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When it comes to drugstore dupes, MUA (Makeup Academy) is a brand I’ve come to rely on. Having recently emptied the tube of one of my favourite lip products, I was due a trip to Superdrug to find a replacement and was immediately taken by the MUA display.
First unnessecary grab? Two MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers in Reckless (a blue-toned red) and Atomic (a coral). I cannot believe these are only £3. I have spent £20+ on comparable products that don’t last half as long. MUA’S velvet lacquers are matte, smudge-proof, long-lasting (even through two cups of coffee!), and non-drying.
Tip: The shade ‘Kooky’ is a perfect dupe for Lorde’s omnipresent deep purple lipstick.
To restrain myself from buying all the lacquers I ‘compromised’ (ahem) by taking the MUA ‘Undress Me Too’ Eye Palette home, as well. With this very review in mind, I swatched and brushed and dipped and blended to my heart’s content, finally deciding to create the eye look you see below.
Get The Look:
Shy – a pearly-hued nude used over my entire lid. main shade, pearl
Lavish – a sheer brown (more matte than other shades), blended throughout the crease
Wink – a shimmering deep purple, used in the outer corner to lift the eye
Exposed – a duotone grey/purple used to blend ‘Wink’ into the crease and lid
Corrupt – a soft, matte black, used wet as liner
(Shades in the palette – left to right, top to bottom: Naked, Devotion, Shy, Fiery, Lavish, Dreamy, Tranquil, Exposed, Reveal, Wink, Obsessed, Corrupt.)
For £4, I can’t think of any eyeshadow – let alone eyeshadow palette! – that offers better value. MUA have earned themselves a true fan in me.
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“We live in an ego-based culture, where people are married to absolutes – the family, the job, the white picket fence. Drag, by its very nature, mocks identity. It breaks the fourth wall that says ‘None of this is real,’ and people are threatened by that. But the truth is that we are all shape-shifters every day; we are all God in drag.”
A lot of my lovely blog-creating readers tend to send me questions about blogger events. What do I wear? How do I act?; the list of questions is fairly repetitive and a list I’m sure more and more of you will be wondering as you get into blogging.
In hopes of being super helpful, I thought I would share a few of my personal tips to make the most out of blogger events with you fellow blogger babes.
So, here it is:
Your First Blogger Event: A Guide
1. Be social!
Different kinds of people react to social events in a variety of ways. While the life of the party will always be smiling and want to talk to everyone, it isn’t unusual for a lot of men and women to feel spurts of anxiety when having to interact with new people – especially if you struggle with ‘small talk’.
While I’ve always been a very social person, I did feel like a small fry when I started attending blogger and media events a few years ago. It was a shock to be greeted by the faces of journalists that had inspired me (Hilary Alexander, to name names) and CEOs of some of my favourite brands.
All you need to remember is that if you’ve been invited somewhere, you’ve been invited for a reason. You are likely to be surrounded by those who not only have similar interests, but have the drive and passion that has got you where you are. Make friends!
2. Familiarize yourself with the policies!
The physical or digital invitations will usually answer any question you may have, but PRs will be more than happy to clarify anything you’re unsure of. I personally feel it is fair to ask to bring a plus-one if the event seems appropriate and it would make you feel more at ease, but I would never do so if it was at a cost or inconvenience to the event. RSVP by requested dates, show up at the right time, and let the good times roll.
I know, I know, no-one wants a photo of themselves making out with a cupcake all over the interwebs, but only the truly heinous event photographers will snap you in the act. Blogger events are often catered with nibbles, sweet treats, and impossible-to-eat canapes. No-one cares what you’re eating, so treat yourself to a macaron or ten if you desire it. (Insider insight? I have known PRs to be bollocked over ‘wasting’ budget on food at parties where everyone pretends they’re on a juice diet. You’re simply helping the greater good by eating.)
4. Dress like yourself!
Unless the event has a specific dress code, don’t let an outfit choice become an issue for you. I have a heels-hating blogger friend who would carry a pair of stilettos around until she got to an event. For a year. Because she thought that’s what everyone expected. She is now much happier (and, as a result, sticks around at events for longer) in her faux snakeskin loafers.
She is a reformed nutjob. Don’t be a nutjob.
Learn about new products, meet new bloggers, support new brands, take beautiful photos, tweet, Instagram, drink brightly-coloured cocktails, and shake your bum around when you’ve had one too many. Blogger and media events have made for some of the best times I’ve had in the past few years. I hope they do for you, too!
If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to e-mail or tweet me.
We’ve all seen our fair share of bad hair extensions, haven’t we? From Britney’s infamous mane to the plethora of girls who litter club floors with their synthetics if they dance too hard – good extensions are hard to find.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have many companies offer to send me some for review, but they tend to end up back in the post as fast as they arrive. The only ones to not be returned?
Dirty Looks‘ HK extensions.
Dirty Looks’ remy clip-in hair extensions are genuinely good and genuinely undetectable (on the few days I’ve worn them so far, I’ve had lots of hair compliments and zero ‘extensions?’ questions), even with a head of naturally curly (and ginger) ombre hair.
Their colour-matching service made all the difference, for me. As my hair is roughly 18″ long without extensions, the Dirty Looks girls recommended I go for a set 20-22 inches long in the colour ‘St Tropez’ – a colour light enough to naturally blend with my ombre.
Not only that, but when the extensions actually arrive they are packaged with a small ‘test’ compartment of hair to ensure you get a great colour match (I threw it under my unstyled curls to make sure the colour matched, seen below). For those unfamiliar with extensions, each set also comes with detailed instructions, FAQs and picture guides to help every step of the way.
With good quality grips and over 150 grams of real hair separated into 10 wefts (including one mega-volume quad weft), these extensions are simply better than any other I’ve tried. In the photo above, I actually only have in half of the smaller wefts; one 6″ weft (3 clips), two 4″ wefts (2 clips), and two 1.5″ wefts (1 clip) – though it is still ridiculously voluminous when straightened (and about twice as big when curled).
I know extensions can be intimidating, so feel free to tweet me (@lelalondon) if you have any questions. Otherwise, if you’re looking for a little more length or volume, I think it’s time to give the HKs a shot.
Every fashion week attendee has their favourite little spot of solace between shows and mine hasn’t changed since it launched. The AW14 ‘Apartment‘ – as always – was filled to the brim with amazing clothes, shoes, food, and general good times.
While Fossil had a branded room of their very own (and arm parties to die for), the closets were filled with samples from Next, Wolford, Wishbone, Superga, Russell and Bromley, and Sock Shop – leaving special days aside for an Apartment takeover of both Timberland and Forever 21, respectively.
Breakfasts and afternoon teas were provided by Aubaine, every room was scented with Penhaligons‘ dreamy fragrances, our rides were pimped out Hyundais, Beauty Drink kept us hydrated (and deliciously pretty!), and Oliver Bonas tricked out every empty corner with some of the most gorgeous homeware around.
My favourite part? Blow Ltd‘s beauty takeover. By appointment or walk-in, all Apartment bloggers could have their nails, hair, and make-up done by Blow’s glamour pros at any time of the day. Though I only managed to have the time to sit down on Day One, it took them less than 45 minutes to take me from ‘I just woke up’ to a Sixties bombshell. That is no easy feat.
Is it SS15 yet?