Friday, 30 September 2016

Autumn makeup tutorial for students

Hello beauties!

Now I know I promised this would be up earlier this week, but it's been a hectic week praparing for my final year of university (ah, I can't believe I'm actually saying those words!). It's Freshers week at the moment so my campus is filled with young doe-eyed students breathing in this vast new world of freedom.

Also - hello Autumn! My favourite season of the year (followed closely by Spring) - people usually see it as the end of the year, but I think of it as the start of things - a new term, (not for long!), new fashion inspirations - and today we'll be talking about new makeup looks.

So in the spirit of the start of Freshers, I though I'd share a quick Autumnal makeup look which incorporates different uses of the same products - that way you're not forking out 50 quid for that pretty eyeshadow palette when you may already have the right colours in your makeup drawer ;)


For my base I've used L'oreal's True Match Foundation and the LA Girl Pro Concealer- they're my favourites for an all natural base, a little goes a long way!

The focal points of this look are the cheeks and eyes, we're opting for a warm natural gow on the cheeks and eyes. For my eyeshadow base I've used the MAC Pro Longwear paint pot in Layin' Low - I love this colour, it's the perfect creamy neutral colour which looks amazing alone, plus it lasts for ages. In my crease I've used a little of a mid-brown colour from my Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette, blending it in with a Sigma brush.

(I also love using my deluxe RT crease brush, it gives the most gorgeous clour distribution)

Next I used my MAC Mineralise skinfinish in Give Me Sun - any matte bronzed blush will do for this. Take a generous amount and pop that into your crease as well, blending it into the brown. What's great is that it gives such a natural orange tone to your eyeshadow that's perfect for everyday.

I took some of the brown eyeshadow onto my lower lash line to balance out the colour. Apply mascara (I love the Maybelline Lash Sensational) and a very thin line of eyeliner on the top lash line.

I used the MAC skinfinish for my cheeks as well, finishing off with my Mary Lou-Manizer highlighter on my cheekbones and inner corners of my eyes, and a light dusting of loose powder.

I've always been a lipstick girl so I couldn't leave it there - I'm wearing the Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Spice Girl and I am LOVING how this looks, such a beautiful purple toned Brown that's perfect for this season.

There we have it - a bronzed, autumnal look without going all out on a new eyeshadow palette. I hope you love it as much as I do! 

What's your must-have Autumn makeup product?

Until next time, 

Zahra D x


Friday, 9 September 2016

The Body Shop haul

Hey beauties,

Hope you're all doing well! I've definitely been having Autumn vibes lately, *expect some Autumnal posts soon!*. God I'll miss this free time once uni starts again! I'm definitely taking advantage of being bored, it makes for a nice change to staying up until 2 am reading case law. Anyway, on to today's post!

Now believe it or not, I've not really tried much from The Body Shop in the past, which is quite a shocker considering how much I'm a fan of natural beauty and skincare products. I remember having one of those rollerball clear glosses (I had the coconut flavour) and this was my first own purchase of makeup - ah, youth.

I decided to bite the bullet a few weeks ago and try out a range of skincare and body products - and what a perfect time as they had a 30% off offer for orders over £10 *smug face*

I've not actually tried them all yet, but I'll let you know my thoughts on the ones I have. So without further ado, here are the ones I opted for!

Japanese Cherry Blossom body cream|

This was one I knew I would love and I was right! Cherry blossom is one of those scents I absolutely adore, and this body cream is no exception. It's so luxurious and a little really goes a long way - a definite repurchase!

Moringa body mist|

Flowery and sweet vanilla scents are definitely my faves, but I was a little hesitant about this as I'd never tried any 'moringa containing' product. But boy, am I glad I did!It's so refreshing and liingers long after spraying - Im in love!

Seaweed exfoliating scrub|

Gosh, did I need an exfoliator! My skin has really been acting up lately and I've been using this twice a week to slough off those dead skin cells. So far, so good! It smells so fresh and my skin feels squeaky clean afterwards - here's hoping it'll make a difference!

Camomile silky cleansing oil|

One I've heard many good things about, but have not tried yet. Cleansing oils are big in the beauty blogger world - my Emma Hardie cleansing balm has had a lotta love, but this is considerably cheaper and hopefully just as good!

I definitely think I'll be trying out more products in the future - but for now I have plenty to get through!

What are your favourite Body Shop products - share below!

Keep it real,

Zahra D x

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