Monday, 29 July 2013
Friday, 26 July 2013
- Don't swap anything which cannot be easily cleaned or can pass on eye infections, ie. don't swap old mascaras, make sure eye liners are sharpened and dipped in alcohol to get rid of those pesky germs, and generally try not to give your friends your old, 90% used, dirty makeup.
- Have lots of cotton buds, makeup wipes and mirrors handy for trying and testing things out!
- If you do the swap with more than 2 people and more than one person wants an item, judge who gets it by seeing who the product suits best! Or compromise and half and half products such as loose pigments which can easily be decanted into smaller pots.
Kelly actually chucked out some pretty fabulous products so I lucked out and received a lot of lovely higher end, hardly used products such as Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang, Two Faced Natural Eye Palette, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in R.S.V.P. and MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Full Speed. I was a very happy girl!
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Sunday, 21 July 2013
Thursday, 18 July 2013
The evening before Prom, we also had a Leavers Dinner to say goodbye to the school which was practically my second home for the last 7 years. While it still completely freaks me out that I will only be returning there once more (for exam results, no less!) I love any opportunity for a new dress and this pale nude maxi from Miss Selfridge possibly tops the stakes as my new favourite item of clothing. It has a lace overlay and I paired it with a snakeskin clutch bag and some simple nude sandals. The hair was hot rollered and lacquered to the max, using my BaByliss Thermo Ceramic Hot Rollers, which seriously create curls which last. The individual lashes were cracked out once again and paired with a smokey brown eye and my trusty old favourite MAC Hue on the lips. The dinner was a mixture of sad goodbyes, hilarious pictures from our younger years and drunk teachers making fools of themselves.
On our actual last day of school were all dressed up as characters in the theme of Childhood, and I so very imaginatively dressed as a doll, which gave me the perfect opportunity for some makeup madness. I used a very similar lash concept as I posted about here which turned out to be both terrifying and very uncomfortable, but perfect doll eyes...
The Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda the Good Witch, Dorothy and one very misplaced doll!
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Being about as tan as a milk bottle means that naturally self-tanning is a very important, if extremely time consuming, area within my beauty regime. During the winter months this is restricted to only face tanning and if I am feeling especially productive, a little light colour on my arms/exposed hands, although I have been known to have a beautifully tanned face which contrasts delightfully with my pale as ghost hands- don't judge me!
However, more skin on show for summer calls for a amped up tanning routine, and for this I bring out the big players- namely Xen Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe, my tan of choice for both prom (especially necessary in my stark white dress!) and any other special occasion, but is unfortunately way too pricey to use on a weekly basis (£28.99 from FeelUnique). On me, I don't find this to be 'Ultra Dark' as it claims, but builds a lovely natural glow which is the best to be hoped for with my pale as anything skin! This also boast the added benefits of Scent Secure, an ingredient which is meant to eradicate the biscuit smell which most self tans waft, and while the scent is diminished considerably in comparison to other self tanners - St Moriz I'm looking at you! - the faint musty smell is still detectable the morning after. In terms of longevity this fades beautifully and I get around 5 days wear out of one application.
Garnier Summer Body is also a moisturisor, tanning hybrid which I reach for on almost a daily basis to build up a beautiful, subtle colour which is inexpensive enough to continue repurchasing. This not only leaves my skin soft with no signs of the dreaded scaly knees and elbows, it also leaves me with a really natural colour; just remember to dilute this with another moisturiser on hands, feet and knees for a more even coverage.
Honourable mentions also go to Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning as my face tanner pick, which I apply every other night with my fingers, leaving a very subtle colour which is pretty much foolproof, just be wary of brows and hairlines! If I am ultimately too lazy to pre-prep my skin before a night out or sunny day, I reach for my Rimmel Instant Tan in Light Matte, which is perfect if you're feeling a bit pale and need a pick me up!
What are your favourite self-tanners?!