Sunday, 29 March 2015

Mini Egg Chocolate Brownies | Easter Treats

Since it's nearly Easter,  I've been experimenting with different recipes ready to make for the family over Easter weekend! Although this isn't the main thing which Easter represents it is a huge tradition to celebrate with your loved ones. These mini egg chocolate brownies turned out super delicious, so keep reading to find out how I made them and for all you chocolate lovers out there to fall in love with them too...

The recipe I chose was the popular Nigella Lawson Mini Egg Brownie guide, adding a few extra touches of my own. has a great article with the recipe.
-        150g butter
-         300g light brown soft sugar
-        75g cocoa powder
-        150g self-raising flour
-         1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
-         1 pinch salt
-        4 eggs (lightly beaten)
-         1 teaspoon orange extract
-         300g mini eggs (used a 3KG bag available at Culpitt store online)
-         Edible Glue
-         Green Sparkling Sugar

All ready to go in the oven (Preheat to 180C and bake for 25minutes)! I added extra mini eggs to the recipe to make it super chocolatey! They turned out the perfectly gooey, melt in the mouth consistency..

After they cooled it was time to decorate! They already looked amazing but to add to the theme of Easter it seemed only right that some cute and tasty edible decorations were added!

And this is the final result, they looked just as good as they tasted, I was extremely happy with the outcome and the recipe was super easy to follow! (and of course the mini eggs the better)

I hope you enjoyed this Easter recipe and enjoy trying them out for yourselves, they are a treat which you, your friends and family will love! I can't wait to make them again for Easter weekend, they were so straight forward to make and for a big chocolate lover like me, I definitely give them top marks!

I hope you're having a lovely weekend :) x

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Pop of Green | St Patrick's Day!

Hey there! So lately I've posted a lot on specific beauty products I've been trying and felt like an outfit post was well over due. Most of you probably know it was St.Patrick's Day yesterday and this is a big day for student's to write in their diary and since I don't have long left being a student it seemed only right that I went out to celebrate! (I can't believe how quick third year has gone! It's scary..) I thought I'd show you the outfit and makeup I decided to wear, it was nice to add a little colour into my life after wearing a lot of neutrals over winter, hopefully it may give you a little inspiration for outfits with a pop of colour as we head into spring! 

My make-up was very neutral, I used my basic everyday routine, but added a Kate Moss Rimmel Gel Liner on the top of my eye, in Emerald green but unfortunatley I wasn't so pleased with how the colour came out, it didn't seem very green at all, however in the pot it looked a very similar shade to my skirt. For lips I wanted to wear something different to what I've been wearing lately and decided on a lovely subtle coral which I thought paired up lovely with the pop of green, I used Revlon matte lipstick in Smoked Peach with a Seventeen Lip Lustre in Talk That Talk over the top. The two together made the perfect coral shade, which wasn't too bright and matched the outfit nicely.

Top - New Look
Skirt - New Look
Belt - New Look
Leather Jacket - H&M
Calvin Klein Bag - TK Maxx
Boots - H&M
Necklace - Daisy London

This outfit was super comfy and casual, but by wearing the off the shoulder top and the heeled boots it was perfect for both day or evening! I am really looking forward to spring/summer to start wearing colours and pretty florals, so watch out because I'll have a lot more outfit posts coming soon, I have already bought some lovely summer pieces which I can't wait to wear.

I hope you had a lovely St.Patrick's Day and enjoyed this little post! :)

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Fresh Cream | Philosophy

Philosophy has done it again! This is there new fresh cream range of fragrance and bubble bath, which not only sounds delicious but smells even better! It may not be everyones cup of tea but here's my thoughts on the products...

I was excited to see what these would smell like, as I really like Philosophy fragrances for a clean, fresh everyday scent, one of my favourites being amazing grace! When I look for a scent I don't like anything too overpowering and tend to go for the more sweeter scents (plus a lot of fragrances just don't smell right on my skin!) so this seemed like something that would be just down my street.

So your probably thinking okay tell me what they smell like! So firstly, just think of everything sweet and tasty in a bottle, in particular the name - fresh cream. The fragrance includes fresh whipped cream (of course), white chocolate, buttercream, almond blossom and many more yummy, great smelling ingredients! It smells just like it says, as soon as I put it on, it reminds me of going to a fair and smelling candy floss, sugar and chocolate, so yes it is very sweet (almost good enough to eat!) I love a sweet smelling fragrance, but when I first used these products I did think wow that is very sweet, maybe even a little too sweet! But once it settled on my skin I thought it was beautiful!

The bubble bath can also be used as a shampoo and shower gel, which I find a great idea. The smell is more subtle than the fragrance you can either use that on its own and your left with a slight scent on the skin or add the fragrance, making it much longer lasting. It is probably best to layer the two together as you can definitely tell the difference, when I use the fragrance on it's own it doesn't tend to last that long unfortunately with it being really sweet and more of a natural, fresh scent.

I do think this range is either a one you can either love or hate! When I first tried it I was unsure but once it settled I loved it and it has been something I have been wearing everyday since. so if you like the sound of smelling as sweet as cream and candy, definitely give it a go!

Monday, 2 March 2015

L'Oréal Infallible 24HR-Matte | Review

When it comes to matte products I can never say no and have to give them a try! So when I heard L'Oréal were bringing out a mattifying infallible range I was in my element and couldn't wait to get my hands on them! So here's my thoughts on both the foundation and the primer...

Infallible Mattifying Primer - This feels lovely on my skin, it is a gel formula and is very lightweight, with a smooth and even feel, ready to apply your make-up right on top! I was pleasantly surprised with how much product you get and I love the fact this range comes in a tube, making it easy to get the right amount and not waste any product. I would definitely recommend this primer to most skin types, I don't feel it is too mattifying so it definitely doesn't dry the skin out, however if you are looking for primer that will fill in lines or pores this may not be for you, maybe stick to the studio secrets primer. But I feel that this is perfect for day to day wear! 

Mattifying Infallible Foundation (20 Sand) - The foundation sits perfectly on top of the primer, I find it is best applied with a stippling brush and a little goes a long way. I could never get away with the original Infallible foundation but I feel this product is completely different and suited to my skin. Although this product is a liquid, it is not oily at all which I loved as soon as I applied and it is so lightweight it feels like you have no make-up on, even when it is layered for a full coverage! It is certainly mattifying but without the un-natural, cakey finish and it stayed that way for a long time throughout the day. I wouldn't say it would keep me matte for a full 24 hours as towards the end of the day I was certainly oily in my t-zone but nothing that a little powder wouldn't correct. I wish this product would come in a wider colour range as I think there was only 6 colours to choose from and this was the second darkest, but hopefully that will happen soon as it is a brand new product! It exceeded my expectations and I think this will definitely be up there with my favourite foundations for quite a while!

Overall, I would certainly recommend these products, especially those with oily skin but still wanting to keep your make-up looking and feeling natural! They come at a great price of £7.99 (introductory price £6.99 at Boots) which is fantastic for a L'Oréal product, especially when it is such good quality! 

So next time your looking for a new foundation and primer why not give these a try, because you're worth it ;)