Spring is just around the corner and although it may not yet be time to banish our winter coats + jumpers, we can start to change up our make up looks!
Check out the latest trends for spring and how you can get them on a budget.
W7 Purple Haze Eyeshadow Palette – £2.99 * Manhattan Intense Effect Eyeshadow 3 – £1.99
Technic Colour Max Lipstick Deep Purple -£1.99 * Technic Juicy Stick Plum – £1.99
Astor Perfect Stay Lip Gloss Palm Spring – £2.49 * L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss Plum Rush – £3.49
Rimmel Vinyl Max Lip Gloss Dare – £2.50
L’Oreal Paris Eye Colour Pencil Ocean Blue – £2.99 * Body Collection Black Liquid Eyeliner – £1.99
NYC Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil Starry Plum – £1.99 * Maybelline Hyper Glossy Liner Brown – £2.49
W7 Super Duo Eyeliner – £2.49 * Manhattan Khol Kajal Eyeliner 3 – £2.49
Baby Pink/Nude Nails
O.P.I Nail Lacquer You Can! – £2.99 * Jessica Nail Polish A La Mode – £4.99
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Cur-tan Call – £2.49
Maybelline Forever Strong Eternal Ivory – £1.99 * W7 Nail Polish Bare – £2.99
Sally Hansen Smooth Perfect Fog – £2.99 * Cairuo Nail Polish Chocolate 32 – £1.99
W7 Perfect Eyes Hot Chocolate – £2.99 * NYC Individual Eyes Best Of Broadway – £2.99
Famous High Five Eyeshadow Glitzy! – £1.99 * Manhattan Eyeshadow Caramel Cream – £1.99
Maybelline Open Eye Look Eyeshadow Bronze – £3.49
No Make Up Make Up
W7 Skin Fresh Foundation – £4.99 * Famous Light Reflecting Concealer – £2.49
Rimmel Match Perfection Blush 003 – £4.49 * Max Factor Sheer Glow Lipstick Pink Opal – £4.99
Wet n Wild Eyeshadow 409 – £1.99 * W7 Springtime Bunny Lash Mascara – £2.99
NYC Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil Chocolate Brown – £1.99
What is your favourite spring trend?
London Fashion Week is always a highlight of the year and gives us the perfect opportunity to spot the big trends for the next season! Autumm/Winter 2015 may feel like a long way off but it’ll creep up quickly – so we’d best be prepared!
Here are a few thing we noticed on the runway this fashion week and the products we’d use to recreate these looks:
Smokey eye is a classic – it never really goes out of style but it is back in a big way! We saw a gothic, diffused smokey eye in the Diane von Furstenberg show and absolutely loved it! It’s the perfect way to make a dramatic statement with your look with only a couple of products!
Calvin Klein Eyeshadow Midnight Blue – £2.99 * Becca Eye Definer Make Up Brush #30 – £9.99
Rimmel Eyeshadow After Dark – £1.99 * Technic Double Ended Smoky Eye Brush – £2.99
Becca Soft Focus Shader Make Up Brush – £14.99 * Becca Eye Contour Make Up Brush #38 – £9.99
L’Oreal Eyeshadow Ultimate Black – £2.99
Topshop Unique gave their models a gorgeous flushed complexion on the runway and it looked so pretty! The general theme for A/W 2015 seems to be dewy, fresh looking skin so a dewy, natural looking blush is a must!
NYC Cheek Glow Blush 652 West Side Wine – £1.99 * W7 Angled Blusher Brush – £4.49
Maybelline Cheeky Glow Blush Cinnamon – £2.99 * Body Collection Baked Blusher Rose – £2.49
Rimmel Match Perfection Blush Light Medium – £4.49
The key to making your eyes looking bigger is white eyeliner – something which we saw a lot of on the catwalk this season. Jason Wu, Altazarra and Thakoon all featured models with white lined eyes and it is a striking look!
Laval Eyeliner White – £1.99 * Calvin Klein Eyeshadow 101 Artic – £2.99
Manhattan Multi Effect Eyeshadow 12N Pina Colada – £1.99
NYC Eyeshadow I Love NY 917 – £1.99 * W7 Eyeliner Brush – £2.49
Berry lips is a trend that doesn’t seem to be disappearing anytime soon! This look was all over the catwalk this fashion week with shows such as Marc Jacobs and Phillip Lim adding a bold lip to the make up look!
Bourjois Paris Colorissimo 03 Roses Fashion – £349 * Becca Portable Lip Brush #20 – £4.99
Technic Juicy Stick Oxblood – £1.99 * Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer 304 Eclipse – £2.99
W7 Lip Pencil Red – £1.99 * L’Oreal Lip Liner 703 Fuchsia Fever
Max Factor Xperience Lipstick 06 Rose Quartz – £4.99
Now this one is a look that may scare some of us… but it is time to be more adventurous with your eyeliner! Shows such as Fendi featured some different looks this season on the eyeliner front! Although these looked amazing on the catwalk it may be hard to translate this trend into your everyday make-up routine! But never fear, cat flicks and thickly ringed eyes were still featured and still look amazing!
Maybelline Eyeliner Ultra Black – £4.99 * W7 Super Duo Eyeliner Blackest Black – £2.49
W7 Boom Eyeliner Crayon Black – £2.49 * Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara 001 Black – £5.99
Miss Sporty Pump Up Extra Lash Mascara 001 Black – £2.49
What did you think of London Fashion Week?
Awards season has to be one of the best times of the year for fashion/makeup lovers and the Oscars is possibly one of the biggest events on the calendar! Filled with glamorous celebs who wear gorgeous gowns and have incredible make up looks, this red carpet is definitely one to take note of.
We’re taking a trip down memory lane to pick out our favourite looks and how you can get them for less!
Sandra Bullock – 2014
Get those gorgeous cheekbones with Technic’s Cheek Scuplt – the must have item for us here at Xtras. Add a nude lip with a perfect brow to get Sandra’s fab red carpet look!
Kate Hudson 2014
Kate Hudson looked A-MAZING on the red carpet at the 2014 Oscars! Copy her bronzed, luminous skin with the Royal Cosmetics Shimmer Brick – sweep some of the darker colour underneath the cheekbones to contour and the lighter shimmer above to highlight!
Jennifer Lawrence 2013
Go for the classic smokey eye like Jennifer Lawrence with the help of Max Factor’s Smokey Eye Effect Eyeshadow Stick. Team with a nude lip to and light blusher to make those peepers stand out!
Angelina Jolie 2012
Go bold like Angelina with a classic red lip like this Rimmel Stay Glossy 3D Effect Lip Gloss – perfect for any big event to make your look super noticeable! Team with a flawless complexion, a hint of bronzer + super thick lashes to get the ultimate Hollywood glam look!
Mila Kunis 2011
Get Mila’s super long lashes with the help of Max Factor Xperience Volumising Mascara – perfect for adding extra drama to your eyes! Finish with a dewy blush + pink lip for the ultimate Mila look!
What has been your stand out make-up look from the Oscars!?
We all know what day is coming up… VALENTINES DAY!!
For some people they find those two words repulsive – but for us here at Xtras, we love Valentines day!! Any excuse to get a bit dressed up and to do our makeup extra special we jump at it – no matter if we’re spending it with our other half or with a group of single friends!
These products are the ones we will be rushing to use this Valentines Day:
Look Beauty Colour Correct Foundation Primer
This fab primer is perfect for making sure your makeup stays in place all day – ideal for balancing out any redness, it’ll give you a super smooth base to apply your foundation and leave your skin looking radiant + flawless!
Technic Colour Fix Concealer (available in Light, Medium + Dark)
This super blendable concealer is perfect for covering up blemishes and dark circles + is also the perfect size to pop in your handbag!
Leichner Camera Clear Tinted Foundation
Leichner is THE foundation to use this Valentines day! With so many different shades to choose from you can’t go far wrong – especially as it’s only £5.99 – an absolute bargain!
Astor Deluxe Bronzer
Bronzer is a must at the moment for any make up look – contouring is all the rage and is the perfect for adding some colour and shape to your face.
Body Collection Backed Compact Blusher
These blushers are brand new to us at Xtras and are so pretty! The pigmentation is incredible and are so easy to blend and leave your skin looking dewy + fresh!
Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara
Make you lashes super long and defined with Rimmel’s Lash Accelerator Mascara! The flexible brush makes even hard to reach lashes easy to get, leaving you lashes looking much fuller!
Max Factor Smokey Eye Effect Eyeshadow – Purple Dust
Another product which is brand new to us is this gorgeous Max Factor eyeshadow stick! Easy to blend, these sticks make smokey eyes super easy to achieve with flawless results!
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer – 300 Out Of This World
You can’t have a valentines make up look without a gorgeous lip colour to finish it – and Rimmel Apocalips is 100% the product to use! One on and dry it does not budge off your lips making it super easy to wear when going out for a meal – no more lipstick panics between courses!
These are the products which I’ll be wearing this Valentines Day!
What is your go to date night look?
The Grammy Awards are probably one of the biggest events in music – and every year it certainly does not disappoint on the fashion front!
The hair and makeup is always on point, so we thought we’d choose a few of our favourite looks and see how we can get them!
Taylor Swift – 2014
Taylor Swift has been one to watch this year for her impeccable sense of style & this Grammy’s look is no different. We loved Taylor’s smokey eye + pink lip combo and we found the perfect products to replicate this look. Technic is brand new to us at Xtras and is AMAZING – it’s flying off our shelves- and we think the best products to use to copy Taylor’s dewy skin and smokey eye! Use the Smokey Eyeshadows Palette to get a gorgeous defined eye and apply the Technic highlighter in the inner corner of your eyes and just above your cheekbones. Finish the look of with a dash of the the Technic Colour Max Lipstick to add a gorgeous bit of colour to the look!
Rihanna – 2013
This has to be one of my favourite looks of Rihanna. Classic + sophisticated this look is perfect for a big event. Get the dramatic eyeliner look with W7’s Aye Aye Captain Liquid Eyeliner – super easy to apply with a brush for precision, this eyeliner is one of the easiest to use to get Rihanna’s super defined eye makeup look! Add some Manhattan Eye Dust Eyeshadow in Cloud Crowd to get that hint of silver on your eyelids for a subtle touch of glamour + finish off with a gorgeous orange toned red lipstick – we chose Constance Carroll Fashion Colour Lipstick in Sunset which is the perfect shade for this look!
Kelly Osbourne – 2012
Kelly Osbourne’s look is always that little bit different & that is why we adore her! Her lilac tinted hair has inspired many of us to do the same and with Directions it is super easy to achieve! Choose the lilac dye to get the look or try something different to stand out! Add our Bourjois Faux + Fabulous Urban Chic Eyelashes for a beautiful + dramatic eye if your feeling extra glamourous! Pair this with a beautiful pink lip – such as the W7 Butter Kiss Lipstick in Pink Icing – to finish off this pretty look.
Adele – 2012
Not only was it an amazing Grammy’s for Adele in terms of awards, but her look was also flawless (who else remembers those Louboutin nails?!) and most definitely one of the best of the evening! Get those perfectly defined brows with W7 Super Brows Eyebrow Pencil – the brush on the ends allows you to tame any fly-aways before you apply the pencil, making them look super gorgeous and neat! Add some drama to your lashes with Invogue’s Glamourise Eyelashes to get Adele’s sultry look + don’t forget to add a generous helping of liquid liner to get a fab catflick! Complete the look with a touch of bronzer to show off those cheekbones + and some classic red lipstick!
Selena Gomez – 2011
Selena Gomez is the poster child for a fresh + fun look which is why we had to include her in our favourite Grammy looks! Keep those brows in place with Becca’s Brow Shaping Gel to gorgeous groomed brows like Selena and sweep across the eye lid a neutral brown eyeshadow to add definition and to create a subtle smokey eye – we like to use the Manhattan Intense Effect Duo in Latte Me Too. Finally finish off with a pretty pink gloss like the Miss Sporty Ladies Night Lip Gloss in The Latest Born.
What was your stand out Grammy look?