Tuesday, 21 October 2014

LUSH Review - Sparkly Pumpkin

I haven't really done a LUSH review in a while, but that's because it hasn't been nearly Christmas/Halloween/Guy Fawkes night for a while (a year). If you want to check out my LUSH haul video, just scroll straight to the bottom of this post! 
 The Sparkly Pumpkin (or SP as we'll cool-ly abbreviate it to) is £3.50 for the one bubble bar, but it could easily be separated into two pieces for two baths. It's part of the LUSH Halloween collection, and is the only thing from the Halloween collection I've purchased so far. Nothing else really caught my eye, although I've heard that the Lord of Misrule has a deep red centre, and if it looks like blood, I'll bathe in it! 
 SP is a bright orange, circular bubble bar, shaped like a pumpkin and coated in gold glitter. It has a little cinnamon twig as the stem of the pumpkin, I actually took this little twig out before crumbling the bar into the bath. Simply because I didm't want it ending up anywhere untoward, and I don't really like when bath products have chunks of anything in like dried flowers etc. 
 Look at that action shot! I found that this was a little harder than the regular bubble bars, but that just might be my weakling-ness. This definitely needs a lot more crumbling than something like the bubbleroons to get more bubbles. I usually like to do an initial crumble then leave it to create more bubbles, but that wasn't so successful this time around so more attention needs to be paid to this one. 
It gives the water a lovely warming, pumpkiney, honey scent. And look at that colour! The water becomes almost opaque it's so highly coloured, and the gold glitter floats on the surface beautifully. If you don't like glitter then you'll have to make sure to wipe it off after being in the tub, but if you're like me and don't mind looking like the pumpkin fairy then leave the glitter to dry on your skin! You will have to wash the remaining glitter down the drain afterwards though, as there is some excess. 
I give this bubble bar a: 
I like it, but it could be more bubbly and the scent could be a bit stronger. This is perfect for people who want a warming scented bubble bar, but don't want the strong, heavily-scented Christmas products! If you want, you can check out the bubble bar here, and my video below.

Monday, 6 October 2014


Please remember, I am taking a HUGE risk in posting this, if you leave any nasty/rude/hateful comments, they WILL be deleted. 
Thank You. 

If you have your toes or eyeballs in the YouTube community you will have heard of many, many scandals involving YouTubers, their fans and sexual abuse/harassment. The most recent of these - Sam Pepper. 


I cannot comprehend why anyone would think it okay to go around touching anyone in a sexual way, and NOT expect to get backlash. These recent events have made me think, more than ever before about sexual abuse and harassment. 
It doesn't just happen to women/girls, please remember that! 
But, as I am a female, I feel it is right for me to talk about it from a female point of view, as I physically can't give you a male point of view. It would be wrong for me to 'imagine' a man's point of view on this, as I am not one. 
After watching Emma Watson's UN speech, I can fiercely say that I am a feminist. When we say 'Feminist', the type of people that spring to mind are the extremists, but feminism is the want of equality for all sexes. We want women and men to stand together as equals, for us to be paid the same for the same jobs, for it not to be a 'miracle' or 'special' that a certain percentage of Parliament is female. 
But, at the same time, if a certain woman is not good enough for a job, I don't think she should be hired because she's a woman and she'll make the company look good. Job opportunities and the like should be equal, if a certain man is better suited for the job, he should be hired instead. The same way as if two women were competing for one role, the best would be hired. 
I feel like this example brings me to one of my main points, equality. You've probably all seen teenage boys wandering around, with their 'Calvin Klein' waistbands on full display. It's become a weird and unusual normality, so why if a girl were to wear her 'Victoria's Secret' underwear higher than her jeans, to show of the waistband, is it suddenly sexual? Is it because we've become normalised to seeing the top of boy's boxers and not the top of a girl's thong? They're the same type of underwear aren't they? 


I want to tell you about a real-life experience of my own. As you know I have my own online jewellery business, and so I have to make my products and then take them down to the Post Office to send them off. On this particular day earlier this summer before I went to France, I went to a Post Office that was not the one I usually visit. I went up to the counter and was being served by a lovely woman, I was wearing a black loose fitting maxi dress and a baggy beige 3/4 length sleeve blazer/jacket thing. In fact this is the EXACT (right) outfit I was wearing (I've cropped my friend out as I haven't asked her permission to use a picture of her on here - aka-privacy!). So I'm filling out the customs forms for my parcels, when some guy (older than me) came up behind me and started making comments about my bum. Yes it's definitely 'there', one side of my family has 'bums Kim K Style' and I've inherited that trait. He was making out-loud comments about my appearance, then began muttering 'big bum' songs. His father came over, and he asked his Dad if he'd ever seen an "ass like that", his father said nothing, but didn't tell him to stop. Please bare in mind that it was a WOMAN serving me behind the counter, and there was a sheet of glass between us. I've been behind one of those and she could hear what he was saying, but she said nothing. She didn't politely ask him to stop, she just waited for me to put in my pin number. Needless to say I've never felt more betrayed in my life, by a fellow female. I don't know what she could have done, but something, anything, would have been better than nothing. 
I realise now that this is why I can't take this Sam Pepper thing sitting down, it's not okay to say nothing. 


Every human belongs to themselves, you never belong to someone else. Ever. Your body is yours, not a strangers, not your boyfriends/girlfriends, not even your husbands/wives! When you talk about someone else's hair for example you say 'their hair' not 'MY hair', if you are talking about someone else's hands you say 'their hands' not 'MY hands'. So why should any part of the rest of our bodies be different. 


Think of it this way, if you grab something you make it 'yours', you take the last french fry, it's yours. You buy that pair of boots, they're yours. Hold up a second, let's rewind and look over the last two sentences. What are the subjects? Objects. So when you grab someone's  bum...? Are they an object? Are PEOPLE objects now? When it comes to human beings, when did yours and mine become ours? When people are married they don't say our body. They are not one being, one person, one entity. They are two, joined by something else, but it does not make them one person. It's our bodies, two, plural, separate, belonging to ourselves. 


One thing that really shocks me is the lack of caring for the victim in these situations. People saying "Oh they were asking for it", really? Was I asking for it when I went to the Post Office to mail a package in a floor-length, chest-covering, arm-covering outfit? If a girl wants to wear a bikini on the beach is she asking for it? Even though there are men there in ONE LESS piece of clothing than she? This is what I mean. Equality, it doesn't really exist does it? Are we going to become like the Abnegation in Divergent? Covering our bodies from others and ourselves? 
A rape case a while back in America in a University caught my attention, simply because all the sympathy was for the criminal, not the victim. (I don't remember the names or the University but if you do, please let me know in the comments). The guy was an athlete and was having his name 'besmirched' by a girl that he'd raped, because she'd reported him, she was shunned. Because she was the victim. I've recently read a book which gives more insight into this sort of case - 'Easy' by Tammara Webber - Within the book a sorority girl gets raped by one of the schools leading athletes, and her sorority sisters actually have to debate whether to stand by her or not. Why? Because his reputation is on the line. Why? Because he's a criminal. ANYONE, female or male is a criminal if they sexually abuse in any way, many forms of sexual harassment are also criminal actions. 


I've also watched this video by YouTuber ThisBeDottie, it's an insight into her experience with Sam Pepper. There are comments on this video saying 'you lead him on', 'this is what you should have expected'. Going on a DATE with someone is not consent. A date is where two people expect to get to know each other. Kissing someone isn't consent. When did kissing become the international sign of 'I want to have sex with you'? 


Please DO watch that video by Dottie, and then when you read the comments, notice how so many of the comments are by FEMALES. 
Question - Why should men take us seriously when we're always trying to tear each other down? It's what women do, it's why it's called 'BITCHING'! Bitch is FEMALE! We look for each other's weaknesses and tear each other apart, rather than standing together. 
I don't understand why other women aren't supporting Dottie, because she deserves it. She's BRAVE for standing up for her rights, for not giving in, and for posting online, because guess what? It's made many, many more victims come forward. If there are this many people, how can we deny the truth? 
Why do women constantly feel in competition with each other, we feel the need to impress each other, to be the best dressed, the prettiest, the smartest. As if being ourselves isn't enough any more! 
When I was at secondary school, I overheard a group of much younger girls talking, they were talking about another girls acne. "She's ugly because she's got so many spots, her face is red, like, all the time" still rings through my head today, please bare in mind, these girls were about twelve. They're twelve and they're thinking like this, that because someone has a skin condition that the majority of people suffer through, that said person is ugly. 
One other thing I noticed at school, was that girls would always try to hide their acne, because we could with makeup etc. It was a vanity thing that we all still pertain to today, we like the look of clear, fresh skin. I noticed that the girls with fresh skin got boys attention, and the girls with acne, didn't no matter how they tried to hide it. BUT when it came to the boys, no one cared whether they had acne or not. Acne on girls was ugly, acne on boys, normal. This harks back to my underwear debate at the beginning. 
GIRLS we need to stand together, because if we can't love and respect each other, we have nothing. Why do we expect respect from others, when we can't love each other? Think about it. 


Whilst I've used literature as an example, please remember that this is a REAL problem. It affects REAL people, it may have even affected you. It's not something thats just in the papers or on TV in the news, it's happening to real people, maybe even people you know. If you have a story, please share it. The more we talk about these things, the more people will realise it's happening, that it's a problem, and that it needs to be stamped out. 

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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Sleek Brow Kit | Dark 818 | Review

As you can probably tell from my recent posts, I'm having a little love-affair with the brand Sleek. You can find it in Superdrug and Boots (although I'm not sure whether they are 'in store' in Boots), and the brand is unbelievably reasonably priced for their products! 
Today I'm reviewing their Brow Kit in Dark, it's something I've had my eyes on for ages. I had the Benefit Brow-Zings a while back (as in when it was in shiny curved packaging not the packaging it's in now), and thought this looked like a great dupe/high-street alternative. 
I love the packaging, it's sleek and matte black with 'Sleek MakeUP' written on the top, but it's shiny. The packaging whilst sturdy to protect the product it very easy to open, which I like as I hate having to wrangle with packaging to get that ish open! 
Inside there's an eyeball-sized mirror (so you can see the whole of one brow in the mirror) in the lid, there's the wax on the left and a brow powder on the right. There's also a little compartment that houses a mini curved brush, a mini angled brush and a mini pair of tweezers! Cute! 
I found that the wax and the powder pulled neutral on me as I have neutral skin, however I know that for some people with cooler skin tones it has pulled too warm. 
The wax is nice and thick, but is buildable. If you want brows that aren't too dark, you can use a few strokes of this, or if you're like me and like a very dark brow, you can easily build this up! The powder is a smooth consistency, I usually just use this to set the wax as I find it too light for my personal preferences. 
| Left - WAX | Right - POWDER |
I prefer to use the angled brush with the wax and the curved brush with the powder, but you can use whichever you want! Above you can see one stroke of the wax with the side of the angled brush, and one stroke with the flat of the angled brush. On the right is one stroke of the powder with the side of the curved brush, and one stroke with the flat of the curved brush. 
Due to the two mini brushes being synthetic (Sleek does not test on animals), it means that they do not absorb any product, like porous animal hair would. This also means that the application is a lot sleeker and more defined, and the brushes keep their shape amazingly well. I like the addition of the mini tweezers, and these make this a great little brow kit to travel with. However, they are a little clunky and I find them hard to work with as opposed to my Superdrug's Own brand tweezers. 
Overall I give this product a:
I think it's a great alternative to an expensive Benefit kit, and at only £8.49 a kit compared to Benefit's £24.50. They also ship internationally if you check out Sleek's own website here. It's a definite recommend from me, and it's completely transformed my brow routine! I don't find myself having to edit the shape of my brows with eye makeup remover at all, and it's so precise because of the little brush. 
Have you tried this or Benefit's Brow-Zings? What do you think of them? 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014


Just a quick post to let y'all know about my Autumn Giveaway! 


I will be giving away a few of my favourite Autumn lip products, I know this giveaway isn't huge but I thought it'd be nice to share a few of my favourite things with you guys!


Remember that I will contact you through my BUSINESS email - stephaniemaverick@gmail.com - and please be aware of scammers and ass holes that may try to take advantage. I will NEVER ask for payment for ANYTHING within my giveaways! 

I hope you guys enjoy it, and good luck! 

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