Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Brands Worth The Hype: TheBalm.

TheBalm is a brand I've lusted over for some time. The Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter has been raved about in the blogesphere for some time and I've been desperate to try this and other products from the brand. So the question is, are the products worth the hype? In a word..YES.


First up Frat Boy* a gorgeous pinky, peachy blush. This is really quite matte compared to other blushes I've tried but the colour is perfect. The pigmentation is next to none and this gives the ultimate rosy cheek. This is really easy to wear, but I've made the mistake of apply a little too much a few times because it is such good quality. I imagine this blush would work for any skin tone and is perfect for us paler girls.


Ahhh the holy grail of highlighters - the Mary-Lou Manizer*. I've never tried a highlighter in this powdery form, but I've been completely converted. I actually apply this all over my face to add a subtle glow to my skin, without looking shiny. This is a firm staple in my make up bag right now, and I imagine it will stay there for a very long time. There is no way to describe this product but a-m-a-zing.

Next up is a cheeky eyeliner named Schwing*. I'm not a huge eyeliner lover but the nib on this one looks soooo good. I really need to work on my winged eyeliner look, so this will come in very handy for a novice like me. 
Last up is the gorgeous Meet Matt(e) Nude eye shadow palette*. These are, as the name suggests, all matte shades with once again incredible pigmentation. I've been loving the bottom three shades, which work so well with my Charlotte Tilbury palette. I'm going to experiment more with the darker shades too, these would work well with a smokey eye.

Have you tried anything from TheBalm. You can find all the products here.

Katie xx

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Event: Murder Mystery.


Last month I attended a very exciting event at the Renaissance Hotel in Manchester - a murder mystery night. I was a little apprehensive about what to expect as I'd never done a murder mystery before, but I was really pleasantly surprised.

We began the evening with a few drinks and introduced to a few actors that were helping us solve the murder. We were given a pack with some clues and allowed to discuss and investigate further within our teams. We could ask questions to the suspects and had a really fun time trying to discover the murderer.

Throughout the evening we were served a lovely meal. They even catered to my gluten free needs and I really appreciated the thought. I had an incredible mushroom pasta dish for my main, but I had finished it before I could take a photo! 

After the meal we continued our investigation and each came up with a suggestion of who we thought the murderer was. We actually won, which meant we got to dress up and act out the scene for the other teams to show them how we solved the mystery.

It was a really fun night, thank you BGO bingo and the Murder Mystery Company for a great event.

Katie xx

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Life Lately: Being Happy.

The past few weeks have been lovely! I've not felt as happy in a very long time. I've spoken about my mental health (here) in the past and right now I feel as though I'm fighting it and actually winning the battle. I've been totally embracing the little things in life and feel as though I'm becoming a better person because of that. Here's a few things I've been loving lately:

1. Eating amazing cake - there is nothing better than a spontaneous afternoon slice of cake. Well, unless it comes with marshmallows and jelly beans...

2. Getting completely and utterly drenched at uni and finding it hilarious. I despise wet jeans, but for once I didn't care.

3. Taking silly selfies with the bestie. Yes, we are both as crazy as each other.

4. Having a girly afternoon and planning our London trip next month. As well as eating all the snacks...after I'd Instagrammed them, obviously. 

Sometimes it's the little things in life we have to focus on. Sometimes we don't need to think about what will happen tomorrow, next week or next year. I think it's time I started living more in the here and now and become a little it more selfish. Because at the end of the day, I can't make everyone happy and ultimately I come first.

Katie xx