Firstly, can I just say, these babies are beautiful! (Well at least I think so) Secondly, they took forever and a day to make! And lastly, they tasted absolutely delicious!
One of my favourite desserts is cheesecake, especially a shortbread lemon cheesecake and what better than your own homemade versions. The shortbread was really crunchy and thin but it took a second batch to perfect. First I made it too thick and then I tried putting wax paper and a weight (which was dried chickpeas, you take what you can get. LOL) to keep them from puffing too much which kinda worked but then the paper got stuck (insert face palm here), eventually I just made them thin enough and finally got it right but it was more than worth the effort.
Living in South Africa definitely has its downsides when it comes to being a makeup lover. Not being able to get your hands on some of the biggest name brands from around the world. If you are lucky enough to find them, you take the chance of it being fake and if you order from the website and you’re lucky enough that they’ll deliver to your door, you take the chance of it getting lost in the post.
BUT not all is lost because our saving grace has arrived! That being barebeauty.co.za. Thus my order of a Holiday Edition of Kylie Jenner Cosmetics. This collection included two matte liquid lipsticks, Angel and Blitzen, and two glosses, Noel and Cupid.
This liquid lipstick is SOO AMAZING! It is such a beautiful mauve pink colour, with a lightweight feel. Being a liquid lipstick it dries matte but doesn’t dry out your lips. It lasts all day and doesn’t crumb at all. This is definitely my favourite of the pack. And can I just say, the packaging is to die for.
This lipstick… I just want to cry because it is such a stunning deep berry but when you apply it, it just becomes SO PATCHY!! Why?! I love this lipstick and I tried so hard to make it work. I applied it in so many different ways but each time I tried I got the same result! It is a big let down and I don’t seem to be the only one who battles with the darker colours. I also found that the formula became really crumbly after a while and it didn’t last as long.
I am not a gloss person at all, especially a sticky gloss kinda person, but I may be converted. Noel is such a stunning gold shimmer gloss but not in the cheap looking way. Its formula is really soft and just slightly sticky, but not enough to put me off. I also found that this was a perfect lip topper to apply over Angel to give it that extra bit of bling.
Rose gold lip gloss. Who doesn’t love themselves a bit of rose gold, even in the form of a lipgloss? Being extremely similar to Noel, the formula was consistent and so was the bling factor and found this to be an amazing lip topper for both Angel and Blitzen.
One of my favourite places to shop till I drop is none other than Lush. Their products are beautiful, natural and smell damn flippin’ good! So of course when the Christmas trees are up and the lights start to sparkle, Lush brings out their limited edition Christmas collection which, let’s admit, is irresistible.
This year there are quite a few familiar products as well as some exciting new ones! ‘The Magic of Christmas’ is a returning favourite that is the scent of Christmas sitting on a cinnamon stick and decorated with star anise and cloves. ‘Never Mind The Ballistics’, with lime, orange and frankincense; is one of the few new bath bombs this year. ‘Father Christmas’ and ‘Golden Wonder’ are popular returns from last year as well as the ‘Northern Lights’ and ‘So White’ who both have a completely new look! ‘Santa’s Post Box’ with a beautiful orange scent and, ‘Igloo’ which has a similar scent to the ‘Satsuma’ bath bomb, are two new and super cute soaps. The coolest part about the ‘Igloo’ soap is that it comes in bricks so you can use it to build an actual igloo, how crazy is that!! Another crazy item that Lush has included this year is the ‘Papa Noel’ Shower Jelly which is an actual Santa beard! Then there is the classic old FUN which has been given a Christmas twist with ‘Elf On The Shelf’ so that you can make Santa’s little helper. ‘Bubbly’ shower gel is a beautiful infusion of orange, lime and grape to give you that fresh feeling of bathing in a glass of breakfast champagne. ‘Sleepy’ is a twilight scented body lotion using lavender to help you get a good nights rest before Christmas morning. There is a new body conditioner this year called ‘Snow Fairy’ which you can probably guess is the all-time favourite ‘Snow Fairy’ scent, with a cherry infusion that makes you smell like candy floss! Last but most certainly not least is the ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ lip scrub, this scrub is a new addition to the Christmas range with the sweet taste of juicy blackcurrant.