Lookin’ Bangin’ [Classy Rebel]

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I’ve never had a fringe, ever, in my whole life. Not even a sad blunt one in childhood imposed against my will. I had blonde, ringlet-curly hair as a young child that turned into brown curly-frizzy hair by the time I was around 8 years old, growing darker and somewhat more frizzy as I grew older. The idea of introducing a fringe into that equation and lumbering myself with something I had to wash, style and possibly straighten on a near daily basis seemed like a burden there was little point in entertaining, even as around me I watched almost every female peer I had get trendy sweeping bangs cut in. Continue reading

My Makeup Faves: Edition V

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve done one of these (uh, last April) and there’s lots of new items I’ve found that I love so let’s waste no more time. Here are all my latest favourites of the new products I’ve tried in the past few months. Continue reading

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Review

Anytime anyone asks me about what lipstick I use the answer is always ‘Creeper’ Ultra Matte liquid lipstick by Colourpop Cosmetics, because 95% of the time that’s what I wear. Still, despite my dedication to that particular product and shade, I still regularly like to try out other liquid lipsticks just in case there is, unlikely as it is, a product out there that will rate a perfect 5 out of 5.

When it comes to liquid lipsticks, I’ve also learned it’s a fairly individual thing which formulas work for you. What might feel too drying for one person might be perfect for someone else. What melts off in the corners of my mouth might stay unsmudged on someone with differently shaped lips. So while the Colourpop Ultra Mattes are my Holy Grail, my friend Hope prefers Jeffree Star’s Velour liquid lipstick range, and sweet little angel that she is, she sent me one to try out.

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My 3 Favourite Brow Products on a Budget

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Dis me and mah brows

Here’s the thing: these days, brows are intimidating. Everyone is so obsessed with getting them on fleek, on point, perfectly on your goddamm face, that for someone who’s just starting to figure out what’s best for their own brows, it’s kind of terrifying. It can easily feel like people–especially on social media–are gonna be judging you for your forehead ‘staches. Are you supposed to make them look natural, subtly balancing out your features and the rest of your makeup? Or, wait, are they supposed to be sculptured, carved, bold facial parentheses that involve 5 different intense shaping stages and a highlighting portion that make them look practically 3D?

The good news and the bad news is, yes, some people are going to have opinions about your brows no matter what you do. But that just means that, like everything else, you can free yourself from the weight of their opinions and focus on what works for you. Continue reading

Suavecita Grooming Spray [Deadly is the Female]

There’s a lot about vintage hairstyling that is difficult and takes time to master. There’s almost no style at all that I feel confident even saying I’ve mastered, and that largely comes down to how frizzy and hard to manage my hair is. I have a lot of it but it’s very fine, prone to flyaways and frizziness no matter the weather–although humidity, is, of course, my worst enemy, because it makes a bad situation so much worse.

Often I’ll brush out my pincurl set, add in all my sectioning clips and hairspray everything into place, feeling content I did my best with my limited skills and even more limited patience…And then I’ll move to somewhere with different lighting, or go to take a picture against a lightly coloured wall, and realise there’s a ton of frizz in my set that I hadn’t noticed while styling it against the dark background that’s reflected in my getting-ready mirror. At that point, with all the hairspray in place, I just have to let the style stand as it is, because trying to alter it would likely end up in an even bigger state. Continue reading

My Makeup Faves: Edition IIII

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It’s been a little while since I’ve done a new edition of my new and current makeup favourites, so it’s time to update you all on what I’ve been using and loving these last few months. You’ll see some products I picked up in the USA (don’t worry, they’re mostly available here in the UK too) and some products from a new makeup brand that launched at the end of last year, Freedom Makeup. Continue reading

L.A. Girl Matte Pigment Gloss

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L.A. Girl Matte Pigment Gloss might be a bit of a mouthful as a product name, but it’s not messing around when it comes to providing a lip-full of colour.

As the name suggests, this lip colour is a matte strongly pigmented gloss–but, it’s
also kind of a liquid lipstick. Matte liquid lipsticks tend to be highly pigmented, long-lasting, and quite dry on the lips, since the matte finish and long-wear formula doesn’t allow for much moisture. The difference with this L.A. Girl Matte Pigment Gloss is that it really does seem to feel like half-gloss, half-liquid lipstick, taking the positives from both formula types to leave you with a comfortable, well-wearing product that stays put, doesn’t smudge and stays vibrant. I tested out 2 shades, Instinct, a vibrant red-tinted orange, and Bazaar, a warm mid-toned pink, to see how they applied and wore. Continue reading

Work That Brow [Le Keux Secret Weapon]

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Le Keux is a British vintage inspired hair and beauty company that has their own cosmetics line and two salons (in Leeds and Birmingham) where they offer all manner of hair styling and makeup services, for brides and hen parties, primping for a special events, ladies looking for a fun makeover shoot package, and also princess party packages. I recently spent a day with them in their Leeds salon modelling for their latest bridal and hen party package campaigns with a selection of downright lovely girls who were all a joy to meet (oh heeeey girls!) It was my first chance to see their Le Keux cosmetics product range up close and in action and I was excited to come home with their Secret Weapon Brown Eye Liner & Brow Paint. Continue reading

Shimmer & Shine [Tegen Accessories] 

As a vintage style lover, I’m always drawn to beautiful hair accessories, whether that be vibrant hair flowers or twinkly combs and barrettes, but I realised towards the end of last year that I actually rarely worn any adornments in my hair. The realisation surprised me somewhat, so I made a non-official new year’s resolution (more a goal, than a resolution, really) to make more of an effort to do new things with my hair and to accessorise more, both in my hair and elsewhere on my outfits. It was perfect timing, therefore, when I was contacted for collaboration by Tegen Accessories, a small UK company specalising in handmade and luxury pretty things for, you guessed it, your hair.

I’d been aware of Tegen Accessories before as they have a store in Brighton, a city not very far from where I live. They carry all many different styles of accessories, from hair flowers and crystal barrettes, to bandanas and garlands, beaded headbands, bridal accessories, and straight-up attention-stealing stunning fascinators. They even carry some jewellery, not just for brides.

The selection of products they sent me was varied. The capettes are perfect accessories for a 20s inspired look, the hair comb and barrette are timeless twinkling glamour; the sparkly brooches function two-fold as hair clips as well, and the french pleat comb is handmade in France in a painstaking 10-step process to provide the most flexible and durable comb possible that will stay in place all day without your hair drooping.

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Colorpop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lips

I am obsessed.

I love to wear long-lasting liquid lipsticks, so when I took my recent trip to America I expected to pick up a liquid lipstick from almost every brand that offers them, knowing that many don’t ship to the UK or only do so at the extortionate shipping costs of $30+ even for one lipstick. A few weeks before I was due to fly out I saw ColourPop post pictures of their newest shades of UItra Matte liquid lipsticks on Instagram. ‘More Better’ was a pretty, wearable rich berry shade it’s not easy to find in a liquid lipstick, and at $5.99 a pop I figured it was worth ordering a few other shades to try along with More Better. With free shipping over $30, I went ahead and ordered 5 shades outright. I figured that was only $10 more to order those 5 than it cost to buy a single tube at the $20 a pop that a lot of the stateside cosmetic companies charge. As it turns out, I had just purchased a handful of my new favourites.

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