Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipsticks: Worth The Hype?

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Rimmel have recently launched their own take on a liquid lipstick. The Stay Matte Lipsticks retail at £5.99 each in Superdrug. Having only recently really got into wearing a liquid lip, I thought I’d give these a go and see if they are worth the hype.

I picked up three different shades, ranging from VERY nude to a hot pink. The reason I did this was to see whether the formula was consistent when the colour was darker. The shades I picked up were 710 – Latte To Go, 110 – Blush and 820 – Heartbeat. 

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When I swatched them in-store, I was pleasantly surprised by how creamy the formula felt and how nice the applicator was. However, once I got home and tried them on I started to question how much I liked them. When applied onto the lips, the lipsticks (particularly Blush) needed more than one layer, because they looked patchy with just a single coat. This was absolutely fine to begin with as the formula applied with what seemed to be quite a shiny, creamy finish. However, once the lipsticks had dried, they looked extremely patchy which left me loving life a little bit less.

The darkest shade, Heartbeat, which I was most excited about bled into and OVER my lipliner. Let me tell you now, this was not a cute look for me. Blush was the patchiest of the three (as you can probably tell from the swatch photo) whilst I ended up not loving the colour of Latte To Go (MAJOR foundation-lip vibes were occurring). I’m actually really sad that I didn’t love these products as much as I thought I would. I’d definitely recommend you try them as the formula may work better for you, but for me – a gal with relatively dry lips – they did not bring enough hydration.

I think I’ll be sticking to my Morphe Liquid Lipsticks (which are INSANE) in the future.

G X

June Faves

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What I Wore: Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings came into my life towards the end of June when I saw two of my friends wearing them and they looked FIT. I’m that annoying person who got my ears pierced at the age of 12 and have never worn earrings since (with the exception of Prom). I would never have dreamed in a million years that I would be a hoop-lover but here I am telling you all that that is the case. I find that they really dress up an outfit and help to frame my face…I honestly do think that anyone could pull them off. In the space of 2 weeks I have bought five pairs, varying in size and colour. They are definitely going to be a staple of my summer wardrobe. Watch this space!!!

What I Watched: Party of Five / Killer Women with Piers Morgan

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This month I’ve been binging on Party of Five on Netflix. The series is essentially about a family of five children who have recently lost their parents, resulting in the oldest sibling (Charlie) having to take on the responsibly of running the family. It’s a relatively old series (I think 90s) and was originally created to take the slot of the OG Beverley Hills: 90210 on Fox in America. It deals with your typical teen drama topics: sex, drugs, family, relationships and sexuality to name a few. Whilst Party of Five is not my favourite show I’ve ever seen, it’s an easy watch which makes it quite enjoyable so I would definitely recommend if you’re in the market for a new Netflix series.

June also saw the return of Piers Morgan’s documentary series ‘Killer Women’. Whilst I realise that Morgan is an extremely controversial figure who I have very little respect for, I bloody love his documentaries…particularly this one. I’ve always been a lover of crime dramas and documentaries, trying to get into the mindset of criminals to figure out why they commit crimes is something that fascinates me. I also love true stories; so this show is perfect for me. Each episode focuses on one case and one ‘killer woman’. It outlines their story interweaving with an interview with Piers in present day. This programme has me hooked so I would 100% recommend!! (Thursdays @ around 9pm).

What I Read: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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I bought a couple of new books in the month of June but this was the one I was most excited about. As a Theatre student, I looooove appreciating different forms of art and have recently become particularly interested in poetry. Rupi Kaur’s collection of poems, broken down into ‘The Hurting’, ‘The Loving’, ‘The Breaking’, ‘The Healing’ is honestly one of the most beautiful things I’ve read to date. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is that I love about this book but I’ve read it around 5 times already, always finding a new favourite poem. Love love loooooove this!

What I Listened To: Lorde / Bonnie and Clyde

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Oh my god. Lorde’s new album.

When Lorde first came on the scene, I cannot lie, I thought she was extremely overrated. I liked ‘Royals’ for a short while as it was in the charts but I really didn’t get the hype. Then her album dropped and I have been LIVING FOR IT. The songs are just so chill and so perfect for summer whilst also telling beautiful stories. Her sound is so distinctive and I’m turning into a massive fan. My fave songs at the moment are ‘The Louvre’ and ‘Perfect Places’. Definitely make sure to check it out if you haven’t!!!

From an MT point of view, I have been looooving the Bonnie and Clyde soundtrack. Not only are the songs amazing but the soundtrack features Jeremy Jordan as Clyde. I think that says it all. Perfection. My favourite songs are ‘Bonnie’ and ‘How ‘Bout A Dance’.

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What I Used: Collection Lasting Perfection Correction Concealer in ‘Lemon’

As a lover of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, I was super excited when the colour correcting products were released. I picked up the shade ‘Lemon’ for £4.19 from Superdrug and it has quickly become one of my holy grail products. However, I don’t use this as a colour correcting product; I actually use it to carve out my brows and act as an under-brow highlight. I tend to put a tiny bit of powder highlighter on top of this but having the concealer acting as a base really helps my under-brow highlight to pop even more. I LOOOOOOVE THIS and will never go back to using normal concealer.

What I Did: 

June has actually been pretty crazy. I handed in my final piece of coursework at university which means I AM OFFICIALLY ON SUMMER!!!!!!! I had my Course Ball with all of my friends, went to see The Woman In Black with my gal Allie, went to Windsor, was reunited with my girls at home, performed in MTSoc’s Summer Showcase and went to watch Idina Menzel in concert. More recently, I have been staying in London for some amaaaaazing work experience that I’m super super grateful to have been given the opportunity to do.

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What I’m Wearing: Dress – New Look (£27.99)

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What I’m Wearing: Top – Zara (£4.99) 

I’m looking forward to an equally crazy July!!

G x

Oxford Street Haul: Topshop / Zara / New Look etc

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Last week I went shopping on Oxford Street and picked up a few cute things I thought I would share with you. I loooove shopping in London purely due to the size of the shops being so much bigger than where I’m from meaning there are more clothes to choose from!! Also, Oxford Street tends to have the newest lines of clothing which is also super exciting and I may have spent a little too much (story of my life)…

TOPSHOP

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‘Babygirl’ Crop Top by Tee and Cake: £20

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MOTO Pink Denim Mini Skirt: £29

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Khaki Green Lightweight Jacket: £40

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Oversized Grey T-Shirt Dress: £10 (Sale Price)

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‘You Make Me Wonder’ Pale Green Sweatshirt: £15 (Sale Price)

 

I picked up a mixture of sale and non-sale items in Topshop as, quite honestly, I couldn’t bring myself to brave the sale for too long. I actually HATE sale shopping as it is waaaay too stressful and messy and I never end up staying long enough to find anything I like. My favourite purchase from Topshop has to be the cute little pink denim skirt as it’s super summery and goes with pretty much aaaaanything. It is definitely something I’ll be wearing a lot and I’m even considering purchasing it in some other colours…just need to wait for payday!

ZARA

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‘VENICE’ Lilac Sweatshirt: £9.99 (Sale Price)

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‘NEW YORK WOMAN’ T-Shirt: £12.99 (ALSO I AM SO SORRY ABOUT HOW CREASED THIS IS I HAVE BEEN STAYING IN A HOTEL SO NO IRON 😦 )

Zara was another store with stressy sales, although I did manage to pick up this cute lilac cropped sweatshirt which I looooove. Although it’s not that summery, let’s be real in saying that we get about 5 hot days throughout the summer in England. So, I think this will come in more handy than I first thought. It also looks cute paired with the pink denim skirt from Topshop. I then picked up this oversized white t-shirt with FUZZY PINK embroidery (THE CUTEST THING EVER) saying ‘New York Woman’. Anyone who knows me will know that New York is my absolute favourite place in the world so I couldn’t resist picking this up even though the only size they had left was a large (as you can see in the picture above). However, I think this would look nice paired with some fishnets or even tied up with high-waisted jeans / shorts.

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I was on the hunt for a pair of black cigarette trousers to wear when I start my summer job next week. I found these in Bershka and loooove the fit; they have an elasticated waist so are super comfy to wear and feel really lightweight.

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Black Cigarette Trousers: £20

NEW LOOK

I quickly popped into New Look to look at their jewellery as I love their chokers and was also on the hunt for some big hoops. I’ve seen a few of my friends wearing them recently and I think they look so nice and summery. I just picked up this plain pair of silver hoops and I’m really happy with how they look!! (Although I’m still trying to convince myself that I’m cool enough to pull them off).

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Silver Hoop Earrings: £1.99

That is everything I bought whilst shopping on Oxford Street. I’m really happy with the pieces that I picked up and can’t wait to start wearing them throughout summer…I hope I’ve inspired you to spend some money! Keep an eye out for a ‘June Faves’ post that is coming early next week!!

G x

My First Year At University

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IMG_4324DISCLAIMER: Although I am one of the least soppy people you will ever meet, I have no promises for this post…

I honestly can’t believe I am sat here writing this post having completed my first year at university; it’s absolutely crazy!! Thinking back to how hectic life was this time last year, with A levels and UCAS to worry about, I can’t help but love my younger self for making the best decision possible for me. It’s so strange to think how close I was to opting to study Law or Psychology at university, rather than studying what I really wanted to: Theatre. I definitely let peoples’ opinions get into my head about how Theatre is not an ‘academic’ subject…blah blah blAHHHHHHH (I would love for those people to attend some of my lectures as their opinion would most definitely change) but at the end of the day, I knew it was what I wanted to do.

I was then faced with the daunting decision of where to go to study. I can’t lie and say that league tables and reputations of universities did not play a part in my choices…they did. However, the most important factor for me was feeling at home wherever I was moving to. When I originally applied, I didn’t want to be too far away from home as, I’ve said before, I’m a little homebody and tend to get homesick when I’m away from my family and home comforts. Saying that, I ended up applying to Surrey, York, UEA and Royal Holloway – none of which are close to where I live at all (typical). Surrey ended up being my top choice and luckily I got in!

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I have had such an amazing first year and that can only be put down to the people I have met. I honestly did not think it was possible to meet so many like-minded people in such a small area. The friends I have made so far are the most incredible people and so similar to me it’s scary! I now understand what people mean when they say that you meet your life-long friends at university.

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A huge part of my first year has been joining Musical Theatre Society which is full of the most welcoming and talented people. Being involved in Legally Blonde was one of the highlights of my year, not only due to the performing aspect but also down to the huge sense of community that came with it. As cheesy as this sounds, MTSoc are like one enormous family; it doesn’t matter who you are, you will be welcomed in with open arms.

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Aside from meeting the best people ever, this past year I have done an insane amount of growing up (not literally, unfortunately). Living on my own was a huuuuuuge step for me, especially as Surrey is so far away from my home and family. I’ve had to cook for myself, clean (though this was very rare lol) and look after myself in terms of general life. Whilst doing this, I also had to stay on top of my work (which I did struggle with at times) as there is nobody telling you what to do and when to do it. I may actually do a separate post on the jump from A-Levels to university so let me know if you’re interested! Personally, I feel I have matured and become a lot more independent in the best way possible.

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All in all, I have had the best year. Although there have been times when I’ve felt super homesick, I’ve made the craziest and most caring friends who have always cheered me up. We’ve made the best memories and eaten so many Nando’s that I wouldn’t be surprised if I got a Black Card sometime soon (Nando’s, pls help a gal out). I also want to shout out Matthew who, after only a few months of knowing me, showed up at my door with all of my favourite foods when I was too ill to get out of bed around Christmas time. He is the cutest. Ever. Be sure to check out his blog (I shall link below)!!

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First year, it has been a blast!

G x

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May Faves

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May has been a pretty hectic month for me; I’ve finished university for the summer (yay) so am finally able to relax! My first year of university has been more than I could have wished for but I’m super excited to get home and see my family and friends. This month I’ve tried a few new things so thought I’d share them with you.

What I Wore: Zara Mesh T-Shirt

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After searching (for what felt like forever) for a pretty mesh t-shirt, I finally found one I liked in Zara. Paired with a black bralette, it looks super cute. I feel like it can be worn with a leather skirt, to be dressed up, or a pair of black jeans to achieve a more casual look (as seen above). I thought this top was an absolute steal, retailing at £12.99 but appearing so much more expensive. Definitely get your hands on one if you can!!

What I Watched: GIRLBOSS

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My latest Netflix conquest was GIRLBOSS, starring Britt Robertson. The series tells the story of Sophia Amoruso in a modern rags-to-riches story, showing how she built her multi-million clothing company, Nasty Gal. The main thing I loved about this series was the female empowerment shown through the character of Sophia, who refused help from anyone, wanting her company to be her own. With only 13 episodes, I raced through the show (but luckily it has just been renewed for a second season). It was actually a lot funnier than I expected it to be and there was a bit of romance thrown in (which is always a winner). If you haven’t seen this yet, I would 100% recommend as it made me want to get my life together!!

What I Read: Miss You by Kate Eberlen

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As I’ve been so busy this past month with university, I’ve had little time to read which is so sad. However, I have started reading ‘Miss You’ by Kate Eberlen and I’m enjoying it so far. The blurb reads:

Today is the first day of the rest of your life” is the motto on a plate in the kitchen at home, and Tess can’t get it out of her head, even thought she’s in Florence for a final, idyllic holiday before university. Her life is about to change for ever – but not in the way she expects. 

Gus and his parents are also on holiday in Florence. Their lives have already changed suddenly and dramatically. Gus tries to be a dutiful son, but longs to escape and discover what sort of person he is going to be. 

For one day, the paths of these two eighteen-year-olds will criss-cross before they each return to England. 

Over the course of the next sixteen years, life and love will offer them very different challenges. Separated by distance and chance, there’s no way the two of them are ever going to meet each other properly…or is there?

So far, the writing style of this book reminds me of David Nicholls’ “One Day” which I loved so hopefully this will not disappoint.

What I Listened To: KIM

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During May, my friend Kim Mayes released her first EP on Spotify / Apple Music / iTunes…and I have been obsessed with it. The songs are so good that I genuinely would be recommending them even if I didn’t know Kim. She has such an individual sound but  is still really current; all five songs are amazing but my faves have to be Private and Worth. Definitely give her a listen, I’m super proud!!

What I Used: Clarins Supra Volume Mascara

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Recently, I’ve become obsessed with wearing falsies on a night out…which has totally ruined my love of mascara as I feel I can never achieve the same effect. During the day, I’ve been using the Clarins Supra Volume Mascara and can 100% say it gives off the closest vibe to false lashes. It is super black, for starters, whilst it is also buildable from a natural look to a more volumised one. As Clarins is a high-end brand, the product does retail at £21.50 which I understand is raaaaaather pricey for a mascara. However, I can definitely vouch for this being worth the money so if you’re looking to splurge a little on some new makeup, definitely check this out!

What I Did: 

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I hope May has been lovely for you!

G x

Mini Collective Spring Haul

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Recently, I’ve been making a few little (probably unnecessary) purchases for the Spring season so I thought I’d share them!

Pink Denim Jacket – Topshop £49.00

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My favourite purchase has to be this adooooorable pink denim jacket from Topshop. The colour is a pastel pink so it’s perfect for Spring and adds a pop of colour to the generally quite boring, all-black outfits I tend to lean towards. The jacket is complete with rips on the elbows which I LOVE as -much to my parents’ dismay- I am a big fan of ripped clothing. I bought this jacket in a size 12 petite as I wanted it to be quite oversized and am happy with how it turned out! This is definitely an investment piece as the quality is amazing and I own another Topshop denim jacket which has worn really well.

Floral Black Heels – Topshop £34

IMG_3441Another Topshop purchase (somebody stop me please!!!). These heels are so cute and, shockingly, super comfy. I’ve worn these now on numerous nights out and my feet don’t hurt anywhere near as badly as they do when I wear other shoes. The design is pretty, current and the platform heel allows for a good amount of added height (which is what I need!!) without being uncomfortable. I’d definitely recommend getting your hands on these or any similar if you can!

A Quiet Kind of Thunder / The One Memory of Flora Banks – Amazon

IMG_3438I decided to treat myself to two new books (which makes me super excited!!!!) and chose A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard and The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. Both books were in my recommended section on Amazon and (I can’t lie) the pretty front covers helped sway my vote. I haven’t started reading either of them yet but I’ll make sure to let you know if they are any good in a later post!

Eyelure Falsies £5.35

IMG_3437IMG_3448I needed some new false lashes for when I go back to uni (after a month of self-admittedly bossing through too many Netflix shows) so decided to pick some up from Eyelure. I love the Eyelure lashes as the adhesive they come with is soooo good; I literally  never have to check if my lashes are coming off on a night out!! I wanted to get another pair of the 153’s as they are my go-to for a night out (seen pictured below) and then bought some more natural looking ones (027’s) to try during the day time.

 

Nivea Post Shave Balm

IMG_3444I thought it was about time I purchased the Nivea Post Shave Balm after I’ve heard so many raving reviews about it. I’ve tried it a few times and I have to say, I have noticed a difference in my skin makeup. I’m yet to try it on a night out so I’ll let you know how I get on with it and if it helps my makeup stay on!

V05 Hair Products (Sleek Blow-Dry Spray £4.00 / Sea Salt Spray £4.00)

IMG_3445IMG_3447IMG_3446I wanted to try some new hair products so picked these two bottles up. The sleek blow-dry spray leaves my hair looking super healthy and shiny; it helps protect the ends of my hair against the heat of the hairdryer and straighteners. I tend to use the sea salt spray after I’ve curled my hair to make the curls look slightly more natural and ‘beachy’. It also helps to hold my hair in place so there is no need for hairspray (which I hate the feel of in my hair).

Bralettes – Primark £8.00 / £5.00

IMG_3440I’ve been looking for some cute bralettes for so long (as I love the mesh t-shirt/bralette look) and Primark has been my saviour. Not only are these bralettes super pretty, they’re inexpensive which is a win-win for everybody. I’m now on the hunt for a mesh t-shirt I can wear with these!

I hope this has inspired some of you to get spending (and I’m sorry if it has) !!!

G x