Thursday, 31 December 2015

December Favourites (Video)

It's mere hours until 2016 as I type this, but I thought I'd grace you with my December favourites before you stumble into the new year, drunk, dazed and confused. WHAT A YEAR IT HAS BEEN, I hope it's been a good'un for you. Thanks for sticking around these parts and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

My December Mixtape


Don't worry, there's no Slade or Wizzard on this December mix, just the songs I've been spinning over the past month. Let's address the poppy songs first, so turns out I've got a wee guilty pleasure in the form of the pint sized Ariana Grande; sure I've turned up her songs when they've come on the radio but this month I've been actively listening to both Focus and Love Me Harder, get it, Ari. I've also been listening to a Pop Workout playlist to you know, spur me on (NB: it hasn't worked) but it has brought me some cracking easy listening and one that has stood out, and is probably one of the best pop songs of all time, Bad Romance. Moving on to more traditional Alice listening but sticking with the ladies, I love me some Garbage but 'Only Happy When it Rains' has been ringing ever true for me, what can I say, Shirley just gets me, you know? Two bands who I love, and were always very close in my iPod artist list are Green Day and Good Charlotte. I'm seeing All Time Low in the new year, and with Good Charlotte planning a comeback and being their support, I've been loving The Young and The Hopeless, and for me, International Superhits came hand-in-hand with that album. Another place I've been turning to for some hot emo jams is The Used radio and it has been coming up trumps. There are two songs in this list which came from blogger recommendations, so credit where it's due. The Lineup's favourites lead me to listening to The Neighbourhood's new album and I'm a fan, and the second comes from Vivianna Does Makeup's fitness files with the recommendation Le Youth as something to move to, and let me tell you she's not wrong on that one.

What music have you been loving?

Lemme know in the comments below!

Monday, 28 December 2015

What I Got For Christmas!

Alright lads, I thought I'd prop my camera up on Christmas day and film a wee video sharing what I was lucky enough to get this festive season! I hope you guys are having a fab time!!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

I Try: Baking (The Face Kind)

SO YOU'VE BEEN WONDERING WHAT THAT WEIRD YELLOW STUFF IS UNDER PEOPLE'S EYES? It's face baking, lads and I thought I'd give it a whirl for the first time on camera and let the carnage unfold! Stay up to date with my YouTube shenanigans by subscribing directly to my channel!

What's your fave make-up technique?
Lemme know in the comments!

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

My Five Ride or Dies.

Now I must admit, over the summer I have been incredibly slack in regards to actually penning (/typing) out blog posts - it's something about summer lighting that makes me lean towards making videos rather than being old fashioned and writing down my musings. Either way, as we wave goodbye to the sun for another 6 months I thought I would get back into the swing of posts with one about products I repeatedly use, day in, day out, regardless of what new beauty bits I have accumulated. Sure, they're not the most exciting products, but they are true staples which I innately turn to, and I think they need the credit they deserve.

First up, a step no ones misses once they find the perfect pair, eyelash curling. Despite looking like a medieval torture device, they really do a cracking job of opening up your eyes and making your mascara look that much better. I've tried a handful of curlers out, mainly cheaper ones, but once Kevyn walked into my life I truly noticed the difference and haven't looked back. I've heard really good things about Shu Uemura, but honestly I have found no reason to cheat on these. A wee bit of an investment, sure, but I swear to you that you'll be thanking me because they really are worth it.

This is product that keeps on giving. I've had the same tube of this stuff for longer than I'd like to admit. At first I was unsure about it, but after learning to take off most of the product from the (perfectly sized) spoolie, this has been a constant in my brows, regardless of what I'm using to fill them in underneath. There is one universal shade which I think can cater for the majority of brows but it will exclude those on either extreme of the spectrum. One thing to mention is that there definitely is glitter in this formula, it doesn't translate through the brows so don't be scared. This dries down with enough crisp that it does it's job but there's no crunch involved so you can frown to your heart's content. 

Now this fave comes in a whole host of shades so I'm sure you will be able to find this eye base in your skin tone. Painterly is a light, matte flesh tone which leans on the pinkier side of things and although it may not look like it, I have used the absolute crap out of this. I wouldn't say my eyelids are slicker than your average, but without any product on they tend to get a bit on the oily side, and if I'm without an eye base my shadow will crease. Every single day I find myself jamming my finger into this pot (maybe not one for the germaphobes out there?) and swiping this over my mobile lids, an added 15 seconds tops to your morning, but with results which last all day.

I've almost been avoiding writing down my feelings for this liner because they go above and beyond how one person should feel about an inanimate object. I love how this just allows you to get your liner right every single time. With other liners, if I was strapped for time I would begrudgingly skip it, however whilst wielding this pen, in a minute or two my lash line is lacquered up and my feline flick is sharp and jet black. The staying power of this liner is a-maz-ing too, which others I'd see them fade to a weird greeny grey or disintegrate a bit on the wing, not with this babe, no no, this one is bulletproof.

I just had to throw a browny nudey lip into this edit, and although I throw a new floozy into my favourites every month, I always return to my old faithful: MAC's Brave. It goes with almost any look, has a great texture and cracking staying power and I think it's the perfect mix of mauve, brown & nude. I know one day I will finish this lipstick, and I know I have a whole host of other shades which are very similar but rest assured I will march myself down to my nearest MAC counter and repurchase and I think that is testament to my loyalty.

Again, I profusely apologise for my lack of posts, I have a million and one ideas floating around in my head but I know I need to just get tapping them down! WATCH THIS SPACE - and also let me know what your ride or die products are - I'd love to hear from you!!

My November Favourites

Whoopsie Daisy - I forgot to post my video to my blog so here it is! Subscribe to my YouTube channel to have my videos plop themselves into your subscription box whenever I upload!

Saturday, 5 December 2015

My November Mixtape

As the nights have been drawing in, I've been turning my headphones up and hitting repeat on these songs all month long - oh yeah baby, it's monthly playlist time!

Okay, let's address it, I'd be lying if I didn't say that I'd pushed play on Justin Bieber's new album a couple of times, so stop lying to yourself because I know you've given it a listen too. And now for the smoothest transition you've ever seen: 80s Goth. I've still been rocking out to the Donnie Darko soundtrack and if you're listening to Echo & The Bunnymen, you're more than likely going to turn to The Cure - who are one of my all-time faves. Only a quick pitstop in the 90s this month, and I have a quick question for you, what the fuck are Sugar Ray doing in 2015? I wanna know because they are just so damn easy to listen to! So a personal favourite playlist I've been loving over on Apple Music is 'Alternative Hits: 2004' a year in which I was the tender age of 11, but absolutely loving the likes of Sum 41, The Von Bondies and although I didn't like to admit it at the time, The Killers. Apparently I've also been loving a lot of tracks, particularly indie, from 2013 but let's start with the pop outlier. Sorry not sorry I'd written Lady Gaga off as irrelevant in 2013 but upon reflection Do What U Want is a corker of a pop song. Another person I should have given a chance, Lorde! We all remember Royals being overplayed to the max, so I never actually gave Pure Heroine a spin, something this month I have thoroughly regretted, if you avoided the album at the time - I suggest you give it a play because you'd be pleasantly surprised! Someone I did have repeat a couple of years ago were the Arctic Monkeys - the whole of AM is a great album to listen to when you don't really know what to listen to, but I've giving an extra listening to these past couple of weeks. And finally, bringing it bang up to date, a new discovery for me this month are VANT, a band I seriously think you need to watch in 2016 because they're like Foo Fighters meets Lagwagon and I can't get enough.

What've you been listening to this month?
I'd love recommendations so feel free to leave 'em down below!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

My 2015 Christmas Gift Guide

The 1st of December only means one thing - gift guide time! I thought I'd share with you a few bits and bobs that I think will make great gifts this season! Mainly, but not exclusively centred around the women in your life (hello lads if you're struggling) but I think I cover a wide range of price points and I truly think there's something lovely out there whatever your budget may be! I hope you're having a wonderful time getting into the festive spirit and stay tuned for my favourites video later on in the week!

Sunday, 29 November 2015

My Christmas Wishlist 2015

So here it is, Christmas is at our doorstep - personally I'm over here scratching my head as to where 2015 has gone, but that's besides the point 'cause CRIMBO GIFT SETS, AMIRITE? I thought I'd share my personal picks from this season's offerings to give you a little more inspiration or to subtly link to your loved ones.

Okay first up we have two bits from Nars, don't get it twisted, I want the entire Nars x Steven Klein collection, but I'm over here trying to show restraint. First up we have their do-it-all palette, named One Shocking Moment. This palette homes not only 4 blushes but a sizeable Laguna bronzer as well as well as a contouring duo. Their cheek palettes keep getting better and better and I just can't resist. The next Nars set that has caught my eye is an exclusive to their website: a bullet filled with lip goodies, of course. This bad boy takes fancy packaging to the next level, I mean I'm unsure what I would do with the decorative shell but I know I want it, along with the three velvet matte lip pencils it houses. Inside you get a nude, a bright pink and a bright red so you have quite a lot of bases covered. Moving onto another exciting collaboration, move aside Vice 4, this is the limited edition Urban Decay palette is the one I'm cooing over, fronted by the queen that is Gwen Stefani. As much as I enjoy the subtle No Doubt references in the names of the shades, I truly want it because it is such a beautiful edit, and with UD quality? You can't go wrong. I'd be a fool if I didn't pay attention to Chanel's drop, one which has shunned the tradition pillar box red you find in most crimbo collections and has instead decided to commemorate their most famous nail varnish shade and make a collection around it  - Rouge Noir. Needless to say I'm all about slathering the 'is it red? Is it purple? Is it black?' goodness all over my eyelids and lips, and I think this is a refreshingly different take on releases this time of year and I look forward to having my make-up almost match the dark abyss which is my soul. Almost. Probably the most predictable of products on my wishlist, the Soap & Glory omega giftset, this year titled The Whole She-Bang - filth. This garish pink box delivers 9 full sized S&G items into my life every festive season and 2015 will be no different, although I must admit I'm dubious on the tanning product they've included this year, what can I say, I didn't choose the goth life. And finally, for the fun of it I thought I'd chuck one luxury - aka Charlotte Tilbury - bit into the mix. She's got a couple of covetable pieces out this year but my pick is this set of eyeshadow pencils, I rely on the one I own for quick yet fab make-up on a regular basis so I'd see no harm in expanding my collection.

If you can't beat 'em, I suppose you should join 'em and NOTHING gets you in the Christmas spirit like utter excess. Either way I seriously do hope you're having a fab festive season and this helped you along with your Christmas list!

What beauty bit are you hoping to find under your tree?
Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Boots Haul!

Alright lads! Here's a wee little Boots haul featuring all the stuff I've recently picked up! If you'd like to see a full blown review on any of these products let me know in the comments below!!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

October Vlog!


Hi guys - here's my vlog from last month! I did all types of autumnal things - have a watch! What did you get up to last month? Any fun plans for the month ahead? Lemme know!!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

October Favourites! (Video)

Belated, but here all the same - my monthly favourites! What have you been loving this month? Make sure you subscribe to make sure you stay up to date with my viddys!

I hope you've had a lovely month and here's to November

Friday, 6 November 2015

My October Mixtape

So this month I thought I'd try something different. Every month I find myself tacking more and more songs onto the end of my favourites videos so instead of reeling them off I thought I'd pop them all in a nice little playlist for you to have a listen to! So what have I done this month? I've moved house, ended a relationship and embraced the Autumn season, because after all, we're all a little basic, right? I'm unsure whether or not my choices reflect my month all that well, but it's truly what I've been listening to. Yes, that is Craig David.


First up, you need to know that in the coffee shop where I work, we've had a 90s playlist on repeat for the past two months, but it has only just dawned on my that there's no Placebo on it, thus of course Nancy Boy and a personal rediscovery of their Covers album, how could I possibly have forgotten that Daddy Cool cover? Whilst I was in the states I was lucky to catch Beach House live, although I must admit I hadn't heard much of them but now turn to Teen Dream if I'm ever after an easy album to listen to - current favourites? Used To Be and 10 Mile Stereo. Another album I've been revisiting a lot over the past month is The 1975. They've recently released a new single for their upcoming album and I remembered just how much I liked their debut release. Whilst we're on the topic of anticipated albums, Panic! at the Disco have been releasing songs left and right in the lead up to the release of their new album in 2016 - I was lucky to snag a ticket to their London show so expect to see them cropping up for the next couple of months! There are definitely some throwback tracks thrown into this mix, Fill Me In came on the radio and found itself on repeat, I think Black Skinhead sounds so much like Marilyn Manson when I hear it, I always turn to Lest We Forget. Another new release comes from a teen favourite of mine, Joe Jonas. His new band, DNCE, have released a new EP which to me sounds the most JoBro-esque out of the solo releases from the lads, but it's fun, easy listening to shake your hips to. And finally, some perfume ad has a version of INXS' Never Tear Us Apart, which has brought back around my melancholy 80s phase, because we've all had one of those.

What songs have you had on repeat recently?

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Empties #5 (Video)

I'm super sorry no blogposts went up last week, I'm so almost back into the swing of things, but until then, here's a video all about the products I've used up over the past couple of months and what I have to say about them!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Make-up Uniform (Video)

I know it's been a couple weeks since my last video - but here it is in all it's glory! I've been loving my recent beauty rhythm so decided to go and film it! If there are any videos you'd like to see from me, chuck us a comment and let me know!!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Review

Before my trip to the states I did some beauty blog scouring to see what products were making waves the other side of the Atlantic and something which was cropping up time and time again was a recent base release from It Cosmetics. So by just glancing at the tube, this product claims to be full coverage, anti-ageing, hydrating and skin-like all the while being paraben free and with an SPF 50. All the mumbo jumbo aside, I was in need for a fuss free day base which I could just slap on with tinted moisturiser-esque tendencies and so I thought I'd give this one a whirl and this is what I thought.
So right off the bat the shade range isn't the most extensive, but I match pretty well with fair. The product itself comes in a tube but also has a pump so wins points for both portability and ease of use. I typically use 2 pumps for my whole face and I prefer to apply this with a brush, which is strange for me and this type of base. Upon first use I went in with my fingers to apply it but I found that I was just moving the product around my face and it just kind of sat on my skin, but after applying it with a brush (my weapon of choice is the Real Techniques sculpting brush) I found not only did it mesh with my skin better leaving a very skin-like finish but it also lasted longer and didn't get all blotchy throughout the day. I would say it lasts throughout a day at work, and if you're off out in the evening all you'd need to do is top up with a bit of concealer and powder and you're good to go. The coverage is pretty good with this, I find myself only having to go over my under eyes with concealer and then maybe the odd bit of extra angry discolouration. I'm not trying to pigeonhole this product, but there's one thing this puppy is lacking that other bases similar to this do offer, and that is product itself. So in each tube you get 32ml, whereas typically you'd get a 50ml helping for a TM and 30ml for a foundation, and because of the texture of this cream I pop a bigger dollop on the back of my hand than I would with a foundation and after a short two months I reckon I'm about half-way through the tube. I do think that fact speaks volumes for the base itself, because truly I am reaching for it on a daily basis but with a more high-end price tag I'd like to see this enter 2016 with me, which at this rate I don't think it will. I'm probably just being bitter because I like this base a lot and I know it will leave my stash far too soon, but I do think it is worth noting before you spend your pretty pennies on it.
In short - it's great, I love it and I wish I could nip up the shops and make a repurchase, but because that isn't an option for me I'm wincing at each application. If you slot into any of the 5 shades then I'd say give this a whirl, I have a good skin day when I wear this and that's all you can really ask from a base product, right?

What's your favourite BB Cream?
Have a favourite product from IT Cosmetics?

Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Autumn at the Arboretum

So I've been pretty absent recently, I've had a lot of personal things going on so haven't felt like turning to the internet, but don't worry it's all systems go as of next week - but in the mean time I thought I'd share a couple snaps I took whilst visiting Westonbirt Arboretum the other day. I did whip my vlogging camera out a little bit but I mainly focused on using my big boy to take some nice photos whilst taking a stroll and having a catch up with two of my friends. It's particularly beautiful this time of year with all the acer trees turning red, and in fact we had a picnic underneath one. There are definitely worse ways to spend a crisp Friday morning and those few hours out and about are just what the doctor ordered.

How is Autumn shaping up for you?
What's your favourite season?

Let me know down below!

Monday, 5 October 2015

September Favourites (Video)

LOOK I BOUGHT A DOMAIN NAME - we'll get onto that soon BUT in the mean time here is my monthly faves! I'll be back on the blog posts soon don't you fret! Let me know what your favourites are down below! Subscribe to my channel to stay updated!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

My USA Trip + Vlog

So if you've been slack on my social media, you might not know that recently I've been away - BUT DON'T FRET - I vlogged the whole dang thing! Follow me on Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date with my goings on and Subscribe to my YouTube channel to see my videos as soon as I upload them!

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

August Favourites! (Video)

I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW - now that all my summer galavants are said and done as well as great video lighting turning into but a pipe dream, I'll be back on tapping out my musings on this here blog. Until then, here's my most recent video - a monthly faves! You can stay up to date with all my viddys by subscribing to my channel as well as my variety of social medias.

Lemme know how your August went down below!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

What I Wore on Holiday (Video)

I AM SO SLACKING WITH THE WRITING SIDE OF THINGS. Every summer due to the weather being amazing I tend to lean towards videos which means little baby gets neglected but speaking of videos here's another one! I thought I'd film a few of the outfits I wore whilst I was away so here they are in a pretty little 90 second snippet! If I'm mega slacking on the blog then follow me on all my social links which are all linked on the side!

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Clarins Instant Concealer Review

The moment I heard of a high end concealer sold in a hefty 15ml helping, I was intrigued. Looking at things from a money:volume ratio, this effectively slashes the price by two thirds in comparison to a lot of other brands. The generosity of Clarins had me sceptical, could a concealer be all that is they were practically giving it away? Well, there was only one way to find out so I picked this tube up and I thought I'd share what I think.

The shade range of this product is a bit rubbish, I fall into shade 1, and there are 3 in the range but hopefully they will extent the range to suit deeper skintones. I really like the packaging for this product, the pointed tip means you don't end up squeezing out tonnes of product so you don't waste any. The texture is a nice and creamy one so the concealer meshes really well with your skin. It works really well on both dark circles and discolouration so is a nice all rounder and you don't have to have two concealers taking up precious make-up bag space. I think it works great either on it's own for a 'just a dap of concealer and a lick of mascara', with liquid foundation as well as powder foundation (stay tuned for my review on BareMinerals' Blemish Remedy soon!) so I think it is a versatile all rounder, which also happens to be half the size of your standard foundation bottle.

I cannot fault this concealer, except for the shade selection, and after a quick click on my calculator, it is 2 and a half times cheaper than my coveted Nars concealer ml for ml (in fact, this concealer is 50p cheaper without taking the volume into consideration.) and I think if you're somebody like me who has used up multiple tubes of that banging concealer, and you are finding it hard to justify yet another tube of the stuff, I reckon give this a go and I think you'll find the pining subdues itself. This is actually my first Clarins purchase, and I've been pleasantly surprised! If you have any Clarins recommendations leave them down below!

Saturday, 1 August 2015

July Favourites (Video)

My question to you is... WHERE IS THIS YEAR GOING?! 2015 is absolutely racing by, and today I present you with the seventh instalment of favourites this year! What have you been lovin' this month? Lemme know down beloooow

Friday, 31 July 2015

What's In My Bag: Travel Edition! (Video)

Hi guys - will be back to normal blog posts soon soon soon - although I've been up to speed with my videos and even filmed this one whilst I was away! Subscribe to my channel to stay up to date on all my antics but I pinky promise we'll be back to regular programming super soon!!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Venus Palette Review & My Two Cents on Lime Crime

Before I was really into the beauty industry, one of the first brands that spiked my interest and made me realise there is a world outside conventional make-up, was Lime Crime. Many moons ago I saw this brand on Tumblr and almost seriously looked into buying one or two of their lipsticks, and this was before I even dreamt of walking into MAC and spending anything over a fiver on most make-up. Fast-forward to the release of the Venus palette - I felt like my prayers had be answered in the form of this aptly titled 'grunge palette' - it offered me all those weird reddy hues I wanted to blend around my greeny-hazel eyes, you can even read me cooing over it in this wishlist post. For one reason or another I didn't take the plunge and it's a good job I didn't, because as you may well know, Lime Crime suffered a security breach in February this year - thus the tirade of hate Lime Crime have endured these past few months. Now, first up I'm going to review this palette as the objective piece of make-up it is, but if you want to stick around for my thoughts on the recent scandal, stick around until the end.

Shades L-R: Muse, Divine, Rebirth, Icon, Creation, Aura, Shell, Venus

This palette contains 8 shades, with 6 matte and 2 shimmer shades. All shades are warm toned which makes it a particularly great for those with blue/green/hazel eyes. The texture of these shadows is great, with such bright colours, you don't have to worry about them being choppy or hard to blend, they're also nicely pigmented so you don't have to pick up much product on the brush, when swatching you can feel a slight difference in texture shade to shade, but each apply and perform equally. The packaging is a nice size is regards to height and width, but depth wise it could be slimmer for travelling, but it does look nice; is made out of sturdy cardboard with a magnetic closure and a good sized mirror. Enough of the overview, let's break these shades down:

Venus: This is deep orangey red matte shade, I love blowing this out through my my crease, blending it loads and loads with a fairly neutral lid and some serious black liner. I feel this looks scary in the pan but is actually really wearable!

Shell: This shade is one of the shimmer shades in the palette, and is a peachy highlight shade. Upon first look I thought I wouldn't get much use out of this shade, although I think it's great to diffuse the other shades in the palette and looks really nice pressed into the centre of the lid to add a pop of colour and brightness to your look.

Aura: Aura is a lovely light moonstone-esque shimmer shade. Tame enough to use on the cheeks if you wanted, I using this when I'm going for an obnoxious inner corner highlight, certainly not the most original shade in the palette, but this has a really nice iridescence to it.

Creation: This is a really yummy burnt orange matte shade which has a certain MAC Texture about it. For me this is one of those one wash wonders where I like to stick my 217 in and blend under the eye as well as up to the crease and across the lid and shove on a tonne of mascara for that heroin chic meets Olsen twin vibes.

Icon: You'd be mistaken for thinking this shade is your run-of-the-mill deep brown shade, but you'd be wrong. This brown has so much red in it - it's beautiful! Once you really blend it out you can see tiny bits of red glitter which when on the lid you can't see but I think it really adds something to the table which you weren't expecting, this is definitely the shade I am most pleasantly surprised about in the palette!

Rebirth: This is a reddy-coral shade which is super bright! If you were looking for a crease colour to pair with Shell, or a bright pop of red for underneath the eyes - this one's your gal! I must admit, I think this is my least used shade in the palette, and it's because I don't love it, I am just always gravitating towards Venus!

Divine: Divine is the neutral matte crease shade in the palette, but don't be fooled, like the rest of this palette it just has something about it. I think it's got this mauvey characteristic to it which makes it better than any old boring brown.

Muse: The final shade in the palette is a deep, rich burgundy. I turn to this shade if I deepen the colour of my outer corner, add colour to my lower lashline, and although I haven't tested it out, I bet if you used this wet it would make a cracking liner.

Overall, I feel like this palette was made for people like me. I love make-up, like to wear eyeshadows other than brown and have 'alternative tastes'. This palette offers me a host of looks which I absolutely love to rock and other brands don't offer such beautiful, striking, yet wearable shades. It's Revenge era My Chemical Romance, it's Corrine Day's Kate Moss, it's Distillers' Brody Dalle and it's fucking awesome if you ask me. I have a whole drawer full of eyeshadow palettes, but when I use this one, I feel like I'm expressing myself with make-up. If you always wanted to rock that Amy Lee red shadow - buy this palette and just. do. it.

RIGHT NOW ONTO MY THOUGHTS REGARDING HASHTAG BOYCOTT LIMECRIME. So if you've been living under a beauty news rock, you may not be aware that at the beginning of the year hackers worked their magic on Lime Crime's site, leading to a bunch of people's details and then money being stolen - thus some of those in the beauty community creating a movement to boycott Lime Crime. Now, as someone who has been a victim of online bank theft, I won't forget that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach or sheer panic that washed over me, it's bloody awful but alas in 2015 if you are shopping online like the majority of society are, you do run the risk of having your details stolen. So I looked deeper into this story and found some rather damaging things online, mainly to do with the CEO, Doe Deere. There are a myriad of tumblr posts claiming she's a bad businesswoman and all round bitch. In regards to my order, everything went smoothly, the palette arrived in a timely manner, particularly considering it was an international order, and on the whole I had no issue, so I didn't have the need to speak to customer services - and would order again from them because the experience was a painless one. And in regards to Doe Deere, I think people have an issue with her because she used her MySpace fame to create a brand and to make money from it, which not only do I not have a problem with - I applaud! The internet is a funny and magical place, where just about anyone can turn their hobby into how they pay the bills. I have no issue with supporting the content creators I enjoy by buying the products they create or collaborate on - I have a Novem & Knight dress, Real Techniques brushes and a couple YouTubers' books which I wasn't brainwashed into buying, but as an autonomous adult I chose to spend my money not only on things I think I'd like but also to support those I watch week in, week out for free! Another thing which I think is important to note is at least you know who Doe Deere is - something I expressed in my most recent favourites video. There are so many brands which I use regularly and have no idea who I'm handing my money over to, my bet is it's some rich, old, white man. Onto the money side of things, there are two things which I'd like to address. I've seen a bunch of claims that Lime Crime stole the money themselves - which just plain wouldn't happen - you've seen how much damage this has done to the business, right? It would be so fricking dumb to pull a stunt like that and I just don't think it's true, she ain't led on a bed of your dollar bills throwing them up into the air and cackling. Secondly, I've read a story about a girl who had all her money stolen and now can't go to college?  I understand banks in different countries will operate differently, however I found heading into my local branch and reporting the theft I experienced led to the money being back in my account within the same week. You can't believe everything you read on the internet and I didn't like that I felt like I was crossing the picket when wanting to buy some eyeshadow. I don't want to feel like I can't do or wear something because of a media frenzy, and I think if you truly are an ethical shopper, Lime Crime are the least of your worries.

Right, well I'm glad I got that off my chest.