Monday, 26 May 2014

May's Shopping Haul

This weekend was a bank holiday weekend in England so me and some family went on a shopping trip to Southampton, i only had a few things i needed to get for my leavers ball coming up in June, but of course if i was going shopping, i was going to shop well and come back with a few more items than i imagined, i bought some clothes ready for the nice weather, some new make up and few other bits too. 

First stop on the trip was primark as it is super cheap, and i think why buy it somewhere else when you can get it cheaper for a good quality here. I got a green midi skirt which is high waisted and has a flower pattern all over and fully lined underneath so it is not see through, looks really nice for everyday with just a black vest tucked in, or you could easily dress it up for the evening with some lovely nude heels. I got a black and white stripped swing dress, it has very thin thread straps, it hangs well as it is a heavier material. 

These little shorts are really thin material but i loved the bright pattern and will be great for relaxing around the house, but for taking on holiday to get to the beach and such. As well as clothes in primark i also bought a new lampshade as currently i just had a bulb hanging from ceiling, i picked up this paper sphere with a pretty floral pattern all over, as it is a light colour the light shines through really well.

Second stop on the list for clothes was newlook which i picked up a white strapped crop top, it has a cut out flower pattern over the top which is lined underneath with thin straps, this will be great for the summer over maxi skirts or shorts and will show of a good tan. I also couldn't resist the flowered scrunchie which a pale pink and a floral pattern again, it will look cute when wearing my hair but also fits over the top of a bun.

Lastly on the hunt for clothes was H&M where i found a navy blue cardigan, which is very basic but something i was intending to buy as it goes with a lot of things, and easy to put on when it gets a little chilly. Also as a surprise find was a little fitted shirt which is a denim blue colour and white birds on it, having sort sleeves means you wont get too hot in the summer, if England gets any sun, but you could wear with some jeans or even pair it with a nice skirt and wedges for the nicer weather. 

As i can not go anywhere without looking at makeup, i found a lipstick stand and couldn't resist, so i tried a matte purple colour, and it is one of my favourites, it surprised me for the good, the colour is bright, applies easily, and has a good lasting time.

Next was the hunt for some heels to go with my dress for leavers ball which was the actual reason for the shopping trip, i found a pair from the brand, Irregular choice in the shop schuh and fell in love with them as soon as i put them on, i will be doing more of a post on my outfit in another post, but these are very comfy and easy to walk in as they have a thicker heel and don't make me look too tall as i am already about 5'9.

Last but not least was the makeup purchase, i can't go anywhere without hunting down the mac shop or counter and with the new one in Southampton i thought why not, i got the pro longwear foundation which is a medium coverage but can be built up and has a matte finish, as well as the studio fix powder which works as a great setting agent and finishes off the look.


Friday, 16 May 2014

Top 4 Makeup Brushes

Most of my makeup brushes are from the same brands, 3 in-particular which are Mac, Real techniques and Elf, this would have been a post on my top 5 brushes but i couldn't chose between them all for a 5th so kept it at my 4 favourite and most used brushes. Three of them are for eyes and the last is a face brush.

 Mac - 217
I recently just purchased this brush because of how much everyone always talks about it and i love it too, it is really soft so applies eye shadow really well. It works great for blending colours together and softening the edges too. This brush is one of my more expensive ones at £16 as for someone who only works Saturday this is a luxury but i love it and will definitely be trying some different Mac brushes too.

Elf - Crease brush
Firstly this brush is great for its price at only £1.95 so it is super affordable but it works well for a cheaper brand. The quality of the brush is good and works really well for applying eye shadow to the crease to blend out and i also like using this for my inner corner too as it has a smaller head.

Real techniques - Shading brush
This works really well for applying eye shadow all over the lid, with the compact bristles it picks up lots of pigment to give a bold colour. This brush is only £7.99 so not overly expensive, a good price range in between, these are easy to pick up as they're sold in most or all drug stores.

Real techniques - Expert face brush
Again this is a real techniques brush, i think this brand is just great, they're are very consistent with good results, i use this for my foundation and it blends well into the skin not leaving streak marks and at only £9.99 it is a good price.


Friday, 9 May 2014

Home Decor

This is a little different to the usual beauty and fashion posts but lately I've been paying more attention on how i want to decorate my room, I've gone from not caring too much, to having it all red and black, and now I've finally realised i'm a bit of a girly girly when it comes to decorating so I've been buying bits here and there to complete my room and wanted to share some with you.

First of are fairy lights, i love them and i think they make the room look so cosy and complete when its dark, that i have a fair few of them, I have some multi-coloured ones through the head board of my bed, as it is metal it looks nice wrapped around and adds colour to the black, i then draped some round my whiteboard but you could always do this round picture frames. Another place where i love to put them is if you have any cute jars or vases, is inside as when you turn them on it gives off a really good effect in the dark, I got this jar with a butterfly on from next for only£4, so super cheap but looks great and it comes in lots of different colours.

Second thing is notice boards, pin boards, white boards etc, i have a white board which is from staples, i love having this as if i get any ideas i just jot them down and they're always there so they're great for creativity and sometimes it's nice because people can leave you messages. I also have a pin board which is definitely covered in a lot of things, you could make it more organised but mine has become a little crazy, I use this as place for memorabilia, i usually put all my concert ticket or bands on there to remember everywhere i've been.

Having lots of makeup means i needed a place to keep it all, and i found this cute vintage style draw set from matalan where i keep most of it, although i may be upgrading soon as it seems to be overflowing, but its great with the 4 draws as i can keep things separated and know where they are.

 This is just a piece of furniture i picked up as i think its really handy, it is a storage space where i have my tv on top, but with all the different holes you can display all different things, and its great for items like consoles, DVD's and books. This one i picked up from a place called B&M but i'm sure you can find very similar things at a good price in IKEA too.


Monday, 5 May 2014

Inspired Makeup - Tanya Burr

This is another inspired makeup look, and this time from Tanya Burr, She's been a great inspiration, and a big reason as to why i wanted to start my blog. I chose a look of hers from when she was at playlist live earlier this year as i think its great for the more brighter and warmer days we have been having in England, This is my take on it using a soft brown eye, with bronzed cheeks and a light pink lip.

No7 eyeshadow - Khaki shine  - Used as the base coat all over the lid
Mac eye shadow - Espresso - Blended into the crease, outer corner, and line under the bottom lashes
Elf cream eyeliner - Black - Thinly line the top lashes
Max factor mega volume mascara - Black

Rimmel stay matte primer
No7 Beautifully matte foundation - Ivory
Collection concealer - Fair - Used for under eye
Mac studio fix concealer - NW15
Benefit hoola bronzer
Rimmel stay matte powder - Peach glow - A little used over the centre of face

Collection Lipstick - Pretty please
Lip gloss - Light pink


Friday, 2 May 2014

Everyday Makeup Base

I've recently bought a new foundation and primer and my everyday makeup base of foundation, concealer etc has been changing so i'm going to share my routine and ideas.

Primer - Rimmel stay matte
I apply this to my face first as a base layer and helps to control the oil in my skin and keep my makeup on longer.
I recently purchased this one as i wanted to try a new primer out and with offers on in superdrug i thought why not, i think it works really well, applies well to the skin and overall a good primer.

Concealer - Collection 2000, fair
This concealer i use on top of the primer for under the eyes and on any very red blemish areas such as on my chin and a little on my cheeks.

Foundation - Rimmel match perfection, ivory
Brush - Real techniques exper face brush
I then apply my foundation all over my face, i use one pump on the back of my hand and gradually work it into the skin in circular motions with the expert face brush.
This foundation is not the heaviest of coverage but i wanted something lighter for the summer and warmer months and this is great, you can build it up if needed and blends really well in the skin.

Concealer - Mac studio finish, NW15
After foundation i use this concealer over any blemish or red areas left to get rid of any last marks.
This is my favourite concealer, it blends in really well and has great coverage over an blemishes, and for what looks like a small pot it lasts a very long time so it is good for it's money.

Powder - Rimmel stay matte powder
To finish everything off and hold my makeup i use this powder, it helps my makeup stay on all day whilst i'm at college and keeps my oily skin at bay.

This is just my everyday base that i apply and then i will change up and adapt the look depending on the blusher, bronzer and eye wear etc.