Saturday, 30 January 2010

a little discovery....

Just a lovely little blog that I have come across, totally un make-up related but I think her collages are

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

hobbycraft for the eyelashes

Browsing through I realised they had vogue tv, so I headed to the beauty section.  I came across a two part video called "Beauty by Chanel".  My biggest dream is to be a make up artist for the fashion shows, but after I watched this I think I am way too much of a wuss, I may end up crying if I can't use the cotton pads like he shows you in the video. 

Look at the beautiful embroided eyelashes that were used for one of the shows, check them out in these videos and

The art that went into them.  I don't know if I was drawn to them because I now have the sudden urge to craft all day everyday, but embroidery is something I have yet to try.  On Sunday my Grandma was good enough to give me an old embroidery transfer from the fifties, which I am going to have a go at, eventually.   But don't worry you  will not see me walking down Stockton High Street with it daggling from my eyes

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Copy cat

As I mentioned in a previous post, I had a serious make up crush on little edie, played by Drew Barrymore. 

Awww poor little edie!

God I look sickly. 

To start off I used a mineral foundation to get a good coverage, matt but not too much.  I then concealed under my eyes. 

Using a eyebrow pencil in a light brown I defined my brows a bit more.  If you have a matt brown and cream eyeshadow use those, mine had a slight shimmer, which was more noticable in real life. I applied a lot of the cream eyeshadow all over my lid, I was quite heavy handed with this, I wanted to create a good contrast against the brown.  Next I applied the brown into the eye socket, I used the underneath of my brow bone as a guide and created a frown, which was pretty much extended into the inner corner of my eye, and then just below the outer corner of my eye. Keep checking in the mirror when you look up, you want it to be quite obvious.  I applied only a touch of mascara for my own vanity, but Drew looks like she has a brown mascara on at the most.

I chose a lipstick as close as Drew's and lined them first with a natural liner and then filled in with the actual lipstick, no brush. 

To finish off I used a peachy blush, just a touch. 

What do you think? I really like it. 

On Thursday I introduced my BF to the thrills of Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. I hadn't noticed but Richard Avedon was a consultant on the film, as well as designing the opening sequence, I really love his photography.  The women look so elegant and glamourous, and I'm not talking Cheryl Cole "glamourous" at the opening of the live X Factor show!

I'd love a print of one of his photos.

Have a look at his photos at

The lady in the photograph is called Dovima, who I have just found out played a cameo in Funny Face as a and I quote "an empty headed fashion model" she can pull the most amazing poses though!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010


This morning I watched a film called Grey Gardens which is about Edith Bouvier Beale (little Edie) and Edith Ewing Bouvier starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange, a true story it focuses on their lives, eventually they end up living in squalor in the Hamptons, a sad story, (but the make up little Edie wears in the early years is gorgeous, I may end up having to replicate it) as little Edie gets stressed her hair starts to fall out, eventually she wears beautiful headscarves with ornate brooches to hide her hair loss.

After the film I decided to take a lovely walk in the snow to go and buy a magazine, my cornershop hardly stocks anything other than the latest issues of Now and Take a break so I was lucky enough to spot the current issue of Elle.  Upon flicking through it I came across an article on hair loss written by Ellie O'Mahoney, isn't it weird how this sort of thing happens? I don't know whether its because when something affects you, you are suddenly so super sensitive to it that you have that said subject on radar, or whether you just put it all down to coincidence. 
Anyway 2009 was a pretty challenging year for me, and one of the reasons was because my hair started to fall out.  I still don't really know why, but all I can say is that it was devastating and it really took over my life.  My hair has always been really thick and wavy, I'm proud to say that I loved my hair, it was my favourite feature.  I don't remember the day that is started, but I do remember the days I would stand in the shower and tearfully unravel the hair that had entwined itself around my fingers.  The thought of showering every other day filled me with dread.  I decided to ask my bf if he had noticed, and he had, I had been leaving hair calling cards all over his bed after I had stayed over.  No one could tell me why it was happening, not even my GP who said that there was nothing they could do.  So I decided that the best thing I could do was cut it off, make the most of what I had left.  I decided to cut it to just above shoulder length,  eventually the hair loss caught up again so I went even shorter.  I kept being told the more you think about it the worst it will probably get, but it was all I could think of, of course it was.  Everywhere I looked people had glossy, long flowing hair and mine was just hanging there getting thinner by the minute. 

Just after Christmas my hair had grown into a short bob, and it still didn't feel like my hair, so I decided to get it cut even shorter and I will keep getting it cut until it feels like my hair.  I don't know how long it will take but I am now lucky enough that it is no longer falling out, so I am not thinking about it 24/7.  My hair loss was probably at the lower end of the spectrum, and also not permanent but it affected me enough that I think it will always be in the back of mind, just in case it happens again.  I hope you don't think that I have gone all cry baby on you, but according to the article in Elle it's actually quite a common problem, just no one talks about it, so I thought I would.  

Saturday, 2 January 2010


HAPPY NEW YEAR (said in dodgy brooklyn accent)  how are you two readers doing?  I'm doing pretty good after receiving some mint Christmas prwessies.  Including a lovely Elizabeth Arden gift set courtesy of my lil' bro Bobski!  Love it! Especially a pink lip gloss which I will have to show you some time, when I eventually relocate my camera charger.  This is offically the shortest blog from the blusher, so apologies to you two lovely ladies, I will be back soon mucho love xx