Treat Yourself And Trick Others This Halloween

Christie Hutchinson | 20th October 2015

4743861_GWith autumn in full swing and the cold, dark nights drawing in, it’s that time of year again… trick or treat?

The nostalgic elements of Halloween remind us of dressing up like our favourite cartoon characters, whilst knocking on neighbours’ door, hoping to be greeted by our favourite confectionary. However, nowadays, our treats come in the form of cocktails from our favourite Northern Quarter bars; whilst tricks take shape in the form of those spectacular events… don’t find yourself alone.

Nevertheless, we will all be out, dressed to impress. Halloween is the one night of the year we make ourselves up to be unrecognisable to friends or foe. Along with the costumes, accessories and copious mounts of fake blood; the growing trend of Halloween make up can take your generic ‘scary’ look to gory and fearful.

Here at VIVA HQ we have scouted the best make up so you can achieve your desired look this year; but we have also looked into beauty products, which will keep your skin healthy and glowing underneath all the terror.


Exclusive to Selfridges, Illamasqua’s Dead Vintage beauty box will help you get your Halloween look on point. From the brand’s Glamore lipstick to the Bat Lash false lashes, this set features absolutely everything you need to create a decadent and dramatic look.

illamasqua collageFor after–dark make–up at its most dramatic, false eyelashes are the perfect way to create maximum impact and add mystery to your overall look. Selfridges have plenty to offer from Illamasqua, Shu Uemura, Mac and Eyelure.

Accentuate your eyes with vinyl, hypoallergenic eye lace from Face Lace. There are multiple designs to take your look to the next level. There are an array of exuberant skull pieces for your entire face, or for something more subtle, Face Lace offer smaller eye pieces to draw emphasis to your features.

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BeFunky Collage2.2Express yourself with splashes of rich colour from NYX Cosmetics with Avant Pop! Shadow Palettes. All three collections have been carefully curated with ten eye shadows in various finishes. Each palette lets you create a softer look or take it to the next level. Everything you need to create your own pop-art masterpiece is at your fingertips this Halloween.

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Make this the spookiest day of the year with some new limited edition Halloween products from Lush

Nightwing Shower Jelly: Fragranced with distilled lime, this shower jelly is packed full of fresh aloe gel from our Kenyan Slush Fund project, fresh lime juice and carob syrup. £3.50

Lord of Misrule Shower Scream: Inspired by the Pagan Feast of Fools, create some mischief in the shower with this grounding, spicy black pepper and patchouli concoction, with just a dash of Fair Trade vanilla absolute to bring out your sweet side. From £4.75 for 100g

Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb: This strange and magnificent bath bomb is back for a third year. Pop into the bath and watch it slowly dissolve turning the water into a wine colour, while the Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute fills your senses. This is offset by the earthy scents of Black Pepper and Patchouli Oil. Vegan. £3.50

Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar: Have a spell in the bath with this merry and uplifting bubble bar that adds a bit of sparkle to those wintery evenings. This boozy and energising fragrance packs a punch, perfect for a long, lingering soak. Just make sure you get out of your bath by midnight! £3.50

Pumpkin Heebie Jeebie Gift: Fresh from the pumpkin patch, this ghoulish chap contains Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar and Lord of Misrule bath bomb. £9.50

Bat Heebie Jeebie Gift: Get ready for fright night with a Bat Heebie Jeebie filled Nightwing shower jelly and Lord of Misrule shower gel, perfect for little terrors. £10.75

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This winter, House of Fraser have some lovely product to offer to keep your skin feeling healthy, especially underneath all of the Halloween make up. As the cold weather sets in, it’s important we give our skin some extra TLC, so VIVA have put together some must have items.

Clarisonic’s use a high-speed frequency, which leaves your skin feeling incredibly smooth… much better than using your hands! Use Chanel’s le Lift Serum to boost the tone of your skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Kiehls Daily Reviving Concentrate Oil will strengthen your skin and leave it feeling energized. To awaken your skin, use Decleor Aurabsolu Intense Glow Awakening Cream to target tried and stressed skin.

Nourishing you skin whilst you sleep is just as important as anything. Sisley Supremya Baume helps to improve your cell renewal throughout the night to give you a youthful appearance. Moisturiser will help to hydrate and enrich your skin, leaving it feel soft and nourished. Try Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base to give you a flawless canvas for your make up.

BeFunky Collage7This Halloween, VIVA Ems will be facing her fears in the vaults at the Mirror Ball to raise money for charity. For information on how to donate and help Emma escape so she can perform her DJ set on time, visit here. #freeoureditor!