Wednesday, 27 July 2016

A Sweet Tooth for I Heart Chocolate Palettes

I came across Make-up Revolution quite my accident. Sure it had been on the fringes of my beauty purview for some time, but it was an afternoon swatching their lip velvets in Superdrug that first got me hooked. And when I'm in, I'm all in. They're known for creating great dupes of some of the best palettes on the market that have fantastic pigmentation with solid longevity. Though that wasn't what got me about the I Heart Chocolate Palettes. No. What got me in was that packaging. The beautiful beautiful packaging. Look, I've got a thing for novelty okay? Are you even the slightest bit surprised?


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Monday, 25 July 2016

The Graduate

To say I have a penchant for things that look like other things would be an understatement. Among this; bags that look like champagne bottles, shirts that looks like sailor suits and dresses, dresses that look like graduation gowns. I can't help it, I am a sucker for novelty.


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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Easy on the Eyes with Eyeko

Eyeko's make-up has a bit of a cult following. Not just mild enthusiasim, but full on feverent devotion. A favourite with make-up artists, celebrities and bloggers, it's one of those brands I've always approached with mild caution because nine times out of ten the hype is just that, hype. But I'm a sucker for eyeliner and with a near constant search for the perfect cateye, it was only a matter of time before I took the near lengendary make-up brand for a test drive.

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Better off the hanger

We're all guilty of it, or at least I certainly am. I frequently judge clothes by how they look on the hanger. Or their cut out on websites. And all too frequently it has me turn my nose up (figuratively) because it looks unflattering and ugly - in spite of the fact that's never stopped me before. In fact the less flattering and uglier the better. It's my M.O. This weird clothes bias obviously came back to haunt me when dresses of the past looked amazing on friends, acquaintances, strangers and I was left with non-buyers remorse. Because I judged a dress by how it looked on the hanger. But not anymore. I was ready to roll those dice and find those beauties that look best when worn. Hopefully. 

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Friday, 15 July 2016

Self Care Club

For all the times I've talked about depression on my blog, I've never written about it while experiencing a particularly bad patch. There was always an element of safety and distance that allows for a healthy amount of navel gazing, self reflection, growth and positivity.  Currently? Well those things couldn't feel further away. Over the last month I've suffered a relapse with all the signature hallmarks of my worst days. Panic attacks, suicidal ideation, crying fits, lack of energy, focus, mood swings, desire to self harm- you know, fun stuff.  Everything for a time just feels (and is) harder.

Which is why Self Care is so important. It's recognising those behaviours and taking care of yourself in small ways.  It's why when FestivalFashion.co.uk asked me to design a t-shirt to raise money for Young Minds - a charity focusing on mental health and welfare for children and teens -  I said yes. And yes, it was about promoting the charity and opening conversations but also it was a gentle reminder. It was time to join the Self Care Club.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

The Brows Have It

If eyes are the window to soul, then eyebrows are the frame of the face. There are few things that can have as dramatic an impact as a well-done brow. Whether you prefer a prim and polished arch or something fuller and more natural, eyebrows can transform a face far better than mastering a cat-eye flick. For Benefit it's the Year of The Brow. After all but taking over the mascara market  they've set their sights a little higher. Literally. After years of brow miss-steps including filling them in with eyeliner and shaving them (it's okay guys, I'm cringing too) my eyebrows have all but become an obsession. Frankly, I go outside without foundation before going without brows.  Without them my face feels a little, well, empty.

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Monday, 11 July 2016

Finding Neutral Ground for Sensible Sale Shopping

Sale shopping can bring out the worst in me. There's just something about a saving that has me itching to reach for my debit card and before I know it I've blown an unspeakable amount on things I most definitely don't need. I still remember the blush ruffle dress of 08 and the fingerless ox blood lace gloves of 2012. Needless to say, neither of these are in my wardrobe, having been cast off to friends, the sisterling or charity shops.  I have spent years using sales as a way to try on different fashion hats -  from Stevie Nicks lite to vintage pin up. In truth, I'm a low maintenance minimalist with maximalist aspirations. While I'm a big advocate of experimentation - and there's no better time to play about than in sale season - this year I decided to actually do a Sensible Shop. Y'know, by evaluating my wardrobe and everything.


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