Friday, 17 October 2014

OUTFIT: WINTER COAT

It's been ages since I last posted an outfit post, so I thought I'd show you what I'm currently wearing (literally - I dragged one of my team outside to take these photos for me about ten minutes ago. I am such a cool boss).

Coat - Peacocks
Jeans - Topshop
Boots - Oasis (from ASOS)



I have spent most of the summer in a state of surprise as it was actually warm enough to go without tights or a jacket for WEEKS and WEEKS on end (a bit of a rarity in Scotland!). This made the transition to Autumn even harder - I find it impossible to dress for sort-of-warm but mainly-kinda-chilly days!

But, thankfully, the weird inbetweeny weather didn't last long, and the cold edge of winter has started to creep in. Which means goodbye to my lone autumn blazer (which I wore so much it now is falling apart at the seams), and hello to proper winter coats!

I bought this coat on a total whim from Peacocks years ago, wore it twice, then threw it in the back of a cupboard and completely forgot about it - not even noticing it when I packed up my clothes and moved house earlier this year (mainly because my strategy for packing clothes was to bundle everything into massive sacks, and hope for the best). Then this month I discovered it hidden in the back of a wardrobe, and fell firmly in coat love!


It's slightly too big for me, probably needs a dry clean as it's been abandoned for so long, and is in need of new buttons, but I love it! I feel like I'm about to adventure off to Narnia, or that I'd fit right in on Game of Thrones - the (fake!) fur collar is super Catelyn Stark!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

BOOK LOVE: TERRY PRATCHETT

It's been a while since I wrote a Book Love post, so here's what I've been reading lately...


It has taken me years, and a few false starts, but I have finally caught the Discworld bug and I am OBSESSED. I keep trying to read other books, but it's a struggle, and I'm somehow always left, Pratchett in hand.

They are the kind of books I wish I had read when I was wee (but I am very glad I have found them now!). They're funny and filled with a whole world of brilliant, complex, awful and insane characters. It's fantasy, yes, but it's fantasy that isn't afraid to laugh at itself, and is just so ruggedly brilliant and brave and honest that you frequently have to stop to re-read sentences - each book seems to be scattered with phrases that sum up the human condition and life just SO perfectly, it's almost a punch to the gut.

So, no matter your age, or the type of books you'd normally read, or if reading ain't usually your thing (whaaaa?), I'd hugely recommend you take a look at Discworld. I was recommended to skip the first few books (early works that can be a bit tricky to get into), so do that, and start with Wyrd Sisters - one of the witches books, which you can currently buy for ONE PENCE on Amazon (or for mega cheap in any second hand bookshop). One pence! I promise it's worth it.

Monday, 13 October 2014

HALLOWEEN HOW TO:
Creepy doll makeup

Next up in my halloween tutorial series... how to turn yourself into a creepy doll!


You'll need the following:
  • Pale foundation
  • Bright pink blusher
  • Pink eyeshadows
  • White eyeliner
  • Red lipstick
  • Black eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Two sets of false eyelashes
  • Thin strip of ribbon

To start, put on foundation and cover up any blemishes. Use a super pink blusher and build it up until you have very bright pink circles on your cheeks.

Use a black eyeliner (I used an Urban Decay pen, which is great!) and draw three large dots on each cheek.


Use pink eyeshadows to make a soft smokey eye (I used colours from a Sleek palette). Then use a white eyeliner pencil to colour in underneath your eye - this will create the illusion that you have massive doll eyes. 


Underline the white with a thin black line. Again, I used a pen-type eyeliner for this, but liquid or pencil liner will work as well.

Place false eyelashes along the black line. At this stage I also tidied up my eyebrows and added another set of false lashes to my top eyelids.


Use bright red lipstick to create a doll-shaped mouth.

Then to make your doll face even creepier, use the lipstick to mark out several cuts across your face.


Dab the cuts with some black eyeshadow, just to make them look a little grungier.

Take your ribbon and cut it into small strips. Use eyelash glue to stick these to across the cuts to make stitches! A thick thread would be even better for this, but I just improvised with what I had in my flat. A tip for sticking it on - glue one end, attach to your face, then glue the other end. Much easier than trying to do it all at once!


And there you have it! I like the stitch effect, but you might prefer to go without, so here's how they both look. Practise doing big doll eyes, put your hair in big bunches or plaits, and wear with a lacey cream dress.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

DOCTOR WHO OUTFIT WISHLIST

Ever since I started watching the new series of Doctor Who, I have been OBSESSED with Clara's wardrobe. It's just so good! She's got satchels and peter pan collars and tartan and adorable patterns and chunky boots and I want it all.

So, because I've been full of jealousy over her wardrobe, I've put together a wishlist of Clara-esque things. I've just paid for a holiday, so I very, very much shouldn't be buying things (other than bikinis!), but I'm pretty sure I need that tartan cape, right? And those collar clips? And possibly that jumper? Ahhh...!


Top row

Middle row

Bottom row

Monday, 6 October 2014

HALLOWEEN HOW TO:
Spooky face makeup

I love October! Autumn is well and truly here, which means cosy nights, candles, lovely autumnal smells in the air, and the chance to get really carried away with makeup, because it's Halloween!

I basically love any excuse to play with ridiculous eyeshadow and colour in my face, so I'll be blogging a Halloween tutorial every Monday in October! You can see all of my previous Halloween posts here or look up a specific tutorial on my how-to page (I'm still pretty pleased with my super gory zip face from last year!).

This week I'm going to show you how to do a fairly simple creepy face...


I try to always use items that you're either likely to have in your makeup bag, or can easily pick up on the highstreet. For this look I used the following:



To start, use a brush to start colouring in your face green. You want this colour to really stand out, so make sure you layer it until it's nice and bright! Then use a smaller brush to outline the shape. I used a slightly darker green to give it some depth.


Outline the shape using a series of short criss-crosses that (hopefully!) look a bit like stitches. I used a black eyeliner pen to do this. Then start colouring in your eye with a purple eyeshadow. 


You want the eye to look a bit bruised and spooky, so add the purple colour all round your eye - to the top of your eyebrow, in the corner of your eye, and blend it down your cheek. Don't worry about being too precise with this - just do what looks good. I added little splashes of hot pink on the top of my cheek too.

Add black eyeshadow onto your eyelid and along your lower lash line. 


Do your other eye as normal - I did a smoky eye using gold and bronzes (tutorial here!), added a flick of liquid eyeliner to both, neatened up my brows, and added false eyelashes and mascara. 


After seeing it come together, I added another green patch to my forehead and drew on more short "stitches" with eyeliner. And that's it! I really like this look. It's SO simple and quick to do, looks suitably creepy, and would be good paired with wild hair/a black dress - good if you are in need of a last-minute halloween costume.

I hope that was helpful! I'll post another Halloween tutorial next Monday - please let me know if you have any requests (the gorier the better!).
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