Friday, 28 March 2014
left to right, top to bottom - naked basics palette, avon mocha latte quad, mua heaven and earth palette, mua undress me too palette, naked 3 palette
Eyeshadow is easily my favourite part of my make-up routine. I always love to experiement play around with my look, despite the fact I still haven't nailed the smoky eye.
My Naked Basics Palette is my go-to palette for everyday, particularly when I'm at school. I like to use venus as a highlight in my inner corner and brow bone, Foxy or Walk Of Shame over my whole lid then Naked 2 or Faint in the crease. The Avon Quad in Mocha Latte is something I haven't used for a while now but this is a brilliant budget palette for a smokey eye. It has the progression of shades which make it easy for any newbie to follow and have a pretty bronze smoky look. Both the Mua Heaven and Earth Palette and Undress Me Too Palette are cheap Urban Decay Dupes, great for anyone starting out and wanting to experiment. Brilliant quality for their cheap price and a vast range of shades. My favourite palette is of course my Naked 3 Palette. I wasn't sure on the pinky shades at first but I do really love it and find myself reaching for it a lot, The left hand side of the palette is perfect for every day, and the right side is brilliant to add to, to make a smoky eye for evening. I also love the fact it has few of my favourite bronzey shades in there.
Only one more week to go for Lucy's Make-up! Next Friday I have the last component to a face of make-up - lips! What eyeshadows are your favourite?
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
CROP TOP - PRIMARK // SKIRT - H&M // JACKET - NEW LOOK // SHOES - TOPSHOP
If you know me in real life, there's a 99% chance I would have told you about this gooooorgeous crop top. I found it in Primark a while ago and haven't stopped sneaking in the price of it into conversation since. The label originally said £14.. over the top was £7.. I went to the counter to pay and BAM!!! £2! TWO BLOOMING POUNDS! Quite possibly the biggest steal ever. I saw it hanging up and was happy to pay the full £14 - I can't help but get a Topshop vibe from it so finding out I only had to pay a mere £2 obviously made me happy. What's your best ever bargain?
Sunday, 23 March 2014
Now, I've always been sporty, I was always in that sporty group at high school who was eager to do any kind of sport. I've done everything from swimming to rugby, although now I've narrowed it down to just netball and football and play in teams for both. Growing up with two older brothers who were also sporty, as well as my parents who did a lot when they were younger meant I was inevitably brought up athletic. Although, the gym is a whole other board game. Put me in a team and on some kind of court or pitch and I'll thrive. Get me a gym membership and you'll be lucky to see me go once a month. I've had memberships in the past and used them for various classes when I was younger but I don't think I've touched a running machine for almost a year now.
Sport Shoes actually launched this campaign after Katherine Jenkins was heavily criticised for turning up for a marathon in a face full of make-up. Personally, I feel like there is absolutely nothing wrong with that at all. Why does whether she has make-up on or not matter? Shouldn't we focus on the fact that she ran a bloomin' marathon? Personally, I tend to wear make-up when exercising. Most of the time I train for my teams after school and can't really be bothered to take it off. When (on very rare occasions) I exercise at weekends I like to put a minimal amount of make-up on just so I don't scare the public, so normally a bit of concealer and sometimes some BB cream will do. I feel a hundred times more confident if I know my skins looking nice!
Similarly, the clothes I wear can have an influence on my exercise and the amount I do. I love getting new gym gear and being that one person in the gym that's 'all the gear no idea'! We all have to start somewhere though, right? And if having all the gear gets you in the gym or out on the streets running, I don't see an issue with it. Feeling fashion forward in my gym gear makes me more motivated to get out and do more to show it off!
Friday, 21 March 2014
left to right, top to bottom - avon illuminating pearls, kelly brook bardot blusher, avon bronzing pearls, kelly brook raquel blusher, bourjouis cream blush, bourjour bronzing powder
Today I bring you the wonderfulness of blushers and bronzers! I hate leaving the house without some kind of colour on my cheeks, and these are the products I use!
The Avon Illuminating Pearls are a strong favourite of mine, they give the perfect amount of highlight and colour to the cheeks, a brilliant 2-in-1 highlight and blush. A slightly different shade of blush for me is the Kelly Brook Blush in Bardot - a lot more pink rather than peachy. This is a shimmery blush in the pan, but comes out a lot more subtle on the cheek. Avon Bronzing Pearls are my favourite things to use in the summer months. These certainly aren't for contouring, but perfect to replace blush to give a bronzed, glowy look. My preferred Kelly Brook blusher is Kelly Brook Blush in Raquel. This is more my shade, a light peachy-coral colour with a beautiful shimmer in. A very natural blush. I don't seem to get on well with the Bourjous Cream Blush, I've tried it multiple times and the colour is gorgeous, I just find it so hard to work with since it's hard to blend. The Bourjous Bronzing Powder is a highly raved product in the blogosphere and I use it a lot to warm up my face. It's a brilliant bronzer that's not too orange! I also use two more products that aren't featured in this photo. First is the Sleek Face Contour Palette, and I adore this, particularly the bronzer and highlight. The pink is a slightly darker pink with gold shimmer in, the bronzer is the perfect subtle warmer-uppper-of-the-face and the highlight is also a very subtle but gorgeous finishing touch. Finally, my all time favourite blusher is Benefit Coralista. It's a stunning peachy/coral with slight shimmer in and looks so natural I just love it.
I have 2 posts more for my Lucy's Make-up series. Next week will be eyeshadows! What are your favourite blushers and bronzers?
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
DRESS - INTERNACIONALE // COAT - PRIMARK // SCARF - GIFT // NECKLACE* - OASAP // CONVERSE - OFFICE
I will never get over midi dresses, they're just so damn flattering! Perfect for smart, casual and going out looks they're a must-have for every woman out there. To add a bit of colour to the boring black dress, I chucked on my trusty tartan scarf along with this gorgeous necklace from Oasap!
Sunday, 16 March 2014
The exam period is slowly approaching and it's got to that time again for all GCSE, A Level and University students to step up the revision. Seeing as I'm in my first year of Sixth Form, I figured this will be my fourth year of exams and it's fair to say I've got the hang of revising now. I thought I would share with you my top tips for Revision!
Unlike GCSE, in A Level you don't get books, just lots and lots of sheets. Be organised and get folders! I got these at the beginning of the year so I could start as I meant to go on. Whatever subject you've taken, you're likely to have different topics and units so it's a great idea to have some dividers too to keep everything in the right order. It also makes it a lot easier when going back to find something!
There are hundreds of revision styles out there and you just have to find what works well for you, this may take some time but you'll get there! You can do Q cards - these are perfect for condensing down information, mindmaps - perfect for when you've finished a unit/topic and posters - good if you're finding too much writing boring and want to be a bit more creative. I've found the most important and a must do of revising it to do plenty of past papers, although it seems horrible at the time, I promise it will be worth it! Go onto your subjects exam board's website and print all the past papers off. This way you can practice your exam technique and know what areas you need to revise further. It also gives you a much better idea of what questions are going to come up in the real thing.
I've also found that sticking all your work up around the house can really help - stick on your kitchen cupboards, in the shower - everywhere you can think of! You'll find yourself reading the work when you're around the house and you can also get your family to quiz you on them too! Although, I like to keep my room a revision-free zone, it's important to have somewhere to return to and relax, without the stress!
Revise in a well lit room which is quiet and where you won't get any distractions. I tend to use my brothers desk in his room which is right next to the window! Also, you want to take breaks in your revision. Tell yourself you'll do 20, 40 or 60 minutes then you'll have a 10 minute break to breath. Don't cheat and say you'll have a 10 minute break and it end up being an hour long!
Eat well and sleep well! Make sure you're eating your fruit and veg and just generally food that's going to keep your energy levels high! Eating rubbish food really does make you feel a bit 'poop' and you never want that when exam times come. Sleeping is important too - I'm one of those people that needs their sleep. I go to bed at 9/10 every night and if it's any later I physically can't stay awake in class. Get at least 8 hours sleep every night if you can.
Following on from the last point - make a cut-off point! You don't want to be working into the early hours of the morning so you need to decide when you're going to put the revision away and chill. For example, I hate working after 9 o'clock, so that's when I stop. I find you tend to stop taking the information in as it gets later so it's not much point in continuing!
B R E A T H. Take some time out for some you time. Yes you need to be revising a lot, but stress is something that will soon knock you down. You need to have some time to relieve the stress so organise something with friends, maybe a walk? Fresh air will always do you good. I also like to have a day a week where I wont do any work, normally a Friday!
And last of all.. stay positive, know you can do it and you will!
Friday, 14 March 2014
left to right, top to bottom - naked basics palette, maybelline gel eyeliner, soap and glory archery brow pencil, soap and glory supercat eyeliner, maybelline one by one volume express, rimmel lash accelorator, natural collection, avon super full
The second installment of 'Lucy's Make-up' is my eyes - the mascara, eyeliner and eyebrows, minus the eyeshadows!
Firstly, my holy grail palette, the Urban Decay Naked Basics. I use this for my brows every day, both brown shades are ideal for my brows. Naked 2 is great for a more subtle brow, while Faint is perfect for a stronger look. The Maybelline Gel Eyeliner is a great little product although you need a lot of practice to get the cat eye right. The product is jet black and very easy to work with. Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pencil consists of two ends, a pencil end and a liquid end. The idea is you use the liquid end to draw and outline and the pencil end to fill in, however I only use the pencil end. This is the ideal shade for me and I used it all the time before I got my Naked Basics Palette! Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner is my favourite product for eyeliner. It's fairly easy to use, a jet black colour and stays put all day. I love the Maybelline One by One Volume Express mascara, it gives amazing volume and length but I hate how it transfers onto my brow bone throughout the day. I think the Rimmel Lash Accelerator is my favourite mascara right now, easy to work with, it gives ther perfect amount of length and volume and is easy to build up with too. I bought the Natural Collection mascara because it was waterproof. It is a lovely mascara although not as waterproof as it claims. This is the perfect budget product. Finally, the Avon Super Full mascara was a big love of mine for a long time, it gives amazing length to your lashes and I'm just waiting to repurchase it soon!
Next Friday I'll bring you my bronzers and blushers! What are your favourite mascaras/eyeliners/brow products?
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
JACKET - NEW LOOK // SKIRT - ASOS // SHOES - NEW LOOK // CLUTCH & NECKLACE - PRIMARK
This skirt was another 'a bit more daring and out there' purchase from asos back in their Boxing Day sale. It's a gorgeoys yellowy gold colour and it a perfect statement peace. I'm still a bit lost on what I can pair it with so for now I stuck with a safe black vest.
Friday, 7 March 2014
left to right, top to bottom: collection concealer, maybelline anti-age eraser eye concealer, rimmel wake me up concealer, maybelline dream pure BB cream, avon natural liquid foundation, bourjous healthy mix foundation, rimmel wake me up foundation, rimmel clear complexion powder.
I've decided to do a little series for my blog for the next 5 fridays and post basically all my make-up with little mini reviews, because let's face it, everyone likes to be nosy right? The uninspiring name of the series is 'Lucy's Make-up'. I've started logically with the bases, so that's all concealer, foundation and setting powder!
Collection Concealer is my savior for any kind of coverage, whether it be under-eye circles or a dodgy spot. It's a thick creamy consistency and stays put beautifully. Maybelline Anti-Age Eraser Eye Concealer is a good concealer for under eye circles, with a thin, liquidy consistency. It's a good product but I probably wont be buying it again. Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer is the perfect concealer for redness or dark circles, it glides on beautifully on the skin and I like to use it when I want a lighter coverage. I adore the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream. It surprised me with how thick and good coverage it was, it seems more like a foundation than BB cream. It's perfect for oily skin but doesn't have a very good colour range. Avon Natural Liquid Foundation seems to be the foundation I always end up going to. It's a fairly light coverage which can be built up, decent lasting power and is the perfect colour match for my skin tone. Bourjous Healthy Mix Foundation surprised me with the amazing coverage it has, although the lasting power really isn't that great! Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation is the perfect foundation for a glowy, duey, fresh-faced look with it's tiny shimmer particles in. Probably my second favourite foundation after the Avon Natural Liquid. Finally, the Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder, a translucent powder perfect for setting the make-up and getting rid of that unwanted shine throughout the day.
Next Friday you'll get a sneak peek of my mascaras, eyeliners and eyebrow products! What are your top base make-up products?
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
DRESS & BOOTS - BOOHOO // NECKLACE - EBAY
When I got this dress I imagined wearing one of those 'word' belts or the belts with crucifixes along the front that clip around the back, but unfortunately I never found one! This is a super simple baseball style dress which is perfect for the cooler months with the long sleeves. A very easy day-time dress.
Sunday, 2 March 2014
I know this is massively overdue seeing as Primarks SS14 collection was released early January, but I had an urge to do some kind of fashion post so here is the result. I'm a big fan of Primark as is everybody on the blogosphere and probably planet, and am actually known to take a trips to Westfield Shopping Centre in London purely to go to Primark because it's so much bigger than my local one. I'm always excited about Primarks collections and this one certainly hasn't disappointed, it seems the store is just getting better and better in terms of being on trend.
I have to say my top two of the lot probably have to be the Palm Tree Scuba Skirt and the Daisy Print Shift Dress - we all know I'm a sucker for daisies and I just thought the skirt was something that just screams summer! It kind of reminds me of something you'd find in Motel Rocks. I know a lot of the SS14 collection is already available in stores so I'm definitely planning another trip to Westfield soon.
What's your favourite?