Wednesday, 20 August 2014

• Girly Lunch Date Get Ready With Me // Face of the Day •

A simple bronzed, smokey eye, and a very light base; 
a day-time look for a girly lunch date in Cambridge.

I met up with my friend from university and we went for some lunch-time sushi (I was getting ready for sushi in my last 'Get ready with me post'.... I really like sushi). I went for a bronzed eye, simple base and pale pink lip. Lately I've been getting more sleep so I'm enjoying skipping on the concealer as I still haven't found the perfect one that doesn't crease under my eyes or oxidise - if you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments! I've also been embracing the paleness and the freckles and have been opting for a lighter base - I feel like I can get away with this in summer, even if I am the colour of a sheet. I've therefore been lightly bronzing up and you can see in the photos that the bronzer is so subtle and almost un-noticeable. The night before, I plaited my hair after washing, and I really love the soft curls/waves this gives my hair the day after. I hate faffing with my hair, much preferring to spend more time on my make up, so this style is effortlessly perfect for me!



I started off by dotting the foundation onto my moisturised skin and buffing it in with a buffing brush. I then went straight onto lightly contouring, using a light hand with a contour brush and my favourite bronzer, very gently sweeping the colour onto my cheekbones and around my hairline. I moved straight onto brows (one of my favourite parts) and filled them in with my brow pencil. I have a few gaps and a scar on my right eyebrow so I mostly used the pencil there. Using a cream eyeshadow, I blended it onto my eyelid, crease and underneath the eye. Then I tight lined my upper eye using black gel liner as this is my favourite way to tight line. I grabbed my eyelash curlers, gave them a few squeezes, and applied my mascara (just look at the difference this makes! Amazing). Highlighter was next up, so I used a silvery-pearly shade and dusted this on with a really soft brush onto the highest points of my cheeks. Lastly, I used an almost nude-pink lipstick and pushed this onto my lips to complete the look.

I used:

I hope you liked this post! I'm planning a dramatic Face of the Day
for my next 'Get ready with me' style post. I'm thinking
lots of lashes and a bold lip! What do you think
of this sort of format? I'd really appreciate
some feedback! :)
Daniela xo
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Sunday, 17 August 2014

• My life through a lens #2 •

1. House sitting for my friend's lovely dog, Marley |
2. #tbt Summer 2012, Barcelona with my best friend |
3. my new toy! Canon 600D |
4. a lazy Sunday morning with fruit, yoghurt, OJ & The Fault in Our Stars.

5. a cheeky costa date for one |
7. another lazy Sunday morning, this time with porridge and bloglovin |
8. a brown-lipped selfie.

9. my little baby  |
10. less about the face; more about the brows |
11. the book target I'm setting myself, before term starts in September |
12. pretty Summer flowers.

13. some naughty boots purchases |
14. designing posters for my classroom |
15. a very exciting Sephora haul! |
16. ombre hair, for a change.

A peek into what I've been instagramming lately 
over on danielascribbs :)
Daniela xo
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Friday, 15 August 2014

• August Birchbox #5 // review •

Every brand in this month's box is new to me which 
is very exciting, and I was pleasantly surprised
 to find a Nude product in there.

I feel like Birchbox have done really well this month to choose products that fit with the theme 'Away We Go'. I'm over the moon with what I received as I've heard great things about some of the brands, particularly Nude and Wild About Beauty. I think there's a good mix of face products, skincare and haircare, and I'm so relieved that I didn't receive another nail polish as I literally have no room left in my nail polish drawer, and I'm quite particular to colours and finishes so would prefer to choose them myself! Birchbox tried something a little different this month and popped in a chapter of a book as a 'lifestyle extra' which is cool, as I could probably do without something such as a keyring... (ahem). If you wanted to see what I received in previous Birchbox's, you can click here


I'm so chuffed with this little product. I tried it for the first time last night, so have only tried it once, but I'm already really impressed. My skincare routine was missing a facial oil and I was in the process of researching which ones would be best for my skin, and I think this one is a serious possibility. It is expensive at £58, but I literally used two drops last night which was plenty for massaging into my face and down my neck, so I could see it lasting such a long time. I do need to keep trialling my sample before I dive into the full size, but for now, I'm really enjoying it. I'll probably pop a review up on here after I've been using it for a good amount of time.


I recently had my hair ombre'd (is that a word?) so I've been trying harder than usual to keep my hair in good condition. Any type of de-tangling, strengthening product is a winner in my eyes as I can't do enough to help condition my hair. This product is pretty standard; it does the job, it smells nice, it makes it easier to brush my hair with my tangle teezer. To be honest I own so many detangling sprays and they all work the same, so I was pleased to receive this product, but I probably have enough sprays to last me a few years! Still, another one doesn't hurt. PS. It's sulphate-free and paraben-free - it's always a bonus when brands make an effort to make their products as natural as possible.


I'll be honest, I haven't actually used this product yet, but I have swatched it on my hand to give me an idea of texture, coverage and colour. It has minimal coverage so I would probably use it as a primer as apposed to a base, but that's okay with me. The colour is a teeny bit dark for me, but I don't mind as it blends out very easily and is really sheer. It has SPF 35 PA+++ which is incredible as I've really been conscious of wearing sunscreen lately so this product will make that a lot easier and quicker. I randomly received two 3ml samples (??) so I'm not sure whether that was a mistake or not - if you received two, let me know! For £32, I'm not sure I'm sold on purchasing the full size, as there are better primers and CC creams in Boots or Superdrug in my opinion.


Now this product really intrigues me. It's an exfoliating cleanser but from the reviews I've read, it's not drying - perhaps this is due to the aloe vera and coconut packed into the product. I've heard of exfoliating toners but not cleansers, and I'm really looking forward to using it. I think it'll work wonders on my scars and dark patches around my chin and tops of my cheeks, and I'll certainly be reporting back with my views on it after I've used it for a few weeks.

This product definitely excited me the most! The shade of creme eyeshadow is absolutely stunning and I couldn't be happier with it. I'm a sucker for cream products and I love trying out new brands, textures and finishes, so this item was a bit hit for me! It goes on super smooth, super creamy and is so pigmented. I love the gold sheen and it can be used as a base for powder shadows or you could just wear it on it's own. It doesn't crease, it doesn't fade and it doesn't go patchy. I really love this product and I'll definitely be looking into the other shades in the range.

Receiving a book as a lifestyle extra is really sweet and a nice way to find something new to read. Although I'm not into the romance genre, I like the idea of sampling the first chapter of a book.
Lastly, a very quick mention about the clear plastic travel bag. Again, going with the 'Away we go' holiday theme, this handy little piece of kit is perfect for hand luggage as it's clear and tiny, so can hold little bottles of toiletries whilst on flight. I love that Birchbox have even thought to do this and it's such a cute little bag! I'll definitely be getting some use out of it.

I'm really happy with these products and I'm excited to try all of the new brands. I know that some people would prefer to just receive brands that they've heard of or have read reviews of, but for me, finding a new brand in my monthly subscription box is what it's all about. I'll be testing these products out and writing reviews as soon as I've had a chance to properly test them all!

What do you think of this month's Birchbox?
Did you receive the same product as me?
Daniela xo
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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

• Beauty chat with make up artist; Katie Moore •

I'm very privileged to be friends with a real make-up artist: Katie Moore has studied Make-up Artistry at the University of Salford; she 
was flown out to Tokyo to complete her diploma in 
Japanese make up; and she has lots of product 
recommendations to share with us.


So of course, when I had the idea to interview her, I messaged her right away. I've always been interested in make up artistry and I thought who better to interview than Katie?! She clearly knows her stuff and I mean, just look at her - she's stunning. I hope you enjoy this informative yet laid back chat about all things beauty.

Daniela: Let's start off with what are the most used products in your kit?

Katie: I'm going to give away a secret here, my absolute favourite product that I use on almost all of my clients is a pressed pigment by Illamasqua called 'Slink'. This eyeshadow is around £15 and I use it as a highlighter. I used to swear by cream highlighters to achieve that real dewy glow but this product is by far my favourite alternative. In terms of foundation my most used is probably Face and Body by MAC, which gives a sheer coverage. Generally I love light, flawless bases and prefer to start with just a little product and build it up or mix where necessary.

D: Amazing tip, I love using products for multiple purposes! Do you generally tend to use higher end make up on your clients then?

K: The majority of my kit consists of high end brands, but don't get me wrong I love a bargain! There are several high street brands which are closely comparable to their luxury competitors, such as Sleek, available in Superdrug, which offers lipsticks that are (in my opinion!) almost identical to Illamasqua's in terms of texture, pigment and longevity. However, I see my kit as an investment and know that my clients expect the best, so I'd never compromise on quality purely for a more attractive price tag!
D: I love Sleek, too! I have a lipstick in 'Barely There' which I've been reaching for loads lately. Since we're talking about drugstore, what are your top 5 favourite high street brands, products and shades?

K: They're amazing for the price! Sleek's lipstick in 'Coral Reef' is my personal favourite. I've decanted all of mine into palettes for ease of use when I'm working, and if they weren't labelled I genuinely wouldn't be able to tell Sleek from the luxury brands! Another product I love is Topshop's powder highlighter in Crescent Moon which is very similar to MAC's Soft and Gentle. As you can tell I'm constantly comparing to ensure that all of my products are of the same standard! Barry M lip liners are really great too, of course the colour range isn't as varied as a lot of other brands but for a cheaper alternative I'd definitely recommend them. I'm going to have to say Sleek again! Their powder eyeshadows are incredible value and, again, so pigmented. Palettes are less than a tenner and there are plenty of colour options; the only downside is that you can't choose individual pans so often double up on similar shades. Top of my hughstreet list and a personal love of mine is Maxfactor 2000 Calorie mascara, which I've used myself for around 8 years. I've tried MAC, Illamasqua, Benefit, Bobbi Brown (the list goes on...) and have never found one that works for me quite like Maxfactor does!

D: Have you tried the Maxfactor Masterpiece mascara? I used to use it in my teens and I really recommend it! What are your top 5 favourite high end brands and products?

K: To be honest I never properly explored Maxfactor but now I feel the need! I'll definitely give that a try. Another brand that I love is Lime Crime, which isn't as readily available in the UK as I'd like it to be, but their Velvetines are literally amazing. I love Suedeberry which is a bright, deep orange and it stays put for longer than any lip product I've ever tried. Lots of other brands are now bringing out matte liquid lipsticks after Lime Crime's success and I look forward to testing those out, too. Smashbox Photo Finish primer is a must have for anyone with large pores or those needed to smooth their skin before foundation. It's really long-lasting and one of the best primers I've used. I also love Illamasqua's fine pencil in Peace. In my experience it's difficult to find drugstore brow pencils that don't have that orangey undertone, but this one is a true ashy brown that can be applied lightly or with pressure to match a range of hair colours. A recent find that's become one of my essentials is Inglot HD Illuminizing Loose Powder. It's perfect for those with oily and combination skin who need to set their make up but want to maintain the dewiness, as it works like a normal powder but is ever so slightly shimmery and so never appears too matte or cake. Now for my all time favourite dream of a product: Georgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation. This is actually heaven in a bottle, and for around £40, quite right too! The coverage is medium yet buildable, the finish is on par with airbrush make up and it's just a wonderful product to use. For me this is a prime example of 'you get what you pay for'.

D: I've heard incredible things about the Armani Luminous Silk foundation, the L'Oreal True Match is meant to be a dupe - I've got that and I love it! Have you found any dupes along the way?

K: Oh dupes are the best! Along with the Sleek/Illamasqua lipsticks, Sleek also do a cream pigment called Molten Metals, whereas Illamasqua have their Liquid Metals and the two are almost identical. I'm beginning to think these brands are linked in fact!
D: I love dupes, I'm a bit of a bargain hunter! Ok down to the nitty gritty...your pet peeves when it comes to make up? For me, it's awful brows - it sounds terrible, but it really annoys me!

K: Ah you've taken my main one! I'm awful for scrutinising brows and I LOVE correcting them. Most of us over-plucked in our younger days and some (mind included) never fully recovered! Overly thin or heavily drawn on brows can be detrimental to a make up look so it's important to keep them on point. Also false lashes that are too wide for the eye and hang off the outer corner making eyes appear droopy. It's such a simple mistake that can easily be rectified by measuring the falsies on the lid before application and cutting to size.

D: I'll need you to correct mine, please! I have gaps and scars and all sorts going on. Are there any tips you'd give to people just starting off with make up? And what would you recommend to people product-wise to start off their make up collection?

K: I love your brows, they're so beautifully full! I'd say the most important thing is to know your face. Know your features, know your skin and learn what suits you. Experimentation is key, try all the products you can get your hands on! Skincare and foundation are the basic essentials, as once you've perfected these your base will always look flawless. I think even as a beginner it's important to be adventurous with products like lipstick and eyeshadow, as it's easy to get stuck in your comfort zone, so invest in a few and explore your options.

D: Aw, thank you beaut! And that's such great advice. It's definitely important to know your skin - for years I was using products for oily skin, when actually I have combination skin - not good! What about brushes, which ones would you recommend? The age old debate: do you believe in investing in great tools or is it more about the products?

K: I did exactly the same! Understanding your skin type will allow you to select suitable products a lot more easily and will determine how flawless your finish is too. If you're unsure you can visit any quality counter and they should be able to give you some helpful tips. Ahh, now I am a firm believer of quality tools creating quality results. Substandard brushes are like using a blunt knife to cut your vegetables; you'll get the job done but with a lot more effort and the outcome may not be the greatest! Of course the right products are crucial as well, but decent brushes make my job an awful lot easier! I would recommend MAC very highly, as their range is vast and will last you for years if cared for correctly. Illamasqua's are great, too - they're all synthetic hair which is becoming very popular, however I often find that real hair brushes pick up product easier so it's worth exploring different ranges.

D: I love the comparison with the vegetable knife! I agree with you, I only really use Real Techniques brushes - amazing quality and they don't break the bank. So in your opinion, when it comes to make up trends, do you tend to follow them? I know that orange lips, big brows and hair chalk are in at the moment, so would you use these trends when working on your clients?

K: Real Techniques are great, the only problem for me is that the handles are too thick to fit in my brush belt! I actually tweeted Sam Chapman about it but it didn't seem as if this was likely to change! They're perfect for standing up on your dressing table, though. In the industry I'm in I have to be up to date with the trends. For shoots I usually have a brief to follow and although I often have creative input, the looks are regularly tailored to fit what's popular as that's what gets published. Saying that, I also love to stray away from the norm when possible and just go wild with whatever fits the concept I'm working with. Overall it's important to be 'in the know' but also to break the rules and be adventurous with colours and products.

D: Great advice - I think trends can sometimes be taken too literally, when they should also just be used as inspiration. So what made you want to go into the make up industry?

K: Definitely! It would be boring if everyone stuck with the same look - trying things is how new trends are born. Well from a young age I have worn make up (looking back, perhaps too young!) and it has always fascinated me in its ability to enhance and beautify a face. I did a lot of research into the industry - I used to think it was more of a hobby then a career but I couldn't have been more wrong! As soon as I realised the opportunities that exist for MUA's I knew it was for me. That cliche saying 'find a job and you'll never work a day in your life' has become so relevant, and I feel blessed to have found a profession that is so rewarding.

D: I also wore make up from a young age, too; I've always loved it! What sort of opportunities have you been involved in?

K: Girls seem to be growing up a lot faster these days, I've been getting booked for secondary school proms! I've been able to work alongside some very influential industry professionals which has been so inspiring for me. An amazing team creates the best results so I'm really thankful for those opportunities. I was also lucky enough to receive a funded trip to Tokyo in order to complete a diploma in Japanese make up which was such an incredible experience. The course itself was extremely eye opening and I learnt many valuable skills.
Left - model: Nicky Dixon, make up: Katie Moore, hair: Kevin Luchman & Jessica Doolin, stylist: Steve Doan, photographer: Danny Baldwin
Right - model: Nic Richardson, make up: Katie Moore, photographer: Lauren Danks

D: Wow that sounds incredible, what a wonderful opportunity! So did you study make up artistry straight after you did your A levels? Can you tell me a bit about your journey, as such, and any advice you'd give to people wanting to enter the MUA career path?

K: Indeed, I'm so thankful! Well to be honest initially I wasn't aware you could study make up (I still get funny looks when I tell people I have a degree in it!). Originally I applied to do criminology but as soon as I found out you could study to be an MUA I rejected my offers, took a gap year and reapplied to study my real passion - best decision ever! In those three years of study I have learnt a ridiculous amount not only about make up application, but also the industry itself and becoming self-employed. That knowledge has been invaluable. My advice to aspiring make up artists would be to gain the knowledge necessary and throw yourself straight in. Accept all shoots your offered and never decline a job because of nerves or lack of confidence. In my experience this was the only way to truly overcome any apprehensions and reach the level you need to be at. Once you're more established you can be selective with work and really start to be build an impressive portfolio.

D: That's excellent advice. I think it's important to have a great work ethic, and it's clear that you really do! What would you consider the best and worst bit about your job?

K: Thank you so much, I strongly believe that you get out what you put in - you're the only one who can make yourself a success. Oh wow thats the hardest question, I love so many elements it's almost impossible to choose! I suppose the worst part is having to chase up invoices, I work with different clients all the time and so it's difficult to keep on top of those who aren't as organised! One of my best parts is having my work published, I think that will always be one of the most rewarding feelings. I haven't quite made it to Vogue yet but who knows, maybe one day! The moment when a model steps out on stage after a mad rush behind the scenes - that's another favourite. A mixture of pride, excitement... relief! I love that, too.

D: Lastly (and just so I can basically copy you...), which make up look would you be seen wearing on a night out? Would this differ from your every day make up?

K: On an evening out I tend to choose my make up colours and then my outfit, which is why I usually end up wearing black! The rule about opting for either eyes or lips to focus on goes out of the window for me, as it's my platform to be much more daring with colour than I would be in the day. My daytime look usually consists of a soft brown smokey eye as it complements most lip colours which I vary from day to day. I love to let my skin breath on my days off but only because it means I don't have to spend so much time cleansing, toning and moisturising!

I really hope you enjoyed this interview. It's probably the most excited I've ever been about a blog post - I absolutely love writing reviews, sharing my tips and showing you my hauls, but to have a real make-up artist here on my blog means so much to me. If you'd like to follow Katie on Twitter, you can do so here, and the link to her website is www.katiemooremua.co.uk (I really recommend heading over to her 'Portfolio' page - that girl is talented!)

Let me know what you think of this post & if you'd like to
 see Katie back here for another interview! I, for one,
am so intrigued about make-up artistry and 
I could spend hours chatting about it!
Daniela xo
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Sunday, 10 August 2014

• Sephora Canada beauty haul •

So I'm freaking out a little bit that I've finally got a Tarte blush...

If you feel my pain that Tarte aren't really accessible in the UK, you'll understand my joy (you can buy Tarte from QVC but their range is limited and massively overpriced in comparison to Sephora in other countries). So when my boyfriend's sister bought me back a little bag of goodies from her Canada trip, I was so incredibly excited to find these three beauts in there.

I have had a little play with the products but I haven't tested them out long enough to give a full review, but when I've tried them out for a little longer I will definitely be writing about my thoughts on them - spoiler alert, it will be a very positive post.







Have you tried any of these products out?
I'd love to know what you think of them!
I'll be writing reviews for each product over the next few weeks.
Daniela xo
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Friday, 8 August 2014

• Summer Date Night Get Ready With Me // Face of the Day •


A quick, simple look, perfect for an evening of
 sushi eating and green tea drinking.

I went on an impromptu date night the other night and had a bit of time to do my make up. I went for a little winged liner and pink lips, and tried out a few bits that I've picked up recently; the L'Oreal Eau de Teint which is amazing (I reviewed it here) and the L'Oreal L'Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in 201 'Rose Symphony' which survived an evening of talking, drinking and eating, and did not smudge once! Cue the naked face -








I always start with my base and I dotted the foundation onto my skin, then blended it in using a buffing brush. I bronzed my face up, skipping the contour, by placing it on my cheekbones, around my hairline and over the bridge of my nose. Then I highlighted using a cream highlighter and my ring finger, blending it on top of my cheekbones, the tip bridge and tip of my nose, and cupids bow. A girl's gotta have her brows! So I filled them in lightly using a dark eyebrow pencil - I always start by filling in the gaps then shaping the front of them. I went for a champagne cream eyeshadow as a base to lighten up the eyes and give a little sheen, then use a champagne colour on top to intensify it. I also popped this into the inner corners of my eyes to brighten them up, too. To further brighten up my eyes, concealing under my eyes was next, using a liquid and medium/full coverage concealer. I then used a realllllly thin eyeliner to create a teeny tiny wing on my eyes and applied one layer of mascara (with a funky wand) after curling my eyelashes with an eyelash curler. Lip scrub was then used to scrub away any dead skin and create a smooth canvas for my lipstick, which was a really pigmented pink liquid lipstick.

I used:

Have you picked up any of these products lately?
What do you think of the format of this post?
It's quite new to me, I would so love some feedback :)
Daniela xo
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