30.11.15

Things To Be Thankful For

In the wake of Thanksgiving last week, even though it is typically an American celebration I feel it's important for us all to take a moment and reflect upon everything in our lives we are to be thankful for. I also find this to be quite a useful way of boosting my motivation as I reflect upon what I have already achieved. Life is very precious and it's something we all take for granted at times and so the following list is a reflection of things I personally, am thankful for.

Things to be thankful for




Blogging
Thanks to the advances in technology, I have been able to network with some lovely people in the industry and I couldn't be any more grateful for the opportunities Clarke Couture has brought me in the past 16 months. As a fashion student, it has now become even more important for me to get out there and get involved with those already working in the industry. Without my blog I would have missed out on getting involved with so many amazing opportunities and so for that reason, I am eternally grateful. Every comment, every follower, every retweet and like honestly all mean the absolute world me so thank you all ever so much.

Family
They have always been there and supported me, through thick and thin. My mum especially has always given me 110% of her effort, love and support. She has allowed me to grow and become the person that I am today, guiding me through both my mistakes and successes. Our families are something we definitely all take for granted sometimes, I honestly don't know where I would be without mine. 

Friends
You can't have family without friends. And remember, high school popularity really isn't all that it seems. It's about the quality of your friendships, not the quantity of your friends.

Facilities
Although university fees are daunting and expensive, the things your £9000 a year gives you are truly invaluable. My global fashion cultures lecturer shown me a list of everything that money is worth the other day and I was genuinely amazed by the number of resources, state of the art equipment and industry experience I am fortunate to receive by attending university. I'm sure once I leave in four years time, I'll be eternally grateful to have gained such great experience throughout my degree. 

Coffee
Yes, I really did say coffee!! How would I survive 9am lectures with a cupful of this beauty?!

Nature
The ability to be able to just get away and transport yourself during a long walk really is so calming. Nature truly is so beautiful, explore the world whilst you can.

Sunshine
Speaking of nature, waking up with the sun peeping through your curtains always brings a good start of my day.

Music
A good song, can always brighten my mood.

Makeup
Red lipstick is always a reason to smile. 

"Beauty to me is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick." - Gwyneth Paltrow
Photography
A picture truly can say a thousand words but a memory can hold a thousand more.

Celebrations
Anything worth celebrating is worth cherishing and being thankful for. Here's to many more happy memories.



And so that's a few things that I feel I should be thankful for. I thought I'd create a bit of a lighthearted and positive post as we enter into the Christmas period. Did you celebrate Thanksgiving this year? Did you even dare to brave the chaos of Black Friday?! Let me know in the comments below - I surprisingly didn't see much that I wanted! Until next time lovelies,


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24.11.15

Finding The Best Bargain | Black Friday Advice

With Black Friday coming up this week, I'm sure all of you shopaholics out there are hoping to catch a couple of deals as a treat to either yourself or finding the perfect Christmas present for somebody else. In today's post, I'll be sharing with you a few of my tips for snagging the best bargains whilst still staying safe and having fun too!

BLACK FRIDAY ADVICE



Research!
I know that this probably goes without saying but it's honestly so important. As you probably already know from past sale experiences, people can get a little bit crazy when there's 30% off their favourite beauty products. In order to avoid the hustle and bustle I'd definitely recommend researching your favourite stores and seeing what they have on offer this Black Friday. That way you will feel a lot more prepared in regards to what it is you want to buy, as nobody got time for browsing in this sale!! Click here to check out the Telegraph's round up of the best deals on offer this year.

Is it worth it?
Some people do tend to get a little bit worked up about a good sale, is it really worth it fighting over a TV? Even though it's nice to grab a bargain, make sure you leave the situation still feeling dignified. Ask yourself, is it worth fighting for? Really?

Limit yourself
Okay so you've done your research and decided what you want, now it's time to limit yourself. I'm sure we've all been in that situation when there's only one thing on your shopping list and yet you leave the store with at least 10 extra and unnecessary items. Give yourself a spending budget and that way you won't be tempted to buy something really needlessly simply because it is on sale.

Check your stash
This one goes out to all of my beauty lovers out there trying to grab a couple of makeup bargains this weekend. If you already have two full sized NARS Laguna bronzers, would it be worth it to buy one more simply because it's half price?! Make a list of things in your collection that you're running low on, that way you will know which products you actually need rather than panic buying and ending up with tonnes of products you either already have or don't even like that much.

Have fun!
Black Friday may seem a little chaotic at the best of times but the satisfaction of walking out of those stores with a bag full of bargains will be so worth it. Grab a few of your friends together and make a day of it, you never know which wondrous goodies you might stumble upon! And of course, there's tonnes of bargains online too so you can even grab a few discounted bits right from the comfort of your own bed, ahh bliss!



I hope you enjoyed this post lovelies, I tried to keep it relatively short and sweet. Be sure to let me know in the comments below which deals you're most excited for this Friday! The Victoria's Secret sale is always one of my personal favourites! Until next time,



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20.11.15

Thanksgiving Outfit Inspiration

It's officially the party season and Thanksgiving is the first event to officially kick start things off. Even though Thanksgiving is traditionally an American celebration, I believe it's important for all of us to reflect back on the past year and think upon everything we have to be grateful for; particularly in wake of the recently tragic events in Paris. Thanksgiving is a time for family and blessing which I think we all need right now as we move into the Christmas season. 

I also adore the traditional, autumnal colours of Thanksgiving; it's the perfect excuse to dig out all of the mustard, beige and burgundy! In today's post, I'll be sharing with you two outfit ideas, perfect for Thanksgiving or any other family parties you may have coming up. As this post is in collaboration with the lovely team at Far Fetch I've created one luxury outfit and the other on the value side of the market. Both outfits have been tailored to keep you looking fashion forward yet homely too through the muted, autumnal colour palette. It's time to get inspired this season!




Thanksgiving Outfits




Outfit One:
  • Topshop cropped knitted top by 'Glamorous' | £24 here
Mustard may seem a bit of a daunting colour to wear for most but if you're willing to brave it, this simple Topshop cropped knit shall keep you looking warm and stylish this season.
I'm absolutely in love with the double layered necklace trend at the moment and gold is always the perfect shade for the autumnal season. I think I'll definitely need to add this beauty to my collection whilst it's on sale. 
The perfect colour to be worn with mustard, of course has to be burgundy. The deep, muted tones of this shade are the perfect balance for a bright, intense mustard making burgundy the perfect complimentary shade. 
  • ASOS 'Right About Now' western pointed chelsea ankle boots | £38 here
The chelsea boot has definitely risen in popularity this past year, if you're not a big fan of heels like me then this option is perfect for you. 
You've got your riding shoes on and now you need some gorgeous thigh highs to go with them. These burgundy knitted socks will keep you super warm, adding a cute and girly touch to the outfit. These are definitely a staple for me during the fall and winter season.


Outfit Two:
I've been dying to get my hands on a pair of brogues and this pair are absolutely stunning. The added embellishment of jewels makes these perfect for the party season.
Your ear candy will be completely on point with this pairing. The perfect subtle touch for any family party and if there's ever a time for red then it has to be the Christmas period and so, t'is the season in style with Chanel.
When I was a child, ponchos were the coolest thing around. Of course, Thanksgiving is all about looking comfortable yet stylish, warm yet cool. Originating from the wild west, the burnt orange and yellow tones reflect the most beautiful, autumn sunset; perfect for this season's festivities.
Not only are trousers smart but they are super comfortable too and when you're stuffing your face with food you need to be wearing something a bit more relaxing on the waistline. The elasticated waistband on this makes it even more perfect for any meals you might be attending this season. And of course, black is always on trend.
By now, I think you will have probably noticed that I am a big fan of the crop top. The pop of red round the neckline shall added a lovely, subtle touch above the sunset like imagery featured within the poncho. I also adore the sport luxe edge to this, adding an uber cool vibe to the final look.




I hope you enjoyed this post lovelies, even if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving you can of course use this to gain some autumnal outfit inspiration. Let me know in the comments below which item of clothing was your favourite, I personally have fell in love the TOD's shoes! A huge thank you, also to the lovely team over at Far Fetch for partnering with me on this post. Until next time,



How will you be making a statement this party season?!
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16.11.15

Saying 'No' To Brands/PR

Last month I hosted the #fblchat on Twitter discussing the topic of saying no to brands and PR. I was so overwhelmed with the response the chat received and at the same time I was also saddened to hear the number of you that have dealt with pushy PR. Of course, 95% of the brand and PR industry are absolutely lovely and are a pleasure to work with. However, I think it's important to acknowledge that some of us have had to experience some unfortunate incidents when communicating with brands. 

When I first began to gain recognition by brands I was genuinely quite scared, don't get me wrong I was overwhelmed with joy too but, it just felt very daunting having an engagement with those working in the industry online that I didn't even know. I wasn't sure whether to accept every offer, after all I needed all the experience I could get but at the same time, I wanted to review brands and companies that fitted with my blog and personal interests, and so then I had to think about 'How I could say no?'

Since the chat, I've had a couple of you also DM me regarding negotiating pricing with PR, this is always a very awkward and controversial topic to discuss. Where is the consensus on what is the right amount of money to charge for sponsored posts? Where do we draw the line? And when do we know when we're being taken advantage of? A lot of hard work goes into blogging, as I'm sure you all must know, so how do we possibly put a price on that? As you can see, I'm sure we all have a lot of questions, mostly which are unanswered. In today's post, I'd like to share with you a few tips on saying no to brands and PR. Hopefully this shall be a reassurance to any newbie bloggers that it really is okay to say no. 


"Is it 'me'?"
The first and most important thing you have to consider when being asked to review something is whether it really is for you. Would you be intrigued to buy this item if you seen it in the shop? Is it similar to items you already talk about within your blog? Would your readers benefit from hearing your thoughts on this product? If you've answered no to any of these questions then this time, the opportunity just isn't for you. 

"I've said no but the brand just won't leave it at that!" 
Sometimes, you simply just have to walk away from a situation. If a brand appears to be persistent and you're beginning to feel pressurised then simply the best thing to do is pop the e-mail straight into your spam inbox. There's no point dwelling over a decision and it's really unfair for a brand to put any blogger into this position, if you don't reply then all that's left for them to do is simply leave you alone.

"I've said no but now the brand is offering me a payment to do the post. Should I accept?"
If you have said no to reviewing a product initially then money involved shouldn't allow the situation to alter. Deep down, if you know this isn't a post you don't want to be completing without the money then don't let the prospect of a few pounds encourage you to go against posting content that you don't love. You should always stick to your gut instinct. 

"A brand approached and asked me to review their website. I've had a look and it is pretty cool but, should I expect to be paid?"
At the end of the day, blogging takes up a hell of a lot of time. You have to write your post, produce the photographs and edit them, proof read until you can read the post backwards.. Not to mention the numerous specifications a brand asks you to include within your post; links galore! Then, yes I do believe that you deserve payment. Both parties should be benefitting from this engagement. If you're receiving an expensive product then payment shouldn't really be necessary but if you have to put the time and effort into creating a post dedicated to their brand without receiving anything then, that's when it becomes unfair.

"I'm scared to ask for a payment. I don't want to sound cheeky. How much would you recommend is enough?"
The payment can definitely vary between brand. The best thing to do is send them an e-mail politely asking whether they usually offer their bloggers a payment as a means of saying thank you for completing the post. If the brand responds yes then they will usually tell you the average payment price, therefore saving you the embarrassment of having to personally ask to be paid a set amount of money. Usually if the brand often pays other bloggers then they will probably explain this to you within the initial e-mail, alongside how much they would be willing to pay you. If the brand replies no, then I personally would just leave it there and say no thank you. If you genuinely believe the post isn't worth doing without receiving a payment then the best thing you can do in that situation is to thank the brand for approaching you but this time the opportunity just wasn't for you. 

Interestingly enough, I came across a table on Marketing Magazine, which you can check out here. The chart shows which style of bloggers in fact, do quite often expect payment. Did this surprise you?





I really hope you enjoyed this post lovelies and found it somewhat useful! Working with brands and PR companies really shouldn't be a daunting and scary thing. Explore products you and your readers love, build strong relationships with brands and most importantly, always stay true to yourself. If it isn't for you then simply walk away. 
Please do remember, I am NOT an expert. This advice simply comes from my own personal experiences of working with brands and I have been lucky enough to work with such lovely and generous companies. If you can offer any other tips then please do leave them in the comments below. 
Until next time,


Have you ever had to say 'no' to a brand?!
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13.11.15

15 Things To Do In Winter

Last month, I posted a '15 things to in Autumn' whilst being on a budget. A lot of you seemed to really love my suggestions and it actually given myself some inspiration for fun things to do during the season too and so today, I thought I'd share with you some fun and budget friendly things you can do during the winter. 




Go ice skating
Where I live, my town's ice rink opened yesterday but unfortunately I cannot ice skate to save my life but if you have better balance than me then this could be a really fun day out for you and your friends. Plus it's also the perfect excuse to take some super festive Instagram worthy photos!

Visit your local christmas markets
For me personally, this is my favourite thing to do in the winter. The atmosphere really gets you into the festive mood with passersby wrapped up from head to toe in knitwear laughing and smiling as they browse the stalls with the smells of mulled wine filling the air. Perfect. And of course, once again perfect for some Instagram pictures!

Starbucks/Costa work dates
Right now I feel so unbelievably bogged down with university work, I have 3 assignments due in next month and rightfully so the perfect coping mechanism is sipping on some seasonal coffee. I love taking my laptop to coffee shops during this time of year, the festive atmosphere is the perfect way to destress and get some work done rather than just being sat in bed with my face staring at the screen in the dark all day! What seasonal drinks are you loving at the moment?! The toffee nut latte is my absolute favourite right now!

Snow day
Although, we're considered lucky to even see any snow before January in recent years; if you do then I'd definitely recommend to go out there and make the most of it! Build a snowman, make snow angels, have a snowball fight, go sledging, with a cute little winter photoshoot to top it all off! 

Make a gingerbread house
I actually tried this for the first time last year and it was so much fun!! The kits are usually relatively cheap to buy too, for all you creative bunch out there this is the perfect winter activity for you! And if you don't fancy gingerbread, why not make some festive christmas tree cookies?! I'll be posting a recipe to the blog shortly, stay tuned!

Christmas movie marathon
Get all wrapped up and cosy in bed or if you're really fancy you could even build yourself a fort with blankets, pillows and candles. Grab yourself a hot beverage of your choice and spend the day watching all of the classics. Home Alone, Elf, A Christmas Carol... You'll be feeling festive before you know it!!

See the lights
Everyone loves lights at Christmas, I'm not too sure why but we just do! There's usually always a local celebrity or two switching them on, so get involved with the festive atmosphere with your friends and/or family to officially mark the beginning of the Christmas period.

Re-decorate your room
A suggestion I also mentioned in my things to do in autumn post, but the beginning of the new season is always the perfect time to give your room a bit of a well needed sprucing. For winter I love adding festive pieces to my bedside table including a Starbucks red cup, tinsel or even just an advent calendar - you can get super creative with this! If you would like to see a cosy room DIY decor post in the future then please do let me know in the comments below!

Visit a Christmas tree land
You can't get more Christmassy than decorating a Christmas tree! So this year, why not get a bit more traditional and actually get yourself a real tree, rather than an artificial one. Although, even if you don't fancy the idea of having a real tree (I wouldn't blame you, they shed quite a lot!) you could simply just go for the festive experience, and as always a few Instagram pictures!

Visit the Coca-Cola truck
I think pretty much every one on the entire Earth knows that Christmas well and truly begins once the Coca Cola advert has appeared on the TV. The world famous truck has just announced more than 40 dates on its tour, so head on down to your nearest tour date to enjoy some free coke and Instagram worthy selfies with the world's most famous Christmas delivery truck. (Except Santa and his reindeers of course!)

Merry Cheese-mas! 
Sometimes, the best Christmas days are the cheesiest ones. So put on your Christmas jumpers, watch all of the classic festive movies; Elf and Home Alone should of course be at the top of your list! Conduct a stereotypical family photoshoot, ensuring you're all wearing the most hideous Christmas jumpers you can quite possibly find!! The cheesier, the better! Oh and of course, you can't forget about the baking - Gingerbread house anyone?!

Plan out your goals for the next year
The end of the year can be a great time for reflection, especially with Thanksgiving around the corner it's the perfect time of the year to appreciate all of the good things that have happened within the past year. But once you've elected why not begin to plan out some new year's resolutions for the upcoming year, setting myself goals is one of my biggest motivators - I love the satisfying feeling of conquering a challenge. Task one, pass that maths test.. task two; conquer the world!

Try some knitting
Who doesn't love a good wooly jumper? Or a scarf? Or even a hat and some mittens?! With the colder weather now quickly approaching, in your spare time it could become the perfect opportunity to take up a new hobby; knitting! The more you practice, it actually might begin to feel quite soothing; like a form of art. Forget that £25 scarf you seen in Topshop, nobody else is going to own your homemade burgundy and forest green stripy snood, it's one of a kind that is!

Go and see a pantomime
As a kid, seeing a pantomime was hands down my favourite thing to do at Christmas. Let the magic, wonder and mysticism of Cinderella take you right back to your childhood. Christmas can still be just as magical for adults too, you know!

Go sledging
If you manage to get a decent amount of snow fall where you live then, well not only is this possibly the most fun activity to do in the snow but if you already have a sled (Or cardboard.. although not very advisory!) then it's actually free too! So grab your friends and hit the slopes... aka the 'hill' in your back garden!



I hope you enjoyed this post lovelies! I was so thrilled with the positive response I received from you all with my autumn activity suggestions that I hope you find this winter suggestion list just as useful. If you have any other suggestions that I forgot to mention then feel free to leave them in the comments below, I'd love to add some things to my winter bucket list too! Until next time,



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9.11.15

Winter Clothing Wish List

Twitter chats constantly leave me with an endless wish list of beauty products, but what about my fashion must haves?! In today's post I thought I'd share with you a few fashion items I'm currently lusting after. BE WARNED, this post may lead to increased spending!! 


Winter clothing wish list 2015


1. Mono colour block sweatshirt | £26 Topshop
Who doesn't love sweater weather?! Because I sure do! I love simplistic pieces like this as they'll match literally any outfit, keep me warm and be perfect layered under my grey coat.

2. Tonal knitted cape | £32 Topshop
2014 seen the rise of the cape, I always lusted after these but never actually made a purchase in the end. Let's be honest now, these are the perfect excuse to wear your blanket to school/work but still look stylish at the same time; it gets a thumbs up from me!

3. Espresso yourself tee | £18 Topshop
The coffee lover in me cannot resist this simple, cute and quirky statement tee. This would be perfect for those lazy days at uni aka 'The Monday morning situation of what the hell do I wear today kind of vibe'. Although for £18 this is pretty expensive for what it is really, I might look into creating a similar DIY. 

4. Monochrome patent tassle front loafers | OFFER - WAS £24.99 NOW £14.99 New Look
Everyone loves a good bargain and I've been lusting after a pair of loafers for quite a while now, maybe now it's time I took the plunge with these beauties whilst the offer still stands. Besides, you can never go wrong with anything black!

5. Burgundy check tassled blanket scarf | £22 River Island
Every A/W I basically live in my Primark red and green tartan scarf so I think it's about time I change things up a little and invest into a lighter option as I know I'll probably gain so much wear out of this during the colder months. Camel, burgundy and grey are the perfect winter colours, complimenting each other when worn together surprisingly so well.

6. Moto Joni khaki jeans | £36 Topshop
I absolutely love jeans, I get so much wear out of them and the fit and quality of Topshop jeans have proven to be perfect for me over the past couple of years. I did, however buy a pair of forest green jeans from the range last year which the dye has now ran and they've become a dark grey. Should I take the risk again?! I do think these would be super pretty paired with a white blouse and loafers for a classically, elegant daytime outfit.

7. Pretty folk top with flutter sleeve | £25 ASOS
Every girl needs at least one white blouse in their wardrobe and for some reason I don't own one. When paired with a pair of jeans this romantic number shall make you appear as though you've made so much more effort into your outfit than what you really have. It's all the perfect excuse to channel your inner Chlo√® vibes. 

8. Reason marled black beanie | £18 Urban Outfitters
Bad hair day? No way! Cover your messy tresses and still make a style statement with the perfect winter beanie. Is it just me or is there something super satisfying about wearing a hat when it's snowing?!

9. Hearts&Bows Trixie MA-1 bomber jacket | £30 Ark
The weather in England has been so strange lately. Sometimes it's sunny and warm then the next minute it's windy, raining and completely and utterly freezing. For the warmer days, I think it's about time I invested in a new jacket. This would look super pretty paired with a pair of jeans and a scarf; creating a super simple yet edgy daytime look. I do own a leather jacket but it's always nice to invest in alternatives, the bomber has also been coming back into trend a lot lately!


And so that was everything currently on my winter clothing wish list. Do we share any of the same style interests?! Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to hear what you're all currently lusting after! Until next time,


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6.11.15

October Favourites

Can you believe October is over already? Honestly, as we're nearing into the Christmas season the days are just flying by! October is hands down one of my favourite months, I just love how it's officially the change of season from summer to autumn as the leaves turn golden brown and there's nothing better than a good pumpkin spiced latte to brighten a dull Monday morning. And so without further adieu, here is everything I have been loving in October. 




Beauty
Firstly, I can't believe I have only just got onto the bandwagon with this but the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer has been my holy grail lately and is definitely worth the hype it receives. It brightens under the eye area so well, with the added touch of a soft and creamy formula; it's perfect. I'm actually starting to prefer it to my MAC Pro-longwear and that's saying something, it's definitely the perfect dupe. The doe foot applicator also makes this product a dream to apply. The only negative thing I can say is that it does crease under my eyes if I don't set it straight away but to be fair, all concealers do with me anyway unfortunately. 

Strangely enough... I've been really loving MAC Creme D'Nude this past month, even though it's a very pale nude it is so pretty when paired with Topshop Glow Cream in 'Polished' due to the pink undertones featured in both the lipstick and highlight. Mixing this with Benefit High Beam further accentuates the pink tones which I have been in love with lately. I'm usually into my deep plum and berry shades during this time of year but a pink ish nude can be so flattering with a dark smoky eye. MAC Naked Liner is also the perfect match for Creme D'Nude, as we all know the issues of looking like we have foundation lips with a pale nude lipstick can be a bit of a dilemma but this lip liner makes my lips appear fuller and blends in seamlessly with the lipstick shade. 

A bit of an oldie and a general all round favourite of mine but I've also been loving Benefit Hoola bronzer this past month, now the summer is over you've certainly got to fake it till you make it and I'm always all for a strong contour.





Fall Favourites
With it being October, of course I had to get into the fall spirit this month. Therefore I thought I'd share with you all everything seasonal I've been loving throughout October. Tartan has always been a trend favourite of mine during the autumn and so my Primark tartan scarf has been worn like crazy this past month, it just matches everything and adds a cosy, autumnal texture to any outfit. This also looks particularly pretty with a bold, berry lip. 

Super basic I know but of course my favourite drink is yep, you guessed it... the Starbucks pumpkin spiced latte, I first tried this two years ago and each season it is just my ultimate go to. Paired with the pecan chocolate brownie and I become instantly living on cloud nine, not too sweet nor too heavy. The drink also not too overpowering in spice, simply just the perfect balance. If you've tried it, then you'll just know. PS.. Did any of you try the Vampire Frappuccino too?! Now that was too die for. Ignore the pun ;)

Besides Creme D'Nude, MAC Diva is my ultimate go to lip for the fall, it's such a beautiful deep burgundy with purple undertones which compliments pretty much any eye colour. If you've read my previous post then you'll see how I paired this with a pop of pink on the eye. If you're looking for a dupe then the Topshop lip bullet in 'Wine Gum' is perfect for those of you on a budget. And then of course what would fall be without an array of sweet smelling candles?! Throughout October I have been in love with anything pumpkin spice or cinnamon flavoured, my personal favourite 'Halloween' definitely got me in the seasonal mood, although I'm unsure of the brand as my mum picked it up from Quality Save. If you're looking for decently sized candles with a range of stunning scents then I would definitely recommend heading into quality save, some are actually under £1!!


And that is everything that I have been loving in October, I hope that you enjoyed this post lovelies. Let me know what you have been loving lately in the comments below, until next time..


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3.11.15

Autumn/Winter Party Make-Up | Halloween Inspired


Today on Clarke Couture, I've decided to keep the spirit of Halloween alive for a little longer with this Halloween inspired party make-up look. Berry lips, a pop of pink on the eyes and a of course deep contour are the three key elements to this look; I hope you enjoy!


Firstly I've primed my face using the Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer to keep our make-up looking flawless all night, then for the eyes the NARS Eye Paint in 'Porto Venere' shall keep my shadow firmly in place. This shade has a pretty, pale pink undertone which further helps to brighten both the eyes and the shadow pigments themselves. Across the lid, using a fluffy brush I've applied 'limit' (Taupe with cool, pink undertones) from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette to deepen the look. Smoking out underneath the waterline using this super pigmented hot pink shade from the Mizz Peepers Duo then adding a touch of sparkle to the inner corner with Topshop 'Wax&Wane' a pink shimmer with purple and gold flecks throughout. Lastly, smoking the look further with MAC Kohl Liner in 'Smolder' and Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Liner in 'Extreme Black'. For the lashes I've primed using the Urban Decay Lash Primer in 'Subversion' followed by the Urban Decay Mascara in 'Perversion' combined with my holy grail Benefit Roller Lash, adding a fluttery finish to my peepers. 



For the brows, I've lightly coated them using the Maybelline Brow Drama, as I've gone all out with the eyes and lips I decided to keep the brows looking a bit more natural to balance the look out. And of course, my brows are never complete without defining them with a touch of concealer, today I opted for MAC ProLongwear in 'NC15'. This is hands down one of my favourites, super brightening, lifting and when worn under the eyes cancels out any signs of a late night. For my base I've used the Benefit Girl Meets Pearl liquid pearl illuminator to brighten up my face for the evening. The formula of this is also pale pink in tone, further complimenting the pop of pink on the eyes. Blending in with the Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation, this gives a very natural finish to the skin with the illusion of 'my skin but better'. Then, lightly dusting over the Benefit Hello Flawless Powder to set the look in place. 



To add definition to my face, the Benefit Hoola Bronzer is the perfect product for creating a deep, in set contour across my cheekbones, around my hairline and the bridge of my nose. To make the look appear slightly more natural I've blended out using Rimmel Natural Bronzer on a big fluffy brush, further blending out onto my neck and ears. To highlight Topshop Glow Cream in 'Polished' accompanied by Benefit High Beam across my cupid's bow, bridge of my nose and just above my cheekbones to add a further added glow to my face. The glow cream contains a subtle fleck of pink shimmer which compliments my inner corner highlight perfectly. 

Lastly for my lips, as always I've scrubbed them using my trustee Lush lip scrub before applying 'MAC Diva' a stunning matte burgundy, perfect for this time of year. Dabbing on the Topshop Lip Bullet in 'Wine Gum' (a slightly darker burgundy with purple undertones) across the centre of my lips to darken up the look slightly. Ta-da, that is the final look - just add a setting spray of your choice and you'll be set looking super glam for the night. 


I hope you enjoyed this look lovelies, I couldn't resist keeping with the dark theme of Halloween and creating a girly twist onto this look. I hope you all had a fab Halloween, what did you dress up as this year? Let me know in the comments below - me and my mum had a Harry Potter movie night with lots of popcorn and snacks! Until next time,


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