Monday, 29 February 2016

Finding a Balance

Every once in a while I find myself trying to re balance my life. From work, to friends, to family, to hobbies and everything in between. It seems as though as soon as one aspect of your life improves - another gets pushed away - for instance, you spend more time focusing on your own free time and hobbies that you miss out on spending that time with your nearest and dearest.



I'm someone who loves a routine, I like to feel in control and organised with what is going on around me. But, at the same time I wish I was more spontaneous.

As soon as someone or something new comes into my life - I panic - I start to doubt whether I am spending my time wisely. I then find myself trying to re balance everything out again. Maybe this is where my downfall is, I over think all the little things when maybe I should just go with the flow more.

Changing a mentality is not quite so easy as to changing the time you get up in the morning, but what if changing what you do in between getting up in the morning and going to sleep at night, can help change your mentality? This spring I'm going to have a refresh on the way I view my day-to-day life - and I want you to join me.

Keep an eye out for my next post on the steps I'm going to take to improve my mindset on day-to-day life.

It's time to start relishing the little things in between the bigger things in life.

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Sunday, 28 February 2016

Real Techniques: Miracle Complexion Sponge



Who would have thought that applying your foundation with a sponge would be a good idea? Because it turned out to be a great one. 

Quite a few times I walked into Boots, picked up the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, put it in my basket and then put it back without buying it. Mainly because I thought that applying my foundation with a sponge would not beat using a foundation brush.

I then received the applicator as part of a Christmas present from my cousins...and now I rarely touch my foundation brushes. 

Name: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge 
Price: £5.99 for 1 or 2 for £9.99
Where: Boots or of course Real Techniques



To use the sponge simply rinse under warm water and squeeze a couple of times until you can feel the sponge expanding. Squeeze out the access water and dry using a towel. 

The shape of the sponge makes it very functional: The flat round face is what is used to apply your liquid foundation to the main base of your face, and then you have pointed edges to target the contours around your nose and eyes. 


What applicator do you use to apply your foundation?

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Saturday, 20 February 2016

ZOEVA - 103 Defined Buffer



Nothing beats the sight of a new pristine makeup brush. Recently, I stepped out of my Real Techniques comfort zone and decided to purchase a Zoeva brush. I've had my eyes on some of their makeup brush sets for a while now but after reading mixed reviews on their quality, I thought I'd purchase the one brush for the time being to see how I find it. 

Name: Zoeva 103 Defined Buffer
Price: £11.50 
Where: I personally purchased mine off of Beauty Bay


First impression: I was pleased with the packaging. The brush was well protected by the wallet and guard - which meant it was completely undamaged when it arrived. Also, the clear wallet could come in handy for travelling someday!




In terms of the brush itself, the bristles are soft and blend in foundation well. I have sensitive skin and I've noticed some face brushes irritate it, however this brush has been nice to the touch so far. The brush is also vegan friendly.

The angled face is designed for detailed application and all types of foundation. I've found having an angled brush is a lot easier to blend foundation into contoured areas such as the eyes and nose.


What tool do you like to apply your foundation with?

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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Coconut Cake & Strawberry Swirls


The Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup or 225g butter
  • 2 cups or 400g white sugar
  • 4 eggs 
  • 2 1/2 cups or 350g self-raising flour
  • 1 cup or 225ml milk 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup or 50g sweetened shredded coconut  

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Combine the milk and vanilla, add alternately to the creamed mixture with the flour, ending with the flour. Finally mix in the shredded coconut. Pour into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cake will pull away from the sides of the pan slightly when done. Allow cakes to cool in the pans for a few minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. I then took cookie cutters - in the shape of hearts and flours to cut out shapes in my cake.

The Icing

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry extract
Method: 
  • Using an electric whisk (or your own hand and a whisk if you have the effort!) mix together the butter, icing sugar and strawberry extract on a high speed until it's at a creamy consistency. This can take time and you may need to add either butter and icing sugar in order to receive the consistency that you want. 

Decorate as you wish! You may want to add sprinkles or decoration in order to make them look extra special. 
With Love,

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