Hairstyle Questions and Answers

Nov 30, 2009 by

Lately a couple of people have been asking about how I do my hair style and decorate my hair.

When I posted my make up tutorial Victoria Suzanne from Lolita Charm asked:

“I’d love to know about the roses in your hair – did you make them and how are they in such a cute little band? “

Here is a screen shot of my hair from the tutorial (the best one I could find anyway!)

So I thought today that I would talk a little bit about hair and show you how you can turn pretty much anything into a hair clip ^_^

Name my JVC Picsio camera finalists!

Nov 30, 2009 by

Wow you guys all really came through with the entries for my name my JVC Picsio camera competition! So many entries :D

So here is a list of everyone’s entries, scroll down to see the finalists and vote for your favorite ^_^

Nixxy- Joey Jo-Jo Shabadoo!
Rumtumtigger- Naomi, Ayumi
Angel- Coco
Hear Mum Roar- Penelope
Karla- ickle
Dyra- kuchi-kuchi
TrayTable- Minnie, Handie
Jaede- Miss Indiana Jones
Naka- Pikachu, Kirby
Esz- Peko, Kichi, Beebi
Abby- Happy Days, Happy Damsel Inc, Heart Diamond (made out of pictures), Just Violets Camera
Kara- Susan
Jillian- Equine, Jillian
Auroragyps- Blinky
Moon- Hontas
Lolitadewdrop- Finky/Francis

There were so many cute entries that it was quite hard to narrow it down to 3… dun dun duuuuuuun dramatic pause…

Coco (suggested by Angel)
Kichi (suggestd by Esz)
Minnie (suggested by Traytables)
So if you want to cast your vote just do so on the side bar, votes close at midnight my time on Friday and the winner will be announced next Monday. <3

Name My New JVC Picsio Competition :D

Nov 24, 2009 by

Hey everyone, I have something a bit fun for you all today :D So as you would all know I’ve been doing some fun videos lately and to do them I had to buy myself a new video camera. I wanted something HD but small enough that I could just pop it into my handbag.

After much umm-ing and ah-ing and comparing of specs I decided to buy a JVC Picsio.


I think I made an awesome choice because not only is it cute, for a tiny little thing it’s good quality too. I’m going to leave the technical review to James when he gets a chance but if you want to read more here is a good review which compares all of the current mini HD cameras on the market.

The Perfect Vintage Christmas – Violet Vision

Nov 23, 2009 by

Good morning everyone, I’ve got another video for you all today and it’s on my version of a Vintage Christmas!

The delightful Super Kawaii Mama is having a competition at the moment and the winner will walk away with some absolutely beautiful prizes including gifts from Blue Velvet Vintage, For Luna and Notorious Kitsch!

So all you needed to do to enter is show what your Perfect Vintage Christmas would look like. Btw, how cute is the little banner she made for the comp below?




So because I’ve been a bit obsessed with my video camera lately I decided to make a video…

So I guess what I was trying to say is that my Perfect Vintage Christmas takes a lesson from the cliche 50’s and 60’s values as well as style ^_^

Hope you enjoyed my vintage Christmas video!

ACEO Friday!

Nov 20, 2009 by


Ok so this technically isn’t an ACEO but I just finished it so too bad you can all look at it XD

This one started as a joke between the hilarious Nixxy (if you love nail polish you should totally check out her blog!) and I. At the time I had just been told I might have Lupus so I decided that if someone asked me what Lupus was I would just tell them I was a werewolf :D This led to a discussion about a Hime style werewolf terrorizing the town in search of brand and diamantes!

I probably should have spent a bit more time on this, I’m not 100% happy with how it turned out. I think it needs a lot more details and fine tuning. It really was quite a quick sketch… I’ve just been to lazy/busy to finish it!

So if you wake in the dead of night and the moon is full, listen closely you might hear the lone hime wolf’s cry of… “Jesuuuuuuuus Diiiimaaaaaaaaaaanteeeeeeeeeee! WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”

Real ACEOs next time… maybe ;)

Dominos Pizza Complaint Update

Nov 19, 2009 by

So you’ve probably all read my post on my Dominos Pizza experience here. A couple of things have happened since that post so I thought I would update you all…

After I made my post I forwarded it to the complaints department at Dominos. They contacted me with the same copy-pasta (pun completely intended) response about how they adhere to safety standards etc that they anonymously commented with in the blog post. After a few emails back and their complaints department said they would forward my complaint to the franchise owner and send me a voucher.

Yesterday this turned up… It’s a voucher for 2 pizzas, garlic bread and a coke delivered free. The fine print says “A charge may apply to Big Taste Pizzas, half ‘n’ half pizzas, additional toppings, indulgent crusts and promotional pizzas. Valid for cash payment internet orders only.” They included a hand written note which says “Enjoy” which I thought was pretty damn funny. I don’t think I’ll be using the voucher but perhaps one of my friends would enjoy it.

This is the service I expected in the first place. And while I totally appreciate that it *might* have taken this long for the owner to actually find out about the situation, it really shouldn’t have.

While I am happy to have my money back, I honestly don’t think that they would have taken any notice of my complaint at all had I not been complaining very loudly on the internet. I know this because of all the stories I heard from you guys with similar complaints that were never settled!

Food for thought and there is the end of my Dominos Pizza tale ;)  

Video Make Up Tutorial- and Eco Tools Brushes Review

Nov 17, 2009 by

I have been planning to do this Eco Tools brushes review for a while and remember all that time ago when I promised you videos?


Well today my friends I deliver! Everyone kept asking about my make up so I have made you all a video tutorial on how I do my basic every-day make up. I really hope you all enjoy it, I’m not a pro at editing or shooting things yet but I am learning so be gentle ^_^ Also how awesomely flattering is the screen cap that got picked for the video XD

P.S What do you guys think of the theme song James wrote for me? How sweet of him!

Violet’s Every Day Romantic Make Up Tutorial

Nov 16, 2009 by

This was my first attempt at a make up tutorial. My technique is that of a beginner and this was done as part reader request tutorial and part way to document my own progress.

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You can’t say no to the girl with the lashes, the girl with the lashes.

Today on Violet Vision: How to do Violet’s Make Up.

Hi everyone and welcome to Violet Vision.

This is the first episode and today I’m going to show you how I do my make up.

Step one is to style your hair and make sure it’s out of your face.

Next I’m going to apply some foundation.

Make sure you get a good even coverage so you have a good base to work with for the rest of the tutorial.

I should also mention that the tips I’m going to give you today aren’t necessarily the best way to do your make up, this is just how I do my everyday make up.

I’m not a make up artist so there you go.

Pin your fringe back is the next step, it’s probably a good idea if you are going to put working with the top part of your head as well.

No body really sees the top of my head so sometimes I’m lazy and don’t bother but you might not have a fringe so there you go.

Next step is applying concealer, I like to apply it under my eyes. I tend to stay up late blogging a lot so there go the dark circles.

Any concealer will do the trick here but I prefer to use the ones with the little brushes and just use my fingers to smooth it in properly just because I think it gives a bit more control.

And I make sure to get it in the little creases in the inner corners of my eyes just so there are no weird dark spots.

You can use it for pimples too of course.

Next step is applying finishing powder. I prefer to use mineral powder because it goes nicely on my skin and suits the colour of my skin.

The next step is is mascara, very important!

I usually apply several coats of mascara because my lashes are non-existent. You can just apply one or apply throughout the tutorial.

I like to put on some after I’ve applied my false lashes.

You can clean up any mistakes just by getting a cotton bud and dipping it in water and then rubbing the stray mascara off.

Good as new.

Now you need to curl your lashes. I’m using the electric one from thousand hour lashes because it works for me. Whatever works well for you is good as well. You just need to heat it up for around 10 seconds before you use it.

I used to use the little scissor ones as well but I kept pinching myself so I think this is definitely the safer option.

If you want to apply blush this is the time to do it. A lot of the time I don’t use blush but if you like the extra doll like look this helps. I flush very easily so I don’t usually bother.

Now we’re going to apply the false lashes I’m using 1000 hour lashes.

You’ll need some glue as well. A good tip for false lashes is to actually fit them to your eye and cut off the extra. Some lashes are really long or even too short and you’ll look a little silly if they hang off the edge.

Basically you just apply the glue and press on. Some glues will need a few minutes to dry so wait around 20 seconds to wait for the glue to get tacky before you apply.

My glue is a bit crap so the only way to get it to stick is to put them straight on.

It’s by no means the best glue but it’s the only glue that I’m not allergic to.

So what you need to do is just apply a little bit of glue to the bone edge of your lashes.

You can either use your fingers or tweezers to apply them.

I like to use my fingers because I’m very uncoordinated with tweezers.

So just pop the inner corner on first and press it down.

Make sure that it’s in the right place and word your way to the edges. You want to get the lashes as close to the lash line as possible.

Make sure to get a glue which dries clear. You can see all of the white bits there so you’d end up with white bits everywhere.

So now we’re going to apply lip colour.

I use a lip stain or the base so I can choose how bright I want the colour to be depending on my mood.

Again I like to just put it on with my finger because I think it’s the easiest way to get the shape you want.

Of course the drawback to this is that you end up with a pink finger so make sure to wash it off.

Now applying the shine colour to the lips.

So this is pretty much just to give the lips some shine and make them pop.

Now I’m going to apply the black eyeshadow to the eye.

What you’re going to need is an angled eyeshadow brush and some black shadow. You can use eyeliner but I prefer shadow because it’s easier to blend.

So what you want to do is load up your brush and draw a line right above where you applied the lashes and extend it out a bit.

You don’t want it to be super dark, just a little bit to give a bit of mystery.

And just put a little flick at the side following the line of the lashes.

So now I’m going to apply the pink shadow.

Just the same pink blush that I sued on my cheeks but now for the eyes.

I’m going to be using a medium rounded brush to apply it and basically what I’m going to be doing is loading up the brush and giving the entire eye a sweep.

This is the main colour we’re using. So as you go just blend into the black you already put down so it gives a nice gradient.

Blending is really the key to this look.

The brushes I’m using are from EcoTools, their tagline is earth friendly tools and they’re actually my favorite at the moment.

They’re really light so you can take them traveling everywhere. So there you go, that’s how the pink goes.

Now we’re going to apply the white shadow.

And you need the angled brush again and obviously the white shadow.

Again this is where I point out that I’m not a professional make up artist and this is just how I do my make up.  Load your brush with white.

Pop some eyeshadow in the inner corner. You want to blend it in to the pink you already laid down.

And make sure you get a little tiny bit below the eye as well. This is where the angled eyeliner brush is really handy to get right into that corner.

What this will do is make your eyes appear a little wider set than they are so they look big and cute.

Now it’s time to unpin your fringe again. Obviously if you didn’t have a fringe to begin with you can probably skip this step.

Give it a good brush out and you’re ready to go to a meet up or a night on the town.

I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial and I’m looking forward to what you have to say about it.

I hope this was a useful video, please check out the blog post linked in the description for more information and tutorials.

Thanks so much for watching.


ACEO Friday!

Nov 13, 2009 by

Holy bajeebus is it ACEO Friday already??

I so am not ready for the weekend! Most of the move is done, so we’re just settling into out new home at the moment, putting clothes away and arranging my bathroom etc.

This quick sketch of a dragon was inspired by a tattoo I saw a long time ago. Dragon tattoos are either very cool or very lame. Hopefully this one turned out very cool ;)

I’ve been filming today for my video post on Monday! I can’t wait to show you all ^_^ Definitely a change of pace to ACEO’s!

I hate Dominos Pizza…

Nov 12, 2009 by

Update: Additional details on my problem with Dominos Pizza can now be found here.

Seeing as I’ve been really busy this week with the last of moving and cleaning the old apartment I thought that I’d share an interesting experience with you all. Normally on this blog I talk about stuff that I love but today I want to talk about something that I hate: bad customer service.

People on my Twitter has already heard this story but for the rest of you… last Saturday we had spent the entire day cleaning and packing boxes. James and I were pretty tired and my school friend Milissa was staying with us so we all decided to get Pizza. The decision was to get Dominos and I decided to try out their new Puff Pastry Pasta Bowls.

Sounds delicious right? That’s what I thought too until I got 3 bites in and discovered this in the box…

A squished COCKROACH!!

So 40 minutes later the new one shows up and the delivery guy shoves it through the door and walks off. By the time he got there I was feeling like throwing up more than eating another pasta bowl *_*

Bad customer service makes me so mad and they are really only shooting themselves in the foot. Had they been apologetic about it and offered free garlic bread or refunded my money I wouldn’t be nearly as angry as I am! In fact I probably wouldn’t have made this post or reported them to the health department (anyone know where I can do this in Aus?). Sincere apologies count for a surprising amount.

The lesson: if you own a company bad customer service will always come back to bite you. Guess where I won’t be ordering from again? Oh yes, Dominos Pizza.

Nuffnang Awards Outfit Of The Day

Nov 9, 2009 by

Well as promised here is my outfit for the Nuffnang awards in all of it’s minute details!

I put so much time and effort into this outfit that I think it deserves it’s own post if only for my records heeheee!

The dress:

I was so torn on what dress design to go with. I wanted something Hime Gyaru obviously but I wanted it to also feel like I was wearing a million dollars rather than something I’d made. Originally I wanted to buy a dress but I couldn’t find anything I liked so I improvised.

This is how it all started out:


I cut one of my basic patterns out of a stretch cream satin for lining.

Anyway these were $40 marked down from around $170. Before decoration…


After decoration… Notice the pleated ribbon again ;)


Detail shot: Yep I’m so detailed obsessed that I glued diamantes to the buckles ^_^

The real shoes

Now this is how the shoes I actually wore started out… On sale for $30 originally like $150ish.


After the Violet treatment…


They are so pretty but holy bajeebus are they painful! Seriously I think I hobbled around for half the night but it was totally worth it XD


Detail shot:


Interestingly enough these shoes tested by deco abilities. I couldn’t use plain old epoxy glue because it was too brittle, every time I put on the shoes a bunch of jewels cracked off. So I came up with the solution of glueing with epoxy first and then doing 3 top coats of plain old craft tacky glue. This gave it the flexibility to move with my feet :D Totally interesting right?

The nails

I didn’t get too many detail shots of my nails because I completely forgot about them ^_^ The are a pink base with a touch of glitter, white lace with ceramic flowers in pink and white on the very tips. The white lace even has little roses on it!


Funny story- I ran out of nail glue so I had to rush and get some for the flowers. They didn’t have my usual brand so I just grabbed one marked “Professional”. Turns out what they meant by “proffessional” was actually “rubbish and doesn’t stick to anything”. This lead to all kind of shenanigans with little roses flying off and having to dig around under heavy cabinets to get them back before the night. Lesson: Once you find a good nail glue stick with it!


Thought I’d show you my other nails for the trip while I’m here :) These are blue and blue glitter stripes with silver tips and blue/silver diamantes.


Some of the small diamantes are heart shaped.

The jewelery

My choker, brooch and one of my bracelets were all custom made by the beautiful Celeste from Little Waltz. I commissioned Celestewith a jumble of ideas even before I had a dress and she made the most beautiful pieces for me!


This was the package that arrived from Little Waltz. Everything was packed super well.

The choker is pink pearls with a silver crown backing and a large flower over the top. There is a little chain with more pearls hanging down. The brooch has Swarofsky crystals dangling down in a vintage metal base and a beautiful pink cameo. She also included 2 absolutely beautiful bracelets with diamantes and little bells which jingle whenever I move. When I wear them I feel like a fairy!

I would absolutely recommend Little Waltzfor anyone needing custom or off the shelf jewelery, the designs are wonderful and the craftsmanship is just beautiful. Celeste handled all my panicky emails wonderfully and couldn’t have been easier to work with! The craftsmanship on the jewelery is immaculate and the prices were really reasonable, I’d give it all a 10/10!

The face

I decided to keep my make up fairly simple for the night with some false lashes and a hint of pink eye shadow. Lip gloss was of course a must too! 1000 Hoursent me some lashes to test out so I decided it was the perfect night to take one of the sets for a test run.


This was the set I was wearing, “Wild Damsel” you can buy them at Priceline for RRP $8.95. I used a different glue because of my allergy.

Of course here are some shots of them in action…


I found the application of these to be very easy, they held their shape quite well so it wasn’t a pain to reuse them next time. They were very easy to clean with warm water and with the help of my heated curler they were the perfect shape. I think if you wanted them more or less curled it would be quite easy to achieve. 1000 Hour sent me a couple of other products so I’ll be reviewing them soon for you all too!

Shot to see the length…


Well that’s a wrap everyone! I’ll be back to blogging as normal now that most of the move is out of the way :D

Hope to see you all at the next Nuffnang Awards next year!

ACEO Friday!

Nov 6, 2009 by

So this is a regular old ACEO Friday post but I also have to let you all know that I’ll be without internet for a few days while we move in with James’ parents so I won’t be able to reply to comments until I get my internet connection back.

Everything is a mad house here at the moment! I’m knee deep in boxes and packing tape at the moment which is fun. I’ve got around half of the house done but the rest looks like a bomb has hit it ^_^There is row upon row of bejeweled bits and pieces in piles of “Keep” and “Throw out”. I went through all my hair and make up bits and pieces yesterday… here is a snap shot of the carnage!

Cleaning out make up and accessories to pack. Omg so much junk! on Twitpic

So when I see you all next week I’ll be living with James’ parents ^_^ Have a great weekend!

As always click the image to be taken to the ACEO etsy store.

How to Travel in Style with Violet

Nov 4, 2009 by

I’ve done quite a bit of traveling in my time and I love exploring new and interesting places but I always try to travel in style.

I try to make my everyday life as beautiful as possible and traveling is no different. You won’t find me in sweat pants and thongs (or flip flops for my American readers), I want to feel as pretty leaving a 7 hour flight as I do going out to dinner!

So with my recent trip to Singapore I thought it was the perfect time to show you all how I travel in style. This is a compilation of tips I’ve picked up on my travels and my “must have” items for along the way.

First thing’s first…

Take something lucky

I’m not a superstitious person by nature but there’s a story behind this one! The day before we went to Singapore James and I were doing some last minute shopping in the city. I was feeling a little light headed so we stopped at McDonalds for some fries. As I was walking away I checked my change and what should be there but a Singaporean 10 cent piece!!


I was so surprised, normally if I get anything foreign in my change it’s New Zealand currency. This seemed so random and fateful that I kept it in a special compartment in my bag the whole trip!


Nov 2, 2009 by

It’s princess video time ^_^

So remember when I said that I’d have a surprise when I reached 100 followers? Well today I reached 109! How exciting! My surprise is I’m going to start video blogging :D

Because I’m still working on some real videos I thought I’d share with you a video of the fun Candice aka Super Kawaii Mama had while we were over in Singapore. This is why I was holding back the photos of us over the weekend. It’s so funny when you meet someone for the first time and feel like you’ve known them for years, I couldn’t have asked for better traveling buddies ^_^

So enjoy and let me know what you want to see in my future videos ;)

Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoyed the silly princess video!