Friday, 20 January 2017

Nigella's Cookie Dough Pots!

Hey everyone,

I feel like I haven't done many baking posts this year, so here's a recipe for Nigella's cookie dough pots!!

Ingredients (makes 6) :

6 7cm ramekins
110g of softened Unsalted Butter
85g of Light Brown Caster Sugar
1 Large Egg
1 tsp. of Vanilla Extract
150g of Plain Flour
1/2 tsp. of Bicarbonate of Soda
1/2 tsp. of Flaked Sea Salt
80g of White Chocolate Chips
80g of Milk Chocolate Chips

Cream or Ice Cream - to serve

Preheat the oven to 180 C/350 Fan/Gas Mark 4 and grease the six ramekins.

In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar, until light and creamy, then mix in the egg and vanilla. Fold in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt until well combined, then mix through the chocolate chips,

Divide the mixture between the ramekins and bake for 10 minutes - until the tops are nice and golden. Serve immediately with cream or ice cream.

Thank you so much for reading, and if you recreate this recipe make sure to tag me in a photo on Instagram. I'll see you all again very soon,

Love Lou

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Review : 3 Zoella Beauty Christmas Sets!

Hey everyone,

I got 3 sets of the Zoella Beauty sets for Christmas, so today I thought I would do a little review of each for you all!

Bake my Day

This set has the Bake my Day body mist as well as the Ginger Cream body lotion. The body mist is the most perfect scent for winter - it's really sweet but has that added spiciness from the ginger. I have loved all of the other 3 of Zoe's body sprays and this one is no exception. The packaging of it is absolutely gorgeous as well - the coppery gold lid makes it look really sleek and chic. The ginger cream is Christmas in a tube - it smells divine! It sinks into the skin and makes your skin feel amazing - it's like no other body lotion/butter I've tried.

Spa in a Jar

This is comes with a mini of the ginger cream, a mini shower glaze and a super soft flannel with "Zoella" embroidered onto it. This shower glaze is the same scent as the mist but somehow it smells even nicer! As these products are both mini they would be perfect to take travelling as they are still a really good quality. The products come in a tall container that's actually going to be really handy once I've used up the body lotion and glaze.

Gingerbread Fizz

This set is probably the cutest! This set has 3 big gingerbread man fizzers that all break in half so you can get 6 baths out of the set. These create gorgeous ginger and warm vanilla scented water and they are probably my favourite product from Zoe ever!! They are like the fizz bars - but so much cuter!

So, thank you so much for reading, and I will see you all very soon,

Love Lou

Monday, 16 January 2017

Favourite Brands & Blogging Inspirations | Q and A

Hey everyone,

It's been a while since I last did a Q and A, so I asked from some questions from you on my instagram (@louloves01). So here's what you asked...

@xmma.stxvo asked : Who is your celebrity crush?

I don't know to be honest ... I don't really have one but it used to be Niall and Zayn from One Direction! hahaha

@lifeofkatiex asked : What is your favourite make up brand?

Oooh, this is a hard one... I'd have to say the my favourite high street brand is probably Tanya Burr Cosmetics and my favourite high end brands are either Urban Decay or MAC.

@perksoflauz asked : If you were only allowed to wear one makeup item what would it be and why?

It would have to be mascara as I feel like my look doesn't feel complete without it!!

@somegirltalking asked : If you could only shop in one clothes store for the rest of your life, where would it be?

Wow, this is really hard! I didn't realise how many places I shopped at - but it would probably have to be New Look!

@elizabethcoyle and @xmma.stxvo asked : What inspired you to start your blog?

It was a combination of things I think... Mainly, that when I was really little I absolutely loved writing stories and I wanted to convert that passion into something that I enjoy know. So, after reading a lot of other blogs I decided to start up my little corner of the internet and I have never looked back!

So thank you so much reading, and I will see you all again very soon,

Love Lou

Friday, 13 January 2017

First impressions of the Tanya Burr Advent Calender

Hey everyone,

Last year, me and my sister shared a Tanya Burr advent calendar, so today I thought that I would share with you my thoughts on my 6 products!

First of all, we have the Matte Lip in Christmas Stocking. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of this colour on me, but that is purely because I don't think I suit a cherry red lip. This shade is quite a bright cherry red, but if those are the shades you prefer, I'm sure this is the perfect shade for you. Apart from the shade, I think the product as a whole is brilliant. It stays on for a very long time, but even when it starts to fade, it fades evenly, and not in a ring around your lips. Usually you expect a matte lip product to be really drying but this feels really nice a velvety on the lips and not drying at all!
The next product is a silver glitter polish in the shade Glitter Rain. I love this product - the name, the shade, the quality - it's just amazing! Obviously like all glitter polishes it isn't a completely opaque colour and it does need a shade underneath (I personally think a nude one works best). This is the perfect shade from the Christmas and New Years period!!

The other nail varnish is the shade Glitters and Gold - why do all Tanya's products have such cute names?!? Anyway, this is the most gorgeous gold glitter that would look gorgeous anytime of the year - you can never go wrong with glitter can you?? Also, the nail varnishes are all full sized exclusive shades!
The final lip product is a lip gloss in the shade Berry Pavlova. This shade is a berry toned red that is perfect from winter. Normally, I don't wear glosses because I feel like they are sticky but this one isn't at all. It lasts all day and through eating and drinking which I think is pretty impressive compared to other glosses on the market.

The first eye product is the glitter eyeliner in the shade Treasured. Before this I had never tried a glitter liner, but I have to say, I'm really impressed! I love using this when I don't have time to do a full eye look. I just apply a thin line across my lash line for that added glitter pop. This is also pretty pigmented - I was just expecting clear product but with just a bit of gold glitter! 
The final product is the eye shimmer pot in the shade Champagne Sparkle. As this is a loose glitter, there is a lot of fall out but that happens with every loose pigment so you can't really blame that on the product itself. Apart from that, this adds just a nice sparkle to the eyes that you don't get as much with pressed pigment eye shadows!

So, thank you all so much for reading, and I will see you all again very soon,

Love Lou

Other products included:

Lip Gloss in Candy Cane (Deep pink/red)
Glitter Liner in Ice Crystals (Silver)
Eye Shimmer Pot in Snow Day (Pure sparkle glitter)
Nail Varnish in Sleigh Bells (red glitter)
Nail File

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Oreo Cupcakes

Hey everyone,

I'm back with another baking post as you all seem to love them!! If you do recreate any of the recipes that I post, make sure you tag me in a photo on instagram! (My instagram is @louloves01)
Ingredients (12 cupcakes) :
200g Plain Flour
40g Cocoa Powder
280g Caster Sugar
3 tsp. Baking Powder
80g Unsalted butter
240ml Milk
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
12 Oreos
12 Muffin cases
100g Unsalted Butter
160g Cream Cheese
350g Icing Sugar
6 Oreos
First preheat your oven to 170 degrees C and line a muffin tray with 12 muffin cases. Then place an oreo in the bottom of each muffin case.
Put the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and butter into a bowl and mix until it is a sandy consistency. Then whisk the milk, eggs and vanilla extract in a separate jug. Then slowly add half the mixture into the flour mixture and beat well to make sure there is no lumps. Then gradually add the rest of the milk mixture and whisk until smooth.
Finally add the mixture equally into the 12 cases and bake the cakes for 20 - 25 minutes. Whilst the cakes are cooking smash up 6 oreos in a bag and put them to one side. Then whisk the butter, cream cheese and icing sugar together the  gently add in the oreos. Once the cakes have cooled pipe on the icing and use any left over oreos to decorate.
So, I hope you all enjoyed this post! Thank you so much for reading, and I will see you all very soon,
Love Lou