Saturday, 28 March 2015

saturday scribbles

this week i officially finished off the first complete draft of my picture book, and in doing so i've been able to highlight the definite weak points within the book and then set about rethinking a couple of spreads prior to tutor feedback as they're busy until monday with istd business. after reworking a couple of spreads i think they're looking a little better, however i'm still not convinced that they'll make it into the final book. at the moment i'm literally about 50/50 with spreads that are working and spreads that aren't, so i'm hoping that after a well needed feedback session i can pull the struggling half out of the land of mediocrity and finish off the book to a consistent standard that i'm happy with – fingers crossed!

i thought i'd share with you today some patterns that i've thrown together throughout the week, the final two being potential endpapers from my picture book. while i like the patterns as simply just patterns, i'm not sure they're gelling all that well with the book's narrative so they potentially won't make it into the final cut, and for that reason i've decided to upload them to my society6 account where they can thrive simply as what they are – nice (i hope, haha!) patterns! below are a few products that society6 offers with the above patterns on them, so if you like what you see, please do feel free to have a nosey through my profile!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

primark | p.s. love 'strong nails'

primark p.s. love strong nails: £1

generally i don't mind wasting money on cheap products that make bold claims (because if they don't work, what have you really lost?) but this primark nail strengthener has really impressed me over the last couple of months. 

while at school i always had such lovely, long nails, but working at wilkinson's from the age of 16 until 19 really wreaked havoc on them and they've never been the same since, or at least that was until i picked this product up (believe it or not!) i've been using this product every morning and night now for the last two months or so, and i've seen a really dramatic difference in my nails' strength and growth. i often have to file my nails right down because even when they grow they chip and peel, but since using this they've strengthened considerably and the peeling has reduced significantly, which has meant that my nails have had the chance to grow properly and start looking nice again instead of stumpy and down to the nib. previous to using this product, if i pressed on my nails i could bend them right down to the skin, but now they're much stronger and don't bend at all which is definitely an impressive improvement.

i'm pretty lazy when it comes to my nails simply because a) wearing falsies ruins your natural nails, and b) painting them becomes a daily chore when your nails chip as much as mine do, so i generally leave them au natural. previously this has meant that my hands looked and felt a little scruffy, but since seeing a difference in length i've begun to feel much more put together and feminine, which is crazy – who knew nails could make such a difference?! so for extra strong nails and added confidence, i'd say that this product is an absolute god send for a mere pound. 

i'm going to continue using this product indefinitely now i know that it's crazy affordable and seemingly works wonders – never again will i have to deal with stubby, grubby looking nails! if you struggle to grow your nails or are just generally looking for a product that will strengthen them without breaking the bank, i'd definitely recommend getting yourself down to primark and getting your hands on this product because it's bloody brilliant.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

saturday scribbles

i'm late with posting this, but after arriving home around 9pm last night i pretty much got in, unpacked and flopped straight into bed from being knackered from the night before. this week i've once again been working on my picture book, and i'm officially onto my last spread before tackling the cover/endpapers/copyright page and sending off my entire first draft for feedback. i spent a lot of time this week drawing dogs, and i think i can squeeze some patterns out of these doggies for a little bit of extra material on top of the picture book itself, so that's a bonus!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

superdrug | coconut oil for brow growth

coconut oil: we all know it's a fabulous beauty product, but i've been particularly loving it myself since i realised that i could use it to help grow out my eyebrows. i picked up this tub last summer, and although i'd been using it occasionally on my hair and skin for more intense hydration, i just wasn't all that fussed by it. that was until around a month ago where i had the sudden realisation of "well if it's good for hair growth, why wouldn't it be good for eyebrow growth?" and off i went to rub some oil into my brows for the night.

fast forward a month and i've got to say that i've been super impressed with the difference this miraculous oil has made to my brows. unfortunately i didn't snap a picture of my brows before starting my coconut induced brow-growing journey, but from the picture above you can see that the inner brow hairs have really started to come through lately, and i couldn't be more pleased about it. i've been growing my brows out for over a year now, and while they've mostly come back, my left brow's inner hairs had been pretty sparse in comparison to my right's, however this oil seems to have done the trick and begun to start evening them out. 

i use the oil every evening, massaging it evenly throughout the brows and allowing it to soak in overnight; because of how greasy the oil is, i definitely wouldn't recommend applying it on a morning (unless you have a couple of hours to wait around waiting for it to absorb properly!) i've also started using this more frequently on my hair, and around once a week i apply it to the lengths and ends of my hair and allow it to soak in over night, before washing it out in the morning and it leaving my hair super soft and shiny. i've noticed that since using this on my ends that they don't dry out as much between washes, so it can only be doing my hair favours. 

for £2.29 a tub this product is an absolute bargain that i'd recommend anybody picked up because it makes such a fantastic moisturiser for your hair or skin, and now i've discovered that it also helps with eyebrow growth i absolutely cannot rave about it enough. coconut oil, i love you.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

saturday scribbles

this week i've mostly been making amendments to existing spreads from my picture book, so i thought i'd now share a couple of spreads which i think are finished. it's definitely been a challenge illustrating new york and figuring my narrative out around the visuals and vice versa, but from finishing up these couple of spreads i'm feeling hopeful that the rest of the book will also come together soon and i'll be able to stop worrying so much about the entirety of the book being up to scratch.

as well as working on my picture book, this week i've put together a couple of card designs for my mum's birthday and for mother's day, but i'll wait until tomorrow to share the mother's day design with you!

for now, i'm off to get myself ready for a day out with my dad. happy saturday!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

makeup revolution | £1 lipsticks

make up revolution amazing lipstick & vamp collection lipsticks: £1
left to right: rebel with cause, fusion, 100% vamp 
left to right: rebel with cause, fusion, 100% vamp

if you know me, you'll know that i'm a sucker for buying lipsticks completely on a whim, so £1 lipsticks that don't hurt the bank balance are right up my street. after purchasing a makeup revolution lipstick last summer and being impressed with it ever since, i thought i'd turn to them once again in the hopes of finding some purse-friendly vampy shades.

rebel with cause

i owned a lipstick in a similar shade to this a couple of years ago, however i passed it on after realising that it wasn't cruelty free, so this £1 substitute was perfect. of the three shades i ordered this was the colour that i was least excited about, however it's turned out to be my favourite of the three. i'd describe it as a deep fuchsia colour and it just looks so bold and lovely and is a colour i've been reaching for a lot lately. as you'd expect, wear time isn't fantastic so it needs topping up fairly frequently, but for a quid you can't complain!


after looking at the bullets this was the shade i was most excited about, however it's turned out to be the most underwhelming of the three shades. touted as a matte lipstick that looks a lovely burgundy colour in the bullet, i was really hoping that this lipstick would become my new vamp shade of choice, but i couldn't have been more wrong. as you can see from the swatch and on my lips, the colour is extremely light and translucent, and is the strangest 'matte' lipstick i've ever tried before. in my experience, matte lipsticks are usually fairly dry and chalky, but this is somewhat glossy and actually reminds me of soap & glory's gloss stick in raplumzel in both consistency and colour. all that said, while the lipstick wasn't what i was expecting, it's certainly not unpleasant and i imagine it'll get worn every now and again for more natural makeup looks. 

100% vamp

i already have a sleek lipstick that is practically the same as this shade, but for a pound i thought it was worth giving makeup revolution's offering a try anyway. in comparison to sleek's 'mulberry' this is much more moisturising on the lips and doesn't drag as much when applied, making it easier to blend out. because the colour is so dark i find that it applies best on my lips when blended over the top of a lip balm or the colour is a little too intense and leaves that dodgy inner lip line as pictured above. while i definitely didn't need this lipstick, another vampy shade never hurt anybody, right? 

all in all, i'm pretty content with my purchases. i think that if the shade 'fusion' had been as pigmented as i'd have liked it to have been i'd have come out of this experience once again singing makeup revolution's praises, so it can't all be bad. i wasn't expecting fantastic lipsticks for a pound each, and for that price i'd probably still happily pick up more of their lipsticks in the future. so if you're on a budget and don't have fantastically high expectations, i'd recommend giving makeup revolution's lipstick selection a go.