Thursday, 3 December 2015

November favourites

Rimmel Kate Moss nude lipstick in 48

Finally, a decent nude lipstick for darker skin tones on the highstreet! Rimmel recently released a collection of nude lipsticks with Kate Moss, and they are brilliant. They are part of the 'lasting finish' range and so have decent staying power, at least for a non-matte they do. I'm wearing 48 which looks equally as stunning on a paler skin if a little more dramatic.

By Terry ombre blackstar in Brown Perfection

This is one of the best beauty purchases I've made all year. I heard about the Ombre blackstars from various Youtubers and somewhat dismissed them because they are so expensive, Then I tried some on the back of my hand and fell in love. This cream eyeshadow stick is like no other, it glides on effortlessly, gives the strongest dose of pigment and blends like a dream (but blend quickly, once this sets its not going anywhere) I have the one in Brown perfection and this makes a beautiful base for a smokey eye, it has very subtle shimmer, looks stunning by itself, and any shadow you put on top will stay there for 24 hrs (yes I've given it that test) they have an interesting colour range too.

Aromatherapy Associates candle

Aromatherapy Associates do some amazing candles, they scent an entire house and burn evenly. They last well too, I burned my candle for a good 8 hours and only a quarter of the wax had gone down. They have a great range of scents and come in incredible packaging, the box has some kind of watercolour illustration on it, so it would make a great gift too.

Kat Von D tattoo liner in Trooper

I've been wanting to try this eyeliner for a long time, and I finally justified the purchase. Its sold in America and works out to be about £20, but this was money well spent. I wanted to see how it would compare to the Stila stay all day liner I love so much, and I can say it is better. They are similar, but the Kat von d liner has a brush tip, almost like an actual paint brush, the tip tapered to a fine point and glides across the eye smoothly. Its the blackest of blacks, its waterproof/smudeproof and has a spring cap so the product doesn't dry out. Without doubt, the perfect eyeliner.

Skin food platinum grape cell eye cream

I've never been into eye creams (I usually just drag whatever moisturiser I'm using around the eyes) but my eyes have gotten drier in recent months and make-up doesn't sit as well there. I got a sample of this eye cream from my sister along with a loads of other Korean beauty products. As soon as I used this I knew it was pretty exceptional. Its a thick cream, and so takes a little while to sink in, but once it does it makes my eye area feel like silk. This would be great for everyone but dry skins will appreciate it the most. Expect a lot more Korean skincare reviews because they really know their stuff.

Innis free blackberry sheet masks

Another Korean skincare offering, this time in the form of a sheet mask. I've never used a sheet mask before but its pretty simple. You wash your face, unfold the cloth mask which is soaked in product, then lay over your face for about 20 minutes. This really smells of blackberries but not to an offensive level. Its a little gooey - there is a LOT of product in these cloths! - so its best to lay down when you have it on or it will just slip off your face. Once the time is up you rub in the remaining product. My skin felt like it had just downed 2 litres of water, refreshed, soft, and very smooth. I've already made a bulk order of this stuff.

MUA Undress your skin shimmering highlighter

I've talked about the MUA highlighters before but lately I'm loving it again. The pink one gives such a shimmery, not at all glittery, glowy highlight. Apply to all the areas the sun would naturally hit your face, the tops of the cheek bones, a little down the bridge of the nose, the cupids bow, middle of chin, centre of forehead and the brow bones. This is exclusive to Superdrug, for something ridiculous like £3, go buy it, go buy it now!

Innis free no sebum mineral powder

I've only been using this for a week, but its already top on the list of powders I've ever used. Bold claim, but when you apply this transluscent powder your skin still looks like skin, no chalky-ness, your skin is matte but not in a dead, flat way. I've never seen a powder achieve such a natural look, its like you haven't put anything on. Its so finely milled that you have to be careful not to spill it everywhere, its practically lighter than air this powder is so weightless. In terms of oil control its very decent. Also, it smells nice.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Weekly Inspirations


The Perks of being a Wallflower

I read this a while back and fell in love with it, I can't believe I haven't mentioned it sooner. Its composed completely of letters that Charlie, the protagonist, writes to a stranger, he writes about his experiences at school and what's going on around him. He is clearly intelligent from the outset, shy, and not very sociable. This book really captures moments of true reality and human emotion, I don't want to ruin the plot so I won't say much more but this book really changed me, and I don't say that often about books. It made me think a lot about life, about people, about how our decisions affect us and those around us. Read it, just read it.

Station 11

A friend recommended this book to me, and even though it wasn't anything like I thought it would be, I still enjoyed it. Its about a virus taking over the world and killing most people off. The remaining survivors have to try and rebuild society. Some people create villages and live together, others decide to live alone, and travel. There is a group that does nothing but travel from place to place, performing Shakespeare, why they do this is questioned multiple times, I think its because art is important, its not trivial, its essential to our existence. What would (or should) be most important to hold onto when there's nothing left? It made me think about art and how it connects us to our emotions and each other, and "survival is insufficient" you have to live.

The curious incident of the dog in the night time

My little sister said I should read this, she knows me so well. Its written in an unconventional style of voice, from the perspective of a 15 year old boy who have behavioural issues. Even though I felt the plot could be a little better, and there are a lot of parts I wouldn't consider essential to the story (aka they should have been edited out) I really enjoyed this, and I would recommend it to anyone, everyone.


Nine Inch Nails

I've gotten really into Nine Inch Nails in recent years, but more so now. Their songs just seem to fit the tone of my novel, so I like to listen to them when I'm creating scenes and plot developing. The Hand that Feeds' is a classic, and one of my favourites.

The one I listen to the most however, is 'Something I can never have' a beautifully tragic, haunting masterpiece of human emotion. Flyleaf also did a thoroughly decent cover of this song too. Best listened to with headphones in.


Jessica Jones

This only came out a few days ago on Netflix but I'm already about halfway through the series. Its based on the Marvel comic book character of the same name, mostly associated with Luke Cage (also known as Power Man) she is a private investigator, a heavy drinker, blunt, honest and solitary by nature (and necessity) she is the female superhero the small screen has been lacking for so long. There are plenty of female heroes in the Marvel universe but very few of them have been immortalised in film or TV. Jessica Jones is gritty, funny, dark and interesting.

Kat Von D

Just as a person, she has been inspiring me no end. Every time I watch her on Youtube she is surrounded by (and wearing) pure art. What I mean by that is, she'll be wearing a dress inspired by 18th century maids, the hundreds of tattoos she has, her incredible make-up, her house is full of fine art, antiques, strange curiosities. She's into photography, architchture, make-up, fashion, paintings, sculptures, taxidermy etc etc. All the forms of art basically, and I didn't realize until I started watching her that I'm into all those things too.Except taxidermy, no no no, just no haha.

She also speaks in a lexicon of references, I learn a lot from her. From watching just one video I'll discover a cool new (more likely very very old) book I would like, a poet, a musician, or a film to watch.

I love her new Beauty series on Youtube called 'Kat's Beauty Chat' in which she calls on her photographer, make-up artist, Tattoo artist, painter friends to sit in front of a camera and talk all things beauty, it also has some very cool make-up tutorials.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Outfit of the Day

I've been trawling through Lookbook and stalking the Vogue Youtube channel in search of style inspiration lately. I've been in a huge clothes rut lately, wearing the same things day in and day out, so I bought some new things and had a massive clear out of my overstuffed wardrobe. I suggest doing a clear out at least twice a year, and not just so you can buy new clothes! if you don't wear it and it isn't a special piece, give it away, to friends, family, charity, don't hold on to things you don't wear.

I got this peasant blouse at Tk Maxx for £20 which for the quality is pretty good.

It has draw string tassels at the collar with silver studs, and a floral stitching neckline.

Shoes are black Converse trainers, £48

Jeans are skinny fit from Asos, £35

I've been searching forever for the perfect nude lipstick, its very hard to find flattering nudes for anyone darker than a medium tan (may write a seprate blog post about this soon) but I've finally found two, one is Birkin Brown by Charlotte Tilbury, the other is the one I'm wearing in the photo - shade 48 in the new Rimmel Kate Moss lasting finish nude collection.

Eye shadow is 'Substitute for love' all over the lid and 'freshly toasted' in the crease, both by Zoeva, Eyeliner is Stila Stay all day. Mascara is Maybelline Lash Sensational.

Base is Loreal True Match, concealer is Maybelline fit me, powder by Fashion Fair, blush is MAC in Razin, brows BH Cosmetics brow kit and Loreal brow artist plumper, highlighter the pink shimmery one by MUA (Superdrug) which if I remember correctly is only £3?! its a fantastic hightlight that gives skin serious glow.

Nails are by Nails Inc in Grosvenor Crescent, a deep plum like brown that's so dark its almost black.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Weekly Inspirations

Katie Melua - Wonderful Life

I first heard this on a television advert and 10 seconds in I was already googling the lyrics to try and find the song. Its 'Wonderful Life' originally a song by the artist 'Black', Katie Melua covered it and made it, in my opinion, so much better. I've probably played it 50 times already.

Lana Del Rey

Another day another undiscovered unreleased Lana track. Although I discovered this one a while back, I'd forgotten how much I love it. Its just the creepy, mellow and thematic kind of song I like to listen to while scrolling through Tumblr and drinking coffee. Other gems include 'Money honey', 'Chelsea hotel' and 'Children of the bad revolution'.

First Aid Kit

Another song I heard on an advert and loved, Its a very cool sounding song, and I really like the video too, the whole thing is like a performance art piece.


Clouds of Sils Maria

I never rated Kristin Stewart until I saw her in 'The Runaways' (Watch it, its brilliant) but I never realized how many other films she'd been in. This was good, if you can't stand people talk about the art and craftsmanship of film and film actors then step away from this one, but for me, even with all the pretentious crap that came out of their mouths, there was still a lot of sincerity, and I loved the plot even if I was frustrated with the ending.

Paper Towns

This was an unexpected love, I love John Green, but its very easy to over-romanticize his work (see The fault in our stars) so I planned to avoid this adaptation. However, it was interesting and cute but not in a monstrously cliché way. I appreciate that Margo isn't necessarily meant to be a likable character because too many are, and that's not realistic. It was good but not one I'd probably watch again.

Around the web

Motivation podcasts from Jess Lively

I'm very into podcasts lately, its a nice change to walk down the road and be listening to something with a little more substance than pop songs. If you go on her website she has many podcasts with different guests on topics such as buisness, love, parenting, blogging, beauty, motivation, etc. I'm also huge into the BBC iplayer author podcasts, great interviews about the writing process, publishing and the creativeness of writing.

Getting to know Daniel Radcliffe

This video I found on Vogues Youtube channel, they have this series called '73 questions' where as the name would suggest, they ask celebrities 73 questions in quick succession. What a great idea? Its like an in depth hour interview squeezed into the space of 5 minutes. If you're as huge a fan of Daniel Radcliffe as I am then you should definitely check it out. His answers are brilliant, some of them random, some personal, its very insightful and quite funny too.

Alexa Chung - The future of Fashion

Another recent gem from Vogues Youtube channel is the fashion web series they did with Alexa Chung. She interviews fashion designers and students about the future of fashion, How can you get into fashion? Is it as superficial as we think it is? This is a great series, even if you don't want to break into the fashion industry.

A beginners guide to fitness

I get asked a lot of fitness related questions, how do I find motivation to get in the gym? What exercises are best for weight loss? I...