Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Top 5 Blogging Tips by Natalie-Claire

I recently chatted with Natalie during a Twitter chat and then we decided to collaborate together. You can find my post about how blogging has enhanced my career over at Engineer With Style which is Natalie's AMAZING blog! Natalie has written a post of blogging tips for me and I think it's perfect - I definitely need to follow some of her tips more! I'm sure you'll love reading them as much as I did. 




Friday, 15 September 2017

Tori's Top Tips: A Smokey Eye

Last week, I wrote a detailed step by step tutorial for a smokey eye. It was SO detailed that I thought a briefer top tips could also be useful for those who are fairly confident with a smokey eye but want to refine it a little more. A smokey eye is my ALL TIME favourite makeup look on myself and over the years, I've picked up 4 top tips to help me achieve the look I want as the latest in my series of posts on Tori's Top Tips.

Tori's Top Tips for a Smokey Eye #bbloggers

The darker the eyeshadow, the smaller the brush

As your shadow gets darker, you want it to take up less space in your crease so that it doesn't end up looking like you've been punched in the face. I have a range of makeup brushes that decrease in size that I can use to blend increasingly darker shadows into my crease. 

Tori's Top Tips for a Smokey Eye #bbloggers

A brushes work is never done

Don't think that because you've put that first crease colour down that you can put that brush away. You need to keep going back to previous brushes to blend out the edges of eyeshadows. This way, your colours will blend together seamlessly.

Tori's Top Tips for a Smokey Eye #bbloggers
Before blending with the previous fluffy brush

Tori's Top Tips for a Smokey Eye #bbloggers
After blending with the fluffy brush

Dot and blend

My favourite way to achieve a smokey eye is to dot my darkest colour into the outer V, then blend it around the outer V and into the crease a little bit. Repeat the dot and blend until you've got the look you want!

Tori's Top Tips for a Smokey Eye #bbloggers

Don't worry about the mess

You can always clean up any misplaced shadow or fallout with a makeup wipe. Swipe from the outer corner of your eye to the end of your brow and you'll have the perfect angle! Alternatively, you can place a piece of tape in the same angle before applying your shadow which gives a really crisp line. And if it ALL goes wrong, use the DHC Olive Oil Infused Cotton Buds* to clean up. 

Tori's Top Tips for a Smokey Eye #bbloggers

What tips would you add to this list?

Tori xx


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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Hare Hill - Macclesfield

I'm a member of the National Trust and love nothing more than escaping to a property at the weekend and having a good old nosy around. Big or small, I find something interesting about each location! Hare Hill is a woodland park with a walled garden at its centre. Small yet perfectly formed.


Hare Hill National Trust Macclesfield #lbloggers

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

A Smokey Eye Step by Step

I recently posted a cool toned makeup look using a Revolution palette and many of the comments were people saying that they couldn't do a smokey eye look. It sparked a little idea inside me which appealed to the teacher side and this post was born...! I'm going to explain what I do to achieve a smokey eye, with pictures, products used and explanations.

How to do a smokey eye step by step #bbloggers

Friday, 1 September 2017

Haigh Hall Courtyard

As regular readers know, I love exploring my local area to find new things to do, places to go and food to eat! Haigh Hall Courtyard is one of my favourite places to while away an afternoon, the perfect end to a pleasant walk!

Haigh Hall Courtyard #lbloggers


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

How to tame frizzy hair

Far from being smooth and sleek, frizzy hair is something that can be a bit of a pain. With increased heat, rain and other conditions beyond our control, the frizziness can really take hold. But fear not! There is plenty that you can do to manage the frizz and get your hair back to its silky best. Let’s check out eight top tips.


How to tame frizzy hair


Friday, 25 August 2017

Garlic Mushrooms on Toast with Philadelphia

Possibly one of the simplest dishes I'll ever post - but a favourite breakfast for me when cereal just isn't going to cut it.
Garlic Mushrooms on Toast with Philadelphia. A Slimming World friendly breakfast recipe.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Ibiza as an over 30...

I recently spent a few days in San Antonio, on a girls holiday which, as an over 30, was quite the experience! We stayed at the Ibiza Rocks hotel (cue being old enough to have parented half the population there) and did our fair share of 5am finishes...so, what would I recommend as an over 30 partying in Ibiza??

Ibiza as an over 30 #travel #lbloggers

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Southport Flower Show 2017

I've just had the most amazing time at Southport Flower Show. It's the first time I've been to a flower show in my life and it was just incredible. From the beautiful flowers to the tasty food to the entertaining shows...it is the perfect day out for couples, families, young and old! The theme this year was "The Curious Garden" which led to whimsical creations all over the show!

Southport Flower Show 2017 #lbloggers #flowers


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