Confessions of a Binge Watcher: Halloween Movie Marathon

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Halloween unfortunately falls on a Tuesday this year, leaving all 9-5ers, school students and 20 something grandmas wondering what to do with our Halloween this year. I propose a (not very scary) movie marathon and here are some of my top picks:

Practical Magic

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I have a big thing for 90s Sandra Bullock and witches. Practical Magic gives me both!

IMDB: “Two witch sisters, raised by their eccentric aunts in a small town, face closed-minded prejudice and a curse which threatens to prevent them ever finding lasting love.”

I consider Practical Magic a feminist classic thats more about the relationship between two sisters than the quest for love.

90s Sandra Bullock, badass witchery and Stockard Channing. What more do you want?!

The Craft

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Sticking to the witchy theme, you might want to check out this 90s cult classic. An acquired taste to be sure, but definitely worth a try.

IMDB: “A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.”

The angsty 90s teen movie with a flare of the supernatural. Kind of a dark comedy like Heathers.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Rocky Horror is an absolute must and if you haven’t seen it yet, you haven’t lived.

IMDB: “A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.”

Whats not to love about a film thats so camp it hurts and that barely makes any sense?! Rocky Horror should be everyones not-so-guilty pleasure.

Sweeney Todd

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Jonny Depp before he got super creepy and weird (ironically). Sweeney Todd is an absolute must for Halloween! Who doesn’t love a singing, murdering barber?

IMDB: “The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a. Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.”

As a muscial buff I love love love Sweeney Todd, no Halloween movie marathon would be complete without it. The Depp and Bonham Carter duo in its prime!

Labyrinth 

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You remind me of the babe. What babe! The babe with the power. What power! The power of voodoo. Whodo? Do what? Remind me of the babe!

IMDB: “A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.”

This film is the one! If you watch nothing else on this list, do yourself a favour and watch Labyrinth. I mean, it has Bowie in it!

Some of the best songs to come out of cinema, so much camp. So 80s it hurts.

Hocus Pocus 

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No Halloween movie marathon is complete without this holy grail film. It would be criminal to leave this one out.

IMDB: “After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.”

Possibly one of the best live action disney movies ever. Hocus Pocus has some die hard fans at this point.

With good reason! This film is pure family fun. Do not miss out on this one this Halloween.

There we have it! Some of my Halloween movie marathon picks!

An honourable mention goes out to a film quite frequently watched in my house growing up: Scooby Doo and the Witches Ghost. I’m not joking, its timeless.

Let me know if you decide to give these films a go, and tell me if I’ve missed anything out!

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Devil woman! Glam Halloween eye makeup tutorial

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I don’t have any formal Halloween plans this year, but I am going out for a friends birthday. Not wanting to miss out I’ve decided to pay a little homage to Halloween with a cute little pair of sparkly devil horns from H&M, so of course I need an eye look to go with them!

Since I’ve recently dyed my hair red I wanted to be an all red devil, but I felt a smokey eye with just a hint of red would suit more. I wanted to make sure I got that little bit of black in.

I also wanted to keep this look relatively budget friendly, though I have allowed myself at least one indulgence.

So, to start off with I primed my eyelids using concealer, literally any concealer will do for this. I don’t think you need an eyeshadow primer but to each their own.

Then I used Pumpkin from the Soph X Makeup Revolution Palette, really lightly with a fluffy brush in the crease. I wanted a burnt orange base for this but not anything too bold.

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Then I swapped over to the NYX Ultimate Brights palette, using the first red shade, also on a fluffy brush in the crease. Going in lightly and building up the colour.

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Once satisfied with the red I went in with the purple shade directly underneath the red. Again, gently and with a fluffy brush, concentrating more in the crease, closer to the lid to create depth.

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Then I went back in to the Soph X palette and used Nightmare to darken up the outer corner and crease, slowly building up to a bolder black.

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Then I went back in with my concealer to cut the crease, blending it in with my finger the closer I got to the black outer edge. After adding the concealer I used the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Molten Midnight all over the lid, blending it in to the black shadow using a touch of the black shadow to blend.

I then went in with all the colours to give them a boost and reinforce the colours. Afterwards I used a sponge with a flat edge to tidy up the edges and create a wing. I then lined my lids with liquid liner.

On the lower lash line I went in with the red, purple and black again to reinforce those colours. I lined my lower lash with liquid liner and uses my Sleek Solstice palette to highlight my inner corners.

I added mascara and lashes to finish the look.

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Paired with a red lip I thought this was a great glam Halloween option, thats affordable and easy. If you don’t have any of the Stila eyeshadows you can use any eye glitter. A glam, budget friendly Halloween look!

Let me know what you’re going as for Halloween in the comments below!

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Review: Makeup Revolution Retro Luxe Matte Lip Kit in Vampire Night

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Not too long ago I reviewed the metallic lip kits by Makeup Revolution and I wasn’t impressed. Not wanting to give up hope on affordable liquid lipstick I gave one of their matte shades a try. 

In the spirit of Halloween I decided to pick up Makeup Revolutions Retro Luxe Matte Lip Kit in Vampire Night. I’ve recently died my hair a red-ish shade so I want to be head to toe red for Halloween (complete with devil horns).

I was excited to try this deep red colour even though most of my lipstick collection consists of deep reds and berries, and I am so glad I did.

I absolutely love this lipstick. The colour is fab and I love the feel of the formula on my lips. It is matte but not mega dry, which means it doesn’t last a super long time, but sometimes thats worth it.

I found that the lipstick lasted well until I ate anything, then it needed a bit of a top up. The lipstick layers well though so this wasn’t a problem.

Now, just because I like it doesn’t mean it was perfect. Its a £6 lip kit at the end of the day. I’m still not super convinced by the use of lipliner, I think that might be a bi-product of being a 00s teen.

I found that the liquid lipstick was too sheer for the liner. You could see a clear definition between the parts of the lip you lined and the parts you didn’t. Unless you put on a fair few layers of the lipstick I found it just clinged to the liner far too much for me.

I think I’ll be using the lipstick without the liner from now on, I’m too lazy to apply two lip products and I’m not convinced the liner adds to the look. If you are looking to over line your lips though, it is a decent lip liner, I just don’t rate the liner/lipstick combo.

Overall I absolutely loved this product, and I’m so so glad I gave the Makeup Revolution Retro Luxe range another chance. I will definitely be trying out more of their matte shades, I enjoyed the comfort of them and the way they layered and applied. I just don’t think these kits will convert me to liner any time soon.

Have you tried any of the other matte shades? What colours should I try?  Let me know!

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Slimming World Godsends: my slimhacks!

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Hey gang! I wanted to clue you in on some of my ride or die foods, products or lifehacks that get me through the week on Slimming World. And I wanted to quickly update you on my own journey.

So I’ve been doing SW for almost 13 weeks now and I’m so proud to say I’ve lost 1st 7.5lb so far.  I honestly already feel like a new person (with less chins!) and I’ve still got just over 6st to go to target but I’m already feeling so much better in myself.

We can’t always be perfect dieters, I know I cant sustain myself on a diet of chicken, rice, fruit and veggies so here are my cheats if you will. With these things I’m still on plan but I’m full, I’m fulfilled and I dont feel like I’m missing out.

#1 Freeze EVERYTHING. 

No joke, I freeze just about everything from bread to wraps to onion bhajis. I’ve even started buying bags of frozen veggies, which I always thought was super lazy.

But the truth is trying to convince yourself to eat the good stuff is hard when all the delicious Syns are so easy to get your paws on. So keeping a bag of frozen chopped peppers that I can easily throw in to most meals is a godsend.

Freezing bread means that it’ll keep for longer. You will find yourself eating less bread on SW because you start to find other free lunch time options. But sometimes its still nice to have some for breakfast or for a burger. Because you’re just not using your bread, freezing it means it wont go off whilst its waiting for you to come back for it.

#2 Batch cook

This might be more achievable for me because I don’t have any kids to feed but whenever I cook myself a SW friendly meal I’ll make way more than I need. I then portion it off and, you guessed it, freeze it.

For the nights when you have no inspiration or its hard to decide you can just take a cheeky chilli-con-carne or cottage pie out of the freezer and pop it in the microwave.

Freezer is love, freezer is life.

#3 Low syn snacks

Right now I’m going to hit you with my favourite low syn snacks. Now I’m not talking oats or that kind of crap I mean chocolate/crisps/biscuits. The good stuff.

Okay and #notspons but Hi-Fi Lite bars are your best friend. 3 syns each, you can even have 2 for free if you have them as a HexB. Making the switch to eating Hi-Fi bars instead of standard chocolate bars has helped me massively. I don’t feel like I crave chocolate because I’m getting my fix here!

My go-to after tea treat has to be Aero Bubble Mousse yogurts for 4.5 syns. These things are huge, and yummy. You feel like you’re having a real treat when you eat them!

One or two of most biscuits aren’t going to ruin your day on SW but I am a particular fan of a Viscount for 3.5 syns or a Party Ring for one syn! You could easily have 5 Party Ring in one sitting and still have enough syns to cope for the rest of the day.

Crisps? Well, I’m not a huge lover of crisps. I can take or leave them but you can’t really go wrong with a packet of Quavers or Skips for 4.5 syns a packet, or Kettle Bites which are usually around the 5 syns mark.

#4 Teetotal 

I know this wont work for everyone but I owe a lot to the fact that I’m teetotal. I don’t drink alcohol so I’m never worried about saving my syns for a weekend boozer.

Because I don’t drink I’m able to use all of my syns on food glorious food! That, or Starbucks.

I guess you just have to prioritise and for me food always comes first.

#5 Syn it!

This one is more of an attitude hack. If you eat a bad thing, syn it. Know exactly how many syns you’ve had even if its a lot.

Ignorance is not bliss on SW. Own up to your syns, be proud of them, enjoy them, but for gods sake make a note of them. You’re less likely to spiral if you know where you’re up to for the week.

If you have any Slimming World hacks of your own let me know! I would love to hear them.

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Three looks with the Soph X Makeup Revolution palette

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Howdy gang,  after reviewing the Sophdoesnails Makeup Revolution palette and having a play around with it the past couple of weeks I decided I wanted to show you lovely folk three very different looks that you can get with just this palette. Guest starring Soph’s highlighter palette. 

One of the main selling points for me with this palette was how versatile it looked. It combined warms and browns with some really stunning shimmers. It looked to me like an easy one-stop-shop kind of palette. And it certainly is.

Since it arrived I’ve managed to create so many different looks with the palette I just had to share some of my favourites with you!

So for all of these looks I primed my eyelids beforehand with some concealer, I use the collection one (super cheap and cheerful). For all looks I also used the L’Oreal Miss Baby Roll mascara.

#1 The pink cut crease

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I’m not a pink girl, but I wanted to use the pinks in this palette to create a warm-toned Soph-inspired look. When assessing my options it was obvious to me that this needed to be a cut crease.

So first after prepping my eyes, I went in with Iced Coffee on a fluffy brush. Iced Coffee is like my perfect transition/crease colour so I use it throughout the looks today. I used this shade literally just in the crease to deepen it and for it to work as base.

Then with that same brush I dipped in to Strawberry Sweets, also in my crease. I blew this shade out a little more taking it further than my crease to just under the brow bone and out to the side.

After going back and forth with Strawberry Sweets and then wiping off my brush I applied Pancakes lightly to the edges in circular motions to get that sweet fade. Pancakes is such a good blending shade for paler skin tones.

Then I took my Tarte Shapetape Concealer and applied it to the inner portion of the lid up to just before my crease line blending it with my fingers towards the outer lid to cut the crease.

On a flat brush sprayed with a little setting spray I applied Pink Champagne on the inner and middle parts of my lid.

Then with my fluffy brush I went in with Danger on the outer corner blended in to the crease to deepen up the look on the outside.

After cleaning up my under eye with concealer and a sponge with a straight edge I went under the eye with Iced Coffee followed by Strawberry Sweets all over then with Danger in the outer corner and Pink Champagne on the inner portion of the lower lid.

To highlight my brow bone, inner corner and the high points of my cheeks I used the pink-y highlighter from Soph’s other palette.

I lined my lid with the Soap and Glory Supercat liner and lined my water line and tight line with a NYX pomade eyeliner (no I don’t remember its name sue me).

This look is simple but looks expensive and super glam on the eyes. The colour pay off is killer.

#2 The bronze to green ombre

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I wanted to take us away from berry-warms for this look and make something really autumnal. I also wanted to make use of that stunning green shade.

This look looks super simple but actually uses the most shades of all three looks. Still super easy and achievable though!

So, firstly, you guessed it, I went in with Iced Coffee in the crease. Followed by Peaches and Cloudberry creating a pastel orangey feel in the crease.

Then I took Penguin on a fluffy brush all over the lid in preparation for the shimmer shades.

On a wet flat brush I then used Growing Old on the very middle part of my lid. I absolutely love this colour, I think it might be my favourite out of the whole palette.

Then on the same brush, but not re-wetted, I took Sparks Fly to face that bronze towards the inner corner, not taking it too far mind. This is only a transition shade.

Then I went in with Fairy Lights on the inner portion of the lid blending it towards the bronze. To create more of that fade I went back in with Sparks Fly to create a smooth transition.

Following Fairy Lights I decided that the crease needed deepening slightly so I took Tiramisu lightly into the crease.

I then used Pine Tree on the outer corner of the lid, packing it on and blending it towards the bronze in the middle. To create a smooth transition I used Smokey Bronze to blend Pine Tree with Growing Old.

That created a beautiful ombre vibe. Just to deepen the corners even more I went in with Mug Cake on the very outer corner blending in to the crease. I then blended the edges with Pancakes again.

The ombre didn’t translate too well in my crappy iPhone photos so here is an added extra to show you what I mean:

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After cleanup I took Iced Coffee along the lower lash line as well as a little bit of Peaches and Cloud Berry. I used a teeny bit of Mug Cake on the outer corner too.

To emulate the lid I then used Pine Tree on the outer portion, Growing Old on the middle and Fair Lights on the inner portion of the lower lash line.

I used the light almost-white shade from Soph’s highlighter palette as well as the two deepest shades. The pressed highlight on the brow bone and the baked one on my cheeks.

#3 The spooky purple halo eye

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This is probably the most daring of the three looks. Perfect for the build up to Halloween and maybe as a sexy smoky going out look? I don’t know, work with me here.

So, like before I took Iced Coffee in my crease along with a cheeky bit of Pug for a cooler-toned crease.

Then I used Mixed Berries in a way I had no business using a shimmer shade. I took it on a fluffy brush and blended it out on the outer and inner corners of the lid to create a stencil for my halo look.

On a wet, flat brush I took Petrol, packing it on. Then with the same brush (re-wetted) I went back in with Mixed Berries to pack on that shimmer where I had blended it out previously.

To darken up the outer corner I went in with a smidge of Nightmare and lightly blended that towards the crease.

This look definitely left me with the most fall out (see my sinful application of Mixed Berries), so after cleanup I went under the eye with Pug, then Mixed Berries and a teeny weeny bit of Nightmare.

On the inner corner, brow bone and cheeks I used the lavender colour from Soph’s highlighter palette.

This is the only look I didn’t use Pancakes to blend out, I just found that it didn’t mix well with Nightmare. Not a big deal I don’t think this particular look needed it.

So there you go! Three looks I created with a palette that is slowly becoming one of my go to’s. Such a good affordable palette option.

Which look is your favourite? Mine is number 2! 

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Review: Sophdoesnails Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow and Highlighter palettes

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I’ve been a long time watcher of sophdoesnails over on YouTube so I knew when she announced her collaboration with Makeup Revolution I needed to try these palettes out.

I ordered them on the day they came out from Tam Beauty, I think it was a Wednesday. I received them the following Monday which is a pretty quick turnaround. I think I might have received them earlier but I had them delivered to work.

Firstly the packaging on both is really impressive. Considering these are drugstore palettes they feel really sturdy. Quite substantial. The packaging for the palette that Soph designed herself is adorable. The only thing that bugs me about the packaging is the colour of the highlighter palette. The fact that it isn’t the same colour as the eyeshadow palette is a little annoying. It makes it seem like the highlighter palette was a last minute edition. Not as carefully curated as the eyeshadow.

That aside, I do really enjoy these palettes. It was a bit of an adjustment from using my Juvia’s Place palette but its important to judge these palettes as drugstore makeup.

The eyeshadow palette

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The eyeshadow palette comes with 24 shades, 10 shimmers, 13 mattes and one matte/glitter shade.

I instantly loved the variety of colours in this palette, unlike Soph I’m not typically a warm/cranberry tones kind of girl. I love out there colours and I think this palette offers the best of both worlds. There are plenty of neutrals for every day looks, warm tones and a few funky colours. A very versatile palette.

As usual the shimmer/metallic shades are fab, you get a decent pay off (for drugstore) without setting spray but its show stopping with a cheeky bit of spray. My favourites are the bronze and purple shades. I don’t think I’ll get much use out of Petrol but its a nice shadow with decent payoff.

The mattes for me are a little hit and miss. The neutrals in the top right hand corner don’t, for me, work well together. I feel like when on the eye they don’t look all that different from each other. If you’re going for a neutral look I’d use one of them and one of the darker browns or you’re not going to get much definition.

That being said the darker cranberry and pinky shades are lovely and really buildable and the dark mattes are lovely to work with for adding shadows and definition.

Overall I’m glad I purchased this palette I think it will be a great addition to my collection. As I said I don’t tend to drift towards warm/redish shades so having a cheaper alternative to some more expensive palettes is hand incase I’m ever inspired to do a warm look. I love the greens, purples and oranges in this palette and I think it will be a create palette for the Autumn/Winter seasons.

I’ve done some swatches for you so you can make your own mind up, the first is the top two rows and the second the bottom two.

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The highlighter palette

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The highlighter palette has received criticism for the darker shades, I agree that they’re probably not going to work for deeper skin tones, though I know thats what Soph wanted. I just think you’re probably not going to achieve that with cheaper highlighters.

I have read that some people feel that these shades are therefore redundant in the palette as paler girls wont use them. This is far from the truth, as a pale girl with warm undertones I love a darker highlighter. I am a bit of a blusher fiend so I prefer a highlight that blends with my blusher over a bright white or pale highlight.

I enjoy that this palette gives you options, though I probably wont really use the pink and lilac highlights. I might use the palest one in the dead of winter but for now the second on the top row and the third one on the bottom are my faves. I like that she included baked and pressed options for those who prefer a subtler highlight.

My one criticism is that these highlights are quite glittery and I tend to prefer a more metallic/wet look highlight.

Again I’ve included swatches:

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Some of the shades remind me of the Sleek Solstice palette, especially the first quad and the deeper shades remind me slightly of the New Look glow highlighter. Both of which I love.

I think both Soph and Makeup Revolution did a fantastic job with these palettes. Are they perfect? No. But are they enjoyable? Versatile? Buildable? Yes.

In total these palettes are £18 and well worth it. If you get the change pick these beauties up.

Did you order the Sophdoesnails palettes? What did you think? Let me know!

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Slimming World update: dealing with your first gain

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I wanted to quickly update you guys on my progress with my weight loss journey. I’ve been really enjoying trying new food and losing weight with Slimming World, but what happens when you get too over confident? 

With Slimming World, Weight Watchers or any other diet plan, lifestyle change or hell even hobby you will have a moment when it all gets too much. You either get too confident and the rules you have set for yourself are bent or you find yourself meandering off course. This is normal. You are human.

Nobody is perfect, everyone who has ever tried to make a lifestyle change or challenge themselves have had a moment where they fail.

Now, let me interject. I don’t think putting on weight it failing, I just mean not sticking to your plans.

I’ve now been doing Slimming World for about 3ish months and I recently experienced my first gain and my first lapse in momentum. This is normal, and the most important way to tackle a set back in any capacity is to not beat yourself up about it.

The moment you get disheartened when you have a “bad” week is the moment you fall off the ladder. Thats the moment you give up.

The important thing to remember when you are on a journey such as Slimming World is that life happens and you have to live it.

By embracing the days when you physically can’t avoid over-synning and not dwelling on them you will be able to refocus and get back on plan the next day. If you spend the rest of the week bemoaning that one (or two) bad day(s) you put your head in a negative space and negativity breeds a lack of motivation.

Keep yourself motivated by embracing the bumps in the road, riding them out, enjoying them and re-focusing.

You are human and you deserve a goddamn treat now and and again, we work too damn hard not to. The more time you spend telling yourself no or beating yourself up the less time you will spend being focused, motivated and inspired.

Basically, down with negativity and up with positivity. Celebrate the little, positive, things you do to better your journey, be that weight loss or some other endeavour. Be proud of yourself!

I am half a pound away from hitting 1 1/2 stone lost and I am so proud of myself, though I have recently had some hiccups I know that to tackle them I need to stay positive and stay proud!

How do you handle setbacks? Got any advice? I’d love to hear from you!

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