30 May 2015

Beauty Haul | Mac lipsticks part 2 - Daily fix

It is hard to find an everyday lipstick (perfect colour for any occasion) but I think I am on to a couple of winners here...I have got 2 favourites and 2 newbies to tell you about.

Creme Cup, Please me, Pink Plaid & Honey Love
What I like with Mac is that once you have a favourite that when it runs out you know you can get another one without the fear its been discontinued which happened all the time when I used to buy other brands.

Creme Cup (everyday pink - cremesheen) and Please me (everyday coral - matte) are both very wearable and before Please me came along (gift from Miss V) I would have always gone for a lipstick with shine, but I absolutely love the matte lipsticks now for the staying power. Which leads to me to my new purchases....

Pink plaid & Honey Love

I've not really considered nude matte lip before but I got talking to a man who works on the Mac counter at Heathrow T5 and I was telling him about my love for Please me but wanted 'similar but different' and he suggested Pink Plaid and Snob for a pink version and Honey love for a nudey tone. Snob is still on the wish list but I am pretty happy with Pink Plaid. 

Honey love

Pink Plaid
I need to stop buying now and use the ones I've got. I think I am gona go now and put my collection in colour order.. But what else to do when you are not feeling 100%, I have got the dreaded winter cold on the last weekend before it's officially summer!

(L-R) Honey Love, Pink plaid, Please me, Creme cup

Let me know if you think you have a favourite lipstick I might like too?!

Happy Saturday!

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22 May 2015

Beauty Haul | Mac lipsticks part 1 - The Brights

I would still consider myself new to bright lip colours, and the novelty of Mac lipsticks hasn't worn off so I am clocking up a sizeable collection. They are not a bad price as they are high quality and theres a massive choice of colours. 

They are £15.50 in UK department or Mac stores, but I try to purchase the ones I have my eye on when I pass through Heathrow T5 as they are £12.90 which is a little saving but makes a difference if you are buying a couple at once.

I have been loving purple / hot pink shades, I had the perfect colour in my mind, and the ones I have bought are pretty close to what I was looking for. I keep a list in my notes on my iPhone as to what I already have and I also have a wish list...(dangerous).

I love matte lipsticks for the staying power and the strength of colour, but it does mean you have to keep touching it up if you have a drink or a bite to eat. 

I think they are perfect for afternoon cocktails / evenings out but I have to remember they are a treat and not for everyday wear. If I start wearing them everyday they will lose their impact and won't feel special. 

I will be covering in part 2 my everyday favourites.

L-R Impassioned | Girl about town | Flat out fabulous | Up the amp | Saint Germain
I have tried out the first three from the left and I love them! 

But the two on the right I haven't quite made my mind up on yet - 

Up the Amp, looks better than it is, seems a strange thing to say and it is a gorgeous colour to look at then I put it on and I feel its darker than I am expecting and seems quite wintery - I will save it for later in the year.

Saint Germain, also looks a different colour to what it comes through as best way to describe it is a summery electric pink. I need to test it out but I think it's the same colour as a Topshop one I got last summer so I will have to park this til the sun comes out plus I need a tan.

All of the following pictures are my favourites -  all pretty long lasting with the amplified type being probably the best as they are strong in colour but with a little bit of moisture, where the matte is a lovely colour but goes on very flat and I don't really like to add a lipgloss on top.

MAC - Girl about town - VERY bright pink (amplified)
MAC - Flat out fabulous - bright purple pink (Matte)
MAC - Impassioned - bright red with a hint of pink (amplified)
If you don't feel brave enough to try brights, just buy one to start with probably a nice red is a good place to start. New Look have some nice colours for £3.99 and Topshop a little bit more for around £8. 

If you still aren't sure ask a friend, they are usually too honest for their own good. Have the confidence to wear it and feel empowered. You will be surprised how much it changes up your outfit.

Love this picture from the Fleur De Force book - 

Part 2 to follow next with my daily usuals.
Happy Friday!

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18 May 2015

Summer fashion | midi rings + hand tattoos

Coachella is over, but this sets the style for the summer ahead of us in the UK, with brands like Claires Accessories and Ciate Nails providing pre festival parties out in LA meant they could showcase trends coming up which includes Midi rings and temporary tattoos.

Fleur de force +Coachella 
Midi rings were around last summer and I have to be honest I didn't buy any but they are back again so I thought I would have a go.

This blog post will be mostly photo based just showing me trying out the rings plus some pictures of examples I have seen on Pinterest or Instagram. I am still not sure how many to wear as I do wear alot of rings already. 

But I have also tried out the temporary tattoos I got from New Look and Topshop as a starter to see if they are my style.

I placed smaller ones on my fingers around my midi rings then tried out a larger one on my hand. 

I really like the smaller ones as they are quite subtle for weekend wear or casual days. The larger transfer would be ideal for a beach holiday or event.

I then tried the tattoos out again this time just adding smaller ones to my fingers only.

Only wearing 10 rings, 3 bracelets and a watch...
I will pop the details of the rings I am wearing in the close ups.

(L-R) Accessorize Z collection, Topshop, Monica Viander, Accessorize

(L-R) Accessorize, Pandora both hearts, Monica Viander,  Azendi, Accessorize
You should definitely have a try, the midi rings at Accessorize were around the £5 mark and some came in sets for a little bit more. The temporary tattoos were around £4 at New Look and they had quite a few to choose from which I think were the best value for money for the volume of transfers in the packs compared to Topshop. However they didn't have huge staying power, a drop of water and they dissolved away so don't expect more than one days use out of them. 

Here are some examples of how others are wearing this combo.
Source via pinterest
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11 May 2015

North East | Angel of the North

Sometimes you forget to be a tourist where you live as you see these points of interest all the time and think "I've seen it I don't need to make a special trip".

I am a Yorkshire girl who has been living in the North East for 7 years now, but not as long as the 'Angel of the North' who arrived in Gateshead in 1998. 

I have been asking around friends and family for a few weeks who are 'locals' and I only actually found 1 out of 10 who had visited the Angel. 

Angel of the North | Antony Gormley
20 metres tall / wingspan of 54 metres / 
Made of 200 tonnes of steel

I regularly pass the Angel on the A1 motorway when I visit the shopping centre nearby. According to the local council, over 90k people pass the angel on a daily basis. This does sound crazy and I am sure some people will drive passed twice per day if they commute from Durham to Newcastle.

I went with my friends Miss B (who is born and bred in the North East) and her partner Mr C who had both not visited the Angel before. 

We parked at the free car park, there is probably only 10 spaces for cars but also some space for a coach (My friend told me there didn't used to be any proper car parking available so this put people off visiting).

Miss B & Miss K
Mr C
Lucky for us there was only 3 other visitors there when we were on a Tuesday lunchtime, which is great if you want to take some photographs as you don't have to wait very long for them to clear out of the way.... this might not be as easy on a weekend or school holidays.

The first thing to note when you are walking the 1 minute from the car park to the angel is the vast size, it's strange as I knew 'she' stood tall but I had no idea until I got up so close.

There is a path around the circumference but to stand directly underneath like I did you have to walk up a little hill which it suddenly got very windy and I thought my iPhone was going to blow out of my hand (I would have cried a little).

I will definitely be going again soon for another visit and I will now be dragging all my local pals who have no idea how amazing this is which is literally on our doorstep.

While we were there for 30 minutes (which is enough time unless your taking a picnic), we experienced every season of weather including hail, rain, wind and sunshine.. so these pics all look like they were different days! I promise they weren't.  

Facts in the carpark

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4 May 2015

Miss K's Kitchen | Tomato & Spinach pasta

Deliciously Ella has some yummy recipes in her book and today I am going to share with you one that is super quick, easy and veggie - I have changed it slightly due to things I had in the cupboard.

In the book this is called 10 minute tomato pasta (page 131), which doesn't sell itself really so let me tell you how amazing it is instead.

What do you need? (serves 2- 3 |double up if its for 4 people)
1 Tin of chopped tomatoes
250g cherry tomatoes chopped into quarters
1 onion chopped finely
2 tablespoon of tomato paste
3 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1 tin of butter beans (or black eyed beans or kidney beans if you prefer)
8 balls of frozen spinach
mixed herbs / salt & pepper
1 butternut squash - cut into cubes and roasted for 25 mins with a touch of olive oil (salt & pepper & paprika) - add as a side or stir in at the end
Serve with a pasta of your choice

Before you start if you want to add the butternut squash into the dish you will need to start this first, pre heat oven and roast the cubes for 15 mins before you start the sauce so they will be ready at same time.

Choose your favourite pasta and amount you want to eat and cook this at the same time as your sauce.

1| Drop of oil in the pan to start and soften the onion
2| Then place the chopped tomatoes, tin of tomatoes, cider vinegar, tomato paste into the cooked onions and stir - simmer for 5 mins on a medium heat
3| Add in the drained butter beans, balls of spinach and stir - simmer for a further 5 mins

Once the 10 mins of cooking is up, the dish is ready to serve. 

I also think this is a great base for other veggies to be added in like mushrooms or aubergine.

As I only made this for 2 people, I froze the left overs and it warmed up easily in the mircowave for another meal a week later.

I know this dish may seem very easy but it really does taste good and the apple cider vinegar gives it a lovely flavour.

Happy Monday!

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