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How to Contour

I have gone on about the wonders of contouring in so so many of my blog posts that I thought it was time for a ‘how to’ article. I first became interested in contouring when I saw this image of Kim Kardashian.

I had no clue what it was. I had always wondered how her features looked so defined and discovered that this was the reason! So I started googling ‘contouring’. It revolves around creating light and dark shades on your face to create different effects. So for instance by drawing a light shade down the middle of your nose and dark at the sides of your nose, it gives the illusion your nose is thinner. Or that if you put dark shades on your cheekbones that they are more defined.

What products should I use?

Low Budget

If you are sticking to a budget you can literally contour with products you already own! Before I started using a contouring kit I just used a concealer for the light shades and for the dark shades I used a range of brown eye-shadows.

Drugstore Contour Kits

I don’t feel like you need to splash out on contouring kits at all. I use the¬†B. Sculpted Contour Kit Medium from Superdrug. There are three shades – light, medium, dark (depending on your skin shade). It was ¬£7.49. I could not find it in any store I went to so I had to order it online. I really recommend it, it goes on the skin really easily and blends easily also.

To apply this with I bought the Revlon Contour Shadow Brush (also from Superdrug). The brush is quite small so perfect for drawing definitive lines (especially down the nose and along the cheekbones). This brush is also now in the sale at £3.99!

Revlon Contour Shadow Brush

What goes first – foundation or contouring?

Different people apply it in different ways. I tend to apply my primer then contour then blend in with my foundation over the top (then apply bronzer/blusher). I have tried both ways and found if you apply foundation first it doesn’t blend as well and can look a bit clunky. It looked like I¬†had blocks of light and dark shapes on my¬†face when I applied foundation first. Personally I would contour first but that’s just my preference – try it both ways and see what suits you!

Where should I apply the light shades?

– Down the middle of your nose (apply this really carefully- making sure it is straight!)

– Between your eyebrows/lower forehead

– Under the eyes (where you would apply your concealer)

– Above your lips

– On your chin

– Just under your eyebrows

– In between your cheekbones and your jawline

Where should I apply the dark shades?

– The sides of your nose

– Just above your eyelids

– Your cheekbones

– Your jawline (make sure this is blended well)

– The top and sides of your forehead

Hints and Tips

– Don’t hold back! Go crazy with the dark and light shades, after all it’s all going to be blended in anyways!

Valentine’s Day Outfit Part Two- Casual

Welcome to¬†the second part of my Valentine’s date suggestions! This one is a bit more casual so if you’re going for a cinema trip out (obvs to see 50 Shades of Grey which comes out on Valentine’s Day!) or if you’re going bowling or crazy golf etc! (I’ll also do a night-in version for you single ladies who-don’t-need-no-man who are having movie marathons and face masks with your girlies!)

Below I have put a combination of items so you could team a skirt with a top or jeans with a top – they aren’t set outfits per-say you can mix and match as you please!

Skirts/ Tops

Red woven pencil skirt

This gorgeous red woven pencil skirt is from River Island!

I love the pencil skirt with a crop top look (shown below)

Jeans

Clare WOW Bleach Super Skinny Jeans

I am a huge fan of light jeans! These are only £15.00 from Boohoo and would go really well with pastel coloured items.

Lara Black Super Skinny Tube Jeans

Similarly I love black jeans also! These are again from Boohoo.

Jumper

Emma Crop Fine Gauge Jumper

I love this navy crop jumper from Boohoo Рonly £12.00!

Pink mohair cowl neck knitted jumper

This cowl neck jumper from River Island is so girly and would go perfectly with jeans!

Shoes

Black leather buckle gold heel ankle boots

For a casual date like the cinema I would wear ankle boots or flats, these ones from Dorothy Perkins are perfect!

Hair

I would wear my hair in a messy bun with loose strands of hair around my face.

Or (depending on how long your hair is) a messy high ponytail.

Make-up

I’d go for a more natural look so – foundation, bit of blush/bronzer, nude eye shadow, mascara and a lip balm like Vaseline.

Night-in-movie-marathon

Pug Fleece Onesie

This pug fleece onesie from Topshop is my favourite piece out of any of these! It is only £20.00 too!

Dinosaur Loungewear Sweat and Joggers

I love these dinosaur Pjs from Topshop also! They look incredibly cosy!

Valentine’s Day Outfit Part One – Dressy

Hey guys! A lot of you really liked my Blogmas Christmas outfit plans soo with¬†Valentine’s Day coming up I thought I’d do another themed article! It is going to be a two part article (oooh faaancy) depending on what you’re doing, so I’ll do a few dressy styles and a few more casual styles. It doesn’t matter whether you are completely-utterly-entirely loved up or going out for a good old Frankie and Benny’s¬†with your girls/sister/mom – whoever, these outfit suggestions will be still be relevant!

This article will centre around the more dressy style to an occasion like a fancy meal or cocktails.

Dress

Here are a few dresses I have selected from ASOS (all in the sale) that would be perfect for your Valentines date out!

ASOS Sleeveless Skater Dress in Structured Rib with V Neck

This dress is beautiful Рwould you believe that it is in the ASOS sale for £12.50?!

Image 1 of ASOS Pencil Dress in Crepe with Drape Detail

I absolutely love this dress as an LBD (it also comes in pink). It looks so classy and is again in the ASOS sale at £13.50!

ASOS Deep Plunge Pencil Dress With Peplum

Lastly, I chose this dress because I love the flares around the hip area, as it really accentuates them. This again is in the sale at £25.00 from ASOS.

Blazer

Personally, I would team these dresses with a blazer or jacket.

Black leather-look peplum jacket

This leather jacket is £55.00 from River Island and has a peplum waist.

Black Zip Waterfall Blazer | New Look

This gorgeous black blazer is in the sale at New Look £14.00. It looks dressy, yet comfortable.

Heels

I would wear a pair of platformed heels or just sleek stilettos with the dress and blazer.

Beth Suedette Cross Strap Platform Heels

These come in three different colours from Boohoo and are £25.00. I love the thin strap on these around the ankle.

Blue snake print barely there sandals

Bright coloured heels go really well with LBDs, I especially love these from River Island at £50.00.

Pink textured asymmetric wrap front sandals

Lastly, I chose these because I loved the pattern and the silver going up the side of the foot (also River Island Р£45.00).

Hair

As you know I am a hugeeee fan of the top knot! I think this style is classy and elegant.

As a down style I also love voluminous, loose curly hair.

Make-up

Kim Kardashian-West’s make-up is perfect here for a dressy Valentines date. I love her red bright lipstick and that her eye make-up is not overboard but still noticeable. The use of contouring really extenuates her features here (the highlights under her eyes, on her nose, chin and forehead).

Handbag

This silver glitter clutch is £19.00 at Debenhams and is perfect size to fit your necessities in!

Buy John Lewis Martina Satin Clutch Bag, Nude Online at johnlewis.com

This nude satin clutch is from John Lewis at £20.00.

Jewellery

Cinderella Pierced Earrings

For earrings I would wear studs similar to these Swarovski studs.

Hot Diamonds Sterling Silver Diamond Heart Pendant - Product number 1057618

For a necklace I would wear a silver pendant like this one from HSamuel.

Playlist #5

Hey guuuuys! I just realised I haven’t posted a music playlist in a while because I have been doing mainly fashion and beauty so thought I’d do one for you now. There are so many good tunes out at the moment so it was really difficult to narrow it down!

1) Rihanna And Kanye West And Paul McCartney РFourFiveSeconds

2) The Weeknd РOften (Kygo Remix)

3) Beyoncé РGrown Woman (Monsieur Adi Remix)

4) ZHU РFaded (Arthur Younger Remix)

5) Eagle Eye Cherry РSave Tonight (EigenARTig Remix)

6) Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (No YouTube Video)

7) Ariana Grande РWhy Try

8)¬†Wretch 32 – ‘6 Words’

9) Years & Years РTake Shelter

10) Mark Ronson РUptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars