Lifestyle | 10 Times We’ve All Been Ariel From The Little Mermaid

Aside from the fact that she was born a mermaid and lived most of her young life under the sea with an assortment of aquatic animals for friends, Ariel from The Little Mermaid might just be the most relatable Disney princess – ever.

And whilst some of us go all-out in the mermaid stakes, take Chrissy Teigen’s recent Snapchat of her precious pint-sized daughter, Luna, for example:

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The rest of us embrace our inner mermaids without even realising it, and as proof – here’s 10 times that we’ve all been Ariel from The Little Mermaid:

1. When we’re hungover AF and mistake a kitchen utensil for a hairbrush.

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Everyone needs a multi-purpose dinglehopper in his or her life – period.

2. When we’re trying to be subtle about the fact that our hair is ON POINT.

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Good hair, don’t care. 💁💁💁

3. When we’re so done with reading the terms of a contract, so we just sign anyway.

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What’s the worst that could happen?

4. When we’re having a legitimate argument with our parents about our age.

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AKA – a definitive moment in every teenager’s life.

5. When we’re not invited to a party but can’t help watching all of the Snapchats.

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6. When we’re crushing SO HARD that we enter into the “pretend dialogue with inanimate objects” phase.

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We’ve all been there.

7. When we’re unsure about whether or not he loves us, so we rely on scientific evidence.

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We *knew* that he was confessing his love for us that one time that he liked our Instagram pic.

8. When we’re searching for fresh inspo on behalf of a DIY blog post and remember the seashell bras.

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We’ll take one in every colour please!

9. When we’re trying on a new dress and feel FABULOUS.

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FACT: All corresponding twirls, poses and pouts are obligatory.

10. When we’re rolling up with our squad and we’re feeling fierce.

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ACTUAL GOALS.

How many times have you (unknowingly) been Ariel from The Little Mermaid?

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May 2016 | Happiness Highlights

What Makes You Happy? [Jan Happiness Highlights]

You might have been wondering whether I’d jumped into a DeLorean time machine recently, since that would provide a reasonable explanation for 1) My absence, and, 2) Writing about May in July. Unfortunately though, the actual reason is far less exciting, so in an effort to now catch up on blogging, here are my happiness highlights from the month of May:

#1: Movie night and Papa John’s takeaway pizza.

#2: Looking through last year’s holiday photos and getting them printed for our photo album.

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#3: Celebrating my brother’s birthday.

#4: Indulging my creative side and designing a series of fashion boards for an upcoming blog post, which can now be read here: Summer Style, Trends & Tips.

#5: Creating an online portfolio so that all of my work-related articles can be viewed from one place; check it out on Contently

#6: Taking a cool shower after a long, warm day.

#7: Losing hours, in what feels like minutes, just chatting to Stephen.

#8: Eating ice cream in the glorious sunshine.

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#9: Listening to The Beach Boys for the ultimate summer vibes.

#10: Catching up on internet-related activities including emails, blogs and forums.

#11: An unexpected midweek visit to Stephen’s house (after losing my internet connection mid-shift).

#12: Waking up to an internet connection again – and trust me, this is a legitimate reason to be happy when you rely on it for work.

#13: The satisfaction of finishing work for the week. #FridayFeeling

#14: Eurovision Song Contest party – an annual occasion.

#15: Listening to Disney songs (and lip syncing to them like a pro’) while getting ready for the day.

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#16: Writing.

#17: Getting organised and up to date with all of my tasks, especially (the dreaded) freelancing paperwork.

#18: Having some quiet time to myself.

#19: Buying a present for my niece that is (suitably) fit for a princess!

#20: The freshness of the air after it has rained.

#21: Laughing with Stephen (aka the best medicine).

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#22: Movie night (The Lego Movie 3D) complete with popcorn.

#23: Managing to secure some additional work to make my whole freelancing situation more stable.

#24: Waking up early and having some time to myself before starting my shift.

#25: Falling asleep to the sound of the rain – so relaxing!

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#26: Successfully completing a packed (but productive) schedule.

#27: Finishing work and relaxing into the long weekend.

#28: An afternoon filled with ice cream and movies (namely The Aristocats).

#29: Soaking in the warmer weather during a shopping trip.

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#30: Driving amid a beautiful pink-hued sunset.

#31: A mother’s hug :)

Related links: January 2016 / February 2016 / March 2016 / April 2016

Please share your happiness highlights from the previous month below!

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May 2016 | Star Product Of The Month

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Maybelline NY Dream Satin Liquid Foundation (004 Light Porcelain)

Air-whipped liquid provides perfecting coverage for 100% poreless skin.
Full yet lightweight coverage, ideal for normal skin.
Satin perfect, luminous finish.
Oil-free, fragrance-free, tested under dermatological control.

I’ve tried countless liquid foundations from various brands over the years, but I haven’t had much luck with them. In between returning to a ‘safer’ option (with mixed results), I’ve persevered with liquid foundations, mainly because of other people wearing, talking and/or blogging about them.

And finally – for the first time ever – I’ve discovered a liquid foundation that works for me, and that’s enough to make it a ‘star product’ alone.

Maybelline’s Dream Satin Liquid Foundation in ‘Light Porcelain’ (004) is an ideal shade for my (very) pale skin, though it appears darker in the glass bottle; in natural light, this is a fairly pale foundation, without a trace of orange.

I use around 2-3 small pumps of foundation for the entire face, which is just the right amount considering that the foundation has a smooth and creamy consistency that blends effortlessly into the skin.

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Once applied, the foundation provides a very natural light coverage, which is perfect for summer. Alternatively, the product can be built up, without feeling heavy and/or cakey in texture — In fact; it feels extra lightweight on the skin, making it suitable for daily use.

As you can see from the photos (above), the foundation evens out the skin and conceals any skin imperfections or blemishes. The product offers a dewy finish for dry skin, but may require a touch of powder for combination-oily skin.

Overall, Maybelline’s Dream Satin Liquid Foundation is fantastic, certainly in terms of the price (£6 on offer) and the finished look. It is my current go-to foundation for everyday wear, and I will 100% repurchase.

What is your star product of the month?

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Film | 15 Things You Might Not Know About Beauty And The Beast (1991)

The teaser trailer for Disney’s live-action reimagining of Beauty and the Beast features a snow-sprinkled castle, a twinkling piano version of a very familiar theme, an enchanted red rose, and a brief glimpse of Emma Watson as Belle. However, with a total of 298 days until we can watch the re-telling of the beloved tale (as old as time) on the big screen, I’ve put together a list of 15 facts about the original animated classic to help to pass the time:

1. Walt Disney attempted to develop Beauty and the Beast into an animated feature during the 1930’s and then again in the 1950’s, but after finding it too difficult to adapt the story, the project was shelved until after the release (and subsequent success) of The Little Mermaid in 1989.

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2. Bambi’s mother makes a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance, drinking from the stream, in the opening shot of the film.
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3. Belle is the only character in the village that wears the colour blue, which is meant to symbolize how different she is from everyone else, until she later encounters the beast (another misfit), who is also fond of the primary colour.

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4. When Belle’s father, Maurice, finds himself lost in the woods towards the beginning of the film, one of the sign posts faintly reads: Valencia, Anaheim, and Burbank – which are all places of importance for the film’s animators, directors, and producers.

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5. Glen Keane, the supervising animator on the Beast, created a hybrid of several animals for the character’s appearance. He drew inspiration from the mane of a lion, head of a buffalo, brow of a gorilla, tusks of a wild boar, legs and tail of a wolf, and the body of a bear.
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6. The majority of the sculptures that are seen inside the castle are actually early concept versions of the Beast. Simply terrifying!

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7. The role of Cogsworth was originally written with John Cleese in mind, but Patrick Stewart was later selected to articulate the voice of reason. However, due to scheduling conflicts with Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), the actor was forced to decline the offer too, leaving David Ogden Stiers to take the part.

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8. Originally, the ‘Be Our Guest’ song was supposed to be performed for Maurice but the scene was rewritten as producers felt that the song was too good to waste on a secondary character.

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9. Julie Andrews was reportedly the first choice to voice Mrs. Potts, but Angela Lansbury ended up with the role. She recorded one take of the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ ballad and that single recording made it into the final film.

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10. In the beginning, Chip only had one line of dialogue, but the producers liked Bradley Pierce’s voice work so much that extra dialogue and scenes were scripted and storyboarded to expand the character’s part.

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11. The name of Gaston’s sidekick, LeFou, is pronounced in the same way as the French words meaning “the idiot”, “the fool”, or “the insane” – three (arguably) suitable descriptions.

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12. When Gaston is falling to his presumable death at the end of the film, tiny skulls flash in each of his eyes during a close-up of his face, serving to further confirm the character’s fate.
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13. Paige O’Hara, who provided the voice for Belle, sobbed REAL tears while recording the character’s mourning of the Beast, following his supposed death.

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14. The famous ballroom sequence between Belle and her Prince comprises of reused animation from the finale dance between Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip in Sleeping Beauty (1959). The sequence was reportedly reused because animators were running out of time during production.
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15. Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film to earn more than $100 million at the box office, making it the third highest-grossing film of 1991, behind Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

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What do you think of the Beauty and the Beast (2017) teaser trailer?

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Film | Lights, Camera, ACTION!

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Hi, I’m Adele.

Or perhaps you know me better as The Girl in Glasses, considering that I have been posting on this blog (under that alias) since September 10, 2014. With that in mind, I have recently decided to have a slight revamp and merge my secondary blog, which hasn’t made it out of the early stages of development, on to this site – under the Film tab.

Over the course of the next few weeks, you might see some archived posts pop up in your readers, while I’m moving the posts that I wish to preserve. I thought that I would begin with an introduction to the newly launched film section, in order to help any new (or even existing) readers get to know the girl behind the glasses a little better.

So, if you didn’t already know, I have always loved movies, and if I try to trace back to where this passion began I would probably cite my older brother (and only sibling) as quite a large influence. You see, since he is five years older than me, he often introduced me to films that were, perhaps undoubtedly, maturer than my years. Evidenced by the fact that one of my earliest memories is of time that he convinced me to watch Psycho (1960). Prior to watching Alfred Hitchcock’s beloved motion picture, my only knowledge of the film was that it featured a famous shower scene that appeared in countless film clip countdown shows, right around the time that I would be scurried to bed…

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Nope. I wasn’t feeling it.

My brother knowingly devised a reasonable compromise: After 20 minutes of watching the film, he promised to pause it and then if I didn’t want to continue, he would switch it off altogether. Trusting him, I decided to accept this deal, along with the reassurance that after the allotted time I would confirm my previous doubts and proceed to leave the home theatre screening. However, if you have seen the film then you will know that the opening chapters are very different from the middle and the conclusion, and by that point I was already hooked. So, when he paused the film, I turned to him in surprise and exclaimed: “What are you doing?!” 

It’s safe to say that I had completely forgotten about our arrangement and I desperately wanted to watch the remaining 89 minutes – and that was an early introduction to one of my favourite directors of all time.

As my eyes were opened to an eclectic set of genres, actors and directors, I eagerly awaited my first opportunity to study the subject academically. This occurred at age 14, whereby I chose Film Studies as one of my GCSE options. After thoroughly enjoying the course, I decided to take an even deeper study into the field at A-Level.

By this point, most of my peers progressed to higher education by making the transition into University, and since I had all of the required grades, I was also advised by tutors to follow the same route. On the other hand, I felt that there had been quite a large gap in my knowledge, since all of studies had been focused on theory, rather than production. Keen to absorb as much information as possible, I decided to pursue a National Diploma in Film, Television and Soundtrack Production at college, which actually turned out to be two of my favourite years in education.

I finally concluded my academia in University, graduating with a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree in Film and Media. After three years, I am now missing that forum to be able to discuss everything film-related, so I’m very much hoping to connect with fellow film enthusiasts here on my blog, while also writing reviews, sharing the latest news, and placing certain features under the microscope for a deeper analysis.

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And… CUT!

Please leave a comment to share your favourite film and/or the last film that you watched!

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Fashion | Summer Style, Trends & Tips*

With temperatures set to soar in the UK this weekend, it’s time to shed the layers upon layers of clothing and prep your closets with some of the season’s hottest fashion trends. I understand that ascending from a comfortable cocoon of dark colours, knits and scarves can be a daunting prospect, so I’ve created a series of fashion boards that will hopefully see you riding off into the sunset (while looking stylish all the same).

Each board represents a hot seasonal trend; some incorporating typical ‘go-to’ Summer pieces, with others presenting fresh style solutions – all suitable for the changing weather. Think simple and attainable looks that feature bold prints and vibrant colours, retro influences, and contemporary design.

Sound good? Well, go ahead and read on for inspirational wardrobe refreshers that will make this Summer your most fashionable yet.

 

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The boho fashion trend returns every Summer because it’s an incredibly versatile style that can be tweaked to your personal preferences and worn for a myriad of occasions, from festivals to BBQs to lush alfresco nights. It’s a look that consistently appears carefree, effortless and so delicately pretty.

The crop-top trend is wonderful for the Summer, but this particular cream lace crop top, with its neutral tones and dainty details, is truly enchanting. Simply pair with some high-waisted shorts to avoid exposing too much of the midriff, the featured denim shorts are also available in blue and black, but earthy colours are a key element of the boho chic look.

Tip: Focus on black, brown, cream, white, khaki and olive green as your colour palette.

Wearing a pair of ankle boots will help to elevate the boho look from street to chic; these western-style boots are a little something more than your standard choice, as they feature stylish studs and fashion-forward fringing.

Speaking of which, fringing is a trend that dates back to the 1970’s but manages to creep onto the catwalk year in, year out. Now combine the craze with a cape to bring an outfit together. The laser cut cape includes full-on fringing, a scalloped edge and simple cut-out detail to complete your transformation into the ultimate fashionista.

 

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If you can’t wear bright, bold colours in the Summer, when can you? Colour blocking is a runway trend that’s well-known in both the beauty and fashion industries. To achieve the look, outfits must simply revolve around a palette of two or more colours, usually in vibrant shades. Prints and patterns are typically avoided, as such designs would take away from the “blocked” visual.

Firstly, find a Summer dress with at least two bold colours, but if you’re feeling a little braver, then the featured stripe shift dress is the very definition of the colour blocking trend. This throwback style sleeveless dress, bursting with bright fluorescent colours, is an ideal statement piece for any Summer wardrobe.

Bonus: This type of dress is easy to travel with, rarely ever wrinkles and doesn’t need to be dry-cleaned.

Once you’re settled on your colour palette, select a few accessories to compliment the outfit. Whether you’re at the beach, poolside or on a day trip, summer hats are a chic accompaniment to any outfit. In-keeping with the trend though, Calson’s floppy hat is colour blocked with a straw brim for a fresh, modern look. Nothing evokes that sunshine feeling quite like sandals, but these slingback wedges help to perfectly coordinate the two accessories.

Tip: Avoid accessories that are embellished and detailed, colorblocking is all about stylish simplicity.

For a final pop of colour, add a single shade item of clothing, shirts and blouses are worth some consideration during this final step. Moschino’s cotton shirt has a hint of fifties allure to it, but is brought up to date with its tie-front.

 

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Alternatively, why not feel the power of the flower and buy into the beautiful bouquets trend? Even though floral patterns aren’t ground-breaking in the style stakes, they’ve certainly been resilient over the years. As well as being a signifier of the season, items of clothing with a flowery theme are turning out to be a real wardrobe investment.

By far one of the most popular and wearable trends is that of the maxi-dress, perhaps because it’s a simple way of transitioning from day to night, or in this case from the beach to the bar. In multi print, this dress is sleeveless and has a crossover front with a gathered waist to showcase your silhouette.

Bonus: Maxi dresses are not only comfortable to wear, but they work for practically every body type and are the perfect shifting (day/night) piece.

Flat sandals are universal pieces, being suitable for just about any combination and trend, but they’re also one of the best choices for maxi dresses. Emphasising the more  silver/greyish tones in the dress, these understated Lotus flat sandals makes them a versatile and worthy Summer investment.

The boldly patterned dress should be the focal point, so accessorise with simplistic and delicate jewellery pieces, such as a statement bracelet and/or a dainty pair of earrings. In-keeping with the nature-driven theme, the leaf hinge cuff bracelet and the glitter leaf earrings add some glitz and glam to the assemble.

Finally, inject a dose of drama into your evening look by adding a clutch bag. The opulent structured lace envelope clutch includes a very subtle design of floral and leaf patterns to tie everything together and complete the look.

Which of these summer trends is your favourite?

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April 2016 | Happiness Highlights

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#1: Finishing work, listening to music while packing for a weekend at Stephen’s.

#2: Taking a trip to the cinema to watch Zootropolis (2016) and exiting with THE biggest smile on my face.

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#3: Making plans and edging ever closer to booking our next family holiday.

#4: An unexpected, but welcome, email out of the blue.

#5: Stretching out on the sofa and relaxing in front of the television after a busy day.

#6: Waking up to a lovely text message from Stephen to mark our eighth anniversary.

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#7: A free day to clean, tidy and organise EVERYTHING!

#8: Listening to the rhythm of the falling rain against the window.

#9: Spending the evening watching Paper Towns (2015) with Stephen.

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“At some point, you gotta stop looking up at the sky, or one of these days you’ll look back down and see that you floated away, too.”

#10: Feeling inspired, leading to a burst of productivity.

#11: Spending some of my birthday vouchers (via Amazon) to purchase an array of new books and films.

#12: WE BOOKED OUR NEXT FAMILY VACATION TO FLORIDA!

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#13: My brother very kindly bought the Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) BD for me, since we have a lot of memories together from watching the franchise growing up.

#14: Staying up late to chat about Disney and start vacation planning!

#15: Enjoying the blue skies, sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures.

#16: Going for a long, peaceful walk and picking up some lunch with Stephen.

#17: Starting our day early and getting everything that we wanted done, then rewarding ourselves by watching Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) later in the evening.

#18: Having a tasty and healthy ham salad wrap for lunch.

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#19: Satisfaction guaranteed: Ticking off the ‘to-do’ list and tackling lots of small tasks in a matter of hours.

#20: Reading the next chapter of Paper Towns (John Green) before bed.

#21: Starting the weekend early and beginning our next TV show marathon (The X Files).

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#22: Taking a complete break from mobile phones, laptops and the internet. Remember to look up once in a while!

#23: Playing PS4 games late into the evening.

#24: Comfort on a plate: My mum’s home-cooked chicken roast dinner.

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#25: Catching up with emails and work-related tasks.

#26: Finding the time to write a blog post! (Thank you for sticking with me after my short break)

#27: Indulging in a spot of retail therapy with my mum.

#28: Taking some quiet time to read my book.

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#29: Packing my suitcase for an extended bank holiday weekend.

#30: Going out for the day, soaking in the sunshine and eating the most heavenly chocolate brownie (courtesy of Costa Coffee).

Related links: January 2016 / February 2016 / March 2016

What made you happy this month?

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April 2016 | Star Product Of The Month

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Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick (870 Tulip)

LIGHTWEIGHT, HIGH-DEFINITION COLOUR.
Unique wax-free gel formula delivers high definition color with a lightweight feel.
Vivid color in one smooth swipe.

I picked up a few Revlon Ultra HD lipsticks (£2.99 each) from T.K. Maxx a couple of months ago and, subsequently, I’ve discovered some new favourites. For the purpose of this month’s star product though, I’ve chosen (870) Tulip because it’s the perfect shade for Spring, transitioning into Summer.

I love wearing coral shades throughout these seasons – whether that’s lipstick, nail polish or even clothing – but I own quite a number of bright and bold corals, so Revlon’s Ultra HD lipstick made for a refreshing change, since it is a very light peachy coral that can be built on for added colour.

The lipstick glides on easily and has a mild sweet scent with a slightly glossy finish once applied. It’s described as a ‘wax-free gel’ on the Revlon website, so that must be the reason that it feels so smooth, creamy and moisturising on the lips.

Personally, I prefer fresh and subtle makeup looks during Spring but it’s worth considering that, given the product’s consistency and texture, the lipstick lasts around 2 hours before it starts fading, but it tones down evenly to leave a very light stain on the lips.

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You might recall that I was a fan of Emma Stone’s Oscars 2015 red carpet look and shortly after I found out that she wore Revlon’s Ultra HD Lipstick (870 Tulip) at the event, which became another factor behind my purchase.

Summary of PRO’s:

  • Beautiful peachy coral shade, ideal for the current season.
  • Creamy and moisturising, helping lips to feel soft and hydrated throughout the day.
  • Good pigmentation that can be built upon (as required).
  • Sweet, but subtle, scent.

Please leave links to your April favourites posts below!

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Beauty | What’s In My Makeup Bag

Make-Up Header.jpgIn all of my time blogging, I can’t believe that I’ve never done a “What’s In My Makeup Bag” post. My everyday makeup bag (featured in the photo above) is filled with those products that I consider to be the ‘essentials’, since I use them (pretty much) on a daily basis. The only cosmetics that aren’t included are eyeshadows and lipsticks as I always select whether to apply those and which shades to wear based on my outfit choice.

1 – Om She Aromatherapy Powder Brush

This brush is perfect for all-over blending; it sets my make-up while providing a natural (but flawless) finished look. It’s a very soft, fluffy brush that gives good coverage with minimal effort and no fall out.

2 – Sleek ‘Cheeks’ Blusher Brush

This brush is quite slim and slightly tapered to evenly dispel a good amount of blush over apples of your cheeks. The bristles are soft and they don’t shed while providing a balanced but lightweight application.

3 – Rimmel Wake Me Up Anti-Fatigue Effect + Radiant Glow Concealer (010 Ivory)

This is the ideal shade of concealer for my skin tone and the formula is light and creamy, which blends helps the product to blend out smoothly. It provides sufficient coverage for under eye circles or any troublesome areas and it instantly brightens up your face – truly living up to its “Wake Me Up” title.

4 – Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation (4 Light Porcelain)

If you’re pale skinned (like me) and have trouble finding a suitable foundation then this might be worth trying. The shade of the foundation is fair and light and the consistency is light and hydrating, but also creamy and smooth. Once applied, it gives a light to medium coverage, which is easily buildable too (depending on your personal preferences).

5 – L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder (Beige Rose)

I use this powder to set my foundation, the super silky formula blends really easily and provides smooth all-over coverage while combatting any unwanted oil and/or shine on the face. For me, one application in the morning is enough but it’s a small compact to carry around in case you need a top up throughout the day.

6 – The Little Mermaid Mirror

I always like to keep a small mirror in my makeup bag so that I can make any necessary touch up’s to my face throughout the day.

7 – Blending Sponge

I received this blending tool as part of a ‘goody bag’ offered by Swarovski after making a purchase in one of their stores and I haven’t stopped using it ever since then. The cone-shaped sponge provides a flawless application for any base product, including primer, foundation and concealer. The overall look is natural and dewy with ample coverage.

8 – Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit (C01 Ultra Fair)

This palette contains a matte bronzer, shimmery highlighter and pearlescent blusher, which allows you to sculpt and contour your face in three quick and easy steps. The powders compliment each other beautifully and blend well together, so you can keep the overall look very sheer or build it up, depending on what type of brush you use to apply the product. It creates the maximum effect with minimum effort!

9 – Clinique Long Last Soft Shine Lipstick (Perfect Beige)

I always like to keep this lipstick in my handbag for those occasions that I decide against wearing a bold lip colour and/or forget to pick up a different shade on my way out of the door. This is a pale, sandy fawn colour that lasts well but is also creamy, soft and moisturising to keep your lips hydrated throughout the day.

10 – Collection Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner (Black 1)

Collection’s eyeliner is easy to control and the liquid itself is highly pigmented, which means that it lasts all day without the need of another application. Bonus: It’s amazingly affordable too!

11 – Rimmel Wake Me Up Wonder’Full Mascara (Black 001 – With Vitamins & Cucumber)

This mascara promises a conditioning and hydrating formula, which lengthens and lifts lashes while providing a cooling sensation, as a result of the super special ingredient: cucumber extract. The Wake Me Up precision brush is shaped to fit the lash line, meaning that all of the lashes are covered in just one sweep.

12 – Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara (Medium Brown)

This mascara has a round-tipped wand, which makes it easy to apply and distribute the product gently and evenly through the eyebrows to sculpt them into shape.

13 – Beauty Muse Eyeshadow Brush

I discovered that the Beauty Muse brushes are meant to be (as close to) a dupe for the Real Techniques Bold Metals collection but for a more affordable price and I’ve been very impressed with the quality of the range. This particular brush is quite small and flat, which helps you to really get into the creases and blend shadows effortlessly.

What are your everyday makeup essentials?

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March 2016 | Happiness Highlights

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Since we are fast approaching the end of another month, I thought that I would find some time to share my happiness highlights from March. You know what they say, better late than never!

#1: To welcome in the start of a new month I created a week long ‘to-do’ list with multiple tasks to complete each day. Day one proved to be a success with everything being ticked off.

#2: I had a very early start this morning but when I opened my blinds it was snowing! A beautiful start to an otherwise ordinary Wednesday.

#3: I officially passed over my first month working with Screen Rant! Click the image below to read through my articles and catch up on the latest movie/TV related news.

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#4: Finishing work and having a takeaway as a treat to start the weekend.

#5: Going out for the day, walking along the pier to the beach and later enjoying a meal with Stephen at Pizza Hut.

#6: Celebrating Mother’s Day and knowing that my mum appreciated her handmade card but not nearly as much as I appreciate her.

#7: Gently breaking into Monday morning (and the start of the week) with a cup of tea while browsing the internet. 

#8: International Women’s Day – Feeling empowered while reading about influential women and witnessing all of the support and positivity being exchanged within the community.

#9: Inspirational woman and costume designer Janie Bryant favourited and thanked me for my tweet about her.

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#10: The smell of freshly baked cakes throughout the house.

#11: Finishing work and relaxing with Stephen!

#12: We purchased a second PS4 controller and subsequently had fun playing an assortment of games (namely Lego Jurassic World) for most of the evening.

#13: A perfect Sunday: Cuddling and an afternoon nap!

#14: Taking some time out from our usual schedules to enjoy some bird-chirping weather.

#15: Managing to establish a better sleeping pattern and routine to take full advantage of my days.

#16: Having complete support from my family, always.

#17: Passing my trial period and levelling up with Screen Rant!

#18: Officially registering as self-employed and hiring an accountant.

#19: Celebrating Delly Day – This is an annual ‘occasion’ created by Stephen❤

#20: Snuggling on the sofa watching movies.

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#21: The first signs of Spring!

#22: Having an early night, getting into my PJ’s and relaxing in my bed, complete with fresh sheets.

#23: Feeling very fortunate to be on the receiving end of some exciting job opportunities.

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#24: A shopping day in Liverpool, concluded with a coke float and dinner in Ed’s Easy Diner.

#25: Completing an early shift to then start a long weekend for Easter.

#26: Spending some quality time with the whole family, which included plenty of laughs and cuddles with my niece.

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#27: Happy Easter! Today we had a family movie day, comprising of: The Good Dinosaur 3D (2015), The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and Alice in Wonderland 3D (2010).

#28: Watching the shocking season finale of Twin Peaks as we reach the end of another unforgettable TV show marathon.

#29: One of my favourite actors, Kyle MacLachlan, liked my Tweet!

#30: My parents very kindly surprised us with some additional Easter goodies.

#31: Reaching another milestone and publishing my 250th news article with Yahoo Celebrity.

Related links: January 2016 / February 2016

What made you happy last month?

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