Cracked Emerald Nails

For this design, I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of a dark racing green.

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Once this was dry I used a shimmery gold crackle effect and painted this onto all nails except the ring finger nails.

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On the ring fingers I carefully painted 2 coats of a shimmery gold shade in a curved section near the tip end of the nail.

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To finish the design off, I used some light green rhinestones to cover the line where the green and gold colours met on the ring fingers.

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I then sealed everything in place with my top coat. I really like how the shimmery gold crackle goes well with darker deep colours.

Eye Shadow Colour Combo – Simple Smokey

This is a simple smokey combination.

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On the inner side I used a silvery colour and on the outer side I used a shimmery dark grey colour.

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I mimiced the same with the eyeliner by using silver on the inner half and a black on the outer half.

Pretty Pink Bow Nails

For this design, I firstly started by painting all nails except the ring finger in 2 coats of a pastel shimmery pink shade. On the ring fingers I painted 2 coats of a nude shade.


On the pink nails I used a very small dotting tool and a dark pink shade and used this 2 make 2 small triangles on each nail. Afterwards I took a medium sized dotting tool and a lighter shade of pink to place a dot in between the 2 triangles. This formed a bow shape on each nail.

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I found the shades of pink that I used for these bows were too similar and so it just kind of merged together. I think it would have looked a lot better if I had used a gold colour to place the dot for the centre of the bows.

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On the ring fingers I added some rhinestones to make a large bow shape over the whole nail. I started by placing a light pink rhinestone in the very centre of the nail.

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Next I took a darker colour pink rhinestone and placed 2 on either side of the one I had just placed. Next to each of these rows I added a row of 3 rhinestones in the same colour. This created a bow shape. If your nail is wide enough, then continue to add rows of rhinestones to either side, increasing the amount by 1 each time.

Eye Shadow Colour Combo – Green and Orange

I’ve had all these photos of different eye shadow colour combinations sitting around on my desktop for a while now and as I managed to find a bit of extra spare time recently, I felt it was about time I got around to posting them.

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All colours used came form my 120 palette. Applying makeup has never been one of my strong points, but I love colour. So naturally I like to mess around with putting different colours together.


I used an orange colour on the bottom half of my eyelid, and then blended it with a green colour above it.

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I used a similar green colour eye liner on my eyelid, and then a gold across my lower lash line.

Button Biccies

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I’ve been seeing a lot of cute biscuit ideas around the internet lately, and as biscuits are so easy to make I was really in the mood for some kitchen experimentation.

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  • 200g unsalted butter allowed to reach room temperature
  • 150g granulated sugar
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence or other flavoring of your choice (I used Almond to give them a Battenberg type taste)
  • Gel food colouring in colours of your choice

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1. Start by weighing out your sugar and adding it to a bowl.

2. Then weigh out your butter. Cut it into cubes and add to the bowl.

3. Add your vanilla essence and cream the butter and sugar together fully with a fork.

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4. Weigh out the flour and sieve it into the bowl.

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5. Add a pinch of salt and fold everything together into a dough using your hands.

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6. Split your mixture into equal sized balls, one for each of the colours you want to use. In my case I split it into 4.

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7. Manipulate each dough ball until the colouring is fully incorporated. Add more colouring if required and repeat.

8. Put the dough balls into the fridge to chill for 30 mins.

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9. Dust your work surface with flour and remove one of the dough balls from the fridge.

10. Start to preheat your oven on gas mark 5 and grease a baking tray with butter.

11. Roll out the dough to just under 1cm thick and use a large round cutter to cut out circle shapes.

12. Remove the excess dough and put it to one side to reuse later.

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13. I found it was best to keep the cutter around each circle while making the button design as this stops it from spreading out too much. To make the round circle impression in the button, I used an upside down shot glass that was just smaller than the size of my biscuit cutter. Make sure that you do not press down too far as we do not want to cut anything out. For an alternative button design, I pressed the lid of a lip balm tub into the middle of the button in order to make the edges of the buttons look thicker.

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14. In order to add the holes to each button, I simply used a straw, and then blew through it to remove the dough from the straw.

15. When my biscuits were designed, I carefully moved them over to the baking tray, making sure that there was room for any expansion in between.

16. I placed them in the over near the higher side of the middle of the oven for 10 mins.

17. After I turned the tray around and left them for a further 5 mins.

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18. Once cooked, I removed them from the oven and carefully removed them from the tray onto a wire rack in order to cool. Don’t worry if they seem a bit soft as they will harden as they cool.

19. Repeat steps 11 – 18 in order to use up the remaining of the dough ball.

20. Then repeat step 19 for the other colours of biscuit dough balls that you have left in the fridge.

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Don’t worry too much if some of your biscuits loose their shape too much while baking. Those ones are meant for your own personal taste testing before you have to share the rest.

Ombre Rhinestones Nail Art

I really love how this design came out, but then it does use my favourite colour.

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I started by painting all of my nails except the ring fingers in 2 coats of a shimmery white shade.

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On the ring fingers I used a purple textured fine glitter type nail paint. In order to keep durability and the matte textured finish with such nail polishes, I usually put one coat of the polish, then my top coat, and then the 2nd coat on the top of this.

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I then took rhinestones in silver, light purple and dark purple. I started by placing 2 silver rhinestones next to each other in a line starting from the base end of each nail that was painted in white.

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I then continued the lines by placing 2 light purple, and then lastly 2 dark purple rhinestones. This created a line going down the middle of each nail in a ombre rhinestone type effect.

Floral Hair Clips

I did quite a few bits of DIY crafts for my wedding last year. One of which were these foam rose hair clips. I wanted to share with you all how I made them as it was actually quite simple.


I purchased some foam roses online that I liked. They came with metal stems which I was able to remove by carefully pulling them out. These particular roses had a piece of green paper on the underneath to look like leaves. I used this to help hold the clips in place. I then took a plain alligator clip and carefully pushed it between the paper and foam rose to make a space for it to fit properly. I then removed it, being careful not to rip the paper too much. Using a hot glue gun, I covered the top fork of the clip with glue and then quickly pushed it back between the paper and rose before the glue dried. If you feel it does not secure it well enough you can put some additional glue where needed, but be careful to not overdo it.


I also added a single rhinestone to the top center of each flower. I carefully used tiny amounts of glue in order to glue the petals in the center down more flat. This was to make everything look a lot better once the rhinestone had been placed down as I wanted it to be flat on the side of a petal. I again used hot glue to stick this in place.


I also made a clip made up of 2 flowers with loops of white organza ribbon in the center. To make this one, I started by making a small loop in the ribbon that the top fork of the alligator clip could fit through. I sewed this together and then sewed several bigger loops going from side to side like a few infinity symbols on top of each other. I then sewed one foam flower to the top and one to the bottom of the ribbon loops. I used the hot glue gun to secure the ribbon loop to the alligator clip. I also added rhinestones to each flower in the same way as I did for the other clips.

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Banana Chocolate Coins


Bananas are a very versatile fruit. I think it’s their texture that helps with this. They are also very yummy and sweet. Today I will show you a yummy snack, that is even better if you store them overnight in the freezer.

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  • About 3 medium – large bananas
  • About 200g of chocolate of your choice (milk/dark/white)

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1) First, break up the chocolate and put it in a mixing bowl, place the bowl over a saucepan of water on the hob. Make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Turn on the heat and bring the water to a boil so that the chocolate starts to melt.

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2) Meanwhile, peel your bananas and slice them into thick coin shapes of about 1 – 2cm thick.

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3) Using a kebab skewer, push one slice of the banana onto the end of it.

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4) By this time your chocolate should be at least part melted. Using a spoon, cover the banana with the melted chocolate, making sure it is covered fully. Note: Once the chocolate in the bowl has melted fully, make sure you remove the bowl from the heat to stop it burning.

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5) Remove the banana slice from the skewer using the spoon and place it onto some baking paper. Spread the back of the spoon over the top of the slice in order to cover the hole left by the skewer. Repeat this until all your ingredients are used up.

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6) Place the baking paper with the banana slices on into the fridge just long enough so that the chocolate can become solid. Once this has happened, you can peel the slices from the paper and then stack them up on top of each other into a container with a lid. Then place this in the freezer for several hours or overnight to allow the banana to become frozen. They are then ready to enjoy!

Mango, Lime and Coconut Icy Dessert

This experiment started off as a smoothie, but then I wondered what would it be like if I froze it and used it as a dessert.
I blended together a can of coconut milk, 3 mangoes and the juice of 2 limes. I then poured it into a ice cream tub and then put it in the freezer to freeze. It took almost a day to freeze for me. My husband says this is because of the lime juice. When you are ready to eat it, leave it out of the freezer for a bit and then hack off chunks with a spoon to get yummy fruity icy flakes. I think this would make a good recipe for home made ice lollies as it has a similar texture when frozen.


Purple Rain Nails

I started this design off by using a nude sort of grey/purple shade called ‘Vanilla’ from Barry M’s matte nail paints. I used 2 coats of this on all nails.

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Next I took a large dotting tool and a silver shade. I randomly placed dots on each nail but tried to focus them near the top of the nail. The aim was to have the dots appear like they are falling down the nail in a gradient kind of effect, with the top of the nail containing dots and the tips of the nails being plain.

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Next I took a smaller sized dotting tool and did the same on all nails with the same silver colour.

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Once this was dry I repeated the same previous 2 steps, but with a lilac colour. I overlapped both sizes of the lilac dots over the silver dots I had previously placed.

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Lastly, I repeated the same thing again, but with a darker purple colour. Again I overlapped this over the other dots in places. It’s better to not get carried away with the number of dots you place of each colour.