Saturday, 1 August 2015

Bold Brow Routine

Brow can make you or break you.
You need to find what shape, colour and style that compliments you best and once you've got that down your good to go.

I'm going to talk through my bold strong brow routine which i tend to do on nights out whereas during the day my brows are much lighter and more natural.

My routine isn't special but i finally found a way that works for me and gets me a result that i like every time. 

Maintaining my brows is defiantly the hardest. I pluck my brows myself and shape them. I like doing my own as i have complete control and only have myself to blame if i mess them up.
I trim the front of my brows only, brushing the hairs up and carefully cutting any that are too long. This gives a much tidier appearance all together and a better shape.

First i brush all my hairs up with a spoolie brush and follow the hair growth. Then i draw a light line under the brow so i get a guideline of the shape and i work my way up from there. 

Second i use light hair like strokes to fill in working my way bottom to top and get heavier at the tail and where i need more colour. I have quite shaped brows so i usually follow them and arch them more. At this point i have a pretty strong brow and i will usually leave it here, but if I'm going all out ill carve it out more and highlight the brow bone.

I use a yellow tone concealer or a concealer lighter than my skin tone and sharpen up the original line i made at the beginning and perfecting the shape i want. Then take the remaining concealer on the outer tail on top to sharpen them just a tad more and cleaning up any mistakes i may of made.
Lastly i blend out all the concealer carefully and i get a strong bold brow with a highlighted brow bone and then ill continue with the rest of eye makeup.

 My holy grail products are the famous Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette which is true brown with warm under tones. It works for me as my hair is warm but i will probably opt for the soft or ash brown in future. A recent discovery for me is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel and i can't live without it now. Its glues your brows in place all day without feeling heavy or crispy. Both of these products are defiantly worth the investment.

What are your favourite brow products?
Lemme know, Summa x

Monday, 13 July 2015

Lush Haul

Its a Lush Haul but not just any Lush haul, its a Oxford Street Lush Haul with loads of exclusives products

Twilight Bath Bomb: I can't have a Lush haul without my favourite bath bomb, twilight is the sweetest smelling, colourful bomb there is.

Sunnyside Bubble Bar: Sometimes i want to be covered in gold glitter and bubbles and smell really fruity and fresh and this is defiantly the bubble bar for that.
Karma Bubble Bar: (Exclusive) This is a fruity fresh smell that i can't put my finger on and will fill your bath with purple bubbly good karma.
Sex Bomb: This is a floral pretty smell and i find it really relaxing. Especially when you find a little rose in the bottom of your tub. It really is the cupid of the baths.
Cyanide Pill: (Exclusive) This is a laid back scent, it smells woody and earthy but amazing and i think this will be really beautiful to watch fizz away.
Shimmy Shimmy: (Exclusive) I've never tried the massage bars but after getting an amazing arm massage using this i had to buy it, its defiantly one when you want to be glowing all night. Think Edward Cullen in sunlight.
Furze: (Exclusive) I knew i had to pick up some bath oils and not only was these the coolest looking, it claims to smell of England and the gorse bushes but i pick up coconut scents with this oil as well.
Dragons Egg Bath Bomb: Ending it on a fruity note with this bomb, it's perfect for the summer with the lemony fruity scent and popping candy!

I seriously recommend you visiting the Lush next time your in London! It's 3 floors of heaven and honestly not overwhelming!
The exclusives was all beautiful although i've got to admit i wasn't overly pleased with the scents otherwise i would of picked up more because they all looked amazing.

Whats your favourite Lush product?
Lemme know, Summa x

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Get The Most Out Of Pigments

Recently I've been dipping my toe into the pigment side of the pool.
I've been constantly testing out whats the best base for my pigments and getting the hang of them.

[L to R, No base Light Layer, No base Heavy Layer Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and on Bronze, Mac Fix +]

The pigment I'm using is MAC Copper which is my obsession for the evening time.

Light Layer: Pigments are intense so when wearing them during the day you may want to tone it down i found that applying a thin layer is really pretty and not too in your face.

Heavy Layer: This one is with no base, its still intense but it looks more like a pressed pigment so adding that base really makes it pop. I found it lasts much longer with a creamy base under! 

Cream Shadow Base: I used the Color Tattoo in On and on Bronze and found that it made the pigment more shimmery than all the others i tested.

MAC Fix +: If your after a foiled intense lid colour than wet your brush with Fix + and you'll get it.

My favourite method to apply it is with a flat shader brush and applying a creamy base. Pigments are so stunning as a all over lid colour and really creates a dramatic eye!

Whats your favourite pigment?
Lemme know, Summa x

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Zoeva Rose Gold Eye Brushes

Being a fan of all things rose golden and all things brushes when i saw this eye set i knew that they would be coming home with me.

Zoeva are an amazing company and so affordable for the quality. My favourite out the bunch is the 228 crease brush, its highly comparable to the famous MAC 217 but with the rose gold detail and under half the price i think the 228 takes the cake!

These brushes are all over the internet so i know you've seen countless blog posts but i couldn't help but mention them! This set is perfect for starting out or just expanding your eye brush kit. They have every brush you'll ever need. The density is perfect and they haven't shredded during multiple washes.
I'm blown away with the Zoeva brushes and now i can't wait to get my hands on more, i have my eye on the Rose Golden 2 Face Brushes especially that beautiful contour brush in there!

What do you think of Zoeva brushes?
Lemme know, Summa x

Saturday, 13 June 2015

How I Juggle Work, College and Blogging

I opted for a bit of a different post but something i wanted to talk about on my blog.
Like pretty much everyone my plate is full. What with the final month of college, making enough money for living and fitting it around a blog schedule which i want to make the best of my abilities it gets stressful.

Let me fill you in a little bit, I'm in my final weeks of Fashion Promotion course. I'm working 4/5 days at Miss Selfridge and I'm blogging once a week which I'm hoping to increase to 2.


Prioritise: What's most important to you?
Don't spread yourself thin: Miss a week of blogging, say no to that extra shift. You come first!
Organise: Write down your rota, plan out your days, make to-do lists.
Weekly Planners: Set your days. I don't like to do a post in a day, i like to take a photo on a Monday, edit it on a Tuesday, write it on a Wednesday, i find it more fun and less last minute and stressful.
Everyone needs a day off: Even you! Allow a pamper day with Netflix and a face mask. It'll do wonders to your stress levels.
Socialise: When I'm busy i often forget about socialising and i feel so much better when i have a little chat with one my friends.
Have fun: If you don't like it, don't do it. Obvious one really but do things for you not because someone asked you to.
Don't forget to sleep: Being busy you have late nights but please try and fit at least 6 hours sleep in and don't substitute it with caffeine!

I hope you bare these tips in mind. They help me to balance things out and keep my stress to a minimum. You can't be in 10 places at once and you need to remember that.

Any other helpful tips?
Lemme know, Summa x

Sunday, 31 May 2015

May Favourites

Monthly favourites are always my favourite to write and read.
And can i just say what everyone is thinking, how the hell is it June tomorrow?!

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day: I'm not big on hair care at all and I'm so lazy so when i saw a 5 in 1 product i had to give it a try and now i can't not use it, it literally is perfect hair in a bottle. It gives me volume and really smooths my frizz!

Urban Decay Naked Basics: This is my most used palette, i find it hard to create a eye look without using at least one shade. They are such wearable colours and all matte besides a beautiful highlight shade. Couldn't live without it.

Mac Ripe Peach Blush: I'm being a tease putting a limited edition product in my favourites but its been on my cheeks for the last two months, its lovely on fair and light skin and a really natural blush.

Nyx Liquid Liner: I'm being adventurous branching out from my eyeliner pens and although applying this takes more time, it gives a sharp flick, i just wish this was completely matte.

Rimmel Sandal Eyes Nude Liner: Another must have. It really brightens and opens up your eyes and make you look awake and i need that in my life.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum: Lately I've just not been feeling the full coverage foundations so i decided this was a good option, its super light and moisturising with a decent amount of coverage and would be perfect for the hot months ahead!

Too Faced Hangover Primer: I love a moisturising primer for when i want to use a more drying foundation such as Studio Fix and this is perfect to refresh my skin and lays under makeup well and prevents foundation clinging to dry patches.

Pretty Little Liars: I know I'm so late on the band wagon but oh my gosh, its amazing, I've binge watched the first 4 series and although at times I'm like come on girls get it over with find out who A is, i still find it gripping and i'd be lying if i haven't dreamt about it several times

I could of wrote a book on how many favourites i had since i haven't done a favourites since January! 

What have been your favourites this month?
Lemme know, Summa x

Saturday, 23 May 2015

5 Must Have Brushes

[L to R] Morphe M431, Zoeva 228, Real Techniques Contour Brush, Body Shop Blush Brush, Flat Top Kabuki

I am so surprised that i've never done a post just on brushes baring in mind how in love i am with them. So i thought i'd share my 5 must have can't live without brushes.

Morphe M431: This is a slighter larger pencil brush than usual and i find that it is perfect for specific crease work and putting colour under the eye. Ever since i picked one of these up, i can't put it down.

Zoeva 228: A dupe for the MAC 217 what isn't to love. Perfect for crease work and blending and light application. I could own 20 of these brushes and i still wouldn't have enough and especially in rose gold.

Real Techiques Contour Brush: A multi purpose brush, perfect for contour, highlight, blend out concealer and setting the under eye. This brush does it all.

Body Shop Blush Brush: I put this old gem in because i love the cut of the bristles and so soft. I also think this brush could be multi purpose but I'm yet to try, so ill get back to you on that.

Flat Top Kabuki: Any brand of this brush will work, the one in the image above being Coastal Scents. I wont be able to use anything but this and a beauty blender to apply foundation, it works a charm.

Sorry for not posting in the last two weeks! I've been so run down with my college deadline and to top it off i was ill and then my internet completely died on me for 5 days.

What is your favourite brush?
Lemme know, Summa x