My Top 6 Autumn Lip Colours

Friday, October 31, 2014

Hello beautiful people! Hope you're all well and ready to eat your bodyweight in sweets later on!

Today I thought I would talk about the 6 lip colours I'm reaching for this season. Yes, 6 may be a random number, but I couldn't narrow it down to five, so let's just go with it.

All of these colours are bright, bold and gorgeous for the Autumn season!

First up, we have Rimmel Apololips in 'Bing Bang'. I bought this when the Apololips first launched (a year ago, maybe more?), but I never really got any use out of it until this season! The staying power is and the colour is just stunning!

Next up, we have 'Just a Bite' by MAC. You can see a full review that I did on this here. As a little update: This little beauty has rarely left my handbag since I re-found it awhile back!

Another beauty I've done a full review of is the Nars Satin Lip Pencil in 'Hyde Park'. The satin lip pencils are hugely popular around the blogging community and for good reason: they tick all the boxes.

Another longtime favourite of mine is my Revlon Lip Butter in 'Red Velvet'. Although the staying power of these don't beat some other products on the market, the colour is gorgeous (kind of makes up for the need to reapply that bit sooner!).

Last, but not least, an offering from Soap and Glory: Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in 'Plum Jam'. This shade is totally wearable during the day and gives those of us who are less brave to sport a bright lip that small pop of colour.

I may have picked up another favourite from Charlotte Tillbury on my trip to London last weekend. Stay tuned for a post on that beauty next week!

What are your favourite lip shades for Autumn? 

Chrissy Reads // 'Not That Kind of Girl' by Lena Dunham

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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I'm not one to delve deep into the world of autobiographies and have never even finished one cover to cover; until now. 

When I first heard that Lena Dunham was writing an autobiography, my ears perked up. A big fan of 'Girls', I loved Lena's sense of humour and her 'I'll do/wear/say what I want' attitude. With my copy pre-ordered on my Kindle, I dove right in on release day and found it hard to put down until I read the last few words.

The book is broken down into five parts: Love & Sex, Body, Friendships, Work and The Big Picture. Each section is filled with short essays where Lena basically just lets her mind run free. The stories she remembers are not always presented in a linear form, sometimes making them hard to piece together, but interesting nonetheless.

Some personal essays include her recounting a sexual encounter which she later realised was actually rape, her time spent as a Vegan, where she became and stayed overweight eating healthy foods and her personal struggle with anxiety.

Her stories, although potentially misguided (she says so herself: 'I'm an unreliable narrator') offer girls our age the chance to see how one of our own has handled her life so far. The problems she faces through the book are easy to relate to as a woman in her mid-twenties struggling to find who she is and where she fits in the world.

Even if you aren't a fan of the show, I definitely recommend giving this a read even if just for the laugh out loud moments.

Have you read Lena Dunham's book? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

What To Bake This Weekend // Caramel Apple Pie Bars

Friday, October 24, 2014

I have an addiction to Sally's Baking Addiction.

Yes, this weeks recipe comes from none other than the baking queen herself, my inspiration: Sally.

When I was out for dinner in London last week (I went to Bills and oh dear god is that place delicious!) I rediscovered my love of Apple Crumble. When I'm indulging in something sweet I tend to go for whatever chocolate option is on the menu and steer clear of the fruit varieties. This week, however, the apple crumble in Bills put me in my place and completely outranked any other desert I've had in a restaurant in the past while.

So, needless to say, I wanted more.

Apple crumble, however, is really hard to share and dish out to your friends (and my Mom's ever jealous work colleagues who read my blog and get very mad at me for not sharing my baked treats with them!). So, in an effort to be more generous and not keep all of the crumble to myself, I decided on Caramel Apple Pie Bars.

Whenever I see recipes that involve layering, I shy away fearing that they'll be too difficult to replicate (best leave that to the pros, one my say), but I decided to give them a go and found that these bars are so easy. I literally had everything done within the hour and was left waiting the 2 hours cooling time before I could dig in (that was the hardest part, let me tell you!).

I'm going to reprint the recipe for you below, but be sure to go show Sally some love!


Shortbread Crust
115g unsalted butter, melted
50g granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt (Note: I used regular, salted butter and left out the extra salt)
125g all-purpose flour

Apple Filling
2 large apples, peeled a sliced thinly
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (Note: I didn't have nutmeg so I put a bit more cinnamon in. Any excuse, right?)

Streusel Topping 
40g oats
70g light or dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
30g all-purpose flour
60g unsalted butter, cold and cubed
Homemade salted caramel sauce 

Note: I doubled the streusel topping as I felt like mine needed a bit more, but that's totally up to you!

1. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees Celsius. Line an 8x8 inch baked pan with aluminium foil, leaving an overhang on the sides
2. Make the Crust: Stir the melted butter, granulated sugar, vanilla and salt (if using) together in a bowl. Add the flour and stir until everything is combined. Press the mixture evenly into the lined baking pan. Cook in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
3. Make the Apple Filling: Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix until everything is combined. Set aside.
4. Make the Streusel Topping: Mix the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour in a bowl until evenly combined. Rub in the butter with your hands until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Set aside
5. Remove the crust from the oven and turn the heat up to 170 degrees Celsius.
6. Evenly layer the apples on top of the crust. You may think you have too many apples so layer them tightly and press down so they fit.
7. Sprinkle the apples with the streusel topping.
8. Cook in the oven for 30-35 minutes, until the topping is golden brown.
9. Leave to cool for 20 minutes before transferring to the fridge to cool for another 2 hours.
10. Lift out of the pan with the foil overhang and cut into bars.
11. Pour caramel sauce on top.
12. Enjoy!

Let me know if you give these a try, they're too good to put into words!

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