ANZAC Day Themed Cupcakes

The cakes themselves for my ANZAC day themed cupcakes were orange poppy (get it? Because the ANZAC symbolic flower is a poppy) and yes I admit, I did cheat with these cupcakes - I bought the batter. In all honesty I do regret it, as I was really not impressed with the flavour, and the pre-made cream cheese icing was kind of gross, but I was really only interested in doing the decorations. 

you will need 
100g Room temperature butter 
100g Room temperature cream cheese
450g Icing sugar 
2tbsp milk or cream 
Green, red and blue food colouring
Chocolate sprinkles
Paper flags taped to toothpicks 
1. Using an electric mixer or mix-master beat butter and cream cheese together for at least 3 minutes or until the reach a much paler yellow colour.
2. Gradually add in the icing sugar - too much and you will get an explosion of powder in your face. Take your time mixing - with buttercream icing  patients is a virtue!
3. Add cream or milk and continue to beat until mixture is thick and creamy!
4. Evenly separate the icing into three bowls.
5. For the lightest green I used a small amount of green dye. For the darkest green I used a mix of green and a small amount of blue dye. For the brown icing I used a mix of green and a small amount of red and blue dye. Try not to add too much dye as it seems to thin out the consistency of the buttercream. 
6. I was pretty messy with my application - Camouflage is never really very neat, so don't freak out if the colours bump up against each other and mix.
7. I used the sprinkles to help the little solider men stand out more - its almost like they have a little platform to stand on. 
8. Place your flag and solider at the centre of the cupcake and voila 

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Makeup Forever Matt Velvet Plus

For maybe the past two years my go to foundation, for occasions where I need flawlessly covered but not cakey skin, has been my Makeup Forever Matte Velvet Plus #30. It was from Makeup by TiffanyD that I first ever heard of this brand let alone this product. Part of the oily-skinned-gals club herself, she is someone that I dearly respect and trust in terms of product recommendations.

So I did a little bit of hunting around and came across a website called mediamakeupstore.  Not only are they one of the few Australian disrtibutors of Makeup Forever, but they also have in place a fabulous system that gives you a chance to sample different products for free.  They do have limit, of four samples per order, but you can still try a few different shades to find the perfect match - and they do have such a great range of shades with different tones (pink, beige, yellow etc).

Don't be put off this foundation just because it is advertised as having matte finish. Unlike other standard matte foundations, Matte Velvet Plus doesn't leave your skin looking flat, dull or powdery. It just gives you a non-dewy base to work with, that almost looks airbrushed and leaves your skin looking illuminated from the inside. I am always so impressed with my skin when I use this!

As far as staying power / longevity goes its pretty darn good. The only foundation I have ever found to match it is actually another Makeup Forever product (White Definition Powder). If I am wearing it for hours on end, I do notice that the coverage around my chin and jawline fade slightly, but thats usually the area of my face that I touch the most, from resting on my hand, brushing hair out of my face etc. And if you are using a powder to set it in place, which in my opinion you really don't need but it doesn't hurt, you might not notice any fading at all.  
Despite being a high end brand, I honestly don't think the pricing is too outrageous. Yes $61 AUD is a lot of money but I have had my bottle coming on 2 years now and I'm only just running low. With this product a little bit really goes a long way so you don't have to worry about repurchasing too often! I have never had an issue - in the form of breakouts, rashes, bad smell, oxidising (when your foundation slowly starts to develop that orange tinge) etc - with this product and I truly think that if you try it you will agree with me - and those who have tried it I know will back me on this - it is well worth the investment

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Beautiful Gold Jewellery Haul - Kmart, Equip and Lovisa

I just cannot get enough of gold jewellery these days. When I was younger my mum took me to a colourist/stylist, who told me that I shouldn't wear gold, that I should stick to silver. For a couple years I stuck very strictly to this, but in the last year or so I have been timidly dipping my toe in in gold and just loving it. In my opinion gold its just so much more pretty, glamorous, noticeable and royal.
The first shop I hit up was Kmart and I was on the hunt for a long gold necklace with a Owl. I bought one years ago from Diva but on a crazy night out with some friends, it was unfortunately a casualty. I used to always get compliments about it and girls asking me where I got it from. bargain - it was only like $8.

Equip, I have found is slightly cheaper than Lovisa, but it doesn't have same volume of gold jewellery! I only picked up two items here, but already the long necklace with the loop has become a staple for me.

When I was moseying around Lovisa I had in mind that I wanted some kind of gold bracelet with crystals in it. These two hand accessories where a bit of an impulse buy, and a lot more dramatic than I am used to but I am so excited to wear them out. I will admit that they can get a little in the way, especially when putting on coats and jumpers!

The body jewellery was another impulse buy, but I think it will be so flattering as it works almost like a belt - tapering in at the waist and also accentuating the size of dem boobies - oh yeah 



Hand-me-down from my cousin 

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