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Day-to-Night Beauty

Wednesday, 6 December 2017
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It's been a long time since I went out straight from work, and not just because I've been on night shift for over a year now. I always found going out straight from work to be a huge hassle - trekking make-up and a change of clothes just wasn't any fun at all! Besides, work lockers are never big enough for all your shit, so where do you put it? Nowadays even if I was on day shift and able to go out at night straight from work, I would still only wear my mascara and eyebrows - foundation creases and lipstick fades through the day, so I'd rather start from a primarily blank canvas. That said, taking your make-up from day-to-night isn't as hard as you might think. Here are some beauty picks to help you achieve the night time look without too much effort.

The first thing you want to do is freshen up your base - top up your concealer and reapply your powder for a soft, matte finish. My go-to powder right now is the Physician's Formula Happy Boost Glow & Mood powder, which adds a matte finish to my face without caking or adding texture, meaning it's the perfect product for when I'm topping up my base.

Personally, whenever I did go to work, I never wore highlight or contour, so night time is the perfect time to go in heavy-handed. A compact duo is the ideal product for sculpting out your cheekbones, and one of my favourite products is the Collection Highlight & Sculpt Contour Kit. The brown is a good shade for fair skin as it's not too warm and is definitely not orange, but make sure you don't pile on too much or it'll look a bit weird. The highlight is a shimmery champagne that sits beautifully on the skin, and gives a real glow and glimmer to the cheekbones. If you want to really make your skin pop, or if you prefer to add a little glowy something during the day, I highly recommend going in with a liquid highlight initially. I chose my favourite Barry M Light Me Up! liquid highlighter for this purpose - it will make powder highlights look extra bangin', and will give you a natural dewy glow alone for during the day.

If you plan to pop some eyeshadow on during the day, I recommend using some bronze or copper tones that are ideal for day wear but can be easily smoked out and amped up. My favourite palette for an easy day look is the Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze palette. It has 6 shades that are ideal for adding depth and highlight to your chosen look. I tend to start with either the gold shade, third from the left, or, 9 times out of 10, I go for the reddish tone that's second in from the right, and deepen it up with the shade third in from the right. Last but not least, there is a dark shade right at the end to bring you as much smokiness as you desire to your look, and there is a light, shimmery skin tone at the beginning to add highlights. 

To finish off the eyes, apply a black eye pencil to your waterline and tight line. I prefer to use the pencil from the Smokin' palette by MUA, but I also recently bought and love the Topshop Kohl pencil.

As always, I choose to complete any beauty look with a liquid lipstick. With a bronze eye, pretty much anything goes and what colour I choose just depends on how I feel. For this post, I chose to feature the beautiful Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Pussy Whipped. It's a metallic golden peach shade and not only is the formula comfortable af, but it also lasts SO long. 

What tips, tricks and products do you love for taking your make-up from day to night?

An 80's Playlist

Saturday, 11 November 2017
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Hi, I'm Amanda, and if you're new here, I'm a rather big fan of the 80's era. The fashion (without the ghastly shoulder pads), the make-up, the music - I think it's awesome. Today I thought I'd share with you lovely lot a nice big 80's playlist with some of my favourite singles on it. I hope you like it!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream: Toronto

Wednesday, 8 November 2017
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I am constantly on the hunt for grey liquid lipsticks. Not only are they rare to come by in a true grey shade (it's always greyish blue or purple), but they're also hard to find in a formula I like. It always seem to be the formulas I find drying and uncomfortable that produce some beaut shades.

I talk about it all the time, but the Stone Fox NYX Liquid Suede is by far one of my favourite lip colours of all time, but I can't get on board with the formula. It doesn't set, it smudges on my face and teeth, and it transfers onto everything I touch with my lips - so I'm always after a good, matte-setting liquid lip.

Enter the NYX Christmas sets that recently hit Boots. Overwhelmed as I was by all the exciting choices, I was quick to spot the box set called 'Toronto', which included 4 eyeshadow colours, 1 blush, 1 highlight and 1 Soft Matte Lip Cream in a new and exclusive shade. Toronto is a stunning blue-grey colour in the cult-favourite Soft Matte Lip Cream formula. It's comfortable, easy to wear and has a delightful, light vanilla scent. It's not quite the match of Stone Fox - its tone is slightly different, more blue-grey than the unique green-grey of the Liquid Suede, but it's gorgeous in its own right, and is a stunning and unique colour to be found in the drugstore. 

This colour is surprisingly opaque - I always worry with the SMLC shades that their moussey formula will lead to them not being as pigmented, as there have been similar formulas in the past that have been streaky and patchy. This wears better than the lighter SMLC shades, like Rome, and tends to wear away in the centre of the lips, leaving the rest relatively intact - although I wasn't eating oily foods while wear-testing this! If you wanted to increase longevity, it may be an idea to pick up the Stone Fox lip pencil and pair it with this shade - they're quite similar in colour so the pencil works well in partnership with Toronto.

The downside? I'm guessing this will be a limited edition colour, so you best be snapping it up quick if you want it. It comes in at £15 for the box set of face and eye colours with the liquid lipstick. I can only hope that NYX decide to make this a permanent shade in their core range.

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L-R: Stone Fox lip liner / Toronto / Stone Fox Liquid Suede

Have you tried Toronto or any of the other NYX Christmas exclusives? I'd love to know if you have any grey lip recommendations, so make sure to pop them below in the comments!

7 Instagram Theme Ideas

Saturday, 4 November 2017
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I know that Instagram themes aren't for everybody, and I know that nowadays, with the ridiculous Instagram algorithm, people are concerned less about their theme and more about being personal and having fun with their feed. And I'm all for that - but for me, a fun IG comes in the form of having plenty of backup photos in my Dropbox ready to go and post whenever I need them.

If you want to read more on why I like to have an Insta theme, you can check out this post. But today I wanted to share with you some ideas for creating your own theme.
  1. Rainbow theme/colour blocking: think the Kat Von D Beauty page.
  2. Subtle colour shots/colour coordination: currently the theme I'm enjoying, where a main piece in the photo is one colour and I continue to use this colour for the next two shots, too.
  3. Pastels: pretty self-explanatory, but a lot of beauty bloggers make this look amazing!
  4. Grunge: generally involves heavy, distorted filters as well as photos of fishnet tights, lipstick smudges and cigarettes. A pretty cool theme but a little too reminiscent of my past for me. This one is nice because it's a lot more freeing as you can pretty much post anything as long as it's dark, dingy and uses the same filter for every photo.
  5. Black and white: Again, pretty self-explanatory. You could post all your photos in black and white; edit your photos so that there is one part colour; or even post using only black and white items.
  6. Flatlays only: this is a theme a lot of beauty and style bloggers go to. There are tons of accounts showcasing the best flatlays on Instagram!
  7. Selfys only: if make-up's your thing, share all your creative and daily beauty looks! These are some of my favourite accounts to follow.

If you need more inspo, there are plenty of options if you just google 'Instagram themes'. That's a wrap for this post though - let me know if this was of any help to you, and remember to check out the remainder of the 'blogging' category for more tips and how-to's!