Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Liner | Beauty Review

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Liner and brush lying on a table; the eyeliner is in a glass pot, with the lid removed
I've had some pretty surprising compliments on my eyeliner lately; I'm a bit of a self-professed eyeliner newbie, so it's not something I'm really used to (not that it's not welcome!), but, after L'Oreal's Super Liner (reviewed here) quite literally fell apart when I went to use it one morning, the lovely Mel recommended I try Maybelline's 'Lasting Drama' Gel Liner, and I haven't looked back.
Swatches of Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Liner on a hand
As you can (hopefully!) see from the above picture, 'Lasting Drama' is an extremely pigmented formula, and as a result, you really don't need much product to get a rich, dramatic line; the fact that the formula is so smooth and creamy also makes the application process a breeze (and that's coming from someone who couldn't get a liquid line straight if her life depended on it!), and means that, should your eyeliner skills be slightly-below-average, it's very easy to fix any imperfections with a cotton bud, completely smudge-free.
I'm also a huge fan of the brush included with the eyeliner, as it couldn't be more perfect for creating precise lines; whilst I love a winged look, I'm all about thin lines that don't overshadow my eye make-up, and the gel brush in this set allows for just that - of course, it's vital that you keep it clean, and I'd recommend wiping it with a face wipe after every use to make sure those lines are as thin as possible!

The one thing I am always a little skeptical about, when it comes to gel liners, is the staying power - whilst I can't confirm that it lasts for the 24 hours it claims to (I really can't think of a situation where I'd need an eyeliner to last that long, honestly, but I'll let you know if one comes up!), for the 12-18 hours a day I do wear it, it stays completely opaque, and even the wings don't smudge; whilst this might not work too well for anyone looking for more of a 'smokey' look, it's ideal as far as I'm concerned, and I'll be sticking with it for a long time!

Would I recommend it? In a heartbeat!
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Liner retails for £7.99, and is available at both Boots and Superdrug.

Spinach, Feta & Red Pepper Filo Quiche | Low Cal Recipe

low calorie low fat spinach, red pepper, and filo quiche in a baking tin, just out of the oven
Bank holiday weekends in my little world are a laid-back affair; rolling out of bed slightly later than is usually allowed, a little too late for breakfast, so you make it brunch, instead. Spend the day watching rubbish TV, Disney movies, doing one or two little DIY projects...maybe bake.
This 'quiche' is perfect for a bank holiday weekend; it takes just over half an hour to whip up, and tastes great either cold or re-heated the following day.
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I know shortcrust pastry is more traditional for quiches, but I personally find filo pastry a lot easier to work with (or, as one of my friends said to me this morning: 'you're Greek, don't you use filo for everything?') - it does have quite a bad reputation as being 'difficult', but as along as you take it out of the fridge about five minutes before you need it and work quickly, it's pretty simple to use.
garlic and onion frying in pan frozen spinach defrosting and cooked, wilted spinach spinach and garlic and onion frying in pan garlic. spinach, and onion mixed with egg in bowl
The filling itself is simple, but delicious; of course, you can mix it up a little, use whatever you have in your fridge, but I'm a huge fan of the spinach/feta/red pepper combination. Fresh spinach is best, if you have it, but you can use frozen (as I did, this time around!) if you happen to have some.
For the version I'm sharing, the process is pretty simple - it's just a case of chopping some onions and peppers, sautéing them with your spinach, and stirring the cooled mixture into some beaten eggs, and feta, before pouring it all into your filo crust and popping it in the oven. 

Simple, but delicious. 
Spinach, Feta & Red Pepper Filo Quiche:
Serves 4. 

  • 3 sheets filo pastry
  • 320g frozen spinach (or a bag of fresh)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 60g feta cheese
  • 4 medium eggs
  1. Preheat the oven to 190°, gas mark 5. Line a 8-inch springform cake tin with the filo pastry; start by placing one sheet into the pan, and pressing it lightly into the creases, ensuring there are no gaps; don't worry if there are small tears! Do the same with the second sheet, placing it in the opposite direction, so the two form a cross-shape in your tin. Now, using the third sheet, fill in any gaps in the base or sides of the pastry, tearing it if you need to.
    Be sure to break off any pieces of filo which hang over the sides of the tin, as it'll be much harder to do once the quiche has cooked!
  2. If you're using frozen spinach, defrost it according to the information on the package; about 5 minutes in a 750 Watt microwave. Set aside.
  3. Dice your onion and bell pepper. Lightly spray a frying pan with oil, and cook the onion on a medium heat until it just turns transparent, about 3-4 minutes, then add the bell pepper and continue to cook for another 2 minutes. Add the spinach for about a minute, combining the ingredients, then remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. Whilst the filling is cooling slightly, crumble the feta in a bowl - I find the best way to do this is to 'mash' it with a fork (technical term!). Crack the four eggs into this mixture, beating them into the feta. Now add the slightly cooled spinach mixture, and combine.
  5. Pour the filling into your filo pastry case, and place the quiche onto the middle shelf of the oven for 25-35 minutes, until the quiche is completely firm all the way through, and the filo pastry is crisp.
How are you spending your bank holiday? Do let me know if you try this quiche - and you can check out my other recipes here!
This quiche contains 260 calories per slice, based on four servings per quiche.

Skinkiss Caffeine-Infused Tights | Product Review

caffeine infused tights designed to get rid of cellulite
I have to make a bit of a confession: when it comes to weight loss and 'toning up', I'm a complete sucker for anything that offers a bit of a quick fix or helping hand. Don't get me wrong, there's no substitute for healthy eating and exercise, but sometimes, the allure of a product which might help those 'trouble areas' is far too great, even if they far too often fall a little short of their claims.
When I heard about Skinkiss' caffeine-infused tights, though, which claim to have microcapsules of caffeine woven directly into the fabric, releasing them into the legs to improve the speed at which they burn fat, I just knew I had to get my hands on a pair.
thickness of caffeine infused tights opacity of caffeine infused tights designed to get rid of cellulite
The pictures above should give you a rough idea of the opacity, or you can (just about!) see me wearing them here.
I do have one slight issue with the tights, which I feel the need to mention before I go onto the results; I tend to wear tights ranging between 30 - 100 denier all-year round (yes, even when it's this hot), just because I feel they're slightly more flattering, but Skinkiss' caffeine tights are sheer.  So thin, it took me about ten minutes to put them on for the first time, in fact. Whilst it's not enough to stop me from wearing them, I'd definitely like to see a more opaque version, especially for the upcoming winter months.
Aside from that, I do have to say the price was a bit of a downside for me - with three pairs to a pack, each pair of tights clocks in at just under £8.50 each - a bit steep, considering each pair only contains enough caffeine to last five washes!

Results? I have to say, I started noticing a difference in my legs' toning on pretty much the second or third day of wearing the tights, but was a little skeptical that it might all be down to wishful thinking, so I waited until I'd been wearing them for a little longer to take measurements.
Reviews on the tightsplease website claim losses of anything between 0.5cm to 1.5 inches, and whilst this did seem a little 'too good to be true' to me, after 2 weeks of wearing these tights for about 10-12 hours a day, I've lost an inch off of my hips! Although I've been sticking to my healthy eating and pilates, this is definitely more than I'd ever expect to have lost over 14 days, so I'm pretty happy with the results - let's just hope it stays off if I stop wearing them every day!

Skinkiss Caffeine Infused Tights are available in both black and nude from Tightsplease, and retail at £25.48 for a pack of three (*).

A Line in a Song | Outfit Post

breton top and khaki bottoms with a leather jacket on a girl with ombre hair
close up of a filigree heart gold necklace over a breton striped top close up of a gold brass arrow bracelet
Jacket: Primark
Tee: H&M
Trousers: New Look
Necklace: Forever 21
Bracelet: Sevinoma

I normally avoid trousers like the Plague as I'm a bit self-conscious of my hips & thighs, but I grabbed these New Look skinnies on a whim last year and fell head-over-heels for the flattering cut; I'm hoping they'll have something similar this season, as I'd quite happily stock up on a range of colours (am I the only one who does this when they find an item they adore?).

This whole outfit was really just a bit of a 'throw on and go' look for me, honestly; I usually spend a little too much time on choosing an outfit every morning, but I'm feeling a bit under the weather today - barely wanted to drag myself out of bed - so I reached for my trusty Breton tee, which I find pretty hard to go wrong with.

Part of Me | Outfit

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Dress: AX Paris
Necklace: Forever 21

When I first started this blog, and started sharing some of my outfits with the Blogosphere, I was in a bit of a style rut, and I had one real goal; to try and get myself out of my comfort zone, fashion-wise, and try out some looks I wouldn't normally, and this dress is a perfect example of that.

I umm-ed and ahh-ed over experimenting with the cut-out trend for a while, but finally decided to take the plunge on my birthday, and am firmly in love - I do so love it when a risk pays off!

What's the biggest 'fashion risk' you've taken lately? Which trends, if any, are you on the fence about?
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