Sunday, 12 March 2017

Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

DISCLAIMER: I found this image on pintrest because I ate the cake before I had chance to photograph it, but trust me, it was delicious as this looks!


There's nothing better than having a good slice of gooey chocolate cake am I right? Well what if I said you can have the indulgence of gooey chocolate loveliness in no time at all! I know it may seem simpler to pop down the shop and buy one ready made, HOWEVER once you try this recipe you will never go back to shop bought again!

I've always been keen on baking, and I'm always looking out for quick and easy but delicious recipes to make at home. With just a few simple ingredients, you're bound to have lurking at the back of the cupboards, you too can achieve a simple and decadent cake fit for a queen !



You will need : 

Plain flour 150g
Baking powder 3tsp (I didn't have any self raising flour but if you add 2tsp of baking powder for every 150g of plain flour then it does the same)
Cocoa 30g
Caster sugar 175g
Honey (approx. 2 tbsp)
Butter 175g softened
Eggs 3
Vanilla extract 1 tsp
Milk chocolate 50g melted (I was meant to use dark chocolate but I didn't have any so I used melted Lindt instead)

Method: 

1. Pour all the measured ingredients into a large bowl and mix until smooth (if it's too stiff then add a little water to loosen it up)

2. Transfer into a baking tin and cook for 45 minutes. Alternatively, separate into two tins and cook for 30 mins. Leave on a wire rack until cool.

3. If you wish to ice your cake (and who wouldn't !) you will need:
200g Softened butter
200g Icing sugar
200g Melted dark chocolate

(I had some vanilla icing in the fridge already so I used that, you can always use shop bought if you are short on time)

4. Now layer the cake with the icing with however many layers you wish, then decorate until you hearts content and enjoy!



Let me know if you'd like to see more of this, and any other suggestions on what I can post next!



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Friday, 20 January 2017

Everything I Promised In 2016...

As any frequent guests of this blog may have noticed, I have been rather slack on posts. The reason for this is that I've had a super busy year and every time I sat down to write something, I was either preoccupied by all the college work I had piled up, or I was having writers block and just wasn't in the creative mindset to produce something I love and wouldn't mind sharing with you all. 

So as a sorry for all the vacant spaces on this blog and a new outlook for 2017 I am going to try and produce as many blog posts as I can this year, hopefully filled with great content! 

Also, as suggested by the title of this blog post, I am going to share with you a few bits from last year I didn't get round to posting ... enjoy my lovelies ! 


New York

Here are some of the pictures of my travels to New York over summer.







BeyoncĂ© live 

The best moment by far last year was getting to see Beyoncé live in concert. It was honestly such and incredible evening and one I will never forget!





Photo creds to my friend Katie for this one.





 I hope you all had an amazing year and I wish the best for 2017. Also, Keep an eye out on my Instagram account for updates on when I'm posting more exciting content soon !





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Saturday, 2 April 2016

My Skincare Essentials



When it comes to skincare, I'm not the best at knowing what I should and shouldn't do. To be honest its taken a long time for me to get an actual routine and stick to it; but now I have everything under control (kind of), I find my skin looks clearer and in generally better condition. These products work for me, but as everyone has different skin types, they wont suit everyone. However, I absolutely love how well these products work for me! 




Cleansing 



This stuff is AMAZING! previously I had been using makeup wipes to cleanse and remove my makeup, but they're not the best thing for your face. After my friend recommended Micellar water, it has changed my life! It says its supposed to "remove makeup, soothe and hydrate the face, eye area, and lips, in 1 step without rinsing."  which I thought was a lot to live up to. However, it does the job perfectly. I use this with a cotton pad and wipe all over my face and eyes; it gets rid f my makeup so easily and doesn't dry out my face.



I came across this product when I received it as a free sample in a magazine. When I tried it out, I was a little skeptical, as face masks normally cause me to go red and blotchy. However after I tried this, I knew I'd be buying more of this in the future. I found the product to be gentle on my face but strong enough to do the job! Its "designed to cleanse, exfoliate and brighten skin."  which it does, and all the ingredients are all natural (98% apparently) making it even better.




Clinique is a little pricey, but by god does it work. I would never normally buy Clinique; being scared off by the price. However, after receiving these products as a Christmas present, I know why people love it.
On the left is the"clarifying lotion" which "de-flakes to reveal clearer skin." I only use this product twice a week at the most, but it is the game changer when you put on makeup. It seriously smooths out your skin making putting on moisturiser and makeup so much easier!
The product in the middle is the new "Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush." When used in combination with the face soap it helps exfoliate and clean deep within the pores. I use this once or twice a week and I find it has helped to clear up my skin so much.
The product on the end is the"liquid facial soap" which is perfect for my skin. I have dry-combination skin and often find products that help my dry areas make the oily areas worse. This product is "for the needs of skin dry in the cheeks, comfortable to oily in the t zone."  Which matches my skin type perfectly.  




Spots/Acne 


Witch Hazel naturally cleanses, tones and soothes. With this product it does all of this, whilst reducing the appearance of spots and helps prevent future breakouts. When I found out about the properties of Witch Hazel I was excited to try it out. This product helps as a quick and foolproof way to control those pesky spots. 


This is an old favorite of mine. I have been purchasing this product and others from the Therapeutics range for a few years now and they are AMAZING! This product in particular is a wonder serum for spots. All you do is apply a tiny amount onto the spot and like magic its gone within a day! The redness and swelling of the spot reduces in a few hours, I find, but the actual spot will clear up within a day, or if you apply this before bed it will clear overnight! I swear by this product and urge anyone who suffers from bad spots/acne to get this!



Moisturiser 




The "dramatically different moisturising lotion+" by Clinique is a really effective moisturiser for very dry to dry combination skin. Since I started using this I have found my makeup is going on a lot better. The texture is rather thick but it doesn't feel heavy when soaking into the skin, but if you don't like thick moisturisers then I would definitely stay away from this product.



Overall, these products work for me and its taken a while for me to be happy with my skincare products. If you have anything you think is worth recommending feel free to leave a comment, or likewise if you decide to try any of these products out yourself.





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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Going to see The 1975...Again!


When you admire a band, it’s always a beautiful thing to see them gain success. I've been following The 1975 for a few years now, and ever since I was first introduced to them, by the power of social media, I have been hooked! Now they're growing in popularity, even gaining a number one album!


Last year I made a blog post about seeing them for the first time and they have amazed me AGAIN. Since releasing their new album 'i like it when you sleep, for you are beautiful yet so unaware' I was eager to hear their material in person.





They never fail to amaze me! The combination of creative lyrics and enchanting music, makes for an unforgettable experience. I cant even choose a favorite off their album, they're all that good! However, a definite favorite of the night must go to ' Loving Someone' , the sound coming off the stage accompanied by the spectacular light show made the night all the more fabulous!



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Friday, 11 March 2016

OOTD:Concerts

It's always the case. You're at a gig, the room starts to fill up, it gets ridiculously hot, and you wish you hadn't put on those layers. Even though being in a mass of sweaty bodies is part of the experience (in my opinion), it's best to prevent yourself being too hot and bothered. 
I've been going to gigs for 4 years now, so I like to consider myself a pro at this point. I have an outfit that always proves best when going to gigs, because it's really comfy and (the crucial bit) keeps you cool!  



A jacket is handy for waiting in line outside and keeping money etc. but when I get into the venue I usually just wrap it round my waist so it's out of the way. Alternatively, most venues have storage to keep your things in until the gig ends.



Top- Primark
Denim Jacket- White Rabbit Exchange (ASOS Marketplace)
Ring on middle finger- Pandora
Other rings- Primark
Nail Varnish- Models Own (Blueberry Muffin)


P.s : I have a few concerts coming up soon, which I will be posting about on here. Follow me on my links to keep posted of when I upload new stuff!



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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

NARS Foundation Review

I have recently bought my first NARS foundation! I've wanted to treat myself, to an expensive foundation, for a while now, because I found the drugstore brands just weren't cutting it. I had done a lot of research on the products already out there and, based on reviews and recommendations for my skin type, I decided to delve into the world of NARS. 

So, I took a trip to the NARS counter in Selfridges, The Trafford centre. As soon as I got there, the woman couldn't have been more helpful. She helped me pick out the perfect product and shade for my face. She told me, as I have combination skin, I would be better off using the 'All Day Luminous Weightless' foundation, rather than the typical bloggers favourite 'Sheer Glow'. 
I'm in love! It's so easy to put on and it literally feels like you have nothing on your skin. Eventhough it's a full coverage foundation, it doesn't feel cakey and it doesn't go patchy halfway through the day. 

I couldn't say how long the bottle lasts as I've only had it for a few weeks. However, I literally only use a grape sized amount on my entire face, so I think it's going to last a while. The consistency is rather watery, which can make it a turn off for most people; It nearly was for me, as I'm used to more creamier foundations. Nevertheless, when I put it on my face, it felt seamless! 
This particular foundation is priced at £32, which is a little pricy, but it's totally worth it! If you aren't prepared to pay that much, I've listed some alternatives that would work just as well if you have oily/combination skin like me. 
For the mean time this is my view on NARS, however, I'm keen to see how my opinion will differ when I get to try more of their products. 

The alternatives: 

•Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
•LOreal Paris True Match Minerals Foundation
•Rimmel stay matte foundation 




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Thursday, 14 January 2016

Transition Clothing Inspiration

Living in England means you and your wardrobe have to be prepared for a change in the weather. Most of the time it's raining and miserable, but occasionally we get surprised by the odd ray of sunshine, or temperatures above 15 degrees.

This means transition clothing is a big must for me. So here are some outfits, all of which can be mixed and matched into different outfits, so you can survive the changing seasons in style!


Dress- MONKI
Shoes-Fashion Union
Bag- Black five
Phone case- Ted Baker
Hat- Warehouse
Lipstick- YSL
Sunglasses-(similar) Primark


Coat- Weekday
Top-(similar) Topshop
Skirt- Newlook
Hat- Warehouse
Boots- Riverisland

Top- Mango
Jeans- Topshop
Boots- Shein
Sunglasses- Popmap

Top- Vero Moda
Skirt- H&M
Shoes- Fashion Union
Sunglasses- Nastygal
Lipstick- MAC


*Everything you see here has been created through the Polyvore app. This is also where I get all my outfit inspiration and where I can shop from numerous stores in one place. You can follow me on Polyvore, Here .



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