Monday, 20 October 2014

Halloween Inspiration: Cute Deer/Bambi Look.

With Halloween soon approaching I decided to rack my brain for a few simple, quick looks that I could share with you all. The kind of looks you could easily achieve at home, with products you already own - ideal for those who have sudden last minute plans, or don't want to splash out extra cash on Halloween. So here's the first look, it's a cute, simple Bambi/Deer look you could pair with a simple black outfit, curls, or two buns either side of your hair and curled front pieces which is what I've opted for. I find using images to replicate incredibly helpful when applying make up, so if you're the same I hope these help!
What I used;
 As a base I applied the Artist of Makeup Flawless Coverage foundation in shade 30. I'm so happy with how this photographs, no nasty flashback and it makes your skin look flawless, hiding a multitude of sins. Oily skins? Definitely opt for a little powder. I used a light dusting of the Rimmel Stay Matte powder in translucent. I concealed any circles with Mac Pro Longwear concealer in NC15 which is a few shades too light for me but works as a wonderful highlight, I added this to the bridge of my nose and forehead. For contouring, the most important part of this look, I used Loreal Glam Bronze in 06 Golden Bronze and built up an obvious shading around the cheekbones, temples and hairline as well as down the sides of the nose. To emphasize the shape, I then took a matte brown eyeshadow and added it to the sides of the nose, joining to the start of the eyebrows and in the hollows of the cheeks. To finish the nose I outlined and lightly filled in the shape with a matte black eyeshadow and then added the Collection Glam Crystals Black Glitter for an extra little sparkle. For the eyes, I applied the same matte brown eyeshadow over the lid and in the crease, then applied an extended winged eyeliner with the Collection 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner in Black. On the waterline I applied a NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk, which I also applied underneath the eyes to create a wider eye, then outlined this with a black eyeliner pencil and feathered on lashes. Going back in with the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk I added a few little specks of white over the cheeks to contrast against the strong contour. I lightly filled in my eyebrows with the Loreal Brow Artist Plumper and applied Mac Fleshpot Lipstick and I was finished.
I hope this helps inspire some of you!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Let's talk Blake Lively..

  Blake Lively Lipstick, Loreal. £6.99

I've adored Blake Lively since Gossip Girl, Savages and especially after Cannes Film Festival, I've fallen in love with her style and classic beauty. Along with recently revealing she's going to be a mummy, she also teamed up with Loreal to release their latest beauty collection - red lipsticks. Available in the Pure Reds line is the Julianne, Eva, Liya and Blake - all with varying undertones and suitable for different skin tones. Blakes is a blue toned red that immediately caught my eye, it's bold, daring and very Old Hollywood. I was tempted by the other shades but couldn't resist swiping Blakes off the shelf and adding it to my basket.
The pigmentation of these lipsticks is incredible, one swipe and you have a completely opaque lip colour with a satin finish. With added Jojoba oil, these lipsticks are comfortable to wear and don't dehydrate the lips, although I always exfoliate prior to lipstick application. Yes, they transfer a little but they're really long lasting and comparable in quality to Mac lipsticks. At £6.99, I'll happily be going back to purchase the other three, especially as I'm a sucker for a red lip in Autumn/Winter.

Are you tempted?

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

My little slice of Heaven.

Recently I had a week off work and decided to put it to good use by rearranging my bedroom. I finally got rid of my hideous green 'feature wall' - awful idea, and turned everything bright white and more open plan. My bedroom is definitely lacking in space and on the small side but I try and make the best out of what I've got and keep things light and airy. I opted for large mirrors, sheer printed curtains, clean and bright walls, an open wardrobe and plenty of shelves to store all my well loved beauty products!
I wish I could show you everything but although my room looks a billion times better than it used to, it's not quite finished. I still have a few more bits to organise but I thought I'd show you my vanity/blogging area.
If you're working with a small space, on a low budget here are my top tips!
- use things you already own. you may have overlooked that old bedside table or worn wardrobe but sometimes a lick of paint can bring things back to life.
- have an idea in your head of what you want your room to look like, which colours you want to use and how much you're willing to spend.
- my favourite places to look for homeware are Next, H&M, The Range, TkMaxxx, Ebay and independant stores, charity shops can also hold some amazing treasures.
- mirrors instantly make rooms look bigger as they bounce light, I like to have a full length and a standard size mirror in my bedroom - think of the outfit selfies!
- artificial flowers brighten up your room and add a feminine touch without the mess and cost of having the real thing.
- candles, fairy lights and bedside lamps are great touches if you want to create a relaxed atmosphere, I have fairy lights wound around my bed so at night I can switch my main light off, turn my fairy lights on and cosy up in a corner with my book or Netflix.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Confessing my love for Ardell Demi Wispies.

I'll admit, I don't wear false eyelashes often, purely because I only opt for the added touch of glamour on evenings out and I'm more of a, stay at home with a cup of tea watching Netflix kinda girl - please tell me I'm not the only one, I sometimes feel like it! On the rare wild night out though I always use the Ardell Demi Wispies. I love the added fullness and drama it provides along with the different looks you can achieve. I find the Ardell Demi Wispies add just the right amount of length and thickness unlike others I've tried that I felt looked unrealistic. They're £5.49 a set but they also provide you with a tube of adhesive which will last a few applications and I always re-use my lashes! I'll let the photos speak for themselves, I'm just in love with their wispy, feathered goodness.
Trim the lashes to fit your eyes, you want to look as though you natural have amazing eyelashes. I always use tweezers to apply lashes, it makes it so much easier to get close to your lash line without poking yourself in the eye. I also always opt for the Duo adhesive in 'clear' which makes sure those suckers wont move all night. I'm not sure if my next tip is recommended but I love to lightly apply mascara to blend in my real and false lashes and then go over the band with eyeliner again to make sure it's invisible!