Sunday, 14 September 2014

August Favourites

My favourites this month are new goodies, and new experiences! I'm trying to keep it as a bit of a mix so it's more interesting :)

First up, a new experience....

Offroading! I went offroading for the first time and had SO MUCH FUN. I'm not normally much of a daredevil, I get very anxious, but for some reason when it came to offroading, I got all overly enthusiastic and didn't even freak out when I drove into water that was maaaaybe a teensy bit too deep for the truck. I will definitely be going again! Thank you to my little bro for inviting me.

Some of you may know that I suffer with chronic pain. Basically, I have a headache, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and have done for 5 years. This means I can't wear my hair up, sunglasses can be hugely painful, and headbands are a no no. Not any more they aren't! Thanks to Janine Basil and her adorable wired headbands, I can wear one with no issues whatsoever, I have another on order and will be asking for some for Christmas. Yes I am totally already thinking about Christmas.

I broke my old phone case, which featured Lumpy Space Princess. That was totally unacceptable and therefore inspired my new case featuring my other favourite Adventure Time character, Lemongrab!

Thanks again to Depop, I got this Boo necklace from Sugar & Vice, perfect for Halloween. Which I like to think of as everyday. Ashen wanted in on this selfie and how could I resist that face?

I wrote a whole blog about my new watermelon hat from VelvetVolcano, but I just adoooore it and have worn it so much that I had to mention it again.

And the last one, I got a sneaky early peek at some of Sugar & Vice's new Witching Hour collection, which is amaze and I need it all. This is the pentagram necklace which is a total bargain at £11. You can also see the fringe I cut myself in recently.

September will likely be a quieter month, as I am already Christmas shopping. For real. I have a spreadsheet and everything.

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Friday, 12 September 2014

My Body Contouring Experience

Recently I've been eating very clean and healthily, and as a result have lost quite a bit of weight. My Mum mentioned it to a friend of hers who offered me body contouring to help keep my skin tight as I lose weight. I figured, what the hell!

I went to see Jo at Skin Restoration in Grimsby. She was ever so lovely and really made me feel comfortable, an accomplishment considering I was stripping off to my undies!

Body contouring works using radio waves, it aims to break up fat and tighten the skin. Jo took my measurements around my hips, waist and underbust before we began, I laid down on the bench and Jo covered my stomach in what I can only describe as lube. Lots and lots of it! She spent roughly 15 minutes on each side of my stomach with the radio waves. You can feel the pressure of the machine being pushed over you, and some warmth. The most striking thing is the sound. Jo described it as sounding like 'an alien screaming' and she was right. Once the machine is on your skin you can hear the sound right in your ears, very bizarre. I just blocked it out and nattered to Jo as she did the body contouring.

This is what the machine looks like.

Once it was finished Jo gave me a towel to remove the excess lube off my body, and while she went and fetched me some water I got dressed. Jo measured me again afterwards and I had lost 2 inches off my waist, 2 inches off my hips, and 1 and a half inches off my underbust, wow! It is important to drink 2-3 litres of water in the following 24 hours after the treatment, Jo gave me half a litre right away which I happily downed. It was quite dehydrating.

The treatment can also help reduce the appearance of stretchmarks and cellulite. My belly has stretchmarks so after a few treatments I might be able to see a difference. It can be used on the arms, thighs, stomachs, bottoms and even the jawline.

I've booked in to have the treatment again in a few weeks time, and I have recorded my measurements so I can keep track of how the body contouring actually affects me.

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Monday, 8 September 2014

I love Halloween!

Now that is is finally September, I am filled with glee at the idea that there may be more Halloween and spooky themed designs for sale! I love creepy designs, classic Halloween prints, ghosts, pumpkins and everything else kitsch and Halloweeny! These are some of my favourites that I've discovered recently.

How amazing is this hat?! VelvetVolcano recently branched out into hats and I love everything they have made so far. Vegan fabrics ensure a soft finish and cruelty-free spookiness too!

I just love this pumpkin's adorable little smiling face, so cute. Sugar & Vice always do an amazing Halloween range so I will be keeping an eye out for what they do next!

I think novelty tea towels are a total must for any kitchen, and this one is amazing. While this one is Halloween themed, Mad Old Cat Lady do a whole range of different fun designs.

BloodMilk are one of those brands I just dream about owning something from one day. I love the style of this so much, the bones to form the circle, the twigs to make the star, BloodMilk's jewellery causes serious lust in me!

Button Owl Boutique specialise in homewares, with fairy lights being a particular focus. I can just see these around the headboard of my bed.

I actually own these bats in black glitter and adore them. They stick to the hair with a gentle velcro patch on the back, and these are super lightweight. I can wear them even with my chronic head pain, they come highly recommended from me! Now my hair is darker I would love more in a brighter colour.

Photo of me by BlackLotus Photography wearing my bat hair accessories

I have a bit of a thing for teeth in jewellery, and I would so love this ring in silver! There is also a necklace that matches too. Perfect spooky cuteness. Want! Add a bit of creepy to your jewellery all year round with this ring.

I can't wait for New Look to bring out their Halloween range, it always has such cuteness in it. Here's to hoping it does again this year!

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Little Miss Delicious Surprise!

I LOVE when companies have a mystery or surprise pack option for their accessories. I love surprises and cute jewellery surprises are the best. I recently treated myself to a limited availability Little Miss Delicious mystery pack and was so thrilled with the goodies I got! Maxine does super limited edition versions of her normally available mystery packs sometimes, so I totally recommend liking her facebook page to spot them, they sell out super quick!

Super cute note from Maxine <3 and the adorable packaging

All the goodies I got!

Everyone has their spot in their house right? This will be going right next to mine so only I can use it. Those little pizza faces are adorable.

You better believe I literally squealed with delight when I saw this in my mystery pack. Thank you Maxine! I adore him!

The cute thing about these accessories is not only their faces, but they can be worn either as a hair accessory, or a brooch. I love this french fries pin, I think that will be one for my hair.

I love the sprinkles on the chocolate and their little rosy cheeks.

Vegan and not tested on animals, my sort of a cosmetics company! This smells amazing and the packaging is so lovely.

Maxine is a total sweetheart who works her butt off to make the cutest jewellery she can, and I love being able to support a friend. I actually got to photograph Maxine once, Maja Stina did her makeup and she wore some of her own designs.

Isn't she such a babe? I hope we get to meet again some day.

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Halloween Beauty

I figured with my love of Halloween, a blog dedicated to some beauty products inspired by Halloween would be perfect!

So these are my most recent purchases. I've been wanting to try the Gelly nail paints from Barry M for a while, I got Satsuma and Mango. I also decided to try one of the Silk nail effects in Meadow. What could be more perfect for Halloween than a super glossy orange nail?

Barry M Gelly nail paint in Mango

The Gelly nail paints are supposed to be super hi-shine, and I think they are! The reflect light really well, and considering I broke a nail the day after painting them, it didn't even chip, so I am impressed.

A little while ago I posted in my first Beauty Haul blog that I bought one of the Barry M Nail art pens. I finally got around to giving it a go to really creep up my orange nails.

Unlike most nail art pens, this is actually built like a felt tip pen. It comes dry, and you push the nib of the pen inside the pen repeatedly to get the polish flowing, it then keeps itself ready to use. This is by far the easiest nail art pen I have ever used. Most require you to squeeze the polish out as you use it, but with this is does that for you, so you can just concentrate on actually decorating your nails, genius! I painted both hands in different patterns to show how easy it is to use, I'm mostly ambidextrous, but I much prefer writing with my left hand.

So this is my right hand, done with my dominant hand. I think that I was able to write with the pen shows how smooth is is to use. I went for polkadots, a little ghost, boo, and a french tip gone goth.

I love the cobweb I did on my thumb the most :D totally doing that all year round! (My rings are from BloodyMary Metal)

And my left hand, done with my less-used-to-write-hand. The top is supposed to be a lightening bolt which is a little wonky, then a spiral, a cobweb and a little octopus.

So smooth and easy to use. I am definitely going to look at getting this nail art pen in other colours, it currently comes in black, silver and pink, and silver is calling to me.

The gold glitter skulls in this foil kit are just perfect for a glam Halloween look!

It's been a long time since I wore falsies, but these make me think of bat wings, cute and creepy!

Lush are all vegan and cruelty free which is amazing, I would so love to give this lip stain a go! This is a gorgeous pinky-purple colour and it makes me think of fairy tales.

I think all the drawing on my nails has made me want to draw on my face, and I think this eye liner would be perfect for that, the nib of the liner looks so small, great for detailing.

I never dress up at Halloween, cause I like to live it all year round, but what are you dressing up as this year?

Much love
Kitty xxxxx

Monday, 1 September 2014

Watermelon Snuggles

I've blogged about my love of watermelon print, and I am still so not over it at all. Not long after I posted that blog, the awesome VelvetVolcano started making hats. And oh my glob I had to get one! All of VV's hats are vegan and cruelty free, Tamsyn is a fab fab lady.

The package, the hat came all wrapped up in tissue paper with a ribbon, a business card, and on the back of the watermelon paper is a cute little note too. Tamsyn used my real name instead of Kitty so I'm not sharing :P

And the hat I chose. Seriously, I could not resist! The watermelon hat is available in either classic red, or pink, which is adorable as well.

Front view

Side view

This hat is so soft and comfy. I love autumn, and I cannot wait for it to keep cool so I can wear this all the time! With my chronic pain condition, I need hats to be a good fit, anything tight or heavy adds to the pain, and this hat is so soft it isn't going to be a problem at all. Tamsyn is in the process of designing more hats and I can't wait to see what she does next, I'm going to need more!

Much love,
Kitty xxxxxx

Saturday, 30 August 2014

An Easy Way to Customise Band Shirts!

I love getting band t shirts from gigs, but women's options tend to be on the tiny side. Instead, I like to buy men's t shirts and cut them up for something totally different.

As a rule, I buy a shirt at least 1 size bigger than I need as I like the slouchy fit. You also need to be careful with what print your shirt has, if it has a list of tour dates on the back be very careful with where you cut!

First off, pick your shirt. In this example, I'm cutting up a BlackCraftCult Lone Wolf Limited Edition Purple tshirt, this particular t shirt is sold out as it was limited edition, but they have it in their standard white colour for $24. I love BlackCraftCult's designs and wish I had more. I have paid customs on them every time they've been delivered to me, but they are so soft, and such good quality, that they are worth those few extra pennies, they are a great price to begin with.

I have used regular kitchen scissors previously when I've cut up t shirts, but it is so so much easier with fabric scissors, it's much easier to get a good smooth line. Mine cost £4 from Asda and have a very comfortable grip.

First, I always cut the neck out. I love off the shoulder styles and it is so easy to do with a men's t shirt. Going from the seam with the sleeves, I start cutting at about half way between that seam, and the neck of the t shirt. I work in a smooth line going to directly underneath the neck of the t shirt, then back out again to the half way point on the other side of the t shirt.

As you can see, I take very little fabric out from underneath the neck of the t shirt, and instead cut more from the back. This makes sure that the neck is even, and hangs nicely. Be very careful with how much material you take out here, because there are no seams, it will stretch slightly as you wear it!

Next I tackle the sleeves. An easy and fun way to customise them is to make sure the sleeve is flat and even, and starting from the bottom, cut from the outside of the sleeve to the inner seam in approximately thumbnail sizes sections. By the time you get to the top of the sleeve the very last part will likely be too big to leave as one section, and too small for the usual section. What I do is cut it in half, because the top part will remain as one once the sleeve is unfolded, it is bigger than it looks it will be.

See! Super easy, and a great option for festivals. I have so many t shirts like this now, and a few more I wish to cut up as well. I cut this one up specifically to photograph for this blog, so here I am wearing one of my other shirts that I have done the same as this.

Isn't it cute? Perfect festival wear.

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx