6 Tips To Easily Hunt Down Vintage Perfumes

There comes a time, in the life of every perfumista, when the call of vintage perfumes becomes impossible to resist. Guerlain Mitsuko, Balmain Vert Vert,  Hermes Bel Ami… These perfumes smelled so great they made history.

But these days, all you can find at the mall are boring subtle scents that smell all the same. Sure, some innovative things are still happening in the perfume world now, but the age of the classics is, sadly, over.

But you still crave it. You want a taste of it. And so you decide to hunt down that vintage bottle of Jean Patou Joy you just can’t leave without. There must be on somewhere! But where to look? And how to make sure its juice is still good?

Here are a few tips that will help you avoid disappointments and wastes of money in your quest:

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Keep Your Skin Shine Free This Summer With This Simple Trick

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My skin isn’t particularly oily. Yes, I have an oily t-zone, but over the years I developed a skincare routine that keeps the extra sebum and shine under control. Until summer comes around. Then, my sebaceous glands go into overdrive, turning my face into a slick mess.

When that happened in winter, I just dusted a layer of powder on my t-zone, and I was good for hours. But in summer, that doesn’t work as well. I just have to apply so much powder throughout the day that, by the end of it, my skin resembles a cakey mask. Oil-absorbing primers usually work better, but they add an extra step in my skincare routine. And, unless it’s a special occasion, I just can’t be bothered with them. Astringents were out of the question. They dry out your skin, causing it to produce even more oil! No thank you!

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3 Ways To Prevent Mascara From Smudging

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It has happened to all of us. We’re out and about with our friends, laughing and enjoying ourself, when we suddenly notice our reflection in a mirror. And horror! Staring back at us is a raccoon! Yep, our mascara, has smudged. Again! Wasn’t it supposed to be waterproof?!

Unfortunately, waterproof means just that: WATER proof, not OIL proof. Our skin produces oil throughout the day to stay moisturized and healthy, and when mascara comes in contact with it, it can melt and leave those dreaded black smudges all around the eye area.

So, if waterproof mascara doesn’t work (not always, anyway), what does? Here are 3 tricks that help me avoid raccoon eyes:

1. Knock off excess product

Before I apply mascara, I’ll wipe off excess product with a clean tissue. One quick swipe is more than enough. You don’t want to remove all the mascara, just the excess. I know it’s a bit of a waste, but it does help reduce smudging a lot. And it’ll make application easier too.

2. Pull up and away

This is a technique I learned recently from a youtube video (sadly, I don’t remember which one :( ). Basically, you apply mascara as usual, from the root up, but pull away before reaching the very tips of the lashes.

It’s the tips that usually get in contact with your skin, leaving those awful smudges everywhere. If there’s no mascara on them, that just can’t happen. And no, it doesn’t look weird either.

3. Powder up

This is my least favourite tip because it’s the most risky, but it works. Here’s how it’s done. Before mascara, I apply, with the help of a small eyeshadow brush, some translucent loose powder on my lashes. This helps mascara stay put. Some people prefer to apply mascara first, and then set it with powder. That works too.

The important thing is that you use a powder that’s made with ingredients approved for the eye area, or it may irritate and hurt your eyes. If you don’t know if your favourite powder is suitable, compare its ingredients with those in your eyeshadows, eyeliners, and mascaras. If it contains something that’s in none of your eye products, don’t risk it.

How do you prevent mascara from smudging?

4 Alternative Uses For Perfume Samples

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I love fragrance samples. Perfume can be a pretty expensive hobby, and there’s no way I would be able to try so many new scents every year without them. But lately, my collection has been getting out of control. I have a box chockfull of little perfume vials and, every now and then, I keep finding the odd forgotten one in a corner of the room, under a cushion, in my bag…

It’s like they have a life of their own and they’re hunting me, begging me to use them. But, unless I start to spritz different scents on different body parts and give a headache to everyone I meet, it’s impossible for me to wear them all to the last drop before they turn bad. So, I got creative and found other uses for them:

1. Fragrant bath

After a long day on my feet, I love to relax by taking a long, warm bath. For even a more pampering experience, I pour some perfume into the warm water. If it’s a cologne, or a scent I like but not love, I use the whole vial. But if the perfume is strong and powerful, or I love it so much I want to make it lasts as long as possible, only a few drops will do. The warmth of the water helps to diffuse the scent, making this pampering ritual even more relaxing and enjoyable. If you have time to bathe in the morning, you won’t even have to spritz perfume on afterwards. This bath will make you smell gorgeous for the whole day.

2. DIY room diffuser

If you have some reed diffuser sticks and carrier oils (safflower oil is the best one for this) at home, you can make your own room diffuser. You’ll need a glass, and your perfume samples too, of course! Pour all the contents of your sample vial, as well 1/4 cup of safflower oil, into the glass. Stir the mixture up with the reeds. Don’t worry if they don’t blend perfectly. Oil and water repel each other, but this trick will work anyway. Now you’ll just have to wait a few hours for the scent to travel up the reeds and diffuse a pleasant smell throughout your room.

3. Scented lingerie

This is a tip I picked up from Angela @ Now Smell This, so I’ll let her do the talking: “I like to add a vial of perfume to the water I use to rinse my lingerie when I’m washing it by hand. First I wash the lingerie in soap and water, and after it has soaked, I rinse it once then return it to the sink with the contents of a sample vial.” I do this on special occasions, and it makes me feel so sexy! But, if you have sensitive skin, be careful, as there’s a chance it could irritate your delicate areas.

4. Stocking stuffers

Whenever I buy someone a present for their birthday, Christmas, or any other special occasions, I add a couple of perfume samples, tied up with ribbons. It’s a lovely gesture that most people appreciate, although it works best if you know what kind of scents your friends like. A lot of my friends are into floral scents, which is fortunate, cos I usually don’t care much for them. Aha!

What do you do with perfume samples you don’t use?

4 Tips For Bright & Glossy Summer Lips

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There is just something about lipgloss that screams “hello summer!” And the brighter, the better. When the sun burns and the temperatures rise, and you can only wear minimal, waterproof makeup that won’t melt off your face within minutes, a swipe of bright coral or fuchsia lip gloss can spice up your look, adding to it a touch of personality and colour.

Think you can not pull off a dazzling bright lipgloss? Think again. Here are a few tips to help you rock this juicy, summery look:

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1. Exfoliate!

To avoid those ugly flakes and create a smooth canvas that will allow your lipgloss to truly shine brightly, gently exfoliate your lips. Sara Happ Lip Scrubs are very popular (and for a good reason, too), but if you are the DIY type, you can just mix some olive olive with sugar (you can also add honey for some extra moisture) and voilà. Your lips will be super soft, smooth, and ready to glow!

2. Line the edges

When a bright lipgloss decides to take a trip outside of your lips, everyone will notice. To prevent walking around with your gloss all smeared, line the outer edges of your lips with a clear and colourless lip liner like Milani Anti-Feathering Lip Liner. People will still notice your bright, luscious pout, but for the right reasons this time!

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3. Protect your pout

Have you found the perfect summer shade only to realise it doesn’t contain SPF? What a bummer! But, fret not. You can still wear it. Just apply a layer of lip balm with SPF, such as Badger Lip Balm Stick SPF 15, beforehand. It will protect your lips from the harmful sun’s rays and keep them moisturized in the hot and humid summer weather too.

4. Tone down the rest of the makeup

When you’re wearing a bright lip colour, it’s best to keep the rest of your makeup toned down. Summer may be all about colour, but, unless done super-well, bright eyes and bright lips together can make you look garish rather than stylish. So, choose natural eyeshadow and blush shades. If you still want to use colour on your eyes as well, apply only a light wash that will complement, rather than clash, with the rest of your makeup.

Do you wear bright lips in summer? How do you apply bright lipgloss?

5 Beauty Bloggers Reveal Their Favourite Drugstore Products

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I love shopping at the drugstore. High-end products are very nice too, but there’s nothing like the thrill of discovering a little gem that performs just as well and makes you look great at a fraction of the cost. Like a great, but inexpensive, foundation that makes your skin look flawless. Or a cheap dupe for YSL Touche Eclat.

And when beauty bloggers come across such gems, they just have to share them. So, here are the favourite drugstore products of some of my favourite beauty bloggers. Enjoy!

nikki favourite drugstore beauty products

Nikki @ Ask Me Whats

Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner: for a drugstore liquid liner brand, this stays even on oily lids and the brush works so well to create the thinnest to thickest line.

Revlon Photoready Concealer: gives good coverage to hide my undereye circles and other red marks. This stays until makeup removal.

Sleek Makeup Palettes: all Sleek Makeup Eyeshadow palettes I tried are very pigmented and very easy to blend.

courtney favourite drugstore beauty products

Courtney @ Phyrra

Nyx Butter Lipsticks: these come in a wide variety of colors and they’re so comfortable to wear!

Jesse’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Pen: you can get a perfect line every time with the calligraphy tip on this pen. Plus, it’s long wearing!

Palladio Herbal Foundation Primer: this is a great cruelty free dupe for Smashbox Photofinish primer. It does a great job of keeping your foundation in place all day.

christina favourite drugstore beauty products

Christina @ Hair Romance

Schwarzkopf Styling Powder: I love styling powders for the instant volume they give my hair and this Schwarzkopf is the best value and is as good, if not better, than more expensive salon brands.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer: this brightening concealer is a cheap drugstore version of my favourite YSL Touche Eclat. It’s a little more sheer than YSL but it’s a dream to blend and is a fab everyday under eye brightener and highlighter for me.

L’Oreal Eau De Teint Nude Magique Foundation: one of the best drugstore foundations I’ve tried. Gorgeous, light and luminous finish that lasts for hours.

harshleen favourite drugstore beauty products

Harshleen @ Beauty Tidbits

L’Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner: it has an excellent color payoff with a creamy formula that’s smudge-proof and stays put all day….my favorite shade is Plum!

Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick, Coral Sheen: I love this portable, creamy blush stick that offers blendable, natural color and creamy smooth application. The coral shade is beautiful with a slightly dewy finish.

Revlon Colorburst Lip butters: these are my long time favorite drugstore lippies! They have an emollient formula that feels light yet keeps your lips moisturized while adding a lovely tint of color that builds up easily for more pop! My favorite shade is Peach Parfait.

melissa favourite drugstore beauty products

Melissa @ Kiss & Make-up Beauty Blog

Revlon ColorStay Foundation For Combination Oily Skin: it provides great coverage while still looking quite natural, and the staying power is just insane. Last month I was on a 14-hour flight to Japan and when I got off the plane my foundation still looked picture perfect. Like I said, insane.

Catrice Translucent Loose Powder: Catrice is about as a budget as it gets, but quality wise it’s right up there with my MAC Pro setting powder. I use it to set my foundation in the morning and to mattify my skin throughout the day. Do you know that feeling when you love a product so much that the thought of it ever being discontinued gives you a major panic attack so you always have one or two back-ups in stock? I have that with this powder.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick: I don’t often tell people that they have to try a beauty product – everyone wants and likes different things, so I usually just make recommendations – but this is a lipstick that people just really have to try! I can’t imagine anyone not loving it. The velvet-like matte finish is gorgeous and almost ridiculously even, the colors are super intense, and the wear is amazing. High-end quality for a drugstore price, gotta love that.

Have you tried any of these products? If so, what do you think of them?