Christmas Gift Guide

Hello Lovelies,

Some of you may be super organised and have all of your Xmas shopping done already but some of you may leave it to the last minute or need a little help with picking the perfect gift. Here’s my recommended gifts guide. I’ve kept to UK based companies as I feel it’s important to support small, local and independent businesses. I see that more and more people are doing this each year and there’s also been a few other blogger’s bigging up Blighty (like Betty Bee of Betty Bee Towers).

Jewellery:

Little Miss Delicious– The adorable and colourful jewellery by Little Miss Delicious always brings a smile to my face. Each piece is lovingly  hand crafted and painted by the very talented Maxine.

LMD I Want Candy Cane Necklace £22. Image by Miss Rain Photography.

Pip Jolley– Gorgeous vintage inspired jewellery from this Crouch End lovely. Her pieces are truly unique and fun. I have been coveting her silver roller necklace for quite some time now.

Large Silver Roller Necklace by Pip Jolley.

For your barnet:

B Millinery– I love Ellen’s hats. She recently made a lime green netted skull hat that I want to badly. A fusion of vintage glamour and darker pieces for  more macabre maidens in your life.

Aqua Trimmed Leopard Print Pillbox Hat by B Millinery, £65.

Wonderland Wigs- Have someone in you life who loves to dress up and release their alter ego? Wigs are such a great way to achieve an entirely different look super fast. Sam of Wonderland Wigs has a range of styles to suit everyone’s taste and great customer service.

Clothing:

Conquer- Established by Sebastian Stobbs and recently opening up a flagship store, Conquer has gone from strength to strength over the years. Each top has artwork designed by Japanese designer Tomoya Hiramatsu. Always a little disturbing, always with a sense of humour. Every garment is made from fair trade cotton too. What’s not to love?

Friends Melange Grey T-Shirt by Conquer.

Betty Blues Loungerie– A bastion of glamour among a sea of frumpy and unflattering lounge wear. Each beautiful vintage inspire piece is made right here in the UK, now that’s a rare thing indeed!

Tempest Baby Doll by Betty Blues Loungerie.

What Katie Did– Something to buy the lady you love for sure! Little hint. If you’re buying a lingerie set that includes garter straps, make sure you buy some stockings too to ‘complete’ the gift. Again, made in the UK, the fully fashioned stockings are manufactured on original machinery How cool is that?!

Helene Atsuko in WKD Antoinette Extreme Corset. Photo: Tigz Rice Studios.

The Grand Gesture:

Tigz Rice Studios– Give the gift of glamour caught forever in photography with one of Tigz’s boudoir packages. Tigz is an established photographer on the burlesque scene and has shot the likes of Dita Von Teese and Vicky Butterfly no less! A truly indulgent gift and something you and your partner can both enjoy.

Kitty Crimson at Tigz Rice Studios.

Bags:

Nap-Sac– A range of sturdy yet stylish bags. A small, independent company run by Mark Knapp, who was fed up of riding his scooter to work all day with a less that stylish bag to carry his things in and decided to make his own.He believes men should be able to have nice bags too and that there should be more style choices the ‘Briefcase’ and ‘Satchel’ for the style conscious male. Not only that, they’re cruelty free too!

Oak with Coffee Trim Holdall by Nap-Sac.

 

Stocking Stuffers:

Rockalily Lipstick– Lipstick that stays put and doesn’t dry your lips out. Comes in several retro -inspired colours, I use these lipsticks in my mua kit, I love them! Poifect for slipping into a stocking or as a small gift for a girly friend.

Core collection of rockalily lipsticks.

Vx Vegan Boutique– An independent vegan haven based near King’s Cross. You’ll find all sorts of cruelty free goodies here, from freshly made cakes and snacks to shoes, accessories, clothes and most importantly (in my mind) vegan cheese and chocolates! YUM!

Lil3Birdy– Beautiful stationary and home wares designed by Clare Sheilds. Her notebooks are great for those who are always scribbling, sketching and writing and the perfect size for a Christmas Stocking.

Small Cute Bird Notebook, Orange and Green by Lil3Birdy.

Well, I hope that gave you some gift ideas and that you choose to support indie companies this year. 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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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!

Tutorial: How to create perfect winged eyeliner

Hello Lovelies and welcome to my first ever tutotial on Heyday Honey! Today’s post is all about getting the perfect winged eyeliner. I get asked this almost more than any other question, so I’m going to show you a quick and easy method of getting it just right (with a little patience and practice on your part).

Which type of eyeliner and appilcator you use doesn’t really matter. It’s all down to personal preferance. I suggest trying a few different products to find what works best for you. My favourite is Mac’s fluidline gel eyeliner and a Screenface lip brush! I like the brush because it is small, stiff and tapers to a point. This means I can get a very fine point on the outer edge of the flick but I can also turn it and use the thicker side for filling in and shaping the liner. I also like to break the process down into stages and work a little on each eye at a time to make it easier to achive an even look. Doing one whole eye and trying to recreate what you just did on the other side is more tricky.

Step 1: Line the upper lash line. Start from the centre and move outwards to ensure any excess product is used up first. Then draw from the inner eye to the centre to connect the line.

Step 2: Now you need to work out where to draw in the template line for your flick. Use a thin makeup brush handle or pencil and place it from the outer edge of the nostril, in line with the outer corner of the eye and towards your brow (your brow should also end at the end of this line according to modern beauty standards). Sketch in the template in line with your lower eye line….

…Like so. If your eyes are very hooded or deep set you may want to bring the line out a liitle more horizontally, otherwise your eyelid will distort the shape of the flick when you open your eyes.

Step 3: Now draw in a line from the outer corner to the tip of the flick. You will be left with an empty triangular shape.

Step 4: Fill in the triagle and voila! You are done! Now, you can leave it there or you can now work on the shape a little more, making the liner thicker or winging it out further etc. Have fun with it! There are other ways to do cat eye liner but this is just an easy method to teach and for people to practice until they get more confident with it.

Let me know how you get on if you give this method a go. I would love to see picture. In the meantime, thank you kindly for reading. x

The Enfieldian Vintage Fair: Make Do Christmas!

On Saturday 10th December I will be at The Enfieldian Vintage Fair’s ‘Make Do Christmas’ event with my pop-up parlour. I will be offering hair and make-up sessions as well as miniature one-on-one tutorials. Teaching you how to apply false lashes, getting the perfect cat eye flick, which shade of red lipstick suits you and more! I shall also have with me lots of different hair accessories to buy, (including snoods, bandanas, combs and hair flowers) to finish off your retro do for the festive season. Email or call me to make a booking. For more info/prices check out Enfiedian Vintage Fair event page.

I won’t be the only one there though. The event offers a whole range of vintage treasures from clothes, jewellery, hats, shoes, furniture, kitchen wares, china ware, books, records and tons more. There will be a gourmet food hall this time round, selling all sorts of delicious home made treats. There will also be crafting workshops for you to try your hand at. There’s also a space to put your feet up and have a cup of tea and a slice of cake if you need a rest from all the shopping! So come and get your unique Christmas gifts and have a jolly good old time too. Hope to see you there lovelies!

Rockalily Lipstick: Mixing it up

Hello Lovelies! Today’s post is all about Rockalily London Lipsticks as brought to you by the indomitable ReeRee Rockette. But this is not a review, oh no. You see, by now we all know how great these lipsticks are, the countless rave reviews already say enough. So I decided to have a little play with the four colours of Rockalily lipsticks I currently have in my pro kit (alas, I do not have any of the limited editions…yet!). Rockette Red, Roulette Red, Hot Rod Red and Pompadour Pink, the four constant colours in the main collection. Here I’ll show you a few different ways to wear your Rockalily lippies if you fancy having a play too!

Rockette Red:

Above is Rockette Red on it’s own. It’s a bright blue based red and is very striking.

Here I patted in some red glitter to make the lips sparkle. Unfortunetly the glitter I have isn’t that great (from ‘B never too busy to be beautiful’ which has since closed down) so I added Barry M red glitter lip gloss in colour No’6 over the top. You can kind of see a sparkle, but if I do this again in the future I will probably use something like the red cosmetic glitter from Make Up For Ever

Hot Rod Red:

Above is Hot Rod Red on it’s own. An orangey based red that looks great on olive toned skins and warm coloured redheads.

For the look shown above I added a slick of deeply pigmented orange lipgloss. I used Beauty Uk lip lust in colour No’9 ‘Cocktail’ I wish my photos did it more  justice, it looked so juicy and yummy.

Pompadour Pink:

Here is a photo of me wearing Pompadour Pink on it’s own. A blue based pink with a slight metallic sheen and a smell of lemon sherbert. Nom!

Ok, so here’s where I got a little wild! I painted on leopard print with my MAC Fluidline Gel Liner in ‘Blacktrack’. If I were wearing this out I would seal it with Benefit’s ‘She Laq’ . Just make sure you pat it on instead of brushing it on if you try this look. Otherwise you will smudge the design.

Roulette Red:

Above is Roulette Red worn on it’s own. The light isn’t quite right here as the lipstick is showing up rather orange when in fact it is a deep blue based red.

For this look I filled in the corners of my mouth with black eyeliner (you can use black lipstick but I don’t have any left). I then blended it out lightly. Deadly.

So, there you have it. Four different ways you can wear your Rockalily lipstick. Let me know how you get on if you have a go!