Thursday, 31 October 2013

Halloween: Dead Circus Makeup


Last night I went out for my clubs halloween social and as social sec I couldn't not make a big effort! We went out as dead ringmasters from the circus and this is how I achieved my horrific dead look.

I just put some white face paint on my face, neck and chest then smudged some black pencil eyeliner all round my eyes as well as adding in some black face paint. I thought i'd give myself some cheekbones for once and put in some black contouring to my cheekbones and collar bones to add to the dead look. Then I just put some fake blood on and put a mix of Kate Moss's 107 and 104 lipsticks to get a red plummy colour for my lips. To top off the look I sprayed my hair with some white hair spray which also gave my hair some added volume, but also made my hair feel gross!!


Monday, 28 October 2013

*Insert Title Here*


(Image: Google)

I've come to point in time where i'm stuck in this horrible routine of nothingness and sluggish moods. I couldn't even think of a title for this post. No creative juices flowing through my body at all at the minute. I guess this post is a sort of "sorry i've not been very active on here recently and this is why" kinda thing. I'm into my third year of uni and i'll be honest, it's beginning to dawn on me just how much work is needed to be done with so little time. Applying for ethical approval so I can go ahead and start my dissertation, thinking about travel and dates for interviews, researching for it, researching for other modules, thinking about jobs and the soon to be approaching deadlines. 

I love blogging, reading other posts and finding new blogs. During my summer I was on here everyday and thinking of new posts to write about and planning posts for upcoming months, like autumn make-up themes or my favourite lipsticks to wear in autumn. But now I think i've gone into 'I have way too much stuff to do so instead i'll do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING mode'. Like when you know you should do work but instead you take a nap kinda thing. Anyone do that or is that just me? Haha. I know I have stuff to do and I want to take pictures for my blog and write about products but I simply can't. I know I said in my last post with the haul video I would also do a written post of what I bought and I want to do that and will do but right now, I can't even be bothered to pick up the camera. It took me a week to even edit that video (very poorly) and I wasn't even busy to not have been able to do it sooner! I sit here in my room and see that I have the perfect lighting to take some snaps but instead I just watch the light disappear and then all of sudden it's night time and all I have is dingy lightbulb light and it's another day wasted. I mean , i'm literally sat here watching Prison Break or Breaking Bad all day because I don't want to face the amount of work I have to start.

I'm sounding like a depressed old lady haha. So I guess what i'm trying to say is that I haven't lost my love for blogging at all and I will carry on blogging but I need to get into the swing of actually doing something with my life again. I sit at my laptop wanting to read posts and find new blogs but I don't have the energy/drive to do so. I need to sit myself down, get organised and just crack on with it all. Even starting to write this post was a struggle but now i've rambled on a bit and said how I feel i'm all good. Maybe that's what I need, some blog therapy haha. As my third year moves on a bit more posts may become less and less but I solemnly swear that by the end of this week I will get my arse in gear and get back on to what I love, telling you guys about products and hauls. I have soooo much I want to write about so once i'm up and running again you'll probably be overloaded with posts so watch out!

Anyone else ever go through this phase?

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Collective Haul VIDEO


Oh yes, i've taken the plunge and filmed my first proper video for Youtube. I know quite a lot of bloggers also do Youtube and personally I like the idea, it's nice to watch something rather than reading all the time. I know that some of you may not like to watch videos within blogs so i'll also be writing a post to show what i've bought, just so there's something for everyone. Plus I may have purchased a couple more things since filming the video last week.

I'll say now that it isn't a pro video at all. My editing skills are seriously lacking and because I had to change the dimensions of the video (to avoid letterboxing and pillars), the quality isn't as good as it was before uploading. It's also a bit awkward just sitting there and talking into a camera so I do a lot of looking around, and I also say 'so', 'super' and 'cute' rather a lot! I'll also say that I speak quite slowly and sound a bit croaky/stuffy because I was coming down with a cold, so my apologies if I bore you all to death because i'm going too slowly. I'm going to put you all off from watching it soon! Haha. Enjoy :)

I realise I didn't say all the prices for things so here they all are incase you want to know;

Clinique Anti-Blemish £15.50

Sexy Peel Lush Soap £5.37

Orange Jelly Lush Soap £5.30

The Sacred Truth Lush Facemask £5.95

Macadamia Oil Hair Treatment £1
Primark Mascara £1
Primark Chubby Stick dupe £1
Nail Varnish £2.50
Leggings £6
Quilted Tee £6
Skirt £3
Change Purse £2
Bow Bag £8
Slippers £2.50

Red Leather Boots £35
Purple Suede Bag £35
'Make Me Smile' Necklace £4

Faux Suede Boots £38
Skirt £25
Print Leggings £28
Coat £78
Bobble Hat £14

Monday, 21 October 2013

OOTD: "I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain"


And here's me just pulling a face. As you do..

My gosh isn't the weather just fabulous today...

So today to uni, I wore all new purchases as everything was purchased within the last few weeks (haul post/video coming VERY soon). I started the day off with wearing my hair down but as soon as I got outside I regretted it as it was chucking it down and a tad windy, which meant wet hair in face. Not great. So later on I put my hair up in a scrunchy which is why I have hair down and hair up photo's (some were taken this morning, some this afternoon). I sorta regretted wearing these leggings as well because they got wet very easily which meant cold legs, which then went itchy from the drying fabric. I also had to take the faux fur lining off from my hood as I didn't want it to get ruined by the rain and go all horrible.
Coat Topshop £78
Quilted Tee Primark £6
Leggings Primark £6
Boots Topshop £38
Necklace Dorothy Perkins £4.80 (reduced in the sale)
Watch River Island £10
Scrunchy Primark £1 (pack of two)
Bag Primark £8
Umbrella Free ('borrowed' from work)

The necklace is actually a cobalt blue colour in the light but lighting wasn't fab in my room and the colour just isn't showing up in the pictures. Also, i've possibly just given my self however many years of bad luck it is by putting my brolly up indoors! And a final note, sorry if the pictures are blurry/out of focus, it really is difficult trying to take pictures of yourself by yourself with no one to check if it's all in focus. I need a photographer!

Thursday, 17 October 2013

OOTD: Top to Toe in Topshop


So I got dressed this morning and started heading off to uni when I realised that everything I was wearing was from Topshop. I felt like a Topshop addict but to be honest I just didn't care. I didn't care if everyone knew that my days wardrobe was all from one shop because well, I really like this look and so I thought I would share it with you.

Now I know that it's not your typical autumn/winter look because it feels more like I should be wearing this in the summer with all the bright colours, but just because it's coming to winter doesn't mean you have to dress dark does it? So I went all out and chucked in every colour I could. The coat is super cosy and ridiculously warm and would recommend it to anyone looking for a new winter coat!

Coat £78
(ebay purchase so not sure on the actual price)
Paint Print leggings £28
Boots £38
( I'm think this is Topshop but I'm not 100% sure)
Print Bag £9
 ( this is actually Primark)

Everything I bought from Topshop I did get student discount on so I didn't pay the full prices that i've shown. Yaaaay to being a student!
I'm thinking of maybe starting a daily OOTD kinda thing posting some quick pictures of what i've been wearing that day, what do you think? Sorry the photo's aren't of the best quality but I was a bit rushed for time and needed to get them done mega quickly!

Monday, 7 October 2013

Clinique High Impact Mascara


Gosh it seems ages since I last posted!
So a few weeks back I posted about my Clinique skin care Anti-Blemish products. I actually bought the products back in August and when I did a received a few free goodies because Clinique were doing this Bonus thing (not actually quite sure what that was about, but i'm not one to turn down some freebies), and one of them was this mascara. At first I thought 'aaah it won't be that good' but I was quite surprised when I first started using this, and by surprised I mean impressed. You can get this in either black or black/brown, the one I was given was the black sample.

Clinique's 'High Impact' mascara is all about volumizing your lashes by adding some thickness and I have to agree, it certainly does. It doesn't make your lashes look fake, just makes them appear bigger but with a natural look. I have quite long lashes to start with but I do also find that I benefit from some 'added' length as well. I prefer the sort of natural lash look for daytime to the big over the top lashes which when I want to have, I use Maybelline's 'Falsies'. Natural look lashes just makes your makeup look a little more subtle and less in your face.

The brush is a bristle brush which for me is perfect. I can't stand plastic brushes because i've never got on with them, although saying that i've just started to try out Benefits 'They're Real' (contradicting myself on that one). I find plastic brushes clump my lashes whereas bristle applicators comb through my lashes applying the mascara evenly and effectively, meaning I don't get clumps of mascara or lots of lashes stuck together. I don't know how you ladies get on with plastic brushes but for me they're just a no no. Bristle all the way!

This version of the 'High Impact' is the non-waterproof one which I wouldn't normally go for. I usually go for waterproof based mascaras just because you never know when you're going to get a watery eye, or maybe someone might throw some water in your face (this has happened). I also find that waterproof mascaras stay better on your lashes and don't wear off during the day but saying that, I personally think this has great stay power, even when the wind has made my eyes water a bit or i've been rained on (as long as I don't rub my eyes of course). 

I wouldn't wear this on a night out simply because for nights out I try and go for a more dramatic eye look and I definitely need waterproof mascara, however I would go out and buy the waterproof version of this and wear it for a more sophisticated night out (not that they happen very often). Now this is where the ever so slight downfall is. It does cost £16.50 which I know isn't the most expensive mascara in the world but it certainly isn't the cheapest, especially when you're a student and constantly skint. BUT I have to say, when I run out of this little sample tube I am quite tempted to purchase the full size. I have other cheaper mascaras which are similar but well, you know, everyone wants to splash out on something don't they?

If you're looking for a mascara that adds just a little of the wow factor to your lashes but is also quite subtle, maybe if you're at school and you're not really allowed to wear makeup, then I would definitely try this out. I love how it makes my lashes look and often wear it for work.

You can buy the full size HERE if you want to give it a go