Wednesday, 28 January 2015

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Eva's Nude

Phew! That's a bit of a mouthful for a lipstick isn't it? 

But lookit! Isn't it pretty. I have to be honest I had been completely bypassed the release of the L'Oreal Color Riche Exclusive collection last year. I've been on a bit of a perpetual spending ban for the last year and had been avoiding every make up counter I could so as to prevent frivolous spending. Obviously it hasn't worked 100% but it does mean a few things have skipped my awareness. 


Eva's Nude (Inspired by/Designed for Eva Longoria) was recommended to me by Laura at www.editor-in-chic.com. I had put out a request on Twitter for some recommendations and this was right up my alley! Described by them as a "Barely Gold" I'd put it as a nice coral nude with a hint of gold, dare I say rose gold? Slightly dark and daunting in bullet form but light and airy on the lips. It's super moist as well so, although you'll most likely have to reapply after lunch, you'll forget you're even wearing it the rest of the day. As seen at the bottom I'm wearing it with an otherwise bare face (mascara doesn't count!) and it doesn't look stupid at all! 
Thanks to NARS I instantly associate matte black packaging with a Luxe feeling so this coupled with the gold trim and celebrity associations really tricks you into believing you've spent way more than you have. 



The Color Riche Collection is available at £6.99 from all the usual retailers however they're currently on a 2 for £14 offer at Boots so you may as well treat yourself properly! 
Or you could forgo the extra lippy and spend £40 on skincare like I did. But that's a story for another day!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Faeriwood Kitchen: Two ingredient Brownies.



Ooey, gooey, fudgey, deliciously chocolatey Brownies. 

There's nothing better right? 

Unless of course you can make them with only 2 ingredients and cater to your ever growing list of gluten/added sugar/dairy/carb free/etc associates. Apologies to those allergic to eggs and nuts, this ones not for you. With myself being Dairy Intolerant through IBS, and my Mum being Coeliac and Crohn's, this is a rare dessert that we can both enjoy!


4 Eggs and 1 Cup (pretty much a whole jar) of Nutella. 

That's all that's in these awesome treats. 

The recipe is simple:

Whisk the eggs until tripled and size and pale yellow in colour. This will take between 6-8 minutes depending on your electric/stand whisk. I wouldn't recommend using a hand whisk unless you have arms like Chris Hemsworth in Thor. In which case well done you.


After drooling over Hemsworth pictures you slowly add, to the eggs, the melted Nutella (Melt it slowly over the hob or in the microwave, whichever is your preference, while the eggs are whisking. I went for the hob but the easiest way I can think of is to literally just microwave the jar of Nutella for about 90 Seconds, stirring every 10-15 seconds to prevent burning.) and whisk in. If you're using a stand mixer you'll need stir the mix up a few times as the Nutella is much heavier than the eggs and will sink to the bottom. 

You'll know when its properly combined because it will magically turn into a normal looking brownie batter. Dark, shiny, and oh so inviting. 

At this stage you pour and scrape every last drop you can into your chosen tin (approximately 8 inches round, or squared, lined with baking paper) and bake at 170°C for approximately 30-35 minutes. 

NB: You might want to make sure your oven shelf is flat, unlike mine, or else your batter will cook at a wonky angle, like mine. Don't worry though it'll still taste awesome at whatever angle it bakes. 

Cool. Cut. Serve. 


And there you have it. 

2 ingredients. 3 steps. No fuss. The only problem with these is that your Nutella consumption will increase quite dramatically. 

If you call that a problem.
 

Friday, 16 January 2015

New Product Alert: Benefit Roller Lash



It's a cold Tuesday night and I'm being led towards the back of a lorry in a deserted car park. No this isn't the beginning of every slasher movie ever made, this is the top secret launch of a new Benefit Cosmetics product. 


Inside we are greeted with a much friendlier scenario. The truck is decorated as a cute kitschy salon as only Benefit could do. We are greeted with non-alcoholic wine, nibbles and the opportunity to coo over the awesome light fixtures. 

We're also surrounded by these giant brushes..



And then the penny drops!

Roller Lash is Benefits answer to the problem of How do you top the best selling Mascara in the world when you're the one that makes it?! Well you make it do everything it's older sister doesn't do!

So what does it promise?

• Specially designed curved brush with 2 types of bristles for both your upper and lower lashes. And no spikey ball.
• A new formula designed to increase the curl of even the straightest lashes! Because brush alone does not a curl make.
• Vitamin B enriched to nourish your lashes - let's face make up isn't always good for you, every little bit of extra nourishment always helps. 
• Easy to remove! Unlike its predecessor they promise that Roller Lash is super easy to remove. No more scrubbing late into the night. 



After a fab demonstration and presentation from the lovely Mark, lead makeup artist and self described "Voice of Benefit", we were able to mingle with the whole team, test out a number of their other new products and spend more time marvelling at the decor. 


Seriously though... These cusions!! 


As we left we were given goodie bags with both Roller Lash itself and Puff Off, an under eye cream released at the end of Jan. Super generous and in this class wee Makeup bag. Thankyou to everyone at Benefit Ireland for such a lovely evening!


So after a few days wear what am I thinking?



Well as you can clearly see it works. Ok my lashes aren't as super curly as you would get with a heated curler or some LVL extensions but there is a definite uplift and I can actually (weirdly?) feel the difference. No camera tricks here just me and my iPhone 6 cam taking stealthy photos in work on an otherwise makeup free face. 

Sold on it yet? I am. 

Roller Lash hits stores on February 28th. Set your reminders now! 

X

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

A night at the auctions


Oh my, it's been a heck of a few weeks my good friends. In a slightly sooner than anticipated step I have moved out of Belfast, out of the world of grotty shared accommodation, and into my own wee flat. It's bliss. 

And with new digs comes new opportunity to put my own stamp on things. Something I've not been allowed to do outside of the bedroom before. Much excite!

Unfortunately after years living in glorified student digs I find myself with lots of stuff and nowhere to put it. So I decided to go to the auctions. I've never been to an auction before, I don't have a budget of hundreds of pounds and have no real plan but sure where's the fun in a plan, eh? 


I walked in to Belfast Auctions and instantly knew I'd be back. It's like a giant jumble sale but organised and there's a funny man in the corner talking really fast!  

I won 4 lots in my first outing and here they are. 

Lot 1: Job Lot - £1
This was all shoved in a box and was quite hard to see everything but 2 things grabbed my attention: Christmassy things and a tea pot. And who could say no when it went down to a £1? I absolutely love the rest of box (SHOTS!) and plan to keep it all!


Lot 2: Wooden Job Lot - £1
Again I was sold on this item by a mere portion of its components. The Russian Dolls which I've had an obsession with since I was a child. Thanks to my mum's lack of sentimentality all my childhood collections have been binned so this is the start of a new one!
Bonus here is the jewellery box and charger plate. Not sure what the other 2 are but I'm pretty sure they're bin bound. And again £1!!

Lot 3: Chest of Drawers - £10
This was slightly spur of the moment as during our reccy round I had dismissed this as looking a bit... Cheap (also I had fallen in love with a Victorian Chess Board Topped Unit that eventually sold for £240... Echem... I did not bid). I grabbed this at £10 so it definitely was cheap, much more suited to my budget, and it was also my first bidding war! I won... Obviously.

Lot 4: Exercise Ball - £1
One of the final lots to be sold, I had spotted this on our way in and joked about buying it. For all those exercises I do.
Well apparently I'll need to learn a few because without even really thinking about it my hand was in the air as soon as it dropped to a £1. Oh well... New year new me and all that!

Total + VAT: £17.50

Quite proud of my first go at the auctions. If you're like me it's something that, if you had the money and the space, you could get quite addicted to. 
Thankfully I have neither so this will do me for a while!

Oh and did you notice? I ended up with lots more stuff and only 1 extra surface to put it! I think this sums it up perfectly. 

Monday, 8 December 2014

Festive Fancies: Nail Edition

In not sure if you've noticed but I'm really throwing myself into christmas this year. This has been very evident in my moonlighting work as a Nail Technician. Here are some recent examples of my work! 
These Winter Bridal nails feature a gorgeous vintage red over Hard Gel enhancements at a wearable length. 

We went full on glitter mani for this one. Nothing says Christmas like over the top sparkle!

Santa and Mistletoe accents over a true red. So cute!

Black and Gold fade to match my client's Christmas party outfit!

When searching for inspiration my client fell in love with a very similar look by The Nailasaurus (one of my all time fave Nail Bloggers) so we followed our hearts and came up with this homage. 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Christmas Jumpers under a Tenner ft Tesco, Asda, Peacocks & Karma Clothing

So over the past few years, in keeping with the modern day obsession of all things simultaneously cute, ugly, and nostalgic, we have seen the comeback of Christmas jumpers.

Like most people however I haven't been able to join in the fun because I simply couldn't justify the cost. However this year I was determined and I have compiled a list of my favourite jumpers. My only stipulation? They're all under a tenner!


1. F&F Embellished Pull Me from Tesco £7: First & foremost I've only seen this 50% offer online so I'm not sure you'd get it in store. I love it because I'm obsessed with grey and I do like a good pun. The embellishment is totally on trend too so that's another box ticked!
2. F&F Nice Baubles from Tesco £6: again, I'm pretty sure this only meets the criteria online at 50% off but it's super cute and super cheap! And black. There's not enough black at Christmas in my opinion. 
3. Black Rudolph from Karma Clothing £9.99: barely scraping it under £10 (RRP'd at £12) but that Rudolph is one cute wee critter! Sizes are limited though so get in fast!
4. Women's Novelty Sweater from Peacocks £8.40: Creatively titled as you can see but I love this nod to Santa/Mrs Clause. 
5. Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal from Ebay £7.99: I think this was the first jumper I remember seeing that really took the whole Christmas Jumper thing and made it cool. The only downside to this one is you can pretty much guarantee you're not buying from the original concept creator. 
6. Christmas Musical Ho Ho Ho Jumper from Asda £12: ok it's over £10. But it's musical, it's punny, and they donate a smal amount to Save The Children when you buy it. 

So that's my selection from a range of jumpers under £10-ish. I bought the F&F Pull Me as I really do love grey and it looks like a good length. Time will tell if I'm right!

 I'd recommend having a look at Tesco as they currently have loads at 50% discount! And you can avoid pesky postage by using the click & collect service and getting them delivered to your nearest store. 

Have you guys found any bargains that you too just have to share?

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Festive Gift Ideas with Emjoi Micro Pedi (Review Included)



Last week I told you about the Micro Mani and how to give yourself a gorgeously shiny manicure in just a few seconds. This week I'm taking care of your feet with the accompanying Micro Pedi also from Emjoi.


This 11 piece gift set is slicker in design than the mani set plus you get all the tools you would need for a full manicure/pedicure even down to the finishing cream moisturiser. 


Here you see it set up with the exfoliating roller to remove dry or excess skin. This is my favourite part of the process, with my feet being slightly ticklish it feels great and like you're getting a proper foot massage!

Also included in the gift set is a nail brush, a tiny little brush to clean out the skin dust (gross but necessary), toe separators, clippers and scissors to trim your nails, and a 5 piece set to shape, buff and shine your toe nails. This takes a bit of skill if, like myself, you're not that flexible but the end result is great! As I mentioned earlier you also get the moisturing cream. 


I absolutely love love LOVE this set! I ended up going out straight after I had finished my pedi (which took all of about 20 minutes start to finish) and felt like I was walking on air. Even a few weeks later as I approach the time for a touch up I can still see the results: Less hard skin and my nails are in better shape. 

I thoroughly recommend this product if you're not one for going to a salon. It's quick, easy, and you'll definitely get the use out it! 

Available at Gordon's Chemists for £39.95 in this gift set or on its own and also a available for men (without the manicure tools) at £34.95. See Www.gordonsdirect.com for details. 

Also, if you missed it, check out my review of the accompanying Electric Nail Polisher and get those loved ones Christmas Stockings filled!


This product was sent for review but all thoughts and opinions are my own.