Top 5 – Favourite Lipsticks.

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If there’s one thing I have a lot of, then it is lipsticks. Lip sticks, crayons, liners, pencils, paints. I’ve got them all and more. So today, I thought I’d share my top 5 favourite ones. Some are old favourites, some are new discoveries.

1: Nyx Soft Matte in Prague – £5.50

6da2b99b9b46a4150be806c1cc65f2e4Now, this was a really hard decision. I’m a big fan of Nyx products, and own quite a few of them, but when I had to choose between either Cannes or Prague, I just thought the bright pink colour piqued the title.

Prague is a total deep pink Barbie pink that is such a statement look. I’ve gone through a good few tubes of this colour, and always reach for it if I want a pop of colour.

The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream’s are such good lipsticks if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, but want a good moisturing liquid lipstick. And with a range of colours, they can appeal to a wide variety of customers.

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2: MAC Velvet Teddy – £15.50

41e95e17351c714631c56355898cd43bThis is my go-to colour for the days I want to just slap on the makeup and go. As a fairly matte texture, it does require just a dab of lipbalm underneath, but this lipstick lasts well throughout the day and can really be paired with any makeup look. From what I’ve seen, this shade is a combination of hues, and can look completely different on a variety of skin-tones. I usually pare this with my trusty MAC ‘Soar’ lipliner.

A brilliant staple for your makeup bag.

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3: Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Nude Flush – £6.9979d643ab384fab3de291613280dcc0b8

This is quite a new addition to my collection, but I’ve found myself using it more and more. This Vivid Matte line is quite similar to the Soft Matte’s from Nyx, as they provide a good balance between the matte effect, without really drying out your lips. Nude Flush is quite a subtle shade, and it has been rated as a good dupe for the Kylie Cosmetics ‘Koko K’ lipstick and for £6.99, you really can’t go wrong!

 

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4: No7 Classic Rose – £9.95IMG_1011

I’ve preached about this lipstick in my My 9 Staple Beauty Products, and through that review you can read everything about it. But this is such a beautiful pink colour. I find it flatters my skin-tone a lot, has good pigment and despite being mattifying, it doesn’t massively dry out your lips.

 

 

 


5: MAC Russian Red – £15.50

macrussianred1When it comes to red lipsticks, I always go for MAC. Now, for this blogpost, it was a real toss-up between Ruby Woo and Russian Red. However, recently I’ve recently favoured the latter shade just to the slight change in colour hue. For me and my skin-tone, Russian Red is a real, true Marilyn Monroe red, and isn’t as drying as Ruby Woo. I’ve worn Russian Red on nights out, and have been eating, drinking and kissing and there’s only been slight colour loss. MAC lipsticks are mid-range in the price point and I think they are so worth the money.

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If you’ve got any lipstick shades/brands you like, then please let me know! I’m always in the market for buying and testing new ones out, and I’d love to hear your opinions.

 

Top 5 – Non-Fiction Books.

As a avid book lover, I’ve always got a book or some sort of reading material about my person. And despite being a huge fiction fanatic, I’ve found myself branching more and more into non-fiction literature. Whether it be self-help books, scientific theory, conspiracy novels or just autobiographies, I find it to be a welcome read when the world of fiction overwhelms me.

So inspired by Carrie Hope Fletcher’s recent ‘Books that have Changed my Life’ , I’ve decided to jot down my favourite non-fiction books.

1: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.

A timeless book that deserves a reread throughout the years. Sensitively written, very descriptive and one of those books that just stays with you. Anne Frank is one of my personal heroes, and her story is not only timeless, but translateable across any age, gender and background. A story about survival, love, loss and growing up during Nazi Germany.61ekmew9gsl-_sy344_bo1204203200_

2: Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie.

This biography of the last Tsar of Russia and his family is easy to read, full of digestible information and good enough for any budding Russian historians, or modern history fans. Despite having a collection of over 100 books on the Romanovs, I always credit this book as being my favourite, and thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

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3: Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

As one of my favourite authors, George Orwell’s way of writing will always hit a very personal vibe with me. His writing about experiencing the Spanish Civil War show the brutality of the war, along with the bravery of local people. A must read if you’re interested in war, politics, Stalinism or literature.9780141183053

4: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.

Known as the first ‘faction’/’non-fiction novel’, this story is Capote’s account of murder in a small town community, and the shockwaves it sends through the community. Highly researched and depicted through films like Capote and Infamous, this novel is very addictive, fairly sensitive and features backstories on the murderers unlike you’ve ever read before.

A brilliant, brilliant book.

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5: Hungry by Crystal Renn.

This is a must-have book for anyone who’s interested in the beauty/fashion industry, along with the very social media tag #effyourbeautystandards. Crystal Renn was cited as an up-and-coming supermodel, but told to lose weight. Due to the pressure of the job, Crystal soon developed a series of eating disorders.
This book is fascinating for any one who is struggling with their weight and being accepted into society. Despite Crystal no longer being the size 16 plus-size model she once was famed to be, I find it still very relevant as a memoir.

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Disclaimer – all opinions, favourites and views are my own.

So these are my favourite non-fiction books. I’ve been really enjoying doing these Top 5 posts. Let me know if you have any suggestions for the next load!

 

Top 5 Books – Classic Literature.

 

Apologies for the lack of posting. My work has been hectic, and I’m taking a much deserved family holiday this week. A regular blogging schedule will resume soon.

To me, classic literature doesn’t mean it’s just old literature, but something that will echo for generations to come. Whether it be remarkably forward science fiction, or acts of romance that make people swoon, or just stories with morals, my top 5 list is my interpretation of literature that people should read in their lifetime.

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1: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

A personal favourite, this novel is grand and sweeping. A dazzling romance set in one of America’s most brutal and blood-thirsty periods, Gone with the Wind shows a civilisation and time that has now disappeared. It’s a tale of survival and new beginnings for one Southern Belle, who changes from being a pampered mistress to a fighter in the Deep South.

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2: 1984 by George Orwell

This novel is one I can read time over time over time again. An alternative yet familiar world, 1984 set the bar for dystopian literature. With forbidden romances, government control, cult leadership and surveillance taking over the world, 1984 is one of those novels that will broaden your mind forever, and make you realise that Big Brother really could be watching you.

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3: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Set in the sublime and wild Yorkshire Moors, Wuthuring Heights is a classic tale of revenge and obsession. With a multi-generational family, gothic overtones, physical and mental cruelty, Wuthering Heights tugs at the very extremes of nature vs nurture. A fantastic book.

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4: Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Another tale of revenge, tragedy and ghostly happenings. Hamlet is a classic for its use and portrayal of madness and murder, and with famous soliloquies surrounding dreams, death and life, Hamlet also offers an insight into the human condition.

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5: Dracula by Bram Stoker

Another personal favourite, and subject of my dissertation. Dracula has set standards for the vampire novel, as well as being a staple in the gothic genre. The novel also focuses on Victorian ideas of masculinity, femininity, religion, science and invasion from foreign shores, and with a host of excellent characters and bone-chilling moments, you won’t forget Dracula in a hurry.

 

These are my top 5 choices for Classic Literature, and if you have any personal choices/opinions, don’t hesitate in letting me know.

 

Top 5 Books- Fantasy Sagas

Now, I’m a girl who loves a good fantasy series. Fantasy books and television series can transport you to new worlds, and through the characters you grow to love, or hate, you can witness political backstabbing, murders, battles and mythical beasts.

So, in this Top 5 post, I thought I’d give my favourite fantasy book sagas, for any readers who have yet to stumble upon this genre.

1: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin.a_song_of_ice_and_fire_by_ertacaltinoz-d9fzd8e

I’ve actually done a full review of this book saga on my blog, so I won’t go too in-depth here. So what I will say is this book saga is excellent and intricate. Wars, old grudges and bloodlust makes for very interesting reading, and the saga has been made into an award-winning television series. I would rate this a very obvious staple choice if you want to read any fantasy at the moment.

2: The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss.

the_kingkiller_chronicle_one_and_twoWith two novels published in this soon-to-be trilogy, this saga is a favourite of mine. The story-telling is good, the plot is highly enjoyable and the fact of it being somewhat of a biography for the main character, a mysterious figure known as Kvothe, makes me love it more. I have read and reread this story, and I still find it as enjoyable as when I first picked it up. If you like high fantasy, excellent writing and a host of unique characters, I suggest this.

3: His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman.51sf-9svtul-_sx319_bo1204203200_

This is a book series you just have to read. And don’t be put off by the bad adaptation of the first book. His Dark Materials really transcend all age ranges and different audiences. Featuring alternative worlds, witches, polar bear warriors and battles with God and religion, this saga is not only brilliant at world-building, but the writing is easy enough for young teenagers to understand.

4: 200px-thewayofkingsThe Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson.

Once again, I’ve done a review on the first book here, but this series really deserves to be on this list. World-building in this series is done masterfully, and if you like battles, magic, different cultures and history, then you’d like this series. The characters are complex and well thought out, and I never felt bored when reading this ornate world.

5: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien.

I doubt there could be a fantasy book list without this saga. Written in the 1950s as a sequel to The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings revolutionised the world olotr111f high fantasy and epic fantasy and has been influenced authors for years to come. The books are atypical of Tolkien’s florid and highly descriptive writing style, and follow the story of the destruction of the One Ring by the Hobbit, Frodo Baggins and his comrades.  So I would say, if you’re looking for the ultimate of ultimate fantasy novels to read, why not try this? You can’t be worse off. And then watch the movies.

So here are my top 5 choices. I doubt there are any shockers on here, but if you have any comments or queries, just send me a question.

 

 

Top 5 – Online Body Positive Presences. 

I’ve always said that this blog was going to be a mixture of body positivity reviews, and as somebody who has dealt with negativity due to my size or what I look like, all I want to do now is help people embrace who they are and what they look like. But sometimes we all need a helping hand in accepting ourselves. So I thought I’d compile a list of my favourite body positive online presences, so you can go and research them, watch them and take their advice.

1: Loey Lane – YouTuberloey-lane-01-435

This woman is my lifesaver. Still a rising star in the YouTube world, Loey is a plus-size beauty guru who talks about all things fashion and beauty, but also gives really empowering and well thought out speeches about body
love and acceptance, no matter what size. She also talks about her struggles with eating disorders, and how to start accepting yourself and your body as being beautiful. An over-all beautiful and bubbly soul!

 

Georgic71e8775dede61e3abf294a67715eaeena Horne/FullerFigureFullerBust – Blogger and Model.

After watching a documentary on Channel 4 called ‘Plus Sized Wars’ – click here to watch it in the UK – I found this blogger and just fell in love with her. Horne is a plus-sized model who chiefly p
romotes lingerie and shapewear which are properly catered for bigger busts. She is outspoken, tests out loads of different bras and gives regular updates on her blog. But she is also a keen fitness freak, which helps maintain her figure. Her blog is accessible, good to read, and I find Horne to be funny, straight up and really approachable.

Tess Munster/Holliday – Plus-Sized Model and Body Confidetess_article2_1b0orng-1b0orpjnce Advocate.

 

Standing a 5ft 5′, and being the largest plus-size model to be signed to a mainstream modelling agency, Tess Munster is a force of nature. Not only possessing
an incredibly beautiful face, and one hell of a unique look, Munster is a very outspoken feminist and body confidence advocate. Also, after starting the #effyourbeautystandards movement on Instagram, Munster is a body advocate to watch out for.

 

Allison Epstein – Blogger and Survivor

Now, as a survivor of an eating disorder, Epstein is very well-versed and knowlegable on the subject of body confidence or bodaaeaaqaaaaaaaaknaaaajgnlzgjlndayltkxnjgtnge5os1hn2i1lwe0ognhzta2nziynqy peace. Her blog – The Body Pacifist – is about learning to just make peace with yourself and your shape, even when it feels like the har
dest thing in the world. Her writing is intelligent, and she deals with topics in a very sensitive manner.She is also the Managing Editor of ‘Adios Barbie’ – a body positive organisation which works to redefine the boundaries of beauty. A very inspiring and beautiful woman.

 

Ashley Graham – Supermodel and Celebrity

How can we go this far and not mention Ashley Graham? A plus-sized supermodel, who not only preaches body confidence, but health and beauty for all shapashleygraham_plussizees. She was the first plus-sized model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and is shown that bigger girls can be sexy. As somebody who is so vocal and out in the celebrity world, Graham is definitely heading things up in a positive way. And with a massive online following, it’s easy to see Ashley spread her message far and wide.

 

So here is my list. By no means definitive, as there are countless of other body-confident activists out there. On The Body Pacifist, Epstein has listed a few so I’ll link that below to find the masterlist. But I hope this has been helpful. Changing your outlook on your body is a huge triumph, and makes you happier and healthier in the long run.

Seek out these beautiful women in the links below!

Loey’s YouTube

Georgina’s Blog

Tess’ Instagram

Allison’s Blog 

Ashley’s Website.

 

Top 5 – Book-to-Film Adaptations.

Now, I’m sure I’m not alone in the fact of when I hear about film adaptation of a book I’ve read; I get extremely excited for it. It helps if I’ve obviously enjoyed the book, and I love theorising over who will be cast as who, and how they’ll direct particular scenes and what wording from the book will make it into the movie. And whether it’s a good adaptation or a bad one, it’s always worthy comparing them and seeing whether the film stands up to the book, or vice versa.

So, with my blogpost series of Top 5’s  becoming an actual thing, I thought I’d do a blogpost about my personal top 5 favourite book-to-film adaptations. And from this you’ll hopefully be able to discover some new films, or even new books.

1: Gone with the Wind.
Film: 1939 – Book: 1939
Director: David O. Selznick – Author: Margaret Mitchell.gone-with-the-wind
Mitchell’s text is an historical, sweeping novel set in and around the Deep South during the American Civil War, and focuses on life of Scarlett O’Hara, ex-Southern Belle and survivor of the war. And with the film having an impressive running time of nearly four hours, it certainly matches up to the gargantuan novel. The film sticks fairly faithfully to the plot, and with Hollywood royalty of Clarke Gable, Vivian Leigh, Olivia de Havilland and Leslie Howard, the film is rich, sumptuous and a true classic.

2: Memoirs of a Geisha.
Film: 2005 – Book: 1997
Director: Rob Marshall – Author: Arthur Golden
Set against the beautiful Japanese backdrop of 1920s Kyoto, Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha memoirs-of-a-geishaenthralled me as a young teenage, as young Chiyo is sold to a geisha house and through her trials and tribulations, ends up being of the most celebrated geisha of her time. And Marshall’s movie brings this story to life, with a very well-cast crew of actors (Gong Li is a superb Hatsumomo), and a very true-to-novel plot, the film isn’t loud of brash, but approaches Chiyo’s tale in a superb manner.

 

 

3: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Film: 2009 – Book: 2005
Director: Niels Arden Oplev – Author: Steig Larsson.
the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattooA unsettling and thrilling film which grabs all the tension of Larsson’s first novel, and runs away with it. By paying close attention to the novel, and casting the fierce Noomi Rapace as the mysterious Lisbeth Salander, the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is ride from start to finish. Although scenes are taken from later books in Larsson’s series, the film is taut, terrifying and delightful all in one go.
(I haven’t seen the English version starring Daniel Craig, so I can only recommend this version)

4: Rebecca
Film: 1940 – Book: 1939
Director: Alfred Hitchcock – Author: Daphne Du Maurier
Once again, another classic film that has thrilled audiences for decades. Fans of Du Maurier’s original novel have praised this novel for how faithfully it stuck to the story, and with the power crebecca-alfred-hitchcock-21250737-400-303ouple of Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine playing the tragic Mr and Mrs de Winter, this black-and-white gothic tale has thrilled and titillated since release. With Hitchcock’s supreme directing style, and use of suspense, it is no wonder that the author herself said that this film, along with Don’t Look Now, are the only adaptations of her work that she had time for. Also, watch out for Judith Anderson’s excellent acting as the deranged housekeeper Mrs Danvers.

5: To Kill a Mockingbird
Film: 1962 – Book: 1960
Director: Robert Mulligan – Author: Harper Lee
I don’t think any film list can be complete without putting this film forwardto_kill_a_mockingbird_still. Lee’s Gothic tale of racism, inequality and moral issues has been read in countless schools, and her protagonist’s father, Atticus Finch, has served as a sort of moral hero for readers. And in Mulligan’s 1962, Gregory Peck plays Finch in a sensitive and just manner, and with an excellent script and casting of Scout and Jem, the film really blows other adaptations out of water due to its direction and faithfulness to the text.

So, these are my top 5 choices. This year there are so many good books being adapted into films (I’m very excited to see Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), but I’d like to know what you’re excited for. Leave your answers in my comments.
Until next time!