Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Quickie Glam: Classic Red Lip and Cat Eye

Hello guys! I've been terribly absent lately I know... I even missed Sewing Sunday this week! I've just been so busy at university since i'm getting to the end of my third year, and therefore have a dissertation to write alongside other assignments and upcoming exams. Posting might be a little sparse this month because of this, but I promise I'll check in when I can and be back in full force in June!

Today I wanted to share one of my favourite makeup looks with you all - a very classic bright red lip, paired with strong brows and a big ol' liquid eyeliner flick. This look is so quick and easy to put together, yet makes you look like you spent forever getting ready and I absolutely love it. Being so pale can make typical neutral makeup a bit risky sometimes, and occasionally I can spend ages faffing about with browns and bronzes and oranges only to realise i've made my eyes look about half as big as they actually are, so this is a great super-glam-but-low-effort look. So, without further ado....

First do your base, whatever that may be, and set with powder. For me today it's my favourite MaxFactor 3 in 1 Facefinity in Light Ivory, set with Natural Collection Pressed Powder. Fill in your eyebrows however you prefer too, and make them as bold as you dare. 

Choose a red lipstick that complements your skin tone - for me that's blue-toned reds, but it may be that you like warmer colours. I'm wearing Salvador Dali's RubyLips which is so cheap but I absolutely love. 

Then grab your eyelash curlers if you use them, and prime your eyelids. Sweep a little neutral eyeshadow over your lid, then work a very faint contour colour into your crease. The idea is to look barely there, not obvious, so blend it out if need be. Then add a little highlight to your brow bone, something lighter than your skin tone and maybe a little shimmery, if that's what you like. And then eyeliner! I'm still absolutely in love with my Be a Bombshell Onyx Eyeliner Pen, it's so easy to control exactly how you want your liner to look. 

Create a medium sized line along your lid, then flick up and out towards your eyebrow. I then go back over the line and fill it in a little more, so the curve upwards isn't so severe and the wing looks neat and pretty. Finish off with a big voluminizing mascara (I'm wearing my trusty Soap and Glory Thick and Fast here). Wiggle the brush into your lid base then sweep up and out, and repeat for big and dramatic lashes. 

And that's it! With practice and steady hand, this look can be started and finished within five minutes, perfect for those times when you need to look awesome and put-together, but in fact have rolled out of bed with fifteen minutes to do everything. For example, here I am pairing it with a whole load of dry shampoo and tousled hair that I accidentally let dry in a plait last night. 

So what do you think of this look? Do you like to go classic and simple with looks like this, or do you add extra things to change it up a bit? Let me know below! 

- Natalie XOX

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Sewing Sunday: Choosing and Buying Fabrics

Hey guys,

 First off, Happy Easter Sunday! I hope all of you who celebrate this day have gotten lots of chocolate and hot cross buns and good things to eat ;) and if not, hopefully you're having a lovely day anyway. Today I want to talk about my top 5 tips for choosing fabrics to sew with. It can be a bit daunting sometimes, especially if you're not working from a pattern and therefore have no recommendations to work from. So, here we go...


It's important to get to know a bit about different fabrics, and how they differ from each other. Most people begin with simple cotton fabric, which is great to work with since it's light, breathable, yet holds enough structure to work well for a lot of garments. However, it's unlikely that you would want to make an autumn jacket out of it, where a heavier linen or denim might be more appropriate. Take some time to research the weights, breath-ability, textures and variations of whatever fabrics you're considering, and save yourself a lot of trouble later on. 


Believe me, sewing lightweight cotton is not the same as sewing lurex, or denim, or leather. Whether you're making small adjustments by hand or sewing a full garment by machine, do not assume that one needle and thread fit all. Invest in a range of thicker needles and sturdier threads for the fabrics that really need them, and a couple of thin, lightweight ones for fabrics such as silk and satin. And don't neglect the tension settings on your machine, as I am so prone to doing - they really do make a shocking difference on the quality and success of your sewing. 


From experience, attempting to sew a complex silk nightie or dress as your first ever time sewing with silk is a terrible, terrible idea. Even if you've been sewing for years, always take a little time to get to know your new fabric and what tension and techniques work best with it. You or your machine might need a little tweaking in order to avoid any disasters, and it's far better that happens with some excess scrap than your actual garment. 


Personally, i'm not a big fan of commercial fabric stores. I think they're generally over-priced and don't have enough choice. Look online at independent retails on eBay and etsy for unique fabrics (especially awesome printed cotton cuts), local markets, small craft stores and or in thrift / charity stores for unusual and vintage cuts. I've made shorts from an old table cloth before, and pyjamas from a bed sheet - put your Maria Von Trapp head on and think creatively, and you might be pretty surprised at what you can find second-hand or even new, often for great prices. There's some amazing stuff to work with, and it needn't all cost a fortune if you know where to look.


I'm guilty of it too, but try not to buy fabrics without having a garment in mind, or at least be prepared to work around that once you've bought them. I find it easier to have an idea in mind then look at a range of fabrics and decide what will work best to make it. If you have an idea at least of the general shape of something and how you want it to look when worn, you'll find it much easier to consider colours, textures and weights by picturing the final product. 

I hope this post was useful and interesting to somebody out there! Do you put a lot of thought into choosing your fabrics to work with? Where do you prefer to source them from? Let me know below! 

- Natalie XOX

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Review: MUA Undress Me Too + Swatches + Eye Look

This little palette has been around the blogging community for a while now and i've been dying to get my hands on it, so when I finally did I knew I just had to write a little post on it! This is the MUA Undress Me Too palette which is a very close dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 2 eye shadow palette.

This retails for £4 in Superdrug in the UK, and compared to the £36 Urban Decay's goes for, it's certainly a more budget friendly option! I've had a try of the palette and it's certainly very nice to use. The shimmery colours are really pigmented, and the two darker shades Obsessed and Corrupt are very dark. The matte colours don't show up as well but are nice for creating a smooth and natural base. I especially love Devotion, Lavish and Reveal.

Swatches (click for larger)

Night-Time Eye Look

 Sweep Lavish all over lid and socket, then cover the outer third of the lid with Obsessed and blend outwards and upwards. Smudge Corrupt into the crease and line the eye with it, then cover the middle of the socket with Devotion. Finish with a thin line of Devotion under the lower lash line and a tiny bit of Reveal to highlight the inner corner and brow bone. Pair with a volumising mascara and a dark lip for a great night-time look!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Sewing Sunday: Finding My Personal Fashion

I've been thinking a lot lately about why exactly I like to sew. It's far easier, and often cheaper, to just walk into a high street shop or a charity shop and pick out something to wear. It'll often be lovely and fit nicely and I do often choose to do that. But it won't feel exactly like me.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Review: Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick

Hey guys! I've been a bit absent this week I'm afraid, lots of dissertation writing to do. And maybe just a little bit of xbox, since we got Lego Hobbit today ;) but I digress. Today's post is a review of a product I've really been loving lately, and that is my Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker gloss stick. I've been using it more or less every day for casual looks and it's really lovely. 

The shade I have is 'Nudist' which is a nice peachy pink, and adds just a little bit of colour to my lips, working nicely for a day at work or University. The gloss comes in a chunky crayon applicator, which seems to be quite popular nowadays. 

As you can see, I wasn't kidding! Thankfully once this wears down it twists up at the bottom and so should last a good long time. I really love the consistency of this as well as the colour. It's not sticky at all but gives a lovely shine and feels quite moisturizing and soft on the lips. It doesn't last very well through eating, drinking, etc. but since it's just a gloss that's not really surprising. I do especially like that it manages to have quite a light and nude colour without highlighting dry lips, as a lot of my other nude colours are prone to doing. 

This gloss retails for £8.00 in Boots, which is a pretty decent price for a good quality product which is going to last some time. I'm also interested in the Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Lacquers, which look promising too. Have you tried this gloss? What do you think of Soap and Glory's lip products in general? Let me know below! This weekend i'm off to Newcastle again to visit family, but there will still be a Sewing Sunday post so be sure to check in for that. Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!

- Natalie XOX

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Sewing Sunday: Sewing Without Patterns

Hi guys! This is the first post in a hopefully quite long weekly series, so please do let me know if you enjoy it. Each Sunday I will be posting about sewing, including sharing some favourite tips, updating you on a current project i'm working on or posting a full tutorial. If you have anything in particular you'd like to see in this series, please let me know and I'll do my best to include it! Today I'm going to be talking about sewing without a pattern so click through for more! ~

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Guest Post: SS14 Trends into Everyday Style

Today's post has been contributed by Sarah D. from Can you believe she's only 14? Go and check out her amazing blog if you enjoyed this post and don't forget to leave a comment!

Like most fashion-crazed bloggers, I have been impatiently waiting for spring to come so that I can dig out those light and colorful spring/summer clothes. The major fashion trends for SS14 spring/summer are a little outrageous- in a good way. But how in the world can anyone incorporate these crazy trends into your everyday wardrobe? Here are ways to take the high fashion right off the catwalk and into your wardrobe.

Trend #1- The Midi Skirt

Roksanda Ilincic                              Sonia Rykiel                            Marni

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

OOTD: Superheroes in the Woods

Photo by Leigh-Anne Peach Photography
Hello guys! Today I went with my friend Leigh-Anne so I could help her take some photos and I decided to quickly grab a quick OOTD photo to show you guys. I got this skirt in Newcastle last weekend and I just love it! It's printed with scenes from The Amazing Spider Man comics and it was an absolute steal at £6 from Primark. 

I wore it with a simple black vest top, and a long white cardi with some grey woolen tights since it's still a little chilly outside! I think the simple colours really lets the skirt speak for itself. It's quite funny actually, just to my left hanging on the tree you can see the really big flower headband prop I was wearing for the rest of the photos we took - I think it fits into the tree quite well actually! 

Photo by Leigh-Anne Peach Photography

Would you wear this skirt? What do you think of the outfit as a whole? You can check out Leigh-Anne's flickr here if you want to see some more of her photographs. 

- Natalie XOX