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Spooky ideas for DIY Halloween nail art

It’s at this time of year that I start to go a little crazy with my nails. I pick out the darker colours and I load up on glitter. I love a bit of simple nail-art as much as the next girl so I like to get my pens out and get creative. And what better excuse to go wild with your nails than Halloween?! It’s almost expected that you’ll have crazy nails for Halloween and I even love to wear a little ghoulish nail art during the day to get into the spooky spirit in the run up to the Halloween party on Friday. avon nail polish pumpkin halloween nails bonfire christmas orange art glitterHere is one of my more ‘subtle’ looks for Halloween and I call them my pumpkin princess nails. It’s a couple of coats of bright orange polish with a little gold glitter over the top. I think this looks like a candle twinkling inside a pumpkin and it’s an easy way to wear a Halloween look on your nails without going all-out crazy!


A bit more interesting but equally easy are these ghoulish designs. I’ve simply painted all my nails in plain white or orange and then drawn on devilish designs using permanent marker pen. I love the pumpkin faces and enjoy thinking up different scary expressions for each finger. I think that these are ‘friendly’ so designs are fun to draw and they cheer up everyone I see! I’ve gone for a selection of spider, bat, ghost and skeleton images on the white background.

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And when Halloween is over, I’ll be immediately moving on to these firework fingers! Each nail is painted with a metallic midnight blue base coat for the night sky and then different glitter effects and colours are applied to each finger to look like different firework explosions!

Let me know if you try out any of these looks for Halloween and I would love to see you photos so please tweet me @Cassiefairy :)

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Halloween hairstyles

Halloween is my favourite time of year. I love getting dressed up, covering myself in fake blood and putting on those all-important cat ears which, if I’m honest, have seen a lot of wear over the years. However, not everyone is a fan of fancy dress and some people can feel a little bit embarrassed when walking down the street. Luckily for you, I’m here to help.

This time of year always brings back those styling tricks and tools that you had almost forgotten about. From serious backcombing to old school crimping, there are so many different types of hairstyles to choose from to help bring out your darker side. halloween hairstyles 1

To achieve extreme, hair-raising volume, all you need is some hairspray and a comb. Start to segment your hair and backcomb each section at the roots. Don’t be afraid to be as messy as you want. To get an even more terrifying look, why not backcomb the whole length of your hair, or add some hairspray into the roots to make your hair stand on end. This is an extravagant look and works perfectly for Halloween. You could also add in a few curls or create an oversized quiff or updo for your fright-night look.halloween hair

I’m sure many of you still have crimpers hidden away somewhere (I know I do), so delve into your drawers and give them a quick dust off. You never know, it may be the perfect hairstyle for your Halloween costume and you may even thank me for it!

Being artistic with your make-up is another way to get that unearthly yet chic style. Try framing your eyes with dark shades of brown, green or purple eye shadow, extending your eyeliner beyond your lid and shading in your eyebrows to deepen your ghoulish look. Ghost white complexions are almost a must on Halloween, so apply plenty of light powder or white face paint to create this effect and finish with nude/light pink lips.hairstyles for halloween

So, what do you think you will be dressing up as this Halloween? Have you thought about what you will do with your hair? Let me know in the comments below!

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Best face forward for the Cosmo Blog Awards

It’s coming… the biggest event in the blogging calendar is less than a week away. Yes, the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards are next Tuesday evening and I cannot wait to get there. Despite my excitement, I’ve been surprisingly relaxed about getting my outfit sorted and in truth the event has rather snuck up on me. My shoes were delivered earlier this week – did you see my Tuesday Shoesday blog post about them? But that’s pretty much all I’ve got so far. It’s very unlike me to leave it to the last minute but so far I still haven’t got a dress, jacket, handbag or accessories sorted for the big event so let’s hope I have an outfit to show you by next week!2014 bargain make up review max factor and elizabeth arden One thing I have organised is my make-up for the event, because I was getting dramatically low on foundation and my mascara was getting a little old and clumpy so it was a good excuse to stock up. After having such a great experience while shopping with Perfume Click in the past, I decided that this would be the best place to start looking for the products I need. I always always choose waterproof mascara so the first item in my basket was this False Lash Effect mascara from Max Factor in waterproof black. The wand has loads (I would even say hundreds) of tiny tiny bristles on it, which grab hold of pretty much all of my eyelashes. I think this is what helps give the impression of false lashes, as every single eyelash seems to get coated with the mascara. The formula wears well, makes eyelashes looks natural rather than clumpy and it doesn’t crumble off at the end of the day.2014 bargain make up review max factor and elizabeth arden-3 For my face, I wanted a fuller-coverage than usual so it was a toss up between Revlon Colorstay foundation (I’ve used their mineral foundation before) or Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish foundation. It was the first time I’d thought about using an Elizabeth Arden product so I read a lot of blogger reviews online to make sure it would give me the coverage that I wanted. After a lot of research, looking at before/after photos and checking colour swatch charts, I decided to go for it. After all, this is a special event so I can justify spending the extra money on the Elizabeth Arden foundation. I treated myself to the sponge-on cream foundation in Porcelain Beige 04 and I was really pleased when it arrived. The palette is quite big, so that means it has a massive mirror in the lid – definitely big enough to use when applying a full-face of make up! I imagine that the foundation will last me a long time because a little goes a long way. I always thought that a sponge would use up more of the product than I usually like to, but it actually blends it out and makes a small amount go a lot further than I’d imagined. The foundation gives good coverage without masking my freckles, and it actually makes my skin look a naturally peachy colour – I’d call it a ‘healthy glow’ compared to my usual translucent blue skin tone. The only thing that I am not sure about is the scent of this product, it’s much stronger-smelling than any other foundation I’ve used, and sort of smells like floral and antibacterial at the same time but after a while you get used to it and can’t smell it as much any more.2014 bargain make up review max factor and elizabeth arden-5 The same can be said for the powder that I’ve chosen; it’s got quite a strong scent but it’s a really low-cost translucent powder so at only £3.85 I really can’t complain! Plus, this is a truly translucent powder and doesn’t colour my face at all, just sets my make up. The application sponge gives a thicker coverage than I’d like, so I just use a large powder brush to swirl the powder onto my face, although I did use the pad for touch-ups while dancing and it kept my make up in place all night. The product is Lentheric Feather Finish compact powder and I’ll definitely be buying it again.2014 bargain make up review max factor and elizabeth arden-2 Finally, and saving the best until last, is the lipstick. I decided that a new lippy was in order for this special occasion and I always struggle with finding a good lipstick that lasts long enough without drying out my lips. It’s such a problem that I usually skip lipstick altogether, or if I really feel like I need a little colour on my lips I’ll use a tinted lip balm or a chubby stick. That said, I decided to try a Max Factor Colour Elixir lipstick in 715 Ruby Tuesday and I’m so glad that I did. Red lipstick is one of the make up items that I’d always wanted to wear but each time my choice of lipstick has failed me. However, this Max Factor formula actually stays put! It lasts for ages, and even after it wears off a little your lips are still stained red so look like you’re still wearing the lipstick – in a good way! I need to touch up much less often and barely have to check myself in the mirror because I know the lipstick will still be there. I can eat and drink and dance the night away and my lips still look great! I have actually never been more happy with a lipstick and I now want to buy all the colours in this range because I don’t think I’m ever going to find a better, more hard-working lipstick in my life!2014 bargain make up review max factor and elizabeth arden-4 So that’s it for my beauty haul, and I’m all set for the Cosmo Blog Awards on Tuesday – really looking forward to showing off my new look!


I love you from the bottom of my pencil case…

This is one of my favourite lyrics from a Beautiful South song and it always reminds me of this time of year. Yes, it’s officially back-to-school time and the new school term is just starting. While students all around the country are buying ring-binders, registering their student discount cards and thinking about furnishing their study-bedrooms, I too have been feeling rather excited! I’ve always had fond memories of this time of year, although I really don’t know what it is about September that makes me feel butterflies in my stomach about going back to school because I haven’t even been a student for at least 4 years now!

Actually, that’s not strictly true because last year I took a leisure learning course on branding in October and I’ve since signed up to a journalism course which starts later this month. Okay, it’s not actually going back to school because I’ll be doing most of my studies in front of a computer, but just the thought of a new term makes me want to go to stationary shops to buy pencil sharpeners and rulers.

This year I’m putting my pencil case to good use by using it as my mobile make-up bag. I always need to carry a few items for touch-ups during the day and I don’t like to have products rattling around the bottom of my handbag. so I’ve started carrying a few essentials rather than my ‘whole kit’! During the day I always need a little extra concealer, I like to apply an extra coat of mascara and I’ve chosen to carry my favourite lipgloss; a peachy shade which comes with a mirror attached to the side of the case so there’s no need to take a hand mirror with me too. Interestingly enough this gloss has a light-up wand, so you can see what you’re doing if you’re reapplying in the dark – a great extra feature as the nights start to draw in at this time of year. I also carry my classic ‘Smokey Eye’ trio palette to take my look from day to night and I can use the black shade as an eyeliner too by using a thin wet brush.

With this little kit I’m covered for all eventualities and can easily carry on my day into the evening if I’m invited out anywhere special. I think you’ll agree that this is a much better use of a pencil case than carrying fountain pen refills and tipex! Also, there’s a special offer on at MeMeMe Cosmetics until the 14th of Sept with discount code ” loveme25 ” for 25% off everything so now’s the time to go shopping for your pencil case essentials!



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My bargain beauty haul

This week I’ve been shopping online for my essential beauty products because I’ve found a shop that sells favourite products at super-discounted prices. I picked up a selection of goodies from Perfume Click and I wanted to write a brief review of the products and the shop as a whole. Thankfully, I only have good things to say about this website; I found it easy to use and like the high street stores, I could collect loyalty points on my beauty haul. I also had a nice surprise when I came to check out: each additional item that you add to your basket results in £1 off the total! So technically, after choosing my first item, each subsequent item was £1 off the (already reduced) retail price – what a bargain! Okay, it made me want to buy more than I usually would, but when you’re getting £1 off each item and loyalty points, it seemed like a good idea to snap up that extra nail polish! Here’s what I got:

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I chose standard delivery but the order still arrived within 2 days, so I had them before the weekend, which was great! I’ve not had a chance to try out the L’Oreal Revitalift Pro Contouring System, but anything that will give me a relaxing facial massage while I apply my face cream has got to be a good thing! Of course, I couldn’t wait two minutes before ripping open the packaging and testing out the other products that I bought, so here’s my round up of the other items…

Firstly, I was shopping for my make-up staples; mineral foundation and eyeliner. I always use mineral foundation because I have such sensitive skin that anything else makes my skin flare up. I’ve tried many different brands over the years and always choose the lightest shade for my pale skin. This time I picked up the Revlon ColorStay Aqua mineral make up in shade ‘Light/Pale‘ and couldn’t wait to test it out. This mineral foundation feels lighter on the skin than other mineral make up usually does and it had a luminous rather than matt finish so it looked more like I was wearing a liquid foundation than a powder. The applicator brush in the lid is also more like a liquid foundation brush than the usual big round kabuki powder brush that I usually use to apply my mineral foundation. I actually preferred the new brush, as it gave me more control over where I wanted to add extra layers of foundation. This mineral make up provides SPF 13 so it’s protecting your face as soon as you apply it, and with my pale, freckly complexion I need all the sun protection I can get!

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Secondly, I bought a new liquid eyeliner: Max Factor Masterpiece Glide and Define in black. I’d previously used a liquid eyeliner that was supposed to be waterproof but I found that it smudged off at every opportunity, so I wanted to try something different. This eyeliner was much easier to apply, went on smoothly at it was easier to make delicate flicks, as well as layering up for a thicker line. It isn’t a waterproof liner, but I found that it out-performed my previous ‘waterproof’ eyeliner, only smudging a little if I wiped my eyes when they watered in the sun over the weekend. It stayed put as long as I didn’t rub my eyes, and because it’s a tiny hand-bag sized bottle, I had it to hand to touch-up the wings when I nipped to the loo. The only problem with this eyeliner was that it crumbled after a full day of wearing, so when I came to take off my make up at bedtime, it was flaking off – it stayed nice for a good 12 hours before this happened though!

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I’ve always wanted to try out the Bourjois little round pots but they have always been just out of my budget for eyeshadow, so when I saw this pack of three pots for £10.65 I snapped it up. I’d used an iridescent pink pot that my sister had bought for me years before, but found it too sparkly at times, so I hoped that these neutral shades wouldn’t be too sparkly. Thankfully, they are exactly the right combination of matt-with-luminosity that they don’t too sparkly, nor do they make my skin look ‘flat’. The three shades in the pack work well together; there is a nude shade, a tawny brown and a slightly mauve colour, all of which make my eyes look even bluer than usual! I was pleased that the lids all have small mirrors in them which is great for touching up on the go with the mini-applicators but I don’t think I’ll use the applications for everyday use, I prefer to apply eyeshadow with my usual brush and the colours look great blended together.

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Finally, I picked up a Collection 2000 nail polish, because the £1 off at checkout meant that it was only £2.10. I was really rather impressed with this ‘Maxiflex’ polish because it gave almost complete coverage in one coat, which is such a rarity! I was pleased with the nude shade ‘In the Buff’ with a hint of metallic for summer, and it lasted for a good couple of days, even without a top-coat. The bottle boasts 5 day wear, and I think that with two coats of Maxiflex and a clear top-coat, this could easily be achieved, but I’ve not had it long enough to test it out for that long yet!

I was very pleased with the bargains that I picked up from and I was even more delighted when a surprise £4 was knocked off my shopping total – that’s the kind of shopping I like!