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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

You know when a song comes on and you're instantly transported back in time to the moment when it was especially significant in your life? The moment when the first few notes play and a huge wave of nostalgia crashes over you? Well that happened to me the other day - I was driving along and Maroon 5's 'Moves like Jagger' came on and before I knew it, I was back in a club in Bath during freshers week four years ago, dancing my heart out. For me, this is one of the most enjoyable sensations out there; having such a deep connection to a song that it can take you back to an exact moment in time years ago is simply amazing to me. So, the other day I sat down, went through my iTunes library and composed the following list; 

I present to you the soundtrack to my life thus far:
Singing class in primary school:
DJ SammyHeaven

Summer after finishing high school:
Pitbull - Give Me Everything

Freshers Week at university (2011):
Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger
Sak Noel Loca People
Rihanna - We Found Love
Lucenzo & Qwote - Danza Kuduro

Club nights in Bath/Songs with my girls:
Jose de Rico - Rayos de Sol (ft. Henry Mendez)
Nicki Minaj - Anaconda

First two weeks in Russia:
One Republic - Counting Stars
Crystal Fighters - Champion Sound

6-hour bus drive from Seville to Madrid on my YA:
Lorde - Pure Heroine (especially Team, Ribs and Tennis Court)

Ellie Goulding - Goodness Gracious
Wisin - Adrenalina (feat. Jennifer Lopez & Ricky Martin)
Shakira - Nunca Me Acuerdo de Olvidarte
Lorde - Pure Heroine

Final year/Graduating university:
Sia - Chandelier 
Sia - Fire meets Gasoline

What songs would feature on your 'soundtrack'? What moments or time periods do they take you back to? Let me know :)

I x

The Collection: MAC Lipsticks.

Monday, October 5, 2015
When I saw how successful my MAC Eyeshadow Collection post was, I knew it was just a matter of time until I would need to get some of my other collections up, so I present to you my MAC lipstick collection! My love affair with lipsticks has been a much shorter journey than that with eyeshadows, but it's still been pretty extensive. The group you see below is a really narrowed down collection as result of multiple sort-outs and cullings over the years - in fact, I would guess that I've probably had double the number of MAC lipsticks at one point or other that have ended up either going to better homes or even straight in the bin (I'm looking at you, melted Creme d'Nude!) Either way, this is the group that I've ended up with; a lovely mix of bolds, neutrals and vampy shades that carry me through the year nicely without much temptation to pick up another shade or two. Some are well loved and some are more of memento (Viva Glam LEs come to mind...) but I feel like every shade plays its part nicely. Below I've listed the shades I have and which I'd recommend - I hope this proves useful! Also, I haven't included swatches because Temptalia and Google have far better swatches that I could provide, so use them - they are your friends!
L-R: Viva Glam Gaga 2*, Shy Girl, Viva Glam Gaga 1*, Saint Germain, Viva Glam Nicki 2* (I did have 1 at one point too), Naughty Sauté*, Petals and Peacocks*, Violetta, Snow Orchid, Candy Yum Yum, Zen Rose, Brave, Mehr, Good to Go, Viva Glam Rihanna 1*, RiRi Woo*, Rebel.

* = LE

(I also have the shade Angel but forgot to include it!!)

Recommendations: (Based on permanent colours only)
Buy now!... Violetta, Snow Orchid, Mehr, Brave, Rebel, Candy Yum Yum 
A solid shade... Good to Go, Angel, Shy Girl, Zen Rose
Stay away from... None of these! I've had a lot more shades in the past but have recently cleared out shades that I didn't like/weren't using so those are long gone!

I x

MADEUP: Nice n' Neutral

Friday, October 2, 2015
Hey, guys! So here we have it, the final feature to be introduced to you guys as part of my blog shake up! I was um-ing and ah-ing over what to do for my final feature and decided to go back to my roots and try out a little tutorial for you. I know in the past when I've done a makeup look that they've generally gone down well, so I thought I'd give it a go. I've started the series off with an easy peasy neutral look, and if you guys like it, we can build it up from there. Please let me know what you think in the comment section - good or bad - because I don't want to launch into a new feature that people don't want to see! Okay, enough of the rambling - let's get to it. 

- Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in 003 Bad Bronze (£4.49)
- Laura Mercier Sateen Eyeshadows in Burnished and Cognac (£19 each)
- MAC Technakohl Eyeliner in Photogravure (£14)
- MAC Mineralise Blush in New Romance (£22)
- YSL Babydoll Mascara in 02 (£25)
- Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipgloss in Pink Gloss (£6.19)
1. Start by applying you base - and by that I mean slap a combination of primer, foundation, concealer and powder on your face! I've kept it simple and have just stuck to the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue for my face, but wear whatever suits you!
2. Use an eyeshadow pencil like the Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in 003 Bad Bronze to roughly line both the top and bottom lash lines, as well as outlining your crease. Like I said, this can be very rough as the next step is to blend it out with a clean blending brush.
3. Grab a golden-sand colour like the Laura Mercier Sateen Eyeshadows in Burnished and go over where you've applied the cream eyeshadow. Then add a darker terracotta colour Cognac from the same brand in the outer corner of both the top and bottom lash lines.
4. Use a dark brown liner like the MAC Technakohl Eyeliner in Photogravure and use it to line your water line and then smudge it along the outer third of your lower lash line. 
5. Grab a peachy blush like MAC's Mineralise Blush in New Romance and apply it generously to the cheeks. Using a fluffy duo-fiber brush will help to ensure that the product is applied lightly and blends out well.
6. Take your favourite highlighter (mine's theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer and make those cheekbones glow! Also, add a touch under your brow bone and down the center of your nose for extra oomph.
7. Take that same highlighter and add it to the inner third of your eyelid to make the eye look pop. Using the same product will also help to tie the whole look together.
8. Add a good coat or two of your favourite mascara - preferably in a dark brown shade like my YSL Babydoll Mascara to match the eyeliner and to give a less harsh feel to the look.
9. Do your brows. Mine were tinted not too long ago so I'm just combing through them, but do whatever you usually do to your brows at this stage, but be careful not to make them too strong as it will retract from the rest of the look.
10. Add a final pop of colour in the form of a lovely pink lipgloss. The shade of this is entirely up to you (I chose to use the Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipgloss in Pink Gloss to add a nice pink tint) but just as with your brows, try to keep it quite light as to keep the main focus on the rest of the look. 

Et voila! You're done :)

I hope you've enjoyed the first instalment of MADEUP! Let me know if you like the idea of this feature, and if you do, please feel free to leave any requests! 

I x

A few downloadables for you...

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Oh hey! So as you can probably tell, I'm trying something new today. I've always been a bit of a designer at heart, and although these are far from my finest pieces work, I've been playing around on Photoshop recently and I thought I'd share what I've been working on with you guys. The idea came from my little notebook of content ideas where I'd drawn a ridiculous little camera icon next to an idea to tick off once I'd taken the photo for the post, and I kind of went from there. Below we have three versions of a simple 'to-do list' where you can write a blog post idea and tick of the following as you go: photo taken, post written, post published/scheduled, and post shared on social media. Like I said, nothing mind-blowing but I thought I'd post them because someone might some use out of them! Do let me know if you decide to download them (links below) and tell me if you have any other downloadables that you'd like to see! 

Blog Checklist 1                                  Blog Checklist 2                                        Blog Checklist 3

I x

Double Take: Vampy Nails

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
As soon as the first golden leaf of the year touches the frost-bitten ground I'm ready to apply my favourite autumn nail shade - burgundy. Most of my favourite polishes of all time have been LE OPI polishes that all belong to the same colour family, colours like the British passport or cool, sweet sangría from my beloved Spain. As mentioned, I've gone through countless limited edition bottles and the same number of heartbreaks when they've inevitably dried up or ran out. Therefore, about 2 years ago I decided to begin the hunt for a colour that was part of a permanent collection so that I wouldn't have to go through the same thing once the bottle was old and gloopy. In my search, I've come across some lovely variations of my beloved autumn shade (as well as a pretty damn good dupe) that I've decided to share with you today to help other poor, polish-less souls out in their journey for the perfect burgundy.
A darker take on the classic with a semi-metallic finish.
Seche Bella (£7.95)
A true metallic wine coloured shade to make the heart swoon.
A lighter variation but equally as classy.
The original LE shade from OPI that has since bitten the dust.
The ultimate dupe for OPI Boris and Natasha, as well as the above Mrs O'Leary's BBQ.

Are you a fan of a good ol' vampy shade or do you prefer other colours for A/W? What are your favourites? 

I x