Friday, 29 November 2013

HOW I CLEAN MY MAKE UP BRUSHES!

I just want to start of by saying how important it is to clean your make up brushes. Not only does cleaning your make up brushes regularly keep your brushes in a high quality condition, but clean brushes also help with a better application of make up and are better for your skin! Unclean brushes cause break outs, think of all your dead skin that is left on the brush after you use it!! Gross huh?

When I first really got into make-up a few years ago, I was obsessed with Blair Fowler aka JuicyStar07 and I came across her 'How I clean my make up brushes' video and I have pretty much used the same technique ever since. There are loads of different ways I just personally prefer this one! You can check out that video here

I would recommend cleaning your brushes once a week but really not everyone has the time to set aside half an hour every week! However I would make sure it is at least once a month to remain fresh faced! Obviously if you don't use your brushes often, these times won't apply to you, and also, these aren't specific rules, it is purely my opinion!


I am going to use my MAC 219 brush (my favourite brush ever) as an example! Starting out with it covered in black eye shadow from a night out a few days ago!




Step 1. The first thing you should do is place the bristles of the brush under lukewarm water. Almost every brush, regardless of brand, has a point in which the metal area meets the wooden area of the brush. If possible, you should try to avoid getting this area wet. This will cause your brushes to rot and will then require you to throw them away. Not what anyone wants, especially if you have paid a lot of money for it!




  


Step 2. Pour some baby shampoo on to a wet sponge. I have tried many different products instead of baby shampoo but always come back to it. It has no fragrance and has a soft consistency. Which I find works best for my brushes.


Step 3. Work your brush into the shampoo. For brushes such as blending brushes and pencil brushes, I use circular motions when cleaning them and for brushes such as flat shaders I use an up and down motion just so the brushes keep there shape. As you do this for about a minute you should notice that the brush is getting cleaner and that no product is transferring on to the sponge.

Step 4.  Once all the colour has came of the brush, run the brush under lukewarm water again, if the water from the brush then runs clear, your work is done and your brush will be clean!


So fresh and so clean!



Step 5. I then place all my brushes on toilet roll and leave them to dry over night!

So that is how I clean my brushes, if you try this method I'd love to hear how you find it!





Monday, 25 November 2013

KEEPING COSY: I LOVE HATS!!

Hey guys! So its exactly one month till Christmas: both Laura & I's favourite time of year!!
The only thing about it been one month till Santa comes, is that the cold weather is really starting to kick in, so when I was getting ready for work the other day I decided it was now time to get my favourite winter accessory out.. HATS! I have a wide range of ones so I thought I'd make a few funny faces wearing my favourite ones to share with you all.



This hat here is actually my mum's that I've stole, oops!
It is just a simple cream beanie with small pearl like balls dotted around the hat.
I love this specific hat as I feel that it is the type of accessory that could go with every kind of outfit due to the colours of it. 


This is a bowler hat I got from Urban Outfitters a few months ago for summer. Now every hat I am talking about keeps my head and ears so warm and toasty when Jack Frost is out but this one.. not so much: I just had to include it! A bowler hat, in my opinion can dress up any outfit and just give it that little something extra!



THIS IS WITHOUT A DOUBT MY FAVOURITE HAT. I got this beauty, this time last year from River Island (However you can find them everywhere this year, including Primark). And it is a Christmas Pudding hat! Every time I wear this hat I get so many compliments on how amazing it is, everyone loves it! It just makes me feel so festive!


Channeling my inner Miley Cyrus here clearly! This is just a casual neon pink beanie. These types of beanies where extremely popular in the summer but I still love mines. I would normally wear this with a monochrome outfit and boots, or with jeans and a plain top and some converse. Just to make my outfit that little bit more exciting.  


This hat is the newest one to my collect. A reindeer! Now I don't quite know how I feel about it. I don't know if it is maybe to much, with the ears and the bright red nose. But I do really love it so currently I'm trying to work with it! It is from River Island, for £13 and you can pick one up here:  Let you know what you guys think about it!

So that is my favourite hats! Like I said all barr the bowler hat, they all keep me cosy and warm at this time of year. And every single hat adds something different to my outfits. Especially the Christmas themed ones, they make everyone feel festive!

Hope you are all keeping warm at this freezing time of the year! Let us know what your favourite accessories are!



Monday, 18 November 2013

Edinburgh Trip to see The Maine!

Long time, no blog!

I thought I'd do a little post on going to Edinburgh to see my favourite band The Maine, who we're playing in the Liquid Rooms on Tuesday the 12th of November! Apologies for the fangirling!!

After months and months of waiting it was finally concert day!!

I left work early after asking for a half day and drove through to my Nana's house to pick up my little cousin who was coming along with me. I got in, quickly changed and then headed to the train station where we arrived with 3 minutes to spare!

After the hour(ish) long train ride we got to Edinburgh around half 4, the station was busy and we had no clue where to go so headed out to the street and just began walking! Haha! We ended up putting Google maps to good use and followed that all the way to our hotel!

We didn't have too long until the show, so we went out and grabbed some pizza and took it back to the hotel so we could start getting ready! We may or may not have demolished a large pizza each... Oops!!

Finally it was time to leave... But not before a quick selfie!

 

 
We got to the venue just after doors so we were only waiting a couple of minutes before we got it - as we got into the room the support act Fort Hope were playing. They were really good!
The next band to play were We Are The Ocean who were also super good! E grabbed a vodka and put our jackets in the cloakroom and found 2 seats on a couch right next to the stage! Bingo!! We sat and watched until it was time for The Maine!!
We saw them get ready to go on stage which was amazing! The view we had was insane!

 

It's the greatest feeling ever, seeing your favourite band and singing along with a bunch of strangers! I made eye contact a lot with the guitarist Kennedy which was really cool!

The girl who was standing right next to me even got to go on stage and sing with the band! Really cool! A bit gutted I didn't get my hand up quicker so I could have gone up! But hey ho!! The girl did amazing! The show was amazing as usual and The Maine didn't disappoint!

The venue had a super strict curfew so the show was pretty rushed, but still amazing nonetheless!! And after the last song Kennedy handed me one of his guitar picks!

We grabbed our stuff from the cloakroom and headed outside where a bunch of people were crowded round the bus where Pat the drummer couldn't unlock the bus door after some fans trying to help, the merch guy Peter came to the rescue and unlocked it!

Pat was so so lovely and insisted on taking the selfies himself and he took seven haha!

 

Then there wasn't a big crowd around the guitarist Jared who is seriously one of the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of talking to and his guitar skills are insane!

 

 
Then it was time to meet my favourite person ever. Mr John O'Callaghan. The first time I met him back in 2012 he complimented my hat, and that night was no different from this time - we both had similar hats on again. After waiting for a few minutes and dodging being in the back if people's selfies with John, it was finally my turn. I walked up to him and the first thing he said to me was "HEY! Nice hat!" Haha! I responded with "Hey!! You too!!" He then asked if we could swap hats... And seriously as if I would say no?! He popped his hat on my head, and put mine on his, then bent down a little and asked if it was ok... I tilted it back for him. Haha! I was freaking out on the inside!! What a fan girl! We took a few selfies and he then apologised saying his hat was smelly and motioned for me to smell it as he smelled my hat - what a weirdo! He also said he hadn't washed his hair in a while! Haha!
 
 
 
I have been wanting a specific tattoo for the longest time of a lyric from The Maine's song Take Me Dancing which is my favourite song ever and can always cheer me up! So whilst talking with John, I asked him to handwrite the lyrics for me so they were that bit more special. He agreed which was so sweet of him!!
 
 
We then got to have a quick chat with Garrett the bassist who was lovely! I told him how good they were and he was so greatful! Which was adorable!
 
 

Sadly we didn't get the chance to speak with Kennedy as it was getting late and we still had to find our way back to our hotel! Luckily on our walk back we bumped into two girls that we had spoke with after the show, who were luckily staying in the same hotel and knew the way back! And just like that we were back in our room and the night was over!

 

I hope you have enjoyed my little fan girl post about my night!

 

If you haven't already, check out The Maine on iTunes and YouTube! Seriously you won't regret it!

 

Speak to you soon!

 

 

 

Friday, 1 November 2013

What's in our bag?!

Hello!

Today we thought we would give you a little insight to what we keep in our bag & I'm pretty sure you can see how much junk I keep in my bag (Laura)!

We were exchanging birthday presents last week at Gemma's and somehow stumbled onto eBay... Uh oh!! We fell in love with a bag and couldn't decide which one we liked so Gemma got a black and white Celine inspired bag and I got the nude version and we both loved the bags we got so have decided we can borrow each other's if we ever need to!

Let's start off with Gemma's bag!

 

 

Next is Laura's

 

 

 

 

So there is a total opposite of what we keep in our bags... Gemma keeps it minimal whereas Laura carries everything but the kitchen sink! Hehe! One thing we do have in common is our key ring people hanging from our car keys - Gemma has a Lego woody & I have a Harry Styles one... Yes really!

Also can I just say how much we are obsessing over EOS lipbalms?! Uh-Maz-Ing!!

If you like our bags you can find them on ebay here

 

Hope you enjoyed a little insight to our lives through our bags! Hehe!