Friday, December 21, 2012

I am Wonder Woman


I have had a hard time lately, so the other night I got a Wonder Woman dress from Twisted Kitty Designs and I loved it so much I didn't want to take it off. It fit so perfectly and made me feel so much better.

At 9 o'clock that night I realised I needed to bake a cake for my daughters end of year class party in the morning. Instead of getting changed I decided to bake and that's when I snapped this picture. I literally started mixing then grabbed my phone because I wanted a picture. I could not believe it when it was perfect.

I posted it on Facebook and managed to land the title of "Fan Pic Of The Year" by Twisted Kitty! After everything that has happened lately, this really made my day!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Recurring dreams

My life has been crazy. I am in the process of a divorce which has turned nasty resulting in a lot of court. I had to move house, I got robbed right after and more.

Last night I had a dream which kept repeating itself over and over. I'd try to sleep and then I'd dream this:

I was laying in my bed and I was exhausted. I was asleep, but trying to wake up. Then I wanted to scream at my ex, he was in the room and he was holding me captive, but not physically. Emotionally I could not move, my body would not move and it was because of him. I tried desperately to scream but nothing came out. I didn't feel scared, more frustrated I couldn't escape and I needed to go to the toilet.

Finally I was able to move and make my way towards my bathroom. I'd get to my bedroom door, or just outside in the hallway, shut my eyes for one minute and wake up on my bed and repeat the whole thing again. I could never get away. Every time I started, I stopped for some reason to close my eyes and I would be back where I began.

Throughout the whole dream my eyes struggled to stay open or even get open. Everything was a struggle and I felt stuck.

I went through this about 5 times last night and it drained me.

I've had recurring dreams before and messages through my dreams. I am a little unsure on this one though. I reacted this morning in a way I thought was what my subconscious was trying to tell me, but now I just feel bad and maybe it was the wrong choice.

I don't know, what are your thoughts?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Finding my summer style

Cue is one of my favourite stores, but for where I live and what I do most days their clothes are not really suitable. That doesn't stop me from loving their store and trying on clothes. (I did buy the dress in the top corner and the black pants on the bottom).

It is getting a lot hotter and I am not a summer person at the best of times. I have never really liked my legs so avoid wearing shorts.

I like maxi dresses but also feel swamped in them.

I have an hourglass shape and do love my body and am pretty happy with my size. I am toning up more and learning to accept and be happy with my almost glowing, white skin.

This weekend I plan on shopping for a bit of a summer wardrobe. I need practical items, but want them to be cute. The middle dress in the picture is something I would wear for school pick up and as a day outfit. It's cute, not too dressy and I won't look like I just rolled out of bed.

Ok, I don't normally look like I rolled out of bed, but jeans and a tee is basically what I wear every day. I tell myself it is because I have active kids (aged 3 and 5), which is true and I 'only' go to speech therapy, school and doing the groceries etc most days, you know, mum stuff.

I am sick of my 'mum uniform' though. I know what I like and am just going to start wearing it. It's funny though because I love a mix of real surfer chic, other days more classic/business style, but I also love the 1950's pin up look.

Since I have the business chic clothes pretty much down pat, I am now going to focus on the other aspects I want to have in my wardrobe.

How did you find your style?

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Taking more time for myself


There are so many times where I think to myself I need to do a manicure and pedicure/ I need a hair treatment/facial/I wish I could work out more etc...

Well, for the past few weeks I have started taking more time for me. I set up a gym in my back room and can now work out any time I please.

I have a couple of nail polishes I love and have been setting aside time every week to doa  proper manicure and pedicure.

I do a weekly hair treatment and made up a body scrub for the shower which I use daily.

I scheduled in my appointments at my local beauty salon for a few things I want done regularly, but tend to put off.

I've found if I do not set the time, I get neglected. Everyone gets put before me and before I know it I have put on weight, my hands and feet look rough and dry, my hair is splitting and I have 1 inch regrowth.

Not anymore.

I am setting aside mummy me time.

Ideally, I want to lose more weight (I am down to 76kg which I am excited about, but want to be 65 - 68kg). I would love to have a little plastic surgery, but since it is not in my budget right now, I need to do what I can for myself to be my best self.

There is no reason I can't take care of myself, have time for myself and help myself have a more positive self image because I am looking how I want to look instead of wishing my body was better.

No one else will do it. You have to take the time to take care of yourself.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fast Chocolate Cake (Toblerone Chocolate Cake)

Last week my daughter desperately wanted to make a cake for her teachers. I agreed that we would do it this week. She doesn't start school until 12:30 each day since she is only in preschool and I thought I would have plenty of time Monday morning to make one. I forgot I had appointments. Wondering what to do, I remembered this cake, which I learnt when doing Tupperware. It is the easiest and fastest but still moist and tasty cake I know. You can have it done and out the door within 20 minutes.



Toblerone Chocolate Cake (doesn't have to be Toblerone!)
1 chocolate cake mix (I use Homebrand)
1 packet Cottee's instant chocolate pudding
1 cup of lemonade
1/4 cup oil
2 eggs

Topping
200g Toblerone (or other chocolate, I used a block of Violet Crumble this time)
100ml cream

Method
Mix the cake mix, pudding mix, lemonade, oil and eggs together until smooth. Place in a microwave safe cake container (I use a bundt shaped silicone one) and cook in the microwave for 9 minutes. (If you have a weak microwave like me, you may need a few more minutes).

Once it has finished, set it aside. Break the chocolate into chunks and melt it in the microwave. Do it in 30 second bursts and mix it each time. Chocolate often holds its shape until you stir it and it is easy to burn, so watch it closely.

Once it has melted, slowly stir int he cream to make your topping (a ganache).

Turn the cake out onto a plate and pour the topping over it, then serve.

As you can see in the picture, we also added sprinkles.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Headband holder from ribbon

My daughters have a few headbands each now so I decided to make little headband holders for them to keep them all in one place.

All you need is some ribbon (I used thick ribbon) and a sewing machine.


 Loop the end like the picture below and pin it in place



 Next create an S shape and pin it in the middle of the S so you have 2 loops.


Repeat this as many times as you like, depending on how many headbands you have to store.


With the last bit of the ribbon loop leave enough length so you can loop it


Then loop it underneath like this and pin it in place.


Then simply sew a straight link over each pin to create the loops for the headbands to slide into.

I used a drawing pin to secure it to the side of my daughters book case like this.


This is it with the headbands in it and plenty of room for more...


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Personal Purity Through Self Discipline - Young Womens Lesson 32

I taught this lesson today - Personal Purity Through Self Discipline - Young Womens Lesson 32 - but instead of sticking to the manual completely, I did things a little differently. You see, a few weeks ago I read this article, about how the manuals and lessons in the church are really more directed at men. Women are more emotional and the reasons behind why we succumb to temptation are more complex.

I decided to teach a mostly from the manual, but wanted to end my lesson with psychological reasons we lose our virtue and how we can combat them.

Things such as feeling unloved, depressed, not having control in our lives etc. were all discussed.

I started this part of the lesson by mentioning the article I had read and how we are often taught that guys have a one track mind and it is up to us to help control them, to have the self discipline and while it is good to have that self discipline, the reasons we might give in to temptation are not just about how disciplined we are.

When we feel unloved, have low self esteem or are depressed it can be easy to find that acceptance and love in the attention of a male, because we know guys, especially teenage guys, love to flirt and throw that attention on us women, in the hopes of getting something. And when you are down on yourself it can be really easy to view that attention as love, but once they get what they want, you will soon find out the hard way it is not love.

I discussed how I personally struggled, had depression and was medicated for it when I was a teen etc. I didn't go into full details of anything, just how I felt about myself at the time and how the boys attention made me feel.

Sometimes it is about control in our lives. Often, at your age, you don't have a lot of control in your life.  And when we don't have control, or we feel unloved, it can be harder to make the right decisions and practice self discipline. I asked the young women what some of the things they don't have control over are and wrote the answers on the board.

Next, I discussed how even though it might look like we have no control over these things, there are small ways we can make changes to gain more power and control in our lives, so we are living our lives more how we want to and feel more important. We then discussed ways we could do this. A few examples were:

Food: They couldn't always control what they ate or what food was in the house. They could buy little things they like with their pocket money and keep it in their rooms, or share because their siblings might feel the same as them and this could help them feel more control in their lives too. They could sit down with their parents and discuss evening meals, what meals everyone in the family likes and how they could be incorporated in to the family menu plan. They could offer to make the meals too, so not everything is left up to mum.

Media: We can't control what is put out there, but we can choose what to or what not to watch, put parental blocks on our computers and select which books to read.

We discussed how everything has a choice and how there are consequences to those choices. We have the power to choose.

Next I asked what were some things that might help when we are feeling down about ourselves. I said that focusing on the things we do well, or have achieved can help us feel proud about ourselves. We listed some suggestions on the board. One thing I have done before was write a list of things I liked about myself such as things I was good at, my achievements etc. And kept a copy in my wallet so when I was feeling down I could read it and see that I was good and I was worthwhile. I suggested they might like to do this too.

Another big thing we discussed was being kind to yourself. Don't tear yourself down. EVERYONE makes mistakes and the Saviour atoned for our sins so we can repent. Our mistakes are never too big to repent from and when we repent and learn from our mistakes it helps us improve and makes us who we are today.

I could see this part of the lesson really impacted the girls. They were nodding and talking and agreeing. I had discussed this with quite a few of my friends before I taught it and ALL of them agreed the reasons they sinned or got into trouble had nothing to do with self control, but everything to do with the desire to feel loved and the need to have more control in their lives. I really wanted the young women to see that they can fight those issues within themselves and that we understand and can help them to. That we love them and have been through what they are going through.

I bore my testimony to close and in it mentioned that I think this time in their lives is quite possibly one of the hardest because the temptations are everywhere and school can make it really hard, as well as males their age being rather persistent. I told them I loved them and how great they all are and how well we care for one another and that if they are ever feeling down, they can know that all the people in this room love them and are there for them.

The young women thanked me after the lesson and said it was really good. It was the most eye contact I had ever had in a lesson and they were interested because it was relevant, real and included both the gospel and what is really affecting them today.


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Paprika Chicken

Paprika Chicken is a dish I love. It is so easy and the seasoning can be made in bulk, then stored in an air tight container to use as needed.


Ingredients
1/4 cup plain flour (I use gluten free flour)
2 Tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon chicken stock powder
500g chicken breast, sliced into strips
Oil for frying 

Method
Mix the flour, paprika, chilli powder and stock powder together until evenly combined. Sprinkle it onto a plate.
Place the strips of chicken on the powder, turning to coat the chicken evenly. Discard any unused seasoning.
In a medium pan, place 1 - 2 tablespoons of oil. Place the chicken strips in the pan. Fry for 10 minutes, then turn and fry the other side for 10 minutes also.
Serve with rice and vegetables, a salad or mashed potato. Whatever you like.


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Lounge room and bedroom before and after

Almost 2 years ago I moved back into my house. It was a rental for a few years and when we moved back in, it was a little worse for wear. Ok, it was terrible!

Due to my husbands work not transferring him properly, he had no work for quite some time. He got some casual work here and there, but nothing permanent, which meant we had the time, but no money to fix the house. It is still a work in progress, but I thought I would update you all.

The lounge was bright yellow and mouldy. The curtains needed to be replaced due to mould and it was just terrible all over.

Here is a before shot:

The photos have been taken from a different angle and with different cameras. I know I have more before shots which show the transformation better, but I can't find them.

Anyway, here is an after shot
 The mould got removed, the walls were puttied, sanded, cleaned and painted, as was the ceiling. The light fixture was changed. We got a new lounge, the curtains were replaced and since this photo was take we now have a floor rug too.


As for the bedroom, it was even worse. In the picture below you can see the hideous mould, ugly light fixture and part of an old wardrobe (the white block).


 Another angle, but blurry



The walls had to be cleaned, repaired then painted and were painted a neutral colour. The light fixture was replaced, the wardrobe thrown out and a built in robe put in.

I don't have a decent after picture as there is still some work being done, but here is a semi after picture with my bed


The house is coming along, slowly. Hopefully I will be able to share more after picture from other rooms soon.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Crusty Gluten Free Bread

Eating gluten free is not always easy and most 'normal food' options such as bread and pasta cost a lot more when made gluten free. I have tried a few different gluten free breads and they all taste kind of heavy. I have made some myself and loved the results when fresh out of the ove, but once cool they weren't fantastic.

Last week I decided to buy a box to make crusty gluten free bread. The brand I used was called Simply Wize and it turned out great.

I'll be honest, I completely did not read the box before attempting it. Had I read it, I would have realised I needed yeast, there was not sachet in the box. Lucky for me I had some in the fridge. Unlucky for me I had no idea how old it was!

I also would have read (and had my memory jogged) that I needed to let it fizz up in the warm water. Instead, I just dumped the lot in the bowl, then went "Oh, dear. Hope this works!"

I kneaded it all, praying the whole time it works, because I wanted bread and did not want to go down to the shops. The odds were against me with yeast so old I can't remember the last time I had used it before today and not following instructions, but you can live in hope right?

It came out beautifully and costs less than $3 a box I think. I plan on making it again, but next time I will read and follow the instructions. I can honestly say this has been my favourite so far and I plan on experimenting with seeds and things next time too.

Also, once I pulled it out of the oven and it cooled, other family members cut themselves some (much to my disgust because it is gluten free FOR ME!!! And I had just made them some 'normal' bread rolls!) They all loved it and were surprised when I told them to back off, it's my bread! They said it was the best gluten free bread, it didn't even taste gluten free.

Just so you know, I haven't been paid to write this. I saw the box and decided to try it. Had I been paid, I probably would have done it right and read the instructions.

I plan on having this instead of buying ready made gluten free bread from now on.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Stuffed Baby Capsicums with Caramelised Onions

I did a bit of experimenting on the weekend making caramelised onions and stuffed baby capsicums. I have wanted to make caramelised onions for a long time, but since they take quite a while, I had not yet had the time. I hadn't planned what to do with them, but since I had the time I wanted to do them.

I decided to use them and a few other bits and pieces to make some stuffed baby capsicums.


Ingredients
6 Baby capsicums
1/3 cup grated zucchini 
1 slice of ham, diced
2 Tablespoons of caramelised onions (I share how to caramelise onions below)
1/4 cup of grated mozarella cheese

Method
1.) Cut the top off the capsicums and remove the seeds.
2.) Place some zucchini, followed by some ham, onions then cheese in each capsicum.
3.) Place the capsicums in a frying pan with no oil, over a medium heat. Cover with a lid and cook for 5 - 10 minutes, until the cheese just starts to melt. 
4.) Pour a cup of water into the pan, cover with the lid again and cook for a further 10 minutes, until the capsicums are soft and the cheese fully melted.



How to do caramelised onions
It is a long, slow process to make delicious caramelised onions. You can make up a bulk batch and portions in ice cube trays to use as desired. Raw onion loses it's crunch when frozen, but caramelised onions are soft already and fine to freeze. You can use more or less than the amounts I share below, depending on how much you want to make at one time.



Ingredients
3 onions
3 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon brown sugar

1.) Slice the onions to desired thickness. Place them in a frying pan with the butter over medium heat.
2.) Allow the onions to cook slightly, then reduce the heat to very low. Sprinkle with brown sugar and mix to cover.
3.) Continue to cook on low, stirring every now and then for 2 hours. Keep the lid on to retain the heat and moisture as well.

It takes a long time and you need to be really patient. When I was making them I cooked a variety of other things at the same time since I was in the kitchen anyway.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Free and cheap make-up

I recently posted a make-up tutorial for my day to day look. This week I walked into my bedroom to discover this...


All my make-up destroyed! 

My kids had taken it upon themselves to give their toy horse a make over and themselves as well. A lot of this was close to finished, but some i.e. the powder spilt everywhere, had a lot left. The items I planned on replacing were going to be replaced in September, when I go to the USA. Unfortunately for me, I need to replace them now.

So I thought I would share with you some ways to source free and cheap make-up since that is what I am now doing.

1.)  Check the websites of the products you love to see if they are offering any samples at the moment. It's not instant make-up, but if you can wait a few days it is free.
2.) In store samples - Some companies have mini tubes or sachets you can get in store to try products before you buy. Some will put a bit of product in a container for you to try or some stores are happy for you to bring in a sample size pot to put a bit of a tester into, so I've been told.
3.) Sample and freebie sites - check them all out and sign up for the samples
4.) Magazines - virtually every week there is at least one magazine with make-up or products attached as a free gift with purchase. Buying the magazine is often cheaper than buying the products.
5.) Contact the brands - email the brands you love or want to try and ask for samples. The worst they can do is say no.

If you can't get make-up for free, look out for sales, shop around and check online. Don't just check the brands websites, check eBay and buy/sell groups on Facebook to get what you need.

How do you source make-up for free or cheap?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Whoopie Pies

I saw these in the supermarket and had no desire to buy them. However, recently I was given some by my mother in law. The box was blank so I had no idea how to make them, but since Betty Crocker generally uses 2 - 3 eggs and some oil, I went with that.



This is not my own recipe, it was just a box of whoopie pie mix with 2 eggs and 1/4 cup of oil. Mixed together, then we just slapped spoonfuls on a lightly greased oven tray and baked at 180C for 15 - 20  minutes until they were cooked. We let them cool and placed icing in the middle and stuck them together.

They were a hit! And demolished very quickly. I am considering giving them a go with my own recipe as I am not a fan of box mixes. Have you made whoopie pies?

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Scripture Study Handout - Young Women's Lesson 27, Manual 1

Soon I am teaching the Young Women lesson 27 from manual 1 which is on studying the scriptures. I decided to make these for my handouts at the end of the lesson.

"My testimony grows when I read the scriptures"


I got a plant from my garden - in this case Aloe Vera because it grows easily and that little plant can turn into numerous plants all on it's own. Also Aloe Vera can be used to heal many things.

I had a few little seedling pots, so I covered them in scrapbook paper and put potting mix and the seedling in it. With the book mark which says "My testimony grows when I read the scriptures" it makes a cute little handout that can be a regular reminder to read the scriptures.

Another option would be to attach a packet of sees to the book mark.

I got the book marks from an old folder of my mums when she was a Young Women's President in the 90's. You could create something similar by either drawing some flowers or making a bookmark with a flower out of card.

Friday, July 6, 2012

DIY bedhead and bedside tables from an old crate - tutorial

I recently posted about turning some old crates into a bedhead and bedside tables. Here's how I did it.

I started with this crate, which had previously been used in a desk and I had the lid from another crate which was a toy box. I ended up needing the side of the toy box crate too, but it's not pictured.


First I bashed out the side of the extra crate using a mallet on the inside and hitting the side of the crate to losen the nails.


Then I used a hammer to remove the nais which were poking through these holes


Next I sanded everything I was going to be using. Make sure you wear protection when sanding such as a mask and goggles. I really should have had gloves on as well.


After sanding, I measured the crate and drew a line down the middle of it so I could cut it in half. I don't have an electric saw, so I had to do this bit by hand.


One it was cut in half they looked like this and I needed to sand the edges where I had just sawn them.


Following all the sawing and sanding I needed to stain them. I used some laquer we had sitting in our garage in the colour "Jarrah". The label had actually come off and I had to test it on some other wood first. I had two tins, one was Jarrah and one was Mahogany, but neither had labels.


Once I had stained them I left them to dry. I actually did the bedhead first, then the bedsides were done on another day


After I did one coat, I left it to dry for 24hrs and applied another coat. You can see in this picture the flat pieces look darker than the bedsides because they have had their second coat.


Once they were dry I brought them inside to put in my room. The crates had pieces of wood on the back which enabled me to hang the bed head easily without having to make legs and things for it. So I only needed to place some nails in the wall and hang the 3 bedhead pieces. They have been hung low for now, until I finish the rest of the bedspread (European pillows and pillow cases, plus one pillow case). It looked weird when I put it higher without much on the bed.


Here's a close up of one bedside table


The room is not finished. As I said, I need to finish sewing the pillow cases. Yes, I made the bedspread and it was a fraction of the cost of what the whole set would have cost in store (Over $400 for the set in store).

I have something to put on each bedside table and will be putting something on the wall above the bedhead as well as baskets under the bedside tables. I plan on putting fabric on the blue bed base and a few other things to finish the room. I am injured at the moment, so all these plans have to wait for now.

What are your thoughts? What would you do to finish the room?







Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Cacao and chia seed pancakes with berry sauce (Gluten Free)

I made these pancakes the other week when experimenting with chia seed and they were so good. My 4yr old ate 2 and loved them. There is no refined sugar in these, but they are still sweet. They have cacao instead of cocoa for a healthier chocolate taste and the berries set the pancakes off nicely.


Ingredients
2 Tablespoons of Chia seed left in 1/4 cup water to soak overnight to form a "gloop" aka gooey mixture
2 Tablespoons Cacao
1 cup GF plain flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
Butter for cooking

Berries
1 cup of berries (I used organic, frozen berries)

Method
Mix the chia and cacao together. Add in the other ingredients and mix to combine so there are no lumps. I try not to mix it too much, only as much as needed and I do it by hand. I find gluten free recipes sometimes go a bit hard or gluey if mixed too much.

Place a frying pan over medium heat. Melt some butter in the pan and pour 1/4 cup of the mixture into the pan. Cook for about 1 - 2 minutes or until golden brown, then turn over and cook the other side.

This the berries, simply heat them in a saucepan until they start to form a liquid. Mix while you are heating them, then pour over the pancakes. You can add a little maple syrup if you like to sweeten, or a sprinkling of sugar if you prefer.

These pancakes were very filling, more nutritious than regular pancakes and they tasted great!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Make-up tutorial - Day to Day

I love make-up. I don't wear a lot of it most days because I don't have the time and because I don't feel the need. I do pretty much the same routine whenever I do my make up. This is the usual end result


See, pretty basic and natural.

I start off looking like this...



I apply a primer all over my face, then I apply concealer to he bits that need it such as under my eyes




Next I apply foundation. I am pretty slap happy with how I do it, but basically I apply the foundation to a make up sponge then dab it on may face. I dab all over, never rubbing it in, instead sponging it all over my face. I do it so there are no lines of foundation anywhere. The dabbing makes it last longer I find instead of rubbing and I tend to use less foundation in the long term.


Next I use a mineral powder all over my face. It's a loose powder I dip my brush into, then tap my brush to get most of the powder off, back into the container. If I don't tap my brush the powder tends to clump on my face and not blend in.

After that, I do my eyes. I am actually pretty blind in my left eye, which makes it hard to get my eyes right.

I start by using an different primer specifically for my eyes then placing a sweep of darker coloured eyeshadow on my lid, usually a brown, just up to the crease.


Next I sweep a tiny amount of light blue over the brown. I did this one day and everyone loved it, so it became part of my usual routine.


After the blue I place a natural/skin tone colour from the top of the crease of my lid up to the brow. I blend it into the blue colour. So my eyes are never really 'out there' when it comes to eye shadow, especially not for day wear. I am pretty basic.


After the eye shadow I apply liner. I alternate between a pencil, liquid and mineral depending on what I grab and how much time I have. As you will see in the photo below, my eye liner is not perfect because I cannot see what I am doing with bad eye sight. It is always a guess and usually turns out ok.

I just glide the pencil along my lid, right near the eye lashes. I just do a thin line for during the day.


Once the eyeliner is done I apply lash primer to my eye lashes then the mascara. I always wear black.


After the eyes are done I do the lips. For me it is simply a matter of applying lipstick, then some gloss. With the lipstick I start in the middle of my lips then glide to the left, go back to the middle and glide to the right. I do that on both the top and bottom lips and that is how I apply lip gloss too.


If I feel a little pale (doesn't always happen because I have a fairly red face), I apply a sweep of bronzer on my cheek bones for blush. I always do it in a barely there fashion, so essentially my brush has only a hint of colour and I apply it on the top of my cheek bone brushing down towards my lips, but only for about 1 - 2 inches.

This is actually the make-up I did for my brothers recent wedding, where I wore the dress I made myself.


See? I'll show how to do the hair in another tutorial later. It's pretty easy.

Doing your make-up doesn't need to be hard or a long process. I am all for simplifying things like this, especially when you have kids. 

As for the products I use, most of them are Mirenesse that I got for free ages ago and a lot of it will bee updated soon.



Here they are:
Face primer is Mirenesse absolutely firm treatment primer, but I use to use Napoleon Auto Pilot before I got this for free. Once it has run out I will go back to Napoleon 
Concealer is Mirenesse Icon Sealer 24hr concealer
Foundation is L'oreal VisibleLift in Ivory
Mineral powder and bronzer are both Bella Terra, but the labels have worn so I don't know their colours.
Eye primer is Mireness Sexy Secret Eye Primer which I got for free and I never used an eye primer before but it really does help to make my eye make-up last longer and stay in place.
Eye Shadows vary but mostly are Bella Terra or Mirenesse. With Bella Terra I use #6 - Serenity, # 32 Dreamscape and #3 Sand. With Mirenesse I use the idol eye lift palettes.
Eyeliner is Mirenesse Ebony and Nude/Rose - the Auto Eye/Lip Liner Duet
Mascara primer is Mirenesse 4D Secret Lash Evolution Primer Maximum Lash Extension
Mascara I have loved Maxfactor Great Lash for years.
Lipstick is Mirenesse most of the label has gone but I can read it says 24 Guntar and is in a silver tube with a diamond on top.
Lip Gloss is not pictured, but my favourite is Glam Shine from L'oreal.



Just because this is what I use, doesn't mean you need to buy them to do your make-up. With make-up you need to find what works best for you. I highly recommend using a primer, a sponge and some good  brushes at the very least.