Monday, 5 October 2015

Maybelline Color Whisper lipstick - A Plum Prospect

This week I've been trying out the Maybelline Color Whisper lipstick in 'A Plum Prospect'. As the name suggests, it's a pinkey purpley colour.  I also own this lipstick in 'Rose of Attraction' which is a lighter pink colour.

Color Whisper is a lightweight gel lipstick that is probably better described as a tinted lip gloss. I should've guessed from the name that it gives a 'whisper' of glossy colour, rather than a bold matte statement. While it's has decent pigmentation and builds well, it's slippery on the lips and doesn't have great staying power.

This photo shows a single swipe of colour.

In this photo, you can see how I've been able to build the colour but also how glossy it became when I did this.
Wearing 'A Plum Prospect' 

What I liked: 

  • It applied really smoothly 
  • It didn't feel sticky or gritty 
  • The sheer colour is pretty and can be built up quite well (for a tinted lipgloss) 

What I didn't like 

  • The staying power. It rubbed off very easily and had to be reapplied multiple times during the day

Makeup used in this photo: 

Sunday, 4 October 2015

ZERO Fettuccine

I don't know when I last cooked pasta. I know the last time it was possible would've been pre-kitchen renovation in late February. Moving from an electric stove to an induction cooktop meant that the cheap hand-me-down cookware I'd been given no longer worked on my new fancy appliances. I bought a beautiful Le Creuset deep frying pan and lid the day my appliances were installed but have um-ed and ah-ed over saucepan sets and over the winter embraced my slow cooker and microwave found that I didn't have a huge use for saucepans... so here I am, seven months down the track without pots and saucepans. 
Source: Lowcarb Central 
I've had a pasta craving for weeks so when I saw the Zero Fettuccine and read about it being an excellent pasta substitute, I didn't hesitate to purchase a packet. Pre-cooked and made from Konjac, the fettuccine (and I say that generously as they are actually noodles) are gluten, dairy, wheat, egg and soy free. They also boast to have zero carbs, fat and sugar. Inside the packet is a second packet with the goodies. The instructions say to drain the water and run the noodles under hot or cold water for at a minute. They look like flat rice noodles and are similar in texture, although a bit thicker and firmer. 

I tried a plain noodle which I wouldn't recommend. Not because if had a bad taste but because it had no taste (which of course is a good thing for those who are using it has a noodle or pasta substitute). I smothered the noodles in a homemade tomato and mushroom pasta sauce with a generous sprinkle of parmesan cheese but felt a little unsatisfied. They were much more noodley and far less pasta like than I expected. Not a bad substitute for a rice noodle, or for someone with food allergies or looking for a low cal/no carb option but don't expect it to be like pasta. 

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The Little Shop of Plenty, Maylands

The Little Shop of Plenty has been getting its fair share of attention with Perth locals since opening in late May. Located opposite the Maylands train station on the Railway Parade side, the cafe specialises in mainly raw (with some gentle cooked foods), minimally processed, dairy, gluten and cane sugar free dishes.

After our visit to The Raw Kitchen the weekend before, Pen and I decided to head to The Little Shop of Plenty to see what all the hype was about. It was a stunning spring day, so I walked from my house. About half way into my walk, I realised that I didn't know where the cafe was. I knew it was somewhere near to Blackcurrant Clothing, as I'd see the owner Catherine post about the cafe a few times so I figured I'd just wander and wing it. Turns out I needn't be worried. There was a huge sign out the front and the cafe was buzzing.

Blackberry and Vanilla Bean smoothie $9.50 
I was a bit early (which if you've read my blog before is a rarity), so I grabbed us a table inside the garage door section. When I sat down, I noticed that these tables had knee rugs at the tables and I understand why. The area is a bit of a wind tunnel and a wee bit nippy, so when Pen arrived, we moved into the sun to soak up the vitamin D rays.

Ordering is done from the counter, where you will also find a delicious array of raw treats in the cake fridge. Despite being busy, the line to order moved very quickly.

As it was busy, we ordered one at a time to make sure our table wasn't nabbed. Our orders came out extremely fast. In fact, my drink and meal had arrived before Pen had returned from ordering!

Sunday, 20 September 2015

The Raw Kitchen, Fremantle

I have a rule about Fremantle. Each friend who lives there gets one visit a year. One visit. That's it. There are a few exceptions to this rule; visiting for celebrations (birthday parties, weddings and the like) doesn't count, and if there's somewhere in the area I really want to visit, it also doesn't count (May Street Larder, I'm looking at you!).

When my friend Pen suggested we have lunch at The Raw Kitchen, I was hesitant. Fremantle. Raw. Raw. Raw. Raw. GAH. I then remembered that our past few catchups had been in my 'hood so I thought I'd better be a good friend and make the long trip to Freo.

The Canvas Factory

Wow it's been a long time since I last blogged! The reason? Partly a busy life but mainly two botched attempts to host my blog on another server and move from Blogger to WordPress. The result? Well I'm still with my original host and I'm still on Blogger. (Can we please not talk about it? It's a touchy subject).

Around the same time as my blog fails begun, I received an email from The Canvas Factory asking if I'd like to try out their canvas wall art products. In the spirit of being honest, this was not something I'd ever considered doing. When I think of canvas printed photos, I think of  the 90s Mum glamour shots that my friends had hanging in their houses.You know the ones...


Saturday, 27 June 2015

Mary Street Bakery, Highgate

I think I'm the last person in Perth to eat at Mary Street Bakery.  Seriously... Like actually the very last person. Sure I've stopped in for a quick chai but I've never had the pleasure of trying the delicious food that I've drooled over on social media.

I had the Red juice (beetroot, carrot, apple, lemon and ginger) ($8) and a Classic Steak Sambo (rump, onion, aoili and lettuce) ($19).  After ordering, I had a flashback to a' tough as boots', sad, overcooked steak sandwich I had elsewhere and instantly regretted my choice.  My feelings of regret changed to pure delight when my order came out and I saw perfect pinkish slices of steak and a generous lathering of onion relish. I think it was one of the best steak sandwiches I've ever had. 

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Friday, 5 June 2015

Phill Bean, Shelley

Phill Bean is a little suburban Korean restaurant in Shelley that managed to sit in the number 1 spot on Urbanspoon for Korean restaurants in Perth for an extraordinary amount of time.  They're really far from the city or any trendy foodie hubs and as you can see from the photo below, while cute the restaurant isn't winning any awards for decor or ambiance.  Knowing this,  I assumed their high ranking was merely for their amazing home style cooking. Needless to say,  I visited with extremely high expectations.As usual when your expectations are too high, I walked away feeling really disappointed.