Sunday, 23 October 2016

10 Things I Love About Autumn

Hello! ♡
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might remember when I made a post back at the end of July with my 10 favourite things about Summer. Well, now that it's chilly outside and the leaves are vibrant hues of yellow and orange, it's about time I wrote a post like this, but this time for Autumn! So, here are my 10 favourite things about this lovely season, but before I get to it, I thought I'd quickly share some blog-related news. It's about time that I set a posting schedule, and I've decided that I'll be publishing blog posts once a week, every Sunday. While I'll try my best to stick to this schedule, if I can't make it, I'll let you all know beforehand! Sometimes, I might post more than once a week, too. Now, without any further ado, it's time for my 10 favourite things about Autumn!

  1. Long evenings- Autumn is the time of year when we transition from daylight at 8pm to sunsets at 5pm. Those longer evenings are something I look forward to, because it just goes perfectly with the colder weather; it's much cosier! As much as I love the long days of Summer, it does feel somewhat strange to have daylight at 8pm, and having earlier sunsets feels a little more... natural to me.
  2. Colours- What's Autumn without the characteristic leaves? Over the course of the season, the trees transfer from the vibrant greens of summer, to vivid shades of yellow and orange, and fiery shades of red, before turning to dull browns and falling to the ground, leaving bare branches for winter. The leaves are absolutely stunning- they create a gorgeous landscape. Today, I went out, and on the way there I couldn't stop admiring the leaves I saw!
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  3. Leaves- While we're on the topic of leaves, it's just as stunning to see the fallen leaves create a beautiful blanket on the ground. Also, they're a lot of fun! Whether it's just walking and hearing them crunch or making piles and jumping in them, Autumn leaves can be more than just something pretty! ^^
  4. Cooler weather- I love Autumn weather. At the start it's pleasantly warm, then temperatures drop gradually. I like how it's nice and cool, rather than the sometimes unbearable heat of Summer- I want to be outside more during the Autumn, because the weather is perfect for a walk or just being outside in general!
  5. Pumpkin- During Autumn, pumpkins are in season! The foods that can be made with pumpkin have a characteristic taste that brings a sense of nostalgia associated with the season. Whether it's pumpkin soup or cake, it has a distinct taste that goes perfectly with this season, and there's also the fun of pumpkin carving for Hallowe'en!
  6. Sweaters- As much as I love light Summer clothes, throughout the season I couldn't wait to wear my precious cosy sweaters again! Sweaters are warm, soft and cosy- what's not to love? Plus, there's also a wide choice of adorable designs, which makes them even more fun to wear!
  7. Hot drinks- Drinking hot drinks was yet another things I couldn't wait to do again over the Summer. Whether it's a hot cup of sweet tea or a coffee or hot chocolate, Autumn is the perfect time of year to warm up with a seasonal hot drink- such as a tea infused with cinnamon, or a coffee or hot chocolate with Autumn spices such as ginger or cinnamon.
  8. Crisp air- Doesn't Autumn air just have a distinct smell? I love the smell and feel of the crisp Autumn air- again, it's just another reason I want to be outside during the Autumn; the crisp air is something I can't get enough of!
  9. Autumn sunsets- There's something about Autumn sunsets (and sunrises too, for that matter) that just sets it apart from the other seasons- perhaps because the orange hues of sunset make the fiery trees look even more stunning?
  10. Conkers- Finally, conkers! As a child, I used to visit the park during Autumn to gather conkers- later I'd have a huge collection of them under my bed, and sometimes I'd do something with them, as there are plenty of conker crafts out there. Now, when I see children doing the same, it brings a lovely sense of nostalgia.
So, those are the ten things I love most about Autumn! Before I close off, some questions to you- what do you like the most about Autumn, and why? What are your favourite months?

 Have a lovely day!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

All About: Aegyo-sal

Hello! ♡
How is everyone? I'm really enjoying Autumn so far- all the pretty leaves and cold weather, and drinking lots of hot chocolate! Autumn topics aside though, today I'll be writing about something a little different- an Asian beauty trend called Aegyo-sal! I remember seeing this look before I even knew what it was called and instantly falling in love. Even better- it's super easy to do. In fact, it only takes two steps to achieve!
 So, what exactly is Aegyo-sal? It's a Korean term, referring to the pouches of fat you can see under your eyes if you squint or smile. Aegyo-sal can also be called 'smiling eyes' or 'tear bags'. It makes the eyes look wider, more youthful and innocent! It can be achieved through the use of a special tape, make-up or even surgery.
Is there a difference between Aegyo-sal and eye bags? Tear bags are not eye bags! The main difference between the two is that eye bags are larger and sit much lower than tear bags. Tear bags are smaller and sit just under the lower eyelid. Eye bags are part of the aging process, while tear bags are naturally present and prominent in children.
How is it achieved? Aegyo-sal can be easily achieved through the use of the right make-up! Thankfully, there's no need to get surgery to achieve this adorable look. In fact, keep reading and see for yourself just how easy it is!
You will need:
  • An eyeshadow a few shades darker than your natural skin tone- a shade of brown. A brown eyeliner pencil could also work, given that you blend it out properly. I'm using the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette.
  • A highlighter shade; I'm using the Catrice Made To Stay Highlighter Pen, in shade 010 (Eye Like!)
  • The right tools! I'd suggest an eyeshadow blending brush and a slanted eyeliner blush. I'm using the Sephora brand triple brush wand.
  1. Squint your eyes to see your natural Aegyo-sal. Using the highlighter shade, draw along that, blending out the harsh edges with a blending brush to ensure a more natural look.

  2. Finally, use the brown shade and draw just under the highlight, to accentuate it. Again, blend out the harsh edges. For this, I used the slanted eyeliner brush, then blended it out for a softer and more natural look.
Now, you're done! Yes, it is that easy to achieve Aegyo-sal, meaning cuter, wider, larger and more youthful eyes! 
Here's how it looks! Of course, you can adjust it according to your preferences. Since this was a more natural look, I decided to make my Aegyo-sal smaller, though of course you can make it larger! Experiment, and see what works for you.
My questions to you now are: have you ever tried Aegyo-sal? Do you like how it looks? Or are you yet to try it? Let me know in the comments below and...

Have a lovely day!

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Autumn Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hello! ♡
I have been inspired to write this recipe by the chilly weather outside- ideal for a nice cup of hot chocolate! I first tried this recipe two years ago when I ran out of hot chocolate and decided to make my own using ingredients I already had- cocoa powder, milk and honey. I was pleased to discover that the result was just as good (if not better) and is also open to modification. Plus- this is healthier than regular instant hot chocolate, which is always a plus.
Anyway, without any further ado- let's just get to it!

Ingredients (for one serving):

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1-2 teaspoons of honey/sugar/sweetener; adjust amount to taste
  • 1/2-1 teaspoons pure cocoa powder
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • Optional: Marshmallows
  1. Begin by heating the milk in a microwave or on the stove. 
  2. Prepare a cup/mug and add in the 1/2-1 teaspoons of cocoa powder.
  3. Add the 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon.
  4. When the milk is hot enough, pour it in the cup and stir with the teaspoon.
  5. Add your sweetener of choice and stir. If you're using honey, add it after you pour the milk. If you're using, say, sugar, you can add it before you pour the milk.
  6. Finally, add the marshmallows to the hot chocolate and you're finished! Enjoy on a chilly autumn day ^^
That's all there is to it! There are plenty of variants of this recipe: for the classic hot chocolate don't use cinnamon, and for a unique twist you can use different flavourings and spices, such as peppermint, caramel or ginger. Experiment and see what you like! I hope you have fun trying this recipe and that you'll love it as much as I do. What's your favourite hot drink and why? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

Have a lovely day!