For the longest time I was not a fan of any type of lip gloss until one day I changed my mind and decided to try the L'Oréal Paris Glam Shine Stain Splash and I liked it. I'm also a sucker for anything YSL and have had my eye on the glossy stains for a while and I had quite a lot of Boots points to use, so I treated myself to it. Both lip products have been known to be quite similar, I'm going to share with you my opinions on them, if they really are alike and worth the money.

L'Oréal Paris Glam Shine Stain Splash 

At £7.99 for a high street/drugstore lip product, it is in my opinion on the upper end of the price scale but still more affordable than high end/designer lip products. When I purchased it there was a very poor range of colours of no more than 5 shades, however recently when I was in Boots I noticed they had a lot more shades. This could be because they wanted to see how well the product was going to do. I really like the colour I picked, a soft pink that is almost nude. A perfect gloss finish with a nice shine, it applies well and easily without looking in a mirror. I found after an hour or two it made my lips feel a bit dry and the colour was completely gone, considering it is supposed to be a stain. This is one reason why I mostly prefer lipsticks because the colour lasts longer on me and rarely dries up my lips. Not having the name of the product I found quite annoying for some reason, aesthetically it may look better but a little strange, there is also unnecessary packaging that does not hold any product and that is a personal annoyance of mine. Overall, for colour and how it applies it is very good but in terms of long lasting and how it feels not so great.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain



A little bit pricey at £22.50 and it is expected from a designer lip product. As per usual YSL have beautiful packaging, I think girls are a lot like magpies, we like pretty, shiny things. I went for a deeper, darker colour in number 10, it is a red with a hint of magenta. I'm just going to say it, I love it. The colour is just what I was looking for, there are also a wide range of colours available. Most importantly it lives up to its name of 'glossy stain' it is a nice non-sticky gloss. I have to be careful when applying it because of how well it stains the lips so I don't accidentally smudge onto my skin, I would say it lasts me over 4 hours, I have not actually counted but one day I applied it at around lunch time, topped up once and the colour was still there when I came home in the late evening. I have found no problem with it making my lips feel dry, overall it is great.

So if I had to choose my favourite I would definitely go for YSL, L'Oréal is good and a lot more affordable. They are similar in the sense that they have the same effect of how they look on the lips. Like most cases when it comes to quality and price, typically a more expensive product is better than one that is cheaper. If it is in your price range I would highly recommend YSL glossy stain, I think I will want some more for myself, it is definitely something for the Christmas list. I might buy the L'Oréal glam shine stain again if I found a colour I really wanted, if this is more your price range there is no harm in trying it for yourself. Everyones lips are different so it is likely that it won't dry your lips as much as mine.

I hope this has been useful to anyone who is thinking of purchasing either product.
xo Natasha
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Lip Gloss Stains: YSL & L'Oréal

28.7.13


For the longest time I was not a fan of any type of lip gloss until one day I changed my mind and decided to try the L'Oréal Paris Glam Shine Stain Splash and I liked it. I'm also a sucker for anything YSL and have had my eye on the glossy stains for a while and I had quite a lot of Boots points to use, so I treated myself to it. Both lip products have been known to be quite similar, I'm going to share with you my opinions on them, if they really are alike and worth the money.

L'Oréal Paris Glam Shine Stain Splash 

At £7.99 for a high street/drugstore lip product, it is in my opinion on the upper end of the price scale but still more affordable than high end/designer lip products. When I purchased it there was a very poor range of colours of no more than 5 shades, however recently when I was in Boots I noticed they had a lot more shades. This could be because they wanted to see how well the product was going to do. I really like the colour I picked, a soft pink that is almost nude. A perfect gloss finish with a nice shine, it applies well and easily without looking in a mirror. I found after an hour or two it made my lips feel a bit dry and the colour was completely gone, considering it is supposed to be a stain. This is one reason why I mostly prefer lipsticks because the colour lasts longer on me and rarely dries up my lips. Not having the name of the product I found quite annoying for some reason, aesthetically it may look better but a little strange, there is also unnecessary packaging that does not hold any product and that is a personal annoyance of mine. Overall, for colour and how it applies it is very good but in terms of long lasting and how it feels not so great.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain



A little bit pricey at £22.50 and it is expected from a designer lip product. As per usual YSL have beautiful packaging, I think girls are a lot like magpies, we like pretty, shiny things. I went for a deeper, darker colour in number 10, it is a red with a hint of magenta. I'm just going to say it, I love it. The colour is just what I was looking for, there are also a wide range of colours available. Most importantly it lives up to its name of 'glossy stain' it is a nice non-sticky gloss. I have to be careful when applying it because of how well it stains the lips so I don't accidentally smudge onto my skin, I would say it lasts me over 4 hours, I have not actually counted but one day I applied it at around lunch time, topped up once and the colour was still there when I came home in the late evening. I have found no problem with it making my lips feel dry, overall it is great.

So if I had to choose my favourite I would definitely go for YSL, L'Oréal is good and a lot more affordable. They are similar in the sense that they have the same effect of how they look on the lips. Like most cases when it comes to quality and price, typically a more expensive product is better than one that is cheaper. If it is in your price range I would highly recommend YSL glossy stain, I think I will want some more for myself, it is definitely something for the Christmas list. I might buy the L'Oréal glam shine stain again if I found a colour I really wanted, if this is more your price range there is no harm in trying it for yourself. Everyones lips are different so it is likely that it won't dry your lips as much as mine.

I hope this has been useful to anyone who is thinking of purchasing either product.
xo Natasha
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As I turned 21 years old (yesterday) I wanted to create some goals for myself for the following year of my life. Most years I do this in the new year but I didn't this year so I thought a birthday is as good a time as any. I'm now a 'proper adult', finished my degree (& possibly finished education forever) and 21 is universally known as the age you enter adulthood. Meaning I now have to come up with some sort of plan of where my life is going from now on as when September rolls around I won't be going back to school. I have a clean horizon, it sounds exciting and the possibilities are endless but it is also very scary. It will be a long time before I start talking about mortgages, babies and marriage (if at all) but I have a new journey to start and using this guide of 21 things as the year goes by will hopefully point me in the right direction.

xo Natasha
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21 things to do when I'm 21

26.7.13


As I turned 21 years old (yesterday) I wanted to create some goals for myself for the following year of my life. Most years I do this in the new year but I didn't this year so I thought a birthday is as good a time as any. I'm now a 'proper adult', finished my degree (& possibly finished education forever) and 21 is universally known as the age you enter adulthood. Meaning I now have to come up with some sort of plan of where my life is going from now on as when September rolls around I won't be going back to school. I have a clean horizon, it sounds exciting and the possibilities are endless but it is also very scary. It will be a long time before I start talking about mortgages, babies and marriage (if at all) but I have a new journey to start and using this guide of 21 things as the year goes by will hopefully point me in the right direction.

xo Natasha
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I've been on a roll with music gigs, starting with Mumford & Sons and co on the first Saturday of the month and the Rolling Stones a week later. Without a doubt one of my favourite things in the world, listening to live music amongst thousands of people. Another festival style day in London with the beaming sun over us and the heat of fire, it was hard to believe we were in England.


Along with the Stones, there was a long list of bands playing throughout the day. Such as The Horrors, The 1975, Hudson Taylor who replaced Tom Odell after not making it to Hyde Park and Jake Bugg.

 Although it was a day long gig, everyone was there for the headliners and being that I've only been alive 20 out of the 50 years they have been around I felt like the youngest person there, excluding the few children I saw. There were people there that I could just imagine were hippies when they were my age, adoring the same band for decades.


Jake Bugg was great live, he has such a unique voice that I'm sure many musicians would kill for and based on the reception he received at the beginning and the end of his set I'm sure many more fans were born that day. A person to look out for in the future for sure.


The crowd elated with cheers as the band emerged on stage for the second week in a row, starting the night with fireworks. Playing their classics, of course because of the amount of records they have written over the years they could not play every single persons favourite but Mick Jagger still knows how to put on a spectacular performance.


Sympathy for the Devil had everyone 'woo, woo', it was stuck in my head the whole way home. Leaving Satisfaction and You can't always get what you want for the encore. Personally they were the perfect songs to end with, leaving education and facing the big wide world with the lyric 'You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes well you might find, you get what you need'. I will forever remember the moment everyone sang in unison with each other during that song and ending with red confetti. For a rock and roll band they do have a sightly camp aura in their performance.

It was a memorable day, one to tell the grandchildren for sure. I only wish to have many more days like this for the rest of my life.

xo Natasha
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50 years and counting with the Rolling Stones

22.7.13

I've been on a roll with music gigs, starting with Mumford & Sons and co on the first Saturday of the month and the Rolling Stones a week later. Without a doubt one of my favourite things in the world, listening to live music amongst thousands of people. Another festival style day in London with the beaming sun over us and the heat of fire, it was hard to believe we were in England.


Along with the Stones, there was a long list of bands playing throughout the day. Such as The Horrors, The 1975, Hudson Taylor who replaced Tom Odell after not making it to Hyde Park and Jake Bugg.

 Although it was a day long gig, everyone was there for the headliners and being that I've only been alive 20 out of the 50 years they have been around I felt like the youngest person there, excluding the few children I saw. There were people there that I could just imagine were hippies when they were my age, adoring the same band for decades.


Jake Bugg was great live, he has such a unique voice that I'm sure many musicians would kill for and based on the reception he received at the beginning and the end of his set I'm sure many more fans were born that day. A person to look out for in the future for sure.


The crowd elated with cheers as the band emerged on stage for the second week in a row, starting the night with fireworks. Playing their classics, of course because of the amount of records they have written over the years they could not play every single persons favourite but Mick Jagger still knows how to put on a spectacular performance.


Sympathy for the Devil had everyone 'woo, woo', it was stuck in my head the whole way home. Leaving Satisfaction and You can't always get what you want for the encore. Personally they were the perfect songs to end with, leaving education and facing the big wide world with the lyric 'You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes well you might find, you get what you need'. I will forever remember the moment everyone sang in unison with each other during that song and ending with red confetti. For a rock and roll band they do have a sightly camp aura in their performance.

It was a memorable day, one to tell the grandchildren for sure. I only wish to have many more days like this for the rest of my life.

xo Natasha
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Yesterday I graduated from university in BA Magazine Publishing. Sitting here writing that and thinking about how after 3 years it has finally come to an end.


A ceremony really is a great way to celebrate years of hard work, sitting with the friends you made during your time there. Cheering and clapping for everyone while feeling like you're at Hogwarts with your gown. Waiting for your name to be called out and receive your diploma, the speeches given that make you feel every emotion there is.

After taking photos and the tradition of throwing the caps in the air I spent the afternoon with my family and in the evening went back to the pubs near my uni for drinks and dancing with some of the best people I met over the last few years. I can't believe I won't be going back there grabbing a coffee before lectures and seminars. I'm really going to miss it.


I couldn't imagine a better way to spend my final day as a student and my first day as a graduate.

xo Natasha
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The Graduate

20.7.13

Yesterday I graduated from university in BA Magazine Publishing. Sitting here writing that and thinking about how after 3 years it has finally come to an end.


A ceremony really is a great way to celebrate years of hard work, sitting with the friends you made during your time there. Cheering and clapping for everyone while feeling like you're at Hogwarts with your gown. Waiting for your name to be called out and receive your diploma, the speeches given that make you feel every emotion there is.

After taking photos and the tradition of throwing the caps in the air I spent the afternoon with my family and in the evening went back to the pubs near my uni for drinks and dancing with some of the best people I met over the last few years. I can't believe I won't be going back there grabbing a coffee before lectures and seminars. I'm really going to miss it.


I couldn't imagine a better way to spend my final day as a student and my first day as a graduate.

xo Natasha
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Yesterday I went to the final show for Mumford & Sons' Gentlemen of the Road tour at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. Among acts including Vampire Weekend, Ben Howard, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Haim and Bear's Den. All in the 'indie realm' as my friend and I were discussing yesterday, I think this is what made the day such a success as well as the fact that the weather was simply beautiful, you couldn't ask for a better day. I did not make it to see Bear's Den, in all honesty I never knew they existed until the line up had been announced but I will check them out one day.


As I walked through the arch welcoming 60,000 people to the venue Haim were in the middle of their set, I saw them live in the winter and I had a good feeling about them, I was not wrong. The Los Angeles based band had a much greater reception compared to 7 months ago with the hippie-esque rocking, seriously the drum solos are something special. I'm looking forward to the day they release an actual album because they deserve a high chart position.

Once they finished a cider was in order, weaving through a sea of people to get nearer to the stage for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, I only knew one song but now I know a lot more. The way that the band leader Alex Ebert involves the crowd by going down to them, pulling people over the barrier to dance with, asking people to tell stories and even filming one of the girls telling the story felt very humble on his part. It made you feel like you're not just there to watch a performance but to actually enjoy the company of the people on stage. I have most definitely developed a love for this band, I strongly believe that discovering a band during a live performance creates a bond between the artist and the listener.



Ben Howard came on afterwards, I'm personally not a fan and I can't put my finger on the reason why even after watching him live. Vampire Weekend were good, I was standing a bit further back and the experience is definitely different in comparison to being closer. It wasn't until A-Punk played that everyone and I mean everyone started shouting/singing along. Ezra Koenig expressed how he was happy to be here and was having a great day.


My friend and I decided to get a little closer for Mumford & Sons, we saw them together 2 years ago in Hyde Park, they are our favourites. While waiting we were talking about what will be the first song and what will be in the encore, I bet it would be something from their 2nd album and I was right, the opened with Babel. Arriving as the sun was about to set playing a mix of both albums, Marcus saying how great it is for them to be back in their home town. Of all the bands I've seen they have always been best when they play everyone is waving their arms in the air, jumping up and down. I was hoping for my favourite song, Timshel, the quiet one but so beautiful in every way and of course they delivered. Following with I Will Wait. Writing about this now just 24 hours after is only making me wish I was there again right now.


Last week they headlined Glastonbury Festival and cheekily told us we were better, followed by the comment that we were not on as much drugs as them. It is expected because everyone here paid to see THEM whereas at Glastonbury it is just luck when you buy the tickets because you won't know for months. For those of you who may not know, Ted Dwane had brain surgery a few weeks ago, amazingly he appears well and Marcus even pointed out and said 'Here's Ted'. Expressing his obvious thankfulness that his fellow band member and I can imagine one of his best friends to be alive and well. I love this about the band, how they just feel like a bunch of brothers and all they want to do is create and play music they adore.


They continued into the night leaving with a cover of Bruce Springsteen's I'm on Fire during the encore as well as Winter Winds and The Cave, as it ended confetti (that looks like glitter in the photo) shot out everywhere, it felt incredible to be in a crowd of people that are thinking about the same things you are while listening to a band sing their hearts out. That is one thing nobody can deny about them, they put their heart and soul into each song. For the finale they brought out Vampire Weekend and Haim to help perform a cover of Fleetwood Mac's The Chain, it was simply a perfect end. If you ever get a chance to see them live, please just do yourself that favour and go, you won't regret it.


Summer Stampede: Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend and more

7.7.13

Yesterday I went to the final show for Mumford & Sons' Gentlemen of the Road tour at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. Among acts including Vampire Weekend, Ben Howard, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Haim and Bear's Den. All in the 'indie realm' as my friend and I were discussing yesterday, I think this is what made the day such a success as well as the fact that the weather was simply beautiful, you couldn't ask for a better day. I did not make it to see Bear's Den, in all honesty I never knew they existed until the line up had been announced but I will check them out one day.


As I walked through the arch welcoming 60,000 people to the venue Haim were in the middle of their set, I saw them live in the winter and I had a good feeling about them, I was not wrong. The Los Angeles based band had a much greater reception compared to 7 months ago with the hippie-esque rocking, seriously the drum solos are something special. I'm looking forward to the day they release an actual album because they deserve a high chart position.

Once they finished a cider was in order, weaving through a sea of people to get nearer to the stage for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, I only knew one song but now I know a lot more. The way that the band leader Alex Ebert involves the crowd by going down to them, pulling people over the barrier to dance with, asking people to tell stories and even filming one of the girls telling the story felt very humble on his part. It made you feel like you're not just there to watch a performance but to actually enjoy the company of the people on stage. I have most definitely developed a love for this band, I strongly believe that discovering a band during a live performance creates a bond between the artist and the listener.



Ben Howard came on afterwards, I'm personally not a fan and I can't put my finger on the reason why even after watching him live. Vampire Weekend were good, I was standing a bit further back and the experience is definitely different in comparison to being closer. It wasn't until A-Punk played that everyone and I mean everyone started shouting/singing along. Ezra Koenig expressed how he was happy to be here and was having a great day.


My friend and I decided to get a little closer for Mumford & Sons, we saw them together 2 years ago in Hyde Park, they are our favourites. While waiting we were talking about what will be the first song and what will be in the encore, I bet it would be something from their 2nd album and I was right, the opened with Babel. Arriving as the sun was about to set playing a mix of both albums, Marcus saying how great it is for them to be back in their home town. Of all the bands I've seen they have always been best when they play everyone is waving their arms in the air, jumping up and down. I was hoping for my favourite song, Timshel, the quiet one but so beautiful in every way and of course they delivered. Following with I Will Wait. Writing about this now just 24 hours after is only making me wish I was there again right now.


Last week they headlined Glastonbury Festival and cheekily told us we were better, followed by the comment that we were not on as much drugs as them. It is expected because everyone here paid to see THEM whereas at Glastonbury it is just luck when you buy the tickets because you won't know for months. For those of you who may not know, Ted Dwane had brain surgery a few weeks ago, amazingly he appears well and Marcus even pointed out and said 'Here's Ted'. Expressing his obvious thankfulness that his fellow band member and I can imagine one of his best friends to be alive and well. I love this about the band, how they just feel like a bunch of brothers and all they want to do is create and play music they adore.


They continued into the night leaving with a cover of Bruce Springsteen's I'm on Fire during the encore as well as Winter Winds and The Cave, as it ended confetti (that looks like glitter in the photo) shot out everywhere, it felt incredible to be in a crowd of people that are thinking about the same things you are while listening to a band sing their hearts out. That is one thing nobody can deny about them, they put their heart and soul into each song. For the finale they brought out Vampire Weekend and Haim to help perform a cover of Fleetwood Mac's The Chain, it was simply a perfect end. If you ever get a chance to see them live, please just do yourself that favour and go, you won't regret it.



Can you believe that we are over the half way point of the year? Neither can I. However, it is finally July, the month I have been most looking forward to. June has been a bit of a blur for me to be honest, it has just washed over me but here are a few things I have been up to this month.

One thing I do remember is the beginning of the month we had some lovely weather, a few days I was out in the garden either reading a book or magazine, soaking up some vitamin D. I have been trying to be good with what I eat this month, for the most part it hasn't been too bad but there have been some days that have been naughty but I'm hoping this month I can continue it with the exception of my birthday cake in a few weeks. And of course my life would not be complete without meeting with some friends for a coffee.

I hope you have all had a fantastic month and this one will be even better!
xo Natasha
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Life Lately: June

2.7.13


Can you believe that we are over the half way point of the year? Neither can I. However, it is finally July, the month I have been most looking forward to. June has been a bit of a blur for me to be honest, it has just washed over me but here are a few things I have been up to this month.

One thing I do remember is the beginning of the month we had some lovely weather, a few days I was out in the garden either reading a book or magazine, soaking up some vitamin D. I have been trying to be good with what I eat this month, for the most part it hasn't been too bad but there have been some days that have been naughty but I'm hoping this month I can continue it with the exception of my birthday cake in a few weeks. And of course my life would not be complete without meeting with some friends for a coffee.

I hope you have all had a fantastic month and this one will be even better!
xo Natasha
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