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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin | Book

Alexander McQueen Bloody Beneath The Skin

Still keeping up with my "1 book a month goal" April's book was a little something different for me because it was a Biography on the late (great) Alexander McQueen by Andrew Wilson. Fun fact about me is that Alexander McQueen is my favourite designer, I've never really known why but I have always loved the designs and the outrageous fashion shows. I spotted Blood Beneath The Skin on Amazon and realise that whilst I love the McQueen brand I actually knew very little about the man behind it other than that he killed himself about 8 years ago so I had to buy it. 

This biography is beautifully done because it contains quotes and memories from friends and family which help to tell Lee Alexander McQueen's story from trusted people in his life. From the book you get a really detailed understanding McQueen's personality, he was wild, he was passionate, he was controversial and yet he was very vulnerable. There are a lot of things that can be said about his fashion shows and he in his time received a huge amount of criticism for some of the visual effects of the shows which must have been so frustrating because some people just didn't see what he was trying to say. 

This book does not paint Lee in any angelic light, I think he was a personal that many probably would struggle to get along with but I like that

Alexander McQueen Blood Beneath The Skin

I have always loved McQueen because the fashion was hard, it was edgy and it was a work of art to some people. The man knew how to tailor suits perfectly and gave the womanly form a bit of structure and strength that most designers just didn't do! I remember ages ago i read a quote that suggested McQueen wanted people to be scared of the woman he dressed, he wanted them to be feared and not feeble and dainty  and that really resonated with me, he saw women as survivors because he witnessed his own sister become a victim of domestic abuse. McQueen was obsessed with light and dark, life and death and reading this book tries to encourage the reader to see things from another perspective. 

If you aren't into fashion then obviously this book isn't gonna be for you, but if you like Alexander McQueen or are interested in luxury fashion then seriously give this book ago! 

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Barry M Flawless Concealer | Beauty

Barry M Flawless Concealer

I have never really been someone to wear a lot of concealer, a little while ago I thought I would give the Collection 2000 one ago again and then I quickly remembered why I had stopped using it! Love the product cannot stand the packaging, mine always seems to leak everywhere and I can't stand mess. The other week I go caught shirt because I had a mammoth spot and had a big meeting so I ran to Boots and the only (cruelty free) concealer I could find was Barry M Flawless Concealer

They only had about 4 different shades with this concealer and I was very lucky to see that my shade was in stock! To be honest I didn't really know much about it other that was written on the bottle which states that it is light reflecting - not exactly what I wanted but I thought it would do the job. Upon researching it's actually a lightweight concealer which has been infused with cucumber and aloe to soothe and it's great for under eyes...yeah...not for spots so now it kind of makes sense. I though the colour match was good for me and it's a very easy product to work with but I have to admit it isn't great for covering spots, you have to keep building up and blending out to try and get a higher coverage. 

Barry M Flawless Concealer

The wand of the Flawless Concealer is so underwhelming and I would go as far to say that it is completely useless! I can get on board with brush wands for concealers but this one is so thin I struggled to apply the product to the areas I needed to. I even used the product for it's real purpose which is under the eyes and I just couldn't get enough product on the wand to get it under my eyes. When I eventually did manage to get some on my skin, I did really like it! It blends out easily and it does have a light reflecting quality about it, but it's worth noting that I don't have very dark circles under my eyes.

The Flawless Concealer, is a very lightweight concealer and it's gonna struggle to cover any huge spots but if you are looking for something that brings a bit of light into your face and that isn't too cakey then this little fellow might be for you! 

What are your favourite concealers  

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Top 5 Home Stores | Lifestyle

Having recently just bought our first home, I have spent all most all of my spare time in bloody home interior stores and I actually really love it. I feel like me and the boyf have done really well in filling our home with bits and pieces but at a fair price-point so today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite places to discover things for your home. 

Some of these are going to be so obvious so I may as well start with THE most obvious which has to be...

Home Sense
I don't think I can fully explain just HOW much I love Home Sense, I literally cannot walk into that place without walking out with at least one new thing. One of the many reasons I love Home Sense is that when you walk in there is always something new to look at or explore, our local one changes around so frequently that you are always finding unique times that weren't there the week before. I wouldn't say that Home Sense is a "cheap" shop but all of the products are less than half their original price so you still can save quite a lot. One of my favourite purchases from there has to be our bright yellow velvet feature chair!

I feel like IKEA is a bit of a "marmite" shop lately, I saw some people recoil at the fact I was going to buy my bed and mattress from there and others who literally jump up and down when I said I was going. Don't get me wrong the physical act of going to IKEA stresses me out just a tad because it's quite chaotic but me and the boyf did a lot of research online before we went so we kind of knew what we wanted anyway! We bought a lot from there on Easter weekend and I was surprised at the total price came to less than what I thought it would! My favourite purchase is definitely our bed and mattress, the mattress is super comfy and the bed is perfect for what we wanted! 

Guys, I'm putting it out there, I think Wilko is one of the most underrated shops for home interiors! I definitely feel like Wilko has had a rebrand as of late and I just feel that they make certain interior trends super accessible for everyone because the price point is always really good. I tend to find myself buying bits and bobs more so than huge pieces of furniture but it's a place I always think to go first if I am looking for something because I guarantee that they will have it! My favourite purchase from there are our light shades, they are a black industrial look and we have some gorgeous amber filament bulbs which brings the whole look together.  

Dunlem was a place that I never thought to go and yet since getting the house we find ourselves there almost every weekend. Dunlem is unusual in the sense that the price point really vary across products, you can pick some things up that are dirt cheap and yet others are what I would consider luxury prices. I really like the variety of products per department, some store specialise in soft furnishings or furniture for example but Dunlem has a lot of different items for lots of different areas of your home, it's very easy to get lost in there. My favourite item from there has to be my bedroom curtains, even if they were bloody expensive, I can't help but look at them and just love them!  

The Range
It's taken me quite a while to come around to the idea of The Range, I'm not sure whether it's just my local one that I don't really like or what but I used to really get put off of going there. However, as of late I have found myself warming more to the store. It does have some handy things and we ended up getting quite a few items from there for our kitchen and some bedding, another brand again that offers a really reasonable price-point. Whilst I don't consider The Range to offer "trendy" items it certainly offers a lot of home essentials. My favourite item from the store is our giant mirror, in fact it was one of the first items that me and the boyf actually both liked! 

There we have just 5 of my fave places to buy gorgeous stuff for your home in! What are your faves?

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate | Beauty

Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate

Another Body Shop product, I can almost SEE your eyes start to roll, you guys have to know that I really think The Body Shop has some incredible skincare ranges and I am obsessed with the Resurfacing Liquid Peel  and the Youth Cream but I have been honest about my opinion regarding their beauty products such as the CC Cream which was a massive disappointment. I just kinda have a problem with the The Body Shop in the sense that I cannot walk out of there with just one thing so I end up buying a few! 

You guys already know that I am paranoid about my ever aging face so was on the look out of a little eye cream when I spotted (with my saggy eyes) The Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate, I just saw the words "youth" and "eyes" and knew I had to have it! Like the Drops of Youth Cream  this product also has plant stem cells such a Edelweiss, Sea Holly and Criste Marine. 

Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate

It's an unusual little contraption isn't it? Basically it's a pump and applicator all in one! You press down on the little black part which deposits the eye cream around the silver roller ball and then, as instructed by the packaging, you massage the cream around both eyes in a figure 8 motion and then you simply pat it in with your fingers until it is completely absorbed. I'm not gonna lie to you guys but this took me a little while to even remember to keep using, for some reason I really struggled to work it into my skincare routine but I eventually did. 

The Youth Eye Concentrate is a really lovely product because it's so fresh and light, it also has a cooling quality to it which is helped by the roller ball. I definitely noticed that this product made the skin around my eyes appear more lighter and brighter but I am lucky in the sense that I have quite pale under eyes anyway so don't often have "bags" as such! I have read the reviews online and many people have said that it reduces fine lines which personally I haven't noticed, for me this product is more of a hydrating cream than a cream to reduce wrinkles which I actually wanted. 

It is a lovely product but I think I want to go for something that is a little more tightening and wrinkle reducing as opposed to birghtening so I won't buy this product again but that's not to say it isn't a great product because it is, I just need something a little stronger to tackle my aging eyes! 

What eye creams do you recommend? 

Sunday, 29 April 2018

A Cruelty Free Blogger? | Lifestyle

Cruelty Free

When it comes to skincare, make up and even hair care I can honestly say I am cruelty free and yet I still struggle to promote this publicly on my social media. I have thought about it a lot recently and I guess it's lead me to question why?

I think the problem is when you start labeling yourself you actually open yourself up to a lot of criticism which I just can't be bothered with! The issue is that things change all the time and whilst I may buy a product that I personally think is safe/cruelty free I could end up being wrong and that's when you start to question the label! Additionally I'm not vegan, I mean, I ain't even vegetarian so how can I claim to be cruelty free when I chose to eat meat or wear leather? It's such a minefield that I often feel really conflicted. We're at an age where we have so many sources of information and videos you become overwhelmed and feel the need to do better which I think is a brilliant thing but I still struggle to fly that "cruelty free" flag because I know that I'm not perfect. 

I think it's the granularity of it all, where do you draw the line? I would never touch any L'Oréal products and until last year The Body Shop was actually owned by L'Oréal however TBS still didn't test on animals, but morally I don't want to contribute any revenue, in any capacity to L'Oréal so didn't want to shop there. Even massive bloggers are still promoting brands that all sell in China where legally they have to test products on animals before they are sold in that country, so I stop wanting to read or watch their content because its something I just can't get excited about anymore. My most read blog post is a lipstick review on L'Oréal which I no longer want to promote but you can't get away from the fact it's my most liked post. There are just so many things to consider and I just want to say that on a level I am cruelty free but I know that I can't be perfect with all my choices.

I am a huge believer that small changes make the biggest difference and whilst I do eat meat and wear leather I do believe that by only buying brands that do not test on animals I am making a small difference. Who knows, maybe somewhere down the line, I will start to make a bigger more considered lifestyle change.

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