FIRST IMPRESSIONS | Spooky Eyes Contact Lenses ‘Dream Eyes’

A few weeks ago I received quite a curious product, something I hadn’t ever dared tried as I’m the most squeamish of people and the thought of putting my finger in my eye was unfathomable. But we all need to take these risks, and with many like me out there I thought I would take ‘one for the team’ and try out my little surprise. ‘Spooky Eyes‘ contact lenses*.

The box they came in opens up with instructions inside to get you on the right lines for inserting them, short and simple, but its one of those things you just have to grit your teeth and get on with. You ensure it isn’t inside out (needs to be bowl shaped), and place it on the end on your index finger, still wet from the solution their kept in.

It took many attempts going solo, *finger goes towards eye, eye closes*, I had to entail the help of my trusty boyfriend to keep my lid from shutting whilst in slow motion I can see this purple lens coming towards my eye. But, I DID IT! And although my eye pissed water for about 2 minutes straight afterwards (believe the instructions ‘apply before makeup’) it was surprisingly comfortable! My vision wasn’t affected at all, and if you ask me, it looks pretty cool. 

I chose the Soft Violet lenses as i thought they would suit my pale skin quite well, and I was right. I was really pleased with how they look when in! 

When it came to getting them out, it’s certainly less of a task than putting them in. You simply pinch it between your thumb and index finger and it pops out. (this only took 1 or two attempts!) And you’ve got used to touching your eye by now, so its no bother.

Overall, this was a completely new experience for me but it wasn’t a negative one. They didn’t irritate my eye at all but were comfortable to wear although you are advised not to wear them over long periods of time, and certainly not to sleep in them!

These would be SO perfect for halloween, or fancy dress of any kind. If only I knew about these back in NYE when i dressed as a sugar skull, these would of been a perfect finishing touch. Spooky Eyes provides Free Shipping on orders, and I’ve got my eyes on the ‘Cat Lenses’ which will make a great addition to any ‘Cat Woman’ costume!

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HAIR | braids / plaits

My summer obsession; teaching myself how to be a braiding pro. I’ve always been rubbish at braiding/plaiting. Its fiddly, its needs hand-eye coordination, and i have always had layered hair so they wouldn’t be tight and neat like a disney princess.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve started trying my hand at plaiting again. It started on holiday, when the sticky florida heat just became too much for my thick hair, so i tried my hand at a cheeky french plait on my fringe. That then progressed slowly into a side french ponytail which i had almost perfected upon my arrival back in the UK.

I’ve now attempted a dutch crown braid (as seen on beyonce) and the sought after fishtail…

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its all very exciting and i cant wait to perfect them!

xo

OOTD | A Day At The Races

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A few weeks ago at work, I received what felt like the most exciting email in the whole entire world. I had been selected as the only person in my county to attend a ‘Day at the Races’ in Bath as recognition for my hard work in the first quarter of the year. With the initial excitement of a swanky day in a private viewing box, champagne toasts and a 4 course meal… my next thought was ‘what on earth do I wear?!’.

So this is what I settled on, a beautiful knee length dress from Dorothy Perkins (which i will most definitely be taking with me on holiday…!), some Nude Patent heels from New Look, and a beautiful Black Feather Fascinator that my lovely friend Becky let me borrow for the occasion.

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I had such a lovely day, however it still makes me so nervous going into events like this knowing no one at all and having to mingle!

What would you wear for ‘A Day At The Races’? Would you like a Make-up beauty post showing my makeup on the day?

XO

HOW TO |Quick Makeup Brush Cleanse

Before I became an avid beauty researcher, cleaning my makeup brushes was a long-winded and gruelling task that i would put off. I never knew how to do a quick cleanse, i would fill the sink, massage the bristles with hand soap and then leave in the airing cupboard to dry. Silly, silly Sarah. I always wondered why my bristles malted and the lifespan of my brushes was far from satisfying. But trial and error taught me well (and youtube of course). I now have a routine that works well for me to quickly cleanse my brushes, and a deep clean is done around every 2-3 weeks.

See below for a quick and easy pictorial on how I quickly clean my brushes!

You Will Need:

– Dirty Brushes

– Baby Wipes (dried out, or kitchen roll)

– Brush Cleanser

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Put cleanser on the wipe, swirl your brush around until all product comes out, leave to dry and viola! Clean brushes a go-go!

XO

No makeup days

There’s nothing I love more than spending my weekends or days off without a single bit of makeup on, which for a beauty blogger is a bit odd I’m sure. I’ve become so happy and confident within my skin in the last couple of years that I can go wherever and see whoever without a worry, I’ve learnt to love my skin with and without it’s camouflage which is something I never thought I would achieve. Saying that, I do like it when you take a quick selfie and the light camouflages everything for you hehe!

How do you feel about no makeup days? Love them and go out or embrace them in the comfort of your own home? What do you prefer?

xo

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Spring fling

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I love spring, although I do hate the difficulty in dressing appropriately for the weather; Do I wear a coat? Will a cardigan suffice?

I was lucky enough to spend the glorious day yesterday horse riding with a close friend of mine (including a stop off in the pub). After wards she asked me to take some pictures of her mums beautiful (and very precisely maintained) garden as a surprise anniversary gift.

The beautiful colours have inspired some make up looks to come. I love that spring means colour, something I can’t wait to get perfected before my trip to NYC next month. Everyone wants to look cool in New York, right?

What’s your favourite way to reintroduce colour into your make-up after a pale plum toned winter palette?

xo