Monday, 24 August 2009

Mum's are like buttons - they hold things together


Happy Birthday Mumry +

Bit of a rough week for me.. Just wanted to wish you a happy birthday mum.
Love, miss and think of you everyday x

Will hopefully do some more posts next week, just taking a bit of time out. Hope everyone's okay!

Sunday, 16 August 2009

FOTD/OOTD - Bittersweet Mocha

So the other day, I came up with this look - which I found super easy and quick to do; bonus! So I thought I'd share it with you


The eye is understated but in an elegant way - something I think I will be doing again in the future!

I wanted my cheekbones to be more pronounced so dug out my bronzer and highlight!

This was the outfit I chose - a great bandeau dress which is a great colour for the summer days and nights - and I think was a great match for the make up look I went for.


NYX Jumbo Pencil - Iced Mocha
MAC Satin Taupe e/s
MAC Dark Devotion e/s
MAC Scant e/s
Coastal Scents Gel Eyeliner - Brown
CG Lashblast

GOSH Darling

MAC Select NW15
Lily Lolo Cover Up
Barry M Bronzer
MAC Perfect Topping

Coral Bandeau Dress -
Black boyfriend Cardy
Black 3/4 Leggings

What's your favourite Summer combo?

Saturday, 8 August 2009


So in my last e.l.f. order I got another of their nail polishes and decided to give to put it on today! This one is called Moonlight and has a chrome finish to it.
In the end it took 4 coats to be even and if I'm perfectly honest that is 2 too many for how it eventually turned out. I don't think this is the best colour either for my pale skin tone, but alas - we live and learn!

In other nail news, a while back I won a competition from the nailphile and after the crap postal service lost my prize...
She is kindly sending me some other goodies to replace the package that got lost! Yay!
Also - something extra to clear up the staining on my nails. HAL.LE.LU.JAH!

What's your favourite e.l.f. polish?

Monday, 3 August 2009

Monday Poll

Mood: Pretty well rounded today; as some would say - BLAH

First words out of my mouth this morning: "Morning Pop" - my boyfriend's pet name, eesh

What I’m looking forward to this week: Doing the friday night tradition with our lovely couple - Ben & Jade - on friday again! I've missed it!

One thing I’d like to improve about myself: Overall, I need to be more optimistic and motivated to get things done and do them right

On my makeup lust list: The sleek palettes! Why do my superdrug's not have them?? Gahhh

What I ate: Burger and chips, mmmm

Cheeks: MAC Tenderling blush

Lips: NYX Tea Rose

Outfit: Black bandeau dress and shrug - simple!

Fragrance: Britney Spears - Curious

Weekly goals: Really need to re dye my hair - I'm sick of my hair looking like poop! Now.. 2 problems - light brown or dark brown and where to get the money from? Siiiigghh

Homemade - Highlighter spray

I have really been loving my Fix+ mixed with vanilla pigment lately and just wanted to share it with you.
It's a great way to brighten up the face and give an all over dewy glow. I love it on the days I'm not wearing much make up or when I've just woken up - it instantly makes me look awake!

What's your favourite beauty concoction?

Saturday, 1 August 2009

How to: Pressing Pigments

So after my last post showing the pigment's I pressed, a few of you asked to see how I do it - so this it!

First of all, you need to gather everything you'll need, which is:

  • Pigment
  • Empty pan
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Scoop and hair grip (something to dispense your rubbing alcohol and something to stir it all with)
  • 10p
  • Hairdryer
  • Material - up to you what you'd like to use, I go for a spare pillowcase as I prefer the pattern this gives
  • You also probably want to cover the surface you're working on as things can get messy.. and with me? They almost always do!

Once you've got everything ready - you then need to disinfect everything. You don't want any germs going into your lovely new shadow!

You then want to take the pigment you're going to be using and this is where I use the hair grip to transfer the pigment into the pan. You want to properly fill it, because when the rubbing alcohol is added the amount you have in the pan does shrink. But not to worry - you can always add more as you go along!

Now that you have your pigment ready in the pan, it's time to start adding the rubbing alcohol. I just use this white scoop, but if you have a medicinal pipet or something - that would be a lot easier! Add it little by little as you don't want it to be TOO runny. If you feel like there isn't enough pigment in the pan once you've added the rubbing alcohol - just add more pigment! Carry on this process until you have the right amount and consistency!

Now what you want to do is take your hair grip or whichever stirring tool you chose, and stir your mixture together. This is just to make sure everything is evenly mixed and there's no big clumps of pigment stuck together. It wants to look creamy more than anything! When you're happy you've stirred it enough - spread it evenly in the pan, ready for when you need to press.

Now you need to let it dry - you can either wait until the mixture has dried naturally, or if you're impatient like me, you'll take a hairdryer to it! You don't want it to be completely dry, nor do you want it too wet.. It really is like goldie locks when you're pressing pigments! So I just take my dryer and heat it up for about a minute or so, until you can see the mixture looking firmer.

Now you want to take your 10p (this is probably the best fit for us brits!) and put it in the material you're using and twist it up inside, tightly. You don't want any ruffles or creases - otherwise this will go into your pigment when you press! Then take a bit of the rubbing alcohol and put that on covered 10p - this will just help it not to stick to the pigment and allow for an overall better press.

All you need to do is place it into the pan and press! Don't worry if you see the material getting wet - this just means it's working and it's absorbing all the rubbing alcohol in the pigment. Carry on pressing, until you're happy with your outcome..

This is just how I press my pigments - but I hope this was helpful for some of you!

Let me know how you get on :)