Saturday, 15 August 2015

Beauty aside: Errm, thank you?

Has someone ever said something to you and you’ve just gone, “errr, thanks?”, like you weren’t even sure if it was a compliment or a blatant insult? Well that’s what happened to me when I went out the other night. I feel like I fell victim to either an insidious insult or a backhanded compliment.

Normally I wouldn’t wear my glasses on a night out, because with drink in me they don’t make a blind bit of difference (get it ‘blind bit’?), but I wasn’t drinking and I was texting back and forth with a friend, so they were more than necessary with my eyesight, (it’s not terrible, but I should wear my glasses more than I do, as I got told by the optician when i was like four and it’s got worse since about december when I started with trouble with sinuses), anyway, when I was out, I went to reapply my lippy in the toilets when a girl turned to me and so innocently said “You're really pretty, especially for a girl in glasses” to which my reply was “errm, thank you?”.

“You look really pretty, especially for a girl in glasses” -do I? Thanks.
Like I said, I wasn't drunk, but I still couldn’t seem to fathom whether what she said to me was an insult or not and frankly I had no desire to continue our conversation, so I didn’t ask her what she meant.

But what did she mean? Why do people say things in such a backhanded way? Why be so passive aggressive?

It reminded me of a time a girl went “I wish I was as confident as you to wear a dress that revealing.” about a plunge dress I wore not too long back (which is actually one of my favourite LBD’s) which, let’s be honest mean’s ‘I think you look a little slaggy’

In fact, my Fiance gave me a backhanded compliment once when he said “I’m glad you’re so normal compared to my last girlfriend” which normally would translate to “you’re a complete boring plain jane lass!” – but in his case it was actually meant to be a compliment as we’d found out he had an ex who was a bit of the erratic (nutter) type.

So yes, I’d fallen victim to the backhanded compliment. it wasn’t my first time and it surely won’t be my last.

Perhaps people say things in this way to be nice about how they really feel, maybe it’s jealousy, or maybe they’re just a massive twat, I’ll never know.

But what I’m wondering is, what has been the best zinger of a backhanded compliment you’ve heard?

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Autumn 2015 beauty wishlist #1

Top (Left to right): MAC: Studded Kiss (Matte), Illamasqua; sculpting palette, Origins, GingZing moisturiser.
Bottom (Left to right): Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, Barry M; Gelly Hi Shine nail polish, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara.
I'm going to be really honest, I can't wait for autumn. As much as I enjoyed the one or two days of summer I've had, I'm happy to pack away bikini's and summer dresses in favour of my oxblood jeans, capes and boots. It must be a northern thing to thrive in the colder weather and damper seasons. But with autumn brings a change in weather, which means I need a change in some of the products I use in favour of some more autumny goods. So I've created my first wishlist of the season - and really my first one in what feels like an age.

MAC, Studded Kiss (Matte) : RRP £15.50
I love a red lip, it's my trademark after all, so I won't be trading that in for winter, so I do feel like opting for a more vampy shade for the season and studded kiss by MAC screams just that. There's others similar, but I do love a matte lipstick, I think they last so much longer, and with the long days I planned in autumn, this ticks all the boxes - but don't worry, I won't be packing away my Ruby Woo all together.

Illamasqua, sculpting palette: RRP £44
I've heard this little miss can do wonders for the face, and I'm dying to find new contouring and highlighting products that will define my features, which can often be lost with a rounder face. This palette boasts each powder glides onto skin effortlessly, allowing for swift blending and enviable sculpted definition created in seconds. Bloggers have raved, so I definitely need to try this.

Origins, GingZing moisturiser: RRP £24
This has become quite the cult product of it's own and after a tester, it made it's way onto my wishlist. I tried it last autumn and had meant to purchase it, but instead waited too long and opted for a more spring time moisturiser. This autumn I'm excited to get my hands on this energy booster, which I have a feeling I'll need in the coming months.

Elizabeth Arden, Eight Hour Cream: RRP £26
This will be more of a repurchase for me as I already own and love it, in fact you can review of it HERE. I do use this product all year round, mainly for my nose when I get the sniffles, but I love using it to keep my skin going in the harsher weather.

Barry M, Gelly Hi Shine nail polish in Chai: RRP £3.99
This is an absolute bargain, and even after interviewing Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen earlier in the year, I must disagree that grey is the new beige, in a negative way (he loves colour - just not yellow, I do agree there) I love Barry M Barry Gelly polish, it glides on, last ages and really does shine, plus this colour will be very fitting for autumn in my opinion.

Maybelline, Great Lash Waterproof Mascara: RRP £4.99
Cheap, cheerful and a mega cult product. What's not to love about this, it's a legendary product I remember my mum buying me as a young teen and really does what it says on the tin. A great day to night product and it's waterproof - now I really can tackle a Cumbrian winter in style!

So this is my first wishlist of the autumn season. Though it's not autumn yet, and I actually got a sunburnt back today, I can't wait for the lovely fall to fall upon us.

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Friday, 7 August 2015

7 year hair transformation

Well my lovely readers, I've gone an got my hair chopped and it's the shortest it's been in seven years. Though it's not dramatic, due to the fact I didn't exactly have mermaid hair, it's still pretty different and it had me thinking at what kinds of transformations my hair has gone through in seven years!