What’s Your Shade? #lipstickchallenge

January 28, 2015

lipstick-shades

Five months ago, I made the decision to start wearing lipstick every day. Prior to that, I only wore lipstick when my band had shows or a photo shoot, so that was a pretty dramatic switch for me. Naturally, I’ve missed a few days here and there, but for the most part, lipstick has become a staple for me and when I don’t wear it, I get asked where it went. Even thought it makes me slightly less kissable, my husband has gotten really into the look and sometimes makes colour requests (he likes the red).

I’ve found that lipstick can tie a look together and, when combined with good hair, can make even sweatpants look good! I started out just wearing red, but as the months have rolled on, I’ve opened up my colour palette. These are my new lipstick staples…

flat out fabulous mac

Flat Out Fabulous by MAC
I bought a cheap hot pink lipstick a long time ago that I loved the shade, but it didn’t have any staying power– it didn’t go on evenly and didn’t last very long. I’ve discovered that matte lipsticks give a bolder colour, so I went to MAC to find a matte pink in a similar shade. I grabbed several colours that looked like what I wanted and the make-up artist in MAC suggested one that I thought looked a little too purple. After trying them all on, the one’s I chose looked NUTS and the purplish hue turned out to be what you see here. It’s amazing how much a colour changes once you put it on!

I’m so glad I found a pink for my skin tone. It’s such a fun colour to wear and makes me feel playful! I’d say that finding a good shade of pink can be as tricky as finding your red, so make sure to stick with it and test plenty out.

taupe mac

Taupe by MAC
The day I went to the MAC store looking for pink, I ended up getting a nude shade as well. The story is similar to the pink, where I was surprised about how differently the colour looked when I actually put it on. It’s very close to my skin tone, but it has a slightly pink hue, which keeps me from looking washed out. Occasionally, you might not feel like going bold on your lipstick, and a good nude can be your best friend. I find that it makes you look really fresh-faced and natural.

rebel and cyber mac

Cyber and Rebel by MAC
This is a combination of cyber around the edges, blended with rebel in the centre. I wore Rebel occasionally, but I always wished it was a bit darker. Without the addition of the Cyber, it goes on as an underwhelming shade of pink– the Cyber ups the fierceness, which is always a good thing.

I tried wearing Cyber on it’s own, and I found it way too dark. For me, the blend is a match made in heaven when I want an almost-black shade of lipstick, without going too dark.

russian red mac

Russian Red by MAC
Last, but never least is Russian Red– I wear this colour the most (though my new pink may change that). It’s classic, it goes with most outfits, and it makes my lips look plush. If the pink makes me feel fun and playful, then the red makes me feel sexy and fierce.

Between all of my shades, I can play up whatever attitude I want to give off on any day, and that’s what make-up is all about to me– expressing yourself!

Would you ever do your own #lipstickchallenge? What are your go-to colours and brands?!

ArtCream Needs YOU!

January 26, 2015

Are you a DIY genius?
A culinary whizkid?
An interiors aficionado?
Then, for heaven’s sake, ArtCream needs you!

I’ve worked to build this as a space with my own flavour and (hopefully) inspirational content. Now that I have a grasp of what that looks/feels like, I’d like to work with other contributors to help this become an amazing reading destination with more tips, news & stories than ever.

There are TWO WAYS that you can get involved:

Submit Your Home for a House Tour

Have you been working hard to decorate your house and now you’re itching to share it? Everyone loves a house tour!

To submit your home to be featured, please send an email to ferren@artcre.am along with a few sample shots (they don’t need to be professional).

If selected and you are unable to do your own photography and live in the greater London area, I can possibly come photograph your space. If you live elsewhere, please be prepared to shoot your self or arrange your own photography. Photos must be shot to a good standard.

Have a look through the other interiors features on the site to judge if you think your home would make a good fit for the site– if so, then email away!

Become a Contributor

I’m looking for writers that can commit to writing at least one feature per week. The topic of the feature is up to you, but must be in-keeping with the ArtCream style (no personal diaries, sorry!).

An ideal contributor will have a solid feature idea and be able to shoot or organise their own photography to a good standard. You can live anywhere in the world!

To apply, please email ferren@artcre.am with your idea, a sample of your writing/photography, and a link to your blog, if you have one.

As ArtCream has a distinct point-of-view, it won’t be possible to accept all submissions and contributors, but I encourage you to apply and look forward to growing the site with you. It will be exciting to see what the next wave of ArtCream shapes up to be!

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Hay Mini-Market in Selfridges

January 21, 2015

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Exciting news, design-lovers! A couple of months ago, I wrote how I visited the HAY store when I was in Copenhagen. It’s full of beautiful home and stationery products, and almost every shop in Copenhagen seems to carry some of their products. I was thinking of carrying a few HAY products in my shop, but it turns out that I don’t need to because they’ve opened a mini-market in Selfridges!

Check it out online or go visit Selfridges, but please do yourself the favour of looking through their selection! I don’t think they carry big furniture, like a full HAY shop, but there will be enough beautiful ways to spend your money, trust me. I wish I could outfit my entire desk in HAY products!

Chicken and Cornbread Waffle Recipe

January 19, 2015

chicken and waffles

Chicken and waffles is one of my specialty dishes. It’s a pretty simple dinner, and I’ve also cooked it for guests a few times. People always love it, and it’s especially fun to make for people who’ve never tried the combination before.

In talking with a couple of friends last week who’ve tried my chicken and waffles, we brainstormed the idea of making the waffles out of cornbread, and I had to try it. Typically, I make this with a buttermilk waffle recipe, which I can share another time, but today I’m sharing a different take on the Southern American classic. I hope you try it and enjoy!

chicken and waffles

Chicken Ingredients:

(serves 4)
6-8 boneless chicken thighs (or breasts if you prefer)
5 minced garlic cloves
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cornflour
1 cup buttermilk
1 tbspn season all (I tend to like cajun mixes)
1/2 tspn salt
1 splash apple cider vinegar
1 tspn oil
oil for frying

Instructions:

Wash your chicken thighs and place in a big bowl. Coat chicken in buttermilk and a splash of apple cider vinegar. Mix, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate while you prepare your waffles (around 20 minutes).

Remove chicken from the refrigerator as you prepare to bread and fry your chicken. Pour 1 teaspoon of oil into a frying pan and heat. Fry your minced garlic until it’s nice and crispy like below.

Begin heating your oil for frying. You can pan fry or deep fry your chicken– I used my deep fryer set to around 175 C (350 F). In a bowl mix fried garlic, flour, cornflour, season all and salt. Take your chicken pieces and dip them in your breading mixture one piece at a time. Place into oil and cook until golden brown. In my deep fryer that was about 6 minutes. One tip my mom taught me for deep frying chicken is that it’s usually done when the chicken begins to float.

Place on a rack to allow excess oil to drain off.

Waffle Ingredients:

(serves 3-4)
1 1/4 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tspn salt
1 egg
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup milk (or buttermilk if you’d like fluffier waffles)

Instructions:

Mix wet ingredients together, mix dry ingredients together, then combine. Pour into your waffle iron and prepare as normal. I cooked mine around 4 minutes. (Alternatively, to make cornbread muffins, grease a muffin tray, fill each cup 3/4 full and bake at 200 C for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Yum!)

Putting it all together!

I typically serve my chicken and waffles topped with a heap of coleslaw and rocket, and sweet chilli sauce and hot sauce as sauce options. It’s very filling, very easy, and is sure to impress! I hope you enjoy!

Let’s Do Good

January 13, 2015

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a little while, I really am. I’m having a mini-slump, but I have a couple of recipes that I’m itching to get up here, so those may be coming your way very soon. Anyway, that’s enough meta-blogging.

It has been on my mind for about 6 months now that I’d like to do some charity work. As bloggers, we’re very fortunate to be able to test out freebies from cool companies. Or maybe you aren’t a blogger, but you have access to cool companies anyway. I was thinking that it would be amazing to give back and apply those connections toward helping people.

What if beauty bloggers, interiors bloggers and lovely people got together to use their talent and resources to adopt a homeless shelter? Wouldn’t that be amazing?!

I can’t do this by myself, but I really want to make this happen. Do you want to be a part? Even if you don’t have a blog– would you be up for a project like this?! You could volunteer your time, services, connections or whatever you like.

Please let me know! Leave a comment, email me (ferren@artcre.am), send a pigeon… just let me know! Every little bit would help.

Let’s be amazing.

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