Kitty and the City

A few weeks ago, Kitty (the babe) invited me out for some food and sunny hangs in London. I did actually have plans with my cat that day. However, he said we should start seeing other people because I’m suffocating him. With that, I donned my London comfies and headed out to the train station!

If you’re not from London, the sheer mention of spending a day there is like being told that the all you can eat buffet extends to desserts. It’s just magical, you can always find something fun and exciting to do! The sun was beaming down on us which made the day feel even more perfect.

We met in Southwark and headed to a restaurant called Tibits for the launch of their new summer menu. Kitty is a lifestyle and fashion blogger who finds the best vegan and gluten free eats in cities around the UK so, I trusted her judgement. I can also never, ever turn down free food!

After a quick speech from the chefs about the inspiration behind the new menu. We were asked to sample EVERYTHING and give an honest opinion (Thanks Kitty). All the dishes are Vegetarian and most are also Vegan which Is brilliant. It’s SO important for restaurants (and chains) to acknowledge the intolorences and choices of others nowadays.

I went a little bit crazy but it was totally worth every extra pound I put on.

As mentioned, Kitty is Vegan and GF but as you can see, there was no shortage of food for her to sample!

Kudos to you, Tibits!

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My Plate

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Kitty’s Plate

 

Spoiler Alert – I  will be running back ASAP with my boyfriend!

The interior was also pretty incredible. I was blown away by the cuteness of the bathroom which had a big industrial vibe. There were succulents everywhere, an indoor/outdoor courtyard area and window seating for those that love to watch the world go by (guilty). Did I mention the succulents? I’m such a sucker for plants so I was in my element!

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After filling our stomachs, we headed through southwark to get some ‘Gram photos and then onto Tate Modern to kill a little time and because I’ve never been before. The Bruce Nauman exhibition was pretty incredible and insane all in one go. We also took some awesome photos for the ‘Gram while we were here too. I am such a sucker for a good museum and the Tate Modern is definitely one to revisit when I have a few hours to spare.

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Side Note: I REALLY want to visit the London Transport Museum and The British War Museum too!

We finished off the day with an unexpected wander through Borough Market. If you’ve never been, I really really do recommend it even if it’s just a sweeping visit! After grabbing some GF cake for my homegirl and a fruit smoothie each we sat down to enjoy the last bit of sunshine that the day had for us.

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MUA – Prism Highlighters – Why I LOVE them!

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A long, long time ago a package arrived at my doorstep that contained nine incredible highlighters, sent by the amazing team at FBBeauty. The brand was MUA (Make Up Academy), a brand I have used time and time again. Their Luxe Bronze and Sculpt Contour Kit is a must have, their Matte Lipsticks come in some amazing shades (for £1.00 each!) and their Undress Your Skin Highlight is so dreamy! If you’re doing beauty on a budget you HAVE to try this brand, it does not disappoint.

I did originally post a little video on Instagram about this package, which you may remember. Since then I have used them to death and enjoyed every single moment.

The Prism Highlighter (circular pans) are available in five shades:

Polarised Green

Aquatic Shine (Blue)

Rose Tinted (Pink)

Solar Flare (Peach)

Ultra Violet (Violet)

These are your everyday pressed powder highlighters. They pack tons of pigment with even with the lightest of brush strokes and will gleam and glisten on your skin. I have been using the shade Ultra Violet for about two months now to highlight my brow bone and temples. It does not disappoint in staying power. Something else to add is that it does looks white in the pot. However, when it hits your skin the colour transforms into a beautiful muted violet tone.

Prism Loose Powder Highlighter

. I have the shade Star Illusion (they are also available in Oceanic Wonder and Emerald Marvel). It is iridesant and very striking! I usually stay clear from loose powdered anything because I find it:

1. Makes a mess.

2. Absorbs into my skin.

3. Doesn’t have staying power

My god was I surprised by this one though! It is the perfect consistency for use on your nose and cupids bow and looks spellbinding in the sunshine. Plus, I have tons left which is an achievement for me as anything loose powdered normally gets dropped and goes everywhere… The joys of clumsiness.

Prism Jelly Highlight

Finally and most versatile in my opinion, we have the three shade palettes. These are the Prism Jelly Highlight, highlighters (a first for me) and I’ve already hit pan with the Optical palette. The peach tone was phenomenal on the tip of my nose and under my eyebrow bone, The darker brown shade is my go to sheen supplier for layering on top of my powder contour  to give it some extra depth and the lighter copper shade is the perfect bronzer. I also use it for blending up and into the cheekbone highlight! All of which I achieve with two blush brushes!

These shades also work amazingly on top of a smokey brown eye look to add just a hint of a dewy glow. They are called “Jelly Highlights” due to the consistancy when in the pan but they still appear very matte when applied as above (in my opinion). So if like me, you usually avoid anything without MATTE plastered over the front, please rest assured that these will not leave you feeling like an oil slick.

The other two palettes are:

Light Spark – in White, Cream and Gold

and

Crystal Cut – in Grey, Green and Violet

After writing this, I had to jump into the Light Spark palette and it is now being used every day as a transition from cheek to temple.

Also, I promised Light Spark to my sister once I’d finished my review so now I need to go out and buy a new one (Sorry Shelley)

What is your favourite highlighter at the moment? Do you have any that you would recommend? Let me know as I love hearing from you!

Sleek Make Up Review

I’m sure you’re sensing a little theme here but many moons ago, I was fortunate to receive a PR package from the babes at Brand Nation. The envelope included two foundations, one liquid lipstick, one eyeshadow palette, one coloured eyeliner, one contour kit and one strobe highlighting dome. Sleek Make Up is one of the more underrated brands out there and I’m here to shout about them because they deserve more credit! I must admit, I’ve only ever used a small handful of their products before these were sent out to me. However, I am happy to report that I’ve been thoroughly enjoying using them and will be repurchasing a few when they run out!

Lets start in order of use, shall we?

Lifeproof Foundation – LP01 & LP02

This foundation is:

Sweat-Proof

Oil-Free

Buildable Coverage

Medium to Full Coverage

I received shades LP01 and LP02, the former being a perfect match for my pale yet pink complexion. First impressions left me feeling gobsmacked! I never bother with primer these days because I haven’t found one that doesn’t suck. Usually without a little primer I have to blot midway through my day… However, this foundation went an entire work day without showing signs of sweat and oil. I set it with a powder (as I always do) and didn’t give it another thought until taking it off that night. Incredible.

The Lifeproof foundation blended out really smooth and crease free. Its fairly light on the skin but is easy to build up coverage. It also dries down very matte so you need to be quick with your application. I used a damp (I hate the word moist) beauty blender to apply. By the time I was applying my powder it was almost entirely set.

Face Contour Kit – Light 884

I’m pretty sure this was hand crafted by the goddess Aphrodite. It is a perfect formula for contouring and highlighting. For those of you that don’t know already, I love a good nose and cheek contour. This product delivers!

I was sent the shade Light 884 which was a perfect coconut brown shade for contouring and a luminous peach/sheer highlight. The contour pan was exactly the right size (I say was because I have none left) for my little sculpting brushes. It sat lightly on my cheeks and nose and had maximum effectiveness. I actually started using the contour shade as a base for my blusher as I loved the tone of brown that much. As previously mentioned, I need my products to be matte and this did not budge from my face at all.

The highlight is equally as impressive, with a only slightly smaller pan size. I found the highlight a great contrasting tone to my foundation and skin tone. Its a very warm highlight with flecks of golden pink undertone. I’m not one of these girls that has a summer and winter look. I like to have a bronze glow all year round and this highlight captured that essence without any effort.

Both formulas are a powdery to begin with but turn into a smooth creamy texture as soon as they hit the skin. Be very sparing with both powders as the more you put on, the heavier they look.

i-Lust – Into The Night – Silver – Eyeshadow Palette

This six shade palette is perfect for any babe that loves a smokey eye (Eva, I’m looking at you!). There are three cream shades and three powder shades each with a white, grey and black pigment. The cream shades are very hard wearing and have a beautiful sheen to them. The powder shades are highly pigmented and look amazing when blended out.

Whilst the palette looks amazing and is small enough to pop in your overnight bag without compromise. It’s not a palette I would personally reach for very often as I don’t feel I suit darker eye shadows. However, If you can easily rock a metallic silver to black smokey eye then this Sleek Make Up palette is right up your street!

 

i-Art Precision Liquid Eye Colour – Futurism

My experience of eyeliner goes as follows:

Kohl Eyeliner Pencil – Black – Collection – £2.99

Liquid Eyeliner – Black – Maybelline – £5.99

Felt Tip Eyeliner – Black – Whatever Brand – £3-£10

You get the idea. Never in my life have I strayed far from the Black section of eyeliner colours. So, when this little pot of metallic blue eyeliner was sent my way, I was very cautious to try it. I’m a girl of habit and that habit is racoon eyes or GTFO. That being said, I needed to test it out for the purpose of this post and let me tell you I am shook. The consistancy is quite thick so I did wipe some product off the applicator brush before popping it on my eyelid. Dubious, I applied a thin streak on the inner top lid and it really dazzled! The mix of silver to blue in the line is perfect. I have blue eyes and this product really makes them standout. I will be adding this little beauty to my make up bag for a little extra somethin’ somethin’.

 

Strobe Dome Face Highlighter – Pink 1158

It is no secret that I love a good highlighter. My makeup bag is overflowing with various shimmery powders and creams. I think I actually own more highlighters than socks right now…

Sleek Make Up have made this the absolute PERFECT shape (Domed) for adding a dab to your nose and cheeks! The colour is incredible, it’s a very rosy pink and has a warm gold undertone (which is perfect for me). I do prefer a powder highlighter as I love having a matte finish to my face but this product really works well on my powder. With other cream products on a powder base, i find there is a lot of pull off. This product is fine for that, but I would recommend a dabbing motion instead of a wiping motion. Also, I learnt a little trick from Jeffree Star which is to warm the cream up on your hand then dab it with your fingers onto the area (thanks Jeffrey, you babe!). The formula is very light, none sticky and subtle but it can be built up quite easily.

I’ve been using this product for a good few months now and have loads left too, so a little really does go a long way. I would recommend this for a warm glow look. With spring on the way, I think this will be an amazing addition to your make up routine!

Matte Me Metallic – Matte Lip Cream – Anodized Ruby 1167

The amount of compliments I received when wearing this liquid lipstick is insane! It was my go to over the Christmas period and actually kickstarted my red lipstick obsession (thank you, Sleek Make Up). The consistency is quite thin but very creamy. I always find that thinner formulas are better when you’re using a liquid lipstick. You can over-line your lips a hell of a lot easier without mistakes (guilty)! This product dries almost instantly too!

The shade is breathtaking! Its a deep ruby with gold metallic undertones. If I want to add some sparkle to my day to day, this is the lipstick I go too! Another amazing bonus is that it is almost transfer proof, which is good because I often get red all over me from other lipsticks. I’m a messy person, I can’t change that haha! This lipstick is definitely being added to the re-buy list once it’s run out!

Final Thoughts?

If you’re like me and you want to test the waters of a brand before diving headfirst into all of their products then I would highly recommend the Matte Me Metallic Lip Cream Range and the Face Contour Kit. However, all these products are amazing and have a great price point so none of these products will disappoint if you pop them in your shopping basket.

Have you tried any other products by Sleek Make Up? Let me know as I would love to add a few more items by this brand to my make up bag!

VickiAmaya

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How To Get Your Blogger Mojo Back

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Hello Lovelies,

How are you?

For those of you that didn’t realise, I’ve been on a little break recently.

As a Blogger and Instagrammer, my life used to revolve around creating content that I wanted you to love. However, I wasn’t creating content that I loved. I was constantly comparing myself to others. Constantly stressed, anxious and unhappy. Spending hours flicking through photos, assessing blogs and profiles to try and find out why certain people were so popular. I would check my Instagram account about 50 times a day, liking hundreds of photos, leaving comments and obsessing over analytics.

 On the 13th February 2018, I stopped posting content on my Instagram and blog. I finally let myself breathe.

Today I want to talk to you in depth about Blogging, Instagramming and how to beat the Blogger Overload that I’ve heard so many people talk about.

“Blogger Overload”

Constantly talking, thinking, viewing and creating for your social media channels with no downtime.

Before I dive head first into how to fix this dastardly dilemma, I feel like I should first explain what happened that tipped me over the edge.

I’d been thinking and feeling that my content wasn’t up to my usual standards. The theme wasn’t as white as I wanted it, the pictures weren’t coming out as I’d hoped. They didn’t look anything like the popular photos that have hundreds of thousands of likes. The outfits weren’t good enough. My figure needed to be tucked here, there and my skin smoothed out. One of those truly crummy moments where everything can and was scrutinised…

We needed a photo to post that evening as we hadn’t been out that day to take any. I was setting up my lighting to take a mirror shot when, I dropped the bulb and it shattered into a thousand tiny pieces. I stood looking at the little specks of white frosted glass for what felt like a lifetime and then the tears started to pour.

Was I  actually, really sobbing over a broken light bulb? Yes, I really was…

The broken lightbulb meant that I couldn’t upload a new photo that evening. I would have to do a re-upload and I was vastly running out of photos I even liked enough to feature again.

Adam ran up the stairs, saw my tear stained face, the glass on the floor and ushered me out of the way. I took five ginormous breaths and tried to compose myself. How could I not have any photos to upload? What kind of person was I? I’m a fraud Instagrammer. I’m not even a good Blogger. (Seriously?!…). All thoughts of self doubt and loathing that would have never even hovered in my mind not two years prior.

It was then that I realised I needed to stop. To take a break and re-evaluate what I’m trying to do with my accounts. I needed to get back in touch with the reason I got into this in the first place and why I love doing it. The reason I call myself a Blogger and Instagrammer!

It’s all about the little steps!

One of the first things I stopped doing was checking my social media apps every day. The Vicki before this cataclysmic event would have been scrolling through her feed constantly to make sure she liked EVERY photo from her followers list (You’re all welcome btw 😂). Instead, I have been going on, replying to a few messages from friends and then closing the app off again. I feel like this has really helped to clarify that my life does not depend on social media. After all, I am a fully functioning member of the non cyber world too! *I also just realised that I’m older than the internet, wow…*

Another tactic I adopted to combat this feeling of unworthiness was to unfollow any person that I was consistently comparing myself too (harsh but true). That way, I didn’t have the conscious or subconscious thoughts of not being good enough when seeing their posts! Whilst I can target the feelings of jealousy and envy without unfollowing people, it felt good to admit defeat with this one. I’ve never been a jealous person, so I find it helpful to understand the aspect of others successes that unsettles me. Something which I can continue to research and work on!

Another great stress reliever was to unfollow ANY brand that didn’t genuinely inspire my fashion choices. I mean, why follow any brand that doesn’t inspire you? There is no obligation to follow a brand just because they followed you. Follow them because you genuinely love what they do, otherwise its just clogging up your feed.

My purchasing habits were the next thing that needed to change. Where before, I would try to find things that I felt my beautiful followers would love and appreciate. I’m now buying things that I love and genuinely want to wear! The whole reason my account grew to such a following is because I was sharing my own style. Somewhere along the way and unfortunately so, my purpose got lost and the likes became more important than my style. Whilst my page exists to inspire and support every one that follows it. I also want to create an income for me through it so I can build my little empire of empowerment. If you want to learn more about that, click here to read my “All About Me” post! (Paragraph 12 for the lazy people here!)

Okay, Don’t use Social Media, unfollow some stuff and only buy shit you love…  what else?

I’m very glad you asked! Once you’ve spent a few days back in reality where social justice warriors can’t throw keys at you and where cats are just balls of fluff you’ll probably start to feel a little more inspired . After all, you’ve not been bombarded with ugly bulky trainers (sneakers), coffee body scrubs, an a line skirt and slogan tee on the streets of London or that fucking pink cake shop (sorry blogger friends).

Use that inspiration as a basis. Get some magazines and go old school with them, cut them up and make outfits you love. Get onto Pinterest and make some clothing boards! Go back to the high street and try on different styles that you love! Once you feel you’ve really tackled the drought and your creativity is flowing, go back into your wardrobe and start rocking your style again. At least, that’s what I did and I’ve been having the time of my life! I understand that this bit is specific to fashion bloggers, but you can apply it in every area of life.

If you’re constantly surrounding yourself with stale information or marketing ploys, how can you possibly feel inspired? Creativity comes from within. You can TOTALLY take inspiration from others, but go your own way with that inspiration otherwise you’ll just be another opinion with an internet connection…

VickiAmaya

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Valentines Outfit Ideas

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It’s fast approaching, the day of love. The day to send flowers, chocolates, fluffy teddy bears and to get that fondue a bubblin’. Cupid’s been shooting his arrows, the shops are full of heart prints and Barry White’s greatest hits is stuck on repeat. I’m going to admit something to you all. I’m not that big on Valentine’s Day. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love spending time with my boyfriend (we’re nearly four years in)! But, I can’t help but feel this celebration has been massively commercialised.

In previous years I have spent Valentine’s Day sitting in my pyjamas, watching shitty B movies and eating my body weight in junk food (the simple things haha). In fact, me and Adam and have spent a few like this too (get a guy who can do both, am I right?!)! This year, we have agreed to do the same. Well, I say agreed… in reality its because I’m working and we’re too unbothered to book a restaurant. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t put together an amazing outfit for if I were going out.

Who says romance is dead!

The Outfit

I love pairing Red with White or Red with Black, so the simplicity of this denim skirt an t-shirt combo really ticks all of my boxes. Added in a long duster coat too for these cold winter days. Pair with vans during the day and then with a simple or statement heel to elevate it into suitable night time attire. The amazing thing about all of these pieces is that they’re not too hearted and sloganed up that you don’t have re-wearability. A factor that I hold with the highest of importance when purchasing clothes for an event or occasion. Also, how cute is the little polka dot bag?! Who could resist that for £12.00!

Single?

If it is that you’re finding yourself in Singlesville: Population You, this Valentine’s Day. Why don’t you get some of your other gal pals round and have a horror movie feast and pampering session (like I used to, way back when!). Or, even better… Treat yourself to some of those Valentine’s goodies because you deserve them and no one could ever love you as much as YOU love you!