Monday, 24 November 2014

Lipstick Tips


I've got two posts for you this week and next that I didn't know about when I did my 'Tips and Tricks' series, so I'm going to talk to you about them now and next monday. The first is some lipstick tips, which I'm going to get straight into.

First is a technique called blotting, which is applying one layer of lipstick, then dabbing your lips with a tissue to remove excess and create more of a stain. Just repeat this a couple of times for longer-lasting lipstick and more of a matte finish.

If you don't like a matte finish, then a clear lip gloss is a great option for you and relatively inexpensive.

If, like me, you don't like a very intense colour, but you want a deeper red or berry tone for autumn/winter, then there are two techniques you can try. The first is dabbing the bullet of the lipstick on your lips instead of a swipe. The other way is to use a lip brush to apply the colour, which also creates a neater edge, as well as a slightly paler, more sheer colour.

Something you could also do is use a lip liner all over your lips instead of around the edge to prevent bleeding with darker lipstick colours.

My final tip is that you can actually use lipstick as a cream blusher, and visa versa with powders on lips, a technique I used at Halloween with a red lipstick and a back eyeshadow, which looked pretty cool!

Anyone else getting excited for christmas yet? I am! Keep an eye out for a Christmas video soon on my YouTube........

Monday, 17 November 2014

Quick & easy hairstyles


I recently uploaded a tutorial on my YouTube channel to show you some inspiration for some quick and easy hairstyles for when your about to run out the door to school, or just running late. They're all really simple so all you need is hair bands, bobby pins, a hair brush and maybe some hairspray. Click below to watch....

Monday, 10 November 2014

Essential tools & SOS kit


I thought I'd share with you guys what I consider to be the bare essentials to use for makeup and what I carry as my "SOS" kit to fix any makeup disasters on the go. I got the inspiration for this from a Vogue makeup book I read a few months back, but I've adjusted it to what I think you absolutely need.

First, essential tools that you need as a basic start to makeup. All I think you need are 3 things: a medium face brush, a medium eyeshadow brush and a thin lip brush. You can multitask with these brushes, so you only really need these. The face brush can be used for powder, bronzer, highlight and blusher. The eye brush can be used for concealer, eyeshadow and detailed shading with bronzer, while the lip brush can do eyeliner as well as lipstick.

Now moving onto my SOS kit, which is just four things. The first is Vaseline, or any lip balm, which if you've got dry lips it's an absolute savior. Next is a cotton bud, which sounds odd, but if you've got dramatic eye or lip makeup on and it smudges, or your mascara dots around your eyes, cotton buds are really great to clean it up. The next thing is a compact mirror, which I find always comes in handy, just to check that everything's in order. You can get one for under a fiver from most highstreet makeup stores. Last is an emery board (or nail file), which I don't use as often as the other things, but it's great if a broken nail crops up just to put that right and neaten everything up.

I hope you liked this and found it helpful, particularly if you're just starting out in makeup, and leave any requests for posts or even videos below as I'm always open to your suggestions :)

Monday, 3 November 2014

October | Monthly Top 5


Before I begin, happy halloween! I don't think I've ever been more exited for halloween than I was this year. I think it's because I put a lot of effort into my makeup this year (pictures on my instagram). I was considering doing tutorials leading up to halloween, but decided that I didn't have the time, sadly. I might consider it next year if I pre-film them over the summer, what do you guys think? Anyway, I'll leave halloween behind now and get started on my top 5 products from october.

I discovered the other day that my local Superdrug stopped selling MUA, but they still sell it online which is good. I like this blush because it's very pale and natural looking. It also has some highlighter, which adds a nice sheen but still looks really natural. 

I bought this a few weeks back hen I had a major greasy-hair disaster, and I'm very impressed. It left my hair almost freshly washed, which is fab! It's the first dry shampoo I've tried, and I really like it. It does leave a white residue if you don't massage it in, so don't use it in a hurry! On the plus side, this fragrance is really nice and fresh, if a little heavy. Overall, I would recommend it. 

I stumbled across this in store other day and instantly loved it. For one thing, how cute does it look?! None of their other soaps look this amazing, just this one. And then there's the smell. Oh. My. It smells so good!! When I use it, my hands smell amazing, and it makes my bathroom smell good too! I really love it and completely recommend at least smelling it!

I bought this instead of an eye primer to use on Halloween as I thought I'd get more use from it and I'm very happy I did. The swatch on my hand genuinely lasted 24 hours, even through washing my hands (obviously). I like this colour, I thinks it's really wearable, you could dress it up or down, all over the lid or on the crease. It's a really great eyeshadow, I would recommend it loads!

I've been looking looking for a good pair of ankle boots for a while now, when I found these on a second-hand shopping app called Vinted. I've been a little addicted to shopping apps recently (it's just as well I don't have a credit card.....) I got them for about £8 ish including postage, which I think is a great deal. When they arrived I was very excited and instantly fell in love! The heel height is perfect for me, the colour is great as they go with anything, the fur around the top looks super cute and they're really cosy for winter. I've work them twice so far and I love them so so much! If you can find a pair similar, I would highly, highly recommend them! Autumn winter staple for sure!