Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Autumn Lipstick - Topshop Beguiled

Despite owning more lipsticks than I could ever wear on my face, I've never had any of those dark classic autumnal shades before. It's not something I would spend a high end amount of money on and none of the high street offerings have grabbed me.

Enter Topshop's lipstick in 'Beguiled'.



My first darker shade and my first Topshop lippie, bought on a complete whim, and I have to say I love it.

It's fairly purse-friendly at £8 and the shade is spot on for me - dark and berry enough to look different from a classic red lip, but not so dark that it's intimidating to wear out.
And, the most important bit for me, it actually wears well. This doesn't mean it's budge-proof (because it's not) but the stain of colour will stay even if you don't reapply and I didn't get the dreaded patchy wearing off line. The formula is more satin than a true matte, but I think this helps make the shade a bit more wearable for those who are dabbling with the darker hues. And don't be put off by the slight shimmer in the stick - this is all but gone when you actually swatch the colour.

All in all, a good effort from Topshop.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The quarter-life crisis

Later this week, on 15th November, it is my birthday and I will be turning 25. Twenty Five.

Age has never really bothered me before but this one just doesn't sit right with me. I can't make my peace with it. 25 is the real deal. University is now a long way behind me (thank goodness) and I'm meant to be forging my own way in life. I'm supposed to be fully fledged.

In plain speak, 25 is the age where you start to get your sh*t together. Isn't it? But the path of life is not smooth, or at least not direct, and being an adult isn't always as perfect and brilliant as you imagine it will be when you're growing up.

Your mid twenties are when you start to question things in your life and constantly re-evaluate. You question your career path, your living arrangements, your salary, what you spend your money on,  whether you have enough hobbies, whether you have the right hobbies, how much you're saving in the bank, your relationships, your fitness schedule (or lack of), your personal style, how your life compares to your peers', whether you're making the right impression. And whether your hair style is short enough to be taken more seriously but still long enough to be flippy and carefree and to convince people you're still a cool twenty-something. Unless that last one's just me...

Of course when I'm saying 'you' I'm really saying 'I' and 'my'. Yes my friends, I think I'm having a bit of a quarter life crisis. (Well, a quarter might be optimistic as realistically I am unlikely to live to the grand age of 100, but probably best we don't dwell on that).

Maybe I'll get back to you next week and tell you that I've got over it already and am embracing my age and ready to tackle life with less unsurety. Or I might still be floundering. We'll see.

For now I say bring on the birthday as, although I'm not looking forward to the number, I am looking forward to the fun. And the wine. Definitely the wine.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Hello November!

These posts have been a little bit forgotten in recent months but I'm back with a round-up of what awaits me in November.


1. Late Halloween. Although Halloween was technically in October (and I did make Halloween cookies, carve pumpkins and feed trick or treaters actually on the day) I will be having my spooky evening a day late with Mark. We're going to get in some yummy food, light the pumpkin and my festive ghost candles and curl up with some scary tv and films. Once we've watched the Halloween themed X Factor, obviously... I love horror films but we don't end up watching many of them, so it's the perfect excuse. Even if I will then make Mark go upstairs and turn the bedroom light on for me before I can go up...

2. Bonfire Night. Autumn festivities are actually my favourite of the year (yep, even more so than Christmas, shock) and I'm looking forward to wrapping up in so many layers that I resemble the Michelin man and standing in the cold to watch the local fireworks display. Sadly they've done away with the bonfire and sparklers now, but it's something I've done every year and makes me feel nostalgic.

3. My Birthday! I didn't realised this had come around so soon until a friend asked if I'm excited for it and then I realised it's in 2 weeks! No idea what I'm going to do for it but it's on a Saturday this year so I need to get thinking. So far though I am rejecting the age I'm going to be turning. Getting older doesn't usually bother me at birthdays, after all it's unavoidable. But 25 just doesn't quite sit right with me yet.

4. A mini-break. Although we haven't long been to Corfu, the flight vouchers we got as compensation for our troublesome journey do have a time limit for use so we are thinking of taking a mini-break after my birthday for a long weekend somewhere. We're thinking outdoorsy with cosy clothes and things to explore.

5. New colleague. We have a new colleague joining us in November and I'm really looking forward to it. We're quite a small team in our office so it'll be really good to have someone new in to freshen things up a little. I'm going to be their line manager so they will also be lightening so of my workload which is a relief and I'll get some management experience. Hopefully all will go smoothly!

So that's it for me I think. What will you be getting up to in November?