26 December 2011

Merry Christmas!




Merry Christmas to everyone!
These are just a few photo's of my Christmas prep and the day.
I had a lovely time and received some very lovely thing's and of course had a lovely time with the family.
If i'm honest I was more excited for my parent's to see what I'd brought them, very  à la  John Lewis advert! It just all went so fast?! Feeling very thankful for everything I have to be honest, I think sometimes people don't realise just how lucky they are.

I also realised on Christmas Eve,  I never posted any of my christmas diy's... I diy'd alot this year but I was a bit busy so totally forgot to take photo's and write them up, oh dear... until next year then!

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6 December 2011

What I wore #006 // It's cold outside - Winter Outfit Of The Day

Dress: Topshop
Faux fur gilet: Charity shop
Ring's: Matalan
Boot's: Dorothy Perkin's
Nail's: Parma Violet from Topshop

This was the dress I wore for my 16th birthday party, I didn't even blog back then haha! I haven't worn it since (a whole year!) so I thought it was time for it to come outside the wardrobe. It's my nan's birthday so I wanted to look ~~presentable~~ but not dressed up to the nine's. So I attempted to make it more of a 'day' dress look, added my favourite belt at the moment so it didn't look weird. Yep it's those boot's i've worn all week, I love them.
Picked this gilet up last year in a charity shop as it was turning warm, had a feeling it would come in handy for 2011, and oh boy I'm glad I did- It only cost me a few pound's, compared to the prices in some high street shop's at the moment, it's a bargain!
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27 November 2011

What I wore #005 // oh little butterfly

Jumper: H&M
Short's: Primark
Trio & Teapot necklace: Topshop & Primark
Boot's: Dorothy Perkins

Sorry you can't really see the print on the short's, I was actually freezing when taking these photo's and totally forgot, It's butterflies,  i'll have to take a photo and post it soon!
I  have two of these jumper's now, in different colour's. I might buy a few more in the rest of the colour's... i love them!
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18 November 2011

Friday face of the day

I've never done a "face of the day" mainly because i'm incredibly self concious of my undereye circles as a result of extreme insomnia, they're really purple based so they are a pain to cover up. But yesterday I just randomly took one, so here it is (be nice, haha.)
It's quite boring but I only had a small amount of time to get ready so nothing amazing, plus I had a driving lesson so wanted something natural looking and easy.
I used a different camera, i'm still trying to work out the colour balance when taking a photo in low light which is why it's a weird colour, sorry!



Eye's:
No 7 intense volume mascara (top and bottom lashes)
Maybelline Colosal mascara
Tiny amount of "Phloof' eyeshadow by Mac in the inner corners & lightest shade from Mua's Heaven & Earth palette
One of the light browns blended over the eye's from same Mua palette.  (can't remember which one it was!)

Face:
Olay multi radiance cream
Avon Magix face perfector/primer
Superdrug naturalhigh brightening eye cream
Mac studio finish concealer
Vivo under eye roll on concealer
No 7 triple protection tinted moisturiser
Mac msfn powder

I don't really like using my Mac concealer anymore, I'll be switching it for something else when it run's out, it's lasted me since last January which is good but it's tricky to blend and work with at time's, one reason amongst a few why I use an eye cream, it really makes it easier to apply studio finish.

May be doing a series of post's soon on dark under eye circles!
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1 year blogoversary.

It really doesn't seem like it's been a year since I made my very first blog post, it feel's much shorter, when I made that random blog post on present's I had brought for christmas last year I didn't know which direction my blog was going in, I was so un-sure what to blog about. I've spoken to some really lovely people on twitter by blogging which I never even thought of when I first made a blog, there really is some nice people in the 'blogging world' and i'm so happy to be part of it, thank you all for following my little blog and commenting on my post's, it really does make me smile.
Many people create a giveaway for their first year of blogging, I will be doing one in the summer because i'll have more time, It will include a variety of thing's which I 
hope you'll like!


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14 November 2011

OPI- meep meep meep notd



OPI meep-meep-meep



This was one of the polishes I picked up in a recent 'haul'. If you want to see swatches of the other one's I picked up, I posted here!
I was trying to find a 'dupe' for OPI's let me entertain you  and this is preety close to it, I'd say it's a tiny bit darker and the glitter is a bit bigger which you can't really see in the photo, it was hard to try and get a photo of it, but there are plenty of online swatches where you can see the glitter.
This photo was actually taken after I've had it on for 5-6 day's, I only have a slight chip on one or two nail's which I blame to me doing some diy's. I used a new top coat from OPI which is also in the haul and wow, I don't think a polish has ever lasted so long.
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12 November 2011

Polish haul & swatches!


The other day I went through one of my "I really love nail polish & want to buy every lovely one in sight" moment's, and this is what the result was. It's really un-like me though, i'm more of a 'save money' girl not spend it all, so yeah i'm not "treating myself" to anything else for a little while.



After having my nail's painted in Let me entertain you I've been on the hunt for a match to it, which is why most of these are pink's, Meep Meep Meep is beautiful and much nicer in person then what online swatches looked like, if you want to see what it look's like on my nail's, I have a notd with it on which i'll post soon.

L-R
Señorita rosalita, Be a dahlia won't you,
meep-meep-meep, congenality is my middle name
(in natural sunlight)
Meep Meep Meep has thicker pieces of glitter that don't really 'catch the light' but are still noticable, Be a dahlia won't you is very glittery compared to what it look's like here, the glitter is mixed in the polish (it doesn't "sit" on top of the nail like a chunky glitter e.g juicy jules below.) and it just look's amazing when you turn in the light,  it's very lovely- it would be perfect if it was a tiny bit dark but I still love it.
I also ordered Model's Own's new Beetlejuice nail polishes, and they wasn't as preety as they looked online, but they're still nice. I had Juicy Jules on my nail's the other week, it's lovely and a close second to my favourite opi d.s radiance.





I'm in love with the skin quencher's, I recently reviewed them here if you fancied a read.
P.s- yes i know i have two of 'Be a dahlia won't you' it's so so preety, I wish i'd picked up 2 of meep meep meep.
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5 November 2011

O.P.I Avo Juice skin quenchers for christmas

I tweeted the other day about my opi haul, and these two little yummy gem's were part of it, I'm so glad I picked them up.
O.P.I have a collection of skin quencher's in a variety of very lovely flavour's but these two were different... christmas edition!
The Vanilla snowflake smell's of christmas I just can't explain it, it's amazing- the vanilla smell is very strong which is lovely, but when you apply it and smell it you can smell a tiny hint of something else which I really can't describe, but it's so nice.
The winter huckleberry is a nice fruity berry smell but it isn't over whelming it's just the right amount.

On to the very handy thing about these lotion's, they literally take 2 minutes or less to dry and sink in your skin, and by the time 5 minutes has passed my skin was so so soft I was amazed. The vanilla smell's very much good enough to eat. These would be good all rounder's for the whole year; summer when you want quick soft skin when you're showing your leg's and winter for when you skin need's some moisturising.
Another handy thing is the fact it's a pump so you can just pump out a little bit, use it and no mess.


These are amazing, I don't think I've ever loved a lotion /  moisturiser before but this is so nice I really like using them, the fact they dry so fast is great if you apply them when you want to go to bed.
I picked these 30ml one's up for £1.20 each, they are so handy for popping in your bag when you're on the go and just want to use them.
I am definitely picking up load's more 'flavour's in these, I love them! You can see the selection online here.

P.s- sorry for all the notd/nail post's lately, I guess I've just been painting my nails alot...
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2 November 2011

covered in gem's notd


As I was searching through pictures for inspiration on my new hair cut I found some old 'nail art' photo's and discovered what I would actually count as my all time favourite, Infact I think I did them before I even blogged, which explain's why my photo angle is a bit odd but I just had to post it, I also realised I haven't done them since, so I'll be doing them again soon!

The nail gem's were in the £ shop when i got them last year (& a half) *bargain* so i grabbed two, but you can get hold of them anywhere for reasonable prices. All of these polishes were my all time favourite's at the time (still are) except Lemon.

Thumb: Rimmel 640- Twinkle
2nd finger: Barry M 307 Lemon
3rd finger: Barry M 296 Coral
 4th finger: Rimmel 236 Green Grass
5th finger: Barry M 292 Navy


You can use nail glue to apply the gem's on after the polishes have dried but I just picked them up and placed it on when they were more wet but close to being tacky.
They don't last for a long time because the gem's decide they want to fall off but they are really preety, especially with a silver polish and black gem's for a night out!
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31 October 2011




I love Halloween, it's my favourite time of year. I really wanted to decorate the front of the house this year for some reason so I painted and drew on glass jar's and light them with candle's positioning all the way up the path, and scattered a few pumpkin's in the garden.


I couldn't decorate everything but my nail's could I?
My 'pumpkin's went a teeny bit wrong but nevermind, I know the 'shattered nail's' trend has come and gone but I wanted to break it up a bit but still tie in the colour's. 

Thumbs: Claires black polish (very old!)

'Pumpkins': Nails Inc atomic
Crackle polishes: Both Barry M

Happy Halloween everybody!

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22 October 2011

happy birthday to me!

I am now officially 17!

Yesterday was my birthday, and I had my very first driving lesson- I was fine up until the hour before where nerves took over me & I wouldn't stop pacing the room, apologies for anyone following me on twitter I did tweet alot in that hour from being so nervous!
My lesson was late in the evening, it was quite dark outside, but once i was in the driver's seat It really made no difference, I had light's of course and it was easier to see thing's in the dark then i thought it would be.
When doing a 3 point turn I just couldn't get the hang of how to do the wheel... pull with one hand and pass through the other, my hand's just had mind's of their own, the "dinner plate" way as people call it. But i mastered it after 20 minutes and i drove back, apparently i wasn't too bad which made me so happy, I still can't believe i drove a car, I was so excited and even more to be driving again next week!

I baked my own birthday cake, i love baking but I had one of them day's when nothing went right, so it didn't come out how i imagined but it tasted nice.


Thank you to all the lovely ladies wishing me happy birthday yesterday!

Also, I have my little Handpicked Community badge on my sidebar, very exciting!



lots'a love, x 

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16 October 2011

newspaper nails / notd

After having a week of very sparkly nails thanks to Models Own's Juicy Jules I decided to have something different, newspaper nails!
I can now read the paper on the go ;)


Firstly you'll need to paint your nails any colour you wish, i went for a nude. For this I used my favourite by Orly... the name has rubbed off but i think it's called "sheer nude" is what it says, but when layered it looks amazing.

Next up you need either; vodka, surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol. I'm not sure whether rubbing alcohol is the american version of our surgical spirit, i think it has another chemical in but nevermind.
You can get surgical spirit in Boot's (its what you use to clean piercings) however be aware it may be tricky to get hold of- I had trouble finding some last year.

Cut strips of newspaper ready so you can just grab them, you need quite a wide width so it covers the whole nail. Dip your finger in the surgical spirit- no longer then 5 second's, I did wrap tape around the sides on my left hand but then realised it won't hurt my skin, all it does is disinfect etc, don't worry! then immediately place the paper over it, the best way to get the writing clear is to press and role, then peel off slowly. Keep going until you do all the nails, for my thumb i placed the little "sun" box that is on every page of the paper as a cute touch, obviously it's backward's but it still look's cute!
Surgical spirit mattifies the nail so you will need a top coat, unless you like a matte nail- it does give it a lovely effect!
My recent all time favourite is O.P.I's "rosy future" it's a beautiful clear colour but has a hint to it, so when in the light it turns a lovely pink, it look's perfect on french nails!

Word of warning... wait a good 30minutes or longer until adding a top coat, the print will run and blur... trust me! I had to re-do a few nails. If this does happen just take the tiniest amount of varnish remover on a  Q-tip and lightly rub away the ink and give a fresh coat of polish and repeat.

I tweeted on twitter saying I used the Orly polish and Orly responded, which i didn't expect at all, made my evening!

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10 October 2011

Mrs.Whippy... don't go!


Lush have decided to dis-continue Mrs.Whippy :(
I've only fallen in love with it recently so i'm quite sad it's going, it's always the way... finding a product you love then shortly after it dis-appearing from our shelves.
When I popped in the Lush store the other day I picked up two, but they're dis-appearing fast so if any of you love mrs.whippy now's the time to stock up. 



Mrs.Whippy makes your skin smell lovely and so soft, mm!
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25 September 2011

a party in the U.S.A!

I feel like I haven't posted in week's i've missed blogging, this is a post i wrote a few week's ago but never finished properly- so I'm finally posting it.

I'm sure many of you have seen Topshop's amazing usa flag short's and jean's but they can be quite pricey!
so once again I'm back with another d.i.y and adapted it to what I like.
Instead of the entire front of the jeans covered I covered the back pocket's, I'm sure i saw it somewhere once either that or I dreamt about it ;)



I first saw usa flag short's on Lillie's blog here and remembered I wanted to do some usa jeans a while back so i finally did!

I cut a generous square from the fabric and using tracing paper drew the shape of the pocket out then on to the fabric and cut it, it may be a bit off in places so just keep trimming and checking... remember "you can always take away but never add" with this sort of thing.
I did this with both pocket's, a little tip for anyone not realising... don't bother tracing another for the other pocket, just flip the tracing paper. The pockets are basically mirrored so it will work fine.

You could just sew the 'fabric pocket's on by securing the fabric on with dress making pin's but i wouldn't highly recommend it. I wanted some sort of adhesive to cling the fabric to the jean as an extra glue as well as the thread.
For this i used bonda web, I do prefer using the one with the paper backing because it's how i was always taught to do it and it's much easier to cut the shape exactly but I couldn't find any in my kit. Instead I used the "strip" one many people use, in-case anyone using this was un-sure how to do it (trust me in sewing class quite a few stuck bonda web to the class iron... never good.) so to use this you want to cut pieces to fit the pocket like shown in the photo, make sure it is on the jean and not the fabric because you need to melt/warm the glue with the iron, you don't want the glue melting to the iron you want it to melt on the fabric! so after positioning it gently put the fabric over and make sure no bonda web pieces are sticking out ready to ruin your iron and just run the iron over, a few time's will do you don't want to burn it and it melt's quite easily!
If not you could use a fabric glue or all purpose... next up i straight stitched around the edge, It was a bit tricky because i had to puch the needle through the thick edge around the pocket meaning alot of time's i went in my finger (owch)
I spent about 3 hour's sewing away, took the photo ( below ) came back and after my mum & I stared at them we realised something didn't look right but we couldn't work it out. yep the stripes were the wrong way AND i just wasn't sure how well it looked. I realised because i was looking at a topshop photo where the stripes were horizontal i totally forgot to rotate.
So after all that i ripped out the stitches and started again (yes on the same night, *yawns with tiredness*)  but this time and to also save time i actually tried to do the american flag, just the same method, i also bonda webbed the little flag's!

I will make a better and much neater pair with different fabric's when It isn't half way through the night. Which also explains why my camera quality is awful (below especially.) I really want to do a pair with leather pocket's... maybe stud's on a pair as well.

P.S- the photo(s) below were taken in a mirror which is why the flag is 'flipped'.


Having a big cuddly german shepherd helper is optional.
After finishing and about to put thing's away i turnt round to see this,
she always always lays with me when I do diy's!




I love the american flag on clothes lately, so this is for my american reader's- i see i have a few which surprised me,  hello american reader's!
Hope everyone enjoyed this!

sjmwell x
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17 September 2011

Studded t-shirt diy

hello lovely reader's!
I'm currently blogging while in hair roller's, oh how glamourous. After seeing jessica's post on sunday I attempted to have another go at trying it, last time wasn't the greatest!
On to the D.I.Y...



I've been wanting to do this d.i.y for age's so when I went shopping I made sure to pick up quite a few t-shirt's (I have a few planned!) I had some leather left over from my art coursework and thankfully it fitted just right. I used accurate measurement's ruler and all, check me out! and marked them with chalk, if you don't have the special dressmaking chalk then normal white chalk does the job fine, it doesn't mark like a pencil and it rub's off very easily. Use sharp scissor's to cut the leather and with pin's fix the cross on the shirt. I handstitched mine because a few month's ago i sold my sewing machine and have yet to buy a new one (cry.) It took me about 3hour's in all and i certainly had arm ache and back ache by the end of it. I originally wanted to put all mini stud's around the edge but realising it would take me about 3 year's to complete i made a cross in the middle. I know in the photo it look's like there is a huge gap in between them at the top but there isn't... honest!
After hurting my finger's by piercing the shirt and the leather the stud's finally went through ok.
I'll most probably wear a vest under the shirt it's quite see through.



There are so many different fabric's you could use for this; leopard, floral...
I'll be making more but maybe with different shapes!





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10 September 2011

Cath Kidston diy purse/pocket

So i've started college, and even though most day's i'm not home until the evening (and collapse on the sofa needing a cup of tea) I'm still determined to blog regularly, promise!
Last week or it may have been two, i posted about another Cath Kidston diy here & said I would be using the oil cloth for another... here it is!
For college i needed a little purse/bag thing to hold my student card & my travel card in so it was easy to just grab and use when getting off the train without needing to dig around in my really deep large bag, trust me on the first day it took me about 10 minutes hunting for my i.d card and phone.





My fabric measured approx 8 x 6.
To make the "purse" shape, i decided how big I wanted the fold over part to be, after folding it a few time's and adjusting it i had the right amount. For anyone following this exactly the way i did it, I measured up from the bottom to 6.5 inches and marked it with chalk, you can always use pencil the rub it out. Fold up to the pencil mark and make sure you fold it tightly so it makes a nice line.
Next take some glue (I use this glue so much, I think I brought nearly 5 tubes of it during my art coursework!) and lightly spread it (I used a cotton bud) along the side's to give them a bit more hold, put pressure on it for a few second's then start sewing.
I originally did a straight stitch but that would do preety much nothing, so I did this instead- I'm not sure what it's called sorry. But this will hold it for longer and it won't break as easy when you put thing's inside.


I finished it off with a button on top, just as an extra cute touch, I brought them from a charity shop a while back so I'm glad i found a use for one! You could use it as a way to close it, but I'm going to put some velcro on there,  much easier to just stick it down.



Hope you liked this quick diy. I have a few more planned this week!






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4 September 2011

how to choose what b.b cream is best for you.

This is the final post in my B.B cream series, if you are wanting to try out a b.b cream then hopefully the post's will be helpful to you!
If you haven't seen the first two "a guide to b.b. creams what is it?" and "Review of Missha perfect cover" just click on them and you can read them!

When buying a foundation or tinted moisturiser's people always say swatch them in the shop & go outside in natural light but this may be a bit hard to do with a b.b cream because they are generally from Korea and Hong Kong.
Hopefully these diagram's will help you match it up, they really helped me because when I was first researching in to what one to get I didn't have a clue as there was so many!
You just need to go across from the Mac reference, then find out what skin type the one's you match are for (oily/dry/normal etc) and swatches.





One of the b.b cream's people know more then the other's is the Skin 79 one, The pink is usually for people with oily skin and the gold is for dry skin. 
For anyone with dry  skin I would definately recommend the Missha perfect cover, see my review here. I've been using it for a few week's now and i love it, i'm still amazed it suit's my super pale skin.
If anyone has any question's about anything, comment below!

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2 September 2011

first time gel nails


purple reign
I had "shellac" on my nail's yesterday & this is what they look like- however when i  was actually having them done i  don't think they were actually shellac, but a different company, i'm not sure.
They are incredibly shiny but perfectly shiny, i love nail's with a wet look topcoat. The camera didn't really pick up the true colour, it's not as dark as It look's here! In the light it looks like a preety metallic purple then normal again when straight on.
It's meant to remain chip free for 2 week's+ so i'll keep the blog updated on how well It keep's, it dried as soon as it was under the light, It was so weird not to be cautious about going in my bag and smudging them!

sjmwell
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26 August 2011

cath kidston d.i.y

I'm officially a college student, I enrolled yesterday and it was so well organised we was out in an hour, totally forgot they would need my photo taken for my i.d card- and of course i wasn't feeling or looking too healthy yesterday just my luck, all i did was pull my hair back- but on my photo it look's like i'm bald and i wasn't even smiling, i have it for 2 year's & i look absolutely awful.
On a happier note though i have two induction day's soon which i'm nervous for, on the 2nd day we all go bowling to "get to know eachother" i did laugh but hey, okay!


I really do ramble, on to the diy!




A few week's ago i got some sample's of cath kidston fabric's, so of course I had to make something cute from them, even though I think they would look lovely just in photo frame's on the wall as well.
But instead I made a couple of coaster's and a few new book mark's because I'm constantly losing mine.
Just cut down to size and laminate, i also added wool on one book mark just to give it another exta little cute touch!
of course when i light the candle I'll take it away because fire health & safety etc, but when it's not light i think it look's sweet.
I'll be making a lot more with them including customizing jeans and what not!


i Need to go and rescue my dinner & apple crumble from burning...
Have a lovely day everyone!
sjmwell

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