March 2015 Favourites

Monday, 30 March 2015

Bad blogger... I did not do February favourites...

But to be honest I was in Brazil for half the month and for one week in March so I figured I would combine the two into my March favesss...

I tried to be selective...

Lets start with hair favourites... 

3 More Inches - Pre-Wash Treatment by Michael Van Clarke
Now this stuff is a bit pricey at £29 for 500ml

But it has lasted me so long. I think you can see from the picture that I have maybe used a third? And I have had it since the Summer....
I think since about July? And I use it nearly every time I wash my hair!

Now I wash my hair maybe twice or three times a week so I'm not an everyday girllll - But I think that's impressive!

I really have noticed a difference in my hair since using this as well as getting regular cuts at Michael Van Clarke. My hair just looks better - I don't even have to do anything to it and it looks nice, plus it really has grown quite a lot.

I just put a few pumps of this onto my hand and massage through the ends of my hair and then any excess on the top. I then tie it in a bun and sleep with it in before I wash it out in the morning.
So I always do this on a day when I know I need to wash my hair the next morning.

My hair has always been the type that doesn't grow but now it is just below my nipples...

Yup that's how I'm going to measure the length....nipples

I could even do some kind of sexy  topless photoshoot and be able to just have my hair keeping me modest...

Bit far?


Next product!

Aussie's Miracle Dry Shampoo
This is £4.99 in Boots for 180ml

This is a new purchase for March as in February I tried out the Colab one.

I'm going to be honest, I like this Aussie one much more. It smells yummmyy - like all the Aussie products, whereas the Colab one I had (in the smell London) was a bit too perfumey and mixed with the actual perfume I was wearing.

I used to be a Batiste girl, but someone said to me the other day that the problem with Batiste is everyone knows the smell is dry shampoo.

And I agree with them! Batiste in the original smell has a very distinctive smell and if you smell that on someone when you hug them you knowww its dry shampoo!


Next are my makeup picks for Feb and March... 

For some reason these are all L'Oreal...and that is not deliberate at all, I just picked out my favourite things!

My first two I have already blogged about:


L'Oreal Infallible 24hour Matte Foundation in Sand
£7.99

This stuff is good....I mean really good.

It just perfectly matches my natural skin colour and looks flawless.

I don't know about 24 hour but it lasts me throughout the day without any need for powder.

I do get a slightly oily nose through the day, but that happens with any makeup and I will speak about my solution a bit further down this page!


L'Oreal True Match Concealer in the colour 4
£6.99

I haven't used another concealer since purchasing this, it blends easily and doesn't crease, plus the shade 4 has a yellow undertone so has replaced my NARS concealer in custard which I don't want to splash out on and replace.

I'm not sure why its only a pound cheaper than the foundation which is a much bigger tube...but I will forgive them


L'Oreal Collection Privee - J.Lo's Nude 
£6.99

This is pretty much all I've been wearing this month on a day to day basis.

I like nude lips with a tan and this one is natural and doesn't have too much colour pay off so that it is obvious and bold

I even got my friend Jess ( http://jessicaannmartin.blogspot.co.uk/ )onto it when she said she didn't like nude lipsticks!


L'Oreal Eyebrow Artiste Plump in Dark
£5.99

I do not go a day without this stuff.

This brow gel sets your brows in place but also adds little fibres to them so they look fuller and fills in any little gaps.

If I'm going for a natural looks I skip my Dip Brow Pomade from Anastasia Beverly Hills and just go for this...

How often do I have a natural day though really!


My final bits are just in the "face" category

Urban Decay - All Nighter, Makeup Setting Spray 
£21

I have had this a year...and still haven't run out.

It is just one of my all time favourite things.

Your face feels more hydrated and looks more glowy plus your face stays on for longer

What's not to love?

I'm trying out a drugstore version at the moment...but the spray just isn't fine enough and you just feel a bit like you have a wet face afterwards!

Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets
£2.99

These are brilliant.

I have a pack in my bag and a pack on my desk and at about 3pm I blot my face and marvel at the oil that comes off.

It is so interesting to see!

Plus my makeup looks better afterwards without the need to add anything more to my face.

They have a sticky little pad on the top so every time you open the little pouch a fresh sheet is just picked up for you - like at the top!



Those are all my favourites for February and March! Let me know if you have any recommendations in the comments below!

Recipe: Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies

Monday, 30 March 2015

Another Easter blog for you!

This weekend Rachel and I got into the Easter spirit...

And made these little beauties!

You need:

185g Dark Chocolate
185g Unsalted Butter
85g Plain Flour
40g Cocoa Powder
3 Eggs
275g Caster Sugar
6 Cadbury Creme Eggs

First things first, put your Creme Eggs in the fridge...they need to be cold so you can cut them in half later
Then preheat your oven to 180degrees

Next...

Melt 185g Dark Chocolate in a bowl until nearly fully melted
We did ours in the microwave


Then cut 185g butter into squares and add this to the chocolate mix

Melt them together in the microwave until both are fully melted

Like so...
Put that aside.

Then crack three eggs into a seperate bowl

Add your sugar (275g worth)

And whisk

Whisk alot...until they are frothy and have increased in size

Then whisk the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture...

Oo action shot...loverlyyyy



Now...

Weigh out your flour (85g) and cocoa (40g)

I'm in loveeee with the cocoaaaa

Sift this into the chocolate mix and fold in

Don't use the whisk!

The mix now looks something like this...

Line a square baking tin...

And pour in the mix...



Pop this in the oven for 20mins at 180degrees

And have a little me time...

Glass of wine and bowl licking?

What could be worse!

Whilst the brownies bake, cut six creme eggs in half...

Not actually that easy to do, but it doesn't matter if they are a bit messy

After 20 mins remove your brownies from the oven

And place the egg halves on top 

Bake for another 10-15mins

And you have yourself a treattttt


Eat them warm with a spoon (my faveeee)

Or plate up and save for later!


How to: Make your own Easter Eggs

Monday, 30 March 2015

Every year I make Easter Eggs....

Normally for a boyfriend, but hey my friends benefit where a man is missing out!

All you need is chocolate and moulds...


We used to make these when I was little so they are really fun to do with children too if you have any!

Much more rewarding then buying one

I also - as an added treat - fill mine with chocolates...

So in addition to the egg moulds I have little rose ones


The first thing you need to do is oil your moulds slightly

Use whatever oil you want but don't over do it

I just sprayed a bit of this fry light oil on kitchen roll and rubbed it over the moulds

Don't do too much though


It is then time to melt your chocolate

I use a bowl suspended over hot water, but you can use a microwave if you want - just do it in short bursts so you don't burn the chocolate


I started with white chocolate milkybar buttons...


Just checking they're safe!

Stir this until its nearly all melted and then take it off the heat to stir and melt the last little lumps in

White chocolate is easier to burn which is why I don't recommend you suspend it over the boiling water until the very end

Let the warm melted chocolate melt the little lumps which are left 

I then drizzle this into my moulds in a pattern like this... 

I just use a teaspoon and it really doesn't matter if it is messy! 

Pop all your moulds in the fridge 

And fill up your little moulds with any remaining chocolate... 

Put these in the fridge too and get your chef's treat...

Licking the bowl! 

SO thrilled...

Once the white chocolate layer is hard in your egg moulds (about half an hour)

Melt some milk chocolate 

The amount really depends on your moulds.

I do about half a pack of Dairy Milk at a time. 

Dribble this into your moulds.

Try hard not to spread the milk chocolate around too much or you will melt the white chocolate and create a mess... 
That is probably the hardest bit - the first milk chocolate layer.

Use the excess chocolate to fill up some more chocolate roses... 

And put everything in the fridge 

Do two more layers of chocolate...or however many you think!

Depends how thick an egg you want!

I usually leave them overnight for the final layer and then start creating the final product!

Pop out your roses...
As you can see I was a little vigorous with the stirring on the milk chocolate so there were some air bubbles in the chocolate.

So don't do that!


You then need to turn your moulds upside down  and pull up the edges to realise the egg half...


Don't they look pretty and marbled? 

Then pop a few roses in one half.. 

And use a knife dipped in hot water to run along the edge of the egg.

This melts the chocolate slightly and you can stick the other half on top

 Then pop them in the fridge for a bit...

Time to wrap them up in foil...maybe throw on a bow if you are being creative

And you have home-made Easter eggs which anyone will feel very special to receive!


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