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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Paris Trip: What I wore.

Paris Trip. Tiki BarHello Lovelies,

I arrived home from Paris a couple of days ago, me and my Beau had an amazing time. We mostly looked at dead stuff which was interesting, creepy and fun. It was pretty cold over there but it was dry and sunny at least. We did a lot of walking, I am still pooped out! Here’s what I wore from my capsule wardrobe…

Day 1: I totally forgot to take a photo but I wore my black Capri pants, indigo vest top, black sweater and boots traveling out there. Comfy and practical and yet still smart. We checked into our hotel and then went wandering up to the Bastille (well, where it used to be) and along the river before heading to a vegan Asian fusion restaurant for take-away to eat in our hotel room.

Day 2: Striped stretch pencil skirt, long sleeve black scoop neck top and indigo sweater. I wore my leopard print beret to keep my head warm. I wore my boots again because we were doing a lot of walking and I decorated them with my purple rose hair clips. We went to the Pantheon, ate vegan cake and went for drinks at the Pop In bar in the evening.

Paris Outfit 01Day 3: I wore my striped skirt again but this time I wore it with my off the shoulder tee and a red belt. I wore a red bandana too to tie the colours together. I wore my boots and added skeleton hands to my bandana. We went to Pere Lachaise cemetery to see the graves of Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison to name just a few. Paris Outfit 02Day 3- Evening: I changed into my leopard print wiggle dress and added red lipstick for the evening. I originally planned to wear my heels to my beau’s gig at the International but kept my boots on so I could have a proper dance.Paris Outfit 03Day 4: On the Sunday, we were heading off to the catacombs. It was freezing so I put on my Capri pants, leg warmers, boots, vest top, sweater and my convertible wrap with my fuzzy hat to boot. Not the most stylish of outfits but I was damned if I was going to freeze!Paris Outfit 04So, as you can see, I didn’t wear everything I packed. I didn’t wear my heels, all of my accessories, evening top or blouse but had we gone out for dinner somewhere fancy, I would have had something to throw on. It also meant I had plenty of choice without over packing. I managed to get my Mr’s clothes and toiletries into the same small case as my stuff! I’ll be posting more about my Paris trip over the next week, including a look at some of the vegan eateries and the creepy places we visited. That’s all for now though, thank you 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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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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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

Look of the Day: #ZOMGBloggersBash Style

Hello Lovelies, just thought I would do a quick LotD post for the #ZOMGBloggersBash (I blogged about the actual event yesterday, read it here). I had asymmetric victory rolls in my hair but you can’t really tell in the photos. Oh well. I’ll just stick to the make-up.

I used silver shadow to my crease, added in a purple to the crease and blended out. I used black shadow at the outer crease and blended out to add depth. White shadow at brow bone.

Added purple/silver glitter to centre lid. A slick of black gel liner to top lash line. Silver shadow on lower lash line blended to black on outer edge. Corner false lashes for a fluttery effect.

Lots of black mascara. Finished off with a slick of true red lipstick, a matte brown shadow to contour the hollows of my cheeks, a beauty spot and strongly defined eyebrows. I chucked a load of hair accessories in for extra oompf and glamour for the evening. Glitter was my theme for the night and my sparkly spider hair clip topped it off nicely.

I painted my nails with two coats of Rimmel’s 60 seconds in 310 Red Carpet. I then dipped each nail into the same glitter I used on my eyelids and finished off with two coats of Seche Vite to ensure the nails were smooth to the touch.

I felt super glam with all that glitter. I think I will wear it more often from now on! That’s all for today lovelies, thank you kindly for reading! x

LotD: Turquoise Double Winged Eyeliner

Hello Lovelies, this is just a very quick look of the day post for a look I wore last weekend. I like to double line my top eyelids a lot. It adds a modern twist to a retro look. It’s not dissimilar to The Secretary look I posted a couple of months ago.

I used a little eyeshadow primer over my entire upper eyelids and applied a matte nude shade all over. Next I drew in a winged flick fairly thickly on my upper lash line.

Next, I used a black gel eyeliner to draw a second winged liner really close to my upper lash line to create a double lined eye. I also lined my upper and lower waterline.

I used a little black eyeshadow under the outer lower lash line and blended this into a turquoise eyeshadow at the inner corner of the eye.

I finished off with black mascara. I then applied my foundation, a sweep of pink blush and a bright pinky-red semi-matte lipstick. I’m going totry this look with an acid colour liner next I think.

That’s all for today, thank you kindly for reading!

LotD: Quick 1950s Look for Work

Hello Lovelies, today’s Look of the Day is a quick and easy soft 1950s look for work. I’ve kept it soft with a pink lip but feel free to break out the red lipstick if you like. This look should take 5-10 minutes once you’ve got it down pat. I’ve really kept it simple while still acheiving a classic 50s feel. Please ignore the hair, I’m working from home, so it’s not set today!

For the eyes, I used a matte nude shadow over the entire lid up to the brow bone using a wide, flat shadow brush. I then used a small amount of a neutral, matte brown shadow and applied it along the upper lash line with a small shadow brush. I used a small blending brush to blend the brown eyeshadow up to the crease line to soften. I applied black mascara and a sweep of black gel liner in a small flick. If you are really pale or would like to make this look even softer, use a brown mascara and eyeliner instead.

Finish eyes by applying white liner to the lower waterline. This will really open the eyes. Use a flesh tone if you prefer a more understated look but white is more authentic. Brows were defined lightly using Rimmel brow pencil in Taupe and a slick of Barry M clear mascara/brow gel. I applied a small amount of light coverage foundation to my T-Zone and blended outwards, to keep the face looking fresh. I used a long wear concealer under the eyes and around the nostrils. A light dusting of face powder before applying a small amount of pink blush to the cheeks (I used Nars blush in ‘Desire’).

I used a bright pink applied straight from the tube to save time and blotted it back to take the colour intensity down a bit. I used Mac’s ‘Impassioned’.

And there you have it! Quick and easy. You can add a beauty mark if you like too. I had a little blemish on my cheek so I dotted on some gel liner and set it with matte black eyeshadow to help it last. If you’re having trouble with getting your cat-eye liner right, watch out for my upcoming tutorial on a fool proof way I teach my clients to do theirs!

That’s all for today, thank you kindly for reading. x

Look of the Day: Flaming Eyes

Hello Lovelies. Today I thought I would share with you a hair and make-up look I wore to Raven Six’s burlesque graduate show with The Cheek of It Burlesque school. Check out her performance here, she’s another one to watch! I’m calling this look ‘Flaming Eyes’ because, well, the eyes looks kinda flamey!

Awh, I look kind of sad in this photo, lol. Anyway, this look was all about the eyes and is deceptively easy to do, trust me! I started off with a little Too Face Shadow Insurance eye primer to ensure my shadow stayed put all night. I then used my Mac Fluidline Gel liner in ‘Blacktrack’ and a flat brush with a pointed end to paint on my winged cat eye shape.

I then used a matte red shadow (mine was from the one from the Curacao Sleek palette) and blended it up from the crease line upwards to fade it out. Make sure that you do not go over the black, it’s meant to be a crisp line.

Next, I used a matte nude shadow to blend downwards from under the brows and into the red to diffuse it slightly. White eye pencil was used to line the lower waterline. I added the outer edges of some false lashes I had left over and lashings of jet black mascara. I finished off the look with a light coverage foundation, a wash of soft pink blusher and a pink lipgloss. Eyebrows were darkened slightly with Rimmel’s brow pencil in ‘Taupe’ and a slick of Barry M’s clear brow gel/mascara. I kept everything else light as I wanted the eyes to be the focus. Of course, if you fancy a bold lip, go for it!

I kept my hair simple, sweeping it up into a chignon and attaching a poinsetta hair flower I made (forgot to get a photo of that, sorry!). I rolled the front of my hair backwards into a swirly pomp to prevent my hair looking too severe. I sprayed a ton of Tresemme’s Freeze Hold hairspray onto it to make sure it stayed in place. That stuff is seriously strong! So there you have it, flaming eyes. Let me know if you give it a go, I’d love to see photos. You could even try it with different colours. I also like to do this look with slime green instead of red.