Saturday, 21 February 2015

MAC Syrup Lipstick

Apologies for my lack of presence on the blogging front lately. It's been one of those weeks when I just couldn't be bothered getting round to blogging. It is just so much work! People do say a little break every now and then can do you good, and now I am back and ready to get back into the swing of things.

Oh look at that. I bought a lipstick while I was meant to be saving my money for going on holiday and moving away for university in September. A new lipstick is in the necessity category though, is't it? I'm pretty sure it does. Especially when it is from MAC.

I own one MAC lipstick already in the shade Chatterbox (review) which I won in a giveaway and decided it was time I branched out and bought one for myself. I tweeted asking for recommendations and quite a few people mentioned Creme Cup which was actually the one I planned on getting but the shop I was in didn't have it in stock and I wanted to see it in person before spending the money. But then, a beautiful muted pink caught my eye and it was love at first sight. Enter, Syrup.

Syrup is a lustre finish, so it is smooth and glossy on your lips even if they are all dry and cracked like mine are. The colour doesn't sink into the cracks and make them look really gross, like many lipsticks do for me. It is a perfect wearable every day colour with slight plummy tones, which seems to match my skin tone perfectly. Although many people hear this and associate it with autumn/winter makeup, this is such a pretty understated colour that it could be worn all year round. It's one of those your-lips-but-better you always hear bloggers going on about. The only downside to it being a lustre formula is that the colour doesn't stay put for very long, but I don't mind topping up throughout the day. It probably only lasts a couple of hours maximum so luckily this isn't something I see as a major issue.

This is definitely a shade that deserves a lot more recognition than it gets! I highly recommend it if you are looking for a new addition to your daily makeup routine.


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Book Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

I'm a chick lit kind of girl. I like soppy teenage romances that make up for my lack of love life and give me lovely little daydreams for when I am supposed to be listening to what my teacher is droning on about in Business Studies. Because of this, I was utterly taken by surprise by the absolute enjoyment I got out of reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon - the name is a mouthful and a half.

This is probably not something I would have chosen myself, but one of my friends in my advanced higher English class is studying it for her dissertation and loved it. When I saw that it was part of a three for £10 offer on Amazon, I reckoned I would give it a go and see if I agreed with her thoughts on it. Boy, was that a good idea.

"I saw four yellow cars in a row on the way to school which made it a Black Day, so I didn't eat anything at lunch and I sat in the corner of the room all day and read my A-level maths course book. And the next day, I saw four yellow cars in a row on the way to school so it was a Black Day too, so I didn't speak to anyone and for the whole afternoon I sat in the corner of the library groaning with my head pressed into the joint between the two walls and this made me feel calm and safe. But on the third day I kept my eyes closed all the way to school until we got off the bus because after I have had two Black Days in a row I am allowed to do that."

I have never read anything like this. It is about a fifteen year old boy called Christopher who has Asperger's Syndrome. He likes everything to be very practical, and can't handle change. He hates specific colours, such as brown. He doesn't like his food touching (a bit like me actually). He likes things to be simple and to the point. He works everything out in a methodical mathematical manner (that's some alliteration there, Holly). He doesn't like it when people phrase questions too openly, they should ask exactly what it is they want to know. So when his neighbour's dog is murdered with a garden fork during the night, this is a mystery to him. Who did it? Why would they do it? He decides he is going to find out, and write it all down in a book as he goes along. 

Curious Incident is a touching story that gives you a real insight into the mind of a young boy with Asperger's, or so we are led to believe by the blurb. It never specifically mentions what behavioural disorder Christopher actually has in the book, but it is clear he lies somewhere on the autistic spectrum. Haddon's reluctance to apply a label to him throughout the story may suggest that Christopher is not fully aware of it or doesn't find it an important fact to mention, or it could possibly be down to the author not wanting to offend or be overly specific. Because of his inability to understand other people's emotions and what is happening around him, we are able to notice things which he does not and read between the lines, in a way. We can pick up on things and understand why things are the way they are much quicker than Christopher can himself, especially when it comes to his relationship with his dad. This makes it a compelling read that had me turning the pages for hours on end, when I really should have been sleeping or doing homework...

Have you ever read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (I still can't get over how long that name is)?


Friday, 6 February 2015

Benefit Roller Lash

I am already a huge fan of Benefit and have loved almost every product of theirs that I have tried. One of my absolute favourites is their They're Real mascara and I have gone through almost two tubes of it now. My one issue with it is it doesn't hold the curl for the whole day for me, probably because my lashes are so straight to begin with. Even when I curl them first before applying the mascara, I still don't see lasting results. Cue the release of the latest Elle magazine which has the Roller Lash as a mini freebie. Swoon.

Currently exclusive with the March edition of the magazine, this new mascara claims to remove the need for eyelash curlers because it can do it on its own and make you lashes look inconceivably long without clumping (what a horrible word). The release date is still a few weeks away yet but you can pick up this sample size for only £4 with Elle, which is not bad at all considering that the full RRP is going to be £19.50!

This mascara has been in development for FOUR WHOLE YEARS so it really should be amazing with all the planning and preparation that has gone into it. According to Benefit, it is perfect for those with short or straight lashes that struggle to find a decent daytime mascara. It produces a girly, curled look with the revolutionary Hook and Roll brush which catches, lifts and curls the lashes with an eye-opening effect. The curl is apparently designed to last for twelve hours, which is a big claim but not a fake one.

This mascara really does help to lift your eyelashes and make them look perfectly fluttery. What I love about it is that it really separates your lashes and doesn't leave you with about three in total if you apply more than one coat. I couldn't believe how curled they were when I first tried it out on one eye and compared it to my normal mascara on the other. It's amazing. The price is pretty steep at almost £20, but it is no more expensive than They're Real and look how many people own that. This is a sure chart-topper in my eyes (pun not intended) and is worth every penny. Spending ban aside, I will be purchasing this little beauty the minute it hits the shelves. I highly recommend you pop out and buy Elle to see if you like it too, rather than wasting too much of your money and end up not liking it (although I find that very unlikely).

Have you tried out Roller Lash yet?


Thursday, 5 February 2015

My First Ever Lipstick Repurchase

Now, are those not just the biggest hailstones/snowflakes you have ever seen? I can't believe the size of them. Trust me, they hurt A LOT when you are walking along outside and they start flying down from the sky. I speak through experience. I never imagined I would ever use them in a photo for my blog because it literally never snows where I live because it is so close to the coast, but wonders never cease.

Fun fact about me: I have never repurchased a lipstick (well, until now). It is just one of those things that seems to last forever, like nail polish. So, in all my years of wearing make-up, it has taken me until now to find a lipstick that I love enough to use up completely and buy another one. Enter, the Revlon Lip Butter.

Okay, fair enough, my repurchase cost me £3 on The Lovecats Inc's beauty blog sale, but I was planning on going into Boots and paying to full price for a new one (and I hardly ever pay full price for anything. Ever.) so I'm glad I spotted it on Helen's blog before I did so and saved myself a little bit of dot dash (is that a real saying for money or is it just something my dad made up?).

These lip butters are the most luxurious lip products I own, a word which is usually used to describe more high-end beauties. I have three, Berry Smoothie (my favourite, clearly), Candy Apple (a beautiful red) and Strawberry Shortcake (a blue-toned pink, although I'm not a huge fan of the colour of this one). Berry Smoothie is a clear winner in my eyes out of the ones that I own because it is my favourite colour to wear on my lips - that lovely, deep pink shade that can be worn day or night. It glides on beautifully, leaves my lips feeling so supple and smooth and has a fab lasting power. If it was a person, I would hug it.

Have you ever tried it?


Sunday, 1 February 2015

Sunday Reflections #4

I Wore: This tartan dress to go shopping with my mum yesterday. I love wearing it because it is so soft and comfortable, although I do always have to keep checking to see if it is tucked up and showing my knickers to the world because it is loose so you don't feel like you are wearing anything! I made a VERY exciting purchase in MAC on this shopping trip which you shall see soon...

I Ate: Fruit! Yayyyyy, I finally started healthy eating! Round of applause, please.

I Watched: My usual TV shows on the internet, i.e. The Flash, Switched at Birth, Chasing Life, etc, etc.

I Read: Pride and Prejudice for my Advanced Higher English class. So far, I have absolutely no clue what is going on, I don't know what the attraction with Mr Darcy is and Sparknotes has become my best friend.

I Loved: The new Benefit Roller Lash mascara which came free with Elle magazine. I only tried it out for the first time today but I already know that I am going to love it. More on this topic coming soon.

I Blogged: About the snow day on Thursday (keep reading to find out the reason for it) and I also shared some tips on choosing a university.

Highlight of the week: I actually have two this week because I couldn't pick between them. The first is I managed to get Thursday off school because it had a power cut before I even got there in the morning! It was 8.15 am, I was still in my pyjamas, hadn't done anything with my hair and looked like something out of a horror film with just my foundation and eyebrows on (not a good look). I was going to be late anyway, as I am every day, but it didn't matter because they tweeted (yep, my school is that tech-savvy) that it was cancelled. Best day ever! Unfortunately, the power was back on Friday so I had to do my Business Management prelim which brings me on to my next point. One prelim down, three to go!