Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Nails Of The Day

NOTD, OPI, luck lucky lavender, pamploma purple

I go through phases with my nails, sometimes I can be bothered to paint them on a weekly basis so they are nice and chip free. Other times I am very lazy and don't bother with nail varnish because I know I will keep meaning to remove the polish when it chips and rush out the door forgetting and then want to spend the day sitting on my hands so no one notices how bad they look. (note to self, keep nail varnish remover in handbag).

pamplona purple OPI
NOTD, Nails, nail varnish, OPI, purple nails
purple nails, OPI, pamplona purple, lucky lucky lavender

Today is a chip free day, I have painted them with one of my favourite shades of OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender and then used Pamplona Purple on my accent nail.

purple nails, OPI, pamplona purple, lucky lucky lavender
purple nails, OPI, pamplona purple, lucky lucky lavender
purple nails, OPI, pamplona purple, lucky lucky lavender

What do you guys think? Do you like these shades?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Bronze Smokey Eye

Following on from the post about forgotten make-up items I have, here is a lovely bronze look I created with the Famous high five compact. Using the beautiful bronze and golden hues blended with a smokey black and lots of liner it creates a perfect look for a balmy summer evening.

Bronze smokey eye, Michelle Louise Love
Bronze eye make-up, Michelle Louise Love
Bronze smokey eye, Michelle Louise Love
Famous high five compact, Urban Decay oil slick, MAC hot gossip

Try it yourself, dig out some of your old make-up items and remind yourself why you fell in love with them in the first place.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Lets Be Honest Here

We all wish that some parts (most parts) of our life were better, we sometimes wish our lives were "perfect" like the girls who write the BIG blogs or film those fabulous YouTube videos or our favourite celeb. What is perfect anyway?

I think there should be a little more honesty in the blogging community, or if that isn't possible then ladies at least take a deep breath every now and then and admit to yourself that your favourite bloggers life isn't so perfect.

We all have a junk drawer (or 2) in our kitchen unless you have major OCD, we all argue with our spouse sometimes, we all wish that the frickin dust would stop gravitating towards the black TV!!

It's ok, and above all, it's NORMAL. The photo's we see on blogs are what we want the world to see, we choose the right place to take those pictures so we can portray "life is pretty" and you know you arranged and rearranged the candle a million times, and made sure there wasn't any dust and you took the photo from an angle that hides the pile of junk in the corner you have been meaning to tidy up for the last week.

In reality I have been off of work since Wednesday because I had an operation and my boyfriend had to leave Friday night to go away to Germany for a week for work and I miss him so much I have cried, most of my family don't live in the UK so I am home alone and more than a bit lonely. My good friends all live far away and there have been moments that I have thought who the hell would I turn to if I really needed someone right now? Perfect? Far from you see.

So stop beating yourself up about how imperfect your life is and accept that it's just the way things are. All the rubbish moments will make you appreciate the good ones so much more.

Feel free to share one good and one bad thing about your world in the comments below, we won't judge, promise!

I'll go first:

I have no food in the house, I'm hungry but don't feel up to going shopping.
In a couple of weeks I will have a new baby niece.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Forgotten Beauties | Famous Cosmetics

I have make-up stashed in various places, my most used and favourite items are in the drawers next to my bed and all other make-up is stashed in make-up cases that I hardly ever open. I often get stuck in such a rut and just keep using the same old colours and palettes and forget about all the lovely stuff I have stored away. So after delving through one of my cases I pulled out a little compact I haven't used in a long time. The high five eye shadow compact is a combination of 5 beautiful gold and bronze shades that look stunning on.

famous eye shadow palette
High Five eye shadow
high five eye shadow
Famous high five eye shadow
famous cosmetics
bronze eye shadow, high five
gold eye shadow, high five

I made a little pact with myself that this has to stay out for a little while and I need to use these shades.

How many forgotten beauties have you got hiding away in your bedroom?

Friday, 18 July 2014

Are #bbloggers too fickle?

I read a lot of beauty blogs and always see new posts popping up on my twitter feed about the latest must have product. Which brings me to my point, are beauty bloggers too fickle when it comes to products? Do the majority of us keep changing up the things we use constantly in search of something better, or do bloggers feel they have to keep trying new things in order for them to have new content for their blog?

I tend to stick to the things I like, I always use peaches and clean to cleanse, oil of olay to moisturise, and St Ives to scrub. I am a creature of habit, and quite loyal to a brand when I find something I like and that works well with my fussy skin. Does that make me a bad beauty blogger? Should I always be changing everything up all the time and slapping on the next miracle product in order to have something new to review to keep the readers coming back? I have to keep wondering is this actually good for your skin to use so many different types of products?

Oil of olay, peaches and clean

Although I stay loyal to my basic skin care routine and have my favourite make-up products I do like to try out lots of new colours from the brands I love, but I tend to go with the mantra "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

I am the third generation of female in my family to be using oil of olay, (or ulay as it was when I was a child) I remember watching my nan applying the cream to her face whilst sitting in her armchair sipping on a cup of coffee, and then it started popping up in my mum's bathroom cabinet, so it was no wonder that it was my first choice when I got to the point where I knew I needed to be sensible and start using a moisturiser on a daily basis. I have used another couple of brands but I am very happy with my olay, its light enough that it doesn't leave me feeling greasy, but nourishing enough that my skin isn't too dry, it sinks in well and doesn't leave my skin red and irritated. I think I am on this bandwagon for some time and feel no real need to try something new. For this product I am not fickle!

Do you change up your products all the time? Or have you found your holy grail product that you are loyal to?

Thursday, 17 July 2014

OPI | She's Golden

It's no secret that I adore OPI nail varnish and it's true I have lots of them and if left to my own devices in a shop that stocks them I always come home with many more.

Today I felt like a light summery shade, I like shades of white and cream for nails I just always find them a little hard to paint on streak free and try as I might I didn't quite achieve that with this shade either. But it looks pretty none the less. It would look even better on someone with dark or tanned skin as it would be the perfect contrast.

OPI she's golden
OPI She's golden
OPI She's Golden
OPI She's Golden

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Urban Decay Smokey Eye

I don't often wear a smokey eye, there are two main reasons for this. 1) I am lazy and most of the time couldn't be bothered with the effort it takes to put on more make-up than I usually do, 2) I personally don't think it would be appropriate to wear it during the day time as it is a little heavy going on pale skin.

Having said that I do like the look, and I like the way it makes my green eyes pop so I shall attempt to do it a little more often (if I can be bothered).

Products used:

MAC studio fix fluid in NW13
Smashbox translucent power
NARS blusher in Orgasm
Urban Decay eyeshadows in:
Creep, Virgin, Darkhorse, Vice.

smokey eye, Michelle Louise Love

I started by buffing Darkhorse just above the crease, then pressed Creep all over my lid and used a fluffy brush to smudge the edges so it blends into Darkhorse. I also smudged the remainder of Creep that was on my brush on my lower lashline. I wanted to add a little warmth and colour to the look so pressed some Vice all over the top of my lids to give it a deep purple hue. Lastly I added a little bit of Virgin into the inner corners and brow bone to life the look and finished with liquid liner and mascara.

Michelle Louise Love, Urban Decay
Michelle Louise Love, Urban Decay Naked palette


Sorry for the picture quality of this post, I had to use my camera images so they aren't as good as I would have liked : (

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