New Hair

After over nine months I have finally decided to go top the hairdressers! So I return to the blonde ombre.

It took 2 and a half hours, a lot of dye, and so much foil in my hair I was receiving light frequency radio.

My hair was done at Prestige in Lancaster and they are amazing. Also, compliments to their social media manager as I was able to find them and decided to use them due to their facebook page that was very helpful and gave before and after shots of clients.

My hair has just not been damaged or full of split ends like it was before I did the major chop a year and a half ago so I never felt like going to get it done. But I was bored with it all so I have now got my hair back to what I think of as normal.

But I will stop writing as you just want to see the photos…

The hair looks brighter under my studio lights.

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Slightly arty shot of the side of my ombré hair!

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Back to the ombré #blondeshavemorefun

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My updated everyday makeup

An updated version of my everyday makeup routine that I am using at the moment. I do change aspects, pretty much, every day in terms of eye shadow or lipstick but this is the basics of what I do.

100 days // Day 1 // self-awareness and being kind to yourself

There are 100 days left of 2016 and to have the same enthusiasm we all had at the start of the year I am going to have the same attitude at the end.

So in comes the 100 day challenge! Make it personal of what you want to do with your 100 days and see what is important to you.

My favourite purple lipsticks

Purple is often underrated as a lip colour. The colour is disregarded for being too different from your natural lip colour but let’s face it who really has bright red or pink lips anyway.

Purple is great for Autumn or fall as it’s a darker shade so it is a good transition colour. However, I love using the shades all year round, but I do only use the very dark shades for the gloomier months.

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These are my top three purple lips. They all just happen to be by Revlon so they are affordable and easy to find.

Parisian Passion // Colourstay Moisture Stain

This is one of the darkest lip shades that I have but don’t let that put you off. The colour can be worn two ways. The first is with a very light coat to create a stain – so slide on the shade leave it for a minute or two and then wipe off the excess. You will be left with a light colour that lasts all day.

The second way is by adding the shade on thickly to make an intense dark colour. This will make the lipstick feel more like a gloss but it is so pigmented it is unbelievable. It will come off like a gloss but you will be left behind with a very deep purple stain.

Berry Couture // Super Lustrous Lipstick

I am not really a fan of standard lipsticks but this one is the exception. It works like a regular lipstick and makes no claims of lasting all day but in terms of the texture of the lipstick it is amazing. This is a buttery formulation that gives a great colour.

The shade is a deep purple shade in the bullet but glides on to make a great purple shade. It does need to be topped up every so often but is perfect as a wearable day shade.

Berry Smoothie // Colourbust Lip butter

The last on the list is for those testing the waters with purple – the ones who think they can’t rock this shade, p.s. you can!

The lip butters are one of my favourite products from Revlon as they are as moisturising as a lip balm but have a beautiful colour as well. Making this the best to wear in Autumn as you can have a great seasonal shade with something that is going to help with those chapped lips that Autumn brings. The colour is quite sheer but still gives a great purple tint.

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So those are my favourite purple lip shades; let me know yours in the comments.

Check out my YouTube channel for a few looks I have done for Autumn as there are a lot of ways to rock a purple lip.

Vegan chia seed pancakes

These are vegan pancakes that uses no bananas!

This is the perfect recipe for the morning as it fills you up til lunch time as the chia seeds help keep you full. The recipe has no added fat and only natural sugars.

 

This recipe makes about 10 pancakes

100g plain flour (or a gluten-free flour like oat or almond flour)

1/2 tbsp baking powder

1 1/2 tbsp chia seeds

1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

175ml almond milk (0r other vegan milk)

 

Add all ingredients to a bowl, whisk to get rid of any lumps, leave to sit for 10 minutes so the chia seeds can expand, make your morning coffee, oil a frying pan lightly, cook the pancakes on medium heat, have about a tablespoon and a half of mixture per pancake, cook for two minutes on each side, serve with more maple syrup.

Forever the Single Girl: Relationships don’t happen to everyone.

This post is going to sound like a bit of a downer but it is the truth and it is a truth that people refuse to acknowledge – especially by people who are currently in a relationship.

Here is the hard truth: there is no guarantee that you will find yourself in a relationship. It is not a certainty that you will be married, settle down, and live happily ever after with someone.

Sorry to make you hear that but it is true.

I don’t believe in true love or ‘the one’. I believe in two people who find one another and try to make their lives work together. I do not, or at least anymore, have a fairy tale fantasy about finding someone. There is no such thing as destiny and no ‘Mr or Mrs. Right’ is not around the corner.

That person does not exist.

The person who will exist will be someone who will be willing to try so we can live our lives together – be it forever or for a short time.

Nicole Arbor, if you hate her or not, said in her ‘Why Dating Is Fu*ked!!!’ video about how messed up dating is she put it as: “hey, human do you want to human with me for a bit?” Dating is fucked up – it makes no sense when you really think about it.

That is exactly it, the person you are with is not perfect, I don’t want perfect it will make me feel inadequate all the time.

Dating is not a certainty and I wish people would get that idea into their heads.

Everytime I see people who I haven’t heard from in a while the question of ‘is there anyone special?’ or ‘are you seeing someone?’ always comes up.

Friends and family always do this and I wish that they would just stop as it is a conversation killer for a start as I feel awkward giving the ‘no, I’m not seeing anyone’ response that is then followed by the third degree of why or what steps I have been taking to get out of singlehood.

I just smile and nod and count the seconds till this part of the conversation is over as there is nothing worse than asking someone who is single if they are seeing someone.

Come on haven’t you watched or read Bridget Jones! 

Those who know me, know that I am honest and blunt to the point it gets me into trouble. I hate small talk and will always want to get past the pleasantries and go to the personal as fast as possible. Especially with my close friends and family who know me best.

To friends and family reading this, just know that I would probably tell you if I was seeing someone even if it was only casual. That would be the first thing to come up in the ‘how are you?’ part of the conversation as it is probably the most abnormal, interesting thing to happen to me.

I know that the odds are that I will find someone in my life but that doesn’t have to be straight away. There is this expectation on you, especially when you are young, to date and there is a feeling that you have missed out on experiences if you don’t go out and date you have missed out on something important.

I know that being in a relationship is concidered a normal part of life. I know the odd looks I get when people find that I have never been in a relationship, or been kissed, or had sex. People look at you like they are about to catch ‘virginitus’ or like you are a freak.

(I am a bit of a freak but not for that reason.)

People treat romantic relationships so highly. Hell, look on your own group of friends. A wedding or a proposal is celebrated higher than graduating, landing your dream job or buying a house.

Independent people never get those things and we are often forgotten about as your wedding is your ‘big day’ and not when you have kicked ass to atchieve something. I know relatiosnhips take work but they are regarded higher than all others.

That is why I intend to have a ‘shit together’ party. When I have my life settled to the one that I want. I am living where I want, doing a job that I want and just geniunly happy, I will have a party to celebrate that and I will make as much fuss as people do with their weddings.

Because I may never get married, there is no guarantee, but what I can control is the rest of my life and that is something that should be celebrated.

Chanel ‘La Rouge’ Autumn smoke

Using the new La Rouge collection from Chanel and I created a great earth-toned look for Autumn.

Main products used are the eyeshadow quad and the ‘Eros’ eyeliner. First impressions video is on my channel and photos of the collection can be found on the blog

Slut-shaming Christians

This video is only about the attitude about Christians to other Christians and not about their attitude to the rest of the world.

It is a hard topic to discuss because it can be so sensitive to some people but please be respectful in comments. This is not every Church by all means and not every Christian but it is a common issue I have seen so needs to be spoken about.