Thursday, 1 September 2016

Soft halo eye with bold lips


So as promised here is another make up look. Autumn and Winter are my favourite times of year although I love the sun and it makes me feel happy, I love the colours, make up and fashion for Autumn/ Winter. Bring on all of the lace, leather and vampy colours... I cannot wait!

This look is inspired by Autumn with warm shades on the eyes and a dark vampy red lip. So here is how I created this look...

Foundation


Same as always Nyx stay matte but not flat foundation. This colour is too light for me but I just added bronzer on top.

Concealer


Another oldie but a goodie- Collection's Lasting Perfection Concealer in the lightest shade. Used under the eyes to highlight and cover those dark circles.

Powder


My ride or die, Nyx highlight and contour palette. I really need to replace those lighter colours. I used the yellow under the eyes and middle two shades at the bottom to contour (after bronzing).

Bronzer


When I first got this Topshop bronzer I thought it was too dark but applied lightly you can really build the colour up nicely. I use this on the outside of my face just to add some colour so I don't look deathly pale. The shade of this is called Mohawk.

Eyes


So I normally use a mixture of brands on the eyes but I used all shades from the Stila In the Light palette. I've never done a halo eye and I didn't set out to do this but half way through doing my make up I decided I was going to try! So I added the lightest shade, Bare to my whole lid to make sure it was an even colour all over. I then started the build up the colour in the crease with a Mac 217 brush (it's amazing) with the light brown shade called Bliss (its the middle shade on the top row). I just used windscreen wiper motions to blend that in the crease. I then went in with a pencil brush to build up colour Sandstone, the end colour on the top row. And I put this in the inner and outer corners of the lid. Once I did that, I just went back in with the Mac 217 to make sure they were blended properly and there were no harsh lines. I then added Bubbly, a really nice golden shade, the first one on the bottom row, to the centre of the lid. A super soft halo eye look- dead easy.

Eyebrows

Same as usual, I used Illamasqua's brow powder in Thunder. Mix it with a bit of water and it is literally the best brow product I have ever tried!

Highlight


MUA's Shimmer Highlighter in Iridescent Gold, it's still my favourite one that I own. I still think it is very gold toned, hence the name, which I am a bit unsure about but you do get a good glow with it!

Lips


Nyx again, I bet you are all sick of hearing about this brand haha! This is the Nyx Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Cherry Skies. I don't find these drying at all or sticky which I actually prefer when they feel stuck on. This does come off quite easily but is a lovely dark color. I lined my lips using Mac's Currant lipliner. Love this colour slightly more purple than the liquid lipstick I used but you couldn't tell.

Hope you liked this look and I hope you enjoyed reading this and it was easy to follow! I'll be back soon until then I would love to know what your favourtie looks for Autumn are.

Lucy x

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Weight Loss Wednesday- Slimming World Journey



I really liked doing this series when I first started it so I thought I would bring it back especially as I'm trying a different approach... no surprise there then! 

Last year I did so well and lost a stone in weight before my holiday to Greece and then I moved house, Christmas came and the weight crept back on. I stopped using my personal trainer not because I wanted to but bills have to be paid! 

So when I stepped on the scales at Slimming World 5 weeks ago... I was shocked... Horrified more like! I have put on 2 stone in less than a year! That's bad!! The reason I joined slimming world was mainly because I had heard good things about it both off people I knew and from looking online and I need to lose weight! I really didn't know much about it apart from the very basics that I had gathered from what people had told me. I was nervous when I first went to my group, I was so worried I would be judged or made to feel guilty but that was the total opposite to what happened. My consultant is a lovely lady and makes you feel so positive and explains everything in a way that makes it easy to understand.


It's been 5 weeks now (I did have one week off as I was away) but if you follow my Instagram you would have seen I got my 1/2 stone award last night. I'm so chuffed! Especially as the week before I had put 1 pound on. I was so disappointed! I felt like crying and was really thinking about not staying for the class- basically the way it works is everyone gets weighed and then you have a Image Therapy class which is basically a group discussion about what's went well or not so well for people that week, what you might do differently and any recipes you've made which have been nice/easy. You have the choice you can just get weighed and go or you can stay for the class as well. I always thought I would just get weighed and go but I have been staying for the classes and I think they definitely motivate you and give you ideas, tips and tricks that should lead you to success. So yeah I was really thinking of not staying for the class when I had put on a pound because I was embarrassed and upset with myself (I know it's only a pound but I wasn't happy) but I forced myself to stay and the support I got really picked me up and made me feel better about the week ahead. And I've had a good week!

When you join you get a little pack which has all of the info you need in it and it's became like my bible. I literally have it with me every day! The first few weeks I needed it at every meal but now I'm getting more used to it, I still refer back to it but not for every single thing.

Personally I think Slimming World is easy to follow but is still really effective. I've seen such good results in such a short space of time and I'm excited about what's to come. 

I dunno if I have mentioned it before but I love stationary and the fact that you get a folder and you get stickers and certificates when you hit goals really motivates me and I know that might sound sad but I love stuff like that! 

I'll keep you updated with my progress through this series each week and how I find Slimming World and I might even share a SW recipe or two that I make!

I hope you've enjoyed reading and if you have tried Slimming World before I would love to know your thoughts! There will also be a make up post tomorrow so make sure you come back for that!

Lucy x

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Sunday Funday




Sundays are usually a day where I will sit in the house in my jarmies all day with not a single piece of make up on, eat too much and have at least 2 naps. However, today we decided to go out for a Sunday dinner so I decided I would put a bit of effort into getting ready today. I thought I would do a slight bit of colour in my eye make up and nude lips.... nothing crazy it is a Sunday after all! 

So I decided on an orangey smokey eye as I really like the way orange eye make up looks on blue eyes, compliments them well. I also used a full coverage foundation to make my skin look flawless although some nasty little breakouts still did pop through. I always wear a full coverage foundation as I feel like that's what looks best on my face. Now I did take photos of all the products that I used but I do apologise for the state some of my make up is in,it's embarrassing! I probably don't take as much care of it as I should!



So for my foundation I used Nyx Stay Matte Not Flat foundation in Ivory. I absolutely love the brand Nyx and now that we can get it in a lot of Boots stores in the UK it's like my current favourite brand, I'm obsessed! I do really like this foundation I feel it offers a lot of coverage and does last a long time. The only con is I have went through two tubes of this and I am normally the shade Porcelain but when I went to get another tube that shade was all sold out so I had to get the shade Ivory which I feel is slightly too pale, even for me! However, with some bronzer it works.



I then used my favourite concealer, Collection's Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair. I got this after hearing Shaaanxo raving about it. It offers really good coverage whilst still being light enough to highlight under the eyes. You can tell this is well loved :).



To set everything I used the Nyx Contour palette. I got this for my birthday and literally I don't know how I survived without this. As you can tell some of the pans are going to need replacing soon, mostly the light shades but I can honestly say I love every colour in this palette. I think they are all great, nice and pigmented and make your skin look perfect. I also find that the contour colours aren't too dark for me which I have had issues with in the past. I would definitely recommend this palette to everyone! I set my undereyes, my face and did my bronzer and contour with this palette, so versatile!




For brows I used what I have used for the past year or so now which is Illamasqua's brow powder in Thunder. I mix this powder with a little bit of water as I think it makes the brows look much sharper and more defined. I don't really use the rest of the palette, I used to but not so much anymore.




For my eyes I mainly used most of the oranges in the 1st edition BH Cosmetics 120 palette. I absolutely love this palette for creating colourful make up looks. It's really affordable but you still get a really pigmented palette. I used most of the oranges in the crease and under eye area and blended well. I then used the gold shade "bubbly" from the Stila palette on the lid. I then finished off by adding black winged eyeliner, standard.




For highlighter I used a combination of Benefit's high beam and Make Up Academy's shimmer Highlighter.  I used both as I like the effect it gives super glowy, which I would have once not wanted any glow on my face, I was like matte all the way, however now, the more glowy the better! I also used the MUA shimmer highlighter on my brow bone and inner corner to brighten the eyes. Unfortunately, after doing my highlight I dropped the powder and it smashed, absolutely devastated! But I am looking for a good white based highlight, if anyone has any suggestions please leave below because I am lazy and can't be bothered to look for one! Possibly Becca may have one?! Let me know!



Finally to finish I used the Nyx Lip Lingerie in Lace Detail. Now I know liquid lipsticks are all the rage now and I absolutely love them, the thought of ever wearing anything else or a normal lipstick I just cannot see myself doing. I say that then I'll be rocking lip gloss in a years time!  But yeah I love the colour of this one its a lovely nude colour without looking like a foundation lip, not a good look but one everyone used to love! It's also not too drying and doesn't feel sticky.

I hope this has been helpful/interesting to read. I had fun creating this and was a nice way to start off my Sunday.

Lucy x

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Look who's back

So yes it's been a while, I don't even know what to title this post! So where have I been?! I feel like life takes over sometimes and things you like to do maybe get left behind for the things you have to do and I know that may seem the worst excuse ever but it's true.

So I was sat at home the other day thinking about my blog, do I close it down or do I leave it up?! But I was sad at the thought of closing it down as I did really enjoy posting on it and sitting here now I love just sitting down and writing down my thoughts so I decided that I would leave it up and start posting again. Not for anything other than a creative outlet and the fact that I enjoy doing it! So what I post about will still be all things beauty, fashion and life related, everything that I enjoy basically! And I know I have talked before on not pressurising myself and setting a target for how much I should post on here but I do like organisation and being consistent so I am going to set a target! So I aim to post on here at least once a week, and if I am having a good week it might be more but for now at least once a week is what I am aiming for!

So a few months back I decided trying to post more make up looks on my Instagram because it was sort of blogging the looks I created but in a quick and convienent way and I kept thinking I needed to put them on here and I just never "found the time". So, if you have read parts of my blog before you will know that I love make up and love trying new looks and just being creative with it- that's essentially what I created my blog for in the first place!
So I want to get back into doing that as that is my true passion it's what I love to do and it's what I enjoy doing. I'll be posting new looks on Instagram again as soon as I can and I will be putting them on here talking about what products I used, what I liked what I didn't, all that good stuff! Of course I'll still do reviews and hauls etc but expect to see a lot more makeup posts! I think why I didn't do this originally is because I doubt myself a lot and thought mainly what if people didn't like it or thought it wasn't good but now that I'm older I really couldn't care less. If I like it and am proud of what I have done why shouldn't I put it on my blog!!

So as it was a while ago I will just put some of my favourite looks below. Let me know what ones you like in the comments below ☺️






Lucy x

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Eyebrows on point



So I would never say on point in real life but thought it would make a good blog post name! I'm currently lazing on the sofa with a food baby after visiting a carvery and fancied blogging. So anyway my eyebrows are something I feel quite strongly about and cannot leave the house without having some sort of product in them. Now I feel eyebrows are a very personal thing so if you don't like the way I do my brows that's absolutely fine we are all able to have our own opinions but I do like how I do them... it would be boring if we all liked the same thing!

When I was 13 that's when I first ever had them waxed and since them I've went through periods of getting them waxed regularly and then periods where I will just pluck them myself. I personally find waxing a lot less painful but saying that I have had a few waxing disasters. One of the worst was when I was about 15 and I was left with a few strands of hair on each eyebrow I may as well have had none left, I looked like a crazy person! I mean they both have their pros and cons but I'm currently going though a plucking phase as it's convenient and quick and cheap as you don't have to pay to get it done. But I am wanting to go get them waxed as I like the finish it's neat and you don't have to keep plucking which hurts so much more! So if you live in the north east any suggestions on good places to get them waxed would be much appreciated :)!

One technique I've never tried with eyebrows is threading, which I've heard mixed reviews on and I've never tried HD brows which I would like to try but seems like such a long process when I fill them in daily any ways I don't know if there would be much point!

I would love to know what you do with your brows or if you leave them au naturale.

Speak soon :)

Lucy x

Saturday, 30 January 2016

New year, new hair


So yeah I've been away for a while sounds stupid but I had set a schedule in place and having a full time job and trying to stick to another schedule you have set isn't as easy as it sounds. Well maybe it is but not for me haha I like to think I'm pretty organised but that could be debated. But I'm back and it's better late than never!
Since being quite young I've always liked experimenting with my hair and I've had it quite a few different colours and styles. I think the first time I experimented with my hair I was about 10 and my Mam let me get some electric blue hair extensions just a couple of strands dotted about my head I was absolutely chuffed with it haha! Didn't last too long but loved them while they were there! So naturally I have really dark brown hair which is quite thin but I have a LOT of it and with it being quite fine it tats so easily... Bain of my life! First world problems I know but I literally have to brush it for about half an hour to get all the tats out. I know most people would say it's because of how long my hair is and I should get it cut if I hate how much it tats but I've always wanted long hair and I'm just not ready to get rid of it yet! So any way I had been thinking for a good 6 months that I would like an ombré style but with an unusual colour. At first I was thinking of a black and green ombré a bit like what Kylie Jenner had at some point last year but the more I thought about it I was unsure about the green and changed my mind to purple. So after about 6 months thinking about it and researching good hairdressers to go to I finally took the plunge and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. I love it ! The first day I got it done, all night I couldn't stop staring at it and telling my boyfriend to look at how beautiful it was... He must have been sick haha! 

So it isn't the easiest hair look to maintain so every time or every other time I wash my hair I add more purple to the ends to keep it vibrant but I love it so much that I don't mind doing that at all. So I thought as I have rambled so much about different hair styles I have had I thought I would include a few pictures of different hair I've had over the years. I'll apologise now if some photos aren't great quality haha! Enjoy...



As a young 16 year old short brown hair but all I can look at is that awful blusher and eyeliner haha!


Bright red hair but same style as before and blusher just as bright haha!


Still bright red but the first signs of wanting a shaved side. The filter on this photo is not helping the blusher situation 

So shaved side and going more of a salmon colour and yes I had crimped my hair haha I thought this looked great at the time!

Finally blonde took a while to get to this and shaved side but you can't see it in this photo.


Long blonde curls however this is thanks to hair extensions as my hair was snapping due to the amount of bleach on it!


Back to brown slightly longer hair and a fringe. Much better at make up too!


Long brown waves and a shorter fringe not much to say quite boring

Really long slightly ombré hair *drunk selfie* cringe

And now...
I love it!

Lucy x



Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Mitonia Review






So a couple of weeks ago I received an email off a brand called Mitonia. I had never heard of this brand before and they asked me if they could send me a couple of hair products for me to do a review on. Now if you have read my blog you will know I don't take as much care of my hair as I probably should do and I am always changing what I use on my hair. I've never found my "holy grail" hair products.
Anyways I had a look on the site which I have linked above for you and they are all about selling high quality cosmetics and hair care, they word it as bringing to the consumer the best of the best.
They have so many different products for different hair types and I was so excited to try out the ones they sent me.
The items they sent me were from the MQ Platinum and Diamonds collection. They were:

MIRIAM QUEVEDO PLATINUM & DIAMONDS LUXURIOUS SHAMPOO £28

MIRIAM QUEVEDO PLATINUM & DIAMONDS LUXURIOUS MASK £38.75

This collection aims to fight aging hair, restoring ultra-volume to the hair with extreme silkiness which has disappeared over time.
So first of all lets just admire the packaging, if you know me you know I love my packaging haha. It's black and sparkly, what more could you want?!  Obviously the price tags are a bit expensive but I'm a big believer in you get what you pay for and I think the packaging is a big part of that! 
So I've tried both of these, I used the shampoo first and then the mask. Now, I suppose you could say I'm a bit sceptical about hair care but I have to say I found these two quite indulgent and luxurious. So both come out of the bottle quite metallic and sparkly which I obviously loved haha and both smell lovely as well. The shampoo lathered up really well there's nothing more I hate then when you use a shampoo and it takes half the bottle to actually work. This was the opposite you only need a little bit! I used the mask and left it on for 15 minutes. It did say to lather it up but I just covered the mid to bottom of my hair with the mask and it worked great.
Whenever I don't use conditioner on my hair when it drys it just feels awful which I was scared might have been the case with not using a conditioner but the mask did a great job at conditioning my hair and my hair felt amazing. My hair was so soft and shiny once it had dried so much so my boyfriend even noticed my hair haha! I would definitely recommend trying this brand if you fancy a splurge or treating yourself and once I've finished these bottles I am going to treat myself to some more hair goodies!
I just want to say that even though I was sent these this is my true 100% opinion as I would blog about something I didn't like, it's not my style (haha that's maybe a bit too cheesy for Christmas Eve!)
I hope you all have a lovely Christmas  and I'll be back soon!
Lucy x