5 Things: Minimal Makeup.

23 September 2015

Given that I managed to pick up a bit of a tan on holiday, (or maybe it's just sheer laziness), my makeup has been getting more and more minimal. An extra twenty minutes in bed and minimal touchups - you can count me in. Plus with an edit this small, you know everything is going to be good. Here's what I've been wearing on my face recently. 

Clarins Instant Concealer (01) to cover blemishes and redness

Rodial Bronzer to give some warmth and definition - a pricey one but the look it gives is beautiful and oh so natural. 

Clarins Eyebrow Pencil to lightly fill in brows

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect to give a fluttery, flirty look

LAQA Lip Lube in Honeypot (worn above) or Skin Chemists Lip Pump Extreme to pull together the look and add a nice plumpness and shine to the lips. The lip plump is pricey, but as you can tell from the photo above, the results are so so worth it. Angelina Jolie lips in seconds. 

And that's literally it! It couldn't be easier! Have you tried any of these? What kind of makeup look have you been going for recently?

Less is More.

17 September 2015

It occurred to me recently how out of hand my makeup collection was becoming. After a good (but slightly painful on my behalf - goodbye my pretties) clear out, I've whittled my collection down to a more respectable size and am going to try my hardest to keep it that way. 

I've started implementing a one-in-one-out type policy, or net-zero as it's sometimes known, to keep the size from growing, and can now only treat myself once I've got rid of something else. I can't help thinking how wasteful it is to have these things cluttering up my makeup draw where they won't be used, instead of going to a good home or being thrown away when they expire. 

I've set myself the target of buying better quality, but less. I don't want to buy things only because they're cheap, or on offer. Drawers of forgotten, old make-up aren't really that appealing to me and the concept continues into other areas of my life. 

Sometimes, less really is more. 

What do you think of this concept?

5 Things: Minimal Decorating.

15 September 2015

Minimalistic style is one that really appeals to me, you only need to look at my Pinterest boards to see that, but whilst I love the style, I don't want it to feel clinical or cold. Here are a few of my favourite ways to make my space personal whilst still maintaining the aesthetic.

White Walls - Confession time; I'm a white wall obsessive. For me, it acts as a bare canvas to let the rest of your possessions stand out, whilst calming everything else down. Plus, for all those bloggers out there, they act as the perfect back drop. 

Greenery - Cacti and succulents are big in the online world and for good reason. A little bit of foliage here and there can bring life and freshness to your room. I got my planter for Appleyard London, who also do a lovely range of summer blooms if you're more of a flower person. They can deliver next day flowers  or do a flower delivery for your specified date so are amazing for gifts too; just choose the address to send flowers to, and they'll be there before you know it! Just don't forget to water them because dying plants don't really have the same appeal to them;)

You can get a 33% Discount off any of their range of luxury bouquets now using the code BLOG33 - so don't miss out!

Textiles - I mentioned avoiding the clinical feel and what better way than blankets and all things cosy? I like to layer them on my bed in different patterns to add some colour and warmth back into the room. 

Functional decoration - Objects like my Polaroid camera make lovely decorative pieces, as well as serving a purpose. When trying to keep a space minimal, it's important not to over clutter so by using your possessions for dual usage you eliminate this option. Other favourites of mine include sunglasses, perfume bottles and books. 

Art - I'm building up a steady collection of prints and artwork as well as personal photos to make a massive gallery wall one day. Perfect for adding personality, memories and a hint of sentimentality to a room, these will really make your space your own. 

How do you like to make your space more 'you'?

Get Set, Go.

13 September 2015

It may almost be the end of summer, so fitness motivation is probably slacking, but here are some of my recommendations to get you inspired again. 

The Clothing - Adidas have just launched their newest drop, and I'm all over it. With comfortable sports bras, leggings, tops and more, all in pretty colours, there's something to cover all manner of exercise activities and what's more, you'll look great whilst wearing it. Get yours here

The Songs - Any pop hits are a yes from me when exercising (if I'm not catching up on guilty pleasure T.V that is). I've been loving this 8tracks playlist - it's impossible not to want to boogie and give the workout your all when this is playing in the background. 16 tracks of pure motivation. 

The Workouts - Fitness Blenders 5 Day Challenge is a great place to start with exercising at home. It only takes about half an hour a day including warm up and cool down and the carefully planned schedule means that you're working all of your body. 

What are some of the fitness things you have been loving lately?

Lessons for myself for Blogging.

06 September 2015

With the abundance of advice posts to do with blogging on the internet, I wanted to stay away from telling you what do with your blog. Instead, here are the lessons I need to take and grow from whilst blogging. If they help you too then great, if not, oh well! Your blog is your space, you do you. 

1. Stay true to yourself

2. Don't let it become a chore

3. Be proud of what you create

4. Try and create interesting, meaningful content (something I'm really working on) 

5. Share the love with everyone

6. Ignore the numbers

7. Stop with all the comparisons

8. Try and widen your skill-set

9. Write for yourself not others

10. Publish everything, don't be embarrassed or scared

11. Stay unique 

12. Take breaks when you need them

13. Do it for the enjoyment not the business

14. You never know what is going to be successful

15. Reach out to other people, make new friends! 

What are some things you need to remember whilst blogging?

Making my Tech Look Pretty.

05 September 2015
I'm one of those people that likes to inject a little bit of personality into everything I own. Especially with easily customisable items like gadgets, it's nice to make everything a little bit more unique and stand out from the crowd. 

I'm possible a little bit more addicted to my tech than I should be *cough cough* and will pretty much always have some form of it near or at least around me ... well a girl's got to check her instagram doesn't she? With the amount that I carry things around with me, it's only fair that they get a nice case to go with them to make them look pretty. 

I recently got this ICONEMESIS Cat Sims feather phone case and am in love with the subtle black and white feather print. It goes with everything and the actual case itself is really sturdy and will hopefully help protect your phone from any knocks and bumps that you might put it through (sorry phone!). There's loads more to choose from on their website, or if you're looking for something slightly different you can check out the ones that I sell too, here.

It's currently on sale for only £10 down from £15, so make sure you don't miss out on the offer. Buy it here

What about you, do you customise your technology?

New Blog New Me?

03 September 2015

I've been contemplating change for a while now, deciding whether to change the name of this blog and start afresh. Whilst I still love blogging, I feel that I've become less and less true to myself in my writing on here, and I didn't really like the direction that it was heading. Change is always bittersweet so at the same time as being sad to leave UNSTITCHEDD behind, I'm happy to be starting afresh with 'Maddy Cane' which I hope will be a more honest reflection of the person behind the blog. You probably all know and think of me as a beauty blogger, but I'm hoping that I will be changing my content up slightly to include more lifestyle, art, fashion, food, musings, photography, travel and interiors posts, as well as the ones that you have come to know (and hopefully love).

I really hope that you're all happy with the new change and are here to stay. It's still the same old me behind the blog, just with a slight new direction to encompass more facets of my interests and personality. I'm hoping the whole change will give me a new outlook on blogging and respark the love and passion that I have for it, which you will hopefully be able to see in my content. I'm going to be changing my design in a couple of weeks time (more on that later) and am still pondering whether to  keep my old content up or start completely afresh (let me know your thoughts below). 

The old site should now direct you to here, and all my social media names have changed as well so I will link them down below. Hopefully I'll be back into the flow of things soon with lots of new and interesting content. Please don't hate me, and I hope you stay on this journey with me, tell me what you think! 

New email address: maddycane@gmail.com

Twitter: twitter.com/maddycanee - @maddycanee

Instagram: instagram.com/maddycanee - @maddycanee