Friday, 25 January 2013
My first ever MAC eyeshadow - for someone as obsessed with beauty products it's taken me a while to catch on - but I am seriously in love. The colour is gorgeous; highly pigmented and it blends so well! I am absolutely delighted with this and am going to add to my collection. Definitely worth the money in my opinion. Shadowy Lady is a very rich dark purpley plummy brown colour that could easily be worn lightly for daywear and heavier for nighttime or going out. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the packaging and how the eyeshadow comes in a little black gossamer bag!
Being a Made in Chelsea fan, or at least a huge Caggie Dunlop fan (I love her quirky fashion sense and think she is absolutely beautiful!) I was very excited when I heard that she was designing her own collection for her website ISWAI (it stands for It Starts With An Idea). When I saw Caggie wearing the hand harness on Made in Chelsea I knew instantly I had to have it... or at least something similar. I went through multiple hand chains from ASOS all of which I ended up breaking on nights out. The one that Caggie wears in Made in Chelsea is from Urban Outfitters but it has sold out. Possibly available on eBay. However as it's a look she's become quite associated with she designed one for ISWAI. It costs £19.99 and is the sturdiest one I've had so far. I have worn it so much and it's shown no sign of breaking. The only thing I could possibly criticise is that it has tarnished but I think this adds to the look. It is perfect for dressing up and down and is so eye catching. I've had so many people compliment it and ask me where I got it from. Because it's something you don't see very often people's eyes are drawn to it. Overall, a brilliant buy and something I will have in my accessory drawer for many years to come.
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Most people still think of him as 'the tall one from Busted with the eyebrows' or from his band 'Fightstar' that he started after Busted. His solo music couldn't be any more different from the commercial teen music of Busted or the heavy guitar driven rock of Fightstar.
I discovered his solo music when iTunes offered the single 'Cemetery' as the free track of the week and I've been hooked ever since. His debut solo album entitled 'Young Pilgrim' was released in August 2011 and reached No. 6 in the UK Album Charts. We all know that great music doesn't seem to chart well in the UK so I wasn't too upset he didn't hit number 1. To have a number 1 these days all you have to do is win a TV talent show, be Rihanna or duet with Flo Rida.
Charlie Simpson is a breath of fresh air in this sense. The album begins with a track called 'Down Down Down'. Fearne Cotton chose this as her Record of the Week on Radio 1. The song itself is acoustic and has a folk feel to it that intersects beautifully with Charlie's lyrics. He is a wonderful songwriter as well as a multi-skilled musician.
'Parachutes' is another standout track for me; it's very piano driven and such a melancholy feel to it that you can't help but stop what you are doing and listen. His husky voice calls out the lyrics "I'm so sorry for the pain, sorry for the ache, sorry for the moods I'm swinging. But I don't need your hand, I don't need your heart, I don't need a parachute' which could refer to a breakup or something entirely different. It depends on your perception.
My favourite track is 'All At Once'. This song has a similar feel to 'Down Down Down' in the sense that it is very folky. The lyrics in this song are very solemn. "It feels like I'm walking down my last mile, and my god it just feels so long." Charlie himself said that he was inspired to write this after watching the film The Green Mile so it has that sense of hopelessness and losing everything you've ever had.
'Sundown' is by far the softest song on the album and is very vocal driven. Charlie's voice really comes through on this song as we hear him pining for someone who is lost, or someone he is trying to forget. "I don't think I drank enough to make your face go away" being a standout phrase for me. This song is very haunting; the whole album is driven by big harmonies and Charlie said he was inspired by The Eagles (another favourite band of mine) and the American singer Jackson Browne.
I saw Charlie Simpson live in March 2012 and was lucky enough to meet him before the show and watch his soundcheck. He was a really lovely guy and took the time to have pictures taken with everyone. He even signed setlists for us. I was so nervous meeting him - trying not to sound like a One Direction fangirl here but his music means so much to me and has really helped me through some tough times. I hope that someone who reads this will be inspired enough to give his music a listen. It might just help you through some rough time too.
As promised a little review of the Falsies mascara by Maybelline. I heard Tanya Burr (YouTube beauty sensation) talk about this mascara a lot in her tutorials and she said it was amazing; I tried it out for myself and I find myself inevitably agreeing with her. It is amazing. My lashes are quite long already but they lie flat and have zero curl to them all. I spend about five minutes each morning heating my eyelash curlers up with my hairdryer to achieve the effect of beautifully curled, long eyelashes. This mascara has a spoon shaped brush - if you look at it side on - and two different types of bristle. Flat, shorter ones and longer ones. The finish is one that is rare for a mascara so low in price. The flared version of the mascara gives your lashes a gorgeous flick that lasts all day and they don't droop. People have always said the the Maybelline Great Lash mascara is really good, but I find for me the Falsies wins hands down. It stays put and doesn't flake off like a lot of other inexpensive mascaras. This mascara is around £8 from Boots. I've used Maxfactor False Lash Effect for years and this one is definitely up there in terms of application, quality and effect on the lashes.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
I've been listening to a lot of Taylor Swift lately. Her latest album 'Red' is the reason for this post. I've always loved red nails. Red is bright, eye-catching, classy and totally timeless. It has that Marilyn Monroe feel to it and there is nothing more ladylike than having finely filed blood red nails. These colours are some of my favourites: Rimmel Precious Stones in the shade Ruby Crush that I did a post on earlier in the month, Maybelline Forever Strong Pro in the colour Midnight Red - this colour is one I've used for a long time as its a twist on the typical bright red and slightly darker and therefore more subtle. The middle colour is Rimmel 60 Seconds in the shade Rapid Ruby - this dries ultra quick and doesn't chip for a few days (plus it's very cheap!) the last two colours are Maxfactor Nailfinity in the shade Red Passion and Rimmel in the I <3 Lasting Finish collection in the colour Double Decker Red. These two are really quite similar but have a different finish. The Maxfactor is slightly pinker, only a touch, and is glossier and feels smoother on your nail. These colours are bound to pick you up out of the snowy weather and add some pizazz back into your beauty routine.
Thursday, 17 January 2013
The concealer to match the foundation is equally as satisfying. It does more for your under eye circles than it does for covering spots. It works well on blemishes. A good concealer in terms of that however for spots I've found that the Witch concealer works really well. It has an anti inflammatory in it which reduces spot size. For spots, like most things, prevention is better than cure but one of the best products I've discovered in my quest for clear skin is the Neutrogena Spot Stress Scrub with cucumber extract. This stuff smells amazing and does wonders for your skin. It clears spots within a couple of days.
I bought this foundation a few weeks ago and I have to say its one of Rimmel's better ones. The texture feels a bit sticky to begin with but mixed with moisturiser it becomes a lot easier to go on your skin. You can either buff it into your skin with a brush, or use your fingers. Using your fingers warms the foundation up nicely which makes it easier to blend. Using a brush is equally as good. The finish is a glowing, radiant complexion which does what it says on the bottle: wakes you up! If you are feeling under the weather or have a few spots this foundation is brilliant for making you feel better. A definite wintertime product as it's a little heavier on the skin but one of my favourites so far.
The colour I am using is True Ivory.
The colour I am using is True Ivory.
3D nails are taking over the nail industry so it seems. Nail art is changing; drawing designs on your nails with stencils and such like is becoming a thing of the past. Pearls, gems, and caviar beads are fast becoming a fashion staple. Professionally done they look beautiful - for example Anne Hathaway's pearls at the Golden Globes - but they can be copied at home very simply, and cheaply. All you need are the beads themselves, they can be bought on eBay for hardly anything at all, nail varnish or glue so that the beads stick down then a top coat. It is a cool yet elegant way to stand out from the crowd and be unique.
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
This a book review on one of my favourite novels of all time by an author called Philippa Gregory. As suggested by the title this book follows the famous Boleyn family of the Tudor era and their struggle for power throughout the reign of King Henry VIII. It focuses on Mary Boleyn, the youngest - this is disputed by historians and the book has been criticised for its historical inaccuracies - daughter of Thomas Boleyn, 1st Earl of Wiltshire and Lady Elizabeth Howard, Countess of Wiltshire. It is told from Mary's perspective and illustrates her relationship with the King giving birth to two of his children but being unable to hold his attention long enough to make her his queen. Mary's older sister Anne is then thrust in his path and is much more cunning than Mary; she is able to make the King fall so madly in love with her that he seeks a divorce from his current wife, Catherine of Aragon, breaks from the Catholic church and in turn begins the Reformation. He marries Anne making her Queen of England. Her inability to give him what he wants above all else - a male heir - makes the King question her allegience and he eventually has her accused of witchcraft. Like many of Henry's wives Anne ultimately loses her head to the axeman's sword however her strength of spirit is well shown in this text and also in the film adaptation released in 2008. Blonde and meek Mary is portrayed by the lovely Scarlett Johansson, dark and brooding Anne is played by the beautiful Natalie Portman and the handsome but troubled king is played by Australian actor Eric Bana. I am a complete history buff and love the Tudor era for its formal customs, fancy dress and courtly reputation so anyone with the same interests would really enjoy this book.
My very first post. This is quite scary. I want to create this blog to share with people my experience and interpretation of beauty and what the term 'beautiful' really means. Like most girls I've struggled with my self esteem. Comments people have made in the past tend to stick with you and letting them go and accepting yourself for who and what you are is the toughest thing in the world to do! Some people see make-up as a just a tool to cover your imperfections. This is true, it is designed to cover our flaws and make us more 'beautiful' but I see it as something much, much more. I see make-up as a way of expressing ourselves just like art and fashion. By reviewing make-up and beauty products I hope to inspire you to become what you've always wanted to be. You are only restricted by the walls you build yourself.