Wednesday, 30 September 2015

September Favourites

September is basically over. Soon it will be Christmas. Life is passing me by. Okay, mild depression aside I have found a few products that are just doing it for me right now. I don't want to go into too much detail because I plan to do more detailed reviews on some of these products so you can have a better understanding of what they are good for, and whether they are suitable for you. All links are in bold.

So I included a photo of the gorgeous Jaclyn Hill because I have been obsessed with her tutorials, and her hair, lately. I also watched her Fall Favourites Tag and did my own (click HERE). She is just the most autumnal-looking person ever and I mean that in the best way, you can watch one of her fall tutorials by pressing play below. This is the tutorial for the photo above, enjoy.

And on to actual products, everything is linked with prices for your convenience . . .

I have been using this mask for a few weeks now and really enjoying it, you don't need much and it warms up as soon as it touches the skin. A great mask, and you can read the full review HERE.

Obsessed with this palette, it's the most exciting neutral palette I have ever owned; I think the quality of the shadows are insane, I love it more than my Lorac Pro palette, so you know I mean business. I managed to get it for £16 at TK Maxx so it is worth shopping around.

I have been loving my neutrals this month because it makes getting dressed so simple. I have been on a weird schedule lately and need to keep my shit together which is surprisingly hard when the weather changes its mind every minute. This warm purple toned colour is brilliant, Purple is my favourite colour and this nail paint screams Autumn to me. I have come around to the idea of matte nails, but I do prefer gel finishes so if you know of a similar colour that has a glossy finish please let me know in the comments as you will make my life.

I haven't been wearing blush at all recently but after dipping my brush back into this palette I fell deeply in love. Such a gorgeous palette, the blushes are all really pigmented and flattering. Honestly the only blushes you will ever need. I am thinking of doing a Makeup Kit post, so if you would be interested in that let me know in the comments.

Another new item, I haven't worn this mascara that often even though the effect is mesmerising. It has an instant impact on your lashes, you don't need to curl them (but I do anyway) and it lifts, curls, separates and volumises like nothing else. An all-in-one mascara, tough to remove but that does mean it stays put and doesn't flake whatsoever. Again, I got this for £8 at TK Maxx.

L'Occitane Soap - £4.50
The scent is dreamy. I wish I could turn it into a bath bomb and bathe in it. This is the orange soap, which I couldn't find online, so the link above is to the Verbena Soap which is equally awesome but with a slightly stronger scent.

Nars Bronzing Powder in Casino - £27.50
One of the only products I have managed to hit pan on. Lately, I have been too lazy to properly contour and running this quickly around the perimeter of my face adds some much needed dimension and takes only seconds. One of my all-time favourite products.

Love using this makeup technique, I have been working long shifts and this really sets my makeup in areas that tend to crease giving it some lasting power. I get so many compliments on my makeup when I use this technique, and that's how you know it really works. I know a lot of bloggers rave about the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder, but, trust me, any loose powder will do a great job. I'll be doing a more in-depth post about this technique as well, because, I don't just like it, I love it.

Grand Central Station
Checked out the revamped New Street Station and was thoroughly impressed. All the shoppers had pressed pause on their spree to chill with champagne like the fancy souls they are. It was really busy so I didn't enjoy it as much as I would if there was no one else around. There's a shop called Hema that sells everything you could possibly want or need and I plan on moving in there.

Thank you so much for reading, let me know what you'd like to see next and your favourite products from this month in the comments; I love reading them. I hope October is even better. Take care.

Love ♥

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed | Review

This No Clogs Allowed Mask from Soap & Glory retails for £11.50. It is a self-heating deep pore detox mask which claims to deep clean, unclog pores, soften the skin, and prevent breakouts and blemishes. To apply: take a grape-sized amount and rub it on to your face and neck in circular motions. Stop working it into the skin when it turns blue and leave it on for five minutes before removing it with warm water and a wash cloth. It is specifically formulated for oily/combination skin - like mine - and contains surface-polishing micro-beads to achieve squeaky clean skin.

I have been using this mask for over a month now and I think it is pretty brilliant; this might, however, just be because it is designed for my skin type. As soon as it comes into contact with the face it heats up, which feels amazing, plus you only need a small amount compared to most other masks which is cost effective. My skin does feel cleaner and smoother after washing it away, I don't think it is as powerful as other more high-end masks but you would see an improvement after continued use.

I do wish it didn't have a cap that you have to screw off and screw back on, I think that is unnecessarily finicky, and I prefer packaging to be more practical. But that is my only problem with this product, if you are looking for a good face mask I would recommend this one, of course there are so many out there that I rarely ever repurchase the same one, so I can't say I would buy this again. However, because it is appropriate for my skin type: never say never.

Thank you so much for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it. Don't forget to follow and comment below what your favourite face mask is, so I know what to buy next. Hope you are having a wonderful week, and I'll see you tomorrow for another drugstore product review. Take care.

 Love ♥

Friday, 25 September 2015

Bereavement | Book Review & Quotes

I recently finished reading this book: Mindfulness & the Journey of Bereavement by Peter Bridgewater. I read it because death, both mine and those around me, is a subject that plays on my mind frequently and although I know it is inevitable for everybody it still continues to baffle me in spite of its simplicity. The idea that one day will be my last and I will cease to exist is worrying to me, call it the fear of the unknown. Albrecht (2012) conducted a survey asking American teenagers what they feared the most and extinction - the fear of no longer exiting, not necessarily death itself - made the top 5. More importantly, not knowing where family members I have lost have ended up is equally perturbing to me. I read this book after several of my friends lost a loved one and every time I just didn't know what to say. So I read a book. You can find it here.

The book is so pretty, I'll be sad when I return it to the library, and a valuable read. It is written by a bereavement counsellor who faced death in many ways, losing both his parents - one by suicide - and then working and counselling many who have lost someone they hold dear as well. Personal stories are shared in this book, some of which are heartbreaking to read but also invigorating, because despite their hardship the ones that are left behind survive. A little broken and afraid, but no less alive. 

Mindfulness, of course, is a central concept of the book, The idea is to live solely in the present and to not attach yourself to negative thoughts. 

My favourite poem concerning death is written out below, it was in this book as well but I had heard it before and wanted to share it with you all, because it brings me comfort. I think I first heard it when I was really young, and it still touches me in the same way.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush.
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die.


The book addresses the different stages of grief, something most of us are familiar with. The stages being: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. These stages can occur in any order and in varying intensity, everyone's experience of grief is unique and personal. I usually just feel quite lost, sad, and fearful. I do, however, battle with anger occasionally. My reactions to certain stimuli can be disproportionate and although I often feel those on the receiving end are deserving of my wrath, I end up hurting myself the most. The quote below sums this up perfectly.

Lastly, I want to share with you the sermon that is towards the end of the book, It is beautifully written. Death can seem like a really big deal, even the biggest deal, and in a lot of ways it is. Life, however, must go on and if you spend all your time thinking about your inevitable demise your just going to waste the days you were given. I don't want any of you to waste a second.

I hope you can read that, this is definitely a different post from the usual but I hope you enjoyed it and it brought you some comfort. If you have anything you wish to share with me, please leave it in a comment or tweet/fb me; I am always online, sadly. I would definitely recommend this book. I am going to write some autumnal beauty posts now to distract myself from the sadness I am beginning to feel. Lots of love to you all. Take care.

Love ♥


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Autumn Favourites Tag

I just watched Jaclyn Hill's video of her Fall Favourites and thought I would jump on the bandwagon and start getting excited about the changing leaves. So this is my Autumn Favourites Tag. 

Favourite Candle
My favourite candle is White Jasmine (£29) from Imperial Candles. This is an awesome brand of candles where you receive gorgeous jewellery within the candle, plus it is the most amazing scent. It is made in England and smells lovely, like summer and jasmine.

Favourite Lip Colour
There are so many great lip colours appropriate for Autumn, that I am already considering dedicating a separate post for this topic (which I am sure I will do, right after I finish this one). My two favourites that I have been lusting after ever since they first graced the gorgeous @makeupbydenise's page are ABH Liquid Lipstick in Trust Issues and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks are known for their intensely pigmented matte finish and insane staying power. Trust Issues (£33( is a beautiful rich burgundy shade that is flattering on so many different skin colours, especially warmer toned skin. Beautiful shade, notoriously hard to get hold of but I am sure there are similar colours in the ABH range. 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London is a gorgeous nude that would look incredible on deeper skin colours as it is not too pale or grey. It is a gorgeous warm nude, that can be darkened with lip liner beforehand as is demonstrated by Denise in her lip video below, she used MAC lip liner in Cork. I love a nude lip, and this matte lip cream has amazing reviews. To buy it in the US click here ($6), for the UK click here (£9). 

Favourite Drink 
I drink tea all day every day. My favourite tea brand is Tea India which you can get from Sainsbury's or Tesco's (at least most of them). The best flavour is Vanilla Chai but this never seems to be in stock, so I settle for Masala Chai which is still pretty damn good.

Favourite Blush
After watching the Kylie Jenner makeup video (you can see that post here), I have been obsessed with styledbyhrush's trick of applying an orange blush before an ordinary pink blush to warm up the complexion. I think that is genius, and so I have been using the EveryDay Minerals Blush in All Smiles ($12), which comes in their Blush Wardrobe. It is a gorgeous warm orange, very natural and easy to wear. You can wear it alone or with one of the other more oddly coloured blushes (like lavender or doll-pink shades) on top and it looks much more wearable and natural. 

Photo from instagram

Favourite Clothing Item 
Autumn is my season, because I love boots, jumpers and scarves. I feel really preppy in the Autumn despite no longer being in education. I adore layering a jumper over a collared shirt. My Chelsea boots are my die-hard item, I wear them all year round because I am that attached. I own a laughable amount of black boots, so it is about time that I was able to crack them out. I also love my Mango coat. I am lazy enough to appreciate the beauty of how an awesome coat can hide a multitude of sins. 

Favourite Fall Movie 
I recently watched The Visit, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes horror or thriller movies. It wasn't particularly scary but it was different from the ridiculous amount of other horror movies I have seen. The Conjuring is probably one of the best horror movies I have watched in the past few years, anything scary is always on my list of things to watch. I am also excited to watch the Stanford Prison Experiment, Legend which is about the Kray twins and Suicide Squad but that isn't out until next year. 

Favourite Fall TV Show 
I am in the midst of catching up with Nashville, which is one of my favourite TV shows. Empire is also returning to our screens shortly and I quickly became hooked on that show, the music is so brilliant. KUWTK is back on too, and I enjoy watching that show as well. 

Favourite Thanksgiving Food 
I live in England, so there is no Thanksgiving, but I am excited for all the Christmas food to slowly come back into our lives. 

Favourite Halloween Costume 
Anything original that isn't a cat or a devil is a winner with me. I like it when people take obscure characters from random movies and books and just rummage through their wardrobes and take initiative instead of going out and buying a bear onesie from Primark. I also love sugar skulls because it is the only time I hit pan on any of my eyeshadows and this is a rare and satisfying feeling. I know Pixiwoo uploaded a Harley Quinn tutorial. 

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this little post. If you do one, please leave a link in the comment section or just answer your own in the comment section anyway. I would love to read all about your "fall favourites". I am going to write some more autumnal posts in the meantime, don't forget to follow my blog too. Take care.

Love ♥

Friday, 18 September 2015

Makeup Channels for Indian Skin

When I first started to get into makeup I found it really disheartening that there seemed to be such a lack of Indian makeup artists with their own beauty channel. I follow a great range of makeup artists and beauty channels from the very fair-skinned to the much deeper skinned and yet only a handful of them have a similar skin tone to me. I want to help everyone who had the same struggle as me as after scrolling and searching incessantly I have found some incredible makeup artists that will up your makeup game pronto and are undoubtedly of a similar colouring to most Indian/Pakistani/Arabic etc. skin tones out there.

Kaushal Beauty
Honestly, one of the most enjoyable channels on YouTube. I would recommend her videos to women of any colour, she is gorgeous, fun, and really sweet and down-to-earth. Her tutorials would suit so many different people and she uses a wide variety of more affordable makeup to achieve her flawless face. My favourite videos are her Indian GRWM, great source of inspiration. 

Anchal MUA
Another favourite channel, I have watched her since she started her channel and was so excited to find an Indian makeup channel. That excitement was well placed, as I still adore her channel and her recent Autumn makeup tutorial is one of my all-time favourite tutorials ever. She is brilliant, and you can watch that tutorial below.

Huda Beauty
I think Huda Kattan is absolutely stunning, her channel could be improved, she posts some amazing tips and tricks but she hardly ever does Talk Through Tutorials, or even Tutorials with a voice-over, she plays music instead. She also rarely includes a product list, but you still learn some cool makeup techniques and her eyes, contour, and lips are always divine. She also regularly features other makeup artists on her channel which I think is really nice.

I just love her face, she is so cute and her voice is so sweet. Another informative channel, with a wonderful makeup artist. Ideal for girls with Indian skin, who like subtle and defined eyes. Her makeup is so wearable and versatile. I have only recently discovered this channel and I am in love with her makeup.

Fareeha Khan MUA
This makeup channel is incredible for anyone who struggles with makeup for events, Fareeha is a legitimate makeup artist and she posts videos of her clients on her channel. She hasn't posted in a while, but the ones that are up there already are definitely worth a watch if you like heavy coverage, long-lasting makeup and beautiful colourful eye makeup. She is based in Slough, and I want her to do my makeup for the rest of my life, plus she plays Hindi/Indian music in the background which I love and find really relaxing. I could watch these videos all day!

Irene Mahmud Khan
Another gorgeous channel which posts a multitude of makeup looks, everything from Eid to everyday and celebrity inspired tutorials like the one below. Irene has quite dry skin so she rarely uses powder, for this reason she is not my favourite channel as our skin types are so different. But again it is still possible to learn a lot about different makeup techniques to suit your skin tone and eyes. 

Himani Wright
Another great channel I just found for the purpose of this post. She posts videos on different makeup looks that suit tan, olive, and Indian skin tones. I particularly struggle with lipsticks (but my next post will be on that so stay tuned) and she has a video solely dedicated to that topic. Winner. 

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. Remember your skin type, tone, face shape, eye shape and personal style will always have an impact on what looks suit you. So bear that in mind when copying tutorials. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and see you tomorrow for another post on Indian skin tones and lipsticks. Take care.

Love ♥

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Kylie Jenner Birthday Makeup Tutorial

Kylie's makeup game is always out of this world, and of course her new website launch has meant that all of her fans can watch exclusive tutorials on her makeup looks. You do have to pay £2.99 a month to be privy to this content, as is the same with all the new Kardashian and Jenner apps. This tutorial is free on the website and I'll post the video at the end so you can see everything in motion. For the products and prices please keep reading as everything will be linked below. 

The makeup application was done by the stunning Hrush, who is an incredibly talented makeup artist and is especially skilled in flawless makeup application for photography. She starts with the eyes on Kylie and this is an important step to take whenever you are using dark colours on the eyes, or shadows with a lot of fallout. Applying eye makeup first allows the face makeup which is arguably most important to apply very cleanly.

Apply scotch tape/sellotape to the outside corner of the eyes, so it meets where the brow finishes. This provides a really clean look and winged effect to the makeup, elongating the eye.

False Lashes (I'm not sure which ones she is wearing but she is a fan of Lilly Lashes)

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation (£42.61) + Cover FX Custom Cover Drops (£36) applied with a dense Kabuki brush
Beauty Blender used again to push the foundation in

Both products applied with a flat concealer brush
Blended together with Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel - £32

Anastasia Brow Wiz - £15,50

Anastasia Contour L'Orange as a base for the blush - £14
Japonesque Blush No.3 - Coming Soon

It doesn't actually mention what lip products are used for some reason, but this is a very similar shade, if not the colour used.

Finally it was set with Mac Fix + for a dewy finish - £17

And there you have it, Kylie Jenner's Birthday Glam. Even in this short tutorial I learnt quite a lot, what is your favourite part of this makeup look? Make sure to tell me in the comments below! Here is the video of the tutorial so you can see Hrush in action. The quality of this video is fairly poor, but you can also see it by clicking HERE to view the video on her website.

Thank you so much for reading, I really appreciate it as I love blogging. Please connect with me in whichever way you prefer, be it tweets, Instagram or whatever. Don't forget to follow my Blog on Bloglovin. Have a gorgeous day. Take care.

Love ♥


Poem Appreciation | Anita Brown

Tell me your woes and I’ll tell you mine,
Be sure to make coffee, for this will take time,
I am here for you and you for me,
When we are done, we are sure to be free,
Complain about all, your doubts, fears, and pain,
If need be, repeat your complaints again.
I think when you’re done, and I begin mine,
You might realise that actually, you are quite fine.
Remember this, dear complainer, that I lent you an ear,
When you return home, leave your complaints here.
Your family will appreciate, the time that I took,
To write your complaints in a very big book.
Now next time you feel the need to complain,
Pick up that complaint book and read it again.
I think when you’re done reading, my dear complainer,
You may realize, complaining makes you sound insane.

       - Anita Brown
     I just wanted to share with you this poem which I found on Tumblr. I love this poem as I think it sums up how many of us go through life, there is so much to complain about and yet on the other side of the coin there is a lot more to enjoy. We all carry around our woes with us, but sometimes it is important to lock them away. I can appreciate how beneficial it is to have a sounding board, someone who will listen to your problems and just be a comforting ear for you so you can work out what is bothering you for yourself. This is why I am such a fan of Person-Centred Therapy, it may seem like the therapist is doing nothing to help you but sometimes just someone being there for you can be enough. On that note, if you ever need help or just someone to talk to, I am always here and I will do my best to listen and help in whatever way you require. Lots of love. Take care. 

Love ♥


Makeup Tip | Bicarbonate Soda

This is a simple yet life-changing tip that I mentioned briefly in my last post on my purple smoky eye look. This is an amazing trick for anyone with an oily T-zone or for those who always find their makeup disappearing by the end of the night. I have tried and tested this product and I love it. It is Bicarbonate Soda, honestly, the cheapest beauty related item you might ever  buy. You can purchase it for less than 60p in most supermarkets and it works wonders. 

Take a table spoon of bicarbonate soda and mix with a water-based cleanser until you get a gritty based texture like a scrub. If you don't have a water based cleanser you can mix it with water but you'll end up with quite a runny mixture so it will be a messier experience. Apply the substance normally, I rub it in gentle circles on my face, avoiding the eye area and concentrating on oily areas of the face and definitely on and around the nose. This will instantly reduce oiliness and the appearance of blackheads or any other blemishes. 

You shouldn't use this trick if you have had a chemical peel, are suffering from sunburn or are on any medication to treat acne.

I tried this trick multiple times and I am obsessed. It left my skin feeling clean and dry, so I did apply a healthy dose of moisturiser afterwards. It does dry out the skin so I would restrict use for those occasions where you really want your makeup to last, or at most use it once a week as a great exfoliant.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you found this tip helpful. It has changed the way I prepare my skin for events and is such a basic trick that I am sure many of you makeup lovers already know about it. I am loving the effect, and of course it might not be for everyone so bear that in mind if you do use it. Enjoy your week, I have many more posts coming your way so don't forget to follow and leave me a comment sharing how you prep your skin for events where you want your makeup to last all night. Take care.

Love ♥


Monday, 14 September 2015

Purple Eyes | MOTD

Forgive me for the quality of this photo, I know it's poor it was taken via Snapchat in the car. Ignore the power of my resting bitch face and if you like the makeup, please keep reading for details. It did a really good job of lasting the entire day even with my oily/combination skin and my propensity to touch my face all the time - I'm told that's a sign of insecurity but actually yeah probably. To the left you can see a tiny portion of my brother's forehead, he wanted to see what I was doing. Standard. 

Bicarbonate Soda as a face scrub (check out tomorrow's post for more details).
Soap & Glory Bright Here Bright Now Moisturiser
No Primer

Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation in Natural Beige
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Powder in Shell

Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar Palette for Blush and Highlight
Sleek Makeup Face Contour Kit in Medium
Natural Collection Crushed Walnut Eyeshadow for Contour and for blending out the eyes

ZOEVA Mixed Metals Palette: Warm Silver (inner corner and brow bone) and Alloy (all over the lid)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Psychedelic Sister (on the mobile lid for a brighter colour)
Barry M Loose Pigment in Mushroom (in the centre + inner corner)
Sleek Au Naturel Palette Mineral Earth Shadow (upper tightline)

H&M Rose Gold Eyelash Curlers
Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle πŸ‘„

Real Techniques Buffing Brush 
Real Techniques Sculpting Brush
Real Techniques Setting Brush
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Brush
Eco Tools Powder Brush
Mac Eye Brushes

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post and that you found it useful. I have an awesome makeup trick for you guys tomorrow that I am really excited to share with you, especially for those of you with oily skin. You won't want to miss it, so make sure to follow me on BLOGLOVIN {  click here} . I would really appreciate that, May your Monday be short. Take care.

Love ♥

Friday, 11 September 2015

Superdrug Haul | Drugstore Powders

Superdrug is one of my favourite stores to shop in, because it is inexpensive, always has offers on and provides a 10% Student Discount as well as allowing customers to earn points on their Beauty Cards. I do, however, wish they had more shades available in store and that staff were more easily accessible for when you want an opinion on shade-matching. I went in to Superdrug today, wanting to get some new makeup for a party I am attending on Sunday. Here are the first three products I purchased.

1. Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation in Natural Beige - £6
This is supposed to be a great foundation for oilier skin types, like mine. It promises to be very light-weight, natural coverage, and prevent shine. It is a small bottle, so I hope a little goes a long way, and the size makes me think it would be perfect for travelling.

2. Collection SheerLoose Powder in Translucent - £3
This sheer loose powder comes with a sieve and application sponge.It claims to reduce shine and provide a natural finish to your makeup. It is so cheap so I hope it will do a good job and stop me from buying the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder that ever beauty blogger seems to possess.

I already own the Translucent Pressed Powder, but I really wanted a powder that would be more suitable for photographs. Translucent powders can photograph poorly making the skin look a lot lighter in photographs than it is ordinarily. I love the translucent powder so much I thought I would get a slightly warmer shade true to my skin to get a better makeup base.

4, 20 Make-up Wedges - £3.69
For baking! I really want to try this trend as it is alleged to render your contour god-like, and isn't that what we all want? I am excited to try it, and look forward to dabbing and dusting powder in various areas of my face to keep the shine at bay.

The beautiful Huda Beauty baking with no oven in sight ;)
Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. You can click on the product names to purchase, I bought everything with my own money and these are all direct links not affiliate. I made no money from this post, in fact I lost quite a small chunk. Makeup addict problems . . . Please leave a comment, as I love reading them and am trying to connect with other bloggers as much as possible. Have a wonderful weekend. Take care.

Love ♥

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Makeup Tip | Flawless Foundation

Tip Tuesday! If you watch Tati from Glam Life Guru then you will know what I am talking about. I know I have already shared with you my desire to post as regularly as humanly possible and this is another way I can achieve that. I love makeup and beauty so I spend a lot of time reading and learning about it, not to mention incessantly watching tutorials. Therefore, you can expect regular posts with neat little tips and tricks to make your makeup look better and last longer. 

Today's tip is about foundation. I have Indian skin (which I am sure you all know by now) which means it is often difficult for me to find a perfect match in foundation in spite of there sometimes being even forty shades available. The biggest makeup mistake that could possibly happen is mask syndrome, you do not want to look like you have a mask of makeup on. 

To avoid mask syndrome, make sure you are matching your foundation to your neck. If like me you struggle to find your perfect shade even with high-end brands, it might be worthwhile to get two foundations that are suited to your skin type in two different shades. These shades will be the one closest to your skin tone, one will be too light and the other will be too dark. With these two shades you can mix them to create your perfect foundation. 

If your neck is a completely different shade to your face, use a traditional flat foundation brush and paint the foundation onto your foundation. Then using a dampened beauty blender, or any damp makeup sponge, dab over the face and neck to blend the foundation into the skin, This will pick up any excess makeup so it doesn't leave a cakey finish. 

If your neck and face are similar, or the same, you can use a buffing or stippling brush for a lighter coverage. In addition, your fingers are a great tool for applying face products as well because they warm the product making it blend easier. This will help your skin show through for a more natural look. If you have oily skin remember to powder, you can use your beauty blender for this as well. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. Leave a comment below sharing your favourite method of applying your foundation, or just your favourite foundation. Take care. 

Love ♥

Monday, 7 September 2015

Made in Chelsea Mondays

This post is slightly different to what you would usually expect, but I just have so many opinions right now that they need an outlet or I'll end up talking to myself and never getting to sleep. Firstly, this is about the show Made in Chelsea which aired about two hours ago, this is a spin-off the original show and is set in LA because the cast members of this structured reality show are in LA for the summer. Lucky bastards. 

JP looking perfect as per . . .
If you don't watch the show, you should, there's really no point in reading this post because it won't make much sense. For those of you that do, grab a cup of tea and let's vent. The second thing I want to address is how really really really really good-looking JP is. He is so attractive, tall, athletic and just incredibly nice and well-spoken. He just seems like such a genuine guy that I'm basically in love with him and would marry him in a heartbeat regardless of his shady behaviour because he has to be the best human being of the male species on Earth. He's really hot, okay? 

JP and James being extras on Baywatch or Baewatch. . .
Next: Jess. I find her quite difficult to relate to, she plays it so coy and I can't help but feel she is stringing Jamie along. She clearly doesn't harbour an attraction to him, but she likes the attention so she just keeps him on a string. I find that very disrespectful, plus there was a scene at a wine-tasting where everyone is being inexcusably spiteful to Jamie, telling him he'll die alone, he leaves on the verge of tear. And Jess just sits there. What the hell? 

Jess being hella awkward and a REALLY REALLY shit friend. . .
If that was my friend I would never let that happen. I would stick up for them and comfort them when they're sad or at least get them drunk. I know it's scripted so a lot of it isn't even real but nonetheless it was still poor friendship behaviour. In addition to all of this, JP shot Binky down which spurred her to leave and go back to England. Obviously, I really like JP and I still do because he obviously cares (no one is that good of an actor) that shaky breath was as real as you and me. I hope they sort it out because I think they could be really great together. 

Binky leaving because JP was being a total ass, unexpectedly #stillcutetho
I'm going to stop talking now before you all think I'm crazy, hope you all enjoyed this minor rant, if you watch Made in Chelsea leave a comment so we can chat about it, and who knows? I might turn this into a weekly thing. I get embarrassingly invested into reality shows (my guilty pleasure), actually any show I'm into to be honest, so I would love to share this with you guys. So please let me know what you think, honest opinions always matter to me: good or bad. Good night, loves. Take care. 

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Perrie Edwards | Makeup Tutorial

Perrie's makeup is so soft and warm, I think it would be flattering on so many different people. I found this photo on @AdamBurrell's Instagram account, he is their makeup artist. He kindly shared the product list on his account, if you want to recreate this beautiful peachy bronze look please keep reading, all the products will be linked with prices.

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation - £32.50
This foundation is very popular with makeup artists because it photographs so beautifully. Adam Burrell revealed that this foundation is what Perrie uses daily, other foundations are the Chanel Perfection Lumiere which I recently reviewed. I wouldn't recommend Skin Base for oily skin types, it won't sit well on the skin.

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette - £38
A beautiful luxury palette, easy to use and it creates this beautiful warm smoky eye. I love the warm golden-brown hues are completely stunning. I think this palette would work on every eye colour and skin tone. Definitely my favourite out of all the Charlotte Tilbury luxury eye quads.

ABH Brow Powder Duo - £17
For brows everyone flocks to Anastasia Beverly Hills, because they have so many amazing bow products. There are plenty of affordable options, almost every makeup brand has a brow selection and of course you can always use an ordinary eyeshadow to fake fuller brows. Remember to keep them soft and diffused for Perrie's look, the attention should be drawn to the warm smoky eye.

Smoke and Mirrors Beauty: Hollywood Lash - $17.50
These lashes are amazingly full, slightly on the pricier side but definitely attention-grabbing. They take lashes to a new level. Go hard or go home.

Barry M Peach Melba Blush - £4.49
An affordable cream blush, again only really suitable for those with dry skin. A great alternative is the Peaches blush by MAC.

Nars Calliope Matte Velvet Lip - £19
A long-lasting matte lip with a nourishing formula is one trend that never seems to be going out of style, and for good reason. This stunning nude is the perfect Kylie lip trend for those with fairer skin. You can tell from the photo alone what a stunning lip this one crayon makes.

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any requests, please leave them in the comments. I would love to know what you would like to read about. Have a lovely week, and may your Monday be short. Take care.

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Friday, 4 September 2015

New Vice Palette

Everyone always gets very excited when Urban Decay come out with new eyeshadows, because no matter how you fare with their other products their eyeshadow palettes always just knock it right out of the park. This palette doesn't seem to be any different, it is beautifully packaged with a large mirror and a total of 20 eyeshadows. You can watch the video by +xsparkage for full details below.

I love her videos, and if you are a fan of Urban Decay then you should definitely check out her YouTube channel and her blog because she is always one of the first to get her hands on new products. Thank you so much for reading. Take care.

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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Gigi Hadid VMAs Makeup Tutorial

Gigi Hadid looked breathtaking at the VMAs, she was certainly one of my favourite looks in her beautiful yellow dress and mile-long legs. She looked so summery and perfect, and her makeup was glowing and polished yet simple. 

Your favourite foundation mixed with a drop of a beauty oil or an illuminator depending on the finish you prefer. Use a highlighting concealer, for all the normal areas: under-eye, around the nose, bridge of the nose, centre of the chin, tops of the cheekbones, centre of the forehead, and a little above the brows. Set the concealer with a translucent powder to ensure longevity, and powder your foundation wherever you get oily.

Two shades, a warm shimmery gold like Smog from Urban Decay all over the lid, and then a matte deep brown in the crease like Espresso from MAC. Take your time blending into the crease because as you can see in the photo it is quite neatly carved out. You can draw an outline first to keep it precise. Add a baby wing eyeliner with your favourite gel or liquid.

You want the lashes to be quite spread out but not overpowering this can be done with a lengthening mascara, alternatively try applying some long-length individual lashes evenly across the eye (about five or six).

Keep this matte, so the dewiness is restricted to the highest points on the face. A warm bronzer like Laguna from Nars will add shape and warmth to the face, a lot of more affordable brands have similar products too. A subtle pink blush will add some colour, but you want the look to be predominantly bronzey.

A wet looking highlighter is perfect for this look, you want it to match the undertone of your skin, if you are quite fair it will be pink if you have warmer skin opt for golden yellow tones. This look will suit warmer skin tones better, so if you're pale try warming up your foundation with a bronzing gel.

Avoid gloss, you don't want the lips to look wet, rather apply a satin lipstick or something with a sheen. I recommend MAC's Myth for similar skin tones but whatever nude works for you will suffice, and dab a tiny bit of clear gloss in the centre for fuller lips.

Remember she is a spokesperson for Maybelline so it is likely that most of the products she used were from that brand. Thank you for reading, hope this was helpful, if you have any requests please leave a comment. Don't forget to follow. Take care. 

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