Monday, January 15, 2018

Why The Glossier Hype Is Real


Last year saw a lot of trends in the blogging world. We had the millennial pink situ, marble everything and of course who could forget.....Glossier. After waiting what felt like forever for this brand to come over to the UK (or at least be available in the UK), and lets be frank we went mental for it. It wasn't just the products themselves that got all the attention, it was the packaging that these beauties came in. Who would of thought bubble wrap would be in so much demand, and I for one am in love with my two pink bubble wrap sleeves that go everywhere with me. 



Glossier's price point isn't bad, however some might argue that for the money the products are quite small. Lets take the Glossier balm Dotcom, it's £10 for one tube which yes is pricey. It's not that bad when you compare to the likes of NUXE RĂªve de Miel which is also £10 and 15ml, it's just the packaging is quite deceiving. 

I can hear you all now "but are the products actually good?". Well here's my run down on the products I have, and use on the regular because I actually genuinely love them (and how they look). 



Priming Moisturizer | Prepping my face with this bad boy in the mornings is so nice and works really well rubbed in with your fingers, or even with a nice soft brush. Especially good if you have dry skin as it's so moisture surged. Its quite a thin consistency and is quite cold which is lovely first thing to wake you up. I find it does the job perfectly for me as someone with very dry areas on their face, and works brilliantly with my Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue as a light and dewy base. It states on the package that it's 'buildable hydrating creme' however hadn't used it myself in this way as of yet. 

balm dotcom |I've got to come clean to begin with. I'm addicted to lip products, especially lip balms, and it surprises me that I only have one flavour/scent to my name. This little tube of wonderfulness works as a bloody brilliant lip balm that has a super long lasting nourishing moisture to it. The packaging means it's small and perfect to take around anywhere with you, as is a perfect prep for your lips before a matte lip! Now... I'm actually placing an order for some more right now!

Generation G lipstick |Becuase honesty is the best policy, the shade Like that I have was a little underwhelming when I tried it for the first time. I didn't expect for it to be that sheer, so when applying I was a little taken back. Having said this, since it's been in my handbag it's vastly become a work staple to give my lips a natural bit of colour (as has been a saviour throughout the time I had the sniffles as I literally looked like a ghost). A very pinky my lips but enhanced shade, its great to slap on when your on the go or without a mirror. 

Boy Brow |Now, we're getting to the good stuff. As far as I'm concerned, all other brow products could be discontinued and I'd be ok about it. So quick and easy to use, makes my brows look fuller in minutes, and looks oh so cute in my collection. I hate to think of how many brow products I've tried over time, and have finally found one I love. It mimics your natural brow hair and brushes on small stroke of brown or clear gel, that has the after effect of you spending ages in front of the mirror getting dem brows on fleek. If you're in the market for a new brow gel that does it all in one, look no further! 

Cloud Paint |In the past I've never been much of a blusher person. Being a typical English rose, my cheeks can be a very questionable shade that I've even been asked what blusher I'm wearing for me to try around and say "its just my cheeks". hmmmmm, moving on. But of course, I had to give these a go. I pop a little bit of these beauties on a stippling brush and stipple and blend away leaving a beautiful either peach or pink glow (peach being my fav). The end result is very natural and glow worthy, which I can't wait to bust out in the warmer months. 

Haloscope | After having a little experiment with this highlights, I found I much preferred it as a cupids bow, nose highlight and brow highlight. I'm not a fan of how it looks on my cheeks and am sticking to a powder highlight for that, but other than that it's so pretty. A slight iridescent sheen to it, it really does catch the light. This is probably the only product out of the above that I won't rush to repurchase, but would always use it if I had one. 

So, to me Glossier is so worth the hype. I bought in to it and loved it. All I can say is that you just don't know until you try the brand out, as everything is suitable for everyone. 

Try Glossier and get 10% off with my code.

Speak soon you lovely lot!
xoxo

Friday, November 17, 2017

Jasmin Vardimons Pinocchio | Sadlers Wells Theatre



Theatre in all forms has always been a focal point to my life, and I like to take time out of my day job within the arts to enjoy it for performance sake. Having studied Jasmin Vardimon myself at university I knew what to expect in terms of her physical theatre a choreographic style. Having said this, I actually found myself being surprised with her creativity and unexpected approach to this traditional story that we can all feel the back in our childhood day vibes. 

Taking a well known story and recreating it is a daring move, but is it a recreation? During the symposium after the show Jasmin referenced the fact she had been very much influenced and inspired by the original story (before Disney) and wanted to focus on the theme of manipulation. The power to manipulate the audiences minds to making them believe what they see. manipulating the story to include elements it hasn't had before (like having a female playing Pinocchio). 


One element in particular that fascinated me was the staging and set design. How everything was managed and manipulated by all of the performers. No prop support or people running in during blackouts to move staging around, just the performers. Jasmin spoke about how the dancers weren't just dancers, but were manipulators of the stage and the environment that they were performing on. Again, the theme of manipulation through another aspect of the piece. 

With regards to movement content, of course it was very physical and creative. The smallest movements were clearly thought about a lot down to the smallest breath. One moment that really stayed with me after the performance was when Pinocchio was first starting to walk independently, but of course that element of manipulation as Geppetto assisted the action was seen clearly from the audiences perspective. 


The sheer strength from the lead performer was incredible, and the endurance she had was breathtaking. With continuous use of her knees, bending, kneeling, spinning and jumping she really did show her perfected stamina and ability and why she had been cast as the lead. Staying with the point of Pinocchio being casted as a women, I couldn't help but think whether or no this had anything to do with the quality of the movement, to just contradict the traditional story, or was it purely through the audition process and casting process that she was chosen? Whatever the specific intention of this casting, it was debatable as to whether or not you really noticed or whether it made any difference. But in my opinion, this performer really stole the show.


Without going too far and turn this review and informative post into a full blown A Level analysis, I will sum up. If you manage to catch this performance by Jasmin you will be in for a creative, imaginative and enchanting take on an old story loved by many and whisked to a place where nothing is impossible. You'll see a young Pinocchio share the story of growing up and learning what it is to be human. There'll be tough sections (where things get a little dark), and sections where you'll feel joy and your heart will ache for the  beauty that you see. The movement will inspire you, make you laugh and set your imagination on overdrive until you see the flying boat that's completely and utterly moving and in control by the performer and only the performer. 

I'll always have a soft spot for the Jasmin Vardimon company, and I'll support whatever they do as I fully appreciate and love her intention behind the creations. You'll never go to just see a dance or s performance, but a show and an experience. 

Tell me, have you seen this piece or anything else by her company? What did you like? What catches your eye in these stunning pictures by Tristam Kenton. 

xoxo

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Bringing Summer To September With Skinny Dip | Fashion


What do you do when the seasons are changing, and you're in that transitional period where the suns still out and shining bright but its a little chilly? I personally like to layer, and bring in some summer vibes to my outfits to make the summer last that little bit longer. The best and easiest way to brighten up outfits is through your accessories, and in this case bags and phone cases. 



Because its September and is relatively early in the season change you can definitely get away with anything summer related. I mean, I'm looking around for a sunny holiday in October so I'm not only embracing it now in the UK but will continue through to October. 





I'm sorry, but this bag is possible the cutest bag I have ever owned. Just look at how cute the design in, and the fact its in millennial pink just makes it even better. I managed to fit my camera, purse, phone, lipstick and more in this little guy as it's actually got some depth to it. Throughout the times I've worn this I swap from short handle to long which is so handy to have the option of, as I'm a worrier when it comes to my bag and in large crowds like to have it infant of me close by. 




Having posted a few times about phone cases and accessorising and matching phone cases to outfits, this won't come as a surprise to you guys that yes I matched my case to my outfit and overall outfit theme. Leaves whether that be palm or cheese plant are in right now, and feel that this could be the case for a long time yet. I absolutely love greenery and have a jungle as a house, so as soon as I saw this I did a little Chandler from FRIENDS excitement dance. I don't think I've ever matched an outfit and coordinated this much, ever!


Do you like bringing some summer vibes to your September? Even to your October? I'd love to know how you all like to go around that, and whether your like me and think a little too much about what phone case to put on. 

Much love beauts 
xoxo

Monday, September 11, 2017

Plan Your Face Mask Filled Pamper Sleepover


Life gets in the way, and with us being so super busy all the time it's important to book in those special days and evenings with our loved ones. Personally, I feel that sleepovers are one of the best ways to catch up with your girlfriends. I mean we're talking about pamper sessions, bubbly, snacks, and in my eyes thats a perfect night in right there. 


I ran a poll on my Twitter asking what peoples ideal sleepover looked like, whether that's more of a painting nails evening or alcohol infused chats into the early hours. In the end myself and some close friends decided to mix all of those elements together to make one big awesome night.

Thanks to *7th Heaven we had an amazing selection of face masks to choose from to aid our pamper time. I mean to complete the sleepover experience you've got to have some sort of pamper item on the agenda, so these were just perfect. And to top it off, the babes at 7th Heaven sent super cute headbands for us to ensure our hair wouldn't get in the way.

Before the headband and face mask situ




You're probably looking at these pictures thinking, yep thats totally a stereotypical girlie sleepover. It really was, and the whole face mask application was a lovely task to do together and was such a laugh and went smoothly considering we were slightly tipsy. Removing the masks wasn't a huge faff either. Some of the masks I've tried before are either super messy and require some real elbow grease with a flannel, or are easy to remove and super convenient. Well, these peel off guys were the perfect thing as it was easy and faff free so we could just peel off and contuse with the evening. They were fun to apply, smelt great, made our skin feel great and there was minimal fuss involved.A huge bonus to 7th Heaven masks..... they're cruelty free!


I really think that quality time with your girlfriends is so important, and something that even if its once a month is such a great release. When your with people who you feel comfortable with and can release any stress and chat the night away, it's like a huge positive buzz. 







As well as the face masks we filled the night with bubbly, sweets and a takeaway which are all key elements to make a great girls night in in my opinion. This was honestly one of the best evenings in that I've had for a long time, and would encourage you to make the effort with your best friends and organise a pamper night in (especially now the weathers getting cooler and evenings are getting darker). The old GOING OUT is the new STAYING IN for sure! It won't be long till we swap the bubbly for hot chocolates, and I for one can't wait.

Happy pamper planning guys!
xoxo

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

My Festival Look With Lipcote And Browcote



Getting that spot on festival look can be hard, as with me I find myself struggling to stop with the glitter and go so OTT I don't really have a look. The lovely Belinda at 'The Painted Lady' Invited myself and my gorge pal Jess to the salon, and get all festival ready with Lipcote



I started my festival makeover by getting my first ever henna done (yep I'm not joking, my first ever henna experience). Henna can add a really nice touch to your festival get it. There's just something about it that looks cool and is a really pretty added detail to an outfit, and I'm now a huge fan. Your henna will last roughly a week depending on how much you wash your hands and use hand cream etc. If you're not an accessory kind of person, henna is perfect to style up your outfit. 



My next stop was the glitter (and in my eyes, the best part of any festival look). People are so much more adventurous with how they used glitter, creating looks with glitter lips, on the face, body and hair! I wanted to let the stylist go with her artistic feels and do whatever she thought would look good. The only request I had was to have some of my hair down, and look an how V cute my look was!! 



Image from Lipcote blog

Photo taken by Belinda from The Painted Lady
Excuse the fact that I kind of look drunk, but this is the best photo I have to show you the glitter and hair together. The braids are so wearable, and are great to add any day not just at a festival. Buy putting a load of copper glitter in the parting, it jazzes it up to fit in the festival spirit and went well with my eyeshadow. I loved the fact my face glitter was silver and added a bit of contrast between my face and hair, giving me a special sparkly look. 



We were lucky enough to be gifted a Lipcopte and Browcote to take away with us and make sure from now on, our festival looks are locked down and not moving anywhere. Having been a Lipcote avid user for a few years I knew how good it was, but now theres the same but for brows I was seriously happy. 





The salon The Painted Lady can be found in Shoreditch and offers a range of different services, and is super cute with the friendliest staff members is a cool and quirky part of town. And to top off the brilliant time I had, I walked away with such an awesome goodie bag which included Lipcote, Browcote, Jaide Ralph glitter and the Mi Bag itself. 

Let me know if you've tried Lipcote or Browcote!

xoxo