It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

 

The time has come again for me to go and visit the most amazing place in the world: Worthy Farm, the home of Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts. 

It’s been three years since I last stepped foot on the farm (2011 was a traumatic year where I couldn’t get a ticket, SOB!), so it’s no wonder I can’t contain my excitement, even though I’m the least prepared person ever. I have no tent, no sleeping bag, no waterproof. But its okay, my eyelashes and nails are getting done today so at least they’ll be sorted! Got my priorities right,eh!?

I’ll post when I’m back about how indescribably amazing the festival is, but for now here’s a list of things I’ve found to be essential during the times I’ve been: 

1. Suitable footwear:

Wellies are obviously essential. It takes just one day of rain to turn the site into a mudfest due to the amount of people walking through the site. But, when I last went in 2010 there was a heatwave that meant my wellies got so hot it felt like they were melting. I had taken a pair of sandals with me to travel down in but they tore my feet apart, so this year I’m taking a pair of old converse to wear in case the weather (hopefully) is too nice for wellies. 

2. Waterproof Jacket

Noone wants to be standing in the rain for days on end without a decent waterproof garment. This year, I’m not buying anything new because I have a sneaky feeling the weathers going to be shocking so I plan on taking one of my dad’s golf jackets. 

3. Toilet Roll/Tissues

Easy to forget, but you will need these for the toilets! 

4. Vicks

This is my favourite tip. This is essential to make the visits to the toilets, especially towards the end of the festival, a bit more bearable. Rub a bit of this over your nose and you will hardly notice the smell! 

5. Baby wipes

Who needs to waste precious hours standing in queues waiting to shower. Baby wipes are more than enough to get you through the weekend. It’s not like you’d be the only person there not showering, and you’ll be having such a good time you won’t even care

6. Dry Shampoo and head scarves/hats

Last time I went to Glastonbury I had a very short hair cut so just took a hat to cover my hair with after giving it a quick spray with some dry shampoo. This year I have longer hair and a full fringe and I am dreading what it’s going to look like. I have no hat this year so I’m taking a couple of head scarves from American Apparel and Batiste Dry Shampoo Tropical – Coconut & Exotic 200ml (£2.99 from Boots)

I’ve bought a few new things to try whilst I’m there this year so I’ll let you know how they are when I’m back. 

 

Oh Topshop, How I Love Thee….

I love Topshop. LOVE LOVE LOVE.No matter what occasion I’m struggling to find an outfit for, I know that I can usually count on Topshop to provide something amazing for me to work with.

Coming up I have my brothers graduation and I’ve been struggling for months to find something to wear. I did find a dress at American Apparel that I love, but two of my friends told me that it was vile and if I wore it they would never speak to me again. Harsh I thought, but it put me off. So I left it a while and was browsing Topshops website the other day (whilst being productive in work) and found a few dresses that I fell in love with in their Limited Edition collection. But here’s the dress I think I’ve decided on:

Sequin and Crochet Dress £110

Sequin and Crochet Dress £110

I love the colour of the sequin detailing of this dress. I plan on wearing my hair in a loosely braided up-do, light make-up and yellow platform heels (I haven’t decided which ones to get yet!)

I am Scouse: an explanation into my fashion and beauty mentality.

My plan for this blog is to talk about fashion and beauty every now and again. So I feel like I have to explain just what role they have in my life. It can be easily summed up in three simple words: I am scouse.

Now, I’m a really laid back “Scouse bird” when it comes to fashion and beauty. For most Scouse ladies even the most casual of nights out during the weekends is an excuse to get dressed up to the max. We’re talking curly blows, Mac make up professionally done, eyelashes. You only have to look at how much pride your average Scouse girl takes in her eyebrows to see how important beauty and fashion is to the ladies of Liverpool.

Now, I’d like to make it clear I’m not exactly a Scouse Bird. I’ve never had a curly blow, I’ve given up on a 6 year long love affair with fake tan (I’ve embraced my paleness and Sally Hansens Airbrush Leg make up is the way forward for me) and a scouse brow is my idea of a nightmare. I’ve only just started to embrace the Benefit Brow Zings Brow Shaping Kit (a present off my friend that I will be eternally grateful for), so it’s safe to say that my eyebrows would probably be a mortal sin to all things scouse.

But there are some aspects of getting dressed up for a night out that I just won’t relax on. I will not go out to town unless I have false lashes on, a heel any less than 6 inches is a massive no-no, and going on a night out in jeans?! Hell no!

My make-up regime of a day is pretty basic: foundation, bronzer, blusher and a touch of mascara is all I need to feel okay enough about myself to leave the house. I’m even okay to go to Asda and the gym without a bit of makeup (yes its true that you’ll find the odd scouse girl walking around Asda in her pyjamas with her rollers still in). But I’ll be damned if I’ll be willing to go to town on a night out with baldy eyes and kitten heels.

I swear if you ever attempted to go casual on a Saturday night out in Liverpool then you would feel seriously out of place once you see how most girls dress. I think of myself as pretty casual in the way I dress, even when I get dressed up. But, I dress up how I dress up because I like it, not to feel comfortable about being around all the curly blows and acrylic nails. I seriously do love getting dressed up for a night out. Its one of my favourite things. To give you more of an idea of how I’m not a stereo typically Scouse girl, I can get ready in 45 minutes easily. That’s including washing my hair (I have been known to go out with a wet head, bad I know), but I’ve known girls to book entire days off work before a night out just so they can get ready for the WHOLE day.

In fact, to fully understand the life of a “Scouse Bird”, then you have to follow Scouse Bird Problems. Her tweets and blogs are seriously the highlights of my days, things I religiously follow. She encapsulates all it is to be a Scouse Bird and more. Plus she’s hilarious.

GlossyBox

At the end of last month I signed up for GlossyBox. This is a monthly subscription where you receive 5 beauty products each month. The price of these delightful boxes in £10 per month (not including P&P), if you choose the rolling subscription. 

I’ve had two boxes so far and I can honestly say I love it. I read some blogs today that have had quite a few issues with the service, from damaged products to not liking the products that have been received. I agree no one should put up with paying for items and them arriving damaged, but as far as receiving items you don’t like goes, isn’t that all part of the excitement in getting a box each month?

Here’s the 5 items I received in the June box:

1. Figs & Rouge Lip Balm in Cherry Blossom

Image  This is by far my favourite product in the box. Its a multitasking lip balm that can also be used on cuticles, knees, elbows etc but with the red tint in this one I doubt you’d use it for anything other than lips. The colour is great though, the perfect red tint to wear during the day. To buy it is £5.00

 

2. Organic Surge Volume Boosting Conditioner

Image I’ve used this conditioner once so far and used it with Tresemmé Split Remedy Shampoo. My hair felt amazing after I’d washed it on Saturday morning and by last night it was in need of another wash. I’m putting that down to the shampoo though and will give this a few more goes until I make my mind up. In it’s defence my hair did seem more “voomphy”

3. MeMeMe Long Lasting Nail Gloss

Image I was a little bit disappointed int he shade I received in this (66. Innocent). White nails are supposed to be all the rage this summer, but with my fair skin, its not a craze I’m expecting myself to get whisked up in. But I have tried this as a second coat over other coloured nail varnish and it seems to work pretty well at making a softer shade. Perfect for summer I’d say. Price is £5. 

4. Gosh Growth Mascara

Image I’m not sure I believe that a mascara can help make your eyelashes grow longer. I don’t think I believe anything will, but I’m willing to give this a go! I’ve only just bought two new mascaras so it’ll be a while before I try this out. Price is £8.50

4. Monu Hand and Nail Cream 

Image This full size cream comes in at £10.50 so I’m assuming its going to be good. I’m a bit rubbish at applying creams regularly but I’m planning on taking this to work to use throughout the day.