Saturday, 31 December 2011

New Years Eve Makeover

I'm leaving 2011 on a high by treating a dear friend to a vintage inspired makeover. I love being creative so couldn't wait to get started. I filmed a little bit of footage too. Hopefully my debut will be shown on YouTube at a computer near you soon!
Caught doing my intro!


There's nothing like being on the last minute! I promised myself ages ago to invest in some decent curling tongs. However, leaving it until New Years Eve to search for some probably isn't the best idea for someone usually so organised .
Babyliss Pro Stylist Dial-a-Heat Tongs

Lucky for me a beauty wholesaler in Wigan was open for business, so I armed myself with the latest curling tongs, hair sprays and a variety of hair grips. I've been studying my Vintage Hairstyling book lately. Mainly because I'm going on a course in January and I want to be prepared.

'Vintage Hairstyling' by Lauren Rennells
This fabulous book is jam packed with a choice of beautiful retro looks that, as a novice stylist, I am happy to report, are quite easy to follow.
'For The Boys' our choice for this makeover
Here's my friend as she arrives. She's naturally pretty but we wanted GLAMOUR .... especially for New Years Eve!
Natural beauty
First step: Hair! I decided against rollers (as per book instructions), firstly because I didn't have time to dampen the hair and wait for it to dry in rollers and secondly, I'd just bought new curling tongs and wanted to use them.
Roll and secure with pins
Second Step: Makeup! It's glamour all the way. A 1950s classic look. Winged eyeliner, beauty mark and Rockette Red lippy from Rockalily.
Concealer Pencil from Susan Posnick
I used Navy Liquid Eyeliner from E.L.F
  • Foundation - L'Oreal Infallible, Porcelain. 
  • Pressed Powder - Jane Iredale, Pure Matte
  • Powder Blush  - Jane Iredale, Barely Rose. 
  • Eyebrows - Jane Iredale, Black/Brown Cream to Powder
  • Eyeshadow - Jane Iredale, EyeSteppes (for brown eyes)
  • Individual Eyelashes (on the outer corners only)
Left side!
Right side!
Rear of the Year!
My work is done! I hope you like the finished results. I'd love to hear your comments. All the best to one and all. Here's to a happy, healthy and not forgetting glamourous 2012!
Ciao Bellas! xx

PS If you'd like a vintage makeover please take a look at my website Kitty Wink Vintage

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

2011 Photo Highlights

January - The year begins with my 46th birthday. Some people worry about getting older but I embrace it. I've never felt better ... and anyway, what's the alternative!?
Andy and I learned to jive .... well I did ;) hehe!
February - Mum and Dad celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary.
For me, spending time with my family is always a great boost. We always have a laugh ... happy days!
March - More work on my tattoo... Jason at Black Dog Tattoos
April - Spent some track time with lovely Neil Hodgson (2000 and 2003 British Superbike Champion).
Added a fabby new treatment to my beauty menu - Elight (Intense Pulsed Light and Radio Frequency) for hair removal amongst other things. Organised a promotional event for the new treatment as a fund raiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
May - Went brunette ...
Organised a charity motorbike event - Breast Way Round England for Macmillan Cancer Support.
June - My first Vintage Fair at the Armitage Centre, Fallowfield.
Attended a Cystic Fibrosis Trust fundraiser with Mum and Dad ...
Spent even more track time with Neil Hodgson.
My first ever burlesque night watching the striking Anna Fur Laxis who went on to win 1st runner-up in the Miss Exotic World Competition in Las Vagas.
July - Yet more work on my tattoo ...
Helped students at Urmston Grammar School with their end of term 1960s fashion show.
August - More with Neil .... can you see a theme here!?
 ... and a fun time at the Ulster GP in the rain :)
Went to see Biscuithead and the Buscuit Badgers at Matt & Phreds, Manchester .... very cool and whacky!
September - Spent some track time with Nial Mackenzie (British Superbike Champion three times from 1996 to 1998), a great instructor.
October - A quiet month so here's a nice photo of me and Andy out for dinner.
Emerald Ball in Kilmarnock for Macmillan Cancer Support ...
November - Out of action most of this month due to a hospital stay but now fighting fit :))
December - Had the priviledge of meeting Terry Byrne (on the left). A true inspiration!
Attended Vintage & Craft Fairs galore and shopped till I dropped!
Much has changed - all for the better, including my image! I introduced many new salon treatments including Chemical Peels and Skin Needling. I met so many inspiring and talented people. It's been a great year!
What's in store for 2012?
Plans already underway for a vintage photo shoot and a trip to Southampton to do a 'Vintage Hairstyling for the Camera' course. Plus! I've orgainised a Network Group for vintage inspired businesses. Our first meeting is in January. Find out more here. There's much to look forward to and I can't wait!
47th year!?
Bring it on!