Pink Hair & Mermaid Eyes

I finally got round to dying my hair pink!!

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I’ve wanted bubblegum pink hair for a while now, but I just never really got round to it, and then as my roots grew out, I knew I’d have to re-bleach and tone white and all sorts, and I just haven’t had the time. But then, totally on a whim, I picked up a bottle of Bleach London Rosé shampoo and just popped it on – my hair was pretty light after all – and it turned out better than I could have hoped! I’m so pleased with it. It’ll wash out pretty soon I think, but now that I know I like it I can just get round to dying it more permanently!

Anyway, I was headed to a birthday party that night and I wasn’t really sure how to do my make-up; pink hair is a whole new ball game, and I had no idea how to play… so I winged it. I knew I wanted something bright and different (that’s the end of the sports analogy) and I had something vaguely mermaid-y in mind, so I started with bright green.

I didn’t actually mean to. It was an accident. I was distracted, and the colour I had intended to start with was more of a sea green, but in retrospect, I think the bright green was actually a good base.

These are the shades I somehow managed to get confused. Never mind. I just popped some of the sea green shade over the top (I love KIKO but unfortunately this one shadow just isn’t very pigmented…), leaving a pop of the brighter shade in the middle, and then I moved to my Sleek i-Divine palette to continue with the vivid colours.

I wanted some more blue on there, so I added E10 and London Rain (the teal blue shade and the dark blue shade respectively on the photo below) to my inner and outer corners, and swept a mix of the two under my eyes as well; I wanted this to be a big kind of look that wasn’t necessarily contained to my eyelids – or at least, not as much as I can sometimes be guilty of.

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Once I was finished with the blues and greens, I felt like there was still something missing, and I was drawn to the bright purple shade Royal. So, on a whim and hoping it wouldn’t ruin everything, I added a light dusting of it to the area above my eye where the blues blended out to nothing, and then I added a bit more, and thankfully, it was exactly the finishing touch I was after. I added some of Chocolate Bar’s Candied Violet and Urban Decay’s Moondust in Intergalactic over the top – less because it was needed and more because I love those shadows so much that I never pass up a chance to use them – and I was all set to stare at my eyes in the mirror all night. Uh, I mean, finish doing my face and head out to the party.

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A sidenote: I know my liner is a bit wobbly here. But I’ve had to totally relearn my application method after I made the startling discovery that you’re not meant to pull the skin taut to draw the line, and I have very trembly hands thanks to my meds, so I’m doing my best!

I also want to talk about a couple of new things I did in creating this look.

The first is that I used my new Real Techniques Starter Set of eye brushes (which I got for half price at Boots!!), and honestly, I cannot believe their blending power. I’ve heard it said that make-up is 40% what you apply and 60% what you apply it with, but I always thought that was a ridiculous exaggeration until now! These brushes are fantastic and if you’re looking to get some relatively inexpensive, good quality brushes, whether you’re just starting out or not, I definitely recommend them.

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(Bonus photo: my lovely growing collection of brushes in their cute little holder! Not including face brushes…)

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And the second thing is that, on the same occasion I bought my RT brushes, I also picked up a brow pomade from NYX, and I am completely converted. I’ve only ever used pencils or powder, and I just absolutely love the extra sharpness you get from the pomade. I still use a pencil to fill in the gaps a little, but the pomade is the perfect finisher.

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I’m so pleased with this look, and I’m hoping that the brightness of my hair will inspire me to experiment a bit more freely with some really bold looks!

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So, I know a couple of you guys had asked me about doing a pictorial of sorts, and I haven’t forgotten, I promise! I didn’t have time while making this look (believe it or not, seeing as it’s so experimental) but I will get around to it soon!

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A Quick Update!

I took my camera and laptop with me on my trip to Harrogate, fully anticipating keeping semi-up to date with posting… and managed to leave my charger behind.

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Hence poor-quality photos.

So, here I am, posting from mobile and hoping that it turns out okay.

I was particularly happy with my highlight in the bottom right photo – I do have my eye on a Sleek highlighting palette, but Chocolate Bar’s Champagne Truffle is still working beautifully.

In the photo on the left, I’m holding a glass of prosecco I was given for free whilst my boyfriend tried on a suit in Paul Smith!

And the teacup (which I just thought was pretty) contains a peppermint tea all the way from Australia, courtesy of my boyfriend’s sister who has just returned from there.

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I’ve been continuing my eyeshadow ban, for the most part, (though I’m desperately missing my beautiful Sweet Peach palette) but on the occasions I did cave in and wear it anyway, I at least had my camera with enough juice left in it to snap some photos, which I’ll be able to post at some point in the near future!

I return to Glasgow tomorrow and am heading straight into celebrations with some friends, but I should hopefully have some time to write a proper post on Friday!

How have all of your weeks been?

New Job Treats

I thought the time was right for a bit of a treat after the news that I finally managed to get a job!

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Popcorn bag: £9, Primark

This was actually bought for me by my boyfriend, because I spotted it and instantly fell in love. It’s cute and quirky and since I eat astonishing amounts of popcorn, it’s also very ‘me’.

PS… 3D Shine Lip Gloss: 50p, Primark

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I have to say, I’ve now tried this, and… it’s not very good. Which I suppose can be expected for something that cost fifty pence. It’s incredibly sticky and just does not go on smoothly at all. But it’s also very glittery. And it smells lovely. So I don’t overly regret buying it!

PS… Eyeshadow/Concealer Brush: £1, Primark

I didn’t even go into Primark with the intention of buying any of their make-up, but I’ve been after new brushes for a while and, frankly, my hand slipped. I’ve yet to use this brush, but it seems quite soft, and not too firm, like the ones I ordered from Amazon a while back.

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil: Free with Elle magazine (£4.10)

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Yep, I went out and got Elle magazine specifically for this reason. This product is smaller than I was expecting, but I guess that makes sense since they were giving it away for free! I’ve yet to give this a go, but I’ll let you all know what it’s like when I do. I’m quite excited, as I’ve heard good things about Benefit but never had a chance to use any of their products!

NYX Eyeshadow Base in White Pearl: £5.50, Boots

“But Lonna, you can’t use eyeshadow just now!”, I hear you say. Yes. I know this. But apparently that’s not stopping me. However, I do think that the eyeshadow primer I was using before may have contributed to the problem, so…

Sleek i-Divine Original Palette: £8.99, Boots

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I’m so excited about this palette. I’m not even sure how I was drawn to it, but I swatched Big Ben (third in from the left on the bottom row, in case you can’t read the label) on my wrist on a whim and what appeared was the most glorious gold-tinted pink I’ve ever seen – it almost matches Bellini and Just Peachy from Sweet Peach in its gloriousness. I knew instantly that I had to have this, but I kept swatching anyway and when I was done, my wrist looked like a peacock, in the best possible way. All of these shades, bar one, are shimmer shades, which is perfect for me. They’re not as pigmented as, say, some of the NYX shadows I also swatched, but they’re damn close, and for £8.99, I am more than delighted with them.

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I know that I didn’t need any more eyeshadow palettes – if not because of my current inability to even use eyeshadow, then because I just have so many – but I honestly couldn’t help myself. I already have a plan for this palette, so keep an eye out for something very exciting and colourful coming your way soon!

What new finds have you guys made recently that had you instantly falling in love?