Sunday, 22 December 2013

FESTIVITIES.



I am miserable and ambivalent most throughout most of the year, but I bloody love me some Christmas. I love tacky music everywhere, I love being able to wear glitter all over myself and not get judged (jks always judged), fairy lights make be ecstatic and I love to spend time with my family. 

My Christmas is the same every year and I think that's what I love most. In an ever-changing world, it's really nice when things stay the same and I have gone through QUITE a lot of changes in the last few months. I feel like I'm only just starting to get settled and Christmas Day is going to be a nice day to reflect on it all. 

Spending time with my family is important to me to. They irritate the hell out of me most of the time but we are very close - I mean my extended family too. We all live fairly near to one another and I class my aunt as my big sister which is amazing. I like to appreciate what a strong family I network I have and even though a lot of things have gone wrong over the years, we still all like each other quite a bit. 

I think Christmas has really crept up on me this year and I think it's because it's the first Christmas I haven't been in full time education and so haven't spent all month playing board games and watching films. I still feel as festive as ever though and will thoroughly enjoy eating/drinking myself into an early grave and watching whatever crap terrestrial TV can offer.

xx

Monday, 9 December 2013

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see





Top - Boohoo
Skirt - Asos

'It's not that I'm rebelling. It's just that I'm trying to find another way.' - Edie Sedgwick.

(Be nice about my new tattoo - it's still a bit scabby)

xxx

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Lipsticks I Love | Beauty

Bold lips are a staple for me and I really love experimenting with different colours. When I was younger, I would always go for bright pinks but now, I seems to be straying towards the dark side - with a few exceptions ...




Barr M's 160 is definitely my most worn shade. It's taken the place of my beloved 'Beguiled' by Topshop. This one is a direct match in terms of shade, but has a much better staying power and is a lot richer in colour. A lot of people don't the Barry M Lip Paints, but I actually quite like them. They are usually matte shades - which I prefer - and are really good at staying put!


Next in line for most worn is definitely Topshop's 'Hazard'. I own a hideous amount of Topshop's lipsticks and I think they're great. Hazard is pretty much my perfect red lip. One shade I have been on the hunt for for quite a while! I seem to go too orangey with my reds which doesn't really go with my skin tone. This shade is a gorgeous blue-toned red with a semi-matte finish. I feel like it's a shade that will compliment pretty much every skin tone!


 A nude shade is another one that I've been hunting for for absolute ages. I have a real issue with lighter shades as I just look dead. This is MAC's Viva Glam VI and while I didn't really like the look of it at first, it's really grown on me. I don't like shimmery glossy lips and was initially put off by this, but it's actually a perfect nude for me! I will say that the staying power isn't exactly brilliant as it's a lustre finish and it also needs quite a bit of building up which leaves my lips feeling a bit glossy which is NOT my preference but I'll put up with it because I doubt I'll find another shade as good!


Manic Panic's 'Black Rose' is venturing into the realms of the bold. It is a very deep, blood red and may not be for everyone, especially those that don't usually go for a bold lip everyday. I will say that Manic Panic have a good range of shades and to definitely check them out because I was blown away by this product. It is so opaque with just one swipe, leaving a gorgeous satiny finish on the lips and it stays put. The first time I used this was without a liner and I experienced no bleeding whatsoever. Moreover, it came off at the end of the day with one swipe leaving no trace behind. Any lipstick that gives me strong colour without requiring me to use half a bottle of Bioderma to get rid of it is a winner in my book!



Finally, 'Va Va Violet' from Revlon. This looks more burgundy in pictures but I assure you, it is a beautiful vampy purple. I had been eyeing up 'Cyber' from MAC for a while but genuinely couldn't justify spending so much money on a shade that I didn't really think I'd ever wear. Then I saw this one which is a bit of a dupe and a fraction of the price. I LOVE it. It's very similar in formula to the Manic Panic shade. It goes on beautifully opaque, leaves a satin finish with a bit of a shine. I felt a little bit self-conscious wearing this at first as it is so out of my comfort zone, but I really like it! I think it'll compliment winter beautifully and is definitely one of my favourite shades at the moment!


L-R:
Barry M 160
Topshop - 'Hazard'
MAC - 'Viva Glam VI'
Manic Panic - Black Rose
Revlon - 'Va Va Violet'

xxx



Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween Y'all!



Here's a quick snap of some Halloween Nail art! I hope you all have something fun planned!

xx

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Tartan.





Dress - Primark - £15


 I immediately ran to Primark after seeing Leanne in this gorgeous dress. I went for the purple and green colour combo because red scares me.

xx


Friday, 25 October 2013

Mask-querade - Masks that get the job done.


I've always loved face masks.

Sometimes, I buy the packet ones that you peel off mainly because it's hilarious to try and imitate Christian Bale in American Psycho. However, lately the three items pictured have been firm figures in my skincare routine for a few months. I find them to really work for my skin type which is oily/normal but does get a bit more oily at this time of year. NICE. The Sanctuary and Una Brennan masks are both available in Boots and are quite well priced in my opinion. Both are under £10 and are usually on offer. The Glam Glow mask is a little different, but I'll move on to that...

Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask - £10.50 


Firstly, the Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask. I was interested in the active ingredient being charcoal. Charcoal is really good for absorbing excess oils and purifying the skin and I know that a few higher end skincare brands such as Origins have charcoal masks. The mask itself is very sticky so it's best to use it right after cleansing when your skin is still damp and slowly spread it over your face. I'd never used a thermal mask before and it was a bit of a shock as it does get quite hot when you apply it. A thin layer is all that's needed and the mask works by warming and cooling the skin naturally - it doesn't harden and tighten the skin. After gently removing with a muslin cloth, I find that my skin feels incredibly clean and stays so for a good few days. This 'blue' range from Sanctuary aims to target congested skin, which I have, and I find it really effective used twice a week.

Superfacialist by Una Brennan: Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask - £8.99


Well, I think we've found the longest named product in history. I've been using this one the longest - probably about six months and I adore it. I was attracted to this for a few reasons: it was a new brand in Boots at the time so was on offer and the active ingredient was salicylic acid which is really good for restoring skin balance and deep cleaning the pores. The salicylic acid is quite strong, so I'd advise putting a thin layer on the first time you use it because it can sting a little, particularly if you have angry breakouts. I enjoy the tingling sensation though, it really feels like the mask is doing something and you can really see it working as you look in the mirror. It tightens in the skin and sinks into the parts of your skin that have larger pores and a bit mire oil. I have large pores over my nose so it really goes to work there. Again, I was it off with a muslin cloth and splash with water and afterwards, my skin feels amazing. It feels incredibly clean and refreshed and almost like my skin can breathe. I use this one a week while my skin's behaving itself because it is a very deep clean.

Glam Glow Youth Mud - £25 (15g)

This is a new addition to my collection but it really deserves a mention. I first saw Fleur rave about this product and, honestly, I never thought I'd really ever buy it. I was happy with the masks I had, plus it seemed really expensive. However, when I was on the plane home from Mexico, they were selling this in duty free for £19. Considering the RRP for the small pot was £25 and Fleur commented on how the small pot goes a really long way, I bought it. I applied a thin layer at first and it started working immediately, tingling and tightening and sinking into my pores, cleaning them out. I honestly only applied a veil over my skin and it did so much - making me think I can get about ten uses out of this pot! I left it to do its thing for 10 minutes and then splashed it off. I saw drastic results the next day. Any breakouts I had had really calmed down and even some of my scarring had faded. It promises glowing skin for three days and I agree. I haven't had a breakout in this long and my skin looks radiant. I use it about once every two weeks as a bit of a treat and also to make it last a big longer! I don't think I will ever purchase the £50 50ml mask but I'd definitely repurchase the product again. I had a bit of a research and I think you can get it in M&S but you can definitely get it online from their website! I highly urge everyone to try it!

xxx      






Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Crazy Cat Lady.



Bowler Hat - Topshop - £20
Dress - H&M - £12.99 (Bought on offer for £699 woo)
Chelsea Boots - Topshop - £45

xxx