Monday, 25 July 2016
Hey Hey HeyJ
My love for makeup artist/brand collaboration is epic!( Little Surprise there eh!!) .When I hear about my favourite artist announcing their range, I have to give it a try for sure. Being a top Vlogger, MannyMua is well respected in the makeup industry and when his announcement about his makeup range came out, the whole world, quite literally went GAGA over it and it involved server crashes! Now, that is some serious hype! After much eager waiting, I finally got my hands on the Eye shadow palette!
The packaging is classy! It comes in a black and gold limited edition box, embossed with the MakeUpGEEK logo and Manny’s stylish crescent Logo. Manny’s love for all things Sailor Moon is certainly translated in his palette as well.
With a selection of nine eyeshadows, and a cardboard--mirrored compact, the palette is perfect for travel and the shades suit all skin tones. Out of this nine, three are from existing permanent shades from MakeupGeek and five MannyMua custom shades, and the palette has two foiled eyeshadows.
Artemis(custom) is described as muted champagne yellow. Its iridescent cream shimmer perfect for highlighting. It has great pigmentation, easy to blend, easy application and lasted a good 8 hours.
|artemis,beaches and cream,luna|
Beaches & Cream is a matte eyeshadow in a peachy nude shade. This one is from the current MakeupGEEK range and Many a times, Manny himself has proclaimed his love for this one. It has a firm texture and it was challenging to get it on onto the brush.
|artemis,beaches and cream,luna|
Luna(custom) can be described as a medium rose gold. It is a cocoa brown shade with a metallic finish. It is highly pigmented giving eight hrs of wear time. Super sleek and easy to apply.
Cosmopolitan from the MakeupGeek Collection, is a muted medium coral shade with warm undertones and some gold shimmer. It has a semi opaque pigmentation, with a slight dry consistency. I got a good 6.5 hours of wear time. When using this shade it is better to have a good base colour first and then layer it and it goes really well with all the shades in the palette.
Sora (custom) named after the protagonist in Kingdom of Hearts. Like Sora’s Hair, this shade is a medium earthy terracotta with warm undertones. With matte finish, this one has a good colour payoff. A very good transition shade. It blends like a dream and gave me a good 7.5 wear time.
Frappe another brilliant shade from the MakeupGeek Fraternity. With medium brown tone and cream undertones it gives you a matte finish. This one is a sheer coverage shade and was buildable. I somehow felt that the consistency of the shade in this palette is different from their actual one, which I had bought previously.
Insomnia (pressed version of their loose pigments) is described as a medium dark reddish brown with bluish teal metallic finish. Its highly pigmented and a true testament of ‘A little goes a long way’. Foiled shadows work best when applied using flat firm brushes. Super easy to apply and It gave me a wear time of 8.5 hrs.
Mars(custom) is a dark raspberry red shade with cool undertones and a matte finish. With a grainy/gritty consistency, Mars is well pigmented and a gentle stroke of your brush is all you need for good coverage. It is inclined more to the drier side, making blending a little tricky when you do not have a good base underneath. I got a wear time of 8 hrs.
Aphrodite(custom) can be described as a dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. This has a semi opaque colour payoff with a dry texture. Like Mars, this one also needs good base underneath for an even application. This lasted on me for 7 hrs.
Overall the palette is good pick and definitely a value addition to your collection. Its versatile and gives you the benefit of creating a wide range of looks from Nudes to dark Smokey eyes- the possibilities are quite endless! You can buy it directly from the MakeupGeek Site, the palette is priced at $45.00 for 0.58 oz and this is lot cheaper than buying the shades individually as the foiled shadow is priced at $10 per pan and regular shade at $6 per pan!
I absolutely loved it and Manny has won my vote for sure! He has definitely left me wanting for more;) !
Until Next Time
Thursday, 21 July 2016
Grab your aviators and wayfarers, summer has arrived –Baby!
So the temperature today was an astounding sunny 24 deg Celsius. Being the weather-obsessed nation we are, elevator conversations have been dictated by running commentary of humidity forecasts and seemingly the whole world is sweating it over MET updates(lol pun intended)!! Chivalry pervades as notes on ‘How to avoid hot flushes’ were exchanged and URLS to ‘Finding the last min bargain deal for the lifesaving-all-important –ceiling fans’ were disclosed.
Not bogged down by sleepless nights, I smothered gigantic proportions of SPF 50,put on my fine summer cottons and I have been dreaming up an epic summer dream!!
Strawberries and cream, Zingy Mango Sorbet, Minty Iced Teas and the ever so refreshing Frappuccino- When it comes to summer, I certainly have a 'Food Bucket List' and Peachy Puffs tops it for sure! With toasted almonds on top and crunchy puff pastry that just snaps as you tuck into it, along with some chilled crème fraiche , It is music to my summer loving (gluttonous) ears.
Here goes, A no-fuss dessert recipe that’s fabulously easy and It beautifully captures the spirit of summer, the zingy fruit and rich pastry is just the sort of indulgence to celebrate the rapidly passing sultry weather!
320g Ready Rolled Pastry
½ tsp of Almond Extract
½ tsp Vanilla Extract /Vanilla Pod
120 gms butter (I used unsalted)
100gms Golden Caster Sugar
140 gms Ground Almond
Some flaked Almonds
Plain flour for dusting
Preheat your oven at 200 deg cel. Dust your working surface/chopping board with some plain flour and gently place the rolled pastry on to the surface.
You can cut a nice circle if you are using a pie dish or alternatively you make squares out of the puff pastry.
A swish of egg yolk on the puff would render an amazing golden hue once the puff pastry is baked.
Line your baking tray with somne parchment and carefully place the pastry sheet into the dish.You can use the end of the rolling pin for support to prevent the sheet from tearing. Once the sheet is safely placed, score gently on the surface of the pastry sheet. Place it in the oven and the temperature can stay at 200 deg cel, this will allow the dough to rise .Leave it for about 12 mins until the pastry is golden in colour and has risen.
Whilst the pastry is in the oven, you can prepare the peaches and cut them into long slices.
In a mixing bowl, blend the almond flour, sugar and melted better. You can also add the vanilla extract and the almond extract enhances the almond flavour. If you are apprehensive about the dish being ‘too almondy’ you can give the almond extract a miss.
Once the puff pastry is risen you can carefully take the pastry out from the oven, be super careful at this point and remember to use gloves.
Gently layer the almond butter on the top and then the prepared peaches! You can sprinkle the chopped almonds and add some golden sugar to caramelize the peaches.
Reduce the temperature setting to 180 deg and carefully place the peach lined puff back into oven and allow it to cook for another 30 mins. You can serve once cooled.
And Tadah! That’s your Summery Peachy puffs- done! You can whip some double cream and add some vanilla extract to amp up the flavour!
Peachy puffs are definitely one of my summer favourites! Do you have a go-to summer dessert?
A meringue or a buttery pie- Which one would win your vote?
Until Next time!
Sunday, 17 July 2016
My love for sugary delights and green gardens are quite astronomical.
Be it a naughty custard filled doughnut or a hearty cheesecake coax, you’ll win my vote for sure if it involves a dusting of cocoa and crème!
Kensington is quite epic! With fine stores to shop till you drop and café’s and brasseries enticing you no matter where you look and not to mention the Instagram perfect looking vintage cars parked outside the beautiful streets –it’s got all the scoop for a perfect Saturday evening!
It would be rather unfair if I didn’t mention the weather situation this weekend! After weeks of what felt like a ‘missed-out’ summer this year, temperatures soared and it finally feels like summer has arrived! It was hot, breezy and humid and Of course,I loved it!!
And yes my love for sugary delights and green gardens took me to Kensington!
As you cautiously avert the pokemon-go’ers and you walk past the high street you will get a whiff of freshly baked cakes! Like the Pied Piper – The Primrose Bakery beckoned, with their finest ‘Red velvet cupcakes’ and ‘melting moments’, Staying true to their name, they had a 100% success rate when it came to melting my inner resolve!
|Vanilla cupcake with Lemon frosting on top|
|Red Velvety Goodness|
You can tuck into their earl grey mini cupcake delight- in the quaintest of settings! Everything about the bakery is tastefully done! From beautifully picked out flowers to the pastel seats, there is a lot of detailing –a lot of Love! They left an indelible impression in my heart.
The thing is, I have been to the Louvre. I have seen the infamous Mona Lisa smile, only to leave me unscathed, but Primrose, I tell you, is pure poetry! They almost had me browsing on Rightmove and had me thinking of the immense possibilities if they were my local baker!
With a beaming smile and a massive sugar rush ( lol) we headed off to the sprawling gardens. On the loaned Barclay bikes we did some serious pedalling action to burn off the calorie guilt!
|The Kensington Palace|
The gardens are perfect for a picnic! Throw a Frisbee, play hide-n-seek with the squirrels or witness the clash of titans –it’s official (lol) the war between ducks and swans! You can even resign under the shade of a mighty tree and just sit back and relax and do some people watching or just sip some iced tea and enjoy a nice read!
|Can you see me? I am trying to Blend in!!|
The midi skirt was a bargain buy this sale season from Zara!
It’s a definite must- have for your summer wardrobe along with a crew tshirt! I am loving this striped one and this solid coloured one with smoke-work detailing has a nice touch to it!
Uniqlo is my new found love when it comes to t-shirts! Be it a good polo or a fine cashmere sweater, they have a wide range when it comes to colours and they are reasonably priced! This dinosaur pocket t from asos is definitely cute and the knot detail T has a lot of character!
It’s all about white trainers off late and I certainly love a good bargain! There are some great trainers and plimsolls that are really cheap but look super classy! I would definitely recommend Pull and Bear! Esp. this and this one with the patch affect screams fun! The one I am wearing in the post, is a NewLook leather look alike one from ASOS and at 13 pounds it is a total winner! Here is another good one from ASOS.
So that’s a weekend wrap folks! We hope you had a smashing weekend as well!
How is the weather situation that side?
Are you a midi skirt person? Any smashing buys this sale season?
We absolutely love it ,when you get in touch with us!
Until Next time!
Friday, 8 July 2016
Super Super-Excited to announce the results of our first ever Give Away!!We would like to thank everyone for participating!
And The lucky winner is ….. (DRUM ROLL)
Congratulations Soumya- We truly hope you love the palette as much as we did! Message us your address and we will ship you the box of magic over! We definitely want to see you sporting the JH x Becca Look!
And hey, for those who didn’t win this time- We have many more giveaways lined up for the upcoming months- So Stay Tuned and let the good times roll!
Until Next time!
Thursday, 7 July 2016
June has come and gone at lightening speeds! It wasn’t pinkest of health this side of the world.The Qatar house hold was hit by ailments all month long and there were plentiful dreaded visits to the GP.
With recovered health and spirits, I am super delighted to bring you my top picks for June!
Adidas Originals Superstar Trainers!
I have been eyeing these for some time. And as (tough) luck would have it my shoe size remained unavailable in all of Qatar for a very long time! Finally, I managed to get hold of these from ASOS- LOVE THEM! It has grown to be my go-to shoes- it’s so amazingly comfortable and effortlessly chic!
Body Shop Piñata Colada Shower Gel
Dearest BodyShop,You had me at Piñata Colada( LOL) , this is summer in a bottle- Absolutely divine! Smother some of the awesomeness onto your skin and you have your free ticket to the tropics!
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Matte 207 Le Fuchsia
You need to have a splash of pink this season! The YSL Rouge PurCouture Matte is AMAZING! With moisturizing jojoba and a glossy,smooth velvety finish, this lipstick,I promise will soon be your favorite. With very little transferring I easily get a good 5 hours every time I use it!
Ladies I warn you, there is no looking back once you experience this glorious product!
Inglot AMC 77 Gel Eyeliner
I am quite late to the INGLOT party! I was impressed with all the reviews out there and decided to give it a go! This is hands down , one of the best eye liners I have used till date. With a lovely creamy texture, this product is perfect for all the dramatic ‘cat eye’ looks!
Zoeva 317 WingLiner brush
My love for Zoeva brushes is no sercret! The brand is epic and their brushes are smashing! The WingLiner Brush from Zoeva wins my top vote this month and makes it to my exclusive hand-picked June Fav’s selection party! With Fine Bristles and an angled tip you can achieve winged looks with artistic perfection!
So there you, My Top picks to celebrate fabulous June!
How has June been that side of the world?
Fuchsia or Coral – which one would you pick!
Any new found loves??
We absolutely love it when we hear from you!
Until Next time!