Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to Match your Jewellery to your Makeup

Jewellery and makeup may be viewed as two very different fashion treatments. However, if the two are combined, they can enhance your entire look. Matching (and mixing) can be creative and artistic. Draw inspiration from your favourite cosmetics and jewellery pieces and make a statement where the entire effect becomes lovelier than the sum of the parts. It helps when you know what to match and how. The following five tips will help you combine in ways you've never even dreamed of so that you can use elements to create a truly stunning you.

Match or Clash
An underlying principle is to combine makeup in ways where colours match rather than clash. Certain shades work better together than others. Earthy tones include reds, browns, blues and greens. Generally, these tones play together beautifully. On the colour wheel, opposing colors tend to clash. It is helpful to understand that even though makeup and jewelry hues may clash, you can draw attention to either one with specific colour-choices. For example, an emerald green necklace worn with bright red lipstick can create a strikingly beautiful effect.

Brights with More Subtle Makeup
The same principle can be applied to your style. A bright turquoise and silver necklace combined with subtle makeup shades will draw attention to both, beautifully. Soft eye make-up and delicate lip-gloss are enhanced by a soft application of cosmetics. A statement necklace will play up your features while your makeup highlights the jewelry.

Selecting Jewellery and Makeup
Look at pieces that you have, or browse through collections of a quality jewellery such as those available at Michael Hill Jewellers. Decide on rings, earrings, and bracelets… all the pieces that you love… and start to play them up. Consider colours and tones that stand out in these items. Then decide how you would like to offset the metals and tints. Do you want to pair and clash, or combine bold pieces with more delicate cosmetics? Try out several combinations and choose looks that you like best. Most importantly, experiment and have fun!

Creating the Perfect Look
As mentioned, bold statement pieces can be matched or clashed. Combine brights and achieve stunning results. You can pair the Bohemian-style in an outfit with daring makeup and bronzers to create a natural wind-swept look. Or, match mixed-metals with metallic shades of eye shadow. Conversely, contrast mixed pieces with more subtle makeup choices. Use mascara on lashes, smooth a pale shadow over your lids and add peach-tones to cheekbones. This looks goes perfectly with this year’s natural, nude tones.

Finding your Look
Selecting the ideal makeup and jewellery may take a little time; however, the looks that you’ll create are bound to be worth the added effort. Add drama to outfits by mixing brights with softer tones, or really step things up and pair brights with brights, or pastels with lights. This season the latest styles run the gamut. Isn't it time to take some chances? Find what works and play it up – to the max!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekend Beauty Travel Contents

Weekend Beauty Travel Contents
Weekend Beauty Travel Contents

So if you follow me on twitter you will know that I have gone away for the weekend. So I thought I would do a post on weekend beauty. I am a over packer big time but I really do try and cut down what I pack when it comes to short trips and judging from the pictures I am pretty proud I only bought 2 lipsticks. I am however doing peoples makeup while I'm over there so I do have a few extra things in my kit but this is my personal stash. 

First off for the base I am keeping it simple. I have opted for ELF Mineral Face Primer and then for foundation I am bringing Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum simply as I have run out of my fave Revlon one and hope to pick it up while I'm over there. The Bourjois one is the only one that matches me in my collection at the moment. To seal the deal I am using Nars Translucent Powder In Crystal. This is a gorgeous light reflecting setting powder. I am bringing my fave Nars Blush that being Final Cut which I believe was limited edition but I've seen it on a few websites oh and to get rid of any blemishes cause I have loads at the moment I have included Nars Radiant Concealer. Then I added my Bourjois Bronze and Highlighter as I just want to test it out before I review it as I haven't used it much since I got it. 

For the eyeballs I have the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige as the perfect everyday shade and also perfect base shade. I thought I would pack my Smashbox Full Exposure Palette as I can create day and night looks with that one and then for mascara I am trailing a new one from Bourjois called the 1 second mascara. I have used this twice and I'm not sold yet so only time will tell. 

As for lips I am being very good, I only have two for myself....little secret I had three in my handbag. I like options what can I say. Also I had another 4 in my kit so a total of 9 lip colours. LMAO I really do have issues. Anyway the shades I bought were MAC Syrup, the perfect everyday berry ish lip and a new edition to my collection Barry M Cor Balmy in Jam Jar. 

So that is what I packed for a weekend trip away. I am going out shopping with a friend and probably going to the local shops and then I'm going to a 70th Birthday party which I will have a post up on Friday. 

What would you bring on a weekend away? Have I got too many lipsticks lol? 

When this post goes live its my Nan's 70th so 'Happy Birthday Nan' (she don't even have internet, she will never see this haha) 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Cardiff Beauty Wishlist

beauty wishlist

Every year I go to Wales to see the family and of course to go shopping in the capital Cardiff. I love this city. It will always feel like home and the shops are out of this world...well compared to my small town they are but seriously any shopaholic would love Cardiff city centre. It has everything. Jess from Lovely Jubbly Blog and I usually hit the shops and do our usual lunch in TGI Fridays and I literally cannot wait for the ultimate girly day. I am going over for my nan's 70th Birthday so I will be posting pics when I return as for now here is what I plan on getting while I'm there. All are linked up to the shops if you fancy a little online shopping spree. Sorry for enabling. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Loving Lately #1

beauty products ive been loving
beauty products ive been loving

So I have decided to scrap the whole monthly faves from my blog and youtube as most months I struggle to find products I have been loving as I tend to stick to the same products. So I have decided to do 'Loving Lately' on random occasions just to tell you all products I have been loving rather then looking for products to feature in a monthly favourites. So with all that said and done here are some products I have been rather loving lately. 

First up I had to mention my new fave makeup brush holder.I was browsing Etsy a few weeks back and noticed a shop called Mystery Monkey Gifts  that sold amazing mugs and cards. So I contacted them asking them to make me a Sons Of Anarchy one and a few days later I have my very own SOA mug that I can store my makeup brushes in. I was going to use as a mug but then thought It would be awesome as a makeup brush holder.  I don't know if you know but I am a huge fan of the show and this completes my makeup collection. I also think it makes a pretty neat gift for anyone in your life as the shop sells loads of options including custom orders. 

Moving onto actually beauty items we shall start with The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil. I picked this up in Barcelona and have literally been addicted to it ever since. It is the ultimate makeup remover. I pop it onto dry skin, massage it in and then leave it a few seconds as it melts down the makeup then remover with a hot cloth. I can honestly say this is by far the most effective makeup remover I have used to date and it smells incredible. Also in the skincare section I have been breaking out like mental these last few weeks and the only thing that has helped me keep it under control is the Clear Improvement mask from Origins. A clay mask that cleans out all the rubbish that is in your pores and helps prevent breakouts. I love it and can say it is worth its hefty price tag. 

These last few weeks I have been opting for simple makeup as I am leaving the house early in the mornings so I have been reaching for my Inglot palette and in particular the shade 357, a light brown shade that gives you a easy autumnal look to the eyes without any hassle. I just throw it on with a big fluffy blending brush and I am good to go. Lastly as the weather has changed I have changed my perfume and gone back to my more wintery scents. I have been loving Gucci Guilty. I cannot describe to you how good this smells. Its floral but it has this strong musky almost woody scent to it that makes it more wearable in the colder months. I heart it a lot.

So that is what I have been loving as of lately. Have you tried any of these products? If you was to buy a custom mug what would you get?