Thursday, 17 October 2013
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Since going back to school and changing seasons my everyday makeup has changed a fair bit so I thought I'd share it with you. Personally, I'd much rather an extra few minutes in my bed rather than spending ages putting on makeup so this look is quick and simple. 9 times out of 10 I'm also running late in the morning so the less I put on the better.
I start with a base of MAC Mineralize Satin Finish foundation in shade NW20 which my cousin gave me after finding her HG in Chanel (Let's say I'm a tad jelous of her makeup collection). I then put Bourjois Pot Blush in Rose D'or on my cheekbones and MAC MSF in Soft & Gentle on top.
Moving onto eyes, after curling my lashes, if I have time I will apply MUA Single Eyeshadow in shade 1 all over the lid and blend a little shade 17 into the outer corner, crease and lower lash line. I'll then line my upper lid with L'Oreal Super Liner and apply Clinique Lash Power mascara (long wearing formula). Then I'll sweep a bit of Avon Translucent powder over my whole face and finally pop on some Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me (this last step sometimes takes place on the way to the bus stop if I'm super short of time!).
This makeup lasts the day without reapplication (especially the mascara which is a big plus!). I still prefer my HG Rimmel Lasting Finish foundation but for now I may aswell use what I have of this MAC one. I'm still loving the MAC MSF though! I'm also really liking this mascara- I think the next one I buy will be a full size of one of the Clinique ones I've tried as they're just so darn good.
Thursday, 10 October 2013
Taking into consideration the endless hype around salt sprays and the straightness and flatness of my hair, its a wonder I didn't purchase one sooner. After a very inspiring (and enabling) #bbloggers chat at the beginning of summer, I went a little crazy (by my standards at least) for hair products. I 'borrowed' (borrowed as in its still in my drawer months later) my mum's big can of mousse and bought myself L'Oreal Elnette Hairspray, a tangle teaser and, this bad boy. Apart from my tangle teaser, I have used Umberto Giannini's Glam Hair Grunge Glamour Tousled Salt Spray (what a mouthful!) by far the most.
Firstly, the packaging is really sleek and elegant as well as sturdy and easy to use. You can't see inside though so I have no idea (except judging by weight and sound) of how much I've used or what the product actually looks like. I'd say the best thing about this is the smell. I think you'll all know how hopeless I am at describing smells but this to me is a really lasting, professional non-sweet, non-fruity hairdressersy smell. See, hopeless.
I apply around 6 sprays all over my hair from a few inches from the roots and brush through. As for what is does to my hair: I'm not going to lie- there aren't miracles. My flat, straight hair isn't immediately transformed into voliminous beach waves. It does however make my hair a bit grungier (dry in a good way if you will)- still healthy but easier to style. It also holds in place anything I do do with my hair. I really like putting this in freshly washed hair and letting it dry naturally then putting it in a top knot over night as I actually have a bit of volume and wave (woop!). Its also really nice used when blow dried too. The only downside of this product is that it can make the ends a bit straw like so if your hair is already damaged I'd maybe steer clear.
Overall, I really like this product and the fact I'm using it almost every time I wash my hair says a lot. I will definitely repurchase.
Have you tried this? What other salt sprays do you recommend?
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
It stuck me a few days ago that I hardly ever do OOTD's and since I do like to have a bit of fashion incorporated here and there with beauty and a heap of other random stuff, I set about getting some pictured. I hope you'll excuse the fact I photographed all 3 of my autumn OOTD's (#2 & #3 coming in the next few weeks!) in the one day. I almost never have the time (or the lighting) to take a picture of the outfit I'm wearing that day so just do a kind of lookbook and divide them up.
What I love most about this outfit is the colours. The light mocha/ mauve colour harmonizes so nicely with the burgundy and both are perfect autumn colours. I hardly ever wear any of the two maxi skirts I own and really should make the effort to as they're really comfortable and still on trend. I went for quite a casual look with this basic top but the outfit could be made fancier by the addition of jewellery and accessories (I was planning on adding a belt but the brown I had didn't go). I'm actually also wearing my own ring from Accessorize (even though you can't see it) which is so cute and again, perfect for this time of year. Isn't it weird how you associate different animals and colours with different seasons? Also, for those of you who are interested, the makeup look I'm wearing here will be posted next Tuesday.
Hope you're having a good day so far!
Thursday, 3 October 2013
Included in the toss pile were a few orange poweders, mascaras which had gone off, questionable shades of eyeshadows (lime green anyone?) and kiddy/ play makeup. I think its important not to hold onto things you aren't going to use because someone else might be able to get some use out of them.
How do you store your makeup?
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Monday, 30 September 2013
Here we have the simplest of the simple: a straight blow dry side parted style. Although I do like the look of this in general, for me its quite impractical as my hair always goes in my eyes/ covers my face and it does my head in. I have lately been considering getting a side fringe but I'm worried the hairdresser would do it 'choppy' rather than 'sweeping' and blending gradually into my hair. Don't you just love the technical terms of hair?
To solve this 'half the face covered' problem, I popped in a little white rose kirby accessory (which Melanie very kindly sent me!). Admittedly, it is more of a summer accessory, but since I'm still a little peeved at how short summer was, I'm hanging onto every last drop of it! I do think it looks really pretty though and although I haven't specifically spotted the likes of this on the A/W catwalk, I think its a good alternative to the complicated mini buns and side plaits. I wear my hair kirbied when its down on an everyday basis so maybe I should switch it up a little and wear a cute accessory like this.
An alternative hair-down style is this swept look. It seems to be everywhere just now but I haven't quite mastered it. If I were to wear it out it would just flop. I'm mind boggled at how people's hair stays in place like this without falling into a shed (defying gravity anyone?). I think I'd need a whole lot more product and back colmbing to have even a chance. Let me know in the comments if you have any tips/ insider info on how to work this style.
The Fishtail Plait
Next up, a side fishtail braid. I've loved this style ever since it surfaced over a year ago and its popping up again everywhere this season. Its an interesting alternative to the run of the mill plait and is so simple to do once you get the hang of it. All you do it divide your hair into two sections and alternatively take small strands from each side and cross them over to the other. (Google a video tutorial if that makes no sense!). For a messier look, I tugged loose the braid and added the white rose kirby. I also like this style as it really highlights my ombre.
The Up Do
Ok so admittedly, I didn't see one high ponytail while browsing fall hair trends, but I couldn't not include this as it is pretty much my go-to. Its simple, super quick and again, makes the ends of my hair contrast nicely with the top. I have a similar tutorial on it here (excuse the onesie).
This style incorporates two of the big hair trends of the moment: the bun and the braid (that sounds like a film!). Its super simple to achieve: just plait a high pony normally and twist into a bun. Its a versatile style and if you wanted to make it more relaxed and messy just partly pull bits out.
The Low Ponytail
Search 'fall 2013 hair trends' and pretty much every second result will be a sleek low ponytail with some sort of plait incorporated. I went for a simple plait to one side and tied it all at the nape of my neck. I then pushed the pony through itself to create this more intricate looking style. Whilst I like this for being elegant and something different, I probably wouldn't wear it on an everyday basis. I guess I'm scarred by my middle shed low ponys of my childhood haha.
What is your favourite hair style this season?
Sunday, 29 September 2013
Friday, 27 September 2013
I'm getting stuck into my autumn bucket list (here) with something fairly simple- burn my candles! I don't know about you, but I think candles are quite a wintery thing and I hardly use them in summer. Therefore, by this time of year, I'm extremely excited to get back into them.
I currently have a set of tealights from Wilkinson (possibly orange and ginger) which look cute in my little candle holders- but don't have much of a scent- if any. Then, I have this pink Ikea one which smells nice and has lasted ages. I'm actually really picky when it comes to candle scents- I only like about 10% of those I smell when shopping for them. I am also really easily frustrated when candles burn at an angle and leave loads of unused wax around the sides. Enter Copenhagen Candle Company with their three-wick bad boys. I bought the Fig & Herb one from TKMaxx last winter and burned it heaps- and I still have half left for this year. The smell is gorgeous and literally fills the whole house. I was gutted when I went back to TKMaxx and there were none left. Then, during summer, I saw that they had returned and couldn't say no to this Strawberry one- I can't wait to burn it but I'm saving it till I've finished the others.
What's your favourite brand and scent of candles?
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Wearing Baby Lips