14th, February, 2014

Hair Styles for growing out a fringe

The ‘Bettie Page’ 

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!

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The “Flower Child” 

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The ’60s Mod’ 


2nd, December, 2013

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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.

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9th, October, 2013

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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!

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Outfit One: Wednesday Addams

Glasses – Ray Ban RB5226 / Lipstick – Mac Lady bug / Pinafore – Boohoo / Blouse – Yumi /

Collar clips – Chicwish

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Outfit Two: Bunny Girl

Glasses – Ray Ban RB5226 / Lipstick – Karen Murrell in Carnation Mist / Blouse – Ark Clothing /

Sweater – Krisp Clothing

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Outfit Three: Hands up!

 Glasses – Ray Ban RB5226 / Lipstick – Maybelline New York / DressPepa Loves


4th, August, 2013

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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..!

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3rd, July, 2013

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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.

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The Face.

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!

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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.

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The Lips.

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).

2. Now it’s time to look less ridiculous! Apply bold red lipstick and voilà - that’s it! I used Color Sensational Lipstick in Fatal Red (NZ$20.99) and felt like the ultimate 1920s babe.

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And Finally…

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!)


28th, April, 2013

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!


11th, April, 2013

Not too long ago, an incredibly exciting email appeared in my inbox. It was an invitation to have my hair ‘illuminated’ with the wonderful product I’m sure you’ve heard of; Wella Illumina. Never one to turn down a hair appointment – I quickly replied ‘yes’ (yes yes yes!!) – and impatiently waited for the date to roll around. Oh gosh, was it ever worth it. Stepping into the beautiful Buoy salon, I was completely gobsmacked. No amount of Google imaging could ever prepare me for how spectacular the building was. It is easily the nicest salon I’ve ever seen – let alone been in. Windows are everywhere, letting in incredible amounts of light. And looking through the glass ceiling, as I dozed off during a head massage, I could spot the very top of the neighbouring church.

Feeling terribly shy and nervous, I asked the lovely master colourist, Melissa, if I could have ‘quite a similar blonde, so my regrowth doesn’t come through too badly‘. I was kindly talked through the amazing differences of Wella Illumina – the main being the hair shiny-ness it offers due to it’s reflective base. What lady can resist that, eh?! And buoy (pun!) were they right. My hair has never looked so shiny. And I’ve never felt more pretty! To top off this wonderful session, I was treated to the blow wave of my choice. I mumbled something about the 1960s and liking volume, which blow-wave-extroidinaire, David, brilliantly transformed into what you see below (and above) with only a round brush and hairdryer. Note to self: I need to learn to do this! As if it was meant to be, I ended up taking my hair out for spin, when my guy, Barnaby treated the two of us to a glass or two of bubbly. New hair and champagne? Now this is something I could get used to..!


29th, March, 2013

What’s your favourite thing about Easter? The chocolates? The Easter bunny? Well, here is something that you will absolutely adore! The exceedingly amazing Maybelline New York have very kindly offered up TWO (!!) delicious Easter prize packs – full to the brim with – you guessed it; some of the sweest Maybelline products I’ve ever seen!

Indulge your pout with the Baby Loves Color Lip Balm in Cherry Kiss, tempt your taste buds with two different flavours from the Color Senstational Lipstick Range (Rum Riche and Mochachino) or lavish your lips with the luscious Colour Sensational ‘The Shine’ Lipstick in Luminous Cocoa.

To win one of these two packs, just answer the following questions:

What’s your go-to make up essential?

This giveaway is now closed. Big congratulations to Emma and Hilary! I’ve just sent you an email!  


11th, February, 2013

Want to wear your heart on your sleeve? Or even better, want to wear your heart ALL over? Yep, me too! This weekend I decided to do a complete restyle on a boring ol’ white bodycon by stamping it all over with Valentines-appropriate heart print. It makes me feel all kinds of sugary sweet, especially when I go for walks with my boyfriend, and match my dress to scarlet accessories (clogs c/o Lotta from Stockholm). To create the repeating print I made a custom stamp and used some vibrant paint. I love the rough appearance of the hearts, and knowing that each one is the slightest bit different. Would you happen to fancy a tutorial at all? (By the way, this is probably now my most favourite thing in my entire wardrobe..!)

Ooh, and you might have noticed a teeny tiny change with my hair.. I dyed it pink! Just a little bit. It’s very pastel, and generally still looks quite blonde. It’s a bit like having cotton candy growing out my head, which I actually rather like!


30th, January, 2013

There is one thing that every single lady deserves in her wardrobe, can you guess? Lipstick? Err, yes.. A pair of Jackie O style oversized sunglasses? Okay, that too.. Well, maybe there are three things that every single lady deserves in her wardrobe..! The third (and most important!) being a classic LBD, of course. Perhaps I’m feeling particularly influenced by our latest blogger interview, but I am slowly beginning to harness the power of the LBD. Every single woman deserves to feel good about themselves  and a little black dress is the perfect tool. You can wear it for formal events, or even just for dancing around the house! As for me, I took my LBD (c/o Doubledutch Boutique) for a visit to the riverside. The main purpose of my visit was actually to feed the ducks – but there weren’t any to be found! Unfortunately, I had been feeling super prepared for the day, and had stuffed my bag with several bread slices (for the ducks, not me!) I felt more than a little silly when I ended up having to walk around with them in my bag for a big bunch of the day. Thankfully there wasn’t even a glimmer of crust during this set of photos! Oh well, at least I have no problem in accepting that I am a complete and utter oddball!