Friday 15 June 2018

What I'm Listening To This Summer: 2018 Edition

Hey lovelies!

Music makes the world go round and I am thrilled about that fact! Music is such a powerful tool and if used correctly, it can do a lot of good such as boost this one's mood (*points to self*), especially when life feels a little dreary.

You may have been able to tell that in the UK, the seasons have progressed and we are out of Spring and officially at the beginning of Summer! I do, however, think that the weather needs some cheering up lately if I'm being perfectly honest because it seems to be having as many mood swings as a kid that's just dropped their ice cream on the floor - they're happy that it was once there in their hand but distraught and sad that the combination of gravity and fate thought that it would look better on the stone pavement, it can be a cruel world sometimes people!

Luckily I have found some time to enjoy the sunny weather when it has graced me with its presence and thought that it was high time I got together a list of my favourite songs to listen to for this year's Summer months!

So without further ado, here are a list of over 20 of the songs that I have been loving and listening to on repeat so far...
  • Traffic Lights - Lena
  • Moving On and Getting Over - John Mayer (Cherokee Remix)
  • Don't Stop Now - Ben Phipps featuring Sam DeRosa
  • Home - Lena
  • Overload - Life of Dillon
  • Boom - Tiësto & Sevenn
  • Done For Me - Charlie Puth featuring Kehlani
  • No Tears Left To Cry - Ariana Grande
  • Youngblood - 5 Seconds of Summer
  • One Kiss - Calvin Harris featuring Dua Lipa
  • Say Amen (Saturday Night) - Panic! At The Disco
  • Friends - Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie
  • The Middle - Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey
  • Breathe - Jax Jones featuring Ina Wroldsen
  • Body - Loud Luxury featuring Brando
  • Waiting For Love - Avicii
  • Gecko (Overdrive) - Oliver Heldens featuring Becky Hill
  • Psycho - Post Malone featuring Ty Dollar $ign
  • High Hopes - Panic! At The Disco
  • Lost in Japan - Shawn Mendes
  • Love Lies - Khalid and Normani
  • Resurrecting - Jess and Gabriel

I love songs that just scream Summer and there are so many songs here that can be listened to in different moods and at different times of your Summer days!

Be sure to let me know which is your favourite song from the list above or better yet, if you have any recommendations, I would love to hear them and have a chat with you about them in the comment section down below!

Until next time...💕🎶🎵


Monday 11 June 2018

Get Your Face On In 10!

Hey lovelies!

Getting your makeup on quickly when you're in a rush is always a struggle! Now, I completely understand that I have done quite a few natural looks with regard to makeup but there are some circumstances, for example during those hot summer days or when you're off to school/college/university/work, where the last thing you want is to be caked up with makeup! So I have put together a simple, fresh look for you to try out and luckily, it will only take ten minutes!!

The important thing to remember when you're lacking time is to decide on what features of your face you want to play up the most. I know for myself, as long as I have a smooth base, some mascara and a lip product then I'm pretty much good to go! The look I created here plays up the eyes and gives you the chance to change up that "no-makeup" makeup vibe by adding in a little something extra with the black eyeliner. The feline flick is perfect for any occasion and can really make a look seem more complicated than usual or give the impression that you've put a lot of effort in when you haven't at all.

The main tip that I would give you is to practise your 10 minute routine to perfect it and soon enough it will be second nature to you! The more you do it, then the less time it will take to complete - maybe you'll become a pro and get it done in 5 minutes! If you do, please teach me your ways!

Let me know in the comment section down below what your go-to makeup look is for the current season, I'd love to know some of your tips and tricks for applying makeup in a hurry too!


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Tuesday 5 June 2018

Wedding Guest Makeup: Pink Sparkle

Hey lovelies!

Wedding season is well and truly upon us and one thing that I have wanted to do for awhile now is get a post up focusing on makeup that is perfect for a wedding guest. I have attended a couple of weddings within the last six months and found it slightly tricky to find makeup that is more special than your everyday makeup but not so glam that you look like you're attempting to outshine the bride.

I worked with my blogger sister and makeup artist The Skinny Hot Choc to bring you this gorgeous sparkly look suitable for any wedding occasion, bride or not! I love the way that it turned out and I am so happy to finally be bringing you a makeup post where I am actually wearing fake eyelashes - yikes they were a treat and a half! I'm kidding of course, these Ardell lashes in the style Demi Wispies are so beautiful for a special event and really bring that extra something to your eyes - just make sure to practice wearing them around first because, personally, they took some getting used to!

This look is so easy to achieve and even if you don't have the same products that were used here, it won't be difficult to find ones that are similar. Honestly, as long as you have an eyeshadow pigment or a sparkly shadow then you'll be all set! Just an extra tip though, make sure to use a neutral or brown-toned shade in the crease so that the transition between the lid shade and the crease is seamless. Feel free to use a brighter or darker lip colour if you wish, the choice is up to you!

If you end up recreating this look for a wedding you're attending or if you just want to have some fun, then be sure to tag me on Instagram and Twitter!



Friday 1 June 2018

Easy Brown Smokey Eye

Hey lovelies!

Smokey eyes can often be tricky things to execute but I am here with this post to calm your nerves and give you the confidence to be brave enough to try it out for yourself. I used to think that creating this look was such a scary concept because of the amount of blending and the darker shades that were used by fellow bloggers, makeup artists and YouTubers. This is definitely a thing of the past as I bit the bullet, got some inspiration from Pinterest and dabbled in my eyeshadow palettes to give myself my very own brown-toned smokey eye look!

Here are a few tips just for you...

Choose Your Shades:

This is one of the most crucial parts about creating a smokey eye because one wrong move and you'll be leaving the house looking like a racoon and I'm not about to put you in that position! First thing's first, you need to choose the colour of shadows that you're going to use, whether that be black, brown or grey - the choice is all yours! The look that I created features a light brown shade for the crease (transition shade), a medium brown shade for the lid, and a dark brown shade to use in the outer-v as well as the lower lashline. I think that it's all about finding a good balance, and along with the next step, you will be well on your way to manifesting those perfect smokey eyes!

Blend Your Heart Out...

And I mean all the way out! Now, you may have all the right shades but if you don't blend them properly then you're at risk of going round with dark circles around your eyes. I am by no means asking you to blend that shadow into oblivion but rather to ensure that the transition from each shade is seamless and to soften out the edges to give you that full smokey effect. Once you've got this down then you'll be unstoppable!

Want To Be Extra?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to be a little extra! The main way to go about it is to smoke out that lower lashline with the darker eyeshadow that you used in your crease or, if you're worried that it will be too dark, mix the transition and crease shade together to tone it down a bit. Also, this may be personal preference but when it comes to this look, I like to keep the rest of my makeup lighter than what I have on my eyes so that it doesn't look overdone or too heavy. In my version of the smokey eye, I focused on contouring my face, bringing some colour back to my cheeks with blusher, and keeping my lips natural by finding a lipstick shade similar to my natural lip colour.

...and voilà! Take a look at the photos for some inspiration and let me know what you think about the classic smokey eye in the comment section down below, I'd be so happy to hear from you!


P.S. I would love if you were brave enough to try out the smokey eye look for yourself! Honestly it is so easy to do and it doesn't take too long if you've mastered the art of blending! If you do recreate this look, then be sure to tag me on Instagram and Twitter.

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