Thursday, 16 October 2014

FOTD: Glamorous Evening Makeup

Glamorous evening makeup is by far my favourite. Its an excuse for me to go crazy with contouring and smoke out my eyes. I attended an evening event last week, so I thought I would share with you the look I created.






Eyes:
My eyes were all about neutral smokes. I used the Crown Brush '28 Nude Eye Shadow Palette', blending deep brown shades through my crease and under my lower lash line. I added a super dramatic winged liner using my all time love: Maybelline 'Lasting Drama' Gel Liner and finished off with The Body Shop 'Super Volume Mascara' and  '100' lashes from Eyelure. I also used Illamasqua Eyebrow Cake in 'Peek' to define my brows.

Face: 
For my skin, I created a medium coverage base using Illamasqua 'Skin Base' Foundation and covered up problem areas using my Collection 'Lasting Perfection' Concealer. To contour I used Nars 'Laguna' bronzer and created a dewy highlight on my cheek bones using Illamsqua Gleam in 'Aurora'. I finished off my skin by adding a subtle coral blush using the orange shade in the Collection 'Shimmer Shades' blusher palette.

Lips:
I went for a deep raspberry lip using Illamasqua 'Magnetism' which is my go to berry shade. 



What do you think of this evening makeup look? What products do you like to use when you're creating glamorous smokey makeup?

Sam xx

Friday, 3 October 2014

Detailed Floral Nail Art Tutorial

So I've been doing nail art for a while now but to date I have never used acrylic paint on my nails. You may be thinking WHAT!? Acrylic paint as an alternative to nail polish!? Thats exactly what I thought but its fantastic to use, especially with black detailing, in order to prevent the dreaded smudging when you apply a top coat. Therefore I thought I would give it a go!

This detailed floral print was inspired by this amazing design from Lindsey at Wondrously Polished. Although mine are no way as good as Lindsey's at least I gave it a try hey!

Detailed Floral Nail Art Tutorial

Detailed Floral Nail Art

All you will need is black acrylic paint (I just picked mine up from Hobby Craft), a pale yellow polish for the base (I used Illamasqua 'Load'), and purple, orange, mint and lime green shades for the flowers (I used Illamasqua 'Harem', Rimmel 'Tangy Tangerine, Graffiti Nails 'Pistachio' and BarryM 'Key Lime' respectively). Its also handy to have a top coat and a selection of fine nail art brushes and dotting tools to hand.

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Detailed Floral Nail Art Tutorial

Step 1: To begin I painted all my nails in the pale yellow base shade. I waited for this to dry completely before moving on.

Step 2: Next, taking the black acrylic paint, I created the outline of the floral print on each nail.

Step 3: Taking the various coloured polishes, I added these to the centre of the flowers.

Step 4: Finally once everything was dry I went in with a layer of top coat on each nail. this will help to seal in your design and prevent chipping.

And there you have your super detailed floral print nails!

Detailed Floral Nails

What do you think of this design? Have you ever created any intricate detailed nail art?

Happy Nail Art-ing!
Sam xx

Friday, 26 September 2014

FOTD: Lazy Day Makeup

When I'm having a lazy day, winged liner is definitely not on the agenda and my go to makeup look looks something a little like this...

FOTD: Lazy Day Makeup

Lazy Day Makeup


Face:
To begin I always use my Illamasqua 'Skin base' Foundation, perfect for a day-to-day medium coverage which you can build up to a full coverage if you wish. I then used Nars 'Laguna' to give a subtle contour to my cheeks and highlighted using No.17 'Shimmer Brick'. I finished off my skin by adding a pop of colour to the apples of my cheeks using Illamasqua 'Hussy' Powder Blusher.

Eyes:
I created a neutral wash of colour over my lid and under my lower lash line using the Crown Brush '28 Nude Eye Shadow Palette'. Skipping eyeliner led me to coating my lashes in The Body Shop 'Super Volume Mascara'. I also defined my brows using Illamasqua Eyebrow Cake in 'Peek'.

Lips:
Pink was my colour of choice on the lips today. I began by lining my lips using Nyx 'Sand Pink / Sable Rosé' and then added Nyx 'Soft Matte Lip Cream in 'Instanbul'.


What looks do you go for when you're having a lazy day but still want to add a splash of makeup?

Sam xx

Friday, 19 September 2014

Japanese Inspired Floral Nail Art Tutorial

With leaves beginning to fall and the days slowly closing in on us, I thought it was about time I brought out my berry toned nail varnish. Dark berry shades are my favourite to use on both my nails and in my makeup during the Autumn season, so I went for a berry ombre on the base of my nails and added a japanese floral pattern on top. If you want to find out how I created this look, take a look at my pictorial below...

Japanese Inspired Floral Nail Art Tutorial

Autumn Berry Floral Nail Art Tutorial

Step-By-Step Pictorial:

Japanese Inspired Floral Nail Art Tutorial

Step 1: To begin I created the ombre base using to berry shade variations and a small makeup sponge.

Step 2: Next taking white nail varnish onto a dotting tool I created two large circles, dotting smaller circles around the edge. This will act as the base of the flowers.

Step 3: Next I took the darker berry shade and using a fine dotting tool I added this to the centre of each smaller dot.

Step 4: Taking the lighter berry shade, create the centre of each flower.

Step 5: Whilst the centre berry shade is still wet, press a gem into the centre.

Step 6: Finally finish off the nail art by applying a layer of top coat to each nail - this will help to seal in both the nail art and the gems.

And there you have your Japanese inspired floral nail art!

Japanese Inspired Floral Nail Art

Autumn Berry Floral Nail Art

What do you think of this nail art look? Have you created any Autumn nail art designs?

Happy Nail Art-ing! Sam x

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