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Make-up for small and close-together eyes

Make-up for small and close-together eyes

We all have that feature we dislike and try to cover-up or balance out with make-up. 

For me, one of these features is my close together and small eyes (which are slightly deep set to boot). Now, I know we shouldn't get hung up on these things and make-up should be fun and creative, but when you have something you're a bit insecure about make-up can create the illusion of smaller, bigger or more sculpted features (and it's cheaper than going under the knife!).

It took me years to work out how to create the illusion that my eyes are bigger and wider-set than they naturally are (the Avril Lavigne smokey eye I kept trying as a teenager really wasn't a good look) but these days I reckon I have it on point. 

Obviously, not all of these tips will work for everyone. Heck I don't even make use of all these tips myself. Even if you do have small eyes you might have another feature that these tips will clash with so play around and find out what works with your overall face. 

Conceal like a pro

I've always been big on the under-eye concealer because I have hereditary dark under-eye circles. Said circles also create the illusion that my already close-together eyes are wayyyy closer than they are naturally. Whether you have dark circles, or small eyes, spending a bit of extra time round the eye area with some concealer can create a more open look.

And by some concealer, I mean three (I told you my concealer game was strong and, oh yeah, remember a good eyehsadow primer before you start). My first concealer is a colour-correcting product - I personally prefer yellow to start off (my favourite is Barry M) but you might find peach or green works better for you. Then I go in with a thick concealer, such as Illamasqua (non-vegan but is good if you're just CF) or Hourglass. Then, I finished it off with some light-reflecting concealer (my favourite is the bargain Barry M liquid concealer). You can also finish is off with some setting power if you're going somewhere nice.

A note on a dark circles: a bad night's sleep makes mine worse, so get plenty of downtime. 

Retire the dark smokey eye

A wise person once said that you shouldn't blindly follow trends, and instead work out what suits you. That's exactly why you'll never see me wearing a smokey eye (despite my attempts to pull it off in the noughties). If you really want to wear a smokey, opt for a lighter grey shadow. 

Your eyelashes deserve some attention

Mascara is a considered a must by beauty lovers. For anyone with close together eyes they can help widen the peepers. Remember to concentrate on the outer corners and don't focus too much on the inner corners. Consider investing in a pair of heated eyelash curlers as well. Set them off with false eyelashes at night time, but don't buy the extra volume falsies - it's the lengthening once you want in your stash.

Consider a cat flick

I love liquid eyeliner and I really don't feel "made up" unless I have a cat flick drawn on. Just like the smokey eye, concentrate on the outer corners to help draw attention away from your small gap.

Step away from that waterline

Avril Lavigne was my fashion icon circa 2003 and I even dyed my hair to match hers in the My Happy Ending video.  I pulled that off, but something I couldn't pull off? Her eye-make up - especially lining my waterline with black liner. A cat flick looks great on small eyes, but anything on the bottom lash line just boxes them up.  

You're not Cara Delevingne

Thick eyebrows are in right now, and while I know a few small-eyed babes who can pull them off, generally speaking they're better left to those with naturally wide set peepers. Eyebrows and eyes should be well balanced. There's some debate as to where an eyebrow should start, and I'm in the camp that eyebrows should be plucked to be in line with the start of your eye - but if you have close together eyes plucking just a tiny little bit more will help create the illusion of wider set eyes.

I fill mine in gently to the point where they look almost natural. And I darken them after the natural arch. I use the HD Brow Powder (I've owned this pre-cruelty-free, and they never responded to my email) and darken the outer corners with Barry M It's a Brow Thing.

Lips, lips, lips

This tip might not work for everyone but I always wear a solid lip colour. It's a win-win for me as I quite like my lips, I suit most colours, and it pulls attention away from my eyes. Try a bold colour and see if it works for you. 

And some tricks that don't involve make-up 

Make-up isn't the only tool in the arsenal to create that wide awake look - you can also use your hair and jewellery. When it comes to hair my two main tips are: if your eyes are close set don't opt for a middle parting, and consider keeping your hair off your face. The first option is obviously to not drag the attention to the middle of your face, but the second is because it allows there to be more skin showing on the outside of your eyes, helping balance the small gap between the eyes. There's a lot of ways to get creative with your hair here: wear a simply ponytail, a topnot or get fancy with a headscarf.

As for jewellery: an eye-catching pair of earrings can transform many a facial feature. They can help balance out a close together eyes as well as a big nose and can feminise harsher features. If you're a fan of facial piercings, certain locations can balance out your face. Anything along the nose will drag attention to the small gap, but a lip piercing can pull attention away. Eyebrow piercing are not very trendy these days, but if they ever come back into fashion they'll help drag attention to the outer corners of the eyes.

Further Reading: 
Close-Set Eyes: The Makeup Tricks To Master If You Have Them
8 Eye Makeup Tips For Close Set Eyes
Beginner Eye Makeup For Close Set Eye
Fake It Until You Make It: Making Close Set Eyes Look Wider

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Vegan options on Glasgow Deliveroo

Vegan options on Glasgow Deliveroo

For a long time I was totally anti-takeaways, for two reasons:-

1. They're damn expensive. You can get a weekly shop for the same price as a Pizza Hut meal deal. 
2. You rarely see a V sign beside any of the options. 

Then in the past year I found Deliveroo, which cancels out both these aversions. If you're new to the party (or this century) Deliveroo is a sort of AirBnb or Uber for local restaurants where said restaurants sign up but the Deliveroo branded drivers/bikeriders/motorcyclists are the ones who actually deliver the orders. Glasgow is known for it's eclectic dining scene so it's no surprise that the options on Glasgow's Deliveroo are awesome and have plenty of vegan options. 

Granted I would still rather go out to eat and there's has been controversy over how well paid the Deliveroo drivers actually are. But for nights where I have a friend visiting and they're too tired after their journey, or I'm cuddled up on an indoor date, Deliveroo is what I opt for. And the delivery charge is not that much (it might differ if you live further away from the city centre) so you're not paying much more than you would if you were heading out. 

Here is the selection of vegan delicacies on Glasgow Deliveroo (might depend on your address). 

Pizza Express

Pizza Express might be one of the earliest restaurants to offer a vegan pizza, but whenever I've ordered from them on Deliveroo the spinach always arrives soggy. I actually avoid it.  

Pizza Punks

I love Pizza Punks, and I enjoy creating new pizza options with their mix-and-match menu.

Bar Soba

I only ever order from the Merchant City branch though. The Mitchell Lane establishment delivered me chicken and weren't even that apologetic. 

ASK Italian

I tried their vegan pizza for the first time very recently, and I liked it. they also have a full vegan menu.


Also has a dedicated vegan menu on the app.


Their sieten burger is one of my favourite vegan burgers in Glasgow.

Prep Fitness Kitchen

So they mark their restaurant as vegan-friendly but leave you to guess what is actually vegan. There's a Power Bean Burger than looks promising (though I've never ordered it).

Handmade Burger Co

One of my favourite places for a vegan burger as there is six options!

Di Maggio's

I love their Lucca vegan pizza!


Who doesn't love some Wagamama? Their Deliveroo portion sizes are also really generous.

Taco Mazama

I love Taco Mazama generally. But I'm not paying the delivery free for a burrito.

The Squid and The Whale @ Nice N Easy

Same goes for this place. 

Do you love Deliveroo in Glasgow? Have I missed any vegan-friendly places?

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5 problematic things pop culture taught me about love and dating

5 problematic things pop culture taught me about love and dating

There's no denying that pop culture influences the way we see the world. Sometimes that's a good thing, and sometimes it's a bad thing. Films, TV shows, books and games can push society forward and educate us - but it can also hold society back and teach us some terrible life lessons along the way.

For me, personally, pop culture taught me some problematic af things about love and dating. Things I believed as gospel for years and, in some cases, only unlearnt after a sharp wake-up call. These days I'm pretty media literate (plus older with more life experience) and can watch films with a critical eye while still enjoying them.

But back when I was teenager? Not so much. Here are five really negative things pop culture taught me about love and dating.

1. If someone doesn't feel the same way? Wait for them...and then wait some more

If you assume I have an anecdote about a guy who tried to woo me by pathetically waiting for years, you would be correct. But the anecdote I'm about to share is about how I once waited. I was once one of those douche-bags. It was years ago - we're talking high school - that I kept waiting for the same guy to admit undying love for me, and spent too long staring at him in class (which in hindsight was super creepy and probably made him hella uncomfortable). The guy was blatantly not interested but I kept convincing myself that there we were meant to be....

There was no storybook ending here though. He never ending up feeling the same way, and is now married with a someone else. These days I am over him (thankfully) and have learnt how to take a hint.

2. Bad boundaries is a sign of true love

My very first relationship was unhealthy boundaries central. He had my parents house number, memorised all my passwords, knew what my bank balance usually sat at, spent all his time at mine, would tag along on almost all social situations and latch onto me all night, phoned me at work and got confused when I didn't answer, and would book a trip to come see me without checking if that weekend was good for me first.

Even at the time I wasn't happy with any of this - but we're taught that these actions are cute and a sign of true love (think Edward Cullen and Christian Grey). It wasn't even just me. When I got frustrated about his behaviour in front of my parents, my mum poo-pooed it as a sign of true love. It was only when I started dating my second boyfriend - who never once did any of things listed above - that I realised these behaviours weren't a sign of adoration, but of self-entitlement and possessiveness.

3. Nerds are good and jocks are bad

I self-identify as a geek, so it's only natural that I tend to date other geeks. But from high school until only a few years ago, I believed that geeks were all sensitive guys who just wanted to be loved and football players were, well, players. Pop culture taught me that girls should give nerds a chance because they really deserved us (Revenge of the Nerds is probably one of the finest examples).

It's easy to see why so many films teach us this: nerds are more likely to grow up to be film directors than football captains. So they're now free to live out their high school fantasies where the cheer captain realises she wants a sweet nerd with wonky glasses than some arrogant jock with a six pack.

Dude, get the fuck over it.

I wasn't cool during school either and you could not pay me to go back. But I haven't developed an ego complex where I think hot men should fall at my feet because I'm deep and intellectual. These days I've dated enough men to know that some geeks can treat women just as badly as the jock film archetype - and some jocks are actually amazing boyfriend material.

William Bradley wrote a great personal article on getting the fuck over his high-school nerdness, that you should totally read.

4. Guys always fancy the same type of girl

In film world even the geeks fancy the hot cheerleader. Where does that leave the rest of us?

Insecure as fuck, that's where it leaves us. For years I spent far too much time moulding myself to be the kind of gal I thought all guys wanted. Instead of experimenting with fashion and make-up because it's fun, I spent ages doing my make-up they way I thought all guys liked it. I even dumbed myself down and faked interests.

Think Laney Boggs in She's All That. She's undesirable because she's clumsy, wears overalls and has a ponytail - despite her conventionally attractive face. That really makes us non-cheerleader girls feel great.

But it's not even just girls who's behaviour is being effected by this bullshit. We've all met guys who police women's appearances and decide that because he doesn't personally find a girl attractive, then no one else should and these girls need to know that they're out of line.

I wonder where these guys learnt that there's only one type of girl worth fancying? 

5. You can tame (or change) them

Whether it's drug addiction or not believing in marriage, we see fictional characters tame bad boys and fall in love after an accidental baby. It's not my story to tell so I won't go into detail but let's say I have exes that came with a side serving of Issues (with a capital I). I naively believed that with enough love and affection, their demons would evaporate.

But the old saying is true: you can't help someone who doesn't want to be helped. Even when someone does genuinely want to change, it's usually a professional they need rather than a romantic partner.

I've also been on the flip side of this situation. I've had exes who are convinced that somewhere in me lies the desire to breed children. I've dated people who are adamant that the right person will put me off polyamory. I've been *ahem* casual with people who believe that if they *you know* enough times that I'll fall in love. Heck, people still don't believe that I like being single. 

One of my favourite female characters is Samantha Jones from Sex and the City. She's one of the few women in pop culture who is single....and loves it. This single lady has a fabulous life with a successful career, stylish NYC apartment, fun friends and sparkly hand bags. She didn't morn the man-shaped hole in her life.

But then she was tamed by Smith Jerrod. No wonder men are convinced they came tame me when foxy Samantha Jones was tamed into the domesticated life (even if it was by the best looking guy ever).  I was thankful as hell when she ended their relationship in the first film with the perfect "I love you, but I love me more".

So are you suggesting we should ban teenagers from watching television and films? Absolutely not.

Films, books and television are fun, and can be a massive force for good. But they need to be taken with a pinch of salt. That's why I strongly believe that media studies in school is not a pointless subject and should be an essential part of Personal Social Education (alongside comprehensive sex and relationship education).

That way, there's a smaller chance of the next generation growing up believing the same bullshit.

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My basic vegan curry recipe

My basic vegan curry recipe

In the lunch canteen at my work I'm regularly complimented on my home-cooked meals. But honestly? Most of my packed lunches sound fancier than they are and are pretty easy to make. I also have the same five recipes on rotation.

One of these meals is my basic vegan curry recipe. When I say basic I really mean basic. Most Indian chefs would probably scoff at the idea of this being a curry and there's no way you'd find something so basic in a restaurant. But it's quick and easy to make, completely vegan and makes you look more competent in a kitchen then you actually are. Win-win.

200ml coconut milk (I used powdered coconut milk)
2 teaspoons curry paste of your choice (I tend to use tikka masala)
half an onion, chopped,
one clove garlic, chopped
one vegetable stock cube
vegetables of your choice (I go for pepper, pea pods and mushrooms)
oil to fry

1. Heat oil in sauce pan
2. Fry the onions and garlic until softened
3. Add the vegetables of your choice, and heat through for about five minutes
4. Prepare your coconut milk powder (mix with water) and combine with the curry paste
5. Add the milk mixture to pan and add the stock cube
6. Bring to the boil
7. Ensure everything has been thoroughly heated through and that the stock cube has dissolved
8. Serve with rice.

Voila! One very basic vegan curry that will impress your co-workers.

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