Friday, 21 July 2017

Primark Silicone Sponge | Review

Since I found out that Primark were doing their own version of a Silicone Sponge I've been hunting high and low to find one in a shop near me! I finally found one (even though the pack only had 1 in instead of 2 so I got a cheeky discount!) and I couldn't wait to try it out! Find out what I thought of it here...

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Bird of Paradise Inspired Makeup Look! | Tutorial

I am always looking for new things to inspire my makeup looks. Ever since I bought my Urban Decay Full Spectrum palette (link here for my first impressions) I have been experimenting with it to create different ideas and I feel as though I have come up with some really pretty makeup looks! Here is my Bird of Paradise makeup look and how to create it!

Friday, 14 July 2017

My 5 Favourite Things About Summer!

Some people are winter people, some people are autumn people. Me, I'm definitely a summer person! Here are my top 5 reasons why!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Book Lovers Tag

I do love a good book! One of my main goals for this year was to read more books! I've seen a couple of people do this tag recently and I thought it would be a great idea to do it myself. So here are my answers to the Book Lovers Tag!

Friday, 7 July 2017

I Heart Makeup Lip Lava Molten Chocolate | Too Faced DUPE?!

I did a little haul recently and I picked up one of the I Heart Makeup Lip Lava Molten Chocolate lipsticks, which I have heard is a dupe for the Too Faced Melted range! I haven't tried the Too Faced products but here are my thoughts on the I Heart Makeup dupe in the shade 'Death By Chocolate'!


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

BBQ in a heatwave (archive post)

*Quick Note* This is actually an old post that I never posted, but since it has been the same weather here in England recently I thought it would be a good idea to share it! So here is younger me with different hair...!

It's been so hot here in the West Midlands for a few weeks now and the other night me and my dad got invited to a BBQ. Now I don't have many things to wear in the summer because it's never usually this hot! So I decided to wear one of the only day dresses I own... AND I LOVE IT!! This outfit was so breathable and cool in the hot weather and wasn't uncomfortable at all!

The dress: I bought this dress from Primark earlier this year. I was so amazed because it was only £7 and for that price I could not walk away! I's a navy blue rah-rah dress with little hearts all over it and I think it's so pretty and versatile as I would wear this on an average day but I also wear it when I need to dress up a bit. I just change the accessories and my hair and it transforms it so well. It's great for me as I'm a lil' bit chunkier so this pulls me in at the waist so nicely while the layers hide my belly!






















The shoes: I recently found out I had no pretty shoes that I could wear with tights So that was my next task and I finally found some really nice ones! These were from Store 21 and were at the amazing price of £4.99. Again they're a navy blue and have little white swallows dotted all over them. They are so comfortable and so pretty so I'm really happy I bought these!

Hair: If you follow me on Instgram (my username is Darkeowl ;) hehe) then you'll know that I was super happy about how my hair had dried... (well that's a random topic!) I loved how it had gone so curly naturally and I didn't want to put it up but I also didn't want it in my face! So I decided to have it both ways and put half up, half down. I used a really pretty flower clip from Claires to secure it and hide the hair band I'd put in it! Overall I think it was a really pretty look!


Makeup: I wanted to keep my make-up really simple because it's so hot! So I just used a little bit of concealer and powder and applied some eyeliner and mascara to my eyes. I also used my new Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss which tastes AMAZING!


So that is my outfit of the day! I really loved the way I looked going to the BBQ (I know that sounds a little bit vein but I don't usually like the way I look!) and I hope this has given you some inspiration for if you're going to a BBQ! Good luck and try not to melt ;)


Friday, 30 June 2017

Films watched in June

  1. Disaster Movie: Well, I can honestly say that this month started off with a diabolic film! Me and the bf were deciding what to watch and he said that this is quite a good film and that he had watched it before. I cringed throughout the majority of the film, found most of the 'jokes' completely unfunny and all in all just thought it was utter dog sh*t. It wasn't until the entire movie ended that my boyfriend realised it WASN'T the film he remembered, haha! He thought it was awful too. So overall, just don't even waste your time on this! Rating: 
  2. Passengers: I started watching this film a couple of months ago but ended up having to leave before I finished watching it. I was actually really intrigued to find out what was going to happen which was surprising as I wasn't expecting to like it. (Don't shoot me, I'm just not a big fan of Chris Pratt or Jennifer Lawrence) But when I finished it this time around I can actually say that I enjoyed watching it! There were a few things I thought about that I don't think worked fully but overall there really wasn't much to complain about! Rating: ★★★★
  3. Tekken Blood Vengeance: So this is another Tekken movie but this time it is animated and it is a lot easier to see which character is which! This story mainly follows Xiaoyu and Alisa and I thought it was really good! I really enjoyed the story and I loved actually being able to see the characters as they look in the game. Can I just say, Panda is SO cute! One of my favourite scenes is when the Kazama family are fighting because they join up with each other to beat each other up, while each of them try to beat the other 2 up. It's really difficult to explain but it is honestly such a great scene and even if you don't want to watch the whole film, I would recommend watching that scene! Even though I don't really have much to say on this film, if you enjoy the game I think it is definitely worth a watch. Rating: ★★★★
  4. Pirates of the Carribean- Dead Men Tell No Tales/Salazar's Revenge: Honestly, what is the actual name of this film?! I see it switch through both names in England, so I'm super confused! Either way, I was super excited when I found this film was coming out (I think I found out the year before last!) and couldn't wait to go and see it! It turned out to be really good and it was really funny, even though there are jokes in all of the films I think that they really pulled them out in this film! The story was good too, there were lots of things that linked to the older films and I'm really glad about that, as I thought it was going to be completely separate. If you are a lover of the pirates films (and I'm ashamed if you're not!) then check this out, because it does not disappoint! Rating: ★★★★★
  5. Hostel Part I: For literally years people have been telling me to check out the Hostel films. I love the saw films and a lot of people were comparing them to those, but after watching it I didn't really think they were that similar. Sure, there was quite a bit of gore, but at the same time I found that there was a lot more of a story and bits that you could piece together. Although the Saw films are some of my favourites, I found this quite refreshing and I was glad that it wasn't that similar. The only part I couldn't watch was *spoiler* the part where the tendons at the back of his ankles get cut! My mom snapped her tendon when she was younger and ever since then I can't even touch that part on my own foot so I could NOT watch them be cut! Other than that, I thought it was a great film and I'll definitely check out the other parts to it! Rating: ★★★★★
New films watched: 10/101

So those were all of the films I've watched this month! I think I'm making good progress on my 101 films and I'm really enjoying writing these posts! Have you seen any of these films? What have you watched this month and have you got any new favourites? Let me know!

Until next time...

TheDarkeowl
xox

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Primark PS... Konjac Sponge | Review

I've recently seen the trend of the Konjac sponge going around, and some of the benefits looked amazing! But I still wasn't prepared to fork out a lot of my hard earned cash on something that might not even work for me. So when I found that Primark had released their own, well I just had to jump at the chance! Carry on reading to see what I thought...

Friday, 23 June 2017

Summer Favourite Candle Fragrances

As with many other things, my tastes for candles changes through the winter months to the summer months. In the winter I prefer more cosy and warm smelling scents (not spiced though, eugh!) but in the spring and summer I prefer to have me some fresh, floral and fruity scents! Here are my favourite candle scents for the summer months!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

My Spring/Summer Hair Do!

I've had bright red hair for about a year and a bit now. When I first had it dyed I had it cut quite short, so it wasn't too hard to wear it down and keep it looking good. Since then though I've wanted to grow my hair out a little bit, so it has made it harder to maintain my hair and keep it neat. My hair is thick, and when I say thick.. I mean THICK! My hairdresser is always surprised by how much my hair has grown and how much she has to thin it out when I go. Since it has grown, I just haven't been able to maintain it and keep it down decently. It's frizzy, it doesn't stay straight for even a day, and as I've said, it's thick. So I really wanted to find a way to wear my hair down without having to do much with it and I think I have found a way!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Quick Review: Yankee Candle's Cherry Blossom

I finally have another Yankee Candle quick review for you guys! Now, don't be fooled... I have been using candles the entire time, even though I haven't been posting about them! I received the Cherry Blossom sampler from one of my friends at work and I have to say, I'm super happy she bought it me!

Cherry Blossom is one of Yankee's newer scents. It is a very floral scent, but not like a rose scent that can often seem quite musky. It smells very sweet and is perfect for the spring time! When I first got it, I could not stop smelling it, even though it wasn't even burning! While burning the scent is not quite as strong, which in a way is actually quite a good thing, as it could have been overpowering if it smelt as strong as when it is not lit. Instead, it fills the room slowly with a subtle, sweet and floral scent that honestly just makes you think of spring time and being outside.

I bought the jar version of this candle because I was really worried about running out of it, and I'm so glad that I did. If you like fresh smelling floral scents that aren't too musky, I would definitely recommend this. Have you tried this scent? What is your favourite spring time scent? Let me know!

Speak to you soon!

TheDarkeowl
xox

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

A Day at Stratford Butterfly Farm!

One of my main goals this year is to get out and see more places, do more things, visit more cities! If you follow me on Instagram (darkeowl *wink wink*), then you may have noticed a couple of pictures from when I visited Stratford with my boyfriend! The main reason for the visit was to go to the butterfly farm, and I took quite a few photos so I thought it would be nice to share them with you!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Mini Nyx Haul

So pay day has come and gone and I needed a few bits and bobs so I thought I would go shopping... Well, we all know what happens when you go shopping! You end up going and spending like, a million pound and buy nothing that you actually need! This indeed happened this time around, and it ended up being spent on Nyx products. Carry on reading to see what I picked up...


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Mask Hurray! : Montagne Jeunesse/7th Heaven Coffee Mocha Mud Review

I haven't done a face mask review in quite a while and the other day I felt like some pampering, so I decided to use a mask I hadn't tried before. This is Montagne Jeunesse's Coffee Mocha Mud! If you want to know what I thought of it, keep on reading!

Friday, 2 June 2017

My Blog is 1!

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to TheDarkeowlllll... Haaaappy Birthday tooo youuuuu! So, my blog has finally turned 1, and if I'm honest, I wasn't sure whether I would keep it up for this long! I remember setting out this post and adding the date thinking it was miles away, but it has come round so so quickly!
Although I haven't gotten quite as far as I would have hoped to in the first year of blogging, I'm definitely not disappointed with what I have achieved! There are so many things that I have learnt from other bloggers and even myself. I've learned what I like to blog about, what kind of writing I enjoy, and how I want to set things out!
Since my blog is 1, I wanted to share some of my favourite posts with you from over the past year!
1. Freedom Makeup 'Far Away' Lipstick Swatches
2. Suicide Squad Joker Inspired Makeup Look
3. Primark PS High Colour Lipstick Crayon
4. Deadpool Inspired Makeup Look
5. Download Festival 2016 In Pictures 


I just want to thank everyone who has supported me, commented on my posts, followed me, and read my posts! For the moment, I have no intention of stopping my posts so hopefully I will continue growing, and you will continue enjoying!


TheDarkeowl
xox

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Films watched in May

  1. Moana: I watched this with my boyfriend and we both absolutely loved it! It was such a good film and we were both howling with laughter! The songs were really catchy too! Personally I haven't been bothered about the new Disney films recently, but I think this one has bought the love back! Rating: ★★★★
  2. Alien: I watched the original 1979 Alien film with my boyfriend, because he was shocked that I hadn't seen it before. Like, ever! I actually really enjoyed it and for the time it was released it wasn't cheesy or with crappy effects. It was a genuinely good film! Rating: ★★★★★
  3. Alien: Covenant: One of the other reasons my boyf wanted me to watch the original Alien, was so that we could go and watch the new one in the cinema! We planned to watch all of the films over the weekend, but we only managed the first one before we went to the cinema to see Covenant. Apparently Covenant relates more to Prometheus, and although I did enjoy it, I felt that it wasn't as good as the original film. I can see why a lot of people disliked the sequels as the main plot can only really stay the same, so it kind of just repeats itself. Rating: ★★★★
  4. Tekken: As a kid I always loved playing Tekken with my dad. I picked this up recently and was really excited to see what it was like. All I can say is, it was, well, meh... It wasn't awful and I don't regret watching it, but there are some parts that just didn't work and one of the main problems I had with it (which I know cannot be helped) is that the actors just didn't look like the characters. I know that is a ridiculous problem to have with a film, but it did make a difference to me because I was so used to what the characters in the game looked like. So overall, even thought I didn't hate it, it just wasn't going to make it on to my favourite films list. Rating: ★★★
  5. Ichi the Killer: This one is a Japanese film. It used to be banned and although it is not as bad as some films I have seen, I can see why. It is gory (even though sometimes it isn't believable) and there are some quite controversial topics in it. The story is sometimes a little difficult to follow though, and some of the effects are just downright awful! It wasn't awful to watch, but some things just didn't make sense and I actually had to look up the meaning of the ending because to me it just did not make sense! It's quite a long film and I don't regret watching it, but I won't be watching it again. Rating: ★★
New Films Watched: 5/101

So those were all of the new films I watched in May! I'm really enjoying watching things I haven't seen before and I think at this rate I will complete my 101 in 1001 challenge pretty soon! Have you seen any of these films? What did you think of them? Let me know!

Until next time...

TheDarkeowl
xox

Friday, 26 May 2017

Nails Inc. NailKale | Review

Although I always do Nails of the Week posts on my blog, I never really do reviews of the products I use, but I just could not miss out on reviewing this product! To find out what I think, carry on reading...

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Festival Season Must Haves

We are getting ever closer to festival season! Even though I haven't planned to go to one this year I've still been through the pain and have learnt what is needed to make the camping experience more pleasant! If you are going to a festival this year, take a look at some of these things!

Friday, 19 May 2017

NOTW 27: Do you SEA my nails?!

This week, rather than having just one block colour on my nails I decided to add a glitter top coat to add a bit more to them! As it turns out both polishes I used had a sea themed name! Firstly I used Technic's South Pacific which is a really nice dusty blue-green colour. It applies really well and only takes 2 thick coats or 3 thin coats to become opaque (I used 2 on the pictures below!). The glitter I used is also by Technic and is the one I hold in the picture. It's their 'Mermaid' polish and I think it is absolutely beautiful! It has multiple sized blue hexagon glitters which change to silver and green in the light! I think it has a slightly blue tinted base as well but I'm not too sure! Either way I love the colour and think it looks amazing! It was slightly difficult to apply though as all the glitters came off in one place but it can be pretty easily spread out before the polish becomes too tacky to move them. Overall I think it is worth the time that you spend spreading out the glitters as it adds a really beautiful layer to the nails! I love both of these polishes and I think they're really great value!




TheDarkeowl
xox



Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Starting my Bullet Journal!

Since I started my 101 in 1001 at the beginning of this month (link here if you're interested) I wanted a way to track what I was doing and how many goals I had accomplished. I had seen loads of people creating bullet journals for their day-to-day lives and I thought it would be a brilliant idea to incorporate the goals into a bullet journal!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Mask Hurray!: Montagne Jeunesse 'Dragon Fruit Sauna' Self Heating Mask

I finally have another Mask Hurray post for you guys. It seems ages since I have done one of these and the reason is that the lighting just hasn't been good enough to take quality photos when I have been applying these masks! But hopefully we are back on track! This week I have tried out the Montagne Jeunesse Dragon Fruit Sauna Self Heating Mask. Carry on reading to see what I thought of it...

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Product Empties #2

It has been a long time since I have done an empties post. It seems that I never finish things at a steady rate, I go through a massive dry spot and then finish things all in 1! Here are my recent empties and my thoughts on them!

Friday, 5 May 2017

Makeup Declutter/Collection | LIP CRAYONS & LINERS

So here is the second installment of my Makeup declutter! This week I decided to put my lip crayons and liners into 1 post. If you haven't seen part 1 click here to see that post! But for now, here goes!


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

101 in 1001

I am doing it. I am actually going to take part in 101 in 1001! This challenge TERRIFIES me, but I think it is also such a brilliant idea! For those who don't know, 101 in 1001 is a challenge where you write down 101 things/tasks that you would like to complete in 1001 days, which roughly works out to 2.75 years. You can then track it through your blog and see how you are getting on with your accomplishments! I'm hoping that this will help me become a little more happier in myself and with my life, because I have some goals to look forward to. So, lets get into my list!

Friday, 28 April 2017

NOTW 26: International Astronomy Day

Today is International Astronomy Day and I absolutely LOVE things to do with astronomy and space and all that sort of stuff, so I was super excited to see this day come up on the quirky calendar. I thought it would be a really pretty idea to come up with some star and constellation ideas.

I started off using Miss Sporty's Metal Flip polish called 'Fiery Blaze'. It's an duochrome polish so I thought it would work great to create the look of a galaxy and depth. Then, using a large dotting tool and Sally Hansen's 'White On' I applied some dots to create a pattern. Using a small striper brush and the same white, I then connected the dots together to create some different constellation designs. Once the polish had dried I applied Barry M's Diamond Glitter over all of my nails to create some smaller star like detail. To finish it off I applied Barry M's Wet Set Quick drying top coat, and then it was complete!

I don't think they turned out as well as I had hoped, the lines weren't as small as I wanted but it still created the look of stars and constellations, so I was still happy with the final result! Have you created any constellation nail designs? What are your nails like this week? Let me know!

Until next time...

TheDarkeowl
xox

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Primark P.S. Pro Oval Face Brush Review

So I know I'm a little late to this hype (incredibly late), but better late than never ay! To be honest, it took a while for these types of brushes to come to a store near me, and I finally found some in Primark a couple of months ago! (Well a lot of months ago, I've had it myself for a few months now...) I didn't want to spend too much on one because I didn't know if I'd like it, but for £3 I couldn't complain and gave it a shot! Here's what I thought of it...


Friday, 21 April 2017

Favourite Lipsticks for Spring!

Although I'm a sucker for crazy lip colours, there are still colours that I tend to prefer at different times of the year. Spring is a great time for pink, more natural colours, so I thought that I would share my favourite lipsticks for this season with you!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Look Incredible April 2017

Another Look Incredible box has arrived (yaay!). Meaning its time to share what I got in this months box with you! I have actually stopped my subscription for a while so that I can actually use up some of the products I have, but I'm glad that I ended up with some goodies this month!

Friday, 14 April 2017

NOTW 25: Easter Chick Nails

Easter is a great time to get some cute nail designs created! Since I bought China Glaze's Whip It Good I wondered what Easter design I could create, and I think I cracked it... (hehe)























I started off with 2 base coats of Whip It Good. I really like the formula of this product but I just find the brush SUPER small so it takes a little more time to get them looking good. Once my nails were opaque and dried I applied Sally Hansen's White On to the top half of my nail. I then used a small dotting tool and added some cracked egg edges. For the little chick eyes I used Barry M's Black and a slightly larger dotting tool.
Because the yellow and the white are so light in colour, I decided to define the edges of the egg using the small dotting tool again and the Barry M black. I finished off with my Barry M Wet Set top coat and that's it!
Have you created any Easter manis? Let me know!

Speak to you soon!

TheDarkeowl
xox

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

His Bloody Project | Book Review

I received this book for Christmas just gone after I saw it in Waterstones and thought it look really interesting. His Bloody Project is a book of documents that relate to the Roderick Macrae case from 1869....

Friday, 7 April 2017

NOTW 24: National Beer Day Nails!

It is NATIONAL BEER DAY today! Who wouldn't love that?! I thought this would be a great, fun day to design some simple nails. Trust me, these were a doddle. Well, if you're sober they should be!

I started off with Collection's Sherbet Lemons' as a base, which is a really bright yellow colour. This is started to get a little difficult to work with, I've had it quite a while and it took 3 coats to become opaque because it was pretty streaky, but it ended up ok! I then used a large dotting tool and Sally Hansen's White On to create the head of the beer! I then finished off with my Barry M Wet Set top coat and that was it! I wish I had some yellow toned glitter as I think this would have been a great addition to create the look of bubbles! The look still works though and it was so so simple to create!

Are you a fan of beer?! Are you celebrating this day?! Let me know (in as clear writing as you can manage, haha!)

Speak to you soon!

TheDarkeowl
xox

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Favourite Nail Polishes for Spring!

So spring is almost here and I'm super excited! I'm so glad to get out of winter and (hopefully) get some more sun and warmth! One thing I love about spring is the colours and flowers. Here are my favourite nail polishes for spring time!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Throne of Glass | Book Review

I'd seen a few blogs that I follow review this book and I thought I would give it a read, as it had so many good reviews and seemed like my kind of book. Oh, how right I was!...




Friday, 24 March 2017

NOTW 23: Mothers Day Nails


It's Mothering Sunday this week. A day when we spoil our moms with gifts and nice gestures! I thought it would be a good idea to do a nail design for this special day by doing something that reminds me of all things motherly! I decided to use delicate pinks and do a few different patterns and I'm really pleased with how they turned out!

I used Sinful Colors Soul Mate as the base colour for my ring finger and the stripes in the other nails. I used another Sinful Colors polish for the heart and the rose design (well, what's SUPPOSED to be a rose design...), called Dancing Nails. The colour I used as a base for my middle finger and the main colour on the striped nails was an unnamed colour from the brand Lumiere but I have found that this brands polishes are actually quite good for their price. I think all of the colours really work well together and I think the roses on the ring finger are very subtle and just catch the light in the right way, It turned out really well and I might try this colour combination in another design.
To me, this is a great idea for Mothers Day as it isn't an in your face design that is obviously related to the day, but it can still be associated with the day! I believe that these designs could work as just a general spring/summer manicure too, either separately or just like this!



Until next time...

TheDarkeowl
xox

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Freedom Makeup 'Far Away' Lipstick SWATCHES

Hi everyone! So I did a post a few a couple of weeks ago about my excitement for the Star Wars Lipsticks from Freedom Makeup! Post here if you want to see it! I didn't include any lip swatches because I was excited to get the post up, but I've had a request to show you what they look like on the lips, so now I've had a little more time, here are the lip swatches!


Friday, 17 March 2017

NOTW 22: Spring Ladybird Nails!

Spring is finally here! I can't wait to see all the little ladybirds flying around! I decided to do some simple ladybird nails to get ready for spring! I used Rimmel's Salon Pro nail polish from the Kate collection for the red base and applied 2 coats. I then used a medium dotting tool and Barry M's Black polish to create the pattern and the head. I then took a smaller dotting tool and the same colour to create the line down the middle. I used Barry M's Matt White on a slightly smaller dotting tool to create the eyes in the middle. I finished with Barry M's Wet Set fast drying top coat (which I have to say, I love so far) and they were finished!

I love that spring is now here and I can't wait for the warmer weather to arrive. We've had some pretty nasty storms recently but it's been really nice weather the past few days! I hope it stays like this for a while because I'm sick of the gloom!

Speak to you soon!

TheDarkeowl
xox

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Look Incredible March 2017

I've had my 3rd installment of Look Incredible and I have to say, I don't think I'm going to stop my subscription any time soon! So far I've found this to be a beauty box that works for me and I'm always happy with the products! Lets see what came in this months box...

Friday, 10 March 2017

Makeup Declutter/Collection | LIQUID LIPSTICKS

One thing I've been loving recently is watching makeup de-clutter posts. I absolutely LOVE seeing what people have in their collection, and watching the collection become more organised is so satisfying to see! Although I don't have on overly big collection, or as many as other bloggers, I feel I have enough products in the lipstick department to decide what I should keep and what doesn't get used anymore.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Product Empties #1

I've finally accumulated enough empty bottles and containers to warrant an empties post! (You have no idea how long I've had this rubbish sat on my desk...) There are a couple of products that I've been trying to get rid of for a while because it was getting old and honestly, I was just getting sick of using it!

Friday, 3 March 2017

February Favourites 2017

So the month of February is over now (I really hope this year doesn't pass too quickly...)! Which means it is time for the favourites of the month! I've bought a few different products this month that I've ended up using everyday, and some of my old favourites too!


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

NOTW 21: Pancake Nails!

It's Pancake Day! The time where everyone tries to make homemade pancakes and ends up buying pre made ones because they're sick of failure! (Well... that's what happens with us anyway!) I was so excited to try this design out and I think it's come out really well. This weeks Nails of the Week is inspired by pancakes! I wanted to create a design that looked like pancakes with syrup or chocolate on and I really like the result!

I used the water marbling effect to create the swirls and this was the first time I'd tried this technique and got it to actually work! It took a while to get everything right but overall I think it's great for a first attempt. The colours I used were Sally Hansen's 'Dune' (cream/nude) and Essie's 'Glamour Purse' (brown). I wanted to create a swirl pattern more than the normal pattern as I thought it would look more like syrup that has been poured on top. I love this design and I think I will be using this technique in the future now I know how to do it properly! I love the colours of the polish too; Dune is a pretty cream colour and Glamour Purse is a rich brown!


Do you make your own pancakes? What is your favourite topping?! Let me know!

Until next time...

TheDarkeowl
xox

Friday, 24 February 2017

NOTW 20: Tortilla Chip Day Nails!

As I said, I'm using weird and wonderful events to inspire my nails and I don't it comes wackier than this! Tortilla Day is today and I thought these would be a really fun design to try!

I let my nails grow out slightly and I cut them into a pointed tip, to imitate the triangular shape of the chips. I didn't have quite the right colour to paint my nails into realistic chip colour so I tried to make a more cartoony looking chip. I used Rimmel's 'Cute as a Kitten Heel' for the yellow, and for the little crispier brown parts I used Essie's 'Glamour Purse' and a very small dotting tool. I did add some highlights using Sally Hansen's 'Dune', but it didn't show very well because the base colour was too similar. I added some cheese to the ring finger to add a little more to the design and for this I used Sally Hansen's 'Man-Go Team!' and a large dotting tool.

Overall I'm really impressed with the design think it just looks like a fun abstract pattern!
Have you done any strange looking designs?

Until next time...

TheDarkeowl
xox

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Blog Inspiration and Motivation

I've been posting pretty much twice a week since I started my blog, which I know isn't as much as other bloggers, but for me and the amount of products I have, it's enough to keep the blog going. Recently though, I've been in a bit of a ditch and the motivation has just kinda faded away. There is no way that I would even think of stopping blogging at this point in time, even though my blog isn't a huge sensation and I don't make any money from it, it is something I really enjoy and I would much rather that, than stop because I wasn't a huge success.

I feel a lot of bloggers recently have been feeling the pressure, I've seen a lot of posts talking about the competition in the blogging world and how changes in websites and their systems are making it more difficult for up and coming bloggers to be noticed. Of course the successful bloggers are successful for a reason, but one of my favourite things to do, is find smaller bloggers that don't have thousands of followers and see if I like their content, because I know how satisfying and exciting it is to get a new follower when you don't have many. I've also seen posts stating that people are struggling to come up with new content, and it seems to be a common thing around this time of year, so maybe my problem is just what a lot of others are feeling too.

I have a couple of posts planned, but they're to do with events in the year so have to go up on specific dates. I usually have a backlog of post ideas that need writing or photos, so if I end up with a day that I don't know what to post, I can just look back to those and pick one out to finish it. But recently, I haven't had the motivation to finish them, or to create new ones. I think it's something that a lot of bloggers go through but I'm trying to find my way out of it and at the moment, it's not really working. I'm always looking for new inspiration and what other people are posting about, not to copy them outright, but to see what is popular.

I think soon I will need to give myself a good kick and try even harder to find some post ideas. I know it seems a bit strange, but I thought this post explaining my possible lack of posts would be better than nothing!


Is anyone else going through this? Or if you have gone through this, how did you combat it? Please let me know!


Until next time...


TheDarkeowl
xox

Friday, 17 February 2017

Freedom Makeup 'Far Away' Star Wars Lipstick Collection!

Ok, so I got SUPER excited about these when I found them the other day! I had heard of Freedom Makeup here and there but never really paid much attention. I was just looking to buy some other products I needed, when I came across this little lipstick collection. I initially liked the colours so picked it up to find what the shades were. Turns out they are all Star Wars related! After that I just had to get them and had to show them some love on here!