How to wear bright eyes!

Did you know that smokey eyes are out and bright colours are in??? (not factually correct) You know the saying; Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain.. well put those colours on your eyes!

There are some great products out there in the world of makeup all varying in price. Ellie and I adore the NYX ULIMATE Brights palette. £16 for a range of bright colours (a great dupe for Urban Decay Full spectrum palette £43).

For us, the best way to wear colour is too create a base with nude-y colours then build the colour on top. But what do we know??

Heres some inspo for bright eyes:

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Have fun with colours… you don’t have to go full colour (like the top picture) you could simply run a colour through the crease, like the bottom picture. Or you could use a coloured liner to give you that pop, NYX do some great ones!

One tip: if you are using colours, blend. blend, blend, blend!

TPS X

21st century Catfish

I think we all know a classic Catfish, granted they don’t take it to the extreme and Nev won’t need to investigate but a Catfish nevertheless. The best and worst part of social media is how easy it is to look ‘put together’. I love social media and following a mix of people lives but I understand that what I am seeing isn’t 100% true.

We all know the programme, we all love the programme. The idea of Catfishing someone is amusing. We laugh as the poor people honestly believe that they are dating Katy Perry. I am always flabbergasted in how far into a relationship people are and where they think it will go. Watching it you go ‘how? clearly that’s not them’. In an awful way, half the time I’m thinking mate they are way out your league there is no way which is a shocking thing to think.. because personality should be above EVERYTHING else blah blah blah

Scrolling through Instagram, my feed is filled of people I know and complete strangers. Sometimes I forget that these pictures I look at are actual people. Now don’t get me wrong, you are not going to put up a minging photo of your self online. Unless your mate has taken a shocker then be sure you’ll get a tag. For the majority of people I know, I see your pictures and think ‘yeah fair do’s your face looks like that’. The minority, I’m thinking ‘who dis? Seriously, you don’t look like that.’ 

Back in the day, you would Catfish someone with a different picture. yeah honestly i look like Beyoncé. Now its all about the pose, the filter and the caption. Out of those three, the caption is the most important to me. There is nothing better than a witty pun, people think I just think of them straight away. Heres the truth, I spend HOURS, actually hours thinking about a pun or a funny comment for people to scroll past it without realising it. what’s the point, please start praising me. IMG_3512

In one of my last posts, I ranted about some trends which I think are stupid! One trend that I just don’t really get is makeup. Makeup on steroids. Walking down the street, I look at girls and think how long has it taken you to do that. It will be 9.00am and there are girls that look like they are going out… y’no out out. I have about 10 minutes to get ready because the 5 alarms I set didn’t wake me from my dreams. Not going to lie, I wake up looking like a dragon, literally no amount of makeup will hide that. ‘Instagram’ makeup, which was once a night out look, has become an everyday look for so many girls. The caked-on foundation, the brown contour and the highlight that is not sparkly but grey. Eyeshadow, fake lashes and mahoosive eyebrows.  I often wonder what I would look like if I went for the ‘insta look’. Would I look like Kim Kardashian or Kim Carcrashian???? Obviously, people are free to do what ever they want with their bodies, you do you sweetie. But come on, we are all individuals in this world, so why is everyone wearing the exact same makeup look. Girls, you don’t need to cover you skin with so much foundation, we all know what skin should look like. Honestly ladies, I can hear your skin singing both Chris’ and Jordins parts of No Air.

Snap filters used to be a fun thing to send to your pals, wheyyy look at me I swapped my face with my brother, now people actually put a snapfilter selfie on social media. WHY?! Someone please explain to me why?! Clearly you don’t have butterflies flying around your head 24/7. Nor are you a dog. I don’t find it cute or funny, I find it strange. What is wrong with a good old Instagram filter. Oh and that ‘beauty’ filter isn’t beautiful, it gives me the strangest colouring.. come on snapchat I don’t actually want to look like a marshmallow. Pairing the makeup and the snap filters always leaves me questioning who is Jack and who is Jill? Also, do you ever think how many Tinder dates are currently sat next to each other without realising…*20 minutes later*…”God you look different.. where are your butterflies?”

The catfish phenomenon needs to be stopped. Maybe one day people will stop hiding behind a filter and become part of the real world… and stop whacking all that highlight on. It’s not brighter than your future, its greyer than tarmac.

El

TPS X

PS the answer to your question, defiantly Kim CarcrashianIMG_3521

A mini rant about trends.

Do you ever walk down the street and say to yourself “but why???” I do, I’m all about being who you are and expressing yourself but i’m not being funny some of these beauty trends need to stop. For most girls, experimenting with makeup stops around 15 when you realised how to put it on and that those stupid sponge ‘brushes’ that put eye shadow on are shit.

I was never a massive makeup fan when I was younger… well I did have that mouse foundation which was the craze. Anyone else go for a very very light foundation, lighter than you needed to give you that flawless finish?! That was it for face, you kept the foundation on your lips as it was like a  nude lipstick. A little bit of mascara, borrowed off your mum and you were away. NOT ANYMORE. I see 14 years walking around with faces that look like they’ve been carved by Michelangelo. Have you ever eaten marmite on toast, and you can’t fit it all in your mouth so you get marmite on your checks?? maybe that’s just me..well that’s the contour. Eyebrows that are not eyebrows. I actually don’t know what they are? Thick, black, a fade that is extra faded. Eyeshadow and eyeliner which is so sharp it could kill. Highlight that is on Ecstasy. It goes so high up, basically everything is highlighted. I blame the Kardashians….. You will notice, now I’ve pointed it out this makeup trend, that you can no longer see any person behind the makeup. Every girl looks the same. Same colour face, same eyebrows, same everything. Makeup to me is about enhancing not hiding! Sometimes less is more.

Crop top!!!! Crop should get the chop. Why is everything cropped??? I used to shop in Topshop now I shop in ZARA don’t know if I have said but I shop in Zara. Every Jumper and t-shirt in Topshop was cropped, is cropped and will be cropped. Auto correct wants Topshop to be Toyshop which is very fitting considering there clothes would only fit Barbies. I am a massive lover of jumpers. My go to is jumper and jeans… I have bought some cropped jumpers from Topshop and they are soooooo annoying. I wear jumpers because I’m cold, so having my stomach out in the middle of winter isn’t helping. When did it become a trend? I always thought trends come and go. Why hasn’t this trend gone???

Another thing on my rant list is merchandise. Have you ever noticed how many girls are walking around with Nirvana slogan tops. The only reason girls know of the band is because Little Mix did a cover… don’t actually know if that’s true. Buying tour merch is part of the show.. you buy the tour t-shirt so you can have a new pj top. Not so you wear it in public. Right now you can buy a top from a well known Toyshop (yes I actually mean Topshop) that has KISS across the front. Its not cool, or grungy. You are not a fan of the band if all you have heard is one song, but can’t remember how it goes. Now I could wear a 1D top out and about, I could sing all their songs just like that. Hi Harry Styles, call me. But I won’t, why? because its a pyjama top!!

Thigh high boots. Hear me out. Picture this: I go on insta, I’m scrolling down. I stop. WOW she’s so cool, her thigh high boots look amazing, you can see the quality, bet they are designer, oh nice Stuart Weitzman. I scroll a little more, a girl wearing a cheap version that have fallen down because the fabric is rubbish. That is what I hate, the cheap version! Who wants to tell people that they ain’t stylish. Oh and pairing them with a mini, still isn’t channelling the 60’s.

Belts are handy things. They stop people being able to see your crack.. however, belts recently have became something else. The humble belt has evolved into a corset-like item. This corset belt is truly hideous, especially when it is worn over a t-shirt. If you are wanting to channel Agatha Trunchbull then head to ZARA, they have loads of them. Unfortunately halloween has already past so you will have to wait until next year to dress up as a scary, hammer throwing, head teacher. Just because a designer did it on a runway doesn’t mean it looks good. If I ever see anyone wearing one I will send them to the chokey, to teach them a lesson. This trend shouldn’t be a trend, lets keep the belt as just a belt, cheers. Just so you know I’m right and you’re wrong, and theres no thing you can do about it.Screen Shot 2017-11-08 at 12.32.47

My last one, I don’t even know what it is. Basically, you get a dress then you take a pair of scissors to it. Are these still clothes, half the material is gone?? Like there’s a front of the dress and a back but the side is just some string. I think some people call these ‘Cut outs’. Cut outs to the extreme. Now I don’t want to sound rude, and if you like them, you like them but when I see them I just think stripper. Wheres your pole babes?? I’m the pole-r opposite, I like to have the full dress and have people think that I look ‘boring’ than have people think I look cheaper than a happy meal.

If you are reading this and think what a bitch I love all these trends. Then you go Glenn Coco, no-one is stopping you! But if you are agreeing with me then you are either, old..er than young, are a friend and we have discussed it or you are Maddey.

Please don’t take offence to my tongue-in- cheek, you need to be strong, as strong as the lace holding your dress in place.

TPS X

 

 

The Rebel- Charlotte Tilbury

I wouldn’t say I’m obsessed by Charlotte Tilbury, I just really really like it. Maddey and I could open our own CT store.. in rural Northumberland… I’m sure people would come.

I have re-created one of Charlottes signature looks, The Rebel. If you tick these boxes, you should try it. Are you Bold? CHECK. Are you Brave? CHECK- but don’t turn off the lights. Or if you like to be daring and your thinking it’s getting a bit cold to get my boobs out, this look is just as daring.. and the boys will still wink a you.. sadly.  If this look was a girl, she probably drives a fiat 500 but not a white one, a black one, maybe with a cool colour inside. Classic with an edge.

In the words of Charlotte ‘Ok Darlings, lets get started’.

Eyes:

  • Brow lift (its either called Cara D or supermodel), brush them up, colour them in. Just like a super cool art student.
  • Your going to think I’m crazy but I do my Eyeliner first. Now hear me out.. If you get your eyeliner perfect now and you will be left with a faded line to follow at the end. No more throwing your eyeliner at the mirror and refusing to go out.
  • Cover the lid with the Eyes to mesmerise Cleopatra, this gives you a great base to work on top of.

It’s now time for the eye shadow! The best part.

  • Take your enhance shade and blend it across the entire lid. Open your eye and blend up and out (towards the end of the eyebrow).
  • Blend the smoke shade into the socket and outer corner.
  • Its glitter time. With your finger place the pop shade all over the eyeshadow. If you like it really really glittery… like me, add more of the pop shade with a flat brush. Pressing it onto the lid. For more depth mix the prime shade with the pop shade.
  • Using the Rock ‘n’ Kohl pencil, trace over your original eyeliner (only do the flick and about 1/3 of the eye), I go back with the smoke shade on top, making it more ‘smudgy’.
  • Run the enhance shade underneath the eye
  • Curl you lashes, Mascara, then lashes.
  • With a big fluffy brush, blend the edges once more.

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Skin:

  • Prep the skin with Wonderglow primer
  • Magic foundation (shade 2 for me). All over, I start in the middle section of your face and work out. (I like my skin to look like skin rather than leather). Where I need more coverage, I ‘bounce the brush’ to leave more product in that area.
  • The retoucher (shade 1), under my eyes. I don’t do the ‘triangle’ that goes from under your eye to the side of your mouth. why do that..seriously you end up looking like Casper?! I just use as much as I need. If I have any blemishes, I would also cover them… obviously.
  • Hollywood contour (light to medium), on the hollows of my cheeks…follow the hollow.. On top of that the Filmstar Bronze and Glow (light to medium).
  • A bit of blush to make the look pop!

Lips:

I always go for this combo, Pillow Talk and Penelope Pink, this combo is as legendary as a Tango IceBlast and popcorn at the pictures. Funny enough its probably the same price.

  • Line you lips with Pillow talk
  • Lipstick time: Penelope Pink

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I just love this look. L. O. V. E. Imagine this look for those christmas parties; a little black dress, a sparkly bag in one hand and a bottle of Prosecco in the other. You’ll be getting all the attention!

I would recommend CT products. Its not cheap. However, I feel that they are worth the money. You could always sell a kidney to give you some extra cash. I could not live without:

  1. Magic foundation. £30.00 Great for day or night, very build-able to create a flawless finish
  2. Filmstar Bronze and Glow. £49.00. Only £49.00 to look like a VS angel…bargain.
  3. Lipsticks: Penelope Pink and Pillow Talk £24.00(lipstick) £16.00 (liner), the perfect nude lipstick combo.
  4. Brow Lift. £22.50. don’t ask me why, I just like it!

I wonder what will be the next purchase, maybe another eyeshadow palette or a new lipstick. I really should buy a new foundation, I’m on that scrapping stage.. i know, I’m gross. But sadly, I will have to wait until my next pay check, I’ve already spent this weeks. well done ZARA, my new jumpers are pretty though…

Other products I used:

  • Eyes to mesmerise, Cleopatra, £22.00
  • The Rebel eyeshadow palette, £39.00
  • Rock ‘n’ Kohl pencil, Barbarella Brown, £19.00
  • Full Fat lashes mascara, £23.00
  • Wonderglow Primer, £3.850
  • The retoucher, £25.00
  • Hollywood Contour. Light to medium contour, £29.00.
  • Hollywood highlight. £29.00

EL

TPS X

PS. If you want to see this look in a video form (don’t think too big, I’m not actually Charlotte) give me a Holla!

 

 

 

The battle of moisturisers

Think Game of Thrones, Vikings, that big fight in Vegas. You could even think bigger, Jungle Run and it doesn’t come close to the battle of moisturisers.

The three I have been trying lately are all Clinique. A brand that is often associated with the older generation, has now become a firm favourite of mine. Maybe I’m old.DSC_0138.jpg

My skin, what is my skin type?? Every time I sit in a Makeup artists chair I panic. The one simple question. What would you say your skin type is? I normally answer with an “errmm normal, yeah normal.. maybe dry, and sometimes a bit oily”. I should just answer, I don’t know. Its skin-like. But one thing I do know is that I have a very red skin tone, which goes even redder when some says “you’ve gone red” cheers for that.

The first moisturiser, I have been using for the last 3 years or so.. Moisture Surge. Now I’m a BIG fan. A bigger fan for this, than the dreamboat that is Harry Styles. It is very cooling for the skin, hydrating also. When I first put it on, I look like I’ve just ran my face under a tap but my face ‘drinks’ it up. I use it daily, just before bed, as it is a gel, it soaks into my face quickly. It doesn’t feel sticky like many gels I have used. I sometimes, that is if I remember, put some on before my makeup. Now I don’t know if it does anything, but people on youtube do it and I feel they have the key to life, so i’ll happily copy.

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I was given a sample of the Moisture Surge Supercharged Concentrate. I’m pretty sure thats a name of a racing car in Cars but i’ll go with it. I find this product very heavy for my day to day regime. I think it would be perfect for flights. When you step onto an aeroplane you fly so high that the water in your skin evaporates. (I do not know if this the actual fact, but still your face defiantly becomes dryer). Or even after a workout, a thing I don’t do. One day I will sign up for the gym. If you do go to the gym, you can put this product in the fridge next to your water bottle and use as cold refreshing gel after your workout. DSC_0138.jpg

The Redness Solution relief cream, is the final moisturiser. It is a extra- gentle cream that helps with redness. This is a very calming moisturiser, if it could talk it would telling everything is going to be ok. I use this moisturiser when I use the Redness foundation (number 1), it’s a partnership made in heaven. Like Waitrose and free coffee. The only problem with this moisturiser is the price tag. £41. If I was Amelia Mignonette Thermopiles Renaldi Princess of Genovia, I don’t think I would bat a eyelid at the price tag. Unfortunately, my grandma did not tell me I was a princess on my 18th birthday. How rude.

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If this was Rock, Paper, Scissors. Rock is Moisture surge, Paper is Supercharged and Scissors is Redness solution. I would play rock every time.

El-

TPS X

Products:

Moisture Surge. £34- 50ml. 5 STARS: https://www.clinique.co.uk/product/1687/5089/skin-care/moisturisers/moisture-surgetm-extended-thirst-relief/all-skin-types

Moisture surge Supercharged Concentrate. £34-48ml. 3 STARS https://www.clinique.co.uk/product/1687/45043/skin-care/moisturisers/moisture-surgetm-hydrating-supercharged-concentrate

Redness Solution Relief Cream. £41-50ml. 4 STARS https://www.clinique.co.uk/product/1575/6007/best-sellers/redness-solutions-daily-relief-cream

 

 

Eyeshadow Connoisseur- Naked Heat

If you are like me and a little obsessed with eye shadow then we would get on very very well. Over the years I have become a collector of eyeshadow palettes, no colour is too bright nor glitter too sparkly.

From now on you can call me the eyeshadow connoisseur.

The latest palette I have added to the pile, is the NAKED HEAT. I am a lover of all Urban Decay shadows, both Maddey and I have quite the collection (smokey, 1,2 and 3) and use them as our ‘go to’ day eyes.

I have blue eyes, or as one guy said they were as blue as the ocean… what a flirt. Sadly, they are not as blue as the ocean and he did not get my number but they are blue. This means one thing Copper Copper Copper.

The Heat palette is full of fiery coppers and incredible glitters. And the brush.. unlike the other UD brushes.. is round. I have hooded eyes, so having the right shaped brush too me is more important than the colours! If you are thinking should I Shouldn’t I with this palette. The answer is Yes, Sí, Oui, Ja…. no matter the language it should be a YES!DSC_0117

What I like to use for my ‘day’ look.

  • All over my lid with SAUCED
  • LOW BLOW as a transition colour (sitting on top of my eye socket)
  • HE DEVIL and EN FUEGO mixed to together and blended into the socket
  • ASHES lightly blended in a V shape at the outer eye
  • EMBER put on the darkest base layers
  • SCORCHED in the middle
  • LUMBRE in the inner corner
  • OUNCE onto the tear duct

My biggest tip with eye shadow is blend. Blend everything, then blend again. You have to be the nutri bullet of eye shadow, every colour should just flow into the next. Well that is if you want it like this. If you’re wanting a more grungy look then I would calm down the blending.

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DSC_0115DSC_0116Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow/Magic foundation (number 2), Film star glow for bronze and highlight. YSL mascara.

Now one down fall is literally the fall down. I don’t find this a massive problem, if I am going to go for a really dramatic eye, I do the shadow first. If its just a casual eye then the fall down is next to nothing, a quick wipe under the eye, a touch up of concealer/foundation and I’m ready to rock and roll.

I am yet to try these colours on Maddey with her massive  brown eyes, but I’m sure it will look dreamy.

I, The Eyeshadow Connoisseur, gives this product FIVE STARS, or if you are a Strictly fan a TEN FROM LEN.

EL-

TPS X