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Monday, February 29, 2016

A Dog Lover's Date Animation


As you may or may not know, I'm a Graphic Design student in the times I'm not blogging or gaming. I don't post about it much on this blog, but I thought that today I would. So here's a little animation I made. All text was created with the voice of PewDiePie in mind. Probably weird, but... it happened. Best viewed in 1080p.

Have a great day.

:)

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Smoke BBQ Blogger Event In Leeds


Are you in love with the look of those desserts? Because same. I will just set you up for the tone of this post by letting you know that the brownie was legitimately 155% definitely the best brownie I have ever consumed in my entire life. That is 20 years of brownies. 

Desserts aside, I spent Thursday evening at Smoke BBQ, a restaurant which has just opened in Leeds. A bunch of bloggers were invited to the event, so I had the pleasure of seeing some familiar faces for the evening and enjoy various meats, beers, and desserts. What more could you want?


I'll just say that the owner of the restaurant was the nicest person ever! Everybody who worked there was lovely, actually, and we had some good chats. I learned was brisket is, which I had no idea prior to this. I'm not a big beef fan, but still... I guess it's good to know.


I can't remember everything we tried, but definitely included was brisket, a turkey leg, chicken, and sausage. The sausage was INCREDIBLE! I told the owner about my passionate love for the sausage, and apparently their recipe was entered into some sort of sausage-related competition and it won. So it is pretty darn good sausage. If I could recommend anything from the menu (aside from the brownie, obvs) it would be the sausage. I know that Carl (A Bloke's Eye View) appreciated the brisket and the turkey leg.


I heard a number of people suggesting that it was better than Red's which, if you're from Leeds (or London or Sheffield, as I think they have restaurants there) you know is the place to go if you're looking for BBQ meat. Personally, I have an intense love for the chicken at Red's and it can't be beaten, but the desserts at this place definitely made it competition. Plus, I like the vibe of the place a lot, since the lighting is nice & it's pretty and it was so friendly there.


Here is a picture of the glorious peanut butter cheesecake. If you're a peanut butter and cheesecake lover, you'll love this. I enjoyed it, but I found the combination a little weird. I think my love for peanut butter is such that I basically just wanted to eat a slab of peanut butter and it really wasn't that at all. The brownie, as I've said, was the actual king of life. I bow down to the brownie. It was the gooeyest thing, and it was warm, and just so delicious. The S'more was good too, if you're a marshmallow fan. We also tried the Pistachio Ice Cream, but I am neither a fan of pistachios nor ice cream, so I can't comment on it really.


Anyway, if you're in Leeds and looking for somewhere to eat with a nice atmosphere, I would definitely recommend Smoke BBQ. It's just outside the Merrion Centre.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette Review


I can't remember ever being as excited for a product to be released as I was for this. Possibly for years, I've wanted the Sigma brush cleaning mat, but at £32.00, I couldn't justify buying it when I could just use my hands at little extra cost. When I found out that Real Techniques would be releasing their own take on it for just £12.99, I pretty much had to get it.

For me, cleaning my brushes is a real chore. I tend to put it off, and by the time I finally come to do it, my foundation brush is completely packed full of product and it takes a good 15 minutes just to clean one brush. I don't spot clean either, I just give them a good thorough wash about every two weeks (I know that's bad, but I'm lazy and it's the truth). This cute little palette aims to make that easier with a design to comfortably fit on your hand and a multi-textured surface to cleanse the brushes deeply.

The palette claims to help sweep away makeup, oil and impurities from bristles to give you truer, more consistent colour application. All you need to do is pop a bit of your brush cleanser of choice onto the palette, add some warm water, and swirl your brush through it until the brush is clean. You can also rest your brushes on the tool to air dry your brushes.


As you can see, it fits well on the hand, and it's very comfortable and doesn't slip off or anything. It also has three different textured surfaces - one for big brushes, one for medium, and one for small. I tested the product out on the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, which I use for foundation, and found the texture in the middle to be the most useful for that, but I did make use of all three surfaces.

I found that, because it's made of silicone, it sort of helps the makeup come off more easily than if you were to do it on your palm. It's more 'sticky' than your hand, if that makes sense. but in a good way. It also really stops the pain / discomfort of constantly rubbing wet makeup brushes into your palm for an hour. So it was already a good product in my books just from the first instance I put my brush onto it.

I used a little baby shampoo and some warm water, and swirled my brush across it until clean. It took about a minute, or a little more, to get the brush completely clean. And it's completely clean, it doesn't just look it on the outside but have a little left on the inside, deep in the bristles. I'm so impressed. I don't know if it's my imagination, but the brush actually seems a little softer and shinier than it does normally. Maybe that's just because it got such a thorough cleaning.


I only tested it out on the one brush since I'd only recently washed them, so I didn't test out the cleansing gel, which you get as a sample. I can't wait to use it on the rest of my brushes though. I've never been excited to wash my brushes before now!

Would I recommend this product? Definitely! I would say that anybody with a lot of makeup brushes actually needs this in their life. It will save a lot of time, and a lot of water since it won't take as much to clean them as it would using just your palm. It's quicker, more comfortable, and more effective. 100% recommend. If you've got the money, go buy it now. Right. Now.

Have you tried the palette yet? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to tweet me your thoughts too, and check out my Instagram for more pictures!