Monday, 23 May 2016

Urban Decay in Wonderland | Alice Make Up Look

As the Alice Through The Looking Glass film comes out on Friday here in the UK, I thought I'd do a few make-up looks to celebrate. The first of four make up looks is this Alice make up look. Alice has quite 'dainty' make up but I thought I'd also use the Alice colours in the new Urban Decay palette.

I did my base as normal, then I started on the eye shadow! I put Looking Glass all over my lid, Dormouse in the crease and Reflection in the middle of my eyelid, then blended it all together. I popped a bit of Lily in the inner corner because it's such a pretty highlight colour! I then popped on Clarins lipstick in Tea Rose to complete the look. I am aware I'm not great at make up but I thought I'd give this a go anyway.

How would you do an Alice make up look?
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Friday, 20 May 2016

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

I'm one of those people that only has one mascara open at a time, so even when I received this Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara in the Motel Rocks goody bag at the Bloggers Love event last September, I resisted opening it until this March. To be honest I'm glad I left it as I'm falling back in love with beauty now and I think it was the perfect time to try it.

The packaging is definitely heavier than any other mascara I've used but it just adds to the luxury of it, it doesn't affect how it applies. The distinctive packaging also means it's easy to find in my make up bag. The brush feels rather soft when I'm applying the mascara to my lashes, and not much work is required to get my lashes to my desired length and curl. The only thing about the application that it tricky is the brush is rather big, so it's best to go slowly and wiggle up to the end of your lashes when applying.

I find that this mascara doesn't transfer under my eyes, even when I've been wearing it for a full day, which is great for my oily eyes haha. It's a good all rounder, it thickens, curls and lengthens my lashes which is exactly what I want in a mascara. It is £19, which is on the pricey side but I would say it's worth it. This is the best mascara I've used in a while and I'm so impressed with what it does to my lashes!

Have you tried Better Than Sex Mascara?
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Monday, 16 May 2016

Making a Baby Taggy Blanket

I spend many evenings scrolling through Pinterest, pinning away, and sometimes it actually leads to me being productive. My friends had a beautiful baby girl at the end of March and before she was born, I made a taggy blanket for her (which I had obviously seen on Pinterest). As they didn't know whether they were having a boy or a girl, I went for the Very Hungry Caterpillar theme. I used this tutorial here to make the blanket and it was the quickest and easiest thing I've ever made with my sewing machine. 

I bought the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Minky fabric from the eBay shop Favourite Fabrics. They have loads of different fabrics so if you want to make a taggy blanket, you'll be bound to find a fabric you love!
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Friday, 13 May 2016

My Top 5 Disney Films

All I remember watching when I was super little is Disney films and thanks to that, I have a bit of an obsession with Disney still to this day. In my 20 years of life so far, I've watched plenty of Disney films so it was very hard to pick just a few I love, but I thought I'd narrow it down to my top 5.

The Little Mermaid
I can't even remember the first time I watched The Little Mermaid, so I must have been rather tiny! It has always been my favourite Disney film as long as I can remember and Ariel is my favourite Disney Princess. This is one of the films that I can watch whether I'm happy, sad or ill, it's one of my favourite films of all time. I think this was one of my most used Disney VHS's! I also think I have this film to thank for my mermaid obsession.

Alice in Wonderland
I love everything about this film. How colourful it is, how easy it is to relate to Alice and of course I love the Cheshire Cat. This is such a classic and it played such a big part in my childhood. To be honest this is the film where most of my favourite quotes of all time come from! "Do you suppose she's a wildflower?"

I just love everything about this film. I love the original Rapunzel story and was so happy that Disney made a film with Rapunzel in. The music in this film is amazing and I also love the animals, they're so funny and adorable. My favourite scene is the lantern scene when 'I See The Light' is playing.

Beauty and the Beast
There's definitely a trend here - you can tell I love the Disney Princesses! The songs in this are beautiful and some are funny. It's too hard to pick favourite characters in this as I love all of them. I remember when I was little being terrified of Beast before you actually get to know the real him!

The Fox and the Hound
One of my earliest memories is watching this film. I can't explain the sadness I felt when I was so young watching this, I remember being more sad than I felt at Bambi though! This is one of the most underrated Disney films, it really is beautiful and it's been one of my favourites throughout my whole life.

What are your top 5 Disney films?
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Monday, 9 May 2016

Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette

L to R: Looking Glass, Hatter, Lily, Heads Will Roll, Time, Reflection, Gone Mad, Duchess, Bandersnatch, Dream On 
L to R: Dormouse, Paradox, Kingdom, Salazen Grum, Chronosphere, Metamorphosis, Cake, Chess Board, Royal Flush, Mirror

When the live action Alice in Wonderland came out in 2010, I wasn't into make up so I missed out on the first Urban Decay Alice palette. I was so happy to hear that they were bringing out a palette for Alice Through the Looking Glass, I knew I had to get my hands on it.

The packaging of the palette is one of my favourite things about it, I love the quotes from the book, that are on the different sections of the palette. "We're all mad here", one of the most famous quotes from the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland book features on the mirror. "I'm not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours" is on the 'doors' of the 3D butterfly and "I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I must have changed several times since then" is on the drawer the shadows are in. The tray the shadows are in also looks like a bit of an optical illusion - I thought it was a piece of paper over the shadows when I first opened it up! It's also great that the tray is removable, so you don't need loads of space to put the palette down while it's all open.

There are 20 shadows in the palette and all of them are based on a character. That's what I love about this palette - if you wanted to recreate that character's look for a fancy dress party or even as a day-to-day look, you know which colours to use for them. Alice's shadows are Looking Glass, Reflection, Dormouse and Metamorphosis. The Mad Hatter's shadows are Hatter, Gone Mad, Paradox and Cake. Mirana's (The White Queen) shadows are Lily, Duchess, Kingdom and Chessboard. Iracebeth's (The Red Queen) shadows are Heads Will Roll, Bandersnatch, Salazen Grum and Royal Flush. Time's shadows are Time, Dream On, Chronosphere and Mirror. 

I found all of the shades really pigmented apart from Looking Glass and Dream On, which I've found I have to build up a bit to reach the shade they show up in the pan. The shadows all last really well on the lid with a primer, I keep my make up on for around 8-10 hours and they're still firmly on when I'm about to remove my make up.

I paid £45 from House of Fraser for 20 shadows, which works out at £2.25 per shadow so I think it's extremely reasonable. Especially for such a pigmented and varied palette! Plus you get a pretty matching eyeshadow brush. Unfortunately this is limited edition so I can't find a link to post on here, however you may be lucky enough to find one somewhere. Look out for looks with this palette featuring on the blog nearer the time of release of Alice Through The Looking Glass on May 27th!
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Sunday, 1 May 2016

National Stationery Week | A-Z of why Writing Matters

It's the start of National Stationery Week, which runs from 25th April - 1st May 2016. I thought I'd share with you today the A-Z of why writing matters that the people running National Stationery Week have come up with. I personally think writing is so important, I do it myself on a daily basis and I'm one of those people that writes lists and events down in my diary, rather than storing it on my phone! 

A is for Archives. Handwritten documents and notes have been passed down through centuries to permanently record some of history’s most important events – not just consigned to a virtual trash bin.

B is for Beauty. A hastily-drawn up email will never capture the beauty of a handwritten letter.

C is for Caring, Courtesy, Creativity and Convenience. Handwritten notes, letters and cards are the most personal form of communication. Emails declaring ‘I love you’ just don’t cut it! Think love letters and cards that are treasured for decades. A handwritten letter also shows courtesy.

D is for Diaries. Imagine pouring out your innermost thoughts, feelings and emotions and keeping it stored in a computer file to treasure for all time. Doesn’t have the same ring does it?

E is for Education. The computer era is upon us but when schools, colleges and universities set a project they still expect it to be completed in legible handwriting. It’s up there with reading and arithmetic as one of the cornerstones of literacy.

F is for Failsafe. There’s no need to rely on computer batteries or storage space. Handwriting can be enjoyed anywhere, at any time, without the need to rely on technology.

G is for Generations. If something ain’t broke then don’t fix it! Generation upon generation has used handwriting to get its message across. It’s as important now as it ever has been in the past.

H is for History. We know so much about the rich past of the world we live in because of handwritten documents passed down over time. There were no emails when the Magna Carta was drawn up.

I is for Imagination. Crafting a handwritten letter stimulates the brain and imagination, and is proven to heighten the feel-good factor. 

J is for Jargon. Can you remember the most important documents of all time being littered with LOLs, ROFLs or L8Rs? No, neither can we! Handwriting encourages the correct use of language.

K is for Knowledge. They say that knowledge is power. It is proven that the brain takes in far more information when it is being written down.

L is for Learning. Evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep. Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information.

M is for Memory. Handwriting enhances brain activity and memory, helping to keep the mind sharp.

N is for Nostalgia. Have you ever dug out old school notebooks, diaries and cards from years gone by to relive happy memories from the past? Threads to text messages and emails just don’t provide the same sense of nostalgia.

O is for Opulent. It’s not just artists that get to go wild with creativity. Beautiful handwriting brings a page to life.

P is for Personal. There’s nothing more personal than a handwritten letter or card to say thank you, sorry or congratulations, or simply that you are thinking of someone. It means a lot, which is why handwritten letters and cards will always be opened first.

Q is for Quill. Take a moment to step back in time! The quill was used to write with ink before the invention of the dip pen. Shakespeare’s world-famous plays would have been written down using a quill – and the literary masterpieces have certainly stood the test of time. Many of today’s authors still write their first drafts by hand.

R is for Romance. Great love stories tend not be to rooted in the foundation of a text message or email! Think instead of soldiers in battle taking hope from letters sent from their loved ones back home or cards filled with soppy scribblings and cherished for years.

S is for Signature. Even if you’re never intending to become a scribe, everyone should practice their signature. Some of the most memorable moments in history have come from people signing on the dotted line….think treaties, marriages, births, autographs – or even football contracts!

T is for Text Messages. Texts are a handy way of quick communication but they’ll never beat a carefully crafted handwritten message.

U is for Unique. Nobody wants to follow the crowd so handwriting is a perfect tool to express personality and individuality. Every person’s handwriting is unique and says something about them.

V is for Vision. Our vision is for writing by hand to co-exist in perfect harmony with technology in this digital age.

W is for Writing. Writing by hand matters….worldwide.

X is for X Factor. Handwritten notes have that extra little something that makes them super special!

Y is for You. Just like fashion sense and choice of hairstyles, handwriting says a lot about who you are.

Z is for Zeal. It’s what people feel for writing and stationery.
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