Author Archive | Liza

the wonder of eyeliner

Eyeliner is the perfect way to subtly enhance your eye shape or give definition with dramatic effect.

There are so many different looks you can create that can completely change your appearance just by adjusting position and thickness.


Find the style that suits you the most…

A soft pencil that produces a sultry smoky look as it’s easy to smudge and work. It has a fat head and creates a thick line. Kohl is the perfect liner to instantly transform your look and take you from the office to drinks. It’s great to use in your water line because it glides on easily which is perfect for delicate areas. If you are nervous about liner this is the best to use, as a perfect line is not required. Once you have kohled eyes take an ear bud and gently blend the imperfections. Keep in a cool place as it tends to lose formation if it gets too hot. Also be careful when sharpening – do it gently so you don’t break the soft tip.

These inky liners create precise and bold lines – the most popular look that women want to create. Using them is tricky, once drawn on the liner stays put so it’s best to first practise with a pencil and once you’re comfortable with the shape that suits you, advance to liquid. When using liquid liners, keep it on the top lash line to completely open up the eyes.

A  fluid formulation in a pen which has a soft felt tip that produces the colour. If you have a steady hand, this is fantastic to use. When not in use, keep the lid on the pen as it tends to dry out.

A caked powder that is easy to work with. When applying, use a slanted brush that is tiny and firm. It’s best used for the natural look as it’s light and tends to fade.

Different Tones:

Black contrasts with the whites of the eye creating a striking, intense look.
Dark brown is fantastic for brown and blue eyes, to make those colours pop.
Navy blue makes eyes sparkle like jewels.
Emerald green is great for hazel eyes but does nothing for blue eyes.
Purple in lighter shades like lilac works nicely with pale colour eyes; darker hues look better on darker eyes.
Cream makes eyes bigger and brighter.

Best Places to Shop:

  • MAC

Enjoy playing and picking whichever suits your mood.

— Liza


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DIY beauty tricks

I’m a firm believer in natural beauty remedies and it delights me even more when I can just go into my kitchen and create my own products. Here are some great at home beauty ideas…

DIY beauty

If you’re suffering from a mild breakout or just need to decongest your skin, mix a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda with your cleanser. The soda helps to gently remove dead skin cells. Try this twice a week when washing your face in the evenings so your skin can have a chance to recover overnight. Don’t forget to moisturise.

To brighten dull, sallow skin, gently mash up three strawberries and mix with a bit of honey. Apply to your face as a mask and leave on for about 10-15 minutes. The natural fruit enzymes will help to dissolve dead skin cells while the honey will nourish your skin.

Body scrub
The concoction of olive oil, brown sugar and rolled oats with a few drops of your favourite essential oil is an absolute winner. It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and moisturised. It’s messy, so it’s best to use it in the shower!

Mix together a cup of oats, two tbsp brown sugar, two tbsp olive oil and a few drops of your favourite essential oil (I use lavender for its gorgeous scent and calming effect).

Brighten your hair colour with tea! The tea lowers the ph levels and closes the cuticles making your hair soft and luscious. It also acts as a neutraliser. To make your hair colour more vibrant, soak two tea bags (chamomile for blondes, rooibos for red heads, Ceylon for brunettes) with two cups of water and pour the remedy over your hair after shampooing. Leave it to soak for a few minutes before rinsing.



— Liza


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can you ever have enough handbags?

I was looking through old photos on my laptop the other day and there was a pic of me holding my Dooney & Bourke sling bag which I bought at the Brooklyn Flea in NYC two years ago. I had kind of forgotten about this bag, so my heart leapt when I saw it and I immediately dug it out to use it again. Oh happy day!

I’m a self-confessed bag lady, so thought it would be fun to do another ‘outrageous wish list’ … here we go. And as outrageous as this wish list is (price wise), I really wish I had all of these bags. Really.

Celine’s calf skin fold over (spring 2013)


Yves Saint Laurent duffle bag (fall 2013)


Fendi bag (spring summer 2013)


Stella McCartney mock croc leopard print margaret clutch (spring 2013)


Chloe paraty military leather shoulder bag


Burberry large check canvas tote bag


I think that’s quite enough for now. Sigh…

— Liza


nature in the home / 4

This is my new hanging plant from Opus Studio. My friend Delene bought it for me as a gift for my birthday, nice hey? I’ve wanted a hanging plant for so long, and always wondered how to water them, but it’s actually super simple. You simply unclip it from the string, fill a bowl with water and let the kokedama (moss ball) plant sit in the water for about 2-3 minutes. Then gently squeeze the ball so that the water is soaked into the centre.

Here’s a bit more about hanging plants, from Opus…

“Kokedama, often called the poor man’s bonsai in Japan, literally means moss (koke) ball (dama). It consists of a small ball of soil that is covered with organic material like mosses, grass and flowers that are mixed and arranged to form a desired hanging garden.

nature in the home

— Liza

POSTED IN: Nature in the Home






“A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2013”

Bailey: New boots, just in time for winter
Robert: Eight weeks today, and he loves bath time
Willow: Accessorising
James: He was a month old yesterday. Slow down baby!

— Liza

POSTED IN: The 52 Project

favourite colour for winter

Navy… Not black, but just as versatile. A classic colour that seems to look good on everyone. Definitely my favourite colour for winter.

Last year I bought a navy wool blazer from Old Street Retro for winter, then I fell pregnant and it just didn’t look right on me. I’m going to try and make it work this winter.

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Maybe some gold buttons will give it an added edge?




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Stella McCartney and her husband, both in navy, looking AHmazing.
And more of that not wearing the jacket trend…



Credits | The Sartorialist, Jak & Jil

— Liza