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Summer Beauty Survival Guide!

Published June 14, 2015 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

So because the UK is actually getting some sun at the moment, I thought i’d do a post about my beauty tips for summer. Personally I’m a bit of a summer Grinch, however as It’s only June it hasn’t fully developed yet!

But in all seriousness, try to stay shielded or atleast protected from the sun when you can. Every summer I get cocky and think ‘ah it wont matter just this one time.’ then I end up with the meanest sunburn;

1) St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse – £3  (At wilkinsons)

I personally prefer fake tan to natural tan, because NO TAN LINES, and besides I view fake tan like a makeup product. Sometimes I want to change my look up by being a bit tan, sometimes I like being very pale, and with fake tan you have that freedom. The colour is also very natural, it isnt orange or even slightly green which most tans are, definately non-oompa-loompa and non-shrek territory.

The tan smells slightly when you put it on, though I think that’s unavoidable with fake tan. It also dries completely within 5-10 minutes so you can just wack on clothes and waddle round the house.

It’s only £3, and it’s the best fake tan I’ve ever tried, I’ve convinced my mum and some friends to start using it this summer too! If permanent tan isn’t your thing they also have a wash off instant tan (which I have but havent used yet!). SAM_8043

2) SUNGLASSES (Extra points if they’re cute too…)

Sunglasses are really great in summer for many reasons. First of all you look like a major badass, and secondly they protect your eyes from UV-a and UV-b rays (ideally get Polaroid sunglasses if you can).

I got my heart ones because I thought they were funky and I like kawaii style accessories. I think I got them from amazon or Tmart for about £3 a pair. I’ve got my eyes set on a red pair at the moment. I’m trying to restrain myself you see. SAM_8049

3) SPF In Your Makeup – 

If you wear makeup most of the time, having spf in your makeup makes the whole ‘being safe in the sun’ thing a lot easier. Most of my favourite foundations like revlon colorstay, estee lauder doublewear and clinque even better have between spf 6 and 15 in them.

Mac do this especially well with their studio finish concealer which has SPF 35! I have the shade nw20, and love it because despite being full coverage, it sits nicely under your eyes and on spots.  SAM_8044SAM_8037

(wearing mac studio fix concealer nw20, and estee lauder double wear maximum cover foundation spf15- 1N3 creamy vanilla)

Another makeup product I love for the summer is the Elf conditioning lip balm SPF 15 (£3.75).

Your lips are the only part of your face that don’t produce their own natural oils, so keeping your lips hydrated is important as the sun can dry your lips out. Furthermore they have SPF15 and provide really opaque colour. The packaging’s a bit chunky but atleast it’s in a pot. Ive had many lipstick melt on me before then they’re a pain to use as the actual product has melted (AHEM MAC CREMESHEEN LIPSTICKS). SAM_8053

(Left to Right: Blissful berry, Nice&natural, Peaceful pink, Romantic rouge)

4) Drink water, LOTS of water…

I always say this to everyone because I genuinely think the biggest reason my skin has cleared up is because I drink SO MUCH water. And as you sweat more in summer, the water needs to be replaced. Homeostasis, yo.

I also discovered this blog post from Oscar Insurance that gets into some of the other ways to get your vitamin D through your food rather than the sun. If you want some information on Oscar your can check them out online for more on their NY or NJ health insurance services.

5) Hair Oils

Many people neglect their hair in the summer, your hair can get damaged by the sun, just as your skin can. Apart from the obvious tips like wearing a hat and not using heat tools, apply an argan oil to the ends of your hair you keep your shiny and healthy.

Thank you for reading.

XOXO

Angelic makeup!

Published June 7, 2015 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

So today i’m going to do a tutorial, on a pink, sparkly look. I recently bought a pot of red ‘fairy dust’ which sits on my bed side table, along with various rocks and chemistry models. But it reminded me of a gold glitter I bought from Barry M a year ago, which is what inspired the look I wore today!

So lets get started!

1) First I apply my foundation, concealer, powder and eyebrow pencil (all the boring stuff really). Despite being summer, I went for a full coverage foundation, for no reason other than it makes your skin look ‘banging’. And trust me I save that word only for occasions where it’s truly applicable…

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2) Next I apply a eyeshadow base to my eyelids. SAM_7993

3) I then apply a matte ivory colour under my brow, as highlight. I think an underbrow highlight makes your eyebrows look really sharp. 10/10 would recommend.SAM_7994

4) Next I apply a metallic champagne all over my lid and along my lower lashline. Basically all around my eye. SAM_7995

5) I was debating on whether to do a crease colour for ages, but in the end I opted for a light pink. SAM_7996

6) Next comes the glitter! I know you can use glitter glues and all that jazz, but I just used my finger to pat some light gold glitter over the champagne colour. Simples.

Sadly the glitter doesn’t look quite as striking in photos.

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7) Next I use a thin-ish line of black liquid liner on my top lashline and wing it out slightly.

SHOCKER, I actually didn’t use eyeliner on my waterline. SAM_8002

8) Next I apply black mascara to my top and bottom lashes. SAM_8003

9) And of course… FALSE LASHES. I went a bit OTT today, but yano, you gotta live a little… SAM_8004

10) Next I contour with a matte bronzer. I apply it across my forehead, under my chin, down my nose, and concentrate it under my cheekbones. I use a smaller brush for my nose and cheekbones, so the bronzer doesn’t look a muddy. SAM_8007

11) Next I apply a shimmery pink blush to the apples of my cheeks and blend backwards. SAM_8012

12) And for the final step, I apply a light pink lipstick. And TADA, the finished look! SAM_8019SAM_8025SAM_8020

Products used:

.Estee Lauder double wear maximum cover- cream vanilla

.MUA pro base prime & conceal correction cream- peach

.Collection lasting perfection concealer- cool medium

.Rimmel stay matte powder- peach glow

.Rimmel eyebrow pencil- Hazel

.NYX eyebrow cake powder- taupe

.Mac paint pot- painterly

.Stila eyeshadow- kitten

.Natural collection eyeshadow- ivory

.Gosh eyeshadow- 9 shade to play with in vegas (I used the pink in the bottom left in my crease)

.Barry M fine glitter dust- 15

.L’oreal superliner- black

.L’oreal telescopic mascara- black

.Red cherry eyelashes- 47

.Sleek contour kit- light

.Elf mineralize blush- passion pink

.Mac lipstick- Angel

Thanks guys for reading my post, see you next time!

XOXO

Perplexing plum – Spring makeup tutorial

Published April 18, 2015 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

So today im going to do a plum, smokey daytime look, inspired by this elf baked eyeshadow i found in my eyeshadow drawer the other day. Its a really rich plum colour, however it always seems to blend into the most gorgeous smokey eye.

ps. Since last time i bleached streaks of my hair and put a pink dye in them (though it went red).

So lets get started!

1) Apply your base makeup (foundation, concealer, powder -> all that jazz) and define and fill in your eyebrows. I’ve recently been using 2 different colour eyebrow pencils to create more angular brows. SAM_7946

2) As the UK is actually getting hot weather (what is this sorcery?), I always make sure i double prime my eyes. By this I mean, using an eyeshadow primer, and then using a cream base on top so my eyeshadows really stick to my eyes and dont crease.

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3) Next I apply a light champagne colour to the inner half of my top and bottom lashline. SAM_7950

4) Next I use a shimmery plum on the outer half of my lid and then I also apply it in the crease. SAM_7951

5) Then I apply a matte cream eyeshadow under my brows as a highlight. SAM_7955

6) Next i smudge a soft black shadow across my lashline. Ive been doing this alot recently, even though im going to apply eyeshadow, it makes the look more smokey and blended.SAM_7956

7) I apply black liquid liner across my top lashline, then a black gel eyeliner in my waterline.SAM_7961

8) Next I curl my lashes and apply mascara. SAM_7962

9) Next I apply some whorelicious false lashes. A couple of years ago I wouldn’t have even considered wearing the size lashes that I do now. #thuglife SAM_7963

10) Next I contour with a matte bronzer and shimmery highlighter. I apply the darker powder across my forehead, at my temples, under my cheekbones, down the sides of me nose and heavily under my chin (we gotta hide those triple chins).

I next apply a light pink blush to the apples of my cheek and blend it backwards. I do this so the cotour and blush blend together.

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11) Then I applied a dark pink lipliner just outside of my natural lip line. I then fill the rest of lip in with a light pink lipstick. Using my finger i blend these together so it looks more like a gradient.

Thanks the finished look! SAM_7973SAM_7976SAM_7972

Products used:

.Estee Lauder double wear foundation- Bone

.MUA corrector- peach

.Collection lasting perfection concealer- cool medium

.Rimmel stay matte pressed powder- warm beige

.Collection pressed powder- fair

.Sleek contour kit- light

.Mac powder blush- well dressed

.Rimmel eyebrow pencil- Hazel

.Rimmel eyebrow pencil- Dark Brown

.Too faced shadow insurance- candlelight

.Mac pro longwear paintpot- painterly

.Too faced naural eye palette

.Elf baked shadow- Burnt plum

.Mac eyeshadow- Beauty marked

.Loreal superliner-black

.Avon supershock gel eyeliner- black

.Loreal telescopic mascara- black

.Revlon clear eyelash glue

.Red cherry eyelashes- 47

.Mac lipliner- soar

.Mac lipstick- cremecup

Thanks for reading, I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

XOXO

Vintage Shopping- MOTD

Published February 8, 2015 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys!

So today me and my friend Klara went to a vintage fair and afterwards we went shopping and for a walk. I live on the coast so on sunny days it’s so nice to take a time out and just relax near the beach (and a bit of retail therapy hurt no one…).

So I thought Id do a MOTD because I was making an effort And this sort of post means I can put in some pretty, atmospheric pictures and a mini haul of things I bought.

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Here’s some pictures I took by the beach: SAM_7834SAM_7843SAM_7839

Here’s what I purchased from the vintage fair: SAM_7846

The wax melts are made out of soya wax, in which the fumes are meant to be much better for your lungs as opposed to paraffin wax, so that’s good. And you don’t know HOW good they smell, especially the grapefruit ones (which im burning right now in my elephant oil burner).

I’ve been really liking bows recently as well, I’ve been trying to find hairstyles where I can have my hair natural but it not look really ringletty and messy. So I twist the hair around my face from both sides and bring it to the back on my head, where i clip it in place with a bow. I thought these bows were so pretty, and if you remember from my prom post (I wore a blue flamingo dress), I just had to support the flamingos and bought the bow.

Then, because I have no self control, I went into Lush and Boots. Which for me is a BAD MOVE. SAM_7847

From Lush, I went in for the lipscrub and came out with a facewash and a beautifully smelling shower gel from the mothers day line. I havent tried any of these products before so there’s not much to say!

From boots, I bought a replacement liquid eyeliner from collection. I wear it most days because it’s so easy to use and it’s only £2.99, it’s great and its a really opaque black.

I also bought a moisturizing lip balm from nivea. I think nivea take the award for best drugstore lip balms, Like the eyeliner, they’re cheap and cheerful and make your lips feel hydrated and are good at healing your lips too. It’s been especially cold this last week in the UK and my lips are really feeling it.

Finally, I felt in one of those optimistic moods where you stride into a shop looking for some undiscovered gem amongst  the shelves. And I remember having the lasting finish foundation years ago but I couldn’t remember what it was like. My experience with trying foundations always leads to me being disappointed and going back to revlon colorstay. But who knows? Maybe Rimmel is the dark horse I’m yet to discover.

Products Im wearing:

.Maybelline baby skin primer- cool rose

.Revlon Colorstay foundation- 120 Buff

.Paris Berlin concealer palette

.Collection lasting perfection concealer- Cool Medium

.Rimmel stay matte powder- Translucent

.Sleek faceform kit- medium

.Mac powder blush- well dressed

.Mac mineralise skin finish- soft and gentle

.Avon glow bronzer- Medium riveria

.Rimmel eyebrow pencil- Hazel

.NYX eyebrow cake powder- taupe/soft brown

.Too faced shadow insurance- candlelight

.Mac pro longwear paintpot- painterly

.Urban Decay naked palette- sin, sidecar, smog, darkhorse

.Collection eyeshadow pencil- french lace

.Collection 24 hour liquid liner- black

.Maybelline falsies mascara- black

.Red cherry lashes- 47  and revlon clear eyelash glue

Holy hell that’s a lot of makeup…

Thanks for reading! Have a fabulous rest of the week!

-Hazel

XOXO

Easy, One shadow Smokey Eye!

Published January 31, 2015 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

I feel like every time I start a post I murmur about infrequent posting. But yeah, life happens, yano.

Anyways, today I was super pumped because I was going to a vintage warehouse, where they have loads of vintage clothes and furniture and oh… it was so great. I got some sequin pumps FOR £3 Holla holla .

If you have anywhere like that near you, GO AND BECOME ENLIGHTENED. Im actually going to a vintage fair next weekend with my friend klara. What is it about ‘vintage’ things that have gotten me so excited at the moment?

Ok so now for the tutorial:

1) As always, start off fresh faced. Brace yourselves.SAM_7752

2) Next I do my whole face routine (foundation, concealer, powder) and my eyebrows. I didn’t show this because it doesn’t really change.  BTW do you like my mario necklace?SAM_7758

3) Next I apply an eyeprimer to my eyes as a base for my eyeshadow. I then apply a thin layer of translucent powder on top on my eyelids.  I don’t usually do this, but as I’m only using one eyeshadow, I want to be able to really blend it out to make it smokey. The translucent powder just helps the colour blend much more smoothly. SAM_7762

4) Next I apply the copper shade on my eyelid and under my lashline. Then BLEND to your hearts extend. I ran a fluffy crease brush across my eyelid and up above my crease.

You’d be amazed the effect you get with just one colour.SAM_7766

5) Next I apply a shiny pearl eyeliner in my inner corner to brighten up my eyes. SAM_7770

6) Next I apply a brown eyeliner pencil to my top lashline and in my waterline. You could smudge the eyeliner to make it look more smokey.However, If you’re incredibly lazy like me, a leaving it does the trick. SAM_7772

7) Next curl your lashes and mascara them babies up! SAM_7780

8) And by sticking to tradition, I apply some fake lashes and once they’re on, I secure them in place with another coat of mascara. Be proud, these lashes are very unwhorelike for me. SAM_7785

9) Next I contour my face with a matte bronzer to add some dimension to my face.SAM_7789

10) Next I apply blush to the apples of my cheeks and blend backwards.SAM_7793

11) To finish the look I slightly overdraw my lips with brown lipliner, then apply a nude lipstick on top. Ta da!SAM_7804SAM_7812SAM_7806

Thank you for reading!

Products used:

.Revlon colorstay foundation- 120 Buff

.Paris Berlin concealer palette

.Mac pro longwear concealer- nc20

.Rimmel stay matte powder- 001 translucent

.Avon glow bronzer- medium riveria

.Mac powder blush- peachtwist

.Rimmel eyebrow pencil- Hazel

.Nyx eyebrow cake powder- taupe/soft brown

.Too face shadow insurance- candlelight

.Mac pro longwear paintpot- painterly

.MUA eyeshadow- copper

.collection work the colour eyeshadow pencil- vanilla sky

.Mac eye kohl- teddy

.Maybelline the falsies mascara- black

.Tmart lashes & revlon eyelash glue

.Mac lipliner- stripdown

.Mac lipstick- Jubilee

I hope you have a fabulous weekend, take care!

XOXO

-Hazel

Get ready with me- winter smokey eye 19/12/2014

Published December 19, 2014 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

So guess who’s really bad with consistent posting? Yep, me.

You know when life suddenly engulfs you, and you feel like you have no time? I’ve had a serious case of that over the last month. And especially for blog posts, I need a good 2 hours just doing the makeup and getting the pictures, and if im going to all that effort to get ready, I feel i should go out. And when do I get the time… Never!

But yeah, I’ve mainly been busy with school. That’s kind of what you get with taking Maths, Biology, Physics and Chemistry for A-level. Woops.

But anyway, today i went out to see some friends and exchange presents, so I felt like getting all glammed up.

Here’s the ‘no makeup photo’  *shudders* SAM_7677

Mmmm the sexiness of undereye circles….

1) First I apply foundation to my face and neck, followed by a mountain of concealer under my eyes, and powder to set it all.

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2) Next I fill in my eyebrow with powder. I really need to do my eyebrows, they’re a bit dysfunctional at the moment. My apologizes.

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3) Next I apply a primer, then a paint pot over the top. The primer is to help the eyeshadow stay on, and the paintpot provides an opaque base so the shadows appear more vibrant.

I also apply a pearl eyeshadow stick to my inner corner to make me look more awake, and to lighten up the whore makeup that is soon to follow…

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4) Next I apply a dark brown to my crease and outer corner, and bring this down to the outer third of my lower lashline. What a mouthful. SAM_7707

5)I then apply a lighter, metallic taupe on my lid in all the areas where there’s no colour.SAM_7709

6) Next I apply a matte, cream colour under my brow as a highlight shade. SAM_7711

7) Next I draw a thin line of black liquid liner along my upper lash line. I bring the line all the way into my inner corner.SAM_7714

8) Next I apply black eyeliner to my waterline. Because yano, that’s UNEXPECTED OF ME.SAM_7716

9) Next I apply mascara, and my favourite, lashes! However I don’t look particularly enthusiastic here. Im internally smiling, trust me. 🙂

I just love how in the background, there’s a picture of my cat and a poster of curve transformations.

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10) Next I apply matte bronzer to contour my face. I apply it: below my cheekbones, along my temples, down the sides of my nose, and below my chin.

I also apply matte pink blush to my cheeks and sweep backwards.SAM_7727

11) Next I overdraw my lips with a mate pink lipliner. I fill in my lips with the lipliner too. SAM_7731

12) Whilst I think matte lips photograph really well, I find them so uncomfortable, so I apply lipstick over the top.

It’s a moisturing lipstick from clinique which i apply and blend in with my finger.

Here’s the final look!SAM_7738SAM_7739

Products used:

.Revlon colorstay foundation combination/oily- 120 Buff

.Paris-Berlin concealer palette

.Collection lasting perfection concealer- cool medium

.MUA Prime and Conceal powder

.Avon glow matte bronzer- Medium Rivera

.Sleek blush- Pixie pink

.NYX Eyebrow cake powder- taupe/ash

.Too faced shadow insurance- candlelight

.MAC pro longwear paintpot- painterly

.Urban Decay-NAKED 2 palette (YDK, Snakebite, foxy)

.Collection 24 hour felt tip liner- black

.Avon supershock eyeliner pencil- black

.Essence get big lashes- waterproof

.Red Cherry lashes 47

.Nyx slim lip pencil- peekaboo neutral

.Clinque buttershine lipstick- Delovely

Hope you enjoyed, Thank you for reading!

If I don’t blog again before Christmas, MERRY CHRISTMAS! And have a fabulous one however you choose to spend it.

Much love,

Hazel.

XOXO

Elf Studio Blush Palette- Review!

Published November 16, 2014 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

So much has happened since I last blogged, such as, I MET PAUL HOLLYWOOD (aka my future husband) I saw him recently on his ‘British Baking Live’ tour. I may or may not have gone to the staff car park after the show and found the car he was in and got him to sign my phone and book of his…GUILTY! *Internal Screaming*

But in other news, for the last 2 weeks I’ve been trying out the new ELF studio blush palette in Dark, and by new, I mean it’s been out in the UK for a month.

First off, here’s a picture of the palette and the shades:SAM_7653SAM_7504

First things first, how pretty is that bottom left shade? That’s Christmas in a blush.

The first thing that striked me when I saw the palette was how sleek and compact it was, considering there were 4 blushes inside. When I opened the palette I was also very impressed at the big mirror, it’s the sort of thing you’d be massively thankful for if you were doing your makeup on the go, such as on a train. Personally, the packaging of a product can be the deciding factor for me whether or not to buy it, if I’m not sure. Such a cosmetic reason for buying cosmetics (you see what I did there).

And then there’s the blushes themselves. There is a light and dark version of the blush palette, and both are £7.95 each. I’ve talked about the ELF studio powder blushes many times before because their: smooth, pigmented and cheap- what’s not to love? But when you think about it, it’s very efficient to buy this palette as each blush works out about £2 each which is a STEAL.

Each blush is very smooth, and there isn’t much fall out when you swipe your brush in then either which surprised me. I find that generally when makeup is in the form of a palette the quality lacks, but these are very similar to the normal studio elf blushes which i’m happy about. The glittery shade doesn’t come off really shimmery either which is good. It’s basically a matte blush with the odd old fleck of glitter in it. Actually all of the shades are matte, which I prefer in a blush as i’ve got oily skin and It photographs much better as well.

Personally I think this would make a great gift for any beauty lover (even if it is a gift for yourself…) and as Christmas is creeping up on us all, £8 for a gift? Not bad in my book. The individual blushes even pop out, so you could mix and match with the light palette if you were going on a long trip and wanted a variety of blushes.

I wore the top right pink blush today and thought id show you a few pics:SAM_7582SAM_7637

I love how with darker blushes you have the option to wear them sheer or built-up to get a more vibrant look if you’re not going heavy on the eyes or lips. It’s also more universal for different skin tones, and wouldn’t look ashy on darker skins.

Overall:

.Packaging: 9/10

.Pigmentation: 9/10

.Quality: 8/10

Out of the several new product elf released recently, I’d definitely give this one a shot. One thing that’s hard to find in Drugstore makeup is a good matte blush, and here you get 4 for £8. Boom.

Buy it here: http://eyeslipsface.co.uk/en/restofworld/new/studio-blush-palette/invt/83320

Thank you for reading I hope you have a fabulous week! 🙂

XOXO

*The blush palette was sent to me by ELF for review on my blog, however that hasn’t tainted my opinion (frankly, if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t write about it).

ALSO! Please If you have the time, could you check out my brother’s band’s new music video> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EcEFv5_EwI&feature=youtu.be