5 Party Ready Makeup Bag Additions

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This post is SPONSORED By Gilette Venus

Party Season. If it isn’t your favourite season then you must be some soul sucking party pooper because frankly I think it's awesome. Give me some sparkles, velvet and faux fur any day of the week and I’m ready to go. However, there is nothing worse than being caught off guard before a night out - especially an unplanned one.  We all know the best nights out are always the unexpected ones, but if you want to be desk to bar ready at all times you need to update your makeup bag to reflect the change in seasons or you might be left in compromising position.

A fear of mine is being caught out with a little uncomfortable fuzz just before a night out. Having a Venus Razor on hand is an essential in these types of situations. Coming in a handy dandy makeup bag size, with a cute travel compact, the Venus Snap is a  beaut.  Slip this safely into your makeup bag ready to whip out at the moment your best pal texts you to ask if you want to go out tonight.

The Venus Snap can be used with any Venus razor head; I love the Venus & Olay blades because they have built in shave gel blades with 2 in 1 moisture boosting and glide enhancing ingredients – perfect to add that post shave glow. They are also spring mounted with five blades to get a super close smooth shave. Despite having a teeny tiny (and super CUTE) handle, the Snap is  easy to hold and moves easily with the contours of your body to get every single hair with minimal effort. Leaving me feeling smooth as a dolphin and ready to go. 

The Venus & Olay blades help to lock in moisture and prevent dryness – which is so important in the winter months! - and cuts out the need for a separate shaving foam which is a great time saver. I find with some razors I can be left with unsightly razor burns or bumpy areas where the blades have irritated my skin as it's super sensitive but never found that with these ones. I love that I can just wet them and get to work with zero faff of trying to lather up!

I've been using Venus Snap as a travel razor for years since I originally picked it up in America a couple of years before it even came out in the UK. It's one of those items that goes with me pretty much everywhere. Genuinely I can’t count the amount of times it's come in handy on beach holidays, overnight stays and weekend breaks - It's a lifesaver.

If you're anything like me then your handbag is already littered with a bunch of different lip products already so this might not be that much of a shock. But definitely keep and red or burgundy shade on hand just in case. A wintery festive shade can pretty much update any day look to a night time one in quick slick. Plus it's the easiest way to make whatever makeup you had on earlier in the day look ready to go. Zero to 100 in seconds.

Highlighter is another party makeup bag swap out. I cant live without the stuff but it's not everyone's thing during the day. However, it's a super versatile product that can be used as a eye shadow, on collar bones or as you know... a highlighter. Plus if you can’t wear highlighter during the festive period when can you? Highlight to the gods!

Keeping a dry shampoo at hand is another essential - Reawaken lifeless hair with a good blast straight to the roots and shake it out to get some volume back . It can revive styles and fake fresh hair in an instant. Plus keeping a mini deodorant in your makeup bag is a good idea because you know, no one wants to smell. Especially if you've been wrapped up in a jumper all day - you'll need it!

So those are a few of my party ready makeup bag additions for the festive period. I'd love to know what you have in your makeup bags right now - Share yours over on Instagram using the #VenusBeautyEssentials and tag @GilletteVenus.

Jumper of Dreams

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

I've recently become obsessed with the brand Jakke, It's a London based faux fur and leather brand which had caught my eye when I picked up a camo coat from Urban Outfitters. I was browsing their website praying that this star print fur coat was in stock. It wasn't at the time but it is now and I'm seriously considering buying... it but thats beside the point. After a click around I saw that this jumper was in the sale (£20, uhhh hellloooo) and I knew it had to be mine. A few clicks later and some waiting at my front door it arrived.

I absolutely adore it, it's so over the top and extra and right up my street. Its super thick due to layers and layers of shaggy fur which makes it next level warm although it does make me look about 3x bigger than I actually am. Perfect for hiding a food baby though!

I took this photo myself on my Tripod and had serious 2012 flashbacks, and it actually was more more difficult to do than I actually remembered! I swear to god it took me about 100 shots to get ONE that I liked let alone a whole outfit post. As Im currently in a bit of a house rejig I might start posting more outfits like this, just little snippets where and when I can. Just like old times eh!

Models Own Dare to Bare

Monday, November 07, 2016


Whoa now, prepare yourself for a image heavy post but when there's a collection that is just so beaut you can't ignore it and just HAVE to take 32423904839 pictures and they all look dreamy af. So I present to you the new Models Own Dare to Bare collection. A collection of rosy blush tones to take the ~natural~ trend up a notch. Dare to Bare, not to be confused with Dare to Bear as that ofc wouldn't be the greatest of ideas. And I did have to triple check this post that I hadnt written that by accident. Naturally I had.

Five semi matte lipsticks, Five Hyper Gel polishes, a cute lil pressed translucent powder and a neutral eye palette with 10 soft hues in a variety of skintones.


First up, the five rosey nail polishes. Dont they look all cute n' stuff all lined up like that. Im a bit indifferent on the Hyper Gel format of the Models Own brand. While Im a big fan of their regular polishes (BIG UP MODELS OWN UTOPIA, YES ITS STILL MY FAVE SHADE EVER) I find the HG range to be a bit hit and miss. Often find it takes a bit longer to dry and also can go goopy quick if you apply it wrong. However the shade range is absolutely darling and would be a total must for anyone into the "my nails but better" look or just needed a neutral or nude polish for work or school.

Next this hun of a palette. Like a more paired down Urban Decay Basic palette. Pretty much all matte shades which are perfect for that I'm not really wearing makeup but really I am wearing makeup boys are just too stupid to actually notice makeup. Nice neutral and pretty affordable for the price. I'd never consider picking up makeup from Models Own as they have long established themselves as THE go to nail polish brand on the Highstreet but I was pleasantly surprised with this eyeshadow offering. Likewise with the finishing powder, smooth and easily blended into the skin.

There is also some lipsticks in this line up which are a wonderful array of nudey blushtones which I'll save for another post as I wanna do a good ol' swatchathon on them as they are so beautiful and perfectly fitting for a collection like this!

A Little Note

Friday, November 04, 2016

Jeans / Jacket / Hat / Shoes / Top /

I feel weird about blogging, for some reason it doesn't feel like my place anymore since getting all cosy over on my Youtube Channel. Sort of like when you meet a new partner and you're with them for a bit and then feel a bit weird going on a night out with your mates. After being all safe and spending all your time with them but going back to your friends is all great fun but it still feeling like you saw them yesterday.

Blogging is hard, harder than it's ever been before. I think I got bored of it because it's just not my style, the in vogue thing with blogging is much more polished and perfected - but the reason I turned to blogging was to get away from all that. Not that I dont love all the awesomeness of blogging these days, its just not my style (as in personal style) and I much prefer more helpful, interesting content on different things compared to an outfit post or seven. (Who am I kidding I still want pretty much everything I see on pretty much every blogger)

Blogging is supposed to be raw, passionate and in the moment but its gone so far beyond that Im not sure it even knows what it wants to be. Youtube is going the same way but you still see those pockets of raw emotion and passion that makes you feel like you belong there. And maybe its because I achieved so much with my blog very early on in my online career I felt like I peaked and never quite achieved what I could have done if only I pushed myself harder.

Right now, I want to blog and then I dont want to blog but I've never not wanted to make Youtube videos. I said before but I still see Youtube as a challenge. It's super hard these days to get noticed, get views and we ALL feel like our channels are dying. Ask any Youtuber and they might tell you the same or sugar coat it and pretend it's all good when in reality it's not. It's a pretty dire situation for your average Youtuber these days.

The main reason I stopped blogging was because I stopped consuming blogs. And also because I REALLY REALLY loved Youtube and of course that led to me abandoning this place. I could count the times I've blogged on here on my fingers and toes this year and that makes me sad. This was my thing, this was a thing I thought I was good at and a thing I thought I could do. But I stopped making an effort the same way as you do in those relationships and took it all for granted. I fell out of love.

Falling out of love with something is sad, but it doesn't mean you dont care. My ex boyfriend recently (yes that one) reached out to me with one of the most patronising texts I've ever read before. And despite him being a shit he made me realise you can fall totally out of love with something but still care a tiny bit. And that tiny bit goes two ways, you can leave it like I'd choose with him or you can still be around... be civil and have a nice time.

And the latter is what Im going to do. Im not promising anything, Im not gonna embark on some huge effort to be a better blogger or do whatever everyone else is. I hate feeling obliged to do anything, its a weird trait but as soon  as I feel I have to do something it fills me with fear and desperation. A weird sort of anxiety that I just cant really shake off properly.

I plan to make my blog the extension of my other social media if anything which I think is probably a strange approach but I just think due to the fact that we have everything that fills the gaps in between blogging on Instagram and Twitter its made me feel like blogging could be redundant if you left it that way. Which for example I do. Blogging isnt redundant of course, its just not a huge part of my "online routine", and I need to find a way to make it.

Its impossible to be good at everything, even though I've been making a conscious effort with my Instagram and try and keep up with my channel and thats pretty time consuming.

Anyway I'm sure you've read a 10's of these posts over the past year about me wanting to do this that and the other and plotting and planning and dreaming of all these things I want to do but never quite doing them. Its pretty much the story of my life.

None the less, Hi blogging people. Thanks for reading, thanks for sticking around. I'll be coming at chu with some form of content or something something soon. Maybe.

A Lesson in Being Basic: Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics

Thursday, November 03, 2016

When I heard Urban Decay were doing ANOTHER Naked Palette I rolled my eyes, made a joke about it being redundant and then instantly made a mental note that I need it in my life because well... you know... THERES ALWAYS SPACE IN MY LIFE FOR MORE BROWN EYESHADOWS.

Believe it or not the Naked Basics 1 Palette has been my most reached for of the countless additions to the Naked Family. The shimmery shades of 1, 2 and especially three are barely reached for since I decided sparkly eyeshadow gets into all my crows feet and makes me look about 50 despite being 26. Smokey... I like you but you were a little dry to use and smokey shadow 'aint an everyday thing so I'll pass on you you. But gimmie a nice warm matte and I'll be purring like a little kitty.

In jumps Naked ULTIMATE Basics - Every Time I read that I read it in the X Factor announcer guy voice for some reason. I just want to boom the word ULTIMATE out across an echo-y room!

Colour palette wise it's a nice mix between cool and warm shades, and although I feel like I've seen all these shades before in some shape or another in existing Urban Decay Palettes - But none the less that doesn't make me any less drawn to the palette. The colour selection is deeper and richer than all it's predecessors with shades of orange, plum and purple mixed with your standard neutral browns. Which makes it really versatile and something that can be used for the most basic of eye looks working up to something a little sexier.

I'd grant each shade a grade between a B+ to an A+ in terms of colour, quality and pay off. However In some reviews I read people mentioned there was an inevitable naughty child in the bunch in the form of Instinct. I do not agree in the slightest! I actually think thats my favourite shade of the whole lot and my go-to ever since I got this palette.

  • Blow (Light Nude Demi-Matte)
  • Nude (Soft Pink Nude Matte)
  • Commando (Light Taupe Brown Matte)
  • Tempted (Pale Brown Matte)
  • Instinct (Medium Pink Taupe Matte)
  • Lethal (Reddish Brown Matte)
  • Pre-Game (Pale Yellow Matte)
  • Extra Bitter (Burnt Orange Matte)
  • Faith (Medium Warm Brown Matte)
  • Lockout (Rich Neutral Brown Matte)
  • Magnet (Smoky Gray Matte)
  • Blackjack (Warm Black Matte)
My extra  picks for the team is obviously Extra Bitter (helllo orange!), I also adore Tempted and Lethal. There's something about the richness of Lethal that I really dig, just looks like the perfect smoke out shade.

I honestly think this is a pretty excellent palette, dare I say better than a lot of the palettes UD have released recently and definitely the most innovative since the OG way back when. While it is basic and filled with mattes, every shade is super wearable and I can realistically see myself using them all in some form or another.

So hell yeah this palette might be basic but boring it is not, wearable does not always mean basic. Obviously if you're an avid makeup collector - especially of Urban Decay Palette one then you could skip it. But if you're in the market for a killer new matte neutral selection box then go forth and purchase.

And finally while it might be flogging a dead horse now with the "Naked" tagline, it works and it'll sell and I'll be damn sure to have this on my eyeballs as often as I can.
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