19 June 2014

What's In My Make Up Bag: Glastonbury Edition

As I mentioned in a previous post I'm off to Glastonbury this year! It's my first festival and I could not be more excited! My cousin lives in Glastonbury and the school she works for is working Glasto to fund school projects so she managed to get me and a friend a job. Our wages go to the schools fundraising but as we aren't working the three main days and we get free entry I am so happy with it. There's quite a few people I can't wait to see but I'm most excited for The 1975 who I love at the moment.

As it's my first festival I'm not really sure about the whole make up situation but I do know its an excuse to use bright colours. As a girl that always sticks to brown eyes and neutral pink lips I can't wait to have a chance to switch it up. Due to the risk of loosing or ruining make up I made the tough choice to leave many of my high end favourites at home but I'll still take lots of high-street make up. After all I have to look good for the gorgeous Matt Healy!

For a base I chose Revlon Colour Stay in Buff. This is a little do dark for me but there's a heatwave forecast (fingers crossed!) so I'm hoping to tan. I chose this because it's a good medium coverage and long lasting. Underneath the foundation I'm going to be using the Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer to hopefully boost the longevity. To conceal there's no option other than  the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light. I completely forgot to photograph it but Rimmel Matte Perfection Powder in Transparent will be coming with me to keep the sweaty shine at bay.
Of course there's no way a summer look would be complete without tons of bronzer so I'm bringing my favourite pale bronzer, the Body Shop Honey Bronzer in Shade 2. For blush I'm taking this fake Mac Blush. I ordered it off depop knowing it's a fake for £3 because it's the most perfect pink coral with gold shimmer that will do a great job at replacing Nars Deepthroat. For highlight I had to break the no high end rule and bring Mac Cream Sheen in Pearl which has almost ran out. It's going to give a perfect summer glow to finish off my face make up.

Next I chose the eye make up to take. I'm keeping it summer simple with single eyeshadows and eyeliner. My Mum gave me an old shattered HelenE Eyeshadow in Peacock Blue. It's a gorgeous bright blue and I'm so excited to have a chance to wear it. To go with this I got an MUA Eyliner in Turquoise. As an alternative to blue I have a Sephora Waterproof Eye Pencil in Purple which is going to be great for lasting day to night. Of course there has to be glitter at a festival so I'm bringing a Sephora Glitter Liner in Purple too. Just in case I want a more done up look I can't resist taking the amazing Stila Felt Tip Liner in Black. It's such a dark black and lasts all day on my oily lids. For my lashes I'm taking and old pair of curlers and the L'oreal Milliion Volume Mascara. Finally for brows there's the Max Factor Brow Pencil in Hazel but I've just died my hair dark brown so I may have to replace it with a darker alternative.

Last but definitely not least is lips. As a beauty junkie I found it hard to chose only a few bits of make up to take and I especially struggled with lips. Eventually I decided on the Revlon Lip Butter in Sorbet as it's a cute bright pink to draw attention away from dark under eye circles. Then I went for a Topshop Lipstick in Ooh La La which I don't wear this anywhere near enough and it's a beautiful bright summer coral. My personal favourite is the Maybellline Baby Lips in Strike A Rose. It's a gorgeous pink coral colour that can be built up to be really bright or toned down for a subtle flush of colour.

Top Row L-R: Maybelline Strike A Rose, Revlon Sorbet, Topshop Oh La La, Body Shop Bronzer, Mac Blush, Mac Pearl
Bottom Row L-R: MUA Turquoise Liner, HelenE Peacock Eyeshadow, Sephora Purple Glitter Liner, Sephora Purple Eye Pencil, Stila Eyeliner
So that's all the make up I'm taking! I feel like I've done well at minimizing what I take but there's a good chance I'll be too hot, tired, hungover and grubby to use much of it. If you've been to a festival before I'd love to know any tips and your experience with make up there.

21 April 2014

Home Sweet Home Cafe

On Friday me and my friend Katie went to my favourite cafe in Manchester - Home Sweet Home! It's located in the Northern Quarter which has lots of cute quirky cafes.  Home Sweet Home is an American style cafe that serves delicious breakfasts,  lunch and tea. Its got really pretty unique decor with miss match furniture and quirky little decorations. I wasn't brave enough to snap pictures of the decor but you can click here to see a google picture of the pretty interior.

Her milkshake didn't bring all the boys to the yard 

The star of the show has to be the huge range of incredible cakes! They have loads of flavours like Oreo, Bubblegum and they do a peanut butter cake that I'm desperate to try but I've been 4 times in the last month and they've not had it each time. That's a good enough excuse to keep going and getting more cake for me! This time Katie and I opted for the chocy road cake which is chocolate cake, with lots of chocolate butter cream and pieces of rocky road on top. As always, the sponge was so delicious,moist and light. In my opinion they are the best cakes in Manchester both appearance, variety and taste wise.

I'd definitely recommend going to Home Sweet Home if you're ever in Manchester. I'll leave you with a picture from @HomeSweetHomeNQ twitter of their beautiful cakes. 

16 April 2014

Dusted Off From The Drafts: Revlon Raspberry Pie Lip Butter

This post has been sat in my draft box for a whole year so rather than waste it I've decided to post it now. Better late than never!

I'm not normal a bright or dark lip colour kinda girl so I'm not to sure why I picked up the Revlon Raspberry Pie Lip Butter a little while a go. I must have been wanting to get out of my comfort zone of pale pinks but whatever the reason I'm so glad I got it!

At first I wasn't to blown away by the lip butters but this one is a beauty! It's so creamy and moisturising but still really pigmented. The texture means the lasting power isn't the best but it goes a good few hours as the dark colour leaves a sort of stain. After the eating it's a must to reapply unless you want multicolored lips. I love the beautiful berry colour because if it's a dark colour without being uber vampy. My Mum is convinced this a red lippy but in my opinion it's more of a dark deep pink with berry tones.

If your after a moisturizing lipstick for all seasons then it's worth checking out Raspberry Pie. I'm glad I did!

Back From The Blogging Dead

I can't believe it's been 6 months since I last posted! Wow! Recently I've started to realise how much I miss blogging and being part of the community. So I'm back! But  since I stopped I have stopped buying so much money and saved a fortune haha.

I never stopped posting on purpose but I think it happened because of a lack of confidence mainly. Despite the fact I have followers and people read my blog I never truly believed anyone really liked it. Unfortunately I let a lack of confidence stop me from carrying on. But I decided to return! Right near exam season, I couldn't have picked a worse time.

So much has changed since I last blogged. In October I turned 18 and I still can't believe I'm officially an adult. I'm in final year at college and in September I'll hopefully be starting University which is a mix of terrifying, exciting and very stressful.  Little things have changed too like I have a nose ring, my hair is longer and a different colour. I'll be writing a post on my hair dye hell soon but it's still a sore subject.

There probably wont be very regular posts because exams are coming up but I'll try to post when I can. In the Summer there will be loads of exciting posts as I'm working at Glastonbury, going to Kavos and best of all a holiday to New York! Until then I've found some posts gathering dust in the draft box so I'll be posting a few of them and writing some new ones.

4 September 2013

Guest Post| Girl Meets Dress

Recently I was contacted by the company Girl Meets Dress asking me if I'd like to do a guest post on their blog! If you haven't heard of the site it offer a service for women to hire beautiful designer dressed for a couple of nights. As someone who can't afford a designer dress (yet!) I think it's a fab idea. It's still not the cheapest dress but if you're the sort of person that will buy a topshop dress and wear it once than Girl Meets Dress is ideal.

The post I wrote was my top five picks of their cocktail dresses. If you want to read it in full click here. I'm seriously considering treating myself to dress number one to wear out for cocktails on my 18th birthday. 10th October, put in your dairies. Not gonna lie, the fact I could tell people "It's Marc Jacobs, darrrling" is a major factor. I'm not normally a label whore but one night couldn't hurt, right?

23 August 2013

One Year Blog Birthday & Giveaway

Happy Birthday To You
Happy Birthday To You
Happy Birthday  Dear Life And Lipsticks
Happy Birthday To You

I bet you sang that in your head instead of reading it normally. It's impossible not to.

If you haven't already guessed (in which case your not the brightest spark in box) its my blogs one year birthday!! I can't believe it's been a whole year since I started blogging! So much has changed since back then, it's crazy to think it was only a year a go.

I know I haven't been the best blogger especially when it comes to regular posting. I haven't even done 100 posts yet- oops! Even so I've really enjoyed blogging. Its given me so many more opportunities and I've talked to so many amazing people that I never would have spoken to. It's really cheered me up at some pretty miserable times. But it has left me a hell of a lot poorer too!

Thank you to everyone has read even just one post or left a comment. After my long Summer break I'm still trying to re build again but so far so good. So to properly say thank you for your support I decided to do a little giveaway. You can win one of my current favourite products- Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Androgen. It's a beautiful multi-use pinky peach cream product. I love it so I thought one of you could try it out and hopefully love it too!

The giveaway is open world wide so you can enter no matter where you are! It will run for three weeks and I will announce the winner on twitter as well as sending them an email. Just as a quick disclaimer I purchased the product with my own money and it is completely unused.

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Good luck!

18 August 2013

TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

As promised in my July Favourites post, this is a review of TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter. I'd been needing (as much as you can need make up) a new highlighter for a while and I'd seen a few reviews of this before but when EssieButton raved about I knew I had to get it for sure. The amount of things I've bought on Estee's recommendation is ridiculous!

First off, I feel the need to address the name, you wouldn't believe how long it took me to work out the pun and when I did I had one of those "OooO" moments. But I do love a good pun. The packaging is quirky and definitely stands out in my collection but I wish it wasn't plastic considering it was fifteen pounds.

So I'm sure some of you will think this looks pretty scary in the pan and I agreed at first. If this was an eye shadow I'd laugh at anyone telling me to use it on the cheeks. I put it on the cheekbones, nose and inner corner of eyes it gives a gorgeous golden sheen but if you're into the natural look it isn't for you.  A little bit of gives the "hello I have highlighter on look" but too much gives the " HELLO I HAVE HIGHLIGHTER ON" look. What I'm saying here is less is more with this bad boy. Also it is completely free from glitter so it's right up my alley as I don't want a glittery face everyday. That's the reason I didn't get the Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle that so many bloggers rave about.

Overally I absolutely love this highlighter. It gives such a gorgeous golden sheen that I haven't seen from another product. Its so gorgeous and buttery soft in texture that sometimes I'll be sitting at my desk and not be able to resist swatching it.

TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer is available for £15 from FeelUnique.

11 August 2013

Getting Some Volume

When it comes to beauty the thing I am worst at is probably hair. That may not be the best introduction to a post all about hair styling though! One of the important things about hair, for me at least, is getting volume. Despite having fairly thick hair I struggle to get that extra bit of oomph but recently I've found a few different tools and products to help out.

 1. Volume Powder- For me this is the best option. I use the Label M Resurrection Style Dust* but I've also heard that V05 do a good one for less than a fiver. All you have to do is sprinkle it close to the roots, rub it in and your done. It works by kind of matting the hair which does mean it feels a bit nasty and needs washing the next day. Worth it though!

2. Backcombing- Not the best option for your hair but a nice and easy one. I backcomb by sectioning my hair in half by clipping the top layer up. Then I use the brush to push the hair up to the root. To avoid the bird nest look that some girls seem to go for I lightly brush over the top which smooths it out. I then repeat on the top layer of hair. My hair dressers told me to do it this way but I was also advised to spray it with hair spray then repeat. My favourite hair spray is the Tresemme Salon Finish because it gives good hold without setting like a rock and brushes out easily. It's also important to use a backcombing brush as they are much less damaging to your hair than a normal brush.

3. Extensions-I'm currently growing out my hair at the moment but it's taking so long to grow! For a quick fix there are extensions such as the ones here that are clip in and seriously easy. If you follow me on twitter you'll have seen me tweet about debating getting extensions a lot the past few month. Gorgeous luscious locks in minutes? Yes please! Besthairbuy.com have lots of extensions that I've been lusting after. It would make do wonders for quickly adding lots of volume.

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