Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas :D

Sorry for leaving all our readers alone like this! Since this has occurred, I feel it necessary to announce that we will be holidaying from blogging for a couple of weeks....just 'cause.

Have fun these hols!

Ann xx

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

global glosses XD

Sorry for being so slow on this release.

Both Lancome and Napoleon Perdis have launched a new line of glosses, created after the different fashion-icon cities of the world. The Lancome glosses are designed by fashion-field newcomer Christopher Kane. Both consist of a whole range different colours; from banana yellow to mauvy pink to coffee nude to maroon. Just shows how diverse fashion culture is.
My faves from NP:

Paris (duh) - a deep burgundy-red. Yummy, but not for the timid-lipped.

Cairo - a shimmery coffee nude. Mmm.

Sydney - a shiny mauve-pink. Looking good :D

My faves from Lancome (no pics unfortunately):

Tokyo Plum Blossom - a sparkly muave-pink gloss; translucent. Delicious, no?

Copacabana Coffee - a singed coffee nude, sparkly; also translucent. If you like this one, try Grande Cafe Creme Brulee, also in the same range.

Paris Bubbly - a silvery-gold gloss, more like a frosting. Again, translucent. Super glitzy, for those who are up for it.

Peach Mochi - a pale, princessy pink. Very Tokyo.

So there you have it. Around the world in a handful of lip brushes.

have fun!

ann xx

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

fizzy follow-through

I'm so proud of myself. I made yet another batch of [bath bombs] cupcakes. And I managed to make the title alliterate :D
These ones smell like lemon cheesecake; yep, I'm sticking to sweets for now. They're tinted with a bit of yellow chalk powder, to make baby yellow :) I don't have any vanilla oil, unfortunately (I NEEEED some), so I had to use vanilla essence, the stuff you put in cakes. Still yummy though.

And here are the photos! The yellow tint doesn't show up, but I assure you, it's there.

Top view :D
Side view. This is my best one. (The others weren't 'risen' ebough to look too much like muffins)
Perspective shot ^^
I had heaps of mixture left over, so I made this weird teardrop-shaped one. The shape was made by wrapping it in plastic wrap and squeezing it into shape. weird but still bathbomblike.
have fun!

ann xx

Recommended Reading: Lisaplace

Lisa stands out in fabulous accessories, notably her vintage chain bag

Geek chic

vintage sequin shirt with studded boots

Lisa of lisaplace

Possibly my favourite blog ever, lisaplace is written by 14 yr old swedish girl Lisa. She takes the most gorgeous photos, not only of her outfits, but of things that are going on in her life, for instance what she ate for lunch. Her signature style is a mix of grungy/masculine/vintage/floral and her favourite shop is H&M. Put simply, i love lisaplace!

'but the blog is written in swedish! how can i read it?' i hear you moan. use google translate, duh!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Effervescent Cupcakes :D

So today was my first attempt at making bath bombs, and success! I was able to reproduce the delicious fizzing effect, generated by dropping one of those oh-so-expensive store-bought bath bombs in water, at home! Unfortunately I wasn't able to get my hands on any solid cocoa butter to add to the mixture as a moisturiser (if anyone knows, do tell please :D) but the bomb was, literally, still the bomb ^^.

I made a batch of six mini bath bombs, scented with orange essential oil and cocoa powder to create the smell of Jaffas, one of my favourite lollies. They look like mini cupcakes (hence the post title)! I moulded the mixture into red and green foil patty cases for a yummy Christmas theme, dusted it with cocoa powder and added two more drops of orange oil on top of the cocoa powder. The only bad thing is that when you put it in water, the water turns murky brown - not your ideal bathwater colour.

Anyway, here are some pics for your (hopefully) enjoyment.

My batch of six yummy [bath bombs] cupcakes :)

The top view for one of my fizzcakes.

The side view for the same bomb. Don't you just want to eat it?

Haha. What a random shot.

And now my recipe :D

A giant thanks to LoveMichie (owner of the blog 'Oats and Honey') who supplied me with the basic recipe. She's an awesome girl with a knack for making her own bath and body products, including soap, shampoo, conditioner and bath bombs. Aside from that, her blog also features interesting tidbits from her life that are verrrrry tasty :D

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons citric acid

  • 4 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda

  • 2 tablespoons grated cocoa butter

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

  • 8-10 drops of orange essential oil

  • Witch hazel

  • Extra cocoa powder, to dust

  • Red and green foil patty cases

1. Sift together citric acid, bicarb soda and cocoa powder. Make sure there are no lumps, otherwise your bath bomb will be lumpy.

2. Add orange essential oil. Mix well.

3. While spraying lightly with witch hazel, stir quickly. Make sure you don't spray too much, otherwise your mixture will start to fizz.

4. When the mixture stick together when pinched, now is the time to pack your moulds. Use a mould that is easy to remove, eg. a hemisphere. Pack the mixture well, making sure that it is packed densely for a stronger, more durable bath bomb.

5. After a few minutes, pop it back out and let air dry on a sheet of wax paper for 3-4 hours.

have fun!

Ann xx

p.s. helen also made bathbombs, in flavours like pink lemonade and shimmery coconut, and she has promised to post them soon

p.p.s if you wondering how this is related to our fashion blog, its not XD

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Recommended Reading: Zanita

DIY denim shorts (shortened, bleached, studded)

that cape + those heels+ that girl= stunning

My favourite, favourite photo of Zanita :)Simple & chic

She's a beautiful Australian model & queen of all things DIY. I follow her blog religiously coz she has great style & i love how she's got that natural, beachy look going on. She was recently featured on (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and has appeared on facehunter numerous times. jealous much?

Tee hee.

Edit: haha i forgot to put her URL. it is