Friday, 30 October 2015

Edinburgh Adventures

Sunday was a long day coming,
For Jacks birthday present I thought it would be nice to take him to the land of the Scotts, I got so excited I ended up blurting it out to him well before I should have... I had got way to excited, sleeping the night before was impossible even thought we had to be up at 6.45! It was a jam packed day of shopping through Princes St., hikes up to the castle, strolls down the royal mile, Derby day blow outs, peaceful pandas and finally hard rock pig outs. But for this blog I just want to let the pictures tell stories.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Glamorous UnDead : Halloween Series

'Happy halloween everybody'
 (you have all got to know what line that movie is from, if not I suggest you go and reevaluate your amazing movie knowledge)
I have been thinking so much over what I should be for Halloween this year, it such a deep decision for me! Kind ironic, I hate horror movies more than anything (ANYTHING) but dressing up for Halloween and being able to scare the crap out of other, I love it.
Only 5 days till Halloween and I still haven't a slightest clue on what my final outfit shall be, I haven't had the time to order eye contacts and spooky realistic cuts and blood on my neck with work and uni it has just came from know where. However that isn't going to stop me going all out, my first idea is an idea I seen off Pinterest basically originally a Skeleton inspired look but I am taking a slight different turn and making it the 'the glamorous undead'

Lets face it, I'm pale as it is and fake tan isn't normally my thing. So my first step wasn't really a challenge, I'm trying to get my face white as I can without using white face paint it will give a better end result. I have the lightest foundation I own which ivory using that as my base and combining it with my primer to make sure it would last all night.
(my hands actually look giant in this, I have the worlds smallest hands.... okay back to stop being stupid)
Following on to the next step, I finally purchased a bronzer/ highlight set for a reasonable price seeing as I'm trying to cut back whist I am at uni so I started with my normal true matte by Rimmel and moving onto this Seventeen pallet only adding a slight bronzer to the cheek just so when I darken then with the black they stand out and add more depth to the look, mainly focusing on the highlight on the tops of the cheek bones and nose.

Another newish product, Colour Tattoo 24HR by Maybeline shade Creme De Nude which is quite a hard one to find I have been told. But its my newest eye primer base and it does the trick rather well if  I must say and was only £4.99 #steal.

Then of course my camera died on me so whist it was getting a bit of charge I moved on to the next step, using my Naked pallet (first edition) I began with slowly building up the dark black shade under my eyes.. as if I was to have bags under them, darker shades towards the eye and then fading out towards the tear ducks. Shading the nose is the harder part, as if you where drawing a 'U" go around the tip of your nose constantly blending it out towards the cheeks, also placing the black under around your nostrils. Finally for the black shading we are contouring the cheeks, however you would normally add bronzer your going to want to follow your natural bone to create that shadow illusion. Personally I placed the first section on with a flat brush to get a more pigmented effect and then blending out as I get further down the face. I went over these features a few time until I created my desired effect.
If your going for a more spooky look, leave it there? add more black? get creative you can be as crazy spooky as you want, its Halloween after all. But I'm gonna add a touch of glamour to this look... lips are up next, with a product I am embarrassed to show in focus because it is so old and dirty but its my limited edition MAC x LADY GAGA Viva Glam Gaga 2, which is beige shade perfect to blend into your face but still showing the world they exist!
Adding some final detail to the eyes I am going back to my Naked Pallet starting with our basic 'naked' shade to darken the base of the lid, which still has the prime I put on earlier its going to help it last longer and look bolder. Im only patting this on lightly on the lid before moving onto the crease, for which I am using the BEST shade ever 'Toasted' I normally use this on a regular basis so I am use to applying it into my crease, if you are new to eye shadow applying and how to add shading its something you learn over time, I'm no professional makeup artist but I have gotten to know how to use my blending brush on my outer crease to apply this shade, keep building this up to obtain a dark and mysterious look. I went higher up towards my eyebrows than usual to really help them stand out with the black shade under neither.

Finally finally we are going to add some liner and mascara, I have never done any crazy looks with my liner so for a first I'm gonna keep it simple with a double flick. Tattoo liner, has been a life saver since I bought it especially when it comes to looks like this the tip allows to to get bolder colour on more complex eye looks and I would recommend to beginners also. Also going to add some liner lines to my lips, really generic 'hi I'm a dead person' make up look, But I still think its effective for the lips to 'Pop'.

Wooohoo, apply some mascara and your ready to go scare the life out of you flatmates, friends, cat, dog, mum, dad, just scare people. Show your creative side! I love this look, Im highly considering this particular one for Saturday but today me and Jack are off to Edinburgh I might get more Halloween inspo and another blog post set up from there - who knows? Have a great week everybody! Let me know who you are being this Halloween. 
Ellie x

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

YSL: Style Is Eternal at The Bowes Museum

Today was an early morning for the Harkins Clan,
We all have a busy schedule and fitting in time for a nice day out is a hard thing to do, But this morning we all decided that we would push some time to go to the Yves Saint Laurent show at the Bowes museum. Not too far from where we live but still too far to travel by bus and be back home in time for work. I have always loved car journeys they remind me of the times when we would pack the car up early on a Friday morning, and drive away for a lovely weekend in the Lake District. By the time we had gotten half way I didn't want to turn back thinking of work that afternoon. The Bowes Museum is located next to Bernard Castle in County Durham its actually rather close to the Yorkshire Dales. When we pulled up to the Museum, it was as if we where pulling up to Downton Abbey with the pebbled pathway and majestic fountain, the stately home looming over the gardens below. It has a history worth hearing, a sad tale but without the Earl and his wife it wouldn't be here today. Today we are focusing on the fashion of YSL, a icon of the 60's with Laurent's colour blocking dressing being featured upon the icons of the age and also covering the front covers of fashion magazines around the globe. The room we entered was dark screen in front picturing catwalks through out the many years of the designers career, the screen was projected onto a black sheer fabric a like some of the other iconic pieces created by the designer, a display with in the exhibition talked more upon his interested of working with sheer fabric creating layers, vales and other fabrics. The whole room was masked in these sheer fabrics cascading from the ceiling, all printed with sketched and quotes from himself. After some time reading these we moved onto the first room which held the couture collections from over the years, I was mainly inspired by a highly embodied blazer (pictured somewhere below) hanging from the shoulders of the mauuquinne it showed how much time and effort must have gone through to perfect every stage of its creation step of this item. Here are some pictures from the first two rooms...

Im trying to blabber less in my posts and get more visual so I shall just briefly cover this next section, the final room had four glass long boxes which held museum owed fashion garments from throughout the ages, it had nothing to do with the YSL exhibition but was an interesting read over the history of fashion and was a nice little look over whist waiting for the crowds to move away from the various segments. Upon entering the room there was a video playing on a screen with an array of hats strutting out from the wall, as what my sister described them as Audrey Hepburn hats, and for once I had to agree with her. On a table in front of the screen was a paper doll set, bringing back many a memory for my Mother who loved playing with these when she was young, the set of course was a limited edition YSL one. I shall have to find a replica of one somewhere for her Christmas present seeing the joy on her face when she saw it made my day, however there was an interactive screen for where you could dress the dolls not touch the set the actual set which was well incased the glass. The screen which I mentioned before was playing over and over videos of Yves sketching drawings as the feature of this room was the designing process. This was followed in the next section, showing the process of creating the garments themselves, there was some beautifully amazing dresses places around the white room in the middle some 'half finished' garments, helping show the visitor how these where created, there was also three pieces of fabric upon a table, a step by step guide of how much effort went into creating the patterns on some of the items around us. I also liked the box of golden buttons. The final section was a dark unlit section featuring a film from which I am unsure of the name of, the section we had time to watch before I had to run off to work was a close friend of the designer who was talking about the way he would work / draw, like the video I had just watched at the beginning of the room, he talked with such depth about the late designer and how much he inspired him "he wouldn't take much time to draw, in fact when he was done I don't even think he would know what he created! yet it was iconic in each pencil line"
There we have it, Yves Saint Laurent was an inspirational designer to the historical fashion of the world! His passing is sad but his legacy lives on. If you have time I would go and visit this exhibition, I was inspired to write a piece on his work as a part of my University project and was happily exhausted when I got home from work.

Thanks for reading xo