Thursday, 30 October 2014

Halloween Cupcakes

With it being Halloween this weekend, I wanted to do some sort of halloween themed post but I had no idea what to do as makeup tutorials are not really my thing, especially when it comes to costume makeup, as I suck. Baking however, I don't suck too much at so I thought in the spirit of halloween, i'd get ingredients together and make some halloween cupcakes. 
Now I cheated a little bit with the decorations, but come on.. who doesn't every now and then?! I started by following a pretty simple recipe for vanilla cupcakes, which i've left all of the details for down below, so if you want to make your own, then feel free.
110g Butter/Margarine (I just used ordinary butter, ya' know the stuff you use on toast).
110g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
110g Self Raising Flour
1 Tablespoon Milk

How To Make These Cupcakes
Step 1. Preheat oven to around 180C and line cupcake cases in a muffin tray.
Step 2. Cream together the butter and sugar, and then beat in the eggs, whilst also adding the vanilla extract.
Step 3. Fold in the flour and add the milk until the mixture is well beaten.
Step 4. Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases until they are about half full.
Step 5. Then pop them in the oven for around 15 minutes, until lightly browned.
Step 6. Leave to cool, and then decorate as you wish.

Like I mentioned, I cheated when it came to the decorating as I pre bought the frosting and sprinkles from Aldi, as they had a great range of halloween baking bits. As you can see, I simply added the frosting to the cupcakes and then sprinkled on some decorations, but you can decorate yours however you wish.

This year i'm going to a halloween party, as the past two years i've spent halloween in Cardiff with my friends at uni so this year is a little different to usual but i'm really looking forward to it. I'm going as a cat, surprise surprise, but I thought i'd change it up from my zombie schoolgirl look that I always go for.

What are you doing/dressing up as for halloween?


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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Favourite Hair Masks/Treatments

As my hair is pretty damaged from the constant dyeing, i'm always looking for a hair mask or treatment that will help to give my hair a good moisture boost and i've tried a fair few hair masks in my time. So today I thought i'd share a few of my favourite hair masks/treatments, that I find to work really good.
The Weleda Oat Replenishing Treatment* (£11.50) is newbie, but a goodie. It's tailored towards dry and damaged hair, which I have but it's also an organic product and I always find these work a lot better with my hair. This one contains organic shea butter and extracts of organic oat that just work to smooth over any rough, dry bits of hair and just really nourishes the ends of my hair. It has a lovely thick formula, that doesn't weigh your hair down at all and it smells incredible.

The Moroccan Oil Hydrating Mask Light* (£8.95) is a little different as it is a rich argan oil treatment that is tailored to hydrate the hair and to improve the hairs texture, shine and manageability. I love to use this one at least once a week, usually towards the end of the week where my hair is starting to look a little tired, and when it's becoming hard to manage. It has a lovely creamy formula that gives off the well known moroccan oil scent and it leaves my hair feeling, and looking so much hydrated and healthier.

An old favourite of mine is the Tresemme Deep Conditioning Treatment (£5.69), which i've spoke about in the past and I still love it. It does exactly what you want it to do in terms of a deep conditioning treatment, it softens the hair and gives it that boost of hydration that it needs after a long week. It has a light creamy formula that is so light on the hair and again, it smells great. It's also really affordable and i've gone through a few tubes of this stuff, so I highly recommend!

My most used hair mask is the Lee Stafford Breaking Hair Treatment* (£10.99) and this is aimed at over worked hair that often breaks caused by styling and colouring, which is my hair down to a tee. I've had to stop using any sort of heat on my hair, in order to make it grow and to prevent any further damage but this stuff is a life saviour. I always focus this around where split ends are, as I find it really helps to almost strengthen the hair (if that is at all possible) but also to give the hair a really deep nourish. I've noticed in the past month or so, that the condition of my hair has slowly started to improve, and it has started to grow again.

What are your favourite hair masks?


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Sunday, 26 October 2014

This Week I #38

This week has been a working week for me, as I worked 40+ hours this week, but i've also managed to fit in spending time with friends also. I've also started a somewhat healthier eating plan, thanks to Lydia for posting about her weight loss, it has inspired me somewhat to just eat better and try out new foods.
Went to see Ed Sheeran - Technically this was last week, but on Sunday my friend Meg and myself went to see Ed Sheeran for the fifth time together and it was really good. I got to have a good catch up with Meg as she is currently at uni, and to just chill out to some good music!
Ate at Carluccio's for the first time - On Wednesday after work, I popped out for a bite to eat with Abbie so I could give her birthday present to her and to have a catch up, as she has currently started a new job, so I don't see her very often. I had the nicest starter ever and my carbonara was pretty tasty too!
Celebrated my best friends birthday - On Monday was my best friends Abi's 22nd birthday, so we went bowling as a low key way of celebrating. Being a total beauty obsessor like myself, I got her some hair care bits and the most amazing smelling candle for her birthday!

I also went out for celebratory drinks last night, as my friend Jade has just got a new job so i'm feeling a little run down as we speak and my wisdom tooth has decided to make an appearance, which isn't helping much either, but i'm going to my Nans for a sunday roast later on, she makes the best sundays roasts!

What have you been up to this week?


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Friday, 24 October 2014

Makeup Revolution The One Blush Stick's

On Saturday morning I had, what I would call probably the most exciting delivery from the lovely team at Makeup Revolution. Now usually I don't share my thoughts on a product until i've properly got to know it, but I just had to tell you guys about this latest release from Makeup Revolution, and give you a kind of first impressions.
This latest release from Makeup Revolution comes in the form of The One Blush Stick Collection*, containing eight shades, four matte and four shimmer. Now i've wanted to try out this type of product ever since I set on the Nars Matte Multiples, but these are a much more affordable option and probably very similar formula wise. Also, they can double up as a lip colour, but I am yet to test this out.

As the collection contains eight different shades, not all of them are going to suit every single skin tone but they have got the perfect mix in order for you to find at least one or two shades to suit you. I've picked out four shades (pictured above), which I find work best for me. Dream (£5), which is a lovely shimmer highlight shade and i've been using this a cream highlighter, as i've never used a cream highlighter before. Pink (£5), which again is a shimmer but a light pink blush shade and this is lovely on the apples of your cheeks. Matte Pink (£5) is very similar to pink, but a matte formula and a little darker in pigmentation. Again a lovely blush colour to brighten up the complexion. Matte Malibu (£5) is probably my favourite and it works as a lovely cream contour, although i've found a little really does a go a long way with this one.

The other shades available are Matte Dream (£5), a matte baby pink blush shade. Rush (£5), a red/pink blush shade that is very similar to Nars 'Orgasm' Blush. Matte Rush (£5), which is a matte red toned blush and Malibu (£5), a shimmer contour shade.

The formula of these blush sticks is lovely and creamy, and I find that they don't dry too quickly that they give you enough time to work with them. The pigmentation is amazing as you need the smallest amount of product on your brush. I find applying directly onto the skin and then blending with a stippling brush to be the most affective, and then cleaning anything up with my foundation brush. Overall i'm really impressed by this latest release from Makeup Revolution and i've really enjoyed using them as part of my daily makeup routine this past week.

Have you tried out any of these blush sticks?


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