Friday, August 29, 2014

Mmmm Majestic Meringue

August only means one thing, the start of The Great British Bake Off. It's become a British representation of all us English bakers ready to take on any cake, biscuit or bread, and we love it! With pastel coloured cupcake holders and a British flag bunting circling a gazebo, bake off creates just the right mood for anyone wanting to start baking. With the whole hype of Diana VS. Iain scenario this week bake off reached tension it's never had before, even when Howard's custard went missing last year it didn't cause as much a stir (no pun intended) as this. Yes, the editing made it look like Diana had left the ice cream out for more than 40 seconds but why did she feel the need to take it out in the first place? Anyway... this debate could go on forever. SO, due to some of the bakers making tarts this week, it inspired me to make a lemon meringue, my all time favourite. It was so (surprisingly) good that I ended up buying some lemon meringue flavoured ice cream afterwards. Obsessed lemon head I know. I'm sure you can spare some time in your life to make one, and you won't regret it. With the soft topping, zingy filling and crunchy pastry you can't say no.

The recipe I used was BBC GOOD FOOD, the link is below. Get into the British mood and start baking! Send me pictures of your bakes over the Twitter/Google/Instagram link on my blog. Many options for you to chose from there so no hiding!
BBC Good Food: Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday make up haul

1- Rush of the brush.

You may have the best make up in the world, but are you helping it show it's full potential? Having patchy blotches or lines where your foundation lies, certainly isn't attractive, but it's also very unhealthy for your skin because you're basically giving your face too much to handle. Using your fingers to blend in can be a risk, especially if they're a little sweaty which makes up your make up even more uneven. To make live easier and time go quicker when applying make up use a foundation brush. I managed to find a two in one foundation and blusher brush in H&M for only £2.99, but if you're feeling more extravagant you can purchase the No7 brand at £11.99. There's something satisfying about buying a new make up brush with the smooth bristles, you'd be a bully to your face if you didn't buy one. 

2- Eye-eye captain


Mascara is one thing to enhance your lashes, but looking after your lashes before you apply it is just as important to get the best results. By crimping your eyelashes the mascara will glide easier onto your lashes and will give them much more volume. These can be picked up cheap at only £2.99 from H&M so why wouldn't you quickly pick up a pair on your way to the till? Yes, it's an old fashioned method and goes back to the 1930s, but if it didn't work wouldn't the method have changed by now? If it's alright for Nanna, it's alright for me.

3- Fight those fairies away


Some of the issues in using a bronzer or blusher is that it can sometimes look like you've just shaken fairy dust onto your cheeks as it can sometimes leave an unappealing shimmer. Many make up brands have solved this problem by providing matt powder blushers to give an even blend with your foundation and other blushers. Maybelline include most colours of skin tones, and by picking up the lightest that’s almost white in colour it can be used as a highlighter to help with contouring make up. At only £3.99 and at the size of your palm, the powder is sure to last some time. 

4- Kit up with the eye shadow 

With contouring make up hitting the big time to give our faces more shape and dimension, why leave out your eyes? It's not all about the cheeks you know. At only £3.99 in Boots this set was on special offer along with a smokey eye set that I'll probably end up going back for. All together there are 8 different shades and a highlighter to give your eyes the shine you need to get rid of all the tired bags underneath. Thanks to the different choices you're able to decide if you'd like a glitter or matt pallet to work with. Adding a dramatic mascara and eyeliner to your eye will bring out the colours further showing its full potential. If you, like me have no idea how to apply eye shadow properly, there’s a handy step-to-step guide on the back. Put your phone down, YouTube tutorials won't be needed this time.

5- Beautiful blush

B for blusher, "B cheeky" for the brand, use this blusher and you can “B” brilliant. Due to all the contouring and obsession with being browner in our skin tone we forget about the genius that is a pink blush. Treat it in the apple of your cheeks for the correct application. Only a small amount is needed to give you the healthy glow your cheeks should have, you don't want to be looking like Charlie the clown so keep it minimal. Even if you're a fan of the browner tones, adding a pink tone on top will give more depth to your make up, so stay traditional. Why wouldn't you at only £2.99?

6- Moves like (Georgia May) Jagger

Turn on the TV and the new advert all over the screen is the Rimmel London Wonder-Full mascara. With the beautiful Georgia May Jagger modeling the new mascara it's hard to think it's a bad product as she shows it at it's full beauty, almost fooling us all as it won't look anywhere near as good on us as it does on her *sigh*. I've never been one to obsess over mascara as most of the ones I use have come free with fashion magazines, but I thought I'd give this one a try. Rimmel have always been noticed for the constant releases of new mascara and never seem to disappoint. It's a pure winner for my eyes and instantly gives my lashes more volume and also stays on much longer. Even the colour of the case is gold; it knows it’s a winner.





Wednesday, August 20, 2014

One high street, one million emotions

A casual trip down the high street can instantly change into an emotional experience as you totter on throughout the different shops. Sometimes it leads you to focus more on the atmosphere of the shop rather than the clothes themselves, especially if you're a window shopper, still waiting a week till your wages. If I'm not making any sense I'll describe to you the different experiences and emotions you can have in a matter of half an hour thanks to the high streets of today.

Primark

Primark, aka cry-mark has been on our high street for over 50 years now, and due to the recent recession the popularity of Primark has risen. The reason I say cry-mark is because it's 99.9% likely that a baby will be crying in the background whilst you step over the rising mountain of clothes that are building up on the floor. Yes Primark is very stressful, but if you're willing to have a good rummage (like in a jumblesale) then you'll probably be able to find some great bargains. In the major cities Primark can be an absolute nightmare as you weave in and out the crammed rails which can seem to go on for miles, especially with random prams acting as hurdles. The trick is to go during a weekday when it's a little less manic.

Hollister

Welcome to the jungle. Over by the river you'll see a pair of Hollister shorts, and if you look to the left over the walkway there's a small glimpse of the new range Hollister swimwear. Yes, entering Hollister can be almost like a tour guide into the Amazon rainforest as you'll dodge and shimmy around the potted plants surrounding the store. Even the entrance can look like you've traveled across the world as it resembles more of a Chinese design (I seriously thought at first sight it was a Chinease restaurant). Saying all this, everything about Hollister is adventurous. Even though you plan to not buy anything you'll find yourself venturing inside just for the smell of the Hollister scent and the really fit six pack models on the bags. We're girls, what do you expect, it's in our nature. 

Cath Kidston

The first time I heard of Cath Kidston, I knew her products were cute but little did I know how cute and shabby chic the decor would be inside the stores. Every inch of Cath Kidston pays attention to the theme and detail; I thought I'd stepped into a real life dolls house in my first visit. The thing I love about Cath Kidston is that her stuff doesn't stop at cushions and bed throws, she sells rolls of material and has a whole collection for sewers which encourages people to make their own Cath Kidston products. TIP OF THE DAY: don't buy expensive Cath Kidston material if you have no idea what you're doing with a sewing machine or a sewing needle, it's not worth the stress or "ouch's" from poking yourself with the needle.

Lush


Enter, inhale, buy. Pretty much the routine you'll repeat whilst in Lush. Even if you don't plan to go inside, the scent whilst walking past is close to heaven so ignoring it would be some kind of cruel gesture. Upon entering you'll see a rainbow of bath products in the shapes of flowers, planets and magic wands. Everyone wants to say they've bathed with Mars and Poppy's in their bath, the weirder the combination the better. Not only is the scent and products highly hypnotising, but the policy of not testing their products on animals does help us feel even more prone to buying a bath bomb (which if you're me, you'll never use because you always have showers) knowing all the bunnies in world are okay with Lush. Surprisingly, Lush are now hosting children's parties which is honestly the best idea I've heard, if I had kids that would be where I would take them, mostly so I can get some free bath products.