Saturday, 30 May 2015

DIY Comic Book Shoes

With the Summer holidays having arrived, I have finally found time to make something that has been on my ‘to do’ list for a shamefully long time (probably as long as I have had this blog). After seeing a picture of comic book shoes on Pinterest, I knew I HAD to make some and, thanks to Primark stocking Marvel themed products for some time, including wrapping paper, I thankfully did not have to find and destroy any poor comic books. The marvel products are no longer stocked in Primark I believe so yes, that wrapping paper had been sitting on my shelf for quite a while waiting to be used – damn university for getting in the way of my whims! Do my lecturers not realise that shoes are far more important that assignments?

DIY Comic Book Shoes


The shoes used in this project were plain black heels from Primark which set me back £10. I had been keeping an eye out in charity shops for ones I could use, which would have been even more cost effective, but unfortunately I’m far too fussy when it comes to shoes. The material of the shoes is also of importance. The shoes I used were faux suede, meaning they have more rigidity than cloth but would soak in the glue unlike, for example, patent.

To make these shoes, I simply cut the wrapping paper into small pieces and layered it on the shoes with Mod Podge glue. It is important that these pieces are not so small as to prevent the larger characters from being seen, yet not too large or the curvature of the shoe will cause them to wrinkle and fold. I also used Mod Podge (a decoupage glue) rather than PVA as it is stronger and, unlike PVA, it will not begin to peel after time. Some websites advise ‘making’ decoupage glue by adding water to PVA glue but this doesn’t really work; all you’ll be achieving is watering it down and it will still peel! As Mod Podge is an American brand, I ordered mine of Amazon, but really any decoupage glue will do. The glue also acts as a sealant so after sticking the wrapping paper on to the shoes, I painted two thin layers of glue on top, allowing time for drying between applications.

DIY Comic Book Shoes

DIY Comic Book Shoes

Finally – the soles. These were the product of a terrible waste of nail polish (I didn’t realise quite how much it would use) and a lot of time. I chose to paint the soles different colours to give them even more of a quirky twist, and painted 2-3 layers in order to achieve a rather opaque colour. This obviously leaves the soles very smooth and slippery, so I’d recommend rubbing the sole with a nail file or something similar in order to create a rough surface and thus some grip. Also, bare in mind that these soles are in no way going to last forever, so expect to leave little red or blue patches wherever you walk!

What craft projects have you been making recently? Would you wear comic book shoes?

P.S. Apologies for the awful photos, my camera is off for repairs.

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Monday, 18 May 2015

Limited Edition KISStick

Today’s review is one I am excited to share with you, being of a newly released and limited edition lipstick I was able to snag ahead of the release date on the 20th May!

Let’s begin with a little background information about KISS Cosmetics before we get onto the lipstick itself. KISS is a new brand for 2015 but, during its development, was already fully establishing itself in the blogging world, drawing on feedback from a variety of beauty bloggers whilst in the process of designing its packaging and products. The pricing of their products is of a typical high street price, and all are comprised of cruelty free ingredients –  no animal testing here!

Osculate Orchid KISStick Review

Although 10 shades of ‘KISSstick’ are already for sale on their website, but ‘Osculate Orchid’ will be available as a limited edition shade on the 20th of May. As a purple shade with fuchsia undertones, it is a very daring colour, even for a lover of bold lipstick such as I! However, despite the idea of a purple lipstick being rather daunting, KISS describes it as a “fail safe” for captivating lips and has designed it to suit all skin undertones, meaning there’s no fear of looking like an alien, no matter your skintone. Although I cannot speak to the validity of this claim, I have certainly found it to suit my own skin tone perfectly (which, for the record, is a deathly pale one and thus difficult to cater to). I certainly think such an unusual shade is a must-have for anyone’s collection, and such a bright fuchsia shade is the perfect way to rock a bold lip in the Summer months.

In terms of pricing, this lipstick is fairly standard for an every-day high street lipstick, retailing at £7; not an incredible bargain but certainly nothing that shall break the bank. However, in terms of value for money, it is certainly a must have, being a well pigmented lipstick with a beautiful satin finish. The lasting power was also impressive as it did not bleed, and even stained my lips slightly, meaning it stayed put throughout the day with minimal touch-ups. The picture below really doesn't do the colour payoff justice! In person, it's slightly bright and with much more of a fuchsia hue.

Osculate Orchid KISStick Review

Head on over to the KISSCosmetics website after the 20th May to grab this limited edition lipstick and check out their 10 other gorgeous shades whilst you’re there!

Would you dare to wear such a bold shade this Summer?

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Nail Art with Born Pretty

Although I am sad to say I have little time to spend on something to intricate and time-consuming nowadays, not to mention my nails never seem to be long enough, nail art has always been something I enjoy doing and showing off. Come on, surely I’m not the only one that, after painting little ladybirds on my nails, has waved my hand around in front of peoples’ faces at every opportunity in the hopes that they will remark on my nails so that I can say “oh, these? I forgot I’d painted them. It just took a few minutes last night.” Oh, the blatant lies!

Born Pretty Nail Brush Set Review


In order to get those intricate designs perfect on such a tiny canvas, especially when attempting to paint them on your right hand, nail art tools are imperative. This gorgeous little 7 piece set of nail art brushes and a dotting tool from Born Pretty encompass everything one would need for only £2.89. However, if you find using such tools a bit too fiddly or, like me, find little time to use them, Born Pretty also have a large range of nail stamping plates in their own designs, such as those pictured, or some sneaky dupes of the lovely yet pricey Konad ones.

This set features a good range of brushes, including a dotting tool and two stripers. The various sizes of brushes are suitable for the creation of both intricate designs and solid blocks of colour. I particularly love using the fan brush for creating streaks or layers of colour, and often use it to layer a streak of gold polish over a deep pink shade. The brushes are a little to clean but this would very much be the case with any nail art brushes as, let’s face it, nail polish is so difficult to clean off! I certainly recommended using acrylic paints rather than nail varnish for this reason. My only criticism of this set would really be that I’d prefer there to be multiple dotters of different sizes as I love dots and polka dots and sport them quite often.

Born Pretty Stamping Plates Review


The specific stamping plates featured in this post are BP-10 and BP-17 which are priced at only £1.95 each. Unlike many stamping plates which feature small ‘nail sized’ designs, the full nail designs on these plates encompass a large portion of the plate. As a result, they will be suitable for use for those with longer nails. Also, different parts of the design could be placed on different nails for some interesting differentiation. However, one difference which you will notice between these and more expensive nail art plates is that the designs are rather shallow. As a result, they will not pick up for all nail polishes, and you would really be best using those produced specifically for stamping. These polishes can also be bought from Born Pretty at a rather modest cost along with other stamping accessories such as a scraper, stamper, and nail plate case.

As always, if you want to buy these products or any other from Born Pretty, use my code for 10% off! - WRH10

What are your favourite nail tools and stamping plates? What designs would you like to see me recreate on my nails with these tools?

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Friday, 1 May 2015

I'm a bad blogger

This post has been one I have found very difficult to write. Looking at my post archive, I cannot believe I have let two months past without writing a single post. As I have stated in the title of this post, the first for a very long time, I am a bad blogger. 

Why has it been so long? I reached a point where I suppose many bloggers find themselves eventually, wherein I became disillusioned with blogging. Suddenly, blogging becomes a chore and one finds oneself not looking forward to writing as one should but instead having to force oneself to write. That is certainly not an attitude that one should have towards a hobby. 

Not only have I been unable to persuade myself to write, but I have also found myself at a loss regarding what to write. In short, I have been suffering from both reluctance to write, and a lack of inspiration. I would like to blame university and business for my lack of writing but, although it does play a part, it would not be entirely true. Certainly, after writing mountains of assignments, more writing is not at all appealing, regardless of the topic, but I cannot pretend that I haven't had plenty of free time during which I could have been blogging. I simply didn't bother. Days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months until it had reached a point where my blog, that which I had poured so much of myself into, had turned into this ugly great monster at the back of my mind. I would feel guilt for no longer posting, and would not even view the website for fear of what the analytics would reveal.

I missed blogging terribly. I missed my little corner of the internet where I could express myself and write my passions. I missed the pride it gave me, the purpose it gave me, and being able to tell people "I'm a blogger" when they asked after my hobbies. But finally, here I am, and hopefully for good. This first little post is my flag, my little shout into the void. Is anyone still here to read this? I truly hope you are. And if you are, thankyou for sticking with me.

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