Get Ready With Me - Flawless Skin - Drug Store Only

Wednesday, 26 August 2015


Friday night I went out with my boys to Libertine and thought I would document how I did my skin that night to look flawless...

Below are the products I used for my base:

L'Oreal Infallible Mattifying Primer
L'Oreal Infalliable 24H Foundation in the colour Golden Beige
Maybelline Dream Bronze BB Cream
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Classic Beige
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 30

I started by applying the mattifying primer to my nose and chin. This stuff has the same consistency as the Smash Box Photo Finish Primer but is much cheaper!

I then applied the L'Oreal Infalliable 24H foundation mixed with some of the Maybelline Dream Bronze using a beauty blender (which I'm sorry isn't drugstore)
I have been using the matte version of this foundation recently but fell back in love with the regular version when I used it. It gave my skin the glow I wanted.

I mixed it with the Dream Bronze just to deepen up the colour a bit.

Next I highlighted under my eyes and down the middle of my face with the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer and set that with the L'Oreal Infalliable Powder


To cream contour I used the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in the colour 30 and lightly set this with the Sleek Contour Kit below


To highlight I used the Barry M Radiant Rod cream highlight and then set that with the highlight above from the contour kit.


I them added a bit of eyemakeup and sorted out my brows...

And had a goblet of wine to prepare for the stress of doing my hair!


Hair done, outfit on...


Out Out!




Let me know your favourite drugstore items in the comments below!

Recipe: The Great British Bake Off - Oreo Chocolate Fudge Cake

Tuesday, 25 August 2015


I only really watch two programmes...Game of Thrones and the Bake Off.... Game of Thrones finished in June but the Bake Off is now on which makes me so happy!

I don't know what it is about the Bake Off but its just so good.

I organised a sweep stake at work which we've meant to do for the past few years but never got round to.

Basically there are 12 people in our office and 12 bakers in the Bake Off! Convenient!

We each put in a £5 and picked a name of a baker out of a hat/mug

Each week whoever is voted off has to bake (or buy!) treats for the office and the ultimate winner wins £70 and has to bring in a showstopper!

We all get to enjoy being competitive whilst getting treats each week! A great idea.

I was all set to win (I'm rather competitive as a person) and was uber smug when I got star baker the first week!

Unfortunately it wasn't to be and my baker was voted off in the second week!

I tried very hard to swallow my pride and figured I would bake a cake that would redeem myself.

Welcome the triple layered oreo chocolate fudge cake...




This is based on The Londoner's recipe, but she uses boxed cake mix and icing and I made my own

I figured as it was a bake off I couldn't use cake mix!

You need a fair few ingredients for this cake, but you might have most of them in your cupboard:


Equipment:
Three 9 inch cake pans 

I didn't have three so I just baked one set of two and then the next

You could make this just a two layered cake with much thicker sponges if you wanted? But they would need to bake for longer so keep an eye on that!


For the cake:
  • 100 grams best-quality cocoa powder (sifted)
  • 200 grams dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 500 ml boiling water
  • 250 grams soft unsalted butter (plus some for greasing your tins)
  • 300 grams caster sugar
  • 450 grams plain flour
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • large eggs (room temp)

For the icing:

  • 125 ml water
  • 30 grams dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 175 grams soft unsalted butter 
  • 200 grams best-quality dark chocolate 
  • 100 grams dark chocolate

For the filling:
40 oreo cookies (about a pack and a half)
300 grams of softened butter
600 grams icing sugar




Seems like a lot but this is a massive cake!


Lets start with the cake portion of this bake:

Pre heat your oven to 180'C

Put your cocoa powder (100g), moscavado sugar (200g) and boiling water (500ml) in a bowl and whisk to melt it all together. Put this to one side to cool a bit.



In a separate bowl, either in a mixer like mine or by hand beat together your butter (250g) and caster sugar (300g)


Whilst this is mixing....in a separate bowl sieve your flour (450g) bicarb (1tsp) and baking powder (1tsp).

Whilst the mixer is going, pour in your vanilla extract (4tsp)

Then crack in one egg, quickly followed by a tbsp of the flour mixture. Repeat this process until all the eggs (4 in total) are combined and then slowly mix in the rest of the flour mix.

This process of alternating the flour and eggs stops the mixture curdling. Having room temperature eggs also helps!

You are then left with something that looks like this. Quite thick kind of cookie dough batter 

Fold in your chocolate mix you made earlier (the sugar, cocoa and water one)

And you are left with this chocolatey cake batter. 

Divide this between your greased tins (use spring form tins if possible and grease well with butter)

Remember that if you are doing three you should set aside a third of your mixture for the final cake...or if you have three tins (lucky you) you can do these all at once.


Pop these in the oven for about 25 minutes - check on them after 20, but try not to open the door and have a peek too early or they can sink in the middle.


Whilst they are cooking, we can move onto our icing.

Now I didn't take pictures of this process...because I'm an idiot, but here is the process:


Pop your water (125ml) moscovado sugar (30g) butter (175g) in a pan over a low heat. When it begins to bubble take it off the heat and pour in your chocolate swirling it round so the heat of the buttersugar mix melts the chocolate. Whisk until smooth and glossy.

Now this is the bit where you panic. It just looks like liquidy wet chocolate, not something to ice a cake with!

Put this mixture aside for an hour, whisking every now and again and it will thicken up into a perfect fudgey icing.

If you are impatient and naughty you can put it in the fridge (where it will set to a ROCK hard finish) then pop it in your electric mixer to beat it back to life

If you have time I would do it the proper way but its up to you - I went for the fridge and beat method and it worked fine!



Whilst your icing is cooling you can work on your cake filling. This stuff is the best bit...I could literally eat just this!


Pop your oreos in a freezer bag and whack with a rolling pin. I left some bits quite chunky so it wasn't powdered oreos...


In a mixing bowl, beat your butter until it is fluffy then gradually beat in your icing sugar. Just a warning the icing sugar goes everywhere so put a teatowel over your mixer! My one luckily comes with a special plastic guard for such things.

Then mix in your crushed oreos...


YUM!

Put this oreo mix in the fridge to stay cool.


Now your cakes should be ready! 

Turn them out (baking the third one if you need to) and place on a wire rack to cool.

Now its time to assemble...


I made mine in the lid of a cake tin so that I could put the bottom of the cake tin on top and carry it to work, but if you are having this at home just place it on a board or plate...


Pick the least pretty of your three sponges and turn upside down on the base. Smear on half of the oreo mix making sure you push it right up to the edge and then place another cake layer on top.

 Add more of the oreo mix and then place the final cake (upside down so its flat) on top.


Then its time to ice it! Your icing should be all fudgey and sticky now so spread it round the edge of your cakes and on top. Use it all don't scrimp!

And you are done!


It went down very well at work and I must say that after a couple of days we heated up slices in the microwave for 30 seconds and they turned into the most delicious gooey warm chocolate cake!

YUM 


Have you got involved in baking because of the Bake Off? 

Comment below if you have and let me know what you've done!


A Tuesday Date and a Thursday Date

Friday, 21 August 2015


I had a bit of a dating lull over the past few months...mostly from not wanting to date! But I was a big girl, I joined Bumble and I put myself out there.

I had two dates last week and I thought I'd follow on from my Diary of a Teenage Girl post and document my thoughts...obviously I won't give too much away though and will keep things anonymous.


Let's start with the first date. Mr Neon I will call him!

Mr Neon and I matched on bumble and chatted away for a bit. He is really hot...

I was going away for the weekend, so we chatted over whatsapp and arranged to meet the following week.

Now here is where I think things went slightly wrong.

We were chatting on whatsapp for quite a few days, asking each questions and learning about each other.

And it meant that by the time we got to our date I'd already asked most of the "first date" kind of questions.

We got on well, and still had lots to talk about, but I just think half of the fun of a first date is that you get to know each other... I felt like I already knew him.

So I think a note to self is if you match but can't see each other for a while, say "I'll speak to you after the weekend so we can arrange where to meet on Wednesday" for example! Rather than chatting the whole weekend via message.

It's very easy to fall into the trap of chatting away to someone "online" because you obviously like the look of them if you've matched on an app like bumble and its nice to have someone to text!

But I recommend getting to know someone on a date rather than via message.

Oh and the reason his name is Mr Neon...our date was after he'd done a workout and cycled to the pub...so he was wearing a full on neon top.

Very sensible for cycling in the dark! Not as sensible for a first date...


Here's me with neon hair...just to add some kind of colour and photography to this post




The next date was with Mr Youtube

I matched with this guy on the Wednesday and was intrigued to see that one of his pics was his youtube channel being mentioned on buzzfeed...

Fair enough he's obviously proud of it...

He's from LA and was only here for a few days so as soon as we matched I suggested a drink the next day so he could see the city from my point of view!

I learnt from the last date and made sure we didn't chat for ages over message!

Before the date I obviously stalked him a bit...why wouldn't you...and watched a few of his videos which talk about current issues.

I was intrigued to find out about him but tried not to go too far as again, I like to find out about someone in person!

I basically completely stole my friend Manish's date plan (blog here) and took him to the Sky Lounge in the DoubleTree Hilton and then St Katherine's docks!

Now I was slightly miffed...

Because bearing in mind before we met he said it was a bit hard dating people because they often knew more about him (via youtube) before they met, than he knew about them...

I'd looked at his youtube and he asked what my favourite video was etc... and then I asked whether he'd looked at my blog (we'd exchanged instagrams before the date and mine is linked - see the side bar here! >>> )

He hadn't even looked at it.

Now with a normal date that's fine.

But this I guess was like a social media internet date...him being a youtuber me being a blogger.

I thought we would have that in common, but I guess he was just slightly into himself more than into me.

We had a really fun night, and I'm glad we met up...but I can't work out whether its right that I'm a bit miffed about that.

Plus...after a few drinks he said to me "you can see yourself falling in love with me can't you"

Always awk on a first date with someone!



The search continues!

Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar - Review

Monday, 17 August 2015


If you've read any of my other Lush Bubble Bar reviews, you'll know that whenever I go home to my parents I pop into Lush Victoria and pick up a treat!

I don't have a bath in my London flat so its always nice to go home, have a glass of wine in the bath and relax.

When I got home from Malta I hadn't prepared in advance....but fortunately my bestie had been given a million lush things for her birthday and handed one on to me!


Shes just the best my best friend.


She gave me The Comforter


This bubble bar is pretty big so I broke it in two



In fact I enjoyed the other half this weekend!







This bubble bar smells like cassis and bergamont oil



Basically like blackcurrant deliciousness



It makes the bath a really pretty colour and makes loadsss of bubbles!





This is my second favourite bubble bar from lush. I really like the fruity smell!



My fave is still The Creamy Candy Bubble Bar...

My blog on that one is here!


How to: Jagua Blue Henna

Saturday, 15 August 2015


If you're an avid Life Without A Fun Sponge follower...or an Emma Follower (creepy soundinggg) you'll know I love henna.

Below are some blogs I've previously done with henna




Everyone is getting really aggy recently at Kylie Jenner saying that because she has cornrows she isn't being racially aware...I had cornrows when I was 11... I thought they looked great...at the time...does that make me un racially aware?

I hope noone is offended by the fact I love henna, and thinks it's similar to Kylies cornrows. I just love it!

Anyway, disclaimer over


I saw Chrisspy had done a youtube video on Jagua henna. Which actually isn't even henna as its blue!

This is not black henna do not fear! 

I thought hers looked so cool! 
So I ordered some too!

I freaking love her blue hair too!


I ordered one set of the gel and then separately ordered a bottle with a thin nozzle for easy application



I put some of the gel in the little pot and added on the applicator (note for future, put more than this in the bottle!)


I tried it out on my foot first because I didn't know what it would come out like and your foot is much easier to hide than your hand!


I did a typical henna kind of design, like I've done before



You leave the gel for two hours to set and for future reference I would make the gel a bit thicker when you apply it.

Also I think I'd do more of a tribal design as I think designs like this look better in proper brown henna.


After two hours you are meant to peel it off, but I didn't do mine thick enough for it to peel so I wiped it off with a wet flannel.


When it comes off you can only see the design really faintly...


but it develops after about a day...


I think it looks pretty cool, and I would use it again, but maybe on my hand with more of a tribal design




What do you think, would you try out Jagua "henna"?

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