Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Sophisticated Berry Makeup Tutorial: Inspired By Lauren Curtis

Its time for another makeup tutorial and today's look was inspired by the stunning Lauren Curtis who you may know from YouTube. Lauren's makeup tutorials are always super wearable and glamourous. I was watching some of her tutorials the other day and I stumbled upon her 'Sultry & Sophisticated Evening Makeup Tutorial' and had to give it a go for myself.

Red tones can be tricky to get right in eye makeup however I feel the black liner helps to balance it out in this look. As Lauren did, I paired the eyes with a dark red lip, however if you want to make this more of a day-to-day look I think it would look stunning with a neutral lip too!

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Sophisticated Berry Makeup Tutorial: Inspired By Lauren Curtis

Step 1: I began by defining my brows and just pressing a small amount of powder over the lid to even out any pigmentation or foundation.

Step 2: Next I took my berry eyeshadow and lightly blended this through the crease and under the lower lash line.

Step 3: Next I took the berry eyeshadow again, this time focusing it just at the outer corner of the eye to increase the colour intensity here. I also added a nude shimmer across my lid.

Step 4: Taking a black kohl liner, I placed this on the lower and upper waterline, taking it right into the corner of my eye.

Step 5: Then I took a gel liner and just created a very fine line along my upper lashes, winging it out slightly at the corner.

Step 6: Finally I added a coat of mascara to my lashes and finished off the eyes with some fake lashes.

And there you have your sophisticated evening eye look!

Sophisticated Berry Makeup Tutorial: Inspired By Lauren Curtis

For the eyes I used Illamasqua eyebrow cake in 'Peek', MAC eyeshadow in 'Cranberry' and 'All That Glitters', Lord and Berry kohl liner in '#1001', Maybelline 'Gel Liner' and Eyelure lashes in '107'.

I also added a soft contour to my cheeks using Nars 'Laguna', highlighted my cheek bones using Illamasqua 'Gleam in Aurora' and added a dark lip using Illamasqua colouring Pencil in 'Lust' to begin and topping this with Lime Crime Velvetine in 'Red Velvet'.

What do you think of this look? Its a bit too soon to start thinking about Christmas but I think this would be perfect for festive parties!

Sam xx

Friday, 12 September 2014

DIY: Paint Your Own Folder

Paint Your Own Folder

Paint Your Own Folder

Paint Your Own Folder

As I get ready to head back to uni next week I have the very important task of buying all my new stationary (who doesn't love a good old stationary shop!). This year, after seeing some plain brown cardboard lever arches in Hobby Craft, I got my creative hat on and had a go at painting my own designs onto the front and back. The perfect way to add a bit of fun and colour to an otherwise boring file for all my lecture notes!

I find the best paint to use on this type of material is acrylic paint. The thicker consistency of acrylics means you get a great solid colour without have to add 100 coats! I added two coats of the paint on the base of each folder and found I only needed one coat when painting on the individual patterns. On the colourful flower folder, as well as some sections of the stripy folder, I used a sponge to create more of a tie dye background. I also added some glitter glue and gems to one of the folders to give it that much needed sparkly girly touch! I picked up all these materials from Hobby Craft too.

What do you think of my d.i.y folders? Have you got creative at all this summer?

Thanks for reading!
Sam x

Monday, 8 September 2014

Gingham & Daisy Nail Art Tutorial: Inspired by ASOS

If you are an fashion or Tanya Burr lover you may have seen the ASOS Skater Dress in Gingham and Sunflower. I love the combination of the two patterns so I thought I would create a nail art look inspired by the dress. As always I have put together a step-by-step pictorial so if you want to find out exactly how I create this design keep reading...

ASOS skater dress in gingham and sunflower

Gingham & Daisy Nail Art Tutorial

All you will need to create this look yourself is nail varnish in the shades: white, black, yellow and grey. It is also handy to have a top coat, a fine nail art brush, some striping tape and a dotting tool to hand.
I used all Illamasqua shades for this look and the shade names are: 'Scorch' (white), 'Boosh' (black), 'DWS' (grey) and 'Wayward' (yellow).

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Gingham & Daisy Nail Art Tutorial

Step 1: Begin by painting the little and index finger nails in white and all other nails in a black base and leave these to completely dry.

Step 2: Next, taking the white nail varnish again, this time on a fine nail art brush, create the petal design over all nails with a black base.

Step 3: Then take the yellow polish onto a dotting tool and create the centre of each daisy flower.

Step 4: Now its time to create the gingham nails! Taking some striping tape, place this in vertical stripes onto the nail.

Step 5: Taking the grey nail varnish fill in the gaps next to the tape to create your vertical tripes.

Step 6: If you don't have a steady hand it might be best to use the tape again, however I just went in with a dotting tool to create the grey horizontal lines on the little and index finger.

Step 7: To finish off the gingham design, take the black polish onto a dotting tool and create a small black square where the horizontal and vertical grey lines cross.

Step 8: Finally when all nails are fully dry, paint a layer of top coat onto each nail to seal the design into place!

And there you have your gingham and daisy/sunflower nail art!

Gingham & Daisy Nail Art Tutorial

ASOS skater dress in gingham and sunflower

What do you think of this nail art look? Have you ever created a design inspired by an item of clothing?

Happy Nail Art-ing! Sam xx

Friday, 5 September 2014

Golden Glitter Makeup Tutorial: Inspired By Lookamillion

If you didn't see my post last week 'Purple & Gold Eye Makeup Tutorial: Inspired by Dixiewolff'
you may not know about my series of blog post tutorials inspired by my favourite Instagram artists. I had the pleasure of meeting Sanna from Lookamillion earlier this year, and ever since I have been in awe of her stunning makeup looks she posts on Instagram. The amazing thing about Sanna is her makeup skills are all self taught, however she blends and wings her liner to perfection.   Today's look is a statement golden glitter eye with super black liner and lashes, inspired by Sanna's 'Holiday Glitter Makeup'. So here we go ...


Step-By-Step Tutorial:



 Step 1: To begin I added a neutral shadow all over the lid and under the lower lash line to cancel out any imperfections.


Step 2: Next I put a shimmer gold eyeshadow all over the lid and also took it under the lower lash line.

Step 3: Taking a slightly darker gold/brown eyeshadow I blended this into the crease.

Step 4: Now its time to add the glitter. I took some gold loose pigment, as well a gold glitter liquid liner, focusing this on the lid and slightly under the lower lash line.

Step 5: Next taking a gel liner, I create the strong black cat eye liner using a fine brush.

Step 6: Finally I added a coat of mascara and some lashes to finish off the eye.

And there you have your strong gold glitter eye makeup!





On the eyes I used Illamasqua 'Justify' eyeshadow, Mac 'Woodwinked' eyeshadow, Mac 'Twinks' eyeshadow, Illamasqua loose pigment in 'Ore', Collection Glam Crystals liner  in 'Funk', Maybelline Gel Liner and Illamasqua '21' lashes.
To finish off the look I thought I would make it party ready with a strong contour (using Nars 'Laguna' Bronzer), a peachy blush (Illamasqua 'Lover'), some shimmer highlighter (No17 'Shimmer Brick'), and a peach matter lip (Illamasqua 'Fable' - my fav!).

This look is perfect for a night out and you could even skip the strong liner for a super pretty day-time look!

I would love to hear what you think of this makeup look or if you have any ideas for future Instagram artists I could be inspired by, so please do leave a comment below!

Thanks for reading! Sam x

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Avon Art of Change Nailwear: Two Tone Nail Art Tutorial

Do you want a product that allows you to create nail art designs without having to own a bundle of different nail varnish shades? Well this is definitely the product for you!

Avon are soon to Launch the 'Art Of Change Nailwear' range, making it super easy to create a subtle nail art look. These polishes allow you to transform the polish shade by simply adding any top coat and they come in a range of different shades including pinks, purples and corals! If you want to find out more about exactly how these work, head over to the Avon blog or the Avon YouTube Channel to see my video tutorial of the look below!


Avon Art of Change Nailwear: Two Tone Nail Art

Avon Art of Change Nailwear

Two Tone Nail Art


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Purple & Gold Eye Makeup Tutorial: Inspired by Dixiewolff

Some of my favourite accounts to follow on Instagram are makeup artists and enthusiasts who post stunning looks, inspiring me to be more creative with my makeup. Therefore I thought I would do a series of tutorials on my blog, showing you looks I have created, inspired by some of my favourite Instagram artists.

The first in this series of posts is a gold and purple eye makeup look, inspired by the super talented Dixiewolff. If you haven't already checked her out on Instagram you won't be disappointed when you do! Georgia creates super colourful looks as well as everyday eye makeup. Every time she pops up on my Instagram feed I only wish I could blend like her! I thought I would have a go at Georgia's purple and gold look so here we go ....

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Purple & Gold Eye Makeup Tutorial

Step 1: To begin I just washed a white shadow over the eye just to cancel out any imperfections.

Step 2: Next, using a brown shadow, I took this all over the lid and slightly under the lower lash line, blending out the edges.

Step 3: Using a purple shadow, I placed this into the inner and outer corner of the eye, blending slightly in the crease.

Step 4: Then taking a gold eye shadow I added this to the centre of the lid and also ran it along the lower lash line. 

Step 5: Next, I took a bronzer and blended this into the crease and also took a gel liner and created a flick on the top lash line. 

Step 6: Finally I took some mascara onto the top and lower lashes to finish off the look.

And there you have your purple and gold eye makeup look, perfect for a party or special occasion!


Purple & Gold Eye Makeup Tutorial: Inspired by Dixiewolff

I pared by look with super dewy and highlighted skin and a nude lip. For my eye makeup I used the Illamasqua Fatale Palette, Maybelline Gel EyeLiner (my fav!) and The Body Shop Super Volume Mascara along with some individual lashes.

What do you think of this look? What colours do you love to use in your eye makeup?

Sam xx

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Tropical Floral Nail Art Tutorial

One of my favourite nail art themes is floral and I have slightly neglected it for a while. Today I thought I would get back into the swing of floral designs and create one with a tropical coloured twist. Keep reading to find out how I created this look ...

Tropical Floral Nail Art Design

Tropical Floral Nail Art Tutorial

All you will need is nail varnish in the shades: purple, coral, yellow, blue, green, white and black. You will also need a dotting tool and a fine nail art brush.
The shades I used were Illamasqua 'Lament', 'Boosh' and 'Scorch'; Collection 'Lemon Sorbet'; Models Own 'Blueberry Muffin' and Rimmel 'Green Grass' and 'Purple Rain'.

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Tropical Floral Nail Art Tutorial Step By Step

Step 1: Begin by painting all nails in the purple shade and leaving this to dry completely

Step 2: Next create the larger flowers on the nail using the coral and yellow polish on a dotting tool.

Step 3: Leaving the larger flowers to dry I moved onto the smaller detailing, creating smaller flowers in the blue and white and some leaves in any spare areas on the nail using the green polish.

Step 4: Next taking the coral and yellow shades onto a fine nail art brush I created some texture in the centre of all the large flowers.

Step 5: Then taking the black and white polishes onto a dotting tool I added detailing to the centre of each large flower.

Step 6: Finally once everything is dry go in and paint a layer of top coat onto each nail.

And there you have your tropical floral nail art design!

Tropical Floral Nail Art Tutorial

Tropical Floral Nail Art Tutorial

What do you think of this design? If you recreate this or something similar I would love to see a photo so tag me on Instagram @insamazement!

Happy Nail Art-ing! Sam xx