We recently had a manga event at work, which had a Pokemon theme. To mark the occasion I decided to make some pokeball cookies! Now, I had made some before years ago for a friend when I was in university. But I couldn’t remember how I did it or where I got the inspiration from. I just remember it took forever to make the icing black. So this time round, when I decided I was going to do this, I had plain vanilla sugar cookies in mind, with red, white and black royal icing (thinking I’d make the black icing chocolate to get it as dark as possible before adding black food dye). However, then I came across this video from Nerdy Nummies, which made the cookie dough and split it in half and coloured one half red. Then the dough was chilled, cut in half and the two different halves glued together with egg wash. It was soooo much simpler to do it this way (mine was a bit of a disaster as it didn’t glue properly and kept coming apart when I cut but luckily once the cookie is cut off the cylinder, a cookie cutter is used to make it perfectly round). In the end I used a premade black icing from Lakeland for minimum stress and used mini marshmallows as the white dots in the centre. They were a hit on the night and tasty yummy, if I do say so myself!
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015
I bought 5 polishes when Model’s Own had a half price sale at the end of January. This is one of the polishes I bought. I had wanted it when it first came out but held off getting any. I did like the purple one too but alas I limited myself during this sale.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
I always love a good wishlist post every now and again. Though this time around I was a bit stuck. My no-limit wishlist is a holiday, a car, a new laptop and new phone, in that order. I haven’t been on holiday for ages, we are currently without a car, my 5 year old laptop is on its last legs and my second hand 5 year old iPhone is just a bit sad. But they’re all manageable really. Oh and I want someone to clean my entire house!
I have put together a smaller wishlist, of bits and pieces I’d like. Of course, there’s some nail polish in there. There always is! I posted these in my Confessions of a Nail Polish Addict post the other day but here they are again.
Clockwise from top left: Butter London Bit Faker, Candy Lacquer Licorice Allsorts, Hare Polish Flight of the Flamingo, Revlon Whimsical
My bag is a really cheap Primark satchel which I love but the handle is beginning to break and I haven’t had it all that long either, a few months. I need to get another Vendula London bag. I had one for years and it lasted me well. I like the look of this one.
Umbrella messenger bag by Vendula London
I want a bath. A nice, long, hot bath. Not having a bath in my flat really makes me crave a bath! I have lots of lovely products I could use but Lush recently opened a new flagship store on Oxford St in London and there’s over 200 products you can only buy there. Including The Comforter Shower Gel. I LOVE The Comforter Bubble Bar and can’t wait to get my hands on this.
Working in a bookshop, I want ALL the books I see. There’s so many of them, especially in the cookbook section that catch my eye. I’ve wanted Tequila Mockingbird for ages now, I might have already posted it in a previous wishlist. I think I’ll treat myself next payday!
That’s it! Pretty short wishlist for me and shockingly no flamingos! Though I still want all the flamingo things. I’ll always want all the flamingo things.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
So last year for BEDM I did a post for Darkness Into Light 2014. In case you don’t know what Darkness Into Light (DIL) is, it’s a 5km walk that starts at 4am in the dark and by the time you finish, the sun is rising and it’s beginning to get light. The walk is in aid of Pieta House, who raise awareness about self-harm and suicide and provide services for those that need it.
Last year I did the walk in London with my brother and this year, my fourth year walking it, I was joined again by my brother and my boyfriend. We did the walk in Manchester ,starting at the Irish World Heritage Centre. It was the first time the walk had many international locations besides London and Sydney (which happened for the first time last year). The Irish communities in England, Scotland, USA, Canada and Australia came together to do the walk and raise awareness. Overall, this is the seventh Darkness Into Light Walk and there’s no sign of it stopping!
At the beginning of the walk with my boyfriend
As I’ve said before, mental health awareness is so important. There needs to be more acceptance so people can feel like they can talk. If you had something physically wrong with you, say a sore foot, there’s only so much suffering you’d endure before getting it checked out. The same should apply to mental health, don’t feel embarrassed and carry that dark cloud with you for longer than needed. There’s always someone you can talk to. Parent, sibling, partner, friend, family member, teacher, doctor. Don’t suffer alone in silence.
If someone comes to you with problems, then please just listen. Sometimes people need someone to just listen to lighten their load. Don’t dismiss them and tell them ‘Get over it’ or ‘Just lighten up’. If you don’t think you can fully help them, then direct them to services such as Pieta House. You can donate to Pieta House here.
Banner of Hope; Breakfast!
Friday, May 8, 2015
I originally saw this polish in JessFace90s video showing all the China Glaze Electric Nights collection. This one stood out to me, a matte glitter neon topper! Perfect for summer (and perfect for my matte glitter topper obsession).
I put Point Me to the Party over Models Own Hypergel in White Light. I LOVE this look, I’m a big fan of looks over white for summer and this neon polish is amazing for it.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
I saw this tag on Brit Nails and thought it looked like fun. So here we go!
1. What nail polish are you wearing on your nails (and toes) right now?
I have a different colour on both hands! I had planned to take swatch pictures today but got a bit lazy. I put Barry M in Ballerina on my right hand, there was a 3 for 2 when I was in Superdrug the other day and bought these Maybelline Top Coats and Ballerina became my third choice. Today I got a polish I have LONG lusted after in the post. A-England in St. George. I swiftly applied it to my left hand, it’s GORGEOUS!! Swatches of both to follow in future posts. As for my toes? Nothing, I haven’t had something on my toes for ages.
2. What is one nail product you can't live without?
I have 2 or 3 bottles of Essence Studio Nails Ultra Strong Nail Hardener lying around, I love this stuff! It really helps my weak nails
3. What is your favourite nail brand (mainstream and indie)?
Essence is probably my favourite mainstream brand, it’s cheap but good quality, they have lots of colours and change things around quite a bit to keep things interesting. Barry M are fantastic too though. Out of the big three (or what I think the most popular) China Glaze, OPI and Essie, I prefer China Glaze.
As for indie, I don’t have many indies which is a shame. I think the only one I have is a Dollish Polish but I do love it!
4. What shape nail do you wear (short or long)?
Squoval mainly. My nails grow quite square shaped but I try to soften them a bit. I wear my nails long. Or long for me anyway! I will cut them short enough every now and again though, either because they are weak or one breaks and I want them all even.
5. What is your go-to colour?
I really like purples and teals. Though I do go for white quite a bit with a fun coloured top coat. White was one of my go tos last summer.
6. What is your favourite nail polish finish?
I do love a creme finish. Though I also love a crelly (creme and jelly) finish too. I’m a sucker for matte glitter top coats too!
7. What’s on your nail polish wishlist?
Where to start! I’m mainly lusting over Candy Lacquer Licorice All Sorts, it’s beautiful. I’d also love Hare Polish Flight of the Flamingos, Butter London Bit Faker and Revlon Whimsical. As well as raiding an American drugstore for stuff we can’t get here!
Clockwise from top left: Bit Faker, Licorice Allsorts, Flight of the Flamingo, Whimsical
8. When do you usually paint your nails (morning, afternoon or evening)?
Afternoon or evening time, though I try not to do it too late as I end up with sheet marks! Never the morning, ewww.
9. What’s your top nail tip you swear by?
Oh, I don’t really have any! I’ve been trying to give my nails and hands more moisture to improve the quality.
10. What nail polish do you regret buying?
I don’t think I have any really. I don’t buy a lot of super expensive nail polish so even if I don’t really like something, it’ll only be a few pounds for me. And I can give them to my sister!
11. Neons or pastels? Brights or darks?
I probably prefer pastels over neons but then again, I go through phases like others. Pastels for spring, neons for summer, darks and glitters for autumn and winter.
12. What is your holy grail white, black and nude polish?
White is Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Coconut, black is from Wet n Wild, no idea if they still do it anymore though, I need to pick it up if I can find it. If it’s black for nail art, I like the Barry M Nail Art Pen. For nude, my favourite at the moment is OPI You’re So Vain-illa but I also love Nails Inc Basil Street.
13. What is one brand you want to try but haven’t yet?
Just one?! Don’t think so. Hare polish, KB Shimmer, Candy Lacquer, Deborah Lippmann, Chanel. So many!
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
So I was in Superdrug the other day and these two new top coats got my attention. According to the woman who served me, the Maybelline rep had been in the day before so I had my timing just right!
This is Pave the Way over Nails Inc Royal Botanical Gardens. The top coat is full of black and white square and other shaped pieces. It caught my eye as it was different to the usual circular top coats. I did find it a be problematic though. There didn’t seem to be a lot of clear polish on the bottle, so when I was trying to get the pieces out it was a bit awkward. And if you don’t get them to stick down properly, the corners can poke out. A clear top coat over this can seal them in though. I will give it another go as I do love how different the shapes are.
This is NY Lover over Models Own Hypergel Naked Glow . This topcoat has small round white pieces, larger red glitter pieces and white hearts. I would have LOVED this around Valentine’s Day as it was just what I was looking for. I love it over this nude colour and I’m looking forward to trying it over a bright colour.
Apparently the European editions of this collection have these two polishes and 2 other ones. I don’t know if we’re going to get the other ones here but if we do, I’ll let you know! These were £3.99 if I recall correctly.