Saturday, 15 November 2014

Winter Wants | Fashion

Winter Wants

Coat - Miss Selfridge
Eye Shadow - Bobbi Brown
Watch - Olivia Burton
Hat - Topshop
Scarf - Jack Wills
Jeans - Topshop
Boots - Office
Top - Topshop


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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Nutella Hot Chocolate | Recipe



(*Nutella RRP £2.35)
By now I'm sure you all know just how much I love Nutella. And the cold weather at the moment gives me the perfect excuse to make my favourite winter drink.. Nutella Hot Chocolate. It's super easy and super quick to make so here is the recipe for you..

INGREDIENTS

200-250 ml Milk (depending on the size of your mug)
1-2 tbsp of Nutella (depending on how sweet you want it)
150 ml Double Cream
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon (Optional)
Mini Marshmallows (Optional)

1. Heat the milk gently in a saucepan until it simmers gently. Make sure it doesn't boil.

2. Add your Nutella to the milk and and whisk constantly until the mixture has combined and looks steamy and frothy.

3. At this stage you can just use squirty cream but I like to make my own. In a large mixing bowl add the double cream, vanilla and cinnamon and mix using an electric whisk until soft peaks form.

4. Pour the hot chocolate into a mug of your choice, add a generous dollop of cream and decorate with a sprinkling of cinnamon or mini marshmallows if you fancy it.


Let me know if you try it!



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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Salon International

Last Saturday Hair Philosophers invited me to Salon International (exciting right)! I'd never been to anything like a hair show before so I had absolutely no idea what to expect but I was really looking forward to it.

For those of you who don't know what Salon International is, it's a huge hair exhibition in London where lots of large hair brands as well as smaller up and coming brands get to showcase their products and unveil any new products they might have. You also have the chance to try out and buy lots of products there.

Hair Philosophers launched their new 3 Styler

I was so excited to finally see the unveiled 3 styler and it did not disappoint. There will definitely be a review coming soon!
The Packaging is AMAZING
One of my favourite exhibitions had to be Tangle Teezer. I couldn't resist the pretty display and came home with two shiny new brushes.

Tangle Teezer had an amazing little car on their stand.
There were demonstrations
There were hairbrushes in every shape and colour you can imagine
Aside from hair products there were a lot of beauty products at the show too and at a lot of stands there was the opportunity to try them out. One of my favourites was sparkles lips which were kindly demonstrated on my friend Serena below.


You could choose from a huge variety of of colours but the pinks and reds were definitely my favourite. It was exciting to see a lip product that was a little bit different from generic lip glosses and lipsticks.



 I had the best day ever and I'll most definitely be returning next year!



Huge thanks to Hair Philosophers for sponsoring this post!



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Saturday, 4 October 2014

Bioderma Crealine H2O | Review



It seems like the only cleanser everyones been talking about for the past year and half now is the Bioderma Crealine H2O whether it be good or bad. And although it is available to buy in the UK in some smaller independent pharmacies I am yet to come across it anywhere near me and I’m told it’s relatively expensive.

So, when my parents went on a recent holiday to France I jumped at the opportunity to ask them to bring me back a bottle. And they did better than that, my Mum kindly came back with two (it’s a good job I liked it).  I was so excited to use it for the first time, I don’t actually think I’ve ever been more excited to take off my make up!

First up, the packaging.. I’ll be honest, the bottle is pretty dull and theres nothing outstanding about it. I suppose you can’t judge a book by it’s cover but I do think you could easily mistake a bottle of Bioderma for a bottle of water if your French isn’t quite up to scratch.

The cleanser feels very similar to how it looks - like water - and is very gentle on the skin but somehow manages to remove all your makeup including mascara (admittedly I have yet to try it on waterproof mascara). It also doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry or tight which is always a plus.

Saying that, I don’t feel like Bioderma gives your skin a deep cleanse like the Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser would but at the same time it does do a much better job than any make up wipes ever could. I think Bioderma is perfect for days that you don’t have time to cleanse properly, or just to use in the morning to remove any oil from your skin that may have built up overnight.

I can’t say it will replace the cleanser I’m currently using (Clarins Water Purifying One-Step Cleanser in case you were wondering) but I would say it’s a permanent addition to my skincare routine and I would definitely recommend it to all of you! 




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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies | Recipe







If you follow me on instagram you'll know I baked the most amazing cookies in the world last Wednesday. So many people we're asking for the recipe so I decided that here was the best place for it.  I found the original recipe here, but had to tweak a few bits due to a few Americanisms and what I created were the BEST COOKIES IN EXISTENCE so here you go..

INGREDIENTS

110g unsalted butter, softened
3 heaped tablespoons of Nutella
100g light brown sugar
55g granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
210g plain flour
2 teaspoons cornflour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
A pinch of salt
75g white chocolate chips

75g milk chocolate chips
75g dark chocolate chips 



  1. Add the butter, Nutella, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla to a large bowl. Using an electric whisk mix on a medium-high speed until the mixture looks creamy.
  2. Then sieve the flour, cornflour, baking soda, salt into the mixture and mix on low speed for about a minute.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then add the white and chocolate chips. Mix again on low speed for about 30 seconds.
  4. Using a a tablespoon make 10 or 11 equal sized mounds of dough. Then roll the mounds into balls and put them a little bit on a baking tray lined with baking paper, at least 2 inches apart.
  5. Cover with cling film and pop them in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to gas mark 4 (180°C ), and then bake for about 13-15 minutes in the centre of the oven. The cookies get a lot bigger as they cook so I only put 4 or 5 per baking tray. 
  7. When the time is up and you take the cookies out of the oven he edges will look set however the rest of the cookie won't. It's very important that you don't put the cookies back in the oven because they will be overcooked. The cookies set more as they cool.
  8. Leave the cookies to cool for about 10 minutes on the baking tray.
  9. Now they're ready to serve!

Let me know if you make them too! 

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