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H E L L O ! My name is Naomi Shiek (pronounced CHIC).
I've been very fortunate to have my own small independent atelier called Woodland Papercuts. This is my private blog exploring my favorite things in beauty & design.

L E T S__B E__F R I E N D S !
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Saturday, 15 October 2016


I'm posting now to prove that even this blog can be a phoenix and rise from the ashes of... Honestly, I just forgot about this space. Which is fair, because I also forgot about my business blog, so see, it evens out.

I've looked at my drafts folder, and there are 15 makeup posts saved in there from April of last year. I don't remember what makeup I wore then, but apparently I loved false lashes and had much to say about other beauty finds, like lip balm. Seems moot to post all these now, since my favourite lip balm is different, I've found a mascara that can hold a curl, and also I've finally found foundations and concealers for my pale skin (no more orange face at age 30! Woot! Woot!) - Not that it stops me from loading online carts with other options, but a gal can go insane watching makeup collection vids on youtube.

My obsessions have indeed changed somewhat. My wallet, for a short while, thanked me. First of all, I spend hours online scouting furniture that I'm never going to buy. Partly because it'll cost a fortune to get to my house, but mostly because I am commitment-phobe (Yes, with furniture). Also, sitting on the floor isn't so bad. But my latest money pit is buying pinup-style clothes online. See, I gained a bit of weight when I turned 30 (I was shocked, too!) and gave away a lot of clothes I hardly wore. I was so proud of myself! Then I spent a few months in nothing bout lounge wear (not ashamed), and then found online shops for retro style clothes (god damn you Top Vintage!). So naturally I went from a capsule wardrobe to spending thousands on clothes I don't need. Why?! I work from home. Really, when am I ever out of pyjamas? It hurts, ya'll.

So, I didn't die. Just went stupid. I do miss those livejournal days when I blabbered on and on online about life and hobbies. Now instead I spend days - DAYS! - looking for the best vanity mirror online (you know, the kind that looks glamorous, but magnifies your skin to a degree you want to kill yourself? That one.) and frankly, who in their right mind would want to read about that? I don't even want to live through it!

Yeah, ok, I'll write about it. Give me a year.

Photo taken at dear friends' wedding, circa 2014

Monday, 22 June 2015

High on coffee

My hair is still frizzy, ugh. Anyone has miracle suggestions?

Anyways, look at this cute mini perfume bottle! I paid way too much for it and I'm going to spill it all over, I just know it, but who can resist a cute miniature? Someone who's dead inside, that's who!

I realized today I have 30 lipsticks and glosses. That's a far cry from the iconic 5 colors I started out with, insisting those are all I'm ever going to need. I haven't even opened two-thirds of them, by the way, but apparently for any one color I also need 5 shades and finishes, because they're just so different. Also, packaging. Who needs this many lip products? A junkie, that's who! #sorrynotsorry

And now I'm speaking in hashtag, someone stop this hipster.

I am full of life today, and about 4 liters of sugared coffee. I have to test which lipsticks last, ok?

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

My new pet!

OK, it's a rock. A pretty garden rock. Shaped like a hedgehog. It's the best sort of pet! Fits on my desk, doesn't need food or water, and will cuddle.

Look at its fat little body, it's so cute! I wouldn't cheat on my little peanut-shaped dog anyways (who's actually my mom's dog, but loves me best. YAAAS!) Which reminds me, a cuddle-session with her is long-overdue.

Clearly I'm on a lot of frozen yogurt ice cream and mocha coffee, and steaming through orders. Go me!

Thursday, 23 April 2015


There are days my work and body are fighting each other. I have a hard time getting out of bed and staying awake, no matter how many hours of sleep I get. Daily gym visits, pills and supplements, and the spring sun aren't making an impact so far, and my unwavering fatigue is still reigning strong. Nothing helps, and fighting sleep becomes harder throughout the day.

I hate how this has influenced my work. Last year I had 18+ work days, I didn't go to sleep until every email was answered. These days I'm lucky if I can stay awake for 12 hours work and complete my daily design tasks, let alone answer all the emails. Now people can wait for 2-3 days for a reply, and I hate that!

Even now, it's 3 in the afternoon and I am knackered. Seriously yawning non-stop, eyes hurt, feeling lethargic, and I have 8 emails and 3 papercuts to go before I can sleep. What gives??

What do you do to wake yourself up? Any healthy life tips?

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