Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Look of the Day | Cat Eyes & Nude Lips

Hi Everyone! I was going to call this my "go-to" look, but decided against it as I've literally only worn makeup a handful of times this summer, it's just been too hot and I've recently started a job which requires me to wear none, so I'm taking full advantage of the extra half an hour in bed in the mornings. So I don't really have a go-to look at the moment, but I wanted to create something that I just felt pretty in, so if I was going anywhere, I'd wear something like this. Also, I feel like my liner skillz have been a bit rusty as of late, and it really wanted to take my time and try achieve a "perfect" winged liner. 
I also got a new lipliner yesterday, which was an almost perfect match for my lips, so I was really excited to experiment with that and try create a really blown out pout. I got Lumene Wild Rose Lipliner in the shade 2. This is a Finnish brand, but a perfect dupe is The Make Up Store lipliner in Natural, which I was going to get, but then found this and it was half the price. I obviously need a lot more practice with the whole lip overdrawing, but this was really fun. I popped Mac Fresh Air Lipglass on top for the craic.
The eyes were quite simple, so I didn't bother doing a tutorial for them. Here's a list of products I used, in case you're interested;

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden
UD Naked Basics Palette: Walk of Shame & Foxy (sheer wash all over lid), Naked2 (upper crease, nose contour, lower lashline), Crave (outer-V).
Mac Eyeshadows: Swiss Chocolate (lower lashes, outer corner & crease), Embark (outer corner), Shroom (middle of moving lid), Brule (browbone & inner corner) & Blanc Type (inner corner).
Loreal Gel Intenza Liner
Clinique High Impact Mascara
Kiss Natural Lashes 02
Catrice Brow Set

On my skin I used Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, Mac Pro Longwear Concealer, Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder, Nars Laguna Bronzer and Mac Well Dressed Powder Blush.

Let me know what you guys think! 

Much Love xxx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Soft Bridal Tutorial

Hi Everyone! So this is the second of my bridal looks, more toned down than the last, this ones all about wide awake eyes, fluttery lashes and glowing, healthy skin, perfect for perhaps a very young bride, someone who doesn't like heavy make up or a more mature bride. I've some super colourful and dramatic looks coming next, so watch this space! Hope you like it!
I primed my eyes with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in the shade Eden.
I began with my brow highlight, I used Pick Me Up from the Mac Cool Neutrals Palette.
Taking the colour right beside that, Cozy Grey, on a Real a Techniques Base Shadow Brush, I began building it up in the socket area, blending up to meet with the highlight colour. This particular shade takes ages to show up, so just keep building patiently until you're happy with the depth.
I felt that the eyes were beginning to look too cool in tone, so decided to warm up the socket area with a little bit of Samoa Silk, also by Mac, on the same brush, right the way over Cozy Grey.
I applied Brule to the moving lid, I just wanted a matte flesh tone to even things out. You can barely see this step, I apologise for the photos in this post again. It's been so hot and bright out recently, it takes all my willpower to even put makeup on, but the brightness outside means the photos come out really shadowy, so the struggle is real folks. 
To highlight the middle of my moving lid, I used Sweet Allure from the Cool Neutrals Palette again, it's a really pretty frosty light pink.
To add subtle definition at the lashes and ever so slightly elongate my eyes, I pushed some Brun on a Crown Angled Brush along my lashline. 
I applied my beloved Clinique High Impact Mascara just along the top lashes for now. Think mine is starting to dry up, need a new mascara. Any suggestions are welcome, this one hasn't been wowing me lately like it used to, think I've worked up the courage to try something new hahah. I just hate buying new expensive mascaras and always getting panda eyes throughout the day, I find that this is the only truly smudgeproof one I've found. 
Eylure Naturalites 100's & Nars Larger Than Life Pencil in Rue Bonaparte along the waterline.
Here I did my base, ran a bit of Brun along the lower lashes, applied mascara to the bottom lashes and popped a bit of Sweet Allure in the tearduct area to really brighten the eyes up.
Other Products Used:
-Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
-Mac Studio Finish Concealer
-Mac Pro Longwear Concealer
-Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder
-Nars Laguna Bronzer
-Benefit Coralista Boxed Blush
-Catrice Brow Set
-YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick Peach Passion
-Kate Moss for Rimmel 03 Lipstick

The finished look! Let me know what you think! 

Much Love xxx

Monday, 21 July 2014

Haircare Rountine

Hi Everyone! A non-makeup related post today, I've been working like a mad man and haven't had time to do a tutorial, but there should be one at the weekend. I got loads of compliments (thank you!) and questions about my hair since my last post, and as one reader pointed out, I haven't done a haircare routine post yet! Be warned, I love talking about my hair, so this will probably be quite a lengthy post haha. I don't have a set routine I stick to, but definitely some tips and products I want to share with you, so if you enjoy this post, let me know! 

I figured it would make sense to tell you a bit about what I've put my hair through in the past before I go into what I'm doing now. As you can see from the pictures below, I've tried every colour under the sun, different cuts, extensions, you name it. I'm wearing clip-in extensions in every picture apart from the one on the bottom left. My hair was somewhere between jaw and shoulder length in the other 3 and in pretty horrendous condition from all the bleaching, colouring, back combing, straightening and curling. The first step I took in growing out my hair to the point where I didn't need extensions anymore, was to stop wearing them and stop constantly styling my hair. Also just as a disclaimer, the tips I'll be suggesting in this post may not work for you if your hair isn't similar to mine, it's fine to medium in thickness but very dense and quite smooth in texture.
It took me about 4 years altogether to grow my hair from that length to where it is now, not sure exactly how long it is, but well below "nipple length" which is where I like it haha. I began bleaching it blonde again shortly after the above bottom left picture was taken, which was almost 2 years ago. I still managed to grow it more and keep it relatively healthy and manageable despite scalp bleaching every 8 weeks or so, which is notorious for causing hair breakage. 

If you do want blonde hair that's not excessively damaged, make sure you go to a hairdresser for any lightening procedure. I've never messed around with bleaches and things in my own hair, it's asking for trouble. Also, once you find a hairdresser you like and who "gets" what you want, stick with them. The greyish lilac tone I have in the below right-hand picture is what I've wanted since I started going blonde almost 2 years ago, and it's taken this long to achieve it. So have patience. That lilac tone only stays in my hair for a couple of washes though, I'm left afterwards with a nice clean platinum blonde. Just as a side note, I believe the fact that I get scalp bleaches saves my hair a bit in that no strand of hair gets bleached over and over again, like what happens with highlights. Not sure if there's any truth to that, but I have a hunch. :) I don't know the exact shade my hair was toned with, but it would have been a very light violet-ash.
Below is the colour my hair is left after the violet washes out, this is around 5 weeks after I got it done last. When it comes to things I do to try keep it as healthy as I can, there are just a few simple rules I go by. Firstly, I don't wash it too much. I try to go as many days as I can without washing my hair, sometimes up to 5 days. When my roots get oily, I actually try and distribute it through my lengths to get some of that natural moisture spread out. I just wear a high bun for the last few days before I wash it. Might sound gross, but it doesn't bother me. Another important thing is to use heat styling as little as possible. I really only ever heat style my hair when I'm taking photos for the blog! Always use a heat protectant too. I let it dry naturally and plait a loose braid in it at night to keep it from getting too knotty. 

Of course I have a few holy grail products to thank for helping my hair not disintegrate in front of my eyes, these are clockwise from left to right;

Argan Secret Miracle 10 is a leave-in treatment product I was introduced to by my friend Stephanie. I have mentioned it on this blog before, but briefly put, it's a little miracle worker. It offers heat protection, repairs damage, protects from the elements, untangles hair like no other, adds shine, shortens drying time and smells amazing. Once the hair is dry it's completely undetectable in the hair, no stickiness or heaviness, I cannot recommend this enough. I don't need any other products in my hair when I use this, it's a one-stop shop kinda thang. The downside? It's very hard to find. I've only found this in Sally's Salon Services, but I believe you can order it on Amazon too. 

Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack is another product I've only ever found in Sally's but I'm sure it can be found online somewhere too. This is my go-to deep conditioner, which is an essential step in maintaining healthy hair. I don't just leave it in for the recommended 15 minutes or whatever, I apply this to towel dry clean hair, and I mean I slap the entire packet on from roots to ends, throw on a shower cap and sleep through the night in it. My hair feels so amazingly soft in the morning when I rinse it out and smells like coconuts until I wash it next. A lot of deep conditioners I've tried this method with leave a weird residue in my hair, but this one rinses out really easily and just makes it look and feel full of life. 

Lakme Teknia Ultra Clair Shampoo is my silver shampoo of choice. I haven't tried too many other ones though, maybe 3 or 4, but this beats all of those hands down. I just find that this one is really pigmented, and it really does banish any yellow tones from showing up as well as not leaving my hair feeling completely stripped. I change my regular shampoo quite a bit, but try to always go for sulphate free ones. 

Tangle Teezer Elite. Probably my hair's best friend. I'm sure a lot of you already use/have heard of this, so not gonna go into too much detail about it, but I couldn't live without this fella. I had the Original one for years and I don't find that this one is particularly better, but I had literally used my old one to death and the Elites were on offer so I went for it. My hair gets incredibly knotty especially after I wash it, and if I went and hacked at it with anything else, I'd rip half of it out I'm sure. As harsh as I treat it chemically I ensure that I'm gentle with it in other aspects, and this boy quickly detangles it for me without breaking any hair off. 

That's all I can think of to say about my hair routine at the moment, if you have any questions, please leave me a comment below! What's your best hair advice or products? Have you tried any of the ones I mentioned? 

Much Love xxx

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Glamorous Bridal Tutorial

Hi Everyone! Here's a look I mentioned I'd be doing weeks ago on Instagram and but never seemed to get around to! Until now obviously. I've done my fair few brides over the last couple of years and just as a disclaimer, this is probably a good bit heavier than what most of them asked for. But as the title suggests, this is a glamorous bridal look, so better suited for someone who wears makeup a lot and would look almost washed out in anything lighter. Such as myself. That's the thing I was going for, something I personally would wear on my wedding day. I think I'll do a more "natural" version too, let me know if that's something you'd be interested in seeing. Also just to apologise in advance, the lighting in the photos of this post is all over the place. It started out bright, then it got stormy, and brightened out towards the end again, so the colours look a bit off. That happens when you rely on natural light and it's very annoying. Seriously considering investing in a proper lighting system, but until then, bare with me! Anyway, hope you enjoy the tutorial!
I primed my lids with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden. This one is so handy because it covers up any discolouration, veins etc on the eye area as well as keeping eyeshadows in place all day.
Because that primer felt extra sticky today, I did a light wash of Brule eyeshadow by MAC, a matte flesh tone, all over the lid, crease and browbone, just to make sure the shadows I was laying down next would blend easily.
To create a transition for the darker colours later and to give the eye some depth and dimension I lightly blended some Quarry by MAC, on a Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush in the outer corner and socket.
I'm not sure if Smashbox sell these palettes anymore, and if they don't I apologise, but I took the colour Putty from the Girls On Film Smokebox palette on a Crown Pencil Brush and applied that along the top lashes, outer corner and outer crease. I used the last brush I used to blend. Putty is an iridescent minky medium brown, anything similar would do. 
This is where it started lashing rain and I look like I've got a black eye in the photos :( 
Taking another Smashbox palette, this is the Softbox, and the colour Fizz, which is very similar to Sin by Urban Decay, I packed it on the moving lid and inner corner.
I personally prefer a matte brow and tearduct highlight on brides, I think it looks a lot fresher than a "dancing on ice" style shimmer explosion. For this I mixed Brule and Blanc Type, both by MAC.
Next I tight lined my upper lashline with Loreal Super Liner Gel Intenza and my Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush. I also wedged the liner right into the roots of the lashes, this is just to help disguise my lash band later.
So soften out that line, I used the colour Royal from the Smokebox palette and my Smashbox Travel Precision Liner Brush.
I applied my Eylure Naturalites #100 and Clinique High Impact Mascara.
I took that pencil brush and ran whatever product was left on it along the lower lashline. Also applied mascara down there.
Filled in my brows with the Catrice Eyebrow Set, et voila! 
Whoops forgot to clean up them mascara stains :O
Other Products Used:
-Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
-Mac Studio Finish Concealer
-Mac Pro Longwear Concealer
-Mac Mineralize Skinfinish
-Nars Laguna Bronzer
-Mac Fleur Power Powder Blush
-Bobbi Brown Pale Pink 21 Lipstick
-Smashbox Fizz Eyeshadow to highlight

Let me know if you'd like to see more bridal looks! 

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Much Love xxx