Monday, 29 July 2013

DIY- Circle / Skater Skirt


Yesterday I made my own skater skirt/ circle skirt and today I'm going to show you how I did it! Its so easy and really enjoyable to make! Enjoy!

I brought 1.5m of material from my local fabric shop- I was instantly drawn to it as it has a 'Finding Nemo' print all over it (which is one of my favourite movies!) and I also love the blue colour! 


Firstly, I measured my waist and how long I wanted the skirt to be (just above my knee - 18 inches). Now for the maths; waist measurement ÷ (2 x π) = this will give you the radius. I then used my measurements to make a pattern. I measured out the radius and the desired skirt length and marked it onto some newspaper. I then made a curve at each point and cut it out, so it looks like the pattern below! Then I pinned it on top of the material which is folded into quarters (fold it in half, then fold again), with the corner with no raw edges in the top left hand corner.



Then, cut away the excess fabric. 


You should then be left with a big bit of material in a circle shape, with a circle in the middle; hence the name 'a circle skirt'!


Now to make a waistband! Cut a strip of fabric (waist measurement + 2 inches) by 4 inches. Fold it in half  (inside out) and pin the two raw edges together. Sew it with a straight stitch. 

Then I turned it the right side out and threaded some elastic through to give the waistband some stronger structure. 

I then pinned and sewed the waistband onto the top of the skirt. As you can see, I don't have an electronic sewing machine... Mine is a 100 year old Singer sewing machine. It takes longer, and only does straight stitch, but its surprisingly relaxing to use! (also looks very chic and vintage in my house!!)

I then sewed a zip into the back on the skirt and hemmed the bottom of the skirt. VOILA! That's it! It was so easy to make and I love it so much! 

Check out this YouTube video which guided me through the process at times! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DmKzW9et0w&list=UUUhn8PqFw1LTcC5JzXpu94w

Me and my little sister had a mini photoshoot in the garden, so I thought I'd include a few snaps! 



I really hope you like it! I'm going to be doing some more DIY projects over the summer, so keep an eye out!

Ellie Mae x

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Benefit- Rockateur Blush Review!

I've been a huge fan of Benefit for as long as I remember. 

So, when I found out that they were releasing a new blush, I was super excited! 

Today I brought Benefit Rockateur which is a rose gold coloured blush with a soft sheen finish and gold overspray from Plymouth Benefit Boutique as they were holding a flash sale.. So I have managed to bag this product 6 weeks early before general release! YAY!

I am a sucker for anything 'rose gold' - makeup,jewelry.. you name it, I love it! So I was super excited to get my hands on this blush!

I'm not particularly crazy about the packaging... I find it looks kind of tacky, but I can live with it.  


The small box, similar to Benefit's past products such as Hoola and Coralista, comes with a little mirror in the lid and an applicator brush. The mirror isn't the greatest or clearest, but its compact enough to just chuck in your bag; very handy! I actually really like the small applicator brush that comes with this product, its really soft and easy to apply the product with. 


The blush itself it absolutely beautiful! Hands down the best blush I have ever owned! Its such a pretty rose gold colour, it has a sheen finish but not over-overwhelmingly sparkly; just enough shimmer to give you a warm glow to your cheeks! The 'Bene-babe' serving me (and also gave me a lovely Benefit makeover) in the Boutique said that this product can be used as a bronzer, as well as a blush. I also learnt that this product contains an ingredient which prevents mosquitoes from biting you! So, no nasty bites on your cheeks for now on..?!

In some ways it reminds me of Estée Lauder's blush highlighter 'Tease'. 

However, the net weight for Rockateur product is only 5g, whereas previous products such as Hoola is 8g and Coralista is a whooping 12g. So, for the price, it seems like we're getting a lot less product?! It may seem this way, but you only need such a small amount of product to sweep across the cheeks for the radiant look. To find out more, check this post out http://beaut.ie/2013/benefit-respond-to-rockateur-we-respond-back/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter !

I think this blush will compliment all skin types! I have a bit of a tan at the moment, and it looks so great against my complexion but the 'Bene-babe' in the shop had a lot paler skin than me, and it looked just as beautiful on her! 

I've been wearing this blush for over 6 hours now and it still looks as radiant on my skin as ever. So far it seems to be long- lasting.


So overall I'm very pleased about this blush! Although, at £23.50, the price tag may seem a lot, I definitely think that it is worth it! The quality is so great. Also I managed to bag it 6 weeks early! 

Are you looking forward to get your hands on Rockateur? Or have you managed to get it already? What do you think?! Let me know!

Have a nice day!

Ellie Mae x