I purchased this fab lipstick based on the colour alone. The deep plum purple shade immediately caught my eye as it was such a beautiful shade so of course I bought it and couldn’t wait to try it out. I was immensely pleased with it as soon as I tried it on. The first thing my mum said to me was ‘It’s quite a gothic shade – but it’s you all over’ which was exactly what I had thought. The deep daring colour means it isn’t quite for everyone, but it is great for standing out a little or going for that punk edgy look.
As you can see, when taken with the flash and swatched on my hand, the shade seems to be much brighter and has a pink tone to it, although I wouldn’t say this is a true representation of what the shade actually looks like on your lips. However you can see that the colour is very vivid and with this swatch only using two coats, less is definitely more.
The lipstick on is actually a gorgeous deep red shade which has purple undertones! It’s a little more classic then other red lipsticks I’ve worn and I would say that in a way, even though it’s quite edgy, I think it’s a little vintage too. It does emthasise the lines on your lips a little up close and because the shade is quite bold, I would suggest perhaps using lipliner to line your lips before applying it. I have struggled with it a few times, trying to even out my lips on both sides and I think I will be purchasing a lipliner to wear with it in future.
However it has fast become one of my favourite shades. In real life it does look a little darker and more edgier, but I think if you’re looking for a more classic shade it can be used as that too by just blotting it with a bit of tissue a couple of times. In the above photos it does look less in your face which I suppose means it can be used for whatever look you’re going for! The above photos are taken using two different cameras – the top photos are taken using my actual camera and the second one, the one directly above, on my phone camera which isn’t as good quality. I’ve done this just so you can get an idea of how the shade may look different depending on the camera, the flash used etc.
The lipstick also lasts ages and doesn’t wear off easily. I wore it to a gig recently and only had to re-apply a couple of times throughout the night which is really good considering I was very sweaty moshing and dancing about so I would have thought I’d have to re-apply more then that. At one point I did find it half way up my cheek and I’ve got no idea whatsoever how I did this, but I was a little tipsy so I think maybe I smudged it whilst drinking my beer, haha.
Overall I do really love this lipstick, if even for the colour. I would say it reflects it’s name because it does stay on for ages without smudging when I’ve worn it to events that don’t include sweaty gigs (haha). At £6.99 I’d say it was worth it, but I wouldn’t pay anything more then £10.00 for it so I think they got the price probably spot on.
Maybelline Super Stay 14 Hour Lipstick in shade Always Plum is available from Superdrug
P.S Feel free to check out the beauty reviews tag for some more beauty related posts and beauty reviews!


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Today I decided to put together a Wednesday Wishlist, something I haven’t done for a long time now simply because it’s not really anything original and it’s also hard lusting after loads of pretty clothes every week and writing about them when you can’t afford them! However I thought I’d do one today for old times sake, featuring a brand I used to work with, simply because their products are so cheap. Although I’m skint, the brand features lots of high quality but still affordable clothing meaning that if I wanted to treat myself (which I’m really tempted to!) I could!
FD Avenue, formally known as Funky Divaa, have had a massive makeover, re-launching their range with a brand new website and name – but thankfully with still affordable prices! I particularly love this brand because they tend to work with bloggers quite a lot which I always think is a good sign when it comes to companies. Usually in my eyes, it means a company is friendly and approachable which FD Avenue definitely is.

1. Leather Look Bralet Top // 2. Denim Button Skater Skirt // 3. “Frankie” Sleeveless Tailored Lace Dress // 4. Peter Pan Pleated Chiffon Top // 5. USA Print Denim Shorts
P.S Please excuse my terrible photo editing skills, I’m still learning…

This is just a small taster of some of my favourite items from the website, demonstrating the large range of different products they have. I love how FD Avenue stocks some beautiful feminine and pastel clothes for the summer, like the beautiful pleated chiffon top, as well as bang on trend items like the denim skirt (and we all know denim is everywhere at the moment, I think denim skirts are set to be HUGE this summer) and the leather look bralet. The USA shorts are a little edgy and different – meaning there’s something for everyone on this website and finally they even stock dresses so cute that celebrities have been spotted in them! The white lace dress is perfect for channelling your inner Frankie Sanford this summer. Each item is so cheap and affordable but having ordered from the website before, I can vouch that despite the cheap prices, the quality is spot on and not cheap quality that you might expect for items that cost so little.
I’m so pleased that FD Avenue have re-launched and have found their way back onto my radar again because I can’t wait to put in my very first order.

Luckily for all of you (and me!) FD Avenue have offered us all a 30% off code, exclusively to this blog. So if you fancy anything you’ve seen or want anything on the websites, just use the code ‘LOUISE30’ to nab 30% of off your final order!

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Hi, I’m Bex from Futures and I’m here today with a guest post for Louise all about making money from online surveys. I have been a participating member in a number of survey sites for over 2 years now and over that time must have earned around £400-£500 in cash or vouchers. Different sites offer different rewards so I am going to show you my top sites and tell you how you too can earn some money from them.
Pinecone : This is a very exclusive site and only sends out invites every now and then – however, when they are offering you £3 per survey which gets paid into your Paypal not long after, what’s not to love? You don’t necessarily pass the screening requirements for all of their surveys, however these are a nice little extra. PAYMENTS: Cash
Populus Live :  I never really took much notice of these until recently when I noticed people on the MSE forums talking about receiving their earnings from them. I had signed up right at the beginning of my survey adventures but had deemed the surveys too long for the cash out – you need £50 to withdraw. I decided to give them another go and cashed out on the £50 withdrawal within a matter of weeks- surveys range from £1-£4 and you do often find some of the same questions as the previous surveys but if you’re willing to overlook this, this site can be a nice little earner! I am £3 away from cashing out again – already! PAYMENTS: Paypal, BACS
GlobalTestMarket : This site has recently changed – you used to be able to cash out at 1000 points for a $50 cheque which roughly works out at around £30. You still need 1000 points to cash out but there are lower rewards meaning you can take it in a Paypal payment and a voucher if you so wish. I haven’t yet reached withdrawal since the change, however I have cashed out twice before and received my cheque swiftly. PAYMENTS: Paypal, Cheque, BACS, Voucher
Valued Opinions : I have probably cashed out the most from this and generally choose a Boots or Amazon voucher. Withdrawal limit is £10 and pretty easy to hit. PAYMENTS: Vouchers
OnePoll : I am yet to hit withdrawal on this site as I have only come to love it in recent months, however surveys are often and usually take a matter of minutes to complete. Payout threshold is £40 – I’m halfway there which isn’t too bad! PAYMENTS: BACS, Paypal
Ipsos Access Panels : I have cashed out on this site numerous times in the past and it is only a £10 withdrawal limit. Surveys used to come thick and fast but have slowed down a little for me at the moment. PAYMENTS: Vouchers
The thing to remember when completing online surveys is to always be honest and to take your time. If the sites believe you to be dishonest or you are completing their surveys too quickly to be reading them properly, they reserve every right to deactivate your account. I like to put the money I earn into my savings and the vouchers I earn away for Christmas and birthdays – that way everyone benefits. If you want to be referred to any of these invites, leave your email in the comments and I shall send a referral link to you. There are also a number of various other survey sites available, you can find a list of them here. Also, don’t forget to let the taxman know that you are earning money from surveys  – a few people have mentioned on the MSE forums that the taxman didn’t seem too bothered as they were under the tax threshold – however, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Hope this helps!
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I actually did the whole thing backwards and watched (and reviewed!) the film before I read the book, but never mind. I loved the film and thought it was so quirky, so figured the book would be just as amazing. Thankfully I was right.
Image taken from Google
In case you haven’t read my review of the film (go do it!), it’s generally about a pair of teenagers, Nick & Norah, who clash together and basically have this infinite night/adventure together. I say they clash together, not in a bad way but in the way in that it’s the start of something big, as opposed to clashing together in the fighting sense. The film storyline actually defers a little from the book, but overall it’s themed around music, love and one long infinite night filled with adventures. What more could you want?
The blurb reads;
Nick’s just seen the girl who dumped him walk in…with a new guy. What else can he do but ask the strange girl next to him to be his girlfriend for the next five minutes?

Norah would do anything to avoid conversation with the not not-friend girl who dumped Nick…and to get over the Evil Ex whom Norah never really totally dumped. What else can she do but answer Nick’s question by making out with him?

With one electric, unexpected kiss, the five-minute couple of Nick and Norah set off on an uncharted adventure called the “first date” that will turn into an infinite night of falling in and out (and in and out, and maybe in and maybe out) of love. Theirs is a first date of music, laughter, heartache, confusion, passion, taxi driver wisdom, and a jacket named Salvatore. And if course a killer soundtrack.

As Nick and Norah wander through the middle-of-the-night mystic maze of Manhattan, they share the kind of night you never want to end, where every minute counts and every moment flickers between love and disaster.

First of all, I love the cover of this book. It’s so simple yet eye-catching. It’s a beautiful colour and I love how the iPod earphones make a heart shape, as well as the cool fonts of the title. The cover is actually so predictable because it covers exactly everything that the book is about ; music, love, the characters of Nick & Norah, and their infinite night. 
The story is co-written by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Rachel writing Norah’s chapters and David’s writing Nick’s. The book alternates between each characters point of view which is less common, but even more so for me because I’ve never really read a book that uses this concept. I really enjoyed the way it was written, it was nice to get into both characters head and see the way they were both dissecting situations differently. It made it easier to really capture the way the two characters (and men and woman in general) see things, think about things and analyze things so differently when it comes to love and dating. It also helped understand their slight awkwardness a bit better, which again, I loved in this book. Their characters were very off and on; at points Nick seemed really into Norah where she was backing off a little and at other times it was the other way around. It was extremely realistic in this sense and I loved that it didn’t follow the typical storyline of the couple clicking immediately and that being that. It was refreshing to see that not everything went to plan; things Norah was constantly second guessing Nick’s actions and words when really he’s just struggling to juggle getting over his ex and liking Norah at the same time. 
Whilst inititally Nick’s character annoyed me a little bit in the film with his inability to move on from his ex, in this book I loved him right away. Perhaps it was because I was getting right in his head and understanding how he actually felt and still hurt a little. His character was a lot more deep too and I loved that.
Norah was witty and so much cooler in the book than in the film (not that she wasn’t cool in the film!) and I loved her character even more when reading the book. The way she talks and just some of the random phrases she uses to explain things are hilarious. She’s just like any other girl; scared to fall for this guy in case she gets hurt, even calling herself a loser when what she says or does doesn’t go to plan and she feels stupid for initiating it. It was great reading about her own second thoughts because though we’ve all moved on and aren’t teenagers anymore dealing with these insecurities or double guessing so severely, they’re always still there when it comes to being with someone we like, no matter how grown up we are.
There were quite a few differences between the book and the film, but none so major that the storyline was effected. For example, Tris’s character is a little nicer and we come to understand that she dumped Nick because she didn’t love him enough and didn’t want to continue hurting him when he could instead be happy with someone else. In the end she somewhat gives the couple their blessing. In the film, Tris and Norah do have a heart to heart moment, suggesting that they sometimes forget that they’re better friends then they realize, but in the book they get on a little better and this is shown more. The night in the book isn’t about finding Norah’s drunk friend either. Although they are still kind of pushed together in the book, the outcome is still the same.
Overall it was just a great story and I loved everything about it. After reading the story, it was so obvious that no one other than Michael Cera and Kat Dennings could have played these characters. The book was great because it just captured the whole story a lot better, everything was just that more deep and the characters were so easy to understand. 
I would suggest this book to anyone; regardless of whether you’ve seen the film or not. It’s a short book and despite the fact that it’s quite deep, it’s easy to read. It’s funny and passionate and makes you want to go on your own infinite adventure, if even just to capture that feeling of a first love again. I also loved The Acknowledgements Playlist which was a cute idea.
This book effortlessly captured the innocence and clumsiness of a first love, and most definitely the  anticipation and excitement of the adventures we experience on those random seemingly neverending nights.

And here are some of my favourite quotes from the book!

When is a night over? Is it the start of sunrise or the end of it? Is it when you finally go to sleep or simply when you realize you have to? When the club closes or when everyone leaves? Normally, I keep these kinds of questions to myself. But this time, I ask Norah.
“It’s over when you decide it’s over,” she says. “When you call it a night. The rest is just a matter of where the sun is in the sky. That has nothing to do with us.”
“So what do you have to confess now?”
I don’t know why I’m saying any of this, except that it’s the truth.
“I’m confessing that I don’t know if I’m ready for this.”
“What is ‘this’?”
Being open. Being hurt. Liking. Not being liked. Seeing the flicker on. Seeing the flicker off. Leaping. Falling. Crashing.
“Norah. I don’t know if I’m ready for Norah.”

I feel like I could drown in this, in him. He’s lit by the machine he’s leaning against, but I have fallen into darkness, not the darkness of the deranged or the depressed, but the darkness of the consumed, where all I can see, hear, taste, feel, is the probe of our mouths and hands, the warmth of our bodies pressed against each other, the urgency of his wanting, my wanting. It’s like nothing else exists in the world right now except him, me, touching, exploring, longing, needing, sharing, having. So much for my straight-edge vow, because I am drunk on our ing’s. If Nick’s part of ’em, I want ’em, they’re mine.

If I do this, it will be jumping into the middle of the mosh pit. Dangerous. Exhilarating. Terrifying. It’s only a fucking turnstile, but what if I don’t make it to the other side. Some people never make it out of the mosh alive.
The deafening screech of a train brakes announces the train is in the station.
Nick says, “Are we in this or not?”
To throw myself into the breach of our great divide will be a leap of faith.
I grab hold of his warm hand. Deep breath.
Ready.
Set.
Jump.

P.S Check out the Book Reviews tag for more book reviews! Also, please do visit Hanging On Every Word – another blog I’m part of. It’s a collaborative book review blog between myself and some other bloggers and there are some great reviews on there! Please do check it out!

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Although I’m not too keen on the giant raccoon eyes, I am head over heels in lust with everything else that rock chick Taylor Momsen has to offer. It’s not to everyones taste, but there’s just something about the smudged eyeliner, ripped and tatty t-shirt dresses and shredded tights that she manages to pull off perfectly. On most it would look like the slutty sign of a bad night – but on Miss Momsen it just screams a grungy can’t-be-bothered persona whilst still looking effortlessly stylish. I love how her outfits are less than perfect – the distressed material and messy hair gives over to a much more realistic look which is more me than the classy that I often try to be. It suggests that she has had a good night or is having a good time whilst offering a giant fuck you to anyone who dare judge her.
Taylor Momsen can I just be you? Please?!
Images taken from Google & edited myself using PicFrame App
Plus, in a weird way, it’s sexy. You show me any guy that isn’t turned on or tempted by the image of a woman in hold ups, an oversized t-shirt or shredded tights that show just the right amount of skin. I really love how despite actually wearing next to nothing, she somehow manages to keep it dignified and showing less skin then your average lady on a night out. The studs, leather and lace are very rock chick but she never clashes them all together too much at once in one outfit. Less is more when it comes to this grunge look and if you can look like you’ve made little to no effort whilst still looking as hot as her, you know you’ve done it right.

The best part is, it’s so easy to re-create these looks yourself. Everything she’s wearing is bang on trend from checkered flannel shirts to leather leggings. It’s all about picking one particular trend right now (or not!) and just working it with whatever you have in the back of your wardrobe. A lot of her looks incorporate staple pieces like a well fitting pair of denim shorts, a plain black pair of hold ups or just a leather jacket. Simple items like these can spruce up – or rather, in this case, ‘rock up’ (as I call it!) most outfits very easily with no effort at all. If the giant heels are too much, invest in a trusty pair of ladies military boots. They go with EVERYTHING. Except, y’know, really formal clothes like a wedding dress or when it’s boiling hot outside and you’re sunbathing. But generally, even a cute pair of black military boots or black converse trainers can add an edge to most formal outfits too if you’re confident enough. I can’t be the only one who wants to wear converse on my wedding day…

Totally girl crushing on this lady right now.
Images taken from Google & edited myself using PicFrame App

If I could pull this look off every day in England I would – but recently, discarding the terrible weather pointing to the fact that I’d probably get pneumonia, I’ve realized that quite frankly I, and anyone else, can pull off this look or any other one as we see fit. As I’ve began to experiment more with my own style and lean more towards leather hot pants, tatty wifebeater dresses and jeans so skinny that they’d rival a toothpick, I’ve realized there’s nothing whatsoever to suggest I can’t pull that particular look off. Just like channelling my inner boohoo child on a hot summers day with lots of bangles, a pair of sandals and a long flowing dress, it’s not down to my looks, my style or even my size to suggest just how well I may or may not pull it off. It’s my confidence. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t be squeezing into a tiny size 0 pair of hot pants anytime soon, just like I wouldn’t choose to wear a dress that’s far too big for me – there is a limit of course. But as long as I feel confident wearing something, then I sure as hell am pulling it off. Never in a million years would I have thought about wearing a pair of leather hot pants/shorts but had I left the house feeling unhappy and unconfident with how they sat on my curvy hips, people would notice. I wouldn’t be pulling them off at all. But generally liking the way they looked on me and not giving a shit about what other people thought secured the success that was pulling off something I’d never have dared try in the past.
So if there’s a look, style or even just a daring dress you want to try but don’t think it’s very ‘you’ – give it a go anyway. Experiment in the comfort of your own home. Work it with different accessories and make up styles until you’re happy and never, ever hold back because of the fear of trying something new.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to take a pair of scissors to an old pair of tights (they were already ruined, I promise you, my nan informed me yesterday that I’d unknowingly had a big ladder in the back of them whilst wearing them in work all day) and distress them so it looks like I’ve fallen over a million times in them. Because by the end of my next night out wearing them, I probably would have anyway so why not work the look in my favour early 😉
Although I’ll forgo the giant raccoon eyes and I’m not even going to attempt the gigantic heels she seems to wear, considering how clumsy I am that’s just an accident waiting to happen…

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