Video: Makeup Routine

24.11.11



Products used:
L'Oreal Studio Secrets Primer
Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation (shade 1.0)
Benefit Erase Paste (Light)
HD Brows Palette (Foxy)
Kryolan Anti-Shine Powder
Chapstick (Apple)
Rimmel Glam'Eyes Liquid Eyeliner (Black)
Benefit Dallas
Bourjois Liner Effect Mascara
Daniel Sandler Jumbo Jet Mascara
Models Own Cheek & Lip Tint (Rouge Blush).


I've been meaning to make one of these videos for a while but never quite got round to it. Then I recorded one last week and it recorded in some weird format so I couldn't open it in any of the video-editing programmes on my computer, nightmare! But anyway, I recorded again and managed to get it to work this time.

My makeup is usually pretty much exactly the same every day. Sometimes I'll wear lipstick or different blushers/bronzers but otherwise I usually stick to this routine. Cat eyes are definitely my signature look!

I usually don't deviate much from this for night-time makeup either, although I'm much more likely to wear bright lipstick for a night out. I think I really need to branch out and start wearing more eyeshadow - any recommendations for good eyeshadow palettes to buy?

Do you have a daily makeup routine, or do you do something different every day?

Gillian x

Scottish Blogger Meet

P.S. Have all you Scottish bloggers heard about the Scottish Bloggers Christmas Meet in Glasgow? I'm so excited to finally go to a bloggers' event and meet lots of the lovely people behind some of my favourite blogs! Who's going?!

Outfit: Sands of Time

21.11.11

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Dress: ebay
Leggings: New Look
Necklace: Accessorize
Belt: H&M
Boots: Primark

I'm currently in the middle of essay hell (less than a week to go before hand in, woo! No essays completed yet, however) so haven't had time to go into town shopping lately. So instead I've been trawling ebay for some bargains, and came across this tunic/dress thing. I usually avoid cowl necks because I thought they would be really unflattering on me, but something about the colour and the pockets attracted me. Turns out, I quite like cowl necks. I still draw the line at polo necks however (they remind me of primary school trips for some reason?!). This outfit is so cosy and comfy, perfect for the hell that is Edinburgh University Main Library on a weekday afternoon.

The necklace is a birthday gift from one of my friends. She chose well, it's definitely something I would have picked out myself! It's a working hourglass - well, more like a 7 second glass because it's tiny (and yes, I did count, this is what my life has been reduced to). Necklaces are definitely my favourite kind of jewellery. I tend to wear the same earrings all the time and hardly ever wear rings, but my necklace changes daily depending on my outfit.

The boots are a purchase from Primark a very long time ago, but they're still holding together surprisingly well. The soles have no grip whatsoever though, so the minute there's rain/snow/ice they get put away again. I had kind of forgotten I even had these, but I saw them lurking under my bed the other day and resurrected them.

Do you like shopping on ebay or prefer to go and visit actual shops?

Gillian x

November Beauty & 7 Things About Me

16.11.11

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There are lots of new beauty products I've been wanting to try out lately (Collection 2000 Cream Puff is top of the list) but sadly I haven't had time to go shopping lately. Here are the products I've been loving lots and using the most over the past month or so.

Daniel Sandler Jumbo Jet Mascara
When I first received this is my GlossyBox a couple of months ago I really wasn't a fan - it was thick and clumpy and gave me horrible spider lashes. But the more I use it, the more I love this product. It's super black and makes your lashes fuller and longer. However, it does go clumpy really easily so I like to apply a coat of this then comb it through with the wand from another almost empty mascara (I like to use this one because the spiky bits are really small). It gives you really big big lashes, perfect!

Models Own Lip & Cheek Tint in Rouge Blush
I'm really lazy with day time (and also night time, let's not lie) makeup and hardly ever bother with lipstick or lipgloss. I always just dab a wee bit of this on instead and put some chapstick on top. It gives a really natural pink colour to your lips without looking too done up - although adding a couple of extra coats makes it much brighter and great for wearing on a night out. It also lasts forever; I must have had this bottle about 2 years and it hardly looks like it's been touched!

MAC Lipstick in Russian Red
Up until a couple of weeks ago, I had never used any MAC products. When I finally got round to placing an order, this was top of my list - you can never go wrong with a classic red lipstick. I can see what all the fuss is about now. As much as I love cheap brands like Barry M, MAC is definitely superior in terms of finish, staying power and pigmentation. I will definitely be adding more to my collection!


The lovely Natasha from Silhouette Skies recently tagged me in the 'Tell Me About Yourself' blog award so I though I would let you all know seven extremely exciting facts about myself.

1. My top 5 favourite animals of all time are (in no particular order) bats, frogs, wolves, otters and meerkats.
2. I hate tea and coffee, they both give me the absolute boak. I could just about force down a cup of tea if I had to, but I wouldn't drink coffee even if you paid me.
3. I love all things occult and spooky. My friend bought me a deck of tarot cards for my birthday and I'm currently trying to teach myself how to read them. I don't really believe in the supernatural, but I find it fascinating anyway.
4. My favourite book is The Great Gatsby. I was gutted when my English class didn't get to read it in high school and the other class did. Other favourite books include High Fidelity, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Dracula, and If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things.
5. I'm currently halfway through my fourth year of my history degree at the University of Edinburgh. Not a clue what I want to do when I graduate!
6. Since I was about 15, I've cut my own hair. With the exception of getting an ever-fashionable 'pob' done before the 6th year school prom, and a trim 2 months ago (which cost me £25 and looked the exact same as it did before - sticking to doing it myself, ta v. much!)
7. I love fancy dress. In the past year I have dressed up as: Elvis, Maverick from Top Gun, a black cat, a leopard, a waitress from True Blood, David Bowie, and 80s Katy Perry from the TGIF video.

I tag anyone who wants to do this - followers, consider yourselves all tagged!

Have you tried any of these beauty products? What makeup have you been loving this month?

Gillian x

Outfit: Fatally Yours

5.11.11

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Dress: H&M
Jumper: Topshop
Necklace: River Island
Boots: Rocket Dog


I love this outfit, definitely feels like I'm embracing my inner goth! I bought this maxi dress during the summer and only wore it once or twice, but I can see it making a comeback for winter. I think I need to invest in a few more slouchy jumpers/cardigans to wear it with. I really like this Topshop jumper but it's a bit of a weird length so doesn't look right worn with jeans - wearing it with a dress underneath solves this problem however.

A few weeks ago River Island had one of their student lock-in evenings so I ventured down to grab myself some bargains. Unfortunately I couldn't find anything I liked clothes-wise (that always happens, I swear they hide the good stuff away when there's discount or a sale!) but ended up buying this necklace from the men's section. I'm a big fan of men's jewellery in shops like River Island and Topman, it always seems to be a bit cheaper than women's jewellery and is just as good!

I never know which shoes I should wear with maxi dresses. In-keeping with the '90s goth theme I went for these heavy duty boots from Rocket Dog. They will be mega useful when it (inevitably) starts snowing here soon, but they do remind me of the rigger boots my dad used to wear for working offshore! What kind of shoes do you wear with maxi skirts or dresses during the winter?

It's my birthday on Monday so I'm going to be spending the weekend celebrating, starting with dinner at Wagamama tonight with my friends, followed by lots of drinking at the Union. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Gillian x