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28 August 2018

Five Looks Using One Palette | Morphe 35P

August 28, 2018 2 Comments



I recently purchased the Morphe 35P Plum Palette in the Beauty Bay sale on Morphe products (RIP) and have really been enjoying playing around with it. I used to think that I didn't suit purple eyeshadow, but the more I've practised using them the better I think they look. I did a post aaaaaaages ago sharing five looks with the Morphe 35OS palette, and I thought I'd do the same thing with this one! To save you having to read a ridiculously rambling introduction (spot o' alliteration for you), scroll on down to have a look at the five looks I shared here!
 
LOOK ONE
  1. To start this look I put a piece of Scotch Tape on my face (which looks ridiculous btw) from the tip of my eyebrow to the outer corner of my eye. I then applied a base of the Urban Decay Primer Potion, and set that in place using the white shade in the top left corner of the palette.

2. In my crease, I put down the pinky shade beside the white one I just used and blended it using a fluffy brush. To deepen that slightly, I used the darker pink shade on the top row, four across. I blended these shades thoroughly.

3. On the same fluffy brush, I used the maroon shade on the bottom row, three from the right. I blended this into my crease.

4. Using a flat eyeshadow brush, I took the shimmery maroon shade that's directly above the one I just used, and applied it to the inner half of my eyelid.

5. On the outer half of my lid, I applied the dark brown shade on the bottom row, three from the left. I blended it in a circular motion.

6. Next, I took the black shade in the centre of the bottom row on an angled brush and did a winged eyeliner look. I then removed the tape and applied the same shade to my bottom lash line.

7. I took the pale brown directly underneath the white shade in the top left corner of the palette and applied it as an inner corner highlight.

8. Finally, I applied a pair of lashes. The ones I used were the style 'Vamp' by Flique, and you can probably see that I'm dreadful at applying them but hey ho they suit the look. I used a little bit of mascara on my bottom lashes and then I was done! (If you were wondering my lipstick is the shade 'Rapture' from Urban Decay.)


 LOOK TWO
 1. To start with, I laid down a base of the Urban Decay Primer Potion and set it in place using the white shade in the top left corner of the palette.

2. I used a fluffy brush and blended the pink shade directly to the right of the white into my crease. To make that a bit deeper, I blended the shades that are third and fourth from the left on the second row together and added them to my crease.

3. Using a clean brush, I blended the dark purple shade on the right hand end of the fourth row down into my inner corner and outer corner of each eye.

4. Using my little finger, I applied a little bit of the purple shade in the top right corner of the palette to the centre of my lid.

5. I applied a bit of black liquid liner above my upper lash line (mine is from NYX) and added a bit of white pencil to my lower waterline.

6. Under my eyes, I took the fourth shade on the second row and applied it with an angled brush and smudged it with my finger.

7. To make it darker, I used the same dark purple from step three and added that over the top.

8. Finally, I applied a generous coat of mascara. My favourite is the Fibre Extension mascara from The Body Shop in London Jet. (If you were wondering what my lipstick is, it's a combination of Crete Carnation and Windsor Rose from The Body Shop.)


LOOK THREE


 


1. As before, I started by applying the Urban Decay Primer Potion and set it in place using the white shade in the top left corner of the palette.

2. As a transition shade, I put down the first shade on the third row (it's a light brown shade) and blended it towards my brow.

3. To deepen up my crease, I took the first shade on the bottom row and blended that in, and then took the shade directly to the right of that one on a fluffy brush and did the same. The final shade I put in my crease was the dark brown shade right in the centre of the fourth row down. Make sure you use a light hand with this as it is very dark and you don't want to go too hard too soon! You can always add more but it's not so easy to take away!

4. Next, I took some of my Primer Potion on a flat brush and created a cut crease. Over the top of that primer, I took the shimmery purple on the second row down. It's the furthest shade to the right. I gently patted this shade onto the primer to add colour to the inner two thirds of my eyelid. Over the top of that, I patted the final shade on the third row.

5. On a fluffy brush, I blended the deep purple shade on the end of the fourth row down into my outer corner, trying not to mess up the sharp line I'd created with my crease.

6. You could stop there and apply mascara, but I chose to take a gold eyeliner from NYX and carefully draw a line over where I'd cut the crease just to add something special. After that, I applied a black liner to my upper lash line and decided not to add a wing, although you absolutely can if you'd like to! Then, to make my eyes appear larger, I applied a white eyeliner pencil to my lower waterline.

7. On the lower lashline, I used the final shades on the third and fourth rows on an angled brush and applied a line underneath to continue the purple. I smoked them together using a finger for a blended look.

8. For an inner corner highlight, I applied the purple shade in the top right corner of the palette on a teeny tiny brush I have from Real Techniques. (It's cute. I love it.)

9. I applied some natural looking lashes (I've lost the box so I'm sorry, I can't tell you what these are), and finally applied some mascara. My absolute favourite is The Body Shop's Lash Hero Fibre Extension Mascara. (If you were wondering what my lipstick is, it's Urban Decay 'Rapture.)


LOOK FOUR
 
1. As always, I started this look by applying a base of Urban Decay Primer Potion. I set it in place using the white shade in the top left corner of the palette.

2. As a transition shade, I applied the third shadow from the left of the top row. I blended it using a fluffy brush up towards my brow.

3. To deepen my crease, I used two shades: the second and third shadows on the third row. I used a fluffy brush again to blend them out, and I was careful not to apply too much at a time as they're darker than you'd expect!

4. On a flat brush, I mixed the first two shades on the second row together and applied them to the inner half of my lid.

5. On the outer half of my lid, I used the first shade on the fourth row and blended it with the previous shades I applied.

6. I used a black pencil eyeliner in my waterline to add definition and drama too my eyes.

7. Under my eyes, I took the fifth shade on the second row and applied it to my lower lashline using an angled brush. I then used one of my fingers to smudge it out a bit.

8. I applied a generous amount of mascara (my favourite is The Body Shop's Lash Hero Fibre Extension Mascara) to finish off my eye look, and applied the lip liquid in the shade 'Sydney Amaryllis' from The Body Shop.


LOOK FIVE
1. To start off the final look, surprise, surprise, I used the Urban Decay Primer Potion and set it using the white shade in the top left corner of the palette.

2. As a transition shade, I applied the first shade on the third row down and blended it towards my brow using a fluffy brush.

3. In my crease, I applied the first shade on the bottom row and softly applied it with a fluffy brush, blending as I went.

4. To deepen that up, I went for the second shade on the bottom row and applied it to my crease and blended it.

5. In my outer and inner corners, I applied the second shade on the third row. As always, I blended it as much as I could while maintaining the pigmentation.

6. I used my finger to apply the first shade on the second row to the centre of my lid. I find that using a finger for this gives me more pigmentation than a brush.
 
7. On my waterline, I applied a black pencil liner to add definition to my eyes.

8. On an angled brush, I took the second shade on the second row again and applied it under my lower lashline. I used a finger to smudge it out for a smokier look.

9. I applied a bit of mascara. I use The Body Shop's Lash Hero Fibre Extension Mascara and for this, I made use of the fibres that come with it for a more full look. If you were wondering what lipstick I'm wearing, it's my all time favourite 'Rock Steady' by Urban Decay!

 So that is all five of the looks that I put together using the Morphe 35P 'Plum' palette. While I do find that some of the shades don't blend well together - they sort of muddy up a bit and start looking like the exact same shade, which you may have thought about Look Four - I think they are pigmented, and the purple shades in particular are stunning!

I would really like some more purple shades in this palette, considering it's called the 'Plum' palette. It does seem like there are more brown shades than purple which is a shame. But overall, I think it's a great palette for playing with some more cool-toned looks and some dramatic smokey eyes!

That's it for this very lengthy post, thank you so much for reading all this way! Which one of the looks is your favourite?



24 August 2018

Morphe Haul | July 2018

August 24, 2018 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Many of you may have seen that Beauty Bay are having a huge sale on Morphe products. It's because Morphe soon won't be available on Beauty Bay, because they're opening their own stores in the UK! The discounts are phenomenal, and I thought I would take advantage of them.




Nothing will ever thrill me more from Morphe than their beautiful palettes. I've raved before about their fantastic pigmentation and the number of versatile looks you can create using the 35 shades in them. I will continue to shout about these beautiful palettes until my face turns blue.

The two palettes that I picked up this time were the 35F Fall Into Frost palette and the 35P Plum palette, and they were each £14. In case you were wondering, that's INSANE value for money.



I picked up some of their false lashes as well. They're a little bit dramatic for my personal everyday wear, but I'm a theatre girl, and they'll be perfect for shows! The styles I got are called 'Posh', 'Luxurious', and 'Temptation', and they were discounted from £10 to £5.99.


Finally, I got some brushes. I use a lot of different colours on different days, so I'm constantly running out of blending brushes that are clean, and I won't blend pink shadow with a brush that's got a hint of blue on it! Because of that, I took advantage of this sale to get myself a few more blending brushes, which were between £2 and £3.



So that's a look at everything I got from the Beauty Bay Morphe sale! I know that by the time I publish this post, Morphe will be gone from Beauty Bay, but there are thousands of other gems to be found there, and soon Morphe will have their own site up and running in the UK!

What's your favourite thing in this haul? Let me know in the comments!

20 August 2018

My Non-Cosmetic Self Care Tips

August 20, 2018 2 Comments

I've previously shared a post on my blog featuring my cosmetic tips for self-care and lifting your mood. However, I know that not everyone wants to turn to cosmetics so I wanted to recommend a few ideas for ways to improve your mood without reaching for a bath bomb.

Do a bit of Spring Cleaning
My friend Lily and I have noticed before that our rooms represent our mental state - when we feel calm, they're nice and tidy, and when we're stressed and overwhelmed there's stuff ALL OVER the floor. It's true what they say: a tidy room is a tidy mind.


Sometimes it can be hard to find the motivation to keep things clean and tidy, but if you can, this can be so beneficial for your mood. Pick up the rubbish from the floor, organise your desk, even alphabetise your bookcase. When you're finished you've got an uncluttered space for you to enjoy and appreciate, and a sense of satisfaction.


For me, it feels easier for me to focus and relax when I'm not climbing over piles of clothes for me to open a drawer, so I definitely recommend a declutter and organisation session to lift your mood.

Go on a Netflix Binge
To some people this is counter intuitive, but when you can't find the motivation to be productive, you might as well entertain yourself! Binge watching a show can be the most relaxing and enjoyable thing from time to time, and I find that when I've finished watching what I'm watching, my mood has improved without me noticing.

Some of my favourite shows to binge watch include 'RuPaul's Drag Race' (it's lighthearted and funny, and I adore looking at the queens' makeup looks on the runway!), 'Red Dwarf' (I'll call it out, some of the jokes are a tad sexist, but in general this show makes me laugh out loud), and 'Buzzfeed Unsolved' on YouTube (Ryan and Shane's dynamic is entertaining, and their content is immersive and fascinating).

Sometimes you just have to take the time to do literally nothing, and going on a Netflix binge can be the best way to let yourself relax and just breathe.

Speak to a friend
I know that when my mood is low it's so easy for me to tell myself that no one cares about me or wants to hear about my problems. I make myself feel guilty and tell myself that I'm a burden if I share my struggles. But you know what? That's what good friends are for.

Talking through your problems over the phone, FaceTime, or even face to face can be so beneficial. Sometimes all you need is a shoulder to cry on and a good friend can provide just that. Alternatively, they can offer you a different point of view or advice for how you can solve whatever is getting you down. Another benefit to this is that your friends may not know what is going on in your life, and letting them in can not only bring you closer but gives them chance to understand what's wrong with you.


I often have heart to hearts with my mum, or pull my bestie aside or ring her, but sometimes even someone you're not that close with can be an excellent listener. I know there are people who I wouldn't consider a best friend who are so good at listening to and understanding me that I am more than happy to turn to them when things go wrong.

You are not a burden, you are not a bore. Let your friends help you. Trust me, they want to.

I'd like to reiterate that none of these are cures for mental illness, and if you feel you are struggling with your moods to the point where it's affecting your day to day life, I strongly recommend speaking to a doctor to receive further help.

Lots of love,
Hannah

15 August 2018

My Cosmetic Self Care Tips

August 15, 2018 3 Comments
 
I've mentioned briefly on my blog before that I have been diagnosed with and I'm on medication for depression and anxiety. For the most part, the medication I'm on has improved my moods greatly, but sometimes it doesn't work quite as well as we would hope. I have lapses in my moods for hours, days, or even weeks, and when this happens my mood becomes low, and I feel unmotivated, tired, and all round miserable. However, there are a few things that I've noticed I do to try and lift my spirits, and I'd like to pass these things on to you.
I've also got a similar post for those of you who aren't as interested in cosmetics, or if you just want even more tips!

Even if you don't suffer from depression, anxiety, or other mental illnesses, I'm sure you have bad days and low moods of your own. Therefore, this advice is for everyone, to help get you feeling funky and take care of yourself when it may be difficult to do so.

Take a pampering bath
I know that for many people struggling with mental health problems, even simple things like taking care of your personal hygiene can feel like climbing a mountain. However, it really lifts my mood when I feel clean and pampered, which is why I recommend taking a long bath when your mood is low.

Really take the time to take care of yourself: I like to apply a face mask before I hop in, and I usually apply a hair mask when I've finished washing my hair and leave it on for a good fifteen minutes while I get on with other things. When I shave, I apply a shaving cream before, and exfoliate after. Adding in these extra steps just makes the whole thing feel more luxurious. Finally, when I get out, I slather myself in body lotion or body butter so that my skin feels like a sleek, sleek dolphin in the morning. Of course, while I'm doing this, I've got a bath bomb fizzing away, and I've usually got a podcast or YouTube video on in the background.

Taking this time to distract myself from chores or jobs I have to do is something I find really beneficial to my moods; I feel clean, relaxed, and smell gorgeous (if I do say so myself). It's a simple thing that's well worth trying.

Give yourself a manicure and/or pedicure
When I say this, I don't just mean doing a coat of nail polish that you smudge two minutes later. Treat yo'self.


Make sure your hands and nails are clean, and file the nails into the shape you want. Then gently push back your cuticles. A tip I picked up from watching when I get a professional manicure is to use nail clippers to gently snip off the dead skin you've pushed back, or that surrounds your nails. This not only prevents painful hangnails, but also helps your manicure look neater. Apply a basecoat, then two layers of polish, and finally a top coat. Finish off by using hand cream and/or foot cream, and a dab of nail/cuticle oil around each nail.


One top tip with this: take your time. Allow each layer of polish to dry thoroughly, and make sure you're painting neatly. I find that this amount of focus and attention to detail distracts my mind from negative thoughts and feelings, and looking at my perfect manicure afterwards gives me a sense of satisfaction and pride. It may seem superficial, but I find that looking good can help me feel good, and a neat and tidy manicure is one thing I think makes me look good.

Practise a new makeup look
When I'm feeling low, it can be hard for me to find the fun in things I normally enjoy, such as applying my makeup. However, I know for a fact that when I'm all done and I look FIERCE, my mood is better, even if only by a little bit.


Since I stop seeing the fun side to looks I frequently do, it's the perfect time to find a new look to experiment with. My go-to palettes aren't making me happy at the moment, so I reach for one I've not used for a while, and go for shades I don't normally play around with.


You don't have to leave the house with this makeup on. You don't even have to leave your bed. But you can take the time to experiment and try something different and shake things up without any pressure. If you're weren't planning on going anywhere anyway, why not try something crazy? You may have found your new favourite makeup look, and if you haven't, at least you've taken the time to try something new and distract yourself from negativity.

Change up your perfume
If you're the sort of person who wears the same perfume day in, day out, a time of low mood could be a good time to switch it up. It's possible that if you don't, you may start to associate your signature scent with feeling rubbish.


I personally have quite the collection of perfumes, and I definitely associate different smells with different times in my life. This is partly because I'm in Performing Arts, and wear a different perfume for each role I play in the various shows I do. However, since these scents help me to recall the different periods of my life, I wouldn't want to wear the same one every day when I feel like crap. Whenever I smelled it afterwards I know I'd remember feeling negative.

Because of that, I recommend either giving the perfume a miss or changing it up every day. Hopefully this would prevent the association of a scent to low moods. It may sound ridiculous, but I feel this tip could be beneficial for someone out there, and that's why I'm sharing it!

Of course I don't think that any of these tips are a cure for mental illness. These are just little tips that I feel benefit me when my mood is low, and I thought they could benefit some other people too. Mental illness is difficult but it can be treated, so if you feel you are struggling with your moods to the point where it is affecting your life, speak to your GP. You're not alone in this.

Lots of love,
Hannah

10 August 2018

Bullet Journal | August 2018

August 10, 2018 0 Comments

I've been bullet journalling for over a year now, and I thought it was about time that I shared my monthly spreads with my readers here on Whoops It's Hannah. This month was 100% inspired by @My.Life.In.A.Bullet on Instagram on YouTube, so I really recommend you take a look at her pages as well.



This is the title page. I loved the look of Cristina's wreaths where she didn't outline the circle and just surrounded it with flowers to give it the shape. I also love doing typography and hand lettering so I took my time writing the month and I think it paid off! I drew the daisies following her tutorial in this video, and I love the texture of drawing circles in the centre.



For the first double page of the month, I decided to write this quote from the song 'Heartlines' by Florence and the Machine. It's one that I really love, and to be honest I just needed something to fill that page! On the other page is a calendar of the month, where I intend to write down important dates and things like that.



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Over the page, I did my habit tracker and set myself three ambiguous goals for the month. They're just things to bear in mind through the month rather than tick off meticulously. The goals page was completely copied from My Life in a Bullet, although I of course set my own goals. They are to pack for Spain (I move there in September!), leave my room tidy, and finish setting up my blog. The habits I want to track this month are wearing my FitBit, going to the gym, singing, practising monologues, drawing something, and reading something.




This is a look at my weekly layouts for the month. I normally give myself as much space as possible, but then I never fill it, so I thought I'd give myself more empty space at the top and bottoms and leave more reasonably sized boxes instead. I may use the space at the bottom for doodles so I can tick off my 'draw something' habit! I'm always scouring Instagram from layout ideas, so I'm afraid I don't remember where I got this layout from, although I'm pretty sure many bullet journallers do similar ones!


Finally, here's a look at the tools that I used this month. They are:
- 0.5mm fineliner
- 0.05mm fineliner
[get my favourites here]
- Pastel green highlighter
- Pastel yellow highlighter
- (I also used a pastel orange highlighter on my goals page but forgot to include it in the picture)
[get my favourites here]
- I use a Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted Notebook
[get it here]

Let me know if there are any bullet journalling accounts you think I'd enjoy!