Sunday, 27 April 2014

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lip Paints in Peach Club and Frambourjoise

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lip Paints in 04 Peach Club and 02 Frambourjoise
Long-wearing, velvet matte finish? Comfortable, barely-there texture? Cute, wearable colours? I'M IN. I ended up buying the two colours that were listed as 'nudes'strangely enoughin the collection because they were the two that I felt I would get the most wear out of. The texture of these is lovely; just like the Revlon Matte Balms, they feel very velvety on application and despite drying into a matte finish, you never really feel uncomfortable wearing them. The lasting power was nowhere near the somewhat outrageous claim of 24 hours written on the packaging, but I would agree that it's not bad at all. I would say that with light application as shown in the images below, I get about 3 hours of colour. A quick disclaimer, however: I am constantly drinking, grazing on food, and licking/biting my lips, so no lip product stands much of a chance on me. 

You will see in my swatches that I haven't applied these products very heavily at all; instead, I dabbed some colour onto my lips with the doe foot applicator and patted it in with my finger for the softer, more relaxed look that I prefer. In fact, if you find that lipsticks and the like intimidate you because of how strong they can look, have a go at dabbing the product on lightly instead you can turn even the most shocking lip colour into something wearable and casual this way.

All in all, I think that this is a great new product from Bourjois and another example of how far drugstore beauty companies have come in the way of competing with their higher-end counterparts. Go on, give them a shot.

Revlon Rouge Edition Velvet in 04 Peach Club
Please click below for more pictures!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Revlon Buttercup

Revlon's Buttercup Nail Polish

Yesterday, a ladybird flew into my face and it was then, eye streaming and arms flailing, that I knew spring had arrived. And what better way to celebrate than by wearing a creamy, yellow nail polish. Say hello to Revlon's Buttercup.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Spring Blouses - Cats and Poppies

It feels a little bit ridiculous popping a 'fashion' tag onto this post because lord knows that clothing is not my forte, but when I wore my cat-print blouse to work and was showered with about ten million compliments, I figured it was worthy of making an appearance here alongside one of my other favourite blouses of the moment. Poppies, cats and collars? What more could you possibly want?

Thursday, 10 April 2014

D.I.Y. Ikea Skurar Plant Pot Turned Brush Holder

Ikea Skurar Plant Pot - Make-up Brush Holder DIY
That Ikea-Skurar-Plant Pot-Come-Brush-Holder bandwagon? I took a flying leap onto it.
On one of my rare trips to Ikea with my mum, I couldn't contain my excitement when I set eyes on THE  Skurar plant pot, which has been making the rounds across the blogosphere for being one of the most on-trend DIY brush-holder projects going. Now, I use the term 'project' loosely because once you manage to get hold of the pot itself, it's all smooth sailing from thereon in...

You could go ahead and use the pot as a brush holder in its ~natural~ state, but it's fairly deep and your brushes will merely peek over the edge and flop sideways, rather than stand high and well-rooted. In order to create the latter, more desirable effect you have to fill the pot with a material that will both fill out the bottom, but also yield slightly to allow you to insert your brush handles into it; for example: rice, small gem stones, bb pellets, etc. Whatever you do, just make sure that the material you choose has smooth edges so you aren't running the risk of scratching your handles.

I initially chose rice to fill my pot with and it actually worked quite well, but eventually I replaced it with about 5000 of my boyfriend's BB pellets because they look slightly more pleasant. Ideally, I'd quite like to fill it with dainty, pastel, glass stones but I've yet to find a big enough quantity at a fair price. If you have any other ideas for more attractive fillers, please let me know!

Have fun.

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Friday, 4 April 2014

Food: Easy Fried Rice


You will need:

  • 250g/two rice cooker cups rice [this is the uncooked measurement of rice], cooked and cooled safely*
  • A mild cooking oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium clove of garlic, minced
  • 3 eggs [we love lots of egg, but you can use as few as 1]
  • Soy sauce [I used gluten-free Tamari soy sauce]
  • Sesame oil
  • 250g Pork or chicken, thinly sliced
  • 250ml of frozen peas, defrosted [a small drinking glass is around 250ml]
  • 1/2 carrot either very finely sliced with a vegetable peeler or very finely chopped
  • 2-3 spring onions
Disclaimer: I am not a chef and have no idea whether this is a the 'proper' way to make stir fried rice, but I thought it tasted pretty good.
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