How to create the perfect winged liner

I've been asked a couple times how I apply my eyeliner and if I can do a tutorial on it. For me, plenty of practice and a hella load of patience has helped me tonnes. I wanted to share with you my top tips for creating the perfect winged liner. To start off with you wanna find the right liner for you now I don't know the 'official' names of liners so you'll have to bear with me but I will pop in a lil photo so that you know what I'm talking about.

The OG liner.

Lets start with what I'd call the 'OG' of liners which I would call the 'liquid' liner this has a little brush crewed into a pot of liquid liner and you can pick them up from literally anywhere cheap as chips; they were most likely the first eyeliner in your makeup bag and in my opinion, they're the worst. They're hard to use and your brush is likely to be too stiff or too soft and that makes it hella hard to apply the liner, Some people do get along with these though so do check them out and see what you think because you can get them so cheap it wouldn't really make much of a difference to your purse if you hate it.

Mousse and gel

I have never used any of these so I can't share my opinion on them but going by reviews gel is quite long lasting and has a more dramatic effect this one's a little cheaper than mousse liner; you apply this with an angled brush, from tutorials it looks like it takes a lot of concentration and you need to be quite precise. I can't say I would personally choose a mouse liner as to me it just sounds as if it would crumble as you apply it but you can't knock it 'till you've tried it, it has the same concept as gel liner so you'd apply it with a brush, I'd say these two types are for the steady-handed

Pencils & Felts

I started off doing a wing with a pencil liner but they're very faint as they're only really used for waterlines but I found them easy because they're easiest to hold and you don't have to be really steady with them, finding felt liners has honestly changed my eyeliner game. For me a felt is my 'go to' there's much more control with it which makes it easier to apply in my opinion, They're also quite pigmented which I like and when it runs out you can take the nib out and switch it around to save yourself some money.

The hacks :
Keep your eye open: Some people tend to shut and even pull on their eyes whilst they do their eyeliner, don't do this. Dragging your eye out can cause wrinkles & shutting them gives you lest precision, by keeping them open you can see what you're doing which makes you less likely to mess up.
Use tape: If you really can't hack it use some tape, it's a really easy way to get a sharp but foolproof wing and after a while of using it you'll most likely get used to how you're drawing the wing and be able to draw it without it.
Small strokes: This is the easiest way to apply your liner precisely, I know in tutorials they make it look oh, so easy sweeping the liner across their lids but these people have had a lot of practice. If you're just starting off with liner apply it using small strokes across your lid and then join it up to the end of your wing.

How to create the perfect wing :

  1. Place the pen from the corner of your eye towards the end of your brow (with the lid on), This is where your wing is going to go, using that guide draw a small straight line.
  2. Keep as close to your eye as you can and using small strokes draw a line from the inner corner of your eye outwards.
  3. Using your pen take the tip of your first line and join it up to the line across your lid.
  4. smooth over the whole wing and fill in any gaps or sparse areas.
  5. Take some concealer on a small (preferably angled if you have it) brush and clean up the edges.



Do you have any eyeliner tips?, What type of eyeliner do you prefer to use?.

New must haves in my make-up collection

In an attempt to cut down on my spending, I decided a few months back that I would only buy the essentials, I've actually been really good with this and it really helps me to use what I have in the collection before I go out and splurge. As I recently ran out of my makeup revolution concealer (honestly I'm not surprised I've been plastering my face every day in that stuff) I had to pick up another, I honestly couldn't really be bothered to shop online which is a whole new level of lazy, I guess I mainly didn't want to wait for it so I popped over to my local boots and I treated myself a little top up.

Makeup


Don't whip out the medals (do), I've bought an actual lipstick which isn't liquid. Yep, a proper lipstick. I think this is the first actual lipstick I've had in my collection for about a year. I think liquid lipsticks can be a little too drying for this time of year and usually when I find an actual lipstick in matte 99% of the time it is actually semi-matte, which is great for this time of year. I'd love some recommendations on actual lipsticks, do you have a fave?


I also picked up one of my all-time favourite concealers which is the Seventeen stay time 18-hour concealer. Honestly, I love this brand all of their products are so affordable yet such good quality. I love this concealer for a few reasons; mainly the coverage which is full, the formula which doesn't crease and applies well and last but not least the fact it suits my pale skin, it's such a dream.

I'm becoming quite the highlight hoarder, this time last year I owned one highlight which was in a eyeshadow palette (trying to get my blush brush in there was no fun). I currently have 7 which isn't a large collection of most people but I have a pretty small makeup collection. This little highlight stick caught my eye as I was walking through the make-up isle which I always seem to get sucked in to and honestly it's brilliant, the colours pretty there's a subtle glow to it and it lasts well also which is fab.


Skincare


As someone with eczema, my skin gets crazy dry, especially in the winter... This means if  I don't look after my skin my hands will crack and bleed, which stings so bad.,please tell me I'm not the only one!. I have been using the Flexitol hand cream which I mentioned in a recent post and I have really been enjoying that but on this particular day anything I put on my hands absolutely stung. My friend offered me some of the hand cream she had in her bag and as my hands were already stinging I didn't really have a lot to lose and it stopped my stinging and took down the redness instantly and I was quite shocked by that to be honest, so much so that It's the first thing I looked for in boots; The palmers cocoa butter formula concentrated cream for hands knees and elbows. If you have dry skin, you need this.

I am that person who uses their blunt razor and is like "yeah I should buy a new one of those" but never actually does. I decided instead of buying a new razor I'd just pick up a couple of blades so that when I say that I can just change the head on the razor and voilĂ . The razor I use is the Wilkinson Sword Quattro trimmer razor and this works really well for me, these 3 blades are only £6. I also grabbed the Boots smooth care shaving gel as well in sensitive because else I will get mad shaving rash which no one wants.

I also grabbed a new body spray and I wanted something a little different to your standard impulse that I've used 50 times so I went for the Boots paradise shores. There isn't much price difference between these and impulse but I really like the smell of this one, it's base is berries and citrus and it just smells so sweet and lovely, I highly recommend it.

Haircare


I didn't pick up much haircare wise but I did need some shampoo and conditioner. I couldn't really afford 3 for £10 on Aussie as much as a good deal as it is because I'm trying to save so I've gone with the Boots fresh and nutty coconut shampoo and conditioner and it seems pretty basic but who knows I might be blown away. I'll update you on my Instagram stories if it impresses me, which I'm hoping it does.



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Have you tried any of thee products?, I'd love to hear your thoughts.





If you're lazy.. you need these hacks

I'm such a lazy girl, any hack I can do to save me time and effort trust me I've tried it, I've been hack testing, is that a thing?, I could 100% do that job. I thought I'd do a little collection of must-have hacks that nay lazy gals (like me) out there can use to save themselves valuable time which you can use to watch an extra episode of that series you're binging at the moment before you have to crack on with your day.



Tape for fleeky eyeshadow

let's kick this off with a makeup hack... You may be doing one of two things right now 1) "yeah I've heard that loads" or 2) looking at your screen with the same facial expression your grandma uses whilst trying to find 'the internet'. Don't worry it doesn't hurt, simply pop a little tape going from the outer corner of your eye to the end of your brow (it doesn't have to be super pretty tape just don't use anything too strong like I don't wanna be sending you hospital over a hack) and then apply your eyeshadow/liner as usual and when you're finished peel off the tape to find the most professional looking eyeshadow you ever did see.

Straighten your plait

What?. Let me explain okay?. Picture this it's 8:30am you were meant to be at work for 9pm but you've legit only just rolled out of bed, oh and you've got some serious bedhead (sorry for the nightmares) simply take your hair into a plait and run a straightener over the top, there you go you have goddess hair and 20 minites still to get to work (if you have a really long commute this might not be for you chuck it into a bun and click into rush mode and get yourself to work, quick!).

Keep a pack of face wipes next to your bed

I recently chatted a lil bit about skincare and how to find your perfect routine and as much as I try to keep up with my skincare like, I'm not perfect and as you've probably guessed by now am so flipping lazy that using 5 different products isn't exactly my fave part of the evening, keeping a lil pack of face wipes next to your bed is the simplest yet most genius hack, whoever put this one on Pinterest needs to win a Nobel, I'd also suggest a little bottle of moisturiser because I class that as the most important in my routine but there's no pressure here.

Use your face mist to set your make-up

We all love a good face mist but imma be broke if I go out and buy 2 products that do exactly the same thing, plus there's no point of doing that anyway. If you have a moisturising face mist set your makeup with that, save yourself some money and the effort of having to use another product and spritz that all over, it lasts just as good!. I'm really enjoying using The Body Shop vitamin E facial mist at the moment it's so hydrating and it's quite affordable as well which is fab.

Mix a lil highlight in that concealer

This is a proper 'fake being awake'. I use a cream highlight for this, usually in a cream shade I like the tenchic strobe kit and I mix it in with my concealer on the back of my hand, when you put this under your eyes, my god, you're gonna look like you've been up since 8:30, been to the gym, drank one of those green juices. I mean you just look so perked up, of course, don't use this on your spots etc or your gonna be like drawing attention to them but just try it under your eyes, you'll never use normal concealer again.


Put your beauty blender in the microwave

I'm gonna guess you're like what is this gal right now, but this is hands down the best way to clean it properly. I've actually just put mine in now and then I dropped it straight into my washing up bowl which was full of dishes (don't do that) so I had to do it a second time. Simply place your blended into a microwaveable bowl or a mug, cover it with a lil dish soap and fill the mug with water (make sure you do that or it'll catch firs). Give it 30 seconds or 1 minute and take it out now before the next bit I wanna say these girls aren't messing about with this hack, that sponge feels like lava when you squeeze it out so I ran cold water over it the second time (lets not talk about the first) before I squeezed it out and this works so well and you barely have to do anything unlike your brushes.

The wonderful world of DIY beauty

Not only am I lazy but I'm broke and tbh the last thing I wanna do when I run out of my favourite soap and glory scrub is go to boots and then end up dropping my whole life savings because I have no willpower when it comes to this place, none at all. Also, I really don't want any reason to have to walk outside in the cold like no thank you. I found a couple of lil DIY beauty bits on Pinterest and I'm determined to get round to making each one, It's cheaper and it's much more natural also you could pop some of the homemade bits in lovely little jars and use them for gifts like a mini Martha Stuart.

All of these hacks have helped me step up my lazy game (is that a thing?). They've also split my daily beauty routines in half, I mean they've given me more time free to watch Jane the virgin which is all I wanna do at the moment!.


Do you know any beauty hacks?


Finding your skin type & Basic skincare routine.

I'll be the first to admit that I haven't exactly stuck to a skincare routine in roughly a year (don't judge me). Now don't get me wrong It's not because  I haven't got the products because my dressing table drawer is like an overflowing river of moisturiser (I'd totally jump in that) it's simply because I can't be bothered after a long day to sit and look after my skin ~ my god that sounds bad, doesn't it?. I thought I'd share with you today why a skincare routine is a way to go (Also I need a kick up the arse to take my makeup off tonight).

Let's get down to basics.

Before you start panic buying draws upon draws of toner first you need to know your skin type. There are 5 main skin types/conditions and I'm gonna break down each one for you.



Personally, my skin type is a combination of Oily, Sensitive and dry. I have to be careful what products I use on my face or I end up with what I like to call the "tomato effect". I always try to buy skin friendly, hydrating products and I try to scrub my face once a week at least to take down the oiliness. What's your skin type?.

The basic 3 step routine

When I think of a skin care routine I think of cleanser, toner and moisturiser. For me, this is my basics routine and the routine I'm most likely to stick to at 10pm when I wanna dive into my bed. There are a lot of people who do rave about an 8 step routine with different serums etc and whatever works for you is great, you do you. However, I think if you're new to a routine or are getting back into one then you should be careful to not overload your skin and use too many products at first especially if your skin is dry and/or sensitive. So why is this basic routine so important?.

Cleanser
The cleanser is possibly the most important step in your routine because it washes away all the nasties in your pores like makeup and dirt leaving you with refreshed, soothed skin. As it's unclogging your pores it's leaving you with healthier skin and it also is reducing your pores in size. Your cleanser will moisturise your skin which is needed for all skin types but especially dry, sensitive and combination skin types. If you have oily skin your cleanser will prevent excess oil build up and leave your skin looking less shiny.


Toner
Your toner isn't essential in a routine but I would for sure recommend it for your routine because it has so many benefits. It will help to remove anything that your cleanser misses so it's some peace of mind that your skin is as clean as it can be. Toner also moisturises your skin and it refreshes it so well seriously, have you ever applied toner on a hot day?. It also helps to shrink your pores which is great for oily and combination skin.



Moisturiser
I can't even explain how much you need a moisturiser in your routine. If there's only one thing out of your whole routine you use, make it this. Your moisturiser could be anything from a thick cream to a serum, whatever you prefer. Personally on my combination skin I like the Simple kind to skin moisturiser for my combination skin. Moisturiser will help to reduce the chances of you getting 'skin problems' such as dry skin as well as this it also reduces the chances of blemishes and acne dream. Another bonus of moisturiser is the fact  that it prevents wrinkles and helps skin feel and look more rejuvenated.


So I'm going to try and stick to my routine and I hope this post has been some help to you, as a round up your routine will help to keep your skin refreshed and soothed, it will also help to clear out your pores meaning they're likely to shrink a little (especially large pores on oily/combination skin). Your routine is going to help you out with acne as you're keeping your skin nice, clean and fresh, is anyone else now skincare 'window shopping' or?.

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What I replaced my non cruelty-free makeup with.

As you may know, a couple of months ago I made the decision to go cruelty-free. Saying that I did want to use up any last products that were tested on animals purely because 1) I didn't want to waste loads of makeup and 2) I didn't have the money to buy lots of new products. I've been buying a couple of bits over the last couple of weeks and I wanted to share with you what I replaced this makeup with. Hopefully, I can inspire some of you too to try some cruelty-free brands (you most likely use them daily). Also, don't worry I didn't bin like half of my makeup collection, only the ran out stuff, the rest went to friends.


Maybelline The nudes / blushed nudes palette for the Too faced sweet peach palette 
I used to be quite brand loyal to Maybelline before I went cruelty-free. I used to think the quality of their palettes were pretty good for the prices but when I had my clear out they went straight into the 'bye' pile. I replaced these with my Too faced sweet peach palette which was only £10 more expensive than the two together and is much better quality, has some nude shades int here but ultimately I use this much more than the Maybelline palettes and I'm glad to know no animals were harmed in the making of it.


Rimmel Kate 107 lipstick for the body shop liquid lipstick.
Ah, we had a good run. I'm not going to lie this one was a little bit of a dagger to the heart to throw away so Rimmel If you wanna go cruelty-free we'd all love that, I think the only thing about this that I really loved is the shade because for me it tended to come off quite easily am I the only one?. I replaced this with The Body Shops liquid lipstick in Mauritius Dahlia and I don't regret it at all, I really like how close in colour these two were and I always choose a liquid lipstick over the standard one, I like that the body shop one is still matte and I find it much easier to apply, It's for sure become a staple in my collection


Collection Contour palette for the seventeen define and conquer palette
This was one of the first contour kits I owned, ah the nostalgia. I will be honest though I didn't really get along with this too well so it wasn't hard at all to part with it. I think the shades just weren't right for me perhaps? Usually It just sorta left me looking like I'd used a wotsit on my face. I swapped this for the seventeen define and conquer kit which was much easier for me to use, it's easy to blend and the shades worked a little better for me, There's a matte highlight in this though which wasn't really my cup of tea so I switched this one up for the Body Shop contour kit which is honestly my new fave, I use it every day and take it everywhere!.


Loreal infallible foundation for the N07 beautifully matte
One thing you probably already know about me is that I don't tend to stray away from a full coverage foundation, I really liked the Loreal infallible foundation but it was one of the first things in my throw out pile, I swapped this for the N07 beautifully matte foundation which I honestly rave about constantly, It's just amazing. I have done a full review here if you'd like to read it. It's oil-free (which your gal needs), Matte, Full coverage and cruelty-free... amazing right?.


Collection lasting perfection concealer for the Seventeen 18 hour concealer
Yes, I got rid of my trusty Collection concealer, I can already hear the gasps a mile off. I actually didn't mind getting rid of this concealer because at the time the only shade I could get hold of just didn't work for me, I swapped this for the Seventeen 18 hour concealer and I can't even explain how well I get on with this, It's a lot thinner than the collection one and in my opinion the coverage is on the same level , the thinner consistency makes it easier to blend as well as more breathable. These are roughly the same price anyway so that doesn't make too much of a difference. This concealer is a heck of a lot lighter which is a dream for a pale gal like me, overall I'm really impressed by it.

I'm so happy with all the swaps I've made and I only have about 2 more products to replace which are the Maybelline big shot mascara as well as the Rimmel stay matte powder (any suggestions are more than welcome). I'm really enjoying finding new brands on my cruelty-free journey and slowly switching these products out which at one point were my absolute holy grails has been so nice to do. You can find a list of cruelty-free brands here if you're interested.



Super easy date night makeup

January is finally over.. hooray!. Honestly, it feels like it's been January for about 4 years, as it's now over you know what that means Valentine's day is just around the corner. I've put together a lovely yet easy makeup look perfect for that daytime date (I'll be doing something a little more glam for the night time). I've used a couple of my Favourite products to put this look together and I know you're gonna love it. The majority of the products used in this tutorial are cruelty-free (The Rimmel stay matte powder and Maybelline Mascara are not but I wanted to use them up).

Before I've done makeup I've scrubbed my face in the morning with the Soap and glory daily detox scrub and roughly 15 minutes before applying any makeup I've prepped my face with The Body shop Vitamin E moisturiser personally I know from past experience when my skin is smooth and hydrated my makeup applies so much more even and it ends up looking much better in general. I also like to prime my face, just to keep everything intact, my go-to currently is the Body Shop's Instablur, It's a clear primer which does a really good job on smoothing everything over.

I'm starting off with the N07 Beautifully matte foundation (Calico), this is a really nice foundation for when you need heavy coverage; it's thick, it lasts, it's oil-free and it's breathable I know not all people like a full coverage so I can recommend the following to you; Sleek lifeproof foundation which is a medium coverage(L1) or if you like a super light coverage I really like The body shop's BB cream (02).


For concealer, I usually like a heavy coverage and that's all I've ever really used personally currently I'm loving the Makeup Revolution conceal and define concealer (c2), This concealer is so great, For £4 you just can't go wrong the coverage is nice and thick but it doesn't crease and it also blends really nicely, If you like you can read a full review on this here. To set this in place I've very lightly dusted the Rimmel stay matte powder over mt Tzone.

For contouring I'm using my trusty quad from the body shop, this is actually a Zpalette with a blush, Highlighter, Contour shade and bronzer and as you can't get the actual product anymore and filling the quad would cost you roughly £20 I'd recommend the Makeup Revolution contour palette (light).
I love my eye makeup, I'm always one to swoon over those insta #browandliner type of accounts, I wanted to go for a really subtle yet complementary eye look and I think a foolproof palette to go for is the Too faced sweet peach there are so many beautiful shades in here to chose from, honestly it's always my go too. I already have the primer from earlier on my eyes so I'm going to sweep 'preaches n cream' over the top of that mainly to act as a base.



For my crease, I'm going for a little bit of 'puree' and that's going to be the first colour I sweep through my crease I'm using my elf contour brush to do this and then I'm going to blend the edges of the shadow out to soften it a little, I'm using The body shop's blending brush to do this. For my main lid colour, I've gone for a touch of 'Luscious' and then 'cobbler' on my outer corners. I'm taking 'white peach on my brow bone and I'm using this to soften the edges a lil.



The liner is one of my favorite parts of a makeup look, I feel like if your liner and your brows are 'on fleek' you're winning. At the moment I'm using the body shops 'skinny liner' and I'm using that to create a thin wing, I think that looks best with a subtle look like this. I'm quite wanting some big lovely looking lashes with this one but personally, I don't really use Fake lashes (although I do want to give them a go) So I've gone for the Maybelline colossal big shot mascara and I'll most likely do 2-3 coats of this. My brows usually don't take me too long to do, I use a handy little quad that was actually from Poundland (talk about a bargain) and I use the darkest shade to fill in any sparse areas as well as shape my brows, I then brush through them with my Ted baker eyebrow brush.


For my lips, I've gone for my all-time favorite birthday suit which always looks so lovely with a brown eye look. I find this lasts quite well and doesn't really bleed like that so it's quite good in that sense.

What's your ideal date night makeup?.