Monday, 26 October 2015

Halloween Fun.

Today I wanted to share a few snaps that I took whilst enjoying Sheffield's halloween bash the other day. I didn't manage to take too many photos but I had a really great day with some of my friends so wanted to create this post to remember it by. We didn't go on tonnes of rides but there was plenty of nice food and cool costumes around, and the water from the fountains in the city centre had been turned luminous green which was really unexpected. I didn't manage to get a photo taken of my outfit but I was wearing a black romper with black tights and boots, and I also had on some cat ears and I'd done some spooky makeup. I hope you are enjoying the halloween season, I don't think I'll be doing anything too exciting on the big day but I'm definitely enjoying wearing darker makeup and I'm planning on doing some halloween themed baking in the next couple of days.

Comment below how you're celebrating halloween this year!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Cheesy Basil + Spinach Pasta.

The other week I shared with you some things I'd like to start doing now that I'm technically an adult. One of those was to cook more, and although I wanted to venture outside of my Italian comfort zone, I knocked up a quick pasta dish with what I could find in my cupboards the other day, and it ended up being so delicious that I just have to share it with you all. Now I'm slightly apprehensive about sharing my own recipe as I'm really not sure about measurements and portion sizes, so hopefully you'll bare with me for this one as it really is worth it. I will share a list of ingredients for you at the end, but you will have to read my instructions carefully to know the kind of rough measurements I'm talking. I would say this recipe makes enough for two people, but it is so easy that you can adapt it for however many people you might be cooking for.

First of all bring a pan of water to the boil and add your pasta with a pinch of salt. To measure pasta portions I generally use the kind of bowl I'd eat the meal in and put half of the pasta into it per portion. Now I used rigatoni pasta for my dish but use whatever you prefer, I do think rigatoni is amazing though and I used it from the brand Napolina if you're interested.

After the pasta has been cooking for around 5 minutes on a medium to high heat, you then want to get out another pan to cook your topping in and add in around a table spoon of butter to a low heat and melt per two portions. Once the butter has melted add in a clove of chopped garlic and fry just before it is lightly browned. Then add in around a table spoon of flour and fry with the butter. You then need to add in milk gradually and keep stirring until you have a thick roux. 

You then want to stir in a tablespoon of basil pesto and your chopped spinach. To prepare your spinach simply grab a large handful of spinach leaves, place on a microwave safe plate and microwave for a minute on high. Then grab the spinach, squeeze out the excess moisture and chop finely. 

Now all you need to add to the topping is the cheese, and make sure you turn off the heat at this point. I used a mature cheddar which I chopped up but you can also grate it. For two people I used around 175g of cheese but feel free to give or take as much as you need and stir in thoroughly to your mixture.

Finally put your cooked pasta in a colander to drain out the water and mix your pasta and topping together. I usually make sure to cook my topping in a larger pan so that I can add in the pasta and stir it into the sauce with ease.

Ingredients (measurements given should be treated as a rough estimate to serve 2 people)
Rigatoni pasta
A Pinch of Salt
Butter // 1 Tablespoon
Garlic // 1 Clove
Flour // 1 + Tablespoon
Basil Pesto // 1 Tablespoon
Spinach // Large Handful
Cheese // 175g

This recipe makes for a super indulgent winter warmer with some amazing flavours. I'm not a chef by any stretch of the imagination but my incredibly hard to please sister was very impressed by this dish and I had to make it the day after as well because we loved it so much. 

Thank you so much for reading, do let me know if you give this recipe a go x

Thursday, 22 October 2015

My Creative Space. 1.0

For today's post I wanted to do something a little bit different and show you my personal creative space. As I'm back at college now I have lots of work to get on with at the moment and as my studies are now creatively focused, the vast majority of my work involves doing independent experiments. I'm not one for staying at college any longer than necessary at this time of year so my bedroom ends up becoming quite chaotic with all my work. So today I thought I'd share with you my current creative space in my bedroom. I thought this would be interesting for anyone who like me studies and pursues a creative passion and anyone else who has a small bedroom who is trying to find ways to make it more suitable for them to focus and work in. I know that it is really off putting working in the same space you sleep in, but I don't have much choice and the thought of bringing every piece of paper I need to college all the time, is more than enough to make me cram everything into my bedroom. 

You'll notice that I've put 1.0 after the title of this post and that is because if you like seeing posts like this I will gladly do updates as I change up my room (which I do a lot) and also when I hopefully move out to uni and get my own house etc. 

You'll notice that I have a mirror on my desk that is leaning sideways onto my wall. I claimed this mirror when my parents decided they didn't like it being in our living room anymore. I have another mirror that I use for doing my makeup so this object isn't really for looking at myself for any reason. I decided to put it on my desk to break up my white wall a bit and I do think it makes my room look bigger, I also use it as a kind of cork board in that I use washi tape to stick up important information, which at the moment is mainly related to my work or applying for university. 

The other day I picked up some of last year's work from college which are these framed black and white photographs you can see, I don't really have anywhere else to put them at the moment so I've scattered them around my desk which I actually think looks pretty good. As you can see I have a Moleskine sketchbook leaning up against one and also some other little notebooks and materials. 

On the surrounding white wall above and around my desk I stick up anything that inspires me, and at the moment relates to the kind of work I'm doing. I have also made a digital collage using the website PicMonkey, of work I've found on sites such as Tumblr that inspires me, so that whenever I turn on my laptop I see an abundance of work that I love which I do find really motivates me to create things.  

I also have a little DIY I created that hangs from my ceiling. To make it I simply bought some string and some miniature wooden pegs that I found at a DIY shop, I tied the ends of a piece of string to some rounded hooks I nailed onto my ceiling and then attached some bits of work I've made in the past such as photographs and prints. I'm hoping to create a DIY post soon so you should get to see my creation in more detail along with some others!

As a photography student a big part of what I do involves using a computer and software such as Photoshop and Lightroom. I'm currently using a MacBook Pro which I find ok as it comes with IMovie and is obviously a pretty decent computer for editing softwares. Some of you however will remember that I was an IT student for a year and it's safe to say I have a few issues with Apple computers, especially mine as it's broken countless times and it cost a lot in the first place. 

Finally I have my mug which I use to store my art pens, my camera remote and also the attachment that connects my camera to my tripod. If you're wondering what I keep in my little white desk, it's mainly notebooks, camera equipment (such as my film camera and rolls of film) and other materials that I may need for my work. 

So that's everything that is currently filling my creative space. Apologies that my desk is pretty messy, I did tidy it up a bit but I figured you wouldn't mind as you can imagine this desk is messy most of the time anyway as I do work on it a lot. 

If you'd like to see more artsy posts like this do let me know below, thanks for reading!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Everyday Autumnal Makeup.

For today's post I thought I'd use some of the products I mentioned in my autumnal makeup colours post and share an everyday makeup look with you all! I'm slightly obsessed with purple at the moment so of course I had to go for a purple lipstick, which I anticipate I'll be wearing for the majority of this month. This look is something I'd wear most days including when I go to college. I am terrible at applying eye liner so because of my bold lip I've gone for minimal eye makeup and I've only applied a little bit of blush on my cheeks. 

Thanks for reading, comment below your favourite thing about your current everyday makeup look x

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Autumn Nail Colours.

Barry M Black // Barry M Raspberry // Kensington High Street Gel Effect by Nails Inc // Ciate Paint Pot in Hopscotch
I'm back with another autumnal beauty post for you all and today we're talking polish picks. I currently have the worst cold, so ironically nail polish fumes are putting me off applying the stuff at the moment. But photographing these beauties today got me so excited for the cooler months as I love wearing darker nail polish. My real differences between autumn and winter polishes is that I tend to go for warmer/darker shades in autumn with the inclusion of black, and in winter I tend to go for some cooler and more lighter shades, which I will show you of course when the season arrives.

Today's nail post is a rather quick one as I have talked about all these polishes before and really just wanted to show you the kinds of colours I love wearing on my nails at this time of year. So if you want to read more about them click on the following links!

Thanks for reading, let me know below what polishes you love wearing at this time of year!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Autumnal Makeup Colours.

It has to be said that October is one of my favourite months to blog. As someone who focuses on beauty and lifestyle for the most part, I love that Halloween is around the corner and all of the different colours and cooking that I can take full advantage of. So to start off my more autumnal blogging kick I thought I'd share the coloured products that I'm now incorporating into my makeup routine. You should know if you don't already that I am more minimal when it comes to my makeup, which means I won't be wearing all of these dark shades at once, but I am hoping to photograph some looks for you soon to show you how I incorporate these shades into my daily routine. 

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick In Love With Ginger // Rimmel Matte Lipstick in 107 // Revlon Colourburst Lip Crayon in Crush 
I thought I'd start my picks off with lip sticks which to be honest is definitely what excites me most about beauty trends this season. I'm all about darker berry shades but I also love an orange lipstick, which I think works really well if you're wanting to go with something darker around the eyes. The holy grail blogger product for this time of year is of course the Rimmel 107 matte lipstick, which is a super dark red shade that lasts really well on the lips. This shade of red is more cool toned with just a slight hint of an almost purple undertone, which makes this berry red shade slightly less harsh then a more neutral dark red shade. It also compliments pale skin really nicely which is why me and my friend are often twinning with this shade at this time of year. 

My purple lippy of choice comes in the form of one of the original Revlon Colourburst Balm Stains in the shade crush. I really like this product because it isn't drying on the lips but it also lasts really well. This shade in particular is more of a wine stain shade of purple however it's a nice neutral shade that compliments skin tones really nicely without looking harsh or a bit much, which I think personally a purple easily can.

A finally for my orange shade I have chosen a Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in the shade In Love With Ginger. I've chosen this shade because I think it's a really wearable shade of orange that Rimmel have got spot on. If you want a more intense shade of orange Revlon do a bright shade of orange in their Colourburst Matte Balm Stains, and I believe Topshop have a super bright orange lippy too that's supposed to be really nice. In Love With Ginger does it for me personally because it is really nice and balmy, and can be blotted in with a tissue to give a really nice tint to the lips. 

Maybelline Colour Tattoo In Metallic Pomegranate // Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette 
Time to share a few eyeshadow shades that I reach for at this time of year. Apologies for the dark photograph I'm afraid that's one of the less fun things about blogging in the cooler seasons. Anyhow first up I want to talk about the dark purple shade on the left which is one of the Maybelline Colour Tattoos in the shade Metallic Pomegranate. Now this can look pretty off putting in the pot with being so intense and also having some specks of glitter in it. But this shade lasts so well of the lids and when blended in with your finger makes for a really lovely and surprisingly neutral shade. I wear this all the time at this time of year and it's not often I get on so well with drugstore eyeshadows. 

For my other two shade recommendations I thought I'd share what I'm using most in my Naked 2 palette to describe the kind of neutral shades that I personally go for during the autumn season. Both of which may be considered slightly more summery shades but honestly I like to save more cool toned shades for the winter time and during spring. My first shade of choice is my absolute favourite from this palette which is half baked, a super coppery shade that just looks great I think with a really dark lipstick. And secondly I like chopper which is a more bronze shade which I think looks great with my purple lippy of choice. If you haven't tried eye shadows from the Naked palettes I really recommend finding an Urban Decay counter near you and having a good old swatch. I'm not one to invest too much in high end makeup but I really think Naked palettes are worth the investment. 

Sleek Blush In Flushed
Finally I wanted to share my favourite blush shade for this time of year which is Flushed by Sleek. Now this does look super intense in the pan but when applied lightly to the cheeks this is such a long lasting shade that gives you that lovely look as if you've been out in the cold. I really recommend Sleek blushes in general but I think this is a great shade for the cooler months.

Thanks so much for reading, be sure to comment below any coloured products you love reaching for during the autumn season x