Fruity Sunday Smoothie

I feel like I’ve talked about my smoothie blender I got for Christmas a lot on here but I just wanted it very badly and I’ve gotten so much use out of it already. So far I’ve only tried different recipes involving fruits because to be honest I haven’t been brave enough to try one of those really healthy green ones that includes veggies as well. Not that I don’t like veggies. I do. At least some I do but the idea of mixing spinach, lettuce and celery with banana and apples honestly isn’t the most appealing to me but I’ve never tried it, so I can’t judge obviously. My mom and I made a deal that next time I’m home we’re going to test out one of those detox smoothies. We’ll see how that goes and I promise to report back on that.

So for today’s post I want to share a little smoothie recipe with you guys that I came across by just randomly putting together stuff we still had in our kitchen. It’s super easy to do and very tasty! I love how fruity it is and I think this would be a great refreshment once summer rolls around. All you need is for ingredients.

 frozen raspberries

frozen blueberries

1 pomegranate

oranges

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As for the amount it really depends on how much you want to make. I usually go for 2 glasses, so I’ll take a handful or raspberries and a handful of blueberries out of the freezer and put them in my blender. I usually wait until they’ve defrost a bit because otherwise the consistency of the smoothie will be way too think otherwise and it’ll much more resemble ice cream rather than a drink. Once the berries have defrosted a bit I’ll add the juice of one pomegranate and the oranges. Blend blend blend…… and you’re done. Like I said it’s very easy and it’s so fruity and refreshing.

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I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed my short little Sunday post!

xx

Sophie

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My New Favorite Red Lipstick From The High Street

You guys might know by now how much of an obsessive lipstick hoarder I am and my collection is constantly growing as I love experimenting with different and sometimes quite exotic colors. However, nothing can bet a classic red lip for me and I’m always on the hunt for a new one. When L’Oreal released their Pure Red collection I was quite intrigued  to try one. I basically straight away knew which one I wanted to go for without even having to swatch it and the one I purchased is Blake’s Pure Red. First of all I’ve loved Gossip Girl since the very first episode came out all the way back in 2007, so I just had to get Blake’s color, right?

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The main reason I opted for this shade though is that it’s a deep cherry red with blue undertones. I’m blonde with light skin and blue eyes, which means cool toned reds such as this shade are perfect for my complexion. I just had to get this and it’s very far from a disappointment. Basically Blake’s Pure Red is the most perfect classic true red if you’re looking for a cool toned red that isn’t too pricey. Seriously, if you’re blonde and have pretty fair skin you need to get this lipstick!!!

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Another thing that really stands out to me about this lipstick is its formula. I, personally, prefer my lipsticks to be matte rather than glossy but unfortunately matte lipsticks can often be very drying which is such a shame. Take Mac’s Ruby Woo for example. It’s no doubt one of my favorite lipsticks ever but it can be so drying, easily clings to any dry patches and takes a lot of effort to wear. Despite Blake’s Pure Red being a lipstick with a matte finish it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a matte lipstick at all. In fact, it actually feels quite moisturizing on the lips and it glides on so smoothly. I’m so happy that this lipstick is so easy to apply. You don’t need to spend too much time on preparing your lips with scrubs, lip balms and what not unless you have incredibly dry lips. Otherwise this is so easy to wear. It’s not drying. It doesn’t cling to dry patches and it doesn’t smudge.

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Another impressive thing is how insanely pigmented this little stunner is, especially considering that it’s from the drugstore. But then again L’Oreal is one of the pricier drugstore brands and they have a great range of products, so I always expect a little more of them but this lipstick can definitely keep up with some high-end lipsticks in pigmentation and longevity of wear as well. I also really love the packaging. The black mixed with some golden details looks really classy and far from tacky, so it goes perfectly with the classic shade of the lipstick.

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Basically I’m obsessed. This is one of the prettiest shades I’ve come across in the drugstore and I’ve been wearing it so much lately it’s become a staple in my make up bag. A big thumbs up to L’Oreal for creating this amazing lipstick!

Have you tried any shades from the Pure Red Collection? Which is your favorite?

Thanks for reading!

Much love,

Sophie

Probably Not So Healthy But Super Delicious Irish Cream Cupcakes

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Hey there!

Now, I know I said in my last post that I wanted to get back into my regular posting schedule, which I didn’t really stick to because you know… life got in the way. Nonetheless I’m back with a new post and it’s a recipe one! Yay! I’ve mentioned before how much I love to bake, though sadly I can’t seem to find enough time to fit it in with uni a lot these days. However, a little while a really good friend of mine turned 21, so another good friend of mine and I decided to take her out for a nice dinner and surprise her with some yummy cupcakes because let’s be honest here people, who doesn’t like cupcakes? Am I right?

These incredibly delicious Irish Cream Cupcakes are very chocolatey and even though I’m not a fan of chocoloate cake/muffins/cupcakes etc (I know you might think I must be insane) these are some of the most delicious cupcakes I’ve ever tried, so I thought I’d share this recipe with you guys. They are super easy and really quick to make.

What you need for the dough:

1/2 cup / 125g all-purpose flour

1/4 cup / 60g cocoa powder

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

¼ teaspoons salt

1/2 cup / 125g butter

1 cup/ 250g sugar

a few drops of vanilla extract

2 eggs

1/2 cup / 125g cream

What you need for the frosting:

1/4 cup /60g butter

1 cup / 250g confectioner’s sugar

2 tablespoons milk

3 tablespoons Irish cream liquor

and a few drops of vanilla extract

1 oz/ 40g chocolate

How to make the dough:

Preheat oven to 180°C. Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Mix butter and sugar together in a separate bowl and beat until creamy. Add vanilla extract and eggs while continue to stir. Add half of the flour mixture and cream. Stir for 2 minutes before adding the other half of the flour mixture. And you’re done with the dough. Isn’t it super easy?

Put the cupcakes in the oven for 20 minutes.

How to make the frosting: 

Start of by melting the chocolate Beat butter until creamy. Add melted chocolate, confectioner’s sugar, milk, liquor and vanilla aroma and continue to stir and that’s it already. Wait until the cupcakes have cooled down before applying the frosting.

Now it’s time to decorate. Just be creative and have fun. Enjoy!

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As always I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post. I always love to bake and sometimes to cook so let me know if you’re interested in more recipes and I’ll happily add in a few every once in a while if I come across one I like especially.

Much love,

Sophie

Lip Crayon Lovin’ *

Hey there,

So I haven’t blogged since last Sunday, which is quite a little while for me as I usually try to get a post up every other day but after a little break I’m back now. Yay! I hope you’ve all had a great week! Thank God it’s Friday, right? Anyhow… today I want to talk to you guys about a lip product that impressed me quite a lot! A little while ago I was sent a bunch of products by the lovely people from the Born Pretty Store (I’ve blogged about them before) and this Lip Crayon I received stands out for me the most.

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The color I chose is called The Hot Shop. You guys know I’m not the best when it comes to describing colors but I would say it reminds me of a very sheer strawberry red. First off I absolutely adore the packaging but that comes as no surprise because it’s mint green, which is one of my favorite colors. But I just really like that this lip crayon is designed to look just like an actual crayon. Isn’t it so cute?

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As I’ve already mentioned the crayon is quite sheer applied to the lips but it’s still very nicely pigmented and adds shimmer, volume and a touch of color to your lips. I’m not gonna lie, this has been one of my go to lip products lately. It’s super easy to apply. Just swipe it over your lips real quick and you’re done. However, what struck me the most about this product is its amazing texture. It is so incredibly creamy and soft and feels very moisturizing on the lips.

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I’ve found myself reaching for this crayon so often lately because it’s just so convenient. It applies perfectly without taking much effort or making a mess. It’s very glossy and makes my lips look so healthy and shiny and I love the color, because it’s so suitable for an every day look. I honestly have to say that I’m very impressed with this and didn’t expect to like it as much as I do.

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If you want to check out the Born Pretty Store you can do that here. They have a great range of all sorts of products so go check them out. I also have a little code for you to get a discount. Just type in WEEG10.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I can’t wait to get back to my regular schedule.

Lots of love,

Sophie

A Little Life Update & My Favorite Lip Combo of the Week

Hey there!

As I’ve mentioned in my last post I have successfully managed to make it through the first week of my 4th semester at University! Yay! It’s been a stressful week and I have a feeling that this semester is going to be the hardest one yet! I’m taking a lot of courses this year and I need to write so many final essays and papers this time I’m probably gonna be sick and tired of spending so much time in front of my MacBook once summer rolls around.

Nonetheless I’m taking some really interesting courses this year. I know I’ve mentioned before what I’m studying but I don’t think I’ve ever really explained it. Now my study program is called English Language and Culture and I chose to focus on North America rather than the UK. No offence, I love the UK and have a wonderful time whenever I go there but I used to live in the US and it’s like my favorite place in the world and I really miss living there.

 However, I didn’t just want to study English or literature so I decided to study English language and culture because it’s a mixture of language classes (Syntax and Phonetics), history, politics, art, cultural studies and of course literature. This year especially I have quite a few classes that seem so interesting! Apart from even more literature and politics classes one of the courses I have to take is called American Popular Culture, in which we talk about all sorts of new phenomenons that are part of popular culture, be it movies, music, TV, comic books or even graffiti in big cities with NYC as a case study (I actually have to do a presentation on that soon). We’re also finally putting a bigger focus on Canada and after my first class of Canadian literature I totally wanna travel there now. Our professor basically gave us a 90 minute introduction to Canada as a country in general and Canada has now moved up a lot on my list of countries I still want to travel to. You guys probably don’t even care about this but I’m just really excited about some of the courses I’m taking this year, so I just wanted to share a bit more of my experience with going to University.

But let’s move on to the beauty part now. There’s a combo I’ve been loving a lot this week! I’m a fan of lip liner and one I’ve been loving this week is the Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner in 132 Sweet Pink. It’s basically a soft pink nude that gives you a your lips but better kind of color while adding some volume. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t really like gloss too much but I’ve been obsessing over my Urban Decay Naked Gloss in Sesso, which was included in the Naked On The Run palette I got very recently. Unfortunately I think you can only buy this gloss as part of the palette but it really makes me want to try out some of the other UD glosses. As you can probably guess I’ve paired these two together and I think they look great as the Naked Gloss is rather sheer, so it adds a nice shimmer to your lips without being over the top glittery.

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As always I hope you enjoyed this post. If you’d like to read more lifestyle posts about my University experience please let me know! Also do let me know if you like me mixing lifestyle posts with a bit of beauty as I did today!

Lots of love,

Sophie

Milani Baked Blushes in Luminoso & Berry Amore

Happy Friday, everyone!                                                                                                                               I’ve made it through the first week of my 4th semester and I’m so glad it’s finally the weekend because it was one heck of a first week. Since yesterday was quite the heavy, personal post I figured it was time for another review! Now I’ve just mentioned the 2 Milani blushes (in the shades Luminoso & Berry Amore) in my January favorites but these are at the very top of my favorite blushes at the moment, so I thought it was only fair to dedicate an entire post to them as I have developed a serious obsession with them.

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After trying and loving my first ever Milani Blush (Corallina) I decided to get two more and opted for the shades Luminoso and Berry Amore because some of my lovely readers have suggested them to me, so thank you so much for the recommendations as I’m in blush heaven right now.

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According to Milani these beauties are sun-baked on Italian terracotta tiles and they are very buildable from sheer to vibrant, adding warmth and color to your complexion. Sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it? Well, I think their description is pretty honest and true. The blushes are buildable and you can achieve different finishes with them from sheer to very vibrant as they blend so easily. The texture is very velvety and feels so nice and silky on the skin. At first glance the blushes might look very glittery and shimmery but once applied they give you more of a nice glowy complex, so even if you usually prefer matte blushes I would still recommend you to try these.

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Luminoso

I would describe Luminoso as a very light peach with a bit of a golden shimmer to it. It’s a very stunning shade and I can totally see why it was recommended to me. It really gives you that glow from within look and adds a lot of warmth to my complexion. It’s just stunning and an easy go to blush because it’s perfect for an every day more casual looks.

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Berry Amore

Judging from the name I expected this to be a very vibrant darker berry tone when indeed it is more of a subtle light and cool-toned berry shade. It has very finely milled golden shimmer particles to it, which once again add a beautiful healthy glow to the skin. Despite it being more of a subtle color it can definitely be built up and it really gives you this naturally flushed look we all aim for.

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 To sum it all up Milani blushes have won my heart over! I can’t seem to find a flaw with them. They come in a pretty packaging, they are affordable and they give you a naturally glowing, radiant and healthy complexion. What more could you possible want? I can’t really think of anything right now.

As always I hope you enjoyed today’s post and thank you so much for reading!

Love,

Sophie

Tom Ford Lips & Boys – Flynn

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When I bought my first Tom Ford last December I also had a look at the Tom Ford Lips & Boys collection and what can I say? I guess, I just got sucked in by the cuteness of size of these lipsticks and ended up buying one along with my Tom Ford Indian Rose lipstick, which I’ve already written a post on if you’re interested. In case you didn’t know (I’m sure you do though) the Tom Ford Lips & Boys collection is a limited edition collection of lipsticks that are about half the size of the regular Tom Ford Lipsticks and are advertised as the perfect size for a clutch and instead of having fancy names are all named after a guy. As far as I know they are still available until the end of February but don’t quote me on that. SAMSUNG CSC

The one I opted for after a 30 minute swatching session with my best friend is Flynn. Flynn is described as a light pink to mauve shade on the Tom Ford website, which I would definitely agree with it. It’s such a nice soft light pink, which makes it a perfect shade for a very causal look or if you’re going for a heavy eye make up look and want a more neutral lipstick to even out the look, this is the one.

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The formula is so nice and creamy and the lipstick feels quite moisturizing, which makes it so comfortable to wear. It applies so evenly and it is definitely very well pigmented, which is a big plus for me! It looks like such a tiny lipstick but you won’t need much of it because of its pigmentation. The only thing I find a bit of a bummer is the staying power which is around 4 – 5 hours for me before I need a touch up but then again this is a cream formula and I usually tend to go for matte lipsticks, which seem to stay in place so much longer.

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Nonetheless I’m head over heels for this little stunner that is Flynn. The packaging is the typical Tom Ford one, which is so beautiful and luxurious. I also think Flynn is such a cute name. The light pink color is absolutely stunning and I feel like it would suit quite a lot of different skin types. I couldn’t be happier with this little beauty and I have no regrets having spent a little fortune on it.

Have you bought any of the Lips & Boys collection? Which one is your favorite?

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Sophie