What I Wore: Chester Zoo

Outfit Details:
Denim Jacket: Topshop
Flower Brooch: New Look
Top: Republic
Skirt: Republic
Tights: River Island
Shoes: Matalan
Pink Camera Ring: Temporary Secretary
Fox Ring: birthday gift 

Superdrug Artificial Nails (Oval, Medium Length), Barry M Strawberry Ice Cream, E.L.F Mint Green, MUA Nail Constellations in Gemini

Firstly, I apologise for how uncomfortable I look in these photos! Instead of my usual tripod/sister photographer, I asked my boyfriend to take these photographs for me and the strangest thing is, I got all shy and embarrassed posing for him! That aside, please just ignore my face and look at my outfit! As the title suggests, this is what I wore for Chester Zoo, which I wrote in great depth about here. I had planned on doing a separate outfit post anyway, but so many people said they liked my outfit already I know I've made the right decision.

This outfit was a bit of a naughty decision. I'm so skint at the moment but twice when I popped into town for some essentials, I caught sight of the skirt and top in the entrance to Republic and I couldn't get it out of my head. On the third day, I got off my bus after work and suddenly I was in Republic handing over my debit cards, oopsie! I have absolutely no regrets though, I absolutely adore this outfit and it's one of the only outfits I've put together in my head before I actually owned it that has turned out exactly how I wanted it to. Accessorising when I got home wasn't difficult. The denim jacket was an easy choice - I wanted something lighter than my floral trench coat and my cream blazer wouldn't work well with a skater skirt. Sadly I didn't get a picture in them but I've got Eiffel Tower earrings in with little pink roses on them, another good choice if I may say so myself. As anyone living in Britain at the moment knows, it's still not warm enough to go sans tights and I have a weird thing about wearing nude tights unless I'm going out, so cream it was. Wishing I'd popped my Vivienne Westwood Melissa's on but I was in a hurry to get ready so little white flats it was.

Also, my nails are a real talking point for me. Despite my best efforts, my natural nails just don't cut it when I want to do something special so I turned to my beloved trusty Superdrug for some help. I was scared at first. We only stock the oval shaped ones in medium length and I was terrified they'd be too long for me. Thankfully, I really, really enjoy the length of them and of all the false nails I've ever had, these are the only ones that didn't fall or break off until I removed them myself. The glue is amazing. Colours were fun to play with, I'd experimented with the MUA Nail Constellations earlier in the week and was smitten with them. I decided I needed two nails on each hand that used them and added the E.L.F Mint Green to just make it that tiny bit more interesting along with the baby pink. I'm so pleased with how they looked.

I won't ramble on about what I did with my day as I've already posted about it. I think this is one of my favourite outfits I've posted so far though!

22 Before 23 [This is a Long One Folks!]

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I turned 22 on Saturday. A few days after my 21st birthday, I posted a list of 21 things I wanted to achieve before I turned 22. Revisiting that list today is making me giggle. While I've achieved some things, like going to more gigs again and getting a magazine article published. But most I haven't done - for example, I haven't anywhere near passed my driving test; I've actually stopped having lessons altogether! Some, like getting a degree relevant job, just make me laugh so hard because that is now so irrelevant to my life. Rather than write a blog post about how my 21 Before 22 was an epic fail, I figured I'd rather start fresh with a 22 before 23 list. (OK, the fact that I'm 23 next is rather terrifying!) At beginning of 2013, I actually wrote a list of 100 Things To Do in 2013. That list is actually pretty personal in places and a lot of it is horrifically mundane like dye my hair the colour I've been attempting for nearly a year now. Plus, 100 things in a blog post is just too much. I do like publicly sharing my goals though as it helps motivate me, so today, I'm sharing the 22 things I want to achieve before I turn 23.

1) Pass My Driving Test (seriously this time): in all honesty, I'm fine with not being able to drive. I've been getting myself up and down the country via public transport, alone, since the age of 13. I'm proud of my ability to be able to make sense of complicated travel timetables and do journeys which make most people frown and go "you poor thing" without batting an eyelid. Even being in a long distance relationship doesn't motivate me to want to drive - he can drive to me and like I've just said, I'm not fussed about trains/buses/coaches/hiking/whatever and to be honest, all that is probably cheaper than petrol, road tax and car insurance anyway. Yet one day - I'm going to have children. One day - my boy is going to turn round and say he doesn't want to be solely responsible for driving these children about or doing the shopping or generally just getting us about. Yeah, deep down, I know that despite my indifference towards it, learning to drive is valuable skill. Gonna give you a bit of brutal honesty here - I suffer from anxiety and that is what puts me off learning to drive the most. I've failed my driving test twice and since that very last time I failed, the very last time I was behind the wheel, the thought of driving has terrified me. I had a panic attack when I failed first time and had one during my second test. There is nothing (nothing I'm prepared to talk about online anyway) that causes my anxiety to fly out of control like driving does. Even writing this now I can feel my heart pumping faster. I had to tell my boyfriend to shut up on the way to Chester Zoo because he was encouraging me to learn. But, I've already passed my theory and it will expire in February next year. I've already spent so much money on lessons. It'd be a shame to let a mental disorder that I've largely managed to tackle this year prevent me from learning such a valuable skill.

2) Start My Own Business: this is something I've been contemplating since last year. I'm not talking a fully fledged business where I earn enough to live from because I enjoy my job so much and am hoping to progress up the ladder there - I just want a little extra income on the side and well, an extra hobby. My business ideas are perfect for giving me something to do offline and they'll also (hopefully) let me afford a little treat for myself every now and again too.

3) Learn a New Language: I've been saying for years that I'll learn a new language. I got quite far with my Japanese lessons in my second year of uni, only to get a job halfway through and no longer be able to attend my lessons. I talk about learning French because god only knows how much I'd love to go on holiday to France regularly and be able to talk to French pharmacists about my beauty needs. Spanish is the one I toy with most often though. It's one of the world's most spoken languages and seeing as I want to live in California one day, where a huge amount of the population speaks, you guessed it, Spanish, I figure this will actually be genuinely useful to me as well a nice addition to the old CV. My 22nd year of living is the the year I stop talking and start doing.

4) Learn to Sew: as someone who has been customising clothes recently ready to sell in her upcoming shop, I figure that learning to sew properly so I can actually make my own clothes from scratch is another skill I definitely want to have in my arsenal.

5) Roller Derby: another thing I've been talking about for years but somehow never actually get round to doing it. I'm ready to stop making excuses now though. Even if I don't have time to properly commit to learning to skate and then learning to play as part of a team (I'll go for Wakey Wheeled Cats or possibly Leeds Rollerdolls) I'm gonna at least check out a practice and visit any games that happen locally.

6) Complete my Team Leader Training at Work - as I want to progress within my company, completely my training as Team Leader is the first step to doing that. By the time I'm 23, I will have finished training and I hope I will also have a few successful days of running the store by myself under my belt as well. This will give my self confidence a boost and should also give me the experience and good reference I'll need to take my career further.

7) Move Out: this one doesn't need much explaining. I hate living at "home" and it's nothing personal towards my family, but now I've escaped once, I can't wait to do it again. Moving out in the next year could be a tad unrealistic but I'm going to work really hard for this one.

8) Get My Hair Cut and Coloured: last summer I saved an image on my phone of the hair cut I wanted and decided on a dramatic colour changed. Nearly a year on, my hair is even more damaged than it was when it was white, is now an interesting mix of my natural roots, blonde and random bits of ginger and in the same style is has been pretty much since forever, minus the fact I've grown my bob out. Stubborn little me doesn't want my perfect style cutting in until it's the perfect colour again. I've dropped serious £££ on hair care recently and have learnt to refrain from a daily blow dry so hopefully some day soon, I won't want to scribble my hair out on all pictures of myself.

9) Read Two Books a Month: on my 21 before 22 list, this was actually "read a book a week" but with my currently lifestyle of random shifts at work and the fact that I take pleasure in things like blogging, gaming, watch TV etc as well as reading now, I've realised two books a month is much more realistic. So far, I'm well on track as Kathy Reichs books as so easy to devour!

10) Bake One Cake a Month: I actually set this as a goal at the beginning of 2013 but have so far only baked one cake, a birthday cake for my mum. I got loads of cute little baking related things for Christmas and I want to have a baking related feature on this blog. Truth is, I'm seriously lazy but I know once I start baking again, I'll really get into it again.

11) Get 100+ Blog Followers: this a really shallow goal but it's something I would really be proud of. I had wanted to get to 100 before my birthday because I had a really awesome giveaway planned (I've put together a mystery beauty box!) but I didn't reach it by then unfortunately. My giveaway is going to wait until another blog milestone instead now - but what that milestone will be remains a mystery to everyone except myself ;)

12) Own Everything That is On My "High End Wishlist": seeing as I'm very likely to add to this in the next 12 months, I'm going to say by "everything" I mean everything that was already on it this day, 28th May 2013. Again, not exactly a goal for self improvement and when I think about it, it's seriously materialistic and selfish but hey, I'm a beauty blogger and look, we need things like NARS blushers and MAC lipsticks in our lives.

13) Go To a Theme Park and Actually GO On the Rides: another one from my 21 before 22 list that I still want to do!

14) Be Organised for Christmas: last year, I did all my shopping on Christmas Eve and failed to buy anyone any cards. This year, I am going to start planning presents in November, by them all in the first week of December and send out cards to people at work and various internet friends here and there. I refuse to be stressed this year and I want to make sure everyone I love is given a little something.

15) Successfully Execute a Two Month Spending Ban - I'm planning to undertake this one in June and July - expect a full blog post soon!

16) Visit My Brother in University: ok, ok, this more because I've actually never been to Scotland before and he's at Glasgow School of Art but I think it's about time I finally paid a visit to the land of the Loch Ness Monster!

17) Try and Go a DAY Without my Laptop and Internet on my Phone: the fact that even this feels too ambitious for me says just how bloody important it is for me to achieve this...

18) Try/Cook a Brand New Dish: lately I've fallen into habits with my eating and cannot remember the last time I tried anything new. I think I'll try and do this once a month starting from June!

19) Give up Coke for 40 Days and 40 Nights: last year I gave up Coke for lent. My skin has never been clearer. I tried to do the same again this year but I failed miserably as I was in the middle of what I refer to now as "the dark days". I'm way, way, way too dependent on Coke (err, Coca Cola that is...!!!) even though I know it's horrid for my skin and body. So, I will have Lent Take 2!

20) Get My Eyebrows Threaded: I have no idea where to go for waxing in Wakefield (I did this frequently when I lived in Aberyswtyth) and trying to maintain my eyebrows myself isn't proving fruitful at all. Thinks it's about time I faced up to the fear of how much it'll hurt and just did it.

21) Get a 3DS and Complete Luigi's Mansion: Luigi's Mansion was my favourite game for game cube (favourite game ever?!). Despite this, I never, ever, ever managed to complete it. I could never get past King Boo! :( Seeing a 3DS version had been brought out made me seriously excited and made me determined to get my hands on a console I'd previously had no interest in.

22) Remember, it's not end of the world if these goals change for me: I love making goals. I love To Do Lists. I love ticking things off. But a lot of the time, this leads me to feel guilty when I really, really shouldn't. So, my final item on my 22 Before 23 List is to accept my priorities will change over the next 12 months and I might not want to achieve these things anymore and that's not a bad thing.

Do you write this type of list?

PS: SO SORRY that this turned out SO LONG xo

A Day Out at Chester Zoo

So, I've had a week or so away from blogging to try relax and recharge my batteries. After my last Vixen Thinks post, I decided to absolve myself of any responsibility other than my job and just do things for myself for a bit which meant taking a tiny step away from blogging. Seeing as I had Friday-tomorrow off work, I decided it was as good a time as any. While I still feel a little bit like I could do with a holiday, I've had my birthday during my break as well so it's likely I'm just a bit tired from the excitement of the past few days! On my birthday, I went out to Chester Zoo for the day. I assumed it was something everyone has done before because I've been more times than I can count but no, it was my boyfriend's first visit to my huge surprise! So, just in case any of my readers haven't been before/need reminding what a great day out it is, I thought I'd  do a little blog post about my birthday.

As my boyfriend arrived Wednesday night and only left about an hour ago, we had actually planned to do a lot more than go to Chester Zoo! As I was working Thursday, we didn't have anything planned for then other than to chill out and enjoy each other's company but Friday, I'd wanted to go out. Sadly the weather was absolutely hideous so we ended up going to the cinema instead. We also wanted to go out for food but I ate so many sweets in the cinema I felt a bit too sick. Eventually though, my stomach settled itself enough ready for takeaway where I had my favourite things: cheesy chips, mozzarella sticks and a very garlicky pizza. As a result of all this, I was very worried about how Saturday, my birthday, was going to turn out. Luckily for me, I woke up well before my alarm on Saturday morning to see some bloody lovely blazing sunshine! Winner!

After everyone moaning that I take too long to get ready (rude! It was my birthday!) my boyfriend and I jumped into his car while my family jumped into my mum's boyfriend's car. During the journey there was a horrible moment where all the traffic came to standstill and I was terrified we'd be there for hours as people were getting out of their cars and switching their engines off. Thankfully, it actually cleared up pretty quickly. At the zoo, we met up with my auntie, uncle and two cousins along with my grandparents. Since we first got together, me and my boyfriend have always laughed about how well suited we are for each other as we approach things like zoos and museums etc from exactly the same angle - we look and we move on! Whereas our families will stand staring at one thing for hours...This meant I didn't actually see much of my family as me and the boy kept wandering off! Still, it was lovely to see people and I had an amazing day.

I decided to just let the pictures do some talking as I think they speak louder than any words I can write. In particular though, I loved the butterfly house, the bat cave and the orangutans. My boyfriend and I spent my 20th birthday together at a butterfly house and we tend to make a habit of visiting them so they're special to me. The bat cave is awesome at Chester Zoo, it really is a cave and all the bats are free flying. It's an amazing experience. The orangutans though - oh my god. Although I'm know for my love of elephants, and of course, foxes, I think orangutans are my real favourite animal. They are gorgeous creatures and I could watch them for hours. Other things of note were the terribly cute baby otters playfighting, the baby elephants, the baby rhino and seeing the spectacled bears for the first time ever!

In the evening, we watched a lot of Bones and had another cheeky takeaway - Domino's this time - yum! Sunday we were meant to go to a party but I wasn't feeling up to it and today we visited my dad and company where I ended up spending a little of my birthday money.

So, this has been my first post as a 22 year old! Scary stuff!

PS: I'll be doing a full What I Wore post in due time ;) xo

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer [Product Review]

Concealer was something I never used to splurge on. I stuck to Rimmel's Hide the Blemish concealer mainly, occasionally used the Natural Collection ones and then discovered the famous Collection Lasting Perfection which quite frankly, is so good, I didn't see myself ever straying from it, as at £4.19 it's an absolute bargain. And then I had a Benefit makeover. In all honesty, I was quite horrified about going to see a professional makeup artist with my skin as horrific as it is. I was worried about how she'd work around that. Turns out I needn't have worried as she pulled out the Benefit Boi-ing concealer and well, it was love at first sight. As she only did half of my face to begin with, I was able to see the difference this concealer truly made and boy does it make a difference. I could believe how well it hid my blemishes and scarring, not mention the sleepless nights my life is so full of! So, naturally, one of these made their way into my bag after the makeover was finished.

Back home, I haven't been disappointed by this product at all. It's even better than my Collection concealer and I truly stand behind its description as an industrial strength concealer. The thing I like most about this concealer is that it is fine for both under my eyes and my blemishes - many concealers seem to work well at one or the other, but this one is great for both. Under the eyes it doesn't crease and it lasts all day there. On my blemishes, it did tend to wear off a bit quickly, but generally, the lasting power was great there too if my skin was being as well behaved as it ever gets. The main selling point of this Boi-ing Concealer over the Collection one however, is it comes in a little pot. This means I could use a clean brush to apply it every time I used it. This concealer is also antibacterial. These points are very important to me because there is nothing more comforting to me than using a product on my face and knowing it isn't going to make my skin any worse. My spots always lingered a little longer while using the Collection concealer - and I suspect its doe foot applicator was the culprit of this. Using a clean brush or finger to apply Boi-ing Concealer however, meant my spots seemed to disappear much quicker.

My one gripe with this Benefit concealer is the price point. While I have absolutely no qualms about dropping £18.50 on a product that I know works, the sad truth is I'm not the richest of girls and I go through concealer like no one's business - therefore, I can't really afford £18.50 every time I want a new concealer! For this reason, when I ran out of Boi-ing a few weeks ago, I did actually repurchase the Collection concealer instead. However, should my circumstances change/I stopped being horribly reckless with my money, this concealer is definitely going to come back into my life one day.

Have you tried this concealer?

The Vixen Thinks: Give Yourself a Break

The Vixen Thinks is an almost weekly feature on this blog. Posts vary in topic, I'll talk about anything I have an opinion on! From blogging to relationships and anything beyond. If there's anything you'd like me to write about, feel free to get in touch: theglittervixen(at)gmail(dot)com! Thank you!

When I think about, I'm pretty sure I've written about giving myself a break before. It would seem I still haven't learnt. Today I've had a day off work and it's finally hit me just how burnt out and exhausted I truly am. I only get out of bed properly on days where I have work these days. Even for things I look forward to, like visiting my dad, I can barely get myself out of bed in time anymore and that resulted in me going for a pub lunch with wet hair last weekend. Now to a lot of people, this probably seems so silly: I only work part time. But that's exactly why this is bothering me so much, a girl shouldn't feel as tired and exhausted as I am when she doesn't even work full time. In uni, I worked, I worked hard for uni, I had a social life, a boyfriend and still managed to cook myself proper meals and have "me" time. Now, all I really do is go to work, yet here I am, 20 past 9 on a Friday night and I wanna go to sleep even though I didn't get up until about 1. 

The trouble is, I put way too much pressure on myself. I think the reason uni life worked for me is because I had so much responsibility. My biggest strength is the ability to organise myself in the best way possible for maximum productivity, so when I had things like a job, an education, a social life, a love life and a real life (you know, cooking, cleaning etc) to balance: I was in my element. I could write To Do Lists every day and get immense satisfaction from completing them. I really got to exercise my organisational muscle and in that kind of environment, I absolutely thrive. Even while I was doing my A Levels, I worked very hard to balance my life although during A Levels, I would often be woken up by my then boyfriend sitting on my bed saying he'd come to see me and I'd be lying in bed with York Notes or my Psychology textbooks on my face. In uni though, I honestly think a little bit of me was superhuman because I managed to get things done - I had to get things done.

Now I'm home, the only real responsibility I have is to go to work. My lovely, structured life that was based on To Do Lists has fallen away from me. What on earth am I meant to do with my time? Do you know what I've finally realised I've been doing? I've been making up responsibilities and "must do" tasks for myself. My daily To Do Lists are actually insanely big. I include mundane things like making sure I'm awake by a certain time, breakfast and my daily workout in them even though these are things I do without fail every day and are so ingrained into my routine I do not need a list to remind me to do them. But besides these routine tasks, I add blogging as a "must do" thing. I add reading and commenting on blogs as a necessity. My little hobby of making custom clothes suddenly turned into a business plan that I have to stick to and if I don't, I'm an absolute failure. Basically, things that are meant to be fun and relaxing for me, have suddenly turned into tasks that I automatically don't want to do anymore because I'm viewing them as essential but ultimately feel so miserable and guilty when I don't get them done. For example, I said I'd open my shop in January. We're now halfway through May and yet there is no sign of my shop and while my stock is nearly finished, it isn't actually finished and I've been procrastinating like crazy with it because I don't view it as something fun anymore, it's something I have to do. 

As you can see, I really need to just lighten up a little a lot. And as I write this post out to myself, I realise it's probably relevant for a whole lot of you right now? How many of my readers have graduated when I did but aren't working a "real" job yet? How many of my readers are in their final year of uni right now stressing about their last exams? How many of you have GCSEs or A Levels or just exams in general right now? I'm guessing a lot of you do and if you don't have any worries like that, more than likely you'll be stressing about something else! My guess is that just like me, you're a little too hard on yourself sometimes...

So my message to myself and my readers today is: stop taking life so seriously. You do not need to be an absolute productivity machine. It isn't the end of the world if your grades aren't perfect. Hell, it's not the end of the world if your grades are "bad" - I promise you on that one because my degree is completely irrelevant to my job yet I love it. While it's good to work hard the majority of the time, it's also good to spend a whole day in bed watching The Voice if that's how you feel. If you're in your final year of uni - use your time wisely and have fun, don't make it just about that grossly expensive and over priced piece of paper. As someone whose opinion I value very much keeps saying to me: "just relax."

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Nude [Product Review]

Why it has taken me this long to get round to doing a whole post about this product I will never know, but since I bought this product, I have worn it every single time I have worn makeup with the exception of a day or two where I had misplaced it. I love this product so much and I honestly don't feel complete without it anymore. Previous to this, it had been a good long while since I'd worn any eyeliner on my waterline. When I did where liner on my waterline, it was always black and it always wore off in the first hour, leading me to believe it just wasn't worth it anymore but after reading a few blog posts about the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Nude, once again, I was drawn to lining my waterline.

This product is absolutely brilliant, make no mistake. It feels strange liking a product this much when in reality, it's such a tiny part of my overall makeup look and I literally use it for one purpose and one purpose only. As you can see from my before and after pictures, using this product seriously brightens my eye area. I was worried it looked a little unnatural at first but while I still feel you can tell I'm wearing it, I don't think it looks strange. It's seriously easy to apply and it's such a soft pencil that it's perfect for this delicate earlier.

However, what impressed me most about this product is the lasting power of it. As I said in my little introduction, I'm used to product promptly disappearing when used on my waterline. As this is such a nude colour, I didn't really expect it to last. So imagine my surprise every day when I go to remove my makeup and it's still there. Granted, it's much more faint by the end of the day, but I'm still wearing it. My eyes still look wider and more awake than they do without it. For an eyeliner that only costs a few pounds, this is just too good to be passed on. I've currently got an Urban Decay liner in black to use up, but once that goes out, I'm definitely going for this brand but in black. There's also a taupe liner shade I'd love to try out.

Have you tried this wonder pencil from Rimmel?

Classic Emily

Outfit Details:
Cardigan: Topshop
Top: Lipsy
Skirt: Miss Selfridge
Bag: Missguided
Tights: Primark
Shoes: Primark
Necklace and Flower Ring: Cheap Frills
Camera Ring: Temporary Secretary

Makeup Details:
B. Flawless Complete Coverage Foundation
Benefit Boi-ing Concealer
Loreal Lumi Magique Highlighting Pen
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Barry M Dazzle Dust in Pink (not sure of exact name)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eyeliner in Zero
E.L.F Cream Blusher in Flirt
Benefit High Beam
E.L.F Mineral Lipstick in Natural Nymph
Benefit Lipgloss in Sugarbomb

Barry M Nude with Models Own Blizzard on top

If only I had a pound for every time I've worn this outfit! I'd be so rich, that's for sure. Well, poorness aside, at least I've got some fantastic memories while wearing this outfit. I wore it when I went to see Hole and cried from Courtney walking on the stage until she left again, I wore it while visiting Notre Dame in Paris, just to name a couple. I love it so much. Recently I've been neglecting the side of my wardrobe that is home to pieces like this Lipsy top but whenever I notice I've been doing this, I always end up digging this top out again. It's just so pretty. Whenever I wear it, I choose to keep the rest of my outfit pretty simple because I think the top does all the talking by itself. I chose a few delicate jewelry pieces from my collection: my Cheap Frills teacup necklace and floral ring along with my Temporary Secretary Pink Camera ring. The reason I've called this outfit Classic Emily is because I used to have quite the thing for pink pastel tights and they adorned my legs on much more regular basis than they do now. I'm hoping to build up a collection of interesting tights again one day! Pink and black also seems to be my most predictable colour scheme.

What do you think of my pink and black ensemble? 

Birthday WISHlist

Hello! Today I thought I'd share just a handful of items I've been lusting after for a while now. As my birthday is coming up rather soon, I thought I'd title it "Birthday Wishlist" although I already know full well that my mum's side of the family don't buy you presents after your 21st so the emphasis really is on the wish part of wishlist. Even if I was getting any presents this year, I still wouldn't expect all this. In all reality, it's more a list of things I will buy for myself at some point this year...All links to buy these products can be found in the caption underneath the photo.

Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Palette: I love Too Faced. I have no idea why I currently don't own any of their products. For a while I was in love with the Naked Eye palette but I accidentally lost it to the hands of my sister. Since then, I haven't really had any more but I want to rectify this! The Boudoir Eyes palette looks like a great night time palette for me. At the moment, there's not really much difference between my day makeup and evening makeup and I'd quite like for there to be a difference again. This palette is so pretty though, I'd probably just end up wearing it on a daily basis.

Crown and Glory Tea Rose Headband - gah, I love Crown and Glory. When I first discovered them I had such short hair that any head gear just looked appalling on me but now that Spring is trying to arrive and my hair is shoulder length, I really, really want some pretty floral crowns to wear. While I love the Whole Lotta Rosie headbands, my head is tiny and I fear they would look too big on me but this Tea Rose Headband just seems like the perfect colour and size for me.

Too Faced No Makeup Makeup - yeah, just had to sneak another Too Faced item in there! I'm obsessed with the idea of this palette: it's got a few concealers, blushers and bronzers in there for creating a natural makeup look. It's so compact and has a few products in one so it'd be great for going to see my long distance lover. Not to mention it's just so pretty looking!

Etsy Floral Necklace - can you tell I like florals when the sun starts shining? I love pastel colours too so this necklace is a dream. I was actually searching for Marie Antoinette necklaces when I found this but stumbled on this instead. It was promptly added to my Etsy favourites! I think this would look great with my range of sheer collared shirts.

MeMeMe Cosmetics Little Angels Collection - this gorgeous little set features two lip and cheek tints and two liquid highlighters. One tint looks incredibly similar to my much loved Benetint while one highlighter looks a bit like Benefit's High Beam highlighter. I'd love to try out some cheaper alternatives and MeMeMe is a brand that is starting to really appeal to me.

Tresemme Volume Curling Wand - I'm rubbish at doing my hair. Having it big and curly or wavy is my favourite thing to do but I am absolutely hopeless at creating this style without the help of my trusty sister. I saw a handful of reviews of this wand online and I think it could be the solution to my problems. I have the Volume Styler from this particular Tresemme range and I adore what it does for my hair so I'm quite fond of the idea of owning the curling wand too.

Wreck This Journal - creativity is so hugely important to me, and outside of blogging, I so rarely exercise my ability to be creative. I've known about Wreck This Journal for ages and I don't know why it's taking me so long to get hold of one as it would bring the creativity I love so much bank into my life.

Real Technique Core Collection - this brush set needs no introduction in the world of beauty bloggers! I have a brush in my collection that looks incredibly similar to the Buffing Brush from this kit but it was part of a 32 piece kit from eBay that cost a tenner so as you can imagine, it sheds like crazy. That being said, I love the way my foundation applies with it and now I've decided I need this high quality yet affordable set in my life.

Silver Fox Ring - ok, yeah, I already have 9408604393773 fox rings but they're all gold/bronzey colours! This is silly because the jewelry I primarily wear is all silver! Once again I was on Etsy searching for something completely different when I stumbled across this. It was love at first sight. Like serious love. There's also a rose gold one I'm eyeing up...

So, yeah, a limited list of things I want! What do you think of my taste?

Instavixen #6

Life has been pretty eventful since my last Instavixen! I've actually been having something resembling a life, although granted a lot of my life is my job now but hey, aren't most adults lives all about work?! So, one thing I've been trying to do is eat more healthily. While I've definitely upped my intake of fruit and vegetables,  as you can see from the pictures my diet still can't be classed as healthy! The highlight being my waking up too late to have breakfast this morning and going straight out for pub lunch and ordering some of the worst things on the menu. Gotta be said though, enchiladas are some of my favourites and I've been obsessed with melt in the middle chocolate pudding for a good while now, and this one was huge! What I do wish is that I could afford more Graze boxes. While I know they're highly overpriced, they do make it a little bit easier and a little bit nicer for me to have something instead of crisps or chocolate. I currently receive one box a month as I was given three half price boxes, but my June one will be the last of these, sob!

So, the reason I didn't get round to do an Instavixen post last Sunday is because I decided to say "yes" and go out with a good friend who I haven't been seeing as much as I'd like to recently. We went out on Sunday night as it was a bank holiday and we went to something called Insomnifest. Full of chavs and names of people like Tom Zanetti that I recognise but don't really have a clue about, I was a little bit terrified of paying £20 for a ticket for this as I was pretty sure I was going to hate it. Truth be told, I actually had suuuuuuch a good time. The music wasn't *so* bad and it felt really good to be out in warehouse in Leeds rather than doing the same old Wakefield pubs. I also felt a lot safer in Leeds because it meant less chance of seeing any unwanted faces. Sadly, disaster struck. My brand new playsuit broke on me! Luckily I have the best dad EVER and he drove all the way to Leeds to come get me, take me home, let me get changed, and then drove me all the way back to Leeds. But when I got back to Leeds, the girls I was out with were heading into a taxi back to Wakefield! Me and my friend really weren't happy about this but we couldn't be bothered fighting it and it would be too expensive to get taxis home if the two of us stayed in Leeds so off to Wakefield we went. After some cheesy chips, I perked up and Wakefield wasn't so bad. I met some nice people which is always cool, and unexpected in Wakefield.

Unsurprisingly, I've been doing a fair bit of shopping recently and that's what a lot of my pictures this week focus on. I've also had a sleepover with the same friend I went out with on Sunday and besides that I've just been at work. At the minute I'm really, really exhausted all the time so I've just been saving all my energy for work. After that, I really can't manage anything else. It's a good job I'm really enjoying my new role at work! Oh, and although I've been buying clothes, jewelry and hair care products, I've actually been resisting the 3 for 2 offer on ALL makeup at work, so that's one thing to be proud of!

What's your week been like?

Models Own Wonderland Collection [Product Review]

Ok, ok, so maybe this collection was released for Christmas so maybe it's a bit out of date now! But hey, these polishes are still available, and although quite Christmassy in nature, they're absolutely gorgeous polishes and talk about them I will! If you're a big lover of glitter nail polish, as I am, this collection needs to be in your life. Featuring 5 different glitter polishes, it has been a must have on my list since it was first announced. There isn't a single one I dislike and unlike most of my polishes, I have worn every polish in this collection on more than one occasion. Of course, being quite different glitters and textures, it polish varies in how it applies etc, so I will talk about them all individually!

Northern Lights
I'm talking about Northern Lights first because it is my absolute favourite polish ever, not just in this collection. It's a lovely iridescent pink glitter shade that has silver and gold and a whole multitude of colours in it when it catches the light. Simply: it's beautiful. It's also the best glitter I've got in terms of application, it's pretty much opaque in one coat, definitely in two coats. While it takes forever to dry, I can deal with this for the finished results!

Southern Lights
This is a colder, blue/grey version of Northern Lights. While the colour doesn't quite live up to pink for me, it's still a beautiful glitter polish and applies much the same as Northern Lights does. You only need one or two coats for it to look incredible.

Jack Frost
In terms of application, this is my least favourite in the collection although one of the prettiest! It looks gorgeous, but sadly it's such a pain to apply. It requires lots of dabbing rather than brushing and lots of waiting around in between layers to be able to apply enough so that it looks good. Yet, once you've applied enough to see just pretty it is, it just refuses to dry. Because of this, it always ends up smudged and not so dazzling.

I'm really not bothered about owning any more silver glitter polishes now, this one is just perfect for me. It's got a few different sized silver particles in it and is super sparkly. Application varies; sometimes you get loads of glitter in one go, other times it takes a lot of dabbing and a few coats. The end result is totally worth it though and it's super long lasting on the nails; it probably lasts the longest out of the whole collection.

In terms of how it looks, Snowflake is my least favourite in the collection but don't worry, it's still super pretty! I just prefer the others. This is another one that is very fiddly to apply but it lasts such a long time without chipping that I don't mind.

Overall then, I really like this collection and totally recommend it to glitter fiends! It was released at the same time as the Mirrorball collection, and I definitely like this one better.

Dip Dye Skulls

Outfit Details:
Jumper: Primark
Jeans: Republic
Shoes: eBay
Bag: Missguided
Necklace: gift of unknown origin

Makeup Details:
B. Flawless Complete Coverage Foundation
Benefit Boi-ing Concealer
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
E.L.F All Over Colour Stick in Pink Lemonade on Eyes, Cheeks and Lips
E.L.F All Over Colour Stick in Spotlight on Brow Bones and Cheek Bones
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Zero
Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Nude
Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara

Barry M Nail Paint in Peach Melba

So, so, so glad to have been able to crack out my pink jeans once again! For years I wasn't a jeans person at all but recently I've been loving them lots but this pink pair is by far my favourite pair. I have a bit of a weird aversion to wearing pastel colours when it isn't sunny so sadly, these are hidden away for most of the year but now we finally seem to be getting some sun, I'm getting as much wear time in as possible. I've had these jeans for around a year now and when I was hauling in Primark the other day (went in to get new trousers and shoes for work, came out with those and so much more, oops) I spotted this jumper. Initially my poor eyes could only pick up the dip dye and my first thought was "whoa, that'd go so well with my lovely jeans" and as I got closer and noticed the skulls, I was completely sold. At only £8 as well, I was hardly gonna say no to this. Skull prints used to make me cringe; they smacked of wannabe punks to me when I was around 15 but now I'm a bit older I'm drawn to them more and more often! Accessories wise, I wasn't really gonna go for any jewelry but I spotted this necklace I've literally never worn in my jewelry box and thought the roses on this one added a sort of "Day of the Dead" vibe to the outfit so I gave it a whirl. Finished off with my beloved pink Missguided bag, I really adore this outfit. Admittedly, I think I should have worn my Vivienne Westwood Melissa's on my feet but I couldn't find them at the time so on the spiky stud shoes went. 

My makeup was highly experimental on this day. I wanted to have a play around with some of my newer E.L.F products and get some photographs taken for the blog posts. I actually really loved the combination of using Pink Lemonade on my eyes, lips and cheeks and Spotlight is a lovely little highlighter. I will be talking about these in a little more depth soon in a full review though. My nails didn't really match the outfit at all, but I'm seriously so in love with Peach Melba. It's the perfect spring nail shade and I've been wearing it a lot recently.

Are you a fan of dip dye and skulls?

FOTN #1 featuring Urban Decay

Products Used:
Benefit The Porefessional
Loreal Lumi Magique Primer 
B. Flawless Full Coverage Foundation
Benefit Boi-ing Concealer
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder 
E.L.F Cream Blush in Seductress
Benefit High Beam
Urban Decay Shadows in Bordello and Uzi
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Zero
Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara
E.L.F Lipstick in Seductive

Oh wow, after writing that list out I couldn't help but think "jesus, I wear SO MUCH makeup!" It never feels like I've got that much on and considering how much I use it doesn't even take me that long to get ready but seeing it all laid out like that is quite alarming. I suppose for a night out though, this amount of products isn't really excessive, right?! Because that's exactly what this FOTD (FOTN!) is, my first makeup look featured on the blog intended for the night time. I wore this a few weeks ago when I went out for the first time in ages and realised that I had seriously missed my party life style. As a result I vowed to start going out more often and documenting my makeup when I do! Although I failed to do that this bank holiday weekend...oops! The one thing missing from this look is false eyelashes - I have some Katy Perry ones knocking around but just couldn't locate them this night *sadface*

So, after prepping my skin with the usual suspects like Freederm and my moisturiser of choice, I apply Benefit Porefessional to my face as it is the best at minimising pores and seriously helps the appearance and wear time of the rest of my makeup. I follow this with the Loreal Lumi Magique Primer as I love the radiance it adds to my face. I like to go with heavy duty foundation when I go out, so B. Flawless Complete Coverage Foundation sure does come in handy here. I apply a little bit of Benefit Boi-ing Concealer to my problem areas and then brush some Rimmel Stay Matte Powder across my T Zone. This time round, I seriously ummed and ahhed about what to put on my cheeks. Yes I knew I wanted blusher and highlighter but which ones?! I eventually settled on E.L.F Cream Blush in Seductress as it's a really dramatic pink colour that I'm bit scared of in the day time. Combined with the famous Benefit High Beam highlighter, I think I've found a winning combination here!

Eyes wise, it was an eeeaaasssyyyy choice. I was wearing one of my favourite Lipsy dresses (I promise I'll get a photograph of it one day!) and I always do my eye makeup like this when sporting this dress. I love the combination of Uzi and Bordello from my Urban Decay Book of Shadows III palette and for night time, I always finish my eyes off with a cat flick of eyeliner. Sadly, my liquid eyeliner has gone walkies, so my Urban Decay Glide On Eye Pencil had to jump in to save the day. These are such silky pigmented pencils, I adore them. Well - to be quite honest, I've yet to try anything from UD that I don't adore! As I mentioned, my lashes were nowhere to be found so a simply swipe of Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara it was. Again, when it go to lipstick, I had no idea what to choose but eventually settled on E.L.F Lipstick in Seductive as although the pictures haven't picked it up, it really complimented my blusher. 

Do you like to go to town on your makeup when it's time for a night out? 

Lee Stafford Treatment for Hair that Never Grows Past a Certain Length [Product Review]

I'm obsessed with my hair. If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, you've probably already clocked onto this fact! My hair was my pride and joy for so long and then I wrecked it with copious amounts of bleach. I cut it all off into a bob and for a while, it was great, in fact I look at photos of me with my short blonde bob and I almost want it back now. But I get bored and I decided long hair was something I needed in my life. Enter this Lee Stafford Growth Treatment!

I ran out of this quite a while ago now and I must say, I miss it terribly. As soon as I stop buying naughty things and stop being so skint all the time, I'm picking another up because the difference between my hair now and the when I was using this is insane. First of all, this is a treatment you use after shampooing and before conditioning. It's recommended to use this every wash until your hair begins to feel better and then you can use it once a week. This is exactly how I used it.

This product smells divine. I seriously can't get enough of how it smells. Reason number one I want to repurchase. It's a lovely thick formula that coats your hair really nicely yet doesn't leave heavy residue in your hair. You leave the product on for five minutes before rinsing. Rinsed off, even wet, my hair would feel much softer - I almost felt like I didn't need conditioner although I could never bring myself to see what would happen if I skipped conditioner.

In a week or two, my hair was not only feeling much better but it was actually getting longer and it was beginning to thicken itself back up again. My hair felt so good that I got a bit reckless and started regularly abusing my hair with heat. When I ran out of this product - the effects of the heat started taking their toll! As a result, I'm now desperate to have this product back in my life so I can do some damage control and start regrowing the hair I've lost. This product does what it says it does and I love it. Just as long as you don't go in with unrealistic ideas that you'll wake up with Rapunzel hair the next day, I don't think you'd be disappointed by this product!

The Vixen Thinks: Girls Hate Girls

The Vixen Thinks is an almost weekly feature on this blog. Posts vary in topic, I'll talk about anything I have an opinion on! From blogging to relationships and anything beyond. If there's anything you'd like me to write about, feel free to get in touch: theglittervixen(at)gmail(dot)com! Thank you!

Before I launch into today's post I just want to say that this is something I wrote absolutely ages ago and it actually appeared on my old blog. However, I've had requests to see it again and I decided I would just repost it on here. While this subject isn't something I feel as strongly about anymore as I  was reading this today, I realised how important it is. I've not been my best self recently in regards to my attitudes towards other people and reposting this is going to give me a push back in the right direction!

This is a topic I've written about before, and it's something I'll no doubt write about again, because no matter how many times I say it, no matter how many times the intelligent, inspirational women I look up to say it, it really doesn't seem to be an issue that is going to change any time soon, as saddening as this fact is. Before I begin what is probably going to be a rant, I'd just like to state that yes, I'm aware that gender isn't a binary thing, there's much more to it than just a female/male divide but honestly, this would complicate this post even further if I took all this into account. For the purposes of this post only, when I refer to male or female, I am going to do so in a very cisgender way, and the post is going to be very heteronormative too. I apologise for this, I really do, but I'm just speaking out from my point of view, which happens to be that of a privileged white cisgender female. If anyone wants to give any other insights into this from another point of view, feel free to do so in the comments section! (edit: you can tell I still had Tumblr when I wrote this...)

So, how many times have you heard a girl say something along the lines of 'Oh I hate other girls, they're so bitchy! I like my guy friends much better, so much less drama.' Yeah, I know, you've heard that before and you've heard it more than once. More than likely, you've said it yourself. I personally have said I dislike girls. In fact, I've probably said it recently in a fit of fury where I haven't really thought about the implications of what I'm saying. The thing is, this is an absolutely ridiculous statement. There are plenty of females I like - my mum, my sisters, my stepmother, the females I chose to be friends with. I'm sure any girls reading this feel the same way; so why on earth do we all 'hate' other females so much?

Is it because we are bitchy? Yes. I realise this is a huge generalisation, and I'd love for someone to come and contradict me here, but think about you and your female friends. What do you talk about? Because more and more, I'm realising, I can't hold a conversation with a lot of people without bitching about someone. It disgusts me to admit this, but I do bitch, my friends bitch, and the majority of females I meet bitch. In fact, any unwillingness to bitch can be seen as strange. Why do so many of us bitch? I'm sure I'm speaking for more of us when I say it hurts to find out someone has been bitching about us; so why would we risk making anyone else feel like that? It's selfish, it's horrible and it doesn't make us very attractive people. Sadly, bitching has become such normalised behaviour, it's so expected of women, that no one bothers to question its validity. It's seen as natural, so no one tries to change it.

Surely all this bitchiness must stem from something? Is it because this girl stole your boyfriend? Is it because this girl has the courage to have friends from a different friendship group? Because if someone's appearance doesn't meet your personal standards of perfect, it's ok to criticise that? Don't be ridiculous. Bitching comes from one thing, and one thing only: jealousy. When do girls really start bitching about each other? Yeah, it's roundabout the same time we all start getting interested in boys. It's when boys and girls really start becoming separate genders; when boys are encouraged to do 'normal' boy things and girls suddenly start paying attention to things like appearance. When this happens; we start getting jealous. We're jealous because one girl gets the boy we like. We're jealous because someone has much nicer hair than us. We're jealous because this other girl, she's got so many pretty clothes. We even get jealous about stupid things, like girls who are skinnier than us. I get jealous of girls bigger than me because at least they're guaranteed to find clothes that fit them adult shops, whereas there's always a 'maybe not' in the back of my mind!

As I'm writing this, how stupid, how insane all this is becomes even clearer. We don't form real, valuable, close friendships; we're all miserable (come on, how happy can you really be if the majority of your conversation is centred on bitching about other people?) because we're simply jealous. Come on, it's ridiculous, and it needs to stop. As I've said earlier, I'm not perfect, and I know it's slightly hypocritical of me to even think of writing a post condemning all this girl hate when I'm so much a part of it myself. But do you know what, I've had enough. For a month or two recently I've been halfheartedly trying to make my interactions more positive, not join in with any bitching and stopped making 'sly' comments on social networking sites. From today though, I'm making this a conscious effort. Not only am I going to stop bitching about other people, I'm going to call out others who do. I am absolutely not going to make any passive aggressive comments at anyone. I'm done with dirty looks. This is a gift to myself, I want rid of this negativity from my life. It's an added bonus if others follow suit.

Until people accept that it is isn't natural for girls to bitch about each other, until people can see what a toxic, soul destroying habit it is, things aren't going to change. I welcome people who want this to change and do something to change it. I can't remember who said it, but it has been said that you have to be the change you want to see in the world. Maybe take this saying into consideration when you think about how horrible it feels when people are bitching about you.

April Products of the Month

As if April is already over and we're into May. My birthday month already! As if I'm turning 22, but we'll talk about that later because we're here today to talk about my favourites during April. As always if you enjoy my videos, please like and subscribe and for full details of everything you could possibly imagine, please click through to view on YouTube.

My favourite perfume this month has been Kate Moss Lilabelle Truly Adorable. A delicate floral scent absolutely perfect for day time wear. My shower gel of choice has been the I Love...Coconuts and Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Creme although I've yet to use it in the bath and have now used it up. I'm not a bath person alright! Face wise, I've been needing some heavy duty products to do a little damage control as my skin has had a major tantrum this month and broken out terribly. To give me the best base possible and minimise my pores, I've turned to Benefit The Porefessional the greatest primer to enter my life so far! Sadly it was only a sample size and I'm all out now but as soon as I'm feeling more financially affluent again I will be repurchasing. My next trusty face product is the B. Flawless Complete Coverage Foundation as this provides the coverage I so desperately need at the minute. My face is a bumpy mess so no, it doesn't hide my horrid skin completely but it makes it a much more even colour and a lot less terrifying to look at, so I'm smitten with this foundation right now. Moving on to products for my cheeks, surprise surprise, we have two E.L.F products here. Firstly, the E.L.F Cream Blusher in Heartbreaker an almost coral but more pink cream blush I've learnt to adore this product. At first I struggled with the application of these blushers but now I've realised it's best to just dip my stipple brush into the pot and then dab onto my cheeks from there, I've realised just how amazing this blush is. I love the colour and I love the powdery finish. The E.L.F Baked Blush in Pinktastic is a real game changer though. It might just be my favourite highlighter so far! While I love the Studio Blusher in Gotta Glow, Pinktastic is even better. Much more finely milled, very long lasting and gives a gorgeous pinky yet silvery yet goldy glow to my skin. It's amazing. My favourite lip colour this month is a weird one as it's the Rimmel Apocalips in Luna. I say weird, because I actually hate the formula of these products, I think it tastes bizarre and it isn't long lasting in the slightest. However, they are so pigmented and I adore the shade range so much that Luna just had to make its way into my favourites.

The final product I feature in this video deserves a paragraph of its own. I've never, ever been into eye creams. Benefit It's Potent! is actually my first ever one. Had I not received it as a gift as part of a gift set, I would never have ever thought about using one. I just assumed they were a myth. Nothing would work on dark circles and as for leaving eyes looking less puffy and more awake - ha! Yet, I had to give it a go because I hate things to go to waste. Before using it, I decided not to read any reviews of it at all because if I did see a difference, I wanted to know I was definitely seeing a difference and not being influenced by outside opinions. So imagine my shock a few days after I started using it when I noticed my dark circles were a lot, lot, lot lighter. Yes, they're still there but the colour difference is insane and I need a lot less concealer now. You only need the tiniest amount of this product so it's going to last me ages and I know it's one I will be debating when it eventually runs out - I'm leaning towards repurchase at the minute but I am also curious to see how well other eye creams work now!

What were your April Products of the Month?

V05 Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Powder [Product Review]

Ah V05, they manage to win me over with their lovely pink packaging every time! Although they've been pink for quite a while now, I remember the day where I walked into Superdrug looking for my trusty red bottle just to notice it had been updated to my favourite colour! While at first I wasn't too happy with the "great new smell" claims, I've now grown used to the new smell, cannot remember what the old one was like and still use V05 products religiously. While it's their heat protection spray that gets repurchased over and over again by me, I do like to venture out into new products every now and again.

My hair doesn't differ much. Most days I blow dry it, straighten it and that's that. I love curling it but I always need help and it's just a bit too damaging for my fragile hair at the moment. So what do I do when I go out? Obviously for nights out I want to look like I've put more effort in than usual - with my makeup that means more eyeliner and a set of false lashes, but what can I possibly do with my hair? I don't like tying it up and only ever do that for work so when I go out - I aim for lots of texture and lots of volume! Me being me though, I hate backcombing my hair these days as well as I'm so scared of anything that can cause damage to my hair. That's why I decided to give this powder a go!

Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed. Upon first feeling this powder, I was terrified it was going to leave my hair a greasy mess but once applied, I realised this wasn't the case. You apply this directly to your roots and then fluff up your hair. It gives hair an amazing textured look and an instant boost of volume. Although my hair would fall flat after a bit, I'd simply just puff it back up when this occurred and it'd be back to being massive. I love the way this makes me hair look and it just makes my hair look a little bit different without too much effort.

The one thing I don't like about this product is its matte finish. I much prefer having super shiny hair! That being said, I feel like maybe if this product was intended to give shine then it would actually make my hair look greasy. So although not my personal preference, I think the matte finish is a bonus really.

What do you think of texturising powders?