Strobing is currently all the rave. It is the intense highlighting across the high points or the face in order to sculpt by creating areas of light rather than shadow. But there's no holding back this one. it's more natural than it's cousin contouring so it's difficult to look overly made-up with this trend. Today, I'll explain how I'm currently upping my glow.
Powder - Now I'm not a particularly 'made-up girl' but I'm not going to deny that I'm a fan of the intense highlight. Personally, it's how makeup should be, looking like a better healthier and more glowy you, not a different you.
One of my current favourite ways of achieving this look is by applying MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in 'Soft and Gentle' to the high points of my face particularly along the tops of my cheekbones to create a sharp contrast.
Some may argue that it's more for going out than daytime. But I find by using a small fluffy eye shadow brush you can get the effect without going OTT.
I've seen so many raves about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders (Diffused Light Please), I was going to go in for the kill, then realised how much the bad boy was going to cost :(
Cream - I used to religiously use Topshop's Glow Stick in Play Up, I used up the whole stick.. It used to leave a beautiful shimmer across the tops of my cheek bones that can be easily blended out. More recently, I've been experimenting with the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpt and Candlelight Glow Duo - I've found it to be a subtle way to add a bit more of a natural fresh glow to my face. It can also be layered with the MAC MSF for a more intense highlight.
Liquid - When applying my makeup, I tend to apply liquid highlighters after moisturising and before foundation. I apply this generously across my cheekbones, forehead, bridge of nose, chin, cupids bow
(all over my face) and then blend with my fingers. It looks a bit overwhelming in the bottle, but once foundation has been applied, I'm left with a lovely 'natural glow'. I'm currently using Benefit's HighBeam, and it's well loved. The one to try next is Mac Strobe Cream. I've read so many reviews and blog posts about it, I think I might pick up a travel size first just in case it upsets my skin.
Forget the trends, I think I'll be strobing up until the day I die.. : )
Now that I'm planning for a wedding, saving up to furnish my new home, I really should keep away from online shopping and delete my topshop app. However these are my top 5 wants this month.
I finally got it! After months of uming and ahing, I finally got my first Kevyn Aucoin product.
I've heard numerous raves about the ashy goodness of his famous sculpting powder, but couldn't quite justify the price at the minute. Instead, I ordered the creamy glow duo in sculpting/candlelight from cult beauty for the much more justifiable price of £21. It combines both a 'sculpting' shade and a 'candlelight' shade to also satisfy my current highlighting addiction.
I'm so excited to use this. I'll be sure to let you all know how I get on soon!
Been there, done that, binned five t-shirt's. Man did I feel good. Nothing like a streamlined wardrobe full of items I love and feel confident in, to help maintain a positive mind set.
When I clean out my wardrobe I do it throughly. I find the process mentally cleansing too, It feels almost as if its a fresh start, the beginning to regaining some organisation and control over my life. It's all positive.
On the other hand I tend to struggle with finding the time and initial motivation to sort it out. So from past experience, I've put together a few points that have helped motivate me to do a proper wardrobe cull. Maybe it will help a few of you?
Hands up, who's done it? Standing in the small patch of clear carpet, staring at the contents of your wardrobe scattered over the floor. The aim is to create a series of piles; sorting out which item is going to your younger sister, which goes to the charity shop, and which goes into the bin. You start all enthusiastic, but you eventually end up stuffing it all back into the wardrobe with seemingly more items of clothing that you begun with initially.
So you need to ask yourself the following key questions:
Do I really like it?
Do I really wear it?
Do I really need it ?
Order by clothing type, then clothing colour. It makes items easier to find.
I cannot recommend having sort out when the seasons change. This doesn't mean throwing away. You need to put away the non seasonal items for a bit until you need them next so that your wardrobe doesn't get crowded.
KEEP ON TOP OF IT
I'm so busy, that fitting in a whole day to sort out my wardrobe isn't proctical or feasible, so I need to keep on top of it.
One of the things I have been doing recently is getting out my outfit for the day before.That way you don't make rush around in the morning making a mess of your wardrobe when trying to find something to wear. It also makes for a much less stressful start to the day and an extra 10mins in bed!
Do I really need to fill its spot?
If you're content with your current wardrobe picks, then there's no need to pack your wardrobe full of new purchases. Although saying that there's no harm in the occasional retail splurge so long as your new additions are well thought out purchases not impulse buys!
A rustic tuscan wedding with: White flowers, leafy green garlands, Wooden features, brushed gold accents
Courtyard area, with rectangular wooden tables adorned with leafy sage garlands. Perhaps the use of citrus details or delicate white flowers. Lots of candles. Rosemary sprigs. Recycled cardboard nametags. Brushed gold rimmed glasses and cutlery.
Mediterranean inspired menu. Lots of bread is required with the accompaniment of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Antipasti. Sugared Almonds for the children and boozy tiramisu for the OH
Dolce and Gabanna inspired Lace. Delicate curls framed with Flowers in Brides and maids hair.
A brief round up of my favourite Lush products. None of my favourites include the famous bath bombs, purely because I rarely use them. However I am partial to the odd butterbear.
My obvious choice as well as the limited edition one... Unfortunately this little beauty is only available during the festive period. Learning from my errors the year before, I made sure to stock up during the boxing day on-line sale. The sweet scent and glitter is what makes this a cheerful addition to my not so cheerful early morning showers.
As the owner of sensitive skin, I can express that this is such a beautifully light, non irritant but hydrating moisturiser . It is perfect for a make-up base, or even for those no make-up days. Instant better skin in a pot.
Never thought this could become such a cult product of mine. I'm not a particularly sweaty person, but after a bath I smooth this over my chest, between my thighs, and under my armpits. This makes my skin super soft , whilst displaying a soft seductive fragrance of jasmine and vetivert.
I'm a big fan of rose water. I spritz this gem over a cotton pad and wipe over face to refresh. It's natural soothing properties make it a repurchaser time and time again.
This encouraged me to use eye creams. It hydrates the eye area whilst and reduces the appearance of under eye bags. I'm also a fan of the packaging.
A must for those who struggle hormonal skin problems. I use this no more than once a week to remove all the grime and pollution I get from my weekdays in the city. It makes my skin feel clean without the feeling of being stripped of all it's goodness.
I recently bought a gift set in the lush sale which included this fragrant product. I'm an avid hand cream user, but I really like how the product is stored in a tub rather than the usual tube. Plus, the combination of orange blossom and organic cocoa butter reminds me of terry's chocolate oranges :)
What are your Lush Favourites?