Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Nighttime Smoky Eye

So today I wanted to share with you my favourite nighttime smoky eye look. It's the look I generally go for when I go for a night out. It's fairly quick and very simple which is definitely what I need seeing as I seem to always be running late!

I start off using the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in 'Greed'. I've found that it really does increase the lasting time of the eyeshadow, and I get no creases either which is always a plus!

I then use my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette for the rest of the look:

I start with 'Bootycall all over the lid up to the brow and in the inner corner.

I then line the upper lid and outline my crease about halfway with 'YDK' and blend.

I finish the look with 'Snakebite' to create the final smoky eye here and blend. I find that I really need to buff it out so it doesn't look too 'drawn on'.

For the whole look I use the brush that comes with the palette as it seems to work well, and it means if I am away from home for the night I don't have to carry along extras brushes etc. 

After the I then use the Urban Decay 24/7 waterproof eyeliner  on my mower lash line and apply mascara and fill in my brows with my Clinique eyebrow pencil.

I hope you like this look! As I said, it's so quick and simple to do, you can't really go wrong with it. I love the smoothness of Urban Decay eyeshadows, and I know that the eyeshadows are what Urban Decay are renowned for.

I'm also planning a review of the Primer potion, so keep an eye out!

You can buy the eyeshadow primer here, and the naked 2 palette here

Monday, 29 July 2013

Motivational Monday #3

Here is my Motivational Monday for this week!

I've not posted in the last 2 weeks because I've had my tonsils out (so gross) and I've been a bit useless. However, I am hopefully back to regular posting from this week.

I think this post is quite relevant at the moment. Everyone worries and I know I am what with trying to organise moving into my new student house and trying to get myself sorted for September, it's insane how much reading I have to do!

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Blue and Glitter Barry M nails

I reviewed the glitter Barry M nail varnish in a separate post last week. I love this blue, it's  a nice, bright summery colour but without being too in you face. You have to excuse the messy fingers, I was in such a rush to get the pictures before I smudged my nails!

Both polishes are Barry M, the blue is 'Cyan Blue' and it really does remind me of blue printer ink. The first coat was a little bit streaky, but the second made a full coverage. The glitter is Barry M's 'Amethyst Glitter'. I picked both of these up from Boots. The Cyan Blue was bought a few months ago and the glitter was bought about 2 weeks ago.

I have had so many compliments on these nails, it's always nice to be told you made something look good.

And of course, I used my trusty Seche Vite topcoat.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Motivational Monday #2

Hi all! Here's my 2nd Motivational Monday post!

I think this is a good thing to remember, sometimes you just need to take a deep breath and smile, it really does make you feel better.

Ps- apologies for the late post, I scheduled it for Tuesday morning! 'Motivational Tuesday' doesn't quite have the same ring does it?

Review: Origins' 'Zero Oil'

This is just a quick review today! I was wandering around The Cosmetics Store in my local Designer Outlet the other day and I came across Origins' Zero Oil. 

Now, I've looked at this product a few times, and I've picked it up a few times too. But each time I've always put it back assuming it wouldn't do anything then regretted it immediately afterwards. I was quite wrong...

I got this a little bit cheaper than it's RRP, the shop I got it from sells (I think) batch ends and products when the packaging isn't quite right. However, it's normally £13 for 18ml. Which sounds pricey but this is to be used so, so sparingly. 

I have fairly good skin, but it is combination skin so I generally get a bit oily around my nose which I am very self-conscious of. I wear glasses most of the time (because I can't be bothered taking them on and off, I sometimes wish those chains on the glasses arms that librarians always seem to have were fashionable) so I feel that the attention is brought to my nose area.

When it originally comes out of the box it has a clear-ish liquid inside with a white layer a the bottom of the bottle. It needs mixing really well in order to mix all the ingredients. This took my a good few minutes at first use. 

Now I wasn't expecting the liquid to be so liquid-y (I know, it sounds silly) but it is just like a cloudy water. I first dropped a little bit on the back of my hand to take a picture of it. And it ended up like this...

Not quite what I had hoped for.

I have read other reviews that claimed the product felt gritty when they rubbed it into their skin but I had nothing like that at all, it was just like rubbing a scented water into my face. 

I did try and apply this with my fingers but I would recommend applying it with a cotton wool pad or a sponge. I applied this under my makeup, instead of primer. 

I'm not going to say this is a miracle product because, quite frankly, I don't think it is. However, this doesn't mean that I don;t think it is a good product. It does seem to reduce oiliness on my face for an extra 2-3 hours compared to when I don't use it. And it does last longer than my primer seems to. This means there is less makeup application throughout the day which is always a plus. Also- this didn't irritate my skin or make my skin feel dry or dehydrated which is always a worry with products that claim to reduce oiliness. 

I would recommend this product to anyone who has problems with oily skin and I think when used in conjunction with other products it may well become a wonder product. 

You can find this on the Origins site here. Or you should be able to pick it up at any Origins counter. 

Saturday, 6 July 2013

I'm loving: Leopard Print Nails

I love leopard print. Leopard print clothes, leopard print phone covers, leopard print bedding. You name it, I love it. But what I absolutely adore is leopard print nails. It doesn't matter if they match your outfit because they're meant to look different. They add a pop of colour, bringing attention to my perfectly painted talons which look like I've spent hours creating works of art on my finger tips.

What I don't admit it that I can actually do leopard print nails quicker than a single nail colour.
When painting my nails one colour I like the coats to be smooth and even, devoid of any dents or smudges. However, the beauty of leopard print nails is that I can have dents, and smudges, and no one will notice because my nails look so busy and, quite frankly, beautiful.  I have now perfected the leopard print nail into a 12 minute job, from start to finish.

My favourite leopard print combo is either pastel, or neon. I don't think you can go wrong with either.
To create this luscious leopard print I use: Seche Clear Base Coat, Models Own 'Apple Pie', Models Own 'Lilac Dream', Models Own nail pen in black, and a top coat of Seche Vite.

I mentioned in my post last week that I really like Models Own nail varnish. I think the consistency is smooth and the colour is always a nice coverage after 2 coats, especially in the pastels like I used here. And of course no nail look is ever complete without my trusty Seche Vite.

From plain nails to Leopard Print love.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Review: Barry M 'Amethyst Glitter'

A couple of weeks ago I bought this Barry M nail varnish. I was walking through Boots with my friend when I saw it out of the corner of my eye. 

Of course I exclaimed that I loved it, and I needed it. 

To which my friend replied 'Do you actually need it Annabelle? You have glitter nail varnish'

I then had to explain why this nail polish was different, how the size of the glitter pieces were smaller and the colours used were different. 

So off I popped to the till with the Nail polish in hand, a smile on my face and a bemused friend behind me. 

You see, the thing is, this nail varnish is different. It's my first ever Barry M glitter shade. I have a love-hate relationship with glitter nail polish. On one hand it looks beautiful and sparkles and shines. But on the other it's a pain to get off and if every piece of glitter isn't flat it scratches. 

This nail varnish is beautiful. It's filled with purple, silver, pink and blue glitter pieces and reminds me of tiny little jewels in the bottle. 

It applied really well. I find Barry M nail varnishes a little bit gloopy but they're okay as long as you work quickly. I quite like this though as it means there's a quicker drying time, and I hate waiting for my nails to dry.

I used 2 coats. The first coat was nice and sheer but I wanted a fuller coverage. I had painted the nail underneath so this added a background colour. If you want a complete coverage I would recommend at least 3 coats.

As you can see, it really glitters and I've had some compliments on my nails since having the colour on. I would definitely invest in more Barry M glitter polishes, especially if they're as pretty as this one.

For a full blog post on how what look I went for with this polish check back next week!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

My Everyday Face

Don't you think 'Everyday Face' is such an odd phrase? Surely your bare face is your everyday face...? (Just a quick thought for you all!)

However, this is the combination of products that I use everyday in order to create my normal look. These are the pure basics, products that I use when I'm nipping to meet friends or running errands. When I go for a night out or shopping etc I add extra things in like a primer or eye shadow or bronzer.

Normally I like a basic look, with emphasis on lashings of mascara.

 As you can see I use a range of products including Benefit, Mac, Nars, Urban Decay, 17 and Clinique. My tools of choice are Real Techniques brushes. I'll start from the beginning...

I start with 'Boing' concealer by Benefit in 02 Medium. I've tried the erase paste by Benefit and to be honest, I was not a fan at all. Boing, however, is a completely different story. I originally bought this in New York in March 2012, and think it's fabulous, it has been re-purchased many times. I use it around my eyes and to cover up any pimples.  Unfortunately I come from a family who seem to show very clearly how tired they are around their eyes, but I am hoping my bags fade as I get older (my Sister doesn't have bags under her eyes).

Next I use my trusted 'Hello Flawless' Benefit foundation in Honey. I bought this in New York at the same time as the concealer just before it was released in the UK. It's so great and feels so lightweight on my skin. As you can see, my current bottle looks ready to run out so I may pop up a complete review of it in the next couple of weeks.

I then set this with my MAC sheer/ loose powder in NC5. I've used this since I started applying my make up properly. Although I've tried other products I always come back to this. I love the matte effect it gives yet it reflects the light off my face. The colour is meant to be 'transparent'.

After this I brighten my face with my beloved NARS blusher, 'Gilda'. I originally bought this after weeks of essays at A-Level and needed something to cheer myself up. I cannot even explain how much I love this blusher, I nearly cried when I hit the pan. It can be put on sheer for a subtle daytime look or layered for a more sophisticated nighttime look. 

Now, I spend more time on my eyes than the rest of my face. I line my bottom lids with my Urban Decay 24/7 waterproof eyeliner in 'Perversion'. I use waterproof because I have a horrible habit of rubbing my eyes and I like my eyeliner to last all day.

I start on my lashes with 'They're Real!' mascara by Benefit. I love this to separate and lengthen my lashes. I then finish with a coat of 'Falsifeye' by 17 to add volume. I think my eyelashes are quite short but since cutting them off twice after eyelash curler disasters I don't like to do much to them.

I finish with my Clinique 'Instant lift for brows' in Medium brown (my natural hair colour). I have only just started shading my eyebrows in so use the darker end very lightly shade in sparse parts of my brow. I don't take it right to the inner ends as the colour is slightly too dark and I end up with the dreaded slug-brows. I then use the highlighter just under the arch of my brow. This is the first brow product I have used and have seen some brow kits I'm interested in.

I use my Real Technique brushes for my everyday face. I use the smallest brush to buff my foundation in, sometimes I use a foundation brush to apply my foundation first. I use the big fluffy brush to apply my MAC powder and the blusher brush for the blusher.

So, there's a run-down of my everyday face. It's a long post but I like to see the products other people use, hopefully you like to see the same!

What products do you swear by? Do you have a favourite foundation?

Monday, 1 July 2013

Motivational Monday #1

I think everyone can be in need of a little inspiration sometimes, I know I can. I really think that motivational quotes can help, just as little things to tell yourself throughout the day.

This is the first of my motivational posts, it's a really great quote and I think it has an important message. There really is no one who is more like you than yourself and it's something that should be embraced. There are 7 billion people on this planet, and everyone is unique, that's pretty special. 

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All Dotty

I love painting nails, since doing GCSE art I have preferred swapping a paintbrush for a nail brush.
Last night my sister asked me if I would paint her nails. Since she works in retail she has to have plain fingernails, so she likes to have jazzy toes. A favourite design of hers is a bright red with white spots. It's so easy to do, even one of my flatmates from uni had spotty nails after a girlie night in.

To create this look I use the Seche Clear base coat, Models Own x Hed Kandi 'Hedonist', Models Own white nail art pen, and my beloved Seche Vite top coat.

I think Models Own nail varnish has really impressive staying power, and with the Seche Vite topcoat it's amazing. I painted my sister's toes before she went to Egypt in January and the nail varnish was still on, absolutely perfect in late February.

I love the bright colour, and the pop of the white; I think the whole design looks pretty and summery, perfect for on the beach.

From plain nails, to red and white spotty nails in 4 simple steps.

Clean and Lean loving

Since moving to University, it's become all too easy to fall back on quick, simple foods like pasta. Over the months I seemed to acquire the skills to make one huge meal a week and split it into meal size portions. By Easter I was so ready for simple fresh food, rather than the basic salad a couple of times a week when I ran out of my already prepped meal. There are only so many times a week I can eat spaghetti bolognese, right?
In an attempt at motivating and inspiring myself I bought a copy of James Duigan's Clean and Lean Diet book. I figured that something that promised a cleaner and leaner you in 14 days was worth a whole £8 on my measly student budget.
Now, I am not one to be dramatic (slight under exaggeration, sometimes I even surprise myself with my oscar-winning performances!) but this, this book, is the best food-type book I have ever bought. The lessened sugar, the fresh veg, the copious amounts of water, it was everything I had been doing just not all together.
Typical clean and lean meals
So I set out on a journey, one which resulted in some of the most basic, delicious food I have ever made. Steamed fish, curried turkey, scrambled eggs with smoked salmon? Fabulous.
I found that I have so much energy, and I love prepping veg for each meal. I find it so relaxing to just stand and cut up all these colourful foods.
Seriously, who doesn't love scrambled eggs?! And a fancy chicken salad? And a complete, homemade from scratch stir fry? Look at all the colourful veg!
And for those days when I wake up late, and have to rush to get ready for uni (a regular occurrence  beds always feel more comfortable on a morning), a favourite on-the-go breakfast of mine is a smoothie. Fresh fruit all thrown into the blender whilst I do my make up, into a travel tumbler and off it goes to uni with me.
Banana, black grape, kiwi and orange juice smoothie. (Hi Lord Byron in the background)
I ended up loving the book so much that I bought the cookbook. Now I find myself cruising the internet for any other tasty treat ideas. So my coconut flour cookies may have looked more like flat cakes, but they tasted good, well, to me anyway...