Friday, 27 February 2015

Burberry AW 2015 Makeup Tutorial (Drugstore Edition)

Another season, another outstanding Burberry show. This year, for autumn/ winter 2015, Wendy Rowe created a very unique take on the classic smokey eye and nude lip. Complimenting the exotic bohemian fashion looks, a natural nude lip and fresh skin was adopted. It was simply stunning and as always, it's very wearable. The look for me feels very 'worn in', in the sense that it seems like you forgot to take off your makeup from the night before - this may not sound attractive, but it's incredibly sexy and feels very Parisian. I for one loved the look so much I recreated it for you guys using drugstore products. Although this sort of thing is probably better off on Youtube, I just couldn't resist. Without further ado, let's get to it!

To begin the look I removed all my everyday makeup using this

Firstly, apply your foundation and concealer; achieving the glow using a complexion perfecter like this and by ditching the powder. Tip: keep it light, fresh and very natural. On some models, Rowe even decided not cover up their small blemishes! Natural at it's peak people! You can see what base products I applied a little later.

Now, for the star of the show: the eyeliner. The look didn't focus on eyeshadow; therefore avoiding a conventional smokey eye. Firstly, apply a relatively thick line of black or dark grey eyeshadow on the top and bottom of the eye (you can be as messy as you want here). Then, thoroughly blend it with a clean, fluffy brush. Keep building it up until you think you're good to go. However, Wendy's main tip when creating the look was always go lower than you think on the bottom lash line, never opt for a mean line. 

Apply eyeliner in the waterline.

For the eyeshadow Wendy did something very creative. To create a unique, and very sheer look, Rowe mixed face primer with black eyeshadow. This gave a very transparent and glossy effect to eyes, creating the sexy and worn-in desired effect. However, I created the same effect by lightly adding this and this and thoroughly blending.

Then, using the Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette, I used a touch of Creep to help blend in the eyeliner and help build up the impact.

The lightest amount of mascara was used as the focus was kept all on the eyeliner. 

Returning back to skin, be sure to apply lots of bronzer. Rowe stated that, especially for pale skinned beauties such as I, it's crucial to warm up your skin as the eyeshadow is so dark and cool-toned. This way, you're avoiding that oh-so on-trend vampire look, right?

For blusher, apply a very tawny colour to the apples and cheekbones.

For the lips, I gently lined my lips for a fuller effect, and then applied a pale pink lipgloss. If you wanted to totally stick to the look, opt for tapping a little bit of this lipgloss onto the eyelids for a high-end appeal.

Here's the look!

Blusher // Bronzer // Tinted Moisturizer // Concealer // Mascara // Highlighter // Lipgloss // Lipliner // Naked Palette // Eyebrow Pencil //  Eyeliner

Do you like the makeup look Burberry chose? Tag or tweet me in any pics if you recreate the look! Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Rosie H-W Killing It At the Oscars After Party...

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley never fails to ooze effortless glamour and allure. But, at the Vanity Fair Oscars after party, she looked indescribably beautiful. My best-dressed at the Oscars vote goes to her (hey, the after party still counts right?). To see more amazing snaps, click here.

Who was your best-dressed at the Oscars 2015? Thanks for reading!


Monday, 23 February 2015

What's On My Face #18:

I'm a huge fan of a daytime-appropriate smokey eye; be it a pale grey or a sludgy brown. Today, I opted for the latter. So, let's get into it...

As always I followed my usual dewy base; Rimmel True Match Foundation and Nars Creamy Concealer. However today I decided not to powder as my skin has felt rather dry and I've noticed that powder tends to cling to these patches.

To finish the skin, I blended Benefit Hoola Bronzer along the temples, but focusing mainly on the cheekbones for a chiseled look. For the apples of the cheeks, I big swirl of Benefit Coralista Blusher was all I needed for a peachy glow.

Now for the main part: for long-lasting impact I began with a cream base, using Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze. Then, I lightly but thoroughly blended a generous amount of MAC Eyeshadow in Woodwinked. The two together gave a gorgeous smokey bronze effect - a great for look for brown-eyed beauties. To finish the eye makeup, I defined my brows using Soap & Glory Archery Pencil and then Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume for fluttery lashes.

I kept it very simple for the lips to keep the focus on the eyes, using just the EOS lip balm in Vanilla Mint (in a cute Easter egg design!) to hydrate my lips. This smells incredibly delicious, and just look at that packaging!

What's your current favourite makeup product? Thanks for reading!

P.S: WOMF will be a tad different next time! So stay tuned!


Friday, 20 February 2015

Currently Loving: OLIVE...

There's something about unearthing new fashion discoveries. Olive is a British premium ladieswear brand and retailer, who focus on rich quality and one-off designs you'll find nowhere else. I've always loved Olive but recently I've been obsessed and I put this down to a handful of fellow bloggers: Love Cloth, Polienne and What Olivia Did - all of which look fabulous in the brand.

Here are some of my favourite picks from Olive, but be sure to check out there full range here.
Shirt / Top / Dungaree Dress
Skirt / Cardigan/ Midi Skirt
Coat/ Trench Coat/ Jumper
This is not a sponsored post

Dreamy huh? What are your favourite Olive pieces? Happy Friday!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

NYFW Street Style Snaps Prove the Sidewalk Is Your Best Friend

[sources - Vogue and Vintage Collage]

The A.M and P.M Eye Creams...

Can we get a big "hell yeah!" for eye creams? Without them, we would be lost — wandering around hopelessly, looking just as tired as we feel. But, thanks to these potions, our puffiness, fatigue, and dark circles get to be our little secrets.

The minute my peepers utter a glance at the bleak skies winter brings, I can tell in an instant they're as puffy as that new Prada coat you're wearing. In the evenings, however, they're as dry as cardboard and my dark circles resemble permanent sunglasses. So, I've had more than my fair share of opportunities to test out puff-reducing, bag-demolishing eye creams; the good, the bad - and then I've tried the miracle workers. That's what the two eye creams ahead are - pure miracles. However, they do totally different things, and are better suited for particular times of the day. Here's why...

For A.M: ORIGINS GINZING EYE CREAM - Get up and glow with this brightening and de-puffing eye cream. Perfect to reverse sullen, tired and puffy-looking eyes into their natural, radiant state. It's packed with a proprietary complex of caffeine from coffee beans, Panax Ginseng and Magnolia Extract - proven to eradicate all your eye troubles and kick start the day. On a final note, it's also a great concealer primer.

For P.M: KIEHL's CREAMY AVOCADO EYE CREAM - Although this magical potion doesn't brighten or de-puff, it does work miraculously at hydrating and moisturising the delicate, under-eye area. Expect it to banish wrinkles, repair, smooth and gently moisturise in the tap of a finger. Great for p.m while you Zzz the night away. 

Now, let's not be naive enough to think that a pot of cream alone can fix fatigue. No, it comes down to a combo of out-of-this-world products and some serious application know-how. But by mixing the Origins in the morning, and the Kiehl's in the evening, your eyes will return to their sparkly selves in no time. 

What's your favourite eye cream?

Friday, 13 February 2015

Latest Style Crush: Alma Jodorwosky

She's Parisian, she's beautiful and she's one of the faces of LancĂ´me - so who better than actress Alma Jodorowsky to be our latest style crush? Often tagged as the Parisian version of Alexa Chung, her boyish charm and effortless beauty regime makes us drop to our knees in sheer desperation and envy.

The French model, actress and singer states that she loves to keep her "make-up pretty natural - what I choose depends on what I'm wearing. If I have a long dress, something glamorous, then I won't want make-up that's too extravagant. I always try to have a balance between the make-up and the way I dress. So if I'm wearing jeans and a T-shirt I like to wear red lips to create that kind of contrast." [Source: Vogue] What a babe. Below, I've curated a collection of all the items you'll need to steal her style...

Who's your current style crush? Thanks for reading! Have a good weekend.