#SBBC – The Bad-Ass Biker Look

So I have no ‘It’s in the Bag’ for you tonight but I do have a sexy new biker jacket to share with you. I decided to go all out and create a Bad-Ass Biker look especially for the occasion. Now I’m not very ‘bad-ass’ as you can see, aside from a few tattoos I’m pretty low-key.. normally. But here it is anyway!

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I’ve had my eye out for a biker jacket for weeks now and when I saw this one in New Look for just £39.99 I knew I had to have it. It’s bang on trend for Autumn and it’s practical too. It’ll keep me warm enough without making me overheat. I love the zip detailing on this jacket, it’s also really fitted and it’s so flattering. It nips me in at the waist too. It also has fab creases at the elbows which look fantastic. This will probably be my favourite Autumn piece.

Outfit

I kept the outfit simple to let the jacket and shoes speak for themselves. I just popped it on with a simple vest top and skinny jeans. I love these shoes which I’ve had a while but I think the cute bows make it a more feminine outfit whilst still looking ‘bad-ass’.

Makeup

To pull of this look I believe your makeup needs to stand out and make a statement too. For me, only a smokey eye and red lips would do. I used my Benefit Smokin’ Eye kit for the eyes. I used a No7 black metallic eyeliner across the whole of the top lid and 3/4 of the lower lid. I also used my new Body Shop Eyebrow Kit to define my brows a bit. I applied a couple of coats of They’re real and a bit of Benefit High Beam under my brow.

I applied plenty of M.A.C. powder blush in Mocha for a flushed, ‘I just got of a motorbike’ glow. Followed by highlighting my cheek bones with even more High Beam.

A slick of MUA Shade 1 lipstick over a Barry M Lip Liner and I was good to go, to go where I don’t know seeing as I’m still sat here and now in my pyjamas! I can’t wait to do this look again over the weekend!

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Pretty in Pink

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Happy Saturday!

So my brain has been bombarding with ideas to try out lately, the list is growing so fast I can’t keep up but this is what I love about blogging. As quick as you do one idea another springs to life. I’ve decided to do a series of colour themed posts on Saturday’s over the coming weeks. I am going to showcase my favourite products from each colour. Today is PINK.

I love pretty pink colours, I’m so girly yet for some reason I don’t own that many pink items, clothes or makeup. Sure, plenty of things have pink packaging but I don’t own that many with pink product but these are the favourites of what I do own.

Pink is so versatile, it look as natural o as out there as you want it to. Pale pinks are pretty and flirty whilst more vibrant pinks are playful and can me a luscious statement. Without further a do, here’s my best pinks.

Avon Speed Dry Nail Polish in ASAP Pink – I love the gorgeous shade of this nail polish, it’s like candyfloss. It’s super girly and summery.

M.A.C Powder Blush in Mocha – This is a dark pink, it’s warm tones and matte finish provide an elegant result and a deep flush. It;s one of my favourite blushers.

Avon Colour Trend Lipstick Pen/Crayon in Gone Pink – I love the shimmer on this product, I’ve nearly used it all up now but it’s really soft and easy to use and it’s a beautiful floral shade.

Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner Definer in Eastend Snob – This is a grown up pink liner and works well under darker pink lipsticks and on its own. It is very moisturising and it twists up rather than needing sharpening. I’ll do a full review of this at some point.

Avon Colour Trend Lipstick in Amethyst – I usually equate amethyst to the purple colour group but this is most definitely a pink lipstick. It is highly pigmented and again it moisturises well too. It’s a dark pink, perfect for every day wear and a gorgeous Autumn shade.

Rimmel Colour Rush Eye Shadow in 030 Siren – This is a very vibrant pink, perfect for when you want to make a statement. It lasts well and is very pigmented.

What are your favourite pink products?

NYC Smooch Proof Lip Stain Review

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Today’s review is brought to us by our lovely Donna on the panel. This is one her current favourite products, it’s the NYC Smooch proof Lip stain in Unstoppable Red.

First up how easy is it to apply? It’s more of a felt tip so it’s really easy to control. You simply line you lips as normal, you could even skip that step with this product if you’re short on time. Then you colour in your lips with the lip stain. For an extra bit of glamour smooth on a bit of clear gloss and you’re ready to go.

1081277_10151702746599765_320908457_nAnd the colour.. Donna loves the intense red colour of this lip stain. It’s a striking post box red which is still very on trend. Donna loves to have a wow-factor about her look and this really helps. It’s also so quick to use it can be in your everyday kit rather than kept for special occasions.

It also lasted really well, as it says in the name it is a stain so it has super-staying-power. It didn’t dry her lips out and stayed looking matte and pretty all day.

Try it: www.superdrug.com

 

It’s in the bag!

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This is the first of sneaky peak into other people’s make up bag’s series. I don’t know about anyone else but I love knowing what other people use and this is the perfect excuse to be nosey!

First up is my bag but we have loads lined up. Above is all my favourite make-up as I definitely couldn’t fit it all in one photo! There is a total mixture of different products. My stand out products that I haven’t reviewed as yet are my Barbara Daily Foundation brush, The Body Shop Cuticle and Nail Oil, and Barry M Red lipstick.

I’ll start with this…

2This foundation brush was from Tesco’s range and was only about £6 I believe but it is by far my favourite brush. It blends my foundation into a beautiful natural coverage with no hassle. It is really soft of the face too. It needs a wash at the moment but that’s really easy, I just soak it in soapy water for a fe hours, rinse and dry and it’s as good as new!

Top tip: Always use a foundation brush, not hands or a sponge!

Next up is The Body Shop Almond Nail and Cuticle oil…

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If like me you seem to have weak nails that damage and dry so easily this is the product for you! It strengthens the nail, smells great and includes a handy tool on the end to fix unruly cuticles! Within a couple of days of using it my nails are looking healthier and stronger!.

The last product I want to talk about is my Barry M lipstick in shade 21

3I love this lipstick so much, it’s not only my favourite shade but my favourite lipstick… ever!

It last’s way longer than any others I’ve tried, it’s a very sexy shade and really stands out. My lips also feel soft after using it, when I finally get it off that is!

Top tip: Use with Barry M lip liner and lipcote for a striking pout all night!

I’d also like to mention how awesome my Vitamin E Penelope Pitstop Makeup bag is… how cute is that?! I love Wacky Races and I have a mug to match too. I like that it’s a quirky, retro design! I keep the stuff I use every day in this so it’s easy to find!

Next week we take a look in Donna’s bag! If you want tp submit your bag for a sneak peak and a link to your blog email me on tams.watt@hotmail.com!

Don’t forget to find us on Facebook too.. there’s a prize going when we hit 200 likes!

Preaching to the converted – Helen É – Waterproof Lip Liner in Shade 1 Review

LIPLINERReviewed by Tiffany, written by Tams

Preaching to the converted

Waterproof lip liner I hear you say, or maybe that’s just me but I haven’t come across any waterproof lip liners and as such was curious to see if this lived up to expectation. When it arrived it wasn’t a colour I’d normally use so I handed it over to the capable hands of Tiffany to give it a test drive and she’s come back with a glowing report!

I hate having to re-do my lip make-up when I’m out for a meal, who has time for endless trips to the ladies room? Finally here is a solution! First things first though, Tiffany commented that this lip liner was really easy to use and soft leaving an even and beautiful result.  As well as being pretty the colour is fairly neutral and could be used under a wider range of lipsticks than we first thought.

Tiffany was impressed at how well this lip liner lasted, it was still perfect even after eating and drinking, she just topped up a bit of lip gloss each time, saving minutes!

Tiffany would recommend this lip liner to anyone and everyone, having confessed she doesn’t usually use lip liner she is now converted. Hoorah!

What she loved most: The pencil was very soft and easy to use.

Try it: RRP £8, www.helen-e.com

Perfect red lips and subtle smokey eyes

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So this is my favourite look for a night out.. and here’s my very handsome husband too!

I thought I’d share my all time favourite look for an evening out with you all. I don’t ever feel myself without late night red lips. I don’t have time to do them during the day but if I did I’d probably always choose them over anything else! My husband on the other hand hates them.. but only because he doesn’t also want red lips. As a result I’ve spent so much time perfecting my non-transferring red lip look.

I have included a list below of all the products I used for this look and I’ll do a quick run down on how I got there. I also styled my hair with GHD’s and covered it in Shockwaves Ultra Strong Power Hold Hairspray.

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Step one: Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise. Leave for at least 5 minutes before starting on the make-up, this will give you a perfect base to start with and hold your make-up in place longer.

Step two: Dab concealer over any problem places, blemishes and spots.

Step three: Use a liquid foundation all over that matches your skin tone well. No one wants to look tangoed!  Top tip: Use a good foundation brush rather than hands or a sponge.

Step four: Make a fish face and apply a rosy blusher to your cheek bones, don’t forget to blend.

Step five: Now it’s time to start on the eyes! Use a light grey eyeshadow right across the eyelid and up to the crease using a soft eyeshadow brush.

Step six: Use a darker grey eyeshadow with an angled brush at the corner of your eye, blending it along the crease in your eyelid and the eye line to about half way along.

Step seven: Use a nude colour eyeshadow from the crease of your eyelid to the brow. Blend all the colours gently so that they gradually move into each different colour.

Step eight: Use a good eyeliner to draw a think line right across the top eyelid and half way along the bottom one.

Step nine: Use the angled brush and black eyeshadow to gently go along over the top of the eye-line at the top.

Step 10: Use a pink highlighting cream in the corner of the eye. Apply 2/3 coats of Mascara.

Step 11: Use a highlighter just under the brow and at the top of cheeks also to define those areas.

Step 12: Time for perfect red lips! I use Benefit cupid’s Bow pencil first but I believe this has been discontinued so I won’t go into that for now. But if you are blessed in owning one still you know what to do!

Step 13: Use a red lip liner to line your lips, I also fill in the whole of my lips too as I find it make the lipstick last longer! Cover carefully with red lipstick.

Step 14: My holy grail for red lips is Lipcote, use this over the whole lips and just over the edges a little too, allow to dry and then blot. Reapply lipstick and Lipcote a second time. I like matt lips but you could always add a gloss at this point too if you wish.

Step 15: Spritz your face with The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz to set make up.

Then go have fun!

Product list

Organic Surge Super Intensive daily Mosituriser
Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid in Ivory 010
Benefit Cupid’s Bow
Lipcote
The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz
Benefit Coralista Blusher
Benefit Smokin’ Eyes
Benefit High Beam Highlighter
MAC ZoomLash Mascara
MAC Eye/Lip Liner Pencil in black
Barry M Lip Liner in Red (No 3)
Barry M Red Lipstick (No 121)