Sunday, 22 January 2017

NYX soft matte lip cream



If you follow me over on Instagram you'll probably know that i'm starting to become a big Nyx fan. Last year I reviewed the Tame and Frame brow pomade which you can read here. The first product I ever bought by Nyx was this Soft Matte Lip Cream, I only have the one at the moment but I love it, I was torn between the shade London and Stockholm and eventually decided to go for Stockholm. 


The soft matte lip cream goes on really smooth and creamy, as you'd expect and then dries to a matte finish. It's not like your usual matte liquid lipstick as it's quite buttery rather than a liquid. The shade Stockholm that I went for is more of a pink-nude than a brown-nude, which although I've worn it all year round since I got it in June it is much more of a Spring/summer shade. I've found that they aren't the most long lasting product ever, the lip cream tends to wear off once you've eaten something but apart from that it stays put for a few hours.


I can't wait to try out some different shades. You can get the Nyx soft matte lip cream in this shade and more here for £5.50.




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Friday, 13 January 2017

Instagram Diary 01

It's been a long long time since I last posted an Instagram post here on my blog and I feel that my Instagram has changed a lot since then and still is changing. I've never really had a theme with my Instagram but from the New Year I decided I wanted to improve my photography (in-particular my photos of wildlife) and share more of it with you. So here are the photos I uploaded to Instagram over the last couple of weeks. If I keep up with posting on Instagram regularly these 'Diary' type posts may be regular too. If you don't already follow me you can do so here.

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An Oyster Catcher by the sea at Culzean Castle in Scotland from the Summer. A lovely candle holder by Yankee Candle which a friend bought me for Christmas - it's so pretty. As part of my aim to post more wildlife photos, here's a photo from the lake district a couple of years ago of a posing Mallard.

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 If you follow me on Instagram already you'll probably know I love a sunset and this one was taken on a winter walk around the woods a couple of weeks ago. Another throwback to the lake district with a photo of these Canada Geese as I booked tickets to go and visit a friend in the lakes in a few weeks time and on one of my visits there before I got chased by these Geese wanting some more food. NYX are fast becoming one of my favourite makeup brands, this soft matte lip cream is one of my favourite pieces so far.

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On another winter walk last week I managed to get some more photographs of wildlife, one bird which I'd never seen before was this Nuthatch. Finally getting around to paint my nails for the first time in a while, I went for a Tanya Burr nail polish in 'Little Duck' and attempted a bit of nail art too.


Don't forget to follow me here and let me know what your Instagram theme is.


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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

2017 Wishlist

Hello 2017!

After the longest blogging break I've ever had (it wasn't even intentional - honestly) I'm back. The New Year always makes me feel fresh and like it's time to get organised so hopefully I can work that with Abigail's World too. Towards the end of 2016 I got busy, moved from one job to another with no routine in place so my blog got pushed to the back of my to-do list. So now that I've got some time off before starting a whole new job (and career) I thought I'd spend some time writing for my blog. It's been so long that even Blogger has changed! So what better way to start off 2017 on my blog than with a wishlist of a few things that I'd like to treat myself to by the end of the year.




Marc Jacobs Daisy - I've always been a fan of Marc Jacobs perfumes and after trying a few in Boots the other day I think this one became my favourite.

Urban Decay Naked Palettes - Possibly the most talked about eye shadow palettes in the blogging world and I'm still yet to own one, I think my favourite is probably Naked 2 but having the whole collection would be amazing.

Canon EOS 700D DSLR Camera - If you follow me over on Instagram then you'll probably know that I'm getting quite into my photography, especially wildlife photography. But there's only so much you can do before you have to purchase a dslr, I've read up on a few different brands and cameras lately and this one seems to be quite good for the lower budget but I'm still not 100% sure which one I'd go for.

JML Simply Straight Heated Brush - I'm not sure if it's just me or if everyone seems to have released one of these brushes at the same time. At first I never really believed the ads that these were as good as they made out but after seeing some reviews lately they seem pretty good and I would imagine possibly better for your hair too.



What's on your 2017 wishlist?







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Sunday, 25 September 2016

10 things I love about Autumn

Now that it's officially Autumn I feel like I can start making my blog very autumnal too - it is one of my favourite seasons after all. So today here are some of my favourite things about Autumn.



1. It's cooler - Summer is great for getting out and about and doing stuff but sometimes it is just TOO hot. I'm an autumn kind of person all the way and I'm looking forward to being able to sleep without having to keep the window open.

2. Hot drinks - I'm a big tea drinker and although that doesn't change in the summer months, autumn (and winter) are definitely the time to bring out the hot chocolate and chai lattes.



3. Berry Colours - I know all you bloggers out there secretly can't wait for those cosy burgundy knits and the berry lipsticks and nails to become acceptable again, just like me.

4. It's getting closer to CHRISTMAS - If you know me at all you'll know that Christmas is my favourite time of the year and for me Autumn is when it starts to feel like it's getting closer.



5. All the candles - I do love a fruity scented candle in the summer but you just can't beat an autumn/winter/christmas scent, my current favourite has to be 'Spiced orange and clove'.

6. Baking - Who am I kidding? I bake all year round, as you may be able to tell by some of my latest blog posts. But there's something much more special about a nice warm apple and cinnamon crumble, mmmm.



7. Cosy clothes - Snuggling up in your favourite fluffy socks and cosy jumpers in front of the fire is the best.

8. Leaves changing colour - How could you not love seeing the green leaves change all shades of yellow, orange and red.



9. Halloween - I never use to be a big fan of Halloween but since going to uni and dressing up for it every year, I've started to love it!

10. Bonfire night - Seeing the dark nights sky lit up by fireworks is just so much fun.


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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Review: NYX Tame and Frame Brow Pomade



An aspect of makeup that I've been wanting to improve on for a while are brows. I'm one of the probably few bloggers that have never had their eyebrows waxed or threaded and just used a brow pencil. From what I've seen in the blogging community the most raved about brow product in my eyes has to be the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. But there was no way I could justify spending around £15 when I had no clue how to use it or if I'd even like it. So I was obviously quite happy when I came across this NYX 'dupe' for a mere £5.50 in Boots.


I bought the NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade when I was in London and had to wait until the next week to use it after I'd taken these photos. But it was definitely worth the wait! The item is packaged in a little box, inside of which is this little pot of, which I'd call miracles. The pot itself is really slick with the clear pot and glossy black lid with the white text, this is only the second piece of makeup I own by NYX and I am really loving them as a brand so far.


Opening this pot was like when you see fresh snow in the winter and just want to dive straight in but also don't want to ruin it at the same time - *insert crazy face emoji*. I was torn between two shades, Chocolate or Brunette, I found Chocolate was more of a warm toned brown which was more similar to the brow pencil I'd previously been using to do my brows, and the Brunette shade was more of a cool toned brown but matched my hair colour more. So in the end after a debate on which colour to go for with my friends in the store, I decided to go for Brunette, and I'm so so glad that I did.


This is now my favourite brow product and although I don't use it every single time I leave the house, if I have time to apply it I will. For those quick trips to the shop I don't want to waste this amazing product. It's definitely one of my favourite pieces of makeup altogether at the moment and I will purchase this again when I do eventually run out. The photos below were taken before and after my first use of the brow pomade (a few weeks ago now) so although I think I did quite well for my first attempt, I think I've got a better hang of it now.


What are your favourite brow or NYX products?




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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Recipe: Pineapple upside down cake

It's that time of the week again.. GBBO night! So of course here is another recipe that I made lately, I actually made this last week when I didn't manage to upload the post (ooops) but I'm starting to get use to baking every week! So for this weeks recipe I thought I'd bake something I've never tried before and that is a pineapple upside down cake from the recipe book Tanya Bakes, by Tanya Burr. I may have to do a separate review of this recipe book because it is SO good. Almost everything you could ever want to bake and more is in this book so it took me a while to decide what to bake first.




Ingredients:

150g butter
3 tablespoons golden syrup
6 slices tinned pineapple
150g golden caster sugar
2 eggs
150g plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
60ml pineapple juice (leftover from the tin of pineapple slices)

Method:

1. Firstly preheat the oven to 200 degrees/gas mark 6. Grease the cake tin with some spare butter and microwave the golden syrup for 20 seconds and add it to the cake tin, covering the bottom.

2. Dry the pineapple rings slightly with kitchen paper and lay in the bottom of the cake tin. In Tanya's recipe she added glace cherries too but I decided not to along with a splash of rum.

3. Cream together the butter and sugar in a bowl before beating in the eggs. Then add the flour and baking powder before slowly adding the pineapple juice and beat the mixture again.

4. Pour the cake mixture on top of the pineapple in the cake tin, smooth over and bake for 30-35 mins until risen and golden. Turn the cake out onto a plate and ta-daaa, pineapple upside down cake.




I hope you enjoyed reading this post and maybe even creating this recipe. Let's hope I can keep up all of this baking through this series of bake-off. Who knows what the Great British Bake Off will be like next year after this weeks news!


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