Forever stuck in a Beauty Rut

I love playing around with my make up products what girl doesn't, but by no means am I an expert at applying the products, in fact I honestly don't think I am that good. It would be lovely to create that "airbrushed" finish but we all know that, that is not going to happen. 

As it is body confidence week I thought that this would be quite an interesting post to do, I have never been a confident individual and for me make up has always been a mask, I have extremely low self esteem and suffer with acute acne, so with this constantly in my mind I would be too ashamed to step out the door without wearing any make up, especially when at high school and college as I would be too worried what people would think and say. But as I got older my skin has calmed down an awful lot, there is always one or two deep red spots on my face but I have grown in confidence and learnt that we cannot be perfect and it is who I am. 

With my growing confidence of being in my own skin I have looked at beauty products as an art, something fun that you can play around with and create interesting looks rather than lathering it on your face to hide a lot of scars. Now my issues have changed to worrying about not being able to create a certain look, or it is not at a professional standard. Plus the biggest problem that constantly bugs me is that my looks always look exactly the same, does anyone else have this problem? 

It would be lovely if you had any tips and tricks to help my make up woes, and does anyone else ever feel like this?

A Perfect Foundation?

Is there such a thing as finding a perfect foundation? 

Every skin tone is different it would be weird if we were all exactly the same, it is the same when it comes to personalities, the world would be a boring place if we were all the same. Skin is like a personality you can be oily, dry, light, dark, blemish free or struggle with a few problem areas. Finding a foundation to match all of these things is tricky and could take years to find, for me, my skin changes as much as the weather and it is so difficult to keep up with. 

I always think I have found the perfect foundation and I am almost skipping and singing out of the shop, then a month later it becomes my enemy. I own five foundations, some at a lighter consistency to others and some are a slight darker shade. If my face is going through an oily stage then I prefer to use a thick matte foundation, not to clog up the pores but to block out the shiny t-zone area. But on some occasions my face can become extremely dry if I don't give it a small break from wearing make up so I tend to pick out a lighter foundation which will allow my skin to breath easier. 

But if you are a fan of tanning then this is another issue you face when picking the perfect shade of foundation, you don't want to have a beautiful golden glow and an extremely white ghostly face. I would advise you to get the perfect shade when your skin is natural and then get a shade which matches you skin with a tan. 

It has taken me a while to accept the fact that I probably wont ever discover the perfect foundation and I will be forever testing out numerous products. This is a good thing, it will give me the opportunity to find a new brand I have not used before, and maybe find other products of theirs too. 

Halloween Grungy Tutorial

As it is Halloween I thought it would be quite fun to create a generic moody, dark and spooky make up tutorial which is perfect to recreate to go with whatever outfit you have whether it is a witch, devil or angel. P.S The lipstick isn't smudged, my lips are a weird shape so it makes the lipstick look all uneven :( !

I hope that you like this look and here is how I created it: 


1. I applied my foundation first, I would suggest that you go for a heavy consistency and I would not be worried if it is not the perfect match to your skin, it is Halloween after all so maybe slightly paler the better. 

2. After this I focused on the eyes, I used three different palettes, firstly I got the palest shade in the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette for a base coat, it will also help the other shades to blend easier. 

3. Using the burnt orange/red shade from my bigger palette (I believe it is the W7 one) and mixed it with Nooner from the Naked palette, I worked these into the crease of my eye, make sure you blend this thoroughly and get quite a deep tone. 

4. I then took a bigger blending brush and placed it into the two purple shades from the W7 palette and the dark purple from the Front Cover palette, I then put this all over my lids and slightly into the crease and blending all the shades together so there are no lines. 

5. Using the black shade from the Front Cover Palette and the Naked Palette I put this all over the lids too, but not as far up into the crease. I then took a much smaller brush and put it under my eyes a little bit and smudged it out to give the smokey effect. 

6. In the Front Cover Palette there is a shimmery pigment purple shadow in the corner of my eyes to brighten them up a little bit and add that bit of sparkle. Put a lot of mascara on your lashes and if your feeling like it, add some falsies too.

7. I took the long lasting Illuminating concealer under my eyes and the middle of my forehead, and blending this out, this brightens up the under eyes perfectly. Then used a little bit of powder do set the base.

8. I then took my Benefit Hoola and used the brush that comes with their blushes, usually I am not a fan of these but it is perfect to create a harsh contour which is very grungy. I placed it just under my cheekbones and up onto my forehead, down each side of my nose. Don't blend it too much as it needs that mucky, deep tone. 

9. For my brows, I wanted to make them look a lot longer and thicker than they normally are, so I used the Make Up Revolution brow kit and used the darkest shade of powder first then set it with the wax. 

10. I have two alternatives when it comes to the lips, and mixed a few products together as I didn't have the perfect colour. Firstly, I took my Nars velvet lip pencil and placed it all over the lips, then I took a small eye shadow brush and placed it into one of the purple and then black eye shadows I had already used and worked it onto my lips. All you need to do is just dab it on and it will stick to the product already on there. You can always use a finger to do this.

11. Using a much deeper and brighter red lipstick, I placed this over the top of what I had already created for a bit more of a glossier finish and much deeper shade. It is perfectly fine if you don't want to use any products on your lips or if you just want to use a red lipstick. 

And ... your look is complete!! 

I hope that these steps were easy enough for you to follow, if you do not like any of these products then this is perfectly fine, just use similar products it will have the same effect. I would love to hear your thoughts on this look too. 

Winter Warmers

Primark have come up trumps with their autumn/winter collection this year and I am extremely impressed with it all and being on a tight budget, it is great that I can add a few winter pieces to my wardrobe withought having to fork out a ridiculous amount of money on just one item.

The knits are a great quality and some of the items would be classed as on par with knitwear in other high street stores that charge a little bit more on price. There is a whole range of different styles of knits but mainly all are focused around the classic herringbone knit, some from thicker heavier wool and a lot are from a thinner wool.

My favourites at the moment have to be the jumpers, long gone is my love of cardigans, it is all about big over sized jumpers that you can curl up in. The ones I picked were both fairly thin, the grey is a rougher knit than the blue and white striped jumper which feels more like cashmere (its obviously not, but I can wish). These are perfect for layering, especially at the moment when the British weather cannot decide if it wants to be mild or ridiculously freezing.

 I am loving the oversized scarfs they seem to have in store at the moment, they are amazing and could double up as a picnic blanket in the summer. You will have seen this scarf previously on my outfit posts but I feel it deserves to be featured a little more on my blog.

I'd love to hear if you are loving the knitwear from Primark too, and which ones are your favourites. 

Great Balls of Bicarb - Lush Haul

The hype for Lush Cosmetics has finally caught up on me and I am now a massive fan of their products after years of walking past the shop having a quick glance thanks to all you lovely bloggers out there. 

If I bought something in the past I just usually kept it in a drawer as I thought it was far too pretty to use and I just wanted to look at it every so often. In the end they were a good few years old and stopped smelling nice so had to bin them and what a waste that was. But since I have grown up that little bit I have realised that they make baths more fun and luxurious and once all used up you can go out and buy more products. 

This weekend me any my boyfriend celebrated our two years together *soppy I know* and he bought me this Great Balls of Bicarb set of bath bombs. It is so cool and you get five amazing different bath bomb to try out; Avobath, Honey Bee, Sex Bomb, Dragon's Egg and Blackberry Bath Bomb which I have already used and it made the water deep purple and super soft, plus you got a cute little note inside saying boom boom. 

I think these gift boxes are great ideas coming up to Christmas especially with all the little festive items too, which I also need to get my hands on. 

I would love to hear which products you love and would recommend for me to try.

Nars Copacabana Illuminator

I cannot be anymore happier than what I am than writing this particular blog post. Finally, after months of wishing I owned the Nars Copacabana Illumintor  as part of my make up collection. 

After watching tutorials by Poppy from MeMyMouse1 constantly using the illumintor I have wanted to try it out but never had the £25 in my pocket to pick one up. But when my sister went to New York last week it was silly of me not to ask her to buy one for me, after all with the rate of the currency I was saving about £5 so you cannot go wrong. 

On first glances, the packing is so sleek and sophisticated very similar to the packaging of Mac products, the product itself is beautiful; a shimmering dusky pink. However, for the price of the product is is fairly small which is slightly disappointing I was expecting something a little bit bigger. But I do have to say that you only need the slightest bit of product for it to go along way, its gorgeous used on your cheekbones. 

I am so happy that I finally have this product and I cannot wait to try out different ways to use it.