Friday, 12 September 2014

FOTD: #18

So it's been a while since I've done a FOTD. Honestly, it's because I haven't changed my make up that much. I know I never really do, and this probably looks no different but I've been a fan of cream eyeshadows a lot more lately.

In this picture I used a maybelline colour tattoo in shade pink gold, which can be applied with the fingers and just rubbed over the lid. I like to use a blending brush around the edges, but it's a perfect eyeshadow if you are in a rush because it's one product and the job is done.

I need to try and test my camera out a bit more as it seems to not really be capturing the true colours of this shade, but I really like it. Also, please excuse the messy brows! I didn't really think they were that bad until I've seen this pictures! I'm off to do that now!

Have you tried the maybelline colour tattoo?

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Autumn Tag 2014

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I always love doing tags like this and have done a couple before, and seeing as we are quickly coming into Autumn I thought I'd do this. I got this from and it was created by Lets get started!

Ok we're talking coffee's - what's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?
I usually always go to Costa for my coffee's, I usually go for a vanilla latte in the colder months, but I really liked the chocolate orange drink they did last year!

Accessories - what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?
I really love snoods, as they are just so much easier to work with than scarves! I love wearing boots with big fluffy socks underneath. I used to be really silly and not wear gloves because I couldn't use my phone without keep taking them off, but now I've got some gloves that work with the phone.

Music - what's your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
I wouldn't say my music changes, but I guess overall I don't really listen to as much 'pop' as I would in summer, and prefer more guitars and slower vocals.

Perfume - what's your favourite scent for this time of year?
As you may or may not know I don't have a sense of smell so can't answer!

Candles - what scents will you be burning this season?
Again I don't have a sense of smell, and I'm probably the only blogger in world that doesn't burn that many candles! I usually only use tea lights during dinner.

What do you love most about Autumn?
I love how the nature looks in Autumn, and the colours of orange, red and browns. I like that it's not absolutely freezing yet not overly hot, as I'm not very good in either of those climates! I guess I also really like the build up to Christmas and Autumn seems to have more things in it than Summer, with Halloween, bonfire night e.t.c!

Favourite make up look?
I love deep berry lips in Autumn. In summer I'm usually all about the pinks but in Autumn I want more browns and berries. I also really like just using red or oranges on the eye, just to get it to all match up!

What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?
Unfortunately I don't really have many plans! I don't think I'll be doing that much for Halloween as my boyfriend is working, but I do like just cuddling up and relaxing watching all the tv shows that are coming back!

The tag is open so if you'd like to do it - feel free!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Movie Review: What If

What If is a movie about friendship. At a party, Wallace meets Chantry and they chat to each other most of the night. After walking her home, he finds out she has a boyfriend but they both want to become friends. However, their other friends see the chemistry and are sure that more is bound to happen.

I think this movie was really sweet. Daniel Radcliffe played his character really well, and was just a nice guy which made the film better because most of the time, there are no other intentions other than being friends. The films cast seemed to have really good connections, and you felt that the friendships were very real and solid. 

I really liked Adam Driver (who plays Adam in HBO Girls) and thought he was probably the funniest character. I'm glad he's getting more film roles as I find his acting very casual and natural. 

I'd recommend this film if you like romantic comedies, or any of the cast as they all play their roles well. It's a sweet movie and I really liked the animation in the credits, it ties in with the film well and it's a very cute movie.

Have you seen this film? What did you think?

Friday, 5 September 2014

Netflix pick: Celeste and Jesse Forever

This week's netflix pick of the week is a movie I've wanted to watch for a while, but missed it in cinemas and only just really got round to watching it. Celeste and Jesse Forever is a movie starring Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg, who fall in love young, get married and then divorced, but still want to be friends and are working through that.

I hadn't seen the trailers for a few months, but from the casting I expected this to be a bit of a comedy. I love Andy Samberg in Lonely Island and from his time as a Saturday Night Live cast member. I find Rashida Jones very funny in other films and in the Office US, but have never seen much of Parks and Rec. Either way, two big US comedy stars.

In fact, the film is a lot sadder than I imagined. It has some funny moments, and the chemistry between the two actors is amazing and you can tell they are good friends. However the film is very realistic, and therefore the majority is just a little sad. 

Don't get me wrong, it's not a film to make you cry, but you just really feel for each character and especially Rashida Jones' character. I also really enjoyed the colouring in this film, I know that sounds odd but the use of blues and greens just really gave the film a bit extra on screen. I'd say give this film a watch, it's sweet and heartfelt.

Have you seen this film? What do you think?

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The ultimate chore: Cleaning make up brushes

If there is one thing I hate, it's cleaning my make up brushes. I think it's every beauty lovers nightmare. It's just so boring, long and yet so needed. In a perfect world I'd be washing my brushes every weekend, with a spot clean spray in between. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Being honest and gross, it's probably been about a month since I last cleaned my brushes. (Yuck!)

Disgusting, I know. Usually I'm not too bad and sometimes do it the day before a night out or before a trip away. However, today I just needed to do it and felt like making it into a blog post to make it a little more interesting for me, and to show you that there is a cheap alternative aswell.

Here are the dirty culprits. I honestly don't really have that many brushes in total, so it's not a massive hassle but I am going to be investing in a few more eye brushes soon, as you can never have enough blending brushes. The things I use are: A bowl of luke warm water, a small bowl/pot, kitchen towel - I have toilet paper in the picture however this doesn't work aswell, if not just use your hand! 

The product I use to clean the brushes is the Johnson's baby shampoo. I use this because I am quite sensitive around the eyes, especially with hay fever and occasionally suffer with blepharitis, and this has helped clear it up quite a bit, so I know it's kind to eyes and doesn't sting. It's also very cheap, and works perfectly at cleaning brushes!

My first step is to dunk the tip of the brush in the water. I usually change the water after two brushes, or one if it's a really gross brush! I also do it in the order of face brushes, eye brushes and then tricky ones such as gel liner brushes which take longer to get the grub off. Make sure you are holding the brush down, otherwise the water goes up the ferrel of the brush and can unglue the glue and make the hairs fall out.

I then dab it into the smaller pot with the shampoo in, I don't use much, probably a 50p piece size for every 5 brushes or so. A little goes a long way, and you can always add more. I then swirl it around on the kitchen paper or my hand (I couldn't photograph this part one handed - sorry) and keep dipping it in the water and more rubbing, until it's just clear in your hand.

I then give the brush a good squeeze and a little shake, before reshaping it to how it was before. This is just easier to do so it dries in that shape. Then I have a towel set up, where one half is folded over so there's a bit of a ramp, and lay my brushes pointing downwards. You can also use the hair tie on a towel rack or anything to keep them pointed down, my aren't full on down however just an angle is better than nothing as it keeps the water away from the ferrule. 

And thats how I clean my brushes! I am definitely going to try to increase my time spent on brush cleaning, and maybe also invest in a spot cleaner for day to day laziness.

What do you use to clean your brushes?

Monday, 1 September 2014

A website to help with Depression*

I haven’t talked about very personal matters on my blog before, but recently I have been  using the website, which allows you to complete online therapy on depression, helping someone with depression and anxiety. 

I don’t want to go into the huge back story of where my depression started or how it came about, but the short story is I didn’t recognise my signs very well until my boyfriend pointed it out. I was emotional, rarely motivated and just didn’t like myself very much at all. 

I went to the doctors, but stated that I didn’t want medication. These are personal reasons and I’m not saying to everyone don’t try medication - it may work for you however for me, I didn’t feel that I wanted to be on medication and instead wanted to try something different. 

I was then referred to therapy. CBT therapy (which is the same on consists of hour long sessions, each week. I thought it helped at the time, and for a couple of months after I felt better. However, I didn’t think the therapy overall helped me. It was very scary talking to doctors and therapists about my depression - something I didn’t really understand myself and hadn’t even told my closest friends or family about. 

That’s what I like most about It’s personal to you, and if you don’t want to talk about it to anyone you don’t have to. You just complete the tasks in your own time, and you can come back as regular as you like (or keep it to once a week). 

The website feels very professional. I was a little nervous before using it about how it would help, but before you begin each module, you can watch a video where a professional therapist explains to you what’s in the module, how it links to depression and offering advice. I really liked these videos as they were short but very informative.

Each module allows you to complete it in your own time, and you can save your progress. This is good for some of the tasks that you should complete over a period of time. I would also recommend keeping a notepad with you when completing the modules, so you can write notes on the videos and maybe prepare your answers so you don’t forget what you’ve been doing each day. I didn’t do this at the beginning but started later on, and it definitely helped when I felt panicky and depressed, as I could look back at the notes instead of going back to the website each time.

If you are feeling low or depressed, or even anxious I would highly recommend taking the test and seeing if helpstopme could help you, as I do see improvement since I’ve been using it.

*I was given the product free to use for a review, however all the thoughts about the product are my own

Friday, 29 August 2014

Netflix Pick: Bates Motel

You may or may not have noticed that my blog has been slacking on Friday posts. Well, that's because before hand I was trying to keep them to face of the days, but in all honesty I haven't been wearing make up that often to give my skin a break, and when I do it's just winged eyes and the usual. So, I've decided in the weeks when I'm boring, and until I become more adventurous with my make up, Friday's can also be my pick of Netflix.

If you don't follow me on twitter, you probably won't know that my boyfriend is a complete babe and left his netflix signed in (on purpose) for me to use. He knows that since I'm waiting for pay day, I don't go out too much and I have a little habit for starting 4 new shows at once.

I love TV. I'm more of a fan of the American shows - and am planning a post of my favourite shows/best picks. There was one year where I literally wrote up a schedule in my week days so I didn't forget what TV shows I'd seen and hadn't. Unfortunately, How I met your mother and The Office US ended so I've had more spare time, and I've been filling it wisely.

Recently I watched the first season of Bates Motel on netflix and then binged watched all 10 episodes a little too fast. There is two seasons, netflix doesn't yet have it. :(

Bates Motel is a sort of prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's movie Psycho. If you haven't seen it, it's about a lady who stays in a motel for a night after stealing a large amount of money, and the owner is a young man called Norman Bates, and his mother. It's brilliant and definitely worth a watch, but dear god do not watch the Vince Vaughn remake. 

You don't need to see Psycho to watch Bates Motel, although I would advise it as it's a lot more enjoyable. The first season in a nutshell is Norma and Norman Bates move to a small town where Norma begins to run a motel business after Norman's dads death. That's all you are getting out of me as I really don't want to spoil too much.

I really love the actors. Vera Farmiga plays Norma, and Freddie Highmore plays Norman. I think they got the casting perfect with Freddie, he looks like Anthony Perkins who plays Norman in the film, and really plays the role well.

It is a gripping show. I really like the family connections and how crazy yet at points normal the relationship is. It's added some really great characters who you don't expect from the film - such as Norman's brother, and I really like showing Norman going through high school and how different he is to the other teens, yet still forms relationships with them.

Overall it's had a brilliant first season and I'm not so patiently waiting for Netflix to get round to the second - my tip would be try not to watch them as fast as I did!

Have you seen Bates Motel? What do you think?

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