Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Hallowe'en Makeup - Geisha.

So, here's a costume idea I had. I bought this beautiful kimono jacket (below) in Topshop a couple years ago. It's real silk and surprisingly warm. One of the most beautiful things I own but rather difficult to style without being costumey - therefore, a perfect costume!  The makeup and hair are all that is needed to complete the look. For the hair I went with a loose topknot, more modern, less authentic and complex - inspired by the looks below. The makeup is simple and, again, inauthentic but approaching the original and recognisably mimicking it. 

The makeup needs little explanation but here's the step-by-step anyway!

1. Apply foundation as per. On top of this add a layer of white powder. I used an eyeshadow with some shine in it for a glittery, bright effect. 

2. Fill in the brows for a strong look and add a thick, graphic line along the top lid to make the eyelashes look thicker. 

3. Apply blush to the cheekbones in bright splashes - this look is all about contrasting white skin with swatches of colour.

4. Paint the lips red. I recommend using a lip brush to apply red lipstick in order to get a solid, bright effect.

5. Sweep pink eyeshadow from the corners of the eyes up to the end of the brow. You'll need several layers to build effect depending on the shade you have. 

And there you have it! The colours looked more striking in person but I think you can definitely see where I was going with it!

PS I don't know why I have so many more hallowe'en posts this year...everyone seems to be going crazier for it this year and I've been pulled into the madness!

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Loving: Royal shoots that leave me feeling flushed.

This November, you can pick up two different Vogues with royalty-themed shoots. Vogue Australia features a spread on Cara Delvingne, or Queen Cara, by Benny Horne. The idea of her sudden enthronement in the last few years as fashion royalty is taken in a literal direction but a wonderful one. Dolce kind of made us all go crazy for dressing like princesses again and I have to admit at my child-like giddiness. I love, love, love these shoots! The editorial in Vogue Japan is, understandably more haute, more experimental and so eerily beautiful with Nadja Bender being photographed by Camilla Akrans looking like a bored and listless princess. Each shot is like a work of art. And those interiors? DANG. Perv at the shots below.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Cosying up to Autumn.

I do love wrapping up for Autumn. The season is so beautiful both at home and in Dublin - at home it's all rolling hills sparkling with dew and frost and in Dublin it's nineteenth century housing sprinkled with a blanket of orange, red and yellow leaves. Nothing beats slipping on an awesome jumper to beat the beginnings of a chill in the air and being able to appreciate how crisp it is instead. Here's an example of great pieces for staying cosy and remaining chic this season.


Cosy by fitzpac featuring blue jeans

Thursday, 24 October 2013

The Prettiest Little Masquerade Mask You Ever Did See.

It may be apparent by now that I watch the CW's Beauty and The Beast. Like all CW shows, the styling on BatB is pretty on point but the below outfit from season one, in particular, was a real show-stopper. I give you another grown-up Hallowe'en option. The exact mask can be found at Harvey Nichols for just over fifteen pounds. I have other plans for my costume this year but otherwise I would be all over this. LOVE.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

A Mree bit of an obsession.

Yes, I'm a wee bit obsessed with this song, artist and video. The visuals and the music are just SO PRETTY. Ugh, on repeat, much?

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Vlog 2 - I answer questions.

Heeeeyyyy! So, I decided to try my hand a vlogging again. I'm still learning a lot so the vid leaves much to be desired but it's a start. And we've all gotta start somewhere, right? Today I answer two questions I got in my mail!

Friday, 11 October 2013

Hallowe'en for the Fashion Forward Adult via Topshop.

I noticed these gorgeous masks there the other day and, sure enough, there were enough pieces in store to build four hallowe'en costumes.

Although "costume" seems the wrong word. More like a themed outfit. 

If ya gots money to spare and a hankering to look cool this hallowe'en - this is what I recommend!

Topshop Hallowe'en IV

Topshop Hallowe'en III

Topshop Hallowe'en II

Topshop Hallowe'en