Monday, 31 March 2014

Suit Up, Superwoman!

For many students, the Easter break means it’s time for that internship. Finally, we all get a chance to try and impress the bosses, hoping for a big shiny tick in the ‘yes’ box.
You’ve probably swotted up on the company and practiced your handshake a hundred times.

Now it’s getting closer to the day, you’ll be starting to panic over the most rational things like whether you are likely to spontaneously combust the moment you walk through the office door. And of course, where would our nerves be without that lovely anxiety dream that involves us turning up on the first day absolutely starkers?

Fear not! You are a strong, independent woman with impeccable dress sense (lets deny memory of that onesie). You can and will look fab – especially if you take note of my five formal-wear favourites…

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Inoffensive Mother's Day Fashion

It’s mothering Sunday- the day we all polish our halos and play at being perfect children. You may have nailed a killer breakfast in bed and kept the conversation PG for a whole two hours, but without a butter-wouldn’t-melt-outfit, you’re simply not in the running for child of the year. However you’re spending your day, we’ve got it covered. Here are Liberty Belle’s fave looks that your mum would be proud of… Heading to gran’s for a feast of egg sandwiches and mini rolls? If so, comfort is key for you today- opt for a (non-offensive) slogan sweatshirt like these Topshop beauties…

Friday, 28 March 2014

Why I don't subscribe to Mother's Day.

For most, Mother's Day signals its time to blow the lint off our 'savings' and splash out on gifts for our mums and grandmas. Our Lifestyle editor, Lisa, isn't so sure. To her, it's not about what you spend that counts - it's the effort behind it that matters.

Mother’s Day: The only day of the year we are allowed to show affection for our mums, or a great holiday that has become over-commercialised?

Either way - to me, it’s not worth all the effort that some companies try to make us all think it is. The email reminders calling for people to ‘not forget Mother’s day this year’ and ‘show your mum how much you love her’ start weeks before the big day. It’s just too much.

Every year brands cash in on trying to persuade consumers that they need to shell out hundreds of pounds to reassure our mums that we value how they raised us into normal citizens. 

No-one should spend all their money on an iPad in an attempt to show her that they care on one day out of 365. Instead, she should already know how lost they would be without her because she has been showered with hugs, appreciative texts and appreciates the effort spent to make time for her throughout the year. It’s effort that counts, not the price tag.

Cue Jessie J. It's not about the price tag...

For some reason card shops think that we need a specific day to show our mums how much we love them. It's as though, surely we can only express how thankful we are to one of the people that raised us in one 24-hour period. And we can only express this by buying a card, overpriced flowers and maybe even a box of chocolates. It may be cynical to suggest that this day is a way of tiding over the profits of gift and card shops from Valentine’s Day to Easter, but that’s really all it is.

While Mothering Sunday is a good excuse to make the journey home and spend the day dedicated to being with family, that doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t go home at other parts of the year as well.

In the first few years of University when you’ve just flown the nest for the first time it can be hard on a parent, but that should prompt semi-regular visits home, plus calls and texts rather than using a commercialised holiday to force you home.

After all, a mum is for life – not just for Mother’s day.

If you want an easy and cheap way to wow mum this Mother's day, take a look at our breakfast in bed recipes.

What's the nicest thing that you've done for mum?

Give mum breakfast in bed

OK, so we admit we'll probably end up dashing to the shops on Saturday night, hoping there's a card left for us in time for Mother's Day. If you're as last minute as we are, you'll be relieved to know there's a chance for us all to redeem ourselves on Sunday morning. Our very own Nigella, Emily Robinson, has listed three quick, easy and cheap breakfast ideas to make mum breakfast in bed (if you can get up early enough)

With Mothering Sunday a few days away, it is very likely that a few of you are panicking about what to do to treat your mum. Let’s face it: it’s can be a pot-luck heading to the local shops to see what is left of the flower arrangements this close to the day itself, and with most of the boxed chocolates having been replaced by Easter treats, you may be a bit stuck for options. So why not show her how much you care with one of our selection of homemade breakfast ideas, created to show her just how much she means? I have created three simple breakfast ideas without even having to venture to the shops, so there’s no need to worry: just tie those apron strings and get cooking.
Unlike the haphazard breakfasts-in-bed that my brother and I used to whip up on Mother’s day, these recipes are easy enough to make on the morning itself, to give your mum a truly welcome surprise when she wakes up.

Greek yoghurt with easy granola
·         1½ tsp of vegetable oil
·         1½ tsp of maple syrup
·         A few drops of vanilla extract
·         150g porridge oats
·         Handful of chopped walnuts
·         ½ tsp of ground cinnamon
·         About 4-5 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt (plain or flavoured, whatever you prefer)

1. To make the granola, pre-heat the oven to a low temperature, around 150ºC/Gas Mark 2.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the oil, syrup and vanilla extract until well combined, then mix in the oats, walnuts and cinnamon, making sure that everything is well coated.
3.Spread the mixture out onto a small baking tray, and bake in the oven for around 30 minutes, or until the mixture is golden brown and quite dry to the touch.

5. Put the yoghurt in a bowl, and mix in any flavouring you might want (I stirred in 1 tsp of clear honey, but you can add dried or fresh fruit, nuts, etc).
6. Sprinkle a healthy amount of the granola on top of the yoghurt, and you’re done.

Stewed apple porridge
·         1 tsp of butter
·         2 eating apples (I used galas)
·         1½ tsp of ground ginger
·         2 tsp of sugar (brown is better, but any will do)
·         50g of porridge oats
·         200ml of whole milk

1. To make the stewed apples, start by peeling one of the apples (leaving the skin on one will give a nice texture to them), then coring both and chopping them into roughly 1-2cm cubes (it’s nice to have a bit of a variation in the size of the chunks, so some bits melt in your mouth, and others give a bit of a crunch).
2. Put the butter, ginger, apples, and sugar into a small saucepan, and heat on a medium heat for 5 minutes until the apples start to soften.
3. Pour in enough water to cover the bottom of the saucepan by about 1-2cm, and turn the heat to low. Stew the apples for about 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, and topping up the water if the bottom of the pan becomes too dry.
4. Meanwhile, make the porridge. Mix together the oats and milk in a bowl, then heat in the microwave on high for 3 minutes (keep an eye on it! – although I am an advocate of the microwave porridge method, you have to be careful to make sure it doesn’t boil over and create a huge mess).
5. When the 3 minutes are up, take the porridge out of the microwave and stir it, and heat again on high for another minute, or until it’s at a preferred consistency.
6.Once it’s ready, stir through half of the apples, top with the rest, and serve.

Classic scrambled eggs with maple-bacon
·         2 rashers of unsmoked bacon (streaky is better, but back bacon works well too)
·         1 tbsp of maple syrup
·         1 tsp of caster sugar
·         2 eggs
·         Milk
·         1 slice of bread

1. Trim the fat from the bacon then cut into about 6 even-sized strips. Sprinkle the sugar over the bacon, making sure it is evenly covered then pour over the maple syrup, cover and allow to marinate for about 15-20 minutes in the fridge.
2. In a jug, whisk together the eggs with a splash of milk (a wise friend of mine once told me 1 capful of milk per egg is pretty much perfect, for some reason) and season.
3. When the bacon is ready, heat a small saucepan on a low heat and a frying pan on a medium heat. Add a small splash of oil to each pan.
4. Once the oil is heated, add the bacon to the frying pan, and fry on one side for about 3-4 minutes to get a good caramelisation around the edge.
5. Flip the bacon, and add the eggs to the saucepan.
6. Leave the eggs for about 30 seconds to start cooking, and put the bread on to toast.
7. After 30 seconds, stir the eggs, and keep stirring until they are cooked through, and there are no uncooked parts.
8.Butter the toast and arrange all the elements on a plate.

Nothing beats bacon... except maple-bacon.

Did you make any these tasty treats for your mum? Let us know what you thought. 

The Cadbury Crème Egg Revolution...

Here at Liberty Belle we would rather die than go forty days and forty nights without chocolate (sorry, Jesus), and an integral part of our lives every year is the Cadbury Crème Egg. So advanced are the feels that Lisa Preece has towards this particular treat, that she has decided to incite a revolution. Brace yourself to make a shop-dash to test this out and read about the new way to eat your Crème Egg...

Are you prepared to have your life turned upside down? Well, your chocolate-related life at least.

This time of year is dominated by the temptation of MaltEaster Bunnies, Lindor eggs, and of course the pinnacle of all Easter snacking – the Crème Egg. They come out earlier and earlier every year, and we spend the majority of February, March and April trying to resist buying as many as possible, before relenting and desperately trying to find where the best three-for-a-pound deals are to at least make the addiction financially viable.

There has forever been contention over the best way to gobble up these sugary delights. Scoop out all the filling, or just eat it all together? For years wars have been raged between the many different camps of Crème Egg eaters, but today I will reveal something that will unite all camps in their joy of the Cadbury egg treat: eat your Crème Eggs upside down.

It’s clearly controversial, but I will tell you why this can forever be the only way to get through the gooey mess. You know that great chunk of pure chocolate at the tip of the egg? It always gets eaten first, delaying the release of that sugar-ific filling. But just by turning that egg upside down, the sweet filling is there in every single bite. Then, at the end, you are rewarded with a chunk of chocolate to keep you smiling all the way through to your next meal.

Give it a try, and trust me, you won’t ever eat a Crème Egg in the 'normal' way ever again.

By Lisa Preece

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Spoiler Free Review

We have an in-house Marvel maniac in the lovely form of Lisa Preece, new lifestyle co-editor. As a bona fide Marvel nut-case, she and Head of Publicity Jaye Dry headed to Cineworld straight after our AGM last night to do a Marvel marathon that included a midnight viewing of the brand new Captain America movie. Here's her spoiler free take on things...

The latest instalment in the record-breaking Marvel Avengers saga is hitting the big screen across the UK today – and Captain America is looking better than ever. For those that haven’t caught the previous Marvel outings of Iron Man, Thor and the rest of the Avengers - don't worry! Although the movies are extremely entertaining, viewers don’t have to have every line of dialogue from the movies committed to memory, although many will (myself included!)

 The movie starts with the prim, proper, and utterly gorgeous Captain America, aka Steve Rogers, adapting to life in the 21st century after he was frozen in a life-preserving state back in the 1940s. There are a lot of changes for him to get used to with the Second World War long over. 

Familiar faces from previous movies complete the star-studded line up, including favourites Nick Fury: director of SHIELD, and Natasha Romanoff: Russian master assassin. Natasha, played by the fantastic Scarlett Johansson, shows that girls can fight better than the boys. She is insanely cool, manipulative, resilient and shows that women really can run the world. In this film her personality is given a much better chance to develop, and we get to see the woman behind the deadly assassin profile.

For those that have done their homework and watched all the previous movies, a familiar face becomes part of the action, but fights for the opposite side…

A brand new face in the Marvel-verse is Anthony Mackie as the Falcon. Cap may have run laps around him right at the start of the movie, but he later becomes a crucial part of the climax. It’s a shame that we couldn’t be told more about how he developed his super abilities, but there is no doubting that the Falcon is already one of the coolest heroes around.

The fight scenes in this movie are among the best Hollywood has ever produced. Typically, a lengthy fight scene can see me drifting away from the action, but the many and varied forms of arm-to-arm (or fist-to-fist) combat kept the cinema gasping in awe. For once, Marvel aren’t afraid to really put their characters in danger. When a brand new movie hits the screens, even the die-hard fans can’t be sure what danger the heroes will be put through, and who will make it to Avengers 2, (coming out next summer.) 

Cap’s latest adventure brings him right into the 21st century, and shows that he’s much more than just a super-soldier that can take orders. He is his own person, and that person is awesome.

Captain America: The Winter Solider is out in cinemas now.

By Lisa Preece

Beautiful And Charitable : Sheffield's Hope Jewellery

Quirky charm bracelets are back in for Spring. Our very own Jaye Dry was down at the Liberty Belle Tea Party last week checking out the cute bracelets HOPE Jewellery had to offer.
Didn’t think you could save the world and look fabulous at the same time? Well now you can…

The brainchild of students from Enactus Sheffield, HOPE Jewellery is a social enterprise selling lovely little accessories with a heart.

This not-for-profit group works with survivors of Human Trafficking and victims of sexual and domestic abuse in South Yorkshire.

The project aims to provide these women with skills, knowledge, training and confidence so they can support themselves and their families financially in the future.

A staggering 20.9 million people are victims of human trafficking globally, meaning there are more people in slavery today than the entire 350 year slave trade.

HOPE Sheffield’s beautiful hand-crafted bracelets start from as little as £2.99 each and are an absolute must have in every style and colour.
If you’re black and gold or red and white, you can now show your support with one of HOPE’s limited edition Varsity friendship bracelets which are being sold at the Varsity Ice Hockey, and on HOPE’s website.

A selection of their products went on sale at Liberty Belle’s charity tea party last week and I just couldn’t resist taking a look.
I ended up leaving with not one, but two stunning bracelets. It wasn’t just about how great they looked on; it felt good knowing I’d helped women in South Yorkshire to get back on their feet after a really tough time.

I don’t know if it’s the ethos of the project that makes me love it so or simply that the jewellery is so delicate and unique.
Either way, I know my collection has only just begun.

Visit HOPE at here
Follow them on Twitter @hopeempowers for updates on new products and upcoming events.

Maybe you’ve bought some HOPE bracelets, or maybe you’ve even had a go at making your own jewellery – tweet us your pics @LibertyBelleMag. 

By Jaye Dry

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Seven minutes in Heaven…

As much as we hate to admit it, we all find it pretty damn hard to get off our bums and get to the gym.

In addition to the public sweating and complete lack of motivation to leave the house, the gym doesn’t come cheap.

“Seven”, the seven minute workout app can help you achieve the Beyoncé bod that you long for and best of all it’s free.

Brits Basking in the 'Sun'

Bare legs and summer sandals have been spotted in the multiples over the past week. It would appear us Brits lose the jumpers and jeans as soon as one ray of sunshine can be seen from our bedroom window.

With newspapers running headlines like 'HOTTER THAN AFRICA', Zoe Cassell looks further into why us Brits just can't seem to keep our clothes on. 

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Inspirational Women: can we choose only one?

Proposed to me, was a feature signalling towards writing about one, individually inspiring woman- a tough challenge.

There is the cliché, my mum. She is a role model and inspiration to just cherish those moments and care for all with one-hundred percent of your heart, and help them an equal amount when they need it most. You never know the when the moments will slip from your fingers, people – especially.

Mary, is a woman that has taught me to just be happy, take everything as it comes, work hard and to look up and ahead at all times. My mother, has been an inspiration to me to be a selfless person. Although we all struggle, (hands up – I do) with this concept, to be inspirational to others – you need to focus on them, not you.

Yet, we have the alternative cliché. A celebrity? An individual at the top of their game, inspiring women to reach for the ultimate goal, no matter what this may be. Say, Angelina Jolie maybe? However, for me – she is inspiring because worldwide, she has taught women that being a ‘female’ is merely a title. It is not defined by our ability, physically – but more mentally. We should not be labelled as a less-effeminate merely because we don’t have breasts or a vagina, surely?

Taking on a double mastectomy, as well as a career, three adopted children, three biological, a whole host of humanitarian work and a long term partner – how can this tomb-raider fighter not notate that the fighter onscreen also can continue off screen. No less of a woman with her recent decision, she emulates to women that although, yes we may be scared, to leap into the next step and be safe, and happy is what we should all strive for. Be strong. Be independent. Be inspired.
So, we have those close to our hearts, close our screens. But there are the women who, at our tender age may have passed us by in their greatness, for there have been many. One, came into my path recently on desert Island Discs Episode. Reverend Rose-Hudson Wilkin. Heard of her? Perhaps you have…perhaps you haven’t.  A remarkable character, she is the first black, female chaplain to enter into the House of Commons and the first Chaplain to the queen as well. She actively rejects the increasing issue of ‘institutionalised racism’ within British society,  and has overcome the many ignorance of many towards her gender and colour.

In the recent feature of Desert Island Discs she said this about her life, ‘this is the dice that life has thrown at you, and you will get on with it.’ A statement and a half, no? She inspires people to make the best of what life has and to not dwell on matters, because if we do that – how are we helping ourselves to be the best that we can be? Inspiring me to change my attitude towards a lot of upfront affairs that challenge so many of us, she has made me open my eyes and has been a constant reminder that the world is a beautifully diverse place that we must embrace.

Three strong women in my life, I cannot tell you just ‘one’ inspirational woman. I do not think that we can ever find just one, and really what we should take into account is that all women are inspirational. Each one individually can offer us a new breath of air that others may not. It is not failing, not having that quality. Remember quality over quantity. Combined, and joint in force we can seek to improve ourselves, and then – hopefully be another part of female inspiration.

So ladies, really what I am trying to say to you is embrace your femininity, but also absorb those sisters around you. This is not a point of call to say be hard core feminists and forget men all together, and grow out your hair…. No. Personally, I’m not supportive of that movement at all. Just look after yourself, and fit the mould you want to be, and be inspired all the time. Most of all, be the change you want to see.

Friday, 21 March 2014

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

Mary Smith takes a look back at International Women's Week...

Supersize vs Superskinny presenter Emma Woolf began her inspiring talk on positive body image and self-confidence at the Students Union as part of International Women’s Week, with this thought provoking question.

Every day women are surrounded by images of beautiful women in the media and are made to believe we should look and act a certain way. It’s no wonder that with all this pressure, women are constantly obsessing about body image and eating disorders are on the rise.

Emma, who struggled with a decade of anorexia herself, reminded us that we need to give up on perfection (particularly in the physical sense), face our inner fears, challenge ourselves and pursue what truly makes us happy.

Whilst it remains true that women are still subject to misogyny and objectification on a daily basis, we must not let this deter us. We must focus on creating our own successes as many women have before us.

Emma then gave seven strategies of coping with the struggles and barriers that women struggle with on a daily basis, which I found to be particularly useful:

1.       FIND YOUR FLOW- Find something that makes you happy, whether big or small and immerse yourself in it
2.       TRUST YOUR GUT- Your body often knows what to do before you’ve figured it out
3.       PLOUGH YOUR OWN FURROW- Admire your individualism and be authentic
4.       FEEL THE FEAR- Allow yourself to take risks and remember, whatever happens, you’ll be okay.
5.       BAN THE BITCHINESS- Bringing down other women won’t make you any happier
6.       STOP SAYING I’M SORRY- Don’t apologise for your successes
7.       LEARN TO TAKE CRITICISM- If there is honestly and value in the criticism then use it and learn from it.

Emma then concluded laying particular emphasis on how we should also celebrate other women and their success and help and support each other whenever we can, rather than feeling like we are all in direct competition.

This speech was just a small snapshot of International Women’s Week, with many more inspirational talks by inspirational women. 

No Makeup Selfies: the £1 million campaign that divided social media

Anyone who has been on Facebook recently will have noticed the trend for no makeup selfies, the cancer awareness campaign that everyone is talking about.

Newsfeeds around the country are currently covered with fresh-faced images of women, who have shunned the slap in favour of a more natural look, all in aid of cancer awareness.

Recipe for the Weekend: Spiced Carrot and Green Soup

Although it’s coming into the spring, we still can crave those warming meals to savour us from the miserable Sheffield weather that this crater of a city is notorious for.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Death of Fashion Designer L'Wren Scott

Three days after the news of her death, we remember L’Wren Scott…

Designer and former model, L’Wren Scott, was found dead by her assistant in her New York apartment earlier this week in an apparent suicide. A spokeswoman for the New York City police department said ‘The investigation is ongoing. We are waiting medical examiners to determine the cause of the death.’ Although a formal statement is yet to be released by the medical examiner, there have been no immediate suspicions of foul play concerning the designer’s death.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Get planning for your AW14 wardrobe with Milan Fashion Week

With one foot in front of the other, Milan walked us with effortless style through the third stop of Fashion week. The AW styles shown on the Milanese runways left us wishing it was September already- and that’s no mean feat.

Our writer Caitlin James is looking back on her favourite MFW collections…

Live review: Polkadodge, The Darlingtons @ Big White Tent 13/3/14

In an effort to prevent Sheffield running dry during the St. Patrick’s Day period, someone’s put a big white tent up in the middle of Fargate and filled it with Guinness. Smart thinking. As well as this, they’ve put some bands on. I went and had a listen.

Theatre Review: 'Edges', Montgomery Theatre, (17/3/2013)

Put four young women onto the stage with a pianist, bassist and drummer - what do you expect? Drama. And these four ladies with their somewhat relatable tales pour out life's little dramas through the medium of 15 comedic songs - for one night only.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Paris Fashion Week to Sheffield High Street

The beginning of March can mean but one thing for the sartorially obsessed: Paris Fashion Week. People flock in their thousands to witness what various designers have to offer for the coming autumn/winter season. There were some unexpected shows, some standout shows and some very weird shows (Jean-Paul Gautier, I’m looking at you), all of which have left me wondering what trends will actually make it from the Parisian catwalk to the Sheffield high street. Here are a few of my predictions:

Paris Fashion Week - Primary Colours

What exactly is St Patrick's day?

Lisa Preece gives a run-down on what the yearly tradition actually it just another excuse to have one too many?

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Nicole Scherzinger for Missguided

As if it wasn't impressive enough already, Nicole Scherzinger has added fashion designer to her CV. Writer Hollie Roper is talking you through the star’s debut clothing collection for Missguided… 

Friday, 14 March 2014

Back to basics with Lavish Alice

Lavish Alice get back to basics with their fresh and simple spring/summer looks. Their new premium basics collection has launched online this week and is sure to update your wardrobe with classic, clean cuts that are easy to style.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Theatre Review: The Merchant of Venice

I’d have it out with Mr Shakespeare, were he alive and were I a lot braver, because it’s nothing but his plot development that affected the precision of SutCo’s production of the Merchant of Venice.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

The Brogue 2.0

This season’s hottest shoe trend is a re-vamp of an old classic. Fashion editor Megan Sutton is talking you through the best of the brogue 2.0…

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Oscar Winners: The verdict

There were very few surprises at the Academy Awards and I imagine most people could have predicted exactly who was going to win big this year but despite speculation, did the best really win on the night? Laura Heffernan takes a look back and deliberates over the Oscar award results.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Fairytale Fashion Hits The High Street

Catwalk fashion has always had an element of fantasy about it. But this year, designers went a step further and took inspiration directly from fairytales for their Autumn/Winter 2014 collections. Writer Charlotte Imlah is exploring next season’s loveliest trend…

Song Review: 'Kathleen' by Catfish and the Bottlemen

When a track makes you hit the repeat button instantly in your iTunes library, you know it’s going to be a big one. Today, Catfish and the Bottlemen are at it again with the release of the new single ‘Kathleen’. 

Inspirational Women: Florence Welch

Just because us men are pretty great, that doesn’t mean we don’t have female role models. Mine, for example, is Florence Welch- lead vocalist of Florence and The Machine.

Inspirational Women: Malala Yousafzal

In October 2012, the attempted murder of 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai shocked the world.  This chilling crime was a response to Malala’s tireless dedication to the campaign for girls’ education: Malala had been blogging about the situation in Pakistan, and had taken part in documentaries and interviews.  

Inspirational Women: Angelica Cheung

Here at Liberty Belle HQ, we’re loving all of the women’s day buzz. In honour of the ultimate day of girl power, our writers are sharing their female inspirations. Starting with Angelica Cheung by Lily James

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

5 Things That Make London and Sheffield Very Different

Fashion Editor Megan Sutton went on a little jolly to London recently, and it’s fair to say she felt a million miles away from our steel city. She came up with five stand-out reasons why the capital is very, very different to Sheffield…

10 Things That Happened At The Oscars

Awards aside, a lot went down at the 2014 Oscars...

Monday, 3 March 2014

8 Headbands We're Loving

Our ultimate style-envy award goes to 12 Years a Slave Actress Lupita Nyong’o, who dazzled the red carpet at the Oscars last night. Parading in Prada, Lupita starred an elegant, elongated v neckline, floating to the floor in powder-blue pleats, synched in at the waist of her slim-lined figure. The icey-blue hue shone against her dark skin tone, looking absolutely ravishing.

Live Review: Pixel Fix, The Riverside

With the recent release of their EP Fall Pixel Fix, an indie electronic four-piece hailing from Oxford are touring the UK, not forgetting a date down at The Riverside in Sheffield.

Lipstick Love

Lipstick is, without a doubt, my favourite beauty product. No matter how terrible your skin looks that day, or if you came out wearing two different sorts of shoes, lipstick manages to give you the appearance of being well put together. The downside to having a penchant for a statement lip? Good lipstick can be very expensive, and on a student budget, sometimes you have to prioritise the essentials over what your heart really desires.