foundation-free fridays: vamp

 I started this series on the blog last June when I was a lot less experienced at blogging and didn’t have a good camera. I still really like the ethos though.

Firstly because it’s important to let your skin breathe and some base makeup products don’t do that. Secondly, it’s about learning to love your skin even if it has what might be considered ‘imperfections’. After the recent response to Match.com’s poorly thought out advert, I thought it would be nice to revive foundation-free Fridays, especially as I’m majorly focusing on my skin and skincare at the moment.

Previously my looks have been what I would call ‘everyday wear’ for me and so I wanted to create a look that you could try on a night out. I must admit I do tend to wear much more makeup than this when I go out and I usually opt for foundation! I do really like this ‘vamp’ look though and I think it draws the attention away from any blemishes/discoloration on my skin.

 

The foundation-free look: ‘Vamp’

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The products I used were a little more expensive and have been gifts from Josh, friends and family so I tend to keep them for special occasions. This look felt really sexy and vampy because of the contrast with my hair. You can just about see my freckles now the sun is out too!

Brows: Collection Intense Colour Supersoft Kohl Pencil in Birdy Song // Makeup Revolution I ♡ Makeup Brow Kit Bold is Best
Eyes: ‘Verve’ and ‘Blackout’ from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette // Shu Uemura Pressed Eye Shadow in Gold Glitter // Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black // Seventeen High Drama Intense Liquid Eyeliner in Blackest Black
Lips: Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 04

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Do you like/own any of these products?
Do you take foundation-free days?

 

Jenna
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Mermaid Look – A guest post by Peter Minkoff – Peter explores the magical world of the mermaid fashion trend.
FOTD: Smashbox Art, Love, Colour Bestsellers Kit – My prizes from Jemma at Floral Etiquette provided a great daily makeup look…
Unicorns Unite Lipstick Collection by Makeup Revolution – I vlogged swatches and tried on these magical lip colours!
Rimmel Lasting Finish for an Autumn Lip Look – I used the same lipstick for a fab Autumn makeup look…

guest post: Mermaid Look

Today’s guest post comes from the wonderful Peter Minkoff. Peter is a beauty and fashion editor for Your Style Forecast as well as a freelance menswear fashion stylist and he’s from Brisbane, Australia.

When he pitched this article to me, I begged him to write it as I love the whole look and all the pretty colours!

 

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By Peter Minkoff

Mermaid look is everything right now! Unless you’ve been living under a rock you sure have noticed all the rainbow colored hairdos (eyebrows and beards, too!), outfits and shoes strolling happily down the streets of your city. In fact, wherever we look, whether it’s real life or a TV/net commercial, we sure are seeing rainbow colors and falling in love with them over and over again.

It’s not really clear when and where everything started but the first time we actually noticed it we were reluctant to accept it – after all, it was weird, it was too colorful for anything business-like, it was simply too unusual. However, just as it happens with all cool fashion trends, this one caught up really soon, especially because it was accepted by little Kylie Jenner. It also didn’t hurt it that it came about sometime during spring/summer so the colors forced by the, what will later become “mermaid look”, were perfectly suitable for the hot summer days, beach parties and all those leisure vibes.

So, what exactly is this mermaid trend?

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photo by collage by: fashiongonerogue.com & pinterest.com

 

Coloring your hair unexpected shades of grey, red, pink, blue, hot pink, yellow, turquoise, deep blue and green is a pretty easy way to sum this trend up.

The “granny style” that came before the “mermaid” trend sported grey locks that looked amazing on almost anyone who tried it! Sure, it was advised for younger people to try it out as their skins were still smooth and young-looking so there was no fear of someone actually looking aged due to their new ‘do. It wasn’t long before the “mermaid” trend came about and everyone wanted to replace the grey with some hot color.

Girls, boys – you name it – everyone became obsessed with going colorful on their hair and, apparently, making a statement with it. Like all unusual trends this one too became a synonym for hipster fashion but we didn’t mind. Blue eyed girls with their blue hairs and a huge smile were definitely worth all the head-turning during summer! And the boys, mh! Resembling mythical creatures from the deep, with their fashionable green ‘dos and long pink beards… yum! If only Ariel had known there would ever be a trend like this, she’d definitely think twice before choosing Prince Eric over a hot, turquoise-haired merman.

Is the mermaid trend limited to hair only?

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photo by collage by: fashiongonerogue.com & tumblr.com

 

Absolutely not! Many a cosmetic labels launched nail designs, eye shadows, mascaras and lipsticks in mermaid shades (some labels are calling them ‘macaroon colors’) and as it seems, the trend isn’t likely to go away. More and more girls are hopping on the train to mermaid-town and it’s looking fabulous! It may be unusual and it may take some time to get used to, but some shades are simply to die for.

 

How did the fashion world react to the mermaid look?

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photo by collage by: elle.co.uk & pinterest.com

 

Let’s just say it has definitely paid tribute to it! From pastels dominating virtually every designer’s collection to gauzy gowns and sequins, the iconic look of the mermaid became the it factor to dress by.

“Sheer and sexy queen-of-the-sea gowns dominated at Atelier Versace’s Fall Couture 2015 show, while Givenchy showed a flared sequined skirt straight out of Ariel’s dreams for its Resort 2016 collection”.

The last info we have is that the summer of 2016 is going to be mermaid-huge! So, make sure you get your trendy one piece swimsuit on a latest swimwear sale before they are all sold out!

Who should go by mermaid look?

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photo by collage by: fashiongonerogue.com & tumblr.com

 

Well, we’d love to say anyone but we can’t… unless you are working and living in a super easy-going environment, that is. Anyone who is in a “strict” line of business such as government, medicine, economy, education, marketing or anything that has to do with serious matters isn’t really the good candidate for the look. However, it’s a perfect fit for all the free, restless souls out there, artists, stage performers and all others who simply don’t care!

 

Thanks again to Peter for a great post.

 

Do you consider yourself part of the “mermaid look” club?
Would you want to try the look but can’t at the moment?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below.

 

Jenna

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If you liked this post, you should check out:
FOTD: Smashbox Art, Love, Colour Bestsellers Kit – My makeup prizes from the lovely Jemma of Floral Etiquette
how to: coconut oil your hair I talk through (and clumsily vlog) about using coconut oil to nourish my bleached hair
Makeup Revolution: Unicorns Unite Lipstick Collection – I swatch and try-on the magical colourful lipsticks from MR
tag: boyfriend does my makeup
– Josh and I try a very funny tag where he makes me look… interesting

FOTD: Smashbox Art, Love, Colour Bestsellers Kit

So I was lucky enough to win a fabulous giveaway over on Jemma’s beautiful blog, Floral Etiquette. Jemma is a deputy editor, blogger and fellow purple-haired lady and her blog photography is just perfect. She loves pastels (just like me) and has some really aesthetically-pleasing posts about homeware and makeup, as well as some more thoughtful lifestyle content.

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Click the image to visit Floral Etiquette!

Jemma’s giveaway prize was this gorgeous Smashbox Art, Love, Colour Bestsellers Kit – how could I not try my chances?

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I love Smashbox as a brand. Their makeup is top-quality and the price isn’t too arguable for how far it goes. Josh buys me the Jet Set gel eyeliner every year for Christmas or my birthday and if you buy directly from the site, they throw in a free gift too. Because of this, I’ve got the Photo Finish Primer and the Full Exposure Mascara already but I’m glad to have increased my supply with this kit!

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I thought I’d do a basic day-to-day look using the products in the kit to show what they look like together and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

Here’s my FOTD (face of the day):

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The primer goes a really long way and is perfect for long days or nights out as your foundation (and your eyebrows if you draw them on like me!) will not budge. The shades in the little eyeshadow set compliment each other perfectly and I find brown makes blue eyes really pop!

I wasn’t too sure about the colour of the lipgloss on me… Although it says it was the ‘Pink Lady’ shade, I think they’d put the wrong one in the box as this was a creamy beige colour and I found it to be a little orangey on me, even on top of foundation.

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Brows: Collection Intense Colour Supersoft Kohl Pencil in Birdy Song // Makeup Revolution I ♡ Makeup Brow Kit Bold is Best
Base: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer  (oil-free) // Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Light Porcelain 
Little Touches: Collection Cover Up Stick Concealer in Light/Translucent // Collection Pressed Powder in 18 Ivory
Eyes: Smashbox  Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio in Filter // Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black // Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Deep Black
Lips: Smashbox Be Legendary Lipgloss (not sure of shade?)

Do you own any Smashbox products?
Are you taking part in or hosting a giveaway?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below.

Jenna

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how to: coconut oil your hair – I talk through (and clumsily vlog) about using coconut oil to nourish my bleached hair
Makeup Revolution: Unicorns Unite Lipstick Collection – I swatch and try-on the magical colourful lipsticks from MR
tag: boyfriend does my makeup – Josh and I try a very funny tag where he makes me look… interesting
foundation-free fridays series – something I’ll be reviving very soon – looks that let your skin breathe

Makeup Revolution | Unicorns Unite Lipstick Collection

If you put a mythical creature in your product name, chances are I’m going to buy it. When I saw that the Makeup Revolution Unicorns Unite Lipsticks had gone on offer (5 for £4) I felt the need to get the whole lot! In the past year I’ve definitely given lipstick more of a go and I’m glad I have because it can really transform a look.

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I love Makeup Revolutions lipsticks because they’re great for people like me on a budget, who don’t wear them often enough or long enough to require decent staying power. At £1 each, I don’t really care if they come off after eating and drinking.

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| ‘horn of magic’ |

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| ‘legend’ |

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| ‘pink myth’ |

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| ‘throne’ |

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| ‘magical’ |

The colours are fantastic and made me feel really cool -they’re quite original. I would however recommend that you apply a base to your lip beforehand (foundation/concealer/powder) just to give them a bolder pop and increase their staying power.

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I filmed a ‘try-on’ vlog with swatches if you want to see these lipsticks in action before you buy them.

I was dubious at first as I didn’t know if I had the confidence to pull off such different colours but I love them and I’ve worn them out multiple times!

 

Do you own any Makeup Revolution lipsticks?

What’s your favourite ‘magical’ make up look?

 

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below.

 

Jenna

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If you liked this post, you should check out:
Josh does my makeup  – A vlog featuring ciders and sweary nonsense but worth a watch…
rimmel lasting finish for an autumn lip look – A bit pricier but worth it for a great lipstick!
foundation-free fridays – a series that’s coming back surely about makeup looks without foundation/base products

tag: boyfriend does my makeup

So I’ve been a bit absent lately due to an overwhelming amount of university work but as promised, Josh and I filmed the ‘Boyfriend Does My Makeup’ tag. I’d like to make a little disclaimer and say that this wasn’t filmed under the assumption that Josh’s gender has anything to do with his (reasonable) makeup skills and I’d invite anyone and their partner (or friend) to take part because it was great fun to do!

The rules were:
– You should lay out all your products in front of the person – ones that you’re willing to play with, not necessarily the expensive ones! 
– You can’t tell the person what products you use.
– You can’t tell them where it would usually be used.
– You can’t tell them which order they are used in.

This is only my second ever video so I’m still getting to grips with the software… please be kind. We did this as we were getting ready to go to an engagement celebration – there were ciders involved. The video contains lots of swearing, rambling and obscure references…

Remember kids, always drink responsibly (18+)  and don’t let your partner who is clueless about cosmetics draw on your face!

Have you done this tag or something similar with someone?
Have any of your faves got an especially good video of the tag?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below.

Jenna
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My Birthday Celebrations – my first ever vlog with some embarassing footage…
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birthday wishlists: beauty

It’s now four days until my birthday (27th September) and I’m getting really excited about the celebrations! I wanted to post a few of my wishlists on here to share with you guys and you can find the first one here.

This one is slightly smaller but there’s some essential hair and beauty products that I’ve been lusting after…

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Katy Perry Purr Eau De Parfum 100ml – £13.68
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Maybelline Baby Lips Balm (5 Pack) – £13.89
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manic-panic-pink-lipstick-blue-valentine-alternative-beauty-makeup-polyvore-wishlistManic Panic Lipstick in ‘Blue Valentine’  – £10.00
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Do you like or own any of these beauty items?
What did you get/do for your birthday?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below!

Jenna
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 birthday wishlists: clothing, summer/autumn wishlist or my adventure time wishlist

rimmel lasting finish for an autumn lip look

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I am only now beginning to experiment with lipsticks, in particular darker shades. I already own a Lasting Finish lipstick (shade 01) and so I’m aware of their staying power and high quality. I had also recently purchased an ‘Amazing Lipliner’ from Makeup Revolution in ‘Vamp’ so I thought that I would try combining the two to create a warm autumn lip.

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(Apologies for the image quality, I am getting a camera for my birthday next week so no more crappy phone pictures!)

Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipliner Vamp (£1.00, currently out of stock)

Lasting Finish by Kate Moss 04  (£5.49, Boots)

Unfortunately I have struggled to find this exact shade of the lipstick (04) still being sold in UK stores as mine was a gift from a friend. However, after a good hunt I have found ONE left on Amazon at a hefty £9.99. Regardless of the colour, the lipstick stays pretty well despite eating and drinking, lasting just shy of three hours before the need to reapply. It doesn’t feel very heavy on your lip either.

I would recommend trying any of the current shades of Lasting Finish lipstick by Kate Moss – they’re great quality for a decent price.

 

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Here’s the finished look, perfect for day wear or a night out!

What do you think of Rimmel’s Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipsticks?

Do you have a favourite Autumn lip product?

 

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below!

Jenna

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