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Review: MAC Creme in Your Coffee Lipstick

30 Mar 2015

I have put off blogging this for so long! When I was away at Valentine's in Tunbridge Wells, I treated myself to a MAC lipstick. Everyone is so obsessed with Kylie Jenner lips at the moment, using MAC Velvet Teddy (see my fave babe Dizzy Brunette doing it!). However in MAC, I tried on Velvet Teddy and with my skin tone I looked really ill! The lady at MAC suggested I try Creme in your Coffee - a mid tone pink brown which is much more flattering for creating Kylie Jenner lips on pale, pink toned skin or blonde people.





The lipstick is a lovely dark nude colour and I think it's really flattering. I get lots of compliments about it because it's not a traditional red or nude, but flattering and wearable every day. It's a Cremesheen texture which I find quite drying so it can be hard to wear when my lips are dry as it highlights every little flake of dry skin. It definitely needs a scrub with a toothbrush first and a slick of balm. 

It's quite a sheer colour and can be built up quite dark, particularly if you use a dark nude lipliner to over-line your lips. I haven't used lipliner here to show you the true colour on me.   

Video: My first haul video!

28 Mar 2015

Eek I made another video! This one is a haul from my shopping spree last week and it includes H&M, ASOS, some fashion mistakes and my puppy barking!




As it's my first haul video, I didn't really know what I was doing, but any suggestions and help is appreciated!

Enjoy!

Velcro Rollers vs Heated Rollers: What's the difference?

27 Mar 2015

My old housemate Charlie text me the other day asking what type of rollers she should get, and it got me thinking - I haven't spoken about the differences between different types of roller!



Velcro Rollers
Velcro rollers are those ones you see on the TOWIE stars - they are often hollow to allow for air flow, but some are squishy inside so you can sleep in them (think Sleep In Rollers)


Velcro rollers are put in your hair when it's hot from the hairdryer, and left there to cool down. As they have velcro all around the barrel, they stick to your hair (as long as you don't put too much onto each roller). Sometimes you may need hair pins. 

They give a big hair look without much curl


You can also get really big rollers which give an even smoother look - the larger the barrel, the less curl you will form. 

The pros:
  • Easy to use
  • Very cheap - you can get a whole pack from Primark for roughly £2
  • Stick in your hair themselves
The cons (in my experience):
  • You have to dry your hair with a hairdryer = heat damage
  • I find my hair breaks more easily with velcro rollers, but I have got fine hair
  • If you do it properly, it can take a long time. Think sectioning off pieces of hair, drying them each individually and rolling into curlers. See my Big Hair Blowdry Tutorial for more

Heated Rollers

These are the classic 80s hair staple, but thankfully they are much better these days. My mum still has her oil filled rollers which are so heavy, but most have a ceramic core these days! 


Heated rollers come in a little bag or container which you switch on to heat up and leave for 10 minutes. Once they are ready, you just put them into completely dry hair, clip and leave until they have gone cold. Again there are lots of options - the barrel size changes the curl size (smaller barrel = tighter curl), whether the barrel is plastic or covered in a velvety fabric (I prefer without fabric) and if you use clips or grips to keep them in (clips are easier, but grips give better results once you have learnt how to use them). My personal favourites would be these rollers from TRESemme

The result is much more curly and sleek than with velcro rollers - you still get a lot of volume in the roots but the ends are more curly.

Pictures taken from my Hollywood Starlet Hair Tutorial

Pros

  • Less heat damage - you could allow your hair to dry naturally and put these in the next day
  • Less breakage on delicate hair
  • Sleeker finish
Cons
  • Take longer to get used to using
  • Give a curlier look if you don't brush the ends out
  • More expensive - from £20 upwards. 
I hope that helps! I don't really have a favourite - they all have their place in my hair armory, but I do tend to use the heated ones more frequently for prepping my hair for nights out and up-dos as it's really quick to chuck them in and go eat some food or do my makeup while they cool! 

If you have any questions let me know and I'll try to answer them. If not, my 80s big hair queen Mum will definitely have the answer! 

My favourite macaroni cheese recipe

25 Mar 2015

Another food post! I have gone from being unable to cook, to being able to follow a recipe, to being able to create my own in the last 3 years. One of my favourite recipes is for macaroni cheese - the creamy, comfort food classic. I posted a photo of my macaroni cheese on Instagram last week and Laura from Lola and Behold commented that she needed the recipe.


Here is the recipe for you, it's done without the need of scales, just things you have around the house. It's a super easy lunch recipe which takes as long as a pan of pasta takes to boil!

Ingredients

  • dessert spoon of butter
  • dessert spoon of flour
  • 1.5 mugs of milk
  • cheddar cheese (I tend to use about a third of the block, but it's to taste)
  • heaped teaspoon of wholegrain mustard
  • Scrunch of black pepper and salt. 
  • enough pasta for 2-4 people (depending on how saucy you want it)

Method
  1. Put the pasta on to boil
  2. In another pan, put the butter and flour. Turn on the heat to medium high and stir until they form a paste. 
  3. Add the milk and bring to the boil
  4. Add the mustard, salt and pepper and cheese
  5. Stir until the cheese has melted, taste and add more if you want. I like mine super-cheesy! 
  6. If the sauce isn't thick enough for you, feel free to add two teaspoons of cornflour mixed in a little cold water. The thicker the better with this sauce, it really helps it cling to the pasta!
  7. When the pasta is boiled, drain in a colander and tip into the cheese sauce mix. Give it a stir around and you're done! 

My Foxy Bedroom

23 Mar 2015

I have really enjoyed doing more interiors posts as I slowly save up and get my house together. I've recently shared with you my lounge makeover and my dining room makeover, and today we're looking at my bedroom. My bedroom is nowhere near ok - I hate the pine furniture (and my chest of drawers has collapsed and is not repairable) but whilst I save up for a whole new bedroom of furniture I'm trying my best to distract everyone with cute things.

When I got an email from Flamingo Gifts asking if I would like to take a peek at any of their lovely things, I was instantly drawn to their homewear section. You may recognise Flamingo Gifts because they're behind the amazing Flamingo Candles which every blogger is currently loving.



After spending roughly 2 hours cooing over everything on their website (it is seriously super cute) I found Paddy the fox, a handsome fox cushion who costs £16.45. I adore this quirky cushion on my bed, although I'm pretty sure Paddy and my dog have started a romantic relationship. Watch this space.


 Beside my bed I have a selection of things - my IKEA lamp which I wanted so badly because it had pully switches, my favourite perfume - Chanel Chance eau Tendre and an old trinket box by Wedgewood that my Nan gave me which I keep my hair grips in. I also got this lovely Stag Jewellery Dish which is £5.75 and a yummy white lilac and rhubarb candle which is £11.



The jewellery dish is so handsome! He's currently protecting my Jewellery Box necklace and bracelet.


The candle smells AMAZING and even without being lit, there is a gentle scent in the room. I love rhubarb and am really enjoying it, although I'm completely gutted I didn't spot the lemon curd scented candle - I am a huge lemon fan! It's definitely next on my shopping list. I'm a lover of scented candles and have so many! It's completely lame, but on a day off I love cleaning the house from top to bottom and lighting a scented candle in each room when I finish. The house probably smells like a clash of scents but it makes me happy!



 At the end of my bed is little Teddy's crate where he spends the nights. He got in when I was taking photos because the sun was shining directly in!



Definitely visit Flamingo Gifts for a huge range of homewear, accessories and pressies, but do set aside a couple of hours! The presents are inexpensive which is a huge bonus because you will fill up your shopping basket!
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