Tuesday, 17 November 2015

October Favourites 2015

Again, this post is a few weeks late but I'm still loving all these products and it's my first chatty video so I wanted to share it on here.

What products are you loving at the minute? Share your October Favourites videos and blogposts below, I'd love to have a nosy :)

Monday, 16 November 2015

Dramatic Smoky Eye Makeup Tutorial

This tutorial was uploaded a few weeks ago as a Halloween tutorial but it's essentially just an intense smoky eye with 3 lip options so I thought I'd upload it on here in case any of you missed it!

All products used are in the description of the video as always :) Let me know what you think of this look!

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Warm Fall Smoky Eye

Today's tutorial is a very exciting one as it's a lot more dramatic than my previous looks and is so fall/autumn appropriate and as we're well into October now I though it was about time I whipped out those red autumnal shades.

Also I just want to apologise for the long gap between videos again. I am really trying to upload more frequently but with the work of final year at uni it's a bit of juggling act. I'm hoping to get into more of a routine soon (and also speed up at editing as I'm still new and pretty slow).

Let me know what you think of this look and if you have created your own autumnal makeup look link it below, I'd love to check it out :)

If you're curious about any of the products used there is a full list in the video description box!

Friday, 2 October 2015

Autumn Makeup Tutorial - Dark Lips and Winged Liner

Gosh this video has been a long time coming, I'm starting to discover the joys of technological failings. Anyway, the video is here now and it's very exciting as it's my first autumn/fall makeup tutorial. I wanted to ease into the season with, what I think is, a fairly natural look. I love wearing a bold lip while keeping everything else very minimal as I think it keeps it looking modern and makes sure all attention is on the lips.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and please let me know what your favourite bold lip colour is as I'm always on the look out for the next best thing! Make sure to comment, like and share the video if you enjoy!

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Full Strobing Makeup Tutorial

Today I'm sharing with you my makeup routine for when I want to enhance what's left of my summer tan with a bronzey makeup look and make my skin beam with highlighter to get that "strobed" makeup look. I really like this look and think it's so flattering. It makes you look healthy and radiant and keeps that summer skin lasting into Autumn. I really hope you like this look and if you do please subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Products Used
- Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer http://goo.gl/O9ja5d
- Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint SPF 15 - 02 Beige http://goo.gl/V35dKV
- Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer - 52 Eclat Medium http://goo.gl/A7nQS0
- Mac 217 Brush http://goo.gl/0n5wqj
- Vera Beauty Lip Brush 318 http://goo.gl/btohdM
- Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel http://goo.gl/PhRBnN
- Real Techniques Buffing Brush http://goo.gl/HCtWzc
- Urban Decay Primer Potion - Eden http://goo.gl/nFxPXB
- Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - Warm Beige http://goo.gl/Oehrpt
- Nars Bronzing Powder - Laguna http://goo.gl/D8iQem
- Vera Beauty Blending Brush 217 http://goo.gl/btohdM
- Kiko All Over Light Powder - 03 This exact product is discontinued but any gold toned highlight will work. Here are a few possible dupes -
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed - Opal http://goo.gl/ecu1C8
Mac Mineralize Skinfinish - Soft and Gentle http://goo.gl/rPdCvI
- Vera Beauty Flat Shader 247 http://goo.gl/btohdM
- Nars Blush - Orgasm http://goo.gl/bQKb4x
- Vera Beauty Pencil Brush 219 http://goo.gl/btohdM
- Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler http://goo.gl/UhfHFK
- Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara http://goo.gl/x3RqQk
- Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette - Naked http://goo.gl/vlLv9B
- Vera Beauty Small Angle Brush 263 http://goo.gl/btohdM
- Soap and Glory Archery http://goo.gl/wBMcxp
- Eco Tools Brush - Part of this set http://goo.gl/ZQYa9V
- Cream Highlight I used is discontinued. Here are some possible dupes -
Sleek Makeup Precious Metals Highlighting Palette - Platinum http://goo.gl/ikqywr
Mac Cream Colour Base - Luna or Pearl http://goo.gl/JEFoyg
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured - Pearl http://goo.gl/hBzpzp
- No 7 Eye Colour Brush http://goo.gl/eDh9OR
- Jerome Alexander Brush - Available in this set http://goo.gl/ZBdd1g
- No 7 Precision Lips Pencil - Nude http://goo.gl/Yg4Wwz
- Bella Pierre Lip Gloss http://goo.gl/3fkNao

Let me know what you think of this look and thanks for watching!

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Missguided Autumn Wishlist 2015

I've only done one wishlist post before (this Topshop one a long time ago) but it was so much fun to put together and, as Autumn is rolling around, I would like some new things in my wardrobe so took to the Missguided New In Section for a browse and quickly found these lovely things.

Note to any students out there, if you like anything here and fancy buying it hold off for a week or two as Missguided normally (along with most other high street retailers) have 20% off the week the student loans come in - very clever and very dangerous haha! Follow me on Twitter as I'll tweet when the discount starts.

Now on to the good stuff!

1. Grey Off the Shoulder Dress - A nice balance of cosy and polished.
2. Button Up Denim Skirt - Have wanted one of these skirts for a while and this one is so affordable!
3. Teal Ribbed Halter Dress - Love the shape of this and think it would be so nice with thick black tights and black heeled boots.
4. Collarless Grey Wool Coat - I'm in desperate need of a new coat and I think this one is so versatile as it could be worn casually in the day time or smartened up depending on what look you want.
5. Nude Turtleneck Long Sleeved Top - One of my faves! So clean and simple and a top I think I would get so much wear out of.
6. V Neck White Vest - Another basic piece I would wear non stop. I love the shape of this particular one.
7. Tight Red Strappy Midi Dress - I'm always drawn to red in the Autumn and Winter and I just love the back detail in this dress.
8. Teal Crossover Body - Something slightly more risqué but I think this would be so flattering on.

9. Nude Scoop Back Body - You can blame Kim Kardashian for my (and I think the rest of the world's) recent love for nude clothing. I think it's such a chic alternative to black or white and I think this would look so nice with what's left my summer tan.
10. Black Mesh Appliqué Crop T-Shirt - Love the detail on this little top and I think it would look great on a night out.
11. Long Deep Grey Cardigan - I bought a similar cardigan to this last year in black and I get so much wear out of it. The grey seems simply necessary, no?
12. Metallic High Neck Vest - I love this one so much! The shape, the material, the colour.. I may just end up buying this one!
13. Drop Hem Black Vest - A similar shape to the metallic one, I think this is something a bit different to what we're used to seeing but still nice and simple.
14. Curved Hem Cropped Black Jumper - Cropped jumpers are something I've always loved but never actually purchased. I think they're so flattering on most body shapes and so much less frumpy than the average plain jumper.
15. Black Culottes - Possibly my favourite piece of this entire post - I would wear these day or night and think they're so different and sophisticated.
16. Crossover Black Bralet - Paired with the culottes and black strappy heels I think this would make such a pretty outfit for a night out.

Anything you like from this list or any other stores you think I should check out for the new season? Make sure to check out my Kylie Jenner inspired YouTube video if you haven't already and let me know what you think. It's my very first video so any support would mean so much to me.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Kylie Jenner Inspired Makeup Tutorial - My First YouTube Video!

Hey guys, long time no see! Apologies for the unbelievably long absence but I'm back with possibly my most exciting post ever! I have just uploaded my first ever YouTube video! I can't explain how exciting this is for me. I have been watching YouTube beauty videos since I discovered Juicystar07, aged 14, and I was gripped immediately. I thought it looked like so much fun and was very quickly addicted to this weird and wonderful online world of makeup. I was always too scared that my friends would find out or that it was a strange thing to do, however now that it's so popular (and also I've realised I really don't care what anyone else thinks) I've finally bitten the bullet and uploaded my first video!

Enough of that, on to the actual video..

This tutorial is inspired by my fav - Kylie Jenner. I loved her look from Coachella (I should mention this video was filmed a few months ago) and thought it was quite a typical Kylie look so tried my best to recreate it. It combines a simple, matte, neutral eye with flirty, fluttery eyelashes and overlined, over the top, statement lips.


Products Used
- Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation - 53 Light Beige http://goo.gl/ejFEKv
- Real Techniques Buffing Brush http://goo.gl/6JxMuR
- Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - 2 Cool Medium http://goo.gl/AOIEWX
- Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow - Creamy Beige http://goo.gl/wWik0s
- Urban Decay Naked Palette - Naked and Buck http://goo.gl/FI4npq
- Mac 217 Brush http://goo.gl/MK7s89
- Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler http://goo.gl/xO29kL
- Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Liner - Black http://goo.gl/cthuPL
- Liner brush http://goo.gl/dBiQN3
- Lancome Grandiose Mascara - 01 Noir Mirifique http://goo.gl/eqcQ1O
- Soap & Glory Archery - Blondshell http://goo.gl/uHJqpe
- Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - Warm Beige http://goo.gl/N26wZd
- EcoTools Bamboo Powder Brush http://goo.gl/kp8o8X
- Rimmel Natural Bronzer - Sun Glow http://goo.gl/MCu7sd
- EcoTools smaller brush - part of this set http://goo.gl/Cx7gkf
- Urban Decay Bronzer Baked - Discontinued - Sorry! Any shimmery bronzer will do
- Max Factor Color Elixir Lip Liner - Mauve Moment http://goo.gl/Dz7g6p
- Maybelline Color Drama Lipstick - Nude Perfection http://goo.gl/RRfIVC
- Maybelline Superstay 24hr Dual Ended Lip Color - Rose Dust http://goo.gl/FfEaz8
- Eylure Lash Wardrobe London - middle set - no 117 - also sold individually http://goo.gl/tHJDaI
- Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder - Medium http://goo.gl/BeO7iy
- Real Techniques Contour Brush http://goo.gl/6JxMuR

Thanks so much for watching! Please let me know what you think - all feedback is very welcome as I have a lot to learn ha! Hope you've all had a lovely weekend :)

Lots of love xx

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation + FOTD

Today I thought I would share with you a foundation that I have been using for months - Bourjois Healthy Mix. This always gets rave reviews and I have liked it since I began using it but only now that I've nearly finished it am I realising just how good it is. It has a really nice coverage level for me that is light enough to wear in the daytime but also can be built up to wear on a night out too (especially when combined with the other hundred products I pile on).

I have really dry skin and this is one of few foundations I've tried that doesn't cling too badly to dry patches and gives a nice natural skin like finish. If you have normal or oily skin I think this would have a much dewier finish but on me it's very natural looking. I've also tried the Healthy Mix Concealer and I really like that too. It has good coverage but is still very light and has a lovely finish.

I'm wearing Healthy Mix in these photos and hopefully you can see the nice natural finish it gives. I'm also wearing all this:
Face - Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in Light Beige, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Cool Medium (I couldn't find my Healthy Mix concealer but I love them both), Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel
Brows - Soap & Glory Archery in Blondshell
Eyes - Stila Smudge Pot in Taupe (can't find a link anywhere, sorry!), L'Oreal Super Liner Eye Liner in Black Lacquer, Lancome Grandiose Mascara
Lips - Autograph Ultimate Wear Long Lasting Lip Lacquer in Ruby Red - This is currently on sale for £3 and is amazing! I wore it for the first time yesterday and am so impressed. It has a nice colour and consistency but what amazed me was the lasting power as it stayed on perfectly through a very greasy, messy dinner - incredible! I will definitely be looking at more colours in the range.

Apologies for the frizzy hair btw, you'll quickly learn that a lot more time and effort goes on my makeup than hair.

Since I've very nearly finished my Healthy Mix Foundation I need a replacement but would like to try something new so if you have any recommendations for foundations for dry skin let me know! Thanks for reading :)

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Kylie Jenner Lips

Kylie Jenner - the latest member of the Kardashian clan to provide us with endless selfies, major wardrobe envy and her most famous asset that everyone is obsessed with.. the lips. How many times in the last 6 months have you heard the phrase "Kylie Jenner lip," whether it's the title of your favourite YouTuber's latest tutorial, your friend describing the colour of lipstick she's after or the latest Daily Mail headline trying to decipher whether the famous pout is real or fake? It's safe to say we are in the middle of a visibly lined, overdrawn, nude lip obsession in the online beauty community and I am just another victim to the hype.. And I love it. Since I first tried this look a few months ago it has been my favourite combination and I have become so used to seeing myself with a fuller pout that I now feel so naked with just lipstick or gloss.

To achieve this look I start by lining my lips with the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob and filling them in. I love the colour of this as it's pink but has enough brown in it to make it a nude shade and also isn't too pale which, I think, is the key to achieving that Kylie shade. This liner is so creamy and smooth and glides on the lips with no tugging and doesn't highlight dry patches the way other lip liners can. I then take the Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Liner in Black Tulip and fill in the corners of my lips and line the edges. I like the difference in colour to be visible but soft so I use my finger to blend the edges to avoid a harsh line. Then to finish the lip I use a really old Mac lipstick (Lady Glam Gaga 2 if you're interested - ancient, I know) which was limited edition but any pale nude will do the trick. I swipe a little bit of this in the centre of my lips and this finishes off the ombre effect. These products leave a matte finish which I like but if you like you can apply a gloss on top to give a shiny look.

I think this lip can be the focus of your look if you want it to be by wearing it with glowy skin, mascara and defined brows but I also love it with dark smoky eyes for a night out because even though it's very heavy, it's still neutral in colour so works perfectly for an ultra glam, "done" makeup look.

Let me know in the comments if you have jumped on the bandwagon with the Kylie Jenner lips and, if you have, what are your favourite products to achieve the look?

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Estée Lauder Skin Care Routine

I got given this set of Estée Lauder skincare goodies for Christmas and after using them for well over a month and even finishing one of the products, I thought it was about time I gave you a review. The set is a full routine of cleanser, treatment, eye cream and moisturiser. Let's start with the cleanser, shall we?

It's called their Perfectly Clean Foam Cleanser and I'd say that's a pretty good description. It has a mousse consistency and it lathers up to a nice foam on the skin and note that a little bit goes a long way with this! It wouldn't normally be my first choice as a cleanser as there is a lot of controversy over foaming cleansers and them drying out your skin so as someone with very dry skin I try to avoid them but I must admit I have really liked using this. The foam makes it feel like your skin really is getting a good clean and I haven't noticed it dry out my skin at all. I like using this after I've removed my makeup (I'm still using The Body Shop's Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter if you're curious - review here) or in the morning. One thing I don't like about this cleanser is that it's quite stingy if you get it in your eyes but apart from that I am really enjoying using it.

The next step in the routine is the treatment/serum or whatever you consider the legendary product that is Advanced Night Repair. This stuff is a best seller and very pricey so I had high hopes. It has quite a strange consistency which is like a thick oil but not at all greasy. It's feels lovely on the skin and sinks in within seconds so doesn't interfere with whatever moisturiser you use on top. This is meant to make your skin more youthful, plumped, radiant, strong, even toned... You get the drift, it's apparently some what of a miracle worker. I have noticed that my skin has felt much softer and smoother over the last few weeks and although I can't put it down to this alone, I'm sure it has something to do with it. I think I'll probably notice a difference once I run out and cannot afford a full size bottle -  my student budget doesn't account for £50 face serums unfortunately.

Next up is the eye cream and strangely enough I think this might be my favourite product of the whole process. I say strangely because before getting this set I had never used an eye cream consistently and I've really enjoyed the results. I'm not sure if it's this eye cream in particular or just that using it makes me take extra care in moisturising right around my eyes but since using this I have noticed that my under eye area is SO soft ! Don't ask me why that matters as no one apart from me is aware of how soft my under eye area is but it makes me very happy. It's the little things, eh? Although I'm sure the softness comes from being well moisturised so makeup will sit better and wrinkles will be prevented and all that stuff that's more important than having baby smooth skin. I should also mention that this cream has a slight shimmer to it. It doesn't bother me but it's worth mentioning as in bright light without makeup on it is visible. Also this little pot will last you a lifetime! I've used it most mornings and evenings since Christmas Day and am only about half way through!

Finally, we're on to the moisturiser. I've actually finished this up already and I have to say I'm quite sad as I really liked this! It had such a lovely texture. It was quite balmy but not too thick or sticky. It wasn't anything exceptional, I didn't think, but it kept my skin hydrated, sank it nicely and worked well in the morning or evening - a good basic moisturiser in my opinion.

I hoped you've enjoyed reading my two cents on Estée Lauder skin care. Overall I'm really enjoying these products and would really like to try out more of the Estée Lauder line, maybe some things more targeted towards dry skin rather than anti ageing. Let me know in the comments if you've tried anything from Estée Lauder's skin care line or what your current favourite skincare products are.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Red Lips | 3 Ways

I know Christmas is long gone now; the decorations have been packed away for another year and the chocolate is finally eaten up, but one thing that's not going away any time soon are the red lips. I have been loving red lips since before Christmas and I just cannot get enough. I love the way a red gloss makes you look put together in one quick swipe but I also love the intensity of a full on Marilyn Monroe, over drawn, glamourous lip. Today I thought I'd share with you three of my current red lip favourites and would love to hear yours too so feel free to enable me in the comments.

The first option when it comes to trying red is to go glossy. I got this gloss a few months ago in a freebie box from Boots and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. It's the Maxfactor Colour Elixir Lipgloss in Captivating Ruby. As you can see from the swatch it's pretty strongly pigmented and is a nice true red colour. I like wearing this in the day time for a statement lip that isn't too try hard. Also the formula is lovely and smooth, shimmer free and leaves behind a pretty stain.

Another option for a glossy, not too dramatic red is this one from Dior. It's their Dior Addict Extreme in Pandore and it's really lovely. It's slightly sheerer and more of a raspberry pink tone than the Maxfactor one but this also has a really nice consistency. It's so smooth and comfortable to wear and it leaves a nice pink stain behind so no need to worry about touching up throughout the day. Also, can we just take a minute to appreciate the packaging?! It's so sophisticated and luxurious and makes me feel very fancy when putting it on.

The third and final of my choices is the most dramatic and my favourite of the three. When it comes to red lips there is a part of me that thinks, "Go hard or go home!" as there is something so glamourous and timeless about a heavy red lip. My current choice for this look is the Daniel Sandler Luxury Matte Lipstick in Casablanca. My sister bought me this for Christmas and it was love at first site for me. The colour is so perfect, it's not too warm or cool toned so should work on most skin tones and although it's a true red it's a slightly darker shade which just gives some extra depth and intensity to the colour. Can you tell I love it yet?! This lasts really well too; after eating and drinking you might need to slightly touch up the inside of your lips but overall it stays on really well.

Swatches are left to right the Maxfactor, Dior then Daniel Sandler.

An honourable mention also needs to go to the Barry M Lip Liner in 3 which stays on for days!

I hope you've enjoyed this post, let me know your favourite red lip options in the comments below! Have a nice day everyone :)

Saturday, 10 January 2015

The Good Life Eatery, Chelsea

On the Sunday I spent in London we took ourselves to Kensington where we had a wander round the shops, spotted a Made in Chelsea star and I tried my first ever Ben's Cookie (delicious by the way).

We then walked to The Good Life Eatery in Chelsea as it is so hyped up online and pictures of the food are constantly popping up on my instagram feed so we thought we would give it a go. Tara and I both went for poached eggs; Skinny Benedict for me and Skinny Royale for Tara.

The eggs were deliciously runny and anything with avocado is usually a winner for me, however, I have to say both of us were rather disappointed. The meals were cold which I found odd and the "hollandaise" sauce was a skinny version made from yoghurt with saffron. I thought it was ok but Tara wasn't a fan. Overall I did enjoy the meal and it was very filling, it just didn't quite live up to expectations. I think some of the salads looked really nice, as well as the juices and desserts so it could just be a case of ordering badly.

Let me know if you've ever been to The Good Life Eatery and what you thought of it if you have.