Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Collection 2000 - Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner

This blog post is on my favourite make-up product to create a glittery eye. 

The Collection 2000 Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Line can be purchased from Boots and Superdrug stores and is priced at £2.99... so very affordable !!

I usually wear these products when I'm going on a night out because they catch the light really nicely and really add to your make-up. I normally create a smoky eye first and then put the glitter over the top. I would use silver and black/dark grey eye shadow and put Quiz over the top, or I would use gold and brown eye shadow and put Funk over the top. Therefore I normally do not use these products as a liner but more to cover my top eye lid. I also like to put s small amount under my eye.

I think the consistency of the product is really nice and through putting on one layer, letting it dry, then adding another layer of the glitter it really builds up to create a stronger glitter base. This can be shown in the image below where I used 2 layers and the glitter looks quite strong.

The applicator makes the product really easy to apply either as a thin liner or all over the eye lid as it is like a brush. You could also apply the glitter by placing a small amount on the back of your hand and pushing it over the eye lid using your finger. 

This product was used for Leona Lewis's make-up when she appeared on xfactor last year and the image below of her make-up shows that through layering the glitter you can get a really striking look...

This product is also available in various other colours, including green, blue, pink, purple and black. Therefore it can be used with a variety of make up looks. 

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

My Current Favourite Shoes

This blog post is dedicated to my two favourite pair of shoes at the moment to wear during the day.

The first pair were brought for me as a birthday present from my amazing twin sister and they are white converse covered in sequins. They are exclusive to office stores and retail at £56.99. These are one of my favourite pairs of shows because I feel they really make an outfit and with the sequins being in many different colours you can wear them with lots of different outfits. Some people might feel they are a bit over the top, but when I'm just wearing jeans and a t-shirt I feel they really help to brighten up my outfit. They’re also really comfortable and don't rub me at all, which some other casual trainer style shoes such as vans do. 

The second pair of shoes contrast with the converse as they are much dressier. They are the 'Millicent stud back black boots' from Topshop, retailing slightly cheaper than the converse at £40. These are my favourite shoes at the moment to wear with a day dress and tights, or a skirt and blouse.  They also look great with a pair of black skinny jeans, and with studs being very in at the moment I feel they really add a fashionable edge to your outfit. Like the converse they are very comfortable to wear. One downside to these boots are that the heels put on them are not of a great quality and I had to get mine re-heeled after I wore them around 10 times! However I did do an hour round trip to uni when I wore them.

I get a lot of wear out of both pairs of shoes and would recommend both pairs to anyone thinking of buying them!

Monday, 28 January 2013

Paint-it-yourself – Ikea Storage Box

I purchased cheap storage boxes from Ikea and painted them to create stylish looking boxes to add colour to my bedroom. The final result is shown below.

The boxes started out as plain brown cardboard boxes which you build yourself. As mentioned earlier they were from Ikea and I can’t remember the exact price but they were no more than £8 for 2.

Using acrylic paints I decorated the boxes. For the base colours I did 2-3 coats and left them to dry before painting the flowers on top. The flowers never really needed more than one coat of paint.

I based the two patterns on Cath Kidston flower prints. These can be shown below.

It’s a really cheap way to transform plain boxes using patterns you love. They took me around a day each to complete (including time for the base colours to dry) and therefore they’re a really good weekend/ holiday time filler. 

Sunday, 27 January 2013

MUA - Heaven and Earth Eye-shadow Palette

After seeing loads of positive reviews on the MUA 'Heaven and Earth' eye-shadow palette over the last year, and after being pleased with other MUA palettes I have tried, such as the 'Immaculate Collection' I really wanted to try it out myself!

As you can see from the above images the colours within the palette are all very neutral and are therefore ideal for day make-up looks and the darker browns and golds could also be used to create smoky looks for a night out. 

When trying the palette out I found that the colours blend really nicely and the shades are really pigmented with a nice amount of shimmer. The lighter shades (such as the bottom left eye-shadow in the image above) are ideal to put into the tear duct area and the darker shades look nice in the crease and blended into the lighter shades.

The image above shows how well the colours blend to give a really nice neutral day look!
The product costs just £4 and is available from Superdrug stores and I think its well worth adding to your make-up collection!

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Coral, White, Gold and Pink Nail Art

♥ This is the end result shown below and if you want to find out how to create this look follow the steps below!

♥ Colours you will need:        
  • Coral
  • Gold
  • Light Pink
  • White
  • Glitter
  • Clear/ Top Coat
You will also need:
  • Toothpick
  • Piece of Paper
 STEP 1 
Ensure that there is no old nail varnish left on the nail and prep the nail by pushing cuticles back and filing to the desired shape 

♥ STEP 2
Paint all nails in the coral colour apart from the 4th finger which you paint gold. Then wait for these colours to dry. 

♥ STEP 3
Take your piece of paper and put a small amount of the white nail varnish onto it. Then take your toothpick and begin to draw dots onto the little finger (as shown below). 

♥ STEP 4
Skip the 4th finger (we will come back to that at the end). On the middle finger do 4 white dots in the shape of a flower.

♥ STEP 5
On the 2nd finger make sure you keep a steady hand and draw zig zags using the toothpick and the white nail varnish.

♥ STEP 6
Put a small amount of the pink nail varnish onto the paper. On the thumb like the little finger (but using pink instead) draw dots (as shown below). 

♥ STEP 7
Go back to the middle finger and using the pink nail varnish and the toothpick place a dot into the centre of the flowers.

♥ STEP 8
On the gold nail, put a layer of glitter over the top.

♥ STEP 9
Finally once all your nails are dry, paint a layer of the clear/top coat over every nail.

You can also create this look using mint/blue, white and silver glitter colours: