Sunday, 30 October 2016

Cartoon Glitter Zombie Halloween Makeup Tutorial

Hi Guys,

For my third and final Halloween this year, I had to break out the colour. I love these Cartoon Zombie looks as you can literally just go to town with lots of fun bright shades and make it your own. So even though I've gone for more of a purple theme, the world is your oyster and you can easily mix it up a bit.
  I also knew I wanted glitter, so I must admit I kinda just went with it for this look. But sometimes just having a bit of an experiment and play around creates some of your favourite looks. But mainly my  inspiration has come from the fantastic cartoon zombie make ups I've seen over the years, if you haven't seen them, you need to have a snoop. There's some absolutely brilliant ones out there. 
 To begin with I started off with a good layer of Baby Blue Snazaroo Face Paint. You could also mix a pigment with a white foundation, that would give you a more even finish and leave your skin feeling a bit more moisturised too. However I went for the face paint, just be careful however as they do tend to go patchy sadly.

I also used the Illamasqua Colouring Pencil in S.O.P.H.I.E to create an outline for my brain, I didn't colour this area blue so I could get a truer colour too. I then filled in the area with Illamasqua Skin Base in White and patted Sugarpill Dollipop Shadow over the top. This really makes the colour stand out. Finishing off the brain with the added squiggly details with S.O.P.H.I.E again.

As well as taking S.O.P.H.I.E through the brow and around the mouth, as an outline for later on.
However I did also fill in the brows with Illamasqua Powder Shadow in Obsidian too, just so there were no gaps. 
 For the eyes I used my trusty base of MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, and then dusted Illamasqua's White Blusher over the top. Followed by Illamasqua Can Can through the crease of the eye lightly, but also Illamasqua Inception to deepen it slightly. Over the whole lid of the eye, I pressed MAC Vanilla Pigment, to give a subtle shimmer and really contrast with the purple tones. Finally I finished the eye off with Illamasqua Obsidian Powder Shadow as a liner and Can Can and Inception ran under the lower lash line too. As well as a good coat of the Illamasqua Masquara in Gain. 
The contour is pretty simple, it basically consists of two Sugarpill Powder Shadows in After Party and Velocity. To give some depth and then a thin line of Illamasqua Gel Liner, for the definition, then you've got Zombie Cartoon cheekbones! 
To add some little finishing touches to the final look, I also used the S.O.P.H.I.E pencil to dot some pretty simple scars across the face. Mainly just where there isn't a lot going on, it really adds and finishes the final look off.

Then finally for the glitter tears, I used the Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Distortion, to draw on a rough shape. Then outlining it again with S.O.P.H.I.E, but adding more glitter to really fill in the gaps. You could press a loose glitter on top to make it extra sparkly, as this certain shade of glitter reflects under the light but isn't overly glitter either. 
 For the mouth, I followed the same kind of steps as I did with the brains, a base of White Skin Base. Then outlining the teeth with S.O.P.H.I.E filling them in with a layer of Intrigue Blusher from Illamasqua to keep it set in place. Then filling in any of the white outside the teeth and inside the outline, withSugapill Dollipop.

Then with a coat of the Illamasqua Matte Lip Liquid in Exoskeleton  for the other side. 
Happy Halloweem! 

Eloise x

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Lush Halloween 2016

Hi Guys,

Lush are back with another fantastic Halloween collection this year and I think it's also one of the largest ones they've ever done. It's been a while since theres been such a selection of spooky goodies to pick from, wether they're bath bombs or body products too.  
There are a couple of products that I haven't mentioned in this post, that came out in the Halloween 2015 range. Though I have reviewed them before, the two products that had to make a comeback are Sparkly Pumpkin and of course Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb and Shower Cream. I am a little sad though that Nightwing Shower Jelly hasn't made an appearance this year.

But as well as the old favourites making a comeback, there are also two traditional soaps included in the collection too. There is Fireside - £4.25, a spicy and warming scent made from clove and vanilla and then there's Magic Wand - £3.50. Which is a citrusy uplifting scent, with its main ingredients being tangerine and pomegranate. 
Two of the new bath bombs in this collection include Autumn Leaf - £3.75, which may be my favourite of them all. I cant quite decide between this and Pumpkin, it's such a crisp scent. I love the hint of lemon that's hidden inside, plus the colours that explode from it while it fizzes away in the bath makes you feel all autumnal. 

Pumpkin  - £3.25 is another quite fresh scent, although I would say it's a tad heavier than Autumn Leaf. As much as it still has that citrus kick, it's packed with spices such as cinnamon. Yet it's soft enough for me, as I'm not one for spicy scents, as it also includes vanilla. 
The Boo Bath Melt - £3.50 might be the cutest little bath melt I've ever seen since the Melting Snowman. This little guy dissolves softly and slowly into the water, leaving a lovely moisturised feeling to the skin. It's soothing and relaxing, while also meaning that if you're like me and never have enough time! You can skip the body moisturiser as Boo will do it all for you. 

Although the Monsters' Ball - £4.25 is a bath bomb, it includes a little treat in the shape of his eye. A hidden bath melt! So you get the fun of the fizz, but that little bit of an extra treat as it moisturises the skin just like Boo. The scent of this one is uplifting with lime and so much fun, it really perks up your mood, which can be needed when it's so dull and dreary outside. 
The last product I picked up from the Halloween collection this year is Goth Fairy - £5.50. Of course I couldn't leave this one behind, sharing it's scent with the ever so popular Snow Fairy. I hope this little one will be around for years to come. The Shimmer Bars have been a favourite of mine for years, filled with gorgeous shimmering lustres, you can't help but love them. A bit of sparkle never goes a miss at this time of year!

As always there's also a wide range of gifts to pick from in the Halloween range too, As well as some brilliantly designed knot wraps too. There's something for everyone! 

Eloise x

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
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