Monday, 31 March 2008

it's necessary to suffer to be beautiful

I found this postcard on postsecret and it is not true, anyone or anything is beautiful. But if tweezing your eyebrows or putting on those painful shoes makes you feel beautiful, than thats not suffering.

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Nick's kids choice awards!

Even though I'm feeling bad and am laden with tissues due to having a cold! I still found it in my heart to post my fave outfits!

Hayden's dress reminds me of a hersheys kiss! Not loving the accessories, i would have chosen gold shoes and clutch.

Ashlee's outfit is so darling and i love the neon orange shoes, kinda matches her skin lol but doesn't go with the outfit! The chanel bracelet is kinda tacky.

jordin's dress totally complements her skin tone and is a really pretty casual dress.

Hurrah for Abigail Breslin! Finally a kid dressing her age!
it was slim pickings at the kids choice awards as i hated most of them

Saturday, 29 March 2008

Bath time bubbles

I'm a huge fan of philosophy 3in1's and use them daily. In the shower, in the bath and sometimes on my hair! They last for ages and smell great! They may cost $16 bucks a pop but they last for ages! I still have half a bottle of hot chocolate 3in1 from Christmas! I have tried 5 now!

Vanilla Birthday Cake: Smells really like vanilla without that typical cheap drugstore kind of smell. It really reminds me of the Mary Kate and Ashley Shampoo which was in fact the same consistency and colour.

Cinnamon Buns: It doesn't smell of typical cinnamon buns, more like cinnamon gum. Its the perfect treat in winter to warm you up. Its a great addition to your bath time.

Hot apple cider: This doesn't smell as appley as i thought it would, i was looking for a real hot apple cider smell but it got more of a winter spice smell which was rather disappointing but it still smelt great! Warning though it is bright orange!

Gingerbread man: This was totally not what i was expecting! i wanted gingerbread smells and got lemon coco cola smell! It has a completely different consistency to the others and is a browny clear liquid which much runnier than the other. It turned out to be my favourite smell, but made me crave coke first thing in the morning!

Hot cocoa: This is my second fave! It smells just like chocolate! Its a dark brown colour which may make you go brown in the shower but it washes off when you rinse.

The only thing disappointing about philosophy 3in1's is that the smells doesn't hang around! To solve this they should make matching body sprays!

Friday, 28 March 2008

MAC Viva Glam Special!

To celebrate Fergie becoming a new spokesmodel for Viva Glam, Mac have brought out a new Special Edition lipglass Viva Glam V I. MACS's Viva Glam, every cent or pence raised goes to the M·A·C AIDS Fund to support the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Here are some pics!

As you may know im a lipgloss addict and i will certainly be adding this to my Make up wishlist! It looks like the perfect day time gloss which i can picture with my chocolatte eye look!

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Chanel chanel! my first bit of chanel!

Ever so often, Couture gal adds a piece of designer item to her wardrobe. Over the last year or so, my passion for fashion has really grown and so with it so has my lust for designer stuff has increased! Over this past year,i've bought bought a Louis Vuitton Alma in multicolour, Dior glossys for birthday, Louis vuitton bandeau and loads of juicy couture items( i don't know if you count juicy as designer) and now Chanel vintage clipons from the 70's have become part of my new collection! They are rather massive but ever so darling. I do love designer items but just as much as ordinary items and i only buy stuff if im love with them.

Here is a pic of one of the chanel earrings next to a Nintendo ds game!

C.W Couture Cupcakes!

To celebrate my blog, i've made Couture cupcakes!

Makes 18
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners.
Into a medium bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each, then beat in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with sour cream and beginning and ending with flour.
Pour batter into cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
Cool in pan 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then spread with Easy White Icing using a table knife or small offset spatula. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired.

Easy White icing

( they are actually this colour unlike the top pics)

Makes 3 1/2 cups, enough for 18 standard cupcakes
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 pound (3 2/3 cups) confectioners' sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons milk, (optional)

1/4 tsp of vanilla essence

In a mixing bowl, cream butter until smooth.
Gradually add confectioners’ sugar; beat until smooth, then add the milk and mix again.

I then cut out with abc cutters, the letters from fondant icing. You can dye the white fondant icing any colour if you want!

Monday, 24 March 2008

Top 10 Chick Flicks!

Chick flicks are a necessary thing for girls along with chocolate, make up and fashion. It’s like girl code that Chick flicks are what you watch a sleepovers or at movie marathons! They will make you laugh, cry and be happy all at the same time (except the crying bit, couture gal doesn’t cry at movies lol!)

Anyway here are my top 10 chick flicks!

1. Mean girls, a fabulous film starring Lindsay Lohan, its about a home schooled girl going to high school, joining the popular girls whilst being friends with art freaks and getting revenge on the queen bee.

2. Legally Blonde, A pink loving, girlie, kinda dumb, rich blonde sorority girl tries to win her ex boyfriend back by going to Harvard ( the college he’s going to) Law school. It’s such a girlie, funny film and is a must see!

3. John Tucker Must die, it kind of explains it in the title, John tucker is going down! John tucker is your average high school hottie dating 3 girls who find out and seek revenge by breaking his heart and damaging his rep!

4.. Breakfast at Tiffany's, a girlie film about a young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building

5. Devil wears Prada, a must for all fashionistas, it’s about working for a monster of a editor of “Runway”, turning a fashion crime girl into a fashionista and learning the fashion trade.

6.Bridget Jones diary, Meet Bridget, 30, Spinster, fed up with smug married couple friends pestering her about getting married and having between two men who she swaps and changes all through out the movie!

7.Bring it on, basic cheerleader movie about teams going to competitions. Starring Kirsten Dunst as cheer leading captain.

8.Bride and Prejudice, the Bollywood version of Pride and Prejudice, what’s not to love, funny songs, fabulous clothes and is a new version of the ultimate classic Pride and Prejudice.

9 . My Best friends wedding, abut girl who tries to steal back her best friend heart and ruin his wedding after realising she loves him.

10. Bad girls from Valley High, three snobby bad high school girls prematurely age brought on from a curse from the new transfer student whom they believe is connected to a murder they committed a year earlier.

Couture gal xxx

Sunday, 23 March 2008

Easter and its SNOWING!

Happy Easter, hope you guys are having a fab time.
Well here in England i think the weather is having a identity crisis! Its snowing hard and there is an inch of snow! and its forecast to snow all day today and tommorrow YAY it hardly ever snows and its always a sprinkle. I want 2 feet deep snow *Stomps couture gals feet*. It looks so darling out like a winter wonderland pic! I'll try and get pics later.. The dogs and cats are entranced by the snow as they are only puppies or kitties and have never seen it!
Couture Gal xxx

Saturday, 22 March 2008

TAcky and soo not wacky

High heeled converses are soo tacky! Im praying they dont become a trend !

Beauty Secret number 1

Suncream is great for protecting your skin but Nivea Moisturising spray is also a great primer for foundation!!! After washing my face in the morning, i spritz on some suncream, pick out my clothes and apply the foundation. It allows it to sink in and creates a even base for your foundation. To finish the look, i add a swish of translucent powder and away i go! My foundation has SPF in it so my skin is always protected like yours should be! Its rather sticky and greasy so that's why i leave it before putting the foundation on!

Friday, 21 March 2008

Lipbalm Charm!

After many attempts at finding the perfect lip balm, i think i have found it ! I've probably tried over 2 dozen different balms in my lifetime, as i used to be addict to finding the perfect scent!

It all started with a little mermaid lip balm when i was little, it looked like this tube but with yellow plastic and a different pic of Ariel! It was a garish bright red lip balm and i think it was strawberry flavoured but one day i snapped the actual lip balm in half! I don't remember if it was a good moisturiser but it certainly brings back memories!

Lancome sweet balm was a total waste of money! It cost £13 and left a horrid white non blendable colour on my lips. The smell was sickly and was just plain gross. It didn't moisturise at all and in fact made them worse! Nivea Pearl and Shine Lip balm,I loved this when i was 9 as i thought i was SO cool wearing "lipstick"! it gives a nice frosting but light look to the lips and its quite moisturising.

TBS Born Lippy -This lip balm is very sticky and gloopy! Definitely don't buy! it also leaves a weird tint ! Ive tried the passion berry and orange and i ended up with either purple or orange lips YUK!

Now onto the best!

Carmex is a little pot of moisturising menthol heaven! It smells great, its very minty menthol like those cold oil things you put on pillows! It numbs your lips if you put enough on ha ha. It really moisturises and i have a little pots in each bag !

Thursday, 20 March 2008

When i get the mean reds,i go to tiffany's..

Ever so often i indulge in watching Breakfast at Tiffany's! Its easily one of my favourite films, but you simply cannot watch it all the time as it loses its magic!

I've found some most darling things !

For when you need to rest your peepers! This vintage dolls outfit is the exact copy of the cat mask outfit which we all love! Its on eBay with a seller with only one feedback so make sure you pay by paypal in case something goes wrong. Item number is 150224896944 for all those doll lovers and is only $7.49

So during this Easter weekend, grab some popcorn,easter eggs or even a danish pastry like in Breakfast at Tiffany's, relax and watch this classic film!

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

C.W week 4!

Chocolate nests
Rather easy and simple but taste great!
I got rather creative for me and used the cute bunnies and feathers to decorate the plate.

225g (6oz) milk chocolate
2oz of Plain Chocolate
50g (2oz) butter
2 tablespoons of golden syrup/corn syrup
100g (4oz)Shredded wheat
Packet of candy-coated mini eggs
Paper baking cases
A muffin baking tray
A large saucepan

1. Place ten of the paper baking cases into muffin baking tray.

2.Break the chocolate into pieces and place these into a large saucepan.
3.Add the butter into the pan.

4.Dip a tablespoon into hot water to warm it up before using it to add the golden syrup into the pan.

5.Heat the pan stirring the mixture all the time until the chocolate,golden syrup and butter have melted.

6.Turn off the heat. Add the Shredded wheat to the mixture gently stirring them until they are covered with the chocolate.

7.Put the mixture into each of the paper baking cases. Make a small hollow in the centre of each nest with the back of a teaspoon.

8. Place 2-3 mini eggs in each case.

9. Put in fridge until set. You can leave or take off the cases.

ta da!

Couture gal xxx

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Miss International....

Au revoir, ciao
Couture gal xxx

Monday, 17 March 2008

Watercolour LV

First of all, Happy St Patrick Day!

LV's watercolour line is due out soon ! its such a unusual take on the logo and its such a pretty bag!

*pictures taken from purseforums.

Sadly its $1,185 price tag doesnt stretch to a teens budget!! Tho i do hope for a LV for my birthday which is in may! The Vanchetta watercolours are coming out in May and the exotic's are out tomorrow! If you cant afford the price tag, LV have a super cute bandeau with the print on it!

Also i'm glad to see that the MC alma is being recognised by a celeb once again! I've got the white version which i bought with some money that i inherited. Its such a pretty shaped bag and comes in many diffrent lines!

Couture gal xxx

Sunday, 16 March 2008


My top three perfumes

Escada sunset heat

Escada Sunset Heat is a blend of Top notes of papaya, lemon, mango sherbet, and pineapple mousse. Middle notes of icy watermelon, peach, lotus flower, and hibiscus. Base notes of sandalwood, amber crystals, and musk.

This perfume smells like a sherbety sweet grapfruit and pinneaple with a slight muskiness. Its a perfect spring/summer day scent! This is such a pretty bottle and when put in the sunlight it looks like a sunset!!! The bottle lid is rather tacky and yucky looking so i binned that!

DKNY be delicious

DKNY Be Delicious blends fruity-floral notes of apple, cucumber, grapefruit, magnolia, tuberose, white muguet, rose, violet, sandalwood, blonde woods and white amber.

This perfume smells clean and Apple with a slight cool smell but after 15minutes it begins to smell more musky and like a toffee apple. I don't love the bottle shape as i wish it was more feminine!

Miss Dior Cherie

Miss Dior Chérie Perfume by Christian Dior is for the new Dior girl, a scent of sugar and spice. An impertinent gourmand and modern chypre fragrance. Notes of Green Tangerine, Strawberry Leaves, Pink Jasmine, Caramelized Popcorn, Strawberry Sorbet,Patchouli and Crystalline Musk.

I love this scent the best as it reminds me of when i first bought it and went on holiday! Its sweet and musky and has a rather unique smell about it ! Its my favourite out of the bunch! It has such a pretty girlie bottle too!

I'm not a expert on perfume and i don't know much about it so these are just the thoughts of couture gal!

couture gal xxx

Saturday, 15 March 2008

eye spy !

I eye spy something on my eye called a stye! ewwww!!! It hurts badly and its so gross but sadly it means i have to buy new mascara and my recent eye products i used wahaa.

So bye bye Covergirl lashblast and rimmel eyeliner into the bin you go!

Anyway on to my point, here are the shelf lives of your make up!

Eye shadow: Lasts up to 3 years. Watch for discoloration and, if you live in humid climates, mold.( so even if you sadly love them and they are ancient, please put them in the bin!)

Eye Liner: sharpen regularly. Can last up to three years. (Yeah right! mine lasts a couple of months)

Mascara: Bin after 4 months, don't pump the wand as it lets air, creating more bacteria! eww try swirling the brush instead

Lip gloss: 6-12 months. I know mine smell funky after a while and when they do, the go in the lip gloss graveyard!

Liquid foundation: 12-18 months. Be sure to check regularly for a weirdo smell! And if the product starts to separate in the jar,BIN IT!!

Powder foundation: 2 years.

Lipstick: 2-3 years. check regularly for odd smell and mold in humid climates.

Also washing brushes and sponges are a must! Preferably once a week! I tend to wash them at night, so they are more or less dry by the morning or do it on a weekend when you probably wont wear make up!


I found these pics on a UK news website, they are pics of what the world would look with a population of 0!! I think they are so amazing and inspirational.