Sunday, 31 March 2013

Easter Sunday Cupcakes

   Easter Sunday can only mean one thing: cupcakes. And not just the 'smother-in-mini-eggs-because-it's-Easter' cupcakes - these are 'smother-in-chocolate-icing-and-Oreos-and-honeycomb-just-because' cupcakes.

   Oh, and I didn't make them. FYI, I cannot cook. My sister (aptly nick-named Delia Smith in her high school catering class) created these yummy wonders - I just took the photos.

   Check out her YouTube videos here.












Watch, River Island; Vintage Bracelet, Fairweather Vintage



Brogues, River Island



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Saturday, 30 March 2013

Easter Saturday

   This having been the first Easter where my friends and I were old enough to 'go out', it was inevitable that we'd take advantage, especially as everyone was back home from university.









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Friday, 29 March 2013

Good Friday

   In my opinion, Fridays are always good. However a bank holiday Friday is even better.

   Today Sam (le boyfriend) and I went to the Maybush Inn, a gorgeous little pub that serves great food and has such an inviting atmosphere.

   Situated in Waldringfield, it sits overlooking the river. Playing on this, the interior designers at the pub created a sea theme, with driftwood lamps, ornamental anchors and map patterned statement wallpaper.

   I'd recommend this place to anyone - the service is so friendly and attentive and the meals are reasonably priced.












   As I was explaining in an earlier post, this is how my hair looks after the curls are brushed out. I get a much softer curl that holds for the whole day, and I actually prefer it to when I've first curled my hair.


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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Product Review: Rimmel Precious Stones


   Rimmel are my go-to brand for affordable makeup - I have tried out several items from the London range and so far the products have displayed high quality results for their price range.

   At £3.99, the Rimmel London Precious Stones nail polishes are cheaper than most, and still do a good job.


   '001 Diamond Dust' is a granite coloured tone, packed with silver glitter to make it appear like its description. It sparkles under good lighting, and still retains some glamour in duller lighting. The distribution of glitter is perfect, with two coats being enough to make the polish opaque on my nail - no need for a coloured undercoat!

   The texture is very rough - however I am yet to discover a smooth glitter nail polish; if you invent one, let me know and I'll be the first to buy it. I'm not a fan of the rough feeling of this nail polish, and even with a top coat it still feels very grainy.

   Another thing I noticed when applying the polish was the smell. It has a very strong chemical smell, more so than a fair few others that I have tried. This put me off - on the other hand, it only lasts while you're applying.

   On the upside, the glitter makes the polish thicker and easier to apply. My cuticle wasn't flooded with liquid when I painted it on in a thick layer - this is great because a flooded cuticle can look really cheap.

   Overall, I would say that this was a nice opaque glitter polish, if a bit dull in colour. It's a decent buy, price-wise, however I won't be dashing to purchase the other colours in the collection.

£3.99 for 8ml





Scent - 2/5
Texture - 2/5
Efficiency - 4/5
Price - 5/5
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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

How I Curl My Hair



   If you've seen photos of me with my hair curled on this blog, this is how I create that look.

   I normally only wash my hair around three times a week because it gets very dry if I wash it too often. So with this hairstyle, I can leave it in for two or three days and on the last day before I wash my hair, I brush the curls out and it creates a gorgeous wave that I absolutely love.

   As stated in the 'information' section on the YouTube page for this video, I use straighteners to curl my hair because I don't like the effect I get when using a barrel curler or wand - tight ringlets don't really suit my face. With this technique, it produces a softer curl that holds for a long time.

   Hope you enjoy the video, any feedback would be so appreciated!




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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Topshop Safari

   A long way away from Aztec and Fairisle comes the safari trend. With animal prints still rocking hard this Spring, it's time to unleash your inner lioness and go full swing with a momentous nod towards the furry inhabitants of the African wilderness.

   Topshop have released a collection of safari-themed apparel that mirrors this trend precisely. With panther print leggings and giraffe covered shorts, you're sure to make a few heads turn at the local watering hole.




Mirror Cheetah Crop Top, £14.00 - http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=1&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=8955949&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=1040641&parent_categoryId=208499&pageSize=100

Giraffe Print Shorts, £34.00 - http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=1&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=9621656&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=1040641&parent_categoryId=208499&pageSize=100

Lei Two Part Platforms, £55.00 - http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=1&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=9427011&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=1040641&parent_categoryId=208499&pageSize=100

Jungle Animal Bralet, £16.00 - http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=1&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=9327080&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=1040641&parent_categoryId=208499&pageSize=100

Perspex Semi Circle Earrings, £10.00 - http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=1&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=8629198&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=1040641&parent_categoryId=208499&pageSize=100

Leopard and Lace Underwire Bra, £18.00 - 
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=1&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=9027271&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=1040641&parent_categoryId=208499&pageSize=100

Ram Head Print Snood, £16.00 - http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=1&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=9086788&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=1040641&parent_categoryId=208499&pageSize=100


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OOTD

   Today was a day devoid of colour. The sky was a dirty white, the sea a murky grey - the air was filled with a dullness that only a bright outfit could counteract.




   I wore an emerald green chiffon blouse - because it's still winter and therefore jewel tones are acceptable - casual skinny jeans and a light-catching necklace.

   Eyeshadow palettes have been seriously lacking this winter - I'm not even interested in Urban Decay's second 'Naked' palette. I want to see some colour! All I've got to work with at the moment is my favourite navy shade by Elizabeth Arden, however I would be more than willing to pop on some greens, pinks and violets to get me in the mood for spring, when it eventually rolls round.

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Monday, 25 March 2013

Product Review: Jelly Pong Pong Lip Blush

   Jelly Pong Pong, famed for their creation of innovative, quirky products and their refreshing, youthful approach to the business of beauty, have introduced another fantastic product: 'Lip Blush'. This moisturising lip stain tints your lips with rich colour and moisturises at the same time, rather than drying out like other lip products. 
   Lip Blush comes in a limited colour range of only two shades: Marshmallow Pink (a soft petal colour) and Cranberry Red (a very berry red colour). I would have liked to have seen more choice from the brand, however these two colours are quite versatile when combined with other lippies.
   The packaging is fun a and user-friendly to a degree, with a pen shaped tube and a winder at the bottom. However, upon first use the lipstick became dislodged somehow and fell out from the tube, staining my table cloth. I managed to get it back in the tube, but I would rather that had not happened.
   My favourite element of this product is that it is made with beeswax. I have always sworn by beeswax as a way to combat dry lips in the winter - I use a beeswax lip balm which keeps my lips hydrated. I cannot stress enough how cheap lip balms will do the opposite of what they say on the packaging and dry your lips out!


   Here are two looks I created using Jelly Pong Pong's Lip Blush:

1)

   This is a soft lip look, as I cannot normally wear harsh red lipstick without looking like I'm in drag.



   First I applied a beeswax lip balm (my favourite is Burt's Bees), then I used L'Oreal's Colour Riche Star Secrets in 'Beige Rose Jane' on my top lip, before applying a very light shading of Jelly Pong Pong on my bottom. Rub lips together.


2)

    This is a slightly darker look that is still light enough be worn casually.



   With a coat of Nude lipstick already applied, I lined the edges of my lips with Elizabeth Arden's Lip Crayon in 'Crimson'. I then filled in the rest of the area with a deeper layer of Jelly Pong Pong. Voila! 




£12.00

Scent - N/A
Texture - 5/5
Efficiency - 4/5
Price - 4/5
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Monday, 18 March 2013

Product Review: Renu Flash Relax Mask


   It was the perfect day to relax with a face mask. Having arrived home from a long day of lectures, I removed my make up with my Simple face cleanser and decided to try this Renu Flash Relax Mask.

   Squeezing the gel from the bottle (which I could tell would get quite hard to do when it gets down to the last few milliliters), it left a scent on my hands that was bordering on clinical. One wonders whether the clinical smell guarantees results, rather than the overly-perfumed masks that seem to be destined for a bit of fun at a girly sleepover. 

   I used a blueberry sized amount for my whole face, as the gel was easy to slide on and moisturise into my skin, especially after cleansing.

   After covering my face and neck in a thin layer of the product, I left it for five to ten minutes (as instructed on the bottle) and gently wiped off with a clean face towel and warm water.

   It also stated on the bottle that a "slight tingling sensation may be experienced". I wasn't discouraged at this, however when I tried the product I did not feel any tingling at all.

   After removing the product, my skin felt soft, however I did not feel that it had received the 'face-lift effect' it had been promised. The product, meant to "firm facial contours", left me slightly disappointed.

   I would say, however, that my skin feels fresher after use. I would try this again to see if prolonged use builds up the effect - however, if you do purchase the product, do not expect instant results.

   The bottle does provide a little caption at the bottom saying "for mature skin", so maybe the gel would work slightly better on older skin. On the other hand, a little 'tightness' would have been more encouraging.

£32.00 for 100ml





Scent - 3/5
Texture - 5/5
Efficiency - 2/5
Price - 2/5

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Saturday, 16 March 2013

Product Review: L'Occitane Brightening Hand Care

    During the Winter, it is guaranteed that I will bear the burden of dry skin. Hands, lips, scalp - it all arrives at the first sign of cold and the only thing that helps is the liberal application of product.

   Consequently, I go through hand creams more than any other product - therefore it is vital for me to find one that I'm happy with.

   So far, I've found a good few that I'm in favour of, however L'Occitane's Brightening Hand Care might just be my favourite above all.

   This hand cream emits a wonderfully fresh smell of cucumber, which I highly prefer over hideously perfumed versions. Like its smell, the cream itself is light and glides on skin well.
   
   One huge advantage is that it is not sticky. Normal moisturisers often leave you with a wet, sticky layer over your skin and you find that you cannot touch any surface or object  until it absorbs. With L'Occitane, this unwanted feeling is abolished, as the cream absorbs into your skin straight away.

   The cream also features sun protection, with an SPF of 20. This is perfect, as most often people forget to protect their hands from the Sun, which is one reason why a woman's hands give away their age.


   L'Occitane's website also states that the cream "helps stimulate collagen production, to fill out lines and smooth the skin". I'm not overly concerned about this aspect, however some of you might be.

   If you do want to try this for yourself, I recommend applying a pea sized amount between both hands twice a day to achieve its full effect. My hands were still slightly dry and rough after I went outside, however I applied the cream again and they were smooth and hydrated for the rest of the day.

£19.00 for 75ml


Summary:

Scent - 5/5
Texture - 5/5
Efficiency - 4/5
Price - 3/5




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Friday, 15 March 2013

Jam Gou Dou


   If you live in the Suffolk area and have an insane love of doughy cakes filled with jam and smothered in icing, visit Jam Gourmet Doughnuts. I first came into contact with this brand when my sister bought a pack of a dozen for my birthday last year and put candles in each one of them. I must say, I've never had a more tasty birthday cake!



   For Comic Relief, they created a variety of doughnuts with a red theme. We ordered a load and they arrived this morning!


   I think I'd go as far to say that they're better than Krispy Kremes. I have to stick to certain flavours of doughnuts at Krispy Kreme as I find that they overload them with filling. However with Jam Gou Dou, I like each and every single one! Which is probably a bad thing... Oh well - one only lives once.


   If you like the sound of these and want to check them out, their website is here. A box of twelve variety doughnuts currently costs £11.95.
   They currently only deliver within a certain radius inside Suffolk, however I believe that they are soon extending this as they become more successful!


   I had mine with English Breakfast tea in a ridiculously large mug, because I like to feel like I'm in Central Perk.






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