Monday, 29 October 2012

Pretty and Polished!

Hello my beauties! I hope you have had a nice weekend - perhaps Halloween celebrations? I went out on Saturday night, as a vampire, after changing my mind from dressing up as a cat and it was a brilliant night out! I was planning on having a catch-up blogging session yesterday but I spent 90% of the day asleep, nursing a hangover and lounging in my pjs - I only surfaced for Homeland haha!

Eeee scary!! Dress from ASOS, necklace from Topman, clutch bag from Primark, shoes from Miss-guided
Anyway, today's post is about simple, well-polished make-up that makes me look healthy and glowy - a real thumbs up in Autumn/Winter! You may be thinking, where is your dark wine coloured lipstick that is the Autumn must have? Well, I just feel that neutral tones make me look healthier and it doesn't look too summery because I haven't been using highlighter: a well defined, greyish, contoured eye, peachy cheeks and a glossy nude lip.
L-R MUA Gel Liner in Underground, Avon Ideal Flawless foundation in Ivory, MAC lipstick in Lovelorn, L'Oreal Color Riche Golden Naturals Blond lipstick in Velvet Gold, Natural Collection Blusher in Peach Melba, MUA Undressed palette, Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl in Nude, Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer, No7 Lip Liner in 20 Nude
On some days throughout the week, I've worn my ELF lipstick in Barely Bitten which is a gorgeous muted red shade that helps tie it in with Autumn.
I'm going to spend tonight pampering, watching Made In Chelsea and catching up on sleep!
Love, Juliette xo

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Handbag Must Haves

Good evening! I thought I would do a quick post of my handbag essentials, which I carry around day-to-day and are always coming in handy.
L-R QVS Nail File, L'Occitane Rose Petals Hand Cream, hair grips and Rose & Co Sweet Vanilla Salve
QVS Nail File
This is absolutely perfect for when you end up catching your nail or chipping them and you are in desperate need for a nail file! It doesn't make an appearance often but when it does, boy, it's a life saviour!
L'Occitane Rose Petals Hand Cream
I got this free with this month's Marie Claire and I've had my eye on these hand creams for a while but I was going to wait until Christmas. It smells good enough to eat and doesn't leave your hands feeling slimey or sticky. Really comes in handy as the weather is deteriorating and hands are getting chapped and dry.
Hair grips
Good old hair grips! You always end up needing one or your friend does. I keep them in this little tube which stops them from cluttering up every little pocket in my bag.
Rose & Co Sweet Vanilla Salve
I've fallen out with my Carmex Cherry Lip Balm as I feel it just isn't doing what it should anymore. So I've swapped to this one that I had hiding in my dressing table draw - it smells so sweet and delicious and feels really nourishing on the lips. I love putting it on the top of my lipstick when my lips start to feel dry.
These are just a couple of things which make my day a little easier. I could name endless more necessities - mints, tissues, perfume, bobbles, nail varnish remover pads, deodorant - but these are usually the most popular with me and what I would prefer to have in my bag.  
Love, Juliette xo

Saturday, 20 October 2012

What's new pussycat?! - Halloween Make-up!

Halloween is getting nearer and I am so excited! I'm going out next Saturday night round my local town with all of my friends and I have decided to go as a cat. Not the most original idea but I'm skint and £50 is a bit too much to pay for a Wonder Woman costume ha! 

It's not your usual winged-liner, cat eye (I thought I would go a tad more glam!!). I used tape at the edges to create a sharp line and used a black eyeshadow from the Naked 2 palette all across my lid and under my eye. I used my MUA Gel Liner to fill in any gaps on my lash line and create a little point in the inner corner. 

Today, I bought the Collection Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner in Glitz 1 after seeing Nic from Pixiwoo use it in her Leona Lewis make-up tutorial. It looked amazing! I transferred a little on the back of my hand and used a brush to pack it on the inner part of my lid and fade it across. I used a matte brown eyeshadow to contour my nose as it is always a defined feature on cats. I then used my Gel Liner to create the whiskers and black nose. My face is my usual everyday make-up which I applied this morning and on my lips I have a No7 Lip Liner in 20 Nude and a Rimmel Lipstick in Undressed.

L-R Rimmel Lipstick in Undressed, MUA Gel Liner in Underground, Collection Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner in Glitz 1, Girl About Town lashes in Carnaby, Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette eye shadow in Blackout, Urban Decay Primer Potion, Bourjois 1001 Lashes, No7 Lip Liner in 20 Nude

I think on the night, I'm going to change my lipstick to MAC's Lovelorn, which is a gorgeous pink and I'm going to draw 'freckles' (are they?!) coming from my eyebrows up to the hairline. I cannot wait! 

What are you doing for Halloween?

Love, Juliette xo

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

A Glitter Mani!

Hello my lovelies, I'm sorry it has been a while - I've had such a busy week! But I reckon I have a lot more time on my hands now, and glittery nail polish come to think of it! I've been getting a little bored of silver glitters and I've been on the hunt for a gorgeous, gold glitter of various sizes and found the perfect one in H&M.

L-R H&M Nail Polish in Stay Golden, Barry M Nail Paint in Black, Avon Nail Experts Revitacool Base Coat, Rimmel Pro Super Wear Top Coat

I painted my nails on Saturday night and it's now Tuesday afternoon - this top coat really works. It's my first time of using it and so far I've had no chipping or peeling. Sounds like a winner to me! I used two coats of the Barry M Black and then layered the gold glitter on top - I didn't want the glitter to look too organised and neat. It almost feels quite Christmassy (am I allowed to say that?!). 

I also had to give my nails a well needed trim as they were starting to flake even though they were so nice and long! So I think they look quite weird being short but my nails grow quick so it's not a problem ha!

I hope you have a lovely day!

Love, Juliette xo

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Playing with Palettes!

Well today has certainly lived up to the Sunday expectation of a 'lazy day'. I have spent the morning watching beauty videos on YouTube and I stumbled across an old video from Pixiwoo doing an Adriana Lima inspired make-up tutorial. Nic used the Sleek Storm palette and it gave me an idea to follow her steps but use the colours from my different palettes.

Top: L-R Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, Sleek Storm palette (or what is left of it ha ha!) Bottom: L-R MUA Undressed palette, MUA Heaven and Earth palette

To create this look I used a light shimmery champagne colour all over my lid, with a dark brown smudged in at the lashes and blended upwards. I then used a black to line my top lashline and underneath the bottom lashes - which I blended out. I used a gold colour just in the centre of my lid. I wanted to keep it quite natural and complementary of the rest of my make-up, so I just used mascara and the new Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof  Kohl liner in 005 Nude on the waterline - no black liquid liner.

I wanted my skin to look fresh and healthy, so I used my Estee Lauder bronzer through the back of my cheeks, a pinky-peachy Max Factor creme blush on the apples of my cheeks and then I used my 17 Shimmer Brick to highlight. I used the Urban Decay lipgloss that comes with the palette on my lips.

Avon Ideal Flawless foundation in Ivory, Lancome Fluide Illuminateur, Bourjois 1001 Lashes, VIVO Brow and Eye Kit, Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink, Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof  Kohl liner in 005 Nude, Urban Decay Primer Potion, Collection Illuminating Touch concealer in 2 Natural, Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess, 17 Shimmer Brick, Urban Decay lipgloss in Naked, Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent.

I love this make-up as there are so many neutral palettes and eyeshadows out there - you really can 'take your pick' and create a look with different products but still end up with the same result.

Love, Juliette xo

Friday, 5 October 2012

Botanics Shine Away Day Cream Review

I think I may have mentioned it before, but my skin is very oily and I have trouble staying shine-free throughout the day - not even powder helps. I can touch my chin and I always get transferred foundation on my fingers. Eventhough I wear oil-free foundations and ones that are targeted towards oily skin types, I have just been so frustated of looking like a greasy mess. So I thought, maybe it's my base that I really need to evaluate because I don't use a primer - usually I cleanse, tone, moisturise and then apply my foundation. I popped into Boots and I knew I wanted some new skincare (of some sort) from the Botanics range as I had heard some awesome things about it. I noticed this day cream/moisturiser and the words 'Shine Away' immediately caught my eye.

I feel as though it gives my skin enough moisture to last throughout the day, but leaves me with a matte finish. I've been using it for the last couple of days and I cannot believe the difference. I feel as if I don't need to be constantly checking in the mirror the state of my face and reaching for my powder - I also don't get foundation on my fingers. For £4.99, you really can't go wrong and with an added SPF15 you are well protected against the Winter sun! My face doesn't feel oily and when I run my fingers along it, it feels smooth and matte. Perfect.

Love, Juliette xo

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

September Favourites

Hello my lovelies! I hope you all had a lovely September and that you have all got back into the swing of school/college/uni/work etc - I haven't ha ha! I am fed up with how much homework and coursework I have to do already and that I keep getting pestered to start my personal statement - just get me to uni!

1) Avon Advanced Techniques Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo, 2) Avon Ideal Flawless foundation in Ivory, 3) Revlon nail polish in 091 Smoky Canvas, 4) Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Mauve It Over, 5) Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, 6) MAC Creme Blush in Posey, 7) Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Facial Cleansing Wipes

1) This shampoo leaves my hair so soft and shiny - I have really noticed the difference. Combined with the conditioner, I felt as if it was too much for my hair to handle (it's only fine), and it made it very greasy, quickly. So I just use them seperately and I am so pleased with the effect that they are having.
2) Surprise surpise that this is mentioned! It goes onto my skin really well and I feel like I don't need much to feel well 'covered' - which I like. Smells gorgeous too!
3) As much as I tried to carry on wearing coral and bright blue nail polish, I felt it was time to let go and take on the Autumnal colours. I find this colour is perfect because it's not too darker grey shade that it makes you look ill and it does the transition job well.
4) I felt as though my new plummy lipsticks should have been included, but Mauve It Over has been my go-to lipstick practically nearly everyday. I just find it easier than lining my lips, spending 10 minutes applying red lipstick to then have it on my teeth, in my hair and on bottle tops. It's such a beautiful everyday colour.
5) Again, surprise surprise! Ever since this came in the post, I haven't stopped using it. Every shadow is beautiful and the pigment is brilliant.
6) I included this in my last post, and I have found that this blush is great for achieving glowy, fresh skin as we go into Autumn.
7) I bought these recently as they were on offer in Superdrug and I had remembered that I didn't have any of my usual wipes at home. I use these wipes to take off my eye make-up and to just generally take my first layer of make-up off before I cleanse properly. These are so smooth on the skin, and don't irritate or aggravate it, even around the eye area.

Love, Juliette xo
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