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.

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

A rant about…

So after ‘A rant about trends’, I realised there are a lot of things I really hate that are in fashion right now. So ‘A rant about…’ is going to become a series. This way my family don’t need to hear me go on and on about the stupid things I have seen that day.

Firstly on todays rant. CAMO. Camouflage should be worn for practical reasons, like y’no fighting in war. There is no need to look like a forest when you are doing your food shop. “Camouflage is the use of any combination of materials, coloration, or illumination for concealment” but you aren’t disguising yourself, you just look like a tit. likeeee seriously please stop wearing a camo tracksuit. we CAN see you and it ain’t working sweetie.  Screen Shot 2017-11-21 at 16.23.18

look over there, theres just a floating head…btw that joke needs to stop, its tragic. yes Maddey that includes you.

OOOH cute top, oh wait it has GRL BOSS written all over it. Why are slogans a thing? Over the years slogans have been creeping into main stream fashion… Topshop, ZARA and possibly even River Island (but we don’t go in there). There are some slogans that I don’t mind, I’m looking at you Wildfox but in the high-street the slogans are really cheesy. Sadly these high street chains think they are Brielliant.  I just don’t understand them, what does frANTIc romANTIc even mean? Maddey and I popped into ZARA and there was a T-shirt with a printed slogan of  ‘This could be a ——- existential slogan on it. sorry come again… WTAF. Or this really really random slogan ‘i like you more than unicorns and ice-cream together.’Screen Shot 2017-11-21 at 16.23.59

I am a trainer lover. Im very basic with my trainers, converse, superstars, Rosheruns. As I’m all about honesty, I have a pair of air max., the classic ones in baby pink… when I wear them I walk with a bounce. But there are some I can’t deal with…Air Max 97. I don’t even know if thats their name. But I know they are so bad.. so so bad! I’m not sure where I start to describe this shoe. For some reason this shoe reminds me of Sportacus from Lazytown or those trainers you had to wear if you forgot your own in P.E. I think I will just let a picture describe them.

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Or theseScreen Shot 2017-12-11 at 20.45.03.png

enough said.

Is there anything worse on this planet than a girl wearing cheap leggings. They are as transparent as a window. I really don’t want to see your crack munching on a thong. I am aware that leggings are very very comfy some days when you can’t be arsed a pair of leggings and a PINK sweater will make everything ok. Also, never pair leggings with a crop top. It is truly terrible. As blair Waldorf says tights are not pants…and leggings are not trousers. Please, please, pleaseplease, buy the more expensive leggings. Goodbye Primark hello Marks and Spencer.

Well there are some of this weeks worst things… I wonder what will be next…..

EL

TPS X

Eye shadow palettes you need.

If you don’t get a new eye shadow palette for christmas has santa even been?

Now, I am a bit of a makeup snob so I tend to buy and wear higher end products but there are some great dupes which I will include!

Here are some I think you should get:

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1.Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals palette £45.00 

I got this palette last year from Santa.. I truly love it. I use the matte browns as a shadow shades in my crease then build the glitters on top. The colours are so pigmented so you only need a little on your brush to work with.

2.Naked palettes…£39.50

I love all the Urban Decay Naked palettes, Maddey and I also own all the Naked palettes. My all time favourite is now the Naked HEAT with SMOKY coming a close second! Once again the pigments are crazy strong. Stronger than a double vodka coke. The HEAT is a copper palette which works best with my blue eyes and pale skin. The purples in this palette are too diiiie for! The Smoky palette is full of pressed glitters. The ‘blue’ trio; Amour, Slanted and Dagger are my go-to’s in there.

3.Hourglass Modernist palette- Graphite £56.00

 Just like Maddey, this small palette packs a hefty punch. It is made up of five colours (off-white, gold, brown, blue and silver), the only colours you need for any outfit. This palette doesn’t give you a massive range of colours like the UD’s but it does create a beautiful eye.. its just a shame about the price!!

4.Charlotte Tilbury…£39.00

In case you don’t know, I am a massive CT fan. A foam finger-t-shirt wearing super fan. Mad and I are slowly collecting her Luxury palette looks. So far we are on 7 out of 10. I hope once you have collected them all you get something free. I really rate these palettes, each palette has 4 colours… all you need for a red-carpet look. They also last for agggggeeesss. My day to day go to is Vintage Vamp!

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1.NYX ultimate palette £16.00

I often wonder how we survived before this palette. It puts the pop in popular eyeshadow looks. We love the pink row of colours, I also dabble into the yellow and orange to create a ‘sunset’ eye.

2.No.7 stay perfect smoky palette £15

Over the years I have used no.7 eyeshadows and they are great! I would place the eyeshadows at no.7 on my list….sorry terrible joke.

3.Max Factor Jades £9.99

When you don’t have £56.00 to spend on the hourglass one, buy this one!

4.NYX darling damsel £9.00

NYX eyeshadows are fabby. The NYX shadows blend beautifully! This snazzy palette is very similar to the CT Vintage Vamp! If the CT is Kate Winslet this dupe is Kate Winsless. Luckily with the price of this palette you won’t watch your money sink into the unknown!

I hope you get some nice new eyeshadows for christmas.. FYI christmas is around the corner so you really need to start hinting now. *walking around Fenwick ooooh this palette..wink wink.

TPS X

 

(All photos taken from links)

Christmas party dresses under £50

The words Christmas party might fill you with excitement or it could bring back that embarrassing mistake last year, just try not to get with your boss… again…Deciding on a winter party dress is hard… to save you hours of walking around the shops, here are some of our favourite dresses for under £50.

A classic black dress cannot be beaten. A little black dress, black accessories and sparkly shoes. I love a jacket, so I like to pair a LBD with a leather jacket… or a suede jacket… or a biker jacket…. or a blazer…. I’m sure you get the pictureScreen Shot 2017-11-27 at 21.23.35

 1..PLT black dress- £22.00 2.ZARA fringed black dress-£39.99 3.ZARA sequin black dress-£29.99

Remember that trend where everything was velvet?? Velvet pants, velvet tops, velvet puffa coats. velvet, velvet, velvet. Walking through Topshop was like walking through a jungle of velvet.. you’d be lucky if you made it out alive. Well once a year that trend comes round again. A velvet dress speaks for its self. Simple shoes, a clutch bag and sparkly makeup finishes the look. Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 21.26.04

1.ASOS Deep V pleated velvet dress-£48.00   2.ASOS velvet dress- £45.00

Nothing screams, ‘my nips are so frozen they might fall off’ quite like this dress!! For VIP entry to Santa’s grotto, style the dress with messy hair a bold lip or eye makeup. If you fancy a jacket, this dress would look amazing with a fur (faux) jacket.Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 21.27.28

Love Triangle V neck mini dress- £45.00

Dresses become way more fun at christmas. Feather trims are a personal favourite… one day I will get round to making my feather trimmed jeans. You can either keep it classic; clutch bag, nude heels or you can be bold, colour block. Why not pair the dress with an bright bag?Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 21.33.52

Topshop Feather slip mini-£39.00

Give me an S, give me an E, give me a Q… who am I kidding, I’m not a cheerleader but Maddey is.. go cheer society!! Sequins are the regular persons diamond. In an ideal world the dress would be covered in crystals, I would also have a body guard stopping anyone coming within five metres of me. Until that day, I will have to dance in sequins and moan every time someone accidentally touches me.Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 21.36.10.jpg

1.River Island gold sequin dress- £40.00 2. ZARA sequin dress- £39.99  3.River Island sequin dress-£30.00

Hope we have given you a few ideas or starting points for dresses this season. Im sure you will look 10/10 in anything!

Do you ever think at the North Pole Christmas party one of the elves gets with the boss man, and then the next day all elves are talking about Jane from packaging getting drunk and kiss santa in the workshop? Cos I do…

TPS X

21st century Catfish

I think we all know a classic Catfish, granted they don’t take it to the extreme and Nev won’t need to investigate but a Catfish nevertheless. The best and worst part of social media is how easy it is to look ‘put together’. I love social media and following a mix of people lives but I understand that what I am seeing isn’t 100% true.

We all know the programme, we all love the programme. The idea of Catfishing someone is amusing. We laugh as the poor people honestly believe that they are dating Katy Perry. I am always flabbergasted in how far into a relationship people are and where they think it will go. Watching it you go ‘how? clearly that’s not them’. In an awful way, half the time I’m thinking mate they are way out your league there is no way which is a shocking thing to think.. because personality should be above EVERYTHING else blah blah blah

Scrolling through Instagram, my feed is filled of people I know and complete strangers. Sometimes I forget that these pictures I look at are actual people. Now don’t get me wrong, you are not going to put up a minging photo of your self online. Unless your mate has taken a shocker then be sure you’ll get a tag. For the majority of people I know, I see your pictures and think ‘yeah fair do’s your face looks like that’. The minority, I’m thinking ‘who dis? Seriously, you don’t look like that.’ 

Back in the day, you would Catfish someone with a different picture. yeah honestly i look like Beyoncé. Now its all about the pose, the filter and the caption. Out of those three, the caption is the most important to me. There is nothing better than a witty pun, people think I just think of them straight away. Heres the truth, I spend HOURS, actually hours thinking about a pun or a funny comment for people to scroll past it without realising it. what’s the point, please start praising me. IMG_3512

In one of my last posts, I ranted about some trends which I think are stupid! One trend that I just don’t really get is makeup. Makeup on steroids. Walking down the street, I look at girls and think how long has it taken you to do that. It will be 9.00am and there are girls that look like they are going out… y’no out out. I have about 10 minutes to get ready because the 5 alarms I set didn’t wake me from my dreams. Not going to lie, I wake up looking like a dragon, literally no amount of makeup will hide that. ‘Instagram’ makeup, which was once a night out look, has become an everyday look for so many girls. The caked-on foundation, the brown contour and the highlight that is not sparkly but grey. Eyeshadow, fake lashes and mahoosive eyebrows.  I often wonder what I would look like if I went for the ‘insta look’. Would I look like Kim Kardashian or Kim Carcrashian???? Obviously, people are free to do what ever they want with their bodies, you do you sweetie. But come on, we are all individuals in this world, so why is everyone wearing the exact same makeup look. Girls, you don’t need to cover you skin with so much foundation, we all know what skin should look like. Honestly ladies, I can hear your skin singing both Chris’ and Jordins parts of No Air.

Snap filters used to be a fun thing to send to your pals, wheyyy look at me I swapped my face with my brother, now people actually put a snapfilter selfie on social media. WHY?! Someone please explain to me why?! Clearly you don’t have butterflies flying around your head 24/7. Nor are you a dog. I don’t find it cute or funny, I find it strange. What is wrong with a good old Instagram filter. Oh and that ‘beauty’ filter isn’t beautiful, it gives me the strangest colouring.. come on snapchat I don’t actually want to look like a marshmallow. Pairing the makeup and the snap filters always leaves me questioning who is Jack and who is Jill? Also, do you ever think how many Tinder dates are currently sat next to each other without realising…*20 minutes later*…”God you look different.. where are your butterflies?”

The catfish phenomenon needs to be stopped. Maybe one day people will stop hiding behind a filter and become part of the real world… and stop whacking all that highlight on. It’s not brighter than your future, its greyer than tarmac.

El

TPS X

PS the answer to your question, defiantly Kim CarcrashianIMG_3521

A mini rant about trends.

Do you ever walk down the street and say to yourself “but why???” I do, I’m all about being who you are and expressing yourself but i’m not being funny some of these beauty trends need to stop. For most girls, experimenting with makeup stops around 15 when you realised how to put it on and that those stupid sponge ‘brushes’ that put eye shadow on are shit.

I was never a massive makeup fan when I was younger… well I did have that mouse foundation which was the craze. Anyone else go for a very very light foundation, lighter than you needed to give you that flawless finish?! That was it for face, you kept the foundation on your lips as it was like a  nude lipstick. A little bit of mascara, borrowed off your mum and you were away. NOT ANYMORE. I see 14 years walking around with faces that look like they’ve been carved by Michelangelo. Have you ever eaten marmite on toast, and you can’t fit it all in your mouth so you get marmite on your checks?? maybe that’s just me..well that’s the contour. Eyebrows that are not eyebrows. I actually don’t know what they are? Thick, black, a fade that is extra faded. Eyeshadow and eyeliner which is so sharp it could kill. Highlight that is on Ecstasy. It goes so high up, basically everything is highlighted. I blame the Kardashians….. You will notice, now I’ve pointed it out this makeup trend, that you can no longer see any person behind the makeup. Every girl looks the same. Same colour face, same eyebrows, same everything. Makeup to me is about enhancing not hiding! Sometimes less is more.

Crop top!!!! Crop should get the chop. Why is everything cropped??? I used to shop in Topshop now I shop in ZARA don’t know if I have said but I shop in Zara. Every Jumper and t-shirt in Topshop was cropped, is cropped and will be cropped. Auto correct wants Topshop to be Toyshop which is very fitting considering there clothes would only fit Barbies. I am a massive lover of jumpers. My go to is jumper and jeans… I have bought some cropped jumpers from Topshop and they are soooooo annoying. I wear jumpers because I’m cold, so having my stomach out in the middle of winter isn’t helping. When did it become a trend? I always thought trends come and go. Why hasn’t this trend gone???

Another thing on my rant list is merchandise. Have you ever noticed how many girls are walking around with Nirvana slogan tops. The only reason girls know of the band is because Little Mix did a cover… don’t actually know if that’s true. Buying tour merch is part of the show.. you buy the tour t-shirt so you can have a new pj top. Not so you wear it in public. Right now you can buy a top from a well known Toyshop (yes I actually mean Topshop) that has KISS across the front. Its not cool, or grungy. You are not a fan of the band if all you have heard is one song, but can’t remember how it goes. Now I could wear a 1D top out and about, I could sing all their songs just like that. Hi Harry Styles, call me. But I won’t, why? because its a pyjama top!!

Thigh high boots. Hear me out. Picture this: I go on insta, I’m scrolling down. I stop. WOW she’s so cool, her thigh high boots look amazing, you can see the quality, bet they are designer, oh nice Stuart Weitzman. I scroll a little more, a girl wearing a cheap version that have fallen down because the fabric is rubbish. That is what I hate, the cheap version! Who wants to tell people that they ain’t stylish. Oh and pairing them with a mini, still isn’t channelling the 60’s.

Belts are handy things. They stop people being able to see your crack.. however, belts recently have became something else. The humble belt has evolved into a corset-like item. This corset belt is truly hideous, especially when it is worn over a t-shirt. If you are wanting to channel Agatha Trunchbull then head to ZARA, they have loads of them. Unfortunately halloween has already past so you will have to wait until next year to dress up as a scary, hammer throwing, head teacher. Just because a designer did it on a runway doesn’t mean it looks good. If I ever see anyone wearing one I will send them to the chokey, to teach them a lesson. This trend shouldn’t be a trend, lets keep the belt as just a belt, cheers. Just so you know I’m right and you’re wrong, and theres no thing you can do about it.Screen Shot 2017-11-08 at 12.32.47

My last one, I don’t even know what it is. Basically, you get a dress then you take a pair of scissors to it. Are these still clothes, half the material is gone?? Like there’s a front of the dress and a back but the side is just some string. I think some people call these ‘Cut outs’. Cut outs to the extreme. Now I don’t want to sound rude, and if you like them, you like them but when I see them I just think stripper. Wheres your pole babes?? I’m the pole-r opposite, I like to have the full dress and have people think that I look ‘boring’ than have people think I look cheaper than a happy meal.

If you are reading this and think what a bitch I love all these trends. Then you go Glenn Coco, no-one is stopping you! But if you are agreeing with me then you are either, old..er than young, are a friend and we have discussed it or you are Maddey.

Please don’t take offence to my tongue-in- cheek, you need to be strong, as strong as the lace holding your dress in place.

TPS X