Beauty and the Beach

In true Laa fashion, I was sent an email by a few weeks ago and asked if I would like to put my 'make-up skills' to the test and do a Beauty and the Beach Photo Blogging Competition. Of course I've only got round to it with the deadline being on the 26th September 'doh'
So I do apologise.

I decided to go for a beach party look. I wanted to go a little tropical think birds of paradise but I wanted to keep a lot of the focus on the eyes with different colours, simple lip and bronze up the face and make it seem like though I'm in cold, grey Luton. I really want to feel and look as if I've been at that beach.  Perfect if you are by the beach late at night, it's something loud and even if you was on a real party island, great for clubbing too. Be bold & have fun.

So let's break down the make-up look.

Face :
MAC Face & Body - wanting something light and medium coverage cos while on holiday, who wants to have on heavy coverage ?! I certainly don't.

Cheeks :
Sleek MakeUP Glo Face & Body Highlighter - Bronze Baby ( highlight ) Inika Cosmetics - Mineral Blush - Peachy Keen (cheeks) MakeBelieve Enhance Sunbeam Bronzer (contour)

Lips :
Sleek MakeUP Lipstick - Barely There, Sleek MakeUP Pout Polish - Milkshake

Eyes :
Sleek MakeUP Glo Face & Body Highlighter - Bronze Baby (lightest shade) used for inner corner
Sleek MakeUP Curacao Palette - Purple Haze, Singapore Sling.
Sleek MakeUP Paraguaya palette - Persian Orange & Persimmon.
Sleek MakeUP Paraguaya palette - Purple Haze & Green Iguana ( lower lash line )
Sleek MakeUP Eau LaLa Liner - Tonic (lower lash line - in between the two above)
Rimmel London Scandal Eyes - Bright Blue
Bourjois Liner Pinceau Liner - Black


Seeing as this is a beach theme & I'm somewhere 'tropical' all my inspiration has come from birds, mermaids - fish. So typically let's braid up the hair and get that fishtail braid going.

I've done 3 separate sections at the front of my hair with the center braid being the main thick braid leading into the fishtail braid. I like to have my hair braided while away a lot because it's easier, pretty and it switches it up, so two different style braids and I won't have to worry about my hair in my face :) this hairstyle can last all day. I can be strolling along the beach, in the water and then I can head out later plus the next day once you take out those braids, you'll have some gorgeous waves.

Peacock inspired, a bird I find amazingly beautiful and tropical. I love them.
Gives a different contrast to the eye makeup which is bold like the nails but I'm letting my eyes speak for my face in a different way I am for my nails.

Products used :
China Glaze - Starboard
China Glaze - 2030
H&M - No Mambo Jambo
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri : - Mint Sprint
China Glaze - First Mate

Tip :- Dotting tools are great to make circles for your designs but don't worry if you don't have one just use the end of a kirby grip.  Now that's something we all have.

So wish me luck & good luck to the other girls who have entered. Each category winner gets £500 in cash. ( so ideal to help build my professional mua kit eek )  If you enter all 3 you get £1000 to spend towards your next holiday - which would be lovely. Was looking to fly out to see my babyboo Stef from If Curves Could Talk in L.A. could you think of any other better place to want to spend your 25th birthday?!

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