Random Thought of the Day #1

Annoying Phrase. ‘If the cap fits, wear it.’

Um, so what if it fits? Does it suit me? Or even go with my outfit? Accessorising really pulls an outfit together, putting any old hat on because it fits isn’t sound advice. Plus, a cap? Are we talking about a baseball cap here? ‘Cos I hate the damn things and I look ridiculous in them. Or are we talking about a flat cap? Workable I guess but again, they don’t suit me, somehow I end up looking like a Victorian street urchin in them. Maybe it’s cold outside, or wet, in which case a cap would be useful but I’d much prefer to wear my big, warm, furry bear hat!

Nail it: Purple with Blue Sparkles.

Hello Lovelies,

Super quick nail post today. I love experimenting with glitter varnishes over various colours of gloss or metallic colours. Today I used Barry M’s nail varnish in ‘Bright Purple’ and topped it off with a couple of coats of Collection 2000’s Bedazzled nail effects in ‘Glittersweet’. I love the way it looks under the light. All sparkly and pretty. I matched my makeup with a blue/green smokey eye (I think I’ll do a video tutorial on this at some point) and a berry stained lip. Wearing my big furry hat to protect against the snow!I’ll be adding some new images to my galleries over the next week, there will also be a behind-the-scenes post of a test shoot I did yesterday too but that’s all for now. Thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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I was on the Telly Box!…

Me and Sharon Horgan after I did her hair and makeup.

…Well, briefly anyways!

Hello Lovelies, yes, on Wednesday I was on the TV. Last August I was hired by Ree Ree Rockette of Rockalily Cuts to do some makeup for a Channel 4 documentary called ‘Approaching a midlife crisis‘ presented by Sharon Horgan (who is hilarious, I loved her TV show about motherhood). It was a sweltering day in the shop but much fun was had. Nicola, the lady being interviewed about her new life in the Rockabilly scene, had her hair styled by the lovely Lucie Luella, head stylist at Rockalily Cuts. The crew filmed a fair bit of footage but only a small amount was used for the show, so, blink and you may miss me but I was there! I can’t believe how quickly the time has passed since filming, the wait seemed so long away but it really wasn’t! On a side note, Ree Ree said she didn’t like her shorter fringe in the scenes but I think it looks ace.

You can watch the show here (it’s up for 28 days, I don’t know if it will be added to 4oD’s more permanent collection) Nicola’s story is on in the last 10 minutes of the show. That’s all for now. Thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Non-Resolutions: Read More

Hello Lovelies,

I finally have a new laptop! It’s pretty gorgeous and runs super fast, I’m really happy with it. I can now get on with blogging regularly again and I shall be able to get things done much more quickly on this new computer.

So, this year I decided against new year resolutions and instead decided to work on adjusting my attitude to life and giving myself some good rules to follow (read my attitude adjustment list /rules for life here). I tried to keep them fairly fluid and easy to stick to for the most part. I tend to over plan (and over think) EVERYTHING to the point where either I don’t get anything done at times Or I end up giving myself so much to do, that I stress myself out and make myself ill. One of the things on my list was to read more, something that I did a lot less of in 2012 for the first time ever and I missed it. I have pulled aside a bunch of books from my bookshelf that I have not yet read and I will pick and choose from these as I please. I am not giving myself a set number of books to read per month or throughout the year. I am not going to force myself to read the whole book if I’m not enjoying it (something that I usually do) and I’m not going to feel bad if I don’t read anything for days or weeks on end (again, something that I usually do). I have somehow lost the joy of reading lately and I don’t know why. It may be because I have been plugged into my mp3 player too much, or because I have been lent books that I then feel I MUST read and it takes the joy out of them. Also, sometimes I feel I should be doing something more productive than reading and feel guilty for it, so then I don’t do it. Whatever the reason, I am definitely switching off the DVD player, packing away the mp3 player and hiding my Nintendo DS for a while until I pick up the reading habit once more and hopefully find that sheer joy I once did whenever I got lost in a good book.

Here’s the books I pulled aside to read from mine and the Mr’s collection, quite a bit to be getting on with. They include, ‘JPod’ by Douglas Coupland (I recommend the TV adaptation of this, it’s great), ‘The Crimson Petal and the White’ by Michel Faber, ‘The Selfish Gene’ by Richard Dawkins and Aldous Huxley’s ‘The Doors of Perception’ and lots more! I may add to them throughout the year with books from the library or books I pick up in charity shops.

I also have a couple of comics to get through, ‘Bear’ by Jamie Smart, I borrowed it from Tigz but I’m only halfway through. The problem is, it’s so damn good that I don’t want to finish it because then it will be over. Yeah, I know, stupid. I also have the first issue of a comic created by my friend Jeremy that I have yet to read called ‘Bearlands’ (spot a theme?). I’m already behind as other issues have since been released. I’m currently reading ‘Inventing the Victorians’ by Matthew Sweet, a book I borrowed from Rockalily Cuts the last time I was in there. I’m really enjoying it so far, it’s a real eye opener.I’m thinking that I might do a little roundup and book review every few months, it’s something that Kayla over at The Dainty Squid did last year and I really enjoyed it. Are you planning on reading more this year? What kind of books do you enjoy? I’d love to hear from you.

Anyhoo, that’s all for now. As always, I thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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So…The world didn’t end…

…Thankfully and now we can get on and get stuck into 2013. Apologies for the lack of posts the past couple of weeks. I had so many great blog posts planned out but too much needed to be done for XMas in the end, then the Mr and then myself were poorly, add to that, my laptop is on the blink as well, I figured why not just chill out and enjoy the Christmas break instead of getting stressed out?

I should hopefully have a new laptop by the middle of next week and normal blogging service shall resume. I may try and get some posts in before then if my computer behaves itself. Otherwise, until then, I will simply say Happy New Year, I hope that 2013 is full if fun and fabulousness for you all!

Spicy Popcorn Mix

Hello Lovelies,

Today I’m giving you the recipe for my spicy popcorn topping. It’s really warming and super quick to make. I made these up into little gift packages to put into my Christmas hampers. You can sprinkle this over freshly popped corn kernels or ready made salted popcorn (just make sure you omit the salt from the mix recipe if you are, otherwise it’ll be far too salty!). This recipe makes enough to sprinkle over 4-5 servings. So pop it in an airtight container to keep it fresh for future use.

Ingredients:

2 tsp Fine sea salt

2 tsp Paprika

2 tsp Chilli powder

2 tsp Ground cumin

1 tsp Garlic granules

1 tsp Onion granules

1/2 cup of corn kernels or 1/2 bag of salted ready popped corn

What to do:

1) If using corn kernels, heat a small amount of oil in a deep pan with a well fitting lid. Add the corn kernels and shake the pan to coat them in the oil. Cook on a low heat until the popping has stopped. Set aside.

2) In a small bowl, mix together the spices until well combined. Sprinkle about 1tsp over your popped corn and shake the pan to evenly coat the corn in the mixture.

3) Eat! Or you can do what I did and turn them into little serving gifts for hampers too. I made little bags for the spices out of Christmas wrapping and put 2tsp in each. The corn kernels were added to a brown paper bag. I popped the spice mix package into the corn kernel bag and sealed with a bow. I also added a small card with the cooking instructions.

This mix is fairly spicy, so if you don’t like too much spice, simply use less of or completely omit the chilli powder from the recipe. It’s nice and warming and makes a change from the usualy available flavours. That’s all for today, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Christmas Special Offers

Source: http://hdanimalwallpapersfre.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/free-christmas-wallpaper-downloads.html

CHRISTMAS SEASON SPECIAL OFFERS

Have a Christmas party coming up? Want to feel extra glam on NYE? Want to learn how to style your own hair/makeup? In the spirit of x-mas I am offering you all that little bit extra if you book an appointment with me between December 1st and December 31st 2012.

Offers are as follows…

*Book a 1-2-1 Hair lesson with me and it will automatically be upgraded to a hair AND make-up lesson worth £150.

*Book a Hairstyling Personal Pamper Session with me and have your make-up done at the same time for free. Plus a Miss Honey Bare orchid hair accessory as a free gift.

*Book me for your party and all guests receive a free hair accessory and false eyelash application at no extra cost.

Terms and Conditions:

Clients must be based within the London area if you wish for me to come to you.

Clients can also come to my base in London if they prefer.

One booking per person, any subsequent bookings made by the same person during the offer period shall be paid at full price.

Source: http://hdanimalwallpapersfre.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/free-christmas-wallpaper-downloads.html

Happy Holidays!

MHB

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Things & Ink Tattoo Magazine

Hello Lovelies,

Just a quick post to let you all know that there is now a new tattoo magazine available called Things and Ink. Created by Alice Snape, it is a tattoo magazine with substance. Not just pretty pictures of ink but also articles to get your teeth into. The thinking persons tattoo magazine, if you like.

I was involved in helping to create the front cover image of the first ever issue. I did makeup for cover star Claudia De Sabe, Lucie Luella of Rockalily Cuts styled her hair. The dress was made by Rosie at Nightfeather designs, the headdress was made by Ellen of B Millinery. The shot was taken by Kristy Noble. All of us having been at one point or still are members of a business networking group called Wonderful Women. So it was lovely to work with so many people who had met through the group. A real team effort.

 

Things and Ink Cover Shoot from Papercut Pictures on Vimeo.

 

The launch party was held on Thursday 8th November. Sadly, I couldn’t attend as I was on holiday in Spain (where it proceeded to rain constantly for days, ho hum). But by all accounts it was a great launch and everyone had a good time.

I managed to get my mitts on a copy while having my hair cut at Rockalily last week. It’s a fairly hefty tome, well put together and the paper feels really nice and luxurious (I have a thing about how books and magazines feel in my hands, don’t know why).  It was great to see the cover photo as it was intended. I avoided reading any of it as I want to wait to get my copy through!

You can order your copy of Things and Ink here.

Thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Competition Winners!

Hello Lovelies,

Well, the competition is now closed and the winners have been picked out of my very fine top hat! They are as follows…

In Third Place: Vivacity Bliss. Who wins the retro-beauty package.

In Second Place: Christina Rose. Who wins the 2 hour pamper session and the retro-beauty package.

and in FIRST PLACE: Holly Peterson. Who wins a 4 hour intensive retro hair and makeup lesson as well as the retro-beauty package.

Congratulations to you all! Thank you to all of you who entered this competition. They’ll be more chances to win goodies in the future, so keep your peepers peeled.

Sorry it’s been a couple of weeks but I have been away in (not so sunny) Spain for a holiday. More posts to come over the next few days.

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

MHB

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Deathless Death Cafe

Hello Lovelies!

Just a quick post about the first ever Deathless Death Cafe that I attended last night, to celebrate The Day of the Dead, a Mexican (mostly) festival that celebrates those who have died and also mocks death! My friend Els of Cookie Von Stir was the Hostess and Pogo Vegan Cafe in Dalston was the venue for the event.

I’d never been to Pogo before but I had the most delicious meal there and was so full I didn’t have a bit of space for dessert. Next time I’ll start with the banana split! ‘What on Earth is a Death Cafe?!’ I hear you ask. Well, they are the brain child of Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz who wanted to offer a forum for people to be able to openly and freely discuss death and what it means to them. In Western culture, death is a taboo and often feared subject to be avoided in polite conversation. Being a rather morbid individual I snapped up the chance to attend and meet with people who were interested in death too. Being held at a vegan cafe added the ‘deathless’ bit to the event title and it was the first ever cruelty free death cafe held ever in the World! Well done Els!

 

 

 

 

Once everyone had arrived, we introduced ourselves and gave a bit of information about why we were there, then it got onto the good stuff. Everyone had mixed opinions and views on death. Some fearing obscurity, others, dying before achieving all of their goals and me, I’m scared of how I will die (you know, will it hurt/be protracted?).

If all of this sounds rather maudlin to you, I assure you, it really wasn’t. There was a lot of laughter and it felt refreshing and healthy to be able to discuss death and the loss of loved ones so freely. It was such a success that Els is thinking about hosting another one soon, so watch this space if you’re interested in attending one.

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

MHB

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