Monday, 24 October 2016

Little Miss Joker Halloween Makeup Tutorial

Hi Guys,

I think it's fair to say that this year Suicide Squad became quite a big deal. As much as I would love to update my Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Look this year, I wanted to do something a little bit different. As a Batman fan, I couldn't miss out on doing something at least a little bit Suicide Squad inspired, so instead I have a joker inspired Halloween tutorial. 
I would say if there's one thing that I wish I could change about this tutorial, it's get a good wig. I unfortunately didn't think this through in time and really I should of ordered this Dark Green Wig in time instead. It's amazing how much the hairstyle finishes and changes a finished look.  
To start with I blocked out my brows, you don't have to do this, but I think even just blocking them out slightly really makes a big difference in how the drawn on brows appear. To block them out I just used soap and a spoolie, I always use Pears Soap as it just dries translucent, which makes things so much quicker and easier. 

To block them out, you just need to make sure the area is clean and dry. Then take a spoolie and wet it, all you have to do is rub it against the soap until you get a thick paste. You might have to add a little bit more water, but it's got to be more like a softened soap. If it's too runny it really doesn't smooth down the brow hairs as well. Then all you need to do is brush the soap with the spoolie right through the brows. I smooth it down slightly with my fingers afterwards just to make sure they really have stuck down, then wait a few minutes to dry. 

For my base I used Illamasqua Skin Base in 01 and the Makeup Revolution Ghost Powder buffed all over the face and roughly down the neck. I did layer the skin base up slightly over the brow, but I found it doesn't make too much of a difference if the brow is still visible. 

Once my base was done and set, I went back to the brows. Taking a really fine liner brush and Illamasqua Powder Shadow in Fledging through the brow, following my natural shape, but arching it and elongating it a little bit more. To add more definition I then with through the brow with Illamasqua Powder Shadow in Burst, on the same brush. Just being more defined with the placement and making the front portion of the brow bushier in appearance. Then finally for the brows I took Illamasqua Gel Liner in Quixotic slightly and randomly through areas of the brow, to add again more definition.   
As always I used the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a base for my eyes. Then taking Illamasqua Powder Shadow in CanCan just above the natural crease, blending it right up to the brow and really winging it out at the outer corner. To deepen the crease, I then took  Illamasqua Powder Shadow in Inception and blended it out and up towards CanCan. Before applying a colour all over the lid, I roughly smudged  Illamasqua Colouring Pencil in S.O.P.H.I.E,  from the outer portion of my lash line up towards the crease. Making sure to wing it out just a touch, but to focus it mainly on the outer corner and up to the centre of the eyelid. I then also smudged it underneath the lower lash line too.

When it came to blending out the lower lash line, I used CanCan quite far down. Also focusing it slightly on the inner corner and also joining up the winged shape. To darken the eye slightly, I also blended a little bit of Inception into the black liner, to create more graduation into CanCan. As well as lastly finishing off the lid, by pressing  Illamasqua Powder Shadow in Livid all over the lid and lightly blending it ever so slightly into the crease.  
To finish off the rest of the face I took Nimbus from the Illamasqua Sculpting Palette,  to contour the face. As well as applying a light amount of Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Nymph across the cheek.

However I thought the perfect Joker-esque highlight would be  Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Static,  the perfect purple iridescent sheen. Which I dusted across the tops of my cheekbones, the cupid's bow and a generous helping in the inner corners of the eye. Also finishing off the eyes with a good coat of Illamasqua Masquara in Gain
For the famous joker smile, I used a lip brush and the Illamasqua Matte Lip Liquid In Fire.  To get the shape I found it easier to line my lips as I usually would, then gradually pull the edges out, until I got the shape I desired. You can just keep adjusting it bit by bit, making the lip line fuller or more elongated. I then just filled in the centre of the lip with Fire too.
I also have a Skull Tutorial which was the first of three for this Halloween, the third and final look will be up on Friday! 

Eloise x

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Simple Skull Halloween Makeup Tutorial

Hi Guys,

Halloween is fast approaching and really I would love to think of the whole month of October, being Halloween. When else do you have the best excuse to dress up as vampires, your favourite film characters and everything else totally spooky. 
So I thought this year I would attempt three more Halloween tutorials, after my Harley Quinn and Vampire looks last year. There is also a post up about recreating special effects with things in the kitchen cupboard too, so theres no need to splash out on all the sfx products. 

For this skull look, I've really only used Illamasqua products. As really they are the best when it comes to halloween, you can be so creative with their wide range of products and they do the best staple products too, which are always so handy to have! 
I started off with a really light layer of my own shade of Illamasqua Skin Base (3.5), as its one of the palest ones anyway. But I think using a foundation shade as a base, makes the white highlights stand out more too. 

I then marked out roughly, where I want the shading to be placed and around the eyes and a shape for the nose to be filled in later on. I did this with the S.O.P.H.I.E Eye Colouring Pencil as Illamasqua's pencils are lovely and soft, fantastic to blend with and so pigmented. So it makes sketching on the skin a breeze. 
To fill in the areas, like the eyes and nose, I used the Precision Gel Liner. As again, its soft, highly pigmented and easy to work with. Though once it's set its not going anywhere, its also fantastic to make more precise lines and to outline any areas specifically. 

I also used it down the neck as a base and also to darken up the jawline and cheekbone slightly, however it's more of a base to be blended out later on in these areas. 

After applying down the base colour, I took the Obsidian Shadow, which is the best matte black shadow out there and pressed it all over the eye. As well as the nose and buffing it into the jaw and cheekbones slightly. This prolongs the makeup and sets it so there's not really any patchiness from the cream products. 

To blend out the bottom of the eye and also to blend out the cheekbones later on, the Sculpting Palette is fantastic. It includes the matte light grey shade in Nimbus, which is brilliant to soften the black and gradate the shading. Although there is also the shade Incubus from the Powder Shadow range, which works just as well, but a touch darker. 

For the white highlights, the Sketch Stick in Spirit is so handy to use. The creamy pigmented formula applies to the skin easily and is lovely to blend. As its a pen too you can be quite precise with the placement. So I used this around the top of the eye and the temples, as well as highlighting the top of the nose, jawline and cheekbone.
The sketch stick was also perfect when it came to drawing on the teeth, as well as finishing them off with the reflective blue shadow, Cascade. But to map out the teeth, I went back to my gel liner and buffed it slightly into the centre of the lip. As well as taking a very fine brush, to draw on the thinner lines to define and decide the placement of the teeth. 
To finish off the look, I applied the S.O.PH.I.E Pencil to my waterline and tight lined the eye. As well as applying a good coat of Masquara in Gain to the lashes and of course a little bit of sparkle to the eye lid, with the Pure Pigment in Axoltol
I think this might be one of my favourite Halloween looks I've done, although really I must remember to not miss a patch out on my neck haha! 

I cant wait to share the next two looks next week! 

Eloise x

Monday, 17 October 2016

An Autumn Fashion Try On Haul

Hi Guys,

I feel like its been such a long time since I've posted, which in reality it has... I might do a bit of a life update post, but in short I have graduation coming up after finishing my studies! As well as taking on a lot more at work, so sadly my little old blog has hit the side burner quite hard. However I am desperate to get back into things and get into the autumnal blogging spirit. So I have lots to come and hopefully, dare I say it already... Blogmas to give a good go too! 
One thing I really want to do more of, is clothing and fashion style posts. Especially now its getting colder, I dont know why but I always prefer this time of year when it comes to fashion anyway. Although I must apologise for the photos you're about to witness, my little brother wasn't really into the whole "can you take photos for me please?!" idea as I was. 
As soon as I saw this on Lily Pebbles' Snapchat, I knew I was going to have to hunt it down. The Team Internet Sweatshirt isn't something I would usually wear, but its lovely and soft and cosy as we go into the colder months. As well as being a nice little hint and acknowledgement to being part of Team Internet! 
I have been after a bomber jacket for months now. Yet I hadn't really fallen in love with many and the ones I had fallen in love with were a little too pricy. So the Topshop 20% Student discount came to my rescue and the Green Satin Bomber Jacket has been added to my autumn wardrobe. It's not really that warm, so sadly I don't think I'll get loads of wear out of it this year, but it's a piece I think will be in my wardrobe for a good while yet. 
I absolutely love how adorable yet subtle this Bee Blouse is from Primark. The pattern isn't too noticeable at first, but It brings a smile to my face when I do notice it. Plus it's a lot cosier than I first thought. I think once layered under things with the collar poking out of jumpers or under dresses, it's going to get its fair share of use for £7. 
Now although I bought these last year, they are back on the Topshop website. The Knee High Boots aren't really something I thought I would ever wear, but they're surprisingly comfy to wear, considering I'm not a big heels wearer. I don't feel uncomfortably tall in them either, which usually puts me off. I hope I can get more wear out of them this year, sadly the suede material didn't agree with the constant Scottish rain last year.
I may of been a tad inspired by Zoella's Primark Haul when I picked up this Longline Navy Shirt Dress. I love all the shirt dresses that have popped up this season, although I would usually go for something shorter, as maxi dresses aren't usually my kind of thing. However I really love the style and fit of this dress, the material is lovely and light weight too, I may even go and pick it up in the other colours too. 

Lastly I also picked up a Wine Pinafore Dress from Primark. Sadly I've forgotten to photograph it, I'll hopefully get a picture up soon! But I was hoping to pair this with the bee blouse and possibly the knee high boots, however I'm not entirely sure yet if that'll maybe feel a little bit more 60's than I imagine it to be.

Let me know if you like try on posts, I thought it would be a little better than my usual attempts at photographing clothes. I would be up for doing quite a few more of these! 

Eloise x

Friday, 30 September 2016

The Glossybox Red Edit

Hi Guys,

This month the team at Glossybox UK have teamed up with the Beauty Editor from Red Magazine, Annabel Meggeson. To create the Glossybox Red Edit edition box. It's packed full of well known products and high end gems, it's by far one of the best boxes they've done for a while. 
The packaging itself screams Red Magazine, I love it. It's simple and very classic looking, it's one of those ones that I would happily have out displayed. As they really do make fantastic little storage boxes, especially for any beauty stashes. 
As well as having five specially selected products inside this months box, there were also two bonus products included in mine. One of which, I think has gone out to all of the boxes, the other to select few.

The MUA Heaven and Earth Palette has been included after a mistake with last months box. After being offered to choose which palette we would like in the August box, not everyone got the palette they had chosen, me included. So very kindly, Glossybox sent out the palette that was requested by each customer in this months box instead, which is fantastic.

Also included is a little bonus gift in the form of a sachet sample of one of the new Body Shop Face Masks. Which I have heard so much about, there are so many raves for the different masks that I'm so excited to get to give the Himalayan Charcoal Mask a go. Although I am already eyeing up that British Rose beauty too!
Revlon Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat - £7.99 for 11.7ml
The first product in the line up from the Red Edit is the Revlon Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat. I myself haven't used Revlon Polishes in quite a while and to be honest I really don't know why, as they are actually really good for the price. They last well, with very little chipping and usually require very few coats of polish. So I hope this Top Coat also lives up to expectations and gives me a gorgeous glossy long lasting manicure.

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm - £12 for 7ml
Another full size product inside the box is a Antioxidant Lip Balm from The Organic Pharmacy. It's a brand I'm sure I've heard of, yet never tried and with the colder months approaching fast, a lip balm always comes in handy. It's bursting with ingredients such as rose hip, Shea butter and vitamin E, to keep the lips nourished and moisturised. 

Rodial Smokey Eye Pen - £17 for 1.2g
Rodial welcomed makeup into their popular foray of products a few years ago now, but as much as they're a brand I think of when  thinking of Skincare. They're not really a brand I've ever considered trying Makeup wise. However after trying this Smokey Eye Pen, I'm intrigued to try more. The quality of it is lovely, it doesn't lack pigment and it glides across the skin effortlessly due to its really soft gel like texture. Though it does have to be blended quickly, if you want to smudge it out, as it does tend to set quite quickly once on.

Vitamasques Hydro Face Mask - £7.99 Per Mask
Vitamasques is another brand I haven't heard of before, but sheet masks are becoming increasingly popular. The mask itself is inspired by Korean skincare technology and pretty bold states it gives the skin 120 hours worth of hydration. Which I have to admit I'm not sure about, if it can do that I may be willing to buy quite a few more. But sadly I'm a little bit dubious. 

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara - £19 for 8ml
Lastly included in the box, is the ever so popular Better than Sex Mascara from Too Faced. I recently got my hands on the exclusive purple version of this in the Power of Makeup Nikkie Tutorials x Too Faced colab. I was contemplating buying this after having again heard a huge amount of rave reviews and sadly purple isn't always too wearable. So I'm very pleased to have this little guy in this months box, hopefully volumised falsies like lashes are on the horizon. 
(Swatches: Left to Right - Rodial Smokey Eye Pen, Smokey Eye Pen Buffed)
I really love this month's box, I actually didnt think anything could beat it. However after finding out who the collaborator is for October; (Spoiler Alert! The wonderful blogger, Essie Button!) I think Glossybox is probably onto a winner already. 

Eloise x
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