Everyone Needs Rice Water

posted on: August 20, 2015

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Rice water is a fairly remarkable substance. It’s full of all sorts of nice things. Once rice has been soaked in water for 5-10 minutes, it becomes infused with compounds which act in a good way on the skin and hair. The resulting liquid is about the most surprisingly versatile product you can imagine – soothing, protein-rich, moisturising, and strengthening.

As I’ve said before, there is a great, simple truth that nothing is better than dragooning kitchen ingredients for skincare solutions. You can’t get much purer and preservative-free than something that you just got out of the fruit bowl.

Having said that, there are an awful lot of really terrible ideas out on the internets. Pressed bronzer made of cinnamon, anyone? Therefore, I take it upon myself to test things that I think are a good idea, and make sure that they aren’t completely hokey.

And rice water is good. Really good. It is so easy to make a jar of it, keep it in the fridge, then dig it out to use as a facial toner, a hair rinse, or to add to the bath.

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As a hair rinse, it makes your hair shinier, moisturised and stronger. The proteins actually penetrate the hair, decreasing surface friction and improving hair elasticity, so it is less likely to snap. It is rich in a complex of B vitamins called Inositol, which stays in the hair even after rinsing. After all, it has been used as a hairdressing tool in Japan since the 8th century. The Yao women from Huanglo in China, who are famed for their super long and lustrous locks (seriously – there is a whole tourist event based around their hair-washing time in the local river), swear that their only secret is using fermented rice water to coat the hair after washing.

As a facial toner, the vitamins, minerals and amino acids within it help to reduce redness and mean that your skin is calmed, and ready for any skincare that follows. Studies have even shown that applied to the skin, rice water improves skin dermatitis.

It might seem a bit weird to pour stuff over your head or into the bath that you have just taken out of the fridge, but I guarantee that once you see that the effects actually last through two shampoos, your fridge will always have a jar in there. Just don’t keep it longer than a week – remember, there are no preservatives!

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*Best thing is, there is no reason why you can’t cook the soaked rice afterwards! So no waste. (As long as you don’t spread it all around the dining room table like I did, for effect innit.)

3 Things To Make Cleaning Brushes Easier

posted on: August 7, 2015

Clean Brushes

Washing brushes is a pain. It is SO DULL. I use a lot of makeup brushes, and somewhat akin to my student philosophy about laundry, I will use another foundation brush rather than wash the first one. Which means that every couple of months, I have a bumper load to wash.

And we must wash our brushes, not just for the very important reason of hygiene, but also because a clean brush works better than a dirty one.

I have expended much energy in trying to find gadgets, gizmos and techniques to make the washing ritual less slow. Here are my favourites:

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// Beautyblender Blendercleanser Solid is a solid bar of soap in a little plastic case that you squiggle your wet brush into. The formula is very soft, and leaves the brushes fluffy and squeaky clean. It also works super well for sponges. It is, however, US $16 for one, which is just silly. An alternative product which gets almost exactly the same results is Dr Bronner’s Pure Castile Bar Soap, but it doesn’t come in such a handy little holder, and isn’t quite as soft.

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// Sigma Beauty Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove is an odd object. Essentially, it is a silicone oven glove, but covered in odd little ridges and bumps. Put in your hand, and use your other hand to squiggle the brush into your soap, then onto the wash section of the glove, which works through the bristles to get rid of all residue. Move your gloved hand under a running tap, and rinse the brush, then use your finger and thumb to squeeze out the water, give the brush a good tap on the side of the sink, and leave it to dry on its side.

If you set up the soap and your brushes by the sink, you can get a pretty good assembly line action with this glove, and you avoid the awfully wrinkled and dry hands which have always been the bane of brush-washing day. And they’ve updated the design in the last couple of months since I bought mine, so you can now use it in two directions, which is great.

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Lastly, we have another little gadget, but this one is for those oft-overlooked tools, hairbrushes. They need cleaning just as much as makeup brushes. From Philip B, this tiny little Hairbrush Cleaner tool has little hooks on the end of its metal bristles, and works in no time at all to get everything out from any kind of brush. Plus it is immensely satisfying to use…

Review: Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

posted on: August 5, 2015

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Occasionally, products come around that are such good ideas that I am pretty sure some imitations of them will be everywhere very soon. It’s just a matter of time.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops is one of those products. Cover FX is a great brand, with high quality formulas and shade work, and amazing brushes, but up until now, they haven’t really been known for brand-new concepts.

They used to be more of a dermatologist super-high-coverage brand, covering everything from scars to birthmarks to really bad skin, but in recent years they have expanded to try to become the definitive complexion brand, for any kind of skin and any kind of colour.

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Now, they have come out with an idea which I wish I had come up with myself. Think of these drops as pure pigment, that you can add to any liquid formula. Moisturisers become tinted, medium foundations become full coverage, and primers become super smooth foundations.

Put your regular amount of the mixing medium, whether it’s skincare or makeup, on the back of your hand, and then add one drop for a little extra coverage, or up to four for total coverage.

I know that even though these drops are so easy and simple to use, they will have been an absolute nightmare to develop. Anything that is this versatile always is, and these are truly versatile. I’ve tried them in silicone primers, water-based foundations, gel skincare serums, and they all work. The pigment particles are coated in Lecithin, which makes them disperse in different mediums, and once the two liquids are mixed, the liquid surrounding them evaporates, leaving only the texture of your original product, so they don’t even effect how the formula works with your skin, at all.

They are also super convenient, in an indirect way. If you’ve mistakenly bought a new product in the wrong shade, they definitely minimise how wrong it is, and bring it closer to your actual skin tone (as long as you choose the right shade of the drops!), which is awesome, and means you don’t have to put that product at the back of your stash, or give it away.

I’ve tried the drops with basically all of my liquid foundations and primers at this point, and I have to say, they are beautiful when combined with the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua formula. It’s always been a bit sheer for me, and now it is perfect, and the finish is so so good.

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Payot Pate Grise

posted on: August 4, 2015

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posted on: July 26, 2015

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