Blogger Competition: HOF 'Inspired By Mum'

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
I was recently contacted by House of Fraser asking whether I would like to take part in their new Mother's Day, 'Inspired by Mum' blogger competition. You have to be a blogger to enter - to enter you just need to create an outfit or beauty look inspired by your mum, then photograph your look and post it on your blog. In the post you need say which item from House of Fraser would 'complete' your look, it could be an accessory, clothing item or a beauty item. Leave a comment on the House of Fraser Competition blog post (here) with a link so they can see your blog post entry. The competition closes on the 2nd April at midnight, for more information check out House of Fraser's blog. Here is my entry/look!
The photos of me are from a couple of months ago, I have been ill recently so I had to use older photos but the makeup is the same as I wear all of the time

This makeup look is one that I wear the majority of the time, it is inspired by my mum as she wear very natural makeup which is defined and simple but pretty. My mum is never overly made up with makeup (unless she is dressed as an umpalumpa for world book day at work) so I take her lead with my makeup. My stance on my makeup on the whole is to define and perfect as much as I can, I love to contour and cover but keep my skin looking like skin. I think less is more although I do love me some winged liner. Here are the steps to achieve my natural 'inspired by mum' makeup look.

Base: For my foundation I used the Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation in the shade 'believe in me ivory' (£25.50) which I love but the shade is a bit too dark so I use a really small amount and blend it down my neck too. I used my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply my foundation, it is amazing as all of the RT brushes are. Now onto concealer, I have super dark circles and dry skin especially around my eyes...then add in a couple of very fine lines and it is a concealers worst nightmare! I haven't found my dream concealer and I don't think I ever will but this Clinique Airbrush Concealer (04, £18) is the closest thing I have found so far to perfection. It is a great shade, it has medium coverage, it doesn't emphasise dryness and it blends incredibly quickly/easily. 

Brows: My mum doesn't do anything to her brows but mine are so unruly that I have too. I fill them in pretty much everyday and I used my Mac Eyebrow Pencil in Lingering (£13). It is a fantastic twist up pencil, so quick and easy to use. Then seal with brow gel, I love the Tweezerman Brow Mousse but for this look I used a MUA clear mascara. 

Eyes: I always apply something on my eyes and for a quick two eyeshadow look I use my Nars Pleasures of Paris palette which I have had for ages. I use my trusty Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Primer (£18) first and this primer is one of my holy grail products. I have quite deep set eyes and eyeshadow always creases on me - this primer keeps my eyeshadow crease free for most of the day, which for me is very impressive. Then I apply the shade 'abyssinia' all over the lid for a brightening base; then just along the upper lash line I apply the shade 'cordura' to define the eyes and it makes the lashes look thicker and fuller instantly! Then onto the lashes themselves, both myself and my mum always wear mascara, I think it makes a real difference overall.  Firstly I use my Shu Uemura eyelash curler and yes it is worth the hype (and the slightly steep price tag). I either use my Lancome Hypnose Star mascara (£22.50) or my Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara. 

Lips: For the lips both myself and my mum like to keep it natural - unless it is an evening look, in which case it is plum shades all the way! For this natural daytime look I used the Revlon Lip Butter in the shade 'pink truffle'. 

To complete my 'inspired my mum' look I would have to choose the Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Fragrance (£48). For as long as I can remember my mum has had Chanel fragrances as a gift from my dad. They look so expensive and luxe, I love the smell of Coco Mademoiselle, it always reminds me of my mum when ever I smell it. 

There is my entry into the House of Fraser Blogger 'Inspired my mum' Competition! What do you think of my look? Are you going to enter the blogger competition? 


  1. ooh this looks like such a fun competition and a nice way to pay a little tribute to mums! x

  2. Lovely and natural :) think I may enter this myself! :)
    Bea x
    Bea's Beauty Blog

  3. Such a lovely make up look and such a sweet contest too!
    - ellabellemin

  4. I think it's so lovely that you're inspired by your mum's natural look - and it's a very pretty one too :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  5. Such a good competition! :)

  6. nice blog!:) check out mine please, im new :) x

  7. Oh sweety! This post is great!!
    Your blog is amazing! so I'll be happy if we could follow each other. Just let me know in my blog if you do it and I will follow back inmediatly!
    have a great looong weekend!
    xoxo from Spain


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