Q&A with Beauty Borealis

beautybHello my lovely little cupcakes!

For today’s Q&A, I teamed up with Chloe and Melina from Beauty Borealis! If you haven’t been to their blog, I definitely recommend checking it out. Also, thank you ladies for helping out with this Q&A!

What’s your best advice for covering a pimple?

Chloe: A good concealer that matches your skin tone usually does the trick. For extra coverage, I like to apply a color correcting concealer (the green ones are used to cancel out red areas on your skin). After that, I either apply my usual concealer on top or simply go in with foundation so that everything’s covered up.

Melina: I leave them be because I don’t like the way concealer looks on pimples once it’s been dried up. Just remember to keep dabbing alcohol on your pimple every night.

I have really curly hair and sometimes it is hard to keep moisturized, any products you’d recommend?

Chloe: Running an oil through your hair before going to bed will literally treat it in your sleep! I also tend to swap my conditioner with a hair repairing mask every once in a while.

Melina: I live for deep conditioning and oils. They tame my curls and add shine.

Shawna: I agree with the girls, deep conditioning treatments and oils are your friend. My son has really curly hair (Corbin Bleu hair as everyone says) and oils and balms are amazing.

Is it better to use separate brushed rather than the ones that come with blushes and shadows?

Melina: The ones that come already in the packaging tend to be small and cheap so I prefer to buy my own.

Shawna: I definitely recommend buying your own. If you don’t want to break the bank there are brands like e.l.f. that are inexpensive but still work really well.

I have oily skin, should I still worry about moisturizing?

Chloe: Definitely! I went without moisturizing for a very long time because I have oily skin and found it pointless to add more moisture to that. However, I went for a skin analysis and discovered that my skin was actually dehydrated, causing it to produce oil. I was told how important it is to moisturize, so do it regularly! Even if you have oily skin, there are so many different types of moisturizers that can fit your needs. One that’s great is the Seriously Shine Free Mattifying Oil Free Moisturizer by Formula 10.0.6.

How can I get rid of acne?

Chloe: Talk to your dermatologist and maybe see what they can recommend, because they’ll know what’s best for your skin.

How do you clean your make up brushes?

Chloe: I clean them with soap in the sink.

Melina: I just use dish wash soap. It makes my brushes squeaky clean.

Shawna: I actually It Brushes for Ulta‘s Brush Bath. You don’t have to have any special soaps though, I just really like it. As long as they are getting cleaned, that is what matters. 

Is there a purpose for powder if I’ve already used foundation?

Chloe: Of course! Depending on your skin type, it could be the finishing touch you need. For us girls with oily skin, it helps set your foundation so that it lasts longer. It also makes things smoother and gives you a nice finish.

Melina: Powder will mattify your liquid products and keep everything from melting or moving.

Shawna: It really helps set your make up so that it lasts throughout the day. 

When should I used face creams?

Chloe: I moisturize in the morning when I wake up and I usually use a heavier/thicker moisturizer at night.

Melina: Once or twice a day usually does the trick. 

Should I apply foundation with a brush or a sponge?

Chloe: I personally use a dampened Beauty Blender to apply my foundation because it’s easy to use and blends like a dream, but it all depends on your foundation. One of my matte finish foundations does not blend at all with the BB, and I have an easier time applying it with a brush. So it all depends on the product and personal preference.

Melina: It’s really up to you! Try both and see what works best/what’s easier for you to use.

Shawna: I like to apply my foundation with a brush, as it works best for me and my skin. 

Which do you prefer, false lashes or natural?

Chloe: I prefer natural, but that’s just because I’m terrible at applying false lashes. I barely have any lashes so I try to amplify them with fiber mascaras.

Melina: I love long eyelashes since I always wear heavy makeup but unfortunately lack in this department so I get eyelash extensions.

Shawna: It all depends on the look I am trying to achieve and also my mood for that day. 😛 

LTypes-of-Eyeliners2iquid eyeliner, gel, or pencil?

Chloe: Liquid!! My everyday makeup look consists in having a winged-out sort of cat eye and I find that liquid liner is best for that!

Melina: Gel eyeliner ALL THE WAY.

Shawna: I agree with Meline, I love gel liner. My hand is not steady enough for liquid liner so I find gel more pliable for me. It’s all about what you’re comfortable with.

What is your favorite face mask?

Chloe: I love any type of sheet mask because they’re super easy to apply and remove (and they’re not messy like clay masks are). I’ll usually go for any Korean brand because they’re all pretty good and very affordable, but lately I’ve been using the Tony Moly Aloe sheet masks. I believe you can find them at Sephora!

Shawna: I Really like clay masks for some reason. I just like how my face feels afterward. 

How long does it take you to do your make up?

Chloe: It takes me about half an hour to 45 minutes to get it how I like it. It’s usually pretty basic, but I go to work every day so I take my time to make it look decent because I’m around people all day. If I’m doing more than everyday makeup, I tend to wake up a bit earlier because my makeup always looks better when I take my time and I’m not in a rush.

Melina: Anywhere from 40 minutes to one hour.

Shawna: It really depends on what look I am going for, but I have gotten into a rhythm so I can have a full face on in about 20-30 minutes now.


So, there it is! If you guys stuck around for the whole length of the Q&A, then yay! If not, then you didn’t get this far so, oh well :P. I hoped you guys were able to take something away from the Q&A and I also hope you guys check out Chloe and Melina’s blog! If you have any other questions feel free to drop them below and I will do a mini Q&A in the comments. See you guys soon xx

Top 5 Beauty Hacks

So, over the years I have learned new things to try out – whether it been from just messing around or from someone giving me suggestions and falling in love with them (the suggestions, not the person, because awkwarddd). So far, these are some of the most helpful beauty hacks I have come across.

 Peppermint oil! I remember reading an article, maybe a year back, and they suggested adding peppermint oil to lip glosses. It was amazing, it really helps plump the lips. Plus, peppermint, who doesn’t love the smell of peppermint.

White eyeliner, which is my holy grail. I use it daily. Putting white eyeliner on your lower lid really helps to make your eyes stand out, especially after a night of no sleep. White eyeliner is also a good primer, to help your bright colours stand out.

Too dark foundations, we’ve all been there. Mixing a bit of moisturizer to a foundation that ended up being too dark can help to lighten it.

Longer lashes, minus the fakes. I actually learned this in cosmetology school. Using a cotton swab to put a bit of baby powder on your lashes help to give you that longer, thicker look. Mascara, powder, mascara, then voila!

Softer feet overnight. Especially during winter this is a great hack for softer feet. Put some Vaseline on your feet plus fluffy socks, and go to sleep. When you wake up your feet feel amazing and you did virtually no work!

Give these hacks a try, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Do you have any beauty hacks of your own?

Also, this was a guest post I posted on another blog a while back. Just using it as a filler until the next Q&A comes out, so if you haven’t already seen it, enjoy 🙂




GP: Favourite hair tools/products

Hi Shawna’s readers, it’s Andreia from LifeMakeUpStyle . I’m here to do a guest post about my favourite hair tools and products. I recently came across Shawna’s blog and commented on one of her posts. We got chatting on her comments about there not being a Sephora here in the UK and then exchanged email addresses. We decided to do a guest post for each other’s blog. So make sure you check out my blog to see Shawna’s post Top 5 Beauty Hacks.

So until 23/12/2015 I had extremely long hair. Like, it was so long that I had to move it to the side before sitting down because otherwise I would sit on my own hair! I decided to cut it into what’s known as a lob (long bob). I wanted to start 2016 with a brand new look. Let me tell you even though I loved my long hair, and miss it, cutting it was the best decision ever. When my hair was long it would take me over 3 hours to wash, dry and straighten it. On top of it being long I also have very thick and curly hair.

These heat tools, products, and brushes helped me a lot with my hair when it was long andhairdryer1.jpg I thought that when I cut it I would have to change them all but I found that they work just as well if not better on my new hair.

Tools : So my first tool is my hair dryer.

This hair dryer is by TRESemmé. This model is the 2200 Smooth model. I love to use it without the nozzle first until I get my hair 60% dry and then I put the concentrator straighner1nozzle on and blow dry it straight with a round brush. I love this dryer because its lightweight and easy to use. Afterwards, I use the cold setting to help lock in the shine.

Next is my TRESemmé Keratin Smooth hair straightener.

Here in the UK the biggest hair tool brand is GHD but I personally prefer this straightener and on the plus side it’s cheaper. I chose the Keratin Smooth model because like I mentioned earlier my hair is very thick and this leaves my hair feeling very smooth. It’s very light which I think is important because the last thing you want is a sore wrist when doing your hair. It’s great quality too. I’ve had it for over a year and the heat plates still look brand new.

Can you tell I like TRESemmé? My curling iron is the Keratin Smooth model as well. wand1.jpg

It has 3 heat settings and comes with a cute little glove so that you don’t so that you don’t burn your hands when holding the hair. I use it to create loose waves.

Brushes : So now for the brushes. I have a lot more hairbrushes but these are my essentials. A regular hairbrush, a large round brush, a teasing comb and a rat tail comb.

combsbrushes1.jpgI chose this regular plastic hairbrush because I like to brush my hair in the shower and this one is easy to dry. The teasing comb I use to create volume. I got the teasing comb and the regular brush from a store in the UK called B&M. My round brush is by a brand Franck Provost and I got it at TKMaxx, that I used to blow dry my hair.

I also use a rat tail comb to section hair and to help me straighten my hair. Mine is by Andre Barton and I got it from ASDA.

Another important tool is hair clips. I use these to hold my hair whilst straightening it in sections.

Products : Lastly the products. A hair post would not be a hair post without mentioning at least 1 product.


I have 4 go-to products. The product your probably wondering most about is the Hawaiian Tropic Aloe Vera Gel. Well I will tell you one of my little secrets. I have a very dry scalp and with that usually comes dandruff and I hate dandruff. So I use this on my hair. I just put it all over my scalp, leave it for 10-20 minutes and then wash my hair as normal. Aloe Vera is very hydrating and leaves my hair shiny. After washing, whilst my hair is damp I spray the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth heat protection spray. It works great with all my TRESemmé heat tools. Once my hair is straight I pump a small pea size amount of this John Frieda Frizz-Ease hair serum on my palm, rub my hands together and finger brush it all through my hair. Lastly is my favourite hairspray which is the Wella Silvkrin Classic hairspray in maximum hold.

I hope you all enjoy reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it. Make sure you go on over to my blog to read Shawna’s post Top 5 Beauty Hacks.


How much does your hair mean to you?

Hello lovelies!

Today I want to take a minute and talk about Little Princess Trust. I think that this charity is absolutely wonderful and I wanted to share it with you guys in hopes that you guys can help spread the awareness.

Little Princess Trust takes donations, monetary and hair donations, to help provide wigs to children throughout the UK and Ireland. These children have lost their own hair through cancer treatments and other conditions that can cause hair loss. jessie-j-outside-vip-nightclub-01

In 2013, if you remember, Jessie J shaved her head. She also donated her lovely locks to the Little Princess Trust.

I think that this charity is amazing and I hope you guys do too and are willing to show some support for this cause. You can show your support through spreading awareness, monetary donations, and also donating your hair.

Spread awareness throughout social media with the hashtag #hairtospare and follow them on twitter @HairToSpare.

If you want to send in hair for donation do so by sending your locks to:

Little Princess Trust Hair Donation
Sheridan House
114-116 Western Road
BN3 1DD  (UK)

Also visit the website linked at the beginning of this post for more information on this charity. Thank you guys so much for taking the time to read this and I hope I see you guys around social media supporting the cause!