Not My Style Challenge: Accepted

Not My Style Challenge: Accepted

As some of you may know I was nominated by Blend It Like Saza to do her, ‘Not my style’ challenge. After she trialed blue eye shadow (which looked fabulous darling!) I was challenged to try green. Now don’t get me wrong I have tried green eye shadow and admittedly own some but I never made it look all that good. Some may say that the look I concocted isn’t too appealing and it took me quite some time to get accustomed to it. However overall I was very happy with it and this is what it looked like:

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To begin with I thought that I looked like a tree with the combination of the browns and green; but as I stared at myself in the mirror as though I were Narcissus it gradually grew on me.

I achieved this look by using my new love! The I Heart Make Up Chocolate Bar Palette has become my go to everyday since I bought it, and yes I intend to buy a few more palettes from the collection. It is a drugstore dupe for the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (though it too is beautiful I Heart Make Up prices have my heart). The product itself smells like chocolate which is always a bonus for a chocolate addict like myself and the formula is lovely. The shadows are very pigmented and blend oh so lovely. The packaging is brilliant as it looks like a partially melted chocolate bar (now who doesn’t love a bit of melted chocolate?)

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To start the eye look I put shadow 1 through my crease as it adds a lovely warm hue to the look. As usual I built this to quite an intense colour as it is my favourite colour in the palette so I have a tendency to get a bit heavy handed. Following from that I put shadow 2 about two-thirds of the way through my crease and a little lower down so that the caramel shade could be seen above it. Once that was blended out I applied shadow 3 to the outer third of my eye and softly blended it to prevent any harsh lines. To balance the look and stop my eyelids from looking like they were about to give way from the weight of the shadow, I took shadow 2 under my lash line to create a smoothish line (I am no expert when it comes to this lark I just know I am slightly addicted). Now was the point where I added the green shadow to the look.

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This came from an old friend, my Miss Sporty Army Style Smokey. I only used the green on the bottom left and I packed that only my eyelid and up to my crease. After that I then went back into the crease with shadow 2 from the chocolate palette to blend any harsh lines. To highlight my inner corner I chose shadow 4 and packed that on to add a real pop of colour (The intention is to blind others not yourself). Finally I finished the look by highlighting under my brow bone with shadow 5, then curled my eyelashes and applied Rimmel’s Supercurler Mascara in Extreme Black (my holy grail mascara). To bring it all together I used my current beau brown lipstick, Maybelline Coloursens Matte Nude Lipstick in Brown Sugar  (every time I pick it up I start singing the Rolling Stone’s song)

I won’t bore you with all the other products I used to beat my face with but I will leave artistically taken photos down below for you to peruse. If you want to know shades or what I think of them don’t be afraid to ask.

This has given me some inspiration as to the eye make up that I will be doing for Paddy’s Day (only 22 days to go if you were wondering) But you never can tell I may decide on something completely different by the time it comes around.

So I’ve whittled on enough but I will say I enjoyed doing this look and am considering doing another using this palette.

See you next time!

Fabulous photos of the products tools used on my face:

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

You are probably disgusted with me considering I have not been around for…well let’s not dwell on that. Again I must apologise Und Grannier’s but by now you should know I am not a reliable source for regular updates. Nevertheless on to new things, after much convincing Blend It Like Saza has convinced me to change the forum in which I write my ramblings. For as much as I enjoyed my last platform I like the idea of a more personable environment with which I can communicate with my Und Grannier’s. Alongside the new look of this blog there will also be a few new topics that I will be rambling about.

(Just a side note) all of my previous blog posts have moved home with me so you can always go back and read on the previous pieces as you desire. Reminding yourself of any marvelous pieces I’ve written… *cough* moving on.

The next couple of pieces that will be appearing on here are to do with lifestyle. What I mean is I’m not about to spout about keeping New Year’s resolutions which we all know are down the toilet. Nor am I going to be telling you how to keep fit and healthy because I am no hypocrite. What I am going to rambling on about is how to keep organised and how to make your space welcoming. I know everyone has there own style of doing things this just happens to be mine, like it or leave it. The reason for this change in topic is because of a change to my environment. The end of my degree is looming and with only two months left to get my dissertation and two additional pieces finished, my stress and anxiety levels have gone through the roof.

So after much procrastination (which will get you nowhere) and much stress texting to Blend It Like Saza, I have emerged with a clearer path ahead of me. Through the power of writing I can confidently say that I am feeling much more comfortable with how I am going to tackle the next coming months. I won’t repeat myself regarding my gingerbread man oracle, you’ll have to go over to Instagram (undgranny) to read about him. No, today is going to be about the advantages of a calendar. You may think this an obvious one but until this year I had most definitely underrated the effectiveness of a calendar.

Again, I was having a crisis about my work and my life in general when I decided the best thing to do was to purchase a calendar. This way I could get all of the dates and information I had stored in my head down so that I wouldn’t forget about anything. And what do you know, it worked. However, it is not just your usual humdrum calendar with cute puppies on it.  This one is made to inspire! It is bursting with colour and every month has an inspirational quote to get you through that month.

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I find that I work better when things are stimulating and colourful, so I decided to go one step further and got out my Sharpies (not genuine that’s far too expensive for a student) and jazzed up the significant dates on the calendar. Doodles to break up the monotony of black and white squares. Things to draw your eye and to remind you that something is coming up. There are even dates that aren’t significant, just that its the start of summer, but still it deserves a bit of love.

Yes, I even highlighted my submission dates because they ain’t going nowhere (sorry Mother) so there is little point in trying to avoid them. I feel that this has given me a drive to work at it and get what I need done.

I find that just by doing the doodles it helps to calm me and gives me a little breathing space from the slog of studying. Here are a few doodles that have helped to brighten up my space which is, admittedly already a colourful corner of my home.

Usually this is where I would sign off Happy Crafting! Today however for the purposes of a different topic we’ll mix it up.

Happy Doodling!