the boy beat.

I am a makeup lover and as much as I love doing creative looks I also love going back to the basics and doing simple looks. The first time I heard of this look  it didn’t really make sense to me because it is supposed to accentuate things like under eye circles, beauty marks and lots of other things people try to cover up. I did decide to try it in the end and now I go for this look almost everyday. Part of the reason I think I like it is because I usually do warmer coppery makeup looks because that is just what seems trendy at the moment but that doesn’t really suit me because I have a medium skin tone that leans to the cooler side and a lot of the colours you use in this look are cool toned bruise kinda colours. So without further adieu here is how to execute ‘the boy beat’ makeup look.

One thing I recommend is not wearing foundation and maybe use only concealer but in my case I decided to just go for a powder so I’m not super shiny I used Rimmel match perfection in translucent. This way your beauty marks, freckles and unique features of your face can help really enhance the look. The next thing I do is do my brows and since I died my hair black I’ve been using Benefit Ka-Brow in the shade 6. You want to make sure you don’t fill your brows in too heavy handed so it looks more natural. With your brow Gell you want to brush your hairs up so they look more feathery and natural.

I love doing a little nose contour but I struggle a bit because to make it look realistic I continue it up my nose and under my brows a bit. This is fine but I was surfing last year and fell of my board and someone surfed over my face just under my brow so they is a bit of texture from where I was cut which makes it hard to blend out makeup there but oh well. I use a pale pink and light browny purply colour for nose contour but if I wasn’t doing this particular look I’d reach for Benefit hoola bronzer. I also put a bit in the indent between my chin and lips to make my lips appears bigger.

For my eyes I use that same pale pink and browny purply bruisy colour and place it on my lid close to my lash line and under my eyes, again sticking close to the lash line. When you apply it to your lid make sure your not focusing on your crease but instead not giving your eye to much shape.

My favourite part of this look is FAUX FRECKLES and I’m so obsessed with faux freckles at the mo you have no idea. For the freckles I usually with use a plastic toothpick and either dip it in to a warm to browny eyeshadow or ill use my Benefit Ka-Brow in the shade 4. I would recommend using 3 for light to medium skin tone and 4 or 5 for a darker skin tone. I should probably be using 3 but 4 is what I have. You can also use a pencil and benefit have the same shades in the pencil anyway. You want to put them across your cheeks kinda where you put blush but also put them on your nose bridge and to the side of your nose bridge. To help blend out the freckles I like to apply a darker purply pink blush and spread it from my cheeks and also on my nose bit. I used Nip+Fab blusher palette in velvet.

You don’t have to use any of the products I’ve used but if you don’t know for example what colour blush you can search the shade name I mentioned and then you know what shade.

Lastly, lips! I’ve done a lip cocktail and used a couple different lip colours. I started by putting Bare Mineral gen nude radiant lipstick in the shade Panko in the middle of my lips and then applying NYX Lip Lingerie in the shade Honeymoon over top. I then blend it out and run a cue tip along my lip line to soften it.

This is my final look, you may not really be able to see the freckles in the photo because of the lighting but oh well. Good luck and if you re-create this look make sure to tag me on Instagram @hello_its_mai.

Moving & Breaking My Computer

I am one of those people who can be super organised and within a second I can go from prepared to a complete mess. That is basically what happened when we moved house. Before we moved house everything was a bit of a mess and some how, don’t laugh, I broke my computer by sitting on the screen. Yes I know you must be thinking, how does that happen? but it did and it sucked not being able to blog for the amount of time that I wasn’t able. Luckily, in my case, Amazon is literally the best company in the frikin world and saved me by completely refunding the computer which like I don’t even get why because they know why my computer was broken.

I was very very excited to move for the sole reason that I was going to have a new room. If you know me you know I moved around my old room like a hundred times so having a new room made me less bored I guess. I must and I will do some sort of room tour or and organisation blog post (not that I’m very organised at the mo) but you guys seem to enjoy that sort of stuff so I will do it!

Thank you for reading!

BYEXX

17 Things 2017 Taught Me

2017 was a hell of a year. Personally It was a very hard year and lots of things happened that still don’t even make sense in my mind. It was also an amazing year and from these 365 days I can say that I’ve learned. For starters I turned 13 which by the way isn’t all that it adds up to. So without further adieu here is 17 things 2017 taught me.

  1. I am not the only one.

As I’ve mentioned 2017 was seriously hard but there are always, always people who have been there. You may not realise it but if you ask trust me when I say someone will have either experienced what your going through, are experiencing it or just really care.

2. Anyone can accomplish anything if they put their mind to it.

Let me give you a painful example – Donald Trump.

3. Sometimes you have to accept that things go to shit.

Sometimes they do and your all probably thinking ‘well Mai is not very positive today’. I know but it’s true. Not everything goes to plan and thats ok, it’s how you react. That is what truly matters.

4. It’s ok to be selfish sometimes.

Being selfish all the time is not ok. It is unfair and unkind however never being selfish is also unfair and unkind. We are all humans and sometimes we take more than we give.

5. Not everyone will like you.

Not everyone will like your personality or how you look, what you wear, who you like etc.

6. It’s never unfair to not trust someone.

To me trust is not telling someone a secret and ‘trusting’ they won’t tell others. It’s trusting that someone is there to hold your hand when you need it the most.

7. You can only help those who want to be helped.

Some people never get better or forgive or grow past disagreement. Some people although you say you forgive them, forget that it still stings when they mentioned certain things.

8. Stop worrying.

If I had a pound for every time someone told me to stop worrying this year I’d be rich. I worrying like mad. For absolutely no reason 90% of the time what I’m worrying about is a waste of time.

9. Nothing is as it seems.

Nothing ever turns out or is as bad as it seems. When your in your little bubble of worry everything seems like the end of the world but it’s not.

10. It’s ok to cry sometimes.

Sometimes were tired, sometimes we feel defeated and like everything is out of our control. It is never a bad thing to cry, it doesn’t show weakness, it doesn’t shown instability. It shows that you are human and sometimes everything is a bit too much.

11. Friendship is not a one way street.

You can not sit around hoping that the other person is putting in effort and trying when you are not.

12. Everything happens for a reason.

I read something from the bible that says something, something something and then ‘for the good’. I am most definitely not religious or anything like that. However this really resonates with me and I truly believe that whatever your going through right now is for a reason.

13. Travel.

This goes without saying that travel is so important. You can see the world from a whole new perspective and learn about other cultures besides your own. I know that I personally am extremely lucky for the opportunities I have been given when it comes to travel. For one I’m going to hong kong next year which by the way is insane. It doesn’t matter where you going. Even if you drive couple hours from where you live you’ll at least be somewhere different.

14. Be kind.

Kindness is the best way to make someone feel special. For me when I help someone or at least try, I feel good about myself at the end.

15. Speak your own mind when necessary.

Although it is so important to be kind when someone is on your nerves, being unkind, or rude it is ok to tell them how you feel.

16. Sometimes if it’s broke you can’t fix it.

Not everything turns out amazing and we all know that. The same goes for friendships. People grow and change everyday. So from when your a kid it’s not possible to be friends with everyone you are at the time forever.

17. Don’t be defeated.

Like I said before, somethings are too much and you feel defeated but what is important is that you aren’t actually defeated. There will always be a time where you feel this way but don’t let it overcome you and take over you.

So that was it. 2017 was insane and TBH I think that a lot have people have felt this way about this year. Don’t worry though, there’s always next year!

BYEXX