Saturday, 23 July 2016

Starlight Express




 
Last Week, I was given the opportunity to work alongside Stage 84's production on "Starlight Express" at Bingley Arts Theatre. I must admit that prior to working the event, I was super nervous about working in a professional theatre as i've only ever worked for college productions before and I was also a bag of nerves at the thought of working with a group of 30 who had known each other for almost 10 years! The students were like one big family and I felt like I was going to be a huge outsider. The thing that got me out of my house and in to that theatre despite the nerves is that I would be doing what I love. For as long as I can remember i've wanted to do Make Up for Film, Tv & Theatre and I hope this is just the starts!

I was soon proved that my nerves were unnecessary. The whole cast and crew were so unbelievably friendly and helpful, I didn't feel out of place or uncomfortable at all. They made the hours prior to the show so entertaining and I was so sad when the curtains fell for the last time on the Saturday evening show.

I can't even begin to express how talented this group of 14 to 19 year olds are. They blew me away, I felt like I was watching a real professional West End production! I mean, singing, dancing and acting are one thing but to do that all on skates? Jeez!

I've inserted just a few of the photos I got of me completing the Make Up which I will insert for my portfolio! You'll have to excuse the concentration face though...

I know this is a short post but I just wanted to fill you guys in on what i've been up to and how much fun I had! I can't wait for someday when I make this my career and build my life off it! My dream is to develop into special effects & prosthetics as some of you may already be aware. I dream big and hope eventually I end up working on Hollywood sets!

I hope you all enjoyed this short post! Would you all be interested in more Stage Make Up/ Special effect/ Fantasy posts? Or shall I keep it more casual with my reviews and swatches? 

Let me know!

Lily xo





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Thursday, 21 July 2016

A change in Lifestyle


Being 17, I fully admit to the couch potato, binge eating whilst watching my favourite series on Netflix. I am guilty okay?

But recently, it really got to me. I always felt tired, fatigued and bloated. I had this awful vision of my laziness taking over the rest of my life if I didn't step up sooner or later. I had been to the gym before but never been anything more than a half an hour run on the crosstrainer, which let's face it, didn't exactly break me out in a sweat!

So, I decided to join Nuffield Gym which is literally a 10 minute walk from my house and is open from 6am till 10pm so I really do not have an excuse. 

Through joining, I received a free MOT session which is an hour period with one of their health specialists. They take things from my BMI to my blood pressure to my hip to waist ratio and so much more. They also ask several lifestyle questions, on how much exercise I get weekly and what my diets like. Overall, I was pretty healthy! And I must admit, I was dreading this session! I know i'm not "fat", there are parts of my body I wish I could change but my issue has always been my weight, ever since I can remember. As a little girl, I was always worried I outweighed all the other girls my age but honestly, some people just tend to be bigger boned or have more muscle or fluid weighing them down. I am not an unhealthy weight and weight is something I do not tend to measure, I find it inaccurate and this is not something I will monitor in the future s my fitness journey proceeds.

After my MOT, a personal training programme was scheduled in order for me to receive a programme. Again, I had an hour with a personal trainer and he asked what my goals were and my answer was "To tone my body and to become a fitter, healthier version of myself". The session was intense, I had to stop at some point due to feeling dizzy and nauseous and apparently this is normal for people once they start intensive training for the first time. This was a huge wake up call though, I don't want to be seen as inactive, I want to be able to have the freedom to run and have fun and not have my health delay me! I repeated the programme given to me for the following week and honestly, I could already feel the improvement. I still found it incredibly pushing but I complete all of it without any side effects which I am very proud of.

Once I had got comfortable with my given programme, I wanted to push myself. I wanted something new and exciting but I don't feel confident making my own programme for myself. So I dug out my Kayla Itsines BBG Programme in a pile of dusty boxes and I am not regretting it. The Programme consists of 3 days out of 7 doing resistance training. Monday focusing on Legs, Wednesday on Arms & Abs and Friday a full body work out. Tuesday & Thursday are aimed at LISS which is 30-45 minutes of walking, which I feel I complete already by walking my dogs and walking to and from work.

The resistance training is some crazy stuff. I found it even more challenging than my Nuffield Programme and through my first week, I struggled to complete the whole thing. The aim is to complete 2 7 minute circuits twice which equals a 28 minute workout which doesn't sound like long but wow, after the first 14 minutes I was red and sweaty and my legs were trembling! I couldn't physically complete the circuits again so I left them at that, I know the limit between pushing myself and injuring myself. So I modified the programme by doing week 1 over a 2 week period so that my body had time to adjust. The Monday of Week 1 had me the worst, I struggled to walk and move the following 2 days I was so achey! So since then i've bought a foam roller and my muscles have never felt better! I really am enjoying BBG and I am going to stick with it and hopefully eventually see some changes within the next few months.

They say a fitness journey is all about 20% workouts and 80% food diet. I really do hate the word "diet" to me I just think of salads and rabbit food. I want to eat healthy but I don't want to be restricted you know? I purchased Alessandra Peters "The Foodie Teen" recipe book which gives many healthy, delicious recipes! Coming from someone who could eat junk food and takeaways every day pf her life, healthy food can be tasty, I promise! I'm trying to involve as much fruit and veg in to my meals as possible and through this i've discovered foods that I now love but a few weeks ago I would have turned my noise up at the thought of them! Now, I am not a nutritionistin the slightest but below I have just included some images of the foods and recipes that have become sort of a holy grail to me!





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Friday, 15 July 2016

Let's talk about shoes...


It probably sounds a bit "clique" when I admit to my shoe obsession. 

I mean i'm the kind of girl who will go to work and college in a pair of vans or converse, and these are my "Go To's" like they are just easy and comfortable and go with absolutely anything.

However, no matter what time of year it is I always have a thing for boots. I know its supposed to be a season thing but I just adore them!! 

So when I was on instagram a couple of weeks ago and saw these babies on my Explore Feed, I went on the page to discover a website called LoudLook, it was like I died and woke up in Heaven. After hours of scrolling, I finally settled on these Berenice Ankle Boots which were only £12.99!! I think that is probably the best bargain I have found all year. Considering I usually go to New Look for my boots which is about double the price.

I've also found other shoes on this site which I will definitely be ordering when payday comes around again such as the Florence Ankle Boot which will fit nicely in my boot collection alongside the Alexandria Boots which are a great dupe for Timberland Boots and are so easy to wear! And finally on my wish list are the Agatha Boots which are probably my absolute favourite!

What are your favourite shoes on your wish list at the moment?

Lily xo


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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

BeautyBay Haul


Once Payday came through last week, I thought it was about time to tick some of the items off my BeautyBay Wishlist. I want to start off by saying how much I spent in total on this order, which was  £56.75. Now because I spent over a certain amount, my delivery was free and also arrived the next day (god bless BeautyBay). I think this total is super cheap compared to the quality of the items I bought.

Starting with the Morphe Lashes. These are products that have been on my Wish List for a while, I've never heard anyone of using them or reviewing them so I was on the fence about purchasing them. I didn't know if they'd be all plasticy and barbie like due to the low price (£1.50 - £2.75). But then I got thinking, if it turns out they're not the best quality, I only spent about £4 on them so it won't be the worst decision. So I ordered the ML76 Morphe Premium Lashes for £2.75 and the ML218 Premium Lashes for £1.50. I haven't tried the ML76 yet, however I have already had 2 uses out of ML218 Lashes and oh wow! They are just so amazing, the quality is just as good as Ardell and EyeLure but a fraction of the price. They don't feel cheap and plastic like at all and after 2 uses they're still in shape! I would highly recommend these, so affordable and such high quality.

Moving on to the St. Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower Lotion. I've never used fake tan properly, whenever i'm feeling pasty i'll use Garnier Gradual Tan just to brighten my skin up a bit. But when I saw that this was streak free / odour free and the application process was 3 minutes in the shower, I was dying to try it! This cost me £11.50 which is about double the price I usually pay for my Garnier Tan. I've used this 3 times since purchasing and my overall view is a bit 50/50. I still have my bikini tan lines from coming back from Gran Canaria about a month ago now, so maybe this is why i'm not seeing much of  difference. The only difference i've really noticed is in my arms and face, the rest of my body doesn't seem to have been affected. Saying that, i'm not streaky in the slightest, it really does look completely natural. However the whole "odour free" thing is not 100% true, after showering and getting in to bed I can smell that false tan biscuity smell still. I do think for the price, this isn't quite what it's lived up to be but if you're looking for something easy to apply and a gradual tan process, maybe give this a try.


The final product I purchased was the new Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. I fell in love with this as soon as soon as it was released and was waiting for payday to come so I could finally own one for myself. The colours are out of my comfort zone, but they are exactly what i'm trying to wear more in my everyday look. I usually stick with neutrals but these colours are just so beautiful and easy to work into a everyday look. They are super pigmented too, I only have to dab my brush into the pan and thats all the product i'll need. The only flaw of this pallets is the brush it comes with, it has two sides, one that is create for packing on product and I love this side and use it daily, the other side is more of a blending brush and I find this scratchy and it malts like crazy! Not what I expected from ABH so I am disappointed with that. But overall, I love the palette and I am still in my experimental phase where I am messing round with different looks.

Would you guys like to see some of the looks i've been creating with this palette?

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Monday, 4 July 2016

Naked 2 Vs Naked 3




 

I remember the research and thought that I went in to before purchasing my first Naked Pallete almost 4 years ago now. I didn't know which pallets to go for and decided between them for weeks! At this point, Naked 3 wasn't available so my decision fluctuated between the first and the second pallete.

Eventually I decided upon the second, I felt it had more colours I could work with opposed to the first.

The reason i'm writing this post is because I wanted to help anyone out there living the painful decision I had when buying my first Naked Pallete. I do not own the first Pallete, as for some reason, the colours involved do not appeal to me, I find them very similar to the second Pallete and have never had that urge to buy it. 

As you can see from the photo, Naked 2 has definitely had it fair turn of use, with the colours of YDK and Tease hitting pan. The reason for this is because I have had this 3 years longer than then Naked 3 and also for a brief period of time, Tease is the shade I would use for filling in my eyebrows! 

The two Palletes are so different. I use them both religiously but for many different things. I find that Naked 2 isn't the best Pallete for casual, everyday eyes and I find it difficult to work with for creating looks toned down for college and work. Whereas, Naked 3 is perfect for that everyday simple look whether it be matte or shimmer. Due to myself having green eyes, I find that the pinks work really well to bring out this feature! However, If i was dressing up and going out, I would reach for the second Pallete over the third as this Pallete is just perfect for creating Smokey Eyes and that's what I usually aim for when going out!

However, I do find that it is also easy to incorporate the 3rd Pallete into a more formal look, creating a Smokey eye using one of the pinky shades a lid shade and using the darker shades for blending.

Overall, If i was in the position I was in 4 years ago and had to choose one of the Urban Decay Naked Palletes. My decision would be the Naked 3, as i find it the most versatile to work with. So if you're looking for a versatile high pigemntated Pallete that you can wear everyday as well as spicing up for a night on the town, this is the one for you! But if you're looking for a Pallete aimed at Smokey eyes and want something with a little more edge to it, i would recommend the Naked 2!

What are your favourite Go to Palletes?


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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

My Week in Lipsticks



I am a huge hoarder when it comes to lipstick but my problem being I have such dry lips, I usually skip this step out of my Make Up routine on a daily basis with the exception of going on a night out or a special event etc.

So last week I challenged myself to wearing a different lipstick from my collection through the week and I was pretty successful.


Monday - Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte in "Invasion"
As I mentioned, my lips are very dry so going for a liquid lipstick on day 1 was very risky. However, I adore the GC formula, I only had to apply it twice throughout the day, the first time being first thing in the morning and the second after a hearty big meal. So I think that's pretty awesome!! I didn't find it flaked or went patchy, the colour was very pigmented even on the parting of my lips where I usually find this is where liquid lipstick usually disappear. Overall, day 1 went great in my opinion.


Tuesday - Lord & Berry Lipstick Pencil in the shade "chocolate"
This is a fairly new purchase for me, I picked this up at Sally's wholesalers a couple of weeks ago as it was reduced due to "damage in transportation" although the only thing damaged was the packaging it came in which was then binned when I got home anyway,so definitely worth the £5 I paid for it. I found the formula very creamy and glossy as opposed to my matte lip that I usually go for. Saying that, I do adore the colour completely! I'm just not a fan of the formula, I found due to the creaminess it just smudged around my lip line and I just looked like I smashed chocolate in my mouth.

Wednesday - MAC matte lipstick in "Velvet Teddy"
I mentioned earlier that I usually skip the whole lip stage of my Make Up routine but on the rare occasion that I do reach for a lipstick, this is the one I will go to when my lips don't feel as dry as they usually do. It's just that "my lips but better" shade and something about it just gets to my heart. Due to it being a matte,I can't wear it on my dry days but 
this Wednesday, my lips were feeling pretty good and maybe that was due to the creaminess of the day befores lipstick choice. I would recommend this shade to anyone, I don't know any lipstick that can live up to MACs range, I find they just sit on my lips flawlessy all day and this shade is just to die for.

Thursday - NYX matte lip creme in the shade " "
I bought this a while back whilst in London for the weekend and it's just been sitting in my Make Up storage ever since so I thought this was a great opportunity to get it out. It applied great, very smooth and not drying at all. But I did find throughout the day, the parting of my lips was missing the lipstick and I had to keep reapplying. Personally, I find these NYX cremes a tad overrated, I love NYX as a brand, just not a fan of these particular products.

Friday- Nars Sheer Lipstick in "Roman Holiday"
I did mention that I prefer matte over gloss but theres just something about these sheer formulas from nars. They're so moisturising and buttery and they smell so good! I do have a few of Nars's sheer lipsticks but I reached for "roman holiday". I must say that I am not a fan of the colour, just a little too pink for me. I feel too girly and barbie and I'm so used to my reds and purples and deeper colours that this just didn't please me at all.

What are your go to Lip products? And what do you save for a special occasion? 



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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Real Techniques Bold Collection


I am a firm believer in the brushes you use affect the overall Make Up look.
For weeks, I have been debating what brushes to invest in, I was torn between Morphe, Spectrum & BH cosmetics when it occurred to me that I hadn't even considered the Bold Metals Collection? 
I am a sucker for Real Techniques, I have all of Sam & Nic's previous brushes and I use them on a daily basis.

And can we just talk about how gorgeous this collection is to even look at? The rose gold makes my heart melt!

Looks aside, the quality is just flawless. My favourite brushes of the collection are the 301 Flat Contour Brush and the 101 Triangle Foundation Brush.

The 301 is just the perfect shape for contouring on any face shape, it creates those slimming angles of the cheekbones perfectly but it doesn't create that super "unnatural" line from bronzer to your skin tone, it simply blends as you brush. 

I also love the 101 brush because sometimes i struggle applying foundation around my nose piercing and around the shape of my eyes and find i have to switch from my buffing brush to a concealer brush just to get into those awkward little angles of my face, but with this brush, I don't need to keep switching brushes to finish my base.

I am a huge fan of these brushes and can only hope more are to be released.

What are your favourite brush sets?

Lily xo

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