Back to Basics Makeup Tips

Back to basics makeup tips

Have you always wondered what the tri-coloured wheel is at the makeup counter is for?

Read on to find the tips from a pro to perfect a flawless base. Let’s start with hiding imperfection on your skin, we all have one.

Napoleon Perdis Pro Palette Correct Conceal
Napoleon Perdis Pro Palette Correct Conceal

Concealer correcting tri-palettes are amazing when you know how to use them correctly. Remember these are to use before your foundation otherwise you may look ill. This colour correcting product must be used sparingly.

Mint colour counteracts red on your face, for example, if you suffer from rosacea, annoying red pimple or also if you would like to tone down your cheek redness. When correcting large areas like rosacea you can blend out this product with a primer and a foundation brush. Small spots like pimples a small fine tip brush works well.

Yellow counteracts purples tones, for example, the dark circles under your eyes. If you look closely your dark circles are purple based, as the skin under your eyes is very thin shows blood vessels, therefore applying yellow on your dark circles before your concealer helps disguise the darkness to achieve a flawless base.

Handy tip: In the unfortunate case of having bruising on your face the yellow can hide bruising when applied underneath foundation.

Lilac colour: helps to hide yellow tone on skin. This colour would not be used as much, bruises do have yellow tone and as bruise fades they yellow. Also when applying makeup to a yellow-toned skin this lilac concealer can be blended out with primer to tone down the yellow tone of the skin if that is the desired outcome.

Any small colour correction is applied after primer and before foundation.

Small concealer size is great for acne and small corrections; if you were looking for larger area coverage under your foundation I would use a tinted primer. Applying a coloured base can look intimating at first but once you understand how they work it is the same as a primer but with a little magic.

I love Smashbox primers my self, or a cheaper option is to use your primer with a crushed or loose eye shadow with a pearl before applying your foundation. Another brand that came to my attention during my research was Clinique primers. I am yet to test them out for my self but if you are just starting out on coloured primers this looks like a foolproof start, all the different tints labeled according the desired outcome you are trying to achieve (from left to right) Redness, Dullness, Dullness in Deeper Skins, Discolouration, Universal & Sallowness.

Clinique SuperPrimer Face Primer
Clinique SuperPrimer Face Primer

Pink based primers gives you a luminous base under your foundation (my fav)! Great for photos, going out and maybe a pick me up after a late night before work!

Smashbox Photo Finish
Smashbox Photo Finish

Primers are best applied with clean fingers to blend and warm the product to your skin.

As noted before green counter acts redness so if you have rosacea or a large area to cover of acne or flushed cheeks use this primer- I would advise to only use in the red areas.

If you haven’t already try a colour primer and let me know how you go? If you already use them, which brand is your go to?

Fake Tan: Fake it – Don’t Bake it

Eco Tan fake tanning range

Fake tanning products have come a long way since the obvious fake orange glow. We are now more aware that tanning in the sun isn’t great for our skin.

There are some great natural golden fake tanning products on the market that make an undetectable fake tan, but only if you apply them correctly – no orange hands here.

Keep reading for my top tips to apply a flawless fake tan.

Scrub Up

Use a mitt to exfoliate 24 hours before tanning. It will remove dead skin and create a smooth base for the tan to adhere to.

Tuscan Tan exfoliating glove
Tuscan Tan exfoliating glove – image via Tuscan Tan

Dry Spots

Apply moisturizer to your hands, elbows, knees and ankles. Do not apply deodorant before tanning.

Model Co tanning range
Model Co tanning range – image via Model Co

Buff It In

A tanning glove is ideal for applying the fake tan of your choice- St Tropez, Le Tan, Model Co all work well depending on your budget.

I prefer to use a foam with a guide colour is the easiest to apply and see any mistakes. Apply fake tan on to glove and start with the top of the arm and blend around the arm in a circular motion down to the bottom of the arm, same with the legs start with the top and move around to the back of the leg.

With a minimal product is on your glove lightly go over elbow, knees and ankles as the driest patch will absorb the most product and is a dead giveaway for fake tan.

Use A Back Applicator

If you don’t have a flatmate or partner to apply tan to your back a back applicator is necessary, and also a mirror with good lighting like natural light big enough to see your back.

Tanning back applicator
Tanning back applicator

Follow the instructions on the back of the tan packaging for how long until you shower and preferably start the whole tan process of exfoliation and tanning 48 hours before an event.

Tan After Care

To extend the life of your tan use a gentle granular exfoliating scrub in the shower every three days to avoid a patchy tan.

The Body Shop body scrub
The Body Shop body scrub – image via The Body shop

Extend Your Tan

Use a moisturizer morning and night, this will help to extend your tan.

What’s your favourite tanning tip? Feel free to share in the comments.

The Difference Between FTL and LTL Transport

Every business needs to transport their goods, be it from their supplier or if you are the producer to the supplier. In most cases, it’s people who are buying from the supplier that use freight transport. Now for this purpose there are two types of freight transport. This depends on the volume of your goods. The two types of freight transport are full truckload also known as FTL, or less than truckload laps known as LTL. There are advantages to both types of transport and through the course of this article I will compare the two and give advantages for both types of transport.

truck freight transport
Heavy haulage LTL or FTL transport

Let’s start off with less than heavy truckload transport also know as hot shot freight transport. The big difference in this method is that when it comes to hot shot freight loads your volume doesn’t have to basically fill a truck or trailer up. Of course, this means that you would be sharing the space with other businesses as well. Due to this factor, the cost of transport is divided up among the people who are using the truck. So it’s ideal for a small business who reset have a need to transport a lot of goods at the same time. There are businesses who don’t need to stock up on a large amount of whatever they are selling. Keep in mind that this means that they would be stopping at businesses who are on the road before you so your goods can be delayed a bit. There is a chance that your goods could be switched from truck to truck as well which might not be a good idea for fragile goods.

When it comes Full truckload this doesn’t necessarily mean that you fill up the entire truck or trailer it could just mean that you want a truck or trailer dedicated to transporting your goods. This is meant for larger businesses or people who deal in fragile goods as this is more suitable for them than the hot shot freight loads system. In addition to that as you have a truck or trailer for yourself, this means that you get your delivery sooner as well. So if you are a business who has to pay a lot of attention to the time factor of your deliveries then this would be a better option.

All in all, you must bear in mind that LTL is only good enough for you if you are a small scale businesses. I mean sure yeah it may seem the cheaper option but there are disadvantages as well as I have shown. So for large scale business FTL is always the better option. Of course, it is up to you to decide this is merely advice.

A guide to exploring abandoned amusement parks and buildings

Gia in the outdoors

Many of us pass crumbling structures and overgrown fun parks of the past on highways without much of a second thought, the relics of forgotten entertainment and function barely registering in our peripheries. We may on occasion think ‘Huh, whatever happened to that place?’ but the curiosity often ends there, or after a lethargic scroll through Wikipedia. Urban explorers (urbex for short) are a community that does pretty much the opposite, hungrily seeking out deserted places for further investigation. Urbex-ers get right in there, beyond the fences and cracked doors and try to grasp what the place is – or was – all about. It’s a practice that can be quite contentious, both in and out of the community. For starters, it can be construed as recreational trespassing and there’s a whole slew of local and national restrictions on navigating man-made properties. There’s also the tricky socio-politics of fellow urbex participants, which a quick spin around the online forums can show. Mostly though, they’re just curious, enthusiastic people who bother to examine forgotten places, many of them lovingly documenting as they go with photography and recordings.

Gia Cattiva is one-such urban explorer. She catalogues her findings and her appreciation for “beauty in the abandoned” on her blog ShhSydney with an infectious kind of atmospheric wonderment. Particular highlights include her discovery of the Drummoyne Boys clubhouse and the eery abandoned slides of the Magic Kingdom. It’s fascinating stuff and it makes you feel really, really lazy.

We asked her to share a few tips ‘n’ tricks for dabbling in a bit of urbex yourself. Though this doesn’t mean we’re saying you should because it’s potentially dangerous, but you know, just in case you’re theoretically curious.

Pick a pseudonym

Erasing your online identity is pretty much impossible, but going by another name in the urbex world helps when your hobby isn’t exactly legal. Most of us prefer to use nicknames to protect ourselves from the po-po. My name translates to ‘Naughty Gia’ in Italian, so feel free to have fun with creating your new explorer alter-ego.

Hide your face

Consider investing in a gas mask to avoid breathing in asbestos (explorer kryptonite). Unless you’re nonchalant about your lungs, or aware of how to look out for places where it might be a problem, it’s handy to have one because you never know what to expect inside a dilapidated building. Many urbex-ers choose not to reveal their face to protect their privacy, preferring to stay behind the camera or play up their anonymity by doing their best blue steel while wearing a Jason mask.

Pick your politics

There are two opposing sides in urbex land to choose from – the traditional types who want to ensure it stays underground and the new generation who use social media to connect with the community and are criticised for mainstreaming. If you decide to be the latter, just be prepared to cop some flack for it and have to go solo.

Pack for the apocalypse

No need to overload your backpack, but always remember to bring some essentials to help your basic survival, should things go south. You can likely live for days on a Summer Roll and a bottle of water. Also, sunblock and a hat are always wise because ‘straya. While weaponry is never advised, a golf umbrella looks innocent when you’re scouting the perimeter of a site, plus you’ll feel safer having one when you cross that red belly black snake or rogue kangaroo. They’re also useful for their intended purpose when you’re in the middle of an abandoned amusement park and it starts to seriously piss down, because without one you’re gonna have a bad time.

Dress appropriately

Please wear practical clothes like pants and Docs, if you got them. Nature takes over the abandoned and long grass which conceals creepy crawlies like ticks or reptiles and the occasional swamp. Bare legs and barbed wire just don’t mix. Also take a jacket, even if it’s stinking hot and you don’t reckon it’s required. You’ll feel more secure without your bare arms flailing about near that wasp’s nest. Not to get all mumsy, but better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

Do your research

Just like the stinky kid in school, nobody likes a lazy urbex-er. This is the dude who randomly PMs without so much as a hi to hit you up for locations. Part of the thrill of exploring is finding places yourself – putting in many late nights researching online and using up the last of that phone data looking at Google Maps on the loo at work pays off.

Don’t give directions

Why make it easy for anyone else to get there when they might be the type to vandalise the place you just visited? Be super cautious when sharing information on forums and accidentally through sharing photos that might reveal too much info on how to find it, at least until you can establish some semblance of trust. The urbex scene is a made up of a mixed bag of more nuts than a pack of trail mix and not everyone is into it for the love of history or cares to preserve heritage places. Most urbex-ers are highly secretive about where they’ve been and don’t appreciate people publicising places too much.

Befriend old folk

Seniors are an untapped source of urbex potential. Anyone who can remember when all these locations were fields is a friend indeed. Old people usually have knowledge that can’t be Googled and no shortage of fascinating stories, so when out exploring new suburbs it’s both wise and nice to say g’day, have a yarn and try to get acquainted with the locals. They may be able to put you in touch with the owners or let you know the real story behind the place and how it came to be forgotten. Even if the oldies don’t provide any new leads, chances are they’ll still make you smile and appreciate their generation a bit more.

Own your weirdness

Get used to those who don’t understand the appeal of adventuring to throw quizzical looks your way, or rouse on you for trespassing on private property. You’ll probably have to defend yourself occasionally, but they’ll hopefully just quickly change the topic and allow you to escape an awkward conversation

These are just some general clues – depending on whether you’re drawn to disused railways, drains, redevelopments or derelicts there’ll be different things to be mindful of. But basically, have a ball exploring all the little lost worlds you discover, absorb the beauty of the abandoned and please be careful, you crazy kids.