Brighton - we're engaged!

Mitchell and I arrived home from a lovely trip to Brighton last night, I was so sad to come home but one night away from little D was enough! We had a great time on the pier, exploring the lanes, going to cocktail bars and he also decided to pop the question! We left on Sunday morning and after the drive checked into our hotel which was Queens Hotel & Spa, it was a lovely hotel and we had a sea view from our room. We spent the day walking along the pier where Mitch claims he ate the nicest prawns to ever exist.. I also won Daisy a little toy on the crane machines and had my favourite seaside food ever - mushy peas! After we decided to walk into the lanes where I automatically wandered into the MAC store, I bought Nightmoth lip pencil and then Mitch told me to wait outside while he bought something else as a surprise, eep! I was itching to see what he bought but instead we walked back to the hotel and enjoyed the sauna, pool and steam room for a while, Mitch managed to smack his little toe on a metal crate and nearly drowned in the pool, but other than that it was quite pleasant. Once back in our room we ordered some room service cocktails (Cosmopolitan for myself and Whiskey Fizz for Mitch) and decided it only seemed suitable that we drink them whilst having a bath? It was very relaxing!

Now for the exciting part - apologies for the cheese in advance. We wasn't sure where to go for dinner so we got ready and left the hotel, Mitch suggested we go on the Brighton Wheel which is basically their version of the London Eye so we bought our tickets and hopped on - there was no need to book or que as it was 8PM on a Sunday evening, we had the whole wheel to ourselves. It was really nice to see the views of Brighton and all the lights, I nearly threw up when I looked down though, heights aren't my strong point! The wheel goes round three times, when we reached the top the second time Mitch surprised me with the MAC gifts he bought me earlier which were the 187 brush, Smutty Green & Brûlée eyeshadow - I was seriously impressed he remembered me waffling on about makeup that I want! As we approached the top of the wheel the third time round he put his hand in his pocket and said there was one more present for me, he pulled out a little gold box and I pretty much lost it and became very teary and said "oh my god" about 100 times, then he got down on one knee (which must have been difficult in the booth!) opened the box to reveal a beautiful sapphire ring and said "Hayley, it's been a long time coming, will you marry me?" of course I said yes pretty much before he could finish speaking, I was completely in shock because I didn't think Mitch wanted to get married or engaged just yet - luckily I was wrong! When we got off the wheel we had our photo taken and we bought the lot, postcards, keyrings so many souvenirs! Both our parents already knew he was going to propose as he asked my mum and dad for their blessing the night before while I was out for my best friends birthday and he'd mentioned it to his mum and dad but of course we rang them anyway to share the good news. I sent a photo of my ring to my best girl friends in a group chat on WhatsApp and they literally all went crazy with excitement, it was brilliant! We went to a little Mexican for dinner and then onto Vodka Revolution where we had some amazing cocktails. To celebrate we bought a tray of shots in a variety of flavours such as love hearts, mango, white chocolate and there was a chilli flavour lurking in there somewhere - of course, I had the chilli shot and momentarily thought the heat was going to kill me. I ordered a Russian Bride - a twist on one of my favourite cocktails, the White Russian, as it seemed fitting for the evening and once I was a little merry I demanded the DJ only play Biggie and I think the whole club had been told we'd just got engaged, oh dear.

The next day we decided to have another wander around the lanes and go for lunch somewhere. Wandering round and basically getting lost most of the time we ended up at Pearls where I bought a passionfruit bubble tea, had a look in Cyber Candy and a homemade fudge shop where I bought my mum a 'thank you for babysitting' gift haha, I also found a Sons of Anarchy jumper which I very nearly bought before a man with a giant eagle on his back scared me so much I left the shop. I bought a few bits and pieces from the costume stores for an upcoming shoot and we also bought D a little gift from the adorable Cath Kidston store. Reluctantly we headed back to the car and began the drive home, I was excited to see D but I really love Brighton and I didn't want to leave! It was literally the perfect trip away, we went for a late Valentines weekend and I chose Brighton because it's where we first said I love you on a previous trip there, so the way Mitch proposed and the setting was perfect! We're hoping to go back in the summer time, meanwhile I guess I have a wedding plan!

Get the look: Up the vamp

On a recent photoshoot with stylist and best bud Rebecca Ruby Jackson I created a quick look for her housemate Erin, who had kindly agreed to be snapped for an upcoming editorial. You'll have to excuse the bad lighting photos, we're awaiting the final images as they were shot on film camera. The idea behind the look was to emphasize Erin's porcelain skin and create bold, dark makeup for the rest of the face. I created this look which bears soft, black to brown smokey eyes and an ultra deep purple lip with milky white skin and no blush to contrast the colouring between the skin and makeup.

Brushes & skincare - Crown, MAC, Real Techniques & Benefit.

Base - Benefit's Porefessional to prime, Estee Lauder Doublewear concealer, Kryolan Ultra foundation mixed with MUA Pro conceal & brighten palette, Topshop's Crescent Row highlighter for a dewy finish, Kryolan translucent powder to set.

Eyes & brows - Benefit's Stay Don't Stray to prime the lid, MAC's Carbon applied to lower lash line & lid very lightly - blended upwards to crease, MAC's Texture on lower lash line & above crease - blended downward into Carbon, Benefit Brow Zings in Dark to define & shape brows, Topshop's Crescent Moon to highlight & Benefit's They're Real mascara.

Lips - MAC's Cyber applied all over the lips, MAC's Carbon to line lips using a hard angle brush and blended downward slightly into Cyber, powder to set then another layer of Cyber.

Rihanna for MAC - RiRi Hearts MAC

Fresh out of fashion week Rihanna has turned her sights on the beauty industry and teamed up with MAC to bring us not one, not two but four collections named Ri Ri [Hearts] MAC throughout 2013. The first collection is pictured above and due in May - a summer, autumn and holiday collection will follow containing lipsticks, make up bags and nail polishes to name a few!

"‘When you think of makeup, the brand that pops into your mind – for something legit – is MAC. Whatever colour you want, it’s like, "Let’s go to MAC." I’ve been using MAC on tour for such a long time it was a natural fit for me. I have always loved makeup, and I always said that if I do it, I want to do it with a credible brand.’" - Rihanna

The first instalment of RiRi [Hearts] MAC is named RiRi Woo and is inspired by the iconic lip shade Ruby Woo. When creating the shade Rihanna worked her own twist on the lipstick, she stated "it’s difficult to get a red lipstick that beats Ruby Woo, because it works on every skin tone" very true RiRi! The singer is said to have tried her chosen lipstick shade on all her friends to ensure it suits all skin tones. During the course of 2013 we will see blush duos, lustre drops and two additional lipsticks for this collection. So far I'm keen on the brush (it's pink, of course I am!) and I love the sleek rose gold packaging. As for RiRi Woo lipstick... well, Ruby Woo is very tough to beat in my book, but I'm willing to give this one a go and am eagerly awaiting the reveal of more products from this line!

What are your first impressions of this collection? Are you looking forward to the next three instalments of RiRi for MAC?

Viva Glam Nicki 2


Previously I posted that I was itching to get my paws on MAC's newest Viva Glam release; Nicki 2. A pale lavender pink with an amplified finish, I loved the shade of this lipstick and it seemed like a must have make up bag item for spring time. I ordered mine from Debenhams online who had a 10% sale off all cosmetics, they have another in March so don't miss out! As stated previously all funds from the Viva Glam collections go to the MAC Aids Fund, a brilliant, helpful cause.

Now, onto the product itself! In the swatched photos you can see quite a difference in the shade, on the skin it appears more pink toned but when applied it's a cool toned pink with lavender undertones. I personally am quite fair skinned and found this colour didn't look quite right on me, I'm thinking this was because I need a lip liner for a more defined lip or perhaps once I've fake tanned it will bring out the colour a little more, however I do still stand by my opinion that this is a very pretty colour and I still enjoyed wearing the lipstick. I liked how the product was very creamy and easy to apply due to being fully opaque, but I wasn't keen on the fact that you could see every detail on my lips - again, this is because it's such a light shade, perhaps with a little lip exfoliator this problem would be eliminated. Overall I am pleased with this lipstick, I think it's a useful and beautiful shade and will be wearing it once spring/summer is here and I'm not bearing the same skin tone as Wednesday Addams!

What do you think of the new Viva Glam shade? Is it a product you'd consider purchasing?

How to: contouring & highlighting


We've all seen the Kim K before and after contouring shots and ever since more and more people have been itching to try out this amazing celeb trick. It takes a few practice tries to master this little skill but with the right products and tools you can have that radiant, chiseled, defined look you were going for!


To contour my face I use Illamasqua's cream pigment in Hollow, MUA Pro conceal & brighten palette (the lightest shade of the lightest palette), Topshop's crescent moon & my Real Techniques stippling brush. It all obviously depends on your personal skin tone - when contouring chose a shade a few shades deeper than your skin tone; there are tonnes of products you can use, a few good contouring products are MAC Pro studio sculpting creams, Sleek face contour kit and Benefit's Hoola but avoid anything with orange tones and shimmer for a more natural feel. For highlighting a lighter shade is used, I use a concealer as it's easy to blend but you could use Benefit's Highbeam, MAC Pro studio sculpting creams or Topshop's glow. 


1. I start by applying foundation and concealer as normal, this allows me to see where I need more depth or light. Apply your contour (darker shade) to the areas you want more definition. Cheekbones are a very popular feature to enhance - make your best duck face pout to see the cheekbones more prominently and sweep your contour diagonally along the hollows and up to the ear. You can add the product down the sides of the nose to create a thinner nose (blending is key here!), along your jawline for a more elongated face and also on the temples.

2. Add the highlight next, apply to any areas you want to bring forward or lighten. Again, applying to the top of the cheekbones will create the illusion of a slimmer face, a line down the centre of the nose will streamline the face and you can pop the highlight on your brow bone, forehead, chin and lips/cupids bow to really enhance and lighten the areas, creating a radiant appearance but still defined thanks to the contouring.

3. Now it's time to blend! You can use whichever tool you prefer for this, I use a mix of my fingers and a stippling brush. Some brushes you might find work well are MAC 130, Illamasqua angled contour brush, Real Techniques stippling brush, etc. I then top off the highlighted areas with a light dusting of powder highlighter for an extra dewy, glowing skin finish. If you need to, apply more contour/highlight until you're satisfied with how it looks.

photo diary #21

lc's beauty - good read / queen of hearts/first brow blocking attempt / perks of being a benebabe! / my new obsession, jax teller is perfect / my makeup creations / gg night out / scarlet ibis / new bedding / pigtail girly / tgi's barnamint baileys / gift/pro cards galore / shooting with my best pal / valentines flowers / little d / the yummiest truffles