Saturday, 14 February 2015

Go To Party Makeup

Recently a lot of my friends have had their birthdays, meaning I've been going to quite a few parties. This post is just going to take you through my go to party make up look that I have been sticking to at the moment.
In this look I start off with the eyes because I find there can be quite a bit of fall down (pesky Urban Decay eye shadow!!). I have super oily eye lids, so it is vital I begin with the Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base, it makes eye shadow stick like concrete and personally I think it is definitely worth its price. Next I use Half-Baked from my Naked Palette all over my lid. It's a gorgeous, light shimmery gold colour. On the outer third of my eye a pat on Smog from the same palette, which is just as shimmery, but a darker bronzy colour. Then from the Revolution Redemption Essential Mattes Palette I take the mid warm brown and gently blend it into my crease to add some definition. Then swapping back to the Naked palette I like to use Buck as a subtle transition shade. With my eye shadow complete I take the Benefit They're Real Push-up Liner on my top lash line and create a slight flick. Now is time for lashings of They're Real Mascara!! Occasionally I'll use falsies but most if the time I really can't be bothered with the stress! To complete my eyes I'll carefully line my waterline and tight line with my black Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Khol Eyeliner, for a little extra drama.
To make sure my base lasts all night long I prep my face using Benefit's Porefessional. At the moment I'm mixing L'Oreal's True Match Foundation (Golden Vanilla) and Rimmel's Match Perfection Foundation (Classic Ivory), which gives me a good colour match and a natural, long lasting finish. Time to conceal! Recently I purchased Collection's Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer Pen, which I like to use in the Kim K V-shape style under my eyes for a good bit of highlighting! I pop Rimmel's Wake Me Up Concealer on any blemishes I have and pat it in with my fingers. To set my base I've been Using Max Factor's Crème Puff Pressed Powder just down the centre of my face, I also like to take this with me when I go out for any necessary touch ups.

Next I like to do my cheeks, and I start off with my Hoola Bronzer. Recently I haven't really been contouring my cheekbones I've just been warming up my face with this product. It blends beautifully and looks so natural. I pop a dusting of Gosh's Flower Power blush on the apples of my cheeks which I LURVE!! And to finish I add a little highlighter from the Revolution Hot Spice Ultra Blush Palette, which adds a stunning glow to my cheekbones. Now many people may find this a bit odd but this is when I like to do my brows. I just run a powder from the Revolution Focus & Fix Brow Shaping Kit.

To complete my party makeup look typically I'll go for this lip combo, but it does vary. I use The Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Line in Eastend Snob on the outer corners of my lips and then apply Mac Crème Cup over my whole lip. This is definitely my fave combo at the moment!

And that's the completed look! Here's a few selfies of me wearing the makeup- and sorry for the bad quality but they were taken on my phone...

Thanks for reading xxx

Saturday, 7 February 2015

January Favourites

It's a bit late but I'm finally getting round to doing my January favourites! So let's get straight into it...
So first up is this HUGE tartan scarf. I picked this up in Primark for just £5! I couldn't believe this as I'd seen an almost identical one in Zara for nearly four times the price. For Primark, it's actually really good quality- it hasn't frayed and is super soft. This has been perfect in the bitterly cold mornings because I can scrunch it up around my neck to keep me warm, I've discovered it can also work quite well as a blanket in lessons (I'm constantly cold in school!).  

So for makeup I have loved whipping my Naked palette out recently. I feel like over Christmas I really neglected this because I had loads of new products to try, but almost every time I've been out this month I've used this on my eyes. I've got my 'go to party look' coming up in a post very soon and this of course will be making an appearance ;)

Next up is this Gosh blush in Flower Power. It's a really beautiful true pink colour that is perfect for everyday wear. It's not too bright but makes me look nice and 'cheeky' first thing in the morning, if that makes any sense?! I bought this because Fleur De Force wore this on her wedding day, but I've only really started using it frequently recently.

And finally for makeup is the Benefit They're Real Mascara. You would have seen this in my What I Got For Christmas post, and I can confirm it has become a staple for me! It literally has no faults! Personally I don't even struggle removing it which I didn't expect to find as it is notorious for being a bugger to get off. The brush is awesome, the formulation is spot on and you know- the packaging nice too.

This month I've had a few parties and these two hair products have been getting a lot of love due to this. I love having big loose curls and my Phil Smith Jumbo Hair Curler does this spot on. I've had this for ages but found it really difficult to actually get a curl from it. After a lot of practice I think I've work it out. Now with this you are never going to get a really defined curl, just accept it's impossible. However for a loose natural curl it makes a huge difference if you hold the curl afterwards and let it cool a bit. Although this is a curling iron, I prefer to use it as a wand because I hate the clip (my hair just gets caught in it making the whole situation far too stressful).

The L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray holds my curls all night long. This isn't normally something I struggle with because my hair does manage to hold a curl well naturally. However what stands out to me about this products is that it is so fine and therefore it doesn't make my hair feel all crispy like concrete. It just feels like hair! Also I have the infinite shine version so apparently it has light reflectors in. Now I don't know much about the science behind it, but what I can tell you is that it keeps your hair looking shiny/glossy and it doesn't look like you're earing hairspray.

Lastly is Gossip Girl. You probably are aware of my love for this ever so glamorous series, and I hate to tell you but I actually finished it at the start of January!! I loved the ending even though I'd already worked out who was Gossip Girl, and I literally can't express just how much I love it!!

Thanks for reading xxx