Pottery Painting

When I went to visit my friend, Bex, in Oxford, she took us girlies to go pottery painting at a nearby pottery house. This was the first time I’ve ever been to these places and I’m surprised how much fun and tranquil the exercise was! We spent a total of 3 hours sitting in the little room painting our pieces to which 30 minutes was me deciding on what colours I wanted and explaining to the lady my idea.

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My blank canvas

There was a lot of clay pieces to choose from, from pots to jugs, and dog bowls to plates etc. I wanted to paint a mug for mum for Mothers day and what other than a cute little panda face? So basically, I wanted to have a panda face with a top hat in the corner. Similar to my Kekiko logo.
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Inspiration from this bag

However, what I showed her was the image of my panda tote bag which had polka dot ears – I wanted solid colour. This was what confused her and told me that it wasn’t possible to paint the face like that exactly. I even drew her a diagram! However, I guess it was all perfect in my head and my creativity was too advance for her (lol). I ended up simplifying my panda mug painting just so she would understand and my mug had to have a simplistic, minimalist look.
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Front side

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Inside the mug

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Side of the mug

To be honest it sort of worked out in the end and looks cute. We had to leave it there for a week so she could put it in the kiln. Our friend’s mom picked up our pieces and we’ll be collecting them from Lynn next month or so. When I do, I’ll show you guys the final look!

Have you ever painted pottery before? What would you have painted? Ready for Mother’s day yet? ^^

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Review: 3D Nail Embellishments

Whilst shopping for Christmas presents I came across these 3D nail embellishments from Primark. They were inexpensive and had a lot of colours in the range, I really wanted to try them out! I bought one with iridescent beads and a hot pink nail varnish.

Pretty Candy Beads
Pretty Candy Beads

The nail varnish color really stands out and is long wearing; so you could just use it on its own. The beads turn out to look like bubbles or little candy beads on your nails -very cute.

Funnel to pour beads back
Comes with a cute funnel

The whole process was easy to do and took only about half an hour to 40 minutes to complete. Basically when you apply your second coat, pour the beads to the wet varnish before it dries and leave it for 15-20 minutes to set. The nail set also comes with a mini funnel to pour all the unused beads back into the jar :)

Hot Pink Nail Varnish
Love this Hot Pink Nail Varnish

I got a little impatient and started using my hands again and did the washing up. So the edges aren’t covered no more. So to keep them fully covered I would suggest to watch TV whilst using this product.

The beads do tend to fall out over the course of the week so do be careful with children or when eating.
If you want the embellishments to last longer without falling out put a top coat on; the instructions don’t tell you to do this but i tried it on one nail and found that one has all the beads still intact compared to the other nails.
I found the beads tend to catch on woolly clothing; making my new scarf unhappy. Maybe something to time for the summer time?

If possible, I would try to form little bow decals with the beads but this would require some stencils; I will look into it and experiment!

Would you try these nail embellishments?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

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Cherry Blossom Nail Art

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I bought the Arizona Green Tea drink a while back and fell in love with its packaging.

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I really wanted to replicate the sakura tree design as a nail design so I went ahead and tried it! This nail design is very simple to do and requires no nail art tools. Although its not exactly like the image on the bottle it’s very close and looks really pretty in real life. The only thing that takes long is waiting for the nail varnish to dry…

Approx. Design Time: 30 minutes
Tools: Toothpick, Nail Varnish
Nail Varnish I Used:
– Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Dragon
– Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Greenberry
– Arezia code 841
– Arezia code 881
– Collection Hot Looks in 60 Midnight

Step 1
Coat your nails with a base coat so it doesn’t stain your nails. Paint your nails with a tuquoise green base, I used Barry M’s.
Optional: You can paint your index finger or ring finger a different colour to add an asymmetric design and make the art stand out.

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Step 2
Using a toothpick, dip one end in a dark nail varnish such as black, blue or brown. We are going to draw the branches. Starting from the cuticle, draw a staggered line to the edge of your nail. This forms the base of your tree. Next add thin branches from the tree. Just dab and pull the toothpick to create other small lines.

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Step 3
Using a light pink nail varnish, I used Barry M’s baby pink, dab your toothpick into the puddle and start creating small to medium dots on the branches in clusters of 3 or 4. These become your sakura flowers. Space them out and randomise where your flowers go.

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Step 4
Pick out a darker shade of pink, I chose this one by Azziona, and using your toothpick dot some of this colour over the already drawn sakura blossoms. This forms a shadow effect and makes them look more 3D. If you want you can make some mini flowers with this colour as well.

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Step 5
Dab your toothpick into the darker shade of nail varnish you used for the tree branches. Now create tiny dots in the centre or off-center in your larger flowers.

Step 6
Top off with a clear nail varnish to seal the who look. Now you are done.

Let me know in the comments below if you would like more of these nail art posts and what you would like to see me create next!

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

We attempted to bake macarons

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My friend and I love macarons. The first time I had them was when one of my friends bought me a pack from Ladureé in Harrods. They were sweet and delicious little treats that don’t last very long once you start nomming on them… My friend on the other hand had the privilege of tasting some macarons in Paris where they originate from.

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We tried to follow a very detailed recipe, it even had photos and a YouTube video depicting how the whole baking process should be done. Even with us trying to follow the recipe to the word we ended up failing…

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However, it was a very fun evening filled with laughter and we baked a Victoria sponge cake to cheer ourselves up. Surprisingly our friends and us tried the macaron that looked like mini puddles but found that they tastes good! They had the almond taste and sweet vanilla flavour that are expected from a macaron; we were pleased with our efforts and will attempt it again in the future!

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With love, Keki xoxo

Liese Bubble Foam Hair Dye Review

I’ve heard a lot of friends and beauty bloggers raving about this Japanese hair dye product, Liese, that foams in your hand and wanted to try it out for a long time. I finally got the chance when I was visiting Hong Kong in March.

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I purchased Liese in Cassie Berry, a plum reddish colour, from Watsons who were having a promotion on the product at the time. The Liese hair dye range covers hair colours from blonde, red and black. All their colours are very wearable and the packaging shows the outcome according to your hair colour. Surprisingly the outcome was very close to the photo because I have jet black hair and usually the colour shown in the photo doesn’t match. However my hair colour is more noticeable under light.

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The product was very very easy to use as the instructions were in English as well as Chinese and Japanese. So anyone would be able to understand them.

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The chemicals had to be mixed together to form the foam base product. You should not over mix it or frantically shake the bottle like other hair dyes as the product will foam in the bottle and will be hard to dispense.

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I was surprised to hear that I was able to use this product on dry hair, so I ended up watching TV in my hotel room which is really nice as the hair dye process can take up to an hour.

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The bubbles don’t easily lather in your dry hair so I found you need to pump a lot if the solution and massage it on your scalp for it to properly lather like shampoo. The product doesn’t run and I found my hair mouldable, I had a lot of fun with this as your can see from the photo below.

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I would really recommended this product if you’re not experienced with dying your hair as it is really simple and quick to do. It is also ideal for ladies in a rush! You just mix, pump and massage until your whole hair is covered with bubbles! Then you wait for an hour till the colour sets and just rinse with water,  shampoo and the conditioner provided. It’s so simple!

I hope you enjoyed this post!

With Love,

Kekidoll xoxo

Baking Mocha Brownies

Recipe Leaflet

My housemate brought home a recipe from Waitrose that showed you how to bake pecan mocha brownies in association with Starbucks. The ingredients used Starbucks’ VIA coffee sachets and Waitrose’s plain chocolate but I didn’t have both of these ingredients so I substituted them with Nescafé coffee and normal cooking milk chocolate. I also didn’t include pecan nuts in my recipe as some of my housemates didn’t like pecan nuts but if I were to include some I would have opted for macadamia nuts since these are softer and have a sweet flavour. Brownies

The brownies came out really moist and tasty with hints of coffee flavour balancing the chocolate so it’s not overpowering your taste buds. One batch can easily make 12 massive slabs or more depending on how you cut them. They taste best warm and with some vanilla ice cream.
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The recipe was really simple and easy to follow but I’ve altered it to my own ingredients and taste. To bake your own please read on, or follow the original Waitrose Pecan Mocha Brownies recipe.

Ingredients

  • 36g instant coffee granules
  • 200g plain or milk chocolate
  • 100g plain flour
  • 100g butter
  • 230g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder

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Recipe

  1. Heat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Line a 20cm square tin with baking parchment.
  2. Place the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl and melt together in a bowl set over a pan of simmer water or in a microwave. Leave to cool a little.
  3. Using an electric whisk, beat together the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the cooled chocolate mixture.
  4. Mix the coffee, cocoa, flour and baking powder together then pour into the chocolate mixture and gently stir together. Finally, mix in the pecans (optional) then pour into the tin and bake for 25 – 30 minutes until just set but still a little squidgy in the centre. Leave to cool completely in the tin then lift out and cut into squares. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or on its own.

Original Source: waitrose leaflet

Have Fun!

-Keki xoxo

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