Autumn/Fall Inspired Makeup Look!

Hello everyone! So, it’s already October – which means that autumn/fall is officially here! I’m so excited – halloween is coming up and I can’t wait! I love fashion at this time of year too and today’s look is featuring my brand new jumper from Zara, which I’m in love with! It’s the perfect burgundy shade and so cosy.

For the look today I have created a warm smokey eye, using my favourite autumn eyeshadow shade – Cranberry by Mac. It pretty much sums up this time of year in an eyeshadow, it’s beautiful! I honestly believe this look is perfect for night or day and it’s really simple to recreate. There are also two alternative lip colours with this look, so you can go for whichever you prefer! There is a nude lip and a burgundy one, so you can keep it fairly natural or go more dramatic depending on your mood!

Anyway, let’s get started! Here are a few pictures of the look, first with the burgundy lip and then with a more subtle alternative:

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I’m so excited to start wearing more berry-toned eyeshadows and although I don’t often wear a red lip, I love this one as it’s so flattering! Here’s how I created the look, including both lip options:

Face

I used Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonderglow primer all over the face before applying Nars Sheer Glow foundation in the shade Deauville, using my Beautyblender. I seriously love this foundation and recently rediscovered it in my makeup collection – it blends beautifully and leaves the skin looking natural and fresh.

I concealed my blemishes using Mac’s Studio Finish Concealer in the shade NC20 – this concealer is really full coverage and lasts for ages. I did use this under the eyes too, but make sure to warm the product a little in your hands and use a small amount, as a little goes a long way.

To set my entire face, I used the Hourglass powder Dim Light, before using the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette to contour and highlight. I applied the contour using the Real Techniques bold metals contour brush, which is perfect for applying contour precisely. To blend it out, I used the RT original contour brush, which is a lot softer. For blush, I used Mac’s Pink Cult (I have a feeling this may be limited edition, but it is a pale, matte pink.)

Eyes/Brows

For brows, I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in the shade Taupe. They have a really great brush which I use to apply the product, called Mini Duo Brush #7. The brush is double-ended and has a spooly, too, which I use to brush through my brows before and after applying the product. To set, I used Benefit’s Gimme Brow in Light.

I’ve been loving Bobbi Brown’s cream shadow stick in the shade Vanilla, so used this as a base. For my crease I used three shades from my Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture World Traveller palette (such a long name!) The shades I used were Soft Peach for my transition shade, before applying Morocco to the entire crease and blending it out. Finally, I used Fudge in the outer corner of the crease for more depth and blended everything out with a Mac 217 brush.

I also used Morocco and Fudge underneath my eyes with a small brush before blending this out and applying Mac’s Cranberry all over the lid. I spritzed the brush with Mac Fix + spray to enhance the colour of Cranberry. I blended everything out one last time before curling my lashes, applying Soap & Glory’s Supercat liner and Maybelline’s Lash Sensational mascara.

Lips

For the burgundy lip, the only product I used was Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the shade Cruella. For the more natural lip, I lined the lips with Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude, before applying Mac’s Pure Zen lipstick and Soap & Glory’s Gloss Stick in the shade Nudist to the centre of the lips for more shine.

That’s everything! I hope you enjoyed the look, thank you so much for reading!

Clubbing Makeup Tutorial + Tips on Making Your Makeup Last Longer!

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share with you guys a makeup tutorial for clubbing/evenings out. It is a black and gold smoky eye, a strong highlight and nude lip. There will be some tips throughout on how I keep my makeup lasting all night, which can be really difficult especially in a nightclub! Here is the finished look:

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Face:

First, and a really important step for if you are going clubbing, is to prime the face. I used Benefit’s Porefessional primer and applied this with my fingers, pressing it into the face – in particular my t-zone.

Next, I applied foundation. I used Mac’s Studio Fix Fluid in the shade NW22; this foundation is perfect for nights out as it just doesn’t budge and has very full coverage for if you’ll be in pictures. I applied the foundation with a Beautyblender to help sheer it out a little as I didn’t want it to look too heavy.

I used Nars Radiant Creamy concealer in the shade vanilla under my eyes, in the centre of my nose and a little on my chin and forehead. This is a great concealer for covering dark circles, as well as for highlighting other areas of the face. I blended the concealer with the pointed end of my Beautyblender.

To set everything I used the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette, using the lighter shades for under the eyes the eyes and including the darker shade for the rest of my face. Powder is essential for if you want your makeup to stay for a long time and the Hourglass powders give a beautiful glow to the skin. I used the Real Techniques bold metals powder brush to apply the powder.

I contoured using my Nars Laguna bronzer and Real Techniques bold metals contour brush, before applying my Nars Final Cut blush and highlighting with the highlighter from my Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow palette (my all-time favourite highlighter!)

Eyes

I used the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow stick in the shade vanilla all over the lid – this is for the base, to make sure that any powder shadows stay in place for the whole night.

I mostly used the original Urban Decay Naked palette for the eye look, blending the shades Naked and Buck into the crease and on my lower lash line before applying the shade Sidecare to the outer half of my lid. For Sidecar, I used a flat brush sprayed with Mac Fix + spray before dipping it into the shadow as this really enhances the colour and helps it last longer. Next, I took the shade Creep on another flat brush and applied this in an outer V shape on my lid and also on the lower lash line, before blending it all out with a Sephora blending brush.

Finally, I used the Marc Jacobs twinkle pop eye stick in the shade Volver on the inner half of the lid and slightly in the inner corner, as well as underneath the brow bone to highlight. I drew a very thin line of black liquid liner using the Collection felt tip liner and for mascara I went for Benefit’s Roller Lash.

For brows, I used Soap & Glory’s Archery in the shade Love is Blonde and set it with Benefit’s Gimme Brow in the shade Light. Setting your brows with a clear or coloured brow gel will ensure they stay put.

Lips

I lined my lips with Rimmel’s Exxagerate lip liner in the shade Eastend Snob, before applying the Kate Moss nude lipstick from her new range, in the shade 42.

I set my whole face with Mac’s Fix + spray.

That’s the finished look! Thanks for reading, let me know how you keep your makeup lasting a long time!

Makeup Tutorial: Gold Smokey Eye and Nude Lip!

Hi everyone!

Today I’m going to show you how to recreate my current go-to makeup look for evenings or occasions. It’s a gold smokey eye with subtle contouring, defined brows and a nude lip, which creates an impact without being too full-on. It’s also really easy to recreate and uses basic techniques.

Unfortunately, I only have the one picture to show you as I didn’t take enough before removing my makeup – any of me actually looking at the camera were in terrible lighting (massive fail on my part!) My favourite aspect of this makeup look is definitely Mac’s Amber Lights on the lid, so hopefully you can see the effect it has in this picture anyway! By using a wet brush it really stands out on the lids and I get so many compliments when I’m wearing it. Here is the completed look:

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Now, onto how I created it!

Face: before I applied any makeup, I prepped my face by using The Body Shop’s Vitamin C moisturiser. This has quickly become a firm favourite of mine and i’ve nearly finished my first tub! Once that sunk in, I applied Benefit’s Porefessional Primer and pressed it into my skin, just using my hands.

Typically, I would wear this look in the evening or when I go out, so a primer will really help it to last all night! For foundation, I mixed Rimmel’s Lasting Finish in the shade Ivory with L’oreal’s Lumi Magique in the shade Rose Pearl. I did this to get the best of both foundations – I love the coverage of Lasting Finish and the dewy effect that Lumi Magique gives. I mixed them on the back of my hand and applied with the Real Techniques buffing brush, for a flawless finish.

Next, I used Mac’s Pro Longwear concealer in the shade NC15 under my eyes, on my nose, above my eyebrows and anywhere else that needs concealing for redness or blemishes. To set the foundation and concealer, I used Mac’s Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Medium on a Real Techniques powder brush.

For contouring, I used the Sculpt shade in the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow palette and applied this to the hollows of my cheeks with the Real Techniques Bold Metals contouring brush, blended out with their standard contour brush. I also used the highlight shade in the palette after I applied my blush, which was Sex Fantasy by Nars – a very pale pink.

Eyes: For brows, I used Soap & Glory’s Archery in ‘Love is Blonde’. For my eye base, I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion before starting with the crease, which is made up of three shades: First, I used the Sculpt shade in the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow palette throughout the entire crease and Mac’s Wedge over the top. For the outer crease, I used the shade Buck from Urban Decay’s Naked palette. Then, I spritzed a flat shadow brush with Mac’s Fix + spray, liberally applying Mac’s Amber Lights all over the lid and also along the lower lash line. I smudged the lower lash line out slightly with Buck and blended the lid slightly, too. For the winged liner, I used an angled brush spritzed with Fix + and dipped into Creep from the Naked palette. Finally, for mascara I used Mac’s False Lashes mascara in Extreme Black (new fave!)

Lips: First, I lined my lips with Mac’s Soar and applied Maybelline’s Stripped Nudes lipstick in Tantalising Taupe, before blending the edges of the two products together for a slightly ombré effect.

That’s everything! I’m really sorry it’s a pretty word-heavy post compared to pictures – next time I will definitely check them before removing my makeup! I hope you enjoyed reading, let me know what you think of the look!

Coral & Rose Gold Summer Makeup Tutorial!

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all well. I’ve been absolutely loving my new items from this year’s Tom Ford summer collection (see my full review here), so decided to incorporate them into a makeup look using rose golds and corals as the focus for my lips, cheeks and eyes. I also used St. Tropez tanning mousse the night before to add a bronzed, summery touch to the look. Here it is:

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Now onto what I used and how I created the look! Here’s an overview of the products:

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Face: For my base, I used L’oreal’s Lumi Magique foundation in Rose Pearl and concealed my blemishes and undereye area in Mac’s pro longwear concealer (NC15), all with the Real Techniques sponge. To brighten my underage area even more I used the L’oreal Lumi Magique highlighting pen in the shade Light.To set my base and add some colour to my skin I used the Mac Mineralise Skinfinish in Medium, with the Real Techniques Bold Metals powder brush. I contoured and highlighted using both shades in the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow palette. For blush, I used Nars Final Cut from the Virtual Domination palette.

Eyes: On the eyes, I used the cream shadow in the Tom Ford Cream & Powder eyeshadow duo, packing it on fairly heavily with my ring finger. Then, I used the third shade in from the left in the Revolution Iconic 3 palette (a warm, peachy shimmer shade) to blend the cream shadow out slightly. I layered this shade with the same Sculpt shade i used for contouring and blended again. Over the top of the cream shadow, I used the shadow section of the Tom Ford duo to add extra shimmer to the eye. For brows I used Mac’s Twig, before blending slightly with a small angled brush to create a more natural finish. Finally, I used Charlotte Tilbury’s kohl pencil in Versuchka Mink to line my lid, as close to the waterline as possible – I didn’t want eyeliner to cover up any of the effect of the Tom Ford shadows. For mascara, I used Benefit’s Roller Lash (my fave!)

Lips: I lined my lips with Mac’s Soar, before using Burberry’s Cameo Pink – the most beautiful coral pink shade. I topped this off with Tom Ford’s Skinny Dip in the centre of the lips for added shimmer.

That is the finished look! I really hope you enjoyed reading, Let me know what you think!

Elegant Summer Nails!

Hey guys! Yesterday I decided to try something fun with my nails, lately I’ve been loving Essie’s colours but I fancied something a little different. Here’s what I ended up with:

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To create this look I used four products, including a base and top coat which have become essential to my nail routine:

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I’m going to a summer ball in a couple of weeks and thought this type of nail would be perfect; although, I don’t have my dress yet so may change the base colour to compliment that! To start off with I used Essie’s base coat “grow stronger”, which has really been helping my nails grow. The base colour I used was Ciate’s “sugar plum”, which is such a pretty pastel lilac. I applied two coats of this and then added Essie’s top coat “good to go”, before layering Orly’s “hair band” multiple times at the base of the nail. I love this glitter, I think it goes so well with “sugar plum”! Finally, I topped it all off with one more coat of Essie’s “good to go”.

That’s the finished look! I really hope you enjoyed reading this quick tutorial, let me know what you think!

Easy, Beachy Summer Hair!

Hey everyone! I thought I would create this quick post on a laid back, effortless hairstyle that i’ve been loving recently! It reminds me of summer and being on the beach – combining loose waves and a relaxed braid creates a fun summery look!

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To begin with, I curled my hair in sections using the Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl, which makes it super easy to curl your hair! All you do is place small sections of hair into the curler and the mechanism winds the hair in, curling it really quickly and beeping to let you know to release the curler. Once I’d done this, I lightly brushed through my hair with a comb to destroy the curls as I didn’t want them to look set at all – I think they look much nicer when they are more relaxed.

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Finally, I sectioned the front of my fringe and created a small plait, taking it some extra pieces of hair rach time I crossed the plait over. To finish, I pinned the plait into place behind my ear and bought some of the curls forward to cover where I had pinned.

That’s the final look! Really easy and I think it looks so fun and cute. It can be dressed up or down depending on what makeup and outfit you choose – you can even make it neater for a more formal occasion and not destroy the curls if you wish, or use some dry shampoo for added volume! My favourite is Batiste.

I hope you enjoyed reading!

Gold & Bronze Sultry Smokey Eye!

Hi guys! Today I wanted to share with you a makeup look that i’ve been loving. It incorporates gold and bronze to create a striking smokey eye. My last makeup tutorial included step-by-step pictures of each aspect of the look, which I felt may have made the post a little long! So, I’m trying something slightly different and showing you a couple of photos of the look, before describing each aspect in separate paragraphs. Let me know if you prefer this layout or the old one! Here is the look (I really need to buy a new camera, mine isn’t the best!):

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And here’s how I created it:

Base: For primer, I used Benefit’s Porefessional and used a Real Techniques sponge to apply my foundation over the top, which is the L’oreal Lumi Magique in the shade Rose Pearl. For contouring, I used Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer on a Real Techniques contour brush and blended with a buffing brush on the hollows of my cheeks. For blush, I used Mac’s Just a Wisp (my current favourite!) on a RT duo-fiber contour brush – the small size makes it perfect for precise blush application! I set the whole look with Mac’s Fix + spray, before gently smoothing Revlon’s Photoready Skinlights Illuminator in the shade Pink Light over the top of my cheekbones, for a stunning highlight. For Brows, I used Mac’s brow pencil in Twig and blended slightly with a tiny angled brush.

Eyes: To prime my eyes, I used the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original, before spraying a flat eyeshadow brush with Mac’s Fix + spray and packing on Mac’s pigment Museum Bronze. The Fix + spray really intensifies the colour and helps to adhere pigment to the lid. I also took a pencil brush and applied Museum Bronze underneath the eyes. Next, I blended both my lid and under eye out using the Urban Decay Naked palette, with the shades Naked and Buck. To create the stunning pop of gold (my favourite part of this look) I took another flat eyeshadow brush, sprayed with Fix + spray, and applied Half Baked from the Naked palette to the inner half of my lid. This is such a beautiful shade and really pulls the look together! I also added some to my inner corner and inner half of my lower lash line. To finish, I lined my waterline with Charlotte Tilbury’s kohl pencil in Veruschka Mink, then curled my lashes and applied Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara,

Lips: I applied Mac’s lip pencil in Soar to the outside of the lips and Mac’s lipstick in Blankety to the centre. I then used the Real Techniques detailer brush to blend the two together and create a slight ombre lip.

That is the completed look! I wish my camera was better quality so that you could really see how beautiful Museum Bronze and Half Baked look together, will definitely have to aim to buy one soon! Let me know what you think and thank you so much for reading!