Wednesday, 18 November 2015

WHY I WON'T BE TAKING PART IN BLACK FRIDAY

As you may know, I'm from Scotland. And as you also may know from reading a few posts on here, I'm always skint. The combination of being a mam and a student in this day and age means I don't have much extra cash, and what little I do have goes towards B and treats for the whole family. So really, the idea of one day a year where all the shops have mega sales on right before Christmas should sound like music to my ears, right?

Wrong.

Last year was the first year the UK and its retailers properly joined in on Black Friday, and it was a bloody mess. Pictures surfaced of people fighting in Tesco, videos of normal every day civillians running riot and screaming and shouting over queues in Asda, reports of casualties and old ladies being trampled and people being arrested - over what? Products that had been discounted for ONE DAY that are available all year round. It's insane. The news broadcast a lot of the chaos on Black Friday last year and it's not pretty.

The thing that got me the most was the fact that a lot of the time, you can actually find these products for cheaper throughout the year when retailers run random sales and deals - a bloke in a town near me was arrested for assaulting someone over a £400 telly, and that same telly was on sale in October for £350. We read the article on it and sat in disbelief that people could stoop so low and act so ridiculously for the sake of saving money.

We don't act this crazed when the January sales are on! I've never been at risk of getting lamped in Next on Boxing Day because I've picked up one of the last pair of jeans in a certain size! So why do we lose it when Black Friday comes up? A few recent articles stated that supermarket giant Asda are backing out of participating in Black Friday and I couldn't agree more with them (especially controversial as their American counterpart Walmart is the biggest culprit in inciting Black Friday mania). It's consumerism at its darkest, acting inhumanely for the sake of saving a few quid. I genuinely don't understand it, or why people buy into the mentality that you HAVE to join in and leave your morals at the trolley station. Fair enough, there are probably some cracking deals on, but is there really any need for it?

Adding to this the low pay that people are still having to accept, employees of BF participants will be working extra hours, and putting themselves at risk if this frenzied attitude and dangerous behaviour of consumers keeps up, or even matches the images we see coming from the US around the same time.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that it baffles me why people would want to participate in an event that just encourages a spending frenzy, just to save some money. Be savvy, save your pennies, and keep an eye out for deals during the rest of the year - those newsletter emails are annoying, but you can keep up to date on any sales or events that will help shave a few pounds off the price. I'd rather do that and stay inside on Black Friday than risk getting trampled for the sake of a discount Nutri Bullet.

What are your thoughts on Black Friday? Would you take part?

A VERY RARE BEAUTY POST || LEARNING TO LOVE MAKE UP AGAIN

I'm definitely not the biggest beauty lover out there - far from it, I'm lucky if I wear a full face of make up every few months. Between my stupidly sensitive skin and having zero energy a lot of the time, it just seems like more effort than it's worth. Since I started college though, I've discovered a few wee beauts in Superdrug and they've made me rediscover my love of make up!


Barry M Flawless Colour Correcting Primer in Green || Barry M nail paints in "Red Wine", "Chai" and "Diamond Glitter" || MUA lip pencil in " Brooding Plum" || Make Up Revolution lipstick in "Reckless"


Apologies for the crap instagram photo!
I've always strugged to find a nice balance with foundation between covering my perpetually rosy cheeks and looking like a cakey mess, and since it seems my skin hates all forms of foundation now I needed to find something that would both hide the redness and not react with my skin. The Barry M primer is cheap AND fantastic, and leaves my skin feeling velvety! I've also had a little swatch of "Red Wine" and it's the perfect winter nail shade, especially with a matte top coat.




I Heart Make Up is a brand that caught my eye when I nipped into Superdrug near college. Their contour palette actually works well on really pale skin, and the Parental Advisory palette has a variety of shades. From shimmers to mattes, soft neutrals to deep jewel tones, it has a great selection and good formulas. Lovely and creamy, with excellent staying power - a massive plus in my book!

Make Up Revolution is another brand that's new to me - great prices and a big selection! I picked up this lipstick a couple of weeks ago and then got the fear that it would be too dark on me. So I decided to have a little 'make up for the sake of it' day and tried it out - I was not disappointed!









Dreamy, creamy, deep dark red - perfection!


By the way, you all need a Jurassic Park t-shirt in your life.
I decided to team the new MUA pencil and Make Up Revolution lipstick with a haphazard smoky eye from the Parental Advisory palette. And look - barely any redness!
 It's such a lovely berry red, like a deep reddish purple. It was a bit tricky to warm up and spread evenly at first, but after a couple of slicks it was fine. This is actually a bit scary putting a photo up of my face so close up; I've gained a hell of a lot of weight this year, and haven't paid too much attention to how I look, so I feel a bit 'under the microscope'! I dyed my hair last week and I'm still a bit unsure about being dark again, especially after working so hard to maintain the bleached ends. Oh well, here's to hair that's in a better condition!


I'm also really enjoying these nose studs and the septum ring from Karma Se7en Jewellery (here) - so teeny and they just sit perfectly! I actually wrote a couple of posts on their jewellery a few months ago, feel free to have a nosy at them here and here!


So there we have it...only time will tell if I actually get back into wearing make up again or these become relegated to the beauty drawer. I hope not, I had fun playing about with my face - maybe I just need to spend a little more time on it so I'll start wearing it more regularly! After all, that was the humble beginnings of my blog and the basis for the name ScarletPout...who knows!

Take care!





Sunday, 8 November 2015

WISHLIST || The "Woodland Wonderland" Edition

I would say I'm secretly obsessed with woodland animals, but it's far from a secret - friends on facebook are sick to death of me sharing every fox picture I can find, videos of little pine martins playing, badgers having a go at football and snoring mice. I can't help it, I'm a crap version of Snow White and I need to indulge in these things!


So after sharing the fifth of sixth photo of Pudding the Fox sticking her tongue out, I decided to have a quick google and see if there were any clothes brands who stocked little woodland themed designs....and to my delight, there's quite a few!


Here's some of my favourite picks from across the web!








1 || Hellbunny woodland circle skirt, via Tigermilly (here)
2 || "Mushroom Kitten" from I Love Crafty's Autumn Kittens collection (here)
3 || Acorn necklace from Punky Pin's Autumn collection (here)
4 || Run & Fly fox head dress, via ThunderEgg (here)
5 || The Rogue & The Wolf "Conquer" ring, via Attitude Clothing (here)
6 || Liquorbrand woodland animal baseball tee, via Beadesaurus (here)
7 || Black Market Art "The Fox" tee, via Beadesaurus (here)




Do you have any you'd add to the list? I spotted a pair of mushroom pumps a few weeks ago and for the life of me can't find them again - the one that got away!




Love,