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Monday, 24 June 2013

sweet pink summery snacks

It is now officially 'summer' with the 21st marking the Summer Solstice, and me being me the first thing that came into my head when that thought registered was 'food!'. Ice creams on the beach, picnics, barbecues  all the good things in the world y'know ;) I posted a few photos on my new instagram- SarahOrr1_

This weekend I got baking and made some really cute lemon sugar cookies with white sugarpaste icing and mini pink sugarpaste flowers. I used this Martha Stewart recipe for the cookies and a simple sugarpaste recipe (2 tablespoons of liquid glucose added to 1 egg white, then mix with 500g of sifted icing/ confectioners sugar) and gave them to my friends at school. Surprising people with a little token of your appreciation is such a nice thing to do and all your friends will appreciate it. Note: be careful to check everyone is okay with the ingredients as my friend is allergic to lemon, but even after I told her they had lemon in she continued to eat them.. saying I was terrified is an understatement!

I also had a go at making a smoothie after school today as I've decided only drinking water is a bit boring and I just need to suck it up and try something new. I added two handfuls of raspberries and a fair pour of milk (who loves my accurate measuring there?) but the great thing about making your own smoothies is that you can change almost everything other than having milk and your flavouring to suit your tastes and preferences- I'm planning on trying strawberries or blueberries next time. If you're not a great fan of smoothies, why not try a homemade milkshake or juicing some fruit like oranges, apples or pears?

So there you have it- two snacks you can make yourself that are quick, tasty and delicious!
Who said food can't be pretty? Feel free to decorate your snacks as much or as little as you want.
If you've tried either of these or have you own favourite summertime snacks, please tell me below

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

review> L'oreal nude magique anti-fatigue cc cream

The Product: L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique Anti- Fatigue CC Cream

The Store: Superdrug (in my case)

The Price: £7.99

What They Say: Our new Colour Correcting beautifiers help to eliminate redness, dullness or tired looking skin.

Smart Pigment Capsules in a feather-light hydrator transform into foundation on contact with the skin. Weightless bare sensation. A perfect nude look with buildable, lightweight coverage.

With SPF 12 and 24hr hydration, our latest beauty cream revelation: a magical fusion of skincare and cosmetics. A perfect solution for any woman.

My initial thoughts of the product when I bought it was that the packaging looked really pretty (for a CC Cream) and- I'm not going to lie- the words 'Colour Correcting Beautifiers' lured me in. I had no idea what they were but if they corrected my colour and beautified me then I was all for it!

Unfortunately, as you can see in the picture, 'colour correcting' was probably a marketable way of saying 'colour changing', and not in a good way. As soon as I squirted a small amount onto my hand I could see it was too light and had too much of a yellow tone for me, and it just got worse as I blended it in. I could possibly justify this saying it's simply not for fair skinned, pink undertoned girls were it not for the fact that my friend- who is considerably more tanned than I am, and does have a yellow undertone- applied this unknowingly after coming from lifeguarding and was greeted at my family's dinner party by me loudly saying 'What on earth have you done to your face?!' The only way I can describe this look is by comparing it to some seriously cheap fake tan you'd find on the back end of stereotypical Essex (a county in England infamous for it's partying and fake looks).

As for the formula, I think it's one of those pay-for-what-you-get items. Once blended in, in leaves no streaks or obvious makeup lines (aside from those colour-induced) but it does take a while for it to blend out, so probably not the best if you're in a hurry. It leaves my skin looking quite dewy, but it is verging on oiliness, especially with my normal-oily combination skin, and I have to powder quite a bit to get the desired 'moistness' (ooh, isn't moist a good word? It's a bit of a Miranda* word. Moist.).

Overall, I am far from running back to Superdrug to buy this as the colour is simply not right and I would much rather pay £8 for an eyeshadow or something else I would use and enjoy more as it just doesn't leave me feeling happy about the way my skin feels and looks. Perhaps if the colour issue was sorted out, I would be more inclined to forgive and forget about the other little niggles but alas, that is not- at this moment in time- the case.

* If you do not know who/ what Miranda is, she is Miranda Hart, and it is a TV series written, directed and partly played by her on the BBC. It is also very funny and great for a bit of light entertainment.

Aside from my various makeup woes, everything is going pretty well at the moment! 
I finally have exams out of the way and have more posts lined up for this month, so keep an eye out :)
Have you tried any other of L'oreal's CC Creams? Have you had the same result?

Saturday, 1 June 2013

everyday makeup routine

I've been meaning to do this post for months and months and months after several of you requested it, but for some reason I kept putting it off. Finally, during some procrastination-disguised-as-revising, I decided I may as well get my camera out and get some photography done.

This is the look that I wear on a day-to-day basis. I'm at school most of the time, so I'm not technically allowed to wear makeup, and at the weekend I'm too tired to put a lot of effort in or I just prefer to look more natural.

The products:
Jouer Matte Moisture Tint in 'Porcelain' - Base
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in 'Ivory' - Blemishes
Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder - T-Zone
Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift - Under eye 
Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials in 'Demure' - Eyelid
MAC Blush in 'Harmony' - Bronzing / Contour
MAC Blush in 'Mocha' - Blush
Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in 'Granite' - Eyebrows
Revlon Colourburst Lip Colour in '005 Cotton Candy' - Lips
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in 'Yeyo' - Waterline
Nars Eyeliner Stylo in 'Carpates' - Upper lash line
Lancome Hypnose Drama in '01 Excessive Black' - Eyelashes

The tools:
Real Techniques Powder Brush - Setting powder
MAC 239 Brush - Blush
Cath Kidston Powder Brush - Bronzing
MAC Brush - Contour
Real Techniques Buffing Brush - Foundation / Tinted moisturiser

I hope you liked seeing what sort of products and shades I used. 
Please bear in mind I do not wear all of this everyday- at school, for example, I'll leave out the eyeliner and just rub on some lip balm. This is just what I generally go to if I'm keeping my look quite simple and low-key.