After a long awaited Halloween, the day has finally arrived. There is something about Halloween that puts a smile on childrens faces, and even the adults. Maybe it's the sweets or the copious amounts of alcohol, or perhaps it's because it's the day to be creative. I have always loved Halloween ever since I was a child, not just because I could eat my weight in sweets but I love the whole dressing up side of it too. I'm not gonna lie, I pretty much went out trick or treating as a witch every year with a bin bag, a broomstick and a witches hat. You're probably thinking what, a bin bag? Yes, trust me it came in handy when it started pouring down with rain.
If you're struggling with ideas on Halloween looks this yearthen don't worry, I've got your back. I have exactly THREE looks to share with you, but there is a certain twist. They just include Maybelline makeup, so it will most definitely not break the bank, plus it's widely available to purchase from the drugstore too. The three looks are the Glam Vamp, Femme Fatale and Dark Temptress which are all perfect for a spooky halloween night out on the town, trick or treating with your child(ren) or a halloween party.
I want to start off by sharing my personal favourite, the Dark Temptress which involves a super dark, sultry lip with dark defined eyes and big lashes.
Using the Rock Nudes Palette(£9.99) apply the beautiful matte purple shade to the outer corner of your lid and across the lower lash line to smoke it out, then pick up the pink and silver shimmer shades and apply them to the inner corner. After you've applied these shades pick up a blending brush to blend all of the shades together so there are no harsh lines.
Create a smokey liner effect using the *Lasting Drama Gel Liner(£7.99). Use the brush included to smooth the liner along the upper lid in an even line.
To achieve a gorgeous sultry come vampy lip use the Loaded Bolds Lipstick in Midnight Merlot(£6.99). It's so creamy on the lips whilst adding a bold pop of colour too.
Now, moving onto the second look, Femme Fatale. It's somewhat of a natural look with a nude lip, spider lashes and a natural eye.
Apply the lightest pink shades from the Rock Nudes Palette to keep the eyes subtle and natural.
To add some definition to the eyes use the ultra fine tip of the Master Precise Liner(£5.99) to apply a thin line on the upper lid, starting from the inner corner and outwards.
This is where you start drawing more attention to the eyes, it's time for mascara. To elongate the lashes and add a humongous amount of volume use the new *Colossal Spider Effect Mascara(£5.99 at the moment).
Now onto the nude lip, the Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in *Nude Thrill(£6.99) is absolutely perfect. Adding a nude lip to the overall makeup look keeps everything toned down and it doesn't take any attention away from the eyes. It's a beautiful shade with a soft, satin texture.
Lastly is the Glam Vamp, which I'm pretty sure most of you will love. A smokey eye paired with a striking, bold lip. I love it.
Let's go back to the Rock Nudes Palette again shall we? To create a super easy, smokey eye apply the black shimmer and purple matte shades from the palette to the outer corner of the lids, then apply that silver shade to the inner corner of the eyes to make your eyes pop and look more open. Then of course it's time to blend, blend, blend!
With every smokey eye you need a black liner surely? Of course you do! Use the thick side of theMaster Precise Curvy(£6.99) and draw full, thick lines along the upper and lower lash line.
Now go all out with the Colossal 100% Black Mascara and apply as many coats of it as you wish to give the effect of beautiful, luscious lashes.
Onto the lips, well what would a smokey eye look be without a sexy red lip eh? The Color Drama Lip Paint in Red-dy or Not(£4.99) is perfect. It makes the lips look so plump and beautiful and the formula feels so nice and comfortable.
I really hope I helped you out here! All three of the looks are absolutely stunning and can be created without spending too much money either.
Will you be opting for any of these looks this Halloween? I would love to know!
It's around this time of the year that the weather starts to get that little bit colder and we start to reach for the hot chocolate, blankets and cosy knitwear. Very stereotypical but it's exactly what I do anyway. With the weather being that slightly bit more colder than usual it tends to wreak havoc on my skin which is hugely annoying. Could I have wonderful skin all year round please? Oh how I wish. This Autumn I have beenreaching for five particular products that I know will always keep my skin in the best conditionand I thought I should share them with you.
Everything included within this post is very inexpensive so they willmost definitely not break the bank. It just goes to show that you don't need to spend a lot of money to keep your skin wonderfully soft this Autumn. So without further ado let's get to it shall we?
Let's start with the lips. Literally as soon as Autumn arrived my lips started to get ridiculously dry and chapped which is not a very attractive look and definitely not the most perfect base to apply lipstick. To help keep them soft and supple throughout the season I have been using two products, a lip scrub and lip balm.
The Lip Scrub I have been using is the Lush Lip Scrub in 'The Kiss' which was part of the LushValentines range this year but there are other flavours/scents to choose from too. It isso cute with little candy love hearts within the scrub itself and it almost looks good enough to eat. The purpose of the lip scrub is to exfoliate the dry skin off your lips to leave your lips feeling soft and smooth. Alongside that I have been using the Balance Me Lip Quench Balm(£8) which I acquired through a magazine, don't cha just love the little freebies that comes with magazines? They are always fab value for money. The Lip Quench Balm is an intensely hydrating lip balm which includes soothing ingredients such as Spearmint, Mango and Shea butters which aim to smooth and drench your lips in moisture in order to fight and protect against the harsh effects of the cold weather. It smells minty fresh and works an absolute treat.
Now let's talk skin, or shall I say body. There are two particular parts of my body that start to become uncomfortably dry during Autumn, the hands and feet. Feet are not a pretty sight when they're not being looked after properly, which is why I like to make sure they look as good as can be. To keep the dry skin at bay I look to my Soap and Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream(£5.50) for help. After a bath or shower I like to smother a layer of it all over my feet, pop some cotton socks over the top and leave it to soak in overnight. Come morning I take my socks off and my feet feel so moisturised and amazingly soft. It works wonders for my parched feet.
Now onto the hands, you may have heard of my love for Soap and Glorys Hand Food. It was so good to me for years but I have a new favourite in the form of the Hand Dream Super Intensive Hand Cream which is also from Soap and Glory. I've had it for quite a while now(since late 2014) and it is still going strong. Unfortunately it has now been discontinued(sorry!) which I am so gutted about. It is effectively a 5 in 1 treatment for the hands which aims to nourish, rejuvenate, hydrate, protect and fight the signs of ageing. It is so intense as well as it is such a rich formula, but I love that. It isn't greasy in the slightest which makes it the perfect hand cream to use daily. I really hope Soap andGlory decide bring it back. It's a must have in the Autumn, and even Winter time.
In order to restore moisture back into my body I always reach for a body butter, particularly from The Body Shop. They always do a fantastic job of keeping my skin in tip top condition throughout the year. The one I've come to use the most lately is the Glazed Apple Body Butter which was part of their Christmas range last year. I have no idea if there is any difference between the Glazed Apple range from last year and the new Spiced Apple range that's launched for Christmas this year. However, it smells so damn good. I've resorted to only using it during the A/W as it is a very sweet scent. It makes my skin feel so bloomin' soft and silky. I love it.
I wanted to end this post and say a liiittle apology as most of the products mentioned are no longer available to buy online but you could perhaps find them on amazon on ebay if you're lucky.