I am a sucker for affordable cosmetics, so I got very excited when I got to try Catrice’s Liquid Metal Eyeshadow. The colour I chose is called ‘Mauve Like Jagger’ and is a shimmery purple-grey. It is fairly buildable and is great for creating a smokey eye without looking too dull. I also like the fact that the shimmer particles are very fine, like those in high-end eyeshadows.
Whilst I love the colour, I am a bit disappointed with the packaging and how short it lasts. The packaging looks pretty enough without being overly fussy, but the clasp broke the first time I opened it and now I am in constant fear of having a cosmetic bag disaster.
Secondly, the colour doesn’t last nearly as long as I’d wish or even expect it to. It wears off after about 2 hours and then only a little shimmer remains. So I definitely recommend using either a lid primer or a longwear foundation, such as Estee Lauder’s Double Wear, as a primer.
All in all, I don’t think I would buy this again as I know that better quality shadows don’t have to be expensive and other brands offer more value for my money. It is rather a shame though, as the colour really is outstanding.
When the mercury starts rising, all I want to wear are comfortable dresses that I can easily dress up or down. Country Road currently has an amazing selection in great colours and a variety of cuts to suit everyone. Known for their use of quality fabrics and trendy prints, their dresses really are the easiest way to look stylish this summer.
- Chanel Le Blush Crème De Chanel in ‘Affinite’, available from R440.
- Lancôme Gloss in Love Sparkling Lip Glaze in ‘Under the Spotlight’, available from R270.
- Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Balm in ‘Pudgy Peony’, available from R215.
- Essie Nail Polish in ‘The girls are out’, available from R105.
- DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Intense, available from R485 for 30ml.
What are your favourite pink beauty buys?
I love a refreshing, non-alcoholic drink that I can whip up with minimal effort using only the ingredients I have in my cupboard. This sophisticated slush-puppy fits the bill and was just what I needed to cool down on this very hot weekend in Cape Town. If you don’t know what a granita is, it can best be described as that wonderful state in between a lemonade and sorbet. I am already dreaming up other variations on this classic Italian drink, such as strawberry granita.
- 1 L water
- 185 ml sugar
- 250 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 lemon zest
- Heat the water on the stove and dissolve all the sugar.
- Once cooled, add the lemon juice and zest.
- Place in deep freeze and freeze solid, stirring every two hours until frozen.
- Place in fridge one hour before serving and then scrape and poke with a fork until it resembles crushed ice. It is very important to leave it in the fridge, as this makes it easier to break into pieces without it simply melting.
- Serve immediately.
Light pink coats in all shapes have been popping up everywhere. It is no surprise that this runway hit has been adopted into so many street style looks as it is the perfect foil to autumn darker palette. Pink is one of the most universally flattering colours and always injects a little femininity into any look. Investing in a coloured coat can be quite daunting, but it feels less daunting to pair it with a neutral palette . A pink coat looks particularly refreshing paired with a minimalist outfit so that the unique colour can take center stage. Will you be daring to invest in a pink coat this autumn/winter?
Tying a shirt/jacket around your waist is one of the biggest trends right now and also happens to be one of the easiest to achieve at home. It is one of the easiest ways to make an outfit feel modern. I first noticed Alexa Chung tied a shirt around her waist about a month ago and now it is popping up everywhere. The key to this trend is to dress it up. You score extra points if its flannel!
I love the jeweled sweatshirts from J Crew as it is a great way to introduce some bling to a more casual outfit. When I found this sweatshirt for a bargain at Mr Price I just knew that I had to recreate a less flashy version of my favourite J Crew sweatshirt.
- Plain Sweatshirt (Try Woolworths and Mr Price active)
- Washi Tape
- Decide on your design by laying the sweatshirt on a flat surface and arranging your jewels in a symmetric pattern. If you’ve got a long-sleeved sweatshirt, you can add jewels to the sleeves as well.
- Once you’ve got a design you’re happy with, replace each jewel arrangement with a piece of washi-tape. Try the sweatshirt on to evaluate the jewel placement and make any necessary adjustments.
- Sow each jewel into place with thread matching the sweatshirt. This is the most time-consuming step, but gluing it into place rarely lasts.
- Wear it with a smile!
Inspired by all those lovely Pinterest images, I decided to try my hand at macarons. Notoriously tricky to bake, I have to admit my first batch isn’t perfect. I wished that the colour had been darker and a sweeter filling would have been more to my taste. Whilst the process wasn’t as intricate as I had thought it would be, there are a few lessons I learned and tips that I can share.
Ingredients for macaron:
- 100 g Almond meal, sifted
- 120 g Icing Sugar
- Pinch of Cream of Tartar
- 2 egg whites
- 50 g Castor Sugar
- 2 ml food colouring
Ingredients for filling:
- 125 g Cream Cheese
- 50 g Icing Sugar
- 3 Strawberries, macerated
1. Prepare your baking tray by lining it with baking paper and spray it with non-stick spray.
2. Sift together the almond meal and icing sugar, at least twice.
TIP: Don’t force any almond meal through the sift, rather leave larger pieces behind. I forced some pieces through which should’ve been left out and it does make a big difference in the texture. Rather use less almond meal than larger pieces.
3. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form and then add the Cream of Tartar and castor sugar.
4. Beat until hard peaks form and then gently fold in the almond meal and icing sugar mixture as well as your flavouring and colourant.
TIP: Colour it darker than you normally would as it loses a lot of the colour in the baking process.
5. Pipe out a few round shaped macaron shells on your prepared tray. Try spacing it equally and to stick to one size.
TIP: Using baking paper with a grid print is a easy way to space your macarons and to match their size. Flatten any ends created by the piping process with a spoon as it might not fall flat on its own.
6. Give the baking tray a gentle whack on the kitchen counter underneath all rows of macarons.
REASON: Whacking it releases any trapped air through a small bubble that pops. Failing to do this might result in the cracking of your shells.
7. Set the oven to 160C and leave the macarons outside whilst the oven preheats, for about half an hour.
REASON: Leaving the shells out to harden allows your macarons to create those “feat” on the bottom, whilst the shell should be smooth.
8. Bake for 6 min on one side and turn around before baking for another 6 min on the other side.
REASON: Most ovens are warmer at the back than near the door. Remember that you want it to be crispy on the outside but slightly moist on the inside.
9. Place on wire rack to cool before filling it.
10. Mix together the icing, cream cheese and strawberries. Spread equally on half of the macaron shells and top with a second shell.
TIP: Pair macaron shells beforehand as it is easier to find a matching size before the filling is added.
- Coffee flavoured shells filled with caramel
- Lavender flavoured shells filled with buttercream icing
- Lemon flavoured shells with lemon curd filling
- Orange flavoured shells with dark chocolate filling
Mr Price Easy Waisted Graphic Print Dress retails for R89,95 and is available online here.
This on-trend graphic printed viscose dress is great for summer as it fits loosely, but has a flattering cinched waist. The length is also great as I generally find that most skirts are either too long or uncomfortably short for me. I am looking forward to pairing this dress with wedges and a bright lip this summer. It is an absolute bargain from Mr Price. So happy shopping!