Spring Makeup Look

Usually I post just once a week, but as I have 2 weeks off and I’m currently procrastinating from homework here’s an extra post!

Since it’s recently turned Spring I decided to do what plenty other people have been uploading and that is share a spring inspired makeup look. I have to say I was very proud of myself as I strayed from my trusty No7 palette and tried one from Soap & Glory.

spring look 5I don’t want to go into too much detail about these products as I do love them all and it is pretty self-explanatory how I applied them.

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Bourjois Happy Light Serum Primer

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation

No7 Match Made Concealer

Benefit Dr. Feel Good

Benefit Porefessional

Benefit Shy Beam

Ted Baker Brilliance of Beauty Set (Includes: blush, mascara, and lip balm.)

Soap & Glory Wonderbronze

Revlon Eyeliner

Clinique Pop-Shade ‘Beige Pop’

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I wanted to go into a bit more detail about the eye shadow because I did try a different technique. So I started off with the Soap & Glory Palette, this one is called Tricks of the Shade, I used the 3rd one from the left on the top row as the base. I love the shade, I want to say even more than the one in my No7 palette that’s hit pan. I’d say the only thing to be wary of, is that it is more of a pink shade, which is the look I was going for, I just wasn’t expecting it to come from that particular one.

Anyways, next I used the shade to the left of the last one (top row second one In from the left), to go quite widely in the outer corner of my eye and slightly through my crease. I was definitely inspired by this technique by Hannah Renee, who uploaded a Beginners Smokey Eye, which you should definitely check out because I just love her and she’s explained this way better than me anyway.

Finally, I used the second one in from the left on the bottom row, just quickly to lightly define the outer corner of me eye to give a little bit more definition.

spring look 3Here was the finished look, I was pleased with it as it was my first time trying out a different approach. I do want to find better eye shadow palettes to keep experimenting, so if you have any suggestions I’d love to know.

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I also got my Dad to take some pictures of my outfit for this post so it could be a greater Spring Makeup Look. However, I’ve only just realised I’m wearing all dark-ish clothing, so well done Sophie.

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When you ask your Dad for help to take blog pictures and this is basically your camera roll…

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Oh well, it’s a good thing my puppy is cute.

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Hope you all enjoyed this blog post, I do want to try and do another one soon. Hopefully that one will be more believable that its spring inspired.

Love, Sophie

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Easter Treats

HAPPY EASTER!

I have been so excited for this blog post. I had so many ideas on different recipes based around Easter, that I knew had to do a blog post. I came up with 3 different recipes I wanted to try out; one’s really simple, another has a bit more to it and the third is more of a challenge (for someone like me anyways). But I have made sure there is something for everyone, enjoy…

Easter Egg Nests

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What you will need:

  • Milk Chocolate
  • White Chocolate (optional)
  • Rice Krispies/Cornflakes/Cereal of your choice
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I love this recipe mainly because of its simplicity but aren’t they just the cutest?! Anyways, to begin with you put either Rice Krispies or Cornflakes, whatever your preference, into a bowl. Then melt the milk chocolate and pour into your bowl of cereal. Grab a spoon, and mix it up, so the chocolate has completely covered the cereal. Once completed, empty the contents of the bowl into cupcake cases. Next, add mini eggs on top for decoration. After waiting for the chocolate to harden I finished with grating white chocolate over the top.Of course this is optional, I just thought it added a bit more detail. Also, I took the cases off just to make them look more like nests.

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Flower Cupcakes

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What you will need:

  • 60g Softened Butter
  • 60g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 60g Self-raising Flour
  • 1 tbsp milk

For the top:

  • 150g Icing Sugar
  • Pink Food Colouring Gel
  • 115g Softened Butter
  • 1-2 drops of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • Wafer Daisies

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I wanted to make these with the least ingredients I could so you could easily find them at home, well mainly the base, but if you wanted to go all out then feel free. First, set the oven to Gas Mark 4/180*c/350*f. Mix the butter and sugar together until you it becomes creamy. Add the egg and carry on stirring until the mixture is smooth. Next add the flour and milk, mixing until smooth. Fill as many cupcake cases you have with the mixture, you only need a big spoonful in each, you should make about 6-8, possibly more. They need to cook for 20 minutes, but keep checking and whenever they spring back up after touching, take them out.

You need to wait for them to completely cool before starting to ice. To prepare the icing, is really simple, all you do is add the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and milk together, then mix it until smooth. Next, add a bit of the food colouring gel a bit at a time until you get it to the shade you want it to. If you have an icing bag and nozzle (is that even the right word??) then place the icing into the bag and decorate your cupcakes. YOU NEED THE ICING TO BE AT A REALLY THICK CONSISTENCY, otherwise your fancy nozzle will just be a waste of time and your beautiful mixture will trickle down the sides, trust me from experience I know. Just keep adding icing sugar to thicken it up, for me it didn’t change the sweetness of the icing. Finally, if you have anything to decorate the top with, then add that, I used these wafer daisies and I think they make it look so cute!

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Gingerbread Easter Biscuits

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What you will need:

  • 150g Self Raising Flour
  • pinch of Salt
  • 3 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 50g Caster Sugar
  • 25g Margarine
  • 2 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • 2 tbsp Milk

For the top:

  • Icing Sugar
  • Writing icing gel
  • Pink Colouring Gel
  • Yellow Colouring Gel

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Can we all just take a minute to realise how scary that bunny looks in the bottom right corner? Ooops

Grease a baking tray and preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3/160*c/325*f. Add the flour, salt and ginger in a bowl. Then you need to warm up the sugar, margarine and syrup all together and add to the other ingredients. Stir really well! Add milk until you have a dough like consistency. Next, roll it out and cut your Easter Shapes. I bought some cutters from Matalan for only £1.50 (Not sponsored). They are actually the cutest! You need to have them in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Once out of the oven you need to allow to cool, then lift them onto a plate, etc.

Once ready for the decoration, mix icing sugar with water and add your food colouring gel. You may need to make a couple of bowls of this to add different colours to different biscuits. Basically, at this stage decorate however you’d like. I used writing icing gel that I found from Tesco to do the finer details.

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Hope you enjoyed this blog post as much as I enjoyed writing it. It’s something completely different to what I usually blog about, but I love baking. Comment down below, if you’re thinking about trying one of these or if you already made your own, leave your link in the comments.

Love, Sophie

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My Sunday’s

I was really at a loss as to what to blog about today because I just don’t have enough time to do anything. However, I break up on Wednesday for two weeks and I actually have posts in mind that I can do because I’ll have the time to do them! For now, I decided I would share with you my typical Sunday, not very interesting, but hopefully the images (mainly of my pup) capture your attention…

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This morning I was going to go for a full face of makeup but then I thought; no. I should be able to easily leave my house with no makeup on, and I did. Surprisingly, it didn’t bother me at all. It saved me so much time and logically, there was no point in me putting any on for where I was going anyway.

I’m too lazy to think about skincare on a morning most days, so I just used the Garnier Micellar Water, to clean my face and then N07 Day Cream to moisturise. Finally, I used my Tangle Teezer to brush my hair and I ended up putting my hair into scalp plaits.

Today’s look wasn’t one I’d usually leave the house in but I wasn’t going anywhere special. And I think an old Zoella vlog I was watching last night secretly inspired me to wear no make up as ‘Your Skin Doesn’t Define You’..

image3Next it was time to take Alfie for a walk. We decided to take him to the local forest where he could interact with other dogs, but it was too far for him to walk to, so we decided to take him in the car there.

image5He was much better than I thought he was going to be. Still a bit apprehensive with other dogs but he loves people. In fact, it was a challenge when people were passing, stroking him, giving him attention then walking on, because Alfie just wanted to follow them. It took us about 30 minutes to walk a 2 minute path.

image8Obviously, I had to get this artistic (not really) shot for my blog.

image6It was so lucky that my Dad brought a blanket otherwise it would have made the car just as dirty.

For some reason on our walk, people thought Alfie was a girl. I’m not sure what signal he was giving off on that one but never mind…

image11Alfie was in desperate need of a bath. He’s surprisingly great in the bath he just stands there, probably longing it to be over.

image12From having an Alfie-filled-day it was time I got my stuff done, i.e homework.

image1I usually try and pack in my weekend with plenty of Yoga. I definitely do this on a Sunday as its the best day of the week I can make time for it.

image10Finally, I like to end my Sunday’s by having a long, hot soak. It really relaxes me and sets me off for the rest of the week…

Hope you enjoyed this blog post, it was something different. I admit, it could have been a lot more intriguing, but don’t worry I have lots of exciting things planned to do. Anyways, off to have my bath… 

Love, Sophie

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Makeup Hacks

For a while now, I’ve had different makeup hacks/tips just typed in my notes from various times I’ve been doing my makeup and thought of things I do. So I wanted to share these with you.

And can I just say, I’m typing this up at 7 am! 7. What is annoying about this is yesterday my puppy, Alfie, woke me up at 6:00. Today however, he’s decided to sleep in for once in his life. And I cannot seem to sleep in with him. Oh how annoying my life is…

Rant over…

 

So I’ll start off with one you probably all know. And that is; when applying concealer, apply it in a upside down triangle and this will improve the look of dark circles. Something else I’ve recently been doing is setting it straight away, to avoid creases under my eye. One product that’s worked well to do this is Benefit Dr. Feel Good. I also love the Soap & Glory Kick Ass concealer for under my eyes.

Next, this is something I always do. And I’ve done if for so long now I can’t even remember who I learnt it from. Anyways, I always apply a lip balm before my chosen lip product. This really helps to smoothen out the lips and help you achieve a much better quality finish. I either use the Vaseline or Ted Baker Lip balm, both are great.

 I can never be bothered to do this next one. However, when I can, my eyelashes do look trés good. Anyways, all you do is blow dry your curlers for 3/5 seconds. Always check the temperature of your lashes on your wrist or something before you try and curl them. Also, what’s worked for me is that I like to curl my lashes in two places. One, where I’m pretty sure everyone else does near the root. And then the other near the tip. I’ve found this really helps to keep the curl and the curlers I use are the Revlon ones and Ted Baker.

 Leading on from lashes, I learnt another hack to do with hair grips. Basically, when your mascara clumps up your lashes, a tip is to find something thin like a hair grip and comb through your lashes. So just use a hair grip to separate that clump of mascara you need to get rid of. This one I don’t tend to use as much mainly because I’ve found a mascara that doesn’t clump my lashes as much and I’m just too lazy to care what my lashes look like on a morning.

 

 I’m not very good at eyeliner. And I probably never will be. I also don’t really like the harsh colour of eyeliner on my lid when I don’t really have long, curled lashes that compensate.  So to combat this but still manage to do a somewhat cat eye look. I go over the eye liner with a brush thing (excellent description there.) I have no idea what to call it. But in the picture on the left is what I use it’s also an eyeliner but I prefer to use the Soap & Glory Super Cat Eyeliner. You could also use a small brush. But I think this really helps and it will also blend out any lines that are maybe not how you wanted them to be.

 And finally, you’re probably like why have you got sticky notes as a picture there Sophie??
Well, I have seen many Youtubers do this hack. But using tape. And I just couldn’t bring myself to use that. So I went for sticky notes. Basically all you do is before you start eye makeup, place a sticky note (or tape) just below where you’d do a eyeliner flick. Then do your makeup and remove the sticky note. Voila! You have the best looking eye makeup. I just love how straight and polished off it makes everything.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. It’s something different to what I usually post, but I’m really enjoying that at the minute. Comment if you already use some of these makeup hacks or if you’ve got some of your own. 

Love, Sophie

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High Street Vs. High End

What an annoying weekend I have had. I’ve had zero wifi for the past few days and it’s driving me insane. And sometimes over these monotonous hours, I connect to my wifi and I fill with hope. But alas, it still does not work. So I’m using my 3G to upload this, even though I’ve already got a text to say I’ve used up 80%. However, you are all worth it. And I will finish my complaining now.

Anyways, it occurred to me, I had many lipsticks, from both High End to High Street, with very similar shades. So I thought why not find some good dupes and share them with you!

Kate Moss Vs Clinique Pop  These are probably the most similar lip products I have. One is the Kate Moss Rimmel London in the shade 45, which retails at £5.49. I’m pretty sure this is the newest collection as I found it yesterday in Superdrug on a stand with some other beautiful shades. And the other one is Clinique Pop in the shade Beige Pop, for £16. I actually bought the Rimmel Lipstick for my Mum, so I’m probably never going to wear it and find out the durability. But I did a swatch test and these are really similar shades and I’m already in love with the Clinique Pop. It keeps my lips moisturised throughout the day.
Price Difference: £10.51

High Street Vs. High End? 

I’d have to say High Street. Obviously, I’m not going to be able to wear the Kate Moss one as much. But there is literally no difference apart from the packaging. And if I hadn’t already bought the Clinique one, then I would be just as happy with Rimmel London, and would have clearly bought a couple more.

Mac Vs. Kate Moss

  

These don’t look it but they actually are so similar. There is the Mac Lipstick in the shade ‘Velvet Teddy’ which I’m sure you’ve heard me rave about by now. This retails at £15.50, which isn’t bad for the quality. Then we have the Rimmel London Kate Moss lipstick in the shade 03, which you can buy for £5.49.

Price Difference: £10.01 

High End Vs. High Street? 

I’m going to have to say High End on this one. Purely because it’s Mac, I mean can you really disagree? It’s just the quality of it. However, I still have no problem with Rimmel Lipsticks. And the likelihood is I’ll probably buy another Rimmel than Mac product next time.
Dior Lipgloss Vs S&G Sexy Motherpucker 

  

This one really surprised me. Not because of the brands but because I’m not a lipgloss kind of gal. So to have two of them both similar was bizarre to me. Anyways, first up we have the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in the shade ‘Rose & Shine’. This retails at £9, but is currently on offer at boots for £7. And we also have the Dior Addict Lip Gloss in the shade ‘Rose Suprise’. You can buy this for £22.50, which even I admit is pricey.

Price Difference: £13.50

High End Vs. High Street?

Surprisingly, I’d say neither. As much as I love Dior when I tried it out the other day it didn’t really last very long. Maybe I was expecting too much of it considering I’m used to wearing lipsticks that have more staying power. But as much as I loved the shade it just didn’t impress me as much as I thought it would. Also, with the Sexy Mother Pucker, it made my lips tingle, like a lot. I just wasn’t used to the sensation.

Chanel Vs. Rimmel London

  

So there are three lip products here but I don’t think you can purchase the BeautyUk one anywhere so let’s just forget about that one. Anyways, we have the Chanel Rouge Allure in the shade ‘Pirate’ this retails for £26. Next we have the Kate Moss Rimmel London Lipstick in the shade 01 which retails for £5.49.

Price Difference: £20.51

High End Vs High Street?

High End. I love the feel of the Chanel lipstick. I know it is very very expensive but at the same time the quality is insane.

Dior Vs Kate Moss

 

Again we have a lip gloss thrown into the mix but it was a similar shade even though it looks red. This is the Fearne Glossy Lips. The Dior Addict Lipstick is in the shade ‘Be Dior’ and is in fact a dark pink, it retails for £26.50. Also, there is another Rimmel London Kate Moss lipstick (I am aware I’ve compared most of these but they’re just so good at a low price). It’s in the shade 05 and retails, like the others at £5.49.

Price Difference: £21.01

High Street vs High End? 

High End by far. I have nothing against the other two products but it’s just the packaging and everything from Dior that I’m just in love with.

Dior Vs Bourjois 

 

Finally we have the Rouge Edition Velvet by Bourjois in the shade ‘Spicy Red’. It retails for £8.99, obviously it is a lipgloss but if that’s what you prefer then go ahead. Also we have the Cien red Lipstick, I’m not sure where you could purchase it but if you happen to know, then it’s a good dupe for a lipstick for the Dior shade. Then obviously you have the Dior Addict in the shade ‘New Look’ that retails at £26.50.

Price Difference: £17.51

High Street Vs High End? 

Well I do like the the Bourjois Lipgloss because it is matte and I’ve never had that before with a lip gloss. However, I have to choose Dior, again just for my love for the brand.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post! As you can probably tell when it comes to Lipsticks I cave for the higher end. Don’t let that put you off going to the High street I love their products too. And honestly just as good. But I am that type of person that likes the good name on the product, especially with lip products….

Comment down below if you own any of these or if you have a good dupe yourself.

Love, Sophie

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