Friday, 5 October 2012

FOTD and Bye Bye Baby Brother :(

(daylight photo but somehow the flash photography colour payoff is more accurate?? This looks more pinky, when is actually looks more 'winey')

Hey dolls! :)
Today is a picture-heavy one as you can see, this should really be called FOTwheneverIamnotatworkIamwearingthislook.
I love a good statement lip as you know and this one has been the one I am wearing all the time!
I adore the lipliner-lipstick combo I stumbled upon one day and I don't know what I did without it before. To make the bold lip wearable I paired it with a neutral, matte & defined (but not dramatic) eye that really complements a bright/dark lip for the daytime. I really contoured my cheekbones and with a bronzer and used just a touch of a light fuschia blush for a bit of colour. I happily wear these kinda colours during the day or night so whatever floats your boat :) Personally for an evening look I would only darken the crease for a really defined look but just enough so that the lips still remain the focus. 

So here's what I used:

Smashbox Oil Free Photo Finish Primer
Benefit Porefessional Primer
Avon Ideal Flawless matte mousse foundation in Natural Beige (nearly my perfect match!)
MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC20
MAC Studio Finish Powder Plus Foundation in NC20
Laura Geller On The Glow Bronzer
bareMinerals Blush in vivacious
Benefit High Beam

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Avon Electric Purple Eyeshadow Quad - used the matte pale peach nude colour for eyelid and inner corner
Sleek iDivine Storm Eyeshadow Palette - used the matte mid-brown for the crease                                                                            - used the matte dark brown for outer V and lower lash line
- used matte black on an angled brush to line upper lash line
AVON SuperShock gel eyeliner pencil in Black
AVON SuperShock Mascara in Black (great mascara for defining, separating & volumising FAVE)
Clinique High Impact mascara in Black (to add extra volume, length and fluttery-ness)

AVON Lipliner in mystery mauve (to line and fill lips)
AVON colordisiac Lipstick in Rose Addiction (applied straight from the bullet)
I repeated those steps with blotting twice and then at the end, applied lipliner over lips again for a long wearing and demi-matte finish.

However on a completely unrelated topic my (not-so) baby brother went off to uni the week before last  :(

and yes I know I am wearing the same jumper, I love it and is my go to snuggly jumper in the cold weather
and yes I am wearing the same make-up here too, I did tell you I have been wearing it all the time!

I am gonna miss him sooo much, and I feel awful now Stu (that's his name lol) has left home too, because my mummy's all on her ownsome-lonesome. I'm sure she's celebrating really but I do feel bad, I'll have to be a good daughter and try and see her more :) But the good thing is he's not too far away, I didn't move to the halls myself when I was at uni, I moved in with my now fiance about 10-15 mins away. Stuart decided to go to Blackburn, which is only about 30-40 mins from me and my mum and has some lovely scenery on the journey too might I add:
So yeah that was a bit of a ramble and I know it's a bit silly to be bleating on but we are a really close little family and it's really strange having him so far away. Has anyone else got siblings going off to uni or travelling? Isn't it weird not having them around?!

Star x

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

October 2012 Wishlist

Hey Everyone! There have been a few things that I have been lusting over for a good while now and I thought I would share them with you, so when I finally get this bloody money tree in my back garden to grow I can say "that was on my october wishlist!"
I apologise about the poor quality of the pictures, I used paint to create my masterpiece and it has somehow been mutilated whilst uploading onto blogger :/
1) Mango Herringbone Short Coat in Black and White £39.99
I have wanted this gorgeous masculine tailored coat ever since I first saw Kate Moss posing on the advert and have decided I will look like her if I buy it. *ahem*

2) H&M Hat £7.99
I love the combo of the grey and yellowy/orangey colours of this hat and it seems a bit different to the standard beige/neutral colours I always go for when buying winter accessories. Plus it has a HUGE pom pom . . Nuff said.

3) Topshop Nails in Pinch Punch by Louise Gray £6.50
This beautiful nail polish is perfect in every way, cute packaging, pink and glittery. What more could a girl want? Also the most affordable of the bunch and the first one I hope to tick off the list!

4) Office Jeffrey Campbell Lita Platform Ankle Boot Spike in Black/Silver £150.00
I love you Jeffrey.
The most unlikely item that I will be able to stroll down to the shops to purchase normally, so these babies will reside on my christmas wishlist. My lovely fiance will be getting a few wink-wink nudge-nudge's in Office's direction this year. Have I mentioned my Warren is the best fiance ever? ;)

5) American Apparel The Disco Pant in Black £74.00
Also an item that I looove ( and hope I can pull off) but alas I cannot afford them. So I have been stalking ebay watching for a pair in my size that I don't have to get shipped from China or America, the wait continues...

6) MAC cosmetics Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks £15.50
I want them all. But I think I will have to chose just one... or maybe two. Not just because I love a gimmick just as much as the next sucker, but because the colours are beautiful and I think they will suit my pale but extremely yellowish/greenish skintone well. (I am sure they will suit you pinky ladies too!)

So that's my wishlist (for now) and I would love to know if anyone else has been jonesing for any of these items too or if you actually have any of them - are they are worth buying? Please let me know! :)

Star x

Saturday, 22 September 2012

I'm back! + NOTD

Hello Everyone!
And the question is: Where have I been?!
Well I have been a busy little bee at work at the moment and to be honest a little bit because I have been lacking inspiration lately. :/ I have plenty of ideas but I just feel that my camera isn't up to scratch anymore, compared to the quality pictures I see on all the blogs out there. But due to not having a money tree in my back garden, this old thing will have to do. I apologize if my pictures are a teensy bit blurry, not quite as in focus as they should be and the lighting isn't quite right but it will have to be good enough for now. :)
So I thought I would do a nice NOTD (but will hopefully remain "un-chipped" on for longer than a day) post for you to kickstart my blogging mojo again!

Left to Right: Special FX Black Nail Art Pen/Striper (I don't know if these are still available as it was part of a set I received for Christmas when I was about 11 or 12 haha -  it's still serving me well!), AVON nailwear pro+ in Vintage Boutique, Leighton Denny One for All and AVON  nail experts revitacool base coat.

How I did it:
1. Apply 1 coat of the revitacool base coat
2. Then apply 2 coats of Vintage Boutique
3. Use the black striper to paint a cross on both ring fingers and thumbs
4. Take one nail art gem with the foam applicator tool and place at the centre of the cross
5. Wait until fully dry, (because impatient me ended up smudging one of the crosses by not waiting long enough) and then apply 1 coat of the Leighton Denny One for All to finish

And that's it! I need to start utilising my HUGE nail polish collection, does anyone else find that although you have every colour in the rainbow in your collection that you always use the same ones all the time! I think I might have to set myself a challenge to make sure I use a different colour everytime I paint my nails until I have used every colour at least once!

I will be back very soon with more posts (I promise!) and any requests for posts would be most welcome :)

Star x

Thursday, 7 June 2012

My Fresh Cream of Tomato Soup Recipe

Hello Everyone :)
First of all I have to apologise for lack of posts this month, I have been sooo busy working overtime and to be honest I have been a bit lazy in the sun. All I have been doing is lazing in the garden (hoping to get a tan) and eating ice lollies :P But I do have a few posts prepared and will be resuming semi-regular posting now.
So I have been blending everything in sight since I got a blender for my birthday and I love it! I make homemade soups a lot and since I got the blender it has given me more options and I have been loving making tomato soup now I can blitz it! So here's my recipe for fresh cream of tomato soup recipe :)
It's not a very accurate recipe but you can't really go wrong with the amounts of veggies, as long as you use the right amount of water with it.

Serves 4
Tomatoes (I used vine tomatoes, but any cherry, plum or small tomatoes will do)
A stick of celery
A small onion
Chopped Garlic1-2 cloves or a teaspoon of lazy garlic
Salt and Pepper to season
A tablespoon of granulated sugar
A drizzle of cooking oil
150ml double cream

Pre-heat oven to 180oC, wash the tomatoes and remove from the vines, then place on kitchen foil on a baking tray. Drizzle the cooking oil and sugar on them and then wrap into a parcel and put in the oven for about 30 minutes.

Chop all other vegetables and put into a saucepan. Add approximately 1 litre of cold water. Also add salt, pepper and garlic. Bring to the boil and leave to simmer for about 40 minutes.

Take tomatoes out of the oven and put in the blender. Then add the vegetables from the pan to the blender, blend until smooth then add the water left from boiling the water. Pulse to mix the water with the vegetables in the blender. Then transfer back into the pan.

Whilst on a low heat, add the cream slowly, stirring gently until warm and ready to serve.

And voila! Yummy tommy soup :)
I was surprised that this wasn't a faff to make and is super tasty! If anyone gives this a try let me know how it goes <3

Star x

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

First Impressions - Clarisonic Plus Face & Body Complete Sonic Cleansing System

This is my favourite present from my mum for my birthday earlier this month - the Clarisonic Plus Face & Body Complete Sonic Cleansing System in Floral Pink. I have been lusting after a Clarisonic in sooo long and I am really happy with it so far. It included:

  • 1 x cordless Clarisonic PLUS (in the cutest floral pink design - LOVE)
  • 1 x universal charging cradle
  • 1 x sensitive brush head (white)
  • 1 x replacement head for normal skin (grey)
  • 1 x replacement head for delicate skin (blue)
  • 1 x body brush head
  • 1 x Refreshing Gel Cleanser (30ml) - gentle foaming cleanser to brighten and exfoliate oily and congested skin
  • 1 x Nourishing Care Cleanser (30ml) - gentle, non-foaming cleanser soothes and comforts
  • 1 x Gentle Hydro Cleanser (30ml)
  • 1 x Gentle Hydro Cleanser (177ml) - gentle, non-foaming cleanser soothes and comforts
  • 1 x Refining Skin Polish (60ml)
  • 1 x Refining Skin Polish (177ml) - formulated for use on the body with the body brush head

  • My mum bought it from QVC and you can see more info here

     I have used it every day for about 3 weeks, every morning and night but I have been slacking recently at night time, so I need to keep that up so I can get the full effect. At the moment I can't see a massive difference in the appearance of my skin, but I'm not expecting a difference just yet, because my skin is scarred by acne there is a slow skin cell turnover. But I have noticed a difference in the texture in my skin already, it feels so much smoother and softer, which means I get a much nicer finish with my foundation. Moisturisers also soak in much better now too and don't feel like they sit on my skin like before. The amount of oiliness has reduced somewhat too but I still get very oily after a few hours but I think it also may be due to the weather being warm, I always have oilier skin in the spring/summer months. Any recommendations you have for skincare products to control crazy oily skin in warm weather would be much appreciated!

     I have been using the refreshing gel cleanser (which smells so good) with the normal brush head (grey), I used the sensitve (white) brush head for the first few days and then went on to the normal because I wanted a more exfoliation. A full review of this will be coming in a couple of months, I really want to give it a chance to work and from what I've heard, if you have problem/scarred skin like I do, then allow up to 3 months to see the full effect. If anybody else has the Clarisonic Plus tell me about your experiences about it or any cleanser/clarisonic combos for oily skin, I would love to know!

    Star x

    Wednesday, 9 May 2012

    Versatile Blogger Award Nomination!

    So I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by My Mini Bag, a blogger who shares really amazing deals, promo codes and money saving ideas for various retailers and products. I would like to say a MASSIVE THANK-YOU to My Mini Bag! I really appreciate it :D It's my first award so I am relatively new to blogger awards so here goes:


    Nominate 15 bloggers who are relatively new to blogging

    Let them know that you have nominated them

    Share 7 random facts about yourself

    Thank the bloggers that have nominated you

    Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your blog post

    My 7 Random Facts About Me:
    1. I love soured cream and eat it with everything! :P YUM
    2. I cannot walk in high heels :(
    3. I am a quarter New Zealand Maori but have never been there
    4. I have the cutest 10 month old godson called Ole and want a baby myself!
    5. I have been reading other people's blogs and youtube channels for 4 years but only plucked up the courage this year to do it myself
    6. I love reality T.V. shows! Anything Kardashian, Big Brother, Made in Chelsea, you name it I watch it!
    7. I hate touching cotton wool and polystyrene

    The fellow bloggers I nominate are:

    Beauty Nerd
    Louise - Confessions of a Secret Shopper
    Marked Beauty
    Shoba - She Shops A Lot
    Ashley - Blush Bug

    I will try to let you all know that I have nominated you but recently blogger has not let me comment on some blogs, so I will try to find another way to contact you if I can't comment on your blog :)

    Star x

    Tuesday, 8 May 2012

    My Virgin Banana Daiquiri Recipe

    Hey guys! :D
    So one of my presents I got for my birthday was a blender, and I love my new toy! I can't wait to blend everything in sight and I had a look at what I had around the house and realised I had some ingredients for one version of a banana daiquiri. I actually did have some Malibu left over that would be perfect but decided seeing it was a Tuesday evening it may not be the best time for cocktails! ha ha ..
    I thought it turned out pretty well so I will share what I did with you:
    You will need:

    A blender (obviously haha)
    2 bananas
    A tray of ice cubes
    1/2 - 1 pint of water
    3 tsp of lime juice
    Caster sugar to taste

    Makes approx 2 servings

    1. Empty a tray of ice cubes into blender and pulse once or twice to crush the ice. Then break up bananas into pieces and put into blender on top of the ice. Blend again until mushy.

    2. Add water slowly until desired consistency (I stopped at a smoothie like consistency).

    3. Then add 3 tsp of lime juice and pulse 2-3 times to mix.

    4. Add tablespoons of sugar until desired sweetness (I think everyone likes a different sweetness) so after adding each tablespoon, blend and test a little bit for the right taste for you.

    TIP You can also add more lime juice for more tanginess if you want it to pack a punch! You can add a splash of rum (if you are of the legal age to drink of course!) to make it into a proper daiquiri but this one is just as yummy in my opinion.

    You can use other fruits aswell or instead of banana but this is what I had in the house at the time and it was delicious! (Strawberry is still my favourite though!)
    So give it a go if you have a blender and let me know what you think of it! I am loving blending things now so let me know if you have any yummy recipes for me to try :)

    Star x