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Thursday, 26 December 2013

. . Merry Christmas Everyone . .

x . . I hope everyone had a very happy & merry Christmas . .x
x . . I had a very lovely but busy Christmas day shared with my family. .x
My Christmas Day Outfit
For Christmas I love getting dressed up & going all out because it only comes once a year. . For the past 4 years I get an idea in my head of what kind of look I fancy going for . . this year I decided a more relaxed look with one main focus point & something that I would be able to wear again . . I decided on this floral playsuit teamed with black tights which were covered in black diamonds along with these black heeled boots & my new dark purple fedora hat . . which I was searching & searching the shops for and I finally managed to pick this one up from Matalan for £8.00
I know this doesn't sound too casual but im usually pairing my outfits with coloured tights and loads of busy pieces but this year I only had one busy item . .
I decided to curl my hair using my Nicky Clarke curling wand & I wore a natural lip with a winged eye - created by No7 products which were gifts from my godparents

 . . To me Christmas is about being with those who you love & sharing a special day with friends & family . . however I also enjoy & appreciate the gifts I receive on Christmas day . .  

Friday, 20 December 2013

New Years Eve Make-up Inspo with Kristie Blogs Beauty

Hey everyone . . im back today with a Christmas party or New Years Eve look .. I'm doing a collaboration with Kristie Blogs Beauty . .
So ive decided to go with a purple eye and berry lip because I love these colours and think they are a great colour for the season . . I have used a glittery eye shadow from Urban Decay to give my eyes a bit of sparkle. .
 Follow these simple steps to create this purple berry look x
Step 1 - Cover eye lid with a cream eye shadow
Step 2 - Apply a light purple shade to the outer corners & into the middle of the eye
Step 3 - Blend the colour out to give it a more rounded look
Step 4 - Apply a darker shade of purple to the outer corner of the eye & blend in so the colour fades from dark to light
Step 5 - Apply a liquid black liner to create a winged look
Step 6 - Apply some glitter shadow over the lid and apply some mascara or false lashes - here im using mascara


. . Products I used . .
To prepare I used some Vaseline on my lips & Benefit Pore-fessional Primer on my face
  I used the Garnier Eye concealer all over my face and used my bundle monster foundation brush to blend it in
I then coloured in my eyebrows using the Accessorize eyebrow kit
I applied my Collection 2000 lasting perfection foundation in shade ivory using my mac buffing brush . .
After my foundation I created my eye look . . I applied a light cream colour all over my eye lid using the 'lovely day' palette from Accessorize . . I took a light lilac from the palette & covered half of my eye lid from my pupil to the outer corner of my eye . . I then took a darker purple from the palette & created a triangle at the outer corner of my eye - I then took my mac blending brush and rounded off the shadow to help the colours fade into each other . .
After this step  I used my NYC high definition eye liner to create a 'winged' eye .. on top of my eye shadow I applied some 2 true eye shadow dazzler in number 6 to create a more party & festive look . .
It was then time for a pop of mascara- I used my MUA lash boom & Max factor 2000 calorie
When I finished my eyes I contoured my face using a dark brown eye shadow from Technic & then highlighted my under eye area and mouth using my MUA Pro Base highlighting kit in shade beige . .
When I finished defining my face and blending the look in, I applied some Accessorize blusher in shade 8 'Quivers'  and some Collection sheer loose powder to keep my make-up looking smooth & fresh
It was then time for my lips - I used my Natural collection lip liner in shade Ruby Rose to outline & colour in my lips - I then added some Rimmel Lipstick in shade 250 'Glamourous Pink'
I hope these steps help to prepare you for your next festive night out . .I hope you all have a great night out
Check out Kristie's blog at www.KristieBlogsBeauty.blogspot.com to view her Christmas Parties look's which will be live on Saturday 21st December  

Monday, 16 December 2013

Be.A.Beauty Christmas Party Top Tips

Get ready for that Christmas party following my simple tips & tricks

So for anyone who has me on facebook will know that ive been giving away my top tips to get party ready for the festive season . . these are just little tips & tricks ive picked up along the way . . they work for me to hopefully they'll work for you too . .

. . Fake tan . .
. . When applying fake tan ,  I always mix my tan with some moisturiser or body butter - I find this takes away the biscuit smell, allows me to blend my tan more evenly &  helps smooth out my skin . .
. . When I get orange palms , simple get some soap / shampoo & a body brush and rub over hands - this will take away the tell tale signs of a fake tan application . .

. . Make up. .
. . Instead of rubbing in your concealer, pat it onto the skin - this will banish brush marks and help the concealer blend into your skin . .
 . . To help prolong your foundation, I mix it with a tiny amount of primer, mix together and apply to my face - I find my foundation looks a lot more smoother and it really does help foundation last longer . .
 . . When using a lip liner, colour in your lips - your lipstick will attached to the liner - meaning it will last longer . .

. . For smooth lips, gently exfoliate using your tooth brush with cold water at least twice a day - this will get rid of dry skin & help stimulate blood flow in the lips to give them a natural redy /pinky glow . .

. . Hair. .
. . For frizzy hair, mix 1 egg and a teaspoon of olive oil together - put mixture onto dry hair & leave for 10 - 15 minutes then rinse off - hair will appear shiny, healthy and frizz-free . .
. . For natural waves, section damp hair & tie the sections into tiny buns - although to dry over night - in the morning blast the buns with the hairdryer & then remove buns - you should then have some nice, natural wavy hair . .

. . Other . .
 . . I often run out of products (ino I should stock up) - so when I do I follow these two rules -
1. if ive ran out of nail polish remover I simply repaint my nails and take off the polish right away - any polish underneath will come off aswell
2. if ive ran out of eye make-up remover, I get some Vaseline, rub them over my eyelashes & eye lids then get a damp cotton pad and wipe away the Vaseline - this takes of eye shadow, mascara & eyeliner . .

Sunday, 15 December 2013

. . Christmas Shopping . .

At the weekend I went some Christmas shopping in Belfast - when I mean Christmas shopping it was presents for myself LOL . . I saved for this shopping trip for a while so I was excited to get a few new pieces - although I did get loads of pieces , there wasn't really much about Belfast that really stood out to me . .

But anyway back to 'What I Wore' . . I decided to go for a Christmassy look because its less than 2 weeks until Christmas & we decided to visit the Belfast Christmas market  - so I wanted to get into the festive spirit .

I wore a plain black polo neck jumper, black tights, black boots, black leather jacket & my velvet grey skirt . . this sounds really bland but I then accessorised it up with my pink berry hat, pink leather gloves, mixed colour scarf and a wine coloured bag  ..

Now im actually not able to write where I go all these items because I have them a good while. . I decided to clear oiut my wardrobe and re-wear many items , so this outfit is actually a few years old .

Friday, 13 December 2013


On Saturday night I went to a Comedian & then off for a few drinks. . I intended on wearing heels & maybe a dress but decided last minute I wanted to go casual because I was only going to a bar afterwards . . I decided to wear my New Look leather skater skirt paired with my primark jacket, boots & bag . . my tights are from Accessorize - and as I always say - added some colour to my outfit !!
I alwayssss wear my hair down over my face - its like my guard- but I decided to get my hair out of my face and high up in a bump . .
I love my gold sparkly boots which I got last year in Primark for £6.00 . . I really loved them & couldn't wait to wear them during the Christmas season because the sparkles really bring out the festive mood !!
My jacket is also from primark & was a bargain for £10.00. . I didn't need it but I certainly wanted it so my sister persuaded me to buy it  . im glad she did coz ive worn it a few times now & im always asked 'Where did you get your jacket?' . .
Printed jackets are a great investment because they go with trousers, skirts, dresses etc & turn a plain outfit into something a little bit more busy . .which is great for days when you just wanted to throw on some skinners & a plain white tee. .

Friday, 6 December 2013

Hello December

Hi everyone . . on Monday me and my sister went for some lunch  . . I decided to go casual for the lunch . . I wore my black leather skirt, black & white printed top, purple tights, grey boots, grey bag & my new grey coat with leather sleeves . .  I added my own fur collar around the coat to give it some Christmas magic. . a fur collar is a great piece because it can be used to change any outfit. . I always pair it with my coats and leather jackets to make it appear more girlie . . I got this one along with a poncho from Accessorize . . It is detachable . .
I added a pop of colour by adding in purple tights, I was going to wear some black tights but I thought the colour would lift the outfit . .

This image was taken beside the Guildhall Square facing the Peace Bridge . . I adjusted the lightening to give it a touch of Christmas, cold & ice.  .

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Hey everyone . .I know I haven't been on lately but with the run up to Christmas ive been so busy with work and getting ready for my beauty theory and practical exams but ive managed to put a few hours aside to update my blog - whilst listening to some Christmas music :-) . .
Cant believe that is December already . . I remember in January, Suzanne Jackson from SoSueMe.ie told her readers to make a list of the positive things that happened to you every month & I did . . I still have a few weeks to go but im excited to go back over the year in black & white. .
Anyway - Im back with an OOTN post . .On Saturday I went out for my Christmas staff do to The City Hotel in Derry.  . We had such a great night . .
I decided to wear gold & black as my colour theme because I think it is a really Christmassy classic combination . .
My dress is from Miss Selfridge & I actually have this dress a few years and never worn it because it was always too big on me but this year I decided to get the dust off it & do some DIY to make it the perfect fit . . I was so happy I got it right . .
I teamed my dress with some gold & black wide ankle strap heels from International, a statement necklace from Penneys, a black glittery clutch rimmed in gold from New Look & small studded earrings from Accessorize


I was a bit confused as to what way should I wear the outfit - Hair up & statement necklace or hair down &  big earrings . .From the picture you can tell I went with my hair up . .I wore my hair up to give my look a touch of class - finished with a classic red lip. .