26 March 2015

Faux Fur Backpack

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When faux-fur backpacks first came under my radar it quickly became an item which was put to the top of my "d.i.y wish list". There is something I find so nostalgic about owning a furry backpack. In fact I think "Clueless" might have had an influence on this, as I have been known to obsess over that backpack, whenever I watch the film.  Another new d.i.y that I can tick off my endlessly long "wish list" is this candy stripe skirt, which was inspired by the urge to add more 'pink' to my wardrobe, because you can never have too much in my eyes. I am extremely tempted to make a top to go with it, to a form a 'candy-strip co-ord'. All I can say is let the endless supply of pink clothing commence, because I am seriously addicted to the stuff.

Roll Neck Jumper - M&S | Skirt - D.I.Y | Backpack - D.I.Y | Boots - Primark | Sunglasses - Rayban Clubmasters | Scarf - D.I.Y 
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24 March 2015

The Beauty Brief: How to Contour

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Contouring is one of those beauty steps which I never seem to miss-out, as with the help of just a couple of key products your face can be instantly transformed into 'model-esque' definition.  This trend is huge, with it frequently being seen on the likes of Kim Kardashian (the queen of contouring) and Beyonce, and the best part is that it can easily be created at home.

So with that in mind I thought I would share with you how I contour my own face, using two of favourite products from Mac at The House of Fraser-a go to destination for online make-up shopping. I am by no means an expert, I just thought I would share with you my approach to the trend.
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What you will need:
Mac Matte Powder Blush in "Prism" (link)*-contour
Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in "Soft and Gentle" (link)*-highlight
Real Techniques Contour Brush (part of the core collection)
Real Techniques Stippling Brush
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For me when it comes to choosing a product to use for the 'contour' I have found the most effective ones are matt as they create a 'natural' looking shadow without the need for shimmer. "Prism" by Mac is perfect for my fair skin, as I found that it doesn't appear orange or "muddy" when I apply it to my face, which a lot of bronzers can be.

So with my 'contour brush' I suck my cheeks in-hello 'fish face' and sweep the colour along the hollows of my cheekbones, blending from the ear downwards. For me the best way to do this is start with a light amount of colour and gradually build it up, to you desired about of 'definition'.

I then sweep the colour along the sides of nose and take it down along my jawline, to define the rest of face. If I didn't have a fringe I would additionally apply some colour along my temples, to add more of a 'sun kissed' glow. With the contouring done I always take the time to blend the product into my skin, using a stippling brush, to tone down any harsh edges and therefore make it appear more 'natural'.

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Now for the 'highlight', from my research the key to highlighting is to use a product which is either slightly lighter than your skin or a skinned tone shimmer. Highlighting is all about adding the product to the areas of the face where the light 'naturally' hits, this includes the bridge of your nose, tops of cheekbones, cupids bow, inner corners of your eyes, brow bone and centre of your face (between eyebrows). For me the product I love to use is Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle, which is a beautiful rose-gold toned shade, that works well as a natural highlight to your face due to its golden tone. I proceed to apply a small amount of this to the bridge of my nose, tops of my cheekbones and the inner corners of my eyes, to subtly highlight my face without looking like a full-blown disco ball.
So there you have it a simple guide to contouring your face using just two products!

16 March 2015

The Beauty Review: Jerome Russell Pink Colour Toner

Jerome Russell pink toner review
Jerome Russell pink toner review
Jerome Russell pink toner review
Jerome Russell Pink Colour Toner (link)*
Ever since dyeing my hair pink I've been on the look out for products to 'maintain' and refresh the colour, without using a full-blown hair dye. So when the lovely people over at Jerome Russell (the no.1 blinding brand) contacted me to see whether I would like to give their "Maximum Colour Toner in Pink" a whirl I couldn't be more intrigued, to test it out.  

The instructions state that it works best on pre-lightened/blonde hair, now as mine is already dyed I carried out both a skin test (essential) and a strand test to see what colour it would turn out, but also to find out how long to leave the colour on to develop. On the box it says to leave it on for a maximum of 30 minutes, so I did just that. Popped on a plastic cap and applied heat (via hair dyer) for 5 minutes, and left it to work its *candy floss* magic... 

I honestly found the product easy to use with a tint brush, to ensure I achieved an even application which I then massaged into my scalp and through to the ends of my hair. Formula wise it has a medium-thick consistency, that isn't extremely runny therefore not splashing everywhere. Although, like if I was to use any other hair dye, newspaper is recommended to save your bathroom floor (and cleaning up).  

Now the real test is the before and after (see photo below),  in the photo there is a slight difference in the colour. However in real life I have found the colour it is a lot more vibrant and evenly toned, I have found it has counteracted some of the orange tones in my hair with more of a blue toned pink. In fact I have found that it has worked best on the ends of my hair (the most absorbent and damaged), as they are a lot more pinker than before, and have a 'candy floss' hue to them-which I love!  It has also made my hair really shiny, and glossy which is a huge plus.  Overall I am happy with how the product has enhanced my pink-ness and added shine to my locks, in just 30 minutes! Be sure to check out their website (link), to see if there are any products that take your fancy.

Jerome Russell pink toner review

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