Monday, 31 October 2016

Lush Pumpkin Bath Bomb

Pumpkin Bath Bomb - £3.95
As you may have seen in my Lush Creative Showcase Haul post, out of all the Halloween bath bombs I only picked this cute Pumpkin one up. I absolutely loved how it smelt, so I knew I had to get it even though I can't use it because of the cinnamon in it. Before my Mom enjoyed her Lush bath I took a few photos of it, how could I not? Lush baths always look so pretty! 

First of all, isn't the Pumpkin adorable? I thought it looked like the most 'Halloween' themed one which is why I only picked this one up. This bath bomb isn't a particularly active one, it really just fizzes orange and yellow, then your bath is a bright orange. Which is fairly amazing in itself, it definitely makes it look like Halloween! It also smells amazing - not quite like the Pumpkin Pie that Lush say it smells like, more like a sweet Christmassy baking scent due to the cinnamon and vanilla in it. I love how it makes the bathroom smell amazing and makes that beautiful sunset water in the bath.

Did you pick up any Lush Halloween products?
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Friday, 28 October 2016

Great British Bake Off Week 10 | Nutella Cookies

I was unsure what to bake this week, so I thought I'd go for something including Nutella. I'd never tried it until now, so I thought the right time to try it was in a cookie. I found this recipe here, the photos in the post look incredible! I'm so sad that Bake Off as we know it is over now, but I've enjoyed watching it and baking every week.

You will need:
220g Unsalted Butter, Softened
165g Soft Brown Sugar
220g Golden Caster Sugar
2 Large Eggs, Beaten
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
525g Plain Flour, Sifted
1 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
285g Chocolate Chips
1 Jar of Nutella, Refrigerated (You'll use about half)

1. Preheat your oven to Gas Mark 4/180C/350F.
2. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
3. Add the egg mixture in two halves until fully incorporated.
4. Mix in the vanilla.
5. Stir in the flour and bicarb until gently combined.
6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
7. Spoon out the dough into balls. Flatten each one in the palm of your hand and place a teaspoon of Nutella in the middle. Fold the edges of the cookie dough around the Nutella and pinch it together to seal it. Roll it gently between the palm of your hands to form doughballs.
8. Bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly golden around the edges. Leave to firm up on the baking tray for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Eat these cold or enjoy them hot. 
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Monday, 24 October 2016

My Favourite Disney Songs

On my blog every now and again, I like to share things I love about Disney. I've picked 10 - just 10, which was really hard - of my favourite Disney songs to share with you. I thought I'd compile them in the same type of post as my 'Top 10 Songs This Week' posts and put them in a Spotify playlist so whilst you're having a read of which Disney songs are my favourite, you can have a listen too! All of these songs give me all the feels and bring back memories, that is why I've chosen these as my favourites.
Part of Your World - The Little Mermaid
You'll Be In My Heart - Tarzan
One Jump Ahead - Aladdin
Reflection - Mulan
Belle - Beauty & The Beast
I See The Light - Tangled
For The First Time in Forever - Frozen
Scales and Arpeggios - Aristocats
Under the Sea - The Little Mermaid
I Just Can't Wait To Be King - The Lion King
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Friday, 21 October 2016

Great British Bake Off Week 9 | Chocolate Macarons

On Bake Off this week, it was Patisserie week so I decided to make macarons. I've never made (or eaten) them before, so I hope they look okay and taste good! I went for chocolate ones before I try out those pretty pastel ones. I found the recipe for them here.

You will need:
125g Icing Sugar
1 tbsp Cocoa
100g Ground Almonds
2 Medium Egg Whites
50g Milk/Dark Chocolate, Chopped
2 tsp Skimmed Milk, Warmed a little

1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180C/160C Fan. Line a large baking sheet with baking paper. Sift the icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl, then stir in the ground almonds. Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, then fold them into the dry ingredients.
2. Fill an icing bag fitted with a plain nozzle with the mixture. Pipe 24 small blobs, about 3cm across onto the baking sheet, leaving a little space between each. Smooth the surface with a wet finger and then leave for 15 minutes to dry out. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the macarons feel firm to the touch and peel easily off the paper. Cool on the paper, then peel off.
3. To make the filling, put the chocolate into a heatproof bowl and melt. Stir in the warm milk until smooth. Leave to cool and thicken a little, then use to sandwich the macarons together.
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Friday, 14 October 2016

Great British Bake Off Week 8 | Apple Crumble Cupcakes

This week on the Bake Off it was Tudor week. I didn't think anyone would really fancy eating anything they made on there and I'd read the Tudors liked the eat a lot of spice and fruit, so I went for these autumnal Apple Crumble cupcakes that Zoe made in one of her recent videos, which looks perfectly autumnal! The blog post for them is also here. They look really good so I thought they would be enjoyed!

You will need:
2 Eggs
230g Plain Flour
155g Sugar
125g Unsalted Butter at Room Temperature
2 tsps Baking Powder
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Salt

75g Golden Caster Sugar
100g Salted Chilled Butter
140g Self-Raising Flour
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1tsp Cinnamon
1tsp Vanilla Extract
110g Soft Brown Sugar
250g Unsalted Butter at Room Temperature
400g Icing Sugar
2 tspb Whole Milk

1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3/170C.
2. Peel the apples, core them and chop them into little squares. Put into a large saucepan, cover them in water and simmer for 5-7 until softer. Leave them to cool. I used three Golden Delicious apples, but I found I didn't need all of the squares.
3. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
4. Add the eggs and vanilla extract until combined.
5. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and mix until combined.
6. Add the apple (as much as you need) to the mixture and stir in with a wooden spoon.
7. Put cupcake cases in a bun tin and fill. Bake them in the middle of the oven for 15-20 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean and they are lightly golden.
8. Put the flour, cinnamon, butter and vanilla extract in a bowl. Use your hands to make a breadcrumb consistency.
9. Pour in sugar and mix in with a spoon. Pop on a baking tray lined with paper and put in the oven for 5-10 minutes until light golden.
10. Beat the butter and brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla together for 5-7 minutes, until light and fluffy.
11. Add icing sugar to the butter mixture a little at a time. Add milk until the buttercream has reached the right consistency.
12. Put a small amount of buttercream on top, then add some crumble. Pipe the buttercream on top with a star nozzle. 

Have you tried making these?
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Monday, 10 October 2016

My go-to Autumn Lipsticks

L to R: Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry, AVON Ravishing Rose, Rimmel 107, Clarins Royal Plum

In Summer, I pretty much give up with a full face of make up and then when Autumn rolls around I'm all for a full face of make up, bold lipstick and all. I am a massive fan of berry shades (if you couldn't tell already) and I make the most of these in Autumn. These are my favourite Autumn lipsticks and also the ones I have ready in my handbag to pop on at anytime. 

Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution lipstick in Glastonberry and Rimmel 107 are classic Autumn shades, I'm so looking forward to wearing them every day this Autumn. Clarins Royal Plum is a similar colour to Glastonberry but it has a sheen finish rather than a matte finish, for when I feel like changing things up a little. AVON Ravishing Rose is a slightly less bold shade for Autumn, but still has a berry tint to it. 

What are your favourite Autumn lipsticks?
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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Top 10 Songs This Week #9

This week I have been loving music even more than usual. Green Day's new album Revolution Radio came out on Friday and I cannot stop listening to it. It's always so exciting when Green Day release an album because they're my favourite band. On Friday night I went to an 80's party, if you know me you know I absolutely love 80's music so that was great. I've been in a dancing mood this week so the other songs are what I've been dancing along to this week!
1. Ordinary World - Green Day
2. Youngblood - Green Day
3. Still Breathing - Green Day
4. Feelin' Myself - ft. Miley Cyrus, French Montana, Wiz Khalifa
5. Pumpkin Soup - Kate Nash
6. Need Ur Luv - Charli XCX
7. #GETITRIGHT - Miley Cyurs
8. Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears
9. Really Don't Care - Demi Lovato ft. Cher Lloyd
10. I'm Still In Love With You - Sean Paul ft. Sasha

What songs have you been enjoying this week?
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Friday, 7 October 2016

Great British Bake Off Week 7 | Chocolate Éclairs

This week on Bake Off it was Dessert week. I wasn't keen on making any of the bakes from this week and it was suggested at work that I make éclairs, so that's what I did! I've never made them before, so it was a bit of a challenge but I think they worked out quite well.

You Will Need:
65g Plain Flour, Sifted
Pinch of Salt
50g Diced Unsalted Butter, Extra for Greasing
2 Free-Range Eggs, Beaten

200ml Whipping Cream
5 tsp Icing Sugar, Sifted
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

100g Chopped Milk Chocolate

1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6/200C/400F. Generously grease a baking tray with butter.
2. Sift the flour onto a sheet of greaseproof paper.
3. Put 120ml of water into a medium-sized pan with the salt and butter and heat gently until the butter has completely melted - don't let the water boil and begin to evaporate. Quickly bring the mixture to the boil and tip in all the flour in one go. Remove the pan from the heat and beat furiously with a wooden spoon - don't worry, the mixture will look messy at first but will soon come together to make a smooth heavy dough.
4. Put the pan back on a low heat and beat the dough for about a minute to slightly cook the dough - it should come away from the side of the pan to make a smooth, glossy ball. Tip the dough into a large mixing bowl and leave to cool until tepid. 
5. Beat the eggs in a bowl until combined, then gradually beat them into the dough with an electric whisk or mixer or wooden spoon, beating well after each addition. (You may not need all the egg.) The dough should be very shiny and paste-like, and fall from a spoon when lightly shaken.
6. Spoon the pastry into a piping bag fitted with a 1.25cm plain nozzle and pipe 12 10cm/4" lengths onto the greased baking tray.
7. Sprinkle the tray, not the pastry, with a few drops of water, and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Then, without opening the door, reduce the oven temperature to Gas Mark 3/170C/325F and bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.
8. Remove the tray from the oven and carefully make a small hole in the side of each éclair to allow steam to escape. Return to the oven and bake for a further five minutes, or until the pastry is completely crisp. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
9. For the filling, whip the cream with the sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl until just stiff.
10. Once the éclairs have cooled, cut down the length of one side of each éclair and pipe in the whipped cream.
11. Melt the chocolate and allow it to cool slightly. Dip the tops of the éclairs in the chocolate and let the chocolate set before serving.
Have you ever made éclairs?
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Monday, 3 October 2016

Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask

Trying out new skincare is definitely something that scares me and I can't be the only one! However my love of French skincare made me quite excited to try this mask, and the fact it's getting colder and that's when my skin needs hydrating the most. The mask contains Vitamin B3 and Vichy Mineralising Thermal Water from French volcanoes, making it an instantly refreshing mask.

I like the packaging of the mask, it feels very high end and contains a lot of product. I love how there's a mirror on the top - this is great for when all of the other mirrors in my bathroom are steamed up after a shower. It's also great for when someone else is in the bathroom! I was hit with the green tea and jasmine fragrance when I opened this pot, you can tell instantly that it's going to be cooling and hydrating on your skin.

I apply the mask at night after I've cleansed my face, it says to leave it on for 5 minutes and then massage the excess in. You don't need a lot of product at all to cover your face and it feels hydrating and cooling as soon as it touches your skin. I leave it on overnight to sink in and when I wake up in the morning my skin feels so hydrated and soft. What I love about this mask is that you can still feel the hydrating effects on your skin even after it's washed off, and until the next day! I do have oily skin but I found that it didn't make anywhere but my nose any extra oily, which is amazing as I wanted to love it and for it to not make my skin extra oily.

The Vichy mask did not disappoint and it does it's job very well. It doesn't make my sensitive skin red and blotchy like some other masks do. I've been using it twice a week, and I'll be using it all throughout Autumn and Winter to keep my skin hydrated and soft. 

What's your favourite face mask?
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Sunday, 2 October 2016

Top 10 Songs This Week #8

Now as every other week has been, this week is certainly a throwback week, to before I was even born mostly. On Friday I went on a night out dressed up in 1950's dress, so it only felt right to listen to a bit of Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers and the Back to the Future version of Johnny B. Goode. As you've probably guessed by week 8 of this series, I don't really have a music 'taste', I just appreciate music!

1. Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves
2. We Can't Stop - Miley Cyrus
3. Maybe - Emeli Sandé 
4. All I Have To Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers
5. That'll Be The Day - Buddy Holly
6. Wake Up Little Susie - The Everly Brothers
7. Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) - The Offspring
8. The Power Of Love - Huey Lewis & The News
9. Johnny B. Goode - Marty McFly, Starlighters
10. Barbara Ann - The Beach Boys

What songs have you been enjoying this week?
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