Monday, 25 November 2013

Winter Makeup: Smokey Eye and Burgundy Lip

Hey Pixies! 
So I know I'm a day late, let's just move on!
So I thought I'd show you a look that I have recently fallen in love with for this time of year. You could say that the burgundy lip is quite Autumny however I feel that paired with a cooler toned, shimmery smokey eye, it really brings the look right into winter! 


Revlon - Colour Stay
Benefit - Erase Paste
Collection - Lasting Perfection Concealer
Rimmel - Stay Matte Powder
Sleek - Contour Kit
Nars - Orgasm 


Rimmel - Exaggerate Undercover Eye Primer
Urban Decay - Naked Basics Palette - Foxy, W.O.S, Naked 2, Crave
Clinique - Chocolate Chip 
Urban Decay - Naked Palette - Hustle, Sin, Half Baked
Collection - Eyeliner Felt tip Pen
Maybelline - Gel Eyeliner


Urban Decay - Naked Basics - Naked 2, Faint


Revlon - Black Cherry Lipstick
Maxfactor - Bewitching Coral Lipstick

I hope you liked this post guys and that you like this makeup look and it's quite dramatic for me as I don't usually wear bold eyes and lips at the same time. However if you don't like the bright lips paired with the smokey eyes then a nude or pale lip would look just as nice. For example MAC Hue, Creme Cup or Topshop Nevada would look lovely! 

So there you go! I hope you enjoyed!
What makeup looks are you enjoying for this winter?

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick - Forbidden Burgundy

Hey Pixies! 
I am sticking to my schedule (Wednesdays and Sundays), it is still Wednesday night aha!

So when I got my GCSE results my Auntie kindly rewarded me with £20. So I decided to treat myself to something special that I would never usually buy myself. A gorgeous YSL lipstick. I saw this shade first in Chloe Morello's youtube channel and fell in love. 

Sorry there's not a photo of me wearing the lipstick, every photo was really unrepresentative of the colour of the lipstick, even the hand swatch is pushing it! It is faaar more purple is real life!

So this lipstick is pure luxury! I decided to get it in this shade so it would be a definite 'special occasion' lippy! It is a very unique shade. It's extremely purple (despite the misrepresentation in the swatch photo) and very wintery! 
It is so pigmented and very soft and moisturising on the lips and gives a glossy shine also. However it is not the most long lasting lipstick as it is so soft and moisturising, whereas I imagine if it was a very drying, matte shade it would probably last longer. Also I have barely used this lipstick and it has already gone down a fair bit in the bullet so I will bare that in mind if I ever choose to purchase another shade in the future that I will be more likely to wear on a regular basis as I feel the lipstick will not last all that long. 

Overall I think this lipstick is quality and luxury and a prefect treat either for a present or just to reward yourself! I think that the retail price of around £20-24 is far too expensive for the quality that you receive, even though the quality is rather high. However for a special occasion, every now and again they are worth the indulgence; you definitely pay for the packaging - I mean look how gorgeous it is!!  

Have you ever tried any YSL lipsticks? If so what do you think and are they worth the hefty price tag?

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 17 November 2013

The Sweater Weather Tag

Hey Pixies!
So I know I'm being totally hopeless and doing a tag, which I know is a cop out (considering I haven't even been tagged by anyone!)
However I've had a rather hectic day and have not got around to taking any photos and whenever I take photos in the evening they come out terribly - please see previous posts - so this will have to do!

As it's rapidly getting colder and snuggly slippers seem to have a gravitational pull towards my tootsies, what better than the sweater weather tag! Let's get crack-a-lacking!!

Favourite Candle Scent? 

Well until recently I was not allowed to burn candles of my own as I'm a rather clumsy being! But since my dear mother has let me enjoy the wonder of candles I've kind of gone a tad crazy!
I really dislike fruity scents or anything overly 'foody'. That being said I quite like sweet, floral and musty/spicy scents. I'm also a sucker for vanilla!!
Specifically I love both 'Christmas Cookie' (I know it's foody, but I love it!) and 'Christmas Eve' by Yankee Candle.

Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate?

Tea. Definitely. I don't really like coffee but I do love a good cosy hot chocolate however I couldn't live without tea and drink at least 2-3 cups a day!

What's the best Autumn memory you have?

Crisp country walks with the family or the first 'Starbucks day' when they bring out the christmas cups with my best friend Amy.

What makeup trend do you prefer: winged liner or dark lips?

Can't I pick both? I wear winged liner more often but I absolutely love rocking an autumnal burgundy lip. I usually wear them both together to be perfectly honest!

What do you want to be for Halloween?

Well I am hopeless at organisation with tags so Halloween has been and gone but I didn't do anything for it, I'm very sad I know! However I'd of liked to have gone as something alternative and not that scary - I loved all the Miley Cyrus tutorials that were floating around the blog and youtube scene.

Hats or Scarves?

Argh both again? Aha probably hats though, I do love my beanies! I've recently been loving THIS one from Next.

Most worn jumper?

Either a navy grandad one from a charity shop that is uber long, massive and cosy or THIS one (in peach) from Topshop if I'm feeling slightly more like making an effort!

Favourite Autumn Nail Polish?

Either Barry M - Raspberry or Essie - Luxedo

Skinny Jeans or Leggings?

Skinny jeans if I'm going out or leggings if I'm home or want to be comfy or cosy. Overall I think I'd say leggings. Specifically THESE - are they just not horrifically amazing?!

Boots or Uggs?

Boots definitely! I bought some ankle boots from River Island last week and have been living in them! I think I've just grown out of uggs, although we all know how I love my comfort!

So that's it guys, I know I'm so late but ah well, better late than never! Hope you enjoyed it and I tag ALL of you!
Thanks for reading

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Snip snip, where's it all gone?

Hey Pixies!
So it feels like over the past few months everything's been changing. I've started sixth form, I started Youtube (link on the right!), I redesigned my blog and to top it all off I've cut off all my hair!
So as you may or may not know I've had ombre for about a year and few months and I was getting really bored, so decided to dye it a dark brown. Only this highlighted the massive problem of the fact that the ends of my hair were DEAD. So I decided to take the plunge and have the chop!

(If you like this makeup look, keep an eye out on my youtube channel as I just filmed a 'get ready with me' type thing on it. It will be up in a few weeks so if you'd like to see it make sure you subscribe!)

I am SO glad I did. Despite the fact that I can't shove it in a messy bun when I'm being lazy or the fact that the need for a scarf is now far more prevalent, I am loving having shorter hair!

It is so much healthier and feels so soft. It is ridiculously quick and easy to style and it also makes the colour I dyed it look a lot better.

Here are a few things I've been loving to style it:

After I have washed my hair I tend to use the L'Oreal Mythic Oil on the ends and generally through it. I then spray it all over with heat protectant before I blow-dry it. The one I've been using recently is the TRESemme one.

To gain volume before I blow-dry I tend to opt for either a mousse, this one is by VO5, or recently I've been quite liking the TRESemme 24 Hour Body, Root Boosting Spray. This just ensures that I get the most amount of volume possible from blow-drying it. I have also been falling back in love with the Batiste dry shampoo on second to third day hair as it really gives it a messy, voluminous, bed head look.

As far as styling it goes I've been loving this little barrel brush for blowdrying. When I had long hair I would use a bigger one but I love this one at the moment as it just seems like the perfect size. I tend to wear my hair curly most of the time now and the way I do this is with a hair straightener; these are Remington ones. I am really tempted to ask for GHDs for christmas but I don't know whether they are worth the large price tag when there are other things I would like, do you guys have any advice?

So that's it! I just fancied chatting to you guys about my new hair as it's really new and exciting for me. I am aware that some may not regard this as that short but for someone who's never had her hair shorter than below her shoulders, this was a big deal for me!

Are you considering a new hairstyle or have you had a major haircut recently?
Thanks for reading

Sunday, 10 November 2013

REVIEW: Wet n Wild trios

Hey Pixies!
So my bestfriend went to New York a couple of weeks ago (yeah I was 'well jel' too!) and was so kind to bring me back two Wet n Wild trios.
I asked her to get me Autumny shades and my days did she do well! (LOVE YOU AMY!!)

So the first trio is in 'Silent Treatment'

I am literally in love with these trios and I love this one so much. It's great for the evening and the crease shade is so beautiful. It is so unusual and unlike any other shadow I have. It's a gorgeous deep brown with gold specks. This is definitely more of a night time trio and the shades are perfect for a bold eye to go with an autumnal burgundy lip. 
I also love the way that Wet n Wild trios tell you wear to put the shadows, I know that sounds silly and it's usually always pretty obvious, but the shadows look so good if you put them exactly where they say to. I realise how much of a ridiculous point that is but it makes sense to me!

The second trio is in 'Knock on Wood'

So I love this trio too, I think these colours are, even though they are fairly dark and can be quite intense, more daytime shades. The two pinky colours really remind me of my Estee Lauder - Raisins and looks so good with the mid brown thrown into the mix! I think the pale pink is a little too dark to be placed on the brow bone as it advises, but looks really pretty in the inner corner all the same.  

So overall guys I am loving these shadows for Autumn and am so grateful to my friend for bringing them into my life aha! They are so pigmented and blend really easily and I can't wait to try more!

Do you guys like Wet n Wild eyeshadows? If so what are your favourite shades, I'd love some recommendations!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Alternative Makeup Storage

Hey Pixies!

So today I thought I'd let you in on how I store my makeup. My collection grew out of makeup bags a long time ago and I struggle to fit it in my dressing table draws with my hair and other beauty things as well. I fear that even this is beginning to overflow but I keep the makeup I don't use very often in a small plastic box in my wardrobe; but most of my collection is stored in this way. I thought about getting those plastic containers/draws or storing it a lot more practically like a lot of bloggers do but this way goes with the decor of my room much better and I really love it. 

So in the summer my Mum  and I went on a weekend away to a little town called Skipton in Yorkshire; whilst we were looking round all the quaint, individual shops we spotted these gorgeous shelves (there are some really similar on both Ebay and Amazon if you're interested). In the same vintage, shabby chic themed shop were the yellow and pink baskets which are lined with a sort of polythene which makes them perfect for storing makeup.

I also find it really cute to store my brushes in old jars with ribbon (that seems to have escaped - what a mystery!). The two smaller jars are just old washed out jam jars but the larger one is from Ikea - I needed a shallow wide jar for my bigger face brushes - jam doesn't tend to be stored in jars like that!

I keep my nail varnishes on these shelves as well, this cute basket thing (technical term) is from BHS and fits perfectly on this shelf.

I keep my lipstick in this cute wicker basket/tin on top of all my Vogues. I was lucky enough to be bought a Vogue subscription for my birthday, it's my favourite magazine (you can't beat a classic!) and I just love displaying them in this way.

So finally I just love the warmth that candles both look and emit, so my shelves wouldn't be complete with out one. I absolutely love this candle holder I got from Dunelm Mill the other day as well. It was only £1.99 and just looks so gorgeous with a lit candle in. The little box is where I keep most of my most worn earrings, I got it from an individual shop in a designer outlet near where I live and I just think its so cute. 

So that's it guys! I am absolutely loving storing my makeup this way recently and just thought I'd share! 
How do you guys store your makeup?

Thanks for reading