CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT WITH MAKEUP REVOLUTION

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I don't normally contour as I'm pretty heavy handed, meaning I slather on products and usually end up looking like I've been rolling around in mud. But I've piled on a bit of Christmas excess (or December excess) and as a result, my face has gone a little rounder - so instead of going to the gym, for now I'm trying contouring.

This contour, highlight  and bronzer kit from Makeup Revolution was a mere £3.50, and my rationale was that it wouldn't be a waste of dollar if I ended up looking like a swamp monster. But alas I did not! Teamed with the cheap and cheerful duo fibre brush from Primark, the contour shade applies really well and is the perfect 'medium' shade for all skin tones. It reminds me a little bit of Hoola by benefit and doesn't go streaky at all.

The bronzer is quite orangey but it works really well if I'm tanned to the max with my usual L'oreal Sublime Bronze, which does have a bit of an orange tint to it.

The only thing that isn't that impressive is the highlight, even with my heavy hands you can't really see a difference, and at this time of year I want to be shining bright like a diamonnnnd. The Makeup Revolution strobing highlight is far better in my opinion.

What are your favourite Makeup Revolution products?

THE LEATHER PINAFORE DRESS

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Leather pinafore dress in wine
Primark leather pinafore dress
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Dress: Primark
Top: Newlook

I'm undecided on this dress, I eyed it up at £10, considered it at £8, and grabbed it when it was reduced to a mere £5 in Primark. I'm unsure if it gives off an x rated vibe but I do like the colour.

I've sat down to type and don't really have a whole lot to say. My work 'Christmas do" was on Thursday and a ball was had - it was at this bizarre place called Bistro Live where they play all the classic organised fun dances and make you gyrate on top of the tables. Odd but not terrible.



BARRY M SATIN SUPER SLICK LIP PAINT - NUDITUDE


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Oh Barry M, how you confuse me with your product names/numbers. This lipstick only has the number 169 underneath, it's taken a lot of peeping on google to find out it's actually the Satin Super Slick lip paint in Nuditude.

I do like a Bazza lip paint though, they're a go to budget brand if you're after a lipstick that's both pigmented and really creamy - as much as matte lipsticks are becoming my faves, sometimes the weather isn't kind to my lips and a creamy finish is the only thing that'll hide the chapped mess on my face.

These lip paints are a steal at £4.49 and there's a pretty nice mauve shade in the range too that I was tempted to purchase. Regretting that I didn't now.

They're not the most long lasting of lipsticks, but I do find anything with a creamy formular to slide off quicker than others, but again, for £4.49 it's not really a problem and the rather nice 90s shade overshadows it anyway.

Are you a fan of Barry M?

A GREAT PAIR: SEVENTEEN LIP STAIN & RIMMEL LIP LINER

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Red lips, hats, and false eyelashes. All things I want to be able to pull off but haven't ever felt confident enough to before. BUT. Today I bought a hat. And yesterday I managed to glue on some false eyelashes without blinding myself. And I've found a red lip that works for me! Ish.

Also. My hair doesn't look like this anymore thankfully. Dye-saster.

So, Seventeen's Berry Crush Lip Stain and the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Call Me Crazy might not be the best of products alone. But together they create an oh-so-red festive explosion of brightness and I like it. I'm a really messy eater and most drinks end up around my face, so if I want to go for a bright lip then it's inevitable that it has to be a stain rather than something glossy.

The Seventeen Berry Crush lip stain can be a little drying, but it's double ended (ho hum) and has a rather nice lip balm on the other end. I'm not too sure on the name, at first I thought they were supposed to be scented but it doesn't seem to be the case - and I can't find the shade name on this product but it's the only red in the range.

The Exaggerate Lip Liner is slightly more orange toned but it gives that "oh look i've got depth to my lips" if it's used with the stain. And they stay in place forever. Like actual forever. You have to pretty much scrub at your lips to get it off, which for me is good thing.


ALL OF THE BOOTS ALL OF THE BOOTS


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Kudos to anyone who read the title in time with Kanye West's "All of the lights all of the lightttssss" because that's how my mind ticked away when writing it.

So I put all my favourite ankle boots into one place, and some of them are oh so affordable. I actually have the leopard print boots and kind of feel like I'm channeling Noel Fielding when I prance around in them paired with some black jeans  - "She goes to Marks for her bits, she don't do her main shop there. No one does."

I wear boots all year round so this isn't just a winter wishlist, I'd probs wear all of these in the summer AND on nights out out, especially those embroidered beauts.

Which are your favourites? Do you have a trusty go-to pair?


A White Crochet Smock Dress

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Dress: £12 Boohoo
Boots: Vagabond, similar here 

So my barnet no longer looks like this, my usual Schwarzkopf dye had sold out and I stupidly reached for an alternative. It turned my head orange. I rocked it (or attempted to) for a few weeks but I'm now back to my usual dark blonde and longing for extensions.

I think I tried to express my feelings for said hair disaster in the third photo...

Today has been a bit odd. I forgot I'd made plans to attend a pub quiz, drove last minute to the pub quiz, couldn't park, so drove away quizless. Then my friend told me they'd lost pretty badly which makes me think I'm the team's secret weapon, despite them not using my awesome quiz team names.

Quizzy Maguire, Quiz and Tyrone, Kenickie and Quizzo, Quiz McDonald. The list is endless.



Tightening Your Skin with Lasers Instead of Surgery


In earlier years, it wasn’t uncommon for individuals to turn to plastic surgery to correct signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin. However, today there are a variety of options to help rejuvenate the skin such as laser skin tightening treatments. This non-invasive procedure has a substantially shorter healing period and very few risks in comparison to plastic surgery.

Plastic Surgery vs Laser Skin Tightening Laser Skin Tightening
 is a method used to encourage a boosted collagen production by stimulating blood flow in your body. This process can be performed on nearly every area of your body, as your collagen production lowers over time you might notice sagging in normally firm areas such as your legs, arms, face, and other areas. Like a rubber band that has lost its spring over time, your skin will begin to lose its resistance and firmness as well. Collagen helps provide your skin with elasticity and its vibrant appearance, but unlike a rubber band you can refresh your skin and create a more youthful look with the use of several skin tightening methods available today.

Limited Results with Laser Skin Tightening
Laser skin tightening may be a more cost effective alternative to plastic surgery and a better option for those who don’t yet need such drastic means to combat the signs of aging; however, it can also have a limited effect in comparison. Before making an appointment for treatment with your board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist, be sure to discuss with them the potential results of this technique for your individual case. With laser skin tightening, there may be a limited amount of collagen production. This may not be ideal for someone who has undergone a severe change in appearance due to weight loss. The amount of collagen produced may not be enough to help correct or tighten the excess skin left behind. In these cases, your plastic surgeon may suggest cosmetic surgery options with you.

Laser Treatment Consultations
This method may be recommended for those with subtle wrinkles; still, the best way to find out if laser skin tightening is the right choice for you is to seek a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.

How a Laser Skin Tightening Appointment Goes

 Before deciding to undergo a skin tightening treatment with the use of cosmetic lasers, you should have an idea of what to expect from your scheduled procedure. Here is a basic run-down of a laser skin tightening procedure. Firstly, you should set aside at least two hours for your laser treatment appointment. While most treatments are no more than an hour, you want to account for prep time and arrive early enough to go over any last minute details with your plastic surgeon. You also want to be sure to set aside an ample budget. The cost may vary depending upon the location and provider that you have chosen. Your provider may have a surcharge depending upon the area being treated. You will be asked to arrive to your appointment with clean, dry skin. There can be no traces of perfumes, lotions, and creams applied to your skin. There may be technicians available to help you prep and apply a numbing solution to your skin. The numbing cream may be left to set for a short period and then rinsed of thoroughly. While you may not feel pain, you might still experience the sensation of heat and mild discomfort from the Cosmetic Laser Treatments used to heat your skin.

Your Final Decision about Skin Tightening

 When it comes to deciding between multiple skin tightening treatments, it is best to consult a board certified plastic surgeon. They can further assist you in your final decisions about which skin rejuvenation method is best suited for your case. While the end decision is solely up to you, your plastic surgeon or dermatologist can provide you with an individual assessment that better explains how each treatment is likely to affect you and the potential results it could have on your body. If there remains any doubt during your decision process, remember that you can always hold off undergoing any treatment until you have completely verified the references and background of your treatment provider. When you have made sure that you have chosen a reputable provider you can return to the idea of cosmetic skin rejuvenation. The clock is still ticking for your skin and every second you take to decide is crucial. Of course the younger you are, the more options you have; however, for those 50 an older, you may need to think about your cosmetic options a while longer than most as their associated risks may affect your health. Whether you decide to undergo plastic surgery or Cosmetic Laser Treatments, you can begin to reset the clock on your aging skin and have a more youthful appearance.

Autumn Winter Wishlist

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So I did a party dresses wishlist a while back. Now here's a bit of a mixture. I actually didn't go crazy in the Black Friday sales this year, in fact I didn't buy anything. Shock.

I'm trying to save to 1. Go back blonde. 2. Get hair extensions and 3. Spending money for Dubai.

So speaking of saving, and if you missed out on Black Friday like I did but now have shoppers remorse, there's a rather good website which puts ALL THE SALE items together in one place so you don't have to open a million different tabs for a million different stores. It's called love the sales and they're going to be great for Cyber Monday deals on the 28th.

Despite needing to save money for hair and holidays, I'll definitely be having a rummage! Did you manage to swipe any good deals?


Barry M That's How I Roll Mascara

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As soon as I saw this slightly gaudy packaging in Superrug it screamed "Roller Lash". But alas, this is Barry M's dupe of Benefit's oh so famous mascara.

So is it any good? The brush is. In fact the brush is pretty awesome. I've actually tried putting the brush in other mascaras and it makes a whole world of difference.

Product wise I'm a bit on the fence, I like how it looks in the snaps above but that was a bunch of coats and took a while to apply. I reckon it's because it's quite new, I'm usually a fan of mascaras once they've dried out a bit.

But. It made my lashes look long all day and there were no clumps at all. Plus the shape of the brush makes it great for bottom lashes, something I normally have issues with.

Have you tried That's How I Roll? What did you think?


A Self Portrait Azaelea Dupe

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There's a tonne of these Self Portrait Azaelea dupe dresses around and this one was a complete steal from boohoo for a mere £22! I rhyme.
It's linked above if you want to have a peruse for yourself, theres four colours to choose from and mine's 'Blush' in case anyone is desperate to know.

I'm not sure why my legs look SO INCREDIBLY PALE in these photos. Maybe because they are so incredibly pale in real life. And I only ever really fake tan my top half. Too much info?

In other news I finally finished Girl On The Train this week. I found it a bit...bland? The quote, "I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?" sprang to mind when I read it, as it left me feeling a bit bored and glad it was over. Obviously not the opinion of most considering how popular the book is.


Is it too early for a Christmas Related Post?


I do not know about you, but for me it seems that every year the Christmas season seems to start earlier. This year, is no exception. All of the big retailers are already advertising. Seeing it all got me thinking about what I needed to get done to be ready for the big day.
Present buying is right up there. It is one of the most time consuming seasonal tasks, so I like to get started early, so have been thinking about what to buy the men in my life. I know from chatting to my friends that buying for boyfriends, husbands, brothers, uncles and dads can be tricky, so I thought a piece on ‘gifts for men’ would be something you would all appreciate.
Gadgets
What man does not love a gadget? Most do, so they make a great gift, especially if they are hobby related.
Big boy’s toys
Toys also make good gifts. Most men want the latest game, or console. Drones and radio-controlled cars are also great fun, so are well worth considering too.
Knitwear
It is clear from the displays and adverts in the shops that men's jumpers are set to be a popular gift, this year. Most retailers are really pushing them. In fact, all types of knitwear, including old school beanie hat and scarf sets are everywhere in the shops. I am not sure why that is. Let’s hope it does not mean that we are in for a cold winter. Regardless, I know that anything that keeps the chill off makes a welcome gift, so someone on my list is definitely going to get a jumper.
Watches
A new watch is also a good gift, and there is plenty of choice. Smart watches are sought after, but they are expensive. For those on a tighter budget a new dress watch or one with health monitoring built in is a good alternative.
Underwear
Most men hate shopping for underwear, so that can be a good gift too. Obviously, it is not the sort of thing you buy your secret Santa. If you do decide to go down the underwear route, in that situation, it is probably best to stick with socks.
But, for your nearest and dearest, underwear is a great gift. It works really well as a stocking filler. Just be sure to hang onto the receipt. There really is nothing worse than wearing underwear that does not quite fit, so always give them the chance to change them if they want to.
Start your shopping early

If like me, you love a bargain I highly recommend shopping in the Black Friday sales. You get some of your Christmas shopping out of the way early, spread the cost, and pay less for your presents. Spreading present buying out in that way is also less stressful, so I have gotten into the habit of doing it every year. If you have not tried this way of shopping, yet I highly recommend that you do.

The £22 Primark Coat

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Coat: Primark
Jeans: Levis
Top: Primark

So this coat was £22. Twenty two pounds! Bargain. It's not the thickest of coats but shove a scarf and a wooly hat/fedora with it and you're winter ready. The fur is detachable too and it's nice to have options.

I do hope everyone is having a good weekend. Mine has been a complete non-weekend although I did purchase a new camera and some toilet roll. Wild. Oh and I saw someone in Sainsburys wearing a Von Dutch trucker hat and I thought I'd gone back in time to 2003. Remember those Jesus is my homeboy t shirts? Gross.


November Wish List: Party Dresses



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Every November I get excited about looking all fancy in a party dress, then I realise I haven't actually got anything planned where I can wear them. There's a bit of a theme going on with lace, sequins, and velvet this year (same as every year I guess) and I kind of want it all. Maybe I'll just get something to dance around my flat and do the house work in? Mrs Doubtfire Style.

That green sequin dress seems to make an appearance on my blog every Christmas, and every Christmas I wish I had a smaller stomach so I could fit into it. As of tomorrow there's a Slimming World esque club going on at work and I've joined, so who knows? Maybe I'll be adorned in sequins in 6 weeks time.....I say that as I tuck into a cadbury's Wispa.

There's also some really nice party dresses in Quiz at the moment, but I couldn't put them in this concoction of snaps as they didn't show a model wearing them  - aesthetics and everything...But I really like the embroidered dresses they have in, plus they've got a more affordable version of the Motel dress that I'm eyeing up.

Have you bought your out out clothes for Christmas yet?




New Hair! How I Style My Lob

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Not much to say on this one really. I got my hair cut because it was SO DEAD. Here's how I'm styling it!

Mac So Chaud Lipstick - Orange Is The New Red


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I want to be brave this winter and wear a red lip. I like them. But I fear I look a bit like the joker every time I attempt one.

Mac's So Chaud is more of a deep orange than a red, and I've found it looks way better when I keep my skin au natural and let the freckles do their thing. Saying that I reckon it'll also look great with a natural tan, it's just a wonderful little all-rounder.

The finish is matte, which in Mac terms isn't overly matte and I prefer it that way. The formula isn't drying at all and doesn't emphasise any wintery chapped lips, which is a win considering how darn cold it's been recently!

The colour lasts a rather long time and as with all matte lipsticks from Mac, it's smoother on the lips than Selasi from Bake Off listening to Trevor Nelson.

Have you tried So Chaud?

Matrix Total Results: So Long Damage Review


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When I had my hair dyed back blonde (before going back brown again, sigh), my hairdresser used Matrix hair colour and suggested I give one of the shampoo and conditioners a try as it might help my locks stay in an average condition.

I eagerly took to the internet, lookfantastic and feelunique both had offers on so I went with the "So Long Damage" because, well, my hair was damaged TF. At around £12 for both it's not the most expensive of hair cleaners, and Total Results is the more affordable range from Matrix so I wasn't expecting miracles.

Alas, miracles I did not get. A lovely smelling bottle of shampoo and conditioner later and my barnet is, if anything, worse than before. I had a bath yesterday and the amount of ends that were left taunting me when I emptied the water out was both saddening and a little frightening.

I'm not blaming the shampoo, I'm blaming my own stupidity for going brown, then having two sessions of full-head foils, then going back brown again. My hair hates me. It wants me to leave it alone. It doesn't want to live on my head anymore.

I just thought this might have made things the tiniest bit better. Sadly it didn't. But as I said, it did smell nice. But so does Aussie and you can get that a lot cheaper.

So I wouldn't really recommend the Matrix Total Results So Long Damage for anyone with damaged hair because, well, my locks still look rubbish. So much so that I'm attempting a lob.

In the meantime does anyone have any product suggestions that'll stop me from malting?!

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Ivory

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I bought this foundation a month or two ago after dying my hair as dark as night. Slight exaggeration but for days when I looked in the mirror I kept seeing Noel Fielding looking back at me. Which is why I then went blonde for two weeks (when these snaps were taken) before reverting back to brown yet again.

Because my hair has a reddish tint to it I thought I'd embrace my natural paleness and kick the fake tan to the curb. Obviously this meant I needed a new foundation. And obviously I'm all about budgeting so went for the Rimmel Match Perfection in Ivory, simply because I'd heard a tonne of good things about this foundation on a tonne of good blogs.

I'd read it was a light to medium coverage which is something I never normally go for, preferring instead to slather my face in high coverage gunk to cover my freckles. But this time I was a new woman. This time I was going to embrace my freckles. I am woman hear me roar...not too sure if that phrase was made with the feat of trying a new foundation in mind.

So yeah it's a light coverage and has a slight pinky undertone, another good thing for us paleys. It's a tad runny but applies really well with the Real Techniques buffing brush, although you might need a powder if your skin veers more on the oily side. It's kind of a better version of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, which I've found in the past to be too light a coverage. Plus at a mere £7.99 it's three whole pounds cheaper.

Overall it's a great budget foundation that'll cover discolouration and give you a more "put together" look, but freckles and moles will definitely peek through. If you're after something that'll make you look fresh faced and natural then this is deffs the one. Oh and it's SPF20. Wins.

Have you tried Match Perfection? What did you think?

Flat / Apartment Workspace: Where I Blog


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When I first moved into this flat I was all of a muddle trying to decide between a dining table (err for all those super cultured dinner parties I hold...) or a desk. Then I realised I can't cook, I don't like making food, and people don't generally come round for dinner, so a desk it was.

This was actually just a plank of wood I took home from work, shoved these table legs from Ikea onto it, and covered it in this sticky back plastic from B&Q. The whole thing cost just over a tenner and the million cups of tea I had to make my friend Caroline for helping me (doing all the work) whilst I watched.

The trolley, chair, photo frame, picture ledge, and fake greenary were also bought during the million visits to Ikea before I moved in - I consumed SO MANY meatballs during this time but also ended up getting a little colour scheme of pink, blue, and coral going on that started to take over the whole flat.

I realise my trolley looks a little empty, the plan is to eventually fill it with ALL THE  pretty stationary, I'm thinking hard backed notebooks and rose gold random items I probably don't need. The cushion and Kate Spade notebook were actually sent to me from the online site Rooi, which sells all sorts of homey items to make your abode pretty. I went for this chevron cushion mainly because if I sit in the same place for too long my bum REALLY hurts, I don't know why I chose green but it kind of works with the mish-mash of colours...I hope. The notebook is going to be the start of my plethora of beautiful stationary, which will never actually happen because my handwriting is atrocious and it tends to ruin all the nice pages.

So there's where I get my blog on! If I attempt to do anything on the sofa it ends up being a write off after 5 minutes thanks to Dinner Date, Ex on the Beach, Bakeoff, and other viewing gold. So usually I just play music and bop my head along as I'm writing away.

Changing the subject completely, today I did my firs ever mud run. It was muddy. And cold. And I swam in a lake and forgot my towel. But it was rather fun!

Morphe 12S Soul Of Summer Palette


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Morphe 12S Soul Of Summer Palette

Wowzers. I stumbled across this little palette of dreams whilst watching someone rave about it on Youtube. I'm all about the copper eyes at any time of year so I had a bit of a google and purchased straight away. This was about 3 months ago and I haven't worn any other eyeshadow since.

If you're partial to a shimmer then this is definitely for you, and despite being named "Soul of Summer", these shades are oh-so transitional into Autumn - especially the one's on the bottom row which aren't too dissimilar to Mac's Expensive Pink and Cranberry.

All of the shades are silky smooth and apply really well, with minimal fallout and no creasing. They stay put too, I can never be bothered to apply a primer but these seem to last the full day without smearing all over the place which is a win for me!

It's £11.95 from Beauty Bay but alas, it's currently out of stock. I think they have an option to be emailed once they get their mitts on more though.

Have you tried anything from Morphe?




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