Saturday, 28 May 2011

Festival tips!

Reading Festival 2010
Hair

Messy/curly/tousled hair is probably the easiest style to keep up at a festival, particularly if you have naturally wavy or curly hair. Straighteners are not always available!

Try not to use too much conditioner on your hair before you leave for the festival, as this will make you hair greasy quicker. If you're wearing your hair curly, conditioner will always cause the curls to drop faster.

Don't forget to take dry shampoo – it's fantastic if you don't want to wash your hair and gives lots of volumes if your hair is looking a bit flat.

Make-up

If you're travelling to the festival via train or coach you want to take as little as possible, so I would advise taking small multi-use palettes.

If your foundation is in a glass bottle, it may be taken off you. So opt for a foundation in a plastic bottle instead.

Mirrors may also be taken off you, so perhaps find/buy a plastic mirror instead.

Take products for a look that takes minimal fuss. You often have to use small mirrors to apply your makeup so it isn't easy to do really elaborate makeup.

Also, try to take products that you can put on with your hands. Or, if necessary, take small travel size brushes.

Beauty

If you're a fan of fake tanning, take a gradual tanner that you can use in the day to touch up any fading or patches. Try to use a really good brand of tanner before going and exfoliate properly to ensure a longer lasting tan. Also, take exfoliating gloves, to keep up with your usual fake tan routine.

Take multi-use products such as a face wash that can double as a body wash.

Face wipes are essential! You probably won't be able to wash your face with normal cleanser in the evening, and usually have to wait till you can have a shower the next day.

Take small aerosols as some festivals do not allow any above about 250ml.

Don't take your favourite perfume as glass may not be allowed.

Don't forget your razor and a nail file.

Reading Festival 2010 - Mud, Mud, Mud!
Fashion

Wellies are a must for any festival in the UK as you never know what the weather's gonna do.

Take some sort of warm clothing as it can get absolutely freezing at night and sometimes even the best sleeping bag just isn't warm enough. Hoodies, tracksuit bottoms and some nice woolly socks are my faves!

Also, take some sort of waterproof jacket!

Personally I wouldn't bother taking jeans – they take ages to dry and feel awful when wet.

My favourite festival clothes would be light flowy skirts or dresses, leggings or denim shorts and tights.

Sonisphere Festival 2009 - Circle pit during Machine Head
Essentials

Baby wipes

Toilet paper

Disposable barbecue's – plastic plates, knifes, forks and cups

Plastic water bottles – that can be refilled at the taps when empty. There's nothing worse than being hung-over and having no water in your tent.

Towel – preferably a thin beach towel that will dry quickly

Tent – Pop up tents are the easiest to put up, but do make sure to check videos online to learn how to put them down.

A backpack is much easier than a suitcase – I've often seen girls pulling suitcases across muddy fields. But, it just takes up room in your tent and brings in dirt and mud.

Medicine

I would advise to take every medicinal thing you can think of that you may need – shops do have pain killers and the basics, but not everything!

I would take – Pepto Bismal, Alka Seltzer, Immodium, Rennie, Antihistamine and pain killers.
Deep heat is fabulous for aching backs and sore legs. And deep heat back pads are even better as they're great at keeping you warm too.

If hung-over, salty foods are fantastic. I always have a bag of ready salted crisps or hula hoops and they often make me feel heaps better – unless you've really gone to town!

Another tip for a hang-over is warm, flat coke, as it settles your stomach.

Luxury camping

For those of you lucky enough to go by car, you can have many of your home luxuries with you while camping.

Portable hairdryers and portable straighteners – these aren't fantastic, but do work somewhat. I would recommend the hairdryers more, the straighteners are a bit pants!

Blow up bed and a pump.

Camping chairs

Kettle, cutlery, pots and pans

Duvet – you can buy duvets for £10 from Sainsbury's. They're super warm and snugly – perfect for when you get back to your tent after a long day on your feet.


If you have any other tips, let me know in the comments box below!

Katey

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Saturday, 21 May 2011

Jumping on the bandwagon - MAC Giveaway!

I hit 100 subscribers on my YouTube channel a few weeks back and on my blog about a week ago so I've decided to do a giveaway to say thank you to you all!

So, I know I'm totally jumping on the bandwagon here – doing a MAC giveaway- but I couldn't find the Urban Decay Naked Palette and couldn't decide on what would be the best prize that all my followers and YouTube subscribers would want to win. And seen as most of you guys love MAC, it's the best bet! The giveaway is going to be like most others, where you get to pick 2 items that you'd like to win out of some MAC products, however, I'm going to do things a bit different than others and add in a few extra goodies.

The products you can pick from are:

Each of the above items is linked to the MAC UK website so you can have a look at which two products you would like to win.

Rules

  1. Follow my blog and write enter me in the comments section, as well as letting me know which two items you would like to win.
  2. This giveaway will be open worldwide.
  3. If you are under 18 please ask your parents permission as I will need your address if you win.
  4. Please only enter once in the comments below.
  5. If you would like a second chance to win, click here to check out my YouTube video.
  6. The closing date for this giveaway will be Friday July 1st at 8pm GMT.
  7. I will be using random.org to generate the winner.

Good luck everyone!

And thank you all so much for following my blog, I really appreciate it and it means a lot to me that you guys are actually interested.

Katey

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A pop of colour




Denim jacket – H&M

Guns N Roses top – Amplified Vintage

Black denim shorts – Topshop

Tights – New Look

Studded cuff – Ebay

Rings – Jwrly and Ebay

Avenged Sevenfold necklace - Ebay

Nail polish – Essie Pink Parka

I'm currently sitting around, waiting for my granddad to poddle back downstairs because he's shuffling about right outside the office, right where I want to film a makeup tutorial. And if I start filming I know he's going to ask me about fifty times whether I'm talking to him and it'll totally mess up my video.

Anyway, I wore this outfit last weekend – don't know why I haven't posted it yet. I went down to Oxford Street for Sushi and then to my beloved Camden for a little boogie with a couple of my closest friends and fiancĂ©. Camden is fantastic for nightlife and not just for those who like rock or indie. It's quickly becoming a hot spot for people into all types of music.

I adore this nail polish by Essie - it's so bright and girly! And, perfect for adding a 'pop' of colour to a dark outfit. It reminds me of Barry M's Neon Pink, except is more of a satin, almost matte finish and has not blue reflects in it.

I hope you've all had a lovely week! I'm looking forward to catching up on everyone's blogs because I've been kinda slack with reading any for the past few days. But I figure the faster I get my final essays done, the faster I can be finished with my degree - forever :D. So it's work, work, work, until they're done!

Katey

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Monday, 16 May 2011

Lush Brazened Honey - the cure to hung-over skin?

A little while ago I went on a little spree in Lush and picked up Brazened Honey fresh face mask. It's said to be a powerhouse of effective ingredients for all tired skins, exfoliating, detoxifying, stimulating, and nourishing. If you've never used one of Lush's fresh face masks before, they are basically completely natural and contain no preservatives. While this is great, it also means they have to be kept in the fridge and run out of date pretty quickly. Each pot probably contains enough product for about ten uses, and has a sell by date of about 5 weeks, so it works out to about 2 uses per week. As the product has to be used in a certain amount of time, it may even make you use face masks more...well this is the way I try to look at it. It makes me feel less guilty for spending £5 on a product that only lasts just over a month.


The first time I used Brazened Honey I wasn't entirely impressed as I had a few spots on my chin and it didn't feel like it deeply cleaned my skin and got rid of oil like I had needed at that point. But after trying it another two times I have fallen completely in love with it for the following reasons:

  • It smells gorgeous, kind of like incense, and the smell stays on your skin for ages after use
  • After taking the mask of my skin felt incredibly soft and supple
  • When I applied my moisturiser after using the mask, it completely sank in rather than just sitting on top of my skin



My overall review on this mask is that it's the perfect product for if your skin is looking tired or hung-over!

Have you got any recommendations for Lush fresh face masks or any other Lush product you love?

Katey

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Sunday, 15 May 2011

Lots of lovely MAC goodies!

Over the past month or so I picked up a few new MAC goodies to add to my ever growing makeup collection. I always try to pick things that are somewhat different from what I've already got, but it's often hard to tell until you get home and swatch the items next to each other.


The first of my goodies were the two Viva Glam Gaga lipsticks. The lipstick photographed on the left is Viva Glam Gaga, and the lipstick on the right is Viva Glam Gaga 2. Unfortunately the UK MAC website is sold out of Gaga 1, but I was lucky enough to find it on Ebay for only £1 more than the original price – Bargain! It's a gorgeous creamy lipstick and is quite sheer seen as it is a Lustre formulation, but this does make the colour much more wearable than you'd expect. The Viva Glam Gaga 2 on the other hand is an Amplified, and therefore gives a stronger pigmented colour. It is also slightly more drying on the lips than Gaga 1, which is to be expected as it is an Amplified.


The next of my MAC goodies is called Lickable and is a Cremesheen. I'm obsessed with Cremesheens as they are so moisturising and yet always seem to have good colour payoff. It is a gorgeous blue based bright pink! The photograph above hasn't picked up the colour as it looks to the naked eye - you can get a much better idea of how it might look on your lips by looking at my swatches which I've included lower down this post.


These two little gems are again part of the Viva Glam range and accompany the lipsticks at the beginning of this post. On the left is Viva Glam Gaga and on the right is Viva Glam Gaga 2. Both are Tinted Lipglasses so are not particularly moisturising or creamy and both become quite sticky after a while which is the norm for MAC Lipglasses. If you want something creamier I would suggest the MAC Cremesheen Glasses or Nars lipglosses. As with the Viva Glam Gaga lipstick I had to purchase the Viva Glam Gaga lipglass from Ebay, and did have to pay slightly more for it at £17! I know it seems silly to pay more, and there probably is a lipglass that looks just like it, but I was suckered in by the fact that it was limited edition and I felt 'I had to have it'...totally ridiculous, I know!


Above you can see swatches of all the lipsticks and lipglasses.

From left to right:

Lickable, Viva Glam Gaga lipstick, Viva Glam Gaga 2 lipstick, Viva Glam Gaga Lipglass, Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass


One MAC product that I'd never tried before is pigments. I deliberated for a while over which one to get first, but came to the decision that it had to be Vanilla. Laura AKA Lollipop26 included this in her MAC starter kit video and said that it was one of the best highlighters. I haven't got around to playing with it much yet, but have used it as a highlighter on my brow bone and it looks gorgeous!



Pictured above is Vanilla pigment swatched first with a heavier amount of product and second with a lighter amount and blended out.

So, that's it for my MAC goodies. Let me know of any products from MAC that you think are 'must haves' or that you've purchased recently.

Thank you for reading!

Katey

x




Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Under a pile of work




Shirt – Gap (Borrowed off mum)

Leggings – Asos

Boots – New Look

Nail polish – OPI Ogre the Top Blue

Good morning lovelies! If anyone is wondering where I've been and why I've been so slack with posts, I've been working on a long assignment, which I am happily now finished. But unfortunately, now I have to start my two final dissertations which I have four weeks to complete, so I may be a tad MIA yet again over that period.

I thought I'd post another OOTD...bit of a boring, casual one! Not too much to explain, I just threw on one of my mum's old shirts, some leggings and boots from New Look that I got last week for £7 – bargain!!

On a completely different note, I just placed an ELF order and if anyone is interested I would be happy to do a blog post and video on the products. I know ELF posts have been done to death, so you probably know everything about every different product. I have also accumulated a few MAC goodies over the last few weeks; maybe I could do some swatches of the lippies?

I'm heading for a two day break with the boy today. It was his birthday a couple of months ago and I thought seen as he's obsessed with going on holidays he'd enjoy a little break away rather than a pressie.

I hope you're all having a lovely week! Ooh and if anyone knows of any lovely fashion blogs, please let me know. I seem to be following loads of beauty blogs, but haven't found many on fashion.

Katey

x

Friday, 6 May 2011

Repair damaged, overprocessed hair after bleaching!

New video up on YouTube, go check it out if you haven't already. And, please subscribe if you like it :)



Products mentioned:
Olive oil
Bed Head Tigi - Dumb Blonde treatment
KMS Colour vitality Blonde treatment
Schwarzkopf Bonacure Repair Rescue treatment
Lee Stafford Hair Growth treatment
Kerastase Reflection Chroma Riche
Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes moisturising treatment
Lush Marilyn
Kerastase Resistance Ciment Thermique
Redken Extreme Anit Snap
John Frieda Sheer Blonde

Katey
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Thursday, 5 May 2011

The bird and the worm









Boxy jumper – New Look

Denim shorts – Topshop

Tights – River Island

Boots – Kurt Geiger

Bracelets – ASOS

Cuff – Ebay

Nail polish – Essie French Affair

Lipstick – MAC Cremecup

Ok, so I may have been a tad lazy today and taken a song name - from one of my favourite bands The Used – as my title. It has absolutely nothing to do with my outfit but I guess sounds a bit 'spring-esque', you know birds and all...

I uploaded a new video to YouTube yesterday on repairing wrecked nails – I would love if you checked it out – click here if you want to watch. I'm feeling quite uninspired when it comes to YouTube, mainly because I'm so tiny in the YouTube world and I don't get many views. It takes so much time to record videos, edit then upload, but blog posts are much quicker to make and seem much better received. So anyhoo, I'll probably pay more attention to my blog from now on.

On to the outfit, I bought this boxy jumper recently from New Look and I adore it, it hides all your wobbly bits – arms and tummy – and I'm looking forward to wearing it with lots of different items, I think it would look great with leggings. Again, I'm wearing my denim shorts, but have changed up the shoes today! But, no close-up photo of the shoes unfortunately, because they looked filthy. I wore them lots when I went to Euro Disney for Christmas, and as it was snowing they got covered in the salt/grit that gets put down.

I'm currently checking out the 'Surf, Baby!' collection by MAC and wondering whether to buy anything, any recommendations? I'm mad about lipgloss at the moment and quite tempted by 'Girl on Board' and 'Good Lovin'.

Thanks for reading! I hope you're all having a good day.

Katey

x

Monday, 2 May 2011

We all have dodgy make-up days, right?




Guns N Roses oversized t-shirt – H&M

Denim shorts – Topshop

Black tights – River Island

Boots – Topshop

Cuff – Ebay

Necklace – Random chain with rings passed down from family

I've been working really hard today, as I have an assignment to give in on Wednesday and then I've got another for next Tuesday. I don't have anytime to apply make-up or look pretty, so this outfit is actually from Saturday. I don't know about you, but studying makes me so lazy when it comes to my appearance, I sometimes don't have time to wash my hair for days – so it's lucky I've got blonde, curly hair that's extremely dry!

You may notice in the first photo that the highlighting on my cheek bones looks stupidly overdone, I blame bad lighting for the poor application! But we all make mistakes, right? I'll be the first to admit, I'm constantly getting my contouring or eyeliner wrong! Anyway, other than that, I've got pretty simple make-up on, what I would do on a daily basis, except for the addition of some Ardell Demi Wispies.

I had been planning to wear a pretty, girly dress but after listening to Bullet for my Valentine while doing my make-up I felt the need to wear something a bit more rock. It's a pretty simple outfit, nothing special or inspired! Yet again I'm wearing my cowboy boots and beloved Topshop shorts. Oh how original am I? When I fall in love with an item, I wear it like it's going out of fashion!

I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend! I'm guessing loads of people in the UK were celebrating the Royal wedding and many had street parties to celebrate. The one a couple of streets away from me was pretty tame, just oldies and kids, I only popped round to have a nosey like any good neighbour does! Ended up going to the pub instead with the fiancé while the Tottenham v Chelsea game was on, it wasn't a good outcome for us, Chelsea won 2-1! I say 'us' but I'm only a supporter by default, I was on twitter the whole time and stuffing myself with yummy peanuts. Boredom is the enemy of any diet!


Katey

x

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Top ten lip products

I uploaded a top ten lip products video to YouTube today and decided to make an accompanying blog post so anyone who was interested could see swatches of the products. I'm not going to go into any detail I've just photographed the packaging, explained what each product is and made swatches. I'm feeling a bit lazy tonight so don't really want to sit on my laptop all night, but if you want more information please check out my video which will be embedded at the bottom of this post. Also, I've actually mentioned 12 products, but when I made the video I couldn't decide on ten. I probably should have called this 'top twelve lip products' but oh well, it's too late now.


Prestige lip liners in Silk and Baby




MAC Cremesheen lipstick in Speed Dial and Creme Cup



Gosh Velvet Touch lipstick in Darling



Nars Velvet Matte lip pencil's in Belle Du Jour and Roman Holiday



MAC Kissable Lipcolour in En-chantee


Nars lipglosses in Turkish Delight and Striptease


Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Extreme Plump lip gloss (I haven't swatched this product as it's a clear gloss)


Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Barely Legal


Swatches taken with flash


Swatches taken without flash

From left to right:

Prestige lip liner in Silk, Prestige lip liner in Baby, MAC Speed Dial, MAC Cremecup, Gosh Darling, Nars Roman Holiday, Nars Belle Du Jour, MAC En-Chantee, Nars Striptease, Nars Turkish Delight, Too Faced Barely Legal.

 

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