Thursday, 28 May 2009
As I'm sure all of the blog ladies may have already noticed, Steph's beautiful. I know that as the BF, I have to say it, but the thing is, its totally true. Every time I tell her this, I mean it, its never said lightly or without conviction.
So maintaining that this is the case, what could she possibly want to change about herself? She's convinced that she has a "double chin" which makes her look massively fat around the face. I say this with no fear of reprisal as she would doubtless tell you herself. In order to correct this "flaw," her mother has offered to pay for a surgical treatment to bring in her jawline a bit and make her face look thinner (Steph: in layman's terms, its lipo under the chin).
The subject of fairly constant debate, the procedure now looks likely to go ahead in the near future and it still has us divided. On the one hand, I'm supposed to support her in whatever she chooses to do (and in fairness, i pretty much do) but upon the other, why should somebody so pretty have to change? I look at her and see a beautiful person (not some idealised version of her mind you, i see her in her jammies at 8 at night eating nasty rustler burgers and the occasional belch also makes an appearance! Steph: Cant believe you wrote that Fras!The only reason I'm not taking that out is because i told you i wouldn't censor anything you wrote. swine! ) who shouldn't for a second think she has to change. I can't fathom why she would want to change yet she has her heart set on it.
This to me is a sad indictment of the values i discussed in the last guest post i did. Everybody today seems to strive for some unattainable ideal that is constantly forced upon them by a media based around selling things to an unwitting public. We strive to look perfect but more than likely never will. Some of us are unfortunate enough to have people in our lives who reinforce negative views of ourselves either to make themselves feel better or to assert their superiority. Sadly for Steph, the person who seems to fit this role most readily is her mum. Though I'm certain she loves her daughter and that is not in question here, I frequently see her failing to show the appropriate support a parent should. Rather than the unconditional support one might expect, steph's mum frequently undermines her confidence and fails to see just how fantastic a daughter she's lucky enough to have (Steph: Id partly agree with this. Lets just say my Mum and I don't have the most straight forward relationship)
Unfortunately, many people are all too quick to buy into the opinions of others, no matter how damaging they may be and this can lead to an unhealthy desire for change or "self improvement." Glossy style magazines and media images of "perfection" are only reinforcing this and moulding the minds of malleable young women the length of the country. Why aren't people quicker to embrace diversity and learn to love things about themselves that others do? And why do we so readily fixate on our flaws, discounting the excellent qualities we doubtless possess that outweigh them?
Is that what is happening here? A media enforced desire for change? Or a deeper insecurity being nourished over time to the point where its unmanageable?
Personally, I see no reason for my girlfriend to change. I think she's just awesome the way she is, and wouldn't change her for the world. I find it difficult to reconcile this idea with how she feels about herself and can only hope that something so radical will bring her the peace of mind she seeks. So long as the television and magazines keep telling us not to have that peace of mind, it only becomes more difficult and really only a matter of time until something else is wrong...
Anyway, enough of the amusing retrobutionary karma - here's what i wore on the old noggin:
- Lily Lolo mineral foundation (porcelain) + cover up (blondie)as ever
- Touche Eclat under the eyes
- Mac Shroom e/s
- Mac Carbon e/s blended into upper lashline
- Boots 17 liquid liner in black
- MaxFactor False Lash effect mascara
- Revlon 'Wink' corner lashes (review coming soon)
- Mac Well Dressed blush
- Mac Perfect Topping as highlight
- Mac Up the Amp l/s (looks a lot brighter in real life!) - any suggestions for a liner to go with this?
Ill be the first to admit that after a few cocktails and walking home, metaphorically swinging from the lampposts like a spidermonkey, I'm quite often tempted by a big old burger from the local takeaway dude (note: if its not a kebab its not so bad - that nearly rhymes!), however having consumed by share of the Rose wine, i felt like a burger just would not suffice. So this is me enjoying my midnight snack of...Mussels. Call me a domestic visionary if you like, i wont mind.
Whats your midnight snack of choice?
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Natalia created the Diamond Blogger Tag (see, i told you he was a bit good!) to let everyone shout about their favourite blogs so others can join in on the fun. I was one of Natalia's 6 tagees (Thank you hun!) so I'm more than stoked to name and shame (not so much shame though) 6 of my own Diamond Bloggers.
And here are my suggestions, my very own Diamond Bloggers!
In no particular order:
1) Nicola http://nicolaarthur99.blogspot.com/ - Nicola has such a way of making you feel like you know her...and she's a complete stunner to boot!
2) Alexis aka faffaholic http://faffaholic.blogspot.com/ - currently rocking the 80's look, alexis's blog is always a great read!
3) Camilla http://eclecticbeauty-killacam.blogspot.com/ - I found Camilla's stateside blog recently and am seriously stunned at how awesome it is! As an ex-MAC employee and current freelance MA she always brings something great to each post.
4) Daisy http://cupcakeswithcherries.blogspot.com/ - Daisy is such a sweetie. She balances her love of make up with a love of baking...sounds like a good combo to me!
5) Jane http://vintage-tea.blogspot.com/ - Jane is a Fashion Business student from Scotland (Oi Oi!) and rocks an incredible style. She also customises clothes and has her own jewellery line. Oh, and id kill a kitten for her figure!
6) Zoffe http://zoffe.blogspot.com/ - As a MAC employee let me just say this: She is not afraid of colour!
There are soo many more blogs i could easily have put on this list. Love to ALL the bloggers!
Monday, 25 May 2009
I'm always one to save the best for last. As a child i would always eat my food one thing at a time , starting with whatever i didn't like so much and saving the mashed potato for the end. So in line with this idiosyncrasy, first up, the eyeshadows. I picked up Stars 'n' Rockets because its widely regarded as a must have...and i didn't have it! Cant wait to see what all the hype is about! Next i repurchased Carbon - I had this before in a pallate but it seemed to crumble and coat everything in my make up bag with black powder which is not so cool (has it done this to anyone else or was i maybe a bit rough with mine) but i do find this invaluable. Finally i had a wee mooch around for the third one and decided on Amber Lights which is described as a 'golden peachy brown with golden shimmer (Frost) but i would describe as a goldy copper. Its jammed full of sparkle and even in the pan is quite breathtaking (yes, i may be prone to a wee bit of drama!).I cant wait to try it out!
Eyes: Mac Ricepaper all over the lid, Boots 17 liquid eye liner, Primed with Touche Eclat
Face: Lily Lolo Mineral foundation, Prestige Skin Loving Mineral Blush in 001 Pink
Lips: Vaseline Rosy Lips + Saint Germain (although it does need a bit of touching up in this photo)
I'm definitely finding that with the warm weather I'm becoming shiny a lot quicker...maybe its time to invest in a good mattifyer?
Sunday, 24 May 2009
So when I read a post from one of my favourite bloggers Rocaille of rocaille-writes.blogspot.com (go check her out!) taking a retrospective view at her make up journey, i knew that i would carry on the nostalgia.
The prequel to my make up journey began as a child on holiday. I remember being roughly 6ish and getting ready to go out for dinner. The sun in Majorca was shining and i had just taken the kind of amazing holiday shower where you literally go in feeling a bit sunned and come out looking way browner that you went in, the extent of which, for a paley like me, was a few freckles dusted across my cheeks. I remember having on a coral crop top/cycling short combo (not too out of fashion for now!) and my mum handing me a coral lipstick. I remember feeling sooo grown up at the process of pouting and blotting in preparation of a night out that the next night i wore the lipstick again and asked my mum to add a coat of mascara. And there it began.
By 11/12ish i was wearing make up every day. While i certainly didn't need it, i think the whole process made me feel more grown up and therefor better, at that age. Usually it was just mascara and the requisite Heather Shimmer lipstick from Rimmel (boke spew boke!) but the key to my special occasion make up was to pile on the glitter in the form of glitter body spray, glitter nail polishes (of which i collected over 150) , topped off with glitter hair spray. Ah the naivety.
The next stage was foundation. At around 14 i collected the usual smattering of teenage spots and from this point on i caked myself religiously in foundations way too thick for my immature skin. Now i am pale - way too pale for even Mac NW15 but at that stage colour wasn't the biggest concern and so foundations were picked and purchased on the merit of a)can i afford it and b)will it cover my spots. Thus copious amounts of thick orange foundations was sponged onto my skin leaving me with tide marks that would be wiped at by my friend Nikki on the way to school. No doubt it exacerbated my teenage acne and made it far worse. Oh the joy of hindsight!
Around this time i discovered liquid eyeliner and became addicted. I alternated between black for the day and silver for any evening events (read, sitting in the park with the boys drinking cider). Unfortunately i had none of the skill to apply a tricky little flick and often ended up looking like id been punched. For some reason i LOVED it and it became my 'thing'.
Being a self conscious teenager i got more and more obsessed with 'the routine' and got to the point, like many teenagers do, that i would not leave the house without a full face of make up. Make up stayed the same for the next few years, buying the same brown eye shadow again and again (i think it was Rimmel and i believe it was applied with the only brush i owned, a short handled silver eyeshadow brush) while trying every foundation i could afford and get my hands on. The only change happened when i got 'Hazel' coloured contacts for my 15th birthday and i bought a green eyeshadow to 'compliment' them. Actually looking back on photos the contacts were orange but oh well!
I left home shortly after i turned 16 and moved to Surrey for boarding school on a scholarship (which was lucky as we never could have afforded it without!). It was a performing arts boarding school and alumni were the sons and daughters of England's richest elite i.e Leah Wood, Emily Blunt, Camilla Al Fayed, Richard Bronson's nephews etc. The Times Rich List became a competition to see who's family was higher ranked and material possessions were status. While I loved it there and really grew as a person, I remember feeling that not only were most people far richer that i could ever be, they were also so much more mature than i was. I had no form of skincare whatsoever beyond eye make up remover and a good shower and i remember watching one of my friends unpack an extensive Clarins collection, her telling me that i should really moisturise and that she could not live without a good toner. I'm not sure if i had been hiding under a stone but i guess i really just hadnt thought about skincare.
It was being surrounded by beautiful people with massive disposable incomes that forced me to get a bit more savvy with make up. With a desire to fit in, I picked up a MAC foundation (still too dark for me but nowhere near as bad!) bought Touche Eclat, no Clarins skincare but Olay did me just fine, and a whole bunch of eyeshadow palettes and began to experiment.
Fast forward a whole bunch of years and that experimentation has been trialed, tested and honed (to an extent that gets me by! I am in no means an expert!) and i am now in the middle of a fully blown make up obsession.
Looking back, there have been a lot of mistakes, most of which make me cringe at the thought of ever having walked out the door. It seems though that bad make up is almost a rite of passage and a learning curve, just something that most girl do when finding their feet. However, I will never again entertain the thought of Heather Shimmer, but i guess it makes looking back on photos a LOT more entertaining.
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
There are no words...!
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
My fail safe daytime look is so easy to throw on and involves a very simple, very little, very subtle concept. Clean, fresh looking skin, rosy cheeks, vaseline rosy lips and a 50's style winged eyeliner. Overall its a look i would call 'Easy Breezy 50's'. Now I'm not saying that i wouldn't frequently add a bright pink or red lip with this to add an extra bit of spice for evening, but as far as 'normal' goes, this is it for me.
So here's what i used for both looks:
FACE: Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation/Cover up, Prestige Skin Loving Mineral Blush in 001 Pink
EYES: Boots 17 Liquid Liner, Max Factor False Lash Mascara
LIPS: Vaseline Rosy Lips
ALTER EGO LOOK
FACE: Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation/Cover up, Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Solstice for the cheeks (white line underneath - Barry M white kohl pencil)
EYES: Brows filled in with GOSH velvet touch pencil in carbon, Barry M white kohl pencil, Boots 17 Liquid Liner Liner and because i wanted to keep it fairly androgynous i didn't use any mascara
LIPS: GOSH velvet touch pencil in carbon, Illamasqua Solstice
Monday, 18 May 2009
Isn't it always the nights that are completely last minute and unplanned that turn into the best, most raucous events!? Last night was certainly one of those! I hit the gay clubs with my gay friends for camp karaoke, cheesy songs and some pretty risque dancing.
But answer me this question: Why is it that the second i step into a gay club i immediately start camping it up and posing for every picture with either a massive pout or my finger seductively (!) resting on my bottom lip?! I just don't know what comes over me! EVIDENCE:
'Hello Sailor' from Rick, my offering is the classic arm in the air 'im a diva, me!' pose, additional pout from Chelle!
There it is! Fingers in the mouth! Why, oh why do we do this!?
Aw, group photo!
Luckily i didnt get quite as bad as Greta-hen (in the white) and Dionne! Simmer down boys!!
Friday, 15 May 2009
1)Nail Polish! I cant believe its taken me 23 years and 10 months to 'get' colourful nails, but now that i do i predict there will be no stopping me! At the moment I'm turquoise Barry M True Turquoise. LOVE!) on the fingers and bright Nickelodeon-slime-green on my toes. Seriously every time i catch a glimpse of my digits i catch myself smiling. Small things for small minds and all that! :0)
2) My skin breaking out with any product that isn't powder! I bought Touche Eclat last week purely to brighten up under my eyes (it also acts as a pretty good eyeshadow base) and around my nose. I figures it was pretty lightweight so i shouldn't have any problems. Unluckily for me, while its pretty awesome on the eyes, around my nose has completely broken out. Grrr.
Thursday, 14 May 2009
Put together with green beans...
Accompanied with some Rose Vino. Claud and Steph = Happy Campers!
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
I have a few Boots 17 polishes and i love them. I'm not sure if its the Fast Finish formula or just this specific colour but it is truly awful! Its supposed to be a 'single coat, high shine colour' but as the first coat left me streakier than bacon in stripes and only moderately green, I've ended up adding two more coats and its still a mess. Its a good job I'm not planning to get my feet out tomorrow as this is really quite dire and shall certainly never make it onto my nails. Shame.
From L- R
I think I'm going to go with the turquoise for today and will definitely be investing in some more Barry M Nail paints!
As for the old noggin, here's what i wore: This is a fairly standard look for me and is definitely nothing groundbreaking - just winged liner, glowy skin with rosy cheeks and a pale lip.
FACE - Lily Lolo foundation in Porcelain (I'm never going to turn my back on it!) Touche Eclat under the eyes and on the eyelid, Prestige Mineral Blush in 001 Pink, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in gold as a highlight.
EYES - Boots17 Liquid Liner in Black, Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara. That's all!
LIPS - Mac Angel. nothing else.
Probably the quickest and easiest look there is with very few products.
UPDATE: Here's the NOTD, Barry M Nail Paint in Pure Turquoise. Im definitely going to have to work on getting a neater finish! Any tips?
Thursday, 7 May 2009
From American online swatches and reviews i thought i could use one of the beauty powders (which with MacIntosh-esque embossed rose seems to be the stand out product in the collection) and i figured Blush of Youth would be the more wearable of the two, and A Rose Romance lipstick...but having swatched at my Mac counter i changed my mind on both accounts.
Oooh and have you noticed that ive learnt to watermark my photos? Note: this took many hours as i am a complete technophobe. What do you think? (slight smug at my own skills face)