Friday, 23 March 2018

I've Finally Found The Perfect Base

I feel like ever since I started wearing makeup all those many moons ago, I've been trying to create my perfect base. My skin kinda does what it wants to when it wants to really which makes it SO hard to find products that don't crease or go patchy when applied to it.
I've been a lover of the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder for agessss but for a while now I've been looking for a couple of products to put under it just to bring out a bit more radiance as my skin is dull dull dull...

My first step to my whole makeup routine is to apply the Boots Botanics Radiance Balm. I bought this after reading the babe Poppy Eyes post all about the Botanics range and from the first time I tried it, I've been hooked. I've gone through 3 tubes now and I can see myself repurchasing this for a very long time. It's so easy and quick to use, you literally just apply it with your hands and instantly it brightens up your skin and it really does brighten and add radiance. I definitely recommend it if your skin is dull, just like mine! You can wear it on its own for a little boost or under makeup for some more dewyness.

Next I apply the Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow. Some people might think using the Boots Radiance Balm and this is a tad extreme but for me, it's the best base before I apply my foundation. Wonder Glow on it's own is also fab but paired with the Radiance Balm it's bloody brilliant. It literally gives you an instant pick-me-up and makes your skin look much healthier and less dull and less tired !! Yes it's expensive but yes, its SO worth it.

Now you all know how I feel about my beloved Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder and I'm now on my 4th bottle! I use shade 4 and my Real Techniques buffing brush to apply it. It's amazing and thats all you nee dot know about it really. It doesn't crash or gather in any dry areas (which I have a lottttt of !) It also smooths over any redness and imperfections you have gives you a flawless base whilst stilling completely natural and not too heavy.



Friday, 16 March 2018

Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes | Recipe

It's been SO long since I've baked and I miss it soooo much. It's the perfect thing to do on your day off or weekend and I'm always looking for new recipes or changing old ones to create something new.
Today I used an old favourite of mine, my Funfetti Cupcakes recipe (from 2015... !!)and turned them into Ice Cream sundae ones.
For the cupcake itself I used my the same as my funfetti recipe but just added a whole lot more sprinkles and some more vanilla essence, however for the decoration I definitely made some changes! I've left the ingredients and method with the new changes down below for you to use...

For the Cupcakes
125g Caster Sugar
125g Self Raising Flour
2 Large Free Range Eggs
125g Unsalted Butter
1/4 teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda
1 1/2 tablespoons of milk
3/4 (or a whole if you're feeling brave !!) teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
Brightly Coloured Sprinkles

For the Icing
500g Icing Sugar (sifted)
250g Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
Vanilla Extract (however much you like)
Pink Gel Food Colouring
Ice Cream Wafers cut to little rectangles
Brightly Coloured Sprinkles
Piping Bag & Nozzle
To Make the Cupcakes
Pre heat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
Cream together the butter and sugar until its smooth and creamy.
Add all the dry ingredients (Flour & Bicarbonate of Soda) and mix until smooth.
Then add your eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Mix thoroughly and then mix your sprinkles in.
Line your muffin tray with cupcake cases and one by one put the cake batter into the cases, filling them about halfway.
Put them in the oven for about 20 minutes. To know they're cooked, insert a toothpick into the middle of one and if it comes out clean, they're done.
Leave to cool.

To Make the Icing
Mix the butter on its own for at least 5 minutes so it goes very soft and pale. Then add in the icing sugar a little bit at a time and mix until its creamy and soft. (It takes a while so just give it time!) Add some milk if you think its needed. 
To make the icing pink just add a tiny drop of colouring and mix it all together until you get the colour you want. (Obviously the more colouring you add, the pinker it'll be!)
Once you've got the colour you want, mix in the sprinkles (you can never have to many!!)
When you cakes are cool enough, put the icing in the piping bag and get piping.  I used the Wilton 1M tip on these cupcakes. I then put in the cut up wafers so they look more like Ice Creams!


Saturday, 3 March 2018

50 Things I Learnt When Going Through My Teens

I've had the idea to do this post since I first started this blog I think. Over the last year or so I've created a list on my phone that I add to if I think of a new point for it, and ~finally~ now I'm no longer a teen thanks to turning 20 in January (whaaaaaat) the time has come for me to write it !! And no, this isn't in any order, it's literally one big brain dump of absolutely everything I've learnt over the last 7ish years...

1. You're not going to like everyone you meet and not everyone will like you either
2. Yes periods suck, but no you don't have to struggle with them
3. What feels like the biggest problem in the world, really isn't
4. Be careful who you call your 'friend'
5. True friends build you up not break you down
6. It's okay to do what the hell you want with your life
7. No you don't have to go to uni
8. Or college for that matter
9. It gets SO much better
10. Stick up for yourself a little bit more
11. School really does end at some point, it may not seem like it, but it really does
12. You may not want to, but you will have days where you miss it
13. Don't put to much pressure on yourself, it doesn't do any good
14. GCSE results really don't mean everything !!
15. There is always someone going through the exact same thing as you even if it doesn't feel like it
16. Don't squash yourself down to please someone else, if you're smart/clever/correct OWN IT
17. Take things at your own pace, don't rush to keep up everyone else
18. It's okay to not know what you want from life when you're only 16
19. Even if it seems like everyone around you at school knows what they're doing, there's a high chance they probably don't
20. Take care of your skin when you're 13, you will love yourself for it when you're 18
21. Hormones make everything confusing, just remember to take a minute to clear your head
22. Always have spare pads or tampons on you because even if you don't need them, a girl around you will
23. Your first night 'out out' will go wrong but thats okay
24. A beer coat only lasts so long, wear a pair of bloody tights girl
25. Your first kiss will go wrong but thats okay too
26. Don't force yourself to do something you aren't comfortable with
27. Girls who you meet in the loo's on a night out are some of the best people ever
28. It's okay to know you've had enough to drink
29. It's okay to admit you prefer a night in than a night out
30. But it's okay to love a night out
31. Always make sure you've got a lift home
32. Make sure you have people in your life you can lean on
33. Without even realising it, you are growing up
34. You wear what the hell you wanna wear and eat what the hell you wanna eat
35. It's okay to be whatever shape or size you are, love and own it
36. Just because everyone seems to doesn't mean you have to
37. Hash browns and ketchup is the best hangover food ever
38. Grief comes in all shapes and sizes
39. It'll also knock you back a few steps when you least expect it
40. Time is the best healer
41. As is a warm bubble bath, bag of crisps and a Fanta lemon
42. Gilmore Girls and Gossip Girl will teach you a hell of a lot about yourself and I still don't really know why
43. Social Media never shows the whole story
44. Whoever you call family, they are the most important people in your life
45. There will be times where you are wrong
46. Be the bigger person, admit it and say sorry
47. You will have moments when you look back at people you went to school with and realise you've moved on
48. Starting this blog is the best thing I've ever done
49. It's hard to make new friends when you're older, but you'll find it's those ones that stick
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