CAMPAIGN OF CHOICE: WILDFOX BARBIE. (Warning: image heavy post)

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

I was fumbling through the inter-sphere when I came across this Wildfox campaign, the Barbie Dreamhouse for one of their collections. I'm not sure how old it is I'm pretty sure it was SS14 but there are still pieces available on site. This isn't going to be a review or an informative post unfortunately, I just wanted to share the imagery with you guys. As far as marketing goes it's an absolutely stunning visual campaign and some of the kooky things they did to go alongside it like recipes and reading lists added a really lovely personal touch to it.
I'm a big fan of Wildfox but I have to admit - I love their campaign visuals and concepts more than the clothes themselves! Feast your eyes on the gorgeous pictorials my pretties. 

What's the best marketing campaign you've seen recently? Sharing is caring!
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International Women's Day : My Take | What is Feminism?

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Something which bothers me is the idea that Feminism is a bad thing. Some sort of man-hating ailment driven by a force of head-shaven lunatics. Another thing which bothers me is people ramming feminism down the throats of other people. 'That's not very feminist is it?' with a disapproving look. 

Feminism is about nothing more than equality. The idea that women should be completely equal to men : politically, economically, socially, & in every other way. It's not about putting men down.

"I want my boyfriend to buy me flowers."
Buy your own.

"I need my boyfriend to open this jar for me."
Run it under hot water.

"I need a man to fix a problem with my car"
Google it, Youtube it, take it to a garage.

"I need a man to reach the top shelves."
Get a stool.

"I need a man to cuddle with at night."
Pets are even better.

"I want a man to tell me I'm beautiful."
Tell yourself you're beautiful.

"I want a man to hold a door open for me."
Hold it open yourself.

You don't need a man. You want a man. And that does NOT make you anti-feminist.

I don't need friends either, but I still want them. I want them because I enjoy the company they bring me, in the same way that I enjoy the company my partner brings me. It is not anti-feminist to admit you want a partner. It's silly to say you need one though. 

So don't jam it down anybody's throats that they are being 'anti feminist.' Don't throw the word 'feminism' around with ignorance unless it's in the context of equality. 

Have a Happy International Women's Day, revel in how far females have come in equality and accept there is still a way to go. And if you can support that continuing progression then you are a feminist, regardless of any other beliefs. Congratulations, Emma Watson will be smiling upon you tonight. 

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Piercings Q&A

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

I've had a few piercings in my lifetime and today got my tragus done impromptu! I had wanted it for a while and now I've moved out of my job in headhunting where you have to look conservative and into a creative field again I thought it was time to get it done. It also spurred me to write this blog post about all my piercings and my opinions and any helpful facts for anyone thinking about getting something done. 
(I will always choose to get my piercings done at Punktured in Brighton. I have had a few done elsewhere but for anything major it's my go-to. It's clean and completely professional and I recommend that if you find somewhere good you stick to it - like a hairdresser or tattooist!) 

Pain: 3/10. Slipped through like a spear in a steak.
Would I get it again? Yes. I still have this 7 years on and love it.
Useful Tips: Ibuprofen before and after keeps swelling down to the point that eating is bareable for the first couple of days. You can't smoke, kiss, drink or give oral sex for the first 2 months of getting this done or you risk permanent scarring so if you're a big smoker or drinker or sex fiend I wouldn't get this done anytime soon.
Where I got mine done: Punktured, Brighton.

Pain: 6/10
Would I get it again? Probably not but only because I've outgrown it. I had it for 4 years before taking it out for work and now I don't think it suits me, but the pain wouldn't hold me back. 
Useful Tips: Nothing special for this that I can recall. Was a slow healer and v, easily infected so follow aftercare instructions! Mine has left a permanent little hole, it's easily covered by makeup and I think is because I had it in for so long. 
Where I got mine done: Punktured, Brighton

Pain: 8/10 - A bloody sharp pinch!
Would I get it again? Yes maybe. I've actually had it done twice - both times I thought it didn't suit me because of my little nose but if I got a craving again I would probably do it.
Useful Tips: A stud for the first few months is easier and less painful to clean than a ring, which keeps twirling about and gets crusty and weird. Don't forget about it and rip it out when you're washing your face like I did all the time! Ouch.
Where I got mine done: Punktured, Brighton and Infamous Ink, Stirling

Naval - 
(I got the top done rather than the bottom, which I think is more common.)
Pain: 8/10 - I wasn't prepared for how sharp this pain was!
Would I get it again? No, my body rejected mine and pushed it out and it was all gross and covered in my guts for a while. I also feel like it made it look like I had a layer of fat that I didn't have underneath which was weird. 
Useful Tips: Clean clean clean. V.easily infected like the lip, and also more prone to rejection which is when your body detects a foreign object and tries to push it out. It can get skin growing over it if it starts being rejected and isn't taken care of.
Where I got mine done: Punktured, Brighton

Pain: 1/10
Would I get it again? Yes I've had about 6 done up my lobes
Useful Tips: For the lobe you can go to a regular jewellers and it will cost less than a piercing shop. It's fine to use a gun for this part of the ear.
Where I got mine done: Claires, HM Samuels

Cartilidge (Upper Ear)
Pain: 3/10
Would I get it again? Yes probably, but have had 5 done and taken out 4 due to infection so it is a high maintenance healer and does hurt to sleep on for a long time!
Useful Tips: DO NOT GET DONE WITH A GUN. It will shatter your lobe. Jewellers like Claire's will do this for you but you should get it done using a needle at a proper piercing place to avoid shattering and infection.
Where I got mine done: Claires (Wouldn't do again, read above!) and Punktured, Brighton

Pain: 6/10
Would I get it again? Yes, though I only got it today so not sure about how it is to heal
Useful Tips: As above!
Where I got mine done: Punktured, Brighton

Ear Stretching
Pain: 2/10 if you do it properly
Would I get it again? I'm not adverse to it.
Useful Tips: Use Lube. Go slowly, if you go too quickly it will HURT and SCAR. It will take a long time, accept it. Don't skip levels or sizes to get bigger quicker. If you aren't sure if you will want permanent holes only go up to about 5mm plug size and it will stretch back down. I went up to 6mm and was lucky mine reduced back to normal when I took them out but if you aren't sure stick to 5mm max.
Where I got mine done: I just bought a stretching taper kit from Ebay. 

I think this covers all of my piercings, I might do a similar one for my tattoos down the line as well if people read this and would like to see that too.  I hope it's helpful, let me know what you think. I used to get all of my jewellery from here, but you need to know all the sizes! If you aren't sure about a facial piercing a lot of places sell fake ones now, I'd recommend trying it out for a while before you go for the real thing if you're not sure and worried about the pain. River Island do a few and so does the store linked above. Apologies for lack of inclusion for tongue webbing and septum, I know these are popular but I've never had them done.

Any of you have piercings?
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Fake Bake Beyond Bronze Review

Monday, 2 March 2015

Unfortunately this is going to have to be a negative review today. A girl at work came in with a glowing golden tan, and said she got it using Fake Bake Flawless. When I popped into Boots they were out of stock, but they had this one instead which was actually a fair bit cheaper, although at £18 it's a hell of a lot more than my usual St Moriz. I've heard good things about Fake Bake and am always leant towards mousse textured tans rather than lotion so I thought I'd give it a shot.

Like St Moriz it's a developer tan which means you put it on and leave it to develop (I usually do this overnight.) When you wake up it's a deep mucky brown, so you wash it off and it should leave a golden glowing post-Ibiza tan. The only plus for this product is you get a lot of it. One tiny pump goes a LONG way, it was a bit surprising actually and I made a bit of a mess. Enough in the bottle to do a full body job at least 7 times I would guess.

I put it on, not too strong a tanning smell. I used a mitt for this. I let it develop overnight, in the morning I was a muddy brown, St Moriz style. When I washed it off though, it literally all came off. Nothing. Nada. I may as well have not used it. I gave it another go the following night thinking that it was maybe bad prepping, but had the same issue. I literally spent £18 on nothing. I look like a sick-ridden Taylor Swift, not Beyonce.

Basically don't waste your money on this. I could have bought 3 bottles of St Moriz and had a much better time. This is time consuming and does nothing but wash away. Completely pointless, save your pennies ladies. I would recommend St Moriz or the Garnier Gradual Tinted Moisturiser. 

Have any of you used this and had a similar lack of results? 
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40 Signs of a Basic B*tch

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

40 Signs of a tacky woman. In my opinion. In good humour. Let's be honest, we've all done at least one of these surely. No offence intended. 

Source: Weheartit

1.       Wearing hair extensions that don’t match your hair colour
2.       Wearing hair extensions that haven’t been cut to blend in.
3.       Wearing hair extensions with all the clips showing
4.       Having your boyfriends name tattooed onto your body if he is still alive.
5.       Getting engaged to someone you have been with less than a year. People change with the seasons, it may be true love but it can wait another 6 months until you’re sure.
6.       Writing about your relationship problems on Facebook.
7.       Writing about your relationship highs on Facebook. “Having SUCH a good night in with my babe!” If you were having that much of a good time you wouldn’t be posting about it.
8.       Juicy Couture, all the time.
9.       Wearing foundation too dark for your skin-tone and getting that line at your jaw where it doesn’t blend in.
10.   Slug brows.
11.   Wearing leggings as trousers.
12.   Getting diamonds/plastic bows glued onto your acrylic nails.
13.   Foundation as lipstick
14.   Wearing a fluorescent bra under a baggy vest so people can see it. (Unless you’re 13 and going to a ‘rave’ themed party.)
15.   Celebrity perfumes
16.   Stating you are ‘self-employed’ when really you are ‘unemployed.’ We all know the difference.
17.   Stating you are a ‘model’ when you just post edited photos on Instagram and use dodgy ‘facebook photographers’ for your shoots.
18.   Speaking to someone else about a problem you have with someone before speaking to that person about it yourself.
19.   Arguing over text or being a general ‘keyboard warrior.’
20.   Trolling
21.   Wearing thick false lashes every day, all day.
22.   Crop tops with low waist short shorts.
23.   Squeezing into something too tight so you get bulge everywhere instead of just buying the size up which is much more flattering. Just coz it zips don’t mean it fits. And a size 10 in one shop is definitely not a size 10 in all others - numbers mean nothing!
24.   Wearing developer tan as instant and going out and getting streaks everywhere from swear and split drinks and stinking of biscuit.
25.   Not applying your mascara properly and dossing on 20 layers so your eyelashes turn into about 4 square clumps.
26.   Being somewhere social such as a dinner, and checking your phone or texting. TEXTING DURING DINNER IS SO RUDE!

Source: Weheartit

27.   Ugg Boots.
28.   Sequined Ugg Boots.
29.   Continuing to wear your high-street jewellery when it goes that weird green/bronze colour. It’s sad, but it’s time to call it a day.
30.   Bringing up  how much money someone makes.
31.   Pretending to be thicker than you are because you think it appeals more to people.
32.   When your butt crease is hanging out of your shorts.
33.   TyPiNg Lyk Diz.
34.   ‘Shoutout’ Facebook statuses. E.G ‘Happy Birthday to my girl Becca! Love you!’ This is what walls are for, if the message is for one person and one person only, head to inbox or that persons wall. Don’t plague your own page with that drivel because nobody else cares that it is Becca’s birthday.
35.   Facebook game invites. No, Mahmood. I don’t want to play Candy Crush with you.
36.   Friend requesting someone you have never spoken to before. It’s inappropriate in real life and should be inappropriate on social media as well.
37.   Using Linked In the same way as you use Facebook or Twitter. It is not appropriate.
38.   Never smiling in pictures. It’s not so much tacky, but it’s a bit sad. Y u no smile??
39.   Going for a night out over the age of 22 and drinking alco pops.
40.   Making a star appearance on Jezza Kyle / Daily Mail.
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Pretty Honest - Sali Hughes

Saturday, 21 February 2015

This book has been absolutely raved about in the Blogosphere. I first caught wind through a short review by Sammi. Sali Hughes is a beauty journalist for the Guardian, and this biblical piece she has created should be in every woman's bookcase. 

It isn't a flimsy little read-through you could get by Googling. It's well informed, well written, explanatory and detailed. It covers literally any beauty query you could ever have, and for any age. It could be passed down through generations as far as I'm concerned.

 I can't think of anything that hasn't been covered by this book. For me the most helpful section was waxing - it details when is appropriate to take your underwear of. This may seem obvious to most people but for me it just safeguarded me from an awkward situation for sure!

Anyone else read this book or have any thoughts? 
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Charlotte Crosby 3 Minute Belly Blitz – Initial Review

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

I don’t usually buy workout DVDs. They seem like a bit of a fad – you do it for a few weeks, get bored and move on. Nothing you can’t accomplish at a gym. The only one I’ve ever had any success with was the Gillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. That said, the media hype surrounding the 3 Minute Belly Blitz with Charlotte Crosby got the best of me, and like the conformist consumer I am: I caved and bought it.
There is no denying she’s lost a lot of weight. No doubt due to a personal trainer and strict diet. But I’ve seen normal girls without these extras posting Before and After shots on Instagram and Twitter and the results seem reliable.

I had a go last night. I’ve fallen heavily out of my gym routine, am out of shape, have about half a stone to lose and needed something to kick me back into gear, so this seemed like a healthy option.
I was absolutely appalled to discover of the 12 levels I only made it to 8 before lying on my floor, a crumpled and defeated heap of sweat and shame. The rounds involving upper body strength and jumping squats destroyed me. But this is a good sign. I’m definitely not UNfit. So this means it’s working. And next time, I’ll push to get at least to level 9 or 10 until I can do them all. So here are my pros and cons:

Quick, 3 minute successions means no matter how hard something is you only have to do it for a max of 3 minutes. You don’t get bored and it’s physically manageable.
HIIT is proven to blast fat quicker than other forms of exercise and as long as you give it your all you can feel this working all your muscles.
You don’t need anything other than yourself and maybe an exercise mat, which you can get for about a fiver on Amazon.
For the tenner it costs the reviews online are top.
It comes with a doable and tasty eating plan.

You can’t skip the part at the start of each level where he runs through the movements. I imagine by week 2 this will be very irritating.
I’m pretty uncoordinated and some of the kickbox rounds makes my head spin.
It’s marketed as a 3 minute thing but all rounds included, plus warmup and cool-down you’re looking at setting aside about an hour and fifteen minutes. 4 times a week for this to work. Of course 3 minutes would never do anything but an hour and 15 is a relatively long time for people not used to exercising. Be aware of this when you purchase!

Build up to completing all 12 rounds, this DVD wasn’t made to blitz through from Day 1 with ease.
Invest in a good protein shake to help you achieve the 4-times-a-week plan without being too sore. I can do a post about Protein Shake if enough people want to see it!
Try to eat healthily or try out her eating plan alongside this to get max results.

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I’ll probably keep doing this and do an updated review with my results in a month or so to see if it really does make a difference!
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