Race for Life

Yesterday night I participated in the first ever Race for Life Twilight in Brighton. Race for Life is a charity run to raise money for Cancer Research UK and it's for women only- hence all the pink. They have runs of different distances all over the country so if you want to participate in one there is probably one near you! The Race for Life Twilight is the exact same concept, but it happens at night so it's really dark and everyone wear's fairy lights and glow sticks. It's an incredible atmosphere!

The colour tattoos- Permanent Taupe

I've recently rediscovered my love for the Maybelline Colour Tattoos so over the next few days I will show you the ones I own and how I like to wear them. 

The Beauty Blogger Tag

Hey guys! So I've been browsing the blogsphere looking to add some more blogs to my neverending list of bloglovin' subscriptions (if you think that you should be on that list then leave me a comment below!) and I stumbled across this beauty blogger tag which I believe is by The Beau Bow (http://thebeaubow.blogspot.com.au) and it looked quite fun, so here it goes!

Hit the pan!

As I was taking pictures for my last blogpost I realised that I had hit pan on my Soap and Glory "One Heck of a Blot" powder! I have a rather extensive makeup collection, and even though it's nowhere near as extensive as that of some beauty bloggers and youtube gurus, I never really seem to finish stuff. I just love trying out new products so for me to finish or even hit pan on something I need to really like it. Therefore I have decided to start this "Hit the pan!" series. Every time I hit pan on a product I will do a little review of it here. So let's get started, shall we?

The bad hair and makeup day routine




Today is just one of those days when I woke up, looked in the mirror and thought "Oh dear god". It wasn't pretty. As you can see in the picture on the top, there's dark circles, enlarged pores, cracked lips, blemishes, frizzy hair, you name it. However the beautiful thing about being a girl is that all of that can be fixed with makeup!
Introducing the bad makeup and hair day routine!


Step 1: Skincare
The first thing I did, as per usual, is cleanse my face and then put on my moisturiser (La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo) and my eye cream (Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado- one of my holy grail skincare items). For my lips I used the Dr Lipp Nipple Balm for Lips (don't even get me started on the name...) which I got in my October Birchbox and am absolutely in love with! I find it very hard to find a lip balm that works on me and this one does the job brilliantly.


Step 2: Skin
This is pretty much the same as any day, I prime my skin with the Bourjois Happy Light primer (the matte version) so smooth my skin and mattify it a little because it has been crazy oily recently and then apply my Revlon Nearly Naked foundation in the shade Vanilla to even out my skintone. I love this foundation because it makes my skin look glowy and healthy but still works with my oily skin type. I then use the peachy toned concealer from my Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer to conceal my undereye circles. Note: I only really put this in the inner corners of my eye and then blend out towards the outer part with what's left on the brush, you don't need to use massive amounts of concealer under your eyes!
I then just set my foundation and concealer with my Soap and Glory "One heck of a blot" powder. Normally I would contour but ain't nobody got time for that! I used my Birchbox sample of Stainiac by the Balm as a hint of colour on both my cheeks and my lips.

Step 3: Eyes
Look at those eyebrows. My eyebrows aren't even thick, yet they manage to look like a complete bushy mess. To tame them, I use my Catrice eyebrow pencil and fill in any sparse areas. I've also recently started defining the front parts of my eyebrows more, making them a bit of a block shape but we'll see how long that lasts... I then set them with the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting blablabla you know which one I mean. Companies really need to stop making ridiculously long names for their products. I like this brow gel because it gives me some extra definition and really sticks down my brows like glue, however it can go a bit manky during the day, especially if you accidentally bring it into contact with powder.
Oh dear this is a long post! But bear with me, we're almost done! For eyes I don't do much, I just used the matte light brown shade from the Sleek Storm palette all over the lid and along my lower lashline with a Mac 217 brush and then put the shimmery champagne colour in my inner corner to open up my eyes. I then just run a black eyeliner, today I used one from NYX which for some slightly terrifying reason is called a lipliner, along my upper lashline for some extra definition. Last but not least, I gave my lashes a good curl with the Birchbox eyelash curlers and put on a coat of the Clinique lash power mascara.


Step 4: Hair
My hair just as a mind of its own but today it was in a particularly bad mood. As you can see it was very frizzy and had strange kinks in places where I don't want them to be because it makes my head look a little like a misshapen alien head... Little known fact, I actually have a degree in French braids (Jenna Marbles reference, sorry I couldn't help myself) so I decided to braid back the kinky bits. Before I did that I used a bit of the translucent dry shampoo by TreSemmé to give my hair some volume and all that jazz. I also sprayed some L'Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Mist into my ends to limit the frizz. I then just took sections of hair on both sides and did a French braid... it looks fancy but with a little bit of practice it's really easy. And voila! My hair suddenly looks acceptable!




If you're still with me by this point then congrats! You have made it through a very long post. I'd like to add that doing all this probably takes me about as long as it took you to read about it, so even though it seems quite hefty and I use a lot of products, it's a very quick and easy look.



I hope you enjoyed this post!

Love,

Allie

KIKO eyeshadow stick in 05

Today was one of those days when I stayed in bed for an extra hour and then had to kind of rush my makeup. And let's be honest, I just couldn't be bothered to do a serious eyeshadow look. But I did want to look like I made an effort- this is where the eyeshadow stick comes in. 

What's on my nails #1


This is probably my favourite nail polish at the moment! I absolutely love dark reds and all those autumnal colours that everyone is wearing at the moment but I'm currently growing out my nails and some of them are broken and just aren't in the best condition so I wanted something a bit more subtle. This is just a pretty neutral taupe-y colour that goes with everything.
You will very soon realize that I'm absolutely in love with the Sally Hansen salon manicure polishes, I just love the glossy finish they have, how long they last (about three days on me but most polishes majorly chip on me on the second day) and most importantly the brush, it's just the best brush I've seen in a nail polish so far and it makes application so easy. 
I got this particular colour in a set from TK Maxx with three other polishes (all for £7.99, I love that place!) and the brush isn't quite as good as the other ones that I have from boots so I think it might be an old colour. I will look out for dupes!


Doc's- What are they, should I own them and why do they cost so much?

Seeing as this blog is called "Living Life in Docs", I thought it would only be fitting to start off with a post about Docs aka Dr. Martens aka DMs. I'm going to answer the three questions that I had before I bought my first pair and then write a bit about the two pairs that I own and love. So let's get started, shall we?

What are they? (and a bit of history)

There are lots of different models of Dr Martens nowadays, but it all started when a German doctor called Klaus Märtens injured his ankle and decided that standard issue army boots weren't comfortable enough for his poor little foot so he started making improvements on them cushioning the sole with tyres (don't worry, they don't do that anymore). He realized what he a genius he was and decided to start selling his improved combat boots but somehow it wasn't quite working... I won't bore you with the details of how he finally managed to sell them but a fun fact for you is that the shoes mainly sold to housewives at first, over 80% of sales were to women over 40! Since everything was going so well he decided to market the shoes internationally and a British shoe manufacturer snatched up the patent, adjusted the shoes a little bit, added the yellow stitching and called the soles "AirWair". Since Klaus Märtens isn't something British people can easily pronounce he also adjusted the name for the market and that's how Dr Martens was born!
These days the shoes aren't manufactured in England anymore (and let's face it, what is?) due to a rather unfortunate incident of near-bancrupcy a few year ago so everything has been outsourced to China and Thailand but the quality is still at a very high standard.
When people speak of Docs they are normally referring to the classic boot style that the brand is famous for. You can get them in different finishes like velvet, leather, patent leather, suede and even patterns. However there are also lots of different other models like heels and all that. 

If I had to describe Dr Martens boots in only three words I would use comfort, durability and quality.

Should I own them?

Yes. Yes yes yes yes. I know that some people won't like them because they are quite bulky and not the most feminine shoes (even though you can get them as cute little heels... if you're a girly girl definitely check those out) but if you have a more practical style like me then they will be one of the best investments you've ever made. Besides looking extremely cool and toughening up any outfit they are also the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. It takes two to three weeks to break them in, in which time your feet will be in intense pain, but afterwards you will be able to walk all day without your feet hurting! If that's not worth it then I don't know what is... If you get a classic style then they also go with pretty much everything. I wear them with jeans, skirts, dresses, any outfit really.

Why are they so expensive????

Before I go into why they are so expensive I want to mention this little concept called "price per wear". I mainly use it as an excuse to buy expensive things but it does make a lot of sense. Basically, when you buy a dress from Primark for £10 and you wear it five times and then it falls apart, the price per wear is £2. When you buy a pair of Doc Martens boots for £100 and you wear them every single day during the Winter (so that's about six months here in England), the price per wear is *gets out calculator* about 55p. And a pair of Docs isn't just going to last you six months, it's more likely to last you 10 years. So with that in mind, let's talk about shoe prices.
I own two pairs of Docs, both are the classic model, although one has fur lining. They were both around £110 but I got student discount on them (yay for being a student!) so I paid about £100. This sounds quite excessive but they are extremely well made shoes that will literally last you a lifetime. They are durable, waterproof and extremely comfortable so they are definitely worth the money. Also think about all the money that you have spent on boots in the past which have broken after one Winter... if you added it all up you probably could have bought several pairs of Docs by now.

I hope this was a helpful post if you are thinking about getting some Docs or just enjoyable to read if you're already a Dr Martens lover!

I will leave you with some photos of my Docs.

Unfortunately I can't tell you what these are called because I can't find them on the website and I've never seen anyone who has the same ones...

Serena boot (for warm feet!)
http://uk.drmartens.com/uk/Womens/Womens-Boots/Dr-Martens-Serena-Boot/p/13239002