That's All, Folks!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Well, folks, that is it for Two -Thousand and Fourteen. Another year is over, passed us by in a flash and a new one right in front of us. 2014 was definitely a good year for me. It had it's ups and downs, yes, and moments when I just wanted to punch a wall but it was full of laughter, fun and memorable moments. It was an great year and I hope that it continues into 2015.

This was the year that I created my YouTube channel and my blog. Never in my wildest dream would I have guessed that as many views would have been clocked up in just six months. I keep being surprised and shocked that people actually read this page and am even more shocked when they like the posts! Don't pinch me! Please keep being amazing!

Twenty Fourteen || In Retrospect

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Two Thousand And Fourteen has been one hell of a year. It certainly has been on the best years of my life and I look back on it with fondness and with a lot of light. There were a lot of bright points throughout the year, all of which I will cherish. So with that, I thought that I would do a 'In Retrospect' post about what things, people and moments that stood out the most for me and what made it special...

Get The Look || Sharon Raydor [Major Crimes 3x15 Chain Reaction]

Friday, 26 December 2014

Sharon Raydor in casual attire? Be still my beating heart! And you wanna know what's more? It's totally my style! What does that say about me? My style is similar to that of one of Mary McDonnell's character? I'll take that! Whenever Sharon stepped into that police tent on Monday's new episode of Major Crimes (3x15 Chain Reaction), I nearly died from the gorgeousness. I'm serious. I loved everything about the outfit - the jacket, the top, the jeans and the boots. Oh the boots! Don't even get me started on the hair and the make-up or all you will see is an incoherent keymash of epic flailing proportions. Nevertheless, after a nap, I started sourcing the outfit and here is what I managed to find...

Merry Christmas

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas, everyone. If you celebrate a different holiday today, I hope you have a wonderful time and that you spend it with people that you love.

TUTORIAL || Emilia Fox Inspired Christmas Make-Up

Monday, 22 December 2014

One day whilst perusing the Internet, I found myself looking at the photoshoot gallery album for Emilia Fox and I was suddenly inspired to do a make-up tutorial. I adore Emilia Fox . Silent Witness is one of my favourite shows (I miss Harry! *sad face*). Emilia has a lot of gorgeous photoshoots and I saw this photo and was instantly inspired to put together a look that would be perfect for Christmas Day. 

Raydor's Rouge || Maybelline's Answer to Mademoiselle

Friday, 19 December 2014

Hands up those of you that love the lipstick that Sharon Raydor has on in Major Crimes! Me! I absolutely adore her make-up and have wanted to know what she wears. Like the good sleuth that I am, I found this interview with Major Crimes' make-up artist, Robin Siegel, and she uses Chanel's Coco Rouge lipstick in No. 5 Mademoiselle.

TUTORIAL || Elsa [Frozen]

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

I adore Frozen. I have loved it since the moment I first watched it in the cinema. I saw it twice in the cinema because I loved it that much. I was instantly drawn to the character Elsa as Idina Menzel is an actress and singer that I greatly admire. I didn't know much about Frozen but I recognised Idina's voice immediately and that kickstarted my love of Elsa. I nearly squealed with delight at the discovery in the screening Whilst in the throws of a cold on Sunday, I decided to dust off my Frozen DVD and give it a good 'ol watch. Cue getting inspiration for a wearable make-up tutorial for Elsa. 

Christmas Style || Sharon Raydor [Major Crimes]

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Once again, Mary McDonnell, or rather her character, has made my inner fashionista's heart flutter. In the latest episode of Major Crimes (3x12 Acting Out), Sharon Raydor got all dolled up for a night out to see The Nutcracker - an appropriate Christmas ballet - and her outfit for said ballet was absolutely stunning. (See outfit here & here) Costume stylist, Greg LeVoi magnificently chose this outfit! It suited Mary's skin tone and hair colour down to the ground and it showed off her impeccable legs (I'll be forever jealous of those!) The dress that she wore was a gorgeous creation by Diane Von Furstenberg, a Zarita Scoopneck Lace Dress that goes for $348. I don't know about you, but I don't have $348 to throw around for a dress. So, I did a little traipsing about the internet and found some cheaper alternatives.

Mistletoe Kisses // Tanya Burr

Friday, 12 December 2014

I adore Tanya Burr's lip-glosses. As a result, her limited edition release 'Mistletoe Kisses' was on the top of my list of lip glosses that I wanted needed in my life. Every time I checked the Superdrug website to order it, it was sold out and the Superdrug in Belfast didn't have it. As soon as I saw it in stock online, it was added to my basket faster than oxygen was added to my lungs!

Having a Mind Bully

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

In today's post I'm going to get a little personal all up in here because I feel like I need to get this off my chest, air it all out and I feel like I can be honest with you lot. If you can't be honest on your blog, when can you be?

The other day I took myself off to Belfast to do some Christmas shopping where I perused a lot of the shops, going into this one and that one at my leisure. I went to all the usual suspects; Boots, The Disney Store, HMV and Paperchase. All of my faves and even took a little not-so-sneaky caramelatte in Caffe Nero. As I drifted down Donegal Place, Royal Avenue and around the streets spreading out from Victoria Square, I found myself drifting into some shops that I don't usually find myself in and looking at clothes. New Look is my bread and butter but I went into River Island, TopShop and Mango and H&M. I usually love a little whizz round in this places just to see what's what for the craic and I always end up drooling over their accessories. (Santa has got an H&M bag for me for Christmas, sssh, don't tell that I know).

But something happens whenever I go into anywhere that deals with fashion.

"That wouldn't suit me," I tell myself. "I couldn't wear that."

I'm sure that I'm not the first shopper to utter those words internally and I doubt that I'll be the last. But for me, it is rather consuming. In Mango, my heart was leaping with joy at the many gorgeous articles of clothing that were before my eyes. They were definitely my cup of tea with their cut, texture and pure sophisticated look. My inner Sharon Raydor/Mary McDonnell was begging me to touch this blazer, that blouse and that skirt and this dress. Yet in my head, I couldn't bring myself to dangle such beauty before myself when I know that I would be doing the item a great dis-service by forcing my body into it, forever disfiguring it. 'I don't deserve it,' I would say to myself. Looking at these gorgeous clothes, I felt like I was twice the size that I physically am. I'm not the slimmest person and people do compliment me on my figure but I have this image of what I look like in my head and it isn't what I see in the mirror.

Whenever I'm getting myself ready to go out, whether or not I'm going shopping, running errands or going for a night out, I think that I actually look quite decent whenever I look in the mirror. I think that I look quite cute and that my outfit is nice enough. When I went to Belfast I thought that I look good in my cream knit hat and gloves, plum coat, jeans and converse style shoes. My hair was cooperating with my and the layers looked cute draped over the collar. But whenever I get out the door and I catch my reflection in anything reflective, I feel like I've instantly gained 2 stone and turned 3 shades paler.

Does anyone else feel like that?

I have an image in my head of how I think that I look. The mental image that I have in my head is my First Year high school portrait. I was a little bit on the chubby side, I had short hair that I was growing out, glasses and crooked teeth with a bottle green uniform that was too big because it had to last me seven years. Blazers are expensive, people. Whenever I'm anywhere, that is how I think I look. My dirty blonde hair is pulled back into a hair clamp, I'm smiling with my crooked teeth, my sallow cheeks are pudgey and my uniform drowns me. That is how I always see myself when I'm away from a proper mirror. Then when I catch my reflection properly and I'm actually taken aback by how unlike that mental image I look; I have long blonde hair, porcelain skin, and a nice fitted coat on. But then that only lasts for about twenty seconds when it wears off then it's back to the mental image of First Year Me. It sucks, I tell you. I cannot get away from that mental image that I have burned into my mind. That moment when the switch resets feels like it punches my fragile self-confidence in the face and then chokes it into submission. Can I un-burn this mental image?

I look at all the people walking around and I'm admiring their outfits and wishing that I could have the confidence to wear whatever they're wearing. I wish that I could layer clothes and look adorable without looking like Violet Beauregarde après the fateful chewing gum. I know that I can do that and that the only thing stopping me is me. I should just wear what I want and not give a fiddler's what anyone else thinks, right? Sadly, my self-consciousness is returning to crippling levels that I hesitate in lifting that blazer that my eyes are begging me to buy or that skirt that has yet to be worn in my wardrobe. 

To feel better about myself I know that I can exercise to tone up and lose weight and whatever else have you. I can exercise at home, right? Well, I have the tiniest bedroom where I can barely see the floor. I have a single path from the bed to the door with barely enough room to sit in the floor to do my make-up. You could barely swing a cat in here! What about the living room? It is occupied all the waking hours of the day by somebody. There is always somebody coming and going into the house and through the living room and watching something on that TV because it has the channels that everyone wants. It's a nightmare so there goes that idea out the window. Even the other living room is occupado due to a through floor lift/elevator. Gym? It's baltic outside (Hola, Winter! You suck!) and the idea of being cold to get to the gym to become drenched in hot sweat and then go out into the cold again isn't very motivating. Excuses, excuses. I know. You can see my predicament...

How can I get past this mental roundabout that my self-confidence is determined to keep me on? Have any of you overcome this or experienced anything like this?

** Post image found on Pinterest here.

The Christmas Tag

Monday, 8 December 2014

I'm bringing a little bit of the season to my blog with a tag that I saw here on Queen of Jet Lag's blog. I thought that it was such a lovely Christmas tag that I thought that I would do it too. So, without further adieu, here are my answers. 

Confessions Of A Retail Assistant

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Working in retail can be rewarding and yet it can be the a very thankless job too. Working shifts that start before the sun even does, dealing with customers that think they're entitled to your very blood and having to deal with Hell in general.

Taking inspiration from DizzyBrunette3's incredibly hilarious and true post || here || here is my take on retail work; The Confessions of A Retail Assistant.

Better In Stereo // December

Thursday, 4 December 2014

With it being December and such, my CD collection in the car naturally changed from my previous blog post. I'm constantly bringing different CDs down to the car because there are times when I just don't like the current top 40. With a few sneaky little purchases, I shook up my little CD stash and I have three new albums that I can squawk away to at the top of my lungs whenever I'm alone in the car, or even with company.

Get The Look || DDA Andrea Hobbs [Major Crimes]

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Major Crimes is back. Major Crimes is back. Major Crimes. Is. Back. Last Monday was the Winter première of the second half of the third season of Major Crimes and I was beyond excited about its return. Soooo, in honour of it's return and the new episode this week, I'm sharing another make-up tutorial for one of its characters. Previously I did a make-up, hair and outfit video for Captain Sharon Raydor || here ||. Today I'm going to do a make-up and hair tutorial for another favourite character, Deputy District Attorney Andrea Hobbs played by Kathe Mazur.

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