This is just a quick note to say I hope everyone has a happy and healthy New Year! Thank you so so much for all your support in 2012, it's been an amazing year for me and a lot of this is thanks to you guys. Thank you for hanging out with me on both my channels and for sharing some amazing highlights from 2012 with me, I hope you have all had good years too!
I am so excited for 2013, I always like the idea of having a fresh start and I will be back in the New Year with lots of exciting videos and daily vlogs for you guys! Please let me know if there is any particular videos you would like to see :)
In the mean time, I hope you have a wonderful night of celebrating wherever you are in the world. I'm having a quiet one with the family which will be lovely. Stay safe and keep happy, I love you guys loads!!
Who's excited for NYE? I hope you've all had a happy and healthy 2012! Last night Jim and I, along with our friend Kate, went along to one of our favourite restaurants in Norfolk, the Wildebeest. It's such a tucked away gem right out in the countryside but I thought it would merit a blog post because it can be quite difficult finding great restaurants in this area, and this is definitely one of them. As well as this, the food is so beautifully presented so it makes for lovely photos and if any of you are passing by then you should definitely pop in!
We started off with some bread and a lovely glass of red wine.
For starter, Jim had haddock and mussel risotto whilst Kate and I had the same - beef carpaccio with a horseradish sorbet which was so good.
For main, Jim had monkfish tail with a pea risotto and other yummy things, Kate and I went for the same again and had sea bream with chorizo gnocchi and greens which I thought just looked beautiful on the plate! (And some thrice cooked chips with gruyere on the side too!)
We all rounded the meal off with white chocolate and ginger cheesecake with salted caramel ice cream and almond biscotti, it was so so delicious and so beautifully presented.
They take bookings, so if you're ever on a Norfolk adventure check them out. If not, then I hope you enjoy the photos and maybe get some inspiration anyway!
So you guys know how much of a massive fan I am of eyebrows. I think they can be so beautiful and a real defining feature of a look and personality. The model Cara Delevigne has the most enviable eyebrows, and lucky for her they are completely full and natural (see pic!) But if you're like me, then you might need that little extra push to get your eyebrows looking even half as good as hers! I spend quite a lot of time doing my brows for I think they can completely transform your face and be a key part to getting you looking your best, this means I am always on the hunt for a good brow product. I am a big fan of a simple powder and angle brush combination, and also my trusty Tom Ford waxy brow sculptor, however - as you might have seen in my recent video - I have found a new product that I love for brows, Benefit Brow Zings.
Essentially, this little brow saver in a box is formed of two elements - a lighter powder, and a darker waxy formula. They come in three shades (light, medium, dark) and I'm pretty sure there is a shade for everyone to work with. Along with the two products, you get a couple of shaping brushes, one for application and one for blending, which I wouldn't use) and also a really tiny pair of tweezers which are actually really good. So put all together you have a box fit for brow perfection!
The way I use it is to take an angle brush (MAC 266 for example), and start by using the wax to create your desired brow shape and definition, then, using the same brush, work some of the powder along the brow shape you have created as this will set the wax shape in place. You may have noticed that I used it the other way round in my Christmas make-up tutorial, but that way just worked for me on the day so however you feel you want to use it is fine! The brilliant thing about this product, which is thanks to the wax, is that it lasts. The problem with using powder only is that if you were in a really hot environment then the powder can be prone to smudging which leads to you losing the shape of your brows, the wax however really locks in the shape and keeps your brows in place whatever the weather!
Hope you all had a happy and healthy Christmas! I can't believe it's happened already! Anyway here I am back on the blog after a lovely festive time! So, I'm sure if you watch my videos that you'll know how much of a gel liner fan I am. I literally use it most days and find it such a brilliant product. Many people speak of the Bobbi Brown and MAC liners which, whilst I do agree that they are brilliant, they also have an amazing drug store competitor - the Maybelline Eye Studio gel eyeliner. I honestly think that it's just as good as its high end rivals but at half the price!
This liner comes in such great packaging, I love the silver lid it has as it makes it stand out from other gel liners. The quality of the liner itself is fantastic, it is an absolute dream to work with and glides on brilliantly and makes room for mistakes and errors as you can easily wipe it off with your finger as soon as it has been applied. Once you have your desired shape, you can rely on it to last all day but for it to simply be removed with your make-up remover. If you don't want to splash out on a high end dupe, then definitely check out this Maybelline alternative, at the moment it only comes in the black shade, but I'm sure this is what a lot of you are after anyway, for me it is perfect for everyday wear. It claims it lasts for 24 hours although I cannot vouch for this as it's not often I have make-up on for 24 hour stints, although I can assure you that it does last from when I put it on from when I take it off. At £7.99 I think it is a fantastic product, it comes with a brush as well, and although I wouldn't personally use it, it does do the job for getting a signature eyeliner look.
2 more sleeps to go to Christmas- so excited!! Another thing that I am also excited about is the launch of the all new and amazing Rimmel 'Apocalips' lip laquer! In stores January 23rd these are little wands of wonder, essentially they are a hybrid between a gloss and lipstick because as you can see from the swatches below they are so so pigmented but with a gorgeous gloss and shine.
I love the colour range too as they are really wearable but are simultaneously fun and unique. Another reason why I rate them so much is because despite being uber glossy, they last so well. I wore a bright pink one out the other night and it was still mess free and colourful on my lips when I got home. At £5.49 they are great value for a seriously lovely lip product and I definitely suggest you check them out. Rimmel keep bringing out such great products at the moment and 'Apocalips' certainly adds to this winning streak!