Saturday, 25 October 2014

5 Blogs To Follow | New Discoveries

A beauty blogger recommends five different blogs to follow: Citron and Guavaberry, Class is Internal by Sonya Esman, Mama Watters, The Fresh Exchange Blog and Blue October


One of my favourite style of posts to read are Blog or Instagram Recommendations, so having recently discovered a few gems, I thought I would share the love with you guys today.




I stumbled across this blog by accident really, I was drawn to a piece on photography and editing, whilst browsing Bloglovin' one lunchtime: read Vanessa's post here. It was then I knew I would be hooked. Being a lover of photography myself I adore Vanessa's imagery, but that aside her writing style is just ridiculously funny. I actually laugh out loud whilst reading her blog and that is something special indeed. 



Talking all things social network related one afternoon with my boss, I was shown Sonya Esman's Instagram account. It was love at first double tap. This then led to an evening of stalking reading post after post. Just watch this Youtube video here and you will all of a sudden have the urge to high five me. It is very rare I feel an addiction toward something other than beauty, or Theo James (Four in Divergent movie), but that is what my new love affair with Class Is Internal has become. Utterly obsessed. The end.

 


Being a Pinterest obsessive, I spotted this On The Daily The Make-up Bag post and had to check out the rest of the blog.  Each photograph is stunning and obviously Pinterest perfect. The design of the blog is minimalist yet quirky all at once, with a mix of fashion, lifestyle, recipe and travel posts there is something for everyone here.




Yes I got excited about a cleaning post! Except this one is exciting and just had my name written all over it. As you know if you read my blog frequently, I am currently giving my lifestyle an overhaul, and this doesn't only include natural beauty products and more vegetables in my fridge, but to also look at other items I use daily: Cleaning Products. I came across this post  cleaning the home on It's The Little Things and Mama Watters, the person behind this blog, shares tips on using essential oils to make your own chemical free cleaning essentials. If cleaning does not excite you, do not fret, there are lots of life style and recipe posts with absolutely beautiful photography. I really do find myself drawn to photography first and foremost when discovering new blogs. 



When one decides to throw out all her take away  menus and ditch the ready made meals, there is only so much pasta you can eat. Me and my fridge full of vegetables were not getting anywhere fast so I took to Twitter. I was pointed in the direction of Blue October and her Butternut Squash recipe. Read it and you will understand why I got excited. A super simple recipe but totally yummy and ingredients that I could actually manage. I have since made this twice and it is so tasty. There are lots of recipe posts on this blog and I keep going back to it to read more.



I am always on the look out for new blogs to read, so please do leave me any recommendations you are bursting to tell me in the comments.

Friday, 24 October 2014

The Walking Dead Halloween Make-up | A Tutorial

Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog
Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog
Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog



The lovely team over at Boohoo asked me to put together a Halloween Make-up tutorial for their very own blog, which is kinda cooool. Here it is, a really quick, super easy "Walking Dead" make-up look. It literally will take you no time at all, using my step by step photographs as a guideline.


What you need:

Black and grey eye shadow
Red eye shadow
Green face paint
White face paint
Brown face paint
Brown brow pencil
Black eye liner




Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog


First of all I used my Maybelline Colour Stay cream eyeshadow in grey. I just applied this using my finger tip. Don't be too neat, it is okay to be messy. I generously took this colour all over my lid and right across my eyebrows. 




Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog


Next you want to start adding depth and colour to your eyes. I picked up a few of my M.A.C eyeshadows in Espresso, Cranberry and Scene. With a soft blending brush I swept a layer of my brown eyeshadow, Espresso, again all over the lid and buffing it into the inner corner of my eye. You want to build depth and shadow right in that inner corner against your nose. I blended this colour right out underneath and below my eye, filling in the area just above the orbital bone. I then took the grey shade, Scene, and swept this underneath my brow bone and again over the lid building up a depth of colour. You want the eye area to look dark and bruised - think dying zombie.


Next I took Cranberry, a beautiful deep red, berry shade, and I popped this just above the socket line, mainly in the centre. I chose this particular hue because I knew it would make my eyes pop. I marked some "faux" brow hairs out and added definition using a Kiko Brow Pen in brown. I chose not to use mascara but to just add black eyeliner using a mix of both M.A.C Fluid line in Black Track and Too Faced Bulletproof eyeliner. I went around both the top and lower lash line as well as going over the top and bottom water lines.
 

 
Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog



Once you are happy with the way your eyes are looking, you can move onto the next step. Grab a sponge or a beauty blender and take a little bit of green paint. Time to channel your inner Hulk ladies and gentleman, as we want our skin to have a green tint to it. Dab, dab dab this all over, again do not worry about it looking perfect, and we still want some of your natural skin coming through. Take this colour over your ears and down your neck too.
 


Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog



Now we are starting to see it slowly come together folks. This bit is probably my favourite section. Pull a funny face in the mirror and hold it (and pray the wind doesn't change). Taking a dark brown red shade - I am using a customised paint from Superstar Facepaints, but you could use a lip liner or eyeshadow with a wet brush - you want to define any expression lines your face naturally creates. So for me, I get a little furrowed bit in between my eyes, and my cheeks create funny lines near my nose. I also contoured my cheek bones and added some depth underneath my lips and above my brows. I used a clean blending brush to buff away any harsh lines and to add to the overall finish. Build it up slowly and have fun with it.
 


Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog



Nearly there now, this stage is all about adding little details and highlighting the skin. Yes, even the walking dead contour and highlight. Using a flat foundation brush I added little bits of white paint over the skin and blended this in gently, I mainly did this down the centre of my face and above my cheek bones. I then went back in with a very small detail brush with the deep brown/red paint and started to add cuts and depth to the bruised skin. I then decided to go over my brows with the white paint using a spoolie brush - you could just use an old mascara wand. 



Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog
Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog

There you have it, the finished look. Now go and scare your neighbours in preparation for Halloween. I hope you enjoyed this guys! For more Halloween ideas head on over to Boohoo.


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