Weekend in London

A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to London to visit my sister. She always finds cool places to go and I wasn’t disappointed one bit. I may have spent a pretty penny throughout the weekend but it was worth it as it was the perfect opportunity to practice my photography!

One of my favourite places that we went was the Royal Botanic Gardens. £15.50 entry (expensive I know) but you get to spend as long as you want in the gardens, and trust me, you’ll need the time if you want to see it all. We were there for about 4 hours and only managed to leisurely stroll through 3/4 of the park. However, I recommend it to any nature/photography lovers.

So here are some of my snaps! Let me know what you think.

Love,

Chloe.

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Summer Shadow with a Pop of Colour

I’ve been dying to get some summer inspiration for a while now, but am cautious on what palettes or shadows I invest my money in. Ever since the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette was released, I’ve watched endless videos reviewing it, all with such high praise. The palette launched on the 21st June at 4pm and sold out within a mere 43 minutes! Unfortunately, I was unable to get my hands on it at the time however, the palette does come back in stock on the 18th July at 4pm where I’m hoping to grab one!

Anywaaaays, if you’ve seen the palette you will know that there are a number of different pops of colour including blues, purples and greens! So this palette inspired me to do a warm tone (I couldn’t help it) eye-look with a pop of blue glitter on the lower lash line.

So, if you want to know how I achieved this look then here is my step by step process!

Love,

Chloe.

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Step 1: I did my brows as normal and carved them out with Maybelline fit me concealer, which I then used as a base all over the lid. I set the concealer with Rimmel stay matte pressed powder.

Step 2: I did my usual warm tone approach and went in initially with Spice from Morphe as my first transition shade with the Morphe E23 brush. I then followed that with Make-Up Geek Cocoa Bear to deepen up the crease with a Morphe M441. Using the same brush, I took a deep brown from the Morphe 35O palette just to add some extra depth.

Step 3: I wanted to keep the lid fairly simple as the main attention was the lower lash line. So, to finish off the lid I took a gold shade from the Morphe 35O and placed it on the first half of my lid.

Step 4: I did my liquid liner as I usually would (there’s a post on how I do my wings on my blog) before adding mascara and moving onto the lower lash line.

Step 5: For the lower lash line, I simply took a blue eyeliner from The Bodyshop and placed it both in my waterline and smudged it along the lash line. I then added some Too Faced glitter primer and topped it off with a blue glitter (if you’re going to do this be VERY careful as glitter can cause eye damage, so make sure the glitter is eye-safe as well as taking your time applying it).

Step 6: To finish up I popped some highlighter on the inner corners and brow bone.

A Field of Dreams

There’s something about flowers that just make me instantly happy. The way they can bloom into all different shapes, sizes and colours. Flowers are one of my favourite things to capture in a photograph and I can’t pass up an opportunity to be amongst them.

Today I visited a little field in a small town in Worcester. The minute I saw the fields, I turned into a puppy bouncing with energy. It was beautifully breathtaking. There are rows of different coloured English Delphiniums. It was a dream to lay my eyes upon and of course I snatched up the opportunity to get some photography practice, as well as having my boyfriend take some of me in my wishful habitat.

The fields are owned by the Real Flower Petal Confetti Company and are open to the public for approx. 10 days per year during their full bloom. Once this ends, they are hand-picked and converted to confetti.

So here are some of the photographs. I hope you enjoy the aesthetic as much as I do.

Love, Chloe.

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Photography Project

Over the past term of University, I took a Biological Photography and Imaging module. This was by far my favourite module as I love being behind the camera and capturing moments I can then treasure. For our assignment, we needed to complete a project of different images showing a story of a theme of our choice.

My theme was ‘Man Meets Nature’. The idea behind it was to show the interaction between the two. How when you go on a waterfall walk or just into the country, you automatically (well I do anyway), feel a sense of relief and serenity. It provides a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, so it was a theme I was proud to attempt to capture.

I decided I might as well show some of my images and see what people’s thoughts were! Criticism is always welcome as I’d love to know what I could do to improve.

Love, Chloe.

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Orange Halo Eye

Now that I am finally free from exams and have completed second year of University, I can take the time to sit down and blog without feeling guilty! I’ve been looking to expand my looks, but at the moment I really only have one trusty palette (student life means I can’t buy all the make-up I’m dying to get). Buuuuut, I will hopefully be purchasing some more colourful palettes soon so I can try out fun looks for summer! For now, I’m sticking to my Morphe 35O and staple Make-Up geek shadows (I know, I use the same shadows in basically every look, I’m getting bored too).

I also decided to try and get back to step-by-step tutorials so it’s easier to follow!! Still getting to grips with angles and still not the best at make-up but practice is key!

Hope you enjoy!

Love, Chloe.

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Step 1: I highly recommend doing your eye-makeup first when using the Morphe 35O palette or any palette that has fall out. Throughout the look you will see a lot of the eyeshadows had some fallout which I then cleaned up later. I did my brows as I usually would and carve them out like normal. Tutorial on how I do my brows is here: https://prettyfacesandmanyplaces.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/simple-brow-routine/

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Step 2: I took the yellow-orange shade from the palette (shown as 1 in the image) and buffed this into my crease from outer to inner corner using the Morphe E23 brush. I’m using this as my initial transition shade which will allow better blending of the other shadows.

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Step 3: Taking the pale orange shade (shown as 2 in the image) I used a Morphe M441 to again buff this shadow into the crease from outer to inner corner, only slightly lower than the initial transition.

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Step 4: Using a Morphe M506 brush, I took a mixture of the orange/red shades (shown as 3 and 4 in the image) and packed these onto the lid, concentrating the shadow on the outer and inner part of the lid, leaving the centre slightly blank. I then took the M441 brush and blended them to make sure there were no harsh lines.

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Step 5: I took a small amount of Make-up Geek ‘Cocoa Bear’ shadow on the outer and inner lid using the same brushes in step 4. I didn’t want to add too many deep colours as I wanted the make-up to be very bright and summery. From then, I took Mac Nylon shadow in the centre and blended out the edges with whatever shadow was left on the M441 brush. I continued to add colour and blend until I got my desired look. The centre lid colour wasn’t as bright as I had hoped but I still liked the outcome.

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Step 6: I took my NYC liquid liner and did a wing. I then cleaned the fall-out with a make-up wipe before using concealer to sharpen the edge of the wing as well as creating a blank canvas for my lower lash line shadows.

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Step 7: Finally, I added mascara (you can also add false lashes if you wish) and used the same eyeshadows as before on the lower lash line!

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Unintended Cut Crease

Amidst all the revision I should be doing for my upcoming exams, I decided to put in a little make-up practice as a stress reliever. I knew I wanted to practice a cut crease because I’m nowhere near an expert on them, but I didn’t quite realise I’d end up with the following look. Of course, glitter was involved and of course, I spent an hour trying to remove each spec from my face (some people never learn, and I am one of them).

This is definitely an over the top make-up look rather than an everyday one, but I took some pictures so I thought I may as well share!

Love, Chloe.

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Step 1: Firstly, after concealing my lids and setting them in place, I took a tiny amount of brow pomade on my eyebrow brush and began to sketch out where I wanted my cut crease. I usually start by adding all my shadows then carving the crease out with concealer but I found this method was so much easier.

Step 2: Once I had my very light line, I started going in with the shadows. Firstly, I took Make-up Geek’s ‘Cocoa Bear’ shadow on the same eyebrow brush and went along the line I drew, buffing the product up into the crease to try and diffuse the shadow. Then I went in with Morphe shadow ‘Spice’ and put this all over the crease as a transition and to further blend out the other shadow. I kept alternating between shadows building up the amount of product until I was happy. To deepen the cut crease further I took a deep brown/black colour and applied it lightly to the crease line making sure to blend with a small pencil brush as I went along.

Step 3: I took my Maybelline fit me concealer on a small flat brush and carved out the crease, directly under the line. This step was easier than usual as the line already acted as the cut crease, I just needed to clean up the shadows that fell underneath. I then set the concealer when it was in place.

Step 4: I went in with liquid liner and created a wing as I usually would. At this point, you can stop, put on some mascara and lashes and go about your day. Of course, I had to be extra. So, I piled on some too faced glitter glue and added a copper glitter to the entire lid. I can’t tell if I liked it or not but it was definitely different! If I was to go back and do the look again I would probably skip out the glitter.

Step 5: I added mascara to my lashes and applied all the shadows that I used on my top lid, to my lower lash line. I placed some highlighter on my inner corners and brow bones to complete the look.

Bombshell Smokey Eye

I’ve always been too scared to use black eyeshadows when doing my make-up just in case I mess it up and end up looking like a panda. Butttt.. with a bit of practice I’ve managed to do a look that I am happy with and decided to share (because this rarely happens)!

Love,

Chloe.

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Step 1: Firstly, I used the Maybelline fit me concealer in shade 35 to prime my eyes and carve out my eyebrows. I then blended it in with a beauty blender and set my lids with the Rimmel stay matte translucent powder.

Step 2: Using ‘Spice’ single eyeshadow by Morphe on a Morphe E23 brush, I buffed it into the crease as the first transition shade. To deepen this, I went in with Make-Up Geek ‘Cocoa Bear’ on top using a Morphe M441 brush.

Step 3: Taking a black gel liner, I began placing it all over the lid, avoiding the crease area. As I got closer to the crease area, I made sure to place it bit by bit and buffed it in the crease as I went along using a very small buffing brush to make sure there were no harsh lines as well as preventing the black from going too high onto the lid (otherwise you’ll look like you’ve been punched). Before doing this, I put the liner onto the back of my hand to see how quickly it dried, so I knew how much time I had to blend it out before it settled into the crease. Once the lid was to my liking, I set the liner with a black eyeshadow.

Step 4: I curled my lashes and then added mascara. I then went in with any pair of false lashes I could find (I’m an amateur at these and I’m still very much in practice of getting them on perfectly).

Step 5: To make sure everything was blended nicely, I took a small amount of ‘Punk’ eyeshadow by Urban Decay, a deep purple/brown on a small Morphe M506 brush and blended it between the black and the transition shades.

Step 6: Using any black pencil liner I placed it in the waterline and set it with black eyeshadow. I then buffed some of the black shadow and punk into the lower lash line to smoke it out. To finish the eye look I placed some highlighter on the inner corner and the brow bone.

Easy Olive Smokey Eye

 

The moment I stray from my coppers and cranberries is the moment my comfort zone ends. I rarely lean towards cool tones or even neutrals, however, from watching a bunch of YouTube videos on favourite single eyeshadows, I began to make a list of different shades I wanted in my collection. One of my favourites was an Olive/Gold/Silver shadow (it’s hard to explain, but it’s definitely not one simple tone). Once I had the eyeshadow in my collection I did a look with it that I loved and paired it with a blue/purple metallic lip. I recently remade this look and simplified it to 5 shadows (that doesn’t seem very simple I know, but some of the steps I took you can skip out).

So here is what I did to achieve this easy Olive Smokey eye.

Love, Chloe.

Original look:

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Step 1: I started with Morphe Brushes single eyeshadow in ‘Spice’ which I used as my transition shade. It’s a very subtle orange that’s a perfect base to help blend other colours together. Buff this colour into the crease using circular and back-forth motions.

Step 2: To begin to deepen the crease, I took Make-Up Geek’s single eyeshadow in ‘Cocoa Bear’. This is a beautiful brown that I highly recommend for anyone to have in their collection. Buff this colour into the crease again, focusing it slightly lower down than Spice.

Step 3: For the pop of olive, I took Anastasia Beverly Hill’s single eyeshadow in ‘Truffle Glitter’.  I placed this all over the lid using my finger (to get the most pigment) or you can use a flat brush and spray it with some fix plus to make it stand out more.

Step 4: To deepen the outer corner of the eye, I used two Urban Decay shadows from the Gwen Stefani palette. The first shade I took is ‘Punk’, this is a mix of a brown and a deep purple. I took this on a small packer brush and started to pack it onto the outer corner of the eye making sure to blend as I go. I did the same with the shade ‘Blackout’, a true black shade, however, I kept this further on the outer corner. You can skip out this step if you don’t want the look to be as Smokey.

Step 5 (Also Optional): I took a black liquid liner and drew a wing to complete my look.

Half Glitter Cut Crease

I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube makeup tutorials lately and one of my new favourite Beauty Guru’s I have come across is Tina Halada. She recently posted a ‘Prom Makeup Tutorial’ and although I’m way past going to prom, the look was stunning and can easily be worn on a night out. So I decided to give it a go and was pretty happy with the turnout!

Here is her video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROu3mJUVpko

Why not give it a go?

Love, Chloe.

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Step 1: Using any concealer or eye shadow primer, prime the base of your eyelids.

Step 2: Using a light-medium brown (I used warm tones for this look), start working the eye shadow into the crease using windshield wiper and circular motions.

Step 3: Using a slightly darker brown, go over the crease in the same place as you placed the first colour.

Step 4: This is the final eye shadow colour you’ll need for this look. Taking a deep brown, darker than the previous colour, place the shadow into the lower part of the crease. Don’t blend this shadow as high as you blended the first two as the look will start to get messy. The dark colour makes the cut-crease more noticeable and will deepen up the look.

Step 5: Time to cut the crease. Using a concealer and any flat brush or brush of your choice, start to carve out where your crease is, to about half way across your lid. If you have hooded eyes, I recommend drawing above the crease, so that it’s noticeable when you open your eyes. This took some getting used to for me and I still never get them even, but the result is still great.

Step 6: One you’ve carved out your crease, set the concealer with any translucent or white powder/eye shadow.

Step 7: Using any glitter product of your choice apply glitter to the area you carved out with concealer. I used glitter glue and then any gold glitter I could find.

Step 8: using the darker browns from earlier, try to blend out the outer corner of the eye into the glitter, but make sure not to go too far in. Having glitter on the lid means you won’t get a perfect blend from inner to outer corner, but that’s the purpose of the look.

Step 9: Apply false lashes (if you want to), add black eyeliner to the water line and take the browns on the lower lash line.

Step 10: Because I didn’t apply false lashes, I took some liquid eyeliner and tight lined the top of my lid slightly.

Brown Glitter Eye Look

I’ve been seeing a lot of prom tutorials circling the YouTube market lately and it inspired me to bring my glitter back out and this was the outcome!

Love, Chloe.

 

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Step 1: Eyebrows – I did my eyebrows as usual (there’s a step by step already on my page) and carved them out using the Maybelline fit me concealer, placing it all over my lid as well to prime my eyes. I then set the concealer with the Rimmel stay matte powder.

Step 2: Transition Shades – First, I took my Morphe single eyeshadow in Spice and buffed it into the crease using my Morphe E23 brush. Then, using the same brush I took a light brown shade in the Morphe 35O palette and did the same thing, making sure to blend out the colours until there’s no harsh lines.

Step 3: Deepening the Crease – To deepen the crease, I went in with my Make-Up Geek single eyeshadow in Cocoa Bear on a Morphe M441 brush and buffed this slightly lower down than the previous transition shades. I then went in with a darker brown from the Morphe 35O palette on the same brush, and continued to deepen the crease, making sure that each shadow is blended out before moving onto the next.

Step 4: Lid Base and Glitter – As a base for the glitter, I went in with my Urban Decay shadow in Punk on a flat brush and placed this all over the lid, making sure to buff out the edges as I go. For the glitter, I used my FM London pressed Glitter in Rainbow Coffee. As it is a pressed glitter, it does not require any glitter glue to be placed down beforehand. Using my finger to make sure I got the most pigment, I patted the pressed glitter all over the lid.

Step 5: Blending – To make sure that the glitter is fully blended in with the crease shades, I took a bit more of punk and the dark shadows on a small Morphe M506 brush and blended the crease out a bit more.

Step 6: Lower Lash Line – I placed some black pencil liner in my water line and buffed it out using the Morphe M431 brush. I then took some black shadow and set the liner. Taking a bit of punk and some of the crease shadows on the same brush, I smoked out the lower lash line.

Step 7: Finishing Touches – To finish off the eye look I took some liquid liner and drew a single line across the lid in order to help the band of my eyelashes blend in. I then coated my top and bottom lashes with mascara and put any pair of lashes I could find, on. Lastly, I highlighted the brow bone and inner corner with the Sleek Solstice highlighting palette.

Quick and Simple Make-Up Look

When I don’t have the time to do a full face of make-up, but I need some on so people don’t ask if I’m alright or tell me that I look ill (been there), I go for a very simple, no foundation, no eye shadow, pop it all on and out the door kind of look. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not as simple as putting on some mascara and I’m good to go… mainly because I need to cover my morning under eye bags, but you catch the drift. So here’s my quick and easy make-up tutorial.

Love, Chloe.

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Step 1: I always start by using the Body Shop tea tree pore minimiser all over my face. This doesn’t really work as a primer but it really helps to keep spots at bay and the tea tree oil makes your skin feel fresh.

Step 2: You can use any primer you want at this stage, but I tend to leave it out unless I need the make-up to last just that little bit longer. Instead, I go in with concealer under my eyes, blend it and set it with translucent powder. This makes my bags look less noticeable while brightening up the under eyes as well.

Step 3: At this point I just set the rest of my face with translucent powder, even though I didn’t use foundation. This is because I don’t want to apply powder bronzers/contour shades etc. onto my bare skin or the primer base, simply because it won’t blend well.

Step 4: Next, I go in with bronzer, a little bit to add more depth to the face but not too much to make me look muddy.

Step 5: I go in with my highlighter before my blush. This way, when I apply blush it’ll help blend the highlight that little bit more so it doesn’t look too harsh (if there is such a thing). I apply highlighter to the top of my cheek bones, bridge and tip of my nose, a little under the brow bone and on the inner corners of my eyes. This just helps bring some light to the face and open the eyes up a bit more. Then I apply blush to the apples of my cheeks.

Step 5: My eyebrows are pretty thick so I don’t really need to do anything to them before I go out. So I just apply some clear brow gel and leave them be.

Step 6: I then apply mascara, a lipstick of my choice and set my face with setting spray.

Products Used:

  • Body Shop tea tree pore minimiser
  • Maybelline Fit Me concealer in shade 35
  • Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder
  • Kat Von D Shade & Light contour palette
  • Sleek Face form contouring and blush palette in Medium (only use the blush in this)
  • Sleek Solstice highlighting palette
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills clear brow gel
  • Body Shop super volume mascara
  • Maybelline Colorsensational matte lipstick in 988, Brown Sugar.
  • NYX Matte Finish setting spray