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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Planning Our Next UK Family Break

Back to school Half Term

Saturday, 18 October 2014

The Music Brings Me Right Back- Basement Jaxx at O2 Arena



At this time of year, I find myself needing things "to look forward to"- fun things to get me through the dark, wet Winter upon us.




 I love live music and theatre events so booking a few of these dates always cheers me up.  I also start looking out for "what's on" after Christmas, ready for Christmas gifts to give to friends and family - personally I love being gifted an experience to look forward to.  My favourite ever Christmas present was my weekend in Cardiff watching Phantom of the Opera.  It was an amazing experience that I will never forget.

Dave and I had a hard week this week both feeling under the weather, cold, tired and busy at work.  On top of that I've had car and eye trouble (conjunctivitius again!), so I've been forced to spend most of the week in a dark room, which meant Dave had to help out with school runs as well as running a busy business (sorry Dave!).

Anyway, we were both feeling quite defeated and down until Friday (pay day) when Dave decided to bite the bullet and get us tickets to see Slip Knot and Korn in Cardiff.  We have seen them quite a few times before and can't wait to see them again.  A lot of our metal-head friends have also got tickets so it is likely to be quite an experience (read total carnage!).  

As well as musicals and metal I also love different types of music and would go to see many other acts if time and money were no object.

I never really class myself as being a fan of dance music, but once it's on, if it's a good tune, then I just can't help but dance along, releasing endorphins and creating that super happy, feeling.

When we were looking at upcoming music events I noticed that Basement Jaxx Tickets are now available at The O2 Arena on 11th December- ideal for an early Christmas present maybe!



I last saw them live at a festival a while back and when they play tunes like "Do Your Thing" well, you can't help but move your body and err do. your. thing. 




I just know there would be an amazing atmosphere at this gig with everyone dancing, singing and screaming along:  "Where's Your Head At?!" and so much more.



I think their newest single, "Never Say Never" sums it up for me with the line "Music brings me right back...".  

(Ignore the thumbnail- the video is completely different to how it looks!)

It never fails to bring me right back to happy, carefree times and while tickets cost money, the experience is priceless.

Which concert tickets would you love to see in your Christmas Stocking?


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Rimmel Rocky Horror Magenta Halloween Make Up Tutorial

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Halloween Rocky Horror Rimmel Make Up Look




As it's very nearly Halloween, I thought I'd share with you my Rocky Horror Magenta  inspired make up look, using Rimmel make up products which can all be found at your local Boots.  This look is very versatile and can also be used for many Halloween looks.

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look Memories

As most of you know, I am a huge Rocky Horror fan.  I love to see the Live Theatre Shows, attend Picture Show Sing-a-Longs and have Rocky Horror themed nights and parties.  I love dressing up, taking part and the wonderful atmosphere at every Rocky Horror event.  The crowd are always fun, open minded and a little bit naughty, plus we all get to do The Time Warp together which for me can never be a bad thing.


The Shop


Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look


Currently, my make up bag is in crisis and everything needs replacing (thanks for that kids!).  Therefore I had to pick up some new pieces for my Magenta Make Up look.  Luckily, you don't need too many different products to recreate this look and you will get good use out of all of the products again.

We headed to our local Boots store.  The make up section was near the front of the store and we soon found the Rimmel section which I knew had everything I needed and all in great colours and at good prices.

The Products


Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

Pictured above is everything I used to recreate the Magenta look (bar an old blusher which was so empty I chucked it before taking the photo!).

I used:

Rocky Horror Magenta Make Up Tutorial

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

I applied white face paint with a sponge and then blended it using a foundation brush.  I only applied one layer as I wanted a pale look rather than a clown face.

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

Draw on black eyebrows using eyeliner.  Extend them slightly further than your own eyebrows.  Blend using an eyebrow brush or fingers.  


Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

Use an eyeshadow brush to apply Purple Eyeshadow all over the eyelid.  Extend this into the crease of the eye and up to the brow bone in a half moon shape.  Leave a gap between the eyeshadow and the eyebrows.

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

Apply black or brown eyeshadow all over the eyelids and in the crease.

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

Line all the way around the eyes (even in the corners) using Khol Eyeliner.

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

Apply mascara.  I can't use false eyelashes, they really irritate me, so I use a false eyelash effect mascara.  Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara in Extreme Black is great for this.  Apply two coats, allowing it to dry inbetween.  Comb eyelashes with an eyelash comb.

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

Line and fill  lips with a red lip liner pencil.  Apply red lipstick, blot and powder and reapply. 

Use a red lip stain, such as Rimmel Provocolips.  Once dry use the clear stain to set the colour and make sure your red lips last all Halloween night.

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

For Magenta hair in the past I have slept in plaits and then frizzed my hair out the next day, or I have crimped it and frizzed it out, other times I have worn a wig, which I again (you've guessed it!) frizzed out.  

If you are short on time, you can just back comb your hair all over and scrunch it up messily for a Goth French Maid effect.  I love Halloween hair- basically the messier the better!

I also applied a little bit of blusher to create more shape on my otherwise white all over face and a little highlighter at the top of my purple eyeshadow to exaggerate it.


Rocky Horror Halloween Magenta Fancy Dress Rimmel Goth Nail Polish

I did my nails using one layer of Black Cherries (far left) on top of a layer of Black Cab (far right).  This made a very wearable Goth shade, but I love all the colours pictured for Magenta or general Halloween.  Rimmel Glitter Bombs would make amazing nail polish for anyone recreating a Columbia look.

There are great magenta costumes online but as long as you have a little black dress, you can find french maid accessory kits in your local fancy dress shop, add some stockings and suspenders (ooh la la!) and you're done!

Have a great night and always remember my favourite quote from Rocky Horror:

"Don't dream it, be it!"

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Caitlyn turns 6 and a day at Manor Park


Micro Sprite ScooterCaitlyn's 6th Birthday Manor Park Anna's Welsh Zoo Pembrokeshire Wales

International Day of the Girl - Girls Can Be Superheroes Too

International Day of the Girl Lottie Doll Superhero Outfit

In 2011 the United Nations General Council declared 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.  This year, the theme is Empowering Adolescent Girls:  Ending the Cycle of Violence.

International Day of the Girl Lottie Doll Superhero Outfit

Empowering adolescent girls, of course, begins with empowering younger girls and showing them positive female role models.  A Mighty Girl  and The Brave Girl's Alliance are websites  that do their best to show girls both positive real life role models but also to  encourage healthy media characters and products.

International Day of the Girl Lottie Doll Superhero Outfit

UK toymaker, Arklu, is helping to end the dearth of female superheroes available on toy shelves, with the introduction of a NEW superhero outfit, which has been designed by a child for the multi-award-winning Lottie™ doll.
As Lottie Ambassadors, we were sent the "Super Lottie" outfit to put on our Lottie Doll.
The ‘Super Lottie’ outfit is the inspiration of six year old Lily, from Ohio, USA, who created the winning design as part of a global competition, independently judged by the Brave Girls Alliance, earlier in the year.
International Day of the Girl Lottie Doll Superhero Outfit

As part of her entry, Lily was asked to define Super Lottie’s abilities. Lily’s response was one designed to inspire girls who play with Lottie dolls, to acknowledge and embrace their potential, and accept who they are: 


‘Super Lottie has the power to be anything, to do anything, and to make the world a better place. She is unique and special in her own way’.

International Day of the Girl Lottie Doll Superhero Outfit

The competition was a result of a campaign launched to demonstrate that girls can be superheroes too.  A poll conducted among parents, demonstrated a severe lack of female representation in the world of super-powers, where of the top female superhero characters popularised by comic creators and film-makers, not one could be identified by 100% of respondents. In stark contrast, four male superhero characters could be identified by 100% of respondents; Superman, Spiderman, Batman and Hulk.

I asked my own children to name their own favourite Superheroes to play with.  They named Batman, Spiderman, Superman and Wonder Woman and all agreed that there should be more female superhero characters available.  I admit our dressing up box is mainly made up of male superheroes, although these are always mixed and matched and used to create their own new superhero characters anyway.



International Day of the Girl Lottie Doll Superhero Outfit

We couldn't wait to dress our Lottie in this new outfit.


International Day of the Girl Lottie Doll Superhero Outfit

From Butterfly Protector to Superhero!

International Day of the Girl Lottie Doll Superhero Outfit

International Day of the Girl Lottie Doll Superhero Outfit

Girls can be superheroes too! 



Lottie dolls became the first fashion dolls to display childlike characteristics; a healthy childlike body shape, childlike clothing (no make-up, high heels, tattoos, etc) and wholesome activities.  In 2014, Arklu took things a step further by introducing a range of dolls exploring gender empowering, adventurous themes. Lottie dolls can also stand on their own two feet, just as we encourage our own children to.

International Day of the Girl Lottie Doll Superhero Outfit



Commenting on the winning design, Lucie Follett, Creative Director at Arklu, says: “It’s great to see how the Lottie message ‘Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You’ has been listened to and interpreted by kids all over the world. Girls WILL be superheroes in 2014!”
 Nancy Gruver of Brave Girls Alliance says: "All of the entries showed the strong voices and powerful ambitions girls have, and we are very excited to see the awesome winning outfit available to purchase globally!" 
 Lily’s mother, Greta, continues: “Lily loves superheroes and art! She likes to play superheroes at recess… usually with the boys because the other girls won’t. We’re excited to see the reaction by other girls to Lily’s creation and hope that it brings great fun and enjoyment, as well as open their minds to the world of superpowers”.

International Day of the Girl Lottie Doll Superhero Outfit

Rebecca decided to draw herself as a Superhero with her very own "R for Rebecca" Superhero Cloak.  Her superpower is to "Be kind and helpful whenever needed."  This sums up Rebecca very well and being kind and helpful can be very powerful traits.

International Day of the Girl Lottie Doll Superhero Outfit



Welcome Super Lottie- the World can never have too many superheroes!


"On this International Day of the Girl Child, I call on all governments to take action to end all forms of violence against girls in all parts of the world. Together, we must create a world where violence against women and girls is never tolerated and girls are always empowered to reach their full potential. "
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


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