Sorry its been a while, there's been lots going on! I'll be posting even more exciting things soon!
So the other day I was in my usual shopping street (e.g Heathrow Terminal 5 lol!) when I was walking by Kurt Geiger and saw their new shoe display
Ooooo so pretty!
I had a little wander in, and some of the shoes I saw I LOVED
I did not however, love the price, the blue stud flats above will set you back £95.00!!!
So I had a little think, and I thought it would be cool to try and jazz up some of my old shoes, inspired by these beautiful designs.
I went on ebay, and ordered some sheets of crystal rhinestones, you can get them in any colour and size, but I just stuck to clear for this little experiment
I also ordered some gold and silver spikes, which were so cheap, around £7.00 for 50 pieces you'll find loads of different sizes and styles on ebay
The first shoes I gave a makeover to were my £6 nude flats from Matalan, I got some extra hold super glue, cut off the bows, and applied the gold spikes in a kind of large triangle then added a few at the back of the shoe:
Pretty cool eh?
I also tried the rhinestones on an old pair of black heels:
These were easy to apply, you can cut them into strips, or individually apply to create different effects, different colours would look awesome
For my black flat suede shoes, glue wasn't really an option, but the spikes come with screws, so I carefully got some sharp scissors, and made little holes in the shoe, put the screw in and screwed the spike on - easy!
What you guys think?
There not quite designer standard yet, but I'm pretty pleased with my first attempts, I've kept the designs basic but I cant wait to try out some more fun and edgy looks!
If you can afford designer shoes then great, but for a fraction of the price, I don't think these look too bad!
Some tips for diy shoes:
Make sure you plan how many spikes, crystals etc your going to use, so you don't start, then run out!
Use a marker pen to mark out the points your going to be applying spikes etc so you get both shoes looking the same
Be extra careful with strong glue and scissors! Don't hurt yourself!
Please don't use expensive shoes if your just experimenting, practise on some old ones first before
Hope you guys try this out!
P.S I found two amazing websites: http://www.rossosolinishop.com/ which is designer soles for your shoes, there's loads of different styles and colours - amazing! They look so professional, and http://www.theheelcondoms.com/, which have amazing designs to dress up and protect the heels of your shoes, which are also amazing I'll defo be trying these out now I feel a bit braver!
I wanted to show some great nails: imPress Press-On Manicure by Broadway
What are they? Basically there false nails, but the difference is these babies require NO glue! NO drying time! Fast and Easy! Hoorah!
They come in a massive range of block colours and designs, there is something everyone will love
To show you guys, I bought the beautiful shade Ecstatic Cling which is a neon pink
The packaging is great, its like a little nail polish bottle and it's perfect for travelling about with
The packet has 24 covers with 12 nail sizes
First thing to do before you apply is to lay all the sizes out to find your correct fit
The nails have a little clear tab which you align with your cuticle to see what nail best fits, check both sides and when your happy, lay all ten out in finger order, always apply your thumbs last
To apply its so simple, make sure you have no polish left on your nails,and in the box you'll find a little prep pad, which you wipe over your nails to ensure there is no residue or moisture on your nails so the manicure will last longer
Starting with your little finger, peel off the clear film and press onto the nail firmly down the centre, then smooth it
And that's it!
Don't get your hands wet for 30 minutes after application as this could effect it bonding with your natural nail
The nails are designed to last for about one week, which mine did indeed do
They didn't even feel like they were loose or were going to ping off, the length is great, not too long, I was still able to type on my laptop and do buttons! Haha
To remove, all you do is apply some nail varnish remover to the nail for 30 seconds, and gently peel off, I found it pretty easy and my nails don't appear to be damaged
Final thoughts on imPRESS manicure:
Quick and easy with no glue
Easy to travel with, easy to apply, you could do them on a bus train, anywhere!
They're so shiny and glossy, like a professional manicure, I had so many compliments
36 different shades so plenty of choice
They kept their promise they would last 7 days
The size range of nails wasn't great, if you have wide nails you might struggle to get a good fit
My hair kept catching alot on the nails
The nails sell for £7.99 from Boots, which is I think is quite reasonable for a pack of 24, I think Superdrug now sell them for £5.99!
Hope you guys enjoyed that, let me know if you buy them!
Today I wanted to show a little bit of face contouring. I'm going to be using alot of product to show the full effects on camera, it looks great for a night out face, but for daytime just tone it down and use less!
Most people know what face contouring is, for those who don't, its a way of using makeup to slim, define or accentuate areas of the face, and highlight other areas to give your face more dimension
To put it simply, think of the areas of your face that light will naturally hit, those should be highlighted, areas that light wouldn't naturally shine on, should be contoured.
Here's a very attractive picture of me trying to show you the basics, I look so serious! Haha x
So, I'll show you guys a little contouring using a nice and cheap kit, then mabye later we'll advance it and get more professional and complex! Exciting!
I'm using good old Sleek Makeup with their face contour kit, costing £6.49 its pretty cheap, lasts ages, and it comes in Light, Medium and Dark so theres one for most skin types.
If you wanna use things you already have lying about, highlighters examples are Mac in Shell or BenefitHighBeam - anything like that
For the contouring, you need a powder a few shades darker than your skin, making sure it is a matte (no shine) - Benefit Hoola Powder works great!
For actual brushes, I'm keeping this really simple, using a basic blusher brush, eyeshadow blending brush and shader brushes, as I always say, whatever works for you!
So, let's begin!
To start off, apply your usual foundation, concealer, whatever you do to create your "base"
I'm starting off with my nose, using a shader brush, I applied lightly down both sides of my nose, and the tip slightly
When your blending it in, always blend in the same direction you applied it, so it doesn't spread the colour everywhere you dont want it to be!
For the cheeks, your wanting to contour below the hollow of your cheekbone, if it helps, hold a brush to your face, lining it up with the top of your ear to your lips, then apply underneath, this also helps you get it even on both sides of your face
Follow up to your temples, and slightly along your forehead
Don't forget a little bit on your jawline, and remember your neck too! Sometimes its nice to apply to your collarbones too, just to make them stand out a little more
I cant say this enough - BLEND BLEND BLEND! I used an old foundation brush to really buff into my skin, you don't want ANY harsh lines on your face
I just used my fingers to apply the powder highlighter.....
And if your using a liquid highlighter, just dab slightly with your middle finger, have a peak at the picture at the top for basic highlight areas.
Obviously, you'll know your own face, some people have lovely dewy skin and wont require much highlight, others might want a more dramatic look for a photo shoot or nighttime look, I've used alot to show up better in pictures for you guys, time for some befores and afters!
This was taken in natural light....
See how slimmer the nose looks, and the cheekbones look more prominent
Remember to think about your lighting when your contouring, in a dimly lit room you could go overboard!
Sorry Nicki if thats the look you wanted, but not my idea of contouring!
What do you think? Dramatic yes, but you could also do it really subtle, just a touch would look fab!
The sleek kit isn't bad, a little hard to blend, but for the price, you cant complain! Practise makes perfect with contouring, keep experimenting - I'm still learning, but that's my attempts so far!