Christmas Eve 2012: playing around with new makeup!
MAC prep&prime highlighter, Smashbox camera ready full coverage concealor, MAC mineralise skinfinish natural,
MAC mineralise blush: Miss-Behaving (used as an eyeshadow), MAC Smoldering Eye Kohl, Covergirl Lashblash fusion, MAC lingering brow pencil
MAC mineralise blush: Fad-Dabulous,
Lancome Wild Orchid lipstick.
apple pie! 100% hand made. (Taken with instagram)
The recipes I used for this are:
Mix 2 cups of flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 tablespoon of sugar in a food processor and blitz. Add 1 cup of cold butter (cut into chunks) and pulse until it resembles a coarse crumb. Add another 1/2 cup of flour and pulse twice more.
Move the mix to another bowl and add 1/4 cup of cold water and mix by hand or wooden spoon until it comes together (note: I ended up having to add closer to 1/2 a cup of water to make it come together enough)
This should be enough for the bottom and top crust of pie.
I used 4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced. I then added 1/2 tsp cinnamon & 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 2 tablespoons of flour, 3/4 cups of sugar & the zest and juice of a small lemon. I tossed these together & added it to the pie crust. I put 5 small pats of butter on top of the filling, just for added flavour.
Roll the second crust out & place it on top. Fold the edges & seal them by pressing down with a fork around the outside. Slit the top to allow steam out during baking. Wash over the top with cream (this acts asa glaze).
Bake for ~20mins at 220 degrees (celcius) until the top is golden. Cover the top with tin foil & reduce to 190 degrees (celcius) and bake for another 30-40 mins (or until the filling is bubbling.
I’m sort of reviving this blog, but in a slightly different format than it previously was.
I’m hoping to use this more as a lifestyle blog - beauty, photography, cooking, book reviews etc. There will be a lot of cross over with my personal blog (needsomefiction), but this will be rather different content.
I recently rediscovered Lancomé Juicy Tube’s and I was a) so impressed by the formula, nice and thick, as well ad being super hydrating without being too sticky and b) thrilled that they still have the melon flavour.
So glad I gave them another go, such a perfect sheer pink.
base; leighton denny - steel appeal
tips: opi - the one that got away
Leighton Denny - The Heiress (A blue-belle purple)
I have said many times that Leighton Denny is an amazing brand of nail polish, and this never ceases to be true. The colour range isn’t massive, but I think it’s just enough. The wear time is unbelieveable. On weeks when I have little work on and don’t do too much with my hands, I can get a week, easy, with only tip wear. If you can get your hands on Leighton Denny polishes, for the love of god do so.
(also, dear lord, excuse the cuticles, I ran out of cuticle oil for a little while and I paid the price oh yes.)
- So currently, I have my second ever Shellac manicure on. It’s been on for a week and there is no tip wear (oh, a little on the middle & ring fingers) & there is only gaps from growth at the base of the nail.
- I’ll be posting pictures (from day 1, 7 & 14) once I have it off, so I can give a full write up.
- I would try and keep it on for as long as possible, but work doesn’t really let me do that, so as soon as/if it chips I’ll have to take it off, but that’ll be Jan 5th at the earliest. So I’m going to try for the 8th at least - that’s almost 3 weeks of wear, eek!
- I will say, you absolutely, 100% need to use hand cream & cuticle oil when you have a Shellac manicure. I don’t know what it is, or why, but the cuticles get SO SO dehydrated, it’s ridiculous.
This DIY will transform your typical manicure into little sparkly ornaments for your fingers, tres cute!
For anyone who doesn’t know, my love for MAC is powerful & undying - however. I am also not a fan of spending huge amounts of money on products that I can find cheaper elsewhere - mascara, lipbalm & some skincare are things that come to mind.
I recently bought the MAC wipes because I was desperate for some makeup remover & they were the cheapest option (compared to other removers anyway).
GUYS. THEY ARE AMAZING. Seriously. I’ve tried Nivea, Garnier, Dermalogica even. MAC’s are the best I’ve ever used. Not only doe they remove makeup with very little effort, they are a really thin wipe so they aren’t overwhelmed with product.
I;m not sure what’s in them (oh I lie: super-saturated with special M·A·C cleanser infused with protective vitamin E) They left my skin feeling soft & refreshed and not icky like other wipes have.
I would definitely not mind using these everyday if I had no other choice. They’ll probably become my vacation skincare regime they are that good!