Leah Pelly

Fashion – Travel – Beauty

How To Get That Natural Look

Now that party seasons over and the glittery statement eye shadows and red lipsticks are saved for the next festive season (although who truly just saves a red lip just for christmas?)- I’ve found that I’ve been loving a more natural makeup look.  In today’s post I’ve decided to share with you the products that I’ve been reaching for to create an everyday natural makeup look.

The Base

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At Christmas I was kindly gifted a Tarte Maneater Makeup Set, you’ll see quite a few products are featured in this look as I’ve been loving experimenting with them in my everyday routine. One of the products that was in the set was the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation in shade medium honey. This shade is a little darker than my usual, so I have been mixing it with my regular Revlon Colorstay Foundation in shade sand beige. The Tarte Foundation has a mousse-like consistency, seemingly a lot heavier than my usual foundation, however after application, I honestly feel like I don’t have any makeup on at all. And it provides great coverage – if you’re after a more full coverage high end foundation then definitely give this one a try. When applying this foundation I’ve firstly been using my egg sponge, mixing the two foundations together on the back of my hand, applying as usual but then blending with a Tarte foundation brush just to completely blend the foundation in. I’ve then been taking my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in shade 1 fair and concealing any blemishes I may have and also using it to brighten underneath my eyes.

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To contour I’ve been using my trusty Bareminerals Ready Color Boost, The Select Reserve and applying it to just below my cheekbones and fore head and blending. I’ve been loving the palest highlighter (it doesn’t have a name sorry) from the NYX Butt Naked Turn The Other Cheek Palette, it adds a little subtle glow which makes it perfect for everyday use. The pigmentation of NYX highlighters is gorgeous for a drugstore brand, so go light at first and then build up if you’re going for a bolder night time look. I’ve been applying this along my cheekbones and some to my forehead, to compliment the bareminerals contour.

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The Eyes

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To keep this look as natural as possible I’ve been using minimal eye shadow and trying to keep the look all about the lashes. For eye shadow I used the shades passion and purr from the Tarte Maneater Palette– taking passion all over the lid, running purr just through the crease. I tight lined my upper lid with (you guessed it) Tarte Maneater Self Sharpening Eyeliner in shade black and then took the pencil along my lash line. This little bit of eyeliner helps to make lashes appear fuller and thicker.

Speaking of lashes the star of this show, really has to be this mascara. I have fallen in love with the Tarte Maneater Mascara. This is definitely my favourite product from the Maneater Collection I’ve tried so far. It beautifully lengthens and defines lashes, giving you that fluttery falsies look without the hassle of tweezers and glue. I’m surprised I haven’t heard more about this product before, it’s definitely going to be in my makeup bag for a while.

For brows I’ve been using the Mally Universal Brow Powder And Filler, a product that’s always a go to for me. It’s just a perfect shade, that’s easy to apply with the Mally brow brush that comes with it or any alternative brow brush.

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The Lips

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To complete this natural look, I’ve been using the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Lipstick in shade Bear Hug. Oh my god, I am in loveee with this lipstick. It is my perfect nude colour and really completes this look as it has some peach and brown tones. I really like the creaminess that this product has when applying it which settles to a semi-matte finish. It’s long wearing and yet still keeps your lips feeling as though you haven’t got anything on throughout the day- definitely a fave at the moment. Also can I just mention that I really like the new packaging for the Tanya Burr Cosmetics, I definitely need to try out some other products from the range.

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Please let me know if you try any of these products out, I’d love to hear whether you’ve been loving the Tarte Maneater mascara as much as me or whether you’re also a fan of the Tanya Burr Bear Hug lipstick.

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What I’m wearing:

Jumper – Topshop

Glasses – Specsavers

Shimmering Wish Ring – Pandora

Thumb Ring – Lovisa

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Autumn Makeup Look

I am completely in love with this autumnal inspired makeup look, using berry toned blush and lipstick to create the ultimate autumn vibes- and so I just had to share it with you. All the products I’ve used will be listed below.

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Foundation – Revlon Colourstay in shade sand beige

Contour- BareMinerals Ready Color Boost, the select reserve

Highlight – Sleek Barekissed Illuminator in shade monaco

Blush -Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten Berry in shade 0232

Brows – Mally Universal Brow Powder and Filler

Eyes – BareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0, using shades celebrate and ball gown

Sephora Colorful eyeshadow in shade faux fur jacket

MUA eyeshadow in shade chamoisee

Eyeliner – Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner in shade midnight

Mascara – Mally Volumizing  Mascara in shade black

Lip – Mac Amplified Creme Lipstick in shade dark side

Mac Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in shade ms. diva

 

Hope you enjoyed this post 🙂 Drop me a comment below if you can recommend any dark berry toned lipsticks that you’re loving this autumn because I just can’t get enough of this look.

Leah Pelly xxx

How to create the perfect Transitional Outfit

It’s definitely getting to that time of year where you’re cold in the morning but then boiling by midday, which causes havoc for when you’re choosing what to wear. In this post I’ll be showing you one of the outfits I’ve been loving for this awkward time of the year and how you can replicate it.

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Number One: The Main Event

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The staple piece for this outfit is definitely the light grey, delicate jumper I picked up when I was in Spain recently from a shop called Springfield. I really like how the sewed in quote of ‘collect little pretty moments’ is matched in daintiness by the small ruffles on the shoulders. This quirky jumper is perfect for this time of year, and if the weather was slightly cooler then this would look fantastic paired with a black leather jacket. Thin jumpers are definitely a way to go at this awkward time of the season…keeping you warm in the morning but cool in the afternoon.

Number Two: The Essential

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I’ve been loving these jeans from Next recently! They’re not completely skinny jeans nor mom jeans, they have a more of a relaxed fit and I think that’s why they look so ‘city chic’ when worn with converse or trainers. The slight distressed detailing on the knee and thigh adds an edge to the outfit that contrasts with the delicateness of the jumper. Absolutely obsessed with the way that you can pair these jeans with anything and achieve that ‘I’ve just rolled out of bed and still look cool’ look.

Number Three: The City Chic

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I don’t know what to say about these shoes. They’re just fab. These converse style, lilac, grey, velvet trainers are from Next and whilst also being the comfiest things ever, add a lot of texture to what would otherwise be a quite plain outfit. Gotta love them slightly ‘out there’ shoes!!

Number Four: The ‘why the hell not’

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And Finally I decided to finish this outfit with a pair of medium sized silver hoops which can be found in Topshop. These hoops, worn with your hair can really frame the face, and make you feel just very sassy.

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These photographs were taken by Frankie Peers, she can be found on Instagram under the handle @frankiethephotographer.

I hope this post has been useful guys, feel free to comment below any transitional pieces you’ve been loving at the moment.

Leah Pelly xxx

The secrets behind changing my life

I’m changing my life. For the first time in 14 years I’m out of education; I’m free and ready to grab life by the horns. I’ve recently finished college and have decided to take a gap year, and I’ll be documenting everything I get up to, on my little, cosy corner of the internet…here.

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I’ve already started planning some very exciting things to do during my year out, including learning French and travelling to Paris to test my skills, going on a 60 mile charity walk and exploring lots of exciting new places in the UK and abroad. I don’t want to give too much away as to where I’ll be travelling so that you can follow along with my journeys as they happen.

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If  you want to keep up with my everyday adventures during my gap year be sure to follow me on Instagram at LeahPelly where I’ll be uploading new photos daily and capturing normal life for a gap year blogger on my story.

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Alongside this, I’ll be wanting to document all my little travels here and what I get up to during the year so expect my content to include more travel posts and more lifestyle theme posts. If you’re new to Leah Pelly, you’ll also find some fashion posts as I document my unique style with ‘OOTDs’, ‘How I’m Styling’ and ‘Seasonal outfit’ posts aswell as a few beauty posts.

 

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During my gap year, as I begin to focus more on my blog I’ll be uploading more regularly so be expecting new posts every week on Wednesday at 6 o’clock.

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If you’d like to know more about why I’m taking a gap year or maybe your taking one yourself.. I’d love to hear what you’re getting up to, then drop me a comment below and I’ll be sure to follow it up with a reply or a blog post that answers all your q’s.

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what i’m wearing:

Dress – Apricot

Sliders – Primark

Glasses – Specsavers

 

Leah Pelly xxx

 

RECIPE:Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Fall in love with chocolate (like we ever fell out of it) with this delicious Chocolate Fudge Brownie recipe. These gooey treats will leave you wanting more so read on to discover the recipe.

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Ingredients

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250g Unsalted Butter                                 plus extra for greasing

275g Good Quality Dark Chocolate        70% cocoa solids

3 Large Eggs

275g Caster sugar

1tsp Vanilla Extract

225g Plain Flour

1/2tsp Salt

70g White Chocolate Chunks

70g Mini Fudge Pieces

Walnuts to decorate

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Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/ 35o degrees F/ gas mark 4.

Grease and line the base of a square cake tin (approximately 23cm).

Melt the butter and chocolate in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring occasionally. After both the chocolate and butter have completely melted remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

In a large mixing bowl beat together the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract until the mixture is pale and fluffy.

Next, whisk the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture until combined.Then stir in the flour and salt.

Then you can add what you want to go in your brownies. I chose to use mini fudge pieces and white chocolate chips.

Afterwards, pour the mixture into the prepared tin – it was here that I sprinkled walnut pieces onto the top.

Cook the brownies for 20-25 minutes, until they are just set – the centre should still be slightly gooey.

Once the brownies are ready to remove from the oven, leave the cake to cool for 10 minutes in the tin and then transfer it onto a cooling rack.

Leave the brownies to completely cool before cutting the cake into squares.

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And Voila!

How to stay calm on Results Day Eve.

So it’s 6 o’clock you’ve been trying not to think about the impending doom of tomorrow but you can’t escape it any longer. Whether you’re picking up your AS or A Level results tomorrow – keep reading to discover my three step guide to staying calm on Results Day Eve.

Step one to staying calm on ‘Results Day Eve’ is to analyse your options. What is the worst case scenario if your results are worse than expected tomorrow? Try and think of a true depiction of what would happen tomorrow if your results were worse than expected. If you prepare yourself for the worst then it can only get better.

Step two is easier than the first. I recommend orgainising to do something with your friends after collecting your results – whether thats on the night of the 18th or at the weekend. You need something good to look forward to. I’ll be celebrating/drowning my sorrows with my friends by going out for a meal on the Friday.

Step three (you’re doing so well). All you need to do now is take your mind off results tonight.  You could go out, watch a film, cosy up with a blanket and some youtube videos- whatever you think will help you to not think about results day. Seeing as I’m currently ill anyway, I’ll probably be in bed watching Harry Potter or some other film I will have no doubt of watched 900 times before.

Good Luck to everyone who is collecting their results tomorrow, I’m sure everything will turn out fine.

Leah Pelly xxx

Dreaming of Gibraltar…

Today, I’m dreaming of Gibraltar sunsets, summer strolls and inky blue sea.

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Can’t wait to visit this beautiful place next year again!

Where are you dreaming of?

Leah Pelly xo

OOTD: Summer Wedding

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Dress– Debenhams. Shoes – New Look. Clutch bag – TK Maxx

Summer is definitely Wedding Season and I was lucky enough to be invited to one the other week. I thought I’d show you how I styled my outfit for a wedding in England. Congratulations Karen and Claire!!

Let me know if you’re off to any weddings this summer.

Leah Pelly xxx

REVIEW: Max Factor Lipfinity

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I was browsing my local Boots store at the weekend when I stumbled across these liquid lip colours at the Max Factor counter – a brand which I rarely buy from. I was drawn to them by their classy gold packaging and resemblance of the Kylie Jenner lip kits (really want to try them!!) There are a wide variety of shades but these two were the ones that managed to jump into my basket: 003 Mellow Rose and 160 Iced. Iced is a lovely brown, nude, nineties vibe shade whilst Mellow Rose is a blue toned pink. 

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So that I could give you a full review of them I wore ‘Iced’ to college today. As these lip products come with two products the box describes how firstly you apply the lip colour and then when dry, you apply the clear balm.

On application of the product it goes on quite smoothly and the doe foot applicator makes it easy to put on. I did find that when applying shade ‘Mellow Rose’ it went on quite streaky and so I had to put two coats of the lip colour on in order to achieve the desired opaque effect, but one coat was fine for ‘Iced’. Next, you have to keep your lips apart whilst the liquid lip colour sets. This isn’t great if you’re in a hurry but is a vital step if you want your lip colour to look good – as I found this stage to feel sticky and in all honesty a bit gross. After the colour drys you then put on the much needed balm on top which helps to stop the feeling that your lips have been dried to an inch of their life. This balm can then be used to touch up throughout the day. I feel that this is definitely needed – especially if you don’t like the feeling of very matte, dry lips.

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However, despite the not so great application process I do have to give it to Max Factor that this is definitely a product that lasts! It did not come off throughout the day, even after eating. I highly recommend this product, if you don’t mind spending a little bit more time on the application process, if you’ve been looking for a ‘stay-all-day’ lip colour. It definitely lasts 24 hours!

BUT, and it is a big but. Although these durable lip colours will stay throughout the day they just want to stay all night too. I have found that they are nearly impossible to get off. I have tried a combination of ‘Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water’ and ‘Lush’s lip scrub’ in an attempt to rid myself of the product. It does recommend on the back of the product to use an oil based remover which may be where I have gone wrong. Please listen to that advice if you are going to purchase these products as it feels as though your scraping paint off otherwise.

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Lastly, I feel that  I would probably only recommend these products if someone was looking for a good drugstore liquid lipstick that has all day staying power as the hassle of trying to remove it pushes me to recommend more pricey products. Therefore, I am going to give this product 3 * / 5.

Thanks for reading,

Leah Pelly xxx

UPDATE

So it’s the 8th of June and I’m currently sat outside writing this in England’s, what is bound to be short period, of summer sunshine.

I want to apologise for not posting on here for the last 9-10 months. It seems that college is definitely not what I thought it was going to be. It’s very hectic and busy and if you think that you will have more time to do the things you want because you’ll only be studying 4 subjects (if you do A Levels) you are wrong. It seems that every waking moment when at college is spent either doing homework, looking at Universities or revising. This no excuse for not posting on here and it actually makes me feel quite sad that I have been unable to post in such a long time as I loved posting things on here. It’s just that my college timetable would not allow it.

But it seems that as this term is close to ending I have told myself that I am going to be doing a lot more of things that make me happy. There’s really no point in simply just surviving for education and revising in order to pass a test,  which lets face it, I’m going to forget the answers to in less than 3 hours of sitting it. Doing more of what makes me happy includes posting on here and so if I have to sacrifice some small college homework that the lecturer might not mark or I have to not attend a none compulsory meeting that I normally would have done, then I’m going to do it.

Thank you to everyone who follows me on Pinterest or Instagram as I have actually managed to keep those things updated. I am also going to start announcing on my other social media sites when I post on here so it will be easier for you guys to know.

Thanks for reading and be sure to check back here later in the week or sign up to me by Email so that you never miss a blog post,

Leah xxx