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Classic Red Lip and Winged Liner Make Up Look

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Hello Lovelies.  It’s been a while since my last post but time just feels like it flies by so quickly lately that I barely have time to blog. I also really wanted to do a post linked to a brand new YouTube video- my second ever you know! So here we are with another make up look. This one is super simple although you wouldn’t think it from the list of products. In my opinion its a bit of a classic. Plus I wanted to experiment creating the perfect red lip and try out my new NYX lip liner. FYI it’s awesome especially for a mere £5.  I have been experiencing some technical issues with filming so here’s to hoping I’ll get that all sorted out and can use my new camera soon. Enjoy… make-up-2make-up-5

Base:

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer | Nars Sheer Glow Foundation | Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer | Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer | Illumasqua Sculpting Powder Duo | Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight | Sleek Highlighting Palette in Solstice | MAC Powder Blush in Frankly Scarlet

Eyes:

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion | Urban Decay Space Cowboy Eyeshadow | Rimmel | Exaggerate Eye Liner | Benefit Roller Lash Mascara | Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz | MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set

Lips:

MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder | NYX Lip Liner in Summer Tease | Nars Lipstick in Jungle Red

Thoughts ect?

Love Eleanor x

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Dyeing My Hair With Henna

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|Henna Hair Dye– Lush|

Having been an avid user of home hair dyes for almost as long as I can remember (I was 13 when I last saw my natural hair colour FYI) my hair has started to react badly to the dyeing process. I mean I’ve had a mane every colour under the sun at some point- yes including bright blue.  So after a lot of fretting and some serious consideration. I decided to try something more natural than your average at home box dye.

My friend Rachel has been using Henna for a while and I really think that her hair looks a lot thicker. A few weeks ago I popped into Lush and got my hands on some. Henna has been used to dye hair for thousands of years.  Apparently its supposed to be conditioning and also promote hair growth as oppose to chemical dyes which can be damaging. Believe me I know! Lush currently stock four different shades. I went for Brun or Hot Chocolate as it gives you the shade closest to my natural colour. As with all hair dye it can create different effects depending what colour your own hair is. For example if you have very light hair naturally some shades could go a vibrant red. So just bare that in mind.

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Now I’m going to be totally honest in this post. Henna is a huge faff on to apply in comparison to your average box dye. Firstly it needs to be cooked, then cooled to a comfortable temperature and once it is ready to apply  it’s just so so so messy. Newspaper over entire surfaces is a must. It takes around three hours to develop. And I had to apply it twice within a week to get the vibrancy I required. Above is a little bonus photo of me with the Henna on- not very attractive right? For me, there was still as much breakage as there would be with your average dye although perhaps my hair is just that damaged…

But ultimately since using the Henna my hair’s condition is the best it’s been in such a long time. Super soft and super silky. Possibly making all the faff worth it. Swings and Roundabouts I guess!

Have you ever tried Henna? I’d love to know your thoughts.

Love Eleanor x

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Warm Toned Autumn Make Up Look

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So I figured it had been such a long time since I’d done a make up post on here. I still love make up as much as ever so lets share the love. It’s also the first ever time I’ve branched out to film a little tutorial to go alongside my post. Yes it seems I’m moving with the times and getting acquainted with YouTube! I’ve actually wanted to try filming something for ages and  think video is by far the best media when it comes to make up tutorials. I don’t know about you but I find it super difficult to follow written instructions. Obviously my editing skills are terrible at this point so please be kind…

Of course I’ve gone for an Autumn inspired look- I mean what else would I really do? I’m all about the Autumnal posts right now. I absolutely love the Naked 2 palette for warm tones so really it was a no brainer. It’s got to be my favourite out of all the Naked palettes. Probably because its suits my colouring best. I’ve used MAC Lip Pencil  in Bittersweet all over my lips and then layered Nars Lip Pencil in Walkyrie over the top. I think it gives a really striking look and I do love a bold lip, especially for Autumn/ Winter. Although looking at these photos my lip liner looks super wobbly which makes me sad!
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Base:

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo

Bourjois Bronzing Powder

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight

Sleek Make Up Highlighting Palette in Solstice

Eyes:

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Urban Decay Ink for Eyes Eyeliner

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Lips:

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Bittersweet

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Walkyrie

Let me know what you think…

Love Eleanor x

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The Last Days of Summer

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It’s sort of ironic that I decided to (cleverly) name this post The Last Days of Summer when we quite obviously took these outfit photos at night. But I did have to take this opportunity to express my disdain that Summer is slowly slipping away from us- sob!

I was pretty surprised that I had never done a post featuring this lovely little summer dress before as it’s one of those pieces I do actually wear often. Although I’ve got to admit this is the first time I’ve worn it with these knee high booties. But hey were getting towards that  trans seasonal dressing time of year so its all about mixing it up a bit. I do love a good summer dress and this is one of those colours that is really flattering on everyone even me with my super pale skin! I’m also liking clashing the delicate girly print with this sporty Topshop bomber.  I have been wearing it to death this Summer and  hope to continue well into the Autumn. Probably until it all gets far too cold and wet…

The bolo tie choker is one of my current obsessions.  ASOS has a great selection of black chokers right now and they’re a really inexpensive way to add a bit of interest to your outfit. I’m still loving my Irresistible Me hair extensions and the big super bouncy hair they give me. It’s really surprising how much more confident  I feel with long locks!

Love Eleanor x

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Princess Hair

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Disclaimer: Trying this product out made me really miss my long hair and sob into my laptop a little as I edited these photos!

Hello Hello… And welcome back to another blog post! Today I have a little review based on hair extensions I was kindly asked to try out by Irresistible Me.  I’ve always been a big hair extension wearer and love nothing more than having long swishy princess hair so am a little biased anyway. I totally get that hair extensions aren’t everyone’s cup of tea though!

The hair extensions are all 100% human hair and come in a variety of colours/ weight / lengths.  This particular set believe it or not are actually the shortest at 14 inches long. As my hair is pretty short these days so I went for a length I could blend into it as it grew. There is a Pin to help you get an idea for the right length for you. With regards to weight of course I went for the thickest set at 200g which comes with 1 x 4 clips, 2 x 3 clips, 5 x 2 clips and 2 x 1 clip. The set also came with a few extra clips to attach in case you lose them (always happens!).  The colour I’m wearing is medium brown, although I was undecided between medium and chocolate brown. There’s this handy Video to help you choose your colour.

For me the quality of these extensions was great and they can offer you some seriously big hair. Especially using the 4 clip piece which is a mega hair extension, although I reckon it could get a bit heavy after a full night of wearing it. The only problem I have which goes for all clip in extensions is that I find it really difficult to get a good colour match for my natural hair. As I have quite a red toned brunette I can never seem to get a warm enough shade. I will of course be wearing these again!

Thoughts?

Love Eleanor x

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Sleek Highlighting Palette

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Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette- Boots HERE

Let’s talk highlighters. Now I don’t know about you but I’ve always preferred highlighting way more than contouring. Maybe it’s because I love glowy glowy skin or maybe its down to my extreme paleness making contour look like weird oranges patches on my skin (no thanks!). Whatever the reason I love a good glow, especially for spring. So when I came across this little Sleek Solstice Palette in Boots I couldn’t resist it’s marbley goodness.

I’m a big Sleek fan anyway: I love their blushers, their packaging looks way pricier than it is, products come with a good sized mirror, they’re always super pigmented shades, all products are cruelty free … I could go on. So I’ve got to say after vigorous testing this is a new favourite of mine. It includes one cream highlighter (Ecliptic) one shimmer powder (Subsolar) and two baked powders (Hemisphere and Equinox). There’s also a brush included but honestly I never use the free brush so I can’t say that makes a lot of difference.

On the box Sleek suggest that you use the shades as follows: Ecliptic on the brow bone (I also used it on the inner corners of my eyes) Subsolar on the bridge of the nose, Hemisphere on the cheekbones and Equinox on the cupid’s bow. In reality the shades are a lot more pigmented than on camera and the individual colours really come through. My personal favourite is probably Subsolar (on my nose). Although I do really like the creamy texture of Ecliptic too which works really well for highlighting the corner of your eyes. Have you tried any Sleek products? Thoughts?

Love Eleanor x

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Cool Toned Winter Makeup

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Hey Everyone! Just a quick makeup look tonight inspired by silvery, frosty winter tones… That makes sense in my head at least. On my eyes I have used shades Verve, Pistol and Blackout from my Naked 2 palette. I’ve got Illumasqua Intense Lipgloss in Facade on my lips. Plenty of highlighting to brighten up my under eyes and it’s as simple as that.

In other news only four more shifts until Christmas! This is the first time in about 5 years I’ve been able to spend more than one day with my family over Christmas so you could say I’m a tinyyyy bit excited right now…

Love Eleanor x

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Super Glossy Lips

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It has to be said that I love a glossy lip. IRL my glossy lips stick to everything- my hair, food, random bits of fluff and on occasions even my clothing. But for aesthetic purposes in a blog photo I love a glossy lip…

Illamasqua Intense Lipglosses are really really intense. They go on very thick so mistakes are easily made- see my slightly overdrawn lip line for details! I’ve used shade Hermetic which is unfortunately no longer available (boo!) but they do have a big variety of colours online including a bright green- Halloween lips anyone? I’ve layered it over MAC Ruby Woo lipstick to make the red pop a bit more as the colour is super dark if applied on its own. I think it goes perfectly with a simple gold eyeshadow.

Lipgloss yay or nay? Let me know your thoughts…

Love Eleanor x

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