Friday, 31 July 2015

Easy Festival Inspired Makeup

As the last of the festivals are coming to an end, I wanted to share a really easy vintage festival inspired look. I had been looking at photos of Woodstock, 70s Twiggy and Amy Winehouse and wanted to bring it together. I'm no makeup artist, so I'm sure you could make this look a lot more crisp and clean if you have the skills. 

It's a mix of a little modern vs a mix of eye looks from the 60s and 70s, and you can achieve it within under an hour. Firstly prime your skin, if your off to a party or festival you want your makeup to stay put. I've found that a lot of men's after shave balm is perfect for this, sounds odd but the they keep the skin hydrated as well. I use one by nip tuck for men, than apply your foundation as normal and fill your brows. This look is all in the eyes - If you wanted to add a little extra to your skin, you could take a few different shades of brow pencil dot them across the nose and cheeks for some faux freckles. As they make the skin, look more natural and youthful. 

As everything can get a little sweaty, even if you have dry skin, lightly dust with a blot press powder. I used MAC - Blot powder/ Pressed in light, just to make sure everything stays put even dusting over my eyes as this helped stop my eye makeup creasing. Once your skin and brows are done, sweep on a little natural looking blusher. I find if you swept the brush over the back of your hand first to remove excess product, you get a barely there look. 

For the eye shadow I used Urban Decays Shadow box and started off with Smog as my base. It's a pretty dark copper colour, so I blended it out and than started to work a light gold on top. Baked Cowboy is a stunning gold as it's really shimmery, but I kept it to the middle as I wanted to add an orange tone into the look. Taking Freelove, I swept a little under my lower lid and started to work it over the Smog for the start of my cut crease. I wanted it to be a little more subtle than Twiggy's eye look, so I decided to use an eye pencil to start my heavy line across the lid. I have hooded eyelids, so trust me when I say I struggle with cut creases and eyeliner. So I tend to go above my natural crease, and pencil in the line, it doesn't have to be perfect as we are blending it out. Taking more of the Freelove, I went back over blending back and forth sweeps to soften the line. If you get any fall out, just go back over the light shadows in the centre of the lid to make it pop more.

Than I finished my eye look, by lining my eyes and going for a chunky cat flick. If you start by the outer corner and work in you can build your line and it will keep the line flowing so you won't end up with a wobbly out of shape tail. I think it's important to make it as thick or thin as you want. Everyone has different shaped eyes, and as long as you practise you will work out the best way you prefer to line your eyes. I tend to use a pen eyeliner, as I find them super easy to use. If you make a mistake, you can take a little concealer on a thin brush and clean it up after. 

You can add false lashes, but as I wear glasses I tend not to. If you have time, layer your mascara than taking a pair of tweezers lump  a few of your eyelashes together into small points like little triangles  This was a massive look back in the 60s, and than take a fine liner or fine brush and draw on a couple of lashes on the bottom. I find, if you draw a dot on the lash line and work down it looks better. It can be tricky, even I'm still getting the hang of it but the end result looks really cute. I wanted to keep this look focused on the eyes, so I finished the look with MAC Velvet Teddy on my lips. I like that even with a heavy eye, this look is still subtle. I think it's great to build on, like taking some eyelash glue and sticking some gold sequins just under the eye or doubling the black liner with a gold liner on top. I'm looking forward to maybe next time go for a full on cut crease. 

Sunday, 26 July 2015

What I Wore: To LOVEBOX

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you would know that I attended Lovebox last weekend. The sun was beating down and me and the Fashion Sept girls, were excited for the fun day ahead. Once we had a couple of snacks and put on our skin tattoos, it was time to grab our passes and head in. The weather was amazing, and I'm so pleased I went with a dress. My look was a mix of raver meets folk, I wanted a soft look as to me the most important thing is being comfortable. I love this frilly bardot top, as I do love to layer but I didn't want to wear a jacket so it was the perfect alternative. Of course I wanted it to be fun still, so on went my pom pom headband, and rainbow rucksack. 

As the flags were blowing in the wind, and with the feeling of the hot sun on my back. It was great that I could share this experience with some fellow bloggers who also happen to be my friends. We had such a laugh snapping photos, sharing food and queuing in the never ending line for the bar. Time seemed to rush by. 

Photos by Myself and Leigh from Fox and feathers
Headband: ASOS
Socks: New Look
Shoes: Truffle
Bag: Little Marcel*

I love the flower detail on this dress, and because it has a stretch back it was great that I could enjoy my mac and cheese (best festival food ever) without feeling like I was in a vice. I went with my chunky shoes, as it's amazing how much walking you will do at any festival. It was also stupidly dusty, and every time I sat down I had to remind myself to wipe it away after. 

But after drinks with the girls and crazy wonderful music, I forgot about the dust and enjoyed the day. Seeing Annie Mac was the highlight of Lovebox for me and really made the day. I'm pleased I didn't play it safe, and I think if I went again it's better to wear something comfortable but a little out there. I'm really looking forward to wearing these again, and I think they will always remind me of fun times with the girls. I love how sexy, without being too sexy the off the shoulder top made me feel and I think I would be getting a couple more to add to my wardrobe soon. I had a great time and look forward to Lovebox 2016. 

Friday, 24 July 2015

How I Wear: Denim Jacket

Years ago I dyed my hair red, I guess at the time I had the wrong hair cut didn't dress as well and I swear that I would never back back to the colour every again. Now I think maybe it was the wrong shade, the wrong time as now it feels like a perfect fit. Say that I was told by the boys (my two sons) that my hair is orange and not red, err thanks for that lads. Either way I love this colour and feel that it knocks off a few years, were as the black was a little harsh. Being a new redhead sorry having orange hair, I've found a lot of pieces in my wardrobe that look better on. Blue has to be one of my favourites, it warms my skin and makes my hair colour more intense. 

Dress worn underneath: Vintage
Skin art: Flash Tattoos*
Sliders: Old
Bag: Old Accessorize 

One thing is for sure, that denim suits everyone, the only real trick is knowing what wash is best for you and getting a good cut. Personal you can never have to many jackets, this applies even more so when it's a denim one. As options on what to wear it with are endless, I thought as I had a sequin top on I would dress it down a little with flats and the jacket. As I'm still trying not to 'save it for something special', and it felt really good to wear sequins during the day and to no where important. 

I've been slowly getting back into wearing head wear, so of course had a look through my floral crown collection. I like the different shades of blue in this outfit,  and I'll defiantly be wearing this combo again. Maybe throw on some chunky heels and a clutch for a date quick date night outfit for when me and Baz go out. The boys are off for six weeks, so I'm already brainstorming ideas to keep them busy. I have a couple of projects I want to do with them, that I may share on here if you have little ones too. What's your favourite colour to wear at the moment? 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

LOVEBOX 2015 With Superdry

As I waited  for the other Fashion Sept girls at the gate, I felt nervous, excited and overwhelming happy to not only spend the day with friends but to soak in everything that's wonderful about being at a festival. Meeting random cool people, snapping photos on my new Instax mini (I got the purple one * which is my favourite colour) and eating some tasty mac and cheese. 

As Clare cracked open a bottle and we settled down just outside the entrance to put on our flash tattoos*, before heading in. Beth placed some on the back of Annie's leg, which looked amazing. Leigh helped Clare with some hand tattoos, and Lois and Amy took their first snaps on their Instax minis. We chatted and had a good catch up before realising we were still outside. All kitted out in Superdry and SimpleBe, I was ready to dance the evening away with the girls. 

We picked up photographer passes, and than made our way to the main entrance. The girls all looked wonderful, and were all bubbling with excitement. We checked out what others were wearing, Amy and I loved a girl's look who was dressed in a mermaid top and skirt. There were a bunch of guys dressed as snow-white and the seven dwarfs, and it seemed that this year it was about having fun ad not taking it too seriously. Fairies  unicorns, 90s ravers, troll doll wigs, feather headdresses everywhere you looked there was an outfit more outrageous than the next. Yes it looked bonkers, but these people were laughing and just cutting loose. The whole vibe was ' relax it's a festival'.  

Lovebox is massive, with bar tents, food stands, glitter face painting, clothing stands and roller disco there's always something to do. We managed to catch some of Jessie Wares set, but started getting hungry so decided it was mac and cheese time. We also were given some cupcakes from the people at  La Di Da Cupcakes, which had popcorn on top and images of thee Lovebox. 

As I had a quick walk around, a girl with a feather headdress and glitter on her face stops me to take my photo. I love how both blended with the colour of her hair, so ended up taking her photo too. She said she loved the neon flowers or my Superdry dress, before taking my details on what I love about Lovebox. 

Photos by: Myself, Lois from Bunnipunch, Amy from Vintage Reflection. 

Being bloggers we quickly snapped our outfit, and than it was time to grab a drink and settle down for a quick photo swap and see each others mini snaps. The sun was starting to set and we could hear Annie Mac beginning her set, so we headed over. It was amazing neon plastic palm trees and Annie was pumping out the beats. House for the weekend had people going crazy, singing, dancing the atmosphere was electric. Than as her set drew to a close, a ton of confetti bits streamed out. That we were told it was Annie's Mac birthday and the whole crowd sung to her. It was the perfect end to the perfect day. Lovebox is on till the early hours, but we were wiped out so decided to head home. I had an amazing time and look forward to spending more time with the fashion Sept girls. 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Getting Festival Ready With Superdry

When shopping for a festival outfit there's a lot to think about, putting your excitement aside about who's headlining. I always start thinking about fun vs cool, I think a lot of people tend to go for a cool outfit and who can blame them. Festivals are the best time to wear things, you may never normally get to wear in everyday life because they maybe to over the top. While you may wear something low key, you can take it to the new level with some kooky head wear and glitter makeup. It's a chance to escape from nine till five you, and explore and play with fashion. As we, and by we I mean the Fashion Sept girls were heading to Lovebox a couple of us (me, Lois and Clare) headed the plush Superdry store on Regent Street to pic up some pieces.

Photos By: Myself and Lois from Bunnipunch

The store itself is the hub of someone who enjoys being outdoors, but still wants to look good when being active. We headed into the Premier section to which was a mix of casual and glam, cotton dresses and sequin skirts there was plenty of choice. The fitting rooms were more like entering a lounge, no waiting around and no rows upon rows of fitting rooms. Anyone and everyone can V.I.P. here, as it's less about getting you in and out of the store and more about letting you try things on in peace. 

I picked up a couple of pieces and found it hard to decide, so me and the girls did the festival vs clothing chat and that a sequin skirt would be fun but it wasn't the most practical as festivals can get dirty. Instead I decided that a cute folk dress would be perfect, and that I could throw on some fun accessorise to play up the folk element more. I also picked up a denim jacket, as it had a pretty flower detail just in case the weather turned and I needed to cover up. I had great fun playing dress up with the girls, and it just made us even more excited for Lovebox. 

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