Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette Review


So I purchased this palette on Beautybay.com for £38 which I was reluctant to pay but because of all the amazing reviews I thought I'd just go for it. It is so worth it and I'm so so so glad I bought it. The shadows are all super creamy and buttery and they blend out easily with great colour pay off and very little fall out. My favourite shades in the palette are toffee, wine n dine, teddy bear and cranberry splash.  (All the colours in my opinion are stunning but those are my top picks).

I've used this palette on many of my clients and they are all very pleased with the end result which as a makeup artist is so nice to hear. It's been so long since I've made a post on here so I have loads of products to review! If you want to purchase this palette, here's the LINK. My overall rating for this product is 10/10.
Thanks for reading!
Olivia x

Braces - Update.

I've had my braces tightened again and for some reason I had five brackets come off!!! I have very small teeth, especially towards the back so we think it's due to that. My dentist just removed the brackets from my back teeth and next time he'll add smaller ones that will be ordered in. I found that without those brackets my teeth didn't hurt at all. There was a very slight discomfort on the first and second day but after that I could eat okay, opposed to last time when I was in so much pain that I couldn't eat anything solid. I'll update you next time I get them tightened to see if there's any changes. It's been two months now and the change in my teeth, face and jaw is baffling me! My palette has definitely widened, my bottom teeth have been pushed forward and are much straighter and my top teeth have moved back. It's so exciting to see the changes so quickly and I can't wait for the end result!
Thanks for reading,
Alexandria. 

Recipe: Nandos Curry.

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Ingredients:
- Uncle Ben's Pilau Rice.
- Chicken Breasts.
- Nando's Coat & Cook Medium.
- Sunflower Oil.
- Schwartz Chicken Seasoning.

Image from: Xscape.
This recipe is another quick and easy one.  It uses a few of the same ingredients to the "Vegetable Chicken" but instead of the Dolmio Sauce (and vegetables) we're going to use the Nando's sauce and some rice. For a single portion - just myself - I use a full packet of rice, two chicken breast fillets and one packet of the Nando's Coat & Cook Medium. You can change up the spice to your liking.
Steps:
  1. Griddle your chicken breasts with some sunflower oil until they're cooked, but not overdone. You don't want dry chicken! 
  2. Add the chicken to a Wok and mix in the Nando's Coat & Cook Medium Sauce.
  3. Start cooking the Uncle Ben's Pilau Rice in the microwave.
  4. Add the Schwartz Chicken Seasoning to the Wok and then mix in the rice.
  5. Serve!
Only five simple steps and you have a delicious Nando's Curry. 

Ghostbusters (2016) Movie Review.

I have to start off by saying I really enjoyed this movie! I like the original Ghostbusters a lot so when I found out they were doing a gender-bend reboot I thought it was a super cool concept! I'd love for them to make a second movie but it doesn't seem likely. Kristen Wiig (one of my favourite actress/comedians) played a great character and the dynamic between the other roles worked wonderfully for the plot. You can tell from the beginning to the end what each characters relationship is to the other. Chris Hemsworth's role in the movie was perfect and he made me laugh throughout. Melissa McCarthy is someone I always enjoy watching and I like that this film introduced me to Kate McKinnon who I now know did a lot of cool work on Saturday Night Live. It's another fun family movie if you're looking for something to watch as a film night - very funny and cleverly done.
Thanks for reading,
Alexandria.

Queen Of Oil, 100% Argan Oil.

















Hey,
So I purchased a medium and a small bottle of "Queen of Oil, Argan Oil" at IMATS for £15 which I think is a STEAL! You can buy this product online from queenofoil.com where they have a deal on at the moment for three small bottles (10ml per bottle) for £10. I found it works great for hair and it makes your skin super soft! It's very warm and will heat up easily with your body temperature. You can put it on a hair brush or a beauty blender - using the hair brush distributes the product really well through long and short hair and the using the beauty blender with some Argan Oil on really helps to blend out foundation and concealers. I also really like to use it for blending out my cream contours. It's amazing for removing the glue from your lashes and has helped my acne mile stones! Argan Oil has a million and one uses and it's a product I definitely recommend to not only makeup lovers but everyone!
Olivia x

MAC HoneyLove Lipstick Review.

Hey guys!
Just a really quick post to let you know my thoughts on this nude shade from MAC. The colour is HoneyLove and it's a semi-matte shade - in my opinion, I don't think it's fully matte. It stays on all day and feels super creamy and it pairs really nicely with a slightly darker nude liner, I normally use one from ELF. Thanks for reading,
Olivia x

Finding Dory (2016) Movie Review.

Finding Dory is one of the cutest animated films to date, if you can't already tell from the photo above. I was a bit nervous about watching it because of how classic Finding Nemo is (and because we've been waiting for this movie for so long!!!) but I really enjoyed this film and (not gonna lie) it made me a bit emotional. I'm so glad that Ellen pushed and pushed for it to be made because it's such a great addition to the Disney/Pixar family. I liked that they kept the old characters in it throughout but I also really enjoyed the new characters they created, especially Hank: the cranky Octopus. The story line was sweet and heartfelt and definitely a great family film. Let me know what you thought of this film or if there are any others that you'd like me to watch and review!
Thanks for reading,
Alexandria. 

Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Series.

I got my copy of the first Miss Peregrine's book just as it became a bestseller and when I found out it was to become a movie (directed by Tim Burton) I instantly got on with reading it. They're all so gripping that I could hardly put them down and got through the first two (and half way through the third book) as the film came out. I was a little disappointed with the movie because of the amount of differences between it and the books. It seems such a shame to me that there will only be one movie instead of the three this series deserves. The characters are all so charming and they're in no way perfect, which is what's even more appealing to me. I was also gutted when I reached the end of the books because I didn't want them to end! But the ending was so perfect and sweet, it was a lovely way to end things. I will recommend this series to others and have rated each five stars on my goodreads account. Every book contains images that Ransom Riggs - the author - collected and used as stimulus for his stories. The photos add another layer to the readers experience and it makes it that bit more realistic to the imagination. Let me know what you thought of this series in the comments below!
Thanks for reading,
Alexandria. 

MOTD: An American in Paris.


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Image result for an american in parisThe musical of the day is "An American in Paris." A few people in my musical theatre history class were talking about this show and I'd never actually seen it, so I took the time to sit down and watch the great Gene Kelly in another classic. I adore movies like this especially when they have big long dance numbers in them. The story to this one was a bit unusual but I still really enjoyed it because of the strong dynamic between the characters. I was a bit gutted about the ending if I'm honest. Part of me hoped that Jerry would end up with Milo instead of Lise. I didn't understand why he kissed her when he had no interest in her, even if he did think that he'd never see Lise again, it seemed a bit cruel to give Milo false hope when he knew she liked him. I'd like to see how that conversation went down with Lise after the movie ended. The dancing is incredible however and the musical numbers in general, I just wish the plot ended a little differently. 

Braces - Update.

Day 1 and 2...

My first-day getting braces were eventful but in a good way! I had an appointment which lasted an hour and a half. While they were putting my braces on I listened to my music and closed my eyes. There were three parts of the procedure that I found quite uncomfortable but the pressure/pain I felt disappeared a few seconds after it occurred. Once on I went through the rest of my day without much discomfort. I simply felt strange with this foreign metal in my mouth. I had the clear brackets on the top teeth and regular metal brace colour on the bottom. Towards the end of the night, I tried eating some egg fried rice which hurt a bit, so I ended up eating half a bar of chocolate and a few mouthfuls of tomato soup instead.

I really struggled on the second day as my teeth were more tender. I feel like I can't eat anything solid! I tried to eat a lightly toasted pitta which was a big no! I had to go to work that night and found out that the only foods I could eat (from Nandos) were sweet potato mash if I pick out the lumps, creamy mash and hummus without the pitta. I tried the macho peas but they weren't as easy to crush in my mouth as I thought and the same went for the skin on the sweet potato wedges. Anything that you can't swallow whole is a no really. For anyone thinking of getting braces or for those who have them already and want some food ideas for when they're tightened, I've made a list here...
  • Mash Potatoes *no lumps with cheese for more flavour.
  • Ice Cream.
  • Chocolate - in small squares.
  • Soup.
  • Yogurt.
  • Porridge.
  • Feta Cheese.
Hope this helps others in some way! I had my braces taken off in 2011 and have recently had them put back on. I forgot how painful they can be when they're tightened so if you're thinking of getting them again or are just having them put on remember that the pain disappears after a week or so. 
Thanks for reading,
Alexandria.

Recipe: Vegetable Chicken.

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Ingredients:
- Dolmio (Stir In) Tomato & Basil Sauce.
- Spinach.
- Chicken breasts.
- Schwartz Chicken Seasoning (optional)
- Butter.
- Sunflower Oil.
- Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables: red onions, red pepper, green pepper, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, baby corn.
Image from: VegKitchen.


Steps:
  1. Cut your chicken breasts in half and grill them with some sunflower oil until the chicken is cooked through. Make sure not to overcook the chicken.
  2. Put the Dolmio (stir in) tomato & basil sauce into a Wok with some Schwartz chicken seasoning and spinach. Heat up the sauce as the chicken cooks.
  3. Add some butter to the chicken and then cut it into pieces.
  4. Add the cooked chicken breasts to the Dolmio Sauce to the Wok.
  5. Griddle your Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables. 
  6. Add the Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables to the wok.
  7. Serve!
This is such a quick and simple super healthy meal. You can serve it with rice or pasta. For a single portion, I use the whole container of the Dolmio sauce, three handfuls of spinach, two chicken breasts, one teaspoon of butter, a dash of sunflower oil and a whole tub of Mediterranean vegetables from the co-op. I love this recipe so much and hope you enjoy it too! 
Much love,
Alexandria.

MOTD: Across The Universe.


Hey guys, so the musical of the day is "Across The Universe". I remember watching this when I first started college and I turned it off after an hour because I didn't like it. I decided to watch it again today because I thought I'd give it a second chance and I'm really glad I did because I realized it wasn't that I didn't like it originally, it was that I didn't understand it. This musical contains the incredible music of the Beatles and centers around a character called Jude, a guy from Liverpool who goes to America to meet his father who left his mom during the War. The story spirals off into other themes. I like the plot of this jukebox musical, it's a bit all over the place but there are loads of different layers to it. I feel like it's a movie you really need to sit and take the time to watch because it gets confusing if you miss one small thing. I'd love to see this performed on stage with a whole load of movement throughout, I think that the songs are very cleverly used. Overall I'm glad that I decided to rewatch this film and I loved the way they ended it and some of the acting choices in the songs were stunning! I also adore a happy ending and this one definitely had that.

MOTD: Billy Elliot.

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This show is ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. I watched Billy Elliot Live this evening and I've fallen in love with it. The songs are perfectly fit with the story and the choreography is outstanding, not to mention the talent amongst the cast. I recommend everyone watch the live recording (available on DVD from Zoom) because it truly is a one in a million show. My favourite parts were definitely the dance duet between young and old Billy and the "Electricity" solo. If this ever comes back to the West End I'll be running to buy tickets.

My Braces Journey: The Consultations.


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Many people in my life already know by now that I've been saving my money to get braces. I used to have them in high school but being the irresponsible child that I was I didn't wear the retainers and everything moved back. So I eventually decided it was something that was truly bothering me and I saved up the money to get the procedure done.

I originally looked into Invisalign and visited a dentist in Birmingham (which shall go unnamed) who told me that it would be easily fixed and would only take a year with this technique. Invisalign is a system where you wear clear retainers that push your teeth into place with the help of small ridges in the plastic. The dentist asked me if there was a time frame that I'd prefer them off by, I said "No, I just want them fixed." and everything seemed fine, but I wanted to do more research and see if it was the best option for me, especially because of how much it was going to cost.

I decided to visit another dentist (in West Bromwich) called Divine Dentistry to get a second opinion. My initial consultation really opened my eyes. At this point, I'd almost been sold into getting Invisalign but Divine Dentistry advised against it saying he would refuse to do it because the result wouldn't be what I was after. I felt frustrated with the other practice in Birmingham who had seemed content to let a young girl have a procedure that wouldn't make much difference. Divine Dentistry were extremely honest with me which I really liked and suggested I book another consultation and bring a parent for advice and guidance. My second consultation I brought my dad for support. We discussed everything and when everything was clear I knew this would be the perfect company for me! (I researched and phoned over 20 practices in my area and none seemed as good a fit for what I was after then this one.)

I paid my deposit today and have an appointment next week to take X-Rays and photos and then the third appointment will be the one where he apply's the brace. We decided to go for a Damon Brace, clear on the top teeth and traditional brace colour on the bottom and I'm looking at about 18 months for the procedure to be complete and I get bleaching and cleaning included in the price we agreed upon at the end.I'll be posting updates every time I visit them so this is like a teeth diary really. Any questions, feel free to ask if you're interested in getting a similar thing done.

Thanks for reading,
Alexandria.

How To: Be The Perfect Audience Member.


I'm back! Sorry for being so inactive this month. I've been working every day which has been amazing but I'm here today with a post that I've wanted to write for quite a long time. As many of you know I grew up going to shows in the theatre (which I am really grateful for) and I always remember being so enthralled with the performers and as a child with a wild imagination I got sucked into what was happening on stage and unlike today's younger generation wouldn't dream of speaking during a show. Things today are changing, which is AMAZING, but this post is a compilation of things to help you be the PERFECT audience member.
  • GOT THE MUNCHIES? 
Nothing is more annoying than hearing the rustling of crisp or sweet wrappers. For some reason they're so loud you can't hear half the show because of it. I normally blame the actual theatre for this because there are always ways to avoid it. "Posher" theatres tend to give out small pots that you can put your sweets in before the show to avoid the dreaded rustling noises but just be conscious when you go to reach for your unopened bag of wine gums.
  • "DID YOU JUST SEE THAT?!"
This one is more about talkers throughout the show and I'm guilty of it myself, especially if I go with my dad. You're so into the show that you just can't help sharing a personal opinion with the person next to you. When we lean closer to whisper (considerately) to each other, we often block the view of the person behind us. Even though it's just for a second, we've cut their connection with the show. 
  • HONEY, I CAN'T CONTROL THE KIDS.
I'm definitely not against children going to the theatre; in fact I think all kids should get the chance to go BUT parents should be able to keep them under control. I've been witness to some really hyper kids who talk all the way through the show, run around the aisles, continuously turn around and fidget. Why pay £30 minimum for a ticket when your child isn't even going to watch the show? 
  • FLASSSSSH, AHHHHHH!
This one is for those who can't live without their phones! To be a perfect audience member, you have to turn off your phone or at least put it on silent in your bag. I've seen people record performances, sit there and text, even play Angry Birds/Pokemon during a show and their phones shine with a bright beacon of light. Stricter theatres will come and tell you to turn it off but why risk it? 

Thanks for reading guys,
Alexandria.

MOTD: 9 to 5.

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Musical/Movie of the Day: So today I watched the movie version of "9 to 5" and I have to say that while I enjoyed it I don't think it's a favourite for me. I love the music of Dolly Parton but without it, I don't think I would have fully enjoyed the movie as much as I did. The plot is quite standard chick-flick but I will say that it's very funny. It's just not what I expected. I imagine the stage version is probably better so I'm going to watch it and get back to you with a more in depth review.

Book Review: Harry Potter #8.

I absolutely adored this story! For those who don't know "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is NOT a novel, it's a copy of the script from the new play which is showing in London's West End! It's perfect for all us Potter Fans!!! It had me fangirling quite a few times throughout and now that I've finished it I just want to read it over and over again. I'm curious to see how they do certain aspects on stage, but I won't say anything more because I don't want to spoil it from anyone who wants to read it. I definitely recommend this with all my heart and it really doesn't take long to get through for those who aren't particularly fond of reading but still want to know the next part to the story. I read it extremely quickly and will probably read it again before I go and watch it. Five star rating from me to J.K.Rowling! I'll forever be grateful to her for making my childhood so magical.
Thanks for reading,
Alexandria.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

I originally pre-ordered this book from WHSmith's and forgot to pick it up yesterday (it's quite far away for me to travel and I was at work!) so I ended up just popping over to Sainsbury's an hour ago. After my mom, brother and I went to Bingo, I quickly phoned them up and asked them to save me a copy and turns out, I got the last one! Massive thank you to the woman behind the customer services desk for reserving it for me! I'm absolutely over the moon that I managed to get a copy of this book as I know it's selling out fast! I've loved the Harry Potter Franchise ever since I was a little girl and I read all the books too growing up too so I'm extremely grateful to J.K.Rowling for coming up with the story and for allowing it to become a play which I'm hoping to see when I go back to University in September. I can't wait to do a book review for this and if you're not already (and you're an avid reader) go and check out goodreads.com - a website that allows you to share your favourite books and authors with friends. You'll also receive recommendations on what to read next and can also create yearly book challenges to complete along the way!
Thanks for reading,
Alexandria.

July Favourites.

[Disclaimer: Images throughout were found on Google Images, I don't own any of them.] It's been a great month! I went Go-Karting and Laser Tag for the first time with a few incredible people from work. I managed to book my first appointment for the Orthodontist (next week) to consider getting Invisalign. Fiona came to visit me from Wigan and we finally sorted out our accommodation for University in September. It was also Michaela's birthday on the 24th and my brothers on the 25th. I've managed to post more on this blog in the month of July than ever before! The hot weather has been perfect for relaxing in the garden and I really hope it carries on that way through August. I still find it absolutely mad that we're almost at the end of 2016! But for this month, here's my favourites! Let me know in the comments below what you've been loving this month :) 

Television Favourites.

"Coach Trip: Road to Ibiza." is about a group of people who go on a coach trip and complete activities together. At the end of each day they vote for a couple to leave. There's usually a lot of arguing when it comes to the vote and tension when new people join. I love the original Coach Trip but this series is definitely aimed at a younger audience. Each episode is half an hour long which I personally think is too short, but a must watch!

"Celebrity Big Brother" is back on television! I'm super excited for the line up this year because for the first time I feel I actually know a good few of the contestants. Normally I know one or two and the rest are a complete mystery to me, but this year looks extremely promising. They've already begun with the lying and game-playing. I'm most looking forward to seeing more of Frankie Grande and there's already a couple of contestants who have started to cause trouble. I can't wait to see how things unfold!

Musical of the Month.

I had a meeting with one of my past tutors this month to talk about doing a possible workshop at my College and he mentioned this musical to me as a suggestion for my repertoire and I'm absolutely IN LOVE with it. I watched the movie and the Broadway cast on YouTube and also listened to the whole soundtrack and learned all the songs. It's such a funny feel good musical! "Xanadu" is about a Greek Muse who goes to earth to inspire Sonny (a mortal) into completing his dreams of creating a roller-disco which they later name "Xanadu." She gives herself the fake name of Kira and puts on a bad Australian accent to disguise the fact that she's actually a Muse but ends up falling in love with Sonny. In the movie, Olivia Newton John plays the part amazingly and the Broadway version makes fun of the cult film slightly but in such an endearing way. This show was on at the Southwark Playhouse in London a few years ago and I'm absolutely gutted that I missed it! I definitely think this is one of my favourite musicals of all time. The whole thing is on roller-skates too which makes me even more excited because it's an activity I really enjoy doing outside of theatre.

Movie of the Month.

"40 Year Old Virgin" is my favourite for this month in movies because it's absolutely hilarious. All the characters are so funny and it's one of those really quotable films. The film is about a 40 year old virgin, Andy who plays a game with some new friends at work who find out about his situation and become determined to get him laid. It also starred Elizabeth Banks, one of my favourite actresses and Steve Carell who always has me in stitches. It's such an awkwardly perfect movie!

Make-Up Product of the Month.

Jeffree Star's "Skin Frost" in Ice Cold had to be my favourite make-up product for this month. I haven't gone a day without putting it on since I received it in the mail. It's such a gorgeous highlighter and works wonderfully with my super pale skin. I find that it stays on for quite a long time and it's super pigmented and versatile. I use it as an eye-shadow for my brow bone and inner corner on most days and on top of my cupids bow. The pan size is absolutely MASSIVE so I know I won't be running out for quite a long time but when I do I'll definitely be repurchasing. The main problem is because I'm from the UK the shipping is quite expensive, unless I spend over a certain amount on Beautylish. When we purchased from America last time we received a charge from the Royal Mail and it ended up costing a fortune, so I'm very wary now. This product however really is incredible!


Album of the Month.

I've not really been listening to much music this month, not having much time with work and trying to read as many books as possible before I go back to University. We put on some Spotify playlists, however, when it started getting really sunny outside and my dad chose one full of "ELO" songs, so my favourite album of the month has to go to them. Jeff Lynne also wrote and produced "Xanadu" so it feels extremely appropriate for the Electric Light Orchestra to be the favourite of the month since I've been loving that musical so much. I also love that ELO are from Birmingham which is where I grew up.

Sadly for this month I don't have a favourite book or a favourite product for skin and hair care! Fingers crossed for August, I'll keep my eyes open for good products in these areas.


Monthly Quotes:
"You only live once but if you do it right, once is enough." - Mae West.
"Whatever you are, be a good one." Abraham Lincoln.
"Choose people who lift you up." Michelle Obama.

Thanks so much for reading,
Love Alexandria.


Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Concealer.

This post is my first negative review on this blog but I made a promise to myself to always write honest reviews on products I buy and this one really fell short for me, especially after the hype that surrounded it. I recently purchased the "Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Concealer" in the lightest shade. I applied it on my under-eyes and blemishes and it went extremely patchy! I applied a primer underneath and it just felt really dry and it accentuated my fine lines and pores. It also refused to blend out! I tried using a foundation blush, a dry beauty blender, a damp beauty blender, my fingers but NOTHING helped to blend this product seamlessly. I have oily-combination skin and I felt like my skin was just flaking off which is extremely unusual for me! If you're looking for an absolutely flawless concealer, I recommend "The Eraser Eye" which is actually also by Maybelline but it has a much smoother cream-like consistence and it blends like a dream. I bought the 24 Hour because of how perfect The Eraser Eye was, but I was really disappointed. An image of the 24 Hour Concealer is on the left and is from an amazing blog called brogantatexo.co.uk. This product may work wonders on other people but for me it really doesn't work. I may pass this product on to Olivia and see if she thinks differently as she has a different skin type to me.
Thanks for reading,
Alexandria.

Lancôme Énergie de Vie Liquid Moisturiser.







Hello Friends!
Today I'm reviewing the "Lancôme Énergie de Vie Liquid Moisturiser." Firstly it's a lot thinner than most moisturisers on the market at the moment. I find thinner formula's spreads easier on my skin. I've also found that it helps get rid of dry patches but doesn't make my face feel too oily - as my skin type is 'combination.' It doesn't leave a greasy film on the top of the skin which is a massive bonus. It's has a cooling effect and applies smoothly. I really like this product and would repurchase it for definite. I bought this product from IMATS and for a high end moisturiser it's definitely worth the £42.  
Thanks for reading,
Olivia.

My Prickly Heat CURE!



Hey guys!

As it's been crazy hot in England recently I thought I'd write a post on skin care. For as long as I can remember my mom has suffered from Prickly Heat and about five years ago I began to notice it on myself too. For those who don't know, "Prickly Heat" is a skin condition that appears in tiny red spots all over the body, caused by being exposed to high temperatures. We went to Cyprus a few years ago and we finally found a cure!!! The Ultrasun Sports Translucent Sun Protection Gel (while it's expensive) has worked wonders for me and my mom! It's about £20-£25 for a 200ml bottle. The greatest thing about this product is that you only need to apply it ONCE a day. It's waterproof and sweat-proof so you can go swimming and not worry about getting burnt too. This product comes with an SPF of 20 or 30. We use the SPF 20. Even if you don't suffer from Prickly Heat this sunscreen is absolutely amazing. I noticed my Prickly Heat recently (on my knees and feet) after I used a normal sunscreen and quickly applied the Ultrasun on those areas and noticed it disappeared within the hour. I won't go on holiday without this sunscreen and I probably won't use a different one as the chemicals in normal sun-cream can actually make prickly heat worse. Another bonus is that you don't need to use much, so it last ages! (The image above is from: renegadetribune and the picture to the right is from pharmacy2u.co.uk) You can also buy a triple pack online here.

Thanks for reading,
Alexandria.

Barry M Eye Define Eyeliner (Plum)


I recently purchased this product after I got the Green Metallic Liquid Liner in a bag from Clothes Show Live in Birmingham a few years ago. Because of my hazel eyes I decided to get the Eye-Define Liner in the shade "Plum" to bring out the greener pigment in the iris. The main thing I like about this product is the brush. I struggle to apply liner with really flimsy brushes. I find it much simpler if the brush is sturdy and solid rather than super bendy and thin, hence why I normally buy the felt-liners. Another thing I really like about this product is that it comes off easily, which is not something I usually like in make-up. Normally I want everything to stay on all day and not move but I absolutely HATE it when you get home and you try to take your make-up off with a wipe and your liner just won't budge. I try not to rub my eyes too much because I don't want to get wrinkles! This liner stays on all day but it comes off so easily with a wipe. I also LOVE the array of colours they have. They do a black, brown, plum, dark green, aqua blue and a glossy black opposed to a matte and then they have a selection in the metallics too. For the price of £4.79 I feel like it's an absolute bargain. This product is pigmented, stays on well, is easy to apply, affordable and super easy to find in most stores. I'm definitely getting one in every shade.
Thanks for reading,
Alexandria.

"Ice Cold" Skin Frost Review.



ALEXANDRIA: I didn't actually mean to order two Skin Frosts originally but I was in such a rush to get the product during the restock that I didn't check my basket properly before paying and ended up getting two, so Olivia bought the other one from me. I'd like to start this review by saying that I'm absolutely in love with this product! It's SO pigmented: on the same level as the "Vivid Baked Highlighters by Makeup Revolution" except "Ice Cold" is more silver than gold and not chalky at all. For a glamorous look it's so perfect to layer on heavily! If you use a light hand you can get away with it as a day highlighter too which is what I love to do. You can use it as an eye-shadow as well, I personally love putting it in the inner-corner of my eye to really make them pop. As many of you probably know already the pan size is absolutely massive! If I don't break it I'm hoping that it's going to last me the whole year... if not a bit longer. I can't see myself using another highlighter again.

OLIVIA: First of all I want to say I love how bright and eye-catching this highlighter is. I always get asked what highlighter I'm wearing when I go out. It's perfect for pale skin, pink and yellow undertones which is rare to find in a product. However, it's very similar to the white shade in the Make-Up Revolution "Golden Sugar" Palette. The glitter is distributed better in Jeffree Star's Highlighter and gives a more natural glow (or you can really pack it on and you can see more of the glitter and how it blends out easily) and is very creamy and smooth. To define the eyes I like to use it in my inner corner and my brow bone to make them really stand out. On another note, I didn't really like the packaging when it was first advertised but now I LOVE it. It makes me think of the Barbie Franchise. As Alex said before, the pigment really is incredible.

Thanks for reading! 

120 Palette 5th Edition - BHCosmetics.




This is a review of the 120 Palette (5th Edition) by BHCosmetics. Firstly (for the price) I think this is an incredible palette. The shadows are quite chalky but less so when water is added. They're also incredibly pigmented, especially the brighter colours. I chose the fifth edition because it had a good mix of pinks, purples and neutral shades which is what I tend to wear on the daily and I have to say I really do love the colour selection still after using it quite a few times. There are some silvers and golds in there too which I like to put all over my lid when I go out on an evening. I'd definitely say you could use it for daytime and night time looks! This palette is really fragile, however, some of my corner shades got crushed and I don't remember when or how. I've had it for over a year now though so it's getting pretty old and may just be warn down. I don't know if I'd repurchase this palette, just because it's handy to have around and it's great when you're in a rush (as you're not searching around for the palette with the dark nude colours or the purples, they're all in one place) but I wish you could pop the colours out and put them in smaller palettes as that would be better for travelling. Overall it's a great palette for the price and useful if you like a lot of colourful shadows mixed with a selection of nudes. Thinking about it, if I ran out of this product I probably wouldn't repurchase it, purely because all the colours I tend to use nowadays are in the "Chocolate Bar Palette" by Too Faced which is in a much smaller metal case... and it smells like chocolate. 
Thanks for reading,
Alexandria.

I'm Not Homeless!


Today I thankfully managed to secure my living arrangements for my second year at University. I'll once again be staying in student halls (and will be moving into a house in my third year) because it's cheaper and more efficient at the moment to just stay where I am. The crazy thing about London is that you can't really start looking for a place to live until you're ready to actually move in, which I think is absolutely mad! I'm just relieved that I now have somewhere to stay and can enjoy the rest of my summer knowing that everything is pretty much sorted for my second year. It's incredible how quickly the time went by and I'm sure the same will happen again from 2016-2017. This was just a quick life update post really. I'm trying to post as much as possible this month (whether it be reviews, updates, etc) as I'm trying to see if I can make updating a more regular thing on this blog. It will probably be harder when I'm back at University, but we shall see how it goes.
Thanks for reading,
Alexandria.

Movies I'm Excited To Watch.




I've seen so many new movies being advertised on social media recently and I'm so excited to watch them in the Cinema's when they come out. I thought I'd do a quick post about the few movies that I really can't wait to see. I'll be doing reviews on each one when they finally come out (if people are interested in them) so you can decide if you want to pay to watch them in the Cinema's or borrow a copy of the DVD from a friend when it's out. As always pictures used throughout this blog post are from Google Images.

"Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children." Release Date: 30th September 2016 in the US - no release date has been given for the UK at the moment. Naturally, I can't wait to see this movie as I'm a massive fan of the books. It's directed by Tim Burton who's already made changed to the series: from character descriptions to time zones for example. I can't wait to watch this not only because I love the books but also out of curiosity. I want to know how much Tim Burton's changed. There's so many great characters and the story is fab, so I'm interested to see how it's portrayed on film. I've mentioned this movie in a few others posts so be on the look out for more on this series.

"Ghostbusters." Release Date: 15th July 2016 Firstly I think having a female Ghostbusters cast is such a fabulous idea and the actresses they've chosen to play the roles are perfection! All the clips and trailers I've seen have really made me laugh. This is the movie I'm most excited over. I can't wait to go and see it with my mom who's a fan of the original Ghostbusters too. Kristin Wiig is one of our favourite actresses and I think this role is perfect for her. I also really like the clips of Chris Hemsworth's character. Super SUPER buzzing to watch this one.

"Finding Dory." Release Date: June 18th 2016. My generation has been waiting for this film!!!! I'm extremely happy that Ellen Degeneres pushed as much as she did to make this movie happen and I can't wait to watch it. It was released in June but I've not had chance to go and see it yet. I'm hoping it's as good as it appears on the trailers. Baby Dory is literally the cutest thing I've ever seen and I like that they've kept the other characters in it the same as well.

"Absolutely Fabulous." Release Date: 1st July 2016. This film is now officially out in the cinema's so I'll be going to watch it really soon. I used to love the TV series of Absolutely Fabulous so when I was told it was coming out as a movie I was really excited. I'm just hoping they don't use the same gags (ones from the TV series) like they did with the Mr Bean Movie for example. Once I've heard a joke once I don't tend to find in funny again unless it's told in an original way, so we'll see how it is when I go and watch it.

Thanks for reading,
Alexandria.

Dream Holiday Destinations.



I thought I'd do a quick blog post (because it's now Summertime!) all about holidays and where I'd most like to visit one day. I love travelling to new places and going on grand adventures and am currently saving as much money as possible so I can see the world after I've finished with University. I want to see EVERYTHING our planet has to offer but for now here's a very short list of three places I've always dreamt of visiting, hope you enjoy! These are in no particular order.

Disneyland Florida...
Disneyland Florida was a definite must when I began writing this list. I thought about Disneyland Paris (because it's meant to be cheaper) but I've always heard that the Florida attraction is one million times better and I've wanted to go ever since I was a little girl, but the prices for a family of five were truly ridiculous! They would always show deals on the television for families of four but when we worked it out we were looking at a £1000 each minimum! However I still plan to go to Disneyland Florida someday in the future because it was a massive part of my childhood and I shall love it forever. I still watch Disney films today and (like Harry Potter) it's something I've grown up with and will never forget.

Hawaii.
Every time I see a picture of Hawaii I can't help but want to run to the airport and book a flight. All the photographs looks so scenically beautiful! The sea always looks extremely clean and clear and the weather looks warm, the beaches literally look perfect! You can also swim with dolphins and sea turtles which is something I've always dreamt of doing! Hawaii is always the first place I think of when I dream about going on holiday and it's one that I can't wait to visit in the future.

New York.
Finally... for obvious reasons! I study Musical Theatre at University and I'd love to go and see America's version of the West End. Broadway was always such a fun idea growing up. I'd like to see it for myself. I've heard great things about Times Square and the culture that surrounds the Big City. It's definitely the opposite of Hawaii where you'd get peace and quiet. I always imagine New York to be very loud and well, it's the city that never sleeps! I just find the idea of it so exciting and hope that I get the priviledge of visiting one day!

Well those are just three of my dream destinations!
Thanks so much for reading,
Let me know in the comments below where you've always wanted to visit!
Alexandria.

Estee Lauder Foundation Review.


Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, RRP: £24-£30. I've mentioned this foundation in numerous posts on this blog but now it's getting a review all to itself. This was one of the first foundations I ever used (mainly because my acne at a young age was awful and this promised such high coverage) and I have to say it still works wonders today. I like that it stays in place and doesn't flake at all. I usually set it with powder and it stays put all day long without looking shiny anywhere. I've found with cheaper drug-store foundations that the product rubs off around my nose throughout the day but Estee Lauder doesn't do that at all and I know that I don't need to worry about my foundation throughout the day when I wear it. Sometimes I wonder if it's a bit too drying. I have oily skin but I still like to have a bit of a dewy glow and this product dries completely matte. If you use a primer underneath (and don't set it with too much powder afterwards) you can achieve a more dewy youthful complexion and for dry skin I'd definitely use a heavy moisturiser underneath. The coverage is very build-able and easy to blend, I just wish they had one more shade lighter than Ecru or one that gears more towards a pink undertone rather than neutral. Overall I adore this foundation and probably won't use another for a very long time. Hope you all enjoyed this review.
Thanks for reading,
Alexandria.

Reading & Writing: My History.


Ever since I can remember I've been writing stories and reading books. I think it amused my family deeply when I'd sit round the fireplace with piles and piles of stories, reading a page and swapping to another book. My dad always asked how I could do such a thing without getting confused, but to me it was like pausing a movie and watching another one. I wrote stories for my family, mostly based on my Aunts and stories for my teachers also - mainly to get stars in my work-journal which allowed me to win free books. My headteacher (Mrs Rosemary Bewley) eventually started to give me the books. I think she became suspicious of how many stars I'd been getting in such a short space of time (granted my friends gave me quite a few of them as the prizes weren't of interest to them after they'd gone through the awards once). My headteacher was the kindest woman I can remember (besides my mother) and she always read the stories I gave her, never judging and always supporting. Sadly when I reached my final year in high school she was diagnosed with Cancer and took a long leave, only to return once with a scarf wrapped neatly around her head. I'm writing this now because it's something I've always done. I've always wrote everything down and I want to continue to do so by writing a novel completely. It's something that's going to take me a long time but something I'm determined to do. 
Thanks for reading,
Alexandria.

Summer Make-Up Look.


FULL LIST OF PRODUCTS USED:
(Olay) Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift 2 in 1 Moisturiser + Anti-Ageing Primer.
(Estee Lauder) Double Wear Foundation in Shade: Ecru.
(Makeup Revolution) Pressed Powder in Translucent.
(Maybelline) Gel Eye-liner in Black.
(W7) Oh So Waterproof Mascara.
(Maybelline) Great Lash in Blackest Black.
(W7) Honolulu Bronzer.
(Makeup Revolution) Blusher.
(Maybelline) White KOHL Eyeliner.
(Sleek) MakeUP Brow Stylist in shade: Medium.
(Eylure) Lashes in Vegas Nay, Grand Glamour.  
(JeffreeStar Cosmetics) Velour Liquid Lipstick in Prom Night.
(JeffreeStar Cosmetic) Skin Frost in Ice Cold.
(BHCosmetics) Fifth Edition - 120 Colour Eye-shadow Palette. 

This look was super quick and easy to create. I didn't do a wing on the liner because the lashes are so thick that you can't tell either way, so not drawing one saved me a lot of time. I applied a brown shadow to my crease as a transition shade and then a bright pink all over the lid (from the BHCosmetics palette) and I then added a purple shadow to the outer corner of my eye and the underneath. I also put white eye-liner in my water line to make my eyes look more open. You can totally change the colours up in the eyes and use different lipstick shades if you prefer. I just really liked the idea of bright dramatic pinks and purples.
Thanks for reading,
Alexandria.

"Coal Face" by LUSH.



I'd like to start off this review by saying, I feel that this facial soap is absolutely PERFECT for my skin. I got this product from the LUSH in Birmingham and the staff were INCREDIBLE. I actually think they're the nicest LUSH staff I've met so far (and they're all lovely) but there was something about how welcoming this store was. All the employees were having fun and chatting to each other and it was such a lovely environment. My friend and I were speaking to one girl for ages and she was the one who recommended this product to me. The "Coal Face" soap contains an antiseptic that gently clears skin and absorbs oil which is perfect for me because my skin is so oily, especially in the summer, but can't seem to handle harsh "deep cleansing" skin care. What I love about this product is that it doesn't leave my skin feeling really dry. Sometimes when a skin cream/exfoliator/etc claims to absorb oil it leaves the skin feeling flaky but the "Coal Face" soap doesn't do that at all! It actually makes your face feel really smooth and hydrated. I normally apply it by wetting the soap and rubbing it directly onto my skin till I can see a thin layer of the product, then with damp hands I rub the product in till it gets foamy and then rinse it off. I've noticed a MASSIVE difference in the smoothness of my skin and the reduction of my blackheads and spots too. My skin gets used to products extremely quickly so I'm only using this once a day and it's been going well so far, fingers crossed that this continues to work for my skin and becomes a monthly favourite! 
Thanks for reading,
Alexandria.

"Prom Night" Velour Liquid Lipstick.

There's been a lot of controversy recently about Jeffree Star Cosmetics but this post is purely about my opinion of the Velour Liquid Lipstick shade "Prom Night" and not about any personal views towards his character. 

My sister and I ordered two "Ice Cold" skin frosts and the "Prom Night" liquid lipstick on the 19th of June and we received our package on the 30th. Our whole order ended up costing £85.38 ($110.46) because we were charged an extra £18 by the Royal Mail - so if you're living in England just a heads up that the Royal Mail sometimes charge a handling fee which we weren't aware of before ordering our products and it states on the jeffreestar website that they aren't responsible for an additional custom fees.

On to the actual review: This shade is incredibly matte but not too drying and it lasts quite a long time as well. It did start to flake off after a couple of hours but I didn't use the lip scrub when I applied the product as it advised on the packaging! The shade looks extremely bright and is a true Barbie pink which I adore. When I wore it to work I had so many people asking me where I'd gotten my lipstick from. I'd definitely say it's a very bold and eye-catching colour. Someone even described it to me as a neon. I totally understand the hype around his products and want every single colour in his collection now. I didn't even need to use a lip liner! This shade didn't bleed into any of the fine lines around my mouth and after I applied it, the product dried really quickly and it didn't crease too much throughout the day. Because it's so bold I definitely think it looks better with a full face of make-up: fake-lashes, bold eye-liner, highlight, etc.   
Thanks for reading,
Alexandria.

Footloose.



Thanks to "Birmingham What's On" I was able to go and watch Footloose at the Alexandra Theatre with my mother this week. We haven't had chance to go to the theatre since I've been back from University and we used to go all the time when I was in College so it was a massive treat to get to go and see a show together again! Footloose is one of those classic musicals that I think everyone needs to see. We had seats in the stalls on Opening Night and it was incredible! In the production Gareth Gates was supposed to play Willard but I was actually very happy when Luke Thornton came on instead because he totally smashed it! Luke's portrayal of Willard was hilarious and so full of energy. I also really loved the leading male who played Ren, he had a very relaxed presence on stage and I liked his vocal quality as well. The actors told the story exceptionally well and I totally recommend going to see this show before it leaves Birmingham! They're only at the Alexandra Theatre till the 9th of July and tickets are selling out fast!
Much love,
Alexandria.