Friday, 25 January 2013

Lemon Drizzile Cake ♥

     Hi lovelies! As I love baking so much, I had a lovely Christmas present from my mum which was a "Traditional Family Cakes" book with step-by-step guide of how to bake those classic favourites. All together this book has 40 cakes which I'm going to try and bake.
     So today I made my first ever Lemon Drizzle cake! I was a bit scared of the word "lemon" but I do want to try out new things!"This cake has a tangy lemon sugar syrup drizzled over it while still warm which permeates through the sponge to give it a wonderful moistness and extra lemony flavour" and I perfectly agree! This cake is good for new bakers like me although in future I want to open my own cake business!


  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g soured cream
  • 1 large lemon, zest and juice
  • 150 ml sunflower oil
  • zest from the lemon in the icing

  • For the icing:
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 large organic lemon, juice only


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 5.
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder together. Add sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, soured cream, lemon zest, lemon juice and oil. 
  4. Pour the egg mixture into dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Pour into a greased and floured 18cm cake tin and bake for 40-45 minutes until well risen and golden brown.
  6. While the cake is baking you can make the icing – stir the lemon juice into the icing sugar so it coats the back of the spoon. You might need a bit of water to get the right consistency.
  7. Just before the cake is done, warm the icing gently to about 40C. Remove the cake from the oven, and take it out of the tin. Prick the surface of the cake with a fork and pour over the warm icing. Give it half an hour or so to cool

{Top Tip}

For a crunchy lemon crust, make the
lemon syrup with granulated sugar
instead of icing sugar.


Sunday, 20 January 2013

Free Sample of L'oreal EverPure shampoo + conditioner ♥

*L'oreal EverPure Colour Care System with botanic oils
Recently, L'oreal was offering a free sample of their new EverPure non-sulphate shampoo. I grabbed this offer, as I do adore L'oreal as a brand. Also, my hair was dyed so many times that I want to start taking good care of it now.
It came in a lovely package within two weeks since I ordered it. According to L'oreal, "Specially designed to leave coloured, weakened hair looking shiny and noirished". It is also described as a non-sulphate Colour Care system with botanic oils such as rosemary and juniper.I read several pages about sulphates and apparently they tend to be bad for your hair so I think that using a non-sulphate cleanser will be more natural.
I really like the packing as always L'oreal found a simple and elegant design to suit every bathroom. It costs £5.99 from Boots or Superdrug - quite expensive for me so it is worth to try before you buy!
When I went onto trying it the colour of the actual shampoo is white and it also smells really fresh and nice probably like rosemary. So the smell was very pleasant and a good change from boring fruity and floral shampoo. When washing out hair felt very smooth.
I prefer not to blow dry my hair so I just let it dry naturally.Hair did feel a lot softer but I wasn't that impressed with conditioner because when I brushed my hair it was a bit dangle.
Unfortunately, the sample was only enough for one wash but considering results I might buy a full bottle of EverPure shampoo but not conditioner.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

The Liebster Award! ♥

I actually got nominated by two lovely ladies!A big thanks to Jay from Nifty and Natty and Coreena drowned in fashion dreams from for nominating me!:)

What is the Liebster Award?
The Liebster Award is given to new bloggers with less than 200 followers and therefore helps promote and support those bloggers nominated.

The Rules:
-Nominees must link back to the blogger who awarded them.
-If nominated, write '11 Random Facts' about yourself!
-Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated you wrote for you.
-Come up with 11 new questions to be answered by 11 new nominees :)

So here are 11 Random facts about me:
1. I'm 18 (nearly)
2.I came to GB when I was ten years old and my entire family is from Ukraine!
3.I'm a very shy not confident person that I'm trying to stop
4.I really want to visit Italy, which I think is a perfect country!:)
5.I love Cath Kidston and Accessorize
6.I'm trying to get perfect in French and Spanish!
7.I have a 6-month-old baby brother! Awww!
8.I have been going to dance club for 4 month and I love it!
9.I love everything to do with makeup, DIY, baking and sewing!
10.I want to win more competitions and blog more!
11.My favourite perfume is Lady in one million and my favourite scarf is Dorothy Perkins Kardashian leopard print scarf :)

1. What skincare products do you use?
I have absolutely lots but my 3 favourites that became part of my skincare routine is Garnier Fresh Essentials Cleansing Milk, Amie Morning Dew Moisturiser and Aapri Apricot Scrub.

2. What's to most expensive and least expensive make up/cosmetics products you have purchased?
Usually I don't by expensive make up because I'm trying to search for bargains. The most expensive one was probably Naked Palette 2 which was £49 and least expensive one that I'm very proud of is L'oreal eyeliner that was only 10 p.!!!!!!

3. What's the one thing you wish you could but if you had the money?
Canon camera is my little dream! This is for taking lovely picture for my blog)

4. What's your favourite genre of music?
I'm not much a music person and often I listen what TV is showing tonight. Although, I quite like pop music.

5.What's in your handbag?
It depends on where I'm going but at least I always have a Wallet, Purse, iPhone,
Tissues, Ear Phones, Chocolate, Alcohol Hand Gel, Hair Brush, Vaseline tin, Umbrella

6. Are you a eyeshadow, eyeliner or mascara person?
I am a bit of all three! But,definitely can't leave a house without mascara)

7. Favourite Make up brand?
I like a lot of brands but when I look into my make up bag I often realise that I'm L'oreal Paris addicted)
8. What/who was your blogging inspiration?
I enjoyed reading other blogs like Victorias Vintage (love her blog, so cute:)) and decide to start one myself!

9. Favourite brand for lipsticks?
Even now I love L'oreal, I usually prefer MAC lipsticks.

10. Would you prefer a night out or a night in?
Both really)

11. What's your shopping weakness? (shoes, skirts, make up etc!)
Earings is just one thing I can never get enough of)

So, here are my questions for nominees:
1.How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
2.How would you describe your style?
3.What/who inspires your blog?
4.What's the most memorable outfit you have ever worn?
5.What one items couldn't you live without?
6.What is your favourite Fashion Magazine, and is there a specific reason?
7.If you could have any celebrity wardrobe who's would it be and why?
8.What are your favorite songs at the moment?
9.Cupcakes or doughnuts?
10.Early Mornings or Late nights?
11.Describe your perfect day... 

And my nominies are...


Sunday, 13 January 2013

Pretty stationary bargains - Accessorize ♥

I popped into Accessorize this week as they still had their sale signs up, which had been increased by up to 50% off to up to 70% off!As my 100 day ban hasn't quite finished, I only got essentials!
This beautiful calculator was originally £6, however it was reduced to only £1.80!I also looked for a small cute calculator that I can just carry around with me in my pencil case or blazer pocket!
 I also picked up those lovely Stabilo pens that are mine student favourites! They have beautiful bright colours and just look so good on paper!They were £3.99 as usually they cost £4.99!
 I also managed to get my hands on this pencil case because it was too cute to miss! These retailed also for £6 but I got it for £1.05!!!And it perfectly fits all of my stationary!
So those are my bargains that I picked up this week.. keep your eyes peeled and let me know if you spot any other amazing deals!

Saturday, 12 January 2013

My New Year Resolutions ♥

1. Spend more time learning - I don't want to sound like a nerd, but I do enjoy learning and finding out new things! In the New Year I want to read at least 8 books and get my French and Spanish on better level.

2. Enter more competitions -  I want to continue to enter competitions regularly for things I want to win, and this year the main things I want to aim for are: an iPad, a new mobile, a Canon camera, a Kitchenaid mixer, and a holiday! Fingers crossed!

3. Be more creative - I feel like I was really creative at the beginning of 2012 and then I just kind of stopped doing DIY stuff and renovating items. I really enjoy doing this type of thing as a hobby so I hope to restart it in 2013 :)

4. Dance - about 4 month ago I joined a dance club with my friend and I absolutely love it! I do get very tired about I want to get perfect in dancing this year!

5. Keep tidy and organised - I'm this sort of person that likes everything to be perfect and tidy but usually I just don't have time for this so in 2013 I'm trying to get more organised!


Monday, 7 January 2013

2012 Favourities ♥

 1/ Bourjois Smoky effect eyeliner/2/L'oreal Glam Bronze Wild Instinct bronzing powder/3/Body shop Wild Cherry Lip Butter/4/Rimmel PRO professional finish nail varnish/5/Catrice Made to Stay Eyeshadow/6/L'oreal Nude Magique BB cream/

Sunday, 6 January 2013

GIVEAWAY: Planet Eve Organics ♥


The Clean Beauty Blog recently hit 50,000 followers - so what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway of some of my favourite clean beauty products?! To kick things off we have the wonderful Australian brand Planet Eve Organics (hot on the heels from winning a coveted Glosscar!):

Planet Eve Organics’ products are 100 per cent naturally derived and processed, and it takes your skin back to a more pure state – no toxins, no synthetic chemicals, pesticides, fragrances, preservatives, colours or GMOs.
One lucky reader will win the Daily Essentials Face Care package valued at $AUD147, which includes the Facial Cleansing Oil (one of my staples - read the review here), the Facial Balancing Toner and Anti-Ageing Daily Face Moisturiser.
To enter, simply -
  1. Like the Planet Eve Organics Facebook page;
  2. Spread the word! Reblog, tweet or share this post, and follow The Clean Beauty Blog on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. The more ways you follow/share, the more entries you get; and
  3. Leave a comment, including details of how you shared if relevant. Please make sure you include your email address in the form so that I can contact you if you win!

This is an international giveaway, which will close at midnight (AEST) Tuesday 17 April 2012. The winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday 18 April 2012.
You must be a fan of the Planet Eve Organics Facebook page to be eligible to win.
Good luck! More giveaways coming up over the next few weeks so make sure you are following to stay updated! x

Saturday, 5 January 2013

17 fast finish nail polish in sulk + NOTD ♥

This is another item from boots sale.This one was reduced from £2.99 to £1!I think the reason for that was that they simply couldn't open it!:)When I got home I asked one of my parents if they can open it, but they couldn't! We had to use a special building tool to unscrew the lid:)I was quite impressed with quality for such an affordable price!With a single coat I reached high shine + it dried really fast (about 30 seconds)!I absolutly love the green sulk colour! Ussually, I preffer pastels, but this time I felt like buing something brighter! It's been two days now since I applied it and it still haven't chipped off!I'm looking forward to buing some  more nail polish from 17 range!

Friday, 4 January 2013

L'oreal Paris Revitalift total repair first Anti-Ageing BB cream ♥

Yeees! After two weeks desperately looking into my post I finally received it! L'oreals 1st BB cream that targets 10 signs of ageing!It came in lovely package with three samples inside of medium shade in side! Usually when I apply a normal BB, it fells like a mask, blocks my pores and doesn't let my skin breath! Totally different with that one! It goes on like a dream living my skin feeling refreshed and natural! It also evened my skin tone!As me, having some spots, it perfectly covered them and makes difficult to see!The only problem I had was that my skin tone naturally is very light, so medium shade was a bit orange but still gave my skin a little tan!Foundation and anti-ageing cream in one!What else can a girl dream about?



Thursday, 3 January 2013

100 day "No spending challange"

Hi everyone! Happy New Year and hope you all had a great start!And this year I decided to start a " No spending challenge"!I think I spend too much money on makeup, clothes, accessories and etc.It is also a great idea to save money!

Everybody who is taking part is going to have different rules, so here is mine:
1. I am not allowed to buy any makeup or beauty products. And NO excuses!!! Believe me, I've got enough!
2. No takeaways like McDonald's, Subway, Tesco and etc.And no crisps, chocolate, etc.This is probably going to save me some pennies!
3. The only excuse is presents! Any birthday, Valentines Day, essentials like shampoo, cotton wool, toothpaste and groceries!But nothing else is allowed!
4.I will try to sell some of my handbags and clothes I don't need on Ebay and Blog sale!
5. I'm not allowed to buy any clothes, bags, jewellery!
I'm going to start from today and finish on 15th April!No doubt it's gonna be hard, but I think I will survive with all the lovely support from twitter community!
Those are some ladies that are doing it with me as well:
Sandra from TheBlackPearlBlog
Grace from allthatslap
Anne from Fashiony Nails
Shona from freshbeautyxox
Alice from Bright Town Girl
Natalie from natalieroseanne
Katie from Fashion & Beauty
Claudia from Beauty and the Chic
Josie from L'amour Josie
Christina from Tales from the Kingdom
Sandra from Beauty Balm
 Melissa from  Son and Star
sorry If I missed some ladies! Let me know whether to link you)
If you want to do no spending ban with us comment below or let me (@RINAsbeauty)
There will be a Twitter chat on Thursday 10th January at 8pm (UK time) #spendingban
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