OOTD: Sunday Slayage

Hey pumpkins!

It’s my favourite day of the week YAAAAAASSS! I’m a Christian and God is totes my homeboy. Come Sunday, you’ll usually find me breaking it down in the aisle. I’m turning into one of those disrespectful church aunties who cut in and start singing “Igwe” when everyone else is still singing “Jehovah you are the most high.” I’m currently in the market for one of those lacy handheld fans and a tambourine. I’ll carry them in my purse in case the Holy Spirit shows up unexpectedly. Don’t try me.

I like to dress up for church. My look is feminine with a touch of vintage glam. Get into today’s OOTD!

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Cute, non? I went for this adorable floral shirt from H&M (a little black vest underneath because #boobs), paired with a black pencil skirt from Primark and snakeskin heels from M&S. I’m so in love with mixing prints nowadays. Just adds a bit of whimsy. I accessorised with my mum’s Australian pearls, which are older than I am. They’re handy in case Pastor preaches on something scandalous and you need to clutch your pearls real quick.
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And there you have it. As it says in the book of Divas, chapter 1 verse 1: Thou shalt SERVE. Happy Sunday dolls!

Love,
Adjpants

Weekly Nailgasm: All That Glitters

My darling dolls, my sweethearts, my raisons d’etre! How have you been? I just wanted to share my new nails with you, because I love you and want you to have nice things.

I recently told you guys about my fave nail salon, Chapel Spa Nail and Beauty in Angel, North London. Well this week they slayed yet again…

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I saw this gorgeous design on my friend’s nails and RAN to the salon (we all go to Chapel Nails dahling) to request the exact same thing. I love it love it love it! Perfect glossy pale pink, with that opulent golden glitter on a feature nail. These nails are subtle enough for the office, but fierce enough for the dancefloor.

imageCute, non? Want to know how to recreate this look at home? Treat yo’self!

1. You’ll need a good base coat, a pale pink polish, loose gold glitter (you can get this on Ebay for next to nothing) and an uber-glossy topcoat. I recommend Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.

2. Apply your base coat and allow to dry.

3. Apply one coat of your pale pink polish and allow to dry. Psst! With these sheer/pale polishes you really do need to let that first coat dry properly, or you’ll get a streaky finish and you will be sad. Ok? Ok.

4. Apply your second coat of pale pink polish, but leave your feature nails until last. The polish needs to still be wet, so the glitter has something to stick to.

5. Feature nail time! Carefully shake a tiny bit of glitter onto a piece of paper, and then use a fingertip to pick up a small amount. Take it slow or you’ll get glitter everywhere- it’ll be like the dressing room on RuPaul’s Drag Race! Now G-E-N-T-L-Y start to pat the glitter onto your nail in your chosen pattern. The key is to *just* touch the wet surface of the nail, very very lightly. The glitter will stick straight to it!

6. Dip a cotton bud into some nail polish remover and clean up any excess glitter on your cuticles.

7. Allow to dry and finish off with a slick of top coat.

8. WERK hunty!

Love,
Adjpants

p.s. Sorry about my dry skin in the first pic- this winter ain’t loyal! All the shea butter in the world can’t fight this struggle xo

Weekly Nailgasm: Christmas Edition!

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My sweethearts, it’s Christmas Eve and I couldn’t be more excited! You all know I LIVE for glitz, glam and all-round eleganza, and Christmas is the perfect time to get really stuck in.

Before I get knee-deep in turkey and champagne, I wanted to quickly share my festive nail combo with you guys. I decided to treat myself and go get my nails did at my fave salon. My North London gals- get on down to Chapel Spa Nail and Beauty in Angel, STAT! Ask for my homegirl Cindy, she’s the bestest and I adore her.

One layer of OPI “Big Apple Red” was used, with OPI Liquid Sand in “Impossible” on top. I love this Liquid Sand polish- it’s a pink/red glitter with tiny silver dots and stars.

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Tres cute, right?

Have a wonderful festive season my darlings! Eat EVERYTHING, laugh, love, kiss boys (or girls), take care, and be fierce! God bless x

Loads of Love,
Adjpants

The 5 Minute Party Face

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There comes a time in every girl’s life when she is caught unprepared for a glamorous occasion. Let me paint you a word picture:

I was invited to a lovely friend’s house for the weekend, to catch up after my long stint overseas and celebrate her gorgeous little boy’s first birthday party. I planned on just wearing a nice pair of jeans, nothing spesh. However I soon realised that this party was no sausage-rolls-and-cake-around-the-dining-table situation. It was a big celebratory event at a function hall with a couple of hundred guests attending!

Cue panic yes? No. Because I have my 5 Minute Party Face routine down pat! All you need is glowing skin, a bright lip and sculpted brows. Here’s a step by step!

1. FACE- Base it. Start with a clean moisturised face (I have an oil-slick face which although distressing at times, actually helps with the aforementioned glow). I use Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light moisturiser and give it a second to sink in.

2. FACE- Illuminate it. Apply an illuminating serum. I am in love with these miracle products that contain light-reflecting pigments. Don’t get sucked in by the cheaper ones who think “light-reflecting” means “awful glitter.” Learn from my mistakes! I’m currently using the L’Oreal Youth Code Luminize serum, a gorgeous light liquid that deposits a subtle glow and keeps your skin feeling fresh. Also, my gal pal Rosie said it smells like rich people. She’s right!

3. FACE- Conceal it. Move swiftly on to concealer. I never wear a full face of foundation, but I always cover up pigmentation marks (picking at spots = a lifetime of regret) under my chin and on my cheeks. I swear by MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NW47. It goes on like a dream and provides fabulous coverage. Sneaky trick- I use a slightly darker concealer (MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW50) for my chin- this is the darkest area of my face. I only use the lighter shade on the areas I want to highlight and bring out; under my eyes, cheekbones, etc.

4. FACE- Powder it. Just a couple of minutes left! My go-to, now and forever, will always be MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NW50. I know some people set their concealer/liquid foundation with loose translucent powder- but for me that involves dusting my entire apartment with it. Nope- I like it PRESSED and neat. A light dusting with a big old powder brush (buff the product into your skin for an airbrushed look) and you’re almost done.

5. FACE- Blush it. Zoom over to a nice warm blush shade for this look. I wanted a subtle shimmering pink so I went for an old favourite, MAC (are you starting to see a pattern here?) Mineralize Blush in Love Thing. It’s a lustworthy sheer pink with a golden hue. Swoon. Sweep it over the apples of your cheeks and in an upwards arc along your cheekbones. NEXT!

6. LIPS. Lipliner?! When you’re running late? Ain’t nobody got time fa dat. Slick on some moisturising lip balm (my fave is by an incredible natural Aussie skincare brand called MooGoo– check them out) and follow with a bright pigmented lipstick. For this look I used CoverGirl LipPerfection in Spellbound 325.

7. EYES. Since your lips and skin have been the focal point for this look, your eyes will only take you a minute tops. I grabbed my New York Colour eyeshadow quad in Union Square and smooshed (technical term) a bit of the lightest gold shade onto my eyelids with my pinky finger. Dab a tiny bit in the inner corner of your eyes as a highlight. Then take a soft black eyeliner like Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil and draw a line on the outer corner of your top lashline. Smoosh with the same pinky finger- this creates a bit of depth and a feline flick. Finish with a couple of coats of black mascara- my fave is Maybelline Volum’Express Cat Eyes. Final step- take a nice sharp eyebrow pencil (I use Rimmel in Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Black Brown) and fill in your brows, following your natural arch and using small, light strokes. Start from the outer end first and lighten the strokes as you get inwards- this creates a natural gradient effect.

And BAM- you’re done! Sling on a party dress (thank God I was fresh from the airport and had my entire suitcase with me), shake out your hair and proceed to the soiree!

So how did I do on my first makeup post? Did it make sense or are people running around with lipstick on their eyelids and their hair on fire? Tell me in the comments.

Love, Adjpants