Friday, 28 October 2016

NORWICHBLOGGERS COCKTAIL MASTERCLASS







A few weeks ago I met up with the lovely NorwichBloggers at Warwick Street Social to take part in a cocktail masterclass! This is something I've always wanted to do, so I was so so excited! The aim of the evening was to choose a cocktail as our welcome cocktail for the christmas meal. We made 5 cocktails in total, a classic mojito, a bramble, a candy cane, a pumpkin spiced one and a gingerbread cocktail! It was so fun learning how to make each of the cocktails, although I can't remember all the recipes off the top of my head now!! (Should have made notes). I love the way each of them was so different, with such different flavours and presentations for each one. 

Each of the cocktails was explained to us and then we got the chance to make one in pairs. I made the bramble cocktail with christie, which was going really well under the bartender smashed the glass while trying to get it out of the shaker! So we got 2 attempts at making it!! The whole evening definitely gave me lots of ideas of my little pinterest cocktail cart that I'd like in my house one day. Also, the cocktails on the menu of Warwick Street Social (specifically the Lemon Meringue) were divine. I really need to take my boyfriend there next time he comes to visit. 

We were in our own separate part of the pub, with a mini bar presenting all the alcohol and ingredients needed to make the cocktails. Personally my favourite was a tie between the Bramble and Candy Cane. I do love a sweet cocktail so this is probably why I liked these the best. We also got some chips to nibble on throughout the evening, which were super delicious! After a long day at uni, this was definitely a really enjoyable evening, and I'm looking forwards to seeing the lovely norwich bloggers at the christmas meal in a few weeks time! Have you ever been to a cocktail making class? 

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

WEDDING GUEST MAKEUP LOOK




At the weekend I was invited to my boyfriend's cousins wedding reception! Now I love weddings, there's just something about them that's so special. So inevitably I got very excited about what I was going to wear and how to do my makeup! I practised quite a few times to decide how I wanted my makeup to go, and this is the finished look. I also wore false eyelashes which is a first for me, but these lovely ones were sent to me by the lovely Esqido to try out. 

First step I did was apply a moisturiser to my face to make sure my skin was prepared for foundation. I'm one of those people who always does eyes before face, so then I primed my eyelids with Urban Decay Primer Potion. For my first eyeshadow crease colour I used MAC's Omega. This is a great first crease colour that isn't too intense and helps ease the blending process. Then I moved on and applied MAC's Quarry all over the lids. This is a matte purple taupe colour which I've used more as an all over lid colour more and more recently. To darken the outer corners of my eyes I first blended some of MAC's Satin Taupe onto the outer edge of my lids, creating a darker more smokey look. To really add definition to my eyes I applied MAC's Mystery, a matte dark brown which I applied with a small angled brush to create a v shape into my crease. All blended out with a fluffy brush created a lovely purple toned smokey effect. To add some shimmer I used some MAC Fix+ and KIKO 04 eyeshadow right on the inner corner on my eyes. This really helped brighten my eyes and add that pop effect. For eyeliner I used the Collection Extreme Felt Tip Liner which is the best eyeliner for noobs like me! After a small coat of mascara, Max Factor's False Lash Effect, I applied the Esqido Mink Eyelashes. I used the Esqido Eyelash Glue which made the process of applying the lashes really easy. To finish the eyes I added some Avon Glimmerstick to my lower lash line and waterline, and Avon Supershock Eyeliner on my upper waterline. 

For my eyebrows I used my favourite brow duo at the moment, Archery Brow Pencil by Soap and Glory, followed by the Benefit Gimme Brow in Shade 3. I never wear anything but these two on my brows these days and I'm so happy with how they make my brows look. My skin is something I wanted to keep pretty natural looking, so I used my Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation. This was applied with my beauty blender, and gives a skin-like layer of foundation that allows your freckles to peek through. It also lasts really well on my skin. To add some colour back into my cheeks I used the Max Factor Cream Blush in Soft Pink, which is a newly discovered old favourite. It looks so natural on the cheeks and adds the perfect healthy glow to your skin. I added a bit of bronze to my face with NARS Laguna Bronzer all over my face, and and Benefit Hoola Bronzer to add some fake cheekbones to my moon face. To complete the look I used my Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Nude Pink, which is slowly running out and makes me so sad! I really need to buy the full size of this as it seriously goes with any makeup look, and is the perfect light pink nude shade for my skin tone. The last step was setting everything in place with MAC Fix+. I'm really happy how this look came out, what do you think of how I did my makeup?
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Sunday, 4 September 2016

TECHY FAVOURITES: AUGUST


I really enjoyed writing about my technology favourites last month, so I thought bring it back again this month! I'm a huge technology fan, and so I love bringing this aspect of myself to my blog. You may be able to see in the image above, but I'm currently using the iPhone 6. I'll make a little confession, I'm one of those people with pages and pages of apps! Everything you can think of, from music, to social media to games and even a period tracker (essential for us girls!). Anywho, here's what I've been loving in August in terms of technology. 

The Hamilton Soundtrack has most definitely been my most listened to musical soundtrack of all time. I'm not even exaggerating, there was about two weeks in August where I wouldn't go a day without putting this on. I first discovered the musical Hamilton after watching James Corden's carpool karaoke (isn't he just great?!). Lin Manuel Miranda has now become one of my musical idols, mainly for writing such awesome music and being generally a cool guy. Also since recently getting a car and making the 3 hour drive's to my boyfriends I've needed music to pass the time. This soundtrack is 2 hours 22 minutes long, so add a few pop songs to the end and you have the perfect driving playlist! I cannot wait for Hamilton to come to the UK, you best believe I'll be there in the front row singing my little heart out. This summer I've really got back into watching Youtube videos, after months of not being fussed by them at all. It's given me a new found love for testing out new makeup looks, and experimenting with colours. A youtuber I've watched consistently is KathleenLights. First of all, I adore her accent and the way she says certain words. Her videos are always varied and the selection of tutorials on her channel is endless. I've definitely copied her makeup  looks on a few occasions now. Watching her videos is literally like having a chat to her in the same room, and I think that's really hard to find with youtubers these days! So if you haven't already, hop over to her channel and subscribe! 

I'm sure you've heard every man, women, cat and dog talking about this TV show, but my god Stranger Things is phenomenal. A netflix original series based in the eras of ET, the show follows the disappearance of Will Byers with many twists and turns in between. Me and my boyfriend were so addicted to this, we finished it in about 2 or 3 days! (You could well do it in one). The cast is great, the plot is great, and I love the soundtrack! Thankfully, netflix have revealed that a second series will be coming in 2017 which I am already so excited for. If you haven't watched it already, what are you doing?! Also quick mention to Pretty Little Liars, which I've been waiting with anticipation every Tuesday evening of season 7. The mid-season finale was jaw dropping, and I'm looking forwards to getting more questions answered in the final (EVER) part of season 7. However don't get too excited, you've got until April to wait!! 

Finally, an app that I downloaded recently is the KIKO app. If you've read my KIKO haul (link) you'll know they had an incredible deal of purchasing 6 products for the price of 3 the other weekend, all you had to do was show your individual ID using the app and the promotion was yours. So sure enough I did just that. The app is super user friendly, and is great for browsing their new ranges and products. You can also create wishlist of products, locate your nearest KIKO store and stay updated with their latest offers and promotions. It's handy to have if you're a spontaneous makeup shopper like me. So that's my techy favourites for this past month. What have you been loving recently? Any TV shows I should be watching?