Monday, 23 November 2015

The internet and I

Click, click, click goes the keyboard whilst I'm writing this post. The internet and social media has become such a big part of my life, it's hard to think what I did without it. The pressure, the joys and the addiction have very much shaped who I am as a person. For the better or for the worse?

I would definitely say for the better, last year I would probably tell you that I hate the Internet and that it ruined my life but now? I think I've flipped my view completely. The pressures of social media are very much relevant here in my cultivated hatred towards the Internet. With fitness gurus and 'eat clean' Instagram pages, there is an abundance of 'healthy' sites that you feel you should probably be on right now. Isn't that so bad? Yes, there is nothing wrong with being healthy and exercising however the amount of teenagers and older girls that feel they have to have this lifestyle isn't good. Instead they should teach you about self love and being happy with who you are! I do feel a lot of pressure from social media and to put on a 'face' on the Internet. 

But it's not always all about the pressures of the Internet, there is a positive side. Through my blog I've managed to find a hobby that I enjoy and it's something to take my mind off of school work, stress and I find it relaxing as well. Since I started this blog I've actually spent less time on the Internet. Whilst I used to spend hours just mindlessly opening various social media apps and looking at what my friends are doing without me *major fomo right there*. But spending less time on the Internet meant that I cared less what other people were doing and more what I was doing and in turn I felt better in myself and less pressured by social media. So I encourage you to spend less time on the Internet if you can, don't cut it out completely because I know that's hard, but a little less a day might be might be good! 

I hope you're having a fabulous start to the week and I would love to know your thoughts on these type of posts - a sort of lifestyle/my view of an issue.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Mac lipstick collection 2015

Back row left - right | Kinda sexy, Velvet teddy, Angel, Snob
Front row left - right  | Please me, Mehr, Twig, Crosswires

I absolutely love MAC lipsticks, truth be told they're not the best lipsticks out there, but the shades are stunning and they're not the most expensive (the lower end of high end lipsticks). For someone who is just getting into makeup and wants a more expensive lipstick, MAC is an absolutely great option. At £15.50 they're a brilliant present idea or a treat for yourself without breaking the bank. My MAC lipstick collection isn't the hugest in the world but it is hardly the smallest. I'm grateful that I have all of these and in now way am I trying to show off the lipsticks that I have. They are all quite similar but I wouldn't want to buy more expensive lipsticks that I wouldn't wear (and I can tell the difference #justifyinglipsticks101). 

Kinda sexy | Matte finish - this is one of the lipsticks I wear the most. It looks incredibly similar to Velvet teddy in some lights however on the lips and swatched on my arm I think they look quite different. It is a peachy toned nude and I absolutely love it - it would suit a lot of skin tones and I think it is fitting for all seasons. Nudes are a great lipstick to start with if you're just getting into makeup; MAC do an extensive range with different finishes so there is something to suit everyone! 

Velvet teddy | Matte finish - the legendary Velvet teddy lipstick. Whilst I probably bought this mainly because of the hype surrounding it, I do love it as lipstick. Between Kinda sexy and Velvet teddy I would probably choose Kinda sexy, but that's most likely because I just think Kinda Sexy suits me better.

Angel | Frost finish - a much creamier lipstick in the form of a frost finish is Angel. I've gone on about this lipstick quite a lot and it is the first MAC lipstick I ever bought, which was around a year ago. It is a great first lipstick I think and I think it looks best just lightly dabbed on the lips as applied normally I think it can look a bit tacky. It's not my favourite formula of lipstick (I much prefer matte finishes) but I love shade. 

Snob | Satin finish - this is probably the only MAC lipstick I regret buying. It's a really barbie pink shade and I don't quite know what I was thinking when I bought it. It's wearable with other lipsticks but it is way to light and cool toned for me.

Please me | Matte finish - I honestly just love this rosy pink so much. I probably don't wear it as often as I would like to but I'm definitely more of a browner pink/peachy person. It is much more wearable than a shade like Snob though and I do still wear it - just not as often as my other lipsticks. I think I'd probably wear it more if it was a sheerer finish opposed to a matte, so if you have any dupes I'd love to know! 

Mehr | Matte finish - Mehr is what I call a grown up pink. It is more brown toned yet still not a nude and is slightly darker that your normal pink lipstick. I wear it quite often and people always seem to notice when I'm wearing it (for good reasons). 

Twig | Satin finish - A slightly more creamy formula than the matte lipsticks, MAC's Twig is probably my favourite lipstick. The lipstick is similar to Mehr in the bullet but when swatched it is clear that Twig is darker with definite brown tones. Whenever I don't know what to wear on my lips I usually just turn to Twig - it's a great lipstick for wearing in the day but I also think it looks totally great at night as well. A huge thumbs up from me! 

Crosswires | Cremesheen finish - the brightest lipstick I own from MAC yet I still wear it quite often. It is a gorgeous pink with corally undertones without being orangey or obviously a coral lipstick. I think it's great if you want a bright lipstick but don't know what to buy - Crosswires is a great option.

I hope you enjoyed reading my MAC lipstick collection and be sure to let me know your favourites!


Monday, 9 November 2015

50 facts about me

Tomorrow I turn 15 so I thought I'd do a little (or big) 50 facts about me post! I think it's a good way for you to get to know me more and I also don't think that I actually know 50 facts about myself... well I'll at least try!

1. My full name is Eleanor Claudie Pritchard.
2. Therefore the inspiration for my blog name was just my first and middle name (I know it's incredibly boring but I like it so I'm glad it's stuck).
3. My birthday is the 10th November 2000.
4. My all time favourite show is Gossip Girl (The Vampire Diaries is a close second). Chuck and Blair are my favourite TV couple - probably one of the reasons I love it so much.
5. I also love Once Upon a Time and the person who plays Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) is one of my celebrity crushes *heart eyes emoji*.
6. As you can probably already tell, I love makeup and clothes a little too much. 
7. Despite not being the biggest fan of chocolate (shocking I know) I'm absolutely obsessed with Oreos. Honestly they're like the only sweet thing I don't get bored of eating. 
8. The last fact was a lie. I'm also an fan of popcorn (sweet and salty - I love both)!
9. Once you get to know me I'm probably the most irritating person ever - in a good way... I think?
10. I have quite sensitive skin so I'm always on the hunt for products that don't irritate my skin (I currently have a skincare routine that I love. 
11. I cut my hair really short last year for charity.
12. After last year I've been growing my hair, although I keep getting it cut short as I kind of love it short.
13. People say I'm small but I'm 5ft 3 and I'm quite happy with the height I am (and at least Topshop have jeans short enough)! 
14. The one beauty item I cannot live without is lip balm - especially now that it's autumn/winter.
15. I like to buy clothes that won't go out of style quickly as I think they will last me longer. 
16. I have size 5 feet (which aren't the best when shoe shopping as there are so many people that are size 5 there are none left).
17. My favourite vegetable is broccoli, you totally didn't need to know that fact but I just love those green florets.
18. I am such a morning person. I love getting up early but I do love a lie in when I can have one!
19. My favourite restaurant is Wagamamas - I had my first one year and I absolutely love going there. If anyone's interested my favourite dish is the Yaki Soba.
20. I don't have any piercings. I'm not scared to get my ears pierced at all, I just don't really feel a need to get them done (maybe I'll get them done in the future though).
21. I also don't have any tattoos (due to my age) and don't really want any in the future - I think I would get bored really easily of the same drawing on my skin every day. 
22. I HATE celery. Honestly cannot think of a vegetable worse. 
23. I don't have a job yet although I would love to work in the fashion industry when I'm older.
24. I'm not great with scary films and I would never watch them at my own house as I think I wouldn't be able to sleep!
25. The lipstick I wear the most often is MAC's Twig. It's probably not my favourite lipstick but it's the one I gravitate to most and it's definitely up there with my top three faves.
26. If I had a super power I think it would be invisibility - I just think that would be so cool!
27. I LOVE rings. There's not much I can expand on that other than I have way too many and still want more!
28. I only play one instrument and that is the piano. I love playing and I also love listening to it as well - there's something so beautiful about the way it sounds.
29. I would like to think that I am a very positive person but everyone probably says that, I can definitely get anxious a lot of the time - I just find way to deal with it.
30. I really don't like junk food. Sometimes I'm literally craving it but I just can't see the attraction to it. 
31. I'm terrible at most sports.
32. Despite being terrible at most sports, I love dance and do Ballet.
33. I really dislike shows like the X factor, they're so staged and I don't know why so many people love them.
34. I am majorly scared of heights but whenever I do something that involves heights afterwards I feel amazing - so maybe I am slowly conquering my fear.
35. I'm also really scared of roller coasters and don't think I'll be conquering that fear anytime soon.
36. I get really distracted easily.
37. I want to go to a fashion show and hope someday I will.
38. My favourite place in the UK is London as I just love the atmosphere and the buzz of the city.
39. My second favourite place is Brighton, it's so cute and despite only going to Brighton once i'm in love with the place.
40. I love taking photos (one of the reasons why I started my blog) and hope to get a camera for Christmas!
41. I'm obsessed with watching YouTube videos and find that they really help me to relax.
42. Painting my nails is also one of my favourite ways to chill out and relax.
43. One of my favourite films is Notting Hill. My best friend made me watch it and I can't believe I'd never seen it before then - I love it!
44. When I'm older I really want to travel the world, much like a lot of people.
45. I have a kind of jumper obsession - I own too many of the same variation of jumper it's bad! Knowing me I'll still buy more though!
46. My Grandma is French so that makes me quarter French! I'm taking French for my GCSE's and I love the language although I'm definitely not the best at it 
47. I'm an only child and when I was younger I always wanted a brother or sister but I'm not too bothered now.
48. I used to worry a lot about what people thought of me but I don't really mind what people think of me know - haters gonna hate ya know.
49. My favourite ice cream flavour is vanilla or Ben and Jerry's cookie dough.
50. This is fact 50 and I can't believe I actually have 50 facts about myself so here's the last one - I love writing for my blog and I cant believe you all read it! Thank you so much <3 

That concludes my 50 facts about me post - if you got to the end then congrats! Leave me a comment below about your favourite 

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Day to night looks #2 gold eyes

The second 'day to night' look (if you want to read the first look it's here) is a gold eye that you can easily transition from day to night with a corally pink lip (they actually go I promise)! 

For primer I'm always switching between my Body Shop Instablur and my Porefessional (they're my favourite primers) and I'm currently testing an Eve Lom primer so if I like it I'll let you know my thoughts in a future post. For a foundation that lasts all day the Nars Sheer Glow is a beautiful choice. I bought it last week and I can say it definitely lives up to the hype surrounding it. Despite the price tag I do think it's worth it and it lasts all day. A top up of powder throughout the day and you have a full proof base! With a dusting of the Benefit's hoola bronzer you're left with a simple yet stunning and most importantly long wearing base.

I'll do my brows in the morning and may redo them for the evening (depending on how much time I have and whether they need doing on not and apply the shade 'nude delight' from the palette above. The palette is one I've recently got and absolutely love - the Tanya Burr Hollywood eye palette. I've been searching in stores for months and I'm so glad I finally have it - the shades are stunning! For the day look I'll just use gold coin all over the eye for a basic eye look. For the night I'll reapply 'gold coin' on the lid with bookworn in the crease and outer corner. I may put 'enchantment' in the outer corner as well although I won't heavily apply it as I think 'gold coin' and 'book worm' look stunning on their own. This palette is so perfect for autumn/winter and the eye shadows themselves are amazing quality! 

To finish off the look I'll wear a gorgeous pinky/slightly corally lipstick from Nars (a full review is here). It's in the shade Niagara and I think it is wearable enough for the day however it is also garish enough to see you through to the evening. 

I absolutely love this look and hope you do too! It is really simple and clean look and the main focus are the eyes. It's easy to transition from the day to the night and I will definitely be using this look sometime in the future! 

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