Saturday, 27 June 2015

Bronze and Khaki Eye Makeup Tutorial

Its been a while since I did a step-by-step eye makeup tutorial and they're one of my favourite posts to create. Recently I have been jumping on the rust and khaki fashion trends and creating an eye makeup look to match, adding bronze shades to my lids and smudging a subtle khaki shadow beneath the lower lash line.

Bronze and Khaki Makeup Tutorial

Bronze and Khaki Eye Makeup

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Bronze and Khaki Eye Makeup Tutorial

Step 1: To begin I placed a neutral shadow all over the lid and filled in my brows.

Step 2: Taking a warm brown shadow onto a fluffy brush I blended this through my crease.

Step 3: Taking a shimmer bronze shadow, I pressed this all over the lid, adding several layers to intensify the colour.

Step 4: Next I added the warm brown shade under my lower lash line.

Step 5: Taking a dark green/khaki shadow onto a small detailing brush I blended this under the eye.

Step 6: To finish off and frame the eye I added a winged liner and some mascara.

All the products I used to create the full face look are listed below...

Illamasqua SkinBase Foundation
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 01 'Fair' to highlight
House of GlamDolls GlamBase Wheel (to contour)
Illamasqua Sculpting Duo (to intensify the contour)
Nars 'Laguna' Bronzer to warm up the skin
Illamasqua Powder Blusher in 'Ambition'
Phees Makeup Tips 'The Original' Highlighter

Illamasqua Eyebrow Cake in 'Peek' and 'Motto'
Makeup Revolution Flawless Eyeshadow Palette
Maybelline Gel Liner
L'Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara

Illamasqua Lip Liner in Fantasy
Illamasqua Lipstick in Fable

I hope you like my makeup look? What looks have you been loving recently?

Sam x

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Geometric Nail Art Inspired by Dahlia Nails

Emma & Jo from Dahlia Nails have an amazing nail art blog and their Instagram account is one of my favourites. I was recently have a browse through their page to get some nail art inspiration and I came across these amazingly bright geometric nails which I just had to recreate myself. The bright colours are perfect for summer, so if you want to find out how I created this look keep reading...

Geometric Nail Art

Bright Nail Art

What will you need?
Nail polish in white, bright pink, blue and green, a top coat and a small nail art dotting tool.
The shades I used are Models Own 'Coconut Cream' (white) and 'Sun Hat' (bright pink), Illamasqua 'Cameo' (blue) and Collection 'Look at Me!' (green).

Step 1: Begin by painting all nails in a base of the white polish and leave this to dry completely
Step 2: Take the pink, blue and green polishes in turn onto a dotting tool and create small triangles in vertical lines on each nail.
Step 3: Wait until everything is dry and then finally add a top coat to each nail.

And there you have your fun and bright geometric nail art!

I hope you like this design! If you haven't already be sure to go and check out more of Emma and Jo's nail art designs at Dahlia Nails.

Happy Nail Arting! Sam x

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The Power Of Makeup

As some of you may have seen, the other day Nikki Tutorials posted a video titled "The Power of MAKEUP", where she showed a transformational makeup look by applying products to just one side of her face. To me makeup is all about giving me more confidence as well as having fun creating new looks and trying out new products. Nikki's video really inspired me to do the same so here is my, more subtle take, on a half face of makeup to show just what power makeup really has and why I love it! 

The products I used were:

Illamasqua Skinbase Foundation in '04', Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 01 'Fair', House of GlamDolls 'GlamBase Wheel', Illamasqua 'Sculpting Duo' and 'Katie' Blush, Nars 'Laguna' Bronzer and No7 Shimmer Brick.

Crown Brush '28 Nude Eyeshadow Palette', Maybelline Gel Liner, L'Oreal Paris 'Miss Manga' Mascara and Illamasqua 'Eyebrow Cake in Motto and Peek'

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lip Pencil in 'Spice' and L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in '630 Beige Á Nu'

If you have created a half face look I would love to see so leave a link to your video/blog post in the comments below. 

Sam x

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Colour Club Halo Hues Holographic Nail Varnish Swatches

My twin sister purchased these holographic colour club polishes from the 'Halo Hues' collection the other day and kindly let me swatch them to show you guys. I am slightly obsessed with anything holographic at the moment, takes me back to my childhood with the days of the spice girls and jelly shoes (90’s girl memories)! Colour club offer a fab range of shades and these are just three of the holographic shades: ‘Cloud Nine’, ‘Harp On It’ and ‘Cherubic’. Keep reading to find out my favourite of the three and some up close swatches…

'Cloud Nine':

'Cloud Nine' is definitely my favourite shade of the three. I would describe it as fuchsia shade (a mix of pink and purple) with an amazing rainbow holographic finish. I painted two coats of this shade to create an opaque base and I found two coats helped the holographic glitter shine even more. These nail varnishes are also surprisingly easy to remove. I was expecting the removal to be similar to a glitter polish however it is non-comparable, a few swipes with nail varnish remover was enough to remove the polish completely.

Colour Club Halo Hues Cloud Nine

Colour Club Halo Hues Cloud Nine

'Harp On It':

Next up is 'Harp On It' and I would describe this shade as a classic holographic silver. I also loved this shade and again applied two coats to create an opaque, even base on my nails.

Colour Club Halo Hues Harp On It

Colour Club Halo Hues Harp On It


Last, but definitely not least is 'Cherubic'. This is a gold polish and the holographic finish gives it a slight rose gold feel. Again I added two coats and I love how this polish can be warn as a neutral/nude-ish shade with a holographic twist when it catches the light.

Colour Club Halo Hues Cherubic

Colour Club Halo Hues Cherubic

To take a look at the Halo Hues collection from Colour Club head over to their website and to get your hands on some in the UK my sister picked them up from this eBay seller for just over £8 each.

Which shade do you like the look of? Have you tried any other holographic polishes?

Sam xx

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Neon & Glitter Chevron Nail Art

I am back with another bright nail art look and today I went for a chevron design using some neon and glitter polishes. If you want to find out how I created this look then keep on reading...

Neon & Glitter Chevron Nail Art

Glitter Chevron Nail Art

All you will need for this look is 3 coloured polishes of your choice, 3 glitter polishes, a top coat and some chevron nail stickers to make the job a whole lot easier!
The polishes I used were the Models Own 'Polish for Tans' collection in the shades 'Sun Hat' (neon pink), 'Beach Bag' (neon orange) and 'Shades' (neon coral) and the glitter polishes are from the Illamasqua 'Galmore' collection in the shades 'Trilliant' (champagne glitter), 'Fire Rose' (pink glitter) and 'Marquise' (orange glitter). The chevron stickers I used were the NailVinyl 'Chevron Minis'.

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Chevron Nail Art step-by-step tutorial

Step 1: Begin by taking your neon shades and applying a different polish to each nail. Leave these to dry completely before moving on.

Step 2: Taking the chevron stickers, place two onto each nail, spacing evenly.

Step 3: Grab your glitter polishes and paint over the entire nail, switching up the shades as you wish. Remove the stickers straight after painting the glitter coat to reveal your chevron design.

Step 4: Finally once everything is dry, go in with a top coat to even out the nails and add some shine!

And there you have your bright a glittery chevron mani!

Neon Chevron Nail Art

Chevron Nail Art

What do you think of this design? Let me know what nail art you have been loving in the comments below.

Happy Nail Art-ing! Sam x

Friday, 8 May 2015

Cocktail Ombré Nail Art

I was feeling bright and colourful when I created this nail art so I went for a neon ombre which reminds me of a summer cocktail!

Cocktail Ombré Nail Art

All you will need for this look is a white, yellow, orange and pink polish, as well as a small makeup sponge. The shades I used were Models Own 'Coconut Cream' on the base to brighten up the colours and Graffiti Nails 'Mellow', Illamasqua 'Gamma' and Models Own 'Sophie's Pink'.

Ombré Nail Art

Step 1: Begin by painting the base of your nails in a white polish and leave this to dry completely. By doing this it will really help to brighten up the ombré shades.

Step 2: Stripe the 3 shades onto a small makeup sponge and press this onto the nail, dabbing the sponge up and down to create a seamless ombré design.

Step 3: Once everything is dry, go in with a top coat to even out the nails and give them some shine.

And there you have your cocktail ombré manicure!

Bright Ombré Nail Art

What shades do you like to use in your ombré nail art designs?

Happy Nail Art-ing! Sam xx

Monday, 27 April 2015

Winged Eye Liner Tutorial

One of my most requested posts is to do a winged eyeliner tutorial and I have finally got round to doing one! I rarely go a day without winged liner in my makeup look and after trying out many different products and brushes I have found my perfect combo.

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Winged Eye Liner Tutorial

Step 1: I begin by defining my brows and applying any eyeshadow(s) of my choice.

Step 2: Next I draw a line from the very corner of my line, following my waterline up. You can extend this line as much as you wish.

Step 3: I then start at the tip of the line I have just created and drag this down to the centre of my eye.

Step 4: Applying more liner, I fill in any gaps and take the liner right into the corner of my eye.

Step 5: Next, I tightline my liner to ensure there are no gaps showing near the lashes. I then wipe my brush slightly to remove any excess product and extend the wing slightly to neaten up the edge.

Step 6: Finally I apply a coat of mascara to my lashes to open up my eye even more.

And there you have your winged liner!

What Products Do I Use?

My two holy grail products for winged liner are the Maybelline 'Lasting Drama Gel Liner' and the Sugarpill 'Precision Eyeliner Brush'. I have had problems with liner transferring onto my lid, however this gel liner doesn't budge all day and as you can tell from the photo above my pot of gel liner is very well loved! The Sugarpill brush is amazing to create a super fine line and picks up and moves gel liner perfectly. 

I hope you found this post helpful if you are new to winged liner! 

Are there any products/brushes you love to use to create eyeliner looks?

Sam xx