Saturday, 14 November 2015


129 people are confirmed to be dead. 352 are injured, 99 of whom are critical. All in 6 sickening attacks around the city of Paris. The most deadly European terrorist attack since 2004, when trains were bombed in Madrid.

No words I, or anyone else, can say will ever do the horror of this incident justice. Yet, it's all I have been able to think about in the past 24 hours.

Paris is the city of love and lights. Paris is always a good idea and Paris, je t'aime. The beauty of the city can't be denied. This makes the shock factor of the attacks so much harder to swallow. The terrorists targetted places of entertainment and enjoyment: restaurants, a music venue, a football stadium. These are the last places one would expect to visit and suffer gun and explosive attacks. Attacking the unexpected leads to innocent people around the world living in fear that their town, city, country will be next. Fear is what allows terrorism to remain strong.

City of Glasgow College showing its support to Paris. Photo credit to The Ark, Glasgow.

France has fallen victim to three terrorist attacks in 2015: Charlie Hebdo, the Thalys train attack and now, Le Bataclan, its surrounding areas and Saint Denis. However, this is attack is no longer single-handedly a French issue. Arrests have been made in Belgium. Victims come from all over the world: the UK, USA, Switzerland, Tunisia. One of the attackers was smuggled through Greece. It is a worldwide issue.

Monuments and buildings around the world have been lit up with le tricolor français. Vigils have been held in multiple countries, with thousands of people singing La Marseillaise and showing their unity. We need to back up this support. François Hollande states that he will fight back without mercy and our governments must stand with France to defeat ISIS before hundreds more people are tragically killed.

I am in shock. I feel sick. Paris is a city that is very close to my heart, as a French student. Many of my fellow students are currently living in France. Thankfully, none of my friends are living in Paris, and miraculously this is the first weekend in a long time where no one I know was visiting the Paris region. Not everyone was as lucky.

Je suis avec Paris. Le monde pense à Paris. Reposez en paix toutes les victimes.

Liberté, égalité, fraternité is a message that France and the world must keep close to them in light of these events. We must also add another word to this list - solidarité.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

What's in my make-up bag?

Your makeup bag is your trusty companion. Whether you adapt it for a travel version, it’s all over your bedside table or you’re seriously organised and have it colour co-ordinated blogger style - we all have one. If you’re anything like me, you take it everywhere, you re-stock it constantly and there’s always some hidden treasure at the bottom of it.
But have you ever wondered what everyone else’s looks like? We’ll be delving into our beauty writer’s bags and sharing all their trusty makeup secrets. – Renate O’Connor, Beauty Editor.


Everyone’s makeup bag is different. For me, there is a bit of everything. Often, if I’ve spent too long in bed in the morning I’ll do my make-up on the bus to uni, so here are the products I like to take for easy and quick application:


I’m very pale, so now that I’ve found a foundation and concealer that work for me, I stick to them religiously. For foundation, the Rimmel Match Perfection is the best for light coverage, and the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer works on spots and under the eyes. I also carry the Rimmel Stay Matte powder to set my face make-up and eye primer and to create the perfect matte look for lipsticks.

Becca Cook, Kettle Mag, What's in my makeup bag? Image: Becca Cook

Rimmel's Match Perfection Foundation is available from Boots for £7.99.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is available from John Lewis. Get yours in store or online for £22.00.
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder is also available from Boots and for just £3.99.
Selected Boots cosmetic products, including No 7, are currently on offer. Buy 3 for the price of 2!


For eye shadows, there’s nothing better than MAC. I use their Paintpot for a base and then carry their Burgundy x9 Palette, because it’s so dinky and portable! I’ve mastered winged eyeliner on the bus using Collection’s Extreme Felt Tip Liner, which is the easiest eyeliner I’ve ever used and is very dark. L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara is easy to put on without getting it everywhere, so I always make sure this in my on-the-go makeup bag too.

Becca Cook, Kettle Mag, What's in my makeup bag? Image: Becca Cook

Buy your MAC Pro Wear Longwear Paint Pot online or at your local counter for £16.00
Their Burgundy x9 Palette is on sale for £30.00 – get that on your Christmas list!
Collection’s Extreme Felt Tip Liner is available from Superdrug for £2.99, along with L’Oreal’s Miss Manga Mascara for £8.99.
Receive a free tote bag when you buy in the 3 for 2 on nails, cosmetics and lashes at Superdrug!


Often, I’ll have quite a few lipsticks rolling around my bag, but I have two staples at the moment - a berry and a nude. Topshop are by far my favourite brand for lipsticks, so I’m carrying Beguiled, a blue-toned berry shade, and Naturist, because every girl needs a good nude lipstick, right?

Becca Cook, Kettle Mag, What's in my makeup bag? Image: Becca Cook

Get your Topshop lipsticks, lip bullets and glosses online or in store for £6-£8.

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