A fair few weeks ago now, one of my favourite hair product companies emailed me asking if I wanted to get my hair done courtesy of them. Umm, I suppose now is the time to confess I have literally had two haircuts in the last 4 years. I don’t even have an excuse or anything! Shame! Anyway, I sent back a big old YES (in full capitals, obviously) and finally, yesterday headed into The Mint Hair Company to join the ombre club.
It went off to a great start when I was offered two miniature cookies (um, yes please!) and I truly haven’t had such a good blonde colour done in years (most likely to do with Joico‘s LumiShine technology). It was a fantastic experience and I am seriously stoked with the colour!
I couldn’t resist going with ombre – and when it comes to the allure of being able to pass off my lazy regrowth as trendy – why should I?! Though I am slooowly coming around to the idea of becoming a fill blonde. Maybe during my next salon trip, perhaps..
As usual, all opinions were my own, but the salon trio was courtesy of Joico. Thanks!
With summer right around the corner (in the southern hemisphere at least) I knew it was definitely time to branch out in terms of ponytails. After all, the same old basic pony can get, well, pretty darn basic very, very quickly. So I decided to recreate this cute 60s inspired pony, which basically consists of about four very, very simple steps (so there really are no excuses!) Luckily I had my trusty ghd on hand, which made it all the easier – as it’s slightly unrealistic expecting a sleek ponytail when you’ve got a mane like mine!
For this tutorial you will need: a set of ghd hair straighteners, a teasing comb, a hair tie (preferably close to your hair colour) and one or two bobby pins.
Step one. Duh, straighten your hair! I haven’t used a ghd since I was about sixteen (when I would borrow it off my boarding school roommate) and couldn’t believe how effective it was. In the photo above it’s pretty obvious which side I’ve tackled and which I haven’t ; )
Step two. Separate a large section of hair on the crown of your head before going to town teasing it with your comb. The longer you spend on this part the better. This is where you’re going to get all of your volume from!
Step three. Pull your hair back into a low pony and secure it with a hair tie. Make sure you leave out a small section of hair underneath your ponytail as you will need it in the next step. Run your comb over your hair several times to ensure it’s looking really sleek. If your bouffant is dropping at all just use your comb to readjusted it by loosening the hair as it goes into the hair tie.
Step four. The final step! So you remember the section of hair from the last step? Split it in half and start wrapping each side around your ponytail. Use your bobby pins to secure it into place. Tip: insert the bobby pins underneath the ponytail; that way they can’t be seen from the outside.
And that’s it! I hope you have fun trying out your very own 1960s inspired ponytail! Thank you again ghd!
Make-up is an area I’ve been growing more and more passionate about recently and something I’ve been really wanting to share about more regularly on the blog. I figured there was no better way to start than by introducing the limited edition Snow White blush by Elf I bought while I was in America last year. Of course, I completely bought it for the packaging (how could I not?!) and am to-this-day regretting not buying the Ariel Lash Kit too. Boo!
Onto the make-up though; I have been trying this shade of blush for a couple of weeks now. It’s a little more orange and bronzer-esque than my usual Maybelline Fit Me (in medium pink) that I wear most days, but I quite like how it looks. Although I do think that Snow White would wear more of a pinkish shade, don’t you? If Walgreens does any more of these Disney collaborations I highly suggest you pick one up. I’m pretty sure this only cost me around $10, and it’s worth it alone for the sweet, sweet packaging!
Naturally, I just had to wear my seven dwarfs brooch to take these photos – and use a backdrop of apples too. Can you guess which one is poisoned? I’ll never tell! ; )
Lets just take a quick minute to talk about make-up and accessory storage (one of those little things that really does make all the difference). The thing about me, is that although I have a whole lot of stuff that needs to be stored away, I only really use things when I look at them regularly.
Fed up with the usual state of my bathroom cupboards, I decided to tackle the problem head on. I’m in full on savings mode currently, so didn’t want to invest too much financially. I managed to get around the problem by using some simple strategies to store my stuff, while still looking mighty cute too!
Nail Polish – A Mason Jar
This cutie pie jar by Miss Etoille was an adorable present gifted to me for my birthday from my boyfriend. Although I was completely besotted with the jar, I wasn’t too sure what to use it for (besides candy.. Mmm, candy). After displaying the jar empty for several months, I suddenly had the idea to use it to hold polish! And it looks awesome! So go and get yourself a mason jar for your nail polish; it will look so good.
A make-up bag
Although this one seems glaringly obvious, I have never really used a make-up bag! I ended up heading down to a $2 and picked this up for – you guessed it – $2! I don’t know how I used to get by without one; having all of your make up in one place is seriously underrated!
Lipsticks & Brushes – Custom containers
These clear make up holders have seriously changed my life! I have a ridiculous amount of lipstick – though I tend to stick to just one or two shades (which you can definitely tell!). After buying this lipstick holder (as well as a brush holder – and $20 for the two of them, mind you!) I can see every single shade I own, and I’m finding myself branching out way more than I ever have. It’s also way, way easier to find my make up brushes when I need them!
Bobby pins – An antique jar
I swear that bobby pins are the most infuriating must-have of all time! They’re either not there when you need them, or they’re all bent out of shape. I can’t do too much about the shape, but I did manage to pick up this beautiful shell-shaped jar from a thrift store in town. I think it set me back $4 or so – and now I can always find bobby pins when I need them!
Has anyone ever told you just how frustrating it is to have to grow out a fringe? Sure, I’ve done it many times before, but all I ever remember is “yay, fringe” or “yay, no fringe!” Somehow I had just plum forgotten about that annoying inbetween-y length when you’re forever brushing your hair out of your eyes. So if you hadn’t worked it out yet, I’m growin’ mine out. And I’m frustrated. Like 90% of the internet, when I feel frustrated I turn to Pinterest for inspiration. And I got it. And I made a board dedicated to it – as well as other beautiful hair. May I present my findings; these are three of my favourite hair styles for growing out a fringe!
If you’ve been reading this blog since the very beginning, you might remember this ‘Braid for Each Day‘ post. I dreamt up seven different hair styles based around one theme, so you could wear them every single day of the week. Even now, two years later, it is still one of my most popular posts – so why not continue something that is so fun to dream up and that you clearly love too!
Not too long ago, I had a massive (seriously!) browse through the ASOS sale section. It was here that I discovered the bow of my dreams. When it’s not attached to my head, this bow has been hanging on my lounge wall – it is just so pretty that I want to see it every single day! What can I say – velvet and gold tick all of my boxes.
Today I decided to style three different looks. Can you spot the similarities? All feature a collar, a different coloured lipstick, and the most noticeable of all – glasses!
After battling a bit of an eye infection I’ve been ordered to wear glasses only for the next two weeks. Are there any other contact lens wearers out there? It is a weird, weird transition to wearing glasses when you generally wear contacts all of the time. I was feeling a bit doom-and-gloom over having to wear glasses.. so I decided to style a few outfits to get myself inspired! Here are three looks I’ve dreamed up; all of them featuring coloured lips, collars, and no contacts at all!
Oh hi! Instead of sinking into deep despair, as usually happens when my regrowth reaches the dreaded one inch mark, last week I decided it was time for a bit of a look update. After sporting blonde locks for well over two years, I’m now a brunette! My hair feels so much healthier and looks so darn shiny. I still don’t recognise myself in mirrors straight away, and I slightly feel as though I’m wearing a wig, but you know what… I love it! It’s so much fun getting to look like Veronica over Betty for a change..!
Thanks to a certain recent blockbuster set in the 1920s, I’ve been going through a love affair with all things flapper. Yep, sparkles, glitter, glamour; gimmie gimmie gimmie. While I can daydream about decadent pool parties filled with of giant Moet bottles and dancing, I am honestly completely satisfied in gettin’ my makeup spruced up – 1920s style. Together with Maybelline New York, I’ve put together a little guide on how to Go Gatsby – I definitely recommend giving it a try! xo.
1. Start off by applying liquid foundation. It’s up to you whether you use a brush or your fingers – personally, I went with the latter, as I find it easier to blend. I used Fit Me Foundation (NZ$22.99)
2. To create a matte look, powder your face all over with Maybelline New York Fit Me Pressed Powder (NZ$19.99). After I had used the powder puff, I swept a makeup brush gently over my face. Just to make it look less ‘powder-y’ and more blended – you know.
3. Now for some blush! Smile really hard to make the apples of your cheeks extra prominent and apply blush in a circular motion. I used Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Medium Pink (NZ$19.99). Oh, and remember to blend, blend, blend!
Eyes + Brows.
1. Start off by giving your brows a bit of a groomin’ session. To do this, brush them upwards, then shape the ends. Use the fine point of your pencil to draw them in, paying special attention to filling in the gaps. For a more 1920s look, extend your brows slightly so they look longer than usual. I used the Master Shape Brow Pencil (NZ$18.99) in blonde.
2. Now it’s time to make those eyes pop – 1920s style! I started by applying a base silvery colour, from the Quads Eyeshadow in Charcoal Smokes set (NZ$15.99). Next I added the darkest shade around the tops of my lids and blended upwards. To achieve a real flapper style, I added a bunch of smoky eyeshadow underneath my eyes.
3. Time for my favourite part: a touch of liquid liner! In this case, I used Eye Studio Hyper Glossy Liquid Liner (NZ$19.99). I went over both lids and added a subtle cats eye flick (of course!) at the edge of my eyes.
4. To finish off the eyes, I added a swipe of Volum’ Express ‘The Colossal’ Cats Eye Mascara (NZ$23.99). The curved brush is brilliant for creating thick and full lashes, regardless of whether you use an eyelash curler or not (I don’t, FYI). Add plenty of mascara to your lower lashes too, for that good ol’ babydoll look.
1. A 1920s makeup look is all about defining the cupids bow of your lips. Use your lip liner to exhaggerate the lines of your upper lip. Oh, and watch out for excessive laughter! I always feel completely ridiculous when applying lip liner – it is hilarious – until you fill it in with lipstick of course! I used Color Sensational Lip Liner in Red (NZ$18.99).
Just if you feel like it, add a beauty mark on your face. I used a dab of liquid liner – though accidentally made it too big. So the key is: use a little self restraint (unlike yours truly – who clearly got ever-so-slightly carried away!)
Have you ever wondered exactly how to do 1960s makeup? I’ll admit – I have! Something about that sweep of dark eye makeup set against a seemingly bare backdrop does it for me. I’ve already mentioned my love of Brigette Bardot, not to mention my massive girl crush on the equally stylish Edie Sedgwick and Anna Karina. Sure, I adore their style, their hair, and their all-round 60s general wonderful-ness, but that makeup. Oh yes!
The best thing about 1960s makeup is that it isn’t tricky at all. No, really. I am definitely no makeup expert, let alone makeup mediocre-ist (it’s a word, right?!) It is a super simple process, made daunting by just how fantastic and awe-inspiring the end result is. So I was beyond excited when Maybelline New York asked to team up to create a step-by-step guide on how to do 1960s makeup Enjoy…!
1. The Base.
The first step for creating a 1960s look is to create the base. You’re aiming for a very matte look, which I achieved by using Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation in Nude (NZ$29.99). I have quite troublesome skin – super sensitive, partially dry in some places (no matter how much moisturiser I use!), oily in others, so I often struggle with finding a good ol’ foundation. Luckily, I found that this foundation gave an incredibly smooth and even texture – something you learn to appreciate when your skin is having one of those days. I’ve already mentioned that I am no makeup pro, but I loved the finish this left on my skin. I applied it all over my face and partially onto my neck through gently dabbing with my fingertips.
2. The Eyes: Part One.
Oh, the eyes! This is the most important part of recreating a 60s look. Start by applying a small amount of white eyeshadow to the inner corner of your eyelids. I used Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in ‘Too Cool’ (NZ$13.99). It might seem quite a bizarre spot to apply makeup to (in Barnaby’s own words – “Jo, I think you forgot to do the rest of your eye!”) but trust me on this one. Adding a pale colour to your inner eye will make your eyes look SO much bigger! I hate to use the ol’ cliche – but it really will make your eyes pop.
3. The Eyes: Part Two.
Next, you’ll need your liquid eyeliner. Now, let me start on this. I love liquid liner. I used to struggle immensely with it. It would take about half an hour to do only one eye – and even then I’d be struggling between using three different liner pencils. It was getting to the point where I was convinced that my eyes were funny shaped and just not meant for the world of liquid eyeliner..! Boy, was I wrong. It turned out I simply hadn’t discovered the applicator that was for me. Cue Eye Studio Hyper Glossy Liquid Liner (NZ$19.99). I have never had such prevision in my LIFE! I’ve whittled down my application time to two minutes – oh, and that includes both eyes too! Now I have a free twenty-eight minutes to do whatever I please, how about that?!
Use your liquid liner and apply it all over your top lid. At the edges be sure to add that infamous cat-eye flick. I find it’s easiest to do it in one quick motion, then thicken it up by going over it a couple of times. Oh, and always double check that your eyes are looking even!
4. The Eyes: Part Three.
Now, I’ll add my mascara. I’m using my go-to mascara; the Volum’ Express ‘The Colossal’ Cat Eyes Mascara (NZ$23.99). The extra special thing about this magic wand, is the bend. If you’re not a fan of curling your lashes (I’m not!) then this will be your best friend. Wiggle it quickly from side to side as you apply as this will stop it from clumping.
5. The Eyes: Part Four.
The very last step of creating 1960s eyes is with eyeshadow. I used a tiny dab of black eyeshadow from my Amethyst Smokes set (NZ$15.99). Apply a small amount under the outside corners of each eye to make them look even more smokey and seductive.
6. The brows.
This is probably my favourite part of doing my makeup. Sure, this may be largely due to my troublesome brows (I highly recommend not falling off bikes onto your face when you’re a kid – those scars can be nasty!) so I adore tidying up my eyebrows. I used the Master Shape Brow Pencil (NZ$18.99) in blonde. Start by combing your eyebrows upwards using the grooming brush. Use your pencil to apply small, quick strokes all over your brows, paying special attention to filling in the gaps. Use your brush again to blend the colour in slightly.
7. The Blush.
Are you ready to learn all you need to know about blush? Okay, ready, here goes… Smile! No, seriously, this is your biggest tip! Smiling will allow the apply of your cheeks to really shine through. I used blush in Fit Me Blush in Medium Nude (NZ$19.99) and applied it directly to my cheeks – smiling all the while, of course! Apply the blush slightly over your cheekbones and use your fingers to blend it in slightly.
8. The Lipstick.
This is the final part of creating a 1960s makeup look..! Remember, it’s all about the eyes, so you want to keep the rest of your face as non-distracting as possible. I used a pale colour called Color Sensational Lipstick in Pink Sand (NZ$20.99). I usually find it slightly daunting to branch away from my favourite scarlet lippy – but I think I’ve found a new go-to! Pink Sand has an extra sparkly effect – which meant that Barnaby nicknamed me ‘disco lips’ for the afternoon. Fine by me! Oh, and the other fantastic thing about it? It smells (and slightly tastes) of vanilla. I won’t lie, I spent mot of the day licking my lips to get a hint of the taste. Yummy!
So there you have it! Take a peek below to see my full 1060s makeup look. I finished it off by teasing my hair into a slight beehive – well, just because..! I hope you have fun following along, and be sure to email me any photos of you recreating the look. I’d simply love to see them!