Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Sleek i-Divine Ultra Mattes V1 Brights Palette | Swatches & Review

On a recent hunt for some new budget eye shadow palettes, I came across the Sleek i-Divine ranges and decided to give them a try. I chose two completey different colour palettes, one being the Sleek i-Divine Ultra mattes V1 Brights Palette. I also have a review of the second palette which is the Sleek i-Divine Oh So Special Palette here in this previous post

Included in this post are swatches, my review of the V1 Brights Palette as well as links of where you can get it cheaper than I got mine should you wish to try it yourself.
Sleek i-Divine Ultra Mattes V1 Brights Palette swatch review
Get It Cheaper Here | Sleek i-Divine Ultra mattes V1 Brights Palette
Sleek i-Divine Ultra Mattes V1 Brights Palette swatch review
Get It Cheaper Here | Sleek i-Divine Ultra mattes V1 Brights Palette

The Palette
The colours are a complete bright range at sight, with the eye shadows having a powdery matte consistency. This palette comes with twelve colours : chill, pout, sugarlite, dragon fly, pucker, bammi, cricket, bolt, strike, floss, crete and powi. It also comes with a black double ended sponge tip applicator.
Sleek i-Divine Ultra Mattes V1 Brights Palette swatch review
Get It Cheaper Here | Sleek i-Divine Ultra mattes V1 Brights Palette
Sleek i-Divine Ultra Mattes V1 Brights Palette swatch review
Get It Cheaper Here | Sleek i-Divine Ultra mattes V1 Brights Palette
  
Swatches
The most pigmented shadow I found out of the 12, was bolt. However it does change colour as the day goes by, I guess due to oxidisation. Though the colours do look very bright, most of them I found were actually not too pigmented when applied. From my experience using this palette, a few layers were required in order to create bright enough look. Therefore if all you need is a light touch of colour, this might work well. Having said that, I do have a couple of favourite shadows from the palette.
Sleek i-Divine Ultra Mattes V1 Brights Palette swatch review
Swatches


My favourites are, sugarlitedragon fly and bolt whiles my least favourite colours are: chillpoutpuckerbammi and strike. A lot, I know, but the choice was based on how long they lasted after application as well as the amount I needed to pack on for a good look. The colour cricket, I am ok with, and the last three colours, flosscrete and powi, I feel work well for highlighting. The reason for the three mentioned being my most favourite is that they do last a bit longer and apply easier, especially bolt.
Sleek i-Divine Ultra Mattes V1 Brights Palette swatch review
First row of shadows
Sleek i-Divine Ultra Mattes V1 Brights Palette swatch review
Second row of shadows

To conclude, this palette works as a beginner alternative or for anyone who doesn't really care to wear much makeup. Personally I feel the low pigmentations make some of the shadows particularly tricky to wear on their own, on a daily basis. However, when used to compliment more pigmented shadows, they work quite well. As with the Sleek i-Divine Oh So Special Palette in this previous post, this palette does have parabens, just as a note to anyone who is a paraben conscious buyer.

I would love to know in the comments below, if you have tried this palette and if it worked for you.

xoxo
Yvonne Dzifa
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Monday, 26 October 2015

H&M Sales Picks To Style | Autumn Casual Dinner Out

Browsing through the H&M sales section, I came across a few pieces with very good sale prices for their quality. In this post, I have picked three of H&M's 100% leather pieces on sale, styling them together with other pieces to create a relaxing casual early autumn dinner outfit! All of these picks are on sale online currently, links to each item are included should you wish to check them out! Just click on the descriptions below each picture.

Around this time of the year, the weather is not as chilled as it gets from December onwards. So my first piece is this beautiful leather biker jacket below. Premium quality, 100% leather and currently on sale with more than 50% price reduction! This jacket has zip, stud and quilted detailing and is definitely not a bad piece to add to the wardrobe. Aren't zips one of the most stylish details to have on clothes and accessories? However, the Forever 21 Faux Fur-Trim Hooded coat from this previous post about coats, would be a great alternative too. A scarf as well for a little bit more comfort. I chose the pleated scarf as it is not too heavy and is just the right material for extra warmth on your way. In addition is a delicate white lace sleeved blouse which you can get away with when a black vest is worn underneath for warmth. More details below.

H&M 100% Leather Biker Jacket
100% Leather Biker Jacket | H&M

H&M Pleated Scarf
Pleated Scarf | H&M

H&M Lace Sleeved Blouse
Lace Sleeved Blouse | H&M

H&M Black Jersey Top
Black Jersey Top | H&M
                                                
H&M Two-Strand Necklace
Two-Strand Necklace | H&M

H&M Stretch Trousers
Stretch Trousers | H&M
                                                                                                                  
H&M 100% Leather Boots
100% Leather Boots | H&M

H&M 100% Leather Clutch
  100% Leather Clutch | H&M
More delicate is a gold necklace just for an accent. Never mind it being a gold colour, this two strand necklace is just the right one from the sales section. Black stretch trousers for days when legging just won't do, another definite staple for the wardrobe to go with all sorts of boots. Talking about boots, I found this beauty above! Also 100% leather, so very genuine and chic in style, yet a comfortable piece. Alternatively, take a pick from one of the buckled boots from this previous post about boots for an edgier style. A final accessory would be a simple clutch to hold just the essentials for a relaxing evening. This 100% leather croc effect clutch with an internal zip compartment is the final sale item for the occasion. Simplicity!

I hope you like my picks for a casual dinner out. Do let me know in the comments below, what your favourite piece is. If you do style any of them, don't forget to tweet me @yvonnedzifa on twitter or share an instagram photo also @yvonnedzifa.

xoxo
Yvonne Dzifa
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Sunday, 25 October 2015

En Route To Blackpool Beach, The Train Journey | A Day In Blackpool Part 1

Which of the beaches in the UK have you been to? I had heard a lot about Blackpool beach but I had never been to visit. In actual fact, the only UK beach I had experienced were Skegness and Southend beaches. So towards the end of summer, I mentioned to my husband that Blackpool beach was somewhere I definitely wanted to visit for the day this year. Just a day in the city, just to experience it and decide if it would be a place to visit again. There are other popular beaches which I would love to visit as well, especially Brighton beach. So we set a date, to do this thing, as to be quite honest we needed a quick tourist break. I share pictures of our trip and how it went in this post and more to come.

Starbucks mocha en route to Blackpool beach
Mocha-Locha

We set off early in the morning, super eager for the train journey itself. First off, we went over to Starbucks to grab a breakfast to go. In true fashion, my name was spelt wrongly on the cup and also given to my husband, hehe. We both got a mocha. I had my favourite to get from Starbucks, which is their lovely fruit toast with jam and butter and hubby had a swirl. Morning trips like this are pretty cool especially on a weekday. Most people were at work at the time so this meant that our train was only carrying people who were heading to the beach. There was more than ample space for sitting! 
Starbucks fruit toast en route to Blackpool beach
My Favourite thing to get from Starbucks

Starbucks swirl en route to Blackpool beach
Swirl

Though I have lived in a few cities, the major part of my growing up life was lived in a small town with villages around it. Therefore, I have always loved the space and beauty the country has to offer. The main happy factor en route, were the views from the train window. I actually took all of these nature pictures through the window whiles the train was either standing or moving. I don't know about you but one thing I do love about train journeys, is the country views especially when moving from one city to the other.
Brick and leaves en route to Blackpool beach
Brick and Green
Greenery en route to Blackpool beach
Green!

Hubby looking chill and cool. We were both definitely looking forward to more. Everything was very calm and peaceful even though there were a few people on the train equally eager to get to Blackpool.
Lovely husband en route to Blackpool beach
= Love

Motion blur! Though I did not plan to, I captured the first motion blur. Then once I saw how happy it made me just to look at it, I decided to capture more!
motion blur en route to Blackpool beach
First motion blur
motion blur en route to Blackpool beach
And the blur continued
motion blur en route to Blackpool beach
Moving train

motion blur en route to Blackpool beach
Moving train

On to some country scenery and towns in a distance. Sun bathing cows and farmland. The skies and the weather were extremely kind to us on this day. As much as we were looking forward to getting to the beach, I think the journey was almost equally interesting. Never Enough!
sleeping sunbathing cows en route to Blackpool beach
Sleeping cow
Farmland en route to Blackpool beach
Farmland
Farmland en route to Blackpool beach
Farm
town in a distance en route to Blackpool beach
Distant town
Almost at Blackpool now, in the next post, I shall share more shots of the experience in this city and the beach. Have you been to Blackpool yourself? How was your journey there and what mode of transport did you go by. I would love to know in the comments below!
fields en route to Blackpool beach
Fields En route to Blackpool
fields and a lake en route to Blackpool beach
Fields En route to Blackpool
xoxo
Yvonne Dzifa
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Friday, 23 October 2015

Glorious Skies And Nature | Pictures Of The Week 3

Week 3 of my pictures of the week series! This week has been a good week and I hope yours has been too! Thank God it's Fri-yay! These lovely pictures show how great the weather has been in my area. Not too cold and clear skies. The skies have been blue, we haven't had much rain and the leaves have been turning even more yellow whiles their volume on the ground has increased. I hope you enjoy this weeks pictures too.


And off we went! Shoes and legs shots are one of my favourite pictures to take as in last weeks pictures here. I also love to vlog these as part of some of the vlogs on my Vlog Channel. Hubby in smart shoes and me going for comfort! I love shots like this and will probably continue to do so.
Shoes and legs pictue
Shoes and legs
The skies covered in contrails behind the silhouette of a building and trees. Also particularly very blue with the sun peaking out of the lot. Glorious!
Contrails and blue skies
Contrails and blue
More peaking of the sun and its rays! Sometimes, it amazes me to see this all the time and I never get tired of it.
Sun rays
Sun rays
Sun rays
Sun rays
An object where it shouldn't be. Perhaps I could have picked up someones leftover and put it where it should be, but I thought it might be more interesting to capture the anomaly.
Someones rubbish
£0.49p
My forest. I have claimed it, yes. It is mine. I almost always take a picture when I pass by!
forest
Forest
forest
Forest and leaves
And finally, a Friday cheat treat! I hope you enjoyed this weeks pictures. Don't forget to share and thumbs up if you liked these shots. And have a lovely weekend ahead!
friday night chinese

xoxo
Yvonne Dzifa
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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

How To Make Healthy Protein Balls | For Healthy Snacking And A Post Workout Treat

Healthy protein balls, filled with natural sugars and made at home! Very quick and easy too. This snack will definitely help when in the peckish mood. Especially after a workout or in the evening! Playing around with some ingredients, I came up with a recipe which you could also try. This protein filled sweet snack definitely makes a great substitute for eating too much of some of the ingredients used on their own. For instance, a healthy portion of almonds is a great source of protein, healthy fats and minerals. However, almonds can be very calorific when too much of it is eaten. Do give this recipe a try and let me know how you like it. 
healthy protein balls post workout snack
Healthy protein snack balls

healthy protein balls post workout snack
Healthy protein snack balls

Ingredients
This recipe makes about 14 medium balls.
  • 1 cup of slightly salted whole almonds or a cup of almond powder (you can also use plain almonds)
  • 1/2 a cup of flaxseed and goji berry mix (you can also use your own choice of a nutritious seed and berry mix)
  • 1/2 a cup of sultanas or raisins
  • 2 cups of seedless dates (you can chop these up to make them easier to blend)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of nutmeg powder

You will also need 
A blender
Some measuring cups and spoons 
A bowl to store your snacks in
healthy protein balls post workout snack utensils
Tools
healthy protein balls post workout snack almonds ingredient
Almonds
healthy protein balls post workout snack flaxseed goji berry mix ingredients
Flaxseed and goji berry mix
healthy protein balls post workout snack sultanas ingredient
Sultanas
healthy protein balls post workout snack dates ingredient
Dates
healthy protein balls post workout snack nutmeg and salt
Nutmeg and salt

Anndd…let's go!
1. If you are using whole almonds, begin by blending your almond into a powder, together with the nutmeg and salt.
2. Once this is nicely blended, add in your dates and blend the mixture at intervals. The mixture might begin to stick together, therefore use a spoon to separate it in between blending in order to make blending easier.
3. Add in your raisins or sultanas. This makes the mixture extra sticky therefore you can again use the spoon to separate it and make blending easier. Thats your blending done!
healthy protein balls post workout snack blending
Blend!

4. Finally add in your seed and berry mix powder and give everything a final mix with your spoon.
5. Transfer the mixture into a bowl.
healthy protein balls post workout snack mixture
Healthy protein snack balls mixture

6. Now using your clean hands, begin to take small amounts of the mixture and shape into balls. The texture of the dates and raisins/sultanas will make this easy to do as the mixture will happily stick together.
healthy protein balls post workout snack mixture
Healthy protein snack balls

healthy protein balls post workout snack mixture
Healthy protein snack balls

Et Voila! These tasted pretty good and as you can see, requires no cooking at all. My husband was a happy man having these for snacks and I, was a happy lady. I hope you can try it too and if you do, please let me know how it went @yvonnedzifa on twitter or instagram.
healthy protein balls post workout snack
Healthy protein snack balls

xoxo
Yvonne Dzifa
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