#RealTalk -University

As an 18-year-old the prospect of moving to a new city fills you with so much excitement. There is this preconception that university is the best experience; a new you. But, for so many, the experience doesn’t live up to the expectation.

I’m sure we all agree that moving in day is the strangest day of your life. Moving your life into a small, overpriced room, with a shower so small you suddenly understand how Buddy felt. i feel you buddy, the elves defo had it easy. It’s all lols, your loved ones joking about how won’t be able to eat steak every night and how you won’t be able to shop in Waitrose anymore (I still have the record for cheapest Waitrose shop; £6 for a week shop…. “unbelievable Jeff”) But, then they go home and you don’t, it is an isolating experience, that we don’t talk about.

A roll of dice. The people you live with, in halls, is down to chance, realistically you won’t know them, you might not know their name. You can try to stalk them online, but let’s be honest no-one looks like their facey-B profile picture. its sort of like ordering a dress from China- it won’t be what you expected. Honestly, the truth is that you might not get on with them, any of them at the beginning. You will think you have nothing in common. …you might be a sheep farmer and they might be vegan….. But don’t judge the book by its cover too much, people are more than just an exterior!

Scrolling through Instagram all your school peers look like they are having the best time. They are always out drinking with their flatmates or playing pub golf with their new society buddies. However, don’t be fooled. I thought this was the case until I came home at Christmas. So many of my friends felt the same as I did and I thought they were loving it. We all can fake a smile for a post and write a caption ‘the best night with the best girls’.

You don’t need to change when you go to university, people will like you for you. Like school, university is cliquey but unlike school, these groups just get on with life. you can say goodbye to all that bitchy nonsense. Over time your group forms, you won’t even realise it happening.

Settling in at university takes time. You might feel like I did, by Christmas I wanted to drop out. I didn’t have a ‘tight nit’ friendship group and I wasn’t enjoying the course but I didn’t want to give up. I thought just make it to the end of the year and decide then. I went back and it was the best decision I made; 2nd year the city felt like home and by 3rd year I didn’t want to leave.

Don’t feel like you have to be drinking 24/7, my flatmate Sophia (no we are not together- together, just pals thanks) and I hardly went out. Why? because it was too much effort; instead we watched netflix, moaned about life and cooked pancakes. (and burnt chicken, I burnt a lot of chicken). Social lives don’t have to survive in a cup of double vodka coke.

Simply; talk. Talking helps, it doesn’t just help you, it helps the listener. If you are brave enough to talk about your emotions the stigma will be broken down. It is OK not to be OK.

some tips that might help you:

  • talk- to your friends from home and people at uni- they might feel the same
  • don’t rush your decisions
  • eat actual food, chicken nuggets doesn’t help the mind, sadly
  • be social- go for coffee, to the cinema or shopping etc
  • University isn’t for everyone, there’s no shame in leaving but give it a chance

You don’t have to wear glitter, shop vintage or do drugs to get the most from University. You will change as a person; you grow into an adult, you experience life and had opportunities thrown in your face. you will also probably get a bit fatter. I haven’t met many people that regretted university, most of us are still clinging on to our student cards in the hope that we save 10%.

If you want to talk about university give us a holla, we are great listeners!

TPS X

btw Ellie went to Leeds Arts University to study Fine Art and Maddey is at Manchester Met studying Nutritional Sciences!

PS. Cheese is expensive.

A letter to Bravissimo

Dear Bravissimo,

You know the saying mutton dressed as lamb, unfortunately when I go bra shopping I’m left feeling lamb dressed as mutton. I understand that bigger cups means more material but come on, we don’t need thhhatt much material!

When Maddey and I were younger we would put a massive bra on our heads and have a giggle, questioning who would/ could have boobs that big. Turns out it’s me, my boobs really are that big.

The women in the Patterson household represent the world of boobs. Small, Medium and EXTRA EXTRA LARGE. Mum’s the smallest, her bras are lacey and pretty, you’ll often see her styling a Ted Baker one  how fancy!. Maddey buys her bras from Victoria’s Secret or Boux Avenue; these have the real wow factor. Every colour under the sun with sparkles, lace, bows, padding, push-ups, plunge backs, you name it she’s got it. My bras… well they are basic. Not basic like classic. reaaal basic. reaaal boring.

As a young woman with massive nunga-nungas that’s for you Dave the Laugh, I want to feel like everyone else...everyone else with smaller boobs. On occasion, a satin/basic bra is needed but sometimes you want to wear something different, something “fashionable”. As I scroll through your website and flick through the brochure I’m not left feeling inspired. I see hundreds of practical options; nudes, blacks, blues. I don’t see anything fun. For me, your patterns are too dated and colour schemes.. I’m going to say it.. are granny-ish.

Comfort is a major part of a bra, and don’t get me wrong you bras are the comfiest! They fit like a glove… that is after I have had a fitting, trying every bra..in every size. But I don’t think they represent the young woman of today. Realistically, your target audience probably isn’t 20-25year olds and therefore your designs will mirror this. However, you are in a position to change the way 20-25yrs look at their bodies and boobs.

Remember that girl at school that was smart, arty, everyones friend and somehow really good at Netball (she probably played county-its fine i didn’t want to play anyway). *eyyye roll, I’m not jealous promise* Well thats my reaction when I see girls with envious boobs well done Mad your boobs are great.

So if I could tell you what I want to see more of, this is what I would start with:

  • sparkles- a few diamonités never hurt anyone or how about glittery material???
  • scalloped edging- nothing is more boring than just an edge, why can’t we have some scalloped edging or lace to finish the cup off softly.
  • colour schemes- less lilac more ‘fashionable’ colours; khaki, mustard yellow, bright pinks and reds etc.
  • more lace less flowers
  • straps- The size of the straps are huge (I’m sure they have to be to help keep ’em up) but have you thought about making the straps look pretty. The obvious is lace edges but make sure it’s more than just a small irritating hoop!

A girl can dream right??!

As a big-boobed gal there’s a pretty short list to where I can shop for bras, if I got a pound everytime someone says ‘have you tried M&S?’ I would be a very very rich girl! Gwen Stefani rich. Bravissimo and the in-store staff are the best, and I’m not just going there because they are the only place that fits me… I would recommend them to anyone, of any age. I love the ethos and determination to help those that have to carry a weekly food shop.. on their chest!!!

Sometimes it hard being a woman, do guys realise how hard it is to multitask??

…like walking and not falling over your boobs is an Olympic sport. I deserve a medal. wheres my medal Seb??

Yours,

El- TPS X

PS. Your lighting in the Newcastle branch is still rubbish!!!!!!

PPS. I hope too see you in Tokyo 2020

And they called it pyjama love

If you’re anything like me, no matter the time of day if I’m in the house I have pyjamas, a dressing gown and slippers on. Is there a better feeling than being all cosy, comfy and warm?! Image result for dressing gown memes

As well as shopping in Boux Avenue for my underwear, I also ADORE their pyjamas. They are the softest material ever and just simply amazing. I have Christmas PJs, fluffy PJs, lightweight ones for summer, dressing gowns, onesies, fluffy socks and many many more stuff. The dressing gown I have from Boux goes down to my mid shin as I’m only 5ft2 AND A HALF. So, personally, I prefer the ones that come to above your knee. The style top I prefer is the tank top, they are always so so soft and fit nicely. These tops are often come with shorts and I love that! I’m not a huge fan of full leg PJs bottoms simply because they are always too big for me. The only issue I have though is that I need a size 10 to fit my boobs, but sometimes an 8 or even a 6 for my bottoms, but they come together (top and shorts) as size 10 or 8. So, I either have a top too tight or bottoms far too big and far too easy for Ellie to keg me Thank you very much, Eleanor.

But I thought I’d show you my favourite PJs and dressing gowns available in Boux Avenue now:

Favourite short sets

1.2. Pretty pig vest and shorts set3. Bunny tee and shorts set

Favourite pants and pant sets:

4. 5. Minky heart fleece pants6. 

Favourite dressing gowns (robes as they call them on their website, how posh lol):

7. Star robe8. Neon star fleece robe9. Winnie waffle robe

  1. http://www.bouxavenue.com/pyjamas/be-merry-and-bright-vest-and-shorts-set/202074.html?dwvar_202074_color=01EX&dwvar_202074_dressSize=06&cgid=1000038#p=3&start=60  (yes, they’re Christmas themes and it’s January BUT they’re still amazing)
  2. http://www.bouxavenue.com/pyjamas/pretty-pig-vest-and-shorts-set/202075.html?dwvar_202075_dressSize=06&dwvar_202075_color=20PX&cgid=1000038#p=3&start=67   (I’m wearing these exact ones as I’m writing this!!!)
  3. http://www.bouxavenue.com/pyjamas/bunny-tee-and-shorts-set/202017_10IX06.html?cgid=1000038#p=3&cgid=1000038&format=ajax&start=66
  4. http://www.bouxavenue.com/pyjamas/grumpy-but-gorgeous-vest-and-pants-set/202072.html?dwvar_202072_dressSize=08&dwvar_202072_color=40RX&cgid=1000038
  5. http://www.bouxavenue.com/pyjamas/minky-heart-fleece-pants/201821.html?cgid=1000038&dwvar_201821_color=20PX&dwvar_201821_dressSize=18
  6. http://www.bouxavenue.com/pyjamas/sleep-less-dream-more-pyjama-set/202311.html?dwvar_202311_dressSize=06&dwvar_202311_color=70NV&cgid=1000038
  7. http://www.bouxavenue.com/robes/star-robe/202080.html?dwvar_202080_color=20PX&dwvar_202080_dressSize=S&cgid=1000042
  8. http://www.bouxavenue.com/robes/neon-star-fleece-robe/201920.html?cgid=1000042&dwvar_201920_dressSize=S&dwvar_201920_color=50NC
  9. http://www.bouxavenue.com/robes/winnie-waffle-robe/202084.html?dwvar_202084_color=10IV&dwvar_202084_dressSize=M&cgid=1000042

 

Lush bath bombs

If you know me, you will know I work a very stressful 2 days a week…not stressful in the slightest but I have just had jaw surgery, so let me off. I work in a the type of coffee shop with those coffee shop smells (if you know, you know)! It’s also a cyclists hot-spot, so when I leave I tend to smell like sweaty 70yr old men… not the nicest smell on the planet. (They also wear lycra which sort of burns your eyes, but that’s beside the point)

As a creature of habit, I always have a lush bath bomb on a Sunday evening, just for lols. As I don’t have dreads, I’m not cool enough to work for them, but I have tried the majority of bath bombs they sell. Some are great, some I regret the decision to throw the full thing in. Saying that you should always look at the positives soooo….

Here are my favourite Lush bombs:

  1. The Experimenter (bath bomb) it’s pink and blue and has popping candy. 10/10 insta-ble. oh and it smells incredible!
  2. Intergalactic (bath bomb) Basically you just turn all your lights off then pretend to be Tim Peake. if you are not familiar with real astronauts you can pretend to be buzz lightyear. This one also has glitter so win-win for all.
  3. lava lamp (bath bomb). I can’t find it online but its orange and purple and is the bestest.
  4. karma (bubble bar) simply crumble a little bit under running water (don’t do a me and burn your fingers trying to get gentle crumble video) and sit back and let it send you off into a relaxed place.
  5. the comforter (bubble bar). Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles.
  6. candy mountain– (bubble bar) The best bubble bath ever. simplessss.
  7. razzle dazzle– (bath oil.) If you are not in the mood for anything too extra, try a bath oil. It will leave your skin as soft as a babies bum

We all love a bath bomb video, i’ll refuse to be friends with someone if they don’t put a  classic bath bomb insta-story. One to Four on my list are the fun coloured ones. y’no the ones you shout your family members in to see. yes ellie very impressive, please put a towel on.  Five and six are bubble.. lots of bubbles. For the days you want the film-like bath with the bubbles over flowing and a LARGE glass of wine.

Just remember to rinse the bath afterwards… nobody needs to see that bath bomb grime!

TPS

Top 5 favourite beauty products in 2017

The change of the year is a time for reflection; not of what you have achieved but how much money you have spent on beauty products.

Here are what we think are the best beauty products we bought in 2017.

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1.BITE BEAUTY. Fruit scrub- whipped cherry.

Remember the smell of Harribo Tangfastics??? Well…this smells just like it! Everything about this products is 10 out of 10. The texture is thick, yet light and whipped. This exfoliator manages to moisturise and remove all that dead skin, yum, in one go. Leaving your lips silky smooth and 100% kissable..form an orderly queue boyyyss.

The scrub came in our bespoke lipstick pack (BITE BEAUTY- Lip Lab)

2.BITE BEAUTY Amuse Bouche lipstick

2017 was the year of liquified lip products. We tried so many.. MAC, Kylie… which cracked on our lips –truly gross. As we are not crackheads, these products were placed to one side and the ultimate liquified product came into view! The Amuse Bouche is incredible! It’s highly pigmented and moisturising, which drys as a satin finish, for us everything you need in a liquid lip! It also smells ammmmaaazzzing, better than mums lasagne! Also, the packaging should be admired, simplicity at its best!

3.NYX neon ultimate

How did we ever created an eye look without this palette??! The build-able shadows add a pop of colour to any look. We adore the pinks and oranges in this palette, we tend to whack a colour through the crease and strut out the door. The best thing about the palette is that it is so wearable…you know… to Waitrose, Wagamamas, Waikiki..wherever you go, you’ll be best in show.

4.KAT VON D ‘everlasting’ liquid lip

I think this product is still on mads’ lip…. its been 4 weeks. The swatch is definitely still on her hand! This doesn’t move, crack or change in colour. It is amazing for a nightout- no matter how many toffee vodka shots you have, it won’t budge..kind of like that guy that bought you the drink.  seriously bbz back off. I don’t want you, just wanted a drink x. Great value for money- thanks Bex!!!

5.Eylure X Fleur de Force lashes

Eylure have a massive range of lashes, ranging from garden party to ‘I’m a stripper’. Girls Aloud brought out a range; a collaboration which lasted longer than their careers. But the BEST eylure lashes are the Fleur de Force collaboration. She’s the best and so are these! The glue can be a bit hit-and-miss so buy some Duo and you’ll be fine!! Our favourites from the range are the ‘green’ and the ‘purple’. The Green ones are 3/4 length, lightweight, great for enhancing the cat-eye. The purple ones are for the party girls. i.e. Maddey, still lightweight but these have the WOW factor! although she has recently upgraded and uses HUDA lashes..you’re welcome mads. xox

So, we can all raise our glasses and toast to spending waaaay too much in 2018. Remember if you feel good, you look good!

TPS X

 

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What are you top 5 products you bought in 2017? leave a comment below!

Photos taken from these links:

1.Bite Lip Scrub 2.Bite Amuse Bouche 3. NYX Ultimates 4.Kat Von D lipstick 5. Fleur de Force lashes

BITE BEAUTY- Lip Lab

Being a big Youtube fan, I tend to watch the most random videos. After watching a kitten sneezing for an hour, I found a video about Bite Beauty’s Lip Lab in NY. Hi I’m Ellie and I’m a Youtube addict. Maddey and I haaad to go. This small little shop in trendy SOHO is the place to go!IMG_9826.JPG

You get to make your own personal, unique, one of a kind lipstick.

We arrived a tad early for our appointment (1 hour to be precise) they couldn’t fit us in then so we decided to go shopping and come back for our actual time. After being told we look fashionable by a lovely guy wearing a bloody gorgeous leather jacket in Coach we headed back to the Lab. The magic ladies in the lab were ready to go when we rocked up, they sat us down and asked what colours we fancied making.

Ellie wanted a Nudey-pink and a Red…

Maddey wanted a Hot Pink and Red…

The ladies start to mix the colour we described.. after each mix, you test it and decide if you want it darker, lighter more pink etc… and they keep on mixing until you love the colour! There is less chitchat than your average salon appointment but you will have to explain where you are from… “England… Ahh cool like London”…. ermmm yeah ok bbz???? For my nudey-pink four shades were mixed up, the second shade was perfect! I decided I also wanted a Red, finding the perfect red is a challenge so I mixed one up. I wanted a bright(ish) Red, nothing with any orange in. Just underlaying hint pink, a splash of purple.. bish bash bosh. I tried a purple too but I looked ever so strange and I’m defiantly not cool enough to be Wednesday. snap snap IMG_3838.jpg

Maddey started with the Hot Pink she tried on the three fabulous shades, then moved on to her Red. A christmas red was the muse… a bright, rich, deep red. The ladies started to mix them up. Sadly the pink she had previously had stained her lips which gave the reds a different tint. The red Maddey left with was more of a purple than red but it is a gorgeous colour. A perfect colour for Autumn/Winter. For Maddeys ‘fun’ colour, a Orange was mixed up. A colour has never suited a person more. Mad had to buy it… because the lady that sounded like Lady Gaga said so. 

You get to decide on every aspect of your lipstick; the colour, the finish the scent and the packaging. The ladies working are welcoming and more importantly patient. It may have been an expensive experience but we feel that it is worth every penny. I would say don’t go in with a certain colour in your head, realistically you will not leave with this colour. girrrrl that pink ain’t working.

There are two packages you can choose:

Custom: you choose a lipstick, add the scent and finish ($55 for one, $88 for two lipsticks)

Bespoke: the option we chose, you personalise every aspect. ($150 excluding tax for two lipsticks.) As well as the lipsticks you get a scrub, a mask and a primer.IMG_3973.JPG

You can always pop to Sephora to try their lipsticks… I would recommend the Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick.

If you are heading to NY and fancy it feel free to ask us any questions… just shout hey Siri!

TPS X

PS. BITE if you are reading this…. think of England… think of us.. WE NEED YOUUUU.

 

Skincare- El vs Maddey

This is a what to do when you can’t afford facials…. Its a EL Vs Mad skin routine!

EL-

For my skincare, I tend to combine Higher end and Lower end products. I am also a creature of habit, if I find something I like, I stick with it.

Just like trampolining, I’ve got my routine down to the T.

Micellar water. I’m still not 100% sure how you say it or what it does… but I start with it. It seems to take most of my makeup off!!

On a sunday; I add L’oreal mask into the mix. Pure Clay- Blemish rescue.

Next step is Clarins: Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleasing Cream Cleanser. I have seen mixed reviews about this product. I don’t have a bad word to say about it. It’s a good price for the amount you get.. and it doesn’t burn like a few others I have tried, but then again, I do have sensitive skin. I use just a little bit and massage it into the skin. I work from the middle of my face to the outer, I heard this relieves tension. however it could just be BS…. This cleanser lifts even more makeup off which is still sitting in my pores.

Now I tone..my face not my body. no sit ups for Ellie. Clarins: Extra- Comfort Tonifiante. I use a small amount on a cotton pad then once again go from the middle and work out, removing the cleanser. This is when I realise how much makeup was still on my face after the micellar water. When the pad is looking gross, I change it. Also, fun fact- this products contains a plant called Marsh Mallow. Back in the day Egyptians took the sap from this plant mixed it with honey making the first ever marshmallows. The recipe was adapted in 1800s which makes the marshmallows we all love today, not taken from wikipedia

My last step is moisturiser. Straight under my eyes goes the Clinique all about eyes. Face moisturisers I juggle with are: Clinique Moisture surge, Clinique Redness solution or the Clarins HydraQuench cream-mask (recently, this has been burning my face so I don’t reach for it). I put a tonne of this on, I’m so waxed up I could swim the channel.

A bit of lip balm and I’m ready for bed!

Basically I go the extra mile… is it worth it?? not a clue but it makes me feel good….

VS

Maddey-

My skin routine is short and snappy, sooo just like myself I guess lmao

After a regular day of wearing makeup, I use Micellar water to take off my makeup, I go through A LOT of cotton pads but I think that’s because I wear a lot of make up, but I ain’t no catfish thank you very much Eleanor. 

After taking off my makeup, I go in the shower. This is where I exfoliate using St. Ives face scrub. To be honest I’m very lucky and have REALLY good skin!! A bad skin day for me is maybe one or two spots or blemishes…well… it is now!! When I first went on the pill my skin was OUT OF CONTROL like seriously bad and nothing would help. But, thankfully my skin has gone back to normal and evened out!! but this face scrub really helped me get back on track!! I then go in with No.7 skin melting cleanser. This product is kinda confusing cos its a gel but as soon as it touches your skin it literally disappears. I just gently massage the gel into my skin until it turns to oil or until I think its been long enough to wash it off. Then I just stand with my face in the water like I’m on a herbal essences advert…

Once I get out, I do NOT pat dry my face with a towel or anything of the sort!! I just let it dry naturally. When its dry I put on Charlotte Tilbury’s magic cream (and yeah darlings..I know what you’re thinking) and….that’s  it!!!

basically I shower and wash my face…not as exciting as Ellie’s.

Maybe you don’t need to spend thousands on moisturisers like El or like Maddey you are simply a shower washer.. either way you will be doing it right!

TPS X