It’s Pride Month, and so for my first ever blog post I thought that to show how much I love and support all of the community, I thought I’d share some of my favourite rainbow/LGBTQ+ items to help you get your pride on!
#1. Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
I bought this beauty (I think) back in March, hoping that having such a diverse range of colours at my disposal would encourage me out of my comfort zone and force me to experiment with tones that aren’t necessarily a shade of brown or nude. Since then I have actually come leaps and bounds with my confidence and colour experimentation. Two of my favourite looks so far consist of a dark smokey eye with neon green in my inside corners, and a deep red smokey eye inspired by one of Manny MUA’s signature warm looks. So far i’ve found the palette diverse and fairly well pigmented, with minimal fall out. My personal favourite shades so far are “warning”, which is a deep metallic copper, and “hatter”, a beautiful vibrant green with a tiny bit of shimmer. While not remarkably cheap as it will set you back £43, I think for the quality and versatility it is a great little investment to have.
#2. LASplash Crystalized Glitter
Anyone who knows me well will know that when it comes to shiny or sparkly objects I am practically a magpie. I adore glitter, and love to dress up any look with a bit of this in my inner corner. I’ve owned my trusty glittery orb for about a year now, after I saw a friend wearing it, I had to have one. I was familiar with the brand already, having owned and loved the famously beautiful (yet slightly drying) “ghoulish” back when that first became popular on Instagram. The shade I have is called “gold rush”, but more recently I have my heart set on a cooler shade “piña colada”- as I am delighted to discover that they now make sales through http://www.beautybay.com/lasplash/ so I no longer have to contend with extortionate postage!
#3 Jeffree Star Skin Frost – “Lavender Snow”
Initially when I saw Jeffree debut this on Youtube I was sceptical, but fast became enamoured. I dared myself to purchase this along with shades “Peach Goddess” and “King Tut” which have become staples in my every day looks- but I was concerned about the cool tones as I am fairly dark skinned for a British girl, and I was concerned it would be unflattering with my skin tone. Admittedly, when I first played with it I was a bit disenchanted with the way it looked on my cheeks, though I loved the glam it could add to an eyeshadow look. Though not a total waste to use it in this form, I decided to try layering it on top of a warmer shade, particularly just to accentuate the very tip of my cheekbones. I found this to be a much more pleasing aesthetic to just piling it on as I was before. I also love to apply a bit of this to my cupid’s bow with a fan brush when I am wearing cold/purple toned lipsticks.
#4 Dragon Age
On a slightly different note, as far as LGBTQ+ positive things I have to mention my favourite game series of all time: Bioware’s Dragon Age. I’d forgotten how much I genuinely enjoyed the game, until I picked the controller back up again recently and immersed myself. In 2016 I actually completed my media bachelors dissertation on “Developments in the portrayal of sexuality and gender in video games, particularly relating to Anglophone media culture, as shown by Bioware’s DA series.” During this I touched on how oftentimes ‘romancable’ characters were often bisexual, and gay relationships were very rarely treated as different to ordinary heterosexual relationships. In my opinion, that is the attitude society should hold, it should never be an issue who you fall in love with. Not only was this a groundbreaking game experience for me in that respect, but Dragon Age: Inquisition featured a character called “Krem”, the first Trans character I have ever seen in any video game experience. Because video gaming is one of the most interactive and therefore immersive forms of media there is, I thought I had to mention it here as I felt that it was such an effective way to alter societal expectations of love and gender.
I’d love to hear about any of the things you are loving this Pride month, so feel free to comment below or talk to me about any of the things I’ve mentioned here! x