Monday, 30 June 2014

All time favourite nail polish...Barry M Shocking Pink Nail Paint

Barry M Shocking Pink Nail Paint: £2.99

I have used this nail polish (Barry M Shocking Pink, shade 272) for a long time and always come back to this shade as I really love the colour and I feel it a bit of an all-round colour,  I think it's nice to bright for summer, but it not a pastel shade so can be worn during winter without looking out of place. It's quite a bright girly shade, I like to wear this shade to add a bit of a feminine touch to my outfit.

Anyway it's by Barry M, so it's really cheap, which has definitely been handy as I use this nail polish so often I've needed to replace it a few times. It a nice formula, spread over the nail really easily and dries pretty quickly too, so perfect for if you're painting you nails in a rush (which is often this case for me!)
I find two coat of this nail polish is the perfect amount, which is what I've used in the picture.


Fishtail and milkmaid braids.

Recently some hairstyles I've been experimenting with have been milkmaid braids and fishtails. Once you get the hang of doing them they're pretty easy and don't take much time at all, yet wearing both of the hairstyles I've had an unbelievable amount of compliments (thank you very much, everyone, I really appreciate it). As people have been asking how I've done the hairstyles, I thought I'd do a little blog post on it.

The Fishtail:

The fishtail looks very similar to an ordinary plait, just slightly more complicated, however, I don't think it's much more difficult to create than a plait is, you just need to get the hang of doing it. 

To create the fishtail you need to split the hair into two equal pieces, you then take a piece of hair from the bottom of one of the sections, pull it over, moving it into the other section of your hair, where you now hold this piece in place - to put it as simply as I can you move hair from one section so that is crosses over from one side to the other. then repeat on the opposite side. Continue repeating this until the full fishtail braid is formed.

Here's a youtube video which explains it in case my instructions aren't clear enough (there are other hairstyles in this video too which you might be interested in.. and yes Zoella is my favourite YouTuber, would definitely recommend watching her videos)

The Milkmaid Braids:

The milkmaid braids are nowhere near as complicated as they look and take no time at all.
To create this look you put your hair into two ordinary plaits, like so:

(although I'd recommend using clear elastic hairbands so they're less visible, you can get these in boots, Superdrug etc)
Once your hair is plaited, you take plait, twist it slightly forward, place it on your head in the position you want it, and use some hair grips/bobby pins to secure it. Then repeat the same with the other plait.

Once again here is a video which may offer a clearer explanation (just to say these were both hairstyles I had experimented with before I saw these Zoella videos, however, have been doing them more since seeing the videos).

I also experimented with combining these two hairstyles, simply by putting two fishtail braids into the hair rather than plaits when completing the milkmaid braid look, and here's a picture of the result:


Tuesday, 10 June 2014

My Best Friend..a timeline of our love.

So this post is going to be more of a picture post than writing post. I just felt as I am using this blog more often, it's about time I shared more about the important people in my life.  
Amy is my closest friend and has been for years now. We know each from school, we got to know each other in year 10 as we were in the same textile class (which we were both awful at... god knows how I've ended up with a fashion degree), and have been inseparable ever since... even when I'm away at uni and we've both been too busy to talk all the time, I'd often receive a card in the post from Amy letting me know she's missing me, I think little things like that in friendships really count.
Anyway I just wanted to share some of my favourite photos of myself and my best friend, because I'm feeling very loving towards her right now, and why not show off my best friend on my blog?!

The first time Amy came round my house we spent hour taking photos of our hand attempting to say LOVE

About 10 minutes after this photo was taken we went to ASDA with out kisses still on our cheeks

This was a new years.. I'm very confused by our outfits..

After taking this photo I bought the top we're both wearing, Amy bought the trackies she's wearing..

Amy's bum in the mirror

Shortly after this I puked, a lot

In a park with pant on our heads.. we bring on with weird in each other

Classy girls in our ball dresses...

Dancing alone in a pub..

Helping me more into my first uni bedroom

Us at 22 years old...

I love this photo, such a shame is in the toliets

I tried to put these pictures in some sort of order of when they happened, I could be pretty off, but there you have it a short timeline of some of my favourite pictures taken of us since we've been friends <3


Monday, 9 June 2014

What now?!

So, my life in education is finally over, after waiting for the end of education to come in what feel like forever, now its finally over I'm feeling slightly lost. I kept assuming when the end of my education came around things would just fall into place (I know it's only been a little over a week since I finish uni, but I didn't expect this empty feeling nonetheless). The realisation that I am actually still unsure what I want to do with my life and now is the time to figure it out is hitting. There are many things I like, and many things I love, but what aspect of my life, what skills and interests do I want to take forward into a career?

It's hit me that I've never done this whole growing up thing before (stating the obvious, I know), I need to decide where I want to live, what I want to do and figure out how to get there. Quite frankly thinking about it all is scaring me to death.

I the end of University was so hectic that I didn't really give myself time to process that it was coming to the end and big life changes are on the horizon.

I do have a job at home to go back to, as a nursery nurse, and yes I do enjoy that job, but as the fashion degree suggests, it is no a career path that I intended on staying in. I'm aware that the longer I stay in the job which I'm comfortable in, the more like I am to stay forever. Alongside my million reasons to get a new job, as shallow as this sounds I really want a job where I can wear make up to work, I feel good the morning take I put lipstick on.

I need to figure out where to start on my job hunt and what I'm looking for, I guess for now I'll go with the approah of applying for everything, hope for something for I love.

MAC: Girl About Town.

MAC: Girl About Town, £15
As you may or may not know, I am a huge lipstick fan. Usually, I'm a red girl, and the majority of lipsticks I own and wear are red. People often comment on how my lipstick matches my hair (it is not intentional, I just happen to like both my hair and lips red). However recently I've been trying to push myself to step away from that classic red which I'm so used to. I've tried out several new lipsticks, but my favourite has to be 'Girl About Town' by MAC Cosmetics.

It's very bright, which is actually in my comfort zone (I know most people find wearing bright lipstick intimidating, I, however, feel the most like me in a standout lip) however, unlike my go-to lip colour, it's more of a pink than a red. I'd describe this colour as a fuchsia pink with a slight blue undertone.

This shade has an amplified creme finish which I really like, it's definitely my favourite finish of the few MAC lipsticks I own. The formula glides on very easily, and its moisturising. When I've used MAC lipsticks with a matte finish, although I like how they look I've found them to be too drying,  they're uncomfortable to wear and more of a challenge to apply. Although a matte finish tends to last slightly longer, it's nothing too significant, this one is long lasting enough for me.

I really love 'Girl About Town' by MAC, I  think the colour is beautiful and very pigmented. It's also more of a brightening, summery shade which brings a feel good-vibe to any look. It's a really nice finish and feels great on the lips. Overall I'm super happy I purchased this lipstick and can't stop wearing it.

What your current favourite lipstick?


Sunday, 8 June 2014

Final Collection

I've finally made it to to the of my degree. As you may know, the third year of a Fashion degree usually consists of creating a final collection from initial inspiration through to designing and making the garments. You then showcase that collection of 6 outfits in a fashion show at the end of the year. 

So, here are some images of my final collection on the runway. As you can see I opted to make 4 women's outfits and two men outfits.

The build-up to the fashion show is very nerve-wracking, having worked so hard on the collection for months before. There's a lot of pressure for your garments to come out the way you'd imaged.

As a third-year student, I got to watch the show, leaving the dressing, hair, makeup and modelling to others, which left me feeling both relaxed and anxious at the same time. I knew anything that went wrong was out of my hands, which is both freeing and daunting. Thankfully nothing did go wrong, with my collection or throughout the entire show.  

The show was a success and I am so proud of everyone involved, myself included. I couldn't have asked for it to have gone any better. It really strange to think my three years of University are over. It has flown by. I'm quite terrified to think it's now time to start my adult life and find a real job... fingers crossed I'll fall into something I love.

I am so proud to think how much I've grown up and all that I've learnt throughout my University experience, both when it comes to fashion, and life in general It's crazy to think I pretty much failed AS textile, twice, and soon enough I'll be graduating with a BA(Honours) degree in Fashion.

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