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Trying Instaglam Makeup

A cut crease, bigger lips, flawless skin, chiselled contour and a blinding glow… I tried to recreate this Instagram trend. Here’s what happened:

But I actually ended up… well, not hating it.

I’ll be honest, I tried this makeup style because I thought I would look ridiculous and we could all get a wee laugh out of it.

Who’d have thought?

Don’t get me wrong, I think glam make up looks flawless and glamorous-

I just didn’t think it would suit me or that I’d manage to do it.

To my surprise, I think with a little more practice, I might start doing it more often.

At least when I have the time.


What I did


Products

  • Primer: Bare Minerals Prime Time Original Foundation Primer
  • Eyebrows: Sleek Free Form Contouring and Blush Palette (contour colour) with a Real Techniques angled brush
  • Eye Primer: Sleek Lifeproof Concealer in 03 Cafe au Lait
  • Eyes: Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 3 (shades 4 & 7) + Zoella x Colorpop Brunch Date Palette in Sundae Funday
  • Undereye Concealer: Sleek Lifeproof Concealer in 03 Cafe au Lait
  • Foundation: Bare Minerals Bare Pro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation in Sateen 05
  • Contour and Blush: Sleek Free Form Contouring and Blush Palette in Fair
  • Highlighter: Soap and Glory Hocus Focus Instant Visual Flaw-Softening Illuminator
  • Lips: Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Rome + Colorpop So Juicy Plumping Gloss in For the Clout

Final Thoughts

Things I liked:

The Eyebrows

I don’t normally pay a lot of attention to my eyebrows- but I really liked how they looked after shaping them in this way. This I will definitely do again.

Contour

Again, I usually hold back on my everyday contour, in fear of it looking just like a brown smudge on my face, but spending a bit more time to apply it and blend it out really shaped my face nicely.

However, I still refuse to contour my nose. (I really don’t see the point.)

That Glow

I’ve never been one to use highlighter but now I think I love that glowy look.

Bright concealer under the eyes

I applied a lot more concealer under the eyes than I normally would and I liked the brightening results.


Things I didn’t like:

The Foundation

This is for two reasons; a) I’ve never gotten on with the Bare Minerals Liquid Foundation, it just doesn’t suit my drier skin and it feels impossible to blend without it going patchy and cakey;

And b) having dry skin means I don’t normally wear full coverage, heavy foundation since a more sheer look suits me and my skin better.

I think if I used my Nyx foundation, or found one that suited my skin type better, I might have liked my base a lot more.

Cut Crease

I didn’t like how the dusty pink and the glittery pink looked together, but I did like the elongated shape it gave to my eye.

Lips

Next time I’d like to use a lip pencil to overline my lips instead of just using the lipstick, and not apply any gloss over the top.


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Emma Stone Inspired Makeup

Ah, the Met Gala.

A place of celebrities, over the top fashion and inspiration.

Emma Stone was a stand out for me. She looked stunning!

When I saw her outfit, hair and makeup I knew I wanted to try it.

Stone’s makeup artist, Rachel Goodwin, said this about the look: “I applied the Phyto-Eye Twist in Lagoon on the waterline only and SoVolume Mascara in Deep Blue on only her lower lashes… And then on the top of the eye, I did a full rhinestone liner that comes out an elongates the eye, so it’s very high-glamour. I really love working with embellishments.”

(Robin, 2019 https://www.allure.com/story/emma-stone-sisley-blue-mascara-met-gala-2019-makeup )

For my look, I didn’t have any rhinestones (sad times) but to make the look more wearable for every day, I used a shimmery highlighter on the top lid and matched the blue liner on the bottom.



I never considered combining red lipstick and blue eyeliner but I’m kind of in love with it now.

And using a shimmery shade on the top lid made my eyes look bigger and more emphasised.

I tried to do Emma’s hair, but I don’t think I suit having one side pulled back in the way she had. However, the wet-look waves I really liked!

Overall, I really enjoyed recreating a makeup look and experimenting with different colours and styles.

Next time, I definatley want rhinestone liner!


Products used:

Nyx Photo-loving Primer Anti-Redness


Sleek Lifeproof Concealer in Cafe au Lait


Nyx can’t stop won’t stop foundation in Light Procelain


No. 7 Smokey Stay Perfect Eye Shadow Palette

Shade: first pan


Colorpop x Zoella Brunch Date palette

Shade: Brunch Club


Lush Handmade Colour Lipstick in Ambition


Sleek Face Form Contour & Blush Palette in Fair


Too Faced Sweethearts Blush in Sparkling Bellini


Soap and Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow


Barry M Lash Vegas 2 Mascara


Let me know which celebrity looks you loved at the Met Gala!

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Experimenting with Colour

Recently I’ve been watching more beauty channels on YouTube, and most of those people use a lot of colour in their eyeshadow makeup.

This made me want to try and experiment with more colour in my life!

So, for this week’s makeup look, I dug out my Nyx Ultimate Shadow palette in Brights- that I only used once at Halloween- and wanted to use it for my everyday look.

To begin with, I primed my eye in the usual way with the Nyx shadow base in white but didn’t set it.

Then I took some Almond Truffle and Cashew Chew on a fluffy brush as a transition shade through my crease.

(They’re the ones I’ve hit pan on cause I use them in every look)

In the Nyx colour palette, I used the pink shade (top row, second one from the left) and the yellow shade (bottom right) on an wet angled brush.

Since coloured eyeliner is back, I thought that would be a good start for using more colour.

I used the pink on the top and yellow on the bottom, and then lots of mascara.

I finished the look with my usual sleek contour, some Too Faced blush and some So Juicy plumping gloss from Colourpop in ‘For the Clout’

I definitely want to try getting more confident and comfortable using colour on my eyes, and I loved this really simple coloured eyeliner look that I was able to create.


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Skincare Wishlist

Come have a peak at my Feel Unique Wishlist!

This is where I store all my skincare wants ready for when I need to replace a product; so I know what I want to try next.

Skincare is the one thing that I like to treat myself with, and spend a little bit more than a would on anything else.


  1. Ark Skincare Essentials Skin Perfector SPF30 Primer

I want to try this primer for its ingredients:
– Vitamin E – antioxidant and provides photo protection.
– Shea Butter – nourishes skin and protects from free radicals.
– Sunflower – packed with vitamins and minerals.

It sounds like it nourishes, moisturises and protects the skin, as well as makes makeup last, which is what I’m after in a primer.


2. ELF Illuminating Eye Cream

I’m wanting to look after my eye area a bit more, since I feel like I’ve been neglecting it and often I find my eyes feeling dry and tired.

Therefore, I want to try this
deeply hydrating eye cream from e.l.f for some refreshing moisture around my eyes.


3. Valo Vitamin C Glow Boost Essence

Having dry skin, I’m always drawn to anything that promises brighter, intensely hydrated skin, so this glow boost by Lumene is something I’m eager to try.


4. Lumene Lähde Intense Hydration 24H Moisturizer and
Hydration Recovery Aerating Gel Mask 

As I mentioned, I have dry-normal skin and I love anything that deeply moisturises and restores my skin when it’s feeling dry and dull.

Both these products look great for that- particularly the Gel Mask.

I can imagine it being really cooling and revitalising on the skin and great for those days my skins needs a quick boost.


6. BeautyPro DETOXIFYING and NOURISHING Sheet Masks

I have two BeautyPro masks on my wishlist: the detoxifying foaming cleansing mask with Activated Charcoal, and the nourishing collagen Sheet Mask with Olive Extract.

I’ve actually used both of these masks before and I adore them, so I always keep them on my wishlist so whenever I order something, I add one to my basket.


7. Sanoflore Certified Organic Aqua Magnifica Peppermint Skin-Perfecting Purifying Toner 

I’ll be honest, one of the reasons I want this is a) because of the colour, and b) because of the peppermint.

I just imagine it being really cooling and freshing on the skin, leaving it feeling clean, tight and flawless. I really want to see if that’s the case!


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Keeping Curls in Fine, Thin Hair

If, like me, you have hair that can’t hold a curl to save it’s life and it falls flat by the end of the day- or even just after an hour- here’s are some tips on how I style my hair in order to keep curls in all day long!


1. Blow Dry

I start with wet hair as I usually need to wash my hair every 2-3 days. Sometimes I’ll use a volumising moose at this stage, but I usually find this to be unnessecary excess product- meaning I have to wash my hair more often- and drying my hair with a brush adds enough volume for me.

I section my hair horizontally and place the brush under my hair, blowdrying downwards. When a reach the top section of hair around the crown I blow dry upward to create more lift in those areas.


2. Heat Protection

Next, I spray my hair with heat protectant. This one by Schwarzkopf- the Pro Styling Straightening Spray- is great because it has heat protection and lasting hold, giving my hair extra grip.

(I am looking for a cruelty-free alternative, though)


3. Curling

I section my hair again and take about an inch at a time, curling my hair around the straightener and pulling outwards.

Once I had made a curl, I spin it tightly around my finger and straighten over it- this also allows me to straighten the end to achieve the wavy look I like.

Then I spray with hairspray, still wrapped in a tight curl, and let it go carefully to cool down.

4. Shake it Loose

Once I’ve curled all my hair, I usually do my makeup next to allow my hair to cool and set completely before shaking out my curls.

And voila!

I’ve found these curls will last whether I’m at work or outside all day (even when I take a nap).