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14 October 2014

How to: Get Dressed in the Dark!

Now that we're all back to the academic year and Winter mornings are fast approaching, we all have to deal with the daily struggle of getting dressed in the dark. This rarely ends well and with the sleepy brain we all wake up with, it may seem like mission impossible! Here's a clever idea that will save you a few extra minutes in bed so you will never have to waste time deciding what to wear in the morning and risk leaving the house looking like this...

➱ On your day off, go through your wardrobe and start putting outfits together, matching tops to bottoms, blouses to skirts, dresses to jackets, etc. If you have the time, go the whole hog and start matching jewellery, scarves and hats!

➱ Take photos of all the outfits that you have created.

➱ Print out the photos and stick them on the inside of your wardrobe door.

➱ Voila!

Now you will never have to waste precious sleeping time deciding what to wear or how to wear it. You are welcome!

Let me know if you try this little technique, I'd love to hear!
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4 September 2014 Haul

This last month I have been cheating on fashion and makeup and been spending my money elsewhere. Now that I have indulged in an iPhone 5 and a weekend at the never-disappointing Electric Picnic festival again this year, it's finally time to get back to my two real loves

I eased myself in with a haul from and, guess what? Each item was on SALE, with the priciest (if you can even call it that) being the tiered, long blouse costing just €21.99(!) AND they also have free delivery to European countries at the moment! I love when websites do that because often shipping costs for some sites can cost nearly as much as the purchase!

On with my little haul...

First up is the maxi tiered woven shirt dress I previously mentioned, the highest costing of the bunch. I always feel like shirt with super long backs like this one look really designer and expensive, possibly because they are slightly impractical haha. I bought this because I think it is easy to make an outfit with it and still look stylish, even if it is just paired with PU leggings and western ankle boots. And maybe a fedora for extra pzaz!

Another €14.99 will get you this gorgeous button through woven cami dress. It's available in royal blue, orange and lime. Personally I only like it in the lime. I think this piece will be lovely in winter with thick tights, a bowler hat and heeled sandals. A long, slouchy cardi would also look fab when your trying to layer up. I am slightly worried about what the fit of this will be like on me but I will keep you all posted!

This embroidered tassel dress is, admittedly, quite Summery and so is the next purchase but that's nothing a pair of tights can't fix! For this dress I think I would pick up on the red embroidery and pair it with red tights, rather than my standard, boring black. I think this would be really funky with loafers with a chunky heel and a straw hat when Summer rolls back around. This is another bargain at €15.99.

I had to have these large floral print wide leg culottes as soon as I seen them! I love daisy prints, I love culottes, and I love a piece that can be worn to nearly any occasion by simply changing what you pair it with. So there was no hesitation. These bad boys can be dressed up with heels and a blouse or dressed down with flip-flops and a crop top, the outfits are endless! Not too shabby for a mere €14.99!

So that's the latest additions to the never-too-full wardrobe of Pooky Banana. Have you seen anything you like or have?
For a long while I had begun to feel like had lost it's touch as a lot of the clothes seemed to be just basics or items that I could get cheaper on the highstreet rather than online, but I'm absolutely thrilled with this lot!

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!
As always, thank you so much for reading and commenting, it's so encouraging and uplifting!

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5 August 2014

Kardashian Style Smoky Eye, Nude Lip & Contour

The world is Kardashian mad and I've finally caught up so go easy on me!

For a recent 21st I recreated the classic Kardashian smokey eye and nude lip combo with a super contour and highlight. I actually really loved the look and got a lot of compliments! 
I'm not usually a nude lip kind of girl as my lips are naturally very red, but I found this was easily resolved by concealing my lips first and choosing a glossy nude with a peachy undertone. It seems there is a nude for everyone!

17 July 2014

Photoshoot with TIMA


As my early followers will know, I received my qualification in makeup artistry with The International Make-up Academy (check them out on Facebook!). After this, we had a photoshoot with the Academy in which we were required to create two looks. The first was a "no makeup" look, with the second look being a more heavy, evening look of our choice. 

This is my "no makeup" makeup look on Fiona. As you can see, it is very natural and just enhances the beauty she already oozes! I have not put up a product list for this but will gladly do so if anyone wants! 
For this kind of look I just created a flawless base with some light contouring and highlighting and, of course, a peachy blush! I also lightly defined her eyes and applied a light pink lipstick and gloss in a shade close to her own.

As it was the beginning of June, I decided to go for a Summery evening look, that wouldn't look too heavy but was still night-time appropriate. I have already posted a product list for this look which you can find here!
For this look I went heavier on the contour and highlighting, as well as adding some shimmer and more definition to her eyes. I applied individual lashes and brought her shadow down under her eyes, with an orange-y red lip for that Summer feel!

I hope you liked these looks! Feel free to ask any questions about them and go ahead and like The International Make-up Academy on Facebook for beautiful looks from many other talented artists!

I have previously shared these looks and more on my own Facebook page, Pooky Banana Makeup and my Instagram, @pookybanana

Thanks for reading!


10 July 2014

Hide the Hangover Makeup


We've all done it. Those "I'll just have one or two" nights that turn into you stumbling in at 5 in the morning, sending blurry eyed snapchats that you will forget about the next day. The morning after the night before arrives and of course, you've overslept, and of course, a busy girl like you has a million can't-be-missed plans for the day. 
Damage control.

It's times like this that makeup really stands to us. Here are my tried-and-tested surefire ways to hide the hangover and have you looking fresh as a daisy!
They're listed in order of importance:

♡ Concealer 

This is one of the best ways to appear more awake and fresh. Disguise those eyes with a peach toned concealer (this is specific to fair skinned ladies. If you are darker and unsure what concealer to be using, just ask!). Peach neutralises blue-y/purple hues under the eye better than any yellow concealer will. I like to use a peach tone from my 20 shade concealer palette (review here) and for extra radiance, I apply Kiko Cosmetics Natural Concealer in shade 01 to the inner corners of my eye. You won't recognise yourself! 

 ♡ Blusher 

Blusher will instantly make you look flushed and healthy , even if you feel washed-out and dried-up. It's amazing how many women skip it, but it adds so much life to a face that it should never be taken for granted! For my fair skin I love the Catrice Defining Blush in 030 Love & Peace. For super pale people, orange blushers are really flattering. For those who are not super fair, peach tones will look beautiful. Darker ladies will look beautiful with deeper tones, such as pink-y reds with a hint of orange or shimmer. 

♡ Foundation 

It is so so important that you choose a foundation that is the correct shade! Obviously this is true of everyday makeup, but even more so when you're hungover as a foundation that is too light will completely wash you out! At the moment I am loving EsteĆ© Lauder's Double Wear foundation as it has great coverage and a satin matte finish, all the while being super smudge proof!

 ♡ Highlighter 

The goal is to appear more awake and brighter, so highlighter is not to be forgotten! I have every Benefit highlighter, Topshop's blogger-favourite Glow and lord knows how many more,  but at the moment I am absolutely loving this cheapo Essence highlighter from their All About Sunrise eyeshadow palette. It gives a glowing sheen that isn't too in-your-face or white looking. I've never seen a highlighter so good but I imagine it is similar to Mac's Soft and Gentle, from what I know! Apply this to your brow bone, cupids bow and cheekbones for an instant lift to your face.

♡ Lipstick 

You all know by now that I am such a fangirl for Topshop's Infrared Lipstick! The orange-y red tone is so Summery and flattering on fair maidens! If you are super pale, a light pink lipstick will suit you when applied with your fingertips to add a light pop of colour. If you are darker, apply this same technique but with a darker shade of pink, such as Mac's Show Angel. The magenta tone will really suit darker skin!

Aaand there you have it! The essentials that will have you looking bright eyed and fresh, no matter how bad you feel on the inside! These few staples (paired with a lick of mascara and brushed brows) will be the 5 minute makeover that takes you from looking like Marilyn Manson to Marilyn Monroe!

I hope you enjoyed reading and as ever, thank you so much for all your lovely feedback!

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