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!