Where have I been?

Hi Guys! I hope you’re all well!

This is a short post, but I just wanted to apologise for my long time away from blogging. I actually had surgery a couple of weeks ago and was hoping to be recovered by now, but there has been some complications which have set me back slightly that has stopped me from actually getting up and doing anything!

I’m still a bit sore, but am hoping to be up and running sometime next week. I’ve got a few ideas (stemmed from sitting around doing nothing!) which I may explore, so please watch this space!

I look forward to sharing ideas with you all soon!

Maria xo


Smokey Eye & Neutral Lips!

Hi lovelies! I hope you’re all having the best Saturday!

Today I wanted to do a guide-through tutorial with pictures on how to do a quick and easy smoky eye and neutral lips. I hope you enjoy!

So… you need to start out with a good base. At this point, I have cleansed my skin with my Garnier Micellar Water, moisturised with Boots Cucumber Moisturising Lotion and primed my skin with Benefit’s Porefessional. These steps will ensure that your skin is clear, fresh and moisturised and your makeup will stay in place all day!

1 - Blank

Next, move onto foundation. I’ve used Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation. I’ve nearly ran out of this stuff and need to buy some more – it’s a great every day, full coverage matte foundation. I stippled this all over my face with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush.

2 - Foundation

After foundation, I like to apply concealer. I’m using MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC20 to highlight under my eyes, my forehead, the bridge of my nose and my chin. I then blend this in with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush that I used for my foundation.

3 -Concealer

4 - Concealer Blended

To start off the smoky eye, I’m using a great inexpensive palette that I have from The MakeUp Academy; it’s called Ever After and is a matte palette – great for 90’s inspired looks, which I love! Firstly I take the shade Bare on a fluffy MAC 224 and blend this over the whole lid to ensure I’ve got a smooth, even base. Then on a Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush I take the colour Fade which is a very light brown and sweep this over the eyelid up to the crease.

5 - Eyeshadow base

After that, I take the colour Truffle on the same Base Shadow Brush and make a V shape on the corner of my eye and blend it in with my MAC 24 to ensure there are no harsh lines.

6 - Eyeshadow darker

Once the eyeshadow is done, I’m moving onto eyeliner. Now, sadly my black liquid eyeliner has just run out – such first world problems, so I’ve used my MAC Superslick Liquid Eyeliner in Defiantly Feline which is a chocolatey brown colour with a bit of shimmer in it… I’m actually glad I used this, because it added a slightly more day-time feel to the look and makes a nice change from always wearing black!

7 - Eyeliner

I then took my Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner pencil in Sable Brown and put this on my water line. I then smudged it out with my MAC Pencil Brush 210 to add a smoky effect.

8 - Under eyeliner

9 - Under eyeliner blended

Right, allow me, because I done these next steps in a really odd way because I then moved onto eyebrows and then went back to Mascara? Anyways… I next filled in my eyebrows as usual with my Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrown Pomade in Taupe with my Anastasia Beverly Hills 12 Brush and then used Kiko Unforgettable Mascara on my top and bottom lashes.

10 - Eyebrows

11 - Mascara

I then moved back onto my face and applied The MakeUp Academy’s Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highligher to my cheekbones using my Real Techniques Contour Brush and finished my face with my MakeUp Academy Mosaic Bronzer in Natural Glow of which, sadly, the lid has fallen off of 😦

12 - Highlight and Contour

Last but not least, the final step is the lips. There is a pretty heavy eye going on and I didn’t want to kill it, so I’m just using neutral colours for the lips. I started off lining my lips with a Blonde coloured eyebrow pencil because… whatever init, I’m a rebel. Then I filled in the rest of my lips with MAC Honey Love lipstick and… voila! All done!

13 - Lips

14 - Finished Look

Let me know what you think in the comments below! Also, please check out my Instagram! I’ve done some new eye looks on there and I’d love to know what you think! 🙂