Wednesday, 27 July 2016

My Lime Crime Lip Collection

While looking through my make up bag I was just admiring some of my make up from one of my favourite brands, Lime Crime. I love the make up, the colours and the packaging. I decided I'd draw them instead of just a few photographs.
First are my four velvetines, Riot, Salem, Pumpkin and Wicked. My personal favourite is Riot, it's a perfect everyday colour for me. My second favourite is Pumpkin which is a bright orange and I wear that when I want to make a bit of a brighter statement. The there's Salem and Wicked, I only really wear these if I want to make a huge make up statement and if it goes with my outfit. I usually wear these with a lip liner, it just looks a lot neater and it makes it way easier to apply.
Lime Crime's Poisonberry lipstick was my first ever Lime Crime product. It's a fabulous and unusual colour. I'm actually wearing it as I write this, again with a lip liner. Who wouldn't love the unicorn on the lipstick case?!
The last products are the Carousel Glosses, I bought these as when I'm doing uni photoshoots I sometimes need  more 'out there' colours and looks. These are quite sticky but very pigmented and glittery. You never know when you'll need a green glittery lipgloss! Candy Apple and Present are also really great in Winter around Christmas.
So that's it, quite a short post but I just wanted to show you my illustrations and briefly describe them. I may do a proper review at some point but I don't know yet. I just really enjoyed drawing these! I also own Venus 1 & 2 Eyeshadow Palettes by Lime Crime but I didn't have time to draw them. The colour Divine in Venus 1 has become my signature eyeshadow shade! If you want to check out Lime Crime have a look at their website.  Thanks for reading, remember you can keep up to date with my blog on bloglovin.

Sarah

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Video Game Songs You Need To Hear

I don't know about you but I play a lot of video games, all of my life I've enjoyed just chilling out and playing a video game, even though some games are rage inducing (ranked LoL games and various Legend of Zelda temples I'm looking at you). Maybe it's just me but have you ever been mid game or scrolling Youtube for gameplay videos and you hear an in-game/game related song and you're just like...WOAH. Well I have, so today I'm sharing with you my:

VIDEO GAME SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR

Undertale Remixed - Megalovania (Holder Remix) - GameChops
Game: Undertale
This is the one game on this list I haven't actually played, but I have heard it's very good! My boyfriend only recently introduced me to this song which I think is a remix of a song from the Undertale soundtrack? (not 100% sure though). This song is very addictive and whenever I hear it it just makes me want to be awesome, motivated, play a game and be amazing at it! I don't think I've ever listened to this song and not smiled. 

Game: League of Legends
The link above is to This Is War 5 (This Is Wardles), but you need to check out all the 'This Is War' songs, they're amazing especially if you're interested in the lore of League of Legends champions. Any LoL fan will appreciate this series of songs. In this song in particular it's all about the Yordles, my favourite top laner Gnar is in there and his verse has Legend of Zelda references which makes me incredibly happy. If any of you have a Gnar plushie I'm very jealous of you right now.

The series above has to be my personal favourite on the list.

Game: Minecraft
This song will get stuck in your head, you will be singing the chorus before you know it. A clever, catchy song about those pesky Minecraft creepers that you'll end up singing and dancing along to it when it plays on Spotify in your car.


Game: Legend of Zelda
 This is a compilation of music from various Legend of Zelda games played by the very talented Lindsey Stirling and it's amazing. You should check out Lindsey's whole Youtube channel as her videos are always visually stunning and the music is fantastic.

Game: Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
I loved this game so much yet out of all the Legend of Zelda games I hardly hear anyone talk about Spirit Tracks and I think it has some of the most beautiful music! Even though it's been years since I've played it this song still sticks in my head as one of my favourites, I think it plays when you weaken the final boss. The scene in the game for the begining to this song is so lovely too, if you scroll near to the end of the video below  (The Lokomo Songs) you will see that scene and how it fits in the game. 

Game: Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
So by now I think you may have guessed that I'm a slight fan of Legend of Zelda, but the music in each game is always so different and beautiful (or a little bit disturbing when facing enemies but usually the song describes the enemy wonderfully!)
This is linked to the song above, the song above is Link and Zelda's duet where all the Lokomos join forces with them. However throughout the game each Lokomo has their own song (which you partly play). They're very short but all very lovely and distinct to each Lokomo. The video shows the song's gameplay too. Ah I'm really missing this game now!

So there are the video game songs I think you need to hear! Now I don't play Playstation or Xbox games unfortunatley as I don't own the consoles *crying* but if you feel I've missed any songs from those console games or any other game let me know! 

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Sarah
*The videos in this post linked above DO NOT belong to me*

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

When Eczema Goes Bad & How To Control It

I've had Eczema all of my life, I've had many different types of it and had it on nearly every part of my body, nipple and lady parts eczema is a nasty thing. However the main area that suffers is my hands. There have been times where it has been so bad I couldn't move my hands as they would crack and bleed and would feel horrendous. I'd be constantly getting infections as the skin on my hands was basically raw, it was miserable. Everyday things had become painful, I couldn't even open a bottle of water without half the skin on my hands coming off with it.

I'm writing this post hoping that I can help anyone who is going through a similar thing to me, maybe the things that helped me can help you! Firstly I want to say the two photos below were taken May/June 2016 when my hands were covered in two types of Eczema, the normal common type and a nasty one called Pompholyx. Pompholyx happens on the hands/feet and it causes you to get itchy, oozing blisters and when they pop the skin becomes ridiculously dry and cracks. You can see how red my hands are in comparison to my arms. The skin is raw, sensitive to touch, I have blisters in between my fingers and on my palms, it's super dry, cracked and bleeding. Not fun.
So, What Do You Do When Eczema Goes Bad?
If your usual way of controlling your eczema doesn't work and it is causing you a lot of problems like mine, then I would say consider going to the doctors. My eczema got to a point where it was infected and it needed a proper prescribed cream to help fight the infection and help properly control the eczema. The cream I was prescribed obviously didn't cure my eczema but it did help calm it down a bit and help control the Pompholyx more.

What Can I Do To Help Control My Eczema?
There are many little things you can do to help, here are the changes I made:

Gloves
This is probably the one that people go "what?" at. If your hands are very bad, raw and cracked, you may want to invest in some plain cotton gloves. You can put moisturiser/cream on and put the gloves on top then get on with your day instead of waiting for the cream to sink in. Additionally, if my hands are red raw and bleeding I wear my gloves just as a barrier, to try and help lessen the chances of getting any infections in there. You may get some funny looks from people, but after a while you really don't give a fuck, the gloves help me and that's what matters.

Hand Washing
This is probably only applicable to some people, I had many OCD hand washing habits, I'd keep washing my hands and using antibacterial gel until they 'felt clean'. I went through CBT a while back to help control my OCD habits. You must cut down on the washing, the products you use strip the oils from your skin, drying it out. Changing a habit is hard but well worth it in the long run. TIP: if your hands are sensitive gently dab your hands dry with a towel, do not rub as the friction can cause it to become irritated.

Triggers
Sometimes Eczema has triggers, it's different for everyone. I found out my hands get super itchy and bad if it's hot and sweaty. So if it's been warm at night I try to lather cream on in the morning to prevent further irritation. Also some products just might not agree with your Eczema, you may love the product but it's not worth it if it's making you worse.

Products
Lastly, sometimes changing everyday products for skin friendlier ones really help! This mainly applies to soaps and shower gels, they contain stuff like alcohol and chemicals that can really dry out and aggravate skin. Here are the two main product changes I've made (hope you like the illustrations I did of them):
The first change was soap, I wash my hands more than the average person so soap was the first thing I needed to sort. There aren't many soap free soap options out there, when you buy soap I can't imagine many people wanting it to be soap free. Eventually I found one by E45, it's a soap free cream wash. The only bad thing I'd say about this soap is the pump is a bit crap, but the soap itself is good!
The second change I made was shower gel, which I was really sad about as I LOVE shower gel, so many different lovely scents but I had to find one that helped me. My mum actually found this one for me, it's by a brand called Aveeno. It's a little pricey but it's a pretty big bottle and you don't need to use loads in the shower. It contains naturally active oat essence which I believe can help dry, sensitive skin. It has a very nice fresh smell too. My hands don't sting when I shower now!
Here is a photo I took yesterday, mid July 2016. There are a few little dry patches on my hands but it is a huge difference compared to the first two photos, my hands are now actually the same colour as my arms haha. I also moisturise a few times a day using Diprobase Emollient Lotion (emollient lotions/creams lock in moisture better), the amount I put on varies depending on how my hands are doing. But I'm so happy with how much better my hands are now, I feel so much more confident about them too! 

I know it was a long post but I just wanted to share how much my hands and Eczema have improved, also so if anyone else out there is suffering like me I hopefully have given you a few more things to try. I would love to know if you've experienced anything similar.

Thanks for reading! Remember you can keep up with my blog on bloglovin.

Sarah

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Liquor N Poker | Lax Mom Festival Jeans + Sequin Badges


Liquor N Poker | Lax Mom Festival Jeans + Sequin Badges 
I never usually stray from my Topshop Joni jeans since finding myself a nice pair jeans which fit is such a hassle, but I saw these while having a little online explore and I knew needed them. Buying jeans online is a massive NO NO for me as I nearly always have to try them on first but I took the risk with these beauties and that risk paid off. I went for a size 8 and I love the fit!
These jeans are quite a stiff denim with not much stretch so I'd definitely look properly into their size guides before you buy. I'm a sucker for any lil' details hence all the close up photos but of course the main attraction are the festival inspired patches/badges, whatever you call them. On your right leg you'll have star patch, cat patch (personal favourite) and a sequin raindrop hippie patch? (Not sure how to describe that one). On your left leg you'll have a flower patch, sequin heart patch, sequin pineapple patch and a yin and yang sign patch. Don't worry you've still got some style on the back too as you've got a sequin rainbow patch on the pocket near your left butt cheek.
I bought these from the Liquor n Poker website for £40, good quality denim and a good fit. Are they worth it? I'd say yes. But if you're on a budget or want your own style of patches I don't see why you couldn't just buy your own patches and add them to your own jeans.
How I Wear Them
Since they're mom style jeans I always wear them with heels as I think it makes them look 100x more flattering. I also paired them with a crop top showing a lil midriff for a casual, festival inspired look. 
Jeans - Liquor n Poker - £40 | Top - Topshop | Heels - Kurt Geiger
If you're tempted to buy these jeans find them here, hope you enjoyed, what do you think of them? Remember you can keep up to date with my blog via bloglovin.

Sarah 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

My Gung-Ho! Experience | Running 5K

My Gung-Ho! Experience | Running 5K
Excuse the no make up face above but running 5K in make up probably isn't the wisest idea ever. On the 2nd July me, my boyfriend (aka Joe) and my aunt headed to Newcastle Racecourse to run Gung-Ho! It's a 5k charity run with inflatables along the way, this years money was going to Children in Need. This was my first ever "proper" run and was made slightly a lil' more painful than intended. Extra Info: I was late for my period and 5 minutes before the race starts my period went SURPRISE BITCH, I was glad it arrived but that timing though. So I ran with very bad period pain, I think that's kind of an achievement right?

People were set off in waves every 15 minutes but we missed our warm up as group, 10:15am for some reason didn't have one, maybe we were meant to do it the same time as the 10am group but it wasn't made clear. It kinda sucked as obviously a warm up helps your body prepare a heck of a lot better but that would be the only negative part of my experience.
A photo of how the race began, first obstacle, my boyfriend goes over head first, so I trust his judgement and follow...
We both face planted into the ground from about a metre high drop into mud.
Having a nice walk around part of the course, there were many hills so we weren't prepared to run all the way, especially as me and Joe did no training prior to this. We did get out the treadmill at his house though, we didn't use it. It's the thought that counts, right? Also many people were struggling to follow the course as you were meant to follow small cones on the ground but at some points it was very difficult to tell which way the course was going, but we did okay!
One of the best inflatables of the course, basically a massive bouncy castle. You can see me taking a selfie there before I lost my balance and fell bouncing all over the place. TIP: A bum bag is very useful if you want to take your phone, money, inhaler, etc.
The photo on the right shows the last inflatable, a big slide with loads of foam at the bottom, it was awesome! You go up two at a time and me and Joe managed to slide down together. :3
We Did It!
I'm very proud we actually did it (even if we walked a lot of it), and that our money went to a good cause. There we are with are headbands, you also get a tee but I haven't got a photo of that. I would love to do it next year but next time maybe I'll prepare for it a bit better. All photos apart from my selfies were taken by my aunt's partner (thanks Jeff) and if any of you guys are gamer fans my boyfriend has just started a Youtube channel if you wanna check that out.   

If you wanna know more about Gung-Ho check here, they do runs all over the UK. Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed! Are you tempted by Gung-Ho? Remember you can keep up to date with my blog on bloglovin.

Sarah

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Collection Commentary | Anna Sui Resort 2017

Collection Commentary | Anna Sui Resort 2017
Hello and welcome to my first "Collection Commentary" post, so what is collection commentary? It is a series I've created for my blog where I'll look at a collection, illustrate my favourite pieces and basically comment on them! Simples. This first post looks at three pieces from Anna Sui's Resort 2017 collection. I have been an Anna Sui fan for years, in every collection there's always something that makes me go wow and deeply want, before crying that I can't afford it on my pitiful student budget.
This collection seems to have quite a few vintage inspired silhouettes, while some of the lace (possibly not lace as I'm only going by what I've seen in loads of photos) and darker colours give it a bit of a grunge, young feel. The amount of lace and floaty, draped translucent fabrics in the collection reminds me of underwear like little naughty nightdresses/slips with lace trims. So why did I pick these pieces? 

Going from the above images I'll talk you through it:
Left: Dark with a bright floral print while retaining a bit of a grungy/edgy element with the lace, count me in. Much yes.

Centre: Again I'm a sucker for a good print and I thought the pink floral/stripe parts were just lovely.

Right: I love everything about this one, I think it's my personal favourite, the black and dark grey with just the right amount of yellow. I love the shape of the dress and it has lace-y stuff in all the right places.


So that's my view of Anna Sui's Resort 2017, you can see the official photos of the collection on the Anna Sui website here! Hope you enjoyed, let me know your thoughts on the collection. Remember you can stay up to date with my blog by following on bloglovin.

Sarah

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

SugarSin Vegan Sour Shots

I would like to start off by saying I'm NOT vegan, I say this just because when I've offered these to people they've responded "vegan sweets? ewww no" without even trying them! They're missing out big time as these are some of the tastiest jelly sweets I've had in a while. Another thing I like is I often find normal jelly sweet mess with my IBS and I get dreadful abdominal cramps, these jellies however don't cause me any pains whatsoever so there's an added bonus for me.
In this little tub of sour goodness are peach and strawberry flavoured jellies covered in sour sugar loveliness. They're 100% naturally flavoured using real, proper fruit juices which makes them taste even better, like they don't taste synthetic or chemically, if you get what I mean? What else makes these jellies fabulous? Well they're suitable for a lot of people, they're free from gelatine and gluten, they don't include palm oil and are suitable for vegans. They are now my new favourite jelly sweet and I can't wait to get more.

I got mine from Ethical Superstore but I'm sure you can get them from the SugarSin website too for about £3.50.

Lastly, it's a review post Sarah, why didn't you take a photo of them? Well here's the thing, I may have already eaten them all....

Hope you enjoyed this review post, have you tried these sour jellies before? Remember you can keep up to date with my blog via bloglovin!

Sarah 

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Trends | Zest SS17



As this is my first post in the trend section of my blog let my explain a little, the trend posts are basically me using and editing photos (learn more about these in the about page) to create trend moodboards and colour stories for seasons. I make them to help inspire and be enjoyed by both myself and others.

Trends | Zest SS17
A trend based on the bright, warm, zesty colours of some of the more summery fruits. Feel energised in zesty greens and yellows then also lounge in the colours of the sunset featuring warm, tangy oranges, reds and pinks. Wear curved, soft pieces of clothing inspired by the outer fruit structure while letting the inner structure inspire prints and patterns; delicate, small circular patterns in repetition, creating beautifully detailed segments of pattern.

Thanks for reading, hope I brought a little bit of inspiration to your day! Remember to follow me so you can keep up to date with me. 

Sarah