Wednesday, 30 November 2016

My favourite lipstick / lip liner combinations

As per usual I am pretty late to the beauty trends and I have only recently started wearing lip liner with my lipstick. I previously thought my mum was the only person who wore lip liner but, after the Kylie Jenner lip phenomenon, it seems pretty much every girl does. Lip liner is useful for adding definition to the lips and prevents lipstick from feathering. It can also double up as a matte lip colour too.

Most lipsticks now come with matching lip liner shades, but if not it is pretty easy to mix and match various shades and brands. Here are some of my current favourites...

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Death by Chocolate Dipping Sauce

After National Chocolate Week last month, closely followed by National Chocolate Day, I was super excited when the lovely people at Thomas J Fudges continued the celebrations and asked me to create my very own 'Death by Chocolate' dipping sauce to accompany their delicious chocolate Florentines.

The milk chocolate florentines from the Dorset-based bakery are an amalgamation of nuts, chocolate, dried fruit and caramel. They are truly lavish and indulgent with a mixture of flavours so I wanted to create a rich sauce to complement it nicely.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Rimmel Scandaleyes Reloaded Collection

Rimmel has just introduced four new products to its 'Scandaleyes' eye range; a 'Reloaded' mascara in two shades and two 'Scandaleyes' liquid liners. Reloaded is said to be an extreme volume, long wear mascara that is easy to remove without leaving any traces behind, while the new liquid liners offer a 'Thick & Thin' and 'Micro' option.

I have always been a fan of Rimmel as a high-street makeup brand, particularly their eye and lip products, as they are reasonably priced while still providing reliable quality.

The 24-hour wear mascara is claimed to be sweat, smudge and humidity proof while providing 11 times more volume than the original version. For me the new max-density brush is definitely a plus. It is very thick and captures every lash while building up volume and definition. The colour is also a very intense black, which I always like as I have very fair lashes. While I am pleased with the results, I'd say the only negative is that the formula is quite wet so it does have a tendency to transfer on to the top of my eyes and lower lash line. That said, it did stay put throughout the day and was easy to remove. There are two shades available; Black and Extreme Black, and it costs £6.99.

The Scandaleyes liners (£5.49) are by far my favourite addition to the new collection and make applying eyeliner extremely quick and simple. The 'Thick and Thin' is a felt-tip pen style with a 3D slanted end that enables you to draw a thick or thin line depending on how you hold it. The 'Micro' pen has an ultra-thin tip that lets you draw precise lines to define your eyes. Again these were very long lasting and didn't budge during a long day or sweaty gym session.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Feeling festive - Rice Krispie Cakes with a Twist

The lead up to Christmas is always an exciting time as my house starts filling up with all sorts of snacks! To get into the festive mood, I was asked to get involved with Wren's Christmas Kitchen campaign to create a Christmas recipe with a unique twist! I decided to create some oh-so simple Rice Krispie cakes with a little festive flavouring and decoration.

I had actually seen a recipe of Pinterest to make some Rice Krispie Christmas Trees (which you can see here if you'd like to have a go!) but as my attempt didn't turn out quite to plan I fashioned them into normal Rice Krispie cakes with a festive twist by adding white chocolate, caramel flavouring and of course some Christmas decorations.

For this recipe I used:

  • White chocolate (200g)
  • Rice Krispies (200g)
  • Caramel Flavouring
  • Festive decorations
  • You can also experiment by using milk or dark chocolate with orange or hazelnut flavouring
Simply melt the chocolate, stir in the Rice Krispies, spoon into cake cases and leave to set in the fridge. Once cooled and the cakes have completely solidified, you can add icing and decorations!

To make them extra festive you can mould them into cone shapes and turn them into Christmas trees with green food dye, or add Christmas flavours like chocolate orange, hazelnut, gingerbread or toffee! Enjoy!

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