Friday, 31 October 2014

Deer make up tutorial

I love this cute fancy dress make up idea! I saw this floating about on YouTube and Pinterest and thought I'd give it a go myself.

For this look I used: 
Black face paint
White face paint 
White pencil eyeliner 
The contour powder in light from Sleek
Black mascara  

I started this look by drawing a line from the bottom of my eyebrow to the end of my nose and did the same for the otherwise. 

I joined the lines between creating a heart  like shape. 

Down the centre of my nose I filled in with the white eyeliner pencil and a bit of the white face paint. 

Then I filled in my eyebrows with a black face paint to make them look thicker and bolder. 

Using the white face paint again I stretched the white colour from my nose to around the middle of my eyebrows and around my eyes too. 

I coloured in my water line with the eyeliner pencil. 

Using a thick stippling brush I applied a fair amount of bronzer/contour around the top of my forehead stretching around the corner of my eyes and onto my cheekbones to create a C shape. 

Then on my contoured cheeks and forehead I dotted the white eyeliner. 

Ta da! 

It isn't the best but I'm quite impressed seeing as it took me about 5-10 minutes. 

Thanks for reading I hope you liked this post. Love, A x

Pop art make up tutorial

For this look I used:

Black face paint
White face paint 
Red lipstick
A thin angled brush
A lip brush 
A blue and purple eyeshadow 

I started off drawing a bold, black line all the way around my face. 

I then drew a line down my nose and around the corners of my nose too. 

Then, still using the black face paint I drew a curved line where my cheekbones are. 

I then made my eyebrows more prominent still using the black face paint. 

I drew two black wrinkle lines in between my brows. 

I used an Accesorize eyeshadow palette to create a really bold and vivid eyelid colour.

I used the purple and dark blue. 

Using a red lipstick I filled in my lips and then dabbed some white face paint into a squoval shape on my lips. 

Using a thin brush I dotted the white face paint on across my face in a symmetrical pattern. 

Lastly I drew two lines with a curve at the end on my collar bones.

Ta da!

I hope you liked this post. Love, A x

Leopard print eyes

If you're not one for dressing up at Halloween i think this is a great alternative and looks good too.

I started off with an orange/bronze base eyeshadow colour. I think this one was a Collection shade. 

Using a L'oreal ultra precision liquid super liner I drew little squiggles, lines and half moon shapes on my eyelid to emulate the look of the leopard print. 

Super quick and easy to do. I'd definitely recommend! I hope you liked this post. Love, A x

Monday, 27 October 2014

Beetlejuice makeup tutorial

When I was younger and was far more into celebrating Halloween AKA Trick or Treating to get sweets I was never very creative with costumes. Often I'd have what I felt was the easy option, My dear Mum may say otherwise as she painted my face a vulgar, bright green as I became transformed into a witch. These days there are hundreds of different costume and make up ideas and what with becoming an adult no longer does Halloween mean dressing up in a scary outfit but dressing up in an outfit yet still looking pretty shamazing all at the same time.

Beetlejuice is such a classic Halloween movie and I wanted to emulate this with a cool make up idea perfect for a Halloween party or similar. I found this idea off of Pinterest and I'll link the original picture below.

<3Bride Of Beetle Juice Make Up<3

So for this look here is a list of all the products I used: 

A black face paint
A white face paint
A purple eyeshadow 
A green shimmer dust but you can use facepaint
A black pencil eyeliner
A black mascara
A purple/deep red lip colour

Here is my attempt!! For a first go at this look I was actually pretty happy with it. 

Step one: I started off with my eyebrows. I have naturally very thick, dark eyebrows so wasn't too sure how I would go about making them green. I completely covered my eyebrows with pritt stick glue and then used my hairdryer to speed up the drying until it was tacky. I then, using my Barry M Dazzle Dust in shade 72 Emerald I dabbed it on using a thin brush. 

I was really pleased how that turned out. 

Step two: I started work on my eyes. Starting with my eye lids, which I completely covered with the dark purple colour. I used Bourjois Little round pot in the shade Brun Sompteux. It took a few strokes of my eyeshadow brush to really get the deep, glittery colour onto my lids. I then used a thinner, angled brush whilst using this eyeshadow to go underneath my eye too. I coloured in my waterline and lined my eyelid with Benefit's Bad Gal pencil eyeliner and coated my lashes with a 17 mascara called Superlash.

Step three: CAN I JUST ADD that I don't have any formal qualification in Art, Make up, Beauty etc so what I'm doing might not be the correct way to do things, I'm just having a go! Also the way I'm setting out these steps was just how I did it. I don't think there is a particular order in which this should be done. As you were. 

So for step three I began work on the black and white droplets coming off my neck. I used the black and white face paints for this. I picked those up in a Fancy Dress shop near me and I think they were about £2 each. I started off drawing black squiggly lines (very technical term I have for you there) and joining them up to create a droplet look.  I left a significant gap in between each one to make room for the white as well.  I then filled in each droplet with the white or the black paint. 

Step four: To create these lips I outlined my lips using a lip brush and the black face paint. I tried to make the cupid's bow look as prominent as possible. Once I had drawn the outline I filled in the colour using a Collection Lip Butter called Perfect Plum. 

I love this colour! Such a wintry shade.

Ta Da! So that is your Beetlejuice look all done! 

Thanks for reading. I hope you liked this post! Love, A x

Monday, 20 October 2014

Opinions please!!

Since I was about Eight or Nine years old I have always had long hair. Before that I had a hideous bob cut and because I have such thick brown hair it looked liked I had invested in the world's first hairy bicycle helmet. Not a good look. So that completely put me off. I love how my hair looks long and how versatile it can be either up or down.

I feel like I need a change in many aspects of my life at the moment and want to escape from the very cosy and safe place that is my comfort zone. As mad as this may sound my hair is somewhat of a comfort blanket, when I'm feeling nervous I twiddle it round my fingers, if i'm feeling shy I run my fingers through it trying to zhoosh it up a bit and if I'm feeling embarrassed and awkward I'd pull my hair over my face like a feminine chewbacca!

Bringing me to the point of this post, I want to try something new and a bit different and have taken a lot of inspiration from Lily Melrose/Llymlrs if you will. She always looks utterly fabulous from her clothes, her make up to her hairstyles. I've been having my hair lightened gradually since about June and feel like taking the plunge to go that little bit lighter and shorter this time to this..

What do you think? I really like it and it's so different from what I'd usually have done!

Thanks for reading this post, I hope you liked it. Love, A x

Sunday, 19 October 2014

My coconut oil and honey hair mask!

I'm terrible at keeping my hair in good condition. I used to think my hair was my favourite feature about myself because I was so happy with the length, the colour and it's condition. However in recent weeks it has become very dry, lacklustre and lost it's shine.

I dye my hair every few months or so and have had colour on it for the last two years or so now which means I've always got to take a bit more care with it as it's already got bleach and dyes on it. Equally I'm a devil for abusing my locks with straighteners, curlers, crimpers, hair dryers you name it! 

This is my 'before' picture. I don't know whether the picture really shows but my hair was feeling very dry, especially at the ends. 

I had a little look on the web for a good, nourishing hair treatment to get and found that coconut oil is incredibly popular for homemade masks. I have a large jar of this in the kitchen which Mum uses for cooking but coconut oil is brilliant and so multi useful as it can be used as an alternative to cooking oils or butter, on the skin and hair or even I've read some people eat it by the spoonful..I like coconut but I don't think I'll be doing that! 

So I grabbed a bowl and put a spoonful of coconut oil in the bowl. Coconut oil forms into a liquid over 24.5 degrees Celsius so it was a solid lump at this point. You can melt the oil to a more malleable consistency which would make it easier and quicker for you, which is something I did not do and should have done! I added in a little squeeze of honey and whisked it up until I got a consistency I was happy with. 

Et voila! The finished mask. Ready to apply to my hair. Word of warning; if you are thinking about doing this I would recommend wearing an old top or something as it can be quite messy. 

So I wet my hair first and then slathered this all over my head from roots to ends so every last split end was covered. I tied my hair up in a top knot using an old hair scrunchy and wrapped an old towel round my shoulders in case any of the mask gets onto my clothes. 

I left this on my hair for a good twenty to thirty minutes and watched a bit of TV and read some of my book. Then when it was time to take it off I washed my hair making sure to get into every hair strand and used a cheap shampoo and conditioner to really get the oil off the hair.  I found that with using coconut oil a little will go a very long way so use it sparingly otherwise you may run the risk of looking like you've got greasy hair. 

And here's the finished look. It may look visibly look too different but it felt so much softer and sleek. Plus it smelled absolutely incredible too! I'd definitely recommend making this if you're in need of a pamper. 

Thanks for reading, I hope you liked this post! Love, A. x

Saturday, 11 October 2014

October wishlist!

In Britain at the moment the lovely Summer weather seems a distant memory. I wake up greeted every morning either by a cold blast of wind or a lot of rain. I love winter, mainly just as an excuse to wear knitwear all the time, I love log fires, Halloween and Bonfire night, drinking cosy hot chocolates whilst watching a film and the pinnacle of Winter in my opinion; Christmas!

I have devised a little wishlist of some things I'd like to get for the Winter months. I found everything using the very handy app on my phone Mallzee. If you haven't heard of Mallzee, where on earth have you been hiding haha!? This app has been beautifully described 'like Tinder but for clothes' as you can swipe left if you like something or right if you don't.

 You can add friends via FaceBook on the app and you can ask their opinions on things as well which I think is great as sometimes if you like something yet you aren't entirely sure it'll suit you asking someone else's opinion can influence you massively. It has a list of over 200 different brands and you can whittle down your choices of brands and what you're looking for and it'll find those things for you. 

It's a great app if like me, you could spend hours traipsing around hundreds of different shops and looking at very similar items yet not purchasing a thing. I would definitely recommend anyone to download Mallzee, it is a free download as well and takes less than thirty seconds to sign up, I find it really useful just to have a browse at different clothes, shoes and accessories that I like from the comfort of my own bed. 

Anyway, here's to my October wishlist! 

I love everything about these boots. I am a big fan of black chelsea boots anyway but I really love the croc effect and gold detailing. These boots are £45 from ASOS here

Similarly I really like these Black triple strap boots from New Look. As a tall girl I shy away from heels which is annoying because they all look really pretty but I'm very self conscious of my height. I find ankle boots with a little heel make me feel very on trend and will look good dressed up or for a casual look too. These boots are £27.99 from New Look here.

Are you noticing a slight black theme going on here? It's such a versatile colour to wear and you can wear anything with it. I love this 3/4 length sleeve bardot neck dress from New Look. I think it looks very slimming and chic. It costs £12.99 here.

Moto leigh jeans, Topshop £38. I want to get myself a couple of pairs of decent jeans that will fit well and keep the shape. I've been eyeing up a few pairs and Topshop ones feel and look the nicest. 

Similarly from above I like the look of these Intense Blue Leigh jeans also for £38. 

I really like this Deena and Ozzy mock Croc effect backpack from Urban Outfitters. It costs £42. 

I really like this navy cord shirt also from Urban Outfitters. I think it would look cool buttoned up with a pair of jeans in the daytime or even undone and worn over a dress for a casual look. This is £30.

I think this leather jacket from Dorothy Perkins is great as I've been on the lookout for a leather jacket like this for a while now. It is £49.

Thanks for reading, I hope you liked this post! Love, A.x 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Miners Tin O' Tint Strawberry review.

Hello! I hope you're all well. 

Recently I recieved a lovely package through the post from the very kind people at Miners Cosmetics. They sent me the NEW strawberry Tin O' Tint to try out. 

I am a sucker for lip balms and find so many in coats, pockets and handbags especially in the winter months. So when I got sent this I was very excited to try it out. 

Not only is this a moisturising lip balm they are all tinted as well so they nourish as well as adding a bit of colour to the lips as well. 

It has a gorgeous red colour which I think is a very versatile colour on the lips. It looks great all year round and can look great for a statement make up look. 

It has quite a light colour coverage when on whilst giving the lips plenty of moisture. I think this is perfect for a daytime look as the lips will look lovely and soft with a pretty pop of colour too! 

All of Miners Cosmetics Tin O' Tints retail at £2.99 and can be bought from the Miners Cosmetics website (here) or even from selected chemists or even from some TK Maxx's! 

I like this product so far, the colour isn't too bright which I like as you can add as much or as little as you like.

Thanks for reading I hope you liked this post! Love, A. X 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

My September in photos

Hello! Just a little post on what I've been getting up to in September through the eyes of Instagram. I haven't posted a lot on there recently as September was quite a busy month for me, all of my friends have gone back to uni now which makes me sad because I'm feeling rather lonely and I worked quite a lot too so there weren't many photo opportunities. 

First Instagram picture of September was of this cooking delight. My mum made a smashing chicken Katsu curry and it went down a real treat. 

I was in Bournemouth on the beachfront when I saw this mirrored ball and thought it looked really cool. I tried to be really artsy and cool for this photo I don't know whether that shows! 

I went shopping with my mum in Bristol last week and I got these for a snack on the car journey home, so yum! 

On the way home, stuck in traffic in Bristol I saw this graffiti which I thought looked quite cool. 

Thanks for reading, I hope you liked this post. I'm on Instagram at _abfabx if you want to see more of my photo updates! 

Love A, x.