Thursday, 7 May 2015

Ae Spark O' Nautre's Fire

Ae Spark O' Nature's Fire took place way back on December 29th. Yes, it's rather late to share but I found these in my draft posts I wanted to share them as I love the photos. This is only a small selection of my favourites. This was an event hosted by the Burns Birthplace Museum, the memorial gardens where lit up with fire displays, I guess you would call it, candles, a light show on the Burn's momument and musicians playing. The Auld Kirk graveyard was lit up to it's full ghostly potential. There were even actors dressed up as devils and witches who were really enjoying being creepy and freaking people out in the dim light. I had attempted to make use of the atmospheric background but this was the day my horrendous chest infection started so I look miserable in all the photos. I'm glad I braved th cold piling on as many layers as I could because the photos don't really capture the intense heat and atmosphere of the gardens or the scale of this. I hope this wasn't a one off as I would love to go again minus the chest infection. Most of these photos were taken by Raymond because he knows his way round a camera much better than me in low light conditions and at any other time for that matter.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Coming out of hibernation

I have accidentally let things go into complete hibernation on here over winter. The start of this year wasn't great to say the least which is probably why I had been unmotivated and uninspired. The rare appearance of the warm spring sun has been lifting my spirits and I've been missing being creative with photos and outfits. It should be easier to get photos now that I have access to a good SLR and my outfit photographer to hand whenever I please. Here's to getting the blog rolling again! 

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Salem the Cat

 In case the title of this post didn't give it away, I dressed up as Salem from Sabrina The Teenage Witch for a Halloween party. There had been talks of making plans for Halloween which is when I decided to use my Crown and Glory cat ears as I had yet to find an excuse to wear. A friend decided she was going to have a sci-fi and fantasy Tv show themed party. There went my cat idea until it dawned on me that Sabrina counted as fantasy and Salem was a cat! after some googling to see how to make a Salem costume different from your average cat, I decided to go with this as it was pretty easy to do. It is a very loose interpretation of him but I wasn't going to wear a furry skin tight catsuit as it's not something I would have felt comfortable in. I couldn't get creative with face paints as I have no talents in that department plus apparently I'm allergic to face paint so good old black eyeliner, eyeshadow and lipstick it was. I thought I would have a practice and take some photos as I'm forever running late when getting ready for parties (who doesn't?!). On the night I made the eyes sharper but the completely mucked up my whiskers so they ended up much thicker than I would have liked. In the end I think that made them show up in photos better. 

Hope you all had a good Halloween! What did you dress up as?

Thursday, 14 August 2014

July Favourties

Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily Moisturiser SPF 50 - £31 
It's certainly the most I've ever spent on a moisturiser, and reasoned with myself that if you're going splash out on skincare a good SPF is the way to go. I had been unhappy with the SPF I was using that made my face very shiny when worn alone, I kept coming back to this. I pondered over it for a long time and since I started using a chemical exfoliator then higher protection was needed. A little goes a long way which means that the tube will last me until the strong sun goes back into hibernation, possibly longer. It smooths over dry patches making the skin really soft and calms redness. Make up goes over it well (although I use a primer between) and when going barefaced it is not shiny in anyway. The only bad thing about it is that now I want to try more Kiehl's products.

Aussie Take The Heat Shampoo & Conditioner - £4.49 These are the products that surprised me as years ago my sister used a blue shampoo from Aussie and I really hated the smell. When looking for something different to use I spotted Take The Heat probably cause it was on offer, I had a naughty snifff of the bottle and found that the smell was much more pleasant. I first used the duo on my hair that was in desperate need of a cut after blow drying it was much softer. I'm now using it on freshly cut hair and makes it even softer. I wouldn't pay full price for bottle just because they seem to be on offer so often that it would be daft to.

L'Oreal Color Riche eyeshadow in Gold Mania - £5.49
I picked this up on a whim when there was on offer on the L'Oreal stand and as I was picking up the Lumi Magique concealer then it was rude not to. A matte brown shade caught my eye first but the few left had all been opened and swatched. I settled for this gold shade which is really pigmented and has good staying power and doesn't crease on me. 

Eylure Nourishing Brow Oil - £8.25
I have sparse thin brows as I am trying to grow them in. I have seen various eyebrow growth treatments going about, more often than not they are rather on the pricey side. This seemed like a decent price, and thought it would last a while and was a handy roller ball. I've had going on two months now using it everyday and it still looks like it's never been used. While it does magically give you glorious full brows over night it does nourish the hair that is there and the skin underneath making both be in better condition. It is hard to tell with my slow growing brows but I think it has been stimulating healthier growth. 

Illamasqua Nail Polish in Prosperity - on sale £5
Every so often the Illamasqua counter puts there past season colours on sale. I had seen this colour before and had loved the colour, it was just slightly more than I was willing to pay for a polish. It was swiftly purchased after spotting it on sale. The colour is an almost florescent purple that takes two coats to be fully opaque and smooth which is not expected when the first coat is quite sheer and streaky. It really lasted a good 6 days on me which is a long time when my nails take a battering. It probably could have lasted longer without looking really badly chipped but I had been in the mood for nail painting as you do. A good quality formula and if nail polish is the area where you like to splash your cash then this is a good one offering. 

Have you ever tried any of these?