Sunday, 31 March 2013

Avon SuperShock Max Mascara

Avon Super Shock Mascara (currently only £5!)

I bought this mascara on a whim, as I had never purchased anything from Avon before going on their website a couple of weeks ago and finding loads of deals! I have to say, I'm extremely glad I bought it. The brush is massive, allowing all your eyelashes to be coated. It's not fussy or hard to use, like the L'Oreal False Lash Flutter (post here). Most importantly - it works! My eyelashes look long and volumised, there is no flaking of the mascara throughout the day, and my only qualm with it is that it can be a little stubborn to take off, so I would recommend a good facial cleanser!

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Chocolate Cornflake Cakes

Easter is upon us! I'm not too fussed about the actual holiday, just the ability to eat loads of chocolate and egg-shaped treats! As I'm working tomorrow, I thought today would be a great day to make these little chocolate-y cakes (normally made by my brother, the king of cornflake cakes, but he refused to help) and top them with some mini eggs, to give them that 'easter' feel!

This failsafe recipe is from Nigel Slater, and it produces some of the nicest, sweetest cornflake cakes ever! But be warned - when I say sweet, I mean sweet. Like tooth-achingly, I-may-need-a-trip-to-the-dentist sweet. That's what makes them so great! I've had to make sure I get in there quick and grab one before my brother devours them all.

Recipe (adapted from Nigel Slater):
Makes 9 large/12 small

50g butter
100g dark cooking chocolate
4tbsp golden syrup
75-90g cornflakes (depending on how much chocolatey goo you want at the bottom of the cakes - I'm partial to a lot of goo)
2/3 mini eggs per cake (optional)

1. Line a cupcake tray with cake cases.
2. Melt the butter, chocolate and golden syrup over a low heat.
3. When the chocolate mix is smooth, gently stir in the cornflakes.
4. Spoon the mixture evenly into the cake cases.
5. Place in the fridge to set (we usually put them in the freezer for the first 10-15 minutes - no longer! - and then transfer to the fridge for faster satisfaction).

Monday, 25 March 2013

Rainbow Cake

Being the baking control freak I am, I steadfastly refuse to allow anyone else to bake my birthday cake each year. This 5-layer rainbow glory was made two years ago, for my 15th birthday. I loved making it, the colours and the icing and the rainbow nerds, it was so much fun! I definitely need to make another one of these cakes very soon, can anyone suggest a good colour scheme? Perhaps I could even add a couple more layers... 

Photographs courtesy of my mum

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Back to the Future

Top - River Island
Skirt - Urban Outfitters
Jacket - Beyond Retro
Socks - M&S
Boots - New Look

I haven't had anything to photograph/any time to photograph anything this weekend, what with work and homework and seeing people! I decided to go back in time to last September, which is when I wore this outfit. I really like the socks and boots trend, when the weather heats up enough for me to take my tights off I know what I'll be wearing! However, I doubt that'll be for quite some time given this awful English winter. I cannot wait for summer - no exams, trip to New York at the end of May (is that summer?), going to Marbella for two weeks in July. It will be so great to get away from all this exam stress and just relax in the sun for ages with a few good books! Also, please forgive the messy room in these pictures!

What are your summer plans?

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Cardboard Castles

Shirt: Topshop
Jeans: Topshop
Boots: Topshop (very old)

So this is what I wore to school today. I absolutely love my satchel as my school bag, it's just so beautiful! It's not big enough to fit any folders but... I can overlook that minor inconvenience!

I am absolutely obsessed with Watsky's new album Cardboard Castles. I saw him in concert at the Old Vic Tunnels last summer, easily the best night of the holidays! He's so incredibly talented, and way underrated. His music is thought provoking, which is exceptionally hard to find nowadays in the era of meaningless lyrics and mass produced beats.

I really, really need to begin my revision! I passed my driving theory test a couple of hours ago (yay!) so now I have no reason to put off AS revision... Damn! I have the worst work ethic of anyone I know, and so little motivation except my fear of failing.

Hopefully I'll do more outfit posts. If you like this one that is... Comments and feedback always appreciated!
What did you wear today?

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

B is for Brownies

So I made brownies... Again...
I seem to be unable to stay away from chocolate. This time I added white chocolate chip chunks! These brownies are gooey and more chocolately than previous ones (these). The white chocolate adds a great extra kick, but it's very much optional. My mum came home with raspberries and they taste wonderful with the rich chocolate brownies. These really are rich, so even I find it hard to eat more than one (or two) at a time. The recipe I used yields a large number of deep brownies (if using a 9in x 9in pan) and they are grrreeeaat.

Recipe (adapted from here):
300g/10z dark chocolate
250g/8oz butter
300g/10z caster sugar
100g/3.5oz soft brown sugar
5 eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
175g/6oz plain flour
30g/1oz cocoa powder
pinch of salt
150g chopped white chocolate/nuts/etc. - optional

1. Preheat the oven to 180oC & grease a 9in x 9in cake tin.
2. Melt the butter and sugar together in a large bowl over a pan of almost-boiling water.
3. When the chocolate and butter are smooth and melted, take off the heat. Add the sugar and whisk until well incorporated.
4. Add 3 eggs, whisk, add the remaining 2 and the vanilla and whisk until smooth, taking care not to over mix.
5. Add the flour, cocoa powder and salt to the chocolate mix and fold in.
6. Add optional extras, such as chocolate or nuts.
7. Pour into the prepared tin, and bake for around 35 minutes, or until a skewer/sharp knife inserted into the middle comes out with a few crumbs on.

Also, if you're reading this, please don't be afraid to comment! I love getting any feedback on my posts, just one comment will put a smile on my face for days!

Saturday, 16 March 2013

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies?

 Like all hopeless romantics, I am on the hunt for 'The One'. The perfect chocolate chip cookie. This recipe is possibly the closest I've come to perfection, but like all humans I am never satisfied, so I'll be trying out numerous more recipes before deciding on a permanent favourite! 

The cookies are really quick and easy to make, I used white and milk chocolate in mine but you can use whatever combination of chocolate that you like. The cookie dough mixture is also pretty tasty, probably the reason I didn't make as many cookies as the recipe indicated...

The cookies turned out gooey on the inside, with a nice chewy outside. I was on a mission to make cookies like Millie's Cookies (the definition of perfect), and these came very very close! If you leave them in the oven for longer, they'll be crisper and chewier if you're not a fan of the more dense, gooey cookie.

In other news, I'm starting my new job today! Working as a waitress in a hotel, hopefully I won't break too many things... Also, AS exams are coming up soon! Desperately need to start revision!

125g butter
100g soft brown sugar
125g caster sugar
1 egg
1tsp vanilla extract
225g self-raising flour
200g (I used 250g) chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 180oC
2. Cream the butter and sugar together until soft
3. Beat in the egg and vanilla
4. Mix in the flour, followed by the chocolate chips
5. Place balls of the mixture on a baking tray lined with parchment
6. Cook for 7-10 minutes, depending on how gooey you like them!

What's your favourite cookie recipe?

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Barry M Textured Nail Paint in Ridley Road

I bought this nail varnish on a whim, I'm a sucker for new nail varnishes, especially ones with a twist! At first, I was concerned that the texturised effect of the nail varnish would result with my nails looking like they were covered in weird pimple-y things, and that I was using nail varnish to hide them... However, my concerns were unnecessary, as it dries to a fine grainy finish, quite like coloured sand. The polish is matte, which I find interesting, and the shades in the collection are wonderful! I'm very impressed with its durability, I've been wearing it for a couple of days now and there's been minimal chip-age. The colour I have is more green than it comes up in the photographs. I would recommend this polish if you're looking for something new and different to put on your nails, it doesn't chip much and is great fun!

Monday, 11 March 2013

Company Blog Awards

So, my blog may not be more than 3 months old, but I have cheekily nominated myself for the Company Style Blogger awards. My blog is in it's first few months of life, and as a result I'm still feeling my way through the creating posts, photographing, trying to make everything beautiful stages. I really am enjoying having a blog, and hopefully I'll begin to update more frequently, with more fashion and beauty posts! Just need to wait for the light to improve so I can photograph after school!

I would really, really appreciate it if any of you would like to nominate my blog here in the Best Personal Style Blog – Newcomer and/or the Best Teen Fashion Blog (under 18) categories (or any others!). I know it's a long short but it's worth it, right? 

Thank you! I hope you enjoy my blog!

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Chocolate Butterfly Cakes

After a long day peeking around Cambridge (and loving it), I was feeling rather weary today, and in desperate need of a chocolate fix. Due to my lent, I can eat unhealthy things if I've baked them... which I have extended to allow me to eat the decorations too (shh don't tell). In between essays, I found time to create these little beauties to fulfil my cravings. They're incredibly easy and quick to make, and they look so nice! My mum even went as far as to suggest they look like 'real butterflies!', I'm not so convinced. I also decided, with the last cake left to decorate, to go all out and create my first ever 'art deco' cupcake:

I have to say, this has definitely filled that chocolate void!

Recipe (makes 10 large buns/12 slightly smaller ones):
6oz butter
6oz caster sugar
3 eggs
5oz self-raising flour
1oz cocoa powder
1/4tsp baking powder

1. Fill a bun tray with cases, preheat the oven to 180oC.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together until well mixed.
3. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing in between additions.
4. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and baking power, and fold in.
5. Dollop large, even spoonfuls of mixture into the cases.
6. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool before icing.


I don't have a recipe for this because I just judge by eye, but if you mix icing sugar, a small bit of butter, cocoa powder and some milk together, you should end up with a good chocolate buttercream.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

L'Oreal Paris False Lash Flutter Mascara

After being inundated with adverts for this mascara, I caved and bought yet another addition to my ever-growing collection. This mascara claims to 'extend the look of lashes towards the outer eye without clumps'. I applied a couple of layers, but if you don't let the mascara dry properly it will get very clumpy, and it takes a little while to dry! The colour quality of the mascara is very good, it's a true black which some brands don't always deliver. Two or three coats of the mascara last throughout the day, It's definitely a long-wearing mascara without drying out your lashes or falling off during the day. However, this mascara doesn't have the same 'wow' impact that mascaras such as Benefit's 'They're Real' mascara or other L'Oreal Paris ones. The brush was a little tricky to use, and despite understanding the innovative aim of the mascara, I just don't get how to make it work as wonderfully as it claims to. This is a good mascara, though I doubt I'll replace it once I've used it up (though by then, many new mascaras will have been released that I'll just have to try...).

Action shot selfie...

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Habby-bo Birthday

It's my friend's birthday today, and every year I bake her a cake. This year, despite the fact that I had school all day and a concert last night, I managed to create this haribo-rific offering! Having just finished the cake, the lighting is terrible so I apologise for the quality...

This vanilla cake is covered in Haribo Strawbs, Happy Mix and Gummi Bears, as well as red/pink frosting and edible glitter. Birthday cakes are definitely one of my favourite things to make, the sponge is quick and easy to bake, and the possibilities of icing colours, decorations, patterns and glitter-ifcation are endless! I see baking as a bit of a colourful experiment, no place for timid pastels here!

Hopefully Eloise will like the cake, and when I unveil it in the common room tomorrow, let's hope for a warm reaction!

Friday, 1 March 2013

Disco Pants

Disco Pants - Daisy Street Clothing
Top - Topshop
Shoes - New Look (old)
Jacket - Beyond Retro

I did it! I finally got round to buying myself a pair of disco pants! These are from Daisy Street Clothing, they're a good bit cheaper than the Topshop alternatives, yet the look just the same. Wearing them makes me feel just like Sandy from Grease! These trousers are very tight, and so I'll be wearing them with my trusty denim jacket when I go out in them! However, they're extremely comfy and soft, with a great shine to them. I just about stuffed myself into a size 10, normally I'm a 12 when it comes to trousers but as these were stretchy they fit me just about! Disco pants are so versatile, I would definitely recommend buying a pair! I'm planning on wearing mine with shirts tucked in, cropped tops, and baggy jumpers for a more dressed down look. Now I've got my eye on a black pinafore dress... 

How would you wear disco pants?