What do you think of this idea, how do you find things to decorate your room?
01 December 2013
27 November 2013
I must admit, I'm partial to a bit of beauty reading, bet you didn't expect me to throw that curveball at you, heh? and when I'm not reading my favourite blogs online, you can probably find me flicking through the pages of a solid beauty bible. So I thought that I would share my top 3 with you.
Lauren Conrad, Beauty - She hands down wins the most enviable hair award, so how could I not want to know her secrets. The style is very reminiscent of The Beauty Department with step-by-step guides on creating some of her signature looks and nail art too, and whilst it may not be the most informative of reads, its definitely a lovely one to flick through. Also worth an honourable mention is her Style book which is presented in much the same format as this.
The Art of Makeup - This has to be may favourite of the lot, it covers it all from high fashion looks and how to create them on clients, to the most simple of makeup tricks. The photos are all stunning, and whilst some of them may be a little too out-there to even dream about attempting, it does offer great advice and teaches you the basis of makeup application.
Bryant, Fashion Drawing; Illustration Techniques for Fashion Designers - Whilst not strictly a 'beauty' book, I thought this one deserved a mention as I have found it so useful over the years. As many of you probably know, art is one of my favourite subjects at school and I am really interested in fashion design and have therefore incorporated it a lot into my projects. This book has served as a really informative guide which offers a lot of information, but with lots of pictures and diagrams too, so it doesn't look too daunting! I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about fashion illustration.
And on my wish list ... Jemma Kidd Makeup Secrets, Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual, Francois Nars Make Up Your Mind, Express Yourself , Alexa Chung It
20 November 2013
Sweet Colors Eco Nail Varnish* - $6.14
Since going back to school, I have been searching for a colour that is natural enough to wear, and that I won't be made to take off ... and I've found it! This Sweet Color nail varnish (which is in the shade S214 for reference) is a gorgeous muted delicate rose hue which looks lovely and delicate on the nails. One coat gives a high shine sheer finish which is really pretty for a subtle look, but as you can see from the photos above, I have built it up to give an opaque finish (3 coats) which looks lovely but is not quite so easy to get away with on the natural front. It dries with a really high shine finish which lasts fo-re-ver, you won't believe me but the above photo was taken after 2 weeks so it is perfect for no fuss nails which you know you won't have to top up! If you are interested in this polish, or just want to treat yourself then check out the Born Pretty Store and make use of the extra 10% code for all my readers!
What do you think of this colour?
17 November 2013
Long time no see, did you miss me? School has been crazy busy at the moment so you will have to excuse me for the lack of posts, hopefully it will be back to normal soon but you will have to bear with me until then!
06 November 2013
You'll have to excuse me if tonights post is somewhat lacking in substance as I am currently knackered, having just come from a geography controlled assessment that lasted all day and having next to no sleep the night before. I swear, right now if I have to work out another average about vehicle movements in the CBD and Outer Suburbs, well ... I don't even want to contemplate what I might do ...
Anyway, enough about that, what I wanted to show you were these firework cupcakes that I baked for a bonfire and fireworks party that I went to at the weekend. I thought it still might be worth showing you though as I know that a lot of the festivities are going on this weekend instead of last. Now, I'm not going to lie, these are one of the more difficult bakes that I have attempted (in fact, they took me two attempts, but lets not tell anyone that, heh?). I used my standard chocolate cupcake recipe and frosting (which can be found here) and then melted sugar to form caramel and shaped it into vaguely catherine wheel type shapes. To finish them off I wedged the 'firework' into the cake and sprinkled popping candy and honeycomb chunks on top to create a pop in your mouth too.
What do you think of these, will you try them?