Archive | July, 2013

My July Favourites…

31 Jul

Hi everyone,

I’ve been counting down the days until I can post my July favourites as this is actually the first time I’ve ever done it so I’m way more excited than I really should be to write this post. When I started writing this blog the world of blogging and vlogging was basically unknown to me, so I didn’t know the ‘typical’ blogging posts, so now I know, I’ve really wanted to do a favourites but I’ve only really felt this month that I’ve really had enough new products to talk about.

Natural Collection Loose Powder

In these hot and humid summer conditions (she says when she notices the sky is full of grey clouds) I couldn’t live without this Natural Collections loose powder, it’s my go to de-shiner otherwise you’d be able to see my shine from space! Mine is in a tan translucent because of my tanned skin but it’s also available in translucent and it’s been a favourite of mine through July because it gives a really flawless matt finish to your skin.

My favourite de-shiner

My favourite de-shiner

Rimmel London Professional eye pencil

If I had to pick a feature on my face I really hated, it would be my eyebrows, I dislike the shape and they’ve become a bit gappy, I used to use a matt brown eye shadow to fill in my eyebrows but they started to become a bit thick and obviously filled in. I actually brought this a while back but tried it once and for some reason I didn’t like it and my mum decided to take it. Since then, I’ve tried other pencils and they’ve been terrible and waxy which I really disliked. But then a few weeks ago I found this Rimmel pencil again and loved it and I’ve been using it everyday since! The colour (001 dark brown) is really good, but also creates a natural finish, the colour also sticks around all day and is really easy to draw on and take off, it also comes with a handy little brush on the lid. Thank god this pencil has made my brows look half decent!

My eyebrow angel

My eyebrow angel

Miss Sporty Studio Lash Eye Liner

Liquid eyeliner has pretty recently been added to my everyday make-up, from a small amount of liner to a winged eyeliner look, this has been my favourite cheap eyeliner I’ve used yet. I’ve been obsessed with winged eyeliner at the moment (see my previous blog post if you want to see how I do it) and this is the easiest liner to do it with. It creates a really bold black colour, and the brush is small so it’s easy to create a non messy line, and the liner itself is really quick drying too, so you don’t find yourself getting another line in the crease. This will also be my August favourite too!

£2.79 worth of pure value for money

£2.79 worth of pure value for money

Eyeliner love

Eyeliner love

Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Lycra Flex Mascara

This mascara was also featured in my previous blog post, and I really do love this mascara. I’ve had a scandal eyes mascara before and it really does create a false lash effect but this one is even better than the original. I love the way you can top up your mascara throughout the day and it doesn’t go thick and heavy at all, I originally picked this up because I was really desperate for a mascara on holiday, and I’m really glad I did.

My favourite 'false lash style' and lengthening mascara

My favourite ‘false lash style’ and lengthening mascara

Maybelline Colorsensational

So yes, another make-up product I’ve featured not that log ago in my post Lipstick Loving (click the link if you fancy reading my review in more detail about the product) I’ve been completely obsessed with the orange and orange has become ‘my colour’. I don’t want to bore you by going on about it all again, but take my word for it, they’re brilliant!

Electric Orange and Shocking Coral...

Electric Orange and Shocking Coral…

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Blogging

This is not make-up, but this has been my July favourite because I’ve become blogging obsessed this month, trying to blog everyday when I can. This blog has become my baby and when I get so many of you liking my blog posts and following my blog it just makes my day (and I celebrate by doing a little happy dance. I’m serious.) This is one of my best July favourites and hopefully my favourite in the future too. I hope you love my blog as much as me and thank you so much for reading. You’ve made me a very happy girl. 🙂

High Street Spy

High Street Spy

Have a happy August!

Maisie xxx

 

 

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How to: Get perfect winged eyeliner…

31 Jul

Hello everyone, hope your all having a lovely (rainy) day?

It’s been a little while since I’ve down a ‘how to’ post, and I haven’t done a make-up related one before so I thought, why not do one on eyeliner? I’m no make-up artist so I’m not sure if this is how the do it in make-up artist land but this is how I do it and it works for me. There are two ways I find the easiest, the first one I’ll talk through is easier than the other so this is for you if you are completely hopeless like I used to be!

The perfect eyeliner flick

The perfect eyeliner flick

 1. The guide line method (easiest)

This method is the easiest out of the two as you are going to use a white or nude colour eye shadow or a soft white eyeliner to draw on a guide to where you want your eyeliner to go, this way you can easily wipe it off with your finger if it’s not the right shape or it is too long/ short.

The eye shadow (the one I've squiggled round in pink) I use as my eyeliner guide

The eye shadow (the one I’ve squiggled round in pink) I use as my eyeliner guide

Once you’ve got the shadow or pencil that you can use, draw a flick from the outside corners of your eyes, just like you’d do with eyeliner, but because it will rub off you can keep adjusting it until you’ve got it perfect and equal on both eyes. If your struggling to find the right flick height and angle, I always try and match it up with the corner of my eye, so if you were to carry on the flick it would meet with the end of your eyebrow. But if you find this too angled, try holding up a tissue or a piece of paper at the angle you want it and using that to draw out your guide line.

My eyeliner guide

My eyeliner guide

After you’ve think you’ve got your guide lines perfect, it’s not time to use it by tracing over it, it may be easier to do the flick before the whole eye, and joining the main line with the flick. My favourite liquid eyeliner is Miss Sporty Studio Lash eyeliner, it’s really easy to use and has a really tiny brush to create a bold and neat line. If you’re struggling to create a neat line, instead of trying to do one big stroke, draw dashes along your lid, then join those together so it’s less fiddly to do.

My favourite eyeliner

My favourite eyeliner

2. The freehand method (getting a little bit harder)

When you’re feeling a little bit more confident you can draw on eyeliner without the guide line first and would be quicker (if you don’t make any mistakes) Firstly draw a line, which will be your flick, from the outer corner of your eye, reaching the crease line in length, and also following the eyebrow angle (there’s a picture of this in the guide line method above.) After this, you then just draw your eyeliner line as normal, drawing it into your flick. Simples.

 

I forgot to take a picture of myself doing this method, this picture explains it better than I could and it’s from http://www.blogofshadows.com

Finish the look…

Finish your look with your favourite mascara to widen the appearance of yours eyes and to add to the dramatic flick eyeliner look, my favourite right now is Rimmel London’s Scandal Eye’s Lycra mascara which I would really recommend and I’ve been asked if I was wearing fake lashes when I had this on, bonus!

My favourite 'false lash style' and lengthening mascara

My favourite ‘false lash style’ and lengthening mascara

Also when I’m using liquid eyeliner, I keep some cleansing wipes handy just to dab away any mistakes I make (usually quite a few in my case), so my Simple Cleansing wipes are always in my make-up draw.

For people with not a very steady hand (eg me)

For people with not a very steady hand (e.g me)

I hope this will help you guys create a perfect winged eyeliner, when it comes to liquid eyeliner, practise really does make perfect and eventually you’ll be using eyeliner in seconds rather than an hour! Happy eye lining! Maisie xxx

The finished look...

The finished look…

 

 

 

 

My new summer love…

28 Jul

This summer holidays me and my friend Lauren decided to keep up our fitness by carrying on dancing, we’re both dancers and dance students so we wanted to keep it up and improve. As well as doing yoga and step class (both way harder than you’d first expect and are more like torture classes than fitness classes) I wanted to learn ballet. So that is what I’m doing.

Me on pointe on day one. Be impressed…

Lauren is really great at ballet and has been studying it for years now, so she agreed to teach me ballet so I may be able to join in with her class in September which I really hope to do. When it comes to my dance background I did actually do ballet like most other 3 year olds do, inspired by Angelina Ballerina and carried that on for a few years then decided I’d had enough of the bitchy girls in my class and moved on to ballroom, Latin and Rock n’ Roll classes, which was the dance love of my life. To be honest ballroom is not really a style of dance you think of a 7+ year old doing but even though it wasn’t cool like street dance was I still loved it (and the shoes!) I carried on with that for years, doing exams and competitions mainly with the same one dance. Then I did street but I kind of went of dance for a little while but a soon as I started GCSE dance and met Lauren I became dance obsessed.

Look no hands!

Look no hands!

After a few hours of ballet, I do really love it, it is really hard work but I think I’ll get there eventually. To make me more determined I ordered some ballet shoes earlier and I’ll be on pointe in no time right? (I’m hoping anyway.)

What is everyone else up to this summer? Going on 20 mile runs or slobbing it watching daytime TV?

Maisie xxx

 

Blog lovin…

22 Jul

Hello everybody,

I hope your having a good evening/ morning/ afternoon/ birthday? (whatever concerns you) This is basically a random post, but I have just got BlogLovin, I’m completely new and rubbish, so if you have an account to this strange new site I’ve discovered, please follow me and I will be super happy! Also, I promise to follow you back!

Thanks again you lovely lot and remember to click the link below! ~Maisie xxx

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Lipstick Loving… (Review)

20 Jul

Hello, so I’m blogging twice in one day just to make up for my lack of blogging for the past few weeks. Anyway let’s get to the review!

I’ve always go for nude lips, or just stuck to my to the rose lips Vaseline, so I decided I wanted to had a different colour for my lips, so when I was in Boots I wanted to pick up a lipstick in a coral colour and thought I’d get a Revlon lip butter. When I’ve read the blogs these lips butters were meant to be really good but it didn’t really have the sort of bright summery colours so I didn’t really want to spend money on a lipstick I didn’t really want. So instead I picked up 2 other Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Lipsticks in ‘Electric Orange’ and ‘Shocking Coral’ which were £7.19 each but I got them on a buy one get one free offer (yay!)

Check out that beautiful packaging...

Check out that beautiful packaging…

Electric Orange and Shocking Coral...

Electric Orange and Shocking Coral…

The lipsticks do what they say on the packaging and are really vivid and have great pigment to them, even though they look like really bright colours they’re still a really wearable everyday colour. They also have a really nice soft and glossy finish to them as personally I really dislike matte colours as I love shine the shine glosses have, they’re also really super easy to apply, so they can be touched up in the day quickly and easily.

 

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My favourite is the orange, and I’ve worn it everyday since I brought it! I’ve been wanting to buy an orange for a while because beauty vlogger and blogger Zoella looked so good in them and finally got one, I can see why she loved that colour! Even though the coral could is an everyday colour, I find it not as wearable due to the fact I feel it’s a bit full on for the majority of the relaxed style clothes I own, but I think it would nicer with a dresser make-up look instead of everyday for me.

Some cheeky swatches on my hand for you. (Please ignore the hairs. I don't have a hairy hand, I blame my camera's pretty amazing quality. Promise)

Some cheeky swatches on my hand for you. (Please ignore the hairs. I don’t have a hairy hand, I blame my camera’s pretty amazing quality. Promise)

I really recommend you invest in some lipsticks if you haven’t got any or own very few, as you can pick up some great coloured ones from Boots (or other drugstores) at a really cheap price and they always have offers on. Once you wear lipstick you’ll never go back to a boring gloss you got in a magazine or for £1!

Is it normal to be in love with lipstick colours? Because right now I’m being weird and I’m in love.

Hair Envy…

20 Jul

Hello everyone,

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while I’ve been busy but when school ends I’ll have a lot more time to blog (Yay!) Anyway because the summer holidays is starting for me in a few days I’m thinking about changing my hair a bit. A few months ago I ombred my hair, which means having the ends of your hair dyed blonde, and because my hair is more blonde than brown already it didn’t really turn out how I won’t it to or how it looks in all the pictures of it. What I do like about it is that the blonde has lots of tones and highlights in it compared to the dullness of the rest of my hair which I really want to change. So I decided to look on online (source weheartit.com) to find some hair colours and styles that I seriously envy and potential changes I can make to my hair this summer.

The Ombre

I already have this but Zoe Sugg’s hair is how I wanted mine to look like and it didn’t (boo!) I wish my hair was darker like hers so it would have come out so much better so I envy her hair so much! If you don’t know who Zoe is she’s a beauty and fashion blogger and vlogger who is my inspiration, hoping by the time I’m her age I want to be just as successful and have just as great hair. (Her blog is www.zoella.com if you wanted to take a sneaky look. I recommend it.)

Can I just be her please?

Can I just be her please?

The Red Head

The best example of a perfect red head is Arianna Grande, I love her hair when it’s at it’s brightest and I think it really suits her really pretty face. The top first picture of Arianna is how I’d really love my hair colour to be, a more browny coloured red, not sure if I’ll be brave enough?

Tempted to have my hair this colour. Hmmm

Tempted to have my hair this colour. Hmmm

Red. Very red.

Red. Very red.

Brown Haired Girl

Even though I already have brown hair, like I said earlier I’m lacking in the tones and highlight department and belong to the dull colour club instead. I thought Selena’s brown hair in this picture is a really good example of brown hair with some really nice colour to it. So maybe I’ll play it safe and just get a more of a richer brown colour to my hair like Selena’s chocolate waves.

Brown. Not much more I can say really!

Brown. Not much more I can say really!

Barbie Pink

Okay, so this is not actually an option of how I want my hair dyed, but you have to admit Perrie from Little Mix has the coolest hair. Not many people can pull off Barbie style pink hair with hot pink ombre but she’s can suit basically every hair colour as she changes her hair every few weeks to another super cool colour or style. Please take a moment to admire this hair colour that Barbie and Elle Woods would be seriously jealous of, as am I!

If only school allowed pink hair ;)

If only school allowed pink hair 😉

Blondey

I’ve always wanted blonde hair, but I know with my dark eyebrows it would looks stupid if I had blonde hair, but I’ve always been envious of people with blonde hair. Blonde is also really hard to maintain because in a few weeks I’ll begin to show some serious roots! If only I had blonde hair…

Why have I been cursed with such horrible hair? Why?

Why have I been cursed with such horrible hair? Why?

I love the different tones in this fishtail. Love, love, love.

I love the different tones in this fishtail. Love, love, love.

This is really cute. Might have to attempt this.

This is really cute. Might have to attempt this.

“Dream big, you never know what might happen”…

4 Jul

Hello everyone, now I know you’re probably thinking that this is completely not fashion and beauty related and why I’d be posting this but it’s just a little post with something to think about but first please take a moment to watch this short film about a little boy and his cardboard arcade and I promise you it will be totally worth everyone minute by clicking this link that will take you to the YouTube video (I wanted to put it as a video on here but have no idea how?) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faIFNkdq96U&list=UU1aMZ56rL_429UP02uoNsCg

So this little 10 year old boy made me think (put on your snorkels this is going to get deep), even though I’m not 10 years old anymore, he did make me realise a few things about myself. When you’re a child you have a crazy imagination, playing games with your friend in the playground making up all these storylines that went with each game, in your head you could be however or be wherever you wanted to be even though it was just a playground or park or anywhere you happened to be, you could make it amazing, like a arcade made from cardboard boxes you found lying around your dad’s shop. When you become older you lose that, everything becomes reality, the reality of revision and exams, money, seeing boys (and girls) as not the disgusting people you would refuse to sit next to but instead want to sit next to them and want a relationship with later on and seeing the  world differently to the amazing fun place it used to be. But does reality really matter? It didn’t then so why should it now? We were happy and imaginative then right? I’m not saying to get your friends together from when you were little and play a game of zookeepers or mums and dads with them, but instead to just be more open minded and positive about life, just like how we were when we were children. This little boy made a games out of cardboard and thought outside the box (literally) to create real arcade games from what we could find, with no fear of failure or judgement, it’s just what he wanted to do. In a way reality has prevented creativity, reality has made us think something is stupid and it will never work and the fear of failing, but really who cares if you fail. We should all take a leaf out of Caine’s book and dream big, because you never know what might happen.

Another message I can take from this story is to never give up on anything, if Caine had given up on his little arcade in his dad’s shop straight away, Caine would have never have had that one customer turn up that would change his life forever and I would not be writing this blog post! I’ve given up on so many things just because of fear in a way, fear of failing, fear of being judged, fear of getting nowhere, I even gave up on this blog a little while back because I thought I was no good. But this is what I want to do, I want to write so what was the point on my giving up? What is the worse that can happen, no one reads this? I write for me, because I love to write, and if people read it that’s a bonus for me! I give up to quickly because I lost hope but Caine stuck at his arcade for ages before his luck changed and since then he’s been able to not only help himself secure a university fund but also help other children across the world with his Imagination Fund. I think we need to find the hope and desire to succeed that children have with no fear of failing.

So maybe we should all learn something from 10 year old Caine, and be like the kids we used to be when we were 10 as well, if that’s an arcade made of cardboard boxes that was made into a film gaining worldwide fame, or a small idea that pops into your head, we need to lose our fear of failure and just do what makes us happy.

I hope you’ve stayed afloat after that deep post and had a nice swim in the sea of my words. But if you are reading this, I’d just like to say thank you, because it means a lot to me and I hope you’ve taken as much from this story as I have 🙂

If you want to take Caine’s advice on becoming an entrepreneur, look no further than his tips on the aeroplane sick bag!

“I don’t really like to think about growing older, I like being 9. If I get older I will be like my grandpa and become slow. You also are not able to see that well and can’t do or build the things you like. I get to do all the things my friends do. When you are a kid you get to ride bikes, scooters, play with toys and use your imagination. You don’t have to go to work or do all the things old people do. I can keep working on my arcade and making it more creative. When you are older you have to go to college and you have a lot of homework and have to work. At my age I have been able to meet many different people that come to the Arcade and gotten to go to many places like France. I like that I have met all these people and kids and I have learned a lot from them. I think if I was older I would not have enjoyed it so much. Well I might want to be older? Age 10, which I will be next month, only because I will have two digits in my number.”

– Caine Monroy (still age 9 for a few more days)

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