Imogenation X Revolution Review!

Do I need another eyeshadow palette? No. Did I buy one anyway? Yes.

Is my mum (and probably my readers, to be fair) judging me right now? Definitely.

Let’s cut straight to the point- I bought Imogenation’s collaboration with Revolution. I ordered this as soon as I heard it was being released, but I wanted to give it a good test before I wrote this review. I couldn’t resist! I’ve mentioned before I’m a massive fan of Imogen. I think she’s a great role model, and I am so pleased she received this opportunity.

I’ve seen a lot of criticism of Revolution online. Some people think that they are releasing too many collabs a short time period, and the collabs are too similar. Personally, I think the collaborations are a good thing. There’s so many YouTubers and bloggers that I’d love to see release makeup. And of course some palettes will have similar shades. It would be silly to expect that every single palette would be completely unique. Some people are claiming it is too similar to Sophie’s palette. Although there’s definitely some shades that are similar, they don’t look alike when compared side by side.

Anyway, that’s my rant over! Let’s get into the good stuff!

First, let’s talk about the packaging. It’s really pretty, and I am a huge fan of it! Both palettes are purple and iridescent on the outside. They both have large mirrors, which is really handy. The eyeshadows are all named after things that Imogen says. Of course one is called ‘Huns’!

Here are some swatches of the eyeshadow palette. As you can see, it’s a very warm toned palette with lots of orange and brown shades.

In a video, Imogen said that the centre shades are transition shades, and the other shades are extras. I think this is great for beginners with limited makeup experience. I do wish this was printed on the over-sheet, as those who do not watch Imogen would not know this.

The shadows blend nicely and it’s easy to create a pretty look. They’re really pigmented, and definitely worth the money! The one shade I have an issue with is the black. When I apply it onto my eye it seems to be slightly patchy. I don’t plan on using this shadow a lot though, and it has no effect on my opinion of the palette.

I also wish there was a few more shimmery shades. I’d love to see a darker gold shadow, and maybe some shimmery browns.

Now, onto the highlighter palette! Here’s some swatches!

I do like this palette, but I don’t think it’s suitable for dark skin tones. A few of the shades would make pretty eyeshadows, but they would not work for highlighter and contour. I understand not every face palette can be suitable for everyone, but it’s something to bear in mind if you’re considering buying it.

I’m very pale, but I think if I use a light hand I can get away with it! ‘Slay my life’ is too dark for me, but the other two are fine! They’re super metallic and pigmented!

So, what’s my final verdict?

Although I like the contour and highlighter palette, I don’t think I’ll get much use out of it because I’m always doing my makeup on the go and I prefer to carry one palette. I do like the eyeshadow palette, although it’s not beaten my sophdoesnails one to the top spot. I’ve brought it to uni with me as it’s good for everyday looks. I think this palette would be good for beginners, probably more so than the Extra Spice palette. There is a good mixture of neutral shades and pops of colour, and they blend well, with the exception of the black. I’d recommend this palette to beginners and fans of Imogen.

Do you have this palette? Let me know what you think of it!

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Twitter Friends Tag!

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all well! Today’s post is a tag post!

I’ve recently joined a group chat with a few other bloggers. I am so glad to be a part of this! I’ve discovered so many amazing blogs and made some new friends! We decided to create this tag to get to know each other a bit better, and so we could have a way of linking all our blogs.

We created the questions ourselves, so they’re weird, wacky and food related! Here they are!

1) If you could only choose one thing to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

In an ideal world, it would probably be something like chocolate fudge cake or a brownie since I have a massive sweet tooth. Realistically though, I’m going to say pizza since it’s really versatile. I’ve been really liking pizza lately too!

2) What is your favourite food to pair with cheese?

Boiled pasta, with grated cheese on top. It melts and goes all gooey!

3) If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

I think I’d be a kitten. I’m small, and very hyperactive!

4) If you could relive one day of your life again, what would it be and why?

The day I received my uni offer would be a good one! I received my offer to my dream university a week after applying. I wasn’t expecting them to reply so soon, and I definitely didn’t expect my first response to be my dream uni!

5) What is your dream travel destination and why?

I’d quite like to visit France. I don’t really know why though. Otherwise, there’s so many places in the U.K. I’d like to go. I’d love to go back to Stranraer, and I’d also like to go to some cities in England such as Brighton!

6) If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?

Stop caring what people think and focus on creating the best version of you possible.

7) What are your favourite song lyrics and why?

Ooh, I have too many! I love ‘Everyone deserves a chance to fly’ (Wicked), and ‘Grab that book and let’s do this, instead of doodling hearts all through this’ from Legally Blonde. The songs from Dear Evan Hansen have also been speaking to me lately (that sounds ridiculously cheesy, I can’t think of another way to put it!).

8) What is your favourite meal to cook/eat?

My favourite meal to eat is either a roast chicken dinner or fish and chips. I cannot cook to save myself. I managed to burn water during Home Economics at school.

9) How would your ten year old self react to who you are today?

I think she’d be pretty happy that I’m at university studying towards what she wanted to do. I don’t think she’d believe some of the things that have happened over the years!

10) What is your goal/motivation behind blogging?

To have a platform to post my writing, and to have fun.

Here are the links to everyone’s blogs. Please check them out, there’s some really good content! Lots of them are participating in Blogtober, so now is a great time to follow them!

https://mariexceline.wordpress.com

https://craftowlblog.wordpress.com

https://adiaryofapickyeater.blogspot.com/

http://www.rachelmeetschina.com

https://littleblogofpositivity.com

http://www.itsthespicybean.com

https://www.rachyreviews.com/

http://qlquest.com

http://www.lovelifelavish.com

https://mylifelines.co

https://geraldinetalks.com

https://lavraxlondon.com

http://jessthekween.co.uk

https://www.thepursuitofl.com

http://www.thevalueofamoment.com

https://hannahjayneartis.com/

http://www.emmjoy.co.uk

http://www.sincerelybianca.com

https://abrewedawakeningmommyblog.blogspot.com

Fudge Cheesecake

So this is the first recipe post I’m writing up while I’m at uni. I’m already missing baking, and I’ve only been away for six hours! I definitely can’t see myself doing baking here, but I’ll miss writing my recipe posts so much. I’ll definitely make the most of it when I’m home at Christmas!

Anyway, this is my holy grail cheesecake recipe. I’ve made it every Christmas that I can remember and it always goes down a treat!

Although it’s not Christmas specific, I thought I’d post it now in case anyone’s being super organised and has started planning for Christmas already. And if you’re unorganised like me, this is a super easy recipe that you can quickly whip together on Christmas Eve!

The only problem is, I have no idea where it came from. My mum was given the recipe from one of her friends, but I don’t know where it came from before that. She seems to think it’s someone’s who was on Masterchef a few years ago, but we’re honestly not sure.

I also want to apologise for the poor quality of this photo. I took it almost two years ago when I hadn’t even considered recipe blogging!

Here’s my recipe for fudge cheesecake! I hope you enjoy!

Fudge Cheesecake

Ingredients:

250g Hobnobs, crushed

75g butter, melted

200g cream cheese

600ml double cream, lightly whipped

300g good quality fudge (I use Thornton’s!)

Method:

1. Lightly butter a 24cm springform tin.

2. Combine the biscuits and butter and press into tin to make the base.

3. Beat the cream cheese until soft.

4. Grate 250g of fudge and tip into cheese. Gently fold this into the cream.

5. Chop the remaining fudge and scatter over the base.

6. Spoon the cream mixture over the base and cover. Chill for 6-24 hours.

Tips:

Sometimes it’s hard to find plain hobnobs at Christmas time. We’ve used chocolate chip ones before and it’s worked fine!

The Flawesome Award!

Today’s post is about the Flawesome award! This is a new award and it was created by Sophia Ismaa Writes. She is super supportive, so please check her out if you haven’t already. There’s such a wide variety of content on her blog, so I’m sure you’ll find something you like!

I was nominated for this a while ago, but it’s taken me so long to decide who to nominate! Anyway, I was so happy to be nominated since I love doing awards!

The purpose of this award is to celebrate three of our flaws and turn them into positives. So let’s get into it!

1) I am a perfectionist which motivates me to do better. It is sometimes problematic because I can’t tell if I’m just being hard on myself or if something genuinely needs improved, but I think this helps me to produce better work.

2) It can take me a while to get close to people, but I am incredibly loyal. I hate to see any of my friends being treated badly, and when someone has upset them, I find it very tricky to forgive.

3) My feet are small, but I can buy shoes from the children’s department and save money! When I was younger, being small was a major insecurity of mine, and I was so jealous of all my friends who were wearing adult’s clothes! Looking back, this was ridiculous. I now enjoy bragging to my friends when I find a bargain from the children’s department! This is a bit of a weird one, but hopefully it’s made you laugh!

My nominations are:

Sun Rain Tea

Bearded Igor

Nerds Numbers Natterings

Hello Bexa

The Life of a Glasgow Girl

Meglio Vivere

This Is Em’s World

Bailey Leah Blogs

Beauty Beyond Twenty

And as always, anyone that wants to do it!

What I Read In Summer 2018!

So I suppose summer is officially over. Although I can’t wait for the Autumn trends, I’m still sad that the sunshine is gone. I definitely fell back in love with reading this summer, and over the whole summer I read eight books. Here’s what I read!

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Although I did find it hard to get into this book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book has so many little details, which I love. The character of Lucy is so realistic and you can really tell the author has put so much thought into her. The book relies on the details and the plot isn’t driven by exciting events, which could have been why I struggled getting into it. I will definitely be reading more of her work!

All About Mia by Lisa Williamson

I was excited to read this book as I love The Art of Being Normal. Unfortunately I was let down. I did feel some sympathy for Mia although at times I just wanted to shake her and tell her to grow up. I also guessed the ending, which rarely happens! If you like books by Chris Higgins and Cathy Cassidy you may like this, however, it isn’t for me.

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

This book is an adaptation on the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, which I haven’t read. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first one, which is so sad. At first, I was so worried Montgomery wasn’t going to be in it, but he did show up eventually. If you haven’t guessed, I’m firmly team Montgomery! I did enjoy that the book had more emphasis on strong female characters, and it seems that it will lead nicely onto the next one. I am very excited for the final book!

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen.

I really liked this book. It was easy to read, and I loved how the bond between man and cat was portrayed. I’ve seen snippets of the film and I’d love to watch it all, although it seems quite different to the book. I’m not sure if I’d read any more books by the same author, but I’d definitely recommend this one to a friend! It’s a heartwarming tale.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

Wow. I loved this book! It follows the lives of a group of mothers whose children attend the same kindergarten. At the end of the book, there is a murder. There are little police interviews at the end of each chapter, which hooked me. Although it sounds boring, it is incredibly cleverly written. The book is narrated through three mother’s points of view. Each mother is battling something in their personal lives and I loved the way this tied into the main plot line. I really haven’t sold it well, but if you read one book from this post, make it this one!

The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard.

I’m very torn on this book. I’d written in my notes that I wouldn’t go rushing back, but I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. At some points it was predictable but it was still a good story. The ending is weird though, and it didn’t feel like the book was finished. It was written by the same author of Pretty Little Liars, so I’d recommend it if you’re a fan of that. I’m keen to read the sequel though!

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig.

I’m going to be completely honest, I didn’t love this book. I really liked the concept but I found it hard to get into. After about two thirds of the way in, I did start to like it, but it didn’t really hook me. I will read more from the author though.

Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims.

This is definitely not suited to younger readers! At first, I found this book absolutely hilarious. At some points I was laughing out loud! The speaker is basically a grown up version of Georgia Nicholson, who I loved when I was younger. I did start to tire of her really quickly though. I really didn’t like the way she acted towards Charlie, and in places it’s completely unrealistic. I also found it a bit overly descriptive in places. The book would sometimes start a point, then launch into an anecdote, then go back to the original point. This is clearly to make it sound more like a diary but I found it hard to follow. I’d recommend this to older readers who are looking for a laugh.

I know I didn’t get through my whole list, but I was really happy to have the opportunity to read all these books. I think I’ll do a post on my updated TBR list, although I know there’s no way I’ll manage them all! I definitely want to post more book-related content on my blog, so look out for that in the future!

Little Sister Buys My Boohoo Haul!

My little sister has decided she wants to be more involved in my blog. So when I asked her if she fancied choosing me some clothes, she jumped at the chance!

We chose Boohoo because I’m not a fan of ASOS. I gave her a £50 budget, but with a discount code it worked out cheaper (thanks to Emma’s Rectangle!). She chose two outfits, excluding shoes. I’m both excited and terrified to see what she bought!

Here’s the first outfit. It’s a camouflage t shirt, black denim shorts and a gold choker.

I think she’s done well on this outfit! I really like the shorts. They’re distressed, but I do think some of the threads are a bit long. They’re quite uncomfortable when sitting, but I suppose that’s to be expected.

The t shirt is ribbed, and it fits me well. I usually choose t shirts that are a bit longer, but my sister instructed me that it needs to be tucked in, so it doesn’t matter!

The choker is nice too, although this is definitely an item that my sister will steal! It did come in a pack of two but one had snapped, so for this reason, I wouldn’t recommend them.

I paired the outfit with my leather jacket and trainers. I think it’s quite flattering, and it’s one I would wear again!

Here’s the second outfit. Excuse my ridiculous face. The more I look at it, the worse it gets!

The t shirt is baggy and oversized, so I’ve tied it in a (very poor) knot. It’s plain white, which I don’t usually go for. The quality is okay, but it is a little see through.

So my sister didn’t realise these were joggers and thought they were leggings! Before I’d put it on I was really unsure, but they’re really comfortable. They also make my legs look really long! However, there’s no way I’m getting them back! I left them at home because they were in the wash and my sister has already sent me a picture of her wearing them!

Overall she did really well! I might need to hire her as my personal stylist!

If you’re interested in these items, I’ve linked them on 21 Buttons! My username is elles_ecrit, the same as my Twitter and Instagram!

Please let me know what you think of this post! My sister would love to choose me more clothes, and I could try to persuade my friends to do it too. Let me know if you’d like to see that!

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Chocolate Guinness Cake!

This is a much loved recipe in my family and since I had leftover Guinness, I thought I’d make one! My Guinness Brownies post was so popular, I thought you’d appreciate this one!

This cake really doesn’t take long to make. It’s not as rich as the brownies, and you don’t taste the Guinness at all! It’s a very moist cake so it really doesn’t need a thick layer of icing on top.

The recipe is from the Hummingbird Bakery book ‘Cake Days’ which I can’t recommend highly enough. This book is crammed with cake recipes that appeal to both classic and adventurous tastes!

The recipe requires a 23cm (9in) diameter spring-form cake tin. I’ve never tried it as a layer cake and I don’t know how it would work. I’d guess you’d need to double the icing quantities though, as the layer of icing is very thin.

This cake takes a while in the oven, and it is possible that it may burn on top. If you think it is burning, cover the top with a layer of tin foil and continue cooking!

If you have any questions, leave them in the comment section below!

Chocolate Guinness Cake

Ingredients

For the sponge:

250ml Guinness

250g unsalted butter

80g cocoa powder

400g caster sugar

2 eggs

1tsp vanilla extract

140ml buttermilk

280g plain flour

2tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp baking powder

For the frosting:

50g unsalted butter, softened

300g icing sugar

125g full fat Philadelphia

Cocoa powder for dusting

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 170 degrees c. Line the base of the tin with baking parchment and grease the sides.

2) Pour the Guinness into a saucepan, add the butter and gently heat until it has melted.

3) Remove the pan from the heat and add the cocoa powder and sugar.

4) Mix the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla extract into a separate bowl and add this to the mixture.

5) Sift the remaining ingredients into a bowl. Using a mixer on a low speed, pour in the contents of the pan. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue to mix until all the ingredients are incorporated.

6) Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for roughly 45 minutes. The sponge will bounce back when lightly pressed and a skewer inserted into the middle will come out clean. Allow the cake to cool slightly in the tin, then turn it onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

7) Using a mixer, beat together the butter and icing sugar until there are no large lumps of butter and the mixture is a sandy texture. Add the cream cheese and continue to mix. Increase the speed to medium and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy.

8) Spread the icing onto the cake and dust with cocoa powder.

Tips

I recommend you sieve the cocoa powder so there’s no lumps.

Be very careful when you put the cake in and out of the oven. Spring-form cake tins sometimes have a mind of their own!

The layer of icing should be very thin. Don’t worry if you can see the sponge through it!