River Island peplum pencil dress | Aldo nude pumps
Its been a while…
I wore this outfit one nice warm evening. It’s a fitted dress with a combination of a leather look material. Its nice and easy to wear and you can dress it up or down depending on the occasion. Slap on the right makeup and jewellery and you have a lovely look. I love a pencil dress or skirt as it produces a nice silhouette which accentuates the curves in the right places.
Red is considered the colour of love and passion for some and with the valentines season upon us many of us would love to wear red lipstick, but don’t know where to begin. A nice red lipstick can bring your face to life and turn a fairly simple makeup look into a dramatic one.
“But red lipstick doesn’t suit me…” was a sentence I used to frequently find myself saying. When what I should have been saying was “I need to find the right red lipstick for my skin tone”. My signature look is usually a nude lip, but I love to paint my lips red every so often especially as red lips makes me feel instantly glamorous. Truth be told, most of us can find a shade of red which suits us and there are a few guidelines around which offer some assistance. The general consensus regarding shades of red lipstick and skin tone are:
Determine your skin colouring which may be fair, medium, olive, chocolate brown, dark brown. A blue based red lipstick looks good on fair skin, true blood red looks nice on medium or olive skin. Burgundy and dark reds look best on darker skin tones.
However, rules are meant to be broken. I say go and try different shades, tones, mattes and glosses. Remove all signs of any lipstick before you try on the red and get a second opinion from a trusted friend. Don’t forget your lip liner and you can clean up any “bleeding” with concealer. Mixing and blending different shades of red can also create your perfect colour. The one rule I would definitely follow is go easy on the eye makeup. Keep the eye shadow fairly neutral so you don’t look garish.
I’m wearing one of my favourite red lipsticks in the photo: MAC’s Viva Glam.
If you’re not used to wearing red lips- give it a try.
If you already wear it – keep doing you..
Use one word in the comments section to describe how you feel when you wear red lipstick..
So here are my January favourites… a bit late but better late than never. So let me get right into it.
1. Salt Scrub by Sanctuary Spa –
Add a little bit of luxury to your bath or shower time. I have been loving this body scrub by Sanctuary spa. Its rich and thick and leaves the body feeling smooth and extremely moisturised. Now be aware that it is an oily scrub and can leave a slight oil residue, but this soon wears off. It also has a great smell.
2.Maxfactor 2000 Calorie mascara –
I usually use Dior Show Blackout or YSL Sumptuous Extreme mascara, which are both great, however I recently ran out of both of them. I never had time to go to the department store to pick up a new one, so while I was doing my weekly shop I remembered and picked up one of my old favourites, Maxfactor 2000 calorie dramatic volume mascara. When I used it I was reminded of why I used to love it. Application is easy and its very affordable at £7.99. It says it gives up to 300% more volume and is smudge proof, so you can have a dramatic look. However it can clump a little but otherwise its a nice option for a mascara.
3.Real Techniques Complexion sponge –
Created by The Pixiwoo You tube sister duo, Sam and Nicole Chapman. This is a great and much more affordable alternative to the famous Beautyblender. It has a classic tear drop shape. The flat edge is great for blending around the eyes and nose. This is great for blending out your base or your concealer to give you that flawless finish. Priced at £4.99 it’s a steal when compared to the beauty blender which is priced at £16.00. I brought a couple of these and use it to blend my concealer highlight. The technique I use is almost like a “dab and roll” manoeuvre, which allows you to push the product into the skin without the streaks etc.
4.NARS eyeshadow base –
This is a great a base for your eyeshadow. It smooths the eyelid and prepares it to receive the eyeshadow, it also helps to avoid cracking and prolongs the wear. When I get to my night time make up removal routine, my eyeshadow looks like I just applied it.
5. Zara perfumes –
Have you used any of these perfumes? If your fed up with using your more expensive perfumes every day and watching the bottle quickly empty, I would advise you consider these. The Zara perfumes are a great option for a simple, reasonably priced perfume. They have gorgeous scents depending on your taste. Some have a more floral smell and others have a stronger musk like scent. Now don’t expect a long lasting one spray a day perfume, but because its so reasonably priced you can carry it with you and respray several times during the day. They are priced between £10-£12 and I personally like the Femme and Nuit. Now I love my perfumes and I have a good collection of high end fragrances with my favourite being Chanel, but it’s always nice to add variety.
Well thats it for my January faves, I hope you enjoyed them. Maybe you will consider some of them in the future. Have you tried any of these or are you thinking about it? It would be nice to know how you found them. Please leave your comments below.
On a recent trip to MAC cosmetics I purchased some goodies which I can’t wait to try out.
1.MINERALISE SKINFINISH HIGHLIGHTER:
Described as a luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. This powder is a pressed powder highlighter and comes in 5 different shades. I got the Gold Deposit shade. I actually wanted the Iridescent powder but its been discontinued. Apparently Mac has discontinued many lines this past year.
2.PRO LONGWEAR CONCEALER:NW40,
I will use this to highlight
3.STUDIO FIX FOUNDATION:NW44
I wanted to try a matte foundation for my combination skin. I know it can be quite heavy if too much is applied. It looked nice on in the store, but then it always does. ..
4. FLUIDLINE EYE-LINER GEL:
5.TECHNAKOHL EYELINER -RISQUE:
MAC products may not always be the most penny friendly cosmetics on the market, but they are also not the most expensive and they do produce some quality items. I will do a post on good less expensive alternatives which I also use. Have you used any of these? How did you find them?
I’m looking forward to using these products and will let you know how I get on.