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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Revlon Photoready Powder - Review

The Revlon Photoready powder has quickly become one of my favourite pressed powders. I can't believe that it has taken me this long to try it out as it has been a makeup lovers favourite for years. What I love most about this powder is that it does give you a little bit of coverage, resulting in a lovely flawless finish to your skin. I have religiously used my Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder for the past 5 years and didn't think that anything could ever top it. This is just as good as the Rimmel powder in terms of lasting powder; it does keep me matte all day long which is great. I can't believe I am saying this but I do think it is slightly better due to the coverage. That is saying a lot seeing as I haven't touched another powder ever since I started wearing makeup! The shade I am using is light/medium which is perfect for me. It doesn't leave you cakey, it just glides across your skin in a lovely silky way. This powder retails for £11.29 in Boots which is quite a lot compared to the Rimmel powder, but compared to some higher end powders it is definitely better value for money. Overall, I would definitely recommend this powder as it is long-lasting, gives a flawless finish, and isn't cakey. 

Seda x


Monday, 25 July 2016

Paris Haute Couture Week 2016

It's Paris Haute Couture Week this week and you can believe it is as spectacular as ever before. If you aren't familiar, 'Haute Couture' is defined as 'high sewing' which is basically the idea of hand making beautiful, extravagant garments in small ateliers in Paris, with no more than 20 staff. Each piece is delicately hand-crafted with only one made of each design, making each garment even more special. So far this week, we have seen stunning designs from Chanel, Dior, Ralph and Russo, Versace, and much more. Today, we have shows from Elie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino to name a few, so look out for those looks. Paris Haute Couture Week has been running for 90 years so before I go through the highlights of this weeks shows, let's look back at some signature looks from the past 90 years.

 1988 Yves Saint Laurent

Balmain Couture 1992

Chanel Haute Couture 1994

1956 - Barbara Balmain wearing Pierre Balmain

Now let's take a look at some of the highlights from this week's show so far. First up, the stunning designs from Chanel Haute Couture. 

Some of the key features in the Chanel set were very Blair Waldorf inspired, with the Alice bands, high buns, gloves and embroidered jackets. The pieces were a lot more structured than most other designs we will see during Paris Couture Week. For the makeup, every model wore a smudged eyeliner look which added a grunge edge to the put together, haute designs.  

The next designer that I really loved was Dior. Here are some of the highlights from their show. 

A key feature in the Dior looks were the flip flops, which are a first for a Haute Couture show. The sandals added a more laid back feel to the otherwise smart monochromatic looks.

The third collection that I really loved was Atelier Versace Haute Couture AW16. They designed some incredible pieces that looked stunning on the runway.

Donatella Versace had some beautiful concepts, with the use of ruffles and metallic fabrics being at the forefront of her designs.

I thought I would give a quick mention to Giambattista Valli whose stunning ball gowns looked incredible on the runway. Truly encompassing what it means by Haute Couture.

Ralph and Russo also featured some incredible designs which I have loved, their gowns are the perfect blend of princess vibes and smart couture. Here are some highlights from their show.

Their main spectacle however was from this years Spring/Summer show, where they closed with this incredible wedding gown. It was made from 826 meters of tulle, 46 meters of organza and millions of beads, crystals and pearls. It truly was haute couture at its finest. 

Hopefully, we will continue to see some incredible examples of skilled craftsmanship and design in the form of these stunning garments in the week ahead.

Seda x


Saturday, 16 July 2016

The Best Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe! (Vegan/Gluten-Free)

* 1 tsp coconut oil
* 1 small red onion
* 1 tsp garlic puree
* 8 cherry tomatoes
* 50ml water
* 1 tsp garlic pepper
* 2 tsp dried basil
* 1 tsp sugar
* 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar


On a chopping board, peel and chop the onion. Then chop the tomatoes into small chunks (they will roughly be chopped in quarters). 

Melt the coconut oil in a large non-stick pan on a medium heat. Add the onions and fry till slightly browned. Add the garlic puree and cook for a further minute.

Add the tomatoes and the tomato puree to the pan and mix well. Then add the garlic pepper and basil. Cook for about 5 minutes until the tomatoes start to soften. The mixture will appear slightly thick so you can add some water at this point till it forms a sauce like consistency. Add the sugar and vinegar, stir, and then turn the heat right down and simmer with the lid on while you boil the pasta. 

Boil your choice of pasta. I like to use gluten free brown rice spaghetti. 

Plate up and enjoy :)

Seda x

Friday, 15 July 2016

Healthy Halloumi, Tomato & Pesto Toasted Sandwich

* 2 slices of bread of your choice (I used 50/50 bread)
* 6 slices of halloumi
* handful of spinach 
* 3 cherry tomatoes
* 1 tbsp pesto


Place the bread on a board. Spread both slices with the pesto.

On one of the slices lay the halloumi, tomatoes and spinach and then drizzle with a little more of the pesto. 

Put the other slice on top of the sandwich and press down. Place in a heatproof sandwich bag and toast until the bread is golden and the cheese melted.

Slice in half and enjoy! 

Seda x

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