Instagram update #1

1. Finishing University 2. Going out for Afternoon Tea with family. 3. Afternoon Tea
4. Trying Butter Beer 5. yay 21!!! 6. Harry Potter Studios  

 I thought I would try something a little different on the blog when it gets to the end of the month, I'm going to test it out for a couple of months to see how popular it is, as this month I haven't really taken many pictures via instagram to go through. I need to get picture happy!!

May Favourites

My May favourites only includes four items, but as they say, less is more and its not down to the quantity but it is the quality! (We can follow these sayings right?) I did have a few other products which I have enjoyed using and wanted to include in the list, you could say that it wasn't quite fair as they have been recently purchased and only used a couple of times, so they need to be used much longer before I can give a true opinion on them.

The main product out of the four which I can definitely say tops all of them is the Benefit Browzing! It really is incredible and such an easy product to use, especially for someone like me who is no expert what so ever with brows and have had huge difficulty in the past to make them look part of my face and natural. I think I might do a review on this brow product as there is so much I want to say about it.

Benefit Sun Beam comes in at a close second, it is a beautiful highlighter that gives a subtle summery bronze shimmer on the cheekbones. It is a product that you want to play around with to find the perfect way for you, I tend to dab it on my cheekbones just after applying my foundation and before I use a powder. I found that when I used it after the powder it seemed to remove the coverage and left me with a bit of a streak in the middle of my cheek.

I don't tend to add anything which isn't beauty and fashion related to my favourites, but I feel that I'm not showing a true perspective of myself. So here it is.. 'Pitch Perfect' DVD, how incredible is this film? I know that I am extremely late into the fan club but I hope you can all forgive me. I literally could watch this every single night, it is an easy watch and I love to have a little sing and dance along to it.

Finally, the last item to make my May favourites is my Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch, there isn't really much I can say abut it but how beautiful it is. I have waited around three years to afford one and it has not let me down, I love it!!

Sunkissed Tutorial

My first tutorial went down very well, it was my highest viewed post since starting Adventures of Wonderland which made me feel extremely happy, especially as this is quite out of my comfort zone. It was lovely to hear and read what people had to say about it, you were all very nice.

So here goes ... once again it is quite experimental and is the first time I have tried this sun kissed look and I have to say I love it! My skin is extremely pale and I don't really wear fake tan that much so it kind of gives off the more natural look as I was very aware of trying not to look orange (it's not a good look!)

How To Create:

1. I applied some Primer to create a base which helps the make up apply better and it also helps stay on for longer. 

2. I then took my Revlon skin lighs illuminator (it's fairly old so not sure if you can still buy this product) between the brows going up to the hair line on my forehead, down the ridge of my nose and across the cheekbones. 

3. If you have a few problem areas then apply your concealer to it before applying your foundation. 

4. Use the foundation of your chose either down the t-zone or your whole face. I used the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation in shade 101 Classic Ivory.

5.  Take a neutral eye shadow and lightly apply it to the lid, I used Mac Sweet Satisfaction and then Limit from my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette to the crease of my eye. Make sure you have blended this thoroughly. 

6. Take your mascara and use as much or as little as you would like. 

7. To give the actual sunkissed and dewy effect I used quite a lot of highlighter in this look, I took my Benefit Sun Beam highlighter to the cheekbones, to give it a bit more of a bronzed shimmer. I used my Real Techniques expert face brush in a dabbing motion to rub it in, and then used the tips of my fingers to make sure it was fully blended. Any highlighter will do just as good of a job if you don't own the sun beam :)

8. I then added a bit more concealer to the problem areas and dabbed it under my eye to get rid of any circles and loose pigments from the shadows. 

9. I used a bit of my Rimmel Stay Matte powder in shade 006 warm beige over oily areas of my face and down my neck to make sure that there are no foundation lines and it all blends in with the rest of my skin tone.

10. For my cheeks I used the No.7 sunkissed mosaic bronzing powder (once again this is a fairly old product but you can pick something up very similar.) I used the 3 motion, applying it just under the cheekbone, to the corners of my forehead and under my jawline to give a bit of a contour effect. 

11. Take a highlighter again (a powdered one preferably) and apply it to your cheekbones, down the ridge of the nose and between your brows on your forehead again. 

12. Make sure that everything is fully blended by using your powder brush. 

13. Take any brow product your loving at the moment and fill them brows in as much or as little as you like. I used my beloved Benefit Browzin in brunette.

14. And finally, use a neutral lipstick, if you want to add that bit of gloss to this then apply a little bit of neutral lip gloss over the top giving your lips that beautiful shimmer effect. Voila, you have your sunkissed look :)

I hope that these steps were easy to follow, I'd love to hear what you think of the look, and I would also love to see your sun kissed looks. Send me a photo on twitter to @Adventures_O_W using #sunkissed tutorial.

Festival Look Book 2

Here is the second part to this festival look book series, the first one went down quite well, and I enjoyed creating quite a boho theme, today I have gone for quite a girly look.

The main colour scheme to this outfit is monochrome, it is very chic, classy and sophisticated but made to look fairly casual with the jacket, this is quite a thin layer and waterproof so perfect in the British weather. If it gets too warm it can be tied around the waste.

I love how the pop of colour from the nail polish and floral crown give it the lift and adds to the festival feeling. I love these crowns, they are so pretty and quirky and can be work with a lot of hair styles and are just so effortless.

Cut out boots are very big this season and look cute wearing them with a dress, pop on a pair of ankle socks for warmth and to add extra colour.

The Outift Post : Checked Shift Dress

Finally, we have had some decent weather to take outfit photos. I love this place to take photos, the vibrance of the grass and bushes make the images look a lot more interesting to the eye.

I have to say my streak in finding bargains is continuing, I picked up this dress in Primark the other day for a fiver instead of £10, it was mixed amongst other shift dresses, but the check made it stand out for me, I don't like to wear anything too fancy on a day to day basis, so its perfect for me. I feel that this style of dress is the best for my shape it doesn't dig in and make me feel uncomfortable throughout the day and hides all my lumps and bumps. 

Vintage Afternoon Tea

Yesterday me, my mum and sisters were reunited together and took a trip to the Vintage Tea Rooms in Leeds for Afternoon Tea, there was a lot for us to celebrate with four birthdays, an engagement and finishing my three years at University.

I have never done anything like this before and always wanted to do it, so it was really fun. Perfect way to spend Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Milestone : 100th Post

I absolutely love food! I'm actually surprised I am not a whale with how much I actually eat, its ridiculous. I had heard along the grapevine that a burger / American Diner place called Five Guys had opened up at the Trafford Centre, and immediately wanted to try it out. It wasn't really much a surprise that it was amazing!!! (cue a lot of explanation marks) I ordered a large cheeseburger with large fries, well... lets just say my eyes were bigger than my belly, it was HUGE!! Plus it was all packaged in a paper bag which was super cool and quirky.

Did you know that there are eight different type of lemonade? Me either, I believe one option was a pear lemonade, how weird is that?! I just stuck to the ordinary one but do kind of wish I went back and tried the pear one.

If you happen to pass a Five Guys then I would say you have to go and give it a try, there are quite a few in London, there's one in Birmingham and obviously the Trafford Centre.

Have you tried them before? What did you think of their burgers?

The Outfit Post : Blue Blazer

This outfit featured my newly purchased blazer, I know I said in a previous post that I was on a spending ban, and yes I still am but this was picked up with my birthday money, so that's acceptable isn't it?! I have a little obsession with blazers (well what obsession have I not got) and I love the chunky over sized ones in particular, I think they are so effortlessly chic, can dress up any outfit and can be worn to any occasion. The best thing about it was that it was in the sale rail at £12 instead of £39.99 AND... it was in my size too *insert shock face*. I never find any bargains which I like and will actually fit me, there were quite a few left and they had a few in the pink as well, but I preferred the blue one as it suited my skin tone better and went with more of my clothes. Unfortunately it was a couple of weeks ago so I'm not sure there will be any left. 

I teamed it with my pink shirt and black leggings, however it was the hottest day of the year and was not necessary to wear such a thick item, but hey, it had to be done. 

Hope you liked this outfit :) would love to hear what you thought of it? 

Smokey Eye Look

So, this post is something very out of my comfort zone, I absolutely love doing posts about beauty products as I do have an obsession with make-up and always want to share new finds and let my readers know what I feel about them (usually all positive!!). Apologies for the poses I was a little uncomfortable.

However when it comes to creating new looks I am not confident at all with showing it off, I like to keep it fairly simple and not photograph it. I feel that it will be an interesting route to go down with the odd blog post on a make-up look, by far am I an no expert but I feel that experimenting is very fun and I would like to share it with my followers. I get a lot of inspiration by fellow bloggers and YouTubers, my favourite at the moment is MeMyMouse 1 (Poppy Rawson), she is amazing and so pretty. Her brown smokey eye tutorial was the one which inspired me to try out the look, no way is it as perfect as hers but everyone has to start somewhere.

How To Create:

1. Firstly I used a primer before applying any products as its the perfect base and helps the make up stay on for pretty much most of the day. 

2. As I have a bit of troubled skin at the minute I applied concealer on certain areas before using a foundation to get my base ready. 

3. Using the Ubran Decay Naked 3 pallet and the a mixture of the brush inside and Real Technique shading brush I applied Nooner and Liar to the crease of my eyelid sweeping it in an outwards motion. Then I used a mix of Darkside and Blackheart and lightly applied it to the outer corners of my eye and a bit of the crease. 

4. Blend this thoroughly until all mixes together and you are happy with it. 

5. Then take a clean brush and take Trick shade and apply it on the eyelid as strong as you want it. Make sure it blends in well with the rest of the eyelid. 

6. Use a small brush and use dust in the inner corner of the eye to brighten it up. 

7. Make sure it is blended all together until you are happy with the outcome and apply mascara! 

8. Remove any loose powder under the eye with a cotton bud and apply a little bit of concealer and dab it in with your fingers. 

9. If you are prone to oily skin then use a little bit of powder and sweep it across the problem areas. 

10. Use your favourite eye brow product to define them, I used Benefit Browzing in Brunette, you want them a more natural colour as your eyes are quite dramatic. 

11. Take a highlighting powder and sweep it between your eyebrows in an upward motion on your forehead, down the ridge of your nose, and your cheekbones. 

12. Then take a bronzer and apply it just under your cheekbones, by your hairline in the corners of your forehead and just under your jawline to create that contour look. 

13. You can add a little bit of blush if you would like, gently apply to the apples of your cheeks and a bit along the cheekbones.

14. Make sure it is fully blended and you have not got any sharp lines on your face. 

15. Apply either a natural lipstick or some lip balm and voila your look is complete!

I hope that you enjoyed this post and the steps were easy enough for you to follow. I would love to hear what you thought of the look, and any ideas of a new look you would like me to try?