27/02/2014

Honey Sesame Chicken with Egg Fried Rice

I wanted to share this amaaaaazing meal i often make with all you lovely ladies

This is Honey Sesame Chicken with Egg Fried Rice (If you hadn't guessed already..)

It looks like this:


And tastes amazing...


For the Honey Sesame Chicken you'll need: (Feeds 2/3)

3 large chicken breasts
3/4 Cup of Soy Sauce
1/2 Cup of Mirin
1/4 Cup of toasted sesame seed oil
1 Chicken stock cube
Salt and white pepper
1 Cup of plain flour
1/2 cup of cornflour/starch
1 egg
Water
Spring onion & Sesame seeds for decoration!

1. Cut up the chicken into bite size chunks, in a dish mix together the Soy sauce, Mirin and crumble in the stock cube as it is (just roll with it..) mash it down so it goes to a paste like consistancy and add the chicken to it, mix together so its all coated and pop into the fridge for at least twenty minutes (could leave it for a whole day if you want too, its up to you! Even with twenty minutes it still absorbs the flavour!)

2. In a mixing bowl add the Flour and Cornflour, whisk it together to make sure it isn't lumpy, then add the egg. Now here comes the part where you have to judge if its the right consistency, it can't be too runny or it won't stay on the chicken and it can't be too thick otherwise it won't coat well and you'll run out of the mixture, when you hold the spoon up with some of the mixture on it, it should flop off after 3/4 seconds. (Thats where the water can sometimes come in handy although the last few times i've made it i haven't needed it!)

3. Take your chicken out the fridge and then coat it in the batter, after you've done this, add the chicken to a deep fat fryer (about 170/180 for a stand alone deep fat fryer) and cook until its golden brown (they don't really turn crispy as such) it should roughly take between 5 - 15 minutes.

For the sauce you'll need: (You can do this in a slow cooker too, just mix all the ingredients, place in the slow cooker and put it on high for about an hour!)
1/2 Cup of honey 
1/4 of Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons of Tomato Ketchup

4. In a saucepan add the ingredients together, start of on a low heat, then increase when you're ready to serve the chicken. It will get thick and bubble a lot, then you simply drizzle over the chicken and sprinkle sesame seeds over the top (they'll stick to the sauce and it'll be very yummy)



For the Egg Fried Rice you'll need:

As many of the following ingredients that you want to add:
Peas
Spring Onion/Green Onion
Prawns/Shrimps

You'll also need:
4 teaspoons of Chinese five spice
1/2 Cup of Mirin
1/2 Cup of Soy Sauce
1/2 Cup of Toasted Sesame Seed Oil
4 Eggs, beaten
1 pouch of microwavable rice (yep.)

1. Start off by adding a couple of tablespoons of oil to a wok, then add the peas Spring Onion and the prawns (if they're both frozen keep the heat low so they gently defrost.

2. Add the Five Spice, Mirin, Soy Sauce and Toasted Sesame Seed Oil, let this cook out for a few minutes, (this is where you need to put the pouch of rice in the microwave for two minutes) then add the eggs. 

3. Stir well so the egg doesn't stick/overcook on the bottom of the wok, when its still not quite cooked add the microwaved rice. Turn off the heat and the heat from the rice should cook the remaining egg, you don't want to leave it until the egg is completely cooked to add the rice, otherwise the egg will get really dry and it won't be very nice!

4. Serve! I've made myself hungry typing this out.. oops.

Anyway, if anyone tries any of these dishes please let me know!!
They're so so so so goooood!

xXx

UPDATE:



AN EASIER VERSION:

Instead of making the batter marinade your chicken as above then dip it in egg then a mixture of 1 cup of plain flour and 1/4 cup of cornstarch/flour then fry your chicken until golden brown!

AND for extra pizzaz in the sauce, add a little sweet chilli sauce! :)






FUN Lacquer - Be my queen

Hello ladies!

How pretty is this polish?! For christmas last year i got my lovely friend Jess a thermal FUN Lacquer polish called Icy Snow, a dark blue polish when cold turning to a beautiful shimmery white when hot, after seeing it on Jess' nails i had to get something similar!
So I found this one which is bright light blue when cold and an even lighter nearly white shimmery colour when hot!








Brush

The brush on this polish is really easy to work with, minimal clean up is needed and the brush just the right amount of polish 

Consistency:

Be my queen is quite a thick polish, this does make it a tiny bit harder to work with than most polishes but it does mean it only takes 2 coats to make it opaque.

Dry time before able to apply topcoat:

Eek this polish started drying super fast! Before I'd even finished painting the nail.. But if you work quickly its not that much of a problem!

Where to buy/price:

I purchased this polish off Rainbow Connection for £9.70 and I have to say if i had the chance to go back and rethink my purchase, i wouldn't have paid that for it.

Removal:

Removal was very easy with acetone as it's a standard non glittery polish!


Anyway, as I said in my last blogpost I was going to do a galaxy manicure with the Aurora picture polish I've decided not to do that for a while, I had that polish on for three days and now I'm a bit sick of it LOL it's definitely something I still want to do though so maybe next week I will! 

Thank you reading lovelies, I can't believe it's nearly the weekend again already! This year is going so fast... I hope we're all trying to make the most of it! I feel like I need to start pulling myself away from the deeper darker wintery colours and start heading towards brighter pastelly polishes! So we'll have two more wintery polish blogposts and then something nice and bright! 

xXx

23/02/2014

Picture Polish - Aurora

WOWZA MIND BLOWING...


And boy it is!

So if you hadn't guessed already today i'm showing you Aurora by Picture Polish! When i first saw the new ones, i was drawn to Solar Flare first, i then saw the swatches by Nailasaurus and decided i liked Aurora more!

This is my first Picture Polish and i think i chose a good one to pop my Picture Polish cherry with!! Aurora is a duochrome polish that is meant to be put over a black base, its a greeny/purpley duochrome with a tinge of orange in certain lights, it also has tiny green & purple flecks throughout it, i'm not going to call them glitters as i don't think they are? You can't really feel them in the polish...This is a really hard one to describe!

I started off by painting my nails with Rimmel Londons 60 second Black Out Polish (which btw, does NOT dry in 60 seconds..)

After that had dried i painted one coat of Aurora over each nail and here are the results! (it really didn't occur to me to do two coats, i'm not sure 
why...! D:)



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Isn't it gorgeous?!
Now i'm not going to lie, before i applied top coat this polish was quite a let down, but with topcoat on it really made the colours pop! So I definitely recommend using a topcoat afterwards.

I even did a video for you guys!




Brush

The brush is easy to use and holds just enough polish, i didn't have to wipe off tonnes of excess!

Consistency:

I think the consistency of this polish is perfect, its not too thick and not too thin and applies streak free!

Dry time before able to apply topcoat:

It didn't actually take long for this polish to dry to the point where i could add topcoat/another coat without the first layer dragging. It goes quite dull when its dry so its easy to tell when its ready for another coat!

Where to buy/price:

I grabbed this polish for £12.50 within the first few minutes of it being posted to the Rainbow Connection site, as there was only 800 of these made its very limited edition and you really need to be ready to buy as soon as it becomes available! I believe it sold out within the first 15-20 minutes! 

Removal:

Just like a standard polish it didn't take much to remove at all! As always, i used acetone!

I have the urge to put this polish over No 7's Galaxy... so maybe come back in a few days and you'll be able to see that!! :p

Tomorrow i'll have a review up of FUN Lacquer - Be my queen!
Thank you for reading and i hope you've all had a great weekend! :)

xXx






21/02/2014

Owl Nail Art for the Adopt an Owl Collection by Chubby Owl Polish


Its been a while since i've attempted some detailed nail art Emma from Imagination in colour and myself decided to team up and do some Owl themed nail art!

We decided to do owls as it enabled us to make more people aware of the Adopt an Owl collection by Chubby Owl Polish that is now up for sale in my store. £2 from each polish will go towards adopting a Barn Owl and as i want to make this rewarding for the people who have helped towards the adoption only they will be able to see any of the things i receive throughout the year regarding our adopted Owl! For example, photos, newsletters, general feedback etc. I've set up a password protected Tumblr blog (you don't need an account to use it) so i can post anything relevant there. If you purchase a polish from the Collection i will send the login details with your package. So if you would like to help towards us adopting an owl, please purchase a Limited Edition polish from the Adopt an Owl collection! When all 20 bottles have been sold i will proceed with the adoption :)

Now onto the nail art!


I believe the base is an ombre gradient as the colours i've used are two different shades of the same colour.

For the ombré gradient base i used OPI - Mod about you & ORLY - Elizabeths rose.

My top tips for gradient nails:

1. If you're a beginner at gradient nails it would be best to start with one light shade and one dark shade of the same colour as this is going to be the most forgiving colour combination.

2. If a make up sponge doesn't work for you, try a bath sponge - i find these easier to work with as make up sponges tend to soak up a *lot* of polish.

3. Paint your nails either white or the lightest shade of polish you're working with - play around and find what works for you best.

4. Apply topcoat literally 30 seconds after you finish the last night to the one you started with first! Top coat will help blend the two colours together even more.

5. Apply Vaseline or tape around your fingers to make clean up easier, or do what I do and make everything as messy as hell because you enjoy the clean up ;)

So that's all for today ladies :)
Hope you like my owl nail art and I have another post for you tomorrow! (I've been busy!)

xXx













Rimmel London/Sweetie Crush - Violet Swizzle

I have a sweetie crush on this polish.
Apparently this collection isn't being released until March... Even though I purchased it from Morrisons last Saturday night! Maybe that's why it didn't want to go through at the till...



I love how this polish looks, instead of it looking like sand, it looks more like sugar, the perfect sugary treat for yourself without the calories ;) I adore the name too! Violet Swizzle! There's just something about it... I've had a look at the other colours from the collection (which oddly weren't out for sale in Morrisons... But please google for pictures!) and they are all pastel shades! I absolutely need the green one. The others I'm not that interested in!
But I do however love all their names!

Brush

I always love the brushes Rimmel have, the size of the brush is a great fit for my nails, although I'd imagine it wouldn't fit some nails as it is quite wide and it could become a bit of a pain for some people! 

Consistency:

Violet Swizzle is quite a thin polish, it's very sheer too, to make it fully opaque 3/4 thin coats are needed. You can't really do thick coats with this polish either, I think if you did it would take a long long time to dry and the textured effect wouldn't look that good. 

Dry time before able to apply topcoat:

Now obviously you don't apply topcoat with textured polishes! So I could actually test out the dry time for this one.. After applying the first coat I waited two minutes and applied the next, i then repeated that until I'd done three thin coats, it took about 15 minutes for my nails to completely dry. I did knock a few though because I'm really not used to waiting so long for my nails to dry thanks to my HK girl topcoat...

Where to buy/price:

I grabbed this polish in Morrisons for £3.99, I'm assuming when it's released it will be in boots/superdrug and priced the same. When more info becomes available I will update this!

There is actually a page for them on the Rimmel site: http://uk.rimmellondon.com/products/nails/sweetie-crush

Removal:

Using acetone removal was extremely easy, just like removing a normal glitter free polish.

Just to conclude, these are fairly cheap and really good textured polishes if you don't want to be spending a lot on them, they'll be perfect for summer, the texture isn't harsh and drying time is pretty damn good! 

xXx

20/02/2014

My stash!

Before:


After:


So it feels good to finally have sorted through my stash! I counted 330, I have 5 waiting for meeee as well so 335 ROUGHLY I probably missed a few that are hiding!

It's taken me about two years to get to this stage, any of the ones that have gone thick I add restorer too, I'm not too fussed with the whole 'they only last a year/two years' thing as I think using them with base coat and for a short time won't hurt.. Technically the polish isn't touching my nails! So I'm just going to carry on telling myself all is ok.

I have roughly 50 indies, 20 OPI, 30 barry m and 20 GOSH ones just to name some mainstream brands!

I'm happy with what I have right now and I have slowed down buying them... 

God knows what my stash will look like a year from now though! 

Hope you've enjoyed this short post, I don't think there's anything else I can really add?!

xXx

Chocolate Pudding Recipe

From this:
(I'm aware granulated sugar is in the picture, I changed it to caster sugar after I took this picture!)

To this:




Ingredients: makes roughly 6!

3 cups milk
1/3 cup of caster sugar
2 tbsps cornflour/cornstarch
2 tbsps cocoa
A pinch of salt
A couple of drops of vanilla essence
2 egg yolks 

100g/4oz Belgian cooking chocolate (milk or dark depending on what you like)
Icing sugar/confectioners sugar

Directions:

1. Take 1 cup of milk and add to a bowl, add the cornflour and cocoa powder, whisk together and then add the sugar, vanilla essence, salt, whisk again and then add the two egg yolks. Set this aside for later on.

2. In a saucepan add the remaining 2 cups of milk, slowly bring the milk up to the boil being careful not to heat up to quickly as this can scold the milk and leave a nasty layer of dried icky stuff on the bottom of the pan. Whilst slowly brining the milk up to the book take a rolling pin and smash the chocolate into small pieces (preferably in the wrapper to not cause any mess! ;)) and set aside.

3. Once the milk has boiled turn the heat down so it's simmering. Add the cocoa mixture to the saucepan whilst slowly whisking the milk.

4. Let it simmer for a few minutes, the mixture should thicken, remove from the heat and add the crushed up chocolate, stir gently until it's all melted.

5. Add icing sugar to the mixture until it's sweet enough for you! 

6. Pour into mini ramekins (The glass ramekins Gü puddings come in, come in handy here ;)) 

7. Either eat warm or pop them in the fridge for a few hours with cling film over the top (to prevent a skin from forming) so they set (this starts to happen quickly) 



These taste so good hot or cold and they don't take long to make at all so they're perfect for whipping up if you've only got twenty minutes! 

If any of you make these please let me know!
xXx

12/02/2014

No. 7 - Galaxy + stamping with MoYou plates!

First of all I want to start this post with a warning.

Do *not*, speak to Emma behind Imagination in Colour, she WILL influence you to buy oh so pretty, pretty polishes, just like this one and you will not regret it at all!!! ;)

*I'm a bit behind with buying this, i'm aware its classed as a dupe for Chanel - Taboo, but, i don't care lol, so no mention of that will be in this post, apart from this sentence, obviously..*




I absolutely loveeeee it! Its red/blue/brown goodness encased in a deep purple shimmery blue ish red base.
(I am no good at describing pretty polishes.)
All i know is that it looked stunninggggg!


Application:

The brush is amazing on this polish, i only had to do a slight bit of clean up so if you don't have a very steady hand this polish would be good for you, especially with it being a dark colour as well!

Consistency:

Galaxy was really easy to apply, it was just the right consistency, not too thick and not too thin!

Dry time before able to apply topcoat:

This polish dried fairly quickly! I left it about 5 minutes before applying my HK girl topcoat and it was dry to the touch, but not completely dry.

Where to buy/price:

You can purchase this polish from Boots, for £7 either in store or online. (When i looked online, the polish was showing up as the wrong colour, but the name was correct)

Removal:

(Done after stamping!)

This polish didn't stain my nails, but it did however leave a slight tinge of purple around the nail, even though i was careful to hold the acetone soaked pad on the nail and then pull it straight down and off after a few minutes then folded it in half and did the same.. 

Stamping


I wore this for about a day and a half, and then i decided to add some stamping to it!

I purchased my MoYou plates last year but haven't used them much! I bought three, all in the XL size as my nails are nearly always 1.5cm+

I have a hard time keeping all my stamping stuff together, the plates tend to stray from the stamper, and the stamper seems to stray from the old credit card i use to scrape the polish off the plates, so when they finally come together, i take the plunge. 

This is the plate I used:
MoYou Princess collection 14 plate

And here is the result!
I did these at 7am after not being able to sleep all night, i did all ten nails and it took me around twenty minutes including clean up.



My top tips for stamping:

1. Work fast - there is only a thin layer of polish so it will dry quickly!
2. Have everything ready - so you can work fast.
3. Make sure you've cleaned the stamper before applying polish to the plate!
4. Use a thick polish - I used A England - Excalibur (Original)
5. Roll... its all in the roll when you're applying it! (With my nails i have to push the end of them towards the stamper when rolling otherwise half the stamper doesn't touch my nails)
6. Make sure whatever you're using to scrape the extra polish off the plate is held at an angle, 
7. Use a good topcoat afterwards to seal the design and protect it! As always i used HK girl topcoat.
8. If you're a beginner, start by using a plate with individual images to get the feel for placement, when you feel a bit more confident, give the full image plates a go!
9. If your stamper isn't picking up the design as well as you'd like, try filing/buffing the bottom of it a teeny tiny bit so the design has something to grip onto when you go to pick up the design!
10. Use a small angled eyeliner brush dipped in acetone to remove any polish on your skin around your nails after they're are dry!

About 4/5 years ago i purchased my first Konad set, i thought it was genius at the time. But i had problems with using it so i gave up! I wasn't working fast enough and the stamper wasn't picking up the complete design.. My nails then got really long and the design on the original plates i had no longer fitted my nails so i stopped stamping.
I then read about buffing/filing (i can't remember which one it was..) And so i did that to my stamper and its really helped. 

So I now use my original Konad double ended stamper, and my XL MoYou plates. I'm tempted to sell my Konad plates but i have this stupid attachment to them even though i can't use them.. Deary me :')

Anyway, thats all for today, thank you and I hope you've enjoyed reading! My next blogpost is going to be a good one ;) think owls.

xXx

07/02/2014

A England - Tristam

Oh the wonders of Ebay..

so a few of us nail ladies came across an Ebay seller selling selected A England polishes for about £5 with free postage. I purchased two, Tristam and Excalibur (original).

When i received this polish i noticed it was very similar to A Englands Lady of the lake, then when i looked closely, i realised Tristam is a dark blue, not dark purple haha!


Tristam is a subtly holo dark blue polish, shown here is two coats.

Consistency:

Tristam is quite a thick polish, but thats a good thing! Its not too thick to work with, but its certainly thicker than most polish and thats why you could easily get away with one coat on short nails. I always find longer nails need an extra coat to build up the opacity on the nail hanging over.

Dry time before able to apply topcoat:

(As i hardly ever leave polish to dry fully i've changed the title of this part!)
I waited roughly 5 - 10 minutes before top coating with HK girl top coat!

Where to buy/price:

You can purchase Tristam here if you live within the UK. If you don't simply go to A Englands website and do what it says in the right hand column!

Removal:

Very easy to remove with no staining!

Hoping to review Excalibur shortly so stay tuned for that one :D

THANK GOD ITS FRIDAY!
Hope everyones had a good week

xXx


03/02/2014

Carabella Lacquer - Valentines Duo!

Hello ladies!

So its the start of a new week and we all know whats coming our way... Valentines day.. for some people its a lovely time if they have a partner, for others it can just be a reminder of how single they are, have been and probably still will be for quite a while. Its a bit of a mixed one for me, but, polish will always be there, just remember that ladies *reassuringly pats you all on the back* <3

On Friday I ordered from the new indie brand 'Carabella Lacquer' created by @Cara_Mia88 on Instagram. She's only just started out and as she's ordered from me a couple of times now, i really wanted to try her polishes after she showed me a sneak peak of this particular duo! So i went ahead and ordered her Valentines Day Duo, Cara has created these two polishes to go together, and oh boy do they go well together!

Here is what I received on Saturday morning, they were both in the cutest little purple bag! 







Here is 'show us your pinkies' a bright, barbie kind of pink with teeny tiny holographic silver glitter. Perfect on its own with two coats.

And below we have the glitter topper which is 'everybody loves glitter' I'm not even going to try and name all the glitters in this polish!! Its just so pretty and it honestly goes perfectly with show us your pinkies.



Application/Brush:

Both of these polishes applied really easily! If you were in a rush, you could easily get away with one coat of show us your pinkies as long as you do it a teeny bit thicker than you normally would!

Everybody loves glitter only needed one coat, a lot of the glitter sticks to the brush. A little bit of fishing was required for the hearts, but Cara mentions this on the Etsy listing so i was expecting that and i don't think its a bad thing either! I always prefer it if people come forward and say 'hey you might need to fish for certain glitters' than if they don't mention it! So do not let this put you off buying this duo.

Consistency:

The consistency of shows us your pinkies was pretty much perfect, it wasn't too thick and it certainly wasn't too thin and like i said before, one slightly thicker than normal coat and it could definitely be a one coater!

The consistency of everybody loves glitter is very 'flowy' theres a really good amount of glitter in the bottle yet it still runs just like it should, i hope that makes sense. I'm not too good with describing things.

Dry time:

I painted on show us your pinkies, waited five minutes for it to set and then applied everybody loves glitter, it took roughly 15 - 20 minutes for them to dry completely. 

Where to buy/price:

You can buy this duo for £6.00 from Carabella Lacquer on Etsy.

Removal:

Very easy to remove with Acetone - the glitter is so small it didn't take much effort to get off which is really nice for a change!

What do you think of this duo? Will you be purchasing it? I hope so :D

Let me know below!!

xXx