Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The other day I went shopping with my friend Emil and we went into ZARA. He took me into the men's section to have a look around. Having not had a boyfriend for nearly a year and a half, I've barely ventured into male shops. I was quite surprised by the collection that ZARA had and not necessarily in a good way! I find the female section a bit hit and miss - sometimes I will find loads that I love, but other times I can barely find anything. However, with the male section, there was such a varied choice of clothing and a lot of it was not necessarily something I would find attractive on a boy.

They had a section that was full of prints, ranging from a snow leopard on the arm of a Bomber jacket, to a tropical print jacket accessorized with a floral scarf. The tropical print featured heavily on many of their t-shirts and jackets and was something that really didn't appeal to Emil and I. I must admit, if I had a boyfriend who wore those kind of statement prints, I wouldn't be impressed as you would definitely stand out from the crowd. Also, I think they look really feminine and I wouldn't want a boy to look more girly than me!

A lot of feminine clothing featured in their men's range, so much so that a couple of times Emil and I had to double check the labels to make sure female clothes hadn't been accidentally placed in the men's section. There were a lot of really skin tight trousers in their range and again this is something that really wouldn't appeal to me if a boy was to wear it. Whilst I like a boy to have a good fashion sense, I think this was taking it a bit too far as I definitely wouldn't want him to look feminine. 

Also, there were a lot of questionable denim wear in their collection. Something that particularly stood out to me was the Denim Hooded Waistcoat, it looked more like something a member of the Village People would wear rather than a fashionable guy. Don't get me wrong, I love a guy who can pull off a denim jacket, I'm just not sure the frayed waistcoat is a look that I would go for. There were also a pair of denim Bermuda shorts, again, I don't really have a problem with denim shorts, but these had a grey velour short sewn into them and to me, it just looked really wrong. Maybe they would look better on (I couldn't persuade Emil to try them on), but they just looked really odd and out of place when on the hanger.

I found with the male section, as I do with the female section, that there were also a lot of really nice clothes. A lot of their range is really smart and sophisticated; something you would expect to see boating men wearing and to me that is a classic and timeless look. This is why I was so confused by all of the other clothes that ZARA had, as it just seemed to me that they weren't really sure who their market was so they just decided to try a bit of everything. Maybe I was just too critical or I've had my eye of male fashion for too long, but I wasn't impressed with their range - sorry ZARA!

Have you been into ZARA Man lately - what do you think? What male shops would you recommend?



Psychology Ball

Friday, 21 March 2014

A year ago, the school of Psychology at my university became a separate school, it had previously been conjoined with the school of Social Work. To celebrate, the department held a massive launch party at the Norwich football stadium. As it was such a success, they have decided to make it into an annual event and last night was the second party. The venue was different and it wasn't as formal, but I had such an amazing time. We had a two course sit down meal, followed by lots of dancing and drinking! I thought I'd write a post about what I wore, how I did my hair and make up.

First of all, as I'm a student I really don't have much money to be splashing out on new dresses. I buy loads of dresses, wear them once and then don't feel that I can wear them again because everyone has seen them. However, I decided to dig out a dress I spontaneously bought in Liverpool about 4 years ago from Dorothy Perkins. I don't normally shop there, but I happened to pop in and I'm so glad I did as I found this gorgeous cream, lace shift dress with a peter pan collar. I wore it to a friends wedding and on a couple of nights out, but apart from that I've barely worn it and so I thought it was about time I dug it out. I teamed it with some black platform wedges that were again a spontaneous purchase (you can tell I'm a spontaneous shopper!) from H&M. I bought them last year and they are the comfiest heels I own, so I wear them a lot! 

For my hair, I wanted to keep it quite simple as I didn't have much time between lectures and the ball to get ready. I washed and conditioned my hair and dried it with a roll brush, put curlers in and left them in whilst I did my make up. Once I had done my make up, I took the curlers out which left my hair looking voluminous and then halo braided my hair to complete my look.

With my eye make up, I decided to go for a purple theme as I have two really lovely purple eyeshadows from mac and I thought it would compliment my cream dress and black heels nicely. I used MAC 'Satellite Dreams' as my base shadow and then used MAC's 'Parfait Amour' as the darker shading in the corner of my eyes and through the crease. I also used Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in '25k Gold' in the other corner of my eye to open my eyes up. I then finished my eye make up off with liquid eyeliner on my lid and black pencil liner along the waterline as well as using MAC's 'Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash' mascara to complete my look. I wore Clinique 'Fresh Watermelon' lipstick with MAC's 'Petting Pink' Tinted Lip Conditioner (both of which have now been discontinued!) As it would take me ages to go through all the other make up that I wore, I'll list it below so you have a rough idea of what I used. Also, I reviewed a lot of the products in my previous blog post so check that out if you want to know more about them or how I use them:
-Primer - MAC Prep + Prime 'Skin Base Visage'
-Concealer - Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 'Light 2'
-Foundation - Maybelline Dream Matte Mouse in '005 Porcelain'
-Powder - Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in '004 Sandstorm' 
-Bronzer (to contour) - Bourjois Delice de Poudre in '52'
-Highlighter - YSL Touche Eclat in '2-5'
-Blusher - MAC Powder Blush in 'Style'
-Liquid eyeliner - L'Oreal Super Liner Black Lacquer
-Pencil eyeliner- MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in 'Bordeauxline' and MAC Eye Kohl in 'Smolder'
-Eyebrows - Clinique High Impact Eye Shadow Duo in '01 Double Date'

I love events like this as it gives me a chance to use lots of different products and experiment with new looks. Let me know in the comments if you have any make up or hair tips for events like this.


My Make Up Must Haves

Friday, 14 March 2014

I'm always interested in reading about other products that people use and view as essentials in their make up bags. After trialling many products I'm finally pleased with all the products that I use on a daily basis and thought I would share them with you.

1./Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer
Collection is a brand that I'm not very familiar with and haven't used any of their products in years. However, after hearing so many people rave about this concealer I thought it was about time I tried it. I hadn't used concealer since I was about 15 as I preferred using just powder. However, I had to reapply it so much throughout the day as my redness and blemishes would show up pretty quickly, so I decided to give it a go. Now, I have no idea how I coped before having it. I put it under my eyes to cover my dark circles and cover any blemishes or redness on my face. I blend it in with a pointed foundation brush and it gives great coverage all day. I'm really fair so I use it in the shade '1 fair', but there are a range of shades out there for all skin tones.

2./Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
Like concealer I never really used foundation during the day, I only used to use it for nights out, however, I went to the Isle of Wight festival a few years ago and I knew that I wouldn't be able to keep reapplying powder all day, so I thought it was about time I invested in a foundation. At the time this foundation had only just been released and it was receiving so many positive reviews that I thought I would give it a try. I still don't wear it all the time, I just wear it on days when I'm going out somewhere nice or I'm going to be busy all day, but I really do love it. It sits so lightly on the skin and doesn't clog up the skin at all. I have it in the shade100 Ivory (pale skin problems!), but I find I don't need that much as it provides great coverage across my whole face.

3./Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
This product has been in my make up bag for as long as I can remember, it's my 'go to' product! As mentioned, I used to just wear this on it's own, but now I always wear it on top of concealer and use it to set my foundation when I wear it. It stays on my face a lot longer than many other powders and it is just such a reliable product. I have it in the colour 004 Sandstorm as I find this is not only the right colour for my skin when I wear it on it's own, but it also doesn't make me look orange when I put it on top of foundation.  

4./Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder
I wrote about this product in a previous blog post so I won't go on about it too much now. However, I am still absolutely loving this product as it adds such warmth to my pale skin and it smells soo delicious! From having never worn bronzer until last year, I now wear it all the time!

5./Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoos 
Again, I've written about these in a previous blog post, so for my full thoughts on this product go and check that post out. What I will mention though, is that I now wear this everyday in the colour 'Pink Gold', sometimes I'll wear it under other eyeshadows, but for my everyday basic make up I wear it on it's own. It just adds a bit of colour to my eyes without looking over dressed for a day at uni. 

6./L'Oreal Super Liner - Black Lacquer
Having tried so many different eyeliners over the years, I've finally found one that I love. I use it almost everyday to produce my winged eyeliner effect and it is perfect for this. It stays on all day and never smudges into the crease of my eye. Quite often if I want a lighter eye make up look then I will just wear MAC's Eye Kohl in 'Teddy', but most of the time I use the L'Oreal Super Liner as it makes my eyes more defined.

7./Maybelline Falsies Mascara
This is probably the newest product I've tried, but I'm already on my third mascara! I'm currently using the 'black drama' one and I prefer this to the waterproof and 'flared' mascara. For the price, it is such a good mascara, it adds volume to my lashes as well as curling them without making them look clumpy - not many mascaras manage this! Although I use MAC's Haute & Naughty mascara for nights out as it adds a lot more volume to my lashes, I find that it's too much for an everyday make up look and so I much prefer Maybelline's flasies mascara and I can't see this changing any time soon!

8./MAC Powder Blush
Interestingly, it was my mum who not only introduced me to MAC, but this product. She has been using their products for years and as I got more and more interested in make up, she would increasingly treat me to some of their products. I was lucky enough to be given this for Christmas as I was looking to try a new blusher and she recommended this to me. As I have such fair skin, I need a blusher that not only adds colour, but that isn't too pigmented otherwise I end up looking like a china doll! I have this blusher in 'style' and it is perfect for my skin tone, whilst it makes my cheeks look nice and rosy I don't end up look like I have ridiculously pink cheeks. I will definitely be buying this product again. 

9./The Body Shop Lip Butter
I have written about my love for The Body Shop in many of my blog posts and so it is only right that one of their products features in this one. However, I literally would not be able to live without my lip butter. I have the Shea Butter one (of course!) and I take it everywhere with me. If I could only have one piece of make up for the rest of my life, it would definitely be this. It adds moisture to my lips whenever they're dry and it adds a nice shine to them without adding colour. This means that if I want to wear a lipstick over the top, I can, without the two products clashing with each other! I couldn't recommend this enough!

I feel like this has been a mammoth blog post, so I am sorry for rambling. Also, I have written this in the order in which I apply each product. Therefore, if you want to try one of them, you have a bit of an idea when I apply it and what I use before and after. I would love to know what products you view as your essentials, so leave your comments below.


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