Wednesday, 17 September 2014

10 Things I've Leant From Beauty Bloggers

Since discovering YouTube and the blogging community, I have learnt a few handy pieces of knowledge that have been a godsend.

The genius that is Caroline Hirons put me onto this and I have never looked back since. 
If you are wearing makeup or SPF (which for most is 99% of the time) you need to double cleanse! Once with an oil based cleanser (such as an oil or a balm) and once with a water based cleanser (such as a milk or a gel). Together they target both oil based dirt and water based dirt. If you only cleanse once, you are only getting rid of one lot of dirt. Simple as.

2. Makeup brushes are a girls best friend.
Before I discovered blogs I applied my foundation either with my hands or one of those silly makeup sponges which did an absolutely terrible job. Thankfully blogs introduced me to brands like Real Techniques and I've been best friends with my Expert Face Brush ever since!

3. Price doesn't always equal performance.
Are high-end beauty products worth more because they have 'better' formulas?
To put it bluntly - no.
Many high-end companies own our drugstore/highstreet favourites and are even using the same or similar formulas! They aim to create near identical products for different target markets. 
For example - The people that make products for Elizabeth Arden also make products for Rimmel!

4. Always moisturise. Even if you have oily skin.
Now this tip does't apply to me anymore as my skin is now combination. But moisturising doesn't make your skin even oiler. It helps protect it! People who have oily skin have over-active oil glands. Cleansing and toning takes off this oily layer but when the skin isn’t moisturised, it feels dry and deprived of oil and therefore produces more oil. 

5. Using hair conditioner to shave your legs.
Want soft legs? Use conditioner instead of shaving cream/soap. It conditions your legs and leaves them smooth and beautiful!
I have even had a few people ask me if I'm wearing tights. When I wasn't! Highly recommend this tip!

6. Super long lashes.
To make your eyelashes look as long as a piece of sting use this very simple trick!
Use the hairdryer to heat your eyelash curlers (only metal ones not plastic!!!) and then try curling your lashes. 
Notice a difference? You're welcome.

7. How to make your manicure last.
Now I'm not going to go into detail as I dedicated an entire post to it here (which is my most popular post ever!). 
Before, my nails never seemed to last longer than a day (two if I was lucky). Now they last longer than a week before they start to chip! Amen for the internet!

8. DIY brow groomer.
Not able to stretch your budget but in need of something to tame those troublesome brows? Save the wand from an old mascara, rinse it clean and voila! You are now the owner of a brow groomer!

9. Apply foundation everywhere. No really. Everywhere. 
Seriously, it’s not just for your face. You probably already know to blend foundation past your jawline and onto the neck (if you don't, you do now!) but have you ever though about putting it on your arms and legs? I mix a little with my body moisturiser whenever I wear a skirt/dress. Try it! You'll be amazed.  

10. Always pat your concealer. Never rub.
When I was younger, I used to layer tons of concealer to cover my spots. The truth is tapping in it leaves your face looking much more flawless and natural.

Got any tips of your own? Leave me a comment!

Thanks for reading!

Love Charlotte x



  1. These tips are so good! I'd never even thought of using conditioner to shave my legs, and even though most of the time I do cleanse my face twice, I don't use two different types of cleanser! Will be making sure I try it from now on! Thanks for the tips!

    Love Amylou x

    1. Thank you for reading! Glad I could share some of my tips with you :) x

  2. Nice, love the brushes!!!

    1. Thanks! They are the Real Techniques Multi Task Brush and Expert Face Brush! :) x

  3. This post is so good and the tips are lovely. Great post and keep up the good work.


  4. I know this is odd but I use a new clean toothbrush to comb out my eyebrows before I apply powder, so gently on ze brows! Rach x

    1. Never thought about using a toothbrush before! That sounds like a good idea, thanks for the tip! X

  5. These tips are awesome :) Thanks for sharing!


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