#PrairiePayItForward + giveaway

When shopping is combined with helping a charity it can only be a good thing – right? This is exactly what Prairie Charms have combined, when you shop they give 25% to the Make A Wish Foundation so obviously when they got in touch to let me know of their latest blogger programme I HAD to make a little purchase!

I picked up some cute Eleanor hair knots which is something I’ve seen before but never bought. I decided on these as they came in cute patterns and I always have a hair bobble on my wrist and these look way cuter. The second item I popped in my shopping cart was the Lily Aztec nail vinyls as I thought come summer time they will perfect with either a white or bright pink base.
Each item came wrapped in the sweetest wrapping I’ve ever seen which echo the Prairie Charms look and even came in a metallic purple postage bag – whats not to love?!

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They very kindly included a couple of freebies as well – the stunning and very Spring-esque Ingrid Yellow glitter bow and some more hair knots. Which I’ve decided in the essence of paying it forward to host a little giveaway of these lovely gifted items.
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Create a look: 1980’s

Hello!!

I can’t quite believe its March already and that Gemma and I have whizzed through the decades to land in the eighties. For me the 1980’s music holds some great memories from my Dad playing 80’s power ballads when I was growing up and some crazzzzzy nights out with Gemma dancing round our handbags and getting far to drunk on Purple Rains ( one shot of blue and one shot of red after shock) in Reflex.
Anyways enough of me reminiscing and onto the make up. Anyone who is acutely aware of the 1980s will know that when it came to the make up anything and everything goes…..even the men had in on it. It was many times awful, bright neon and over the top but this is exactly what I love about it. No one lived by “a little goes a long way” in this decade.
For my look I decided to go with something inspired by the 80’s super-bitch Alexis Carrington Colby from Dynasty. I LOVE Joan Collins and she really was the original resting bitch face queen when she was playing Alexis. (If you are too young to know what I’m on about look HERE)
So I went with lots of purple satin, shimmer eyeshadow, visible lipliner and far too much blusher. I actually liked the eye make up but my lips look like I’ve had a bad lip job done as the liner seems to make them look over inflated and don’t even get me started on the blush!!

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Here is a run down of what I used to create this 80’s inspired look,
Base
Make up Revolution ultra face base primer
Illamasqua cream pigment in Emerge
Revlon colorstay foundation in Sand Beige
Estee Lauder Pure Color blush in Peach Passion and Medium
Eyes
MUA Pretty Edgy Palette – shades bow, tallie, flounce, lace and wrath
Make Up Atelier Gel Eyeliner in Noir
Essence Kajal pencil in White
L’oreal False lash flutter mascara in midnight black
Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow pomade in Medium Brown
Chella ivory lace highlight pencil
Lips
Avon Lip liner in Deep Plum
Elf mineral lip liner in Rose
L’oreal Colour Riche lipstick in Julianne’s Nude
L’oreal liquid lipstick in 101 Rose Melody.

I didn’t buy anything for my looks this time around as I’m on a spending ban (Booooo) so I had to make do with what already own.

Don’t forget to head over and see Gemma’s 80’s inspired look.

Tune in next time when we will be in 90’s……probably the most referenced decade last year!

Thanks for reading
Claire
xxx

Create a Look – 70’s

Hiii,

First of all let me apologise – this post is a couple of days later than usual as I totally forgot and got caught up in life and work so I’m sorry!!

So last month Gemma and I created a 60’s inspired look as part of our beauty through the ages collaboration so obviously this time around we are in the 70s. I think sometimes the 70s get forgotten about as the sixties and eighties where both so iconic in both very different ways. For me when I think of the seventies two looks come to mind one being that Farrah Fawcett glowing, natural California girl vibe and the other being the first few years of Studio 54 all glam, over the top disco dancers and generally excess! Its easy to see which theme I went for in my look.

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Here is a list of products that I used to create my 70s-esque look –
Base – Bourjois Healty Mix foundation in 52 Vanilla.
Body Shop honey bronze in 02.
Estee Lauder pure color blush in Peach passion and Lovers Blush
Brows – Illamasqua eye brow cake in Thunder
Lips – MUA intense colour lip liner in Red Drama
Urban Decay Super Saturated high gloss lip colour in Punch Drunk
Eyes – Make Up Revolution focus and fix eye primer.
Make Up Revolution Redemption Mattte brights palette in shades 3,11 and 12
Essence metal glam eyeshadows in Jewel up the ocean and lucky grasshopper
Essence Kajal pencil in beach bum and feel the mari-time
Ilamasqua medium pencil in Debonair
Benefit Roller lash

I really like this look that I put together I just wish I had put lashes on as I think it would really have looked loads better. Also my lips looked really glossy in a red/orange colour but it just hasn’t picked up as good as I would have liked on camera. Bright eyeshadow is something that I’m usually a little scared of but I think in the future I need to be a bit braver as for the right occasion it would look fab.

Please stop by Gemma’s blog to see how she took inspiration from this decade.

See you next month for the eighties!

xxx

Create a look: 1960’s

Happy New Year!!
So this is my first post back after my Christmas/New Year blogging break! You will probably remember Gemma and I are working our way through the decades and currently we are stuck in the 60’s (cue all the “Yeah, baby Yeah” jokes)
Just a bit of a disclaimer I’m no make up artist and I know I am know near some the AMAZING talent that’s out there…..this is just simply for fun that gives me the chance to play around with make up and its a good excuse to stick lots of products on my face!!

The sixties make up looks was anything from natural hippy-ish to full on over the top looks with LOTS of pastels, black and white. For me the stand out faces of the day was the black and white drawn on crease look such a Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick. Lips tended to be more subtle to keep the focus on the eyes.

Here is my look

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For my look I used the Bourjois 123 foundation in number 52 then set this with Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Translucent. For my cheeks I went with a flush of pink using the ELF Studio blush in passion pink. On my lips I used a lipstick from Estee Lauder called Pink Parfait with Elf Hypershine lipgloss on top in Fairy.
On my eyes I wanted to try to recreate a 60s black and white eye – I used MAC Vanila with the lightest shade from the Make Up revolution Go To Heaven palette and the black shade also for the crease and liner. My mascara is L’oreal Flash Lash Flutter – I did want to use false lashes but I’d not got any to hand.

Overall for my first attempt at this look I like where it is going however I’m not happy with the finished look but I think if I kept trying and trying I could nail it. Its just the angle that it finishes at and that it is so difficult to get both sides symmetrical and perfect. However I am just merely an over enthusiastic amateur so I can forgive myself a litte…..I just want to be invited to a 60s themed party now!!

Please don’t forget to stop by Gemma’s blog and see how shes got on in the swinging sixties (you can’t mentions the sixties without using the word swinging can you?)

If you’ve done any 60’s looks then please leave your links below!

Thanks for reading this post
Claire
xxx