October 30, 2015

Last Minute Halloween Look - Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman

It seemed like Halloween was going to be a total bust this year. No plans, no party and no tickets for any ghost tours left. And just when I was about to give up on it, boom, a last minute invite to a party. Despite wanting an excuse to dress up for Halloween, I actually had no costume planned. Instead of being THAT person who shows up to the party dressed as themselves, I managed to throw together a last minute 'costume' together.

1. Start off with some foundation and brows!
2. Outline where your mask using eyeliner
3. Use face paint to colour within the lines (I had to cleanup a lot with cotton buds)
4. Paint on some white lines around your mask
5. Add stitches to these lines
6. Red lipstick
7. Finish with a smoky eye and mascara
8. Done!

Products Used

Makeup Forever HD Foundation 155
Mehron black and white face paints

NARS And God Created the Woman palette 
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
Illamasqua Brow Gel in Strike
Marc Jacobs Blaqeuer Gel pencil 

Illamasqua Maneater Lipstick

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October 26, 2015

Princess Jasmine Cosplay Makeup Tutorial

It's almost the end of October and I've still not done at least one Halloween look! So I thought I'd fix that. Since I've been loving my Naked Smoky palette so much, I decided to use it to create a Princess Jasmine look and share a tutorial for it too.

Unfortunately, I don't seem to own anything blue that isn't Navy

To create this look, I've used the first & last 3 shadows in the palette along with the black:
1. After priming, use Combust (soft taupe) as a colour wash all over the lid and into the crease
2. Apply High (champagne shimmer) all over the lid but beneath the crease
3. Blend Dirtysweet (bronze) into the outer 1/3 of the lid
4. Blend Radar (metallic taupe) into the outer crease
5. Apply Whiskey (dark brown matte) into the outer 1/3 of the lid and into the lower lash line
6. Apply Black Market (black) over Whiskey to add more depth to the lid
7. Sweep High (champagne shimmer) onto the lower lash line
8. Add wings & eyeliner to the lower lash line, then use Thirteen (matte white) to highlight the brow bone.
9. Finish the look with mascara and false eyelashes.

As someone who admits to having one wig too many, this Jasmine wig is easily the most infuriating wig I've ever had to deal with. Which just goes to show just how unrealistic Disney princess hair is.

Expectation VS Reality

Products Used 

Makeup Forever HD Foundation in 155
Urban Decay Naked Skin Loose Powder in Medium

Illamasqua Brow Gel
Urban Decay Anti-aging primer
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
Kat Von D The Trooper Eyeliner
Marc Jacobs Blacquer gel liner
MAC #4 False Lashes
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Double Dare
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October 20, 2015

30 Favourite Photos From New York

By New York, I mostly mean Manhattan, even though we did hang out a little in Brooklyn, I barely took any photos outside of Manhattan. During the 10 days in the US, it seems as though the only two days I took any photos of myself, I happened to be wearing the exact same outfit. It's a good thing I'm not a fashion blogger! When visiting, a lot of peope were telling me that I'll fall in love with the city. So did I in the end?

I'm unsure why New York is glamorised so much. Granted, Manhattan is very photogenic but there are things that you can't capture on camera. The stink of the city during a heatwave, the 'rudeness' that New Yorkers are famously known for. Don't get me wrong, this doesn't apply to everyone and there were plenty of things I loved doing whilst there. 

The city has never been on my travel bucket list but I went over to the US to meet a good friend of mine. While I didn't fall in love with the city, I did to certain parts of it. I would recommend visiting at least once. There's something empowering about being able to navigate around such a busy city by yourself. Since my trip to New York, I also get a lot of little references in shows that are based in New York. A lot of little jokes in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt make sense too. 

Have you ever been to New York? Did you love it or feel it was slightly overrated?
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October 16, 2015

5 Favourite Lipsticks this Autumn / Fall

I'm a big fan of wear what you want when you want. In fact, I have a tendency to wear dark lip colors in Summer/Spring and bright lipsticks during Autumn. As my lipstick collection has grown 5 times since my last 5 favourite Fall lip shades post, I thought I'd share my current favourite fall coloured lipsticks again.

LA Splash Tiana - MAC Heroine - Sephora Blackberry Sorbet - CT Birkin Brown - Tom Ford Black Dahlia

1. LA Splash StudioShine Waterproof Lip Lustre in Tiana
LA Splash's Disney themed collection went viral a month or two ago. Since then, Disney may have found out about them and the brand no longer names their items after Disney Princesses. Tiana has been renamed to Selene.  It's not your standard purple lipstick, it leans plum and for a twist, has a slight metallic finish to it. I find it's one of the most drying liquid lipsticks I've tried though and it can be quite difficult to purchase outside of the US. 

2. MAC Matte Lipstick in Heroine
The purple lipstick that began my purple lipstick addiction. This was my favourite purchase last year and still my favourite purple. The pink undertone makes it one that I can getaway with at work. If you're looking for a cruelty free alternative, Kat Von D's Susperia liquid lipstick is an exact dupe but in liquid lipstick form.

3. Sephora Lip Cream Stain in Blackberry Sorbet
Everyone loves a good berry and Blackberry Sorbet has been the one I've been wearing continuously since New York. This has been in my online basket for over 6 months, it wasn't until I visited the US that I finally managed to get my hands on it! It's an unusual berry with red undertones but depending on the light leans more purple. It's a little drying and has a slight shimmer in it giving a metallic finish.

4. Charlotte Tilbury's Birkin Brown
Charlotte Tilbury isn't affordable to most but at the time of purchase I had to have it as it was such a unique shade. It's not the best lipstick either as it needs a base and lipliner for decent coverage. Kat Von D's Piaf and Jeffree Star's Dominatrix seem like better alternatives. If there's one new lip colour you try this fall,  make it a brown lipstick.

5. Tom Ford's Black Dahlia
While the Sephora Blackberry Sorbet arm swatch seems like a dupe for Black Dahlia, you can see they look nothing alike once applied to the lips. Black Dahlia was a gift last Christmas and it's a gorgeous deep blood red lipstick. With my new neon green hair I get serious Jared Leto Joker vibes whenever I wear it.

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October 14, 2015

Berlin's East Side Gallery & The Berlin Wall Memorial

Of all the places on my Travel bucket list, Germany was never on it. Yet earlier this year, I suddenly felt the need to visit the country and just went with it. After a few days in Dresden, I took the train to Berlin to wander around on my first solo trip. Like every other tourist, the Berlin Wall on top of my list of things I had to experience.

East Side Gallery

The East Side gallery is conveniently located a minute walk away from the Berlin Ostbahnhof station. There isn't much information available on site but after the wall had finally been brought down, international painters were invited to paint on it. Transforming the wall that was known for dividing the city into a symbol of freedom.

You can take as much or little time with each piece of art along the 1.3km of wall. I found there was a lot of graffiti on top of each pieces of art which most may ignore. While they ruin the general aesthetic to the wall, it is interesting to see what visitors have written. Most messages are unintelligible, some stereotypical love messages and others political.

Memorial of the Berlin Wall

The next day, I made my way to the Memorial of the Berlin Wall, which was located in the Northern Mitte area. This time there was no pretty paintings to hide the ugly history behind the Wall. Imagining having friends and family on the other side of the wall with no way of crossing over in an age without any internet was a terrifying thought. Sadly, I visited the site quite late and missed checking out the museum and visitor's centre. 

While the East Side Gallery made for a fascinating walk, going there before checking out the Memorial diminished it's history. It wasn't until I visited the Memorial that I was able to take it in. Ultimately, it is worth visiting the two parts of the Wall, even if you've already visited just one. 
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