Big Lashes On A Budget!

Mascara that wont break the bank!

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In my last post I spoke to you about my current favourite high end mascara ‘Lancôme Hypnose Drama’, However I appreciate that not everyone wants to spend £22.50 on mascara so here I am with a very worthy alternative that won’t break the bank.

The mascara in question is Maybelline ‘The Falsies’ priced at a very reasonable £7.99. The brush is quite a lot smaller than its Lancôme rival however  I the find the curved brush enables me to really get in there and grab every single lash. This mascara doesn’t smudge or clump and lasts all day without flaking and really gives me the blackest of black fluttery lashes!

My top tips for luscious lashes!

It has to be said my long lashes would not be achieved by mascara alone and I do have a few handy tips to create long fluttery lashes.

  1. Always curl your lashes

Invest in an eyelash curler; they really do make a difference; a good quality lash curler can perk up even the shortest of lashes! My favourite is by Mac which is priced at £16 and comes with one additional refill. Each refill lasts me a good year so it’s well worth the money.Squeeze, release and I’m good to go!

  1. Use a portable mirror

I always use a portable mirror on a stand and slightly tilt the head this allows me to get really close up and enables me to grasp all of my lashes with the brush. Look up and down ensuring you grab every lash!

  1. Don’t be shy!

Use more than one coat to really dramatise those lashes! If you’re using a decent mascara you shouldn’t have any problems with clumping.

Before and after

Before and after

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Holiday Blog Post

We all like to look our best on holiday and there’s a lot of preparation that goes in to this for us girls! I have just returned from an amazing break in Cyprus and in this post I will share with you my pre holiday routine along with some of my favourite holiday products.

Lashes

I always have my = lashes done before I go away I can’t deal with panda eyes or having to glue  false lashes on in the heat. In the past  I have had cluster lashes applied which are around 3 lashes in a cluster which are glued on to your own lashes. These last about a week and I love the fullness they provide however they can be very damaging to your natural lashes.

This time I had individual lash extensions applied which are more expensive than the clusters but a lot kinder on your natural lashes and they last alot longer.I had mine applied by my good friend Soodi last Monday who is fantastic.  I loved the fact I didn’t need to apply mascara whilst I was away and they still look great now.

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Nails

For years I had worn acrylic extensions on my nails but a few months ago I made the decision to take them off and begun the process of repairing my natural nails. I have a UV lamp at home and have been applying Shellac to my nails myself but decided to get them done professionally for my holiday. I had Gelish applied to my nails which feels much stronger than Shellac and I love the fact they don’t chip. These were also done by Soodi who is based in London. I have posted the link to her website below.

http://m.beautybysoodi.com
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Skin

For those of you that follow my blog you will know that I have been struggling with my skin and being bare-faced on holiday obviously I wanted it to look at its best. I heard that Microdermabrasion was really good for Comedogenic acne so I had an hour of Microdermabrasion at Pretty Chic salon in Leicester. My skin instantly felt silky smooth and all though at first I did have a few pimples appear my skin is now much clearer. They recommend to have this done every two weeks so I am going to continue to do so. I will be posting on the progress of my acne in the next few weeks so I will let you know how it goes.

Makeup

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Being a girl who loves makeup naturally I was going to treat myself to some goodies for my holiday! So I headed to MAC which if you hadn’t already realised is my favourite makeup brand.The first item I picked was Coral Bliss lipstick. Coral is the perfect holiday colour-It just spells summer! Coral Bliss gives a glossy peach finish which would compliment most skintones. The only thing to mention is if you do take one of the Creme Sheen Lipsticks on holiday the soft texture means they can get quite mushy- So keep it out of the heat.

I also picked up a blush in Ambering Rose which is a sheertone blush with reddish undertones and gold shimmery particles. I tend to go quite dark when I’m away so wanted a blush that will still show up through my tan. Ambering Rose works great for those with olive skin tones who still enjoy wearing a blush on holiday.

The last thing I picked up before I left  Prep+Prime Highlighter pen in Bright Forecast. Usually I would wear this in the shade Light Boost which has a very yellow undertone; this one has a more peachy undertone so is more suitable for the summer.

On my return I was distracted in the airport by a huge Mac stand. I had been wearing a range of foundations whist on holiday my favourites being Studio Fix Fluid which is a staple in my makeup bag and also Makeup Forevers HD Foundation.

I wanted to get matched up for when I was tanned to use when I go on holiday and  I decided to give Studio Sculpt another go as it provides full coverage but a more dewy finish than the SFF. I have tried Sculpt a few times but wanted to try it again now that  I have managed to control my oiliness. I was matched up to the shade NW35 which compliments my tan perfectly along with a Studio Fix Powder in NC45 to match. I will post a full review on the Scuplt in the coming weeks.

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Date Night Makeup

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There’s nothing better than a sultry smoky eye for a night out and last night was date night! As I was wearing black I wanted to add a twist on the classic black smoky eye and opted for a blue to really make my green eyes pop.

When creating a smoky eye I always apply my foundation first as you tend to get a lot of fall down on to your face and its quite difficult to clean up without looking like a panda.

I started by applying Collections black gel liner all over the lid to give the shadow something to stick too and then went ahead and put Front Covers Deep Lake Pigment on top in a patting motion and then blended with a fluffy blending brush. Next I added they grey shade from Bourjois eye shadow trio in Gris Dandy up to the crease as the transition colour then used Mac eye shadow in Malt to highlight the brow bone. In the waterline I used a grey eyeliner- Any grey eyeliner will do.

At this point I then applied my primer (Smashbox), foundation (MAC SFF) and concealer (Bobbi Brown) before I started underneath the eye. On my lower lash line I used a Lancôme pencil in the shade Curaco Turquoise as a base and then went over this with a black shadow from the Sleek storm palette. To blend this I used the same eye shadow used on the lid and for an extra bit of sparkle I applied Benefit Mint Julep on the lid of my eye. To finish my smoky eye I added some false lashes my favourite ones  are by Eye Candy.

Next up was brows and I used Mac Spike Pencil and a sweep of Mac Brow Gel in Showoff to keep my brows in place.

When wearing  a dramatic smoky eye I prefer to  use  a more neutral shade on the cheeks and lips so I opted for Mac’s Give Me Sun Bronzer for a strong contour and Warm Soul Blush. On the lips I used Mac Hue Lipstick which is my favourite nude lipstick as it has a nice peachy tone.

To complete the look I used Mac Soft & Gentle Highlighter on the tops of the cheeks, down the nose and cupids bow and set with a little Mac Studio Fix Powder!

And there you have it…

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Finished look

I think this is a really great look for a night out and was really happy with the results.

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