Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Thoughts

It's clear from my lack of posts that I have become disenchanted with this blog. Life was easier when I felt comfortable writing about fashion and beauty, but I no longer feel comfortable.

Our society is in a fragile state. I feel so much more aware of the world now and I can't be satisfied with such material things.

I'd like to do something with this site, I worked hard to build it and generally it's always been something i'm proud of... but the next generation of StyleSucker needs to be something more meaningful.

I haven't yet decided what that is.

Peace & love,



Tuesday, 5 July 2016


Hello everyone! I haven't done a beauty post in a long time so I decided I would talk you through my top 10 must-have beauty items. The items are listed in the order I would use them on a daily basis and are not in order or preference!


1. Palmer's Cocoa Butter (£3.65 - Boots)
This is a very intensely moisturising body butter that leaves my skin super soft and smelling amazing. I sometimes suffer from very dry skin around my ankles and this product heals them instantly. I use this product every other day on my legs and arms, however I would not recommend you use it on your face as it may not be gentle enough. All in all I think this is a wonderful, affordable product that does exactly as it is supposed to!

2. Dr Organic Pure Tea Tree Oil (£4.59 - Holland & Barrett)
This pure tea tree oil is perfect for my oily/combination skin. While it is strong smelling, it works really well when dabbed on to spot-prone areas and helps to prevent future blemishes. I mix a drop or so in with my primer to protect my face all day. Alternatively, I also put a drop on my make-up sponge to give my foundation a dewy finish.

3. Nivea Men Post Shave Balm (£3.52 - Superdrug)
I'm certainly not the only person who thinks this but it truly is the world's best primer! I have tried a lot of different primers but I couldn't find one that worked with my oily skin. After using this for the first time a few months ago, I was genuinely amazed how it easily out performed my MAC and Benefit primers (which are much more expensive). It may not be what it is intended to be used for but I think this will become a cult-buy in no time.

4. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99 - Boots)
I adore my Real Techniques brushes so when they brought out a sponge I had to try it. I automatically preferred this over a beauty blender as it has a flat edge to blend over large areas such as cheeks and it also costs about £10 less! This product blends concealer and foundation flawlessly, it also holds up really well after washing which means it doesn't need to be replaced as often as you'd think. This is excellent value for money and I would definitely recommend it.

5. Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation #115 (£31.00 - Illamasqua)
I buy this product in the second palest shade so that I can use it as a concealer. I have always had very dark circles under my eyes and really struggled to cover them up. This product provides the best coverage by far and although at £31 it is pretty expensive, as it is a foundation you get loads of product and it lasts me over a YEAR. That makes it pretty worthwhile, don't you think?

6. MAC Studio Fix Fluid #NC30 (£22.00 - MAC)
The main reason I love good old Studio Fix is simply because I have never found another foundation that actually matches my skin tone. I have a pale-olive complexion and couldn't find many drugstore products that had yellow undertones, as well as coverage and staying power. I have tried other types of MAC foundations but this seems to be the best one for my skin, and happily, it's also the cheapest.

7. Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner (£5.29 - Boots)
Finding the perfect liquid eyeliner is an impossible task. However, I have always found that when it comes down to it, drugstore is best. Rimmel's Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner is very affordable, pigmented and easy to use. It's soft, foam brush doesn't scratch or blunt and my eyeliner stays on perfectly all day. If you prefer colourful liner, I am also a big fan of Barry M's liquid eyeliner (£4.79 - Boots), which comes in a whopping 10 shades!

8. Rimmel 100% Waterproof Mascara (£5.29 - Superdrug)
Like eyeliner, I also find that drugstore brands are best for mascara. I use waterproof mascara as it keeps my lashes curled all day, whereas a non-waterproof mascara causes my eyelashes to drop. This mascara has a standard-shape brush which doesn't cause clumping and comes in both black and brown. I also like the Rimmel 10X Volume Flash (£5.99 - Superdrug) waterproof mascara, although I think it may have been discontinued :(.

9. Benefit Hoola Bronzer (£23.50 - Benefit)
Bronzer is one of those things that's very hard to get right. I had this bronzer for a long time before actually using it but when contouring became the trend, I decided to dig it out and try it for that. I found that this matte shade worked perfectly on my skin-tone for natural-looking contouring and because of how pigmented it is, the product actually lasts for a really long time. P.S. It works brilliantly as an eyeshadow too!

10. Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter (£3.00 - Superdrug)
I bought this highlighter in shades Peach Lights and Golden Lights (pictured). At £3 each they are crazy cheap but they're also an amazing product. Golden Lights is a perfect everyday highlighter that is buildable and leaves a subtle golden sheen, whereas Peach Lights leaves a more rose-gold effect. Both shades are incredible and a bargain to boot.



So those are my Top 10 Beauty Essentials, I hope you have enjoyed this post and please feel free to post in the comments below!

xoxo 



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1. http://www.boots.com/en/Palmers-Cocoa-Butter-Formula-Original-Solid-Formula-Jar-1-x-100g_9953/
2. http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/dr-organic-tea-tree-pure-oil-60083691
3. http://www.superdrug.com/Nivea/Nivea-For-Men-Sensitive-Post-Shave-Balm/p/247057?gclid=Cj0KEQjwte27BRCM6vjIidHvnKQBEiQAC4MzrUHi7pDi44Of7cHbbrphARPWEDxaOxx09FNIKvFVwrgaAivh8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds
4. http://www.boots.com/en/Real-Techniques-Miracle-Complexion-Sponge_1389470/
5. http://www.illamasqua.com/rf-115-rich-liquid-foundation/?gclid=Cj0KEQjwte27BRCM6vjIidHvnKQBEiQAC4Mzrbk1d5d3B1KS8idHq8xqR1ziWwrx0wQsH0fI6weRUJ8aAnfx8P8HAQ
6. http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/13847/1231/Products/Makeup/Face/Foundation/Studio-Fix-Fluid-SPF-15?cm_mmc=GoogleBase-_-ShoppingFeed-_-Face-_-Foundation&gclid=Cj0KEQjwte27BRCM6vjIidHvnKQBEiQAC4MzrcIb1BNMOohjBozaBULhzrcIdIOd6wv5gYAR1P4tNIIaArOs8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds#/shade/NC30
7. http://www.boots.com/en/Rimmel-Exaggerate-Eye-Liner_6935/?cm_mmc=bmm-_-google-_-PLAs-_-Boots%20Shopping%20-%20Category%20-%20Beauty
8. http://www.superdrug.com/Rimmel/Rimmel-100%25-Waterproof-Mascara-Black-1/p/786855
9. https://www.benefitcosmetics.com/uk/en-gb/product/hoola-matte-bronzer
10. http://www.superdrug.com/Makeup-Revolution/Makeup-Revolution-Highlighter-Golden-Lights/p/978758














Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The Twenty-Something

I have read a lot of articles lately that talk about the struggles that everybody has in their twenties. The majority of these stories have been written by people retrospectively and, in essence, they tell us that it 'all works out in the end'.

While that is comforting to know, I wanted to share my thoughts on the subject as actually being a twenty-something (and trying to avoid a quarter-life crisis).

As a millennial, I know that the likelihood of me being able to buy a house any time soon is unlikely, I also know that jobs don't pay as much comparatively and life is generally just a bit harder than it was for the Baby-Boomers.

If you had asked me 10 years ago where I would be now, I would probably have said i'd have a high-flying career and own a house on the outskirts of the city with my husband. This hasn't happened.

My thoughts 10 years ago were a reflection of my parent's lives and what they were doing in their twenties. It was always a time I had looked forward to; freedom, independence and my own space. I believed that this is the point when I would have it all figured out.

Now that the time is upon me, this is what I do have:
- A fairly useless University Degree
- A lovely little rented flat
- A boyfriend
- A new job
- Lots of student debt

Okay so, maybe not that different from what I had thought. I still have my independence, my own space and someone to share my life with. The difference is, I really don't feel like I have it all figured out, and that's okay.

As I have written about previously, going to University was hard for me. I didn't get much financial assistance, which lead to stress and debt. I found that I was a goldfish in a Sea full of sharks and suddenly, I was not so sure of myself.

After graduating University, I found myself a nice little office 9-5. I enjoyed it for a while, then I was promoted and enjoyed it for a little while longer. Then it came to a point where I needed a change. I left for a job in a completely new industry after being sold 'The Dream' in an interview.

On day 1 of my new job, I knew something wasn't right. I thought it would all work out in the end and talked myself into giving it time. By week 3, the stress of hating the role (and the company) was making me physically sick and I knew I had to leave. FUCK. I had just started a tenancy on a flat with my boyfriend (who would be unable to support both of us) and now, I didn't have a job.

The weight that had been lifted from leaving the job suddenly came crashing back down. Reality is a bitch. I had a little bit of savings but knew that I wouldn't be able to survive on that for long. This is where the crisis kicked in. What have I done? Why did I leave my old job? Maybe I should try and go back? WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE?! I think that these are they types of key moments that people talk about in their terrible twenties. It's that time where every decision you make feels like it is going to affect the rest of your life and we don't yet have enough life experience to handle these pressures.

A couple of weeks down the line and I have pretty much managed to sort my life out. Through the support of my friends and family I have got back on my feet and I'm trying to calmly navigate the situation. It's still going to be a tough couple of months but I know that I need to go through it to come out the other side. These circumstances that at first seem so terrifying are actually the ones that make us who we are.

After speaking to other people, I found that this had happened to almost all of them at some point in their life. They had all got new jobs that didn't work out and had to leave, thus leaving them in financial turmoil. If they can get through it, so can we!

So there's my 2 cents on the topic. I would love to hear about your life experiences in the comments so please feel free to write below!

Thanks for reading.

XOXO
STYLSCKR








Saturday, 24 January 2015

Thailand Travels!

On 27th December 2014 I hopped on a plane (by myself) and flew out to Bangkok to go visit my dad, who lives there full time.
I'd never been to Thailand before and I'd heard lots of good and bad things so I didn't really know what to expect, luckily for me I basically had a professional tour guide to show me all the wonderful sights of the city.
First things first, Bangkok is incredible. Its physically beautiful in the same way as New York and Las Vegas are, lots of bright lights, neon signs and crazy cabs that stop for no-one.
Bangkok is home to Nana Plaza - 'The world's largest adult playground'. It's situated on one of the busiest streets in Bangkok (Soi 4) and has 3 floors of Go-Go bars. It may make you cringe to think about going to a place that is full of women and ladyboys walking around in their underwear trying to make you come and watch them dance - but I found it refreshing that these people celebrated their sexuality and were proud to be there.
On my second day we went to a big indoor market/mall called MBK. It was nothing like anywhere I'd been before, but I suppose I could compare it to the clothes show, just 100 times bigger, more crowded and much more diverse. MBK is full of fake designer goods, which is something you'd never find in the UK. I'm not saying it's legal to sell fake Mulberry handbags in Thailand but it is perhaps, not quite as regulated as it is here.
On my 3rd day, we went to a rooftop bar called Above Eleven, which had an amazing view of the skyline from thirty-something floors up. The drinks were expensive as to be expected but in my opinion, it was more than worth it. I've had an affinity for rooftop bars since I visited the one at the Empire Hotel in New York in 2013 (fulfilling my gossip girl fangirl dreams), i recommend them highly, you get the most amazing views and get to experience a brief taste of how the other-half live.
I could sit here all day and type away about all the crazy and wonderful things there are in Bangkok but frankly, I wouldn't be able to do it justice.
On 2nd January we hired a mini-bus and travelled 250 miles to the island of Koh Chang (Elephant Island) for a little break by the sea. To be expected, the beaches were soft white sand and the sea was warm and clear. 
Koh Chang isn't as well known as tourist islands such as Koh Samui so it was relatively quiet, however, if you hire motorbikes like we did then you can whizz along to the different beaches a long the coastline and find plenty of things to do. We stayed in some of the huts that are dotted around each resort, they definitely weren't 4 star hotels and mine in particular was full of lizards but they did have a certain Thai charm about them.
On one of the days we spent an incredible afternoon at an elephant sanctuary where we rode them and then swam with them in a natural pool in the jungle. I think that swimming with the elephants was by far my favourite part of the entire trip. The elephants were so gentle and they splashed water over us with their trunks!
Anyway, I don't want this to be a play-by-play of every single thing I did away so i'll cut it short here but basically, Thailand is amazing and I really would recommend it to anyone.
xoxo
StyleSucker

here's a couple of pictures from the trip...








Monday, 21 July 2014

10 Things that Fashion School taught me...

I have decided to do a slightly different post and write about the things I discovered whilst I was at University. I feel like Universities and Fashion Schools have certain reputations and I just wanted to shed some light on the subject.

Disclaimer: These are my personal opinions and are to be taken light-heartedly and comedically.


1. MONEY, MONEY, MONEY.

Money is the single most important thing if you're doing a fashion course. If you don't have an account at the Bank of Mommy & Daddy then you are well and truly screwed. By some sick joke I ended up getting the least amount of student loan and had to get a job to support myself. I have absolutely no issue working for my own money but, even with a job, I still couldn't cover the cost of fabrics, equipment and trips to London all the bloody time! So yeah - make sure you have some funds and/or a sugar daddy.

2. IT'S NOT A REAL COURSE THOUGH, IS IT?

You WILL meet people who will mock your course. People may laugh at you for studying Fashion, they will tell you it's not a real course and that you just sit there and sew sometimes. The best thing to say to these people is - "Do you wear clothes? Yeah, I thought so".Also - from my experience, Fashion students are the single most hard-working body of people at University. We were in Uni 8am - 8pm 5 days a week by CHOICE.

3. YOU'RE NOTHING SPECIAL.

It doesn't matter how good you are at something, there will always be someone better than you and that's OK. Your degree is not about competing, it is about doing what you want the best you can. I guarantee you will discover talents that you never knew you had. Be proud of yourself, share ideas and give advice! The worst thing you can do is be too scared of someone copying your work, this can isolate you when you are the one who needs advice or help with those damn pockets that you can't do no matter how many times you try.

4. BITCHINESS.

The more elite your institution is, the more likely you are to encounter strong-minded people who have an opinion about everything. However, the reality of it is - this is NOT the norm, you will meet genuine, like-minded people and you WILL make real friends.

5. UPS & DOWNS.

If you don't have regular breakdowns when deadlines are looming, you are probably doing something wrong. It is OK to have a cry because you can't find the perfect two-way stretch velvet (I had my Final Collection breakdown in Spud-u-Like for this very reason). The most important thing is to remember that it is okay to be stressed and it is also okay to cry BUT do not let it get you down. You have to wipe those tears away, have a burger and pull yourself together.

6. REWARD YOURSELF.

I can't even express how crucial this is! Every time you overcome something that, at one point, you thought was impossible, you must treat yourself. Those pleats you couldn't get right? That's a beer and a burger down the pub with your housemates. That killer deadline? That's a new outfit from Topshop. If you reward yourself then it gives you something to look forward to and a reason to pull through the breakdowns and the stress. You are also allowed to reward yourself even if it seems like an insignificant achievement to others.

7. IT'S ALWAYS A SCHOOL NIGHT.

On the back of rewarding yourself, socialising is equally important. The fact is, student night's are weeknights. If you have Uni at 10am the next day but your friends are begging you to go to this cool new club night where everything is £2, just f**king go! It is okay to worry about the consequences later (as long as you know your limits and don't do this every day)!

8. CREATIVITY CANNOT BE FORCED.

I will stand by this statement until the end of time. Like writer's get writer's block, us creative's can get creativity block. During your degree you will always be pressured to think up something new and innovative all the damn time, our brains don't work like this.Here are some of my solutions:- Watch some weird, independent movie or documentary on Netflix that you've never heard of. Sometimes this will inspire a different subject matter you'd never normally have thought of.-  Take yourself on a trip. Get on that damn train and go somewhere you've never been before, or go to an exhibition or a designer store or just anywhere that might change your perspective on the task at hand.- Procrastinate. Even though it seems like the biggest faux-pas, reading through pages of mindless internet content can actually help clear your head. Also, the likelihood you will stumble upon something unusual and interesting is great.

9. ALL-NIGHTERS.

They happen, deal with it. There really aren't enough hours in the day. When you have big deadlines, most students have about 2 - 3 hours sleep a night. It is OK to go to uni without make-up on and with all the dry shampoo in the world on your hair. Your classmates understand and will probably look just as awful as you.

10. IT'S ALL OVER.

It doesn't matter how much you loved or hated University, Graduation will always be the best day of your life. Also, if you didn't enjoy Uni, it is more than likely you will look back on it with only fond memories. Be PROUD of yourself. Sure, you basically paid £20K+ for a piece of paper that says you're smart, but it is so much more than that and will stay with you forever. Frame that damn degree and hang it on the wall and tell everyone you graduated because its a f**king achievement that you will be proud of for the rest of your life.

xoxo

StyleSucker BA (hons)



Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Spring nails!


Okay so I've been a very bad blogger and haven't done a post in a while so I thought I'd share with you my spring nails!
These cute, glitter pastel nails are the perfect way to incorporate a little colour into the last days of your winter wardrobe!
I have used Models Own 'utopia' and a glitter varnish from H&M. 
I hope you like them!
xoxo StyleSucker