Friday, 27 March 2015

How To: The Wearable Smokey Eye

There are countless tutorials on how to achieve a foolproof smokey eye (Lisa Eldridge's is my favourite) but I've always shied away because I'm an eyeshadow noob. Give me a  liquid eyeliner pen and I'm in my element, but as soon as eyeshadow gets involved my hands start shaking.

I had a little spare time on my hands though, so I decided that it was finally time to conquer my fears. Karlie Kloss and Felicity Jones rock it all the time, so I should at least give it a try? After my foray into smokey eyeshadow I've put together a few tips. The might be painstakingly obvious to the makeup mavens amongst us, but if you're a beginner like me, here are some tips.

Tip #1 - Leave concealer till last. It may have been my technique, or the eyeshadow that I was using, but there was a lot of fall down on my cheeks by the time I'd finished. I ended up removing my concealer and starting again and it would have been much easier to leave concealer last and use it to tidy everything up.

Tip #2 - Take it easy. Start by applying the smallest amount on a pencil brush and go from there. It's easier to add more than it is to remove some when you've added too much! Choose an image for guidance and keep referring to it - are they winging it out or did they keep the eyes round? It's a cliche, but slow and steady wins the race.

Tip #3 - Fluffy brushes are your best friend. Each time you add more shadow, blend it out a little bit. Concentrate it at the lash line and go back and forth to blend it into a smokey haze. When it comes to smudging under the lower lash line - go as low as you think looks good. Because I knew I had to leave the house with this makeup I left it looking quite tame!

Tip #4 - Black Kohl makes all the difference. I never use a black kohl on my lower lash line for fear of closing up my eyes but doing a smokey eye is the one exception. It brings the whole thing together and doesn't close up the eye because of the shadow you have underneath.

Ta-dah! Those are my thoughts on creating a wearable smokey eye. Who do you think wears it best, and what products do you use when you crack out the eyeshadows and eyeliners? 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Moodboard & Playlist 0.1

I've come to realise that there's nothing like a good playlist to work to. For years I couldn't get the hang of working with music on but all of a sudden something clicked!

Aside from the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack (don't hate, appreciate) remixes have been my thing this month. Here are 34 minutes of goodness to boogy to as you work, and some images for inspiration too. I've found a new piece of editing software (a poor man's Photoshop) so making the collages was really fun. If you want to see more like this follow me on Tumblr.  

My favourite keeps changing but right now it's To Ü by Jack Ü. Let me know what you guys think! I want to make one of these posts every month or two, if it's something that you want to see? 

Sunday, 8 March 2015


Tee - Forever 21 // Jeans - Topshop // Cardigan - Primark // Trainers - Nike 3.0s // Bag - Primark // Watch - Olivia Burton

I have serious respect for anyone that takes outfit photos in public. It's scary stuff, man. I'm so used to standing in in the safety of my garden back at home but ever since moving to university there has been a severe lack of outfit posts, because there is nowhere private to take photos. My only solution was to take an early morning walk with Brittany one Saturday, hoping that the park would be quiet. Let's be honest, how many students are going to be walking through the park at 10am after a night out? More than you would think

Once I got over the stress of being stared at by passers by, the whole experience was over pretty quickly, thankfully. This combination has been one of my favourites the past few weeks and I'm starting to think that you're going to have to surgically remove this cardigan from me. Does anyone remember when snuggies were a thing? This is like wearing a snuggie, but you can actually leave the house in it. It's a beautiful, beautiful thing. 

I hope your weekend has been good. I'm ending mine with chocolate and Catfish and the Bottlemen's album, The Balcony. Still obsessed, it's become unhealthy. The last month has been a tense, emotional rollercoaster for me and for some reason their album has proved a good soundtrack for the days of frustration and confusion. The lyrics to Hourglass are probably my favourite thing right now. THE FEELS. 

Sunday, 1 March 2015

February Favourites

February has flashed past me and I'm now in panic mode - we're already two months into 2015. Whaaat.

As expected, the last few weeks have been jam-packed with deadlines, but I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. This month I've been a little low on favourite things. I have a new found love for knitwear, with heavy knit jumpers and long slouchy cardigans from Primark being my uniform. 

The choice of peachy-pink lip options will be no surprise if you know me even a little bit, and MAC's Peach Blossom goes so nicely Maybelline's Colorsensational Shine Gloss in Cashmere Rose

After the longest time apart I'm once again inseparable from Essie's Ballet Slippers. It requires patience because it needs a good three or four coats but it leaves the prettiest wash of milky pink that I love. 

Ear cuffs are another thing that I feel have been absent in my life for far too long. I somehow managed to acquire 4 within a week, the love is that strong. I kept them all pretty small and dainty (Primark and Forever21 have some great ones) and now it's left me wondering when I'll actually commit and get the real deal.

My last love of the month has to be Metcalfe's Skinny Topcorn, but only if it's the Sweet 'n Salt kind please. A bag of this has got me through countless evenings of essay writing, and that's quite an achievement. 

That's the end of February for another year. Roll on the warmer months, please! What have you been loving this month?