Friday, 29 September 2017

Autumn/Fall activities to do and blog post ideas

This really is my favourite time of year - I feel like I get a fresh start with the new school year and it's the family and friend's birthday season so I get to celebrate lots with the people I love. Add into that snuggly jumpers, cosy scarves, falling leaves and pumpkin spice latte and I am one happy blogger!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

September Primark Haul

I got a little bit spendy in Primark...accidentally. It happens to us all, right??

September Primark Haul #lbloggers #haul #primark

Friday, 22 September 2017

Chatsworth House Style Exhibition

For the longest time, I've been really interested in History and specifically the first half of the twentieth century. One of the areas of History I'm really interested in reading about is the Mitford family. There were 6 Mitford sisters and a brother. The sisters encompassed practically the entire spectrum of political beliefs during the period leading up to the war and were famous (or infamous) during that period. The youngest Mitford sister, Deborah or Debo, married Lord Andrew Cavendish who became the 11th Duke of Devonshire, the family responsible for Chatsworth. Debo took a very active role in promoting Chatsworth as a visitor attraction and increasing its income so she is inextricably linked to the house. I ADORE visiting Chatsworth and have been at least annually for some years now. When I heard about their latest exhibition, I had to go and see it for myself and it did not on to find out what it is!
Chatsworth House Style Exhibition #lbloggers #history #ChatsworthHouseStyle #Chatsworth

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

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