The Power of Makeup


Whether you feel confident in your makeup or natural complexion, I am sure after reading this blog post and seeing these photos you’ll realise just how powerful makeup can be. 

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I have seen many bloggers and YouTubers talking about ‘The Power of Makeup’ and I was so excited to create it myself. I have a huge interest in makeup and I am always buying a new beauty product, experimenting with different looks and reading reviews and beauty blog posts.

I wanted to create this post for a number of reasons:

  1. To compare how I looked with and without makeup
  2. To show it is okay to wear makeup
  3. To show it is okay to not wear makeup
  4. To show the power of just a few beauty products

I feel like so many girls are judged everyday on how much makeup they wear or how little makeup. I think it is great to love your imperfections and I do let my family, boyfriend and close friends see me bare skinned. But also I feel a lot more confident in myself once I have applied my makeup. I feel pretty and happy.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. I really enjoyed showing ‘The Power of Makeup’. If you have done this post or video please comment your links below; I will look forward to reading them.

Inspired Elegance x  





January Favourites



Hello lovelies,

I can’t believe it is February. That means I have officially completed dry January! My friends, family and boyfriend all thought I wouldn’t be able to do it. But I didn’t have a single drop of alcohol and I didn’t even miss it.

I had quite a few beauty products in January that I just couldn’t get enough of!

Urban Decay – Smoky Palette

My all time favourite during January was my Urban Decay Naked Smokey palette. I have started doing my eye make up quite dark lately and this palette has some gorgeous shades. I use the shades password, whiskey, combust and thirteen for a more natural look. I find the shades high, dirtysweet and radar go really well together. The dark colours in the middle of the palette create the perfect smoky eye. Overall Urban Decay hasn’t failed to dissapoint me. These colours are gorgeous and very different to their other Naked palettes. I also love the brush that comes with this eye shadow palette as I find it is great for blending.


Clinique – Even Better foundation

At the start of January I bought my first ever designer foundation. I have only ever used drugstore foundations however I thought I would treat myself and get my skin matched. The lovely lady within Debenhams, Clinique found the perfect colour for me. I have used this foundation everyday. The foundation costs £25 and I do really think it is worth the money as it has great coverage. It is great if you are buying your first designer foundation!

MAC – Copperplate Matte Eyeshadow

For Christmas I got bought this gorgeous MAC eye shadow. This is now my second MAC eye shadow and I can honestly say it is so good! I don’t have any similar colours to this and it is so pigmented. MAC eye shadows can be a little pricey as they about £13 and it is only a small tub; they do last ages though!

Urban Decay – All Nighter

This is my life saver! I always used to borrow Amy’s before a night out and it actually kept my make up on! It is so good and really worth the money. I used to get scared and think it would make my make up run when I sprayed it, but it doesn’t aha!

Yves Saint Laurent – Concealer

I have needed a designer concealer for a while now and this is definitely worth the money. It has amazing coverage and it stays on for the whole day. I love the packaging as well!

Yves Saint Laurent – 206

My first every YSL lipstick! I am in love with this colour. This lipstick is so lush and stays on for such a long time. Also the packaging is gorgeous. Perfect for winter.

MAC Lipstick – D for Dangerous

I can never ever not like MAC lipsticks, there will always be one in my favourites! I have a thing for matte lipsticks at the moment and this colour is so pretty.


NARS – Contour Blush

This was a lovely Christmas treat! The colours are gorgeous and it is very pigmented. It is a little pricey though as it is about £30. However it has great coverage and the product lasts ages.

Real Techniques – Flat Contour Brush

This brush is from the Real Techniques bold metals collection. I love the colour of this brush, it is a beautiful rose gold. I love how it has such a long handle as well because I find it easier to apply my make up with. The bristles are very soft and gentle on the skin as well.

Have you used any of these products before? Comment links to your favourites below as I would love to read all about them.

Inspired Elegance xox

The Fun Questions Tag!

Hey everyone,

So the lovely Becca nominated me for the fun questions tag! You all should check out her blog because she writes some really good blog posts. I see Becca as one of my blogging friends; we always comment on each others posts and make sure we are both okay it’s so cute. You can click on her name to see her wonderful blog.

1) When is your birthday? (You don’t have to include the year if you don’t want to.)

25th October 1996

2) What are your three favourite colours?

Duck egg, pale pink and white

3) What are your three favourite quotes?

‘You never know when you will be seeing someone for the last time.’
‘We accept the love we think we deserve.’
‘Hard times will always reveal true friends.’

4) Are you addicted to YouTube?

Hmm yes and no. I go through spells where I will watch every single video of my favourite Youtubers and then I go through spells where I don’t go on it at all.

5) What are your three favourite shows on TV or YouTube or both?

Waterloo road but it has finished now *cry*, One born every minute and Britain’s got talent

6) What are three qualities you like in a best friend?

  • Being honest- if they ever have a problem then to come to me and talk to me straight away, however also being honest if I look bad in something
  • Trust- they have to keep to their promises and not go gossiping about every single secret you tell them
  • To be myself around them- I think this is very important, you have to feel comfortable around them and both be able to act stupid in front of one another

7) Do you like your name?

Yes, I have said this before and thought I was being big headed. ‘Maria’ is a name that is heard of however it isn’t too common

8) If you have the choice to pick your own name, what will it be?

Oooh this is quite hard! I have never thought about this before. I quite like the name Bella.

9) What is your fantasy dream?

To travel around the world and earn lots of money! However also to get my blog well known

10) Do you wear makeup?

Yes, my boyfriend tells me I don’t need to wear it but I just feel so much better about myself when I have it on

11) If you could write a book, what would the title be and what would it be about?

Romance. I love romance novels! I have no idea what the title would be though

12) What makes you cry?

When I am really angry, when I get stressed and seeing the compare the meerkat adverts without Oleg in

13) What makes you angry?

People who lie and when people make plans with you but then let you down

14) What makes you happy?

Sunshine- spring is one of my favourite seasons and when it starts to become warmer I start to feel so much better about myself

Making someone else happy- for example if I surprise my boyfriend with something and then see him really happy because of it, it makes me feel really happy

Reading- if I am attached to a book and I read it day after day non stop, it makes me happy because I just get really connected to it

15) What is “Fangirling?”

When someone is obsessed with a person or character and non stop talks about them

16) What are your 3 favourite snacks?

Cookies, crisps and dunkers haha! I am really un healthy and need to start getting healthier

17) What are your 3 favourite foods?

Lasagne, pasta and chips

18) What are your three favourite drinks?

Water, Summer fruits Oasis and j20

19) Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am an 18 year old student studying A levels in my second year, Textiles, Media and ict. I have a boyfriend who I have been with for nearly a year who is my best friend. I want to be a graphic designer when I leave college and I have a huge interest in make up an fashion.

20) What are 10 random facts about you?

  • I used to have swimming lessons for about 7 years and I got awarded life guarding certificates
  • I love taking photo’s as I enjoy photography
  • I have only ever been abroad once and that was to Barcelona in January this year
  • I am going to a Ynot festival this year (my first ever festival)
  • Tanya Burr got me into make up etc.
  • I have a huge phobia of bees and wasps
  • I do believe that everything happens for a reason
  • I get sooo stressed about unnecessary stuff by just over thinking
  • At the moment my favourite type of music is house
  • I have a really bad habit of biting my nails when I am stressed

21) What are your three fun things to do?

  • I love just sitting down and listening to music
  • Go to the pub with my friends
  • Blogging

So I hope you enjoyed reading my answers, I enjoyed answering them. I am going to nominate everyone for this tag! As I think it is a really fun one to take part in. Thank you again Becca for nominating me. Everyone make sure you check out her blog. Love you guys!

Inspired Elegance xxx