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Friday, 31 May 2013

Make Up How To: Tangerine Dream

Orange. Make up. The two words don't quite slide together, do they? But before you're filled with images of perma-tans and WAGs, I don't mean the orange you usually would avoid at all costs, I mean the subtle use of orange and coral to cleverly brighten up your makeup. Whilst playing with a palette the other day I spontaneously decided to use an orangey-copper on my eyes and I actually liked it. A lot of tutorials featuring orange eye make up online are quite dramatic but I wanted to create a subtle look more suitable for daytime. So here, readers, is my make-up how to: tangerine dream.

Step One:

Prep your skin using moisturiser and primer. I'm using Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer. Then it's time for foundation and although this is an 'orange' make-up tutorial, I urge you  to avoid the tangerine look in this part. Instead use a foundation similar to your complexion, or just one shade darker. I use Clinique Stay Matte Foundation in 'Alabaster'. Whether you choose to apply with your fingers or brush is up to you. I'm using a foundation brush to apply it evenly before using the brush in downward strokes to blend it and pat for excess foundation. 

Step Two:

Dust a white shade of eyeshadow, with a touch of shimmer, over your eyelids. I'm using 'martini' from the Sleek Snapshots i-Divine palette.

Step Three:

Then it's time for orange! Blend an orangey-copper shade into the crease of your eye. Draw a line on the crease with the shadow and fill in the space between the line and the eyelid. I'm using another shade from the Sleek Snapshots i-Divine palette named 'sunset'. Then I used a rounded brush to blend in the colour with the white shade used earlier.

 Step Four:

 Now it's time to go bright! I used the shade from the aforementioned palette, named 'tequila sunrise'. Lightly tap the vivid shade onto the corners of eyelids with a small brush before using the same brush as before to blend the shade seamlessly into the copper and white shades.

 Step Five:

Apply a soft line of brown eye pencil just above the lash line for definition. I'm using Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in 'brown'.

 Step Six:

Curl eyelashes for 15 seconds eye. Then apply apply a few coats of mascara. I'm using Benefit Bad Gal Lash in 'black'. Press the mascara wand onto bottom lashes lightly for a second to give them length too.

 Step Seven:

Now it's time to focus on your face again. Apply powder to your face; I'm using Rimmel Stay Matte Power in 'peach glow'. Then, using a brow comb, brush through eyebrows briefly to shape them.

Step Eight: 

To achieve a coral glow on cheeks I used Benefit Cha Cha Tint. It's great for a flush of colour but make sure to rub it in straight after applying, as the tints tend to stain easily.

Step Nine:

Using a large, round brush, sweep 17 Glow Shimmer Brick in 'pink bronze' over the apples of cheeks for a touch of shimmer.

Step Ten:

Using Benefit Cha Cha Tint again, apply the stain to lips before rubbing in for a long lasting, coral flush of colour. Add a lip gloss to finish. I'm using Coralista Benefit Lip Gloss, as it also has orange undertones.

With Summer around the corner it's time to embrace colour and I know this is daunting so I hope this subtle step-by step tutorial to orange has helped. I can safely say that Orange is one of my favourite colours for Summer, it's just such a bright, vivacious colour!

And to further increase your use of orange why not try these beauty and fashion treats to look more Hollywood star than oompa loompa; 

1. Boohoo Neon Satchel, £25.
2. River Island Pink and Orange Tweed Jacket, £60.
3. Moroccan Oil Treatment 25ml, £12.85.
4. Hugo Boss Boss Orange, from £27.
5. Tenki Cream and Orange Floral Bow Dress, £25.
6. Burt's Bee's Citrus and Ginger Body Wash, £8.50.
7. Zara Leather Court Shoe, £49.99.
8. Rimmel Summer Orange Salon Pro Nail Colour, £4.49.
9. Bourjois Orange Punch Lip Crayon, £7.99.

And a cliche line for the win? Readers, the future IS bright.

NG <3

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The Glamour of Gatsby

Oh, the glamour of Baz Lurhmann's 'The Great Gatsby'. Love it or loathe it, there is no doubt that the film is overflowing with ostentatious dazzle, whether or not it detaches itself from the true message of F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece of a novel. I might be running into review territory but this is not a review, I'll leave that to Mark Kermode and my lovely friends over at the film show on URN. I will admit that I did find the film highly entertaining, if a little weak in parts, but one thing that caught my eye was the visual treat provided by costume designer Catherine Martin.

The costumes may not have been entirely accurate to the exact time of the novel's setting but the fashion of the film was a spectacular show of 1920s glamour. Think embellished, Prada flapper dresses, extravagant Tiffany headpieces and a nod to the oriental. And the men? Dapper suits, wicker hats, and a significant pink suit, that, I think you'll agree, Leonardo Di Caprio looks very dashing in. 'The Great Gatsby' is hot property right now, as is a surge in the decades' fashion, so here is my guide to encapsulating the glamour of Lurhmann's Gatsby.

1. New Look Clear Perspex Floral Necklace, £17.99.

2. New Look Brown Lace Up Brogues, £17.99.

3. Mutiny by Irregular Choice Black Bird T-Bar Court Shoes, £74.99.

4. Miss Selfridge Designed by Embroidered Frill Maxi Dress, £110.

5. River Island Cream Pacha Bead Embellished Kimono, £60.

6. New Look Cream Pearl Head Piece, £5.99.

7. Miss Selfridge Designed by Peacock Clutch, £60.

8. Pieces Cascade Chandelier Earrings, £5.00.

9. River Island Pink Embellished Sleeveless Flapper Dress, £55.

10. Edun Silk Tennis Dress, £130.

If you would love to read a more in-depth analysis of the costumes of the film make sure you read this 'Fashionista' article.

And finally, what did you think to the film? Did the visual aspects of Lurhmann's film grip you or were you disappointed at the blockbuster retelling?

NG <3

Sunday, 26 May 2013


Hi, I hope you are all having a great bank holiday weekend! Well I'm back after a short break from NG now that most of my coursework and exams are over and all that remains is just one more exam. Summer feels ridiculously close but so far. Luckily I've got a break between now and that exam so it's been nice to have some downtime at home and of course blog! The weather this weekend has been perfect, and glass of pimms in hand I'm toasting to one of the most relaxing weekends of the year! Last night was spent with a few close friends and was the cherry on top of the cake (or strawberries in the jug of pimms, if you will) of a great, low-key weekend.

H&M dress (£13) and wedges(£10), Zara jacket and Boohoo bag. H&M, how I salute you and your prices. I went with a fairly simple, minimal look this weekend. I'm usually the first one in line to buy a flashy, statement necklace but sometimes clothes just look their best riding solo.  

It feels so good to be back-here's to the summer of blogging!

NG <3

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Amongst the chaos...

You may have noticed I've been posting less lately and I just wanted to explain why. I'm coming the the end of my first year at Uni and I didn't realise quite how organised I'd have to be-hence the lack of posts and influx of caffeine- and therefore I feel it only right to let you know that I won't be posting on NG for the next few weeks while I take my exams. I'm sorry to do this but it means I'll be fired up with content for my return in summer!

Hope you have a great few weeks-see you soon!

NG <3
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