Saturday, 18 April 2015

The Best Brownies Ever (Approved by Caroline)

Hello everybody,

It's been a quiet week on the blog, I'll explain why tomorrow.

In the meantime, I want to share with you what I found to be the best pecan nuts brownie recipe, ever.

You will need :

  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 50g butter
  • 150g sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g pecan nuts (or other nuts if you prefer, or no nuts)
  • 75g flour

Preheat your oven at 180°C.

Melt the chocolate and the butter together and leave aside to cool a little while you beat the sugar, the salt and the eggs together.

When the sugar egg mixture starts to whiten, add in the melted chocolate and butter and mix together. Then add in the nuts broken in little pieces and the flour.

When it's all well combined, place the mixture in a greased and floured ovenproof dish (it should be about an inch thick) and bake for 35 minutes.

Leave to cool for about 5 minutes, cut the brownies in the dish and leave to cool completely before removing them from the dish (or don't and enjoy them while they're still warm and delicious =D)

I'll leave you with this picture that is worth a thousand words. 

Caroline smelled the brownies from the other side of the living room and ran (as fast as a turtle can) towards the brownies while I was taking the pictures and this happened:

Don't worry, I didn't let her eat it, I gave her lettuce instead and she was thrilled.

But if these brownies had her running all the way across the living room I'm pretty sure this means that they're worth giving this recipe a go.

And you, do you like brownies ?

Macha & Caroline

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Scents That Take Me Back

Today I want to talk to you about products that bring back memories because of their scent.

I guess you know what I'm referring to, when a scent is associated to a particular time, place or event, and sends you back as soon as you smell it.

I'm going to talk to you about 3 products that remind me of good times.

Reficis Efferv'essence Purifying Cleansing Gel*

This cleanser smells just like some orange sweets I used to eat when I was a kid. The hard ones with the sour powder in the middle, in the transparent wrapping with red polka dots. Every time I use it I'm sent right back in childhood, eating too many sweets with my friends.

But apart from being a good reminder of my childhood, it is a fantastic cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling clean, purified and soft and it's not stripping at all. I'm also glad to report that it seems to be helping with my imperfections. Since I've added it to my La Roche Posay routine (you can read about it here) my skin has kept on improving.
What's more is that it's made from natural ingredients and not tested on animals.

Is it for you ? Yes, if you're looking for a natural cleanser that will deeply cleanse your skin without drying it.
You can find it on the brand's website, here.

Percy&Reed Volumising no oil oil

I got that product with a Cosmopolitan during one of our trip to England. So I've used it during our holiday week in Devon and not a lot since. When I found it in my drawers a few weeks back and started using it again, it sent me right back in our little cottage in Devon. Amazing !

I really like to use that product because I like the scent (and it stays all day) but also because I find that it works well. I use it on towel dry hair and blow dry my hair with my head down and I find that it gives me more volume without weighing my hair down.

Is it for you ? Yes, if you're looking for a product that will give you more volume without weighing your hair down.
You can find it on Asos and Feelunique (among other places.)

A.N.J.I Revival Remineralizing Shampoo*

That shampoo smells just like the soap that I used to use at my grandma's. If you imagine the scent of a bar of soap, this is what it smells like. It smells fresh, clean and just like my childhood.

This is the shampoo that succeeded to my Toni&Guy Advanced Detox that I talked about here. I find that it leaves my hair feeling incredibly clean, light and very soft. I use it about once a week to get rid off product build-up. I like to use the A.N.J.I leave-in treatment that I talked about here, afterwards to treat my super clean hair.
The only thing to know about this shampoo is that, because it's made of natural ingredients, it doesn't lather up as much as your usual shampoo but this doesn't affect its efficiency at all.

Is it for you ? Yes, if you're looking for a really good, natural, purifying shampoo.
You can find it on the brand's website, here.

So that's it for this emotional selection, what do you think ?

What are the products that bring back good memories for you ?


*Press samples

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Empties Worth Mentioning #2

So I looked under my desk the other day and realised that it was time to empty my "empties box". So here's what I've used up since my last empties post and what I thought of these products.

Toni&Guy Dry Shampoo
It was a good dry shampoo but I found that you had to use a lot to get rid off more seriously greasy roots (which I have) and that therefore, though the bottle is huge, it doesn't last very long and ends up being more expensive than other dry shampoos for a similar result. However it smells great !
Will I repurchase it ? Probably not. It was good but not better than Batiste for instance and more expensive.

Toni&Guy Advanced Detox Shampoo
A brilliant shampoo to use once a week or so in order to really clean the hair of all the product build-up. It really leaves the hair feeling extremely clean and soft.
Will I repurchase it ? Not right now as I have another good cleansing shampoo on the go but once that one runs out, yes !

Colab Dry Shampoo - London
I've already finished a couple of cans of this one. I've tried three scents so far and this one is my favourite. It's really good at leaving no white residue and with its tiny size it's perfect to throw in my bag.
Will I repurchase it ? Already did ! I picked up the set of 5 minis on feelunique.

René Furterer Karité Repairing Serum
I didn't feel like this did much for my hair. It smells very herby and natural and doesn't look greasy at all on the hair (even when applied to dry hair) but, like I said, I'm not sure that it did anything for my hair.
Will I repurchase it ? No.

Bourjois Mineral deodorant
I've talked about this deodorant here. It's brilliant. It has no aluminum or other nasty ingredients, has a very delicate scent and is very efficient. That's all I'm asking for.
Will I repurchase it ? Already did.

The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Butter
My favourite body butter from the body shop. I love how the scent lingers on my skin all day long and how moisturised it leaves my skin without being too rich. You can read a longer review here.
Will I repurchase it ? Definitely !

Soap&Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub
It was a great scrub. I loved the very fresh and citrussy scent and the texture was on point.
Will I repurchase it ? Yes, next time I'm in the UK. And I'll pick up the body butter that goes with it too.

Soap&Glory Wash (Your) Hands (Of It)
It was a good hand wash. Smells nice and doesn't leave the hands feeling dry.
Will I repurchase it ? I will not go to the store just to buy it but if I happen to stumble upon it I just might pick it up.

Soap&Glory Hand Food
Great hand cream ! Not for winter as it's not the most hydrating formula but when you need just a little bit of hydration this one is perfect. It smells delicious and sinks into the skin very quickly so your hand don't feel sticky.
Will I repurchase it ? Eventually, yes. But right now I have too many hand creams that I need to finish.

Michael Todd Moisture Lite
It was a good light moisturiser with a lemony scent. I don't have much to say about it really.
Will I repurchase it ? No. You have to order Michael Todd products from the website and it's too much of a faff for a simple moisturiser.

Michael Todd Kaolin Clay Mask
This isn't actually empty but I'm throwing it away because I used it twice and it burns my face so much that I couldn't stand it more than 2 seconds. I don't know if I'm allergic to one of the ingredients or if my one is off but it was impossible for me to use it.
Will I repurchase it ? Nope.

Gemey Maybelline Cils Demasq Eye Makeup Remover
The best waterproof makeup remover I've tried so far and it's not too expensive. It's one of those double formula that you have to shake before use and it worked really well.
Will I repurchase it ? Yes.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Probably the most princessy beauty product I own. I don't really know what it does but I really like using it. It smells divine and feels incredibly calming and refreshing on the skin. I use it when my skin feels upset or tired. Sometime as the first step, sometimes on top of makeup (like here), sometimes before I go to bed … Whenever I feel like it really.
Will I repurchase it ? Yes !

Glamglow Youthmud Mask
This mask gets all the hype all over the blogosphere and for good reasons. It is really good. It smells great for one thing but that's not all. It does tingle (to the point where it's almost worrying) but it doesn't irritate the skin and leaves it feeling incredibly soft and purified. I you're wondering how to keep it from drying then read this.
Will I repurchase it ? I want to try the white version (which is more suited for problem skins) first and the price tag could stop me from repurchasing it but I think that I will, at some point, as a treat for my skin.

Soap&Glory One Heck of a Blot
As you can see I finished two of these. It's by far my favourite powder. I haven't tried many high end powders but this is my favourite from the drugstore. It really helps mattify the skin and no matter how much you put on, it never looks cakey !
Will I repurchase it ? Already did !

Clinique High Impact Mascara
It was a really good mascara (perfect even) once it'd dried out a little. You can read a review of this mascara with pictures here.
Will I repurchase it ? Probably, but not right now as I have enough mascaras.

So that's it for this batch of empties.

Have you tried any of them ? Do any of these tickle your fancy ?


Monday, 6 April 2015

I Met the Easter Bunny


I took a bit of a break from blogging for the easter weekend to spend time with my friends and family.

A little word now at the end of it to say that I hope that you had a good one as well. That you ate a lot of good things and spent time with great people =)

But also to introduce to you a very special little someone.

His name's Sémaphore and he lives with us in the living room.

I'm introducing him to you because he may appear on the blog every now and again as he loves to come and see what I'm doing when I take pictures. He's very curious and loves cuddles.

Anyway I hope your weekend was brilliant and I will see you later this week with beauty related posts =)


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Get Ready With Me | Wedding Guest Edition

Last week-end I was invited to an afternoon wedding. The vibe was quite casual so I opted for a long-lasting, fairly simple and slightly contoured look.

I primed my face using the Benefit Porefessional but also the Urban Decay De-Slick setting spray as a primer as well as after every step to make sure that everything would stay in place.

For foundation I used my trustee Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet and no concealer because I didn’t mind some of my imperfections poking through.

I used the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in the hollows of my cheeks and temples to contour a little bit using my Real Techniques Contour brush & Blush brush to apply it. For blusher I used the Daniel Sandler Watercolor Blush in Cherub with my Real Techniques Stippling brush and the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Powder Gelée in Tease as a highlighter with the same contour brush on the top of my cheekbones.

I then filled in my brows with my MAC 266 brush and the Omega eyeshadow.

I primed my lids using the Urban Decay Primer Potion and then used my Urban Decay Naked Basics for eyeshadows with my MAC 239 brush.

I applied the shade W.O.S all over the lid, Venus to highlight the inner corner and under the browbone, Naked 2 in the crease to add definition and Faint to darken the outer corner in order to create more depth. I finished it off by applying the Lancôme Art Liner in black very close to the lash line and finished it with a thin flick.

I then applied a generous coat of the Benefit They’re Real mascara and lined my lower lashline with the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Nude to open up my eyes.

I set it all with one last spritz of the setting spray and a dusting of the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot.

I forgot to include my lipstick but you may have seen it in my last post, it's the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy.

I took my lipstick and my powder in my bag for touch-ups and I had a great night !

I’m really happy with the finished look and how long it lasted.

What do you guys think ?


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