M.A.C Makeup Party: the Mumpty edition

M.A.C Makeup Party: the Mumpty edition …

MACmakeupparty2On Wednesday, the 13th of April, M.A.C launched their first ever “counter parties” in New Zealand. There were nine parties in all, held across the country and hosted by local beauty bloggers.

Mumpty was lucky enough to attend the Hamilton #macmakeupparty, with her daughter, hosted by beauty blogger, Kirsty Leigh of Makeup Obsessives.

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Clockwise L-R: our M.A.C artists (Natalie, Baillie and Lochie;) lipstick goals; drinks and nibbles; the new Ariana Grande Viva Glam lipstick and gloss.

We were greeted warmly by the gorgeous M.A.C artists (Natalie, Baillie and Lochie) at the M.A.C counter in Farmers, Centreplace  – and what total babes they are.  Their makeup? You guessed it  … immaculate.  You can truly see the artistry right there on their faces!

So after a few wines and nibbles we got started.  The three M.A.C artists were teamed up with (in our case) three lucky VIP guests, and we were each given the opportunity to choose two things we’d like to get some advice on … so, brows, lips, contouring, eyes – that kind of thing.

Our artist was Lochie – who was FABULOUS.  Lochie does a lot of M.A.C’s training and is also part of their artistry team, so he does Fashion Week; photo shoots – all that glam stuff.  So I guess we were pretty lucky right?!

Kirsty went first and she asked Lochie to do a subtle, understated look to suit her personality. Actually that’s not true – she asked for ALL.OUT.KYLIE.JENNER – contouring so sharp it  could amputate your fingers and nude, ovvvvvverdrawn lips! And Lochie, bless him,  delivered.

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“Kirsty Jenner” – overdrawn lips and razor sharp cheekbones. (Not pictured – butt implants.)

Kirsty and I were BLOWN.AWAY by the contouring tips Lochie shared with us – whilst it was slightly mortifying to know we had been doing it all wrong, the excitement of having cheekbones more than made up for it!  And by the way – M.A.C Harmony blush seems to be the shiz when it comes to contouring – Lochie says “it’s ashy, so you won’t get that orangey look you see so often with contouring.”  So you have been told – get on it ladies.

When it comes to the lips, he had some great tips about rounding the lip out and making sure you NEVER overdraw into the edges of your mouth because THAT’s when you start to look like a clown.  Keep it nice and tight to the line in those corners ladies!

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I’m pretty sure, but not 100% sure, that he used the ol’ favourite blogger combination for Kylie lips; M.A.C Whirl lipliner and M.A.C Velvet Teddy – or he might have used Soar.  Either way, #soKylie.  M.A.C have helpfully put together a section on their website called the Original Perfect Pout – which details all the products you need to get that Instagram-worthy, nude look.

macmakeupparty5Mumpty’s daughter was next – now obviously she is very young and so doesn’t wear makeup yet, however, she does love to practice on me, so when Kirsty offered her a spot on the team, we couldn’t really refuse now could we?  And how many chances do you get to have a M.A.C trainer do your makeup huh?!  And plus – it was nice for me to have an evening out with my girl.

So, my daughter opted for a very natural, dewy look and Lochie showed her how to apply a base to even out her skin tone and then he showed her how to enhance her beautiful eyes.  Lochie applied some gorgeous natural colours to her eyes, which I don’t remember the name of – whoops!  However, I do remember that he used Sushi Flower which is a really pretty shade on.  Pro tip: if you have pink eyeshadows and you’re not sure how to use them; use them over top of a brown or neutral colour to warm the colour up.

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Lochie also used an eyeliner just half-way in on the tops and bottoms of her eyes, which he then went back and smudged to soften the lines.  And hey presto: beautiful!

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#nofilterbutstrategiccroppingandpouting

And then it was Mumpty’s turn! Now I was going to show you how I looked when I arrived (we were asked to turn up with only foundation and concealer) but I don’t think that’s really necessary – for either of us, do you?  I mean, I don’t know when you’re reading this – you could be having dinner for goodness sake!  Suffice to say, it wasn’t my best look.

Anyway … so I asked Lochie to help me with my “wings.”  My favoured makeup look is pinup, and of course, pinups have wings don’t they.  And being that I’m a slightly “mature woman,” I draw on the most delightful wings, and when I open my eyes again; they disappear – like little magicians!

Lochie’s answer to this dilemma? Bat wings!  I did wonder if he was teasing me, but no – he was deadly serious.  As you can see from the picture above, my wings were really pretty. But … this is how they looked up close and looking down so you could see them:

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See there’s like a little kind of step thing?  You draw two points; line them up so both eyes are the same; then join the dots.  Whilst it might look a bit funny with your eyes in this position (and really – how often do you do that?) it does mean that when you close them, your wings don’t disappear!

Lochie also helped me with my brows – I didn’t even realise, but one is TOTALLY higher than the other.  Lochie said this is pretty normal though – the things you don’t know huh.  Anyway … he showed me how to even them up and told me that the only place to have a defined line is on your BOTTOM browline – the top should be very diffuse and soft, otherwise they’ll look harsh and drawn on, which is ageing.

Speaking of ageing … I asked Lochie if he had any tips for minimising those frown lines between the brows.  His immediate and helpful response? Botox.  Bless.  Sadly, there’s no other cure.  #CaciClinichereIcome. 

Anyway … I then had my lips beautified by a rather glamorous application of M.A.C Ruby Woo – which is, quite simply, divine. I now also want to try M.A.C Red and Lady Danger.

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M.A.C Ruby Woo

So once we’d all achieved some extremely glamorous looks, we lined up for the obligatory M.A.C Wall pic …

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The Makeup Obsessives VIP team at the Mac Makeup Party in Hamilton

And that was a wrap!  Until … on the way out, Laura and I spied this and being the dedicated little MUOs that we are, we decided we simply MUST swatch it.

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And OMG … it is RIDICULOUS.  That colour in the middle?  Pure rose gold. It is actually DELISH.  It’s called Mineralise Skinfinish Future M.A.C  You’re welcome.

How do you get your own M.A.C Makeup Party?
Call or visit your local M.A.C counter – the parties/lessons are $90 each and you get one M.A.C makeup artist per three people.  The $90 is redeemable  on product on the night, and believe me, you’ll want to be buying all.the.things.

Well and truly M.A.C-converted, and slightly in awe of Lochie …

Mumpty

 

Sentinel & the Galleon

Mumpty fiction: Sentinel & the Galleon

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Sooo … I entered a writing competition again!  This is the second time I’ve done it and it’s exciting, a wee bit nerve-racking and lots of fun!  Anyway … the theme this year was “A convincing lie” and it was only allowed to be 2,000 words. You may or may not know this, but I am a Tudor history geek, so of course, I was inspired by that!  See what you think …


Sentinel & the Galleon

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Well, Elizabeth thought grimly, it appears I need to remind Robert of our disparity in rank. She arched one finely plucked ginger eyebrow and observed the tense set of Robert’s neck as he stalked away. His behavior would certainly not do –one should never turn their back on the Queen and Elizabeth had seen the shocked looks of the courtiers when he had done so.

Elizabeth and Robert had been childhood friends – he had stuck by her through the tumultuous and the downright dangerous times, but now she would have to remind him she must be seen as regal and unquestionable – the Virgin Queen, respected by all and beloved by most.

But that unpleasant little conversation would have to wait – Elizabeth and Robert had a “situation” to deal with. One neither of them could currently see their way around, and one which wouldn’t go unnoticed much longer. Her allusion to that was the reason he had left so abruptly.

Of course everyone in their inner circle knew Elizabeth and Robert were lovers. The concept of the “Virgin Queen” was a lie – so far as her people believed, a fairly convincing lie – but a lie nonetheless. However, before you jump to conclusions and assume Elizabeth was pregnant; she was not.

Robert, you see, was a thief. A fraudster. That was the problem. And very soon, it would not only be Elizabeth who knew it, but the whole of the English court and beyond.

The situation was grim, and frankly Elizabeth was furious with Robert. As Queen, she had bestowed great favours and offices on him – she’d had to really, but that wasn’t how people would see it. Whilst he was descended from a very wealthy family, the tiresome Lady Jane Grey saga – which had resulted in his father’s execution – had rather drained the family’s purse and Robert couldn’t be expected to carry out his role as the royal favourite without the means to do so.

The crux of the matter though, was that Robert had become greedy and his accompanying lack of integrity had landed them both in this unpleasant predicament.

It had started with Sentinel. As Master of the Horse, Robert came in contact with some spectacular animals and when Sir Francis Knollys arrived one morning on the magnificent black stallion, a covetous gleam appeared in Robert’s eye and he determined that Sentinel must be his. Sir Francis wasn’t interested in selling Sentinel at first, but Robert made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. An offer Robert also couldn’t afford to make, so he purchased Sentinel out of the purse he’d been allocated as Master of the Horse. From there, it was a logical step that the same purse paid for Sentinel’s upkeep. Robert knew no one would have the temerity to question why Sentinel was available only to him and wasn’t part of the courtier’s pool of horses.

But it hadn’t stopped at Sentinel. God knows if it had, Elizabeth thought, I could have made it all go away. There were numerous other transgressions; a painting here, an expensive wall tapestry there, even a water closet in his quarters at Whitehall – all on the public purse. But it was what came next that threatened to bring both Robert and Elizabeth into disrepute and eventual ruin.

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The Galleon Leicester – where it all started to unravel for Robert. Rather than paying for the galleon from his own private funds, he fraudulently commissioned, built and fitted her out from his purse as Lord Steward of the Royal Household. The galleon was a vain folly and an expensive one at that. Robert wanted it for reasons threefold; the more noble reasons being to increase England’s sea power and to offer Elizabeth a quick means of escape, should that be necessary; and the third being simply that Robert felt his position in the realm warranted it.   While the Galleon Leicester was not designed as a pleasure craft, it was entirely suitable as such, and Robert embraced that use wholeheartedly, hosting many a magnificent soiree onboard, with Elizabeth as guest of honour. On one particularly extravagant occasion, he had Sentinel spirited onboard before his guests arrived and greeted them from the stallion’s back. Impressive, but risky – Sentinel soon registered his distaste by whirling round, rearing and nearly throwing Robert off the side. Robert dismounted and Sentinel was led off – but not before the impressive spectacle had been witnessed by all, and was talked about for months afterward.

Those were the glory days for Robert and Galleon Leicester, and Elizabeth had no idea of his deception. She believed he’d paid for the galleon out of his private funds and indeed, she’d been impressed by his generosity in commissioning her partially for Elizabeth as a means of escape.   She doubted such means would ever be needed, but she was flattered all the same. Flattered that is, until Robert knocked on the door of her privy chamber late one evening, his face pale as a ghost. Elizabeth dismissed her ladies at once and watched in horror as he fell to his knees in front of her, his shoulders wracked by silent sobbing. “Robert,” she asked in a hushed and terrified tone “what is wrong?” In the half hour that followed, Elizabeth ran the full gamut of emotions; from horror to disbelief; sympathy to anger and finally to the current feeling of dull dread that had resided in her chest for the five days since his confession.

Not only had Robert been duplicitous in his use of the Royal Household purse, he had used Elizabeth’s royal seal to authorise it – something which Elizabeth would never have allowed, had she been asked.   Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth’s Personal Secretary, had taken Robert aside that evening and questioned him about where the money had come from for Galleon Leicester and a number of other expenses. Robert had denied using the Royal Purse of course, but Walsingham had solemnly promised him a full investigation would ensue over the next few days. The use of her royal seal meant Elizabeth was mired as deep in this mess as Robert and she knew full well there was no point in disassociating herself and claiming she had no knowledge of it – no one would believe that, given the closeness of their relationship. She was also under no illusion that Walsingham would ensure that particular approach would be wholly ineffective.

So that is how the current situation had come about and Elizabeth was furious she had spent the days since Robert’s confession worrying herself sick trying to find a solution, only for him to turn his back on his Queen and stalk away in anger. That behaviour would be addressed – mark my words, she thought to herself. But first things first. She was going to have to come up with something for Walsingham and it was going to have to be good. He was no fool and furthermore, he was no supporter of Robert, nor she suspected, herself. If the latter were true, he would certainly never admit it – that would be treason and treason meant a forfeiture of his life. Which, Elizabeth mused, would certainly be the easiest way out of this mess.

No, she had to come up with something or they would both be ruined – he rightfully so; she, through no fault of her own. She would be seen as a silly and thoughtless Virgin Queen who had allowed a man to turn her head and take advantage of not only herself, but the people of her realm. She may as well abdicate then and there, and Elizabeth had no intention of doing that.

And so the lie was conceived and Elizabeth went about the task of ratifying it using the formidable skills of state she had inherited from her father, King Henry VIII and her mother, Queen Ann Boleyn.

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Image from the movie Elizabeth: the Golden Age

The ensuing lie was convincing indeed and Elizabeth delivered it at its dramatic pinnacle when Walsingham came calling the next morning. She was rather proud of her performance really; the wide-eyed surprise when he deferentially yet smugly laid out his accusations, followed by her scathing delivery of the lie itself. Her subsequent arrogant dismissal of Walsingham, accompanied by a thinly veiled threat that it would not be in his best interests to question her ever again – it was all rather good really. The most gratifying moment was the dawning recognition on Walsingham’s face that he’d been hoodwinked by a far superior opponent.

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Half an hour later, Elizabeth tucked a stray lock of firey red hair back under her crown and in a voice of steel, requested her page bring Robert to her. It was time they had a conversation.

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Image via deviantart.com

Hope you enjoyed my story!

Yours in stallions and galleons …

Mumpty

 

VVDO 2016: the Mumpty edition

VVDO 2016: the Mumpty edition …

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This BEAUTIFUL pic by David Photography of my gorgeous friend, Miss Monique Sweet, personifies VVDO for me …

This was my second year at VVDO and this time I had my daughter in tow, which was a lovely outing for the two of us.

Our main reason for attending this year was to watch the Miss Pinup New Zealand competition, having featured all the lovely ladies on my Pinup Platoon series.  I was also really keen to meet my Pinup Platoon sponsors, Esme from Moxie Mama Wear and Adele from Pinned On You, in person – which I did – and they are lovely!

First and foremost though, I’d like to congratulate Fran Robertson … our new Miss Pinup NZ 2016.  What a dream contestant she was and oh-so-popular with the audience!  A much deserved win.  These are my two favourite pics of Fran from the competition.

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Images by Emma Joyce for Glory Days Magazine

Congratulations also to the Lady in Red (Runner Up & Miss Vintage Vixen) and to Lola Turquoise (Miss Publicity.)

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For those of you who weren’t there, the four finalists were: Fran Robertson; Miss Lola Turquoise, Miss Opal and Dariel Dearlove.

A massive congratulations goes out to all the contestants – they really did put their all into it and it was so much fun to watch.

Anyway …  I thought I’d share some of  my highlights from this year’s VVDO in pictures …

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Miss Monique Sweet in her strawberry outfit; designed by her and bought to life by Danielle from Devel Men & Women with headpiece by Amy from Chica Chica Boom Chic.

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Mel from The Style Mafia – image by Serendipity Photography

Mel from Style Mafia NZ – loved that pantsuit!  She and Amy are always an extravagant looking couple of ladies, and VVDO 2016 was no exception!

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Image by Serendipity Photography

Velvet De Collette – this beautiful lady was the first person we saw and we had a quick chat in the bathroom (!) … we thought she looked flawless!

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Image by Glory Days Magazine

Soda Fontaine in her Dita gown … it was Soda’s birthday too – what a great day to celebrate!  And by the way … DITA “LIKED” SODA’S PHOTO – eeeep!!!!

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Daniel Dearlove’s evening gown – wow.  Daniel was clever enough t make this gorgeous gown herself; in fact, she made every single outfit she wore.  Sooo impressive.

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Miss Lola Fondant‘s talent: how to eat chicken wings without smudging your red lips!

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This crowd selfie!  Featuring Miss Monique Sweet; MC, Miss La Vida and Bettie Rage, complete with BUMP!

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The Art & Cake stall, with Lily Kate Vallance and Miss Charlotte Cake – and yes we did sample a cake (Spiced Pear & salted caramel) and yes, it was yum – and very pretty!

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Nat Hugill (aka Lilly Loca) – I always love seeing her and I was thrilled to hear she scored a dress she’d been lusting after for ages!

And last, but not least … this woman; Miss Opal

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It was an awesome moment when she stepped onto the stage in her “oh-so-Dita” tuxedo for the evening wear section; but even better than that, was her talent and those glorious butterfly wings – I think both outfits were made by the talented Linda McCarthy Costumier (correct me if I’m wrong.)  However – it was the fact Miss Opal admitted to having to overcome crippling social anxiety that impressed me sooooo much.  I think it was an incredible thing for her to do in that case and my gosh – you would never have known it watching her from the audience – she did a cracking job!  I’d love to interview her about the inspirations behind her outfits, so fingers crossed she’ll oblige.  In the meantime; BIG ups to you Miss Opal.

So that, in the most brief possible way,  was Mumpty’s 2016 VVDO experience!!!

See ya next year, bigger and brighter …

Mumpty

Pinup Platoon 2016 winners announcement …

Who won the FABULOUS
Pinup Platoon prizes Mumpty?

 

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Well thank you for asking …

Actually before you get too impatient, I have a couple of things to say …

Firstly I would just like to thank everyone who liked, shared and just generally enjoyed The Pinup Platoon in March.  I was so excited to see how much involvement there was!

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I owe a MASSIVE THANK YOU to Esme from Moxie Mama Wear and Adele from Pinned on You; my wonderful sponsors, who provided us with these awesome prizes – the winners of which I am about to announce.

Of course, I’d also like to thank the ten gorgeous finalists for Miss Pinup NZ 2016;

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Miss Kitty Kat
Miss Pixie Dust
Miss Lola Fondant
Zigana Monroe
Dariel Dearlove
Miss Lola Turquoise
Fran Robertson
Lady in Red
Miss Opal
Miss Mollie Tov

Best of luck ladies.

And to everyone else involved – including the glowing Miss Pinup NZ 2015, Bettie Rage and Miss Pinup NZ Runner Up 2016, Miss Charlotte Cake.

Get on with it

OK, OK … so the lucky, lucky winners are:

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The winner of the spectacular Voodoo Vixen cocktail dress in emerald green from Esme at Moxie Mama Wear is …

Miss Lola Turquoise

Whoop!  Congratulations Miss Lola … please message Esme via her Facebook page and she will organise getting your dress to you.

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The winner of the gorgeous sparkly Deer Arrow Happily Ever After brooch from Adele at Pinned on You is …

Miss Honey Bee 

Congratulations Miss Honey Bee … please message Adele via her Facebook page and she will organise getting your brooch to you.

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And lucky last … the winner of the Erstwilder Pinup Picnic brooch from Adele at Pinned on You is …

Danya Pavlovich

Congratulations Danya … please message Adele via her Facebook page and she will organise getting your brooch to you.

So that’s it for this year’s Pinup Platoon!  Hopefully we will do it all again next year!  In the meantime, I’d like to once again thank the delightful Esme at Moxie Mama Wear for the gorgeous dress.  And if you’d like one for yourself, or something equally delish, visit her website: www.moxiemamawear.co.nz

And I’d also like to thank the sassy Adele at Pinned on You for the funky brooches.  Again, if you don’t want to miss out on all the quirky, fabulous designs, visit her website: www.pinnedonyou.co.nz

Thanks for reading and I look forward to see you all at The Very Vintage Day Out  …

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Yours in glamorous, emerald cocktail dresses and sparkly, quirky brooches …

Mumpty

Pinup Platoon Flipagram 2016…

The Pinup Platoon – in Flipagram! 

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Click this photo of the stunning Bettie Rage to see the Pinup Platoon 2016 Flipagram! (Image by Shutter Squeeze Photography)

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the beautiful and sassy pinups who featured in The Pinup Platoon for March.  As you know, The Pinup Platoon was presented in association with Moxie Mama Wear and Pinned on You and you had the opportunity to win a beautiful cocktail dress and one of two fabulous brooches (an Erstwilder and a Deer Arrow.) The competition ends on Sunday night at 5pm (NZ time) so get in quick … we’ll announce the three lucky winners later that night!

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I’d also like to wish all the contestants the very best of luck for the Miss Pinup NZ competition being held at The Very Vintage Day Out on the 9th of April.  You all deserve to win, so “break a leg/pop a pastie” to all of you!

And because you all deserve a sparkly crown …

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In the meantime, if you haven’t already, click the picture of the beautiful Bettie Rage up there (^^) to check out the Flipagram … you’re welcome!

Yours in sparkly crowns and stunning pinups …

Mumpty