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Other // How Much Is My Face Worth?

Having just read Rachel's post here about the price of her face from day to day I thought I would jump on the ship and join in and do a post about mine too. Of course, the price of my face will most certainly go up when I get a face transplant but for now though, this is what I wear on my face day to day.
Garnier Skin Naturals 24hr Hydrating Day Cream - £3.38
Clean and Clear Blackhead Clearing Daily Scrub - £3.50
Tea Tree Facial Wash - £4.50
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Sheerest Cream Blush in Sunrise - £1.99
Collection 2000 Highlighter in Maldives - £1.69
AVON True Colour Blush in Russet - £6.00 
Maybelline Gel Eyeliner in Intense Black - £5.98
AVON Glimmerstick Eyeliner in Blackest Black - £6.00
17 Falisifeye Mascara in Black - £6.49
AVON Liquid Eyeshadow in Chromed Cocoa - £2.99
Nivea Essential Lip Balm - £1.38

You can get these items cheaper elsewhere but I included where I bought these from rather than the cheaper alternatives. In total, I have calculated that my face costs..... £60.98! Some would say that that £61 was wasted but they would be wrong, obviously.

Tutorial // Leopard Print Nails

A while ago I decided to have a go at a little bit of nail art. I googled nail tutorials and came across a leopard print tutorial, which I changed to suit the colours that I already had. It took me about an hour and a half to do one hand, but bear in mind that that did include drying time etc.
Virgin Vie Glossy Top/Base Coat
I used this all over my nails before and after.
OPI in Coney Island Cotton Candy
I painted this all over my nails on top of the base coat and waited for it to dry.
17 Lasting Fix in Mini Skirt
When I used this I dipped the end of a skewer (pointy end) into the nail varnish pot and and stroked little lines onto my nails with it - be careful not to actually scratch your nails with the pointy end as otherwise you'll have to start again.
Maybelline Forever Strong Pro in Rose Poudre
With this nail varnish I put random little splodges around my nails.
Stargazer Nail Art Pen in Black
With this special nail art pen, I just went round the little splodges and did a few little random spots to make sure it wasn't too neat.

It took a while to do this but I really liked it when it was on my nails. I was really sad when it had started chipping and I had to take it off :-(

Review // MUA Nail Varnish in Shade 9

MUA Nail Varnish - £1.00
Evie Glam Glitter Nail Varnish - £2.00
A few weeks ago I painted my nails with MUA's Shade 9 Nail Varnish which is a pretty sky blue and with Evie Blue Glitter Nail Varnish. I painted all of my nails with MUA's Shade 9 then I used the blue glitter nail varnish as an accent nail.
I've never tried MUA's nail varnishes before so I was a little dubious about buying a nail varnish that costs £1 - either it would be completely amazing: a complete holy grail and a bargain, or it would be a watery thin mess.

After trying out this nail varnish I can say that I am completely impressed. I had to use two coats of the varnish to get an opaque colour but that seems the norm these days. It dries in a short amount of time too.

The formula itself is just like any other nail varnish, it isn't at all watery which I was kind of expecting. Of course, with any product it does have at least one con and the only con I can find to this product is the small fiddly bottle. The brush itself isn't very big so you do have to use a few more strokes than usual to complete a nail but it isn't the end of the world.

Overall, I am super impressed by this nail varnish. For a pound you get an excellent nail varnish which is available in a variety of different colours. You only need two coats to get a fully covered nail and although the bottle is small and fiddly, for a pound you can't go wrong.

Review // Avon Supershock Vivid Liquid Eyeshadow in Chromed Cocoa

Avon Supershock Vivid Liquid Eyeshadow
A while ago I bought some sort of gift set from Avon. Inside it was this liquid eyeshadow, a lipstick and a mascara, all for £8 and all full sized. I received this Supershock Vivid Liquid Eyeshadow in the shade Chromed Cocoa which is a lovely metallic bronze with a hint of gold.

The doe foot applicator makes for easy application although it takes a little bit of getting used to. Applying eyeshadow with a doe foot applicator? Sacrilege!  When you first apply this eyeshadow it feels very wet on the eyelids. So much so that I had to close my eyes for about two minutes after applying it because I don't want it to transfer higher up on my eyelids. This is not ideal when you are rushed for time. I also find that I have to apply two layers of this all over my eyelids to get a full colour, otherwise it's quite sparse.

The formula itself intrigued me to begin with. In the bottle you can quite clearly see that it's very watery, which made me wonder how it would stay put on my eyelids. This takes some drying time but on the plus side, it makes it easy to layer up the eyeshadow to make it a bolder colour. Unfortunately, this product does fail in the no creasing area which is so disappointing as it is a pretty colour. Here is a before and after photo. Before being first thing in the morning, after being in the evening).
Overall, I am quite disappointed. It takes forever to dry as it is too wet, the colour is sheer so it needs some building and it doesn't stay put on the eyelids for very long.

Review // Fearne Cotton Eyeliner Pencil in Black

Fearne Eyeliner Pencil - £2.50
I love Fearne Cotton and I love eyeliner, so when I went into Boots on Sunday and saw Fearne's make-up range standing in all it's glory, I couldn't resist having a little look. After having a good look at everything I settled on an eyeliner pencil in black. Now, I have plenty of eyeliners, in fact I could probably set up a stall of eyeliners and start a little shop as I have so many but at £2.50 I couldn't resist buying another and add to my growing collection.

I wore this eyeliner all day yesterday and I have mixed feelings about it. The pencil itself is rather chunky. I'd actually go as far to say that it isn't a pencil but more of a crayon if we were going on size. This of course has it's upsides and it's downsides. It's much easier to hold than a normal eyeliner pencil which makes it easy to line the eyelid but because of the size of it and because the tip of the pencil is so chunky, it's very hard to draw a thin line. This really makes having a nice little delicate eye line difficult. 

The colour itself is dark black, which makes a change as usually when I buy a black eyeliner they aren't always completely black - sometimes they're more of a grey, which makes me feel a bit cheated. Another con to this eyeliner is that you get a transfer from it on the top of your eyelid - yesterday I spent a lot of time trying to scrub it away. This was a real problem for me actually as I walked around all day with black panda eyes without realising.

Review // Evie Purple Glitter Nail Varnish in Purple

Evie Purple Glitter Nail Varnish - £2.50
I bought this Evie Purple Glitter Nail Varnish in Peacocks last week, along with a Blue version. I didn't go into Peacocks with the intention of buying more nail varnish, I was stood at a till with my Aunt and I was drawn to it. Then I was asked for ID when I tried to buy it! You have to be 18 to buy it which doesn't really make sense but there you go.

The nail varnish itself is clear with 3 different sizes of purple glitter in, which is very pleasing on the eye. I did know that it was a topcoat when I bought it, so I got put my trusty Miss Sporty Lasting Colour Nail Varnish in Fatal Black to use as a base, then applied one coat of the Evie Purple Glitter on top.

I really, really love this nail combo. I love the different sized, chunky pieces of glitter in contrast to the black base. It's definitely a firm favourite of mine at the moment.

Review // Seventeen BB Blemish Balm in Light

On a recent trip to Boots I picked up the Seventeen BB Blemish Cream in the shade 'Light'. It was a part of the 3 for 2 offer and I couldn't see anything else that I wanted after I picked up two Wild Cream Eyeshadows so I thought I would give it a go. 

A Blemish Balm is like a lighter version of a foundation. It is supposed to give full coverage, cover imperfections, even out skintone, hide dark circles, correct blemishes and it is also supposed to protect against sun exposure - so putting it simply, it does everything. It's a foundation, a moisturiser, a concealer and a bit of sun tan lotion whacked into one small 30 ml bottle.

Unfortunately this BB cream is only available in two shades - Light and Medium. I bought this in Light as I'm quite pale and I'm really fortunate that it matches my skintone perfectly. 

On the day that I applied this I wasn't too well so was a bit paler than usual. I applied a thin layer of the Seventeen BB Balm all over the face, covering a few blemishes on the way and it seemed to cover them quite well. I had to try it again another day when I had the usual red tinge to my cheeks to see how it fared and again I applied another thin layer. It evened out some of my skintone but not all of it but I suppose if I wanted to cover my face completely I would have worn a foundation.

The Seventeen BB Balm hides my dark circles under my eyes well and helped cover my spots but if I wanted to hide the redness on my cheeks I would have to use a bit more than usual to do so. If I was just after a small amount of coverage then I would use this on it's own, but if I wanted full coverage then I would consider putting a little concealer on too. A lot of people have been saying that this is just like tinted moisturiser but I think it depends on how you would want to use it. Some days I don't feel like wearing foundation so I would reach for this; some days I just want a full coverage so I would wear foundation instead.

I love the matte finish to this as I have quite oily skin and I cannot stand a shiny face! It's also really light on the face and doesn't feel caked on or heavy at all. The downside to this product is that it only has two shades, although this doesn't effect me directly, I can see this being a problem for some people. 

I would definitely buy this again and at £6.99, it's the cheapest BB Cream I've come across. I'd recommend this to you all, although I'd recommend you think about how you'd use it before you buy it as you might be disappointed in a lack of full coverage and shades.

Review // 17 Wild Metallic Cream Eyeshadow in Wild Midnight Blue and Wild Purple

17 Wild Metallic Cream Eyeshadow - £3.99
After reading a lot of the hype around the 17's Wild Metallic Cream Eyeshadow recently, I finally caved in and bought two last week on a trip to Boots. I got them as a part of the 3 for 2 offers that are going on at the moment, along with the 17 BB Cream. I picked up the shades Wild Midnight Blue and Wild Purple.

The Boots website describes these as "a creamy mousse formula which glides onto eyelidsalthough I would have to disagree. It's definitely creamy, but I wouldn't say it is a mousse. I've tried Rimmel London's Colour Mousses and they are light and mousse-like but these are definitely just cream eyeshadows.
Wild Midnight Blue
This is called a Midnight Blue but as you can see from the little pot, it looks a lot like black. However, once applied it looks like a muted blue, although I'd still say it was black. It has an iridescent glitter running through it which is nice in time for the festive season. I applied this on my eyelids using my fingers to wear it as a wash of colour and was a bit disappointed. Within 10 minutes it had creased really badly and had nearly faded away.
Wild Purple
Wild Purple is a lovely violety colour with a silver shimmer running through it. Out of the two shades I've picked up, I'd say that this was the more wearable of the two as you could wear it during the day as well as during the night. Again, I applied this using my fingers to wear as a wash of colour and again, it creased within a really short period of time.

Because of this, I then applied the Cream Eyeshadows on top of a primer and they lasted around an hour before creasing and fading slightly. I found that they were much best used as a base, with an eyeshadow or two layered on top. 
You do need to use a lot of the product to build up the colour. They look a bit matte without the flash but they're very shimmery and sparkly.

Overall, two nice cream eyeshadows and, although they don't entirely live up to their claims, they're a bit of fun and add a bit of a sparkle to the eye area. One really big down point I found was that when used on their own, they creased within no time at all. I found that disappointing as I bought them to wear as a wash of colour so now they are only used as a base.

Review // JRB Nail Enamel in Pink and Green Glitter

JRB Nail Enamel in Nail Varnish - £1.35
Last week I read Adrienne's post about glittery nail varnishes and as soon as I saw the photos of them, I knew that I just had to have a little peek. A little peek quickly turned into a little purchase..

I ordered the JRB Nail Enamel in Pink and Green Glitter last week and it arrived within 2 days, which I thought was excellent. However, as you can see from the photo above, I seem to have received a bottle that was half full. I emailed the seller on eBay and apparently they are supposed to be filled to the white line at the top. The seller swiftly gave me a refund and that was that.

Pink and Green Glitter is a clear nail varnish crammed full of different sized pieces of glitter. I've worn it as a top coat underneath Miss Sporty's Lasting Colour Nail Varnish in Fatal Black but you can wear it on it's own as it is so jam packed with glitter. I'm sure a couple of coats of it will cover the nails completely.

I've only used one coat of glitter for my nails, so you can see how much glitter it has in it. In the bottle is two different types and shapes of glitter - there's very small specs of green glitter, and large specs of pink round glitter.

It dries really quickly and I used a top coat on top just to make it look extra glossy. I found that this chipped pretty quickly which is a shame but as it does dry so quickly it doesn't bother me having to re-apply.

Review // No7 Stay Perfect Nail Varnish in Hot To Trot

I bought this nail varnish a few weeks ago at the same time I bought Milan, from Boots when I had two '£5 off No 7' vouchers. I immediately mentally claimed Milan after reading Milly rave about it but with over 40 colours to choose from, I was completely stuck for choice for my second option. There were so many lovely colours but they're all so similar to the other nail varnishes I have. Except one - Hot to Trot.

Hot To Trot is a lovely gold with copper undertones, in fact I've never seen a colour like this before. The bottle states true facts - it really is pigment rich and has a lovely shimmery shine to it. Hot to Trot is a beautiful, unique colour which I well and truly adore.

Review // Rimmel London Colour Mousse Eyeshadow in Sassy

Rimmel London Colour Mousse - £4.00
This product has been much favoured by me for quite a while now. It is a staple in my make-up bag and as you can tell from the photos, it has been well used.

Rimmel London Colour Mousse Eyeshadows are a cool, gel like mousse. The shade I have is called Sassy. Sassy is a gorgeous shimmery taupe with purple undertones - the perfect everyday shade.

Once applied it feels very cold on the skin and it dries almost instantly, which is great as it doesn't budge. It is easily blended and incredibly easy to apply with your fingers. The mousse formula wears like a powder eyeshadow but applies like a cream. It doesn't feel heavy on on the skin as it's incredibly lightweight and you don't need to use a lot as a little goes a very long way. I've had my pot for ages and I have barely made a start.

The packaging on states that it lasts for 8 hours and it's a very true claim. I've been wearing Sassy from 10AM this morning and it's still going strong, 10 hours later. It's still maintaining it's glistening high-pigmented colour and none of it has faded away - perfect!

I'd say this was a dupe for 17's Wild Metallic Eyes in Wild Nude apart from Wild Nude has more brown undertones than purple. Nonetheless, the whole range of Rimmel London's Colour Mousses are dead ringers for 17's Wild Metallic Eyes range and MAC's Glitter and Ice Paint Pots.

These Colour Mousses are available in 8 other lovely shades.. which shades do you prefer?

Recent Purchases // The Tiffany Pendant Necklace

Tiffany Return to Tiffany Pendant - £100
A while ago I wrote a post about trying to decide which Tiffany necklace to buy for my birthday. Well, I finally decided and today it arrived. 

I cannot stress enough how much that this necklace is not to scale on the website. When I first opened the gorgeous duck-egg blue box and opened the gorgeous little bag inside, I started panicking. I couldn't find my necklace. At first I thought my post-lady was against me and had already unwrapped everything, stolen the necklace and wrapped everything back up again. Of course, this didn't happen. The only reason why I couldn't find my necklace was because it's so bloody small I couldn't see it.

The pedant is super tiny, as is the chain. The website states that it is "size mini on a 16" chain" - Admittedly, when I bought this I didn't read the "size mini" bit so for that I only have myself to blame.

Nonetheless, this necklace is something that I will treasure for the rest of my life. It's beautiful, small and dainty.

Recipes // Hummingbird Bakery Black and White Cheesecake Bars

For the base:
250g (9oz) of unsalted butter
420g (15oz) of caster sugar
3 eggs
380g (13oz) of plain flour
60g (2oz) of cocoa powder
1 TEASPOON of bicarbonate of soda
1/2 a TEASPOON of salt

80g (3oz) of white chocolate chips
300g (10 and 1/2 oz) of full-fat cream cheese e.g. Philadelphia
60g (2oz) icing sugar
1 large egg

A 23x30cm (9x12inch) baking tray, baking paper, cling film and an electric mixer.
1. Cut the butter up into small chunks (this makes it easier when you're whisking it) and put into a bowl with the caster sugar.
2. Using a hand-held mixer or a freestanding electric mixer, whisk the butter and sugar together until you end up with it looking a little bit like above.
3. Add the eggs one at a time; beating until the mixture is light and fluffy. Make sure you scrape down the mixture from the sides so everything is incorporated.
4. Sift in the flour, the cocoa powder, the bicarbonate of soda and the salt into the bowl with the butter/sugar/egg mixture and whisk until you get a dough like consistency.
It should look something like this.
5. Cut off 1/3 of the dough, wrap it in clingfilm and put it in the fridge.
By this point you should have about this much dough left in your bowl.
6. Line your baking tray with your baking paper then press the remaining dough from your bowl into the baking tray, like above. It's easier to grab small parts of the dough and put it into the baking tray and press it down with clean hands then use the back of a spoon or a fork so it's completely flat.

7. Put this into the fridge for 20-30 minutes. Meanwhile, set your oven to 170 degrees or gas mark 3.
8. Remove from the fridge and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool completely in the tin before adding the topping (you haven't made this yet) but leave the oven on for later.
9. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips either in a glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water or in a microwave - I used a microwave as it's much easier. Leave this to cool slightly.
10. Using an electric whisk, mix the cream cheese and the icing sugar until smooth. Add the egg and mix thoroughly, then stir in the melted white chocolate by hand.
11. Spread the mixture onto the cooled base.
12. Remove the dough you put in the fridge and tear off pieces into small chunks. Place on top of the cream cheese mixture and bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until the cheesecake has set.
It should look slightly better than this!

13. Allow to cool in the tin completely, then place in the fridge for a few hours to set (I left mine in the fridge overnight.) Once set, cut into squares and serve.