Friday, 26 August 2016

Savisto Retro Food Stand Mixer & Blueberry Cake

So today is a very exciting post I got an opportunity to work with a new brand called Savisto, they sell anything from Ice Cream Makers to Make-Up Brushes! As you probably know I love to do a lot of baking and I've popped up the odd post on my blog here and there but I never really touched on how much I love it and it's A LOT. I'm always baking, not always posting on my blog about baking; but always baking when I get the opportunity, I've always envied people who have the money to buy a big ol' kitchen aid or a food blender, so when I got the opportunity to review one from Savisto I was literally the happiest girl EVER, so let me introduce you to my new baking best friend the Retro Food Stand Mixer from Savisto. 

There was a choice between a red mixer or a black one and me being me I opted for the black one and it's so pretty, I love the colour of it and it looks perfect in the kitchen. The food mixer comes equipped with 3 different head attachments: whisk, dough& beater and they're simple to put onto the mixer itself, you just line it up with the right attachment push the head part up and turn it anti clockwise and voila it's in place. Another thing that I found really good with this mixer is that it comes with a splash guard so when the mixer itself is on it doesn't spray everywhere because of the guard which is genius, there's also a little gap in the guard where you can add some ingredients into the mixture without having to stop the blender lift it up and then add it in that way, so that one definitely gets a massive thumbs up from me. 

The blender itself is easy to use and the mixture comes out looking so much smoother with hardly any bumps compared to when I used to have to hand mix it. To put the mixer to the test I went ahead and decided to bake a Gluten Free Summer Blueberry Cake with Lemon Frosting and I must admit it did taste REALLY good, it went within about 3 days so everyone really enjoyed it. The frosting didn't go as lemon flavoured as I would have liked but then that was purely because I didn't put enough of the lemon juice in and to be honest I didn't want it to be too citrus tasting but still it was more of a hint that full on lemon frosting. I also recently baked cookies with the blender - I didn't leave them long enough to take pictures - because I ate them when they came straight out of the oven so they were all gooey and the chocolate was all melted and I'm drooling and wanting to bake them all over again just typing this.

If you fancy making the Blueberry Cake with Lemon Frosting (but adding more lemon to how you would like it to taste) then this is what you'll be needing: (I got this recipe from a standard Victoria Sponge Cake here

For the Cake: 
150g Margarine 
150g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
2 Drops Vanilla Extract
150g Wheat and Gluten Free Self-Raising  Flour
1 Teaspoon Gluten Free Baking Powder
3 Tablespoons Milk 

For the Frosting:
250g Icing Sugar
80g Unsalted Butter
25ml Whole Milk
Lemon Juice

It's pretty simple to do to make this cake, pop the butter and sugar into the mixing bowl and mix until it's light and fluffy, then add in the eggs, flour, milk and vanilla extract (I actually left the extract for this cake) and mix that all together until it's all fully combined and makes a smooth cake batter. Next up is adding in the blueberries, add as many as you'd like and then evenly split the cake mixture into two cake tins and bake until golden brown or until no mixture comes out on the end of the skewer that's been inserted into the middle of the cake. Leave the cake on the side until fully cooled and make the frosting in between, I got the frosting recipe from a Hummingbird Bakery Book and this frosting was for the Cupcakes and it does say to double the mixture for a 20cm cake but I was quite happy with the amount the one batch had made so that's the ingredients I've put up here but if you'd like more just double it up. Add the butter and the icing sugar and mix until fluffy, lastly add in the milk (I actually forgot, my bad, still tasted good though) and then the flavouring that you've chosen it can be lemon or just 2 drops of Vanilla Extract if you prefer, mix that all together until it's all combined and voila, spread the frosting onto your cake, I popped it in the middle of the two sponges and then on the top adding some blueberries to finish. 

Overall this Retro Food Blender is 100% worth the money, I always saw the Kitchen Aid's around YouTube and the Blogging World but they were over £300 and there was literally no way in hell that I was paying that much to get something to mix my baking together, however the Retro Food Blender from Savisto is £95.99 and in my opinion that is 100% a better price, especially considering it comes with a Stainless Steal 5.5Litre Bowl, Dough Hook, Beater, Whisk, Safety Guard, Spatula & a Recipe Book. I'd definitely recommend taking a look at Savisto if you're wanting to invest in a Food Blender yourself but don't want to fork out £300 for it.

B x 

*This post contains a PR sample. 

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Natural Collection Concealer

I've been struggling with the redness on my face for a while now and I've tried many concealers but it doesn't really cover it that well at all so I decided to try out the green concealer which is purposely used for covering redness, I didn't want to spend too much just in case it didn't work so I had a browse around on Boots and I found this concealer from Natural Collection and I read through the comments and they were all really positive and considering it was only £1.99 I decided to give it a go. It's not like the concealers I'm used too where the product comes out on the doe foot applicator, instead it's a lipstick form where you just put the green concealer on the redness and rub it in, I did find that it stuck to my dry skin quite a lot and the green from the concealer didn't blend in that well but it had really toned down the redness on my cheeks and after I'd popped my foundation on over the top it looked a lot better than it had previously. So for the price if you're looking for a green concealer I'd definitely give this one a go, because it doesn't break the bank if it doesn't work that well for you, but for me, it definitely helped the redness out quite a lot and I'll definitely be using this in my makeup routine from now on when I'm struggling with the redness around my face. 

B x 

Monday, 22 August 2016

Just Another Book Haul

Harry Potter, Finding Audrey, Love Rosie, This Secret We're Keeping, Night Owls, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, Girl Online On Tour,Girl Online, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, HP, JK Rowling,

So. I did a thing. I bought more books. Quite a few this time. Oops. After realising how much I was enjoying reading again I wanted to get some new books in and luckily the 3 for £10 was still on Amazon so I went a lil crazy and bought some more. I ending up choosing: 

So that's ALL of the books I purchased this time around and I'm already making my way through them, I've already finished Finding Audrey & Girl Online On Tour and I'm halfway through This Secret We're Keeping which I MAY have put to the side to read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child because when I went and bought it (not that I went out on the day it was released to buy it or anything...) I was just way too excited to read it so I'm starting that one as well, however when this is live I've probably read those two and I'm probably onto the next one! I have obviously also already read Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (and the others) but I wanted to start building up the collection of the new covers, just because well they're really pretty. Oops. 

As always, let me know what books I NEED to have in my collection?

B x 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

La Roche Posay First Impressions

If you saw my Current Skincare with Simple post you'll know that because that skincare didn't work as well as I would have liked and that my skin was having a major breakout that I decided to try out the 3 step anti blemish system from La Roche Posay. I've tried many products to see if it helps my spots and redness around my face but to no avail, they'd work for a couple of days and then it was all just as bad as it was which is very frustrating and it does knock my confidence quite a bit and gets me down so I decided to try out something that was a little more on the pricey side and went with La Roche Posay because I've heard good things about them. 

I purchased this set on Boots for £24 as it was on a deal at the time and I was expecting them to be slightly smaller but to my surprise they were all full sized which I was SO glad about! The Effaclar Anti Blemish system is for oily and blemish prone skin and I suffer with both of those so I figured this might just be the one for me. 

It says there's up to a 6 week supply and I've been using it morning & evening since the beginning of July and I'm just about running low on it now so that's already 4 weeks gone and hopefully it does last for the extra 2. 

I was really impressed with this set when I started using it, it really calmed down the redness on my skin and it really helped with the oilyness also however, it has been really drying out my skin especially around and on my nose so much that it's actually started peeling which then makes it SO sore and red and then my make up just goes on looking awful. As much as I did think this was going to my holy grail skincare routine, I don't think it's worked miracles, it did to start out with but now lately it's getting worse again and the dry skin is also getting worse, I'm still getting bad breakouts and it hasn't helped with the under the skin spots at all that much and I'm so disappointed because of the price of this that it just seems to be another set of products that haven't worked for me! Like I said, I do think it's helped to some extent it is a lot less red lately, but with the dry skin that kind of ruins it because it then goes all red and sore from that, it has kept some spots at bay and really cleans your face well but I just don't know whether to repurchase the whole set again and see if it's any better in another 6 weeks, problem is its original price is £32 and I'm not so sure that I want to spend that much if it's not going to work that well for me. SO frustrating, anyone else tried this? What's your go to products for those pesky spots? 

B x

Friday, 12 August 2016

Barry M Pole Position Nail Polish

I love having my nails painted however the one thing I dislike is having to wait so long for it to dry, it's one of the main reasons why I'm so lazy with painting my nails because I always end up doing something then it's all smudged, so when I saw Barry M had released a speedy dry range I was very excited and I couldn't wait to try them out. I opted for a mint green shade which is Pole Position, because mint green is one of my favourite colours and I felt like this shade was perfect for the Summer! It's such a pretty shade and I can confirm it DOES dry quickly!! I was SO impressed with how quickly it had dried, and for what feels like the first time I didn't smudge my nail polish for a change, it's a miracle! 

However it did chip after about the second day, but it wasn't really any major chipping I'd say that after about 4 days it was nearly off which is fine by me, especially for the price, they retail at £3.99 and when I want a new nail polish Barry M are my go to brand for them I just love the quality of them. 

B x

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Instagram Update

• Did some Sunday morning baking 
• Pier walks in the Sunshine 
• Lil bit in love with this bomber jacket from Zara
• Book haul! 
• Really wish I was eating this! 
• Currently reading: Girl Online, On Tour
• Ran out of my all time favourite primer 
• Nail Polish
• Still one of my favourite perfumes! 

B x 

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

July Favourites

I feel like everytime a monthly favourites comes along, I start these posts along the lines of 'Holy shit we're in (insert month here) already?!' So for this one, I thought...let's not do that, let's just jump right into them!

As usual, not many beauty items this month, I feel like because it's been so warm over the last couple of months I haven't been putting that much on, but when I have, I've been reaching for these 2 products which are the MUA Iridescent Highlight and Soap & Glory's Smoulder Kohl liner. I've been trying to not use eyeliner as much, but I feel like it does suit me better so instead of a really dark black for the Summer months I opted for a softer brown look and this eyeliner does just that, it adds a little bit of more definition but just a lot softer which I love.

I think my favourite part of doing my make-up is hands down the highlight, I've become a huge fan of highlight recently, I'm becoming a bit obsessed and there's so many highlighters out there that I just need to get my hands on! But for the time being I've been picking up this highlight from MUA and it's really amazing, it's a gold highlight and it's absolutely beautiful, the pigmentation is amazing and I just LOVE it.

Next up is YouTubers! I don't reallllyyyy watch that many youtubers religiously everytime they upload a video but the 2 people I have been watching when they've uploaded lately is Sophie Foster & Zoella's Vlogs. I only started watching Sophie's videos this year when I came across a make-up tutorial from her and I feel like she's the only youtuber that I've found that seems to have the same taste in Make Up as me which is nice because I love how her make-up looks and I'm always looking forward to her new videos, that and she shares the same love for highlight as me! Zoe's vlogs are one of my favourite Vlogs to watch, I feel like it's because she's so easy to listen too, she always manages to have a laugh on her vlogs and it just puts you in that slightly happier mood once you've watched them so I've been loving her videos recently also.

Lastly, if you've read my Summer Goals post (here) then you'll know that reading more was one of my goals for this Summer and I've actually stuck to it and fallen in love with reading all over again after not doing it for so long! It just gives me that escape I need and let's me get stuck into a whole other World. The books I loved last month were Everything Everything, Girl Online & Finding Audrey. Normally, I stick to fantasy romance books but I decided to try and read different genres and I'm so glad I did because I absolutely loved these books. I might even start adding some book reviews to my blog once I get the hang of being able to review it and not ruin the entire book, but these 3 books I really connected with, they were all really well written and I loved the stories behind each book. Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts? Let me know!

B x
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