Saturday, 29 October 2011

Katy Perry Inspired Halloween Eye Makeup

In case you were looking for a slightly more alternative look for Halloween, this is my Katy Perry E.T video inspired alien look that you can create using whatever makeup you own!

Katy Perry's makeup from her E.T video:

 To create my E.T inspired look I wanted to use blue/ pink/ purple colours, but use the colours you already have, I don't think it matters when you're an alien!
I used: blue eyeliner, black liquid eyeliner, silver glitter liquid eyeliner, white eye shadow, light purple eye shadow, dark purple eye shadow, purple mascara and pink mascara.

1) Get your white eye shadow, cover your eyelid and up to your eyebrows.

2) For the eyebrows, create an outline using your blue eyeliner that is slightly longer horizontally than your natural eyebrows, with an angular arch. Fill in your eyebrows using the blue eyeliner. Add a vertical line at the thickest end of your eyebrows using your black liquid eyeliner to add definition.

3) To decorate your eyebrows draw shapes like circles along the upper outside edge. I used concentric circles and dots in a silver glitter liquid eyeliner and filled in the concentric circles.

4) Using your black liquid eyeliner, line your upper eyelids and curve it at the outside of your eye to point towards the tip of the outside of your eyebrow.

5) Try to create a bigger and more elongated eye shape. Use the silver glitter liquid eyeliner and create an angular tipped outline just under your inner corner and end under the end of the curve you drew on your eyelid using the black liquid eyeliner.

6) Use your black liquid eyeliner to draw the same line again as close as you can to the silver glitter liquid eyeliner line but underneath it.

7) Take your dark purple eye shadow and create an outline just under your eyebrows that mirrors the outer shape of your eyebrows and ends at the tip of the curve you drew on your eyelid using the black liquid eyeliner. Create an rectangle outline at the inner end of this outline and draw this line until you reach the center of your upper eyelid.

8) Fill in this rectangle shape using your light purple eye shadow and continue shading under the dark purple outline but over the crease of your upper eyelid.

9) Curl your eyelashes and coat them in purple mascara. Add pink mascara to the tips and the bottom eyelashes for an extra splash of colour.

 Change any of the colours if you need to, or create a different colour scheme for this eye makeup look like red/gold. If you have more glitter feel free to use it and if you own a crazy lipstick in a colour you'd never usually wear then this is the look you should wear it!
 Add a slick backed pony tail or a wild hair style and any dress that sparkles. If you own deely boppers then add them too and your Halloween alien look is complete.

Lauren Loves : Being a crazy alien just like Katy Perry. In her music video. Obviously.


Thursday, 27 October 2011

Halloween Bat Eye Makeup

 My amazing friend Sophie and I went for lunch in Birmingham and then to see Batman Live which was awesome. There was even bat-shaped confetti!

  Going to see Batman Live inspired me to create a bat eye makeup look:

 Start with the upper eyelid and using a liquid eyeliner draw the bat head in the center, create the bat wing shapes either side. For a Batman logo fill in the rest of your eyelid with a yellow or gold eye liner/ eye shadow. You can just have the bat on your upper eyelid or have a complete bat outline by adding the lower outline too. Design a full bat outline on both of your eyes for a great alternative to wearing a mask, especially if you are going to a costume party as Catwoman or Batgirl. Add this bat eye makeup to make any Halloween costume extra spooky!

Lauren Loves  ♥: Na-Na Na-Na Na-Na-Na-Na Batman!


Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Halloween Vampire Diaries Inspiration

 The Vampire Diaries has just appeared again on my TV screen and if you'd rather channel a more glam Halloween vibe than go for a totally gory costume, then hopefully this Elena/ Katherine inspired look will help!

 Original Photo Inspiration:

My Inspirational Collage:

 To recreate the look of Nina who plays Elena/ Catherine:
1) Wear a blood red dress
2) To elongate your legs and create the illusion of bare feet wear nude heels
3) Accessorize with a jeweled or antique style statement necklace
4) Go for dark smokey eyes and either black or dark red nail polish

 And here's something for the girls who like The Vampire Diaries:

( From: )

Lauren Loves : Vampires!


Sunday, 23 October 2011

Halloween Outfit Inspiration

 So I was going to have a coffee and a chat with my friends in Costa...

 When I saw this cute lil thing and had to buy it!

 The skeleton gingerbread man reminded me that Halloween is indeed approaching and I've created some inspirational collages for you:

Lauren Loves ♥: Getting ready for Halloween!


Saturday, 22 October 2011

Pottermore ϟ

 Yes, I love Harry Potter and even though there are no more novels or films at least there's Pottermore! I luckily found the magical quill and have enjoyed many hours on the site thanks to the early entrance.

I ended up being sorted into...

which isn't too shocking considering I'm a bit crazy and a book nerd, what with the whole studying English Literature at university.

 Here's my wand info:

 Add me: SunFirebolt36 ... if you already have access or if you join later! If you want to know what questions I was asked when I got sorted into my house or to get my wand then just leave me a comment


Friday, 21 October 2011

Glossybox October 2011 'Six Pack' Review

 Another month, another Glossybox. The 6th box had a 6th product but like they say, it's quality not quantity that counts! Here's the October box:

 I received some Dermalogica products, a MultiVitamin Thermafoliant (skin polisher), a MultiVitamin Power Recover Masque, a tiny Renewal Lip Complex (balm) and a beauty bag.

 While the products will surely be useful, the beauty bag is more practical than stylish and I don't think I'll be using it as It's not quite me.

I also got a selection of Robert Piguet perfume samples:

 The (green) perfume called Visa is a little musky but quite sweet, it initially reminded me of a garden center but I'm just weird. The (pink) perfume called Fracas was a bit Grandma-esque but I don't like the smell of lillies. The (red) perfume called Calypso was my favourite, it reminded me of Heat by Beyonce probably because of the amber base.

 I also received a couple of beauty products:

 I love the design of the Leighton Denny Nail polish bottle. Mine was in the shade 'Babydoll' which was unfortunately quite thick when I applied it and streaky. However, I think it looks okay after a second coat. I can't complain as it is priced at £11 and I had the whole box for £10 plus P&P, but I won't be buying that brand of nail polish in a hurry. (If you want to save 15% off this range of nail polishes enter the code GLOSSYBOX at

 I had a Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof eyeliner in the shade Moray which is a khaki green with a hint of shimmer. It's very similar to the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in the shade Stash but it's a bit darker. I can confirm Glossybox's claim that it does 'glide on delivering intense, vibrant colour with staying power'. My favourite item in the Glossybox, it is a full sized product which would've cost £13! Here's a closer look:

 Hope you enjoyed my review, let me know if you subscribe to Glossybox too or if you're thinking about it!

Lauren Loves ♥: Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof eyeliner.


Monday, 17 October 2011

An Evening with Elle

 I recently attended the Evening with Elle event held in the Birmingham River Island, and as I was one of the first to RSVP I also got a goody bag on arrival! I thought I would share with you what I was given. As well as receiving a copy of Elle magazine I got:

Canvas Bag.

Cozy Bobble Hat.

Black Wayfarer Style Sunnies.

Beauty Products: Models Own & Dermalogica.

 Here's a slightly better photo of the nail polish colour:

Autumnal Shade.

 Have you been anywhere exciting recently or are you about to? Let me know what you've been buying over autumn too.

Lauren Loves ♥: Free stuff!


Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Cute Bow Nail Tutorial

 These nails are really easy to do, even if you make a mess (like I did) you can always clean your nails up later so don't worry if you're a nail art beginner!

 I used: Gold nail polish, Black nail polish, a Top Coat or Clear nail polish, and a cocktail stick.

1) Paint your nails Gold or any pale/ shimmer shade of polish.

2) Using the cocktail stick in your Black nail polish, add a small line in the center of your nail for the bow's center knot.

3) Leave a small gap and draw a line that's parallel either side of your center line.

4) Draw diagonal lines from the ends of these two lines to create your bow shape.

5) Fill in the outline of your bow shape with your Black or dark polish.

6) When your bow shape is dry, use the other end of your cocktail stick in the Gold nail polish and add the detail creases in the bow by drawing two short lines originating from the center of the bow.

7) To make your design last longer add a top coat of clear nail polish.

 You can use nail polish remover to tidy up your nails if things get messy or wait for the polish to dry and come off the surrounding skin naturally. You could also try pale coloured bows on a darker polish!

Lauren Loves ♥: Cute bows.


Sunday, 9 October 2011

The Best Eye Shadow Palette

 After much use, I've decided that the Urban Decay Naked palette is my favourite collection of eye shadows. It's versatile, I've used it on nights out and for a casual, day time look:

 The range of colours suit everyone and there's a variety of shimmer, glitter and matte shades. When I purchased the palette I also received an eye shadow primer potion!

 Here's the inside of the palette and a closer look at the eye shadows:

 My favourite every day colours are the matte shade Buck with Virgin on the inner corners as a highlighter to open up the eyes. This is what the shades look like on my pale skin tone to give you an idea of the textures and intensity of the eye shadows:

 The Naked palette is portable enough to carry around in your bag, allowing you to touch up through the day or transform your look from day to night. The new matte shades are also useful for filling in your eyebrows as they contain no shimmer or glitter unlike most of the other Urban Decay eye shadows.
 Overall, I think the palette containing 12 shades is good value for money, which explains why it's usually sold out. It's currently £35 from House of Fraser but I got mine in the sale; the single eye shadows cost £13-£15!

Lauren Loves ♥: Urban Decay & Matte eye shadows.


Friday, 7 October 2011

Love Fashion, Literature, History?

 I've just started back at uni for my final year and it's kicked off a new wave of love for literature as i'm studying English Literature. I recently purchased this cool Pride and Prejudice inspired t-shirt from Topshop; apparently by buying it I also helped donate a book to a community in need through Books For Africa. Awesome, no?

 I love Jane Austen, I'm a total sucker for all things old-fashioned and romantic. I also wanted to share with you my new found love for a brand called The Orphan's Arms. Seriously, check them out at or find their brand on ASOS. Here are some of their items I want:

 Also, feel free to buy me this t-shirt... I'll be your best friend...

Lauren Loves ♥: The Orphan's Arms. Books. Owls.