Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Golden Glamour

8 days till Christmas. Holy moly has that come around fast!

Anyway, it's party season and so I thought I'd share my favourite looks for Christmas this year.

This first look uses all drug store products meaning it's super cheap!
Also, this look is beautiful on any eye colour as the gold really brings out the warmth and colour.

To make sure my shadow appears vibrant and stays all night, I primed my eyes. I used the Kiko Shadow Stick in 07 (a gorgeous foil gold) on the inner half of the eye and Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze on the outer half, making sure to keep the bottom lid clean of any product.

Next, I used the Collection Shadow Pencil in Hot Chocolate to create my desired shape. 
I continued the line from my bottom lash line up as if I was drawing on winged eyeliner. I then drew a straight line from the wing and continued it into my crease. This made a triangle shape and I lightly shaded this is with the same pencil. I then softened the line with a dense brush to make the shadow seamless.
Using a random matte brown shadow, I deepened my crease and continued to blend out the shadow stick to make the overall look really soft.

To create the gorgeous gold foil effect on the inner third of the eye, I used a combination of the L'oreal Colour Infallible Eyeshadow in Goldmine (A super pigmented, glossy, bright gold pigment) and the Collection Glam Crystals Eyeliner in Funk. I used my finger to press the gold shadow into the inner third of the eye and then topped it off with a layer of the gold liner. It honestly looks so beautiful and really catches the light, perfect for a Christmas Party. 

Finally, I curled my lashes and coated them with the Maybelline Falsies Mascara, my favourite, and then tidied up the look with my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer.
As you can see, I kept the bottom lash line completely free of any shadow or mascara. I really liked how this looked so I left it clean.

Don't forget, you can use any colour glitter you want; black, silver or even red! Also, you can add false lashes for a really glamorous look. I suggest fluttery, winged out lashes such as the Ardell Demi Wispies. 

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Thursday, 12 December 2013

'Winter Skin'

I have just diagnosed myself with 'Winter Skin'.

Yes, that time of year where the skin freaks out eg. dry patches, spots and tight feeling skin.
Normally, I get this problem around January time when the air is icy cold. However, it's seemed to arrive early this year, which is strange as it hasn't felt so cold out this year.

Anyway, I thought I'd share my ways of solving the whole 'Winter Skin' thing.....
I do this whole process at least twice a week, but I cleanse every night and use my Simple moisturiser every night too.

First things first, I cleanse my skin to remove all my makeup, or if I'm not wearing any, just to prep my skin.
I like using the Simple Cleansing Lotion because it really nourishes my skin and seriously removes all my makeup!
I use half a sprout sized dollop (that's a very good description Eleri, wow thankyou myself) and massage it into my skin and then use a hot flannel, lay it over my face to steam and then wipe off the product in circular motions.

Next, I follow up with a moisturising face mask, or something to the same affect.
So, because of the dry area's and the little spots I've had recently, I haven't wanted to use a regular face mask just because I feel that they would irritate my skin more...
Instead, I've been using honey. That's right. Just honey. On my face.
Honey has so many positive benefits for the skin! First of all, it's super super moisturising! It has both antimicrobial and antioxidant properties meaning your skin is left feeling soft, moisturised and clean.
And... It also fights acne, wrinkles and premature ageing! You go honey!
Personally, I use a teaspoon dollop of honey and put it in the microwave for 7-10 seconds. This makes it really smooth and runny.
I then leave it in the bowl, untouched, for around 10 minutes. I find that this makes the honey form tiny little 'honey lumps' which means that the honey mask exfoliates as well as moisturises. I then massage the honey into my face and wait for 15-20 minutes.
Just a quick warning, it can get a little messy as the honey runs.
Once again, I use a hot flannel to massage the mask off.

I can honestly say that I can see a huge improvement in my skin after one use of the honey mask! My skin feels smoother, plumper and glows from within! I have also noticed that the redness of my spots has reduced over night. HONEY IS A MIRACLE WORKER!

I tend to go for Oilatum as a moisturiser substitute after using the honey mask.
It's specifically produced for dry skin and therefore is perfect for my skin right now. Wonderful!

Wow, I'm sorry that turned into such a long post.... I guess I have a lot to say about honey. oops

This routine has really improved my skin lately and although it's not back to it's previous state, it's definitely on it's way :)

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Monday, 9 December 2013

Christmas Nails!

Tis the season to be jolly and all that.

I love Christmas, it's definitely my favourite time of the year. So, to get into the true Christmas spirit, I jazzed up my nails and thought I'd share my designs with you :) And may I just add, the finished result it pretty darn cute....You're welcome. 

Yeah, you need alot....
I have a clear tray, to put polish on, a pulled crocodile clip to add detail and plenty of nail colours.
I used Ciaté Sand Dune (sparkly gold), a random Black polish, Under 18 (sparkly red), Be Happy (icy blue) and Pistache (grass green) all by Sinful Colors, Matt White by Barry M and a random top coat.
Obviously you don't need to use the same colours as me, or the same brands, so do whatever your heart desires. 

So, first things first, apply 2-3 coats of each polish. As you can see, I used the gold on my pinky finger, the sparkly red on my ring finger, the green on both my middle and second finger and finally the blue on my thumb. I obviously did this on both hands.

Look at this little guy chilling on my thumb! 
I started off by using the white polish to paint on two circles, the bottom one larger than the top.
I then dropped a little of the red polish onto my tray and used the crocodile clip to pick a little up. Basically, you just dot the colour between the two white circles to make a line. Then, make two smaller lines coming out and down. Voila, a scarf.
Next, I dropped the black polish on the tray and once again, used the clip to transfer it onto my nail. I placed two dots horizontally on the smallest circle to make eyes and two vertically on the biggest circle to make buttons.
Finally, I used the black to draw on a little hat. I drew a little slanted line and extended it upwards to create it. 
So cute!

The next design appears nicely on my middle finger. I personally think this is the easiest design.
I used the red polish and the crocodile clip to draw a little wonky triangle on the nail and finished it off with little white dots on the point and the bottom to represent the little fluffy stuff :) Easy peasy.

Just for a little more detail, I added some polka dots onto my ring finger.
I used the white polish and the clip to place on small dots. 
I started off with a line in the centre of my nails and then placed dots in between them, either side of that line... I hope that makes sense. And that's basically it, just fill your nail with dots and it's done :)

Finally, add a top coat and wait for your Christmas nails to dry :)

I really loved how it all turned out! It's actually all very simple and quick, believe me :)

Obviously, you can used different colours, put the designs on different nails and what not... just have fun and get into the Christmas spirit :)

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Thursday, 5 December 2013

OOTD # 3 - Ace of Spades

There's nothing like a trip to the cinema on a cold rainy day...

I went for this bright orange dress from Missguided just to brighten up the day. It's lovely quality and it's only cost around £6!!! I'm planning on picking up a few more colours in a few different styles because they are just so lovely!
Because it was so cold, I wore tights underneath. These tights... I just cannot contain my love for them. They are covered in spades, clubs, hearts and diamonds and are basically just super cool. Again, these are from Missguided, super cheap and really good quality.
To keep my little toes warm, I wore my Dr.Marten Grace boots. Now, these are really expensive but definitely worth it!
Finally, I wore my Topshop leather jacket to keep me warm. Again, this was quite expensive but like the Dr.Martens, it's an investment piece that I wear all the time, so the price is definitely justifiable... Also, the price was great considering this is a great quality leather jacket with a lovely fur collar.

This is one of my favourite outfits as it looks really casual but is different from from the plain of jeans and t-shirt :)

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