STYLE

Outfit of The Day: The Knit Dress

I’ve been a huge fan of knit dresses for a while now and I have to say my most preferred style has to be the long-sleeved turtleneck, long enough to touch my ankles lol. I find that this piece fits right in between comfort and style for me which is a win! I also love collecting them in black, only because it becomes easier for me to wear with different outerwear & shoes as well as being suitable for loungewear throughout the winter too.

I finished off this simple look with my shiny kitten-heeled black ankle boots and a sharp wing to open up the eyes.

Knit Dress: ZARA [Available in 3 colours]

Ankle Boots: ZARA

Are you a fan of Knit Dresses? If so, which ones are your most favourite? I’d love to know what you all think in the comments section below!

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Lots of love,

Outfit of The Day: #CasualVibes

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Today’s mellow outfit features a mustard yellow sweater (a current favourite), put together with my go-to blue jeans and essential over-the-knee black boots.

I’ve never really been one to embrace colour throughout my wardrobe much, but what makes this sweater an exception for me is that the tone within this mustard yellow, merges the brightness and warmth of the autumn season.

SWEATER – ZARA

BLUE RIPPED JEANS – ZARA

BLACK OVER-THE-KNEE BOOTS – ZARA

SUNGLASSES – MVMT

Hope this look gives you some laid-back, brightening fashion inspo!

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Lots of love,

MY (UPDATED) QUICK & EASY, GO-TO MAKEUP LOOK!

Hello Everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying your Friday morning, afternoon or evening, when and wherever you’re reading this article.

Today’s post is on yet another, new Go-to Makeup Look. Now, even though I finally uploaded my Signature Makeup Look on YouTube last month, it was up until a few days ago when I stumbled upon a not-so-new style of contouring around eyes that would dare I say change the way I do my daily makeup.

I came across a makeup look on the singer, Kehlani on Instagram and all I could think about was how her eyes looked so huge with mainly just eyeshadow (I know, I know, but that’s just how my mind functions lol ^-^).

Makeup Look Explained:

The way I always saw eyeliner: By applying a thick/thin line on your lash line, you can completely lift and change the shape of your eyes within seconds – like a cat eye. I want to not only enhance my natural features here and there but to also lift my eyes as much as possible… To look alive. So eyeliner has always been my best friend!

However, this look is quite different because I’m not necessarily lifting the shape of my eyes through eyeliner. I’m lifting my eyes by contouring around my eyes. You’d think that because you’re shading around the eyes, you’d add more shadows but in this case, you’re playing with light and shadow you create an illusion of captivating eyes, no matter what eye-colour you have!

Okay, I can already picture the eye-rolls of **welcome to Makeup** over the screen but seriously, this look without a doubt makes my eyes look realistically 3x bigger than they actually are (perfect for glasses wearers). All done without a huge winged out liner, cut-crease and falsies.

All you need are some warm-toned shadows (natural/neutral colours – basically a palette), a few (2-3) eyeshadow brushes and 5 minutes.

This look is also inspired by Charlotte Tilbury’s Sophisticate Look.

Step 1: Blank out the lids with a thin layer of concealer and set them with a brightening powder (foundation powder + cream shaded eyeshadow) all over the lids. This will not only prime your eyes but will also act as a lid colour.

Step 2: grab your darkest brown shade and form a > shape on the outer corners of your eyes. Almost as if you’re applying eyeliner except you’re doing this with a small shader brush or even an angled brush to be precise. The goal is to place this dark brown a little higher than you normally would, this will act as an eye lifting eyeshadow – and as you blend it out, move the shadow slightly inwards to create a new crease on the eye without thinking too much.

Step 3: once you have your shape suited to your eyes, pick up a new blending brush and dip it into a red shade + the dark brown prior and blend the edges ever so gently to keep the intensity of the brown. Go ahead and also drag the red shade underneath the lash line as well to define the eyes for a soft touch.

Step 4: go back with the original lid colour you started with and apply it right on the centre to the inner corner of your lids to make your eyes appear larger.

Step 5: line the eyes with eyeliner, without winging it out and top it off with mascara. (Optional – you can also apply a white eyeliner to really draw attention to the eyes).

Step 6 (Optional): apply your favourite gold eyeshadow/highlighter and dust the product right on the inner corners of the eyes + slightly onto the bridge of the nose to make the look appear youthful.

Products Used:

Foundation – Fenty Beauty in 440

Concealer – Elizabeth Arden Foundation mixed with Fenty Beauty Foundation for a natural finish

Powder – MAC MSF in Dark + L’Oréal True Match Powder Compact

Bronzer – Sleek Bronze Block in Dark

Lips – Discontinued Clear Lipgloss w/ a Peachy Undertone

Eyes:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

Brows – Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette eyeshadow in Panther

Eyeliner – Poundland (and I highly recommend it ^-^)

Mascara – Poundland (purple packaging)

Okay so this may look and seem like a lot of work but trust me, for someone who’s once spent 2 hours doing my makeup before, I can tell you that this entire look only takes me 30 minutes to complete – including the skin and brows. Of course, you can modify this look in a way that suits you so that all applies but in my eyes, this look is perfect for when I know I need a makeup look to depend on for going out, running errands etc. Plus the no winged liner is quite refreshing for me atm, and I’m enjoying it.

Hope this Go-to, Neutral Makeup Look gives you a little inspo for your daily/occasional makeup looks ahead!

Comment below what you think on this look and also if a makeup tutorial on this look would be something you’d be interested in watching?

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Have a lovely Weekend!

Lots of love,

Look of the Day: Matte Skin and Glossy Lips

This look is yet another simple makeup look with an all-black outfit (or in this case vintage coat 🙈) but with a twist. Dark. Intense. Glossy. Lips. I’ve been a huge fan of matte skin with deep burgundy contrasted lips lately, so I thought why not show how I would style this simple yet bold look!

For all the products I’ve used, I’ve provided links below on where to shop them 🙂

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PRODUCTS USED:

FOUNDATION:* L’Oreal True Match Foundation in 8N Cappucino 

CONCEALER: *M.A.C. Select Cover Up Concealer in NW45💖

BRONZER/CONTOUR:* Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Chestnut

FACE POWDER: RCMA No Color Powder

UNDER-EYE POWDER: *Loreal True Match Powder

LIPS: *Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lipgloss in Merlot 

lookfantastic.com: Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lipgloss in Merlot 

 

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Lots of love,

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Downton Abbey Inspired Makeup Look (BLOGMAS: Day 1)

Happy 1st of December, Everyone! Today’s makeup look is probably one of the simplest yet enhancing makeup looks I’ve done on The Belper. After a full Downton Abbey series binge watch one weekend (oops), I couldn’t help but take note of the makeup looks aristocratic women wore back in the early 1900s to late 1920s – little to nothing, but something. Of course, the makeup was done then a lot different compared to the power of makeup looks we see now but I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of the concept; less is more – a timeless look I know I can always go back to.

This look is inspired by two main characters from the series; Cora Crawley, Countess Of Grantham and her Mother, Martha Levinson. Though they are Mother and daughter, their makeup looks often mirror their lifestyles the most (in my opinion 🙈).

Cora’s makeup is quite bare however if you’d looked closely, you’d of noticed that she always had some sort of liner on her lash line to make her eyes stand out – makes a huge difference. Her mother, Martha always went a little heavier on the eyes and skin but more interestingly on her lips using a deep red or near burgundy colored lipstick.

Personally, I think this makeup look is perfect for the wintery Christmas days ahead of us. A complementing look with little to no effort.

Here’s my modernised, rendition of the little to nothing, but something look – inspired by both, Cora Crawley, Countess Of Grantham and her Mother, Martha Levinson from the series, Downton Abbey…lol.

SKIN:

The skin and the lips are probably the most important steps to make things appear seamless.

  • I actually went light into coverage with my all-time reliable L’Oréal True Match Foundation in 8N (very light hand while applying).
  • Any visible blemishes on my face were concealed with a darker foundation pot from Fashion Fair but any full coverage Creme to Powder foundation or better yet Concealer will do!
  • Added warmth to the skin with my favourite powder Bronze Block by Sleek (also lightly applied to the bridge of my nose)
  • Highlighted underneath  my eyes with a mixture of my foundation and a bb creme a few shades lighter for a lightweight feel
  • Set under the eyes with my L’Oréal True Match Powder 
  • And finished off with a cool-toned cream-based highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones

EYES:

My favourtie way to apply liner is a liquid that comes in a pot form, like the cult favourite from Collection.< strong> I intentionally started by applying dots to mimic a thicker lashline but ended up going slightly thicker. I found that this result really lifted the eyes without too much effort.

  1. Start with dots and slowly connect them just to give the appearance of a thicker lashline
  2. raise the brush upwards slightly towards the outer edge of your eyes, looking forward to your mirror
  3. lightly press down, drag outwards and let go – for a flick effect without drawing across

Topped off with my trusty Lengthening Mascara by E.L.F 

There’s such a wide variety of deep red lipsticks, you can find in your drawer does the job.

If you’re on the hunt for a new deep red/burgundy type shade, I’d recommend NYX‘s High Voltage Lipstick in Feline! 
on’t forget to make sure you apply some sort of lip liner underneath your lipstick to prevent bleeding.


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Lots of love,

Behind The Scenes at Derby Theatre: with Costume Designer, Tim Heywood

I’m so thrilled to dedicate this blog post to one of my personal favourite processes of Derby Theatre productions. Pretty much the element that can always pull a show together, that breathes life into characters’ looks; Costume. Here at Derby Theatre, we’ve had the chance to catch a glimpse of Derby Theatre’s Head of Wardrobe, Tim Heywood’s mind palace when it comes to working on the theatre’s most festive shows during the winter season.Costume Designer, Tim Heywood is responsible for the actors’ fitting yet striking ensembles you’ve seen in Derby Theatre’s Charlotte’s Web, Alice in Wonderland, Great Expectations, Gingerbread Man and many many more.With that automatically comes a process, a basic ritual that always starts with the script he’s working with. One of his favourite ways to help develop a clear idea of what he’ll be working on are patterns.

Tim’s costume work consists of designing, buying, or borrowing certain garments. However, mostly for reference, Tim likes to collect vintage patterns and compare them to today’s Victorian-style patterns as guidelines to create for his actors. Compared to today’s style of creating garments, one of the most significant differences are the seams. The seams done in the 1800s were sewn down the back for the appearance and improvement of posture. Those same seams worn today would make the actors feel uncomfortable, so Tim will then come up with alternatives.

When working on Period Shows like Great Expectations, Alice In Wonderland, Cinderella and so forth – there must be some sort of common ground between the 1800s style corset/dress and the comfort of the actors working in their costume. That’s where Tim’s innovation and technique comes in and works with what he refers to as the clues in his costumes. Besides the fact that it is a costume, he thinks about the characters themselves, from within, about their lifestyle, how they like to see things, how they like to dress, and what their look says about them from the audience’s point of view. It all comes into play and this season he’s working on the upcoming production, Peter Pan!


Here’s a behind the scenes scoop on Mr Heywood’s process towards preparing for the well-known classic!1. The File.This is perhaps the ideal bulk of the entire show, all put together into one file of which he likes to call his bible.This Peter Pan Edit contains:

  • Ideas that come to mind from director, Sarah Brigham or set designer, Neil Irish – more of a collaborative task
  • Mini Profiles of the cast members for their costumes, for reference and what could work for each of them
  • Contact details to call for measurements and alterations
  • Photocopied images for inspiration
  • The mood this production is going for; punk, theatrical vibes, the music, art form etc.
  • The characters themselves in the story and their atmosphere as well as their personal style

2. Meetings

  • Next, Tim will run through his file and lay out all the visuals of what the characters costumes could revolve around with the director until they end up with one main photograph for each character
  • He’ll then ask the director for a list of what instrument each actor plays or at least any hobbies they have, just to use as reference for the characters they’re playing – to give a more practical feel here and there

3. The Mindset

  • In this case, Peter’s story is not only being told but it’s also shown through what he’s wearing. To grab a sense of what he’s feeling and his mindset on things.
  • Once the main ideas are finalised, Tim finds his connection to the play through putting all the minor details and clues into a final design of his depiction of the costumes – kept in his portfolio/archive and works from there.

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To create anything from something you’ve interpreted from the mind is amazing, and to do that with a costume in my eyes would require a lot of patience and ease when focused. Tim Heywood takes pride in paying attention to detail in his work, very thorough. He designs these artistically exquisite illustrations and brings them yet again to life through materials that relate to his characters one way or another.Thanks to the rest of the DT Ambassador team for organising this behind the scenes walkthrough!And a very special thank you to Costume Designer, Tim Heywood for meeting with us and kindly sharing and allowing us to see, learn and document his incredible work!If you would like to book your tickets to see PETER PAN at Derby Theatre this winter, please click the link here

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Essentials EDIT: The Pinned Blazer Look

My newest and most favourite essential atm has to be this very oversized blazer I recently thrifted. So oversized to the point that I had to pin the blazer with my seahorse broach (also thrifted) to give somewhat of an asymmetrical shape.

This houndstooth blazer is actually a men’s blazer, but because of how oversized it is on me – I’ve found that it’s perfect to throw on while running an errand or even paired with a turtleneck to keep warm yet sophisticated. It’s definitely become a favourite piece of mine and I love it.

BLAZER: Thrifted (for £1,😱 I’m serious)

LEGGINGS: NEXT

THIGH HIGH BOOTS: ZARA

TOP: ZARA

I know this is quite different but I still hope this gives a bit of tailored inspo to try out or incorporate if you’re experimenting with oversized blazers in your wardrobe. Perhaps not as oversized as mine lol but I think this look is simple, fun yet structured 🙂

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Lots of love,

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? 👀

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Lots of love,