I know I'm late to the bandwagon but I just recently had this fascination for scallop cuts on clothes. Take this dress for example... 


Black Scallop Dress - Boohoo, Tights - Primark, Shoes - Clarks

Some of these pieces are quite difficult to find lately, and most of the really pretty ones don't quite make my poor student budget. Thinking about ways to get around that, I had a eureka! moment as I realised I can make my own scallop clothing, with just a little more than charity shop finds and a pair of scissors. 

I used...



Black Trousers from my local Oxfam - I love this cloth. Its wash and wear and doesn't need ironing. Perfect! Not a fan of the flared end though and it was only £2.99, I wouldn't feel guilty if I somehow ruined them.

Sharp Scissors - I had 3 pairs of scissors at home, and I tested each of them on the cloth to find out which one left the neatest trim.
Bobby pins - To stabilise the fabric. Safety pins would be ideal however I didn't have them at home.
Ruler
Marker Pen - To mark where I want to cut the cloth and to trace the scallop template. I used old lipliners. My pens and pencils wouldn't show up on the black cloth.
Scallop Template - I used this template, maximised it on microsoft word, printed, cut out, and traced on fabric.

I found this YouTube video particularly useful:

Results:

Black Bow Detail Top - H&M, Shorts - My DIY, Tights - Sainsbury's, Shoes - Aldo, Bag - Accessorize

I didn't want it too short or too long. About 3 inches above the knee.

I hope this inspires you to DIY designs on some clothes. It's really quick and easy.
If you are indeed inspired and do end up creating something, let me know - I'd love to check out your results! :)

  What do you think? ♥


29/01/2012

DIY: Scalloped Shorts


Nude Waterfall Cardigan Primark
Lace Dress H&M
White tank top H&M
Makeup here



Cream Waterfall Cardigan Dorothy Perkins
Black Tank Top
Red Trousers New Look
Black Bag Accessorize
Necklace Old
Makeup: NARS Madly blush, Maybelline Red Glamour Lipliner, Vaseline Lip Therapy


Maybe I should learn how to crop out the background....


25/01/2012

Good Girl, Bad Girl



I had a lunch date with one of my friends and I wanted to wear a smokey look with neutral eyeshadows. I realised my MAC eyeshadows have been neglected lately and I have therefore featured some of them in this look I wore.

24/01/2012

LOOK: 100 Strokes of Glitters



I did some damage last week and picked up these two things, a bag and a pair of wedged Mary Janes. I've been really loving all clothes and accessories black for the last year - I just think they look classy and are quite versatile with outfits. I suppose I'm getting older and less hippy as well. Hah.

Accessorize Curved Zip Bow Lady Bag - £35/£31.50 with student discount
I feel in love with this bag as soon as I laid eyes on it. Its a It's such a cutie. 

Primark Black Patent Wedge Mary Janes with Cut Out Detail - £16
These shoes are quite high - 1 inch platform in front, 4 inch wedge heel at the back. These are quite light compared to other shoes I've tried and they're quite comfortable to walk in. I love them!

  What do you think? ♥


23/01/2012

My New Preciouss - es





One of my friends shared me this link and I really wanted to share the beautiful adaptations with all of you! They're all Disney Princesses or heroines to be more precise, 

can you name them all? 

And who is your favourite?

On a side note, I have been watching the American series Once Upon a Time, and if you follow my twitter, you would know I'm addicted to it. Its not particularly thrilling, does not make me feel any strong emotions and is quite slow paced... but somehow I'm just really drawn to it. Do any of you watch it?


22/01/2012

Disney Princesses


I decided to give my dear friend, Laura, a makeover today. As a natural beauty, she hardly wears makeup - mainly just eyeliner and mascara, but today we wanted to try something different. To make a transition from the natural to a look with more colour, I opted for a peach-toned look. 







Here's what I used on her:

EYES
MAC Painterly paint pot
Sleek MakeUP Oh So Special Palette Eyeshadow in Bow (brow highlight)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Buck (crease)
Sleek MakeUP Paraguaya Palette Eyeshadow in Peach Gold (lid)
Maybelline 2 in 1 Impact Shadow Liner in Black (upper lashline) and Pearl (lower lashline)
L'oreal Double Extension Mascara (Primer)
Colossal Volume Mascara
Etude House Eyebrow Pencil

FACE
MAC Oil Control Lotion
Sleek MakeUP New Skin Revive Foundation in Sand
Sleek MakeUP Luminaire Concealer in Light
MAC Blotting Powder in Medium
Benefit Hoola bronzer
Illamasqua blush in Lover
MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base

LIPS
Vaseline Creme Brulee lip therapy
MAC Mouth Off lip pencil
MAC Vegas Volt lipstick

And of course, I put makeup on myself too. To complement her springy peach shades, I choose a pink-themed look.










Here is what I used on myelf:

EYES
MAC Painterly paint pot
Sleek MakeUP Oh So Special Palette Eyeshadow in Bow (brow highlight)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Naked (crease)
Sleek MakeUP Oh So Special Palette Eyeshadow in Pamper (brow highlight)
Maybelline 2 in 1 Impact Shadow Liner in Black (upper lashline) and Pearl (lower lashline)
L'oreal Double Extension Mascara (Primer)
Colossal Volume Mascara
Etude House Eyebrow Pencil

FACE
Sleek MakeUP New Skin Revive Foundation in Sand
Sleek MakeUP Luminaire Concealer in Light
MAC Blotting Powder in Medium
Benefit Hoola bronzer
MAC Blush in Pleasantry
MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base

LIPS
Vaseline Creme Brulee lip therapy
Barry M Lip Pencil in 12
MAC Chatterbox lipstick







  What do you think? ♥


Spring Brights: Peach and Pink Looks ft Laura


I have been a makeup addict collector for about 5 years now *whew time does fly fast!* and here's a collection of my lip liners/pencils. These are from various brands including Barry M, MAC, Sleek MakeUP, Maybelline, Rimmel, NYX and 17 cosmetics. I initially swatched this for my own purposes, and then I realised someone else might find them useful too. I hope the swatches will be useful somehow!

MAC Mouth Off, Barry M 24, Barry M 12, MAC Magenta, 17 Valentine

Sleek MakeUP Mossberry, NYX Currant, NYX Mahogany, MAC Mahogany, MAC Life's a Breeze, MAC In Synch, MAC Pink Treat

MAC Test Pattern, MAC Stripdown, MAC Oak, MAC Subculture, Rimmel Tiramisu, MAC Naked Liner,MAC Redd, MAC Cherry, MAC Brick, Maybelline Red Glamour

Here are some notes on a few of them:
* MAC Magenta is a hot pink with a purple frost. A duochrome lip pencil.
* Sleek MakeUP Mossberry is actually an eye liner, but also works as a lip liner, albeit a rather rough one. It serves as a good lip liner for the matching lipstick from the collection.
* Sleek MakeUP Mossberry looks similar to NYX Currant.
* MAC Life's a Breeze is a light pink with a slight frost.
* MAC Naked Liner - I sometimes use this on my lower waterline as a nude pencil to brighten my eyes and make them look more wide and awake.
* MAC Pink Treat is my only mechanical pencil - ie. twist up nonsharpen pencil.
* Most of my nude lip pencils look really similar. I think I should give some of them away.
* Rimmel Tiramisu and Maybelline Red Glamour are soo soft and easy to apply on the lips.

I quite like lip pencils as they are useful to provide a defined lip line *essential for reds and darker lipsticks*. If the colour pay off is good, they are also good to fill the lips instead of using a lipstick. I have done this a lot in the past, so easy to use on the go. Line and fill for a *usually* matte finish, or top with a lip gloss for a shiny finish.



  What do you think? ♥


20/01/2012

My Lip Pencil Collection and Swatches



I bought a few bits and bobs last week - some necessary, some not - as most of us girls do. Lets run through the unnecessary things first and follow with the actually useful ones, that way I feel like I have not really wasted so much money. Ha ha.

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Moustache Ring Topshop £6.50/£5.85 with student d/c

When I first spotted this gold look ring in Topshop, I immediately laughed out loud, not too loud that I'd looked like a big idiot, but enough to make me look like just an idiot. I picked it up, put it on, and showed my friend, who laughed out loud herself. It's such a cutie. Depending on how you look at it, it could be a Ram's horns, but I'd like to think of it as a Moustache. I know I should have found this in November for Movember. Really unnecessary, but its still too cute to pass up.

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Sunnies Ring Topshop £4/£3.60 with student d/c

And then I found this ring. Another cutie. Perfect for the summer. Not too expensive either. 

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Seems perfect with my other ring too. Highly unnecessary, but hella cute!

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Floral Laminate Card Holder Accessorize £5/£4.50 with student d/c

I needed a replacement for my old purse, and I thought this was a nice compact substitute. I put my cards in all the different pockets, and my folded up cash and a few coins inside the zip pocket in the middle. Really quite snug and tight as its just meant to be a card holder, but it still works. 50% necessary. Ha ha!

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Cod Liver Oil with Multi Vitamins Capsules (500mg) Holland and Barrett £4.79

I admit I have not been eating as well as I should be, and no way are multivitamins a good substitute for a healthy diet, but they are a useful adjunct. I found this while browsing the Cod Liver Oil section at Holland and Barrett. I picked up the 60-caps mini bottle and paid for it. I'm really happy about these. The soft gel capsules are so easy on the gullet. When I finish this up, I'll pick up the 180 capsule one, which is slightly cheaper per capsule. I have a family history of cardiovascular disease (heart disease) and adequate Omega-3 is good at reducing cardiovascular risk. Its harmless, everyone should take it!

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Zumba Fitness Wii with belt Amazon.co.uk £19.99 (much cheaper than shops on the street!)

I haven't had the time to do my bellydancing this year, and I do need some exercise. I've been thinking about picking this up for a while, and I'm glad I did. It's really quite fun, especially with friends or family (erghm my brother) to do it with. I just feel sorry for the folks in the flat below however, as the our floor isn't quite motion-proof, but I only use it during the daytime and before 10PM, however, so I suppose it should be alright!

  What do you think? ♥

15/01/2012

Few Bits and Bobs I Bought This Week

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Rose

I purchased this blush when I was in the states last August 2011. Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Rose is a rosy-pink colour with a silvery sheen. It applies really well and looks like a natural winter flush. It comes with a mirror and a brush - which is a bit scratchy and I don't use it much. I have other blush brushes to use! 

Doesn't it look really cute in the packaging? I'm in-love with the hearts!





I believe you can purchase this at US drugstores or the webpage: http://www.physiciansformula.com/en-us/productdetail/07322.html.

Do you have this blush?

  What do you think? ♥


11/01/2012

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow and Mood Boosting Blush in Rose

NYX Retractable Eye Liner in Brown

This is a retractable eye pencil that does not require sharpening - which is very convenient for on-the-go. However with these types of products, my experience has been that the adhesive at the base inevitably loosens up leaving me with an unstable (and sometimes falling-out) pencil. It is too soon to tell whether this will have the same fate.

I have this product in Brown, which is a medium-dark brown colour with a matte finish. The pencil itself is thin in diameter - approx 5mm - and allows for a very thin line. So far on my eyelids, it does not seem to smudge, which is remarkable because I tend to have oily lids.

Overall I am very impressed with this product, and I definitely recommend it! NYX has several other colours of this Retractable eye liner, some matte some shimmery. And especially with this affordable price, I definitely think this is one to check out!

NYX Jumbo Pencils in Iced Mocha, French Fries, NYX Retractable Eye Liner in Brown 




What do you think? ♥


03/01/2012

NYX Retractable Eye Liner in Brown

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