The blind leading the blind (poem)

Hullo lovelies,

I’m knackered today (potentially because I had so much energy earlier I ended up jumping around) so it’s a poem I wrote on the train to Newcastle! I’m always interested to know what you think of my poetry, I’ve never done English Literature in my life so it’s just what I feel! Hope you had a LOVELY day! 💕

I’m always asked

‘How are you always so happy?’

Well,

I’m not.

But I believe,

We have to stop focusing on the bad

Beating ourselves up

Or letting others put us down,

Pining over someone who’s not coming back.

We have to start seeing the good,

Rather than the bad and the ugly.

Yes, Some days it’s hard.

The hardest task in the world is to carry on,

It’s hard to smile and get up

But you have to try

Because you matter and so does that beautiful smile.

~the blind leading the blind

Love,

Kirsty ox

You can’t always get what you want (poem)

Hey lovelies! Two posts in one day (shocking) but I keep rereading this poem I wrote so I had to share!

The thing is,

I want you

But you don’t want me

Or at least not me of today.

Maybe if I was thinner

Or more beautiful you’d want me.

But I’m not.

So you don’t want me.

And the worst part is

That makes me not want me either.

Love, Kirsty ox

Image from google.

Perspective and a smokey eye pictorial <3

Hullo lovelies,

Firstly today it’s a quick reminder from me and then I’ll take you through how I achieved the makeup look in my photo! As always any recreations, clarifications or comments are always appreciated. The palettes I used are Provocoture by Marc Jacobs and Queen of Hearts by Coloured Raine.

So the reminder, sometimes we are way too hard on ourselves. Yep I said it. Well yesterday I was doing an eye makeup look and I had one of those ‘oh god I’m no good’ moments and I was feeling really down about the whole thing. Then today I saw one of those makeup comparison posts that shows the amazing journey someone has had with their makeup, so makeup now compared to makeup a few months ago (you know the ones that always make you go WOW at the persons progress). That’s when I realised, I have come along way in a few months and I was simply lacking perspective, it is easier to be hard on yourself about one thing than to remember where you came from. So I wanted to remind you all that you’ve all come along way in your own journeys and everyday you survive and fight through is another amazing achievement. I’m sure some of my friends who are teaching abroad wouldn’t imagine the lessons they are writing and delivering now a few months ago (I’m super proud of you guys). Always remember to have perspective guys and be proud of your achievements ❤

Let’s get down to business then, todays makeup look (which is actually the one I was talking about above) and how you can recreate.

  1. Prime your eyes and (using a large fluffy brush) dab a matte shade across all the primer to set it, my gems.fullsizeoutput_482
  2.  Next start blending Otherwise from Provocoture into the crease, I used the Zoeva 228 for this.fullsizeoutput_483.jpeg
  3. Then, using the same 228, I started to blend Duchess into the crease, creating the shape I want the eyeshadow to be.fullsizeoutput_474
  4. After this I took the shade As Well from Provocoture on a Sigma E25 and added that to the outer V and crease. Then using a very small flat brush I traced concealer (Sephora) from the inner corner along the crease to the middle of my eye. This step is just to make the shimmer stand out more but be patience as it can at first be hard to trace exactly under the crease. fullsizeoutput_476
  5. Next I added the shade You Might from Provocoture over the concealer using a Zoeva 237 brush. As well as filling in my brows and adding a layer of mascara.fullsizeoutput_478
  6. Then came the eyeliner. As I LOVE the Zoeva winged liner brush I knew I wanted to use that, the down side of this plan was my gel eyeliner is in Spain not in England with me. So I improvised by using LimeCrime liquid lipstick in shade Black Velvet. I also added my Tatti lanes in TL4 and promptly decided I hated the whole look. fullsizeoutput_471
  7. I decided to add a glitter cut crease using Collection glitter liner (really cheap) and the Zoeva winged liner brush.fullsizeoutput_46d
  8. 20 minutes later I started to liked it when I added glitter liner over the black.img_6250.jpg
  9. So I added lashes….IMG_6253
  10. …..Creating the finished look.IMG_6270

So there we have it lovelies! That’s how I created todays look and I hope you like it (let me know). Check out my Instagram for a handy six picture guide to this look that is easy to save so you can recreate (@kirstyslifeblog)! Remember that it’s all about perspective and not to be too hard on yourself! Love, Kirsty ox

Friends 👫

Hullo lovelies,

Here’s today’s thought in the form of a poem! Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday! (Yes it will be back to the makeup tomorrow) 💗

Friends are the light of the world.

In that,

They can light you up,

Or dim you down.

I still can’t decide if I think it needs another line, but for the moment this is it!

Love, Kirsty ox

(Image from google)

Green smokey eye using Morphe X Jaclyn Hill

Hullo lovelies!

Like a lot of people, I am a massive fan of Harry Potter! Naturally then, when I saw the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette and the shade Diva, all I could think of was Slytherin (okay so maybe not naturally but with all the Harry Potter films on recently you can see why it would pop into my mind). So doing my makeup today I couldn’t resist doing a Slytherin inspired look, even though my house is Gryffindor, but I hope you like it!

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The palette and brushes I used:IMG_6150.JPG

Here’s how to recreate it:

  1. Prime your eyes! I always use Mac Soft Oaker paint pot, but whatever you have to hand is fine. fullsizeoutput_396.jpeg
  2. Set the primer with a natural eyeshadow using a fluffy brush (I used Silk Creme for the palette and a Zoeva 228 brush).
  3. Start blending Silk Creme into the crease using the same brush. Swipe the shade back and forth from the inner to outer corner along the crease. fullsizeoutput_3a4.jpeg
  4. Taking the same 228 I blended Pooter into the crease, again back and forth from the inner to outer corner.fullsizeoutput_3ba.jpeg
  5. Then I picked up some of the shade Enchanted (which I am obsessed with) and drew a diagonal line from the outer corner upwards, creating the sharp outer V you want. The best brush for this that I have is a Zoeva 230, but it is basically a pencil brush. fullsizeoutput_3d1.jpeg
  6. I then used the same brush and shade and drew a line along the crease and started to blend out with a blending brush (I used Sigma E25).fullsizeoutput_3d2.jpeg
  7. I then retook the small pencil brush and used it to pat Enchanted into the inner corner, blending towards the middle of eye. This should then mean you have our outer and inner corner with the shade enchanted, with the centre of the eye still bare.fullsizeoutput_3d3.jpeg
  8. I then blended Abyss into the outer and inner corner, mirroring where I placed enchanted to create more depth.fullsizeoutput_3d4.jpeg
  9. In the centre of the eye, using my finger (technical I know), I placed the shade Diva, which is my favourite shade in the palette. I then used the pencil brush with the left over enchanted and abyss on it to blend the edges of Diva, making sure the makeup looked smooth.fullsizeoutput_3d5.jpeg
  10. Just to create more depth to the eye I placed a small amount of beam over the very centre of Diva in the middle of the eye. fullsizeoutput_3d7.jpeg
  11. Under the eye I used the pencil brush to blend enchanted, making your eyes pop even more!
  12. Finally for the actual eye makeup, I took the shade beam and a small flat brush (Zoeva 237) and placed the shade in the tear duct and under the brow bone for that highlight!fullsizeoutput_3d8.jpeg
  13. Then add mascara and lashes of your choice (mine are Tatti lashes TL4). fullsizeoutput_31b

So I hope you like this look and are able to recreate it (tag me in your recreations please, I would LOVE to see them)! Make sure to check out my Instagram (@kirstyslifeblog) for more photos of this look. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I will answer them for you. I hope you’re all having a brilliant Saturday. Love, Kirsty ox

Queen of hearts palette

Hullo lovelies!

Today I thought I’d discuss a palette that is well known in the makeup world – the Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts palette. This palette retails for £45, includes 12 shades and is 0.05oz per shade (definitely comparable to other 12 shade palettes like the Tarte ‘In bloom’ palette which is 0.053oz per shade and is around the same price, $46). The palette is a mix of metallic, matte and glitter shades. Here is a photo of it:IMG_5824

And another:

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Okay so first things first, it’s such a stunning palette to look at, you can immediately see why it’s so popular in beauty circles. When I opened it I think I gasped a little bit! The palette also performs really well – the mattes are incredibly creamy and pigmented, making it easy to blend them. I also love the glitters and shimmers in this palette! Although be warned that Your Majesty is more orange and Noblewoman more pink than they look in the pan (or maybe it’s me hahaha). My favourite shade in the palette is definitely Royal Highness which is a stunning silvery purple and looks beautiful on the eye. So far I created my favourite look doing a halo eye with Royal Prerogative in the crease, inner and outer corners, Duchess in the inner and outer corner, Dethrone in the inner and outer corner, Royal Highness in the centre of the eye and Crown in the tear duct.

So are there any negatives? Well for me the lack of  a light matte to set my primer and a dark matte are slightly annoying and mean that I couldn’t travel with this palette alone. However, it is such a beautiful and pigmented palette and I LOVE it! Highly recommend!

Overall: 4 Stars

Let me know what you think of it if you have it and if you want to see swatches! Love, Kirsty ox

Here we go!!!

Hullo my loves! 💋

If I hadn’t forgotten to make a New Years resolution this would be it: do what you love. And what do I love? Well asides from makeup and history, I love to write and talk, so making a blog seems pretty logcial doesn’t it? Still, I’m slightly scared to have people reading and judging my thoughts but maybe that’s beginners nerves! I’m not entirely sure what I’ll write but expect to see makeup and maybe a cheeky bit of poetry! Thank you always to my family and friends for the support, I love you always!

Signing out for now,

Kirsty ox

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