Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

Well, they’ve done it again.

Urban Decay bash it out of the park on a regular basis with their palettes and this is no exception.

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The Electric palette is everything I wanted it to be and more. The colours are the bright, vibrant, smooth formula that you would expect from Urban Decay but with an added Jooosh that I wasn’t expecting.

I’ve swatched the colours below for you to see, the top row is with no primer, 2nd row on Urban Decay Primer Potion and the bottom row has been put over the NYX jumbo pencil in Milk. I photographed with and without flash to give you the best representation possible.

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I was brought this as a gift from a very good friend yesterday and have spent all morning playing with it and creating looks on face charts.

Due to the very nature of the fact that they are pressed pigments, you can expect fallout from this palette. I combat this by using a sticky base, packing the colour rather than sweeping it and completing my eye makeup before my base to allow any fallout to be removed.

That said, the formula is incredibly soft which makes blending them very easy and the colours all compliment each other very well.

I currently have this look on my face

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Created using Slowburn, Savage, Jilted and Urban. I’m also wearing 24/7 liquid liner in Perversion on my lid and 24/7 Zero in my waterline and under eye.

I love this colourful look and will be creating many more with this palette. At £38 for 10 eyeshadows and a double ended brush, I think this is a must have for any makeup lover!!

You can buy yours here! where for a limited time you get a 10% discount!!

How are you wearing yours?

Kisses
Alyssa xx

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January sales & birthday presents … Part One

I had a little splurge in the January sales. I’ve justified this by telling myself that I’ve been really good at not buying new clothes for a while now …

Anyway, I’m going to break down what I brought by brand so this first one will cover what I brought from Asos curve as I only brought one thing.

Can you guess what it was? Yep! Got it in one, I brought the psbloggers favourite swing dress of the year in Red Leopard print!

This is how I styled it today for breakfast with my gorgeous friends and shopping with Mummy.

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(Please excuse my crappy photos, I live alone and am single so finding people to photograph me is a struggle)

I love this dress, it’s so vibrant and floaty and the short sleeves make it perfect for summer. If you like this dress then you can buy it here the ASOS curve sale has up to 70% off, so is well worth a visit!!

I went shopping with my Mum to pick up my birthday present as her and my Dad brought me a new coat from Evans.

I am in LOVE with this coat. I struggle to find winter coats I like and since Evans started only doing dual sizing in coats, I’ve avoided them like the plague, this coat however is a dream!

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It’s a very thick woven texture with a detachable light brown fur collar. The fasteners are little clasps and give a more luxurious feel to the coat. I brought a size 30/32, as my breasts are somewhat on the large size, which fits me with room so if you are smaller chested you may wish to size down.

It has now sold out on the website but I brought mine at the Bluewater store and they did have more. The other coats Evans have on sale are here and are actually worth a look!

I’ll be doing a Yours Clothing and Simply be sales shopping post too so stay tuned.

Much love
Lyss xx

Happy New Year

I’m a day late, sorry about that, but I’m writing a post so that’s an achievement in itself after the minimal effort I made last year!

2013 was pretty shit if I’m honest, I was made redundant & whilst I tried to follow my dreams learnt the hard way that it’s not always possible to do that when you don’t have a financial support network. BUT that year is behind us now and I’m looking forward to bigger and better things now we’ve hit 2014.

The January sales are in full swing and I’ve indulged a bit, even though I shouldn’t really, so I’ll be doing some sales hauls in my forthcoming blogs.

I wanted to share my favourite dress of the moment, which is what I wore to Xmas day dinner with my family.

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It’s from Yours Clothing and is available in the sale in the wine colour here Obviously this is one of the items on the way to me!

It is my intention to blog more in 2014, I manage to write a daily journal so I really should be able to manage to write a blog!!

Wishing you all a sensational 2014.

Love and Kisses
Lyss xx

Blog Sale … Round One

I have been having a spring clean and found some clothes that have been in storage which I no longer need and could do with some new homes!!

I’m putting the items up on my blog before I load them onto EBay to give you a chance to get a bargain!!

Postage and a packing will be £4 for each item and I will get proof of postage when they are sent. Please either comment below, tweet me @twisted__siren or email alyssa@twistedsiren.co.uk if you wish to buy something and i’ll send you a PayPal invoice.

Cotton feel summer dress from Evans Size 32 £5 (plus £3 P&P)

Worn once to a christening, very lightweight and pretty. The bust is relatively small on this, but that’s to be expected from Evans.

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Weird Fish Tea Dress £5 (plus £3 P&P)

One of my faves from 2012! Time to find it a new home!

You can see me wearing it here

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Joe Browns BRAND NEW multi-way beach kaftan in vibrant pink Paisley design. Size 30 (will easily fit bigger or much smaller) tags still attached £5 (plus £3 P&P)

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Stunning Dorothy Perkins neon Print 80s style strapless prom dress (sweetheart neckline) from the tall range. Size 22 but the style and shirring on the back means it will easily fit up to a size 26. I can still fit into it.

This has been worn but is time to move on to a new home. £5 plus (£3 P&P)

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So Fabulous short black beaded dress size 30 worn once. £5 (plus £3 P&P)

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BETH DITTO FOR EVANS wiggle dress size 30 £5 (plus £3 P&P)

I love this but have only been brave enough to wear it once. There is a slight tear at the back (approx 1/2 inch) where the elastic feature at the back meets the material but this is an easy repair. Such a sexy dress!

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Some of these items have been in storage so may need washing when they arrive. I also have a cat so cannot guarantee that he won’t contribute some ginger fur to my packages!

I have more to upload shortly xxx

Sensational Stackers!!

As you know, I have a jewellery company called Arcobaleno Jewellery Design and sell sparkly glitzy one of a kind designs.

My latest obsession is stacked bracelets, layering loads up together to make bespoke arm candy!

I am offering the readers of my blog the chance to buy any of the following bracelets at the special price of £6 each until the 18th December 2012!!

Email arcobalenojewellerydesign@hotmail.co.uk to order your stackers!!

Ready to see what you can buy??

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Summer Yummies

I should start off saying that whilst I love to cook, I am by no means a professional so please don’t judge me too harshly!

I am all about convenience and during the week I don’t want to have to make a lot of effort to get something dinner-like in my belly – especially when it’s hot and I’ve just done a 90minute commute home!

Sunny weather means sunny foods and for some reason I have more quick sunshine meals and marinades in my cooking repartee than wintery ones so I thought I’d share some of them with you. It is by complete coincidence that many of these recipes are low in fat, but I assure you that they are all very tasty!

Tandoori Chicken

 4 Tablespoons Tandoori Masala

6 Tablespoons Natural 0 or 2% fat Yoghurt

2 Tablespoons Vinegar

2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil

 

This should be enough for a couple of large chicken breasts – or a few chicken portions if you’re using meat on the bone (remove the skin if you are though) score the chicken and put in the marinade and leave in the fridge at least overnight. To cook it you just put it under the grill, you can either chop up the chicken breasts or leave them whole and they will start to look a bit burnt when they’re cooked, it’s just the yoghurt and it adds to the taste. 

Serve with some more of the yoghurt with mint sauce and chopped cucumber mixed in.

Chicken Zorba

This is a very summery zesty marinade – I LOVE this!

 4 Tablespoons Lime Juice

2 Tablespoons Mint Sauce

1 Tablespoon Ground Cumin

1 Tablespoon Ground Coriander

1 Tablespoon Ground Turmeric  

 Again, this will be enough for a couple of chicken breasts, this one I tend to cut into chunks. You grill it so it’s nice and low fat, this should be served with Hummus, pitta breads and salad. It’s delish!

Jack Daniels Chicken

Ok, this really isn’t low fat but it’s YUMMY!

6 Tablespoons of olive oil

6 Tablespoons of soy sauce

1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoons of mild mustard

2 teaspoons of salt

4 Tablespoons Jack Daniel’s whiskey

1 tablespoon of black pepper

2 Tablespoons of wine vinegar

1 Tablespoon of lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoons of parsley

3 clove of minced garlic

This should do 2 -3 chicken breasts, score the skin and marinade overnight – cook under the grill or on the BBQ!!

Chicken Tikka Kebabs

  1 onion chopped

1 inch piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

150ml natural yoghurt

2 red chillies

2 teaspoons ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Half teaspoon turmeric

Juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon salt

 Put all the ingredients in the blender and blitz till it’s a paste then marinade the chicken (you may need to add a bit of oil) overnight and cook under the grill or on the BBQ, this works best with the chicken cut into chunks and should do a couple of chicken breasts.

I serve with the mint/yoghurt/cucumber combination that I said about earlier.

So, that’s mostly what I end up eating during the week in the summer!

They all get the seal of approval from my housemate too … which is a good thing as he would live on Kebabs and biscuits if I didn’t cook!

 I hope that you are all enjoying the sunshine

 Love and Kisses

Lyss xx

Oooooh Fancy!

My name is Alyssa and I am a Fancy Dress-o-holic

Seriously, If there is ever an occasion where there is an opportunity to dress up in a stupid outfit and make an arse of myself – I’m ALL over it.

I should also point out that I am complete and utter fancy dress geek. As soon as I know the theme of the party the research begins to find out who I could be and what is going to suit my chubbilicious frame. I am quite creative so enjoy making aspects of my costume too if necessary.

 I just wanted to share with you some of the costumes that I have worn over the years (Well at least since Facebook has been around to capture every single social event) and give you a bit of an explanation around them.

 Let’s start with the professional stuff!! I was fortunate enough to have been involved in a movie called ‘Gangsters, Guns and Zombies’ as a zombie extra. It was such a fabulous experience that I did it a few times and took along various friends with me to different shoots. The makeup was done by a very talented girl called Alexandra Vlcek  and I loved the results … don’t I look scary!?!

You can view the trailer to the film here but I recommend caution if you’re not a fan of gore!

 The next look was for a weekend wedding that I attended with a friend. We all arrived on the Friday night and they had a joint stag/hen party of which the theme was ‘TV Characters’ at the time I was TOTALLY obsessed with Gavin and Stacey and Nessa is one of my favourite characters – so I decided to go as her! Sadly I only have one picture ….

I was wearing a cushion as a pregnancy bump, fish net tights and knee-high boots to complete the look. Needless to say my date for the wedding came as Smithy, all be it a bald version as he refused to wear a wig!!

You can see what Nessa actually looks like here – I don’t think I did TOO bad!

Halloween is always an excellent excuse to do a bit of fancy dress – My take on Medusa is my favourite Halloween look to date.

I made the head-dress myself and the makeup look was achieved with facepaints, glitter and a pair of fish net tights!!

My friend had an 80’s theme for his 30th birthday party, it took me a fair while to find a character that I wanted to be but I settled on Mavis Cruet from Willo the Wisp, mostly because it meant that I got to wear a tutu …

This was my attempt (I’m slightly more neon than Mavis was)

… and you can go here to see what Mavis looks like in the cartoon.

The final look that I am going to show you was another 80s themed party, this time I decide that I wanted to do something along the ‘Disney’ lines. I settled on Ursula the Sea Witch from ‘The Little Mermaid’ – Here is my attempt!

I can’t find a picture of my tentacles at this time but I assure you that I spent a lot of time and care making them, only to get very drunk and leave them at the hall because I kept falling over them!

You can see the original Ursula here

I have a whole costume planned for my next Fancy Dress venture but I need someone to have a theme that it comes under! I REALLY want to go as …

So if someone could arrange a party for me to go to as Mike, that’d be very much appreciated!!

Love and Kisses

Lyss xx

Wedding Days

My lovely cousin is getting married in October, I am very happy for her as she has been trying to find someone to settle down with for quite some time and thanks to EHarmony she finally seems to have found her puzzle piece. Now, this is lovely apart from one thing, he is one of the best friends of my evil ex-boyfriend which means that I have to spend a day in his company. I was kind of hoping to be able to snare a fit bloke to talk into being my arm candy on the day, however, I haven’t got a plus one so I’ve got to do this bad boy solo.

 Obviously, this means that I need to look FIERCE!

I have started doing some browsing to try to come up with an idea of what I want to wear to make myself feel good on the day and I thought I’d share some of them with you.

 I’ve had my eye on this Rainforest Paradise Maxi by Igigi for some time, I love the colours and think that on the black background they really do pop and look awesome. The variety of colour gives me varied makeup and accessories options but I am not sure I’d wear heels with a Maxi so I’m unsure that I’d feel ‘dressy’ enough.

Continuing with the maxi theme this beautiful ‘Kiyomi’ Zebra print dress by Igigi has caught my eye. I LOVE the red accents and could totally see me rocking this with a red clutch, pashmina and shoes. However, I would want to wear my red glitter Dorothy shoes and the fact that it’s a maxi might mean that they look a bit odd. I am of the opinion that Maxi’s look better with flats as the whole design of them is a bit boho, however, having done a quick scout online, I am struggling to find red flats that I like!

 The sexy Siren Satin Dress by Kiyonna is another one that I have had my eye on. This really would be the sex kitten option, it’s satin and figure hugging but the way that it drapes makes it look very flattering on and with the right underwear I can smooth down the lumps and bumps that I wouldn’t want to have on show. I can just see this with some serious killer heels and 50s style hair and makeup and as it’s a bargain at just over £50 I could spend the money I’ve saved on more expensive shoes!!

 

Sticking with the sexy slinky vibe this dress by So Fabulous has caught my eye. It is called the Animal print Illusion dress as it has the dark panels at the side to create that hourglass illusion effect. I would need to order this and try it first though as the So Fabulous range is a little hit and miss on quality in my experience and a dress like this would need to be a decent thick material to work. I would personally accessorize this with a very HOT Pink shoe and makeup combination. I think it would look awesome with the monochrome dress.

 The final option is to do what I did for a wedding a couple of years ago and get a dress made to measure. I LOVED the dress that I got made, It fitted me perfectly and I felt gorgeous in it. It did cost me over £250 BUT I personally think it was worth every penny. Here is a picture of me wearing my dress with my Mummy and Auntie Sheena

 What do you think?

 I have until October to decide what I am going to wear but I always find it’s best to start the search early, if you have any suggestions, or know anyone that makes banging dresses then please do let me know!

Love and Kisses

Lyss x

Payday Wishlist

My bank account has taken a serious battering this month, which means that I am ever so slightly skint as this is the dreaded week before payday!

This means that I do an awful lot of window shopping during this week, planning what I am going to buy on Payday (which is the 23rd of each month) and spending all my hard earned dosh before I get it.

I thought i’d share with you my wants for this month …

The lovely Hayley of @DiamondsandDaggers has done it again and created a gorgeous necklace that I cannot wait to own!!

Union Jack Crystal Heart Pendant - "Blighty" - Diamond Jubilee Edition

The Blighty Love Shines necklace can be brought via Hayley’s Etsy shop here and is a bargain at only £25!

I have 2 necklaces and a brooch from the Love Shines collection already and can honestly say that they are beautiful, the attention to detail and craftsmanship is amazing and they are well worth the money. I can’t wait to get my Blighty necklace just in time for the Jubilee weekend!

 

I have sharpened by Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil to the very bottom and really need to replace it!

I mention these amazing eyeliners in another post and I really cannot rave about them enough, the pigment is amazing and they really do stay on – even in the waterline!

I will be ordering a replacement for my Perversion eyeliner from Debenhams, you can buy this awesome eyeliner online here for the bargain price of £13.

 

Whilst i’m on the subject of Makeup, I will also be ordering a new foundation brush. I absolutely love MAC’s brushes and for me the best foundation brush is 187

 187 Duo Fibre Brush

Now, this isn’t advertised as a foundation brush by MAC, they say that it is to be used to blend powder and pigments but I can honestly say that this is the best foundation brush I have ever owned. Mine is a bit cloggy now and having washed it a gazillion times I think it’s due to be retired and replaced by a new one.

This brush isn’t cheap at £32.50 but I love the way my foundation looks when applied with this so I think it’s worth every penny! You can buy this brush online from MAC here.

 

I am going to the Isle of Wight festival this year and am trying to get my festival capsule wardrobe sorted for the 4 days camping!

I have my eye on this gorgeous bright blue jumpsuit from @SimplybeUK that I am going to order to try

Jumpsuit

I am new to the whole jumpsuit trend by love the little leopard print playsuit that I got from Simply be so think i’m going to brave trying a long one too – they are perfect festival wear! You can order this jumpsuit for only £42 from Simply Be here

So, these are the things that are on my ‘Wishlist’ so far … I do still have a week to go though so i’m sure that it will get longer!!

Do you make a wishlist before payday? If so, whats on yours?

Love and Kisses

Lyss xx

My Favourite Dress of the Moment …

Is on sale!

I know lots of people that have commented on this dress when i’ve put pics on Twitter so when I saw it was reduced I thought that i’d let you all know.

You can buy it now here

Here are a couple of pics of me wearing mine …

Missy Lyssy Loo