Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Halloween: The Cleopatra Look

Hey Guys,

Sorry it's been a while since I last blogged, life's been a little hectic. I recently started a new job and had also signed up to do a play with my drama group... couldn't have been worse timed trying to do both but there we go! The show is on next week and amidst the last minute cramming of lines, I found a spare moment to play around with make up. 

As I'm sure you all know (and are probably sick of hearing) Halloween is coming up so I thought I'd try out a more extravagant look which would be fitting for a costume... or maybe some of you just like a full on Egyptian look on a daily basis, who knows. Hopefully I'm not too late with this and if you're going to a Halloween party, you might still be able to take some inspiration from this look.


My inspiration came from, of course, the divine Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 epic Cleopatra, which she starred in with Richard Burton. I've got to be honest and say I've never actually watched the film, I know it's a long one so it's just getting round to setting aside the time, but I've long been entranced by Ancient Egypt so this look is right up my street.


For the face I used:
Revlon's photo ready foundation and collection's lasting perfection concealer. I then took a little of a bronze stick from Elf where I wanted to contour and buffed it in with my Real Techniques buffing brush. I powdered with Bourjois' mineral radiance powder and went over the contouring with my Marks and Spencers bronzer.

For the Eyes:
I started with the brows and built them into thick brows using a plain black eye shadow and went through to define more with my Primark felt tip liner in black. I then used an 'about face' eye shadow (I think this is/was a Tesco brand?) blue eyeshadow and seriously packed on the colour. For a good five minutes. Per eye. I did a thick black line along the top lashline and under the eye with the Primark felt tip liner and carried it out in the inner corner to a point. I then used some medical tape to line out where I wanted my exaggerated liner to go and drew it in with the felt tip liner. I used a little Barry M black liner on the water line and some Clinique mascara through the lashes.

To jazz it up a bit more, I used some glitter products from Collection, covering the whole lid in a blue colour and going under the eye with a gold - now it's a party make up!

The Cheeks:
Pretty quick and easy. A sweep of Milani's blusher in luminoso over the apples of the cheeks and some highlighter from Elf over the top of the cheek bones.

The Lips:

I went all over them with an SBC nude liner, filled them in with Sleek's 'Barely There' lip stick and on a whim dabbed some random lip gloss over the top for which I don't have a brand or shade!

That's it really, it's not an overly hard look to achieve but it is fun and a little time consuming! Let me know if you recreate the look, maybe send me a link to your own creations? You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram via the buttons over there ------>

Once of my friends said that I look like Katy Perry in the picture, maybe I should do a Katy Perry Dark Horse inspired look, what do you think?

That's it for today guys! Catch you later..

Shel x

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Autumn Lipstick: Tested!

The other day I posted about a new autumn inspired, deep plummy toned lipstick that I'd just got from make up revolution. I swatched it but hadn't had chance to try it yet and just wanted to get back to you on what I think so far!

If you want this lipstick to last all day, then I'd definitely pair it with a lip liner and blot your lips and all that jazz. You'll probably find after a couple of hours that it's faded, although I didn't find it drying at all. If you're happy to keep reapplying though, it won't make much difference to you. It's definitely not as dark or as rich as I'd originally hoped when picking it out, but I'd say it's been a good transition colour, it's different to the pinks and reds that I usually wear so it's taken me a little out of my comfort zone.



It has to be my favourite purchase lately though. There's something very satisfying about having a new lipstick shade that just makes you feel... good. A swipe of that and I immediately feel like I'm wearing a more special make up and it's definitely encouraged me to be a little more brave and try other hues! For £1 I think this lipstick is a great investment, especially if you're looking to experiment with colours but if it's staying power you're after, you might want a more high end lippy.

Shel x

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Clear Complexion Powder

I  recently picked up Rimmel's Clear Complexion powder when my previous face powder ran out and I've been giving it a go for a few weeks now. As with most high street brands, the packaging is nothing special but it does what it needs to do. It's a compact powder, so easy to take out and about with you without it spilling everywhere and making a mess in your bag.


It does claim to 'clarify' skin and 'minimise breakouts' but I can't honestly say that I've found that to be entirely accurate since I've been using it  - I don't feel that it's made any difference either way. It also aims to control shine for up to five hours which I'd say is about right, though if you have particularly oily skin I'd maybe pair it with a primer. If you have dry skin then just a light dusting would do the trick. 


This to me seems like a fairly standard powder, there's nothing wrong with it but it also doesn't massively stand out in anyway. It's probably a stable one to keep in your make up bag that you can rely on for a quick fix. I think it'd be ideal (price wise too, it's not expensive) for younger people, just starting out with make up.

Shel x


Thursday, 25 September 2014

New Autumn Lipstick

The other weekend, I stumbled across the 'Make Up Revolution' counter in Superdrug. I've never heard of this brand before and it just goes to show that I've been fairly well restrained in the beauty aisles lately.  I've been on the hunt for a deep, plummy toned lipstick for the autumn/winter months and decided to try one from their range as it was a very happy price of one whole pounds. Yes, you heard me. A quid.


I have bright pinks and I have reds, but I've not experimented with anything with those rich, mauve tones before so I didn't really want to jump right in with an expensive brand only to find out that the colour really doesn't suit me at all. Admittedly, the packaging does nothing to make me swoon but it's inside that counts, right?



It has no particular scent to it, apart from that vague typical lipstick smell and actually looks a lot darker in real life that it does on the pictures. Damn day light bleaching everything out! When I swatched it, the colour (vamp shade) pay off seemed pretty decent for a £1 lip stick, which means that so far, I'm happy! I've not worn it anywhere yet, I think I'm going to test it out when I meet a friend for drinks this evening, then I'll report back another time. I could still be tempted for an even darker lipstick another time, but you know, baby steps.

If I like it, maybe I'll do a post on an Autumn themed make up, what do you think?

Shel x

Saturday, 20 September 2014

A Quick Wander Through Holt

My parents are staying in Sheringham over the weekend, ready for this year's 1940s weekend, so Thursday evening I went out to the caravan and spent some time there. Friday morning dawned nice and foggy and we decided to have a quick mosey to Holt. We didn't stick around for long as the weather was pants but I took a few pictures that I thought I'd stick on here...








Shel x