Saturday, 17 February 2018

   Sometimes in life, something can be too good not to share, and these cupcakes definitely fall under that category. Now forgetting the word 'vegan' for a minute, these cakes are truly yummy, with the approval of my own Nan (which is like the Marry Berry seal of approval for me). This recipe came about with my younger brother, as he loves chocolate anything, but sadly knows that I don't bake a lot with chocolate nowadays - To his displeasure. However over Christmas we dug out my Tanya Bakes book and came across this recipe, simply adjusting some ingredients to make it vegan-friendly. With the added chopped up dark chocolate and vanilla buttercream frosting, these came out a triumph, and looked amazing decorated with some chocolate sprinkles and pretty, metallic cupcake cases. Of course feel free to decorate how you like, but if you'd fancy trying these for yourself, then the recipe for the cupcakes and frosting are below!


I N G R E D I E N T S

50 g Margarine

180 g Caster Sugar

1 Ripe Banana

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

60 g Cocoa Powder

100 g Plain Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

50 g Dark Chocolate (Chips or just chopped)

160 ml Non-Dairy Milk

f o r    t h e   v a n i l l a   f r o s t i n g

100 g Margarine

225 g Icing Sugar

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract


M E T H O D

1. Preheat your oven to 180°C / 350°F  / GM4 and line a deep muffin tin with paper cases.


2. Cream together the margarine and caster sugar until light and fluffy. Then combine the mashed banana and vanilla extract.


3. Fold in the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and dark chocolate chips - Adding the non-dairy milk to form a smooth cake batter.


4. When pouring the cake batter into the cases, I actually use an ice-cream scoop, but filling the cases just a little over half-way will also suffice. Bake for 20 minutes, or when a knife / skewer can be inserted and removed clean.


5. Whilst cooling you can then make the buttercream frosting, by first whipping up the margarine for a minute or so. Then add the icing sugar and vanilla extract until smooth. 


6. To pipe the buttercream frosting, I simply transferred it into a plastic sandwich bag, snipped the corner, and began to pipe in a circular motion. Of course I then decorated with some chocolate sprinkles from my local supermarket, just for that finishing touch!


Tuesday, 30 January 2018

   It's a part two for my collaboration with Yoins clothing, and this time I have some style inspiration for the new season! Of course, as spring is creeping closer (Although January seems to be taking it's time) a new season of style is right around the corner, and that can only mean new, exciting things to add to the wardrobe. When I've been browsing the high street stores recently, I can see certain style patterns that are appearing more and more, and so why not share some of those with you? I'd like to try and stay one step ahead of the game anyways.


   A trend that I've seen in some places like H&M and Zara is pearls, more specifically pearl embellishment on tops. The detail of this would look super cute when paired with dress-down jeans, some white trainers and a smart duster coat - For that typical, weekend smart casual look. Yoins also have some great women's, cute crop tops, particularly their bright slogan tees which I've began to add to my own collection. My favourites of those have to be the ones with some serious colour clashing, as I've grown to love a good colour block combo in the last few months. If you're new to colour clashing, then a simple, slogan t-shirt would sure ease you into the style, with bright colours like red, pink, yellow and green being hot this minute.

   Another trend that I've been trying lately has been pairing typical 'preppy' pieces with sportier styles. For example, I'll layer casual hooded jackets and sweatshirts with a tailored blazer, for a little contrast and make those comfy clothes look slightly more put together. 

   Of course, this season is also the season of love, as Valentine's Day looms closer (much to my despair). But for those looking for some women's hot, sexy lingerie, Yoins have some beautiful lace pieces on their site, as well as their nightwear. Even if you're joining me in the singles club this year, why not treat yo self? 

Saturday, 27 January 2018

   Towards the end of last year, it would seem that liquid lipsticks were everywhere, and every brand seemed to be bringing them out left, right and centre. The Body Shop also joined the hype and released their own line of liquid lipsticks, which to be honest I was excited to try more than others. I've been a fan of their make up range for some time, and so when trying to find more cruelty-free make up, this was a perfect match for me. I'd first seen their release of these Matte Lip Liquids some time ago on Instagram, and immediately they intrigued me, as someone who's always been a lover of lipsticks. 

   In the past I've only ever tried liquid lipsticks from NYX and MUA, both of which I've been pretty impressed with. For anyone who isn't aware, like liquid lipsticks, these Lip Liquids are basically meant to have the pigment of a lipstick but in a lipgloss-style application; which for some is much easier than applying lipstick in it's usual bullet form. For this packaging, I love the simplicity of the matte, black tops and allocated colour tube to the shade that is is. Within their Lip Liquids, they also have metallic versions which are also dreamy, including their collaboration with Henry Holland, who is by far one of my all-time fave designers.


   Their shade range is pretty impressive as a whole, with a good range of pink and brown-toned nudes, as well as some darker, vampy shades. I would perhaps love a bright orange or red in there too, for when the summer season finally comes around, but maybe they'll bring out more shades as the year goes on! The shades I have here are Cyprus Begonia 018 (Left) and Paris Peony 022 (Right). Cyprus Begonia is a darker, muted pink berry shade, whereas Paris Peony is a much brighter version of that, almost a fuchsia, which will be perfect for spring and summer.

   When first applying these I will say that the pigment was pretty good, and I only needed two coats before I was set to go. I also purchased one of their Lip Definers to pair with Paris Peony, featured in a monthly favourites HERE, which did help the application when outlining the lips, before filling in with the Lip Liquid. The formula, unlike when I've tried liquid lipsticks from NYX, seemed much lighter, and silkier in consistency, which meant it felt comfier on the lips and less drying.


   As with anything that I review here, would I recommend? You know what, I would. I think that the Body Shop can be overlooked as a high street beauty brand, and these are surely good contenders with other liquid lipsticks that I've tried. In terms of longevity, these don't last as long as others that I've tried, but that doesn't mean they're any worse. On the plus side these are only £6 each, and when I purchased mine, they were part of a 3 for 2 deal along with the Lip Definer pencil. Overall, I've been quite impressed with these Lip Liquids, there shade range, feel and look are all appealing, although the longevity could be improved. As a finish, they're not too mattifying, perhaps more of a satin matte lipstick, and I'm super happy with the shades that I have here ready for spring - In fact, I may be nipping back into store to purchase another ready for summer too!


Cyprus Begonia (Left) and Paris Peony (Right)

Check out more from the Body Shop HERE!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

   I'm always scrolling through social media and looking through celeb make up, wondering what it takes for their make up artists to create such amazing looks! For me, if there's ever a look that I'm desperate to try for myself, then I'll for sure screenshot and store it, ready for me to try myself at home. Of course, I'm no professional, I simply find it fun to try new looks and be inspired by the work people do out there. For this particular look, I found a picture of Ashley Benson and was immediately drawn to her dark, vampy lip; which then brought to mind the legendary Rimmel London 107 Lipstick (Remember those days?) For the rest of the look, I kept the eyes rather dark but neutral too, as well as the skin being fairly matte with a little glow on the cheeks. After all, a little glow never hurt nobody. Unlike Ashley, I'm a little on the fairer skin side, so wearing a dark lip like this isn't always my go-to, but now and again it's always good to channel some drama, right?


PRODUCTS USED

Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Matte Rescue

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation (2 Fair)

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Chantilly)

The Body Shop Honey Bronzing Powder (01)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Luminous Light)

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Blush (010 Santa Rose)

MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish (Lightscapade)



Urban Decay Ultimate Naked Basics Palette (Lockout, Tempted and Faith)

Jelly Pong Pong 2-in-1 Eyeliner & Shadow

Benefit Cosmetics Bad Gal Eyeliner

Clinique High Impact Mascara



Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lip Pencil (063 Black Tulip)

Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick (107)