Thursday, 24 December 2015

Christmas Party GRWM: Makeup, hair and outfit!

Yesterday I went to my friends family drinks party, so I thought I would show you my makeup, hair and outfit.

For my skin I primed my face, then applied Maybelline Fit Me concealer under my eyes, and L'Oreal True Match Concealer on my blemishes. I set this with my Rimmel Stay Matte powder. 
For cheeks, I contoured using the nyx Wonderstick, I highlighted using the Balm Mary Louminizer, and my blush was the Nars Blush in Dolce Vita, which I love. I gave my face an overall bronzed glow using the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer. 
I decided to go for a very simple look on my eyes. I used naked (a meduim brown shadow) in the crease and Mary Louminzer in the inner corners. I lined my eyes with my L'Oreal Super Liner. I then applied some Eyelure false lashes (which I had never used before, very daunting!) and went over the eyeliner again. I finally applied mascara over the top of the falsies to blend the false lashes and my natural lashes together. I also filled in my brows.
Finally, I used  Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker lipgloss on my lips, to complete the look.

I backcombed my hair and tied it into a half up half down look. This is so simple but really complimented my look! 

I am wearing a black top from Forever 21, and this skirt from H&M. My cute tights are from New Look . My shoes are Chelsea boots from H&M. 

I hope you enjoyed this Get Ready With Me. This is my last post before Christmas so I hope you have a very merry Christmas and thank you for all your support. If you don't celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a great day! 

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Everyday Winter Makeup Routine

Missed my previous Christmas posts?

As I recently did a very full on eye makeup look (linked above) I thought I would show you my everyday look. It is a really pretty look perfect all year round, but particularly in winter. I love the eye look, it really opens up my eyes! 

I personally don't wear foundation, as I feel it makes me look cakey, yet I still need concealer on top to cover up my spots. It seems like a pointless extra layer, but that's just me. Anyways my base usually consists of primer, concealer under the eyes and on spots, the powder all over the face. I always press in my concealer instead of rubbing it around as it gives a better coverage, and you can use less. But i do blend the edges of it.

For my brows I fill them in with the brow  colour from this duo. It is a tad top dark so I use it sparingly, so my brows still look natural. I set them with this brow mascara (which has very little product, it is now more of a comb) 

For cheeks, I contour below my cheekbones using my Benefit Hoola Bronzer. I then sharpen this line using the highlighter below the contour. To blend it together, I use my bourjois bronzer to combine the two and I bring this up to my temples. 
For blush, I use te benefit Rockateur Blush. I love this as it has a subtle sheen so it is a great way to add some highlight as well as blush. I love using my mac 187 brush because it picks up a small amount of product, and I don't like loads and loads of blush.

I generally alternate between this eye look or just a wing (you can see my tutorial here)  but for this look I applied a brown shade in my crease (I mixed Naked and Buck from the naked palette), a shimmery shade on the lid (The Balm Mary Louminizer) and a black eyeshadow along my lashline. I then curled my lashes, applied a black eyeliner pencil onto the outer half my waterline and a white eyeliner in the inner corners. Finally I put on mascara and that's the look. 

For lips I went for a subtle Christmas look and used a red lipgloss by 17. It doesn't come out really red so it is a great daytime look.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful. I am really enjoying writing makeup posts at the moment, if you have any post requests let me know! Also I would really love 160 followers before Christmas! We are 9 away, so go follow the blog on BlogLovin.

Friday, 18 December 2015

Christmas Lookbook: 3 outfit ideas perfect for the festive season!

Missed my previous Christmas posts?

I haven't done a look book in so long, and they are one of my favourite types of blog posts! I took all these photos by myself, so there was effort put into balancing my iPad against books and dashing to get in the timer camera. But hey, it's Christmas so it's all okay. 

This first outfit is my personal spin on the Christmas jumper. I actually had to stick the red ball back onto my own, but I have had it for two years so I don't mind. It is Christmas Jumper Day today here in the UK, all in aid of Text Santa. Make sure to donate if you haven't already! Generally the Christmas Jumper is worn with jeans, but I wanted to change things up and wear it over a shirt dress. I love how the collar sticks out over the jumper! My jumper is quite long which makes the dress seem shorter than if is (if that makes sense) but I think this is a casual, fashionable look perfect for Christmas. 
Dress: Forever 21
Jumper: Primark (old) 

Outfit two is possibly my favourite outfit as it is so cute! I love the colour of my cropped jumper, it feels perfectly wintery. The knit also contrasts with the floral print on my skirt, giving the look more depth. To me, this could be worn to a smart casual event, especially with the chelsea boots I am wearing (which you can just about see in the photo) and a smart jacket. Paired with a red lip, this look is perfect for a family get together this festive season.
Jumper: Miss Selfridge
Skirt: Forever 21
Boots: H&M

This look is one I have been living in this past week. For me school ended last week, however I have more mock exams at the beginning of January so I have to revise over Christmas. As I have been revising all week, the comfy clothes have really made an appearance! Despite the fact I am "revising" in the photo, this look would be ideal for a Christmas night in, especially with all the good tv that's coming on next week. I would wear this on Christmas Eve, but I'm travelling to my grandparents for Christmas.
Top: H&M (old)
Leggings: Primark
Slipper Socks: Boots
Scrunchie: Urban Outfitters

There are my three Christmas looks, I hope you enjoyed them. Hope you are all enjoying the festive season!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Festive Holiday Golden Smokey Eye

Before I begin, I would like to apologise in advance if I don't explain things very well! I love this golden look, with red lips this would be perfect for a holiday party, or if it is muted down slightly it could be perfect for Christmas Day. If you recreate the look, please TWEET me and show me!

Before I started, I primed my eyes using a maybelline colour tatoo in creamy beige. It reminds me of the Urban Decay primer potion in Eden, it really helps your eyeshadows pop. I also applied some sticky tabs to create a crisp edge. 

Firstly, I applied the grey colour from this body shop brow and liner duo along the edge of the tab and blended it into the crease. This colour will be vital for blending the whole look together. Next, I applied maybelline Colour Tatoo in On and On Bronze to my lid. This will really bring out all the gold shadows. 

Next I am applying two gold colours to my lid, these are Spontaneous by stila and Half Baked by Urban Decay. I basically layer these and blend with the grey. Then for extra impact, I am adding a black eyeshadow to the outer corner of my crease. 

Next I repeat the layering and blending steps with the golds, grey and black. To add more dimension and highlight, I applied The Balm Mary Louminizer to the inner third of my eye. Then I removed the tabs to finish the eyeshadow look! 

Next we need to balance out the lower lashline. Going from the outer corner to the inner corner, I applied the black, the grey, either gold and then the highlighter. I blended these all together to make it look smooth. To make the edge where the tab had been covering a bit more smokey, I blended the black upwards along this line. 

The beauty of using the tabs as a guide for eyeshadow means that there is a clear guideline to create a wing. I am using the L'Oreal Super Liner, which I love. This liner goes right into the inner corner. You can make this wing as long and as thick as you like.

Then we curl our lashes and I applied the Benefit Smokin liner along my tightline and the outer half of my waterline. I then used the Rimmel white eyeliner on my inner corner and the inner third of my waterline. Then I applied many coats of mascara to my upper and lower lashes. I think false lashes would complete this look, but I skipped them for this look.

And here is the finished look! If you have any questions about it, let me know.

I love this look so much, it is so perfect for Christmas! Have you been to any Christmas parties? 

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The Holly Jolly Holiday Tag

Whoops. Sorry for not blogging in what feels like forever, but life happens I guess. When I say 'life', I really mean my lack of a life due to the fact I had my mock exams last week, and I have more after Christmas. Yay, revision.

I do enjoy doing tags and answering fun little questions like these. Technically, I haven't been tagged, but why should that stop me? I felt it was the best way to start all my posts for December! I hope on posting every day up until Christmas, but we will see. 

Do you start Christmas shopping early or leave it to the last minute? 
In terms of getting gifts for my friends, I get them pretty early because we give each other our presents at the end of the school term. For my family I usually get these pretty last minute! 

If you could be in any Christmas film what would it be? 
I don't watch a lot of Christmas films, but any of the Santa Claus films or Authur Christmas would be pretty cool.

Which do you like better: Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? 
Instinctively I would have said Christmas Day, but thinking about it, the build up to Christmas is almost the best bit! Also, we usually stay over at our relatives (or vice versa) from Christmas Eve, so I really can't decide!

When does your family put up the tree and who decorates it? 
We usually get our tree on either the first or second weekend of December, depending when the dates fall. Generally my brother and I decorate the tree, though this year it was mainly me.

White lights or coloured lights? 
For the tree, it has to be white light. I still love coloured lights at christmas, don't get me wrong! 

Would you rather live in a gingerbread house or Santas Workshop? 
Santa's workshop would be really fun, and I always think of Hansel and Gretel when I think of gingerbread houses, and they didn't have much fun haha. 

What are your Christmas Eve traditions? 
I don't think we have any particular traditions on Christmas Eve itself, now my brother and I are older we do all watch whatever film is on ITV in the evening (last year I think it was Skyfall) and relax. We don't go to church or have any fancy dinners, so Christmas Eve is a pretty relaxed day. Generally any visiting relatives arrive on Christmas Eve, which is always nice. I remember when we were younger my brother and I would always track Santa on Norad Tracker. 

Who do you want to kiss under the mistletoe? 
Ed Westwick, duh! Though I am currently watching skins and am developing a soft spot for Rich (3rd generation) 

What tops your tree? 
Usually it is a gold star, but we changed the theme of our tree this year from red and gold to white, so we had to change the tree topper. We could not find any angels, so we settled for a butterfly. I think it is unique...

Have you ever gone caroling? 
No, and we very rarely get carol singers. When I was younger they were a bit more frequent. I can't imagine openning your door to find a group of people singing carols to you! Isn't it awkward? 

How many days until Christmas? 
I think 11? Correct me if I'm wrong. 

What Christmas treats do you eat every year? 
Obviously all the chocolate selection boxes, usually Quality Streets. Cinamon swirls are always a thing, because I don't like mince pies so my mum makes cinamon swirls as well. 

How have you kept the Christmas magic alive as you have gotten older? 
I have just always loved Christmas, and I think the atmosphere and the spirit of Christmas makes me feel magical. 

There we are, I hope you enjoyed my answers! If you do this tag yourselves please let me know. I tag all of you, of course! 

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

The Best Night Of My Life?!?!?

I adore Imagine Dragons. They are my all time favourite band, and they were one of the first bands that really got me into music, and my music taste. So, back in January, when the oppourtunity to get tickets for their concert in November came around, I jumped at the chance. I got tickets for myself and 3 friends, and since January we had been counting down the days. 

I had never been to a concert before this one. I was so pleased that my all time favourite band would be my first concert. I stil cannot get over how cool it is that I saw them live! Technically, I was in the same room as them. Admittedly, the o2 is MASSIVE, but that's a minor detail haha. 

When Thursday the 5th November rolled around, I was ecstatic. I could not believe we were actually going! It seemed so surreal, especially as we had booked this nearly a year ago. There was also the sad fact that after tonight, all this counting down would be over. I was apprehensive that they would cancel, or not perform well, but obviously this didn't happen. 

The atmosphere at the 02 that night was amazing. Everyone was there to see Imagine Dragons! What particularly struck me was the vast range of people there. At a One Direction concert, I can imagine the whole arena would be teen girls. At Imagine Dragons, there were girls, boys, young adults, parents, the lot. I think it was great to be around so many people who enjoyed the same music, yet they were so different from myself. 

The support act was Sunset Sons. We didn't stay around for much of their set, though I wish we did because I have listened to their songs since and really liked them! At this point we went to get some food (those chips were much needed) and our merch. I'm currently writing this post wearing my Imagine Dragons top! Then, we heard the much anticipated anouncement; '5 minutes until the performance begins' 

We took our seats, and they were really good seats. Admittedly we were standing for the whole concert, but the designated standing area looked packed, so I'm glad we had room. The concert started very simply. They walked on stage, and they began. I loved how the concert focused on the music. There was no fancy set, so it was very raw. I also liked how they played songs from their old album, which is my favourite. Highlights of the concert would have to be 'Radioactive', 'I'm So Sorry', and 'Demons'. They even dedicated a song to the Syrian refugees (you can buy the song on Itunes and the proceeds go to refugee camps) which was a very special moment. Also Dan came into the audience at one point, which was very exciting and sweet. 

Overal, the night was everything I wanted it to be and more. I was very tired the next day, but it was worth it. If I'm honest I'm still pretty upset it's over, I'm not sure when I will get over it! 

What bands do you want to see live? 

How I do Winged Liner

Ah, winged liner. It really is a constant struggle, and despite the fact I have made this post, I still get it wrong sometimes. I thought I would show you how I do my liner for different occasions, and tips to get the perfect wing.
Firstly, the liner that I use is so important for getting it right. I love my Body Shop Skinny Thin Felt Liner. I personally find felt tips easy to use, yet most of them are either literally like a felt tip pen, or so long and thin that whatever you do, the eyeliner looks shaky. This one however, is perfect.
 The tip is skinny enough to get a fine line, and the nib is also quite short, making it easy to use. It stays on for a long time, but I do think other eyeliners can stay on longer than this one. Nonetheless, if you want to make winged liner easy, pick this up. 

For my day winged liner, I want a subtle, thin flick. To achieve this, I look downwards to make sure there is no creases on my eyelid, and make a small mark diagonally above my outer corner, if that makes sense. Don't make it too far out, because then it is more likely your wings will look uneven, as the flicks are longer. Then I connect this mark to my outer corner. After that, I draw a thin line along my upper lash line. Finally, I connect the two lines (the one on my lashline and the flick itself) and neaten it all up. To make the wings even, I like to do each eye in steps. To explain that, I will make the mark on my left eye, and then on my right eye, and at each stage I make sure they are even. If you do one eye completely, it is so hard to get the other eye identical! Another thing I do at the end is line the outer corner of my tightline and waterline. Winged eyeliner is technically an extention of the lower lashline, so lining the waterline and tightline with a pencil helps with this. 

Next, onto my nightime version. 
I am using the same felt liner. Usually I do this version when I want winged liner to compliment my eyeshadow look, for example in my HALLOWEEN CAT MAKEUP. This works well if you start your eyemakeup first, then do your base, but it doesn't matter.
Firstly, I use a post it note to create a guideline for my wing. When you do this make sure your eyelid has no creases in it, and get it as close to your outer corner as possible! Repeat this step on the other eye, to make sure the angles of the wings are even. 
Then, I draw a line from the post it note down to the outer corner on both eyes. I continue this along the outer part of my lashline. 
Next, I take off the post it note and clean up the edges and really connect the wing to my lashline. 
Finally, I continue the line all the way along my lashline to complete the eyeliner. 

If you want this to be thicker and even more dramatic, a thicker pen would be great, or connect the liner to your lashline in a triangular formation (so one 'side' of the triangle is the post it note, the other is your lashline and the final line connects the two, then fill in the triangle) 

It is less important with this technique that you do each step on each eye as you go along, but it will help. You 100% have to do the first step of lining up the post it note together though! To make the wing look more like an extention of the lower lashline, I lined my waterline and tightline, like I did with the day look. 

Final tip, as all this black eyeliner can be dark, be sure to highlight the inner corners of your eyes! 

Hope you enjoyed this and that it all made sense haha. I would love to know your technique for winged eyeliner, or if my ideas worked for you! 


Sunday, 8 November 2015

Autumn/Winter OOTD

As we are now in the colder months, I thought I would show you one of my favourite outfits at the moment. It could definitely be a little warmer, however with a scarf you would be good to go. 
Firstly I apologise for the amount of photos, the bush I was standing in front of had about 120393727181 bees in it (well, about that amount haha) and it was too stressful to take pictures by. I don't even want to tell you the countless amounts of photos I have of me running away from the bush!
Top: Primark
Pinafore: Urban Outfitters
 Leather Jacket: H&M
Boots: Office
 I am just wearing normal, 50 dernier tights with this, however when it gets even colder I will be wearing my trusty Primark Super Cosy Tights! 

 I really love this pinafore as it is so out of my comfort zone, yet it is so lovely! It is a really great layering piece. It is from Urban Outfitters and I belive it was £46 , but it is made of cord, which is such a good quality material you can't really complain. I would try a pinafore on before you buy one, just to make sure you do really want it. 

When I first put the leather jacket on over this look, I originally didn't like it, however I now think it looks really edgy! From this photo the look is very black, but I think it works with the stripey top. Another great thing about the whole look is that there are so many subtle contrasts that work well together. For example the cord, the leather and the stripes are all very different, yet they all pull together and just work.

I hope you enjoyed this post, comment if you would wear something like this! If you have any post requests please let me know, I'm always interested in new ideas. 

Monday, 2 November 2015

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Plumping Lipgloss Review

I like to tell myself I bought this purely for experimental reasons. I am so intruiged by the big lips trend! I'm not particularly self consious about my own lips, I over draw them from time to time mainly for fun, because I do love makeup. Anyways, I picked this up in Boots about 2 weeks ago and I had to share my thoughts, because Kylie Jenner Lips are still a big craze. If you want to see my tutorial on big lips, click here.

This lipgloss set me back £9, which for a drugstore lipgloss is rather pricey, however for a lip plumper it was good value, as lip plumpers are typically a high end thing. On the Soap and Glory website, they say the lipgloss has 'plumping spheres, which explode in volume when they meet the moisture on your lips. Plus lipswell Natural Plant Oil Infusion' all which should make your lips bigger and fuller. All the science is there I suppose! The most common thing I have heard about this lipgloss is the tingling sensation that it brings, and this is definitely there. By no means is it painful, but it does surprise you, despite it being said on the packaging. It subsides after about 15mins to a minty, cool feeling on the lips. 

In terms of the plumping, in general lipglosses do make your lips look slightly larger, but as you can see from the before and after photo, this more so gives my lips shape as opposed to generally larger. They look more juicy and slightly swollen, which is the effect we're after. It does lessen as the day wears on, but another coat will keep up the effect. 

 There were a variety of nudes and pinks to choose from, and I settled for 'Bare Enough'. I love the colour, I find the gloss is the perfect daily shade, plus it would look gorgeous with a smokey eye. It is supposed to be chocolate orange scented, and I'm not sure how well that is translated, I'm not a huge fan of the smell. The applicator is typical of any lipgloss. 

Overall I'm happy with the product, I love using this on a day to day basis, admittedly not for the plumping effects but more for the colour. If you're interested in the lip plumping trend pick this one up, it is a fun idea and to a certain extent, it works. 

I hope you enjoyed this post! I haven't done a review in ages, so I hope it was helpful. I can't believe it is already November, the year is flying by! 

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Updated Makeup Brush Collection 2015!

This post has been a long time coming. I did my original makeup brush collection last year, and for a long time it was one of my most popular posts. Since that post, my brush collection has grown and in my opinion, improved. Makeup brushes are so important for makeup application. I'm not trying to brag by writing this post, but since you seemed to love the original post so much, i thought it was time to update you all :)

(Side note, I won't be showing you every single brush, only my most loved ones. Plus you can check out the original post if you want to see more) 

Foundation, concealer and powder: 

The top brush I am holding up is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I know this is so hyped up in the beauty community, but for good reason. I use this brush to apply foundation (although I am not a frequent foundation user) and concealer. I love this for concealer because it is a lot bigger than the brush below, so it takes less time. It is very dense, and just awesome. I can imagine this also being great for contour. It is so versatile, everyone needs this! 

The middle brush is the Real Techniques Crease Brush. This is meant for the eyes, but for an eye brush this is very large. I am a teenage girl, therefore making me prone to spots. I love using this brush to pinpoint spots and really conceal the problem area. Okay, this brush isn't great when you're in a rush as you do need time for this technique, but I still highly recommend it. 

The bottom brush is the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I'm sure I showed this in my original collection, but I still love it! It is great for foundation and concealer as well as powder. I use this for powders that give coverage as opposed to translucent powders. This is also great if you used too much blush/bronzer/highlight, because you can blend it out with this and patte it down, to mute the colour. 

Blush, Bronzer and Highlight

The top brush is the Real Techniques Blush Brush. It looks a bit dirty in the photo, whoops! I like this brush because it feels so soft on the face, however it is quite large for a blush brush and I personally only use a tiny amount of blush. I do think you could use this for all over powder or even bronzer too, so it is worth a purchase. 

The middle brush is a 17 Brush I got a long time ago. For actual contour, I use the benefit Hoola Bronzer and the brush that came with that. However I love this brush for an all over, sunny glow. It isso soft and applies just the right amount of product. I used to use is this for translucent powder, so again it is versatile. Most of my brushes do have multiple uses but I think thats a good thing, because you know you're getting your moneysworth. 

The final brush is the Real Techniques Contour Brush. I love this for sweeping highlight over the tops of my cheekbones, as it is so small and also tapered, which is really handy so you don't over apply. 

Gel Liner, Lower Lashline and Eyelid:

The first brush out of the three is the Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush. So many of my brushes are Real Techniques, but they are such great quality and so affordable! I don't currently get too much use out of this, as my gel liner phase didn't last long haha. 

The middle brush is the Real Techniques Accent Brush. You wouldn't this this is usesful but it truely is. I use this to smudge out kohl liner, to apply colour on my lower lashline and even to set my liquid liner. This brush is understated, but such a nifty little brush. 

I'm not sure of the name of the bottom brush, but it came in the Real Techniques Starter Kit Set. I use this brush all over my lid to pack on shadow, as well as in the crease, because it is just about fluffy enough to do so. 

The two red brushes are from Revlon. The one with a white tip is a concealer brush, however I use it to pack on shadow. It works particularly well with loose shadows, as it is so flat. The other brush is a crease brush which I love, it is so fluffy and slightly tapered, so it gives a great result. Though every time I clean it, its shape gets lost a little bit more, so be careful of that. But for a few quid, can you complain? The other two brushes are from eco tools. Personally I don't use them all that much, but if you are just starting out with makeup, I can see these being very useful.

Duo ended: 

These brushes are all from ecotools, and I purchases them on amazon for just over £10, I think. When I ordered these I didn't realise they were duo ended, so it was a pleasant surprise when I opened them that they were! These are all such good quality and all very useable. I would highly recommend eco tools brushes. I also love these for travel, as you have all that you really need in here. 

That is all the makeup brushes I had to show you today, I hope you enjoyed. Remember to follow the blog on Bloglovin (I would love 150 followers by halloween) and click on the 'My Links' tab so stalk all my social media, haha. 

Friday, 23 October 2015

Primark Autumn Wishlist

I love Primark. It is so affordable, and there is so much choice! Admittedly, going in on a Saturday afternoon to Primark is pretty hectic, but now their website shows the clothes they have in right now, it makes browsing so much easier! 

Top Row (left to right) 
I love this scarf. I love how there are two designs on it, and how these clashing patterns just work. This would look gorgeous with a long sleeve tee and jeans, to spruce up the look. 

It excited me so much when I saw that Primark are stocking their Christmas jumpers! I love Christmas, if it was socially acceptable to be festive now, I would be well up for that. I have had my Christmas jumper for two years now, and being a Christmas junkie, I have gotten a lot of wear from it! Therefore I feel like this year I should treat myself to a new one, right? 

I saw this cushion in store and thought it was so cute! Again, it is mildly Christmas related, but I saw this and instantly thought how good it would look on my bed when I get my blue Christmas blanket out. Obviously that won't be for a while, but I figured I should include it so I don't forget. And I love Christmas. Christmas 5ever. 

Bottom Row (left to right)
I am not a massive Frozen fan, I mean I like it well enough but I'm not full on obsessed. However I have  always wanted a pair of fleecy pyjamas to lounge around in, and these looked the cutest out of the ones online.

Layered necklaces are right up my street. They always seem to be pretty expensive, and this set is only £4!  It would go with so many pieces in my wardrobe, I really need to pop into Primark and purchase it. 

As I have mentioned above, I do have a Christmas blanket that goes on my bed at (guess what time of year) Christmas. The nights are getting pretty cold right now so I really need a blanket, but I don't want to use my Christmas one. I felt this grey throw in store the other day and guys, you NEED to feel this! It is so soft and fluffy! It is £15, which is more expensive for Primark, but it did feel lush. 

I hope you enjoyed this quick little post. Whats on your Primark Wishlist?