NEWS: Felicity Jones. That’s all.

The name Felicity Jones may be fresh in your mind due to her Oscar nominated performance of Jane Wilde in the film The Theory of Everything, but, if you’re a true chick-flick lover like ourselves, you may also remember her playing Kim from the film Chalet Girl with Ed Westwick. No, we don’t blame you if Ed Westwick is the only thing you can remember from the film. Aaaand if we’re really going back in time, you may remember her from the classic childhood programme, The Worst Witch, where she played Ethel Hallow. Well, if you don’t know her after that introduction. You’re about to. Magnificently gracing the cover of InStyle UK and becoming the cover story for the industry’s beauty edit Violet Grey, Jones is officially here to stay. We’re forecasting big things for this young woman. Check out her best looks from InStyle UK’s March cover and Violet Grey below:

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MINI MANI: OPI Taup-less

OPI Taupless

One coat normally isn’t enough for me when it comes to nail polish – I like my polish opaque but I surprisingly liked the finish with one coat of OPI Taup-less. You could still see my nail, but it looked elegant and sophisticated, rather than a block opaque colour finish.

I continued to do a second coat and was left with an opaque, glossy, mink colour. The brush was the perfect size as well, it picked up just the right amount and you could basically cover the whole nail in one sweep. What do you think?

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One Year Anniversary

one year blog

One year ago today I took Making Up from tumblr. and began it’s more serious journey on WordPress. Although I still have such a long way to go, I’m proud of my achievements for this year as I continue to blog about the latest beauty products with a hint of lifestyle and fashion. This blog has given me some great opportunities and allowed me to meet some lovely people, and I hope the next year will be even better!

I’m constantly trying to improve my blog, and soon you will see the new content I have been planning. As I’ve said before though – I still have such a long way to go, so if you have any comments or if there’s anything you’d like to see on here, please do let me know in the comments or feel free to email me.

I look forward to the next year.

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My First Gel Nails Experience

SensatioNail Gel Nail Polish (Pink Chiffon)

As a 20 year old beauty junkie I’m slightly ashamed to say this, but here we go. This is my first time having gels. As a student I find that I just don’t have excess money to get my nails done professionaly, so end up doing it myself weekly. That was until my lovely friend offered to do them for me, free of charge. She used SensatioNail Gel Nail Polish in Pink Chiffon and told me they would last a few weeks. The process familiar to probably most of you, was strange to me. Not having to wait for the nail polish to dry and getting a a gloss finish that I could only dream of amazed me. Two and a half weeks later and they were still going strong – it wasn’t until I peeled them off myself that they came away. (Which btw is a really satisfying feeling!)

TREND REPORT: Double Winged Eyeliner

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I love make up. I am a complete make up hoarder. But when it comes to experimenting with make up, I’m really not that brave. So I often look for subtle ways to change my make up from the usual day or night routine. This double winged eyeliner trend is subtle yet sleek so fits in perfectly with my not-so-outgoing-make up. I know what you’re thinking – it’s hard enough getting one pair of eyeliner wings to match, let alone two pairs – but get it right, and the payoff is worth it. Embraced by Kim Kardashian for years and spotted at Peter Philip’s first catwalk for Christian Dior for their Spring/Summer ’15 collection, the trend can be adjusted to your own style. It can be as bold and dramatic as you like; infusing colours, sparkles and glitters, or as subtle as you want; a small, blurred wing pulled out from the lower lash line. Not something to try for the first time before you go out, this trend will take practice and when you do, keep near you lots of cotton buds (or Q tips) to wipe away those pesky strays.

Will this be a trend you will be incorporating into your make up?

 

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The Best Face Wash

Neutrogena Visibly clear 2 in 1 wash and mask

 

So I’ve introduced you to the worst face wash. Now let me introduce you to the best. Girls, meet Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2 in 1 Wash and Mask. Offering a solution to spots, it aims to clear oil and ‘remove spot-causing bacteria.’ The texture is quite thick and creamy, and depending on your needs you can use it as a quick all over face wash, or leave it on until it dries into a mask to really unclog pores.

Unlike the directions on the bottle, I wouldn’t recommend using the product both morning and evening if you have normal/dry to dry skin. In fact, if you have really dry skin I’m not sure I would recommend using this product at all. My skin is normal/dry, and I tend to just spot-apply, excuse the pun, so just apply where you need it and leave. For me, this is around my chin and jawline. It dries out the spots wonderfully, and stops them spreading. A mini horror story for you all to demonstrate the drying-out powers of this face wash: I once forgot I had the mask on, and didn’t wash it off for over an hour; the next morning I woke up and my skin was so so flaky in certain areas on my face. So much so, that I had to coat it in E45 and adjust my normal make up routine. Don’t let this put you off, though! One thing I will stress, this is definitely aimed at people with spots, and so if you’re looking for an everyday face wash, I would probably go for something gentler.

You can purchase Neutrogena’s Visibly Clear 2 in 1 Wash and Mask (bit of a mouthful) from most drug stores or supermarkets, for a cheap and cheerful £3.79.

What’s your favourite face wash?

 

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Empowering Women with Polish

Undercover Colors

When empowering women and beauty products meet, you know it’s going to be a winner. A group of students from North Carolina State University have developed a nail polish product under the name Undercover Colours which changes colour when it is faced with a date-rape drug. What could potentially be a night club bag staple is now looking for big investors so it can be made and commercially sold. I really hope this pulls through; any product that can help women identify a dangerous situation, especially with something as subtle as a nail polish, sounds like a good idea to me.

Is this a product you would pay for? Do you think it has set a path for more women empowering beauty products? Let me know what you think!

 

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