Sunday, 30 October 2016

Vampire Halloween Makeup

For Halloween, I'm a lot more interested in what I'm going to do for my makeup than what costume I'm going to wear. I came across this Halloween makeup look on Leyla Rose's Youtube Channel and knew straight away that this was what I wanted to recreate for Halloween. I used a few different makeup products to Leyla but I followed the same sort of method.

Firstly, I primed my skin using the Benefit POREfessional primer and, whilst I was waiting for this to sink into my skin, I curled my lashes using the Boots Eyelash Curler. Next, I applied the Nars Sheer Glow foundation in shade Mont Blanc; this is slightly paler than my Bobbi Brown Long-Wear foundation so it's more suitable for a vampire look - you could go a shade or two lighter in your foundation if you preferred. I then used the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in shade Fair to cover any imperfections. To contour, I used a small amount of the shade Password from the Urban Decay Smokey Palette underneath my cheekbones and around my forehead to give a bit of definition. For my brows I applied the Benefit Gimme Brow to fill in any gaps, and I put the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion over my eyelids to create a base for my eyeshadow. To create the eye makeup, I first took the Makeup Geek eyeshadow in Peach Smoothie and applied this all over my eyelids, I then used the NYX eyeshadow in Heat for the inner corner and crease of my eye, blending it right out to my brow. Over the main part of my eyelid I used the Urban Decay Blackout eyeshadow and blended this into the NYX eyeshadow. On my bottom lash line I applied the same NYX eyeshadow, followed by a Natural Collection Kohl Pencil, which I smudged slightly. For the veins, I used two MAC lip pencils; Dark Out and Soar. I drew wiggly lines with branches coming off them to make it look more realistic. To finish my eyes I applied the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara (for Halloween I will also be wearing the Ardell Demi Wispies False Lashes but I didn't have any on in these photos). Finally, I used the MAC Lip Pencil in Dark Out to outline my lips and then I filled them in using the MAC Matte Lipstick in Sin.

I hope you enjoyed reading how I created this look - if you want to you could add some fake blood or bite marks to your neck. What Halloween makeup will you be doing tomorrow?

Monday, 24 October 2016

Autumnal Lipsticks and Nail Polishes

From top to bottom: MAC Mocha, MAC Twig, Rimmel 128 Starry-Eyed, NYX SMLC 10 Monte Carlo
Autumnal makeup is my favourite because you can play around with bold colours that just aren't acceptable in Spring and Summer. Today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite lipsticks and nail polishes to wear in Autumn.

My most recent MAC lipstick purchase is Mocha. This is a peachy yellow-brown satin lipstick and it goes perfectly with the MAC Nice 'n' Spicy lip liner. Another MAC lipstick that I love wearing in Autumn is Twig. This one is described as a soft muted brownish-pink lipstick on the MAC website and is also a satin lipstick (I did a full review on this lipstick here). I don't own many Rimmel lipsticks but I loved the dark berry colour of 128 Starry-Eyed so I had to buy it! The only problem with this lipstick is that it's not as long lasting as the MAC lipsticks so you have to reapply it more often. However, you can apply lots of layers of this lipstick to create a darker colour and it doesn't go patchy. Lastly, the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo is a gorgeous dark red shade - it's slightly bolder than the other lipsticks I've mentioned but still wearable! A few months ago I did a full review on the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, so you can find that here.

Essie's Bahama Mama nail polish is my all-time favourite for Autumn. It's the perfect plum shade and it lasts about a week without chipping - if you want to see what it looks like on then have a look at my full review. For my birthday, I received another Essie nail polish in the shade Angora Cardi. This is lighter than Bahama Mama; it's more of a dusty rose colour. My friends also bought me the Rimmel 313 Rita Rouge nail polish for my birthday (they know me so well!). It's a very dark purple shade that promises super shine and that it'll be dry in 60 seconds - although I haven't found it to dry that quickly! Rimmel nail polishes do last a long time without chipping; probably nearly ten days. The final nail polish that I'll be wearing this Autumn is Maybelline Color Show 265 Wine Shimmer. This nail polish is red and sparkly, so it will be particularly good for parties and events because it adds a bit more glam. To get a more intense colour I usually apply three coats of this, whereas with the other nail polishes I apply two coats.

What are your favourite products to use during Autumn?

Sunday, 16 October 2016

September Favourites

Sorry for such a belated monthly favourites post - it won't be long till I'm posting about my October favourites! If you follow me on Twitter, then you would of seen that the wifi wasn't working properly in my new house for the first three weeks, which completely ruined my blogging schedule. Thankfully the wifi's fixed now so I can start posting weekly again. Anyway, lets get on with my September favourites...

My first favourite for September is the Batiste Beautiful Brunette dry shampoo. I've always been a massive fan of Batiste dry shampoos, however, they usually make my hair look a bit grey, no matter how hard I try to rub it in, due to my hair being so much darker than the spray. The one aimed at brunettes blends perfectly with my hair so you can't even tell that I've used dry shampoo! It also gives my hair a lot more volume - it works better than some volumising products I've tried!

Another hair product I've been loving this month is the L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay Masque. I don't use hair masks very often but this sounded exactly like what my hair needs because it's for oily roots. You apply the mask to your roots before shampooing and leave it on for five minutes to allow the mask to absorb oil and impurities. The mask leaves my hair looking a lot less greasy and it smells amazing too. There's also a shampoo and conditioner in the range, however, I haven't tried these yet. Let me know what you think of them if you've tried them.

My mum bought me the Nosh For Students recipe book so that I'd be able to cook some proper meals whilst I'm at uni. The recipes are very easy to follow and each one has a key which shows how much it costs per person, how many it serves, how difficult it is to make, and how long it takes to prepare. The recipes I've tried have turned out really well - chilli con carne is definitely my favourite so far!

I'm quite proud of myself that I've managed to go a couple of months without buying a MAC lipstick; obviously that wasn't going to last forever, so I treated myself to one of their satin lipsticks in the shade Mocha. MAC describe it as a 'peachy yellow-brown' and I would say that it's slightly darker than Velvet Teddy (which I also own!). The satin lipsticks are quite matte but more moisturising than the matte lipsticks, which is great for autumn because my lips usually get dry. I'll definitely be wearing this shade a lot throughout autumn and it matches perfectly with MAC's Nice'n' Spicy lip liner.

Lastly, I received Blog Inc. from my family for my birthday and I've loved reading it so far. This covers everything you need to know about setting up and growing your blog, as well as meeting new bloggers. This book is really going to help me improve my blog and I can't wait to read more of it. I would recommend getting this if you are a relatively new blogger.

I hope you've enjoyed my first blog post back and I won't leave it that long for my next blog post! What did you love in September?