Monday, 28 September 2015

Rainbow Pinata Cake

I decided I wanted to start incorporating some more baking/lifestyle posts into my blog rather than solely focusing on beauty so for my first post I decided I'd show you my Pinata cake. I baked this a couple of weeks back and to be honest it did go better than I thought. You know how it is you start baking thinking you can get it to look like a picture after 1 try and it doesn't it's on the shit side but tastes takes at least 4 or 5 tries before it stops going shit and you finally have something decent but luckily with this one it didn't go too bad. I kinda went from scratch I searched around and just went with it and guessed half of things and it turned out alright probably doesn't look it's best but it bloody tasted good! 

What I Used:

2 x Vanilla Sponge Cake Mix

2 x Baking Tins

2 x Medium Eggs

2 x Tubs of Vanilla Buttercream 

4 x food colouring of your choice. I went with Blue, Green, Yellow and Pink

Toppings of your choice 

And then the best part.. The sweets you want to put into the middle to make the Pinata cake come to life! 

First things first and probably one of the things I ALWAYS forget because I'm an eager beaver and just want to get to the fun part, preheat your oven to 200 degrees or gas mark 6, again I just sort of guess and just go with it I'm rebel like that... then it's time for the fun (or stressful) part. 

I started by grabbing a big mixing bowl and emptying the first cake mix into the bowl, I cracked in the egg and added some water (if you'd rather follow instructions then follow away with how many tablespoons of water it tells you to put it in on the back of the packet but I just guessed) then I mixed all of those 3 together until it looked like a decent cake mix...(How good does cake mix smell though?!) once it was all mixed together I grabbed my baking tins and lined them with greaseproof paper, I then put them to the side before getting 2 bowls and halving the cake mix into the bowls then adding the food colouring, the blue food colouring I used was actually crap because I nearly used the whole tube and it still didn't come out to be as blue as I wanted but what can you do? After adding the two colours to the cake mix I poured one bowl into one cake tin and then did the same with the other and popped them into the oven for 15-20 minutes or until it looks done I kept checking mine and using a cake tester through the middle making sure it was fully cooked through (if it comes off clean and there's no cake mix on there you're good to go!) because my oven's stupid and cooks more on one side so at one point it makes the nice colourful cake brown. NOT good and VERY stressful I got so annoyed when it first did it but you live and learn chaps. Live and learn. 

As those two cakes were baking I grabbed another mixing bowl then made the second cake mix repeating what I did for the first one and again splitting it into two bowls and adding the food colouring, then pouring them into the tin popping them into the oven and waiting until they're all done.

Now comes the risky/stressful/fun part! It's time to put all the cakes together and make the Pinata cake come to life. After leaving the cakes to cool for a little I took them out of their tins and popped them onto the side. I chose which coloured sponge I wanted as the base and popped that carefully onto a plate, I then chose the two coloured cakes that we're going to be the base for the 'Pinata' part and I placed them on top of eachother, taking my cookie cutter I pressed it down cutting a hole into the middle of those two cakes and I put the leftover sponge to the side grabbed some buttercream and I spread that onto the base cake and added the first sponge with the hole in on top, added buttercream around that one and popped the other hole sponge on top of that one now here's the fun part it's time to put ALL of the sweets into the middle this can literally be anything and you can just stick to one I went for a bit of everything because why not? I popped it all into the hole of the sponge making sure there was a good chunk in there and then I added buttercream over the top of the sponge and then put the 'lid' of the cake on top of that and voila! That's the base pretty much done! I didn't want to waste the part of the cake I'd cut out so I put it on top so it made a little cake on top of a big cake and put buttercream over the top layer and sprinkled sugar stars and chocolate curls around it and there we have it. It's done a Pinata cake.

I was actually pretty proud of how it came out given that it was my very first try but looking at the pictures there are some bits that I think I could make a lot better but that's the whole fun of baking: practice makes perfect (and you get to eat all the naughty cakes whilst trying to make them look perfect.. Bonus!!) I hope you enjoyed my first baking post because there probably will be more to come and hopefully I'll get a bit better at writing them but this is probably the first post I've really enjoyed writing it a while. 

B x

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Annie Haak | The Bliss Collection

The Bliss collection is the new Autumn/Winter collection from Annie Haak, these jewellery pieces are made 'using genuine Swarovski crystals and Japanese glass beads the new collection stylishly light’s up those dark nights ahead' and they are absolutely beautiful, I've never really seen any jewellery pieces quite like the ones in the newest Bliss Collection.

I think if I had to pick then my favourite out of the two definitely has to be the Whole Lot of Sparkle Silver Charm Bracelet* this bracelet is absolutely beautiful and I love the colour of the beads, me being me as soon as I saw this one I loved it because of the black coloured beads, they just looked so pretty and I knew I'd love it because of that. The beads are mainly black but when you turn it various ways it shows blue, green, gold and purple and they all look SO nice together I absolutely love it, it's also got tiny little silver beads in between the other beads which makes the bracelet come together. The bracelet is a standard size beaded bracelet but it feels really good quality, with some beaded bracelets you feel as though they'll snap whilst trying to put it onto your wrist (and I have had a few of those!) but not with this one, this one goes on really well and fits around my hand really nicely. With this bracelet you can choose an initial to go on it so obviously I went with 'B'. The initial is not a massive charm but it's not a tiny one either it's in between and the initial charm is in silver which compliments the black bracelet perfectly it all goes so nicely together. The bracelet is also available in a range of different colours from Light Grey Opal to Purple Velvet you can also either opt for an initial or you can pick from the other options which are: Mini Dragonfly, Tiny Daisy, Mini Elephant, Mini Guardian Angel, Tiny Butterfly, Tiny Open Heart or a Tiny Open Star, I feel like this bracelet could make such a special gift to someone for either their Birthday, Anniversary or you know.. Christmas!

I really liked the look of the Samara Swarovski Ring* as it seemed like such a simple little ring to have, you can choose out of a range of colours Fuschia, Clear Crystal, Amethyst, Turquoise, Indian Red, Jet Black, Sapphire and Fire Opal. Obviously yet again me being me I opted for the Jet Black crystal because that suited me that much better. The only downside to these rings is that they don't actually have my size, I'm a size 'K' and the smallest ring they said they had was an 'L' so they sent me that one which I agreed with and luckily it does fit me, it doesn't fit as well as my Pandora Ring and this one is a tiny bit too big for me but I have done the 'shake your hand all over the place and see if it falls off' test which it didn't so that I was extremely happy about because I do really love this ring. The sizes available are L - Small, N - Medium and O - Large. This ring is right up my street because I'm more of a simple ring kinda gal I don't really like the whole big gems and all of that I prefer tiny gems just like this one and I also love how the little Swarovski black crystal looks with the silver band they go together so well. 

B x 

*This post contains PR samples.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Charlotte Tilbury | First Impressions

Charlotte Tilbury, Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry, Matte Revolution, Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick, Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury, Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry, Matte Revolution, Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick, Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury, Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry, Matte Revolution, Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick, Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury, Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry, Matte Revolution, Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick, Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury, Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry, Matte Revolution, Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick, Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry Lipstick

After seeing Zoe (Zoella) wear the shade Charlotte Tilbury - Glastonberry for so long I decided to take the plunge and pick it up for myself. I was super impressed with how it came packaged that I decided to do a little first impressions post. I was just expecting it to come in a little envelope pretty much how the MAC lipsticks arrive but nope it came in a box packaged in purple tissue paper with your receipt in an envelope which is such a nice cute touch, it just looked like it'd been packed so professionally and definitely well thought out. The lipstick itself was in a purple box and the packaging for the lipstick is absolutely beautiful (enter heart eye emoji here) it felt like such good quality before I'd even tried the actual lipstick. The shade is perfect I absolutely love dark lipsticks and I'd been eyeing it up for SO long I wanted to purchase it last Autumn but I never got around to it but seeing Zoe wear it in her recent vlogs just made me decide that I definitely had to make it mine. It's definitely more pricey than MAC I didn't think I'd ever pay over £10 for a lipstick but then again times have changed and here I am paying £23 for one but it's 100% worth the money and I can already tell I'm going to get a lot of wear out of this one through the Autumn and Winter months!

B x 
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