Friday, 28 October 2016

Buffy Inspired Autumn Look

With autumn leaves coating the ground and Halloween just around the corner I’ve been trying out some nineties grunge themed outfits inspired by everyone’s favourite vampire slayer- Buffy! This time of year always makes me want to dress in dark colours with big chunky boots which we all know is statement slayer style. So, I have picked out some of my favourite items and have created a nineties autumnal look to share with you.

Boots - New Look £29.99

The first item I chose for this look was a gorgeous pair of chunky lace up ankle boots from New Look. These are also available in black but I chose to get them in dark red to match the natural shades of autumn and add a pop of colour to my outfit. These boots are super comfy as they only have a slight heel and they keep your feet lovely and snug in the cold weather. I love everything about these boots – they are perfect for kicking some demon butt!

Velvet scruchie - Boots £1
Nineties style was all about the accessories and velvet was a key trend. Therefore, the next item I used in this outfit was a black velvet scrunchie from Boots. Another similar accessory you could add to this look is a velvet chocker necklace. I am continually seeing velvet clothes and accessories in shops at the moment, so this trend is definitely making a comeback. The second accessory I added to this look was a silver crucifix necklace which was a style staple worn by Buffy.

With Halloween on the horizon I have been absolutely loving the dark colours in my wardrobe. To give this look a darker feel I added a black turtleneck crop-top. This top is fantastic as it adds a sleek feel to any outfit and is great for both nights out and everyday wear. It is very tight fitting but made of a stretchy material so is therefore really comfy to wear and perfectly shows off your figure.

Tartan skirt - New Look £19.99
A nineties look really wouldn’t be complete without a mini skirt. I chose this red tartan skirt from New Look. It’s made of a nice thick material which makes it perfect for the colder autumn and winter months. This skirt adds some colour to this dark outfit and is ideal for giving a retro nineties feel to any look.

There we have it a completed Buffy inspired autumnal look. If you add a stake then it’s a perfect cosplay for Halloween or you can be like me and just wear it as an everyday autumn look.

Boots – New Look £29.99
Velvet scrunchie - Boots £1
Necklace - Old
Top – Old
Skirt – New Look £19.99

Let me know what you think of this style in the comments below.


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Sexism in Gaming

I wrote this blog post quite a while ago, but for some reason I didn’t upload it. I don’t know whether it was because I felt embarrassed about how passionate I was or because I thought maybe I was overreacting. Recently I have been thinking about it again and I decided to post it because no matter what other people may think of you, it is so important in life to stand up for what you believe is right. So here is my story:

Today something strange happened. I was happily chatting with a group of friends about gaming when one of the guys said: “well, you don’t know anything about games really”. Quite surprised by this statement I laughed it off and replied: “I mean I wouldn’t call myself a gamer, but I do play games”. This was greeted by a high pitched impression of me saying: “Oh yeah Wii!”. It was at this point I began to feel a little offended.

Is he being sexist? I thought to myself. I had not really encountered anything like this in a while but found myself being angered by my friend implying that I wouldn’t play what he called “proper games” simply because I am female.

I have never called myself a feminist because in modern times I haven’t really witnessed people being sexist (apart from the odd old man). But this made me fell so small. It was like he was looking down on me and making assumptions because of my gender. I was so shocked that in this day and age people could still be so prejudicial. When I said he was being a bit sexist he didn’t see any problem with what he had said and continued to make more assumptions about me.

Now, I don’t at all see myself as a games expert. Far from it! In fact the majority of the time I am too busy to play games, but when I do I really enjoy it. This year I’ve played a range of games: Batman Arkham Knight, Until Dawn, Bloodbourne, Rocket League (which I’m not the best at), Minecraft, FIFA 15, GTA V (a bit behind on the trend there I know), Star Wars Battlefront, Injustice, Game of Thrones and more... I’ve probably played a wider range of games this year than the individual who was judging me.

I am sure that what this guy said to me is a minority opinion and not all men are so judgemental of female gamers... at least I hope so anyway. Either way I am not going to let one individual’s ignorance bother me. He probably felt threatened by the fact that he could maybe be beaten in a game by a girl. I genuinely don’t think he understood why what he had said was wrong. We are brought up with the mentality that girls should play with dolls and boys should play football, but this is wrong. On a positive note, from what I have seen in the media, I do believe this is changing. Children are now being taught that they can be whatever they want to be and they don’t have to adhere to stereotypes. Teaching new generations these values is an important step in being more accepting as a society. I hope that in the future less people will experience sexism or any other judgmental behaviour like this.

Please let me know in the comments if any of you have experienced a similar situation, as I would love to hear your views on the matter.


Thursday, 6 October 2016

Mac Star Trek Collection: LLAP review

When I heard that Mac were releasing a Star Trek collection I just had to check it out! I looked at the fantastic range of out of this world makeup and I decided to buy the LLAP (live long and prosper) lipstick. I knew a lot of other people (particularly girly Trekkies) would be interested in the product as well, so I have written a helpful Mac LLAP review.

I would describe the colour as a shimmery rose gold/bronze. Mac describes the lipstick as a frost which means it has a sparkly finish to it.  The lipstick isn't as pigmented as some other Mac products but I still really like the colour on its own or as a layering colour. Initially I was worried this shade would look too cold on my pale skin but once I applied it I actually thought it worked well and created a really pretty Autumn/Winter look.

Mac are famed for their top quality products, so I had high expectations for how this lipstick would wear and I wasn't disappointed. As soon as I applied the product it felt very moisturising and creamy. This product is fairly long lasting and didn't smudge even without lip-liner.
How I would wear it:
As Autumn is now upon us, frosty bronze colours are coming back into fashion and this lipstick is perfectly suited for the season. I would wear this lipstick with either bronze or warm pink eye-shadows, reflecting the autumnal colours of nature. Team this with a pink blush and you're ready for a pumpkin spice latte and a leaf fight!

I have to say I love this lipstick, I think it is really pretty and feels so nice to wear for a night out or during the day. I would definitely recommend it. In fact I am quite tempted to try out a few of the other products in the Mac Star Trek collection.

Let me know in the comments what you think of LLAP or any of the other beauty products in the Mac Star Trek collection, as I would love to hear your views.