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Happy New Year | OOTD

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope you all had a fabulous night last night, I know I did!

I’m so glad to put 2015 behind me and move into a fresh year, it needs to be a good one. As for New Year resolutions, I don’t really have any, I turned my life around quite a bit at the end of last year, so I guess I should just carry on from that. Maybe lay off the sugary foods a little bit, but definitely to not let people get me down. That is something I must carry over from last year. 2015 was tough on that front, around late November I decided to no longer be afraid of what a few people thought of me and what I was doing.  This really did make my life so much better.

So if I was going to have resolutions, it would to be stronger in myself and to not be tempted by sugary foods!

Anyhow, I mentioned in one of my Blogmas posts that I found an adorable dress for New Years Eve in Miss Selfridge’s sale. I promised that I would show you this later on and here it is!! I must apologise for the photo quality… I had had some wine previous to these being taken teehee…

I think this is such a pretty dress and falls so lovely! I watch the TV series Vikings and Lagertha has dresses in this style (minus the shiney bits and a little bit longer) so I must admit, I did feel a little bit like a shield warrior last night. It is very flattering and I absolutely love the neck line. It’s just the perfect party dress!

You can purchase the dress here… I got the size 8 petite!

Let me know what you think and what your party outfit and resolutions are…

Much love ❤

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Blogmas: Day twenty-two | Christmas nail polish

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I very rarely paint my nails, I have no idea why… I just don’t pay that much attention to my hands. I think it could be a little bit OCD too as I hate it when they chip, but don’t have the energy/time/motivation to keep on top of them. So they always end up looking a mess. On top of this I have contact lenses and so can never grow my nails too long as it freaks me out a little bit to have long nails so close to my eyes!

However, at this time of the year I do make the effort. I think painting your nails is a fun and funky way to add to your outfit.

Today, being quite festive, I decided to paint my nails Green and Red! What better colours to paint your nails at this time of year? I decided to paint all of my nails red except the one next to my pinky – which I painted green. I love this look. It’s something that little bit different, adds a little bit more dimension to your nails, however is just as easy as painting them all one colour.

To do this I used my red Revlon nail polish (this I have had for years and still hasn’t gone gloopy – I’m impressed!) And for the green colour was in the make China Glaze. This is a little bit more up market and seems to last quite a long time without chipping – which is perfect for me. I just think the shades go really well together and are very Christmasy!

Each polish has a little bit of a glittery effect to them too which is really cute and makes them that little bit more fancy for Christmas time.

Let me know what you think of my nails and if you have painted yours for Christmas too.

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Blogmas: Day twenty-one | Christmas Makeup Tutorial

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Hellooo everyone! Party season has arrived and I thought that I would post up a quick and easy makeup tutorial for you to follow.

Step 1 and 2

Start with a completely clean fresh face. I used Clinique’s rinse off foaming cleanser mousse which completely strips your face of all oils, dirt and makeup. It is amazing, I wouldn’t know what to do without it! Then apply moisturiser if you have dry skin. I didn’t do this as I mousturise at night and then my foundation is quite oily and so in the mornings it is my moisturiser substitute.

Once you have prepped your face, apply your foundation and concealer. I have no idea which way round these are supposed to go, so if you know the proper way of doing this please let me know! However, I tend to put on my foundation first and then concealer on top. Here I used Clinique’s even better makeup SPF 15 evens and corrects foundation in the colour 04 Cream Chamois, and Clinique’s airbrush concealer in the shade 04 Natural Fair.

Step 3 and 4

I don’t contour that much but I do apply a little bit of bronzer where the sun would naturally shine on my face. I brush it onto my cheekbones, my jaw line and the side of my nose – if you don’t have a fringe you can put it on the sides of your forehead just below your hair line. This just adds a little bit of dimension to your face and gives it a natural glow. I use No7’s Perfectly Bronzed Dual Bronzer. As it is dual, there is a highlighter in the pack too which I use down the center of my nose (and my T zone… it also sets my foundation quite well too), my cheeks and my chin. I then apply Natural Collection’s Rosey Glow blushed cheeks blusher. This is my skin done! Now onto the eyes…

I think for a Christmas look, the eyes need to be quite natural with the eyeshadow, but a lot of emphasis with the eyeliner. Here I used a light brown on my lid and then a darker brown in the crease, just like contouring this is to give my eye some more dimension. Underneath my eye I applied a thin line of light blue eyeshadow. The camera doesn’t pick it up too well but I think it really goes well with brown shades and really brings out my eyes.

Step 5 and 6

I quickly coloured in my eyebrows with Gosh’s long lasting eyebrow pen in the colour 001 Dark Brown and then went onto applying eyeliner to my eyes. On the top lid, I went for a thin line in the corner of my eye and then made it go wider the further it went out. I drew on my wings quite small for a softer look, however if you want more of an intense eye the make your wing flick out bigger. The eyeliner I used was Seventeen’s Lacquer Liner wet look finish in black. I then used Natural Collection’s pencil Eye Lines black eyeliner for my waterline. I went right into the corner of my eyes in order to really frame them. After this I used my Soap and Glory thick and fast mascara in black.

Then I finished with what I think is the piece of resistance of the look. Bright red lips. I used Maybelline’s Pleasure me Red lip liner and filled in the rest of my lips with their Pleasure me Red (547) lipstick.

I really like this look, especially around Christmas. I think the red lipstick makes it warm and gives it a festive feel.

Please let me know what you think of this turorial and if you’d like to see other posts like this on my blog! If you recreate the look please let me know in the comments below. x

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Blogmas: Day four | My top ten Christmas films

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Apparently it is bad luck to watch Christmas films until twelve days before Christmas. However, thisnis a superstition that I have only just heard in the past week and so I don’t think I’m going to let it stop me watching Christmas movies films until then.

To get you even more into the Christmassy mood, I’m going to recommend my top ten Christmas films for you to watch. Starting with number ten:

10. Nativity

This is one to watch with the family on a warm cosy night.

9. Polar Express

This reminds me of my nana so much! She loves it and so do I.

8. Love Actually

It’s a feel good kinda thing.

7. Home Alone

For me, this is Christmas.

6. The Grinch

Taylor Momsen, do I need to say anything else?

5. Elf

The best way to spread Christmas Cheer…..

4. The Muppet’s Christmas Carol

I just adore this film. The Muppets are amazing.

3. Miracle on 34th Street 

Instant Christmasy feels.

2. Annabelle’s wish

This just reminds me of being a child at Christmas. Happy vibes.

1. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

It has a lot of precious and special memories for me.

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Blogmas: Day two | Mika Memories

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I couldn’t not involve Mika in my Blogmas posts. He kind of comes out at this time of the year for me. I think it was around Christmas 2008 or possibly even earlier, my sister bought his DVD. On it was a documentary  of him and all of his songs and I think a live show of his – though I could be wrong there.

I think we must have played this DVD over and over and over again. Literally my mum and dad must have been going mad.

I’m really going to have to dig it out over Christmas sometime and watch it again – it has been too long.

But yes, he is like the Christmas songs of November for me. He is someone who allows me to get in the festive spirit without the bad luck curse. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to put him away throughout the rest December. Oh no… This year Mika is gonna stay a little bit longer than one month.

I think I’m a closet Mika fan and have been for quite some time… One year we got the chance to see him live in Manchester and he really doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He is such an amazing musician with a hell of a lot of energy. Not only this, he supports the underdog, and sings from his heart about a lot of experiences I can relate to.

I really want to see him come back and tour the UK in 2016 – one can only hope!

I’m just going to have to admit it now… I think I’m a little bit in love with Mika.

But shh don’t tell anyone. He’s still just my November soundtrack.

Take a listen to him now… He is great, and very handsome. Teehee (An early Christmas present to you).

P.s – I would like to dedicate this post to my sister, if it wasn’t for her that Christmas, I would not be dancing around my room to Mika right now x

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Bach Rescue Remedy | Review

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I don’t normally do health posts, so this is brand new to me, but I feel like I have to share my experience with this Bach Rescue Remedy.

I bought this rescue remedy before my driving test. It was my fifth attempt and I felt as though I needed something to help calm me down in order to get me through my exam. I started taking it a few days before to see if it  made me sleepy and to get it into my system. At this point of time I suffered no side effects and so decided it was fine to take on the day. Whether it was just a lucky day, or it was because I had taken this remedy, I passed my driving test with one minor.

I don’t know if this proves that they work… but I did feel a lot calmer and a lot less shaky. If it was the placebo effect then hey! Who cares? I got through my test.

I didn’t really use them after that. If I knew I had a few stressful shifts at work coming up I’d have some before I went out, but I’ve never really needed to take them.

Over the past few weeks a lot has happened in my life. I wont bore you with the details, but I’ve felt quite stressed, very over worked and just not myself.

So I decided to try this rescue remedy again to see if it would just take the edge off how I felt.

To be fair, it hasn’t really worked as much as I wanted it to, but it has calmed me down on a few occasions.

Then the other night I thought I would take some before bed to see if it would help me sleep. I will tell you now. Never do this.

I haven’t had such vivid, trippy nightmares in my life before. I’ve never done drugs and never intend to but I imagine this is how it feels to be high. I dreamt that I had traveled to a parallel universe and that I wasn’t wanted there. Everything had a hazy purple and blue tinge to it. I remember being in a glass tree house and my housemate was trying to murder me. Honestly it was the weirdest dream that felt so real it was just horrible. Then a really tall man was trying to send me ‘back’ – where to I have no idea. He told me I wasn’t wanted there and I had to say a chant to leave where ever I was. As soon as I’d finished saying the chant I woke up in bed, completely dripping head to toe in sweat and feeling adamant that I had been to another world.

It was such a strange experience and such a horrible nightmare that I do not want to ever have again.

After this had happened, I did a bit of research and found a few forums where people had experienced the same things. There are a lot of people who have said that they believed they ventured into different realities and woke up in their room feeling very disorientated and not really knowing what had happened.

I have only taken Rescue Remedy once before bed so I can’t say that these dreams happened because of this. However, I’ve never experienced anything like it in my life before and with other people feeling the same way after taking them,  I can only put it down to this.

I would not recommend taking these before bed, but in the day they seem to work.

Make of this what you will… and please let me know how my first ‘health’ review went! If any of you have experienced the same thing I would love to know… I am quite scared about taking them again.

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Grey Smokey Eye

Just a quick post tonight, but I had to share this look with you!

I am loving playing around with my eye shadows at the moment. Every day I try something new, whether or not it’s a brand new colour, or a brand new design, I don’t know why I’m doing this… it’s just fun!

I’ve never done this before where you only put eye shadow on the corner of your eye and the crease… but it seems to have worked out really well! I absolutely love this look – and may be trying it gain sometime…

I hate it when it goes so perfect that it never looks as good when you recreate the look, BUT! I will give it a shot…

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Let me know what you think of this look and if you’ve ever done something like this before too!

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Blue Smokey Eyes

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I have had so much trouble getting a picture of my eye makeup! You have no idea. My room at uni is really dark and so my camera isn’t that clear on picking out detail and colour… everything looks so bland. Anyway! I took these at Uni, their lighting is amazing and I can now show you what I have been LOVING at the minute!

I have been Netflix binging on Skins at the moment and noticed that the girls in there wear blue eye shadow quite a lot – especially Cassie. I’ve never really thought to wear blue eye shadow, but it looked so good and girly on them that I had to give it a go… And now I am obsessed.

The palette I used for this is the ‘Gold’ palette from Next. My friend got it me quite some time ago, and the blues have remained unused until now. I don’t think they still stock the exact Palette I have but you can recreate the look with this one HERE. Basically you just need a few different shades of blue and a whitey silvery colour.

I always apply my eye shadow with a brush now. Here I did one coat all over in the silvery colour to give the look a base, and then began to build up. I used a light blue on the center of my eyelid and blended it out to the corner gradually getting darker. This creates dimension to the eye. I then went in the crease with the dark blue to contour, and blended it up and out until there was a natural smokey effect.

Then to finish off the look, I got a dark purple and went under my eyes to outline them, before putting on my eyeliner and mascara. (I added my blue hat to bring them out more!)

Honestly, this is my first attempt at using blue eye shadow so it was all a bit of an experiment and me just messing around this morning. Let me know what you think of the look! I think it is quite pretty and will hopefully be using blue eye shadow again.

I would love to know if you use blues when doing your makeup and how you use them! I’m always open for trying new ideas 🙂

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Modeling with scars

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I’ve been doing a lot of online clothes browsing recently – I think it has helped me procrastinate a lot through the exam period but hasn’t been so kind to my bank account.

When looking at the models on these sites I’ve noticed that none of them have visible scars which made me think, do you actually have to be that perfect in order to become a model.

When growing up a part of me has always wanted to try the modeling life. Whether or not it’s the pretty clothes you get put in, or the glamorous hairstyles that get tried out on you, there is something very appealing about the modeling world. I know it’s not all as nice as it is made out, and there’s a lot of competition and stress placed on models these days, but still… it does look fun!

However, a big question is… if I ever made a go of becoming a model, would my scars be holding me back?

I’ve been doing a little bit of research and what I found is quite upsetting.

Many sites have said that having a scar doesn’t ruin your chances of becoming a model. This made me happy and gave me hope that the modelling world might not actually be as hard on  ‘perfection’ as people think it is.

However, I read on throughout these articles and these three key points were mentioned in each one:

 

1. Technology is so advanced that it is easy for scars to be edited out of pictures.

2. Make up artists do their best to hide your scars.

3. You could be dressed in something that doesn’t reveal your scars.

 

When reading these, I began to lose hope. To me these three statements are completely ridiculous, it seems as though the world has gone insane.

Having scars myself, it is safe to say they can make you feel vulnerable and insecure. So it makes me mad when the media makes out that having scars is a bad thing and they should be hidden or covered up. I know a lot of the attention is focused around on how slim a model should look. Just like size, a scar or two should not be made out to taint someone’s beauty.

We should see scars as adding dimension to a person, it gives them a history and a story. They should be celebrated not hidden or ‘edited’ away.

They’re a natural part of a human body and the modeling world should come to acknowledge this.

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Nomination | Versatile Blogger Award

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I have recently been nominated by fellow blogger, Nicole, for the Versatile Blogger Award. I had not heard about the award before so I did a little bit of research and I am now very humbled to have been nominated.  I would like to thank Nicole for nominating me and introducing me to such an award. Be sure to check out her blog here.

The rules are:

  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 blogs
  • Link your nominees’ blogs, and let them know

7 Facts About Me:

  •  My role model is Wonder Woman
  • My family are THE most important thing to me
  • I was a heart baby (still am ^.^)
  • I believe mustaches and beards are the best thing on a man
  • I never know what to do with my hair
  • I keep a journal with all my deepest darkest secrets
  • I tune into Planet Rock Radio at least once a day

I nominate:

Thanks again x

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