Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Last Night's Outfit and Makeup!

Hey guys,

As I said in my last post I am now back in uni! I had my first night out since being back last night so I wanted to show you what I wore! This was also the first night out where I've worn hair extensions, I was actually pretty pleased with them! Any way, This is my outfit.

My dress is from Missguided and is literally the most comfortable thing in the world.
My shoes are from Public Desire and I absolutely adore them!


Here is my makeup. I used Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Mont Blanc and set it with Max Factor Creme Puff. To contour I used E.L.F's HD Matifying Cream Foundation in the shade Almond. It's so easy to blend making it perfect for contouring. I also used Mac's Boldly Bare lip liner and Mac's Honey Love Lipstick. For my eyes, I used Urban Decay Naked 3 shades Strange, Buzz and a little Blackheart. The mascara I used was Benefit's Roller Lash and I also used fake eyelashes (obviously). I used Benifit's Browzings to define my eyebrows.

Thanks for reading, what's your go to makeup for a night out? Let me know in the comments.
Christie x
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Sunday, 27 September 2015

Chocolate Nutella Porridge

Hello everyone,
I feel like I haven't posted in ages! I've had a busy week preparing and then moving back to uni, so the blog posts haven't been so regular. Anyway here is a great little recipe I discovered last week. I really like chocolate but I do think it can be a little too rich and sickly yet I don't like dark chocolate. This lovely little recipe is perfect as its sweet and chocolatey and is a perfect breakfast for a cold morning!



Ingredients:
1 tablespoon of Nutella
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
180ml of milk
A sachet or cup of porridge oats

Method:
In a saucepan heat the milk, Nutella and cocoa powder and stir until the Nutella melts. Then add the porridge. Stir on simmer until the oats absorb the mixture and looks the consistency you like your porridge at. You can also add a banana and mash it in the pan or after you make the porridge. I've tried both and they're both really nice, but it obviously makes the porridge a lot sweeter.

Thanks for reading!
Christie x

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

How I Blow Dry My Hair.



While I don't have particularly thick hair I do have a lot of it. This is why I have a bit of a love hate relationship with blow drying my hair. I wish I had the time and, if I'm being honest, the patience to blow dry it properly more often because I really love the look of it. I thought I would share with you all how I do it!

What you'll need:

Tangle Teezer
Ceramic Vent Brush (basically an everyday brush)
Ceramic Vented Radial Brush
Bobby pins
Hair Ties
Hair Dryer
Volumising or Curl Inducing Mousse


What to do:                                                                                                  
1) After washing your hair use the Tangle Teezer to get rid of an knots, obviously if you can brush through your wet hair with a normal brush that's fine.

2) Apply your mousse. I used John Freida's Frizz-Eaze Curl Reviving mousse. I applied some to my roots and then a little on the rest of my hair. Less is definitely more on this step.

3) Dry your hair until its almost dry without using a brush. I like to use a hairbrush to brush all my hair forward and then I dry my hair upside down. I know this isn't really good for your hair I don't do it often.

4) Split your hair into three sections, the top, bottom left and bottom right. Make a mini twist bun out of the top section and do the same for one side. Either tie it in place or pin it if you have finer hair.

5) On the side you haven't put a bun in your going to take the Radial Brush and start blow drying away from your face. If you have a lot of hair like me you may need to do this step in sections too. 

6) Once the section is dry and still warm wrap it round your finger and use a bobby pin to secure it. This is where it pays off to use smaller sections. 

                        Repeat sections 5 and 6 for the other side and the top.                       

7) Take all the bobby pins out. You can then smooth the top of your hair but don't brush the curls out. If the curls look a little messy split your hair into two sections, left and right, and twist it all round as if you were putting it in a twisted bun and then separate. This makes them look a little more uniform.




And that's it! You can spray with a little hairspray if you want but the mousse holds pretty well. Thanks for reading! 
Christie x

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

My Favourite Lush Products!


For this post I want to talk about the amazing Lush Cosmetics. I will definitely be doing some Lush hauls on this blog so I thought I would start by talking about all my favourite Lush products! When I was making this little list I realised how many of my absolute favourites are only available at Christmas time! Maybe the time restriction makes me love them more.

My first favourite is a Christmas product called Snow Fairy. I literally love the scent of Snow Fairy so much, I buy the shower gel as soon as it comes into store. I really love the Snow Fairy body bar which is in the shape of a fairy and has a slight sparkle to it that comes out onto your skin. It's really moisturising and smells so great on. It does become a bit of a mess after a few uses but I still love it. Some people find the fragrance a little too sweet, it's really sugary and so distinctive. It really makes me feel Christmassy as well.


I also love the Unicorn Horn bubble bar. It has such great colours will colours the bath really nicely. It also has cute little stars on it which maintain their shape in the water. It's a little messy however and its a slight pan cleaning the bath afterwards. It smells delicious and is so moisturizing.

My third favourite product is Let the Good Times Roll face cleanser. This smells beyond amazing, it smells like sweet popcorn and actually has popcorn pieces in it! It goes on a little like a paste and is a really lovely gentle scrub. It makes my skin feel so great and clear. I know a lot of people love lush facemasks so I may have to try one seeing as I love this so much.

Next up is the Godiva shampoo bar. I really like the shampoo bars, they lather up so well. My hair always feels super clean after I use this bar. Also my hair never usually holds the smell of most shampoos but with lush shampoo bars in general it really does.

My fifth favourite is the bath bomb Northern Lights. This smells amazing and feels great but I really love it due to the gorgeous colours it turns the bath. This is probably the prettiest bath bomb ever as the bath it creates is just gorgeous.

Back to Christmas products again, I absolutely love the shower gel Rose Jam. I'm not usually a fan of rose scents but this is so nice. It's not as sweet as snow fairy but it literally smells edible. I love it so much, it's such a relaxing scent. I can't wait to buy it again this Christmas time.

Lastly it's another Christmas shower gel Ponche. I think I love these gels so much because in my first year of uni I didn't have a bath, only a shower. It was so nice to have such great shower gels because usually they're really boring. Anyway, Ponche was a bit of a random buy. I didn't know if I fancied it because it has tequila in it buts thought I would try it. It smells so fresh and Orangey but also really Christmassy at the same time. This was my favourite gel so I devasted last year when it wasn't back in store so fingers crossed this year it will be.

It was so difficult to narrow this list down and it's made me desperate to go to Lush!
Thanks for reading. Let me know your favourite Lush products below!

Christie x

Monday, 21 September 2015

Profiteroles.


I absolutely love baking. I find it so relaxing and fun, plus you get food at the end of it. I also really love watching the Great British Bake Off. I just think it's the cutest tv show and all the contestants are always so lovely. Plus they make the most incredible things! Back when they made a comic relief special, the contestants made profiteroles. They're probably my favourite dessert, so I decided to have a go at making my own. This was the result!


I was so suprised at how well the choux pastry turned out! Choux pastry looks such a mess when you mix it in the pan, but I promise it turns out great! I think the most difficult part was managing to get the filling into the profiteroles. There is definitely a knack to it so they get better as you go along.
I'll post the recipe below. This recipe involves a red filling as it was for red nose day/ comic relief but obviously you can just skip Thw food colouring like I did. On a side note, if you don't have a piping bag, or like me you're too lazy to use it, you can use a muffin tray instead.

Christie x

Ingredients

For the choux pastry
For the crème pâtissière filling
For the icing

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7. Lightly grease two baking trays. 
  2. To make the pastry, put the butter and 150ml/5fl oz water in a small pan. Heat gently until the butter has melted. Bring slowly to the boil, and then remove from the heat. Quickly add the plain flour and, using a wooden spoon, beat until the mixture forms a soft ball. Return to the heat and beat for a further minute. 
  3. Leave to cool slightly. Add the beaten eggs a little at a time, mixing well between each addition until you have a smooth pipeable mixture. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm/½in plain nozzle. Pipe 20 small mounds onto the prepared baking trays, leaving room for them to spread. Flick water over the tray to create steam when baking. 
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 190C/170C Fan/Gas 5. Cook for a further 10 minutes, or until well-risen and a deep golden-brown. Remove and make a hole in the bottom of the buns to allow the steam to escape. Leave to cool on a wire rack. 
  5. For the filling, put the milk and vanilla extract in a heavy-based pan and slowly bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 30 seconds.
  6. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and caster sugar until pale, then whisk in the cornflour and plain flour. Pour the vanilla-infused milk over the eggs, whisking continuously, then pour back into the pan.
  7. Bring to the boil, whisking continuously over a medium heat and cook for one minute, or until thickened. Add a dash of red food colouring and stir thoroughly until it has an even colour. Pour into a bowl and cover with cling film. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to the fridge to chill. 
  8. For the the icing, put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water (making sure the bowl doesn't touch the water). Add the butter and 4 tablespoons water. When the chocolate is melted and well combined with the butter, remove it from the heat and beat in the icing sugar until smooth. When the profiteroles are cold, spoon the red crème patissiere into a piping bag fitted with a small plain nozzle. Fill the profiteroles then dip each one into the icing to coat the top. Leave to set, then serve.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Outfit and Face of the Night.


Last night I went out with some friends for tapas and cocktails and I though I would share with you what I wore. Here is my makeup
Products used:
Nars Luminous Weightless foundation in Mont Blanc
Seventeen Define and Conqure Contour kit
Rimmel London exaggerate liquid eye liner
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara 
Rimmel London Clear Collectiom clarifying powder
Rommel London Wake me up concealer
Urban Decay Naked 3 shades Strange, Dust and Burnout

Outfit: 
Shirt from First Nice
Ripped jeans from New Look

I also did a loose curl in my hair using Phil Smith's curling wand. I really want to learn to curl my hair with a straightner but every time I try I just create weird kinks. I will learn one day!
Christie x



Thursday, 17 September 2015

The Tangle Teezer.


I think I am seriously late to the party with this one but I wanted to share with you my love for the Tangle Teezer. The website basically describes it as a professional detailing hairbrush. Its fans include Cara Delevigne and Victoria Beckham. I heard so much about the brush I finally decided to buy one for myself. I have the original brush in the original colours.



I have naturally wavy hair so it gets quite tangled and knotted easily. It's even worse after I wash my hair and normally have to put some sort of oil on my wet hair before I can get a brush through it. With the Tangle Teezer I don't have to do that anymore. Also there's no where near as much hair in the brush afterwards as there is with a normal brush.

It's also good for brushing dry hair. I also have a Mason and Pearson hair brush which I do love, but sometimes that makes my hair static and fly away; that never happens with my Tangle Teaser. It makes brushing my hair a lot easier and quicker to do.

However nothing is perfect and it does have its flaws. It is absolutely terrible to use to style your hair. I took it on holiday with me and didn't take a second brush which was a big mistake, I had to buy one out there. You can't even use it to part your hair. But saying that, it's not meant to bea styling brush, it's just meant to smooth out tangles.

Overall I think it's a great product. I'm obsessed with it and convinced my mum and my sister to buy their own. It's especially great to use after you've washed your hair but it's definitely not a substitute for any styling brushes. Hope you enjoyed this post!

Christie x

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Rose Gold.



I am in love with anything and everything rose gold. It's becoming a slight problem. I think it's such a warm pretty colour, and how cool is it that the new iPhone is going to be available in rose gold?! I feel like rose gold is like the grown up version of every one having pink as their favourite colour when they were little.

My borderline obsession with rose gold only intensified when I discovered Olivia Burton watches. They are so pretty and come in so many styles whether you like bigger, bolder watches or little dainty ones. I usually go for a bigger watch but this time I thought the bracelet watches were so cute and pretty I decided to try something new.


The strap is so pretty, I think its such a great design. I actually had to take mine to a jewelers to get a few of the links removed as it was a little big, but now it fits great. I think watches are such a great accessory but they're not one I always take advantage of. I'm definitely the kind of person who constantly wears the same 3 pieces of jewelry so this watch was an investment.

Christie x 


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

My Mac Lipsticks.


My favourite high end brand of makeup is Mac. I love so many of their products but the lipsticks are just the best. I currently have 7 and while writing this post I discovered I clearly am drawn to the nudes. I think that's probably because its quite hard to find a good nude lipstick. A lot of them come come out too pale and pasty. Some have horrible chalky textures. I am a big fan of the nude lipsticks from mac.

The first one I have is Jubilee. This is a lustre lipstick which feels so moisturizing and lovely. Its easy application is a huge selling point. Its probably the most natural colour I have, or at least its the one that matches my lip colour best. This is my everyday lipstick and I love it. 


The next Mac lipstick I own is Honey-Love. It is very similar to Jubilee, in my opinion, but it is matte. This doesn't feel as nice on as Jubilee but it lasts better. This tends to be the lipstick I go to for a night out. This lipstick also goes really well with Mac's Boldly Bare lip pencil.

I also have the Creme lipstick Blankety Amplified. It looks much lighter when applied. I actually found this lipstick on Pinterest and then I had to buy it. It feels lovely on and I've gotten a lot of wear out of it all ready. 

Rebel was the first Mac Lipstick I ever bought. It was also actually a mistake as I thought I was buying Cyber but now I absolutely love it. It is the most long lasting lipstick I have ever worn. Seriously, I've taken my makeup off after a night out and its still on the next morning. This isn't a shade I would wear day to day but it's perfect for a night out.

Candy Yum Yum is such a fun colour. It literally comes out as bright as it looks here on your lips. You can then either wear it full on for a night out or dab it on for a more muted look. Its a great colour and it really comes out so well you barely need to apply it for a pop of colour. I've also seen a lot of people using this as a base to do ombre lips which also looks great.
I also have the shade Cockney. In its tube it looks like it has a shimmer but on its more of a sheen. It's not a strong, vibrant red like YSL's Tension, it's one you can wear more casually. If you like red lips but feel some lipsticks are a bit much this lipstick is great.

The last Mac lipstick I currently have is Gel. This really reminds me of the Grecian look. It comes out about as gold as you see it below and is so pretty and shimmery. This was actually a present which is so great because its nothing like the lipsticks I would usually buy. Its nice to mix things up and try something new. I'm yet to find a good complimentary lip liner for it though.

Thanks for reading, this post feels like a long one!
Christie x









Autumnal Touches





Autumn and winter are my favourite seasons. I love lighting some candles and snuggling up under a blanket with hot chocolate. I just love the cosy nature of these seasons. I'm also a huge fan of fall fashion and makeup. I put together this simple autumn makeup look focusing on golds and browns with my eye makeup. This was also an opportunity for me to use my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, I haven't got much wear out of it yet so I definitely need to use it more! The staying power of the eye shadows is so great. I know Urban Decay make a setting spray so maybe I need to invest in it! 






The eye shadows from the palette I used were Trick, Strange and Factory. Strange is great for highlighting the inner part of your eyelid as well as under your eyebrow. I love to use Trick over the majority of my eyelid because its a great warm colour that stands out without looking over the top. I then used Factory in the crease of my eyelid. I think the shades in this palette are ideal for autumn, there are such great shades of golds and browns in there. I am also totally obsessed with the brush it comes with. It makes application so easy and feels really soft. The The lipstick also brings a great autumn look to the makeup. I used Rimmel London's Kate Moss lipstick in the shade 107. This is such a great lipstick that has great staying power; it literally lasts all day without needing to reapply! 


Thanks for reading, comment below!

Christie x


Monday, 14 September 2015

YSL Lipstick Review.



When I buy lipstick I usually tend to get them from the high street using brands such as Rimmel London and Mybelline. If I'm going to splash out my high end brand of choice has to be Mac but recently I've been branching out a little. I'd seen a lot of great things about Yves Saint Laurent lipsticks so I thought I'd give them a try, especially after falling in love with their Touche Eclat. 

The shade of lipstick I ultimately decided on was red because while I have a red Mac lipstick in the shade of cockney it has a shimmer to it and I wanted something more matte. This is the YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick Rose in Tension. Here are some photos. 




The packaging is absolutely stunning. I adore the look of the lipstick tube so much, it was partly what made me buy it in the first place. 

The colour of the lipstick is also great. It's a really vibrant classic red while most red lipsticks tend to be more muted so I love that. However it's really really red. By that I mean if you want to wear it in the daytime you can only blot a little on or it's just too intense. 

The application of the lipstick is a little tricky. You really can't apply it straight to your lips; a brush is a necessity. If you apply it without a brush you just seem to get too much, like when you use a squeeze lipgloss too hard and end up feeling like you've got 4 layers on. It's a little messy to apply so like I said, you really need a brush. 

So overall I really like the lipstick. I think some of the issues with it comes from its colour, I think most red lipsticks can look a little messy if you don't apply them right. This is what it looks like on.




Thanks for reading, feel free to comment below 

Christie x

Friday, 11 September 2015

How I Store My Makeup.



I have a serious makeup problem. I am both a serial makeup shopper and a hoarder which makes storing it all really hard. I've tried keeping it all in one huge bag but that gets so messy and has no organisation. I tried keeping it in boxes with my everyday makeup in a little bag but that just meant I only used the stuff in the little bag. 

So after some serious trial and error I found something that suits me perfectly, plus it's super cute and pink. I bought this aluminium box on Amazon from Beautify Cosmetics, I know a lot of people use this kind of box for nail equipment so I thought it'd be perfect for makeup, and it really is.










So the top row has these little boxes which are perfect for my favourite lipsticks (although it was tough narrowing them down). This box is also great because the lid isn't touching the top of the boxes so you can put a few things on top of each other. I also put some eye makeup in this top section too. 








The box then folds out to two more little boxes which I use to keep my other lipsticks and glosses which didn't quite make the cut. I also keep my everyday brushes and beauty blender here. 


At the bottom we then have a great big box where all my foundations, bronzers, blushes and the rest of my makeup lives. Whilst this isn't quite so organised it does mean I get to see more of my makeup and use different products, I think we all forget what makeup we actually own from time to time. 




Thanks for reading, feel free to comment below!
Christie x

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Making Sushi.


Unlike many lucky people sushi isn't that widely available in my area, and where it is, it's pretty expensive. Recently a guy that I work with brought in sushi he made himself and it really motivated me to have a go at making my own! While it's not exactly authentic (the rice I bought was literally called sushi rice) it was so fun to do and inexpensive! I picked up some sushi rice, Mirin and Nori sushi sheets which came to around 5 pounds which is fantastic considering how much sushi you can make with it. I already had some rice vinegar at home but if you don't I don't think its a necessity. For the fillings I didn't stay very traditional. 
Here are some fillings I made with things I already had:

Bacon and tomato
Chicken and avocado
Cream cheese and red pepper
Avocado and bacon
Ham and tomato 

I really want to try are fruit sushi rolls which have pureed raspberries and apples in them so I may have a go at that next time, as well as trying to make more traitional sushi although I think that may be more difficult! Anyway, here are some photos below, my mum already had a bamboo mat to roll them with but I think you could probably make do without one. Thanks for reading! 

Christie x