Get Ready With Me // Halloween 2016

Hey guys! Halloween has passed us and I had a fantastic night. I spent it with some of my closest friends and really enjoyed myself.

This year I went as Wednesday Addams. I love the Addams family, it’s such a family film and I can’t count the amount of times I watched them. Wednesday Addams is definitely my favourite character and after wanting to choose the right costume I feel that I made a great decision. 

I got my costume from Amazon for less than £10. Super affordable and can easily be reused. As a student money is tight and I didn’t want to spend loads of money when a little make up can make the costume. Keep reading to see how I got ready for Halloween. 

Make Up

I started with using the green L.A Girl Concealer to cover my blemishes and redness. After blending it in I added the L.A Girl Concealer in Porcelain over the top blended again, then moved onto my foundation. I used the palest foundation I own. Admittedly, I’m so fair skinned that I do actually use the lightest shade of foundation from all brands. However, today I used the Revlon Colourstay Foundation in Ivory and buffed it in with my beauty sponge. Once I achieved a nice and flawless base I added the Bourjois Radiance Concealer in 1 to my under eyes in a triangle shape. Also added it to the centre of my forehead, bridge of my nose, chin and cupids bow. To powder I baked using the NYX HD Translucent Powder in the areas I added the Concealer. Them used the Revolution Iconic Lights and Pro Contour Palette to powder the rest of my face. 

I used two MUA eyeshadows in grey and black to create a deep cheek bone structure. Starting out with the grey and slowly building it up. Make sure to blend between applying more product. I then added a bit of the black eyeshadow to define it a little more. Remember to blend! My go to brush to blend was the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush. 

For my eyes I used my Too Faced Chocolate Bon-Bon palette with the shades Mocha and malted to darken my eye socket. Starting with mocha as my transition shade I went through the crease of my eye and above it with a flat bottom eyeshadow brush. Applying more product when I felt comfortable and remembering to bring it into the inner corner of my eye and down onto my undereye area. I then added mocha to lid too. To intensive this look I used malted, a darker brown from the palette and placed that mainly in the inner corner and dragging it down to my under eye area and nose. To finish I added some of the Maybelline Eyeliner to my upper and lower waterline, curled my lashes and added the Benefit Roller Lash

To finish I used a MUA basic black lipstick. I also set my face using the Urban Decay Setting Spray. 


Costume 

I bought my costume from Amazon. This black Peter Pan collared dress was £6.88, check here. We also added the black wig and plaited it too, to achieve Wednesday’s signature hairstyle. The wig was £1.77, look here. Admittedly, it was cheap and I got it cheap because I knew I wouldn’t use it again. Also, as a student a budget costume was essential. I used my own black tights and black slip on shoes to finish the look. 


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My Favourite Things About Autumn and Winter

The Autumnal/Winter season is by far the best time of the year, I love the change of weather and ALL of the holidays. Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year are such exciting holidays and every year I love to make a big fuss of the celebrations, especially Christmas. It’s now October 31st, HALLOWEEN WOO!

So, actually Autumn has been around a little while and I’m slightly delayed on this post.. regardless. It’s Autumn. It’s Halloween. Winter boots and knitted jumpers are the ready, pumpkin spice latte to drink and cinnamon buns to be eaten. The original white girls are on patrol, except me.. because well, I don’t like hot drinks but a girl can dream, eh?! I have so many favourite things about Autumn and this whole time of year just gives happy feels. I thought I would give a list of my favourite things about Autumn and why I love it. So, here we gooooo!

I love the dark, cold nights. This may be bizarre to some people but I’m just not a summer person, I don’t like the hot weather and I just simply prefer the colder weather and warmer clothes. I love cuddling up when the nights become darker earlier, I’ll pop a film on and relax in the warmth of my bed. I also love to have a bath and light some candles, I just find it a more comfortable and happier time for me. It’s excellent.

Fallen leaves is another favourite. I love the change in colour of the leaves and watching them fall, it’s such a peaceful experience. As a child my brothers, Daniel and Kyle and I would run through all the fallen leaves and I think it’s such wonderful memory for me. Each year when I notice the leaves are beginning to fall and it’s instantly makes me feel so loved and I really enjoy the memories of my childhood.

Everything about Christmas gets me excited, Christmas for my family is huge. My house looks like Santa’s grotto every single year. My brother Daniel and I still technically live at home with our parents and every Christmas morning we still wake up early (at like 6am!) to have our gifts and spend the day with our parents and family. Even though Daniel is 22 and I’m 20 we’re still like big children during this time of year and I love it. It’s the greatest time of year that we can still relive our childhood, and Christmas spirit.

Fashion and beauty change throughout the year when the seasons change and as much as I love floral and pastel colours, I just think that I personally suit Autumn and Winter colours more and I love the dark reds, navy and purples throughout this time of year. Winter boots are so comfortable and make all my outfits just simply more seasonal and I love to wear beanies so much so that my collection seems to be never ending.

Snow and rain are by far the most relaxing types of weather. I find them so peaceful to watch, admittedly though I don’t really like being in the snow. However, I love to fall asleep hearing the rain hit my window or read a book and watch the snow fall throughout the winter. Its so relaxing and walking home from a lecture In the rain, jumping into bed with a hot water bottle and a hot chocolate is my ideal afternoon. 

    So here are my favourite things about the Autumn/Winter period. What are yours? Happy autumn! I can’t wait to post some Christmas related blog posts.

    ***Just a reminder that although Halloween is a fun and eventful night, it’s so important that you remain safe and ensure that yourself and your friends stay together and stay out of trouble. It’s a fun night but lots of people put on a costume and forget that they’re not actually Batman or Harlie Quinn. You aren’t invincible. Happy Halloween!***
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    Recent Purchases // Mini Haul

    Hey!

    I recently bought a few things before heading back to Aberystwyth and decided to share what I got. I headed to my favourite stores and had a gander to see if anything caught my eye. Primark and New Look are definitely my favourite stores and they’re the ones I often buy a lot of my clothes from because they’re so good for a student budget. I’ve found that the quality of  Primark clothing has definitely increased over the past few years and I’ve always loved their Autumn/Winter selection. Aberystwyth isn’t fortunate enough to have a Primark, so whenever I’m home I always pay a visit. New Look has always been a favourite, their items are always in season and keep up with the trends, the quality is fantastic and the majority is so affordable. I also went into Superdrug and Boots to have a look around, I especially had my eye on the 2 for 12 section in Sleek because I’m a sucker for a deal. I found some bargains in the shops at the moment and I’m super excited for the colder weather and the change of seasons! Autumn is my absolute favourite time of year and Christmas is my favourite holiday. Anyway, let’s get straight into it!

    Firstly, New look has some wonderful items at the moment and I really enjoy having a look around every so often to find some new  pieces to add to my wardrobe, especially when the seasons change. The weather in Aberystwyth can be so cold throughout the winter and picking up some warmer t-shirts is so important, therefore I picked up these two tee’s that I’ll more than likely match with a skirt and tights and boots. The first is a striped, rounded neckline and cap sleeve t-shirt. It’s so soft and comfortable, it’s available for £8.99 here. I thought this was such an affordable buy, I will more than likely wear this all throughout the year and match it with shorts in the summer or a skater skirt.


    The second t-shirt I picked up is this grey, ribbed funnel neckline shirt with a ribbed texture and 1/2 sleeves for £8.99, check here. It fits so close and neat and I’ll probably match with jeans and tuck it in or with a skirt. It’s actually similar to the first shirt but I would probably wear this out for drinks or dinner and dress it up with jewellery and a bold lip.


    In New Look I also picked up a skirt, it’s red and has a textured finish and slim fitting. This was £9.99, online here. I’d happily wear this with black boots or a peep toe block heel with a black or grey t-shirt. I think it’s such a lovely, classic piece that can be worn at any point throughout the day. I’ve got so many of these skirts and find them so flattering to my body shape and I love that they’re elasticated.

    I picked up another skirt in New Look for £12.99 and it’s a checked A-Line skirt, it’s a casual fit and super flattering. It’s a mixture of red, white, and black and I will probably match it with a grey t-shirt and flats or a black cami and heels for a night out. It’s quite basic but I’ll dress it up with jewellery and a bold lip. Check it out here.

    The last thing I bought from New Look was this white block sweater for the colder days. It’s so soft and warm, it has a rounded neckline with simple long sleeves and matches so well with jeans and trainers. It’s such a comfortable sweater and I can see me living in this throughout the winter. It’s available for £9.99, look here. Mine is actually quite large on me and looks very oversized, I definitely should have bought the size down for a more fitting look but I love oversized sweaters and jumpers so I’m still pleased with this buy.

    From Primark, I purchased a few things that I’ve totally fallen in love with. I bought two beanies, for £2 each. Throughout the winter I live in these hats as my head and ears get so cold (I know, I’m super cool) and beanies are also so fashionable. I think they’re such lovely styles and can match with so many outfits and for £2 I couldn’t leave them there. My collection of beanies is growing considerably and every autumn I stock up on new colours, I love them! Especially the Primark ones because they’re such good quality and so inexpensive.

    Pinafore dresses are so on trend at the moment and I’ve happily added one to my wardrobe. As I said before but Primark quality is definitely improving and the denim pinafore I purchased for £12 is excellent. It’s such a lovely fit and shows my curves so well. I match it with a long white t-shirt and trainers throughout the day or add boots, tights and a long sleeved turtle next to switch to an evening look. It’s so comfortable too and I feel like I’m reliving my childhood in it. Fantastic purchase! New Look also has some lovely pinafores available for a little extra.

    The basic short sleeved t-shirts from Primark are £2.80 and are totally worth it. They’re so inexpensive and are such a lovely, soft cotton feel. They shape the body perfectly and are exactly what they state, basic. They look so lovely with a pair of jeans and a jacket and they do exactly what they need. I bought a white and dark blue and I’ll probably match them with a skirt or possibly a pinafore dress.


    The final item I bought from Primark is a scarf. I love wearing scarfs in the autumn weather and I recently purchased a large, oversized blue checked scarf from Primark for £4 and it’s lovely. It does exactly what it should, it adds as an accessory to my outfit and keeps me warm whilst out in the cold weather.  Asos often have lots of lovely scarfs for the winter also, I recommend checking them out if you don’t have a Primark near you.

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    The weather has a huge impact on how my hair looks, especially humidity. My hair is naturally wavy and frizzy, it isn’t in the best condition due to colouring my hair and whenever I style my hair it doesn’t stay straight or curly. I had a look around and come across the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray, Heat Protect Spray and Mega Hold Gel Spray. The Heat Protect Spray (Normal price £4.19, look here) and Mega Hold Gel Spray (Normal price £3.19, look here) were in a deal, 2 for £5 in Superdrug and the hairspray was only £1.99 (Normal price £3.99, take a look here). I’ve heard such positive reviews on the VO5 range and I have friends who swear by the products VO5 have. I’m yet to begin trying them but when I do I can see a review coming!

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    I recently popped into Boots and become aware of the 2 for £12 deal on all Sleek MakeUp products. I had my eye on the highlight palette in Solstice for a while I couldn’t see why I shouldn’t get it. It’s available for £9.99 here. It’s beautiful, it has 4 colours including 1 cream, two baked powders and a shimmer powder. They’re so pigmented and give such a lovely glow to the face. I find some drugstore highlighters quite chalky but these are totally different. They feel so soft and give a metallic finish but the best part is that they’re suitable for all skin tones! Best news!! This palette has been raved about by so many people, including MannyMua and it really is worth the every penny.


    As a part of the deal I picked up the Matte Me Liquid Lipstick in Birthday Suit, the price of this is £4.99 so check here (Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it on Boots so the link diverts to Superdrug). I’ve not ever tried any liquid lipsticks before and I know I’m so behind on this trend but I decided it was time to test them out. The colour is beautiful, it’s a classic and simple nude that I’ll match with a bold smokey eye. They’re said to be long lasting, creamy and they are supposed to glide on so smoothly and are highly pigmented and dry quickly. I can’t wait to test it out and hopefully put up a review about this product.


    My final item was the B. Blending Sponge which I bought for £2.99 on sale but the actual price is £4.99, available here. I bought this  in Superdrug and noticed it whilst waiting to pay at the tills. It is the same shape and style of the original beauty blender which sells for around £16 in the U.K. I have read some reviews that state it’s an exact dupe for the beauty blender so I’ve got high hopes for it! If it is a dupe it would be fantastic. It’s supposed to be latex-free and says it simplifies the art of blending makeup for a flawless finish. Its price is £1 cheaper than the Real Techniques Sponge which I already love and have bought so many of them. I’m very excited to try this Sponge.


    So here are a few bits that I’ve recently purchased and can’t wait to try. Let me know any new products that you recommend, I love to try new products.

    P.S . Super sorry that I missed out a few photos, I had trouble finding these items amongst my mess of clothes that I need to sort out, since I recently moved into a new flat. Eh, I’m human. sorry pals!

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