NYX Smokey Shadow Palette Makeup tutorial 1
It’s been forever since I have filmed one of these videos, I’ve missed them! I’ve got a bunch of new makeup recently, this palette being one, that I’ve been desperate to use in videos! I got it a little while ago and hauled it in this video. I had a few of you ask me to do a look using it so here you go! It’s pretty versatile, you could easily do a daytime look, or just use the glittery black for a sexy night time look. I’ll have all the products I used listed at the end of the post. Watch the video below or click hereNYX Smokey Shadow Palette

Products Used

NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
Beauty Blender
Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer
Elf Under Eye Setting Powder - Use the code PJQ118 for $10 off your first order.
Real Techniques Setting Brush
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer
Real Techniques Blush Brush
NYX Blush in Taupe
Sleek Blush By 3 Palette in Pink Lemonade - Icing Sugar
Elf Blush Brush - Use the code PJQ118 for $10 off your first order
NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Brunette
Real Techniques Brow Brush
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk 
Lorac Pro Palette - Taupe, White, Cream
Sigma E35
NYX Smokey Shadow Palette
Sigma E55
Elf Eyeshadow C Brush - Use the code PJQ118 for $10 off your first order
Sigma E25
NYX Super Skinny Marker
Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara
NYX Butter Lipstick in Fun Size
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Beige

Carina xx


Easter Cupcake Recipe 1
Any sort of holiday instantly brings baking to my mind. I love making themed cupcakes, cakes, biscuits or any other sort of baked treat. I’ve seen a few Easter cupcakes over the last couple of years but this one has to be my favourite. It would be the perfect think to make this long Easter weekend and it’s pretty simple and easy! Easter Cupcakes Recipe
Of course I had to involve Sesame in this, he’s my little Easter bunny! I think it took me about 100 shots to get this and even then the cupcake isn’t in focus! He wouldn’t stop moving around and I think he couldn’t have been less interested in the cupcake. He ended up getting a little annoyed at me and jumped at it which ended with him having icing all over his foot.. oops.
Easter Cupcake Recipe

Watch the video below or click here.


125g Butter
170g Castor Sugar
1tsp Vanilla
2 Eggs
325g Flour
1tsp Baking Powder
1Tbsp Sour Cream
125ml Milk

250g Butter
375g Icing Sugar
1tsp Vanilla
Food Colouring
Cadbury Mini Eggs

Beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Add vanilla and eggs one at a time. Stir in the remaining ingredients a mix until just combined. Spoon into 12 cupcake cases and place in a 180C oven for 15 minutes or until cooked. Cool.

For the icing, beat butter until light and creamy. Slowly add in icing sugar and beat until well combined. Add in the vanilla. Slowly add drops of food colouring until the desired colour is achieved. Pipe onto the cupcakes when cool. Add 3 mini eggs on top of each cupcake.

Carina xx


March GoodieBox Unboxing
Goodie Box is a monthly subscription service of beauty samples delivered straight to your door. It costs $25 per month + $4.50 shipping cost.

The value of this months box – $87.59

After receiving five of these GoodieBoxes I’ve finally decided to end my subscription. When I thought about how much the box is per month compared to the products, and I decided it wasn’t worth it. I love the idea of sample boxes and I love to receive them but I just find I never use the products and they aren’t quite what I would use on a daily bases. Saying all of that if you do like sample boxes I highly recommend GoodieBox! It’s a really great way to find new products and have a something exciting to open every single month.

Overall I’m not too pleased with this months box. The only product that I’m actually excited about is the Jemma Kid Eyeshadow Tone On Tone Duo. I’ll probably also get some use out of the Aveda hand cream, but the rest of the products I don’t think I’ll touch. I hate receiving foil packets in sample boxes.. I think they’re something you get for free all the time so to pay for them in sample box is kind of crap.
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Jemma Kidd Tone on Tone Duo (Full size worth $48) Cashmere like cream to powder shadow designed to enhance and illuminate your eyes. Non-creasing, intense metalic finish. Use lightly and evenly across eyes, layer for more definition.

Fan Di Fendi (1ml worth $3.43 Full size 30ml worth $103) A true floral with damascene rose and yellow jasmine on a dusky leather base.

Aveda Hand Relief (Full size 40ml worth $15) Rich moisturizing cream packed full of plant essence. Infused with vitamin A and E to help hydrate from the inside out, while making skin firmer and softer.
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Angel II Provence Range – Helichrysum Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner ( 16ml worth $1.58 Full size 400ml worth $39.50) The Helichrysum range is perfect for breathing new life into dull damaged hair. Vitamin A and E to prevent UVA+UVB damage that will revitalize your hair.

Angel II Provence Range – Orange Flower Shining Colour Shampoo and Colour Protect Hair Mask ( 16ml worth $1.58 Full size 400ml worth $39.50) Specifically designed for coloured hair, it’s natural protein factors will prevent against further fading and heat damage. The protective hair mask will strengthen hair from within.
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Manhattan Double Loop Lip Liner (Full size 6ml worth $18) Seductively smooth lip gloss has a flawlessly matched lip liner for double the punch rolled into one.

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate (Full Size Unknown worth) Hershey’s “Great American Chocolate Bar” is one of the all-time greats with its creamy taste and tear-apart blocks.

Carina xx


NYX Butter Lipstick Swatches
I am a huge fan of the NYX Butter Glosses so when I found out about the Butter Lipsticks I knew I had to get my hands on them. They were released in January 2014 and there are a total of 22 shades. I had to order mine online and they only had 12 shades in stock at the time *cry*

The name Butter Lipstick suggests that they will be a creamy hydrating lipstick that is the consistency of butter. This is completely true for pinks and darker shades but I just found the nudes didn’t gel too well with my lips. They didn’t apply very smoothly, they emphasised the lines in my lips and the colour payoff wasn’t the best. To get your lips the colour of the lipstick in tube you had to apply a lot, whereas the darker shades only took one or two swipes across the lips. They nudes aren’t terrible, but lets just say you can find better ones out there in a similar price range.

I love the packaging of the lipsticks. I’ve heard many people say it’s ‘cheap’ feeling but I love it. The plastic casing is the same colour as the lipstick inside which is an amazing help when your trying to find the perfect colour in a rush. It’s sturdy and basically just does the job. Definitely not luxury, but then again it is NYX if you want luxury packaging by a YSL lipstick for 10x the price.NYX Butter Lipstick Swatches
NYX Butter LipsticksLeft to Right: Bit of Honey, Sugar Wafer, Fun Size, Hubba Bubba, Gumdrop, Cotton Candy, Lollies, Fireball, Hot Tamale, Juju, Big Cherry.
NYX Butter Lipstick Swatch on Lips
If you are going to give a few of these a go I would recommend Cotton Candy, Lollies, Juju and Big Cherry. As soon as I find some back in stock I want to try out the darker colours in the range, especially the purple, perfect for this Autumn/Winter.

Watch the video below or click here.

Theses things are usually delicious (that’s to be debated for the black ones), although not these ones. If you haven’t heard of these before they’re regular jelly beans but each colour has two flavours. One of the flavours is usual like berry blue, coconut, and pear but the other flavour is vomit, dog food, and mouldy cheese. And yes they actually do taste like those flavours.. I’m not sure how, but I’m guessing with a whole bunch of artificial colours and flavours.

I’ve seen this video pop up on YouTube so much and I finally found a packet of these at the mall. It did take me a while to convince Matt to do the video with me though. If you want to see our reactions check out the video, it makes me laugh each time I watch it.

Watch the video below or click here.

Carina xx