Happy Halloween! Dark mermaid halloween makeup.


Hey there! Happy Halloween! so once i knew i wanted to do a Halloween makeup look for Halloween the hunt was on to figure out what kind of look i wanted to do! i reached out and asked on instagram, twitter and facebook and i had the suggestion dark mermaid come back. I really like this idea so off i went! i actually ended up doing this look twice, i did it on Saturday but i really wasn’t happy with how the look or the pictures turned out so i tried again on Monday and im much happier with this one!

I hope you like this too, happy Halloween!

Eyes –

Revolution brow tint in dark – go to brow product.

Bourjois 24HR eyeshadow primer.

Imagic flash palette using black – as an eyeshadow base.

Revolution single eyeshadow in touch me – to set my primer and base.

Revolution Pro regeneration trends mischief mattes using poison and shrine – i used poison as my first crease colour, and then shrine was more directly in my crease.

Sleek divine ultra mattes V1 brights palette using sugarlite and dragonfly – i found the colours getting muddy so i used these to brighten the colours up.

Revolution eyes like angels eyeshadow palette using aqua dream – as my lid colour.
Maybelline master ink matte liquid eyeliner in charcoal black – i did a heavy wing, i didnt plan too! but i did.

maybelline total temptation mascara in black – even when i wear lashes, i still pile it on!

Eyelashes from ebay.

Face –

Obsession whitener drops, max factor facefinity foundation in light ivory, freedom ghost whitener, revolution liquid highlighter unicorn elixir, revolution haunted liquid highlighter in envy and imagic flash palette the blue – ok, so my “foundation” was a right old mix! i basically kept mixing until i got what i wanted, in the end for some reason in some pictures i look much bluer than others! it gets the effect across though, and that was all over my face, neck and chest.

Elf HD setting powder – to set everything!

Revolution Pro regeneration trends mischief mattes using poison and shrine – i used a stencil i got from a mermaid kit from tescos, but fishnet tights work well too! and then i basically just went all around my face and picked random spots on my chest, i also shaded/contoured my chest a bit, and blended the scales in so they didn’t look so placed.

Revolution ultra cool glow highlighter palette using the green – i sprayed my brush with a setting spray before i picked up the powder and then i went wild! pretty much all over my chest, cheekbones, nose, chin, cupids bow, under the brow, inner corners, everywhere!

Iridescent cosmetic white/green glitter – i then grabbed this super pretty glitter and pretty much did the same that i did with the highlighter! minus cupids bow and eyes.

Lips –
MUA luxe velvet lip lacquer in splash – all over the lips.

Revolution haunted liquid highlighter in envy – i patted this in the centre of my lips then blended outwards.

Iridescent cosmetic white/green glitter – i then basically did the same with the glitter too.

I am so happy i re did this! because i like this version so much more than i liked my first one, it really proves that sometimes its worth trying again!

I hope you enjoy, and have a happy and safe Halloween!

Cath x

Evil Widower halloween makeup.


Hey there! so i havent done a makeup look in a while! but i finally had a moment to do a halloween look, while trying to figure out what to do i asked a few of my friends, and i had some interesting suggestions! the two i got was cult of the damned, and makeup based upon the makeup that an npc wears in world of warcraft.

Taking all this on this is what i ended up with! very pale, red & purple eyes and lips with an interesting marking pattern. Ive had various opinions of what everyone thinks it may be, i think a widower in a big haunted mansion, whos husband haunts comes to mind!

Anyway i add a lot of fun doing this, it was great fun playing dress up i hope you enjoy what i did too!

eyes –
Eyebrows
– Revolution ultra brow tint in dark.

Eyeshadow primer – Bourjois 24 HR eyeshadow primer.

Eyeshadow base -Imagic flash palette dupe -white,red – white around my eyebrows and red as an eyeshadow base.

Eyeshadow base – Freedom gel eyeliner in red – eyeshadow base that kinda failed!

Eyeshadow palette – Revolution beautiful darkness eyeshadow palette – spirit, dead rose, horror, demon. – spirit to set the base, horror as the first crease colour, demon as the second, dead rose as the lid colour.

Liquid eyeliner -Maybelline master ink matte liquid liner. – large cat flick eyeliner!

Mascara – Too faced better than sex mascara.

False eyelashes – from ebay.

Face –
Foundation – Revolution conceal and define full coverage foundation in F0.5.

 Foundation – Imagic flash palette – white.

Foundation – Freedom ghost whitener.

Contour – Freedom sfx palette, the pale grey and white.

Powder – Elf HD setting powder.

lips –
Lipgloss/lipstick – Freedom pro melts lipgloss in shock.

Lipstick – Rimmel london lasting finish by kate lipstick in 04.

Lipstick – Modelsown hipstick sheen lipstick in 03.

Cath x

Makeup picks for halloween.


Hey there! so halloween is very quickly coming up, and i have to say that i adore this time of year, though i doubt that is any kind of surprise really!

I havent been able to do halloween makeup looks for the best couple of years which is rather sad, but in the years that i have done it, i tend to stick to beauty makeup and not go too far down the SFX route even if i am doing SFX effects or looks.

I have of course used some, liquid latex, fake blood, scar wax mainly but i do try to stick to beauty makeup because not only is it easier for me its easier for everyone who may want to recreate the looks i do.

So with that being said, im going to show you some of my favourite makeup products for this time of year.

Face products.


Now i have to be honest, a big part of using your normal makeup for halloween is using products not in the way they are meant to be used. For example, cream eyeshadow as lipstick and stuff like that but to make these things easier to show you i have split it up into categories!

First up is what i would say is hands down the handiest product to have for halloween/costume makeup. And that would be a flash palette, the orginal one is from makeup forever however i have the imagic flash palette dupe £9.47 , its much cheaper and works extremely well! they are basically cream paints, but they set. They work really well as eyeshadow bases, but also are perfect for painting and pretty much anything else you need it for.

Something to have on hand is a contour palette, its up to you if you go cream or powder but having a large collection of skintone shades helps a lot when you are shading/highlighting. The one i have is the Revolution HD pro powder contour -fair £8.00, but theres plenty out there. Basically just something you can do the more realistic shading and highlighting with.

The little pots you can see in the picture are next, and that is colour correcting concealers, mine are the Freedom makeup london pro camouflage & correct £3.00 in lilac, green and yellow. Coloured concealers can be used as cream paints, ive used green colour correcters before for cream paints and they work really well! also they can be for there intended colour correcting underneath an extremely pale base for example.

Something that i have admittedly way too many of are coloured highlighters, the ones in the picture are MUA undress your skin highlighting powder £3.00. But there are many coloured highlighters out there these days and they are perfect for mermaid/unicorn/fairy etc looks, for once you cant go overboard!

This could be classed as a bit of a cheat, but i do highly suggest having a white foundation or a foundation that is much paler than you are. Obviously this can be used as a basis for so many looks, and colours can be mixed into it as well! I always try to have a white foundation to hand so that i can mix it into too dark foundations anyway, the one in this picture isnt actually sold anymore, but Revolution pro SFX white base £3.00 is basically the same just not freedom!

Lastly in this section, is eyelash glue! in my picture im showing the DUO lash glue in dark £5.99, but if you want an all rounder i would suggest going for a clear lash glue over dark! but basically eyelash glue is mainly latex, and can be used just like latex to make wounds and the like. Its pricier to use tubes of lash glue but if its what you have to hand it works! my first wounds i made were eyelash glue based and it works very well.

Eyes/lips.


As you can see there are two products i have already spoken about, the imagic flash palette and eyelash glue. These two really sit in the camp of being very flexible, so they deserved to be in both sections really!

So first up in this section is the Freedom makeup london pro lipstick palette in noir £10.00, Now they have a tonne of different shade ranges for this palette, but it will be no surprise to anyone that i have the noir! with so many colours in one place you should be able to mix any colour lipstick you need, and again these would work really well as a cream paint, the added sheen would work perfectly for blood and general wounds.

The other palette in the picture is the Revolution pro regeneration palette – trends mischief mattes £8.00. Ohh i love this palette, at the beginning of my blog you can see i just dont stop using it! its a brilliant palette, and brilliant for shading and all sorts of colours from bright to dark.

Finally, eyeliners! you could also put lip liners into this category too, but pencils are so useful for the colour they bring and the detail you can get with them. A personal favourite and the one in the picture is the NYX professional makeup slide on eye pencil £6.50.

So there you have my top makeup picks for halloween! have you got anything you would add to this? let me know!

Cath x

Acid Toning – why do it & my favourites.

Hey there! so today i wanted to chat to you about acid toning, why it can be a very good step in your skincare routine & my personal favourite acid toners!

Before i begin however i will just state that i am no expert, i am not trained and this is just what i know from my own research and trail and error! if your ever concerned, you should of course always ask a professional.

It is also very important to know that if you acid tone you must wear an spf during the day! you should be wearing one regardless, but with acid toning its even more important.

If you havent really heard much about acid toning before you have likely read the word “acid” and been a bit freaked out! when acid toning first became a more mainstream thing everyone had the same kind of reaction, myself included until you learn a bit more about it.

So acid toning is using a toner or pre-soaked pad that contains a gentle AHA or BHA acid in the normal toner stage, and what this does is it gets to work on the skin eating away at dead skin without using very harsh scrubs etc. It also kills off bacteria extremely well so its very good for spots, and helps to fade scars over time as well.

Theres 3 main acids you will find, glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid. glycolic and lactic are AHAs, and salicylic is a BHA, whats the difference? well according to the paulas choice website here AHAs work on the skins surface and are water soluble were as BHAs work down into the pores as well and are oil soluble.

Generally, salicylic acid is seen as the one to go to if you have a lot of issues with spots, blackheads etc as it really helps with that. Lactic acid is rather gentle and not irritating and best for those with sensitive skin, glycolic acid is the one most people know about and the one i use the most, it is the staple of acid toning!

So, when do you use these? well you can use them morning or night, or even morning and night! but personally i mostly use at night and only use in the morning if i feel like i need the boost. This is the first step on your skin after cleansing, and then after this you follow with a skin hydrating mist to start the hydration process.

So, shall we get into my favourites!

These are the 3 i currently use, though i will also list in a second some honourable mentions! i will say, all the ones i use are glycolic based, that is just what i go for personally and is the most commonly found.

So first up is the Lacura daily cleansing pads £4.95 for 2 packs of 60 pads, i could only find the double packs online but as you can see for the price its very affordable! they are a very obvious dupe of the nip + fab pads (mentioned below) and honestly i cant tell too much of a difference between the two! these contain glycolic acid mainly, and also some fruit acids though they are way farther down the list. The way i use pads like this is i buff over my skin with one side then i flip it and go again, i also will buff and spend longer on spots and areas of concern, these are my go to acid toner id say.

Next is actually the only liquid acid toner ive tried, the Freedom Glycolic radiance toner £6.00, now this one is meant to be a dupe for the pixi glow tonic, i havent tried the glow tonic but i like this one! ive had a few bottles of it now on and off and its a really good budget toner if you would rather soak your own cotton pads, again it is glycolic based, the only thing that puts me off using this sometimes is that it can leave the skin feeling a little sticky, i spray straight after so it doesnt matter too much but its just something to be aware of!

Lastly we have the Superdrug Naturally Radiant glycolic acid daily cleansing pads £5.99, now these are basically the same as the lacura or the nip + fab, they are glycolic based with fruit acids much farther down the list pre-soaked pads.  Theres not much i can say about these that i didnt say about the lacura ones! these are pretty much the same in almost every way.

So those are the 3 i am currently using, the first one i used and still often my go to are of course the nip + fab glycolic fix exfoliating facial pads £13.59. They are slightly up there in price but almost always on sale somewhere! they also now have an “extreme” version (they are not too much stronger dont panic) a sensitive version and a salicylic acid version as well so theres something for everyone there!

Of course there is the famous pixi glow tonic £18.00, it is again up there in price, but if you dont know were to start and can afford a little bit more you are not going to go wrong with this at all!

Mainly when it comes to acid toning, i would say have a look around and go for what you think suits you, try some things out and have fun! i honestly love acid toning its something i brought into my skincare years ago and im very glad i did.

Cath x

My Nighttime Self-care Routine.

Hey! So, for the past week or so ive gotten into having a bit of a self-care routine every night at the minute. I started having issues with going to sleep, as someone who after many sleep issues in my teen years was able to sleep with no issue. But now, i have been getting anxious about the idea of going too sleep, as someone who responds well to the pampering side of self care and i also needed to start taking better care of more than just my face! i brought in a routine that has really been helping.

So generally i am a massive night owl, and myself and friends will generally stop playing video games and go to bed between 1-3am. So, at this point i turn off my pc move my water bottle & phone near my bed and then i get my room sorted, i draw my blinds and tidy up my bed if i dumped stuff on it! I then will get a youtube video going  on my phone, currently its generally a video from thrift thick  (please check her out i adore her!) then i get all the products i need out and put them onto the corner of my dressing table that i use as a night stand, before i get changed & go off to cleanse my face brush my teeth etc.

So i always double cleanse, ive always been a massive fan of doing this and i start with generally the super facialist vitamin C+ skin renew cleansing oil £10.99 this is hands down my favourite cleansing oil, ive used it for years and will continue to do so! it cleanses without stripping, it isnt super oily or heavy and it smells like oranges! for my second cleanse, i go with either the botanics all bright gentle cleansing cream £5.49 witch is very gentle and good for when my skin is dryer or the B. creamy foam cleanser £6.99 during the summer and when my skin is oiler. Both staples in my bathroom cupboard!

Once im back in my room i turn off my light and do everything else just by the light of my phone, i do this purely because i dont wanna have to get back up and turn my light off again! continuing with skincare, i use an acid toner, at the minute ive been enjoying the Freedom makeup london pro studio radiance tonic £ 6.00, this is really good, pretty gentle but still helps to remove dead skin cells using good old acid! (nice acid!), after this ive really gotten into using a hydrating facial spritz, my choice being the B. hydrated hyaluronic acid spritz £7.99, i am going through this so fast! i think this was hands down what kept my skin from being dry during the heat wave when i didnt want anything on my face!

Then i use a serum, ive really been enjoying the superdrug vitamin c invigorating skin booster £4.99 at the moment, of course i love the smell! but it also adds an extra layer of hydration and softness that i love. Finally for my face, i use a night cream and i wrote a whole review about these garnier natural 3 in 1 soothing rose botanical balm £12.99 witch you can read here, but the short version is hydrating, calming and lovely!

With all that on my face, i turn my attention to the rest of my body! now i have never liked putting body cream on, i hate the feeling so that doesnt happen. But i have been finally paying my feet some attention, i have very difficult problematic feet (this, is an understatement) we are talking cracks so deep they bleed bad, and having to be bandaged up earlier this year! my foot cream of choice right now is the scholl hard skin softening cream £5.99. i have to be honest however i dont know if its as heavy duty as my feet need! so if you have a suggestion please let me know!

now, i lay down and watch the youtube video for a bit, as it gets closer to the end i pop on a lip balm. ive really been liking the REN vita mineral lip balm £10.50 lately, i think this was a freebie in a box at some point? but however i got it, i really like how smooth it feels on the lips and its very hydrating, its still on in the morning! the very last thing i do beauty product wise is pop on some hand cream, ive been going for this NAOBAY orange juice hand cream £11.50 currently, another box item! because its on the lighter side so good for the summer, but its still very hydrating and plus side it smells amazing (can you tell i like orange smelling things?).

and with that, i close my phone and go to sleep and generally this little routine as really been helping me unwind and not be quite so anxious at night!

do you have a night time routine? any foot cream suggestions for me? let me know!

cath x

Goth leanings Red Glittery Liner Makeup Look.

Hey! So i did this makeup look the other week (before it got too hot to even touch your face again). Ive wanted to do something with red again for a while but you know, theres only so many things you can do with red! But i think i came up with something pretty good in the end, really dark black smoky eye with glitter red liner & bright red lips, showing my very obvious goth leanings. So yeah, i enjoyed doing this, and i hope you like it too!

Eyes –
Makeup Revolution Brow Tint In Dark.
Bourjois 24HR Eyeshadow Primer.
Freedom Gel EyeLiner In Black And Red – The red is under the glitter & on my eyelashes, it failed showing up under the glitter!
Makeup Revolution Single Eyeshadow In Touch Me – A base shadow/blending colour.
Makeup Revolution Give Them Darkness Palette – Overcast as a crease colour, Shadow in the crease and on the lid and on the lower lash line.
Makeup Revolution Ultra Pro HD Powder Contour In Fair – Inner corner & brow bone highlight.
Duo Eyelash Glue In Dark & Red Glitter – For the eyeliner.
Maybelline The Rocket Mascara Waterproof.
Ebay False Eyelashes.

Face –
maybelline Baby Skin Primer.
Freedom Pro Camouflage & correct In Yellow
Maybelline Mastercamo Colour Correcting Pen In Green.
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation In Light Porcelain.
Popfeel HD Invisible Cover Concealer.
Obsession Whitener Mixer.
Miss Beauty Pressed Powder In Ivory.
NYX Powder Blusher In Taupe.
17 The Cheek Of It Blusher In Plum Puff.
Makeup Revolution Ultra Pro HD Powder Contour In Fair.

Lips –
Jelly Pong Pong The Super Matte Lipstick.
Makeup Revolution Ultra Velour Lip Cream In Say Yes, It’s what we do best.

So there you go! i hope you enjoyed this, have you tried wearing red on your eyes before?

Cath x

Switching it up matte pinks makeup look.

Hey there! so todays post is a look i did last week, i was thinking about what to do to show all of you. I thought about a few things but then i thought why dont i do exactly what i dont really do? normally i do shimmery eyes and lips and matte skin and i dont really do pinks very much!, so i switched it up today! matte eyes & lips and an awful of highlighter.

Below is what i used, i hope you enjoy!

Eyes
Bourjois 24Hr Eyeshadow Primer.
Imagic Flash Palette – Blue, Pink, Red and black mixed together – for the eyeshadow base.
Makeup revolution Single Eyeshadow In Touch Me – general blending colour.
Makeup Revolution Pro Regeneration Trends Mischief Mattes Palette – I used Ricochet for the crease colour, then Exclusive also in the crease, with Haunted on the lid and Cursed to blend out the liner.
Makeup Obsession Eyeshadow in Midnight black – over the black Imagic cream for liner.
Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara.
ebay false eyelashes.

Face 
The Ordinary high-Adherence Silicone Primer.
Freedom Pro Camouflage & Correct In Yellow & Green.
17 Stay Time 25hr Foundation In Porcelain.
Obsession Mixer Whitening Drops.
Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer In F1.
Illamasqua Cream Pigment In Hollow.
Miss Beauty Pressed Powder In Ivory.
NYX Blusher In Taupe.
17 The Cheek Of It Blusher In Plum Puff.
Makeup Revolution Ghost Lights Highlighter.

Lips
Revolution Pro Lipstick Kit Reds & Vamps.

Cath x