Saturday, November 24, 2012

5 Winter Make-up Tips!

As tans fade and coats get thicker, our make-up changes too. Here are my top five for you to try - say hello to the winter you!

Bold Lips!
Summer is for soft pinks, but winter is time to get serious. Berry colours work really well for strong lips, and deep rouges work especially if you have darker skin. Careful not to go to dark though, or you could end up looking washed out and pale.
The cold air is so much drier than the hot summer, and walking out of a hot room and into the cold outside a lot can really damage your skin. It will dry and flake, make up won't adhere as well and your skin will get oilier - spots on the rise!
Bronze and Gold!
Smokey eyes are considered the ultimate party look - but charcoal eye shadow is just too dark for winter. Try creating the same effect with a shimmer bronze, or gold works well for paler skin. Leave out the black Kohl and replace with a glitter liner for fantastic eyes.
Naturally Flushed Cheeks!
If you want to add a bit of colour to your pale wintry face, try adding a bit of natural blusher in jewel tones. Place either from the apples of your cheeks (the bit that wrinkles high on your cheekbones when you grin) and sweep up towards your temples, or brush into the hollows of your cheeks for a naturally flushed look.
Clear skin!
Either buy a new foundation for winter or don't wear one at all - the same summer shade makes you look like you applied fake tan: only to your face!
You will need a paler colour as your tan fades to save yourself from looking like a traffic light, or just stick to concealer and natural skin. Much less fuss!

I would like to thank a reader for suggesting the idea for a winter make up tips post, I really do love all of your suggestions, and if you have anything you would like me to review, post or research, let me know! Comment on the You! page and I will see what I can do!


Monday, November 19, 2012

The Meaning of Life... (almost.)

Well, I just don't know what to write!
How are you? This might be a bit of a slow conversation, as you would need to comment (please do) and then wait for me to reply. 
Which might take a little while. 
Cos I'm feeling lazy. 
But I'll pre-empt your reply and say 'Glad you're feeling good and having fun reading my blog, I am feeling good too! What is your favourite bit of my blog? Just curious...'

I have found some amazing sites, which I would like to share with you!
First off, Shabby Blogs, which gives out stuff like this :


Number 2, Her New Leaf - also found somewhere at the side of the page ------->
who gives out stuff like this:

also for FREE!

as you can see, I am  in the mood for prettying up my blog.
I have already started with some tabs at the top of the page. aka the Home, About Me, You,  and DIY Fashion pages... which I am always adding to (and attempting to make work.)
Please please please visit them, as there is some interesting stuff, maybe you will discover the unknown, or the meaning of life. (It all lies here, in my blog.)

Good luck exploring! Me xxx

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Promises Kept

Once upon a time, long long ago, I promised you all some photos (and stories) from a fashion pilgrimage to Italy, namely Amalfi, Capri, and Puglia!
So here we have a promise kept, and some lovely photos from my trip!

Top left: while waiting to catch the venicular from Capri to Anacapri,
I saw some touristy bags , and while I wouldn't necessarily buy one,
they certainly looked good lined up on the hanger like that.
Top right: The miu miu store sign: I went in to the ice cold boutique and
 the assistant looked at me like I wasn't miu miu worthy. Which I'm not.
 So I walked out again, and immediately boiled over. How could they
sell furs in there?!
Mid right: Some unique diamond earrings which caught
my eye (although I'm sure they cost a zillion euros.)
Mid left: The (then) new range of swarovski crystals and gems. It's so hard
to take a photo of shop windows!! And this guy stood in front of the
store for like a million years!
Bottom right: at the very height of Anacapri are some
beautiful gardens, overlooking the too-clear water in the bay below
(with all the rich people in their giant yachts...)
Bottom left: Last but not least, the Gucci sign, and learning my
 lesson form miu miu, I did not enter.

Up top: The Valentino display for their A/W 12 collection,
Down below: The D&G storefront (and although you cant really see
 it, the purple dress on the right is AMAZING!)
Like my dad said: it's like walking through the pages of a Vogue magazine.

Top right: Just the Boss store front
Top left: A beautiful hat display outside of a unique boutique, I would love to own a million hats like that!
Bottom right: In a slightly more touristy store, a bag display
Bottom left: Well, you guess! Their store is actually huge, and I went in and acted like I owned it all,
and even braved picking up a leather purse (a zillion euros... slightly too expensive for my budget!)

Some more artistic photos, on the left, a beautiful (and famous) view, from the Villa Rufalo in Ravello, taken by my dad (thank you), in the middle, an old-style cruise ship that rocked its way into the harbour while eating my breakfast on the terrace of the breakfast place (also beautiful, by the way. Italians just have style.) On the end is just a photo I took while passing somebody's house, these are genuine chillies hung out on the wall to dry, and not for tourists. Sweet, I thought. 

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Winter Chills

I consider my birthday to be the official start of winter - and thus I never end up with any summer clothes for presents. But my friends and parents equipped me with some pretty handy cold weather gear, featuring a lot of chunky knit and faux fur; I love it all!
So as a bit of a birthday brag but also to show you how I kitted my self out for the chilly times ahead, here are my favourite celebratory pieces....

B gave me these earmuffs, they are soft 
and furry against your ears!
The matching soft wool gloves holding a star (which 
happens to be affixed to my (purple!) bedroom wall)
My feet are always sooo cold in the winter, I could wrap them in warm
stuff and still be cold! But I find that a hot water bottle will
 dampen the chills: especially when faux fur covered to mimic
 a teddy that will warm your heart.
A close up of my lovely TU earmuffs and H&M snood
My Nana gave me these wellies (as well as the lovely
not-quite-sheepskin gloves) and you must admit that these are
 the epic-est wellies in wellie land (if that exists).
K saw these and was like - OMG, I want them!
And then I realised - I HAVE CHEETAH PRINT PJ'S TOO!!
I have decided that these are the only items I can wear to future
festivals - you see a girl in these with a tooth brush
 and an oversized coat - you know that's me.
 Stay warm! x


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