Sunday, 22 February 2015

SOAP AND GLORY: THICK AND FAST MASCARA

SOAP AND GLORY: THICK AND FAST MASCARA
Sunday, 22 February 2015
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Mascara is that makeup item that every girl has. It helps so much to brighten and define your eyes, that is why I always make sure I have a good mascara on hand. If I am going out and I cant be bothered to apply a full face of makeup, I always like to pop on a bit of mascara to make me look more...well...awake!


I have blonde eyelashes so sometimes it can be hard to find mascaras that look a little bit natural. I have tried a few brown mascaras in the past but never found one that was that great. But I was surprised to find that the Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara worked so well for me because it is really easy to control the amount of product applied. For example, in the photo above I am only wearing one light coat of it but it has already made so much difference! This product can be built up so much more with more layers to create a more thick, bold look.

Also, how could I talk about this product and not comment on the beautiful gold packaging?! I love it so much and I don't know about you but when products look pretty it makes me want to use them more!

I bought mine from Boots for around £10 which I think is such a good price for a product that works so well and doesn't dry out very quickly, so I highly recommend this product for anyone in need of a new mascara!


If you have tried this mascara let me know what you think? Or What mascara do you recommend?


xx










Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Get Inspired

Get Inspired
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
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One of the things I've found hard recently is getting inspiration for everyday outfits. I found myself picking out the same cozy jumper and jeans combo every day and it was getting a bit boring and predictable...so I thought I'd make a post to share with you some ways to help if you are stuck for inspiration!

1. Magazines


I love flicking through magazines to give me a few ideas of the latest trends. My favourite magazine is definitely Company because it does such amazing edits and I just love the general layout and content. Also, I love how Company quite often feature bloggers because it is really original and interesting to read about. There are so many good magazines available so you just need to fin one that interests you and suits your style.

2. Other Bloggers


Style posts are definitely one of my favourite posts to read because I find it so interesting knowing what other people like to wear and the photography is always amazing. There are so many beautiful style blogs out there to pick up tips and tricks from, my favourites at the moment are:
Emtalks


3. Pinterest


I have only recently got Pinterest and I can honestly say it has been SO useful because any time I'm stuck for ideas on anything I can type it in and I'm sure to get some inspiration. Just typing in 'outfit ideas' or something along those lines will bring up so many pages of edits (like above) and outfit photos to give you so many ideas!

4. Look around you! 


I often find if I'm out and about that it is really interesting to look at what people around me are wearing, there are always quite a lot of people my age around so I like to see what they wear together etc. Also use your friends for inspiration because its more than likely that you share similar style with some of them.

Where do you look for outfit inspiration?

xx


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Little Gems

Little Gems
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
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I thought I would do this short post to share with you one of my recent obsessions...RINGS. I have never been much of a jewellery person but over the last couple of months I have managed to grow a collection of dainty rings which I love wearing individually or stacked up.


A lot of my rings are mis-matched or from small boutique shops but I find places like Urban Outfitters and Topshop have some really lovely pieces too! Personally, I tend to go for more gold rings because they seem to be the ones I am instantly drawn to, but I do really like wearing combinations of metallics.

I keep a few of them on show in my room on this adorable silver ring holder, which is surprisingly from Lakeland. I think it is such a lovely, pretty way to display rings and looks so beautiful on my dressing table/desk area.

Let me know if you know of any small online stores that sell dainty rings? or recommend your favourite places to buy jewellery in the comments as I would love to know!

xx
Sunday, 8 February 2015

The Beauty Blogger Tag

The Beauty Blogger Tag
Sunday, 8 February 2015
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I've seen lots of variations of this tag around so I thought I would give it a go for a bit of fun! If you are nosy like me, posts like this are perfect for finding out random little facts and details! Anyway lets get into the questions...



Why did you start blogging and how long have you been blogging for?

I posted my first blog post in November 2014 so I have been blogging for only around 3 months. But to me it feels like I have been doing it forever! All of last year I was deliberating whether to start a blog or not and I spent a few months setting up my blog and coming up with post ideas. I wouldn't change anything now though because I think I started my blog at exactly the right time when I had read other blogs and had more of an idea of what I was doing rather than just jumping in at the deep end!

Whose blog did you fall in love with first?

The first ever blog I discovered was FleurdeForce and I still read her blog now, I think she puts so much effort and time into her blog and youtube channel and she definitely knows what she's talking about! But my all time favourite blogs are beautycrush and Lily Melrose because I love their style, personalities and layout of their blogs.

What was the first blogosphere hyped about product that you bought? Was it worth the hype?

As soon as the Maybelline Baby lips hit the UK, I ordered all the first 6 flavours/scents. I had heard SO many amazing reviews of this product so I was really excited but it turns out I really don't like any of them. I find the consistency very drying and the colour range isn't very flattering on my skin tone so I was disappointed after all of the hype.

What are you five favourite things about blogging and being a Beauty Blogger?

1. Reading other blogs and finding out about new products
2. Creating posts and taking photos that I am proud of
3. Receiving lovely feedback in my comments
4. Learning more about other bloggers personalities through their blogs
5. Trying out lots of new products to review etc.

What have you learnt from being a Beauty Blogger? 

That you don't need a really expensive camera and lights to achieve good photos, instead natural light is your best friend!

Have you changed anything since becoming a Beauty Blogger? 

I have tried to improve my organisation and photography skills to make my posts more personal and professional. I've also tried to put more effort into my makeup and outfits because they are my passions and I really enjoy spending that little bit more time getting ready.

What advice would you give to a beauty blogger just starting out? 

 Do it your way! Don't compare yourself to other bloggers, and blog about what you love because that's when your posts will be the best. Remember your blog is your personal space so don't blog just to please others OR for money and freebies! 

What are your top 5 makeup brands?

1. Rimmel
2. L'Oreal
3. Benefit
4. Clinique
5. Urban Decay

Recommend your top 5 beauty products.. 

1. Benefit POREfessional Primer
2. Rimmel Wake me Up Concealer
3. L'Oreal True Match Foundation
4. Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara (review coming soon!)
5.  (To be honest...) any Clinique skincare sets


Hope you enjoyed this little tag!

I'd love to know if you've done any tag posts lately? as I love to read them - I tag you ALL so let me know if you do this!

xx
Sunday, 1 February 2015

The Cupcake post.

The Cupcake post.
Sunday, 1 February 2015
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There is no denying it, I love cupcakes. Sweet treats are definitely my weakness because I enjoy baking them so much too! Today, because it was a Sunday I decided to try out some of my new recipe books that I got for Christmas. I finally chose to bake classic Vanilla Cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook because I wanted to experiment with different toppings.


For toppings, I chose to do Flake,


Coconut and Blueberry,


Chocolate Digestive Biscuit,


And Salted Caramel



My favourite was probably the Digestive Biscuit, but they were all so delicious!
I used fresh vanilla in my cupcakes and frosting which gave them such an amazing flavour, but vanilla extract works as well too. I also finished them all off with some edible glitter!


Here is the recipe I used:


For the cake:

  • 120g plain flour
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 40g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 120ml whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 quantity vanilla frosting


For the vanilla frosting:

  • 250g icing sugar, sifted
  • 80g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 25ml whole milk
  • a couple of drops of vanilla extract


  • Method

    For the cake:
    1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F) Gas 3.
    2. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and beat on slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined. Gradually pour in half the milk and beat until the milk is just incorporated.
    3. Whisk the egg, vanilla extract and remaining milk together in a separate bowl for a few seconds, then pour into the flour mixture and continue beating until just incorporated (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula). Continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the mixture is smooth. Do not overmix.
    4. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in the preheated oven for 20–25 minutes, or until light golden and the sponge bounces back when touched.
    5. A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
    6. When the cupcakes are cold, decorate with vanilla frosting.
    For the vanilla frosting:
    1. Beat the icing sugar and butter together in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed.
    2. Turn the mixer down to slow speed. Combine the milk and vanilla extract in a separate bowl, then add to the butter mixture a couple of tablespoons at a time. Once all the milk has been incorporated, turn the mixer up to high speed.
    3. Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes. The longer the frosting is beaten, the fluffier and lighter it becomes.


  • Let me know what you think of my cupcakes and toppings? and if you decide to make some of your own, let me know how they turn out as I would love to know

xx



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