Thursday, 24 November 2011

Copper Eyes and a Depressing New Found Talent

Hello ^ - ^ Yikes, what a week, I've had SO MUCH WORK > . < But I've handed in everything which needed to be handed in now, so I deserve a break :P I love that relaxed feeling you get after you've handed in a major assignment. So peaceful, it doesn't even matter what mark I get, it's done :) (well the mark doesn't matter until I actually find out and have to jump off the pier).

Earlier today in an IT skills lesson (which I hate) I was told repeatedly that I have 'a gift with excel'. Um what? A gift with excel? No thank you, thanks. Some people are talented at music, or art, or sports. But not me. I have the talent of being able to make beautiful complicated graphs on excel. Yay. I think I might take this one back to the talent shop and exchange it for something a bit nicer :P

I bought a train ticket home and a HUGE suitcase yesterday :D I can't believe it's only three and a bit weeks until I go home for the Christmas holidays, AND I have a new house, which is a bit weird. I am looking forward to decorating my new bedroom though ^ - ^

Today out of nothing else but not wanting to go food shopping (such a chore) I made this cute copper eyes look. I was just thinking of a simple look I could wear to my friends birthday next week, which will definitely involve bars and clubs. I have a Collection 2000 angelic palette and the bottom row of it has two gorgeously glimerry coppery brown shades, so I thought, WANT THESE ON MY EYES... but not that weird :P

Here's what happened:

I did my normal face routine of Porefessional (my new baby <3 ), BB cream, blemish concealer and under eye concealer. I then bronzed under my cheekbones to create a contour, and then under my jawline and a little up to my temples. This really helps with the copper/bronze theme of the look.

For my eyes I primed with Lemon Aid, then added my Benefit Creaseless Cream in Tattle Tale, a gorgeous shimmery gold cream, I smoothed this on right up to my browbone. Then I used a matte yellow/sand colour and added it just in my inner corners, so my eyes wouldn't appear too close together. After that I used a gorgeous shimmery bronze all over the rest of my lid. To add depth I used the dark shimmery brown in my outer corners and crease, and extended it a little bit upwards to make the look more 'night time'. Then I blended like crazzzzzzy, to get rid of icky harsh lines. I then added a little more of the bronze onto the centres of my eyes, to make sure that it was REALLY glimmery :P

I lined under my top lashes with a soft black pencil liner, to make my lashes look thicker. I used a liquid eyeliner and lined all along my top lashes, corner to corner, with a teensy flick at the outer edge. Then I went back to the pencil liner and lined my waterline, connecting to the outer and inner corners. I added the shimmery bronze under my eyes a little and then lined under my bottom lashes. I smoked this out, so my eyes didn't look too bottom heavy. Finally I added a load of mascara.

My lips are really simple, I used a light nude/pink, so they looked a little nuder than my natural lip colour (my lips are quite red naturally) to emphasise the eyes.

I might have a little nap now...I don't suit waking up at's unnatural :P

Sunny xxxxx

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Eyeliners And A Winter Cold

> . < Yup it's officially winter I have decided, I have my first proper winter cold of the year (well this half of the year) and it's ick. Although being curled up in bed all day, skipping lectures and eating soup can be quite fun :P Outside the air definitely has the cold prickle, maybe snow soon?

I'm curled up in my boyfriends massive hoodie ^ - ^ I love stealing his stuff, boy hoodies are just so much snugglier than girl hoodies (which is why I actually own a big Jack Daniels hoodie as well :P).

I thought I'd share my favourite (and not so favourite) eyeliners. I love eyeliner, it really highlights and brings out your eyes, it can make them look sexy, cute, big, awake or smart. It's one of my favourite pieces of make up. There are loads of different types of eyeliners out there, so here are just a few I own:

8) Neal's Yard Remedies Eyeliner (pencil, black)
I thought I'd start with my least favourite eye liner. I don't like this because it's so difficult to get any definition out of. I find I have to press really hard (not good for the eye area) and even then the colour looks really thin and pale. Even when I press it really hard on my hand the colour payoff isn't great. I was really disappointed in this eye liner *sadface* because it looks really pretty and is 37% organic, so it seems like it would be better considering the quality.

7) Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeliner (pencil, 064 Stormy Grey)
This eyeliner is a massive step up from the NYR one, it's great for a less intense look than black, has good colour payoff without having to press too hard. One issue is that it doesn't last especially long, but it's little so I can just pop it into my bag and reapply if I need to. It's only this low down because I don't really wear grey too often.

6) Eyeko Glitter (liquid, silver)
What can I say about this except GLITTTERRRRR!!!!!!! :P Okay, so maybe glitter isn't the most sophisticated look in the world, but it is one of the most fun. This is quite thin, so it's good for just a little bit of glitter, compared to just a massive line of pure glitter. It's also great for adding teeny dots or embellishments to clubbing make up, where you want the light to make your eyes more dazzling.

5) Eyeko Graffiti Eyeliner Pen (pen, black)
Firstly, the packaging is really, really cute, it has hearts and stars all over it ^ - ^ I do admit that this did sway my decision to buy this eyeliner XD. When I first got this I was a bit like meh. Nothing too exciting, but recently I've been using it more often and I do really like it. It does have problems though, you do have to reapply a few times to get a really decent colour, and the pen tip can feel a little dry. However it's really good for getting super clear precise lines, I especially love how easy it is to make a thin sharp line with this.

4) Natural Collection Eye Lines (pencil, white)
I love this eyeliner because it wasn't too pricey (about £2-3 if I remember correctly) but it really does the job well. It has a good clear colour, glides on well and lasts reasonably well (with a little touching up needed if I wear it for too long). I think a white eyeliner is essential for when I have a meeting with my tutor and I need to look awake and not look as though I've spent all night just finishing my assignment :P It's also good for a base when using REALLY bright costume eye make up.

3) Rimmel Soft Kohl (pencil, 061 black)
Yes, this is technically the same one as earlier but in a different colour, but I still love it. It's my general everyday eyeliner (which is why it's so much shorter than the rest XD). It has a great colour, goes on easily, and lasts a while (I always take it in my bag when I go on a night out because it can smudge/fade easily). Overall though it's fantastic, and so easy.

2) L'Oreal Superliner (liquid, black)
We're getting to the top of my list now :P I adore this eyeliner oh so much. L'oreal had a buy one get one free on eyeliner ages ago, so my mum just picked this up for me. The first time I used it I was just like...woah...this is good. It's got teeny tiny sparkles in it, not enough to be noticeable, but just enough to make the eyeliner stand out more. It glides on effortlessly and I wear it for my more dramatic looks, once it's dry it lasts for hours and hours and hours.

1) Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner (1 Black Ink)
Not very shockingly this is my favourite XD. Together with the eyeliner brush of course. Even without the brush this is my most expensive eyeliner, but it's worth the extra price, you really do get what you pay for with this eyeliner. The brush did take me a few attempts to get used to, but now I find it really easy. It's really black and lasts for as long as I need to wear it, I also find it really easy to get precise flicks and make them even on both sides with this :)

Phew...long list :P

Hope you enjoyed  ^ - ^

Sunny xxxxx

Friday, 11 November 2011

Visiting Friends and Clubbing Make Up

Hello ^ - ^ Woooosh, it's been a busy week! On Sunday I travelled down to Reading to visit my friends and the train journey was 6 hours!!! Luckily I had a book (Dracula by the way :P) to read, so I was quite happy :) I could only stay for four days because I still have uni work to do here, but it was a great four days :D Best of all my best friend let me borrow her gorgeous Jack Wills dress (which I have been pining over for months :P) to wear out :D Yay!

Today was literally a whole day of working in the lab (I do biology btw :P) so I was quite sleepy when I got home. The fact that the days are getting shorter isn't helping either - _ - I like everything else about winter EXCEPT the short days :( It makes me sad when it feels like night time too early! Oh well :P I guess it just means more time to cuddle up in bed ^ - ^.

Yesterday my mum sent me another parcel :) I think she must be missing me because I got lots of treats :D. She sent me some new socks, chocolates, pretty hair clips and best of all Porefessional from Benefit. I was so happy ^ - ^ I've been telling my mum for a month now how I was going to save up to buy it (it's around £23, so too expensive for a poor student like me XD) so I was just so pleased to see that she'd remembered :) I definitely need to get my mum a fantastic Christmas present now! :P

I've been using Porefessional for a few days now and I love it so much > . < It's amazing. It's a light tan colour when it comes out of the tube, but blends really well into skin. The texture is amazingly light and silky, it made my face feel so nice! :P Obviously the purpose of the product is to minimise pores and I can say that this worked for me. I'm a little self conscious about my nose pores and this product made them look either tiny or non existent. I am literally in love and really recommend it XD

So tomorrow is one of my friends birthday :) She lives on the floor above me so we're all going to celebrate in her kitchen and then go out a bit later. I decided that I want to wear my eye make up a bit darker and more dramatic than usual, so I decided to try out this look:

Firstly I started with my new favourite Porefessional by Benefit, over the areas which need it. For me my nose, chin, cheeks and forehead. Next I used my Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in No.21 all over my face and down my neck (to avoid having a different colour face to the rest of me XD). After that I went and covered any blemishes with my Witch Hazel concealer in 01 natural, and my dark under eye circles with Rimmel Hide the Blemish concealer in 001 ivory. I then dotted Benefits high beam onto my cheekbones and brow bones, and blended to make them stand out more. I finally set my face with my Natural Collection pressed powder in neutral.

For my eyes I started by priming them with Benefit Lemon Aid all over the lid to keep the eyeshadow in place. I then lined the inner rim of my upper lid using my Rimmel Soft Kohl pencil liner in 061 jet black. I then covered my entire lid in a shimmery gold cream eyeshadow, I used Benefits Tattle Tale. This was to create a little shimmer and colour to my otherwise dark lids. I then used my Bourjois Smoky Eyes palette for the dark eye shadows. I used the medium grey colour all over my lid, but keeping strictly to the lid. Then I used the black in the outer corners, extending slightly at the outer corners to elongate the eyes. I tried to make this part quite neat, but still a little smoky so it didn't look to harsh. I then blended the eyeshadow on my eyelid, but not on the extended outer part, this softened the eye slightly. Then I went back to my pencil liner, lined my top lid and then the waterline and just underneath of my bottom lid, making sure it joined up to the elongated part of the eyeshadow. In the inner corners of my eyes I joined the inner line of eyeliner to create a full circuit around the inner rims of my eyes. I put a dab of gold tattle tale on the inner corner of my eyes to make them appear brighter, and a small dot of gold eyeshadow (blended) into the middle of my eyelid to make my eyes appear larger. Finally I coated my top and bottom lashes in my Benefit Bad Gal mascara.

I decided to leave my lips bare, with just a small dab of uncoloured lip balm so that the look wasn't too overwhelming.

Have a great weekend ^ - ^

Sunny xxxxx

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Fireworks and Cocktails

Bonfire night was last night ^ - ^ So that meant lots and lots and lots of fireworks!!! My favourite :D I went with my friends and boyfriend, but me and my boyfriend went off to buy some glow sticks (because we are very mature XD) and lost everyone else in the crowd. We did have a great time though :) I love fireworks because it always reminds me of how much I loved going to see them when I was little, especially with all the little kids screaming and clapping every time a firework went off. There was a little girl in front of us who shouted 'BANG' every time a firework went off > . < So cute!! There was an amazing bit where a firework got caught and went off sideways over the sea and exploded, it was so pretty reflecting on the water...but very lucky it went that way instead of into us XD

The night before I went out with my girl friends to have a cocktail night! We visited a really cute bar called Piranha Lounge, with a tank of piranhas of course. I had five sex on the beaches because I had a buy on get one free Piranha card and a few shots of baileys and pink sambuca, yummmmy :D We managed to somehow get into a club after that :P It was a great evening except for the massive purple bruise on my knee, which is a total mystery... :S

I'm going to visit a friend in Reading this week :D I actually have to leave for the train in an hour XD I should probably get changed out of my pajamas :P I keep forgetting, but I really really really intend to put more of my make up looks on here :P

Sunny xxxxx