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IT’S all about the lips this season with bold matte shades, as seen on the runways of Giles and Burberry Prorsum.

Topshop, Rimmel and YSL have all released vibrant shades with ‘long lasting power’ and more importantly no shine or shimmer – perfect for girls on the go!

Just keep the rest of your make-up minimal by adding a touch of mascara and concealer, and voila, you’re set for the day!

What are your favourite matte lipsticks?

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SPRING 2013 beauty has gone back to the future with space age metallic lids, as seen on the catwalks of Giorgio Armani, Gucci and Versace. The make-up may seem reminiscent of Alien vs. Predator, but who can’t turn down a shimmering silver smokey eye?

If you can’t resist looking like It girl of the moment Cara Delevingne, then The Live Scene’s version of Chanel’s ultra-modern trend will make sure you’ll reach Top Model status in no time.

Apply 17’s BB cream for flawless skin – the added SPF 15 will also give you protection against the sun (or lack of it)! Now onto the brows! This season strong eyebrows are the go-to, with celebs such as Lily Collins, Camille Belle and The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev all leading the bushy brow brigade. Fill in your brows with Benefit’s Brow zing to get clean, smooth brows – but don’t go overboard, we don’t want to look like the cast of Desperate Scousewives!

Once you’re all browed out, sweep Daniel Sandler’s silver eye shadow across your lids, and up to the base of your eyebrows. Build up the colour until it turns into a dark metallic tone. To make yourself look more awake, try placing the shadow on the inner corners of your eyes. Then line them with Rimmel’s soft kohl pencil in Jet Black to make your peepers stand out. Finish your futuristic eyes off with two coats of Rimmel’s Volume Flash Scandal’Eyes mascara.

Even though it’s Spring, the cold weather can wreak havoc on your lips. Banish dry, chapped lips with Lancôme’s Juicy Tubes in Fraise. Check out my Lancôme juicy tube review here.

Will you be joining the space-age tribe this season?

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This feature is a popular one in the blogosphere, so I thought that I should tick this one off the ‘to do list’, and show you guys what’s in my bag!

From L-R: Water, notebook & pen, rail card, Urban Outfitters purse, Sony Ericsson phone, laptop (in Union Jack case), Make-up bag (containing: Impulse Tease body spray, nail file, Lancôme Juicy Tube in Toffee, Simple Moisturiser, Glasses, mini hairbrush, Rimmel Kohl Eyeliner in Jet Black & Inecto Coconut and Vanilla hand & nail cream), Glamour Magazine & camera (in camera case).

Yesterday I went to Colne, in Lancashire, to get some more information for a feature, for my journalism portfolio assignment, hence the camera (my beloved Samsung 500), laptop and my ‘reporter’s notebook’! Needless to say I didn’t really find what I was looking for, but as a ‘budding journalist’ I’m going to work with what I have. I always carry water, glasses (I can give Ugly Betty a run for her money in that department), a notebook, pen, and my make-up bag with me – every girl has her essentials right?  My bag is from a charity shop – some of you may have seen it here – but it is slowly falling apart, probably from being used too often! And my make-up bag was a birthday gift from a few years ago.  Hopefully when I get my dream job – fingers crossed for a fashion journalist – I can buy my dream bag! Yes, that’s right, I secretly lust after a designer number, and this Juicy Couture ‘Ms Daydreamer’ tote is perfect for my future days as a ‘journo’.  I am in love with the bows and cute detachable charms!

So there you go, that’s my bag ‘mystery’ revealed. What’s in your bag?

The week before Christmas was my birthday, so I decided to do a few things in order to celebrate the grand old age of … twenty. Here is what I got up to!

Currently Coveting Comedians
To kick off the celebrations, my boyfriend took me to Manchester on Thursday (the day before my birthday), to see the very funny and oh-so-fit Russell Howard! I have to say, that I had doubts before the show, as to whether Russell would be as funny like he normally is on his TV show, Good News. But my sceptical thoughts were blown away when he came out with his classic one-liners that had the audience in stitches. Another highlight was when he sported a pink thong on stage – yes, you read that right, a PINK THONG! I never laughed so hard in my entire life!

Me and Ali also had a gorgeous meal at Thai restaurant; Siam Orchid. We both had mussels to start with, followed by a pork stir-fry for me, and a chilli chicken stir-fry for Ali. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who happens to love Thai food and is in Manchester.   We both spent the night at The Portland Hotel, which I have to say, was very posh – too posh even, for us mere mortals! Nevertheless, the room was perfect for one night, and for £65 (the rooms are normally £200), we did well!

Style Savvy Spending – Take Two, Trafford Centre
You may have read the last Style Savvy Shopping post, which was based at the Trafford Centre, well on Friday 16th December (the day of my birthday), I had another cheeky shopping trip there where I spent quite a bit of money!

Here is what I bought:
From L-R: River Island t-shirt, Photobooth images and a Build-A-Bear, Urban Outfitters top, Republic blazer, Republic Tights, Miss Selfridge body-chain and polka-dot tights and Republic high-waisted jeans.

Most of the things that I bought were for my ‘uniform’ at work, as well as a few bits and bobs that were on my Christmas Wishlist.

Beautiful Buffets and Cool Cocktails
The last day of celebrations was filled with an awesome night of seeing my besties, scoffing a buffet and sipping giant cocktails.

I wore two of my purchases from Friday’s manic shopping trip. I decided to go for a casual/going out look, and opted for a simple sparkly vest and shorts, rather than a dress.

Here is what I wore:

Vest, Cardigan, Shorts and Tights – Republic (via staff discount)
Lipstick – Rimmel in Starry Eyed

I decided to have the meal at Red Hot World Buffet in Leeds. It has everything from Italian food, to Japanese and even Thai! I would definitely recommend this buffet, as not only is it cheap, but you will never look at another Chinese buffet again, without thinking ‘Red Hot Buffet is better’!

We all had a great time – it was nice to catch-up and have a meal as opposed to going out and getting wasted.

Overall, I really enjoyed my turning twenty, and I cannot wait to see what the rest of my twenties have in store for me! How did you celebrate your birthdays this year?