Sunday, 20 July 2014

SPRING/SUMMER MAKE UP TRENDS

 photo f2414168-973d-467c-a2a8-7c74a6864f00_zps4011e8b8.jpg

I love researching and adapting the latest make up trends to try and make them a bit more wearable, these are some of my favourite S/S 2014 Make up trends:

1. False lashes top and bottom - I love having fluttery, long lashes. Top and bottom false lashes on a day to day basis aren't always practical or that comfortable and so I've been wearing L'oreal Miss Manga mascara layered up on both my top and bottom lashes. 

2. Aqua blue eyes - Blue liner in the waterline can look really pretty, especially paired with a peach/gold eyeshadow. I've been wearing the Barry M kohl pencil in 19 kingfisher blue. See my version of this look here.

3. Lavender - Lilac and lavender are really in this season, Natural collection eyeshadow in lilac shimmer is a really pretty soft lavender colour that looks subtle on the lids and really brings out brown eyes. I wear this either all over my eyelids or smudged under my lower lashes. 

4. Graphic eyeliner - Adding angular lines and straight flicks to your winged liner can help to create a more wearable version of this look, I've been using the collection fast stroke liquid liner and straightening the edges to my winged liner to give it a sharp, angled look.

5. Bold orange lips - For bright, matte lips as seen in New york fashion week, Revlon color burst matte balm crayon in Audacious is the perfect bold, bright orange.

Which is your favourite trend?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

SUMMER FESTIVAL MAKE UP

 photo festival-makeup-essentials_zpsef8b4a90.jpg
 photo festival-hair-and-makeup_zpsad08c8a1.jpg
 photo festival-makeup_zpsa889fe56.jpg

I haven't actually been to a festival this year but this would be make up that I would wear to one! Neon dots or flowers could be painted around the eyes afterwards but this would be a pretty base.

My hair is wavy from sleeping in plaits, I've backcombed it to give it some volume but dry shampoo would also help to give the same effect. The flower headband is a few years old from Primark but they have lot's of pretty ones available this year, festivals are the only place that I would actually wear a flower crown, I don't think I would be brave enough to wear one out otherwise!

I chose Rimmel wake me up foundation to use as my base as it contains SPF15 and gives a dewy glow to the skin. I swept No7 Perfectly bronzed bronzing pearls over my cheeks and on my temples to give my skin a bronzed glow. My eyes are kept quite simple with winged liquid liner, Ardell demi wispies false lashes and Topshop sun shower eye crayon (no longer available but similar here or any gold eyeshadow applied with a wet brush should give the same effect!) smudged under the lower lash line. On my lips I wore Revlon Sultry Samba, a bright fuchsia matte pink which is long lasting and creamy, I also dabbed a small amount of this onto the apples of my cheeks and really blended it out with my fingers.

Have you been to a festival this year?

Sunday, 13 July 2014

FIVE THINGS: I'VE BEEN READING THIS WEEK

things-to-read

Theres nothing I enjoy more on an evening than to settle down with a hot drink and read. This is what I've been reading this week:

1. Blogs - I've been really enjoying reading lifestyle blogs this week, Cider with Rosie is one of my all time favourites and has some amazing recipes, her white chocolate and caramel brownies look amazing - I will be attempting to make them asap! A blog that I check nearly every day is The Londoner, can I just be Rosie please?! I also love Little Winter, the writing and photos are always so beautiful! I've just added a blogroll to my blog where you can find all my favourite reads!

2. Recipe books: I've been flicking through our recipe books to get some meal inspirations, I have some of Jamie's books a couple of River cottage books and about a hundred recipe cuttings from magazines that I've kept! TkMaxx have a lot of Leon recipe books in at the moment, I'm tempted to get one!

3. Harry Potter: I literally stopped everything when I saw the new short story on Pottermore, it made my week. You can read it here.

4. Magazines - With all the great magazine freebies this month, I have had a stack of magazines to read, I normally buy glamour magazine anyway and it's been great to look at all the new make up and hair trends in Marie Claire, plus I love Cameron Diaz who's on the cover of Instyle magazine this month.

5. Make-up study notes/ Beauty books/ Vogue beauty: I like to keep up to date with the latest Make-up trends and Vogue beauty is perfect for current trends. I read my study notes every few months to keep everything fresh in my mind and I love looking at beauty books like Make-up is art for inspiration.

- The book that I've been reading this month is The Mists of Avalon, I'm really enjoying it so far!
- The homemade hobnob (in my picture above) is absolutely amazing, I got the recipe from alittleopulent, another blog I love to read.


What have you been reading this week?

Thursday, 10 July 2014

SUMMER LIP PICKS

summer-bright-lipstick
summer-lipsticks

These have been my most reached for colours this summer, I've been wearing all brights recently and if I want a toned down lip I just press a little of the colour into my lips and rub it in so that it leaves a subtle stain.

I love the Revlon matte lip balms and have been loving wearing these for when I want a bold matte lip. Audacious is a bold coral orange, it's the perfect summer colour and works so well with gold and bronze tones on the eyes or cheeks. Unapologetic is a bold, matte warm pink, perfect to wear out on hazy summer evenings with lots of mascara and a shimmery champagne eyeshadow! You can see swatches on my lips here.

Revlon Sultry Samba is the perfect cool toned fuchsia/pink, it's fast becoming one of my all time favourite lipsticks. Although it's slightly matte, it feels creamy and is not at all drying on my lips, I love wearing cool toned pinks on rainy summer days with my hair thrown up into a ponytail and a cosy grey jumper. 

If I want something a bit more sheer I wear Topshop Infrared which is a lovely creamy orange lipstick, I wear this with golden eyeshadow and really push it into my lips to create a sheer pretty stain but It can also be built up to a bright red toned orange. Revlon Wild Watermelon is also a pretty sheer almost raspberry red, great for everyday wear and a perfect summer red.

Which are your favourites?

Monday, 7 July 2014

THREE PINKS

 photo essie-pink-nailvarnish_zps26c70be8.jpg

Summer's here and I've been reaching for pink nails non stop! Essie is probably my favourite nail polish brand as it lasts well on my nails and the colours are always flattering on me. Here are my three current favourite pinks!

The Coral Pink - Essie Peach daiquiri is a beautiful peachy pink nail polish, this looks so great in the summer, on your fingers or toes and looks amazing with a tan and lot's of gold midi rings!

The Pink Glitter - Essie A Cut Above is an amazing chunky pink glitter, it looks great either layered up on its own, over another colour or as an accent nail. After my Blue ombré glitter mani I've been embracing wearing more glitter polishes in summer and this is one of my favourites!

The Pastel Pink - Essie Vanity Fairest is a pretty pastel pink, I love wearing this over a french mani, it's quite sheer and has tiny particles of shimmer and so is perfect for a subtle shimmery french mani!

Which is your favourite pink?

Friday, 4 July 2014

FIVE THINGS THIS WEEK: A SICK WEEK

soothing tea

1. Tea: Mint, ginger, lemon and honey tea - A saviour for sick days. Lemon is antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting, Ginger and Mint are soothing and contain antioxidants and Honey is antibacterial. Sipping on tea also makes sure you are keeping hydrated!
Recipe - squeeze a wedge of lemon, a teaspoon of honey, one or two sprigs of mint (to taste) and peel and cut a chunk (I use a brazil nut size) of ginger into sticks and place in your mug. Top up with boiling water and leave for 10 mins to infuse. Enjoy!

2. Hand cream: I wash my hands a lot more when I'm ill to stop any germs spreading so I always use a good hand cream to keep my hands moisturised. Instyle magazine currently has a free Neils Yard Geranium (which is lovely and uplifting) and Orange hand cream which is worth £10, perfect!

3. Rest: A week spent in my Pj's watching Disney films, catching up on blogs, browsing pinterest and getting some extra sleep has been just the rest I needed to get me on the mend.

4. Food: Oreo's and marmite on toast is all I've been eating this week...although I'm not complaining!

5. Having someone around: Alex bought me some lovely white roses, Instyle magazine (for the hand cream) and some more lemon and ginger yesterday, he's chopped me up some vegetables for me to snack on today and I've been ringing my mum non stop. 

What helps you to feel better when you're unwell?

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

NARS DUO EYESHADOWS

 photo Nars-eyeshadow-duos_zpsee152dfb.jpg
Nars Duo eyeshadows
nars alhambra swatches

Nars is one of my favourite make up brands, these eyeshadow duos are so pretty, they're really pigmented, long lasting without creasing and buttery in texture meaning they blend so easily and effortlessly. These duo's are great for travelling if you don't want to bring a whole palette away with you, I took Alhambra away with me to Vienna last December and loved wearing it every day!

Alhambra is a beautiful natural duo consisting of a 'mellalic rose mist' and 'golden champagne'. These colours really brighten up the eye area and are subtle enough for every day wear. There are a few great combinations you can do with this duo, I like to wear the rose colour all over the eye and the gold in the inner corners and slightly under the eye. It gives a pretty, girly look whilst bringing light to the eyes. 

Violetta is great for a purple smudgy, smoky eye. It consists of a 'smoky lavender' and a 'soft metallic violet'. I love wearing the violet shade under the eye to bring out the brown in my eyes and for a hint of colour, also applying the smoky lavender first and blending the violet over the top creates a fuss free quick smoky eye.

Have you tried any Nars eyeshadow duo's? I've got my eye on the Sugarland duo next!