Wednesday, 26 October 2016

4 Halloween Make Up Looks

I'm so unprepared for Halloween that it's borderline hilarious. Until yesterday, I was dead set on attending my one (sad face) Halloween party as Paul Stanley from Kiss. 

To get some inspiration I went onto YouTube and realised that if I continued with this Kiss idea, I would end up in a Mean Girls "Ex Wife" situation. In case you're unfamiliar, it's the kind of situation where you would turn up to a Halloween party looking scary when everyone else is dressed more provocatively - think sexy kitten as oppose to dead cat. 

The more I searched and clicked away, I came across Chrisspy. I'm sure you all know who she is but if you don't, why not? I literally sat for probably the best part of an hour watching, learning and most of all wishing that I could achieve such FLAWLESS make up. She's a god. 
 Credit: Chrisspy
As it goes, my Paul Stanley idea went right out of the window and I decided, to hell with it, I'm going to try out one of these looks and rock it IF IT KILLS ME. I picked the four above looks as a starting point. I mean for god sake, who really looks like this. I'm jealous. 

Now, to add to the unpreparedness, I have no idea which one to choose. I LOVE the top left or bottom right but I feel they're the most ambitious of the 4. Of course they would be. 

I'll definitely be posting a photo to Instagram of the look I eventually choose, in the meantime please help me decide.

Which look do you like best and which do you think is the most achievable? 
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Monday, 24 October 2016

10 Songs For Your Halloween Playlist

pumpkin patch
My my hasn't Halloween come around quickly. I feel like I blinked in September and now here I am, deciding what sweets will make children leave my house quicker and what face paint will arrive in time for Saturday. What a rush. 

Thankfully, I'm not hosting a party this year but I'm putting myself in charge of music for the one (wow one, just call me the social queen) party that I am attending. 

Party music is such a hit and miss. I don't want it to be too cheesy, too themed or too 'oh my god what idiot chose this song'. That in mind, I thought about the songs I wouldn't mind hearing as I regretfully gulp those brain shaped vodka jellies.
  1. Kiss - Crazy Nights
  2. Nightmare Before Christmas - This is Halloween - 100% obligatory
  3. The Cranberries - Zombie
  4. Marilyn Manson - Tainted Love
  5. Pendulum - Tarantula
  6. Drowning Pool - Bodies - Absolute throwback to being 14
  7. AC/DC - Highway to Hell
  8. Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell
  9. Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear The Reaper
  10. Alice Cooper - Poison
I'm sorry for the short post today but the past few days have been so back to back that I feel like I've not had time to breathe. If you're still reading, I'd love to know what's on your playlist?

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

5 Bands To See Live

5 Bands To See Live
I don't know about you but I absolutely love live music. Whether it's a band I've listened to over and over or an artist I've not listened to before, I can't get enough. Fortunately, I've been able to see a few bands in my short years (that is nor a height nor age pun) so it's a pleasure for me to share these with you today.

These bands made this list not just for their music but for their performance, for doing something more than selling a ticket. Here are 5 bands I loved and I would 100% recommend seeing live.

Mallory Knox

I've managed to catch these guys on their album tours for Signals and Asymmetry and they were incredible. I've never seen five men so passionate about what they do. They have so much enthusiasm and always connect with the crowd in a way you don't see much anymore. Whether you're a die hard fan or if you've never listened before, it's a great show. If you ever get chance, see them at Manchester Ritz and stand on the balcony. You'll thank me afterwards.

Pendulum

I know their shows few and far between these days but I genuinely think that seeing Pendulum was one of the best gigs I've ever been to. There was such a buzz about the crowd and seeing them in Manchester Central made all of the difference. I was only sixteen and I'd never been to a venue like it. It suited the music and their fans so well. Perfect.

Meat Loaf

If you know me, you'll know how much of a Meat Loaf fan I am - you can laugh, everyone else does ha. I used to listen to Meat Loaf on car journeys with my family when I was younger and I never thought I'd get the chance to see him in concert. He toured when I was eighteen, he was sixty six. It didn't matter, he sung his heart out and I joined in. Note: This is not a crush.

Sigma

The energy in Sigma's sets doesn't even compare. The first time I saw them, I was in complete awe and didn't want it to end. I can't imagine what they would be like at a smaller venue but having seen them at two festivals, they're on my watch list for next year. Even if you think you don't like their music, you won't be able to resist.

Def Leppard

This is cheating a little bit because I've never actually seen Def Leppard live. I have however watched and listened to Viva Hysteria and wow, I would have given anything to have been there. They're one of my favourite bands and I wouldn't hesitate to see them if they toured again - especially if it was in Vegas.

I'd love to hear the bands you've seen or want to see live, let me know!


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Thursday, 6 October 2016

10 Things To Do This Autumn

Autumn leaves
How is it October? More to the point, how are we a week into October? I genuinely feel like this year is flying by faster than any before and I can't believe I caught myself looking at Christmas baubles earlier. This year, I thought I'd make the most of the autumn/fall season so I've compiled a list of 10 things I want to do.

1. Carve Pumpkins - I've only started doing this in recent years but I absolutely love it. Sure, it's a tonne of work, incredibly messy and emotionally draining (Am I selling this yet?) but the end result is brilliant.

2. Buy Bath Goodies - Can we all take a moment to appreciate Lush's new collection? I love that it's Halloween themed and I'm happy that the Christmas goodies have started coming out. Queue bath season.

3. Burn Candles - Need I say more? I'm all about the tobacco candles for this season, I love their rich smell and can't get enough of them on these colder nights.

4. Wear Cosy Jumpers - Naturally none of the jumpers from last year fit me now so I've placed a tiny order with Very. I'm feeling mustard yellow and green.

5. Go to a good pub - Cosy by the fire style after a delicious Sunday roast. Are you feeling me yet?

6. Plan your social calendar - Halloween parties, sleepovers, bonfires, you name it get them all pencilled in with your best pals.

7. Go For Walks - We all know how beautiful the sunshine and leaves are in Autumn. Let's get out and see them instead of liking them on Instagram.

8. Cook Hearty Meals - Sunday roasts, juicy steaks, bowls of chilli and most definitely a good stew. I love eating meals like this in the colder months.

9. Read a book - Sometimes I actually forget about reading. With all of the content available on the internet these days, picking up a book is not something I think of doing - but I want to. I'm determined to read a couple of books over this season. Let me know what you recommend!

10. Blog More - For me, sometimes the cold weather can be unbearable so what better excuse to blog more. Think of all of those autumnal themed posts. I can almost see it now.

There you have it, a list of 10 things I want to do this autumn - I'll let you know how many I tick off.

What’s on your list? Let me know!

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Sunday, 2 October 2016

The Liebster Award

Liebster Award
I was nominated earlier this week by the lovely Jen at Beauty Life Mom;to take part in The Liebster Award. If you haven't already, head over to her beauty blog after reading this and show some love!
Here's how it works:
  1. Thank your nominator
  2. Answer the questions they have created for you
  3. Create 10 new questions
  4. Nominate your chosen bloggers to take part

Have you figured out your life calling or is it something you’re still discovering?
Definitely something I'm still discovering and the older I get the more it scares me. I'd love to know what direction I want to go in or have a career goal but then I think, why rush?
Name one thing you’re proud of that you did this week!
This is more me being proud of  a community. Yesterday I went along to Chester Pride and it was so lovely to see everyone being so supportive of everybody there - gay, bi, lesbian, trans the list goes on. I'm proud of how far the LGBT community has come.
You just won a million dollars! What are 3 things you would do or get for yourself?
I would go on a road trip across the states - particularly the south, visit more countries in Europe and make sure my family were debt/mortgage free.
What song are you really feeling right now? Any special stories or significance behind it?
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey - Closer - You know when you just feel like a song has such similarities to your life? That's how I feel about this song. Usually I wouldn't answer this type of question with a 'chart song' but, man, this is significant.
Name your one strength as a blogger and one thing you’d like to improve.
In my own opinion, my strength is photography. I love planning out what photos I'm going to take for posts and love editing them. I think I would like to improve my creative writing. I've noticed in posts I can be very blunt and to the point - Is that a bad thing?
What does a really good day look like to you?
A really good day for me, is anywhere with my friends. Good days are in the garden with sunshine and food followed by more drinks in a bar preferably with some live music.
When life gets crazy, what’s your favorite way to de-stress?
It depends how stressed I am. If it's really tough, I take off. Just for a few days to a quiet place with very little people, it's my absolute favourite. If I'm just having a bad day, I like to take a walk or have a glass of wine and a rant to my friends.
You’ve been given the opportunity to travel back five years to visit yourself! Name something about your life now that your former self would be happy to learn.
Not everything is meant to be. Whether it's friendships, relationships, jobs, not everything has to work.
Describe your favorite piece of jewelry.
I absolutely love my Kenneth Cole watch. It's a gold automatic watch with a skeleton dial and was like nothing I'd ever seen before. I got it from my parents as an 18th birthday present and even though it's looking a bit worse for wear, I love it just as much as the day I opened it.
Name one thing you’re looking to buy.
A holiday, does that count? Since coming back from Greece, I can't wait to book my next trip.
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