Wednesday, 25 March 2015

When is a Top just a Top

When I am not its owner.
When wear clothes I always try and look at how I could make it interesting or different, this process usually ends up with me putting it inside out, trying backwards, tucked, half tucked, off the shoulder, no shoulder you name it. So I thought I would show you some looks that comes from my experimental process. I hope I am not the only one who does this, tell me what you do when you buy a new item of clothing.

THE TOP


This is the original look of the top, I loved it so much, it would look great over so many clothes and especially over a bikini in the summer. 

THE TUCKS



 I always love tucking my tops in to give a different look, if I were to snazz up my look a little the half tuck and the full tuck would be my go to looks.

 A BOLERO? 






All I did for this is put the front of the top behind me and bam a cute bolero, the problem with this is the obvious head hole you get at the back but if you really wanted to make it work you could pin or sew it underneath so you won't see it.

NO SHOULDERS


This one was very hard to managed as the sleeves kept falling down but hey that's what experimenting is for.


THE ORIGINAL OUTFIT



The Top: Urban Outfitters
Crop Top: Misguided
Skirt: & Other Stories
Shoes: Primark

THE... FACE



Eye shadow: Sleek I Divine Eyeshadow Palette (Ultra Mattes V2)
Lips: MUA Whipped Velvet (Spry)
Liner: Collection Lasting Colour Gel Liner (Black)
Contour and Highlight: Sleek Contour Kit (Medium)



Sunday, 22 March 2015

Weekly Shoutout #3

I missed this last week because I was busy studying hard as I had mock exams that week but It is back. I'm planning on doing this every 2 weeks so that it doesn't get over done but the name fortnightly shoutout doesn't quite have the same ring to it.

HOW THIS WORKS

So I will be splitting this in to 3 categories: Music, People and Blogs:
  • Music is my top 5 songs of the week 
  • People is basically dedicated to you guys who share or retweet my work on your social media, or even mention my blog with a link to it on one of their blog posts :) Initially I said I will pick 3 people but as I got a great response this week I have decided to bump it up to 5
  • Blogs are for the bloggers who follow me on Bloglovin. I will choose 3 blogs which I would like to be featured. The reason in which I will only choose 3 is because of the fact that I don't have enough followers at the minute to shout out 5 of you every week unfortunately :(
Now for the Shouting of the Outs


MUSIC

Okay so ever since watching 50 Shades of Grey I have loved the majority of their soundtrack, I think if Delilah was featured instead of Ellie Golding pop song that wasn't sexy in the slightest it would be perfect but no matter haha

Weeknd: Earned it
Rihanna&Kanye West&Paul McCartney: FourFiveSeconds 
Ed Sheeran: The Man
Susie Ro & Ayla: Skin and Bones
Katy B: Danger

PEOPLE

These people are so amazing, I would like to thank each and everyone of them for sharing my work, retweeting it or even just mentioning it, really means a lot :)


BLOGS

These bloggers are honestly so good, I would only recommend the best for you guys and I am honestly so surprised that these guys haven't got millions of followers already. I am so grateful that they like my blog enough to follow me and I just had to follow these guys back, I hope you come to your senses and do the same :D... follow them that is.. well and me.. well if you want to hehe 



And that is it for the Shoutouts this week, if your name or blog wasn't mentioned then do not worry I probably wanted to put you in but I could only pick a certain number per week so I can actually do another one next week haha so your name may be called next week :)

Hope enjoyed this, let me know if you discovered something or someone new :) 
Don't forget to follow me on bloglovin and share my work to have the chance to be featured next week!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Getting my Mojo back

Sorry I haven't posted in a week but I had been focused on revising for my mocks which just finished yesterday woop woop and I didn't want to give you rushed posts that I have just whipped up to shove on my blog, I feel like I want every post I do to be of a quality that I am proud of and make sense, I hope you can understand.

So for the past couple of years I have had a real passion for makeup and makeup artistry and I have always been trying to learn new skill and techniques to improve in both beauty and theatrical makeup. Over the past couple of months I don't know what happened but I felt like I lost my makeup mojo, the looks I were creating felt basic and I wasn't really proud of them. I don't know if its because today is the official first day of Spring but today I felt very creative so I created a dramatic look using colours. I am genuinely proud of what I have created so I really hope you like it.








Blue and Purple Eyeshadow: Sleek Eye Shadow Palette I Divine (Ultra Mattes V2)
Gold Eyeshadow on Lids: Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow Palette (Tortoise shell)
Blue Mascara on Bottom Lashes: Essence Colour Flash Volume Mascara (Blue)
Black Mascara on Top Lashes:  Essence Lash Princess 
Lipstick: MUA Lux Velvet Lip Lacquer (Criminal)
Blue Liner in Water Line: Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil (Denim Blue)
Black Gel Liner on Lash Line: Collection Lasting Colour Gel Liner (Black)
Light Blue Liquid Liner: MUA Liquid Liner (shade 2)
Contour and Highlighter: Sleek Contour Kit (medium)
Bronzer: MUA Bronzer (shade 3)

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Face of the Day: Electric

I really wanted to do an evening look with a little spark of colour so what better colour than electric blue. In order to make the blue really pop I added gold shimmer to the lids and started the blue from the crease blending up toward the brow bone. The gold gave the eyes some dimension and made them look bigger and stand out more than if you were to add a different shade of blue. I paired this look with an elegant half up half down hair look, do tell me if you want a tutorial but its kind of simple.






Blue eye shadow in crease: Rimmel London Colour Stay Shadow Links (Cobalt) + 
                                      Sleek Eye Shadow Palette I Divine (Ultra Mattes V2)

Gold eye shadow on the lid: Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow Palette (Tortoise shell)

Lips: Mac Lipstick (Whirls and Twirls)

Liner: Collection Lasting Colour Gel Liner (Black)

Mascara: Essence Lash Princess 

Bronzer: MUA Bronzer (shade 3)

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Kiera Tries DIYs: Manicures and Kohl hacks

So a friend of mine introduced me to the wonders of Pinterest, I never quite got it before but now I am hooked. While scrolling I found loots of DIYs and life hacks that would be cool to try and see if they actually work, knowing me I would probably fail so miserably which would inevitably be very entertaining and there Kiera Tries DIYs was born. So this would be very randomly on a Thursday, and I am really excited to try some awesome DIYs in the future.

I decided to start easy this week as I am not a DIY expert haha but as the weeks go on I will try and push my self and maybe one day I will even become a pro. If you have a suggestions on what you want me to try leave it in the comments below and I shall be your guinea pig.

Elastic Band French Manicure


For this you will need an Elastic Band ( I only had a hair band so we are off to a great start) and a nail polish of your choice, I am using MUA Nail Vanish in Bright Coral

STEP 1:
Place band under where you want your manicured nail tip to end, then use thumb to make it taught.



STEP 2:
Paint your nail in your desired area using the elastic band as a barrier.


STEP 3:
Remove elastic band making sure not to smudge nail polish... like I did (luckily it wasn't a major smudge)


THOUGHTS?
This did work, this was very easy and worked very well in getting a crisp line however I didn't realise my band was slightly curved so t ended up curving slightly but it wasn't terrible and I could easily fix it no problemo and if I had painted the rest of the nail another colour I probably wouldn't have noticed. Overall this is a great hack.


SMUDGE PENCIL

This DIY apparently helps to make your pencils more pigmented and easy to work with, all you need to do for this put your pencil near a flame so that it can essentially melt a bit and glide on easier. I was so scared I was going to burn my self but its completely fine, if your scared then test it with your finger first before putting it anywhere near your face. 

First I decided to try a black eyeliner pencil, this pencil is actually a good pencil pigmented but I was just curious if it could get any better. The pencil I am using is MUA Intense Colour Eye Liner in Jet Black.

BEFORE FLAMING PENCIL:
This was only one swipe, as you can see this is very pigmented and smudges well so it would be interesting to see it makes it even better.

AFTER FLAMING PENCIL:
(Before is the Top, After is the bottom)
The answer is no, if anything lighting the pencil made it less pigmented however this could be because it was already a good pencil, it didn't need to get any better. Note to self don't do this on a good pencil.

So now that I have done it with a good pencil, I am now going to do it with one of the worst pencils I own, Collection Lip Liners this one is in Clover Pink but I have tried another Collection lip pencil to make sure it wasn't just the formula or something but know they are all the same... TERRIBLE. It takes about 10 swipes for product to actually come off on to my hand to swatch it, this didn't even apply on my lips, I tried for so long my lips started to hurt and still no product would go on them. I cost me two pound something which is a shame because I could have gotten 2 MUA lip pencils which would have glided on beautifully. 

BEFORE FLAMING PENCIL
This was after 10 swipes... and there is still hardly any product on my hand so if this works this is an amazing DIY that deserves so many medals.

AFTER FLAMING PENCIL
THOUGHTS?
IT WORKED!! This was after 1 swipe and it just glided on no problem however as soon as it cooled down it went back to how it was before unfortunately so it seems I will have to melt it every time I wan't to use it 

CROSSHATCH
This is supposed to be a hack to have budge proof eye shadow using pencil liners.


For this I will be using the Too Faced contour brush and the MUA eyeliner in Jet Black

STEP 1:
 Draw a rough crosshatch at the corner of your eye



STEP2:
Blend the crosshatch out 


THOUGHTS?
Waste of time. I like the idea of using eyeliners as a base but the cross hatch is a waste if time just shade in the area and blend, its not hard. Why would you spend time doing a cross hatch design if your just going to blend it out anyway, just get the pencil in the corner of the eye and blend.


And that is it for the DIYs today :) I hope you enjoyed this and learned something new. As I said before if you have a suggestions on what you want me to try leave it in the comments below and I will do them.
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