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MAKEUP LOOK: CLEAN GLAM

Hello, Everyone! I hope you’re all well and enjoying your morning, day or evening wherever you are reading this today!

This post is yet again, another makeup edit, but more glam for the Autumn/Winter season that is upon us. With so many incredible interpretations of glam makeup available for inspo, it can sometimes get a little overwhelming when the occasion actually rises to wear a suitable glam look for an event. I simply called this makeup Clean Glam because, to me, it strikes the right balance between glamour and simplicity, updated yet timeless and flawless whilst also flattering.

So whether you’re going to a party, dinner event or even for no occasion at all and just want to look glam without looking too much out of your natural self. This is the perfect all around, special occasion makeup that can be easily adapted and adjusted to your own personal taste.

As you can see, the main focus is on the eyes. It may look plain, but in pictures, this can certainly elevate your entire makeup look based on the placement of the shimmer on the lids (centre to inner corner), I also applied an off-white eyeliner in the rim of my eyes to brighten the look.

The skin is neutral and glowy while the lips tie the makeup together with a nude lipstick and gloss on top.

PRODUCT DETAILS:

FOUNDATION – FENTY BEAUTY Pro Filt’r Foundation in ‘440’

CONCEALER – Makeup Revolution Concealer in ’13’

POWDER – KIKO GreenMe Bronzing Loose Powder in ‘Raw Sienna’

CONCEALER POWDER – SLEEK Concealer Trio Palette in ‘Medium’

BLUSHER – SLEEK Bronze Block in ‘Dark’

BRONZER – NIP&FAB Contour Palette in ‘DARK’

EYESHADOW (DARK DEFINITION) – Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette in ‘PANTHER’ & ‘LEOPARD’

EYESHADOW (BLENDING SHADE) – Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Refill in ‘L’ORANGE’

EYESHADOW (SHIMMER) – Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette in ‘ICED’ & Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette  ‘KITTY GLITTER’, ‘TIGERS EYE’.

EYELINER – PoundWorld

MASCARA – TECHNIC ‘Lengthening’

EYEBROWS – Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Refill in ‘CAROB’

LIPSTICK – Makeup Revolution in ‘TRIUMPH’

LIPGLOSS – NYC Nude/Shimmery Lipgloss (Discontinued)

Hope this simple makeup look/concept gives you some simple inspo for any occasions in the coming Autumn/Winter months.

Would any of you be interested in seeing an in-depth tutorial on this look? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

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MAKEUP LOOK: “Pretty in Pink”

Happy September to you all! For some reason, I’ve fallen back in love with pink hues lately. Growing up, I rarely liked to admit that my favourite colour (at the time) was pink, however, the majority of my detailed decorations all over my bedroom, throughout my scrapbooks, perfumes and handbags all happened to be pink *pretends to be shocked*. But on a more serious note, I’ve always considered pink to be an instant mood changer for me. Whether I’d notice the colour or not, pink had consistently been my go-to mood-brightener throughout my early teens. From my paintings to colourings, magazine cut-outs for colour-moods and now – makeup.

So even though, here in England, were experiencing yet again the infamous mood swings of September weather; too cold in the morning, too hot in the afternoon. I thought why not play with some of my favourite mood-brightening pink eyeshadows and remind myself to watch Pretty in Pink again.

The main concept of this look is very simple and easy, just soft and low effort. I purposefully wanted this to be quick to do, with a fresh and awake look in mind yet using high saturated pinks in contrast. Low effort, high impact.

On the eyes, you’ll notice that the pink eyeshadow carries some dimension and weight without looking heavy. The centre points along with the inner corners of my eyes are highlighted with the brightest version of the same eyeshadow, using light, glittery shimmers mixed in with the original shade I used all over the lids. This is known as a halo eye.

I’m not sure if you can tell, but I actually applied orange eyeshadows/pigments as a blusher. I also blended this into the socket line of my eyes to give the pink eyeshadow a place to look more seamless. These two shades work wonderfully together and makes the overall look seem more put together and finished as opposed to just using a pink without any complimentary shade to go with it (even though that in itself is a look).

Skin is fresh and clean looking using minimal foundation and heavy blending as I wanted a flawless face but with only my eyes and lips on show. My best tip for trying out bright colours on eyes and lips would be to try lighter brows as it’ll allow you face more of a clean canvas to work on.

PRODUCTS USED:

SKIN:

FOUNDATION – Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r in 440

CONCEALER – Makeup Revolution Full Cover 13

POWDR – RCMA no Color Powder “Translucent”

BRONZER/BLUSH – Orange Blush from NIP+FAB Contour Palette in “DARK” + A.B.H. Contour Refill in “L’Orange”

EYES:

BROWS – Light Brown Brow Gel

EYESHADOW [BASE] – A thin layer of Irum Cosmetics’ ‘Splash of Beauty’ Liquid Lipstick in “LUSH”

EYESHADOW – Mary Kay Blusher in “CHERRY BLOSSOM”, U.D. Full Spectrum Palette “GOSSIP”, A.B.H. Modern Renaissance Palette “LOVE LETTER”

I used a mixture of shadows from the pinks in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette to the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette as my all over lid shade (in light layers).

EYESHADOW [HALO EFFECT] – U.D. Full Spectrum Palette “PARANOIA” + Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette “Kitty Glitter”

MASCARA – Technic

EYELINER – PoundWorld

I only used mascara and liner on the outer part of my eyes and lash line. I even went as far as to adding a skin tone eyeliner to tight line the top inner third of my lash line to act as if nothing was really there.

LIPS:

Irum Cosmetics ‘Splash Of Beauty’ Liquid Lipstick in “LUSH”

Fin

Whether you’re an undercover lover of pink or not, I hope this post gives you a little inspo for this September 🙂

Do you have a certain colour you consider your mood-brightener? Comment below as I’d love to know ^-^ lol.

Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

MAKEUP LOOK: TURQUOISE BLISS

PRODUCT DETAILS:

BASE: L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation “Cappucino” (I prefer to mix this foundation in with a liquid illuminator to sheer the coverage down just a bit.)

CONCEALER: The same foundation mixed in with a lighter one from Elizabeth Arden, lightly applied to the centre points of the face including right underneath my eyes.

POWDER: RCMA No Color Powder “Translucent”

BLUSH: NIP&FAB Contour Palette “DARK” – Orange Shade

BRONZER: NIP&FAB Contour Palette “DARK” (to add contrast)

EYESHADOW: by Cargo Cosmetics – Unfortunately, this eyeshadow came from their California Throwback collection which is now discontinued. This type of turquoise (green with blue reflects) colour is a very universal and versatile shade, I feel. You can find this in a lot of other palettes (and singles) that are currently available on most online beauty department stores or at your local drugstore. It may also be worth checking your makeup archives for an eyeshadow like this.

MASCARA: PoundWorld – So I wanted to add just a touch of Cher vibes to this look. You can certainly go crazy with this step as I think it would work with this eyeshadow very well and really make the eyes pop (as if they don’t already) – but I was just scared 🤓

LINER: PoundWorld (Only to fill in the gaps on my lashline. I wanted my lashes to appear thicker and fuller yet clean whilst making sure that there was no eyeliner in sight.)

LIPS: If you’ve read any other of my makeup posts, you’d know that my go-to nude lip combo would be a brown lip liner, pink/nude lipstick with a touch of concealer dabbed on the centre of my lips. However, I wanted something slightly different and more exotic so I replaced my normal concealer with an orange corrector/concealer to use as my lip pigment, topped off with a lipgloss and that became the look!

Brown Lipliner: MUA Brown Brow Pencil “DARK”

Nude/Pink Lipstick: Primark

Orange Corrector/Concealer: L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer

I know this look is pretty, um, colourful but I’ve recently been obsessing over this turquoise shimmery hue as a focal point in a makeup look with a summery influence in mind. And I’m loving it!

I would love to read your thoughts on this look in the comments below and/or maybe share a colour that you’ve recently been loving as your eyeshadows this summer!

Hope this brightening makeup look gives you a little inspo towards the late summer ^-^

Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

MY SUMMER RED LIP ROUTINE

I don’t really wear red lipsticks often (just based on personal preference). But whenever I do, it always becomes a rather strategic process for me. I made a post some time ago about my red lip routine, mentioning the time it took for me to become more comfortable and confident enough to wear red lips out when I felt like it. Now I know exactly which products to reach for and can easily figure out how to achieve the right gradient and finish more suited towards my lips, resulting into rocking a red lip without hesitation.

In this post, i’ll be introducing a not-so-new but new-to-my-blog technique on how I wear a red lip in the summer-time. From which foundation I use on that day to the application process I always have in mind when I want to achieve that near-perfect pout. This is my current Red Lip Routine (in the summer).

When I think of summery red lipsticks, I often think of a defined, saturated red colour with an orange undertone or base/hue. I use to actually stay away from orange-toned reds, however, I’ve now finally found a way to have the best of both worlds without looking out of place.

First of all, the lipstick itself is very important to get right (I’ve already done an article about this on my Top 5 Reds You Need to Try Out This Summer). Once you have that sorted out, you want to pick out either an orange colour corrector, orange cream blush, orange lip-tint or even, better yet, an orange based lip liner or lipstick. So a red lipstick and an orange based lip pigment of your choice will be the two main products you’ll be working with.

The two products that I’ve chosen:

Red Lipstick: Coloured Raine Liquid Lipstick in Cherry Blossom

Orange Based Lip pigment: Kiko Lipliner in “514” Poppy Red

Okay so, not much has changed with my red lip choice, *shrugs* but what can I say? When you know your lipstick, you know your lipstick ^-^.

This liquid lip paint, in particular, has a full coverage, which I like but I find it more suitable to wear alone during the winter seasons as opposed to in the summer (even though it can be worn alone, all year round) – which is why I enjoy this combo because the Kiko lip liner is the complete opposite in undertone, it’s very orange-based and brightening – perfect for the summer.

So now I’ve explained the tools needed, here’s my best explanation of how I use them together:

Using a very light hand, I first, faintly line the perimeter of my lips with a black eye/lip pencil – yes – a black eye/lip pencil on my prepped and primed lips. This isn’t to overline my lips, however, It’s just so I can follow a sharp line to create a more defined look. If applied correctly, ideally, you shouldn’t even see the black guideline so clearly. This is just to outline the shape of your lips if they’re not as defined. (You can obviously replace the black with a red toned lipliner for this step, completely optional and up to you.)

Next, onto the lipstick. I basically fill in the cool-toned, pink-based red liquid lip paint onto my lips right on top of the faint line that I had made prior. I then work my way nearer to the centre of my lips without covering the middle section of my top and bottom lip, so there’s quite a significant gap happening.

Here comes the pencil! Kiko’s 514, a warm-toned, orange-based red. This lip pencil camouflages seamlessly and blends in quite well, which is what you’d want when merging this method with any other red lipstick.

So this time, I start at the centre of my lips and pretty much fill in the gaps I missed out on purpose. Once the centre of my lips has now been filled in, I then faintly go over the rest of my lips to properly blend out the two lippies together.

If you’re using a liquid-to-dry lipstick (like me), I’d advise you to always have a mini vaseline tin on hand. This can be applied and blotted which will allow your lips to be more soft, supple and hydrated.

A few check-ups with a clean, flat eyeshadow brush and a skin-toned concealer to really achieve that crisp finish (more details about this on my How to Pull Off Any Lip Colour article) And we’re done!

PRODUCTS USED:

FOUNDATION – Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r in “440”

I’d suggest using a light-weight foundation that offers a buildable coverage. You want the skin to look clean and even rather than too artificial looking. The best foundations I’d recommend for this finish would be L’Oréal‘s True Match Foundation and/or the one I used in this edit from Fenty Beauty.

CONCEALER – Fenty Beauty Match Stix in “Caramel”

POWDER – RCMA No Color Powder in Translucent (has no flashback!)

BRONZER – Sleek Bronze Block  in “Dark”

EYESHADOW – Any silver-toned shimmery/metallic eyeshadow, I used one from the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette

EYELINER – PoundWorld (none-irritating in black)

MASCARA – PoundWorld

BLUSHER – The orange shade from the NIP&FAB Contour Palette in “DARK” (for my recent review of this palette, click here)

LIPLINER(S) – Black Eyeliner & Kiko Lipliner in “514” Poppy Red or Kiko’s Lip Liner in 513 (more orange)

LIPSTICK – Coloured Raine Liquid Lip Paint in “Cherry Blossom”

 

I hope this edit gives you a little more insight into how I like to perfect and adapt my red lipsticks to the summer season. As someone who’s once never thought of wearing red lipsticks, ever, I hope this gives anyone else who may have felt the same way a little inspo to play with reds from time-to-time.

 

Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

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MAKEUP LOOK: Bold Eyeshadow Inspired by the ’60s

I’ve recently been noticing this new re-birth of 60’s style makeup. Although it had already made its influence through many other modernised renditions of the 60’s look over the decades, this year has really become an interesting time for different makeup artists and non-makeup artists to experiment with the simplicity of single, bold eyeshadows. Paired with, of course, graphic liner.

For this look, I not only took some inspiration from the 60’s but added in a little bit of 50’s with the eyeliner. I used just one eyeshadow from my all-time favourite colour palette, Urban Decay Full Spectrum using their shade, “Bump” a matte white shadow. I did have to re-apply this to build intensity, though it wasn’t an issue.

Products used-

Foundation: Loreal Paris TrueMatch in 8N “Cappucino”

Concealer: Select Cover Up Concealer by MAC

Bronze/Contour: Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in “Chestnut” / “Esspreso”

Powder: RCMA No Color Powder & Loreal Paris Compact Powder

Lips: any nude lipstick w/ a dark liner & a dab of concealed (I used one from LA Girl) does the job!

Eyeliner: Poundworld [still my fave]

Mascara: ELF Lengthening

HOW TO APPLY [White Eyeshadow]:

I primed my eyelids with a concealer first. I wanted to make sure that I had an even base on my lids so I also set them with a light dusting of powder that had coverage. Next, came the fun part! Using a soft, flat eyeshadow brush – I pat-and-wiggled the pigment onto the middle of my eyelids (avoiding the outer section), evenly distributing the shadow down to the inner corners of my eyes. I then finished my shape by blending the shadow underneath the inner tear duct area of my eyes for a lifted effect.

I went over this a couple more times using the same technique with a fluffier brush to buff out the edges and after liner, I was done.

One thing I loved about this process was that it was very quick to do. Took me about 3-5 minutes to complete the shadow and move straight to eyeliner. If only all of my looks took this long… *sigh*

I significantly left the outer lids buffed out and bare to act as a natural crease shade without using eyeshadow. I feel like using a transition shade with too much of an orange undertone in it can weaken the look. The goal is for the eyeshadow to be as bold as possible in this case.

If you’re interested in experimenting with white eyeshadows, here, I’ve accumulated and linked five different alternatives that you could consider. Please note that some of these pigments have a pearly finish as opposed to matte due to lack of availability with this particular shade but nonetheless, these are my top five recommendations.

Maybelline Eyestudio 24 Hour Color Tattoo Gel-Cream Eyeshadow, 45 Infinite White (Gel Formula)

Price £7.06

I’d recommend using a product like this as a base first and then applying your eyeshadow on top for a more opaque finish.


Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadow No.90 Blanc Diaphane (satin finish)

Price (on sale): £4.99


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Ice Queen 1.8g Eyeshadow Pan by Makeup Geek

Price: £4.95


Pearl/White Ivory Eyeshadow in Oyster by MUA Cosmetics (pearl/satin finish)

Price: £3.45


Matte, Long Lasting Colourful Eyeshadow Eye Shadow in (#1) by LHWY (matte finish)

Price: £1.88

I really wish more makeup brands would expand with more colourful and pigmented mattes, kind of like SugarPill’s singles which do also come in palettes, I believe. For me, wearing white eyeshadow alone never came to mind until I actually saw it in this palette. Personally, I love this look! And I would actually wear this look again.

Please do let me know in the comments what you think and if wearing just one bold shadow would be a look you’d wear, as I’d love to know!

For the product details of this makeup look, make sure to head over to my Instagram!

Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD START JOURNALING NOW!

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well today!

This post will most likely, be falling into the “life” category of this blog lol. It is a topic that I’ve become quite passionate about, only because I’ve come to witness the impact that this small change has already made in my life, and that is journaling.

I’m sure we’ve all heard about it, read about it and probably even tried journaling at some point in our lives. But let’s just remove the whole stigma around the journals for a second. Forget regarding them as therapy diaries, forget regarding them as boring, pointless or un-impactful plain pages that nobody will actually read or use, and just hear me out. Whether you’re someone who doesn’t keep journals or someone who does and is interested in knowing more about why journals are very much in your favour. Here are my ten main reasons why I suggest you start journaling. Like, now (although you don’t have to, obviously, no but seriously).

1. Important Reminders of The Incredible and Humbling Moments of Your Life:

This is probably one of the most profound reasons why anyone should start journaling. But I just had to put this in here because it’s so true. There is no human out there that can just absorb valuable and mindful information without writing it down. Yes, we have planners, to do lists/books etc. However, those tools hold more of an academic influence. What more people need is a balancing notebook for them to actually be vulnerable and to record what’s most important and inspiring to them. Because we can forget things. I’m quite thankful for the things I’ve been writing down since I was around 14. Had I just not had those words written down on paper, to this day I would’ve neglected all of my simplified thoughts because life eventually takes over the free spirit we’ve all once had – so it’s a great way to keep it in some way.

2. An opportunity to study yourself!

Jounals are a chance to become your own scientist! I mean, not literally, unless you’re actually studying to become one. My point is, in life, you must know yourself! By knowing yourself I’m not talking about nick picking at what’s wrong because there isn’t anything wrong. This is just a great way to keep track of your own power and how to use it wisely.

Call this process what you like, but I quite like the concept of studying and learning more about one’s self. We can reveal new perspectives, new concepts, new ideas and new creativity which is a powerful force for personal growth.

3. A Chance to Elevate/Improve Your Writing Skills:

When I was little, I used to observe peoples handwriting and be in absolute awe of how different they would look compared to others. I think it says a lot about people and in my eyes, there is no good or bad handwriting. Everyone’s brings character to them and so I think to have an opportunity to practice, or improve the way you write is great! Yes, it’s a simple thing, but we write things down all the time and this in itself is an expression of individualism. I now enjoy spending hours writing because I enjoy the art of writing itself. Seems like a small change, but because of it, I’ve been writing a lot more in my spare time now and as well as helping me bring my thoughts to life, my writing skills are constantly improving.

4. Reduces Stress & Anxiety:

I’m not saying that this is the answer to all problems, but sometimes the only person that can listen to you is yourself. And how would you do that? By writing it down first then reading it over to yourself. You’ll later find that you won’t carry that exact same emotion reading it over as you did when you wrote it which, in turn, then helps you relieve stress. Pretty interesting if you ask me. It’s also a great way to look at situations without reacting to them. You’re now in a more open space where you can re-read your thoughts and decide whether you want to keep them due to how you’re feeling in the present.

5. Create a Vision Book Filled with Mood Boards of Your Life!

Whenever you pick up a journal and read it, you open a new portal of a judgment-free zone! This is your chance to write down all of those things you may have wanted when you were younger, write and pin down all the things you may have wanted to change, the things you may have wanted to create etc. Use, pictures, stickers, designs, letters, whatever you like! There’s no harm in keeping your dreams organised and keeping a journal is perfect for exactly that.

6. Become The Person You’ve Always Wanted to Be: Affirmations

This reason/step alone can be life-changing. It pretty much goes hand-in-hand with reason No.1 because then, you can create specific affirmations based on the personal information you’ve gained about yourself. The thing is, anything that is done consistently eventually becomes a reality. Not many people (including myself) are completely comfortable with waking up in the morning, hopping out of bed and saying out affirmations in the mirror (although that is amazing), nor do people even have the time to do so sometimes. However, having a list (yes, you will end up with a list) of affirmations and reading them silently each night is no different. because you’re essentially reading a book based on your life that is becoming. Which brings me to reason No.7!

7. You’ll Become An Established Author Of Your Own Life:

In your own right, you have, in fact, become a writer. Writing down your personal growth is one of the most courageous things one can do. You’ll have your own novels based on your life, volumes based on certain times of your life and a literal mark that you’d have left in this world. And better yet, YOU are the one who’s written it.

8. Record Your History, Your Achievements, and Lessons You’ll Later Pass On:

Journaling is by far one of the greatest ways to consistently organise your mind, build your personal intelligence and become more in tune and comfortable with yourself. We’re never, not learning something new. So wouldn’t it be great to pass on some of that knowledge? To our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren or even a young person who seeks some personal grounding. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to re-visit my journal to answer a question that I had already answered years ago. We don’t actually realise the gold mines we’re sitting on until a wake-up call has to happen. So if I was to recommend a book for you to read in your life, It would be the one you wrote.

9.   The Impact It Will Have On Your Life Without You Even Realising it:

The main point I’d probably like for you to take away from this is that it’s not about writing full pages for 365 days a year. It’s literally to record those moments you know will later help you in the future. Just to keep on track of your mindset and desires without being influenced by an outer voice. Sometimes we can stop ourselves from our greatest opportunities which are just around the corner, by not reminding ourselves of whats really important in the moment it happens. It’s different for every individual and that is completely okay.

10. See Journaling Differently & How to Start Without Being Pressured To Write Every Day:

If you’re someone who may have struggled with journaling in the past or has been pushed away by the idea of committing (like I have), here is a tip that could hopefully change that. Every night when you come back from school/work or right before you go to bed, write down an experience you had that day (good or bad). We all go through a thoughtful realizations everyday but what writing it down will do is enable you to think differently each day. This will allow you to become allies with time and you will soon take those lessons you’ve learned into action. Not to mention, there’s no better time to write this than after a long day filled with experiences. See how it goes, if you miss a day – it’s completely fine because, with journaling, you’re sure to learn something new about yourself.

Phew, I know this was a long one but I hope this helped in some way. Sending virtual hugs your way if you actually read through all of my 10 reasons!

BEST PENS I RECOMMEND


PrettyPens: www.PensPrettyPens.co.uk

PRICE: £2.99

There’s no real motivator like a good pen when it comes to journaling. And it can be a little annoying writing with a pen that only lasts you a short while or doesn’t perform well. So, I’ve come across a wonderful brand called PrettyPens.

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, PrettyPens carry a wide range of beautiful classic themed designs with art work including, dogs, cats, butterflies, pandas, dragonflies, tartans and flags. All of their pretty pens also come in a free luxurious velveteen pouch for £2.99.

As soon as I received these I was delighted by the wonderful packaging these came in. Just looking at these pens made me feel so compelled to write! They also perform well so that’s a wonderful plus 😉

If you have a certain someone in mind, you know likes to write – I’d suggest a pen like this being the perfect gift for them. They’d appreciate it.

A huge thanks to PrettyPens for kindly gifting me their beautiful floral set. I love them so much!

Follow PrettyPens on Instagram: @PrettyPens1

BEST JOURNAL I RECOMMEND


The Fabriano Journal: www.FabrianoJournal.co.uk

PRICE: £13.00

I may do a separate post about why I love using the Fabriano Journal. I received this as part of my wonderful birthday gift from my Mother this year, Not even knowing how much I’d use this and read through it every single day. I haven’t written as consistently as I do now with this journal which is crazy.


I have my wonderful Mother to thank for instilling in me the significance of journaling.

Thank you, Mummy ❤

And a huge thanks to all of you for reading my thoughts once again, on The Belper!

Lots of love,

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TOP 5 [RED] SUMMER LIPSTICKS YOU NEED TO TRY THIS SUMMER!

Happy Weekend, everyone! Summer is finally here and I am so excited to share a variety of different fresh, glowy and experimental looks on here The Belper. However, with this heat wave… I’ve found myself channelling my inner minimalist makeup artist and I’m currently loving it at the moment!

The simple, fresh face and a red lip look have been a new obsession of mine. I feel like it’s the perfect Summer look as I rarely have time to do a full face let alone a full eye-look etc. So keeping a red lip in my makeup bag has given me such a nice balance between glam and little effort makeup.

I like to think of the French and Italian influences in beauty when it comes to these sorts of looks. Very polished, yet free and authentic, all thanks to a red lipstick (well, excluding foundation, powder, concealer- you get what I mean?).

So in this post, I’ve researched and put together five different lipsticks, that could compliment you this summer or just remind you of what you have in the back of your makeup drawer.

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Red Carpet, Number 357 – Cannes Edition (Amazon Exclusive) 

COLOUR – A bold red with a slight blue undertone

PIGMENT – Full

TEXTURE – Creamy

FINISH – Slight Shine

VIBE – Red Carpet, Glam

PRICE: £8.99

Okay, so L’Oreal Paris is pretty iconic for their Colour Riche collections and do pretty well with their reds. But what makes this one slightly more special is that in this mini collection, (that also carries a nude) the lipstick itself has ‘Cannes’ hot stamped on it. It’s just gorgeous ^-^. This lip colour is also suitable for all skin tones.

Super Lustrous Lipstick by Revlon 720 Fire and Ice

COLOUR – A bold red with a slight orange undertone

PIGMENT – Medium-Full, Buildable

TEXTURE – Creamy

FINISH – Slight Shine

VIBE – Glamorous, Bold Summer Red

PRICE: £4.94

This lipstick is definitely a classic that has been around for quite some time now and it’s with reason because this beautiful red has a slight orange-pinky undertone, meaning its very vibrant. I would suggest this shade for anyone whos loving the gradient lip look, or just wants the perfect red tint for their cheeks, nose etc. Perfect for anyone who wants a classic, bold lip without the need to splurge. Revlon also carry great nude lipsticks! A cult fave for women of colour is Revlon’s lipstick in “Mink.”

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick, 03 Hot Pepper

COLOUR – A true red with a slight orange undertone

PIGMENT – Full, Intense

TEXTURE – Soft, Velvety

FINISH – Matte

VIBE – Elegant, Pop of Colour, Bold Summer Red

(Current) PRICE: £6.12

Ever since Bourjois came out with these, I have been nothing but in love with the formula. These lipsticks do not function like your normal liquid-to-dry liquid lipsticks. they actually stay creamy and, well, velvety. I would not recommend this to anyone who wants a lot of staying power or rather, no transfer, due to the texture of these. But my, are they one of the most comfortable liquid-lipsticks I’ve ever worn! (in my opinion).

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Divine Lips in “Helene”

COLOUR – A true red with a blue undertone

PIGMENT – Full, Intense

TEXTURE – Creamy

FINISH – Luscious

VIBE – Old Hollywood Glam, Luxurious Red

PRICE: £18.00

Now, this lipstick is probably the epitome of a Hollywood glam lipstick, given it was created by one of the iconic moguls herself, Joan Collins. Pretty much, this suggestion is for all of my old-Hollywood-glam-loving readers out there (including me, hehe). It is a classic red. Pretty much the shade that will never go out of style.

COLOUR – A true red with a pink undertone

PIGMENT – Full, Intense

TEXTURE – Liquid-to-matte

FINISH – Matte

VIBE – Classic Red

PRICE: £18.00

Do I even need to explain how much I love this product? I don’t think I’ll ever not get over how amazing this really is. Yes, it is a liquid lipstick, but a very comfortable one. I always like to use a lip pencil on the centre of my lips to balance the finish if it ever feels too drying. Nonetheless, this is a great true red suitable for all skin tones! 

(Makeup details on this look will be featured in my next post)

I’m currently loving this fresh new wave of creativeness taking over the classic looks we’ve witnessed over decades and with red lipstick, it is no different. I’d recommend any lipstick lover to use this time to experiment with not only different shades of lipstick but, different textures! From gloss to frost, powder-to-liquid, liquid-to-matte, balm-to-gloss etc. Discover your perfect Summer lip! lol

I hope this post, helped in some way or at least gave you a little inspo for your usage of wearing red lipstick this summer. Enjoy rocking your Summer reds, everyone!

Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

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MAKEUP LOOK: TWO-TONE EYESHADOW

Greetings, everyone! I hope you’re all well today. **Sighs, followed by face palm** I know I have not been the most consistent with content since before my birthday back in May (btw makeup deets on the yellow look I wore will be uploaded soon). But this time, I promise I’m back on track and here to stay.

Okay – so for this edit, I really wanted to showcase a makeup look that I’ve never really done on my blog before (that’s the goal, Stacy ^-^), which is a two-tone eyeshadow look! Basically two different coloured eyeshadows on each eye. The inspiration drew from a makeup tutorial I watched about a year ago on the amazing makeup artist, JKissa (on YouTube). So this is my rendition of a two-toned eye-look!

I knew I wanted something diffused, with a pale touch of the same colour on the lids, tied together with a graphic wing in the exact same colour (sort of). As for my colour choices, I wasn’t actually sure about which duos to choose from. So I then ended up going for blue and green eyeshadows, complimented with lighter brows, bronzed up skin and glossy lips. Creating this was quite the experiment, but definitely worth the attempt.

I think one of the trickiest parts of creating this look was when I was mapping out the same shapes using different coloured eyeshadows on each eye. Although it took me quite a bit of time, the process was still so much fun and new to me!

I remember whilst I was curating the shadows I wanted for this look, I felt somewhat of a nostalgic wave come over me from the times I’d spend as a child. Searching and testing out different watercolour paints for hours on end – oh the joy. Not much has changed since then. I now have a variety of 30 different powdery swatches on both of my arms in the same colour family, hunting for as many green and blue eyeshadow combos that I can find in my collection.

But this step was actually crucial, only because you want to work with textures that won’t give you a hard time blending, just so you know which shadows work best for you.

PRODUCTS USED:

EYESHADOWS-

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette

A couple of no-named, [discontinued] single shadows that I barely used, but were still useful.

FOUNDATION- Fenty Beauty Pro Filtr’ in 440

CONCEALER- Fenty Beauty Match Stick in Caramel (under the eyes)

POWDER/BRONZER/BLUSH- Nip & Fab Contour Kit in Dark (such a favourite!)

HIGHLIGHT- Nip & Fab Highlighter in Deep

EYELINER- From Poundland

MASCARA- Primark

LIP GLOSS- any nude/transparent gloss! Primark has great ones, the one I used is by NYC in Pink Sand, however, its unfortunately discontinued.

BROWS: Light brown brow gel by TECHNIC

What I will say is that the two-tone eyeshadow method definitely opened up my eyes to get creative and put together not only different moods with more colour but even different textures, telling the same story on the eyes.

I may be getting ahead of myself, lol, but I’d love to see more renditions of this in the near future! I can totally see this being done in more makeup edits, magazine editorials and in pretty much in general. Just something different…

I’d love to know what you all think of the ‘two-toned’ eye-look in the comments below! Would you try out this look? Have you already done this look? I’m curious, lol.

IGTV: For those of you who are on Instagram, I’ve started uploading full-length makeup tutorials on IGTV (if you click on my Instagram profile, you’ll find my video in the top left corner). You can also follow me and let me know what you think of these, or even suggest any other ideas on what looks you think I could film for you. My Instagram is stacyjang_

Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

My Journey To A Healthier Lifestyle

It’s easy to lose track of your weight and fall of the grid subconsciously – I experienced weight gain and frequent headaches, the unhealthy foods I’d put in my body began to show all throughout my skin. I felt awful, probably the hardest thing I had to acknowledge was that this unlimited unhealthy diet I was pursuing was affecting me mentally. I would stay indoors for as much as possible and when I’d go out I’d wear the baggiest clothes I could find (not the stylish kind), knowing I wasn’t happy with my body nor myself in general. This small problem only grew bigger, it was either to find a solution or don’t move on at all. I am quite a determined person generally, so going through such a slow process was hard but yet eye opening. The thought of that only made me want to become a better version of myself, though I didn’t know where to start.

So I started blogging, which gradually gave me more confidence in my appearance and encouraged me to get out more and enjoy life more. Despite my new found happiness, I had a bloating problem which I struggled to get rid of. That is until I heard about @skinnycoffeeclub I’ve been drinking this coffee consistently for 2 weeks and I have to say I’ve had exceptional results. It was my first time trying out a 28-Day programme, however, it did not just help define, tone my body and revive me each morning- it also helped me mentally maintain a healthier routine in my lifestyle.

It’s infused with health properties such as green tea and ginseng, I’m basically getting the best of both worlds by drinking this coffee.

This has become such a must-have in my daily routine, the perfect essential towards my body goals this summer!

So to anyone who’s a body goal getter and a coffee lover, I highly recommend this to you!

#skinnycoffeestories
#skinnycoffeeclub

Happy Friday!

For today’s look, I worked with pink hues and undertones to give me a subtle rosy glow!

 On the eyes, I dusted Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance’s  “Buon Fresco” and “Love Letter” on the lids, applied a thin wing to elongate my eyes and topped off with Bourjois Paris Queen Attitude Mascara.

For the cheeks, I bronzed and blushed with the Sleek Bronze Block Compact and highlighted with my favourite combo, ABH’s “Vermeer” and “Primavera” eyeshadows.

Quick Tip: To achieve a more sunkissed glow, I always like to apply a little bit of the blusher I’m wearing lightly on the bridge of my nose.