NOTD: OPI Dutch Ya Just Love OPI

It’s been the longest time since I painted my nails but I’ve been stuck at home this week with a pulled chest muscle.. Not fun but it did give me time to pretty up my finger tips. The weather’s been getting a little cooler this month so I decided to go for a slightly darker colour. This is OPI’s Dutch Ya Just Love OPI with China’s Luxe and Lush over the ring finger.

NOTD OPI Dutch Ya Just Love OPI and China Glaze Luxe and Lush nail of the day thegirlinspired

And just for the fun of it here’s a FOTD – it’s a sneak peek from an upcoming video and blogpost on the MUA Undressed palette that I’ve been working on.

FOTD face of the day MUA Undressed Palette blue and gold smoky eye thegirlinspired

FOTD & OOTD – Lord Mayors Race

Ben is part of a running club and last Saturday he took part in the prestigious Lord Mayors Race. He was a little nervous about it as you have to be able to run 5k in 20 minutes to make the list, but he did great and finished in 19 minutes 13 seconds.

The weather was a little hit and miss, sunny one moment then raining the next but it managed to stay dry for the duration of the race. Here’s what I wore for the event:

lord mayors race, face of the day, outfit of the day, thegirlinspired


lord mayors race, face of the day, outfit of the day, thegirlinspired


  • Laura Mercier Radiance Face Primer
  • Make Up For Ever Mat VelvetĀ + in Shade 30
  • Maybelline Eraser Eye in Light
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15
  • Rimmel Pressed Powder in Transparant
  • Nars Bronzer in Ninotchka
  • Nars Blush in Orgasm
  • Topshop Glow Stick in Play Up
  • MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
  • Nars Eyeshadow Duo in Femme Fatale
  • ELF Mineral Eyeshadow in Earthy
  • Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Liner in Black
  • L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara in Black
  • Avon Lipstick in Pout
  • Mint green peplum top I got recently from Forever21
  • Blue skinny jeans from New Look (these are my favourite pair, I have worn them to death!)
  • Shoes are just plain brown flats from H&M
  • Necklace is from Beaverbrooks and was a birthday present from Ben a few years ago

Face Of The Day: Soft Smoky Neutral Eye

Face Of The Day

I am a huge fan of this neutral, soft smoky eye for every day. It’s so simple to get this look and I have a trick for making it look really soft and blended. I’m not particularly great with video tutorials so I thought I would share it with you on here and tell you what I’m wearing on the rest of my face whilst I’m at it.

Face Of The Day
So to get a really soft, blended look I took my lid colour across the lid and up a little higher than I would usually go with my crease colour. I used a matte, light beige shade from Maybelline that I don’t think is available any more. Applying this eyeshadow in the crease and a little above helps when it comes to blending out the crease colour. For the crease I used MAC’s Mulch eyeshadow, which is a gorgeous warm brown with golden flecks, on a fluffy blending brush and sweeped that into my crease. Like I said that first colour really helps to blend out this darker shade and using a blending brush to apply it just makes the whole process quicker. I then went in with a little bit of MAC’s Smut eyeshadow, a deep charcoal shade with red/purple undertones, on a smaller tapered blending brush and applied that to the outer crease to deepen up the colour. The final step was to go back over Smut with Mulch on the larger blending brush and this is what is going to make the eyeshadow look softer and more blended. I’m sure most of you already knew that trick but I wanted to share this for those that didn’t, plus I just really liked my makeup today!
Face Of The Day
For the rest of my makeup I have on the following:
Foundation – Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + in shade 30
Concealer – Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eraser in Light
Powder – Rimmel Stay Matte in Translucent
Blush – NYX Blush in Natural
Cheek Highlight – Benefit Moon Beam
Eyeshadows – as above
Eyeliner – L’Oreal Contour Khol in Black
Mascara – L’Oreal Clean Definition Telescopic in Black
Lips – Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie
What’s your go to makeup look?

Face Of The Day