Thursday, 10 October 2013

From Belfast to Bath.

Here I am on a chilly Thursday evening, sitting in bed with a cup of tea trying to decide what on earth to post about on here. I've been wanting to try and carry on my attempt of a blog (if you can even call it an attempt) for a while now but never really got round to it- so I'm going to start off by sharing a couple of the places I've been to recently. 

First stop- a trip to Belfast to visit the cousins. Here I experienced my first ever Subway lunch (a momentous occasion in my eyes) and a day out at the Titanic exhibition and dock which was really interesting yet emotional. From virtual rides through the ship and underwater, to recreations of the different cabins, I'd highly recommend it to anyone! Sadly I left my camera at home and my phone was (as always) on the verge of dying, so I only got photos from the outside and the dock and pump house which were equally as fascinating!

A couple of weeks into September and I spent the day in Bath with a friend- mainly to visit the university open day- the highlights of which were holding a snake and being supplied with endless free tea and biscuits. The day didn't start too well after making the train at Paddington with only a couple of seconds to spare (never rely on the Bakerloo line!) but once we were there I had one of the most relaxing enjoyable days I've ever had, even if I did feel a bit like a tourist!

After a morning at the open day we had a bite to eat in Bill's, which was absolutely delicious as always! Then we had a little wander around the city, which, as my first visit, was even more beautiful and quaint than I had pictured- think Covent Garden but bigger!

Before we headed off we sat for an hour in this teeny Alice in Wonderland themed cafe, aptly named 'The Mad Hatter's Tea Party'. Here I had my first ever teapigs tea, which must've been good going by the large order I made when I got home!

Thanks to everyone who followed my blog a while back- it means a lot! I'm not really sure what direction my blog is going in. I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

Friday, 15 February 2013

Mac Rebel vs Sleek Smother

I thought I'd just like to mention a little dupe I'd found recently. After deliberating one day in Superdrug over whether to buy Sleek's Cherry or Smother I eventually settled with the latter, and after getting home and applying it, it really reminded me of another recent purchase..

In the bullet both lipsticks look like a scarily dark, vampy purple but are really buildable colours which is what I love about them as they are multi purpose- they can be used as a subtle stain or applied heavily for a more intense finish. These lipsticks are interesting because in poorer lighting they come up as a fairly dark burgundy colour, but under the light a bright, more fuschia shade, with the sleek lipstick being very slightly more on the purple side.

The formula? Mac's Rebel is a 'satin' finish whilst Smother is a 'sheen'. Rebel doesn't apply as smoothly but once on it creates an even, velvety semi-matte finish which I love. 'Smother' is creamier and slightly sheerer so is a bit more 'slippery' and can easily smudge round the edges of the lips. 

Both lipsticks seem to cling to the dry bits of my lips and highlight them, although I'm not going to blame this on the lipsticks just yet as my lips are especially bad at the moment, even with religiously lip scrubbing and moisturising daily- the real test will be when it comes to summer. Rebel definitely has better staying power and is overall the better lipstick in my opinion but at £14 you get what you pay for, with 'Smother' costing around £4.99. 

Excuse the swatches- as I said they're a lot brighter in the light, but I thought I'd give you an idea of just how similar the colours are..  I did attempt to take a photo of them on the lips but wintery, dry cracked lips + still trying to figure out lighting = awful shots! (I will get better at this, eventually)

Lastly I'd just like to thank all of you that have followed my blog so far, plus anyone who's commented or even just read my previous post! I'm trying to come up with ideas of what to post about at the moment so if you have any suggestions feel free to comment :)

What's your favourite high end lipstick dupe?