Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Kat Von D: Studded Kiss and Chrysalis

A few weeks ago, my wonderful better half Deccy treated me to some beautiful new makeup by Kat Von D. I'm in no way a Beauty Blogger or a makeup artist, I just love pretty makeup and thought some of you beauty junkies might like to see these new treats.

Ever since I first watched Kat Von D on Miami Ink many moons ago, I pretty much loved her. I thought she was 'rad', so pretty with an awesome sense of style so ever since she first released her makeup collection with Sephora, I've wanted to try it! Kat Von D has always had such pretty makeup, bold and very striking and not shy of colour or trying out different styles and looks. I think because of her amazing artistic skills, she's naturally awesome with a liquid eyeliner. Deccy asked me to create a little wishlist of the Kat Von D makeup that I liked and here's what he surprised me with:


Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette 

Studded Kiss Lipstick: Bachelorette 

Tattoo Liner: Trooper - ink black

I have very little real knowledge about makeup but I do know that I am absolutely in LOVE with these products and they are absolutely the prettiest products I own. Let's start with the palette. 

This palette consists of 3 Base Shadows and 9 accent shadows to create a multitude of different looks and styles. There is a mix of both matte and sparkle. You can create the most perfect smokey eye, a very dark gothic eye, a natural eye or something more unusual using the bolder shades for pops of colour. This palette is so much fun and the shadows are super easy to work with. They feel so smooth on your skin and are really easy to blend together. The pigmentation is excellent, meaning a little really does go a long way! I absolutely adore this set of colours so much and is now my everyday, 'go to' eyeshadow palette. 

The next product I didn't photograph mainly because I couldn't think of an interesting way to do it however, it's one of the best products I've used! The Tattoo Eyeliner is an absolute dream to work with. I've loved black liquid liner ever since I was a teen. Drawing thick black lines on my lids was a must before I left the house and to be honest, not much has changed. This liner is really easy to use, with a super fine tip that gives you both thick and thin lines. The liquid stays put all day but it's pretty easy to remove at night with a good makeup remover. The colour is definitely my favourite part though. It's sometimes really hard to come across a black liner that is actually black but this one is definitely black. It's super dark, perfect for any kind of style whether it's gothic or a simple cat flick. 

Lipstick is something I'm trying to get myself into. I love seeing lipstick and how other people wear it, blend it, line it but I'm always forgetting to put it on myself. I also love reds and blacks but have so little self confidence that I just don't wear it however this lipstick is my key to wearing colour more often! Studded Kiss Lipstick is beautiful and really easy to wear. It's creamy and soft but not so much so that it bleeds and fades. I blended this with a black lip liner and it created a super pretty gothic lip look. The packaging is awesome too! This colour is not super red, it's more of a pinky red so it's kind of like a baby step towards vampy red lips! 

Overall, I'm so, so happy with all of these products and honestly couldn't recommend them enough to anyone. Whether you are a Kat Von D fan or not, these products are gorgeous, easy to wear, easy to use and just so pretty. The packaging is elegant and you can really tell that Kat has poured a lot of herself into these products. Please do head over (link below) to the Sephora Website and check out the full range there. There's so much to choose from and I'm definitely going to be adding some to my Christmas Wishlist. 

Check out the full range HERE

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Craft Night: Studded Beanie

It feels like forever since I last wrote a blog post, I do have a good excuse though but I'll fill you in later. Today, I wanted to share with you a little DIY that's super easy, inexpensive and really quick. Beanies are a staple item in my everyday outfit. I cannot leave the house without a beanie slouched on my head but I also love a little DIY and am forever pinning things to my hat. This tutorial shows you how to make your beanie look cute and grunge in a few simple steps:

What you'll need:

  • a beanie. any style. any colour you like.
  • a pair of scissors
  • a mirror
  • a selection of studs/spikes/skulls/whatever

You can also ask someone to help you...

Step 1 - fitting the beanie

This is why you'll need a mirror and a pair of sharp scissors. If you have a small head (like me) it's sometimes a real pain in the butt to get hats to actually fit you. Often, you'll end up folding them over or having them super slouchy. If this happens, just fit the beanie on your head and cut the extra material off (this would have been so much easier if I'd made a video..dammit). 

Step 2 - Choosing the right studs.

It took me quite a while to find the right kind of studs. There are so many different sizes to choose from, colours, lengths, metals. You can get skull shaped skulls or stars, whatever you like. The main thing to look for when picking your stud is to make sure they have the little prongs on the back. This makes attaching them to the beanie super easy. All you have to do is poke the prongs through the hat, then flatten the prongs using the side of your scissors. 

Step 3 - laying out your studs.

This step is all up to you and how you want to style your beanie. For this beanie, I wanted the studs to look random and not patterned so I just dropped a handful of studs onto the beanie and attached them there. You don't have to do this. On my pink beanie, I only studded the rim and added skulls in between each stud. You can do whatever you like, be creative and have fun! 

And that is how to Stud Your Beanie! It's super simple and all of the materials are really easy to find. I got my studs from eBay and my beanie from Afflecks Palace in Manchester. I really hope that you liked this tutorial and please let me know if you try this out! If you have any questions (because my writing skills are not up to scratch and I probably explained this very badly), just comment below. 

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Monday, 1 September 2014

The Last Days Of Summer

It's those little escapes that are sometimes exactly what you need. A break from the norm, no routines, just time to spend with the people you love, do what you want and fuck the rules. 

Deccy and I took a little trip down to Bath last week. I've never been before but the main reason to go was that my bestest friend lives there. Thing is..although we've been friends for over 10 years, last week was the first time we'd actually met face to face! It was amazing to finally meet her and I only wish we could've stayed longer but I'm already planning to get back asap! In Bath, we wondered around the old town, gazed at the beautiful buildings that were lucky to escape destruction from the war and nommed on my first ever crepe. It's such a lovely little place and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a little weekend getaway. 

After Bath, we drove down to Plymouth which is Deccy's hometown and somewhere I used to live too. It's lovely revisiting our old haunts, being close to the sea and feeding the seagulls (though you're really not meant too but whatever right?). Living in a Manchester, the pace is quick, it's busy and there's lots to do so going down to Plymouth was a welcomed break, relaxing and pretty. 

I'm sad that Summer is officially over now. It's time to pull out the layers, the giant mugs of hot chocolate and for me, the study books. I hope that everyone has had an amazing Summer and are looking forward to new Autumnal adventures.

Did you have a fun Summer?

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Hello Kitty's Guide To Japan

Today, I wanted to share with you this super cute book I picked up from JP Books. I found it perched on the highest shelf and when I saw the title, I knew I had to snap it up.

This is easily the cutest travel book I've ever seen, simple to follow, full of lots of adorable illustrations and information about Japanese language and Japanese Culture. The book starts off with an introduction to Hello Kitty and a little story about how her boyfriend Daniel is coming over to visit her in Japan (ohmysqueeeeeee). He wants to go on lots of adventures, learn all about Japanese traditions, food and popular culture and Hello Kitty is getting ready to take him on an adventure around Japan. After the intro, we dive straight into a map of Japan, taking us through different popular spots and then onto currency, days of the week and seasons.

This book talks you through lots of different topics from conversational information like asking for directions, to explaining what a Kimono is and how to wear one. Everything is written in both English and Japanese so it's a great little book to take with you on holiday to Japan. You can refer to it for tips on food, public transport, festivals and sightseeing.

If you are looking for a Japanese language book, I wouldn't recommend this but if you are looking for a simple reference book, easy to follow and with super cute illustrations, then this guide is for you! I will definitely be packing this in my suitcase to Japan (oh the dream of going to Japan), it's small enough to fit into your bag and really useful to just whip out whenever you are feeling stuck on words or lost in Tokyo!

When I first got this book, I thought it would just be a cute little book to have, I didn't think it would be as detailed as it is. At the very back of the book are emergency details about how to call the police, ambulance etc..also instructions for if an earthquake happens. Honestly, this book has gone way beyond my expectations and would highly recommend it to any Hello Kitty fan who is thinking of going travelling to Japan or just wants to learn some key phrases to help you get by.

Please check out JP Books, that's where I got this book.

Are you a Hello Kitty fan?

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Artist Spotlight: Christopher McKenney

Do you ever have those moments where you stumble across an artist and they immediately suck you into their world? Well, that happened to me a few weeks ago when I was doing my daily lurk on Tumblr and came across this image:

I followed the hashtags to find the work belonged to an artist/photographer called Christopher McKenney. 

Christopher McKenney is a conceptual artist and photographer from Pennsylvania specialising in surrealism and horror. His photography is enough to leave you sleeping with one eye open but with that, there's also a sense of beauty and fragility. As I looked for more of his artwork, I was just blown away by it. Horror has always been a favourite 'theme' of mine, there's something beautiful about something disturbing and I think Christopher McKenney captures this perfectly. Some of his photo's are gruesome, creepy and the stuff of nightmares but there's something there that makes you linger a little longer and get lost inside them.

Please go and check out his work, it's honestly incredible and so inspiring. 

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Friday, 8 August 2014

Japan Centre: One Of Everything Please!

So after our trip to JP Books, Deccy and I hopped around the corner, went up the shiny escalator and entered a world of beautiful Japanese food, the Japan Centre. We found out about this place last time we were in London and after buying almost one of everything, we knew we'd be visiting the next time we were down.

Unfortunately, having an eating disorder means I'm a little shy in the cooking area, though I really want to try and be braver with Japanese cooking but that didn't stop us from buying every snack going! Let's start with the sweet stuff:

The 'Tohato Caramel Corn' is my favourite Japanese snack. I thought I was allllllll about the Pocky until I tried these yummy treats and now I'm officially hooked. They are super light, kind of like Cheetos but they taste amazingly sweet and a bit nutty. I also picked up a box of Hot Cake Mix which I've been dying to try out since I saw a video about them on Youtube! I had to get my lovely friend Sami Spoon to translate the instructions and I can't wait to try them out. We also got some Pocky and some weird little soft cookie things. 

The savoury pile! Mainly Deccy's stuff because he's much more adventurous with new food than me and also the majority of pre-made Japanese food has some kind of fish or meat in it. We picked up a few Ramen pots and some Japanese mayonnaise. We also got an Okonomiyaki mix and sauce. Last time we were in London we went to Abeno Too where Deccy had Okonomiyaki and has been craving it ever since! I picked up some cute little crisp things that look like mini Pringles but to be honest, I'm just a huge sucker for cute packaging. 

I really love Japan Centre, it has really wonderful products, a lovely little cafe and super helpful staff. Wandering around the aisles fascinates me with the amount of different foods and drinks that are on display. There are so many dishes I'd like to try but would really have to tweak them to be a bit more veggie friendly. If you're around the Piccadilly area of London, do check out Japan Centre. They have an online store but to be honest, it's not as good as actually going and being there yourself. I wish they would open up a shop in the North!

Do you like Japanese food?

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

JP Books London: Hello Kitty and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Goodies

JP Books is one of the largest stockists of Japanese books in Europe and somewhere I have always wanted to visit. So, whilst I was down in London for Hyper Japan, me and Deccy took a trip here and we were not disappointed! The first thing I saw when I walked through the door was a stand FULL of Japanese Fashion magazines. I was in heaven! Having a subscription to Kera Magazine already, I picked up Zipper which I'd heard was amazing. It's similar to Kera but more colourful, maybe slightly more Gyaru but equally as awesome and inspiring in terms of style. Then, I wandered a little more and up on a very high shelf, peering over at me was the Hello Kitty Guide To Japan. Well, I snapped that up immediately! It's so freaking cute, I'm going to do a separate post about it but basically it's a guide to Japan written in both English and Japanese.

When I was at the till, Deccy spotted a Kyary Pamyu Pamyu CD, then another, then another! I'm a huge fan of Kyary, I think she's adorable, her style is amazing and her music always makes me smile. Not being able to go to her latest concert here made me so sad so I had to get these CD's! On each CD is a Tour Documentary of the concert I missed and then I picked up another DVD of a concert she did in Japan. 

The CD's are super cute, filled with artwork and stickers! The DVD parts are all in Japanese but it's still fun watching them. I love music documentaries and seeing people on tour etc..If you love Kyary, I definitely recommend checking these out. 

All in all, I had a wonderful visit to JP Books and would recommend them to anyone who loves Japan, Japanese Pop Culture and Japanese language. The shop itself is quite small but it's packed full of beautiful books, all in perfect condition. The staff were also lovely and helped me translate the back of the Kyary CD's. A really lovely shop and I'll definitely be back next time I'm in London. Please check below for links to their store and twitter:

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