Oreo Cupcakes

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Hi Loves!

So its Saturday and I am having a girly pamper day with my bestie Sam, we wanted to do some baking so we decided to bake the Tanya Burr Oreo Cupcakes. As many of you may already know Tanya Burr is rather good at baking, so much so she has released her own baking book (which I still need to buy). I thought I would share the recipe with my lovely readers incase you haven't already seen it, as it is so good! lets face it..Oreo cupcakes, it doesn't get better than that!

You will need the following ingredients..

For the Cupcakes:
175g Butter
165g Caster Sugar
3 Eggs 
40g Cocoa Powder
125g Self Raising Flower
1 Pack of Oreos

For the Frosting:
2 Packs of Oreos
100g Butter
200g Icing sugar


Start by pre-heating your oven to 180Âșc and putting the cupcake cases into your tins. You then want to beat together your butter & sugar until the mixture looks light & smooth. You then want to add your 3 eggs and beat into the butter & sugar mixture, I personally like to use an electric whisk but you can do this by hand. Next, you want to sift and fold all of your dry ingredients into the mixture. Once all of your ingredients are combined you then want to pop an Oreo into the bottom of each cupcake case and then cover each equally with your cupcake mixture. You then want to put your cupcakes into the oven for 14-17 minutes, or until a knife comes out of the cupcakes clear.

Whilst your cupcakes are in the oven its time to make the frosting. First you need to mix together your butter and icing sugar, again I like to use an electric whisk as its much quicker but you can also do this by hand preferably with a wooden spoon. Then crush half a packet of Oreos, I did this in a blender because it is quicker but you can also use a sealed bag and a rolling pin, once you have done this you can stir your Oreo crumbs into the buttercream and voila the frosting is done. 

Now for the fun bit! once your cupcakes are cooled to room temperature you can start covering them with the frosting, I used a tea spoon to do this but you can also pipe the frosting if you would prefer. Finally you can add an Oreo to the top of the cupcake to make it look cute and pretty, I had to cut them in half because I used smaller cupcake cases. I'll definitely be buying bigger ones next time!

I would love to know if you plan on making some Oreo cupcakes, leave a comment below! -xo 

Summer Skincare Regime

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Hiya Loves!

Todays post I thought I would share with you my summer skin care regime, as a beauty blogger I love all things skincare. I love being able to pamper myself with amazing products. Not only do the following products make my skin feel and look amazing but I also enjoy following my regime everyday.

OZ Naturals Ocean Mineral Cleanser - The fist step in my summer skin care regime is this face wash, I like to use a gentle face wash for day to day so my skin isn't irritated with too many abrasive products. I have a full review of this product if you wanted to read more about it. Since using this product my skin has been so much clearer. 

Lush Eau Roma Water - After washing my face I like to use a toner, what I like most about this product is how refreshing it feels.  I like to spray it directly to my face and neck then use cotton pads to massage it into my face. I always used to skip this step but it's essential for me now, I never realised how much makeup and dirt was still on my skin even after washing my face.

Simple Light Moisturiser - The final step in my daily skin care routine is moisturiser, I like to keep my day to day skincare to an essential minimum as I don't like overloading my skin with products. What I love most about this moisturiser is not only the fact it is incredibly inexpensive but it also lives my skin feeling to hydrated without feeling greasy which a lot of moisturisers tend to do on my skin. My skin literally drinks in this product like no tomorrow!

Liz Earle Gentle Exfoliator - I like to use an exfoliator once or twice a week on my skin, I usually incorporate this product into my evening skin care. I don't like to use an exfoliator everyday as I find it to be too abrasive which breaks me out so bad. By using this product a couple times a week it helps remove my dead skin cells and give a deeper cleanse to my skin keeping it healthy and clear. 

Origins Active Charcoal Mask - Im sure a lot of you will know that I am obsessed with this product as I rave about it quite often on social media. Like the exfoliator I like to use this product once or twice a week. This mask is amazing for clearing your clogged pores, I like to pamper myself at least once a week and this mask is essential for that routine! Since regularly using this mask my skin has become so much clearer and brighter.

Black Head Remover Mask - I like to use this product one a week, as much as we hate to admit it we all get blackheads lets face it. I get them a lot on my chin and nose area which is where I like to apply this mask. This mask has a 3 step method which can be lengthy but so worth it. The drugstore pore strips have nothing on this mask! I bought mine from Amazon for about £12 if you're looking to get this mask I would recommend you watch youtube videos first as the english instructions aren't that great. I couldn't live without this product now and as gross as it seems I find using it so satisfying!

What is your essential skin care product, I'd love to know! Don't forget to check out my social medias to keep up to date with me!


Summer Nail Polishes

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Hiya Lovelies! 

Todays post I thought I would share with you some of my favourite nail polishes to wear in the summer. Some of you might have read my manicure routine a while back, I love painting my nails as with some practice you can achieve a professional manicure without having to spend a small fortune.

Barry M: Bright Purple - Barry M is one of my all time favourite nail polish brands! I find no matter what, their formulas are always amazing and with a decent top coat they last ages without chipping. I know a lot of you will think this is more of a winter shade but if I'm honest no matter what season I love dark colours however this one is more summery as it's bright. 

Essie: Style Hunter - Okay, I have a confession to make my nail polish collection is filled with different shades of pink which I insist are all different! This Essie nail polish has got to be my favourite though as it is not only bright but it applies s smooth and opaque which I really like. It also dries quickly and lasts a long time. 

Barry M: For The Stars - Again another amazing nail polish from Barry M, this one has a gel-like formula which doesn't need to be cured under a uv light. This polish, if paired with the sunlight curing top coat cures in the sun. What I love most about this polish isn't just the amazing light coral colour but it is super glossy and shiny. One thing I dislike about normal nail polishes is they tend to dull after a couple of days but this one says glossy and pretty.

Rimmel: Chin Up Buttercup - Rimmel is another amazing brand with amazing nail polishes. Now, I know some of you might be looking at the colour thinking 'surely a pretty pink is much nicer than a yellow' but hear me out, this yellow is such a pretty pastel shade. What I like to use this colour for is nail art, I don't know about you guys but I love creating cute dot flowers on my nails during the summer which in my opinion makes a yellow essential!

Rimmel: Orgasm - This nail polish basically screams *SUMMER IS HERE* as it is so bright, I love wearing this colour on my toes as it looks so pretty with a tan. It applies really smoothly and opaque so you only really need one coat of it which is great for me as I am an impatient nail painter!

Rimmel: Pillow Talk - Last but by no mans least, another Rimmel polish...I absolutely love this colour. Pastel shades have got to be my favourite for my nails and are ones I find myself constantly buying. This polish is so unique as it isn't just a pale blue, it has teeny tiny flecks of shimmer in it which makes the polish look even shinier. On me this polish doesn't last as long as the darker shade but I think thats quite normal for a light shades but that doesn't really bother me as I like to paint my nails every couple of days anyway. I have been using this nail polish so much this summer and I have a feeling I will continue to wear the heck out of it all year...it's deffo a fave!

What is your favourite shade of nail polish to wear during the summer?

Summer Lipsticks

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Hiya Loves!

Todays posts is all about lipsticks, I don't know about you but during the summer I find myself gravitating to more pinky, light tones lipstick compared to winter where I like to wear deeper shades of lipsticks. 

MAC - Velvet Teddy: This lipstick is honestly one of my all time favourites, it's more of a year round lipstick for me rather than just a summer lipstick. I'm sure everyone of you reading this post owns this lipstick as its such a classic. although it is a matte lipstick it isn't drying at all and it lasts really well which is a bonus!

L'Oreal - Colour Riche 235: This lipstick looks brownish in the tube but it is actually a sheer pink. I really love this lipstick because it just adds a little something extra to your complexion without feeling too heavy. It doesn't last as long on the lips compared to some of my other lipsticks which isn't an issue for me as its such a pretty shade. 

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creme - Prague: Nyx soft matte lip cremes are so popular and I totally get why. This is the only one I own but I literally want to collect them all. The shade I have is a fuchsia pink with a purple/blue undertone. For me this lipstick is perfect for summer evenings as it lasts really well on the lips and is so comfortable to wear.

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine - 8: Similar to the L'Oreal lipstick this one is quite sheer but it has a pinky/brown tone which again is so pretty. Everything about this lipstick feels high end, from the packaging to the product itself, I wont say much about the packaging because lets face it, it speaks for itself. This lipstick smells amazing! it applies really smooth to the lips and gives the, a really pretty glow. Again because this lipstick is quite sheer it doesn't last on the lips as well as other lippies I own, having said that this lipstick is so moisturising which is essential in the summer as my lips tend to get really dry so having to re-apply this lipstick isn't a big deal.

Avon - pout: Yet another pinky sheer lipstick (are you sensing a theme) this is the last one though I promise! This lipstick is a lot more pink than the other sheer ones and lasts longer. It doesn't last as long as a matte lipstick but thats to be expected. I recently wore this at a BBQ Scott and I hosted and I received so many compliments from our friends. It is really subtle but so pretty! Avon is actually such an amazing makeup brand, their nails polishes and lipsticks are incredible! 

So, there you have my favourite summer lipsticks, I would love to know what lipsticks you have been reaching for this summer?

Don't forget to keep up to date with me on my Instagram and Twitter! -xo

Where Have I Been?

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Hiya Loves!

Some of you may have noticed I haven't been posting regularly on my blog for a good couple of months now and I have also been less active on social media, even commenting on other peoples blogs which I normally love doing. In all honestly I don't have any excuse other than I just haven't felt motivated, I still love blogging and I'm not quitting don't panic! I just started to feel as though I out so much pressure on myself blogging became more of a chore than something I enjoy doing. 

I am going to make more of a conscious effort to blog on time and be more active on social media because they're all things I love doing, only I am going to stop putting so much pressure on myself. I have noticed I seem to constantly compare myself to other bloggers or compare my Instagram feed to other peoples which i think has made me feel disheartened but I didn't think about the face we are all in different places in our blogging journey so its to be expected for other people to be more established with crisper photos and more views. 

So in a nut shell, from now I will make more of an effort to be more active and post content I love. My new blogging schedule will be Wednesdays and Saturdays between 5 & 6 pm.

Have you felt unmotivated to blog before?

Favourite Summer Foundations

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Hi Lovelies!

Todays post I thought I would share with you my favourite summer foundations, although it hasn't really felt like summer so far! Even though the weather has been rather miserable, it has still been warm and muggy, so lightweight foundations are a must for me. I find wearing heavy foundations when it is hot and muggy I feel sticky and greasy which is gross!

My first favourite summer foundation is the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation, this is actually one of my all time favourites. This drugstore foundation is so amazing it retails for £8.99 and is a medium coverage which can be built up to full coverage. The main selling point for me is that it can be built up to be full coverage without feeling heavy on the skin. It also lasts really well on the skin, if paired with macs strobe cream it have give a really pretty (non sticky) dewey finish which looks really pretty and my go to base when I have some extra time in the morning. Another huge reason this is such a good summer foundation is it has SPF 15 which is essential everyday but especially in the summer, lets face it we don't want pre-mature wrinkles! 

My next favourite summer foundation is the Benefit Hello Flawless which retails for £26.50. This foundation is super lightweight, the coverage isn't as full which is great for my better skin days. Although having said that I haven't been able to wear this foundation for a while as it no longer matches my skin tone as I tan a lot, I will definitely be getting a new one to match my skin. This foundation is amazing for brightening your complexion which I love, well I think we all like a bright complexion don't we! Again,  this foundation has SPF which is really important however this one has an SPF of 25 which would be perfect for the extremely sunny days (something which is incredibly rare in the UK)!

What foundations do you like to use during the summer?

My Manicure Routine

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Hiya Lovelies!

I hope you're all having a good week so far, today I wanted to share with you my manicure routine. I have always been a lover of painting my nails as for me it is so therapeutic and satisfying as I can relax with Netflix and a cup of teas whilst doing my nails.

As you can see I use a fair few products for my manicures, I use Nail files, cuticle removers, nail polish removers, base coats, top coats, colour you name it (I know its excessive)

Firstly please excuse my slightly discoloured nails and chubby fingers. I never don't have polish on my nails which does discolour them Anyway...The first step I like to take is to prep my nails, so I will remove any polish already on my nails and then use my Sally Hansen cuticle remover. Tip: Don't ever cut your cuticles as they will grow back much harder. I leave my cuticle remover to sit on my nails for about 20 seconds and then use a cuticle pusher to push them back neatly, this will allow your nail polish to apply as smooth as possible. I will then apply a base coat all over my nails to protect them, this also helps with nail polish application.

After the top coat has dried, I will then use my colour of choice it paint my nails. Don't worry if you're messy with the application as you can clean it up afterwards. I like to dip my nail polish brush into the bottle and swipe one side against the neck of the bottle so you don't have too much product on your brush. I then like to start from the middle of my nail and work my way out. Try not to get any polish on your cuticles as it can be a pain to get off. I will normally do two coats of polish so I know it will be super opaque.

Once I have finished with the colour polish I will then use Acetone and a small brush to clean up any mistakes made. I like to use small and short swiping motions for their process as I have found it to be most affective. I will also follow the same process for the section between the cuticle and colour so you have a straight neat line making it look more professional. I will then take my top coat and apply it the same way as the colour polish but making sure I 'wrap' my edges, which is simply applying polish to the tips of my nails to prevent chipping. I like to do a relatively thick layer of top coat as it makes my nails look shiny for longer. Finally after the polish has dried I will apply a decent amount of cuticle oil around the entire perimeter of my nails to ensure my cuticles are soft and moisturised. I like to apply cuticle oil several times a day to keep them soft and moisturised. 

What is your favourite colour to wear on your nails?

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