My New Ray Ban Glasses

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This post was meant to be done last week but sadly I never got around to it. To be honest I’m glad I’m not writing it until now as I’ve had my glasses just over a week and I can write about them properly!

I got my eyes tested at the start of the year after almost three years of going without a test. That’s a very long time to go without one and although my old glasses were working for me, I did find myself squinting a lot at little things, which is never good. If anything it can make your eyes worse than they already are… Especially mine which aren’t exactly good anyway.

I was lucky enough to get a free eye test from Boots due to where I work which was handy! The staff were great there and very thorough and precise before, during and after the eye test. BUT the prices for frames and lenses was a complete joke. I had said I wanted a designer pair for ages, even though I was happy with my old frames. I wear glasses all the time so I always make sure to get a good pair that will keep me looking good. πŸ˜›

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The one designer I had in mind was Ray Ban. I have a pair of Ray Ban wayfarer sunglasses which I love (although I now need to get new lenses in those as well…) and I’ve previously owned a pair of Ray Ban glasses so I knew I wanted another pair.

Boots of course do Ray Ban glasses but they are fucking expensive, and I MEAN expensive. Β£250 for a pair of frames? Erm no thank you. Not only do they charge a fortune for the frames, but they also charge a bomb for the lenses too! As I have a strong prescription I’m always advised to have the lenses thinned so that they fit the thick frames I wear. The lowest price that they wanted to thin my lenses was Β£60. So altogether it would have worked out to Β£310. Erm nope.

SO as I had my prescription I decided to look online to see if I could pick up any Ray Ban glasses cheaper than what Boots was going to charge me for them.

It took a month for me to decide what to do when I finally ordered my glasses. Jeez who would think that eh?

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After lots of research I discovered Glasses Direct, a UK company who specialise in their own brand of frames as well as their “boutique” designer collection. I of course opted for the boutique collection.

They have all sorts of designer brands to chose from, but of course I opted for Ray Ban. I have always wanted a pair of wayfarer style glasses from them and now I finally have them and they are perfect!

The price of my frames were extremely affordable at Β£98 and although that may sound like a lot to some people, to me considering Boots and Specsavers (just to name a few…) do their own brand frames for the same price if not more. So to me these were a bargain!

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They’re in a wayfarer style and come in all sorts of colours. I opted for tortoiseshell as I find this colour frame suits my hair and eye colour the best. Yes I am that into what glasses I buy and wear that I look into these things. πŸ˜›

The other colours these come in are black, brown (although currently sold out), black and white, grey and brown fade.

Here is the Glasses Direct description of my frames:

With a slightly slimmer frame, Ray-Ban’s iconic Wayfarer gets a fresh lick of paint and attitude. Tone down the bad boy image with a bicycle or rev it up with a motorbike, the choice is yours…

Something that Glasses Direct do with their own frames is a home trail, where they send out four pairs that you would like to try on to see which one(s) you think suit you and would like to buy. Sadly they don’t do this with the boutique pairs as they would cost too much to do if people didn’t return them. Which is a shame to be honest. They do however do a virtual try-on which you can do on a laptop or desktop if you have a webcam… But who doesn’t have a webcam these days?!

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What I did to make sure the frames were the right shape for my face was to check the size of my old frames alongside the Ray Ban ones. This is fairly simple to do. If you take off your glasses and look on the left arm you’ll see a set of numbers such as 53, 17 and 140. When looking at frames on the Glasses Direct website they’ll have this on the frame information so you can compare. This is what I did for my Ray Ban frames. As far as I know only plastic style frames have these numbers. I just checked Dane’s frames which are metal and he didn’t have it… So I don’t know for other types of frames sadly.

Sorting out the frames is the easy side to ordering glasses online, it’s the lenses that can be tricky. Saying this though, Glasses Direct made it really easy, although it can be daunting at first. All you need is your prescription handy and even if you aren’t 100% sure how you should input it into the website then you can always disclose that you’ll send it later, take a picture of it and then email it later. Glasses Direct even tell you how to email it to them which is great! I did input all the information in myself but I worried it might be wrong and ended up emailing it over anyway, which was fine. All I needed was the picture.

When ordering your lenses you get asked about your vision, lenses, tints and of course prescription. These are all easy to fill out!

There are three options for the lenses being silver, gold and platinum and the price increases and what you get on each package. I opted for the platinum as it had the maximum thinness and it was just the best priced too at just Β£59.00. Well worth it considering Boots wanted Β£60 for just the minimum thinning.

Then after that you pop in your prescription or disclose you send it over email and you’re all done! I paid on PayPal and as I have mine set up to pay 2 weeks from the order date I didn’t have to pay for my frames straightaway. Of course you don’t have to pay via PayPal and if you do you don’t have to wait 2 weeks for payment to go out. I just prefer using PayPal myself to be honest.

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My first pair of glasses arrived damaged which was really annoying. On the front of the frame by the lens you could see where they had put the lens in as it had scratched all of the frame (as you can see in the above image). Now I know it isn’t THAT obvious BUT it was obvious enough for me to notice it straightaway and for how much I paid for the frames it was frustrating as hell! I ended up sending the glasses back and needed to wait nearly 2 weeks to get my current pair in the post. I made a complaint about this as I wasn’t offered any compensation, obviously until I wrote an angry email. I was given Β£10 as an apology. To be honest in my mind this still wasn’t good enough but I couldn’t be arsed to argue anymore.

That was my only real issue with Glasses Direct to be honest. Considering I paid over Β£140 for these I expected them to arrive perfect the first time, not the second after making a complaint. I was very tempted to just ask for my money back, but alas I never and I love my glasses so damn much!

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When the second pair arrived I was very pleased with how they looked and looking back on the first time they arrived they were packaged really well too. They came in a box inside that was another box (haha :P) and inside that of course were my glasses. The Ray Ban case they came in is sturdy and is now home to my old glasses.

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Something you WILL have to do with any glasses from Glasses Direct is adjust them yourself. Well you could probably be cheeky and pop into an opticians and ask if they can help you, but it’s pretty easy to do yourself. All you’ll need is a hairdryer. With mine I warmed up the arms and just bent them to fit on my head properly. I did pop into an opticians to see if they looked okay and they said yes. Woop! There’s a guide on the Glasses Direct website of how to adjust both plastic and metal frames.

One thing that really bugs me about these glasses is how awkward the lenses are to clean. I clean mine everyday with a glasses cleaning wipe and they never seem to be clean. Even when I go over it with a tissue or a my t-shirt they seem smeared. I don’t know if this is due to them being new or what, but I never had a problem with my old glasses. Dane is also having the same issue with his glasses, his are from Boots though. I know I’ve winged about Boots quite a bit on this post, but his glasses are lovely. πŸ˜›

It has taken well over a week for my eyes to adapt to the new lenses due to how strong they are in comparison to my old lenses, but now I’m used to them it’s amazing! I just love how they look on my face and as daft as it may sound they make me feel so confident, especially when I wear my signature side braid.

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Of course I’ve taken loads of pictures of me wearing these and I can’t help but scatter them throughout this post. The one above is my favourite of the bunch. ^_^

One of the things that I loved about Glasses Direct the most was how many amazing offers they do! They have vouchers for their own brands such as 2 for 1, 50% off, etc. They also recently introduced 2 for 1 on boutique frames which is annoying to be honest, until I discovered the offer isn’t actually valid on Ray Ban glasses… So I’m not as annoyed about it now. This being said I had a voucher that got me 15% off of my glasses, which was great as although it doesn’t sound like much it did get me a lot off of my glasses.

Another thing I loved about Glasses Direct was how easy it was to contact customer service about anything. I had to contact them quite a few times with my glasses order. The first time to make sure my prescription could go into the frames I wanted and then the other times was due to the damaged glasses.

Has this put me off ordering with them again? Not really no, but it has made me wary for the future. I of course suggest that if you order from them that you check the glasses all over for any damage. At the end of the day you’re paying a lot of money for something that should be perfect on arrival. Not sent damaged because someone clearly couldn’t be arsed to redo the job they bodged up.

I know that sounds very harsh, but it’s true and of course when I raised the issue with Glasses Direct they were honest about it, which was great! They could have easily said, “How do we know you didn’t do that?!” I was really happy about how they dealt with it, although they could have offered me compensation in the first place instead of me pretty much asking for it…

Either way I love my Ray Ban’s so damn much and I couldn’t be happier with them! I just can’t wait to update my sunglasses prescription now ready for when summer comes… If it comes… πŸ˜›

If you think you’ll be ordering some glasses from Glasses Direct in the future then please feel free to use this Β£30 discount code before you order! You may as well save yourself some money. πŸ˜›

What do you think about my new glasses? Do you think you’ll use Glasses Direct in the future? Make sure to let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!

Until next time take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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February Favourites ’17

I’m not going to lie not only am I glad to see the back of February due to how incredibly shit it was, but I also struggled with my February favourites post this year. I couldn’t think of many products when I was planning this post a week ago but luckily as I sat down to write it, can of cider in hand (oh God…) I’ve seemingly remembered some stuff I have indeed loved this month. YAY!

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  • Imperial Leather Foamy Banana Shower Cream.

I LOVE this shower cream so much, so much so I have the bubble bath to go with it. I loved foamy banana sweets as a kid and I always remember my mom buying me some whenever we went into our local Woolworths… Oh good ol’ Woolworths eh? This shower cream smells just like them which makes me so happy! I just love the smell of bananas in general and sadly due to an allergy to them I can’t eat them. So things like this make me happier than they should. ANYWAY! Not only does this smell great but it leaves my skin feeling lovely and clean and smelling great. It also perks me up in the mornings if I need to be up at the crack of dawn for work. It’s a bargain at a Β£1 a bottle so if you fancy giving it a go you know you won’t break the bank buying one on a food shop.

  • Reece’s Lip Balm.

I don’t know why but throughout February my lips have been covered in cold sores and blisters and been so damn sore and uncomfortable! I haven’t been able to wear any lipstick which sucked to be honest. But even when using Blistex products nothing was getting rid of the cold sores. I eventually bought a cold sore cream from Boots which helped but THEN another nasty massive cold sore appeared. FUCK! I didn’t know what it could be but when I started using this lip balm during work the cold sores just seemed to heal quicker. So not only was I comfortable, but my lips smelt and tasted amazing too! It just makes me laugh.

  • Bath and Body Works Black Cherry Merlot PocketBac Hand Sanitizer.

This is on of the other Bath and Body Works items that my friend Sophi brought me back from America and it’s definitely my favourite item she brought me back! I have wanted to try this scent since it came out a couple of years ago but as of yet I haven’t been able to and oh my it has been worth the wait! It is such a warm and yummy smell, just like black cherries and reminds me of a black forest gateau. I’ll be sad when this runs out. I’m currently not going to pause writing this post to go look for more on eBay… Oh dear… πŸ˜›

  • Moisturising Foot Socks.

I only have one of these to show off at the moment but at one point I had at least five of these lying around to use. You can pick these up pretty cheap from Body Care for a Β£1 each and you can pick up all sorts of types. Argan oil, tea tree, coconut, etc. I bought my mom loads of these and decided to get some for myself too. You pop your feet into them for 15-20 minutes and when you take them out your feet will feel soft and smooth. I keep my feet in them for at least an hour to make sure they’re as soft as they can possibly be. As someone who is on their feet constantly due to work these are a lovely treat once a week after a hot bath.

  • Bath and Body Works Body Creams in Lavender & Honey and Cherry Blossom.

My friend Sophi went to America in November last year and she was lovely enough to bring me back some goodies from Bath and Body Works, including these body creams as well as a hand sanitizer I’m mentioning in this months favourites too. I’ve been using this as a hand cream instead of for my body and it finds it works really well and keeps my hands moisturised for a long time, although not as long as I would have hoped or wished. They both smell lovely, but my favourite of the two is the Lavender & Honey scent. It’s so refreshing yet comforting to smell. Can’t go wrong!

So now my beauty favourites are done, time to talk about the miscellaneous favourites of the month!

Favourite TV Show – The Last Leg

I know this show has been out for years but I only recently discovered it on YouTube through clips, the one added above caused me to cry with laughter. The show is just hilarious, witty and currently just rips the shit out of Donald Trump, which is always funny. πŸ˜› I just love it and if you haven’t watched it before definitely give it a go! I’ve only watched series 1 and I’m currently up to date with series 10. I need to try and find the other series to watch online!

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Another Favourite TV Show – Sex and The City

Sadly I don’t have a favourite film for this month so I decided to talk about another favourite TV show. I mentioned in a post recently about how I was watching Sex and The City again and I’m about a handful of episodes away from finishing the show for God knows how many times now. I re-watch the show at least once a year and every time I do I’m reminded of how much I love all the characters but how pissed off I get at the all too… Apart from Sam. πŸ˜› Dane is watching it with me for the first time which has made me so happy! He’s actually really enjoyed it too which is nice. I’m going to put the films on for us at some point for us to watch.

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Favourite Book – Your Lie in April

I know I mentioned this last month on my favourites but I would be lying if I said I was reading anything else other than this… Which I actually finished a few days ago. I haven’t been able to get enough of each volume and during my breaks at work I’ve read a whole book! I’m not even joking. So in a week I got 5 volumes read… Well I don’t know what to say about this manga other than I love it so damn much and it has fast turned into one of my favourite manga and anime series. I can’t really say much about it without ruining it but it’s a very sad story to be honest but with a positive ending which makes you think. I cried to be honest at the end. πŸ˜› I wish it could have lasted a little longer but I’m glad with the way it finished.

Favourite Song – Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive

I discovered this song at the start of the year through a beauty guru on Instagram. She said what the song was in the posts description so I went to search for it on YouTube and here we are. It’s been out for nearly two years now and only now have I heard it! WHAT!? I do tell everyone how I don’t listen to chart music… This is evidence of that! It’s a catchy song which is very chilled sounding and reminds me of something from the 80’s. I love it so much and it’s always something I listen to whilst getting ready to go out and even when doing blog related work. πŸ˜›

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Favourite Game – Pokemon Moon

Β This game came out towards the end of 2016 and during February I actually picked it up and played it constantly! I hardly played it when it came out due to being busy with work, getting ready for Christmas and being an adult. πŸ˜› BUT when I had time in February I picked it up every day when I got the chance. I haven’t finished it yet and I haven’t picked it up for about a week now… But I will… I will…

So those were my favourites for February! It was a long but at the same time quick month and I am so pleased it is done and dusted. I won’t state why but it was shit… Really shit… Stuff still is shit but it’ll get better. Well I hope anyway. πŸ˜›

What were your favourite things throughout February? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time take care all and here’s to a new month… and hopefully some better weather. πŸ˜›

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Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Paints and Lip Kit – Reviews

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To date although I have reviewed many liquid lipsticks (which you can check out here) I haven’t yet reviewed one which is from the high street. They’re usually by indie or high end brands. So this definitely makes a change and I was pleasantly surprised by these beauties.

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A few weeks ago I ventured into Boots to pick up one of the new Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit’s after hearing about them on their Instagram page. I swatched all three shades to see what they were like and ended up falling in love with the one shade, Runway. The lip kits come in three limited edition shades including Runway, Pose and Go To.

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Runway liquid lipstick

Runway, the shade that I opted for is a gorgeous dusky rose pink colour and is a lovely alternative to a nude pink shade. I’m a massive fan of my darker shades so this is a lovely shade to opt down to if I don’t want anything dark, but nothing too light either. It’s a shade I can see me wearing more during the warmer months due to it being a warm shade.

The lip kits are like the Kylie ones where you get a liquid lipstick and a lip liner and I have to say it is such a shame these are only limited edition!

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Runway lip liner

The lip liner for Runway is beautiful and creamy for a pencil but this being said I think Barry M do the best lip liners out there. This matches the colour of Runway perfectly and is one I’ll be using with other lipsticks, both normal and liquid. It glides on easily with no dragging and is comfortable to wear on its own without the liquid lip liner.

Before I talk more about the formula I also want to talk about two more shades from the permanent range of the Matte Me Up range. There are five shades to choose from, Paparazzi, On The Scene, Minimalist, Pop Up and Embellish. I picked up the latter two.

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Pop Up is a dark pink/red shade which reminds me of cherries. It is a lovely alternative to a hot pink or even a vintage red shade. This will look great all year around.

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Embellish is a purple shade and one that isn’t too dark, nor too light which I really like. I’ve never owned a purple shade that sits in between which makes a nice change. It reminds me of the Yankee Candle Vineyard grape due to the shade. I wore it yesterday and I definitely turned heads…

SO enough of the shades, what about the formulation? Well I wrote down some pros and cons of these liquid lipsticks and the majority of them were pro. Woohoo just what I want!

These don’t have a thick consistency and are actually on the watery side, but that doesn’t stop their pigmentation from being perfect. Due to the consistency of these it means a little bit of this goes a long way when applying. Majority of the time I won’t dip back into the tube to get more product, but if I do it’s because I just want to.

I worried due to how good their lasting time is that they wouldn’t come off very easily. I’ve had this with liquid lipsticks in the past and they’ve caused my lips to be really sore during wear and when removing. These are hard to get off in the sense of smudging. They don’t smudge easily and due to this they’re just as hard to remove with make up removers, UNLESS they contain oil! This isn’t a bad thing to be honest. It means your liquid lipstick shade of choice isn’t going to come off in a hurry.

These don’t really have any scent to them. I even asked Dane if he could smell anything as I couldn’t work it out myself. In the end we both agreed that they do have some sort of creamy sweet scent mixed with a slight chemical scent… This being said they’re pretty scentless when applying to the lips and when I say chemical, I don’t mean in your face. Only if you keep smelling them like me and Dane did. πŸ˜›

Like all liquid lipsticks these don’t like anything with oil in, so greasy food is a no no with these! After having some lunch with Dane on Sunday I needed to reapply Embellish which wasn’t a problem. I did of course worry that this wouldn’t be easy to reapply but alas it was fine and didn’t look any different afterwards, which I was very happy about.

What else makes me happy about these liquid lipsticks is the price! The permanent shades are all Β£4.99 each, whilst the three limited edition lip kits are Β£6.99 each. A complete bargain in comparison to what people pay f0r the Kylie lip kits!

Although the shade selections are great I do wish they had brought out some more unique shades, like black, grey, some brown shades (even though I don’t like them…) and some other shades too. I would so buy a black shade if they brought one out!

Something I wish Barry M had of done is release lip liners for ALL the shades, as the Runway one is amazing and it is such a shame it’s only limited edition for 3 shades. They should have done it with them all!

I’ve already covered about how hard these are to remove and whilst that isn’t a bad thing, it’s also not a great thing for me to be honest. I like to be able to remove something fairly easy when I’ve had enough of it. I need to buy myself some more oil based make up remover that’s for sure!

Of course I’ve shown all these off of course on myself so you can get an idea of what they look like on my yellow skin tone.

Overall I LOVE these liquid lipsticks and they’re definitely a winner for me! I want to pick up more shades, even though I don’t need them… I’ve already decided I’ll be buying most of these for my mom for Mother’s Day as she’s recently gotten into liquid lipstick so I know she’ll love these!

If you’re a newbie to liquid lipsticks or don’t want to pay through the teeth for one, definitely give these a go ESPECIALLY whilst they have their limited edition lip kits out! They’re well worth the money.

Do you think you’ll try these babies out? If so which shade(s) do you think you’ll be picking up?Β  Hey, have you already tried these? If so make sure to let me know what you think of them in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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Wish List Wednesday – Pin Badges

I haven’t written a wish list Wednesday for quite a while now, or at least I don’t recall… Actually it’s only been over a month. Jeez am I getting that old I forget so quickly? πŸ˜› So I thought why not do one now! I seem to have grown a new love of pin badges lately and I actually don’t know why. I used to love them growing up and would collect them as and when I could, but sadly that little hobby died although I do still own all the pin badges I collected back in the day.

So thanks to beauty bloggers Instagram pages I have now formed a new hobby, pin badge collecting. They’re mostly all geeky ones too and especially Pokemon themed. So why not make a wish list post about what pin badges I want to have in my new collection and shape my new hobby!

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  • PinPalzUK – Sailor Mew Pin -Β£5.00 (link)
  • SpaceCadetCollective – “Blottertung” Lickitung Pin – Β£9.94 (link) and “Kantodex” V Pin -$23.00 (link)
  • ReallyBigDill – Togepi Surprise Pin – Β£8.90 (link)
  • TheSundayCo – Pokeball Deathstar Pin – Β£5.72 (link) and Hey Gurl Pin – Β£5.72 (link)
  • CosmeticMermaidPins – Free to Good Trainer Pokemon Pin – Β£11.45 (link)
  • AgainstMarj – Cubone Pin – Β£8.29 (link)
  • SourAttitudeClub – 8bit Eevee Pin – Β£8.70 (link), 8bit Surfing Glitterchu Pin – Β£8.70 (link) and 8bit Ditto Pin – Β£8.70 (link)

I know I usually write about each item, on wish list posts but I really don’t feel the need to on this one. All of the pins are Pokemon related bar one which is Adventure Time. My favourite pin badge out of the bunch is the Kantodex pin by SpaceCadetCollective. It opens up and is glittery, what isn’t to love? I’d stick it on my bag or on one of my jackets.

Do you like pin badges? If so which ones do you own or are lusting after? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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5 TV Shows I Can Watch Over And Over Again

This is a random idea I came up with during a shift at work earlier this week. I was bored and looking for things to do and ended up coming up with this idea and thinking about all sorts of TV shows I could talk about throughout a post. It’s been four days since then and I’ve only just thought of five shows that I can watch over and over and now I want to marathon them all!

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Sex and The City

This is by far one of my favourite shows and before writing this post I started watching it again… It’s probably the tenth time I’ve watched it now. I don’t have an addiction, I have a massive passion and love for this show! I remember asking for it for Christmas/birthday one year and when my brother gave it me I was so damn happy. Before being given it I had watched the odd episode here and there, either online or on TV. It was just nice to be able to watch the show from start to finish. I laughed, I cried and I definitely related to all of the characters at least once. My favourite character is definitely Samantha. She’s just like me, honest, to the point and doesn’t give a fuck. The only characteristic I wish I could share is how confident she is. If you have NEVER seen the TV show and you’re a woman, then get on it RIGHT NOW! Oh and if you’ve watched the movies but not the TV show then WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?! The TV show is so much better!!!

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Jackass

Aside from Sex and The City this is definitely my favourite show. It’s one of the first of its type that I got into and one that grew on me faster than a rash. I fell in love with all the cast, especially Ryan Dunn. He was always my favourite and when the first film came out and he had the best stunt, I was so damn happy! Of course I was heartbroken when it came out that he had died and it still sucks to this day. I just love how far all the Jackass guys have come throughout the years, including Ryan Dunn before he died. I of course love what Johnny Knoxville has done with Bad Grandpa, and Steve-O with giving up the alcohol and drugs.

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Teachers

I’m sad that I couldn’t find a gif from the show to add to this post. It would have been good! Teachers is one of my favourite shows to come from Channel 4 back in the day! Not a lot of people have heard of it, so when I first met Dane and found out he loved it too I was so happy! It’s basically as the title suggests, about a bunch of Teachers. Andrew Lincoln’s character Simon is the main character for half of the series and I love him so much. I just want to slap him and tell him to sort his life out! My favourite character is Brian, a P.E. and Geography teacher who is crap with women but fucking adorable! If you like good British humour about work then give this a watch.

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South Park

How could this NOT go on this list?! Between 2015 to 2016 me and Dane watched South Park from start to current (well was to season 19, although season 20 was on recently) and it’s one of those shows where you could watch it over and over again and never get bored of it. I can’t say I have a favourite season in particular but I do have the odd favourite episode or two. This being said I will always hold the first season close to my heart. Purely because it’s the season that begun my love of South Park. My favourite character is Kenny, followed by Cartman, Butters and Towlie.

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Dirty Sanchez

Finally we finish this post by talking about Dirty Sanchez and like Teachers I couldn’t get a gif for it. When I WAS searching for one I was really nervous as to what I may have found… I was lucky and nothing came up. πŸ˜› ANYWAY! Like Jackass I got into this when it first came out but only ever got to watch the odd episode on MTV late at night or during the day when I was skipping school… Oh what a rebel I was! πŸ˜› When I was sixteen during the 6 weeks between the end of secondary school and starting college I found series 1 and 2 for sale in HMV and decided to buy them. I only noticed as I got to the till that they were rated 18 and of course I was only 16 at the time so I panicked that I may get ID’d but luckily it never happened and I watched the two series when I got home. Series 2 is my favourite by far as I found it had the funniest moments in. The show is just so real feeling to me and although Jackass is similar they’re both a hell of a lot different in their own ways. Dainton is my favourite by far, hands down!

SO those were five of my favourite TV shows that I can watch over and over again without getting bored! One TV show I didn’t mention was Stranger Things, even though I was close to. Why I hear you scream? Well because I’ve only recently watched season one… I haven’t given it enough time to even watch it again! Maybe in the future though. πŸ˜›

What TV shows can you watch again and again and again and never get bored? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time all take care and have a lovely weekend.

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14 Things I Love

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Today is the soppiest day of the year, of course it’s Valentine’s Day and it’s definitely like Marmite… You either love it or you hate it, there is no in between really. Well I say that but I’m one of those in between people… I hate Valentine’s Day for various reasons, but I don’t love it. The only thing I like about it is being able to buy Dane a card and write a soppy as fuck message inside for him. I wasn’t going to this year, but alas on a mini food shop I ended up picking up a card. DAMN!

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So instead of a soppy post like some people may be posting today, I decided to write about 14 things I love instead… 14 stands for the date by the way. πŸ˜›

  1. Pokemon – Everyone knows this is one of the things I love and I have done for nearly twenty years now! I love every aspect about it including the games, anime, the figures, etc etc. I could go on about what I love about it. It’s just such an interesting series and is one of the many things that takes me back to my childhood. Mornings spent watching the anime on SM:TV Live, as well as playing the first and second generations on my Game Boy Color during the weekends off school and summer holidays.
  2. Perfume/fragrance – I love wearing perfume, even though on the rare occasion I won’t be in the mood for it, so I won’t wear it. I wear all sorts of different ones, but some of my favourites to name are Thierry Muglar Alien, Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy, DKNY Red Delicious, Gucci Envy Me and Dior Addict. I’m sure I can think of more than this mind!
  3. Food – I have always loved food, especially savory food. I would eat bags of crisps over a bar of chocolate any day! I love to eat food, cook food, watch food being cooked, thinking about food, everything you can think of to be honest. I especially love Japanese food, as well as Italian food as well. OH and you can never go wrong with American food as well. One of my favourite things to cook is probably my homemade piri piri fries, just because I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love them.
  4. Lipstick – As the only make up I wear is lipstick I love them so damn much. I love all sorts of lipsticks of course, especially liquid lipsticks. When I first starting to wear lipstick properly I opted for dark pink shades, which moved onto red, then various pink shades and lately I wear a lot of dark shades such as dark raspberry pink, various purple shades and even a dark purple/navy shade lately. I can only see me going darker too! I can’t stand nude shades or light pink, they don’t suit me at all and look awful on me.
  5. Holographic – I am a holosexual through and through and it reminds me of growing up as a teenager and wanting all these things… But sadly I wasn’t able to have them. Due to the whole 90’s trend coming back, of course holographic stuff has too. I only really pick up any holographic goodies if I really like the look of the, and I don’t know why but the holographic look just makes me so happy!
  6. Foxes – These are my favourite animals with dogs and otters coming second and third. I don’t know what it is about them that I love, maybe it’s that they’re ginger… Maybe it’s that they’re cunning… Maybe it’s because they’re fluffy? I don’t know but I think they’re beautiful animals!
  7. Studio Ghibli – One of my favourite anime film studios and the same place that has made one of my favourite films, Spirited Away. I love how creative and unique the stories and characters are that come out of Studio Ghibli, as well as how beautiful the art style is as well. Me and Dane own all of the Ghibli movies to date and I love watching them throughout the year, but especially with people who have never seen them before. I love seeing people fall in love with them.
  8. Lady and The Tramp – I do like Disney but there’s only a handful of the films that I really love and fan over. Lady and The Tramp is my favourite Disney film and one I’ll always keep close to my heart. I just remember watching it when I was a little girl and falling in love with Lady, Tramp and the other dogs. Jock is definitely one of my favourites too! The story is just beautiful and at the time was probably a story line seen in romantic movies, so the fact they brought it to a children’s film was so good.
  9. Goodsmile Company Nendoroid’s – These are little figures based on Japanese anime and manga series, however it has shifted more over to the Western trends such as Disney movie characters (Frozen, Star Wars, Marvel etc) and even some game characters (Animal Crossing, Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted, etc). Both me and Dane LOVE Nendoroid’s and we are constantly eyeing up new ones to buy… They’re not cheap though so they’re definitely a treat whenever we get any. I need to do a post soon about which ones we’re both lusting after.
  10. Duvet Days – This is definitely something I love! I don’t get them as much as I used to due to being busy with work, or the house, or other things. BUT saying this I am currently sat up in bed typing up this post, watching The Last Leg. At this moment in time I cannot possibly complain. πŸ˜› I just love duvet days where I can lie in bed for at least 3 hours on my iPhone scrolling through YouTube and Instagram. These make perfect weekend mornings for me.
  11. Coffee – As a trained barista I love knowing how to make a perfect cup of coffee, but do you know what is even better? Having my own coffee machine to make coffee shop style coffee at home! I LOVE IT! Apart from loving coffee in that way, I also love coffee flavoured things, as well as coffee beans covered in chocolate. I am that weirdo who loves the coffee Revels and Roses. πŸ˜›
  12. Bubble baths – I swear I was a mermaid in a previous life! Before all these trends of “being a mermaid” came around I always joked about this. I LOVE baths and I could spend hours in the bath reading books, scrolling through YouTube and Instagram on my phone, and even doing some writing in my journal. Even as a child and teenager I would sit in the bath for hours on end and just add more hot water whenever I felt chilly. Showers I’m not so arsed about, but baths are just heaven to me! I’ve always had a fascination with water too and I don’t know why to be honest, so much so I’ve written stories about water before and various novels as well.
  13. My best friend Gabriella – I mentioned her recently on my Galentine’s Day post, which you can read here. I’ve known Gabriella for nearly 10 years now and I tell you it has FLOWN by! But I love her so much, she is like a sister to me and we get on so well. We talk daily and whether we’re feeling great or like shit we’re always there for each other no matter what. We’ve both supported each other the past month about different things and if I’m ever in the shit and need someone and Dane isn’t around, I know she’ll be there for me no matter what. I love her so much. :’)
  14. Dane – I said Valentine’s Day is soppy but I don’t recall saying there wouldn’t be any on here… πŸ˜› But of course I love Dane. He’s my boyfriend, my best friend, my soul mate and the best person I have ever met. He’s always there for me no matter what and even when I’m a miserable bitch and take stuff out on him, he’s always there to give me a cuddle and be understanding of whatever has happened. I just love him so much, I can’t even describe it. He’s my light in the dark, the apple to my pie and as I’ve started to joke, the stink to my fart. πŸ˜›

So those were 14 things I love! I’m sorry this post isn’t anything special but I wanted to do something for today but only worked something out at the last minute. πŸ˜›

What 14 things do you love? Please make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time all, take care and whatever you’re doing today, have a lovely day. ^_^

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Abused – Review

Wow I haven’t written a Jeffree Star review since the summer when the limited edition shades came out. Since then I haven’t really bought many of his liquid lipsticks and not for any reason in particular other than I just want to broaden my liquid lipstick choices.

However I couldn’t pass up the chance to buy Abused before Christmas when Dollhouse became available in the UK to buy from Beauty Bay. I always like to be naughty and buy two lipsticks from Beauty Bay if I intend to buy one. That sounds so naughty if I’m only intending to get one product! πŸ˜›

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ANYWAY! This liquid lipstick shade was controversial for quite a while due to the name. A lot of people were saying the navy purple shade was to symbolise bruises, which of course victims of domestic violence have. I didn’t really think about it much until people were talking about it as it just never crossed my mind. Even if that is what the lipstick shade is meant to mean I don’t care. Just because I wear this shade doesn’t mean I think abuse is okay, the complete opposite to be honest. I just think this is a gorgeous shade and when it came out it was unique.

This shade came out as part of a trio blue collection which included Abused, Blue Velvet and Jawbreaker. From doing a little bit of digging around blogs and YouTube these shades came out in the summer of 2015… By the look of it anyway! I don’t own any of the other blue shades, just Abused.

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All the blue shades by Jeffree Star come in blue boxes, which makes a nice change from the hot pink ones. It’s just a shame he didn’t decided to have the tubes match the boxes as well like he did with the Christmas and summer ones.

So enough about the brand, let’s talk about Abused!

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Abused is a unique navy purple shade which I have been longing to have in my collection for a long time! It’s described as “This purpled toned navy blue is one of a kind.” This isn’t the kind of shade people can pass by without commenting on it or taking a second glance.

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Unlike the majority of Jeffree Star Comestics, Abused comes in a limited to blue shades blue box but it is in the same tube as all the liquid lipsticks come in. The applicator is a doe foot and is really fluffy, which means it picks up more product, and therefore leaves more product behind on the lips. The shape of the applicator fits snug onto the lips when applying the product. For quite a long time the Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks haven’t contained any scent but more so recently he has started to add scents to certain shades, one being Abused. When I first opened this to swatch and try on I thought I could smell something and for ages I couldn’t work out what the scent was. Even when I showed my friend Claire she wasn’t 100% sure. I looked up on the website though about scents and I pleasantly discovered that Abused has the scent of Rootbeer Float and it smells AMAZING! I don’t find that it’s too strong when applying and wearing the liquid lipstick and apart from the shade the scent is actually one of my favourite things about it.

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Like the other velour liquid lipsticks I own, Abused is beautifully pigmented, which by now is no surprise to me, due to the high quality of these liquid lipsticks. Due to how dark this looks on people on social media when swatching it I thought it was going to be much darker, but it’s more on the purple shade rather than blue or black, which is great as it means it’s more wearable. Like all the liquid lipsticks this is really pigmented and therefore a little bit goes a long way. Although I can apply this without a lip liner I prefer to apply it with one due to how dark it is. It especially looks gorgeous with a perfectly defined cupids bow.

Like a majority of Jeffree Star’s liquid lipsticks the formula is watery/liquidy, but I actually liked this as it meant I didn’t need to use as much as you would with other products. However it can feel like you don’t have much control on application of these.

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I decided to swatch Abused next to two purple Jeffree Star shades I own. Abused is at the top, Scorpio in the middle (review here) and Virginity at the bottom (review here).

One of the first times I wore this out I was actually rather disappointed with it. Not because of how it wore or anything like that but because with other Jeffree Star shades I’ve never had a problem with transfer, but sadly with this there was blue all over the mug I had been drinking from, which was a major let down! I have since then worn this out again and not discovered any issues so I’m not sure what happened the first time around…

I haven’t yet worn this for work as due to how dark it is I am a little on the paranoid side. I’m sure I’ll gain the confidence to one day however.

Like all liquid lipsticks this will get worn away if you are in contact with any food (or possibly drinks) that contain oil. Re-applying this is really easy as well. You can just apply it to the parts of your lips where needed, or even all over.

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I of course used the β€œkiss” and β€œfinger” test and usually nothing comes off but as I said I’ve found that Abused does tend to transfer, which is a shame.

I have in the past found these hard to remove and have had to scrub away at my lips to remove the shade, only Masochist to be honest. I apply an oil based remover to a cotton pad and then apply it to the lips and wipe away when I feel the oil has soaked up the lipstick. Even for such a dark shade it comes off really easily, which I really do love.

As I always do here is my mug wearing Abused and looking all cool and stuff… Oh and FYI I am wearing fox pajamas in these pictures. πŸ˜›

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Overall what do I think about Abused? Well I had wanted it for ages and I did worry it wouldn’t be worth over a year of lusting after it… However it was in fact worth the wait although the wear time is pretty shit… I did of course worry it wouldn’t suit me due to how dark it is and it being a navy purple shade. I have come to realise over the past couple of years however that darker shades tend to suit me a hell of a lot more than nudes and lighter shades, which I actually love! I don’t wear any makeup other than lipstick so why not be experimental with it? I just love how different and unique this shade is and I love it so much! It’s one I’ll probably wear during the colder months, as well as evenings out in the summer with a dark outfit!

This only recently made it’s way over the pond and to the UK to be sold on Beauty Bay, which you can find here. Currently the shades sell for Β£16.00 each and there’s so many shades to choose from! You even have the option to pick up some of the summer and Christmas 2016 limited edition shades!

I usually post which shades I want to pick up in the future but sadly I can’t be bothered with doing this anymore considering I want to try and drift away from buying Jeffree Star as much as I used to. I want to try and start buying more Kat Von D as well as try some Lime Crime liquid lipsticks.

But yes that is my review of Abused! Have you tried this shade, if so what did you think of it? What’s your favourite Jeffree Star liquid lipstick shade? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely weekend.

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