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Published December 1, 2015 by sarahsmith1988

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Playing with colours!

Published November 29, 2015 by sarahsmith1988

Hiya all,

To some of you, you already know I have been away for quite some time due to maternity leave so to speak. I have been recovering from birth whilst also managing a newborn. Although I love my little bundle of joy there is one thing for sure I don’t miss and that is the sleep deprivation, the endless washing up and the new found scent of baby puke! But I ask myself would I change this? The answer is hell no! I secretly adore the late night feeds, the endless washing up and smelling of baby puke? Hmm Maybe not so much that side of things.

Another point I have to make is these days looking glamourous and makeup perfected to look like a supermodel are long gone, ok slight exaggeration there, as there will come a time when I can get back to spending hours in the bathroom.  So when and where I can I try my best to look my best.

Which brings me onto my makeup for the day.

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I decided to add some colours, my mood in the morning was actually rather a good one. When I am in a good mood I love to add colours (A recent thing for me, as I was never the daring type and stuck to neutrals, but since i found experimenting with different styles rather enjoyable I stepped well out of my comfort zone, that’s what life is all about right? Stepping out of that zone) So here is what I did:

I first applied my foundation, starting off with a primer, then mixing together my favorite foundation and then my lightening serum. Once applied and blended well I then started with the eyes!

Step 1:

Applying the eye primer, so the shadow sits nicely on top and appears more bolder and vibrant I took a copper shade and applied it on the lids, blending out a little.

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Step 2:

Taking a purple shade I then applied this on the crease of the lid and blending it upwards to about half way.

Step 3:

Taking a green eyeshadow, (or eye pencil) I then applied the shadow along the lower lashline. (I did dampen the brush so the colour applied more bolder.

Step 4:

Taking an eye pencil I then applied lined the upper lash line with a bold line adding a flick. Finally finishing off with some barry m dazzle dust no.27 to create a shimmer just below the brow bone, finally taking a white pencil I drew I line on the water line.

To complete whole face I applied my favorite mascara and blush before applying pink lip liner and lipstick!

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Miley Cyrus Inspired Make-up?

Published November 1, 2015 by sarahsmith1988

I have not updated my blog for quite some time now, mainly due to the sweet little cherub I am carrying making things slightly harder and uncomfortable for me! This little bundle also has a habit of sapping all my energy from the moment I open my eyes in the morning! I have been trying to finding the energy for experimenting with some more make up! and I must say I am missing those evenings browsing the internet for ideas and gathering up collections and must have makeup buys to place on pinterest!! 

However, last night I managed to pick up my phone and browse through some examples of makeup up from celebrity inspired. I didn’t intend to look for looks based on celebrities I just came across an article for a makeup tutorial based ona celebrity and thought I would search “Celebrity inspired makeup tutorials” 

I now have a few to work with in the up coming future, but the one I particularly tried this morning was “Miley Cyrus” inspired. 

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Why did I choose Miley? 

Well, if you type in google “Miley Cyrus Makeup” and image search you will see that her makeup is very more on the natural side and is rather minimal, which is ideal for an every day to day look. As they say less is more! She uses a range of bronze’s and neutral colours. Her eyelashes, however are often bold and strong. But I must admit I love bold and exaggerated lashes, the more enhanced the better. For her lips, she does tend to wear bold red which looks amazing against her pale skin tone and in my opinion has a wonderful lip shape! Whatever her lip shade she does rock it!  

I began with moisturizing my face and applying a face primer before mixing together a light foundation and b sweet popping candy highlighting serum. Mixed together with the foundation creates a lovely glow with a slight shimmer to the face, in my opinion it gives the face a different kind of youthful glow. I then used a slightly lighter colour of concealer under my eyes, on my nose, forehead and above the lip and blended well. I then took some translucent setting powder. This MUA setting powder and although it is a good product I would avoid it. It is highly messy and the product escapes from the pot round the edges. 

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before and after foundation

Secondly I filled in my eyebrows with a light brown eye pencil, then going over the eyebrow with a eyebrow plumper gel. Once my eyebrows were filled I then applied eyeshadow primer onto my lids and blended. Selecting a shimmer colour that is close to my skin tone I applied all over my lids, but not above! Peachy colours, or champagne colours work well for light skin tones and gold bronze work well with dark skin tones. 

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Taking a black eye liner I applied it on the water line of my eye then taking a dark eyeshadow (I used black) and a eyeshadow brush I applied the eyeshadow as close to the lower lash line as possible. I did not wet the brush as I often do as I didn’t want a strong bold liner. I then took a liquid eyeliner in black and applied as close to the upper lash line. 

To finish off the eye I used moodstruck fiber lash 3D mascara to create exaggerated lashes, I did take tweezers to my bottom lashes and gently twist them together to clump them a little to make them more bolder. Ideally I would use lash inserts to create a more dramatic effect. 

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For the lips I used a nude lip liner and applied stargazer lipstick in a pale pink shade and to complete the look I used a pale peachy/pink shade of blusher and applied to the apples of my cheek! 

What is your favorite celebrity inspired makeup? and why? I would love to hear! 

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Sea Blue/green with Blue’s and Purples

Published October 25, 2015 by sarahsmith1988

I have not done much in terms of researching, try and testing different makeup products these days due to been 38 weeks pregnant and juggling my life around my already existing children! Boy, has this been a busy week. But yet very exciting I shall have my new arrival in my arms on the 5th November, what a truly magical day. Whilst the skies are lit with fireworks I shall be having my own little firework been brought into this world! 

I some how managed to squeeze in the time to try out the sea blue/green with hints of blue and purple. This is not what the tutorial was called that I followed. The tutorial was based on using a colour wheel to find which colours would go well together and blend nicely. It was a very useful article to read.

Please excuse the heeadphones! I love listening to my music loud as I get ready in the morning, and this is the only way I can get away with it haha! Listening to great tunes, gets me ready and in the mood to take on the day! 

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Before I got started with the eye shadow, I applied my moisturizer, face primer, foundation and concealer and prepping my eyes with eyeshadow primer before setting to work with the colours.

I applied NYX white crayon “Milk” all over my eye lid and blended well up to about half way point of my eyebrow bone, also blending outward from the tear duct, this is so I can highlighting the inner corners of my eye. Help them stand out more! I then chose my three colours I was going to work with I chose a sea blue/green (similar to Turquoise) For the inner corners of my eye, carefully patting the eyeshadow brush along to about half way across the eye lid, also taking the colour along the lower lash line, starting from the tear duct slightly and blended a little with my finger by dabbing.

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Taking a blue (dark) I used a tiny amount and dabbed where the sea blue/green finished. only need a small amount as didnt want to much of the dark blue added. Again, using my finger I blended it in with the previous colour. Finally I used a purple which I took to the outer eyelid and right across the crease of my eye lid, blending above the crease line as I went before finally taking the purple below my lower lash line to meet up with the sea green/blue!

I finished off with a streak of gel eye liner and a subtle mascara! I could of gone further, by adding some glitter along the eye lid and using a more dramatic coating of mascara to create more of a party makeup do. But since as I did this in the morning I stuck with been a bit more subtle.

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Go Green For Envy!!

Published October 20, 2015 by sarahsmith1988

Today I needed some much deserved time out on my own, since I am a full time mummy with hands full. I managed to find a short escape in which I took advantage of and got myself down town where I took the pleasure in a good book at a coffee shop. But no girl can take a trip to town without checking out the makeup in stores! Which as always leads to purchases beyond our control. 

A sneaky escape

A sneaky escape

If it was up to me I think I would probably buy the whole store! However doing this would not be wise. So I stuck to a purchase in the region of £30 however I saved over £10 in savings and offers, therefore I feel less guilty about it. 

After my usual routine of coming home and making dinner, and getting the girls ready for bed, I settled down to try out some of the products purchased. (I did not do them all as the blog post will be a million words long) 

Sticking to my “strong vibrant colours” I decided to do green, a colour that not many can pull off and has to be done to perfection to look right (IMHO) I am waaaaay with a hundred A’s inserted out of my zone eeeek! But what the heck! Good things happen out of the comfort zone right? 

I first prepped my face, using fix and perfect primer (Rimmel) I loved the feel of this product, it was almost like silk and applied beautifully. It left my skin nice and soft, which made it easier to apply my foundation and of course my B popping candy highlight serum! This is the first time I have used primers. Over time I learn new things, remember I am starting out from the bottom with makeup, so I didnt really know just how much benefits primer’s have! I soon discovered this made a huge difference to the finish of my foundation. After applying foundation I began with the highlight and contouring. I didnt need a contouring kit, as I already had one, but I saw it and thought I may as well purchase it and test it out against my cream contouring palette. (This one is powder)  Collage of contouring kit

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The product is “Define & Conquer Contour Kit” By “Seventeen” not a very expensive item at all, pretty much in everyone’s budget. I applied the product as started in the instructions and do I like? Hmm, not such a huge fan! I think this is down to always using cream based products, but I must say I do prefer creams to the powder. This is the first powder contour and highlight kit I have used so I may try another from a different brand and compare. But it did the job alright, you dont need a lot of product, but it is difficult to blend. Does take awhile to get everything blended so you dont have heavy lines remaining. IMAG0819

Now for the eyes! I used minimal products for this, I didnt want to use a lot of products with the shadow been green. Thought it may of looked a little over the top and dramatic! I first applied a primer, this was Exaggerate undercover shadow primer again by “Rimmel” I picked this up the same time as the face primer on my cosmetic haul in Boots! Again this left a lovely finish, silky and smooth. When i applied the white shadow base I instantly noticed a difference as the product appeared brighter! (So thank you to all the beauty bloggers out there who did reviews on primer, all your work paid off, I eventually listened, should of sooner!) Once the white base was applied I chose 3 different shades of green dark, medium and light of course and applied the darker shade to the outer corner of my eye and working my way inwards towards the tear duct with the shades and carefully blending them. pretty simple!

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I then applied liquid eye liner (Please be aware I am a million times better at applying eye liner, but I unfortunately wear glasses and could not see, I couldnt get close to the mirror either, due to a huge baby bump! Dilemma’s everywhere! But you get the idea there!) Finishing off with mascara. I used my second favorite mascara this time round!! 

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Feeling a little blue?

Published October 20, 2015 by sarahsmith1988

Ok, So I guess I am going a little crazy here and just going to head well out of my comfort zone and go for the most brightest, bold and vibrant colours out there! Let’s step well out of the comfort zone and start exploring the colourful side! 

B Sweet Popping Candy Highlighting Serum

B Sweet Popping Candy Highlighting Serum

I typed into google “party eyeshadow tutorial” specifically as party make up is often wild and out of the ordinary. Usually often thrown in the mix is lots of glitter and sparkle! What more could a girl want?? Bring on the sparkle!

Any way. I thought about the colour blue. I am not a huge fan of blue eyeshadow, it takes a certain skin tone, eye colour, hair colour to pull it off. I an remember back when I was 14 and I used to apply blue eyeshadow all over my eye lid and up to my brow bone with lots of cheap clumpy mascara and thought I looked amazing! Boy, how much do I cringe thinking back to them times. I avoided all blue shades after looking back at the memory. *Shudder* 

So today I am stepping massivly out of my comfort zone and going straight in with the blue.. However, this time a little more er, tamer! 

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First thing first is I applied my usual foundation mixed in with B sweet popping candy highlighter. In my previous posts you will notice I mentioned this a few times this is a little tub of amazing pearly beads swamped in a mixture of clear gel once you press the pump the little pearl beads mix with the gel creating a lovely blob of sparkle! Mix it in with foundation and your face just glows like a brand spanking new face! Its amazing trust me! Best buy of the year for me. You can buy this from Superdrug (UK) priced at £14.99 however it is currently on offer for £7.49 so hurry! After applying this magic to my face and blending well I applied concealer under my eyes and blended using the blending bud. I sometimes add contouring and highlight but today I thought I would keep face products to a minimum, more due to the fact I was running out of time at this point and still had not applied my eyeshadow or filled my brows in!! IMAG0798

For my eyes I took a white pencil and coloured in the entire eye lid, blending well and a little over the crease to create a base. Taking a dark blue shadow (Mine was dark blue with shimmer) I thought using the shimmer rather then the matte would create more sparkle and wow! From the outer corner of the eye lid I applied the shadow to roughly about centre of my eye, and dabbed a little with finger to secure the shadow. Using the same eyeshadow I drew a line across my lower lash line and on the lash line. I did this to add intensity to the look. Finishing off with black eyeliner on the upper lash line, and a dab of barry m dazzle dust No.27 for the extra sparkle and then applying my favorite mascara! 3D fiber Lash Plus, never fails! 

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Vampy Fall

Published October 15, 2015 by sarahsmith1988

I am in love with the vampy style this fall, but I must say with my complexion and face shape I can not pull this off so well. I did however dug through the internet for some inspiration and jiggled up a number of video tutorial’s for some inspiration to create my own idea. Ideally I would of loved to of created my skin tone more paler and maybe applying the bronzer on a little darker to make the cheeks stand out and provide a more sharper detail, however I did not have the correct foundation in order to do this. So I created the foundation by mixing two foundations together. To create a different effect and shade to what I normally apply. product collage

After creating the base of eye shadow I then applied the cream colour from the contouring kit to highlight under the eyes, forehead, chin, upper lip and nose and blended well with a blending bud. I use the blending bud as I love the effect it creates when finished. The product looks more natural and can achieve a more even consistency of the product without streaks patches. I tend to use a dabbing motion rather then rubbing it in, it appears lighter and less of a caked on feel. Once highlighted I take the bronzer (MUA makeup artiste palette) and apply on my cheek bones, under the chin and down the sides of my nose, blending again with the blending bud. 

product collage 3For the eyes I applied the white from the palette W7 up in smoke palette. in my opinion these shadows are not very highly pigmented and they do not last all day, they do however look much better applied wet rather then dry, but again, does not last all day. Once I am happy with the white base I then applied stargazer “copper” into the creases and applied more till I created my desired effect and density of colour. I love stargazer shadows and must warn you to use a little as they are highly pigmented, they also stay put all day and dont bundge which is great! You can apply both wet and dry and the shadow stays put. If you apply wet though it really does stand out more in terms of sparkle and shimmer. I have never had a bad word said about stargazer products! They also do a lot of gothic style shades, so perfect for this Fall fashion trends you can find their website here www.stargazer-products.com 

At the moment they have a fantastic range of Halloween products and ideas you must check out if Halloween is your thing! 

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I then applied moodstruck precision eye liner “perfect” across the eye line and then took the “Pristine” shade and applied it into the inner corners of my eye and lower corner of tear duct and blended gently! I love the moodstruck precision pencil range both eye and lip liners due to their long lasting wearing. They apply very easily and smoothly, they are also waterproof, strong in colour and provide a very good range of colours you can check these out here www.youniqueproducts.com/sarahsmith1988 

To complete the look I applied a little sparkle to the inner corners of my eyes with Barry m dazze dust No 27 it is a white shimmer and adds perfect finish to any look! The product if dabbed on creates very little mess and does stay put! So you dont have to worry about shimmer all over your face and clothes. 

What I did notice about the vampy look is big wow lashes. Since I am yet to learn how to apply false lashes and can never get the hang of it I use moodstruck 3D fiber Plus mascara! This mascara is a cheat version to false lashes as they create the illusion of long lashes very well. Double the coat and they appear bigger! its a product you have to try to see for yourself just how amazing it is for when your in a rush, or simply just dont get on with false lashes!! ATT_1444856616849_IMAG0781

For the lips I used moodstruck precision lip liner in “pompous” Which is a burgundy/red wine shade and it glides on smoothly with no problems, it is a bit stubborn to rub off! But that works in your favour when your wearing it as it does not budge! not for anything! I covered most of my lip in the liner and then applied the lipstick Sleek Makeup true colour lipstick in Mulberry! This lipstick is very moisturizing it is almost wet when applied and once you blot it does leave a nice matte finish, it lasts a long time, I only had to re apply once. Very highly pigmented and perfect for vampy lips! I purchased this product from eBay best price £3.90 free shipping! I also purchased another shade “Cherry” which is also a very nice colour for fall trend. 

To complete entire look I finished off the brows, by applying eye pencil and brow plumper to make them look fuller! 

(Please excuse my night top! I did this late at night haha)

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