Wednesday, 26 February 2014

How To Create: Cuticle Tattoos With Eyeliner

                                  Left to right: Rad Nails Cuticle Tattoos, Ciaté Cuticle Tattoos

              The word on the street is that cuticle tattoos are going to be a big nail trend this spring/summer. However, they’re not a new trend by any means.  Last summer, American brand Rad Nails launched their cuticle tattoos to huge acclaim. Beauty blogs and websites went bananas for these quirky little transfers but for some reason they didn't really take off. Now the trend is catching on again with the launch of Ciaté’s cuticle tattoos. The British nail polish brand’s designs, diamonds, bows and stars, are much sweeter than Rad Nails’ and are exclusive to Asos. They’re currently sold out at the moment (trend alert, trend alert!) but I’ve heard they’ll be back in stock in March.

The cuticle tattoo trend is a bit like black pudding, you either love it or hate it. I love it; it reminds me of traditional henna tattoos but I just can’t justify the price of the transfers or the hassle of ordering online. Ciaté’s retail for €14.05 and Rad Nails’ are $6 apiece plus $5 for international shipping. You can save your money and recreate the same pretty designs (or come up with your own) with waterproof eyeliner pens and a steady hand. Let’s face it, the tattoos aren’t going to last very long unless you avoid hand washing (not recommended!) so you may as well use eyeliner for the few occasions you’ll be wearing them – nights out, festivals et cetera.

If you’re curious about my rather messy nail art, I was trying to emulate the 60s-esque nails created by Deborah Lippmann for Kate Spade’s gorgeous SS14 collection at New York Fashion Week. I adore these silver-tipped beauties!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Thrifty Treat Of The Week: Simple Kind To Skin Protecting Moisture Cream SPF 30

I thought my eyes were deceiving me when I spotted this moisturiser in Boots. I just couldn’t believe it was €5.29. When I realised it wasn’t on offer, that its retail price is actually under a tenner, I knew it had to feature on Thrifty Treat Of The Week!

Very few budget moisturisers have high SPF; the majority only go up to SPF 15. It seems that if you want a moisturiser with a decent SPF, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays, you have to pay big bucks. Well, not anymore!  

The moisturiser itself is a light cream that absorbs quickly. You would think a moisturiser of that description would only be suitable for combination or oily skin, yes? Wrong! This cream effectively hydrates my dry and sensitive skin, probably because it’s packed full of nourishing ingredients such as vitamin E, glycerine and sweet almond oil. It’s also an excellent base for makeup.

And what makes this Thrifty Treat Of The Week extra special? It’s currently 3 for 2 on selected Simple skincare in Boots!
Thrifty Treat Of The Week is a weekly series on The Retro Suitcase. I want to help you save your hard-earned moolah with my bargains, tips and offers. Keep an eye on Facebook for more wonderful deals.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

My First Giveaway: Win 10 Budget Beautifiers!

I’m simply thrilled to have my first giveaway! I’m giving away ten delightful little beauty products over on Facebook; including two from Wet n Wild, the latest budget brand to land in Ireland. You have until Friday (21/02/14) to enter, you can do so here. Good luck!


Thursday, 13 February 2014

Ginger And Chocolate Valentine’s Day Cookies

Sweets for my sweet, sugar for my honey
 Your perfect kiss thrills me so
 Sweets for my sweet, sugar for my honey
 I'll never ever let you go

This recipe is from Rachel Allen’s book ‘Bake’. It makes approximately 35 cookies. Once I had the dough made, I only used half. I popped the other half in the fridge where it will keep for up to 2 weeks.

You will need: A heart shaped cutter, a food mixer (or muscular arms!), a rolling pin and a baking tray or two.

Ingredients: 225g (8oz) butter, 110g (4oz) caster sugar, 275g (10oz) plain flour, 25g (1oz) crystallised ginger, 50g (2oz) milk or dark chocolate.

1.       Take the butter out of the fridge in advance, it must be slightly softened. Preheat the oven to 170°C or Gas Mark 3.

2.       Beat the butter in a large bowl or food mixer until soft. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is soft and fluffy.

3.       Finely chop the crystallised ginger. Add to the mixture along with the sieved flour.

4.       Bring the mixture together to form a dough. Place on a lightly floured work surface and knead slightly.

5.       Roll out the dough and using the cutter, cut out the cookies. Place on a baking tray (no need to grease or line) slightly apart.

6.       Bake in the oven for 10-13 minutes or until they are medium brown. If the cookies are too dark, they'll taste bitter.

7.       Remove the cookies from the baking tray while they’re still warm and allow to cool on a wire rack.

8.       When the cookies are cooled, dip the tops (or the bottoms!) in melted chocolate, then allow to set on greaseproof paper.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

The Return Of The Retro Suitcase!

After a long absence, The Retro Suitcase is back! 2014 is well under way but I’ve big plans for the blog this year. I hope to post more often, join Twitter and Instagram, have my first giveaway and really just give The Retro Suitcase my all. I love writing and my mind is constantly overflowing with ideas for the blog and now I’ve finally the time to put all these ideas into action.

The Retro Suitcase has had a makeover thanks to Lauren Marie and I think the improved layout will help you navigate the site more easily. Please bear with me while I put the finishing touches to it.

I’m introducing three new series to the blog and I’m really excited about them (see below).

Finally, I’d like to thank you all for reading and commenting on my sporadic posts and for liking The Retro Suitcase on Facebook.
New Series!
Retro Rates:
Every fortnight I’ll feature a celebrity, an acquaintance or a fellow blogger who I think has a unique, classic or offbeat sense of style. As I’m hugely inspired by street style, I also hope to take my camera to the highways and byways of this country and snap a few rakish randomers!
If you think you’re a fashionable lady or gent and would like to feature on Retro Rates please get in touch:
Thrifty Treat Of The Week:        
This is basically a bargain of the week series but with a snazzier title! From letting you know when there’s a 3 for 2 offer in Boots to revealing the latest discount code on Asos (not to worry, it’s all above board!), I want to help you save money with my thrifty tip-offs.

Throwback Thursday:
I’m sure you’re all familiar with Throwback Thursday, the popular weekly theme on social media where people post photos of themselves from the past. I won’t be posting old photos of myself but I will be posting about the past as Thursdays on The Retro Suitcase will be dedicated to all things vintage.

To make up for my lack of posts this year, here’s the most popular from last year.

Top 5 Most Read Posts in 2013

1.       Suddenly Diamonds Perfume Is A Lidl Gem (read here)

2.       Fair Maidens Rejoice: Rimmel's New Match Perfection Foundation In 010 Light Porcelain Is Super Pale! (read here)

3.       Beauty Review: Catrice Long Lasting Lip Pencils (read here)

4.       Autumn Style: Modern Beatnik (read here)

5.       Ladies Day At The Dublin Horse Show (read here)