Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Alternative Neutral Eye

the alternative neutral eye

the alternative neutral eye

Muted purples and smudged out liner is the combination for one of my favourite everyday makeup looks. It’s still quite edgy without being too heavy and is really simple to create. I’ve always been on the darker/more gothic side of fashion culture and my makeup tends to reflect that, but for those who don’t wear a lot of eye makeup, this look would be perfect for the evening or when you want something that is a little more “dressed up”.

I primarily used the Beautifully Disney L’Amour Mauve Eyeshadow Palette, which contains some beautiful purple tones. First I applied a highlight shade, Venus from the Naked Basics Palette, all over the lid and upto the brow bone. This not only give a lighter lid colour which will open up the eyes more, but also creates a nice base for blending. Next I applied the light purple shade numbered Eyeshadow #2 to the crease and blended out, while further adding a darker purple, Eyeshadow #3, to the outer corner to give more depth. Using one of my favourite black eyeliners, Urban Decay 24/7 in Zero, I lined my eye and smudged out with a pencil brush before adding mascara. The great thing about this look is you can completely change the mood of it depending on what lip colour you opt for. I chose to use Collection’s Gothic Glam Lipstick in Revenge for a darker effect but I more often than not pair it with a purple-toned pink or a matte red shade.

Another palette that I like to use is the Kat Von D Ladybird True Romance Eyeshadow Palette, the shade Tur Elise is perfect for crease definition while Sugarpill Cold Chemistry has more shimmery options if you want more sparkle.
Do you switch up your everyday neutral eye? What are your “go-to” eyeshadows?

xox

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Monday, 21 April 2014

Black Collar Crochet

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Top: Oasis
Trousers: Primark
Shoes: New Look
Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked Basics
Lipstick: Revlon Matte Balm Striking

Do you ever spot an item of clothing that you constantly think about and keep going back to look at, all the while trying to come up with a reason to justify it? That is what this top was for me. I must have looked at it on ASOS over 20 times and oooh-arrd over it in store on many occasions. The £35 price tag, although not expensive to some, is pretty steep for me who usually wont spend more than £20 on a top and even that’s pushing it. I have recently made a decision though, to invest in some good quality pieces for my wardrobe as I’m often plagued with the “I have nothing to wear” feeling. The top is a t-shirt fit with a black collar and lace overlay in a crochet style. It’s incredibly comfy and classier than your normal t-shirt, giving a more dressed up look without being too over the top. I paired it with faux leather trousers and my new heeled boots, which are actually really comfortable. I walked around London all day wearing them and didn’t have any pain. Our day consisted of visiting the Science Museum (Craig loved this so much), Harrods, a stroll through Kensington Gardens with a peek at the Peter Pan Statue as well as a ride on the London Eye, rounding it off with a meal at the Rainforest Cafe.

Remember to check out my London Photo Diary to see what we got upto!

xox

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter Nails: Spring Pastel Picks

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Not going to lie, I'm pretty boring when it comes to my nails. When I can be bothered to paint them I normally just stick with one solid colour, sometimes with a bit of glitter thrown on top. This weekend, seeing as it is Easter and spring has officially sprung, I though I would dig out my favourite pastel nail polishes. Some old favourites are the Barry M nail paints, they’re super affordable and come in a host of colours. My spring picks are Mint Green, Peach Melba and Blue Moon. They have recently released some pastel Gelly finishes which I’m really excited to try, as I love that collection. I sense a trip to Superdrug on the horizon. Some new favourites are these NARS beauties from the Pierre Hardy collection in Sharks Right (lavender) and Sharks Left (yellow), which I won in a contest last year. NARS are rapidly becoming one of my favourite brands, although quite pricey, what I have tried has been amazing quality. I might have just placed a sneaky Space NK order for some new NARS goodies….shhh…

This Easter weekend I’m unfortunately working in the evenings (gotta earn the pennies for the mass of online makeup orders I seem to be making this week), but I plan on spending my days scoffing chocolate, blogging and trying to get some university work done. It’s now the last stretch of my PGCE degree and naturally i have left everything until the last minuet. Typical me!
What are your plans this bank holiday weekend?

xox

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Urban Decay Supercurl Mascara Review

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I swear I always seem to have a constant supply of mascara minis, as soon as one finishes there is another to take its place. This does mean I try a lot of different ones and can easily identify what I love in a mascara. One such gem is the Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara* which I received in an event goodie bag last year but have only just gotten around to trying. I had never heard anything about this product previously, heck I’d never even paid attention to Urban Decay mascaras. After cracking it out a few weeks ago I’ve worn nothing else. The packaging is sleek and fits in with Urban Decay’s signature style while the wand itself is curved to aid with application. I’ve found the formula is more on the wet side although not overly so that the lashes stick together in a clumpy mess and the added Shea Butter keeps lashes in great condition. Additionally, it really holds a curl well while not feeling too heavy. One of the main benefits of this mascara, along with its lengthening abilities, is that it does not move at all. I’ve worn this for 12 hours without it smudging or flaking off, the former of which I did experience with one of my other favourite mascaras Benefit They’re Real. It doesn't add as much volume as They’re Real, but i prefer more length as my lashes are pathetically short. At £15 it isn’t the cheapest, falling into the higher end category but personally mascaras last me 6 months as I don't add a tonne of coats, so I would rather invest in a Leaping Bunny approved product that I know works for me.

Pros: Lengthens, doesn't clump lashes together, doesn’t smudge at all, holds a curl, sleek packaging, cruelty free.
Cons: Expensive.

I must apologise for my messy application in the above picture. I had just taken off a bright makeup look and slapped this on quickly, as I was about to film a video. Oops! You can pick this up from Debenhams online and in store. Have you ever tried an Urban Decay Mascara?

xox

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Monday, 14 April 2014

The Weekday Shirt

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Top: Romwe
Trousers: Forever 21
Jacket: New Look
Shoes: New Look
Nails: Primark

For my trip to London last week I wanted to ditch my usual jeans, t-shirt and skate shoes attire for something a little more dressy but still comfy and casual. I couldn't resist picking up this top on Romwe the other month, it’s still casual yet has a smarter edge while the material is thin and loose making it perfect for spring. I wore it with some of the $7 jeans from Forever 21 which I picked up in New York last year and although they are mega comfy, if worn for more than one day they start to loose their shape (as can be seen in these pictures). I’m thinking its time I ditch my bargain buys and invest in a good quality pair of black skinny jeans. Any recommendations? To finish off I wore a pair of Brogues and a blazer style jacket for when it got a little chilly, both from New Look. My nails are also the glue on £1 ones from Primark, which are absolutely perfect for a city break. It saved me having to worry about nail polish chipping issues. On this particular day I had to get up rather early to head to my Visa appointment at the US embassy and got some joy out of joining the early morning work commuters on the underground. Gosh I love London. I’m totally going to make the move there at some point in the near future. For the rest of the day we kept it pretty chilled, taking a walk through Hyde Park, visiting Buckingham Palace and exploring the Natural History Museum.

It was also my boyfriend Craig’s first time taking some pictures for me, heck Its probably his first time taking photos in general. He doesn't even know how to use a compact or a camera phone! Although I think he got the hang of it after some guidance. I can make a budding photographer out of him yet! Well…maybe not… You can see abit of what we got up to during our trip in my London Photo Diary.

xox

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

London Photo Diary April 2014

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These past few days me and my boyfriend Craig headed down to London to see Wicked and do a bit of exploring (aka persuading him to move to London with me in the near future). Originally we were meant to go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour, but silly us left booking it until the last minute and it sold out, darn Easter holidays. No matter, we had a lovely time! Wicked was amazing, it’s actually my favourite musical ever, although I don’t think anything will quite match up to when I saw it front row on Broadway. We did a few of the touristy things such as Buckingham Palace, Natural History Museum, Science Museum and The London Eye, took a stroll through Hyde Park and visited Harrods. I’ve been to London quite a few times, as I lived alot closer when I was in Southampton, but I have never actually done any proper sightseeing. Also, can you believe I never actually did any shopping on this trip? The only things I got were a Wicked tshirt, Wicked program and some Teapigs tea. It’s a first that's for sure.

Additionally, I’m seriously nursing a rather large food baby after the past few days, I ate so much! I don’t know what came over me, it was like SEE FOOD NEED FOOD! At least i got to scoff lots of yummy treats. One of the highlights was eating at the Rainforest Cafe on Shaftsbury Avenue. It just reminded me of the one in Downtown Disney and gave me so many feels. The food was delicious and it was a lot quieter/calmer than the one in Florida. Heck it was even quiet for London and was a great ending to our trip.

Where is your favourite place to eat in London? Have you seen Wicked?

xox

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Sally Hansen Advanced Hard As Nails Strengthener Review

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For years I have suffered with weak nails, they are so bendy and split at the corners constantly. After a friend of mine recommended Sally Hansen Hard as Nails, I picked up the advanced formula from Bodycare. The Nylon formula claims to help strengthen and protect nails against chipping, splitting and breaking while protecting against daily hazards. While using this my nails do feel stronger, although it hasn't made much difference to the long term condition. I generally use this as a base/top coat, and while I haven't noticed it making my nail polish last considerably longer, I can really tell that it worked to stop my nails from bending and breaking off. I do like it but I doubt I would repurchase in future as I’m trying my best to only buy cruelty free products, as difficult as it is to distinguish between brands, I’m trying my best! Although if this was cruelty free, i would probably buy it again.

Pros: Clear formula, dries fast, stops breakage, stops nails from bending, can double up as a top/base coat, affordable.
Cons: Smells really bad, can chip off if you use too many coats, not cruelty free.

What’s your favourite nail treatment?

xox

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