Blogtober 2017/Comic Book Inspired Makeup, General, Health and Beauty

Blogtober – Comic Book Inspired Makeup – Day 2 – Wonder Woman!

If you haven’t seen Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman movie, with Gal Gadot fantastically filling the titular role, where have you been?! This is by far the best movie of the year, and is currently holding up the entire DCEU on it’s own (I’m praying that Justice League will at least be good!). As a movie about a strong female character, and directed by a strong woman, only one word can describe it for me; iconic. Don’t tell me the “No Man’s Land” scene, where Diana ignores every man telling her not to go up onto the battle field and does it anyway, didn’t invoke at least a little emotion from you. It was the first time I’d seen a female character look at a man telling her what to do and completely scorn his advice, and end up leading the men. The very first time a female character has not looked to men and asked “what do we do now?”. Yup, iconic is the perfect word.… Read More Blogtober – Comic Book Inspired Makeup – Day 2 – Wonder Woman!

Blogtober 2017/Comic Book Inspired Makeup, General, Health and Beauty

Blogtober – Comic Book Inspired Makeup – Day 1 – Batman!

I’m secretly a huge comic book nerd, right down to the reading. I’m a firm DC comics fan (soz Marvel, you’re cool too though!) and I decided a while ago that I wanted to start creating a few makeup looks based on characters from my favourite comics. I asked on Twitter what people thought, and I got an overwhelmingly positive response with more than 90% of 33 participants saying I should do one look every day in October. So I wrote my list and got started today!
The first look is based on a very iconic character – Batman. Everyone knows who Batman is – we grew up with the animated series and one incarnation of him on the silver screen (Ben Affleck is currently doing a pretty stellar job!). Batman was an obvious first choice for me – I’m a huge fan of the batfam in general and yes; every member will be featured in this series.… Read More Blogtober – Comic Book Inspired Makeup – Day 1 – Batman!

Health and Beauty, Subscription Boxes

Why I Cancelled my Birchbox Subscription

But I have decided that along with shelving the monthly subscription box posts, I’m also cancelling my Birchbox subscription. I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while, but when I received my July box and opened it up with an emotion of pure indifference I realised it wasn’t worth the monthly fee any more. I kept up until July to see what the Birthday Treat was (I’m guessing an extra sample, unless everyone else got 6 this month?), but I couldn’t get excited for the contents. Having a quick glance, I closed the box without really taking it in. I wasn’t disappointed, just underwhelmed. It was time to close my Birchbox account and kiss goodbye to that monthly gift.… Read More Why I Cancelled my Birchbox Subscription

Health and Beauty

The Tanning Diary: St. Moriz Fast Tan

Another day, another fake tanner. It seems all I’m testing right now are fake tans. I won a pile of them in a giveaway, and so I’ve been exploring the possibilities! I’m a big fan of tinted mousses, and I’ve had some great experiences with them (see my comparison of Skinny tan and Solait here). Toady, I reached for the last express/fast tan in my collection, the St/ Moriz Fast Tan!… Read More The Tanning Diary: St. Moriz Fast Tan

Health and Beauty, Subscription Boxes

June Birchbox: Daytrippin’

The beginning of the June has spun around quicker than I care for to be honest! Where is this year going and what do you mean I’m going to be 25 next month?!?! Whilst I’m busy simply trying to figure out time travel so I can be 21 again, my monthly subscription boxes arrived! This month’s summery Birchbox wasn’t a box at all, but a lovely little Birchbag instead!… Read More June Birchbox: Daytrippin’

Festivals 2017, Health and Beauty

Festivals 2017 – The ‘No Makeup’ Makeup Look

One of the biggest fashion looks I saw at Coachella was the boho look. I’m so happy it’s making a come back! Time for rustic, floral prints, loose fitting dresses, short denim shorts and loose, wavy hair. It’s all about naturalness. The “I woke up like this” vibe. As if you rolled out of bed, selected the first piece of crumpled up clothing from your floordrobe and waltzed out of the front door, glowing and glorious. Except in reality, it’s a carefully calculated look, pairing the right print with the right accessories and the right makeup. But in my opinion, the right makeup is the ‘No Makeup’ Makeup look.… Read More Festivals 2017 – The ‘No Makeup’ Makeup Look

Health and Beauty

Skincare Mistakes You Might Be Making

Walk into any beauty shop or pharmacy and there will be walls and displays filled with various skin care products, each one with a different promise to cure all of your facial ‘aliments’. But these things are designed to confuse you and to be sold. It’s easy to make mistakes when sorting out an adequate skin care routine. Not to mention bloggers (yes, we must hold some responsibility here) and beauty gurus are all pushing expensive, necessary products, despite having no professional experience or qualifications (but may be being paid to push a certain product). Now, I’m no dermatologist, but I do have some relatively advanced chemistry knowledge and have been in tune with my skin care since I was 11 years old. I know a few things. A few weeks back I watched a well known Youtuber’s video on her ‘Make Off Routine’ and was appalled by what I saw; her efforts were so bad for her skin. So I’ve developed this list of things you definitely should not do if you want healthy skin.… Read More Skincare Mistakes You Might Be Making

Health and Beauty

Review: Skinny Tan Express Mousse 1 Hour Tan

I’ve heard good things about Skinny Tan, but I also found some of their claims about their products a little outrageous. Enough fake tans will claim to give you a streak free finish only to leave you bitterly disappointed. This tanner claims to leave you with no orange colouration, and apparently contains natural ingredients which work with the skin, meaning you physically cannot streak it. It also apparently leaves no nasty smells. So I went in skeptical, but more than happy to put it to the test.… Read More Review: Skinny Tan Express Mousse 1 Hour Tan

Health and Beauty

Review: Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

I won a Twitter giveaway recently, and the prize was a bottle of the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. I’ve followed Too Faced for years, but have never either had the need or the money to buy any of their products. So I was suitably excited to give this product a whirl. The primer cost £27.00 and is a generous size, and is a little different to other primers I’ve used.… Read More Review: Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer