Halloween Nail Art Inspiration

By Sarah Redman

Last year i missed Halloween as i was ill, so this year i am combating any illness with happy thoughts from my nails.

Below are a variety of nail designs for Halloween this year. You can do as i have and have something different for each nail or choose one (maybe it goes with your outfit?) and keep the theme across all your nails.

*Warning* you definitely need a steady hand for this, but give it a go. These are Halloween nails after all, so if the face of your ghost gets a little smudged then just call it artistic development and say its to make it look that little bit more scary…

20131025-194032.jpgThis first hand is my favorite, it was much easier to paint as i’m right handed. It also contains my favorite two designs the mummy face (on my thumb) and the monochrome ghost (on my ring finger). I think for Halloween i will be going monochrome and a mixture of these two designs.

20131025-201818.jpgThis hand i experimented with texture and colour, to be honest it was pretty fun. I also love how versatile my new Barry M nail foil is!

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I hope this inspires you to sort some quirky nails for Halloween – its not all about the costume.

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What did you think of these nails? Do you like the designs or would you be interested in tutorials from us? Leave a comment or Tweet us @thesarahsblog to let us know.

Make up mini haul

By Sarah Redman

I had quite a bit of fun doing my previous haul post, so i thought i would have a go at a make up one. This time it is only a mini one – minimal prices and minimal pieces.

Make up mini haul

Make up mini haul

First up, Rimmel London Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 003 Peach Glow (£3.99). I normally buy this product in 001 Transparent, i think a light translucent powder is a make up bag essential especially in the summer to sort out that excess “glow”. However, once in a while my skin has a ‘good skin day’ or i have a day off, where i’m not going out, so i want minimal coverage to give my skin a break. I used this product with a light BB cream in the summer, mostly in the evenings – to give some more coverage and achieve a more polished look.

Second is a new product for me, I have wanted it for ages but never justified the extra expenditure (to be perfectly honest i don’t know why i have now either): Barry M Nail Paint, Instant Nail Effects Foil 320 Gold (£3.99). I love the nail foil look and cant wait to try out Barry M’s version of this trend.

Lastly, my staple make up remover Simple Kind to Skin Radiance Brightening Wipes (£4.20). I love these, they are one of the only products and more specifically ranges i have found that do not irritate my skin when removing make up. These are a really great addition to any make up bag, there are also loads of variations for different skin types.

Have you had a little bit of a make up haul recently or do you see any products here you want to try? Leave a comment or Tweet us @thesarahsblog to let us know.

The Matte Look

By Sarah Redman

For the past we seasons, the ‘dewy look’ has been the main one to aim for with regards to your skin and make up regime. However for Autumn / Winter 2013 the ‘matte look’ is most definitely back.

Rimmel London Stay Matt Foundation

Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation Samples

Rimmel London have just  released their new Stay Matte Foundation – liquid mouse (£5.99). I have always been a bit weary of matte foundations and mouses, thinking that they would dry out my already temperamental and dry skin. However I have been pleasantly surprised with this new formula.

I have never been a fan of that ‘shiny’ look, dewy fine – shinny no! But this matte look is really versatile as a base, letting you choose which area of make up you want to be the focus point, from the classic eyes or lips to the matte look skin itself. This formula includes chamomile, cucumber and cotton to calm, clarify and control shine respectively. This foundation also reduces redness and absorbs any excess oil for up to 12 hours.

This foundation feels great on, leaving  the skin silky smooth (even if its a bit dry), this sample (100 Ivory) is the second lightest shade available (there are 5 shades available), i am rather pale so can struggle to find a foundation that isn’t a stark contrast to my skin. Whist this foundation seems dark, it actually blend very well to your skin tone, you don’t need much at all to get an even yet still shear coverage. This was a pleasant surprise, i found applying this foundation easiest with my Real Techniques expert face brush.

There have been some bad reviews about this product, with some people finding it too cakey – but i found you really need a little bit and just take the time to blend to your skin, rather than ‘paint’ it on to cover up problematic skin. I also used a little Rimmel London Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 001 transparent (£3.99) to finish. In the packaging it looks like a pale colour but when applied really is just a mattefying translucent powder that i found helped any areas of excess oil for my combination skin.

Below is the finished look:

(I apologise for my skin – its having a bad time with the back to uni work stress!)

Stay Matte foundation look

Stay Matte foundation look

I have finished my matte foundation look by adding a bit of bronzer (no.7 perfectly bronzed bronzing pearls), using my go to eyebrow kit (Rimmel London professional eye brow pencil & The Body Shop’s brow & lash gel), keeping my eye make up light (Clinique eye shadow & 17 doll’d up Mascara), lastly some neutral lip balm (Burt’s Bees Honey)

Have you been experimenting with different foundations lately, do you like this minimal winter look? Leave a comment and let us know or Tweet us @thesarahsblog

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