Thursday, 9 August 2012

Olympic Gold Medal Cupcakes


In the spirit of all things Olympics 2012, and in light of Team GB’s recent gold medal successes, I decided to make some Olympic Gold Medal Cupcakes!

For the cupcakes themselves, I used a basic Victoria Sponge recipe, which can be found here.

For the icing, I used Betty Crocker vanilla butter cream icing and piped it onto the cupcakes. I then finished the cupcakes with a sprinkling of edible gold hologram glitter, and Haribo Gold Medals.

Grace xXx

Label: Cupcakes

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss


I went to the Cosmetic Company Outlet (CCO) a few weeks ago, and whilst browsing the Bobbi Brown products I came across this lip gloss in the colour Bright Pink. So I picked one up and have been using it for a while now, so decided to share my thoughts on it.

This is actually my first Bobbi Brown product, as I’ve always thought that the brand was too expensive, but CCO have a wide selection of reduced products (most of which are discontinued), making them more affordable. For example, this particular lip gloss was reduced from £17 to £12, making it around the same price as MAC lip glosses.

I had wanted to try one of the Bobbi Brown lip glosses for a while, as I’d heard a few people comment that they prefer them to MAC lip glosses, due to their consistency. But I have to say that I didn’t really notice much difference between the two. In my opinion both the Bobbi Brown and MAC lip glosses have quite a thick consistency, which enables them to stay on for longer.

As for colour, this particular lip gloss appears much brighter in the tube than it does when applied. However, it is still noticeable, and leaves a natural pink gloss.

Overall, I am quite impressed with this Bobbi Brown lip gloss. However, I do still feel that the brand itself is quite expensive, and so would probably only ever purchase more of these products from CCO, at a reduced price.

Grace xXx

Label: Makeup

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Benefit Erase Paste


I’ve been using Benefit Erase Paste for over a year now, and can definitely say that it is one of the best concealers I have ever used. So I thought I would do a bit of a review as a good concealer is a makeup bag staple, and can sometimes be hard to find!

Benefit Erase Paste is a full coverage concealer that can be used to cover dark circles and imperfections. Unfortunately I no longer have the packaging to show you, but I’m sure that most of you will be familiar with it already. On the Benefit website, the Erase Paste is described as follows:

“This concentrated, creamy concealer brightens and camouflages in one easy step! Targets dark circles, discolouration and imperfections. Three shades with brightening melon undertones to suit every complexion. Comes complete with a fully illustrated, step-by-step lesson and mini-spatula for easy application.”

I use Benefit Erase Paste in the colour Fair, which is the lightest of the three available (Fair, Medium and Deep). However, although the Erase Paste does come with a mini-spatula, I’ve never actually used it to apply my concealer, as I feel it picks up too much product. Instead, I prefer to apply my concealer with my fingers, as this allows me to blend the product into my skin for a better finish.

I purchased my Benefit Erase Paste from my nearest Benefit counter in Debenhams, for £19.50. However, I did agonise over whether to buy this product, as it is very expensive for a concealer. But after trying Benefit Erase Paste for myself, I can definitely say that it is worth the price as it seems to last forever! As I said, I have been using my Erase Paste for over a year now, and I have still only used a tiny amount (as you can see from the photograph above).

Grace xXx

Label: Makeup
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