2015: The Highlight Reel – part two

2015: The Highlight Reel – part two

Highlight reel2This is part two of my post summarising what was, in many ways, a very sparkly and wonderful year for MumptyStyle!  You can read the first part here.

Herewith, Mumpty’s highlight reel – part two;

In which I purchased and reviewed my Erstwilder Oscar Wildenfox brooch, purchased from the darling Pinned on You; did a Pinup Wishlist; followed a week in the CRAZY-BUSY life of The Danger Doll; did a “lip-off” between Jeffree Star and LimeCrime; did a Five Iconic Shoes post; and casually interviewed The Cherry Dollface (gulp!) about being aTudor geek and stuff!
Most popular post: A Week in the Life of The Danger Doll
My favourite pic:

The Cherry Dollface – with her Christmas tree decorations, of which Mumpty is insanely jealous!

In which I interviewed the fabulous Margarita Bloom about her potions and lotions; my little blog had it’s first birthday (whoop, whoop!) and we did a wee prize-giving; did a post on the random search terms people used to arrive at MumptyStyle and featured letters from Marilyn Monroe.
Most popular post: You really should be at Bananarama.
My favourite pic:

All I want

In which I ran a feature called Selfie September which culminated in a Selfie September Mashup; and featured Miss Mollie Tov; Mumpty; Miss Monique Sweet; Bethany Starr; Michelle; Amber Bambi; Alexie RicRac; Madam Mutiny; Courtney & Poss; Beth Stapleton and Miss Cherry Lashes.  I also reviewed the Amy Winehouse documentary.
Most popular post: Selfie September: Beth Stapleton
My favourite pic:

Courtney & Poss
Courtney & Poss

In which I reviewed the SauceBox Creme de la Creme eyeshadow palette; reposted about my incredible friends; did Five Fabulous Frocks on Friday; did Doing, Wanting, Reading, Eating (part 3) and oh, had a birthday!
Most popular post: LimeCrime -v- Jeffree Starr
My favourite pic:

Dita in THAT frock
The incomparable Dita von Teese in THAT FROCK by Zac Posen

In which I pretended to be a beauty blogger and reviewed the Manuka Doctor facial peel; Only Good body wash and The Manizer Sisters palette by The Balm.  I also reviewed Crazy Diamond @ The Meteor and wrote about how to avoid fakes when buying vintage Louis Vuitton.
Most popular post: LimeCrime -v- Jeffree Starr (again!)
My favourite pic:

The spectacular Honey Suckle

In which I did my Highlight Reels (of which this is part two – and here is part one); did my first Get Ready With Me (the Bettie Rage edition); reviewed Bring on Burlesque at The Riverlea Theatre and Cirlesque at The Hamilton Gardens; did a review on Serioxyl and did my Christmas lust list.
Most popular post: Burlesque:Cirlesque
My favourite pic:

Polly Filla
The stupendous Miss Polly Filla

Oh yes – and this is also the month Mumpty discovered filters on Instagram and looked like a deer in the headlights (but an oh-so-delightfully-filtered-deer!)


Sparkle like it’s a 2015 summary …


2015: The Highlight Reel – part one

2015: The Highlight Reel – part one

Highlight reel

It’s been a busy year on MumptyStyle, so I decided I’d summarise it via a “highlight reel” of what happened in my little corner of the blogosphere this year.

Doing all twelve months in one post would be just TOO long, so I’ve done the first six months in one, and the last six months in another – cos I’m tricky like that!

So … herewith, highlight reel – part one (you can read part two here😉

In which I reviewed Burlesque at the Nivara Lounge; blabbered about what I’d buy if I had $800 to spend at LUSH; did my first Summer Essentials tag and one of my besties, Miss Monique Sweet, won Miss Moonshine 2015.
Most popular post: Five iconic handbags
My favourite pic:

MumptyStyle Miss Monique Sweet Miss Moonshine
Miss Monique Sweet

In which I talked about how I wash my Jenny dresses in the bath; told you what I’m doing, wanting, eating, reading, loving for the second time; talked about possible Valentine’s Day presents for the new Mum and then Valentines Day for Pinups; talked about my first Makeup Obsessives meet-up and interviewed Annah Stretton.
Most popular post: Are apps and Photoshop ruining your self-esteem without you even knowing it?
My favourite pic:


In which I did a series called The Pinup Platoon (interviewing the 10 finalists for Miss Pinup New Zealand) and gave away not one, but two Erstwilder Flamingo necklaces; chatted with the fabulous Flo Foxworthy and talked about Annah Stretton’s RAW (Reclaim Another Woman) initiative.
Most popular post: Pinup Platoon: Agent Bluebelle
My favourite pic:

Agent Bluebelle

In which I talked about the secret language of fans; reviewed the incredible Dirty Martini; MET the incredible Dirty Martini; started a series called Sartorial Secrets and interviewed Fancifora Foxglove; had a fictitious evening out in pictures (featuring Dita and George); wrote a bit of fiction; just casually met Joanne Gair; reviewed The Very Vintage Day Out and congratulated Bettie Rage on winning Miss Pinup NZ and Miss Victory Violet on winning Miss Viva Las Vegas.
Most popular post: Congratulations Miss Viva Las Vegas
My favourite pic:

Mumpty and Dirty
Mumpty and the incomparable Dirty Martini

In which I showed you how to revive your eyebrow kit; pretended to spend $800 at Shoes of Prey; did Sartorial Secrets interviews with Madam Rou and Bettie Rage; told you about my Red Lipstick Survival Kit; talked about the incredibly beautiful art of Alexia Sinclair and did a feature on Mother’s Day for Pinups.
Most popular post: Inspirational Women: Carissa Ludlow
My favourite pic:

Alexia_Secret Garden
The Secret Garden – Alexia Sinclair

In which I reviewed Tease & Trouble at The Meteor; outlined my Week in Coffee; went behind the scenes at Viva with Ginger Watson; wrote my most popular blog post EVER (see below); reviewed my first Makeup Obsessives Beauty Box; did a “Taking Stock” tag and reviewed Pinup Shoes: the good, the bad and the ugly.
Most popular post: Scarring, seams & self love: the life and times of Willow Noir 
My favourite pic:

Ginger Watson
Ginger Watson

And that’s just the first six months of 2015!!!  Come back tomorrow for the second half!

Summing it up with a smile …


MumptyLoves Monday

“Mumpty Loves” Monday

Our garden
How gorgeous is this corner of our garden? Yes, that’s right – SO gorgeous!

In this, the last MumptyLoves for 2015, I show you some of the things I’ve been loving lately …

♥ My new liquid eyeliner by Za

Za liquid eyeliner

I was lucky enough to receive this liquid eyeliner in a Beauty Box from Kirsty at Makeup Obsessives, and, may I just say; it is SUPERB!  It makes winged eyeliner a breeze – it glides on so easily, has a very fine tip so you can get those wings perfect, is a very deep black and then, to top it all off, it stays on super-well.  Perfecto, right?!

♥  Natalie ballet flats in mint
Natalie Ballet Flats
These fab little shoes were an absolute lifesaver just this week – I went Christmas shopping in the local mall and thought I had my trusty Fairy Feet in my bag; but unfortunately I didn’t. I thought I could tough it out in the heels I was wearing, but I soon realised that wasn’t going to happen!  So off I teetered in my heels on the slippery floor (why do they do that at malls by the way?) and found myself at  Number One Shoes – and these little Natalie flats were only $19.99 – bargain with a capital B! Since their life-saving debut, I have worn them nearly every day and not only are they comfortable and practical, they are also cute as hell.  I believe they may soon find themselves accompanied by their lemon,  lilac and silver-coloured cousins!

♥ Trillian

Trillian – pictured with Charlie Atlas and Andre Vegas

I met Trillian for the first time backstage at Cirlesque and she is brilliant – I absolutely LOVED her 20’s flapper performance that night and she is just an all-round great girl. Trillian describes herself as a dancer, singer, fitness instructor/awesomeness coach, choreographer and model.  Also, she is one half of The Ballet School Dropouts!  You can find out more about her at www.verticallyawesome.com or follow her on Facebook by clicking the link above.

♥ This cardy …  


I have many of these cardigans from Pinup Girl Clothing, but this is my favourite and it’s also the one I get the most compliments on.  It’s probably a little less red, and a little more orange than the picture suggests.  It’s pretty.

♥ These Christmas tree decorations …

Nerd tree decorations
King Henry VIII and his six wives

HOW COOL ARE THESE?!  I am a right little Tudor nerd so these are HUGE on my want list!  The Cherry Dollface has them and I am super-jealous!  Come hell or high water, they will adorn our tree next year!  You can get them here if you want them too!

♥ Books …

Image via consciouscooking.com

There are so many books I want to read and I CANNOT wait for our holiday when I can do just that!

Highly recommended: Book Club Christmas functions;
my Makeup Obsessives admin team; my recent GRWM;  Seeing Polly Filla’s dress-making posts – so clever; the results of our recent house-washing antics; proud Mummy moments; it being so close to Christmas and therefore; Christmas lunch at Mum and Dad’s.

♥ And lastly, the obligatory Louboutins …
Because it wouldn’t be a MumptyLoves without a pair, now would it?!

Louboutin flats

These are the Corafront Ballerina in Shocking Patent – I am having a bit of a love affair with ballet flats at the moment and I just LOVE the contrast of the hot pink heart with the pinky nude.  Get on my feet!

And because I can, I’m doing two pairs.  The second are these:

CL Very Prive

Good grief.  These are the New Very Prive – isn’t that ombre kind of look just stunning.

What are your favourite things lately?

Loving the good things in life …




GRWM: Bettie Rage

GRWM: the Bettie Rage edition

Bettie all done

Who wouldn’t want to look like this mega babe huh?!

Well in this, the first GRWM (Get Ready With Me) on MumptyStyle, the utterly fabulous Bettie Rage shares the products and techniques she uses to get this pinup-style look.

Bettie Rage is an internationally published pinup and alt model, and also just happens to be Miss Pinup NZ 2015.  She is a proud advocate for bully breeds, a vegan and uses only vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics and skincare.

Anyway, as you would expect, this is going to be a picture-heavy post … but really, with Bettie’s beautiful face, do you mind?!

Here she is, fresh-faced and ready to go … it’s not a bad canvas to start off with can I just say?

Fresh faced

Bettie begins by priming her face with Inika Truly Organic Pure Primer with hyaluronic acid.Anjel_PrimerShe follows that with Inika Truly Organic Liquid Foundation which she applies with a foundation brush.

Inika foundation

Once she has achieved the coverage she is happy with, Bettie goes in with her Inika Truly Organic Mineral Foundation Powder and a big fluffy brush to matt it all down.  (The brush is the Vegan Kabuki brush by Inika.)

Foundation Powder

She then chases away any dark circles with Inika Truly Organic Perfection Concealer.

Anjel Concealer

Next up is contour … Bettie uses the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit to contour and landscape her face, and then …Anastasia

she uses the lighter powder to highlight those fabulous cheekbones.


And here is the combined contour/highlighted result.


Back to the Inika Truly Organic brand … this time Bettie gives herself a rosy glow with the Mineral Blush in Rosy Glow 01.


And why not follow that with an ultra highlight to really add some drama!  Bettie uses E.l.f Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter.

Ultra highlight

Next Bettie shifts her attention to her eyebrows.  Bettie’s eyebrows are actually tattooed, however she adds fullness and definition with the Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade.


Et Voila – beautiful brows!

And now … for the eyelids.  Bettie just follows the instructions on this fabulous E.l.f Eyeshadow Palette and here you have the result – so soft and pretty.

Elf eyeshadow

Next, those beautiful cat eyes!  Bettie uses E.l.f Liquid Eyeliner in black.  Here’s how she does them …


Followed by generous lashings of E.l.f Studio Line Waterproof Lengthening & Volumising Mascara in black and here’s the result:

Mascara eyeliner

Doesn’t she look gorgeous?  Just the finishing touches to go now – the lips and finishing powder.  Bettie takes this look right to the pinup edge with Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Unicorn Blood.


And to set this gorgeous combination of products, Bettie uses her Inika Truly Organic Mineral Setting Powder with the big fluffy Kabuki brush to achieve the airbrushed, picture-perfect look you see below.

Finishing powder

Freakin’ BABE!

So there you have it … the products and techniques used by the beautiful Bettie Rage.  Give her look a try – and if you’re successful in duplicating it, send me a pic – Bettie and I would love to see it!

To follow Bettie and see more of her look, follow her on her social media accounts below.

Image by Shutter Squeeze Photography

Facebook: click here
Instagram: @bettieragenz
Twitter: @BettieRageNZ
Blog: www.bettieragenz.com 

Steal that girl’s look …



Burlesque/Cirlesque: it was an awesome weekend for Mumpty!

My “Cirlesque” look

This weekend was a busy and exciting one for Mumpty, who attended two very different, but very fantastic shows.

On Friday night I attended the Bring on Burlesque Christmas Show at the Riverlea Theatre and had an absolutely wonderful time with some lovely friends, while we watched other hugely talented friends entertain us!

Bring on Burlesque had some outstanding performances; too many to detail, so I’m just going to bullet-point the stand-outs for me …

  • Ruby Spice‘s “puppet on a string” performance – so creative.
  • The Ginger Kisses – “Simply Cannot Do It Alone” – I ADORE the Ginger Kisses!
  • Miss Bettsy Rose Lee‘s “milkshake act” – in which I received a milkshake – shaken, not stirred, in her cleavage!
  • Miss Bettsy Rose Lee’s “boobs” song … for one, I didn’t know she could sing and for two, she was very funny!
  • Ms Tittle Tattle‘s Snow White routine – such a cheeky, “don’t mess with me” attitude!
  • Azure D’Murre‘s fan dance “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without  a Smile” – so seductive and sexy.

Honourable mentions as well to Miss Ooh La La Paree’s Queen of Atlantis act – her costume is magnificent; Lady Gee’s cat act and of course to Henrietta, Steve Gray and Bring On Burlesque’s incomparable host, Gloria Dividend.

Lady Gee
Lady Gee – isn’t she cute?!

A big thanks to the fabulous Ms Tittle Tattle and her lovely husband, Simon, for giving me the ticket to attend Bring on Burlesque.

And then … it was Saturday night, and time for Cirlesque!


I was soooo excited when the lovely Miss Cherry Lashes asked me if I would be interested in stage managing a “show in Hamilton” on Saturday night.  I said yes, never dreaming it was Cirlesque!   And I’m thrilled to bits that I did!

Cirlesque was an amazing experience for me – there was quite a lot of responsibility if I’m honest, but I learned heaps and I loved meeting these wonderful performers who I’ve seen and admired from afar, and have now met and worked with in person.

Miss Polly Filla was the glorious MC for the evening – with a wit as razor-sharp as the wings of her eyeliner, she handled the crowd with aplomb and kept them amused with her lip-synching, joke-telling antics.  I loved working with her – what a professional – and what a wardrobe!

Polly Filla
Miss Polly Filla

Andre Vegas and his beautiful assistants (Andre Vegas & Company Magic and Illusion) did several magic acts, including doves, strait jacket escapes, head-sawing (!) and the like! They were a dream to work with; always ready to go before time and well and truly organised!  Crowd participation was a big part of their acts and that’s always good fun to watch the audience being drawn in.

Andre Vegas
Andre Vegas

Venus Starr – now Venus is a performer whom I have wanted to see perform live for such a long time now – I saw her once in Auckland at Diamond Carousel and she was fantastic; at Cirlesque Venus performed two acts – hoops and aerial silks. Watching Venus in motion is testament to what I imagine must be hours and hours and in fact, years and years, of practice and honing her art.  Venus is petite yet strong; beautiful yet tough and controlled yet graceful – it was utterly fantastic to watch the parts of her performance I got to see before I had to rush off to make sure the next act was ready!

Venus Starr

I have been DYYYYING to see The Duchess de Berry‘s Wild Orchid act which she debuted at the NZ Burlesque Festival.  Having seen her costume backstage, I can say it is even more stunning than an audience can even begin to appreciate. SOOO many sparkles, such attention to detail, so many fabulous and different components.  And of course, there is The Duchess herself.  Freakin’ gorgeous that girl!  When Trillian was doing up her corset I could only marvel at how tiny her waist is – around 20″, depending on how tight she pulls the corset – that’s teeny-tiny!  Anyway, her act was beautiful and elegant and visually spectacular.  The girl is a talent for sure.

Duchess de Berry in her Wild Orchid costume

Samantha Amelia is a performer whom I have never seen before and it was an absolute delight to watch her unique combination of pole, burlesque and aerial hoop.  Her lovely hair – a long, curly red mane, looked so beautiful in the spotlight and her petite frame belies the great deal of strength necessary to perform effectively on both pole and aerial hoop.

Samantha Amelia
Samantha Amelia

Throwing knives at your partner is not generally advisable, but The Death Do Us Part Danger Show (husband and wife team Rachel & Charlie Atlas) made it look so easy, albeit still very frightening!  There must be an enormous level of trust between those two because I think it would take a HELL of a lot of persuading to do what Rachel does that’s for sure.  I was really intrigued to learn that Charlie actually hand-makes the double-headed Viking axes he uses in their act.

Death Do Us
The Death Do Us Part Danger Show

Cirlesque was also the first opportunity I’d had to see the truly fabulous Trillian (Queen of the New Zealand Burlesque Festival 2014) perform live and she was A for Amazing!  I loved her 20’s style and that girl can most certainly shake those “assels!” And what a friendly, relaxed person she is to chat to backstage as well – love Trillian!


And YAYYYY!!! I finally got to see MisRed perform in her gilded cage – and it was an absolutely beautiful, sexy-as-hell performance as well, thank you very much!  MisRed is a world class performer, and another fabulous lady to chat backstage with. It was so nice to catch up with her and to watch her perform.


So as you can tell, it was a real privilege to be asked to stage manage Cirlesque – thank you to all the performers, stagehands and everyone involved who helped me – I hope I helped you too! Thanks so much for the opportunity.

PS: A big thanks to Mel Cherry Chambers who stage-managed Cirlesque on Friday night and gave me her notes and advice.  Thank you so much!

And that, my friends, was Mumpty’s weekend of burlesque/cirlesque.

Tired, yet sparkly …


Serioxyl review

Review: Serioxyl hair densifying system

Mumpty_SerioxylSo back at the very beginning of October my friend, who is a beauty blogger,  gave me this three-part hair densifying system called Serioxyl to try.  And try it I did!

Now I must admit, I’ve been a bit naughty and haven’t followed the instructions 100% but I am confident in saying that after at least two months and nearly-empty bottles, I actually have seen results from this system.

As you can see from the picture above, I have developed lots of new hair growth, and as you can see from the picture below, this new hair is quite a bloody pain!  I have very fine hair, and clearly there is not enough weight in this new growth to sit flat against my head so I have this rather alarming outcrop. Sometimes it can be tamed; other times it gets all static-y and I have to back away calmly …


Now I do understand, of course, that some of this is just natural new hair growth, but I can most definitely say I’ve never had this sprouting-out-the-side thing before, so rightly or wrongly, I am attributing it to Serioxyl!

For those of you want more technical information, you can visit their website here.  For those of you who want anecdotal, on-the-spot information from Mumpty … read on!

L’Oreal refers to the Serioxyl system as a “densifying” treatment; which means it works in a manner that increases the density of your hair and reportedly promotes around 1700 new hairs over a 3 month period.

I said earlier that I didn’t follow the instructions 100% , and I didn’t. Mainly because I wash my hair every day (I know right – SUCH a pain! Actually, Miss Victory Violet referred to that as “the work of the devil” and I quite agree, but needs must!) … and I found it a bit drying.  Sooooo … after about three weeks or so, I started to use it every second or third day instead.

Here are my impressions of each part of the system I received:

serioxyl-glucoboost-coloured-shampoo-1000-mlSerioxyl GlucoBoost clarifying shampoo for coloured, thinning hair … I LOVE the smell of this – all minty and fresh.  And actually, when you first apply it, your scalp tingles and I quite like that – it makes me feel like something is happening in a good way.   Anyway, you massage it in and it’s supposed to cleanse the scalp of impurities and increase the microcirculation of the scalp.  It’s busy stuff right!

Serioxyl Conditioner

Serioxyl GlucoBoost + Incell bodifying conditioner …  another minty hit of goodness and step two in the system.  This one cares for the hair fibre apparently, without weighing it down. I pop this one on and then leave it for as long as it takes to shave my legs and use my Only Good body wash and then I rinse it off.

As seems to be standard fare in this type of situation, I am running out of the conditioner before the shampoo.

And last in the three-step system is …


Serioxyl GlucoBoost + Incell densifying mousse … so this one is put onto towel-dried hair and is designed to “boost the look of the hair’s density.”  I am pretty technical with this one (well, for me anyway!) – I make a series of parts (criss-crossed like a hot cross bun!) and then put a little squeeze of the mousse in each bit. Then I comb it through the lengths and blow-dry it from there.  I’m not 100% convinced it makes THAT much difference, but hey ; it’s a part of the system; I have it, so why not use it I say!

In summary, do I feel like Serioxyl has made a difference to the density of my hair?  Well yes, I do actually! While I’m not blessed with a thick, long, shiny mane of hair as a result of Serioxyl, I definitely feel it has made a difference – certainly there appears to be much more new growth than I would normally see.  I do, however, feel that it has dried my hair a bit, so I have been accompanying this treatment with regular applications of Lush’s H’Suan Wen Hua hair mask and have also recently introduced a spray of argan oil before and after heat treatments.

Here is my most recent selfie that shows my hair.

Dita hairPffffttttttt!!!!  Hahaa – I wish.  (Gratuitous shot of Dita Von Teese!)  Seriously though, isn’t her hair just PERFECTION?  It deserves it’s own song – you know – like how Betty Davis’s eyes have.

Anyway, here is MY actual hair.

MumptyThis is my deer-in-the-headlights:I’ve-just-discovered-Instagram-has-filters look!  And yes, I know you can’t see much of my hair, but I’m using the pic anyway, because I don’t have a better one.

Serioxyl … definitely give it a try.  Because … well, you’re worth it …


A short and sweet Christmas lust list

A short and sweet Christmas Lust List …

I love reading other people’s Christmas Lust Lists, so I thought I’d put together a quick little one of my own.  And here it is …

Well duh – obviously.

Of course Dita’s new book right?  Because a) we’ve been waiting for it for ages; b) just look at it and c) just look at her.


These – by B.a.i.t Footwear.  Yes, all of them.

LV CateyeI haven’t had new sunglasses in years, and these Obsession Cat Eyes in Brown Glitter by Louis Vuitton would do the trick nicely.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

And, last but not least – the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette – I have wanted this for ages now.  Come on makeup gods – hook a girl up!

For our daughter …

Erstwilder earrings
Erstwilder Around the World earrings

Our daughter loves hot air balloons so these earrings by Erstwilder would be perfect for her.

Bar necklace

Also, this necklace by Lisa Hoskin – it’s not too grown up but it’s still pretty special.


She also LOVES Nike – and in particular Nike Pro shorts – these ones are cute.

What’s on your Christmas Lust List?

Oooooh how I love Christmas …