Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Halloween make up ideas: Zombie-Vampire Snow White

It's about to get spooky! Halloween is this weekend and if you're still panicking about your costume or how to do your make for that Halloween party, I'm here to help. One of my all-time favourite Halloween costumes that I've worn was my adaptation of a Zombie-Vampire Snow White a few years ago.

Halloween is one of my favourite excuses to wear fancy dress, because I get to play on my natural paleness and it's the perfect excuse to contour like you've never contoured before! Go for that lovely Zombie look with chiselled cheekbones to envy Kate Moss and layer on the eye make up for dramatic, scene-stealing eyes. Fake blood optional, but strongly recommended!

You don't have to be a make up wizard to do spooky Halloween make up and here are some of my top tips and ideas.

Halloween Zombie Vampire Make Up Guide

  1. Invest in some face paint. This is the easiest way to create a blank canvas and give you that dull skin look. The key colours you want are white, grey and black. You can order face paint online or even find it a the supermarket!
  2. Skip the moisturiser. You want a matte surface to put on the face paint.
  3. Take a small sponge or a foundation brush and dip it in water, then work this into the white face paint. Apply this all over your face as you would foundation and let it dry. A dab of loose face powder will make this last all night.
  4. Take the grey face paint and a small brush or sponge and start contouring! Apply to the hollows of your cheek, either side of your nose, along your hairline and jaw. Then take it all around your eye socket. Unlike normal contouring, you're trying to make yourself look tired and haggard!
  5. Take the black face paint or a black eye shadow and draw a line under your check bones and around your lash line. This is where the blending starts! Take your foundation brush or sponge and gently blend the black line to create a hollowed out look.
  6. A bold red lipstick will add to the vampire look and really pop against your white face paint. I love Mac's Ruby Woo lipstick for this look.
  7. Finish your strong eye look with loads of mascara or go all out and add some doll-like fake lashes. Go for the false lash look with Benefit's They're Real! Mascara.
  8. The fake blood is really realistic now and nothing says Vampire like some blood dripping from your lips. And you're done!

What's your favourite Halloween make up look?


By Carina Sullivan

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

How To Lose Weight: The 7 Easy Ways I Lost 30lbs

This is an odd post to write, as it feels like I lost 30lbs accidentally. That's not to say I haven't worked bloody hard to lose the weight, it's just that I never set out to lose that much weight, or any weight really. But I have seen real results in just three months and as other people start to notice my weight loss I'm getting endless questions - How can I lose weight? What diet are you on? - I figured it was much easier to just write a blog post about how to lose weight and how I lost over 30lbs.

This healthy makeover started in the oh-so-stereotypical way of me wanting to look and feel my best for my wedding in May next year, but was also for my health and most importantly, for me. I've always had a very hourglass figure and it's ranged from a size 10/12 to a 16/18 since I was 14 years old to now (I'm 28 now, you nosy beggar). I'm not really one of those girls who's had an issue with her size, I have my wobbles, but I was generally happy with what I had and I always knew what worked for my body shape and what didn't. I'm also lucky to be 5ft10", which as everyone likes to tell me "you can carry off being size 16 because you're so tall".

I've tried healthy eating and diets now and then, but never really seen results. So when I was asked to review some detox shakes from Almased I thought why the hell not! I've never tried shakes before, but people's reviews were really good so I thought I'd give it a go. I lost 8lbs in two weeks and it really spurred me on to keep going. You can read my tried and tested review of Almased here.

So how did I lose the other 22lbs I hear you cry! Well I'll tell you. This isn't about before and after pictures, this is about changing your lifestyle and your relationship with food. Here are my seven easy ways to lose weight, from what keeps you motivated to diet ideas and what exercise will work for you.

I'd love to hear all about your weight loss experiences and if you try my guide above. As for me, I'm still going and want to lose another 15-20lbs. This should get me down to a size 12 which is where I feel my best. I'll update you all soon. Any diet questions? Just leave a comment on this post.


By Carina Sullivan

Thursday, 23 October 2014

My Autumn Style: Wax Jackets

Something has happened to me in my old age. I've gone all sensible! I never thought I'd see the day where I went out walking wearing sensible footwear and a waterproof coat (with a hood, no less!) but there you are. And do you know what? I bloody love my wax jacket from F&F. I got it last year as a Christmas present and it's become an autumn wardrobe staple, so much so that it got me thinking what other essentials items do I have in my autumn wardrobe? And thus a new blog series was born.

Introducing 'My Autumn Style' where I'll be bringing you ... well, you get the point. And what better place to start than the quintessentially British wax jacket. While I do wish I could upgrade to a classic Barbour for my next wax jacket, I'm definitely a convert to this preppy, practical style of outerwear.

This F&F version is a really rich navy blue and has a gorgeous and cosy checked lining, elbow patches and a very roomy hood. I can also confirm it really is waterproof - sadly rare with a lot of wax jackets on the high street, which is especially surprising as it's only £40.

Next week I'll be showing you my must have jeans for autumn, how I'm wearing them and where I buy all my denim!

What are your autumn essentials?


By Carina Sullivan

P.s. if you're wondering where the devil I am that is so darn pretty, it's Minadew Fields above the pretty Cornish coastal town of Kingsand.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Lily Collins Looks Incredible In Elie Saab On Love, Rosie Red Carpet

This red carpet look from Lily Collins is everything. I may go so far as to say this is my favourite red carpet look so far this year. And definitely my favourite red carpet look from the elfin Lily Collins. This ombre Elie Saab dress is just magnificent and Lily's short bob with vintage waves and no jewellery just makes this look pop even more. Just look at her smile, that's a girl who knows she's going to be on every best dressed list for a few weeks.

I just can't take my eyes off this gorgeous dress that Lily wore to the premiere of her new film Love, Rosie. The dainty belt, the square cut out neckline and back detail, the detailed train, the billowing chiffon, ... I could go on. Let's all take a minute to look at this dress again. You may want to grab a cup of tea...


By Carina Sullivan