Illamasqua 'Virgin' Lipstick Review

Monday, 29 September 2014

While binging on The Sunday Girl I came across her post on Illamasqua’s new lipstick ‘Virgin’. As soon as I read that it’s supposed to be the same pantone colour as the uniform for Virgin Atlantic Airlines I immediately skedaddled over to the Illamasqua website and purchased it. I don’t think I’ve ever parted with £18.50 so fast in my life.

Up until this lipstick fell through my mail box the red lipsticks I owned were either orangey-red or a rather vampy red that makes me look like I kill puppies in my spare time. I was getting a little fed up with my uninspiring red lipstick collection and was longing for a true red hence my excitement for Virgin.

The packaging is the typical sleek black that Illamasqua is known for. The lipstick container is sturdy, luxurious and is incredibly prone to the dreaded fingerprint. The lipstick itself is a gorgeous red and exactly what I hoped it would be well, that is until I actually used it.

I wanted a bright red without any orange or “vampiness” or any of the other crap that typically comes with red lipsticks. I thought I got that based purely on the look of the lipstick but alas, it wasn’t meant to be. To me Virgin is a very pink red. When I first applied it to my lips I was incredibly disappointed but hoped the pinkness was due to poor pigmentation so I started layering it up. The pinkness of the lipstick only intensified with each layer and it eventually got to the point where I felt like I was drowning in lipstick so gave up trying to get the red I so desired.

Now don’t get me wrong, I like the shade it turns out to be and I do enjoy wearing it. The lipstick itself is bright, somewhat glossy and doesn’t dry out my lips. It’s not overly intense when you first apply it and can easily be manipulated into being both a day and evening shade.

I do find Virgin bleeds a little even with a lip liner applied beforehand (although according to Elle US you’re supposed to apply red lip liner after you apply the lipstick but I like to break rules) and it transfers something chronic while eating and drinking. I swear my cheese and onion Panini had more lipstick on it than my actual lips. If you eliminate the eating and drinking portion of your day (y’know, the things you need to do to live) Virgin lasts for around 6 hours before reapplication is required.

Needless to say I am slightly disappointed by Illamasqua’s Virgin. Although I do see myself wearing it on a regular basis I’m still slightly miffed at the fact it’s more of a pink on me than it is a red. Overall the lipstick is of great quality and I would happily buy more lipsticks from Illamasqua should any take my fancy but my excitement for Virgin was really all for nothing. Note to self: never buy lipsticks at 3am again.

My New Tattoo

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

After waiting almost 3 years I decided to bite the bullet and book my next tattoo. There was really nothing stopping me from booking it; I knew what I wanted, I knew what body part I wanted it on and I had the money to pay for it. I guess my own laziness got the better of me for the last 3 years. That makes me sound appealing doesn’t it?

Shortly after my Grandad died I was given a ship in a bottle that he had made. I basically made the decision to get it tattooed on me the moment it was placed in my hands. My brother “borrowed” the idea of a ship in a bottle for our Grandad from me and actually beat me to getting it done. It’s actually kind of nice that he took the idea from me as now my new tattoo symbolises my Grandad but in a way, it also symbolises my brother.

I was tattooed this morning and I am beyond happy with the result. I went to the same tattoo artist that started my brother’s sleeve so I knew I was going to walk away with a great piece. My Grandad’s ship in a bottle was used for the reference so now I always have it with me. Damn I’m cheesy.

It probably goes without saying that the tattoo hurt. Up until today I had only ever been tattooed on the inside of my right wrist and the outside of my left arm. My wrist tattoo hurt a little but it was over in 15 minutes whereas my arm tattoo took an hour yet I never felt it until the final part on the bone. Today’s tattoo however, was sore. It was bearable but it was also a little difficult to ignore. I could feel my skin was getting quite irritated around 15 minutes into the tattoo. That irritation has since died down but I keep accidentally knocking my arm off of my side so a slight pain is still present. I’m just a glutton for punishment.

I have a few more tattoos planned (one of which I stole from my brother so I guess we’re even) but I’m not in any rush to get them. I’m still unsure about the placement of them and I don’t fancy booking a tattoo and making up my mind about location on the spot. Tattoos seem to be the one thing I don’t rush into. Hey maybe I do have a brain somewhere!

Sexual Harassment of YouTube

Sunday, 21 September 2014

As YouTube progresses I’m becoming more and more accustomed to the dodgy things the big YouTubers do to make money. Some of them are fairly harmless, others are just plain old scams but then there’s one that’s just downright degrading.

Sam Pepper was once that annoying kid on Big Brother who you kind of felt sorry for. As far as I was concerned he was harmless and I never paid any attention to him again after he left the Big Brother house. I’ve never subscribed to his YouTube channel and have only ever heard of his YouTube videos through Twitter. I’ve never had the desire to watch any of his content and, after the one video of his I did decide to watch, I have no intention of doing it again.

For some unknown reason (aside from perhaps idiocy and a major ego) Sam Pepper decided to make a video where he pinched the butt of unsuspecting girls and tried to pass it off as a prank. As a female it’s not the first time I’ve heard a guy trying to say they groped a girl for a joke. I’ve lost count as to how many times guys have said it to me after grabbing my ass or breasts in a bar but what they fail to realise is that does not make it ok. It is not a joke to grope anyone against their will and it is definitely not appropriate to do it to entertain the internet.

The majority of comments on Sam Pepper’s “Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank” point out how disgusting both he and his actions are but then there are the people who are defending him. I’ve seen comment after comment stating that the girls in the video all laughed and were clearly cool with what happened. Other comments are attacking feminism and some are even saying grabbing someone without their permission is perfectly fine.

It’s incredibly obvious that the girls shown in the video are uncomfortable with what happened and don’t quite know how to react. The first girl repeats that she doesn’t like what happened and looks awkward and confused. The other 2 girls shown nervously laugh it off before quickly walking away. Sam Pepper on the other-hand continues to laugh like an obnoxious hyena and tries to hug them. He is either too moronic to read their obvious body language or just genuinely doesn’t care.

Supporting what Sam Pepper did or even saying that people are offended by the video are overreacting is worrying to me. I would like to believe that in this day and age we would all realise that we are not entitled to someone else’s body but alas, that isn’t the case. Women and men alike are subject to sexual harassment and abuse on a regular basis and the blasé attitude some people have just shows we as a human race have a long way to go before it all ends.

I would love to say it’s just immature idiots on the internet who think it’s funny to do these kind of things to innocent passer-bys but unfortunately it’s not. In the past 2 weeks I’ve been made to feel uncomfortable by someone who should really know better (although judging by the fact they’re a homophobe, racist and sexist they’re clearly too stupid to know better), I’ve been catcalled a few times and have dealt with many perverted stares while walking down the street – I even gained a few leers while on my way to vote on Thursday morning. All of this is bad enough but let’s be honest, I do not look a day over 16 and the majority of guys doing it are at least in their 40s. That in itself just proves that as soon as you develop breasts you’re automatically subject to perverted comment, looks and the occasional grope.

At the time of writing this post the video sits on 716,328 views and has 70,000 thumbs down, the comments calling Sam out on his actions are rolling in thick and fast as are the tweets but somehow the video is still live. I highly doubt he’ll face any dire consequences for this video and I’m actually doubting YouTube will take the video completely down (they benefit from the revenue its generating too after all) but it would be nice if for once, the disgusting idiot who thinks groping people for a joke got what was coming to them.

MAC Chatterbox

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Lipsticks and I haven’t been getting along recently. The last one I purchased -which coincidentally is the one I’m about to talk about - was back in July and I was only able to start wearing it a little over a week ago. It was my fault really. Somehow I developed an obsession with fizzy juice so, not only have I destroyed my kidneys yet again, I ruined my lips for a good 6 week period. Even after the kidney pain, the dry lips and my future rotten teeth I’d still happily choose a can of Irn Bru over water. What can I say? I’m Scottish and a bit of an idiot.

Anyway I digress; the purpose of this post was to tell you about a lipstick, not the beauty of Irn Bru.

MAC has been my go to brand for lipsticks for a while so when I found myself standing in Harvey Nichols I instantly made my way over to the MAC counter. I’m always overwhelmed by the amount of lipsticks MAC offer but this time I knew I wanted a very wearable lipstick. Every day wear is not really something I go to MAC for in regards to lipsticks but sometimes you just have to mix it up. It didn’t take me long to find the perfect lipstick to fulfil such a purpose.

Chatterbox is a shade I’ve had my eye on for a while but always got distracted by something brighter. It’s an Amplified lipstick which is my preferred MAC formula and it’s quite possibly the best pink I own. Despite being a very creamy lipstick it doesn’t slip and slide all over your face nor does it transfer drastically. I’m used to seeing my lipstick all over the thing I’m drinking out of but I was pleasantly surprised to find the majority of Chatterbox was sitting pretty on my lips.

It’s very well pigmented although it’s perhaps not entirely suitable for my incredibly pale skin (although I’m beginning to believe no lipstick is). It looks just as beautiful as a muted shade (lip brushes for the win) as it does applied straight from the bullet. As it’s a fairly lighter shade in comparison to the rest of my MAC collection I have no issue applying it straight from the bullet. Any mistakes made are very easy to remove or cover up with concealer; it definitely doesn’t stain the hell out of everything it touches like Candy Yum Yum.

From left to right/bottom to top: 1 coat, 2 coats, 3 coats.

So there you have my first somewhat wearable every day colour by MAC. I kind of regret taking so long to finally buy Chatterbox as it seems to fit rather well into my collection but hey ho, I have it now and it was definitely worth the wait.

If you’re looking for a creamy, pink shade that’s suitable for both the office and a night out then get your hands on Chatterbox. It’s one of those shades that every make up loving human needs. Damn that ending was cheesy.

The NFL Assault

Friday, 12 September 2014

It’s no secret that the NFL has its fair share of problems with its players, owners and coaches alike. Suspensions are being handed out left, right and centre, racism within the Miami Dolphins hit the headlines last season, an owner is currently being sued for sexual assault and a former player is currently awaiting trial for murder.

Some of these things are becoming fairly normal. It’s hardly a surprise to hear about a player being issued with a DUI but the NFL is usually great at handling these cases. The bans are usually fair (unless your name is Josh Gordon) but they really dropped the ball (no pun intended) on one in particular; you probably already know I’m referring to Ray Rice here so I won’t elaborate.

Despite the events that took place in the elevator being caught on tape – and being ridiculously obvious – the NFL originally issued now former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice with a 2 game ban. That’s just half of the majority of suspensions currently being handed out to players who violate the NFL’s drug policy.

It’s not my gender that is causing me to feel insulted by the NFL’s ignorance, it’s the fact I am a victim of domestic abuse and struggle on a daily basis with other people’s opinions on the matter. In the days that followed TMZ releasing the full video of Ray Rice knocking Janay Rice unconscious countless Facebook statuses and tweets have surfaced questioning the victims of domestic abuse. It’s clear that domestic abuse and violence are not taken seriously as crimes yet and some people still fail to understand how damaging it can be to the victim.

The NFL really didn’t help matters when it came to handling the Ray Rice situation. Commissioner Goodell is now claiming he didn’t pursue the case out of respect for Janay Rice but let’s face it, he dug himself into a deep hole and is desperately trying to claw his way out. Personally I feel like not pursuing the case is disrespectful to anyone who has suffered and is currently suffering through an abusive relationship. It suggests that the victims don’t matter and the emotional and mental turmoil isn’t worth discussing.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t understand why the NFL and the Ravens refrained from taking the assault or suspension further. At the end of the day, the teams want to win and in order to do that they need every great player they can get. Removing Ray Rice entirely from the roster affects the Ravens so, to some degree, I understand their reluctance to do so. If there wasn’t such a public backlash I imagine Ray Rice would’ve been playing next Sunday against the Cleveland Browns and fans would have continued to cheer for him.

This debacle will not stop me from being a fan of the NFL – I couldn’t abandon the Chargers this close to the Seahawks game – but their inability to handle domestic abuse cases worries me. Despite the fact the rules have now changed to a 6 game ban for a first domestic or sexual assault (why it’s only 6 games and not a full ban for sexual assault is beyond me) and a lifetime ban for any more assaults I’m still apprehensive.

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his pregnant fiancée shortly after the new rules were brought into place so it will be interesting to see what happens. The investigation into the claims made against Ray McDonald have been postponed until next week and, despite head coach Jim Harbaugh’s zero tolerance policy, Ray McDonald will continue to play for the 49ers until a verdict is reached. He remains innocent until proven guilty but, if found guilty, I hope to god the NFL sticks with their new found policy and continues to do so in other cases. It’s really the only possible way they can redeem themselves in my eyes.

Lush Haul

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

What do you do when you’ve taken 2 days off of work? Simple, you go to Edinburgh for a tattoo consultation and to raid Lush. My tattoo hasn’t happened yet but the Lush haul has so here are the latest things that are stinking out my bedroom (they’re a vast improvement on Doritos).

So let’s start off with the thing I bought twice. I didn’t buy Dirty Springwash twice out of love for it as I’ve never even tried it. I bought one for myself and one as a little present for someone.

The colour instantly attracted me to Dirty Springwash and the gorgeous fresh, minty scent is what made me buy it. The colour makes me crave the sugary sweetness that is a blue WKD though. Craving alcopops at 8am in the shower is an odd way to start the day.

D’Fluff was something I first saw on The Sunday Girl and it had me intrigued right from the getgo. Every time I wandered into Lush with the full intention of purchasing D'Fluff I always left without it so this time I made a conscious effort to purchase it. I haven’t used it's strawberry goodness yet but I’m already not feeling its scent. I'm not the biggest fan of strawberries so I may have made an error here.

This is a repurchase so I think that says it all. I originally purchased African Paradise in mid July and I still have a little bit left of the original tub. At £19.95 I do think it’s a bit of a rip off but I’m 99.9% sure it’s helped dramatically with my eczema so I’ll let the price slide. I’m not crazy about the smell but as it’s not overpowering I can get over it.

Top of the Blocks (or a block of Honey I Washed the Kids and Karma if you prefer) is not for me but rather for my dad. As much as I try to like soap I just can’t use it without dropping it every 5 seconds so I try to avoid it. My dad on the other hand is a soap fiend and no Lush trip is complete without a small soapy present for him. These are 2 soaps that he really likes from Lush so woohoo for Top of the Blocks.

Well that’s the entire haul and the smell of all the products mixed together is now giving me a headache. I think it’s time to put away all these products and blast some loud music because, y’know, that help headaches…

August Favourites

Monday, 8 September 2014

Annoyingly (for me, probably not for you) my August Favourites are appearing over a week into September. I usually try to put my favourites up right at the end of the month or the very beginning of the new one but time got away from me. I salute any blogger who manages to keep to a schedule while working full time; I demand you share your tips! Anyway, on to the favourites…

1. Dolce and Gabbana Clarifying Lotion:

High end skincare has never really been my thing but I found myself purchasing the Dolce and Gabbana clarifying lotion without much thought. I had no real intention of using it that often as I already had a great skincare routine but this is perfect for when I’m being lazy. I’ll remove my make up with Bioderma or *gasp* a make-up wipe before running the D&G Clarifying Lotion over my face. The amount of left over gunk from a quick make up removal that shows up on my cotton pad is absolutely disgusting. Bleh at my face.

2. Kurt Geiger Carvela Jennie Iridescent Heels:

Ah my new loves. I don’t really take many risks when it comes to my clothing so I let my shoes do all the talking and damn do these shoes make a statement. They’re bold, eyecatching and, I guess for some, a little too extreme. They’re a more delicate version of the heels I recently bought from Office and I literally can’t get enough of them. I currently have them out on display so I can see them every morning; I am a total loser.

3. Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Passion Fruit:

This is a fairly typical nail polish shade for me (so much so that I effectively bought the matte version in Topshop’s Tobasco Trouble) so it rarely leaves my nails. I did take a break from it for a while in order to use my other nail polishes but I missed Passion Fruit’s beautiful pinkness on my nails. It stains my nails something chronic but its perfection is worth it.

4. Maltesers Teasers:

I’m drooling just thinking about this chocolate. I don’t really like maltesers as they are but put them in bar form and I’m all over it. This has been getting the better of me for a good few weeks now so I really need to cut down on my chocolate intake but I can’t stop. Damn you Mars for making such delicious chocolate!

5. NFL Bad Lip Reading:

If you follow me on Twitter you’ll know fine well I’m a huge NFL fan – I’m sorry to all my followers – so this favourite probably isn’t a surprise. I was actually only shown these videos a few weeks ago and now I can’t stop watching them. Whenever I’m in a bad mood or need a mood boast I stick this video on and happily laugh away. Jim Harbaugh screaming about how he wants cake now gets me every time.

So there you have my August Favourites. I’m going to pay close attention to the date so I can actually get my September Favourites up in a timely fashion. Oh who am I kidding? I don’t even know what day it is.

My Everyday Jewellery

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

As August ended 3 days ago this should really be my August Favourites but I didn’t even realise August was over, hell, I didn’t even realise summer had really started. This whole working 9 – 5 malarkey is really screwing with me. I’m going to demand that whenever it gets over 15 degrees in Scotland we should all get a day off and actually get to experience summer. Ok, I’m officially rambling now, onto the actual post…

Up until the beginning of last year I was never really a big jewellery wearer; I’d usually have earrings in but you can forget about anything else. I don’t know what changed but I was one day hit with the desire to start wearing more bling (I am 50 Cent after all) and thus, this everyday jewellery post was (eventually) born. Exciting isn’t it?

First up is my 21st birthday present from the people who gave me life (take it up with them if you have any beef with me, it’s their lack of protection that made me after all). In boring old blogger style I longed for a Michael Kors watch and was able to choose what I consider to be the most beautiful and jazzy rose gold watch ever made. I didn’t want a delicate watch so opted into something that was clunky yet still feminine. It really is just a fashion piece for me as I have never used it to tell the time once - it's not even on the right date for goodness sake. Who needs watches for their actual function when you can just look at your phone?

This bracelet was a present from my other half. He left me for Italy for 2 weeks but returned with this beauty. We’d been together for just over 2 months at that point but he proved he already knew me rather well by gifting me with something black and sparkly. It’s an easy to wear bracelet that I love to wear both by itself and with a multitude of other wrist pieces. I’m going to be cheesy here and say whenever I see it lying on my bedside table I smile like a loser. The man who gave me this bracelet makes me happy, what’s a girl to do?!

These earrings are literally the only ones I wear now (aside from the studs in my second lobe piercings). My parents very kindly gave me them for Christmas a few years ago and I still guard them with my life. I’d wanted something from Tiffany’s for as long as I can remember and as soon as I spotted the gorgeous blue of the box after ripping off the wrapping paper I practically started drooling. They go with absolutely everything and they’re subtle enough to not make a bold statement. I’d love another pair of earrings from Tiffany’s but these are more than enough for now.

The Michael Kors bracelet was another present for my 21st birthday. It’s a simple and timeless piece that looks great on its own but my preferred way of wearing this is with my watch and black, sparkly bracelet. The little studs on it really jazz it up but those studs are deadly, every time I put my hand to my face for whatever reason you can guarantee hairs will be ripped out of my head by them. I think the bracelet is trying to shave my head in a rather painful and time consuming way.

I can’t for the life of me remember where I got this necklace from or who it’s even by but I’ve had it for around 4 years so I’ll let my sieve like memory get away with this one. I remember falling in love with it instantly and buying it without even thinking. I’m not even sure I actually had enough money in my bank account at the time to warrant buying it but sometimes you just have to buy pretty things. It was the little purple ball that really sold this necklace to me. Although I would love it just as much if it was only the silver chain with the heart I think the purple ball adds a nice little twist to it and keeps it from being too plain. The necklace rarely leaves my incredibly pale skin these days.

Ah yes, the panda necklace. I bought this on eBay when I was about 15; I’m sure it cost me an entire week of my paper round wages. It was actually purchased during my “scene” days (embarrassing I know) but I still really like it. Admittedly it sat on my jewellery holder for a good few years before it felt the love again but now I throw it on over a plain top and voila, instant sparkliness. The panda does like to hit me in the nose from time to time though so I guess I’m being punished for abandoning it for so long. Sorry sparkly panda.

So there you have my everyday jewellery. I should probably clarify that I do not wear all of this at the same time as let’s face it, that would just be ridiculous. I do have another few pieces that I wear on a regular basis but I was afraid I was going to drone on and on so I had to cut some pieces out. Perhaps I’ll do a “Not So Everyday Jewellery” post in the future. The title isn’t really all that catchy is it? I’ll work on the title, I promise.
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