Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The Bourjois Rouge Edition 12 Hour Lipstick



L-R 30 Prune Afterwork, 31 Beige Shooting, 28 Pamplemousse, 32 Rose Vanity, 35 Entry VIP, 34 Cherry My Cherie

Calling all lipstick lovers! I've got something you might just like in today's post... Bourjois have released a new range of their Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipsticks in a new longer lasting formula! 


Perfect for the new colder seasons coming in and in beautiful transitional shades there's nothing not to love with this collection. With a semi matte finish, the lipsticks aren't drying on the lips but they still last really well. I always opt for a matte lip wherever I can and I know it can be a bit of a pain in the colder months, but they last so much better and I just love the look of them. This is where this lipstick comes in as it's enriched with Shea Butter (my favourite!) to keep the lips hydrated along with colour-fixing silk powders to make sure it lasts! I can't say I've tested it out for 12 hours without reapplying, and I can't imagine I will. 

The shades are gorgeous. Perfect for all year round but it's the more transitional shades like 30 Prune Afterwork and 31 Beige Shooting that totally caught my eye. I know right, me liking nude lipsticks, what?! There's just something about these. Perhaps I just hadn't find the right 'nude' for me, but now I totally get what a 'your lips but better' shade really is. ITS THESE! and I cannot get enough... I haven't tried out the other shades as of yet. The red in 34 Cherry My Cherie is totally gorgeous, but I have a bit of a relationship with another red at the moment that I can't quite shake (post coming soon... and Sephora, I'm looking at you). 

Pamplemousse is back! The shade launched in 2000 and was discontinued in 2007 much to many peoples dismay. But now its back and I thought some of you may be quite happy to hear that. Unfortunately it's not my kind of shade, these peachy shades just don't work with my skin and it just looks a bit odd but I do know it works so well with so many people and so I thought it was worth a little mention. 

Overall, I love this range. Really beautiful shades, of course they're not all suited to me and they're not all something I'd wear but when would that actually happen? Gorgeous texture and finish and they last well. These lipsticks are right up my street and I can imagine I'll be getting so much use out of them. Well done Bourjouis, these are a goodn'!

What is your favourite shade? 

Lorna x
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Thursday, 11 September 2014

ASOS Fashion Wishlist & Win a £50 Voucher: Ends Tomorrow


L-R Dress, Jeans, Two-Piece - Top, Bottoms

To celebrate the 25% Student Discount on ASOS, I'm giving a £50 voucher on Twitter so head on over there to enter! I thought I'd pick a few bits that I've got my eye on and let you all know what I'd ponder buying with the voucher! 

This Lavish Alice Dress is gorgeous, super lovely quality and it'd be a real treat to own one. It's a 'special occasion' kinda dress. 

I'm forever on the look out for a new black pair of jeans, I mean, you can never have too many right? I always find my Topshop Joni's and Leigh Jeans fade so quickly and it's always disappointing. I want my jeans uber black please. 

I know I said in my latest haul video (I think I might need to go to Shoppers Anonymous, already thinking of the next haul, oops!)  that I didn't need anymore two pieces, but this one's just so god damn beautiful. I love a good trouser two-piece and I do only have one in my collection, so that's okay. Justification at it's best, of course. 

I'm so into black at the moment, it's becoming quite the obsession. I'm looking for transitional pieces that will work all year round for when it's a little colder and that are perfect for layering and I think this black cropped jumper fits the bill perfectly. Great value too!

I've been eyeing this coat up for a long time. I think I've actually seen it in a previous season, maybe it was a similar one, but I was eyeing it up even back then. I'm usually a dark coat kinda gal, but there's just something about this coat that gets me. I'm not sure if I'd love it on, or whether I'd even wear it as I have NO idea what i'd wear it with that I have already but that all doesn't matter. It's lovely, it looks super warm and I want it. 

I really want a hat! Everyone always says that hats suit me, but I always find that I buy them and then just never wear them and they get lost in the deepest depths on my room. A black hat like this is a total staple and I just feel like this is the sort of hat I would actually wear. The only trouble is is that I have a small head and they don't often fit... Hoping this one would be different? 

So if you fancy picking up a few bits from ASOS then make sure you go on over to twitter here and enter my giveaway. It ends tomorrow (Friday) at 8am so make sure you're quick! 

What have you got your eye on at ASOS at the minute? 

Lorna x

*Voucher is gifted by ASOS for giveaway

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Monday, 8 September 2014

Häagen Dazs: Cocktails, Canapes and a Home-Made Ice Cream Recipe




When I was invited down to the latest Häagen Dazs event, of course I jumped at the chance. As if the ice cream wasn't enough, MasterChef Winner Natalie Coleman was on hand to demonstrate how to make a delicious ice cream at home for those times we don't have a tub of the good stuff stashed in our freezer. 

Cocktails and delicious canapés were aplenty and I got to spend the evening chatting with the lovely Kimberley! But there's one thing that you definitely need to know, how to make the amazing Ice Cream that we were taught to make. But if you're not really an ice cream kinda girl, you don't have to freeze the mixture but you can use it as custard instead, yum!





Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients

600ml Double Cream 
200ml Whole Milk
2 Vanilla Pods
6 Egg Yolks
150g vanilla infused caster Sugar


Method

  1. Pour the double cream, milk into a large saucepan.
  2. Split the vanilla pods lengthways and scrap the seeds out using the back of your knife and add and to the pan with the milk/cream and the scraped pods.
  3. On a medium heat and heat until nearly boiling point then turn off the heat and allow to infuse for a minimum of 30mins. The longer you leave the more the vanilla infuses.
  4. When infused, reheat to a simmer.
  5. In a mixing bowl whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  6. Slowly whisk the mixture infused cream into the bowl with the eggs and sugar. You must keep whisking otherwise you may end up with scramble eggs.
  7. Pour back into the saucepan and cook until it reaches 80c then remove from the heat. You must constantly stir otherwise it will split or scramble. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve so it catches the pods/seeds into a new saucepan. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve so it catches the pods/seeds into a new saucepan.
  8. Allow to cool to room temp.
  9. Once cooled add to your ice cream maker and churn for 35-40 mins until it reaches ice cream constiency. Serve straight away. 

I haven't given the recipe a go yet, but I can assure you I definitely will! It tasted delicious warm and I'm sure i'd keep mine to serve as a custard. Delicious!

Lorna x

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Video: HUGE Fashion and Beauty Haul



I'm back on the YouTube bandwagon and guess what? Surprise, surprise, I've been shopping... I've been picking up mixture of fashion and beauty bits and have put it all together in this Haul! 

Products Mentioned in the Video & Links: 

Topshop Jumper
H&M Knitted Cardigan – Dark Grey
H&M Running Shorts 

What are your favourite bits from this Haul and what have you been picking up lately? 

Lorna x

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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Sponsored Video: Dove Advanced Hair Series



Affordable haircare is forever up my street. I'm not sure what it is but there's something I just can never quite justify when spending money on something I use daily like shampoo and conditioner. I'm not saying I don't ever treat myself to haircare because we all know that'd be a massive lie but I'm awful, and I wash my hair everyday so it just feels like I'm washing away all of the money, if you get my drift? 

Dove have recently launched their new Advanced Hair Series targeted at different hair concerns and after watching the first video the Oxygen Moisture range sounds right up to my street and I can see myself popping to the shop to get my hands on some. I'm not hoping for miracles, just something that'll leave my hair feeling great every day I use it, but you never know, perhaps it'll get me and I'll fall in love... Who knows?! 

I used to be obsessed with some of the other Dove products in their haircare range, the Intensive Repair Express Conditioner Treatment was an absolute favourite and so I definitely have high hopes for this range... 

Have you tried any of the products from the Dove Advanced Hair Series yet?

Lorna x

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Monday, 1 September 2014

No Fuss Festival Nails


I know that festival season is nearly over, but with a few still coming up I thought these were too great not to share with you all. Now i'm not usually one to believe in love at first sight, but with these babies something in me changed and I fell hook, line and sinker. 

The Impress Press-On Manicure* is a go-to for lazy girls like me. Instant nail art in seconds and a mani that'll have everyone envious and asking where you got it done. What's not to love? You literally peel off the backing, and press them on and they're super secure! The best part is that they're super portable and small so you can bring a few extra with you, just to make sure if the worst happens and one does fall of then you're not left nailless for the rest of the day. 

I'm not one for long nails so I give them a good file down to make sure they're a much more bare able length for me, but for you long nailed girls, the original length will be perfect! 

I've mentioned the nails before in my The Lazy Girls Guide To: The Perfect Manicure post but I still just can't get enough, can you tell? Now, I'm not one usually for experimenting too much with nail art. I've given it a go in the past but I just could never create anything as amazing as this myself, my hands are no where near steady enough, but with these press on nails you don't even have to think about it! 

Super quick and totally perfect nails with the most gorgeous nail art in seconds and of course, if this design isn't for you then they have a tonne of others that's likely to be right up your street. 

Lorna x

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Friday, 8 August 2014

University: House Sharing


As some of you may know, I'm currently studying Photography (or BA (Hons) Photographic Arts) at University. I'm just going into my third year - hello Dissertation! - and the aftermath of the big bad and exciting world is beckoning... 

For my first year, I lived in the University Halls which honestly I'd recommend to anyone first going to Uni. You meet all your friends and you have so much fun and I know I wouldn't have had such a great time if I wasn't there. Plus, the student bar is just around the corner... For my second year I've been living in a house with 5 others and we are so so lucky with the place we found. It's big and spacious and only a short bus ride from Uni. We love it so much that we're staying on for our third year. Halls and living with people is very different. There's almost a 'bubble' around your time in halls... I mean there was a cleaner to clean the kitchen and drinking and having fun was our main priority. But when it comes to a house, there's more to think about and so I thought I'd share a few of my tips for when it comes to living with a bunch of people in a rented house. Of course, this is only what I have found to be right. Maybe you will find communal food works for you, but for me, this is what I'd say... 

Cleaning

If I'm honest, this is my main pet peeve. I don't always get why it's the hardest thing to clean up after yourself but such is life and that doesn't always happen. It was a struggle in our first year of the house, but now we've set up a cleaning rota. Nothing too complicated, we're in pairs and each pair does a big clean each week. It seems to be working... For now. Tips for this to come soon! 

Internet 

Internet is super important, I mean where would we all be without it nowadays? Make sure you get a good deal as it's something you'll miss if you don't get the right one. 

We had it quite lucky for this one with the previous tenants of the house leaving us a Friends and Family discount deal for our Internet and TV. But there's one thing I've noticed is that all contracts are usually 12 months long and of course, most student house contracts last for only 9 months like the Uni Term. We have ours for 12 months, which is why I'm still in lovely London this summer and am so thankful for that but I fully understand that this is different for the majority of contracts over the rest of the country. 

BT* have an amazing 9 month broadband deal, perfect for students with tenancy's like this! They have  3 options to choose from at great prices already and not only that but you'll be saving yourself the extra cost of the 3 months on 12 month contracts. 

If it's Broadband your after then BT have a deal that'll save you £96 instead of the standard price for unlimited broadband and weekend calls. It's a 9 month contract for £16 a month and £15.99 a month for line rental. For BT Infinity, there are two options, the first which saves £138 and you'll get BT Infinity's 1 Extra broadband with a 40GB download limit and unlimited weekend calls for £14 a month and £15.99 a month for line rental. Or you could save £222 with BT Unlimited Infinity 1 broadband with unlimited weekend calls for £19 a month plus £15.99 for line rental. Not bad, right? 

Now you don't get TV with these deals, but there's always Freeview, like I have in my room anyway, which is just as good. Or if you can manage without like I did in my first year, iPlayer and 4oD will be a god send! And if your internet's that good, well then why would you need a TV?!  You also get free BT Sport online as well as Unlimited access to BT Wi-Fi and the BT SmartTalk app, no complaints there. 

Whether you have a 9 month contract or not, like I said, all I can say is make sure you get a good internet provider as it really is so important. 

Communal Space/Time for Yourself

When looking for a house, make sure there is some sort of communal area within it. You won't want to hang out in a tiny kitchen with no where to sit down and so one of your rooms will end up the place to hang out, meaning it'll be harder for you to get some time to yourself. You might not always want to be around everyone, and I can totally relate to that. I love having fun with everyone but I find me-time really important and your room is the space that you'll get that! Make sure you do give yourself that time and make your room the kind of place you'd want that time. A clean and tidy space gives a clean and tidy mind, or something like that right? 

Paying Bills

Another tough one, and we probably don't do it the easiest way but it's how we do it. I deal with the internet, another deals with the rent and so on... and we just transfer the money as and when we need to. Things like Electric, Gas and Water can be in part payments online and so we all sort that out individually. We did talk about getting a group bank account but we trust each other to be able to pay and not splurge their student loan and still be able to afford the rent. Maybe it's something to think about if your not so sure? 

Food/The Kitchen

Buy your own food, have your own pans, plates etc. Obviously this isn't easy if you have a tiny kitchen etc. but with 6 of us in our house it's the only way. You don't want to have bought yourself that treat of a packet of biscuits to then find them all gone when you go to have one... It's easier and then you're not chasing after people to constantly do the washing up so you can have something to eat your dinner with. Plus, no one has time to have dinner all together. It's very rare we're all in the house at dinner time. 

Be Considerate and Share With People Like You

I feel like this is quite obvious but definitely worth saying. Choose the right kind of people to live with. If you don't like going out and staying up drinking then find like-minded people, if you do enjoy partying then the same goes for that... You'll find you won't be as annoyed with many of their habits, you won't be listening to the loud music from the confines of your room, you'll be out there with them or vice versa. Make sure you check with everyone before you have someone over, it's not like they can stop you, it's just nice to ask. 

I think that's probably it when it comes to communal living. Everything else you'll come across by yourself but most importantly, have fun and enjoy living away from home and with your friends. You'll have some great memories in your house!

What tips would you give for students in a house? 

Lorna x

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