Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sweet bombonniere

I decided to have edible bombonniere for the Perth celebration after i saw chocolate covered strawberries sprinkled with edible glitter last year at, which is no longer in existence. They look like this:

The company also used to make truffles with glitter.

The glitter really caught my eye and i thought edible bombonniere was a fantastic idea; cheaper, easier and tastier than trying to find trinkets that everyone would like and wouldn't break the bank.

I decided on strawberries and Oreo truffles, and i've just done a trial of the truffles. I adapted the original Kraft recipe by using sweetened condensed milk instead of the cream cheese so they can be kept out of the fridge.

Oreo Truffles

½ tin condensed milk (a 375g tin)
1 ½ packets (150g packet) Oreos
175g dark cooking chocolate
50g white cooking chocolate

Turn Oreos into crumbs in food processor, then add the condensed milk and process until mixed. Shape into balls and freeze for a few minutes. Melt the dark chocolate and dip the balls using 2 forks. Melt the white chocolate, place it into a piping bag with a small round nozzle and drizzle it over the truffles.

Makes 19 truffles.

The mixture was the teensiest bit too wet so i'd add a few more Oreos next time. Other than that it went well and was very easy to make. I haven't yet taste tested them as i ate far too much of the leftover chocolate before washing up! The bit of leftover truffle mix i tasted though was delicious, sweet but not sickly - but saying that i wouldn't eat more than a few in a sitting.

I've ordered the edible glitter from eBay so will hopefully receive it at the end of this week, and will have a play around with it. I think it needs to be mixed with vodka/white rum/gin so that it sticks to chocolate, whereas you can just sprinkle it on icing.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Hairstyle fail

Had a hair trial yesterday and decided that i just can't manage pin curls. I could make them ok, but i couldn't make them stand up properly like in the picture and so they were just flat curls on my head. It's too difficult to try on your own head.

So i've decided i'm going to do a bun. I'll make a DIY bun donut, wrap my ponytail around it high on my head, leaving the front parts of my hair out. I'll french braid those and wrap them round the back of my head, crossing over and finishing up at the front of the bun. This will be much easier than the curls and i'm relieved now as i can easily do my hair - less stress on the day. Just got to hunt down a brown sock to cut up for the donut.

Monday, February 15, 2010

After photos of the Danne Bihaku treatment

We took the after photos of my skin this morning before work. It's now been two weeks after the last treatment so my skin should have settled into how it will now stay. I've uploaded the images below in order - before, during and after so you can see the difference. I can't recommend this treatment enough, it's done wonders for my skin, evening out the colour and also hydrating it (i like to think my fine lines are reduced too!). Definitely worth it.

I think i'll go back for a one week treatment (if i can afford it) just before the wedding, see if some of the stubborn freckles and marks can be faded even more :)




Monday, February 8, 2010

Mineral makeup test

I wore the Ivory today for work. It's a little paler than my usual makeup, but blends in with my skin tone and matches my neck - my previous makeup was more yellow and a little darker so my face looked a different colour to my neck (only very slight, but would be noticeable in photos). I applied it fairly sheer, and it's stayed on ok. I think wearing a primer underneath would improve it's smoothness and staying power. Might try it out Friday.

In the finishes, Intensive is the only one that doesn't reflect back in flash photos. Original Glo, Semi-matte and Matte all have shimmery bits that look good in life but turn into white pinpricks under flash.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Makeup samples have arrived

My foundation samples arrived from Everyday Minerals on Friday. I tried them on immediately (on my inner forearm) and was amazed to find there was one colour too light for me. That almost never happens! That was the Sandy Fair and will be perfect as a concealer. The colour that matched me best was Ivory, but of course i will need to try them on my face to be sure. Will do that later today.

In order from left to right they are: Fawn, Sandy Fair, Ivory and Linen.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Bihaku finished

On Thursday, i had my final liftoff treatment. All done! My skin is a lot clearer, several of my workmates have noticed and commented :) My therapist has said that it can take up to two weeks for all the old skin cells to peel off, so i'll take the final after photo next week and post it.

I'm continuing on with some home prescriptives to keep the pigmentation from recurring. My therapist knew i was on a tight budget so kept the products to a minimum, so on my last appointment i bought a Vitamin C serum, Melanoplex creme and Herb & Mineral mist. I already have Super Bright and Retinase at home, which will be alternated at night to fade and prevent pigmentation, and the Melanoplex is used during the day to prevent. Vitamin C i use both am and pm. I put the Super Bright quite heavily on three dark patches that are left on my cheeks (look like sunspots) and this morning they were very dark; i hope that means they're almost ready to peel off!