It’s time for another fancy dress post. This week it’s an animal theme or this could easily be use for Halloween too (this is what I went as this year). From the amount of ‘stuff’ on my face you’d think that it would have taken me quite a while to do, when in fact it probably only took me about 15 minutes. Minimal products were used but I’d definitely recommend getting your hands on an angled brush as this is what I used for 80% of the look.

I did my normal base routine and then went straight in with the brows. Using my Sleek Brow Kit in Dark and a large angled brush I just went at my brows in any old fashion, filling them in with their normal shape but also going about in a ‘hair like’ motion. I then did the same thing with the grey eyeshadows from the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette, defy in particular. Then I took my Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Immortal Charcoal to prime the lid and used angel over the top. I darkened the crease with defy and took it underneath as well. It was all quite messy because you don’t want it to look too polished, you are a wolf after all! I lined my waterline with the Rimmel Kohl Kajal in Black and used my Seventeen Back Lash Mascara. This is the best part. Using my colour tattoo again and an angled brush I went around the contour areas of my face and brushed on the product to look like hair. I also did this in a triangle on my forehead. I also used the defy eyeshadow and my L’Oreal Gel Eyeliner in Black. To finish off I took defy down the sides of my nose and used the Revlon Colour Burst Matte Balm in Complex and patted the angel eyeshadow on top to make it more grey and dirty. I think it turned out pretty well!

In terms of outfit this is what I wore on Halloween. The ears were from a fancy dress shop (I think they also came with a tail) and the top was from Primark that someone ripped up, I did steal the outfit, oops! If you were just going for an animal theme then no blood is needed but Halloween needs it so just slap it on.

John Lewis Tears

We’re back at this time of year again where the buzz of Christmas is in the air and everything in the shops are either red, silver or gold. Hooray! But there is also one thing that happens at this time of the year that I don’t look forward to…the John Lewis advert. It’s not that I don’t like them, once I get into it I could be one of the people to watch it at least once a day, it’s just the initial watch. I don’t think that I’m that much of an emotional person except when it comes to animals or anything remotely cute looking. It’s a huge weakness and you can probably tell where I’m going with this.

The first time that I remember thinking ‘so this is the famous John Lewis advert’ was the year before last when it was the one with the snowmen. So cute but I never properly saw the whole version, I only ever saw the cut down version that they show between programmes on the telly. However when I did watch it I thought that it was a bit sad for a Christmas advert and the snow drama was just a bit much, but no tears were shed.

It was 2013 that got to me. I was sat in the kitchen with my flatmates doing work (I don’t know why we were doing work so intensely on a Saturday in November but just roll with it) and one of my other flatmates and her mum came in. I don’t know how it came up but we started talking about the new John Lewis advert and we decided to watch it there and then on my laptop because none of us had seen it. From the get go I thought ‘oh no, it’s all too much’. The sad slow music and the animated woodland creatures were a recipe for disaster. As we got further into the advert when, SPOILER ALERT, the bear leaves the party to go and hibernate and his rabbit friend looked sad I could feel the tears building up in my eyes. As soon as that bear came over the hill and it showed the joy in the rabbits face I couldn’t take it anymore. I wept. Not just a few tears, it was a full on sob. In front of everyone, including an actual adult. Even now though, running the advert in my mind gets me a little bit emotional.

This year wasn’t as bad but I didn’t make the fatal mistake of watching it with company. As I sat on my bed watching trying not to cry I was actually enjoying the penguins antics. Cute! It was when I reached the end that I cracked. The cuteness of penguin love mixed with imaginary toy penguin reality was too much. I was gone.

If you haven’t watched this years advert yet I would definitely recommend it and if you have a bit of an emotional breakdown don’t worry, I won’t judge.

Welcome to favourite fridays!

To get into more of a ‘blogging routine’ I’ve decided to introduce Favourite Fridays! This will be where I tell you about something I’m liking that week. This week, I thought I’d share one of my favourite things to do, not just this week but all of the time. Night time snuggles on the sofa in front of the tele with my bears and blanket. Bliss. I’m seriously obsessed with TV so to me there’s nothing better than cosying up on a night with my pals, real and furry, and my blanket and have a good snuggle. I know that this was a short little post but it was just a little taster before we get into the real deal next week. See you then!

Afternoon T(ea)V Spotting

As a little treat before I went back off to the wonderful world of university, my mum planned a little surprise as a nice send off. I had no idea what it was, like no idea, so when we pulled up outside I had a little bit of a mini heart attack. I think that I might be the world’s biggest ‘TV spotting’ geek because wherever I go that has been on the tele I can’t help myself but be like “Remember in series 2 of [insert programme name here] when they went to that church?!?! That’s the church!!”. I think it may be a condition.

As soon as we walked through the door I was taking in my surroundings and everything was so cute! Everywhere was filled with old fashioned furniture with little ornaments it was really relaxing. Then I saw it, the Last Tango in Halifax collage, with pictures of everyone when they filmed there…..just…too many feels….

The afternoon tea itself was beautiful. Cute crockery and tasty food you can’t really go wrong. The sandwiches were ham and mustard, beef and horseradish, cucumber and cream cheese and smoked salmon. My favourite was the smoked salmon one but the all of them were big on flavour. The scones (which were fruit) had just come out of the oven as they were still warm, mmmmm. Smothered in jam and cream you can’t really go wrong. To top off a super yummy ‘meal’ there were three desserts, a little strawberry sponge, a chocolaty truffle thing and a lemon posset. I can’t pick my favourite as they were all so delicious in their own little ways.  I’d definitely recommend going for afternoon tea here or anywhere as i think it’s a nice treat to have every once in a while!