Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Monday, 30 December 2013
Sunday, 29 December 2013
Saturday, 28 December 2013
First up I chose these foils. My eye was drawn to the doves on the end. Sadly my nails are not long enough to reach those... in some cases they weren't even long enough for the 2nd pattern either.
They were really tricky take off their backing - which I'm sure is a good sign for the promised 11 day wear. Alas this didn't seem to transfer as well to my nail.
I'm starting to wonder if my nails are a tad on the curved side, as this is an issue I also had with the Avon stickers. Even using a cuticle pusher I still had some ripples and bubbles where the foil refused to adhere to my nail bed correctly.
So I took the 2 smallest stickers and added them to my pinkie finger nails and gave the rest a couple of coats of Barbara Daly nail polish in Scarlet. I think it works rather well.
I doubt I'll be buying foils for my fingernails, however I am still willing to try them on my toenails as I know that they are much flatter across the board and probably a much better canvas for the product.
Friday, 27 December 2013
Thursday, 26 December 2013
So I donned a shiny smokey eye, a hot pink lip and a textured top knot for some extra height. Plus, I find when I have to bend over to see to my kids that having my hair down is a bit of a hindrance.
To make this look I used the following products:
Avon's BB cream in Nude, MUA blush in Shade 01, Avon's Lash & Line, Glimmerstick eyeliner in Blackest Black, Color trend lipstick in ???? and GOSH's eyebrow palette, the wax is a god send.
For my eyes I used the MUA Immaculate Collection Palette, I covered the eye in the white, the bottom lid with the silver and smoked out with the darker grey. For more depth I added the teal to the inner corner.
Tuesday, 24 December 2013
As a child, mum and I used to spend Christmas at my grandparents house. So when mum finished work we would dress our tree at home, wrap our gifts then go down to their house. Where we would decorate their tree and wrap some more gifts. Then we'd go to a Christingle service in town.
I would wake up Christmas morning, mum and gran would have already put the turkey in the oven. There would be a selection of cold meats and pickles on the table for breakfast. Pork pie and pate for breakfast how decadent can you get?
My uncle would arrive later and we would all have dinner. Not a lot changed over the years, first my uncle got married, so my aunt, cousin and later 3 cousins would also come for dinner. As we all grew the venue changed to my uncle's house in a nearby village. When I became a teenager I no longer slept at my gran's house and the traditional breakfast changed into bacon sandwiches at home with mum.
One year we even had Christmas in a pub, that one I approved of - even though I was driving.
Then things changed again, mum died. I lived with my mum, Christmas 2001 I got engaged and my now husband moved in. Gran and grandad began to spend Christmas day with my Aunt and Uncle and their great-grandchildren.
Then at Christmas 2005 I was poorly, and pregnant, and on a ward in a hospital in York. My first son was born December 28th. Pretty much against his will. As I recovered he got sicker. Surprisingly not my favourite Christmas in memory, that is still when I got my roller boots.
By 2007 we had 2 baby boys at home and the urge for tradition stuck back in, after years of having turkey curry and turkey and bacon sandwiches for Christmas dinner.
Christmas 2009 was the first one without Grandad. Gran continued to have her lunch with my Aunt and Uncle, I started to do a buffet on Boxing Day for my in laws and my gran.
This year is my first one without my grandparents. The first one where I won't step inside the house I visited every Christmas for 36 years where ever I lived in the country, the first one that the new family living there will spend in that house. I won't be doing a Boxing Day buffet.
However, this year I am taking the boys to see Santa, the boys are going to their first pantomime in York, I have dodged the is Santa real questions and watched some of my favourite Christmas films. I have had my Starbucks Red Cup, taken part in making another Christmas special magazine, and gone to Christingle... it's all about the orange, a candle and the sweets you can burn (okay not the definitive meaning of the Christingle, but it's a selling point for getting some into church). There have been works parties, parties with cubs and scouts, sneaky pub visits and familly get togethers.
All I have left to do (at the time of typing) is the Santa Spruce up. The big clean you do before the big guy in red arrives. If you don't have a tidy house/bedroom/clear floor Santa won't come. It's a health and safety issue don't you know! If he can't see the plate of mince pies on the table how can he eat them?
Happy Christmas Everyone.
Monday, 23 December 2013
In my office we have a dress down policy during December. As a whole this is due to the manic shift patterns that we work prior to the festive season.
So this is what I wore on my last official shift of 2013, photos taken in the mirror of our toilets!
Reindeer sweatshirt - Peacocks £12
Skinny Jeans - Yours Clothing £12.50
Animal print canvas shoes: George at Asda (last season)
Glasses: vintage frames
So today I wore:
Eyeshadow: Avon True Colour Healthy Glow
Mascara: Seventeen Maximum Volume Mascara in Black (from Boots)
Eyeliner: SEVENTEEN Eye Kohl soft smudge pencil in Blackest Black.
Brows: GOSH eyebrow kit (I used the blonde one today)
Powder: George Ultra Matte pressed powder No, 1 porcelain.
Blush: Barbra Daly Cheek to Cheek Blush in Petal
lips: Nivea lip butter in Caramel Cream
Sunday, 22 December 2013
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Saturday, 21 December 2013
Our main port of call in Hull was St Stephen's, with a stocking topping up session at Poundland... gosh I know how to live! I even got some adorable garlands to dress the 'subtle' tree this year.
I picked up some more of my favourite Nivea lip balm (the caramel one), not a clue where my last one disappeared to, discovered Nicole by O.P.I. and left sharpish before I tried to buy one of each.
Wandering through the shopping centre my eye was drawn to a chief elf tee in Peacocks just through the door. Totally adorable, shame that work's Christmas Jumper day was on the 13th December! Then I spotted this piece of retro, almost Americana gorgeousness. A creamy white thin sweatshirt with vibrant red arms and trim and a cute embellished fair isle reindeer. Guess what I'm going to be wearing to work soon.
Then I heard the call of the wild, well the call of the Starbucks at least. I got my first eggnog latte of the season. A venti at that, the Hubby did well. On the way back home we called by McDonalds and got the Festive Deluxe. I'm not the biggest McD's burger fan, however this one really did hit the spot. The fries however... least said.
The winning parts of this burger was marriage of the smoked bacon, peppered mayonnaise and bbq glaze (oh and cheese, American cheese is one of my guilty good pleasures).
Is anyone else craving vegetables yet?
This going to be a picture heavy but short.
Freshly baked pastries. Bought from Langlands Farm Shop and baked this morning by my fair self.
Traditional lunch. A mix of Turkey and Pork with potatoes, swede, apple & onion stuffing and Yorkshire pudding.
Baileys coffee & slice of Christmas cake.
Cherry & Baileys liqueur chocolates.
Friday, 20 December 2013
Question is... did mine look like this after I stuck them on? How easy are they to apply? How long will they last and look good for?
So far I have had mine on for 5 days. They've not exactly been looked after... That is once I got them on.
As directed I cleaned and dried my nails. Chose the appropriate-sized sticker for each nail and trimmed them to fit. I peeled the strong plastic backing off and attached the thin sticker to the nail. They went on easily with little bubbling and smoothed out well. Then as directed, I smoothed it over the end of my nail and then filed the ends of to shape to fit.
I did this for both hands. It was quick and easy and looked really good.
Then I had a couple of problems with the left hand. It appears that on the batch I got there was a lack of glue. Some of the stickers just slid off my fingers. So I cleaned my nails with acetone and did a little buffing/scuffing up of the nail bed and reapplied 3 stickers. This seems to have done the trick they've not budged much since then.
So what sort of wear have I had? Well, there was the party on Saturday night, not counting the accidental scorching the palm of my right hand on my turning tongs. Ouch... lots of holding under cold water ran over that hand, followed by drying then repeating, I washed up (without the aid of rubber gloves) after a party for 20 children! I've done the usual mum thing of picking up, cleaning and other generalness.
Now they look like this...
I already have some other nail stickers added to my next Avon order, not to mention some others I have found on eBay too.
You can buy these stickers here in the current campaign
Thursday, 19 December 2013
It's super soft, with the sheep's fleece being an eyelash yarn and a scoop neck. It will keep me nice and warm and snuggly.
I picked up these fantastic penguin ear muffs on a stall in Coney Street, and have pretty much been attached to my ears ever since. Blooming ear ache, one year I'll manage to not get sick either on the run up to, or on, Christmas.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Friday, 13 December 2013
I've sat and wondered about topics and themes. Not one thing came to me, many things did. So all I can say is this is going to be a place where my flights of fancy exist.
Some days I can think of nothing but make up, other days I obsess over a book. So overall here will be where I post just what I have done and fancy doing. Hence calling it What BeeBee Did. In essence I'm rebranding. Twitter and Instagram are following suit as well.
Sit tight for a magical mystery tour of my mind.