Thursday, 17 August 2017

LUSH Blooming Beautiful Gift Set

This post has been a long time coming since I received this set in January for my birthday, and I was so excited and grateful for it. I had ran out of LUSH bath bombs and bubble bars just before Christmas - even after my spree at the Creative Showcase - so I was in need of some! I'd never used either of the products in this gift set and was intrigued to see what they were like. Since I received this set, the 'Blooming Beautiful' set contents have changed. You can find the new one including Rose Jam Bubbleroon, Sakura and Sex Bomb here.

Honey Bee Bath Bomb
This Honey Bee bath bomb is certainly honey scented (obviously) but I feel like it also has hints of citrus. It was definitely the perfect bath bomb for a pre-bedtime bath, it felt so calming and softened my skin so much. I was disappointed with the lack of fizz as I'm used to bath bombs making my bath beautiful, but I can get past that with how soft it made my skin and how good it smelt. Unfortunately this has been discontinued so I won't be able to repurchase this!

Rose Jam Bubbleroon
I have wanted to try this bubbleroon for the longest time, if you know the Rose Jam scent you'll know why. Rose Jam is one of my favourite scents, it smells delicious and partly looks delicious too, especially since it turns the bath a gorgeous shade of pink. It made my skin incredibly soft - this was probably down to the fact it contains cocoa butter and shea butter. I haven't actually used that many bubble bars from LUSH and I'm still so impressed by the amount of bubbles they create!
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Thursday, 10 August 2017

My First Tattoo | Kingdom Hearts X Disney

I meant to put this post up back in March, but I've only just got around to sorting out photos for it. Since before I was 18, I wanted this tattoo and finally when I got to the age of 20, I bit the bullet and got it started. I went to Sarah at Mother of All Sins in Sutton Coldfield, who I would 100% recommend especially if you're wanting a colourful tattoo or Disney tattoo! You can check out her work here

My tattoo is based on the Kingdom Hearts Princesses of Heart, even though Ariel is not actually one of them. I found the design for the inner circle a long time ago and my tattoo artist adapted it and designed the frame - which I think is incredible. Ariel is my favourite Disney Princess and always will be, which is why I decided to get the tattoo in the first place. I also love Kingdom Hearts and think the Princesses of Heart mosaics are beautiful! I think a lot of people judge Disney tattoos but they're one of my favourite types, a lot of people have said my tattoo is very 'me'.

22nd April 2016
My tattoo was started on the 22nd April 2016, the photo above is everything I got done on it that day. Everyone has an expectation of pain from speaking to people with tattoos before getting their first one done, but everyone's pain threshold is different so it's impossible to describe. I was quite naive because when the outline was being done, I thought 'This doesn't hurt at all'. How wrong was I! When she started colouring in and shading I was in so much pain and after a good 5-6 hours, had to stop and come back to get it finished.

17th February 2017
I finally got my tattoo finished on the 17th February 2017 and I absolutely love it. This time it was all shading and colouring so it hurt a lot but it was bearable, I also didn't have to sit as long as I did before. I was so happy to finally have Ariel coloured in and the border shaded! I've been planning another tattoo since I first got this one started, which I'd like to get within the next year but I need to decide on placement.
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Thursday, 3 August 2017

No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake

I made this cheesecake for a friend's baby shower at her request, using Jane's Patisserie's recipe which you can find here. It's the only cheesecake I've made that I'm sad I can't eat, just because Oreos are one of my favourite biscuits and they're dairy free too! The cheesecake was gone within a night so it was obvious to me that it was delicious.

You will need:
2 154g packs of Oreos
125g Melted Butter
550g Philadelphia
175g Icing Sugar
1tsp Vanilla Extract
300ml Double Cream
8-10 Oreos, finely crushed
Spare Oreos to decorate

1. Crush the Oreos for your base, either in a food processor or with a good old fashioned rolling pin and food bag. Mix them into the melted butter and press the mixture into the bottom of an 8inch deep springform tin and put in the fridge while you make the filling.
2. Cream together the Philadelphia, icing sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add the double cream and whisk together until it holds itself in stiff peaks, don't over whisk it!
3. Fold the crushed Oreos into the mixture and spread over the biscuit base.
4. Leave to set overnight in the fridge, then add your Oreos for decoration. The cheesecake will last for up to three days covered in the fridge! 
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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Wedding Guest Make Up

At the beginning of the month, I attended my boyfriend's brother's wedding. I was rather happy with the make up I did for myself on the day, so I thought I'd do a post all about it. The photos above are of my make up from the day and all of the products I used.

I began with my eyes to prevent mistakes from ruining my base. First I applied Benefit Puff Off eye cream under my eyes and applied Benefit Air Patrol all over my eyelids and up to my eyebrows. I then started on my eyeshadow, using the Naked Smoky palette which is my favourite. I applied 'Radar' all over my eyelid, 'Whiskey' in the crease and popped 'Dirtysweet' in the middle, to brighten up the eyeshadow look. I used my favourite L'Oreal Perfect Slim eyeliner before applying Le Volume De Chanel mascara to my upper lashes. 

I then applied my favourite lashes, Ardell Demi Wispies, with Duo Lash Glue and fused them to my own lashes with a coat of Le Volume De Chanel mascara. After doing my base, I applied Le Volume De Chanel mascara to my bottom lashes. For my brows, I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Auburn with a MAC 266 brush, finishing them off with L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper gel in Light/Medium.

I started off my base by applying the NARS Illuminator in Copacabana over my cheeks. I then applied Revlon ColorStay foundation in Sand Beige all over my face with a flat foundation brush, it is the perfect foundation for me when I have tan on and it makes my skin look flawless. I then applied Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer under my eyes and Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer around my nose, and blended everything in with my Real Techniques sponge. I finished off my base by applying Bourjois Healthy Balance powder all over my face.

Finishing Touches
My make up would not have been complete without these few finishing touches. First I applied my Clarins Aquatic Treasures bronzer to contour and also add a bit more colour to my face. I then applied my NARS blusher in Isadora, to add a splash of colour to my cheeks, this colour goes perfectly with a tan. Afterwards, I popped Becca Cosmetics Champagne Pop highlighter on my cheekbones, under my brows, on my cupids bow and the tip of my nose. To finish off the look, I used my all-time favourite lipstick, which is Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution lipstick in Bond Girl.

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