Tuesday, 30 September 2014


It's a strange word that isn't it.  To me it's about doing something differently, or something new, it can be exciting but often it involves effort and can involve things we might not necessarily want to.  If I have spoken with you in person this year there is a good chance I have mentioned a change for me that is happening soon and, as a result, a change for Made Over Ladies. On 1st January 2015 my family and I  will arrive in Melbourne, Australia to start out our life there and continue on our journey as a family.  Gary & I have lived there before and it is a time for a change for us, to grasp an opportunity with open arms.  Yip its scary, it's exciting and it's hard work.  When I think about myself I feel like in general I am resistant to change I generally prefer the status-quo because it's safe, comfortable and makes me think of a blankie and a hot cup of tea on a chilly evening. However more recently I've been thinking about change differently and I have been substituting the word change with chance.  There's not much between the words really is there, just a swap out of one little letter.  A change can be tough but a chance feels like something exciting and desirable.  It's something I want to do for myself, for my husband and for my kids.

When we have told people what we are doing there has definitely been mixed reaction and I get that because everyone has their own ideas about what we should and shouldn't do in life or with our lives, where we should be and what we think is the right thing to do.  I've listened to people be shocked, I've been congratulated and told good for you, I've been told it's sad, I've been told I'm lucky, I've been told i'm brave, I've been asked why? I've felt guilt, I've been excited, I've cried and I could go on and on.  I've listened to it all but most of all I've reminded myself of that one newly edited word in my head...chance.

This wasn't meant to be all about me so I'll swiftly move on.  So what does this mean for Made Over Ladies as you know it?  Well I see it as a chance for something new and new opportunity.  Kirsty will continue to work her magic on brides all over Scotland and we have already welcomed a new MUA to our team, Brogan.  With some new exciting projects on the horizon for her and further growth for the MOL team on the cards she's embracing a new challenge and chance.  I will still very much be a part of the Made Over Ladies team and will be focusing on my blog and launching Made Over Ladies Melbourne so I will still very much be a permanent fixture for Made Over Ladies and I hope you can join us, follow us and support us on our new and exciting pathways. To me change is different but it's not the end of something it's a chance to grow.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Somethings in life transcend time...

Today the lovely Janet & Frank Purdie celebrate their Ruby wedding anniversary.  We had the honour of using Janet's beautiful wedding dress in our very first photoshoot 'A Vintage Wedding Story'.  Originally handmade by Janet's sister in 1974 the dress is pristine and has been kept lovingly by Janet.  Like their love has transcended time so has this beautiful gown.  We think Janet's wedding style is as current as it is vintage.  

Here's to Janet & Frank... 40 years later we wish them many more years of happily ever after x

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The free hand liner

My last lesson on winged eyeliner focused on using a gel liner and that handy little sellotape trick if you have mastered that and feel like moving onto a free hand version of liner use this guide below to keep you on the right track.

I'm using the L'Oreal Super Liner which I have been really impressed with.  The nib is nice and thin which makes for a thin, neat line which means you can build up thickness if required.

Follow the steps below:  

  1. Hold the pen horizontally and very tight to your lashes (make sure you are using the long side of the pen)  I like to start about three quarters of the way along (this helps to keep the eye look open and wide)
  2. Slowly and carefully draw small strokes along the lash line (keeping tight to the lashes) if you need to pull your eyelid up slightly to get to the lashline go ahead and do this (you don't want any gaps)
  3. Once you have your horizontal line along the lash line pull the line upwards and out (imagine your lower lashline being stretched up toward your brow as your guideline)
  4. Once you are happy with the length start from the point and bring it back down at an angle to make a (kind of) triangle shape
  5. Fill in the gap so it's all black 

Things to remember:

  • The shape of your liner and triangle all depends on your eyeshape as you go step back and gauge the shape your are making with your eyes open.  
  • Don't forget you can always use a cotton bud and eyemake up remover if you need to perfect the line. 
  •  I usually finish off my liner with a sweep of kohl liner under the lashes in the upper water line this is what keeps everything nice and dark.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Taking the leap & sharing the love!

Today I'm not going to spend my two hours of freedom whilst Miss Poppy is at playgroup doing what I was planning on doing and I'm taking the opportunity to write something a little different.  It's all about work and life and trying to keep myself on the tightrope which keeps the balance between the two.

I've been self employed for about 5 years now and I would say I' would consider myself reasonably successful.  I have a job that I really enjoy, that suits my family life, I don't have to spend money on childcare, I'm either working on days my husband is home or my lovely and helpful family members help me out.  The majority of what I do can fit in around the kids but it doesn't necessarily mean it's easy.  Like everyone trying to do the juggling act it's sometimes hard to stay upright and not tangled up on the safety nets.  Often after we have children or our circumstances change a little bit we have to adapt to the changes and make decisions about what it is we want.   You don't have to head to an office every day to be a dedicated worker, you don't have to be 9 to 5 in a retail store to be a worker, you don't have to be in a salon or kitchen or garage or hospital every day to be hard at work.  There's other options out there if you want them or if you need them and you are prepared to take a leap of faith.  Don't get me wrong I have massive respect for those of you going out there every day and doing it all I think you are amazing.  My friends and I have all taken lots of different routes when it comes to worklife balance.  No one route is the right one it's just what works for you.

I know a few other mums who have done the same as me and gone ahead and taken the leap into being self employed as they have chosen to pour their heart and soul into something that they really want to do.  I want to say 'high five' to them and 'you go girl' but then I realise I'd probably sound like an idiot so I instead I try to show a bit of support in the small ways I can...I talk about them.  In fact I could (and will be) talking about them more.  I'm going to natter about them and chat about them and I'm going to be the biggest gossip ever and I hope you'll join in.

What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? (if you have a child over the age of 3 I am hoping you get at least 5 minutes of blissful peace when the daylight first makes an appearance) for me its a quick flick through of my social media favourites so usual suspects, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and one of my faves Pinterest.  I have surrounded myself on these communities with like minded peeps that have decided to start up themselves and put every ounce of effort and free time into their businesses and their resulting livelihoods.

Here's a few things I will be doing to help out and support the little guys more:

1. I'm going to SHARE more.  Ok we all love to be liked but if you hit SHARE on Facebook you are spreading the word to soooo many more people.  I'm not saying don't 'like' my stuff, please do, but if you read something you like or see something you think is cute hit the share button.  You've basically given that person (whom i'm calling the little guy) access to all of your friends on facebook  to help them spread their message plus given them a virtual high five.  When someone shares my stuff I think "Oh I must have done a good job there insert happy face here" and gives me a little boost.

2. I'm going to chat more.  I'm getting involved.  I'm going to comment and tell someone when I think "wow that's fab" or "oh I fancy that" I'm going to tag my friends when I see something I think they'll like.  I might even ask a question here or there. I'm going to pop a review on a page if I enjoyed my visit or if the person I enlisted did a really good job.  I'll post a pic of my fab new nails or nice clean car or cute handmade card I've bought.  I'm going to say thanks (in public) so everyone else can see too.

3. I'm going to tweet more.  Ok I'm just getting my head round twitter now (slow I know) but when I see something that I take something from I'm going to hit favourite and i'm going to retweet.  I love reading blogs and I read loads of them.  Next time I read a post I love I'm going to say wow that was a good read!  If I see in little inspirational ditty on pinterest i'm going to repin it maybe someone else will take away a bit of inspiration from it too.

4. I'm going to make friends.  I'm going to find  that mums' business page that I was talking to at playgroup and I'm going to let my friends know about it (here I go with the sharing again)  I'm going to track down my dentist's daughters blog he was telling me about and I'm going to add her on bloglovin and mention it to my friend if I think she'll enjoy a read.  I'm going to let my brides know when I come across a fab new business that has just started up and I think their work is great. I'm going to follow a board here and there when I think it's adding some value to my life and i think others might benefit.

So anyway I'm going to be doing a lot of talking and I encourage you to do so too.  Social media is no longer just about watching funny videos, catching up on friends pictures, talking to old pals it's actually where lots of us little guys are trying to run our businesses and get our message out there! I'm in another situation change now where I find myself moving on from one successful business and starting from scratch all over again and it's highlighting just how hard I had to work the first time.  I think it takes guts to put yourself out there and go for it, do something new, so if you're are in the position were you are considering taking the leap and you are able to do so I say go for it!  And for those of you who are already doing so (even if I sound like an idiot) 'high five' and 'you go girl' and most of all, for us little guys and everyone else in between, please don't be shy and share the love!

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Summer loving x

School holidays have really effected my blog post schedule so sorry to those of you have been following my #molmakeuplesson series and have noticed I have been somewhat absent recently...I will return to normal viewing shortly!  In the meantime I thought you might like to see a snapshot of what I got up to in my summer of fun. 

 You might see a few things that will be coming up on the blog soon including how to make a DIY flowercrown (not just for summer my autumnal colour choices make it perfect for my October weddings I am attending this year and a DIY photobooth...such a fun feature to do for a sepcial event, party or wedding as you can see we had great fun doing it!  Hope you've all had a lovely summer..I'm now holding out for the Indian summer to make an appearance!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Make up lessons now available for booking!

I've always been into make up I've experimented with it and always felt comfortable with using it.  I have a natural flair for it.  This is why I decided to train as a Make up Artist...I suppose being comfortable using make up is something I have taken for granted.  I have worked on so many ladies that tell me they just don't know what to do with make up, there's just so many products to choose from and they just feel overwhelmed with it all.  

If you would like to learn how to do your own make up and learn what products you need to create the look you really want why not book in for a make up lesson.  

A One-on-One make up lesson is £30 in this session we will go over the make up techniques required to create your desired look, review your current make up bag and I will recommend products and brushes that will make the job easy for you.  If you have a friend that would like to learn alongside you it's £25 per person.  If it's a special occasion you are attending I can finish the look off for you with a false lash application (£5pp).

If you are interested in this service or would like to make a booking please email me on amy@madeoverladies.com

Find out more about my lessons elsewhere on the blog and read up on my DIY Make up series by searching #MOLmakeuplesson in the 'find on the blog' in the sidebar x