Is anyone alive out there?

WOW.

So… I haven’t blogged in a fair few months. I knew doing my teacher training would be hardcore but I don’t think I realised quite how hardcore it would be. All my best intentions of still maintaining weekly blogs and YouTube videos went flying straight out of the window pretty quickly.

However, I like to think I’ve got a bit of a hang of things now and so am tentatively hoping to get back to weekly blogs.

So, here’s a massively photo heavy post to get you up to speed on the time I spent from August 2015 right up to mid-March 2016!

NOTE- all of my photos are from my instagram (@smaugish) so I apologise for how awful the quality will be, on the whole!

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I fell in love with Kat von D’s liquid lipsticks and began to pray she brings her stuff to the UK… rumours abound that this may be the year!

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I went to Bloodstock… ish. It’s a long story but basically after an abortive start, my dad bought himself a day ticket and drove himself and I back up for the Sunday to see ROB ZOMBIE. Which was AWESOME.

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I made my brother possibly the most awesome birthday cake ever… it was delicious.

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I bought a blender thing and officially became a food hipster.

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I started my teacher training!

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I started dating someone in August… and started our relationship a few months later over the New Year.

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I submitted to the hype… and got the Naked Smoky palette. It is AWESOME.

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I had some fun with my work wardrobe and trying to dress like a ‘goth teacher’… see below for more!

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I took part in vegan October… it was actually easier than I expected and something I’m considering on a more full time basis!

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I appreciated my downtime much more and dressed more ‘goth’ at every opportunity.

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Even my more casual ‘dressing down’ uniform became ‘goth-tastic’

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I also added some more bits to my wardrobe, including this gorgeous Victorian style dress from Primark of all places.

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I had fun dressing up as a Ripper victim for Halloween, including a corset… LOVED this costume, might have to do it again sometime!

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Went through the heartbreaking decision to say goodbye to our beautiful boy, Spike, after he became too poorly to go on. Still miss him to this day. RIP bumface.

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Mum and I made our annual Christmas pilgrimage to Manchester and had the best time.

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Manchester is one of my favourite cities and it always looks beautiful at Christmas!

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I added some truly amazing pink reindeer earrings to my Christmas wardrobe.

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Got some amazing Christmas presents, including a very late letter from Hogwarts.

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I wore potentially the sparkliest dress on Christmas day and haemorrhaged glitter the whole day.

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Wore Ruby Woo and had serious brow game on the 25th too.

 

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Battled the post-Christmas sales looking uber-goth with Nyx Liquide Suede in Stonefox

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Went to my first NQT teaching job interview (and got the job!) in January.

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Experimented with back-combing and a more trad goth sort of look.

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Finally indulged in (and became addicted to) a pair of Demonia boots.

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Welcomed a new fur baby to the family- this is Rosie but I call her Wiggle.

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Had a lot of good outfit days.

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I’m trying to give myself reading time every week. It’s got mixed success- I’m still reading The Darkest Part of the Forest but I am thoroughly enjoying it!

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Another good outfit day… that scarf is from Claire’s Accessories, if you would believe it!

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Subscribed to my first ever box- Spooky Box Club! First box was amazing, I may try and film an unboxing when my next one comes!

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Dressed as Boudicca (the queen of the Iceni, not my dog!) for World Book Day.

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Got stuck in PGCE assignment hell!

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Continued to rock my ‘goth teacher’ style… and good golly is my hair getting long!

 

So that’s us all up to date! Now… here’s hoping I manage to post soon?

 

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Bloodstock 2015- My Festival Style

Bloodstock 2015
So looks like I’ll be able to go to Bloodstock Open Air Festival, 2015 after all!
Seriously… I know I’ve been on the most amazing holiday ever, and I don’t want to sound like a brat, but I was really worried I wasn’t going to be able to go to BOA. And it’s become part of my year, y’know what I mean? This year will be my sixth year there, and it’s one of the best lineups they’ve been offering in recent years, so I really didn’t want to miss it.
But lo! My heavy metal Fairy Godmother came and told me “You shall go to Catton Hall!” and now I’m super excited and thought I’d do a post detailing what I’m thinking of taking with me to wear over the weekend.
Okay y’all. I have to admit, if you hadn’t already expected it; my festival style is a little different to the norm. You probably won’t find any floaty kaftans or dresses or fringing and flower crowns here (though I might take my eyeball flower headband, just for kicks). Bloodstock is a metal festival, so the first thing on my list to pack is:
Band T-Shirts
I don’t often get to dip into my extensive band t-shirt collection these days, so Bloodstock is the perfect opportunity for me to do so. I usually like to take a t-shirt from each of the headliners to wear, but I actually don’t have a Trivium or Within Temptation t-shirt. However, I do have a Rob Zombie shirt so I will definitely be taking that one! I probably will take my Watain Black Metal Militia shirt to wear one of the days because it’s one of my favourites, and maybe a Powercake t-shirt to co-ordinate with my brother and his friend (Powercake is their band, check them out here– they’re really good!). On top of that, I might take one of my previous BOA t-shirts to wear, and I’m not sure what else. Four t-shirts should be ample, though!
Battle Jacket
The army jacket in the picture is just representative of my battle jacket; it very surely is not my battle jacket, ha! If you’re not hot on metal fashion/habits, a battle jacket/battle vest/kutte is basically a vest, usually (but not always) a cut-off denim vest upon which the wearer sews or glues patches to do with their favourite bands or patches from shows they’ve been to. My battle jacket is an army surplus jacket I bought a while ago, cut off the sleeves and have stuck on patches from various BOA’s of yore and bands I like. A camo battle jacket is a bit unorthodox and, dare I say it, controversial in the community but I don’t really care! I probably will start a new one, and it will probably be a little more of an orthodox black denim one, but we’ll see.
Leggings/Skinny Jeans
So I’m not quite sure what I’m going to take to wear on bottom. I want to be comfortable, so probably leggings, but I might also take my ripped Yours skinny jeans for another option. The leggings I’m going to take will probably be my skeleton leggings, and maybe some camo leggings as well.
Boots
I’m going to take my (fake) Docs for sure; they’re comfortable to drive in and comfy to wear all day. I might also take my New Rock boots as well, just for old time’s sake!
Accessories
I will most definitely be taking my Banned Apparel glow-in-the-dark skeleton bag, because that is my favourite bag and it’s a perfect size. I might slip my studded sunglasses in, just in case a miracle occurs and it’s sunny next weekend. And I’ll definitely be taking a necklace or two- my ankh necklace is probably a shoe-in as I wear it more or less every day anyway!
Make Up
And of course, I can’t go away for a weekend without a scrap of makeup! I usually take some of my cheaper stuff with me, just to make sure nothing decent gets lost or ruined. But as I’m not going to be camping this year, I can take some better stuff! I’ll be packing a couple of different lip products so I have several options- my Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid lipstick in Echo is a good choice because it’s so long lasting and it’s such a good colour, one of my Revlon Matte Balms just for the ease of application and colour offering, and maybe one or two others depending how I feel. I might not want to go full on with the base but I will probably take my Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer (not pictured) to brighten and cover blemishes and bags, and for eyes I’ll take my Kat Von D Tattoo liner in Trooper (that thing DOES NOT BUDGE) and my Rimmel waterproof Scandaleyes mascara- or maybe my Urban Decay Perversion mascara (not pictured).
I’m so excited! I might try to put some new patches on my battle jacket before I go, and re-inforce/restick/attempt to resew some of the ones that are already on there. Are you going to any music festivals this year, or have you already been to one?
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Florida Beauty Haul

So I got home from Florida at five to seven this morning and I’m so sad my holiday is over.

It was amazing. It felt pretty special that it was our last proper family holiday ever, just the four of us, and also a bit bittersweet. Our villa was lovely, situated just the right distance away from I-Drive and the parks (about 15 minutes from Disney, 25-30 mins from Universal) and we had a great two weeks of doing loads.

AND I MET DONALD. I MET DONALD FOUR TIMES.

(I do realise there are only three pictures up there; the first picture of me and Donald isn’t my favourite, but it is on Instagram if you really want to see it…)

Apart from going  to Disney World and Universal Studios and playing Adventure Golf (Pirate’s Cove is one of the best!) we also went shopping… which is really what you’re interested in, isn’t it!?

Here is everything I got, beauty-wise! I fell in love with Sephora- oh my God, so beautiful!- and enjoyed rooting around Walmart, Walgreens, Target and CVS on my hunt for Nyx (couldn’t find any until we went to a Super Target on the last day!) and Wet ‘n’ Wild. I got bits from Wet ‘n’ Wild, Nyx, Kat Von D, MAC, Anastasia Beverly Hills, OCC and Eos.

So here’s the least interesting of my purchases. I got Nyx HD Studio Finishing Powder, which I haven’t tried yet but think that it looks good! The little skull bottle is a Blackheart Cosmetics Roll-On perfume that smells gorgeous (and I actually bought it from Torrid!) and I got two flavours of Eos lip balm; Pomegranate Raspberry and Sweet Mint.

Here we have the eye and face make up that I bought! The blush powder is a Sephora Collection Colorful Blush in Tranquil, which is a taupey contour colour and darker than Nyx Taupe but a good substitute as I couldn’t find it anywhere (more expensive though!). I also got the Wet ‘n’ Wild palette in Comfort Zone, a Nyx palette in Sex Bomb, Kat Von D tattoo liner in Trooper, an Anastasia Brow Wiz in Chocolate (I was unsure which shade to get but so far this looks like an appropriate pick!) and a Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk.

Here’s the beautiful Nyx palette- I thought the selection of colours looked interesting and the inclusion of red intrigued me!

The swatch underneath the shadows is the Sephora blush- I can’t wait to try chiseling my cheekbones with it! As you can see from the shadows, the lighter two matte shades aren’t greatly pigmented but on the whole they’re nice shadows.

And two things that most people familiar with the blogging/vlogging world will be very familiar with: the Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone palette and the Nyx Jumbo pencil in Milk.

The white line is obviously the jumbo pencil- I got this to try and make my brighter shadows, like the ones in my beloved Mermaids vs Unicorns palette, pop more. As for the Comfort Zone palette- I get the hype! The shadows are all buttery soft and super pigmented and that blue/brown duochrome shade is stunning.

And the lip products! I know, I know; last thing I needed is more lip products! But I could not help myself. I got two samples of OCC lip tars in Technopagan and Black Metal Dhalia, and a full sized Lip Tar in Role Play. I also got two Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipsticks in Wolvesmouth and A-Go-Go and one Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Echo. Next I got two of the new MAC Matte collection lipstick (that I’m sure aren’t even out in the UK yet…) in Stone and Royal, and two Nyx lip products- an Intense Butter Gloss in Berry Strudel and a Simply Vamp lip cream in Temptress.

The swatch on top is Stone, and then from left-right we have A-Go-Go, Wolvesmouth, Temptress, Berry Strudel, Echo and Royal. I wanted to get Poe from Kat Von D but it was sold out everywhere so I got Echo (and Royal) instead.

I can’t wait to try out all my new bits! Have you tried any of these?

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The Disney Tag!

So… today I am at Disney Magic Kingdom (meeting Donald!) and so I thought I’d post a Disney Tag. I will be doing one of these tags (well, a few of them!) on my YouTube channel when I get back from America so stay tuned!

1. What’s your favorite Disney movie?

Beauty and the Beast. I love pretty much every Disney movie I’ve ever seen (except that I can’t watch either Bambi or the Fox & The Hound because… I just can’t) but BATB will always be my number one.

2. What Disney character do you relate to the most?

Belle! Maybe this is why it’s my favourite but I’ve always thought I was pretty Belle-like. She’s girlier than I am but being a bit of an outsider and having a tendency to lose oneself in a book amongst other things are definitely some things I can relate to!

3. What Disney girl is the prettiest?

I don’t actually know which Disney girl is the prettiest… I always thought Mulan and Pocahontas were pretty, as are Aurora and Esmerelda and Belle (obv) and Jasmine… though tbh they’re all pretty! Kida from Atlantis is gorgeous actually.

4. What Disney guy is the hottest?

… is it wrong that I’m tempted to say Beast, before the change?! Flynn Rider is pretty hot though.

5. Who is your favorite side kick?

I have three. And I shall quote them and then hope that you just KNOW who they are.

a) “And as I’ve always said, if it ain’t Baroque, don’t fix it!” b) “And what are you, a sheep!?” c) “Go to bed, y’all from Shreveport!?”

6. Favorite villain?

This is a hard one to choose a favourite for. I love Maleficent, and Scar, and Hades. And Doctor Facilier. Not sure I could pick a top favourite from those.

7.All time favorite Disney soundtrack?

The Beauty and the Beast soundtrack will never fail to give me goosebumps, but I also love the soundtracks for The Hunchback of Notre Dame (HELLFIRE! DARKFIRE! NOW GYPSY IT’S YOUR TURN!) and Pocahontas. And The Little Mermaid (Part of Your World is just my song, okay?)

8. Scene in Disney film that makes you cry?

There are SO MANY. So many. Mufasa dying, the Beast almost-dying, Pocahontas’ final farewell to John Smith, Esmerelda almost-dying, Ray getting squished… SO MANY.

9. Who’s your least favorite Disney character?

Ohhh… OOOH. This is a tough question. Really tough. I don’t know if I can answer it!

10. Which scene in a Disney film makes you mad?

I’m usually too happy to be mad in a Disney movie…

11. Have you ever been to a Disney park?

YES!

12. Disneyland or Disneyworld?

Walt Disney World ❤

13. Do you prefer 2D animation or 3D animation?

I’m a traditionalist, so 2D.

14. What is a fairly tale or theme you would want in the next disney film?

I would love to see them do some of the Anansi stories, and part of me has a bit of a sick fascination with a Disney take on Beowulf. As for fairy tales, I want them to do Bluebeard or The Goose Girl, because they were always two of my favourite fairy tales as a child.

15. Favorite thing you own that is Disney?

My Donald mug! I have so much Disney merchandise though, I also love my Beast plushie.

16. First Disney film you have seen?

If it counts as a film, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day/Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree. Blustery Day was the first video my brother and I ever owned.

17. Last Disney film you have currently watched?

I can’t actually remember, but I think it would be Peter Pan.

18. Is there a Disney movie you have not seen?

Not many- things like Home on the Range and Chicken Little, I think, are the only ones I’ve never seen.

19. What is a animated non-Disney movie that you like?

How to Train Your Dragon, Howl’s Moving Castle… I like lots of non-Disney animation.

20. Favorite Disney quote from any Disney film?

See my sidekicks post, the first quote there ha!

21. Which upcoming Disney film are you most looking forward to see?

The live action Beauty and the Beast!

22. Last question which main Disney character (Mickey for example) is your favorite?

DONALD BLOOMIN’ DUCK.

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Music Monday #5

As you read this post, I shall be at Disney Hollywood Studios- yay! I’m still going to post about the songs I’ve been mostly listening to this week…

1. Iggy Azalea- Black Widow feat. Rita Ora

So… yeah. I love this song. I’m not even sorry. I really, really like Iggy Azalea. I was listening to this with my brother the other day and he was like “… okay so she can rap, I’ll give her that!”

2. Bastille- Pompeii

I don’t know what it is about this tune, but it has been stuck in my head all week. Seriously.

3. Immortal- Tyrants

This is a classic and it never fails to make me smile- which is weird, cos it’s black metal, but whattya gonna do!? I will always be annoyed with myself for falling ill during their headlining set at Bloodstock, I remember being semi conscious in the medical tent and suddenly saying “OMG TYRANTS” as I could hear it in the distance.

4. Fleetwood Mac- Little Lies

This is another classic. The chorus is just amazing and the lyrics are pretty good too. I love a bit of Fleetwood Mac.

5. AFI- Days of the Phoenix

And yet another classic, but you know me. How could I go a week without including an AFI song!?

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What’s In My… Hand Luggage! (YouTube)

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USA Wishlist 2015

So I’m sitting here, with hair dye on my head, a few things left to pack in my hand luggage but currently the only one in my house who’s packed her suitcase…

And I’m going on holiday TOMORROW.

I’m so excited! I probably won’t be able to sleep tonight, it’s that bad.

I’M GOING TO MEET DONALD, YOU GUYS!?

Aaaanyway, I thought I’d do a quick post to share with you some of the things I’m hoping to pick up whilst I’m out there- because honestly, could I go all the way to the United States of America and not make a pilgrimage to Sephora?

The answer’s no, obviously.

USA Wishlist 2015

Soooooo this is kind of a small selection of the sort of thing I’m after; and yes, there is a lot of Kat von D! I mainly want to try to get things that are either exclusive to the USA, or much cheaper! From Kat von D I’d like to see if I can pick up some of her Studded Kiss lipsticks (especially the colours Hexagram, Wolvesmouth and Poe), maybe her Lock It Concealer or Foundation and her Tattoo Liner in Trooper, and also an Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (maybe Bauhau5, A-Go-Go, Lolita or Outlaw). Maybe also her Chrysalis palette because the colours look so pretty! I’d also like to have a look at Formula X nailpolishes- the Hologram and Matte Metallic finishes look so nice. Another couple of brands I’d love to have a peek at is Bite Beauty, especially their lip pencils, and the much lauded Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wizz, amongst other products from the line. Finally, I want to look at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, especially their Lip Tars! I’ve no idea what shades are available at the moment or anything like that but I want to see!
I also would like to rummage through their drugstore makeup offerings, especially Nyx, Covergirl (even though it’s basically the same as MaxFactor I’ve heard they have differing quality levels!) and Wet ‘n’ Wild.
What products would you like to recommend?
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