Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Holiday Makeup Looks

As it's now Christmas break, I had some time to experiment a little with my makeup and here are two simple and light eye makeup looks that I've created. They are very basic, but I thought I'd still share the pictures. I wore the first eye makeup look on Christmas Eve. The second look was just an excuse so that I could try out my new liquid eyeliner! But I find that it's a more subtle eye look, suitable for any occasion really.

Look #1
Brown eye pencil (on upper lash line) with gold and brown eyeshadow

Look #2
Black liquid eyeliner with a neutral light pink and brown eyeshadow

Cecile xxx
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Monday, December 29, 2014

Holiday Baking: Gingerbread Cookies

 Took pictures while doing one of my favorite things ever: baking. This is holiday baking which makes it 10 times better! My sisters and I made gingerbread cookies this year for the first time, and they were a lot of fun to make and decorate. My sisters made this (really easy-to-make) gingerbread dough and we then added some pastel-colored icing, which made the results very pretty and holiday-themed. Go make some if you haven't already this month, because I guarantee you they taste as yummy as they look :)

For the dough:
350 g flour
4 teaspoons (10 g) yeast
170 g brown sugar
2 teaspoons of spices (cinnamon, anise, ginger, nutmeg, cloves or just a gingerbread mix)
100g soft butter
1 egg
100g sweet liquid honey
For the icing:
1 egg white
200 g of icing sugar

1. Preheat oven to 160 ° C.

2. Mix the dry ingredients together.
Add the butter and mix until it becomes crumbly.

3. Stir in the egg and honey and mix until the dough forms a ball.

4. Spread the dough with a rolling pin on a floured surface.
And now use cookie cutters or your imagination to shape your cookies.
Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or buttered).

5. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes until the cookies are golden/lightly brown.
Then let them cool for a few minutes.

6. Meanwhile prepare the icing by gradually adding the icing sugar with the egg white.
Once that is done, you are ready to decorate your gingerbread cookies!


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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Fall/Winter Playlist

I really wanted to share some songs I've been loving since September...You're probably thinking it's very late for this now, since it's December and everyone is getting in the Christmas spirit. But, hey, it's never too late, right? 

My music taste is definitely pop (and sometimes a little R&B). I love listening to all the new "hits" out there, so you probably know/heard some of them already. However, if you wanted a new album or artist to jam out to, then I hope this is helpful. Enjoy!

Oh, and also this is not in the order of my preferences, it's just everything I've been loving in general :)

1. Ariana Grande's new album "My Everything". My favorite songs off of it are "Be My Baby", "Love Me Harder", and "Break Your Heart Right Back". Also "Bang Bang" is sooo good, with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj!

 2. Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off". I haven't listened to her entire album "1989" yet, but I've been really liking "Welcome to New York" as well.
3. I've also been loving the new Maroon 5 hits: "Animals" and "Maps".
4. I LOVE Meghan Trainor! "All About That Bass" and "Dear Future Husband" are my faves but I really like the majority of her songs quite honestly. Her songs have an 80's vibe and they're super fun and uplifting. Please go listen to one of her songs if you haven't already, because they're that good. Major love for her songs! :)

5. One Direction's new album "Four" is amazayn! I'm quite a fan of them and I've been really enjoying their new sound on this album: I would decribe it as more chill and less pop than their previous songs. It's SO hard to pick a few favorite songs...but I'm going to say definitely "Steal My Girl", "Fireproof", and "Night Changes".

6. "The Heart Wants What It Wants" by Selena Gomez.

7. I have to include Katy Perry's "Birthday" and "This Is How We Do". They're fun pop songs that make you want to get up and dance!

8. Lately, I've been listening non-stop to "Superheroes", by The Script. This is one of those songs that make you want to sing along...well at least for me! Really like it!

9. I'm loving Emblem 3 at the moment. My favorite song of theirs is "3000 miles".

10. "Shower", by Becky G

11. "Boom Clap", by Charlie XCX

12. The famous Youtube singer Megan Nicole came out with her EP "Escape". I love "Electrified" and "Fun", which I listened to non stop! 


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