My Lifestyle Lately – April Flashback

Style

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I found some really nice sports-luxe trousers from Very. They can be worn at waist height with a fancy belt, fitted top and block heels for a casual evening look or lower slung with a hoodie and trainers in the day. So versatile for Spring/Summer!

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I found some fat laces from B Boy Laces so now my trainers finally look proper old skool.

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If I’m going to wear summer makeup and an outfit that’s pretty, it’s going to have to be tropical! Click here for where to buy each item.

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I always feel that I verge on the modern glam-rock side of alternative style when I go on a night out so I put this together. I’ve just realised this look would also be great for a festival if you replaced the heels with ankle boots or wellies.

Beauty

Naturtint

I’ve really struggled to find cruelty free shampoo for coloured hair, that has a decent use-by date on it and a mouse that gives a natural look. Read my review of these two here.

hand wash beauty

Beauty isn’t all about complicated skincare and haircare solutions, sometimes your household products can help too. Read my review of Beauty Kitchen Hand Wash here.

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I absolutely love this colour of Zoya nail polish! A pretty medium 80’s kind of pink in daylight, tropical pinky-orange in the evening and almost illumines orange in bar/club lighting. Read my review of Zoya nail polishes here.

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Practical and natural Dr Organic lip balm. Read my review here.

Drinks

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Could this limited edition packaging be any cooler. Nope.

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I like Chai tea with milk and sugar so I thought I’d give this a go. It’s a really nice spicy-sweet milkshake.

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I usually make my own smoothies but I’ve been too tired to keep up with shopping for fresh ingredients so I bought this. It did give me a boost of energy and was thick enough to water down by a third so it lasted for hours. However, I did have a big sugarless slump several hours after I stopped drinking it.

Random

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My bloke found this pad he’d had for a while but not used. He said it looked cute and wobbly just like me, ha! I love that it matches my pen.

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My mate was gigging with his band The Breath at my mates bar MASH in Macclesfield so he gave me a lift down there. What a lovely gig! I always find it funny how many muso’s around Greater Manchester are friends, I mean it’s hardly a small place.

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The backyard is doing really well, thanks to my Dad ^_^

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My bloke got a little accidental visitor. The Bluetit was surprisingly chilled out considering, and left when it’s mates called to it through the open window. Much nicer than the giant pigeon we had last time o_O

Chrissie

Monday Motivation – Silly Quotes

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Yours Sincerely,

Princess Mermaiden, rider of Unicorns and the odd dragon now and then.

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An important question which should be asked on all occasions.

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True story.

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Sometimes it’s the people who make the place.

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Embrace your ‘lasagne days’

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*sings* “We’re busy doing nothing…”

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Lets hope neither wear off for a long while.

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Remember, it takes more muscles to frown than smile, unless you are equally amused and confused.

Chrissie

e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation & Studio Tone Correcting Powder review

Studio Flawless Finish Foundation £7.50

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Colour – Studio Flawless Finish Foundation  in ‘Natural’ is the first foundation I’ve ever bought that is the perfect match for my face. I have a pale golden skin tone so it doesn’t take much sun exposure for me to get a tan but my face always looks lighter than the rest of me, which I always forget. Meaning I was either fake tanning my face or I’d have to cover my whole face and even ear lobes in foundation so it matched the rest of me. This time I was determined to start off with foundation as pale as my face and slowly build colour in the right places with bronzer and blusher. Applying colour the right way around, basically!

Coverage – Medium to heavy depending on how many layers you want to add. When applied with fingers this spreads easily in an even layer. When applied with a beauty blender in a stippling motion it gives immediate heavy coverage which hides the severe redness around my nose and any blemishes. Because of the perfect colour match and the texture, my complexion looks flawless, if a little flat. I definitely need some subtle highlighter and bronzer to add more radiance and depth.

Texture – As I’ve gotten older and cut down dramatically on dairy, my skin isn’t excessively oily anymore but my T-zone still needs a little help in the evening. I usually use a serum with hyaluronic acid to attract moisture to my face and a mattifying primer before applying foundation but with Studio Flawless Finish I don’t need the primer at all. It stays put all day and evening! If you have very dry skin but still want full coverage I recommend using a really good moisturiser and maybe even a little facial oil in places first.

Overall verdict – I think Studio Flawless Finish Foundation is fantastic for average, combination or oily skin when you need a good level of coverage. The only criticism I have is that it has a tendency to gather in fine lines so I would suggest using a cream concealer in these areas instead.

Rating (for my skin type) ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Studio Tone Correcting Powder £5.00

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The blue powder balances orange tones, green neutralizes redness, pink brightens grey/tired skin, and yellow neutralizes purple tones.

I kind of wish that I hadn’t bought these two products together as the foundation gives such good coverage that I’ve not needed to use the correcting powder with it yet.

I use Studio Tone Correcting Powder with BB cream for days when I can get away with lighter coverage. The first time I used a big brush and swirled all of the colours together on my T-zone to absorb oil, which worked well but I still felt I needed help in correcting certain areas. It works best when I specifically use the green to correct redness (which works amazingly well) and I use the blue powder under my eye area which neutralised the sallowness which I’m prone to, and the pink around my upper neck area which always looks really dull, then I gently buff  the edges to blend everything. This creates a completely natural look, like myself but fresher and brighter! Very unusual for a powder compact. Again, if you have dry skin I recommend using a heavier moisturiser first.

Rating (for my skin type) ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

Homeware – In The Tropics

Homeware - In The Tropics

My Favourite Slogan Sweaters from Romwe

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One of the most important questions you can ask.

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I love the bold urban feel this has.

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I asked a male friend if he liked this. He replied it reminded him of anime tentacle porn. O_o So anyway, it remindes me of Gothic tales like that of the Kraken.

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My natural state.

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It’s cute but not sickly grab-me-a-bucket kind of cute.

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For those days when you just don’t give a damn. Plus, I thought it balances out the inclusion of the panda ;0)

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This is my ‘pastel-grunge girl chills out’ choice. It would look great with a dark blue or black mini skirt and grungy tights/leggings to balance it out.

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Very apt.

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Ancient symbolism combined with cute emoji’s and festival flower crowns. What’s not to like.

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How is it possible that I don’t own anything with galaxy print?!

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I know I certainly am, oh wait…

All of the sweaters on Romwe are reduced in price, which is great but some item are ‘one size only’. Others are S, M, L. I suggest getting a size smaller if you want a feminine silhouette as these are a standard square fit. I personally think this fit of sweater looks great to dress down a mini skirt or to wear over leggings or skinny jeans with trainers or pretty flats.

Chrissie ❤

Motivational Monday – Telling It Like It Is

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So volunteer for the next tea round or go to the corner shop for that forgotten loaf of bread. Maybe have a quick tidy up or get off the bus a stop earlier, it all adds up.

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Apparently our brains are hard wired from caveman days to continually analyse our mistakes and bad situations so we don’t repeat them. Also, life isn’t fair and bad shit happens to good people obviously. However, you gotta choose to let the past go though, before it negatively effects your future.

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This can apply to how you treat others as well as yourself. Next time you are about to open your mouth to criticise someone (again) for something they did in the past, maybe don’t.

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Fair enough lol

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This actually gave me goose bumps I thought it was so clever and bad-ass.

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The birds are singing, I’ve got food in the cupboards, my socks actually match, I patted a friendly doggy today.

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Life lessons.

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Sometimes what you have planned your life to be doesn’t make you happy and sometimes, something totally unexpected does.

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If it’s just not you, then why are you wearing it? There’s a big difference between giving new things a try, and wearing what others expect of you, especially if it makes you miserable.

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Absolutely.

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Especially in a zombie apocalypse.

Chrissie

Style Edit – Those Summer Nights

Those Summer Nights

Motivational Monday – Just Be You

The first one in this series is from a disability/chronic illness/neurodiverse perspective but I reckon most people will be able to relate to this, in one way or another.

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I love the part in this which says ‘Be safe, if you can be.’ I cannot tell you how many times I’ve battled on when really it wasn’t safe for me to do so because I was that exhausted, I was having accidents and making terrible decisions. Having a rest is not giving up, it’s enabling you to come back stronger later.

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This idea sunk in when I was around 14 and I thought if people are going to stare at me no matter how hard I try to blend in, then I might as well give them something that I’ve CHOOSEN for them to stare at. Something so they actually see me for a change.

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Neurodiverse people are just a different kind of normal. Don’t forget your quirks are part of who you are and they have helped to shape your character.

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Too loud, too fast, too bright, too busy, too freakin much! This is when you know you need to take a moment to reset and de-stress, if only for five minutes.

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I cannot tell you how important it is to do this, for your own self esteem and sanity. I ended up having to cut a really good friend out of my life because his mates hated me and he ignored it – expecting me to put up with it. Nah! I’ve also tried my arse off to fit in with a group who had no intentions of even trying to understand me. If they are ‘your kind of crazy’ you shouldn’t have to try that much.

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Bit of a literal one for me this, haha! Seriously, though today is a new day and another chance at getting that difficult thing right. Which led me to creating this one myself…

You are enough.

Chrissie

Zoya Nail Polish in Rocky

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Cruelty free and vegan with no formaldehyde, toluene, dibuytl phthalate or camphor. I’ve used this polish in a hurry without a base coat and, unlike a lot of polishes it has not made my nails dry or brittle. With a base and top coat this polish has lasts up to four days even though my nails are oddly flexible, meaning polish is prone to cracking and breaking up but Zoya lasts.

Rocky is an opaque turquoise. It reminds me of 1950’s electric guitars and retro Smeg kitchenware but a tiny bit more toward the greener side of turquoise, which adds depth and saturation to the colour.

Chrissie

Haircare Review – Naturtint Colour Fixing Shampoo & Styling Mouse

Naturtint

Naturtint Colour Fixing Shampoo £8.59 400ml

What they say…

‘Rock Rose and Lemon Fruit Waters give nourishment and strength to your hair, whilst Natural Bio lipids and Polymers provide softness and shine, and Lavender Floral Water calms and moisturises the scalp. Sunflower Floral Water naturally seals split ends and locks in colour.’

My verdict…

I’m impressed that this shampoo is organic and contains no SLS or silicone. The consistency was thin enough and it foamed up enough to spread through my thick hair without diluting it in a cup of water first. On rinsing it did not leave my hair feeling like matted straw (like some other shampoos have) and I didn’t notice any of my blue dye escaping down the drain either. After conditioning with a standard conditioner, my hair looked incredibly shiny; it still had a lot of colour left and was no more frizzy than it naturally is.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Naturtint Styling Mouse £10.99 150ml

What they say…

‘The active ingredients add body, elasticity and shine without drying the hair or leaving a tacky feel.
The gentle formula moisturises your scalp and guards against the effects of humidity, leaving a silky, not sticky feeling to your hair, with effective holding power.’

My verdict…

They are right about the non sticky feeling and the mouse not drying out hair. However it’s holding power is very tame and my hair frizzed out like crazy as soon as I went out in incredibly light rain. I’m used to rain re-activating mouse!? However, it defined my natural waves so well that I’d describe them as loose curls. The second time I used this on much wetter hair and afterward when it was still a little damp I applied some hair oil to seal it so it didn’t frizz. This combination worked incredibly well! If your hair isn’t naturally dry/wiry and you want natural looking definition that isn’t matte (unlike salt spray), then this is the perfect product for you.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie