Sunday, 30 March 2014
Finally we are coming up to the end of March, and the clocks went forward yesterday evening in the UK (or should I say sprung forward), which means we have officially reached Spring- yay sun. So my beauty favourites this month are predominantly quite Spring inspired, though I have to admit I'd probably use them all year round anyway. My favourites are actually mostly new products that I've bought this month and loved/a general beauty staple I've had for a fair while now.
So first and foremost it's my Mac pigment pot in Vanilla. What can I say, I absolutely adore it. I know some people don't like too much shimmer and like matte eyeshadows or brow highlighters, but Vanilla is my absolute staple by far. Just a touch of it in the inner corner of your eye really opens it up and it's really nice and reflective from the shimmer. It's sort of a white creamy colour with pink shimmer/undertones. So goes really well if doing a purple smokey eye.
Next is a newbie to the collection-the Clinque Cheek pop in Plum pop. It's a really nice bright pink, with a slight shimmer not too overpowering. It looks deceiving from the colour that it would be really pigmented, but it's actually quite buildable, so you don't have to be too cautious when putting it on your brush. The slight shimmer means it acts a bit as a highlighter if you want a bit of a sheen on a summer's day.
This Max Factor Calorie 2000 mascara was my attempt at trying to find a cheaper alternative to YSL false lash effect mascara- which everyone knows is heavy on the purse strings and by the time you've taken it out of it's packaging excitedly undoing the lid for its first use, it's already dried out. Though the calorie 2000 doesn't lengthen or curl your lashes as well, it does have longevity and is really good at volumising and thickening. So definitely a good alternative when you feel a bit disillusioned with the bank loan you've had to take out just to keep up with your YSL habit.
Last, but by no means least of all, is the NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Mexican Rose, a bright fushia colour. As we all know matte finishes are a bit harsh for the warmer weather, so this is a perfect alternative if you want colour, longevity, shine, and high impact. This lip pencil literally lasts all day. Obviously it loses the gloss side of things, but the colour hugs your lips for hours, so really good for an evening out if you don't want to keep reapplying.
Have any of you used these products,if so let me know what you think of them!
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Cara Delevingne has been hot property for the last 18 months or so now, so I thought who better to base a celebrity inspired make up look on than her. Cara does often rock a bare face, and pulls it off better than probably the rest of us ever would, but she has had some flawless make up over the years, but the one the caught my eye the most was her cover on Love magazine, inspired by the legend that is Kate Moss.
For the Base:
- Nars sheerglow foundation in Light 5
- Collection 2000 concealer in Fair
- Gosh Prep'n' Prime powder
- Sleek contour kit in medium
- Hush cream blush from MAC
- Urban Decay primer Potion Original
- Urban Decay Buck (also in Naked pallette)
- MAC Grain
- MAC Embark
- MAC Amber Lights
- MAC Shroom
- MAC Brule
- MAC Coppering
- Maybelline 24hr cream liner in 02 Brown
- Urban Decay 24hr liquid liner in Eldorado
- Bodyshop Eyebrow kit in Brown/Black
- Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara in Brown/ Black
- MAC cherry lip liner
- MAC So chaud
- MAC Vegas Volt
- Myabelline colour sensational lipgloss in Orange
1) Start by using a MAC 217 and taking the colour Buck across the crease right out to the edge of your brow and bringing it down to the end of your eye making a V shape.
2) Take the same colour under your eye a good few MMs from the edge of your eye.
3) Using a MAC 239 pack Grain onto your lid.
4) Take Coppering and using a 231 brush take it under the eye above where you placed Buck, blend using a 217.
5) Using a 231 brush place Amber Lights in the inner corner of your eye.
6) Take Embark under your eye to make it slightly darker than the top, blending with a 217.
7) Line your eye, on the waterline and slightly below with the maybelline cream liner in brown, using an angled brush, on the top part of the lid create a small flick at the end.
8) Just above where you have your brown eyeliner on your lid, take the Eldorado liner and place a thin line following the top of your brown liner, excluding the flick.
9) Just inside where you have placed Amber Lights,place a small amount of shroom to catch the light, and highlight your browbone with Brule.
10) Curl lashes and coat with Max Factor false lash effect mascara in Brown Black.
1) Line your lip with cherry, blending it in with your finger.
2) First use a layer of So Chaud on your lips, for the red in the picture, then take Vegas Volt and place that over the top to enchance the orange.
3) Finish with a sheen of Colour sensational gloss in Orange.
Now you can look like Cara, minus the nudity and the bath!
Sunday, 23 March 2014
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Thursday, 13 March 2014
Ok, so it seems only right that my first official beauty blog post should be dedicated to a life long passion of mine, MAC lipsticks. It is something that my friends know me all too well for, and an addiction I have suffered from for the last 6 years, but not one I'm looking to remedy anytime soon. Now I've tried all the other make-up brands, from Chanel, to Rimmel, Nars, the list goes on, however, something always seems to bring me back to MAC. I think something that MAC offers in this respect as opposed to other brands is a variety of finishes, as well as a vast array of different shades. I think, so far to date, my collection is in the late 20's, reaching the 30 mark, and I'm sure once I've hit this milestone I'll celebrate by buying yet another MAC lipstick (happy birthday?).
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Though it is clear that not everyone feels like this, and if you don't then you are one of the lucky few; however, from having cross-referenced some of my friends and other people I have met along the way, post university life is daunting. I first thought about this whilst watching Jim Chapman's YouTube video, where he drew his life, explaining a similar feeling when he left university. Suddenly you are taken from the regimented, progressive academic life you had gotten used to, into the 'real' world of jobs, and even more daunting- 'careers'. I think the predominant sense of dread comes not from leaving your friends (the good ones will stay in touch), or from getting to go to Reflex every other night (hangovers start to get tiresome-eventually), but from not knowing what it is that you WANT to do. Want here being the operative word. Getting onto Graduate Schemes is first and foremost, very competitive, and secondly, very time consuming- so to undertake them in itself is a big commitment. These sorts of commitments, whilst you are slaving away in the library for your dissertation so much that you start to resemble an extra in 28 Days Later, are ones that take a lot of forethought and dedication. It is because of this that many students opt out of this sort of commitment, the downside being that you are left wondering what is that you really want to do when you leave the concrete jungle of your University Campus.
The danger after you leave university is to jump unwavering feet first into any job, because your parents would have told you time and again, the job market is tough. Whilst this is true, many mistakes can be made from this attitude- and you can end up in a job that wasn't meant for you, inevitably facing the more frightening decision to leave that job and start in pastures new. Though I can empathize with echoing thoughts of 'any job is good at this stage'-we all need pocket money to fund the next Gin and Tonic (OK, so we haven't taken a complete hiatus from alcohol)- I think that people have started to forget the importance of passion and love for what you do. Some people find this earlier on, so never get to face this stage of purgatory, and some people will go into a job that has a career, perhaps isn't what they want to do, but it's OK for them, and others- like myself- are left pondering what direction to go in.
The message here, perhaps contradicting the initial tone of this Blogpost, is not bleak. On the contrary, it is one filled with optimism. Though it may be a long road ahead, what recent graduates have the opportunity to do is find their passion, and it is from this you will derive your direction in life. A career is not a job, it is a lifetime dedicated to a profession, and what worth is that if not something you are invested in spending your life doing- and something you will be content with. Though some passions may seem more 'unrealistic' than others, if it is something you are truly passionate about you will succeed. I'm sure many of you are familiar with Steve Jobs, who said that the 'only way to do great work is to love what you do', and from this the fruits of your labour will start to appear. Find what it is that you are passionate about, what you love to do, and once you have found this you are well on your way.