FashionistA Palette

I'm not a big wearer of eyeshadows, but on my recent girly trip to Birmingham I wanted to try some out. The colour you wear on your eyes can make an outfit; whether you're colour-coordinating or clashing it can make a big difference to your look. On a rare occasion when I do decide to wear eyeshadow, it's normally neutral browns for daytime wear or whites to try and boost my tired-looking eyes, and half way through the day the eyeshadow always seems to have disintegrated on my eyelid (I've never figured out how that happens).


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Girly Gradient

With all this rainy, miserable weather, along with having a large dose of the Reading Festival blues, I decided to add a bit of sparkle to my life. I haven't done a gradient manicure on it's own for ages, so chose this lovely pastel pink colour by 17 cosmetics for the base colour and a shimmery 2True silver for the gradient to create fun, girly nails. This manicure, as well as looking pretty, just added a bit of well-needed sparkle to disguise the state of my nails, which had been ruined by the combination of festival-fever and Primark nail wraps (they were trickier than I thought to take off).


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Fresh Fruit and Cream Sponge Cake

I initially made this cake for my brother's birthday. Trotting down to my local fruit market, I picked up a range of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries in hope that I could try and make a birthday cake 'healthy'. It's made with a light sponge, allowing for a slightly heavier layer of whipped cream and heaps of fresh fruit, making it. Doubtless to say, as soon as the family came round it vanished- my brother (birthday boy) didn't even get to have any and I had to make yet another cake to make up for it. Tsshh.

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All For A Quid

It's that time of the year again- it's August, raining, and I'm going to the fabulous Reading Festival tomorrow (yay!). It's pretty much inevitable that there'll be cider involved, it'll pour with rain, and I'll be caked in mud, so I thought that as well as bringing a pack-a-mac and giving the wellies their first outing since winter, I'd try something new on my nails. With all the things listed, it's probably not worth doing my nails and making them look pretty with nail polish- the end result probably being chips galore. I can't stand it when my nail varnish chips- it's one of by biggest bug-bears- and there's no way I'm going to stand re-doing them whilst listening to Kasabian, so I bought these cute nail foils from Primark.

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Estee Lauder Sensuous Rouge

I've been on a quest lately to find a lipstick that is not only nourishing and glossy to apply, but that also stays on my lips without spreading to the edges within ten minutes. It's a tough challenge, especially when you're limited to a high street budget, so I searched a bit further and found these lovelies in the Estee Lauder section. They are part of the Pure Color Sensuous Rouge range which was released last year - I have shades 14 Curvaceous Coral and 10 Orchid surrender.

Left: Orchid Surrender, Right: Curvaceous Coral

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Karma Chameleon

I've just got back from a lovely spa weekend in Birmingham, but unfortunately making too much use of the pool and jacuzzi did no wonders for my nails. Despite being relaxed, having glowing skin and spending all of my money in the Bullring shopping centre, my nails came away a little worse for wear as all of my varnish had chipped. Luckily, I took a detour from New Look and popped into Superdrug, initially in search for the new 17 colour switch nail varnish range; a polish which applies as the colour in the pot but as soon as clear varnish touches it, changes colour. I couldn't find this, and instead, I discovered a collection in the Barry M section with exactly the same concept, although for about 50p more.


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Rainbow Nails

Having your nails decorated with a French manicure is well-known to be a timeless look. It's subtle, chic and a classic way to wear your talons wherever you go, making it a favourite amongst most women. I thought I'd adapt this chic polished look, giving a young, fresh twist to a style that can often be overlooked; it's so subtle that it can often go unnoticed. Instead of using white tips on the end of my nails, I ransacked my nail varnish box and found a lovely array of colours which I have collected over time. Ranging from bright reds, pinks and purples, to soft pastel blues, I made each tip a different colour to create a manicure which is both understated, bright and colourful at the same time. If you want to try out this fun-yet-chic look, here's the how-to...

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Avon Glimmersticks

My little box of Avon goodies arrived a couple of days ago, containing my Suede Effect nail varnish and these two sparkly little delights. As I've mentioned before, my day and night look normally consists of just black liquid eyeliner but I'm trying to change that to add a bit more glitz to my look when I'm going out. I'm off on a girly spa weekend with my best mate in Birmingham on Saturday as a birthday treat and to celebrate A-Level results, so got these Avon Glimmerstick Diamonds eyeliners to try out when we hit the town.


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Carrot Cake

I first made this cake for Father's Day earlier this year as a quick present for my Dad. It's a Lorraine Pascale recipe which I have adapted; after watching her TV programme (featuring a lot of chocolate, always a sign of a great show) and falling in love with the beautiful cakes she made, I really wanted to try one of her recipes. It is originally a recipe for a 3-tier cake, but I took off a third from each ingredient to make 2 layers, which I think is more than enough. This cake doesn't need any butter, being replaced with vegetable oil which along with the carrot gives a wonderful moist texture. The orange and lemon in the cake and icing give a really fresh citrus tang to it, and makes what is normally considered quite a heavy cake, very light and refreshing. This cake disappeared very quickly, and like the honey cake I ended up making another one!



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Purple Reign

I've been eyeing up some of the Avon Colortrend nail varnishes for some time now, and with most of their products half price or better at the moment, I picked up this purple wonder. There are some great offers over on the Avon website at the moment- nail varnishes and other make up are currently part of a 2 for £4 offer, a bargain seeing as the products themselves are about £3-4, or more, in the first place! Although they are cheap online, the products themselves are very good quality, particularly after Avon had a revamp; their packaging, image and just the name has become fresher and more modern, reflecting in the improved quality of the products too.


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ColorTrend Crush

Recently I've been getting a lot of products from Avon; since they've revamped their image and improved the quality of their products they've been at the core of my make-up regime. Their make-up and nail products are very reasonably priced- probably under priced for the quality you get- and with university less than 4 weeks away now, these Avon goodies are almost a must-have for those wanting to beauty-budget.

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Eye Sparkle

My make-up routine always consists of flicked liquid eyeliner, whether I'm just popping to the shops or going on a night out. I love the way it instantly makes your eyes stand out (especially when I'm wearing glasses), but have become a bit bored of the same look. Looking through my make-up draw, I found this glittery bottle of 2True Eyeliner Dazzlers in black that I'd never used, and seeing as I was going out with some friends that night, thought I'd try it out to cure my 'same-old-make-up' boredom.


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Pure and Natural

Being in the sun for a week and then coming back to England to find some miraculously nice weather has not done the best of favours for my skin. Any change in weather, be it glorious sunshine or the cold winter months, dries my skin out, particularly my legs, hands and face. Not really having invested in a top class hand cream or body lotion before, I turned to a gift set of Nivea lotions I was given last Christmas, and have been using Nivea Pure and Natural body lotion and hand cream for almost the past two weeks.


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Pretty in Pink

As someone who normally wears red or coral coloured lipsticks, I decided to go for change and try a pink lipstick. I've always been wary of pink looking too trashy or OTT, so when I found the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in a colour that was bold, the perfect tone and still sophisticated, I desperately wanted to love it and expected myself to adopt it as my new favourite.


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Honey Cake

I have recently caught the baking-bug again (yay!) and stumbled across this recipe for a honey cake. I'd never tried one before, and neither had my family, so decided to surprise them seeing as the cake is so simple and speedy to make and less ingredients than usual are needed. Obviously unsure of what to expect, this cake turned out so well and I had to make another one 2 days later as it had all, ahem, mysteriously disappeared. It's really light, chewy and not as sweet as I was expecting it to be with all that sugar and honey, but it's quite a shallow cake- probably for the best else it'd be too sickly- so don't panic if you think yours doesn't rise much. Yes, it's calorific (nearly 300cal per serving) and very high in sugars, but it's such a gooey, indulgent cake it's not worth resisting!



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Wild Thing

I *finally* bought a nail art pen recently, and with a girly holiday to Malia looming, I thought I needed a set of snazzy nails to jet off with so put it to good use. I've never been massively convinced by animal print nails, but attempted this gradient zebra print design just to try something new. I actually ended up loving it, maybe because the gradient effect of the blues underneath meant that I could tell myself it didn't look as tacky as it possibly could, but either way it's a really cool, vibrant design, making your nails dramatically stand out without being too over-the-top. Here's the how-to...

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Primark Lashes

As a massive fan of false lashes, I’m always on the look out for cheaper and/ or new options. I normally go for the Eyelure natural looking lashes but being struck with an even tighter student budget I thought I’d search the market for a cheaper option.

Now I’m a bit of a make-up snob, so when I first heard Primark would be supplying their own range of cosmetics I turned my nose up, assuming it’d be absolutely rubbish, but was pleasantly surprised by their false lash range.

 
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Who walks with £50,000? You don’t decide.

Big Brother has always been rife with controversy over the years, whether it was the racism issue surrounding Celeb Big Brother winner Shilpa Shetty in 2007, or the disqualification of Emily Parr for using racially offensive language that very same year. This year has been no different. Or has it?

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Olympic Fever

I was lucky enough to get tickets for the badminton last Saturday at Wembley Arena, and so decided to decorate my nails accordingly. Unfortunately, no amount of cheering or Union Jack nail art could help Great Britain as they eventually lost to Russia by 3 points in the mixed doubles. Nevertheless, here’s how to recreate my Team GB manicure…

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New Blog!

Hi all and welcome to my new blog! Here I will review tried-and-tested beauty products, as well as new ones on the market, to try and find the ones which really do tick all the boxes. We all see tons of adverts each day claiming that 'this lipstick will last hours on end without being smudged' or that 'this mascara will make your lashes look 100x longer'. But how can you tell which brand to buy? And how can you always be sure that it does do what it claims to? Hopefully, this is where my blog comes in handy as I love to share the products that I believe work, but at the same time, warn against those that fall onto the 'same rubbish as last time' heap.

As a proud owner of many (too many) nail varnishes, I will give step-by-step guides to different manicures. I love being creative when it comes to my nails, changing the pattern or design on them as often as I can to create a different look- I am a great believer in the idea that your nails can be your greatest accessory and can update an outfit instantly. So whether it be technical nail art, fun but simple designs or gushing over the latest collections, this blog will guide you to create your perfect nails without having to go to a salon or having to buy all the professional equipment; cocktail sticks and sticky tape are great for DIY manicures.

Enjoy reading!
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