Having a Quarter Life Crisis

 I had an almost quarter life crisis (almost because I'm technically two years away from being 25) back in August and it resulted in me quitting my job. lol. Okay well not really lol, but this is a little post for anyone going through the same thing and hopefully will make you smile (and also any use for me to use gifs.) These a few things that happened when I had my quarter life crisis.

Suddenly not knowing what you want to do with your life. 

What you expect when you graduate from university. 

What actually happens. 

Realising you're living for the weekend and counting down the minutes to every Friday. 

Your Facebook timeline is full of babies and weddings. Whilst I'm over here with a spoon in the Nutella jar. 

Then feeling in no way ready for kids. This is the girl who thinks Nutella is a nutritious meal.. ( IT HAS HAZELNUTS IN!) 

Suddenly wanting a tattoo (or adding to the collection) 

Wanting to go travel the world. 

Thinking of a new career path you could possibly take.  I'LL DANCE WITH MY DOG AND WE'LL MAKE MILLIONS. 

Whenever someone mentions mortgages. 

Realising you're not 18 anymore and you're actually in your 20's, WHERE HAVE THE YEARS CREEPED UP FROM?

Suddenly thinking that every celebrity is younger than you. WHAT DO YOU MEAN KYLIE JENNER WAS BORN IN 1997. 

Realising you probably should stop having a crush on the members of 1D. NAH NEVER. 

Your horror when you realise soon, that if you entered X Factor you'd be in the Overs category. 

When you realise your metabolism has slowed down. 

You say stuff that sounds exactly like something your parents would say. WHEN DID I GET SO WISE. 

Hangovers are now a three day affair. 

Then the best thing?

Suddenly not giving a shit about what other people think. 

Jokes aside. Going through a mini quarter life crisis blimming scared me. You feel alone and confused and you're not sure what to do at all. Like I said above, I ended up quitting my job as I realised I was very miserable and felt that being miserable at 23 wasn't on. For the first time in ages, I feel like I'm on the right track and feel more content again. If you're feeling like this, it doesn't last forever but use it as something to evaluate what's going on, and see what makes you happy. Honestly life is too short to be unhappy, especially when we're only young. ( See I know we're not old really)

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Kylie Jenner Lipstick Dupes

 So I will hold my hands up, I have a massive girl crush on Kylie Jenner right now. Like seriously when did she get so cool? It makes me sad that when I was 17, I was no where near as cool and instead failing driving tests rather than posting cool instagram pictures. Anyways, of course one of the main talking points about Kylie, is 'those lips.' Of course the rumour mill is in overdrive about whether she's had them done or not, honestly I don't think she has. I think it's all down to lip liner, and to be honest if she wants to draw on her lips then why not.

Her signature look is plump lips in a nude toned brown which is very 90's and had us all wondering what exact shade she has been using. After doing some Sherlock detective work, I found that she uses MAC Whirl lip liner, MAC Soar Lip liner and MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick. However when I went to MAC to buy these products, the lady told me that basically most of MAC has sold out of Whirl and Velvet Teddy because of Kylie. I still got Soar, but went on a mission to find alternatives to Kylie's look and I've managed to find a few options that are actually a bit kinder on the purse strings! Wahoo.

Swatches: L-R- Rimmel Spice Liner, Mac Soar, Soap and Glory Supernude and Maybelline Nude Perfection. 

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lip Liner: Spice: This a warm toned brown nude colour, I think it's super flattering on my skin tone and I've been using it to fill in my whole lips as I really love the colour. It's a matte finish so lasts a pretty long time and is so cheap at only £2.99! I know right? That's a lot cheaper than a £12.50 lip liner from MAC! This lip liner is also really easy to use if you did want to slightly over line your lips ala Kylie style.

MAC Soar Lip Liner: So this is apparently one of the products that Kylie uses herself. This is probably the most pink out of my picks, it's a warm almost dusky pink mauve colour, it's again really flattering but can be quite dark when you build up. It's a nice daytime colour for Autumn/Winter as it's nude but a little darker and not as peachy as the usual nude lipsticks I wear!

 Do you know how long it took me to get the 'perfect' Kylie pose? Blooming ages! This is me over lining my lips with Rimmel Spice and MAC Soar lipliner. 

Left Picture is Rimmel Spice Liner all over my lips and Soap & Glory SuperNude Lipstick. 
Right is Rimmel Spice with Maybelline Colour Drama lip Pencil in Nude Perfection. 

Soap & Glory: Matte Lipstick: Supernude*: I've had this lipstick in my collection for a little while but thought it was a pretty good dupe for the nude brown colour that Kylie wears. It's a matte lipstick but not completely matte and drying, you can always powder it though for a completely matte finish! It's a warm toned nude which leans to the slight more brown side. I thought I would include a lipstick in case you didn't want to use lip liners as they can be quite drying! I'm sure there are lots of lipsticks that are similar to this colour but this is what I've been using and I tend to line and fill my lips in with the Rimmel Spice liner and then go over the top with this lipstick.

Maybelline: Colour Drama Lip Pencil: Nude Perfection: A new addition to my Kylie line up, but this lip pencil from Maybelline caught my eye on a recent trip to Boots. Matte and the perfect warm toned nude it's a mixture between the lip liner and lipstick that I have been using for the Kylie look! It's quite soft and creamy meaning it won't drag on your lips, however I will recommend using a lip balm if you have dry lips before using a product like this!

How To Get Bigger Lips: Of course we don't know if Kylie has had fillers or not, like I said I don't think she has, if you want your lips to look bigger, I would say you can over fill your lips with lip liner but I wouldn't recommend going overboard as it can look quite obvious! I would say just go over the top of your lip line and make it quite thick, take your time and just go over the shape of your lip line. This will give your lips a fuller effect without being too much. If you also focus on the middle of your lips and then add a highlighter to your cupids bow this will give the illusion of fuller lips without even having to over fill them :) you can also get plumping gloss, such as one from Soap and Glory which does make your lips sting a bit so be aware!

However, I'm pretty sure you all have luscious lips anyways, and to be honest I have just been digging the nude colour that Kylie has been wearing, so for now I will be putting down the lip liner as to be honest I look more like Miranda Sings than Kylie! ( You can see that in action in my Kylie Jenner make up tutorial which will be uploaded on to my YouTube channel a little later!) Are you digging Kylie's look? Have you found any good dupes for her lip shade?

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Style: The Leopard Print Skirt

Skirt: Topshop
Shoes: Topshop

I seem to have a bit of a love/hate relationship with leopard print. It reminds me of Liz McDonald/Bet Lynch from Coronation Street and seeing as my name is already Corrie, the last thing I want is to look like a Rovers Return tribute act. However when I saw the new Topshop collection modelled by Cara Delvingne, I fell in love with a skirt and couldn't stop thinking about it. Much to my surprise it was a leopard print a-line skirt but Cara made it look so cool and before I knew it, I was ordering it and was hoping I'd look as cool as Cara.

Whilst I'm definitely no way as near as cool as Miss Delevingne (though my brows will soon be the same as hers, if I keep skipping eyebrow threading appointments!) I do love this skirt, I love this shape of skirt, I think it's really flattering if you have hips and a bum as it almost straightens everything out. It's also a great length, not too short or too long. I got a size up as i always find Topshop bottoms to be on the small side!  However one thing I wasn't expecting was the furry material! I did have a bit of a panic moment, as it reminded me of a furry leopard print pencil case that I had when I was in primary school (not only did it hold my pens but also a picture of Hear'Say that I'd cut out from the newspaper. I have been a fan girl as long as I can remember lol) but I got over the whole looking like a pencil case thing and thought I will go with this. Also it's going to definitely keep me warm in the winter!

I love that I can wear this in the day with tights and flats/boots and I'm going to actually wear this on Saturday night for a night out, paired with heels and bare legs. I tend to just team this with a black high neck top, but you could wear literally anything with it, even Alexa Chung wore this to the Topshop show at LFW and teamed it with a yellow jumper which surprisingly worked really well. But then again she is Alexa Chung. So for now I am embracing the leopard print, let's hope that my Mum doesn't ask me if I'm dressing as a cave woman again like she has done before when I've worn leopard print.
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The Only Two Highlighters You Need.

Swatches: L-R: Mac Soft & Gentle, Benefit Watts Up 

Okay so you guys all know that I am a big fan of highlighters. To me they are the shoes and handbags of the make up world and an essential part of my everyday make up routine. Yes most days, I do walk round like Edward Cullen but hey he was a hottie so I can get away with it. However after using many highlighters, I have finally narrowed down my two ultimate favourites. You could say they are my holy grail highlighters, I know right, high praise indeed!

The Powder Highlighter: MAC Soft & Gentle: You can either get a powder or creamy highlighter, and depending on preference they have slightly different finishes to one another. MAC's Soft and Gentle is a highlighter I have probably banged on about one too many times, but it's a goody and definitely worth my ramblings! I find that sometimes powder highlighters can be a bit cakey and just sit on the skin, however soft and gentle just glides onto the skin and gives you this amazing glow. A little goes a long way, and this product is huge so it will probably last you for ages. It also sticks around all day, it's just an amazing highlighter. Although it might be a bit too much for some people day to day, it's perfect for evenings and going out, and of course if you don't mind unleashing a bit of shimmer in the daytime like me, then you'll also love this!

The Cream Highlighter: Benefit Watt's Up: I've been after this highlighter for some time and finally took the plunge a couple of months ago! This creamy highlighter is perfect for creating a dewy glow that makes you look radiant. Being a bit more subtle than MAC's Soft and Gentle it's perfect for daytime. Although its creamy, it's really blendable and doesn't go cakey at all. It also lasts all day, and just gives you an amazing glow. It's really hard to describe but it's just the perfect highlighter.

I love these two highlighters, they both give a pearly sheen to your cheekbones, and it's a really flattering shade from both of them that I'm sure would suit a variety of skin tones. If I had to throw all out my highlighters and never buy another one ever again, to be honest, I'd be quite content with these two! So let me know, what's your favourite highlighter? Is there anything I'm missing out on?
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Halloween Party!

Last week, I went to an early Halloween party, but nevertheless the only Halloween party I'll be going to this year. I was very lucky to be invited to the annual Gleam/Daily Mix Halloween party and I was super excited as this was the first year I was able to attend! I had a dilemma with my outfit and wasn't sure what to go dressed as. I'm not very good with gore, so I didn't want to be gory, and I of course didn't want one of those Mean Girls moments of 'why are you dressed so scary?'

After a few outfit changes, I decided to go for a cat. Okay I know how original. I was on a bit of a budget but managed to find a lace trimmed dress from ASOS for just £12, and then ordered some ears also from ASOS. Threw on some tights and heels and bobs your uncle. The London Make Up School very kindly offered to do both mine and Laura's make up and hair for the event which we jumped at. Being a bit cack handed, I knew that my whiskers would probably end up wonky so this was a relief!

I had a lovely lady called Beth do my make up and Lisa do my hair. I wanted to be a quite a glamorous cat, so had quite a dramatic cat eye and a bold red lip! I am now coveting the Bobbi Brown stick foundation that Beth used on me, as it didn't budge all night! Lisa waved my hair with a Babyliss waver for an almost crimped look, I really liked it, as I never wear my hair this way and it's good to have something a bit different. Though Henry did say 'maybe people didn't recognise you on Tuesday night cause you had frizzy hair.' Rude. I did not have frizzy hair. Ha boys.

I had such a fun night, it was so nice to catch up with some familiar faces that I haven't seen in years and meet some of my fave youtubers, I definitely fangirled over the SacconeJolys! We had a few drinks and danced the night away before heading back to the hotel for a KFC. Classy! It was such a fun night, and hey maybe I'll partake in this Halloween thing more often ;)

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Lush Halloween 2014

 If you ever want to find a beauty blogger/vlogger, you will probably find one sniffing the bath bombs in Lush. If David Attenborough did a nature programme on us beauty bloggers, Lush would be called as our natural habitat along with Boots. I know that everyone is loving Lush this autumn, which is good because it's always been a shop that I have loved and somewhere I go to either treat myself or friends and family. Now let's be honest who doesn't love a bath? Okay I know there's a fair few people out there who don't but I do. I love relaxing and unwinding in a bath, and whenever I used to have a bad day at work, the promise of a bath that night always gave me something to look forward to. Of course regular bubble bath is so boring and so 2013, it's all about bath bombs and Lush's Autumn/Winter collection is going to knock your socks off.

Wizard's Hat: This is a limited edition bubble bar just until Halloween, so make sure you get this before the 31st! This is one that instead of dumping in the bath to do it's magic, you sprinkle under the water to create hoards of bubbles, and leaves your bath with a purple tinge. With tangerine oil and juniper berry, this is perfect for unwinding after a stressful day, you could say the wizard will magic away your problems! 
Uses: 2-3, I'd split the bubble bar up so you can use it more than once :)
Price: £3.25

Fairy Ring Soap: This soap is made with fresh mushrooms which definitely sounds a bit strange. But these shittake mushrooms are perfect for a hand soap and they antibacterial and are said to improve blood circulation! Other ingredients include Jasmine and Ylang Ylang meaning whenever you use this, your bathroom is full of the most amazing scents. 
Uses: 10+ 
Price: £4.10

Sparkly Pumpkin: This is another bubble bar that will really transform your bath from a normal bath to a glitter ball! This one is going to leave your bath with a serious showering down afterwards, I tell ya. Okay granny mode off, this is seriously fun. Crumble it under the taps to unleash orangey bubbles with scents of lime and grapefruit, it's very fresh and citrusy.
Uses: 2-4- Either split this into half or quarters to make your sparkly bath last!
Price: £3.50

Lord Of The Misrule: This earthy bath bomb will be one for those who may not like the sweet scents that many other bath bombs posses. With patchouli and black pepper oil, it may not be for everyone, but the way it fizzles and oozes different colours into the bath water is pretty cool! It also has popping candy inside it. I know, right?
Uses: 1
Price : £3.50

Northern Lights: Described as the fireworks of the bath bomb world, this purple stick definitely packs a punch in your bath. Spinning in the water, it unleashes an array of colours such as blues and neon greens and even a few mini stars! With ylang ylang and jasmine, it's perfect for a bath time before bed to relax you before slipping into slumber!
Uses: 1
Price: £3.50

Sparkler: Another firework bath bomb, the sparkler is citrusy based with Sicilian lemon oil and rose oil, with of course popping candy thrown in too for good measure!
Uses: 1
Price: £3.50

So there we have it some of the Halloween/winter collection from Lush, I still popped in the other day and picked up a few other bath bombs so look out for those appearing on the blog very soon! What's your favourite Lush bath bomb?

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Why Is It Such A Crime To Like Make Up?

* I've had this post sitting in my blog drafts for a couple of weeks. But after reading a certain article this week about beauty vloggers and how they aren't a good role model for young girls because of their beauty videos, I felt this was a good time to put out this post. I know I don't usually post these kind of things but it's something that has been bugging me for a long time, and is a topic that is quite relevant right now! Also someone commented on my blog the other day, saying I was an 'insightful young woman' and now I blatantly think I am the next Dali Lama. I'll get back to my beauty posts soon!

I've been reading Sali Hughes's book Pretty Honest lately, and the first few lines captured my attention instantly. In fact so much I have decided to sit down at my laptop to write a blog post and have a bit of a word vomit. She talks about in her opening chapter about how women who have a keen interest in beauty and appearance are sometimes labelled shallow, stupid or even called traitors to feminism. The words stuck with me, and resounded feelings that I have felt many times before. Being a beauty blogger, there's obviously no surprise that I love make up and I'm sure that you, reading this blog must also have a keen interest in beauty or you wouldn't be here. Or maybe you're lost. If so hiya, hope you come back soon!

I have always loved make up, ever since I was a little girl. Sitting at my Mum's dressing table with all her products laid out was so interesting, and when I was given play make up to play with when I was little, there was nothing more I loved than slapping it on my rather freaky large doll head or making my friends sit down and I'd forcefully apply blue eyeshadow on their eyes. It's a miracle they still have eyeballs, I tell ya. Make up always intrigued me and it was just something fun to play with. Who else remembers the magazine Sabrina Secrets? I think most girls growing up in the 90's had those purple glittery boxes with the awful nail art pens and body glitter! Every Tuesday (or was it Thursday?) that the magazine came into the newsagents was easily the best day of the week. Anyway, I soon grew up and out went Sabrina, and magazines such as Bliss and Sugar were my bible and make up was something that I really wanted to get into. I think I was 13 when my Mum took me to Boots and said I could have £20 to spend on a starter kit, I think I bought a Rimmel Foundation, Maybelline mascara, Natural Collection concealer and eyeshadow and a Miss Sporty lipstick. I went away very happy. ( See I love make up that much that I still remember everything I first bought!)

I never wore a lot of make up to school but I would sneakily use my mum's eyeliner and line my waterline, because I was so sassy and couldn't be tamed. But I was sent to the girls bathroom every day to wipe it off. As the years have gone on, I still get excited by make up and I can't even really tell you why. It just interests me. I still get excited about new releases and a glitter neutral eyeshadow palette gets my heart in a flutter. But I'll tell you what, liking make up or wearing make up doesn't make you shallow. Or Fake. Or Dumb. Or Vain.

People assume that because you have this interest in beauty you don't like anything else or can't open your mind to anything else which just isn't true. As Sali mentions in her book " I believe it's perfectly normal to love both lipstick and literature." There's no rules on how many things you can like, and what goes together and what doesn't. I like to wear make up and yes I wear a lot of make up and it's just something I do. I wear it for me, because it makes me feel better, is it a sin that I feel like rubbish without make up? Is it wrong that I enjoy applying make up and trying different things. Make up can make you feel different, if I'm feeling shitty, I can apply a smokey eye and pretend I'm confident Caroline. Or I can apply a bright lip and then walk out the door almost doing a kung fu kick to the world.

Watching beauty videos on YouTube is one of my favourite things do, and so what?

Wanting to feel your best and applying make up doesn't make you a bad person. Or a shallow person. Is it really wrong to want to feel your best? I don't think there's anything wrong with that, I do it for me. No one else. In fact I couldn't care less if people thought I wore a too glittery eyeshadow for the daytime, I do it for me. But if you're okay with not wearing make up or not being interested that's totally cool too! What I'm trying to say is, it's okay to love make up. It's okay to love wearing it. Make up doesn't change you as a person.

People have said to me in the past, even family members that they wish I wore less make up and was more natural. I never understood why they say this, as my make up and fake tan doesn't affect my personality. I'm the still the same goofball who is too nice for their own good, who laughs at stupid things and worries about every little thing with or without the slap. It doesn't affect me as a person, it's just part of the package. I'm fed up with people saying you're fake with make up on and fake tan. It's such a old out of date attitude to have. At the end of the day, we're all different. If we were all the same it'd be bloody boring. If someone wants to have loads of tattoos then that's cool, if someone doesn't want to wear make up that's cool too. I'm just fed up of people focusing on stuff that doesn't matter and not looking further into the stuff that does matter such as personality.

People may say 'why can't you go out the door without make up? That's so vain.' Well this is obviously someone who has never experienced bad skin and crippling self confidence. So maybe that is vanity wanting a layer of concealer to cover the bad bits, or maybe it's just me wanting to feel a little better inside because I'm 23 and my skin is still behaving like it's 13.  Can it be described as vanity when I don't care what people think? It's purely for me. Hey I think I could have perfect skin and I'd still apply mascara. Make up is a part of me, and without it, I don't really feel like me.

I guess I'm waffling on now, but what I'm trying to say is, that no one should ever make you feel bad for liking or wearing make up. Or for having an interest in anything you like. Just because I write a beauty blog doesn't mean, I'm stupid and have no other interests. Just because I make and enjoy watching beauty videos, doesn't mean that I'm not partial to sitting and watching a documentary. Life is pretty damn serious and sometimes it's nice to switch off and not worry about the shit that's going on and kick back with a beauty video or blog. Saying that beauty vloggers are bad role models is a stupid attitude to have too. No one is saying you have to look this way or follow the look, it's just content, do we all copy everything we see on the tv? Err hell no. You don't see me watching TOWIE whilst applying a vajazzle, or me watching Top Gear to then go copy driving around the city like Lewis Hamilton. I really feel that beauty bloggers and vloggers get a bad rep sometimes for no reason. It may seem like a flippant hobby to some, but it's bloody hard work, and yes we may write and love lipstick but that doesn't mean we're stupid or bad role models. Honestly if I had kids and they watched Youtubers, I'd be much happier them idolising them than the likes of Rihanna or Kim Kardashian. At the end of the day, we should all be allowed to like and idolise whoever the hell we like. It doesn't matter who and what they are, it doesn't matter, I think people sometimes forget that everyone is different and that's okay.

Of course everyone has different interests and opinions, and some people may not like beauty videos/blogs or make up, and that's cool. I'm probably not into what you are, but don't go around saying that we're stupid or vain, or fake. Just because you don't like something, doesn't mean it's wrong for someone else to like it.

As Sali puts perfectly in her book; "Anyone who dismisses beauty and make up as mere frippery, an irrelevance pursued by the vain, frankly knows nothing about women."
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Style: The Snuggly Jumper

Jumper: Missguided
Jeans: Topshop
Boots: Zara 

I hope you're ready for another exciting outfit post! Whenever Autumn comes around, I always invest in some new knitwear. Being someone who is pretty much cold 90% of the time (and the other 10% I'm too hot) I have to invest in jumpers and cardigans or I would literally walk round a shade of blue and possibly look like one of those avatar creatures. This year I couldn't resist these off the shoulder jumpers from Missguided. I'm always partial to an off the shoulder top, and I thought these were a little more interesting than the usual run of the mill jumpers.

However these might not be the best for when the real winter comes as you do have your shoulders out, but for the time being, they are keeping me pretty snuggly. I do struggle to wear them under my leather jacket as altogether, I look a little like the Michelin man! Not a good look I tell you! I'm tempted to get the cream version too as well it's a bit livelier to my current wardrobe which is all black! I tend to wear these with ripped jeans and boots usually! It's a real lazy day outfit but with added warmth! :)

*Big thank you to Lindsay for taking these outfit photos for me :)
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Barry M's New Autumn Nail Colours

From L-R Nightshade, Ballerina and Vintage Violet

I have been a big fan of Barry M nail polishes for a fair few years. I used to stalk the counter looking for new releases every few weeks back in the day, and new seasonal colours always made me go a little giddy. This year's Autumn collection made me very excited and made me feel 17 again and took me right back to being in Boots! Three new colours have been added to the Barry M main nail collection, which are all priced at £2.99 each, meaning they are a real bargain.

The new releases consist of a dark black/purple called Nightshade, Vintage Violet a dusky mid toned purple and Ballerina, a dusky baby pink. The colours are girly and perfect for Autumn and when used with a good base and top coat can last a good three days without chipping which isn't bad for a nail polish that costs under £3! Vintage Violet is my favourite colour from the new releases as it's an unusual purple and I don't have a another nail colour like that in my collection.

If you're into purple and pink nail colours and wanted an autumn revamp on those colours, I definitely would check these out! They are available in Superdrug already :) so what are you waiting for!
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