It’s taken me an actual decade to perfect my winged liner technique but it turns out I could have saved myself years of frustration if only I’d found Charlotte Tilbury’s bloody tutorial sooner. I’ve broken down the process into easy-to-follow steps that are so easy even your cat could do it. I used Rimmel Glam’Eyes liquid liner here but you can use any thin-nibbed liner of your choosing. Scroll down for the instructions if you need to but I’m pretty sure you’ll be just fine.
1. You can wear a winged liner look either with full eye makeup or on its own – the world is your oyster. I like to wear it by itself mainly because I’m usually in too much of a hurry to do anything else.
2. Use the bottom line as your guide, and imagine a line running parallel against it. This is where you’ll draw your first line.
3. Draw a short, straight line a few millimetres in length. You can go as long or as short as you like but keep it as straight as possible!
4. Next, you’re going to imagine another straight line, connecting the end of the line you’ve just drawn to your upper lash line.
5. The temptation to draw a curved line will be strong here, but try to resist. Draw this line as straight as possible – you’re simply going from the line you’ve just drawn and stopping when you hit your top lash line, and you should be left with a triangle.
6. Time for the fun part – fill in your lovely triangle. You can’t go wrong here (I hope).
7. Complete the line by drawing a thin line from your inner corner outwards, until you meet your wing.
8. Taking a black eye pencil (preferably something soft), line your top water line and any gaps in between your lashes to get your winged liner as black as possible. Curl your lashes, stick some mascara on and you’re DONE!
This evening’s topic is blackheads. Quite an unsavoury subject of conversation but one that needs to be addressed. After many years of suffering from the hideous black speckles on my nose, around the nostrils (vom) and on my chin, and fearing others would assume my hygiene levels were substandard, I’m glad to report I’m in a much better place now and they are all more or less gone from my life. Despite the claims of loads of products promising to get rid of blackheads, I can’t say my blackheady transformation was due to any specific product, but rather just learning to clean my damn face alongside using more specialised products.
If you’re going to go through the more industrial route and don’t mind low to moderate pain levels, I’d highly recommend the Double Ended Blackhead Remover (£4, The Body Shop). You might have assumed this to be some sort of torture tool from the 1800s but it is in fact the most effective thing I’ve found to remove blackheads. Takes a little getting used to but gives instant results. In the same vein, we’ve got the infamous Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips (7.99, Boots). Painful and a bit gross but you can see a substantial amount of blackheads left behind on the strip before your very eyes – satisfying. I try to use a clay-based mask once a week to help keep the little rascals from rearing their ugly heads (literally), like the Quick Fix Exfoliating Scrub Mask for Blackheads and Blocked Pores (£4.99, Boots). Despite its claims, it won’t remove blackheads but it will certainly help unblock your pores and smooth things out a bit. While we’re on the subject of masks, I love the occasional peel-off mask, such as the worringly named Tropical Cocktail Peel Off Mask (99p, Superdrug). Again, using it once won’t sort out stubborn blackheads but regular removal of dead skin will definitely help keep them at bay. Prevention is much better than cure, I learnt that the hard way.
If you’ve battled blackheads successfully do please let me know your tips, the more hideous the better!
Gone are the days when I’d hit ‘da clubs’ on a Friday. These days you’re more likely to find me at home hassling Chicken or in a comatose state on the sofa. But a couple of weeks ago Mr TBL coaxed me out of my boring lull with the promise of carbs and steak at The Ivy. He didn’t have to tell me twice.
One of my favourite parts of a night out is putting my makeup on – there’s something about the transformation from ‘drab to fab’ as they say. Anyway, here’s the finished look which boringly, isn’t too different to my standard going out look. I did add the Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick to brighten up the eyes which I thought really elevated the overall look, oo-er.
L’Oreal Skin Perfection Magic Touch Instant Blur
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Barcelona
Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer Ivory
Sleek Face Form Medium
Accessorize Merged Baked Blusher Scandal (review)
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Faint
L’Oreal Superliner Ultra Precision Black
Maybelline Master Drama Khol Liner Black
Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick Bulletproof Beige (review)
Benefit Mascara They’re Real
Ardell Lashes 102
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Faint
2True Instant Colour Mascara Clear
Max Factor Color Elixir Lip Liner Pink Princess
Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick Pink Pout
It’s not every day I decide to shun my more pressing financial commitments and give away stuff for free but for ONE lucky person, that is exactly what I’m doing.
My first ever giveaway is a recognition – a celebration if you will – of Britsh brands. Yes, this tiny island is home to not only K-Middy and Gregg’s steak bakes – it has also produced some ruddy good beauty brands that are lusted over all around the world. It was quite challenging narrowing it down to a sensible (and postable) number but I’ve settled on four of my favourite British beauty products. I can honestly say I love all of these items with a passion and I’m hoping the lucky winner will too. Drum roll please, maestro – the prize includes:
- Sleek i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette Storm
- Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick In Love With Ginger
- Soap & Glory Peaches & Clean 3-in-1 facial cleanser
- Sanctuary Spa Radiance Exfoliator
****This is an international giveaway****
To enter, all you need to do is follow me on Twitter and Bloglovin’, keep your fingers crossed and I’ll do the rest! Entries close on March 13th 2014. Good luck chums!
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BARE LIPS | WITH HIGH HEELS
In my never-ending quest to find the perfect pink that doesn’t look wrong on my face, I thought I’d try out this Ultimate Suede ColorStay lipstick from Revlon, in the shade High Heels. I’m going to cut to the chase – this is NOT the one.
I profusely apologise for starting on a downer but when your lips look this bad it’s difficult to stay positive. The colour is fine, maybe a little light for my skin tone but still wearable. That’s where the good news begins and ends I’m afraid. I learned my lesson the hard way.
Before applying this ungodly lipstick, I prepped my lips with a lip scrub and a balm to give my poor lips a fighting chance. Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede went on quite smoothly and felt light on the lips, almost like a balm which was quite promising. So I foolishly left the flat and proceeded with my day gallivanting around town. It wasn’t until I was in Primark desperately rummaging through a mountain of smalls, searching for anything that wasn’t bright pink and a size 18 when I caught sight of my face in the mirror. I tell you, it was hideous. The lipstick had turned dry and patchy like there was no tomorrow. I was genuinely shocked and disgusted.
So that’s the end of that story. I’ve tried it again since but I suffered the trauma once again. I suppose it’s my own fault for choosing a lipstick named “Ultimate Suede” – they weren’t lying – this will make your lips look like actual suede. I’ve no idea whether or not the other colours misbehave in this hideous way and I’m not sure if I want to find out. This would definitely be one for the bin if I wasn’t such a hoarder of useless things. Perhaps I’ll find another use for it – patchy blusher perhaps?
Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick is available from Boots and Superdrug for £8.99 (or, almost nine pairs of Primark neon thongs which would probably have been more useful).
Believe it or not, this is my first serious foray into the ‘chubby stick’ scene. You won’t catch me splashing the limited cash I do have on the original Clinique versions in these dire times. Is it just me or was anyone really unsure about how you’re supposed to use these little guys?
After umming and ahhing for ages about the best way to use these shadow sticks, I did the opposite and used Rimmel Scandaleyes in Bulletbroof beige as a kind of eyeliner. Having used this on the lids, I wasn’t bowled over by the patchy finish. I must have missed the bit in the instructions where it says to work at the literal speed of light if you want any chance of this blending out smoothly. This seems to work better on other people so maybe I’ve got some mutation with my eyelids. But this stuff sets FAST and doesn’t budge.
However, the texture is TO DIE FOR. Creamy, pigmented and just stunning to look at when swatched heavily on the hand.
WITH FLASHHowever, much like a kind of makeup bloodhound, I try to sniff out other ways to use things that may have otherwise gone horribly wrong (we won’t talk about the time I used black kohl eyeliner as an eyebrow pencil). So I used this as an eyeliner on the lower lash line and in the inner corners to give my face a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed appearance. And by heck, I’m loving it. Again, I’ve napped with this on, gone running, sweated like a pig and rubbed my eyes with chilli fingers and this stuff was still pretty much perfect.
WITHOUT FLASHYou can see how it looks with and without flash (it looks amazing in bright light but is subtle enough for the office). Please excuse the weird lines in my pupils, I look like Coco the bleedin’ clown.
WITH FLASHFor under £5, these Rimmel Scandaleyes shadow sticks are pretty handy to have in your stash and I heavily suggest you get yourself down to Boots. And, if unlike me, your eyelids are of the normal variety then you’ll get even more use out of them but be warned about the quick setting!
Hello friends! Welcome to my first monthly favourites. Shall we get on with it?
Let’s ‘dive’ straight in with China Glaze Hey Sailor which, I believe came out three years ago as part of the Anchors Away collection. Well I can safely say this sailor missed the boat the first time round and ‘reeled’ it in some time last year. I’d never actually used it until last week; I usually swoop in for the garish neon yellow and the like. Anyway I fancied a bit of red and my Barry M one had taken on an unsavoury blood clot texture and I found Hey Sailor lurking in the back. It applied like a dream, and unlike other China Glaze varnishes I have which chip at, quite frankly, an alarming rate, this DID NOT CHIP. The photo you see below is how much my claws have grown since I painted them (NINE DAYS AGO) and chuffing Nora, there only chips I see are in my fish supper.Next is L’Oreal Super Liner in black. I’d had enough of Rimmel Glam’Eyes dissolving into my corneas a nanosecond after application so I finally decided to branch out. I like this L’Oreal lot, it’s much easier to control and when I inevitably make a mistake, it saves me throwing a wobbly and taking it all off. Act quickly enough and you can wipe off the wonky bits with your finger. Plus it lasts an eternity on the eyes. I literally went for a run with my makeup on, upwind, into heavy rain and this eyeliner was the only thing left on my soaking wet face by the time I got home.I’d been searching high and low for a nude matte lipstick; the right formula and shade are so hard to come by. Nudes are always too peach and give me that stripper look while mattes are hard to pull off – unless you have lips made of butter, they can all too easily look like athlete’s foot on your mouth. Not Mehr by MAC. Shade wise, it is the perfect nude for darker complexions and isn’t too light. Plus its smooth, opaque formula is what creamy dreams are made of.
I’ve been telling anyone who’ll listen about my love affair with Fresh-Faced Purifying Wash from Sanctuary Spa. I’ve been using this daily for a couple of months now and my skin is looking amazing. So amazing in fact that I don’t bother with foundation most days. This might have something to do with the fact that I’ve started actually washing my face with hot water and a flannel rather than relying on the devil’s cleanser that is face wipes. This face wash takes off all my makeup, and I can ever rub it into my eyelashes with minimum discomfort, leaving behind absolutely smashing skin. I’ve never touched a baby’s bottom but now I don’t need to.
I’ve saved the most boring (yet essential) product until last – Bourjois 1 Second Nail Polish Remover. It’s a scientific fact that every time I want to take my nail varnish off, I can’t find the required equipment. Twisting your digit into a damp and spongy hole might seem a little louche, this little pot of joy makes the laborious nail varnish removal process extremely easy to do.So there we have it, my January favourites. Let’s hope February brings even more beauty filled pleasure!