OMG – how hot is it!?!  The UK is experiencing a massive heat wave for the first time since 2006!   Temperatures are in the early 30s which is seriously hot.  It’s so nice to go out and enjoy the sunshine although it can be really uncomfortable and almost too hot to do anything when you’re not used to it.  So, here’s my guide to surviving the heat wave…

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So one day last Autumn, there I was sat with my Mum and sister in the foodcourt at West Quay in Southampton, munching on my lunch when I was approached by two pretty young women.  They explained that one of them, Charly was an aspiring fashion/beauty photographer and the other, Kirsten was an aspiring makeup artist.  They asked me if I would consider modeling for them so they could use the photos in their portfolios and I agreed.

Six months later, my Mum and I headed off to Charly Woodhouse’s studio in Southampton.  Kirsten sat me down and spent at least two hours transforming me into a kind of whimsical, fairy like character.

Here are some shots from the day:

 

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Me having my hair done by the lovely Kirsten!  After applying some ‘setting’ type products, she used loads of little velcro rollers to curl my hair.

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Cara Delevinge styled eyebrows! –

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Kirsten plaiting my hair after the rollers were taken out –

 

 

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Here are the finished results taken by Charly Woodhouse check out her website here –

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I had such a fun day! I think I look completely different and this shoot just goes to show how hair and makeup can completely change your look.

 

My entry for the BEAUTY AND THE BEACH 2 BLOGGERS COMPETITION BY TRAVELSUPERMARKET.COM

I was so excited when the brilliant beauty blogger, Scarlett London nominated me to enter the Beauty and the Beach 2 blogging competition sponsored by TravelSupermarket.com.  The challenge is to write a blog post on summer hair, make-up and nails and explain how to achieve it.  This is my entry!  I hope you like it …..

At last, the sun has come out and the temperatures are rising!  It’s time to get your shorts out and your sandals on.   Just as we change our clothes for the season, it’s also a brilliant opportunity to review and update our make-up.  I have been experimenting and have raided my Mum’s make-up box to come up with this look, but the colours are pretty standard and on trend so you can easily copy if you like it.  I am going for a sun kissed gold theme with a pop of vibrant green to make my eyes stand out.  Let me know what you think …..

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SKIN CARE: First of all, prepare your skin by cleansing, toning and moisturising.  Preparation is everything!  I am currently using Melvita which is a really lovely, completely natural skincare range designed for young skin.

EYEBROWS: Make sure you’ve plucked all those stray hairs – ungroomed brows are never a good look. Don’t go too thin and remember eyebrows aren’t twins, they’re sisters so don’t worry if they are not exactly the same!

FOUNDATION: Because it’s Summer, no one really likes to cake their face in make-up.  Only apply a thin layer of foundation to even your skin tone and cover up any blemishes using a little concealer.  I am using Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow in Ivory Believe in Me.  It also has an SPF25 to help protect from the sun’s harmful rays.  Remember to blend until you can’t blend any more – you don’t want any patches or tide marks around your face or hair line.   Finally finish with a light dusting of loose powder to set your foundation and absorb any oil, making your foundation last longer.  TIP – brush downwards so that the tiny hairs on your face lie flat.

COMPLEXION: After you’ve applied your foundation, apply your favorite highlighter to your temples.  I used Sun Beam by Benefit for this particular look as it is liquid in a bottle!  Next, apply some bronzer for that sun kissed look.  I used two of my favourites -Hoola by Benefit as a base and then I added a touch of sparkle using Guerlain Terracota for Blondes.  Apply the bronzer in a ‘3’ formation – start at your forehead and work your way down, brushing your temples, the apple of your cheeks (remember to smile to get the perfect ‘apple’)  and finally a light dust on  your chin.

EYES: Apply shimmery gold eye shadow all over your eyelid, starting from the inner corner and out.

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Next use a darker shimmery brown in the crease of your eye lid and make a kind of ‘number 7’ pattern to join the crease to the top of your eye lid.  Remember to blend blend blend!

Then, instead of using an eye liner, use a lovely sparkly green eye shadow along the upper and lower lash line.  The effect is dramatic and not so heavy as eye liner so it’s perfect for summer.  For the eyes I used the nEstee Lauder Batik Sun palette but you can definitely find similar colours by Bourjois.

Finish with a few strokes of black mascara and you’re done!

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LIPS: I used a coral coloured shimmery lip gloss by Liz Earle to complement the warm golden tones in my make-up.

HAIR:  I’ve decided to keep this simple, so I went for tousled beach  locks.

Start off by curling your hair using either a curling iron or straighteners to create the locks. Then all you have to do is grab two pieces of your hair from the front and pin them back so your hair is out of your face.  You might want to backcomb a little at the roots to give height and volume.

NAILS: I have chosen a spectacular nail varnish to match the hint of green in my eye shadow. It’s a shimmery, metallic, two toned bluey green polish by Chanel called Azure.  You can get similar colours by Barry M.  I always apply an OPI top coat to ensure long lasting shine and glamour!

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TAH DAH! ALL SET FOR SUMMER!

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Here’s wishing you a fabulous summer wherever you are! Love Olivia x

 

 

The absolute key to beautiful, clear skin is to make sure you get in to the daily habit of cleasning, toning and moisturizing with regular exfoliation and specific treatment for any blemishes or trouble spots.

I have been using the same products for a while, but recently I was sent a few samples from the new Freshskin range by Elemis to try and now I am a total convert!  It is designed for teens through to girls in their early 20s.  I love the packaging – even though it is for teens, it is still quite ‘grown up’ and sophisticated which I like.  I love the colours, BUT I especially LOVE the thoughtful little beauty tips that are printed on the side of the boxes.

Let me tell you about the products I have tried…

Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash

With a deep pore cleansing action, this devine smelling exfoliating facial wash leaves your skin feeling fresh and super smooth. It contains jojoba beads and cherry powder to gently polish and get rid of dead skin. Leaving your complexion brightened and more radiant.  I have been using this every other day by gently massaging into wet skin and then rinsing thoroughly with warm water.  You don’t need very much and so I think a tube will last a long time.

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Deep Clean Purifying Face Mask – Using natural clays of goji berry extract and frankincense oil, this Deep Clean Purifying Face Mask helps rebalance your skin and bring out the impurities leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. This thick face mask is very cool once applied and doesn’t irritate the skin in anyway but leaves it feeling refreshed.  I ran myself a bath and just slathered this on and chilled.  After 10 minutes, I rinsed it off and really felt like I had truly Fresh Skin!  REMEMBER to always remove all traces of make-up before applying a face mask.

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Magical Moisture Quenching Face Mask – This face mask is perfect if you are suffering from dry skin. With ingredients of white lupin, arctic cranberry seed oil and apple extract, this magical quenching face mask gives your skin an instant moisture boost leaving your skin looking radiant and feeling exceptionally soft.  This has been especially useful lately with the miserable weather we have been having.  The constantly cold wind and then the drying central heating plays havoc with your complexion.

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Skin Clear Treatment Gel – This anti – blemish gel powerfully kills any blemishes without over drying the skin. Formulated with salicylic acid, zinc and vitamin A to cleanse clogged pores and helps prevent any unwanted blemishes in the future. I really feel it has helped to dramatically reduce a few breakouts that I have had lately.

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How to Use: Before applying, make sure you’ve cleansed thoroughly and toned your face. Then dispense a small amount onto your fingertip and dab onto the affected area in the morning and at night. Wait for it to completely dry then apply moisturiser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skin Clear Mattifying Moisturiser – This Mattifying Moisturiser is specially formulated for oily and blemish prone skin.   This really light and gentle moisturiser leaves your skin feeling hydrated without any shine at all, whilst reducing redness. The naturally derived marine extract Seamat absorbs excess oil whilst extract of iris, bergamot and vitamin A balance and purify the skin. It also makes it so much easier to apply make up after you’ve applied this moisturiser.  Teenage skin is prone to be oily and so this is the perfect solution.  It is a myth to think that oily skin doesn’t need moisturising.

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Tired Eyes Soothing Eye Rescue – This reviving gel gently tightens and hydrates the delicate eye area. It also helps refresh and reduce puffiness. Elemis really has thought of everything!  This is just what your average teenager, who stays up too late staring at a computer screen needs!  Say goodbye to tired eyes as this soothing eye gel comes to the rescue!

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How to use: The skin around the eye area is very delicate so never overload with product. Apply a small amount with a gently tapping action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I totally love this range – it gives you exactly what it says on the box – FRESH SKIN!

You can purchase Elemis Freshskin at Superdrug or John Lewis.

Have you tried or come across them?  Let me know what you think. xx

One year ago today, Olivia’s Teen Beauty Blog was born – I can’t quite believe how fast time flies!  I’ve had so much fun blogging!  The positive feedback and lovely messages from all of my readers has just been incredible and I am so grateful.  Hundreds of teens from around the world look at my blog every day and it’s so lovely to know that people like what I write.   It’s been an amazing year – I have even been featured in a national UK newspaper and beauty companies send me their products to try (I only ever mention the ones I love) and it even appears to be the number one teen beauty blog on Google!

Thank you so much for reading ….. xxxxx

Olivia’s Teen Beauty Blog in the Daily Express Newspaper – 

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A couple of quotes from my readers…

“You’re so inspirational..”

“I love your teen beauty blog!”

“My beauty guru for sure.”

“I’m always on your blog non stop.” 

“Your blog is amazing! Keep it up.”

GIVEAWAY –

So, to celebrate Olivia’s Teen Beauty Blog one year anniversary and to say thank you for supporting and believing in me, I will be giving away a BeautyBlender kit worth £25!!!!  The kit includes a bright neon pink BeautyBlender and a BeautyBlender Cleanser to clean the sponge with.

I purchased the BeautyBlender kit a couple of weeks ago and immediately fell in love. The BeautyBlender is the award winning ultimate make-up sponge applicator used by countless professional makeup artists around the world. The BeautyBlenders ‘egg’ like shape makes your makeup application fast, flawless and looks as if you have naturally perfect skin.  You can use your BeautyBlender to blend almost anything. Foundation, concealer, mineral, cream and even powder based cosmetics.  Honestly, it is the best application sponge I have ever used and the BeautyBlender cleanser keeps your BeautyBlender sponge and make up brushes squeaky clean with not a speck of makeup left.  It’s MAGIC!

Check it out here:

http://www.beautyblender.net

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How to enter:

– Follow Olivia’s Teen Beauty Blog on Twitter and RT details of my giveaway – @OliviaTeenBeaut

– Follow Olivia’s Teen Beauty Blog. (I will DM message you via Twitter if you win)

Closing Date: 17 March 2013 – one week from today!

All of the names who have done all these things above will be put into a hat and one will be picked at random. 🙂

Look forward to hearing from you all and GOOD LUCK!! 🙂 xxxxx

So this post is all about how to create that messy bed head look – deliberately!  Perfect tousled hair doesn’t just happen when you roll out of bed.  It takes serious dedication and time to get absolutely right – you know you’ve got it right when you’ve taken so long to do it that you miss the bus for school!  Probably best to get up a bit earlier!

The golden rule is don’t go over board otherwise you could look like someone has stuck a bird’s nest on top of your head – or worse, you could create a kind of matted back-combed mess which you might actually have to cut out.

So, first things first – make sure your hair is cut right in the first place.  This look is difficult to achieve if your hair is all one length and bluntly cut.  Next time you go to the hairdressers, ask for LONG layers and some SHAPING around your face with some FEATHERING at the ends .  This will create texture and movement within your hairstyle.  Here are some pictures of me having my hair cut by Paul at Balance:

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Now for the styling!

STEP 1

You need lots of root lift and volume.  Hairdressers achieve this by drying your hair in sections using a round brush, but this is very difficult to do yourself so the best thing to do is apply some MOUSSE to your roots, tip your head upside down and dry your hair with the hairdryer.  Make sure you hold the hairdryer a good distance away so that your hair doesn’t get caught in the little fan thing!  You can use your fingers to SCRUNCH your hair as it dries.

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STEP 2

Depending on the type of hair you have, this might be all you need to do, but for me, I have dead straight, fine hair and it needs a little more styling.  So I use my straighteners to create ‘beach’ curls.

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STEP 3

I have discovered a wonder product that helps style my hair – it’s called Label M DUST.  You literally sprinkle it on like salt on chips!  You don’t need much, but it creates a subtle ‘stickiness’ that enables the hair to be TOUSLED! I literally just scrunch the ends and roots so that they look messy.   Spritz with hairspray (I love Elnett – used by all the celebrities) to keep in place.

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Let me know what you think by commenting below and feel free to share any of your own tips! 🙂 x

There is one thing you can do to make yourself look more beautiful and attractive in an instant. SMILE! Seems such a little thing, but if you think about it – it’s so true. Wouldn’t we all much rather be around a smiley person? Here are some facts that you might not have known about smiling… I hope they make you smile! 🙂

1. FORCING YOURSELF TO SMILE CAN BOOST YOUR MOOD: Psychologists have found that even if you’re in a bad mood, you can instantly lift your spirits by forcing yourself to smile.

2. IT BOOSTS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM: Smiling really can improve your physical health too. Your body is more relaxed when you smile, which contributes to good health and a stronger immune system – I know it sounds crazy but it’s so true!

3. SMILES ARE CONTAGIOUS: In a study in Sweden, people had difficulty frowning when they looked at other subjects who were smiling, and their muscles twitched into smiles all on their own!

4. SMILES RELIEVE STRESS: Your body immediately releases endorphins (endorphins are a group of hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system) when you smile, even when you force it. This sudden change in mood will help you feel better and release stress.

5. IT’S EASIER TO SMILE THAN TO FROWN: Scientists have discovered that your body has to work harder and use more muscles to frown than it does to smile.

6. IT’S A UNIVERSAL SIGN OF HAPPINESS: While hand shakes, hugs, and bows all have varying meanings across cultures, smiling is known around the world and in all cultures as a sign of happiness and acceptance.

7. SMILES ARE MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN MAKE-UP: A research study conducted by Orbit Complete discovered that 69% of people find women more attractive when they smile than when they are wearing makeup.

8. WE STILL SMILE AT SCHOOL: While we smile less at school than we do at home, 30% of subjects in a research study smiled five to 20 times a day, and 28% smiled over 20 times per day at school.

9. SMILES USE FROM 5 TO 53 FACIAL MUSCLES: Just smiling can require your body to use up to 53 muscles, but some smiles only use 5 muscle movements.

10. SMILING HELPS YOU GET PROMOTED: Smiles make a person seem more attractive, sociable and confident, and people who smile more are more likely to get a promotion.

11. SMILES ARE THE MOST RECOGNISABLE FACIAL EXPRESSION : People can recognize smiles from up to 300 feet away, making it the most easily recognizable facial expression.

12. WOMEN SMILE MORE THAN MEN : Generally, women smile more than men, but when they participate in similar work or social roles, they smile the same amount. This finding leads scientists to believe that gender roles are quite flexible. Boy babies, though, smile less than girl babies, who also make more eye contact.

13. THERE ARE 19 DIFFERENT TYPES OF SMILES: A San Francisco researcher identified 19 types of smiles and put them into two categories: polite “social” smiles which engage fewer muscles, and sincere “felt” smiles that use more muscles on both sides of the face.

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