Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Sugar Cookies

I really wanted to bake some festive like biscuits so I looked through by baking books and picked the sugar cookies recipe from my Humingbird book so here's what you need for these.

• 200g unsalted butter 
• 280g caster sugar 
• 1 egg  
• 400g plain flour 
• a pinch of salt
• 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 
• 1/2 Teaspoon cream of tartar 

Start by Preheating your oven to 17 degrees and then line your baking trays with greaseproof paper. Next grab your mixing bowl and pop the butter, sugar and vanilla extract and cream it all together until light and fluffy. I didn't actually have any Vanilla Extract so I just skipped that part and they still tasted pretty nice. Next add the egg and mix well until it's all combined together. Lastly add the dry remaining ingredients: The Flour, Salt and The Cream of Tartar and mix well but be careful to not overmix them, if it's not really looking like dough I added a bit more milk and kept breaking it and rolling it together until I was happy with it. 

Once your happy with your dough lightly dust your surface with flour and roll out the dough with a rolling pin to whatever thickness you'd like them to be. Grab your cookie cutters and just cut your shapes out and place onto the greaseproof paper. Now all you need to do is pop them into the oven and bake for 10 - 15 minutes or until golden brown, I actually took mine out when they didn't really look that cooked as I didn't want them going too hard and crunchy, so this just depends on personal preference with how long you want them in there and how golden brown you want them to be. Once you're happy with how they are, dust with caster sugar and icing sugar to finish. 

B x

Monday, 21 December 2015

Top 5 Autumn/Winter Lipsticks

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• Media - I'd say Media is the darkest berry toned shade I have, I feel like it's such a mixture of purple/plum/red. Media is a satin finish and it has such a good colour payoff and I wear this with Nightmoth so it's even more darker it's definitely a more daring shade to wear so I tend to wear this when I'm feeling more brave. 

• Rebel - Rebel is the more brighter toned purple out of all of these, I actually shocked myself when I ended up really liking this one as it is quite a brighter pink toned purple which I didn't think I'd like but I really love this one and I think it's a perfect shade for these months as it's slightly darker but has that pop of colour too. 

• Whirl - This is a bit of a different shade to the rest as this is a more nude shade but I absolutely love this shade at the moment, whenever I don't feel like wearing a darker berry lip I always either go for Velvet Teddy, Spirit or this one which is a Whirl, it's a brown toned nude and it looks absolutely perfect with a smokey eye, it's a matte finish and it just looks so nice for a more nude toned shade for this time of year. 

• Glastonberry - This is the newest edition to my berry toned A/W collection, it took me quite a while to buy this one as it is £23 but I'd been wanting it for so long I decided to go ahead and purchase it. It's such a gorgeous and perfect colour for this time of year it's a berry toned matte shade and I love the finish it has, I have noticed it does make my lips feel quite dry because of the matte finish though. 

• Russian Red - This is the newest edition to my MAC collection! I'd been wanting it for months and I was going to purchase it last Christmas but I wasn't too sure red would suit me but after trying out a red lipstick I quite liked it and decided to just go and buy it for my birthday! It just instantly seems the perfect red Christmas shade and I love it just because of that, it's perfect for this time of year and I'll most likely be wearing this one on Christmas Eve!

Friday, 18 December 2015

Vanilla Festive Friends Cupcakes

In the spirit of Christmas (and just because I wanted too because I bloody love Christmas) I decided to make some Vanilla Cupcakes (Inspired by the cupcakes in the Humingbird bakery book) with the Cadbury's Festive Friends biscuits on the top! I love these biscuits they're just too addictive definitely one of my favourite things that comes out every Christmas. LOVE. To make these this is what you'll need: 

• 120g Plain Flour 
• 140g Caster Sugar 
• 1 and 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder  
• 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 
• Pinch of Salt 
• 40g Unsalted Butter - At room temperature 
• 120ml Milk - I used Skimmed Milk
• 1 Egg 
• Box of Festive Friends Biscuits 
• Festive Shimmer Strands
• White and Pink Pearls 

• 250g Icing Sugar - Sifted 
• 80g Unsalted Butter - At room temperature 
• 25ml Milk - I used Semi Skimmed Milk 

Firstly you'll need to pre-heat your oven to 170 degrees. Next grab your butter and the caster sugar and mix together until light and fluffy, next mix in the salt, baking powder and flour until it's all combined. Next you'll need to grab your milk and pour in just half and mix all of that together. In a separate bowl, mix the vanilla extract, egg and remaining milk until it's all fully mixed together and then add into the rest of the mixture and mix that around until it's a smooth cake batter. 

Line your baking tray with cupcake cases and pop in a spoonful of mixture in each, this recipe is enough for 12 cupcakes or more depending on how much mixture you put into each case! Pop these into the oven for around 20-25 minutes but keep checking on them because mine were done a bit before that, just keep making sure they're golden brown and slightly springy. Once you think they're done take them out of the oven and pop them onto the side. The next bit always takes quite a while for me because I hand mix it all with a good old spoon and get those muscles working! For the Vanilla frosting grab all of your ingredients and sift the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and then pop in the butter. Mix all of that together until you think it's all combined it won't look anything like a frosting or buttercream yet but after you think the butter is combined with the icing sugar grab your milk and pour a bit in at a time and mix it until all the milk is gradually in the mixture and keep on mixing this for a good 5 minutes or so, the more you mix the more light and fluffier it becomes. When you think your frosting is there pop it into a piping bag and pipe it onto all of your cupcakes! All that's left now is to decorate, I used some Festive coloured shimmer strands, pink and white pearls and I topped it off with a festive friends biscuit. 

B x

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Rimmel Oh My Gloss Lip Gloss & Swatches

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I bought these Oh My Gloss lip glosses from Rimmel back in the summer when they were released I think but I just completely forgot about them because I've just been obsessed with my nude matte MAC lipsticks but then I fancied wearing a lip gloss one day and picked one of these up. I'd say out of both of the shades Purr Glossy Cat is my favourite shade it's a real light nude shade whereas Snog is more of a brown toned nude which is also so pretty. Pure Glossy Cat goes so well with a really dark smokey eye which is what I'm loving at the moment. The Oh My Gloss lip glosses are really moisturising and they give such a glossy finish which I actually really like which is a miracle for me because I love the matte finish but when I want something different and I need a lip gloss to go with a smokey eye I'll definitely be picking up one of these. I found they were both well pigmented as well as long lasting, I'd say they lasted about 3-4 hours before the gloss faded quite a lot and then it needed a bit of a top up! Overall I really like these ones and if there's any more nude shades in the range I'll definitely be picking them up.

B x 

Monday, 14 December 2015

Mini Mars and Flake Bites

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I really fancied baking something so I just decided to use a chocolate cake mix that I had left and make some mini chocolate Flake and Mars bites and normally I'm not a total fan of just chocolate cake but with Galaxy around it and Mars or Flake on the top, that's me sold, they tasted SO good! I probably ate most of these actually .. Oops? Anyway here's what you'll need  to make these:

Chocolate Cake Mix
2 Eggs 
Large Bar of Chocolate of your choice 
3 flakes cut up
2 Mars cut up 
Icing sugar to decorate 

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Firstly grab your cake mix and pop the contents into a bowl and crack in your two eggs add some water and mix it all together until it's a smooth mixture. Next up line your loaf tin with some baking paper and pop in half of the mixture, put that into the oven for around 15-20 minutes or just until you know it's done, take a skewer or fork even and just pierce the cake and if it comes out clean then the cakes done! After leaving it for a little take the cake out and place onto a cooling rack and then pop the remaining cake mix into the loaf tin and then just leave them both on the cooling rack until they're fully cooled down. Next cut up the cake into little squares and also cut up the Mars Bars and Flakes into little pieces to put on top. Once that's done it's the fun decorating part, take your chocolate and melt it in the microwave, I just find this way the easiest option for melting chocolate but don't put it on for too long about 10-15 seconds at a time and keep checking it so it doesn't burn! Once your chocolates all melted spread the chocolate over the cake squares and pop on a little bit of flake or Mars and then dust with icing sugar.

B x 

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

MAC - Nightmoth Lip Pencil

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Because I own SO many different dark berry lipsticks it was getting harder and harder to put them on without using a lip liner so I went and bought my very first one from MAC. I searched about and decided that Nightmoth was probably the one that would match all of my current lipsticks so I went and purchased that one and I absolutely love it. It's such a dark colour and when you put the colour fully over your lips rather than just outlining it, it's a dark purple/plum shade, it reminds me a lot of MAC - Cyber (Which I don't own.. Yet anyway) It's a full on matte finish so it does leave your lips feeling dry but I popped my Rimmel Kate Moss 107 lipstick over the top after I saw Tanya do it on her make up tutorial here because I really liked how it looked over Nightmoth, I kind of did it an ombré style and lined most of my lips and just put the 107 lipstick in the middle and slightly over and it'll definitely become one of my favourite Autumnal lips to wear, it is a more daring look but I did love the finish of it, it lasted all day on my lips and hardly budged at all even through eating or drinking, MAC's quality in Lipsticks and Liners is probably the best ones I've tried out of all my others. Nightmoth matches all my lipsticks really well which I'm super happy with and for £12.50 it was definitely worth it for the quality of the product and the pigmentation. 

B x 

Friday, 4 December 2015

November Favourites

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I can't believe we're finally in December! However for me November went far too quickly and it's crazy how quickly it's actually gone by but I am really excited and I'm currently writing this whilst cosy by the fire on the chair watching Christmas movies. 

So now onto my November Favourites first up is two products from Sleek that I picked up when they were on a 3 for 2 and I've been loving the Contour Palette and the Au Naturel eyeshadow palette, the pigmentation in both of these is really good and I love the range of colour shades in the eyeshadow palette they're perfect for an everyday look and perfect to be built up for a smokey eye. 

Next up is a lip gloss from Rimmel, my go to look at the moment is a smokey eye and then a nude lip and I've been loving wearing a lip gloss recently and the one I've been picking up is called Purr... Glossy Cat from Rimmel's Oh My Gloss Collection, this is such a lovely nude lip gloss with a bit of glitter in which just makes it that little extra sparkley on the lips!

Lastly is DVDs! I've been obsessed with Harry Potter recently and I haven't stopped watching them all, they're just SO good and for some reason they do remind me of Christmas as I always tend to watch them around this time of year. 

B x
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