Thursday, 24 April 2014

GOSH Velvet Touch Lip Liner

As I was browsing the aisles of Superdrug today I just couldn't resist picking up this lovely lip liner in the incredibly vibrant shade 'flirty orange'. I wasn't drawn to it just because of the perfectly punchy colour, but because I know that GOSH are a cruelty free brand so I am more than happy to give my business to them and of course, blog about the product on here!

I was instantly impressed when I first put this on my lips because the shade that comes out is extremely true to the shade of the pencil and no vibrancy or brightness is lost at all. I initially used this just to line my lips but fell so much in love with the colour that I decided to see what it would look like all over... and I'm actually pretty impressed with the result! Think extremely matte lipstick with surprisingly non-drying qualities and amazing opaque coverage. Perrrrfection. All of these qualities mean that it is also fairly sturdy when it comes to general wear and drinking etc, but I have to say that it did come off through my dinner (though anything that would manage to stay put through me devouring my vegan burgers would really have to be clinging on for dear life).
As you can see I am seriously impressed with this product and can definitely see me getting a lot of wear out of it in the upcoming summery months. The best part is it only costs a mere £2.99 - wowza!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Models Own Lip-Stix Review

Hellooo again lovely readers! I hope you've all had a relaxing Easter weekend however you chose to spend your bank holiday, I've been chilling out to the max playing Mario Kart on the Wii with my sister letting my competitive side get the better of me! I do feel like I've been neglecting my little corner of the internet recently which I'm not too happy about, but I guess everyone needs some down time from everything now and then. I love having this as a hobby and I never want to get the point where I feel so pressured to post that I don't enjoy it anymore!  
Aaaanyway, to the review! I picked this lip colour up in boots a few months ago because as far as my research led me to believe, Models Own is a cruelty free company and I felt intrigued by this lovely peachy pale colour. I absolutely love a good nude lip and have always been guilty of trying to achieve the lightest nude possible (yep, I've even reached for my foundation at some points - foundation lips ewww!). I cannot stand those deceiving 'nudes' that actually come out some horrible old fashioned shade of brown, so to find a colour as amazingly light and peachy as this really put a smile on my face. They have a few other lovely colours too but this is the lightest shade in the range!
When I put it on it's pretty sheer in comparison to what I'm used to as I only usually buy matte lipsticks, but the colour is just what I'm looking for for an every day kind of look. It doesn't stay on particularly well throughout eating/drinking etc but it's such a light kind of balm that I didn't expect it to have a load of staying power so I wasn't phased by that at all. The application is extremely easy as you just swipe it on quick as a flash and you're good to go! Unfortunately it does have a slight tendency to cling to dry patches as can be seen in the pic above, but if I smush my lips around for a bit that seems to get it evenly distributed. The stick itself is retractable and just twists up meaning that there's no messing around with any sharpeners which is a huge plus, however the top of mine broke off in the first week or so of it getting bashed around in my bag so it isn't the sturdiest of lipsticks, but then again there is a lot of crap for it to get squished by in my handbag!
All in all I am really fond of this lip colour despite not being totally blown away by it, but at £5 you can't really go wrong!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Compassionate Cooking #5 - Vegan 'crownie' bites!

I call these 'crownies' because they're somewhere just in between a cake and a brownie but it's impossible to say which, so I decided on merging the names together! The thing that really gives this delicious dessert that whole brownie feel is the moist, soft and squishy centre that is absolutely to die for (it pains me to write these words as I am currently suffering with a stomach bug and food like this out of the question) but it's still light enough to resemble a cake. The topping is optional as it might be a bit of a sickly overload for some, but if you feel like going all out then the caramel frosting is a tasty addition!
Here's what you need:
- 200g vegan butter
- 200g caster sugar
- 4 tsp. egg replacement mixed with 8 tbsp. water
- 200g self raising flour
- 3 tbsp. cocoa powder
For the topping:
- 1 cup butter
- 4 cups icing sugar
- 1 and half tsp. of caramel flavoured syrup or flavouring of choice
- 1/4 cup of soya milk
Mix the butter, sugar, flour (sifted), egg replacement and cocoa powder together then pour the mixture into a tin and cook for about 30 mins at 180°. Check every so often to ensure that it isn't burning and leave in for longer if it still seems a bit undercooked by the time it's meant come out. For the frosting, mix the butter until it becomes soft and smooth then add the icing sugar and stir both ingredients together. Add the milk if the mixture is too thick and finally add the syrup!
After the 'crownie' has been left to cool, smear the frosting over the top as desired, cut into squares, and enjoy!
I hope you like this vegan recipe as much as I loved stuffing my face with these yummy treats, you can't resist a chocolatey snack like this when Easter is just around the corner! I'm really sorry I'm not posting as much as I'd like at the minute but I feel completely wiped out with this horrible stomach bug and barely have the energy to do anything - typical that it strikes during the holidays when I have a load of revision to be getting on with!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Dressing for Spring

Dress - Nishe (similar here) Shoes - JuJu Blazer - Topshop old
I ordered this dress quite a while ago but when it arrived I felt like such a nincompoop wearing it that I kind of shrugged and accepted it was a bit of a waste of money, however after rediscovering it the other day I looked at it with a completely different attitude. It looked fun and colourful and perfect for the spring/summer sun that we've been blessed with recently, so I couldn't resist taking it for a spin alongside these fabulous baby blue jellies! I had loads of fun taking these photos with my sister, especially when we spotted Alfie and decided it would be a great idea to put him in the bike basket... I think he hates us now.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Review of Canvas Design!

Just a quick post today folks! I was sent this lovely canvas of my kingfisher picture a while back but at the time quite a lot of bloggers were posting about the same thing so I thought I'd hold off for a little while. Anyway, I was completely over the moon when this arrived because the quality of the image on the canvas is just fantastic. The canvas itself is really sturdy, came with super fast delivery and was thoughtfully packaged up with loads of protection in order to avoid any damage. I really cannot think of one single fault or criticism to bring to your attention, so if you're considering ordering a canvas as a gift or just a lovely addition to your own home I would 100% recommend Canvas Design! You don't have to spend a fortune either as prices are from only £5.99 which I think is really reasonable.

I hope you all have a great Monday and enjoy the sunshine that we're having at the minute! I'm so excited about the post I'm going to share with you next as it's a little bit different to usual and little Alfie will be making an appearance...
*Products in this post sent for me to review

Saturday, 12 April 2014

What I've Been Up To...

Following the previous post on my amazing trip to the farm, I thought I'd stick with the more personal style and just fill you in on what's been going on lately. Firstly, I GOT A FRINGE. Yep, that was a huuuge decision for me as I haven't had a proper one since I was a kid, and although it was rather emotional saying goodbye to the long hair that framed my face, I seriously needed that change. It's a bit of a nightmare waking up with it awkwardly sticking out in all directions every morning, but I'm sure I'll get used to it and it does give me a giggle when I look in the mirror! Below is my 'oh holy crap I actually went through with it' face...

Next up was my sister's birthday, and in true Walsh family style, we - wait for it... - SPENT THE DAY AT IKEA! It was such a random day but for some reason it just worked and we all had a great time. We went to Pizza Express and tried their new vegan pizza out (so good) and then had a bit of time to look around some other non-furniture related shops. In the evening, Tom and I had to dash off and get ready for his brother's graduation as an officer from Sandhurst, meaning a two hour car journey filled with Gareth Gates blasting through the speakers.
We woke up bright and early (tired and bleary eyed) the next day, and after scoffing down way too many hash browns at the Premier Inn breakfast we were ready for the parade at Sandhurst. It was a really special occasion and I was completely in awe at the precision and discipline that everyone displayed during the parade, it was unbelievable to hear everyone's feet stomping down at the very same second and watch every head turn at the same moment, they must have been practising for weeks. The atmosphere was great as all the guests were so proud and happy to be there, so I'm really glad that I got to go with Tom and experience such a memorable event.
In the evening... things got messy. And I had SO much fun. To celebrate all the new officers and their achievements, there's a huge ball where everyone can just let their hair down and drink glass after glass of champagne. Except, I didn't just have champagne, I also had some red wine, Pimm's and Prosecco amongst other things, which meant that I was having a GREAT time (until this morning when I woke up feeling like death). Apart from the drunkenness it was actually a really formal event and it was so much fun to get dressed up all fancy for once. I felt like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman with my off the shoulder dress and Tom with his Richard Gere-esque suit and bow tie!
So, that takes me up to today, where I've mostly been day dreaming about the amazing time I had last night and scoffing a ridiculous amount of greasy food. It's really not good when you order extra sides of hash browns and onion rings alongside a meal that's already large enough on it's own...
Ugh. I just want to eat it all over again.

Well, that's my little catch up over with! I hope you don't mind the iphone pics but I don't like my chunky camera weighing me down everywhere I go so these'll have to do! I hope you've enjoyed your week as much as I have, I feel really lucky to have so many positive things in my life at the minute.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A Trip to the Farm

Yesterday, Tom and I decided to do something totally different and visit somewhere that I haven't been since I was very tiny. We're really lucky to have a little farm park near us and I used to love cooing over the animals there as a kid, so I wanted to go and see if anything had changed in all those years. We made sure to ring up just to check that the animals weren't being reared for meat as I wouldn't feel comfortable going if that was the case, but we were assured that the farm isn't run for those purposes - PHEW!
I actually got really emotional at one point because a group of gorgeous piglets who were less than a month old emerged from under their heat lamp and came out to get milk from their mum. I know it sounds like a really odd thing to get emotional over, but as a vegan who tries to promote animal welfare I have seen countless videos of these kinds of babies being brutally attacked, so to see them being left to live so peacefully really got to me and I kind of blubbed like a baby. I guess I'm just a massive softy! You'll see what I mean when you get to the cute piglet pictures though - utterly adorable!

I hope you don't mind how picture heavy this post is but I couldn't decide which ones to leave out so I thought I'd just include them all, and there are even more (yes, more!) pictures on my twitter and instagram account if you fancy a nosy. As you can probably tell, I had a really great time yesterday and it was so refreshing and uplifting to see these lovely animals being treated with the respect they deserve... even if I did cry!