Sunday, 30 October 2016

This Week...: 24th - 30th Oct

So I started that segment 3 weeks ago about things I've learnt in the week. While I want to carry that sort of thing on, I've decided to change the name, as there are sometimes things happening in the week that I've not necessarily learned but still want to share! So I've decide to rename it 'This Week...'. So here goes with what's been happening in my life this week!

  1. Being paid feels like bliss
  2. Tetley Redbush Vanilla tea, is AMAZING and tastes like custard, I'm SO glad to have it back
  3. Colder nights are definitely kicking in and I'm not a fan of them
  4. Online shopping is easier, you're not as disappointed if things aren't in stock
  5. Merry Hill is getting busy with the Christmas shoppers now

Friday, 28 October 2016

NOTW 12: Halloween Nails: Creepy Eyes

So I know I'm spoiling you a little but I have another Halloween Nail design for you today! One thing I really wanted to try was some creepy eyes in the dark! I thought I'd make it quite cartoony, as they would be more simple and fun! These were actually really easy to do; I started off with a black base (the base I used was actually a black from Primark, but I had my Barry M one to hand when I took the photos) and went in with my largest dotting tool to create pairs of dots over my nails. I also used a slightly smaller dotting tool in some of the gaps to fill up some of the space and create more eyes on each nail. I then waited for the dots to dry and using a smaller dotting tool than the one for the white, went in with some red, yellow and green polish to create the iris's of the eyes. I think that the yellow and green worked best as it was easier to see the pupils over these colours. After the colours had dried I went in with my smallest dotting tool and created the pupils on the eyes and finished with a top coat and some of my Essence Express Dry Drops. I think this is actually a really fun design and it's so easy to create. I wish I'd had some glow in the dark polish however, as I think this would have made the nails so much better at night! If I can grab my hand on some glow in the dark polish, I think I'll experiment some more with this design! Have you tried anything like this for Halloween? What are your nail plans for your costume?!
White- Sally Hansen 'White On'
Green- Scarlet and Crimson Set
Yellow- Collection 'Lemon Sorbet'
Red- Primark Red 

Speak to you soon!

TheDarkeowl
xox

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

NOTW 11: Halloween Nails: Pumpkin Faces

So on to another Halloween mani! This week I decided to try a fun design and do some silly pumpkin faces! I was debating on which orange to use as I have a bright orange (the one I ended up using) and a darker orange. The darker orange would have looked more realistic but I wanted it to look more cartoon-like so I chose to use the brighter orange. The design was actually a little more complicated to complete than I thought but was still possible. I think one major thing was the polish I was using. I initially started using Rimmel's black, but found it to be really gooey so I decided to use my Barry M black and this turned out a lot better. The size of my dotting tool also made a difference and depending on what I was doing. I started out using a small/medium dotting tool to create the designs and then found that it was too large to use for the eyes so I switched to my smallest detail dotting tool. This was actually too small for the mouth designs though so I ended up switching back to my small/medium tool because it made the design neater and easier to fill in. All in all I think this design is a good thing to try, but I definitely have improvements for if I try it again! I liked using the dotting tool to create the crazy eyes (which I accidentally smudged, but wasn't too angry about because it created a cool makeup look) but I still liked the traditional triangle eyes. I think the zigzag mouth worked best and easiest but the square teeth one might be better if I can do it well. To be honest, although these aren't the best nails I've done, I still wanted to share them with you because they helped me learn and are a fun design to try for Halloween!


The pinky is my favourite!





















Speak to you next time!

TheDarkeowl
xox

Friday, 21 October 2016

Mask Hurray!: Montagne Jeunesse/7th Heaven Blemish Mud

So here we have another Mask Hurray post! This week I tried out Montagne Jeunesse's Blemish Mud and if you would like to know what I thought of it, then keep on reading!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

NOTW 10: Halloween Nails: Dripping Blood

So I'm sorry this is a bit late! I've been on holiday and didn't manage to share this pot, but luckily it's only a day late! So now it's mid-October, I can start my Halloween Nails... which I would normally do anyway but it's not totally acceptable to walk around work with blood dripping from your fingers in the middle of April! So this week I decided to do a design that was successful last year and do said dripping blood design!
I started off with a white base and used Sally Hansen's 'White On'. To be honest I wasn't too keen on this polish as it seemed to be having a funny turn. It was sometimes very liquid and had no colour to it and others really opaque, so it didn't give a great finish, but overall it worked okay. I then took a bright red polish - I used one from a Primark set I have- and used a large dotting tool to add a few dots on each nail at different points. I was debating if to use a darker red and I think while the brighter red looks good, it looks a little cartoon like and a darker red would have been more realistic. Then using a smaller dotting tool I filled in the nail close to my cuticle and dragged lines up to the dots I'd made to join them together. I then made sure there were no gaps and the design was smooth and finished with a top coat! These nails are so easy to do and I think they look so fun! They're great just on their own or part of a costume! If nothing else works out I'll be using these for Halloween! Let me know if you have any ideas for Halloween nails or if you've tried these out!




















Speak to you next time!

TheDarkeowl
xox

Sunday, 16 October 2016

This Week...: 10th - 16th Oct

OK so I know it's a day late but here goes..
  1. Agoraphobia is actually the fear of being in a place where escape might not be easy or you might not be able to get help easily if needed; not just the fear of just outside spaces. 
  2. Cashpoints are difficult to find on your normal run.
  3. Coaches REALLY aren't comfortable to sleep on. Especially if you're sat next to a stranger
  4. Keep away from the wall when the sea is rough... It becomes very wet

Friday, 14 October 2016

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Review and Pictures

Kat Von D stuff in the UK? F*ck yes. I thought I'd buy myself a few presents the other day and you know I'm a sucker for liquid lipsticks and bright lips? Well then, the Everlasting range were just made for me! I only bought 2 just in case I didn't like them... and that theory has been blown out of the water! Keep on reading to see what I think of them!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

NOTW 9: Autumn Leaf Nails

Can you tell that I'm getting into Autumn?... I've got another autumn inspired Nails of the Week post! This week I decided to turn my nails into leaves themselves and used a vein pattern to create little leaves coming from my fingers! I used Essie's 'Glamour Purse' as the base and Sally Hansen's 'Dune' to create the veins of the leaf. I used a striper to create the lines and for the smaller veins coming from the middle. I started in the middle and flicked out, to create a thinner tip. I wanted to use a lighter brown for the veins but I didn't have one so I used 'Dune'. I actually think this colour ended up looking really good and using a lighter colour definitely made it more noticeable. The design was really easy to create and I think it looks so good for autumn! I was thinking of using different colours to create the leaves so I might try that in the future, to see how other colours work! Overall I'm really happy with the colours I've used and how they've turned out! If you decide to try this out please let me know because I'd love so see them!

Speak to you next time!

TheDarkeowl
xox

Sunday, 9 October 2016

This Week...: 3rd Oct - 9th Oct

  1. Work. Is. Stressful. Especially when NOTHING is going right
  2. If you are dreaming about said work, you need to chill out...
  3. Just because you are warm inside, doesn't mean it is warm outside, especially if you have your heating on...
  4. Always smell your milk before ruining your tea/coffee
  5. Kat Von D lipsticks are amazing! (hint: post coming soon...)

Friday, 7 October 2016

Quick Review: Yankee Candle's 'Amber Moon' Tart

Time for another candle review! Since it's started getting darker a little earlier, and the days are getting a bit colder, I thought it was time to change my fresh candle scent to something a little warmer and comforting. I've started burning Amber Moon and I can definitely tell this is more of a soothing, comforting scent that makes the room feel more snug. I tend to burn my candles in my bedroom when I'm having a shower so that when I go back to my room, the smell is more noticeable. This is definitely the case with this one and does make you feel very relaxed and warm. It has a slight spicy note to it but also seems a bit musky too. I think it's a scent that most people will like, but is definitely not as easy-going as other scents. Personally, I think it's great for the autumn time and I do think I'll keep this burning for a long while.


Until next time...

TheDarkeowl
xox

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

NOTW 8: Autumn Dotticure

I have resigned myself to the fact that it is finally autumn, and although I don't dislike the season, I do wish that summer went on a little while longer! Nevertheless, autumn brings some beautiful colours and I think it's time to start creating some autumn inspired designs! This week was a simple design and I just used a few different autumn themed colours to create a mixture of dots! I used a large dotting tool and went crazy with the colours! I used Sally Hansen's 'Dune' as a base colour and built up the dots over each other. I used Barry M's 'Crush', which is a deep red (and will be coming up in a future post...), a bright orange (Sally Hansen's 'Man-Go Team!'), Essie's 'Glamour Purse', which is a lovely chocolate brown, a shimmery copper colour from Seventeen, which is called 'Copper' funnily enough... and a purple/grey/brown colour from Lumier, which doesn't have a name. I just swapped between the colours and used the dotting tool to randomly apply the dots over the nail. I think overlapping them gives the impression of a pile of leaves and I think it looks so nice for this time of year! I finished with a top coat to smooth everything over and ensure that it lasts as long as possible! It's such an easy design to try and there are no worries of messing it up! I think I'll try this again in the future when I'm running low on ideas!






















Until next time...

TheDarkeowl
xox

Sunday, 2 October 2016

This week...: 26th Sept - 2nd Oct

So I'm going to start a new installment and see how this goes! Here are a few things that life experiences have taught me this week. Hopefully they will be funny, and hopefully they stop other people having the same disastrous time as me!