Saturday, 20 December 2014

Guest Post: Penguin Nail Art Tutorial


Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial

Hi everyone! This is just a heads up that I've written a guest post for my friend Nat over on her blog There Might Be Coffee.  My guest post features this cute little Christmas Penguin nail art tutorial! Do check out the post here if you want to know more and give Nat a follow if you like what you see.

Thanks :)

Friday, 19 December 2014

Guest Post: Peanut Butter Cookies from There Might Be Coffee

Hi everyone!  Today we have a first on Maliberry Makeup: somebody has written a guest post for me!  I didn't specifically seek this out, but my lovely friend Nat offered to write me one in return for a post I'm writing for her.  It's actually turned out to be super handy as I recently found myself a Christmas temp job which is retail based (aka super busy and lots of hours) so I have much less free time for writing blog posts!  I'll hand you over to Nat who has a yummy cookie recipe for you :)

Hey all, I'm Natalee from There Might Be Coffee and I'm guest writing for Mali today. Me and Mali decided recently to write up some guest posts for one another and I'm super excited to bring you this blog post today. Whilst I love beauty and fashion, I also love anything to do with lifestyle so I have decided to show you a recipe I recently tried out and loved. This isn't my recipe but one I thought would be lovely to share in time for Christmas, which is just around the corner now. Even if you don't celebrate Christmas these biscuits are perfect to bake if you just fancy something different. Plus you can make these all year round! These are peanut butter biscuits and they're really yummy, and fun to decorate too.

 


For this recipe you will need:
100g butter
200g brown sugar
2 eggs
200g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g crunchy peanut butter
Any shape biscuit cutters, we chose men and women!
Any decorative items you would like - possibilities are endless for this stage! I chose to use chocolate and caramel icing and Reese's Pieces. NOM!
Step One:
Preheat your oven to 180°C.


Step Two:
Beat the butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Crack in the eggs one at a time and stir to combine.


Step Three:
Fold in the self raising flour and baking powder to form a dough. Mix through the crunchy peanut butter. Chill the mix in the fridge for an hour so that its easier to handle.


Step Four:
Take your dough and on a well floured surface begin to roll it out until it's an inch thick. Taking your biscuit cutters, begin to cut our your shapes and place them on a baking tray that is covered in grease proof paper. Do this until you don't have any dough left. With our leftover dough we decided to make ourselves a huge Reese's Pieces cookie.


Step Five:
Pop into the oven and bake for 12 minutes until golden all over. Take out the oven and place on a cooling rack to cool a little.


Step Six:
Once these are cooled and your washing up is all done you can begin to decorate! Decorate until your heart is content! My boyfriend helped me to decorate these and although we didn't decorate them all, we had plenty of fun.

We decided to make little versions of ourselves, this was the outcome:



That's all you need to do to make these yummy peanut butter cookies! I really loved making these and this recipe makes loads, probably 20+ depending on how big your biscuit cutters are. These are especially nice served with milk for dunking.



I still have loads of these at my house (although I baked them at my boyfriends) and I'm nibbling one right now. Nom, nom. It was so much fun making these and I can't wait to do some more baking soon, as I haven't done any for a while. Do you like baking? If so will you be having a go at making these yummy biscuits? Let me and Mali know in the comments down below. Thanks ever so much to Mali for letting me write a guest post for her, it's been one of my favourites to date and I hope to write for her again in the future.

Check me out at the following places:
There Might Be Coffee Blog, Facebook & Twitter.


Thanks so much for this post Nat! These cookies look amazing.  I love anything with peanut butter in so I may have to make these for myself soon! Do check out Nat on the links above and give her a follow if you'd like to see more from her.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

My (Winter) Manicure Routine - How I Look After My Nails



Hi everyone! I was recently contacted by Julep, a nail polish company, asking if I'd like to write a post on how I look after my nails in Winter.  I'd been meaning to write a nail care routine post for a while, so this was perfect timing!  This routine isn't strictly specific to the colder months and it's one I use year round, but I do find I need to take more care with my hands and nails due to the harsher weather drying out my skin.

Let's get started!

Removing Stains


I find that the darker colours I tend to favour in Winter are much more likely to stain my nails.  My penchant for the colour green often leads to yellow stained nails!  Using a good base coat helps prevent staining, but sometimes it does still happen.  If my nails have been left tinged by my previous manicure, I scrub them with this Cuccio Siccilian Nail Whitening Paste.  It deals with any stains in record time!

Pushing Back Cuticles


The cuticles are an important part of your nail structure as they protect the base of the nail from the elements.  You should never completely remove them!  However, sometimes they can get a bit overgrown and rough, particularly when it's cold.  I use this Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover gel n my cuticles so they soften, and then push them back with an orange stick.  I then wash the gel away with soap and water.  If there are any jaggedy edges left I use cuticle nippers to remove them, but I never cut off the cuticle completely

Shaping, Filing and Smoothing


When it comes to shaping my nails, I usually just use a file to maintain their shape.  However, if they're a bit overgrown I use these large nail clippers designed for the toes.  The large size means I can cut across my whole fingernail accurately in one go.  I then use my Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File to smooth across the free edge and gently round off the corners to give a squoval shape.  This file is so, so good - it literally turns nails to dust! I occasionally buff the surface of my nails too to smooth them out, but this can be damaging if done too often so I only do this step if my nails are particularly ridged

It's at this point I would paint my nails.  I like to use a base coat and two coats of polish, plus any nail art or glitter that I might want to use!  I clean up with pure acetone and a small nail art brush to get a smooth line around the cuticle and side of the nail.   I then top with quick dry top coat!  If I don't fancy painting my nails at all, I usually just use a strengthening base coat for protection and to keep my nails strong.  I'm afraid I didn't get any photos of this step but I can write a separate, more in-depth tutorial on nail painting if you guys are interested.  This is more about the nail care!

For me, Winter is all about darker colours, plus I love to combine reds, greens and golds for a festive touch.  Here are some of my previous Christmas manicures - you can click on the photo to be taken to the blog post:





Moisturising


After subjecting your nails and skin to being scrubbed, filed, painted and drenched in acetone, they'll be in need of some moisture!  At the moment I'm using this Strawberry Hand Cream from The Body Shop.  I love The Body Shop's hand creams as they smell delicious and have a light yet nourishing texture that easily absorbs.  For my cuticles, it has to be the zesty smelling Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream!


If my hands are in need of a real treat, I'll massively oversaturate my hands in cream and cuticle butter and then pop on these EcoTools Bamboo Moisture Gloves.  They lock all the goodness in and I find them comfortable enough to sleep in so my hands are super soft by the morning.  They also mean I can use my laptop after moisturising my hands and nails as they stop greasy fingerprints from getting everywhere!


In the cold weather it really is important to keep your skin hydrated as the cold air and increase in central heating can wreak havoc.  I hope you found these tips helpful, and thanks to Julep for the reminder that I wanted to write this post in the first place!

How do you look after your nails?

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Alice & Peter Cheery Cherry Eau De Parfum - Review

Hi everyone!  Today I'll be reviewing a perfume I bought for myself around 3 million years ago when I visited Bath with Jade.  I'd been aware of Alice & Peter for quite some time - they're a French perfume brand inspired by cupcakes and cookies and of course the perfumes reflect this in their scent and packaging!

True Grace in Bath is the only UK stockist currently, although I believe you can track them down online.  There are 5 fragrances in the line: Bloody Orange, Fancy Choco, Showy Toffee, Wicked Berry and finally Cheeky Cherry, the one I went for :)

Alice and Peter Cheery Cherry Eau De Parfum Review

The perfume came packaged inside this super cute plastic box.  I love that the back of the box explains the notes of the scent, as so often perfumes don't say what they're meant to smell of.  Cheery Cherry is a fruity gourmand with head notes of blackcurrant, cherry, bergamot and orange, heart notes of red fruit, apricot, peach, rose, peonies, lilac and freesia and base notes of strawberry, raspberry, vanilla, caramel and white musk.  That's a lot of different notes!

Alice and Peter Cheery Cherry Eau De Parfum Review

The perfume itself features a plastic lid that looks like the top of a cupcake, with pink and chocolate icing, whipped cream and a cherry of course!  Removing the lid shows the base which is shaped like a cupcake case.  It contains 30ml of peachy toned perfume.  This perfume costs £25 but you can find it for less online

The perfume looks absolutely beautiful, but how does it smell?  Most fruity gourmands are quite predictable (which isn't a bad thing, I love anything sweet and fruity) but Cheery Cherry brings something different to the table.  Initially it has quite a tart cherry smell which has a lot of depth due to the other fruits. It settles down much sweeter but retains that fruity edge.  It's hard to describe scents but it's light, refreshing and yummy to wear and definitely not a carbon copy of the other scents on the market!  I find it doesn't last particularly long and sticks around for about 3 hours on my skin, which is a little disappointing considering it's an EDP.

If you're a fan of perfumes and are drawn to novelty packaging and slightly different scents, this will be right up your street.  I got my nose around all of the scents in the range and found them all delicious, but Cheery Cherry was just a little bit different.  I love it!

Would you wear a perfume like this?

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - Bioderma Dupe!

Hi everyone!  I was a bit late to the whole micellar water party, but after I tried Bioderma I found them very easy to slot into my routine.  I like to use them to remove the majority of my makeup before cleansing my face properly with a facial wash at the sink.  They're also perfect to clean up makeup mistakes and spot clean brushes.  As great as Bioderma is (I've tried both Sensiibo and Sébium), it's expensive and can be difficult to track down.  Many high street brands have come out with their own versions, and I picked up this cheap as chips Micellar Cleansing Water from Garnier to see how it would compare.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

You get a really generous 400ml for £4.99, although it's almost always on offer in Boots.  The bottle is clear so you can easily see how much you have left.  The pink flip-top lid has a small hole which means it's easy to dispense the liquid without accidentally spilling it everywhere

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

This micellar water is suitable for sensitive skin and can be used anywhere on the face.  The water contains micelles which act like magnets for makeup and impurities.  This means you can quickly cleanse and remove makeup without rubbing.  You can apparently get 200 uses out of this bottle - I think if you wore a full face of makeup daily this would be pushing it, but I've had my bottle for almost 6 months and it's not done yet

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Here I have applied a variety of different makeup products to my wrist - matte lipstick, gel eyeliner, glitter eyeliner, eyeshadow and cream blusher.  A couple of swipes with a cotton pad soaked in the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water has removed them no problem!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

And the cotton pad for proof :P


This micellar water is really brilliant for the price.  It feels just like normal water, is completely scent free and doesn't sting my eyes at all, which was an issue I had with Bioderma Sébium.  It lasts for ages due to the big bottle and the price is great.  You can't ask for much more than that!

Do you use micellar water?

P.S. Sorry for the inconsistent photo editing/formatting: these photos have been knocking about on my laptop for a while so aren't quite the same as my recent posts :)