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29 June 2014

Belgium Music Tour 2014

16 June 2014

Alexa Chung's Signature Makeup Recreation

Screen shot from Lisa Eldridge's 'Alexa Chung Tutorial'
I absolutely adore Alexa Chung. I remember watching T4's music festival coverage when I was 10 or 11 years old where I literally fell in love with her humour and, of course, her beauty and style. Alexa Chung's success is continuously growing, more recently since the launch of her book 'It' in 2013 which has managed to become one of the best selling style books of the year. 

After scrolling through twitter the other day, I noticed Lisa Eldridge had actually recreated Alexa's Chung's signature natural "cat-eyed" look on Alexa Chung herself, so I thought I'd recreate it using different products for you today.

I'm a huge fan of this makeup look. The look doesn't take long at all to complete and uses minimal makeup products. I like how Alexa's makeup look is very natural, however still looks like you've made an effort with your makeup.

Lisa Eldridge YouTube Channel

Watch Lisa Eldridge's recreation of Alexa's signature look (above!) where Alexa actually does some of her own makeup to show you exactly how she does it.

The look is very basic and involves simple everyday makeup products. The main features of this look are dramatic "cat-eyes" alongside a natural base and lip.

I started off by dotting a CC cream around my face. My favourite CC cream is by Max Factor as I find it suits my pale skin tone perfectly and offers high coverage to cover my old acne scars. I find this product blends better into my skin if applied using only my fingers. 

Chanel Vitalumiere in the shade 30 was used on Alexa in the video. 

I used Maybelline's Dream Touch Lumi Concealer in the shade Ivory under my eyes to conceal any dark circles. This concealer has yellow undertones which will cancel out any purple tones under the eyes. As my CC cream covered most of my blemishes, I only used a concealer under my eyes. 

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC3 was used on Alexa in the video.

I covered my eyelid with 'Sidecar', which is a bronzy-silver eyeshadow. Alexa used Eyeko Me & My Shadow eyeshadow sticks, which she explained as being really easy to travel with and quick to apply. I don't own any eyeshadow sticks, so both eyeshadows I used were from my Naked palette.

Eyeko Me & My Shadow in the shade Taupe was used on Alexa in the video.

I also added 'Darkhorse', which is a dark brown shade, to the outer part of my eye to make them look more defined. I dotted on the shadow with the eyeshadow brush supplied with the Naked Palette and blended this out using a Real Techniques domed shadow brush.

Eyeko Me & My Shadow in the shade Chocolate was used on Alexa in the video.

The main focus of Alexa's signature look is her 'cat-eye' winged liner. In the video, she advised it's easiest to complete an eyeliner flick by angling it at 45 degrees. I found this tip very helpful when recreating her look and also found that using your bottom waterline as a guide can help when determining the angle of an eyeliner flick.

I used Soap & Glory Supercat eyeliner pen and I'm so surprised at how easy it is to apply compared to the traditional eyeliner nip and pot. The only downside to this product is the shade. I've tried other eyeliners which are blacker than this, but with two coats it develops into the prefect dark black shade.

Eyeko Alexa Chung Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner was used on Alexa in the video.

I brought together the eye look by adding a coat of mascara. Lisa advised to wiggle the mascara wand at the root of the lashes to give more volume and ensure every lash is coated. 

I used Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascara in a waterproof formula. I think this is great mascara as it volumises my eyelashes and the waterproof formula helps keep my lashes curly all day. I rave about Maybelline The Falsies mascara all the time, but I actually think this mascara is definitely worthy enough to rank alongside the Falsies!

Eyeko Alexa Chung Eye Do Mascara was used on Alexa in the video.

Alexa mentioned in the video that she felt her eyebrows were quite sparse, so I filled the gaps of my eyebrows in with a Revlon eyeshadow in the shade Cocoa. I set them in place with Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in dark brown (my full eyebrow routine can be found HERE).

Eyeko Brow Gel and Brow Liner was used on Alexa in the video.

As the eye makeup look is quite dramatic and Alexa's signature look is very natural, I finished off the makeup look by applying a nude lip colour to my lips. I used Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in the shade complex (my full review of the matte balms can be found HERE).

Rimmel Moisture Renew in the shade Nude Delight was used on Alexa in the video.

I hope you enjoyed this post, as I definitely had a lot of fun re-creating Alexa's look. If there are any other celebrities/beauty figures you would like me to re-create the look of, please let me know in the comments!

10 June 2014

HUGE Summer Haul | New Look, H&M, Primark & More!

Admittedly, I've done a bit of damage to my bank account over the past month, so I thought I'd show you some of the things I've picked up recently. I'm never normally impressed with most high street store's summer stock, but this year I'm loving most of their items in stores. 

I'm planning on doing a Summer lookbook soon to show you how I'm going to wear some of these items, but as not everything will be featured, here is absolutely everything I've purchased for my 2014 Summer wardrobe!


I've gone a little crop top crazy this summer. I love them as I think they're really versatile and can be dressed up with disco pants or dressed down with high waisted denim shorts during the day. This crop top is an off-white colour with black horizontal stripes.

I fell in love with the zebra pattern on this crop top and couldn't leave the shop without buying it! A little pricey for a crop top, but it does feel really well made and worth paying a little bit extra.

I've been looking for a pair of high waisted denim shorts for ages. I have a strange body shape, my hips are quite wide but I have a tiny waist so it's always difficult to find high waisted clothing items that fit. I think New Look do great denim pieces, not just shorts, and they always seem to fit me with no problems.


I picked up some lightweight, baggy shorts for lazier summer days. The shorts have a drawstring around the waistband and are very comfortable. As the pattern is very loud, I would pair these with a plain black/white vest top.

This rucksack has a main compartment secured with a drawstring, which I don't particularly feel like my stuff is very secure in, however this bag was on offer (previously £20.00) so I couldn't resist picking it up. The main reason I picked this up was because of the daisy print, as I'm hoping this will go with most outfits.



I picked up another crop top similar to the striped one from New Look, however this one has a different pattern and a scooped, rounded neck.


I'm still not 100% sure about this purchase. The straps are slightly too long, but I still love the idea of the stripy top half and denim bottom half. If I return this, I'll definitely try and DIY this outfit with a stripy vest top and a denim skirt.


I'm slightly obsessed with skater dresses. As I am quite slim, I find these dresses give some shape to my body. This dark grey shade I found in H&M is a simple skater dress, but it feels really well made for such a small price! The back of the dress shows off a lot of back flesh, which could be a problem in the bra department, but I'll be sure to figure that out later.


Due to H&M's skater dresses being so cheap, I picked up another one in a royal blue colour.

TK Maxx


I've always wanted a pair of lace shorts. TK Maxx didn't have any of the white pair in my size, so I opted for the cream coloured pair. I'm excited to wear these because they're so comfortable!


I'm absolutely obsessed with this playsuit. On the hanger, the bright colours make the outfit look really daring and totally out of my comfort zone, but it's actually really nice on. I recently wore this on a night out paired with black heels, but I'm looking forward to wearing this during the day with sandals.



I only own plain vest tops, so I thought a fancier patterned top would be a nice alternative. I've worn this recently paired with jeans and also disco pants. Primark had lots of different colours and patterns in the same style of vest top, all priced at £4.00.


I bought another vest top from Primark, but this one hangs a lot lower under the arms, so I will be pairing it with a bandeau underneath. 


I love tribal-coloured patterned dresses. I picked up this loose-fitting 3/4 length sleeved dress, which I'm excited to wear with sandals in the summer as well as black boots and tights in the winter. Primark also had lots of other patterns in the same style of dress with the black band around the bottom.


I'm a little bit nervous to wear this purchase out as I only tend to wear maxi dresses to formal events, but it looked so beautiful on the mannequin I couldn't leave the shop without it! It is a simple black maxi dress with a red rose pattern. It is hard to tell in this photo, but the top of the dress has a twist at the bust area to add something a little bit different.


I'm going to a wedding in a few weeks time, so after a lot of google image searching 'outfits for a wedding', I thought this pattern would be appropriate for such an event. It is a well fitted maxi dress with two slits at the bottom next to each leg. I actually bought this in the petite section and although I am between 5"5 and 5"6, the dress length is perfect and finishes just at my ankle.

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What summer items are you looking forward to wearing during the season?
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