Colorful Festival Hair & Makeup! ♡ DIY Pink, Purple & Blue Hair Extensions

STUFF USED:
Splat Colorizer Five Minute Color Toning Conditioner in Bossy Blue
Splat Colorizer Five Minute Color Toning Conditioner in Violet Vixen
Splat Colorizer Five Minute Color Toning Conditioner in Pushy Pink
Cheap Trademe Superior Hair Extensions
Bare Minerals Prime Time
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Kexyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer
LA Girl Pro Conceal
MAC Studio Fix Powder
DB Pro Contour Kit www.dbcosmetics.co.nz/contour-kit
Guerlain Terra Tropica Bronzer
BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo Palette
Makeup Revolution Rose Gold Metal Shadow
Colourpop Gel Liner in Piggy Bank, Descanso
Makeup Geek Chit Chat Eyeshadow
MAC Blacktrack
Urban Decay Chill Setting Spray
xoBeauty The Chic Eyelashes
Ardell Lash Glue Latex Free
Max Factor Glamour Extensions Mascara
Chi Chi Brow Pomade
Eyeko Brow Gel
Jeffree Star Im Nude Liquid Lipstick
Gerard Cosmetics Ballet Slipper Hydra Matte
Benefit Brow Bling
3CE Eyeliner in Wow Pink

BRUSHES USED:
xoBeauty
Blender Sponge (COMING SO SOON!!)
Tapered Eye Brush
Powder Brush
Medium Face Brush
Dense Fibre Brush
Contour Fan Brush
Tapered Fibre Brush
Crease Blender Brush
Eyeshadow Brush
Shimmer Fan Brush
Girlactik Angled Liner Brush
Eyeliner Brush
Eyebrow Groomer Brush

A Week To Go: Wedding Planning Reflections & Contemplating The Loss Of My Surname

So after months of planning, prepping, organising, faffing and decision making, the wedding is only a week away. How the hell did that happen? The last thing I can remember thinking was that we still had plenty of time, and then the next thing I know it’s around the corner and I’m starting to develop mild anxiety about table plans and confetti shots. As we step closer to this huge event and getting all our loved ones in a singular place, I’ve been very much reflecting upon the process as a whole and what this next chapter in my life means. There’s nothing like the world’s most expensive party to bring out the best and worst in people, and work as a catalyst to make you realise what the most important things to you are; everyone will (rather annoyingly after a while) try to give you advice or suggestions, but no matter how well meaning they are the only thing that matters is what you want and that you’re happy with what you create. After all, this day is about you and your partner and celebrating the fact that you’ve found each other. Nothing else.

The biggest learning for me during this whole process hasn’t been the fact that I really don’t care for formality and ceremony (we’ve cut as much of that out of our day as possible in favour of spending more time eating Krispy Kremes or at the bar,) but that people are (generally speaking) pretty damn selfish. I’ve had some amazing people around me during the last six months or so that have been incredibly supportive and encouraged us to do whatever makes us happy, but we’ve also had so much pressure from other people to accommodate their requests, requirements or ego. They’ve forgotten along the line that this day is about Josh and I – not them. It’s been hard to bite our tongues, play along with the politics and keep to our guns about decisions we’ve made (and I know it will pay off on the day,) but it doesn’t make it any easier to digest along the way.

They say wedding planning is one of the most stressful things you’ll ever experience, and I have to admit I was pretty chilled and cocky about the whole event up until very recently. We knew what we wanted and booked everything within the first couple of months of being engaged, meaning that we could just enjoy the process rather than worrying about playlists or table decorations. However, in the last six weeks that’s all totally changed; as we’ve had to nail down all the details, order all the bits and pieces and pay all the invoices, it’s all come at once and lead to many a sleepless night. There’s so much you have to leave to the last minute that I guess it’s inevitable (our table plan changed about six times the day before we needed to send it off to the printer!) and with a week to go I still have so many of the little things to tick off our list. (Send help – I have 80 favours to bag up tonight.)

On to lighter topics, what’s been the most fun is coming up with the quirky details that will really make our day our own. From personalised M&Ms, to donuts instead of canapes, a Busted tribute band and playing our favourite movie during dinner instead of background music (plus a few things I don’t want to spoil ahead of the day!) weddings don’t have to be cookie cutter or tick boxes; they have to be a reflection of who you are as a couple. Josh and I are kids at heart with a love for sweet treats, pizza and Sci-Fi, so it would feel foreign to have a super formal event. I’m literally SO excited to have such a fun day and do all the things that make us happy, with all the people we love in one place.

What’s surprised me most about these last days though has been the fact I’m starting to mourn the loss of my last name. For 34 years I’ve been Hayley Carr and with that moniker I’ve achieved a lot and have learned even more about who I am; I’ve performed on stage, passed all my exams, been to university, met some amazing friends, established a successful career, traveled the world, launched my own business, won awards and kissed many frogs before I finally found my prince. It’s been the name I signed when receiving deliveries, the name I earned my money as, the name I launched this blog under, the name on my trophies and associated with all my achievements. Even so, it’s never been a name I’ve particularly liked; my surname has always been ugly to me and one I couldn’t wait to get rid of (I don’t have a great relationship with my dad, so it’s not like I’m keen to keep it on to cement my relationship with that side of the family.) But as I step closer towards dropping it for good it’s definitely made me think.

There’s so much debate around the choices women make when they get married (to drop your own name or keep it for eternity?) but for me it’s never even been a question: get rid of the name and adopt a new one as soon as you can! I can’t wait to be Hayley Hall (and not only because it sounds a bit like a superhero and I love a bit of alliteration,) but that doesn’t stop me from thinking about leaving behind my old persona and adopting a new one. My current surname is one I share with my mum and my sister, who are the most important people in my live outside of my husband-to-be; for so many years we’ve been a triangle of strength and impenetrability, so it does make me a little sad to leave that behind in name even if not in life. I never thought twice about the change of name, but as I leave Miss Hayley Carr behind and become Mrs Hayley Hall it sounds hugely unfamiliar and a little bit scary. Although the rational part of me knows it’s just a name, the emotional part of me is a little sad to say goodbye.

As my calendar countdown now moves into single digits, I’m so blooming excited to get all pampered and preened ahead of the big day – and even more excited to slip into my dress (which makes me feel like a princess, even though I was adamant I didn’t want to feel like a priness!) and pop open a bottle of champagne. I’m so excited to stand outside our ceremony room with butterflies in my tummy, waiting to walk in and say our vows so we can become a fully fledged unit of Halls forever more. I’m so ruddy excited to spend the day seeing all my favourite people, eating our favourite food and dancing to our favourite music. I’m so excited to make memories we’ll cherish forever and for all the photos that will capture them uniquely. But most of all, I’m excited to be a wife and for this next chapter of my life with the guy that feels like was made specifically for me in every way. (I’m also pretty excited for the morning after breakfast and day in the spa nursing a hangover.)

Bring on October 5th 2017.

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Last-Minute Halloween Makeup!

How is it already the end of October!? We were in full-on Halloween panic mode earlier this week, which went like this: FREAKOUT, stress-tears, pints of ice cream and then finally… a few ideas! This year, we’re using they’re real! push-up liner—a staple in our makeup bags anyway—to craft a few quirky costumes. It’s the perfect matte-black formula to double as eyeliner AND face paint (who knew?)—plus it’ll last in one of those all-night Halloween dance-a-thons (Hocus Pocus reference!). Here are 5 last-minute costume ideas using they’re real! liner:

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CRAZY CAT EYE LADY
She’s a hot mess with a fervor for felines—but her winged liner is ALWAYS on point! The outfit & hair are super easy—frumpy, messy, cat lady style. But it’s really all about the cat eye.

Get your they’re real! push-up liner out, and prepare yourself to make the most gorgeous cat eye you’ve ever laid eyes on. Use the liner to pull a wing out about ½ of an inch past the outer corner of your eye, making sure that it follows your bottom lash line. To anchor the wing, pull it in underneath your eye just a little bit, so that the wing looks totally feline.

Pro Tip: Put a light line of high beam underneath your wings and blend into skin to sharpen & highlight for cat eyes that totally pop! Don’t forget to top your look off with a few layers of they’re real! mascara for plush, bold lashes. And voilá—you’re a totally hilarious crazy cat eye lady!

DAY OF THE DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS
We love the sugar skull look, and it’s super easy with all the tools already in your makeup case. All you need is hello flawless! powder a few shades lighter than you, they’re real! push-up liner and a concealer brush. First, layer on the too-light powder to create a base. Then, twist your liner a few more times than normal to get gel at the tip, then dab on your brush. Using short strokes, paint the liner around your eyes to create those deep-set features. Then, use the liner pen to draw designs on your face—scars, floral designs, etc.

A totally on-trend design you can wear for Halloween or the day after for Day of the Dead.

SUPER MOD-EL
Twiggy is a gorgeous, iconic look that plays up your eyes—plus you can rock any ’60s dress you find at the thrift shop. Start with a minimalistic base (think light foundation and a little bit of soft pink dandelion for the cheeks). Then use they’re real! push-up liner to draw lashes on your eyelids for a dramatic mod look.

WILD THANG
Another one that we’re seeing all over the place (and loving!) is the cheetah look (think cheetah print on your face)! Apply a base of creaseless cream shadow in my two cents to your cheekbones and forehead. Then draw cheetah spots over it with they’re real! push-up liner, adding creaseless cream shadow in bronze have more fun to add dimension. Then, top it off with a little black nose. Adorable and easy!

BANGIN’ BLACK WIDOW
Our last throw-it-together look is a sultry spider. This is a great one because it’s easy, sexy and allows for a certain amount of creativity—for the artistic benebabe. Throw on your sexiest LBD, and then go crazy with sharp, opaque, black branch-like patterns all around the eye area with they’re real! liner. Think cat eyes on steroids!

And with that, the panic is officially over. Tell us, gorgeous, what are you going as this year?

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Imprify Photo Books – Photo Albums

Imprify Photo Books – Photo Albums

Create a stunning photobook with your most cherished memories in less than 5 minutes, then, share it instantly with your friends through the free App or, you can order a high-quality printed, photo book that will be delivered to your doorstep in only 3 days.