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Holiday Picks!

Hey world,

Now it’s the summer everyone, including me, is getting super excited for holidays! This year I’m jetting off to Lanzarote, and I’m thinking of blogging some of my time there?  So as a bit of an in-the-mood post (if there is even a thing?), I’ve selected a few of my essential holiday picks to share with you guys!

Primark Pink Triangle Bikini

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Now, who doesn’t love a brand new bikini for there hols? I picked up this cute little number in Primark for under 10 pounds! YES UNDER 10 POUNDS, I has a mini heart attack when I saw this! The bikini is really comfortable, and a cute candy pink colour, perfect with a tan (if I ever get one!). I love the fact that Primark sell most of their bikinis in two parts, it makes it easy to get the right sizing. I would definitely recommend all Primark bikinis and I love having a good selection ready for summer!

Bourjois Sunglasses and Case

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Now, I picked up these little beauties as a free promotion in Superdrug a couple of months ago. Along side the much loved (particularly on my side) 3 for 2 offer, these came free! I love these tortoise shell roundish glasses and their cute little bright blue and coral case- perfect for the holiday (AND FREE)!!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water ‘On The Go’ Size

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Well, I love this makeup remover and you can’t go wrong with a travel size – brilliant for the plane! This makeup remover delicately takes off my makeup, even the waterproof stuff, while not leaving my face feeling oily (like so many others). And you can’t go wrong with a mini size, so this little dude is coming on my vacation!

Black Rucksac

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Now I can’t really remember where I got this bag from, which is really annoying me! (I think it maybe Debenhams or something). It was about £20 or similar, which I think is really reasonable for the quality of the bag. I love slinging my stuff in here and heading off on a wonder – so it is perfect for your holiday!

 

There we have it! Here is just a couple of my holiday picks which I’m taking on my summer holiday this year! If you have any other suggestions comment them below!

Keep smiling 🙂

brunetteblog

 

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Brush Like No One is Watching

Good Evening all you fellow bloggers!

Now it has been a long time since I last updated my blog (6 months!!!!!!),  I guess I haven’t really kept my new years resolutions, but hey ho!

 

Today I want to talk brushes. Now who doesn’t love a good brush? Because I know I do! Recently, I purchased some new tools to add to my ever growing collection which I thought I would share with you.

Real Techniques Bold Metals

Now these brushes are a god send, and definitely worth a purchase. Although slightly on the pricey side, there are always ebay alternatives…

There are currently 7 bold metal brushes in the shops, 3 silver, 2 gold and 2 rose gold. The packaging on these brushes is really sleek and cute, with a good weight. They are super soft, as in I can’t stop stoking my self with them, and don’t malt.

The brushes themselves have some unusual shapes, which is what attracted me to them in the first place! The 2 gold ones are face brushes, including a rather large, fluffy and amazingly soft powder brush and a dense triangular foundation brush. The 3 silver brushes are for eyes and include a wonderfully soft blending brush, a dense crease brush, and a thin eyebrow brush. I love this eyebrow brush, as it is really thin – making the application really easy! The final 2 brushes are rose gold, and I believe are finishing brushes but I’m not really sure tbh! Included are a rounded blush/highlight brush and a short, stubby powder brush. I’m not really sure of the purpose for the short brush although I like to use it to pack on powder under my eyes for baking!

 

NARS ITA

Now this is another rather pricey brush, however once again there are definitely more favorable alternatives online. This brush is the bomb! LITERALLY!! I love this brush to piece, from its sophisticated packaging, to its soft bristle, right down to the shape! I have so much love for this brush right now!

NARS ITA

I always reach for this brush during my daily routine, to apply contour with. The brush gives a sharp contour which I then blend out with another brush to make it more natural.

 

Real Techniques Miracle Complex Sponge

While this is strictly not a makeup brush, this is one hundred percent an important tool I reach for. Priced rather reasonably compared with the famous Beauty Blender, the RT Miracle Complex Sponge is very high up there. Now, while I prefer the shpae of the beauty Blender, the price means I am consistently reaching for the RT sponge.

RT Sponge

The sponge itself is super springy, and when damp gently applies my foundation and concealer. I like to apply my base products with my fingers and then buff it out with the sponge. It is also useful to buff out cream contour when I have the time!

 

 

And there we have it! Here’s a couple of new brushes I got in recently and am thoroughly enjoying using them as part of my beauty routine.

See you soon and keep smiling 🙂

brunetteblog

 

Scrummy Oreo Cookies

So the other day I found this AMAZING recipe for oreo cookies, so I thought I would share it with you. Now these are great to sit down with a warm hot chocolate and a fluffy blanket in these colder temperatures! I find them also great to use as tasty rewards while I am working or revising – particularly with exam season coming up!

So my challenge to all you is to try out this recipe and post your results below!

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cooking Time: 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 200g Plain Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 50g Light Brown Sugar
  • 100g White Sugar
  • 110g Butter
  • 50g Chocolate Chips
  • 14 Oreos
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Egg

Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  2. Carefully add in the egg and vanilla until just mixed, make sure not to overbeat.
  3. Crush up the oreos (you can smash them with a rolling pin, or chop them up with a knife – this is how I like to do this step!).
  4. Add in the flour and baking powder and mix together until fully incorporated.
  5. Stir in the oreos and chocolate chips, trying not to mix to much.
  6. Using spoons, form small balls and place them onto a lined baking tray.
  7. Use the back of of a fork to gently press the cookie out a little.
  8. Place in the oven for about 10 minutes, until they are lightly golden brown.
  9. Once cooked remove from the tray and place on a cooling rack to rest.

 

I really love this fun recipe and think it is a great treat for all you out there! Have fun with the recipe and make sure you leave your end products below!

Keep Smiling 🙂

brunetteblog

 

Happy New Year!!

Hey world,

So today is new year’s eve so I figured it would be the perfect time to begin my new year’s resolutions – even if it is a couple of hours early! My first resolution is to try and blog this whole year, to keep memories to look back at this time next year. I’ve tried blogging a couple of years ago but to no avail so here I am once again.

Apart from blogging this year my other new year resolutions are:

  • To eat healthy

Now this is a common resolution by many people world wide, and I figured it might be finally my time to jump onto the wagon. I’m not one to buy expensive, blingy gadgets in order to cut carbs or sugar, but instead I want to find healthy recipes which work for me. I may even post them here to share them with you guys!

  • To get fit

Again, another common idea at this time of the year, but I really want to stick to this one. I may not be planning to attend the gym 24 hours 7 days a week, but I want to keep up my netball and cheerleading and perhaps a run once a week – if I have too!

  • To stop biting my nails

This is a big resolution for me this year. I have bitten my nails since I can remember and have always wanted to stop. I’ve had many failed attempts to stop myself by painting them, using anti-biting polish and by wearing fake nails, so this is a last resort for me!

  • To blog my year ahead

See above 😉

 

So here’s my first blog of 2016 (well almost 2016!) and I hope it is one of many happy memories to come this year.

Thanks for reading (if anyone is!)

Keep smiling 🙂

brunetteblog

 

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