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!