Purple Haze

So I think I mentioned before that I have a new favourite lipstick colour.

And it’s puuuuuuurple.

Purple is one of my favourite colours anyway, but for me a purple lip is just… AWESOME. I love red still, don’t get me wrong- classic red lip and cat eye combo = still hawt. But purple is just that little bit more kooky and- dare I say it- GOTH. So yeah.

L-R: Collection Little Mix Perrie, Makeup Revolution Depraved, Sleek Exxxaggerate, Revlon Va Va Violet, Revlon Matte Balm Shameless, MAC Violetta, MAC Cyber, Illamasqua ESP, Illamasqua Posture, Illamasqua Kontrol. Underneath: MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer Kooky

Look at them! So pretty!

Warning: I must apologise for the state of these next photos. I’m tired and my lips were getting progressively more sore as the process went on! I’m also not wearing any other makeup…

Collection’s Little Mix collection is actually pretty sweet. Collection is one of my favourite budget brands, and their lipsticks are lovely. This one is Perrie’s lippie, and even though it’s one of the less purple-purples in my collection, I still like it. It’s probably more of a purple for those of you who are scared of bright and crazy colours!

This one is one of my favourites, it’s the Makeup Revolution Scandalous lipstick in Depraved, and it’s a bright blue purple. It’s really a true, true purple and I love it. You can’t see it very well in this photo for which I apologise!

Suddenly closer! This is Sleek’s True Colour Matte lipstick in Exxxaggerate. It’s a lovely, bright fuschia based purple. It’s hard to get a really nice, deep pigment on the lips because the formula is a little stiff but it’s comfortable to wear.

This is Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in the shade Va Va Violet. It’s the vampiest of all my high street lipsticks, but it’s much sheerer than it looks in the bullet! It looks super dark, almost black, but sheers to a berry-toned purple that is perfect for Autumn.

I’m happy cos this is one of my favourite lipsticks of all time. ALL TIME. It’s the Revlon Matte Balm in Shameless and I love it and this photo does not do it justice. Pinky magenta-toned violet and vibrant and comfortable and easy to apply- ticks all the boxes.

This is MAC Violetta and it’s pretty similar to the Revlon Matte Balm, only shimmery. It’s an Amplified formula, and is beautiful. I love putting it over the top of both Nightmoth and Magenta lipliners, they both transform this lipstick completely.

Definitely my vampiest purple, this is MAC Cyber. The Revlon Super Lustrous Va Va Violet would be a dupe of this if it wasn’t so sheer. Cyber is a Satin formula, so it’s really creamy and comfortable to wear whilst still being super pigmented. I really like this one.

If this one wasn’t so dry it would be right up there in my top five of all of my lipsticks. Illamasqua ESP is beautiful- almost iridescent, ethereal- and a true, fantastic purple. But it is soooooo very matte and has an insane maintenance level to keep it looking decent, so I need to work on getting used to this.

This photo is awful but you can see the colour okay haha. This is Illamasqua Posture; another super dry matte but more comfortable than ESP. The problem with this is it’s fairly hard to get the colour to show properly on your lips, it’s really difficult to work with. I still love the colour though, an incredibly light, very grey-toned lilac. It probably makes me look dead but I really like the effect!

Official favourite of the favourites, this is Illamasqua Kontrol. Super creamy, very pigmented, easy and comfortable to wear… it’s perfect. A blue toned violet- almost what I’d call indigo, really- the only downside is that it makes teeth look on the yellow side, but I still love it anyway.

Finally (and by this time as you can probably tell I was getting bored of swatching and wiping haha) this is MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Kooky. It’s not quite the same in the tube as it is on- or that may just be me- but it’s still lovely. It’s not the most comfortable thing to wear, though, because of how it dries- super matte and a little sticky. But it won’t BUDGE once it dries properly, to get it all off I had to remove it almost as soon as I’d taken the photo (which was taken seconds after application).

 

So there are my purples. There are other purples on my list, as always- MAC Up the Amp and Heroine, I’m looking at you!- but I love the ones I have. Do you wear purple lipsticks?

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What I Wore… Friday?

It seems my uploading schedule is all out of whack.

Don’t worry, though. I’ll totally get back into the swing of things. Eventually.

This was the first outfit. I put it on, took a photo, decided I didn’t like it, and took it off again. I do quite like it, but I think it’s a bit too clingy at the moment, and it had a keyhole at the back that I didn’t feel was work appropriate. It’s a black jersey dress with a white collar that you can’t really see properly, but I’m sure you get the idea.

However, if I have nothing to do on Halloween and have to stay in and give out sweets and watch films, I will totally be doing it in this dress + a long black, pigtailed wig and channel the goddess that is Wednesday Addams.

It’s nearly October; therefore my ghost jumper can come out. It’s chunky and makes me look super wide but it’s so comfy I don’t even care. Underneath is a sheer, longsleeved t-shirt dress fron Greenhouse, I like wearing this underneath cropped or a little too-short jumpers too. I finished with my fake-Docs, as standard at the moment.

Make up was simple. I’m really liking the Soap & Glory Show Good Face foundation, but I’m not sure how well it wears. I also used my new favourite eyeshadow team of MAC All That Glitters + Woodwinked, which gives a naturally defined effect I think.

See? Subtlety. I can do it sometimes!

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The Great Smaugish Bakeathon + Chocolate Crispie treats recipe

Yep. That’s the main feature of my week! As many of you will know, this Friday (26th of September) sees the Macmillan Coffee Morning, and my mum and I are holding one in the  staff rooms at work. Sometimes it’s handy working in the same place as your mum!

So this means I have to bake bake bake. Not that I’m complaining really, I love baking. So I thought I’d share some of my baking with you! I realise this isn’t something I’ve done on this blog before, but I’ve thought about it, so I thought I would test the waters with a super easy, and super yummy, recipe!

Chocolate Crispie Treats

Ingredients:

300g dark chocolate

300g milk chocolate

255g mini marshmallows (1 1/2 bags, you’ll need 85g and 170g separately)

330g rice crispies (around 3/4 of a normal sized box)

400g glacé cherries

1) First things first, break the chocolate up into chunks (I usually break it into two-square pieces) and, over a small pan of water, melt it over a medium heat. You don’t want the water in the pan to touch the bottom of the bowl here, or the chocolate will catch and go horrible

2) Once the chocolate is all melted, take half a bag of marshmallows (85g) and stir them into the chocolate mixture, still over the heat. You want the marshmallows to start melting and combining with the chocolate, to make a sticky, gloopy, wonderful mess.

3) When this is done, take the bowl off the heat and stir in the rice snaps and the rest of the marshmallow. Make sure you really scrape the bottom of the bowl and get it all incorporated.

4) Take the glacé cherries and chop them up roughly. You want all sorts of different sized pieces, don’t worry too much about keeping them a regular size.

5) Stir the cherries through, and give the whole mixture one more great big stir, making sure you get right to the bottom and off the sides of the bowl.

6) Spread the mixture out onto a baking sheet lined with aluminium foil. Refrigerate for a few hours, I would keep it in the fridge at least overnight. When everything is set, hack it into chunks and enjoy!

 

There are lots of variations you could make to this recipe. The chocolate, marshmallows and rice crispies are the base ingredients. To make a really fudgey treat, you could add a little butter and golden syrup when melting the chocolate; or maybe try adding different kinds of dried or preserved fruits? I think I will make Halloween treats by adding horror-themed treats instead of the second load of marshmallows!

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I’m back and I bring you photos

Yes chaps! I’m finally back! Did you miss me? I bet you did.

Just humour me. Thanks.

Summer was amazing and somehow both empty and ridiculously busy at the same time. And I’ve been back at work for two weeks and they’ve been so busy, with about a million hours of overtime (not quite but there was a lot of overtime) and I’ve had so many things on and seriously, I neglected my little corner of the internet. And I’m sorry.

First, some life updates. And then I will bring you many, many photos and the promise of more.

Life Update #1 I am going to be applying for PGCE courses in about two months. Okay I already mentioned that buuut you know… Official bla bla bla.

Life Update #2 I’ve ticked off a few more things on my 25 before 25 list, one of which is pretty exciting. But I won’t speak too much about that because I don’t know how the person feels about it (ooooh vague)

I’m sure I had more Life Updates for you but I can’t think of any more. So two. Two updates, ah ah ah.

Now for photos.

I went to Camden a few times in the holiday, obviously. I also decided that purple is my new favourite colour of lipstick, even more than red (the shock!) and so Illamasqua Kontrol is on permanent rotation. I also bought ESP and Posture from the flagship store off Carnaby Street, but I need to practice with them and a lip brush because they are SO dry and require so much upkeep. I will perservere though because when the lovely guy at the shop applied ESP to my lips I fell in instant LIPSTICK LOVE.

Also this bat necklace is new, from Alchemy Gothic, and is one of my new favourites. I bought two necklaces from Bloodstock this year, this and another one from Extreme Largeness which is three perspex bats in flight on a purple chain and is also stunning, but this one sits in just the right place and is massive and I love it. AND ALSO obviously I’m wearing MAC Violetta often, too. I recently bought MAC Magenta lipliner and it looks amazing, obviously totally different to Nightmoth under this but Magenta just helps amplify the purpleness of Violetta.

Another shot from that day, to show off my epic eyeliner skills (clearly) and new favourite blush, Lover from Illamasqua. Got it in the sale for a stupid price and it’s the most perfect peachy colour for my complexion.

And here’s a ‘First Day Back’ selfie, haha. I had minimal make up on this day because I hadn’t yet washed my brushes (I know, I know, such a skank). You can see the joy in my eyes for being back at work.

And here is a selfie I took to show my makeup when I went to a charity clothes swap event with my mum. I quickly shoved on some more makeup over the top of what I already had on for work and changed in about five minutes because she dropped it on me at the last minute. I’m rather scandalously wearing my see-through tunic top from Primark and a bright turquoise bra, but that’s me all over. And I have a new found confidence anyway (See Life Update #2 for more vague details) so I was like ‘yeah fashion look at my boobs yeah’. I have my current favourite foundation (back to Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow in Believe In Me Ivory, I love the coverage and the effect) and some new make up, including two new shades in my MAC palette (All That Glitters and Woodwinked) and my latest MAC lipstick, Please Me. I LOVE IT.

Speaking of the clothes swap, it wasn’t too successful for me. I found a black and red checked scarf that is JUST what I have been looking for in preparation for the colder months, and an awesome quirky semi-Goth Russianesque velvet jacket, which I am wearing here with a dress I styled with a green patent belt and a new favourite necklace, a big chunky gold pentagram (or ‘Pagan Star’, lol) from New Look of all places. New Look, your new one-stop shop for occult paraphenalia!

Apologies for the picture quality but I was trying to show off the detailing. It has leather piping all the way around the hem/neckline and cuffs, and leather patterns on the bottom. My boyfriend (SECRETS GIVEN AWAY) thinks they look like doves. It’s a bit small across the shoulders but I actually think I like this outfit. Finished with my fake Docs, I think this could be a go-to Autumn to Winter outfit!

Anyway… I will be back soon, if not tomorrow. That’s a promise, my Smauglings! I’m testing out a new name for my readers, comments on a postcard!

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Stay Tuned

Normal service shall resume shortly!

I am so sorry I have been MIA almost this whole month. I spent all of last week observing in a school which was KNACKERING to say the least, the week or so before that was tiring because it was our last week at school and it was crazy, and this week I’ve pretty much just slept or read and made the most of doing nothing!

I have a number of posts planned for the summer, however, so please stick around!

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What I Wore Wednesday #7 and June Favourites

Double post today because I am lazy haha. I had a super busy evening yesterday and so wasn’t able to put up my WIWW post, however I’m sure you will forgive me…

First up, here was yesterday’s outfit.

I was feeling pretty casual yesterday; to be honest, I’ve been feeling pretty casual all week. It’s been so hot and we’re almost at the end of the school term, so I’ve been favouring comfort and fun over bothering about ‘dressing up’ for work. The t-shirt is from Primark, who are ON THE MONEY with their pop culture t-shirts at the moment. I almost bought another Harry Potter top at the weekend, but decided morally I could not do it; it was a Slythering House Crest top, and I’m a Hufflepuff, so debated it for a while. Even my mum said ‘no, you’re not Slytherin, you can’t buy that’! I love this top, it’s so comfortable and easy to wear.

The casual, easiness spilled over into my makeup as well. I’ve been having a bit of a problem with visible pores and awkward foundation (not blending properly, caking a little) so I’ve been back to applying with my fingers while I work out what’s gawn on. I used my SuperStay Better Skin foundation and Rimmel Stay Matte powder which seemed to work okay so the investigation continues! My lipstick of choice was MAC Myth and I must quickly mention my new love for the Soap & Glory Kickass concealer crayon; it’s so creamy, easy to blend, just a dream! I’d include it in my favourites but I’ve only had it a week, so expect to see it in my July faves…

As for eyes, I really couldn’t be bothered to do much  else than blend an eyeshadow all over my lids with a big, fluffy brush. It’s all I’ve been doing this week, rotating between Urban Decay’s Easy Baked and MAC’s Sable, both shades are perfect for doing just this.

June Favourites

So here are my June favourites. They are all makeup favourites, which I do apologize for but I’ve been loving these products and just couldn’t cut the list down any more than this, so to save you a never ending list I decided to go just makeup.

First things first- yes, the BrowDrama is in here again. But I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to state that I wear this every single day. If I wear makeup, I will wear this. It’s amazing, with or without a brow pencil. I’ve got two Soap & Glory products as well, the Show Good Face 2-in-1 Skin Energizing Foundation and Primer (mouthful!) in the shade The Fairest of Them All and the It’s About Prime eyeshadow ‘underbase’ in Bright Light. The foundation is the perfect foundation for warmer days, a good match and blends in beautiful whether I use my fingers or a brush. It’s pretty sheer but still evens out my skin and does what I’d want a foundation to do, so I’ve been loving it. And the only way I can describe the eyeshadow primer is glue for my eyes. It’s amazing. Then I have the Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm in Smoothing Cherry. I have four of these, all picked up from Poundland and I like them all but this was the one to hand when I took the photos haha. I wasn’t particularly enamoured at first but as I’ve continued to use them I have fallen in love with the way they make my lips feel, and the SMELL is gorgeous. Last on the top line is the Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet; payday purchase last month and worth every penny. Perfect for a subtle smoke along my lower lashline or dramatic, full on liner. The bottom row contains two products, a primer and a shadow. The MUA Matte Perfect primer has possibly overtaken the MUA Undress Your Skin Flawless Primer as my favourite primer. I made the switch when my pores started rearing their ugly heads and opening more than they ever have- think it’s the heat?- and decided I needed to try a different primer. I’d heard this one is a dupe for Porefessional and it’s brilliant, works a treat. My final favourite for June is Urban Decay Easy Baked eyeshadow. It’s the perfect shade for just blending onto the lid by itself or as part of a more natural eye, and goes really well with Sable or Club by MAC.

What were your favourite products this month?

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A Veritable Plethora of Outfits

… Okay, not really. We’re talking three here. But in amongst them is last week’s absent What I Wore Wednesday number, apologies for not getting it up last week- I mumbled a little bit about it in my previous post!

Wednesday

Last Wednesday I felt like dressing up a little bit more than I have been for work; no particular reason why, it was just one of those days! I wore a midi length, long sleeved black dress by a Danish brand called Greenhouse.

It’s one of the most comfortable and easy to wear pieces I own, when thinking about it. I’ve been feeling very lumpy and rolly lately and even though you can see my less-than-streamlined silhouette here, the subtle darting keeps it fairly flattering.

I think you could definitely say that I went for a defined brow that day! I was trying out a new (to me) powder, too; I’ve recently acquired the much-lauded Rimmel Stay Matte translucent powder after falling a little bit out of love with Maybelline Matte Maker. I quite like it so far but have actually come across something better- more on that at a later date!

As it was a week ago and I was a right numpty and forgot to note down what I used, I will have to take a guess at the eyeshadow I used and say it was either my Collection Work The Colour Nudes palette or my Makeup Revolution Romantic Smoked palette. Either way I’m a fan of what I achieved!

Friday

Friday saw me attending my first ever ‘work do’, being the hen night of one of the girls that teaches in the Junior School. A load of us got together and surprised her at another teacher’s (gorgeous and HUGE) house, we had some dinner (catered by another colleague!) and played silly hen night games, including a round of ‘kitchen roll wedding dress’ making that saw us produce what can only be described as a piece of haute couture!

I wore a relatively new jumpsuit from New Look- I was dubious about how this would look but I actually really like it!- and my beautiful purple toned kimono, also from New Look.

I carried the purple theme onto my makeup, using MAC’s Violetta on my lips (LOVE!) and the purple and pink shades from my Urban Decay Glinda  palette on my eyes. Cheek wise I used my Illamasqua blusher in Allure, my base was Benefit Hello Flawles Oxygen Wow in Believe In Me Ivory and I used a slick of Collection cream eyeliner in my signature (but rather large, I must admit) cat flick.

I’m rather proud again of my quickly improving blending skills, and I managed to get the eyeliner pretty neat! Practice makes perfect!

Saturday

I went pretty ‘goth’ on Saturday, more than I have in a while, and it reminded me how much I love dressing that way. I felt badass and confident, will have to do it more often!

Another confidence boost was that I could take this Kreepsville dress out for the first time since I bought it last Summer. It was always too tight for me- there’s bodycon, and then there’s ‘show off every single lump and bump’! But I love it and I’m dead chuffed I can finally wear it! I will also mention here as you can’t really see it in any of the photos- I wore a really pretty purple bandana with black stars all over it, rolled up and tied around my pigtails to keep my hair a bit neater. With all the humidity we had, my hair did not want to play along. Bad hair.

My eyeliner did not stay that neat for long, I have to admit! By about noon it was much, much smudgier and needed neatening up a fair bit. However, I wore my new Makeup Revolution Scandalous lipstick and I love it! It’s creamy, surprisingly long lasting and when it does wear off it leaves behind a stain and fades fairly evenly so it doesn’t look awful.

I used my FashionistA smokey palette on my eyes, with some grey shades taking pride of place and a bit of a black shade blended into my outer V and crease. I looooooove this lipstick, I must reiterate that fact!

So there were some outfits and makeup looks! I hope to have a June Favourites/Empties post up at some point tomorrow.

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