Two Tone Nails

posted in: NAILS | 4

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I did these red/white nails last week when I was feeling the festive makeup feels and they were so simple and lasted so well I thought I’d not only share them but try them with another colour combo. Turns out there’s an optimum combination when take is involved and a cream, long wearing polish on bare nails works better than a metallic over a base coat for the first coat here. I will be using Maybelline White Sail as a base for this kind of thing again for sure! I think the red and white was also a prettier contrast than the green/purple which is less effective and has a (should have been expected) halloween feel. China Glaze Define Good is one of my favourite festive colours and over the white just one coat was needed which is perfect if you’re trying a split colour look. I used these nail guides from Amazon to create the arrow shape.. they come in a pack of 3×3 designs and are super cheap.

img_3146img_3149img_3147When I tried it with Illamasqua Quagga (green) as the base colour it was very stretchy/not quite dry underneath the tape when I pulled it away. Not for lack of time between coats, I waited at least an hour to be safe.. It might work better as the tip colour but I’m not sure it would ever give a totally clean line in this scenario. Remains (purple glitter) however was much better and so much prettier on the nails than it looks in the bottle. I believe both are limited edition so if you’re in to either don’t wait too long!

Can’t Catch Me, I’m The Gingerbread Man

posted in: FOOD | 3

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Since we’re in moving house limbo at the moment I’ve been trying to fit in as many festive activities as I can to keep us from skipping the holiday altogether. On Saturday we took a day trip to York with the kids to see the Christmas Markets and visit the year round Christmas shop – see the vlog here – and last night Milo and I got our bake on and attempted out first proper gingerbread men.

Here’s the recipe we used:

Mix 350g plain flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 2 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp ground cinnamon and 125g butter before adding 175g of light brown sugar. In a separate bowl whisk 1 egg and 4 tbsp of golden syrup – I used treacle because it’s all we had but golden syrup would make lighter, sweeter gingerbread. In theory you knead the dough, cover it in clingfilm and pop it in the fridge for 15 mins..we used foil cause we had no clingfilm but I only did that because dinner was ready. Under normal circumstances I skip these steps because I’m an impatient non-conformist and nothing terrible ever happened to my biscuits! Milo kindly rolled out and cut our little guys and I put they tray in the oven at 180C for 12 minutes – I discovered that it’s tough to guess when already dark cookies are cooked because they’re already ‘browned’ so if you also use treacle I’d suggest erring on the side of caution.

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Since gingerbread isn’t for EVERYONE we also whipped up a batch of sugar cookies and here’s our old faithful recipe for those..

Mix together 200g of caster sugar, 200g of butter and one egg, next is the flavouring – I always use 1 tsp of vanilla essence and this time I also added some grated vanilla pods but you could choose something more festive since it’s Christmas. Lastly.. the flour will depend on how soft your butter was.. I’ve used anything between 300g-400g.. the more you add the crunchier the cookie will be – I personally prefer that – however it wouldn’t hurt to add in a little more sugar if you do add more flour. When the cookies are cut and on the tray I add more sugar before they go in the oven. Once again at 180C but this time for 8-10 minutes/until the edges are golden.

If you’re looking to get in to the spirit of the season I can’t recommend baking cookies highly enough.. especially if you have a willing child on hand.. oh and Michael Buble’s christmas album is the perfect soundtrack

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CELINE / Audrey

posted in: STYLE | 2

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I’ve been a loyal RayBan wearer for a few years now but have wanted a pair of swankier specs for a while so when I got the chance to review a new style from SmartBuyGlasses I was excited to browse. Turns out sunglasses come is ALL shapes and sizes and it was tricky to narrow it down but I knew I wanted tortoiseshell, oversized, plastic and with no nose pads – they always get caught in my hair when I rest them on my head! I found this pair from Celine and although initially I thought they might be comically large for me I got used to the extra size pretty quickly and absolutely love them now.

img_3196img_3045img_3199I’m really glad I went for this ‘Dark Havana’ frame, it’s not obviously patterned, very subtle but a lot softer against my complexion than black which can look a little harsh next to my pale skin. Another difference is the case, often with the more exclusive (read: expensive) designers the case is huge and totally impractical but these came with a slim but very padded pouch that’s so much more likely to be used than a huge clam shell style. The branding is understated, any logos are n the inside of the arms and the only feature someone MIGHT recognise are the 3 dots in the corners but they’re definitely not ‘in yer face’ designer. They do feel substantial and I have dropped them off my head countless times already with no sign of scratches to the frame/lenses which is a huge bonus for this klutz! Overall I’m really happy with them and the discounted price makes them only marginally more expensive than my trusty RayBans.. so if you’re looking to upgrade your shades you might want to check out SmartBuyGlasses!

These are the exact ones featured / They were provided to me for this review / This post was not paid for by SmartBuyGlasses

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