Saturday, 25 August 2012

Brow How-to: Fair Brows to Full Brows: Tutorial


Products used: Benefit Brow Zings Brow Shaping Kit in light, GOSH Long Lasting Brow Pen in Wheat, Mini Benefit Tweezers, Elf Mascara Wands, Real Techniques Brow Brush.

Before

After

Step 1: I take a mascara wand and comb through my brows to neaten up any strays. The ELF wands come in a pack of twelve and retail at a couple of quid. They're dense, sturdy and help me to create 'naturally' darkened brows. They're also handy if my brows are looking unruly and technically need a good pluck...

Step 2: I begin to fill in my brows with the GOSH brow pen. At this point - a precise outline is key. I make the brows substantially darker than I want the end result to appear (a method that will make sense in Step 3). The pen is the best brow product I have used to date because the felt tip end helps to create hair-like lines with every stroke.

Step 3: If you're into the scouse brow look, I guess you can leave it here... but if, like myself, you'd rather your brows looked human, simply brush through them with a wand. This allows the colour to blend seamlessly onto the skin and removes any harsh lines.

Step 4: If I want to be meticulous I like to perfect my brows a little more. Using the wax (left side of the brow kit) I run it through my brows sparingly to increase opacity and warm up the colour to suit my hair slightly better. 
And again, the beauty of a brow comb is that you can brush through the hairs and soften the colour if you get a little wax happy.

And voilĂ ! You should be left with convincingly darker, fuller eyebrows.
Are you eyebrow obsessed too?


Sara

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Strawberry Fields Forever (or not): What Sara Wore

Tee: Charity Shop / Blazer: Charity Shop / Disco Pants: Ark / Belt: Charity Shop / 
Necklace: Charity Shop / Bag: Vintage / Chelsea Boots: Faith @ Debenhams 

These are all pieces I'm sure have appeared on SaraWears many a time, but certainly not together! The trusty disco pant dupe, a cosy oversized jacket and chelsea boots all seemed appropriate for the rainy English weather. The best friend and I were supposed to go to a 'pick your own' strawberry farm, enjoy a lengthy walk home and an afternoon of scone and jam making. Instead, we looked out of the window at 11am, ate breakfast, watched three episodes of Passport Patrol, nipped out to get some fresh fruit, chocolate and pizza and stuffed our faces whilst proceeding to watch Dog the Bounty Hunter.  
But we did make scones - very good scones too.
Just a short and sweet post on another grey day.  


Sara
P.s. What's your rainy day outfit?
P.p.s. I wrote this post a few weeks ago but I was too lazy to alter the details...

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Monday, 20 August 2012

Cheap Tricks: DIY Under-eye Brightening Concealer


This is such a simple trick that will help to camouflage the worst of hangovers, the longest of nights... or just some unfortunate dark circles. Obviously the success of this method relies on the existence of a decent concealer in your make up collection, but any old highlighter will suffice!
Liquid products are easy to blend; just pop a dab of each on the back of your hand (as shown above), blend slightly and apply to the under eye area. Even a dust of powder highlighter will instantly reduce that haggard look so many of us sport on a regular basis.


Sara

Get Your Free Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream Samples

Just a quick heads up, visit http://www.maybelline.co.uk/bbsample to request your free Dream Fresh BB Cream sample! You'll receive 3 small packets which equates to around 6 applications.
The process takes a couple of minutes and there's a box to untick so you can avoid that irritating promotional post. I'm yet to properly trial my samples but my first impression is very positive!
Or, just buy Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream here.

Sara

Sunday, 19 August 2012

My Summer Obsessions (and an overdue apology)

Hello blogger!
I have been in France for the last fortnight (internetless) and, being my silly old self, I forgot to pre-publish the gazillion posts I have lying around in my drafts. 
I can't lie - I feel slightly out of my element after such a long absence without even a thought spared for writing! I know, I'm a disgrace. But hopefully the writer's block will subside and I can squeeze a few posts in before September rolls around! I go festivalling this Wednesday and it's my birthday the following week so it will be a busy few days, but I'll have some posts organised for when I'm away.

So, onto the post! Thanks to itsneecola for tagging me (check out her wonderful blog here) and Louise and Zoe for creating the tag. 

Which product, fragrance, website, read and YouTuber are you obsessing over this Summer?

1. Beauty product: Cream blushes. 
I am going mad for the things! My favourites are Head Over Heels by Topshop and Pinched by Revlon. The consistency of a cream blush is perfect for Summer when, regardless of the temperature (a measly 17°c here in England) you want a subtle, light flush to the cheeks. I desperately want to try Dainty Doll's Orange County Girl Blush after seeing it featured on Lily Pebbles' blog. The combination of coral with gold flecks reminds me of NARS Orgasm, another product on my wishlist... (must operate some self control)

2. Fragrance: Soap and Glory Mist You Madly Fragrance. 
A body spray is a good alternative to perfume because the more watery base offers a cooling sensation, whilst deodorising, and you don't need to use it as sparingly! If you like that signature Soap & Glory scent then I recommend the spray which retails at around £6.50 (but is often on offer).

3. Website: eBay.
Always eBay - I've ordered copies of Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell for a refreshing £4.12 in total. The best advice I can offer an avid reader is to buy second hand, be it in a thrift store, charity shop or online. It's cheap and I think the dog-eared effect to a book gives it character, but maybe that's just me. I like to know that somebody, or multiple others have turned the same pages as I am about to, and formed their own opinion on the words. Maybe the book changed their life, or they just wanted rid of it. Either way, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. 
My Dad keeps all his books in mint condition but he always invests in hardbacks so I can understand his mentality. I guess we're a family that cares about aesthetics.

4. Read: Frank Sinatra, My Father by Nancy Sinatra
If you saw my Reading List post, you might be expecting me to have finished a fair few books by now... I'm afraid this isn't the case. I had a bit of a reading lull, but I'm enjoying books again. I recently read Frank Sinatra, My Father by Nancy Sinatra. Sinatra is my icon and it is the only authorised biography of his life, as well as the most personal. (Who could paint a truer picture of the man than his own flesh and blood?) I love biographies because I can lose myself in someone else's life and know that it's not fiction. But the beauty (or downfall) of a biography is that you can pick it up after weeks of neglect and it won't matter - to choose a year or period of a time in someone's life is completely different in non fiction because you often don't need the background knowledge to understand or enjoy where you begin. A.k.a. Biographies are good for us lazy readers. 

5. YouTuber: (I narrowed it down to five out of my 247 subscriptions!)
sunbeamsjess - Incredible sense of style and plenty of LookBooks to pore over!
essiebutton - An established blogger/YouTuber with the best sense of humour.
livcakes - A witty, blunt American teen that'll have you in stitches. Plus she's gorgeous. 
FayeWonderland - A recent discovery of mine, she's just so sweet and watchable. 
sayno2coolness - Hair and clothes to die for - prepare for the green monster. 

I suggest you watch all of the above ladies if you're a fan of fashion/beauty videos because they are guaranteed to more than satisfy your cravings. 
I tag everyone, but if any of you lovely readers do post the tag please comment with a link below, I'd love to read about your Summer Obsessions.

Sara
P.s. I'm adding a category: 
6. Man: ANDREW GARFIELD AS SPIDERMAN. Mamma mia.