Thursday, 9 April 2015

Winged eyeliner for hooded eyelids - a seriously useful tutorial

winged eyeliner for hooded eyelids tutorial

Do you love wearing black liquid liner? Are your attempts at cat eyes usually a miserable failure? Do you wonder why all those eye makeup tutorials look great on everyone else but weird on you? Then you might have hooded eyelids and this might be helpful.

I don't have the most severely hooded eyes but when my face is resting (read: not posing for a photo) you can't see all that much of my mobile lid. When I attempt to wing my liner out more than half a centimeter it runs over the crease and turns crooked as soon as I open my eyes. Cat eyes are firmly out of the repertoire.

So here's a PSA if you're like me - Sam Chapman from Pixiwoo recently released an amazing tutorial, where she demonstrates how to shape liner in a way that bypasses all the pesky distortion. The method involves blending black eyeshadow into the crease to give the illusion of a straight, unbroken line.

I thought I'd give it a go after seeing all her amazing viewer photos on Twitter and it ended up being a major lightbulb moment for me (please see the above photo evidence of my first ever half-decent cat eye).

I'd really recommend watching if your eye shape makes it a struggle to achieve winged out liner. Who knows, it might be a gamechanger for you, too!


Sunday, 1 February 2015

Is it too late to post my NYE nails?

Purple and white glitter gradient with Wah Nails Those Clingy Girls lilac glitter nail art

Well, yes, obviously it is. Who really cares though? I eked out the very last drops of my Wah London glitter (the shade is called Those Clingy Girls and it's expensive for what you get but christ, the SPARKLES) and slapped on a gradient over white polish. I learned during this process that glitter gradients are surprisingly rage-inducing to pull off, particularly as when you muck up you have to go through the soul-destroying process of removing it entirely. I reckon the result was worth it though!

In non nail-related news, I finally managed to convince someone to give me a PR job in October. I'm working for an agency in Manchester doing a variety of cool media stuff. Pinch me, I even have a pension! 

However, I've only actually just moved to Manchester in the last fortnight - before that, I was commuting every day from Sheffield. People pull off much worse commutes for far longer, but being a person whose usual bedtime used to be 4am, it was a big lifestyle adjustment (and one I never really properly got the hang of). I was a partial zombie in a permanent grump. With rubbish nails. 

Thankfully, I'm all settled in my new place now - going from a five-ish hour round trip to a 15 minute walk to work has made all the difference, as I now have time for an actual personal life, etc. New city, new start, new blog posts to forget to write! It's going to be fab.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

NYC Beauty Haul | MAC and Sephora

Mac omega deep damson fast play lipstick anastasia brow wiz soft brown

Hello guys! I've been back from NYC for a couple of weeks now, so I wanted to share my favourite beauty buys from my holiday. I'll be honest - what you're seeing right here is an edited selection of my make-up haul. I think I went into some sort of fugue state after working out the exchange rate.

I managed to restrain myself quite well in Sephora, with my first pre-planned purchase being the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown. There's tons of glowing reviews for this particular product floating around, but believe the hype - it works miracles for sparse brows and makes finding the balance between "defined" and "coloured in" an absolute doddle. The size of the nib allows you to quickly pencil on fine, hair-like lines without the endless need for sharpening. Doing my brows is no longer the most tedious part of my make-up routine and rest assured, my old Rimmel pencil has gone straight in the bin!

Second on my list was a brown eyeliner pencil. Although black gel liner is usually my go-to, I occasionally fancy something more natural. I picked up an Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Whiskey, a matte brown shade that looks warm and subtle when smudged out. The 24/7 pencils take me back to some of my more dubious teenage make-up choices (let's just say that blue eyeliner is best left to the pros), but the formula is still just as amazing!

Then... MAC happened. After trekking around the shops all day in the 30 degree-plus heat, my make-up had melted off in random patches and I looked like a wreck. One of the lovely girls in there fixed up my face and demo'd a few different products for me - some of which I ended up buying! 

The two eye shadows I fell for were Omega and Deep DamsonOmega is a matte grey/brown that, in the words of the MAC lady, is "basically the colour of a shadow". For me, it's a great utility shade for lids and brows. Deep Damson is a dark purple and little more vibrant- though the two work together beautifully!

Lipstick was another case of natural vs. dramatic. Fast Play is a pinky brown shade probably better described as "my lips but better and darker". Rebel is a dark purple/red, which will hopefully serve as a fitting replacement for my retired Starry Eyed by Rimmel. To top off the madness, I also finally got my hands on a Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade (a pretty, pearly highlighter).

Phew, that looks bad written down (and it's not even everything)! I'm now back in the UK with the world's glitziest hole in my pocket - there's going to be an NYC highlights post coming your way in the not too distant future. Until then!


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

See You Soon!

Hi everyone! Just a quick post to let you know that I'll be away for the next week - I'm off to NYC for my first holiday in a long time and could not be more excited! This will be my second trip to the Big Apple, but my last visit was over seven years ago with family. This time I'll be able to explore to my heart's content (and drink, which is obviously a slight bonus). Our hotel also happens to be on the same block as a Sephora, so please send prayers for my wallet. 

See you soon!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Blue Candy Swirl (Dry Marble) Nail Art

blue dry marble nail art
blue dry marble nail art

Behold, the result of my foray into dry marbling! I've tried water marbling exactly once and completely sucked at it, but I'm happy to report that the dry version is a piece of cake in comparison. And the best part? You don't have to be neat at all!

Wah Nails shared this gorgeous purple candy swirl design on their Instagram recently and I fell in love with the effect then. Unfortunately, I'm still waiting for a legitimate reason to visit London to get some sweet, sweet nail art at their salon, so until then my own handiwork will have to do. 

The method (as taken from a Wah video that has since been taken down) is as follows: 1) pick three shades, preferably a light, medium and a dark; 2) paint your nails with the medium shade and leave to dry; 3) apply the same colour to the top and lower third of the nail; 4) pop on a few blobs of your other colours at random; 5) swirl away with a cocktail stick (gently does it); 6) topcoat everything! The last step is vital for smoothing out the design, or you'll end up with some seriously rough-looking nails (mine were a bit hideous until they were cleaned up and Seche'd).

Although it's not difficult by a long stretch, it took me a few tries to get the method down pat. If you're a little bit unsure, do a dress rehearsal on a plastic wallet first. It allows you to get a feel for marbling technique and work out the amount of polish to put on your nails. Take the opportunity to experiment with colours, too - pinks, purples and greens look especially cool (although it helps to use your more pigmented polishes). My blue swirls consist of Barry M's Blueberry, Indigo and Matt White, topped with a generous coat of Seche Vite.

So what do you think? Would you give dry marbling a whirl? If you have already, feel free to link me your designs - I'd love to see more!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Blog Makeover

Hi again guys and welcome to! Getting my hands on a custom domain is something I've wanted to do for months and I've finally been able to set aside the time for a complete blog overhaul. As those of you who have made a similar switchover can testify, it takes a while to get everything sorted, renamed and redesigned! If everything goes to plan, the site will be looking shipshape in a couple of days, with a few posts following soon after that.

Hope you're all having a wonderful summer. Stay tuned!
Claire (formerly sevenstarskies)


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Topshop Nail Polish in Magpie

topshop nail varnish magpie holo glitter

Magpie (£6) is another one of the Topshop polishes I picked up during my mega June gift card rampage and it is just so, so pretty. It's a mixture of gold and silver holographic glitter, with both large and fine pieces on a clear base.  

The amount of glitter makes the consistency rather thick - it's better to try and do one-three thin coats to get the level of coverage you want than to glob it all on at once. It does have a tendency to bunch up in one spot, but I just nudged or placed the pieces where the nail was looking a little bare and was happy with the result! In the picture I have two thin coats over a base of Barry M Silk in Pearl.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who tends to associate glitter with winter, but this polish is a perfect way to incorporate it into the warmer months. The glitter pieces in this sparkle hard when they catch the sun (although admittedly it's a little bit hard to tell in the picture - blame the gloomy weather in Sheffield last week) and can take both pastels and more vibrant colours to the next level. Definitely worth giving a whirl this summer!

© Claire Victoria. All rights reserved.