Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Colourpop Eyes

When I first fell in love with Colourpop I was all about their lip products, but my more recent obsession is their eye makeup products. They've got some fantastic and bright colours and I can't resist them. I picked some of these shades up a while ago, and some more recently, but thought I'd share them together.

Both of these super shock shadow shades are no longer available, and were part of their really fun Hello Kitty collaboration. The white shade is 'Rainbow', and the grey is 'Bento Box'. Rainbow is a pretty odd choice for the white shade, but it's memorable for sure!

I always do my swatches with one swipe so you can see the colour pay off, and you can see that Rainbow is incredibly sheer. It's pearlescent and pretty and would make a good blending shade, but to get a really solid colour you'd have to build it up with layers. Bento Box on the other hand is solid and has great opacity right away. I love the slate tone of it, grey eye shadow is a fave of mine and I think this will be one I reach for a lot.

I also picked up three of the creme gel liners. I've had some of the creme gel colour pots before but found them a bit harder to apply, so I prefer the liners. I love makeup but I'm not the best at it, so the eye liners are the easier option.

Left to right - Teaspoon, Punch and Kicker.

I love a super bright cat eye and all of these are so pretty. Green is my go-to colour so teaspoon was an easy choice, it's one I reach to several times a week. Punch is so unusual that I couldn't resist, whoever has seen a bright yellow eye liner before?! I think it'll look great on it's own, or paired with a black for a double flick that makes you stare. Kicker is a true silver that I had to have. Ideally I'd have liked it to be a bit darker because on my skin it's not the best tone, but again it'll work for a double cat eye or layered with another colour.

I absolutely plan on getting more more of the gel liners, they last all day and do not budge!

Much love,
Kitty xxx

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Bell Sleeves & Stripes with LovedRobe*

When it comes to this season's trends, one of my absolute favourites is bell sleeves. It really throws me back to my wannabe goth youth that involved a lot of very long and dramatic sleeves and floating about. When it came to picking out a new piece from LovedRobe's range to try out for my blog, it had to have bell sleeves, and I knew right away what I wanted to try.

Leggings - ASOS
Trainers - Rose gold Converses (old)
Sunglasses - Quay Australia Princess style (old)
Bag - ASOS (old)

I mean are those sleeves not an absolute dream?! I'm obsessed! I'm loving monochrome right now, so once I saw these vertical stripes along with the bell sleeves I had to have this. It's a nice lightweight material so it's great for the transitional weather, I can see myself wearing this throughout autumn too.

You guys, those sleeves, just look at them! I want to twirl about and do my best Stevie Nicks impression in them, and for me, that's always a good thing. The top of the neck is a V neck, it's not too low but it gives a nice shape to the top of the dress. It doesn't need much detailing because the sleeves and the stripes say everything you need the dress to say.

I'm 5ft 11 and the dress sits just above knee length on me, so on most it would probably be just below the knee. I love the length, I could wear this for work happily if I wanted to! I was originally going to wear this to a meal we were going out to so I made it a bit more 'me' and put on these new fishnet leggings and some converses. The fishnet leggings are from ASOS and they have a jersey panel along the inner thigh so there's no risk of chub rub, genius! 

The fit of the dress is pretty good overall. It doesn't have any stretch to it, and it is a little tight across my back, but not in a way that really worries me. The waist is elasticated so you could wear it with more of a loose sort of style if you wanted to by pulling the waist up to right under your bust. The arms have plenty of room in them and I have quite chunky upper arms so I don't think that would be a problem in terms of it, but if you are bustier it may be worth sizing up just in case because of the snugness across the back.

This is definitely a new favourite piece that I've added to my wardrobe in a while. It's flamboyant and fun and vertical stripes aren't something you see often enough! It also comes in 3 other prints, all gorgeous florals, and I might just have to get my mitts on one of those as well because I think for £35 this is really reasonably priced.

Are you loving bell sleeves too this season?

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

*indicates an item gifted to me for review purposes. In no way does this impact upon my opinions which are entirely my own.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

My Two Favourite Bloggers Right Now

One of the things I think it's important to do as a blogger is share other bloggers you adore, so today I wanted to share my two current favourite bloggers and some looks from them that have been absolutely stellar!

First up, Stephanie of Nerd About Town. Steph rocks every style she wears and looks bad ass, but just lately she is killing it. Every look she has shared lately just inspires me SO much and really makes me think of styling things in ways I wouldn't usually have. She's magnificent and you absolutely need to check out her blog for constant style inspiration. Her photos have been truly magnificent too! Steph is someone who is out there fighting for true inclusivity in the blogging world and giving a voice to women of colour. She's one of my favourite people that I've met in a long time and she has the most beautiful heart. Here are my favourite looks she's shared recently!

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And my other current favourite blogger is Amanda Apparel. Amanda is a blogger who has a true signature style that is reflected in every thing she does. Her thing is pastels and I just love it. While Amanda's outfits are always peak Amanda and I love them, her writing lately has just taken on a whole new level! She writes about life with a plus size body in an academic way and it's brilliant, definitely check out all her recent blog posts. I've also had the pleasure of hanging out with Amanda IRL and she is a treasure! And in terms of style, these are my favourite looks of Amanda's recently.

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Who are your favourite bloggers right now? I'd love to know!

Much love,
Kitty xxx

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Why I'm Voting Labour

There are a lot of people out there who think bloggers shouldn't talk politics. They think we shouldn't share our views because it might alienate us from brands or our audience, but one thing I've never been scared to do is speak up for what I think is right. And today, that means I'm talking about why I'm voting Labour in the general election on 8th June. 

For me, voting Labour is the only choice. Over the last few years I've watched in horror as the Conservative party has worked to privatise the NHS, a beloved institution that serves every one in the UK. As someone with a chronic pain condition, the NHS is tremendously important to me. Every 3 months I have a very costly treatment that allows me to live a normal life. It means I'm not in A&E in agonising pain needing painkillers on a drip, it means I can work, and it means I am not in pain 24/7. My greatest fear in life is that this will be taken away from me and I will go back to the pain I was in two years ago. As the NHS is privatised and savings are forced, my unusual, expensive and somewhat controversial treatment is one that isn't understood, and I am terrified that it will be a treatment that is withdrawn. (For reference, I have Botox for chronic migraines and it has been life changing!). No one should ever not be able to get the treatment they so desperately need, or have to pay for it, or beg an insurance company to cover it. The NHS is an incredible thing, and I don't want to lose it. I look at the US health care system and my heart breaks, and I do not want to see us head in that direction.
Over the last few years we've also seen those who are most at risk have the most taken from them. From the bedroom tax, to cuts to Disability Living Allowance, the henious rape clause and more. For me, a vote for Labour isn't just what is best for me, it's what is best for those that need us most. DWP figures show that around 90 people a month are dying after being found fit for work (Guardian 2016), people have starved to death after their benefits have been cut (Guardian 2014), and there have even been reports of people suffering from mental health problems asked why they haven't tried to kill themselves in PIP meetings (Metro 2017). We should be helping and protecting those that need us most, not isolating them and taking everything from them. A vote for the tory party feels like a vote against the disabled, a vote against caring for those that need us, and a vote against children.

If the neglect and abuse of humans doesn't phase you, maybe the fact that Theresa May wants to overturn the fox hunting ban will. She is in favour of repealing the ban and allowing the barbaric practice to come back with a bang (BBC 2017). The ban has never been properly enforced so illegal hunts have occurred throughout the country with little policing, and repealing the ban would legitimise a hideously cruel 'sport' and abuse of innocent animals.

I want to see a party in power that cares about everyone, not just those who line their pockets. I want to see a party take from the rich and give to the poor, not the other way around, which it seems to be right now. I want to see a party that cares about the vulnerable in our society. I want to see a party that will care for the sick, the disabled and the mentally ill. I want a party that is for the many, not the few, and that is why I am voting Labour on June 8th.

Much love,
 Kitty xxx

You can read more about Labour's manifesto here.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Monochrome and Red with Navabi*

When I was a greebo teenager my 'thing' was wearing black with a super bright accent colour. I particularly loved all black with pops of bright pink, purple or red. To this day I still love a monochrome outfit with a single bright colour and this dress was just begging for a bright colour to be paired with it, so monochrome and red it was!

Jacket - Zhenzi at Navabi*
Shoes - Converses

I was lucky enough to win a voucher from Sazzmatazz Clothing a little while ago on twitter, so I picked out this fab striped dress that I'd seen them share and everyone who has it looks so great in it. It has long sleeves, stripes in two different directions and POCKETS. I love a dress with pockets and this made me really happy. It's got no stretch to it but fits relatively true to size. I do find the arms a little snug and it's a little tight across the shoulders for me, but I am pretty broad. I'm 5ft 11 and it sits just below the knee on me, so on someone of more average height it would be a true mini length style.

I've been loving denim jackets lately and when I saw this red one on Navabi it had to be mine. It's stretchy and soft and just lovely. With a dress like this I think it works so well as a statement piece. I'd almost be tempted to wear double denim with this being bright red and less obviously denim. Almost.

It's a very classic denim jacket, just in an awesome tomato red colour. I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this, sometimes in the summer an all black dress feels like it needs brightening up and this will do the job perfectly.

This outfit feels really 'me', I often don't buy things that are monochrome for fear of them not washing well but I do so love them that I really need to give them more of a chance!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

*denotes an item gifted to me for review purposes, in no way does this impact upon my opinions which are entirely my own.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Purple Colourpop Super Shock Shadows

When I placed my recent order from Colourpop one of the things I really wanted to pick up was more of their purple super shock shadows. I love purple eye shadow with my green eyes but hadn't bought any from them, so this time around I grabbed four!

I love the formula of the super shock shadows, I know it's not for everyone because people struggle with the creamy texture of it, but I love it. I find they have great staying power and feel really comfortable to wear. The colour payoff is always good, and they are super build-able too. 

If you do struggle with applying these, I recommend a more solid brush rather than something too fluffy. When I bought these Colourpop were offering free brushes with every two shadows so I picked up some that I think will work well with these shadows. Colourpop's brushes are all cruelty free too!

This is 'Dare' which is a metallic. It's a very bright purple with a lovely pinky shimmer to it.

This is 'Lace'. which has a satin finish. It's a deep eggplant purple.

This is 'Envy' and it's an ultra glitter, part of their holographic range. It's a black filled with stunning violet glitter that really catches the light.

'Stereo' is described as a blackened purple with gold and pink and is again from the ultra glitter range. The combination of colours in this shadow give it more of a bronze feel than purple, and it was the least true to the website description in my opinion.

Left to right - Dare, Lace, Stereo and Envy. 

All of these swatches are done with my fingers, and are one swipe. You can really see how good the colour pay off is! Dare is an absolute delight, it is so neon and I cannot wait to wear this. Lace is a colour I think I'll get a lot of wear out of, I often use the super shock shadows as eye liner and this will definitely be a shade I use for that. You can see that Stereo is that bit more bronze, but the pink glitter really shines through. Envy is something I've never seen before, I love it! The glitter is really striking and I think you could use this in a really dramatic smokey eye.

Colourpop have had a few sales lately, so expect a few more blogs of their products coming soon!

Much love,
Kitty xxx

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

#DeafAwarenessWeek - My Story

This week is Deaf Awareness Week. It's not something I often talk about, but I have hearing loss so I wanted to talk about my own experience with partial deafness and how you can be a better friend to someone with hearing loss.

 I've had hearing loss since birth. No one knew till I was at primary school and the school did the standard hearing tests they do on all students and I failed them all. My parents were called and after some exploring it was discovered that I had a 'normal' right ear, and hearing loss in my left ear. At the time my hearing loss was considered moderate, over time it is now considered moderate to severe. My right ear now has some loss but is still just about within the 'normal' range. With my left ear I can hear no high or low pitch sounds, and have less hearing across the more central pitch range.

I didn't get my first hearing aid till I was 21 years old. I sort of fell through the cracks a bit in terms of my hearing being tested regularly, and mistakes were made. When I was 18 I was sent for MRI's and checked to see if I was a suitable candidate for a cochlear implant, I am not. It wasn't until 3 years later when someone asked to service my hearing aid that I realised that the audiology department I was under mistakenly thought I'd been given a hearing aid before. Once this mistake was realised, the process began to get me one.

The first time I wore my hearing aid, I was amazed at how loud the world was. I was quite horrified at times actually. In the car with the window down I was baffled to hear a bird when we were parked at traffic lights, and slightly traumatised to discover that when your stomach rumbles it makes a sound that other people can hear. I'd always thought it was a feeling! I was so embarrassed. I cried the first time I held my ear to my cat and heard him purr properly, it was the most wonderful sound in the world. I realised that I'd never been able to hear the bass in songs I loved, and that I missed most of the drum beats. I found the sound of paper being shuffled sent shivers down my spine like people say nails on a chalkboard does for them. The first time I flushed a toilet I literally leapt in the air at how loud it was! I spent a lot of time asking people to be quiet, I was aghast at how loudly I spoke, and background noise became even harder to deal with than it had before.

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I'm 29 now, and I haven't worn my hearing aid in well over a year. There are many reasons people with hearing loss don't wear hearing aids. They aren't the most comfortable thing to be quite honest, they rub and shift around, and your brain takes a long time to learn how to process the new sounds. The world suddenly being so loud can almost feel like drowning, it's scary and overwhelming. Not all people with deafness or hearing loss want to be hearing, we have our own version of normal and our deafness does not stop us from living full amazing lives. For me personally, I suffer from a condition called otitis externa as well as eczema, both of which affect my inner ear. My hearing aid exacerbates them and it can be really painful and uncomfortable, so I don't wear it. People with hearing loss or deafness are not missing out because of our hearing, we just experience things in different ways. There is a belief in the deaf community that deafness isn't being deficient, it's just a difference. Many view it not as a disability, but as a whole cultural identity. Please never assume that someone who has deafness will want to be hearing, not everyone does and that's OK too. Some of us wear hearing aids, and some of us don't.

Infographic by Action on Hearing Loss

When it comes to being a good friend to someone with hearing loss, there are things you can do, and I love this infographic created by Action on Hearing Loss. I spent many years wondering why people would tell me when they met me that they thought I was a bitch, or that I was better than them, until they revealed that it was because I didn't seem to join in conversations in groups or ignored people when they spoke to me. I've had to explain many times that this isn't something I choose to do, and is because of my hearing loss, not me being rude! Conversations can be hard to follow in a group because when you need to lip read to fill in the gaps that you can't hear, a group jumps around too much to keep up. When you go out with as a group, consider how you can help your friend be included properly, even how you sit can help. As I have such substantial loss in my left ear, I always ask to sit on one end of the table in a restaurant, ideally right on the end so I'm facing in towards every one, or if not with my right ear facing in to the action. It gives me a chance at least!

Using your mouth to really form words can help, mumbling or putting a hand over your mouth is really hard for people with hearing loss. I absolutely love people who enunciate well because I can see the words they are making with the shape of their mouths and it helps so much. You don't need to exaggerate, but don't mumble. You don't need to speak loudly, just clearly.

One of the biggest things that has bothered me for many years, is that often when I ask someone to repeat themselves, that they actually do repeat themselves, and never ever say 'it doesn't matter', or 'never mind' to me. Nothing makes me feel more worthless than someone who decides I'm not worth repeating themselves for. When you give up on helping us hear you, you give up on us and dismiss us. When you say 'it doesn't matter', it feels like you are saying 'you don't matter'.

Hearing loss and deafness aren't limited to the elderly, and you may be surprised by those around you who have it but don't talk about it. It affects people of every age and from every walk of life. As a person with partial deafness I am immensely privileged and often 'pass' as a hearing person in my life. When I mention my hearing loss I'm often surprised by those around me who then tell me they have similar, so I'd love to see more people talking about their own experiences this Deaf Awareness Week.

I hope this has been informative for you, and I appreciate you if you read all the way to the end!

Much love,
Kitty xxx