Sunday, 27 October 2013

Simple, yet badass-looking, Vampire Makeup Tutorial

I was requested to create a Vampire makeup look, however after scoping YouTube for 'Vampire Makeup Tutorial', I found that a lot of people used a mass of products. Honestly, I don't have time and patience to sit for an hour to create a look that I know can be achieved in a shorter amount of time. 

So, what did I use?

The main product I used was the HD Brows Kit - but any dark brown eyeshadow and black eyeshadow will do the trick! 
I also used two different types of red lipstick on the lips - for an ombre effect - and I used black eyeshadow on the corners of my lips for a more gothic feel. 
Oh, and fake blood! I purchased this fake blood from Asda - I'm not too keen on it as it peels off once it's really dry, I'd rather it look more dewy and realistic throughout the time I'm wearing it. 

Check out the tutorial here:

 I hope you guys like this tutorial and do let me know if you try it out! I'd love to see photos or hear your opinion on how it worked for you :)

~ xoxo


Saturday, 19 October 2013

Monthly Favourites - October

I will, and I shall, be writing these up every month! I keep saying that and yet I write up irregular posts, but I am determined that I will write one every month :)

October Favourites 

1) Smooch Mascara
I bought this mascara on a whim - just because I wanted a mascara to do the job of making my lashes look more... like I have lashes. Anyway this cost me around £3 as I bought it from LOOK in Huddersfield - they sell cheap cosmetics and it's great for students! Otherwise I'd have to pay at least a fiver for a mascara. 
At first when I bought it, I didn't really like it as I felt that the mascara product took a while to attach itself to my lashes and 'build up a fuller lash' compared to other mascaras like 'Benefit's They're Real' or 'Soap & Glory's THICK & FAST' that made a huge difference within one coat.
However this mascara has grown on me and there is a technique of using it and gaining that 'fuller lash' effect!

2) MAC Studio Fix Fluid - Shade: NC30
After using the MAC Studio Finish concealer for quite a lot of time and loving it, I thought that I'd try a MAC foundation. I had a look at many reviews and this Studio Fix Fluid was highly raved, and because it was oil-free, I thought that I'd buy this and hopefully it wouldn't cause any problems to my skin. 
After buying it, I told my sister and she was like: "NO! Why did you buy that?! I bought it before and it really broke me out". So after hearing this, I thought: "Shit, what am I going to do if it broke me out?!".  Because it isn't the cheapest of foundations on the market.
However, I just decided to give it a try, and well... I REALLY like this foundation. 
It doesn't break me out at all and it lasts on the face for quiet a while too. You don't need a lot for a decent coverage - although if you have scarred skin like me, you will need a second layer of foundation. 
I really like this foundation although I do think that it is quite yellow - and I have a more paler skin tone so it is a little obvious that I am wearing a foundation haha! Nonetheless, I really love the foundation and I will be writing and filming a review/demo for you guys!

3) Quinoderm
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I've had problematic skin for a number of years now, and in my last acne update I mentioned how I'm using PanOxyl 10% - I started using it in last August. Anyway, if you're not in the loop about acne products, PanOxyl have discontinued their acne skin care line. Which was such a big thing to me as their product worked so amazingly well and my skin dramatically improved. However I found that I was using the product less and less in a bid to 'only use it sparingly'. 
But anyway I figured that I'd eventually have to find a product that worked as amazingly well as the PanOxyl product. So after searching around on Google for reviews on other products, Quinoderm was raved about by quite a lot of people. I thought that I could give it a try - it was less than a fiver so it wasn't a huge deal - and I am absolutely thrilled to say that it works just as well - if not better - than the PanOxyl 10%. 
I will do a full review on the product soon! 

4) EOS Lip Balm - Tangerine
My sister bought this for me when she went to the States in July after seeing so many beauty bloggers/vloggers rave about it! I really love this lip balm, it's cute in the way it's packaged and I love how it doesn't require you putting your finger in it (like Vaseline). 
I love the taste of it too - Oh COME ON don't judge me! I don't literally sit there and apply it and then lick my lips. It's really moisturising, and it has more of a balm-y sort of texture rather than Baby Lips (for example) - and that has a dewy and liquidy sort of consistency. I love the EOS lip balm as I find that it actually does moisturise and keeps my lips feeling soft and supple :)

5) Crown Earrings
I actually bought these whilst having a stroll about in Huddersfield town, and I absolutely love them! 
Here's a little bit of background story about them: I'd been thinking about buying some dainty cute earrings for a while, as most of mine are just shapes (like squares) or they're spikes or just long 'going out'-typey earrings. Anyway it was in the back of my mind and I'd gone out for a stroll in Huddersfield town during my first week of moving here, and there's a small stall within Kingsgate and where they sell tons of jewellery, scarves, accessories and all that jazz. And I've previously bought bracelets from them and also a scarf too. 
So I'd had a look at the earrings and there wasn't any that really caught my eye, but something in my mind told me: "No, take a look again", and in the bottom corner of the earring display, were these cute crown earrings. They were £2.50 too which aren't bad, considering you would pay a lot more for these style of earrings if you were to go to New Look or Topshop.

I hope you guys have liked reading my October Favourites post! 

What have been your favourite items of this month?

~ xoxo

Monday, 14 October 2013

Camden Market Saturday

Last weekend - yeah, I'm late on blogging about this - I had a last minute trip to London to see my aunt, uncle and cousins. And one of the main highlights of this trip was going one of the most amazing shopping areas ever. Camden.

If you've never been to Camden, or Camden Market, you seriously need to go. But you need to go with at least £20, because you will definitely buy something! It's not an average shopping centre, or shopping market - but it has a huuuuuuuge variety of shops for different people who have varied tastes!  So basically, there is something for everyone :)

I'm just going to go straight in with the photos - please excuse the poor quality as I took my iPhone and left my 1100D in Huddersfield - booo!

First pic - the sister and I! This was in the morning before leaving, and we (by 'We' I mean my sister, mum, aunt and I) took a hell of a lot of photos. Why? Memories of course... duh! 

Note: If anyone ever calls you 'vain' for taking photos a lot, just reply to them all like "I ain't being vain, I'm just capturing memories!" and snap your fingers and flip your hair back like the fierce b*tch you are.

Muahahahaha I'm sneaky! She's picking her nose during filming a YouTube video, why woman, WHY?!

We drove into Camden Market from Slough - and it took just under an hour I think. The whole area of Camden was crowded, everybody and their mothers were there. 

I've always found the buildings there to be so artistic, eccentric, prominent, 'out there' - I can't think of any other words at this point to describe it. They just look so cool, and you definitely have to look at them when you drive/walk past.

Casual car photo with the cousin B-)

Onto the actual Camden Market part of this post

You will find tons and I mean TONS of shops like these. Where there are like jewellery, house items, decorations, clothes - quite a lot of clothes shops too, bags etc. And it's not the kinda stuff you would see in your regular city centre, there are a lot of unique items!

Yayyyy a group selfie :)

This has to be one of the most coolest shops there - I don't even remember what it's called but there's a massive robot statue outside, and super loud techno music playing inside - they've even got dancers at the top. They've got some really cool gear, techie items and also beauty products there! One thing that really caught mine and my sister's eye was that they actually stock Sugarpill makeup - in case you guys haven't heard of that brand, it's pretty damn awesome. Incredibly vibrant and pigmented, and a lot of makeup artists on YouTube rave about Sugarpill products! 
If you're into more dramatic, artistic and theatrical makeup, then Sugarpill is definitely a brand you should look into :)

Now, for the most amazing part of this blog post...


The main thing that I love about Camden Market is the variety of different food that they have there. You can find all sorts from Mexican, to Caribbean, to Thai, to Chinese to your standard Fish & Chips!
And the really awesome thing is that the food is quite reasonably priced too :)

I decided to buy my first ever Taco! With beef Chilli Con Carne, rice, guacamole, sour cream, salsa and a helping of grated cheese. It was really yummy, although I'm assuming that if you make it from scratch at home, it might taste a bit better :)
Nonetheless, it was really nice for my first ever taco - and quite spicy too!

My sister and brother-in-law's food - they bought Mexican dinners too!

WOW! Looking at these food pictures are really making me hungry right now..

And to finish off this post...

A good ol' ass kicking on Tekken! I've not played that game in years and well... I'm still pretty bad at it hahaha

Have you guys been to Camden Market at all?
 If not, you really really really (I can't stress more on the 'really's) NEED to go and check it out. At least once. It's a place that everyone needs to go to - just to have a nosey and possibly buy a couple of unique items :)

~ xoxo

Thursday, 3 October 2013

University Room Tour

Moving out for University isn't as hard or complex as some people make out  to be - it just isn't - sure, you have to look after yourself, wash up your dishes, wake up without having your dad shouting at you like, "We're going in 10 minutes, get your ass outta bed!" No, my dad didn't really say it.. like that.
Regardless of it not being quite complex a thing to do, it certainly is a brave step.
You're out in a new environment, some places are much rougher than others, and the new place you call 'home' is most likely a box room that will contain your entire life for several months! 
It was really weird whilst I was packing, because I kept thinking, "Well... what am I going to need on Tuesday 19th November?" It's like you're planning ahead and thinking of shit you may or may not need - but you choose to take it anyway because you're screwed if you don't.
But how do you even pack your entire life in a few bags?!

I still have a shit ton of things at home which I need to bring here - including books and more (yep, more) clothes! But for now, I'm sticking with what I have, and here is my highly requested Room Tour.
I originally wanted to film this, but uh, the lighting in my room is absolutely terrible! So here are photos instead, yo!

First of all, I moved to a place called Snow Island which is situated, literally, just across the road from the back of University. You can imagine how happy I am that I don't have to be waking up ridiculously early for a train from Leeds. I'm so relieved. 

I have a lot of jackets, well I suppose it isn't a lot! But I hang up a lot of things on here including my hoodies that I can't be bothered to hang up, my new hat, winter knitted scarf and obviously, my coat.

Oh yeah, I've tried to go a little artistic with my photos today - I ended up taking these photos during the night when most people would be sleeping - but I was wide awake watching 21st Jump Street and felt like I needed to stop wasting time. Funny how it gets really late and I'm suddenly thinking about blogging and working.

Luckily, I managed to nab a room that has a lot of floor space and two wardrobes! So my two wardrobes look like this. I've never properly decorated my room at home except a few posters from when I was 14/15, so I really wanted to decorate my room in a way that motivates me. The fact that I have makeup/model images like this is more of makeup and photography inspiration. If I see an image and I think it looks pretty cool, it goes up on my wardrobe!

Although my main pin-up board has absolutely nothing on it just yet, but I will hopefully have things on there soon. I know a lot of people generally have calendars on here, I ended up missing a lot of Freshers stuff so I don't have a calendar. Boo :(

But on the subject of 'putting things on the wall', I decided to have a Positivity wall, where I stick positive and motivational quotes up to inspire me and other friends who visit me. I think it's really nice and refreshing to read something along the lines of: "Yeah you CAN do it, just DO IT ALREADY, what the eff are YOU waiting for?!" Obviously that isn't on my wall... maybe it should be!

It's a lot nicer to start the day of reading rather than reading some depressive Facebook status from someone who is feeling angry about someone who won't owe them a fiver or some shit.

I have a tiny pin-up board thing that is up on my desk area, and I have a list of goals that I want to achieve by the end of this year, a few nice pictures of tropical islands to make me feel warm when it's pissing it down outside, and a quote that translates to "Without Fear, Without Hate" 

This is basically my beauty area, where I have tons of makeup stacked up. I have another shelf - I don't know why I didn't bother to photograph it - that contains all of my pre-makeup beauty items - including face washes, moisturisers, face masks, serums etc! I am aware I have too much makeup.. but my initial reason for bringing so much makeup with me was that I would be doing 'Get Ready With Me' videos so I'd get some good wear out of my makeup and different looks I could create for you guys, but I'm sorry for now I won't be making a video in a while! I will be blogging my looks though :)

On another shelf, I have a crap load of random foods - mostly noodles - that I eat and snack on because I'm not that great at cooking right now. I didn't bother bringing pans or knives or anything like that, so I can't cook anything really extraordinary! I have a couple of herbs and sauces from when Ryan made me dinner - and I plan on cooking something nice with them soon! :)

 Yes, I am one of those who leaves bottles and cups and random shit on the shelves. This shelf is just above my bed and whenever I'm feeling too tired to put anything anywhere, it usually goes on here. Weirdly enough, my glasses are never on this shelf, so I have to stumble out of bed and try and find my glasses in order to do anything haha. 

My amazing bed.

Enough said.

This is what my bed looks like at night - a huge bundle of bed covers, hoodies and a leopard print blanket. It's not that it gets cold at night, but because I can't sleep on a flat surface. I need it to be bumpy, cushiony and full of textures so I can get a decent nights sleep. Yeah, I am weird like that!

Here's a nice view of my desk, speakers and all of the random wires I have. It's a mess, I know. But how are you meant to keep wires all tidy when there's just too many?! Haha

This is my current book collection - with some Journalism books, note pads, diaries, Asiana magazines and also an iD and Wonderland magazine. I picked them up the other day because I just wanted to see what it was like, and how the content was laid out, and I really really like it (I mainly read Wonderland for now). I honestly prefer it to magazines like Cosmopolitan and ELLE. The content and layout isn't so 'in your face', it's really unique, simple but still has it's edge. The photography in the magazine is in a league of it's own.

My current show collection, I still need to bring my winter boots for when it gets icy and snowy. But as you can see, 4 pairs of heels and 2 pairs of flats... You can tell I love wearing my heels!
The black heels with the lace are ones I wear on a daily basis, I just love wearing them with my jeans and shorts too, it looks like you've made more of an effort to dress rather than walking around in some beat up grey pumps... Like I used to.

I was lucky to get two windows :) so if it gets really hot - which it does for some strange apparent reason - I can open the windows and expect the mother of all wasps to fly through and dominate my room like it was paying my rent. Luckily I've not had any spiders in my room just yet, but I had one outside my room that was just stood there, but I was like "Nah man, you ain't chilling here". 

Doing what I do best -  watching a movie on my MacBook and a yummy cup of tea :) I would like to say I was texting, but 3am isn't really the right time to be like "Heyyyy gurrll", I'd get passed as someone who is either really lonely, or really drunk. For clarification, I am neither drunk nor lonely. 

I hope you guys liked this room tour - I'm sorry it's not a video like I originally planned to - but this is close enough! 

Take care guys :) 

~ xoxo 

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