Monday, 1 June 2015

Happy Winter! OPI Hawaii Spring 2015 Collection Review!

Oh, hey there!

Don't know where you live, but good ol' Melbourne was a tad chilly this morning! -1C was the "real feel" when I left home this morning! Ouch! Winter sure came in style!

Truth be told, I love winter! And it really doesn't have to be doom and gloom sort of season in any way. So to celebrate winter - I'm reviewing the OPI Hawaii Spring 2015 Collection - brighten up your winter with these babies STAT!

There are 12 polishes in this collection and the three that I've got are: My Gecko Does Tricks, Suzi Shops & Island Hops and Lost My Bikini In Molokini.



My Gecko Does Tricks is a gorgeous frosty lime green sort of shade, with hints of shimmery gold and gold depending on the angle and lighting. I find that I need four coats to get it to an opaque coverage - it's a very thin formula, but even with four coats it won't smudge!

Suzi Shops & Island Hops is an opaque baby pink shade - I have a few similar shades, but I quite like it anyway. As with all opaque colours, it's a bit tricky to work with and it can streak a bit, so patience is the key to avoid streaking and smudging!

Lost My Bikini In Molokini is a beautiful cool sort of purple that is quite opaque with two to three coats and was the easiest one to apply out of all three!


The formula was funnily enough different for all three polishes from the Hawaii collection, but the staying power was similar - I got about four days out of each colour before the minor chips occurred. I didn't use the top or base coats, and that will definitely impact how long they last too.


So the 12 colours available are:

That’s Hula-Rious! - This pastel mint green makes me dance with joy!

My Gecko Does Tricks -  Being bright and pearly green is just one of its talents.

Do You Take Lei Away? - On second thought, I can’t wait – I need this creamy nude now!

Is Mai Tai Crooked? - Get it straight Рthis fruity orange cr̬me is fabulous!

Go With The Lava Flow - You can feel the heat shimmering off this golden red.

Aloha From OPI - Let’s give a warm island hello to this bright creamy coral!

Suzi Shops & Island Hops - A light and happy pink that’s the perfect traveling companion.

Just Lanai-Ing Around - This dark, creamy mauve says “hang loose!” in style.

Hello Hawaii Ya? - In this gorgeous, dusky purple, I’m doing just fine.

This Color’s Making Waves - This shimmery, lagoon blue has got heads turning.

Lost My Bikini In Molokini - With this reef-inspired purple, what’s one bikini more or less?

Pineapples Have Peelings Too! - The heart of the matter lies in this gold shimmer with colorful sparkle.


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So I'd absolutely love to add to my collection That's Hula-Rious! and Aloha From OPI too! Such fun and gorgeous colours, you'd forget it's winter in a sec!



Overall, I am loving this OPI collection as always, the names are witty (as always) and the colours are all so different, but at the same time all of them are so pretty!

So tell me, got any polishes from this collection? What colour and what name do you like the most?


Stay warm!


Ms Jelena xx

Friday, 15 May 2015

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Velvet

So if you've been following me for a while, my lovelies, you would know that I raved about Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers a bit less than two years ago. Well, now let me introduce you to Rimmel Apocalips Lip Velvet - basically the same thing, just matte!



I won't lie, I absolutely love new lip products, so when this came out (after hunting it down), I was able to test it out myself:

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I loved it! It wasn't drying on the lips and it was long lasting, coffee, a bite to eat and it was still going strong!

So if you've used the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer before, the Lip Velvets come in the same packaging, just matte - the tube and the lid are black and fade into clear, so you can see what the colour is down the bottom. I love this as it makes it quite practical when you're in a hurry and want to pick a colour quickly.

Call me silly, but I'm still amused by the doe foot applicator, especially on the first use:


The neck of the tube squeezes the doe foot applicator on the way out, leaving it with just enough product to apply on your lips without making a huge mess.


The excess of the Lip Velvet oozes and goes back into the tube and you can see it all through the see through neck of the tube!


Apart from the amusement factor, there is more to love about the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Velvets. In order to not generalise all the shades, I'll give you the run down of the shade I've got -  Meteoric Matte - a deep red. that I absolutely love for the cool months. With this shade, a lip liner is an absolute must, so that the colour doesn't bleed. I also like to put a layer of this lacquer, then blot, then apply and blot again and finish off with another layer of lip velvet. This way, my colour lasts for a good few hours without looking messy and uneven.


 These lip lacquers go onto lips fairly smoothly and evenly thanks to the applicator that's shapes in such way that you can turn corners without missing the shape of your lip. They dry into a velvety finish that feels quite powdery, unlike the matte lipsticks that I've tried. Even though they feel quite powdery, they don't look cakey or dry, so that's a big plus in my opinion.


Overall, I quite like the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Velvets, but if I had to choose between the original Lip Lacquers and the Lip Velvets, my vote would go to the original, as I prefer the satiny feel on the lips over the velvety finish I get with the Lip Velvet, but that's just me! They are easy to apply, last for a very long time and this particular shade is oh-so-pretty!

Lip Velvets retail for $15.95 and are available in four colours: Meteoric Matte, Atomic Rose, Orange-ology and Burning Lava - the colours are different to those available in original formula, but they are quite nice and I'll definitely be getting the Orange-ology next time it's on a good sale!



What are your thoughts, lip product lovers? Have you tried Rimmel Apocalips Lip Velvet? Do you prefer it over the original?


Ms Jelena xx

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Netflix Australia

Oh hey, there!

So as you may know, I'm a bit of a fan of TV shows - Revenge, Pretty Little Liars, The Nanny, Mad Men... And movies too, snuggling up on a rainy day or a Saturday night and watching a good movie is priceless really! Except for the part of thinking what's on TV, what to watch, catching a really interesting movie, but it's already started 20 minutes ago! Darn!

And then a few weeks ago, Netflix launched in Australia! And as a curious soul that I am (and the hubby too), we decided to purchase it. You know, for research purposes!

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So as you would know, Netflix lets you stream and watch movies online. And their library of content is huge and constantly growing! Netflix doesn't let you see the full content list and instead only shows you suggestions based on movies and shows that you've rated. But!

You can browse through genres to see what catches your eye:


You can also search for a specific actor and it will show you all of their movies and shows available. I searched for Isla Fisher and as you type "Isla", Netflix starts giving you suggestions:


I picked Isla Fisher and this is what was available:


And because I just love HIMYM and Neil Patrick Harris, I just had to search go for Barney and see if all seasons were available. In case you're interested - yes, they are all on Netflix! Woohoo!


You'd be pleased to know that you get to trial Netflix for free for a month and afterwards there are three different options you can choose:
  • Standard-definition (SD), streaming to a single device for $8.99 
  • High-definition (HD), streaming to two devices for $11.99 
  • Ultra-high-definition 4K(UHD 4K), streaming to four devices for $14.99 (and not all devices have to be at the same address, so you can share with friends and it will be even cheaper!)

Netflix gift cards in denominations of $20, $30 and $50 should be available to purchase at participating Australian retailers, including Woolworths, Coles, Big W, Officeworks etc., so if you haven't got a credit card, you can do this instead!



Watching movies on your iPad or tablet can be handy if you're watching in bed, but if you prefer to watch it on TV, you can, but you will need a Google ChromeCast (I'm an Android girl), which is about $50.

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So far, I'm really liking Netflix, as it will sort out lots of thinking and time wasting about what movies to watch as there are so many options, including international movies, so I'm really looking forward to this! There's lots of movies that I planned on seeing when they came out, but ran out of time, so now I'll get to watch them!

Before we purchased Netflix, we read that some titles are available in Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound, but I haven't come across any titles available in 5.1, so for now, I can't comment on that.

But other than that, what's not to love?! I've got so many options of what to watch now, tomorrow and on the weekend! I am loving it!

Did you subscribe to Netflix? Or Stan? Or Presto? What are your thoughts?


Now if you'll excuse me, I have PPL to get back to!


Ms Jelena xx



Monday, 30 March 2015

Cookies & Cream Cupcakes aka Chocolate Cupcakes With Oreos Buttercream

I love cupcakes! I love making cupcakes, because you can always vary the recipe and create something different. You can add a dash of colour and make them uniquely yours - nothing says you like rainbow frosting!

I have one cupcake recipe that I swear by - I usually use it as a base and then add some extra ingredients and get creative with the buttercream/topping! But! We shop at Coles or Woolworths, so we usually pick up their magazines and get ideas for weekly dinners, casseroles and savoury dishes in general. This time, however, my eyes drooled over the Oreos cupcakes from #ColesMag so I decided to make them! And these babies were seriously delicious, so I had to share the recipe with you!


As I think the original recipe is too large (I ended up with 24 cupcakes!) here's the adjusted recipe for you that will make 12 cupcakes instead! Tried and tested for a batch of 12 using the recipe below and also using milk instead of water. (This may or may not mean that I've actually made 36 cupcakes all up!)



Ingredients for the cupcake base:

50g dark chocolate, chopped
125ml water (or milk)
65g butter, chopped & softened
2 eggs
115g self-raising flour
40g plain flour
2tbsp cocoa powder


Ingredients for the chocolate sauce:

25g dark chocolate, chopped
4tbsp thickened cream
1/2tbsp brown sugar


Ingredients for the Oreo buttercream icing:

70g of Oreos (or 3 x 23g of mini Oreos)
125g butter, softened
1 1/2cups icing sugar mixture
1tbsp milk
75g white chocolate, melted & cooled


Cupcakes before chocolate sauce and mini Oreos were added - perfectly fine like this too!

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 150C (fan) and line the 12 muffin tray with muffin/cupcake cases.
  • Combine the chocolate and water (or milk) in a saucepan over low heat and cook until the chocolate is melted and the mixture smooth. Set aside to cool.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Slowly add in the eggs, beating well after each addition. Add the chocolate mixture and stir to combine.
  • Sift the flours and cocoa powder together and stir to combine.
  • Divide the mixture evenly into the muffin pans - I like to put one tablespoon into each pan and then repeat the process with a teaspoon and this is usually the measure for how much mixture should be in each muffin pan.
  • Bake for 20-25mins or until a skewer inserted into the centres comes out clean. Transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the chocolate sauce, combine the chocolate, sugar and cream in a small pan and cook over low hear for about 5-10mins or until the mixture thickens slightly. Set aside to cool completely.
  • For the Oreo buttercream, place the Oreos in a food processor and process until it resembles fine crumbs (you need to make sure that the crumbs are very fine, so they don't get stuck in the piping bag and nozzle).
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until very pale and then gradually add the icing sugar, beating well after each addition. Add the milk and beat to combine. Add the white chocolate and beat to combine. Add the Oreos and beat until combined.
  • Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a fluted nozzle and pipe the icing onto each cupcake. If the buttercream/Oreos get stuck in the nozzle, use a skewer to push it back and then it should work again.
  • Drizzle each cupcake with some chocolate sauce and top with a Mini Oreo to decorate!

And there you have it - delicious cookies 'n' cream cupcakes! It may seem a bit tricky to do, but it's really no trouble at all. You can add your own touch to the recipe and perhaps not use the Oreos to decorate. You could use flakes instead! Or you could re-invent it completely and make berry cupcakes! But you should definitely try the original recipe too! Thanks, Coles! :)


What's your favourite cupcake recipe?


Ms Jelena xx



Monday, 23 March 2015

Australis Oh Hai Brow! Kit

I won't lie - I don't have the darkest of eyebrows, so when it comes to eyebrow products, I get very excited! Don't get me wrong, my brows are visible, but for a no makeup makeup, you need a bit of an oomph! You know, the fresh faced, a touch of gloss, a bit of mascara and out of this world eyebrows!

What I really dislike with brow products is the colours that they come in - sometimes they just don't look very natural, or they look cakey or they are just not my cup of tea. But, having said that, I do have a few HG brow products that I absolutely swear by.

I've said it before and I will say it again, Australis never disappoints me! And no, they aren't paying me to say this! I just like to speak the truth!

I present to you the Oh Hai Brow! Kit!


Australis Oh Hai Brow! Kit comes in a compact little kit, but it has everything you will need in it! The kit contains a nicely sized mirror, double-ended brush, tweezers, two shades of brown, a highlighter and the wax.

I absolutely love the mirror - it's a nice size and I can get it up close when I'm drawing my brows, so I actually use this on daily basis.

Tweezers always come in handy and so does the double-ended brush - I use the angled side to apply the wax and the rounded side to apply the brown eyebrow powders.

I don't use the highlighting powder on daily basis, I still quite like it!

Now onto my favourite part - the wax and the powders! The was is a brown colour which is great to give you a good base and tame your eyebrows and get the powder to stick nicely. This wax is quite pigmented, so go easy with the brush and apply it gradually.

The lighter and darker brown brow powders are absolutely gorgeous! I usually mix the lighter and darker shades to achieve the perfect shade and then fill in my brows with the rounded brush. Again, easy on the powder and build it up slowly - you can always add more, but you won't be able to take it off without smudging the whole brow! For a night look, go with the darker shade or a darker ratio, if you like.

I'm not sure if this eyebrow kit would be any good for girls with darker brows, as it only comes in the brown shade, but do give it a go (swatch it, don't buy it if you're not sure it will suit!) :)


What I absolutely love about Oh Hai Brow! Kit is that the colours don't smudge and it lasts the entire day, right until I take it off! There won't be any nasty surprises throughout the day and it's so easy to touch up if need be, because this tiny little kit has it all - the wax, the powders, the brush, the mirror! It is browtastic as Australis say themselves!

And if you are new to the whole brow makeup, this little kit comes with the instructions at the back! Super easy!




It retails for $16.95 at Priceline and you can grab it at 40% off on March 24th and 25th as Priceline is having their awesome 40% off Cosmetics sale! You are welcome! :)


Ms Jelena xx