Thursday, 28 May 2015

Get Ready With Me

Hey all!

Seeing as my last GRWM post seemed to go down a treat with you guys, (click here if you haven't seen it), I thought I would make another one for you! This day wasn't for a special occasion, just a normal day in the life of me!

Just to say, a lot of the products mentioned in this post I have written reviews on before. To see if I have reviewed them, just click on the product name and it'll take you to the link!

First of all I brushed my teeth and washed my face using my Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser from The Body Shop.

 Then it was time for my base make up! In order, I used the BareMinerals Prime Time Primer which I forgot to take a photograph of, Natural Collection Corrector Stick, Collection Lasting Perfection foundation with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, Collection Lasting Perfection Powder with my Seventeen Face Brush and finally I used the Maybelline Babylips in 'Cherry' on my lips for a hint of colour.

 Then the fun bit! I combed through my eyebrows with my BD eyebrow and eye brush and used the Benefit Gimme Brow on them. I then used my Urban Decay palette with my Seventeen eye brushes. I patted 'Walk of Shame' all over the eyelid and in the crease then deepened the crease and outer eye with 'Naked 2'. Finally I applied 'Venus' in the corners of my eyes and on the middle of the lid to brighten them up and make me look more awake. Finally I used the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara on my lower lashes and the Rimmel ScandalEyes Lyrca Flex Macara on my top eyelashes.

On my nails I had BarryM Aquarium in 'Pacific'.

 Then time for clothes! It was kinda warm outside so I put on this 'Occult Star Top' from Heartless Clothing which has various symbols all over it. I love this because it is lose, good with the heat and has a sort of mesh part on the back at the top which gives it even more detail.

On my legs I wore plain black tights from Marks and Spencers.
 Because I was wearing tights I wanted to wear shorts underneath the top so I wore my shorts from Banned Clothing/Apparel. I like them because they have candy skulls on the back pockets- sorry I had to take a butt photo for this!

 Then, as always, I straightened the middle to end lengths of my hair. I have had the same straighteners since I was like, 12 years old! Too attached to let them go. I don't know their name or even if they sell them anymore but they're from Babyliss.

 The last step was to put on The Body Shop Mango Body Mist. I love how this smells- fruity and citrus-y which is perfect for warmer weather!

And that was it! Thank you for reading this photo heavy post! What do you think? Let me know!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

May Favourites


It's that time again! I have only got 3 favourites this month which is less than what I usually have but nevertheless they're my favs!

*I have written reviews on all of these favourites in the past, so to see what I think of them click on the product names which will take you to the review I made on it.

First of all, we have the Barry M Aquarium Collection nail polish in 'Pacific'. I absolutely love this nail polish and have been wearing it for 2 weeks straight now. I love it because it is a beautiful dual-chrome petrol blue colour that is super long lasting and is overall stunning.

Secondly, I have been loving MAC 'Lady Danger' lipstick. This is the second MAC lipstick I have owned and I have been wearing it a lot this month as I think it's the perfect Spring/Summer lipstick.

Thirdly, and lastly, is the famous Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'Everlasting Navy'. I have had this for a year and it has been in my favourites before but it is back in my favourites now because I love using it for an eyeliner. With an angled brush I apply this along the lash line and it works brill as a pop of colour lining the eyes. 

Those are my favourites! What were your favourites for the month of May? Let me know!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Leaving Sixth Form


Sorry I've been away lately. I've been busy finishing Sixth Form! After 2 years in Sixth Form I have finally finished- all I need to do now is do the exams. 

I'm not going to lie, leaving Sixth Form is the best thing that has happened to me in a while. I don't want to scare off anyone going to Sixth Form, but for me personally it was the hardest and most stressful time of my life. Without sounding too pessimistic, I spent most of my time feeling invisible to the people around me, feeling anxious and completely overwhelmed by the amount of difficult work I had to do. I mean in Sixth Form you do have more freedom than in high school and you're mostly doing subjects you actually enjoy, but otherwise I hated it.

In my first year I studied Psychology, Sociology, English Language and Law and then in Year 13 I carried on the first 3 subjects and dropped Law. Although I really enjoyed Law and hated English, I had to face the fact that I was crappy at Law and fairly good at English. Sometimes you have to make the decisions that are best for yourself which aren't necessarily the things that you really want.

To celebrate our end of sixth form we did various things. It is tradition at our Sixth Form to dress up in fancy dress on the last day. I didn't want to spend lots of money on something I'd never wear again so I put on the knee-high socks I already owned with playing cards on them and then printed out playing cards and suits to stick on to a white top that I never wore. All I paid for was the fabric glue! I topped it off with Mac's Ruby Woo on my lips and black winged eyeliner. It is also part of the tradition to watch a video of messages from the teacher's performed in a humorous way, alongside watching a music video the majority of Sixth Form made to 'Uptown Funk' and 'Thinking Out Loud'.

Another tradition that we have is a pub crawl. We began at 1 pm and finished about 9 pm going to 7 different pubs. That was quite fun, walking to each pub in a massive group of about 70 of us in fancy dress then getting more and more drunk. It is something I'll never forget.

It will feel weird not going there again. My Sixth Form is connected to the high school I used to go to so after 7 years of being there I have finally left. It will be weird to adjust to and kinda scary but I am looking forward to the change. I need to leave that place behind me so I can begin a new, adult, chapter in my life and meet new people. I've left that place with mixed emotions but I feel ready to have some change in my life.

In the mean time, I will study hard at home and do my dreaded exams! I have 5 exams to do and will be finished by the 19th June. Sorry if I post less in that time!

For those of you starting Sixth Form or College this year, I made a post a couple of months ago called '5 Tips for Surviving Sixth Form' if you'd like to view it here.

Are you in Sixth Form, left or are even starting Sixth Form this year? Let me know!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

My Choker Collection


I am not sure I can quite call it a 'collection' but I have 3 chokers in my possession I thought I'd share with you. I did have a fourth one which was velvet with a pentagram attached from Regal Rose but it broke!

I really like chokers. They can give an alternative edge to any outfit and I love how they look on me.  

My first choker is from the online horror jewellery website Horror Stop. It is an American Horror Story inspired choker, reading 'Bitchcraft' which is a name of an episode in season 2 'Coven' of AHS. It also has a small pentagram on it. Can you tell I'm a AHS? I found it really difficult to take a photo that showed the letters clearly as they're in really light colours but this is the best one I could take.

My next choker was a gift from my friend so I am not sure where it is from. It is on a black velvet band with multiple triangles making up one big triangle interwoven. 

My last choker is another choker that's on a black velvet band. I got it from an Etsy store called Twirly Trinkets. It has a beautiful key on it with a chain looping either side of it. This is what I consider kind of 'gothic' but I love it!

So there we have it! Do you have any chokers?

Sunday, 17 May 2015

bareMinerals | Lash Domination Mascara


I was given a sample size of the bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara at the bareMinerals event I went to (click here) and I have been using it since.

Lash Domination claims to be a volumising mascara for 'larger-than-life lashes'. It claims to lengthen, thicken, separate and lift lashes up to 345% that in asterisks says 'after two coats of mascara' that is long-wearing. That is some major claims! As expected with bareMinerals, it is made with minerals and 'quiona protein'.

The packaging of the mascara is simple but sleek with a silver background that you can see your reflection in with basic black writing. The full size mascara's lid is actually slightly twisted in shape which matches the mascara wand. The wand has bristles that curve around in a twisted shape, which I can only describe as comparing to the shape of an image of DNA. It has longer bristles at the base and middle that go shorter at the tip, perfect for getting those little tiny lashes in the inner corner of your eye.

So what I think? Well, overall I think the mascara is good. It does lengthen my eyelashes and holds a curl over time. It makes them a lot blacker and it is perfect for applying mascara to your lower lashes! Because the bristles are so long you can apply mascara to your lower lashes without getting the wand so close that it smudges on to the skin. I wore this mascara over a period of 6 hours which I think is a normal day for a lot of people and I can say that it didn't really smudge. It smudged slightly in to the lines underneath my eyes but other than that it was long-lasting.
 The only problem I had was that it smudged a bit on to my lower skin earlier in the day because my eye was watering! I have this issue where my right eye cries unintentionally and it smudged a bit on to my skin so I always need a mascara that isn't going to do that. However all I need to do is just keep an eye (no pun intended) on the mascara and wipe off any bits that have smudged.

In conclusion it is a good mascara that does what it says on the tin. It recommends using two coats but I don't feel adding a second coat makes much of a difference apart from making some lashes slightly longer so I don't see the point in it. One coat is good enough!

You can buy a full size Lash Domination mascara for £18.00.

Have you tried this mascara? What did you think? Let me know!

Friday, 15 May 2015

My Playlist #1


I have never done one of these Playlists before but I have seen others do it and thought it is a nice idea to see what other people are listening to. Music tastes can be so diverse, including my own, so I thought I would share what I am listening to at the moment too!

1. Frank Sinatra- My Funny Valentine. I absolutely adore this song and adore anything by Frank Sinatra. It is such a nice and relaxing song to listen to!

2. The Darkness- Barbarian. The Darkness were apart of my childhood and I have loved the band ever since. This is one of their newer songs which is great when you want to have a sing-a-long and dance like a rockstar. Or is that just me?

3. Elvis Presley- Hard Headed Woman. Both of my parents brought me up on Elvis Presley and his Greatest Hits album is the album I love listening to when I am getting ready, cleaning my room etc..You get the picture. Another song you want to have a sing-a-long to and have a dance to in your bedroom. 

4. Metallica- Nothing Else Matters. This song is always on my Playlist as, without sounding cheesy, it's my boyfriend and I's song. My boyfriend plays the guitar and this was the first song I had ever heard him play and I admired it so much that I've loved it ever since.

5. Sia- Elastic Heart. I like Sia's music ever since I watched 'Chandelier' along with the amazing dancing that comes with it. I really like Elastic Heart and I also adore the story being told through dance in the music video by no other than the 'Chandelier' girl (Maddie) herself AND the handsome Shia LaBeouf.

There's my playlist for the month! I have such a diverse taste in music. I was brought up on musicals, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra through my parents and my love of dance but I am also a rock and metal girl. Even then you'll still find me singing along to the likes of Taylor Swift!

Feel free to give any of those songs a listen and tell me what you think. It would be really cool to introduce some of you to new music!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Empties #3


Here is my third empties post. I recently decided to put a box I had gotten in a gift set from The Body Shop aside to store empty products in so I can collect them together and know when it was a good time to make an Empties post. I have a lot of empty products at the moment so there is plenty to get through! There's just something nice about finishing a product and being able to start a completely new one. 

Here are my make up empties. You can definitely see some patterns here! First I have my Collection Lasting Perfection Foundation and 2 concealers (review for both). Next, you can probably tell that I love using green corrector sticks on my face as there is the Max Factor Colour Correcting Green Concealer (review) and 3 Natural Collection ones (review). Finally we have two liquid eyeliners: The CCUK Quickk Stroke Eyeliner (my first ever liquid eyeliner that I've only just let myself throw away) and the L'oreal Superliner. I thought the L'oreal Superliner was awful as it smudged easily and I didn't even get to finish it- it dried out instead! I would not repurchase it for sure.

Next I have my skincare empties. First of all is the Garnier Micellar Water (review) which I go through bottle after bottle of. There is also 3 products from The Body Shop: The Cranberry Shower Gel from Christmas which I really liked the smell of and the Tea Tree Blemish Gel and Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser. I ALWAYS use the Tea Tree range from The Body Shop! I had also finished a box of 200 cotton buds from Boots which I use for perfecting eye make up.

To check out my previous Empties posts, click here and hereHave you used any of these products? Let me know!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

MAC | Lady Danger


I got a gift card for MAC for my birthday which I was excited about and with it I bought the matte lipstick 'Lady Danger' for £15.50

Lady Danger is a matte, vibrant orange-toned red. Sometimes I think it is just an orange and sometimes I feel it is an orange-toned red. Either way, it is a fantastic bold lip colour that's something a bit different from the standard red which isn't for the faint hearted!

One thing I found with this lipstick is that it's best applied with a lip brush. With MAC Ruby Woo I found I could apply it fine with or without a brush, but with Lady Danger I just can't do it just out of the bullet. It is much easier to make the perfect outline with a lip brush. However, that doesn't put me off!

I haven't worn Lady Danger out yet but I did test it out at home. It is certainly long-lasting and doesn't fade at all, even if you eat (I had a plate of chips and curry sauce) which is delight. This means it would probably be alright to wear out when you might be eating and only need a small touch up.

Because of the orange-toned boldness it would probably be something that would have to go with your outfit. However I think it is a great lipstick for the warmer months when you want to make a statement! It does feel slightly dry on the lips seeing as it is a matte but not so drying to the point that it looks bad on the lips and feels uncomfortable.

Overall I really like this colour and how it is long-lasting. I would recommend! 

Friday, 8 May 2015

MAC, New Look & Yankee Candle Haul


As mentioned in my book haul (click here), I went shopping last Monday and these are the rest of the things that I got.

Firstly I went to MAC Cosmetics in Debenhams and got myself 'Lady Danger' lipstick with a gift card from a friend. It is an orange/red in your face lipstick that isn't exactly for the faint hearted. I of course will review this soon!

I then went to Yankee Candle. I don't buy candles for myself but because I knew it was my step-sister's birthday coming up and that I know she likes candles I bought 'Mango Peach Salsa' and 'Turquoise Sky'. I loved them for their smells and vibrant colours I thought would go well with the Spring/Summer seasons.

Finally, I went to New Look. I needed new sunglasses as a couple of months ago I managed to spill acetone over my sunglasses and ruined them! I was so gutted because I loved them. However, I managed to find a matching pair in New Look even though mine were from last summer! They have round lenses with a thicker black rim which I know isn't to everyone's tastes but I love them. It is also my sister's birthday coming up so I bought her a small baby pink bag with a lace pattern and a gold clasp and chain. It isn't something I would ever buy for myself admittedly but the material is lovely feeling and it is a pretty girly bag which I know my sister would like for special occasions and nights out. I also spotted a flower bracelet which, again, I wouldn't buy for myself but thought it was beautiful and something my sister would like.

 What do you think? Let me know!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Waterstones | Book Haul


On Monday I went shopping (alone which wasn't half as fun) and one place I stopped off was Waterstones. I have loved and adored books as far as I can remember and they've always played a big part in my life so my boyfriend and sister knew what they were doing when they bought me gift cards for Waterstones. In total I had £30 to spend in Waterstones so I had fun spending an hour in there picking out 4 books to get.

First of all I spotted 'The Bane Chronicles' by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. For those of you who don't know, Magnus Bane is a character from The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. I absolutely loved The Mortal Instruments and Magnus Bane is a flamboyant, bubbly character everyone loves from the books. The Bane Chronicles is a mix of stories from his life which I completely forgot was going to be published until I spotted it in the shop. So as a fan, I quickly picked up this book.

Next I picked up 'Dark Places' by Gillian Flynn. I was originally looking for 'The Girl on the Train' by Paula Hawkins as I heard it was similar to the famous and popular 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn which turned out to be one of my top favourite books of all time. I couldn't find 'The Girl on the Train' no matter how hard I looked which was frustrating but I did see 'Dark Places' which, as you can see, is also by Gillian Flynn. Because I loved 'Gone Girl' so much I decided I would pick this one up to see what it was like instead.

Then I found 'Annie' by Thomas Meehan. You may all know the musical Annie with the famous song 'Hard-knock Life' and this is the book it is based on. I have loved the musical from a very young age when my Mum bought the DVD and it had been on my bucket list since to see it at the theatre. And luckily, I finally am going to see it at the Bristol Hippodrome at the end of the year. So I thought I would read the classic book in the mean time whilst I wait to tick seeing the musical off of my bucket list. :-)

Last of all I picked up the famous classic 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' with 'Through the Looking Glass' by Lewis Carroll. For many years I have been in love with quotes and illustrations from the book. I can't quite put my finger on it but I am so inspired by 'Alice in Wonderland' to the point where I want an 'Alice in Wonderland' tattoo and would quite happily have a 'Alice in Wonderland' themed wedding! When I was younger I used to cover my bedroom wall in quotes and would learn them off by heart. The films are pretty great too. But anyway, I didn't actually have the book in my possession so thought it was good time to get it so I can read it and gaze at the beautiful illustrations all day.

So there we have it! Even though I've got a million books to read already, you can never have too many books...even when your bookcase is over flowing like mine!

What book are you reading right now? Let me know!

Monday, 4 May 2015

BareMinerals | Marvelous Moxie 'Break Away' Lipstick


As I have mentioned plenty of times before on my blog, I went to a bareMinerals blogger meet up (click here) a while back, and one part of the goodie bag was a sample of the Marvelous Moxie lipstick called 'Break Away'.

Break Away is a satin brown-toned nude lipstick. I was super excited about receiving this as although I am usually a 'bold lip or go home' type of girl I thought a nude might be good for the days where a bold lip just wouldn't go with bold eyes or if I simply cannot be bothered with the maintenance of a bold lip.

So what do I think of it? Well, I think it is simply amazing. I love using it because it gives my lips something when a bold lip isn't appropriate- It's kind of similar to the 'my lips but better' style. I love how I don't even need to use a lip brush with it and I can just apply it straight away whilst still getting clean lines. I particularly like to use this when I am out on a night out and know I will be, well lets just say, too tipsy to care about touching up my lipstick. 

You can drink or eat as much as you like with this lipstick and it won't really budge. And when it does eventually fade slightly, it still leaves an even stain of the colour on your lips. I find I only need to touch up this lipstick either not at all or once if I've been drinking/eating and not at all if I am not eating/drinking! 

It glides on smoothly and with ease on to my lips and is really easy to use. It isn't drying and I've honestly been wearing this lipstick to death! I will be so disappointed when I finish it.

I overall love this lipstick and I really recommend it for the perfect nude lip and for times where you'll be, like I said, getting too tipsy to care about touching up lipstick. Here is a photo of me with it on when it was my birthday:

You can buy a full sized Marvelous Moxie lipstick from bareMinerals for £17 pounds.

What do you think?