If I Lived in Yharnam OOTD

Hi everyone,

Today I thought I’d share a little OOTD post, something I want to try doing more regularly as they are easier to photograph and write than some of my other posts. My schedule is going to be very tight for the next few months but I really want to try and put out more content.

Today’s outfit was inspired by my Bloodborne shirt and what I would probably wear on a very casual day in Yharnam.

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I’ve had this plaid set for years, I think I made it in 2012 and it’s still going strong. Both the skirt and cape are full circles so they were very easy to cut and sew.

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I do like the fullness of a circle cape, fitted ones I find can be a bit restrictive. I really like that the skirt on it’s own can be comfy and casual but having something to match really makes it that little bit more stylish. Also you couldn’t be seen in Yharnam without a cape!

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The shirt is from Insert Coin Clothing, a brand I discovered when shopping for my SO’s Christmas present. They were having a sale at the time so this is one of the things I picked up for myself!

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The shirt isn’t extremely fitted so it can be a big baggy in the waist, but that doesn’t bother me as I usually wear it tucked in. It makes for a nice casual shirt to wear with circle skirts.

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The reversible hairbow is from Two Lippy Ladies and I received it in a goody bag from a local high tea last year.

I’m also wearing this Karolina Laskowska choker, I bought this as I couldn’t buy the full set of the Natasza set but loved the lace. I honestly didn’t expect to fall in love with this as much as I did and I really want to buy more of her accessory pieces!

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I am wearing Besame Cosmetic‘s American Beauty lipsticks, one of my favourites as it can look anywhere from hot pink to a deeper red depending on your skintone and clothing.

And we’ll finish off with a dorky photo because why not?

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I hope you enjoyed this little OOTD post, let me know if you enjoyed it or would want to see more on the future!

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Designer Brands Longwear 24 Hour Foundation Review – Pale People Problems

Hi everyone,

After sooo long I am finally back with a new foundation review, part of the Pale People Problems series. Since the last one I did I have tried about 5 different foundations, so I’ll be trying to cover those in the coming weeks.

Today I’m reviewing the Longwear 24 Hour foundation by Designer Brands Cosmetics. This is a brand I had never heard of until I went hunting in a pharmacy for some new powder. I decided to also swatch a few foundations while I was their and came away with this one!

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I am reviewing this foundation today in the shade Porcelain Ivory, the lightest shade, mixed with the L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Foundation in the shade White – Lightener. I have been mixing ALL my foundations with this recently. It’s a really good way to lighten foundation and I find it doesn’t change the coverage or consistency much at all. Anyway back to the foundation at hand…

I mix around 2-3 pumps of the DB Cosmetics foundations with 1 pump of the L.A Girl mixer. It looks like more but the white foundation is very runny so spreads around easily. I find this to be a good amount to lighten it by and it blends into the consistency easily. The DB foundation is a lot firmer and I really like it, it’s very thick and smooth and feels like a full coverage foundation.

As you can see I have a lot of freckles and some quite intense under-eye bags so I do like a lot of coverage. Though this does look like quite a colour difference you can see it matches my neck spot on! I applied this with a damp beauty blender, something I didn’t believe the hype of but then I bought it and I am a total convert.

Here I have concealed with the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Chantilly, and powdered with the NARS Light Reflecting Loose powder.

I find this foundation doesn’t set and just stays a very dewy finish. I, of course, need a matte finish so I always powder my face.

Here is a picture of my finished makeup, and a close up to show you how it is on my skin. As you can see it looks nice and flat, and there’s nothing weird going on around my nose. It has a really good coverage and I love how flawless it makes my face look.

There are a few tiny white bits on my face which is just leftovers from a special makeup I did the day before and I didn’t wash my powder puff.

Here’s my foundation 5 hours later. I had quite a day out in the heat and the sun and it held up really well. It doesn’t really look any different at all to me! I really love that this foundation doesn’t oxidise, at all so the colour you see will be the colour you get.

At the 9 hour mark. As you can see there is a little foundation caking near my nose. It’s also coming off a little on my nose and my chin. I tend to rub my nose a lot due to allergies so my foundation doesn’t usually last here. It still looks good from a distance though and would definitely be happy going out looking like this.

And 11 hours, it has definitely started to break down. This is definitely not a ’24 hour’ foundation but it has lasted pretty well. I was sweating a lot and was touching my face quite a bit so this is looking a lot better than other foundations I’ve tried.

The Designer Brands Longwear 24 Hour foundation costs just $17.99 which is an insane bargain, and the cheapest foundation I’ve seen outside of a dollar store here. I bought mine at a Life Pharmacy. The undertone of this foundation is very neutral and it is my favourite foundation at the moment! If you’re looking for a cheap pale foundation then give this a go.

I shall leave you with a big swatch comparison of all the foundations I currently have and have used over the past 6 months.

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Chanel CC Cream Foundation Review – Pale People Problems

Hi everyone,

Today I’m posting the first of hopefully a few blog posts I will be doing relating to ‘pale people problems’, which will essentially be me trying as many foundations as I can to try and find a good one for me. I am extremely pale so I have sooo much difficulty finding something in the correct shade for me, especially as I live in a country where there isn’t a huge range of brands and it’s all really expensive.

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I am reviewing the Chanel Complete Correction 30spf foundation. This was one of two foundations I found at Farmers (our local cheapish department store) that were close to matching me. This is the lightest shade ’10 Beige’, I tried other Chanel foundations on that shade but they were all too dark, this was definitely lighter than a full coverage one.

I will also be using the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in ‘Light 1 Chantilly’ which is my favourite concealer.

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I squeeze out about this much foundation on the back of my hand and then also do two dabs from the doe-foot applicator of my concealer.

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Next I mix them together! I found adding concealer really helped with getting a fuller coverage which I prefer. Also it gives the foundation a slightly thicker consistency.

I apply the foundation with my fingers as I seem to have lost all of my foundation brushes. The picture on the left is just the foundations, and the picture on the right is with concealer under my eyes as well. I won’t show a picture of me without makeup but as you can see from the left picture around my eyes it does have quite good coverage.

I then apply a tiny amount of concealer to my lids and then powder the whole thing with Ben Nye Super White powder. I have been using this powder for years as it helps to both set and lighten foundations. This foundation on its own is a close match but the white powder perfects it. If you are super pale and need a setting powder buy the Ben Nye one I have a 8oz container of it that was $35 and I’ve been using it for 3-4 years and still haven’t run out.

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This is my makeup all finished besides lipstick. I didn’t use a moisturiser or primer when I was wearing this foundation, a) I couldn’t afford one and b) this has a really good level of moisture in it. It it labelled as a long-wear product and I think heavy powdering also helps.

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This is 3 hours after foundation application. As you can see a couple of freckles on my face aren’t completely covered, I could dot concealer on them but they aren’t super noticable. I find powder contour and blush blend well into this and don’t end up patchy.

7 hours in. This looks as good as when I applied it! My face does look a little more textured, though this is probably due to not prepping it at all. I also find I get a few little bumps around the edge of my nose which I think is due to a bit of oil buildup. I can use my finger to wipe them away but it will also take off a little foundation and it isn’t super noticeable.

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This is after a full 12 hours! I had had a shower which is why some has come away at the hairline and my lipstick was wearing off. I’m rocking way more eye wrinkles as it was past midnight, but the concealer didn’t crease at all after powdered. There is also some wear on my nose (I rub it a lot) and around my chin as I think I was resting it on my hand a lot.

I really adore this foundation but it retails at $90 a tube! Also you don’t get too much product, it contains 30ml and lasted me about a month and a half to two months. If I had the money I would definitely keep purchasing this though. I find it lasts really well, has a really nice finish and is a nice light colour for me when powdered. The coverage is light but mixed with the concealer I love it!

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How I do my Eyeliner – Tutorial Thursday Video

Hi everyone,

I’m finally back with another Tutorial Thursday post and this one is another video! This week I’ve decided to film how I do my eyeliner as I get a lot of comments and questions about it. I’ve previously done a written tutorial here, but I thought a video might be more useful to people to see how it’s done.

How I do my Eyeliner! – Tutorial

Hi everyone!

This was intended to be a Tutorial Thursday post but I’ve decided to make it Tutorial Tuesday so that you can get a bit of practice in before Christmas!

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I’m going to be showing you two different methods to use, and honestly I sometimes do use different ones on each eye. The second method is better for beginners, but feel free to try out both!

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First I start of with my face which I’ve already got concealer, foundation, powder, eyebrows and eye contour on.

For the contour I used Smashbox’s Nutmeg and Bourbon from the On The Rocks eyeshadow palette I have previously reviewed. Sometimes I just use Bourbon, it depends on the look and how much detail I want. I also used the NARS Steven Klein eyeshadow in Mortal as my inner eye highlight, which is my most used eyeshadow at the moment, it’s the best highlighter for me.

The eyeliner I use is a L’oreal Paris Super Liner 24Hr Gel Eyeliner. I like this eyeliner as I find it comes out really smoothly, and it’s a great deep black. I’ve previously tried a Maybelline one but I found it a difficult consistency to work with. I also tried one from Nature Girlz Cosmetics on Etsy, but I have major allergies to plants so it ended up reacting with my eyes.

The brush I’m using at the moment actually came with my Chanel Illusion D’ombre eyeshadow. I really like this brush as it’s thin, long and angled. At some point I would like to find a regular full size one with this brush shape but this works great for now.

Now let’s get started!

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I always start off with my right eye, I tend to do everything on my face from right to left actually.

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I start off by making a line where I want the outer line of my eyeliner to be. I start from the outside and draw in, but feel free to go from the inside to the out if you’re new, I know a lot of people who do. I just find this way easier.

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Next I draw a second line to form the top of the wing. I like to work with my eyes open so I can see what I’m doing, but it can be a little tricky.

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I then extend the line so I can get an idea of how the shape of the eyeliner will be, and also the thickness of the eyeliner over my lash line.

Then I like to start in the inner corner of my eye and draw that part of my eyeliner. I like to go right to the corner of my eye, but again that’s personal preference. Feel free to bring it back or even go longer!

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The next step is just to fill in the wing of the eyeliner.

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Then it’s a good idea to draw a thin line right next to the lash line. This is just a precaution to make sure there’s no gap between your lashes and eyeliner later.

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Then it’s just thickening up the line and you’ll be done!

I prefer my line a little thicker so it can take me a couple of tries to get it to the thickness I want.

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And that eye is finished! This is the most standard method I use, but on the other eye I’ll be doing it slightly differently.

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I start off the same, using a guide line for the wing of my liner.

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Next I hold the side of my face near my eye. It’s important not to pull it and just to hold it otherwise your line can get wrinkly and crinkly when you let go.

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This method is definitely easier to do with eyes closed. Draw the eyeliner down in a straight line to the lashline, but make it further out than your starting line.

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This is what it will look like.

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Then fill it in the wing. It’s also possible to leave it at this and just mascara your eyes. The great thing about eyeliner is there are so many angles and lengths to play with you can find and try out your own unique shapes.

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This method is also perfect for getting that dead-straight line when your eyes are closed. This is really good for photoshoots too, that way if you do any eyes closed pictures your eyeliner will be straight and smooth.

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Next go and do the inner corner of your eye again. I like to do this part from the inside out too as it’s a lot easier and you have more control over how far the line extends down.

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Now it’s time to go back to holding your face, then draw your line from your wing down to the inner corner of your eye.

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As you can see it’s a bit messy now, but your main line is done.

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All that’s left to do now is to touch it up and smooth the line over, remember to take a look at both eyes and try to make them as similar as possible.

And that’s it! Now I’m just going to show you my finishing touches!

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With the pointed end of my eyeliner brush I draw on my beauty mark, it’s always in the same place where I have a rather large freckle which is never quite covered by my makeup.

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I then take a Q-tip which I use to get rid of any wayward eyeshadow sitting below my wing.

Then I take my Mortal eyeshadow by NARS again. I am so in love with this shade, it is perfect for my super pale skin, and it’s very pigmented and shimmery.

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I use a sponge tip brush to swipe it under my wing, again stating on the inside and going out. I use this brush as it lets me really pack it on and means I can have a clean line that won’t get on my eyeliner. I blend it a little underneath to make sure it’s more of a fade out underneath.

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In the picture above I’ve removed he shadow and highlighted under on the left eye only. You can see how it really lifts and brightens the eye. Under-eye highlighting is popular in Japanese and Korean makeup styles and I can definitely see why.

Here’s it all finished! I also highlighted under my eyebrow and on the top of  the eyebrow tails.

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And full face with lipstick (of course). Sorry the lighting is a little odd. My camera is in front of me which is blocking some of the window light, my face is all one colour IRL haha.

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Thanks for reading! I hope this has been of some help to your, or just given you some insight on how I do my eyeliner. I’m thinking about maybe doing my eyeliner tutorial in video format too, but we’ll see. Feel free to let me know in the comments if there are any other tutorials you would like me to cover!