Thursday, 17 April 2014

My 'Naked' Look


Hi all!

Don't be put off by the title, I am NOT about to take my clothes off. 

I've been playing around with my products lately and having found myself owning a fair few Urban Decay Naked products and using them on a regular basis. I decided to do a face of the day with these and therefore....my Naked look.

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All of the Naked products are pretty easy to use, they're all nude tones and designed that way in order that they suit almost everyone depending on which palette you choose.

In these photos I have applied Naked Skin as my foundation. I had a tester pot from the counter a few weeks ago and have been using it on and off testing it out and I can say I'm quite impressed. It's almost a lotion as its so thin and runny yet covers all of my flaws and doesn't look like it has coated my skin whatsoever. I'll be buying this as soon as  get my chance!

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On top of this I applied bronzer, blusher and highlighter from the Naked Flushed palette. This palette is great and you barely need any product to get the full effect. The bronzer is perfect as it isn't orangey at all and the blusher is so pigmented you barely need to swipe it to get the colour you need.
The highlighter is so finely milled that its even more fine than MAC's MSF in Soft and Gentle, which is a firm favourite of mine, though it can look glittery in day time. Naked flushed's version does not have this problem at all due to the particles being so small and can be worn in day time without fear of looking like a disco ball.

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I've cheated slightly and applied my brows with my HD brow kit, I think Naked brows would look a little odd really wouldn't they?



For my eyes I've used Naked 3, the recent addition to my collection thanks to my mum who must have noticed my copious amounts of hints leading up to my birthday, what a lovely lady!
I cannot remember for the life of my which shades i chose and if I remember rightly I probably used the majority as it was one of the first times I used it. Lots of blending went on here!


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What is eye shadow without eye liner?

Above I've applied the Naked Basics 24/7 Glide on Eye liner with Crave on the outer corner of my eye and waterline and Venus on the inner corner. I love the look this gives and if I was more awake in the mornings I'd always apply this!


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Lastly what's a FOTD without some lip action?

This is one of the new Naked Lipglosses in Liar; its a gorgeous pink that's really wearable for day and night. It's enough colour to show that you're wearing it but its not overpowering either. I really like the formula of these as they're not too sticky either which is a pet hate of mine!

What do you think? Are you a fan of the Naked range? Which product is your favourite?
Naked Skin foundation is next on my purchase list!


L xxx






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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Maybelline The Colossal Volume Express Mascara 100% Black

Morning All

I'm currently very tired post gig last night. I'm regretting changing my day off but I'm sure a 5 day weekend is better than having today off.

This is a review I've been meaning to write for a while. I've mentioned this mascara in numerous posts on the blog and it's been a firm high street favourite of mine for almost 6 years!

It's the Maybelline Colossal Volume in 100% black. I'm a mascara junkie. I love the stuff and I'm always after the next amazing mascara for full volume lashes and love trying new ones. I always come back to Colossal Volume though.

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I love the bright yellow packaging. It means it stands out easily in my ridiculously large stash of make up. The big bristle brush is my favourite type of brush. I prefer these as I find they grab onto the lashes and sseparate better. I find I love this mascara from the get go. It's not one of those you need to leave open for a week. It also doesn't dry up and the brush doesn't get overloaded with product so you aren't left with clumpy lashes. It lasts all day and doesn't flake off leaving panda eyes!

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My bare lashes

With one coat my lashes have natural volume, good separation and look black.

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With two coats the volume starts to build up without clumping so my lashes look thicker. It adds some length and curl but on my lashes this mascara is best for volume. I do normally curl my lashes but for mascara reviews I don't so you can see the full effect.

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With three coats the lashes get thicker and still stay clump free.

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I personally find four coats is the maximum my lashes can have. It leaves them with full volume and clump free. It's quite a dramatic look but I love my mascara like this. I find anymore coats and the separation is lost.

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I've recommended this mascara to so many people and most have fallen in love too. It really will always be a firm favourite for me. Have you tried it?

Love M

xxx

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Music I'm loving lately

Evening all

I currently still have ringing in my left ear after getting back from seeing Deaf Havana with Jenny from The Pulse of Fashion. I'm a huge fan of live music and have quite a wide range of music taste. I'm always after someone new to listen to so I thought I'd share some of the artists currently in the top of my Spotify weekly list!

First up is Deaf Havana


Deaf Havana are a Norfolk alternative rock band (probably my favourite music genre!) and are from Norfolk. I absolutely love listening to them especially songs like The past six years, Mildred(lost a friend), Boston Square, Everybody's dancing and I want to die and I'm a bore mostly. 

The Jezabels

The Jezabels are an Australian Indie, Alternative Rock band and a new addition to my playlist. I went to see them live in February and have been hooked since. The first song I listened to pre gig was Easy to Love. New favourites are Endless Summer, Hurt Me and Look of Love.

Imagine Dragons

Another band described as Alternative Rock. There seems to be a theme in my taste but I'd say they are all different. Imagine dragons always makes me think of running as Demons used to be the first song in my running playlist. Lately I've been listening to Demon's a lot, other favourites for me include bleeding out, radioactive and It's Time.

Daughter


Daughter are a European Rock Band. For me the album If You Leave has become chill out music for me as it's been listened to a lot before bed. Tracks such as Youth and Human on it are firm favourites. Along with Candles and Landfill from earlier albums.

The Gaslight Anthem


Another Rock Band. There are other genres coming I promise. Favourites from the Gaslight Anthem include handwritten, blue jeans and white t shirts and here's looking at you kid.

Bombay Bicycle Club



Bombay Bicycle Club are an indie rock band. I'm really hoping the Glastonbury rumour is true! After hearing them on Radio 1's live lounge I've been addicted to them. I absolutely love Luna and Overdone.

Rae Morris


Rae Morris is an amazing singer/songwriter (I also want her hair!). I first heard her music when she was on one of the ITV adverts for their drama shows. They used her song From Above which is one of my favourites. I also love Grow. She's such a talented women and I can't wait to hear more from her.

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Lauren is another singer /songwriter (I love spotify and it's similar artist recommendations!) she has an amazing voice and I can't stop listening to her. Especially Fools, Kings and Lovers or Liars.

So that's 8 of my current favourites! Who are your favourite artists? Any recommendations for me?

Love M

xxx


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Monday, 14 April 2014

Life Lately

Evening All

Hope you've all had a great weekend. Mine was spent at home with my family. This past month due to one thing or another I've been home lots. It's going to be hard for me as I'm now not going home for about 2 months which is going to feel ages. I love weekends at home. They always speed by too quickly.

My past week has been a bit of a quiet one.My Saturday last week was busy seeing the guy I'm seeing before he went to Egypt and I did something I never thought I'd do. I did some promo work. I was so nervous but it was such good fun. It was in local gay bars promoting a new drink. It felt like being on a night out but getting paid to be there. I'm really hoping I can do more as it's a great way for extra cash!

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I also ended up out with my housemate last Sunday and we went to the pub for a drink (that's such a lethal saying for me. Popping to the pub for one never ends in one!). After proper cider and at least 4 large glasses of wine it's safe to say my week started off very badly. My Monday was spent in a horrible hung over mess!!

As I knew it was going to be a busy weekend I kept last week pretty few. Dangerous for me. Way too many of my evenings were spent browsing ebay. Especially after doing my Superdry wishlist last week and now these are mine and there are lots more in my wishlist!



My brother is getting married in Cyprus in June so I've been eyeing up dresses for ages. I finally found the perfect one a month ago and it finally came into stock last week. It's perfect for me. I love the unusual lime green colour and back detail!

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I'm a huge graze box fan. I only have it once a fortnight due to price. I love getting post and getting food from the post is even better!! I have had the robin since Christmas and he now has a fox friend!

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My Saturday was spent with my niece's. I love them to bits but they are hard work. Someone please tell me it's easier when it's your own children. I took them to the park swimming and then did their hair. I love playing with their hair and how girly my oldest niece is. She is like a mini me! 

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Yesterday I got to go and see my grandad that I've not seen for over two years due to family issues. It was amazing to get to see him again and catch up with him. It's hard to see my grandparents age though!

I've been a bit moody and stressed lately and have struggled with things getting on top of me. My mum has really started to notice so today treated me to a spa day. It was lush to spend the day with her. We had a nice healthy lunch, a gym session, sauna and then went for a lush facial. I was so relaxed I almost fell asleep. As I've really been struggling with my skin my mum also treated me to an Elemis cleanser. I can't wait to put it to the test.

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Now it's back to the real world for me and a day in work tomorrow before a day off and a visit to Kamigata for more pink hair!! Whooo!!

Tomorrow night I get to see Deaf Havana and I can't wait!

Hope you all have amazing weeks. Bring on the long weekend!

Love M

xxx

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