Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts

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, 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

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, 18 August 2017

Primark Smoky Eye Palette Review and Swatches

I finally got my hands on one of the Primark palettes and it just so happens that it's perfect for my favourite smoky eye look! Read on for swatches and my thoughts...

Primark Smoky Eye Palette Review and Swatches #bbloggers

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Cool Toned Smokey Eye with Makeup Revolution

You might remember a while ago, I ordered £30 of products from TAM Beauty and received a goody bag for free. One of my freebie products was an eyeshadow palette originally released for Halloween called The Dead Are Alive. At the time, I wasn't so sure how much use I would get out of it...but my goodness me, do I love it now!

A cool toned smokey eye using a Halloween palette from Makeup Revolution! #bbloggers #motd


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

My key to a flawless base - no filters required!

I'm a fan of a filter, don't get me wrong, but I'm on a continual search for a product or method that gives me a flawless base with no filters required. And I think I've found it...

Tips for creating a flawless base without using a filter! #bbloggers #beautyhacks


Friday, 28 July 2017

Updated Skin Care Routine - Balance Active Formula

I've been meddling with my skincare routine to attempt to keep up to date with my changing skin as I enter my mid 30s. I have combination skin with a very oily t-zone and dehydrated cheeks.

When Brodie and Stone contacted me about their Balance Active Formula range, I was very interested! I'd already used the Hyaluronic Serum and loved it so was curious to try more of the range.

Balance Active Formula Skincare review #bbloggers #budgetskincare


Monday, 24 July 2017

My perfect summer lip with Max Factor

I don't know about the rest of you, but in summer I can't bring myself to do a matte lip. My lips are so dry anyway that I want ALL the coral/pink moisturising lip products. Enter Max Factor...

Review of the Universal Lip Liner, Colour Elixir Lipstick and Honey Lacquer from Max Factor. Swatches and product photos! #bbloggers #makeup


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Makeup Revolution and Freedom Makeup Haul

Do you ever get those days where one last little bit of temptation is one last little bit too far? That's what happened to me when an email from TAM Beauty came...offering a £30 mystery bag with purchases over £30. I've done this a couple of times now and always found some decent products in the mystery bag...so before I knew it, I was adding to basket and placing my order!
Huge Makeup Revolution and Freedom Makeup haul including a free £25 mystery gift! #bbloggers #makeup #haul


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The lowdown on DHC products

I've recently got my hands on a few DHC goodies and I've got to say, I'm seriously impressed. They've quickly become go-to products! DHC is a Japanese skincare company rooted in the benefits of olive oil.

Have you ever tried DHC products? Quality skincare and makeup for reasonable prices!


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

W7 Cosmetics Lip Haul

I'm a big fan of W7 cosmetics and over the years have tested and reviewed lots of their products. My three latest purchases have blown me away - Metal Kiss, Skinny Lipping and Lip Legend. Read on to find out about them...

W7 cosmetics lip haul

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The Epoch Glacial Mud Mask and the Boots Charcoal and Willow Bark Sheet mask

I've been really getting into regular face masks at the moment in an attempt to treat my skin a little better and there's two that I've been loving!
Nu Skin Epoch Glacial Mud Mask and Boots Charcoal and Willow Bark Mask review

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

My Holiday Essentials

I've been a little AWOL for a while on my blog - time, emotions and a general lack of motivation have all contributed to a lack of presence on my blog and social media.

I think that perhaps I want to take the blog in a more lifestyle direction - I feel bad for writing holiday posts, fashion posts, days out posts when I've always set myself out as a beauty blog. Perhaps I should worry less about sticking to a niche and just write what I want - the blogs been heading down a lifestyle route organically anyway!

Anyway, enough of the blurb...onto this post - my holiday essentials!



Wednesday, 1 March 2017

The £20 Makeup Challenge

I've watched loads of these challenges online and thought I'd try my own. Instead of going to a shop and buying the products, as I'm on a spending ban, I shopped my stash for £20 worth of products and applied them to my face. With the plethora of decent budget brands out there, I found this easier than I thought and I was pretty pleased with the end result too!


Sunday, 26 February 2017

Daytime and Evening Look from the Morphe 35O palette

You may have seen that I recently ordered and received the Morphe 35O palette. It was a time of great excitement! I've had chance now to have a play with the palette and I've created two looks, one suitable for daytime, one for evening using the palette.

Before I get into the looks, lets take a look at the palette...what a thing of beauty...


Thirty five warm and neutral shades with incredible pigmentation, texture and affordability.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Tori's Top Tips - Cleaning Makeup Brushes

I know, I know. Brush cleaning. A makeup lover's worst chore. Yet there's nothing better than a perfectly cleaned brush is there!

So I'm here to share with you a top tip that I've learned over the MANY years of cleaning brushes...




Monday, 20 February 2017

Primark Beauty Sponge Review

In the early days of blogging, when I realised that Beauty Blenders were A THING, I was intrigued. And when I saw a pink, egg shaped sponge in Primark for £1 I was even more intrigued. And then when I got it home and it was hard and not at all spongy, even when wet, I decided that beauty sponges might be A THING but not in my makeup bag.

After that I discovered the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge* which swiftly became A THING for me. I loved it passionately! And still do....

However, I've also found a new beauty sponge, half the price and *almost* as good. And it was from Primark...so what had changed?


Friday, 17 February 2017

Morphe 35O palette review, swatches and general loving

You cannot have failed to see the hype over the 35O palette made by Morphe. I certainly noticed it and on seeing the colours, owning the palette was never far from my mind. In fact, I was a woman possessed, constantly checking whether it was in stock. Finally, I found it was in stock on Beauty Chamber, ordered it and the rest, as they say, is history!


Sunday, 5 February 2017

My February Wishlist

I'm currently doing whatever the online version of window shopping is after putting myself on a spending ban...
These products have made it onto my virtual wishlist...I find myself drooling over them, haha!



Thursday, 2 February 2017

Top 5 drugstore glitter nail polish

If you're anything like me, anything sparkly is an instant winner. I'm such a sucker for glitter! I especially love glitter nail polish, especially now I have nailed (haha) the application of them! (See Tori's Top Tip for applying glitter nail polish). Therefore, it seemed only right that I introduce you to my top 5 drugstore nail polishes.




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