Friday, 19 December 2014

DIYMAS: Rudolph Mallowpops

Not only are these Rudolph marshmallows adorable AND yummy, they are so easy to make as there is no cooking or baking involved! Yay all round!

You will need:


Marshmallows
Milk Chocolate 
Pretzels
Red Smarties
Black & White Icing
Lollipop sticks

Pop the lollipop sticks in the marshmallows whilst the chocolate is melting. Once your chocolate is melted, dip the marshmallows in to coat them. I added a tiny amount of cream to my chocolate for a thicker, more ganache like consistency. You don't want the chocolate   dripping everywhere whist setting!


As the chocolate is setting, (it's best to do this when the chocolate is squidgy to touch) stick on the pretzel antlers and smartie red nose. 

Tip - if you have any leftover chocolate, use it to coat the pretzels with sea salt for a delicious snack!

Once the chocolate is completely set, ice on the eyes to finish!



Have fun if you decide to make these! 

"Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more." - Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Lots of love,

Lily

Monday, 8 December 2014

D.I.Y-MAS: Winter Wonderland Lantern

Long time no speak! First we need to talk about the obvious. Hello new font! I'd been lusting after Courier for a while and decided today was the day to make the slight alteration!

Secondly, I'm so sorry for being the world's worst blogger throughout November. Two posts last month is frankly shocking. I've been so busy with school work lately and we all know that Christmas time calls for blogs so I'm looking forward to bombard you with festive posts as things begin to slow down. New font, new series 'D.I.Y-mas', new me. 

Christmas is the perfect season to get crafty and I wanted to make something that was quick, easy, affordable and a pretty decoration for the house. This Winter Wonderland lantern not only looks lovely in the daytime, but it looks especially beautiful at night as the snowflakes beam in the darkness. 

You will need:


- A mason jar (size is up to you, mine was medium to large)
- Mouldable fairy lights (preferably LED, just check that they are NON-FLAMMABLE)
- Silver glitter spray
- Iridescent snowflakes
- Confetti stars
- Polystyrene snowflakes
- Silver ribbon 
- Silver glitter (not photographed because nobody's perfect and I forgot)
- Any additional decorations such as bells and more ribbons 

(All can be found in your local crafts shop)

Start by evenly spraying the inside of the jar with the glitter spray.


Whilst it is still wet, add the iridescent snowflakes (if you cannot find these, anything sparkly or snow-like will do) and roll the jar until the flakes are stuck and the inside is covered.


Allow the jar to dry for 20-30 minutes and meanwhile sprinkle the polystyrene snowflakes with glitter. This is optional, as are all of the decorations inside of the jar - you can customise it to how you please.


Once the inside of the jar is roughly dry, shape the lights around it. These mouldable ones are great for this. 


When the lights are turned on, it creates this really pretty, almost like shattered glass effect.


Add the remaining decorations to the jar. These stars show up in the dark through any spaces and just add to the wonderland theme. 


 Finish by tieing a bow around the outside of the jar. I also removed these bells from an old Christmas decoration and wrapped them around as a final touch.


You'll be left with a magical, wintery lantern that makes for the perfect Christmas decoration or night lamp! This would also be a lovely, thoughtful gift for somebody. 

"Christmas isn't just a day. It's a frame of mind." - Valentine Davies

Lots of love,

Lily

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Hair and Makeup Addiction Luxury Eyes Kit Review

If you're one for endlessly scrolling through and gawping at the beautiful work of makeup accounts on Instagram, then chances are you might have come across the Hair and Makeup Addiction brushes. Word on the street is that Joyce Bonelli uses and raves about them, and from that alone I was pretty much sold. I got the Luxury Eyes Kit and wanted to share a review with you as well as how I use each brush. 


THE QUEEN 



This brush is great for overall blending or as I like to use it, for softening contouring lines.  It's an all round good blending brush that has truly deserved it's title!


THE HIGHLIGHTER 



 I don't really have a fixed job for this brush. I'll usually use this to blend or add some depth to the crease. 

THE CREASE BLENDER



I'll usually follow 'the highlighter' or 'the shader' (see below) with this brush just to soften any harsh lines. Like the name says, this is great for overall blending in the crease. 

THE LINER



This small angled brush is great for adding some depth to the lower lash line. I'd personally like it to be a little more dense for lining, but I suppose it's nice to have some flexibility.

THE SHADER



 I love this brush for adding depth in the crease as I find it is the perfect shape for getting in there. The slightly pointed tip also enables great precision.

THE BLENDER



This is your typical fluffy blending brush. Flexible in movement, soft in texture and a MEAN blender. 

Overall, I am really impressed with these brushes. They are incredibly soft and of a high quality for the affordable price. I would like a few of them to be a bit more dense just to enable precision in areas such as the crease and lower lash line but other than that I am a happy bunny and will definitely be buying more.

You can find them here for the great price of £27.99

"Makeup is a way for a woman to look and feel like herself, only prettier and more confident." - Bobbi Brown

Lots of love,

Lily