I can’t, I won’t, believe that it is January tomorrow.
This post was supposed to be up like well over a week ago, to fit into the ‘party season’ but ummmmmm life?! Instead, I’ve had a wonderful Christmas break, and I’m feeling so much more motivated to get up and GO.
Also, who says we can’t party at ALL times of year? Because we definitely can.
A birthday coming up? PARTY
A friend getting married? PARTY
Getting a promotion? PARTY
Simply because it’s a Friday night? PARTY
I think I actually prefer the ‘getting ready’ time instead of the ACTUAL party, like a lot of people I love getting dressed up, and it’s nice to feel ‘pretty’ instead of mooching around the house in my lazy wear.
I’m quite messy, so getting changed into my outfit for the night is the LAST thing I do. You just know that I am going to spill something down myself! I like to get SUPER cosy whilst I get ready, although, it usually makes me not want to leave the house at all! Jeans digging into my belly? No thank you. The Boux Avenue Eddie Teddy Cape* (£40.00) is my current absolute OBSESSION. I have it in medium/large so it is nicely oversized, and unbelievably soft and comfortable. Also, just look at the hood. I pair this with my Boux Avenue Evelyn Knit Mules* (£16.00) because you gotta’ keep those tootsies warm, it is very chilly at the moment!
I don’t know about you. But I like to have a drink nearby when I get ready for a party. Yes, an alcoholic one. I find it improves my make-up applying techniques, especially eye-liner because let me tell you, I am FLIPPING awful at applying it, and no you are not having a photo of me doing it. Funkin’ Cocktails* are the EASY way to make drinks, with lots of yummy flavours.
Now we have a drink in hand, LET’S GET READY, SHALL WE?
I begin by prepping my skin, with the Soap & Glory, One Heck of a Blot Primer (£10.00) To be honest, I am still not entirely sure what a primer does to my skin. I have what you call ‘normal’ skin, BUT WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN. I’m not dry, nor am I oily, so I don’t really notice primer making much of a difference for the longevity of my make-up, but the big boys say you should use it. So I do.
I then go in with the concealer, pretty much all over my face, because clearly, I am not a make-up artist. PLEASE JUST GIVE ME FLAWLESS SKIN. I’m not claiming to even be a LITTLE bit good at doing make-up, I have honestly no clue what I am doing. I just do the techniques the way I like to, why do people get so bitchy on the internet about ‘how’ people do their make-up, if YOU’RE happy with the end finish, why should it matter what anyone else thinks? I am absolutely LOVING the Urban Decay Naked Concealer* (£17.50) It’s a really thick consistency making it a super high coverage concealer, however still really blend-able. I have the lightest possible shade and find it really makes my eyes POP. Also, I am using the Crown Brush C436 Mini Duo Fibre Blender* and it is one of my favourite brushes EVER and a bargain! A randomly priced bargain at that though… WHY £7.94
I’d like to give an award to ANYONE who can apply make-up without pulling funny faces. Since I slathered so much concealer all over my face I felt I didn’t need a foundation THIS time, but I usually use the MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW13 (£22.00) It is a really great matte foundation, with a wide range of colours – including pale shades! I fixed my base with the Soap & Glory, One Heck of a Blot Powder (£12.00) I don’t really have a lot to say about it, it’s a powder. It works.
For me, 2016 was the year of the HIGHLIGHT. I don’t know why I use a matte foundation to then cover my face in highlight, but I do. Ahhh, you’re beginning to realise what I meant when I said I DO NOT KNOW WHAT I AM DOING. theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer (£17.50) is the DREAM champagne shimmery highlight shade. I pop it on my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose, my cupids bow, above my eyebrows, basically all over my face, what can I say, I want to be a glitter ball in my next life. I usually use it for an eyeshadow too, because lazy.
My holy grail blush is NARS Orgasm (£23.00) because it simply gives you a gorgeous glowing flush…. kinda like an… you get it. The pan itself looks quite shimmery, but it doesn’t show glittery on the skin, it just makes you look really happy and healthy. One of my best purchases of 2016, by far.
It’s EYE TIME. When I think of parties… I think of SMOKY EYES. This of course meant, it was time to get out the beloved Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (£38.50) I fully intended to *attempt* a wonderfully smoky eye. But how the flip do you do it?
I literally have no idea.
In the end, I applied ‘High’ all over my lids, and tried to use ‘Slanted’ in my crease, but that failed and made me look like I had been punched, so I gave up. I used ‘Armor’ to define my eye shape under my waterline. It turns out, the minimal eyeshadow worked out for the best, because I only just remembered that my dress of choice is rather snazzy and needed a less ‘in your face’ look.
Let’s completely ignore my pathetic excuse of winged liner, because quite frankly it is awful. I believe I evened it out later on. This lip colour is one of my FAVOURITES and is one that people always ask about. It surprises people when I say it is from the Tanya Burr Cosmetics range – an absolute bargain! I chose the shade Martha Moo (£5.99) and although it says on Feel Unique it is a lip gloss, it is definitely not! It is more of a liquid matte, and I love it.
ONTO BROWS. Benefit Ka-Brow* (£18.50) is the first time I have used a ‘dip style’ brow product, rather than a pencil, I thought it was going to be really hard to use, but if I can do it, you can sure do it too. This product is flippin’ amazing, long lasting, great shade range, and fills your brows out really naturally. Mascara of choice, as always is Benefit’s Roller Lash (£19.50) I just can’t seem to find any mascara that curves and lengthens my lashes like this one, even though I know a lot of people don’t get on with it. It can clump rather easily, so it is best to just stick to minimal coats.
My outfit of choice is this lovely Warehouse Sequin Flappy Dress (SALE: £25.00) I paid full price, you jammies. I usually think of sequin outfits as EW ITCHY EW but the lining of this dress is a dream, it is SO soft and the dress itself is a really nice fit. I’d buy a size smaller than you usually would, for this one, simply because I felt it was rather big when I tried it on in my usual size, and hey, doesn’t that make you feel good too!
Because of the unique ‘cut out’ detailing at the top of the dress, I was umming and ahhing what to do with the boobies. Not so much an inconvenience to go braless, but I also didn’t want my straps to be on show TOO much. This is where Boux Avenue save the day. They have a wide range of solutions for all your dress woes.
Low V-Neck dress? Worried about a nip slip? Use the secret tape*
Worried that it might get a bit ‘nippy’? Use the petals*
For this particular dress, I used the strapless bra* along with the clear straps, with my boob size being 36D, I find I prefer the extra support with the straps, but it is totally up to you. I only tend to use a fully strapless bra, if I am wearing a strapless outfit.
THE FINAL LOOK
A squirt of perfume, and I’m ready to go party the night away! I’ve recently had my hair CHOPPED by the lovely Kersha from BB’s Hair Design in Barnsley. I’ve never had a hairdresser spend so much time and attention on making sure my cut was perfect. I usually feel like hairdressers want to get you in and out, especially when you are just getting a cut and blow dry – but she really took her time, and I love my new hair.
Hope you all have a Happy New Year, and I will see you NEXT YEAR on Very Berry Cosmo, let’s make 2017 a good one! Don’t forget to use ‘BERRY20’ for 20% off all full price Boux Avenue items!
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