Hi just a note to let people know I will be away for four months as I am going travelling to South America.

Will be back after christmas
Bye Bye

Vicky x
So in a recent post I talked about ombre/dip dye hair. Now the trend appears to be in nail art too. Therefore I thought I would have a go.

I used sunset colours, with it being summer and all, but any two shades of the same colour can be used or even different colours altogether, whatever you fancy!


  1. First I painted my nails normally with the darker shade of orange and let dry
  2. I then took an old sponge at took the lighter shade of orange and painted the end of the sponge with the polish:

   3. I then dabbed this onto the end of each nail, and let dry
   4. Finally add a top coat of clear polish:

And the final results:

Sunset nails ombre style! This is my first attempt so please tell me what you guys think and any suggestions are most welcome :)

Lipstick originated from Egypt where the egyptian women used to make there colours with crushed beetles (ew) and ants eggs! Luckily today this is not the case...

I feel that a vibrant stand out lipstick is an essential for every girls make up bag. Whether it is a rich ruby red or a pouty peppy plum, I think that your make up for an evening out can be dramatically transformed by statement lipsticks!

Here are some of my favourites :

Dark Blood Red lipstick as demonstrated by Cheryl 

Plum lips as demonstrated by Megan Fox

And finally beautifully fluorescent pinks as demonstrated by Nicki Minaj

I was playing around with up do's and found this one was really easy to do and quite stylish for a wedding or evening event.

Here is how I did this:

  • First I sectioned my hair into front and back section
  • I then put the back section of hair into a ponytail and pulled the hair band down the pony just a bit
  • I then made a pocket above the hair tie and tucked in the end of the pony tail clipping is in place with bobby pins
  • I then parted the front two sections and started twisted each section gradual encompassing more hair (like the fringe plait) as I went
  • I then tucked the twist into the pocket and clipped into place
  • I did the same on the other side
I hope this makes sense, if not let me know, there are some great video's on youtube I used too.

Have fun with this style!
I have noticed quite a few people are having a go at this trend of producing beautiful animal print nails in the the comfort of there home. So even though I don't have the proper brushes or nail paint I decided to have a go myself and these are the results:

I used No. 17 Lasting fix nail polish in orange soda to produce the coloured spots. I then used a small angeled paint brush with No. 17 Fast Finish nail polish in nightshade to draw two parallel lines either side of the spots in various directions to create the animal look. I then just glossed over with a clear nail polish.

Although close up it looks a tad messy as my nail polish was beginning to go sticky, from a distance it looks quite nice. I think i will attempt this again in future with more care.
Any hints and tips are welcome

My good friend told me about Primer and how great it was so I was determined to get some.

I chose No. 7 Primer for £19.00. I have to agree with her, it is amazing. It really smooths out your skin so your makeup especially foundation goes on effortlessly and fluidly. It also helps your foundation stay in place.

I would recommend primer to anyone, give it a go...

I love dip-dye styles at the moment. Ms Nicki Minaj just has to top everyone with multi colours. I love it when I see dip dye with colours, so much bolder than the natural ombre style. It gives edge and something fresh to hair colour. And as its the ends of your hair, it won't take took long to grow out!

How do you feel about this ombre trend?

So I have been testing mascaras for years now and have finally narrowed it down to my top 3!

3. Clinique high impact mascara - I love this simple brush and really helped to give volume. However it did get very sticky after a few weeks :(

2. L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes - I adored this mascara as it never clumped my lashes together which a lot of mascaras can do and it gave me brilliant volume. It never got sticky too. 

1. And at number one is MAC False Lashes Extreme Black - I have recently bought this mascara and it is already my all time favourite mascara. £18-00 so not too pricey. It creates defined lashes with volume that last all day and the extreme black colour creates a much more dramatic look. I recommend everyone try this mascara and let me know what you think!

One trend that is coming about this summer is letting your hair go natural especially if your hair exhibits a natural wave. It's really good for your hair and just so easy!

So I had a go myself with my hair rollers the other day just to test the results. I blow dried my hair till most of the water was out but it was still a tad damp and sectioned the top layer of my hair off with a big clip. I then brushed through and sectioned off bits of hair into my rollers and clipped into place with bobby pins. I then did the same to the top layer and left for a few hours, i then blow dried it as dry as i could and released each section, resulting in:

Lots of lovely curls. I then used Toni and Guy Spritz and shine liquid Mousse to hold. This is good if you have the day to get ready, and stays in all night!
I love this glamorous look. I do this often now and sometimes use clips to hold my hair on the side. It just gives a bit of glamour and edge to the normal everyday hair-down hairstyle. I often softly curl my hair too and use hairspray to hold in place.

See here how Selena Gomez exploits the trend:

And this is my attempt:

To do this I just gathered it to one side of my head and pinned it in place with bobby pins, i needed a fair few to keep in place. Let me know what you think!

Cotton Buds I find are a must have when applying makeup.

Quite often I find to completely cover my lashes in a good coating of mascara I end up smudging it onto the top lids of my eyes. Using a wetted cotton bud straight away can easily remove this smudging and ensure your mascara looks perfect! They are so cheap theres no excuse not to, especially in comparison to these mascara corrector pens out atm.

I have noticed that the high ponytail is in fashion this year. I think this is a great hairstyle and ever so easy. 1,2,3 and its done. I personally love Jessie J's ponytail at the 2012 grammy awards this year with the full fringe it's a very neat and sophisticated style. Really easy for work or when your hair just doesn't do what you want it to do.

So I had a new haircut last week and I loved the way the lady blow-dried it! It reminded me of the old styles of Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly. So hence the name of this post.

I added red lipstick and brown eyeliner and wore a white skater dress to complete my look.

I would probably add a few more curls if I really wanted to replicate the Monroe look.
So I tried out this style as someone suggested to me it was super easy to do. And the verdict is: it is so simple and so cute. However I did have trouble with keeping it in place as I have layers in my hair and therefore it may be better suited to those with longer hair with less layers. Also a tip would be to first straighten the hair as it is much more manageable :)

There are some fantastic videos on youtube that you can follow.

I love head scarves! Today I wore a peach headscarf to work and felt it really jazzed up a boring style. I backcombed the top layer of my hair and pinned it back with bobby pins. I then wrapped around the headscarf, mine was only £1 from primark! It is a good way to keep your hair out of your face on a hot day :)

Plus it is a real easy 5 minute job!!

Right I know this is supposed to be a hair and make-up blog but I just had to put this down somewhere.

 Bum Shorts have become the trend with us young people today, and yes I may sound like I am 50 years old when I am only 21 but seriously.... it is an appalling piece of attire! Can girls get anymore revealing! It especially makes me sick when I see 14 year old girls who have yet to grow hips sporting them!! (Prostetots?)

 Now I'm not saying they are inappropriate all the time as I may wear them with tights if I were going clubbing, not walking around the street at 12 midday!

Seriously girls, please take some pride in yourself!

Thanks :D
I found that if I blow dry my hair with a large round brush (courtesy of my mother) I can get a neat style. I hate my hair being flat against my head but this creates volume and also tames the natural curls in my hair :)

There are lots of good you tube tutorials for this. Here is the look:

So I had ago at the Fringe plait, I've always struggled doing this, but actually sitting down with time on my hands I managed to get the hang of it!

Here's the results and this youtube video really explains it well


A while back I tried out glitter lips. It was quite simple and the results looked really good!

I took a very sticky lip gloss, I used bobby brown as they are particularly sticky, got some old glitter and dabbed it onto my lips with a lip brush until they were completely covered.

Now this look isn't one I have yet to wear out, but I think it is fantastic for fancy dress or photo shoots!

Heres what it looked like:

Be wary because if you were to wear this out, the glitter easily can come off and you may end up eating it!!

So I decided to give this hair style from 'This Mornings Summer styles' a go - the glamorous up do with incorporation of jewellery.

Since I have loads of jewellery around my room I don't use any more I though why not try to create a great new hair style with it!

For this style I used a blonde donut, hair grips, heat defence spray, hair brush for backcombing, hairspray, straighteners to create the front curls and an old pearl necklace I no longer use. I wore this during the day but as said on this morning, this style can be used night and day.

Here Leo Bancroft shows you how to do it: