Halloween - My First Make-up Trial

Friday, 29 August 2014

My last blog post was all about Halloween.... and it got me in the mood!

There is only two months to go, so it's acceptable to start trying out options now right?

I started off as a regular glasses geek girl....

but ended as something much more fun!

I started with my regular face make-up (as I had been as work) but if I was to recreate this I would put more time into my base.

I started with my contour. I assumed I would be wearing this at night so used a smoky grey contour, which would look a bit weird if you wandering around in the day but at night should just make you look gaunt and creepy!

I used the smoky grey colour called GunMetal from my Naked Palette from Urban Decay.

 I then contoured my cheek using this colour and a fluffy eyeshadow brush.

Once I had the colour on to define my cheekbones I used a small fluffy highlighter blush to blend it downwards and therefore "sink in" all of the jawline below the grey line.

 Next using a lip liner brush (or whatever you have) and black face paint, fill in your lips in black and start outlining your new squiggly mouth.
 Then fill this in, dragging the squiggles out so they are longer than just little pyramid shapes.

Bring the line up to join your cheek contour and extend the "mouth"

Next take some sellotape.

 And stick a piece under each eye. This means that when you do your smoky eye you will have a nice crisp line. I use this trick when doing night out smoky eyes too.

I then used the black and grey from my Naked Palette to do a basic smoky eye (it doesn't have to be neat). I just put the grey all over the eyelid and then deepen the crease of the eyelid with black. I then peeled off the tape and you can see below the clean line the tape gives.

Using the pink and purple from the below palette (which is from H&M of all places) I lined my lower lash line and then smudged along the crisp black line which already made up my wing.

I then added Kimberly Eyelure Girls Aloud lashes to my top lashes. And Foxy Locks lashes to my lower lashes. (To apply lower lashes you literally just turn them upside down once you have applied the glue and glue them as close to your lower lashes as possible. Do NOT stick them to your water line, but underneath on the skin under your eye.

I then added in my red contacts and blonde wig.

And voila, you have turned yourself into...something... Urm. Legolas Greeleaf's vampire wife?

Alternatively you could keep it more dark and ditch the wig. But I think contacts are a necessity regardless of hair colour!

If you have any recommendations on what I should try for my next trial let me know!

Halloween - Fancy Dress Outfits!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

As you might have realised from all my Florida posts, my friend Jess and I LOVE Disney!

We had such an amazing time at DisneyWorld in Florida that we couldn't wait to organise our next trip...

DisneyLand Paris...FOR HALLOWEEN!!

At Halloween they decorate everything and have parades with all the villain characters rather than the good ones. It sounds right up our street.

We've booked a long weekend (Thursday-Sunday) and are going to spend two days at the park. So prepare from some EPIC blog posts in two months time!

I spent some time today thinking about what I want to be when I go out in London this Halloween. Here are my outfits I have had since moving to London:

2013 - A dead Queen of Hearts

2012 - A Vampire

(no-one else dressed up so I had to tone it down a bit!)

2011 - A Fallen Star? That is probably how I would describe it! 
The first night out (Friday)

And the second Saturday...which got a bit more bloody! And apparently, slutty looking!

2011: A bunny. With my boyyysss

2010: I was definitely in London but I didn't do anything... LAME!

This year I am definitely planning something a bit more extreme...Maybe a mouth like this:

Still got to keep it sexyyy though so I think I would adapt such things! This girl Lex has her own youtube channel called MadeYewLook.

She is AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGG I've literally watched all of her videos. She is so talented it is unreal!!!

We have two months to go but I might have to start trying things out soon! LOVE fancy dress!

Michael Van Clarke

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

On Friday afternoon I had an appointment at the Michael Van Clarke salon.

I first went to Michael Van Clarke in April after a recommendation from Jess' mummy.

A girl called Summer who has been trained at the salon cut my hair and took my Michael Van Clarke virginity! She is part of the bridal team and also assists the higher level hairdressers when needed.

At the salon they all cut the hair dry (the diamond dry cut) which allows them to see how the hair naturally falls and I must say that I've never had a better haircut.

I am trying to be better and book in for a cut every eight weeks rather than leave it for months which is what I used to do!

So I wandered through the beauty of Marylebone to the salon.

A gorgeous London summer day.

Until I reached the salon on Beaumont Street.

The salon is gorgeous and you can get yours nails done and order food whilst you get your haircut, which I am yet to try but sounds like a decadent treat!

Summer took a look at my hair (four day hair hidden with dry shampoo!!) and decided to wash it before cutting it rather than the other way round! We both agreed that it is just a waste to wash your hair the morning of the day when you are going for a haircut! So I think she forgave me for my grubby hair.

The shampoo chairs are like none I've ever tried as they are massage chairs, so you get a nice back rub with your feet up whilst your hair is being washed. I love people playing with my hair and washing it for me.

I am still trying to grow my hair even longer so Summer just took a bit off. We were both impressed with how much my hair had grown since April so maybe this 8 week business does work!?

After drying my hair she cut my hair then blow dried it and curled it with tongs.

I love that you aren't rushed and they take the time to style your hair perfectly.

I left the salon with a bottle of the prewash treatment in my hand and a spring in my step, flicking my hair at every opportunity.

I bought the travel pack of the three more inches range in April (shampoo conditioner and pre-wash) but I have used it up. I felt the shampoo and conditioner weren't anything to write home about but the pre-wash treatment is very good.

I put it on the night before when I know I'm going to wash my hair in the morning. Then it sinks in over night. Or you can just put it in for an hour before you wash your hair. Sometimes I use it on the beach and leave it in all day.

Here is what the box has to say: 

I really recommend the salon. As a person who's always just got her hair cut when there is an offer on at any salon (cheapskate) I now understand the joy of really enjoying the hairdresser experience with someone who understands your hair!

Summer costs £35 for a cut and blow dry and the prewash treatment is £29.
Obviously if you want a higher level hairdresser you can pay anything up to £375 for Michael himself, but as Summer was trained by him I'm very very impressed and think the price is incredibly reasonable.

Don't go booking out her Friday afternoon appointments though! They are mine!

TMI (Too Much Information) Tag

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

I've never done a "Tag" before but I figured I would give it a go. TMI obviously stands for To Much Information so here goes...
(This totals feels like filling out a quiz on Myspace or Bebo! Lets hope my answers are a little difference to those I did in 2005 on Bebo!)

1. What are you wearing? 

I am wearing brown leather hunter boots, black disco pants from BooHoo, a strappy black top and a champagney coloured shirt from River Island. I look like I am about to jump on a horse!

2. Ever been in love?

Yes. I feel like (looking back) every time I'm in a relationship I think I'm in love. I definitely told my boyfriend when I was 15 that I loved him. On reflection though I think I've only properly been in in love once.

3. Ever had a terrible breakup? 

Yes indeed. I've had a few bad ones (I'm not really the type to stay friends with an ex!) but the last one was by far the worse.

4. How tall are you?

I am 5ft 2 (and a half!)

5. How much do you weigh? 

8st 12lbs

6. Any tattoos? 

Nope. Although over the years I have planned to. Very glad I didn't get any of them though, because looking back I would have ended up with some horrific tattoos....Haworth in Elvish?!? Thank GOD I didn't go through with that!!

7. Any piercings? 

I have my ears pierced and my belly button. I used to have my tongue pierced but I took it out when I moved to London and got a "proper" job! I had an awful habit of posing like this....

So it was definitely the right move to take it out!!!

8. OTP (One True Pairing: what's your favourite fictional couple)? 

Urm that is tricky. I've literally had to spend time thinking about this. I like Seth and Summer in The OC. They were so cute.

9. Favourite show? 

Game Of Thrones...obviously

10. Favourite bands?

I feel like people aren't in bands any more. It is all solo artists. I likeeee all the 90s bands! Blink 182, Five, NSYNC! ah I love NSYNC. Here I am with Mr Joey Fatone himself!! We are secret besties. He just doesn't know it.

11. Something you miss? 

Vegas! With my Wifey Wing. I miss it so bad! I went in 2011 with Katie and Lara and in 2012 with Rachel. Last year I didn't go :( and this year we may not get to go :( but that is definitely something I miss! Plus (very annoyingly) my friend Fran is going there tomorrowwww. SO Jel. That's why it is at the forefront of my mind!

12. Favourite song?

I don't even know if I have one. hmmmm. Fleetwood Mac Everywhere is brilliant

13. How old are you? 

8982 days.... OR....24 years, 30 weeks and 6 days. 

14. Zodiac sign? 


15. Quality you look for in a partner? 

Loyalty and lovingness

16: Favourite Quote? 

Everything happens for a reason
17: Favourite actor? 
Bradley Cooper

18: Favourite colour?


19: Loud music or soft? 


20: Where do you go when you're sad? 

Urr I don't really go anywhere. I usually call my Daddy.

21: How long does it take you to shower?

If I'm not washing my hair, about 10 minutes. If I am washing my hair, shaving my legs etc it takes longer. 20 minutes? 25?

22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? 

45 minutes, but I potter about a bit. 

24: Turn on? 

Strong arms, stubble (but not a beard).

25: Turn off? 

Oh god so many! Bad teeth, bad manners, bad breath, big beards!

26: The reason I joined Youtube/started blogging

I had thought about doing Youtube beauty tutorials for a long time but didn't have the fancy equipment and didn't want them to look amateur. A blog seemed the logical other route, especially as a newly single girl I thought I might have some interesting stories to share.

27: Fears?

Being infertile, being alone...how depressing!

28: Last thing that made you cry?

A conversation with my Daddy (the best Daddy in the world, in case you were wondering!)

29: Last time you said you loved someone? 

To my Daddy on Saturday night. To a boy? In March I think.

30: Meaning behind your Youtube/Blogging Name? 

I used to have a Fun Sponge in my life...now I don't. Pretty obvious.

31: Last book you read? 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It was a bit hard to get into but as soon as I realised what was happening I couldn't put it down. The film is coming out in October, in case you aren't a book person!

32: The book you're currently reading? 

Payback by Kimberley Chambers. This is the sequel to "The Trap". It is all about a kind of "gangster" family in the East End of London in the 70s. A bit trashy and very easy to read.

33: Last show you watched? 

I watched Modern Family on Sunday. Netflix only have up to the end of Season 2 though and I've finished that now :(

34: Last person you talked to? 

I spoke to Fran across the office about 1 minute ago.

35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted? 

I last texted Rachel and it was a discussion about pancakes and coffee ice cubes! Very important things.

36: Favourite food? 

Hmmm. Toad in the Hole. Or pulled pork.

37: Place you want to visit? 

I want to visit Venice and New York and the Seychelles.

38: Last place you were? 

What does that even mean? I am sitting at my desk at work so I'm in Westminster.

39: Do you have a crush?

No. Well maybe a little on Douglas Booth. I know he's a pretty boy but he is pretty attractive. Mostly in the Riot Club (which I can't wait to see) where he is a little more bad boy than pretty boy!

40: Last time you kissed someone? 

That is a secret...

41: Last time you were insulted?

I haven't really been insulted recently....

42: Favourite flavour of sweet?


43: What instruments do you play? 

I used to play the flute. I wanted to play the harp and my parents said it was too big...probably a fair point!

44: Favourite piece of jewellery? 

The diamond leaf ring my Daddy bought me.

45: Last sport you played?

I am so not a sport player. I probably played croquet last summer. That is about the only sport I'm good at!

46: Last song you sang?

Heaven is a place on earth! I really don't know why that is in my head.

47: Favourite chat up line?

Can I Slytherin your Chamber of Secrets....Brilliant

48: Have you ever used it? 
One of my best friends Oli and I always exchange Valentine's Day cards. I made him one covered in Harry Potter inappropriate chat up lines

49: Last time you hung out with anyone? 

Last night I went out for dinner with Fran and Abi. But then we "hang out" at work too!

50: Who should answer these questions next? 

I nominate Jessica Ann Martin http://jessicaannmartin.blogspot.co.uk/ and IamAneesha http://iamaneesha.blogspot.co.uk/ to answer these!

Five Guys vs ShakeShack

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

As I said in my Sister Sleepover Blog ( http://lifewithoutafunsponge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/a-sister-sleepover.html ) Jess and I visited Five Guys last Sunday.

Five Guys is an American style Burger place in Covent Garden/Leicester Square. I swear Burgers have been the new trend in London in 2014. Burger places seem to pop up everywhere, all in competition with each other.

I am not really a burger person. I don't like those thick burgers that you get on the BBQ and I've never even tried a McDonalds Burger. (Mostly because I don't like cheese and therefore the temptation has never been there).

However, when I was in LA a few years ago I tried an In-N-Out burger. It was thin, the bun was squishy and it felt like naughty delicious food. English burgers seem to be more like the big BBQ ones.

I was interested to see how the "American burgers in England" compared against the "American Burgers in America".

Last Sunday we visited Five Guys for one reason and one reason only....They have these CocaCola Freestyle Machines which allow you to have any fizzy drink and add any flavour. We found these in Florida and I literally became a cherry and vanilla coke addict. Vanilla Coke is good. Cherry Coke is good. TOGETHER is a whole new level.

So we went in, got our drinks, drunk our drinks, got free refills and then felt peckish. I'd been to ShakeShack before (in Covent Garden market) but Jess hadn't experienced their burgers before. We got the best of both worlds and took our Cherry Vanilla Cokes to ShakeShack.

At ShakeShack you queue up and pick the type of burger you want. They looked down on us a bit for bringing our own drinks but heyho. You are then given a plastic device and when it buzzes you go and collect your food.

I want for a ShackBurger with no cheese. It is described as "100% Aberdeen Angus Beef, grass fed on Scottish pastures. A cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato and shacksauce" (basically a mayonnaise).

It was pretty good, but a bit big and meaty for my taste, not like the thin ones I had in America at all.... the chips were good though. I like crinkly chips.

The pro of ShakeShack is that they serve wine. I think that is a definite plus!

Also they serve Concretes...this is dense frozen custard blended at high speed with "mix ins".

Mix ins include marshmallow sauce, peanut butter, brownie chunks, chocolate chunks, strawberry puree, fudge sauce, fruit etc etc.

A few months ago I had the "Concrete Jungle" Vanilla custard, marshmallow sauce, fresh banana and peanut butter sauce! It was GOOD!

My recommendation would be go to shake shack for wine and a concrete. Skip the burgers. But don't skip the concretes! They also do treats for dog so you can take your pet with you!

This Sunday (I feel a theme developing) I visited Five Guys with my Uncle Bill, as we were going to the cinema in Leicester Square at 2pm. I had the Little Bacon Burger with mayo, ketchup, lettuce, and grilled mushrooms:

And Uncle Bill had the Bacon Cheeseburger with BBQ sauce and grilled onions:

Now I was impressed. Not only did I get my Cherry Vanilla Coke, but I got a thin delicious burger with mushrooms on...who would have thought, mushrooms on a burger is GENIUS.

 The difference between a "Little" Burger and a "Regular" Burger is that a little burger is just one "patty" aka actual meat burger in your bun. The Regular Burger is two. I felt that the Little Burger was enough for me personally.

The bacon in both our burgers was perfect crisp streaky American bacon, not like when you have bacon in an English burger and it is back bacon that is cooked to be pink not crispy. You can also pick as many toppings as you want on your burger:

I disagree with you Jess (who said ShakeShack's burger and chips were better) I preferred Five Guys. Plus their chips (which were a huge portion) were those kind of soft squishy chips which I really like.

I think if I had a choice I would go for a Five Guys burger and chips, a Five Guys drink (Uncle Bill tried the Raspberry Sprite, also very good!) and then a Concrete from ShakeShack. Maybe the solution is to go to Five Guys for lunch and ShakeShack for pudding?!

My vote is therefore for Five Guys. Hands down!!

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