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How to Avoid your Eyeliner Cracking.

How to Avoid your Eyeliner Cracking. Liquid Eyeliner is very popular and gives an easy to apply fine and defined line which is easy to control. But it does have one downside, it is prone to cracking and even flaking off. This is because it dries to a hard inflexible finish.
 

To avoid this try using a gel eyeliner. This will give just as intense a colour and a sharp defined shape but will remain flexible with an added bonus of a shiny finish and they are often waterproof too.


The application technique is very similar to applying a liquid liner but you may need to become confident with a brush applicator if you are used to the felt tip type of applicator.


You will need to give gel eyeliner plenty of time to dry completely but this has advantages as you can correct or make any little adjustments easily before it has dried.

Gel Eyeliner also comes in lots of different colours so you can experiment with new looks and colour combinations, especially with the party season upon us.

Cosmetics4less has Gel Eyeliners from only £0.99. We always aim for quality Cheap Cosmetics at affordable prices

 


Created On  20 Jan 2018 12:03 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink
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A Guide to Colour Neutralising and Corrective Concealers.

A Guide to Colour Neutralising and Corrective Concealers. Most women today use the single shade stick or liquid concealer, and this is fine for the everyday concealing of dark shadows and skin blemishes. However many women use a concealer shade that is too light when trying to reduce under eye circles. The skin around the eyes is naturally just a little darker than the surrounding skin, so using a shade that is too pale looks very unnatural and results in a "Racoon Eye Effect". In the same way a single shade of concealer used all over the face can make the complexion look flat and one dimensional.

For that special occasion or to correct specific blemishes and colour problems try using a multi-tonal concealer. There is a wide variety of these products on the market to suit all budgets. If used correctly they can achieve outstanding results.

The appearance of age spots, birthmarks, blotchiness, broken capillaries, eye area darkness, eyelid darkness, freckles and scars can all be diminished by using such a product. Imperfections can also be blurred by using opposite tones to neutralise them.

Understanding Neutalising Colours

Use beige to conceal flaws and shadows. beige also brightens the under eye area.

Mint green is used to neutralise red tones on the skin. Use this for covering blemishes, red blotches, rosacea and port wine stains.

Yellow is used to conceal blue toned bruises, under eye circles and mild red tones on the face including sun damage and darkened areas.

Lavender is used to normalise yellow coloured imperfections such as sallow complexions and yellow toned bruises. It can also help conceal very dark under eye circles and dark spots on bronze skin shades.

How to apply corrective colours.

Dot an appropriate neutralising concealer shade on carefully and blend well with your finger tips past the edges of the problem. Let this set for a few moments. Then apply a concealer that matches the colour of your skin tone over the layer of neutralising concealer. gently pat on a thin layer woth your fongertips. Feather out the concealer slightly beyond the edges of the condition. Allow to set.

Finally follow with a foundation matched to your skin tone. Pat on the foundation with a sponge or your fingertips in a downwards motion so you don't make the fine hairs on your fdace stand up. Allow the product to se for a few minutes and then apply powder.

If you have very severe facial scars a range of suitable cosmetic products are available on the NHS with a professional, trained consultant available to help you use them. Please ask your doctor for information.
Created On  15 Jan 2018 16:46 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink
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Perfume and Fragrance Explained

Perfume and Fragrance Explained Selecting and buying a fragrance can be a confusing thing. Many of the descriptions and terms used are unique to the fragrance world and unknown to most people. Making a mistake can be a costly business so this is a guide to help you understand exactly what you are buying.

Perfume is often described and defined as Eau de Parfum and other similar phrases. It is important to know what these definitions mean as they can describe totally different products.

Parfum, is the most concentrated and longest lasting form of fragrance. It will contain at least 22% of fragrance oils. For this reason this is also the most costly form of fragrance you can buy.

Eau de Parfum contains between 15 and 22% fragrance oils. Less concentrated than a parfum but still a premium product. Usually cheaper than perfum and the most common form of high end perfumes on the market today. 

Eau De Toilette and Colognes contain between 4 and 15% fragrance oils. These tend to be very light, most suitable for light, floral fragrances for day time wear. If you are looking for a fragrance to wear every day then  an Eau de Toilette is a good choice as it is usually the cheapest formulation and the fragrance is not overpowering if you are working or just going about your day.

You will often see hear the phrases "top notes, middle notes and base notes" used to describe a fragrance. top notes give you the first impression of the fragrance. It is the smell that hits you first of all and is often the most lasting impression you have of a fragrance. Although a top note will disappear quite quickly to be replace by the middle notes. The middle note is actually the dominant fragrance of a perfume. This will last for several hours. The base notes will help the fragrance to last as long as possible and will often remain once the other notes have faded away. That's the time to refresh your fragrance.

Perfume is divided into Fragrance Families. Chypre, pronounced sheep-r. A Chypre fragrance contains woody and mossy notes. Oakmoss, Sandlewood, Patcouli, Bergamot and Vetiver are often included in a fragrance of the Chypre Family. Examples of Chypre fragrance include Chypre de Coty, Mitsouko by Guerlain and Cuir de Russe by Chanel.

The Marine Fragrance Family is the name used to describe scents that evoke a feeling of the sea and the sea air. This is quite a new Fragrance Family. An ingredient called calone is used to suggest this sea side fragrance. Examples of marine Family fragrances include escape by Calvin Klein, Cool Water by Davidoff and Aquawoman by Rochas.

The Oriental Fragrance Family is used for both male and female perfumes. They are warm, spicy and sweet. Ingredients such as vanilla and tonka bean are used in oriental fragrances. Examples include opium by Yves Saint Laurent and Coco by Chanel.

The majority of fragrances for women are of the Floral Fragrance Family. Some can be a bouquet of complementary flowers, some use a main flower and other, lesser notes and some can ne the scent of a single flower like roses or lavender. These fragrances are referred to as single note scents.   Examples of Floral Family fragrances include Chanel no 19, Anais Anais by Cacharel, L'Air du Temps by Nina Ricci and Dolce Vta by Dior.

The Fougere, pronounced foo-jer, Frangrance Family are fragrances mostly used in fragrances for men. The name comes from the French for fern. Fougere fragrances often contain oakmoss, coumarin and lavender. They tend to be sharp and woody, sometimes with herby notes. Often citrus and green notes are added. Examples of fougere fragrances include Boss by Hugo Boss, Eternity for men and Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent.


Don't forget to apply fragrance to your secondary pulse points as well as your primary pulse points such as on the inside of your elbow and behind your knees for a longer lasting scent.




   
Created On  12 Jan 2018 16:08 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink
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The DIY Spa Facial.

The DIY Spa Facial. Here at Cosmetics4less we love a Spa Facial but you can keep your skin looking fresh and clear with a DIY Spa Facial at home. It won't take long or cost a lot and the results will speak for themselves. Not only will your complexion look its best but you will feel relaxed and pampered with a well deserved feeling of well being. 

The Basic Facial.

First of all cleanse your skin thoroughly with your usual cleanser applying in a circular motion from your neck upwards. Tissue off if your skin is dry or splash off with body temperature water if your skin is oily or combination.

If you have time for a bath do so now. The steam will open up your pores making it more receptive to the mask treatment. If a bath is not possible you can get the same results with a bowl of hot water. Add a couple of drops of whichever essential oil you prefer. Lavender or eucalyptus is good. Alternatively add a chamomile tea bag. Place your head over the bowl and place a towel over your head. Breath deeply and allow to work for several minutes.

Then exfoliate skin. For suggestions of exfoliators see below. Gently massage the exfoliator into your face in gentle circular motions. Wash or tissue the exfoliator off.

Then apply the face mask. Make sure your skin is dry if you are using a clay based mask so that the mask will dry out. Leave on for 5-10 minutes. Place a couple of slices of cucumber or cold tea bags over your eyes while the mask is working. Wash the mask off.

Then massage your skin with your usual moisturiser or make your own oil based massage cream. Use wheat germ oil, grape oil or any other carrier oil and blend in some essential oils. Lavender is good, Tea Tree is good for blemished skin and Neroli is good for sensitive skin.  Shake this mixture in a glass bottle, put a few drops into your palms, rub together to warm and apply from the neck up in circular motions.

Finally apply an eye cream. Apply with your ring or pinkie finger. Be very gentle to avoid damaging the delicate skin around the eyes.

Exfoliators.

Skin cells are constantly renewing themselves but the dead skin cells can be left on the surface. Exfoliators will remove these dead cells, revealing the new, fresh skin cells underneath.

Don't over exfoliate, once or twice a week is plenty. Any more frequently and you might develope blemishes, visible broken veins or an increase in skin oil.

There are many types of exfoliators on the market from grainy exfoliators to acid fruit peels. If you have dry, dehydrated or sensative skin, choose a gentle exfolitor. If you have an oily skin you can use one that is a little more vigorous.  However if your oily skin is prone to spots use the gentle version so as not to over stimulate the oil glands.

Home made Exfoliators.

You can make your own exfoliator by mixing oatmeal with honey. Apply to your face in circular motions. This exfoliator treatment is mild and gentle enough for all skin types. For an oilier skin mix some rice with sea salt and honey.


Created On  11 Jan 2018 11:53  -  Permalink
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How to Survive Winter.

How to Survive Winter.

Top Winter Beauty Tips!

Winter is well and truly here! That, and the fact it gets teeth-clatteringly cold at this time of year, means you need to up your beauty regime. At Cosmetics 4 Less we have a few tricks up our sleeves to beat dry skin, crazy hair and red noses. Sit back, relax with a mug of hot chocolate and take a look at some of our top winter beauty tips.


Circulation


The harsh cold air slows blood circulation, meaning you start to look a little pale. You can stimulate your circulation by regularly brushing your skin with a natural bristle brush a few minutes before you take a shower.

Start with brushing the dry soles of your feet, making sure to use long, firm brush strokes upward to wards your heart. Brush over your buttocks and use a counter-clockwise motion on your abdomen. The last thing you should do is your arms, hands and palms, brushing with a gentle touch and then increasing the pressure as your skin becomes harder. Ensure you rinse your skin in the shower afterwards.


Keep moving, exercise stimulates the circulation and keeps you warm as well.


Moisturising


Emoillients are crucial for dry winter skin. Use moisturising body washes as opposed to a bar of soap which can quickly dry out the skin. For sensitive skin coconut oil is the way forward. It is a natural antiseptic so it can thoroughly cleanse the skin, while acting as an effective moisturiser. For oily skin the best cleansers are botanical soapwort or Castile soap, which is a combo of olive oil and soda.

Lock in moisture with jojoba, sweet almond or Moroccan Argan oil, making sure you do this before you go outside. Be careful with coconut oil and shea butter as it can block the pores and cause pimples and spots.


Hair

Coconut oil is the king again when it comes to hair. Apply a dollop of olive or coconut oil to your hair, cover with a shower cap and a towel and leave for 15 minutes. Your body heat will cause the oil to condition the hair. Wash it away with a shampoo and, voila, luscious locks!


Lips.


Keep your lips from becoming horribly chapped with a soothing lip balm containing lysine. Foods such as eggs, fish and lima beans also contain lysine, which creates supple skin and luscious lips. Try not to lick your lips as this can also lead to chapping in cold weather.


Sleep

Prevent dark circles, boost your immune system and banish eye bags by getting your eight hours in bed. Proper sleep can also speed up metabolism, meaning you won’t gain weight as easily. If you find yourself suffering from insomnia then try to prevent looking at bright screens such as your phone, TV or laptop and drink soothing camomile tea.

Cosmetics 4 Less offer a great range of products to help you with your winter beauty regime.


Created On  18 Dec 2017 16:20  -  Permalink
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New in this Week Maybelline Volum Express Falsies Mascara Black Drama in Blackest Black

New in this Week Maybelline Volum Express Falsies Mascara Black Drama in Blackest Black Maybelline Volum Express Falsies Mascara Black Drama in shade Blackest Black new in this week, only £4.99 from Cosmetics4less.

An intense, carbon pigmented black shade gives a great false Eyelash effect.

Special spoon shaped applicator wand fans out your lashes and gives full, voluminous cover, from corner to corner with no clumps.

We have lots of great mascara bargains in our Full Mascara Section with prices from an incredible £0.99 only.

 
Created On  7 Dec 2017 11:49 in New Products in Stock  -  Permalink
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