Palindrome Poppet

The Beauty Box: NYX Jumbo Eye Magic

8.13.2014

 

If there's one thing in life that I'm keen on, it's time saving products. I got my hands on these NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils at Pro Beauty North last year, and whenever I need a super quick eye solution, they make their way out of my collection.


Iced Mocha and Sparkle Nude are similarly metallic shades - creamy to apply straight from the pencil and super easy to blend. Sparkle Nude is the ideal base, which I usually apply across the whole of my lid, and Iced Mocha is slightly darker in tone, making it the perfect choice for a subtle contour.


Have you tried any of NYX's offerings? If you want to check out the Jumbo Eye Pencil range head here.

The Style Files: #Treasurehunk

8.12.2014

 

You guys know my love for ASOS knows no bounds. However, when I came across their new collaboration I was seriously really impressed. It is so refreshing to see brands partnering together to offer an engaging, exciting experience that is fun for us to take part in.

I'd proclaimed my love for their latest collaboration #Treasurehunk on twitter, when a few days later they sent me the above tee!

Anyway, Treasure Hunk is a collaboration between ASOS and Diet Coke. They host a daily competition here, where they give you a clue and you have to enter simply by typing 'Treasure Hunk' with the answer into the search bar to find the hunk hidden on the site.

With this, you can win daily prizes as well as get entered into the pot to win the grand prize which is worth £4,500 and designed by Katie Rowland.

If you've not seen the campaign yet, definitely check it out. I've been doing it most days!

The Beauty Box: The Summer '14 Face

8.11.2014


Summer face stuff is simple in my world. Keep it light, keep it barely there. However, whilst I don't want my face weighed down with a whole load of product, I don't want to bare each pore to the unsuspecting world.

The latest combination of products keep my face looking peachy throughout the hotter days, withstanding the blasts of warm heat outside and the chill of an air conditioned office. Here's the rundown of the products that are keeping me Summer happy:

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum - It wouldn't be a post about summer make-up if good ol' healthy mix didn't get a mention. A light, fruit foundation that gives dewy skin in a bottle - what's not to love? I've been combining this beauty with MaxFactor's Colour Adapt Foundation, which I have a review on here. It has more of a matte finish, which is a lifesaver in the heat - anyone that tells you a shiny nose is a good look is lying to you.

MaxFactor's Mastertouch Concealer is a little wind-up present from heaven (the base has a wind up motion if I sound like I'm speaking gibberish); a super blendable formula that hides away the tell-tale dark circles from a restless night's sleep in a clammy room.

Peepers are kept wide with the help of a curl from Shu Uemura and a lick of mascara from MaxFactor's 2000 Calorie Mascara. It's no prize winner in my books but doesn't budge all day and has been keeping me suitably happy over the past few months (seriously... when will this product run out?!)

Brows are bolder thanks to my new favourite find - Maybelline Brow Drama - review here. It's easy to apply and is mega flexible, plus don't tell me you don't want to perfect your open mouthed mascara application by adding your brows into the mix...

Cheekbones come courtesy of NYX Matte Bronzer, which is slightly orange for my transparent skin in winter, but a touch of sun makes a swipe of this acceptable. Blended over my temples and under my non-existent cheekbones and voila - three pounds lighter.

If you know me by now you'll know that I change my blusher choices as many times as I have hot dinners, but recently the one to steal my make-up marked heart is No7's Natural Blush in Coral Flush. Newsflash: No7 have really been impressing me with their current offerings, I feel a whole post dedicated to their greatness coming soon...

What products have you been loving at the moment? Have you got any seasonal wonder products I should know about?

The Scrapbook: Meringue Recipe

8.09.2014


If there's one thing that goes brilliantly with fresh berries at summer is meringue. Last weekend I decided to whip up a few of the crispy, gooey treats to go with a whole bunch of sweet berries for post Sunday lunch.

Ingredients
3 large egg whites
175g caster sugar
1 pinch of salt

Method

1. Heat the oven to 140C

2. Whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt, whisking on a medium speed until the mixture forms soft peaks. This will take around fie minutes, dependant on whether you're using a hand held whisk or not.

3. Gradually add a tablespoon of sugar at a time, whisking until the mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks.

4. Using a large metal spoon to dollop circles of the mixture onto a sheet of baking paper, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes until the meringues are pale and hard. Don't leave them in for too long or the insides will dry out!

5. Turn upside down, fill with berries and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you're feeling cheeky!












The Fitness Log: Sportswear Steals

8.08.2014


As I said in this juicing fitness post, I'm trying to get back into a routine gym-wise. In prep for this I've been finding some great sportswear steals that I just had to share with you. 
Sports Bras

Shock Absorber is well know for their abilities to keep ze boobies snug and under control when you're bouncing around in the gym, which is why I jumped at the chance to grab a few reduced sports bras from them. 

I got my hands on this Zipped Plunge Style for £18, but this Ultimate Run Style is perfect for those that want something a little simpler, and this Ultimate Gym style is perfect for those intense workouts when you want the proper support.

Gym Bags

Gym bags are one of the most difficult things to get right I always find, either they're too small or end up a bottomless sack for all my sweaty kit. Which is why I jumped at the chance to get this Nike Duffel bag, which has one section for wet kit/dirty shoes and another for clean/dry kit. It also had a zipped section inside which is great for storing bits and bobs! This blue Nike Duffel is slightly cheaper but still has all the great sections that come with mine. I'll do a 'What's in my Gym Bag' soon.

Trainers

When it comes to trainers, it can be so difficult to find the supportive trainers out of all of the pretty prints and colour combinations. Nike's footwear offering always has me wanting to flash the cash, so as soon as I see their styles in the sale I jump for joy! Particular reduced styles I've got my eye on at the moment include the Terra Kiger, Zoom Wildhorse, Free 3.0 V5, and the grey version of the Free 3.0 V5!

Leggings

Being a short (not so little) little sprout, its always difficult to find trousers that fit properly but I've found a few that have made me want to jump on the treadmill. Sweaty Betty have some great pieces of gym wear, which is why I'm keen to get my hands on these compression pants - anything that promises to keep my wobbly legs sealed until I peel them off is a winner in my books. Another pair that have caught my eye are these Slim Charcoal leggings from ProSkins, the shape and colour are great and ProSkins products never fail to disappoint. 

If you've found any sports steals recently, be sure to let me know - I'm on the hunt for some long sleeved work out tops and can't seem to find any!

The Beauty Box: Maybelline Brow Drama

7.29.2014

£4.99 here
A good brow product is hard to find when your budget is limited. Wonder products can tranform a few straggly hairs into Cara inspired brows, but often these come with a hefty price tag.

Brow drama is a nice little find. Unlike a pencil, it doesn't smudge, it gives a natural (non-drawn on) finish and keeps your brows stubbornly stayed put until you decide to wipe them off at the end of the day.


The brush is a great shape, with the rounded end and mascara-like wand making application a doddle. There's no bulk of product build-up on the applicator, meaning you apply exactly as much product as your want to.


I team this with a subtle eyebrow pencil to add in some shape, which I find gives me a natural looking brow. Although I' not keen on the drawn-on brow look for myself, you can really build up the product to create a thicker, darker looking brow if you so wish.

For only £4.99 here, this is a great little find that you definitely need in your kit.