Tuesday, 29 March 2011

My 13 Questions Tag from What Laura Loves blog

Ok so I've been tagged to answer 13 questions by Laura from "What Laura Loves" Blog.

 So here they are:

1. What do you order at Starbucks?
2. What's one thing in your closet you can't live without?
3. What's one thing that most people don't know about you?
4. What's one thing you want to do before you die?
5. What's one food you can't live without?
6. What's one quote that you live your life by?
7. What do you like and dislike about Youtube community?
8. What's your n°1 song on your Ipod/Itunes?
9. What kind of style would you describe yourself as having?
10. Favourite number?
11. Two hobbies?
12. Two pet peeves?
13. Your guilty pleasure?
1) I usually order a skinny latte with maybe a flavour shot but I also like their hot chocy and sometimes just regular tea.

2) Leggings! Can't stand wearing tights and they are just soooo comfy!

3) I have a licence to operate scissor lifts & cherry pickers.

4) Visit Venice.

5) Cake or if we're including beverages. tea.

6) Sometimes you're the statue, sometimes you're the pigeon.

7) Like reviews and like minded people, dislikes, can't think of any.

8) Right now it's Mika, We are golden, but my fave changes all the time.

9) Arty, cute, fun.

10) 8.

11) Fimo craft & Xbox gaming.

12) Just 2? People who cough without covering their mouths & people parking in the parent & child spaces when they don't have any children.

13) Watching Horrible Histories. :)

So now I'm passing the tag onto you, post as a reply your 13 answers and pass the tag on. xxx

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Bubblegum Cupcakes!

About 10 o clock this morning my postie knocks on my door with a parcel for me from America. To my delight I discovered that it was in fact the candy oils (food flavourings) I'd bought about 2 weeks ago from an American ebay supplier.

When I say food flavourings, I don't just mean the standard set ones you get in the shops in the UK, I mean really weird and wonderful flavours like eggnog, cotton candy & liquorice!

With these and a pack of Green's butterfly cake mix I set about making some bubblegum flavour cupcakes.

I followed the instructions on the cake packet and added some drops of bubblegum flavouring & pink food colouring to the sponge mux and the flavouring and a blue food colouring to the frosting. I topped them off with some hundreds and thousands. I think they came out quite well.

Or cours I HAD to show you a cut section of one of them to show the pink songe inside so I was forced to eat one for this purpose :)

Hope you enjoyed xx

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Red & Black Hair!

OK so my hair has been absolutely minging since just after Xmas and it was time to do something about it.

It has been my plan to do something really mad with my hair but I haven't quite got the nerve to do it yet so I decided to do something different but not too drastic with my hair.

.I was going to do a vibrant red all over but Superdrug only had one box of it, it looks like the Schwarzkopf Live Luminance range is being discontinued as you can only get the ultra violet colour in some places now. I picked up shade L42 in Infrared.

The other box that caught my eye was theSchwarzkopf  Live Color XXL in Blue Black, I'd previously dyed my hair this colour for my wedding (& in my profile pic) and although the colour was really good, although it did stay a long time in my hair being a black colour and I wasn't sure I wanted that commitment again. Then I had a thought, why not do half and half? I don't mean one side red and the other black that'd be a bit daft, I mean black underneath with the red on top, so I bought the 2 boxes and gave it a go.

So I set about seperating my hair out, not easy, I used a tail comb to roughly separate each half & tied the top bit up hence:

What an attractive look huh?

So I applied the Blue Black to the bottom half with the aid of a tinting brush and croc clipped it out of the way. I then started to apply the Infrared, I could really have done with another box of it as even though I was only doing half my hair the bottle only gave half as much dye as the blue black!

I was a little apprehensive about the ORANGE roots at this point! But there was no going back now.

These hats are available from all Tesco's stores :).

Ok so after 20 minutes was up I rinsed out, dried off and straightened and was quite pleasantly surprised by the result, the "orange" had mellowed into more of the red it promised and the black makes a really nice contrast poking out underneath. I would say that I was hoping for more of a coca cola red than the orangey red so I may in the next couple of weeks put a more cherry red rinse through it to even it out but on the whole I'm pretty pleased with the results.

Unfortunately my bathroom didn't show the red colour too well, I should really have taken some in daylight but I was in my jammies lol, I will try put a photo up in the next blog.

The red really is a lot more vibrant in daylight.

Plus you can see more of the blue tint in the black in the day light too, plus I need my split ends doing badly

Hope you enjoyed my quick hair dye tutorial, remember to ALWAYS patch test. xx

Friday, 18 March 2011

Soooo excited, new insrant effect colours!

My little friend on Facebook, Cookie the Barry M bunny has just informed me that there are 3 new colours in the instant effects range!!

Here's the link to the page:

Barry M Instant Nail Effects New Colours Click Me!

Well we've covered VOLCANIC nails, I can't help but think that the white would be perfect for a GLACIAL look with blues underneath, you heard it here first! xx

Thursday, 10 March 2011


So as promised in previous blog entries, I'm finally blogging a tutorial/review for Barry M's instant effects nail varnish. It's taken me a little while to do because I wanted to do something original to the many instant effects tuorials already out there. Most people are using just one colour under this to create an animal print type effect but to me the effect has always looked like a volcanic rock so I thought why not try volcanic colours underneath?

The products I used were OPI "get my car reddy", 2true orange and 2true light lime/lemon from Superdrug but you can use any that you want and in fact a neon orange and yellow would be ideal as it would show through stronger.

I started off with the red and just painted the bottom of the nail, you don't have to be neat as the instant effects covers it very well.

I then applied my orange, again dont worry about straight lines or going over the red a bit.

And finally the yellow at the top, this would be a pretty neat look in itself if I've painted the lines straight.

So finally I applied the instant effects, it really is a little bit trial and error with the thickness but don't be afraid to put a good thick coating on as it can look a bit weak if you only put a thin coat on. There are loads of Youtube videos that will show you the product turning from a n all over black coat to it's crackle finish, panacea81 or lauren luke's one is good as she has a proper camera and lighting unlike me :)

Here's a pic of the final volcanic lava effect, apologies for the poor quality of pic and also I did this really quick so it could be neater but the colours in daylight really do pop.

I would definately try different colours as well, the instant effects gives the overall look of a gradient effect which is really cool.

One final point I would make is that the instant effects leaves a very matt finish to the nail, I wouls use a top coat to seal the colours in but also to help prevent chipping.

You can buy Barry M's instant nail effects from Superdrug, Boots (good for advantage points) and directly from the Barry M website .

Again, I don't get paid or endorse any particular brand for money, all my opinions are my own.

Hope you all enjoyed my little tutorial/review. xx