Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Easy Halloween Cupcakes with a Blood-Filled Centre

Hey beaut's!

I've been baking again, but this time around I've done some super easy Halloween themed cupcakes! I got the inspiration for these cupcakes from my Tanya Bakes book and because I found them so easy and fun to do I thought I'd share them all with you! Their basically super yummy chocolate cupcakes with chocolate chips within the batter and what makes them slightly spooky is that they have a blood filled centre which is actually jam, they taste absolutely divine and I was so pleased with how they turned out!
What You Will Need For The Cupcakes
50g butter, softened
180g caster sugar
1 egg
splash of vanilla extract
100g plain flour
60g cocoa powder
2 teaspoons of baking powder
160ml milk
100g milk chocolate chips
Jar of raspberry or strawberry jam

What You Will Need For The Icing
400g icing sugar
200g unsalted butter at room temperature 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Food colouring or coloured gels of your choice

How To - Cupcakes
1. Firstly pre-heat your oven to gas mark 4 /180 and line a muffin tin with your cupcake cases.
2. Then in a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Stir in the egg and vanilla extract and then fold in your flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
4. Slowly add in your milk until you get a smooth batter then stir in your chocolate chips until their well distributed through the batter.
 5. Pop a tablespoon of the cupcake batter into each cupcake case and the top each one with any left over batter.
6. Bake in the oven for around 15 minutes or until the top of the cupcakes are springy to the touch, then transfer onto a wire rack to cool.
7. Once the cupcakes are completely cool you want to make a hole in the middle of them and squeeze in jam for a jammy 'blood' like centre, I done mine by using the end of a teaspoon to push into the cupcakes to make the holes (you could also use a straw if you had one) and then I filled a sandwich bag with jam, I cut the corner of the sandwich bag off which then made a makeshift piping bag and squeezed the jam into the cupcakes that way, it was a lot less messy and super precise doing it like that. 

How To - Buttercream
1. In a large bowl, beat the butter until smooth and slighter paler in colour and then start adding the icing sugar slowly to avoid the dreaded icing sugar cloud and again mix until smooth.
2. Once your buttercream is ready you then want to divine it evenly between three bowls (this is only if your going for three different coloured icings like me) then start added in your food colourings to the buttercream and mix well until you get your desired colour.
3. Pipe or spoon the buttercream on top of the cupcakes and top with any Halloween themed sprinkles or sweets and voila!

And there you have it, very easy yet extremely scrumptious and a tad spooky Halloween cupcakes. I found these so simple and fun to make and the texture is lovely, their so light yet moist and I love the gooey, jammy centre and topped with the Halloween coloured buttercream it just finishes them off perfectly!

Do let me know if you give these Halloween Cupcakes a whirl beaut's, I'd love to know!

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Too Faced Christmas Collection 2016

Hey beaut's!

 Now I'm a huge Too Faced fan and when I saw their 'Christmas in New York' themed collection this year I go so excited! The collection contains everything from smaller stocking fillers too larger more 'main present' gifts and theres even three Christmas tree ornaments this year which are so cute and would work as amazing secret Santa gifts for any beauty addict! Prices range from £10.00 to £46.00, and I have to say price wise I'm so impressed, everythings really reasonable this year and I wouldn't say anything is overly priced at all! The most lavish gift is the Too Faced Grand Hotel Cafe which contains three eyeshadow palettes and a mini mascara and comes in at £46.00, yup that's right just £46.00, what a bargain! I have quite a few things from this collection on my Christmas list, I mean who could resist these beauties!
Too Faced Christmas Collection 2016

Sunday, 16 October 2016

NEW Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge Review

Hey beaut's!

Not that long ago Real Techniques launched three brand new face sponges and being the Real Techniques lover that I am I couldn't wait to buy them and give them a whirl. So far I have two out of the three new sponges, I have already reviewed the Miracle Mini Eraser Sponges which you can read HERE, and today I thought I would share my thoughts on the Miracle Sculpting Sponge!

The hot pink Miracle Sculpting Sponge (£5.99) was designed to sculpt the face and make contouring and highlighting an absolute breeze. I must admit when I bought this sponge I didn't have contouring in mind, I loved the fact it has 6 surfaces and thought it would be ideal for foundation application, and after playing around with it a lot over the last couple of months I've come to realise this is one versatile sponge! As I said before the Miracle Sculpting Sponge has 6 surfaces, theres 2 flat edges to apply, 2 rounded sides to blend and 2 tapered ends for precise application. For foundation application I like to use the sponge damp, on its large flat edge and I use a stippling motion all across my face, just like the original Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, this creates a flawless, dewy base in seconds. The smaller pointed tip is great for pinpoint concealing any blemishes and blending in concealer underneath the eyes, again this is achieved quickly and flawlessly. 
In terms of using this sponge to contour and highlight with (which is it's main point of use) I like it a lot now but I didn't when I first started using it, I think it's because I was so used to using my makeup brushes for contouring and highlighting that suddenly using a sponge felt weird, but actually after experimenting I've come to love this sponge for contouring and highlighting and would totally recommend it if your someone who struggles with the blending part of contouring. The way this sponge is cut makes it so easy to stripe on your contour and highlight and the rounded edges blend everything so well, I was always someone who struggled with blending my contour but not anymore he he.
I always use my sponge damp and it does expand well and is bouncy enough to feel soft against my skin but dense enough to get the job done, you can also use the sponge with dry powder products and creams too! 

Have you tried any of the new Real Techniques Sponges? Which is your favourite beaut's? I'd love to know!


Saturday, 15 October 2016

Lacoste L.12.12 Pour Elle Fragrance Trio Review + GIVEAWAY

Hey beaut's!

If you've followed my blog for a while it will be no surprise to you that I LOVE Lacoste's fragrances and I even reviewed their L.12.12 Pour Elle Sparkling Fragrance not that long ago HERE, but today I have a very exciting post for you all, not only will I being reviewing the Lacoste L.12.12 Pour Elle Trio* but I'll be giving a whole set away too, how amazing is that!

 Lacoste's three new scents are inspired by the freedom of movement and elegance of the classic tennis skirt, and reflect the three moods of a Lacoste woman – natural, elegant and sparklingly playful.
The first perfume within the set is Lacoste's Pour Elle Natural, this comes in a gorgeous mint green bottle and as the name would suggest is a very natural, clean scent that's uplifting and warm at the same time. Then we have my absolute favourite Lacoste Pour Elle Sparklingit'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! And lastly but in no means least is Lacoste's Pour Elle Elegant, this one is described as uplifting, authentic, and warm. I think this is quite an all rouder scent meaning I think most people could wear and enjoy it, it's quite clean and fresh whilst also being lightweight and not overpowering at all, a great day time scent for sure! All of the Lacoste L.12.12 Pour Elle fragrances are priced from £29.50 and are available HERE
As I mentioned before ONE of my lovely blog followers will be able to win everything you see in this post, yup that's right you could win the Lacoste Pour Elle Fragrance Trio that comes in a perspex case and a Lacoste bag , how exciting!!! The giveaway will be open for 2 weeks, all you have to do to enter is complete the mandatory steps within the Rafflecopter form below.

Please note this is a UK GIVEAWAY ONLY!!!!

Extra Information
-There will be one winner of this competition winning ONE Lacoste Pour Elle Fragrance Trio encased in a perspex box and a Lacoste bag.
- The winner will be emailed and announced on Twitter. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If I do not hear from the winner within this time frame a new winner will be picked. If the winner has not entered all of the mandatory entries they have claimed to, all of their entries will be discounted and a new winner will be picked.
- The prize will be posted out by myself, second class via Royal Mail. I will not be liable for any loss or damage. 


Friday, 14 October 2016

Morning Pops Cereal Subscription Box Review

 Hey beaut's!

Now you all know I'm partial to a subscription box or two especially when foods involved, so when I heard about Morning Pops - the UK's first cereal subscription box company I couldn't wait to give it a whirl and it certainly didn't disappoint!
 As I said before Morning Pops* is the UK's first cereal subscription box delivering a selection of the worlds greatest and yummiest breakfast cereals to your door every month for just £8.95 including P&P. Within the Morning Pops box you get 3 large servings of delicious cereals from the USA, Japan, Australia, France and beyond, 1 large serving of cereal created exclusively by the Morning Pops cereal experts in the Morning Pops Kitchen and a bonus item (from a collectable toy to a sweet treat from a foreign land!) and possibly a Lucky Troll...What's even better is the box fits perfectly through your letter box, so you don't have to be home for your delivery.
 This month we have a serving of Kellogg's Fruit Loops from the USA along with Hershey's Cookies n Creme, which I have to add is totally divine, theres also a serving of Nestle's Chocapic Duo from France and the limited edition cereal this month which was made in the Morning Pops kitchen is a mix of chocolate pillows and marshmallows, these have a Nutella taste too them and where super scrumptious. The bonus item this month was a little Reese's Peanut Butter Cup which the boyfriend demolished within a second he he.
Overall I think this is such an amazing concept and idea, cereals from around the world are often so hard to get hold of and this way you get to try a bowl full so easily, I also love that the cereals come in handy little individually wrapped and sealed pouches which means you can easily pop them in your bag for work if you have your breakfast in the office.

If you'd like to give Morning Pops a whirl for yourself I have a cheeky discount code for you that will get you a lovely 25% off your first box, just use BLOG25.

What do you think of a cereal subscription box beaut's? I'd love to know! 


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Mini Seasonal Yankee Candle Haul

Hey beaut's!

As the season of me going completely candle crazy is upon us and I simply cant resist buying candles I thought I would share the latest few that I picked up in my local garden centre, I decided to repurchase a couple of the Halloween candles and of course buy a few festive ones too, well it would of been rude not too wouldn't it!

Firstly I knew I wanted to stock up on Yankee Candles Halloween scent Candy Corn, this is my all time favourite Halloween scent because it's so sweet and yummy. It has a 'candy/sugary' vibe running through it, and I also get waves of vanilla, caramel and butterscotch when I burn this, oh my it's divine! Even though Candy Corn is a sugary, sweet scent it isn't sickly or heavy at all, instead its very light and and the scent throw is subtle but still recognisable. I love this one soooooo much and my boyfriend even treated me to the medium size jar as well as another votive, what good egg he is!

Moving on to the three festive scents I picked up, and I have to add I was very and I mean very restrained when buying these, I actually shocked myself that I only picked three up he he. The first one I got my paws on was the ever so popular Christmas Cookie, as you can probably already tell I like my sweet, foodie scents and this one ticks all the boxes for me, it's sugary sweet, has vanilla running through it and it has a bakery vibe too as if you where actually baking sugar cookies, it's absolutely delicious! I then picked up Berry Trifle, I believe this was new to Yankee Candle in 2015 so I'm so happy they have brought it back this year because I loved it last year, it's quite a fruity yet sweet scent and raspberries and cranberries definitely comes through, theres a light vanilla fragrance too which comes from the vanilla cream but the berry scent is definitely what comes out on top and is the most recognisable, it's gorgeous. Lastly but in no means least I got Christmas Memories, again I had this one last year and was so happy to see it on the shelves again, it's literally like every festive smell within one candle, it's sweet, spicy, warming and so christmasy, I'll definitely be buying more of this one over the Christmas period!

Have you picked up any seasonal Yankee Candles yet beaut's? Which did you go for? I 'd love to know!


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Christmas with Burt's Bees

Hey beaut's!

Can you believe theres only 75 sleeps until Christmas so I thought it would be the perfect time to do my very first Christmas gift guide. I'm kicking things off with some super cute bits from Burt's Bees which would make the most amazing stocking fillers or secret Santa gifts!

First up I have the Burt's Bees Beeswax Gift Set Christmas Bauble (£6.99), isn't this just the cutest thing you've ever seen! Inside the bauble you will find a Beeswax Lip Balm with Vitamin E and Peppermint and a Mini Hand Salve. This is the perfect little Christmas tree decoration that becomes a gift and will certain keep your hands and lips nourished this Chrismas. The Burt's Bees Beeswax Gift Set Christmas Bauble is available HERE.
Next up is Nature's Kiss Gift Set (£9.99), a cute little gift that contains the perfect duo to keep those lips not only moisturised and nourished this winter but with a slight hint of colour and shimmer at the same time. Within Nature's Kiss you get a Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in the shade Sedona Sands, this is a chubby stick style lip product that feels like a lip balm on the lips but it has added pigment to it so you get a wash of colour on the lips too, it's a really lovely product. Theres also a Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in the shade Peony, this is much like the lip crayon as it's a lip balm with a hit of colour but instead of bold pigment like the lip crayon the lip shimmer has more of a glistening sheen to it, this would look so pretty on a real cold, frosty day and would be an great little gift for any makeup or beauty lover! The Nature's Kiss Gift Set is available HERE.
Lastly but in no means least is the Burt's Bees Beeswax Bounty Gift Set (£12.99), this is a lip balm lovers perfect gift because it contains four of Burt's Bees 100% natural lip balms in a variety on yummy scents, theres everything from Beeswax, Pomegranate, Mango and my favourite out of the four Vanilla Bean, mmmm lush! These are so nourishing on the lips and the fact you get found in this set means you can have a lip balm on you at all times, your handbag, makeup bag, pocket and even your desk! The Burt's Bees Beeswax Bounty Gift Set is available HERE. 
Burt’s Bees® Gift sets are available from John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Boots, Debenhams, Waitrose, Holland & Barrett, specially selected independent stores nationwide and online at

Will you be buying anyone a cheeky Burt's Bees gift this year beaut's? I'd love to know!