Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer



I was given two of these Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors in a set at Christmas. They were all the rage a few months prior, but I had never got around to buying them as I thought they might be a little expensive for what they actually are. However, now I'm the proud owner of two I am a very happy girl indeed. They were completely worth the hype and in my eyes worth the money - but perhaps not to everyone. Let me explain.



I'll start by telling you why this product is a winning lip product to me. Made with great ingredients such as Shea Butter, Wild Mango, Vitamin A and E, this product helps to repair any damage whilst softening and smoothing out your lips. It's gel-like constancy creates a mirror shine that can be emphasised or not depending on how much you put on. It doesn't feel sticky or tacky on the lips which is a huge point for me when it comes to gloss products. Simply making your lips look fuller and more kissable is one of the main aspects of this perfector - and it does perfect. The subtle colour in this product smooths out my lips to make them look a lot more flawless and dare I say, photoshopped.

The applicator is incredibly easy to use. A gentle squeeze of the tube pumps the product up through the sponge top which can then be applied directly to your lips. It's incredibly easy to control how much or how little you want to apply, so you are always left with the desired look you were after.



I like to wear a lot of product to begin with, as I find that the high gloss wet shine sinks in quite quickly. Whilst this does mute it slightly, you are always left with shiny lips that look healthy throughout the day. It simply turns more into a lip balm texture which is partly why I like it so much, being a major lover of all things balm.

It's hassle-free and that's why I like this product so much. It creates the colour I want, with the shine I desire from a tacky-free product and helps to smooth out and repair my lips at the same time. All of these things are exactly what my lips desire. I couldn't think of a way to improve this had I been given the opportunity myself.

But perhaps other people don't mind so much about sticky lips and want that wet-glossy shine all day long. Therefore this perhaps isn't the product for them and may not be worth the high price tag. But for me this is exactly what I want and when I've finished using the two sample sizes of the product I will no doubt go back and invest in another to reside in my handbag where this one stays, so I can use it on a daily basis. It's simply my handbag hero.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer - Currently £15.80 (Usually £18) from Escentual 

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Beauty For Christmas

It is probably far too late to put up a post about what beauty products I got for Christmas. But when I was looking through my iPhone and realised I had these photos, I thought it would be nice to share with you what I received and have since tried and enjoyed.

I was extremely spoilt at Christmas with beauty products and have had so much fun dabbling into my new presents ever since. Some of the items were repurchases of products I already loved and others were items I had admired from afar for far too long but never had the chance to see them up close and personal - the Hourglass Palette being a prime example.

 


I had already tried and fallen in love with the Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara, Ren ClearCalm3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser, Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream, Armani Code for Women Perfume and Clinique Chubby Sticks. These are all fabulous products that I would recommend to any beauty lovers. I had also tried everything else from the Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Range apart from the Eau Gourmande Perfume, but now I've been united with it I can say I like it just as much as the rest of the range (tip: it's extremely potent, so a little goes a long way!).

The Oribe haircare set was completely new to me but had been on my Christmas list for a few years now. I fell in love with the idea of their Dry Texturising Spray when burst onto the beauty scene via Youtube a long while ago now. I'm not a huge fan of using Dry Shampoo if I don't have to, as I don't really enjoy the feeling of it in my hair, so the Dry Texturising Spray seemed to be perfect for me. It claims to work in a similar way to dry shampoo but gives the hair lift, volume and obviously texture, without the weighty feel. I've used it a couple of times now and I do like it, but I can definitely feel it in my hair. It doesn't feel dirty per say, just gritty - excellent for style but not so much for touch. Smells great though!

The Travalo has been a life saver. So incredibly easy to use and perfect for a girl like me who has one too many perfumes and likes to switch them up. It's the perfect size for a handbag and comes in a variety of colours. Mum bought me the pink one which I love. She liked it so much that she bought herself the gold one and my brother the blue one, so now we all match. Huge thumbs up to this little gadget!

I won't talk too much about the Clarins set as there are reviews coming up shortly, but the Natural Lip Perfecters are definitely worth the hype. Enough said.

As for the Hourglass palette and the No7 Glossy Sticks, I haven't got around to trying these yet but you will be the first to know how I get on. If anyone has tried them please do let me know! I'd love to hear your experiences, tips, tricks and thoughts :)

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Let's Bake - Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies!

 

I baked these cookies a couple of weeks ago and thought they were absolutely amazing. Who doesn't want to mix two of the best cookies in the world, Oreos and Chocolate Chip, to create the ultimate in guilty pleasures? They were such a success and really easy to make. Best ate warm from the oven with a cup of cold milk, these cookies will please all hearts. All you need is the ingredients shown above. I followed this recipe myself and it worked perfectly.


I highly recommend measuring out all your ingredients to start off with. It makes the baking process so much easier and more enjoyable which ultimately means it's less stressful!

 

The first step is to combine both of the sugars with the softened butter in a bowl. I used an electric whisk as it's quicker and easier.

 

Then add your eggs and whisk again to create a loose consistency like this. Don't worry if it looks a little lumpy. Mine was but it turned out fine.

 

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt. You now need to add the wet mixture to the dry mixture slowly to combine everything together.

 

I found the easiest way to do this was to scoop some mixture into the flour, add some chocolate chips at the same time and mix that in, before adding a little bit more of each until they are all combined.

Your mixture may look a little bit dry but resist the temptation to add milk or water. It will all come together in the end - trust me. Just scoop up some mixture in your hand and shape it into a ball which you can then place on either side of an Oreo like shown in the photo below.

 

All you need to do now is squeeze the sides of the cookie dough together so that the Oreo is hidden in the middle. It should look something a little like what is shown below.

 

Pop them on a tray covered in greaseproof paper. Then they can be put into the oven to get all golden, chewy and yummy.

 

Don't forget to set the oven to around 160C for a fan and let them cook for 9-13 minutes, or until golden brown.

 

And voila! You should end up with something that looks a little like this. As I say, they are at their best when they are warm and fresh out of the oven. If you leave them to cool, the Oreo will go hard again. If you prefer it soft like me, just whack your cookie in the microwave for 20 seconds and it should soften back up again.


These are great for sharing with mates. Watch their surprise as they bite into a cookie and realise there's something more to it. Good times had by all.
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