Sunday, 29 November 2015

MOTD || The Reality

MOTD The Reality
We've all been there. After spending an hour or two perfecting your make up, maybe even trying out something new and daring, you can't help but taking a selfie to show the world. The sun is out, giving you the perfect lighting to get snap happy. But alas, no matter how many angles you try out, the photos don't do your hard work any justice!

I try to take a make up selfie once or twice a week, but I only ever post about one a month as I'm never happy. Photo's like the above are hard - I have to take a far away shot, then crop it to the eye area so that it doesn't look too blurry but still shows the eye make up. Even then, the lines look a little fuzzy, which wasn't the case IRL! Eyeshadow shots are the worst, I just don't have the eye shape for it at all.

As if all this selfie business wasn't hard enough, if you saw my MOTD at the end of the day before I take it off, you'd be even less impressed. Take the disconnected liner for example. I have deep set eyes and oily skin, so to get the liner under the eye I had to pretty much stretch the skin downwards and slowly add the line bit by bit, so that when I let go it was a smooth line. All that effort and an hour or so later, the crease under my eyes had become oily and I just had a big back smudge underneath my eyes. My mascara also always ends up melting off, leaving my lashes a bit shorter and nice black smudge under my brow bone. *sigh* It's a hard life, eh?

Comment below with the reality of your MOTD, or feel free to tell me that you're a make up magician and it all goes smoothly!

Banana Beauty

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Monday, 16 November 2015

Dressing Table Dreaming

Dressing Table Dreaming


With a bit of luck, in a month I will be moving into my first ever flat that I can really call "home". (Although I always think of my parents house as the only true home) Most of the furnishings for the flat are being left for us, which makes everything a little easier, but one thing I definitely need in the bedroom is a dressing table.

As a make up artist I naturally have a lot of make up, so finding a dressing table that will either fit a set of drawers underneath or have enough storage space to accommodate my ever expanding kit, as well as fitting into the space is proving to be a little difficult. So far the two best options I've seen are the Kingston Small Dressing Table and the Floating Dressing Table from Etsy. I really, really like the idea of the Floating Dressing Table, as it takes up such little room and gives me more flexibility with its positioning.

No dressing table is complete without a mirror of course, (as well as a mini tabletop mirror if you have eyesight as bad as mine) and the dream would be an LED mirror. But, being more realistic, I'm not too fussed how the mirror looks, as long as it's tall enough for me to see in when sat down.

The last few items I'm looking for when thinking of a dressing table are storage items. Lakeland have an amazing range of pretty and practical storage, from which I already own a set of interlocking bins, which keep my drawers neat and tidy. On the table top, I've looked at a little jewellery tree, pots for make up brushes and a few jars for odds and ends like cotton pads and buds. For most of these, I have plenty of jar candles that I can use, which will be all matchy matchy and pretty, but if not there's plenty of nice options at Lakeland!

Have you got a dressing table? how have you decorated it? Let me know in the comments!

Banana Beauty

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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Jewellery || Aubergine Fox

Aubergine Fox
"Aubergine Fox specialise in creative design and gifts inspired by nature, colour, woodland critters and all things vintage, with an added contemporary twist."

Aubergine Fox
Aubergine Fox

When I was younger I was never much of a jewellery person, borrowing from my mum whenever I had an occasion. But when I turned 18, I wanted some sort of keepsake and was fortunate enough to be gifted with two beautiful dress rings. Since then, I became more interested in jewellery and when I discovered Aubergine Fox on Twitter I couldn't resist their beautiful jewellery.

I was drawn to Aubergine Fox because of the name - I mean, duh, I love foxes - so when I had a look at their Etsy and saw the little fox ring, I couldn't resist. I was also looking for necklaces and loved the simple designs of the delicate triangle and curved bar.

After my first purchase, I kept an eye on the website and slowly made a mini wishlist. When October payday came along, I spent a small amount of time deciding what to go for, finally settling on the stag ring, heart ring and howling wolf necklace.

I love that all the designs are just the right amount of cute and quirky, coming beautifully packaged with personalised tags and thread! 

Have you ever bought from Aubergine Fox before?

Banana Beauty

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