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An 80's Playlist

Saturday, 11 November 2017
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Hi, I'm Amanda, and if you're new here, I'm a rather big fan of the 80's era. The fashion (without the ghastly shoulder pads), the make-up, the music - I think it's awesome. Today I thought I'd share with you lovely lot a nice big 80's playlist with some of my favourite singles on it. I hope you like it!

  1. Girls on Film - Duran Duran
  2. Like a Prayer - Madonna
  3. Africa - Toto
  4. Vienna - Ultravox
  5. Down Under - Men at Work
  6. Ashes to Ashes - David Bowie
  7. Can You Feel It - The Jackson 5
  8. Crazy for You - Madonna
  9. Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
  10. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
  11. In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
  12. Out of Touch - Hall & Oates
  13. Poison - Alice Cooper
  14. Bad - Michael Jackson
  15. True - Spandau Ballet
  16. White Wedding - Billy Idol
  17. Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
  18. Take On Me - A-Ha
  19. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) - Dead or Alive
  20. Kids in America - Kim Wilde
  21. It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
  22. Don't You Want Me - The Human League
  23. Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
  24. Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
  25. Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson
  26. Club Tropicana - Wham!
  27. Papa Don't Preach - Madonna
  28. Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  29. We Built This City - Starship
  30. I Can't Go For That - Hall & Oates
  31. Holding Out for a Hero - Bonnie Tyler
  32. The Final Countdown - Europe
  33. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
  34. It's My Life - Talk Talk
  35. You're the Voice - John Farham
  36. Beat It - Michael Jackson
  37. Fade to Grey - Visage
  38. No More Heroes - The Strangles
  39. Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
  40. I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
  41. We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel
  42. Walk This Way feat Aerosmith - Run D.M.C 
  43. All Out of Love - Air Supply
  44. I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
  45. Let's Dance - David Bowie
  46. Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
  47. Gold - Spandau Ballet
  48. Under Pressure - David Bowie & Queen
  49. Back in Black - AC/DC 
  50. Prince Charming - Adam and The Ants
  51. Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi
  52. With or Without You - U2
  53. Live to Tell - Madonna
  54. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N Roses
  55. Atomic - Blondie
  56. Every Breath You Take - The Police
  57. I Love Rock N Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  58. Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
  59. Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield 
  60. Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams
What songs do you think are missing from this playlist? I'm pretty sure I've missed a few vital ones, to be honest! I'd add most of MJ's from the 80s as I grew up listening to a lot of those tracks but I just didn't want to clog up the playlist with all of them. I hope you enjoy the playlist!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream: Toronto

Wednesday, 8 November 2017
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I am constantly on the hunt for grey liquid lipsticks. Not only are they rare to come by in a true grey shade (it's always greyish blue or purple), but they're also hard to find in a formula I like. It always seem to be the formulas I find drying and uncomfortable that produce some beaut shades.

I talk about it all the time, but the Stone Fox NYX Liquid Suede is by far one of my favourite lip colours of all time, but I can't get on board with the formula. It doesn't set, it smudges on my face and teeth, and it transfers onto everything I touch with my lips - so I'm always after a good, matte-setting liquid lip.

Enter the NYX Christmas sets that recently hit Boots. Overwhelmed as I was by all the exciting choices, I was quick to spot the box set called 'Toronto', which included 4 eyeshadow colours, 1 blush, 1 highlight and 1 Soft Matte Lip Cream in a new and exclusive shade. Toronto is a stunning blue-grey colour in the cult-favourite Soft Matte Lip Cream formula. It's comfortable, easy to wear and has a delightful, light vanilla scent. It's not quite the match of Stone Fox - its tone is slightly different, more blue-grey than the unique green-grey of the Liquid Suede, but it's gorgeous in its own right, and is a stunning and unique colour to be found in the drugstore. 

This colour is surprisingly opaque - I always worry with the SMLC shades that their moussey formula will lead to them not being as pigmented, as there have been similar formulas in the past that have been streaky and patchy. This wears better than the lighter SMLC shades, like Rome, and tends to wear away in the centre of the lips, leaving the rest relatively intact - although I wasn't eating oily foods while wear-testing this! If you wanted to increase longevity, it may be an idea to pick up the Stone Fox lip pencil and pair it with this shade - they're quite similar in colour so the pencil works well in partnership with Toronto.

The downside? I'm guessing this will be a limited edition colour, so you best be snapping it up quick if you want it. It comes in at £15 for the box set of face and eye colours with the liquid lipstick. I can only hope that NYX decide to make this a permanent shade in their core range.

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L-R: Stone Fox lip liner / Toronto / Stone Fox Liquid Suede

Have you tried Toronto or any of the other NYX Christmas exclusives? I'd love to know if you have any grey lip recommendations, so make sure to pop them below in the comments!

7 Instagram Theme Ideas

Saturday, 4 November 2017
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I know that Instagram themes aren't for everybody, and I know that nowadays, with the ridiculous Instagram algorithm, people are concerned less about their theme and more about being personal and having fun with their feed. And I'm all for that - but for me, a fun IG comes in the form of having plenty of backup photos in my Dropbox ready to go and post whenever I need them.

If you want to read more on why I like to have an Insta theme, you can check out this post. But today I wanted to share with you some ideas for creating your own theme.
  1. Rainbow theme/colour blocking: think the Kat Von D Beauty page.
  2. Subtle colour shots/colour coordination: currently the theme I'm enjoying, where a main piece in the photo is one colour and I continue to use this colour for the next two shots, too.
  3. Pastels: pretty self-explanatory, but a lot of beauty bloggers make this look amazing!
  4. Grunge: generally involves heavy, distorted filters as well as photos of fishnet tights, lipstick smudges and cigarettes. A pretty cool theme but a little too reminiscent of my past for me. This one is nice because it's a lot more freeing as you can pretty much post anything as long as it's dark, dingy and uses the same filter for every photo.
  5. Black and white: Again, pretty self-explanatory. You could post all your photos in black and white; edit your photos so that there is one part colour; or even post using only black and white items.
  6. Flatlays only: this is a theme a lot of beauty and style bloggers go to. There are tons of accounts showcasing the best flatlays on Instagram!
  7. Selfys only: if make-up's your thing, share all your creative and daily beauty looks! These are some of my favourite accounts to follow.

If you need more inspo, there are plenty of options if you just google 'Instagram themes'. That's a wrap for this post though - let me know if this was of any help to you, and remember to check out the remainder of the 'blogging' category for more tips and how-to's! 

The Make-Up Mix: October

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

October was the month of new make-up. In particular, it was a month of being overwhelmed by the choices in Boots for Christmas gift sets, and it was the month of new lip products. From MUA's Halloween metallic liquid lipsticks, to my first look at the brand Mermaid Salon, to exclusive SMLC shades from NYX - I've got a ton of lip products to try over the next few months. Not only this, but with TK Maxx beginning to stock Topshop beauty, I bought myself about 9 new highlighters! So it's safe to say I've been spending like mad on beauty products, but my collection is perfect right now and I'm happy with my latest purchases. With all the new exciting bits and pieces in my collection, it seemed like the perfect time to do a round-up of some of my recent favourite beauty buys.

MOTHER OF PEARL | CHAMELEON HIGHLIGHTER, TOPSHOP

The range of Chameleon products in Topshop's make-up collection is SO beautiful! I'm now the proud owner of all the highlights, and I'm on a mission to get the last few 'glow' eyeshadow-like products. This shade of highlighter is phenomenal, but my camera can't pick it up so it's worth swatching in store. These highlights are chunky in texture, so they may not be for you if you want that subtle glow. I personally adore these, with Mother of Pearl being my favourite. It's a beautiful golden shade with a pink/red shift and sort of basically looks like a sunset for your skin. I've never seen anything like it and it doubles as a beautiful eyeshadow too.

TORONTO | SOFT MATTE LIP CREAM, NYX

My latest lip obsession comes in the form of NYX's limited edition Toronto Soft Matte Lip Cream, which comes part as one of the Christmas sets with an eyeshadow quad, highlight and blush, all in one box. You may know I'm obsessed with Stone Fox, and whilst this isn't exactly Stone Fox, it is very similar, but in the comfortable and enjoyable formula of NYX's cult-classic SMLC. It's a tad sheer in places so I use this in conjunction with the lip pencil for Stone Fox and it looks fantastic. NYX, please make this an additional shade to the core SMLC line-up - grey liquid lips in a good formula are so hard to come by! I'll be talking about this shade - with swatches etc. - a little bit further on in the month, so stay tuned!

BURNING EMBERS | EYESHADOW PALETTE, MUA

Although I own a fair few neutral eye palettes, I found myself a few months back only reaching for the Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette, and while I do enjoy it, I found myself quite limited in what looks I could create from it. Cue my newfound passion to buy a new neutral eye palette that I really needed in my life - and enter this absolute gem. For £8 you get 25 beautiful, pigmented, easy to work with eye colours that are also quite generous in pan-size. I do find that some of the more metallic shades are best used with fingers rather than brushes (much like the likes of the BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes palette series), but that's something I can live with. There's a huge range of warm tones, varying from pinks, to deeper browns and plums, to taupes, peaches and creams - every neutral eye look you could ever think of can be created using this eye palette. It's one that I meant to purchase months ago and I only wish that I'd bought it sooner.

WAX + WANE | CHAMELEON GLOW, TOPSHOP

This little beauty is seriously underrated in the blogging world. I've seen next to nothing about Topshop's Chameleon line-up of beauty products, and I don't know why. Not only are the highlights stunning, metallic goodness, but these 'glow' eyeshadow products have a stunning 3 dimensional shift to them. Wax + Wane is the only one I own so far of the three shades available, but I use it pretty much every time I'm wearing a neutral eye look. It looks like a deep reddish brown colour but it doesn't have a huge amount of pigmentation as its sole purpose seems to be to act as a topper for eye and lip looks alike, utilising the blue shimmery shift throughout. It's a versatile product that just adds a pop of 'holy crap' to your make-up look because it looks amazing. Check out this photo on my Insta for a glimpse at how pretty it is.

SPIRIT LAKE | LIQUID LIPSTICK, MERMAID SALON

I'd never heard of Australian-based brand Mermaid Salon until the gorgeous Emilina held a giveaway over on her Twitter that I was lucky enough to win! I got this beautiful green-coloured liquid lipstick called Spirit Lake, and right away when I received it, I thought of how much it reminded me of Colourpop in terms of its packaging. The formula is quick drying and matte, but the colour is absolutely divine and unlike anything else I own. Like many good liquid lipsticks, I don't find this overly drying or uncomfortable, and find it wears away in the centre but tends to leave the outer edges still with colour on after eating. Mermaid Salon are a cruelty-free brand and boast some seriously stunning colours in their line of liquid lipsticks, including a gorgeous grey shade, so expect to see me talk a bit more about them sometime in the future.

MOHAWK | BRONZER, TOPSHOP

The only product I've been using to contour/bronze with lately is this beautiful, pigmented, matte formula bronzer by Topshop. It's a not-too-orange, not-too-ashy kind of shade that works quite well with my skin tone. It does lean more towards being a warm tone, but I think I can pull it off. It doesn't take much to gather pigment on my brush, so I find myself tapping a lot off and trying to build it up slowly rather than slather on too much at once. It's an easy product to work with and I just haven't felt like using anything else since I purchased it.

What have your beauty favourites been this past month?