25.3.12

Mini Egg Cookies

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(I'm sorry it's an shoddy picture!  I was far too excited to get eating that I forgot to take a decent photo with my camera!)
If you follow me on instagram you may have noticed that I can't seem to stop making these cookies recently.  With Mini Eggs everywhere I turn, I thought I'd give them a whirl in an attempt to stop scoffing bag after bag.  Fail.  I now scoff cookie after cookie.  If you'd like to join me in my mission to eat my weight in dough, then give these a try!

You will need:
  • 8oz butter/margarine
  • 8oz light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 12 oz self raising flour
  • 2 bags of Mini Eggs (200g)
Feel free to adapt these measurements, I find that this makes about 26 medium sized ones.

Stick the oven onto 180 degrees and start chopping up the Mini Eggs.  This is a fairly messy job, but I like to get mine roughly into quarters.  If there are any eggs which are particularly tricky to chop, take it as fate telling you to eat those ones instead.
Beat the butter and sugar together, then add the syrup and vanilla essence and give that a whizz too.
I clearly enjoy making more washing up for myself, so at this point I like to transfer the mixture to another, bigger bowl.  Sieve in half of the flour and mix it in.
Sieve in the rest of the flour and whack the Mini Eggs in too.  Mix it all together until you've got a nice gooey dough.
Roll the mixture into little balls, slightly bigger than a golf ball.  Pop them onto pre-greased baking trays making sure that you leave enough room for them to spread.  Stick them in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until they start to turn golden brown on top.

And that's it!  Admittedly they aren't the prettiest snack, but OMG they taste amazing!!

Let me know if you try these out for yourself!

22.3.12

The Balm Dupes

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Do you remember my post about The Balm's Hot Mama! eyeshadow/blush?  I thought there was something familiar about the tone of it, so I had a root around in my collection and came up with these dupes.

As you can see, Hot Mama! is in the middle, and to the left of it is Aldi's Lacura blush in Sunset.  This is a very similar peachy apricot shade that is beautiful and such a bargain at under £4.

On top with more of a gold tone is Sleek's Rose Gold.  This is an apparent dupe of NARS Orgasm and as I said, has much more golden shimmer than Hot Mama! does, although it still stays quite similar.

Finally, I've included MAC's Springsheen.  This is a favourite blush of mine, but like Rose Gold I think although its very similar, this is probably more red-dy gold than The Balm's offering.

So there you have it.  A few alternatives from a range of prices if you were looking for something similar  to The Balm's Hot Mama!  As you can see, I love my blushes to be in this type of shade, so if you know of any others I should invest in please let me know below!

Also, don't forget there's still time to enter my giveaways!  There are three running, so get your entries in here, here and here.

19.3.12

MAC Blush Ombre in Azalea Blossom

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Since the launch of Benefit's Hervana, the idea of a purple-toned blush has really appealed to me.  I swatched Hervana in store and wasn't particularly impressed with the colour pay-off so I decided to shop around for an alternative.

For starters, Azalea Blossom is beautiful.  I'm such a sucker for nicely presented cosmetics, and this looks so pretty in my make up box!  I bought this online so didn't swatch before I bought, so again the colour isn't quite as lilac-y as I'd hoped, but it is buildable.  And at £20.50 for 9g, you're getting more than Hervana's 7g at £23.50.  Azalea Blush is limited edition as part of the Daphne Guiness collection, and though I haven't spotted it at my local MAC counter, it is still available to purchase via the website.

I don't think my search for a purple-toned blush is over, but for the meantime I'm happy.  I know I'll probably cave and get Hervana soon, as it seems too good to miss out on.  Have you spotted any alternatives?

18.3.12

Life #1

* The face of a dog that's been up to no good! * Working in Eastbourne * New favourite combo * Poorly cats *
* Baking cookies * Beau playing hide & seek * Thriller jacket * New hair cuff *
* Handsome Dudley * A lovely surprise from Glossybox * Glammed up for my stepmum's birthday * Cleaning brushes *
 
Do you like these sort of posts?

7.3.12

My Topshop Blush Collection

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Clockwise from top: Powdered, Head Over Heels, Nutmeg, Neon Rose and Flush
Topshop blushes are something that every girl really ought to own.  With the exception of Powdered, all of mine are cream formula which blends and transforms into a pretty pigmented flush on the cheeks.  Despite a relatively unusual formulation, these really are so easy to use.  I smudge a bit on my fingers, pop it onto my cheeks and then blend with an elf powder brush.  The messier ones you can see are a resulting of trying to apply product directly to my brush; it didn't work and the warmth provided by my fingertips really does aid application.

Which brings me to my one bugbear, and I think this is one that many share.  Unlike some, I'm not wild on the packaging to begin with but the fact that it gets so damn messy is just annoying.  The lid attracts stains like no other and after a few applications the product starts looking smeary in and around the pan.  That said, it's a sturdy enough compact which does its job, and at only £6 who am I to complain?

As you can see, Powdered is a bright bubble gum pink and the only powder formulation of my bunch.  Head Over Heels is my latest addition and is more coral-toned than the pinkier Flush.  Neon Rose is a vibrant pink blogger favourite, whilst Nutmeg is rather more understated but in actual fact my favourite due to its wearability.

Do you own any Topshop blushes?