Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Autumn Lips

I am SO excited that we're officially in Autumn! By far my favourite season, the crunchy leaves, the thick layers, the autumnal boots and of course the gold eyes and berry lips. So I dug out my favourite Autumn Lipsticks, some are drugstore and some are higher end but these are my Go To for the next few months.

From Left to Right: Revlon Colourburst shade "Crush", Kylie Lip Kit shade "Kourt K" , Rimmel Kate Moss in "Retro Red", MAC matte finish - Diva, Topshop Lips in "Inhibition" and NARS Sheer Lipstick shade "Damage"

Revlon Colourburst - Crush

My fave thing about the colourburst range is the peppermint tingly sensation you get once applied! It's also really hydrating which is exactly what I need in the chilly Autumnal weather because if you've read my previous posts, I get the worst dry chapped lips possible. It's quite a deep berry colour but due to it's sheer finish, it looks so gorgeous and natural on the lips.

Kylie Lip Kit - Kourt K 

I've already talked about this in my Lip Kit Reviews but I just need to give a bit hats off for Kylie for creating a dark shade liquid lipstick formula that doesn't look patchy!! There's a lot of mixed reviews about these Lip Kits but I honestly love them, I think they're fab and if it wasn't for customs fee's I'm pretty sure I would own the entire collection by now. But this shade is arghhh.. just wow! It's my colour, I love a good dark lip in autumn time as you can probably tell by my swatches.

Rimmel Kate Moss - Retro Red

This has more of a pinker undertone compared to the rest, it's that perfect berry colour. It looks so great on it's own, I wear this when I'm feeling lazy with my eyeshadow because it's just a nice statement look. Saying that, it obviously looks perfect paired with a gold eye too. I think this is the cheapest of the selection, so if you're on a budget I would highly recommend picking this up this season.

MAC - Diva

This and Velvet Teddy will always be my favourite MAC Lipsticks. I don't know what it is about the matte formulas from MAC but I find they work really well with my lips opposed to every other matte formula which will eventually dry out my lips. I really love the red/pink vibe it has going for it, I went through a phase 2 years ago where I pretty much wore this every day of Autumn and I think it's definitely going to make a big reappearance this season too.

Topshop - Inhibition

This is my second repurchase of this shade, it was the first purple shade I ever owned and I've stuck by it ever since. I do find that it dries my lips out slightly but out of loyalty,  I will never give up my love for this Lipstick.

NARS Sheer Lipstick - Damage

Again, pulling this out from excessive wear through previous Autumns. I can't express my love for this, I think the NARS Sheer Lipsticks are so underrated. The formula is so moisturising and so satisfying to sit on the lips all day. And this colour looks so perfect in a sheer formula! It's become my handbag Lipstick, whenever I forget to apply in the morning, I just apply this on the go, due to it's sheer finish, its easy application!

What are your favourite Autumnal Lip Picks?

Lily xo


Sunday, 9 October 2016

The SFX Series - Ripped Nail

It's that time of the week again! So we've covered bruises, wounds and zombie bites. This week we're focusing on my favourite special effect of all time! I think this is such a simple process for a truly gorey realistic look. Unlike the other effects, we covered the past few weeks, theres little theory behind the broken nail, you don't need to consider factors that affect the wound like the others.

So you will need,
  • Fake Nails
  • Eyelash Glue
  • Cotton Wool
  • Shades of Red Lipsticks
  • Film Blood
First you're just going to take the lightest shade of red lipstick that you have and apply this all over the nail. Once you've done this you want to rip the nail in half, try to not cut it as it doesn't leave the rugged torn effect that we're going for. Once it's torn, you want to apply one of the halves of the nail to your actual nail with the eyelash glue. Then apply the eyelash glue and cotton wool to the other side of the nail. Then you just need to work with the colours, add the deeper reds around the area of the broken nail and blend into the original red colour. Once you're happy with the blending, you want to apply the blood down the crack and stipple around the nail. An optional step is to add bruising around the finger, you can find my bruise method here.

So there we go, we've now covered 4 different effects, just 2 left!

Have you checked out my other posts in the SFX Series?

Lily xo

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Dermalogica Clear Start

I received my first Dermalogica clear start product about 2 years ago for Christmas, and ever since I've been walking up to my local beauticians to purchase more.

Fortunately for me, I don't have sensitive skin. However, a lot of my friends do and they have so much trouble finding brands they don't react too, but none of them have reacted to Dermalogicas Clear Start range. Clear Start are aimed at teenagers, and as I am prone to blackheads and a break out here and there, I find that these products allow me to control that.

Whenever I can feel a breakout coming on, I'll whip out my overnight treatment and wake up the next morning feeling better about my skin. Other than the pore scrub, I don't use these everyday, I mix it up a bit through the week as I don't want to overload my skin with products. I'll usually use each at least once a week but never se 2 in the same day. I may use them more regularly if I am having a poor skin day.

I have sworn by this brand for years now, although the clear start is aimed at teens, they do have their original range which my mum has a good collection of and I use here and there and I know for a fact that she also swears by them. So really you can't fault Dermalogica, they're in my opinion of the leading skin care brands and the clear start range is also extremely affordable for students!

What is your favourite skin care range?

Lily xo

Sunday, 2 October 2016

The SFX Series - Zombie Bites

So we've done the basics of bruises and wounds, I thought this week would be perfect to introduce you all to zombie bites! I mean the bite doesn't have to be caused by a zombie, maybe a vampire or a werewolf, I'll leave it to your imagination!

I want to start by addressing the 3 photos I've attached of my previous work, these all look completely different and the reasoning for it is that I'm still learning. Although I know the application process and the method and information of the products used, i'm always practicing to ensure that my effects look as realistic as possible. Truth is, that gun shot wound in your favourite movie scene will have had a lot of research behind it, what angle the gun was pointing, where was the exit wound, where was the entrance wound, there's a lot that effects a wound!! Now, for halloween, these factors aren't as important but seeing as SFX is the industry I have chosen to study, it is something I am constantly aware of.

The best way to create these bites is to ensure you've read my two previous posts of the SFX series, you can find bruising here and wounds here

The most effective zombie bites are the ones that happened most recently, so to create this you're just going to create a new bruise following the purple/blue colour palette as mentioned in my bruising post. You can add some extra veins here too, this will make it look that tad more infected, to do this you want a more watery based substance and the best way is to follow your natural veins, especially if the effect is on your wrist! Once the base is done, you can add your wax in two semi circles opposite each other and blend into the skin. Don't forget to use moisturiser to help blend! Once blended, you can make the teeth indents, you can do this by either dragging down wax or creating holes in the wax, I have demonstrated both in the pictures above. Once the indents are made, its time for colour. This is the same procedure as I mentioned in my wounds post, darkest colour in the incision and then blending into reds along the outsides. Then you're ready for blood, use a stipple sponge or a paint brush to stipple the blood to make it look like the zombie has trickled blood rom his mouth after the bite.

There we go, 3 posts down of the SFX Series, 3 more to go!!

Have you tried recreating any of the posts involved in the SFX Series yet?

Lily xo


Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Guest Post

Fall 2016 Makeup Trends You Cannot Miss By Any Chance
It’s just four months before we officially start off with a new year, and it is just the perfect time to actually evaluate and check some of the best ideas from runways. This is going to be a post about the best makeup trends for fall 2016, where we are going to pick some of the best ideas on fashion weeks. If you are someone who loves to flick your eyeliner a tad more or play around the various colour palettes for the face, these are things you need to know.

Go for glitter:  Glitter worked big time for the fall, and it was rather refreshing to see some amazing ideas float at shows of names like Burberry, and Giambattista Valli. The idea is probably to use a little of glitter, mainly around the eyes, and this can be anything from chunky glitter on the outer corner of the eye to more classic ways of using the glitter kohl or eyeliner pencil around the waterline. You can use this trend perfectly for the evenings, and for some great picks for a party, click here.

Love for colour: When we talk of colour, we often think of the spring, but that isn’t the case anymore. Many of the designers actually allowed the fall colours to seep through and as a result, we had everything in more pop shades. This includes use of candy coloured lippies, blue mascara and even coloured liner. As a trend, you can try this one with almost anything, given that the traditional fall outfits don’t have much of colour. For a classic monotone look, a little bit of extra makeup surely does the trick. Probably, you might want to experiment a bit more with the colours used for your waterline and eyeliner.

Smoky eye: Smoked up is anything but new, and yet this is one of the classic looks that you just don’t want to mess up. The good thing about smoky looks is the incredible options for experimentation. You can play around the dark colours and still have an artistic appeal about the way you use those eye palettes. If you want to make smoky eye look more vibrant and appealing, you should take a check at Saint Laurent and Moschino looks to get some inspiration. Don’t shy away from trying new ways to dramatize the eyes.

Finally, let’s also talk of the amazing gothic coloured lip shades that were seen at a number of shows. These are your classic fall shades, often too dark and yet there is a kind of baring that makes the trend reasonable enough. Hope you liked this post, and we will meet soon. Until next time, take out all those fun fall lip colours and be the vamp!
[Images Credit:]
Author: Suzy Walsh is a fashion blogger and the chief writer and editor for the House Of Elegance Fashion. Known for her quirky style of writing and great practical tips on fashion, she has authored posts for many leading websites and blogs as a guest author.


Monday, 26 September 2016

The Quick & Easy way to clean your brushes

I am terrible when it comes to cleaning my brushes, especially my eye brushes! Face brushes I am more strict with and aim to do this twice a week, if not weekly, due to the bacteria and the outcome of break outs. However, my eyeshadow brushes I am lazy with!

So when Beauty Essentials sent me their shadow switch, I was over the moon. It's so easy to use and solves all my problems! 

Eyeshadow is my favourite part of my make up routine, I am always switching it up with colours but this makes it difficult when you come to use a brush for a transition shade when its covered in pink shadow from the previous day. 

With the Shadow switch, I can swirl my brush around the pot and all is right again! My brush is clean and ready for application, it's so easy and quick to use, I couldn't recommend it more!

Whats your secret to cleaning your brushes?

Lily xo


Sunday, 25 September 2016

The SFX Series - Wounds/Cuts

Derma wax is a sticky type of wax that blends in to the skin with a dimensional effect. It is most commonly used for special effects such as wounds, burns and scars but can also be used on stage for blocking out eyebrows and added extras such as warts or moles.
Derma wax is applied by using a spatula to scrape a small proportion out of the packaging and then it is rolled between the fingers to smooth it out a little, before smoothing it can be helpful to use a moisturiser on fingertips to stop the wax sticking, this also makes the wax a lot easier to work with.
To make a simple wound with wax, the wax is rolled into a sausage shape and placed on to the skin and the edges are blended in to the surrounding skin for stability and to blend the wax in. Once this is done, the thinner end of the spatula can scrape down the middle in a rugged line to create the crease of the wound. At this point it may be easier to add some more moisturiser to ease the stickiness. After this, colour can be added with darker shades in the middle of the crease and the lighter ones towards the skin bed. Congealed blood and film blood are added last for a more effective look.
More effective special effects can be used with derma wax through the same application but just with extra detail, for example zombie bites.
Snazaroo do their own make of derma wax which is usually available at Fancy Dress shops, you can also order it online through Ebay or Amazon for cheap! For colouring, I use Kryolan SupraPalette however you can use dark shades of lipsticks as an alternative.

Just 5 weeks till Halloween!!

Lily xo

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