honey face Scrub.

My favourite Products are:

Beauty and Fashion Blogger - Esha

1 - Bourjois Paris Volume Glamour Ultra black Mascara. I find this one works well for me. It's super dark and does not crumble as the day goes by.

2 - Clarins Cleansing Milk and toner have been my go to since I was 16. I find it keeps my face hydrated and works really well when I have a breakout.

3 - St Ives apricot scrub blemish fighting, I use this once a week to remove dead skin cells it leaves my skin feeling really soft.

4 - Pore strips are my ultimate go to! I do these at least once a week, just to make sure my nose has a deep clean and to prevent white or black heads forming.

My go to products:

To be honest I was quite daunted about doing this blog, but I actually found it so much fun. Beauty isn't such a bad place. Even though to be honest it will still take a bit of time for my head to get around a lot of other things, but it has been, for me a brilliant journey. How did you find it? I would have kept on going but this blog has been the longest so far. So I think I'll do a youtube vid interviewing everyone so you can get to hear it in full. What do you think? I think that would be great! In the meantime can I go back to fashion now? - GET ME OUT OF HERE!

Kookie x

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