Sunday, 29 September 2013

Ombré Lip Tutorial

Hi lovelies!

How has your weekend been? I've not been well at all :( but luckily took the photos for this tutorial the other day so you don't need to see my ill-ridden exterior! Ha ha! So anyways, u thought it would be a nice idea to attempt an ombré lip tutorial. I have a really thin top lip so thought an ombré effect would give the illusion of a fuller upper lip! Let me know in the comments if you think I succeeded or not!


For the ombré effect, I see MAC's pro long wear lip cream in 'overtime' and Rimmel's lip liner in 'wine'.


The swatch at the top is of overtime and the swatch underneath is wine.


To start, I lined my lips with the liner.


Then I blended. I feel this is key at achieving a more natural look.


I then filled the corners of my lips in with the liner.


Then blended again, to again achieve a more natural look when it comes to blending the two colours.


I then applies 'overtime' in the centre of my top and lower lip to give the illusion of bigger lips.



This is the finished look. I apologise for the quality of the close ups. I used my iphone and it sometime blurs a bit when I zoom in! So what do you beauties think of the final look? Are you guys gonna try this tutorial? Let me know in the comments below! 

xoxo

Ps. At 41 followers now! Need 9 more until I can finally pick a winner! I bought one of the prizes yesterday (urban decays lip revolution) and the colour is absolutely beautiful!!!









Thursday, 26 September 2013

35 Random Questions Tag!

Hi guys!
 
It is soooo difficult for me to write good posts while I'm on my lunch break so I usually just do tags! Some I have actually been tagged or some I have just found on the internet. But I promise I'll get some good posts up this weekend, PINKY PROMISE!
 
So here we go with Tag #1538349847590, LOL!

1.Do you have a middle name?
Yep, its Amanda : )

2. What was your favourite subject in school?
I had three! P.E., Art and Home Economics.

3. What’s your favourite drink? 
I love Pellegrino lemonade and Naked Juice - Green Machine, Yum! Oh, and COFFEE of course!!


Favourite!

 4. Favourite song at the moment? 
Lana Del Ray's song 'young and beautiful'. Its so haunting <3

 5. What would you name your children? 
Arianna or Hayley for a girl and either Struan or Joshua for a boy.

 6. Do you participate in any sports? 
Before I went to uni, I used to do loads of horse riding. But now, I just work out. Don't really have the time for sports!

 7. Favourite Book?
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen and the Hunger Games trilogy.

8. Favourite Colour? 
Yellow :)

 9. Favourite Animal?
 I have loads! Horses, kittens, Nemooo, penguins and owls! I like puffins too!


Nemo in coffee mug form

 10. Favourite perfume? 
Hugo Boss Orange for Women is my all time favourite!

 11. Favourite holiday? 
This wasn't necessarily a holiday, but my boyfriend and I went to Inverness for the night and it was the best time I've ever had <3

 12. Have you graduated High School? 
Yeah, I left school in 2008! Graduated from uni this year too!

 13. Have you been out of the Country? 
Lots of times :)

 14. Do you speak any other Languages? 
No, I am the worst at languages!

 15. Do you have any siblings? 
I've got two big sisters, Emma and Nyree.

 16. What’s your favourite store? 
I love the Disney shop, Primark and republic (I think its closed down now though *sad face*.

 17. Favourite Restaurant? 
Stathvaigin in the West End of Glasgow - its ah-maze-inngg!

 18. Did you like school?
Yeah, I really enjoyed it. I made some really good friends that I hope to have for the rest of my life <3


My girls :)

 19. Favourite Movie? 
Again, I have lots! Finding Nemo, Coraline, Practical Magic, Legally Blonde, the Twilight films....the list is endless.

 20. Favourite TV show? 
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (without a doubt)! I love Nashville, Catfish and True blood too ;)

 21. Pc or Mac? 
PC at the moment, but I would really like a Mac, but they're sooooo expensive!

 22. What phone do you have?
The iPhone 5 :)


My phone wallpaper :) (Before I'd updated to ios 7)

 23. How tall are you?
I think I'm either 5"3 or 5"4.
 
24. What do you order at Starbucks? 
I either have a caramel macchiato or a skinny vanilla latte depending on my mood! But I simply adore the festive coffees they do including gingerbread lattes and pumpkin spiced lattes....yummy!!!


Yummyy, gingerbread latte!

 25. One thing in your closet you cannot live without? 
My Kitten, Lilly! It's her favourite hiding place :D


My baby <3

 26. What’s one thing most people probably don’t know about you?
My real name is Lucinda, BOKE! Lucy is my shortened name that everyone calls me though :)

 27. Name one thing you want to do before you die… 
Have babies :)

 28. What’s one food you cannot live without? 
Kettle Chips, just the lightly salted ones..mmmm.

 29. What quote/phrase do you live by?
Probably 'by the way' or 'at the end of the day', lol!

30. What’s your most listened to song on iTunes?
Probably Lana Del Ray's 'Young and Beautiful'.

31. What kind of style would you define yourself as having?
Scruffball! Ha ha, joking! Probably comfy chic LOL!

32. Favourite number?
13, unlucky for some but lucky for me! I was born on the 13th ;)

 33. Two Hobbies?
Blogging and doing my makeup :) That sounds weird as a hobby but I love creating new looks!

 34. Two Pet Peeves?
People that breathe really loudly and Guy (my boyfriend) not picking up after himself!

Me and my partner in crime!

35. Guilty Pleasures?
Hollyoaks, I know some people (Guy) can't stand it, but I'm addicted! The acting can be a bit cringey sometimes but the storylines makeup for it!
 
So that's it! Hope you enjoyed my answers! Feel free to do the tag yourself, but I tag the following ladies:
 
Let me know if you have any similarities with my answers in the comments below!
 
xoxo
 
PS. Have you checked out my 50 Followers giveaway post ??
 

 

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Beauty Blogger Tag

Good Afternoon Dolls!
  
(Love a cheeky trout pout ;))
 
I saw this tag on Chloe's blog (http://www.chloesway.com/

) and decided to give it a whirl! I thought it would be quite good to show you guys what blogging means to me and why I got into it! I also love getting feedback from all you beautiful girls whenever I do a tag post!

Why did you start blogging and how long have you been blogging for?
I started blogging in February, but didn't properly get into the swing of it until August as I had to take a break from it after February because I had all my uni exams, started a new job and I graduated. So I was a little busy bee for those few months! I decided to start blogging as I am absolutely obsessed with all things girly! I love makeup, fashion and décor. I got the inspiration from YouTube beauty gurus, I've been watching them for quite a while and love what they do. I found that they all had blogs and so I thought it would be fun for me to do as I don't have the confidence to do YouTube! I love sharing beauty tips and tricks with my friends so I thought it would be great to do via blogging. I also thought it would be a good opportunity to make new friends :)

Whose blog did you fall in love with first?
Probably Zoella's and Elle & Blair Fowlers old blog, not to mention Lauren Conrad's! Lauren's is just pure perfection!

What was the first blogosphere hyped about product that you bought? Was it worth the hype?
I've not actually done this yet! I need to though!

What are your five favourite things about blogging and being a Beauty Blogger?
1. Writing posts - I used to thoroughly enjoy writing when I was younger and being able to write about what I love is really a magical experience : )
2. Reviewing products - Although I haven't actually received any products from company's yet, I really enjoy reviewing my own products that I have purchased. It makes me really evaluate the product and appreciate it more.
3. Meeting new people - I love following new blogs and following bloggers on twitter. Everyone is so lovely and I really hope to make some good friends through blogging!
4. Reading comments - I love the feedback I get from everyone, its such a nice feeling to have someone you've never met read your blog and actually like it enough to tell you they like it!
5. Reading other blogs - I love reading other peoples blogs - their style of writing, what they like to review, I find them all really inspiring.

What have you learnt from being a Beauty Blogger? 
As I am new to the game, I haven't had the opportunity to learn an extreme amount yet! But so far, I've learnt that there are some really lovely bloggers out there and that everyone is entitled to their own opinion - which is why I love reviews so much! I love reading peoples reviews on products that don't necessarily appeal to me. They always somehow manage to win me over!

Have you changed anything since becoming a Beauty Blogger? 
I've changed the name of my blog as I thought 'Lucy Loves...' sounds more appealing than L.A.X (Lucy Amanda X). Think my old name sounded like something you would use for constipation ha ha!

What advice would you give to a beauty blogger just starting out? 
Keep on going! I know at first it can be a bit daunting when you see that other people have thousands of followers and you have zero! It makes you think that what you're writing just isn't that appealing. That's not the case at all! I like to look at my blog as a baby growing...lol! Obviously a baby isn't going to have tonnes of friends at first, but after it develops it will gain some genuine friends! : )

What are your top 5 makeup brands?
Chanel
Clinique
MAC
Rimmel
Benefit

Recommend your top 5 beauty products...
(all linked to reviews!)
 Hugo Boss Orange Women - Love it, #1 favourite smell of all time!
Chanel - Illusion d'Ombre - the most prettiest glitter :)
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation - Brilliant coverage

 
I hope you enjoyed this tag...I tag all of you lovely ladies to do this, but remember to let me know in a comment if you are so I can see your answers!
 
xoxo
 
PS. Only 16 more followers to go until I can announce the winner of my 50 followers giveaway!

Monday, 23 September 2013

Beauty Things I Suck At!

Morning love bugs!
 
The gorgeous Leah at http://www.painteddaisies.co.uk  has tagged me in this delightful little post...Beauty things I SUCK at! Oh, to name a few...in all honesty though, you're never gonna do something perfect first time and practice does make perfect. However, there are things that I just cannot do! No matter how many times I practice it, have a look below and let me know if you struggle with these things too in the comments : )
 
Image obtained from www.heatworld.com
 
#1 - Liquid liner
I can never do the perfect winged cat eye. One eye is always perfect and the exact thickness I want, but the other eye ALWAYS decides to be difficult! But not only is the application of liquid liner a no-can-do in my book, on the odd occasion where it actually looks okay, my eyes always decide to run in the outer corners if they so much as get a blink of sunlight. Its an absolute pain in the bahookie! So my solution? Eyeshadow & a skinny brush! That's what I like to do to line my eyes, not only is it much easier to apply and doesn't make my eyes water but it looks amazing and gives off a really smokey effect.
 
#2 - Painting my nails on my right hand
Similar to one of Leah's answers, I honestly cannot do it. Its so difficult. I have an excuse though! My hands like to shake from time to time. I think it may have something to do with how much sugar I consume. I get shaky hands in the morning and sometimes after I've eaten later on in the day. I've never went to the doctors about it because my mum sometimes gets it too. But yeah, I think that reason contributes to the lack of precision I seem to have when painting the nails on my right hand.
 
#3 - Applying shimmer/glitter
When it comes to applying a slight shimmer on the lid, cheek bones or shoulder, I am THEE WORST person ever to be in charge. I absolutely LOVE glitter, so if you hand me a pot of the sparkly stuff I cannot be responsible for my actions. There is no such thing as a shimmer when I'm in charge. Whenever I do decide to apply a little sparkle I end up looking like a disco ball.
 
So that's about it guys, I think I am actually okay with regards to everything else. If I think of something or remember something I am really bad at, I'll add it to the post.
Let me know your beauty blunders in the comments below, I love reading them.
 
I tag...
 
 
And whoever else would like to do the tag! Feel free : )
 
xoxo
 
PS. Remember to follow/become a member of my blog! Once I reach 50 followers, I'll pick a winner at random and if its you, you will get an urban decay lippy, babylips and a lip liner through the post! : )


 

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Skin Care TAG!

What's in my Bag!

Hello my wee dolls!

How are we all? I love watching what's in my bag youtube videos so thought it would be a good idea to do for a blog post! So here we go....


This is my bag I use everyday. It's a Ted Baker tote I got for my birthday and I am so in love with it! It has one main compartment and a smaller compartment on the inside wall of the bag. It holds so much stuff but I try to keep what I carry around with me to a minimum as it gets beyond a joke at the amount of rubbish that I accumulate in my bag given the chance!



Now this is just an overview of everything that is currently in my bag. Starting at the top left I have: a book by Neal Shusterman called 'Unwind'; my Filofax; a recent CIBSE Engineering journal; a bottle of water; my makeup bag; hair ties; a back combing brush; my business cards; my Radley purse; Soap & Glory hand food; B&BW pumpkin cupcake hand sanitiser; paracetamol; a hair grip; lip products; Chanel nail varnish; a hair band and Next perfume.



Here's a close up of the lip products etc in my bag: we have a Nivea Lip butter in raspberry rose, Model Co lipgloss in berry pink, Rimmel lipstick in 117 Glam, Clinique lipstick in rosette, Babylips in pink punch, MAC lipstick in overtime, Collection 2000 lipstick in plum perfection and Chanel's nail colour in 543 Frisson.



Another little close up : )



Now for a little look inside my makeup bag! This is the make-up bag I keep in my bag at all times as I use most of the products on a day to day basis. The make up bag is by MAC and was from their 2011/12 holiday collection. Below the makeup bag we have: NARS eyeshadow duo in hula hula; Chanel eyeshadow duo in misty soft; Rimmel lip liner in wine; Rimmel lip liner in east end snob; MAC lip liner in boldly bare; MACs prep & prime in radiant rose; Garneier's concealer; Collection 2000's big fake ultimate mascara in ultra black; Rimmel liquid liner in 100% black; Benefit's speed brow; Clinique's bottom lash mascara; Clinique compact blush brush; Benefit's girl meets pearl; Palmer's cocoa butter lip balm; MAC eyeshadow in cork (I use it for my brows when I'm not using my Naked palette; a hair band and a mac powder sponge/puff thingy!



Here's a close up of the eyeshadow duos. The NARS duo consists of a pale rosey pink and a lovely gold, both loaded with shimmer! And the Chanel is my go to colours for fall as mentioned in my autumn day post.

I thought it would be fun to tag some of my favourite bloggers to do this post too! The lovely girlies I tag to do the 'Whats in my bag' post are as follows:

http://byooteeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
http://www.lydiarosexo.blogspot.co.uk/
http://adaliascloset.blogspot.co.uk/
http://www.blue-bow.co.uk/

Are your bag's contents similar to mine? Leave a comment and let me know! 

xoxo

Friday, 20 September 2013

50 Followers Giveaway! (CLOSED)

Hi Guys,
If you follow me on Twitter you have probably already heard that I am doing a giveaway once I reach 50 followers! The giveaway includes Urban Decay's lipstick revolution (you choose which colour you would like), Babylips and a Rimmel lipliner.




For your chance to win, just become a member (follower) of this blog. I will choose the winner at random, so it could be you!

xoxo

My Go-to Fall Lip Colours

Morning lovelies!
 

Sorry it’s been a couple of days since my last post, I have been mega busy with work and absolutely shattered by the time I get home! But I promise I will try and keep up-to-date with my posts. I'm thinking about doing lots of posts this weekend so I can upload them on a regular basis, what do you guys think?

Anyways, lets get started! So I always love a nude lip, but for fall I like to go darker. So my ultimate go-to lip products for fall are obviously going to be a nude and some sort of darker colour. My two favourites that I have been sporting lately are MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Cream in ‘Overtime’ and Collection 2000’s Volume Sensation in ‘Plum Perfection’. Plum Perfection is a beautiful deep berry colour which is ideal for Fall and Overtime is a luscious creamy pale pink.
 
The swatch on the left is Plum Perfection and the swatch on the right is Overtime. Excuse my lack of tan, I haven’t fake tanned in TWO WEEKS!!
 
Need to give myself a manicure A-SAP!
Overtime is more of a mattifying lipstick but has a really creamy base so doesn’t dry out my lips.

Plum Perfection is a mattifying lipstick too, the colour lasts ages! 
 
Excuse my hair in both pics, I took these this morning on the way to work ha! What colour do you prefer? Overtime or Plum Perfection? Also, let me know what your favourite fall lippies are in the comments below : )
xoxo
 
PS. Make sure to follow this blog for your chance to win and urban decay lipstick, babylips and a lip liner!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Autumn Wish List

Afternoon Love Bugs!

So I’ve noticed a couple of bloggers do wish lists so I thought it would be a fun idea for a post! Below is a list of lots of different things I would like to purchase on payday including makeup, clothes, candles and more!

#1 – Chanel’s Autumn Collection
I want every single thing in Chanel’s Autumn collection! The colours are absolutely beautiful! The only thing I am not 100% sure on is the blush…it’s a bit too reddish for me. I usually wear more pastel colours on my cheeks, but would love to give it a try!

#2 – Boots
 
 Oh my goodness! These little booties from New Look are the cutest boots I’ve ever seen! I must have them! I need a new pair of boots as my uggs are a bit too cozy for this time of year. I prefer to wear my uggs more in the winter.
 
#3 – Marshmallow Fireside by Bath & Body Works

Absolutely adore this scent. I got it last year and used it pretty quickly because I was burning it non-stop! As I don’t live in America, hopefully I’ll be able to purchase this candle of either eBay or thebathandbodyshop.com.

#4 – MAC’s lightful cleanser

This product looks and sounds amazing! Will take a break from my usual Clinique skin care regime just to try this product out!

What’s your wish list dolls? Let me know in the comments below : )


xoxo

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The Autumn Tag


Tag creator - www.makeup-pixi3.com
 
I spotted this tag on www.makeup-pixi3.com and thought it was an excellent idea for a post! I am going to tag some fellow bloggers at the end of this post but feel free to do the tag!
 
1.    Favourite thing about autumn?
Oh that’s hard! I don’t think I only have one main favourite to be honest. I love everything about autumn. The colours (leaves, fashion), smells (burning leaves), tastes (pumpkin spiced lattes)…everything!!
 
2.    Favourite drink?
It has to be either the pumpkin spiced lattes that Starbucks do at this time of year or Nescafe’s instant gingerbread latte! Wouldn’t say no to a hot chocolate though ;)
 
3.    Favourite scent/candle?
Well I’ve already mentioned that I love the smell of burning leaves. So candle wise, I love Yankee candle ‘blissful autumn’ and ‘fireside treats’.
 
4.    Best lipstick?
I usually stick to the same colours all year round which is bad! So I am gonna try hard to work a dark lip this fall/winter. I particularly like the vampy look.
 
5.    Go to moisturiser?
Definitely Clinique’s dramatically different moisture lotion for combination/oily skin J
 
6.    Go to colours for the eyes?
I always tend to do a smokey eye, usually like to use brighter colours in the spring/summertime but I love a dark smokey eye for the fall.
 
7.    Favourite music or band/singer to listen to?
I love to listen to Paramore and Florence & the Machine at this time of year. I think Hayley’s and Florence’s voice are really suited to the colder months if that makes sense!
 
8.    Favourite outfit to wear?
Layers! Lots and lots of layers!! Boots/uggs, leg warmers, tights, shorts, vest, long cardigan and a scarf!
 
9.    Autumn treat?
Lots and lots of cuddles to keep warm!
 
10. Favourite place to be?
Definitely at home, with candles lit, watching a film, drinking hot chocolate whilst cuddling into my boyfriend and kitten.
 
Hope you have enjoyed reading my answers! 
The people I have tagged are as follows:
 


 
PS. Apologies if you have already done this tag!
xoxo