A Conscious Blog

27 Mar 2015

What I Wore Today- All Blacked Out

Hey Dolls,
How are y'all doing? I hope your week's been good. I've noticed that since I've had my braids, I've been a bit more experimental with my style. I really love rocking my braids with a dark lip, as I think they complement each other really well. What do y'all think? 
In all honesty I didn't wear this outfit today, I wore it last Friday, but "What I Wore Last Friday" doesn't sound as good as WIWT, so I'm sure y'all can forgive me for the half-truth ;) I think this outfit is very grunge-esque so goes very well with the dark lips and braids. When in doubt, go all black, it never fails.
Since I got these boots, I've worn them all the time. I got them for such a steal, as they were reduced from £80 to £20 at Schuh. 



Outfit
Black Longline Cardigan- H & M, £15 (sold out) Alternative
Black Polo Neck- Marks & Spencer, (limited stock) Alternative
Black Leggings- John Rocha at Debenhams
Black Platform Boots- Schuh (sold out) Alternative
Black Faux Fur Clutch- Topshop (via Ebay)
Alternative clutches are available on Depop, search "black faux fur clutch"

Face
MAC Studio Fix Fluid- NC45
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer- Honey (6)
Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil- Black Brown
Maybelline Eyeliner Express- Black
Miss Sporty Fabulous Lash Mascara + Miss Sporty Pump Booster Mascara
MakeUp RevolutionVivid Baked Bronzer (Golden Days)
Sleek Blusher- Flushed
Revlon Va Va Violet Lipstick + Barry M Lipliner (Plum 11) used as a base colour

I'd like to give a special shoutout to Izzy from For Daddy's Girls for fleekerizing my brows and being my photographer.

What new looks have you guys been trying? What did you wear today? Let me know in the comments section below.

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19 Mar 2015

#ThriftyThursday: Chicken Dipper Stir Fry (£1.50 Dinner)

One of the most challenging things I've found about being a uni student is having to make your own food daily. It can be very long, tedious, draining and expensive. I'm the type of person who gets very bored of eating the same food regularly, so I'm always on the lookout for ways to remix traditional meals. 
Last night, I thought to myself rather than have my chicken dippers with chips as usual, why not make a chicken dipper stir fry instead (so that's what I did)? This meal didn't cost me anything as I had all the ingredients lurking around in my cupboard and freezer already, but if you guys wanna try this out at home, I've sourced the prices and shops for you down below. On average, this meal would cost about £1.24 to make per portion.

Ingredients:
Chicken Dippers- Iceland (56 for £3.00)
Indomie Noodles Chicken flavour (£0.24p*)
Healthy Living Sweet & Sour Sauce (£0.98p)

Seasonings:
Chinese Five Spice- Tesco (£0.85p)
Silver Spoon Sugar- Tesco (£1.15)


Preparation: 
1. Put x amount of chicken dippers on a baking tray and cook in the oven as per packet instructions. (I had 14 which was far too much, so I'd say about 6-8 for each person should be enough but you can adapt this to your usual portion size).
2. 5 minutes before the chicken has finished cooking, take the noodles out of the packet and place in a bowl. Season with packet contents. (This is optional). 
3. Boil a kettle, and fill your bowl until noodles are saturated in water. Place bowl in microwave for 2-4 mins (as per packet instructions). When the noodles have cooked halfway, stir with a fork, then place back in the microwave to continue cooking.
4. Drain noodles with sieve, then leave in bowl.
5. Place 125ml (approx) of Sweet & Sour Sauce in a small bowl/ measuring jug.
6. Take chicken dippers out of the oven and chop each piece into thirds.
7. Place chopped chicken dippers into sauce and microwave both together for about 30 secs- 1.5 mins depending on the power settings of your microwave.
8. Add the noodles to the mix and season to taste. (At this point I used my 5 Spice seasoning and sugar. You may wish to add these also or any alternative seasonings you may have).
9. And voila, there you have it, chicken dipper stir fry. Lorraine Pascale, eat your heart out ;)
10. Bon apetit. Enjoy!

Sorry the pic is not the greatest
*I paid £9.50 for a box of 40 from my local African supermarket. Be sure to check out what deals are available in your area, or alternatively just buy a cheap pack of noodles from Lidl or Aldi. Super Noodles are a great affordable alternative too!
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11 Mar 2015

New Look

Hey Dolls,
In my last post about my hair, I told you guys that I had big chopped and was planning to go even shorter. True to my word I did go shorter, as you can see in my latest Instagram pic. This time last week I decided to chop off my hair, so now my hair is probably about 4-6 inches long. I still haven't managed to get rid of all my relaxed ends, but I think I'm gonna leave the hair cutting until my next salon visit which should be around Easter. On this visit, I will do my final big chop and continue growing my T.W.A. (Teeny Weeny Afro) from there onwards. Don't worry, I'll be sure to document the journey for y'all.
 

Currently, I am rocking box braids for the first time in almost a decade. The first time I did braids was when I was in Year 7 or 8, and I didn't really like them too tough, but I love the ones my housemate Harriet did for me. You'll also notice that my face looks a bit different to usual, this is because I got my other housemate Izzy to beat my face for me. I love how she did my brows. I love an ombre brow; she so needs to teach me lol!


What do you think of my new braids? Yay? Nay?

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5 Mar 2015

#ThriftyThursday: Primark Perfume Gift Set Review

Last month, I stumbled across some absolute steals in Primark. I had come in there with the intention of buying a khaki green trench, but who actually goes to Primark and leaves with only what they came in for? Not me, I can tell you that for free- ha!
Whilst en-route to the tills, I noticed that Primark was having a perfume sale, and after having a whiff of their fragrances, decided to purchase both Polka and P.S. Love. Here's what I thought:

Polka
Polka has beautiful packaging that bares a striking resemblance to Marc Jacob's "Dot", however that is where the similarities end as it smells nothing like Dot. It does however smell like Paco Rabanne’s "Lady Million." This perfume smells divine, and out of all the perfumes I own (my collection currently stands at 17 and counting), I consider it to be one of my top favourites. It lasts about 2-3 hours, and is most potent during its first hour, which for an EDT from Primark is amazeballs. Also when it fades it doesn't have a horrid after-smell, which is an added bonus.

Price: £3 (usually £10)  5/5
Packaging: 4/5
Potency: 3/5
Overall rating: 4/5

Would I repurchase? Yes, I would, but I would love the chance to try out its dupe to see what that's like potency-wise.

P.S. Love
“Surround yourself with love and lace…intimate and sensual floral notes of ylang ylang and fresh jasmine are surrounded by succulent peach accords. The scent of pure femininity.” Lasting power wise, you've got about 3 hours before you need to top up.
This scent is fresh, light and fruity, which makes it a perfect everyday essential.

Price: £3 (usually £8) 5/5
Packaging: 3/5
Potency: 3/5
Overall rating: 3.5/5

Would I repurchase? I'm not sure. Don't get me wrong, I do love this perfume. It smells really good, but I just don't know if I'd be bothered to repurchase it, whereas with Polka, I deffo would.

Do you own any Primark/ high-street perfumes, if so, what did you think of them? Do you own any high-street perfume dupes, if so lemme know in the comments section below?
 
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