Lily Storm

A personal take on beauty, life and dreams.

November 2012 archive

Pineapple, Carrot & Apple Cake

A carrot cake recipe that surpasses even Nigella’s expectations! This cake is no run of the mill, granny type cake. It is an explosion of flavours that transports you to a land of sticky fruits and creamy delights!

And here is the clincher, it is guaranteed to be flop proof even for the baking handicapped.  For ease of reference, I have color coded the ingredients. Remember – and I quote from the Greats…Sophie Dahl and Jamie Oliver - ‘Baking is a science’. You need to follow the amounts and the recipe to get the perfect result. You can add more nuts if you like, but try and keep the core ingredients as accurate as possible.

I also go a bit wild with the decorations! Add sugar roses and glitter and everything pretty and sparkling. And most importantly, ENJOY!

xo xo

The Pink Mermaid

November GlossyBox

Once again, I was impressed with the contents of this month’s GlossyBox.

However, I do have some thoughts on the sample concept. My opionion is that GlossyBox could either include one or two more ‘travel sized’ goodies (usually 30ml). Or alternately, negotiate with the big brands and have them provide the occasional full sized product. I can assure you that more people would subscribe if the element of surprise were greater. Imagine receiving a 50ml L’Occitane hand cream for example! The overseas boxes are amazing, and brimming with exciting stuff. Yes I realize that we have a smaller market in South Africa, but this should be no excuse for beauty houses not to come to the party and up their marketing game.

With that being said, I still enjoyed going through everything this month. The winner here has to be the Sans Soucis Cleansing Milk (30ml). Very gentle on the skin, and you can feel it working from the first application. I am a loyal Clarin’s follower, however this cleanser could possibly give them a run for their money.

Maria Garcia ‘Firming Up’ Gel: This is a pricey one - retailing at R650 for 50ml. My sample is 8ml, so not bad at all. Promises to plump up and energize the skin.

Schwarzkopf Gliss Marrakesh Oil & Coconut Shampoo (50ml): Gliss has never agreed with my tresses. Tried it though, because I liked the Marrakesh and coconut combination – but still not impressed.

6 various perfume samples including Carolina Herrera (still my favourite), Prada – Candy, Calvin Klein – Euphoria, and Chloe – Love.

And last but not least, a beautiful orange and brown indian bracelet set from 4Flavour.

I am excited for the December edition! Maybe Santa will surprise us with an extra special holiday item or two?? Watch this space.