Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Review: LOreal Infalliable 24H Foundation

So after being stuck in doors revising for the last few weeks, I went a little mad in Boots (my local drugstore, for any americans) - and one of my purchases was this L'oreal foundation. It cost me around £10 but was on a 3 for 2 offer, so I went a little crazy! It's the first L'Oreal foundation I've tried so quite excited to see if my skin looks like Cheryl Cole- kidding! (I'm not kidding) 
When I first applied it; I did notice that it doesn't sit well on dry patches of skin, but to be fair, there aren't many products which would, and moisturising my skin more it sat really nicely on my skin. The other thing, was that it has a very yellow undertone as opposed to peachy/pink, at first it was I was a little worried as I haven't tried foundations in this tone,  but with blending and a little powder it seemed to match my skin tone- which was a bonus. I always find it so hard choosing the right colour with drugstore foundations- there's no one there to help you - I don't want to look orange!
It has a very nice consistency, quite liquidy but not so much that it runs off your hand, I'd say a similar consistency to Rimmel Wake Me Up; and the other great thing is that it comes with a pump; I know there's some L'Oreal foundations which don't have one- I'd be so scared to waste loads of product! I'm bad enough with the pump!
I only use half to one pump and this seems to go quite a long way, it does take a while to buff in, so isn't a foundation to use when you are in a mega panic morning- but great for if you have a bit more time. It seemed to give me a really nice matte finish, and also a really nice coverage, enough to cause people to comment on how great my skin was looking!
Finally; it seems to last sooo long! I know this because *confession time* I did leave my make up on over night the other day (naughty I know) but when I woke up, my skin looked as it did when I went to bed, so if anyone is planning a mad 24 hour party/staying awake session, then this is the foundation to go to!
It is honestly my new favourite and I will 100% be replacing it when it has all gone!
 So far so good; and I'm really excited to continue using this foundation over the summer! 

Sunday, 20 April 2014

DIY: Chocolate Easter Nests

LOOK HOW CUTE THEY ARE... I want to cuddle them all! (the chicks... not the cakes...) If I haven't said already; HAPPY EASTER! Congratulations for anyone who managed to complete lent (I certainly did not); but I applaud you if you managed to survive for that long! This post is actually about the cakes behind the chicks; An easter tradition of mine has been to make little easter treats for my friends, these nests in particular. They're really quick and easy to make and taste amazing- if I say so myself! They are a nice alternative to giving everyone easter eggs and adds a bit of a personal touch to easter chocolate. 
You can just make them with melted chocolate, but I use butter, golden syrup and melted chocolate to add a bit of a richer flavour and to keep them a little softer too. 

* 75g Butter
* 250g Melter Chocolate (plain or milk, both work great)
* 2-3 Tablespoons of Golden Syrup
* 100g Shredded Wheat
* Mini Eggs (3-4 per nest)

What to do:
1- Melt the butter, syrup and chocolate in a pan and stir until it's all combined
2- Crush up the shredded wheat and add this to the pan
3- Transfer a couple of spoonfuls to paper cake cases in a baking tray
4- Try and leave a little 'dent' in the centre for the eggs
5- Place 3-4 eggs into the centre
6- Place the baking tray in the fridge for an hour or so

If you can get hold of some cute easter baskets, these can make a gorgeous gift for someone on easter, or at the end of an easter egg hunt, I hope you guys are having a brilliant bank holiday weekend and indulging in plenty of chocolate;  if you've attempted these cute easter nests; feel free to tweet me a photo @ellacatherine3, I'd love to see your attempts  

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Review: L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara

OMG GUYS THIS MASCARA IS SOMETHING ELSE! Seriously, If you haven't tried it already, you really really need to! I noticed a couple of my friends have it and they have amazing lashes and also a LOT of youtubers seem to rave about it, so I thought- It's 3 for 2, why not give it a go? To say I'm glad I bought it, is an understatement- It's insane! No exageration my eyelashes literally doubled in length after one coat, I did find I needed to use an empty brush to seperate my lashes out a little- but that's just how I like my lashes. Lashes are quite a personal style, no? 
The brush is a plastic applicator and when I first saw it, I did wonder whether it would actually do anything as there seems to be nothing of it! But I was very wrong, I think the smaller applicator makes it easier to reach the base of the lashes, which is one of the reasons this mascara is so ace.
It cost around £10.99 so is on the pricier end of drug store cosmetics, but it's 100% worth every penny and is most definitely the best mascara I have used so far- so if you haven't ordered it/run down to Boots by now then you really should. I don't think it's raved about enough- or perhaps I'm just very late to jump on the band wagon?! 
To make it a little easier for you, I shall kindly put the link below hehe! 

Friday, 18 April 2014

Review: Loverdose by Diesel

Bit of a different review this week; I thought I'd share my thoughts on Loverdose by Diesel because, well it's my current favourite perfume and smells insanneeee! First, let me just say; how cool is the bottle - I love how edgy and 'rebel' it is- its quite robust for throwing in a handbag too and looks great in my little collection.
The scent is gorgeous, I am so bad at describing scents, but I'd say it has quite a sweet edge to it, not too floral either.  I'd say it's more leather jacket than flowery top if that makes any sense to anyone else? Made sense in my head, haha! It lasts all day too so you don't need to keep spraying it, which is a bonus as it  means the perfume lasts for quite a while and people have asked what I'm wearing as I smell nice- so if that doesn't persuade you to buy this beauty, I don't know what will?! I just want to bathe in it- that may be a bit of a waste- but  you get the idea!
You can buy it in 30ml, 50ml and 75ml; all of which vary in price but I have found it for sale at the Perfume Shop here for maximum of £49.99 for 75ml, and for a long lasting, gorgeous smelling perfume it's pretty well priced, so I shall definitely be re-purchasing when mine runs out.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Face Brush Collection

The final instalment of my make up brush collection is my Face Brushes. I use these for; foundation, concealer, powder, bronzers, blushers etc- you name it! I only own a few but it means I manage to use all of them, obviously there are others on my wish list- such as the MAC angled contour brush! *hint- mum if you're reading this*

For foundation my go-to brush is the Real Techniques Buffing Brush (there will be a recurring theme with Real Techniques). It's a great size for foundation because it's not too small so doesn't take ages to blend foundation into my face and leaves a really nice finish. I found using a standard flat foundation brush left streaks on my face and didn't look too appealing.

Under my eyes I tend to apply concealer with my fingers, but for blemishes I use the Real Techniques (yep- here again) Expert Face Brush. It still puzzles me as to how people can apply their foundation with this brush as it's so tiny, but it's certainly great for concealer application and also applying powder in areas such as around the nose or under the eyes

When I first got into applying foundation and all that malarcky- I would use the Real Techniques Stippling Brush (Yep; I know, RT again!). But once I aquired the buffing brush I began to use the Stippling for blusher (After washing it of course! I'm not that bad!) and powdererd highlighters- it leaves such a gorgeous finish with blushes and really blends them in nicely.

All my brushes for my face seem to be Real Techniques! I should have called this post-  "My Real Techniques Collection" but they're genuinely a great, affordable brand to use, and also very easy to get hold of, both online and in drugstores- I would love to try out some other brands such as Crown or MAC, so if you've tried any of these and get on really well then comment below or tweet me links 

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Healthy Breakfast Muffins

My love for food and trying to eat less and even more healthily is quite a challenge- I love baking and trying out new recipes but I was trying not to eat as much- who doesn't lick the bowl after cooking? I began to realise that doing that equates to a few cakes ;) If you've just looked at your computer blankly, then you definitely need to re-evaluate your cooking technique- because eating the remaining raw mixture should be a step in the instructions. 
ANYWAY; I found a recipe on this new app I've been using, more of that in a mo... which was for "Healthy Breakfast Muffins". Being kind of intrigued, I clicked the recipe and found some muffins made with no butter or sugar, instead they use mashed  banana and apple and yoghurt. This automatically makes them so much better for you and they still taste really great and have a really nice, cakey texture to them. 
Instead of blueberries I used raspberries, because... that's basically what I had in my fridge. What I loved about these little gems were I could eat them and not feel so bad for snacking because they really aren't that bad for you and are really light. Went down a treat with my family too! And also, they are so versatile- so  as I said I swapped the bluberries for raspberries and you can add pumpkin seeds or additional fruit and they still taste great. 

The app which I was using is called 'Yummly' and it basically collects together loads of recipes from all over the internet into one app- so you can search for a specific ingredient or dish and it'll show you different variations which has certainly encouraged me to be more adventurous with my food and certainly making my lunches alot more interesting! Being healthy doesn't have to be boring! 

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Eye Make Up Brush Collection

 I by no means have a massive collection of make up brushes, in fact it's kind of cute and small;  but I certainly love the ones I own, so I thought I would talk you through a couple of the brushes I use everyday- I say "talk", I shall 'write' you through- hehe! 

So; for my eyebrows I use a Models Own 'angled brush' which is great because it picks up the colour perfectly, not so much they I end up with blocks on my face but it really blends in the colour making my eyebrows looks pretty natural, I'd say. 

There are two brushes which are my holy grail brushes, EVER. They really blend in the colour really well, leaving no solid lines of eyeshadow. They are... *drum roll* The MAC 217 and MAC 234. The 234 is much larger and is a split fibre eye brush. One half of it is synthetic and the other not, which is an interesting idea I hadn't really heard much about before buying this brush. I tend to use this brush for blending out my lid colour onto my brow bone. 
      The 217 has to be my favourite of the two! It's amazing at blending in dark colours into the crease and leaving a really nice blurred effect without any harsh lines. It cost around £18 from MAC but is definitely well worth the money, It's made such a difference to the way my eyeshadow looks. 

We all have those days where eyeliner is a big pile of poo. That's where my secret weapon comes in, a saviour for the days where eyeliner doesn't want to co-operate. It's the eco tools eyeliner blending brush, with synthetic bristles and a really thin tip, using this and a black eyeshadow, I'll just blend in the eyeliner and then uneven edges don't really matter. 

If you guys have any brushes you've really been loving and would reccomend definitely leave me a link to reviews or comment below as I'm always up for trying new products.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Low Fat- Low Sugar Flapjacks

So as you guys know, I love baking but I'm really really trying to improve my diet and eat a lot healthier, NOT all about losing weight but to tone my body for summer and to also feel better in myself. I've heard that eating healthier can improve your moods, fatigue and to give you a little more energy, although I do still let myself indulge in the odd chocolate bar or takeaway.

Because baking can be quite unhealthy, I've been looking for ways to reduce the fat and sugar content in dishes which I bake, and while trawling the internet I found this little gem of a recipe- I alterered it slightly, but here is the original recipe: Click Here.  These flapjacks contain no sugar and margerine instead of butter which makes them alot healthier and better for you. My mum hates the idea of cooking with margerine, but to be really honest I can never notice a difference in taste, so used it to reduce the fat content in the flapjacks.  As opposed to adding sugar, a mixture of apple juice and crushed dates is made into a paste and added to the melted butter.

I was really pleased with the way they turned out, they weren't overly sweet which was actually a really nice change to the usual, bog-standard flapjacks and it also made them really gooey, which I looove in cakes and treats. The fact these are less than 185cal also makes them a lot more appealing as for a good sized portion you're not using up a horrific amount of calories.

* 150g Margerine/ Butter
* 150g Chopped Dates
* 3tbsp Apple Juice
* 100g Raisins
* 225g Rolled Oats

1) Pre-heat the oven to 190 and grease a small baking tray- I lined it with greaseproof paper too, just to make it a little easier to get them out.
2) Add the dates and apple juice into a food mixer and process until smooth. I actually left it a little lumpy to add to the texture but basically blend to the texture you're happy with. Also; I tried to use a electric hand mixer but this was not a good idea- Let's say; a date explosion happened in my kitchen
3) Melt the butter into a pan, but be careful not to boil, as trying to remove burnt butter is not easy!
4) Add the date mixture and stir in gently
5) Next, add everything else, so- dried fruit and oats, stirring to make sure all of the mixture is coated.
6) Bake in the oven for approximateley 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. (don't bake until "hard" because they will probably be burnt by that point! And I don't know about you guys, but I'm not a fan of the burnt taste ;) )

If any of you have any suggestions for recipes to try, then feel free to comment below or tweet me as I'm up for writing more posts like this and trying new healthy recipes!