Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Engagement and 21st Birthday

Makeup Of The Day and Outfit Of The Day

I haven't done an OOTD for a while and I really liked how I had my makeup for the weekend, so I decided I'd do a little post about what I had on my face and my outfit!

The reason for all the dressing up is that I had two events to go to, and I couldn't just go to one and not the other because I had one of my best girl friends engagement parties to go to (Congratulations Catherine and Sam) and I also had the 21st birthday party of another equally as wonderful friend (Happy Birthday again Zoe) and I was determine to go to both - this however meant I needed one outfit to suit both occasions. Challenge accepted. 


The 21st had a theme to dress to - luckily it wasn't favourite super hero - the theme was black and white. This I could work with - as black and white is quite 'in' in fashion at the moment. 

I found this dress online for $50.00 (On sale down from $150.00) so I snatched that up as soon as I could. It fit both occasions - being black and white, but also 'pretty' enough to be at a slightly formalish garden party engagement setting. 

The purse was a gift from a friend of mine for my 21st birthday (from another friend named Zoe) Its from Forever New and I love it. I use it all the time. 

The shoes I've had for a few years but with something in this style, simple black pumps, they're so chic that they don't go out of style and they go with everything (I was going to wear cherry red heels but thought it might look a bit 'flashy').


I decided to go with a black/white/silver smokey eye and some statement red lips. I felt that this look could be acceptable at both occasions. 

I used a mixture of different pallets to get this look - and to be honest - it isn't really anything special, its really quite a basic look and can be re-created at home by anyone with any black/white/silver eyeshadows.

On my lips, I'm wearing the 'Savvy' Matte Lip Cream in the shade Miss Monroe this is one of my favourite 'liquid lipsticks' and one of my all time favourite red lipsticks. 

For my hair, I didn't really have time to do anything special with it, so I just washed it and let it air dry. 

My hair is naturally wavy/curly and because it is ombré at the moment, it looks quite nice when I do nothing with it at all. Which for me is so nice because some days I just can't stand doing anything to my hair because there is so much of it and it is way too time consuming and most of the time I don't have the patience to keep up with it or it doesn't turn out how I want, so for my hair to look this nice when I've barely even brushed it was a massive WIN!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Nail Art Tutorial

Black and White Water Marble

This is the first time I've ever attempted this technique and let me tell you straight away - it is 10 times easier than I thought it would be and didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would!

I've broken it down into 8 simple steps and I'll be uploading a video of my process to my YouTube channel, so be sure to check that out. I hope you like this, I'll be doing more nail tutorials using this technique in the future for sure!

Preparation: Fill a cup (mine is a plastic disposable drinking cup) with ROOM TEMPERATURE* water. or let it sit out until it is room temperature. On clean and dry nails, paint a base coat to protect your nails, once dry paint nails white so the pattern is more vivid. 

Step One: With your selected nail polishes, drip one colour in the centre of the cup and allow it to spread out (don't be afraid if the colour fades dramatically or if it doesn't reach the rim of the cup) with your next colour drop colour in the centre of the previous colour, doing this until satisfied - You've now created the 'bullseye' affect. 

Close up view of step two
Notice how the points are connected
to the edge of the cup.
Step Two: Taking a toothpick or skewer drag the outside edged and connect them to the edge of the cup - this technique is called 'anchoring' it sticks the polish to the cup so it doesn't move about so much when you're swirling the polish around.

Step Three: Swirl and make your pattern with the toothpick or skewer. Don't press too hard into the polish. Gently drag the stick through the polish to make the desired pattern. I wasn't going for any real look, I was just having fun.

Step Four: Once you've got your pattern how you want it, decide where you'll place your fingers, if need be turn the cup carefully to get a better angle. 

Step Five: With a cotton tip in one hand at the ready, carefully submerge your fingers making sure your nails touch the polish first. Don't remove them right away just keep them in the water.

Step Six: With the cotton tip, swirl it around the remaining polish in the cup, wiping it all up and making sure the water is then clear from residue. This is so when you take our your fingers, the residue won't stick to the nails and ruin the pattern. Only once the water is free from excess polish should you remove your fingers. 

Step Seven: Use nail polish remover to clean up the polish on the skin. For a quicker clean up process, place sticky tape on the finger, framing the nail, so all you have to do is remove the tape and the skin is clean and only requires a little nail polish remover.

Step Eight: Once fingers are clean and polish is dry, secure with a clear top coat and you're done!

It really is very simple and I hope you try this out. If you do be sure to let me see your recreations by tagging me in it on Instagram or posting it to my Facebook Page.

* The reason it needs to be room temperature is because if the water is too cold, the polish will set too quick. It will not work either if the water is too hot. 

Ciao! X

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Nutella Popsicles

Yep, thats right, I'm back with another #CaitlansKitchen post and this one is on the ever so simple Nutella Popsicles. This 'recipe' make six popsicles. It is super easy and if you'd like to watch me make them - watch it here.

Now on to the recipe. You'll only need two ingredients and of course you can add different things such as banana or coconut, I've done that before and it tastes great! But just for the basics this is all you'll need!

1/3 cup of Nutella (or hazelnut spread)
1 Cup of milk - whatever kind you drink

Place Nutella in blender (I used my 'magic bullet' use whatever you have on hand)
add in the milk and then blend up. 
**MAKE SURE YOU'VE SECURELY SEALED THE LID!** otherwise you'll have milky goodness flying everywhere - it is SO hard to clean up. 
Pour the mixture into the popsicle moulds These are the ones I used.
Place them in the freezer for AT LEAST 4 - 5 hours. I usually leave mine in over night. 
and BOOM done. You're now the proud owners of delicious Nutella popsicles. They're so delicious and have the potential for so many other flavours!

Pro Tip: if you're having trouble getting them out of the mould, run it under hot water for a few seconds until you can remove it. 


I really hope you try these out and if you do, post them to my facebook or instagram and tag me with #CaitlansKitchen