Month: October 2017

Makeup EDIT: The Purple Look

This editorial is inspired by an eyeshadow look I saw on Shalom Harlow when interviewed by Tim Blanks, click here to see Shalom Harlow’s makeup in her interview. From the moment I saw her eye look, I just knew I had to recreate my own spin on these colours!

I couldn’t pin down exactly when this interview was, let alone the artist who created Shalom’s look. But to me this screams 90s Glam! The purple is the star of the show. A unique yet underestimated colour for eyeshadow, dark and bold at the same time. Simple, yet different!

I think this look is perfect for the Autumn/Winter months. Quite unexpected, as this look requires no transition shades or rather no orange tones at all but just built gradients of PURPLE.

I modernised the eyes a little, by thinning the wing out as thin a possible (lol) this method makes almost any eyeshadow look wearable – try it!

Products Used:

EYES- Look, ANY shade of purple blush or eyeshadow you can find is perfect. I literally looked around and found different shades of purple I wouldn’t necessarily reach for in my kit just waiting for this look. It’s all about that gradient effect, really starting at the root of the lashes with the darkest purple you own and blending upwards as you go with lighter versions of it.

The Darkest Purple Eyeshadow I had: By STILA

Lid ‘topper’ shades: “Delirious”, “Scratch” and a bit of “Faded” from the URBAN DECAY Full Spectrum Palette

Topped with Liquid Liner + My all time fave E.L.F Mascara

SKIN- Believe it or not, I did not ‘highlight’ the centre parts of my face at all. In fact, I mixed a skin toned concealer (for coverage) and diluted it with a touch of my foundation. This gives a more ‘I’m not trying’ look to the face and I just loved how well it worked with the eyes.

For my Foundation Routine, click here

LIPS- A touch of concealer, blended in + a layer of my favourite orange gloss from SHISEIDO on the centre of my lips to add warmth – less is more in this case.

Please let me know in the comments what you think! And would you try this Purple Hued 90s Glam makeup look? 👀

Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

REVIEW: Irum Cosmetics 100% Pure & Organic Skincare

So this week I’ve had the opportunity to try out a couple of organic, skin care products from Irum Cosmetics! This vegan and cruelty-free brand currently feature two organic products on their site that they’ve kindly sent me to share my thoughts and review.

As someone who wears makeup more than often, I never go to bed without making sure my skin is at least cleansed or better yet treated as needed. For someone like me, it is extremely important to take the time to care for my skin, especially to ensure I have a smooth base for makeup application before anything else. With that being said, I’m thrilled to have tested, used and experienced these two main products from Irum Cosmetics, their Green Clay Mask Powder and their classic Pure and Organic, Argan Oil!

Green Clay Powder Mask £7.99

Contains 100g of Product

  • Vegan
  • Not Tested On Animals
  • Contains No added chemicals or preservatives
  • Ingredients: 100% Pure Green Clay (Bentonite)


Usage (for all skin types)

  1. Mix 1 tsp of clay with some water or Rosewater to make a thin paste
  2. Apply the paste onto face, skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes
  3. Wash off with lukewarm water

For external use only.

Some Benefits:

  • helps to reduce the outbreak of blemishes
  • Great for balancing oily skin
  • Absorbs waste such as harmful toxins and dirt
  • Deeply cleanses the skin
  • Helps Stimulate and improve blood circulation
  • Tightens and lifts the skin

I must quickly mention that the packaging is perfect for this powder mask! Seeing as it is powder, the product can get everywhere quite quickly. But with this jar I love how sealed it is even after use, making it easy for me to travel with it!


So the application process was simple and easy as I used a clean plastic container or even the palm of my hand at times to quickly apply the product.

It has a refreshing, distinct smell (like green clay…..obvs, Stacy), but when applied for the first time I felt this cooling, self-distributing method going on, on my skin – it was lovely! Felt like a spa treatment, to be honest.

I evenly applied the product all over the face and I’d say within 10 minutes of waiting, I felt my face tightening up like crazy. It felt like some sort of facelift – like I myself was clay drying up into a statue. It’s clear the mask was certainly doing its job! 20 minutes then go by and I’m washing it off with lukewarm water as recommended. I also tried with cold water just because and both results wowed me!

My face looked and felt tightened yet incredibly lifted! my Mother even noticed a difference in the texture of my skin. It may sound odd but my face also felt lighter. The mask really did help rid of the impurities and oiliness that remained on my skin – definitely a weekly treatment that makes all the difference in texture! I enjoyed it.

Mini Rating

Application: 4/5

Drying: 5/5

Feeling and texture of the mask after 20 minutes: 4/5

Results: 5/5

My Thoughts

I fell in LOVE with the fact that this mask powder is extremely versatile. Instead of mixing just a few drop of water, you could also add, Aloe Vera, Rose Water, Honey, Cucumber Juice, Coconut for hydration, even Lavender, Cactus and so forth!

This has definitely got me hooked onto the powder mask train – will last longer and for sure give my skin the weekly treatment it needs! I personally think this product is great for anyone, especially any makeup wearers or those who spend a lot of time outdoors!



I had the pleasure of viewing Derby Theatre’s newest Production, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, adapted by Neil Bartlett – Directed by Sarah Brigham.

The actors flow within their characters in the most effortless and captivating way possible, interestingly brought to life and carried with some of the same crafty elements Dicken’s has in Pip’s narrations. I liked that even though the play is not nearly as long as the novel, this production tells and mirrors not only Pip’s journey but the principle of everyone else’s — each single part becomes significant which makes the whole performance quite powerful.

From the set, designed by Barney George to the scenario, staging, and story — together make the play give off a dark, intense yet humorous and thrilling vibe in the most anticipating way. The performance was complemented by quite cold textured yet harmonic music, composed by Ivan Scott. The absorbing, classical sound fitted in extremely well with the critical discoveries, the inner conflicts, and subtle engagements with the audience within the performance. All coordinated with the ethereal yet gloomy lighting, done by Tim Skelly – enabling the audience to really experience the story with the characters.

The costumes outstandingly replicated not just the clothing worn in the early 1800s, but fittingly represented feelings through each character, displayed beautifully. I must say Miss Havisham’s costume was a personal favourite of mine — not to mention the detailed wedding makeup, I loved it.

This compellingly gripping and light-hearted performance was truly spectacular. And without spoiling too much, the production also featured fire and water… It’s epic.

To be able to bring such a classic and deep story to life is already magnificent but to showcase it with ease is exceptionally incredible.

Thank you, Derby Theatre for yet another memorable production.

If you’d like to book tickets to see Great Expectationsplease click here

Link to Derby Theatre’s website, click here

Runs until Saturday 21 October 2017

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