Sunday, 25 June 2017

Jammie Dodger Cupcakes

Considering I bake pretty much every weekend it's been agesss since I last did a recipe post!! So this weekend after looking through recipe after recipe I stumbled across these old faves of mine. They went down SO well I thought I would share them with you. I based this recipe off a trusty Cupcake Jemma one for vanilla cupcakes and just changed it slightly and added bits to make them all about Jammie Dodgers!

Ingredients
For the Cupcakes (makes 12):
125g Self Raising Flour
125g Caster Sugar
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
125g soft unsalted butter
2 large free range eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons of whole milk
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
12 Mini Jammie Dodgers

For the Buttercream
250g soft unsalted butter
500g icing sugar
around 1/2 jar of smooth strawberry or raspberry jam (used for both cupcakes and buttercream)
Mini Jammie Dodgers for decoration

Method
For the Cupcakes
1. Start by pre heating your oven to 170 degree celsius and line a 12 hole muffin/cupcake tray with cases.
2. Sift the flour, caster sugar and bicarbonate of soda into your mixing bowl. I used my kitchen aid to mix my batter but you can always an electric whisk or a good old wooden spoon if you're really strong!
3. Add your butter and 2 eggs and then mix.
4. Add your milk and vanilla extract and then continue to mix until it is all smooth and creamy. Use a spatula to scrape down any bits on the the side.
5. Then pop one mini Jammie dodger into each case making sure its in the middle, jam side up!
6. Spoon your mixture into your cases evenly and tap the tray on a table to bang out any air.
7. Put them in the oven for around 20-22 minutes (put a skewer in the middle, if it comes out clean then they're cooked!)
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For the Buttercream
1. Mix your butter on a high speed for a good 5 minutes, until it is pale in colour and very soft.
2. Then add your icing sugar (little bit at a time!) Start on a low speed and gradually speed it up.
3. Next, in a separate bowl using a whisk, beat the jam until it is really smooth and almost like a liquid.
4. Add your jam to your buttercream really slowly, bit by bit, mixing it until your buttercream is a pale pink. (only use about half as you will use the rest in a minute!!)

Decoration
1. Once your cupcakes are out of the oven and cooled, using an apple corer (or anything that will make a similar shaped hole) remove the centre of each cupcake.
2. Put the leftover jam into a small piping bag and snip the end off. Use this to fill the holes you've just made in your cupcakes!
3. Then put your icing into a bigger piping bag (I used a wilton 1M tip but it's up to you what you use!) and pipe your buttercream onto your cupcakes, making sure to cover the jam.
4. Then decorate them how you like! I used some more mini Jammie dodgers but you can always crumble little chunks on top or even just lay one big jammie dodger to cover the buttercream if you want too!
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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Mid Year Goals

I know everyone is saying this right now but how the hell are we near the end of June already???? I mean seriously????
Anyway... I've never been one to set myself targets or goals to reach by a certain time but after seeing so many people doing it and actually really benefiting from them I thought I should really give it a try so here we go...

1. Stop neglecting my blog
This year without meaning to I've started to neglect things I really love doing. Like this blog. I absolutely love everything about blogging. From creating ideas, taking photos for posts and actually sitting down to write I love love love it yet for some reason I just can't find time for it and I hate that! So that is definitely my number one, I have to start putting some time aside to work on this little space.

2. Work on my photography
Besides this little blog, another one of my loves is definitely photography. Whether its just snapping away on a day out or actually planning shoots and going through with them I love it. I've recently started to really work hard at it so hopefully soon I'll start to improve and have photos that I've actually taken and adore.

3. Pass my driving test
Now this is a touchy subject. I've been learning to drive for what feels like forever and had 3 different instructors but for very different reasons I'm still not ready for my test yet but I really want to be. Since I've started again with my third instructor I've really picked up confidence and have found new motivation to actually do it so fingers crossed hopefully it will happen soon!!
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Friday, 23 June 2017

Summer Makeup Lovin'

If I'm being honest I'm totally not one for wearing a full on face of makeup in summer just because it's to bloody hot (especially with this mini heatwave we seem to be having recently... I mean the last thing I want to be doing is sitting in front of a mirror for god knows how long for it to just drip off or go patchy anyway!) Recently I've been loving this mix of products because all in all it literally takes 10 minutes max to put on my face and that I bloomin love.
Starting with the L'Oreal Paris Cushion Foundation I use a real techniques buffing brush and just do a light layer of this all over making sure to take it down my neck. This foundation is such a light coverage that it might not be for everyone but for me its just enough. It still hides any redness I have but doesn't look heavy or cakey. The best bit though is even if gets patchy or comes off in the hot weather, its so easy to apply you can just throw it in your bag and retouch it throughout the day without stressing to much.
I then go in with a quick and easy bronzer. I either reach for my trusty Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow or my Benefit Hoola. I use my Real Techniques Bold Metal 301 brush with either product if I want a quick contour but for an all over bronze I'll use my Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush which makes it soooo unbelievably easy.
I then go in with highlighter, if I'm using my Bronze & Glow I'll stick to the highlighter in that but to go my with Hoola I use the theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer to add a little glow on my cheekbones and down my nose. You HAVE to have some sort of highlight going on in summer whether its subtle or bold you know!?
For eyes if I'm being really lazy most days I just slap on some mascara (normally my new fave Maybelline Big Shot) and I'm good to go but if I do have a spare few minutes I use my Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise in 'Bette' for a quick wash of golden shimmer. I love these cream shadows because no matter how hot it gets, they last all day and don't crease at all! I then sometimes just blend it out with a shade in my Zoeva Matte palette but its not essential.
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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Exploring In The Sun On A Sunday

So after having one of the longest and most draining weeks me, my sister and my dad decided to get out, make the most of the sun and explore Portchester castle. We live soooo close but for some reason we've never been and now I really want to go back, its so damn beautiful! I think summer might be finally here (at last!!!)
Also recently I've started to fall back in love with photography after having a marmite love/hate relationship with it so which I'm sooo happy about!
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Friday, 28 April 2017

A Late Night Charlotte Tilbury Splurge

So a late night spree on Feel Unique on payday resulted me in ordering my first bits from Charlotte Tilbury and oh my god are they worth the splurge. The plum burgundy and rose gold packaging is to die for and it feels so luxurious.
The Filmstar Bronze & Glow has been on my high end wish list for ages and I so regret not getting it sooner. It is SO good. The bronzer shade has quickly become my favourite, it makes for a perfect contour and all over bronzer as its matte and not to orangey at all. The highlight has also become a favourite as you can easily make it natural or build it up for more. Its shimmery without being glittery, ahh its sooo worth the money.
I got two Eyes To Mesmerise in Jean and Marie Antionette, two perfect summer shades. They are both craaaazy pigmented, creamy and long lasting and they blend out like a dream. I'm already making a wish list for more shades!
The final thing I picked up is a matte revolution lipstick in Very Victoria. When it comes to natural lipsticks I'm a full on lover of a 'kinda brown, kinda pink' shade and this is the perfect lipstick for that. Don't get put off when you hear matte either because it is so hydrating and long lasting which for my dry lips is so rare to come across. I'm definitely eyeing up some more shades from the matte revolution range.
I'm so glad I finally splurged on these bits and I can't wait to get my hands on more.
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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Topshop Beauty Haul

I've never tried anything from the topshop beauty range before but the other day I found myself staring and wanting pretty much everything on the stand and well my bank balance did not appreciate it!
I only picked up a couple things but I now I've tried them I"m definitely going to pick up some more.
I got two lipsticks in 'Mink' and 'Kindred.' Mink is definitely a your lips but better shade which makes it perfect for throwing in your handbag and applying it through out the day. Kindred however is a lot darker, it may not look it in the photos but for the summer it's definitely more of an evening shade, it would look great in the day time in winter though.
I picked up one lip liner and to be honest this is the one thing I don't use as much, the shade doesn't really suit me and I felt like all it did was dry my lips out so I'm a bit disappointed. I am temped to try some more natural shades though or maybe a different formula if they bring some out.
For eyes I've bee loving using the smoke sticks in 'Realm' and 'Trickster'. To be honest ever since I got them, I haven't used anything else!!! They are both great every day shades but they also make great evening shades too!! I can't wait to get some more in other colours for summer, they seriously last alllllll day and don't budge.
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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Getting over a bad week

We've all had those weeks where all you want to do is curl up in your duvet, become a burrito and watch re runs of gossip girl all day and this week has been no exception. It's been stressful, upsetting and most of all frustrating. When it gets like that it hard to focus on anything else when its all you really want to do. I took this weekend to clear my head about the last 7 days and to focus on starting fresh on Monday and along the way I've found some things that really did help.

Let It Out
It doesn't matter how but just let it out. Whether you write it, say it, sing it, scream it, or even text it, just get it out! Tell someone whats going on might scare you or worry you but honestly it will automatically make you feel a million times better once you've done it. 

Lean on People
Lean on people for support and surround yourself with friends and family. People you trust, w ]ho are happy and that you always have a good time with because then no matter what happens, you know you've got good eggs around you. 

Let the little things go
When you're having a crappy week it's easy to let even the littlest of things get to you so it's important to step back and gain some prospective. What you might of just let slide in a good week, can feel like the end of the world when you're having a shit week. Was someones snarky comment really the worst thing in the world or was it just another petty little thing on top of the big things?? Deal with the big things first and worry about the petty little things later.

Look after yourself
When you're having a tough week don't forget to love yourself a little bit more. Have a mid week pamper night by turning your phone off, having a bubble bath, using a face mask and actually RELAX. It might be hard because your head might be spinning a hundred miles an hour but just try and let yourself calm down and gather your thoughts.  It really does help.

Refresh for Monday
Monday might normally be your least favourite day of the week because it means getting up early for work after the weekend but after a crappy week surely the best thing is having a fresh start on a Monday morning? Think of it as a clean slate and make sure the new week isn't as bad as the one before.
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Friday, 3 March 2017

19 things I've learnt in 19 years

Well considering my 19th birthday was well over a month ago this post is long overdue but hey ho, here goes

1. Hold on to your loved ones, they're not here forever
2. Take photos to remember the good days
3. Positivity will always eventually outweigh negativity
4. We all have bad days
5. Do more of what you love
6. Don't live life through a screen
7. Appreciate whats on your doorstep
8. Your oldest friends aren't always the best ones
9. Know what you want and go for it
10. Sing your heart out where you want and when you want (even if sounds awful)
11. Eat that third bag of crisps or second slice of cake
12. Treat your damn self
13. Your first love probably won't be your last
14. If you're unhappy with something, change it
15. Don't let someone tell you you're not good enough
16. Express yourself whatever way you want
17. No makeup days are the best kind of days
18. Before taking care of others, take care of yourself first
19. Pick your battles
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Friday, 3 February 2017

New In Zoeva

Everyone knows I looooove everything Zoeva. Every time they release something new I'm the first in line to get it and this release was no exception. A brand new all matte palette was enough and then they released new brushes and brow products with it!
I use the palette literally everyday at the moment as all 10 shades are wearable. The bright red and purple may look scary but trust me, blended into the crease they're really not that bad and mixed with the other shades it looks lovely. The browns in the palette make for really nice all over the lid shades if you just want a natural wash of colour. The white has a warm hint to it making it a good matte brow highlight or base for a other shades. In all honesty I could rave about this palette forever and all you really need to know is that Zoeva have nailed it once again.
The palette is only available from the Zoeva website but shipping to the UK is so easy it shouldn't be a problem. I reeeeally recommend you get it!
The only new brush I picked up is the 135 Petite Face Definer and oh my god its my new favourite foundation brush. It's just amazing. It's dense whilst being soft and tapered making it so bloody easy to blend my trusty Loreal True Match in. I love that its tapered because you can blend around the eyes really well too and if I'm feeling lazy I'll blend my under eye concealer with it. I can't see myself using another foundation brush for a really really long time.
The last thing I picked up from the new range is the Brow Light. Theres only one shade of this product and if I'm being honest its not a colour I would normally pick for me but I really like it. I don't use it everyday, it's more of a 'full on night out face' product but it works really well if you do it quite subtly and blend it. It helps create a more shimmery and glowy eye look that's gunna be perfect for summer.
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