Keep you lipstick in place. No sealer needed! Lipstick tip 1

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Merry Christmas Dazzlers! Here is a lipstick trick just in time for the festive season and works perfectly with those bright and festive lipsticks that are particularly notorious for not staying in place!

Personally my lips do not seem to like lipstick sealer as it often leaves my lips dry, sore and tasting pretty bad! This method uses loose finishing powder and although it takes slightly longer than using a sealer I have found that this method keeps your lipstick in place for just as long without so much of a drying effect.

So if you’ve got a love for brightly coloured lips or you fancy a splash of colour on these dark winter days give this a try!

I have enlisted the help of my wonderful friend Beth (and her gorgeous lips!) as I have learnt many tips and tricks from her over the years! Also you can see the steps of this tutorial on 2 different lip shapes and using different lipstick and pencil shades.

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You will need: 

  • Lip balm
  • Your lipstick of choice
  • Lip pencil (a colour that will easily blend with your lipstick, if you cannot find one that exactly matches your lipstick then go for one that is lighter rather than darker)
  • Loose finishing powder
  • A tissue

1. Start with bare lips and a apply a thin layer of lip balm to keep your lips healthy and soft.

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2. Lightly cover your lips with a loose finishing powder so they become matt.

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3. Outline your lips with a lip pencil, ensuring you have a neat line.

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4. Fill in your lips with the pencil.

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5. Apply lipstick to both your top and bottom lips.

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6. Dab off the excess lipstick with a tissue.

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7. Apply another layer of powder so your lips become matt again.

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8. Apply another layer of lipstick and dap off any excess with a tissue.

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9. Repeat steps 6-8 again. 

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Now… this is technically where the tutorial finishes. HOWEVER, the more you repeat steps 6-8 and build up layers of lipstick and powder the longer your lipstick will stay in place for! 

Merry Christmas and enjoy!

 

DIY: Need a new cardigan? Dig out an old jumper first! (Part 2)

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DIY: Need a new cardigan? Dig out an old jumper first! (Part 1)

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Turning a knitted jumper into a knitted cardigan without it unravelling! 

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The one thing I do love about autumn is that the climate allows you to play with layering, including cardigans, jumpers and KNITWEAR!

In the bottom of my wardrobe I had a lovely grey, oversized, knitted jumper, which had unfortunately shrunk and become misshaped in the wash. BUT I had a feeling that it would hang better and be given a new lease of life as a knitted cardigan.

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So I did a little research into how to cut a knitted jumper to create a cardigan without it unravelling. 

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I found and followed a fantastic tutorial (click here to link to it!) that uses a hand stitching method to prevent the knit from unravelling once it is cut.

Now my jumper is a cardigan I am already wearing it so much more, so it hasn’t gone to waste, and I saved the money I was planning to spend on a knitted cardigan! It has been a brilliant addition and perfect to wrap up warm in, with a cup of tea, as the evenings get a bit chillier.

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So if you have an old, neglected jumper that you have fallen out of love with try the above tutorial and see if it works better as a cardigan! It also provides a great opportunity to get customising, which will be the topic of the next post on Deeper Dazzle!

For all you teachers out there (and everyone else too!)

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Hello Dazzlers! Happy Wednesday! I hope you have all had a good first half of the week!

Firstly, this goes out to all my fellow teachers and their students!

However, no matter what we do or who we come into contact with we influence the people around us – we are all teachers and students in some sort of way.

So ask yourself who are you teaching, who are you encouraging, who are you learning from and how can you help everyone around us be more awesome!

Kid President’s (also known as Robby Novak, aged 9) videos are officially my favourite on the internet! Always encouraging and super motivating – he believes we all have the potential to be and create something AWESOME! You can read his profile on TED here and make sure you check out his YouTube Channel here.

The High Bow Ponytail

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Since this week marks the beginning of autumn, the schools/collages/universities start to go back and work seems to step up a gear this posts bring you Dazzlers a practical and pretty way of wearing the classic high ponytail. This works well with both day and evening wear and is my go to style if I wear my hair up and off my face for either work or play!

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It can also be adapted to suit your own style or hair type – in this tutorial I just have my fluffy bed head! However, if you have very curly hair I would recommend straightening the section of hair that goes on to become the bow as it would be easier to create that looped shape.
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The fluffy bed head!
This idea was adapted from a full bow hair style (which you can see here) however, it is slightly more tricky so if you have not tried a full bow in your hair before I would recommend that you have a go so you can get used to creating the bow shape with your hair.
You will need:
A hairbrush
A hair tie that matches your hair colour (I have used a non matching hair tie so you can see what I’m doing in the pictures  clearly).
Bobby pins (at least 6) and a couple of split pins that match your hair colour.
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1. To start with pull you hair up into a high ponytail. I like to do mine slightly off centre as this makes the bow more visible from the front.
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2. Once it is secure take a section of hair (around 1-2 inches thick) from the top of the ponytail (this will become the bow). Lifting up one loop of your hair tie, pull this section of hair back through that hair tie so it creates a small bun on top of your pony tail. Make sure you only pull about half of the length of hair in this section back through the hair tie – the ‘tail’ of the bun will be used to secure the bow!
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3. Split this mini-bun in half. 
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4. Take the tail of the bun and bring it up and over the top of the hair tie and in between the two half sections of the bun. 
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5. Then wrap it around the base of the ponytail (underneath both the split bun and ponytail) and secure with a couple of hair pins. You now have the middle section of your bow sorted!
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6. Now it is time to create the bow loops – take one side of the bun and gently spread it out to create the shape of the bow and use a couple of bobby pins to secure the back of the bow loop to your hair (you may have to twist the loop a little bit so it lies flat against your head). Repeat on the other side of the split bun to create the other side of the bow. 
Once your loops are on place check it over, secure any fly always and use the bobby pins or a split pin to secure the bow some more if it feels a bit wobbly!
Below I have used a black hair tie and light bobby pins so you can see what I have done and how the loops are pinned. 
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Once I have swapped the hair tie and pins that match my hair colour you should have something that looks like this! 
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Enjoy your super cute bow ponytail!
 
P.S I would like to take this opportunity to thank my brother who was dragged out into a field to take these pictures! 

Hello World – We’re Back!

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Hello Dazzlers, I hope you are all well and have been enjoying our summer months!
Firstly apologies for the long break from posting: in the last few months I have finished university, moved, got a ‘real’ job, got married and travelled across Canada! It has been a little busy!
Now my husband (yes husband!) and I have returned from our honeymoon (and are in the process of unpacking the small mountain of moving boxes) and I am so happy to be posting again!
I have got some posts planned that I’m super excited about sharing with you all soon – so watch this space! I will start with posting one a fortnight on Wednesdays. If you wish to stay up to date with posts you can follow me on twitter @deeperdazzle or follow/subscribe to the blog via email or through bloglovin’.