Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A Couple of Back to School(ish) Looks

Ish because I've never been very good at totally natural looking makeup and I have enjoyed playing with colour in my brows as of late. Whoops.

This is just a lazy day look that I did when I couldn't be bothered to try working with my brighter colours and I realised that it'd be a good one for going back to school/work as on the whole it's pretty subtle. Well, if you completely discount the brows, which I'd already done and didn't want to remove. Sorry (I had places to be and needed to do this while the light was good!).

Back to school makeup

For this I used: Innocent + Twisted Warm & Fuzzy over lid, Victorian Disco Off Is The Direction (dry) as a liner and I believe a small amount blended into outer corner and crease with a soft fluffy brush to give the lightest bit of colour..

And here's a bonus look I actually wore to work! Again, you could easily change the brows, though these are more subtle, and make it an easy work/school look as long as your place of employment or education is okay with liner.

Back to school makeup

Used: Victorian Disco Health Pack, Black Rose Minerals Scarab on outer corner and
Geek Chic We Are Coming (mixed with ELF Lock and Seal) as a liner. I believe the brows are Fyrinnae's Conjurer.

(disclaimer, I may have got the use of Health Pack vs Warm & Fuzzy mixed up. I can't totally remember which I used where)

Monday, 15 September 2014

The Autumn Tag

I stole this tag from the lovely Makeup Pixie, you can see the original here and obviously all credit for thinking of the questions and starting the tag goes to her, so thank you lovely! 

1.  Ok we're talking coffee's - what's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?
Okay, so I don't really go to coffee shops. Not trying to be cool, just not a massive fan of coffee and also a pretty broke PhD student. If I go I just get a cup of tea, usually Early Grey. I'm dull like that. I am tempted to treat myself and try a Skinny Pumpkin Latte one day.

2.  Accessories - what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?
I wear boots nearly all the time anyway, but I do love scarves in Autumn. It's not cold enough for gloves quite yet, but I do find they get in the way more often than not.

3.  Music - what's your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
I've been all about podcasts lately, more than music, but I have started getting fit and getting into the gym more which means I have some great upbeat current hits on my playlist to keep me going when I want to quit (usually about a minute into my workout haha).

4.  Perfume - what's your favourite scent for this time of year?
While I love fruity scents for summer I am way more into the spicy scents as the weather gets cooler, really loving Common Brimstone's Oshun and State of Grace's Demonic Forces right now (when I remember to put them on after the gym!)

5.  Candles - what scents will you be burning this season?
I love spicy and foody scents (as well as my lovely vanilla), currently burning toffee apple but I also have Gingerbread yet to burn. Basically any nice seasonal foody scent is right up my alley – ginger, toffee, marshmallow, all over that kind of stuff.

6.  What do you love most about Autumn?
The leaves changing colour! The trees are all so pretty in autumn (until they lose their leaves).

7.  Favourite makeup look?
I tend to lean towards more metallic and coppery/orange colours in the autumn, plenty of reds and oranges and browns. I love those colours but they really come into play more this season. Same with nails, more of the warmer, 'autumn' colours. The kinds you see on the trees.

8.  What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?
Halloween! It's by far my favourite holiday of the year :D And I have a Supernatural convention coming up in October where I (unless something happens) get to meet Richard Speight Jr, who I love, to bits. Lots to get excited about :)

Friday, 12 September 2014

Friday Favourites

Super packed one this week! Sorry for missing my Wednesday post guys.

Blog Love:

  • If you have any excess or unwanted makeup, underwear or sanitary products then please do consider donating them to Give and Makeup started by the lovely Caroline Hirons (you probably know all about it, but if you don't do read the info on Caroline's blog!)
  • I think Becky is an amazing writer, I love the voice that comes through in her posts over at Becky Bedbug, and as a teacher she has a far better grasp than I do of spelling, grammar, tone and content. So her post this week with tips for writing engaging content is a must read for everyone. Personally, I have it bookmarked. Also she had the most awesome and unique wedding ever, so do go and check out her wedding posts on the Florida Harry Potter ceremony and the second leg in England
  • I really enjoyed this heartfelt post from Laura at Daisy Chain Dream on being a woman and what that means to her.
  • If, like me, you get a bit muddled when it comes to face brushes and what they're used for then What's This Brush?: Face Edition by the lovely Hannah at Midnight Violets is a great one to read.
  • I love, love, love this list of tips on how to write blog posts from the #socialbloggers chat (which I always miss!) from Corinne at Skinned Cartree.
  • I seem to have an impressive skill in missing important Awareness days (feel free to tut in my direction), however this post and these beautiful nails by Katie at Lost and Found for World Suicide Prevention Day should more than make up for my failure.

Other things I've been loving this week:

  • This Turquoise nail art is so awesome In awesome video form too.
  • Octopus Leggings. I need them in my life. They may have to be a cheeky payday purchase...
  • Rosebud Preserves (found through Foodstuff Finds ), there are so many things on there I want. I've been pigging out on a jar of Mango Chutney from The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight my Mum brought me back from their holiday, I cannot be trusted around preserves!
  • Radiator Pjs. Mmm warmth.


  • Loud sex noises. I'm glad you guys are having fun, but maybe keep it down a little at night? I'm a grumpy old dude really
  • Business and general being a total mess this week. Hence the missed post I'm really sorry guys! Total fail on my part.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Barry M Rhossili Swatch

The last of my gorgeous Barry M swatches! Well, until I cave and buy some of the new Autumn/Winter Gelly shades, This is Rhossili from the Summer Mattes collection, a lovely purple-leaning pink shade. You know, I used to hate pink nail varnish... I have about six now. I think. This is lovely though, opaque in one coat (though I use two) with the satiny-matte finish of all the Barry M Matte collection and lasts a couple days before it starts chipping on me, 

Two coats, photographed in natural light.

Barry M Matte polishes cost £3.99 and are available from Barry M online, Boots (currently BOGOHP), Superdrug (currently 3 for 2) or most major supermarket chains.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Friday Favourites

Blog Love:

  • Bit late, but here is Hayley at Tea Party Beauty's brilliant post on opinions in the blogging community Oh No She Didn't (have I mentioned how much I love her Wittering Wednesday series? Because I do, a lot). She also published (un)helpful blogging advice you often hear this week. LOVE!
  • For those of you who missed it, I am pretty pale - even in summer. Most foundations in my price range are too dark/orange, which sucks a lot. Thankfully Hannah over at Midnight Violets, as a fellow paleface, posted some of her picks for the best pale foundations on the high street also I am head over heels with this gold cut crease she did. Two faves in one week!
  • I've been wanting to visit Scotland for ages and Becky's post about her trip to Edinburgh has made me want to go even more! (Even if I may soon need a passport for it!)
  • This list of useful sites for bloggers from Rebecca at Autumn Leaves is really good.
  • Gio over at Beautiful With Brains gave a really awesome list of alternative uses for perfume samples which gave me some great ideas of what to do with those few samples that just didn't work for me.

Other things I've been loving this week:

  • Lovecraft's birthday was the 20th. If you like some good old Cthulhu Mythos inspired art on your walls or yourself then Redbubble's awesome roundup of Lovecraft Inspired work on their blog here is a must visit
  • My friend helped to set up an awesome awesome store, selling geekily themed teeshirts to those of you from the UK over at Imaginative Ink which launched recently. They currently have everything for £9.99 (which is way way cheaper than most other places even before shipping is added) AND free shipping until the 14th September.
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Someone at work leant this to me and I am loving it so far, it's great to get back into reading since the loss of my Kindle (which I should probably replace before I go to the states, given luggage allowance rules...)