Sunday, 27 April 2014

Blue gradient cat eye

Today I want to show you a colourful eyeliner look, hope you like it :) I decided to use blue but you can use any combination of colours and I think it would look great!

1 - Make a base for your colour using either a white eyeliner pencil or white shadow with a small tapered eyebrow brush or eyeliner brush

2 - I picked 4 shades to make my gradient ranging from the lightest blue to an electric blue on the wing, but 3 shades would also work well with a bit more blending. Frist apply your lightest shade in the inner corner and carefully apply each colour with an eyeliner or eyebrow brush in sections

3 - if you want to make it a bit darker, apply a matte black shadow on the very outer wing, but be careful not to completely cover the last electric blue shade. Blend well and if you want also apply a black liquid eyeliner as close to the lash line as possible

4 - finally, I applied a white eyeliner pencil to the waterline, and it's done! I also thought I would show you what this look is like on different colour eyes (yeah, I own a lot of contacts!) to show that bright colours aren't necessarily just for one eye colour :)

Rach xo

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Something different: my drawings

I always loved to draw portraits and just found some of my old artwork from school and college so thought I would show you all. Let me know what you think in the comments

Rach xo

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Smoky purple tutorial

I love creating looks like this and adding a bit of colour to a normal smoky eye, here's how I did it!

1: Use a black base for your shadow, I used the maybelline colour tattoo in Timeless Black. After, use a flat shader brush to dab on a matte purple over the whole lid (i left the outer corner just to show you the black base). To pack on even more colour try wetting your brush or applying some Fix+

2: Use your second shade to create a heavy contour in the crease. you can mix and match any colours but for this I used a bluey purple as my main colour (over the lid) and a brighter matte purple for the second shade (in the crease)

3: blend blend blend! smoke the second shade out as much as you are comfortable with. if you find this difficult try using a matte eyeshadow similar to the shade of your skin and blend that into the top of your crease to create a more smoked out effect

4: apply a highlighter to the inner corner and browbone. I used a white shimmery pencil but any highlighter shade will do the trick

5: using a small pencil or detailer brush, apply a matte black to the very outer corner. blend this out again as much as you are comfortable with, it doesn't have to look too traditionally smoky as youve already created a nice gradient with the second colourful shade, so apply a minimal amount of black if you're not used to darker eyeshadow looks.

6: mix a bit of matte black and a matte colour under your lower lashes, again using a small pencil or detailer brush. apply mascara, line your lower and bottom waterline with a black eyeliner, and youre good to go!

I would love to hear what you think,
Rach xo

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Stila In The Light tutorial

Hello everyone, today I have a quick and easy tutorial for you using the Stila In The Light palette, but all it requires is a black, bronze, and highlight shade which you can get in most palettes. First I used Ebony (black) all over the lid, and on top of that put Gilded Gold (bronze) all over the lid and slightly under the lower lash line, then finished off with a bit of Bare in the inner corner.

I love easy looks like this, in my opinion it always looks better layering two shades than using one, and if you have quite a defined crease this can look better than the usual contouring eye look.

Rach xo

Sunday, 23 March 2014

FOTD: purple and gold

Hi, this is a quick FOTD of a quick and easy bold eyeshadow look. I love how the purple and gold goes  together and think it gives a subtle pop of colour to any full-on makeup look.

Revlon Photoready - Eye Primer and Brightener
Maybelline Color Tattoo - 40 Permanent Taupe
KIKO eyeshadow - 41 Viola Nero Melange (using a wet brush)
Barry M Bold Waterproof Eyeliner - Gold
L'oreal SuperSlim eyeliner pen
Maybelline The Falsies mascara
Half lashes

Let me know what you think
Rach xo

Monday, 17 March 2014

FOTD: Smoky eye

Working in a beauty hall, I often play with the makeup before or after the store closes or if there's no customers, and today this dark smoky eye was the result of that.

Let me know what you think and if you would like to see a tutorial, honestly I can't remember what products I used for this but I will happily make a tutorial for a similar look as smoky eyes are my favourite to do!

Rach xo

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Liebster award

I was nominated for the Liebster award by the lovely Mel ( thank you very much for choosing me Mel it was so sweet of you. This is an award designed for bloggers with 200 followers or less to encourage interaction between new bloggers and maybe discover a few new people.

There are a few rules:
1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.
2. You must state 11 facts about yourself.
3. You must answer the 11 questions given to you, from your nominator. 
4. You must nominate other bloggers, and set 11 questions for them to answer.
5. You can’t nominate the person who nominated you.
6. You must tell the people you’ve nominated them, so they can take part!
 Here are the 11 Facts About me:
1. I have my own flat near the heart of Liverpool
2. I have loved playing with makeup since I was 7 or 8 years old
3. I studied maths at university, yep, I'm a geek.
4. My favourite music to listen to at the moment is Haim and Bastille
5. I love baking and make cakes for all of my friends on their birthdays, it's become a tradition
6. My dream is to travel the world
7. I am obsessed with Harry Potter
8. I have an older sister and no brothers
9. Im terrible at applying false eyelashes
10. Ive been playing the piano since I was 6 years old
11. My boyfriend and I have been together for 3 years

Here are the questions Mel has nominated me to answer:
1. What are your favourite beauty and skincare brands?
Beauty would have to be Mac, and skincare probably Nivea because I'm not one for high end skincare
2. What do you like doing in your spare time? (apart from blogging)
I spend most of my time at work. Usually on my time off I'm either shopping, watching things on Netflix with my other half, or going out with my friends, which often involves shopping as well!
3. Which people are your favourite YouTubers? (if you watch YouTube)
Zoella (of course), Beautycrush, Andrea's choice, Jaclyn Hill, Carli, and many others 
4. What do you want to do as a career, or if you already have one, what do you do?
I'm a personal shopper which is basically Debenham's name for a shop assistant! I enjoy it a lot because I get to play with makeup all day!
5. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
Connecting with people who have the same interests as you and making friends
6. What is your favourite film?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
7. How long have you been blogging for?
Um a few days! I've been reading blogs for years but decided enough was enough and to go for it
8. What music do you like?
"Indie", I suppose.
9. What is your favourite colour?
Red or green
10. What is your favourite social networking site, and why? 
Twitter or Blogger! I only really use Facebook to message people and I don't have instagram so :)

Here are my nominees:
Rebecca Kate @ Charming Skies
Laura @ Blog-Beautique

And here are the questions I want to ask Rebecca and Laura:
1) What is the one product you couldn't live without in your daily makeup routine?
2) What is your go to eyeshadow look from which palette?
3) Favourite lipstick to rock a red lip?
4) Favourite place to shop for clothes?
5) What do you want to do as a career or if you already have one, what do you do?
6) Talk us through an average day in your life
7) What's your number one skin cleanser?
8) Favourite spring outfit to wear?
9) How much makeup do you wear on an average day?
10) What is the most expensive piece of makeup you own?
11) How do you store your makeup?

Thanks for reading!
Rach xo