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I can Hear the Bells…Why our Starflower Range is the Best Bridesmaid Gift

Looking for the perfect gift for your wedding party team? We've got all the beauty bags you need.

Your best friends and close family have been there for you every step of the way, including those frantic late night calls about centrepieces and table plans.

Now all that is done and dusted, you want to say thank you to the women who have supported you, and what would make a better gift than a Victoria Green starflower beauty bag!

bridesmaid gift ideas

Starflower Vanity Case - £15

Treat Yourself as the Bride to be

First things first let’s sort you out. You have been busy planning your special day for months, so you need a treat after all your hard work! The carry all is a luxurious and spacious wash bag which is perfect for all your pre-wedding products.

If you’re staying at a hotel with the bridal party then you will need to make sure you have all your beauty goodies with you, from your shampoo and makeup to that much needed lavender oil for de-stressing.

There is plenty of room to fit any new beauty items you might have bought ready for the honeymoon

The carry all bag is nice and roomy so everything will fit in and it is perfect to take on your honeymoon as well.

best honeymoon wash bags

Starflower Carry All Wash Bag - £18

Best Bridesmaid Gifts

Now you’ve given yourself a wedding present, it’s time to find something for everyone else. The cosmetic pouch is a steal at £8 which is perfect if you’ve got a few bridesmaids to buy for. Go the extra mile and pop a couple of products inside like their favourite nail polish or some perfume minis.

beauty gifts for bridesmaids

Starflower Cosmetic Pouch - £8

Honour your Maid of Honour with a Victoria Green Makeup Bag

Then if you’ve got a maid of honour, the vanity case is a special pressie. The timeless and retro makeup bag is a great option. There is plenty of space to fill with some beauty treats and the pretty purple polka dot lining adds to the lovely surprise they’ll find inside. There are 2 elasticated pockets inside so you can tuck a special note for your best friend inside the vanity.

beauty gift for maid of honour

Starflower Vanity Case - £15

Wedding Gift Ideas for your Mum and Mother-in-Law

Our classic wash bag is great for your Mum and mother-in-law and you wouldn’t want to forget them! The traditional shape features one main compartment and a zipped pocket on the front. This bag is great for weekends away or to keep everything neat and tidy in the bathroom.

mother of the bride beauty gifts

Starflower Classic Wash Bag - £13

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Love Victoria x

Top Tips to Make Spring Cleaning your Makeup Bag Simple

Spring is in the air and it’s the time of year when people decide to have a clear out. Research shows that Brits spend on average 11 hours prepping and polishing their home ready for the Spring, but what about our makeup bags?

Starflower Set of 2 Makeup Bags - £13

We all know we should be cleaning our cosmetic bags and getting rid of out of date products, but this seems like a long and tedious chore for many.

Here are our top makeup cleaning tips that are easy and simple to do.

  • First things first, empty your makeup bag ready to clean. Makeup or baby wipes are an easy and effective tool to get your bag gleaming. All Victoria Green bags are coated with PVC so they are easy to wipe and dry quickly and you can even put the bags directly under the tap! For fold out designs, open each compartment and wipe away any dust and dirt.

clean your makeup bags

Lorton Makeup Bag - £6.00

  • A great idea for pouch style makeup bags is to turn them inside out! Then you can get in all the nooks and crannies you would otherwise have missed. Top Tip: Use an old (but clean of course) toothbrush for those stubborn patches and corners. Dip in a solution of baby shampoo and water. Squeeze in some antibacterial hand wash to make sure there are no pesky germs left.
  • Now you have a good as new makeup bag, it’s time to tackle your tools. Whether you are a brush or sponge girl, anything going on your skin needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. Dust and dirt builds up on brushes and can lead to bacteria growth which causes clogged pores and even spots!

Hygiene experts suggest that we should be cleaning our brushes once or twice a week. If your jaw has just dropped, then let me reassure you that stats show only 60% of women clean their makeup brushes once a month, if at all.  Don’t worry because we have got some useful hacks to make washing makeup brushes a quick and easy thing to do.

  • Fill the sink with warm water and add a few drops of baby shampoo. This is good to use because it has a gentle formula which will keep the bristles in tip top shape. Squeeze some antibacterial hand wash in to the mix, just to make sure you get rid of any nasties lurking about.
  • Submerge your brushes and give them a good massage to remove all the makeup and dirt. Run each brush under the tap at a tepid temperature until the water runs clear.
  • The next step is drying the brushes. This is a key element to maintaining the quality of your brushes and something that people often don’t consider. Makeup artists recommend drying brushes upside down so that the water drips down and not into the handle. Create a DIY drying rack like Instagrammer Stella Chu, using a coat hanger and pegs!

DIY makeup brush drying rack

  • To finish off, make sure you get rid of any old or out of date makeup products. Each item will come with a ‘period after opening’ (or PAO if you want to sound impressive) symbol on the packaging. This will give you an idea of how long to keep that item but here is a general rule of thumb regarding makeup lifespan:
    • Mascara and eyeliner = 3 months. It is advised we buy 4 mascaras per year, which makes the perfect excuse to go shopping!
    • Foundation and oil based products = 1 year
    • Powders (eyeshadow, blusher, bronzer) = 2 years which means you can build up that eye colour collection after all.
    • Lipstick = 1 year. Lippies never seem to run out but after a year they’re destined for the bin. Top tip: Pop in the freezer overnight every few months to kill any bacteria!

Hopefully we have inspired you to freshen up your makeup bag and maybe even treat yourself to a new product or two. If you’ve got any top tips you would like to share, then please leave a comment below. 

Love Victoria x

    Refresh your make-up and wash bag

    Treat your make-up bag and wash bag to a bit of TLC?

    Autumn is upon us so if you do one thing this weekend, treat your wash bag & make-up bag with thorough clean. We've put together our top tips how to keep everything ship shape. If you have any tips to share pop them in the comments below

    Here's our tips...

    1. It's common sense! Anything you use regularly on your face needs a refresh and clean. So make sure that brushes and sponges are given a thorough cleanse on a regular basis.

    Top Tip - wash your brushes and sponges with a mild baby shampoo. This breaks down the residue of leftover make-up, leaving your essential tools fresh.

    2. Make sure you give your make-up bags and wash bags a good clean. As we know, bacteria love a warm environment, so ensure your bags get a regular refresh with an anti-bacterial wipe. All Victoria Green make-up bags and wash bags are wipeable to ensure keeping them in tip top condition is simple.

    Top Tip - make-up remover is great for cleaning out bags. Add some to an anti-bacterial wipe for great results.

    3. Did you know that make-up has a 'life span'? Especially when it comes to water based cosmetics such as mascara, creams and foundations. As a general rule of thumb mascara has a life span of 3 months, and eye pencil 2 years and any powders such as blusher, eye shadow and face powder 2 years. Foundation and BB creams, which are oil free, should not be kept for any longer than a year. A tell tale sign that things have got past their best is if a creme is separates.

    Top Tip - pop your lipstick in the freezer overnight to sterilise (remember to bring it back to room temperature before using) - or use a make-up sanitiser wipe.

    So give your make-up bags and wash bags a little TLC for Autumn. I'm off to do just that right now!


    Victoria x

    If you fancy treating yourself to a new wash bag or make-up bag have a look at our range here