Monday, 22 October 2012

The Casual Vacancy

J.K. Rowlings new book The Casual Vacancy came out at the start of the month (ehm I think!). You would have to live under a rock in outer space if you did not know who this lady is. Creator of the best series of all time (OF ALL TIME) There was definitely alot of enthusiam for this release, I ordered my copy back in April or something when pre-order became available. 

Set in the rural town of Pagford (is this town real? I could ask google, but i'm sure someone out there has already googled and knows and can tell me) the story deals with small town politics, social politics, socialist idealisms and a thorough berating of the class system. Woah, hang your broomstick up Harry, your subtle messages of equality and friendship are not needed here- This is the modern day Animal Farm. 

I found it quite hard to get in to, it's taken me just under three weeks to read (Harry Potter 7 took me less than a day) and I only really got heavily into the story in the last 150 pages, which I read tonight. It's weavering and full of characters, alot of which were very similar with clusters of the old elite all merging in to one another. This is surprising and dissapointing as J.K. Rowling created so many characters in the Harry Potter series and they were all so distinctive. There is 5 or 6 plot lines which all come together at the end in quite a traumatic sequence of events, however reading them side by side throughout the book, I found hard work. 

I also strongly disliked the main character (I say main, he dies on the first page) is called Barry. Like... I don't feel that she put much thought into that one. I bet you all right now the main character of the next book will be called Larry, the nose is optional.

It is an incredible book though, one to test your working knowledge of society and see the dark underbelly created by the poor.The ending is spectacular, be prepared for alot of realisations of the book at this point that you may not have picked up on.

 I'd reccommend it to anyone with an open mind and a wintery day to set aside to really take it in.

I bought my copy from Amazon, and here is a handy link, just incase you want to buy it too.


Saturday, 20 October 2012

Ten things you probably don't know about me.

1. I am allergic to dairy and I don't eat meat. This doesn't make me vegan- honey and goats milk are two of my daily must haves. 

2. I adore autumn with a passion, I crave it all year long. 

3. My birthday is officially the most depressing day of the calendar year. Fitting, as I hate birthdays. 

4. I have an issue with toothpaste that isn't white. Blue toothpaste genuinely makes me very uneasy & I sometimes have nightmares about it staining my teeth. 

5. My big sister is my best friend. We argue like hell but we are thick as thieves and I couldn't imagine life without her. 

6. I wish my life consisted of drinking tea out of little tea cups and reading 20th century literature.

7. I organise my knickers into two piles: comfy and sexy. Surprisingly, the sexy pile rarely gets touched. 

8. Losing things makes me really upset. Everything has a place and it blows my mind when they aren't where they should be. 

9. I love to drive, mainly because I get to listen to my music and sing along at the top of my voice. I sometimes pull up at the destination and sit there for ages because I can't turn it off. 

10. Today I went out bought two new pairs of leggings... because all of mine were in the wash and I was too lazy to bother doing the laundry. 

Why don't you tell me some things about yourselfs I may not know?

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

a capsule makeup bag

Real Techniques contour and shading brush. Benefit instant brow pencil
Benefit: High Beam, Lip Gloss in Foxy Lady, Lipstick in Pillow Talk, Bad Gal, YSL Touche Eclat Foundation

17 peepshow eyeshadow palette, Benefit Dandelion Powder
Biosilk hair therapy, Elemis moisturiser, Balance Me eye cream, Lipcote

I am definitely a girl with a bit of a makeup obsession. I keep about 99% in a highly organised drawer, all in its original box and organised by product type. In the morning I like to take a good half hour to put my face and hair together and then put everything back into its home. 

Now, because of this, I just hate to pack a makeup bag to take with me every day. It wouldn't be in the right place in the morning and this would absolutely drive me mental! 

So instead I have created my only little capsule makeup bag. The brilliance lies in the fact that it just lives in my bag and doesnt come out to play in the morning- Although it rarely comes out in the day, I always know it is there if I need a topup.

I tend to use minatures as they can be refilled from the full sized bottles and weigh very little! For instance, the little bottle of foundation was the original YSL sample before I invested in a bottle... now I just refill it every so often and it is good to go. 

Important items in here are: hair oil and grips, eyebrow pencil and lip gloss!
The item I personally love: Eye cream (perfect for those who get sore eyes at work!)

What would you put in a capsule makeup bag? How do you take your makeup round with you? 

ps- I promise that Benefit haven't enslaved me!

Saturday, 13 October 2012

this autumn so far.

 1. Editing fun. 2. Best tweet of the month. 3. Me and my gorgeous best friend. 4. Loon cat. 5. Avacado, Salsa and flatbread. 6. My room never looks like this

 1. Reliving my childhood through disney opi polish. 2. The caps of tymbark juice have the cutest messages 3. Stuffing ourselves at yo! sushi . 4. Jumper from Dotty P  5. One pair of shoes, two models. 6. Girly nights out involving lots of wine.

 1. Hair and makeup for a date that never happened. 2. Mumma got her bake on. Lemon tarts and pecan muffins 3. A box stuffed with gig tickets from long ago . 4. Too early?  5.representing UoG, page 13 of the prospectus. 6. Chilling with my belly dog.

 1. Presents from LA from my Dad. 2. Oh hello Butterfly, how nice of you to fly by. 3. Autumn knits. 4. Polish 'Kiesel' aka hot jelly.  5. a tidy makeup draw! 6. Elemis face mask.

 1. Treats on a Thursday from my Mum. 2. Kiddy hair. 3. Found a new purpose for a cat 4. Getting fully snuggled up 5. Another Friday night spent with my girl. 6. Curry= lifes greatest cure.

It's been a while since I did an instagram post, I find them a pain to put together, a bit over done and generally that they look a little 'lazy'. However, I am a complete instagram girl and not many days go by without a memory being captured via the social network. So I am resurrecting the instagram post, forgive me blogging world. 

It's been a fairly odd autumn so far. I have struggled on many accounts with an increasing work load, some pretty scary uni deadlines, balancing my personal life along side this, not having any down time and my sleep pattern going to shot. My want to socialise has hit an all time low and it has been over two weeks since I last had time with friends. I've also given up my need to be at the gym and I have turned into a bit of a hermit. My want to blog has gone down, a shame seeing as it something I love to do. 

Right now, my idea of bliss is to curl up by the fire with Bella dog and do a great deal of nothing. Maybe next month I will get a few days to do this, something that I have realised is that I am simply no good at relaxing. My mental to do list is always whirring and I can't sit and do nothing for very long at all.

 The need to have my own space is getting stronger and I have made the decision to start saving up to move out. However this is a minefield as I purely don't want to live on my own and I don't have close friends in a position to move out. Living with strangers doesn't seem like a good compromise either. Any help or advice would be appreciated.

I think I have a lot of big decisions to make, I just need to take the time to sit down and make them. For now though, I am going to go and get my hair cut- a traumatic event in itself.


Thursday, 11 October 2012

meet your miracle maker- bridge the ridge.

Bridge the Ridge- Save the Nail. 7.50 Boots.
Ladies (and gentlemen) you need to buy this. 

I have the worst nails, they peel and crack all the time. They're so weak that as soon as they grow, they bend and break. I have huge ridges around the top where they keep peeling and quite frankly they're a mess. I put this down to poor diet and years of biting (although I don't anymore). 

 Last month, my mum bought this lovely little bottle of glory, I tried it once and havent looked back since. It works as a filler, giving the nail surface a nice smooth finish. It also temporarity seals any splits or peeling nail, this means that a broken nail doesn't mean that you have to cut it off- or a peel won't end up travelling towards the nail bed. 

Another brilliant benefit, is that it keeps your nail varnish on for days without chipping. This is an absolute revolution, as I used to repaint my nails every other day. Now I can leave them for around 4 days... I usually only end up taking polish off because I want to move on to the next colour- not because they look a mess. 

The formula is ultra quick drying, only requires one coat and is quite thin- making it easy to apply. Worn on it's own, it helps to protect the nail and give it a nice shine. With colour on top it is hardwearing with a smooth finish. 

Needless to say, I have now purchased my own bottle (instead of borrowing my poor mums) and am incredibly glad we found it!

It can be bought in all major boots stores, but unfortunately isn't on the website!

What do you think, would you give this a go? Do you have a miracle nail product to share?


Monday, 8 October 2012

Success- a mission to complete.

Sourced from Tumblr.

 One thing that is really awful at the moment is the sheer amount of unemployed, clever people that this country has to offer. Our generation was heavily hit by the recession, migration,experienced workers returning to the market following redundancy, the battle between experience and degrees and standards for entry level jobs rising. The question is put forward time and time again 'you need experience to get a job, you can't get the experience without getting a job... so what the hell do we do?'. You either go into work at 18 and try your damnest to get a job in order to get the experience whilst those in your year are studying. Or you go for a degree and come out of it with some bar work as experience but generally not much else. 

It is fucking tough to get a decent job, but it is do-able. 
  • Create your own luck. 
  • believe in yourself like noone could ever imagine.
  • Smile! A positive attitude goes such a long way. 
  • Be patient.
  • Be brave and get your face out there.
  • Go out into the big bad world on your own.
  • Take the time to sit and map out the steps to get where you want to be. 
  • Always have the next move in life planned. 
  • Be strategic- always bare in mind the bigger picture.
  • Remember everyone starts at the bottom.
  • Treat every job (EVERY job) as if it was your dream job.
  • Ensure to collect references from previous employers (even work experience).
  • Don't expect anyone to hold your hand, or hand you life on a plate. 
  • Don't go into the world expecting everyone to be against you either. 
  • Take every opportunity, temporary or voluntary work is essential.
  • Be proud of how far you've come. 
  • Never downplay a previous job. So many essential skills are learnt in minimum wage jobs. 
  • Research, research, research. Always know as much as you can about every company you talk to- you never know what they will ask you.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for an interview. 
  • Think about where your interests and skills lie- then go for any job that is even remotely linked to it. 
  • Take advantage on the services provided for young people (be it through graduate schemes or advice companies).
  • if you are still studying, your university can help you find work placements that will give you the edge over the rest.
  • Constantly review and rewrite your CV. Every bit of experience could be the vital difference. 
 I have come really far in the last year, but if you ask me how I did it, I would probably look at you blankly 'er... it just sort of happened'. Well it didn't just sort of happen, I've worked really fucking hard. I believe that our generation can succeed, we are clever and we are privelaged- so lets get out there and lets make our mark. 

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Nars Foreplay Palette

L-R Gold Highlighter, Orgasm, pink matte blush, peach matte blush
Last Friday, as a treat for completing my essay I allowed myself to buy something outragiously expensive for my face. I had been perusing all the usual online makeup haunts and had a list the length of my arm of potential buys. To me, I think if you want it all... then your dream item isn't in your basket. So I kept looking... and then I went onto Nars. Dream item... found. 

I have been coveting the Foreplay palette since early rumours of its release began to circulate in the USA, over the summer I tried to get my hands on it as my stepmum lived there and regularly went to Sephora on my behalf. She tried to no luck. I could easily have cried forever and I accepted there was a very good chance I wasn't ever going to own it. My jaw literally dropped when I saw it on the Nars website last week and I knew it was the one, tonight it is sitting in my lap- no other beauty purchase has felt this good. 

Now on to the product. It is based around the Orgasm blush, which is incredibly famous and an absolute cult classic. I adore Orgasm, it is my go-to blusher. I wear it ever single day, no matter where I am going or what I am doing, it is just so versatile. The pink and peach undertones means that it matches so many skin types and the gentle gold glow really does perk up your complexion. I could bang on about how much I love Orgasm all night. It is just.. the best. 

So a whole palette based around Orgasm is literally the best idea EVER. When you line the colours up (see swatches above) you can see how it has been deconstructed. There is a very bright pink and a reddy peach- these are the two undertone colours. The bright gold is that gorgeous shimmer that sets Orgasm apart. 

The colours are.... incredibly intense. I swatched with my usual heavy handed approach to putting on blusher and well... I scared myself a little bit. Note to self, be gentle or your cheeks will be scarlet. So light handed approach taken and I adore them. I slightly prefer the peach, but maybe that is because the pink is so intense I haven't worked out how to use it to its full potential.

I have found the gold is very versatile, a little sweep over the whole area gives it the Orgasm vibe, concentrated on your cheek and brow bones and it can be a great highlighter, use a hard angle brush to turn it into liner or use it as part of your eyeshadow. Incredible. 

Plus it has a brilliant slutty name.

Foreplay can be bought at Nars for 39.50. 


Monday, 1 October 2012

Getting soapy. How I clean my makeup brushes.

Everyone who has ever met me will know that I love makeup, to the point of beyond slight obsession and into scary territory. It's all well and good having great makeup that suits your skin tone, but it is also important to have good tools to apply it. 
With great brushes comes great responsibility. If you don't wash them, you will be kicking yourself in the head (metaphorically) again and again. Basically, your brushes pick up dirt oil and bacteria, like a babies sticky lolly on the car floor. You wouldnt stick the lolly back in babies mouth, so keep your brushes in a cup & wash them every week. Your makeup will last longer, look better, you'll have less breakouts and prolong their life. 

On a weekly basis I give them the following deep clean: 

Firstly, you need to start with a sink of clean soapy lukewarm water. You use hot water, your brushes die. fact. (honestly, the glue will weaken and they will shed everywhere). I use a couple of pumps of handsoap, and you're ready to go. 

Next... just chuck all your brushes in. Don't be precious about it, just get them in there to have a good soak. This will help to soften any dried makeup, making the actually cleaning part easier!

Next, I just put a blob of hand soap (this one is orange and ginger, yum!) into the palm of my hand and just buff the brush into it, once I think most of the makeup is out... I rinse it under the cold tap. Rinse and repeat if needed. 

 Instead of handsoap you can buy special brush soap or use baby shampoo. If you have very sensitive skin then I would reccommend using one of these options. If, like me, your skin isn't very fussy... then handsoap does the job perfectly (and everyone has soap in their house).

Once they're clean, I lie them on a clean flannel where they stay until they are dry. Synthetic brushes dry in about 12 hours, natural brushes dry in 24. It is important to wait until they are dry or you will ruin your lovely powders.

Your water shouldn't get dirtier that this. If it does, CHANGE YOUR WATER. please.

This is my standard look once finished!!! So wear something you don't mind getting covered in makeupy water.

On a daily basis I give them a quick clean using this bare minerals quick change spray: 

 I simply spray onto a clean cotton wool pad and then buff the brush straight into it. It cleans the product off really quickly and dried instantly so you can use the brush again straight away. For only eight quid, this is a definite must buy.

Is brush cleanliness important to you?