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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Last Minute 'Undead' Halloween Makeup Look | Halloween Season

I've always been obsessed with contouring, it's a necessity in my daily makeup routine. So when it came to deciding what makeup look to do for Halloween this was the first that came to mind. I don't own much in the way of 'play makeup' as I like to call it, products that are super useful when it comes to a Halloween makeup look. So for people in the same makeup situation as me and don't want to buy it just for one night, this is a look that can be done last minute with products that most makeup enthusiast would already own.

 I made it kind of messy because what undead human has flawless under eye circles? But I didn't want to try too hard and take forever making it look realistic either. Because it was messy it was actually really quick and easy to do.
I just used a dark pinky-red colour all over the lid and in the crease, then blended a dark purple into the outer corner, inner corner and all around the eye and a matte black just in the outer corner to make the socket look more hollow.

For the contour I used a contour powder for paler skin and took it all the way to the sides of my mouth and down towards my jawline to make my face look more sallow. I put a darker cream contour over the top to add more depth. I did the same down my nose but it looked a little 'muddy' so I took the brush that I used with the matte black with the left over product on it and used that to contour instead.

For the lips I just covered them in concealer to pale them up then took a dark red lipstick on an angled lip brush and drew lines on my lips to make them look dry and cracked.


And that's pretty much it. I personally like it with the winged liner even though it's not very 'dead'-like, who says you can't be undead with style?

TTFN and Happy Halloween! :) x

Monday, 26 October 2015

My Ultimate Halloween Playlist! | Halloween Season

Who doesn't love a bit of pumpkin carving, fancy dress, or gorging on all the left over sweets because you only had 1 trick-or-treater call on your house? (the latter literally sums up my last 5 Halloweens). I've never really been a celebrator of Halloween, horror just isn't my thing. However this year, to properly get into the autumnal spirit, I've decided to embrace aspects of this whole Halloween malarkey through blogging. So for the next installment of my very short Halloween blogging saga: My Ultimate Halloween Playlist!
Yes I have the Ghostbusters soundtrack on vinyl
Whilst I'll probably spend this Halloween how I've spent the last 5, I shall do it snuggled up (probably reading or writing a blog post) listening these epic tunes.


3. Bobby Pickett- Monster Mash (1962)- You have to skip to around 
 52 secs to get to the song on this one

6. Katy Perry- E.T  (2011)- Personally, I prefer the version without Kanye West

10. Ray Parker Jr- Ghostbusters (1984)- A great film to watch on Halloween too!

15. Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Heads Will Roll (2009)- Even though I prefer the Glee version, it felt rude not giving this song full credit on its own

And here's all the songs in one handy playlist!
Halloween Playlist

Although a lot of these songs aren't actually related to Halloween, any song with a sinister tune or lyric is good enough for me! Hope you enjoy the music!

TTFN! :) x

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Spiderweb Halloween Cupcakes | Halloween Season

Yes yes yes, just like every other girl on the internet these days I too, love making cupcakes. But I often don't do much in the way of decoration so I thought for Halloween it would be nice to challenge myself for the sake of a blog post. So here is some Halloween cupcake decorating inspiration (as if the internet doesn't have enough of that already!)

I won't bore you with how to make the actual cakes, you can do that however you usually do. This is more about the decoration but I'll include my recipe anyways (makes 12):
  • 125g Salted Butter
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 125g Self Raising Flour
  •  2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Orange and Black Cupcake Cases
*Quick tip for the cupcakes: Beat the butter for longer than usual until it's quite a bit lighter in colour, it makes the cake fluffier!*
When your cupcakes are on a rack to cool, you can start prepping your decoration.
 For the spiderwebs you will need:
  • Baking parchment (Grease proof paper)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • 100g White Chocolate
  • 100g Milk Chocolate
    (You don't actually use the whole 100g of chocolate, it's just easier to pipe when there's more in the piping bag)
  •  Heat resistant piping bags
  • 2 Bain Maries on a low-mid heat
Break up your chocolate and put it into each bain marie, gently stirring every now and then to melt the chocolate.

While the chocolate's melting, get a piece of grease proof paper about A3 size and draw 14 2 inch crosses on it with your ruler, spaced apart as much as possible. Then draw exes in them and connect them all with curved lines to make spiderwebs, these will be your templates for the piping. Only do 2 sets of curves as the chocolate lines needs to be thick enough not to break once set.
Once the chocolate has melted leave it to cool for at least 10 minutes off the heat until it starts to very slightly thicken up/set (this makes it easier to pipe). It also means it's not too hot to hold in the piping bag. Once it is ready, fill each one of your piping bags with the chocolate and cut the tip off the piping bag off. It's useful to have a small piece of scrap parchment that you can practice on first to to get the hang of it and so you can adjust the tip size if needed. Pipe 7 spiderwebs of each flavour of chocolate onto your templates. I did 7 of each instead of 6 so I had 1 spare in each flavour in case one broke beyond use!

Once all your webs have been piped put them in the fridge to set. You can now start on your icing for which I used:
  • 300g Icing Sugar
  • 165g Salted Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • Orange Food Colouring
  • Black Food Colouring
  • Duo Icing bags + nozzle
    (Make sure you get proper gel food colouring not just the stuff from the supermarket like I did, they're rubbish!)
Again, I won't bore you with how to make the icing I'll just start from dividing the mixture into two bowls for the 2 different colours. Start by adding a very small amount of your colours into each mixture and continue to do so until you have you desired colour, it depends if you want to go for a more subtle look or something that will really stand out. If you do use shop-bought colour, it may change the consistency of your mixture like mine because I had to use so much it made the mixture less stiff and therefore made it harder to keep it's piped shape, as you may be able to tell from the pictures!
Pipe whatever design you want on your cupcakes, I did the classic swirl, making sure to get right to the edges as much as possible to fill the top of the cake (something that I didn't do too well with this batch!) Then get your spiderwebs from the fridge as they should have set by now (if not just keep them in the fridge until fully set, otherwise they bend and fall apart) and carefully take them off the paper by bending the paper away from the edges of each web and placing them on the cakes however you like.
And that's it! You should have something that looks a little like this!

I do think the white chocolate webs look better but I like the variation of the white and milk chocolate. I hope you found this helpful or useful in someway and if you want to see where I got my piping bags and cupcake cases etc all the links are on my Pinterest on the Baking board. Also, if you want me to do a post on  'the perfect cupcakes' I am happy to do so as I've made so many over the years I do feel as though I've thoroughly nailed them now and can even impress my auntie who's a chef!
Happy Halloween and TTFN! :) x

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Simple MAC Autumn Makeup Look

Autumn is finally upon us and with a new season comes new makeup looks! I only started changing up my makeup for each season last year so I like to keep it subtle. With that in mind I thought it would be nice to share my go-to autumn/winter makeup look with you (hence why the products look well loved!). It's basically your simple makeup look with 4 MAC products added to give it that autumnal vibe.

 The products are:

The look is mainly based on the eyes with Orb as an all over base and Haux in the outer corner, crease and on the lower lash line, starting heavier on the outer corner and blending out to 3 quarters along. I always go with a nude lip when using darker eyeshadow to make the eyes look more dramatic.
I then use Ladyblush on the cheeks. I like to use cream blush in autumn/winter because the colder daylight can make my skin look a little dull. Using Luna to gently highlight the cheekbones and brow bone also helps with this.

 Orb (Left) and Haux (Right)
Ladyblush (Left) and Luna (Right)

Like I said before, this is a look with the idea that you can do your basic makeup with your own base, concealer, mascara, eyeliner etc but then adding these products to make it more autumnal.

If you want to know what other products I used other than these 4 just ask :)

P.s. It was really hard to find good enough lighting to take these photos so the Haux eyeshadow is actually slightly darker and richer in real life than in the pictures!

TTFN! :) x

Monday, 21 September 2015

London in September

At least once a year my dad and myself have been hopping on the train and heading down to London since I was 14. It quickly became our little tradition and I love every moment of it.
Although I come from the Manchester area, one of Britain's biggest cities, there's no comparison to London at all. There's nowhere else in the UK quite like it and because of this, I don't think I will ever tire of this city.
In true British fashion, most times we have been the weather has let us down, however this year it held out, so I took advantage of the opportunity and went on a little photography mission to not just take pictures of your bog-standard touristy London stuff, but to be more artistic and creative.
So here are some of my favourite shots I took and I hope you enjoy them.
Regent Street
On the steps of the National Portrait Gallery
The Cafe In The Crypt- Trafalgar Square
Shiro Studio for Armani Exchange- RIBA* Regent Street Windows
Coppin Dockray Architects for L’Occitane en Provence- RIBA Regent Street Windows
EPR Architects for Anthropologie- RIBA Regent Street Windows
Mise-en-abyme Installation For London Design Festival- Victoria & Albert Museum
Curiosity Cloud Installation For London Design Festival- Victoria & Albert Museum
Southampton Street, Covent Garden
Balloon Art Installation, Covent Garden
The Serpentine Pavilion 2015, Hyde Park
*RIBA- Royal Institute Of British Architects

Camera used: Canon 650D
Lenses used:
Standard Canon 18-55mm & Tamron 28-300mm with a Jessops Skylight 1A Filter

Edited with Adobe Photoshop Elements 12
There are also some more pictures over on my Instagram.

TTFN! :) x

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Lets Start Again | Delira Rose 2015

Well this is a bit of a deja-vu. A few months ago I wrote a post about starting up this blog again and hoping to carry on and create a great place full of information, advice, humour and life-lesson type things. It's safe to say that plan didn't go... well... to plan. Basically sixth-form, revision and exams got the better of me and made me a very moody, miserable, sad, anxious 18 year old.

But I've finished school forever now (hallelujah!), am NOT going to university and have absolutely no clue what so ever on what I'm going to do with my future. So I thought I'd start here. I started this blog in 2012 and was having a lot of fun with it until school really got me down (I'm not one for compulsory education or being told what to do!) which irritated me immensely because now I will always have the unanswered question in the back of my mind of "I wonder where my blog would be now if I had carried on?". I decided that I'm going to try my best to get it as amazing as I can and hope that it grows and that what I write is helpful and interesting to read to a wide range of people.

But this is just the beginning of an even bigger plan, YouTube. I've wanted to make YouTube videos since I was 14 but I've always made excuses for myself: "I'm too young to put myself in the eye of total strangers", "It will get in the way of my exams and school", "If people at school find out they'll make fun of me" etc. At first it looked like a really fun thing to do in my spare time as a hobby, but now the fact that people actually have it as a career made it even more appealing as (if for some reason people did actually like reading what I wrote or watching my YouTube content) I also could turn a hobby into a living as it seems like the only career I know of that actually interests me. Well I have no more excuses now, I'm legally an adult, I have no school or exams to worry about and have literally all the time in the world to do whatever I want.

So basically I'm going to use my blog as a fun way to increase my courage and confidence in terms of talking to you guys and talking to other bloggers that I follow so hopefully in the not-so-distant future I can start making YouTube videos. This is a big step for me as, for someone who has extreme social anxiety, even leaving a comment on a blog post or YouTube video was out of the question because the shear thought that someone could reply to it, ask me a question about it, argue about it, hate on me for it, made me incredibly anxious and scared.

I know that many people may be tired of hearing about anxiety on YouTube or blogs, but I think there's a reason for anxious people to turn to this. It takes the physical 'social' part out of socialising, as you're not actually directly talking to someone and are able to say what you want in one go without being interrupted or being able to see the persons reaction straight away. It makes it slightly easier to voice your opinion without being as scared, thus why I think so many people who suffer from anxiety have ended up writing blogs or on YouTube.

Anyways, I just wanted to write this re-introduction to say 'hello' again and voice my little plan here. I have an incredibly eclectic range of hobbies and interests that I will want to blog or YouTube about so here is a list of things I might talk about and hopefully will interest at least some people:
  • Make up
  • Skincare/ beauty stuff
  • Dealing with/ preventing/ products for face and body acne
  • Book favourites, reviews or recommendations
  • Teenager/ high school advice
  • Social anxiety advice
  • Gaming (YouTube)
  • Music favourites/ recommendations
  • Film favourites/ recommendations
  • Healthy eating
  • How to stay fit and healthy at school
  • Revision/ organisation advice
  • Beauty on a budget
  • Fashion on a budget
  • Inspirational quotes of the day/week
  • Choosing GCSE/ A-level subject advice/ experience
  • Fun challenges, tests, tags and quizzes (YouTube)
And probably a billion other things I couldn't think of in the last 3 minutes. Some of these things I will do just because they're hobbies/ things I find fun and interesting, others like the advice topics I want to write/ talk about because I know growing up and being in high school I would have loved to have been able to read such advice or hear from people who have gone through the same thing and have the experience to talk about it, so I want to give that opportunity to other people.

So to sum up: Hello, I'm scared, I don't know what I'm doing, but I'm going to try damn well hard to have fun and do this thing right.

TTFN! :) x