Sunday, 31 August 2014

Going Crazy In Kiko

So if you have already watched the video that I did with Vanessa last week for her YouTube channel, then you will know that things got a little crazy when I had my first experience in the Kiko store on Regent Street. It's a brand that has rather a lot of hype around it at the moment and after having a mooch in person I can completely understand why. The price tag is also a great incentive, especially for the quality. I'm going to London again in a few weeks, so I imagine that I might have to take a detour to Regent Street. Just a bit of advice though, if you go then make sure you are wearing as little clothing as possible. It's like a sauna in there. It also has crazy disco lighting, which isn't ideal when swatting products.

If you had told me a year ago that I would be obsessed with cream eyeshadow sticks, then I would've laughed in your face. I have always had quite oily eyelids, so cream products used to be a massive no no for me. However, beauty brands are killing it at the moment with their long lasting formulas and stunning shades. My blogging wife Sarah was raving about the the Kiko long lasting sticks (£6.90), so obviously that was the first stand that I hit when I got in there. I picked out 5 of them! Excessive? Yes, but I like to grab an opportunity when I can. Plus I was feeling rather spendy. They are extremely pigmented and last forever and a day. Out of everything in this post I recommend these the most, total perfection. I bought the following shades;

07- Gold/champagne
21-Pink/peach with gold shimmer
36- Pink/purple
37- Warm toned brown
10- Emerald green

I also picked up two of their Glamorous eye pencils (£2.90). Again, I never used to be a big kohl pencil wearer but I fell in love with these shades. I can't wait to use them in more makeup looks coming into Autumn. I picked up;

413- Forest green
407- Navy

The last thing that I picked up was the Colour Fever eyeshadow quad in the shade 100 (£13.90). It's full of purply taupe toned neutrals, which is perfect for my green eyes. I've used it a couple of times already and I am so impressed with the quality of these eyeshadows. There was another palette that I had my beady little eye on so I predict it to be in my basket in a few weeks. 

Top row- Eyeshadow quad in 100
Bottom row (L-R)- 407, 413, 07, 21, 36, 37 & 10

Can you tell that I'm impressed? Have you used anything from Kiko? If you have any recommendations then please let me know.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Selfridges Birmingham Bloggers Event

Do you have a home away from home? Well mine is Selfridges in Birmingham. If I had to choose only one place to shop for the rest of my life, it would be a no-brainer. Every floor is a place of pure luxury, but let’s face it, level 3 is where it’s at! The quite recently refurbished beauty hall has everything that you could ever wish for, from Chanel to Mac and even brands that are harder to get a hold of like Shu Uemura and Charlotte Tilbury. Now that I have confessed my love for the place, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.
The lovely personal beauty shopper and fellow beauty blogger Rose invited a group of bloggers along to their first bloggers event, which couldn’t I couldn’t have been more excited for. So on Thursday I hopped on the train to New Street with my loyal companion Sarah. We went for food and a milkshake at Ed’s diner, need I say more? It’s the one. After we were stuffed to the point of popping, we headed on up to meet Rose and the other girls. We were then escorted to the room of glory and prosecco! We were greeted by representatives of some of my favourite beauty brands; there was Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury, Nars, Crème de la Mer, Kiehls, Shu Uemura, Estee Lauder and GHD. Each brand had a selection of goodies to show us, I felt like a kid in a candy shop! 
We flitted from brand to brand for two hours and in turn accrued a wish list as long as my arm. Tom Ford were such a tease, they bought along a few products from their upcoming collection. Don’t worry though, they’ll be mine next week! The gorgeous girls from Charlotte Tilbury were there as well, Isabel kindly gave me a CT makeup bag, I COULD’VE DIED. Nars gave us all the cutest mini deep throat blusher, absolutely adorable. I can’t wait to give it a go (hold your giggles people). GHD also gave my hair the little zhuzh that it so badly needed, I looked like Monica from Friends ‘it’s the humidity!’. The cherry on the cake was actually a doughnut, a personalised doughnut I might add. 
I had such a good evening, I loved being in a room full of like-minded beauty addicts. We also got to hear more about their Perfecting Beauty event which is taking place on the 4th September. Are you going? If not, then you’re crazy! The tickets are £10 each, which is fully redeemable on products bought on the night. If you would like to come the Rose is your woman.
Thanks again to Rose and Selfridges, you put on a cracking night.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Aimee Bakes- Cherry bakewell loaves

Fear not! I am still alive. I've just been incredibly busy, which meant that unfortunately blogging had to take a back seat for a couple of weeks. But I'm back now and will hopefully be posting a lot more frequently.

One of the events that kept me away from the keyboard was a big bake sale that I did on Saturday. As most of you will know, baking is one of my passions so I loved every last exhausting second of making a million and one cakes! I am going to pop a few of the recipes up on here over the next few weeks, but today I am going to start with one of the most popular ones... cherry bakewell loaves and believe me they were delicious. Let's get down to it.

85g butter
70g caster sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
70g self-raising flour
1 tsp almond extract
55g ground almonds
55g glace cherries
A handful of flaked almonds

1. Preheat the oven to 180c. 
2. Put the butter, caster sugar, egg, egg yolk, flour, almond extract and ground almonds in a mixer and beat togeher until smooth. Chop the cherries into quarters and fold them into the mixture. 
3. Spoon the mixture into loaf cases (can be purchased from most supermarkets/baking shops). 
4. Break up the flaked almonds and scatter them over the cake mixture. 
5. Bake them in the oven for 25 minutes. Leave to cool for 5 minutes in the tray and transfer them to a cooling rack. 
6. Enjoy!

You also have the option of adding a bit of icing. Mix 55g of icing sugar with 2tsp lemon juice and drizzle over the cakes when completely cool.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Like me, only better

Eat healthily and exercise. It’s such a simple concept isn’t it? Then why is it so bloody hard?

I hope that you’re all sitting down for this one! I have joined the gym. I know, I know… who am I???? 

To be honest, I don’t know why it has taken me this long to do something of this sort. It’s no secret that I’m packing a ‘FEW’  extra pounds. It’s never really bothered me before but after Beth started the Healthy Selves campaign back in June, I decided to give myself a kick up the arse. Up until now I’ve been a bit hit and miss with it, well not anymore! I have every intention for this to be the point of change. I am changing my lifestyle, not just what I eat.  Can I promise that I will stick to it every second of every day? No, probably not. I know that if I restrict myself from treats every now and then, I won’t stick to it. For example, I’m off to London this weekend and I’m sure we’ll be indulging in some yummy food and cocktails. 

Part of this journey will be me updating you guys. Don’t worry you won’t be seeing pictures of me in my pants saying ‘oooh look, I’ve lost an inch off my right thigh’, no one wants to see that! I actually really enjoy healthy food, so expect to see some recipes popping up here and there.

If you're in a similar situation and need some encouragement, go follow better on Twitter. She hosts a #healthyselves chat every Monday. Also check out her YouTube channel for extra inspiration and tips.,d.d2k&psig=AFQjCNHs7ILWDGEzRvJgBFjZ8_SA4iO0GQ&ust=1407849246801911

Sunday, 3 August 2014

For The Love of Lush

It's quite rare that I dedicate a whole post to one product, but I think that this particular item deserves a lot of love. It's quite a humble little lippy, it doesn't ask for much, just to be given a chance. Anyway, before we get into it, here's a little back story. 

Lush launched their makeup range back in Summer 2012 and I think that it deserves a lot more attention than it currently gets. It seems to be quite under the radar. To be completely honest I can see why, the prices are similar to Mac and some of the products look a bit out there, but there are some real gems that are so worth the price tag.

I attended a blogger meetup back in June, part of the day was a lock-in kinda tour around Lush in Birmingham city centre. Already being an avid lover of the bath bombs, skin care etc, I really wanted to learn more about the makeup that they have to offer. The lovely Lush lady Claire chatted about each product and explained the purpose of them, she pointed out that a lot of them are multi use, which I thought was pretty cool. I'm not usually one to buy into the whole lip and cheek thing, however these are amazing, I'd wear it on my whole face if I could. 

Right, let's get back on track. This is why I don't tend to do these kind of posts, I'm such a waffler! I'm going to try to say this without sounding like a total creep. When I walked into Lush I noticed Claire's incredible lip colour, so after all of the introductions were done I immediately made a beeline for her. She told me that it was their lipstick in Perspective, it was in my basket within seconds. A couple of the other girls picked it up too, we were all in awe of it. 

It is a gorgeous rosy pink shade that's just perfect for everyday. The thing that I love most about it is it's versatility. If you give your lips a quick swipe and pat it in, it creates a really enhanced natural matte lip. However, do a couple of slicks and you'll be lookin' glossy. Like the others in the range, you can also use it as a blusher and eyeshadow. I think I'll be sticking to lips and cheeks for now though. The formula is so smooth and long-lasting, it's a real treat to wear. I really love the packaging too, it's quite compact so it's perfect for your handbag. It doesn't look like your average lipstick from the outside, don't worry though, it just has the standard doe foot applicator so a super speedy and precise application. I'm not going to get into ingredients because lets face it, who cares, but they contain jojoba oil which keeps you lips hydrated through it's wear. 

I don't really buy into the whole makeup to match your mood thing, that's aside trust me, these are good quality products that truly have captured my heart!

It can be purchased in store or on for £14.50.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Summer Lovin 2

 Happy Friday!

Here is another edition of my Summer Lovin series. I hope that you all check out these lovely ladies.
Paige's Preferences Where do I even start with Paige? She is possibly the kindest, sweetest and funniest person I've ever met, but don't get me wrong I can tell she's got a bit of sass in her! I've met her a couple of times now and I can already tell that she's a good friend. I suppose I better mention her blog! I am obsessed with her 'What's on my nails Wednesday' posts. Her layout is absolutely beautiful too, it's so pretty and girly.

Now I introduce Paige's bestie, Jess. Whenever I think about Jess now, the first thing that springs to mind is her drinking an Ed's diner milkshake, rather sexually I might add! Her and Paige are two peas in a pod, when I'm with Paige I feel like I'm with Jess and vice versa. She makes me cry from laughter, some of the stuff that she comes out with is hilarious but unrepeatable. Jess has some of the best reviews going, they are always so honest and detailed. Cant wait to see her next week! *excited emoji*
What a babe! I've spoken to the lovely Erin since pretty much the beginning of AimeeLoves. I describe myself as a lipstick addict, but she is something else!!! I've never known anything like it. She is so consistent with her posts, my hero, teach me your ways. I wish you'd hurry up and come to the Midlands to meet me and Sarah .

Finally, we have the lovely Amy. I had the pleasure of meeting Amy at Paige and Jess' meetup at the beginning of July and I loved her instantly. I've seen her a couple of times now and always have such a giggle. I love the mix of posts that she has on her blog, it's perfect! She was also the lucky winner of my birthday giveaway, I cant wait to help her pick out a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick next week :)

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