Wednesday, 29 April 2015

FOREVER REPURCHASED: Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner

As I was putting away my new bottle of Rimmel Exaggerate liquid eyeliner I realised that I still have two empties in there. Unsure as to how often I go through one of these, but I have ALWAYS had a bottle in the box, raring and ready to go.

It's a great sized nib, easy to make a thick or thin line with. The formula is great, a super blacker-than-black black. Easy to wash off at the end of the day. Easy to put on the waterline. Easy for everything.

I reckon I've used this particular brand of eyeliner for about ten years. If I was to pick a fault with it, it would be that it's a tad too easy to wash off (says me and my watery eyes), but for the most part it's particularly unfaultable.

It's hard to find a good eyeliner. One that does exactly what you want that's easy to use - this ticks all the boxes. Absolute, hands down win.

Sunday, 26 April 2015


April has been a good month. Tulips are most definately my favourite flower. There are so many of them everywhere at the moment and all of them are in the middle of blooming, it's the best. And the sun! Hello, you wonderful thing!

Friday, 24 April 2015

WEAR: Denim

If you'd asked me, say, five years ago whether I was a jeans and t-shirt kinda gal, I would've instantly said no. I was the dress-wearing kind - a billion pairs of 100 denier tights in the drawer.

But recently, not so much.

I wear, on rotation, jeans and workwear pants for work. I have two pairs of the right hand Brady jeans, solely for work purposes. They're sort of straight legged/verrrry slightly tapered, boyfriend fit which is great for hauling warehouse stock about in. They wash beautifully and were amazingly well priced. Cheers ASOS. (They're not available any more in this colour, but these are the lighter shade.)

The left hand side jeans are super, super old Topshop Harper's. The rips are meant to be there although they've definately become more 'distressed' over the past seven(ish) years (the linked pair are in excellent condition compared to mine). I honestly love these. Boyfriend fit again, these are loungey, out in the garden, quickly get some milk, pull on when everything else is in the wash jeans.

The middle three skinny fit jeans are all Topshop. The top and middle are Leigh's. I have two of the black although the older of the two is looking decidedly washed out. The third and final pair of skinnies are now my favourites - Jamie's. I didn't think I was going to like them, but I must have a 'thing' for ripped jeans (they're also advertised £2 cheaper in store- win). The high waist really makes the backside look like a good side!

So there you go, from a tight lover to a denim fiend. I'm rarely out of jeans these days and I prefer it that way!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

REVIEW: Maybelline Tattoo Eye Gel

I'm not usually a pink loving girl, but I abso-chuffing-lutely love this pink-gold colour.

There's been a lot written about the formula of these, and I strongly agree that these do not shift once they're dry. I swatched all the colours on my hand three days ago and there's still a hint of shimmer on there. Easily blendable whilst still damp though and I love to mix this with a matt brown in the crease. Beaut.

The pink is a proper princess colour. Peachy rose with a golden glimmer. A really nice touch to any day makeup and easily transferrable to a night look too. The On and On Bronze is great to sweep a small amount over the lid through the day. I wear it most days now in replacement of my usual black eyeliner.

I cannot recommend this product enough. Super, just super.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

BAKE: Oat Cookies

These are meant to be biscuits, but I love the stodgy-ness of the thicker cut. 

150g oats
150g plain flour
85g sugar
85g butter
A splash of milk

Super simple recipe this - rub the butter into all the dry ingredients then add in the milk a little at a time until it forms a ball.
Roll out to the thickness you'd prefer, cut out and pop in the oven at 180 celcius for about 20 minutes (the thicker the cut, the longer time needed).

Thicker the better!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

READ: #14 The Princess and the Hound, #15 Paper Towns, #16 Gone Girl

An old favourite and very similar to the story of Deerskin where a princess and a dog have a very close bond. The bond this time is the twist in the story. The book is written from the Prince's point of view and it's an exciting read as he discovers things about his families past and about Princess Beatrice.

It's been on my bookshelf for about six months, unread. Soon though, the movie is coming out featuring Cara Delevigne. So I read it and it was like reading about Cara Delevigne. The stuff that happens is exactly what I imagine she would be like anyway - fun, daredevil, laid back. A great read for only 300 pages. Although the ending disappointed me a tad.

I laboured over reading this. It took me over a week to get from start to finish. The hype ruined this for me. I think that if I'd not heard of it before it would have been amazing, but as it was I expected a lot more from the plot and the writing. A sum up - girl goes missing, husband is presumed the killer. Ooh err, what can happen next? I actually found this similar to Paper Towns in the way there's a trail to follow, but I enjoyed the style of Paper Towns better. Mr Green smacksdown Ms Flynn.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

REVIEW: Maybelline Colour Show Bouquet

I am feeling the sparkles. Definately feeling the sparkles. Especially now that the sun is peeking it's lovely face out more often. Spring is here! I've always been impartial to sparkles, glitter or anything pink. Not an aversion, but not particularly over fond.

But now, I am craycray for some pink sparkles. And this Colour Show Polish in Bouquet hits the spot.

I think it's meant to be a top coat, but I prefer to use it alone on well manicured nails (or less bitten nails, lets put it that way). Despite that bottle looking super packed with sparkle, it's easy to get a minimal amount out and create a simple look.

Or if you really want, also easy to go all out and cram your nails with sparkle.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Bake: Oatmeal Banana Bread

Despite trying to get healthy and buying lots of healthy foods, we are still ending up with a lot of waste. Instead of throwing out these foods fresh fruit I decided to research recipes that will  use up all our overripe/ almost completely off foods.

One of the first recipes I came across was this Oatmeal Banana Bread - already in my bookmarked folder.

Taking all of 15 minutes to make and 45 minutes to bake, this didn't take up too much of my Sunday time at all. In fact, the smell made my Sunday all the better.

A less accurate version of the recipe is as follows:

Bash three blackened bananas in a bowl, slop a bit of oil over the top with a whole egg. Then in another bowl mix together a cup and a bit of plain flour, a cup of oats, a spoon each of cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda and eventually mix the wet and dry together. Then whisk up two egg whites to stiff peaks and fold those into the mix too, before throwing it all in the oven for 45 minutes.

For a more in depth version, visit Joy.

And what joy it is to eat too!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

LIFE: Organisation

I thought I was an organised person.

But, I'm not.

In an attempt to get a little more organisation on the go this year, I purchased a huge number of stationary items. I bought pencils, pens, highlighters, dairies, calendars, pencil cases, notebooks, planners. You name it, I got it.

It was a tad overwhelming, but labelling, listing and consequentially remembering stuff has been super fun. I have checklists, To Do lists, weekly goals, a schedule and a lot more time, it seems, than I ever thought I had.

I am happy with how everything is panning out.

The majority of things on the To Do list get checked off immediately. Those 2 minute jobs, done. Those annoying jobs (like cleaning the cat tray out) have become habit instead of a chore. It's awesome how just a pen and paper can change day-to-day life.

How do you organise you life?

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

REVIEW: Rimmel X10 Volume Mascara

First impressions of this X10 Volume Mascara were pretty low on the excitement front.

The wand has very small, very thick spines. For me this combination instantly means clumpy lashes. After a bit of perseverance, I think I've cracked it. Usually I'd lob a load of mascara on and be done. 5:30am doesn't really endear me to try any more than that. Usually.

With this, lots of little thin layers are necessary to build up to a nice, clump free finish. 

I'll admit, I don't reach for this every morning (especially the early mornings), but it's a nice addition to the makeup bag and good for when I have a bit more time to spend on my eyeholes. 

And whether it provides ten times more volume? Well, I haven't cracked that just yet.

Friday, 3 April 2015

READ: #10 The Amber Spyglass, #11 The Subtle Knife, #12 The Princess and the Foal, #13 Deerskin

Part of His Dark Materials Trilogy, these are so much better than the first, Northern Lights, book - maybe because I don't have Dakota Fanning as Lyra in my head. I had forgotten so much about these two that I devoured them both within a week. It follows Lyra and her newfound friend Will as the battle between her father, Asriel and God comes to a head. I cried at several parts of these books, the emotion is effectively conveyed and so beautiful. It's almost like I know every one of the characters IRL and, as there are plenty deaths, I almost grieved for them.

This is written for a much younger audience than a twenty-five year old, however I quite liked it. Sentences were kept short, wording was simple and the story was a Happily Ever After without all that much hardship involved. What I liked the most is that it's based on an actual Princess who is still alive today. Her life has had many more hardships than has been written in this book, but the determination of Haya really shows with it's 'grassroot' type approach.

A story, essentially, about rape and its aftereffects. I read this first when I was about fifteen and I remembered the magical side of things more than the actual rape part. Lissla Lissar grows up in the shadow of her great mother and father, the queen and king of the country. Once her mother dies, her father goes mad, claims he will marry her and when she refuses, batters and rapes her. The relationship between Lissar and her dog, Ash, is a beautiful one and that becomes the highlight of the book that takes the best part of ten years. Having said it's about rape, I wouldn't necessarily focus on the whole rape issue, this is a very original fairy tale (so original in fact it's based on one called Donkeyskin) so there horror offsets the magic of it all. There is a lot of magic and love and a great titantic ending. I love Robin McKinley.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Hello April

I dislike April usually. It doesn't mean anything or bring anything for me.

But, usually the blossom is already littering the crevices in the patio and the tulips are wilting and in our garden currently we still only have little shoots and promising looking buds - no blossom, no flowers. Just little flames of green.

So maybe April will be my favourite this year. Maybe.
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