Sunday, 11 December 2011

Christmas leopard print nails

Leopard print nails have been around for quite a while. I first found them whilst reading Gem's blog who has a fantastic tutorial (unfortunately I can't link to the actual tutorial :()

With the festive period fast approaching, I decided to give them a festive twist:




I added in some random bits of glitter eyeliner as well to make it slightly sparkly.

Here are the products:

17 Nail Varnish - Risky Red
Barry M - Spring Green
Beauty UK - silver glitter eyeliner
Maybelline - liquid eyeliner


What do you think of this festive twist?
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Saturday, 10 December 2011

Christmas snowball cookies



I made these today as an experiment for my Christmas Eve baking extravaganza. The recipe is taken from Women's Weekly 'The complete book of cupcakes, cheesecakes and cookies and is under the recipe of Christmas angel cookies. Unfortunately, I had no Christmas shape cookie cutters so I decided snowball shapes were the next best thing.

Ingredients

For the biscuit base:

125g softened butter
165g caster sugar
1 egg
225g plain flour
35g self-raising flour
40g desiccated coconut
110g apricot jam, warmed, strained

For the macaroon topping:

3 egg whites
165g caster sugar
35g plain flour
180g desiccated coconut

Method

1) Beat butter,sugar and egg in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Stir in sifted flours and coconut in two batches.
2)Knead dough on floured surface until smooth; roll dough between sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Cover, refrigerate for 30 mins.
3)Preheat over to 180c/160c with fan. Grease oven trays; line with baking paper.
4) Make macaroon topping:
    Beat egg whites in small bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until dissolved between additions. Fold in sifted flour and coconut in two batches.
5)Make snowball shapes by taking a piece of dough, roll in a ball and push it down gently on the baking tray. Place about 3cm apart.
6)Bake for 8 minutes. Spread each hot cookie with jam; divide macaroon topping among snowballs.Cover with foil (like a tent so foil does not touch surface of macaroon). Bake about 7 minutes.Cool on wire racks.

So there you have it! They taste delicious and are great for sharing. I'm planning on taking some into work tomorrow as we have a massive sale launch to action.
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Friday, 9 December 2011

Friday Five #15

It really has been a horrible couple of days weather-wise. I almost got blown away last night when walking home from work (admittedly not my best plan, but 30 mins waiting for a bus at 9.30 at night, no thanks!) . It was wild. The pictures on the BBC website (under Scotland) just show some of the extent of the damage. My mum, who lives approx 3 hours from me had no electricity, whereas my Dad got stuck in Amsterdam returning from a business trip to Germany. He managed to get home today via Aberdeen and he popped in briefly to see me as well :).

On a brighter note, here are my Friday Five:



Jellyatric Jelly Babies:
These appeared in the delivery boxes at work today and I couldn't resist buying a few for various people. For certain people, they fit to a tee :). They are £1.49 and are available from Internacionale.



Arrival of transitional trends:
This week at work, we saw the arrival of transitional trends - the most prominent being the nautical, which has to be classed as one of my favourite trends ever. I have a few items to show in a haul post but the light is ridiculously bad so I'll have to do a separate haul post :).



Christmas Spirit:
I can't believe its Christmas two weeks on Sunday, just where has the time gone? I've almost finished my Xmas shopping and I'm looking forward to going home to spend some time with my mum and dad. I know on Christmas Eve, I will be baking mince pies and biscuits to give out to the neighbours. We will also be spending the day watching Christmas films. I think my mum was a bit disappointed that I don't want to go out somewhere, but out on Christmas Eve, you must be mad! I've worked Christmas Eve before and it was crazy!! You do get a fair few confused men who come in and the majority of customers are fairly pleasant to deal with. However, before I get to enjoy Christmas, I have two weeks of work and with that comes just about the biggest workload that we could possibly have.

Darwin:
Since I've moved him into my bedroom for the winter, he has probably become the most demanding hamster ever. If I open the lid of his cage, he will come running out looking for treats of some kind. I can't resist giving him a couple of sunflower seeds, although I do try and watch what he is eating as he's a Chinese hamster, therefore of the dwarf variety. Dwarfs can get big quite easily.



Books:
I've been reading a lot recently, mainly during my breaks at work, and there is nothing that I currently enjoy except from curling up with a good book. I'm currently reading 'Deadhouse' by Linda Fairstein. It's amazing. I've never read her books before until my Mum gave me a pile of crime books to read.

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Monday, 21 November 2011

Parallel worlds...

I've not done one of these posts in a long while. Here are some recent adventures of mine taken by my lovely phone:

My 'bread' for my Highland Stew - really they had stuck a roll in the panini maker

Some Paperchase purchases:



Whippy ice-cream:


'Fancy a kiss?' Don't worry he's in his playpen, not his tank.


How can this puppy face not make you go awwww!


After many years, I now like mince pies. I may even try some xmas pudding this year...


Some Photoshop editing:


Nyan Cat:


Burning candles :)


My lovely neighbour bought me 6 bottles of Rose wine for looking after the cats:


Acquired ' The Big Bang Theory' dvds:


Made some Whoopies:


Crumpets with cheese:


Red Cup - Gingerbread latte if you're offering to buy ;)


I've also been rediscovering bands I've forgotten about. Today's choice is Elliot Minor. I know I have seen them play somewhere but I can't remember where or who I was with. That's the problem when you've been to so many gigs, you forget where you were.

Here is a youtube link to Elliot Minor:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCOR8iIRkv0

The title to this post is actually the name of an 'Elliot Minor' song which sums me up at the moment - the real world vs blogging.

Enjoy!!

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

A bit of this and that...

Missed me? To be honest I've not really had much to blog about recently. I hate posting for the sake of posting. I like to spend time putting 100% effort into posts. Also I don't see how people a) find the time to post daily and b)have enough interesting things to say which are non-repetitive.Maybe I'm just alone in these thoughts? Maybe I'm just not interesting?

Anyway enough of that, here is a small selection things:

1) I finally managed to curl my hair using my babyliss curling wand.It's easy and took me approximately 15 mins to do my whole head.
2)I have become addicted to cheese on crumpets.
3)I have 6 bottles of Rose wine which were given to me by my neighbour for looking after the cats. Anyone fancy coming round for a party :p?
4) I'm slowly becoming addicted to 'I'm a celeb'. I'm not a fan of reality shows, not even X-Factor, but considering Dougie from McFly is in there, I feel the need to watch it :).


Hello Dougie!

5) Recently I have developed a strange urge to go the gym at random times in the morning - 6.30am anyone? To be honest, I like going as it gets it out of the way and at that time it is still quite quiet. The only thing I don't enjoy is walking down in the dark - I keep thinking a bad person will attack me....

That's enough for now! Any other jungle lovers out there?

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Sunday, 6 November 2011

Monthly Favourites #4

I really enjoy doing these posts. It's scary to think that the next time I do one will be December...eek!! It's getting freakishly close to Xmas and tonight my Mum sent me her Xmas list....



The majority of this month's 'Monthly Favourites' are all fairly new products for me. There is one which I have re-purchased and re-purchased over the last couple of years, but the rest are fairly new.



The first product is MACs 'Prep and Prime Skin base'. This was sent as a sample when I ordered something from the website. Normally I wouldn't have considered using a primer of any sort but I decided to give it a go. Overall I really like it. A little goes a long way with this tube and it's so easy to pop some on before applying make-up.At the moment I have another primer to use after this is done, but I will definitely consider purchasing a full-size bottle in the near future.

The second product is Good things 'Bright eyes eye cream'. Let's be brutally honest here, my eyes are a mess - too many late nights combined with early starts do not do me any good and needless to say, my eyes show everything. I've been applying this cream both in the morning and also at night. I may be slightly optimistic but I think that it is doing something for my eyes. They certainly feel a lot better. This tube is only 15ml, which isn't huge, but you only require a small dot to do both eyes. Another thing that I love about this product is that it is all natural ingredients - no parabens, nothing - just superfruit extracts of raspberry and lychee.

The third product is Witch concealer stick in natural. Now I don't know about you,but I always feel guilty applying make-up over a blemish of some form. I just think that I'm making it much worse. With this concealer, I no longer have to feel guilty. It contains Witch Hazel extract which helps to heal the skin. Since I started using it,I have noticed a difference where I have been applying it. In particular certain problem areas (hello chin!) seem to be much clearer.



The fourth product is the much hyped 'Pillow Talk' lipstick from Topshop. I still really like this lipstick and have been wearing a lot. The colour is a baby pink which once applied is absolutely gorgeous. I won't go into too much detail here but you can read my post on Topshop make-up here.


The final product is my much loved Benefit 'Boiing'. I have been using this product religiously for the last 3 years or so. This is my absolute favourite concealer in the world. I can't remember how many I have re-purchased over the period of time but I would say it's at least 4+. When it says it's industrial strength, it really means industrial strength. The coverage is amazing and despite only being 3g, there is plenty of use in this small tub.

What do you think about this months favourites?


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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Wednesday Wishes #10

I go through phases of doing these posts. Sometimes there is absolutely nothing that i'm after where other times there is so much.

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Boots x3:
I am in dire need of a new pair of boots. I would prefer one without laces so I can slip them on and go in the morning. I would normally go to Primark but I'm looking for something that will last slightly longer. All three of these pairs are from Dorothy Perkins, which is handy as I still have a giftcard left over from my birthday. What do you think of these choices?

Soap and Glory's 'Kick ass concealer':
It will come to no surprise that my Benefit Boing is my go-to concealer. As a huge fan of Soap and Glory, I'm eager to try out their cosmetic range and in particular this product to see if it will come close to my Boing. It's slightly cheaper as well at £10.

Tangle Teezer:
My hair is long. Very long. Some parts reach half way down my back. In the morning it can be horrendous attempting to brush it (not to mention painful as well). I've seen Tangle Teezers around and I've heard really good things about them so i'm hoping to buy one to see for myself. They come in a range of colours, but my favourite, obviously, has to be the purple glittery one.

Bird Bag, diary and make-up bag:
Cath Kidston - enough said!
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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Topshop make-up

Topshop make-up has been around for a while and i'm only just getting on the bandwagon. Yes, where have I been? The point is nothing really appealed to me until now. I only really buy things if I like them - I'm not an 'Omg I must buy this as xxxx has it!', it's just not me. It is hard being a blogger and seeing all these lovely items but at the end of the day, I buy both within my budget and also my preference.

Here is what I purchased:


Nail Varnish - 'Eyes of Steel' - £6
Blush - 'Powdered' - £6
Lipstick - 'Pillow Talk' - £9 (Smoke and Mirrors collection)
Lipstick - 'Rumour has it' - £9 (Smoke and Mirrors collection)


Nail Varnish




First of all I fell in love with the colour. I'm not normally a metallic person as sometimes metallic nails can look tacky.However, this nail varnish is something else. In one light it looks silver whilst in another it looks purple.

I applied this nail varnish yesterday morning before work. I applied one coat and the application was fairly thick.Unknown to me, I was spending the majority of the day in work in the stockroom, gutting it out. This involved a lot of hauling boxes, stock and generally climbing up and down ladders. Normally tasks like this would chip my nails to shreds, but I'm pleased to say that I have hardly a chip anywhere. Well done Topshop!!

Blush



I am a blush addict. I have so many. I was initially going to purchase a cream blusher as I had heard good things about the Topshop ones, but instead I came out with 'Powdered' a powder blusher. This blusher is a  bright pink and when applied a little goes a long way.

Lipstick





I've saved my favourite until last. My recent make-up obsession has been lipsticks. To be honest lipstick used to scare me. I think it goes back when I was younger to the image of bright red lips and nails. I don't know why I was scared of that, but something did scare me about it.

The first lipstick I picked up was 'Pillow Talk'. It is a baby pink which when first applied does look fairly bright. However it looks lovely once applied. This is probably my favourite out of the two lipsticks.

The second lipstick is 'Rumour has it'. This is a brown based one and again, like 'Pillow Talk' is really nice on.

Topshop lipsticks are nice. They are extremely moisturising and stay on longer than I originally anticipated. They also taste really nice. I'm not saying I go around eating my lipsticks but when you do accidentally get some in your mouth, then its nice that they do not taste horrible.I wonder if Topshop have lipstick tasters?

Overall I am impressed with my Topshop make-up.  For the price they are, they are of a good standard and amazing pigmentation. They also have some amazing packaging.I'm glad that I finally decided to buy some and I think, come payday, I will be adding a few more (or so) to my collection. 
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Sunday, 23 October 2011

London Montage...

I've been to London a few times this year and needless to say I haven't actually blogged about any of it. I thought I would do a little montage of the trips :). Enjoy!

The Firth of Forth at 5am

We're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz (Yes, we did see it!)




A certain mohawk rebel who likes to throw people in trashcans above :)

Some Camden town

 This man has a box on his head....




That was a lot, wasn't it? Comprised of three separate trips - Glee, Hen Weekend and the wedding (which was outside London but I still include it). I hoped you enjoyed looking at them.
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