Times They Are A Changing: My Drastic New Hair Style

Hello Lovelies,

So, what have I been up to lately? Well, I was poorly for a couple of weeks though I’m much better now but that’s boring information so I’ll just cut to the chase. I got my hair cut. ‘Wow! Big deal!’ I hear you say. Well, when I say cut, I mean CUT, like, a lot. I’ll let the photos do the talking…

New Hair 01 New Hair 02 New Hair 03 New Hair 04 New Hair 05So, yeah, it’s a big change for me. I felt that I really needed a drastic change and a fresh image, as I had been growing my hair out for nearly a year in order to film vintage hair tutorials (which I never did) and so I could have lots of hair to play with when I go to Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender next spring but got so bored with it and it just felt so ‘meh’ to me. So I headed over to see Emma at Rockalily Cuts and explained what I wanted. I want to thank her for her extreme patience with me and her dedication to getting it just right, Emma, you are amazing! It’s basically a pixie crop with some length kept on the top because I still wanted to be able to do pomps and quiffs at the front of my hair. I LOVE it. I don’t think I have ever been this happy with a hair cut in my life! I kept waiting for the shock to hit me but it never came, I just feel super happy about it, there was something very liberating about seeing all that hair fall to the floor. When I first had my hair cut from the middle of my back into a bob seven years ago, I came home and cried for an hour because I couldn’t believe what I had done and didn’t know if it suited me (and even though it grows back, it’s not like you can glue it back on). I like how vibrant the colour came out too, I love me some orange hair dye. I’m really looking forward to learning a new way of styling my hair and dealing with the challenges it brings. I imagine I’ll be getting more adventurous with my hair once again now that it’s short. Have you had a drastic hair cut/colour change lately or been thinking about having one?  Does shorter hair look more grown up? Does having shorter hair make you want to play around with it more? When I had my hair in a bob, I was always playing around with the shape of the cut and my hair went through every colour of the rainbow. Comment below and let me know your thoughts. That’s all for now, as always, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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One Pair of Trousers, Two Different Ways.

Hello Lovelies,

A quick style post, showing you how I took one pair of striped trousers from day to night for my Mr’s birthday last week.

Look One: Daytime. We headed out to the Hayward Gallery to see the Light Show. I really recommend it, it was beautiful and immersive. Hurry though as it ends on the 28th of April, also, tickets tend to sell out each day so book online beforehand. I wore the trousers with a black slash neck, 3/4 sleeve sweater, black patent boots and a skull print scarf to keep the chill air off my neck. I kept my makeup pretty classic 50s and wore a red bandana in my hair. I topped off the look with some chunky skull rings and my sugar skull pendant.Stripe Trouser 01Look Two: Evening. After nomming some yummy Mexican food we headed back home for a short while. We went out for drinks in the evening so I switched up my outfit a bit. I took the sweater off to reveal the off shoulder tee I had been wearing underneath all day. Changed the boots for red suedette heels, added a red clutch bag, cocktail ring and pretty stud earrings, reapplied my red lipstick and I was all set.Stripe Trousers 02That’s enough about clothes for now. For you bakers out there, I’ll be posting my Beau’s birthday cupcake recipe soon, pear, almond and chocolate flavour, mmm! Thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Look of the Day: Slimy Pyschobilly Shimmers

LotD 09Hello Lovelies,

Quick Look of the Day post. This was the hair and makeup I wore to last week’s Death Jam, complete with creepy accessories.

I primed my eyes and dusted them with a bit of translucent powder. I then used a shimmery lime green all over my lid and up to the crease. In the outer corner of the crease I blended in a pearly sea foam blue/green. Using the brush with the translucent powder on to blend out at the brown bone.

LotD 04I lined my eyes with black liquid liner ending in a wing. I used a long wearing black eyeliner to line my lower waterline. I finished off my eyes with two coats of jet black mascara.

LotD 02I penciled in my brows using a taupe colour and gave them a slight flick up at the ends. I blushed my cheeks with a wash of pink creme blush and added a beauty mark with the liquid liner.LotD 03 I then used a bright juicy pink lipstick on my mouth and blotted it back slightly so that my eyes were the emphasis.

LotD 05I piled all of my hair up on top of my head in neat little barrel curls and stand up pin curls. I made a little side rolled fringe and tied in a lime green chiffon scarf. I added a few creepy accessories for good measure. LotD 07 LotD 06 LotD 01LotD 08 Although the shimmery green shadow is quite a bright colour, it hasn’t shown up as well on my photos (bad lighting, tsk!). Although this makeup and hair was for an evening event, it’s a look I like to wear in the day too. Bright colours cheer me up, especially in the depths of winter!

Well, that’s all for today, as always, thank you kindly for reading. Until next time. <3

MHB

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Coco Loco* Top 10 Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil

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Hello Lovelies,

Today I want to share a thrifty beauty secret with you. It’s all natural, tasty and it smells amazing, yep, coconut oil. Coconut oil has been used as a beauty product around the world for many years. Most notably as a moisteriser and as a hair conditioner (as well as something you can cook and bake with). Here I my top 10 beauty uses for this wonder oil…

1) Make-up remover: Gently rub the coconut oil all over your face to dissolve even waterproof makeup. Use a warm muslin cloth or soft cotton towelling face cloth to wipe away all traces of makeup. Also, don’t worry if you have oily skin. Oil cleansing is really great for oily skin as like attracts like and the coconut oil molecules attach to the sebum in your face and pull them out! Add some virgin castor oil to the mix if you have oily skin and you’ll be able to feel the ‘plugs’ of dirt from your face after massaging for a few minutes. Gross but also kind of satisfying!

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2) Moisteriser: Massage a small amount into your face after cleansing. Coconut oil sinks into skin leaving it soft and supple.

3) Body scrub: Half a cup of soft brown sugar, half a cup or coconut oil. Mix together and smooth all over in the shower. Smells AMAZING (and is totally edible too). Leaves your tushy smooth as a baby’s!

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4) Lip balm: Decant a small amount into a small tin to carry about with you. Apply when lips are feeling dry (or in preparation for a major make out session).

5) Tinted balm/gloss: Same as above, except, mix in a bit of your favourite lipstick. Make as intense or sheer as you like. Alternatively, apply a small amount over matte lipstick to add a slight sheen.

6) Hair shine pomade: A SMALL amount of this wonder oil rubbed into your palms and smoothed over your hair will add a lovely glossy shine to your finished do.

Shine added with a little coconut oil.

7) Hair conditioner: Rub into your scalp and all the way to the ends of your hair (only on the ends if your hair tends to get greasy). Wrap your head in clingfilm and leave for at least an hour. Rinse with shampoo twice to ensure the oil is removed. You shouldn’t need to use conditioner, just rub a tiny bit of extra coconut oil through the ends of your hair when it’s dry if you have frizzies.

8 ) Cuticle/nail oil: Massage into the cuticles and all over the nail bed (and your hands too if you like), pop on cotton gloves for 20 minutes for extra softening. Wash hands and push back your cuticles with an orange stick.

9) Eyelash and brow tamer: Rub a little coconut oil over a spoolie, old mascara wand or toothbrush then run it through your lashes and brows. This is great for those who don’t like to wear a lot of makeup or for people with thick dark lashes who really don’t need mascara (you lucky devils!).

10) Face mask: There are several different ways you can use coconut oil as a face mask. The most simple one is a quick exfoliating mask. Add half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to it and massage into your face GENTLY. Wipe away with a warm cloth and splash your face a few times. Finish with a little more of the oil to moisterise.

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Another way is to smoosh it up with half of a ripe avocado, apply liberally over your face and leave for 30 minutes. Both coconut oil and avocado are super moisterising, so this is great for dry/sensitive skins.

Just a quick note: Make sure that you purchase a cold pressed, raw and organic coconut oil to get the most goodness from the oil. There are a few different versions out there. You can get it with the scent removed (favoured for cooking so that the smell doesn’t over power the other ingredients) but I actually really like it with the scent. It makes me smell like a cookie! You’ll get around 500ml for anywhere between £10-£20 depending on the brand you go for but it will last ages. I’ve had my current jar (Tiana brand, from Holland & Barrett) for 3 months and I’m only a quarter way through it. Obviously, if you make body scrub from it, it’ll get used up more quickly though. Also, coconut oil is solid when it’s cold and liquid when warm, so you will need to warm it in your hands slightly before using as a moisteriser, mask, pomade etc.

I hope you found this interesting. It really is a thrifty, healthy and natural product. That’s all for today. Thank you kindly for reading.

*Bonus points for getting the title reference ;)

MHB

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Homemade XMas: Clip in Reindeer Antlers

Hello Lovelies,

Today’s tutorial is a bit silly. Something for kids and grown ups alike, clip in reindeer antlers made from felt (I love felt!). I wanted antlers to wear on Christmas day but couldn’t find individual clip in ones anywhere, only ones on headbands, which give me a headache when worn all day. So, I made my own. Here’s what I came up with…

You will need:

A sheet of felt in colour of choice (I went with pale brown).

Scrap paper or card.

Scissors.

Needle and thread.

Pins.

Toy stuffing.

Pen or pencil.

Beading wire (I used 24 gauge).

Wire clippers.

2 strong snap shut hair clips.

Ruler or measureing tape

What to do:

 

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Step 1: Draw out your antler shape on some scrap paper or card. Make a box at the bottom of the antler, a little longer than your hairclip and half it's width.

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Step 2: Cut out 2 pairs of antlers. Pin the felt together to make them easier to cut out.

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Step 3: Use a backstitch or running stitch to sew around the outside edge of the antlers (leaving out the box at the bottom for now).

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It'll look like this.

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Step 4: Use a chopstick to stuff the antlers.

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Make sure you get into all the corners.

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Step 5: Cut a piece of wire that is twice as long as your antler plus an extra 6cm. Fold it in half.

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Step 6: Fold in half again but this time, leave the excess wire out. You'll have two 3cm prongs at the bottom.

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Step 7: Twist the wire together and pull out the prongs at right angles.

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Step 8: Push the wire into the antler.

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Step 9: Bend the ends of the prongs in on themselves so there are no sharp edges.

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Step 10: Stitch together the inside edge of the two rectangles at the bottom of the antlers. This will form the base for your hairclip.

Antlers 13

Step 11: Stitch the wire feet to the base.

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Step 12: Cut two rectangles of felt the same size of the whole base. Stitch one to the bottom of each antler.

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I used a looping stitch to sew the rectangles together.

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Almost finished!

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Step 13: Sew the topside of the hairclip to the base.

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And your're done, they should look like this!

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Step 14: Clip them in (red nose optional).

Antlers 01Antlers 02Antlers 03Antlers 04Antlers 05Antlers 06Antlers 07Antlers 08Antlers 09Antlers 10Antlers 11Antlers 12Antlers 13Antlers 14Antlers 15Antlers 16Step 11: Stitch the top side of the hairclip to the felt base. If your antlers are a little wobbly, run a few stitches from the bottom of the antler and through to the very underside onto the clip to make them stand up more firmly.They'll look something like this.Step 12: Clip them in (red nose optional).

I wanted to add ears to these once they were finished but I didn’t have any dark brown felt to make them. The base of the antlers could be decorated too, with tinsel, fluff, a sprig of holly or even bows! I really want to make more if I have the time next week, maybe in pink. That’s all for now, thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Face Up: Snow Princess

Hello Lovelies,

Quick extreme makeup post. I’m calling it ‘Snow Princess’. I didn’t want to go with the obvious blue/green tones and so opted for pink instead. Lots of shimmer and glitter were involved too.

Eyes:

  • Base- Shade 9 from the MUA Immaculate Collection Palette.
  • Inner Eye- 17 Solo Glitter Shadow in Style Queen, topped with Barry M Dazzle Dust in White
  • Centre Lid- Dusted with a small amount of Glitter by Gemma Kidd,. Crushed Jewel in Lolite.
  • Outer Eye- A blend of Shade 3 from the MUA Immaculate Collection Palette and Sugarpill’s Dollpop.
  • Cut Crease- Rimmel kohl liner in White, set with Sugarpill’s Tako (taken all the way upto brow).
  • Eyeliner- Sugarpill’s Dollpop used wet as a liquid liner.
  • Eyebrows- Coloured in with Rimmel kohl pencil in White and set with Sugarpill’s Dollpop.
  • Lower Lash Line- Outer edge, Sugarpill’s Dollpop used wet as a liquid liner. Inner corner, Rimmel kohl liner in white, set with Sugarpill’s Tako and topped with Collection 2000 Glam Crystals in Hustle.
  • Mascara- Rimmel Scandaleyes in Black.
  • False lashes- Ends of a strip set, customised with pink paint, glitter and sequin stars.

Lips:

  • Liner/Lipstick- Rimmel lip liner pencil in Indian Rose. I used this to fill in the whole lip shape.
  • Outline- Rimmel kohl pencil in white.
  • Gloss- Barry M lipgloss in Strawberries and Cream.

Cheeks:

  • Revlon Photo Ready Cream Blush in Flushed and Nars powder blush in Desire.

Base:

  • Bourgois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in Pale Vanilla, mixed with Barry M Dazzle Dust in White.

Wig:

Customised and decorated by me.

I wish I could have gone out like this but I had too many practical things to get on with and it would have just been silly. Oh well, next time! That’s all for today, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Brushing Out Pin-Curls.

Hello Lovelies,

So, this is my first ever YouTube video upload, I am very excited! I filmed it on my still picture camera as I don’t have a camcorder (yet). I had my hair cut at Rockalily cuts a couple of weeks ago and I love it but I hadn’t had a go at pin-curling it until now. I washed my hair and brushed through a bit of mousse for hold and then pin-curled it while it was still wet. I let it dry overnight (with a hair net over it, for that glamorous Ena Sharples look).

 

The next day, I removed all of my bobby pins and brushed the hell out of it until it stopped frizzing and resembled something akin to a 50s Monroe bob. I didn’t brush it out too much and kept a lot of curl in it. I find it makes the set last a little longer. I finished off with a bit of water soluble pomade (I used some Sweet Georgia Brown pomade I purchased at VLV15 earlier in the year) and a strong hold hairspray (Tresemme Freeze Hold).

I added a hair flower for the final touch. If you find that your hair doesn’t hold curl very well, you can re-pin your hair at night to make the set last longer. I tend to wash and set my hair one to two times a week when I have it cut short like this. I do have naturally curly hair which may be why it holds so well. The main things to remember when pin-curling your hair…

  • If your hair is really straight, wet set it as the curl will be more robust.
  • Use product to help it set e.g. mousse, setting lotion or spray gel.
  • Make sure your hair is completely dry before brushing out.
  • For speed, sit under a hood dryer if you have one (I don’t, so I let it dry overnight).
  • Brush, brush, brush! Keep going, it will frizz at first but then it will start to smooth out.
  • Brush your hair over your hand to smooth and shape individual curls. Or, use a round bristle brush. Whatever works best for you and your hair.
  • If your hair is frizzy or flyaway, use a tiny amount of pomade for control and shine. Too much pomade will weigh your hair down and can make it look greasy. I use a water soluble one to prevent too much product build up and it’s easier to wash out.
  • Always finish off with a strong hairspray but avoid spraying until your hair feels like a helmet. You still want your hairdo to have movement. Swish swish!
  • Re-pin at night for a longer lasting set.

I hope you like my first ever video. I know it’s not technically amazing but I’m super proud of it (I am such a techno-phobe!). I’ve kept it short and sweet and sped up the bit where I remove my pins as it would get pretty boring otherwise. Please feel free to message me with any questions you may have, either via the contact page or twitter. I have disabled comments for now, as I keep getting a ton of spam mail to my email inbox and am trying to fix the problem. I will hopefully be able to have comments activated again soon.

That’s all for  now. Thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Rockalily Cuts

Seriously crap hair situation. Halp!

Hello Lovelies,

Last week I went to Rockalily Cuts to have my hair cut. I wanted to go back to a more Marilyn Monroe-esque cut, something I haven’t had for a couple of years now as I’ve been doing the 60s thing a lot. Head Stylist Lucie Luella took into account my fussy requirements and cut in a modified midi for me. I felt a million times better when I left the salon, swishing my hair about like I was in a shampoo advert. I always feel a little weird when I change my hair but I love my new cut. It even looks cute when I wash it and let it dry naturally, with no styling. That NEVER happens! Still haven’t done a wet pin-curl set on it yet but I’m sure it is going to look great when I do.

Oh my…
…that’s SO much better.

I also took the chance to take photos of the salon. It feels like it’s been open longer than 7 months for some reason, maybe because it’s really taken off. No doubt to the friendly, informal atmosphere, specialist service and rock n roll music floating out from the stereo. I see a lot of gentlemen getting their hair done whenever I’m in there as well as some great, super glam hair makeovers on ladies.

Ree Ree at Her Desk

Ellington in his bed

Retro cuts, vintage sets and fabulous vivid hair colours are an every day occurrence at this salon. Ree Ree Rockette has in guest services on some weekends, such as Talonted nail artist, Lex. I’ve also had the opportunity to work in the salon a few times, along with Lucie, doing make-up on brides and pin-up model Sabina Kelley, with Lucie styling their hair.

Bridal makeup for Rockalily Cuts. Photo http://kiprice.com/

Shop dog Ellington flits between snuggling in his bed and searching for snacks and cuddles. The hair stations are lovely vintage dressing tables and there’s lots of fabulous and kitsch bits of paraphernalia everywhere. There’s a fab selection of books to read, it’s like a salon library, Ree will let you take a book away with you as long as you bring it back, I don’t know any other salon that does that.

Vintage Dressing Table Hair Stations

Knick Knacks

The hood dryer is covered in stickers that have been sent to Ree over the months, the bathroom door has been signed by many visitors (can you spot mine?) and I love the leopard print capes that customers get to wear. I also have to stop myself from devouring all of the lollipops that are left out on vintage china plates for people to help themselves to.

Men's hair poster by Layrite. My fave in the shop.

The singed door

Should you find yourself hankering after a retro cut and colour, I definitely recommend Rockalily Cuts. Check out the website for more info.

Leopard Print Capes

Stickered Hood Dryer

That’s all for today. Thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Competion Time!

Hello Lovelies,

To celebrate my re-brand/re-launch today, I am setting a competition for a chance for you to win some prizes. These are as follows…

TigzRiceStudios_2012_Make_Up_Workshop1First Runner Up: Will receive a 1-2-1 retro hair and makeup lesson (the era of your choice) worth £150 PLUS a beauty package of Katy Perry False Eyelashes, a bottle of the recently launched Barry M Gelly nail varnish in Blood-Orange Red, Rockalily Lipstick, Miss Honey Bare Orchid hairclip and a paisley bandanna. This little kit will help you create that retro pin-up look!

Second Runner Up: Will receive a personal pamper session worth £65 PLUS a beauty package of Katy Perry False Eyelashes, a bottle of the recently launched Barry M Gelly nail varnish in Blood-Orange Red, Rockalily Lipstick, Miss Honey Bare Orchid hairclip and a paisley bandanna. You’ll be looking like a bombshell in no time.

Third Runner Up: Will receive a beauty package of Katy Perry False Eyelashes, a bottle of the recently launched Barry M Gelly nail varnish in Blood-Orange Red, Rockalily Lipstick, Miss Honey Bare Orchid hairclip and a paisley bandanna to help you re-create that vintage look.

Comp Prizes Halloween 2012All you have to do is search through my gallery to find the photo with a hidden Halloween pumpkin on it. Then, email me at meow@misshoneybare.com to tell me which photo it is (please do not post the answer in the comments section as you’ll be giving it away to everyone else!). All entrants with the correct answer will be put into a hat and pulled out at random.*

*Terms and Conditions Apply: Only one entry per person, booking dates for 1st and 2nd prizes will be at Miss Honey Bare’s discretion, entrants must be willing to travel to London at their own cost for 1st and 2nd prizes. 3rd prize will be sent to winner. Competition closes on Friday 16th November. Winner to be announced on Saturday 17th November. Good luck! :)

LotD: Think Pink

Hello Lovelies, just a quick look of the day post. The sun was shining and I was feeling super happy, pink seemed to be the colour that was calling to me.

I have a bouffant left over from having a mini beehive in my hair the last couple of days. I swooped a bit of my hair at the front aside to make a faux fringe. Wearing some hair accessories I made myself, orchids, my favourite flower.

I used a light creamy foundation just where I needed a bit of coverage (Maybelline’s Dream Creamy in 04 Light Porcelain), with a touch of light powder to set.  I buffed a bit of hot pink blush into my cheeks, NARS blush in Desire.

Most of my eyeshadow brushes need a wash so I applied my shadow with my fingertips. I used 17’s Solo Eyeshadow in Funfair on the lid upto the crease. I then added 17’s Solo Eyeshadow in Shocking pink to the outer crease. I blended the whole thing out at the brow bone with Clinique’s Solo Shadow in Vanilla. I finished the eyes off with winged eyeliner (MAC’s Fluidline in Blacktrack), black mascara and half strip lashes on the ends of my upper lash line for a bit of extra flutter.

Lips were painted a hot ink in 2True’s Colour Drench col. 1. It gives nice coverage and is quite glossy looking but it smells horrible!

I’m really looking forward to trying out some more colourful looks now the sunshine is here. It just makes me want to play! That’s all for now lovelies. Thank you kindly for reading. x