2019 Met Gala review

Officially THE fashion event of the year, the Met Gala is the time for celebrities to really show off their creativity and break boundaries. Although nothing could ever beat last year’s theme (we all know I’m a sucker for Renaissance art), the Camp theme this year was fun and broad enough to get a wide variety of lewks. It is a shame that Queen of the Met Rihanna did not make an appearance, as well as Blake Lively and Lana Del Ray who also slayed last year.

In this post, I will just be going through a few of my favourite looks, as well as a few that did not land for me.

Best dressed (in no particular order):

Lily Collins

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Who gave her permission to slay so hard? Lily Collins gave me life in this outfit. I love love love the 60s hair and makeup (similar to Dua Lipa’s look this year) paired with this frilly Renaissance dream. The whole look gave me very Lana Del Ray vibes, and I am glad she wore white as it was not a common colour this year. 10/10 would wear.

Ezra Miller

This look (or looks) is one part creepy, one part glamorous, and one part surreal. Miller has always been an advocate for gender-bending (lest we forget his iconic Playboy shoot) and so when he came out in a tailored suit with a diamond corset, silver train, and that bizarre optical-illusion make up look I was soooo happy. The cloak with his face as a mask gave me the Phantom of the Opera realness, and I have to say THAT is how you do the Met Gala.

Lupita Nygong’o

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Lupita can do no wrong for me. She is not afraid to take risks, and this one certainly payed off! The surplus of golden combs in her hair, the obnoxiously large rainbow shoulder pads and matching bag, you can tell that this Versace dress was custom made just for her. Do I love the makeup? No, it’s a bit sloppy. But the overall look screams “CAMP” to me so I adore it!

Lady Gaga

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Was I absolutely in LOVE with Gaga’s looks? Maybe not. But her presentation won it over for me. She brought performance to her fashion, and slowly undressed into four different looks. It was fun, it was Gaga, and it was CAMP. She understood and executed the assignment. That is how a Met Gala co-host makes an entrance! (let’s not speak of Harry Styles’ look…)

Lucy Boynton

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I actually had no idea who Lucy Boynton was, but I certainly do now after this look. I love that it is feminine, pastel, and feathery. The colours are amazing (I especially love the grey/duck-egg blue of her hair and lower-dress) and the white drop-lash detail makes her look like a fairy. Love it.

Cardi B

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Love her or hate her, you can’t deny that she served the Met last night. It’s over-the-top, it’s loud, it’s couture. The ribbed dress, the feathers. Cardi heard Rihanna was not going to come and took the opportunity to steal the Met Gala crown!

Honorary mentions also go to Martha West, Jared Leto, Michael Urie, Janelle Monae, Serena Williams, and Naomi Campbell.

 

Looks I did not live for:

All of the Kardashians

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What is this trainwreck? Don’t get me wrong, I usually adore the Kardashians, but giiiiirls. Kris’ look was basic, we’ve seen Kim do her’s before, and the Jenner girls just aren’t doing anything particularly ground-breaking. If Zendaya came as Cinderella, then the Jenners are the ugly step-sisters in this scenario. And do not even get me started on the men. Ezra Miller, Michael Urie, Jared Leto, and Billy Porter PROVED that men can- and should- steal the show! The Met Gala is not a time to play it safe.

RuPaul Charles

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I know I am going to receive some sh*t for this, so let me just remind y’all that I absolutely stan RuPaul and all he’s done for the LGBTQ+ community. That being said… girl… this made me so sad! The theme is Camp and you are Ru-mutherfuking-Paul! You better work! I get that this is campy, and I am not saying that you HAVE to be in drag, but give me some gender-bend! Give me something to remember! This theme was made for you and anything you usually wear as a judge on your show would have been a million times better!

Priyanka Chopra-Jonas

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My laptop was so grossed-out by this look that it wouldn’t let me download any pictures of her. I adored Priyanka’s look last year as it was super elegant and high-fashion, but this year… I felt she tried TOO hard. Too many ideas, no main concept, and I would just toned it down a little. Yes, the Met is about taking risks and having fun, but it is still a fashion event and so you have to display the slightest hint of fashion sense (also the rhinestone tights finished at the ankle which made me so mad).

Other dishonourable mentions include Kristen Stewart, Harry Styles, Katy Perry, Amber Valletta, Benedict Cumberbatch, Remi Malek, and Taron Egerton.

 

Prize for best entrance has to go to Billy Porter, which Vogue is calling “the Most Fabulous Entrance in Met Gala History”. Covered in Gold and being carried in Cleopatra-style by six gold-clad muscular men? That’s how I will make an entrance at my wedding.

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I’d love to hear what you guys thought about this year’s looks! Do you agree with me, do you not? Let me know down in the comments below!

 

Love from Evie x

Favourite Beauty Products – January 2019

I have a few posts floating around with various hair and face products and I have had a few questions from you guys asking what my favourite this or that is. I thought I would compile a list here! This list may change in a few months as I am always experimenting with new products!

I am not sponsored at all in this post so all the items are things I have genuinely tried and tested and fallen in love with. However, all the links to the products provided are  Amazon affiliate links, meaning that if you buy an item using my link then Amazon helps to support my blog so I can keep writing! So if you like any of the products and fancy supporting the blog, please use the links I provide (the pictures are the links) as I would really appreciate it!

Favourite Shampoo: Fanola No Yellow Shampoo £8.64

I have recently dyed my hair blonde and so was trying to find the best purple shampoo to keep brassiness out of my hair. After hours of research and trying sooo many products, I have to say this is an absolute game changer! It is cheap, lasts you for ages, and is so potent! You only need a tiny amount to cover your whole head, leave in for 5 mins, and your hair is fantastically bright and ashy with no drying!

Conditioner: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moisture Deep Treatment Conditioner, £7.76

Wow, that was a mouthful! Any of the conditioners from Aussie work amazingly well at keeping hair strong and shiny, but this is just my personal favourite. It also keeps my hair smelling good all day!

Hair Mask: Bleach London Reincarnation Mask, £6.00

Oh my god. Guys, this is genuinely the best hair mask I have ever used- and trust me when I say I have tried to many of them. I have always been a fan of Bleach London products as they are cheap, good quality, and smell of parma violets! Leave this mask in for 15 mins while you have a bath or whatever, and then wash it out and it will leave your hair soooo soft and shiny and gorgeous. I literally can’t stop raving about this mask and have recommended it to all of my friends.

Leave-in Conditioner: Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Leave-In Conditioner, £4.99

Although my shampoo, conditioner and hair masks are fantastic at doing their jobs, you can never be too safe! This leave-in conditioner is so cheap and smells so yummy, as well as giving my hair a glossy shine! What more could you want?

Body Moisturiser: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Cream, £9.07

The second time Palmer has made the list! And for good reason. This is a classic go-to moisturiser. It is so rich and creamy and leaves you with a lovely healthy glow. I genuinely never get dry skin on my body and it is 100% because of this fabulous cream!

Face Moisturiser: Clean and Clear Dual Action Moisturiser, £6.65

I have the oiliest, most acne-prone skin ever. Yet, even when you have acne, you still gotta moisturise! I have used this particular moisturiser for probably around 5 years as it is the only one that does not break me out, yet does actually do the job of moisturising! Absolute must-have for my oily ladies out there!

Cleanser: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, £5.00

If you saw my update post on my skin you will see this product featured. Again, due to years of acne I have tried countless products to help get rid of it. I have to say that this is the very best one that actually works and does not dry me out!

Face Mask: Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Creme Cleanser Moisturising Mask, £23.50

Now I know this one is a little expensive, but if you can fork out then absolutely do! I use this mask every other night and it has been the biggest help in improving my skin. My skin is so soft, less textured with horrible little spots, and is starting to heal the acne scars I have. Genuinely such a fantastic product for my acne-sufferers out there!

Primer: Mac Prep + Prime Refined Zone, £23.34

How many times can I point out in one post that I have oily skin lmao? I have to fork out a little bit for my primer as due to my skin I find that drugstore primers either do not work at all or completely clog my pores up and cause breakouts! However, this product does last you a good few months so it is worth it in the end! Goes on clear and super smooth, and dries really quickly. Helps make my makeup last around 5 more hours than if I didn’t have any primer on!

Foundation: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15, £42.42

Okay this seems expensive but it is cheaper than buying it in store! I was never a Bobbi Brown girl until I received a gift voucher for their store. I am soooo glad I tried this! So silky, not too cakey and lasts for so long even on my oily-ass skin!

Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer, £4.85

Now, ya girl is more than happy to wear just concealer with no foundation most days, and I am also more than happy to use a cheapy concealer if it does the job. And honestly this Maybelline concealer does just that! It has a really wide shade range and is pretty long lasting. And for less than a fiver, who can say no?

Setting Powder: Maybelline Master Fixer Powder, £7.28

I used to use a pressed powder like most people to set my makeup, and then only bake with loose powder when I had a special occasion etc. yet day to day my skin would still come up shiny and it was so annoying! However, I learnt from a Tana Mongeau of all people that if you just apply loose powder to your face like a pressed powder and just kept blending it in, it could look natural and keeps your makeup in tact for longer. I have not gone back. My skin has never looked so smooth and soft and airbrushed! Now, it suits me as I am rather pale, but I do not know how well setting powder blends in on darker shades, so I would love to hear your advice or feedback below!

Foundation Brush: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Make-Up Sponge with Travel Case, £6.99

Don’t even try to pretend that a foundation brush comes close to a damp make-up sponge. I converted a few years ago and never looked back. My makeup has never looked so airbrushed, smooth and silky. I will fight anyone who tries to come near me with an actual foundation brush. I recommend buying the sponge with the case as it is better to keep in your make-up bag as it is more sanitary, but that’s just my opinion!

Contour: Kiko Milano Sculpting Touch Creamy Contour Stick, £9.90

I never really agreed with contour powder as I found sticks more precise and easier to blend in (using a make-up sponge!) Your contour stick does not have to be the most expensive as honestly pretty much all of them stay on pretty well. I like this one in particular as it has a bit of a warmth to it and blends out so nicely.

Eyeshadow Palette: Lime Crime Venus XL Palette, £60.10

Choosing my favourite eyeshadow palette was probably the hardest thing on the list as I love all of mine! But I have to say that this one has the best pigmentation, blends out easily, and has the most beautiful pinky shades! I got this palette when it was on sale for about £38 which was a steal, and genuinely worth every penny!

Mascara: Benefit Roller Lash, £22.99

Benefit is a brand that always brings out the best products, and absolutely dominate the eyelash and eyebrow market. Roller Lash is a favourite not just with me but amongst so many of my friends. It has a smooth formula that does not get lumpy, and makes your lashes look so lovely and long! The bottle lasts you a good few months.

Eyebrow Gel:Benefit Gimmie Brow + Volumising Fiber Gel, £17.99

This is probably one of my most used items on this entire list. I have been using this and exclusively this product for around 3 years on my brows and I always get such great compliments. It colours your eyebrows, keeps them perfectly in place all day, and the little bottle will last you for ages! 100% recommend!

Eyeliner: L’Oreal Paris Superliner Perfect Slim Eyeliner, £4.85

I have always been a fan of those kind of felt tip pen eyeliners. I think they are the easiest to use and I have never had a problem with any drugstore eyeliner! I always use black (despite having green eyes and always being recommended to wear brown) because I love the classic yet dramatic look. This one goes on easily, is easy to fix any mistakes with a damp cotton bud, and stays on all day!

Highlighter: Mac Mineralise Skin Finish Highlighter, £30.56

This is the most shimmery beautiful highlighter that is super pigmented and lasts all day. It blinds anyone that looks at it. Enough said.

Lip Balm: Vaseline Lip Therapy Aloe Vera, £1.65

A classic. I have actually managed to completely finish a few vaseline tubs in my life, that is a sign of commitment. I am massively into having smooth silky lips and although there are plenty of fancy expensive ones on the market, you really can’t beat vaseline.

Lipstick: Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturising Lip Colour Balm, £14.99

I love a chubby stick. They are easy to apply, super moisturising and Clinique’s ones have such lovely colours. They do not get on your teeth or transfer easily to other surfaces, so I would absolutely recommend for those who are a bit like me and cannot be bothered with lip liner etc.

Right, I suppose that is it for now! Just wanted to share my favourite of each major beauty item. Let me know down below what you think of my list, and what are your favourite products? I’d love to hear as I am always experimenting and trying new products!

Love from Evie x

Update: Memoirs of a 20 year old who is sick of acne

In the summer I posted about my long plight with acne, and told you guys how excited i was to start Lymecycline. I showed you pictures of my never before seen makeup-less pepperoni pizza face and promised to update a few months later. Well this is it.

I came off of Lymecycline after a few months as I noticed it did not really do much to help. What did help me are the products I am going to tell you about shortly. My skin is not perfect, however compared to a few months ago I am a whole new person. I have a few active spots here and there, but my biggest issue now is simply acne marks which will hopefully eventually fade.

The products I have used which have changed my life are:

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Yep, that’s it. Plus a regular oil-free moisturiser which is in my original post. All I do is lather the Cetaphil on my face morning and night, I leave it on for a minute to do its stuff and then I wash it off. And then every other night afterwards I pop on a layer of Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Mask for about 10 minutes and take it off with a wet flannel and hey presto (I attached links to each of the products below so that you can access them on Amazon for cheap)! I also exclusively use oil-free makeup and I also change my pillowcase every night. The pillowcase one sounds silly however when I first started doing it I realised it did actually make a difference as I was not sleeping on the same oil my face had given off the night before.

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Now here are my before and after pictures so that you can see the difference. I do look a bit awkward in these but it is because it is really hard for make to take pictures of my acne!

Before:

After:

I know the camera quality is not great but I hope you can see a large difference! Yes, in the After pictures I still have red marks and bumps but it is considerably better than before! I will post a final update hopefully when my skin is totally cleared up!

What tips do you have for dealing with acne? Can you recommend any products for healing acne marks down below?

Lots of love, Evie x