Lifestyle

Valentine Gift Ideas!

I feel like over the past few years valentine’s day has become more about spending hundreds of pounds on your partner and treating it like a birthday. Don’t get me wrong me and my partner love spoiling each other but it feels like it’s become more commercialised. We get each other a little something, a card and spend the day together or weekend after.

So here are a few ideas of websites to look on and cute gifts for your partner that don’t cost a bomb, but I feel are very thoughtful. Ill pop links to each of the products to if you want to have a little look.

Boomf

It sounds a bit od, but it is really cool. I’m sure you have seen an advert for them before. It’s basically a square and you choose photos to go on each side, it comes flat packed and when someone opens it, it pops out with confetti. They are around £7.00 + post and packaging.

https://boomf.com/

Firebox

This website is brilliant for gifts, whether its cute, funny or slightly dirty they have some great ones. I would just have a look through the website because they have great gifts like a pillow case with your face on it, Giant STI teddys or sweets and chocolates. All depends on what the person you’re buying it for likes.

https://www.firebox.com/

Photo Frame

I don’t think you can really go wrong with a lovely photo of you and your partner in a picture frame. My partner did this for me a few years ago and I love it, its just so thoughtful. You can pop to your local Tesco and print off a photo instantly. You can get frames from literally anywhere, but paper chase do some lovely ones and not crazy pricey.

https://www.paperchase.com/en_gb

Flowers

Something as simple as a single rose can mean so much to someone. I do love roses and you can go to your local florist to get one, or a few if that’s what you would prefer. Moon pig do some lovely flowers if you don’t have time to go out and get it delivered straight to the person.

https://www.moonpig.com/uk/flowers-and-plants/

Candle

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a candle as a present. I always have a candle burning and always have the next one lined up ready to go. There are so many different brands of candles, Yankee Candles are lovely but can be a bit pricey. Most places do their own brands of candles. A brand I really like are Lily-Flame. They look so cute and smell amazing. You can get them in different shops or directly from there website.

https://www.lily-flame.co.uk/

Beauty, Lifestyle

1920’s Project and Makeup.

As a part of my course I have to pick 3 different eras for my project, I picked 1920’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. Each of these projects have to be 4 A3 pages, with different textures, gems, glitter and many more. The information has to be about the era, music, makeup, fashion, influences and much more. Then this information was made into mood boards.

The first project I completed was the 1920’s which had to be handed in just before Christmas, 1950’s has to be handed in by March and 1960’s has to be completed by June.

The project was a lot more time consuming than I thought it would be and I could of kept adding more and more to the mood boards. I also had to complete a makeup look for the era I was doing so I could add pictures to my project.

This is my 1920’s Project and I got 95% which is a distinction Grade which I am really pleased with.

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Beauty, Lifestyle

Ageing For Stage

As part of the theatrical side of my makeup course I had to do basically make someone look old, ageing for stage. My first thoughts were that we might be using latex to create wrinkles, but I was very wrong. All the products I used were cream based. The demonstration was done on myself and it took around 2 hours to do my makeup, hair and they had an outfit ready for me. Demonstration was done by my tutor.

I also had to learn how to age hands for stage as well and that would be part of my assessment. We all sat around a table and did it on our own hand as our tutor shows us what to do. It was harder to do that it looks.

Close up the ageing for stage makeup does look quite cartoony but if someone was on stage it would give the impression of someone aged. The look does take quite a long time to complete, especially when you are still learning the steps or do something wrong and you need to correct it. I did have a few lessons to practice. Creating this look is a lot harder than I first thought.

For the assessment I needed to get an outfit for my partner and do their hair and spray it grey to get the overall look of ageing. I had 2 hours to complete this assessment and take my photos of the look. I got a 85% which is a Merit.

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Here are some pictures of my assessment and the overall look I created.

Beauty

SoSu X Keilidh Collaboration.

I have been following Keilidh on Instagram and YouTube for a while, she is an Irish makeup artist and is so bloody talented. She uses a lot of products from a makeup brand called SoSu by Suzanne Jackson. SoSu by Suzanne Jackson is an Irish makeup brand who is cruelty free and ship worldwide.

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Keilidh collaborated with SoSu and brought out a collection. I was so excited when sneak peeks of the collection came out, it looked so good. The collection includes:

1 x Urban Bible 16 Shade Eyeshadow Palette                                                                                 1 x Urban Rebel 7 Piece Brush Collection                                                                                         3 x Lashes – Black Heart, Ego & Keilidh

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I couldn’t resist making a cheeky order, after all you need to treat yourself from time to time. I ordered the brush collection and 1 x ego lashes. I kept telling myself I don’t need another eye shadow palette but I ended up ordering it as well but a little bit later.

I’m not big into wearing false lashes but the ones I ordered applied easily and felt really comfortable on the eye, I kept them on all day. That’s a big deal for me because I always end up taking them off half way through a day, but after a while I forgot I had them on.

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The brush collection is an eye brush set with a highlighter brush. The packaging on the brushes is so cool and on the back of the box it tells you exactly what to use each brush for to give you the best result, I think that was really helpful. I feel like this is what I needed, the perfect eye brushes, they are so soft and blend like a dream. I love the sleek all black brushes.

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And last but not least, the Urban Bible 16 Shade eye shadow palette. The palette has 11 matt and 5 shimmer shades. I love that half the palate is colourful and the other half is more day to day / grungy colours. I felt inspired as soon as I opened the palette and have seen other people create so many different looks with this palette.

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Some of my faviourate looks Keilidh had created with her palette.

I think there has been so much personality put into this collection. When I think of keilidh I think of bold eyes, she always creates amazing eye looks and this collection is just her to a tea. I would recommend treating yourself to this collection. I will leave all the information below if you want to have a look at the collection or check out keilidh and SoSu.

If you want to take a look at the collection: https://www.sosubysj.com/

Check them out on Instagram: KeilidhMUA & SoSu

 

Lifestyle

Netflix: Update on Shows I would recommend!

Sabrina

The chilling adventures of Sabrina:

I wasn’t sure what this was going to be like, I grew up watching Sabrina the teenage witch and I loved it. But I honestly think this was better, it’s a more twisted version but really worth a watch. I loved it. Can’t wait for chapter 2.

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The Sinner:

I think I preferred season 1 to season 2 but they were both good. You see a crime happen first and then the story unravels as to why it happened and there is always more to the story than you think. I did binge watch this one over a weekend. It does keep you on the edge of your seat.

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You:

I was really looking forward to this one because the main character was from Gossip Girl and I loved that show. It is about a young guy who basically stalks a young girl and becomes part of her life. Its creepy but so good. I also binge watched this one.

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Better Call Saul:

I started watching this because I loved Breaking Bad, I did find it a little slow for the first 2 seasons but season 3 and 4, just WOW. It really picked up and I really enjoyed it.

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Lost in Space:

This show is literally as the title says, about a family lost in space. It’s based in the future and I really enjoyed it. After having to evacuate the main spaceship everyone became stranded on a planet they knew nothing about.

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Riverdale:

I really enjoy Riverdale and the story lines. It’s a teen drama based on a comic book. It’s got so many twists and turns which keeps you on your toes. Plus the characters are so lovable, well most of them.

Lifestyle, Travel

London: Day Trip!

I went on a day trip to London with college. We went to have a look around Coven Garden and see a show.

We arrived around midday and had just over 2 hours to do as we pleased before we had to meet back up to see a show. We had a little look around and took some photos. We went just before Christmas and the decorations were so pretty.

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We went for food at Pasta Brown, I think they only have one restaurant in London. It was a little pricey but 100% worth it. The food was incredible. I had Penne Fiorentina (baby spinach, mozzarella, garlic and tomato sauce) and it was the best pasta I have ever had. Everyone really enjoyed there meal.

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After food we went and met everyone else at the Savoy Theatre to watch Dream Girls. To be honest I wasn’t really looking forward to the show because I didn’t know what it was about, apparently there was a film with Beyoncé but I haven’t seen it. But the show was amazing. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed the storyline and the songs. I would recommend seeing this show if you can it’s really worth it.

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We headed straight home after the show, it was a long drive home took around 5 hours with traffic. I did have such a lovely day and can’t wait to go back to London soon.

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Lifestyle

My New Year’s Resolution!

I’m not exactly going to make New Year’s resolutions for 2019. I’m going to give myself goals and things that I would like to accomplish throughout the year.

Education:

This year I want to complete level 2 Theatrical and Media Makeup and get onto the Level 3 course. As well as pass both my English and Maths GCSE.

Work:

I currently work 2-3 days a week in my part-time job. I want to gain more confidence and start to do more freelance makeup and gain more experience. Maybe even look to get a job on a makeup counter to boost my confidence doing makeup on strangers as well as get more product knowledge.

Health:

I don’t so much want to lose weight exactly, the generic New Year’s resolution. I just want to lead a healthier lifestyle and be more physically active. Kind of take care of my body more and feel better in myself.

Travel:

I love visiting new places and experiencing new cultures. So I would like to travel and go away as much as I physically can throughout 2019. Starting with New York City in February.

Friends:

I want to make more of an effort to see my friends, with work and college I tend to neglect a social life. So I am going to make more effort, even if it is popping over for a cup of tea.

Me:

As well as make time for friends I want to ensure I make time for myself to relax and I want to work on stress. I get stressed out easily, usually for no reason. But want to be more relaxed.

So this year I’m not doing the generic ‘NEW YEAR, NEW ME’. I want to focus on myself and improve in all aspects of my life and enjoy myself.

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