Monday, 27 September 2010

Home Sweet Home

Well well well hello my beautiful bloggers!

I'm finally back on home soil and in my flat with a fast Internet connection which means I can catch up on everything I've missed and can fill you in on everything I've been up to whilst I was away.

Right now though I'm typing this on my iPhone because I'm having new windows fitted and can't get on my computer with the workmen all around. So this will just be a short 'What's up?!' post.

So you know I went to Tennessee with my friend Emily and we really had an amazing time. We spent 5 nights in Nashville and 5 nights in Memphis. We got to do some really cool things, we went to the Jack Daniels Distillery, went to a Grand Ole Opry show, ate some nice meals, did a lot of shopping (especially on my part! Lol!) and my favourite thing of all was going to Graceland. I liked Elvis before but now I LOVE him!

Would you believe I didn't even go to Sephora????!!!! I did however haul pretty big in Ulta which I'll go into more detail about in another post.

I haven't uploaded my pictures yet but I will do a holiday blog post with full pictures as soon as my flat is not windowless (its current state) and ready for me to get all my stuff out again!

So that's all for now, I will hopefully have a proper post up tonight with pictures galore! I did take 357! :)


Thursday, 9 September 2010

Baking 101: Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies

Recently I have gotten into baking in a HUGE way, which is probably why my weight loss has plateaued right now. But anyways, I wanted to post some of my recipes and so I'll start with the simplest one. Any one can bake these with minimal effort. They turn out wonderfully soft and chewy with a little crunch on the outside and they are really yummy!

I adapted this recipe from one I found online, the recipe is in cups but i'll try to give the metric measurement where possible. Also I took away chocolate chips and nuts and added raisins and cinnamon. So if you would prefer you can swap the raisins for chocolate or nuts or whatever you like. The recipe is easily adapted.

1/2 Cup or 115g Unsalted Butter
1/2 Cup or 110g Brown/Demerara Sugar
1/2 Cup or 100g White Sugar
1 Medium Egg
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Cup or 125g Plain Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1 Cup Oats (The old fashioned original kind, not readybrek or oats so simple)
1/2 Cup Coconut (I buy the already shredded kind from the supermarket)
1/2 Cup Raisins or Sultanas
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together, then add the egg and vanilla and mix well.

2. Add the Flour, Soda and Salt a little at a time until all is well combined.

3. Add the coconut, oats and whatever else you are adding. In my case the raisins and cinnamon.

4. Make sure everything is well mixed and spoon out into 2 baking trays lined with greaseproof paper. There is enough mixture here to make 12 large cookies. I put 6 on each tray, making sure there is 2 inches all round each dollop as the cookies will spread during baking.

5. Bake in the centre of the oven for approximately 12-14 minutes. 

6. Take out of the oven and leave to cool in the trays for 5 minutes or so, this allows the cookies to firm up so you can then use an egg slice to remove the cookies onto a cooling rack.

7. Put your feet up and enjoy with a nice cuppa!

If you try it with different fillings be sure to let me know how it turns out!


Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Urban Decay Book of Shadows III - Swatches & Review

Hey Blogettes,

I'm in such a good mood this week, hmmmm I wonder why? Maybe because it's only 5 SLEEPS until me and one of my best friends Emily go to Tennessee! Wooooooo! I just baked some yummy cookies and eating them whilst writing this. Bliss!

So I posted previously that I received my Urban Decay NYC Book of Shadows and as promised here is my full review. The swatches are from L-R and are pretty true to colour, although not as bright in the pictures as they are in real life. But first a few pictures to show off how prettyful this pallette really is. 

Perversion, Uzi, Loaded, Kush

Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Last Call, Rockstar, Money

Haight, Maui Wowie, Smog, Bordello

Radium, Snatch, Suspect, Psychedelic Sister

Zero, Ransom, Primer Potion

So what do I think of it.... I LOVE it. The colours are really beautiful and so wearable, even the brightest ones. I'm generally not a huge fan of Urban Decay pallettes, I gave away the Ammo pallet cause it was just a hot mess of glitter and the only other one I owned before the Naked pallette is the Wallpaper palette which I do like. But the Naked pallette and this one have totally convinced me otherwise, if you were a beginner to makeup, you literally could have just these 2 palettes and have pretty much every colour you'll every need. Not to mention the really cool extras. The Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners are awesome, really easy to apply and very long lasting, and I don't need to go into detail about the Urban Decay Primer Potion except to say it is the one thing I cannot live without. I never ever apply any makeup without using this first. 

As far as dupes and duplicates go, these colours are not totally original and can be duped by many other brands if you don't manage to get your hands on this exact palette. A few of the colours cross over too and are in previous Book of Shadows or in the permanent collection. Also if you have any other Urban Decay Palettes you are most certain to have Smog as it's in almost every single Urban Decay Palette, but the thing I love about Smog with this palette is that you can team it with ANY other colour in the palette and it will work. From a really elaborate look pairing it with Radium and Haight or a toned down neutral eye with Suspect and Rockstar. I really think you are onto a winner with this pallet.

I feel like I have to mention that there are a few glitterbombs in this pallet too, most notably Uzi and Midnight Cowboy Rides Again. If you don't like fallout or glitter on your face then definitely steer clear of these shades. Snatch and Kush are following closely behind these two though and all four shades are not for the feint hearted. Lol! I personally don't mind a bit of glitter every now and then so it works out well for me. If you a lover of the matte and satin formulas then I would propose this palette isn't for you.

The packaging is just gorgeous and a lot more robust than I thought it would be. I was expecting a flimsy cardboard and awkward drawer mechanism. There is nothing like this and I love that the eyeshadow drawer comes completely out of the box, which is a lot easier to work with for everyday makeup application.

My overall rating is a solid 8/10.
(I would have given it 10/10 if only there were a couple of matte shades in the box and more new shades that were exclusive to this palette.)

If you have this already or it's on it way to you, be sure to let me know what you think of it. Urban Decay is fast becoming one of my my favourite makeup brands!

Until next time - XOXO

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Thursday Thoughts! - Wheeling and Dealing!

Today's thoughts are about selling your stuff, today I decided to start getting rid of a lot of the un-necessary stuff *cough* makeup *cough*, that I have piling up in my flat.

I just now listed 44 (OMG! My heart aches!) MAC eyeshadows for sale on Specktra and I have cleared out a bunch of other makeup to put up for sale at some point. Happily, I sold 9 within the first 10 minutes of them being listed, yay for me! I think i'm developing a healthier attitude towards makeup. I still LOVE it and will never stop buying it, but now I stop and think, do I really need it?. Also, I am pretty much a neutrals girl at heart so why I ever bought a yellow, red, orange, or fluorescent green eyeshadow in the first place beats me. Silly girl!

I'm trying to take up a less cluttered lifestyle, so doing things like this make me feel good about myself. I am planning to make a trip to the charity shop this weekend. Get rid of some books, clothes, old cd's etc...

In Other News:
This week I have been listening to this song over and over and over, I loved Danny Gokey on American Idol and his debut song is a keeper for me!

One other thing of note, my Urban Decay Book of Shadows III came in the post today, its so beautiful. It's love at first sight for me. I will post a full review with pictures and swatches soon. I'll just insert a little phone picture for the moment to wet your appetite!


Wednesday, 1 September 2010

A Haul Of The Best Kind...

The best kind of haul for me is one that doesn't cost me anything! Lol! I mentioned previously how stressed and overworked I was with my parents away, but after seeing what they got me, it was definitely worth the extra effort. My parents went to Las Vegas and Hawaii for 3 weeks and also stopped off in LA for 2 nights to see my family that live in the States. My cousin Jeni is pregnant and was having a baby shower whilst my parents were over there and i'm very jealous I never got to go! They got back yesterday and I drove to Heathrow to collect them, I was ecstatic to see them.

So, the only thing that I asked for was a Black hoodie from the Victoria's Secret PINK line, the rest they chose for me and I can honestly say that I love all of it. I am one lucky girl right now! :)

This Jacket is from Abercrombie & Fitch, its my favourite thing of everything they bought for me!

2 A&F Tees

This is a short sleeved sweatshirt, its really gorgeous, I don't think the picture does it justice.

This dress is from Old Navy, I was disappointed with how the picture turned out. It doesn't show off the dress to its full potential. Its really fitted at the top but then the 'skirt' part is really floaty. When I wear it, i'll post a blog of me in it, so you can see how nice it is on.

This is just a t-shirt from Old Navy but I love the words!

Old Navy Tee

My mom said this was $3.99 in the sale at Old Navy so she just couldn't not get it. Now you know where I get my shopping addiction from! Lol! The beading at the top is really lovely.

The Hoodie I was practically dying for, it has a zip at the front.

These are just VS PINK vests to go underneath.

This is such a cute tracksuit, perfect for lounging around in. I tried it on and its so comfy and soft. The LOVE PINK words are on the back of the top, its plain on the front.

These are just some little 'nic nacks'. My mom and dad get me a Hard Rock bear from every country they visit, I have quite a collection building up now. This one is from Honolulu, I have Las Vegas from them already. The washing up gloves are from Williams & Sonoma, they are the worlds best, the machine of washing up gloves. And of course my mom got me a couple of tubes of my favourite mascara Cover Girl Lash Blast, its not available in the UK so I like to keep a few backups.

These earrings are 18k Gold and Hawaiian Coral. They are gorgeous. Green is my favourite colour.

And just look how awesome the carrier bags are, its worth buying something in Abercrombie and Fitch just to get a bag with a really hot boy on it! Lol!

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