Sunday, 21 August 2016

Three Nights in Brighton

Sorry for the overload of photos! Last week my family and I headed to Brighton for a few nights as none of us had been there before. Luckily, the weather was on our side and we managed to spend all three days on the beach. We also visited the Marina (which had an amazing selection of restaurants), went to the Pier, walked through The Lanes, and had a go on the British Airways i360. I attempted a bit of vlogging whilst I was in Brighton so keep your eyes peeled for that being uploaded to my Youtube channel - I'll let you know when I've finished editing it! I hope you're all having a good summer. Are you going away anywhere?

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

Tanya Burr is a Youtuber that I've been watching for years, so when she released her cookbook Tanya Bakes of course I was going to buy it! I've been trying lots of the recipes lately and my favourite one so far is the Chocolate Orange Cheesecake...

- 300g double chocolate cookies
- 100g butter
- Zest of 2 oranges
- 250g full-fat cream cheese
- 150g icing sugar
- 200g Terry's Chocolate Orange, plus extra slices for decorating
-150g double cream

- Crush the biscuits to crumbs. Mix in the melted butter and zest of 1 orange until well combined, then press into the bottom of the tin.
- Mix together the cream cheese and icing sugar until smooth. Set aside.
- Melt the 200g of Chocolate Orange in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl isn't touching the water. Once melted, quickly whip the cream in a bowl until it forms soft peaks, then add the melted chocolate and cream cheese mixture. Mix until smooth and well combined.
- Pour onto the biscuit base and smooth out. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
- When you're ready to serve, decorate with the remaining Chocolate Orange slices and orange zest.

Anything chocolaty in my house doesn't last very long, so by the time I came to decorate the cheesecake there was only two slices of Terry's Chocolate Orange left! Thankfully everyone still enjoyed it. Have you got Tanya Bakes?

Sunday, 7 August 2016

July Favourites

July has been full of working, holiday planning, and holiday shopping - so I've managed to pick up a few favourites for you!

The first item I picked up was the Soap & Glory Orangeasm, which is a limited edition exfoliating body polish. I'm a massive fan of Soap & Glory's Sugar Crush Body Scrub and this body polish is gentler than that so could be used for everyday use if you want. The scent of Orangeasm is very refreshing; it contains Mandarin, Lemon, and Orange Peel Oils.

Next up, I bought myself the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation after trying a tester of it (which I used in my Pink Toned Makeup post). Although I love the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, it was becoming quite shiny on my nose throughout the day so I decided to try a longer-lasting Foundation. The Bobbi Brown Foundation contains SPF 15, which is perfect for the summer months as I won't need to worry about applying suncream underneath (unless it's really hot - which is unlikely!). Also, this Foundation matches my skin really well in the shade Warm Ivory and looks natural.

Another makeup product I got this month was the Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder in shade 02. This bronzer creates a natural tanned look with a slight shimmer and lasts all day without fading. I love that this bronzer comes with a mirror in the compact so it's easy to apply on the go. Terracotta will be my go-to bronzer this summer.

Finally, I picked up a couple of the NYX Lip Lingerie Lipsticks (because I don't own enough NYX Lipsticks already!). The shades I got were 03 Lace Detail, which is a pinky beige colour, and 09 Corset, which is a grey nude. I don't find these lipsticks as moisturising as the NYX Lip Creams, however, they're still comfortable on the lips and have a really nice matte finish. Also, these last for hours without budging so you don't have to worry about reapplying them.

What products have been your favourites this month?

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Caseapp Phone Case and Laptop Skin

The lovely Emilia from Caseapp contacted me a few weeks ago to ask if I would like to do a blog post on some of their products. This opportunity couldn't of come at a better time because I managed to smash my previous phone case not that long ago. I had a quick scroll through the Caseapp website before deciding that this was a brand I wanted to share with you guys.

Caseapp allows you to create custom iPhone, Samsung, and iPad cases, as well as MacBook, PC Laptops, HTC, and Nokia skins. If you don't want to create your own case, you can choose one of Caseapp's designs and then add you own text and images to it or keep it how it is. Creating your own custom case or skin is very straightforward; you upload an image or collage of images from your laptop, then insert text or cliparts if you want, and then choose a background. Also, Caseapp gives clear instructions about where to place your images and text so that they're not cut off when the case is made.

I picked one of Caseapp's own designs for my phone case and laptop skin because I wanted a pattern rather than one of my images. It took me ages to choose one due to there being such a wide variety of designs! Caseapp also gives you the choice of finish which you want your case/skin to have - matte or glossy - and I chose matte for both of my products. Once I had ordered my products, Caseapp said that they could take up to 12 days to reach me, however, they were delivered within 5 days. I have been using the phone case for the last few days and it feels sturdy enough to protect my phone if I drop it (although there are probably more protective cases out there if that's what your number one priority is when choosing a case). The laptop skin sticks on and seems like it won't budge unless you want it to so it hopefully won't start peeling off. I originally thought the laptop skin was going to be more like a clip-on case, however, I love the look of it so I'm still going to use it. Caseapp included a thank you note in the package which I found really sweet because it added more of a personal touch.

Overall, I'm really pleased with the products I got and if I'm ever wanting to personalise a phone case or laptop skin then I will be using Caseapp. If you would like to treat yourself to a new case or skin then you can get 20% off using the code BOUGHTWHAT20 until 14th August 2016. What do you think of the Caseapp products? Will you be getting yourself something?

*These two products were kindly sent to me for free from Caseapp, however, I have given my honest opinion in this review.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Pink Toned Makeup

Due to working lots lately, I haven't had a excuse to apply makeup - hence this post!

Firstly, I applied the Benefit POREfessional Primer and let it sink in for a few minutes. This was followed by the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation in shade warm ivory; I got a tester of this because I want a foundation that's longer lasting than the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation for the summer. Any spots I covered up with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in shade fair. Next, I brushed the Benefit Rockateur Blush on the apples of my cheeks - I applied more than I usually do because I wanted to create a pink toned look. On the tops of my cheekbones and round the sides of my eyes I used the Bobbi Brown Rose Shimmer Brick, which gives a gorgeous pink glow. The Naked 3 Palette from Urban Decay contains some beautiful rose-hued neutrals so I used this on my eyelids; I applied Strange to the inner corners of my eyelids, followed by Burnout on the rest of my eyelids, then Limit in the creases, and Liar in the outer corners. I used the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara to give my lashes some volume, and I tried out the new Benefit Gimme Brow to make my eyebrows more defined. Finally, I applied the L'Oreal Infallible Sexy Balm in the shade 111 Go Pretty Or Go Home; this is a brighter pink than I normally wear but it's perfect for summer.

I hope you like this look, what makeup have you been wearing during the summer?

Sunday, 17 July 2016

What's in my hand luggage?

With a lot of you going on holiday over the summer, I thought this would be the perfect time to share with you what I take in my hand luggage on flights. This usually varies slightly depending on whether I'm going on a long-haul or short-haul flight, so I've focused this post towards a short-haul flight because that's what I'll be taking this summer.

Firstly, I pack a comfy jumper because I usually get cold on flights due to the air con. Also, if I want to fall asleep, then I'll use my jumper as a pillow. Next, I put a book and a magazine in my bag, which gives me something to do whilst I'm on the plane. The book I'll be taking on holiday with me this year is Dream A Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher (this gets really good reviews and I can't wait to start reading this!). I also bring my Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera in my bag in case I want to take any snaps in the airport or whilst I'm on the plane - I love this camera so much and you should definitely get one if you haven't already! I always pack a Palmer's Cocoa Butter lip balm (which is really moisturising) and a hand cream because my hand's become dry quite quickly. Normally, I'll throw in a hand sanitiser too because I worry about picking up germs on the plane and getting ill whilst on holiday. I bring a purse containing both pounds and euros so I can do a bit of duty free shopping beforehand - typical blogger! In case I'm not in the mood to read my book, I pack headphones too so that I can listen to music. Finally, I bring a pair of sunglasses in my hand luggage because I hope to step off the plane to 30 degree sunshine (or just some sunshine in general!).

Where will you be jetting off to this summer and what's your favourite thing to bring with you?

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Lemon Cupcakes

Lately, I've been doing lots of baking in my spare time. I usually stick to chocolate or vanilla cupcakes so I thought I would try something different and bake lemon cupcakes instead. The recipe I followed was from the Primrose Bakery Cupcakes book.

(for cupcakes)
- 110g unsalted butter
- 225g golden caster suger
- 2 large eggs
- 150g self-raising flour
- 125g plain flour
- 90ml semi-skimmed milk
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp sour cream
- 1 tsp lemon zest
(for icing)
- 110g unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp lemon zest
- 500g icing sugar

- Preheat the oven to 160*C (fan)/180*C/350*F and line a 12-hole muffin tray with cupcake cases.
- In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar until the mixture is pale and smooth.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing for a few minutes after each addition.
- Combine the two flours in a separate bowl and combine the milk, lemon juice and sour cream in a jug. Add one-third of the flours to the creamed mixture and beat well. Pour in one-third of the milk and beat again. Repeat these steps until all the flour and milk have been added, incorporating the lemon zest with the last third of flour.
- Carefully spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases, filling them to about two-thirds full. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes until slightly raised and golden brown. To check they are cooked, insert a skewer in the centre of one of the cakes - it should come out clean.
- Remove from the oven and leave the cakes in their tins for about 10 minutes before carefully placing on a wire rack to cool.
- In a large mixing bowl beat the butter, lemon juice, lemon zest and half the icing sugar until smooth. Gradually add the remainder of the icing sugar and beat again until smooth and creamy.

Will you be baking these cupcakes? If you do, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!