Yes, that’s right, there are 1.5 song titles in the title of this blog. The first is by the tracksuit wearing, rain drop haired Blazin’ Squad and the half is, of course by everyone’s favourite gang of skallywags, Public Enemy. It’s only a half cause obvi. the actual title is Don’t Believe The Hype but the 2 tips I’m about to let you in on do actually deliver so BELIEVE IT PEOPLE!
Tip one comes form the utter G that is Wayne Goss. If you don’t know, get to know because this guy is full of honest reviews and game changing make up tips, one of which is just quite something and I real think everyone needs to try it out and see for themsleves. So, the next time you do your make up do it like this:
- Moisturise as normal
- Then use primer and/ or any serums
- Then use POWDER be it tinted or translucent or whatevaa
- THEN apply foundation or tinted moisturiser or BB cream or whatever the hell you’re using with your hands or a brush or a blender blah blah blah
Yes y’all, you heard me right, powder BEFORE your foundation! It sounds crazy, sure but believe me you will never go back, even if you have dry skin. If you have oily skin (like moi) you may need a slight dusting of powder again to finish. Applying the powder first creates this beautiful matte base so that foundation doesn’t sink into the skin too much (but it doesn’t just sit on top either, don’t worry) so not only do you need less but also it lasts longer! I can’t explain it, it just works. Well it has for me anyway and judging by Twitter, countless others too. Just try it.
The second tip is the reverse shampoo. You’ve probably read about it somewhere or other, it has had a bit of a buzz so I decided to try it myself. The idea is that when you get in the shower you condition your hair first, leave it in, go about your other business and then shampoo as the final step. Weird, I know. But appaz doing it this way round means that while your hair is still getting all the good nourishing shizz form the conditioner, washing it out with shampoo means it doesn’t leave behind any dulling residue which makes hair limp and lackluster. Also if you use conditioner on your scalp (which I was always told you should never do so have always avoided) washing it out with shampoo technically means it won’t get greasy as quickly and will leave you with more volume as there’s is nothing weighing it down. Sounds miraculous no?
Due to the long life beef I have with my curly, frizzy barnet I’ll try anything. I have to say, it’s pretty good. I didn’t personally see a change in the volume or body of my hair but I think it’s because I skip conditioning my scalp. I’m not too fussed as, as much as I wish I could rock it, big hair doesn’t look that great on me for some reason. Maybe because I’ve got a pretty sizable head already… anyway what I did notice was that my hair felt SQUEAKY clean after shampooing and it dried faster too. After blow drying my hair was noticeably less frizzy and softer and straightening even took less time. It feels glossier and more lightweight, I’ve had a few people commenting in how good it looks and asking if I’ve had it done. I will totally be washing my hair this way from now on! It feels kind of weird putting conditioner onto dirty hair the first time you do it but I got over it my the second time and am really happy with the results.
So yeah, reversing the order you do your hair and make up? BELIEVE. THE. HYPE!
Hi boys and ghouls and welcome to the HALLOWEEN SPECIAL! OOOooooooOOOOooooHHHHhhhh!!
Last weekend I went to a Halloween party. I wanted to go as a kind of zombie/ ghost/ corpse bride type thing because I have a bridesmaids dress that is essentially a wedding dress so was gonna team that with some spooky ass make up and a tiara, natch. Then I got the fear that other people at the party wouldn’t be as dressed up as me and I’d look silly so I removed the wedding dress from the equation and wore all black instead. Genius.
Two of my friends were going as characters from the film The Craft so I kind of went in with them but really I just looked like a massive goth, which is fine by me ’cause I loves me a goth.
-We are the weirdos, Mr.
Quite good that, innit?! For the make up I used mainly MAC stuff so thought I’d talk you through what I used and how I did it.
- Ok, so foundation wise I wanted to look a bit paler that normal so I used my friend’s foundation, which was really weird as it was really thick and matte and kind of grey in colour so felt a bit like rubbing cement into your face (fun!) I’d never heard of the brand before and I can’t remember the name so thats mega helpful but I wouldn’t recommend it anyway.
- I finished the base with a dusting of loose powder and yadda yadda yadda.
- I didn’t use blusher because I was trying to look ghostly but I did whack some bronzer under my cheekbones in an attempt to make myself look more gaunt. I used MAC Studio Tech in NW43 and a Real Techniques brush.
- Filled in ma’ brows with a MAC Eyebrow Crayon in Stud but was a bit more heavy handed than usual because scary people have big, dark eyebrows… obv.
- For an eyeshadow base I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
- Then I smudged MAC Black Track all over the lower part of the lid with my finger and blended it up and out with a fluffy eye shadow brush.
- This is where the magic happens! I patted on MAC Pigment in Blue Brown all over the lower part of the lid and into the crease with a flat shader brush and then blended up and out with the same fluffy brush from the previous step. This pigment is the stuff dreams are made of! On its own it comes out as a subtle shimmery brown with blue and green shimmer running through it but layered over Black Track it creates this amazing, Blue Bottle Fly, shimmery green colour thats almost holographic. And well scary, obviously… I LURVE it!
- I then blended in MAC eyeshadow in Black Tied around the edges to soften them (same brush) which is a black eyeshadow with silver glitter running through it.
- I use MAC eyeshadow in Vex to highlight my brow bone with a short, fat highlighter brush (I made that term up) and blended Black Tied into it with the same fluffy brush. Vex is a kind of off white/ grey shadow with a green and pink pearl finish and is also kind of holographic. I should’ve done swatches but I ‘aint that organised…
- THE KEY WITH EYESHADOW IS TO BLEND YOUR ASS OFF!
- I roughly smudged some Rimmel Scandal-Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Black over my top and bottom lash line, then blended some Blue Brown pigment under the lower lashes too.
- I used L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara on top and bottom lashes.
- I used MAC Prep and Prime lip and then lined and filled my lips in with a Dolce & Gabbana Precision Lip Liner in 4, which is a kind of plummy shade.
- I then used MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Good To Be Bad (amazing name!)
To be honest, as I’m a bit of a goth at heart I would probably wear a slightly more toned down version of this look on a night out. With my own foundation and a whisper of blusher I’d look less dead so, you know…
Happy Halloween Bitches.