Friday, 2 January 2015

2014 - 2015

So 2014 has been and gone, a new year has come along. 2015 is a bigger number,which means more things to see and wonder.

Hello everyone, its been a long time no see  read. The reason being around that time I was getting stuck into my new full-time job, before you all ask what my job is (because I'm afraid I can't tell you what it is) it is a job that has no fixed shift pattern. Due to this, my blog schedule (and my social life) literally flew out of the window. My job is shift based so due to the timings of the shifts any spare time is used in sleeping and eating. The night becomes day and vice versa which makes it very difficult to find the time to write blog posts so apologies for the lack of posts or even updates on here. My passion for beauty and fashion has always made blogging my favourite hobby, but during the last few months I sacrificed it in the name of work. To all of you who read my blog and wondered what happened, I apologize. This new year I am making sure I schedule in time to relax which to me means writing blog posts,snapping away on instagram and tweeting immediate thoughts on twitter,links to all of which are at the bottom of the post so keep your eyes peeled! 

My absence aside, I hope you all had a very merry christmas and a happy new year! Let me know what you do to celebrate and your favourite unexpected present you received this christmas (if you celebrate the season) !

As always a new year means new years resolutions (the things we say we will try to do to improve ourselves and never truly stick to as the forthcoming months roll past). For a bit of fun I've listed my ten new years resolutions below:

001- Be more confident in myself.
002- Do those squats,situps and crunches (yes I want the abs and bum this summer)
003 - Make health my lifestyle not a fad.
004 - Smile more and think less.
005 - Cut out dairy and branded products for good.
006 - Schedule in time for fun and blogging.
007 - Meet new people.
008 - Say yes more and be more positive/less risk adverse.
009 - Read more.
010- Say yes to new opportunities and experiences.

What are your new years resolutions?

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Back to Basics M.A.C Essentials

Sometimes the most basic of things make a big difference, such as a brown eyepencil, a neutral toned eyeshadow...see where I'm going with this? Its not the bright pink lipstick you wear once in a blue moon you run out of, its the things you use on the daily basis which deserve the most love. This haul consists of a few staple items I re-purchased from M.A.C, whilst detailing the reasons why I can't go a day (maybe a tad dramatic)without them.

Teddy is a warm toned brown eye pencil which blends like a dream. I use it on those lazy days smudged close to the lash line and blended outwards to open up the eye, followed by some mascara and a warm-toned red lip. The colour itself is true to the photo, and contains the tiniest amount of golden reflects, not enough to notice from a distance, but subtle enough to show if you take a good look up close. Despite the extra reflect it still blends well and is a buildable eye kohl pencil. You can work as quickly or as slowly as you like with this, which is good for those too early morning wakeups, where you still haven't come to terms with the time let alone applying make-up. I really can't live without this pencil and I carry it with me everywhere as by simply adding a dash of this to the eyes, it instantly updates your look. It's simple but effective.
Close up of M.A.C Teddy Eye Kohl.
Teddy eye kohl smudged out two layers, teddy smudged out one layer, teddy swatched, Era eyeshadow swatched. WITH FLASH
 Era eyeshadow is a unsung hero colour, no-one seems to talk about and I have no idea why. Its one of those colours which looks so simple and boring you tend to ignore it when looking at the vast colour range M.A.C has to offer. But once you pick it up and apply it you realise how beautiful it is.  Its a cool toned light brown toned colour which has silver reflects finely milled within it. I use this colour in a multitude of ways, from sweeping it all over the lid, to defining the crease, building up the opacity for smoky defined eyes, or even smudging under the lower lashes. Era is slightly darker than my natural skin-tone which makes it the perfect colour for defining key areas. Its not too-strong a colour by itself, but definitely can be built up for the opacity required in a smokey eye. It was the second eyeshadow colour I ever bought from M.A.C and its the one I've repurchased the most out of the many I own for good reason. If you don't own this colour I'd really recommend you take a look at it, you won't be disappointed!

The M.A.C quads are such a handy way to carry four staple eyeshadows on-the-go, with the new clear front packaging making it quite literally clear to see which colours are contained inside. I have quite a few of these palettes which I swap and change on a regular basis to create the ultimate eyeshadow look to distill the best trends of the season. For such a good price, you can't go wrong with these palettes for storing and transporting your eyeshadows.

Order same as above NO FLASH
Such a great product. You can apply this directly to the face either before you apply your makeup to give a good base to the skin, or after you have completed your makeup, to lock in the look for the hours ahead, or even both. But what I mainly use M.A.C Fix + for is for foiling pigments and eyeshadows. As the holiday seasons are approaching, halloween and christmas I'm talking about you, the pigments in my collection creep their way forwards, begging to be used. I love adding a bit of sparkle and glitter to my looks when we're in the holiday season, I mean who doesnt?! What I do is a spray some of this onto a flat top eyeshadow brush such as a M.A.C 242 (for all over the lid colours) or a M.A.C 239 (more defined smaller brush) before I dip my brush into some pigment I've placed on the back of my hand. I then pack the pigment into the brush making sure there is no loose pigment which can drop over the face before applying the pigment directly to the lids of the eyes. I've found this is the best product for doing this over all the high-street alternatives. Its such a versatile product with endless possibilities which I always grab when I need to fix my make-up.

So that was my purchases from M.A.C of a few essential products I couldn't live without? 
What are your absolute favourite products from M.A.C? 

Tweet me at @simply_naturale letting me know or leave a comment in the comment box below, I love hearing your thoughts and suggestions!
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Sunday, 28 September 2014

001 / Autumn Outfit of the Day

Despite it being the end of September, today was a surprisingly warm in the UK. I could manage getting away with wearing a crop top and jeans without a wooly cardigan... result. I thought to make the most of the day and take a few pictures showing you all my outfit.

Jeans - Zara £35.00
Check Shirt - New Look £19.99

 Plaid is back in style for fall, so to incorporate the trend into my outfit, I tied my dark plaid shirt around my waist  at the front and let it drape around my lower half. It adds a little extra detail to the outfit plus it saves you carrying your cardigan in your hands, which is really handy....pun intended! I love this colour tartan, in the black watch theme, so when I saw this in newlook I grabbed it and ran to the till. Sizing wise I'd say to size up to get the oversized feel, especially when worn. However I found the arms to be shorter in length in my normal size, so sizing up is definitely the way to go if you're interest in purchasing this shirt.

Nails - £10.75 O.P.I Dulche De Leche
Rings - Forever 21 £4.99 (no longer available) similar here 
 For nails I've kept them nude with my new O.P.I nailpolish in Dulche de Leche(post on this soon). As its just the beginning of Autumn I've decided it's not quite time to crack the bottle of Burgundy polish out, as I'm saving it for the middle of October. With my outfit I wanted the accents on my hands to be the focus, such as the rings. I really love silver jewellery, so I put on as many rings as I could. All of the rings are from Forever 21 except the ring on my left pinky finger which is a midi ring from Topshop. Please excuse my chubby fingers, I can't help it always had them from a young age, thats my fathers fault, not impressed Dad!

 Necklace- Forever 21 £2.00
Earrings - Topshop (no longer available) similar HERE

For my make-up I used my every basic foundation/concealer and brow routine. For foundation I used Urban Decays Naked Skin foundation in 2.0 and then my new Bobbi Brown tinted eye bright under the eyes to hide the pesky under eye area.I then topped this with my Chanel under eye brightener over the top which I use as concealer. I then contoured and highlighted the face with Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette, and finished this off with M.A.C Cream blush in Ladyblush. I groomed and filled in my brows as normal using Omega Eyeshadow and then M.A.C Brow Gel in Quiet Brunette. I made the actual make-up look very autumnal with cool toned brown eyeshadows on the lid and blended into the crease(M.A.C Grain & Omega) with a good coat of thick black mascara(Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara by Kate Moss). For the lips I used Absolutely It lip pencil by M.A.C topped with a mixture of two lipsticks- my go to Chanel colour (the colour name of which had rubbed off, but I'm sure you could find it in previous posts) and Topshops Beatnik. 
This will be explained step-by-step in a future post!

Finally my go-to bag when I'm not rushing around is this small over the shoulder bag which is from Forever 21. I loved this bag, as the leather is so soft and the quality is incredible. Plus I'm a sucker for silver finishing on a bag so I knew as soon as I saw it, it was coming with me. Inside it has two different compartments which can hold your phone and lady things if you need to, aswell as the main compartment, so you could really put everything you need within this one bag. 

So what do you think of my outfit, please leave me your thoughts in a comment below id appreciate it. If you got this far please put in a comment the word 'winner'!

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