Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Notebook


Oh I do love a good walk in the park! Especially if I've walked into the 1920's, well, ish. Come and join me, I'll race you to the fountain (disclaimer: you will probably win, I have short legs).

These ridiculously colourful, but wonderfully shot images (talented photographer, alright poser) are a follow up from my previous Vintage post. Located in a park in Sheffield (yes really), the team were super keen to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in a serene atmosphere whilst catching a little of breeze floating by.













*Puts on best radio presenter voice* 'Ahem, thanks for joining me folks'. I'm not really sure why I think of an old school narrator telling my story when I look at these images. I must be feeling nostalgic. These are unpublished shots, so I thought I'd post them up on here as 'uncut', a bit like when you see the end of a movie and for some reason you watch the unseen scenes. Ah, that's it, I've been watching way too many movies lately.

This entire album is going to be my collection of memorabilia for when I'm old and I look back on my life. I love the idea of looking back at little me, travelling around with tons of luggage that's bigger than me. It creates quite the picture.

Location: Sheffield

MAC Prep and Prime | M·A·C FOUNDATION | M.A.C Powder | MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters, Bronze, Brule and Copper | Plate | M.A.C Liquid Liner | YSL Mascara | M.A.C EYE BROWS | MAC Blush in Animal Instincts | MAC Lip Pencil | MAC Lipstick in Crosswires and Dark Side |

Credits:
Styling and props: Natalie Armin
Photographer: Craig Flemming
Make Up: Laura Gingell
Published in Complex'D Magazine

Friday, 12 December 2014

Vintage


This is one of my favourite captured moments. To the moon and back; I'm totally dreaming. 

I'm currently travelling around the world at the moment, so we could say I've left the UK with my masshoosive' brown suitcases. Except...

I know in real life, no one really looks that fictional when going for a walk, heck, wearing a scruffy Hoodie', leggings and Vans (it's always cold in the UK) whilst taking a stroll is a daily occurrence for me. But, it's lovely to dream right?












I blog to create and share wonderful memories, and, to look back on my life when I'm a little old lady. I would like to think that my life was this beautiful as a youngun'. And where better than to photograph one of England's glorious parks. Guess where? Sheffield. No way, you may say. Yes way. I'm so proud that it was shot in the Northernsphere' of England, which is so close to my home-town. I may or may have not watched The Notebook. Doesn't it remind you of the film? That or the current Sainsbury's Christmas Ad. Oh to be in the 1920's! The print is bursting with that grainy-ish effect and there's an old, rusty feel to it. Surrounded by heaps of large brown suitcases, retro sunglasses and hipster cameras, I love it. A glorious echo of vintage summer gone by (this was photographed summer 2009).

I name this editorial, simply, Vintage, (original I know). There's so many reasons why I love this set, but I'll let you decide for yourself. Now I'm going to make a cup of tea and cook beans on toast, and dream of a time when I went for walk in the park in the 1920's.


Location: Sheffield

MAC Prep and Prime | M·A·C FOUNDATION | M.A.C Powder | MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters, Bronze, Brule and Copper | Plate | M.A.C Liquid Liner | YSL Mascara | M.A.C EYE BROWS | MAC Blush in Animal Instincts | MAC Lip Pencil | MAC Lipstick in Crosswires and Dark Side |


Credits:
Styling and props: Natalie Armin
Photographer: Craig Flemming
Make Up: Laura Gingell

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Drama

I've been naughty, and haven't released a post in a while, that's because I'm currently travelling, and have a backlog of beauty posts. Opps! Anyway, join me in my adventures! My Instagram is monicawong_  and I will be releasing my travel posts early 2015.

As a follow up from my previous natural beauty post, this is, 'A Beauty Series' - part 2. [Insert drum roll sound].




Below is the icing on the cake from a natural look to a dramatic look (this isn't a post on how to look like a 3-tier cake though, I swear).
Sorry, I have to show you these attractive behind the scenes pics, It looks like I'm having a nap...


So attractive, NAHT!



Assuming you have cleansed, toned and err, 'foundationed', yes, I know it's not a word, I just make up words (sorry couldn't resist) from your natural look, It's time to get your brushes out, lucky ladies, I'm going to expose what Giselle (my lovely make-up artist for the day) taught me.

Dramatic Make-Up Look

1. Define. If you haven't defined your brows from the daytime, darken them up a bit more than usual, it will show up more in photos.
2. Apply primer along on the eyelids, this will make your eyeshadow last longer and prevent creasing.3. Apply a whiteish-beigeish eyeshadow onto the inner thirds of your eyes, this will bring more light to the eyes. I use the beigeish shadow called 'Strange' from my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, (this palette is amazing by the way).4. Apply a neutral eyeshadow like the shade 'Trick' from the same palette. Apply in the outer corners, you want to create subtle shadows, this will add more definition to the eyes.5. Load up your brush with a black eyeshadow (Palette: Blackheart) and fill in your lids. Photos will take away the intensity of make-up, like in my images, so I usually pack on the colour. Fill in the top of your eye sockets with a grey eyeshadow like the one from this palette. Now darken the lower lash line using the same eyeshadow.
6. Using a liquid liner, line your waterline. Apply Mascara on the top and lower lashes.7. Highlight and contour: Apply your powder with a blush brush on the bridge of your nose and apples of your cheeks. Apply brown blush along the cheekbones, jawline and sides of the nose. I use NARS eyeshadow in Napal, it's suppose to be for eyes but I use it for cheeks too.8. Outline the lips - Lancome Le Crayon in Cherub and blend the liner. Finish off with lipstick/lipgloss like Lancome LipglossHope you're made up with your look. (OK, I'll stop with the poor puns now).


Location: George Samuel Studios


Credits:
Photographer: George Samuel
Make Up: Giselle Fryatt

Monday, 24 November 2014

Natural





Here are some shots (not of tequila, unfortunately) for a beauty project where I collaborated with an amazing photographer called George. 

I named this project 'A Beauty Series', original, I know.


The shoot and video basically shows a timeline of my no makeupped' bare face, then gradually building up on natural make-up: concealer, foundation, etc, and then the video ends with more dramatic looks: lipstick and smokier eyes. 

There are generically two types of beauty looks, natural (day time) and dramatic (night time), for some night/day giggle inspiration, watch this. Feeling inspired? Great. I asked the lovely make-up artist Giselle for some tips on how to do a natural look and then top it up for an exciting event into the night. I'm going to start with natural. She told me it's important to have a fresh face before you apply make-up. I have to admit, I'm lazy when it comes to looking after my skin, but I've learnt how important it is, so I tried various products to see what works well, I've found my routine:

Natural Everyday Make-Up Look

1. Cleanse. I soak a cotton pad with LANCÔME EAU FRAÎCHE DOUCEUR, the great thing about this product is that you can use it on your whole face including your lips. Start from the forehead and make your way to the jawline. This removes excess oil and dirt from your skin. You'll find the excess in your cotton pad (yum). 

2. Rehydrate. I have really bad dark circles, they're annoying because I look like this when I first meet people. I'm yet to find an eye cream that works really well on me, but for now Lancôme Génifique Eye Cream does the trick. Squeeze a 5p amount onto your fingers and pat it on the inner corners and outer eye, onto your circles, try not to pull your lines, this could stretch your eye elasticity and that area is super sensitive. 

3. Moisturise. I use NARSskin Aqua Gel, it makes my skin soooo' soft and it's perfect for pre-make up wear. Rub and massage onto face. 

4. Again, my dark circles need to hide themselves. I have a few favourite concealers, my favourite 'save' one is Garnier Caffeine Roll-On in fair, (there are 4 shades) this one is ideal for everyday wear. My favourite 'splurge' one is, NARS Stick concealer in Ginger, omgawd', I can't emphasis how much I love this concealer, it literally hides those bad boys away. Use your ring finger (because the eye area is sensitive) and blend in a circular motion. 

5. Lightly apply foundation onto face, I use NARS Sheer Matte Foundation in Ceylan, it matches my skin colour perfectly. Squeeze a bit onto hand and use a stippling brush because the application is thinner, you don't need to apply it all over the face, apply it to the areas that need it most, like the redness around the nose, chin and a little on the forehead. 

6. Optional: lightly dust powder onto your face, I usually don't apply too much or it looks kinda cakey. I use Mineral Foundation usually, like BareMinerals Radiance in Flawless. 

7. Sorry for the zillion steps, make-up is an art darling! Tight-line your eyes (which is also known as sneaky invisible lining) using your usual eyeliner, I use M.A.C Eyeliner and draw the top lash line, this makes your lashes look fuller and thicker. Optional: fill in your eyebrows with M·A·C EYE BROWS, if you feel that they need some shape. I usually go without because mine are naturally dark, thick and I get them threaded. 

8. Curl lashes, the best one I've used is Shiseido and apply mascara. I use Yves Saint Laurent because even though they're mega thickening and lengthening, I have really tiny and thin lashes and using this mascara doesn't make them look chavtastically' unnatural. It's my favourite mascara, like, ever. 

9. Use a rosey shimmering blush Dior Blush in Rose Cherie and highlight the high points and the apples of your cheeks. Smile when you do it to highlight the key areas. 

10. Finish off with your favourite lip balm. I use either Vaseline or Burt's Bees. Chapstick does the trick too.

I don't want to sound like I'm giving a YouTube make-up tutorial but, 'hope you enjoyed my beauty regime guys, click and subscribe'. Let me know if any of my favourite natural beauty goodies make it to your Christmas lust list.

Location
Location: George Samuel Studios



Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Plum


I've been seeing a lot of dark and vampy' looking lips in the AW14 (Autumn Winter) fashion press recently, and without having any tenancies to start my own Bella from Twilight story, I've always been, kind of obsessed with the smoky Gothic look.

There's something sexy about bright, but mysterious eyes and oxblood lips.







1. MAC Lipstick in Heroine 2. Dior Lipstick 3. NARS Lipstick (Scarlett Empress) 4. YSL Lipstick  (Prune Avenue) or (Golden Lustre) 5. Topshop Lipstick (Inhibition). 6. Tom Ford Lipstick (Bruised Plum) 

How to wear purple lipstick is a question I’ve tended to seek an answer to. I mean, hey, that’s purple lipstick we’re talking about – super sexy, super edgy, super chic yet, unfortunately, super difficult to wear. Dark lipstick can make it seem like you're trying to be Rihanna or just confused about when Halloween is.


I personally think that with the right makeup it can look really hot (even though it's more suitable to wear in cold seasons or you'll end up looking like a confused Emo). To make it work for you, warm skin tones will suit a reddish to purplely' lipstick, whereas cool skin tones will suit cooler purple lipsticks. It'll work to your advantage to keep eye makeup natural, in the shoot I did above, Neon, my lovely Makeup Artist, didn't build heavy layers in the eyes as my features would clash and could probably give a panda a run for his money. 

Opt for sexy, nicely lined cat eyes, or give a natural looking smoky eye a try. Lastly, flawless skin makes the perfect finish, you kind of want to keep the rest of your face neutral and shine-free, grab your fave matte foundation and aim for full coverage, it’ll polish your skin up to that porcelain-like perfection. 

I've listed my favourite plum lipstick products and some of my other favourite gothic treats. Happy lipping!

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Location: South London

1. MAC Lipstick in Heroine 2. Dior Lipstick 3. NARS Lipstick (Scarlett Empress) 4. YSL Lipstick (Prune Avenue) or (Golden Lustre) 5. Topshop Lipstick (Inhibition). 6. Tom Ford Lipstick (Bruised Plum) 

Photographer: Jon Reid

Make-Up Artist: Neon Velvet