Saturday, 31 October 2015

Halloween GRWM: Ninja

It's Halloween, definitely one of my favourite times of the year for sure, just being socially acceptable to dress up in costume gets me excited more than anything else. I really like to get into Halloween and make an effort with make-up and costume, last year I went as Medusa which was pretty simple in terms of outfit but I really enjoyed doing the makeup, even though I nearly choked myself putting my fishnet tights on my head in order to get the snakeskin pattern.
By the time this is posted I will actually be dressed, partying and with new hair but hey, maybe some inspiration for next year's Halloween or any fancy dress parties since I am not doing to be too scary. Anyways I'm going as a Ninja this year, I've rarely seen people dress up as them for Halloween so it's going to be quite different, I mainly chose to be a ninja purely because all people will be seeing is my eyes. Might seem effortless since I may be working on my eyes however I have to get them as 'on point' as a possibly can. Keep reading if you want to see how I achieved my Ninja look.
FACE: I use basic moisture for my face, I don't really tend to prime and I feel just by using cream it is still effected. I start off my base with mixing two foundations, NAKED SKIN WEIGHTLESS ULTRA DEFINITION LIQUID in 4.0 and L'OREAL PARIS TRUE MATCH FOUNDATION, I mix the two together to get a luminous and natural looking face. I then conceal with COLLECTION 2000 LASTING PERFECTION CONCEALER under my eyes, the bridge of my nose, cheekbones and on my brow bone and blend that in to hide my dark circles and highlight certain areas. To sculpt and highlight my face I use SLEEK FACE FORM in MEDIUM but before I apply the highlighter on I use my NEW LOOK HIGHLIGHTER STICK, it really adds the glowy/strobe look.
 

EYES: Going into eyes the most important part of the whole ninja. I simply line my eyebrows with a RIMMEL EYEBROW PENCIL to get the shape I want then go and fill them in with my AVON EYEBROW KIT. When it comes to my eyes I use the most handiest technique, which has been my secret weapon .. tape. It helps prevents fallout to go onto your skin and gives my eyes a straight, clean line for my eyes. For the base of my eyes I used YDK from the URBAN DECAY NAKED 2 PALETTE and I completely covered my eyelids in this before I applied my colours, I then put KIKO INFINITY SHADOW 231 in my crease and blend as a transition colours for my next two colours.
PURPLE EYESHADOW APPRECIATION HERE - So for the entire eyelid I have used the combination of two purple toned eye shadows from URBAN DECAY,  the two together are a really good pair in my opinion, I used PYSCEDELIC SISTER for the outer third of my eyes as its a rich purple it will stand out very well & then I covered the rest of my eyelid with TONIC, as well as lilac the eye shadow has some blue pigments giving off a faint blue shimmer which is truly beautiful. For my wing I faintly used BLACKOUT of the Naked 2 palette on my lashline to smoke out the eye and to give a rough outline of there to apply my liner.
When it came to the eye liner I drew a line along where I placed the cellotape and I used NEW LOOK PURE COLOUR INK LINER to do so, the I went in with my MAYBELLINE NEY YORK GEL EYELINER and created a thick dramatic wing. I finished with my eyes with BARRY M FINE GLITTER DUST around the liner to give a dark glitter finish. For eyelashes I used AVON BIG DARING MASCARA on both sets of lashes before applying EYLURE No. 202 DRAMATIC for that dramatic finish.
And that's me done, for lips you won't really see them but you can not go wrong with a nude, but I'll decide later on. I really enjoyed creating this look and for someone who is very fashion focused and not beauty I hope you found this interesting and inspirational. Also should I do more posts like this? Well I wish you all for a wonderful Halloween, don't eat too many sweets and I'll leave you with this cheesy final look photo.
I will be posting loads of photos on my instagram so if you don't follow me do now: @_tonimccoy_
x toni x

Monday, 26 October 2015

Winter Payday Wishlist

You know what day it is, my bank accounts opens wide for the money rolling in from all my work. It's getting towards the last two months of the year and that could mean one thing, the preparation for WINTER. Sure autumn is my favourite time of the year, however I love snuggling up in the winter. This wishlist is besides my desires, a few staples and must-haves this winter, hopefully I can get the majority of this list without spending all of my money. Happy Shopping!xx

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Where Have I Been

Okay it's been at least a month since I've posted a proper post apart from the wishlist and I think I owe an explanation, so this is just going to be a open chatty post which isn't like me.
(photo from yesterday's post 'The Cape')
I think most bloggers can relate to this, it's what I like to call "Bloggers Block". Just I have wanted to be so consistent with my blogging I just want to post as often as I can, sadly I haven't been thinking straight and my ideas have been flat therefore the lack of post I am doing. I really want to grow as a blogger but it really annoys me that I can't get my mind to make a single good idea of a post to share with you all, I've had to thinking about how to go on about it and I am slowly getting ideas and plans which I can hopefully share with you all as soon as I can. 

The second thing is my Education, balancing blogging with college work is hard and especially with BTEC its constant assignments and practical work but it is also benefiting at the same time, I'm excelling and achieving high grades so it's not all doom and gloom. But it's not even college it's university as well, I have been travelling to a number of open days and already been preparing a portfolio to show, which I will be sharing in my blog when I've completed but it's just all planning for my future and that's taken some time away from my blog.

My final reason is what I am going to categories as Health, both mentally and psychically. I have been wanting a change or an improvement in myself because of insecurity reasons and just not being in a good mind set for personal reasons. I have been doing a whole range of things to get myself back on a good track, first is fitness.
I'm back playing football once again, yes I was a junior footballer, 8 years to be exact for my city of Preston. I stopped in order to get a job and because I needed to focus on my future and it really took a huge chunk out of me, I missed playing the sport so much. Now I'm playing for my college's women's team and I am loving being back on the pitch. My body has been a huge thing as well, I have been focus and motivated to go to the gym a lot now and improvements have been made, I have lost 5lbs in weight from the beginning of September, which may not seem much but is a huge difference to me and now I am seeing definition in my arms and body, I feel more alive in a sense I can do stuff I couldn't ever do before. 
Mentally I wanted to feel more happier about everything and I wanted to feel more happy and find my inner self, so I've been reaching down and exploring my Zen. I am really fascinated with Buddhism and the whole mind set so I have been like reading and relaxing myself through medication and yoga to give myself some happiness and tranquility in everyday life and it has really effected me positively.

Even though these struggles may of been in the way of my blogging, it won't stop me completely. Brace yourselves, I am ready and back to show you more of my style, knowledge, life and reach out to you all. I'm back...

x toni x

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

The Cape

Touching with my inner superhero obviously, ponchos, blanket wraps and capes are a huge thing this fall and winter. The perfect piece to layer a simple outfit on a cold day, they are extremely versatile to wear and can be styled easier than you'd think. This burgundy cape is everything I've been looking for, the colour is beautiful and the high neck collar is lovely, so close to a turtle neck which I love. It's perfect to wear over a long sleeve top and a dark pair of jeans.
// Cape: H&M // Top: River Island // Jeans: New Look // Boots: New Look //

Capes & Wraps Moodboard
*All Images Sourced From Pinterest*
Pink Cape Wool Coat Winter Woman Cloak Long Dress Coats Woolen Cape Coat Jacket -WH002 XS-XL. $49.89, via Etsy.: {fashion inspiration: the wool cape} - Marcus Design: 10 Well-Crafted DIY Blogs You NEED to be Following — Bloglovin'—the blog: 70's Pendleton PLAID Wool TWEED Cape Coat by MamaStoneVintage, $98.00: Cape: Ellsworth and Ivey Shirt: Ralph Lauren (similar) Jeans: Parker Smith ℅ Boots: Hunter Bag:...: ♥ Blanket Capes are a great choice in the winter for those days when you want to stay cosy and look chic at the same time. They also help to give a boho grunge vibe. ♥: Navy Blue Double Breasted Cape Coat Wool Winter Coat Women Wool Cape Coats  Wool Coat Cute Cloak  XS,S,M,L:

x toni x

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Rose Gold & Cropped Flares

Maybe it is getting towards the colder seasons now it's that time of the year, however it's won't stop us ladies still wanting to show some skin. Not necessarily to flatter and please anyone I am only talking a few inches. As you know flares have been a huge thing this year to do with 70's coming back, however if you're petite like me yet want to pull them off, there's a way.
Cropped jeans are fabulous because by cropping the length of the jeans make the flare more subtler, which I prefer myself honestly other than wide flares in jeans. Sadly I wish I could call these cropped but they're seem much normal length because my height, however I fell in love with this pair of high cropped jeans, they fitted perfectly and because they're high waisted they give me some length. 
Now reaching in my inner feminine side, which doesn't really come out often especially in my clothing, I thought a nice rich colour top would go perfectly with such a rich denim and something cropped. Experimenting with a metallic, this rose gold knitted top gives this outfit some class, the versatile crop looks good with these jeans both tucked in or out and still gives off that chicness of the 70's. A statement leather jacket with a faux fur collar completes the outfit and makes the outfit more suitable in this season for warmth.

// Top: Victoria's Vault // High Jeans: H&M // Jacket: New Look // Heels: Public Desire //

Cropped Jeans & Metallic Knitwear Moodboard
*All Items sourced from Pinterest*
#what_to_wear_with_jeans #fashion: Sportmax S/S 2012 Holographic Jumper ......... asa dress?: Alexa Chung Leads The Cropped Flare Trend At London Fashion Week | Fashion Trends | Grazia Daily: Metallic Bell Sleeve Knitted Dress Gold - Knitwear - Missguided: How to Wear the Cropped Flare When You’re Short | Man Repeller: Source: theyallhateus.com: White Chic Flare Crop Pants Summer Set by We Wore What: The Best New Boot and Jeans Combinations for Fall via @WhoWhatWear:

x toni x