26 February 2015

February Reads

It's been a while since I've posted a reads post ! Let's say I've not read as much as I could have these past few months, mostly because I've been watching movies before bed instead of reading. I still managed to read some books though, and here they are :

Shopaholic Abroad/Takes Manhattan (L'Accro du Shopping à Manhattan), Sophie Kinsella : I'm a sucker for chick lit and I've been wanting to read the rest of the Shopaholic series ever since I read the first one years ago. Unfortunately, I just did't enjoy this one as much as the first one. It took me forever to finish it even though it's a pretty easy read. I still want to read the other books, but I'll put off reading them I think.

Abandon trilogy, Meg Cabot : Now these books, though, I loved them. I read all three back to back. If you're thinking about reading them, you should definitely buy them all at once, as they all end on a cliffhanger... And you'll want to start the next one right away. They're basically one story cut into 3 books. It's probably targeted more towards teens/young adult, but they're really enjoyable.

Mad About The Boy, Helen Fielding : Bridget Jones' Diary is probably the first ever 'grown up' book I read when I was younger and mostly reading about teenagers. I finally got around to reading the third one and boy was it good. I laughed, and I cried, and you should really pick it up if you've read the first two.

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn : I'm guessing by now everyone's heard of Gone Girl. I'd managed to stay away from spoilers (about the movie and the book) and I thought I'd read the book before watching the movie. Oh. My. God. This book is a page turner, I didn't want to put it down. I read it in five days. The ending ! Argh! If you've not seen the movie yet but want to, I think you should read the book first (and even if you've seen it). The movie, although it is a perfect adaptation, has less details than the book, you get to really understand what's going on in the characters' minds.

Some books were read in French (I added the French title for those) while some were read in their original versions. I thought I'd mention it, as I feel sometimes translation can make a difference whether I like a book or not.

16 February 2015

Labello (Nivea) Fruity Shine lip balm in Strawberry & Cherry Swatch & Review

Today's post is a review for Labello's Fruity Shine lip balm in Cherry and Strawberry.

The Fruity Shine line claims to hydrate your lips, all while giving them some shine and color.

Here is the lip balm in Cherry :

This one definitely shows on my lips, I love the color. It smells delicious but you can't taste the product once it's on your lips.

Here are the pictures for the lip balm in Strawberry :

This one doesn't show up as much as Cherry does, although you can tell I have some color on my lips. It smells like Strawberry candy, but again it doesn't have any taste.

I have to say I'm really pleased with these two lip balms. They hydrate my lips, and even though the color and shine don't hold up on my lips all day, I don't feel like I have to re-apply constantly for my lips to feel smooth and hydrated.
They're not the most pigmented lip balms ever invented, and depending on how much you apply, they do give a nice wash of color to the lips. On days when I don't want to bother with lipstick but still want to look like I at least tried to look nice, they're more than enough. 

I definitely want to try the other colors in this line (I think there are two more, Peach and Watermelon) !

Have you tried these ? What's your favorite lip balm ?

02 February 2015

Rimmel Glitter Bomb nail polish in Midnight Mistletoe Swatch & Review

Here's the polish combo I wore on New Year's (which, yes, I know, was a while ago) :

I wore 2 coats of Rimmel's Midnight Mistletoe, from the Glitter Bomb collection, over OPI's Green-wich  Village.

Midnight Mistletoe is a mix of red, silver and green hexagonal glitter, and some small green glitter. This polish definitely screams Christmas, and I love it !

The polish was super easy to apply, the brush will get enough glitter out of the bottle to cover the nail, and you can definitely layer it without feeling like your nails are suffocating under a ton of the base polish.

Bottom line : if you love the mix of red and green glitter in polish, try to get your hands on Midnight Mistletoe !

31 October 2014

Halloween Pumpkin Sablés

Happy Halloween ! 

Halloween actually isn't a big deal anymore here in France. It was huge in the late 90s, and we'd all dress up and have a party with family, but the hype died down after a few years. 
I made this sablés (they're like sugar cookies) for my little brother, who'd been talking about Halloween for days, drawing witches and ghosts and vampires and putting them all over the house. 
I don't have a pumpkin cookie cutter (though this one is on my list), so I used a sharp knife to cut the pumpkin shapes. For the round eyes, I used an icing tip, and then again freehanded the triangle eyes with a knife. I colored the dough using Wilton Orange icing color and (too much) Americolor Leaf Green color. 

You will definitely see this recipe again on the blog, as it's one I've used for years, and will continue to use. Enjoy it !

Sablés (Sugar Cookies)
125g of granulated sugar
1 pinch of salt
1 egg
250g of flour
125g of softened butter

Whisk together the sugar and salt and mix in the egg.
Gradually add in the flour.
Add the softened butter, and mix until the dough forms a ball.
Chill the dough in the fridge for 5/10 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare your work surface : flour your surface, rolling pin, and once the dough is chilled, roll it out. Cut shapes using a cookie cutter. Place the sablés on a baking paper covered cookie sheet.
Put the sablés in the fridge (or freezer) for 2/5 minutes.
Bake in a preheated oven (TH3/4) for 10 to 12 minutes, then let cool.

Note : You can decorate them using royal icing, or leave them plain.

24 October 2014

Apple Crumble

Once upon a time in a far away land, I hated cooked fruit. And I mean hated. There was no way I'd approach a baked dessert that had fruit in it, even with a ten foot pole.

And then one day my mom made one and it smelled really really really good, so I thought I'd get over my hatred of cooked fruit and try it.
Oh, my. The warm apples, the cinnamon, the crumble. Heaven. Crumbles are definitely a favorite of mine in Autumn or Winter. In the past few weeks I'm pretty sure I made at least three. Or four. Five if you count the banana one I made. I might have a crumble addiction. I mean, just look at that deliciousness. 

Apple Crumble
Serves 4
6 apples
100g of softened butter
100g of granulated sugar (OR  100g brown suger OR 50g granulated sgar, 50g brown sugar)
100g of flour
1 tsp of ground cinnamon

Peel and cube (or slice, whatever you prefer) the apples. Arrange them in a 20x20cm (8x8in) pan.
Sprinkle with cinnamon, and put in a preheated oven (TH4/5) while you make the crumble.
Mix the butter with the sugar until well combined. Add flour, and mix until just combined.
Take the apples out of the oven, and sprinkle with the dough.
Put the pan back in the oven for 25/30 min until the crumble is golden.

Note : stop mixing the dough as soon as the flour is combined with the sugar/butter. You should end up with little pieces, not a ball of dough.
Putting the apples in the oven while you make the dough is optionnal, just like the cinnamon.