Vintage Stars Doing Their Makeup

As someone who loves vintage glamour I spend a lot of my spare time browsing photos on Pinterest of my favourite old hollywood stars. I love seeing the stunning photos of them posing in all the finest jewels and clothing with perfectly applied makeup.

But I think most of all I love finding the rare photos that are a bit more relatable. Like the ones I’m going to share today of some of the world’s most iconic women applying their own makeup!

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Brigitte Bardot

 

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Elizabeth Taylor 

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Bettie Page

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Vivien Leigh 

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Sophia Loren 

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Ava Gardner 

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these photos! It’s a little different to my usual ramblings but I plan to incorporate more of my love of vintage into my posts and what better way than something makeup related!

Ra ❤

Jewel Colours: Going From Summer To Autumn

As much as I love summer and the lighter and brighter nail looks, I am definitely ready to start wearing deeper tones for autumn/winter.

Jewel colours are the perfect way to get in the mood for the darker shades coming up as they can be bold but still colourful enough to match your summer outfits.

I have two gorgeous polishes from Make Up Gallery that are perfect for the transition from summer to autumn.

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First up is Sapphire Blue. This is a rich blue with lots of shimmer that reflects the light beautifully. It dries to a smooth finish unlike some poor quality shimmer polishes that leave a rough feel.

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Next is Plum Temptation. This deep purple is gorgeous and has a subtle metallic shimmer. I’m a huge fan of purple polishes and this one is definitely a new favourite!

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*These polishes were paid for by Make Up Gallery for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

Make Up Gallery: Marilyn in Black & White!

Stamping plates are one of the best ways to get intricate nail designs with very little effort. I’ve built quite a collection of plates now and through lots of practice have found that not all polishes are suitable for getting a crisp image.

After playing around with Make Up Gallery over the last few weeks I thought I would try them out with stamping. I picked out one of my favourite plates, a Born Pretty Store plate with a Marilyn Monroe picture. I decided to let the stamping speak for itself so chose a monochrome look.

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I used Winter White as the base. This is a very sheer white so I did three coats of this. I then used Midnight Black to stamp on my image.

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As you can see the design came out beautifully! I am very impressed with how well this polish picked up the design and transferred it to my nails. A much better result than I’ve had from more expensive brands!

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Although some Make Up Gallery polishes won’t be suitable to stamp with, mostly the lighter shades, there are plenty that would be perfect and at just £1 it’s definitely a bargain!

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*These polishes were paid for by Make Up Gallery for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

 

Pastel & Metallic Polka Dots

I’ve really been loving pastel nail colours recently, especially when paired with a touch of metallic! I think it’s a really fun way to break up lighter shades and add some depth to your look.

Polka dots are a super easy way to add metallic to your muted base. Make Up Gallery have this stylish dotting tool set to make getting the look super easy!

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Each one has a dotting tool at both ends giving 8 sizes. Perfect for whatever nail art look you want to create. They also come in a very on trend marble pattern!

Make Up Gallery polish collection is fantastic with so many colours you can mix and match. I’ve picked two pairs of polishes to show how great wearing pastels and metallics can look.

First up I wanted a really light nail so I picked Pink Sherbet as the base with Vintage Pink dots.

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I love how these colours look together!

Next is a slightly darker pastel look using Bambino Blue and Sapphire Blue.

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For both of these I tried to keep my dots evenly spaced and in lines, as much as possible, but a more random dot placement is just as pretty and can be less time consuming.

I hope this helps to inspire your next nail art!

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*These polishes were paid for by Make Up Gallery for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

Make Up Gallery: Nail Art Brush Set

Nail art is a great way to add individual style to your look and is a lot of fun to play around with. I love experimenting with colour combinations and patterns or pictures I can add on and if you do too then I highly recommend trying out Make Up Gallery’s nail art brushes set.

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There are seven brushes for you to get creative with and endless possibilities!

I’ve kept my colour palette simple using only Sunshine Yellow and Midnight Black with the high gloss top coat.

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Leopard print is my go to, easy nail art. It’s simple but very striking, especially in these colours! I got this look using the tiny dotting tool.

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I wanted to use more than one brush for the next design, and using only black and yellow I naturally thought of cute bumble bees!

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For this bright summer mani I used the small dotting tool to create the dotty lines, the small orange brush to draw the bees and the striping brush for the lined nail.

For only £1 this set is more than worth it! Whether you are new to nail art or have been practicing for years this is a great set to have in your collection.

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*These polishes were paid for by Make Up Gallery for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

 

Born Pretty Store: Tribal Decals

If you are heading to any festivals this summer then these decals from Born Pretty Store are perfect for you!

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As you can see there are some really pretty designs inspired by tribal and native patterns.

For both the looks I’ve done I kept things simple with just a plain base colour. I wanted to let these intricate designs speak for themselves.

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I love that these look great against pastels and bolder polishes!

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These decals are easy to use, look great on all nail lengths but most importantly, allow you to get creative with very little effort!

You can find this here: Tribal Nail Decals!

Born Pretty Store has everything you could need for gorgeous nail art. And you can use my discount code RARW10 for 10% off your Born Pretty Store order!

Ra ❤

*These decals were sent to me by Born Pretty Store for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

 

Happy Fourth Of July!

Happy Fourth of July to all my American readers! I hope you are having fun celebrating!

Here’s a fun polka dot nail art perfect for the occasion.

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I used Avon Gel Finish in P805 for the base. The dots are Barry M Gelly Paints in Blood Orange and Damson, GOSH Snow White and Primark silver glitter.

What nail look are you wearing today?

Ra ❤

Make Up Gallery: Mermaid Nails!

Is there anything better than mermaid inspired nails for summer? Nope, I don’t think so either!

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Today I am showing you how to get this gorgeous sparkly look using Make Up Gallery polishes.

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From left to right: Top &Base Coat, Bambino Blue, Mint Milkshake, Teal Tinsel

Start by applying two coats of colour, allow each coat to dry before adding the next. I’ve alternated between the two colours.

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Next I used the dry brush technique to add depth. Use the opposite colour to the base and simply wipe most of the polish off the brush and sweep randomly over the nail.

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Add glitter to the tips of the nails. Alternatively you could add it at the top of the nail or all over if you prefer extra sparkle.

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Seal the design with top coat. I really love the glossy finish of this one!

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I love a pastel nail and these ones from Make Up Gallery are fantastic even without nail art!

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*These polishes were paid for by Make Up Gallery for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

 

My Favourite Lip Balm Tins

I previously shared my thoughts on two lip balm collections. I really enjoyed putting those posts together so I decided to do another. This time I’m sharing some of my favourite lip balm tins!

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Each tin is perfect handbag size, and although you have to apply with your finger (or lip brush if you prefer) they are definitely worth it.

Up first are the Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream and Raspberry Rosé. These are, just as the name suggests, a buttery consistency, which is a little thicker than usual lip balms. However, this seems to really help with keeping lips moisturised for a long time. The scents are really amazing, strong but without being overpowering. I personally prefer the fruity scent of Raspberry Rosé, it reminds me of sweets! Because these are a thick it is best to massage them really well onto the lips as a little colour can be seen when you first put them on.

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I love my Vaseline tins for a subtle hint of colour. These feel the same as the original Vaseline lip tin but have the added tint. These aren’t the most moisturising of lip products but if you are looking for something to make your lips a little glossy, these are perfect.

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On the left is a cherry lip balm from Primark. This has a very strong scent, almost exactly like cherry drops! It keeps my lips soft and provides a nice pop of colour, much bolder than I would’ve expected. On the right is a Forever Friends lip balm I got as a gift so I’m not exactly sure where it’s from. The heart tin is adorable! This is a very subtle pink with only a light scent to it. This has a softer consistency than the others and a glossier finish.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Check back again soon for more.

Ra ❤

Summer Ready Nails With Make Up Gallery

Summer is here, not that you would know it with the very British weather we’ve been having, but I still love picking out warmer nail colours in the hope it will encourage the sunshine. Today I have three of the best shades to share from Make Up Gallery!

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Each of these will look beautiful paired with a tan or your natural skin tone and are definitely my top colours for summer ready nails.

I adore coral, especially at this time of year. Coral Craze is perfect! I love the subtle colour, it’s not quite pastel but it’s not too bright either. So if you’re a little nervous of colour then this is a great place to start.

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Metallics are all over this season so you definitely need them on your nails too! Copper Kiss is a gorgeous shimmering bronze that will accentuate your tan to perfection!

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If you love pink then the creamy Candy Pink is just what you need. Brighten up any look with this pretty pop of colour.

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I know I’ll be getting lots of wear out of these in the next few months and at just £1 each it’s great value if you do want to try something a bit out of your comfort zone.

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*These polishes were paid for by Make Up Gallery for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.