Ooops!

Just thought i’d say a quick hello and explain my absence!

Firstly, our wifi is down…and has been the past 2 weeks. Secondly, my phone’s data is finished too, but we do have a temporary connection to le internet until our wifi gets fixed!

and thirdly, I‘m in the middle of my exams so there’s a lot of stress…Haven’t found much (OrAny) time to do any posts! However, I do have a few blog posts ready (In my head) so they’ll be coming up soon!:) I’ve already done the pictures & edited them just needa do the actual writing!

Anyone else doing exams?Maybe uni and whatnot… haha and here’s me the younger one doing GCSEs…Still extremely stressful!

Anyway, I hope you’re keeping well and i’ll probably be doing my next post some time next week! 🙂

~Stephanie! x

Copper-green eye tutorial

Hey there! Long time no post… kinda’! Well anyway, I was super bored earlier, so I decided to try out a different eye-look. Not overly sure if i like it or not yet, may try out mixing different colours with it. But anyway, Like many others, I’ve started using copper coloured eyeshadows a lot more recently. I just love the finish it gives, especially with my pale skin! So, to make the look more of my own, I decided I would try mixing another bold colour in with it – green! I think next time I will try it out with purple.. 🙂 

Anyway, enough of the chitchat, here’s how I got it! 

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FACE

So my face makeup is just the usual everyday stuff, moisturiser, bbcream/foundation – I know i don’t often wear it, but just felt like it today! Eyeshadow base, contour, blusher, powder & mascara.

I might do an everyday makeup look that I can refer back to on posts like this! 

Here’s how it all turned out!:

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EYES

I then went on to use a dense eyeshadow brush to pack on a great orangey-coppery eyeshadow! It’s called ‘Jones’ by urban decay. Don’t put on too much of this yet as you will probably be wanting to put a lil extra on at the end! 

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Next, get a nice darker coloured green eyeshadow – I chose a Barry M dazzle dust in shade 72 Any similar product should do the trick though! I put this on the outer half of my crease and my outer ‘V’ shape using a crease brush:

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Next you blend that out with a large fluffy/blending eye brush until there are no harsh edges between the colours! 

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After that I got ‘Graffiti’ from my urban decay palette and put it on top of my darker green colour – yenno, just to lift the colour a bit – make it less dull! 

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Again, you then blend that out with a large fluffy eye brush! 

To finish off, I lined my eyes using my favourite liquid liner  – Collection 2000 – fast stroke in black I did a lil flick too! 🙂

Pictures of my finished look; 

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Do you like the eye look? Hope you enjoyed reading!!

~Stephanie x 

 

 

6 TOP DRUGSTORE BRANDS : RIMMEL LONDON

So this is my last post in my ‘top drugstore brands’ posts (for now anyway!) Thought i’d finish off with my biggest love/hate brand of them all! So, from the top, my Rimmel products! 

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Foundation – wake me up: I’d be lying to you if i didn’t say that i love this product! I’d also be lying to you if i said I don’t hate it! It’s a mixed one. I wish they had lighter shades available as even the palest one can be too dark for me (in the winter.) It’s definitely not an everyday look for me as sometimes the whole sparkle/glitter in it can be OTT. However,  on the right occasion it is really great! Stays on the skin at least 16 hours and gives the skin a refreshing glow! 8/10 

BB cream : This is my favourite bb cream as of yet. I know i don’t have much experience with bb creams… to me it’s just tinted moisturiser, i don’t see the big deal about it! However, i love this one! Beautiful finish to the skin, stays on all day & has just enough coverage! 10/10 recommend it!

Concealer – stay matt concealer stick:  This is ok… it’s more of a makeup bag emergency product, definitely not an everyday essential! It’s quite thick and can be difficult to blend. i’d rate this one a 4/10. 

Powder – Stay Matte Pressed Powder: I absolutely hate this one!! I really don’t understand the craze about this one! Clogs my pores & gives me spots – which is a record in itself as not many products give me spots!! I feel it is far too cakey! I just want a light soft finish with face powders, but with this one it is so fake looking! 0/10! I was so disappointed with mine, i even threw it out!!! 

Bronzer (top one): . I think it is  under-pigmented with a ‘chalky’  matt application! Don’t waste your money!! 0/10 

(bottom one): Unlike this product’s ugly twin sister, this is pigmented with a nice soft glow to it. I’d rate it about 6/10 

 

LIPS:

Lasting finish: Fire cracker: Never really use this one… Not a big fan, but that may just be because it’s not the right shade for me! i’d still rate it a 5/10!

Kate Moss: 107: MEH! Sorry to ruin everyones’ continuous raving about this one, but i think that it’s ALRIGHT. BEcause it is matt it goes into every little fine line on my lips, making me look like an old woman! It stays for a reasonable amount of time & the colour is okay. Not my favourite lipstick, not my least favourite either. I think i’d prefer the kate moss range in the black packaging? 8/10

 

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Mascara: Max Bold Curves: WOW! I love this one and have for years! For those blessed with longer, fuller lashes, this is the perfect mascara! It gives a lovely coat of product with a nice lil curl on your lashes. You can layer this one up, or just one stroke and you will have model lashes! Try this one out! -My favourite of all Rimmel products! 100/10!!!

Mascara: Max volume flash:  Not as great as the other MAX product. It’s alright though. Won’t be repurchasing it though! 4/10

 Primer: exaggerate Undercover eyeshadow primer:  Rubbish!! Has that oily/greasy feeling. Doesn’t make your eyeshadow stay on any longer. Doesn’t make your shadow any more pigmented. Rubbish!! Don’t waste your money on it! 0/10

Liners:

exagggerate automatic waterproof liner: Comes in many colours and stays on your eyes! Lovely pigmentation too! 9/10

Soft kohl kajal liner: Great for blending into a smokey eye! Staying power is a let-down though!  8/10

Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner: really great! perfect for smokey eye as it is blendable! 7/10

I do have a few other rimmel products, but they’re no longer for sale, so no point telling ya about them~! 🙂 

 

 

 

 

What do you think of Rimmel products? Any products you recommend? Any products you think I should stay away from?
Hope you enjoyed reading!!

~Stephanie x

My beauty tips and tricks

Since I was introduced to beauty and makeup, i’ve always been trying different ways to have multi-purposes for items! So, I thought i would share a few of the fab things i’ve figured out over the years!

Tinted moisturiser

This is an old one… Pretty sure everyone knows about it! So it’s soon summer and you’ll be wanting a lighter-coverage foundation to let your skin breathe, all you have to do is mix your foundation with your fave moisturiser 50/50… or if you want it more sheer more moisturiser, you want it with more coverage, more foundation. 

Foot moisturiser 

Cracked heels has to be one of the things that i hate the most on myself. I hate the feeling of them and the look of them! How do I erase them? You get a pair of fluffy socks and some Vaporub. Rub some vapo rub into your feet – a decent amount… obviously not too much though, and you simply go to sleep. In the morning your feet will be feeling softer! Repeat this until you are happy with your tootsies! 

Yummy hair scent

This one may seem rather obvious, but i never thought of it until recently!! Do you ever dry your hair and realise that yummy smelling shampoo scent is gone? Disappointing, right?! When your hair is wet spray some of your favourite body spray in your hair – not too much obviously – and you will be smelling great all day!  

Mascara liner

So you’re going on holiday and you want to make your bag lighter? Leave your eyeliner and keep the mascara! the extra product that comes out when you take the mascara wand out can be used as liner. Simply get either an angled brush or normal liner brush and apply as normal eyeliner!

Lip blush

You’ve probably heard of this popular lil trick too, but apply your lipstick to your cheeks and rub it in just like how you would with cream blusher and whoala! 

VASELINE

Vaseline is one of those products with a billion uses:

brow wax: simply apply a little bit of vaseline to your brows using a spooli (no idea how to spell it) and your brows will stay in place all day!

clear mascara: a light coat of vaseline on your lashes gives a lovely natural no-makeup look while keeping your lashes long all day!

moisturiser: At bed time apply vaseline to any of your dry spots – knees, elbows, heels, wherever and by morning your skin should be feeling significantly softer, repeat until satisfied! 🙂

tinted lip balm: I love this one! As a person who only really likes certain lipsticks, I lean towards getting tinted lipbalms. But why pay the price when you have all the lipsticks? If you have a lipstick that you love the colour of, but want to make it a little less strong/vibrant, just apply the lippie to your lips and then rub in some vaseline. Gives a great tinted lips effect. 

highlight/bronzer: During the Summer we all love the ‘glowing skin’ look. get a sheer eyeshadow and mix it with some vaseline and you have a beautiful sheer highlighter. Do the same with any bronzing powder and it will give it a more ‘glowing’ effect. 

AND obviously, great for the lips! 😛 

Instant fake tan 

Only recently started to do this one, so i may find a better way. But, I ought to tell you about this one! I refuse to go out to a shop and buy fake tan when i know that it is going to be too dark for me. I don’t have the patience for gradual moisturiser ones either!! My solution? MAKE YOUR OWN! So, you will need body butter, liquid moisturiser & cocoa. You basically get about a teaspoon of cocoa powder and mix it in well with your body butter. It should leave a dark brown colour – don’t panic, that’s what the liquid moisturiser is for.. to ‘dilute’ it! You then get a little amount of the body butter mixed with cocoa powder and mix it in with liquid moisturiser in your hand. Once you are satisfied with the colour, rub it into wherever you want the tan! I love this finish! Realllly great as you can control how tanned you look! Also, no skin damage!! 😀 

Smearing lipstick

This one’s an oldie too, but, you have lipstick smearing down your face?  Prevent this from happening by after applying it, dab with a tissue until no more lipstick can be seen on the tissue. Your lips are tinted with out the moisture that smears everywhere. 

Teeth lipstick

To prevent this one happening, you apply lippie as normal and put your finger in your mouth. Take it out with your lips wrapped around the finger and it will take off the excess lipstick.

Prime the brows

Title is pretty self-explanatory! If you want your eyeshadow to stay on all day, why should your brows be any different?! Prime your brows with a matt primer – elf & MUA do cheap ones – and then apply your pencil/powder! 

Powder liner

If you dampen your brush and apply eyeshadow as liner, it will come out more pigmented, yet still give a slightly softer look than actual eyeliner! 

Don’t wash

This one sounds kinda gross. But, if your hair gets greasy the day after you wash it, don’t wash it the day after! Yep! Skip a day of washing your hair and it will quickly get used to it and stop becoming as greasy! – At one point i would was my hair once every 3 days! I know it sounds gross, but i promise you, it helps with frizz and also with greasey hair! 

Softer legs for longer

SO, this is one i swear by! Second day legs and they’re already prickly? UGH, I know the feeling!  To prevent this, shave your legs as normal in the shower and then rinse off the soap/shave cream. Next get either soap and a sponge. one of those net-showergel applicator thingys… if you know what i’m talking about? and rub your legs pretty hard with it… enough so that they start to tingle. Go again and shave your legs. Not really sure about the science behind it or anything, but i swear this works!! Moisturise as per usual after and tada you have fab legs for 2 days! 

For now these are all the tips I can think of! Hope you enjoyed reading about them!  Have you got any beauty tips/tricks/secrets? I would love to hear about them!!

~Stephanie x 

 

6 TOP DRUGSTORE BRANDS : NIVEA

So this is number 5 out of 6 in my top drugstore brands. I thought i’d take a lil break from make up and talk about skincare. I am one who would rather use high-end skincare products than high-end make up mostly because well, your skin deserves the best?! My mum used to buy me different clinique moisturisers and i still have and use a clinique cream cleanser that is really fab! But, when using these (I’m a teenager, so i have the joys of random breakouts) I would still frequently get spots?! -Not to brag, but i’ve never really had spotty skin, so when i was treated with the higher-end moisturiser, i was just stumped. So i went and tried out different brands and stumbled across nivea. So here is my lil nivea review!

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This skincare is crazily fab!! I’ve gone through about 3 sets of the tub (in the middle) of day cream and night cream – the day cream is nice and light and sinks into the skin pretty quickly, while the night cream is more nourishing and a lil thicker, so you wake up to baby soft skin! 10/10 

I love the eye makeup remover too – it works fabulously with waterproof makeup too! 9/10

The tube of day cream (far right) is different than the one i’d typically get in a tub. This one is a little thicker, but not so thick that it makes my skin feel greasy! Baby soft skin throughout the whole day! win/win! 9/10

The deodorant may be my only ‘meh’ nivea product. Although it smells UNREAL – like parmaviolets, i don’t think it keeps your underarms from smelling throughout the day – I would recommend the brand ‘Soft & gentle’ if you are looking for fab smelling and long-lasting protection!  i’d rate it 3/10

the tinted moisturiser. Awh, I want to love it, i really really do! If i were less pale i’d really love it! Because nivea is a skincare range, it doesn’t really have a great range of tones, i think it just had natural and dark. (I’m not overly sure, I got this as a gift) I’ll swatch it below! However, it does have a great feel to the skin! I will try different things out with this … who knows i may have found my next creamy contour!
Daycream5/10 

Have you tried any nivea products? Do you love them as much as I do? I’d love to know about what you’d recommend! 

Thanks for reading!!

~Stephanie x 

Get to know me tag

Just saw this tag on Beyoutiful beauty’s blog (http://beyoutifulbeauty.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/get-to-know-me-tag/)and thought it was pretty cool, so i’m going to do it for myself! 🙂 

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1.Is your hair naturally curly or straight?

Naturally goes very curly and sometimes a lil bit frizzy *sobsob* 

2.Do you wear the same style every day, or do you change it? 

Regarding my hair style, I change it basically every day.. I’d wear it curly or straight or wavy or up… Mixin’ it up a lil! 🙂 

Makeup I like to change too, I’d usually change what way i’d be wearing it though.. like some days with no eyeshadow, others with super bright and bold eyeshadow…! 🙂

3.How often do you change your nail polish?

I hate wearing nail polish. Almost never wear it! 

4.How long does it take for you to put on makeup?

For everyday makeup it’d be about 5-10 minutes, for going out-out, about 20!

5.What do you do first? Face or eyes?

Face… i’d usually put the foundation/bbcream all over my face- eyes included. 

6.How often do you wear false eyelashes? 

Never actually worn them… The idea of putting glue around my eyes is a baaaaaad idea considering how clumsy I am. 

7.Do you do a full face of makeup every day?

Naaaaaaah… I am yet to find a foundation that matches my skin tone and isn’t too cakey, so until then…

8.Do you wear makeup when you’re home alone or with family?

Yes & no! I wear it when i’m in the mood for it! 🙂

9.How many high-end products do you have?

One makeup and one skincare… Seriously, I’m a cheap skate!

Makeup – mac paintpot 

Skincare – Clinique cleanser

10.How often do you change your handbag?

Hahaha. I have 1 handbag… I have 1 mascara and 1 lipbalm in it. Don’t really like handbags tbh!

11.What time do you wake up and go to sleep?

Wake up at around 10:30-12:30 go to sleep around 11:30 

12.Left handed or right handed?

Right handed

13.How tall are you?

About 5’4…

14.How many pets do you have?

1. I loveeee my pet dog, Tess!

15.How do you blog? 

…Um? I like tags… hence me doing one right now and i like doing my own lil reviews on products that i like/don’t like because i like reading about them! 🙂 I also really enjoyed doing the makeup-look-of-the-day! 🙂

Do you read comments posted on blogs? 

Yep! 

How did you come up with your blog name?

Wanted it to have the word ‘makeup’ in it somewhere, but yeah i don’t think it’ll be the final name for my blog, i’ll come up with better eventually! 🙂

What kind of camera do you use for your photographs?

Either my phone camera or my fujifilm camera… Getting a canon at some point during the Summer though! 🙂

What’s your favourite colour? 

GREEN. I love green! 🙂 

 

~Stephanie x 

6 TOP DRUGSTORE BRANDS : MUA

Makeup academy probably has the most hits and misses out of all my favourite brands. So i will stop the intro here and just jump right in! 🙂

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Black pencil liner

MEH. I like my pencil liners to be waterproof – yenno, so they don’t smudge! This pencil isn’t waterproof, so basically it just smudges all down my face. It’d be great for a smokey eye look though! It’s black as well – not gray-black, which is great!The liner also comes with an amazing lid – it has a sharpener attached to it I would literally purchase this solely for that!  For £1 it’s pretty great! 6/10 

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Black liquid liner

RUBBISH! Seriously. I hate the formula! Apply it to your eyes and it will peel off within 3 blinks! The brush would be the only plus as it is pretty thin… but with a crappy formula, what’s the point? 2/10 purely because of the brush. 

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Extreme Curl Mascara 

Honestly, I used it once, hated the formula and just gave up on it. The formula is awful and drying to the lashes. Wouldn’t bother with this one 0/10

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Undress Me 2 

So i’ve heard that this is a dupe for the naked 2 palette by urban decay… and if it is then for £4 that is crazy!! Most of these shades are highly pigmented, however there are 2 or 3 duds. the black colour on the far right on the 2nd row is rubbish – no colour pay-off. The photo above is a lil confusing… the top photo is the bottom row in the palette and the top row beingthe bottom picture. (oops) But yes, most of the colours are perfect pigmentation! I love this palette – perfect for everyday use. i’d rate it 9.5 outta 10! You should deffo give this one a try if MUA is available to you! 

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 Single eyeshadow : shade 20 – matt

This is a fab dark grey colour. I would line my eyes with this and/or put this in my crease and outer corner. I love it. Fab. Great pigmentation too! 10/10

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Matt eyeshadow – shade 19 – matt

Lovely soft brown colour! It’s greatttt! 10/10

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Shade 11 – pearl eyeshadow

This is a perfect dupe for urban decay’s eyeshadow ‘ydk’ one that i have used up completely because i loved it so much! For £1 this is a steal! FAb pigmentation an quality. You should deffo try this one out! 10/10 recommend 

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Shade 2-Pearl Eyeshadow

Hit pan on this one! Great pale shimmer – I use this on the inner corner of my eyes! I love it v v v much! 10/10 recommend! 

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Shade24 pearl eyeshadow 

MEH. Not really loving this one. The pigmentation is great like, It’s just not one for me! 5/10 

 

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The 2 blushers are great, i have shade 2 and lolly – the coral shade is lolly, shade 2 is the other one. The bronzer is a little too orange-tone for me, but still great pigmentation. I’d say give these a shot – £1 is pretty great if you ask me! 10/10 recommend!

 

LIPS

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This is a pure red lipstick. Doesn’t suit me at all, so i don’t wear it… but it is great for Hallowe’en! Do try it out as the pigmentation is pretty great too! 8/10 recommend!

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A sheer, light pink listick that’s just a nice lil tint for your lips! 10/10 recommend

 

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The top colour is shade 4 and the bottom is shade 13 

All MUA products are easy to afford and most of the products are great! Win/win!!

Have you tried any MUA products? Do you like them or do you hate them? I’d love to know what you think!! 

 

~Stephanie x