Tuesday 30 October 2012

Skull Make-up Tutorial Take Two

Experimenting with make-up is my hobby. I originally wanted to be a make-up artist when I was younger but my love of fashion and writing led me to a Fashion Journalism degree. Halloween is just an excuse for me to play with make-up. Here is my second skull make-up attempt, see the first here.
I like this better than my first attempt, I followed this tutorial by the lovely LetzMakeup.
She has amazing make-up skills! Check out her channel for other Halloween ideas; a masquerade mask, ice queen, black widow, psycho doll and loads more.

Who makes your favourite Halloween tutorials?
Love Kat


Sunday 28 October 2012

Skeleton/Skull Make-up Tutorial

Only two more days till Halloween! I thought I'd practice my skeleton make-up before the day so I could show you guys. Here's how I did it...

1. If you want to white out your skin this step is your first, I just used my palest foundation as a base.

2. I used my Bad Gal eyeliner by Benefit, which is quite chunky to black out my eyes and nose. Draw circles with slighty squared edges over your eyes, covering the whole are in eyeliner. I then drew an 'M' shape over the middle of my nose, then extended this down around my nose and nostrils.

3. Next I drew the teeth in with the eyeliner, I just extended the corners of my mouth out and drew vertical lines over my lips. Then I use black eyeshadow on my Sigma E30 pencil brush to shade, I could pack colour on but also use the edges to blend and create shadow.

4. The jaw and cheek bone detail was created by curving a line up to my ear, a left a little gap then pencilled in the bottom jaw line with a rounded 'M' shape so the bones matched up. I filled in the lower cheek in with my eyeliner to create the mouth cavity.

5. The last step was shading and creating shadow, I used my pencil brush and black shadow for this. I drew 'V' shapes on my temples and lines up from my brows to my forehead and smudged then out. I also shaded around the eyes, nose and jaw to add extra dimensions.

I'm not a 100% happy with the design but I'll fix it up for Wednesday. I think the teeth need to be bigger and I need to fix the jaw bone slightly but you can fiddle around to get your perfect skeleton make-up!

What are you guys dressing up as on Wednesday?
I hope you have a wonderful Halloween!

Love Kat

Monday 22 October 2012

Lust List

Henry Holland Bone Tights
With Halloween just over a week away I've been thinking of outfit/costume ideas. I've decided to go as a skeleton, and what perfect way to be scary but fashionable - Henry Holland bone tights! 

The Casual Vacancy by J.K Rowling
I am an avid Harry Potter fan, I've read the books and watched the films four or five times each! The Casual Vacancy is J.K Rowling's step into more adult reading. I'm intrigued to see if it's my kind of read.

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint
I adore Barry M nail polishes, I used to be obsessed with their purple pastel shade named Berry Ice Cream. These new releases are said to have a high shine and long lasting finish after just one coat, I'll be picking one up to test this.

Topshop Lipstick in Wicked
Dark berry shades are fantastic for autumn and suit a range of skin tones. This colour could be paired with a smokey eye for vampy looks this Halloween.

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment
The lovely bloggers I met at the Next Beauty event in London recommended this treatment after I complained about my damaged hair never wanting to grow. Fingers crossed this could give me luscious long locks in no time. 

What have you been lusting after this week?
Love Kat

Friday 19 October 2012

Next Beauty Event (Picture Heavy)

Running half an hour late and flustered I was on my way to London Paddington station to attend the Next Beauty event. I was kindly invited to the Hempel Hotel for the event by the lovely Gemma (@gglover2), as soon as I arrived I was welcomed with a glass of bubbly, it helped calm my nerves! As this was my first blogger event that I had the opportunity to attend I was unsure of what to expect!

The interior was set up in a boutique style with glossy counters filled with lotions and potions. The main focus of the show room was their 'A Tale of Four Cities', four unique fragrance collections inspired by the fashion capitals, London, Paris, Milan and New York. The minimalistic design and muted pastels mimicked the fragrance companies like Jo Malone and The White Company but at a fraction of the price!

Paris was pastel pink, the fragrance was described by the perfume experts as a floral, with hints of jasmine and orchid. Milan, which was pale blue, was next on the counter, this would be perfect for anyone who loves a fruity floral scent. Mint pastel green was New York, my favourite city was encapsulated in a white floral fragrance with notes of orange blossom. Pale yellow products were dedicated to our capital city, London, which had a musky floral base with citrus zing. 

I'm glad they included a Christmas scent to their new collection, an expert told me this will rival Yankee Candles with 8% fragrance.

Along with these beautiful new scents, Next have released their famous fragrances, Just Pink, Cashmere and Gold in cute sets, perfect for Christmas gifts (click each name to shop).

 I also met some lovely blogger while at the event, go check out their blogs:
Blogger pictures taken from Ms Sarah Jack and CSI Beauty
Glossy Boutique
Make-up Not Made-up

I'll be reviewing what I got in my goody bag very soon so keep an eye out!
Love Kat


Monday 8 October 2012

I went a tiny bit mad in Topshop....

Winter essentials were needed, so I popped to Topshop while they had their 20 percent off for students.
Here's what I purchased:

April Classic Chelsea Boots - £62
I really wanted some Chelsea boots for this winter, they can be styled with jeans, tights and a dress or leggings so they are worth the investment.

Lassie Leopard Stack Platforms - £55
I'm really picky with shoes - I need a good platform, straps around the ankles and they need to be comfortable to walk in. These babies tick all three boxes and they will go with almost everything!

Knitted Stud Rib Cardi - £48
This cardi is so comfy, perfect for hungover days at uni, the studs turn this casual cardi into a statement piece. I plan to wear it to death!

MOTO Blue Supersoft Skinny Jeans - £38
Every girl needs the perfect pair of jeans that flatter your figure. I adore these and they are super soft. Lets hope they don't go baggy in the wash though!

What have you purchased this week?
Love Kat

Tuesday 2 October 2012

Skin Saviours

After suffering with acne I've tried and tested hundreds of lotions and potions trying to combat spots without drying my skin out.
Here are my 'skin saviours' or you could called them my holy grail skin care items.

Clinique Moisture Surge
I first tried this moisturiser when it came as a sample with a magazine, it's a great all purpose lotion. It's light weight and non greasy so can be used at day and night. I slap some of this on if I get dry patches after using spot creams.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo
I discovered the La Roche Posay line after Holly from YMMB mentioned it on her Youtube channel. I recommend this lotion to anyone with problematic oily skin. I don't use it every day as sometimes it can dry my skin out but it's great for days when my skin is worse.

Garnier Dark Spot Corrector
I bought this quite recently, I always moan about the marks left on my face after spots so I picked this up hoping for results. It smells lovely and fruity, probably as it had added vitamin C! I use this at night and I had actually seen some reduced colouring to the marks and so has my friend who is trying it out too!

What are your skin saviours?

Love Kat
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