Every Day Make Up.

As quietly promised a few weeks ago, here is the step by step of my every day make up routine. This is not a sponsored post, nor is it a review. Just a small written guide to my methods.

VickiAmaya

Step 1: Carve In The Brows!

After the basic skincare regime (See Here), I fill in my brows. I like to do this step first as if I mess them up I’m not removing my whole face to redo them.

Using the NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade I follow the top line of my sparse hairs, then I do the same with the bottom line. Once they’re almost touching I colour them in with the brush and add the tail. Depending on how I want them to look, I will either elongate the tail outwards. Alternatively, pulling the tail down to create a more defined brow.

Step 2: Erase Your Mistakes!

Okay, So if you’re anything like me… the first step probably isn’t looking so instagrammable right now. Worry not, you can get rid of any uneven, unwanted bits by covering them with foundation! Taking a small foundation brush with a pea sized amount of the (Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony) Foundation, I carve around the brows and cover up any overspill of brow product. Starting at the bridge of my nose I pull the foundation upwards to define the space between the brows. Then, I outline the top of the brow on both sides, following it round at the tail and finally I go in and carve out the lines beneath the brow. Any remaining product is used to cover up blemishes and dark circles.

Step 3: Build That Foundation.

Maybe my most or least favourite step depending on how rushed I am to get out the door…

I use a damp beauty blender for my foundation as I find brushes are too much effort. Putting around two pumps (EY) of foundation onto the back of my hand, I use the largest part of the Sport FX Beauty Blender to blend out the foundation around my eyebrows before it starts to dry, adding foundation as and when needed. I then cover my chin, cheeks, nose and eyes. If there is any product remaining I will add it to wherever I feel more coverage is needed. As a little side note, this product dried super quickly so you definitely want to work quickly with it.

Step 4: Set That Shit!

I’ve always found that my liquid foundation moves all over my face without a setting powder of some kind. A lot of products are very heavy on my face and end up too cakey but I’ve found this powder to be amazing. I use a basic revlon powder puff and generously shake the powder onto this, then add it to my chin, nose and cheeks first. Once patted out, I then add powder using the same method to the rest of my face (inducing eyes and undereyes).

Step 5:  Eyes and Eyeshadow.

Legit my favourite step, I LOVE creating new eye looks. Even if its the same shape with different colours!

I’ll try to make this bit as easy as possible to follow.

I use three brushes, a basic fluff/packing brush and two varied sized blending brushes. Using the packing brush, I take the lightest colour (Usually a white, cream or very light beige shade) and pack the colour all over the oval of my eyelid. Then using the smaller blending brush, I take the second lightest shade (usually a light brown) and follow the corner of my upper eyelid. Then, round the curve of my brow bone and repeat in back and forth motions. I do this until it’s at the intensity that I want. Finally I take the larger blending brush and the darkest shade of eyeshadow and pack it into the hollow of my brow bone and eyelid with large back and forth motions.

Using a clean powder brush, I wipe away any fall out.

Once I’m happy with the look of my eyeshadow, I add a thin line of eyeliner complete with (wonky) cat flick. Following the natural curve of my eyelid with the tip until around 3mm before the end of my eye, then pulling the eyeliner up to create a flick. I do this so that if my eye leaks (which it always does) I don’t end up looking like a panda. Finish off withe good coating of Mascara.

Step 6: That 80’s Cheekbone.

I am obsessed with the 80’s! Ever since I got into make up, it has influenced my style. Honestly, I have probably worn this intense blusher look in varying colours for at least ten years! I know it’s not for everyone but make up is all about expression.

To start with, using a small blusher brush take some of the NYX Mate Bronzer in Medium and create a line along your cheek bone diagonally towards the edge of your mouth. You want the majority of colour to be focused around top of the cheekbone. Next using the MUA Prism Jelly Highlight in Optic take the brown shade and a larger blusher brush and at the top of your cheek bones apply the product. If this is too shimmery for you, add a little more of the bronzer to calm it down a little.

Step 7: Oh Hi Light.

Finally, we’re getting to the end of our make up journey. I SWEAR by the MUA Loose Powder Highlighter.

I usually use an angled blusher brush. Generously dip the flat edge of the brush into the product and apply it to the highest point of my cheek bone. Then i pull it up to my temples. I also add a small dot to the edge of my nose, the bridge of my nose, my philtrum and on my brow bone to lift my eyebrows!

Step 8: Contour!

Not a step that everyone will want to do but it’s definitely something thats changed my make up game! I usually contour my nose, forehead and chin.

Using the same small blusher brush that we used in step 6 and the same bronzer! I create a halo around the top of my head to give a more rounded shape. I do the same around my chin and then follow the natural line of my jaw to give a more defined edge.

Step 9: Additional Extras!

Lashes and Lips!

For red lips I use the Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Lady Balls. For Nude lips, I use the NYX Lip Lingerie in the shade Bedtime Flirt.

Lashes, I only EVER use the Ardell Wispies in style 113.

Make Up Products Mentioned:

Max Factor – Healthy Skin Harmony- Miracle Foundation – Light Ivory 40

L’Oreal Paris – Infallible Mattifying Primer

L’Oreal Paris – True Match Minerals – 1.R/1.C Rose Ivory

L’Oreal Paris – Miss Hippie Mega Volume Mascara – Black

NYX Tame & Frame – Tinted Brow Pomade – TFBP02 – Chocolate

NYX Matte Bronzer – MBB03 – Medium

NYX Epic Ink Liner – Black

MUA Prism – Loose Powder Highlighter – Star Illusion

MUA Prism – Jelly Highlighter – Optical

Too Faced – Sweet Peach Palette

Lime Crime – Venus 3 Palette

Sport FX Beauty Blender

 

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How To Get Your Blogger Mojo Back

VickiAmaya

Hello Lovelies,

How are you?

For those of you that didn’t realise, I’ve been on a little break recently.

As a Blogger and Instagrammer, my life used to revolve around creating content that I wanted you to love. However, I wasn’t creating content that I loved. I was constantly comparing myself to others. Constantly stressed, anxious and unhappy. Spending hours flicking through photos, assessing blogs and profiles to try and find out why certain people were so popular. I would check my Instagram account about 50 times a day, liking hundreds of photos, leaving comments and obsessing over analytics.

 On the 13th February 2018, I stopped posting content on my Instagram and blog. I finally let myself breathe.

Today I want to talk to you in depth about Blogging, Instagramming and how to beat the Blogger Overload that I’ve heard so many people talk about.

“Blogger Overload”

Constantly talking, thinking, viewing and creating for your social media channels with no downtime.

Before I dive head first into how to fix this dastardly dilemma, I feel like I should first explain what happened that tipped me over the edge.

I’d been thinking and feeling that my content wasn’t up to my usual standards. The theme wasn’t as white as I wanted it, the pictures weren’t coming out as I’d hoped. They didn’t look anything like the popular photos that have hundreds of thousands of likes. The outfits weren’t good enough. My figure needed to be tucked here, there and my skin smoothed out. One of those truly crummy moments where everything can and was scrutinised…

We needed a photo to post that evening as we hadn’t been out that day to take any. I was setting up my lighting to take a mirror shot when, I dropped the bulb and it shattered into a thousand tiny pieces. I stood looking at the little specks of white frosted glass for what felt like a lifetime and then the tears started to pour.

Was I  actually, really sobbing over a broken light bulb? Yes, I really was…

The broken lightbulb meant that I couldn’t upload a new photo that evening. I would have to do a re-upload and I was vastly running out of photos I even liked enough to feature again.

Adam ran up the stairs, saw my tear stained face, the glass on the floor and ushered me out of the way. I took five ginormous breaths and tried to compose myself. How could I not have any photos to upload? What kind of person was I? I’m a fraud Instagrammer. I’m not even a good Blogger. (Seriously?!…). All thoughts of self doubt and loathing that would have never even hovered in my mind not two years prior.

It was then that I realised I needed to stop. To take a break and re-evaluate what I’m trying to do with my accounts. I needed to get back in touch with the reason I got into this in the first place and why I love doing it. The reason I call myself a Blogger and Instagrammer!

It’s all about the little steps!

One of the first things I stopped doing was checking my social media apps every day. The Vicki before this cataclysmic event would have been scrolling through her feed constantly to make sure she liked EVERY photo from her followers list (You’re all welcome btw 😂). Instead, I have been going on, replying to a few messages from friends and then closing the app off again. I feel like this has really helped to clarify that my life does not depend on social media. After all, I am a fully functioning member of the non cyber world too! *I also just realised that I’m older than the internet, wow…*

Another tactic I adopted to combat this feeling of unworthiness was to unfollow any person that I was consistently comparing myself too (harsh but true). That way, I didn’t have the conscious or subconscious thoughts of not being good enough when seeing their posts! Whilst I can target the feelings of jealousy and envy without unfollowing people, it felt good to admit defeat with this one. I’ve never been a jealous person, so I find it helpful to understand the aspect of others successes that unsettles me. Something which I can continue to research and work on!

Another great stress reliever was to unfollow ANY brand that didn’t genuinely inspire my fashion choices. I mean, why follow any brand that doesn’t inspire you? There is no obligation to follow a brand just because they followed you. Follow them because you genuinely love what they do, otherwise its just clogging up your feed.

My purchasing habits were the next thing that needed to change. Where before, I would try to find things that I felt my beautiful followers would love and appreciate. I’m now buying things that I love and genuinely want to wear! The whole reason my account grew to such a following is because I was sharing my own style. Somewhere along the way and unfortunately so, my purpose got lost and the likes became more important than my style. Whilst my page exists to inspire and support every one that follows it. I also want to create an income for me through it so I can build my little empire of empowerment. If you want to learn more about that, click here to read my “All About Me” post! (Paragraph 12 for the lazy people here!)

Okay, Don’t use Social Media, unfollow some stuff and only buy shit you love…  what else?

I’m very glad you asked! Once you’ve spent a few days back in reality where social justice warriors can’t throw keys at you and where cats are just balls of fluff you’ll probably start to feel a little more inspired . After all, you’ve not been bombarded with ugly bulky trainers (sneakers), coffee body scrubs, an a line skirt and slogan tee on the streets of London or that fucking pink cake shop (sorry blogger friends).

Use that inspiration as a basis. Get some magazines and go old school with them, cut them up and make outfits you love. Get onto Pinterest and make some clothing boards! Go back to the high street and try on different styles that you love! Once you feel you’ve really tackled the drought and your creativity is flowing, go back into your wardrobe and start rocking your style again. At least, that’s what I did and I’ve been having the time of my life! I understand that this bit is specific to fashion bloggers, but you can apply it in every area of life.

If you’re constantly surrounding yourself with stale information or marketing ploys, how can you possibly feel inspired? Creativity comes from within. You can TOTALLY take inspiration from others, but go your own way with that inspiration otherwise you’ll just be another opinion with an internet connection…

VickiAmaya

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Repairing my Bleach Damaged Hair

Okay, Five easy peasy steps to fix up your Damaged Hair.

My hair is turning twenty eight in a few days and what better way can I celebrate that by detailing how I transformed it back to its former (thicker, shinier and less shit) glory. I have been a shampoo and conditioner shuffler for a very long time! I tend to buy the moisturising or the damage repair types. All of which have done very little to actually repair my damaged hair. They would make it smell great and feel silky, but a day later it would be frizzy, dry at the ends and greasy at the root. A thing of real nightmares.

So, I went on a hunt to try and find out EXACTLY what my damaged hair needed. I do want it to survive another year of colourants and heat styling. I came across this blog post that detailed how to find out what your hair is lacking. After testing, I found that my beloved locks were deficient of Keratin. I set about trying to find a budget friendly concoction that contained such a beautiful protein. This proved a struggle and I had almost given up. That was until about two weeks ago, when I stumbled upon a magic formula that has been developed by actual unicorns! My hair has not been so strong, shiny and smooth in YEARS. 

I owe it all to these two little pots of goodness: the BlondMe Keratin Bonding Mask and the BlondMe Keratin Bonding Potion.

Seriously, I used to wake up and my hair would be matted together at the ends (True signs of damaged hair!). When I washed it previously, if I skipped conditioned I could not get a brush through it. It was horrendous.

Okay, Give me the Method, Vicki!

Step 1 – Wash your hair. I’ve been using baby shampoo on mine since I bought the unicorn potion so you can try that if you like.

Step 2 – Towel dry the shit out of it. Or, just dab at it lightly either will do.

Step 3 – Apply the first of your magic elixir (Bonding Potion). Start at the root and pull it right the way to your ends. I used quite a lot on my hair as I wanted to feel the full effect straight away. If you’re like me and you need almost instant effectiveness, then pump the nozzle about five/six times.

Step 4 – Scoop a generous dollop of the Bonding Mask into your hands and work it through from root to ends. Then, leave it to work its tomfoolery for around five minutes.

Step 5 – Rinse off until the water runs clear and voila! You can now resume your normal hair routine with the knowledge that when dry, your hair is going to look and feel amazing.

Bonus Step – I had a little sample pack of the Garnier Ultimate Blends – The Sleek Restorer Mask, from a magazine and as an extra special treat for my hair I put a tiny amount in my ends before drying and again after the smooth out the frizzy bits.

And… How is it now?

I’ve used this treatment (as above) three times now and the difference to my hair is phenominal. It’s so good that I’m not even conditioning it in-between uses anymore. I’m finding less hair breakage when brushing too and it has a lot more volume and shine.

I hope this post is beneficial to all of you damaged hair lovelies out there. As much as I want this process to work for you, please check the above blog post to find out exactly what your own hair needs.

 

VickiAmaya

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An Anxiety Catch Up (Diary Post)

Hey Lovelies, these past few weeks have been a bit strange for me. I’ve been dealing with a lot of stress, worry and anxiety and I want to tell you some of the things I’ve learnt as they can help you too!

As you know, I’ve been making some big changes in my life the past few months; this is to counter the unhappiness and lack of fulfilment that has plagued me for years. The journey has been a whirlwind but I’m happy to finally share my experiences.

I left full time employment in May of this year and since then I have been working part time at Allsaints and spending the rest of my time doing the following:

• Running my Blog
• Researching and scheduling my Instagram posts
• Drafting and finalising blog posts
• Trialling new ways to combat bad habits
• Maintaining existing friendships
• Working out where my anxiety stems from
• Researching new trends
• Taking photos for Instagram
• Addressing and implementing new life strategy
• Worrying
• Constantly battling negative thoughts about myself

All of that is without adding basic self care like eating three meals a day, exercising and sleeping seven hours each night. Furthermore, it definitely doesn’t include trying to think of ways to make my millions, conjure interesting blog posts and spend time with my boyfriend. The odds were stacking against me and something had to give – and it did.

I got myself a note from the doctor and have taken a few weeks off work to recalibrate my frazzled brain. The days that followed have been a rollercoaster of emotions but I feel like I’m getting to grips with life again. I have a reclaimed my ability to complete items on my to-do list. And most importantly, I’ve been taking these small, easy steps to refocus my brain.

• Eating three meals a day
• Drinking plenty water
• Showering daily
• Brushing my teeth (twice daily)

Believe me, I know that sounds gross and obvious but in my bad patch I used to spend all day in bed doing nothing for weeks on end. I feel that going back to basics has really helped to stabilise my mind. It’s crazy how we will overlook the necessities of simple self care to try and get everything else completed. The problem I had was focusing too much on my big goals and as a result, the idea of doing them all had shocked me to paralysis.

 

To stay level, from this point onwards I’m going to focus on doing small actions every day and build from there. Honestly, if all you can manage in a day is to eat three meals, drink enough water and not cry then that’s an accomplishment to be proud of!

 

One of the reasons I started back at the beginning with treating anxiety is because it was recommended for me. Mel Robbins is the best selling author of “Stop Saying You’re Fine:” and “The 5 Second Rule”. I first found Mel when her “How to stop screwing yourself over ” Ted talk video popped into my suggested feed and I followed her on Instagram for daily doses of inspiration.

 

Just recently, Mel posted a story on Instagram asking people to send problems they have been struggling to overcome. I sent my own (after a few revisions) and was fortunate enough to get a response from the lady herself! I mean, come on… Mel Fricking Robbins, Best Selling Author, Most Booked female motivational speaker and an absolute babe actually replied to my message! Mel then asked if she could record an answer to my question for a video. It has been uploaded onto her YouTube channel so that it can help others too! Be warned though, she is very to the point and direct with her words. (You can click here to watch it)

 

Receiving a personalised message like this was an incredible boost for me. This was massively significant, as I have been such an admirer of Mel and her work for such a long time. That said, I had greatly underestimated the power of taking action and the message definitely gave me the kick I needed.

With all of that said and done, let’s talk about the elephant in the room, shall we?

“Vicki, I thought you said that depression and anxiety doesn’t affect you anymore!”

Weeelllll, it doesn’t. At least it doesn’t bother me the way it used to. I’m over sitting on the floor all day, rocking back and forth and thinking of all the problems I had. Now, I’ve learnt what my mind and body need to do to reset – and I honour that, instead of fighting against it. Not to get too scientific but it is our brains job to protect us from harm. It stems from our primitive beginnings and having to survive a much harsher world than the one we live in today. The important part is to find a harmonious balance and healthy relationship with this part of the mind so that we can grow with it instead of fighting against it.

So, here’s to the little steps. The small actions in the right direction that have slowly built me back up to level foundations.

If any of you are interested in a more in-depth article regarding any of the points raised, please drop me a comment and I will be happy to delve into it for you.

How I made my hair silver

Hey Lovelies,

How are you?

Recently I’ve received so many sweet compliments about my silver/grey hair and a lot of questions about the products I use and how I maintain it!

… so today I thought I would make an official post for you all explaining just that.

Before we get going i’d just like to point out that i’m not a hair professional; this is literally what I put together after a little online research and few trips to beauty stores – oh, and a huge thank you to Colour Freedom for the result.

You should ideally aim to have moderately healthy hair when you start this whole process. Yes, it will work either way, but the benefit from taking a few weeks or months to really prep your hair condition will make a huge difference in your result.

Step One. GET YOURSELF BLONDE

I was fortunate that my hair was a fairly natural ash blonde at the start of this process. I hadn’t dyed it in around six months and 70% of my hair colour was totally natural and grown straight from the root. I had previously bleached my hair a few years before but I really didn’t want to go down the powder bleach and mixing bowl route again. To get around it, I hunted for a lightening dye which would also bleach the hair. I found this lightener bleach by Garnier and it worked miracles.

My hair DID go the bright yellow you’ll see on the box, but for all of you hair colour veterans out there, you know this is to be expected. If you’re new to this/are coming from a dark natural hair colour, don’t freak out, it’s all part of the process.

No special treatment here during the application either – just use it like any other hair dye.

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