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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Life | Z is for Zzz...





Well beauties, today has been a busy day to say the least. In fact, it’s been a busy month – full of lectures, work, essay writing, coursework – you name it! My life is particularly uninteresting at the moment. But it’s the end of my last month of teaching of the year and (finally!) the end of the infamous April A-Z Challenge. I do hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know a little more about me and reading my favourite beauty and fashion picks and if you are a new reader from that thank you and hello! And I hope you stick around.

As I’m posting I've literally just got back from Debenhams beauty event as part of Hull Fashion Week and being reunited with a bunch of my favourite blogger friends, which was rather exciting. Tomorrow, I’m going to try and film a cheeky vlog about the whole thing and show you what I bought.

As for Saturday’s Fashion Finale I’m super-excited to be situated right next door to the catwalk with my camera and laptop setup – it’s like a bloggers paradise! Not only is it acceptable to take all my tech, it’s actually encouraged. Although I’m not quite sure how I’m going to get it all home again after a quick trip to the Hull Fashion Week Bazaar – hello boutiques!

But mostly, I can’t wait for this week, month and academic year to be over and my essays to be handed in and my details for my little June project to finally be confirmed so I can start hinting and posting some juicy spoilers for you all, and have a nice relaxing summer blogging away.


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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Youtube | Eyeshadow Palette Haul ft. Tanya Burr Lipgloss


Lately I have been such an eyeshadow junkie in the hopes that it will break me out of my day-to-day neutral funk - and these beauties are certainly a good place to start!

Do you have any palette recommendations for summer?



Monday, 28 April 2014

Beauty | Exaggerate Your Lips!


From left to right: Scandalous Lipstick in Vice by Makeup Revolution, Poisonberry by Limecrime, TMPL by Barry M (changes to pink), Scandalous Lipstick in Crime by Makeup Revolution, Moisture Renew Lipstick in In Love With Ginger by Rimmel, Amazing Lipstick in Enchant by Makeup Revolution, Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Kooky by MUA.


As summer's just around the corner (and X is a really hard letter to write for!) I thought I'd share with you some of the brighter, bolder shades in my collection that give you an exaggerated bright, bold lip. As you can see by the photo, a lot of this collection is courtesy of the new kids on the block: Makeup Revolution and for a pound a piece you really have no excuse to get experimenting this summer which is exactly what I've done and I just can't wait to buy more!

For some reason I'm quite font of my purples and lilacs at the moment - I'm not quite sure how this obsession came about but I love it! The purple hues really bring out the green in my eyes and the red in my hair (don't ask me how - they must be magic!). I've always been more of a dark lip kinda gal so I think this is just me clinging onto the A/W shades in a wearable way for summer.

I've gone for quite the variation of finishes too - some are shimmery (Poisonberry by Lime Crime) whilst others are matte (Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Kooky by MUA) but I can certainly say that all are very buildable so whether I'm looking for a light hint of colour or a full and stricking lip - these guys certainly have me covered.


The next item on my summer lip list is Topshop's Lipstick in Infrared that I think I'll be treating myself to at the weekend.I think the organgey-red colour is just too darn beautiful not to purchase! What's your lippy this summer?


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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Blogging | Wonderful Things


This box  was one of the first things to ever feature on my blog - I bought it battered and broken from a car boot sale and it still sits on my bedside table almost a year later and thinking about it has made me think of all those wonderful things I've achieved through blogging this year. And I'm sorry if I forget a few - because it has been one heck of a wonderful year.

I remember the first "PR sample" I ever got was some dainty pale pink hand painted nails from a small etsy shop. I hadn't been blogging very long at all - maybe about a month - so this was a really big deal for me. The lady was wonderful and friendly and it really helped boost my confidence that I could actually do this blogging business. Since then I have had the opportunity to work with several small shops and businesses - reviewing their work after hours of fawning over their instagram feeds and even giving some advice! It's so different from working with bigger brands - it's a lot more satisfying in a way as you know you're talking directly to the designer or the shop owner and this is their life.

Saying that, I am blown away by the opportunities I have had working with brands like Bon Marche, La Redoute, UNiDAYS and even becoming an Ambassador for Meadowhall. These things are huge when you think about it, they have millions - billions - of clients even and to be even a small part of that is incredibly mind-blowing. And without blogging I'd have never gotten the chance to do any of them.

Nor would I have gotten the chance to meet other bloggers through various meet ups, events and Twitter chats - there is not a single one I have spoken to who is not lovely to the core and we have made lasting friendships. We have such a great community here on Blogger, Wordpress, Bloglovin', Twitter... let's never forget it.

But by far, one of the best things I've done as a blogger is to influence those around me to start up their own blogs and inspire others. So today, if you have a second, instead of commenting below go check out these wonderful people: Daily Blush, Ha-Pea-Days, Simply Redhead and go give them some lovely comments!


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Friday, 25 April 2014

Youtube | Vlog: Meets, Revision & Fashion Week!


Admittedly today's post is a little big of a cheat by choosing V for Vlog but I'm currently running around like a headless chicken finishing my essays, packing to go back to university and answering a tirade of e-mails (did I miss the memo where May is now THE MONTH in the blogging calendar?). I both love and hate the upcoming month of May at the same time because of it's beautiful blogging events and because of the fact I can't attend half of them due to being snowed under with exams! Roll on June.

If you have any suggestions hat I should wear to Hull Fashion eek let me know in the comments below!


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Thursday, 24 April 2014

FOTD | Ultraviolet


I was so chuffed with this look I shot it before my hair even had the chance to dry.

My beautiful new Lime Crime Lipstick in Poisenberry had just arrived so I hit the showers and then got to work with a few of my new palettes.

My base is pretty typical in my FOTDs so I'll spare you a repeat.

For blush I used Makeup Revolution's Baked Blush in All I Think and a small swipe of Look Beauty's Holiday Glow Bronzer in Hollywood down the bridge of my nose for a sun-kissed glow.

My eyes are a bit of a new combo for me - a mix of shimmery neutrals and matte brights. I used Makeup Revolution's Single Eyeshadow in Mountains of Gold (lid) and their Bright Purple hue from their Matte Brights Palette (outer corner) mixed with a swipe of their Bright Orange hue from the same palette for the crease.

But by far my favorite thing is the lips! I was looking for a "witchy" purple (and this was my best witchy face ^) in this look and Lime Crime's Poisonberry was just a tad too bright so I depended it a little with Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in the shade Dark Night Water-Oops. It's a mix I'll definitely be wearing more often! As I adore my purple lips at the moment - what are your thoughts on the trend?

Reviews of all the products listed here coming very soon!


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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Review | Triple Hit Trio by Look Beauty



Let me start by saying I'm so glad I discovered the brand Look Beauty. I've tried their powders, blushes, bronzers and I've finally branched into their eye shadows and have loved them all! Then again, I'd expect no less from the beauty brains behind Look magazine.

After purchasing a couple of their single pan shadows, I fell in love with their Triple Hit Trio in La Luxe - no wonder as it contains two of the shadows from my original purchase: Luxe - a stunning brassy gold - and Suede - a deep, rich and shimmery brown. Talk about falling in love all over again. The trio also comes with a slightly more wearable shimmery taupe that fairs well as a base, inner corner highlight or light shadow.

It's such a versatile set - you can create subtle shimmery, mesmerizing metallic and sultry smokey eyes all from this pocket-sized palette. This is definitely coming on my holidays because: 1) I don't have to worry about it smashing in my case thanks to its sturdy packaging 2) Or running out as you get a lot of pigment and product for your pennies and 3) It lasts all day

The only thing I could fault is the fact that there seems to be oodles or unused room in the packaging - even enough to fit a mirror and a small clip on applicator. Admittedly then you wouldn't be able to see the gorgeous shadows but it would make a great handbag kit!


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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Life | Motivation


Exam prep is slowly draining the life from me and millions of other students around the country - but fear not as in little over a month it'll all be over and then there's nothing but the beautiful British summer to deal with (can anyone say umbrella?).

I hope this little poster I made "inspires" you - or at least sounds parental enough to get you working - I know I'm already lacking on the motivation and exam period hasn't even begun yet!

Please let me know what's helping you through the exam season in the comments below whether it's motivational posters or lashing of leftover Easter goodies.


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Beauty | Makeup Storage

I recently updated my make-up storage and whilst not technically new - I've had one of these cabinets for about 3 years now - I thought I would show you my storage solutions by intrusively photographing each messy drawer.

I'd like to say that It's no where near as specific or neat as I'd like it. I'd love nothing more than to buy another and separate my bronzers from my blush, my eyeliner from my mascara and my base makeup. But for now, with half of my collection housed (the rest is a million trillion miles away at university) I'm appeased for the meantime but probably won't be in a matter of months when I bring the rest of my collection home and inevitably buy up another drugstore. So without further ado here are my drawers from top to bottom...


#1 Neutral Palettes & Spare Singles

#2 Colourful Palettes

#3 Single Eyeshadows

#4 Mascaras & Eyeliners

#5 Base Makeup (Foundation, Concealer etc.)

#6 Bronzers, Blushes, Powder & Highlighter

#7 Lipsticks

#8 Lipglosses

I hope you enjoyed looking at my collection, even if half it is hidden beneath/missing! If you want me to do any other makeup collection posts - maybe a  in-depth look into each drawer? - then let me know in the comments below!


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Monday, 21 April 2014

Life | Reading


It's something I've never really discussed on my blog - but I love to read. Give me a literary classic, a  metaphoric masterpiece or the latest YA novel and I'll just sap it up. But lately I find that I have no time to read what-so-ever so I've decided (if you like) you could read enough for the both of us!

Here are some of my favorites that have stuck
in my head long after I finished reading:

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Quirkology by Professor Richard Wiseman
Actually, anything by Professor Richard Wiseman
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Stolen by Kelley Armstrong
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
Looking for Alaska by John Green [YA]
Paper Towns by John Green [YA]
Stolen by Lucy Christopher [YA]
Divergent by Veronica Roth [YA]
The Maze Runner by James Dashner [YA]

At the moment I'm hooked on a few (as per): 

The Illiad by Homer
A Knock at the Window by Linwood Barclay*
Fashion Photography 101 by Lara Jade
The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson
Alliegent by Veronica Roth [YA]

And have a few left to read:

Wonderbox by Roman Krznaric
A Philosophy For Life by Jules Evans
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

If you have even the slightest literary knowledge you can pretty much gauge my tastes - metaphoric, fictional or psychological. And if you've read any of these books I'd love to know what you thought of them in the comments below - or recommend me some of your favorites that I can read over the summer!

Also, if you have Goodreads you can follow my very badly neglected account here!


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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Review | Quinoderm Antibacterial Facewash

My review of Quinoderm Antibacterial Facewash* has been a long time coming, as I was sent the sample at the end of last year and have been using it on and off ever since. So what's the verdict?

For starters I've found that this really does help with my acne. It leaves my skin feeling incredibly clean and fresh and I see a huge drop in the rate of blemishes I have their redness and also how long they stick around. Antibacterial - they were not kidding.

But - and it is a big but - it also leaves my typically oily skin extremely dry and flaky if used on a regular - once every day-two days - basis. Which means that I'm now having to stock intense moisturisers I only use a fraction of the time that don't seem to have much effect on my dry and flaky areas and can be seen under my makeup (TMI?). Not to mention that the packaging itself leaves something to be desired and the face wash is very liquidy, neon blue and chemical smelling - it reminds me more of something that comes out of a hospital dispenser rather than a face wash! But the problem is it really does work!

You see my dilemma? I think the next step for me is a spot of "face wash alchemy" where I'm going to add a dash of Quinoderm Antibacterial Facewash* to an existing, gentler cleanser and see if I can't get all the cleansing power and a little moisture too - because used straight out of the bottle I'm afraid this is just too harsh on my skin!

 

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Friday, 18 April 2014

Youtube | Get to Know Me: Beauty Tag!


In today's vlog/tag (that took SO LONG to upload!) I'll be talking about my beauty favorites and makeup habits. Go grab yourself a cuppa - this one's a long one!



And I tag you all to do the same and send me a video response or post your responses in the comments below!



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Hair | The Paint Analogy


The paint analogy is a key principle when it comes down to the business of hair dye. I've sat and explained this countless time to friends, family and even random people in the hair dye isle, and it goes a little something like this...

Imagine you hair like a canvas - it's not exactly blank is it - it's brown, ginger, blue... it's whatever colour it is right? And then you come a long with a nice new bottle of dye expecting it to turn whatever colour the drop dead gorgeous cover girl is sporting. We all do it. But realistically that's never going to happen.

Buying dye without bleach is like buying paint to go on top of paint. It's why most people who rush out and buy a pack of (bleach-free) blonde hair dye end up scratching their head when the end up several shades darker than before they'd begun.

That's where bleach comes in. Bleach is the white paint - the ohmygod we've really done a number on this wall paint, the blank canvas. That's not to say that you have to bleach your hair platinum blonde every time you wish to change your hair colour. If you're going darker it's fine, similarly if you want a less pronounced effect or are going four shades either side your current hair colour - that's fine too. But bleach is a necessary evil if you're planning on going any lighter.

Thankfully most bright dyes such as the Live Colour XXL range now come with hydrogen peroxide built in taking the painful bleaching process from a two-step process to a one-step and salvaging some of your natural hair colour in the process. Don't get me wrong, it's still bad for your hair - any bleach is it literally strips off the colour like paint remover. But at least it's less hassle right?


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