Thursday, 17 August 2017

Easy Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe

Hey beaut's!

My other hobby aside from blogging is baking, I absolutely love to bake and when I made this yummy Victoria Sponge recently it tasted too good not to share the recipe! Victoria Sponge is just a 'go to bake' for me, I always have the ingredients in the cupboard as their so minimal and no matter what the occasion a vicky sponge will always go down a treat!

What You Will Need For The Cakes
225g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
4 large eggs
225g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 8 inch sandwich tins 

What You Will Need For The Filling
100g of soft unsalted butter
200g icing sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp milk
Strawberry or raspberry jam

How To
1. Firstly preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4 and get the sandwich tins greased and lined.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whack in all of the butter, eggs, caster sugar, flour and baking powder and mix everything together until it's all combined, then divide the mixture evenly between the tins.
3. Pop into the oven for around 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown on top.
4. When the cakes are done set aside to cool and whip up a batch of yummy buttercream, I like to beat the butter with an electric whizzer for a couple of minutes first until it starts to go pale and fluffy then gradually add in the icing sugar and beat again for a few minutes, then add in the vanilla and if you need to loosen the buttercream slightly add 1 or 2 tablespoons of milk.
5. To fill the cake I like to pop lashings of buttercream on first, I don't do this too neatly because I love the buttercream to be edging out of the cake slightly, then pop your preferred jam on top of the buttercream again quite messy so it's edging out of the cake!
6. Once the cakes are sandwiched together I like yo finish the cake off by popping a couple of strawberries on the top in the centre of the cake and then I like to add a light dusting of icing sugar and voilaaaa!
This is such an easy, versatile cake and recently I've been doing some fondant covered cakes for birthdays and this is my go to cake recipe I use, it's such a classic isn't it!

Are you fond of a Victoria Sponge beaut's? What's your go to bake? I'd love to know!

 nopin

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Embryolisse Lait Crème Moussant Foaming Cream-Milk Cleanser Review

Hey beaut's!

I recently ran out of my trusty and well loved Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and instead of running out and repurchasing that for the millionth time, I thought I'd try something new that had been sat in my draw for a while waiting for it's time to shine - the Embryolisse Lait Crème Moussant Foaming Cream-Milk Cleanser.

The Embryolisse Foaming Cream-Milk* is a soap-free cleanser based on super fatty agents (10%), sweet almond oil and shea butter, it's suitable for all skin types even the most sensitive, and versatile enough to be used on the face and the body too. To use the cleanser all you have to do I'm simple massage it over a damp skin and let it do it's thing, it's great at deeply cleaning the skin and removing makeup however I wouldn't recommend it for removing eye makeup, I got a slight shock when I slathered it over my eyes and it stung instantly so now I use a micellar water first around my eyes.
The Embryolisse Foaming Cream-Milk is quite different to anything I've used to cleanse with before, I've literally never found a cleanser with such a gorgeous texture before, it feels so rich, creamy, slightly whipped and nourishing when it first goes on, its gorgeous and just glides over the skin with ease and has the most amazing light yet fresh scent to it. I was also super impressed by the fact that it didn't leave my skin feeling dry afterwards which many cleansers I've tried do, instead my skin felt squeaky clean, nourished, supple and SUPER soft! The only thing I did notice was the lack of foam, this is named and foaming cream-milk cleanser and I have to say it doesn't really lather up that much, it's not a major for me but definitely something to bare in mind if you are actually looking for a foaming cleanser!
Overall I'm really enjoying using the Lait Crème Moussant Foaming Cream-Milk, it's definitely super nourishing and gentle which my dry sensitive skin loves, and I find it so quick and easy to use too. It cleanses my skin with ease and I've experienced no clogged pores or break outs, it doesn't strip my skin of its essential oils and leaves my face so soft and clean, I love it!

You can find the Embryolisse Lait Crème Moussant Foaming Cream-Milk Cleanser for £14.00 from Boots HERE.

nopin

Sunday, 13 August 2017

My Favourite Summer Perfumes!

Hey beaut's!

I love to switch things up in my perfume caddie when the seasons change, so today I thought I'd share with you all my favourite fruity, floral fragrances that I've been rocking constantly this Spring/Summer!
My go to scent at the moment is Accessorize' Lovelily! Lovelily has a super fresh scent with fruity, floral notes and light hints of sweetness to it too, its perfect for everyday wear because it isn't too strong or overpowering, and despite it's lightness it has really good lasting power and I can always smell the sweet vanilla notes within it on myself throughout the day which I love. Next up is my Vera Wang Hippie Princess perfume - Hippie Princess is a very fruity scent and it's exotic fruit and gentle floral notes really do come through when you first spritz this heart shaped beauty, as the scent dries down there's a slight sweetness that comes through which is down to it's warm vanilla note and as a whole the scent isn't over powering or ridiculously strong either. Can you tell I love scents with the sweetness of vanilla within them he he.
 Lacoste Pour Elle Sparkling is a favourite of mine all throughout the year really but I seem to have been reaching for it a lot this Spring/Summer, it's so sweet, girlie and playful and I think the pretty pink packaging really reflects that too. Macaron and Cotton Candy are at the heart of this fragrance so as you can imagine when wearing this you smell good enough to eat, however even though this is such a super sweet scent I never find it sickly and the fruity top notes and musky base notes really do help to balance this fragrance out, it's bloody lovely! Finally is my Jimmy Choo Blossom perfume, this is more of a summer evening scent for me because it's slightly stronger than what I usually wear during the day, its very feminine, sweet and floral, it's gorg!

What fragrances have you been rocking this Spring/Summer beaut's?? I'd love to know!!


nopin

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Technic Cosmetics Review - Beauty Bargains Alert!

Hey beaut's!

I've been seeing and hearing so many good things about Technic Cosmetics recently, their low price tags have certainly caught my eye on a number of occasions (I do love a beauty bargain) and so many of their products look absolutely stunning, I actually have five of their Juicy Sticks which I love and use all the time so I couldn't wait to try some more bits from them.
Firstly I couldn't wait to dive into the Mega Nudes Eyeshadow Palette*, this little beauty contains 12 neutral shades in a mix of matte and metallic finishes that could easily take you from day too night. The formula of these shadows is super nice considering this palette can be picked up at just £1.50 yes I did just say £1.50, the pigment is good, the shades blend out really nice and it's crammed full of versatile shades!
Sticking with eyes I have been pretty much obsessed with the Mega Lash Waterproof Mascara*, if you want mega volume with no clumps that stays put like nothing else then you HAVE to try this beauty, and even though it's waterproof it's not too difficult to get off with my normal cleanser at the end of the day 'thank goodness'!
Technic also do makeup brushes which I had no idea of, I've been using their Pro Blusher Brush* (£2.95) with their Soft Focus Loose Powder* (£1.99) and basically any other powder product I put on my face. The brush reminds me a lot of my Real Techniques Blusher Brush, it has that same versatile shape that can apply bronzer, blush and powder with ease and for an affordable brush the quality is fab, it's so so soft! The Soft Focus Powder is brilliant if your into the popular 'baking' trend or if you just don't want to look like an oil slick a light dusting of this bad boy will sort that unwanted shine in one sweep without feeling heavy or cakey on the skin!
I think my favourite thing from Technic right now is their Strobe FX Cream* (£2.99) which is really saying something because I LOVE the mascara A LOT! I literally live for dewy, glowy skin and this strobe cream gives me that 'lit from within' golden glow in seconds when I use it under my foundation, you can also mix it with foundation or use it as a cream highlighter for that extra glow which - of course - I do!
Finally I've been giving the Matte Finish Juicy Stick in Prairie Girl*, now as I said before I've always been a huge fan of the Juicy Sticks because their super pigmented and super juicy and nourishing on the lips but I was completely new to the matte finish sticks. Prairie Girl has such a 90's vibe about it and despite the matte finish it's not drying at all and still has some movement on the lips!

Overall I'm loving every single thing I've been road testing, especially my beloved Strobe FX Cream, Mega Lash Mascara and Mega Nudes Eyeshadow Palette. All of the Technic products are cruelty free, suitable for vegans and vegetarians too which is a major bonus for me and the fact their so ruddy cheap is such a winner, my bank card now has no excuse to keep yelling at me he he.

What are your favourite Technic products beaut's? I'd love to know


nopin

Thursday, 10 August 2017

August Beauty Wishlist!

Hey beaut's!

It's been such a long time since I done a good ol' wish list, theres so many things in the beauty world at the moment that I'm lusting after so a wish list seemed pretty fitting! The main things I'm lusting after are the Makeup Geek Foil Eyeshadow in Grandstand, my bestie Kate from Kates Closet has this shade and when I saw her swatch I instantly fell in love! I'm still dying to try the Stila Magnificent Metals, they look absolutely stunning and I may have to drop a few hints soon because my birthday is coming up he he! I'm also really intrigued by Soap & Glory's new range of face masks, they seem to have quite a large range out so I definitely want to pick one of them up to try the next time I'm in Boot's! 
August Beauty Wishlist!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Lip of the Day featuring Kylie's Candy K!

 Hey beaut's!

It's been quite a while since I last done a lip of the day post so I thought I'd do one today with my favourite lip product of the moment, the Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Candy K!
Now it's no secret that I'm not the biggest fan of liquid lipsticks, we just don't get along much, I find them so drying and uncomfortable to wear usually, that was until I tried Candy K! Kylie's Candy K is the most gorgeous dusky rose nude shade, I wear these type of shades daily so when I first swatched this beauty I knew I'd get tonnes of wear out of it providing I liked the formula! Talking of the formula, it's so nice and different to every other liquid lipstick I've tried before, instead of feeling thick, heavy, sticky and dry Candy K is super lightweight and no where near as dry as other liquid lipsticks, I mean there is still a slight element of dryness but nothing major what so ever. It doesn't crumble or go patchy either and the lasting power is phenomenal, it's literally standing proud after eating a sarnie and cheeky donut on my lunch break, drinking and after a cheeky kiss and doesn't transfer either. The pigmentation is pretty intense too - I can literally cover my entire mouth with one swipe, so it's not wasteful at all! 
I'm totally obsessed with this shade at the moment beaut's, I can now see why Kylie says it's her favourite! Whats your favourite lippie to rock at the moment beaut's? I'd love to know!

nopin

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Rimmel #Insta Fix & Go Setting Spray Review!

Hey beaut's!

Makeup setting sprays and priming sprays are huge in the world of beauty right now and I for one am a total addict of them, priming sprays always make such a different in how my foundation looks on my skin and setting sprays... well they just keep everything set and looking fresh throughout the entire day don't they. So many brands are jumping on the setting spray bandwagon now and I'm definitely down for trying them all, I don't know why but I seem to be obsessed with trying every setting spray I see in Superdrug or Boots, and one I've been putting to the test recently is Rimmel's offering - the #Insta Fix & Go!
Rimmel's #Insta Fix & Go is a two for the price of one kind of product, not only does is claim to set and lock in your makeup but it can be used to prime the skin too, you cant beat getting two products in one can you! I have to say pretty much straight away I loved this stuff, it does exactly what it says on the tin or should I say spray bottle and does a fantastic job at keeping my makeup in place all day, it's also great if you've gone a little bit OOT on the powder products because it reduces that cakey, over powdered look without leaving you oily a few hours later! As for priming... it does create a beautiful dewy base to work on, personally I love going in with my foundation straight away when the spray is still wet on my face, it seems to do something magical and makes my foundation look so smooth and flawless on my skin, I love it! 

The spray itself is super lightweight and cant be detected once it's set on the skin which takes seconds, it never feels sticky or tacky and I never feel like I have a film layer over my makeup either which gives this lots of sparkly points from me. Another thing I love about the #Insta Fix & Go is that it has the most gorgeous, refreshing cucumber scent which to be honest makes all the difference, other sprays I've used are un-scented so this makes a lovely change. If your looking for a good setting spray that wont break the bank then I cant recommend the #Insta Fix & Go enough, I've been totally obsessed with my bottle!

You can find the Rimmel #Insta Fix & Go Setting Spray for £6.99 HERE.

nopin