Favourite Red Lipsticks

Now, I have two favourite reds that I stand by: Dior 999 Matte and YSL 201. The Dior is the darker, evening red whereas the YSL seems it has a hint of orange, but still holds that beautiful, vibrant red. I love them both and they both work for me. If buying Dior 999, I do recommend getting the lip pencil just to help it stay on longer and to look even better. There is nothing in the world better than a good red lippy to bring out the sass in anyone!

 

 

Dior 999: £27.50

YSL 201:£27.00

Being Average?

I have only started noticing that I am just average. Now, I am not saying that there’s anything wrong with being average. I have a pretty good time being average, but I do wonder sometimes why I am so ‘average’.

I have received average grades from primary school and it never used to bothered me, I was happy. But as I get older, I realise how average the world perceives me to be. Looking back, I have never really excelled in anything, I have always just done ‘okay’. I am not saying I feel I’ve failed or others consider me under par: I simply feel vulnerable at this time and want to share how I see things.

I’m sure I’m not the only one to feel like this and I bet there are a few readers categorised as ‘average’ who can relate to this frustration: I’ve always tried my best, I’ve worked hard yet when considered by others, be it an examiner or tutor, I have always got an average mark. And you have to think, if that’s the result of giving it my best shot, am I condemned to come second, forever more? Is average all I will ever be?

But now reviewing how I feel about being as bloody average as I am, I realise how irritated I am about the marks and the comments: there was little challenge, no push, simply assurances that I was doing really well, only grooming me for my ‘average’ position. Are pushy and assertive the traits those that help develop a person look for in recognising potential? I am neither.

What is done is done: categories defined by others is one way of creating boxes for people to inhabit and why should I, or anyone else, determine how average we are based on what others define? If I was to look at it through a different lens, I see that I am actually bloody brilliant! But when times are grey and you see nothing but dark clouds and rain, it is hard to see your strengths; your potential; and the opportunities out there. I sit under dark clouds a lot, I just need to let the sun shine in more.

I don’t think anyone should let the label of ‘average’ chain them: we are all exceptional in our own ways, whether we see it or not. But I know if we abandon such labels and the negative connotations they hold over us, we will all see how bloody brilliant we can be.

Huda Beauty Lashes

 

Scarlett: These are one of my go-tos for everyday: I like the shape they give and the thickness and length are perfect. I don’t think these are too heavy, but if you have smaller eyes I would advise against getting them.

Lana: Holy Moly! I can’t wear these, they don’t suit me one bit. First of all, these lashes are too long and too chunky. On the plus side, they are also quite small and the fit is perfect (normally I have to cut lashes down) it’s just a shame about the style. If you can pull them off, hats off to you.

Farah: Nice length, great thickness just a shame about the spidery look. They look OK, I’ve been told, but that spikey look is not for me – spider legs on my eyes are what nightmares are made of.

Samantha: Great, if you don’t like heavy lashes and want a pair of lightweight more natural looking lashes. They are wispy but still give you that full look.

Sasha: Well, hello there lovely lashes, how are you doin’? These are my trusted go-tos, be it a casual night out or a sassy day about. I love these, pretty and long lasting – I’ve worn them quite a few times and they are still holding up. I love the shape of these lashes: they are quite long but when they are on they do look very natural. In terms of value for money, these are on point – the usage you get from them before they start to get icky is remarkable!

 

Huda Beauty Prices

Scarlett:£15.50

Lana:£15.50

Farah:£18.00

Samantha:£15.50

Sasha:£15.50

Where did my independence go?

I just got back from uni…. end of my last year, so yeah, bye!

 

Uni was the first time I had been away from home, I couldn’t cook (still can’t, but will be forever grateful to Deliveroo), wasn’t great at ironing (still not) and not that keen on cleaning (but needs must). Three years of focusing on studies, lectures and getting pissed. I’ve come back home to two fabulous parents, but after a couple of weeks of pampered bliss, it hit me: Where did my independence go?

At uni, if I had no food in the fridge and it was too late to trek to town (or I simply couldn’t be arsed), deliverance (or deliveryJ) was just one speed dial away. Not cooking meant even when I did shop, my fridge was full of beautiful sliced bread, processed cheese, the cheapest ham and the must-have Frubes (I know it’s for children, but hell – it saved on the washing up). Don’t get me wrong, I do know how to turn on an oven… hence, on occasion, a freezer full of chicken nuggets and chips.  Now at home, the fridge/freezer is always magically full…. of healthy shit. Salad: NO! Veg: WTF!! Artisan breads: what’s wrong with plastic wrapped sliced plastic! So, why, I ask, are my fabulous parents attempting to get me used to the better things in life, when it will simply be harder for me in the long run? I need to keep to what I know in order to face the world, for when I move out and start an internship on next to nothing. I love them dearly, but they need to let me do my own thing on the food front – got to keep real!

When I was at uni I did a lot more: I had the freedom to go anywhere and not be questioned or asked what time I’d be back – I simply did my own thing, in my own time and that was the end of it.. I could be in a bad mood, lock myself away until the darkness lifted and not be questioned. Whereas now I am home, if I leave the room or I don’t talk much, its 21 questions asking why? I love that they care so much, but it is hard coming home – I feel I’ve gone back in time, I’m not a little girl anymore,  I’m 21 and can kinda do my own thing.

I have been trying out new things (this blog for one). I was always focused on getting the right results so I could go on and get some more good results… but I’ve never felt free to experiment. I’m not saying I haven’t had fun, but I’ve conformed from Day 1, never been a rebel and now I’ve done all that I am looking to conform some more: Get a job and be a good daughter. But is it hard, job requirements always seem to include something I haven’t done, or haven’t got.  I’ve tried to achieve academically so I can grow and support myself, but some days, after trawling through job opportunities, I wonder if I will ever be independent.

 

Have I lost my independence or am I just growing up? The more I see, the more I realise that at university I had to grow up fast and live on my own. I wasn’t well prepared, but I I did it. And if I did it once, I can do it again! I still have a lot of growing up to do, but I will get my life sorted and get done what I need to in order to get the independence I so want.

House of lashes and 2 more Review!

House of Lashes

Iconic: I know a few people who would say these are more for a night out, but I beg to differ!! If you are in a mood to look sultry, can you really say the mood only hits you after 9pm? Of course not! I love the way these lashes make my eyes look, and when the mood takes you, these are the ones for you – day or night.

Featherette: A recent purchase, I wore these during the day. And yeah, they work for everyday use, but am I a fan? No. Not only did they give me that spidery look (and we all know how I feel about that look) but they were a bitch getting on, with lots of adjustments to try and make them look OK.

 

Violet Voss Vamptress: These are full and fun – that’s about all I can say. Probably a better lash in this style is  Huda Beauty Farrah, as it has more curve and is easier to apply.

 

Benefit lashes Rockette: They are adorable: They have a thick band, so if new to lashes and/or you struggle with eyeliner, these could work for you. The inner lashes criss-cross then evolve into straight to the outer edge. They are not too thick or too long, again a real plus for those of you who are just starting to experiment, as they don’t make too much of an impact when you wear them.

 

 

Prices

-Iconic: £14.00

-Featherette:£14.00

Violet Voss Vamptress:£10.50

Benefit Rockette Lashes:£12.50

Lily Lashes Review

Great company, adore them and worth the money!

 

I will start off with Mykonos: Heavy, full and fabulous. I normally wear them with a light eye as these lashes are big! They are a challenge to get on right, and if they aren’t on right, they look like fluffy caterpillars on my face… but when I place them just right, damn I look good!

Miami: Not as heavy as Mykonos but just as fabulous. I wear these if I’m out visiting friends or shopping, so definitely more day than night wear: they create a lovely look. I have to admit, I do struggle with extra-long lashes, but these are just right for me.

Luxe: These are the lightest of the three. They are big, simple but effective whatever the occasion (although personally, I use them more for daytime occasions and would be demure enough for work). They are easy on the eye and very comfortable.

 

Lily Lashes Prices

Mykonos:£30.00

Miami:£29.95

Luxe:£20.00

Unicorn Lashes Review

Unicorn Lashes

 First off, I love false eyelashes: I am obsessed – like ‘hi, what’s the thing you love most in the world (apart from family and Boo, the dog)? Oh, I don’t know… how about FALSE EYELASHES! Now you get my depth of my eyelash obsession, let’s begin!

Bambi, Unicorn Flutter and Rainbow Wings!

Let’s start with the packaging super cute. But the trouble is, the cute packaging gets in the way when you put the lashes back in the box. No biggie, but this is a case of form over function, sometimes packaging should just be about protecting the product.

Bambi: These are very full and heavy. Personally, I like them a lot, but if you aren’t a fan of big, full lashes then these are not for you. However, if you want that ‘fuck off, heelloo’ look then definitely go get them. But, beware, they can be heavy to wear. They are also surprisingly versatile: these work just as well with subtle eye shadows, as well as a heavier, dramatic look. Having worn them with both looks, my personal preference is the subtle eye shadows.

 Unicorn Flutter: Cute name and extremely long. Lighter than Bambi, they are certainly more fluttery – great for flirting but you cannot wear glasses with them. And, beware if you have a low brow – not a cool look when your lashes blend with your eyebrows! The shape and lash style is lovely, but the exaggerated length does slightly put me off.

Rainbow Wings: Again, a very long lash, but not as exaggerated as and lighter than Unicorn Flutter. Personally, I think you could wear these for daytime. Whilst not as impressive as Unicorn Flutter, I do like them a tad more.

 

I also purchased the glue they recommend from their site and personally wouldn’t bother: it doesn’t do as well as my other eyelash glue, so I wouldn’t waste your money!

 

 

 

 Prices

Unicorn Lashes Prices

Bambi:£22.95

Unicorn Flutter:£9.99

Rainbow Wings:£18.99