Kim Kardashian - Eyebrows and Longer Lashes

As beautifully shaped eyebrows are all the rage I thought that I would offer some advice about how to achieve this without breaking the bank, stalking Kim Kardashian or unfruitful sittings through four hours of Youtube tutorials (as I have done!).

 Unfortunately, if your eyebrows are not as thick and full as you’d like them and if like me you have over-plucked your brows and only a lonely few hairs have survived, you can try to improve their look by applying castor oils on them for a couple of months. 

What You Will Need
Castor oil - cold-pressed.
Spoolie brush. 
Time and patience: about three months worth.

How To Apply On Eyebrows

Applying Castor oil is easy; like really easy.
You should start with clean skin then you will need a few drop of castor oil (I got mine on Amazon, was about £3) on each brow and a soft brush or a Q-tip to spread it onto the entire area you want to look thicker and more full. I like to apply the oil before bed so I don't have to wash it off until the morning: that's it!!!

Try to get the oil on your brows and not your skin, it might clog your pores if too much is applied. You can also brush some oil on to your lashes and it will help them grow longer.


Five things I would like my younger self to know.

Drawing/being creative  - I have always drawn but since leaving university, I have found it difficult to carry on drawing even though this is something that makes me truly happy. The reasons for this are at times  practical: lack of time, lack of energy, too much scrolling through cat pictures/instagram posts; but I feel that the main reason for my creative impotus is fearing how other people view and respond to my work. So, what I would tell my younger self is: do not be afraid of seeking affirmation from others with my creative output, but also more generally (and deeply...) in whatever you do. 

Be 'physically' social rather than 'digitally' social - I feel that this is a realisation that many young people in modern society will eventually hold. When I was young, the amount of arguments and animosity between myself and friends that were caused from social network sites was staggering (i.e. Why am I not in your top friends in MySpace? Why have you not liked that picture? Why are you friends with them? etc. etc. etc...). Since getting older, most of these issues have diminished as adolescence has gone and faded, but what I have realised is that social networking sites make me less social. The ease of instant messaging friends is apparent, yet the satisfaction of this is limited; I would tell my younger self, ignore social networking sites, go out and be more social.

Eating healthy - I for one, like most young people, absolutely buzzed off eating rubbish as a kid. Whether it be some ridiculously illuminated sweet or a 100% sugar drink, but something that I would like to explain to my younger self is the benefits of eating and drinking healthier things. Now I have reached a quarter century (100/4  = 25; good maths ay!), the change in my general attitude and energy from drinking green tea and eating fruit as a main part of my diet is so evident. I know that eating what you want is something that young people are constantly told, but I feel that changing what you eat really has a fantastic impact on your life. Have a look at my previous post about giving blood, this experience has given me even more reason to want to eat healthy

Love - Most young people take this for granted. Romantic love for one; something young people constantly try to attain, without really knowing what 'love' is. This is obviously something that changes as we grow, but what I would like to tell my younger self is, cherish the love that you have with friends and family, as this is the love that truly matters and remains when you are going through those awkward periods of adolescence.

Happiness - When we get older, the things that make us happy change. As a young'n, most people seek material things during the pursuit of happiness. I recall being a kid and really wanting a pair of shit-awful Rockport boots and getting properly gutted/moody/teenagery when my mum didn't get me a pair. Looking back, I know this is ridiculous but I would like to tell my younger self: seek happiness in things that make you happy that you know will make you happy far into the future.

I am now off to spend my birthday lazing about the house and getting waited on hand and foot. #Birthdaygirl

what would you tell your younger self?


I first heard of 'strobing' shortly after being introduced to 'contouring'; both of which I thought were either contemporary 'Gangham Style' dance routines or names for new avant-garde diets. I have tried contouring to no such avail, rarely finding the time to adopt such a laborious technique into my daily routine. Therefore, I approached strobing being somewhat a skeptic but I have found this approach a lot more realistic to incorporate into my daily routine. 

Someone that I work with who (luckily) is a professional make-up artist, showed me the technique. Strobing involves using a highlighter to emphasise parts of the face that light naturally hits. Below is a face-chart that I have designed that shows these areas that need highlighting to achieve the 'strobed' look. I have numbered this chart in the following way (inclusive of my top tips...)

1. Forehead - try not to highlight all the way up to the hairline as this will make your forehead look bigger than it is and a bit sweaty.
2. Nose .
3. Cheekbones - this can be brought up to your temples.
4. Above eyebrows.
5. Brow bone.
6. Cupid's bow.
7. Chin - try not to go too far under your lip.
8. Inside corner of eye (that sounds painful - note - please don't strobe your eyeball).

I have used this highlighter from The Body Shop (£12).
with a foundation brush from The Body Shop (£12) to strobe.

The Radiant highlighter works really well and I would say it's almost the same colour and consistency as the Benefit high beam highlighter, it's just The Body Shop's highlighter is a lot cheaper. I would love to hear from anyone who is a like-minded strober - what products do you use?

Why not give this technique a go. I would love to see photos on Instagram #tungliostrobing

 Happy strobing!

Woman’s World by Graham Rawle

Before starting university, I was given a list of books to purchases that would help me during the course. The majority of these were illustration-related yet some were fictional that [I presume] were included to develop our understanding of how narrative is implemented and perceived. Anyway, one book included on this list was Woman’s World by Graham Rawle. Due to a multitude of reasons (excuses), I have only just got round to looking at this book (a mere five years later).. Due to a multitude of reasons (excuses), I have only just got round to looking at this book (a mere five years later).

This book is fantastic on many levels. Visually, it is beautiful with the unique collaged text created through hundreds of words meticulously cut-out from woman’s 50's magazine articles. This typography plays an imperative role in the book, not only emulating the period and context of the novel, but it also looks fantastic whilst also giving each page a unique aesthetic appeal.

It’s difficult to talk about the storyline without being labelled ‘a huge spoiler’. But to comment upon the 
general themes that resonated with me, I feel that despite the 1950s setting of the novel I found that the plot and characters echo today’s society. Mainly, how the media portrays women in how it emphasises the way they should act and look. In relation to this, the book also reflects how people in the twenty-first century are still unaccepting of sexual lifestyles. The impact of how women are portrayed and expected to look and act is presented within the book through the protagonist who falls victim to post-traumatic mental health issues

I would recommend this book to all, not only as an interesting and thrilling read but also through the main themes and subsequent questions indirectly posed by Graham Rawle. I would love to hear some of your own comments on the book, especially if any of these mentioned themes resonated with you.

If you want Woman's World  you can get a copy on Amazon.


I  recently purchased Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream following recommendation from my partner's mum. She is middle-aged and swears by this product, using it for years. Her skin is incredibly good so I wanted to find out her secret. The day cream is for all skin types and contains rose which helps with redness, irritation and couperose. 

Dr. Hauschka is a German company so when ordering I was a bit apprehensive about when my item would turn up [insert England vs. Germany joke]. But alas, the item arrived within a couple of days and I was so impressed with what I received.

You can get the same deal here.

Not only did I receive a relatively large amount of the Rose Day Cream (30ml), but I also received a healthy amount of other sample-sized Dr. Hauschka products. I received six (yes, six, that's 600% extra stuff free...). Whenever something is free I love it, it could actually be completed worthless, pointless and horrid but I would still love it. But these Dr. Hauschka products are amazing, the freebies I got included:

  • Dr. Hauschka Night Serum (2.5ml)
  • Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream (10ml)
  • Dr. Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk (10ml)
  • Dr. Hauschka Eye Revive (5ml)
  • Dr. Hauschka Regenerative Serum (1.5ml)
  • Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Day Cream (1.5ml)

All the products are lovely but the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream is exceptional. The rose extract really helped the rednesss in my skin, particularly across my cheeks and leaves my skin feeling supple and soft. Would definitely recommend this Dr. Hauschka brand to anyone, for the free stuff alone!

If you want a sample of the Rose Day cream, you can get it here for £5.00 (free P&P).

The Pursuit of Happiness - Waving

As I have got older, I have become more and more interested in my pursuit of happiness. This is a quite profound and poetic start to a blogpost [a far cry from Kim's lonely eyebrows] but I feel that the attainment of being happy is generally the consensus for mankind as we grow. This quest has taken many forms; from what I want to achieve in life, to who I want around me, and the more difficult provoking questions: what do I want for dinner?

This feeling became evident with a simple act of recognition from my best friend's fiancée. Let me set the scene: an atypical day of work, trudging away, clock watching, when the person mentioned above walked passed the window and waved. This simple action that has been natural to our species for centuries, really took me by surprise and for a few seconds I lost control over my hands and returned a very weak crooked wave.

After this brief encounter, my day became instantly brighter, just from such a simple act as waving your hand at someone. It also made me realise that waving was not something I normally do. In the digital age we live in, social networking and having a smart phone stapled to your hand means we take the more simple and normal actions for granted. Why wave when you can send a snapchat to your mate of your quinoa dinner?

Wave at someone, they will wave back [I promise you this is my own quote, although it may sound like it came from Socrates or some other old Greek bloke]. But seriously, we all live in a society in which we are constantly in a rush to somewhere or something and having brief conversations with people is not possible, but waving your hand at someone can definitely fit into our hectic schedules.

Try it out, it will make your day and hopefully, make someone else's.

P.s If you are unfamiliar with this archaic form of communication, please watch this short clip. 


After seeing loads of hype about the new palette, I decided to try it out myself. The twelve new colours in a range of rose-coloured hews from matt to shimmer are long-lasting and blend easily. I find that when applied they have are rich in colour with a velvety texture and I personally like Limit and Trick.  The £38.00 price tag made me self-loathe following purchasing, but this feeling was short-lived when I opened the box to reveal the cruelty-free double-ended blender brush and the four samples of Eyeshadow Primer Potion, which justified making it rain (as R.Kelly would say).

I also purchased this during this recent splurge and was equally impressed. This purchase was more justifiable as I have difficulty finding nail varnish that is good quality that does not leave my nails a depressing, dull, chipped, mess after a few minutes of applying. In contrast, this nail varnish leaves a professional finish, rich in colour and long-lasting.  An all-rounded good nail varnish - or  nail 'Lacquer'...

I have read several reviews about this product which made me want to purchase for comical reasons; my personal highlights of previous reviewers being:

'It's your brow's best friend' (my brows haven't ever really yearned for a friend...but this made me question whether they may actually be lonely?)
'Instant Kim Kardashian eyebrows' (I do want to be Kim :( )

After getting over that the mascara didn't make me look like Kim, and the fact my eyebrows didn't thank me for providing them with a best friend, I was still quite impressed at the natural look it gives and how it kept every hair in place. Definitely worth £4.99 and I am sure it makes Kim look more like Kim.

With Love From The Moon,