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Pop Art Make-Up Look (With MAC and House of Fraser...
Pretty Little Liars OOTD
London Retro
Twin Peaks Make-Up Look
The Quest For Disney Princess Lashes
How To Enjoy Even The Shittiest Days
The Beauty And The Bath: LUSH Rose Bubble Bar
Romantic Treats From The Body Shop
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Pop Art Make-Up Look (With MAC and House of Fraser!)

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Wearing: Snood (worn as top), Primark // Sunglasses, London Retro*. On My Face: Infallible 24h Foundation in Porcelain, L'Oreal // One Heck Of A Blot Translucent Powder, Soap & Glory // Liquid Eyeliner in Black, W7 // Mega Plush Mascara, Maybelline // Lipstick in Snob, Lip Pencil in Cherry (worn as eyeliner), and Select MoistureCover Concealer in NW15*, all MAC at House Of Fraser

Spring is the time for trying new things, non? Make-up not the least. There were some pretty cool looks on the catwalk for S/S15; one of my favourites being the pop-art look. Everywhere from Fendi and Dior, to Peter Som and Max Mara, showed bright, modern eye make-up reminiscent of Rothko paintings. For my own take on the look, I went for a blue-toned, almost lilac lip colour (MAC'S Snob) and some messy red stripes under my eyes, with a thin black cat-eye on top. What I love about doing shiz like this to my face is that I feel like something out of The Tribe (if you're too young to remember what that is, then god help me) but also like a character from a Lichtenstein comic painting. Try to stick to one or two primary colours, and focus on making the skin surrounding your art as dewy and flawless as possible, so that it really pops (see what I did there? Okay, sorry). The details can be geometric, colourful, or unexpected; think statement lines of colour or upside-down eyeliner. But most of all, you just want to have fun with a look like this. Think of it as a taster for all the glorious, crazy festival looks that are on their way, and just do whatever you feel like.

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Pretty Little Liars OOTD

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I know I'm not alone in saying that I am OBSESSED with Pretty Little Liars. Almost every blogger I know is totally addicted to it, and there are loads of reasons for its insane popularity. It's not the best scripted (or acted...) show around, but it is a true guilty pleasure, full of intensely dramatic storylines, great hair, and amazing outfits. My favourite little liar has to be Aria Montgomery, the most boho of the bunch. She wears lots of feathery earrings and pretty dresses paired with leather biker jackets. Peter Pan collars make quite a few appearances on the show, especially on Spencer, the most preppy little liar. This outfit is kind of a mash-up of stuff I could see Aria and Spencer wearing whilst they saunter around trying to figure out who the malicious "A" is. Let me know in the comments if you watch the show, but PLEASE....no spoilers. I'm only on season two.

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London Retro

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Sunglasses*, London Retro // Lipstick, Russian Red by Mac 

A little while ago I was super excited to get offered a pair of London Retro shades by Glasses Direct to review. London Retro has just launched it's new Retrospectiv collection, and the whole range is absolutely to-die-for. It has that 60's London vibe, and all the styles are named after iconic specs-wearers from that period. I had a hard time choosing my favourite pair, but in the end I went for the Elwood sunglasses. They have that classic almost-Wayfarer type shape, just square enough to be flattering to my oval, sharply cheek-boned face.

I chose sunglasses because I'm far too lazy to get around to finally getting my eyes tested, but for those of you who know what your eyes need, Glasses Direct do prescription glasses or designer sunglasses, and you can get a free home trial if you're not sure what shapes will suit your face - such a nifty option! I'm absolutely in  love with my Elwood shades and wear them everywhere now! You just can't beat a good pair of shades. I'm going to try really hard not to tread on them/lose them at a festival. Let me know in the comments what kind of shades you're planning on getting this year.

Twin Peaks Make-Up Look

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twin-peaks-make-up-lookSkin: Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation // Sleek Blush in Macaron, from the Pink Lemonade palette // Eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Mugshot (from the Naked 3 palette) // Eyeko Super Skinny Eyeliner in Black // Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara // Lips: Mac Velvet Teddy // Brows: Random brown eyesahdow //

Twin Peaks is one of my favourite shows of all time, and has some epic female characters. I've always been a little obsessed with Madchen Amick, who plays small-town waitress Shelly Johnson. Shelly is a classic 90's BABE; her hair and make-up and basically everything about her is just goals, so I thought I'd attempt to recreate her natural, feminine, retro look. It's all about the lips and brows, in my opinion. She wears that distinctively 90's dark nude lipstick (I used MAC's Velvet Teddy here) and has defined brows with a pointed arch very near the middle. Another stalwart is grey eye-shadow across her whole lid and a thin line of black eye-liner very close to the lash line. I kept the skin natural with just a bit of corally-pink blush. It feels like the kind of look that I should be wearing with Mom jeans and a Calvin Klein t-shirt. Proper 90's babein'! I'm definitely getting excited for the new Twin Peaks series now, even though we've got a while to wait yet. Let me know in the comments which Twin Peaks character has your favourite make-up look!

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The Quest For Disney Princess Lashes

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It's only been in  recent years, that statement lashes, and specifically false lashes, have become seriously big business. To many people, myself included, having thick, dark, feather-like lashes has become as much of a beauty aspiration as having clear skin or good hair. Naturally, I'd say my lashes were okay. Not exactly Spanish senorita, but decently brown and thick. They've definitely decreased in volume due to years of wearing mascara and pulling at them with Shu Uemura curlers and make-up wipes, but they're holding on, and gawd bless 'em for that. 

So how do we go about getting gorgeous cartoon lashes in real life? I've tried a lot of things to fake Disney Princess-like levels of lash power. Individual lashes will probably always be my favourite tactic, but they can be expensive, as all the types I've found are not reusable. I've never been able to get the hang of applying strip lashes, but I decided to give it another go recently, and bought these, the Oh Honey! lashes by Katy Perry for Eylure. I've tried to put them on at least five times, and only succeeded once, BUT, when I did, they looked great, so...

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Continuing the search for cartoon-lash proportions, I tried this Lash Extension Treatment* from Jica. It's basically made up of tiny black natural fibres that cling to your lashes when you run the wand through. It's an ingenius idea, really, and definitely gives your lashes a huge boost, and adds beautiful depth. The fibres are quite fiddly to apply, and I'd recommend using it whilst looking down into a mirror to stop them getting in your eye. After you've swiped the wand through, just coat with another layer of mascara, and the fibres should stay in place. Voila, naturally darker lashes!

When I can't even be bothered with the slightest attempts at falsies but still want mega-volume, I go to my favourite mascaras. It should come as no surprise that They're Real! by Benefit is definitely on my short-list. Maybelline Mega Plush Volum' Express is also a firm favourite, as well as Rimmel Lash Accelerator.

Have I found my perfect, no fuss Bambi-lashes product yet, you ask? Have I heck. But the search is very fun.

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How To Enjoy Even The Shittiest Days


Message Someone Special All Day Long: I love doing this. It doesn't have to be someone you're dating, although those are the best kinds of message marathons; it can be your best mate or a blogger you share a kinship with, or even someone you just met on a dating app. Some of the best conversations I've ever had were with complete strangers who I turned to in seriously hard times. Whether it's a comforting "xx" from your beloved every now and again to get you through a hard day at work, or a soul-baring session with someone you'll never meet, talking (or texting) almost always helps.

Get Ready To Go Out, Even If You're Staying Home: It's very hard to feel like a heavenly creature when you're wearing a ratty dressing gown with peanut butter stains down the front and sporting unwashed hair and sore eyes from staring at your phone screen for 125 hours straight. You've got to put down the packet of carbs, get out of bed, and turn up for yourself. I find it really therapeutic and energising to sit in front of my little dressing table mirror and do my make-up, hair, my nails, or whatever needs doing, even if I'm just going to go straight back to my laptop afterwards.

Sweat It Out: When I'm really stressed, sometimes I just cannot "calm down". It would be a futile endeavour to sit somewhere fidgeting, playing relaxing music, attempting to meditate, and just getting more and more frustrated. So I put on some techno on my headphones, something that really reflects my state of mind, and I dance or go for a run until I can't move any more. It's impossible to not feel at least a little bit better afterwards.

Do Something For Your Autobiography: What would you do if you had more emotional distance? If you didn't have to worry about the consequences? Try doing something, anything, not for what it will lead to or because it's a good idea, but because you want to tell the story of it one day. Some of the most exciting things I've ever done, I did because I was bored, and wanted a new story to tell. On a really bad day, when you're struggling to see the point of anything, take a step outside yourself, and picture your body as the main character in a crazy book you're reading. What would you like her to do next? 

The Beauty And The Bath: LUSH Rose Bubble Bar

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When I'm in the bath, I want to feel like either a character from Perfume or a Disney Princess, with my curly hair piled up on my head and a friendly song-bird whistling to me from the windowsill. Of course you can't always control whether or not the bird turns up, but you can make the water a colour fit for a mermaid. Lush feels like pretty much the only beauty brand that sells these experiences just as much as it sells products. I'm sort of working my way through everything they make now that I actually have a bath, and the other day I snapped up my very first bubble bar. It's called simply  Rose, and reminds me of the magic rose from Beauty and The Beast, my favourite Disney movie. I love anything red, pink, super-feminine, or with hearts or roses on (as I'm sure you've noticed from the look of my blog...) and I gravitate towards scents that are girly and edible; this has just enough cocoa butter in it to balance the strong fresh roses scent. It makes the water a delicate pink with glittery bubbles, and you can't get much more Disney Princess than that.

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Romantic Treats From The Body Shop

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All products*, The Body Shop

Isn't it great when you're gearing up for a dull Valentine's Day, and it turns out to be amazing? Thanks to a few majorly kind brands, I was one spoilt blogger this year. One of the best packages that came through my letterbox was a parcel from The Body Shop, including some lovely things from their new Smoky Poppy range. I nearly squealed with absolute freaking delight when I saw the huge bottle of Red Musk eau de parfum that was inside. It's a gritty, unique scent that is equal measures sexy and elegant; the kind of thing you wear on a date night when you already know you'll be going home together; or underneath a white shirt and black trousers. It has notes of (cruelty-free) spiced musk, cinnamon and tobacco. The bottle is gorgeous too, a minimalist, chunky design that feels great in your hands.

Along with my Red Musk, I also got a Velvet Stick for Lips and Cheeks in the shade Poppy Bronze, and a Smoky Poppy eau de toilette to add to my ever-growing collection of Body Shop single-note scents. I mean, seriously, I am obsessed with those things. I have at least three more on my wishlist, so go check them out if you haven't already. As for the velvet stick, it's a subtle, matte rosy gold that looks really natural on both lips and cheeks. It's a bit more difficult to spread on the cheeks so I'd recommend putting some on your buffing brush and doing it that way. It smells lovely and compliments my pale skin/red hair colouring, which is quite an ask. All in all I absolutely love this range, and particularly recommend Red Musk if you're looking for one of those androgynous, sexy scents that can be so difficult to find from cruelty-free companies.

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