Halloween costume ideas

I’m a total halloween nerd. I love dressing up and Halloween is a great excuse to get your DIY on and dress a bit mad. Here’s a few of my creations I’ve come up with in the past.

 

Ringmaster costume – I was invited to a Dark Circus party and made this costume the night before. The dark circus party was so much fun! The effort that went into every one of the guests costumes was just amazing. Take a look at their other events HERE

  • Faux leather trousers from Topshop
  • Hat from Claire’s accessorise
  • Birds – christmas decorations from Paperchase
  • Hobbs Red blazer  – charity shop
  • Black satin collar and ribbon around wrists – fabric shop
  • Gold roped trim, shoulder tassel, gold buttons, jewell tassel lengths on basque – all from John lewis curtain and fabric section
  • Basque from H&M
  • and knee high black boots

Ninja costume – This is probably one of the fastest and cheapest costumes going. I was going to a house party and didn’t want to feel uncomfotable.

  • Hood – This is a simple black mens t shirt, no modifying needed at all!
  • I actually did have a ninja costume top but you can wear a plain black long sleeved top
  • baggy black pants
  • Red cotton ripped and frayed then wrapped around wrists, waist and ankles – fabric shop
  • I tied a load of fake hair into my real hair to create a longer fishtail braid (might as well make this costume pretty!)
  • Shoes were black nike high tops

Lion costume – I made this as a last minute costume that actually took me a while because I got the pants wrong more than once! Anyway all went well in the end, Although some people thought I was meant to be the cowardly lion from Wizard of Oz..

  • Hair – This is a dark brown/red/blond mix curly wig, mixed in with my own hair.
  • ears – I made these cute little ears and actually sewed them into the wig because an alice band couldn’t cut it, also i didn’t want it messing up my mane!
  • The top was made in a bralet style shape, I added shoulder pads to make me look bigger (raawrr). I added a contrasting dark faux fur fabric on the front to make me look more mighty
  • I made the pants tighter at the bottom and baggy on the top, I sewed folds in them to add volume to my thighs (not that I needed any more thigh…)
  • the tail was sewn to my pants
  • Shoes were from River Island but you could always paint an animal print onto some old shoes.

TIPS:

All of this fabric was from my local fabric shop. Most fabric shops stock loads of different prints and colours of faux fur.

Never underestimate the power of the glue gun!!! I was lost until I discovered my glue gun. You can make things in double the time.

Velcro is your best friend when you don’t have time for pattern cutting or creating the perfect fit

Philosophy – The Microdelivery Peel

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AKA (operation burn your face off)

I’m just kidding, The words microdermabrasion and chemical peel sound scary. For me it conjures up an image of someone desperately holding the remnants of skin to their face as it just peels off and drops everywhere.

So I recently got to try this sample from Philosophy. I’ve heard good things about this brand from a woman in her late 40’s and a friend of mine in her 20’s so I thought, let’s give this a go then!

Directions:

Make sure your face is clean and dry. Apply a teaspoon amount of step 1 (the crystallized scrub) and gently massage into your skin.

Wait 1 minute then lightly massage step 2 over the crystals, wait 3 minutes. You should feel a warming sensation (That’s the army of vitamin c/peptide crystals and lactic/salicylic acid doing their thaang)

Now rinse off, dry and get well acquainted with your new sexy, super soft face.

This at home kit by Philosophy is a little gem. I can’t explain what it’s done but it’s made my skin feel ridiculously soft! (I’ve been annoying my housemates telling them to touch my face since) and my skin looks brighter. I literally feel like any flakey skin I had has dissolved and revealed a layer of baby bum soft skin. (don’t be hatin baby bums) I can see a difference in my pores which has made me very happy! they actually look smaller. I have sensitive skin and found this was gentle but still did a great job of resurfacing my skin. No redness, no dramas!

I would definitely buy the full size product, I feel like over time it will show even better results. If you’re after an exfoliator that cleanses deep, doesn’t leave you red and has a lasting result then this is the one.

I’m off out now makeup free, feeling good in my new skin :)

Z for Accessorize

1412557231218Accessorize has been a brand I flirt with but rarely purchase from. This is because although the jewellery is pretty, it doesn’t stay pretty for long. Low and behold they’ve branched out and collaborated with Zara Simon to create ‘Z’ – a gold plated collection and I’m already a fan! Contemporary and minimal with enough edge to accessories any outfit. Hooray for no more green fingers and neck!

Super soft floral knit from Karen millen. You can get that here

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Has anyone heard of Nip & Fab? The sister (much more inexpensive) brand of celeb favourite Rodial.

They’re a British based cosmetic brand that bloggers went a bit nuts over a while back. Simple packaging and no nonsense branding is something that sets it apart from all the rest. Best of all I feel that this product does what It says on the pot.

This is a lovely floral smelling cream, quite a thick consistency but easily absorbed. If you’re oily skinned I’d recommend using this in the night only

I’d recommend this product to those who want instant smooth satisfaction. My skin definitely felt more plump the next day or maybe that was due to the fact I was stroking my face before bed.

Btw no bees were harmed in the making of this product the description reads…good thing too, I bloody love them bees :)

North Wales: Glamping

On the weekend we decided to explore beautiful north Wales so took a trip to Machynlleth (I can now pronounce this) for a spot of glamping.  We stayed at gwyliau beudy banc.  It was so much fun and really cozy. The site we stayed at was very secluded, just us four and two other tents…oh and a dog with crazed eyes that decided to run around our tent all night. We were all so excited to get to the place we ended up forgetting any water…or food. So we went to the local village where we had some fantastic pizza at the back of the Wynnstay hotel. I’ve travelled around Italy and tasted some amazing pizza but this was delicious.

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Living in South Wales, i thought North Wales would be similar but it’s very different. The views were breathtaking :)

Healthy, Longer hair

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I’m very proud of my mane. I don’t dye my hair, I rarely heat style it, I treat it with love and care. I believe all hair is beautiful and we should be proud of it, like a lion is of his mane…Raawwrr..

A head of healthy, beautiful, strong hair is so much more desirable than over processed, dry, brittle hair. Cared for hair is an image of health.

Drink Water – will also help it to grow faster.

Find a minimal hair care routine that suits you – clogging your hair up with a ton of different products might make it look good for one night but will damage hair over time.

Natural – Turn to mother nature, make a homemade remedy. it will make you feel all earthy and wonderful. I have a great little remedy to share. I’ll be posting that concoction along with my face scrub on Sunday :)

Massage – I shamelessly massage my head and scalp not only at home but also at work, on public transport, I can’t get enough of a good head massage, I enjoy massaging other people’s heads too. This will stimulate your folicals and release your natural oils (it does make your hair oiler faster though)

Aveda Invati – This is a great product I’ve been using for around 6 weeks now. It claims to make your hair thicker. I like the calming fresh smell of this, the convenience of just spraying and massaging in (any excuse to massage my head) on dry hair is great. My hair does feel stronger, shiny, more full. Almost feels like hair medication..and I take mine every night before bed. Spritz in the centre of your parting, make another parting on either side and repeat.

Nuts – eating nuts such as brazil, almonds, walnuts are easy to snack on and do wonders for my hair. If you’re not a fan of nuts then add to greek yogurt with a spot of honey.

Chop – Get those ends trimmed off. A split end that is left will split up the entire hair creating unhealthy strong hairs.

Ditch the extensions – although the path to long locks is a loooooong one, I would highly recommend you stick it out. extensions are not only uncomfortable but they may help you lose your hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henne hair colour

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At the ripe age of 17 I decided it would be a great idea to colour my hair jet black and blue…

Considering my hair was so light naturally, this was a silly idea indeed! That dye ruined my hair and then began the long process of getting it back to my original colour. For around three years my hair was in terrible condition and snapped off leaving awful split ends so this has led to me staying far away from hair dyes.

I was in my favorite health store when I came across this strange packaging.

100% plant-based hair colouring comes in a strange turmeric looking powder. Claims to add radiant highlights and lustre to your hair. contains no oxidants or ammonia. Fades in 4-6 washes. My hairs been feeling weak of late and lacking body so I thought I’d give it a try.

Each packet comes complete with Henna colouring cream, gloves and a shower cap.  You will need a comb and a towel, Also cover the floor under you in newspaper because this stuff is messy!  Allow up to an hour from start to finish depending on the depth of colour you desire.

empty the entire packet of powder into a plastic container, add hot water and mix with a spoon until you have a paste. Drape towel over your shoulders, pop on your latex gloves and begin working the product through from roots to ends, making sure to achieve even coverage. Leave on for 30 mins then rinse with cool water.

My hair felt matted at first but once I’d used my de tangling spray all was well.

I let my hair dry naturally so have a little wave going on today. My hair definitely feels softer and healthier on the ends. Not sure if my hair looks darker or not…

I will have to update you when I’ve styled my hair. I can’t notice much of a difference but I my hair feels stronger and thicker. You can find Henne hair colour HERE