Thursday, 28 April 2016

A month without hair tools

A little while ago, I told you that I'd endeavour to not go shopping for a month, in an effort to curb my "window shopping" habit. For the most part, it was a successful experiment. Whenever I was tempted to go out to the shops to keep myself occupied, I tried instead to do something more productive and fulfilling, be it going for a walk, cooking a new recipe, or tidying and organising (which I secretly relish). I appreciate much more my trips to the shops now, as I'm better at getting my errands done quickly and not be faffing about the place for hours.

My next challenge is a beauty-related one - to go a month without using heated hair tools, including straighteners, blowdryers and curlers.

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Thursday, 21 April 2016

My neutral lipstick wardrobe

Most of the time, I'm wearing what I'd call a neutral lip colour - not a "nude" per se, but a subtle variation of the natural colour of my lips, making them prettier and rosier. While I'm satisfied with my couple of red lipstick variations (a glossy, orange formulation and a matte, pillar box red shade), I get immense joy in searching for and expanding my collection of pinky-nude lip products.

They may all be indiscernible to some, but to me, they are each uniquely beautiful and suited to a particular mood or occasion. I'd like to share with you some of my favourites I use on an everyday basis, that are effortless yet can't help but make you look more polished.

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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Little joys

I spend a lot of time here talking about beautifully-scented creams, gorgeous pots of nail polish and posh tea. Lovely things, of course - but they require a trip to the department store and money to attain. So I wanted to dedicate some space on my blog to celebrating three things that don't cost a thing that bring me pleasure on a daily basis.

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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Herman the German friendship cake recipe

I wanted to tell you about a delightful little phenomenon that was shared with me recently. I mentioned a little while ago that my friend Nicole gifted me with the beginnings of a Herman the German friendship cake. For those of you who have never heard of it, it's a sourdough starter - and what makes sourdough bread different to regular bread is that it takes a few days to prepare the yeast and to let the dough rise, resulting in a stronger, sweeter taste. This particular starter is not intended for making bread, though - it's instead used to make a delicious apple cake.

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Thursday, 7 April 2016

My desk and stationery essentials

For those who are not aware, I am a university student in my final year of a law/arts degree. Consequently, I spend a lot of time behind my desk, drafting essays, practicing German verb conjugations and, of course, tinkering away on my little blog. After six (!) years at university, I feel I've got a desk setup that is conducive to getting things done, so I thought I'd share some of my essentials with you today.


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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Two tips for healthier nails

Late last year, my nails were in a sorry state. I'd applied polish without giving my bare nails a breather  one too many times, and found myself with flaky, yellowing nails that chipped easily - not very chic. I've since spent more energy properly looking after my nails and discovered two steps in my routine that are indispensable to a perfect manicure.


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