Thursday, 20 November 2014

a welcome addition...

after three years of deliberation, today i finally bit the bullet and got my septum pierced. for a while i was putting it off because i was worried about the pain, but over the last few months i'd started worrying less about the very temporary pain and instead more about the fact that most places charge £30 for the piercing, so when my mum offered to pay for it doing for my 21st birthday i thought it was time to put any fears aside and just get on with it. 

my piercing cost £20 at a studio called taattoo in wombwell and the girls who dealt with me couldn't have been friendlier or more reassuring, and i was in and out within the space of ten minutes. much to my surprise, the piercing didn't really hurt at all. i had a bit of numbing cream applied but i'm not sure how helpful it was or wasn't because i could feel the needle poking around inside my nose while the piercer was lining everything up, but the piercing itself seemed to happen so quickly that i didn't have time to actually think about feeling anything! my eyes didn't even water as much as i was expecting, so it's fair to say that overall it was a really positive experience and i'd urge anyone who's been putting a septum piercing off because of pain to just go for it!

i decided to get pierced with a straight bar because i'm not a fan of the usual circular barbells that are used, but once it's all healed up i plan to replace it with a septum retainer and team it up with a nose stud!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

mua brow define tinted brow mascara

 mua brow define: £2 (available at superdrug, not currently online)

if you read my blog, you'll know how much i adore the elf eyebrow treat and tame, but while i was browsing superdrug a few weeks ago this brow offering from mua caught my eye and i couldn't not pick it up at £2. when i initially picked this product up i was desperate to love it, simply because the elf offering can often be hard to get your hands on as it frequently sells out online and then doesn't reappear back in stock sometimes for months on end, so to have a cruelty free, affordable option readily available for me on the high street would be a god send for the times where i may find myself without my beloved elf product! 

my excitement was short lived however after i was horribly disappointed with this product after its first use. i wasn't sure if it was me being clumsy or the product being too wet, but i found that i ended up with more product on the skin around my eyebrows rather than on the eyebrows themselves, which made for a big ol' mess instead of the perfectly defined, bushy looking brows i was aiming for. despite being disappointed, i persisted with using the product then for another two weeks, desperately trying to force myself to at least like it, and after spending a while with less than satisfactory brows, things seemed to pick up a little. fast forward two weeks and the product was applying pretty much perfectly, giving me the brows i desired and so often achieved using my elf product, which made me think that perhaps it was the formula of the product which was a little bit too wet to start with, and that it simply needed to dry out a little before it could reach its full potential, much like a lot of mascaras. 

if i'm being perfectly honest, while this product does the job now its had the chance to dry out, i still think i'd choose the elf option over this because it has a much easier wand to work with. this mua offering has a smaller wand which decreases in size to a fine point, whereas the elf wand is all one thickness, which helps to give a more even, all over coverage and requires much less precision to use, which is perfect if you're a bit of a klutz like i am! while i'll be firmly sticking with my elf offering on a permanent basis, i won't be throwing this product out either as it'll make a nice little temporary replacement for my elf product if and when i should run out of it in the future. that said, for £2 you really can't go wrong with this product as it does the job and won't break the bank. 

Saturday, 15 November 2014

saturday scribbles

i thought for a change that i'd get my saturday scribbles and uploaded early on in the day to avoid the fumbling around minutes before midnight that usually occurs when i realise that i've neglected to upload this post. 

this week i've been working on my puffin book cover (still, i know, it's taking much longer than i anticipated!) and designing and printing some tote bags to sell in an attempt to raise some more money for our d&ad new blood fund. we carried over my a-z doggies design, and in addition to this i created a cat, pug and a typographic offering so there was perhaps a little something for everybody because i know there are crazy folk out there who aren't dog people, tsk. as well as designing for these tote bags, i've also doodled up a sloth enthusiast design that i plan to screenprint onto bags in the next couple of weeks to sell through my etsy (and of course because i wanted one for myself!) so if you're at all interested, keep your eyes peeled! if you happen to be interested in one of our other tote bag designs, do feel free to drop me an email at and i'll see what we can do for you! we're selling the bags at £4 each, and then with postage on top it'd probably cost you around the £6 mark to get your hands on one of these!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

all layered up

necklaces: gothikkka & topshop (old)
jumper: depop
shirt: charity shop
skirt: new look (old)
boots: primark (old)

sometimes blogger acts like a total bitch, and today is one of those days as it seems to not be able to handle uploading images properly, meaning i'm left with darkened, slightly pixelated pictures which isn't cool by anybody's standards, right? come on, blogger, pull it together!

how cute is my little hand necklace?! me and my friend jenny got together over the summer to have a play around with clay and tiny hands were amongst the things she created, so when she asked if i'd like a tiny hand necklace i wasn't going to turn it down! i find the little pop of teal that it brings to my outfit helps to make it a little less drab (even though i'm super comfy and warm right now, and that's key, right?)

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

my everyday autumn makeup

as of late, something strange has happened during my morning makeup routine as i've found myself opting for a nude lip and bold eyes, rather than my signature winged liner and bold lip. so, what's the deal?

nude lips
up until around a year ago, i'd always shyed away from nude lipsticks because i'm fairly pale, but once i figured out which shades worked with my skin tone i've been loving nude lips ever since. i recently picked up a soap and glory lipstick in the shade super nude and i've been reaching for it most days since then, and it's also what i used on my lips in this look. 

bold eyes
again around a year ago, i received the elf 100 piece eyshadow palette free with one of my orders but i only really started to play around with it throughout the summer, and am i glad that i eventually did! i've been loving mixing the pinks and purples within the palette to create a somewhat girly but grungy smoky eye that i think complements my eye colour wonderfully and works a treat with a nude lip. 

bronzed cheeks
i was big on bronzing throughout the summer, and now we've transitioned into autumn i'm still trying to hold onto a healthy glow and i achieve it using the collection bronze glow mosaic. the bronzer is somewhat shimmery, helping to add to the glow i'm attempting to achieve, and i find that it blends nicely and isn't too orange on my skin. 

strong brows
perhaps an obvious one, because when isn't a strong brow on the agenda?! as ever, i fill my brows in with my b. eyeshadow before giving them a good brush through with my trusty elf eyebrow treat and tame to finish the look. 

these are my current autumn makeup favourites, what are yours?

Monday, 10 November 2014

back to black

turtleneck jumper: primark
skirt: primark
boots: primark

long time no outfit post, ey? i've attempted to take some outfit pictures a couple of times since my last outfit upload, but because of issues with the weather and lighting they just didn't come out well enough to share unfortunately, but last friday i scrambled out into the garden just in time before it started to rain and managed to take some successful snaps! i've got more of a bitchface going on here than i'd desire to have, but i thought to hell with it and decided i'd share anyway seeing as my blog's been so horribly quiet over the last couple of weeks.

i nipped into primark last week after seeing them share this skirt on their twitter page knowing that i had to have it, and luckily enough for me it was available in store and waiting for me to take it home. it's a lovely thick, wooly material that's perfect for keeping warm in the winter, even if it's somewhat constrictive when you're sat in a lecture theatre, but you can make compromises for pretty items of clothing, right? paired with a turtleneck and my faux fur trimmed coat, i can see this becoming one of my winter staples this year. 

saturday scribbles & sunday synopsis

i'm making a habit of this late/missing posting of saturday scribbles and sunday synopsis posts lately, aren't i? with no good reason most of the time, as i pretty much spent the entirety of saturday hungover, chilling out watching films (jurassic park 3 happened and it was fabulous, by the way) and then spent the entirety of today writing my dissertation (i'm not proud that it took me almost 7 hours to write just under 900 words, but hey, it got written eventually) before again then chilling out to watch gogglebox when my friend got back from visiting home at around 10pm. 

workwise, things are starting to look up a little. i finished off my grand central illustration, and in the end i was pretty happy with it. i'm not sure it's something that'll fit what they're looking for, but i think it's true to my style and tone of voice and it's something i now think i'd be happy to display in my portfolio, which is the ultimate goal really, isn't it? i've also started working on my entry for the penguin design award children's book entry, which this year is to design the jacket for carrie's war. initially i wasn't overly impressed with the text, but after having a look at previous covers and really having a think about what the story covered, i've gotten into the task a bit more and have so far quite enjoyed playing around with themes and ideas, i'm just now hoping it continues positively and i adapt my style accordingly and naturally along the way!

i've also had a little bit less of a stress workwise as i worked out that i can use macmillan as my final project piece, which means more time to think about my story properly, and more time to actually get the illustrations done. i was originally going to simply produce four spreads and a rough dummy book as the brief asks as my current module is a fairly short, busy one, but with making it my final project i'll have more time to attempt to illustrate the entire book again, which would be hard work no doubt, but thoroughly enjoyable too, and i think it'd conclude my studies (and my portfolio) nicely. 

i'm also now just under 3,000 words into my 5,000 word dissertation and i'm pretty happy with how it's coming along after receiving such great feedback from my tutor. i've really sunk my teeth into my topic and each and every time i fall back into my research i fall in love with it all over again (lame, i know) because there's just so much to consider and so many wonderful words being shared by various illustrators and authors who have such enlightened, intelligent views about picture books. honestly, picture books are fantastic, and i'm thinking my dissertation could really become something i'll be proud of, which isn't something i'd have previously anticipated. 

so yeah, all in all a more positive week this week for me, let's just hope the pattern continues and my life doesn't slip down the drain in a couple of weeks time when i turn 21 (!!!!!!)