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Sunday, 28 April 2013

smokey eye tutorial

Hey everyone! I love wearing smokey eye makeup to add some drama to a look, and here's a little tutorial on how I achieve the look.

The Products:

The Steps:

Step 1: Prime

Using Trish McEvoy's Eye Base Essentials in Bare, I run it over my eyelid with the applicator before quickly blending it in with my finger.

Step 2: Eyeshadow

Using a regular eyeshadow brush, apply the medium brown shade to the centre of the lid

Use a crease brush to add the darkest colour to the outside v of the eye, running it a little through your crease before blending with a fluffy brush.

Taking the lightest brown colour, use a fluffy brush to add it to the inside corners of the eye and blend outwards. I've chosen to soften the eyeshadow a lot here, but you can change this depending on how dramatic you want the look to be by not blending as much and/or using less of the lighter eyeshadow. I've also used a little bit of the pale pink shade on my brow bone and inner corner of my eye to look more awake and give it more of a 'pop'.

Step 3: Eyeliner

To line the eyes, I took my By Terry Khol in Bronze Generation- a green/black with gold flecks- and used a flat-edged eyeliner brush to line all along the upper lash line. Using a colour other than black to line the eyes softens the look and, depending on the shade, can make your eye colour really stand out.

Once the upper lash line is done, take a black eyeliner- I used my MAC Powerpoint- and line just less than a third along the lower lashes of the outside corner. To finish the eyeliner, tight line (line the waterline) a bit further along than you did on your lashes- about a third of the way across- and take the eyeliner just to the very outer corner waterline of the upper lashes to create a more seamless look.

Step 4: Mascara

The very lash thing you need to do to complete a smokey eye is mascara. Just add a couple of coats to the upper and lower lashes- I used Maybelline The Falsies- and you're all set to go!

This is my favourite way to wear smokey eyes, and I hope it helps :)
Let me know what you think in the comments

Saturday, 20 April 2013

coral lip crush> Mac coral bliss

This year, it seems the number 1 colour trend has been coral. Clothes, nails, blush, lips- you can't avoid it- and my particular favourite colour products is Mac's Lipstick in Coral Bliss.

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MAC describes this shade as a frosted light coral, but to me it's more of a peachy, papaya coral. I love how I can wear this during the daytime as it is, or mattify it with invisible setting powder as a little colour on my lips without being too obvious, and then carry it on into the night by adding a gloss or lip lacquer for a sheenier, shinier look.

I always apply lipstick after using a lip scrub- I use a homemade one or the Lush bubblegum scrub- so the end look is as smooth and clean as possible. I love MAC lipsticks as they are super pigmented meaning you don't have to use a lot of it to get the desired colour. However, I do find myself having to re-apply this lipstick around every 4 hours, which is a little annoying.

For a very coral- based look, on a spring day I would team this lipstick with pinky-brown smokey eyes, peach blush and a cute up-do or half up-do. For clothes, I would wear a long coral knitted cardigan and a cream tank top with coral or pink  floral or tie-dye jeans on colder days or pink cut-off shorts on warmer days.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

5 of the best> swimwear for girls

Nannette Lepore Tec-Porcelain Toile Stargazer Bikini: Top | Bottom
Seventh Woderland Campari Knot Bikini: Set
Nasty Gal Block Party Bikini: Top | Bottom
Victoria's Secret Very Secret Pink Geo Chain: Top | Bottom
Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Lace Up: One Piece

With a hit of sun and heat in England the last couple of days, I've started to dare to hope that summer is coming. Consequently, the beach and swimming also popped into my head so I compiled a list for you of my top 5 swimwear pieces for summer 2013.

1) I'm loving all sorts of prints this year, and this one looks so gorgeous and summer, with bright floral patterns and matching striped ribbing.

2) This bikini set is stunning, and full of different prints. I think it looks like a girlier take on tribal fashion, with a black belt with gold details on the bottoms adding a slight edge to the ensemble.

3) Possibly my favourite look out of the 5, this one from Nasty Gal uses block colours perfectly. I especially like how both the top and bottom are thicker than the average bikini and I think it'll suit those not as comfortable wearing a tiny string bikini but still want a two-piece.

4) A more demure bikini in mostly monochrome with hints of colour in the striped ribbing is perfect for those wanting a pretty but more mature beach look.

5) For girls wanting to cover up, this one-piece from Victoria's Secret is such a great in-between. With removable straps around the neck, a full, flattering front in this bright turquoise embroidered material but with a twist from the lace up back in a matching-but-clashing (does that make sense? probably not) peachy coral colour, it would suit anyone wanting a fun, flirty swimsuit.

Friday, 12 April 2013

interview with Adela-Mae

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Adela-Mae, an incredibly talented 15 year old singer, songwriter, piano and guitar player based in the south of England. She talks about new competitions, her love of music, and- of course- fashion and beauty.

So Adela, when did you first start being interested in music, and was there something that prompted you?
Well, I’ve always been interested in music, and I’ve been singing for a long time. I played guitar since I was 6 and piano since I was 12. So, I suppose what really prompted me was the music that was played around my house but it started to become more serious for me when I started posting videos on YouTube and performing in front of people. For example, last year I entered Talentcall which is the leading talent contest in the Southwest and I got to the finals.

Wow, congratulations! Tell me more about the competition you are competing in this year.
The competition is called Teen Star, which is in coalition with Open Mic, which has discovered the likes of Birdy and Lucy Spraggan from last year’s X-Factor UK. I’m performing in the regional finals and it will give me the opportunity to expose myself to industry experts. If I’m lucky enough to get through to the finals, I will be performing the O2 in London, which will be an amazing experience.

What are some of the prizes up for grabs in Teen Star?
Throughout the competition it’s possible to win studio time and music lessons. The overall winner can win up to £5000 and gain exposure through which can be used to start a career in music.

£5000?! What would you buy with that kind of money?
I'd probably put it towards buying One Direction! No, on a serious note, I would love to use it to record my own EP and eventually bring it out on iTunes.

Who influences your music?
I’m really influenced by lots of music styles because my family seems to listen to every possible genre, but I favour acoustic music, singer/songwriters like Ed Sheeran and bands like The Script.

An X-Factor type question, but who do you want to be as famous as?
I would love to be as famous as Beyonce. Because you should always be yourself, unless you can be Beyonce. Always be Beyonce!

What is your 'back-up plan', if singing didn't work out for you?
If I didn’t become a professional performer, I would go into media or fashion journalism (my kinda gal!) because I like to express myself through words.

How do you think your friends would describe you?
My friends would probably describe me as random or spontaneous, and friendly and caring as I make it my priority to be there for my friends (yes, that includes you Sarah!)

Seeing as this is a beauty and fashion blog, I just have to ask you a couple more questions...

What is your number 1 beauty tip?
My number one beauty tip is to always drink lots and lots and lots of water and green tea because water is great for the skin and green tea helps detox the body.

Definitely, staying hydrated is so important. Who is your absolute favourite style crush?
Miranda Kerr! She’s just amazing at taking classic looks and making them accessible for everyday looks.

Thank you Adela for taking the time to answer these questions, it was lovely to have you! I wish you all the best with Teen Star and a future in the music industry.

If you want to keep up with Adela, you can do so here:

Facebook: Adela-Mae
Twitter: @AdelaMae_
Instagram: @AdelaMae_
Trendabl: @AdelaMae_

Monday, 8 April 2013

evening skincare routine


What I do:

1) Pour a little Blephasol onto a cotton pad. Hold it there for 10 seconds then wipe out to the sides. Use the damp opposite side of the cotton pad to gently rub the lower and upper lash lines to help with dry eyes and alleviate irritation, redness and general not-niceness going on in my eyes.

2) Squeeze about 2 pea sizes of Elemis gentle rose onto my fingertips and exfoliate my face. I tend to focus most on my T-Zone, especially my nose although I'm not sure why, as that is where I get most spots and want to clear the skin cells and dirt around there for the next steps to really work.

3) Pat my face dry and squeeze a small amount of Liz Earle's famous hot cloth cleanser onto my fingers to massage into my skin. Once I feel it's well rubbed in, I run warm water over my Liz Earle muslin cloth and wash away the dirt and cleanser, moving the cloth in small, circular motions. I then rinse some warm water over myself  to make sure everything's gone, and end by splashing cold water on my face to close up my pores again.

4) I now move onto my serum, and use Trish McEvoy's beauty booster serum which helps minimise any lines I may have (hopefully I don't have any at this age anyway, but it's hard to find a serum that doesn't claim to do this!) and enhance my complexion. I rub 4-5 drops of this between my hands then massage into the skin on my face and neck in long, upward motions from the middle of my face. 
* If I'm using Alpha H that night, I will do this step after that.

5) I alternate each night between using my favourite Lush face mask and the Alpha H liquid gold as the liquid gold can be too drying to use every night. If I'm using the mask, I apply a generous amount over my face and leave it there for 5-10 minutes, before washing it off with warm water and a flannel. On the other hand, if I'm using my Alpha H I will pour it onto a cotton pad and simply wipe it all over my face, wait for it to become dry to the touch and continue with my routine.

6) Now is the time I use my moisturiser. I am currently using Caudalie's vinosource for sensitive skin, which I'm really liking. It doesn't trigger any breakouts, keeps my skin well hydrated without being oily and has a really nice creamy, smooth, not sticky and not too rich feeling and consistency. I apply this very much the same as I do my beauty booster serum.

7) At this stage, rub a little bit of Bio-Oil over any scars I have (one from cutting my hand in wood work, one from badly burning myself on my curling tongs, and any others I find) and using my Lush bubblegum lip scrub, which I reviewed here

8) My 8th and final step is to rub a little bit of lip balm on- Burt's Bees is my current favourite although I haven't photographed it- then get into bed in my pyjamas.

Hope you enjoyed seeing what I do at night, and feel free to let me know of any of your staple skincare products or link to your skincare regimen posts if you have done one.
Sweet dreams and goodnight 

Sunday, 7 April 2013

d.i.y> cucumber and avocado moisturising face mask

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Here is a super quick and easy all-natural moisturising face mask you can use 1-3 times a week for softer, more hydrated skin.


  • 1/2 cup chopped avocado
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons powdered milk
optionally, you can also add a teaspoon of honey for extra moisture or approximately 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice for some spot-fighting zest.


Simpy put all the ingredients in a blender and blend together until you get a smooth, paste-like consistency. You can either use this straight away or store in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of days.


Massage two tablespoons of the mixture onto your face and neck in small, circular motions. Lay back and relax for half an hour or until the mask is completely dry, then rinse off with warm water. Follow this by splashing cold water on your face to close the pores and continue with your normal skincare routine. For extra freshness (and cliché-ness) pop two cucumber circles on top of your eyes to help with dark circles and bags.

Hope you enjoy this face mask, and let me know if you have any home made skincare solutions

Friday, 5 April 2013

first impressions> Jouer matte moisture tint

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint : £29

After seeing such rave reviews on other beauty blogs about Jouer Cosmetics matte moisture tint, I let myself splurge a little and ordered it off Cult Beauty. I'm a pretty firm believer in that you get what you paid for, so I was hoping shelling out £30 on a tinted moisturiser would be worth it, especially seeing as it's probably the most important part of my everyday makeup routine.

When I opened the package, the first thing I noticed was the lovely packaging. It's very minimalistic and simple that, to me, conveys elegance and class. As with all Jouer products, the design is very easy to read, and the plastic-y tube feels really nice and seems to be relatively smudge-proof, which is a must for a perfectionist like me as I hate messy products.

The shade I purchased was porcelain as I have fair skin and that was their lightest shade. I must admit, I was slightly worried when I ordered this as I wasn't sure whether the colour would be too yellow-toned for my' English rose'-esque skin, but this turned out to be of no consequence. As soon as I swatched a little bit of the moisture tint just above my collar bone (this is how I always choose my foundation shade if I'm doing it myself as it's the closest match to your face colour than any other part of your body) I could see that it blended perfectly with my natural skin tone and proceeded to apply it all over my face.

I squeezed a small pea sized amount onto my hand and applied it using my fingers to dot the product over my face then blending it in with the Real Techniques buffing brush. The picture above shows what my skin looked like with just the matte moisture tint, a slick of lip balm and a coat of mascara on. The formula itself feels very creamy and, as with most matte products, had that smooth, velvety feeling to it. I would say this has medium coverage, but it's super easy to build up if need be without looking caked on as a lot of foundations and tinted moisturisers start to do.

I found that this tinted moisturiser lasted all day- approximately 8:30am to 10:00pm- even with my oily skin, and I didn't have to worry about shine at all, which is an absolute God send for me.

Overall, this is one product I'm so happy I splashed out on as it looks pretty and makes you want to show it off on your dressing table instead of hiding it away at the bottom of a bag. It gives me perfect coverage, feels light and stays on all day long. For a girl that has shied away from tinted moisturisers for fear of shine and just generally not doing what I want my face products to do, I have to say that Jouer have gotten the formula for success 100% right with this one.

Have you tried any Jouer products or other tinted moisturisers that you absolutely love?

Thursday, 4 April 2013

review> Lush bubblegum lip scrub

So many blogs seem to be reviewing this product recently, and I remembered purchasing it a while ago so I thought I may as well jump on the band wagon!

Using a lip scrub is a much gentler way of buffing your lips to get rid of dead skin than the ol' toothbrush trick. With a toothbrush, it is much easier to scrub to much and end up peeling away some new skin, making your lips red and raw. Plus, lip scrubs are cuter, nicer smelling, and these ones are edible!

These lip scrubs cost £5.25, which is quite expensive for a little 25g pot of something you could make with things in your home. However, you are paying for people to make this so you don't have to, and the gorgeous scents and flavours that Lush always provides and that you might not be able to recreate.
The scent I got was Bubblegum, but it's also described as Candy Floss, which is slightly confusing and misleading also I don't suppose there's much difference between the two. Bubblegum is a very sugary sweet, girly flavour and the pink colouring just adds to the effect. This is great for me because I like my sweet smells, but there are other scents such as Popcorn and Mint Julips for all you savoury gals out there.

Coming on to the actual polishing/ buffing/ scrubbing powers of this, it does do it's job. I dip my finger in the pot then rub the sugar into my lips in small circular motions then lick off the excess- my favourite part - and my lips feel lovely and perfectly soft and smooth. The scrub is quite dry, meaning the sugar is hardly held together by the jojoba oil in it and comes apart as you rub it in. This isn't too much of a problem as long as you make sure you scrub all over your lips- no point having smooth lips on only one half- and it's probably made that way so the scrub doesn't get too sticky.

After using this, I wipe my lips with a tissue to make sure I don't have any sugar or dead skin still hanging on ( gross, I know) then put on a refreshing coat of lip balm before applying any other lip products.

Overall, I like everthing about this scrub except the price. I think this is a great scrub to keep at home for when your lips look super dry and don't have a lot of time, but it could be fun- and cheaper- to have a go at making your own.

Monday, 1 April 2013

this is not an April fools

Vaseline. We've all heard of it. Most of us have a pot of it at home, in one of the cupboards. We use it on dry skin, chapped lips, anywhere really that we remember our parents telling us to put it when we were younger. But did you know of another use for Vaseline? A 'more mature', 'grown-up' way of using this gel-like formula? 

I can hazard a guess at what the dirtier minded of you are thinking, and no, it's not that! It is, in fact, using it as eyeshadow primer. I realise how strange this sounds, but if you've run out of your favourite Urban Decay Primer Potion, or Benefit Lemon Aid, how about rubbing a teensy-tiny bit of Vaseline on your eyelids? As well as keeping your eyeshadow last all day and not crease up, it still does it's traditional job of keeping our skin well moisturised and hydrated. Just make sure it's properly soaked into your lids, otherwise things could get a bit 'gloopy'! (eww..)

Do you have any surprising beauty tips?