Rose & Raspberry Infused Lemonade

Saturday, October 25, 2014

 It wouldn't be Spring without whipping up some Infused Lemonades, now would it? Perfect for a picnic or days spent lounging around the garden with friends. I love making these every so often and trying different flavours. I made mine with rose and/or raspberry but you can literally make them with anything! Lavender or strawberries are also really lovely to infuse it with. This is a recipe that I recreated from Lauren Conrads Rose Infused Lemonade. As you can see from my photos, I've made some tweaks to the recipe and added raspberries. They're a really nice touch & add a hint of sweetness!

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • Raspberries
  • lemon slices for garnish
  • pink food colouring (optional)
  • rose petals
  • ice cube tray

  1. Boil enough water to fill an ice cube tray, let cool, then fill tray half way. Freeze. Once frozen, place rose petals and raspberries in each cube and fill to the top with water. Freeze until all cubes are completely frozen.

  2. Heat sugar and water on stove to dissolve sugar. Put sugar syrup mixture in the fridge and let cool for 2-3 hours.

  3. Juice lemons. Place lemon juice in a pitcher with sugar syrup, water, and rose water.

  4. Stir mixture and pour into glasses. Serve with rose petal & raspberry ice cubes. You can also add extra raspberries and lemon slices on top for decoration, as well as a couple drops of pink food colouring.
  5. Enjoy!

Tips For Growing Your Blogs Audience

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Sunday Chapter opened in June 2014, and one thing I am often asked, is how did I gain almost 1,000 followers in that time. These are a few tips that I follow that have helped grow my audience and blog into what it is today. Hopefully they help you too!

One of the things that really grew my blogs audience was when I created and connected all my social media platforms together. That includes Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, etc. Make sure your blog link is placed somewhere on all of them to make it easy for people to find you. Follow the brands, companies and PRs you want to connect with, like photos, comment and be active. You can also download apps such as Buffer to schedule tweets with your posts to accommodate for different time zones.

When I first started, my posts were all over the place. Now, I don't have a schedule where I post on specific days, but I do post at the same time every 2-3 days to keep it as consistent as I can. When people know the time or days you post, it will attract them back to your blog.

This applies mostly to Instagram and Twitter. When you post a photo, such as one linking to a new post, make sure to link/tag any brands in it. This will help your blog get noticed and those brands may repost your tweet or photo. I always make sure to tweet brands if I have posted a review of their products. Remember, you want to get the name of your blog out there as much as possible, but in a tasteful way. This will also help PRs and other companies notice your blog, follow back and possibly keep an eye on it.

I'm not one to check stats or focus on them too much, but they can be really helpful to have. All blogging hosts already have statistics built in, such as Blogger and Wordpress, but if you're more serious about blogging I highly suggest creating a Google Analytics account. It has far more reliable and accurate statistics and you'll need them if you're in contact with PRs to create a media kit. I tend to take a look at my statistics to check which of my posts have been the most read and viewed, so I know to write more on that topic.

Creativity and individuality are two very important things you'll need in blogging. Try to differentiate your posts and writing from other blogs. If your blog is full of beauty reviews why not break it up and do a different type of beauty post. For example, if you're going to do a review on a pink lipstick, instead maybe add it to a 'Favourite Pink Lips' post or a 'Brand Focus' post.

This may not apply to some of you, but when I read a blog, I love to know the face and personality behind the blog. I'm a lot more likely to give it a follow. Putting a face to your blog helps establish relationships and readers will identify with you more. You might want to do a more personal post, include photos from your life, yourself or just give people a bit of insight into who you are!

Don't get discouraged if you don't gain a follow in a day or even in a week. Blogging takes so much time and patience but you also need to remember it's not all about the followers, it's about doing something you enjoy. Blogging is hard work and most bloggers who we all look up to have been at it for years to get to where they are, so don't give up. It's definitely not something that happens overnight!

My Morning Routine

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This has been quite a highly requested post and one I'm really excited to share with you all. I don't know about you guys, but I love reading morning & evening routines so I thought it was time to share mine. Enjoy! (P.s. it's a bit of a picture heavy post!)

The Bedroom Guide

Monday, October 20, 2014

Your bedroom is one of, if not, the most important room of the house. It's a place where you should feel most comfortable and it should be a getaway within our homes. This guide isn't just designed for people wanting to start designing a bedroom from scratch - but for those wanting to change your bedrooms around a bit or even just add a few things that make you happy.

Napoleon Perdis Pro Lips

Thursday, October 16, 2014

These black and white lipsticks are designed to lighten, brighten, tint, and add dimension and depth to your pout. Create a bespoke hue by mixing, blending, and layering Pro Lips Lipstick with any lipstick for a shade that’s uniquely yours. 

What's this? ANOTHER lipstick review? Yes, yes it is. If you've not noticed I'm going through a bit of a lipstick/gloss/stain/cream/etc phase at the moment. Today, I'm here to share with you my love for these beautiful Napoleon Perdis Pro Lipsticks ($25) in Blanc and Noir. These lipsticks are not just your regular kind of lipstick - they're made for you to mix in with other lipsticks & create other colour options.

These are some of the newest releases from Napoleon Perdis and as usual, the packaging is so gorgeous! They're are a bit smaller than your average lipstick and come in a glass, square shape. However, I can assure you all they are very sturdy (yes, I've already dropped them multiple times). As with all Napoleon Perdis lipsticks, these are enriched with Vitamin E so they are super moisturising. The formula is amazing, they pretty much glide on your lips & feel sooo smooth.

Out of the two, I found the Blanc (white) my favourite. You can lighten your lipstick by adding two parts Blanc Lipstick & one part of your selected lip shade. I mostly like using Blanc as a prep product. Just use your fingers to stipple the product over your lips before applying lipstick and this will give you a more true version of the colour. I find it really handy if you're doing lipstick swatches for blog photos, the colours come out so much brighter. I love using this shade to create 'ombre' lips by applying a lipstick colour and then dabbing this in the centre with a lip brush. I found it so much easier to apply lipstick with Blanc underneath as I often struggle staying in the lines and it kind of concealed any dry bits. Not only that, but it smooths out all my lines & thought it made my lips a lot more full!

When you use the Noir (the black) shade, you can apply it over or under a lipstick of your choice to deepen the shade. My personal favourite is applying it over reds. You can create a 3D lip by shading the outer edges of the lips with Noir, apply your chosen lipstick all over the lip, then blend & fuse the two pigments together. Noir can also be used to make your lips appear more full by blending a fine line of it along the inner edge of your lower lip. In the photo below, I dabbed a bit of Noir over my Kate Rimmel 107 lipstick to darken the shade.

*This post contains items sent to me for review. Click here for more information.

Food For Your Skin

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

One of the most important and often neglected things when it comes to keeping your skin healthy, is keeping your diet healthy. We spend countless hours adding and changing our skincare routine, but what about our diet? These foods will help making your skin healthy and glowing!

Lime Crime Velvetine In Wicked

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Ground-breaking formula that goes on liquid and dries completely matte. Touch-proof, transfer-proof, long-wearing and utterly addictive!

Last week, I finally managed to get my hands on Lime Crime's Velvetine ($24) in the shade 'Wicked'. I can't tell you how long I've loved Velvetines and I regret not owning one sooner. It looks a lot lighter in the photo but this shade is actually a very dark red and can be intensified by adding more layers on.

The staying power is very impressive, lasting up to 4 hours without reapplying. Although it fades really slowly, it does fade patchy but it really isn't too bad and seems hard to avoid with a lot of darker lip colours. It's also not the best if you have dry lips or dry patches so if possible, exfoliate or prep your lips beforehand. It is insanely pigmented - a little goes a looong way. It photographs beautifully so if you're looking for a red for a special event, I'd definitely recommend this. It dries completely matte around a minute after applying and does not transfer whatsoever!

When it comes to removal, I actually thought it would take a lot of effort but I used a makeup wipe to remove it and after a few good swipes it came off! If you couldn't tell already I'm completely in love with this product. 

It's Tea Time!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I've always been a bit of a tea enthusiast but as my love for Pinterest is growing, so is my love for tea. There are so many amazing recipes on there from pumpkin spice to sweet vanilla chai and I just had to share some with you all - as you might enjoy them too! The great thing about tea is it's so good for you and totally guilt free!

September Favourites

Monday, October 6, 2014

So how exactly are we in October already? Are those Christmas decorations I'm seeing in the stores already? Wasn't it just August a few days ago? It seems as though each month is going quicker than the last.

My favourite purchase this month has been Lime Crime's Velvetine in 'Wicked'. It was a pretty hard choice choosing between that or Salem, but I thought I'd start off with something a bit more wearable. Knowing me, I'll probably convince myself into purchasing the whole collection soon so stay tuned. Next up is a staple lipstick that almost every beauty blogger owns, and one I should have owned already - the Kate Rimmel lipstick in 107. It did surprise me to being a more berry/pink shade but I've been won over by its staying power. Yet another lip product on my favourites and recently reviewed, the Napoleon Perdis' Overnight Lip Balm. This stuff is seriously great.

As Spring is well and truly here, I like to break out some of my most loved Spring fragrances and that starts with Chance Eau Fraiche by Chanel. Almost every time I wear this fresh scent, I get complimented on it. Quickly becoming one of my favourite skincare brands, I just couldn't leave out something from Grown Alchemist. This Matte Balancing Moisturiser is one gorgeous moisturiser targeted to people with combination skin. I won't say too much as I have a review coming up but I'm sure you can already tell what I think considering it made my favourites! And finally, Lee Stratford's Flat Iron Protection Spray is one amazing budget buy, if you're looking for something to protect your locks from the heat.
The Best Cookie Recipe Ever - Vivianna Does Makeup
Make A Distressed Wood Photo Backdrop - A Beautiful Mess
Autumn - Zoella
We Thought: Dear My Younger Self - Little Winter
Favourite Etsy Shops - Gh0stparties
Fudge Brownie Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting - The Lovecats Inc

What were some of your favourites in September?

Napoleon Perdis Lipstick & Overnight Lip Balm

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Packaged in what resembles slim-line black bullets, this collection earns its name for its high comfort, long-lasting wear with a modern matte finish.

The Napoleon Perdis Mattetastic Lipstick in Sophia* ($38) is one of the prettiest, most wearable colours I own. A pink nude that is the perfect partner to almost any makeup look, especially a smokey eye. Although these claim to be a matte finish, I find the formula much more creamy and smooth. If you often have dry lips, I wouldn't be afraid of these as they actually feel very moisturising. They last up to a few hours before having to reapply and contains Vitamin E to help your lips feel hydrated and soft. The only downside I can see is some people might have trouble with application due to the shape of the lipstick. It does take a bit of getting used to but it's well worth it. They remind me somewhat of YSL lipsticks because of the shape!

The Auto Pilot Overnight Lip Balm* ($29) is a luxe-feel balm to protect and moisturize dry lips while you sleep. It contains beeswax and Vitamin E to condition and soften the lips. It can also be used to prep and prime your lips if they are dry, very similar to MAC's Prep + Prime. This leaves your lips feeling so soft, moisturised and has been an absolute life saver for me, especially during the colder days. I love to use it right before bed so it's definitely become a staple on my bedside table. It's not sticky in the slightest and absorbs right into your skin, leaving it silky smooth. Oooh yeah!

*This post contains items sent to me for review. Click here for more information.