Friday, 30 October 2015

Last Minute Easy Halloween Treats

Jelly Snake Chocolates

What You'll Need:

• Big bar of chocolate 
• Bag of jelly snakes 
• Cake Cases 

I had some jelly snakes left from the Jelly Snake Cupcakes I made (here) so I decided to make some super easy last minute treats. This one is super simple but it also looks quite Halloweenesque. Start by breaking up your chocolate and putting it into a bowl and popping it into the microwave for 20 or 30 seconds but keep an eye on it and keep stirring so it doesn't burn, after it's all melted put the chocolate into your cake cases and then add the snakes into the chocolate and pop them into the fridge until they're solid and there you go, jelly snake chocolates!

Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops

What You'll Need:

• Bag of Marshmallows 
• White Chocolate 
• Green Gel Food Colouring 
• Brown or Black Sprinkles 
• Black or Brown Writing Icing 
• White Chocolate Chips 
• Cake Pop Sticks 
• A stand/somewhere to stand the cake pops up to dry

Start by putting your marshmallows onto your cake pop sticks and placing them down on the side, next empty your sprinkles into a bowl so it's easier to put them onto your marshmallow, next you'll need your white chocolate, I used Milky Bar because I find that one tastes a lot nicer when melted, break up your chocolate and pop it into a microwave for 20 or 30 seconds at a time and keep checking and stirring it because you don't want it to burn! Next you'll need your food colouring, I used the Lime Green from Dr Oetker and for this part it's better to use a Gel based food colouring so the chocolate doesn't go funny and hard once you've added the food colouring to it. So with a gel based food colouring add one or two drops of food colouring to the chocolate and stir it in well. 

Next up grab a spoon and grab your first marshmallow and spread the chocolate over the marshmallow, I found it easier to hold the marshmallow over the bowl as I did this so if the chocolate dripped off it'd go back into the bowl and not to waste! Once you've fully covered the Marshmallow in chocolate dip the top of the marshmallow into the sprinkles making sure it's fully covered then grab two chocolate chips and pop them onto the marshmallow for the eyes. Lastly it's the writing icing, grab that and just put two dots onto the tops of the chocolate chips as eyes and then draw a face. Pop them into your stand and leave them to cool and you're good to go, Frankenstein Marshmallows! 

B x


Thursday, 29 October 2015

Halloween Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes

What You'll Need:

• Orange and Black Food Colouring 
• Writing Icing 
• Orange Chocolate Buttons 
• Vanilla Sponge Cake Mix 
• White Chocolate and Food Colouring or Green Writing Icing 

Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius and grab your cake mix, follow the instructions on the back, I tend to just go with the flow and wing it but after your cake mix is all mixed together grab two bowls and split the mix into the bowls and then add black food colouring to one bowl and orange to the other - I used the Dr Oetker one and the orange one doesn't come out as bright as I would have liked but it was okay it just didn't look THAT orange. After you've done that, line your cake tin with cake cases and then take a little spoon and spoon some of the black cake mix into the cake case and then some of the orange into the same one and let it mix together slightly so when they're done you'll have a mixture of colours which should look something like this:

Leave the cakes until they're fully cooled and either use a orange buttercream if you have one or I used orange flavoured buttons which I got from a local baking shop, I popped them into the microwave and put them on for 20 seconds stirred them then popped them back in if they weren't that melted, next when it's all melted grab a spoon and spoon the chocolate onto your cupcakes and do that for all of them, I grabbed a fork for the next bit and just scraped the fork through the melted chocolate into stripes so it looked like a pumpkin. For the face I took the chocolate writing icing and just drew one on there and for the little hat for the pumpkin I melted some white chocolate and added some food colouring, this part went a tad wrong because I used the wrong food colouring and I didn't use a gel based one so it went hard quite quickly but I managed to save it and just spoon a tiny bit onto the top and there you go, cute Halloween pumpkin cakes! 

Snake Mud Chocolate Cakes

What You'll Need:

• Chocolate Chips
• Chocolate Cake Mix 
• Chocolate 
• Chocolate Sprinkles 
• Fudge Chocolate Frosting 
• Snake Jelly Sweets 

Pre heat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius and then empty the contents of your cake mix into the mixing bowl, follow the instructions on the back of the packet to make the cake mixture, next up add in your chocolate chips and mix them into the cake mix. After you've done that pop them into some cake cases and put them into the oven for the amount of time it says too but keep checking on them until they're done, use a skewer to check them and if it comes out clean they're done if it comes out with some mixture on pop them back into the oven for a few minutes. After they're done place them onto a plate or cooling rack and leave them to cool. 

For the topping I did a mixture of chocolate and sprinkles and some with just fudge frosting and sprinkles so for this you can use either one! If you go with the chocolate, break it up and pop into the microwave for 20 seconds at a time keeping an eye on it until it's fully melted, spread the chocolate onto the cupcakes and then dip the cake into the bowl of sprinkles and then add the snakes to the top and place them on the side. 

For the fudge frosting I had some leftover so I decided to use both, this one is from Betty Crocker and it tastes SO good, firstly I left it on the side until it was at room temperature so it was easier to work with after I felt that it was okay I spread some over the top of the cakes, dipped the cake into the sprinkles and then added the jelly snake and there you go. Snake Chocolate Mud cakes done!

B x 


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Charlotte Tilbury | Glastonberry

Once I'd first received this Charlotte Tilbury lipstick I was actually really impressed with the packaging and I wasn't expecting it all I was so impressed that I did a first impressions post which can be found here if you'd like a read. It was packaged in a really nice box then once you'd opened it you got your receipt in an envelope which was a really nice touch and the lipstick was wrapped in tissue paper and of course in the purple Charlotte Tilbury box. I absolutely love the packaging of this one it's rose gold and you can tell just by looking at the packaging that it's good quality, it's a different bullet to the normal standard lipstick bullet but it doesn't help me apply it any easier I actually suck at applying dark lipsticks and it takes me SO long but applying a lip liner before hand is definitely the way to go it makes it so much easier. Glastonberry is a dark berry purple toned lipstick and it's stunning, it's perfect for Autumn and Winter. I can definitely see myself wearing this a lot over the next few months. It's a matte finish and I do find that it does make my lips feel dry but it's not that bad at all. I always saw Zoella wearing a dark lipstick and I'd always wanted it and it turns out it was this one so once I found that out I bit the bullet and bought it for myself and I'm so glad that I did, it's definitely been a favourite of mine last month, the staying power for this is actually crazy it lasts me all day I put it on around 9 and it was still firmly on there around 8pm it had faded in the middle from where I'd been eating and drinking but not as much as I thought it would I really didn't think it'd last that long at all, it's a bit more on the pricey side compared to MAC and it is £23 but I would say it's 100% worth it from the quality of packaging to the quality of lipstick.

B x 

Thursday, 22 October 2015

I Love... Pink Marshmallow

The Pink Marshmallow* Bath and Shower Creme is a new addition to the oh so lovely smelling range of the I Love products. This shower Creme smells absolutely AMAZING. I'm such a shower girl so I use this one as a shower creme but if you're more of a bath person then you can use it for that as well but it works so well as a shower gel, it's a pink formula and as soon as you open the lid you can smell it, any of you had the drumstick squashies sweets? That's what this reminds me of and it smells SO good it does however make me want to eat it everytime I use it. 

'Packed full of moisturising skin-loving vitamins, the candy inspired formula will gently cleanse and condition leaving you feel irresistibly smooth and smelling oh so sweet' 

I 100% agree with that statement, it leaves my skin feeling so smooth and soft after using this shower Creme, which is such a good thing during the Autumn/Winter months you definitely need to keep your skin feeling soft around this time of year and this shower Creme does just that. It's £2.99 for 500ml so it's such a good bargain for the price and it leaves my skin smelling SO nice, it's the first thing I can smell when I've used it when I go back into the bathroom. I'll definitely be repurchasing this one when its run out! 

B x 

*This post contains a PR sample. 

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Mini MAC Haul

I'd been meaning to repurchase the MAC Studio Fix Foundation for a while now and it was on its last legs with literally hardly anything left at all so I finally picked it up and I picked up some others bits too. Oops. I'm loving a brown toned lipstick at the moment so I picked up some more of those and I went with Whirl and Spirit and they both look gorgeous! Lastly I picked up a lip liner from MAC because it's getting to that time of year where I'm going to be wearing more darker berry toned lipsticks and I suck at putting them on and it's definitely a whole lot easier if I wear a lip liner so I went with Nightmoth and I absolutely love the look of this one already I can't wear to wear it paired with my dark lipsticks!

B x 


Thursday, 8 October 2015

September Favourites

So I'm SO excited that it's finally October and Autumn is here, if you've read my blog for a while you'll probably know that I'm a total Autumn/Winter girl I absolutely love the rain and it's hands down my favourite time of the year, I honestly cannot wait for Halloween, I'm already getting the decorations out but before I go on about October and Halloween for most of this blog post, lets get onto my September Favourites..

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation - This foundation is definitely my holy grail, I absolutely love it and it's always the one I got back too it covers SO well and hides all my blemishes and redness only bad thing is the fact I'm running out. Must. Repurchase. Soon. 

Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry - I love dark lipsticks I'm such a dark lipstick and brown toned nude lipstick gal and I love this one it's a dark berry toned lipstick but it lasts literally ALL day I'm not going to say too much on it because I've got a review coming soon but you can take a peak here for a first impressions. 

Avon Eyeliner - I've literally just posted a review of this one a couple of days back so I won't say too much and you can read that here if you'd like but I love this eyeliner it's got such good pigmentation and it's a super dark black which I love. 

Collection Brown Eyeshadow Palette - All I've been wearing lately is a brown smokey eye and it's my go too look, I'm more of a dramatic make up gal I love how it looks on my eyes and I find it really suits me well and this one is perfect for creating a brown everyday smokey eye. 

What were you loving last month?

B x 


Monday, 5 October 2015

Avon Always On Point Eyeliner

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I'm always on the lookout for the best eyeliners out there for my waterline, I can't really do my make up without using one, it just never looks finished and I feel like I look really weird without wearing eyeliner on my bottom waterline I used to stick to the £1 one from MUA because it actually seemed to work really well and lasted me throughout the day however it started irritating my eyes and then they were all bloodshot after using it so I knew I'd have to find myself another one and I got myself this one from Avon and I really like it, the colour payoff is really good and you don't really have to go over it that much. I go over it a couple of times because my eyes water like crazy so I end up taking it off a little bit and it's not as strong as I'd like so I go over it and voila a nice bold black eyeliner on my waterline, I sometimes add it just on the outer corner of my tightline to add a little bit more definition because I find it opens up my eyes a lot more than liquid liner on my top lash line I just find that using that makes my eyes look really small and it just doesn't suit me at all which I don't mind because my hands shake like crazy so I fail at it most days anyway. This eyeliner isn't a pencil liner it's a crayon one which I find does glide on a lot better than a pencil and it lasts a lot longer on the eyes as well, I find it lasts from when I put it on to when I go to take it off which is about 9-6ish, it also doesn't irritate my eyes which I was VERY happy about, no more vampire bloodshot eyes. I think this was about £1.50 on an offer in the Avon catalogue, absolute bargain but now it's gone back up to £6 and to be honest I don't think it's worth that much so I'm now on the lookout for a new one...again!

B x 
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