September 27, 2015

Autumn Smokey Eye | Makeup Revolution

The Autumn season is upon us!
I have a very autumnal makeup tutorial for you all, to get in the mood for the amazing time of the year.
I'm also collaborating with my wonderful friend Jade for our own versions of the autumn makeup look. So basically you'll get two looks to check out ;)

So I already prepped my face, which just means I cleansed it, moisturized and primed. Then I start of with my foundation. I usually put a little bit all around my face because I don't like wasting any foundation so I'd rather put it all on my face rather than the back of my hand. I blend it all with a flat makeup brush, they're not that fancy as it's jsut a cheap set I found on ebay but here's the link if you want to check it out. I'd say they're really good for beginners (me) as they're not the best quality but hey they do the job. I used the small flat one for foundation and the bigger one for blending. Anyhow, I also used a beauty blender as I feel like it just gives you that 'flawless finish'. Also it's a dupe of the actual one, I'm pretty sure this one cost me like £2. If you don't know what a beauty blender is, its just a sponge. It has a nice shape to it and when its wet you use it for blending foundation, concealers etc.

 Moving on to my concealer. I don't know whether you can tell but I have pretty bad dark circles under my eyes, I've always had it, don't really know why... gotta cover them up though. I recently bought the Maybelline Fit Me concealer, I think the shade is a little too orange but when it blends out its not too bad. The coverage is amazing though! It really covered the dark circles. I wanted a highlighting shade nonetheless, which clearly didn't work out so I went over with my Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer in shade 30 Classic Beige (which doesn't highlight as much as I want it to).
After applying all the liquids on my face I always use a setting powder so it doesn't glide off my face and that I don't get lines on my eyelids from my foundation. For a while I've been using the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. You can get it in a translucent shade but mine is in shade 04 sandstorm. Not that it makes a difference, you cant really tell the shade, for me it looks pretty translucent.

Now I don't normally do this but I got really excited about the eye makeup that I completely skipped everything else to do this first (I always do contouring or use some blush, basically I do my whole face before I do my eyes). Oopsie. Anyway, I recently purchased the Makeup Revolution eye shadow palette. I wanted this look to be very simple so that everyone could do it, even if you're not good with eye shadow. Now let me just say that they have a lot of these and I'm admitting that I can't actually find the exact same one online. Here's a similar one if that's any help. The palette is very good for autumn as there are a lot of shimmery brows and purpley plum colours. The pigmentation of these palettes is just amazing. This means that the colour you see on the palette is the colour that shows on your lid. Lastly I'll talk about the price. So most palettes like this in the shops will be about £10+. This palette only cost me £4, it just doesn't get any better than this. As you can see I firstly used the second colour from the left which was a very light shimmery brown (love my shimmers).

Now using this purple browny colour I go into the crease of my eye just to make it stand out a bit. This can be quite messy so don't worry if it's not blending out as you want it. This shade it a matte one and I thing it looks great in contrast with a lighter shimmery shade. Lastly I used an eyeliner brush and went along my lower eyelid with the same shade. I usually go about half way through the eye.
So using this light shimmery shade I go into the crease of my eye which I think in the end it's the thing that makes your eye pop. This can be as messy as you want so you don't have to be precise.
Lastly, using the light matte shade I go over my brow bone. This is meant to accentuate the eyebrows but I think its also a good way to dull down the eye shadow if you went a little crazy with it and it's right up to your eyebrow.
Finnaly, coming back to my face, I did a bit of contouring, added some blush and a tad of highlighter (again by Makeup Revolution). For the contouring I actually used a powder foundation by Sephora, I'm pretty sure it's just called 8hr Wear Mattifying compact foundation. For the blush I'm using a Rimmel powder blush in the shade 04 Pink Rose. Lastly the highlighter, I'm using the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden lights.
And now, finishing off the look, I do my brows, mascara and add some lipstick. For my brows I go over them with the Laval Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown. The mascara is the Maybelline Lash Sensational (amazing mascara!) and lastly I use the Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in the shade Heather which is a lovely purpley pinky shade. 
And that's it! That's my version of the Autumn Smokey Eye. Don't forget to check out Jade's version.
Thanks for reading, Dom x

September 20, 2015

Healthy Studying Snack | Greek Style Yoghurt

After being busy for 2 weeks straight I somehow managed to make some time to write a blog post. Plan was that I was meant to do an autumn smokey eye tutorial however due to my only free time being very early in the morning, I had to do it about 7 in the morning. I've learned that at 7am the lighting is terrible. Therefore that's hopefully going to happen next week and now I've got a pre-started post (as you can probably tell from the September issue of Vogue... or not). 
I've been trying to get more organised and procrastinate less which means stop binging tv series and maybe get on with my college work. My course is very fast paced and every week we're doing something different so if I fall behind it all just piles on. I'm starting my third week at college tomorrow and I've got so much to do already. 
But today I'm writing about healthy snacking. I think this would be great for students. You need some brain food to keep you going (but something that's not making the bum grow). I love to snack and I love chocolate and all things unhealthy but its nice sometimes to just eat something that doesn't make you feel guilty or bloated. 
What you'll need:

  • Greek Style Yoghurt
  • Sunflower seeds

that's it... really.
Greek style yoghurt has a lot of protein in it which makes you feel full faster. It can be part of a healthy diet but personally I just think it's great to snack on while doing work. Especially when you keep opening the sweets cupboard and every time there's nothing there. How about you reach for a quick yoghurt? And it takes seconds to make!
All you do is scoop some into a bowl and pour in some sunflower seeds to give it a richer flavour. And you have a healthy snack!
Here's some more info about Greek Style Yoghurt and why it can be better than normal yoghurt.

Thanks for reading, Dom x


September 13, 2015

Fashion Fashion Fashion! | Birmingham Fashion Week

Hello my lovelies!
It's Quirky Sunday time! Sorry that it's so late but I didn't get much time during the week to write so this is very last minute. Today I'm sharing my first ever fashion show experience. I apologize for the slightly bad quality pictures.
Last week me and Oli went to the Birmingham International Fashion Show. Now for a first time experience it wasn't bad however I think I just had very high hopes for it.
The day was wonderful to start off, we got there around 1pm so we had about 5 hours to wonder as the doors opened at 6. We visited the library (which was huge!), had lunch and just wondered down some streets. But first, here's the outfit. It was a very long and stressful process (and I still wasn't happy with it, I even had two tops just in case I wanted to change).

We got to the hotel and the night began. Here's me with all the sponsors for the event, I thought you need a pic with these things as it seems professional. We saw some designers that were decent but not really breath taking. There was a designer which designed over sized shoes for women and they were decent. 

The highlight of the night nonetheless was seeing Talk Becky Talk, a fellow blogger. Obviously more experienced than me which made it so great. I've never been to an event where blogging was discussed. It seems that a lot of bloggers attended the event which meant that people had a lot of  questions for her. I must say I did get my notepad at some point and started making notes on what she was saying. It was so helpful! I was so desperate to talk to her and after Oli persuaded me to go over I said hello and got a sneaky picture. 

I'll move on to the workshop now which was very confusing. There was meant to be a keynote speaker discussing the 'impact of abuse in fashion systems' however the tittle of the whole talk was confusing to begin with and I'm speaking on behalf of pretty much everyone. The talk began with three girls discussing their experience with fashion for example after finishing university one of the girls has been giving out CV's everywhere with no reply. I was as confused as you probably are. Eventually one of the press girls asked what the 'abuse' is and what fashion systems are. Basically the speaker was trying to get across how there's an abuse to the creativity. I'm not really sure, the whole thing didn't really make sense.

Once that finished there was a bloggers event in the VIP lounge (which I was so upset I couldn't go to as we only had general tickets). During that time we went out and looked at some stands and clothes. We looked at the stand for Vernez which is an app to create collages of clothes. I found that so fascinating! Obviously there are plenty apps out there that do similar things but on this one you can shop and know what to wear that item with. The girl that created it was lovely (and had an awesome fashion sense). I'd definitely recommend checking it out.

After noticing that there isn't enough press/VIP people to fill the front row everyone could move to the front row, another sign that the whole thing wasn't as popular as I thought it would be (anyhow, now I could take better pictures with my not so professional phone camera). Mary Hunter had a wedding dress line which had some really good pieces. They looked lovely on the models and the fabric flowed with them as they walked by. 

The show was followed by a 'makeup masterclass'. To be fair I was expecting this to be a much smaller scale thing. I was expecting a stand where you could see close up because I was really looking forward to this. Contouring has been a popular makeup technique and its been something that I have been trying to master although I must say this master class wasn't that helpful. Sitting this distance from the makeup artist meant that it was hard to see where she was applying the makeup. There was a speaker explaining what was happening but again, I believe it's something you have to see. To finish this off, here are some pieces which I really liked by Maliha.  

Thanks for reading, Dom x

September 06, 2015

Back To School Supplies | Arty Farty

It's that time of the year!
*sigh* Back to school. It can be a really daunting time and the late lay ins turn to waking up at 6 or 7 am. However it can also be a very exciting time, especially if you're going to a new school (like I am). You get to meet new people, do exciting thing, that's if you're doing something that you enjoy.
On Monday I start my Art Foundation course and I couldn't be more excited! Now art isn't something that I want to do as a career however it's something that I enjoy doing and it will enable me to try out different things like photography or textiles.
I'd definitely recommend throwing yourself out there and putting as much effort into everything you try, you never know, you might even enjoy it. Starting off school with a positive attitude will mean that you're way more likely to enjoy it rather than having a preset negative attitude towards it.
Another exciting thing about school? Stationary! My is obviously a little more on the arty side but hey, we still need books and pens like other people.
So first if all yes that is a tool box, on the list of items given to us by college, toolbox was one of them. It makes sense though, finally I wont have to try and balance carrying all of my work in my arms. As you can see, it's overflowing with things I got over the summer.

I got the A4 blue portfolio, lined notebook, oil paints from the £1 shop. The textile markers I bought a while ago on Ebay I think, but they were super cheap. Now my biggest bargain was probably the felt tips, they cost me £2.50 from Wilko's as they were on promotion, honestly, no one believed me.
Lastly the cute little ribbon above the textile markers. I'm planning on doing a DIY soon so I just got a few little things for it. The ribbon was from Wilko's too and I'm pretty sure it was £1.  I also bought some felt alphabet shapes for any DIYs or last minute work I have to do. The decorative border tape is also for any DIYs or thing that I would like to decorate with. As you can probably tell by now, I'm not big on spending a lot of money hence my massive bargains.

Paints! Something you obviously need if you're doing an art foundation. Again I bought these really cheap from B&M for £3.99 each. Also a necessity, glue. You wont believe how much you need glue and how hard it is to access it. You end up using PVA and your piece of paper turns to a gluppy mess. I think the pack of 3 was £2.99.

Now here are my boxes of wonders. I have collected these over 2 years and some were gifts so I don't really know how much they were. Although the second and third from the left are from B&M and as you can tell, they were only £1.99.

Here are some little bits and bobs. The flower is actually a mixing palette and I think it only cost me £1 from Wilko's (its not the porcelain one, it's just plastic... I'm clumsy okay). The I got a cutting knife because these bad boys are so useful. They just make everything 10x faster. Okay maybe not 10 times but you get the gist. I think it cost me £3.99. Lastly here are some post-it notes because my organisation is terrible so I need little things like that to remind me that I need to do my work. I bought them in IKEA for £1-2.
So that is all for now, I hope you guys enjoy starting school or for those that already started remember to keep giving 100% effort because slacking won't do any good for you. But also just enjoy the experience. Good luck to everyone starting Uni this year (the majority of my year), have fun at freshers!

Thanks, Dom x

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