This or That?

I wasn’t tagged or anything, but decided to do this because it was quite fun to read when I saw it on Manisha’s blog. Here goes..

 

MAKEUP

 

Blusher or Bronzer?

Blusher. I only use a matte bronzer to contour as I’m not a huge fan of a shimmery-looking face. I also only use it when I’m doing darker looks. Example: Nude eye with thick liner and a dark lip. My favourite bronzer at the moment is the MUA pressed powder in Shade 4.

 

Lipgloss or Lipstick?

Lipstick. I’m really not a fan of lip gloss. I hate it when my hair gets stuck on it and then wipes off onto my glasses. Yeah, it sounds so silly, but it gets frustrating after a while. I’m a huge fan of matte lipsticks. Currently loving the MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers. I have Atomic, Reckless, and Kooky. Check out my review here and let me know what you think about the product.

 

Eyeliner or Mascara?

Mascara. I love eyeliner, but I’ve rekindled my love for mascara. It can just opens up the eyes beautifully and you don’t even need to wear any eyeshadow to look fabulous. You can double it up as an eyeliner for that perfect smudgy look. My favourite is the AVON Supershock Mascara in Black. It’s the only plastic wand mascara I like.

 

Foundation or Concealer?

Foundation. I recently upgraded to Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation in the colour Spiced Sand [4N2]. It doesn’t budge and can be doubled up [as the name suggests] as a concealer. Love, love, love it. I haven’t found a good concealer yet. I’m a bit dark under the eyes, and I have fine lines, too. A concealer the colour corrects AND has non-creasing staying power will be my holy grail forever. If you know of one, let me know in the comments below and I will love you forever.

 

Neutral or Colour Eyeshadow?

Neutral. Give me a nice pallet with a dark brown/black, nude, and pale colour and I will make it work for both day and night. My favourite palette is the Sleek I-Divine in Ultra Matte V2.

 

Pressed or Loose Eyeshadow?

Pressed. As Manisha stated in her post, fall out is a nightmare. I prefer to apply my foundation before the rest of my makeup, so having an array of colours on my cheeks isn’t how I like to walk out the door. I prefer using loose shadows with a bit of added liquid. They make for great coloured eyeliners and striking looks.

 

Brushes or Sponges?

Brushes. My favourite bran dis Real Techniques by Sam & Nic Chapman. Synthetic [my favourite], super soft, and great to work with. My favourite brush out of the bunch is the Expert Face Brush.

 

NAILS

 

OPI or China Glaze?

Neither. Not because I don’t like them, but because I haven’t tried either brands enough. Once is not enough to form a true opinion.

 

Long or Short?

Short. I only have long nails when I have acrylics and my love for that is a once a month/every two months kind of gig. Mostly, I have my nials short. Every colour looks great on short nails.

 

Acrylic or Natural?

Natural. Mostly, anyway. See above. P.s. I do my acrylics myself. I am a perfectionist, and I really don’t like the way most people do my nails in salons. Not to mention their insensitive approach to my nail beds. I use the NAIO brand.

 

Bright or Dark?

Seasonal. My preference changes with season. I love to wear dark colours during Autumn/Winter and super bright colours during Spring/Summer. Boring, right?

 

BODY

 

Perfume or Body Spray?

Perfume. I hate body spray. They don’t have the lasting power that perfume has. My favourite is by John Galliano, and it’s apparently called John Galliano. If you’re in the UK, Fragrance Direct is a good site for perfumes.

 

Lotion or Body Butter?

Body Butter. I love the body butters from The Body Shop. They smell so good and are super moisturising. However, I wouldn’t use it on my face. My favourite ones are the Peach, Strawberry and Olive. The Olive one is slightly less thicker then the others [the only one I'd probably use on my face].

 

Body Wash or Soap?

Body Wash. The Body Shop do excellent shower gels that last a lifetime and a for a very affordable price. You come out the shower smelling amazing on a budget! I use soap on my face sometimes when I can’t be bothered with cleanser.

 

Lush or Other Company?

Other. I’m more familiar with The Body Shop, but I’m sure if I bothered with Lush, I’d love it more.

 

FASHION

 

Jeans or Sweat Pants?

Jeans. Love them. Don’t have enough of them.

 

Long Sleeve or Short?

Long. I love anything form-fitting that is long-sleeved. Unless its really warm here. Then not so much..

 

Dresses or Skirts?

Dresses. Prettier, and easier to style.

 

Stripes or Plaid?

Stripes. I own more clothes that have stripes. I don’t think I own any plaid.

 

Flip Flops or Sandals?

Sandals. They’re so pretty and you can pair them with almost any outfit. I think flip flops are good for the beach and at home.

 

Scarves or Hats?

Scarves. The more the merrier.

 

Studs or Dangly Earrings?

Tough. I have three piercings in each ear and wear studs that I never change in four of them. I do like wearing dangly earrings if I’m in the mood to wear anything at all. However, studs are so classic and elegant. Oh, I can’t decide… Studs.

 

Necklaces or Bracelets?

Bracelets. I have many of both, however I wear a necklace that I’ve had since I was 16 and I have never changed it.

 

Heels or Flats?

Heels. So elegant. So beautiful.

 

Cowboy Boots or Riding Boots?

Yee-Haw! Not a fan of Riding boots.

 

Jacket or Hoodie?

Jacket. I’m trying not to look slobbish so often, so I’ve put all my hoodies away.

 

Forever21 or Charlotte Russe?

Neither. I’ve not shopped at either, so there. Which is better? You tell me.

 

Abercrombie or Hollister?

Neither. They’re shit.

 

Saks 5th or Nordstrom?

Neither. Which is better? You tell me.

 

HAIR

 

Curly or Straight?

Curly. Currently my hair is a very odd length. I took off about 4 inches to prevent further damage to my hair. [I'm trying to grow it out back to its virgin self]. Now it’s just below shoulder-length. I was struggling to find a style that was easy to do, required little effort, and lasted between washes. I now have my hair in beach waves without any product that damages hair. All I do is wash my hair, let it air dry until it’s only damp and then section my hair into four parts. Then, I plait the four section and sleep on it. The next day, I let those bad boys loose, and voila! Perfect beach waves without the effort. I’ve had this hair for the past 3/4 days and the waves still haven’t flattened. I’m in love and it is now my staple look.

 

Bun or Ponytail?

Ponytail. Before I decided on my ‘staple’ hair style, I used to always put my hair in a bun. Not anymore!

 

Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips?

Pins. I only use butterfly clips when I’m at home and need to put my hair up quickly without having to fiddle with hair ties. But I can always reply on pins to keep my hair perfect and in place.

 

Hair Spray or Gel?

Hair Spray. Only to tame fly-aways. I never use gel.

 

Long or Short?

Long. I used to go from one extreme to the other when I was younger. I’d let my hair grow long and then I’d cut it really short. Now, I love my hair long.

 

Light or Dark?

Light. I used to have my hair bleached ombré to a really nice light Blonde colour. I am currently waiting patiently for my hair to grow back to a good length before I do this again.

 

Side Swept Fringe or Full Fringe?

Neither. Fringes annoy the hell out of me.

 

Up or Down?

Down. I get headaches when my hair is up for too long. I’m weird.

 

RANDOM

 

Rain or Shine?

Shine. Although, I don’t mind a nice rainy day when I don’t have to be anywhere.

 

Summer or Winter?

Summer. It’s just full of happiness.

 

Autumn or Spring?

Autumn. it’s the most beautiful and I’m an Autumn baby.

 

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate. Dark to be precise.

 

That was longer than I had anticipated, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. If you got this far, I tag you to do this on your blog and link it to me so I can read what you wrote.

 

Cheers, loves.

-B

 


MUA LUXE Velvet Lip Lacquer Review

Yesterday I popped into Kingston to have a little wander about with my boyfriend. It was a nice[ish] day and we decided to have a few drinks by the riverside. Before we enjoyed the rest of our day encompassed in deep conversation about writing and metaphors (seriously, that’s exactly what we did], I dragged him into Superdrug and he reluctantly followed. 

Upon recommendation I purchased two lip lacquers from the MUA LUXE line. I was told it’s highly pigmented and stays on for a very long time without wearing off. I wanted to try this out because we’re all strapped for cash at one point (In my case, I currently can’t justify spending £20-£40 on a lipstick when I have other things to spend that money on – like food). 

At £3 each (~$5, ~€3.60), it’s a bargain. It comes packaged in black cardboard with gold text – a bit fancy for MUA. The description on the back of the box (it’s not really a box per se) says, ‘Get the ultimate velvet-matte pout with this richly pigmented, silky smooth lip lacquer. The quick-dry formula glides on effortlessly to leave a gorgeous matte finish, that is smudge-proof & long-lasting.’ The lacquer itself is in a frosted glass tube – to give that velvet-matte effect – and the lids are black with MUA LUXE London written on them in gold. The packaging does not tell you how much product is inside [here is where I scour the MUA website for more information]. The ‘fill weight’ is 6ml. Worth it.

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I purchased a Purple [Kooky] and a classic Red colour [Reckless]. Both lacquers have a blue under-tone therefore, my teeth will look a little whiter [goodness knows they need to Ha!]. Now onto the actual review:

 

The lacquer glides on really well, is extremely pigmented, I don’t even need to go over with more product. If you’re not confident getting the lines right, then this product probably isn’t for you as clean up is tough. It doesn’t dry straight away, and I feel like I need to have a constant smile on my face so that the product in the creases of my lips will dry properly too. Don’t think about smacking or rubbing your lips together to distribute the colour – unless you do this straight after applying a bit of product – it’ll never work. As the product is drying, it becomes very sticky. However once fully dry, it doesn’t really feel as if I have any product on my lips. Yay!

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It dries to a beautiful matte [the photo shows otherwise thanks to flash, but trust - it's matte] , and when I rubbed my finger over my lips they felt velvety like the packaging, and the best thing about it was that none of the product came off. I can finally kiss my boyfriend without having to worry about him donning my lipstick. It doesn’t smudge, not does it feather at the edges – I can even lick my lips and it won’t come off [also, there's no icky taste]. I’m loving this product and I want each of every colour.

 

WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME, MUA?!!?

So sneaky, you are. a little while after putting this on [10 minutes max] the edges on the inner parts of my lips are flaking off. It’s on my tongue and it’s not looking too good. If you’re an avid lip-licker, this product isn’t for you. [I don't usually lip my lips, but every now an again I lick the very inner edge of my lips - force of habit.  

Time to take this bad boy off. I can't seem to wipe this thing off with just a tissue, so I use a baby wipe - that works, but takes AGES. I'm literally scrubbing my lips to get this off - which, could be a good thing, but I would rather not put my poor pout through that. There has to be an easier way of getting this off. So I try to use an oil-based moisturiser, 'Topiclear Shea Butter'. I put a layer on my lips as if applying lip balm and just rub it in using my finger. The pigment breaks down and begins to smear. Once I've done that all over my lips, I just wipe it off with a baby wipe and voila! It works. My lips feel good. 

Verdict:

Overall, I really like these lacquers, but it sucks that the colour flakes albeit only a little. I have yet to wear these out all day, so I'll post an update here in a couple of days letting you know how that goes. 

Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes. It's cheap, and I was quiet cheerful when I tried it on. It feels great on my lips [barely there] and I have found an easy way to take it off. For me, the pros outweigh the cons, and for 3 quid you really can’t go wrong. No harm done to my bank account. I may buy the other colours because cats. (:

 

- Bee


Makeup! Featuring Kamara G.

I recently contacted an old friend from school regarding her amazing makeup and asked whether she would like to be featured on my blog. Kamara was kind enough to oblige and here are some looks that you can try to recreate at home. Under each photo, there is a full list of products used. If you do wish to recreate these looks yourself, don’t be disheartened by products on the list that you don’t own. Remember, makeup is what you make of it; so use whatever you have!

Look 1:

 

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Products used:

Face:

  • Cover Girl ‘Clean makeup’ Foundation in 110 Classic Ivory as base.
  • MAC NC15 Studio finish Concealer SPF 35 FPS for under eyes
  • MAC NC15 Studio finish Concealer SPF 35 FPS used to highlight
  • Sleek ‘Face Form’ Contouring & Blush Pallet in 373 Light to contour and blush.
  • Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Powder SPF 12 in ‘Sand 2′ to set face
  • Eyebrows: L’Oreal Gel Intenza Eyeliner 01 Black

Eyes:

  • MAC NC15 Concealer used as primer
  • Eye Shadow – Urban Decay Vol II pallet: ‘Sellout’ & ‘Midnight cowboy rides again’ on inner half of eye. ‘Twice baked’ & ‘Perversion’ on outer half of eye. ‘Jinx’ on inner corner.
  • Contacts ‘Icey Blue’ by Desio Lens (@desioeyes / http://www.desioeyes.it)
  • Mascara – L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Noir Excess

Lips:

  • MAC NC15 Studio finish Concealer SPF 35 FPS used to prime lips
  • L’Oreal Gel Intenza Eyeliner 01 Black to line lips the, blended with Barry M concealer brush
  • Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Moss 107 applied all over
  • Bobbi Brown Clear Lip Gloss to finish

 

Look 2:

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Products Used:

Face:

  • Cover Girl ‘Clean makeup’ Foundation in 110 Classic Ivory as base
  • Sleek Blush ‘Pixie Pink’ 936
  • Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Powder SPF 12 in ‘Sand 2′ to set face
  • L’Oreal Gel Intenza Eyeliner 01 Black for eyebrows

Eyes:

  • MAC NC15 Concealer used as primer
  • L’Oreal Gel Intenza Eyeliner 01 Black on lid and blended outwards with No.7 Smokey Eyeliner brush
  • Eye Shadow – Urban Decay Vol II pallet: ‘Perversion’ then added over and blended out with No.7 Eyeshadow Blend and Contour brush. ‘Half baked’ applied just below brow brown for highlight and smokey effect
  • Waterline and lash line – L’Oreal Gel Intenza Eyeliner 01 Black blended out with No.7 Smokey Eyeliner brush
  • Mascara – L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Noir Excess
  • Contacts ‘Icey Blue’ by Desio Lens (@desioeyes / http://www.desioeyes.it)

Lips:

  • Laval Classic ‘Red Desire’ 251

 

Look 3:

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Products Used:

Face:

  • No Foundation
  • MAC NC15 Studio finish Concealer SPF 35 FPS used to highlight
  • Sleek ‘Face Form’ Contouring & Blush Pallet in 373 Light to contour and blush.
  • Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Powder SPF 12 in ‘Sand 2′ to set face
  • L’Oreal Gel Intenza Eyeliner 01 Black for eyebrows

Eyes:

  • MAC NC15 Concealer used as primer
  • L’Oreal Gel Intenza Eyeliner 01 Black on lid and blended outwards with No.7 SmokeyEyeliner brush
  • Eye Shadow – Urban Decay Vol II pallet: ‘Perversion’ added over lid. ‘AD/DC’ & ‘Sphynx’ in crease up onto brow bone and blended out with No.7 Eyeshadow Blend and Contour brush. ‘Half baked’ applied on inner corners of eye
  • Eyeliner – Sleek ‘Dip it’ eyeliner 262 Black
  • Waterline – NYC 926A Classic White Eyeliner
  • Lash line – L’Oreal Gel Intenza Eyeliner 01 Black blended out with No.7 Smokey Eyeliner brush
  • Mascara – L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Noir Excess
  • Contacts ‘Icey Blue’ by Desio Lens (@desioeyes / http://www.desioeyes.it)

Lips:

  • MAC NC15 Studio finish Concealer SPF 35 FPS used to prime lips
  • Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Moss 107 with added concealer to lighten shade

 

Look 4:

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Products Used:

Face:

  • Cover Girl ‘Clean makeup’ Foundation in 110 Classic Ivory as base.
  • MAC NC15 Studio finish Concealer SPF 35 FPS used to highlight
  • Sleek ‘Face Form’ Contouring & Blush Pallet in 373 Light to contour and blush.
  • Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Powder SPF 12 in ‘Sand 2′ to set face
  • L’Oreal Gel Intenza Eyeliner 01 Black for eyebrows

Eyes:

  • MAC NC15 Concealer used as primer
  • Eye Shadow – Urban Decay Vol II pallet. ‘Sellout’ on inner eye lid. ‘Jinx’ & ‘Flipside” blended in using No.7 Eyeshadow Blend and Contour brush
  • Contacts ‘Icey Blue’ by Desio Lens (@desioeyes / http://www.desioeyes.it)
  • Mascara – L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Noir Excess
  • Lash line – L’Oreal Gel Intenza Eyeliner 01 Black blended out with No.7 Smokey Eyeliner brush

Lips:

  • MAC NC15 Concealer used to prime lips
  • Eye Shadow – Urban Decay Vol II pallet: ‘Jinx’ patted on lips using Barry M Concealer brush
  • Vaseline applied over for gloss effect

 

 

Kamara’s work looks flawless and amazing. if you want to see more of her makeup you can find her on Instagram.


My current obsession

Now, the lyrics in this video are NSFW, but I love The Weeknd and in my opinion, it’s a far better song than the original by Beyonce.

Enjoy!


Adventures In Trash: Fifty Things That Annoy Me About “Fifty Shades Of Grey”

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This is hilarious – a great read.

Originally posted on Cassandra Parkin:

Dear lovely readers,

Since I posted my article “Fifty Things That Annoy Me About Fifty Shades Of Grey”, it’s become by far my most popular blog entry. Lots of you have mentioned it in various forums, tweeted about it, shared it on Facebook and generally spread the word. Thank you all so much – you’re all fabulous, and I’m delighted everyone’s enjoyed it so much.

Anyway, I’m thrilled to announce that thanks to your fantastic response, I was commissioned to write a whole e-book on the subject. “Lighter Shades of Grey: a (very) Critical Reader’s Guide to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’” covers the whole of the magnificent folly that is “Fifty Shades of Grey”, chronicling the many, many more things that annoy me about it. If you’d like to find out how many times Ana uses the phrase “Oh my”, how often her lip is bitten, whether Christian Grey is…

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What do you want to see?

This week has been a busy and stressful one as I’ve been working. I’ve been thinking during that time and wondering what my readers [that's you!] are interested in seeing on here. I know it has been mostly nail art stuff recently, but I will be posting other kinds of art. Maybe even DIY’s If I can get the hang of taking photos myself without a tripod. [Woe!]

I have a few things in the works, so keep an eye out for some fashion-related things [if that's what you want to call it]. Maybe even some creative writing, if I deem it worthy for your precious eyes.

So please, tell me whatcha want, whatcha really, really want. 

-B 

 


Disney Princesses Inspired Nail Art – Elsa [Frozen]

Heres a pictorial on how I did this cute nail art inspired by Elsa from Frozen. Elsa was my favourite character from the film! I decided to take inspiration from her hair and her blue sparkly dress.

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Things you will need:

  • Base Coat – Kensington Caviar by Nails Inc
  • Base colour – Pink Nude by L.A Girl
  • Light Blue – Static Electricity by L.A. Colors
  • Dark Metallic Blue – First Act by Astor
  • Clear with silver glitter – Jackpot by George
  • Small Blue Hexagon Glitters – Ebay
  • Round sticker/Ring Reinforcements – Any Stationary Shop/online
  • Toothpick 
  • Pale Gold Polish – Seashell by L.A. Colors
  • White Polish – Models Own
  • Gold Polish – Models Own
  • Pastel Yellow Polish – Models Own
  • Top Coat – Seche Vite

 

Firstly, I applied my base coat and once that dried, I applied a single coat of a nude colour (this was mainly because my acrylics have white tips and I wanted to blur that and the natural moons of my nails – You can skip the base colour if your wish).

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Then, you want to take your round sticker and place it over the part of your nail that is closer to your cuticles. The shape you are aiming for is a half moon. I have only done this step on 4 of my fingernails – I have left out my ring finger as that will be my accent nail. Once you have applied the sticker, paint your entire nail with the light Blue polish. Then, whilst your polish is still wet, peel off the sticker to reveal the negative space. 

 

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Let the polish dry, and then add some silver sparkle only on the areas of the Blue polish. (You can choose to do the entire nail if you want to, I haven’t because the negative space represents Elsa’s skin – which isn’t sparkly as far as I know, Ha!)

 

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Wait a few minutes for the polish to dry. This is important as we are layering colours. If you don’t wait a few minutes in between, you will end up smudging your polish. D: 

Then, grab your metallic Blue polish and create a heart shape further down on your nail, I’d say have the peaks sit in the centre part of your nail bed. You don’t need fancy brushed for this, I used the brush that came with the polish. If the polish you are using isn’t pigmented enough, again, wait for the first layer to dry before applying a second. 

 

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To finish this design off, you’ll need some glitter! Elsa’s dress is so sparkly, but I decided not to overload on the glitter. Instead, I applied small bits of Blue hex glitter onto the edge of the heart shape and a line going down to the tip of my nail. To do this, I used a wet toothpick to pick up and apply the glitter pieces. Finally, finish off with a top coat!

 

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For the accent nail, I decided to do the braid design using yellow, white and gold to mimic her beautiful ice Blonde hair. I used a pale shimmery Gold polish as the base colour and three colours (white, gold, pastel yellow) by models own. You don’t have to go out and buy nail art stripers for this particular design, it works just as well with a normal sized brush.

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To begin the accent nail design, I started off by applying one thin coat of the shimmery Gold colour. Whilst I let that dry, I decided the order of the colours I would use to get my design – White, Gold, Yellow. This way, I got a nice little ombre look. I started off with the White and drew a straight line from one end. However, I did not go all the way (any colour past the centre of your nail will end up being covered by another colour). I let that dry for a moment before going in with the Gold in the opposite direction. Tip: To keep your pattern centred, create a triangle moon and have the peak in the centre. This will help further lines stay centred also. 

Keep doing the same pattern using three colours to get the best effect. Finish off with a good top coat and voila! 

 

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I hope you liked! Feel free to share and recreate! If you do recreate, hashtag bellameraki on twitter and instagram so I can have a look! :D 

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