Monday, 26 January 2015

One Shadow Eyes


So I like my sleep. I am a night owl and go to bed late and like to snooze about 20 times before begrudgingly getting up in the mornings. This can often make me in a rush to do my make up, and in times like those it's all down to a simple eye. 

Recently I've been loving just using the shade Nooner from the Naked 3 palette all over the lid, a little blending around the edges, liner and bang, job's done. It's a darkish pink shade and really suits my pale skin and blue eyes. I think it's a wonderful shade and probably my most used out of the Naked 3 palette.


I think it's brilliant for one swish of colour and gives me extra time to concentrate on the more challenging parts of my war paint which is eyeliner.

To complete the look I've been absolutely loving Diva by MAC. I bought it just before Christmas so I can wear it throughout winter and wow it's so dark and makes me feel like such a badass when I wear it. I absolutely love lipstick that changes your mood and a full review of this lipstick is coming Wednesday.

Whats your go to eye shadow?

Friday, 23 January 2015

Movie Review: Whiplash

As soon as my boyfriend showed me the trailer for Whiplash I really wanted to see it. It had a great trailer which looked exciting plus it's received a whole load of award buzz. This film met and exceeded my pretty high expectations and I absolutely loved it.

Whiplash tells the story of student and ambitious drummer Andrew (Miles Teller) who attends one of the best schools for music in the country. He is selected by Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) to join his prestigious jazz band, however Fletcher's teaching styles are extreme to the point of abusive. Do the ends justify the means?

I absolutely loved this film. I thought it was great from start to finish and really got you feeling for the characters. The acting is fantastic and I've got no doubt in saying that J.K. Simmons is almost guaranteed the best supporting actor award. (Sorry Mark Ruffalo). Miles Teller is brilliant and the fact that he played drums throughout his teens shows as you definitely can tell it's him playing. 

The film is comical and you can tell the actors got the chance to let loose a little and ad lib some of their scenes. The whole movie feels very naturally acting and nothing feels put on. You can see the exhaustion in their faces and the audience feels awkward and like they are in the room when Fletcher is screaming abuse at his students. 

The whole film is wonderful and I would be very happy if it won the best picture award. I sort of think it'll go to Birdman, which is very deserved however I would probably recommend this film more over Birdman, it's more enjoyable for a film go-er audience whereas Birdman is much more of a selected style of audience. 

For more oscar nominated reviews, I've reviewed Birdman, Foxcatcher and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Have you seen Whiplash? What did you think?

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Couscous with broccoli and tuna salad

One of my favourite things to eat is tuna. I love the taste, it's quick and easy to put with something and you can make great salads with it. I often include it in a salad if I'm not having chicken and this recipe is one of my favourites as it's quick, simple and you can make quite a bit (like myself) and leave it to chill for later in the week.

1/2 cup couscous (1 cup if you are doing more than one meals worth)
1 Lemon
1/3 red, yellow and orange pepper
1 broccoli
1 small can of tinned tuna
salt & pepper to season.

1. Firstly I boil my kettle while chopping my broccoli up. I love broccoli as it's super healthy and easy to cook. Add it into a pan and use enough water to cover it, adding salt and leaving to boil.
2. Add 1/2 cup of couscous to a small bowl and then add 1/2 cup boiling water over the top. (If using 1 cup then add 1 cup of water). Honestly, couscous can be a bitch to get right and I've struggled a bit but this has been the safest method without making it too watery. Add the juice of 1 lemon to the couscous and sprinkle over salt and pepper. Put a lid (I use a plate) over the top.
3. While waiting for your couscous and broccoli, make up your salad items. I think this is quite filling so only use a bit of red, yellow and orange peppers, as the green isn't as sweet as those. Chop into small chunks. If you are making it for a meal later in the week, you can always add more salad items if needed. 
4. After about 10 minutes, drain your broccoli in a colander and fluff up the couscous.
5. In a bigger bowl, add half the couscous, half the broccoli and half the peppers. Open your tuna tin and add in around half, mixing together with a fork. Then add the other half of all the ingredients and mix together again. 
Then enjoy!

 What do you add in to make a great salad?

Monday, 19 January 2015

Jessica Chastain Golden Globes 2015 inspired look

Last week was the Golden Globes and the kick start of awards season. When I was searching through the dresses for my best dressed list here I found myself slightly mesmerised by Jessica Chastain and her gorgeous golden make up. I decided to take inspiration from it and try to recreate it.

First I primed my eyelid with Urban decay's primer potion and blended a bit of habit from the Vice 2 palette through the crease to help blending later on. For this step you can use anything close to your natural skin colour as you don't want to add colour on just yet.

Jessica's dress and make up included gold and I loved the co-ordination. Here I used half baked from the Naked palette all over my lid. I chose half baked as it's a gorgeous true yellow gold with the perfect amount of pigmentation and shimmer. I dabbed the colour onto my lid instead of wiping the brush, this way you get more colour pay off and less fall out.

This looks like a massive jump in process, I promise you it's not! I just didn't want to fill the post with pictures too much. After I added half baked on the lid, I also applied it to the inner third of my lower lash line. One way Jessica's look is quite soft for a smokey eye is that it's not a full on black used. I used the colour "Smokeout" from the Vice 2 palette, which is a dark grey colour. 

Black is quite hard to work with especially if you aren't used to blending, so I'd recommend using a dark brown or a grey like I did and slowly adding more of that until it's dark enough for your liking. To create the wing effect I held a tissue near my eye at an angle, mainly to prevent fall out but it also helps keep the eyes looking even and it's a lot more defined without having to mess about after. 

After a lot of blending, I also added smoke out to the outer third of my lower lashline and joined it up with the outer V. If your look is looking a little too dark, go back in with half baked and blend it over the top to soften it. Jessica's look is winged out more than mine however I was later heading to work so didn't go extreme with it.

Here is my finished look. I added mascara however Jessica wore fake lashes, but as I said mine is more daytime. To keep it simple and glossy on the lips like Jessica, I added Naked lipgloss from Urban Decay in the shade "walk of shame". It's a slightly brown colour but I really love those glosses. 

What do you think of this look?

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Movie Review: Foxcatcher

Last night I went to see Foxcatcher with Danny. It stars Steve Carrell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum, and is about team Foxcatcher and head coach John Du Pont, who hires two brothers to help him reach Olympic gold in wrestling.

The trailer for this movie was tense and exciting, and while at moments it was that, it was a lot slower and less thrilling than people might have wanted. I enjoyed it but probably wouldn't watch again, and it's probably not something most people would.

I really liked the acting in this movie. Steve Carrell is barely recognisable in this role and his make up and acting style is wonderful. I'm really proud of him for getting nominated for best actor. Mark Ruffalo was the best by far, his acting was spot on and really believable as this big brother and coach role. Channing Tatum was also really good especially in one scene where he repeatedly hits himself. For me Mark Ruffalo stole it though and if he gets best supporting actor, I'd be happy.

I did enjoy this film and would reccomend it if you like actors acting well and an interesting storyline, but it's not one for everyone. 

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Small Miracle: Bio-Oil Review*

Let me begin with telling you an awkward story about me. While in my last year of primary school, I got my boobs at once. As far as I remember, they just were there and I absolutely hated it. Bras were uncomfortable and the tiny one's for when you are first beginning weren't cutting it for me. It was annoying when running around and playing, and not that I was hugely bothered because no one was seeing them, but I developed small stretch marks a couple of years later as my body grew with them.

I didn't like it when I wore dresses and felt uncomfortable in my skin. Then, one day my mum brought home a small bottle with a pink type liquid in. I used it in the morning and at night and slowly my stretch marks faded away and I was really happy.

Fast forward to now, I'm a little overweight, and two years ago I used to be fine. Obviously, with that weight gain I've once again developed stretch marks. I wear tights a lot in summer, I don't like shorts and feel unsexy when I'm out on a night out and wearing a cardigan. I've recently been sent a bottle of bio-oil and it has definitely rekindled my love for this miracle liquid.

Bio-oil is non greasy, absorbs into the skin quickly and helps for stretch marks and scars. However, little did I know it has even more uses than that aswell! Bio-oil is great at refreshing tired eyes, and my skin is sensitive and dry so the skin around my eyes can often feel tight, dull and tired. When I know I haven't had enough sleep, I've been putting just a dab underneath each and and patting it in. It feels great on my skin (not sure what it would be like for oily skin) and my eyes looked more awake even when my mind wasn't.

Often I forget to take my make up off and end up taking it off with a wipe, but near the end of last year I had begun taking my make up off properly, some nights I used bio-oil when I had more of a full face and it definitely helped to get all of the foundation off and breaks other make up down really nicely. I then finish with a cleanser and evening moisturise and my skin feels great after long days.

While I haven't been using it every day on my face, I have been using it on my legs for stretch marks and am starting to notice a small difference. Obviously it's not going to go away without added exercise and a good meal plan, but it's helping me and it's making me feel a little more body positive about myself each time I use it.

You can find bio-oil online here. (£8.99)

What's some of your beauty miracles?

*I was sent this product however have been a fan of bio-oil all my life, opinions are my own.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Golden Globes: Best Dressed

So the golden globes were last night and it kicked off the awards season. I love Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and thought they were fantastic hosts (again!). I'm a little surprised with some of the winners such as Grand Budapest beating Birdman but I enjoyed both films, however I think it's definitely set a good look at what we might be able to expect from the Oscars. The BAFTA's are always interesting and I'm excited for those, as they tend to take things a little differently for most awards. Anyway! Here are my top 10 best dressed:

Naomi Watts in Gucci
I love the colour of this dress as it's very eye popping and you immediately notice her, however my favourite thing about this outfit is the snake choker which I think is a fabulous touch.

Allison Williams in Armani Prive
I love the look of this dress as the ruffles add an extra touch of glam, however am not too fond of the make up with this dress.

Amy Adams in Versace
Amy usually knows what suits her and this is no exception. I adore the colour against her red hair and pale skin, and love the one shoulder as it adds to all the twists of the dress.

Kate Beckinsale in Elie Saab
A gorgeous glittery number, this dress looks very red carpet and looks really nice with the hair up. 

Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein
Usually dressed in Calvin Klein, this dress is gorgeous and shines like a glitter ball (in the right way!). Very chic hairstyle and I like how she didn't add a necklace.

Lupita Nyong'o in Giambattista Valli
Winner of about every best dressed last year, Lupita does it again with this gorgeous purple flowery dress. I love the colours and the ruffles in the top half.

Emma Stone in Lanvin
I love when people wear jump suits instead of dresses and this one is great. Emma gets the golden globes right as it is not the most serious awards ceremony so doesn't need an all out gown. Plus I love her make up.

Anna Kendrick in Monique Lhuillier
From playing Cinderella in Into The Woods to stunning on the red carpet, this dress is very princess like and I absolutely love it.

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad
I love this dress from top to bottom. The shape is gorgeous with the deep plunge, I love the shoulders and the cape like dress doesn't look like it's swallowed her up. Definitely a stunning dress and thats why it's second.

Jessica Chastain - Versace
I chose Jessica as my number one because this dress is very different to what we've seen her in before. Usually she wears something a little less daring and more "gown" like however this year she has stunned with a gorgeous deep plunge that shows off her gorgeous body. Look at that cleavage! I love the hair to the side and think she looks fantastic.

What do you think of these dresses? Take a look at last year's post here to see who I picked last year.

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