Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Beauty | Stila Liquid Lipstick

 

 
Ahh, it all started with 1 and now I have quickly got 3 in my collection. I am obsessed with these Stila liquid lipsticks I already have my eye on more!

These have a creamy matte finish which are full coverage and long wearing, enriched with vitamin E and avocado oil which hydrates and softens the lips. Stila Liquid Lipsticks retail at £15.00 which I think is a very reasonable price considering the quality of them.
 

 
 
The shades I have so far Aria, Bellissima and Patina.
 
Aria is a deep berry like shade with purple tones through it, perfect for Autumn. Bellissima is a pale nude coral shade, this can go quite patchy if not applied correctly. Patina which is my current fave is a pink/mauve shade which is just great for everyday wear with any make up look.
 

 
I would thoroughly recommend these liquid lipsticks, they may be a bit pricey for some but they will last you ages as you don't need to use a lot of product at all.
 
What is your favourite liquid lipsticks? Let me know in the comments below.
 
Love Gill x

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Baking | Halloween Cupcakes

 
 
 
As you all know I love baking cupcakes so I thought I'd do some Halloween cakes with a surprising twist.
 
These are a vanilla base with black food colouring and orange flavoured & coloured buttercream icing on top, in the middle is a bloody surprise.... red icing with popping candy! Want to know how to make these? Keep on reading...
 
 
 
 
 
You will need:
150g Butter
170g Caster Sugar
170g Self-Raising Flour
3 medium eggs
1 tbs vanilla extract
1 tbs Black food colouring
Popping Candy

For the Buttercream

140g Butter
225g Icing Sugar
1tbs Orange Flavouring
1tbs Orange colouring
 
How to:
 
1) Pre-heat oven to 180c and line a muffin tray with black cupcake cases (this will make 12)
2) Mix together butter and sugar until all combined

3) Crack in eggs and add flour, fold in until all fully combined. Then add in your vanilla extract and black colouring, mix well.
4) Spoon the mixture evenly between the cases and bake for 10-15 mins
5)Now to start your buttercream. Mix icing sugar and butter together until fully combined, then add in your orange flavouring and colouring
6) once your cakes are fully cooled down, core the middle out of them and make a standard icing mixture with 100g icing sugar and some water, add in red food colouring and popping candy then pour into the core of the cupcakes
7) Insert buttercream icing into a piping bag with a circular nozzle and pipe onto the cupcakes, decorate with something suitable for Halloween.
 
Enjoy!!
 
 
 

Let me know your thoughts on these cupcakes in the comments below.
 
 
Love Gill x
 




Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Beauty | Mac Creme Cup



I love Mac lipsticks and now have 8 in my mini collection, I really want to get a load more - Santa?!

Crème Cup is my latest Mac lippies and oh my gosh it is just perfect! It's a pale pink shade which will go with just about any make up look and so easy to wear every day. The formulation of this is Cremesheen so very moisturising on the lips, I'm finding this really good now that the colder months are setting in as my lips tend to get dry.


 
 
I purchased this from Debenhams as I can collect in their store at my own convenience, at a cost of £15.50 I find they are very reasonably priced considering the quality of them.
 

 
 
I can't wait to buy more shades, what is your fav Mac lippy? Let me know in the comments below.
 
Love Gill x

Monday, 12 October 2015

Beauty | NYX HD Finishing Powder



After reading and watching some amazing reviews on HD setting powders I knew I wanted to try them out. I recently went to a wedding so decided I would make the purchase as I wanted my make up to look as professional as possible and also last all day and night.
 
Let's just say I needed zero touch ups wearing this HD powder..
 
This Nyx HD powder cost me £10 for 6g from Very, you can order from Nyx direct or amazon...
You may think 6g isn't that much but trust me, a little goes a long way with this magical powder.



You can lightly dust over your face with a face brush or you can use your beauty blender, which is how I used it. Upon applying it does make your skin feel slightly tight to start with but that soon wears off. As this is a matte finish and has that drying feeling upon first using I would probably suggest this isn't good for dry skin, if you have normal or oily skin this would be perfect for you.
 
Have you used HD powders before? Leave me recommendations in the comments below.
 
 
Love Gill x
 


Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Lifestyle | Cute Homewear Finds...



What a surprise, I done some shopping again! I just can't help myself, especially when it comes to home wear - I am obsessed!

I picked up some super cute items recently which I think some of my readers may also like, not that I'm encouraging you to shop ;)
I picked up the above candle from H&M home, I must admit it was purely because it was white, the fact that it smells amazing is an added bonus. I recommend having a nosey at H&M Home, they have so many cute little items.



The above is a cute star tea light holder, again it is white you can see a theme here?! This was just £8 from Next which I think is very reasonably priced. I could have gone mad in there and bought everything but I somehow managed to refrain myself and just buy this :) I'm saving myself for their Christmas décor.



N'awwww how cute is this little bunny! This is from H&M home in the kids section, yes I am still 5! I couldn't resist it matches my whole bedroom and just looks super cute sat in the middle of my bed. Need I say more.



Lastly, I picked up these oven mitts from Lidl of all places, I was in doing a little shop for their chocolate, naughty hehe! when I heard these wee things call my name. They were the last pair left so I had to pick them up, they now take pride place in my kitchen!
Do you love a home wear shop? Let me know in the comments below.


Love Gill x

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Milkystar Cheesecake


 
I do love cheesecake, especially when it's homemade! As winter is coming I thought I would make my last cheesecake of the year. Read on if you would like to make this :)
 

Ingredients

100g Digestive biscuits
25g butter
200g Philadelphia
75g Icing Sugar
100ml Double Cream
2 tsps. vanilla extract
1 Sharing pouch of milkystars

* This will make 2 or 3 small cheesecakes per above picture

Method

1) Crush digestives into fine crumbs, melt butter in a pan then add the digestives and stir until fully combined

2) Press the digestives into your chosen tin (I bought my love heart shape tins from B&Ms) and place in the freezer for 5 minutes to set

3) Beat the Philadelphia and Icing Sugar together until smooth

4) Whisk double cream until thick and fold into the Philadelphia mixture. Once all folded in, add half of the milkystars in and gently mix through

5) Pour filling onto the digestive base and place in the fridge to set for 3+ hours

6) Once set you can go ahead and decorate with your left over milkystars and serve



 

 
Does anyone else love a bit of cheesecake? This has to be my favourite so far :D
 

Love Gill x