Friday, 29 March 2013

Make-up: 50s daytime - a little bit of Audrey

Hooray for the Easter break in the UK, no work for four days! To celebrate, here's a tutorial inspired by the lovely Audrey and her big doe-eyed, girlish look. (And if you're looking for more of a 50's pin-up thing, there's always my other tutorial.)

So here's my usual victim, make-up free and ready to go.


Product: Estee Lauder Double Wear in Bone

A nice smooth porcelain base created by a full coverage foundation.


Product: Urban Decay Brow Box in Beige Betty

Really you want a sharp, relatively thick, square eyebrow shape for this look - typically 50s and youthful-looking.


Product: No7 Amazing Eyes Pencil in 10 Brown

I put this on before the eyeshadow so that it would transfer more easily to the skin. If putting eyeshadow on over the top fades it, you can just go over again. You're following the natural lash-line, getting thicker towards the outer corners and ending in a small flick upwards.


Pale pink

Product: Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes Contour Kit - pink base shadow

Sweep a pale pink eyeshadow over the eyelid, up to the eyebrow.

Product: Rubie & Millie Eye Colour Powder in Cappucino 249

Then put a medium brown with a hint of purple over the top, near the lashes, and blend upwards towards the brow too.


Products: Murrays Beauty False Eyelashes, Maybelline Great Lash in Very Black

Coat your lashes in black mascara. Then take a pair of lashes - in this case a dirt cheap pair - and cut them in half, as you only want them in the outer corners to create that doe-eye look. Before you stick the lashes on, coat them in black mascara.


Revlon Matte Lipstick Smoked Peach

Product: Revlon Matte Lipstick in Smoked Peach

You want to create a lip shape where the top lip is roughly the same thickness as the bottom, so in L's case I created a broader cupid's bow, going outside of her natural lip line. It's best to use liner to help the lipstick stay put, but actually this Revlon lipstick is so thick it did the trick on its own.


Product: No7 Natural Blush in 12 Coral Blush

A bright pink blusher is applied to the lower part of the apples of the cheeks and swept up the cheek bone.

Et voila!

Audrey Hepburn look

CiCi x

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Monday, 25 March 2013

A year in pictures

Happy Birthday to us! We are 1 today.

I've loved writing for this humble blog over the last year - having the chance to share with others some of the things I've learned or think about style and beauty - and Marie has spent the past year trying to ruin everyone's waistlines with her delicious bake recipes. The chocolate cake almost had me done for.

I thought it might be fun to recount the year in pictures - so I've chosen my top 3 outfits, make-up, bakes and crafts that have all featured on this blog over the last 12 months. Hope you'll agree!


One pencil skirt, three ways

Beret good

Winter walking


Classic 60s face


Gooey chocolate cranberry brownies

Jubilee bunting cupcakes

Christmas ginger creams


Painting with patterned rollers

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Over the next year we hope to bring you more of the same - and hopefully once Marie has stopped moving house she'll have a few home decor posts to share.

CiCi x

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Monday, 18 March 2013

Outfit: stripes and side-ponies

Busy busy busy recently. But never too busy to wear and/or buy new clothes!

So here's a nice little high street purchase I made recently - a stripey little number from Warehouse... Which, by the way, is now in the sale for the bargain price of £20 (I'm trying not to feel too annoyed about this).

Cross front stripe bodycon dress, Warehouse

This dress busts that myth that horizontal stripes aren't flattering, I think. As you can see, I don't have a flat stomach (I'm one of those people who never has and never will, I've come to terms with it), but the stripes certainly don't make it look abnormally round as we're usually told they will. I also really like the contouring stripes at the waist on this dress, which help reinforce the idea of an hourglass shape.

Black tights and my new Boohoo black ankle boots for the illusion of long legs (very much an illusion in my case) and you're done - an outfit for drinks on a Friday night. And in case anyone wonders what that lipstick is...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Make-up: orange-red lipstick

Before I started wearing red lipsticks, weirdly I began with orange. A much harder colour to wear for most people, but I liked that retro orangey red lip look and was determined to try. Luckily for me, it worked! I think orange lips are such a lovely summery thing - and looking out at the snow (snow?!) perhaps summer is still a long way off in the UK, but there's always nights out!

The first thing to say is that, sadly, the orange lipstick I own that is made by Ruby & Millie doesn't seem to exist anymore. So I'll give you some suggested alternatives for orange-reds at the end of this post... and hopefully these pictures will help give you an idea of the colour I'm working with.

Retro orange lipstick
Ruby & Millie Lip Colour in Orange 350 (cream)

Retro orange lipstick swatch

It looks very bright orange - with a hint of red - in the tube and on my arm, but when on my lips...

... Suddenly a much more classsy and toned-down orange-red!

Retro orange lipstick review
In the shadows

Orange lipstick review
Lots of natural light

Orange lipstick is one of those things that you truly don't know how it will look on you until you try it, I think. You might assume it will look awful and then be pleasantly surprised! I've seen it look absolutely wonderful with a suntan - a real pop of summer colour.


Even eBay don't seem to have any tubes left of my beloved Ruby & Millie lipstick, so you're probably going to have to source an alternative if you want to try this look yourself...

Here's a few I've come across:

Bold - Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick - Orange Fizz
Softer - Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick - Siren

Red-toned (for if you fear the orange!) - Mac Matte Lipstick - So Chaud

Bright orange - Morange - Mac

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Monday, 4 March 2013

Vintage style: Boohoo-licious

Anyone who's been reading this blog over the past year will have swiftly picked up that I'm not so much of a vintage shopper, but instead prefer to find high street clothes I can style in retro ways. I'm also always on the lookout for a bargain - repro clothes can cost an absolute fortune and I just don't have the money for that. Plus I also don't want to look like I've stepped out of a kitsch postcard, I prefer subtle style and most of all flattering shapes, which is why I like 50s style in the first place.

A while back I wrote a post about some of the great vintage-inspired clothes you could find at great prices from Tesco, who, in my opinion, have gone downhill a bit recently. Instead I find myself increasingly turning to my new favourite bargain shop,

The dress and boots in the following outfit cost me a grand total of £27! I've added an old Oasis cardigan and stretchy waist belt from Forever 21 to create an outfit with a fairly small nod to the 50s, but still retaining a good degree of the modern with the skirt length and materials.

This is the dress...

Sara Long Sleeve Viscose Skater Dress, £12

And these are the boots...

Shania Suedette Wooden Heeled Shoe Boot, £15

I didn't have high hopes for the boots - boots for £15 were bound to be bad and the picture hints at poor quality with the cheap looking heels and white-edged black material, but actually I was presently surprised. The wooden heels are darker than the picture indicates and therefore look much nicer and the suedette material doesn't look nearly as nasty as in the picture either

What I really like about Boohoo, apart from the prices, is that nearly all of their styles come in a variety of colours. The above dress also comes in grey, blue, coral and black, for example.

Here's some other lovely vintage-ish styles from the site at the moment.

Lola Indigo Supersoft Denim Skinny Jeans in Indigo, £20

Kitty Off The Shoulder Crop Top, £10

Alexis Floral Printed Strap Skater Dress, £20

Lucinda Box Pleat Floral Print Denim Skater Dress, £25

Emma Contrast Strap Midi Dress, £20

Happy shopping!

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