Friday, 26 August 2016

Great British Bake Off Week 1 | Lemon Drizzle Cake

As everyone in the UK and probably now the world is well aware, the Great British Bake Off returned to our screens on Wednesday night for it's seventh series. Last year, although I didn't document it on here, I made something every week from the series and this year is no different. The first week was Cake Week and the first bake was a Drizzle Cake. I decided to make my Grandad's recipe for a Lemon Drizzle Cake given to me by my Mom. 

You will need:
4oz/113g Soft Margarine
6oz/170g Self-Raising Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
6oz/170g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
4 tbsp Milk
Zest of 1 Lemon

Lemon Juice of 1 Lemon
4oz/113g Caster Sugar
Extra Caster Sugar for sprinkling on top

1. Mix the margarine, flour, baking powder, caster sugar, eggs, milk and lemon zest together well, until completely combined.
2. Put the mixture into a greased and lined loaf tin in the middle of the oven, on Gas Mark 4 for 45 minutes.
3. When you have taken the cake out of the oven, melt together the lemon juice and sugar in a saucepan.
4. Poke holes into the cake with a skewer and pour the syrup into the cake whilst it is still hot.
5. Sprinkle some sugar on top to finish.

I hope you enjoy this cake! Please tweet me if you make it. 
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Monday, 22 August 2016

Glastonberry Matte Revolution Lipstick | Charlotte Tilbury

I recently won a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Sally's giveaway and because we're coming up to Autumn, I chose the Matte Revolution lipstick in Glastonberry, everyone loves a berry lip in Autumn! I own Bond Girl in the same formula of lipstick so I knew I'd absolutely love this one. As with everything Charlotte Tilbury, it's in beautiful vintage style rose gold packaging. 

The shape of the bullet is unique, I actually prefer these square shaped bullets as I think it makes the lipstick so much easier to apply. The only thing I would say about application, is that a dark shade like this would probably look better if I lined my lips before applying it. Even though it is matte, it is still creamy to apply and doesn't feel drying on the lips at all. Both Glastonberry and Bond Girl make my lips look more full. which is always wonderful! I will definitely be getting a lot of wear out of this lipstick over the next few months!

Do you own any Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks?
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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Top 10 Songs This Week #2

It is week 2 of my Top 10 Songs this week! This week I've mostly been enjoying 80's music, I had Come on Eileen in my head for a good three days. I've also been enjoying more up to date music, mainly the Watch The Throne album by Jay-Z and Kanye West, it's one album that reminds me of Summer so it's perfect to listen to at the moment! My boyfriend also had one of his instrumentals get on to an EP this week, it's called Griezmann. You can also listen to his Soundcloud here.

1. Gotta Have It - JAY Z & Kanye West
2. Chariot - Establishment
3. Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
4. My Hero - Foo Fighters
5. Town Called Malice - The Jam
6. Moon River - Pixie Lott
7. Modern Love - David Bowie
8. Mother Mary - Foxboro Hottubs
9. Closer - The Chainsmokers & Halsey
10. Griezmann - ETS (Defiant instrumental)

What songs have you been enjoying this week?
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Friday, 19 August 2016

Team GB Cupcakes

In all honesty, this post was meant to go up on the day of the Rio Olympics opening ceremony but I didn't get time to make the cakes beforehand. So I thought I'd put it up now to celebrate that we are second place in the league table! I love these cute little Union Flags that I picked up, I thought they'd be perfect for Team GB cakes. I made plain vanilla cupcakes then thought I'd add on the flags to make them more special. I've really been enjoying watching the Olympics as usual, especially the swimming events. 

What's your favourite Olympic event to watch?
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