The Female Doctor and why it matters

Three days ago the world was forever changed when it was revealed the new Dr Who would be a woman (played by the hella talented Jodie Whittaker). Fans from around the world were shocked in both awe and naivete, and the internet reacted accordingly...

Here we are, in the 21st century, when women have had the vote for 90+ years and when gender roles are constantly being questioned and reinvented yet this news has shocked the 'hardcore' nerds to their very core. 

To put it frankly, they're being babies about the whole thing.

The BBC has been inundated with complaints regarding their choice of actor to play fictional, time travelling alien because apparently, grown people have nothing better to do than to whine about a tv show. Their shock comes for reasons entirely based around her gender because the words 'doctor' and 'who' apparently connote so much masculinity that she might as well be called Jeff Manlyman. There is an outcry, for how will boys be able to play with a female Dr Who toy now? Their Tardis is emasculated! Never mind the Doctor's main nemesis, The Master, changed gender (remember Missy?!) our hero is a woman!!

My response to the whole thing is to roll my eyes, and to bask in the female-centred basassery that has come out of the past few years. We have had a female Ghostbusters reboot, Wonder Woman and now a female Dr Who, so if this isn't the best news for female nerds everywhere then I don't know what is! Little girls can now buy costumes for their heroes, they can have positive and strong female leads to watch (in addition to the ones that already exist, Ripley has been a favourite of mine since I first watched Alien) and most importantly, they will never be told 'oh you can't play Dr Who, he's a boooy!' In your face mean primary school boys, in your face!

I'm sorry that some whiny people on the internet cannot handle that women have capabilities past pushing out a few babies and frolicking in the fields but they have to face the facts; anything they can do, women can do equally as well (and for the same pay! C'mon world!)

Lottie :)

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1940s Make-Up Tutorial

I found this channel on YouTube that has vintage make-up tutorials on it, which intrigued me since I love vintage things and I was so interested by actual make-up tutorials from the time period. The first one I watched was from the 1940s and showed young girls how to achieve the perfect make-up, so, using the products I had, I recreated the look it showed me.

Step One: Use a make-up compact or vanishing cream
Since I have literally no idea what vanishing cream is, I used a light layer of foundation that I blended with my Ecotools foundation brush to give it a smooth and natural finish.

Step Two: Dot on rouge
The tutorial said to put rouge (or blush) in a triangle on your cheek, one directly below the pupil, the second on the cheekbone and the third no lower than the tip of your nose. The one the woman used in the video seemed to be a creme rouge so I put my blush on with my finger to simulate the same pattern and look. You have to blend so the rouge is barely there, so I blended using my fingers, making sure that I kept the shape I'd created because "nothing dates you like rouge that shows" apparently... 

Step Three: Lipstick
This is your exclamation point according the woman in the video and I applied my red lipstick in the same way as the girl in the video, using downward strokes to fill in my lips. I have to say, I don't know why I didn't think of this before as it definitely fills in your lips easier. 

Step Four: Powder
I found some loose powder I had from my dance days and brushed it all over my face as I was told, leaving it for a few moments before brushing it off. I don't usually do this and it made my foundation seem less tacky so I might continue doing it in the future.

Step Five: Mascara and Brows
This one wasn't in the video but I felt incomplete without putting a little mascara on, and lightly filling in my brows. Since the woman stresses the 'barely there' look, I filled in my eyebrows only a small amount. In truth you probably can't tell I filled them in, but it makes me feel better and more 'ready'.

Step Six: Hair
The longer tutorial shows how you should style your hair to fit in with your face shape. I tried to do what the woman recommended for an oval shaped face, but I've never been too good at hair so I ended up with a high bun with my headscarf wrapped around it. It was really messy so I was glad it wasn't in shot! 

And this is the finished look. I have to say, I kinda like it, it didn't take much skill and it'd make a nice day look. I like how my eyes are very open, as usually I do a cat-eye, so it's nice to see me with just mascara on. 

Lottie :)

Foundation: L'oreal True Match Foundation (Shade: 2.R/2.C Rose Vanilla)
Powder: Seventeen Miracle Matte Loose Powder
Blush: NYX Underneath It All & Bourjois (Shade: Rose Mandarin)
Lipstick: Seventeen Stay Pout Lipstick (Shade: Infared)
Mascara: L'oreal Miss Hippie (Colour: Black)
Brows: Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil (Shade: 4)

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Why I no longer follow J.K. Rowling

From the first moment I picked up a Harry Potter book I was hooked. I was immediately immersed in the magical world of Hogwarts and spells, reading about magical creatures and the adventures Harry went on during the books. I loved the books, and they remain my favourite book series, I re-read them every summer and look forward to the release of the illustrated editions every Christmas. Harry Potter has always played a huge part in my life, and is the reason I met my best friend. 

So why then have I unfollowed J.K?


Yesterday, hundreds of people entered Manchester Arena to see an Ariana Grande concert. Yesterday a despicable person took it upon themselves to generate an explosion at the arena. Yesterday, Britain was subject to the biggest 'terrorist' attack since the 7/7 bombings in 2005.

The relationship between my hair and I

I have always had a special relationship with my hair. For years I had it long, at its longest it reached my waist and then I changed my mind and had it cut to a bob. But it's only recently that I realised that my hair defines so much about myself.

Christmas Eve and the RSC

I have always wanted to see a Shakespeare production live, there's something about seeing it performed that makes it so much more easier to understand, compared to mere words on a screen. So when I was told my family and I were going to see the RSC's Christmas Eve production of The Tempest I was thrilled. 

Christmas Market!

If you know me, you'll know how much I love Christmas! I love everything about it from the cheesy music to the copious amounts of food, but my absolute favourite thing is the Christmas Market at uni!

Cursed Child - REVIEW

I have been a huge Potterhead since I was a child. The series means a lot to me and each time I read it I find new meaning within the words on the page and I love how magical the books are, despite having re-read them many times. When I heard that the Cursed Child was coming out I was a bit skeptical, would the book match up to the original series, would it add something new to the story? Well, since I got the book yesterday* I guess I've found answers to these questions...