Beauty on the go

I spend a good proportion of my life on trains. So much so I know a couple of the refreshment vendors on a first name basis, blimey. I actually enjoy being on trains, it gives me half an hour or so to gather my thoughts, look at my emails (yeah i’m lying I really mean Facebook) and most importantly DO MY MAKE UP. I know i’m not the only one here ladies, I see you all with your compacts and careful mascara work.

So when your on the move, don’t let you make up bag weigh you down. Pick your most compact, day wear friendly, multi-use products you have. Honestly it’s not as hard as it sounds, as you can see below.

Sleek contouring and blush palette in Medium, Soap and Glory Trick and Treatment under eye concealer, Maybelline Colossal volume Cat Eyes, ModelCo illusion lip liner in nude, The Body Shop All-In-One BB Crean (03) and The Body shop Born Lippy lip balm in Pink Berry

Sleek contouring and blush palette in Medium, Soap and Glory Trick and Treatment under eye concealer, Maybelline Colossal volume Cat Eyes, ModelCo illusion lip liner in nude, The Body Shop All-In-One BB Crean (03) Rimmel waterproof liquid liner (black) and The Body shop Born Lippy lip balm in Pink Berry

The finished product!

The finished product!

The trick is to make sure every base is covered eyes, lips, and face. And if its not covered, think of alternatives. Like if I don’t bring my Benefit browzings kit to work one day, i will put a tiny bit of mascara in my brows to darken them. Things like The Body Shop all in one BB Cream are great because there is no need to cram your moisturiser in there too!

So ladies, does your bag need taking down a peg or two??

Until next time 🙂 xxxxx

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Double liquid liner

Winter is fast approaching…booo, but take solace in the knowledge that with new seasons come new make-up trends. One of them being the double flick liquid liner. Think a modern-day Cleopatra. Winter allows you to be a bit bolder with your make-up, so think like an Egyptian and double up!

Once you have mastered your liquid liner on your top lashes, you CAN do the same on your bottom lashes, so be brave and give it a go. Once you have done your top lash line, start half way along your lower lash line, stay as close as you can to the lashes and follow the natural eye line. Make the bottom line slightly longer than the top to elongate the eye. If you are feeling extra adventurous, why not draw the line slightly away from the lash line. This will not only make your eyes look bigger, but showcase a retro 60’s look.

PS. I prefer liquid liners with a hard nib, because they give you more control than the teeny tiny brushes. My fav is Barry M Liquid Liner in black. £4.79.

 

 

Why have one flick?

When you can have two?

 

Kim k loves a double flick!!

on the catwalk…..

 

Smokey Eyes

Smokey eyes has been done so many times before. However I don’t mean this in a negative way. It’s such a classic look that everyone can wear. The look has developed over the years and been subject to a lot of adaptations and…you guessed it ….here is mine!!! I like to incorporate bronze with smokey eyes as blacks and greys can make the eyes look smaller.

You will need a base colour. I’m using Sleek’s divine original eyeshadow compact (£6.49), which I used in a previous post called play with colour. I would recommend this palette to anyone as it’s such good value for money and the quality of pigment is just as good as more expensive brands. I have used the yellowish goldish colour all over the lid, but not right up to the brow. I am slightly tanned so this is a good colour for me but if your slightly fairer you could go for more beige tone. I like that this shade is shimmery so when I add the Black (which is matte) it really stands out because of the contrasting textures.

Oh by the way I’m using the Gosh professional fluff brush. I’m trying to keep the process of achieving this look as simple as possible so you can use a brush of this size for all of the shading for this smokey look. Next I’m taking the black eyeshadow and sweeping it directly in the crease of the eye. Then about half way along the upper lash line i’m taking the brush outwards to meet the edge of the eye. At the edge of the eye I make the two line meet, almost like a C shape.

Next take the bronze colour (which I have pictured below) and sweep it on top of the line you just created on the crease…..don’t worry this will look amazing once blended!

Now BLEND BLEND BLEND! Take a clean brush and simply sweep it over all the black and bronze shadow, slightly fanning it out at the sides…think cat like!! Blending is so important so take your time. If you want to go darker then at a smidge at a time and BLEND!!

Strong brows are a must. I have discovered a great new eye brow tool. Its from No 7 and called Precision Brow Pencil (£10.25 from boots)….although I’m not sure why it’s called a pencil because it is more like a wax texture, which I prefer. Simply shade in your brows to your desired depth…..and that’s it, no blending needed! I have also used Collection 2000 fast stroke liquid liner in black (£2.99 BARGAIN!!) . Only draw a thin line on your top lash line and flick out slightly, one stroke is all you need with such dark eye shadow.

Next take a slant brush, you can get these from loads of places…Superdrug..Boots..mine is from the Body Shop who do great brushes and cost £9.00! Now dip it in the black shadow and wipe off any excess on a tissue. Take the brush as close as you can to the bottom lash line (not going inside of the eye) and gently wiggle the shadow all the way along creating a liner effect. Next take a coal liner (now this is for inside of your eye) and carefully sweep it all away along the inside of the eye. I have used a great little gadget called Kajal Liner by Sleek Make up in Nocturnal (Black) £4.30, which is really soft coal stick that is an ideal texture for this delicate area of the eye.

Finish off with a generous coat of mascara and there you have it, show stopping eyes! I have used Mac Plush lash (£13.30) which gives great volume!

This is just one of my smokey eye effects, keep tuning in to discover how versatile Smokey eyes can be!!

Mwah xx