Wooo, hello my lovelies!
I’m back! Finally my nails are an appropriate nice length to begin painting again, so here we go:
First up is Rimmel Lycra Pro Rock n Roll – a classic, chic, fire-engine red. It’s just RED. If I had to, I’d say it leans more blue-toned – well there’s certainly no orange hues in this one!
This is beautiful – I don’t know why it took me so long to ever try a real red – I always thought that bluey or pinky colours look better on me, but this is now one of my favourite colours, and it’ll without doubt be a staple go-to colour; I mean, it goes with almost anything! Plus, it’s such a classic, I feel ever so chic and ‘done’ when I wear it.
Sadly my nails are still broken, weak and stubby, so there will be no new pics for a while… 😦
but here are some professional pics of me at the wedding, with my flag art. (hat tip to http://www.lenanydahl.com photography – the lady is a genius!)
The beige (Barry M, Lychee) was before the ceremony, the dark glitter (A England, Fated Prince) was for the day itself.
Bonus pic, this is what the rest of me looked like!
I tried making this today, am just about to ice it once cooled, then slice it tonight with friends!
The only tricky part was zesting the damn grapefruit!
Grapefruit Yogurt Cake
- 190g plain flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 230g plain whole-milk yoghurt
- 200g sugar [plus 1 tablespoon (13 grams)]
- 3 extra-large eggs
(this was originally a US recipe, apparently their eggs are way smaller, so their “extra large” is probably what we’d consider as medium. Well, that’s what I used, and it looks to have turned out fine…)
- 1 tablespoon grated grapefruit zest (approximately one large grapefruit)
*note that I used two normal sized grapefruit to get enough zest; plus a friend said that one fruit’s worth of zest doesn’t end up tasting much at all in the finished cake.
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 120ml vegetable oil
- 80ml freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
For the glaze:
- 120 grams icing sugar
- 2 tablespoons (30ml) freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
Preheat the oven to 180°C/160 fan. Grease & flour an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl.
In another bowl, whisk together the yoghurt, sugar, eggs, grapefruit zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it’s all incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the centre of the loaf comes out clean.
Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup grapefruit juice and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.
When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the grapefruit-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.
For the glaze, combine the icing sugar and grapefruit juice and pour over the cake.
Long time, no see! Finances are desperate, which has also lead to stress and nail-biting. So I’m taking a breather whilst I get back on track – both in terms of bank account and nail re-growth!
But today I realised that I totally didn’t post pictures of my nail art that I did for my friend’s wedding! She’s Swedish, he’s French, and here is what I created. Painstakingly and frustratingly slowly, I might add – what a labour of love to get the lines straight!
French flag – Barry M White – thick line down the centre of the nail. Revlon Red and L’Oreal Color Riche Rebel Blue complete the other stripes.
Swedish flag – base of L’Oreal Color Riche Rebel Blue and the cross is done in L’Oreal Color Riche Banana Pop.
All the other nails were done as neutrally and unobtrusively as possible, so I went for Barry M Lychee.
This combo was very much admired by guests (there is a better professional photo of it somewhere), and my wedding ‘gift’ of art was only out-shone by my mum, who managed to fall and break her wrist the night before she flew out! When the Fates heard she was going on a mini-break, I think they took her literally, haha!
I’m back! Finances mean I can’t really afford to keep buying new polish all the time, but here we are with a nail art post, using colours I already have in my collection.
I did a white base on all the nails apart from the ring fingers, which I did in blue.
I then got a bit stuck, because I don’t have any striping tape; so in desperation I grabbed some IKEA pencils I had lying around, dipping the tip in white to do “stars” dots over the blue, and to then do red lines down all the white nails.
And, predictably, the end result is shaky to say the least! but the thought is there, and next time I can think of a different approach. I’m tempted to make the whole thing out of dots, kind of like a Pointillism effect; so the red stripes would actually be a solid line created by dotting.
I’m going to be doing more flag nail art for my Swedish friend’s wedding to a Frenchman, so might try the technique for that.
This marks my first purchase of the Sally Hansen Complete Salon range of colours – I’d seen them abroad, but not really here, then suddenly they’re all over the place. I was innocently buying vegetables in my large local Sainsbury’s, and what do you think I found in the beauty aisle? And one little tiny bottle slipped into my trolley – Midnight in NY. (well, I couldn’t decide which colour to go for, so I went for the darkest possible!)
Pleasingly, this has a teeny amount of shimmer in it – I think that a black could risk looking rather flat if the formula isn’t up to scratch.
And oh my gosh, how much do I love this?! Black is surprisingly chic, works with my skin tone, and of course is the darkest of the dark polishes – my new crush! ❤
…lost her sheep, so the rhyme goes.
This latest colour is from Rimmel, a gorgeous dove grey is perhaps the best way of describing it. On the shelf, I thought it was the palest of pale greys, but on closer inspection, it has a whisper of blue in it. This is a gorgeous shade which is yet another ‘suitable for work’ type; and I really rather like it.