Thursday, 30 October 2014

4 H&M Dainty Necklaces


I love statement necklaces when I see them in stores and on other people but they never seem to work on me.
However I think that accessorising really helps outfits look complete so I've been looking for some new jewelry, especially necklaces and earrings.
Up until now I haven't been really good with accessories (I always forget to wear them) and I haven't been really happy about my collection (which does not help me wear them).
I was thinking about investing in some good quality jewelry that lasts but when I found these I couldn't resist.


I usually don't look at the H&M jewelry section because I never really found anything amazing there. But last week as I was perusing the accessories aisle because a friend was looking for a clutch I found not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 necklaces.
They're basically exactly what I was looking for.
Simple, dainty necklaces.


They're probably not going to last for ages considering the price but they'll do until I can find some amazing pieces to add to my collection.
I thought that they would be perfect to make a plain outfit look that little bit more special and put together.


I'm still looking for earrings and investment pieces so if you have any suggestions on where to look please pop them below !

What's your favourite place to shop for jewelry ? Any advice for a newbie at accessorising ?

x
Macha

Monday, 27 October 2014

Mascara Cycle Round-Up #1


I usually use 2-4 mascaras at the same time (not "at the same time" but you know, I have a few open at the same time) (I just said "same time" a lot didn't I ?!) and I thought it would be a good idea to talk about the 4 that I'm using at the moment.

3 of them are actually running/drying out and I'll be changing them soon (which means that I've tested them for a while now) and the 4th one I started using 2 weeks ago.


I actually wasn't that impressed by this selection. I would only repurchase one of them and the other 3 while they're not bad are nowhere near being amazing.

You should know that I'm looking for mascaras that will give me seriously bold lashes and that I'm not interested in natural looking mascaras.

But let's look at them a bit more closely shall we ?


Maybelline The Mega Plush Volum' Express
This one is my least favourite of the bunch. The formula isn't bad, it doesn't flake or melt (no panda eye), but the brush is impossible to use.
It is very (and I mean very!) bendy ! This bendy wand sort of makes it impossible to use this mascara because if you try to push it against your lashes to coat them first it bends and then it bounces back which makes the whole process very messy. The brush itself being quite big doesn't help with the messiness.
On the other hand, if you can master the bendiness (which I sort of did after a while) you will hand up with long and voluminous lashes (no clumps, no spidery lashes).
But I wil not repurchase it because it is just not worth the time it takes to get decent results.


Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless
This one is good if you like a small brush. But I don't. I feel like it requires more work and time to get volume with a smaller brush. Again, nothing wrong with the formula (no flakes, no panda eyes by the end of the day) but I like a mascara with a bit more "oomph" to it. Because with this one you will need a few coat to get bold lashes.
If you're after a small brush and don't mind applying a few layers then this is for you !
*I didn't even take into account the growing properties because I don't believe that it works and I didn't buy it for that



Avon Super Shock Max
The most shocking thing about this mascara is how natural it looks. Given the name I was expecting to end up with very bold lashes but nope. As it gets older and dries it'll become slightly more voluminous but it doesn't really give you shocking lashes in any way.
Again, nothing wrong really with this mascara it's just that I'm looking for bigger lashes than this one can give me.


Benefit They're Real
Now we're talking ! Long, bold, voluminous, fluttery lashes ! This is exactly the kind of mascara that I like !
I know a lot of people find it a pain to remove but I found that my Emma Hardie cleansing balm did the trick so I don't have a problem with that.
The only thing that bothers me (and it's a little thing) is that the spikes kind of hurt when I'm trying to get really close to my lash line. (also … it's kind of expensive …)

So that's it. Out of the 4 I would repurchase the Benefit one and as for the rest though they weren't bad they weren't amazing so I'm going to try new things instead of using them again.

What's your favourite mascara ? What should I try next ?

x
Macha

Friday, 24 October 2014

Taking Care of Hunter/Rubber Boots


Last winter I used my boots a lot and noticed that they were getting some kind of white veil that I couldn't get rid off with warm soapy water.

I looked online and didn't find much apart from a quite expensive Hunter cream that they sell to take care of the boots.
I didn't order it 1. because I wanted a quicker fix an and 2. because I couldn't be bothered to pay that much.

So I kept looking and I'm not quite sure how I ended up finding that idea but I took a cloth and some cheap vegetable oil to rub my boots with.

Believe it or not, it worked wonders ! 

The first time, I had to put quite a few layers (letting the oil sink in for a few minutes between each layer) until they recovered their shine completely and the results started to fade after about 3 months.

Now I get my cloth and oil out about every couple of months (depending on how much I wear them) and one layer is enough to make them shine again.
(of course I wash them first with warm water and a bit of soap if needed to work on a clean canvas)


I didn't realise that Hunter boots would be quite so high maintenance but I'm glad I found a way to keep them looking like new.

Hope this trick comes in handy !

x
Macha

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Spiderweb Cheesecake Recipe | Halloween


Today is another recipe day.
This recipe was inspired by Sorted Food's blackberry webbed cheesecake but I changed it a bit. Here's how I made this halloween appropriate dessert.


You will need :

  • about 250g digestive biscuits, crushed
  • 80g melted butter
  • 600g cream cheese
  • 100g sugar
  • juice & zest of a lemon
  • 2 handfuls of mixed berries
  • a bit of icing sugar



First, crush the digestive biscuits and stir in the melted butter. When it's well combined, spread it at the bottom of a lined spring form tin (about Ø24cm) and flatten it using the back of a spoon or a glass. Leave in the fridge to cool while you do the rest.

Crush the mixed berries with a fork and sweeten to taste with icing sugar. Use half of the mixture and spread it onto your layer of crushed biscuits and butter. Put it back in the fridge.

In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest. You might want to add a bit more sugar depending on how sweet you like your cheesecake to be.

Spread the cream chese mixture onto your base (be careful not to smear red all over - try and keep it as white as possible).

Take the other half of your berry mixture and run it through a sieve to get rid of the pips. Add a little bit more icing sugar to thicken it slightly. Once you're happy with it, place it in a piping bag and draw a spiral on your cheesecake.

*The trick is to find the right pace for the right consistency. The runnier your mixture the faster you'll have to draw your spiral.

Once you have your spiral, use a toothpick and always starting from the middle draw lines to create the spider web shape.

Leave in the fridge to cool for about 3-4 hours and ENJOY !


Of course the flavours can be changed according to your taste. Sorted food made a plain cheesecake with blackberry sauce and a sponge base. I like biscuit base better and lemon is my favourite cheesecake flavour.

Maybe we could try a pumpkin swirl, on a cinnamon cheesecake with a base of speculos to make it even more halloweeny/automnal …

Do you have any favourite halloween or autumn recipes ?

x
Macha

Saturday, 18 October 2014

5 Drop-Dead-Gorgeous Packagings


So after reading Natalie's post about beautiful beauty products, I went through my collection to see what I owned that would deserve to sit on top of the dressing table.
As my selection was a bit different from hers I thought I would share it with you.

It is indeed very Chanel heavy. But as you can see I really like that black, sleek packaging. No wonder Marc Jacob's eye shadow palette (of course, it's the lolita) is there as well.

I also like the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector that managed to inject a bit of colour while still keeping it really classy and Dior Lip Glow for the same reason.

2 honourable mentions go to Nars and Clinique (and a sneaky third Chanel product) because they almost made the cut into the top 5. I like the mat black rubbery packaging of Nars products and how Clinique managed to keep their flower-blusher looking extra cute and simple.


I'd love to see some Bobbi Brown products in my collection because their packaging is also amazing !

What's your favourite packaging ?

x
Macha
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