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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If you liked this post, you should check out:
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

how to: coconut oil your hair

So I’m not a beauty guru, nor do I profess to be and we all know that my hair can be a bit… temperamental to say the least.

I have however jumped on the bandwagon and become an advocate for coconut oil in all its rich, nutty glory. My Mum, who swears by it, bought me and my sister a tub of the Sainsbury’s one (£4.50) each for Christmas and I’ve been using it once a fortnight since then.
It isn’t just a fad though, it really does make a difference! My hair is softer yet stronger and has a really lovely shine to it despite all the bleach and heat its gone through over the years.

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Because of this, I thought I’d make a vlog showing you how I apply the coconut oil to my hair and see if you can see the difference it makes. Perhaps it will inspire some of you to give it a go yourselves. It’s much cheaper than most of the hot oil treatments I’ve seen in stores but I reckon it’s just as good.

Do you use any lifesaving products on your hair?
Have you tried coconut oil for anything?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below.
Jenna
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my silver hair journey – see how I got to pastel hair from red and the lovely things that Scissors did with it…
adventures: Scissors Christchurch Ladies’ Night – Nanny and I got pampered with bubbly, cakes and hair treatments!
Wella Instamatic Smokey Amethyst toner – what the last lilac toner we used did to my hair

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

#BloggerBoxShare

(Apologies for the shoddy photographs in this post – I was using my phone but I have a better blogging camera now as you lot know.)

 

Recently I took part in a fantastic ‘box share’ swapping event organised by Ms Mistry and Becky from Blogger and the Geek. We were paired at random with another blogger and had to create a box of treats for them – sort of like a care package – based on their likes and for a total of £10 or less.

My #BloggerBoxShare partner was the lovely Lynsey Emily and she picked out some really sweet and thoughtful things that I thought I would share with you guys!

My box arrived (a bit squished by the postal workers)…

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And inside, there was…

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A selection of really healthy herbal teas for my detox month that I can’t wait to try… especially with all my uni stress at the moment!

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Some Luxe temporary fashion tattoo transfers in metallic shades and a watercolour design… (I desperately want more ink but can’t afford it so what a great compromise!)

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A cute little perfume diffuser bottle – perfect for my handbag.

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A beautiful rose gold bracelet and earrings set with a dainty little arrow on from jewellerybox.co.uk

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A gorgeous handmade tealight candle holder – perfect to protect Trix from open flames!

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How cute is that?

Thanks so much to Lynsey for my lovely gifts – I can’t wait to try them all out and they’re all really useful picks.

Lynsey is on a blogging hiatus at the moment but she assures me that she loved her box from me so perhaps you’ll hear about it in the future!

Do you send gift boxes to anyone in the post?
Have you taken part in a #BloggerBoxShare before?

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

Jenna
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#TLSXmas gift swap – see what Sophie sent me in Katy’s Christmas gift swap!
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 // versatile blogger award – get to know more about me
I won chapterandcircle blog’s first giveaway! – my prizes from the gorgeous Rhiân

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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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