Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks

Recently, I decided to treat myself to one of the new Urban Decay Vice lipsticks and I picked up the shade Backtalk which is a gorgeous mauve pink shade that is definitely a 'my lips but much better' shade. It's a comfort matte which I really like as it has a matte finish but it's not drying to the lips.

Due to me buying this and my mum buying a couple of other items we also got a little booklet of samples from the other shades in the collection. They are separated into pinks, reds and nudes and I decided I'd swatch them all for you so you can see the shades available and what they look like on pasty white skin such as mine. It isn't great for me, however, as swatching them has made me add about 20 different shades to my wishlist and my bank account doesn't appreciate that.

Conspiracy - metallized bronze shade with plum tones
Naked - cream nude/pink shade
Rapture - cream pink shade with more mauve tones
Backtalk - comfort matte shade with pink/mauve tones (this is the one I purchased)
Amulet - metallized bronze with nudes tones that Conspiracy
Stark Naked - comfort matte with nude tones that will suit warmer skin tones than my own
ZZ - cream shade with very pink tones
Gubby - metallized shade with light peachy tones

Seismic - sheer shimmer plum shade
Menace - comfort matte shade that is a very bright pink with blue undertones
Pandemonium - mega matte shade in a vibrant purple
Big Bang - metallized pink which is very sheer and contains glitter particles
Jilted - cream pink shade that has red undertones and appears more red on my skin
Sheer Anarchy - sheer pink shade
Firebird - cream fuschia shade, similar to Menace but different finish
Psycho - comfort matte pink shade that isn't too bright with redder tones and glitter flecks

Rock Steady - cream shade with pink undertones 
Disturbed - comfort matte in a true red berry shade
Manic - cream peach shade with darker tones
Blackmail - comfort matte shade which is more plum than Disturbed
Gash - cream red shade which leans darker on my skin
EZ - cream red shade with orange undertones 
714 - mega matte shade which is a true red
Snitch - sheer peachy shade that leans towards coral 

I think this was a great little sample kit and with a good lip brush, you'll get a fair few uses out of the little pots. I love matte shades, but I have warmed towards ZZ which is unlike any shade I own but I can imagine it'll be a great pink for summer time and to take into next year's spring. I own a few shades like Disturbed which is a more berry dark red, but I don't own any like Blackmail which is more purple and something I want in my collection.

These are just 24 of the shades from the Vice collection which boasts over 100 different shades. For £15 each they are more than I usually spend on a lipstick, but the same price as a Mac lipstick and personally, I like the shade range more on these. I don't personally buy Mac and I'm trying to buy more cruelty-free brands and Urban Decay are actually cruelty-free (although owned by a company that aren't cruelty-free) so I do feel a bit better buying their products than I do Mac. I love Backtalk, the shade which I bought and it's so wearable and comfortable. If you're looking to splurge on a lippy, I'd seriously suggest checking these out! Find them here for £15 or through Debenhams or Feel Unique.

Which shade is your favourite?

Til' next time! XOXO

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

June Disney Wishlist

I haven't looked on the Disney website in a while but with the new Summer season and the release of Alice Through The Looking Glass, there are some great finds on there. I love the adorable ice cream range that they've brought out especially the tsum tsum lunchbox which I desperately want to take my lunch into work. The Winne the Pooh bag would be great for my holidays coming up as a beach bag or possibly for shopping. I really like the Ariel mirror even though I'm pretty sure I'm too old to have something like that in my room and it's probably designed for children who have much smaller heads than mine. 

I am completely in love the with Mad Hatter necklace and it's so colourful with lots of little hatter charms on there. It's got enough charms that you know it's a Disney necklace but the design is so nice on it that it's wearable in day to day life, which is why I love it so much!

Which is your favourite? Have you seen the new Alice in Wonderland film yet? 

Til' next time! XOXO

Monday, 13 June 2016

Summer Goals

I sometimes do a monthly goals post but I ended up feeling pants when I didn't meet them and so thought a "seasonal" goal might be easier to achieve as I have more time to do it and plus, who doesn't love Summer? Summer for me this year is shaping up to be a good one. I go to Ibiza in July with my girls and then have loads of little trips away planned such as a spa weekend with my momma bear and shopping trips.

I live in Sheffield, but my mum has moved away to Reading for work so she lives down there five days a week and comes home at the weekend. Reading is far from Sheffield at about 3 and a half hours to get there so it doesn't make sense for me to go and see her every weekend and she does sometimes stay down there if she has a lot of work on or is really tired. I really want to go visit her down there and we're planning on spending a long weekend there and doing an overnight trip to Brighton which I'm very excited about, Brighton is somewhere I've always wanted to visit. She's also allowing me and my friends to use her flat when she comes home so we can go down there and maybe go to Thorpe Park or have a night out in London.

Make The Most Of It
I'm 21 this year and after that, I feel like I should be more responsible with my money. So, while I'm still 20 I'm going to live like every week is my last and spend my money like it's going out of style. I'm very very lucky to live at home and not pay board and so the only responsibilities I have are towards my job and my car, plus my doggies and bunnies.

I have quite a bit of disposable income and while it would be smart to put that towards my future, I don't want to. Instead I'm going to spend it on travelling and clothes and makeup and drinking and dancing, all the things I want to do. I have no attachments and I'm fully aware that I need to take advantage of it before life smacks me in the face.

Be Better With Suncream
This might seem like an odd summer goal but I'm ginger and I burn. I recently went to Portugal for 4 days and it was around 26 degrees, which isn't amazingly hot, but I still burnt really badly and that was with factor 30 on! I want to try and avoid burning where I can, wear factor 50 and sit in the shade if I feel like I'm burning.

I do think some people get so focused on tanning and it can be harmful. I just need to accept that I'm ginger through and through and the only tan I will ever have is out of a bottle.

Get Organised
I have a problem that when I go on holiday I just shove 80% of my holiday clothes in my suitcase and hope for the best. Then I'll get to the destination and realise I have no outfit choices and nothing to wear. It's my own fault really, but I want to plan my packing more so that I know what I'm wearing and take an appropriate amount of clothing instead of overpacking but still having no clothes.

Plus, this year for Ibiza, 3 of us are sharing a case to save money and so I need to make sure I plan out as I don't have that much room. Same with toiletries, instead of all buying a shampoo, a shower gel, blah blah, we need to organise who takes what so we have enough but it doesn't weigh us down. I will plan these things!

Stay In Love With The Gym
I have been loving the gym lately. I go around 4 times a week and do an hour at least each time. Currently, I do Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday which gives me 3 days off but also means that I'm going enough to make a difference. I think if I went too much I'd end up tiring myself out and probably hurting myself cause I am clumsy AF!

I think as well as actually loving the classes and the instructors I am really enjoying seeing the difference it is making to my body. I feel stronger, more toned and just healthier. I know you hear this a lot but exercise really does make me feel better, must be the endorphins! I hope I keep it up and continue to see a difference.

Make More Time For Me
At the moment, I am single and happy with very little stress in my life (contrary to what the spots on my face will tell you) and I think a lot of that is down to giving myself time to do what I want and relax. I can get stressed with work, family issues and yes my blogging can sometimes stress me out. It's not the end of the world if I miss a post here and there or if I do something wrong at work. If I feel myself getting to a level where I start getting anxious then I tell myself to go home, have a bubble bath and paint my nails or something. Yes, it's not revolutionary but sometimes it's what you need.

Sometimes I will spend all day in bed while it's sunny, watching Netflix instead of taking blog photos but who cares? I'm allowed time to do what I want and if I'm happy, that's all that matters right? I have a selfish theme this year but I don't care. I enjoy being selfish sometimes and I sure as hell deserve to be selfish when it comes to my happiness.

These are just some of my summer goals. I could go on all day about things I want to do this summer, but these are my core focuses. I am happy at the moment and although my blogging has been a bit crap lately, which I can admit too, I do hope to make more of an effort with it.

I am doing a bit of a spending ban with makeup as I save up for Ibiza, so it can hard to come up with content for a beauty blog when you're not buying beauty items! You guys will just have to cope with my witty commentary on my very boring life. What are your goals this summer?

Til' next time! XOXO

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

June Candle Belle #MEGAMELTBOX

It only feels like it was two minutes ago that I was writing May's #MEGAMELTBOX post, but that might not be just down to the year zooming by but my laziness of going to pick up packages from the Post Office. You know what I mean, though, why does the Post Office depot have to close so early?!

Although Candle Belle have swiftly become my new favourite wax melt company, I do think I'm going to cancel my subscription. It is not anything that Candle Belle have done, it's just because the sheer amount of wax melts I have racked up is quicker than I can go through them when I get a fresh batch of 9 a month. I blame Candle Belle because their scents are that long lasting that I can put a melt into a burner and it will last for days and the size of the melts is so big that I cut them into chunks of four and so last even longer.

That being said, the scents are once again amazing. My only niggle ever is that they manage to put a cinnamon scent in EVERY MONTH and y'all know I hate me some cinnamon, but I do get that there are some weirdos out there that actually like the smell of cinnamon. Maybe I'm the weirdo...

Bed of Roses - Be transported to an English rose garden without leaving your home. This complex, yet delicate floral fragrance will fill any space with the truest fresh cut rose aroma on the market today.
I am really not a fan of rose scents and this is just rose on rose on rose. It's very strong too, which is good for a floral scent as they can be quite subtle. So, for rose fans, I think this is a great option as the scent is really strong and exactly what you want in a rose scent.

Sunshine and Shiraz - This is a smooth, full-bodied blend of rich sweet fruit; red grape and oak notes with a crisp citrus peel. All set against a backdrop of greenery and rounded off with warm woody tones and golden sunshine.
Shiraz is a grape which is used mainly to produce red wine and this scent reminds me of drinking sangria on holiday. It's very sweet and smells exactly like sangria.

Flashdance - This exciting parfum based scent is a blend of pomegranate, persimmon, green notes, black orchid, lotus blossom, liquid amber, mahogany wood, black violet and cream orchid. A powerful, girly, party fragrance.
I didn't know what to expect when they described this is a girly, party fragrance but it really does envision that. Not really the sweaty smells of a nightclub, but more reminiscent of getting ready with your girls before a night out. All the collective perfumes and hairspray in one wax melt.

Hot Cinnamon - Pungent, powerful and true cinnamon which will fill any space with warmth. This scent is a perfect rendition of the soft, chewy cinnamon sweets with the hard shell and red hot flavour.
I told you there's always one and this one is just pure cinnamon. Obviously, I hate it.

Strawberry and Rhubarb - An unlikely match made in heaven. Strong, true strawberry top notes combine with sweet rhubarb middle notes, all set against a fresh, clean backdrop of light spice and sugar cane.
This is really nice, I really love rhubarb scents but the strawberry is more overpowering in this one. It's very very sweet and doesn't smell as authentic as their scents usually do, but it's still nice and I can imagine it being strong when burning.

Cookie Dough - The strong, mouth-watering scent of freshly baked sugar cookies, buttercream frosting and true vanilla. This has to be the best cookie dough scent around; truly scrumptious.
I didn't think I'd like this one as I'm not usually a bakery scent fan, but this is so nice and smells exactly like cookie dough. They've got the level of sweetness spot on so that it's not too sickly or fake smelling.

Loco Coco Lime - Tropical with a twist. This exotic fragrance is a refreshing blend of coconut, lime blossom and lemon verbena, with middle notes of tangerine, pineapple and jasmine.
I don't think you can go wrong with a lime scent and this is no different. It's tangy, sweet and very refreshing.

Blueberry Cheesecake - A scent sure to make your mouth water. Sweet, yummy decadence created by top notes of Tahitian vanilla, rich creamy butter and ripe, juicy blueberries, all on a crushed biscuit base.
Again, I'm not usually a fan of bakery scents and I like this one a lot less than the cookie dough as the blueberry scent in it is quite fake smelling and a bit too unauthentic. Usually, they are really good with authentic scents but I think they missed the bar with this one. The butter, vanilla and biscuits come through quite strongly which I think saves it slightly.

Wedding Day - This fragrance is complex, yet delicate, with top notes of pear and apricot, middle notes of rose, orchid and bird of paradise, and undertones of fresh ivy, sandalwood and musk.
I agree when they say this fragrance is complex but it's nice and refreshing and I suppose everything you envisage a wedding day to be. I like it, it's quite a calm and relaxing scent.

As always, I'm happy with the fragrances from Candle Belle although there have been a few misses for me this month. As I mentioned, I think I am going to cancel just because I have too many wax melts and when I do need to restock I can pick a few of the fragrances. I have my eye on like Parma Violets and Twisting Peppermint.

If you're new to wax melts and don't know what kind of fragrance you like, this box is ideal as they include a wide range of fragrances that you're definitely sure to find one you like. The #MEGAMELTBOX is £11 a month and a great bargain. The company is also lovely and they put little sweets in your package every month. It's little things like that, that makes me want to keep purchasing from small businesses as their customer service and attention to detail always astounds me. What's your favourite candle scent?

Til' next time! XOXO

Monday, 6 June 2016

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream First Impressions

Wanting to try a new beauty product and being on a spending ban is literally like have an angel and devil on each shoulder. One part of me knows that I should try it, I mean I can write about it on my blog but the other part of me knows that I can wait a few more months to try it. But, as usual, the devil won out and I ended up purchasing two of the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams. These have become readily available in the UK and you get them from the likes of Boots, ASOS and Feel Unique for £5.50 each. I bought mine from ASOS when they were doing 20% off for students, but they didn't have many shades and so I took a chance and went with two brighter colours. When I get nudes I want to be able to swatch them to see which shade will go better with my skin tone.

The two shades I ended up getting were Prague and Morocco. Prague is a deep berry pink and goes onto the lips a little bit darker than it looks in the tube. Morocco is a bright orange red and I didn't know whether this one would be patchy or match my skin colour, but it's absolutely beautiful and I'm so glad I got it.

All of the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams have a very sweet smell, like vanilla cupcake batter but if you're sensitive to smell this soon settles down and they are quite odourless once dry. The formula is unlike anything I've ever tried, it's so smooth and mousse-like when you apply which makes it easy to put on and then it settles down into a matte lip which is not drying or harsh on the lips. This makes them great for people who want a long lasting lip colour but suffer from dry and cracked lips.

 While I do like both of them, Morocco is my favourite of the two I bought. I feel like with Prague you definitely have to have a lip liner with it because it can bleed and it doesn't last as long as Morocco. Once Morocco is on, it will last for hours! I have worn both of these on a night out and found that once you've reapplied a few times that they do get a bit flaky. But, that might have just been because I can't apply lipstick after a vodka too many.

Morocco is such a perfect summer shade and I think perfect for all skin types. It made my teeth look so white and didn't wash out my pale skin or clash with my red hair. Prague again is very wearable and perfect for the warmer weather if you're after a darker lip but don't want to go full vampy. I am so happy with these and they're my favourite lip products of the moment. I can't wait to go to swatch some of the other shades. I already have my eye on Stockholm and for £5.50 each, they aren't exactly breaking the bank. Find them at Boots, ASOS and Feel Unique!

P.S One thing I will say, if you're going from swatches online, ASOS swatches are so much lighter than what the shades are like in real life so I wouldn't use them for reference. Feel Unique are the much more accurate ones.

Til' next time! XOXO

Friday, 27 May 2016

TV Shows I've Been Binge Watching

I am a notorious binge watcher and I won't even try to deny it. With a Smart TV that provides me with access to Now TV and Netflix at the click of a button, there is so much for me to choose from. Now, I've recently come to the end of Grey's Anatomy *sob* and so I needed something to catch my attention and rather than being able to find a good series with 250 episodes like my beloved Grey's, I've been flickering through an assortment of shows that have 2 or 3 seasons. It's great because I can switch my attention between a few, but also heartbreaking when you get to the end and know you haven't got any more to watch.

Jane The VirginA young, devout Catholic woman discovers that she was accidentally artificially inseminated.
I saw this being advertised on E4 ages ago and refused to watch it because it looked so cheesy and horrible. But, when I saw the first season on Netflix I decided to watch it for a bit of easy bathtime watching (yes I watch tv in the bath, don't judge) and I got utterly obsessed with it. It's easy and funny and the characters are so likeable. Although the plot is outrageously unbelievable, it's fun and you get sucked into it. I'm gutted that there's only 1 season on Netflix, but I know that season 2 is currently airing on E4.

Chicago FireThe story of firefighters in Chicago, both on a personal and professional level.
This is set in Firehouse 51 and follows the story of a group of firefighters and paramedics through their professional lives where they are saving people and putting out fires. But, it also shows their personal life which is both funny at times and dramatic. Plus, there are a lot of hot hot hot firemen, so what's not to love?

Peaky BlindersA gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.
The first two seasons of this are on Netflix, but there are only 6 episodes in each season so it's a short series to watch. This I did find a bit hard to get into, but the fact that Tom Hardy is in season 2 spurred me on. There's a lot of swearing, violence and sex in this so not for everybody but it's really interesting to watch and I've really got sucked into the world of the Peaky Blinders.

Penny DreadfulExplorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein, and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.
This is the most recent one that I have started and it's the hardest to get into and follow. There are a lot of supernatural things in this such as witches, werewolves, vampires, etc and they are some of my favourite things to watch but this programme is quite complicated and there is a lot going on which made it hard to get into at first. It's centred mainly around Vannessa Ives and Sir Malcolm who are trying to hunt down Sir Malcolm's daughter who has been taken by vampires (I think, still unsure) and they encounter things along the way. But, it's also about Ethan Chandler who they enlist to help them and Frankenstein who is their doctor but also trying to bring people back to life. So, there's a lot going on. There's also Dorian Gray thrown in there who is an odd character indeed and likes to have sex with everyone. If you want to watch a programme that requires you to pay attention, this is it.

Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtA woman is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City.
Season 2 has just been added to Netflix and I think I watched it all in a day. It's so light and carefree and I love all of the characters, especially Tituss. It's silly, so maybe not for everyone, but there are a lot of laugh out moments. It's a perfect pick me up when you need a show to make you feel better.

These are all the shows I've currently binge watched, and when I say binge watched I mean watching until I have finished every episode in like 2 days. Not all of them are easy watches, but if you feel you've run the Netflix train into the ground I'd suggest these! Have you seen any of these? What's your favourite show to binge watch?

Til' next time! XOXO

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Book Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Something is out there . . .

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person are driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat blindfolded with nothing to rely on but Malorie's wits and the children's trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?

Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motley group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?

I love horror books, but when I first started reading this one for some reason I gave up after a couple of pages and then didn't go back to it for months. When I did eventually pick it back up I couldn't put it back down again and finished it in a couple of days. 

Based in America, it's a kind of post-apocalyptic book that goes from present day to the past with each chapter showing Malorie's journey from the start to the finish. This managed to keep the book fast paced and interesting as you saw the destruction of the world and the people in it. Malorie is an odd character that I couldn't like in the book, but then I don't think she was made to be liked. 

At the beginning of the book, Malorie finds out she's pregnant and people start dying all over the world because of something they've seen. Soon, people start blindfolding themselves and we follow Malorie along her pregnancy as the world fights against the things outside that they cannot look at. In the future, Malorie is alone with her two young children and has decided to escape from her house and to a better place but she can't open her eyes to get there. I found the prospect of there being something you couldn't look at a lot more terrifying than aliens or monsters that go bump in the night. The sheer fact of not knowing what it was but knowing what it could do to people, or not being able to know if it was inches away from you sent a shiver up my spine. 

There wasn't any need for graphic detail or gore, although there were some, this idea in itself was enough to make me not want to open my eyes when I went to sleep after reading this. It's fast-paced and easy to read and the story is interesting throughout. For once, I wasn't disappointed with the ending and was constantly kept guessing through the story. When the author wanted something fast paced I could actually feel my heartbeat pick up as the characters became more anxious. 

If you are a fan of horror then I would highly recommend this book. I'd give it 4/5 just because of my inability to bond with any of the characters. The plot itself is truly special and I think anyone who reads this will like it. Get Bird Box on Amazon for £8.18 paperback or £4.49 Kindle.

Til' next time! XOXO

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