Monday, 20 April 2015

Festival Inspired Make-Up Look

 
 
After seeing all of the incredible Coachella photos, I thought I would give my own take on Festival Make-Up. I saw a lot of neutral, natural bronze looks and thought how perfect this would be for spring, as well as how easy and lasting it would be for a festival!
 
 


So let's get on with the look shall we!

Let's start with;

The Face

Start by applying an Spf containing moisturiser to keep your face protected whilst you enjoy being out in the sun!

I applied Collections 16 hour Lasting Perfection Foundation all over my face using clean fingers. I prefer to use my fingers as this foundation dries quickly and the heat from your fingers gives you a little longer blending time!

To contour I used is the Make-up Revolution contour and highlight trio, the contour shade is a lovely matte brown with no shimmer. Being fairly pale I have to be careful with the types of bronzers I go for as some can make me look very washed out or withdrawn.

To add definition I used Collections Lasting Perfection Concealer in a V shape under my eyes, along the bridge of my nose and the centre of my chin.

To highlight I used MAC's Cream Highlighter in 'Luna'. I love this highlight as it gives a lovely dewy look to the skin without being overly shiny.

To set my T-Zone I used Rimmel's Stay Matte powder in 'Transparent'. This has such good staying power.


Eyes

For my eyes I wanted a gold/bronze smoky look, I wanted to use a versatile palette that many of you might already own, so decided upon the Naked 2 Palette by Urban Decay. It's my most loved and most used of all 3 Naked Palettes as the colour range is just so beautiful.

I used the shade Half Baked all over my lid which is a stunning yellow toned gold colour, I packed this on to get a bold finish. Then in my crease I warmed it up a bit with Chopper which is more of a copper colour.

I used white liner on my water line to open up my eyes, this makes you look fresh and awake. Such a good trick if you've been up all night dancing at the festival!

For the liquid liner I used Maybelline's Master Graphic liner which is a lovely black liquid liner that is easy to use and stays put.

For Mascara I used Maybelline's The Falsies. It gives my lashes thickness and added length (with a little help from eyelash curlers!)


I kept my lips fairly simple opting for a brown toned nude shade by combining MAC's Crème in your Coffee & Chatterbox.



I hope you like this Festival/Coachella inspired look! Are you going to any festivals this year?

Saturday, 18 April 2015

New Spring & Summer Purchases


Just recently I have been buying more and more pieces for spring and summer. The weather has begun to warm up here in the UK and it makes me want to put away all my thick winter clothes and buy more light pieces. However, the winter clothes will stay put for another month or so yet as the weather can be very temperamental!



I have loved the recent marble trend, for home wear and jewellery, so when I saw these earrings in H&M I just had to pick them up! Especially as they have rose gold drops on too *insert heart eye emoji* These are so very me.


I've been looking for a powder highlighter so a while now as I only have one which is MAC's cream highlighter in 'Luna' So I picked up this Vivid Baked Highlight from Make-up Revolution. I can't wait to try it out as it reminds me so much of MAC's mineralize skinfinish's.




I've seen these new Barry M Nail paints all over Instagram just lately and really wanted to give them a go, i'll let you know how I get on!


I can't tell you how long I have wanted a good blush palette, so so long. I have numerous eye shadows palettes including all 3 naked palettes so it was high time I found myself a decent blush palette. It's nice to have so much choice in an easy to carry case. I look forward to taking this away with me on holiday so I can create different make-up looks.



Finally I have these sunglasses and sandals, the sunglasses were an absolute bargain, 99p! Yep you heard right, 99p for a pair of sunglasses! I am so impressed with these and can't believe how good they look considering the price. The Sandals are from Primark and I love the white and gold metal hardware, they are so comfy too which is high priority on my list when shoe shopping.


So there is a few of my new purchases this April, have you found any new beauty gems for this spring/summer? Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

10 Blogging Blunders


Writing blog posts is something I love doing, but sometimes they can go very wrong. I have had some right blunders in the year and a bit I've been writing and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share them with you all!

1# So you've got a brilliant baking idea, everything's set up ready, the cameras in place and then- the cakes collapsed and the icings curdled. Fail.

2# Spending hours choosing your outfit & perfecting your make-up, as soon as you step outside? Rain & gale force winds. Thanks mother nature.

3# Digging into your delicious dessert before realising you've not even photographed it. How will anyone know how good it was now?!

4# Not being able to take any decent photos in winter.

5# Getting so excited over a new lipstick everyone is talking about only to realise it just doesn't suit you. Whyyyyyy.



6# Getting your mum/brother/partner/cat to take endless outfit photos, all look fine on the camera but as soon as you upload them? They transform into something terrible. What was I thinking!? That brooding mysterious look does not translate on camera. It could be mistaken for constipation.

7# Mass photo taking only to never getting round to actually writing the posts. Where does time go?

8# Going to try out a new restaurant and forgetting your camera. I can feel my heart-breaking.

9# Perfecting your post, putting the last finishing touches to it when.. the internet crashes. All is lost.

10# Keeping one space in your room perfectly tidy for photo taking, the rest looks like something off of the hoarder next door.



So there are some of my blogging blunders, please tell me I'm not alone! What have your biggest blunders been? Share them in the comments below!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

No7 Complete Cleansing Set Review & Progress Pictures


I have finally gotten round to giving this cleansing kit a good test, I had a few other products on the go and really wanted to make the best use out of this kit, so I waited to review it. I have heard so many bloggers and youtubers rave about the Clarisonic, and really wanted to try it myself, however, the price put me off majorly. So the hunt was on to find a cheaper alternative.

I was doing my Christmas shopping in boots when I stumbled across this No7 Complete Cleansing Kit, with a brush similar to the clarisonic- let's just say it was off the shelf and checked out immediately.

The kit comes with; The Cleansing brush, Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser & Night Cream.




I have been using the cleanser and brush day and night for 2 weeks now and this is the progress so far;

Before:


As you can see my skin is very red, dull and there are a few pimples here and there. By no means is it at its worse, but there are a few blemishes and dry patches that needed to be looked after. My skin overall needed a good boost and a bit of TLC.

After:



Whilst my skin still remains slightly red the overall appearance is much brighter and healthier looking than the before photo. I still have the odd pimple but they have improved immensely and I am really happy with how clean and shiny my skin looks. It has definitely brightened my complexion.

I have sensitive skin but found the cleanser did not cause any dryness or tightness which I was pleased about. It removes left over make-up really well and helped to clean and re-fresh my skin. I love the cleansing brush itself as I really feel it helps to remove dirt trapped deep down in my pores, and gives the skin a good massage to bring back some life to it.

Overall I am really impressed so far and look forward to continue using the system to see how the results fair in a months time. I would definitely recommended looking into No7's skincare range as it is reasonably priced and I have been impressed with a number of there products.

 
What type of skincare do you use?


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Capes and Kurt Geiger

 
What I'm Wearing:
 
Cape- Select
Polo neck top- New look
High Waist Jeans- Primark
Watch- Michael Kors
Necklace- Primark
Bag- Kurt Geiger
 
 
Sundays are usually spent either relaxing or at work for me, but because it was the bank holiday and the weather was looking up i decided to get ready and take a nice long walk with the dog. Here in the UK you have to make the most of the weather as it can soon turn for the worse. I loved the cape trend all through autumn, but to be honest, I never got much wear out of it as it was either too cold or too wet. Spring was the perfect time to get my cape on. The weather is cool enough to merit a jacket but not too cold that I need a coat.
 
This Kurt Geiger bag was a cheeky treat for me off the Mr on our recent shopping trip, I was uhming and ahhing over it for a while and he decided to make the decision for me! I am so grateful and I think I might be in love with it, I can't wait for summer so I can use it all the time.
 
I thoroughly enjoyed having a Sunday off, I love spending time with my family, but this Sunday was even better as I got to eat my body weight in chocolate and not feel guilty about it. Operation Beach Body is on hold for today.
 
I've been a bit more active on Instagram lately, so if you fancy having a look you can find me here , I can spend ages looking through it!
 
Hope you all had a lovely long weekend, back to work now for me!
 


 


Sunday, 5 April 2015

Easter Creme Egg Cupcakes


Happy Easter! What better way to spend your day by baking some scrumptious Crème Egg Cupcakes?! These sweet, gooey goodies are so easy to make and taste incredible!



I'm still mastering the art of decorating, I think my icing needs some work - but to be honest how these taste means you not be looking at them long enough to notice!

You will Need:

Base:

115g caster sugar
115g Butter
125g self-raising flower
2 large eggs

Decoration:

125g icing sugar
150g butter
Crème Eggs

1. Blend the caster sugar and butter together, making a smooth and creamy mix

2. Break two eggs into a jug and beat until well blended

3. Add the eggs to your butter and sugar and mix until smooth

4. Gradually add your flour to the mix stirring well as you go, whisk mixture until creamy, thick and well blended.

5. separate your mixture into cupcake cakes and bake at gas mark 4 for 15-20 minutes. You will know your cakes are done if you use a tooth pick, poke it into the cake and on removal if there is no mixture on it your cake is done.

6. Take out of the oven and leave to cool for 30 minutes.

7. Now time to make the icing, mix your butter and icing sugar together and using a piping bag swirl the mixture onto your cakes.

8. Now the best bit! Break your Crème Egg into quarters and pop on top of the icing, allow the fondant to pour out into the cake. Yummmm.

9. Enjoy with a good cup of tea, or in my case a nice cold glass of milk.


Let me know if you have a go at baking these gooey sweet treats!