Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Halloween Make-Up Kit Essentials

Halloween is just around the corner and I'm not going to lie, it's definitely one of the highlights of my year! I normally plan my costume up to a year in advance and I get really into it. I'm a firm believer in dressing up as something scary or dead for halloween- I think that cute Barbie costumes are meant for carnival, not halloween (unless it's a zombie barbie in which case go ahead and please send me photos!). This year I have two parties to go to, which means double the fun and two costumes for me! I will be uploading a few Halloween tutorials on my YouTube channel but today I thought I'd share some of my Halloween make-up kit essentials with you.

The base
If you're trying to look dead, chances are you want to look paler than you are. I'm personally not a big fan of white face paint because it doesn't look as natural, and I want to look naturally dead (does that make sense? I don't even know). I just go for the lightest colour foundation I own but if you're really pale you can always mix your foundation with a bit of white face paint if you want to look even paler.

The bruise colours
I love faking bruising because it's simple yet effective, and all you need is a few matte eyeshadows. I like to use a dark purple (I have a MAC Paint Pot in the perfect colour but an eyeshadow will work just fine), a yellow and a green. You can obviously invest in a proper bruise wheel like the Ben Nye one, which is dreamy by the way, but I find that eyeshadows work just as well as long as you make sure they're matte, because unless you're Edward Cullen, chances are you don't have sparkly bruises.

The contour
I've found that using your normal contour colour on a pale face just doesn't work as well, because even ashy contour colours tend to be too warm toned. Instead, I like to use a matte grey eyeshadow for contouring because it can give the illusion of sunken in cheek bones without warming up your complexion.

The blood colours
If you're trying to create a realistic looking wound, you want more than one shade. I've found that using a combination of black, a dark red/plum and a true red achieve the best results. You can achieve realistic looking scratches with just a black eyeliner, a dark red lipstick and a red lipliner! The more colours you use the more depth your wound will have and the more realistic it looks.

SFX supplies
If you really want to go all out and create some proper wounds then you're going to need a few special supplies. You can create lots of realistic looking wounds with liquid latex and tissues (there's lots of tutorials for this on YouTube and I will be uploading some soon!). I bought my liquid latex from a fancy dress shop and it actually wasn't expensive at all but it really takes your costume to the next level! There's also lots of other supplies like scar wax, etc. but I have never used them before. I think that lots of things can easily be achieved with just things you have in your collection already but obviously if you want to go all out you can invest in proper SFX make-up and props.

The blood
The most important part of any Halloween costume! I like to make my own blood because it's cheap and edible- I just mix some syrup with red and blue food colouring (the blue makes it look more realistic) and tadaa- you have your own home made blood! You can control the thickness of it by adding water and I like to make a few different batches of different thicknesses, so for example a really thick one for putting into fake wounds and a more liquidy one for blood splatter.

What are you going as this halloween?

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Edgy Glamour

This weekend I went to Kent to go to a birthday party with Jordan! It was her friend's birthday and she took me along- the theme was Hollywood Glamour so it took me a while to figure out what to wear because let's face it, glamour is not my strength. I wanted to stay true to my style because I didn't want to feel uncomfortable (although my feet felt very uncomfortable in this outfit anyway), so I decided to go for a simple LBD with shoulder pads from AX Paris and dress it up with my most expensive and never worn shoes- my Sam Edelman Lorissa Pumps, which are currently 50% off on the Outnet by the way... you're welcome. They are the most beautiful shoes I own but man they killed my feet, I am definitely not used to wearing heels anymore! For my bag I used my Zara chain bag and just held it as a clutch and I think the chain on the bag went really well with the spikes on the shoes!

I had a fantastic time with Jordan and I felt really glamorous in this outfit, while still feeling like myself.

What is your go-to glamorous outfit?

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Spending my Birchbox points

I love a good reward scheme and I think Birchbox is definitely up there when it comes to their points system. You get 12 points per box and 5 points per survey you complete. 100 points give you £10 and you can actually accumulate points really quickly if you fill out all the surveys, which in turn makes Birchbox better because you're giving them feedback so it's a win-win situation! I've accumulated over 200 points now, which means I have £20 to spend in the Birchbox shop, but I can't decide what to spend it on so I need your help!
The first two things that I found were two blushes. I'm really getting into blushes at the moment but my collection is quite small. They're the sort of thing that doesn't excite me enough to spend a lot of money on it, so I thought it would be nice to basically get it for free! My options are the Benefit Sugarbomb (£23.50) and the more luxurious, yet for some reason cheaper, Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Rose Petal (£20.50).
Next I found this Perfect Partners Set by Aromatherapy Associates (£17), which has small versions of the Relax and Revive Bath and Shower oils. This is definitely an indulgence and I don't think I would ever purchase a full size of these because they are so expensive, but I've been really getting into my bath products now that I finally have a bath and these would just be so great for a relaxing bath on the weekend.
Lastly I found this Caudalie Detox Oil (£29), which looks quite intriguing! I haven't heard anything about it before but I would really like to try out a new facial oil since I've been using the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate for over a year now!

What do you think I should spend my Birchbox points on? Do you have your eye on anything particular in the Birchbox shop?

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Things I want to achieve this October

I actually cannot believe it's October already- time has flown by in the past few months and I feel like I sometimes get a little bit lost, so I've decided to write down some things I want to achieve each month.

  1. Come up with a budget and actually stick to it
  2. Start blogging again
  3. Decide what to do for my imperial project and complete my ethics form
  4. Sort through and organise my wardrobe
  5. Finish decorating my room and film a room tour
  6. Spend more time reading rather than watching TV shows

What is on your to do list this month?

Thursday, 2 October 2014

A Whole New World

Every girl wants to feel like a princess sometimes and yesterday, I got to dress up as one! For our first show choir social of the year the theme was animated characters and I immediately thought of Princess Jasmine because she's a slightly more unusual Disney princess and not the first one that comes to mind normally.
My outfit consisted of some trousers that I got in India, which were incredibly comfortable, a t-shirt from Primark, which I cut to the right shape, and obviously big gold jewellery and some hair extensions. I personally think that the hair extensions were what made the look, since for me, Jasmine's 'identifier' is her long, thick, bubble pony tail hair.
I got so many compliments on this costume and it cost me less than £20 to make, which just goes to show that with a little bit of creativity, you don't have to spend much money on your fancy dress!
I certainly enjoyed being a princess for a night, although I had to take the bus home rather than a magic carpet, but details.

A massive thank you to Jordan for taking these pictures! Make sure you check out her blog, she went as a Disney princess too!
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