Today’s Blogmas post is my attempt (key word) at candy cane nails. I have to say, my left hand isn’t too bad, but my right hand is a little iffy. For this look, I used a red polish by Essie called “Twin Sweater Set” and a white nail polish by Sally Hansen called “White Out”. I used the white and painted four coats, and then let it dry. Then, I applied thin strips of tape. I painted the red over the tape and waited 20 minutes for it to dry. After removing the tape, parts of the white ripped off. That’s just the beginning. I painted over it, going over both colours and therefore completely messing it up! At least I showed my Christmas spirit!
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Christmas isn’t Christmas without having some delightful home baked treats. The smell of fresh cookies and cupcakes wafting through the house makes the house feel warm and inviting, whilst hinting that Christmas food preparation is well under way. Christmas is a wonderful time where we can all indulge in plentiful sumptuous sweet treats so here are a few of my favourites.
These gingerbread houses on the side of a hot mug of chocolate make for the perfect sweet accompaniment. They will be loved by relatives of all ages and are a great idea for Christmas Eve sitting around a fire with chocolate and gingerbread. The procedure to make them is really simple you just need some small square cutters to cut out the house and then stick it together with some icing. They can be quite fiddly but are worth the effort in the end and relatives will be impressed with the efforts you’ve gone to. Click here for a gingerbread recipe.
Marshmallow candy canes are perfect snack for children and adults alike. You can have them as a snack on their own or you can swirl them in a hot drink for a melt in your mouth marshmallow. They are so simple to make as you just pierce the candy cane into the marshmallow and can then decorate as you wish or if you’d rather leave them as they are they are ready to go.
Spray cream strawberries are such an easy dessert choice, they are super quick and take little preparation but look fab on the Christmas table. It’s also a slightly healthier treat for those of us that want a treat without the calorie guilt. Cut the stems off the strawberries and then create a circle of spray cream the size of a strawberry onto the plate. Place the strawberry on top without pressing down too much and then spray a little bobble on the top. Alternatively you could dip them into white chocolate at the bottom and top of the strawberry and then cover in white sprinkles, great for chocolate lovers.
Reindeer cake pops are a fun treat to give to children to munch away on or to take in as a pre-Christmas treat for work colleagues. Create an oblong shaped cake pop dip in melted chocolate and allow to dry. You can make the eyes and nose out of icing (make sure its red on the nose for Rudolph) and stick on using melted chocolate. Snap a pretzel in half and place on the top as the horns for the reindeer. Add a bow to finish off and you have a tasty chocolatey reindeer. Find the recipe for cake pop mixture here.
For a spin on the classic Christmas pud why not try making smaller bite size versions with icing on the top. You can make lots of them so that everyone gets a taste and can snack into them later as well. For the perfect Christmas Pudding recipe take a look here.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without having a Christmas themed cupcake. These cupcakes are a delicious mouth-watering desert and make any Christmas desert table complete. Everybody loves a cupcake so they’re sure to be a hit with the whole family. Try chocolate cupcakes (recipe here) topped with vanilla buttercream icing with a blue tint and white sugar paste snowflakes for a delightful little cupcake.
There you have my pick of delicious homebaked Christmas treats that are sure to be a hit for any party or dinner that you may host. If you liked my post on The Cute Little Beauty Blog why not try checking out my blog at www.bellalamoda.com. Have a Merry Christmas!
Today’s outfit post is actually my first, so I’m super excited! I’m sporting a very casual and fun look. For these #ootd posts I’m going to be showing you what I wore and then below the pics, where they’re from. Enjoy
Today’s outfit is an oversized gray baggy sweater with an adorable Chihuahua wearing blue rimmed sunglasses and the words “WADDUP” on it. I think it’s totally adorable and funny! As for bottoms, I’m wearing just some plain ol’ black leggings. Finally, for shoes I’m wearing some floral Keds.
Items I’m Wearing:
-Sweater: Forever 21
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Today’s Blogmas post will be a quick one, but nonetheless still a fun post. I’ll be showing you me washing my makeup brushes, and the procedure I go through to wash them. This post doesn’t go into extreme detail so if you have any questions, feel free (well, it is free) to comment below your question!
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I feel like there’s been an entire following behind this eyeshadow trio for the longest time and I’ve taken the longest to jump on the bandwagon. I’ve always heard raves about this, and it was always in the back of my mind to buy it. Finally, on one faithful day I purchased this three dollar little guy and I’m so happy I did!
This trio is from the drugstore brand “Wet n Wild” known for it’s collaboration with the music artist “Fergie”. Some of it’s more famous products are it’s 8-pan eyeshadow palette in “Comfort Zone”, Eyeshadow trio in “Silent Treatment” and this bad boy. This trio, quirkily names “Walking on Eggshells” is a trio consisting of shimmery and natural shades. Each colour in the trio is branded with the name of where it should be placed on the eye. There’s eyelid, crease, and browbone. The eyelid shade is a lovely nude champagne colour, and rumoured to be a dupe for the highly coveted Mac shadow All that Glitters. The crease shade is a chocolate dark brown with shimmer, this shade is said to be a dupe of Mac’s Woodwinked. The last shade in the trio, the browbone shade is an illuminating white pearl shade. This shade is makes an impeccable highlight shade and inner corner shade.
Overall, the colours in this palette give amazing pigmentation, have great colour payoff, aren’t flaky or crumbly, are easily blendable, and lasts all day with the use of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. This fab trio definitely has my stamp of approval!
When deciding on what to do for my most recent guest blog… I chose to pick my favourite makeup product for each facial aspect!The amount of products available now is unbelievable! Company after company are releasing products, all claiming to be better than there competition, I’ve had sooo many different products, that I’ve buyed and tried! Some I’ve fallen in love with some I’ve really not… I always ask my clients aswell when I’m doing their makeup, how the products feel/smell etc to ensure that they are involved through every stage!This also enables me to decipher which are the best products and which I should avoid in the future!
After doing makeup for a good while now, I’ve come to love certain products! I’m alwaysssss open to trying new ones, so if I read about or see something new being used I will often purchase it and make the decision for myself to see if it’s worth re-buying or not, and if it is, I will blog about it and be sure you inform all my followers
So I’ve split the face up into different aspects, I will focus on my favourite and most recommended products for the:
And my favourite Brush!!
So let’s begin with the Face! I could sit and recommend products all day but for the face my favourite item has to be MAC’s mineralize Face Powder, I have the matte one (light) and the shimmery one (soft and gentle)!
This product is so lovely, it really sits on the skin nicely, it is suitable for all ages and skin types as it isn’t heavy! It doesn’t look cakey and it doesn’t clog pores, or sit in fine lines! When applied over your foundation it just gives that flawless look, that we are all dreaming about!! The Matte one is a great finishing powder, whereas the shimmery one is a great highlighter! This soft and gentle (shimmer) one also looks great when applied to the entire face, if working on shoots/within the fashion industry! It gives the skin a beautiful, youthful, radiant glow!
For the eyes… I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the white (milk) NYX stick! For me a versatile item of MakeUp is one that will be replaced in an artist’s kit over and over!
The NYX Stick comes in a variety of colours, being used by the leading professionals worldwide! I personally use this product prior to application of shadow, creating a white base on the lid, or the area in which you are working, really makes the applied shadows stand out! The contrast between your chosen colours for your look and the NYX stick will really make your eyes pop!
The white base can also be used to create yourself a guide to follow when creating interest outside the boundaries of the lid, for example a dramatic flick. White can easily be erased, whereas black eyeliner applied with no guide, especially for those of you just starting out can be tricky!! This will also help with your symmetry, as you can make sure it’s evenbefore applying the eyeliner.
This NYX stick can also be used on the lip line, eradicating the existing, enabling the artist to enhance the natural lip line creating whatever look they are aiming to achieve!
There are so many products I could of mentioned for my favourite eye product, but a good base is essential for any eye makeup, and for £5 this is a steal!!!!
For the lips I’d recommend a lip balm you just can’t live without, and that for me is the tinted lib balm from Blistex!! It’s called ‘Blushing’ and it truly is stunning!
This is a product that you need more than one of, I have one in my handbag, my going out bag and my car… Just in case
It’s creamy texture leaves your lips hydrated, and the colour is lovely it gives your lips a flush of colour that is so natural, it’s just effortless! And for £2.50 you can’t really complain!! Especially with the cold winter months approaching this is a must have on your Christmas/shopping list!
Brows are something that I love, they frame the face and are so easy to maintain, so when I see people with un-groomed brows it offends me!!! I will be posting a blog shortly on how to achieve the desired brow… Keep checking my website/Facebook page for continual updates on blogs etc!
So all you need for excellent, perfect brows is the Pro Brow Kit from MUA, this brow kit is a must have for anyone! It’s used by leading proffesionals, and I have recently found it to be something I can’t live without! It contains a light/dark/darker powder a setting wax/brow gel, a small cute pair of tweezers, and a teeny brow brush! It’s so compact and adorable that for £3.50 why would you not buy this product, that promises to assist you in shaping, shading and highlighting one of the main features on your face!!!
And finally for my favourite brush!!! Now this brush is one of the main reasons I love Makeup! This brush makes the application of everything so much easier, neater, quicker and it is the ultimate tool to have if your trying to achieve that flawless, seamless application!
The brush is one from ELF’s studio range, it’s their flawless concealer brush! Now do not be put off when brushes are given a name or a specific function, like concealer brush, eyeliner brush etc! A brush if it gives you the right finish can be used for ANYTHING! Remember no boundaries!
This brush is quite firm but also fluffy! I use it for buffing foundation, applying concealer, finishing powder, and for the blending of shadows! It really is a must have, and I can guarantee you will buy more than one, the best thing about it is it’s only £3.75! What are you waiting for….
I hope these five items make there way into your makeup kits at some point! They really are true gems in the makeup product world, ones that I keep replacing over and over!!!
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