Monday, 27 January 2014

A Little Personal: Beauty Confessions Tag

My camera broke many months ago, so most of my blog photos are taken on my iphone 5. Unfortunately I'm currently waiting for a replacement as mine stopped reading my SIM card randomly 2 weeks ago. So, until I hear whats going on and get my beloved phone/replacement, I've decided to do a tag post, since I haven't told you guys much about myself and I find it hard to do!

The joys of being pale- lighting can turn you into a ghost!
 

1. How many hours a week do you spend planning/writing/uploading posts?
As I currently blog once a week, I find that I spend about 2 hours writing, taking photos and editing my blog. Sometimes I spend longer depending on the post, like last week when it required a lot more research to make sure I was putting in the right information.
2. Are you a spender or a saver?
A bit of both to be honest! I tend not to splash out on things, I prefer to search for bargains and limit what I splash out on. I'm currently trying to save up so I can move out of my parents house so I put money away each month, then buy a few treats to stop me going crazy and spending too much money.
3. When is it easiest for you to write your posts?
I normally write posts on my Nexus tablet when myself and my boyfriend are sitting watching TV in the evenings. Photos I take when I'm home during the day if possible, although as I live in Scotland a lot of the time I end up switching my bedroom light on anyway! I also edit my photos at home as well as my boyfriends laptop hates picmonkey for some unknown reason!
4. What makes writing posts comfortable for you?
I used to be really in to writing when I was younger (I even won a writing competition that comes up when I Google my name!) so I still find it to be a comfort. It's almost a sort of release for me - I get into my own little zone and it makes me happy that it's my own personal space.
5. What’s your worst make up/hair habit?
I have quite a few! Using hairspray to set my make up before a night out is definitely my main one. Also not getting my hair cut often enough, my fringe is always terrible and shapeless!
6. What’s one quote you wish the world would live by?

This is a hard one! I think I'll go for "Live and let Live" as a lot of the worlds problems seem to me like they stem from one person trying to force their views and beliefs onto others. Everyone has their own opinion and in most cases it's not anyone elses business to challenge that.
7. How long do you spend getting ready everyday?
Between 30-45 minutes depending how much I've slept in! I wear make up for work so half the time I end up rushing it 10 minutes before I start.
8. What’s your favourite post on your blog?
I don't really have a favourite! I like the posts that take a lot of effort, like my nail polish haul and my how to's. It gives me a sense of achievement to know the work I put in.
9. Who is a beauty blogger that you think deserves more subscribers that they have?
The original two bloggers I took interest in are The Minted Beauty and Beautiful Solutions. The Minted Beauty (Kate) has such down to earth posts which include a mix of genres and the beauty side has plenty of affordable products. I find a lot of bloggers post mostly about high end products, but I'd rather read about cheaper products that are just as good! (Plus, how rad is her blog layout??) Most of my blogging skills came from reading Beautiful Solutions' blog, Stacey makes is really easy to understand and gives so much advice! Again, her posts are so down to earth and makes me feel like she's talking to me as a big sister.
10. What’s one this you’re excited about in the coming year?
Definitely my Academy Of Make Up Pro course! I've never had that much training on make up, in college I was shown how to apply make up and that was about it! Most of my knowledge is from YouTube, so its exciting to have training from make up artists from around the UK. I've met three of the make up artists already and been in awe at their skills, so it will be good to meet the others and get as much knowledge as possible.
11. What’s been your favourite blogging moment?
When I reviewed Ecosse candles I tagged them in a tweet and they actually posted my review on both their twitter and their Facebook, which was really cute! It's nice that a company saw my blog and shared my post and I have a print screen of their Facebook post on my phone to remind me how happy it made me!
12. How long does it take to prep for a post?
I'd say I spend about an hour prepping by planning out the post and taking photos. I have a memo on my phone which I write ideas in and write out a schedule of when I will post each one. I sometimes make a separate memo with reminders and lists of items for whichever post I'm working on.
13. Are you wearing jeans/skirt right now or are you wearing pajama bottoms? 
I'm currently wearing 2 pairs of leggings! I buy them from H&M, but they're always see-through enough to see my pants, so i have to double up. To be honest the only reason I'm not in pajamas is because I've put a face mask on before i shower so I haven't gotten changed yet!
14. What are you most proud of in your life?
This is a tough one! I think at the moment its my personal development in the past year. My game plan after my hairdressing course was complete was always to go straight onto HNC Make Up Artistry, so when the course was cancelled I panicked and asked to be put into Beauty. Although I really enjoyed it I still wanted to move on to make up and applied for the HND in Edinburgh, got an interview but never heard back. I was completely at a loss as to what to do and got myself in such a state. One day I happened to search and find The Academy of Make Up, but I couldn't find many reviews so I was scared to invest money into it. After taking the risk I'm so happy I did, I've already attended two day courses and it just feels so right! 
I've also developed a lot in my confidence, which I fully have to thank my work for. My manager and assistant managers have been amazing and the trust they put in me has made me realise what I'm capable of, which has helped me in leaps and bounds. I'm not sure how much I can say about my work on here, but the responsibility I'm given makes me feel so proud and so much more confident!
I also went on my first holiday without my parents, bought a car and got over my fear of driving, travelled outside of Aberdeen on my own for the first time and managed to organise going to a festival - and actually got there - pretty much by myself. I never realised how much I doubted myself and shy-ed away from going out of my comfort zone until I looked back, so I'm glad that I seem to be doing a lot of growing up!

Phew, that last one rambled on! Its nice to write something personal about myself, its a bit scary putting it out on the Internet for everyone to see, but hopefully you've all found it at least a little interesting!

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Monday, 20 January 2014

How To Shape Eyebrows To Suit Your Face Shape

My usual yellow writing didn't show up enough to be readable on my skintone, it's a hard life!

 As much as eyebrows trends change every few years, from big and thick to pencil thin, there are certain shapes that complement each face shape.


First, let's start off with the basic rules for the length and arch of the brow. You may have a distinct shape already, or, like me, you may have almost an straight eyebrow shape. To make it easy to show where each point is, I'm using a cream eyeliner to mark the skin above my eyebrow. I always groom my eyebrow into a neat shape to get the best results.



Using a thin make up brush, wooden spatula or tinting brush, measure from the side of your nose up to your brow. Mark just above the eyebrow. This is where your eyebrow should start and any hair past this mark should be removed.


Next look straight ahead and measure from the side of your nose through the outside of your pupil. Again, mark above your brow where this meets. This is where the highest point of the brow arch should be. 


Finally, measure from the nose outwards to the outer corner of your eye. Mark where this meets the brow. This is how far out your eyebrow should reach.

Next you must decide how thick or thin you want your eyebrows to be. To help, here is a chart on which eyebrow shapes best suit each face shape.

Oval Face Shape

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An oval face shape is considered to be the perfect shape and therefore requires the perfect brown shape. This is a soft, angular shape, which tapers out at the outer corner.

Round Face 


A high, rounded arch will help to create length and an even thickness to the arch tapering out at the corner will help to even out the face.

Long Faces

Those with a long face are better to keep their eyebrows straight, keeping most of thickness and tapering out at the outer corner. This helps to draw in the face and make it appear shorter.

Square Faces


A smooth, tapering arch of medium thickness will help to soften the strong features of this face shape. (This is my face shape and I'm awful for making them too thin)

Heart Shapes Faces


A low, soft arch with an even thickness up to the arch will help to balance the face and draw in the forehead.

Diamond


A soft, high arch with even thickness will soften the harsh angles of the face.


How you remove the hair is up to yourself, I personally prefer to wax as it is quick and easy to get sharp shape. As you can see from the "After" photo, all I need to do is pluck out a few stray hairs and I'm good to go! If you prefer tweezing, be sure to constantly take a break and have a look at your eyebrow shape from further away, to stop over plucking.

Do you shape your eyebrows yourself, or go to a salon? Or are you maybe one of the few lucky people who don't need to shape their eyebrows at all? If so, I'm incredibly jealous!





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Monday, 13 January 2014

Top 5 Beauty Tools






Over the past year I have amassed a large collection of make up tools, some of which I use and some which I have completely ignored. Brushes are an important part of my make up routine, as I wear make up almost every day for work. Using your fingers to apply make up can spread bacteria and the heat from your fingers opens the pores on your face, causing make up to enter the pores and clog them up. Brushes should be washed regularly to prevent bacteria from harvesting. Here are the 5 make up tools I use on a regular basis to give a flawless make up look!


1. Blending/Smudge Brush

Whenever I wear eyeshadow, I go for the smoky eyed look. It really helps to make the eye pop and is always fashionable. A blending  or smudging brush helps to take away harsh edges and smooth the colours together. I find the dome shape of this brush helps to give a precise appliction, so my eyeshadow looks neat and well blended.

2. Beauty Blender

I'm still suspicious as to whether or not a beauty blender is different from any other sponge, but it makes my foundation look smooth and flawless, without leaving any lines like a brush. I dampen it when I do my skincare routine so it dries out for about 10 minutes before I apply my foundation. As you can see its a bit tatty now and needs replaced, but its lasted me well and as I said it works well too! 


3. Stipple Brush

The beauty blender gives a light coverage, so at night when I want a thicker coverage, I choose a stipple brush. It packs on liquid foundation and gives a very smooth finish, without looking cakey. I use a stippling motion then gently buff using circular motions to remove any dotty-ness. (getting real technical here!) I also bought a smaller version to use under my eyes and around my nose, which is good for liquid concealer as the bristles are more tightly packed.


4. Flat Topped Brush

This is actually meant to be for powder, but a lot of the time I ignore the uses of brushes and use them how I see fit! I love using this for bronzer as I can turn it on to its side to contour my cheeks and nose. I then use the flat top to apply bronzer to my temples and jawline and buff out.

5. 99% Alcohol

As I said before, its important to keep your brushes clean to stop bacteria spreading. I wash my brushes once a week as much as possible, but I still like to spray them with 99% alcohol and wipe on a tissue after use to kill any bacteria. I also spray any powder based make up I have once a month to keep them clean. You can also use 99% alcohol on an eye shadow brush and wipe on a tissue if you want to use a different colour, as it takes seconds to dry and the previous colour will wipe off onto the tissue.

What are your favourite make up tools? Do you manage to remember to wash your brushes regularly? 


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Monday, 6 January 2014

New Years Resolutions



I always over-indulge in the Christmas period, so its no surprise that my main New Years resolution is to get back into healthy eating. For a while I had a really good diet, eating lots of salads, healthy smoothies and avoiding sweets and too many carbs. However, I fell out of that habit after my birthday in October and since then started snacking a lot and eating an unhealthy consumption of Dominos (Seriously, how can anyone resist??) I love following fitness motivation pages on Instagram and I want to bulk up and become stronger, but I understand that diet is a lot to do with it. By the end of the year I want to have visible muscle and have gotten myself into a good eating habit. I also definitely need to drink more water!


My main blog related New Years resolution is to take better photos. I'm still working to find a nice background, but for the moment I like the background I have on my chest of drawers. Since its coming up to Spring I'm hoping for better lighting and hopefully I can get better at choosing angles and exposure, especially with swatches.

My other blog resolution is to reach 500 followers. Random I know, but every time I get an email saying I've got a new follower I still get excited and tell my mum and my boyfriend! To think even one person enjoys my blog makes me happy, to me its an enjoyable pass time!

I also got incredibly burnt during RFL, just goes to show how much damage an hour in the sun can do!

Every year I take part in Race For Life and last year was the first 10k in Aberdeen. I completed it in just over an hour, but I could have definitely could have managed a faster time! This year I aim to complete the 10k in under 55 minutes, which shouldn't be too hard.




A lot of my resolutions resolve around exercise, so my next one is to move up to Intermediate Level in my Pole Fitness class! I love pole fitness and the studio I go to are great because they focus a lot more on strength and core rather than acting sexy and bum wiggling (not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just not what I'm interested in!) Some of the girls in my class are quite advanced and it's so much fun to think that it will be me if I stick to it! I love spins and anything that involves throwing myself about, especially jumping angel into pike. There's such a sense of achievement when you manage to do that one move that's been frustrating you for weeks on end.

What are your New Years resolutions this year? Do you normally manage to stick to them?


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Thursday, 2 January 2014

December Favourites

Dainty Doll Foundation//Maybelline Express Remover//Lime Crime Velvetine//MAC 217 Brush//Ecotools Slanted Brush


December has been a super busy month for me, as I'm sure you're all aware working in retail over Christmas can be pretty stressful! So, I've been taking the opportunity of days off between Christmas and New Years to enjoy the party season as much as possible! These are the items I've used most when I've been getting ready and are my favourite items for the month.

Dainty Doll Liquid Foundation £2.99

I still can't believe how well this foundation matches my skin tone! I've been reaching for this whenever I want a flawless face.

Maybelline Express Remover £4.99

Recently I've seen this nail polish remover pot popping up a lot in the blogging world, so I decided to give it a go. I've never tried nail polish removing pots before so I can't compare but it did get off glitter polish easily, so its been reached for many a time this month!


Lime Crime Velvetine £13.50

Although I only got these just over a week ago, I've worn them plenty of times already, especially Red Velvet. They last so well that I barley need to reapply them and the pigmentation is amazing. I've had many compliments on them, which is always a bonus!

MAC 217 Blending Brush £18

I usually use a brush with wider spread bristles to blend out eyeshadow, but I wanted something a little more precise and the tear drop shape of this brush makes it easy to blend and add colour for the perfect smoky eye.

Ecotools Slanted Brush (part of a £15.99 set)

The bristles of this brush are really compact and the shape is narrow, which means it packs on colour. I use it for my eyebrows and it gives a sharp shape, making my eyebrows look neat and defined.

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and New Year, I certainly have! What are you're favourite products for December?


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