Birthday Beauty

Another year older, eep.

Now I’m not one for dreading birthday’s, lying about my age or stressing about a new wrinkle on my face. Luckily I’m still in my twenties and I’m not reaching for the age defying creams just yet. However, after stepping out of my teens and into my twenties, I find myself hanging on to every year trying to get the most out of each day, week, month. Somehow the years literally do feel like they are racing by.

As a twenty something girl, I now find beauty as soared in interest since I was a teenager. The products are a million times better than they once were, we are all much more aware of make up from Youtube tutorials, aggressive marketing from the big brands and beauty bloggers. I welcome this and find myself wishing that I had had all this at my disposal when I was growing up. I don’t think I’ve ever been more into my make up and I find myself eagerly anticipating the weekend so I can try out a new dramatic look for a night out. And lets face it, sometimes the best part of going out is the getting ready process!

I mentioned my new make up palette that I purchased from the make up pro studio in my last blog so I thought I would show you it in action. I wore a gorgeous maxi side split dress from missguided to my birthday party at the weekend and I have to say I absolutely loved wearing it, (can’t link to it because it’s sold out). It had a tie dye print on it in black and grey so I teamed it with black wedges and a gold cross waisted belt. I thought the colours in the make up palette would really compliment the outfit, especially with a dark lip.

birthday make up, make up tutorial

I always wear Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in pale almond, as I have a very red complexion and I like the coverage that double wear gives me. Although it’s not great for summer as it can be quite heavy. Before applying I used L’oreal anti redness primer  to prep my skin. I set my foundation with double wear pressed powder and then added a little Clinique blusher to my cheeks in innocent peach.

I used MAC paint pot in bare study as an eyeshadow primer, applying all over the lid. Next I took the middle colour in my palette and patted it onto the lid, taking it up to the socket. I applied the two darker shades to the outer corners and socket of my eyes, blending out with a No7 blending brush.

paddy mcgurgan make up pro store, make up by atelier


I used my trusty Clinique gel eyeliner to line my eyes before finishing with Maybelline falsies mascara. I completed the look with topshop highlighter cream on my cheeks and Rimmel lipstick in Bordeaux.

dark plum eyeshadow make up look, make up tutorial

Excuse the quality of the photo, got a new camera for my birthday and I still need to figure out how to use it properly!

dark plum eyeshadow make up tutorial

I’m going to start focusing more on make up tutorials, perhaps eventually moving onto video. If you like this then please leave a comment or let me know if there are any looks that you would like me to do. I’m open to suggestions!



  1. Marianne McKnight
    May 9, 2013 / 1:05 pm

    Comprehensive and beautiful 🙂

  2. May 10, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    Thanks! 🙂

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