Manicure Monday: More Purple, More Glitter


I'm definitely enjoying Manicure Monday, it feels good to switch my nails up again. It used to be pretty much my favourite thing to do and I'm not even sure why I stopped!

I'm still loving that it's official Autumn/Fall and dark colours are allowed (although I am going to roll out the pastels a couple more times, I'm not ready to let go just yet). Purple is my favourite colour, and purple and gold is my favourite combo, so I am wearing China Glaze Spontaneous as the base, and then an old Accessorize gold glitter (which I really need to replace as it's drying up) as an accent nail, and then Models Own Ibiza Mix and Mermaid Tears respectively on my thumb and ring fingers. Apart from it just being beautiful, I find it really amusing that there is a nail polish called Mermaid Tears.

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Jewellery Wish List


Thomas Sabo Rebel at Heart RingVivienne Westwood PendantThomas Sabo Glam and Soul Rose Gold RingMichael Kors Mini Bradshaw Rose Gold WatchCurbbz Black + Rose Gold BraceletLinks of London Skull Friendship Bracelet

Accessories are something which I really don't update often enough. You may notice that in my outfit posts that I wear the same gold studded bracelet or watch in every single outfit. I guess I'm stuck in a rut. This isn't anything new, I get stuck in various ruts when it comes to accessorizing. I started a series of posts called 'What's on my Wrists' to try and break out of my funk which you can read here and you can see that I definitely have a specific style of jewellery that I go for. I like gold, I like black, and I like my jewellery chunky.

I've been trying to inspire myself again recently, and I thought it would be a good idea to have a browse for inspiration. Silver Tree Jewellery is a jewellery shop in the town where I live, and it's sort of the ultimate 'if I had the money' shop to browse. 

They stock a couple of my biggest ever lust after items - namely the Michael Kors Rose Gold Mini Bradshaw watch, and the Vivienne Westwood pendant - and also some things I didn't know I wanted until I had a browse, like the statement rings, and the chunky and very 'me' Curbbz bracelets (although I'm not sure about the name... but they are definitely a trend I can get behind, having totally passed on the whole charm bracelet thing).

Now is a really good time to start making wish lists, because it's now officially Autumn, and therefore nearly Christmas, and therefore hint dropping time. It's also nice to have wish lists to have something to aim for as treats for yourself for reaching goals and milestones. At least that's what I tell myself. I think what creating this wish list has really taught me is that I have a thing for Thomas Sabo, and I need a better paid job.

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Festival Packing: Makeup


So I did a post about what clothes I took with me to Creamfields here  (I should probably do a post about Creamfields too, because it was over a month ago and it was awesome - I'll get around to it I promise) and I thought I would follow it up with a post about the makeup I took with me. 

This can be a bit of a minefield, because you want to pack light, but you don't want to forget anything majorly important either. 

I took this polka dot pencil case, which I got from Poundworld years ago and keep my every day makeup in. I took only what I could fit inside it, so I had to choose carefully.

For my face I took my Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer, Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, Bourjois Java Rice Powder, and Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. For cheeks I took my Topshop 'Good Girl' Blush, and my MUA pressed powder which I use for contouring. All of these products were featured in my foundation routine for covering my acne, and you can see the video for that here.

Moving onto eyes, and I tried to keep my products as basic as possible because I usually go overboard with packing eye stuff. I actually went out and bought this MUA Eyeshadow in 'Champagne', because I needed a base and highlight colour that wasn't in a palette, and although it's cheap it actually does the job surprisingly well. Then I took a Sigma eyeshadow I've had for years, called 'Indian Girl', which is a really lovely taupey grey colour, and my HD Brows palette because not only was I going to use it for my brows (eyebrow video coming soon btw), but the browns in it are good for either crease blending, or smoking things up a bit more AND it has a big mirror which meant I didn't have to take an extra one. Bonus. I also took my GOSH brow pen in Wheat. I took two eyeliners, because I use a Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof pencil liner for my waterline and tightlining, and the L'Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim for my upper lashes and flicks. Then I took my current fave waterproof Mascara - Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde - because nobody likes sweaty melty face panda eyes. Nope.

For tools of the trade, I brought my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Buffing Brush, and Contour Brush for my face, as well as the little No 7 eyeshadow brush I showed in my foundation video, which I use for under eye powdering. I brought one pencil brush, one flat shader brush, and a fluffy blending brush for my eyeshadow, as these are the ones I need most of the time. They're a mix of Sigma and Jemma Kid brushes. I also brought eyelash curlers, and my Tangle Teezer of course.

For lips I just brought a No 7 Nude lip liner, and MAC's Pretty Please lipstick, because I felt a nude lip would suit anything and stop me needing to care about lipstick at a festival, as well as being more forgiving touch ups wise than trying to go bold.

Apart from that I just brought the Weleda Sea Buckthorn hand cream, beacause my hands always get really dry at festivals (and I needed it) and that was it!

And that was it! I'm quite sad that I only managed to make it to one festival this year, but I had a fantastic time, and next year I will definitely make an effort to go to more. I've already got a few in mind!

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