Thursday, 28 July 2011

July Wishlist; a bit on the dark side!

I'm not a really flowery person, but in recent months I've gotten a bit carried away while blogging and catching up on everyone's pretty-prettyness, and not having much money means no splurging on awesome/ridiculous clothes :( So here's my wishlist for what I want this month, since
1; A new clutch bag
 I spied this gorgeous wee clutch bag on ... it's a wee bitty pricey for me, but isn't it fab? Velvet outside, gathered satin, decal-pattern on the claps...all that's missing in my opinion is a cameo on the catch and it's perfect!

2; A ribcage top
 Again, browsing Infectious Threads, I came across a dress I used to really want back when I had regular internet access, and of course I fell in love all over again. If possible, even more...because I found a matching onesie for Brandon on haha! I'd team the tunic with my old ripped seamed stockings (yes I still keep them even when they've been torn apart...), either my New Rocks or my knee-length docs, and I'd rat it up with some extensions and a messy backcombed beehive. In saying that, though, I found a pinafore with a similar styles over on which'd look cute with a white peter pan collared puff-sleeved blouse, white tights and clunky Mary Janes!

"Tea&Tweed" by DefunctEraNeedlework on Etsy

3; A new corset!

 So I'm slowly but surely lacing down smaller. And I think when I can finally close my 24" corset (which should be soon!) I may celebrate by buying a 22". Etsy seem to have some really good designers (bought from a company who were on there before), and corsets-uk are really upping their game. But I'll always still prefer Snobz, Burleska and such like. But really - even though it's a 26", how GORGEOUS is the Tea&Tweed corset? A cameo, in a spoon, with bows and lace and tweed material? *little girl squeal*


4; Iron Fist boots
  I already have a fair amount of Iron Fist products, but there's always room for more - especially these Victorian-style lace boots?! Need I even say more? No. Only that they'd better go down to a size 3... Now, the shoes aren't from the S/S11 collection, in fact they're from the "Mean Streaks" line. I'm keeping in with the "dark" theme here...Besides, they're studded, they're platformed - and look at that damask!

5; A playsuit
 Bernie Dexter has a lovely few in her line, but I'm too cheap and cheerful. This tuxedo-style one from Next (believe it or not) is pretty, but I'd change the buttons on then  maybe give it large, silver and shiny buttons just to make them cute? Teamed with a wee neckerchief and a high-necked, slightly frilled puff sleeved blous, this might even work! If not, I found a tutorial here to make your own! I think I'm going to try this, and get more crafty - I've always thought clothes out of shops were okay, but they could be made better (to my specifications of course haha!) - tailored at the waist instead of those dreadful elasticated waists for a more streamlined look, hidden zips instead of big bold ones, nicer fuller collars, puffier sleeves, etc. I've wanted to do it for years, and this year I may just start...

What about you, lovelies? Do you have anything new on your wishlist?

Amii xoxo

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Oh, Fakery: A false nail and polish review!

The other day I bought some new pretty nail polishes by Technic; a gorgeous pale green shade called "Jade", a smoky sheer grey with bright blue sparkles through it, and a clear silver glitter polish. I also bought fake nails for the first time for 99p - and at £4.91 for the lot of them I'm happy!

 I pinched Gem Fatale's tip for fake nails, except I just used straws as I don't like ear cleaner buds, and applied just one coat of Jade. It went on quite sheer, and I thought it may take two coats, but it dried really bright thankfully. I then gave them black tips using an old lip brush (no, they're not meant to be odd, I'm just not very good at it!) and Tilly (our new kitty) jumped up for a cuddle so I smeared a bit of black on the pinky, which I tried to [unsuccessfully] cover up with a squinty black heart....yeah. I then popped on two layers of the silver glitter - it just dries as pure glitter! It's amazing! I filed the nails down a little and then glued them on.

Ta daaaaa! Or not.
 Now, I've only ever wore fake nails once, and I managed to keep them on for just over a week (they were gel acrylics), but with my job I'm constantly washing my hands and if the nails are too long they just burst through gloves...even though they're not ridiculous in length, I still felt they were just too long for me, and too...thick, if that's the word? I was just constantly aware that they were there and that they weren't mine. I ended up soaking them off by dripping a wee bit acetone into a cheap plastic shotglass and soaking the tips in and then gently prising them off. I think I need a LOT more practice with my nail 'art' and painting, and with fake nails. I just can't get used to them at all, so they're not for me unfortunately! They went to a good home however - I done my friend Sarah's nails for her, and she loved them and carries them off perfectly :)
 Oh well, a case of trial and error I suppose!

 I'm also sending out the letter I've written for Kirsty this week, and I'm starting back piercing full time again in a few weeks - YAY!

Have any of you got some really disastrous fake nail stories? I think my worst was when we moved into a temporary accomodation and found loads of them under the covers in one of the beds...needless to say we didn't stay in THAT room!

Take care

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Brandon Valentine Muir

I realised I've never really wrote a lot about my son on here!
Brandon is my little monster. Andrew and I found out we were going to have a baby when we were 17 and were both terrified and excited. We grew up a lot in the short space of time before B was born: I was pretty far along when we found out, about 4 months! We had a couple of scares along the way, and we learned a lot about ourselves and eachother. We celebrated our 18th birthdays and our 5th anniversary in an empty house with no furniture or heating, but we made the best of things. I worked all the way up until 36wks, and just as well - instead of arriving on his due date of April 1st, he decided to show face on 17th of March 2010, two and a half weeks early!
Andrew took to parenthood like a duck to water, whereas I struggled a bit, but we got there in the end. We've watched him grow from this tiny little sleepy baby who slept all the time, to a bubbly, giggly and cheeky wee boy. He's now 16 months old, half the height of me already, and has an obsession with handbags and glasses. He loves being read to, getting his back tickled, animals, grapes, and trains. I never thought it was possible to hold so much love for one tiny human being, but it is, and we love him so much that sometimes it aches. Of course he's not the perfect child - there's no such thing! Of course he throws tantrums, tears things up, tries to eat out of the bin, and flushes the remote down the toilet, but regardless, we love every millimetre of him - from his mousy brown hair, to his massive bluey-green peepers, to his button nose and chubby cheeks, his 3rd nipple (yes!!) To his strawberry mark on his back, his not-quite-an-inny-or-an-outy belly button, to his ten pudgy little piggy toes.
Excuse the Momma post, I just wanted to let you all get to know the little bit of awesomeness that is Brandon :)

Amii xo

Friday, 22 July 2011

Shiro Cosmetics, the ultimate haven for ladygeeks.

I was just pointed in this company's direction, and I am in love. Honestly? Naming eyeshadow pots after games? GENIUS!





The starter three...I am so sorry, I couldn't resist lining them up in a row together!




   Just how gorgeous would "Gengar" be as a smokey eye Talyor-Momsen -esque, with "Clefairy" as a highlight?!

Majora's Mask


Legend Of Zelda


Geek-gloss! LOVE IT!


Robe & Wizard Hat

OVER 9000!!!

 Seriously, I love this company. To quote the FAQ, it's owned by a "20 year old student, single mom and velociraptor". Someone similar age (and similar mindset!) and a similar situation as well, means I love it even more. Although, I think if I were a dinosaur, I'd be more like a Stegosaurus. Like Spike from Land Before Time. I'm going to email the owner and see how she feels about me interviewing her for ScarletPout! Speaking of interviews as well, keep your peepers peeled for my interview with Elspeth of Sweet Delirium Jewellery, to be posted in the next week!

Take care

Thursday, 21 July 2011

This...or That?

 Pinched this off the lovely Lisahh-Jayne, and it's an open tag too so feel free to do this too!

Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eye liners, lipsticks and lip glosses or lose all your palettes and eye shadows?
Hrrmmm, palettes and eyeshadows...I wouldn't fancy cutting about without any eyebrows! Scary.

Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?
Chop it all off! Buzzed. Gone. Short back and sides and no top. It'd be more fun to wear a wig anyway, different hair every day!

Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?
Pink, coral has too many orange tones in it and I think it'd look too harsh against my glow-in-the-dark complexion haha!

If you had £1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or make up?
Clothes, definitely!

Would you rather wear eyeliner as lipstick, or lipstick as eyeliner?
Eyeliner as lipstick, all sorts of different colours!

Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?
Sephora, they're meant to be incredibly good for the price of them :)

Would you rather use only one eye shadow colour or one lip colour the rest of your life?
Lip colour; I wear too much of a variety of eyeshadows! There's only really one shade of lipstick I use - fire-engine red!

Would you rather wear winter clothes in the summer or summer clothes in the winter?
Hmm, I pretty much wear winter clothes all year long! I don't really have a summer wardrobe - the most I do is have a lesser denier of tights when it's sunny!

Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?
I mainly wear dark polishes anyway when I can be bothered, so dark :)

Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a pony tail or messy bun?
Messy bun, I'm growing my hair so it's normally always up these days in a tight bun.

Would you rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lip gloss?
Easy, never use lipgloss - I've never once found a lipgloss I actually like that doesn't make my lips tacky or sticky.
Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or sharpie them in everyday?
Shave them off - I wish I was brave enough to do it, I've been debating it for years! So many opportunities for shape, only downside is them melting off in the rain... (believe me, I've seen it!) and then there's the whole waking up in the morning looking like a baby seal...

Would you rather live without make up or nail polish?
Nail polish - I don't even wear make-up excessively but I wear nail polish even less. Although I'm looking to change this and be more adventurous with polish and try out different styles!

Hurrah! :) Let me know and leave a wee link if you have a go, I love quizes, I'm so nosy...

Tuesday, 19 July 2011


 I don't know about any of you, but I personally love me some snail mail. I get ridiculously excited with even letters coming through the door (imagine the sad-face I have when it turns out to be bills :c) you can imagine how I'd feel if I had lovely personal letters popping through the letter box! And I know there's other letter-writers out there like let's not lose the art of writing! I truly believe that it shows much more effort and thought has went into it than say, a tweet or an email, and it's a lot more personal - and it makes you feel really good writing it too :)
 I've already started with the amazing Miss Kirsty, and her letter will be posted this week! I have lots of stationary left unused and silly little present that can fit in an envelope... and so it begins!

Do any of you have 'pen pals' so to speak? :)
Amii xo

Thursday, 14 July 2011

The Boy (who's actually a girl) Who Lived.

Dress; a present from one of my close friends, Bexx
Belt; a fabulous Salvation Army find!
Pocketwatch with pearls; New Look
Shoes; Priceless (my old faithfuls!)

This week has been one for the books. Andrew and I aren't getting on so well at the minute, teething seems to have turned my lovely wee Brandon into a howling bundle of tears and poop, and I'm getting myself more and more worked up and stressed and tearful by the minute. I'm really needing to take some time out to myself to just relax and unscrabble my brain to stop myself  frazzling. Guh.
(Well aware I'm not using proper English in this and practically using onomatopoeia.)

 Anyway, whingy blog rant over. I've some exciting things coming up which should keep me occupied - the fabulous Miss Kirsty and I are now pen pals :D I love getting post, and love sending people letters even more. I've had to promise her not to send her egg mayonnaise sandwiches, however, I've found a few alternatives to send her over...
 Not only this, but I've got a family party coming up on Saturday (bad times...), in other words a chance to wear my new corset from Madam Salami! (good times!) I'll be sure to do an outfit post on it, and one for Brandon as well because he'll look smashing! And even better it'll be my first chance to properly sit down at my little home-made vanity table to do my makeup with my new brushes and eyeshadow palette..."vanity table" here meaning an old bathroom medicine cabinet stuck on top of a chest of drawers with a natty old computer chair with some comfy blankets...but hey, a girl's got to make do.

 To cheer me up some more, I'm going to the midnight showing of the Deathly Hallows pt2 tonight in Falkirk - I am SO excited it's unreal. But, in a sense, I'm also a bit apprehensive - this is the last movie of the last book in my favourite ever series. Possibly my favourite books ever - I've been a die-hard Harry Potter reader since I was 8 - that's more than 11 years ago! I've grown up as the characters have grown up. This is truly the end of my childhood! (Well, I suppose becoming a parent was the end of it, but you know what I mean) I know I'm going to cry buckets, and I'm not even ashamed - I can't watch any of the movies now without crying and clapping at the end. Such a sap. I also realised this morning that Tilly, our new kitten, looks like Professor McGonagall in Animagi form.
I don't really know the point in this post. Brainfarting.
Thanks for reading anyway, sorry to bore you. x

Monday, 11 July 2011

Storage & Questionnaire

It was the BBloggers chat on twitter last night, the first one without the founder, MakeUpSavvy. The subject was "Ways you store your cosmetics" here's mine! I use the following:
- A giant leopard print cosmetics case (at the back), with three levels (two of which pop open on hinges when the box is opened) and both a handle and carry strap. I use it to store my foundations, concealers, powders, eyeshadows, various eyeliners, lipsticks and eyebrow products, as well as my brush roll and my eyshadow palette.
- A medium-sized stationary box(the pink brocade patterned box with the black satin strap) I just jazzed it up a little with some ribbon. I keep my nail polishes in the top bit, and the bottom drawer for files, cotton pads, nail polish remover etc.
- And finally, I have a giant canvas Salvation Army bag with all my hair stuff in it! I'd love to have a vintage vanity table, with a brocade swing mirror and a velvet padded seat...the dream, man, it's the dream! But I digress, there was a lot of great ideas and inspiration flying about on the BBloggers chat, it's such a positive and friendly experience. So I'l hopefully be getting a wee set of plastic drawers when my make up collection inevitably grows!

Anyways, I have a questionaire! Stolen from the beautiful Danni!
- What is bothering you right now?
This silly tickly cough and sore head I've had for the past few days :c
- Do you like celebrity magazines?
No, I like trashy story ones like That's Life and Take A Break though!
- When was the last time you were ill? Why?
Christmas '10, me and the little one were bunged up in bed with flu for weeks.
- Do you feel you belong in a different era?
If I'm honest I don't really belong anywhere haha!
- Who owns you?
The baby has me wrapped around his little finger.
- Favorite country in Europe?
I've only ever been to Paris and Benidorm....I definitely preferred Paris, funnily enough.
-Did you skive off school?
No, I was a goody two-shoes who was terrified of getting in trouble.
- Ever played an instrument?
Yep: bass, guitar, clarinet (I know, right?!) and a bit of double bass and piano too. I was only ever good at playing bass though...Four strings, not too confusing!
- Favorite alcoholic drink?
At the moment? Malibu and cream soda! It constantly changes because I end up sickening myself to it ie Rose wine and peach schnapps!
- Do you follow fashion?
My own sense, yes. I don't really like trends these days, a lot of what's in just looks regurgitated, like we're going through the eras of fashion from the 40's onward. At the minute we're stuck in the 90's, and it makes me feel a little ill!
I do however like finding little gems of things that suit me within shops. :)
- What colour are your eyes? Do you like that colour?
Scarily enough, mine are the EXACT same as Danni's - greeney bluey greyish. I've never met enough like that before! And yes, I like them :)
- What is the furthest you have travelled from your home? How far was it?
Errr...Benidorm. Not so far really.
- What is the coldest temperatures you have experienced? Where were you?
When my friend Sarah and I went to see Biffy Clyro in November, we ran late and missed the last train home...and it began snowing that night. So we waited for 4 hours in the freezing cold, soaking wet after running through the sleet to the station, and honestly were near tears by the time we got home.
- What is the hottest temperatures you have experienced? Where were you?

Funnily enough, the same place where I was coldest - in Scotland!
- Imagine you have three wishes. List them. (A million more wishes doesn't count)
1. Wish that we had a secure and steady income, that would keep us comfortable for the rest of our lives.
2. Wish there were no rules within the wishes, and then wish for endless wishes (I GOT ROUND THE CHEAT!)
3. Then I'd wish to have more cats and have an 18" waist instantly.
- Are you keeping a secret from the world?
I'm not very good at lying or hiding things from people, so even if I did everyone would know!
- If you could go back in time and give advice to yourself ten years ago, what would you say?
I'd simply quote Dr. Seuss in saying "Because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." I'd say to start loving myself, and to keep loving those around me.
- How have you changed in the past 10 years?
I've become a lot more self-conscious, and a lot more bothered about people's opinions on me. I'm not as comfortable in my own skin as I used to be - but on the brightside, I can at least style my hair now!
- Is abortion wrong?

Not in my opinion. But I don't think it should be used because someone was too drunk to bother with a condom.
- Do you like long train/car journeys?
Only if I'm on my own; I love having all that free time to just unwind and watch the world whoosh by.
- Have you ever considered writing a novel?
Yes, I wrote my own crappy litle series about witches and wizards and vampires and mutants when I was 7! I love writing short stories.
- Have you ever punched someone in the face?
Yep, I used to have a right temper.
- What is your sense of humour like?
Childish and...erm...cryptic? A lot of people don't get it. And I end up acting like an utter geek too by referencing old movies or songs. Yeah...
- Are you a good person?
I like to think so :)

THANKYOU if you've made it to the end. I blabber on a lot, and there's no pictures so it's pretty text heavy.
Thanks guys

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Waist Training Update: 7/7/11

Hello my lovelies!
I've been blogging a lot more recently due to being at work more. I've been using the time I have to use computers much better so I'm blasting out post after post, and then scheduling them, thanks to some time management tips from the lovely MakeUpSavvy's bbloggers chat she has on twitter on Sundays. Unfortunately she won't be hosting these any more, but hopefully they'll continue to run on!

So, my update. I was quite lazy with my training in the spring time, as we'd just moved house, I wasn't feeling the best about myself, and add to all of this the fact that I'd gained weight, I didn't really feel good about lacing up as my tummy bulged wayyy out from underneath the edge of the corset (and my hips, and my bum...) and it became quite uncomfortable to sit down. But thanks to my friends I got into a habit of eating better again, and they helped me start to pick myself back up again. I done a fair few things to try and boost myself back into a better frame of mind - I started wearing make up again, I created this blog, I started dressing like my old self again, I even cut my hair! Anything to try and get myself out of the rut I've been jammed in for nearly a year. And now I've finally gotten my groove back for waist training...
Bust - 41"
Waist - 33"
Hips - 40"
Bust - 42.5"
Waist - 28"
Hips - 40"

Obviously I can feel a MASSIVE difference in myself now I've gotten back into the swing of things. I'm now watching my portions again, I'm not drinking fizzy juice any more, and I've even cut down on smoking (and currently planning to stop soon!) Not only this but my confidence is slowly building and I'm feeling really good about myself.

Lacey Tip 7/7/11; Take your time when lacing up, it's not a race!
You should lace to where you feel like it's firm but still comfortable, and then tie up. Go and do something else for 10 minutes, and then come back and tighten yourself slightly. Continue this for about 45 minutes - an hour or so, or until you feel like you are as tight as you'd like to go. Tighten to quickly? You could damage your ribs, your internal organs...and even cause a vaginal prolapse!!

Thanks for reading guys, take care xx

Presents to myself...

I treated myself to some things from Amazon, and they arrived today! A new make up brush set, and an eyeshadow palette that came on offer with it. Separately they'd be over £40 in total, but together were £20!
First off, the make-up palette. The colours are so bright, and there's a huge range of them. I done a couple of swatches, but unfortunately my phone camera doesn't do them justice! The blacks are incredibly rich, there's a lovely metallic gold shade that practically glows, and even though I'm not much of a neon person, the fluorescent greens pinks and yellows are much better than any others I've used before - there's so much pigment to them! The best thing for me is that there are red eyeshadows - I used to pay £3.99 for a little pot of red eyeshadow by Stargazer every month or so, because it kept cracking and crumbling inside the tub, and despite the colour looking amazing and bright in the packaging it took a good 4-5 layers to try and emulate that, otherwise it was pretty faded looking. But the reds in this took only a swipe on my eyelids and they came out looking to true to the shadow! I've used the lightest red with a shimmery gun-metal grey on the creases and a slightly glittery beige on the browbone and I had to blend it down a little so it wasn't so in-your-face for work. I would have taken a picture but again, my phone camera is terrible and doesn't do anything justice!

Now for the brushes: there's 12 brushes, more than I'd need, but just enough to pretend I'm playing make-up artist when I use them! They're long handled, and come in a faux-leather pouch. The brushes themselves are synthetic, but are really soft so its the best of both worlds. I used the blending eye brush, the all-over one and the smaller thicker one with a rounded, flat tip for my eyes, and was really pleased that they actually picked up the shadows rather than just spread them roughly about my eye (which I've experienced with some in the past). I used the flat angled brush for my eyebrows, it was soft yet thin and firm enough to define them and fill them. Hooray!
There's also numerous foundation/blusher/concealer and contour brushes, more eyeshadow brushes than I'll probably ever use and a mascara comb/brush and an eyebrow wand. It all rolls up neatly and there wasn't that awful nail-varnish-remover smell you can sometimes get with faux leather.

All in all I'm really happy about my little Amazon haul! I've been in need of new brushes and eyeshadow and these were just perfect.

While I'm on a roll with internet shopping, can anyone recommend a good digital camera at a decent price? Preferrably one that can be easily mounted on a tripod, or that takes really good close-ups.

Thanks! Take care

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

OOTM: June Edition

Dress; Next
Bow-patterned cardi; Primark
Long cardi; pilfered from my Mama!
Belt; a Salvation Army bargain at £2!
Jeans; Internacionale like 4 years ago, they aren't supposed to be ripped (and definitely not at the crotch which is why it's cleverly disguised with a dress...!)
Dolly shoes; Primark
Bag; Topshop brand, but from Salvation Army again!
Necklaces; Hello Kitty - from a little Japanese shop that opened up in the town, and the Love Letters one - from Internacionale
Nails: Rimmel 60 Seconds in "Rapid Ruby" and Stargazer's "Red Glitter"

This was my favourite outfit in the whole month, except for my maxi dress but I never got a photo of that :(

So this month I'll be looking to do more features, more NOTD's and more outfit posts seeing as I know the problem with my silly phone now, yay!

How are you all doing?

Monday, 4 July 2011

NOTD: Bloody Nails!

So this is making up for my pin-up makeup tutorial I was going to post tonight, but I don't even know if my silly phone will allow this to send as it hasn't let me post my last 3 OOTDs and the tut, so I don't know if it has anything to do with sending multiple images or what. But anyhoo!
This is my favourite nail look; bloody nails. I used the following to create this look:
- Rimmel 60 Seconds in Rapid Ruby (shown)
- A standard, clear base coat from a manicure set
- A clear top coat from the same set
- An old kirby grip opened up full

I filed, buffed and polished my nails before I applied the base coat, and painted the tips with the Rapid Ruby.
I then dipped in the open kirby grip and drew it from the tip to random spots on the nail - it 'balled' out at the bottom which gave a more realistic drippy effect, and I added a couple of dots as 'blood spatter' too! I then applied the top coat twice once dry, and it looked amazing!

This look only lasted a few days; I think I need to invest in better polishes! I'm not too keen on the Rimmel ones either really, they don't dry fully (even after ten minutes) and chip very easily.
What are your favourite nail polish brands? :)

Thanks for reading
Take care xxx
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