Rimmel Salon Pro by Kate

Hello lovelies! It’s been a little while, I’m afraid I’ve been dashing around the country (and the continent – more to follow) so my poor blog has been suffering. But I am back and have found lots of things to tell you about. Here is the first one:

This is Hip Hop from Rimmel’s Salon Pro with Lycra by Kate range (mouthful). This nail varnish is beautiful and my absolute go-to colour for this Spring. Bright, block colours are going to be a big thing this season and this is one way to achieve that trend. I can’t get enough of this colour, it just makes me smile. I was tipped off about Hip Hop from Anna at Viviannadoesmakeup (great blog, you should check her out!)

So about the product generally, firstly, the brush is massive! I mean huge. It takes one swipe to do each nail, its brilliant. Orange is one of my favourite colours and I think it really compliments my skin tone. The colour is really pigmented and gives a gel-type effect on the nail. It claims to last ‘up to 10 days’ – I’ve had it on one day so far and I did manage to chip it (but that was my fault) another quick dab of polish and no-one is none the wiser… shh. I rarely keep polishes on for more than 4/5days anyway (short attention span) but I’ll keep you posted in the comments on the result of this little one.

Available at all Rimmel counters, you know the drill, Boots, Superdrug etc. It retails for £4.49 but there’s usually an offer on Rimmel if you have a hunt around. There are 10 shades in all but in my opinion, Hip Hop is the best.

Have you tried this polish? Which is your favourite Spring nail colour? Leave links and comments below as I’d love to have a read!

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Rebel Bingo

I write this from my bed. So far today I’ve managed to get in the shower, make some toast, have a cup of tea and get back into bed. It’s 4pm.

The reason for this most unproductive of days? Rebel Bingo.

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It’s not just a game anymore

Rebel Bingo is bingo as you’ve never seen it before. It’s a massive party with loud music, alcohol and a lot of red pen. It was an amazing night and you should definitely try and get tickets for the next one if you can (be quick, it sells out super quick!). I really don’t want to give too much away but here are a select few photos from last night:

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A year in photographs – March 2014

How quickly is this year going?! It only felt like last week I was putting up my February pictures! Anyway, here’s March.

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Highgate Cemetery

My housemates and I visited Highgate Cemetery recently.

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Highgate Cemetery has some of the finest funerary architecture in the country. It is a place of peace and contemplation where a romantic profusion of trees, memorials and wildlife flourish

When I told my parents I’d been to visit a cemetery their reaction was ‘What?! Why would you want to visit a cemetery’ They couldn’t understand. And I’m guessing a lot of people will feel the same, especially because I know no-one (personally) who is interred there. There are however, many famous and well regarded individuals in Highgate Cemetery and its truly lovely to be able to pay your respects to figures you admire.

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Karl Marx is perhaps the most famous resident of Highgate. All around him were fellow communists and political thinkers. It was interesting to see how some people wanted to be close to their heroes in death, even if they weren’t in life.

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My housemates

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The cemetery itself is wild. Overgrown trees and ivy fill every crevice of the grounds. Some of the graves have been disrupted because of this which is a shame. But on a glorious day like I visited on, it’s absolutely beautiful.

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Wandering around graves makes you think about the futility of life and how fragile us humans are. It makes you think about death and how you’d like to be remembered. It was an incredibly peaceful place which gave me a lot to think about afterwards. It’s a place that stays with you.

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Learn more about Highgate Cemetery on their website.

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Rimmel BB Cream

I want to tell you today about Rimmel’s BB Cream because it is flippin’ brilliant.

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BB Cream means Beauty Balm (but I’m sure you already knew that) and they’ve been around for ages! But I was looking at my make up collection this week and realised this cream is one of the long-standing members of the group. I’ve been using it since it came out!

The BB Cream is a 9-in-1 skin perfecting super makeup, apparently. The nine things it claims to do are:
Primes
Moisturises
Minimises Pores
Conceals
Covers
Smoothes
Mattifies
Brightens and
Helps protect

Now, to me, conceals and covers are pretty much the same thing, right? And I’m not sure how you can mattify and brighten at the same time… Regardless of what it claims to do, here’s what it actually does. It perfects your skin. By that I mean, it evens skin tone, adds a hint of colour and gives a healthy look to the skin. For me, it brightens the skin and has a slightly dewy finish – but I feel this is because I have slightly oily skin. I doubt it will give such a finish on dry skin.

I use the Rimmel BB Cream on the days when I don’t want/can’t be bothered to wear foundation. It’s a really creamy formula which blends beautifully into the skin. I use either my fingers or my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply the BB Cream after my moisturiser. I then usually add a bit of powder to set the cream and to prevent any shine throughout the day.

I use the shade light as I’m paler than pale but it also comes in Medium. There is also now a matte version if your skin is super oily, or you don’t want a dewy finish. Also, it has SPF25 which is brilliant to protect the skin from those harmful sunrays! You can pick this up from Superdrug, Boots etc for £6.99.

Do you use BB Creams? Which is your favourite? Leave links and comments below!

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Review | The Railway Man by Eric Lomax

Ok, I’m breaking my own rules here – this book is not lovely. It is not an easy read and often it is not an enjoyable read. The story is horrific, sadistic and painful, yet it HAS to be read.

1542100The Railway Man is the story of Eric Lomax, a British communications officer in World War II. He is captured whilst in Singapore, becomes a prisoner of war and is forced to help build the Burma Railway under his strict Japanese captors.

Anyone who has read anything about the Burma Railway will know about the atrocities faced by those working on it. If you haven’t read about it, here is a run down: The Japanese decided to build a railway between Bangkok, Thailand and Rangoon, Burma in 1943. A quarter of a million people (a mix of civilians and POWs) were forced to build it in deplorable conditions. One person died for every railway sleeper that was laid. On a 258mile railway that amounts to around 115,000 people. The railway was to be built through hilly jungle over many rivers – a terrain that was previously deemed impossible to build through. It was atrocious.

Lomax’s autobiography is a detailed account of everything that happened to him during the war. There is no detail left out, no matter how horrendous. The content makes this book difficult to read and what is, almost, concerning, is the matter-of-fact way in which it is written. Torture, abuse, beatings, starvation is described as simply as if describing a walk in the park. But that coldness, and the way Lomax shuts himself off is a result of the appalling events he witnessed in South East Asia and makes the book even more harrowing.

The Japanese captors were cruel and treated Lomax and his colleagues worse than you can imagine. Mental and physical torture fills the book and it is so painful to read, but stories like this have to be written about. Much like 12 Years A Slave stories need to be told in order to prevent them happening again. So the atrocities aren’t lost in the past.


The story of Eric Lomax was recently made into a film with Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Jeremy Irvine. There is so much left out of the film (mainly because the content is just too horrible to show) but it was a pretty good adaptation nonetheless.

Have you read The Railway Man? What did you think of it? Leave links and comments below.

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Make-up for work

I don’t know about you but I am terrible at getting up in the mornings. I mean TERRIBLE! I am most definitely a night owl. Those larks can bugger off in the early hours!

As it takes me three alarms to get up in the mornings I am often pressed for time when getting ready for work. I’m not one of these girls who can manage my make-up on the tube to work, I seriously admire all those that can! So for me I have to be ready as I run out the door and here is my look – it’s quick, simple and looks like I’ve spent at least 3x as long on it as I actually have.

So this is my general face attire for work:

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And here are the products I use:

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel foundation – Beautiful foundation which lasts all day. I use this as an everyday foundation when I don’t want a glowy finish which I get from the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte powder – The BEST powder ever. Fact. Very battered and well loved.
Wake Me Up concealer – Super high coverage. Makes me look awake!
NARS Laguna Bronzer and Deep Throat Blush duo – My favourite item of my make up collection by a mile. Adds a touch of colour and makes me look healthy and ready to face the day. The duo was a limited edition but you can buy both colours on their own.
Urban Decay Primer Potion – I use this everyday, without fail. Makes my eyeshadow stay put all day.
Mac eyeshadows in Patina, Mystery and Omega – Patina over the lid, Mystery along the lash line. Omega through the eyebrows.
Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara – My favourite mascara ever. Ever. Makes your lashes look massive with one fell swoop.
Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya – Moisturising, sheer and a beautiful colour, I love it.

What’s amazing is you can slap these products on in a flash, they’re easy to work with and are quite lenient if you aren’t quite awake when applying them!

What do you wear for work everyday? Are you as hopeless as I am at getting up in the morning?? Leave links and comments below!

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A year in photographs – February 2014

Here’s my February in this series I’m doing, check out January here if you missed it. A really fun month which flew by way to quickly!

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Oscars 2014

The stars of Hollywood gathered last night for the highlight event of their calendar, the Oscars! The 86th Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard to celebrate the achievements in film over the last 12 months. I always look forward to the Oscars, I love film and I love fashion, its a win-win! So let’s take a look at the highlights (well my highlights anyway!)

Ellen DeGeneres took charge of proceedings distributing pizza and taking selfies with the A-listers. She was light, entertaining and fun – everything you want in a host of an awards show which takes itself quite seriously! This selfie crashed Twitter and is now the most retweeted thing ever. Ever:
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Fashion was out in full force as it always is. Here are some of my favourite dresses gracing the red carpet last night: (photos from here)

I can’t get over how beautiful Portia’s dress is – stunning! Nude is definitely the way to go this season

Olivia’s dress… the best maternity dress you’ve ever seen, right? And Jennifer, as gorgeous as ever

The boys looked pretty dapper too…

And so to the actual awards! Here are some of the results:

Best picture: 12 Years a Slave
Best director: Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Best actor: Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club (should have been Leo!)
Best actress: Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Best supporting actor: Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
Best supporting actress: Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Best adapted screenplay: 12 Years a Slave
Best original screenplay: Her

I completely agree with the results bar one. Can you guess which one? I’ve seen both Dallas Buyers Club and Wolf of Wall Street and both are brilliant films. Matthew McConaughey and Leonardo DiCaprio were both tremendous but I just think Leo was better, he was simply incredible! I can’t praise Wolf of Wall Street enough it was a perfect film for me.
Jared Leto was the stand out performance in Dallas Buyers Club for him. His portrayal of Rayon was so accomplished and emotional. It’s hard to believe this is the first film he’s done in six years!
And as for Best Picture? It couldn’t have been anything other than 12 Years A Slave, could it really? The most powerful film I’ve ever seen and am likely to ever see for a very long time.

Finally, the entertainment. Look, here’s Pharrell in his hat:

Did you watch the Oscars? What did you think to the results? The fashion? That selfie?! Leave links and comments below!

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Spring nails

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I’m desperate for it to be Summer! Or at least Spring at any rate. I am so sick of this constant grey gloom that has deposited itself over London. It’s cold, windy and downright rubbish. Boo!
I thought Spring had finally sprung, right on cue, on 1st March. It was a glorious day, but alas, the rains have returned. So to cheer myself up I brought spring to my nails with this nail design.

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First I used Barry M Gelly Nail Polish in Green Berry. Wonderful polishes, and I did a full review of the range here. I did two thin coats and let it dry for a few minutes before moving on.
I then used Nails Inc Hyde Park Place to (carefully) colour in a corner of the nail in this gorgeous grey from their In the Nude collection.
Finally, I used Nails Inc Floral Street to (even more carefully!) draw a thin line between the green and grey. I used a nail art brush for this which was a little tricky but I took my time and it got easier towards the end!
I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri to protect the design.

It’s not perfect but I really like this design. As I look at it now, its almost a grey cloud with a silver lining which makes me happy, just as Spring will when it finally arrives!

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